This Week: As a reminder this week we will have our Kids Fest Setup meeting at the Chalet in the Metroparks instead of our regular Senior Center meeting.
Due to the change in meeting place we will postpone Food Bank Friday for a week.  The needs for next week are: ravioli, tuna, or side dishes.
Jun 02, 2023 7:25 AM
Kids Fest Setup
Jun 09, 2023 7:25 AM
Applewood Centers / Jones Home Game
Jun 16, 2023 7:25 AM
Strongsville Economic Development Update
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Queen of Hearts

Bill DeMarco's table won the table drawing  and are responsible for putting up the banners and selling tickets next week.  There are 41 cards left and the Queen is worth $335.

StrongFest Brew Tour

Tonight! Thursday, June 1st at 7pm join the StrongFest crew at Hoppy Dude Brews, 1369 Ridge Rd, Hinckley.

Installation Banquet

This year our awards and installation banquet will be on June 30th at Michaud's.  Your ticket is included with your membership dues.  Thank you to everyone who as already replied to the email invitation sent last week. You can visit to respond. 

Jones Home Game

The Jones Home Game will be Tuesday, July 25th when the Guardians take on the Royals.  Tickets for Rotarians are $25.  Please contact Ravi if you are interested in going so we make sure you have ticket.

Community Calendar

  • Jun 22-24 - Rib Burn Off (the club will be distributing some gate passes)
  • Jul 12-15 - Homecoming
Upcoming Events
StrongFest Brew Tour Stop #4
Hoppy Dude Brews
Jun 01, 2023 7:00 PM
Kids Fest and Duck Race
Metroparks Chalet
Jun 03, 2023
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club & Foundation Board Meeting
Rosewood Grill
Jun 21, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Installation Banquet
Jun 30, 2023
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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Keep The Dreams Alive
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Strongsville Food Bank
Strongsville High School Interact Club
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Strongsville Duck Race
Chili Open
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Meeting Recap

Neal Klabunde gave the invocation and led the pledge.


We recognized our Rotarians with May birthdays: Ed Plaspohl, Colton Rompala, Ken McEntee, Neha Dayakar, Tom Laub, Tom Gigliotti, David Riehl, Brian Kiplinger, and Dan Cricks.  Rotary Anniversaries were Bob Schmieler (21 years), Pete Nixon (9 years), Mike Weber (18 years), and Kris Heinrich (11 years).

Foundation Board Meeting

Bill DeMarco gave a report after the Foundation Board Meeting.  Bill had attended the Senior Salute to pass out the scholarships.  The foundation funded a total of 13 scholarships for $21,000.  The foundation also approved a donation of $2,100 to Camp Cheerful to help replace the ADA compliant picnic tables that were wearing out as well as a donation to the Southwest General Community Foundation.

Kids Fest / Duck Race

Volunteers needed.  The signup sheet will be at the meeting, or you can go online and signup.  There are still plenty of opportunities.
Duck Sales are open at the website:  We are also doing the group sales from non-profit groups.  If you know of any group that would be interested in participating have them contact Kris Heinrich.  The non-profit keeps 50% of their sales.


Due to a misunderstanding our scheduled speaker for Memorial Day did not make it.  John Turnbull gave a brief history of Memorial Day, and how it differs from Veterans Day.  Memorial Day started the year after the Civil War as Decoration Day, when Confederate widows decorated the graves of fallen soldiers, and included both Confederate and Union graves, which was a well publicized and received act, and quickly spread in popularity.  The name and date of Memorial Day as the last Monday in May was formalized in federal law in the 1970s.  Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives in all wars, while Veterans Day honors all of those who served, including those still with us.
After that Bruce Kahn and Joyce Reed shared their experience of giving poppies for donations for the VFW the previous weekend, with David Riehl adding a bit of history of why poppies, which comes from the 1915 poem In Flanders Fields written during the first world war.

In Flanders Fields
by Major John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.