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Learn about Shelter Box on Rotary Radio by McEntee, Ken
Our club recently donated $2,000 to send two Shelter Boxes to the disaster in the Philippines. What are Shelter Boxes? Learn more about them from Past District 6630 Gov. Jack Young and Kara Lapso, of Shelter Box USA, on Rotary Radio, on WELW AM 1330. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/40892684
Dictionary Project by McEntee, Ken
Jay Dzurilla and Bill DeMarco last week delivered dictionaries to third graders at Drake Elementary School as part of the Strongsville Rotary's annual Dictionary Project. Hopefully these young scholars were not suspended for violating the school's Zero Tolerance policy against silliness.
Strongsville Rotary presents $5,000 to VFW by McEntee, Ken
The Strongsville Rotary Foundation on September 12 presented a $5,000 donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Strongsville Post 3345.
The donation includes $2,500 raised at the foundation’s annual golf outing on August 12. The other half of the donation was a match by the foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Strongsville. Along with the donation to the VFW, proceeds from the golf outing will fund $17,000 in student scholarships next year.
Matt Finkler, chairman of the golf outing, presented the $5,000 check to VFW Post Commander Tim Zvoncheck. Finkler said the foundation wanted to use some of this year’s golf outing proceeds to help veterans.
“We knew if we got it into your hands you would know what to do with it,” Finkler told VFW members during a presentation at tonight’s post meeting.
Zvoncheck said the post will donate the money to The Fisher House Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund. Fisher House builds homes on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. The homes enable family members to be close to loved ones during their hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.
Semper Fi provides financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.
Along with Finkler, Rotary was represented during the presentation by Jerry Balint, president of the Strongsville Rotary Foundation and Brian Kiplinger, president of the Rotary Club of Strongsville.
Rotary, founded in 1905, is an international organization of 1.2 million business and professional people who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and strive to build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Strongsville, with about 160 members, is a part of Rotary District 6630 and is the largest Rotary club in Northeast Ohio.
Foundation Golf Outing Pictures by Turnbull, John
2013 Strongsville Rotary Foundation Golf Outing
Bridgestone Invitational Results by Turnbull, John
Thank you to everyone who promoted and purchased tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational. While Tiger Woods won the tournament you helped The Strongsville Rotary Foundation and the projects it supports be winners by buying $2,020 in tickets, of which $1,515 went to the foundation. That's an 8.5% increase over last year, and we ranked 8th out of the 60 participating charities.
Food Bank project is underway. by McEntee, Ken
For years, the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank has been operating from a Board of Education annex building at Center Middle School. With plans to raze the building to make way for a new middle school, the Food Bank, which serves more than 200 families a month, is in need of a new home.
The Strongsville Rotary Club, with a $50,000 contribution from our Strongsville Rotary Foundation, is stepping up with plans to build a new Food Bank on city property behind the Strongsville Communications Center. The project will be the club's first major building project since we built Safety Town in 2006. The Food Bank Committee had its first meeting on Thursday, August 8.
Kevin Lynch (in photo), one of the club's two directors for Community Service, said club volunteers are being saught to serve on five sub-committees: Community Relations, Media, Building & Construction, Fundraising and Club Participation.
Out club has had a long association with the Food Bank. The first Friday of each month is Food Bank Friday. Club members are asked to bring a canned good or a side of beef to the meetings on those days. Our annual Savor the Flavor event, which is coming up on Sunday, October 13, raises money for the Food Bank.
If you have any question about this project, contact Kevin or President Brian Kiplinger.
And speaking of builders:
The homeowner was delighted with the work his builder did on his brand new sunroom.
“You did a wonderful job,” he said, handing the builder a check for the work. “Also, in order to thank-you, here’s an extra $80 to take the missus out to dinner and a movie.”
Later that night, the doorbell rang and it was the builder. Curious about why he came back, the man asked, “What’s the matter? Did you forget something?”
“No.” replied the builder. “I’m here to pick up your wife like you asked me to.”
Savor the Flavor planning beginning to boil by McEntee, Ken
Planning is underway for our club's Fourth Annual Savor the Flavor fundraiser. With a fresh new venue - Petitti Garden Center and some new features - like the raffling of a three-day vineyard tour in Napa Valley - this year's event is moving to a new level. The event, to be held Sunday, October 13, raises money for local food banks. The most recent Savor the Flavor committee meeting was held Friday, July 26, following the club's weekly meeting.
Unite This City by McEntee, Ken
Brandy Bright (right), executive director of charities and events for Unite This City, and John Sheppard, regional sales manager, talked to our club on Friday, July 26 about their organization. Unite This City is an organization that ties the community together through charitable events, increasing traffic to local businesses and providing rewards to its members.
Unite This City hosts six business appreciation events that are exclusive to the partnered businesses in its network. Events include live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances and motivational speakers. Not only is this a fun night out but it is also an opportunity to meet and network with other local business owners. Unite This City reinvests revenue back into local businesses.
You can find out more about becoming a business or individual member here.
Time running out for discount Bridgestone Invitational tickets by McEntee, Ken
You can help a golf lover enjoy the Bridgestone Invitational at a ridiculously low price while generating revenue for Strongsville Rotary projects - but time is running out.
Until July 30, a Weekly Grounds Ticket, normally $95, can be purchased through our club for $70. A Daily grounds Ticket, normally $45, can be purchased through our club for $20. Here's the best part: You hardly have to do a thing. All you have to do is spread the word through social media like Facebook or just by yapping about it to friends, family and business associates.
Here's the deal. Anybody who wants a discounted ticket can go to www.buytfc.com and click on WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. When prompted for a Promo Code, type in SCORE13.
Our club gets to keep 75% of all sales using that Promo Code.
Here's how simple it is to promote this thing. Just go to our club's Facebook page, where this promotion will be posted, then simply SHARE this post to your own Facebook page so both of your friends can see it.
The Bridgestone Invitational, to be held July 31 to August 4, 2013, at the Firestone Country Club, in Akron, is a World Champion match that features the best players on the globe.
New year begins for Rotary by McEntee, Ken
The 2013-2014 Rotary year began with President Brian Kiplinger presiding over his first meeting. This year's Rotary International theme, as chosen by RI President Ron Burton, is Engage Rotary, Change Lives. (IMAGE: Sandy Croft is ready for another Rotary year.)
Brian said the club signed up 24 new members in 2012-2013.
Along with Brian, members of this years club leadership team are: