Grand Bahama Island has 5 Rotary clubs and is a valued part of Rotary District 6990, which is committed to do everything possible to help them recover from the devastation. As of now, Rotary International District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four (4) 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts. Local Rotary Clubs are collecting items and packing them for the first shipment by this weekend. Want to help? Funds are being collected here: Disaster Relief Hurricane Dorian
North Coast Rotary inducted two new members at its Executive Board Meeting this month. Jan McKay and Rachael Chandler are looking forward to being more involved in their communities through Rotary!
North Coast Rotarian, Becky Russell received a Paul Harris Fellow recognition award. Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to anyone who contributes (or in whose name is contributed) a gift of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Becky joins 14 other North Coast Rotarians who have received this award. More about The Rotary Foundation can be found here: http://www.rotary.org
At The Main Event in Avon, incoming North Coast Rotary President Joe Matuscak, kicked off his Rotary year with a Bowling “Fun”draiser linked to the traditional formal Officer Installation program. Almost $500 was raised to support North Coast Rotary’s Foundation. Joe recognized Past President Pete Sandrev for his many accomplishments during 2018/2019. Pete will be a member of the Executive Board, Club Membership Chair and will chair the Sip & Support Fundraiser in May 2020. See the North Coast Rotary membership here: https://northcoastrotary.org/about-us/
With the support of Sprenger Healthcare in Avon Lake, North Coast Rotary hosted several events for the fundraising Bike Ride for MESA (Medical Equipment Supplies Abroad).
North Coast Rotary Foundation President Pete Sandrev also presented MESA with a $500 check. Long-time MESA supporter and Rotarian Allen Porter recognized Loren Dill with a MESA pin for riding for the first time and just a few months after becoming a Rotarian.
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 5th in Avon Lake.
After much preparation and supported by their teachers, five contestants presented to a group of Rotarians, parents, teachers and guests. The topics of their speeches included, The Lack of Competition; Pay and Workplace Inequality; First Impressions and its Pitfalls; Sexual Harassment and the MeToo movement and Givers, Takers and Matchers, the Value of Labels.
Past Rotary Club President Dr. John Crooks facilitated the Contest for North Coast Rotary, including securing independent judges Esperanza Correa from LCCC and Dr. Robert Young from Baldwin Wallace University. Contestants were judged on multiple dimensions of delivery, originality and content.
After much deliberation and a referral to Contest Rules in order to break a tie, the winners were announced:
ALHS Junior Marguerite Smith for First Place and $300
AHS Senior Abigail McNichols for Second Place and $200
BHS Junior Marlee Kovalik for Third Place and $100
ALHS Senior Alex Stamatis for Fourth Place
ALHS Freshman Mallory Roof for Fourth Place
In March, ALHS Junior Marguerite Smith has the opportunity to compete at the Rotary 6600 District Level in Van Wert, Ohio.
Thank you to pizza vendors who brought their staff and served hot pizza making this North Coast Rotary fundraiser a success! Close to 500 guests had the opportunity to sample up to three delicious pizzas from each of seven vendors. All guests could vote for their favorite pizza overall (People’s Choice Award), the pizza with the Best Sauce and the Best Specialty Pizza. In addition, our “Pro” sampled all the pizzas and voted for his favorite.
After tallying hundreds of votes, President Elect Joe Matuscak announced the results.
- Neechi’s was awarded the People’s Choice trophy.
- The Best Sauce trophy was awarded to Master Pizza.
- Marco’s won the Best Specialty trophy and
- The Pro’s Choice Award went to D’Tutanelli’s.
Joe Matuscak also recognized Donato’s, Cafe Piccolo and Pizza Hut for their enjoyable pizzas and their support, and thanked Peace, Love and Little Donuts for their generous donation of donuts.
North Coast Rotary held its 2nd lunch meeting at the Wine Room giving Rotarians an opportunity to get together when the morning meeting schedule doesn’t work!! Featuring a spotlight on two members- John Daly said, “Rotary is about meeting new people and the friendships you develop.” In his first month of membership, Allen Porter, a distance bike rider, highlighted how he
joined Rotarians in a MESA bike ride through southwestern Ohio. Among other Rotary programs, Allen champions MESA (Medical Equipment Supplies Abroad) and its accomplishments throughout the world. Next lunch meeting will be September 25th at 12:15 pm.
State Senator Gayle Manning spoke to our club on August 21 with an update about happenings at the Statehouse, plus highlights from her 7.5 years as District 13 senator. She has focused here attention in several areas – business growth and jobs, education – Manning is a retired elementary school teacher – transportation, and funding for capital improvements in Lorain County. Senator Manning also spoke of her efforts to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing our communities. She expressed her appreciation for all the Ohioans who have helped her understand their issues and shared their expertise in so many areas.
Joining other community organizations, Rotarians “ran” carnival games, supervised the Bouncy House and distributed prizes. North Coast Rotary will continue to recognize Avon Lake’s bi-centennial at all of its upcoming events. The Great Pizza Bake Off at Avon Lake High School is September 27th!