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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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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 district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...