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We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.

Lakewood and Rocky River SR

Service Above Self

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Don Umerley Civic Center
21016 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH  44116
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September 26, 2016
Good morning and welcome to the beginning of the Fall season this year.
This week’s guest speaker is Rob David, CEO St. John Medical Center located in Westlake.
The next Board Meeting will be held at the Lakewood Library on Monday, October 3rd, starting at 6:00PM.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
This will be the last week to purchase a copy of the “100 Year Anniversary of Rotary International Foundation” book.  The cost is $30.00 (Cash only please).
President Ken

September 19, 2016
Good morning!
I want to thank all of the members who attended last week’s meeting and participated in the various committee meetings.  With your participation and input, we have successfully completed the 2016-2017 budgets for all the sub-committee service projects.  As the year progresses, there will likely be changes to the budget as new opportunities present themselves for the club to provide support in both time and dollars. 
For those who attended the Clam Bake at the Clifton Beach last week, we all had a great time enjoying each others’ company, great food and a beautiful sunset.  Thanks to the Noon Club for hosting us.
Finally, this week’s guest speaker is Missy Gibel, from Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
Lastly, don’t forget to purchase a copy of the “100 Year Anniversary of Rotary International Foundation” book at this week’s meeting.  The cost is $30.00 (Cash only please).
President Ken

September 12, 2016
Good morning!
For those who were unable to attend last week’s meeting (which were few), you missed a great presentation and musical performance by this year’s Club Exchange Student, Monica Fujiwara from Japan. 
Please make every effort to attend this week’s meeting to learn of the actions taken by your Board of Directors and the activities the various committees are planning for the remainder of this calendar year.  Hope to see you all there.
Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, Sept. 12th at 6:00 PM.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
Lastly, don’t forget to purchase a copy of the “100 Year Anniversary of Rotary International Foundation” book at this week’s meeting.  The cost is $30.00 (Cash only please).
President Ken

September 6, 2016
Good morning!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day Holiday weekend.  For those who were unable to attend last week’s meeting, you missed two great vocational talks given by Bob Sessions and Dave Schaeffer.  This week’s speaker is this year’s Club Exchange Student, Monica Fujiwara from Japan.  Please plan to attend and give her a warm Rotarian welcome.
I received the following message over the weekend from Mark Bacon, Co-President of the Noon Club.
“It is with great sadness that I advise our membership of the passing of Suzanne Weber wife of fellow club Rotarian Bob.  Those that knew Suzanne will remember her perpetual smile and cheerful disposition.  Memorial Services will be held at Rocky River United Methodist Church at 1pm this coming Friday 9/9/16.  I am sure Bob will appreciate any support his club can provide at this difficult time.  Should you wish to send a note to Bob, his address is as follows:
4 Chippenham Court, RR, 44116.”
Don’t forget about the upcoming Annual Clambake on Wednesday, September 14th to be held at the Clifton Beach Pavilion.  Registration and payment deadline is September 9th.  Contact Bill Gaydos if you have any questions.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
Lastly, don’t forget to purchase a copy of the “100 Year Anniversary of Rotary International Foundation” book at this week’s meeting.  The cost is $30.00 (Cash only please).
President Ken

August 29, 2016
Good morning!
As you are reading this today, I and many of your fellow Rotarian's are enjoying a day of golf and comradeship.  I am sure there will be a couple of good stories to share with the club membership at this week’s meeting.  This week, two of our members, Bob Sessions and Dave Schaefer, will give their vocation talks.
Don’t forget about the upcoming Annual Clambake on Wednesday, September 14th to be held at the Clifton Beach Pavilion.  Registration and payment deadline is September 9th.  Contact Bill Gaydos if you have any questions.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
Lastly, don’t forget to purchase a copy of the “100 Year Anniversary of Rotary International Foundation” book at this week’s meeting.  The cost is $30.00 (Cash only please).
President Ken

August 22, 2016
Good morning!
This week’s speaker will be our own member, Sabine Kretzschmar, who will talk about Shaker Heights.  I am still in the need for a couple more members to take turns monthly, providing the invocation at our weekly meetings.  Barb Sabal has answered the call to serve our club…thank you Barb. 
Don’t forget about the upcoming Annual Clambake on Wednesday, September 14th to be held at the Clifton Beach Pavilion.  Contact Bill Gaydos if you have any questions.
The website to purchase tickets for The Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration, to be held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Cleveland is www.trf100.org.
President Ken

