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Medina Sunrise

Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Rustic Hills C.C.
5399 River Styx Road
Fireside Lounge
Medina, OH  44256
United States
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Delaney Sheldon from Cloverleaf HS Represents Medina County in NE Ohio Rotary District Speech Contest


"Do you want to learn to fly? Do your want to protect your community? Do you want to honor and serve America? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol!" challenged 2Lt Glenn Somodi, Commander of the Medina County Skyhawks unit of the Civil Air Patrol, speaking to Medina Sunrise Rotarians, Air National Guard Tech Sergeant Lincoln Clark, Buckeye Schools S...uperintendent Kent Morgan, and PDG Jack Young from the North Coast Chapter of the Tuskeegee Airmen.

Established in 1941, The Medina County Skyhawks unit of the Civil Airpatrol has been protecting and serving our community and nation for 75 years. Our 3-part mission includes cadet programs, aerospace education & school-to-community outreach, and emergency search & rescue services. Medina County's 23 cadets and 10 adults are part of our nation's proud #AIRTEAM, composed of 24,000 cadets and 33,000 adults. Together, we provide over 100,000 hours each year in disaster relief throughout the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico, which is 85% of all search and rescue operations in our country.
If you are at least 12 years old but not yet 19, you are eligible to join us as a cadet. CAP also offers opportunities for adults and welcomes volunteers committed to serving our community and our nation.

INFORMATION, visit www.medinaskyhawks.org or http://bit.ly/1nsrjD7. 2lT Glenn Somodi (CAP) can be reached at (216) 533-2520.

"Serving the Children of the World"
Medina Sunrise Rotary - Breakfast Kiwanis - BSA Troop 5237

"Christmas is the season for giving," began Roger Hassler, Medina Sunrise Rotary Club president, as he extended his best holiday greetings to Medina Breakfast Kiwanis, Scout Master Jeff Milam and Life Scout Justin Michalski of BSA Troop 5237, Past District Governor Jack Young, Buckeye Schools Superintendent Kent Morgan, and all our welcome guests.

Service is at the heart of every Rotary and Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it is located. Each community’s needs are different—so each one of our clubs is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen!

What brings the spirit of Christmas into our lives more than the fellowship of friends who are part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child at a time in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Cloverleaf High School Swing Choir gave a memorable holiday musical performance, on Tuesday evening at Rustic Hills Country Club's Grand Ballroom, for the Medina Sunrise Rotary Annual St. Nicholas Day Party. 
It was an night filled with the sounds of traditional and contemporary Christmas music, featuring jazz solos and a cappella singing. The Swing Choir is directed by Mr. Lawrence Timm, vocal music teacher at Cloverleaf High School, who provided piano accompaniment to the talented choir and delighted all the children in attendance with an invitation to join the choir in singing Christmas carols.
We all look forward to sharing an upcoming holiday performance with the Cloverleaf High School Swing Choir at the Combined Music Winter Concert, scheduled for this Thursday evening, December 8th at Cloverleaf High School Gymnasium (7p-9p).
We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tina Sabol and Theresa Laffey invited Medina Sunrise Rotary to #DISCOVER YOUR STORY at Medina County District Library, "where we enrich lives in our communities through outstanding and innovative services for all."

Be Inspired to ... read, watch or listen to something new!  Challenge yourself to share books with family and friends. Check out a laptop. Apply for a passport. Sign up for a class. Enjoy monthly art exhibits. Try a new recipe, download an eBook, research your ancestors, gather with your friends, make a date, discover your inner creativity ... and develop a lifelong love of learning at Medina County District Library.

In closing, Tina thanked Rotary and reminded us of the value of continued community partnerships as MCDL invites its members and everyone in our community to "Keep a Good Thing Going," and support the 2017 10-Year Library Levy renewal. From early childhood literacy, STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) enrichment programs, to continuing adult education, you will Be Inspired to #DISCOVER YOUR STORY at Medina County District Library.

#DISCOVER YOUR STORY at Medina County District Library:
www.mcdl.info or dial (330) 722-6235 ext. 2930 - Tina Sabol

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Becky Shotwell, Dr. Shail Jain, Stan Socha, Rev. Reid Miller, Judge Judy Cross, Dr. Mike Carlson, Tina Sabol, Theresa Laffey, Commissioner Bill Hutson, Roger Hassler, Sandra Jenkins, Supt. Kent Morgan, Nate Kenney, Dr. David Loeper, Frank Festi Jay Dettore, Jeff Hill, Dr. Mike Davanzo  

Roger Hassler was presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award by Will Koran, club chairman of the Rotary Foundation, in the presence of fellow Medina Sunrise Rotarians, Buckeye Schools Superintendent Kent Morgan and Mallory Severance, at the community room of Carlson's Funeral Home in Medina.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges those individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Clevelander Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.


