January 2022
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect (Programs)
Community Service
Youth/Vocational Service
Club Service - Internal
Ways and Means Director
International Service
Foundation Liaison
First VP (Charitable Giving)
Recording Secretary
Sergeant-at Arms
New Member Orientation
Past President
Chili Open Chair
Taste In Strongsville Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Kids Fest/Duck Race Chair
Keep The Dreams Alive Sponsors
We are extremely thankful for the gifts of support from the following companies and individuals who
have helped keep our Strongsville Rotary dreams alive this year:
Visionary Sponsors ($5,000)
Southwest General Health Center
Hope Sponsors ($1,000)
Gerald Balint
Prudential Insurance
Rick Weiser
Serpentini Chevrolet
Superior Energy Systems
VFW Strongsville Post 3345
Wish Sponsors ($500+)
Kevin Crocker
Kiwanis Club of Strongsville
Manjit Khuban
Rick Voigt
Other Sponsors ($100-$499)
Edward Bond
Daniel Cricks
Sandra Croft
Charles Cury
Neha Dayakar
Jamie Debenham
Bill DeMarco
Kenneth Dooner
Sheila Dunn
Joseph Dzurilla
Kristine Heinrich
Bruce Kahn
Bernice Kaldy
James & Mary Kaminski
Robert Kammer
Richard Kiplinger
Neal Klabunde
Brian Kruszewski
Kevin Lynch
Scott Maloney
Beth Mlady
Peter Nixon
Karen Novak
Dale Piper
Ed Plaspohl
Joyce Reed
Elizabeth Rowan
Dan Sage
Robert Simon
Barbara Stettnisch
John Turnbull
Sarah Zatik
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:15 AM
The Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation & Senior Center
18100 Royalton Rd. (Rte. 82)
PO Box 360401
Strongsville, OH 44136
United States of America
Contact Kris Heinrich 440-667-6266 for more information about our meetings or joining the club.
Home Page Stories
Thanks to Manjit and his family who organized a truck to take supplies down to Kentucky, including blankets he purchased, and CVS donated 500 first aid kits, sanitizers and 240 boxes of face masks, along with donations for the local Rotary Clubs.
In addition our Strongsville Rotary Foundation approved a donation of $2,000 to the hardest hit Rotary Districts to help rebuild their communities, some of which had entire business districts destroyed by tornados.
Thanks to all our members and supporters for making this possible.
The Rotary Club of Strongsville is launching an exciting raffle, with $1,000 of cash, $1,000 lottery tickets, and over $3,000 of gift cards to local businesses and restaurants including:

Marc’s, Lowe’s, Pettiti’s, Target, GetGo, Costco, Rosewood Grill, Sergeant Clean, Century Cycles, Panera Bread, Architectural Justice, Mulligan’s, Strongsville Spirit Shop, Olympia Sweets & Treats, Dunkin, Starbucks, Donut Scene, Fox & Tree Bakery, Wine Down & Sweets, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Bennett’s Pizza, Brew Garden, Square 22, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dairy Queen, Goldie’s Café, Slim & Chubby’s, J Bella, Shinto’s, Don’s Pomeroy House, Gran Fiesta, Mama Julianna’s, Aladdin’s, Gourme, Triv’s, Harvest Saloon, Local Bar, Sweet Mango, Allison’s Supermarket, Cinemark, OBM Arena, Dear Mama’s

The drawing will be held on the evening of January 7th, and funds will support Rotary projects throughout the year.

Buy your tickets online at http://trcs.info/vault


Some of the Rotarians who helped distribute gift cards
This year thanks to donations from the Senior Christmas Luncheon and Rotarians we were able to help needy families in Strongsville celebrate Christmas this year with a Christmas meal and toys for the children providing $75 gift cards for each of sixteen children in eight families. Every year the Rotary Club of Strongsville collects funds to make sure that those families most in need have a brighter Christmas. Any donations would be appreciated.


After hearing about the tornados in Kentucky the Rotary Club of Strongsville immediately launched into action with a call for blankets that could be delivered to Kentucky.  At our Friday meeting we collected blankets, and on Sunday member Chuck Cury loaded his truck with 110 blankets to take to Mayfield.
The Rotary Club of Strongsville once again manned the kettles at the Giant Eagle Market District in Strongsville for a day to raise  money for the Salvation Army.  This year there was $1,254 in the kettle, which is almost exactly the same amount raised last year, and better than prior years.  Thank you to all who donated.
Art Basa, charter member of the Strongsville Rotary Club, provided an update on the artesian wells that were funded by a matching grant from Rotary International in partnership with the Western Pampanga Rotary Club.  The pictures show one of the 22 artesian wells that were built.
The Strongsville Rotary Foundation approved a donation of $3,000 to Boys Hope Girls Hope Northeastern Ohio (BHGH) to assist with the purchase of an event tent that will serve as an outdoor learning and gathering space for programming.