August 8, 2016
Good morning!
Thanks to all of you that helped with assembling the shoe boxes and layettes for the children of Nicaragua last Tuesday.   At this week’s meeting we will be greeting this year’s exchange student, Louis, from Germany.  There is still an opportunity to sign-up for the Cluster Event- Youth Challenge to be held on Saturday, August 13th, to help with washing their vans. 
Finally, I will provide a summary of the Board Meeting held on July 27th.
President Ken

July 25, 2016
Good morning!
At this week’s morning meeting, District Governor Jim McKee will be visiting with us and be the guest speaker for the meeting.  Let’s all plan to attend to learn about his thoughts and goals for the District.  Immediately following the meeting, the club’s Board of Directors will convene for its normal monthly meeting (this will be in lieu of meeting in August).  District Governor Jim will be joining that meeting.
We are in need for individuals and organizations, preferably non-profits, to be guest speakers.  Please contact Jim Rowe to coordinate dates. 
Below is the detail information from the noon club regarding the Past President’s Picnic, including the address to mail checks (payable to Lakewood / Rocky River Rotary Club) to Chuck Gustafson.  All are invited to attend

Now is the time to sign up for the Past President's Picnic at Center
Isle CYC on August 1 at 6:00 PM.  The cost is $20 per person except
past presidents of the noon club plus one guest is free.  Alcoholic
beverages can't be brought into Center Isle, but a bar inside will have
what you need.  July 28 is the reservation deadline.
Please email me for reservations at:
Chuck Gustafson
32 Hidden Valley, Rocky River, Ohio 44116-1143 (checks) or confirm and pay at the door.
President Ken

July 4, 2016
Happy 4th of July!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend.
As your incoming President, I ask that all club members plan to attend this week’s meeting to welcome in a new year of Rotary.  It is important that we all renew our commitment to Rotary and to our Club.  It is my hope that together we can provide stability and foundation to supporting the continued growth in the Club’s mission and membership.   This meeting will be a club assembly.
See you this Wednesday.

Greetings Rotarians,
We are moving into that time of graduation, and other life time events that cause changes to occur in our lives. Some of you may have children or grandchildren who will be graduating this year. Others may be finishing up their own studies and some may be anticipating other changes such as a move, new job new responsibilities. Whatever is happening in each of your lives it is always comforting for me to know that when we embrace these changes and events we always end up learning and growing.
As I look to a summer full of travels to many different countries I relish in the fact that I will have to deal with change and adaptability on a daily basis.  I can’t help but think about other Rotarians all over the world and the changes and adaptability that many of them face on a daily basis. We truly are blest in this country to enjoy the freedoms and the lifestyle that we enjoy.
When we started this journey together back in July I asked each of you to write down on a slip of paper what you were going to do this year to be a blessing to the world. At our event in June I will bring out those slips of paper and post them on a board. I would hope that many of you have been that blessing this past year.
On Thursday June 16 at Clifton Beach we will come together to celebrate this past year, to raise funds for the coming year and to present awards to many of you. I would hope that all of you will plan on coming to enjoy this event with your friends, club members and community leaders.
Please plan on coming to Rotary this week as it is our club assembly and you will have the opportunity to begin to plan and create budgets for the coming year. I also have been told that a wonderful skit will be presented to kick off the marketing for our event in June. Have a great week and I hope to see all of you at Rotary.
Dave Clements

Greetings Rotarians,                                                                    
Today I received notice that one of my dear friends is facing a health crisis in his life.  He has always been healthy and now he is having to face being told that he has a terminal illness. When I learned of this news it started me thinking about just how quick things can change in our lives.
Change will always be a part of our lives and how we choose to deal with it will always be a part of our challenge. This past weekend as I attended the District Conference business meeting I learned about new changes and directives from Rotary International.
One thing that was particular exciting to me was the emphasis away from weekly attendance and more on member engagement. This is something that our club started a year ago and has continued to practice this past year. Coming weekly to our meetings is great but the real growth and experience occurs in Rotary while you are engaged with other club members in a service project.
Some of my most memorable experiences with Rotary are those times when I worked with many of you filling food bags at Thanksgiving or trimming weeds and bushes at the Beck Center or helping to feed families at the Hospice Center.
Our club is changing and growing and what always stays the same is the fellowship and concern that each of you show toward one another. This is truly service above self. Sometimes it is just a kind word or other times a pot of soup being taken to a member or just a friendly hello. It is comforting to know that I have a Rotary family and that if I ever need anything any of you would be there for me.
So change will always be with us. But one thing that helps us to deal with change is supportive people in our lives. Rotary can and does offer that support. Thank you to all of you for your service, your examples and your commitment to be of service to others.
Please mark your calendars for May 4th.  We will be meeting at the Lakewood High School Ranger Café as we celebrate the young people of WEST Shore Career Tech. Join us for breakfast. Cost is $10 and you can contact myself or Carroll for tickets.
In addition please save the date of June 18th. This will be our annual Charter night as well as a fundraiser for our club.
Dave Clements