Roger Hasser was inducted as the new Medina Sunrise Rotary Club president this morning in the "Passing of the Gavel" ceremony, an honored Rotary tradition signifying the responsibility associated with the office of club president.

Jack Young, Past Rotary District Governor and presiding Rotary District Officer, accepted the gavel from past club president representative Daryl Kubilus, signifying the return of responsibility which the outgoing president was entrusted upon assuming presidency.  He then passedd the gavel to the incoming club president Roger Hassler, demonstrating his confidence in the president's ability to handle the responsibility of the office of president and maintain or better the club and fulfill the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."

Following a warm Rotary welcome, Roger thanked his wife Nancy, the Board, fellow Rotarians, and guest Joe Grimsic. He concluded the meeting by recognizing Judy Cross as the new club treasurer and thanking her for accepting the responsibilities of this important office.

Medina Sunrise Rotary Celebrates 22nd Anniversary of Service

Gathered around the Rotary Burr Oak Tree, which is planted on the southwest lawn of Medina's Historic Public Square, Medina Sunrise Rotary celebrated 22 years of service to the community.

"The Burr Oak Tree came from the Morgan Park, Illinois, home of Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1905," said first club president Becky Shotwell. "It was little more than a 12" sprig when the City of Medina received it in the 1990's and, taking root in the community, now stands proudly at nearly 40 feet tall on Public Square. The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club returns each year in the fall to watch the sun rise over Medina, note the growth of our tree, and renew our commitment to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond, through our time, talents and treasures."

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L to R - Shail Jain, Doug Leohr, Reid Miller, Frank Festi, Jeff D'Annolfo, Rick Smith, Dale Huefner, Will Koran, Daryl Kubilus, Pat Furey, Jeff Hill, Hope Krueger, Mike Carlson, David Lariviere, Dan Ihrig, Lisa Hamilton, Mark Morse, Roger Hassler, David Loeper, Judy Cross, Mike Davanzo, Becky Shotwell
(Not Pictured - Andres Bello, Tob Coss, Bill Hutson, Than Jain, Sandra Jenkins, Nate Kenneh, Connie Lahr, Aaron Lewis, Dennis Neate, Rich Pace, Roman Paich, John Ross)

The finest orchestra in the world, our very own Cleveland Orchestra, performed a spectacular, once in a hundred year concert. This very special event, to honor Arch Klumph, the founder of The Rotary Foundation, was hosted at beautiful Severance Hall.  Rotarians from around the world came to Cleveland to see The Cleveland Orchestra.

"At NORTH GATEWAY TIRE, we are not just another service center, but a true member of the community, said proud Highland High School graduate Jeff Hill, as he welcomed Medina Sunrise Rotary for an off-site vocational talk and tour of the new NGT wholesale tire distribution warehouse in Seville.

NORTH GATEWAY TIRE has been locally owned and operated by the Hill Family since 1979, and provides Medina County with quality brand name tires. It also offers a full range of automotive services performed by ASE Certified Technicians. From the new 150,000 sq. ft. distribution center, in Seville, NGT runs 20 trucks a day to distribute products to customers in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, northwest West Virginia, half of Michigan, and parts of New York.

"We don't only carry top brand passenger and light truck tires such as Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama, Toyo and Kumho, Jeff added, "We also carry full lines of medium truck, lawn & garden, agricultural and OTR tires."

NORTH GATEWAY TIRE Will Go The Distance For You.

CAST YOUR VOTE! Voting closes at noon on Thursday, August 25!


The High School Game of the Week (...HSGOTW) returns this fall for the seventh consecutive year, with PNC Bank returning as the presenting partner and newly added Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) as the program’s associate partner. Since the program began, nearly six million votes have been submitted for weekly matchups posted on ClevelandBrowns.com, making the Game of the Week page one of the most visited pages on ClevelandBrowns.com. Each week, HSGOTW panelists Andrew Gribble, Jason Gibbs, Matt Fontana and Dave Skoczen nominate a game for the High School Game of the Week poll, where fans vote to determine each weekly matchup.

Last season, local high school football programs were awarded $24,000 through High School Game of the Week. Even more will be donated by the end of this season!