Throughout the pandemic, Boys Hope Girls Hope has worked hard to quickly adapt and innovate their programming to adjust to the needs of their Scholars, and the restrictions on out-of-school-time programming due to COVID-19. As they move to the next phase of the pandemic, they are pivoting their focus from their Scholars' and their families' emergency basic needs to the profound gaps that have emerged in both their learning as well as Impacts on their social emotional health. With appropriate precautions in place, BHGH were thrilled to recently resume full in-person after-school programming with 6th-12th grade-level cohorts staggered throughout the week. As BHGH plan for summer programming, when all the middle school Scholars are on campus daily for five weeks and the high school Scholars for an additional two weeks, the need for a covered outdoor learning space is evident. The addition of a large, sturdy event tent will provide the capacity needed to maintain social distancing during these weeks of intensive full-day programming. Furthermore, the tent will be used for additional programming throughout the spring, summer and fall, providing a safe gathering space for Scholars and staff.

Mike Rodak of the Connections program at Strongsville High School reached out to us about a student who needed some help finding a car so she could get to work and to school.
This young lady has bounced back from several family challenges having to do with her parents and wants to graduate this year but has rent to pay and bills to pay so she has to work.


Strongsville Fire & Emergency Services maintains a commitment to fire safety education with their Firepup® Program.

The Strongsville Rotary Foundation is donating $600 to the program to distribute educational materials the cover a broad range of topics including general fire safety, burn prevention, dial 911, smoke alarms, senior safety, and many other topics for 300 children.

An update on  the progress our club is making in Honduras. 

Pat Greco will be going there this Saturday for 1 week and meeting with recipients  of our financial support and others. As you know we have received a matching district grant and have furnished a computer lab at a girls school there. We also had a very nice plague made dedicating the computer lab to our own Bill Gordon.  
I will also be meeting with the Comandante General of the Fire Department who just received 50 set of fire gear from the Strongsville Fire Department that we provided the shipping for.
The club is focusing on the End Polio Now during October following Stew Buchanan's recent presentation.  All fines and happy bucks will be donated towards the End Polio Now fund.  If you wish to donate extra you can donate through our foundation at http://trcs.info/polio.
The Rotary Club of Strongsville hosted the annual Rotary Senior Picnic at the Senior Center, which is followed by a concert from the Strongsville Community Band.  Every year we grill and serve hot dogs and hamburgers to several hundred seniors in Strongsville, who greatly appreciate having a taste of summer.
The Rotary Club of Strongsville worked together with the Club Rotario de Tegucigalpa and Rotary District 6630 to fund a computer lab and school library to serve the Zambrano community about 40km north of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This will be used to aid in the education of young women of integrity to break the cycle of poverty.
The computer lab is named after Bill Gordon, a long time Strongsville Rotarian who, in keeping with this years Rotary Theme "Rotary Connects the World", started the process of connecting people that several years later got the project funded.
As recently featured on Fox 8 Cleveland's Own the Rotary Club of Strongsville has a 40+ year history of serving the community, including the local food banks. In 2014 the Rotary spearheaded a project to build a new building for the Strongsville Food Bank after they lost their previous space.
Since 2010 we have hosted the "Taste In Strongsville", one of the premiere events in Strongsville, every October at the Petitti Garden Centers in Strongsville, as well as monthly food drive projects.
If you would like to be involved please donate, or follow our Facebook Page to stay up to date with our events and projects.
The Strongsville Rotary Foundation were honored to present the Harry Fuehrer Community Award to Kelly Kling, coordinator at the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank today who has done so much for the food bank and its clients.
The Harry Fuehrer Community Award is presented each year to a deserving member of the Strongsville Community who has embodied the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self". It is named after Harry Fuehrer, the first president of the Rotary Club of Strongsville.
Kelly Kling presented with Harry Fuehrer Community Award

The StrongsvImageille Rotary Foundation on September 12 presented a $5,000 donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Strongsville Post 3345.

View media coverage here from the Strongsville Patch and the Strongsville Sun Courier.

The donation includes $2,500 raised at the foundation’s annual golf outing on August 12. The other half of the donation was a match by the foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Strongsville. Along with the donation to the VFW, proceeds from the golf outing will fund $17,000 in student scholarships next year.

ImageJay Dzurilla and Bill DeMarco last week delivered dictionaries to third graders at Drake Elementary School as part of the Strongsville Rotary's annual Dictionary Project. Hopefully these young scholars were not suspended for violating the school's Zero Tolerance policy against silliness.
For years,Image  the Strongsville Emergency Food Bank has been operating from a Board of Education annex building at Center Middle School. With plans to raze the building to make way for a new middle school, the Food Bank, which serves more than 200 families a month, is in need of a new home.

The Strongsville Rotary Club, with a $50,000 contribution from our Strongsville Rotary Foundation, is stepping up with plans to build a new Food Bank on city property behind the Strongsville Communications Center. The project will be the club's first major building project since we built Safety Town in 2006. The Food Bank Committee had its first meeting on Thursday, August 8.

Neal Klabunde
Jan 28, 2022 7:25 AM
Hives for Heroes
Jamie Debenham
Feb 04, 2022 7:25 AM
A tour of the Galápagos Islands
Feb 11, 2022 7:25 AM
Rick Voigt and Dan Cricks
Feb 18, 2022 7:25 AM
Membership Assembly
City of Strongsville
Feb 25, 2022 7:25 AM
New Town Center Reveal
Strongsville Students
Mar 04, 2022 7:25 AM
4 Way Speech Contest
Cleveland Public Library
Mar 11, 2022 7:25 AM
A History of the public library system in Cleveland
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