A big THANK YOU Avon Lake!

The 14th Homecoming Great Pizza Bake-Off ended yesterday just in time for the big game! 

Pizzeria winners were ROMEO’s Peoples’ Choice (Overall Favorite); MASTER PIZZA Pro’s Choice; PIZZA HUT for Best Sauce; DOMINO’S for Best Pepperoni and OLD SCHOOL for Best Specialty pizza. 

Rotarians, Key Club members, Interact Club members and Avon Lake school staff worked together to provide a welcoming environment for several hundred guests to enjoy samples of pizza, raffles and kids fun – facepainting and more.  

A big thank you to our Foundation’s main sponsors: Ford Motor Company, Peter & Co. Jewelers, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Brian Kyles Landscapes of Distinction, Buckeye Bank and Carol Murphy of Keller Williams Realty.  

Funds raised from this event will support scholarships, youth and community initiatives.

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. ​

Tuesday January 11th Meeting 7:30 AM Featuring Students of the Month from Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside High Schools

North Coast Rotary will recognize three students selected by their schools for selfless acts, positively influencing others, willingness to help and more. These students will receive a congratulatory letter, certificate of achievement, Main Event gift cards and a gift certificate to a local pizza shop. The meeting starts at 7:30 AM via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3462102767 use passcode rotary. Congratulations to North Coast Rotary Students of the Month for January 2022!

Brookside High School Students Learn Textiles and Sew for International Project

Family and Consumer Science Teacher Debbie Walker brought BHS students Kara and Brittany to a Club meeting to share their experiences in learning about textiles and supporting one of North Coast Rotary’s projects.  Debbie Walker’s classBHS Students make Little Dressesfocused on textiles and she and her students embraced the opportunity to create Little Dresses as one of their hands-on projects.   In addition to learning how to sew (some were already proficient), students created their own fabric designs and explored related vocations. Rotarian Becky Russell addressed the BHS class earlier in the month speaking about her career as a professional costumer and the variety of fabrics she has worked with in the theatre.  In all, students made 18 dresses.  Students were proud of their creations and their opportunity to “give”.  These dresses and others from Avon Lake High School students and Oberlin Rotary will be presented to children in an upcoming trip to Africa.

Rotary Fundraiser at BHS Sheffield Lake/Sheffield Village

What a great first Rotary and Interact fundraiser in Sheffield Village/ Sheffield Lake!  14884580_10155659835864852_4980246355598938902_oOver 150 guests came to the Great Pizza Bake off at Brookside High School.  Congratulations to the Winners: Neechi’s for both Best Pepperoni and People’s Choice, Pizza Hut for Best Cheese and Doughboy’s Pizza and Wings for Best Specialty.

Adding to the fun were the activities managed by the Interact Club and Rotarian Doug Maurer; Puttin-out-Polio, Face-painting,  Autumn-coloring, Halloween tattoos and the Pie-in-the-Face.


Thank you to Superintendent Mike Cook,  Sheffield Village Mayor Hunter, High School Principal Brent Schremp, Rotarian, Guidance Counselor and Emcee Gina Eschke, and Sprenger who donated cookies for dessert.  Our thanks also to the community including many parents, teachers and staff who participated and supported us.

Recognition is due to our local sponsors including:  Ford Motor Company, Rockin’ on the River – Falls River Concerts, Lubrizol, Shur-Tec, Avon Chiropractic Center, Brian Kyles Construction, Billings & Company Certified Public Accountants, First Federal of Lorain, Glen Kuemerle, D.D.S., MUSIAL & MUSIAL Co., LPA Counselors at Law, Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., The Press, Sprenger Health Care Systems and State Farm Agent Eileen Reigert.

Join us at our next fundraisers in February – a Great Pizza Bake-Off at Avon High School, and a Wine Tasting at Sprenger.

North Coast Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Belgium

Inna Nikolova, a senior at Brookside High School, attended her first Rotary Club Meeting in Belgium her host country for this school year.  (Its customary to exchange Club Flags.)  When asked why she sought the exchange program, Inna said “The fact that I will come back completely fluent in another language is something that will benefit me in the future, especially in my career since I plan to major in International Relations.”  Inna had the support of her family, fellow students at the North Coast Interact Club, and Brookside High School teachers and staff.  To pay for her travel expenses, Inna worked at Wal-Mart in Avon, held fundraisers at Brookside and received contributions from North Coast Rotary Club and Interact Club and an anonymous donor.  We are very excited for her.  She promises to keep us updated as her adventure continues.rotary youth exchange 3

Scholarships for High School Seniors


For High School Seniors from Avon High School, Avon Lake High School and Brookside High School, the Rotary Club Foundation will fund a total of six scholarships; one for each high school and one for each program – Interact and Strive.

Scholarship applications are accepted beginning in March and decisions are made in May.  Each high school guidance office has the scholarship application forms.  Eligibility requirements include acceptance by and enrollment in a four-year college or university.