Judge Fitzsimmons is April 25 speaker

Municipal Court Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons will be our speaker at our noon Rotary meeting on Monday, April 25. Also in attendance will be Judge Fitzsimmons’s court bailiff, Melissa Reilly.

The court serves the communities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, and the Metroparks. It is located at 21012 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River.

Six students to represent our clubs abroad

Six local high school students are among the 11 Rotary Youth Exchange outbound students recognized at the District 6630 Conference of Clubs on April 23.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River for the 2016-2017 school year are Rodrigo Corrigan, St. Edward High School, going to Brazil; and Isabella Perez, Lakewood High School, going to South Korea.

Lakewood High School students Elayna Gros (France), Christine Larson (Peru), and Margaret McIlwee (Germany), are sponsored by the Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club for 2016-2017. Also sponsored by the Sunrise club, LHS student, Lauren Klann, who will go to France on a short term exchange this summer.

District honors Phil Ardussi's 55 years

Past President Phil Ardussi was among four Rotarians honored at the District 6630 Conference of Clubs on April 22 for over 50 years of service to Rotary.

When he got out of the Air Force in 1961, Phil went to work for his dad who sponsored him in the Lakewood Rotary Club that year. At that time, the club included Phil’s dad, his uncle, Sterling N. Farmer, and his grandfather, August Farmer. The club met at the Lake Shore Hotel.

In his early years as a Rotarian, Phil enlisted the help of Thom Geist setting up the room for the club’s annual speech contest.

Phil left the area in 1973, settled in Grosse Pointe Park, MI, and joined the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club. He became their president in 1979. He then moved to Flossmoor, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and joined the Matteson Rotary Club in 1980.

Upon the death of his father on Palm Sunday, 1983, Phil and his family moved back to Rocky River where he rejoined the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River.

Phil notes that both his parents were close friends of Rotarian Carl Dryer, who started our club’s Foundation. In fact, Phil’s mother was the Foundation’s first donor, and later, our club’s first woman member.

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