Thank You Ridge Tool!

Craig Sumner President Professional Tools, Ridge Tool in Elyria (and an Avon Lake resident) hosted North Coast Rotarians for an informative tour throughout their facilities. While in their theater-style auditorium we learned about Ridgid’s history beginning in 1923 and their growth into a worldwide operation through their parent company Emerson.  Director of Marketing Becky Brotherton, Plant Manager Joe Hofferth, Quality Manager Dave Resor and Business Unit Manager Jackie Marsh answered questions and took us through the plant.  We were amazed by the automated robotic processes, the exceptionally clean and brightly lit facility and their advanced safety equipment.  Ridge Tool is a valued company in our region and a premier employer and we appreciated the opportunity to visit and tour.  

Avon Lake Safety Forces – Police and Fire

Last week Police Chief Vince Molnar and Fire Chief Jeremy Betsa and their staffs, hosted North Coast Rotarians and guests in a comprehensive tour of the Avon Lake Safety Center. They explained and demonstrated the need for repairs to the Safety Center, repurposing of the vacated fire station for use by the police department and a new fire station to address the expanding needs of the Avon Lake community. Detailed information from our visit is included in this fact sheet:

The Chiefs invite the community to learn more and see for yourselves at the upcoming Big Trucks event on September 17th at the Safety Center or to contact them directly.

More About Our Communities

This Rotary Year, North Coast will focus on our communities, local businesses, services and non-profits.

Our first meeting in July, we were updated on the Behavioral Health of Lorain County by Michael Doud, Executive Director of the MHARS (Mental Health Addiction and Recovery Services)Board, Don Schiffbauer, Executive Director of the Nord Center, and Dan Haight, President of The LCADA Way. There are various ways to stay informed about their services, to volunteer and advocate for behavioral health. Learn more about these organizations from their websites:

New Rotary Year/ New Officers – Celebrating at the Crusher’s Game

At the Crusher’s game on June 28th, North Coast Rotarians and guests recognized and celebrated outgoing president Doug Maurer presenting him with cards and gifts. Doug was the club’s president for the past two years.   

Doug expressed his appreciation to club members, then surprised his wife Deborah, with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award for all she has done to support him.  Doug also presented a Service Above Self Award to Jinnyn Tata for her efforts in support of the club. 

Following the awards, Doug installed Joe Matuscak as the new President of North Coast Rotary and presented Joe with the Club’s Gavel.   Joe Matuscak then swore-in his Officers:  Larry Calabrese, Jinnyn Tata, Bob Scott (in absentia), John Daly, Allen Porter, Theresia Oreskovic, Gina Eschke and Eric Stinehelfer. 

Everyone enjoyed the rest of the evening with a game-style buffet and the Crusher’s Baseball game.

My Very Own Blanket – Service Project

North Coast Rotarians joined the French Creek Family Y Caps and Laps group to cut and knott fringed edges finishing twenty-two fleece blankets. The blanket kits were purchased by North Coast Rotary as part of a District-wide project in which many local rotary clubs participated. The finished blankets will be distributed to foster children in Lorain County and to Blessing House.  

Rotarians Build Beds at Good Knights of Lorain County

Last Saturday, Rotarians from Westlake/Bay Village, Westshore, Lakewood/Rocky River, Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise, and North Coast volunteered in a Bed Build at Good Knights in Amherst. We were also joined by several members of the Masons and followed a Keller-Williams day at Good Knights.

The non-profit organization, Good Knights, builds and delivers beds for children in Lorain County who don’t have a bed of their own to sleep in and are instead sleeping on the floor every night.

We cut wood, drilled holes, sanded each wood piece, readying them to be dipped/stained dried, and assembled.   The Cluster of Rotary clubs from District 6630 also donated enough funds to fund the building of 20+ beds, including frames, mattresses, pillows, and bed linens.   Rotarians look forward to helping at future Build Days and supporting the mission of Good Knights Lorain County.

