I joined Rotary for 2 reasons. First; Janet and I grew up in a small village north of New York City. We came to Ohio for college. Once we found Chagrin Falls/South Russell, we knew it was where we wanted to make our home and raise our family. I joined Chagrin Valley Rotary in 1996 because Rotary embodies the community. Its membership includes the schools, safety forces, village, and business leadership focused [...]
During my teaching career at Kenston High School (31 years), I enjoyed the support of various school boards, the administration, parents, students, and colleagues. I have always appreciated this, so by joining the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club, I now have a chance to "give back" to two great communities – Chagrin Falls and Bainbridge/Auburn and their respective school districts. I presently serve on three committees: the disbursement committee which decides what individuals [...]
Rotary has been an important conduit for engaging in worthwhile projects and causes that I find meaningful. The comradery, friendship, have been an important social link as well. The meetings have substance in an environment that provides humor and genuine goodwill.
In 2015, I moved my law office from downtown Cleveland to South Russell, where I live. Since I no longer had a 2 hour daily commute, I had time available to join a local organization that met weekly in the early morning. I looked at a number of options and decided to attend a Chagrin Valley Rotary Club meeting. I liked the energy that filled the room, as well as the feeling of comradery [...]
I joined Rotary to be more deeply involved in my community. I love the fact that as members, we can identify a need, speak up about it at a meeting, and then that day we'll have a whole network of people and resources ready to help. It's a bunch of people who know how to get things done and want to do good. Diversifying and broadening my friend group is icing on the cake. [...]