6th Annual Child Safe Community Day Fair – Sunday March 13, 2016

Enjoy free admission to the 6th Annual Child Safe Community Day, presented by Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers, the North Coast Rotary Club and its’ student organization North Coast Interact.  The event includes mini clinics on safety topics for young people and parents, including finger printing ID kits.th-2 There will also be photos with the Easter Bunny as well as an ice cream eating contest.
The event takes place from 1 PM to 4 PM at Troy Intermediate School, 237 Belmar Boulevard, Avon Lake, Ohio.  Call 440-930-2530 for more information.

4-Way Test – Public Speaking Contest Winners


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On Tuesday high school students from Avon High School, Avon Lake High School and Brookside High School participated  in a Rotary sponsored public speaking competition, also known as the 4-Way Speech Contest.

Rotarian Dr. John Crooks coordinated the program and enlightened the audience of 30 members and guests about its’ history.  Rotarians have long promoted high ethical standards, and the “4-Way Test” asks that of the things we think, say and do:
1) Is it the Truth;
2) Is it Fair to all concerned;
3) Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships and;
4) Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.

The Contest gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills while highlighting Rotary’s values.  Students develop their own speaking material drawing on the 4-Way Test and their own personal experiences.

The students’ presentations were evaluated by four judges, all with educational backgrounds.  The judges complimented the participants on their presentations expressing their opinions that they all performed at college level.

Kyle B. from Avon Lake High School and Sam L. from Avon High School were fourth place finishers and were recognized for their effort in participating.

Alexis D. from Avon High School was awarded a third place finish; Dale W. from Brookside High School a second place finish; and Elliott P. , also from Brookside High School, was awarded first place with the opportunity to continue at the Area Contest and District Contests.

Cash prizes were  awarded to the first, second and third place winners.  The next competition among the winners from 10 to 16 Rotary Club competitions will be at Ritter Public Library in Vermilion on Saturday March 12th.

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Scholarships for High School Seniors

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For High School Seniors from Avon High School, Avon Lake High School and Brookside High School, the Rotary Club Foundation will fund a total of six scholarships; one for each high school and one for each program – Interact and Strive.

Scholarship applications are accepted beginning in March and decisions are made in May.  Each high school guidance office has the scholarship application forms.  Eligibility requirements include acceptance by and enrollment in a four-year college or university.

Area Rotary Clubs Help Purchase Refrigerated Food Truck for Second Harvest Food Bank

The Second Harvest Food Bank  of North Central Ohio, has received a refrigerated truck purchased in part through a $36,000 donation by 16 area Rotary clubs and Rotary International Foundation.

Second Harvest serves the counties of Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain. Rotary clubs support the organizations who receive food from Second Harvest, their “partner charities”.  When Juliana Chase-Morefield, Executive Director, explained the need for a refrigerated truck which would allow delivery of fresh produce throughout the four counties, Rotary Clubs stepped up to help. This was an opportunity to provide more sustainable support to the communities these Rotary Clubs serve.

The new truck recognizes the generous support of Rotary Clubs of Amherst, Bellvue, Elyria, Elyria Sunrise, Huron, Interact, Lorain, Milan, North Coast, Norwalk, Oberlin, Sandusky, Vermilion, Willard and the Rotary E-Club.

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The truck will cover about 30,000 miles this upcoming year delivering about 1.5 million pounds of food throughout the region. As a result, about 400 families will receive fresh produce and groceries with each delivery.