4-Mayor’s Luncheon and Mini-State-of-the-City Address

The North Coast Chamber of Commerce with Power of More invited Joe Matuscak, incoming president of North Coast Rotary to speak at the 4-Mayors’ State-of-the-City/Luncheon last week. At the event, attended by approximately 250 guests, each mayor presented an update on key happenings in Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake. The Mayors also spoke of unity and collaboration, similar to Rotary Clubs’ commitments to service locally and regionally.

The North Coast Rotary was proud to be one of the sponsors of the Luncheon.  From the podium, Joe directed everyone’s attention to a profile-sheet “Get to Know Us” at each place-setting. “North Coast Rotarians share common interests, have fun, make a positive impact in our communities through service, share business connections and expand our personal and professional networks.” 

Joe thanked the North Coast Chamber, the Mayors and the other sponsors of the event for the opportunity.  North Coast Rotary serves Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village. Twelve North Coast Rotarians were there and available for questions about the club’s projects and membership. 

Donation to CRS Easter Brunch Baskets Project

North Coast Rotarians supplied Coffee, Creamer, Pancake Mix and Cinnamon Rolls to Community Resource Services (CRS) for their Easter Brunch Basket project. (Thanks to Apples Market who significantly discounted our purchases!) CRS was able to assemble Easter Brunch baskets for 75 families in need, combining these with donations of eggs, bacon, syrup, Easter egg decorating kits, fruit cocktail, candy and Easter baskets from other organizations including New Westsiders. Several Rotarians and New Westsiders assisted CRS staff in organizing the donations. Families began picking up their Baskets at the beginning of April. (North Coast Rotary has long supported CRS whose mission is to diminish the effects of poverty in Avon and Avon Lake:

Donation to e3 Kids International Schools in Kenya

North Coast Rotary was able to support e-3 Kids International with 1000 little dresses and shorts made by the St. Clarence Little Dresses Ministry led by Rita Backus and Annemarie Schroeder. Additionally Big Frog of Avon donated many t-shirts to the cause. At a recent meeting, North Coast Rotary heard from e-3 Kids International Founder and Executive Director Carol Turner.  Their mission is to equip, empower and educate youth in impoverished countries.  The 10-year-old organization, based in Fredericksburg Virginia operates in multiple countries. Carol’s presentation focused on their schools in Kenya, and their collaboration with Sandusky resident JoEllen Schadeck to establish sewing academies

JoEllen will deliver the North Coast Rotary donations to Carol in Virginia in time for a June 2022 shipment to Kenya.   e-3 Kids also works closely with Virginia area Rotarians and Christian organizations.  North Coast Rotary will continue to connect e-3 Kids with local Rotary organizations who do work in the same impoverished areas.

Note: The N. Olmsted St. Clarence Little Dresses Ministry meet the first two Wednesdays of every month to assemble materials, sew dresses and shorts and embellish them. They are in need of fabric donations. Please use the form below if you have 100% cotton fabric that you can donate . A North Coast Rotarian will contact you to arrange the donation. Thank you!

Interact – Youth Service Organization

This 2021-2022 school year, forty Brookside High School students joined the Interact club to work on a variety of service projects.  Interact Advisor V. Rion attributed the Club’s success to its Officers saying, “They are engaged, demonstrate leadership, are committed to service for others and work very well together.”  Reporting out at the North Coast Rotary meeting, each Officer highlighted specific projects. Teacher recognition, candy for the military, cards for nursing home residents, holiday baskets for those in need and a reading project for the whole district were just a few of the service initiatives. North Coast Rotary congratulated the Officers and presented Certificates of Interact Leadership to President Leah Musall, Vice President Chase Holm, Secretary Alex Rion, Treasurer Liv Strohsack, and Representatives Joe DeLuca and Nura Afaneh. Most of the officers are seniors, but Alex and Joe plan to return next year to help lead the club with another year of Service. ​