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Posted by Shari Carusco

Special Spaces Cleveland completed its first room make-over just one week ago. It was truly the most fun and gratifying experience I've ever had.

Two more rooms have been approved. One is for an eleven year old girl named Lila. Lila has common variable immune deficiency (CVID), a disorder that impairs the immune system. People with CVID are highly susceptible to infection from foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and often develop recurrent infections, particularly in the lungs, sinuses, and ears. At photo of Lila is below.

Lila has been hospitalized more than 50 times and often becomes septic. She has weekly treatments that make her uncomfortable and cause her pain. She is also on heavy doses of steroids that have caused her weight issues, affecting her self-esteem.

Lila's dream room would be filled with books and reading nooks. She has shared her book list with me; warning, it is quite a list. Please consider looking at the list and ordering her a book. She does prefer hardcover books because she loves the way they feel and smell. If you have any of the books and they are in like new condition, those will work, too.

Here is a link to SignUpGenius allowing you to review Lila’s book list and to sign up for any books you are willing to furnish: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080844a4ac2ba0fd0-lilas. You can bring the books to Rotary or mail them directly to my home (1914 Pembrooke Lane, Avon, OH 44011).

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might want to help make a difference in a child's life. I thank you in advance.

Special Spaces needs books fornext child's room makeover Shari Carusco 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.
Rotary seeks grant applications 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Welcoming Briana to Cleveland were (from left) Marjorie Corrigan, Monica and Ian Gutierrez.

Pornchanok “Briana” Wongniyom is our club’s second Rotary Youth Exchange student, arriving August 22 from Thailand.

She is sponsored by the Nakhonsawan Rotary Club. She has one sibling, an older brother, Parrut. She has recently completed her junior year at school.

Club welcomes second exchange student 2017-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2017

Maelys (right) with "host sister" Margaret.

This year, our club has two Rotary Youth Exchange students - Maelys Baracand from Ucel, France, and Pornchanok Wongniyom from A.Muang, Thailand.

Maelys Baracand arrives from France 2017-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Again this year, our club will participate in the district’s layette program to aid expectant mothers in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Vicki Foster is heading up this international service project.

In Chinandega, a women’s maternity care shelter can house up to 40 pregnant women who are about to give birth. The local hospital will not admit a woman unless she is expected to deliver within eight hours. She must then leave the hospital the following day.

Many poor women from outlying villages travel to Chinandega to deliver and stay at the shelter until they go into labor. If necessary, they can return there after they deliver. The shelter serves over 1,600 women per year and many of the mothers, as young as 12, have nothing to give their child a start in life.

Layette project deadline approaching quickly 2017-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Lakewood & Rocky River, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and Pillars of Lakewood. Includes: Greens fees for 18 holes plus cart, boxed lunch, dinner on the patio, contests and door prizes.
- Registration at 10:45 a.m.
- Shotgun Start at 11:30 a.m.
- Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
- Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shot at 6:00 p.m.

View Map.

Click here to sign up!

Annual golf outing at Avon Oaks is August 28 2017-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

Rotary recognizes top career-tech students 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Over $59,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

Foundation awards over $59,000 in grants 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 27 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Rotary honors speech, music, arts winners 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2016

Join fellow Rotarians, other community organizations, and residents young and old participating in the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Christmas Food Drive. Location, dates, times, and activities are listed below:

Lakewood Masonic Temple, corner of Detroit and Andrews.

Friday, December 16 – 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sorting and counting items; 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Bagging items.

Saturday, December 17 - 9:00 a.m.– noon. Bag perishables and deliver food to people’s homes and apartments.

 
Help with LCAC Christmas Food Drive 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and Pillars of Lakewood. Includes: Greens fees for 18 holes plus cart, boxed lunch, dinner on the patio, contests and door prizes. Registration at 10:45 a.m. with 11:30 a.m. Shotgun Start. View Map.

Click here to sign up!

Annual golf outing at Red Tail is August 29 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2016

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River has awarded four college scholarships to graduating seniors.

Hannah Sawyer from Rocky River High School and Christin Donahoe, Nastia Kurylyuk, and John McDermott from Lakewood High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. This $10,000 scholarship program is part of over $52,000 that the local club donates to the community each year.

Scholarships go to four high school seniors 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients will be honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 14 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

“The Rotary Outstanding Students represent the “best of the best” in the West Shore Career Technical District. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to give all of our students rich academic, technical and real world experiences,” remarked Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator.

“These students have taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them,” he added. “No matter what path they chose to follow for future success, we know they possess the relevant knowledge and skills to achieve to their fullest potential.”

Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

Today, we continue a tradition that started in 1946 when our member Firmin Deibel had the wonderful inspiration to start a speech contest to engage students from our communities.

Picked up by our district, contests using “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” as a basis are now held throughout the U.S. Speeches must be of original content and be based on the Test which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The winner selected from among our contest's semi-finalists will represent our club at the Rotary District 6630 competition on Saturday, April 2, at Aurora High School. Our winner will also give his/her speech at our annual Awards Night on Monday, March 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beck Center, when we recognize and celebrate student achievement in speech, music, and the visual arts.

Four-Way Speech Contest in 70th Year 2016-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Rotary Youth Exchange host families welcomed Kaho Mochizuki's family from Japan on February 15. Front row (from left): Kaho's mother, Yumi, with sister Hikari; first semester host sister, Erica Farr; Kaho; and current host sister, Grace Sangree. Back row: David and Laura Sangree, Kaho's father, Kaishun; Mimi and Tony Felice; and Sue Donaldson, Kaho's counselor. Later that week, Kaho's family traveled to California to visit family friends and area attractions before returning to Japan. The Mochizukis are currently a Rotary Youth Exchange host family for a young woman from Tennessee while Kaho is here in the U.S.

