Blue Badge Certified

Kory Katz and Patricia Walton are awarded their official Blue Badge Membership badges by President George Newman.
Congratulations Kory and Patty on your membership to the West Shore Rotary Club. We are glad to have you as members!
Blue Badge Certified Luisa Heimburger 2022-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner Fun

The West Shore Rotary members (group photo) and families enjoyed dinner and their company at a Christmas Dinner at the Aviator restaurant. One of our oldest members (55 years), Dick Robinson, joined us as well.
What a good looking group!
Christmas Dinner Fun Luisa Heimburger 2022-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Business Expo 2022

The Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business Expo
October 27, 2022 
Our President, George Newman and Secretary, Mary Ann Jackson maned a booth at the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Great Northern Mall.
Spreading the Rotary news!
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Wreath Sale Update

West Shore Rotary Christmas
Wreath Sale
The wreaths are ready for pick up at Puritas Nursery,
The Bow Tying was on Monday, Nov 21st. Thank you to Dale, club member and owner of Puritas Nursery for supplying the beautiful wreaths that we sold and to the following hard working bow tying team...Mary Ann Jackson, Tiffany Hill, Mark Miller, Mike Aerni, Patty Walton, Luisa Heimburger and the just in time, Bob & Anne Leusch.
It was great spending an evening together with our fellow Rotarians!
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Thanks Angelo!

Acknowledging Angelo Russo as our out going president for 2021-2022.  
A nice party and plaque was given in his honor for his tenure and our thanks. At Angelo's side is his lovely wife, Karlie.  Thank you Angelo for your dedicated service to our club.
Thanks Angelo! Luisa Heimburger 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

New Members July 2022

Welcome three new members to our club: Khory Katz, Jacqueline Krupp and Patricia Walton. 
Doing the induction honors is George Newman, President 2022-2023.
Khory Katz- Financial Advisor with Edward Jones  
Jacqueline Krupp - Sales for Zono Technologies
Patricia Walton- Education & National Park Service - Retired
New Members July 2022 Luisa Heimburger 2022-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

2022 5K Race & Fun Run Success

The 2022 5K Race and 1Mile Fun Run was a huge success, the weather was perfect and the runners were many!  Thanks go out to Bill Wagner, who chaired the event this year and all the previous years that we've had this fundraiser.  Thanks also go out to our sponsors and the volunteers, Rotarians and non Rotarians alike (you know who you are!).  We couldn't have done it without your help and dedication!
Congratulations to Frank Di Lalla, fellow West Shore Rotary member, who was a participant in the race and came in second in his class.  Way to go Frank!
More photos enclosed...
2022 5K Race & Fun Run Success Luisa Heimburger 2022-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2022 West Shore Rotary Scholarship ($1,500) recipients
Fairview High School
Parker O. Weitzel
North Olmsted High School
Sam C. Gioia
Saint Joseph Academy
Molly E. Hanna
John Marshall High School
Maria Faye Palma
2022 Scholarship Recipients Luisa Heimburger 2022-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Bob DiBiasio Luncheon

 The West Shore Rotary will host guest speaker
Bob DiBiasio,
Cleveland Guardians Sr. VP of Public Affairs

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 
…at Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3) restaurant at Westgate
3011 Westgate Mall in Fairview Park
$30 per person – Buffet lunch
50/50 drawing, door prizes, and mor
State of the Guardians presentation-discussion with Bob, plus Q&A, Guardians video, and door prizes.
Bob DiBiasio is entering his 44th season in Major League Baseball. He started with the Cleveland Indians in 1979 as Assistant PR Director, was named Director of PR in 1980, and named Vice President of PR in 1988. The Lakewood, Ohio native was promoted to his current position in 2011. His lone season away from Cleveland was 1987 when he served as PR Director for the Atlanta Braves.
"Beat the drum" – invite your clients, friends, associates, spouse and others.
Let’s talk Guardians! 
Payment by check preferred, made payable to West Shore Rotary.
RSVP to Mary Ann Jackson, or 586-206-0348 
Deadline: June 15th
Bob DiBiasio Luncheon Luisa Heimburger 2022-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

Good Knights of Lorain County Project

Our District 6630 donated monies to pay for 22 complete beds (bedding an all) for the children of Lorain County.  On May 14th we cut, sanded, dipped and drilled enough wood for 42 beds! What an achievement for 4 hours of work.  
The district project this year is to help Good Knights of Lorain County fulfill its mission to give every child a bed to sleep on.  Their motto is "Every Child Deserves a Good Night"
A good night’s sleep is fundamental to good health, good academic performance, and a positive way of living. Too many children in our community have to sleep on cold, hard floors or in other uncomfortable conditions. Our volunteers do their best to help them, with one bed at a time.
We helped build beds at their facility at 1935 Cooper Foster Park Dr., Amherst, OH 44001 on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.
It was a good thing!
Good Knights of Lorain County Project Luisa Heimburger 2022-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

North Olmsted Parade  Aug 29, 2021

Just back from the North Olmsted Community Parade, in which your West Shore Rotary Club had a presence. Eric (who still plays hockey!) and Amy Wagner (along with their children Reagan and Grant) walked the parade route and handed out candy. Very much appreciated. (We only got a little wet.)  Submitted by Don Auble
Our North Olmsted High School class of '21 recipient of a West Shore Rotary $1,500 scholarship, Owen Conway,  had already started at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (King's Point NY) but was injured there and will be rejoining his class next year. In the meantime he's going to Cleveland State U., taking STEM and Mechanical Engineering classes, with the goal of a Maritime Engineering degree from USMMA.
(Submitted by Don Auble - Scholarship Chair)
North Olmsted Parade Aug 29, 2021 Luisa Heimburger 2021-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

In Person Meetings to Start Again

It is my pleasure to announce that beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021,  The West Shore Rotary Club will once again be hosting our luncheon meetings in-person.
Because the 100th Bomb Group is closed, we have decided to hold ALL FUTURE meetings at Arturo's Bar & Grill, 26679 Brookpark Extension, North Olmstead, 44070, at 12 noon.  
The cost will remain $20, and there are 5 lunch items to choose from.  Luncheon tickets will also be available for purchase.
We are excited to see all of you again and visit with your fellow Rotarians.  We are also looking to expand our club's membership, and would welcome any guests you would like to bring.

Mary Ann Jackson

The West Shore Rotary Club 

In Person Meetings to Start Again Luisa Heimburger 2021-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Class of 2021 West Shore Rotary Scholarship ($1,500) recipients
Fairview High School
North Olmsted High School
Saint Joseph Academy
2021 Scholarship Recipients Luisa Heimburger 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Wagner Retiring as FPCS Superintendent 

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Wagner, Fairview Park City Schools superintendent, on his retirement.
Bill has been a member of the West Shore Rotary Club since April of 2012, past president and board member. 
He is always ready to help where needed.  A true Rotarian through and through.
Enjoy your retirement, Bill, you've earned it!
Bill Wagner Retiring as FPCS Superintendent Luisa Heimburger 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

District Governors Citation Award

Don Auble accepting his Unsung Hero award from Angelo Russo, president of the West Shore Rotary Club.
This citation was awarded to Don from our District Governor for always being there to help whenever our Club needs it.  He volunteers behind the scenes and cares about the success of our Club.
Thank you, Don, for being the epitome of the service above self. 
District Governors Citation Award Luisa Heimburger 2021-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Joe Kazimer

Joe Kazimer passed away on March 12, 2021
  He was a 44 year member of our Rotary Club,
  with 25 of those years as the club Sergeant-at-arms.
  Joe also served our country as a Marine, Corporal Sergeant, 1946-52
  Services will be private, at Chambers Funeral Home, Saturday, March 20th.
  Joe, thank you for your service to Rotary and to our country, you will be missed. 
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2020 Scholarships

West Shore Rotary Club awards $6,000 in scholarships
The West Shore Rotary Club recently presented $1,500 scholarships to Class of 2020 graduating seniors at Fairview High School, North Olmsted High School, John Marshall High School, and St. Joseph Academy. Selections were based upon applicant’s academics, activities, community service, and essay, “Why mankind should be everybody’s business.” 
2020 Scholarships Luisa Heimburger 2021-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

West Shore Rotary Scholarships 2019

West Shore Rotary recently awarded four scholarships to Class of ’19 graduates of Fairview High School, North Olmsted High School, John Marshall High School and St. Joseph Academy at $1,500 each, funded by various fund-raisers.
West Shore Rotary Scholarships 2019 Lauren Teschner 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering Rotarian Newton J. Kellackey