Medina vs. Lakewood – Gibbs
Fairview vs. Rocky River – Fontana
Nordonia vs. Mayfield – Gribble
Bedford vs. Berea-Midpark – Skoczen

Each week, four panelists will nominate a game for the High School Game of the Week poll. The winning team from the selected Browns High School Game of the Week will receive $2,500 for their high school football program. The winning coach and the game’s most valuable player will be honored on the field during a Browns home game. At the conclusion of the season, the Browns will announce the High School Coach of the Year, who will earn additional funds for his program. A video recap of the game will be posted on clevelandbrowns.com.

On Saturday, the “Cleveland Browns High School Football Show, presented by PNC Bank”, a one-hour program that airs from 8-9 a.m. ET on ESPN 850 WKNR, will feature an interview with the winning coach at 8:15 a.m.


"Since ShelterBox was founded in 2000, we have responded to over 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 95 geographic locations and have provided emergency aid for well over one million people," said Jack Young, past Rotary District Governor and ShelterBox USA Board of Directors Emeritus. Within the first critical hours, we provide emergen...cy shelter and vital supplies to support communities in the US and around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

THANK YOU to Medina International Fest and the City of Medina for helping to promote awareness of ShelterBox and to the generosity of so many who donated to those who need our help when disaster strikes. You make a difference!

From Hurricane Katrina and the recent flooding in Louisiana, to the Earthquake survivors in Nepal and Ecuador, and the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria, when families are in need of emergency shelter, Rotary and ShelterBox will do everything we can to help them.


Medina Sunrise Rotary
ShelterBox USA
Syrian Refugee Camp

"Welcome to Dan's Dogs!" beamed new owner Paul (& Terra) Davis. Originally opened by 'Dan' in 1991, this unique hot dog eatery has been serving downtown Medina’s Historic District for over 25 years. When you step into "Medina's Premier 1950's Motif Hot Dog Eatery & Diner," each one of our 22 employees is committed to serving people in our community. If 41 kinds of hot dogs aren’t your thing, no worries; we also offer grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, pitas, and much more, whether you are a walk-in or regular customer, or booking a private party. Our robust, mission-oriented business model includes the diner, a mobile fleet and web-based business.

Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Dennis Hanwell and the generosity of the City of Medina, Dan's Dogs' outreach "Wiener Wagon" has served over 40 charity events this year, from inner city Cleveland to Heartland Community Church and CUPS Cafe. We are honored to welcome home US Air Force Major Aaron Lewis, and offer his family a complimentary $50 gift certificate at Dan's Dogs.

VISIT www.eatdansdogs.com FOR MORE INFORMATION or
CALL 330.723.DOGS (3647)
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PHOTO (Medina Sunrise Rotary & Paul Davis)
David Lariviere, Shail Jain, Jeff D"Annolfo, Mike Carlson, Dave Loeper, Mark Morse, Nathan Kenney, Sandra Jenkins, Lisa Hamilton, Dale Huefner, Roger Hassler, Paul Davis, Tob Coss, Elvis Presley, Jeff Hill, Mike Davanzo

MEDINA SUNRISE ROTARY Sunrise Rotary demonstrated its appreciation and support with a warm standing ovation to outgoing club president Jeff D'Annolfo and his administration, and congratulated incoming 2016-17 president Tob Coss at the time-honored "Passing the Gavel" Ceremony which was presided over by Rotary Past District Governors Dr. Michael Davanzo and Jack Young, and Past Assistant Governors Kevin Wermer and Marsha Pappalardo.
We welcomed our newly inducted Rotarian, Connie Lahr, a teacher at H.G. Blake Elementary School; presented annual club and individual service awards to Lisa Hamilton and David Lariviere, congratulated Superintendent Brian Williams; and toured our club-sponsored "Inclusive Children's Playground" at Mugrage Park.
Addressing the club for the first time as president, Tob challenged the Rotarians to use their time, talents, and treasures by joining with Rotary International President John F. Germ and 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, to be a part of "Rotary Serving Humanity" this upcoming 2016-17 Rotary year!
"We raised over $14,635 this evening in support of the Rotary Foundation and its End Polio Now campaign," announced John Ross, Chair of the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club's Annual Foundation Dessert Auction.
Rotarians and guests bid generously on home-baked desserts as they enjoyed the hospitality of Rustic Hills, music of talented local singer Marina Strah and fellowship of family and friends.
The Annual Dessert Auction to raise money for the Rotary Foundation has become a tradition for Medina Sunrise Rotarians, who were recently recognized as the #1 club for per-capita giving in the District.  All donations from the auction go directly to the Rotary Foundation and are matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
District Governor Dr. Michael Davanzo explained, "The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact."
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...