Rotary Students of the Month

Each month we select two high-achieving, well-rounded high school seniors to commend and award. 
Chagrin Falls High School: Henry Gleeson & Kenston High School: Hannah Fender
Chagrin Falls High School: Henry Gleeson  
Henry's awards include Tiger of the Semester, Honor Roll, and a Varsity Letter in Cross Country. He's also in the Jazz and Marching Bands. Outside of school, Henry delivers food to the elderly and homeless through the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Henry's accelerated AP classes have included: World History; Seminar; US History; Language; Government; Music Theory; Biology; Statistics; and Psychology. Henry plans to major in Architectural Engineering in college.
Kenston High School: Hannah Fender
The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club selected Kenston High School senior Hannah Fender as February Student of the Month.

Hannah maintains a 4.468 GPA. In 2017, she received recognition as the Ohio Middle Level Association Female Student of the Year. She has earned an academic letter receiving class level honors in Science, English and Spanish. She also received her seal of biliteracy in Spanish.

Hannah has played both soccer and softball throughout high school. She lettered in softball as a freshman and was named captain of the JV soccer team for two years.

She is also involved in Kenston Center Stage and works on plays, musicals and middle school productions, utilizing her talents on the soundboard and backstage. She is an active member of the National Honor Society and participated in the Speech and Debate team.

Hannah is involved in her church, participating in youth group activities and planning retreats outside of school. She is also part of the Students for Life Committee.

Hannah is undecided about the college she will attend, but she plans to major in psychology to become a child psychologist and eventually a motivational speaker.

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Dr. Bob Hunt gave a great talk on short notice this week, concerning the 501c3 organization founded by he and his wife, Shannon Beach. Through an easy-to-use blog system, you can not only share your story through words but also through vivid pictures and videos. Users may also receive and give comments to followers.
LifExtraordinary has been created by the Hunt family inspired by their collective journey with their son, Hawken Hunt. On August 5, 2016, at the age of seven months, Hawken became the only known infant diagnosed with Burkitt’s Leukemia. Bruce Corson 2017-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Four Way Speech Contest

We had a great set of contestants this week giving us their speeches intended to demonstrate application of the Rotary Four Way Test.
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Adoption Network

Posted by Bruce Corson on Mar 05, 2012
Chagrin Falls resident Lisa Buescher discussed the Adoption Network last Tuesday.
An adoptee herself, Lisa became involved with the nonprofit group after the birth of
her first child ten years ago. 

Started in 1988 by Betsy Norris, the Adoption Network supports all who are touched
by adoption - adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents,
foster youth and alumni, foster parents and professionals - throughout their journey.
The group has a staff of 16 and over 200 volunteers who give over 3,500 hours a year.
They figure they touch 60% of the population.
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Chagrin Rotary's Own 9-9-9 Plan!

Posted by Bruce Corson on Nov 16, 2011
The CVRC’s 9-9-9 plan: Joe Talty, chairperson of the club’s holiday basket program, announced his own 9-9-9 plan. With the economy still struggling to find its way, many families are in need and the Geauga County Food Bank needs donations. Joe is asking Rotarians to donate 9 canned goods and $99 to aid the Food Bank and to help with this year’s holiday food baskets. Annually the club raises funds to purchase food baskets from Heinen’s to give to the most needy in our area the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Joe will be passing the “basket” the next couple of weeks. Please be generous. If you have questions, please contact Joe. 
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Posted by Bruce Corson on Oct 20, 2011
• District 6630 announced that on November 13th there will be a family oriented event at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) , 500 West Streetsboro Road, Peninsula with games and activities for children and adults and opportunities to learn about the National Park and a sharing of vocation information for a $25 fee. Please join all the district 6630 clubs to have fun and fellowship, share our vocations and avocations, and celebrate the work of Rotary here and abroad. You can go to the Rotary District 6630 webpage,, to register for the event. 
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Drink Local/Drink Tap

Posted by Bruce Corson on Oct 08, 2011
Lori O’Neill introduced Erin Huber, the Director of Drink Local/Drink Tap.  Ms. Huber has a degree in environmental sciences.  She and Dan Isaccson of Drink Local/ Drink Tap came primarily to present their Uganda borehole water project information and to tell us about their efforts to reduce bottled water consumption, create awareness of freshwater issues, and to share our resources internationally to provide potable water.   
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Dictionary Project

Posted by Bruce Corson

Gurney Dictionary DeliveryRotary distributes dictionaries to Mr Ritz's third grade class at Gurney. Perry Clark was honored to do this for his grandson's class. His name is Owen Denton, next to PerryImage in the red shirt.