In Memory of Rotarian, Newton J. Kellackey

Newton J. Kellackey, Jr. DDS, was a charter member of the West Shore Rotary Club, (chartered as the Fairview-West Park Rotary) founded in 1961.
He was a 57 year Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, and a veteran of the US Air Force, 1st Lieutenant (1953-55).
He was recognized by the West Shore Rotary Club with a lifetime achievement award on October 14, 2010, for his service to the club, and the local and international community.
Newt was a dentist, in private practice, specializing in orthodontics. His compassion for people in need was a driving force for the humanitarian commitments that became part of his life and he used his skills in dentistry on the missions that he served.  With the support of the Rotary Club, Newt made many trips to Brazil to meet their medical needs.  Newt developed, with total support from the club, thirteen international health care missions to the Amazon jungle.  He spearheaded the shipping of 200 baby scales, 35 bicycles, 400 pairs of glasses, a four wheel drive truck, an entire surgical lab and equipment, and the building of 11 water wells. In 2002 Newt and Dan Fronczak (through their hard work), got pledges from 22 clubs within our district and with funds from Rotary International, provided a much needed replacement truck to the Esperanza organization, in the city of Santarem, Brazil.  Through Newt’s influence, Rotary supported an international exchange student from Brazil.  He volunteered on other missions, as well, with other organizations on religious and medical missions. His last trip to Brazil was in 2003.
Our Club is proud of Newt and all he accomplished in his lifetime, as a Rotarian, and a humanitarian.
Thank you, Newt, for your dedication to Rotary and its founding principles of service above self.  May God hold you in his loving arms.
Newt passed away March 12, 2018, at 89 years of age.
Remembering Rotarian Newton J. Kellackey Luisa Heimburger 2019-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

West Shore Rotary Club Donates to Shop with a Cop

The West Shore Rotary Club continued its yearly tradition of making donations to both the city of North Olmsted and Fairview Park's Shop with a Cop. Children in both of these cities had the opportunity to shop with local law enforcement to pick out some Christmas gifts for the holiday season. 
Tom Eble presenting Fairview Park with Donation
Tome Eble presenting North Olmsted with Donation
West Shore Rotary Club Donates to Shop with a Cop Lauren Teschner 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Shoe Boxes for Nicaraguan Children

Shoe Boxes for Children of the Dump in Nicaragua

Our club filled 32 boot size boxes at BW3 in Fairview Park on July 10th.  Our boxes will to be combined with boxes from other clubs in our District, to be shipped to the children of the dump in Nicaragua, in time for Christmas.  The Westlake/Bay club, is in charge of this project district wide and will be organizing the delivery of the boxes to the children personally, with a team of Rotarians this December.
Bill Wagner was the chair of the event for our club. Club members and friends chose the age and gender of the child they wanted to buy for and how many boxes for each child.  It was so gratifying to know that a deserving child in Chinendega, Nicaragua will be opening a box of school supplies, clothes and toys that we personally shopped for.  It warms the heart to help a child.
Thank you Bill ,for organizing the event and getting the boxes to where they need to be.  
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What does Rotary do?

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What does Rotary do?

Eight little words give us the answer.
This is a letter found in the Rotarian magazine, November 2017 issue. 
Written by Joseph J. Kovarik, Cottage Grove, Minn.
RI President Ian H.S. Riseley expressed his concern, in the August president's message, that we have "had a difficult time conveying the scope of our work."  Later he asks, "What does Rotary do?"  I'd like to offer an answer in just eight words.  The compact response is derived from posing three questions: What do we do? Where do we do it? How do we do it?
What do we do? Improve people's lives.
Where do we do it? Locally and globally.
How do we do it? Through service.
Such a mission-minded claim underscores our action orientation.  We just observe that we are a leadership organization with a deceptively singular force: Improve peoples lives, locally and globally, through service.  We can reduce our statement to six words if we adopt the portmanteau word used by Atlanta's mayor, Kasim Reed, in his speech at the Rotary International Convention: "glocal".  Our alternate six-word definition of Rotary could read: Improve peoples lives glocally, through service.  
Your choice - eight or six words - in our continuing effort to assert the essence of Rotary.
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