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Cleveland Angels Visits Strongsville Kiwanis
The Strongsville Kiwanis Club welcomed Christy Rutkowski to their July meeting. Christy is the Director of Community Partnerships for Cleveland Angels, a team of highly dedicated people who offer support to children and families in the foster care system.
Christy explained that there are over 3,000 children in foster care in Cuyahoga County, and Cleveland Angels is currently serving 89 families. She pointed out the risks that children face when they turn 18 and leave the foster care system. Christy discussed the number of ways that individuals, clubs, and companies can get involved from a one-time gift to longer commitments that can include mentoring foster children.
The Cleveland Angels is part of a national network of caring teams stretching from California to North Carolina. You can learn more by visiting their site here.
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Memories of Cleveland Metroparks
Judy Mackeigan took to the podium Wednesday to talk about our Cleveland Metroparks.
Judy is the Historian and Archivist for the Cleveland Metroparks. Judy joined the Metroparks in 2010, and one of her roles is to share the history of the Metroparks to visitors and community groups.
Judy focused on the history of summer camps throughout the years, and fascinated the club with pictures dating back to the 1930s and 1940s showing life as a camper. Many members in attendance recounted their own experiences of summer camps.
Judy walked through all of the reservations, ending with a brief history of Strongsville's own Camp Cheerful.
Strongsville Kiwanis Visits Camp Cheerful
A regular Wednesday meeting became a very special time as members of the Strongsville Kiwanis Club visited Camp Cheerful, located in the Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville.
The meeting started with a visit to the equine center, where members learned about all the great programs Camp Cheerful offers and how their Equine Therapy program improves lives.
After a chance to 'meet' some of the horses, the club got a full tour of the grounds. Members concluded the evening learning about volunteer opportunities and fundraising efforts to keep the camp running.
If you need more information on Camp Cheerful, visit them HERE.
League Park History Comes Alive
The Kiwanis Club of Strongsville welcomed Joe Gazzo to the podium Wednesday night. Joe is the Director of Education for the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park.
Joe entertained the club with stories of the history of the park that included a slide show of pictures from the museum. Club members, who welcomed Joe by wearing a variety of Indians hats, shirts, and jackets, were fascinated as they heard about the early days of the Cleveland Indians.
Joe, an incredible artist as well as a gifted speaker, showed the club a number of his drawings including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and "The Yankee Clipper" Joe DiMaggio.
You can learn more about the heritage museum at League Park by visiting their site here