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Rotary Exceeds Expectations at First Gala in Three Years
Funds Raised for Gift of Life, Hudson City Schools and the Scout’s Historic Cabin
After cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Galas due to Covid-19, the Rotary Club of Hudson staged a successful evening of community fun replete with a cocktail party accompanied by a silent auction and dinner highlighted by a live auction. Over 115 gifts were bid upon and when coupled with four raffles raised $67,000. All silent auction items were available for bidding on-line four days ahead of the Gala.
Generous sponsors of the 36th Annual Gala included:
  1. Platinum--Kaulig Giving and Eric & Amy Treend
  2. Gold—Ohio Senator Kristina Daley Roegner
  3. Silver—Akron Children’s Hospital, First National Bank, Patricia Goetz, M.D., The Tobin Family and The Forhan Foundation.
  4. Tables—EMS Outreach Fund, Bill & Marie Libby, Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce Explore Hudson, Hudson Scout Troop 321 and Callahan’s Carpet One.
Live auction gifts included:
  1. Lexus of Akron/Canton—a Guardians Homeplate Club Celebration
  2. Antique Style Tilt Top Table—crafted by master woodworker Ron Strobl
  3. Swim School Birthday Party—donated by the Goldfish Swim School
  4. Blue Door Chef Mitch Firis—preparing a special meal for 14 in the winner’s home
  5. Historic Spread Eagle Tavern—gourmet dinner and overnight stay
  6. Breckenridge Condo Vacation—ski or hike courtesy of State Senator Kristina Roegner
  7. Florida Condo on Anna Maria Sound—week’s stay donated by John and Sarah Adam
  8. Cedar Point tickets for 4 plus overnight at the Breakers Hotel and tickets to the waterpark—donated by Patricia Goetz, M.D.
  9. Sports Car Convertible—usage for one month donated by Don Sitts Auto Sales in Cuyahoga Falls
Raffles included:
  1. Date Night Dinners for a Year—featuring Edwins, Farmer’s Rail, North End Wine Bar, Lager & Vine, Russo’s, Gervasi Vineyard, Comida Hudson, Tomato Grill, Brown Derby, Brew Kettle, the Blue Door and Downtown 140
  2. Bourbon Baskets(2)—donated by the Rotary Board of Directors
  3. Wine Basket—donated by the Rotary Gala Committee
The Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn staged a spectacular event, as usual, featuring a well- managed cocktail hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres and a delicious steak and salmon dinner topped by a chocolate Bombe dessert.
Presentations highlighting the three major beneficiaries emphasized Rotary’s continuing commitment to the Hudson community and to serving the medical needs of unfortunate children.
 An update on the Historic Log Cabin renovation project indicated that the campaign has achieved 80% its $200,000 goal through community donations and a major grant by the Rotary Club of Hudson. Plans are to proceed with the cabin rebuild and site improvement work in early 2023.
The Hudson High School Service Learning program continues to thrive with Rotary’s involvement and the annual college scholarships continue with six $3000 grants just awarded. This Fall, the award-winning Service Learning program begins its 25th year of teaching high school seniors the value of service to their community.
The gift of Life Northeast Ohio has benefited from the Gala for many years helping fund heart surgeries for struggling children in underdeveloped countries, one of which is Haiti where Akron Children’s Hospital has recently opened a facility for surgeries.
The Rotary Club of Hudson is indebted to Gala co-chairs Marilyn Orr and Kris Barker who engineered a rousing success. Other hardworking members of the Gala Committee were Joe Avella, David Basil, Kelly Brennan, James Field, Dan Filburn, Nicole Kowalski, Jim Lang, Evan McCauley, Bill McClure, Doug McDowell, Thomas Petropolus, Patrick Scherer, Ron Strobl and Jay Yard.
Rotary members once again proved that they are People of Action applying leadership skills to solving social issues, tackling community challenges and finding lasting solutions to the world’s systemic problems.
Registration Desk Greeters—Marilyn Orr, Sam Orr, John Orr
Silent Auction items—bike, Cavaliers items
Kelly Brennan and wife Debbie—Head of the Scout Cabin campaign financing
Presentation at dinner
Piano player and raffle items
Date Night for a Year poster
Transform Your Life by Unleashing Your Imagination
   “Unleash Your Imagination encourages the reader to investigate deeply held values and beliefs and to view the future with an open mind and optimistic spirit.”—Thomas Moore, Ph.D., #1 New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul.
Dennis Kleidon, member of the Rotary Club of Fairlawn, Ohio, CEO of Kleidon & Associates, and acclaimed fine artist and designer, has had Unleash Your Imagination: Transform Your Life published. The book, published on April 5th, takes you on a journey of self-discovery, showing how innovation and optimism can transform your life. Unleash Your Imagination shows how to use design thinking to challenge your normal routines, increase the power of your imagination, and harness new sources of creativity.
A designer’s approach encourages an open mind and curious spirit, leading to fresh solutions you may never have imagined. Both analytical and creative, this values-based process replaces blank-page panic with the thrill of new possibilities. As the designer of your life and with Unleash Your Imagination as your guide, you can plan an extraordinary life with greater purpose and meaning. This is especially useful if you are facing or planning for an important turning point in life. Life is a continuous design process, Kleidon says, as he describes a thoughtful, methodical approach to discovery, experimentation, and planning.
Looking to promote your upcoming fundraising event?  We may be able to help! Our group has just begun working with a new PR tool (Event Vesta) to help clubs share details of their public fundraising events to various free community calendars around Northeast Ohio. 
We have limited opportunities available each month.  While we cannot guarantee each request, we will do our best to help each club in your efforts! 
If you would like your club’s event to be considered by the P.I. Committee, please email Tina Ingraham for details: tina@marketing101adv.com
Our team requests a lead time of 6 weeks prior to the event date.
Thank you!
Tina Ingraham
"Medina Sunrise Rotary is honored to accept this check for $25,000 from the Kanieski Family and the Parma Rotary Club. The Kanieski Family's generosity will add a fifth annual Medina Sunrise Rotary 'Service Above Self' Scholarship to our Medina County Partner Schools, currently serving: Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, and Medina High Schools," said Kent Morgan.
"The Walter and Mildred Kanieski Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and whose service to the community exemplifies Rotary's principal motto of "Service Above Self,'" stated John W. Kanieski, on behalf of the entire Kanieski Family.
The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club's “Service Above Self” Scholarships recognize students based on local and global community service involvement, academic achievements, and life circumstances. Given in memory of fellow Medina Sunrise Rotarians who dedicated their lives to the Rotary ideal of service: Superintendent Mark, Dr. Mahadeo Chand, Rotary District Governor Carl Abell, and Walter (Charter Member/President of Parma Rotary and Founder of the Parma Businessmen's Association -- now the Parma Chamber of Commerce) & his wife Mildred Kanieski. 
Five (5) scholarships will be granted in 2023.  Students applying for scholarship funds must reside within the Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Medina or Highland school districts, but may attend a private academy or be home-schooled. Students must be graduating high school seniors, and have plans to attend college, university or technical school in the fall of 2023.
Save the date for the second annual Westlake-Bay Village Art Festival.  
Dozens of artists will be participating this year including our featured artist, Shaun Kinley. Food and drink will also be available as well as music scheduled throughout the day. The Festival will be on the grounds just west of the Westlake Porter Public Library. Parking will be next-door at Westlake Elementary School. Admission to the event is free to the public. 
We are expecting most of the vendors back from last year and are still taking applications to participate.
 Visit our website for more information or to apply to participate  https://www.westlakebayvillagerotaryartfest.com/.

