Hello to All and hopefully to future members of the Rotary Club of Aurora,
 

I am proud and enthused to be leading a passionate group of community service volunteers over the exciting events we have planned for next year. I would like to share a little about who we are and what we do, and hopefully you’ll drop by a meeting and see what we are about.
 
The Rotary Club of Aurora is ‘like a  rather small boat as part of a large flotilla of ships ’. We sail alongside thousands of other boats, all on a mission to do good. Cruising along side of us is Rotary International, a Mother Ship which stands ready to support us in doing good, in our community, domestically and Internationally. We, as Rotarians, collectively together 'set our sails' to tacking some of the world's biggest challenges. Our common helping hands work across the globe to end illiteracy, disease, thirst and all other forms of deterrents to a healthy life that affects people throughout the world.
 
Who are we?
We are professionals working hard to establish our careers, as well as, homemakers and retired professionals looking toward a path of rewarding service..
We have single memberships, family memberships and corporate memberships. 
We are a diverse group of individuals, who share many things in common; like our passion for community, a desire to make the world a better place and our hope to pass on values we cherish to the next generation.
 
What we do?
New Generation Services
o Recognition of Aurora and Streetsboro Students of the Month
o Scholarships for Aurora and Streetsboro High School seniors
o Provide Rotary Youth Exchange – Inbound and Outbound
o Lead District and Local 4 Way Test Speech Contests in Aurora and Streetsboro High Schools
o Identify and Support RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a summer week long leadership training camp for high school Jr. at Baldwin Wallace
o Interact and support the Interact Club at Aurora High School.
Local Community Service
o Participate in the Fill-a-bag, Feed-a-Family Food Drive in Aurora
o Aid the Akron Rotary Camp and Happy Day Camp in Ravenna for children with special needs
o Participate the Aurora Community Service Day in Spring and Leaf Raking in Fall
o Supervise the kid play areas at Aurora’s 4th of July festivities and Fall Festival
o Participate in the Fishing Derby at Sunny Lake
o Work with Habitat for Humanity
o Support the Habitat ReStore
o Provide Christmas Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
o Support the Horizon House
o We are the Santa and helpers on the phone for Dial-A-Santa in Aurora
o Support Trinity Farms in Streetsboro, in service of special needs children
o Participate at Camp Sunshine of Aurora, a summer camp for Children of special needs.
International Activities
o Provide Gift boxes for children in Nicaragua (known as, 'Children of the Dump') at Christmastime
o Provide Shelter Boxes for devastated and disaster areas
o Give funding to Hurricane Relief for a school in the Virgin Islands
o Support the key Rotary International initiative to End Polio worldwide
 
In addition to the above activities, our Club demonstrates commitment to Aurora by participating in city parades, community and business showcases and supporting student initiatives. Our social gatherings like picnics, clambakes, dinners, field trips and holiday parties, are aimed at building fellowship among our members.
 
Lastly, our key fund raiser is 'A Taste of the Western Reserve' held generally the last Sunday in April. It is a major event where 20 local restaurants participate with wonderful food choices. This past year our selected charity for the 'Taste' raffle was Camp Sunshine of Aurora.
The 'Taste', always a fun time, always rewarding, always well attended by those in Aurora and surrounding communities.

If you find the things we do interesting and meaningful to you, consider sailing with us. It is a large ocean and the more helping hands involved the more good that can be done for those in need..
 
Please feel free to reach me at
330-348-0413 or by e-mail: DBT3372@Gmail.com.
 
Our Club usually meets for breakfast on Wednesdays at 7:30 am at The Aurora Inn.
 
I and my fellow Rotarians look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and saying ‘Welcome Aboard’.
 
Wishing you all the Very Best,
Dale
Dale B. Thorne
President (2019-2020)
Rotary Club of Aurora