Getting started. Andy Motz gave the Invocation and Madison Motz led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to start the September 3, 2010 meeting.

Guests. We were joined by Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter (pictured with nemesis Lou Kaltenstein) and a contingent from the U.S. Navy. We also had prospective member Carlos Cruz on hand. He was a guest of Dr. Art Basa. Also joining was former member Rich Frank, of the Berea Children's Home, and a guest of Laurel Wirtanen-Siloy. Dave Rababy brought his brother along and Val Tocci introduced Jan Bain. Terry Brlas, new editor of the Strongsville Post, also joined us.

Bienvenida. Brenda Amores Daiana Castelan, our exchange student from Mexico, has arrived and joined us for her first meeting, along with host dad Russ Smith. Lena Knight presented Brenda with a collection of gifts from club members. Brenda introduced herself and thanked the club for its welcome.
Membership. We're right on target to meet our goal of adding two new Rotarians every month, reported Bill Gordon.

Thank you. Muraski Elementary School sent a letter of thanks for the club's delivery of school supplies. The club recently delivered supplies to every public school in Strongsville, plus St. Joseph and John in our annual collection. Past President Jim Karecki thanked the club for its cards and support following the passing of his brother.

Rotarians of the Month. President Jerry Balint recognized Tony Vehar and Bill Schaffran as Rotarians of the Month for their work on the annual Strongsville Rotary Golf Outing. Proceeds from the event go to the Strongsville Rotary Foundation, which funds such causes as our annual scholarships to high school seniors.

A Day at the Chalet. Jerry announced that the Arts in Strongsville is looking for volunteers to help at A Day at the Chalet, an annual free festival of family fun, which will be held Sunday, September 19, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Chalet, in Strongsville. The annual event, which follows the City Club's annual Breakfast on the Covered Bridge, features a bunch of art-related activities for children of all ages, along with a slate of live entertainment, including the Strongsville Community Band, directed by our own Ken Mehalko. Our club is helping to sponsor this Strongsville tradition with a $500 donation, and several Rotarians serve on the board of The Arts in Strongsville, including Sandy Croft, Laurie Meister, Jennifer Milbrandt, Larry and Alice Frawley and Ken McEntee, along with former Rotarian Linda Plain, president of the organization. For more information about this event, visit

Happy Bucks. Bob and Diane Oswald celebrated their 47th anniversary and welcomed a granddaughter on the same day. They also moved into a new home in Brunswick Hills. The sad buck is that Bob still roots for Michigan. Parker Pennington is participating in the USFS Skating Fundraiser Regional Send off Exhibition, on September 24, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Skating Club. It is a regional type send off that is a fundraiser for National Novice and Junior National competitors who show great community leadership qualities, such as organizing benefit shows, volunteer work, etc. Admission is $5. Contact Parker for more information. Lou and Janine Kaltenstein married off their son who will live in Denver.

The Navy. Rear Admiral Wendi Carpenter talked to the club about the role of the U.S. Navy in today's world, including the protection of trading routes. The presentation was part of Cleveland Navy Week, August 30 - September 3.

Words of Wisdom.

The policeman had the Pomeroy House under surveillance a few minutes before closing time, so he could see who came out drunk. The first one out the door at 2:00 weaved down the sidewalk, then fell on the curb. He sluggishly got up, then tried his keys in five cars before finding his own car.

Once inside his car, he fumbled with his keys for 2 or 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, all the Rotarians filed out of the pub, got into their cars and drove away, leaving this one fellow quite alone in the parking lot.

Finally, he got his car started and began to very slowly drive away.

Immediately, the police car was behind him with lights flashing.

The policeman asked the man to take a breathalizer test, to which he readily agreed.

When the reading was 0.0%, the shocked policeman asked, "How can this be?"

To which the man replied, "Tonight, I'm the designated decoy."


"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." - Martha Washington

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." - The Dalai Lama