Rotary Voices
Stories of service from around the world

By Iryna Bushmina, District 2232 (Ukraine) Rotaract Representative

I left Kiev in the first hours of the war. My sister, her husband, her 3-month-old baby and a cat were in the car. When we reached the border, men were already not allowed to leave the country, so I went on with my sister and a little nephew. We were five days in the car, six days until we got to Vienna.

We stayed for the night in different countries three times. These were not hotels but homes of Rotary and Rotaract families. I used to just say that Rotary International is a big family, now I really believe it. And I am convinced that this is a family that will stand by you. These are no longer beautiful words to me, this is reality.

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Rotarians from District 6630 NE Cluster joined more than 200 volunteers at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland on May 27, 2022, to place over 8,700 American flags at veterans’ gravesites for Memorial Day. This annual flag placement honors veterans who bravely fought as long ago as during the Civil War. The cluster participation was organized by Ruth Severiens from The Heights of Greater Cleveland Rotary Club who was joined by her daughter. Other Rotarians present included Scott Mills and Jackie Minotas from Hillcrest Sunrise Club; Girish Malhotra, Mahdi Aluzri, Gayle Schwartz, Larry Coven and Richard Halle from Chagrin Highlands Club; and Julie Brouhard, Assistant Governor, from Cleveland Rotary Club. All agreed that this should become an annual cluster project.
Julie Brouhard
District 6630 Assistant Governor
Cuyahoga County NE Cluster
  • Chagrin Highlands
  • Cleveland
  • Heights of Greater Cleveland
  • Hillcrest Sunrise
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Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.


More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.


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At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.


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Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.


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