In the News

Each year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River is pleased to provide grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that serve youth, adults and the community-at-large within Lakewood and Rocky River. The club is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 grant cycle. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 28, 2022; grants will be announced in late December.


Parker A. Suddeth (left) has been inducted as the new president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River. He was sworn in by Adam Sonnhalter, assistant governor. With Suddeth is last year's club president Steve Clark (center).

Sworn in as directors (2023-2025) were George Koussa, Ken Haber and David Drickhammer. They join directors Leslie Favre-Krogman, Gina Gavlak, and Harlan Radford (2021-2024), and George Hwang, George Frank, and Chris Arnold (2020-2023).

Suddeth's classification is Human Resources. He grew up in Oberlin and is a graduate of Hiram College with a BA in sociology. He resides in Lakewood.

This year's Rotary’s theme is “Imagine Rotary.”

Winners of Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest, and the music and visual arts competitions, were honored at a gala event at the Beck Center on April 11.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the contest annually showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.



Lila Wright of Lakewood High School was awarded first place in the Rotary’s annual visual arts contest on April 11 at the Beck Center. Her whimsical piece, “Moose and Duck, caught the judges off-guard in a most delightful way, stating, “The artist composed a beautiful piece, executing her creative idea of a Moose taking a shower with precision and skill with the pencil. At first glance the piece is striking, but upon looking further it continues to delight.”

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 4 are joined by Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District Career development coordinator (left), and Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator (right).

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 4 during the club’s weekly luncheon.

The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

From left: Principal Mark Walter, Grace Lamparyk, Helen Roche, Alex Hodson, Lydia Kress, and teacher Amy Garritano.

Four Lakewood High juniors were winners in the 77th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Speech Contest sponsored by Beck Center for the Arts. In the final round that took place March 28, Alex Hodson placed first and earned $750. Rounding out the top four places following Alex were Grace Lamparyk ($500), Helen Roche ($300), and Lydia Kress ($250).

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Martin Uhle
Oct 03, 2022
Community West Foundation
John Pyke
Oct 10, 2022
Clifton Park - History of a Unique Neighborhood
John Michael
Oct 17, 2022
Cleveland Cavs Update
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Oct 24, 2022
Club Social Week
George Koussa
Oct 31, 2022
Cleveland Cultural Garden
Nov 07, 2022
Women in History: Eleanor Roosevelt Live
Jon Fancher
Nov 14, 2022
Thanksgiving Message
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Nov 21, 2022
Thanksgiving holiday
Jim Lechko
Nov 28, 2022
Rotary International Foundation
Curt Brosky
Dec 19, 2022
Club Foundation Grants
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Dec 26, 2022
Christmas holiday
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Jan 02, 2023
New Year's holiday
Maureen Shannon - Hospice of the Western Reserve
Mar 20, 2023
Advance Directives
RI News
Mobile clinic delivers free healthcare for Wisconsin’s underserved communities

Rotary clubs in District 6250 (Wisconsin and Minnesota, USA) have donated a mobile clinic to St. Clare Health Mission, a community organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides primary and specialty health care services at no cost for those without access to insurance.

Rotary President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge toward polio eradication

Rotary President Jennifer Jones appeared on the stage at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival to announce an additional US$150 million pledge toward that end.

Re-emergence of polio underscores the need for eradication

The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages.In recent months, an unvaccinated man in the United States was paralyzed. In the