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Accompanied by his granddaughter, Steve Clark is inducted as president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River by immediate past president Gina Gavlak.

Steve Clark has been installed as the ninety-sixth president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River for the Rotary year July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, succeeding Gina Gavlak.

Clark’s first exposure to Rotary was his family hosting a youth exchange student from Brazil. He joined the Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Club in July 2011 and transferred to his current club seven years later.

Scholarship award winners are (from left) Quinn Costanzo. Luke Kishna, Amani Salti, Acacia Uechi, and Cecilia Wischmeier.

Five area graduating seniors have been awarded scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River.

Recipients include Luke Kishna, Amani Salti and Cecilia Wischmeier from Rocky River High School, Quinn Constanzo from Lakewood High School, and Acacia Uechi from Lutheran West High School. Each will receive a $3,000 award from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. This $15,000 scholarship program is part of over $60,000 that the Rotary club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, the five scholarship winners were chosen for their character, as well as extracurricular and community involvement.

District 6630 Governor Pat Myers congratulates Thom Geist on 50 years of membership in the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.

When Thom Geist joined the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in June of 1970, his father asked him why he wanted to go to lunch with a bunch of old guys who sat around and sang songs. It didn’t take long for Geist to realize that there was far more to Rotary.

Honored last month at the 2021 Ohio Rotary District Conference for his 50 years of service as a Rotarian, Geist has served on various club committees and in numerous leadership roles including as the club historian.

He led the club as president from 1984-1985 when the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River was the third largest club in District 6630. Subsequently, he was elected to the club’s Foundation board where he served as chair.

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