Dresses from pillow cases for girls in Africa

On Tuesday, November 13, Father Don Dunson and County Prosecutor Lyn Travis were pleased to receive 75 dresses from the Avon Avon Lake Rotary Club yesterday. Fr. Don and Attorney Travis will be traveling to Uganda in December. Along with the dresses will be messages from the seamstresses for each young girl letting them know that they are important in the world. (L-R) Fr. Dunson, Rotarian Jinnyn Tata, Attorney Lyn Travis, model Emma Lewis and seamstress Sally Linden. Rotarians key to the project but not shown Linda Rakvic, Rebecca Russell and Doug Maurer.

Rotary – Youth Scholarship Fundraiser – Holiday Concert with Cleveland Pops in Avon Lake

Carl makes beautiful music with a clarinet solo

Carl makes beautiful music with a clarinet solo

Once again Carl Topilow, multitalented conductor and instrumentalist, will lead the Cleveland Pops Orchestra in “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at the Avon Lake High School on Saturday December 13, 2014. The Avon High School Chamber Orchestra starts the Program off at 6:45 PM followed by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Avon Lake High School Chorale. Come celebrate the spirit of the holiday season, enjoy performances by our high schools’ music students and support the Rotary’s youth scholarship programs.

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is sponsored by the Avon / Avon Lake Rotary Club. The Program’s proceeds will be used for scholarships for Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside high school students and other youth initiatives. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at a discount from Avon Lake and Avon high schools, Rotary Club members, Avon Lake Printing Community Resource Services and Peter & Co. Jewelers.

Local Kids Volunteer Rotary

While many students are relaxing for their summer break, four local kids volunteered to help with the Rotary project “Little Dresses for Africa”. Avon Lake Sewing teacher, Nancy Erdman, (Sewing with Mrs. E) gave her sewing class the opportunity.

“Right away they were enthusiastic and ready to help,” said Nancy. Olivia Davis, and Carolyn Kraus from Avon Lake, Mia Russell from Bay Village and Mackenzie Molnar from Amherst are sewing several dresses each during class and in their spare time.

The Rotary thanks these girls and other local volunteers who have donated completed dresses and new/used pillow cases and accessories like ribbons, lace, buttons and more. The simple dresses are made from pillowcases and distributed to orphanages, churches and schools in Africa, Trinidad, as well as Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, the Philippines, Guatemala, and in the U.S. when needed.

Earlier this summer, the Avon /Avon Lake – Sheffield/Sheffield Lake Rotary Club became involved with this international project. Recognizing a need for clothing for boys the Rotary will also take on a similar initiative of “Britches for Boys”. Please call (440) 653-0118 for further information.

For those interested in joining Rotary, check out http://www.avonavonlakerotary.org. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Towne Center Community Campus, 500 Community Drive in Avon Lake.

Little Dresses for AfricaPhoto courtesy of Rotarian J. Tata

(L-R) Olivia Davis, Mia Russell, Nancy Erdman, Mackenzie Molnar and Carolyn Kraus, sewing
dresses for ‘Little Dresses for Africa.’



Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree


The Cleveland Pops orchestra is a Holiday tradition

Cleveland Pops Orchestra


The Avon-Avon Lake Rotary Club serves four Northern Ohio communities including Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake. Club members meet at 7:30 AM every Tuesday morning at the Towne Centre Community Campus Clubhouse, 200 Community Drive.

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