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. 
Meetings this month
September 8 - In Person
September 15 - In Person
September 22 - Virtual
September 29 - After Hours
Rotary this week 
Thursday, September 8, 2022
12:00 Noon
(doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for networking and socializing)
Windows on the River, River View Room 
2000 Sycamore St. CLE 44013
"Act II: A Curious Career Transition . . . or What Do President Ronald Reagan,  U.S. Senator Fred Thompson and Peter Lawson Jones Have in Common?"
Peter Lawson Jones is an attorney, business consultant, professional actor and master of ceremonies, dramatist and former elected official.
From February 2002, through December 2010, Jones, a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude in Government) and Harvard Law School, was a member of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners, and its president for three of those years. He previously served two and one-half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was the ranking member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and second vice president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.  Jones was formerly the Vice Mayor and a Councilman in the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Jones is the executive producer  of Fatherhood 101 a documentary on the critical importance of responsible fatherhood. He is a consultant in the areas of government relations, community engagement, event planning, fundraising, market development and fatherhood programming.
Jones, a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, has appeared in well over twenty films (A Man Called Otto, WhiteBoy RickAlex CrossThe Assassin’s CodeStarve), on network television (NBC’s Chicago Fire and ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7), on stages throughout Northeast Ohio.  He received the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Best Ohio Supporting Actor Award for his work in How to Change the World. Jones’s drama, The Family Line, has been successfully produced at Karamu House, Harvard University and Ohio University.  His second play, The Bloodless Jungle, has enjoyed two full productions at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and has been added to Brooklyn’s Ryan Repertory Company’s 2021-2022 season.  Land of Cleve, an arts and culture blog, ranked the second production as one of the best in Northeast Ohio in 2017.  The play has enjoyed staged readings at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Convention Center, the National Black Theatre Festival, Duquesne University and in Harlem.  His most recent work, The Phoenix Society, enjoyed a successful premiere at Playwrights Local in Cleveland earlier this year.  The drama was commissioned by the Life Exchange Center, a Cleveland nonprofit that assists those in recovery from mental health and substance abuse challenges.  
Jones and his spouse Lisa are the proud parents of three children: Ryan Charles, Leah Danielle and Evan Cooke.
Youth Service Committee
will meet at 1:00 p.m.
following our regular meeting
Rotary International Literacy Day  
September 8, 2022
Support our literacy project, click the picture above to read the comic book. 
Click the picture above to create your own comic book through the Comic Book Academy
Share with everyone!
Rotary After Hours September 29th
Our Rotary After Hours September 29th will be at the Merrick House, attending their open house, hearing from Executive Director Harriet Hadley, also a member of our club,  and seeing first hand the result of our financial support and volunteer efforts towards the Sensory Garden that was installed this summer. 
 Santa's Hide-A-Way Hollow
We have been invited by Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves to participate in the last Santa’s Hideaway Hollow event of the year; it will take place on Saturday, September 17, 9 am – 3 pm; we will have the opportunity to see Santa’s Hideaway Hollow in action, they are expecting a large crowd (est. 250-300 people). 
Santa’s Hideaway Hollow provides service to sick kids and their families who want to spend one last Christmas together…Santa has built a North Pole Village in Middlefield, Ohio on 100 acres of land, including a train, carousel, cabins, ice cream parlor, chapel, and an area where kids will visit privately with Santa…over the years, Santa has provided compassionate service to 200,000+ people.  Santa has spoken for our club twice, the last time was Christmas 2020, where we did a virtual live and filmed program…very moving…
We can bring up to 10 people, and these slots will fill up quickly…there will be a pre-program team meeting that morning at 9:15 am to discuss the plan for the day, including volunteer activities…or, you are welcome to just go out and observe. 
Please RSVP to by Thursday, September 8th! 
Links for additional info about Santa’s Hideaway Hollow:
"Service Above Self"
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Volunteer Days  in September, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
American Red Cross Blood Donor Day, September 29, 2022 Schedule your appointment today!
The Red Cross – which supplies ~40% of the nation’s blood – is experiencing its worst blood shortage in 10+ years & has been forced to limit blood products sent to hospitals. Patient care is at risk! Sign up to give ASAP & help overcome this blood crisis: 
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Upcoming Speakers
Sep 08, 2022
Chairman, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
Sep 15, 2022
Sep 22, 2022
Author - Making It Home: I set Out to Find the world and Made it All the Way to Cleveland
Sep 29, 2022
Mingle With Merrick
Oct 06, 2022
Team NEO
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