Getting started. Tom Snow gave the Invocation and President Ron Mowry led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to get the June 25 meeting rolling. It was Rev. Ron's last meeting at the helm.

Guests. They included Shannon Burns' new bride, Mary; Kathy Peterson's cousin Laurie; RYLA student Natalie Sabbath and her mom Norma, introduced by Ron Amato; Chris Kanieski, incoming president of the Medina cub, introduced by Denny Daar; and prospective member Cassie Webber, introduced by Matt Finkler.
New members. Dan Sage and Laurel Wirtanen-Siloy are the newest Strongsville Rotarians. Dan is sponsored by Bill Schaffran. Laurel is sponsored by Maureen O'Neill-Laszlo.

Thank you. Rev. Ron received notes of thanks from Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak for our fireworks sponsorship and from Hanson House for our Chili Open donation.

Rotary convention. Rev. Ron and Jack Miaskowski took their brides to the annual Rotary International conference in Montreal this month. Ron reported an attendance of 15,000, making it the largest conference ever held in Montreal including Montreal Expos games. He also announced that there have been no new cases of polio reported in India during the last six months. Complete worldwide polio eradication, spearheaded by Rotary, is in sight. A new Rotary club has been established in Palestine.

Blue Badge. Ashley Gay has earned her Blue Badge. It was presented to her by Laurie Berendsen.

RYLA. Natalie Sabbath, who will be a senior next year at Strongsville High School, was sponsored by our club to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a leadership training program for young folks. Natalie told the club about her experiences at RYLA camp in Hiram, which included teamwork and leadership training exercises.

Tall ships. Dale Finley  reported that all 12 tall ships will be in Cleveland by July 7. He is still looking for volunteers to assist with the Cleveland Rotary's Tall Ships event. So far eight or nine couples have signed up.

Join in the fun July 9th at the 2nd annual District 6630 Christmas in July.  This is the fund raiser for the Rotary International Foundation Polio Plus Challenge. This years' event will be held as part of the Tall Ships Festival at the Port of Cleveland in conjunction with the 100th birthday of the Rotary Club of Cleveland.

Your ticket will include a buffet of different International delicacies, silent auction, admission to one of the Tall Ships, live auction, and a raffle with a prize of $2000.

Tickets for all of this will be $50 per person. What a bargain!

Bring friends - bring family!!

Ken Taylor said you can register for Christmas in July online at the district website. But if you do, please let Ken know. he wants to put together tables for Strongsville Rotarians. So far he has filled two tables.

Save the date for a special night out for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation.  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.

Pita tent. Neal Klabunde, pinch hitting for Rick Voigt, passed around a sign up sheet to work the Pita tent at the annual Strongsville Rotary Homecoming. If you want to volunteer, contact Neal or Rick.

Golf outing. Bill Schaffran said the 33rd annual Strongsville Rotary Golf Outing will be held in August. The outing will include a four-player scramble 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. Dave Kolick said hole sponsors are needed too. Sponsorships cost $100, which is tax deductible. Contact Dave to sponsor or for more information. Proceeds from the golf outing go toward the $10,000 in annual Strongsville Rotary Foundation Scholarships.

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.

Queen of Hearts. The pot is getting big - $1,464 last week, while the table ticket was worth $97. The winner drew a loser and the queenie lives.


"A friend is one before whom I may think aloud." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." - Thomas Jefferson

Word of wisdom.

A hobo comes up to the front door of a neat looking farmhouse and raps gently on the door. When the farm owner answers, the hobo asks him, "Please, sir, could you give me something to eat? I haven't had a good meal in several days." 

The owner says, "I have made a fortune in my lifetime by supplying goods for people. I've never given anything away for nothing. However, if you go around the back, you will see a gallon of paint and a clean paint brush. If you will paint my porch, I will give you a good meal." 

So the hobo goes around back and a while later he again knocks on the door. The owner says, "Finished already? Good. Come on in. Sit down. The cook will bring your meal right in." 

The hobo says, "Thank you very much, sir. But there's something that I think you should know. It's not a Porsche you got there. It's a BMW."