Posted by David Lariviere on Sep 24, 2019
Gathered around the Rotary Burr Oak Tree, which is planted on the southwest lawn of Medina's Historic Public Square, Medina Sunrise Rotary celebrates its 25 Years of Service with some of its Past District Governors, fellow Rotarians from Brunswick and Wadsworth, Community Partners - The City of Medina Parks Department, The Children's Center of Medina County, the U.S. Army National Guard, and Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil - Sergio Neto.
 
"The Burr Oak Tree came from the Morgan Park, Illinois, home of Paul Harris who founded Rotary in 1905," said first president of Medina Sunrise Rotary - 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 48 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 Rotary 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."
 
"Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For 25 years, Medina Sunrise Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects," stated President Shail Jain. From literacy and peace to children's parks, water and health initiatives, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents, and treasure. We are part of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Join us. Rotary Connects the World!
 
Thank you to our Community Partners, all our Rotarians, and thank you MEDINA!
 
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PHOTO CREDIT BECKY SHOTWELL (L to R):
Becky Shotwell, Toby Butt, Roger Hassler, Dr. Mike Davanzo, Jack Young, Anna Guy-Leach, Dr. David Loeper, Sergio Neto, Marsha Pappalardo, COI David Lariviere, Supt. William Koran, SSG Kevin Clark, Janet Newcomer, Kevin Lauterjung, Dr. Shail Jain, Dennis Powers, Julie West, David Sheldon, Frank Festi, Kevin Wermer, Dr. Than Jain, Brendan Rose, Ed Jakubick, Robert Starcher, Dr. Reid Miller, Dale Huefner, Jansen Wehrley, Paula Knizner, Supt. Kent Morgan, Supt. Daryl Kubilus, Rich Pace