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Garrettsville Fundraiser

Posted by Bruce Corson

One of Chagrin Valley Rotary Club’s members is taking it upon herself to do a fundraiser for Garrettsville to help them rebuild after the fire.  Joyce Piteo, owner of Blazin Bills restaurant, knows firsthand the heartache of losing everything in a fire and starting over so as part of her commitment to “Service Above Self” she isdonating 50% of the proceeds from her restaurant the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd to the Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce to help in the rebuilding effort.  Her attached letter explains it all. 

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The Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Gala

Posted by Bruce Corson

Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Presents

The Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Gala

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club is proud to sponsor the 2013 Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Gala on Saturday, October 5 at South Franklin Circle! The CDFF Gala celebrates the documentary filmmakers whose films will be screened at this year’s film fest at the Chagrin Valley’s party of the year!

To buy tickets, click here: or ask a local Rotary member.

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Racing at the Chagrin Film Fest 5K

Posted by Bruce Corson
On Sunday, September 29, you will be racing at the Chagrin Film Fest 5K.

At the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we are racing towards a cure. Join us in this fight to cure blood cancers, and extend the reach that the 5K can have.

Over 78% of every dollar raised goes right to the mission supporting patient aid, medical research and advocacy. Every dollar counts in this fight, and we appreciate your help in creating a future that will be cancer free!

You can also donate online at

See the DOWNLOAD area of this page to download a route map and registration page.
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Relay For Life - You're Invited!

Posted by Bruce Corson
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

In case you couldn’t attend this morning’s meeting I wanted to make you aware of something we’re doing “for one of our own” and invite you to be part of it. Today’s presentation was by The American Cancer Society who told us about the upcoming “Relay For Life” on May 10-11. In this relay teams of people will walk around the Kenston track non-stop for 18 hours to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. So many of us have been touched by the disease we could all probably walk for someone we know, however as many of you are aware our very own Linda Hein is currently waging her battle with the disease. Knowing this, a number of us decided to put together a team of Chagrin Valley Rotarians and walk for her. Unless you’re brand new to the club I don’t need to tell you how much Linda means to us and what an honor it will be to do this for her. And if you are brand new believe me, you’ll never find a more positive, friendly, helpful, and fun person than Linda.

If you haven’t signed up already I hope you will next Tuesday and join me and the other Rotarians to make this team the biggest, most fun bunch of people on the track! And to MAKE SURE this is the best, most fun experience possible we’ve recruited none other than

Martine Scheuermann to be our Team Captain!!! Martine couldn’t be there this morning because she’s on a West Coast business trip but believe me she’s going to give it the “Martine touch” so you won’t want to miss it. Thanks all in advance, and I look forward to a memorable experience May 10-11.

And Linda, a collective hug goes to you. Our motto is; “we go round and round for you.”

Mark Besand
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“Betting on the Future” to be held on November 10th

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“Betting on the Future” to be held on November 10th

The Chagrin Valley Rotary Club is hosting its second annual “Betting on the Future” fundraiser. The event will be on Saturday, November 10th at the Federated Church’s Family Life Center, 16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM.  “Betting on the Future” is an evening of guests enjoying casino gambling and a silent auction. A scrumptious dinner will be provided by Blazin’ Bills. Sponsors of the event are Kinetico and The Chagrin Valley Times.

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Frank Ondus on Dementia

Posted by Bruce Corson
Dale Arvay introduced Frank Ondus, the Vice President of Community Wellness for Judson and South Franklin Circle. He spoke to us about how appropriate exercise can stave off the debilitating effects of dementia, particularly of Alzheimer's. It is reported that by 2009 26.6 million people had been diagnosed with active Alzheimers world-wide. By 2050 that number will jump to 110 million. "Dementia" defines many types of neuro-plastic conditions but Alzheimer's remains the most prevalent type of dementia. 
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Clover Electric Talks Home Electricity

Posted by Bruce Corson
Joe Talty and his son Mike presented a very interesting and informative  program on
Clover Electronics and electrical care in general.  27 years ago, Joe and Jill Talty created
Clover Electric and now their 26 year old son is a partner in that business.  Clover Electric
does primarily residential electrical work.
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Katie Spotz Ride4Water

Posted by Bruce Corson

At the meeting last week Mark Besand and I were not able to show you a video that Levi's put together about Katie's ride. The moment about half-way through where the doctor asks, "...and you're racing with this injury?" is priceless. Here's the link: 

Happy Fourth!PS In the video there is a link for donations. It is wrong. It should read (in the video the ".com" is missing).   

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2011 Community Appreciation Award Winner

Posted by Bruce Corson
 Michael "Brody" Leon is the Chagrin Valley Rotary CAP Awardee this year. This award goes approximately annually to a non-Rotarian who demonstrates the "service above self" motto of Rotary. Brody, a 2011 Kenston High School graduate, is unusual in capturing this award this year. Previous winners have been much older adults with years of community and professional experience. The selection of Brody reflects the tremendous service he has given to the community even as a student. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our community and wish him the best of luck in Colorado.
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