Greetings Rotarians, 

I am preparing to leave on Saturday for another working session (2 Weeks) in Chicago. I have been thinking about this past Rotary year and how the theme has been, “Be a Gift to the World”.  In a few more months we will be holding our annual Charter Night and will have an opportunity to look back on this year. In looking forward to that night I started thinking about our club and all of you. My thoughts are included below:
Do you know what your greatest gift to the world is? We all have so much to offer the world, if only we could see our own greatness. And yet, so many of us tend to hold ourselves back, in case we stand out too much. We don’t want our light to shine. But as Marianne Williamson said, "who are you not to let your light shine?" We all have greatness within us and the challenge most of us face is accepting and acknowledging that greatness.
Maybe not everyone has to become a Gandhi or a Mandela. Maybe it’s okay to just shine in our own world and make a difference in our own way, no matter how “small". If you have read The Alchemist by Paulo Coello, you will have read how the main character goes on an epic desert adventure, only to find that the treasure he has been seeking was in his home all along. In the same way, our greatness and ultimate happiness is within us and the clues are all around us. So ask yourself these questions:- What am I really, really good at? What’s my greatest gift to the world? Then, “Live your life in such a way that you make a difference to people whilst you sleep.” –Jaz Rasool
Ultimately when it comes down to it, your happiness comes from what you bring to the world and those around you. It’s not about the size of your house or the speed and engine capacity of your car. All that matters at the end of the day is what YOU bring to the world. 
What will it take to live my best life? What does living my “best” life mean to me? These are all life changing questions only you can answer. Take some time out and look within – you already have all the clues you need to find out just what your gift to the world is. Then go out and share your gifts with the world. And allow yourself to become the greatest gift to the world.
Thank you Rotarians for the gifts that each of you have been sharing this past year. It was great to gather together at our offsite on Wednesday evening and to have over 30 Club Members present. We all took time to enjoy each other and to celebrate Gordy’s being a new grandfather. This is what Rotary fellowship and community is all about. Many of you have taken time to reach out to Robin and to take things to her and to spend time visiting with her. This is another example of Rotary in action.
We have three months left in our Rotary year. I challenge each of you to make a decision this day to be a gift to someone and to do something for someone else. I look forward to hearing about each of your experiences and how you were a “Gift to the World”. All the best to everyone. The club for the next 2 weeks is in good hands with Mark and the board. I look forward to catching up with all of you when I return.
Dave Clements

On Sunday, March 20, Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Rotarians gathered at the Lakewood United Methodist Church to support students raising funds to attend AYF Camp Miniwanca. Bill Gaydos served as the Celebrity Auctioneer and Marty Harris organized the event with Lakewood High Students. A delicious pasta dinner and homemade baked desserts were enjoyed by all.

We have one week before the AYF auction. Please buy tickets for the auction scheduled for March 20, at Lakewood Methodist Church, located at the corner of Summit and Detroit in Lakewood.  The festivities begin at 5:30. It includes an Italian dinner. Many of the youth will be auctioning a wide variety of services that you will find very useful.  In addition there will be lots of fun filled baskets.  Please bring a bottle of wine and/or a lottery ticket to add to the fun of the evening.

"If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade."

I have often taken strength from this phrase and because of a situation that occurred this week I came to fall back on it. That got me thinking as to the origin of it.
The phrase was initially coined by Christian anarchist writer Elbert Hubbard in a 1915 obituary he penned and published for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder. The obituary, entitled The King of Jesters, praises Wilder's optimistic attitude and achievements in the face of his disabilities: "He was a walking refutation of that dogmatic statement. His was a sound mind in an unsound body. He proved the eternal paradox of things. He cashed in on his disabilities.”  

Although the expression was coined by Hubbard, many modern authors attribute the expression to Dale Carnegie who used it in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Carnegie's version reads: "If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade." Eight years before Carnegie's book brought the phrase back into the mainstream, a poetic rendition of the phrase entitled The Optimist appeared in a 1940 edition of The Rotarian
"Life handed him a lemon, 
As Life sometimes will do,
Assuming he was through. 
They came upon him later, 
Reclining in the shade 
In calm contentment, drinking 
A glass of lemonade."
I wonder how we can apply this to our own lives today. We never know when we will get handed a lemon. For some it is the ending of a relationship, for others a change of jobs, not of their own choosing, and for others a business or personal loss. Whatever the event, circumstance or situation, how we choose to deal with it can, and often, makes all the difference in the world. 
As Rotarians we have the community within in our club. The fellowship and the friendship that is fostered is amazing to me. Thank you all for helping me to make lemonade from the lemons that are a part of our life experiences. 

