The Avon Avon Lake Rotary Website has Moved
Please see our new website
Avon Avon Lake Rotary – North Coast Rotary Press Release July 14, 2015
In July, the Avon / Avon Lake Rotary Club secured approval from its parent organization Rotary International to change the Club’s name. The Club services Avon Lake, Avon, Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village and includes members who reside or work in surrounding areas. Fundraising has benefited programs for Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield/Sheffield Lake school districts and a number of community organizations and projects in these communities.
For years, the Club has recognized that its name was not inclusive of its Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village service area. “The communities thought we were only for Avon and Avon Lake because of our name,” John Daly, a club-member since 1989, explained. An effort was made to change the name to North Coast Rotary, but Rotary International’s rules were different then, and the request was denied.
Earlier this year as part of the Club’s strategic planning process the issue was raised with urgency. After some debate, the Club voted overwhelmingly to update their name to better reflect and communicate who we serve. With the assistance of Rotary District Governor Rex Engle, the request was successful!
The Club’s commitment to its three school districts, our Rotary-sponsored Northcoast Interact Club and our communities is unwavering. We are working industriously on projects and our major fundraising events. So mark your calendars for the Great Pizza Bake-off at Avon Lake High School on Thursday, October 1 and the 12th Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert – “Twelfth Night” – on Saturday, December 12. Anyone interested in more information about Rotary should visit the club’s website at
Clare Cyan Young, Director of Community Outreach and LLCIP Internship Coordinator, explains the Internship Program and why it was voted the “coolest internship program in northeast Ohio” in 2014 by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. The purpose of the program is to engage youth talent, showing them the value of staying and working in Lorain County.
Recently, Gail Stumpauzer, CEO of the Free to Be Project met with the Rotary Club to explain their mission to help women and girls know and appreciate their own unique talents and gifts and to realize that they are WORTHY! Their organization is led by a volunteer group and was founded in honor of Margeau Stumphauzer, a young woman who fought feelings of inadequacy, not because she lacked talent or beauty, but because of the messages coming at her from so many outside influences. October 31st will be the 4th annual day of “DISCOVERING You” with a special session for girls ages 10 – 15. More information is available at Free 2 Be Project Discovering You
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Mike Conibear and Resource Development Director Sandi Domain met with the Rotary Club to discuss programs and services that they provide to Lorain County. Rotary members are interested in future meetings to explore opportunities to broaden services in our areas and to collaborate on initiatives.
The Avon / Avon Lake Rotary Club announced their new officers for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2015. Outgoing President Doug Maurer presented incoming President Linda Rakvic of Avon Lake, with a presidential pin, the Rotary bell and gavel. Sheffield Lake resident Jinnyn Tata is the incoming Vice President, and Avon Lake residents Frank Krempasky and Mary Crehore are Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Mark Musial of Sheffield Lake is the Foundation Administrative Chair. (more…)