Getting Started. Laurel Wirtanen-Siloy offered the Invocation and President Jerry Balint, presiding over his first meeting, led the Pledge of Allegiance to get the July 2 meeting off and running.

Guests. We had'm. They included First Lady Pat Balint and new District 6630 Gov. Stew Buchanan.

Thank you. Jerry received a note of thanks from Laurel for the Chili Open funds donation to the Berea Childrens Home. Ken Mehalko also thanked the club for its support of the Strongsville Community Band. Ken and the band then got the Independence Day weekend started Friday evening with a free concert at the Commons. Loras John Schissel, conductor of the Blossom Festival Band of the Cleveland Orchestra, was the guest conductor for Strongsville's finest group of musicians.
Christmas in July. A plea went out last week for door prizes for the district's Christmas in July event at the Tall Ships Festival, coming up on Friday, July 9. Dan Dreiling, Darlene Figlioli, Paul Psota and Nelson Eubank all came through with loot.

Christmas in July is the district's fundraiser for Rotary International's Polio Plus Challenge.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $255 million as a challenge grant to the Rotary Foundation for polio eradication around the world. The challenge is for Rotarians around the world to match that grant with $ 100 million.Since all Rotary Clubs have been asked to contribute $ 3000 over the three year period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012, The Christmas in July Raffle can help the clubs in District # 6630 to meet the challenge.  Proceeds from this event will be allocated to each club to help toward their $ 1000 donation for 2010-2011.

The $50 ticket to Christmas in July gets you a buffet of different international delicacies, silent auction, admission to one of the Tall Ships, live auction and a raffle with a prize of $2,000. About 40 Strongsville will be raising hell, er, attending the event.

Christmas in July is being held in conjunction with the Tall Ships Festival, presented by the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Port of Cleveland. The event is part of the Cleveland Rotary's 100th anniversary celebration.

Confusion in July. Evidently there is some confusion regarding registration for Tall Ships volunteers, reports correspondent Dave Houle. Some of our members sent in their applications without telling coordinator Dale Finley. Some members signed up on line and some signed up directly with Dale and some went wee, wee, wee, all the way home. Anyhow, what you have to do, of you are volunteering, please email Dale and tell him.

Game canceled. The annual district softball tournament, hosted by the Stow club and won annually by the Strongsville club, has been canceled. They couldn't get enough teams. This leaves the free agency status of Jay Dzurilla in limbo. Jay planned to announce whether he would stay in Strongsville or sign with the Chesterland, Berea or Mentor club during a prime time special on ESPN. Rumors circulated that Jay, along with fellow past district governors Fran Bayless and Bob Prevette would sign together with another club with the hope of unseating Strongsville.

Happy Birthday. The following group celebrated birthdays in July. We all sang, and Bill Gordon won a drawing for birthday treats at Olympia Candies.
Allen, Brian
Dunn, Sheila
Zimmerman, Robert
Kalinowski, Yola
Santomen, Joseph
Weber, Michael
Figlioli, Darlene
Khuban, Manjit
Krencisz, Kevin
Zivcsak, Ron
Gordon, William
Dombrose, Carol
Thuener, Rochelle
Mowry, Ronald
Gerogosian, Nicholas

Golf outing. Dave Kolick reminded the club that sponsorship for the 33rd annual Strongsville Rotary Golf Outing, to be held August 26, at Shale Creek, is $100. Those who sponsored last year and already have a sign made up have already been hit up. The outing will include a four-player scramble, lunch and a steak dinner. Friends and family are welcome to participate. The cost is $85 per person. Lots of door prizes are needed, and help also will be needed getting things together on the day of the event. For more information, contact Bill Schaffran. Contact Dave to sponsor or for more information. Proceeds from the golf outing go toward the $10,000 in annual Strongsville Rotary Foundation Scholarships.
Dave said the Brunswick club is hosting its annual golf outing Thursday, July 15, at Cherokee Hills. For more information, visit

Senior picnic. John and Sandy Croft, AKA Senor and Senora Picnic, are co-chairing this year's annual Senior Picnic on July 30. Volunteers and needed to set up, serve, clean up and collect the teeth at the end. The event includes a concert by the Strongsville Community Band. For more information, contact John or Sandy.

Aye Aye Captain. Charles Hollingsworth and Matt Finkler are organizing a trip to see the Lake Erie Captains ballgame on August 14. The Captain are the Class A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, as though a minor league team can have a minor league affiliate. Anyhow, the guys on the Captains now will be the guys who will join the Tribe about the time Carlos Santana is traded for prospects. The plan is to get on a bus to Eastlake - that's where the Captains play, why else would you go to Eastlake - for a ballgame, including fireworks. You can register for this event online on the club website.

Donations. Vice President Bruce Keenan reported that our club donated close to $70,000 to charity during Rotary year 2009/2010, in which Rev. Ron Mowry presided. The breakdown includes:
* Local requests to the club from 36 different organizations: $24,000
* Contributions to Rotary International for Polio Plus and water projects: $4,000
* Chili Open benefactors (10 organizations): $30,000
* Strongsville Rotary Foundation donations on behalf of the club to three organizations, such as Haiti earthquake relief efforts: $9,000

Queen of Hearts. The queen was worth $1,570 and the pot was worth $70. The winner drew a loser and the queen lives.


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." - George Bernard Shaw

Word of Wisdom.

A woman in the bar says that she wants to have plastic surgery to enlarge her breasts. Her husband tells her, "Hey, you don't need surgery to do that. I know how to do it without surgery."
The lady asks, "How do I do it without surgery?"
"Just rub toilet paper between them."
Startled the lady asks, "How does that make them bigger?"
"I don't know, but it worked for your ass."

Rev. Ron goes into a bar and says, "Anybody who wants to go to heaven, stand up." Everybody stands up except for a drunk in the corner.
Rev. Ron says, "My son, don't you want to go to heaven when you die?"
The drunk says "When I die? Sure. I thought you were taking a load up now."