7th Annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest at North Coast Rotary

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.


Pizza Awards – 2019 Avon Great Pizza Bake-off

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.

New Meeting Times and Location

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

Allen Porter champions MESA

John Daly Its about friendship

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.

Thank you Senator Manning!

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.  

Farmers’ Market – CRS


Farmersmarket2018At CRS’s new location, Rotarians and friends unpacked and distributed fresh produce at the CRS Farmers’ Market.  The ripe watermelons, heads of lettuce, greens and zucchinis were welcomed by many clients. 

This is the 3rd Farmers’ Market that Rotarians have supported for Community Resource Services!

New Officers Installed for the 2018/2019 Rotary Year Induction Dinner at Parker’s 

Rotarians, spouses and friends applauded as Past President John Crooks inducted Pete Sandrev as President for the 2018/2019 year.   Joe Matuscak was inducted as Vice President. Foundation Coordinator Bob Scott presented Pete with his first Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award for contributions and service to Rotary.  District Governor Maris Brenner, and Assistant Governor Sandy Kaiser joined in celebrating the new officers and PHF recognition.  Officers also include Mary Crehore, Secretary and Treasurer Larry Calabrese. 

Already Helping – Welcome New Member Joan Leibacher

Allen Porter inducted Joan Leibacher into the club.  (President John Crooks and Past President Jinnyn Tata will serve her as her mentors.)New Member Joan Leibacher  Joan worked for Sprenger Healthcare for ten years.  In April of this year, she started her own home healthcare business, ACC Adult Home Care located in Avon.  Her business assists individuals in their homes with light housekeeping, shopping, errands, etc.  Joan lives in Lorain with her husband, Jason, and two children.  Joan is very involved in giving back especially through her church.  For Rotary, she has already contributed a box for the Children of Chinandega project.    Thanks, Joan!