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Rotary Club of Fairlawn celebrates 50th anniversary

7/31/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Fairlawn
FAIRLAWN — On June 27, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn held its annual banquet and celebrated its 50th anniversary at Rosemont Country Club. 

At the dinner, new officers were installed to serve a one-year term. Heading the charge for the coming year will be Betsy McIntyre, who will hold the office of president, and Gurinder Rana as president-elect.

Leaving office after serving a term as president is Ted Klimczak.

Several Rotarians were honored for their service, including Steve Smetana and Eric Hutchins, receiving Leadership Awards; Tom Parry, receiving the Ambassador Award; Arne Van der Heyde, receiving the Pillar Award; and Rana, receiving the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Shown above from left are Klimczak, McIntyre, Rana and Smetana.

On Dec. 3, 1963, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn held its first meeting at the Elmar, now Lanning’s. By the end of January 1964, there were 28 members, and the club, first known as the Rotary Club of Bath, was chartered in April. On May 26, 1964, a formal charter party took place at the University Club at The University of Akron, with 33 names listed as charter members. In 1967, two Interact clubs were formed for students at Copley and Revere high schools. 

Today, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn invites members from Fairlawn, Bath, Richfield and Copley to join the service club and contribute to the communities. Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world.

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn supports humanitarian efforts both regionally and throughout the world. The club has teamed up with other organizations to participate in fundraisers, as well as host social events.

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn has partnered with the Great Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America to hold its annual auction, proceeds from which allowed the Rotary Club to support educational programs and help those in need in the community, according to club officials.

Recently, the club partnered with Stewart’s Caring Place in hosting the fourth annual Speakeasy Charity Casino at Fairlawn Country Club. Over $20,000 was raised at this event. Mimi Markis, founder of Stewart’s Caring Place, was presented a check for $5,000, and the remaining proceeds will be distributed by the Rotary Foundation throughout the year.

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn has contributed to the Shelter Box program, which provides basic living essentials to those hit by disaster in Haiti and other countries. It has contributed to water well projects to help communities in Africa provide fresh water for their residents, and a recent project supports a micro bank program that helps entrepreneurs in India start their own businesses, according to club officials.

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn meets weekly at Fairlawn Country Club on Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact McIntyre at 330-668-0958 or betsyjmcintyre@gmail.com.

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