On November 15th, at our morning meeting, we had the pleasure of hosting the Mayor of the City of Avon, Honorable Bryan Jensen. The Mayor spoke to us about the companies coming to Avon in the near future, the growth strategy of the City of Avon and how the city works with businesses interested in coming there. Mayor Jensen kept everyone interested and engaged. He entertained many follow up questions. We hope he comes back to see us soon. Thank you Mayor Jensen for your time! Pictured above with Mayor Jensen is North Coast Rotary President Jinnyn Tata.
What does a renowned world class orchestra and the oldest service organization have in common? In 1916 a successful business owner, Arch Klumph, also a flutist with the Cleveland Orchestra, started the Rotary Foundation with $28.50. Thousands of Rotarians and community leaders, and members of the Cleveland Symphony celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation at a Sunday afternoon concert in Severance Hall on the eve of World Polio Day. With a modest start the Rotary Foundation has combined individual contributions and savings to grow to hundreds of millions dollars for funding international eradication of Polio, clean water projects worldwide, entrepreneurial encouragement, international youth exchange for high school students, and post graduate International Peace Scholars.
Allen and Karen Porter, and Bon Russell, members of the North Coast Rotary that meets in Avon Lake attended the celebration with thousands of Rotarians, friends, family and community leaders from Northern Ohio.
The concert included works by Beethoven, Claude Debussy and John Williams. There was also a special video segments highlighting the history of Rotary.
Immediately following the concert, a Centennial Celebration Dinner was held at the InterContinental Cleveland to honor donations to The Rotary Foundation in honor of The Foundation’s 100th Anniversary. The evening’s events also included a very special induction of four members into the Arch Klumph Society with some traveling from as far away as the Philippines to be honored in Mr. Klumph’s hometown.
Highlights of the evening included presentations by honored guests. To honor the leadership of Cleveland Rotarian Arch C. Klumph, The Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, City of Cleveland declared Sunday, October 23, 2016 as Arch C. Klumph Day in honor of this “Renaissance Man,” the Father of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International who had a dream 100 years ago of “Doing Good in the World.”
What a great first Rotary and Interact fundraiser in Sheffield Village/ Sheffield Lake! Over 150 guests came to the Great Pizza Bake off at Brookside High School. Congratulations to the Winners: Neechi’s for both Best Pepperoni and People’s Choice, Pizza Hut for Best Cheese and Doughboy’s Pizza and Wings for Best Specialty.
Adding to the fun were the activities managed by the Interact Club and Rotarian Doug Maurer; Puttin-out-Polio, Face-painting, Autumn-coloring, Halloween tattoos and the Pie-in-the-Face.
Thank you to Superintendent Mike Cook, Sheffield Village Mayor Hunter, High School Principal Brent Schremp, Rotarian, Guidance Counselor and Emcee Gina Eschke, and Sprenger who donated cookies for dessert. Our thanks also to the community including many parents, teachers and staff who participated and supported us.
Recognition is due to our local sponsors including: Ford Motor Company, Rockin’ on the River – Falls River Concerts, Lubrizol, Shur-Tec, Avon Chiropractic Center, Brian Kyles Construction, Billings & Company Certified Public Accountants, First Federal of Lorain, Glen Kuemerle, D.D.S., MUSIAL & MUSIAL Co., LPA Counselors at Law, Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., The Press, Sprenger Health Care Systems and State Farm Agent Eileen Reigert.