Sarah Pruzan, Avon Lake High School Scholarship Awardee

Through funding by Marilyn and Curtis Weems, the North Coast Rotary Foundation is pleased to award a $1000 scholarship to Sarah Pruzan, a 2020 graduate of Avon Lake High School. 

Sarah Pruzan, Marilyn Weems North Coast Rotary Scholarship Awardee

While at Avon Lake High School, Sarah was actively involved with students with disabilities both in helping them one-on-one in the classroom as well as helping them to integrate into the school with a classroom coffee business and being involved in the PALS program. She was also a member of Key Club which assists members of the community.

A recipient of the Marilyn Weems North Coast Rotary Scholarship, Sarah Pruzan has taken rigorous academic courses and received many awards, including the AP Scholars Award.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as both the National English Honors Society and the French National Honors Society. 

Sarah is a kind, caring person with a love for horses and all things French. “As a former French teacher, it is important to me that the recipient of this scholarship be someone with a true love of the language and Sarah exemplifies that love and appreciation for this beautiful language and its culture.” (Marilyn Weems)

Sarah plans to attend the University of Dayton to study Civil Engineering but hopes to include continued learning and appreciation of the French language in her life.

Congratulations to Sarah and all 2020 high school graduates!

Welcome New Members!

Four new members joined North Coast Rotary and were inducted last Tuesday.  President Joe Matuscak conducted the induction ceremony in-person and virtually at the meeting.  Rotarians welcomed:

  • Pam Ohradzansky, Executive Director for Community Resource Services
  • Reese Brooks, Financial Advisor Edward Jones
  • Theresia Oreskovic,  Owner of Peter & Co. Jewelers   
  • Dawn Meyer, Manager Sales at Main Event in Avon. 

North Coast Rotary is seeking new members interested in making a difference in our communities ~ Contact us at 866-696-0953 for more information!

Avon Lake Scholarship Awardee Rayana Meyers

North Coast Rotary Foundation is pleased to award a $1000 scholarship to Rayana Meyers, a 2020 graduate of Avon Lake High School. Rayana will pursue education in Biomedical Engineering and intends to continue following her passion for helping others by serving in organizations such as the Global Engineering Club and Alpha Phi Omega.

While at Avon Lake High School, Rayana achieved a superior academic record, participated in Math Club, National English Honor Society and was a Varsity Bowler.  In Rayana’s application essay, she credited her four years of volunteer service with Key Club for the opportunity to improve the lives of many and to help in her community. She also further developed her leadership skills serving as Key Club’s Senior Class Representative.

A recipient of the North Coast Rotary Bon Russell Memorial Scholarship, Rayana Meyers exemplifies Rotary’s ideals in her Service Above Self and in the words of one of her teachers, “a very high level of integrity”. 

Congratulations to Rayana and all 2020 high school graduates!

In-Person and Virtual Meetings

North Coast Rotary will resume in-person meetings next week. Our meeting site, the Avon Middle School Media Room, provides enough space for physical distancing. We will simultaneously use WebEx for those who are not available or comfortable to meet in person. Thank you to Ben Hodge and the Avon Schools for hosting us!

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Scholarship Awardee

Avon High School

North Coast Rotary Foundation is pleased to award a scholarship to Brandon Thomas Doehne, a 2020 graduate of Avon High School. Brandon was the top-qualifier among a number of applicants. 

Brandon Doehne

Brandon, a recipient of the Service Above Self Jane Kuzman Memorial scholarship presented a well-written and heartfelt essay.  He described his plan to attend Cedarville University studying mechanical engineering.  Brandon volunteered as a member of LEO Club, Key Club, NHS, Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, among other organizations and while playing varsity baseball, basketball and bowling. 

It was Brandon’s participation in Friendship Club and Unified Football that led him to commit “to become a more inclusive leader in college and beyond.”  

Congratulations to Brandon and all 2020 high school graduates!

A Thank You to Avon Cleveland Clinic ER Workers

North Coast Rotarians decided that instead of having their annual recognition and new officer installation event, they would use the money to buy pizza and cake for the Emergency Room Department workers at Avon Cleveland Clinic to thank them for their dedication. At noon yesterday, they delivered pizzas from Master Pizza in Avon and Pizza Hut near LCCC and a box of handy North Coast Rotary “chip bag clips”!

See the Morning Journal article: https://www.morningjournal.com/news/lorain-county/north-coast-rotary-delivers-pizza-to-health-care-workers/article_7d2513d2-96d1-11ea-909b-f7f1248ee442.html

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North Coast Rotary President Joe Matuscak, left, prepares pizzas to be delivered to frontline healthcare workers at Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital on May 15.
 Kevin Martin — The Morning Journal

In addition to thanking North Coast Rotary in person, Nurse Manager Stephanie Ness presented NCR with a special Thank You card!

Congratulations to our Essay Contest awardees!

1st place:  Wolfgang Burgess, Avon Middle School  

2nd place:  Thomas Bilczo, Sheffield Middle School  

3rd place:  Aamenah Mohamed, Avon Middle School  

“The kids were super excited to receive their certificates and prize money – It was fun!” exclaimed Rotarian Ben Hodge who personally delivered the awards to the winning students.  

First-place winner, Wolfgang Burgess, has had his essay entered into the Rotary District 6600’s Essay Competition.  

Recognized for making it to the Club Round of the Contest are: Abigail Hill from Learwood Middle School; Brookside Middle School students: Mya Sweeney, Sydney Williams, Amber Aberts, Haileigh Smith, and Mackenna Herrmann and Avon Middle School students:   Hannah Slivochka, Emma Yanasak, Anika Singh and Isabella Keller.  Each Club Round Participant received a certificate and letter in the mail from North Coast Rotary.

North Coast Rotary also wishes to recognize the teachers and administrators who supported this program in all three middle schools.