Visitors from Japan 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of long-time member Phil Alexander. Phil proudly practiced dentistry for 50 years in the greater Cleveland area. We noted his attendance at our last meeting on February 8 when Bob DiBiasio was our speaker.

Some undoubtedly remember his volunteer work at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and his delight in presenting a program telling us about performing dentistry on the animals there.

Aside from his love of family and his profession, he was an avid golfer and life member of Westwood Country Club, a volunteer at the First Tee of Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Sight Center. Memorial services have not been scheduled.

Phil Alexander 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Girls with Sole and the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support from the sixth annual Swim-a-Thon on March 13 at the Rocky River Recreation Center pools from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Swimmers or those wishing to make a pledge should contact Harlan Radford, Rotarian and event coordinator, at harlanrjr@yahoo.com. The recreation facility is located at 21012 Hilliard Blvd.

Last year, nearly $3,000 was raised for the two organizations. Eighteen swimmers participated. Additionally, there were 10 volunteers who provided supervision and registration sign-in and students from Rocky River High School who served as life guards and received service hours credits.

Girls with Sole is a Rocky River non-profit that is committed to providing programs to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who are at risk or have experienced abuse of any kind. Rotary is a worldwide organization that fosters the ideal of service, assisting people locally and across the globe.

Additional information on these two organizations can be found at www.girlswithsole.org and www.lakewoodrockyriverrotary.org.

Swim-a-Thon to Benefit Two Organizations 2016-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2015

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 30 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Winners 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2015

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 16 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 16 students, top performers in their career-technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community.

Outstanding West Shore Career-Tech Students Recognized 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 08, 2015

Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

Rotary Foundation Awards Nearly $51,000 in Grants 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2014

Just imagine, a beautiful summer evening, right on the lake, live music, food and refreshments, and lots of fancy cars, trucks, and motorcycles.Image

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, a car, truck, and motorcycle cruise-in is set for July 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Edgewater Park’s Lakefront Reservation, Lower Area.

The event is part of “Edgewater Live” sponsored by the Cleveland Metroparks.

Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their cars, trucks and motorcycles. There is a $20.00 suggested donation for those who choose to participate, but any amount will be appreciated.

Lakefront Cruise-in July 31 to Raise Funds for Scholarships 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its weekly luncheon on Monday, June 9.

Graduating seniors Teodora Bodeo and Emma McGorray from Rocky River High School and Irina Vatamanu and Neelab Abdullah from Lakewood High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The scholarship program is part of over $50,000 that the club donates to the community each year.

Club Awards Four College Scholarships 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2014

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With Phil Ardussi, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, are speech contest winners (from left) Natalie El Dabh, first place, Rocky River High School; Anna Weixel, second, Rocky River; Isabella Olivio, fourth, Rocky River; and Mary Kate Campbell, third, Magnificat.

 

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony April 7 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Club Honors Speech, Music, Art Contest Winners 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Recognizes 15 West Shore Career-Tech Students 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2014

A portable year-round greenhouse that will allow Magnificat High School students to expand on the school’s highly successful Seeds of Service project will be funded as the result of a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River and Rotary District 6630.

Foundation, District Grants to Fund Seeds of Service Project 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2014
Over $46,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.
Rotary Foundation Awards Over $46,000 in Grants 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2014

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines Nov. 7, Rotarians and ShelterBox USA have been responding to the disaster providing funds and tangible relief to assist the thousands left homeless.

Called the most powerful storm ever to make landfall, with winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Haiyan is reported to also be the largest storm ever recorded. The storm was over 300 miles wide, roughly equal to the distance between Boston and Philadelphia.

Rotarians Contribute to ShelterBox to Help Relief Effort 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Awards Scholarships to Four High School Seniors 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2013
Over $40,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.
Club Foundation Awards Over $40,000 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2013
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River has received approval for matching grants to help fund its project to outfit a Shree Chandeswory Higher Secondary School, the only high school in Nala Village, Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal, with an updated science lab.
Club Heading Effort to Provide Science Lab for School in Nepal 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2013
Winners of the Rotary annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 25 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of the five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.
Speech, Music, Visual Arts Contest Winners Honored at Beck Center Gala 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2012
“I have this theory that if one person will go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same,” Rachel Joy Scott wrote in a class essay a month before she was killed on April 20, 1999 at age 17 in the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.

Established by Rachel’s father and stepmother, Darrell and Sandy Scott, Rachel’s Challenge is an organization that exists “to inspire, equip and empower every person to create a permanent positive culture change…by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.”

A project of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, Rachel's Challenge was sponsored on behalf of the Rocky River City Schools. A $2,500 District Simplified Grant provided half the funding, with the club contributing the balance.
Club Sponsors Rachel's Challenge in Rocky River Schools 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2012
Four graduating seniors were awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its luncheon meeting on June 4. The Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation funded the scholarships.

Mark Moskwa and Alaina Valkoff from Rocky River High School and Claire Bierge from Lakewood High School received $2,500 awards; Lakewood High School senior Michael Warren received a $1,000 award. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, the four were chosen for their extracurricular and community involvement.
Rotary Awards Scholarships to Four High School Seniors 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Speech Contest Winner Places Second in District 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Club Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Winners 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Recognizes Outstanding Career-Tech Students 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2012
Over $37,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations.
Club Foundation Awards Over $37,000 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0