The Rotary Club of Strongsville contributed to 46 different charities during the 2009-2010 Rotary year, President Jerry Balint announced at the August 11 meeting of the board of directors. At the meeting, the board approved a $500 contribution to the Arts of Strongsville for that group's annual A Day at the Chalet free family arts festival at the Metroparks Chalet on Sunday, September 19.

Other announcements at the meeting included:
Membership. The club had 146 members in July. New members added in July were Andy Motz, a returning member, and Cassandra Weber, who was sponsored by Bill "Speedo" Gordon. Linda Plain and Ted Sawiecki resigned. Mike Gallagher was approved to re-join the club at the meeting providing that he stops getting so dressed up.

Social events. A family night at Mapleside will be held Wednesday, September 22, 2010, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The cost will be $15 to $20 per person. For more details on this, contact Ashley Gay.

Clam bake. A clam bake will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Camp Cheerful. Tony K's will cater. The Browns will play the Steelers that day, so Jack Miaskowski will try to hook up TV service. A backup plan will be developed. A co-chair is needed for this event. If you are interested contact Bob Cummins or Alice Frawley.

Wine tasting. Dave Kolick and Jeanine Hammack will co-chair a wine tasting at Royal Fine Wine on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Christmas party. A club Christmas party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at J. Bella. Stayed tuned for more details.

Run 4 Fun. For the past two years, the Rotary 4 Fun has been held on a Saturday morning at Westfield SouthPark Mall. Brenda Jumpa said the event may be changed to a Saturday evening event on May 21, which would include a post-race party with a band and beer. The Run 4 Fun committee will look into the feasibility of the change and will study whether any Rotarians are interested in beer. The committee will meet Monday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m. at J. Bella. Anybody who is interested is invited to attend. Contact Ann Marie LaPorta for details.

Don't be a victim. Brenda Jumpa said the club will host a free "Don't be a Victim" event for women October 12 at the Rec Center. The class will feature an FBI agent and is open to women and teenage girls.

Dictionary Project. Every year, our club donates and distributes dictionaries to all third grade students in Strongsville, as well as a school in Cleveland. This year Julie Ann Sweet Buntin will co-chair the event, joining perennial chair Don Paroda.

Bone marrow. A bone marrow drive will be held on the first Saturday of December at Westfield SouthPark Mall.

Chili Open. The kickoff meeting for the 20th annual Chili Open Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, August 18, at the Senior Center. See Dave "Get" Riehl for details.