On Wednesday the president from the West Shore Rotary club will be talking to our club about a project that he would like our club to be involved with. It is a great way to help a group of people make lemonade from the challenges that they have been dealing with. 
The president will be talking with our club about an organization called, Youth Challenge. I invite all of you to join us this Wednesday morning.
Dave Clements

Greetings Rotarians,

Can you believe that March is here?  Where have the months of January and February gone? The older I become it seems like time moves faster and faster. Our Rotary year is quickly moving forward. We do have some important dates to keep in mind for the month of March. They are listed below:
  • March 2nd – Club Assembly
  • March 20th – Fundraiser for Youth Scholarships for camp.
  • March 22nd - New members gathering – for anybody who has joined our club in the past two years we ask you to join us for this evening event.
  • March 30th – Meeting offsite – 5:30 – we will be gathering at the Lakewood Screw Factory and have a tour of the Cars as well as an opportunity to participate in glass making. March your calendars and plan to bring friends, family and others. This will take the place of our weekly meeting.
Here our two thoughts for all of you to ponder this week. One from Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
Psychologist Carl Jung said, “"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."
Have a great week and plan to attend this week’s meeting as we continue to plan service and other projects for our club to be engaged in. Come share your ideas and voice. What you have to say is important.
Dave Clements

For many years since the founding of the Sunrise Rotary in 2007, the Club has provided funds for scholarships to the American Youth Foundation Leadership Camp at Lake Miniwanca in Michigan.  Past President, Marty Harris, and her family have attended the camp and are aware of the impact it has had on the lives of the many high school students who have attended.   The American Youth Foundation is a nonprofit that inspires more than 6,000 youth each year to discover their best selves and make a difference in their communities and the wider world.  For over 85 years, Camp participants have learned how to live a balanced life through mental, physical, spiritual, and social activities. 
Several of the past Club Auction Gala’s have raised funds for scholarships to assist students in attending the camp.  This year a special Rotary sponsored event will be held on  Sunday, March 20, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Lakewood United Methodist Church. It will include a Pasta Dinner and Auction Fund Raiser. Tickets are only $15 per person.  You can support the event first by attending the event with your family as well as providing auction items for a raffle.

Marty will be collecting Wine for a Wine Basket raffle at upcoming Wednesday morning meetings.  At the event, Potential Campers will be raffling off their services such as indoor and outdoor clean up projects, baby sitting, or even providing entertainment at a family event.
Another idea would be to contract with a student to match funds that he or she can raise up to a specified level, up to the cost of a Camp Scholarship, expected to be about $960 in 2016. Marty will have tickets for the Dinner and Fund Raiser at Club meetings, and you can contact her regarding donating an auction item or sponsoring a camper at martyharris1@att.net or 216.221.1665.

Rotarian Todd Kiick was presented with a Paul Harris award at our meeting last Wednesday, February 17th. 

Last Wednesday we had the great pleasure of recognizing member Todd Kiick for his Paul Harris Award.  His contributions of support to the Rotary International Foundation have special meaning this year.  We are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the beginnings of the RI Foundation this coming October.
Our club and district have particular significance in the history of the RI Foundation.  Arch C. Klumph is well known in Cleveland History for organizing and managing the Cleveland Orchestra.  He was a Rotarian from the Cleveland Club who served as International President in 1916.  At that time Arch called upon RI to create an endowment "for the purpose of doing good in the world."  In 1928 it was renamed The Rotary Foundation.
The money in the Foundation is used to match monies raised by clubs for local and international service projects.  The Foundation is what has allowed our members to do everything from fight Polio to ShoeBox projects and more.
Save the Date:  October 23rd  -- Two events -- Rotary evening with The Cleveland Orchestra & a Separate Dinner to follow.
Details at: www.trf100.org
On April 8, 2016, Unforgettable Prom Foundation, Inc., dba A Prom to Remember will partner with the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, to host the sixth annual A Prom to Remember. This event will allow teens with cancer to experience the feeling of a true prom. The prom comes at no cost to these courageous teens. Every girl invited to this prom will need a dress to wear and we need your help to make this possible. We are looking for dresses in current styles, all sizes and colors. Dresses should be clean and ready to wear. We are also accepting donations for purses, jewelry, wraps and other accessories. 
You can make a donation at Lakewood Hospice 14601 Detroit Ave., Suite 100

