2022 Scholarship Awardees!

North Coast Rotary Scholarship Awardees for 2022
Brookside – Leah Mussall, Avon – Elizabeth White, Avon Lake – Sydney Ryan, Avon Lake – Gabriela Marsala, Brookside – Nura Afaneh, Scholarship Awardees 2022 North Coast Rotary Foundation

Nura Afaneh, Leah Musall, Sydney Ryan and Elizabeth White were awarded $1000 scholarships each for their “Service Above Self.”  Their leadership roles and service to others included captaining various sports teams, President of the Avon Lake Choir program, President of BHS National Honor Society, Treasurer of Interact Service Club, volunteering at St. Mary of the Woods, Genesis House, sponsoring a club for mental health awareness and more. 

Congratulations to these graduates from Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside High Schools who stood out among the 53 well-qualified applicants for the North Coast Rotary scholarships.  

In a separate application process, Gabriel Marsala was awarded a $1000 scholarship by Marilyn Weems for her interest in continuing to study and learn the French language.   

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.

Lauren Ksiazek, MSW, LSW, Executive Director of Lorain County Office on Aging (LCOOA)

LCOOA Executive Director
Lauren Ksiazek

At today’s meeting, Executive Director of LCOOA, Lauren Ksiazek presented highlights from the 2021 Older Adults Needs Assessment (the last assessment was done in 2008). 

Lauren concluded with recommended actions:  To build on the Coalition for Quality Aging, to increase collaborations and partnerships, advocacy at all levels of government, to educate the public about the needs, and to develop sustainable and significant funding sources for aging services.  Lauren asked, “Who will be the Champion of this Population?” 

To further the discussion, the Executive Director has been sharing this information with multiple groups and organizations.  The survey results are available on the LCOOA website.  https://lcooa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/LC-Older-Adults-Needs-Assessment.pdf

To learn more contact Executive Director Lauren Ksiazek at:  lksiazek@lcooa.org

The LCOOA is the primary agency for supporting Lorain County’s older adult population.  25% of Lorain County residents are aged 60 or older, and this number is expected to continue growing.  Funding for the survey was provided by the Community Foundation of Lorain County and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

North Coast Business Expo

Rotarians enjoyed meeting with local area vendors, businesses, professionals, and non-profits at the Power of More/North Coast Chamber Business Expo held last week at Ahern’s in Avon Lake.  The club benefits from this opportunity to let others know what we do.  Through networking at this Event, we found interesting business-owners who will be invited to be a speaker at a club meeting and others who would consider joining Rotary. 

We also shared information about the 2nd annual Make Music Day celebration in Avon Lake on June 21st.  

Our thanks to Ted Esborn, Director Economic Development and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka, who have provided North Coast Rotary with the opportunity to participate in the Business Expo since 2015.

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. 

Avon’s Michele Smith and Avon Lake’s Eric McFadden win 1stPlace

This spring, many Avon and Avon Lake 7th and 8th grade students worked with their Language Arts teachers to write essays explaining their personal understanding of the 4-Way Test and how it relates to their life experiences or society.  Both school districts submitted their top six finalists to North Coast Rotary’s 4-Way Test Essay Competition. 

A committee of Rotarians reviewed and evaluated each essay for focus, content development, style, and other factors. A few of the weighty topics were truth, fairness and goodwill in society and personal relationships, wearing masks during the pandemic and the opportunities to build trust in the Avon community working with Avon’s City Council.  

To the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, Rotary presented Award Certificates and cash prizes. 4th Place winners were also presented with Award Certificates.  

Michele Smith won 1st Place North Coast and 1st Place Avon and her essay was submitted to the District Competition.

Alexandria Balthaser won 2nd Place North Coast and 2nd Place Avon. 

Eric McFadden won 3rd Place North Coast and 1st Place Avon Lake and his essay was submitted to the District Competition. 

Bree Bodde won 2nd Place Avon Lake.

Harshal Bhavsar won 3rd Place Avon Lake.

Alexa Lopata won 3rd Place Avon.

Lilly Fay Casterline, Jacob Lecorchick, and Emmit Lotz won 4th Place for Avon Lake and Deanna Dyer, NhaTien Le, Molly Legeza won 4th Place for Avon.

Congratulations to these students for their effort and achievement, and much thanks to their Language Arts teachers.  This is the sixth year that Avon’s and Avon Lake’s 7th and 8th graders have participated in North Coast Rotary’s Essay Contest. 

2022 Speech Contest Winners

North Coast Rotary held the club round of its 2022 Speech Contest among Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside high school students.  Early in the year, students began preparing to deliver a 5-minute speech on how an ethical decision-making tool, “The 4-Way Test” applied to their lives or society.  

Each school selected their top two students as Finalists to compete: Dylan Roof and Molly Cochran from Avon HS, Daniel Gordillo and Hope Tamoney from Avon Lake HS, and Sabrina Bibb and Lanie Prodonovich from Brookside HS. 

Three independent judges based their awards on delivery, originality, and content. Dylan Roof won 1st Place, speaking about social interactions, the human experience and mass automation.  2nd Place was awarded to Lanie Prodonovich and 3rd Place was awarded to Daniel Gordillo.  Congratulations to Dylan, Lanie and Daniel and all Finalists.

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: https://www.aalcrs.org)

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 https://e3kids.com/stories/sewingacademy

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. ​