Youth Challenge Project is April 11 Topic

On April 11, Dan Fronczak from the West Shore Rotary Club will visit our club to discuss the West Shore club's proposed Rotary cluster project to benefit Youth Challenge (YC).

The West Shore club serves the communities of North Olmsted, Fairview Park and West Park. In addition to West Shore club and our club, our cluster includes the Sunrise club, Westlake-Bay, and North Ridgeville.

West Shore has been supporting YC, a non-profit organization that assists disabled students, for a number of years. Mary Sue (Anter) Tanis founded the organization in the summer of 1976 as a part-time, volunteer driven program under the auspices of the Fairview Park Recreation Department.

In 1989, expansion of services to Cleveland's East Side, southern suburbs, and Lorain County led to the present name of Youth Challenge. With Mary Sue still at the helm, YC services more than 600 families in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Summit, Medina, Geauga and Stark.

Volunteers are at the heart of YC. Four hundred teenage volunteers from all over Northeast Ohio are trained to work with the participants. These teens (ages 12-18) performed over 11,000 hours of service at YC activities and programs last year. Along with the seasonal activities, teen and adult volunteers also donate their time toward office work, special events, and numerous other tasks.

Children's Books Needed by District

Donations of new or gently used children's books for children from birth to third grade are needed for a District 6630 service project involving 50 Interact, Rotaract, and Youth Exchange students at the District Conference on Saturday, April 23. The conference will be at Beta Center in Mayfield Heights.

Five bookcases are being assembled and painted before the conference. After lunch, the students will separate the books by age level and then fill the bookcases. A Rotary emblem will be placed on each bookcase and they will be shrink-wrapped for delivery.

The filled bookcases will be donated to community centers in need within the district.

Cash donations to purchase books will also be gratefully accepted. For more information or for a book pickup, please contact Bob Oborn, Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls, at 330-689-0485 (please leave a message) or email at The district hopes to make this service project an annual event.

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