7th Annual Child Safe Community Day Fair

Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers and North Coast Rotary Club sponsored the 7th Annual Child Safe Community Day Fair at Troy School in Avon Lake.  Jeff Ellis, a Strongsville Rotarian, and local police and fire services provided mini clinics on safety topics and offered finger printing i.d. kits.  Teachers from the Karate Centers provided martial arts demonstrations.  Children also enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt, and North Coast Rotary’s Interact Club table where students provided games and facepainting.IMG_4523

Spring Fling Balloon Raffle

Overe 160 Rotarians, and guests attended North Ridgeville’s major annual fundraiser, Spring Fling.  North Coast Rotary has collaborated with North Ridgeville at this event for many years and sponsors the balloon raffle.  All items for the Balloon Raffle are provided by North Coast Rotary with most from Rotarians and sponsoring businesses.   Over thirty beautiful and themed baskets were donated to North Coast Rotary by Bernadette McCrone, sister of Rotarian John Daly.

North Coast Rotarians at Legacy Dinner


Northern and Western Ohio Rotary Club Boards, Rotary Leaders and special Guests came together at a Legacy Dinner to CELEBRATE Paul Harris Fellows, and Major and Bequest Donors this Rotary Year 2016-2017 at the Emerald Event Center in Avon, Ohio.

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is extended to any individual who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund or PolioPlus or as sponsorship of a portion of a Foundation grant. The recognition consists of a certificate and pin.

North Coast and Oberlin Interact students assisted at the Event.



Sip & Support

Thanks to Sprenger, The Wine Room, our sponsors and over eighty guests the North Coast Rotary Sip & Support Wine Tasting was a great success!  The event fell on “National Wine Day” and was supported by eleven distributors with 62 different wine labels.  In addition to the unlimited wine sampling, guests purchased many bottles of wine with discounts from The Wine Room.  Sprenger Towne Center generously donated their space, tables, chairs, dining services and more. Sprenger Manager and Rotarian Annie Naumann worked the setup and takedown.  The event was coordinated by The Wine Room co-owner and Rotarian, Pete Sandrev, with guests enjoying gourmet appetizers prepared by Chef Jim Smith. A date has already been set for next year’s event which promises to be even bigger and better!

4-Way Test Speech Contest

Is it the truth; is it fair; will it build goodwill and better friendships; will it be beneficial?  These are the goals of Rotary’s Four-Way Test and the challenge for the Avon, Avon Lake, and Brookside high school speech contestants who competed at the North Coast Rotary club meeting on February 7 in Avon Lake.  Speaking to a room filled with Rotarians and parents, Calli Krebs and Samuel Eddington from Avon, Grace Wennerberg and Marguerite Smith from Avon Lake, and Dale Wilson and Zackory Langin from Brookside spoke on topics as diverse as American foreign policy, social media and gender inequality, all in the context of the Four-Way Test, for the first round of the Rotary District 6600 annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  Dr. John Crooks, North Coast Rotary President-elect for 2017/2018, facilitated the event.  The students competed for cash prizes and were judged on the delivery, originality and content of their speeches by Ken Collins, Interim Manager of Security and Physical Plant in Sheffield Village; Janice Lapina, Program Manager of NEO LaunchNet at LCCC; and Dr. Robert Young, Professor of Business at Baldwin Wallace University.  First and second place winners, Samuel Eddington and Calli Krebs respectively, are both seniors at Avon High School.  The third place winner, Grace Wennerberg, is a freshman at Avon Lake High School.  First Place Winner Samuel Eddington will compete in the next round on Saturday, April 8 in Van Wert, Ohio.4 Way Test Speech Contestants with Judges

4 Way Test Essay Winners

Avon Middle School students placed first, second and third in the contest which challenged the students to write an essay (no more than 1,500 words) on the topic, “Rotary’s Four Way Test and What it Means to the Conduct of my Daily Life.” The Four-Way Test includes answering the following questions related to what we say and do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The purpose of the essay is for the students to explain their personal understanding of the Four-Way Test and how it relates to his/her life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say and do? http://thefourwaytest.com/history-of-the-four-way-test/

In total, 13 contestants from three middle schools in three different school districts (Avon, Avon Lake, and Sheffield-Sheffield Lake) participated.