The Rotary Club of Cleveland cultivates a diverse community of informed professionals working collectively to create a positive impact by exchanging ideas, forming meaningful, lifelong friendships, and giving back to our community. 
Rotary this week
Thursday, February 1, 2024
12:00 Noon
Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore St. CLE 44113
(doors open at 11:30 a.m for networking)
Sandra Morgan
Granddaughter of the late Garrett A. Morgan
The Innovative Life of Garrett A. Morgan

Who Was Garrett A. Morgan?

With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine, traffic signal, a hair-straightening product, and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks.

Outside of his inventing career, Morgan diligently supported the African American community throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was active in the Cleveland Association of Colored Men, donated to Negro colleges and opened an all-Black country club. Additionally, in 1920, he launched the African American newspaper the Cleveland Call(later named the Call and Post).

The inventor and social activist died on July 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio.


We will be joined by 2 classes of students from Garrett Morgan High School!

Youth Service Committee will hold High School Recognition Day facilitator trainings before the meeting at 11:15 a.m. and after 1:00 p.m on both February 1st and 8th.  Please attend if you are planning on facilitating this year or want to know more about the day!
Cleveland Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Campaign

  To date 28 out of 89 CLE Rotarians have contributed!

Help us make our goal of 100% participation! Consider the many activities of our club – particularly those that are of interest to you – when deciding on your donation.  Checks made payable to Cleveland Rotary Foundation or visit our website and click on donate to use credit card

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February Meeting Schedule Change
2024 is a leap year with February having 5 Thursday's. 
February 1 - in person at Windows on the River - Sandra Morgan
February 8 - in person at Windows on the River - in process
February 15 - Virtual - in process
February 22 - In Person at Windows on the River - International Fellowship Day honoring Esperanza with our International Service Award
February 29- After Hours at the 5th Street Arcade - supporting Rotarian Mary Ober, Co-Founder, Levy Fair Trade Products
Rotarians Making an Impact!
Come out and support Rotarian Mike Parks! 
Volunteer Opportunities - "Service Above Self"
St. Augustine Community Cupboard 
Due to a volunteer shortage they are now only open 1x per week, allowing those in need to receive 15 personal & food items, and 15 clothing items in 2 separate rooms.  The volunteers help with greeting, checking in & out, and navigating the crowd, carrying items for those who need help, sanitizing the grocery baskets used, and stocking shelves, etc. 
You can volunteer for as little or as long as you wish - We just want volunteers! 
  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine Community Cupboard, 2486 W. 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Greater Cleveland Food Bank           
Upcoming Volunteer Days Tuesday February 13 and Wednesday February 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. RSVP or
American Red Cross Blood Donor Day, February 22, 2024  
The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage
  • The nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. Blood and platelet donations are needed now to help alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed.
  • Over the last 20 years, the number of people donating blood to the Red Cross has fallen by more than 40%.
  • Additional challenges lie ahead as winter weather and seasonal illnesses like the flu and COVID-19 may compound the dire blood supply situation the nation currently faces.
  • Blood products are currently going to hospitals faster than blood donations are coming in. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had to limit distributions of some of the most transfused blood types to hospitals.
  • Make an appointment to give blood or platelets now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Karpinski Engineering (3135 Euclid Ave, CLE 44115) will be holding a blood drive Wednesday February 28th from 9:00 - 3:00 p.m., if this time and place works better, all are welcome! 
Save the Date - Rotary Works! 
The Vocational Service Committee is reviving our Rotary Works! program.  This is a business to business networking meeting. 
When: February 20, 2024 - Doors open at 8:15 a.m., meeting
           is from 8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.
Where: Karpinski Engineering - 3135 Euclid Ave. CLE 44115
Details: No RSVP needed, Guests are welcome and free parking 
The Rotary Works! agenda follows this four part pattern:
  • Each Rotary Works! member will give a 1minute description of your business and the perfect referral
  • The featured person presents 10 minutes about their professional life with a focus on:
    • Personal Bests
    • Mistakes Made
    • Greatest Successes
    • Keys to Success
    • Personal Story
  • Each Rotary Works! member that can, will share a Success Story from the last meeting.
  • The meeting will adjourn allowing for some quick interacting/networking.
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Upcoming Speakers
Feb 01, 2024
The history of inventor and entrepreneur Garrett Morgan
Feb 08, 2024
Executive Director NAACP
Feb 15, 2024
Cleveland Urban League
Feb 22, 2024
Honoring Esperanza with our International Service Award
Feb 29, 2024
at the 5th Street Arcade
Mar 07, 2024
also includes a Workforce Development Showcase
Mar 14, 2024
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo - Gorilla Trekking
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Upcoming Events
Cleveland Food Bank Volunteer
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Jan 09, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Windows on the River
Jan 11, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Youth Service Committee Meeting
Windows on the River
Jan 11, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Greater Cleveland Food Bank Volunteer
13815 Coit Rd.
Jan 17, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Augustine Community Cupboard Volunteer Day
St. Augustine Community Cupboard
Jan 20, 2024
10:26 AM – 3:00 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
Windows on the River
Feb 01, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Vocational Service Committee
Windows on the River
Feb 01, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Project YESS Meeting
Microsoft Teams
Feb 02, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Community Service Committee Meeting
Windows on the River
Feb 08, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Youth Service Committee Meeting
Windows on the River
Feb 08, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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