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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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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."


Dr. Michael Carlson and the associates of Carlson Funeral Home welcomed Medina Sunrise Rotary to an Anniversary Celebration and fellowship breakfast recognizing the club's 20 years of service to Medina.

"We received our club charter from Rotary International in 1994," stated founding club president Becky Shotwell.  "From the very beginning, we have been committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."

The event was marked by an historic video of the club produced by Carlson Funeral Homes as a special anniversary gift.  A formal flag raising ceremony with a military escort, VFW Post #5137 Honor Guard, 21 gun salute, Taps, the Pledge of Allegiance and a Celtic Eagle bagpiper playing Amazing Grace completed the memorable program.

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Dr. Michael Davanzo of the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club, accompanied by First Lady Judith Davanzo, was inaugurated NE-Ohio Rotary District Governor 6630 in a formal banner exchange ceremony to mark the beginning of a his 2014-15 term of office.

The upscale event was held at the Root Candles' Community Room which had been graciously provided by The A.I. Root Company.  Over 100 guests enjoyed the music, food and fellowship while extending their congratulations and well wishes to Dr. and Mrs. Davanzo as they assume leadership of the district's 56 Rotary Clubs, 5 College Rotaract Clubs, 16 High School Interact Clubs and 6 International Youth Exchange Students.

“'Light Up Rotary' is our International Theme," declared Dr. Davanzo, "but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, and how we work. It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every community, every district, and every country where we serve.”

"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you,” Davanzo emphasized. “You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."  When we come together as 1.22 million Rotarians to eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves a global service organization capable of great things. And we’ll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We’ll have given the world a gift that will endure forever.”









The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club recently partnered with Judge Kevin Dunn on a Build-a-Bear Workshop.

“All our hard-working Rotarian and student volunteers were a big help,” said retired Judge Judy Cross, Rotary project chair. “The Build-A-Bear program, under Medina County Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dunn, was another big success this year as last. The lovable bears will be given to local foster children and distributed to some of the children who currently attend Medina County’s Windfall School.”

Rotary Club President John Ross added, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Judge Kevin Dunn on such a worthy project. The Build-a-Bear program is a perfect extension of our Medina Sunrise Rotary mission of ‘Making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures.’”


Include: Dr. Andres Bello, Will Koran, Sharon Danko, Judy & Dr. Mike Davanzo, John Ross, Becky Shotwell and The Bears


Medina Sunrise Rotary was honored to have our Past Ohio District Governor Jack Young, accompanied by Marsha Pappalardo, visiting today to officiate the Passing of the Gavel Ceremony, to introduce our Rotary International 2013-14 Theme, '"Engage Rotary, Change Lives" and to induct Nate Bowman into the fellowship of Rotary.

"The Passing of the Gavel Ceremony is an honored Rotary tradition signifying the responsibility associated with the office of club president," stated Mr. Young.

In this ceremony, the outgoing club president, Vance Truman, hands the gavel to the District Officer representing Rotary, Jack Young, signifying the return of the responsibility of which he/she was entrusted upon assuming the presidency. The Rotary District Officer then passes the gavel to the incoming club president, John Ross, thus demonstrating confidence in the new 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."

Mr. Young concluded the Passing of the Gavel and New Member Induction Ceremonies by thanking the club for their commitment to service and invited all to join him in welcoming our newest Medina Sunrise Rotarian, Nate Bowman, CFO/MCA for Keller Williams in Medina.


The Medina Sunrise Rotary Club's 11th Annual Rotary Foundation Dessert Auction raised over $9,000 to support the Rotary Foundation's global humanitarian, educational and peace programs.

"The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable 1.2 million Rotarians world-wide to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty," stated Foundation Chairman Will Koran.

Vance Truman, Club President, thanked Rustic Hills Country Club, Rotarians and many friends for their generosity which would continue Rotary's leadership in the global effort to eradicate Polio, fund fellowships in peace and conflict resolution, and contribute to Foundation Grants in humanitarian causes.

Rotary Foundation Chairman Will Koran and the Ohio Rotary District Governors and Past Governors honored 37 Medina Sunrise Rotarians and family members as distinguished Paul Harris Fellows in a beautiful pool-side ceremony at the gazebo of Rustic Hills Country Club.

Thirty volunteers from Medina Sunrise Rotary and RICO gathered for a workshop at RICO Manufacturing in Medina on Monday evening, at the invitation of RICO Mfg. President Steve Shuck, to repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities.

Barbara Sagar, Rotary club program director, stated that the workshop was sponsored by RePlay for Kids, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, which provides these services at no cost for non-profit organizations that provide medical, educational, or recreational resources for children with disabilities in the Northeast Ohio area.


Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...