Greetings Rotarians,
It appears that winter has finally arrived in NE Ohio.  I must admit as I walked outside this morning the snow on the trees did provide a beautiful view of nature and all of her wonder. Just think, in another month we will be celebrating spring. 
Last week many of you came to Ames Family Hospice and helped to serve dinner to the patients and their families as well as the staff at the facility. A big thank you to for Maureen for putting this service project together.
An article came across my in box this past week that I wanted to share with all of you regarding just how Rotary can be of service in a community that is going thru crisis.  
“Rotary members respond to Flint, Michigan, water crisis” By Amy Krug, president of the Rotary Club of Flint, Michigan, USA
“We have been heartened by the outpouring of support from Rotary members in response to the water crisis in our city of Flint, Michigan. In April of 2014, a switch in the source of water from Lake Huron to the Flint River without an appropriate corrosive control plan resulted in erosion of pipe scale, lead solder, and lead copper joints which allowed the release of this lead into our water supply.
While the crisis is now news throughout the United States, work has been taking place on the ground for many months. Systems are in place to begin to address the immediate needs of families impacted by this emergency. Fire stations, churches, and community partners have been serving as points of access for families in need of water or water filters, while local agencies have been collecting and distributing donations as they come in. We have been working with Rotary clubs throughout our area to coordinate some of this generous response”
It is good to know that all of us are a part of something that in communities all over the world dedicated and responsive Rotarians come together to give service and to band together around projects in their communities that do and are making a difference.
I invite each of you to join us for our meeting this week where we can come together and be a part of the Rotarian community.

Greetings Rotarians,
I so enjoyed last week’s meeting and the way in which all of you were engaged with your different committees on planning projects and events for our Rotary Club. This is what Rotary is all about. Many projects are in the planning stages and many are unfolding in the next weeks and months ahead. Thank you to all of you for being engaged and for stepping up and helping to make our club and work that we do effective and memorable.
As you know what we do takes money and that is why we will be holding a fundraiser the end of April, first part of May. A group of club members met last week and are working out the details so stay tuned and in the next few weeks we will be announcing the plans.  This fundraiser is being designed to be a fun activity that will be affordably priced so that club members can bring their families and friends at a reasonable cost. If you have concerns, issues, or want to be a part of the planning committee, please talk to myself or Mark.
This week’s speaker is William DiMascio. He is from the West Shore Career Tech. Each year our club has sponsored a breakfast where we honor the accomplishments of students that are part of this program. Bill will be talking about the program as well as the plans that are in place this year for the breakfast that our club will be sponsoring. Please plan to attend and to learn more about this great organization and all that they do to prepare and provide opportunities for high school students in Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River and Lakewood communities.
Our club is also involved in helping to serve dinner on Thursday at 5:30. Maureen is still looking for volunteers to assist her with this service project. Thank you again for all that all of you do for Rotary. Have a great week and hope to see many of you at our meeting this week.
Dave Clements

Lakewood/RR Rotary Club to Host Swim-a-thon Fundraising Swim-a-thon Slated for March 13th
Join us in making a big splash for our local Rotary Club and Girls With Sole at an upcoming Swim-a-thon!
Rotary member and event coordinator Harlan Radford is planning to host a fundraiser at the Rocky River Recreation Center swimming pools on Sunday, March 13.  The time for this event is scheduled from 8:30am to 10:30am and the recreation facility is located at 21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, Ohio 44116.
Rotary Club members are encouraged to either participate in the swim and obtain pledges from others or make a donation to the “Rotary Club Foundation” or “Girls With Sole”.  This event has been a huge success over the past five years and we would like your support.  Promotional materials, sign-up sheets and timely informational announcements will be made throughout the months of February and  March. Please direct all inquiries to Harlan Radford at harlanrjr@yahoo.com

Greetings Rotarians,
Let me say that it is great to be back home in Cleveland. The month was a great success but I did miss each of you and having the opportunity to meet and greet you each week. Mark and our board have done a fantastic job in my absence. A big thank you to them. This week is our monthly club assembly meeting. Please plan to attend and let your voice be heard as we continue to plan service projects and other opportunities that our club can be engaged in. 
Here is a thought for the week: 
"Be yourself. If you water yourself down to please people or to fit in or to not offend anyone, 
you lose the power, the passion, the freedom and the joy of being uniquely you. It's much easier 
to love yourself when you are being yourself."
Dan Coppersmith ---
Have a great week and I hope to see all of you on Wednesday morning.
Dave Clements

Rotarians - join us on Thursday, February 11th, when we serve dinner to our friends at the Ames Family Hospice. Dinner will be catered by Brennan's but we need help to plate and serve the dinner.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 11th and plan to join us.

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