|Rotary notes, August 5, 2011
|Editor: McEntee, Ken
||Getting started. Kim Hollett gave an inspirational Invocation to start
the August 5 meeting. President Bruce Keenan led us the Pledge of
Bored meeting. The next meeting of the Strongsville Rotary Board of
Directors will be held Wednesday, August 10, at 7:00 a.m. at the Senior
Center. Members are encouraged to attend the meeting to get some behind
the scenes perspective on how club decisions are made. New members are
required to attend at least one of these things in order to get their
|Connect with kids. Our club will host a retreat on Friday, September 16 for the 120 Strongsville High SChool students who are in the school's Connections program. We need chaperones and volunteers to speak with the students about success in life and related issues. The Connections program is geared toward kids who deal with situations that interfere with their education. Once a year, Connections instructor Mike Rodak brings a group of Connections kids to a Rotary meeting to tell their stories about how the program changed their attitude toward school and life. The retreat will be held at Angel House Center for Arts and Creative Life Change. For more information, contact Paul Psota.
Business Expo. The third annual Strongsville Business Expo, to be held October 27, 2011, at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, is 40 percent sold out, announced Brent Painter, Rotarian and Strongsville's manager of economic development. The event was started by our club and last year was organized as a partnership of Rotary, the city and the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce. Booth space is available for businesses that want to display their goods and services, and Rotarians get a discount on space. Contact Brent to reserve your booth or to get more information.
Fire hydrants. A group of Rotarians, led by past president John Price, made like dogs and recolored fire hydrants on Pearl Road last Saturday. John reported that the group, working with Jennifer Milbrandt, former Rotarian and Strongsville's director of natural resources, painted 22 hydrants.
Recognitions. President Bruce recognized John for his leadership on the hydrant project. He also recognized John and Sandy Croft for their coordination of the annual Rotary Senior Picnic, which last month drew 400 seniors for dinner and 500 for the Strongsville Community Band concert. Thirty-one Rotarians voluntered at the Senior Picnic.
Rotarian of the Month. Bruce recognized Joe Weber as Rotarian of the Month for sparking our donation of $6,934 to the Rotary clubs of Joplin, Mo. for their tornado recovery efforts.
Happy Birthday. Ray Kestner, our club's elder statesman and story teller, won the August birthday drawing of a $10 gift certificate for Olympia Sweets and Treats. All other Rotarians celebrating a birthdau this month will get a free scoop at Olympia to cushion the trauma of having to hear the club sing Happy Birthday.
New member bio. Kallee Kistling moved to Strongsville from Wisconsin to take a position with the Boy Scouts. Kallee enjoys outdoor activities.
Exchange student. Jenni, our incoming exchange student from the Philippines, will arrive at the end of August. To welcome her, we are continuing the tradition of giving her a welcome basket upon her arrival. Ideas for suitable items for the basket can be found at www.strongsvillerotary.org/JenniWelcome.pdf. Direct your questions to Cassie Weber.
Elevator speech. What do you say to people who ask, "What is Rotary?" The club is holding a contest to find the best 30-second "elevator speech" to recite to the inquisitive. The person who submits the best entry will be awarded a $25 gift card at the August 19th meeting. Send your speech to Brenda Jumpa. The door is about to open, so hurry up.
Cook book. Time is also running out to get your favorite recipe into the club's first Savor the Flavor cookbook. The cookbook will be available for presale and will also be available on the evening of the Savor the Flavor event. Profits will be donated to the charity recipients of the event. Project coordinators Ashley Gay and Cassie Weber are looking to collect at least three recipes for an appetizer, entree, dessert or beverage from each member of the club. Send your submission to email@example.com. Deadline was August 5, so get your last minute submissions in new. Submissions will not be accepted from former Rotarians who poisoned their wives.
Guest speaker. Richard Durst, president of Baldwin Wallace College and twin brother of Jack Miaskowski told the club about the college's Campus Master Plan for the next 10 years. He said no tuition money goes toward campus construction and renovation, which is paid for my donations. Unlike state colleges, he said, Baldwon Wallace recieves no tax money. He said 42 percent of BW's students are eligible for federal Pell Grants of up to $5,600. The college also has announced the state's first Four-Year Graduation Guarantee.
Words of Wisdom
A little boy went up to his father and asked, "Dad, where did my intelligence come from?" The father replied, "Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine."
Q. How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
A. Rename the email folder 'Instruction Manuals.'
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session." - Judge Gideon J. Tucker