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Posted by Donna Shurr
Intergenerational Project for an International Cause
The Interact Club and Oberlin Club Rotarians met for their second “Sewing Party” to make pillowcase dresses for Zimbabwe and Haiti. In the fall, senior Angela Mavrich organized the first party at her home and in March the students met in the Family and Consumer Science classroom. Rotarians, high school students and Kendal residents enjoyed this multi-generational project and are continuing to sew at home and at school in their free time. The idea of sending dresses to little girls in other countries came about when OHS parent and Rotarian, Melanie Satterfield heard about the projects of Jack Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins has dedicated his life to bringing potable drinking water to remote African villages. With a grant from the Oberlin Rotary Club, Mr. Hopkins brought dresses to Mahatchala, Zimbabwe where he built a water well near the Emsizini Middle School. At the orphanage he also helped begin a garden and orchard. In Zimbabwe there are many orphans because of of the HIV epidemic, some 30% of people now have HIV. The students are excited that their dresses will be brought with Mr. Hopkins and given to the children at the school and two orphanages. Our very own senior, Abigail Tackett will also be bringing some of the dresses to Haiti on her next missions trip to work with children at Destiny Village, an orphanage supported by her church.
Posted by Donna Shurr on Feb 28, 2017
Seniors Honored for their Character and Service to the Community
By Donna Marie Shurr-Teacher Oberlin High School
Each month the Oberlin Rotary Club honors select students as “Senior of the Month.” These young people are recognized for their good character and positive attitude. They have contributed their time and energy to helping the school and community and are excellent role models. The Oberlin Rotary Club will donate $25.00 to a charity or project of the student’s choosing in their name. The Oberlin High School senior honored for the month of February was Abigail Tackett.
has played volleyball for 4 years, serving as co-captain for the past two years, receiving MVP and Coach’s Award. She also played basketball and ran track for the first two years of high school. Outside of school Tackett is involved in the youth group (Discovery Student Ministries) at Church on the North Coast (CNC), leading worship and acting as a student leader. She currently works at CNC as a pastoral assistant/administrator and previously enjoyed being employed at Ben Franklin in Oberlin.
Service is a part of Tackett’s life. She volunteers at the “Joshua Kids” inner-city children’s program held once a month at CNC and a week-long overnight camp in the summer. She also works with the Love Haiti Fund, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable growth in the nation of Haiti. Tackett helps with fundraising, as well as traveling on service trips with teams of volunteers. She has been on two trips in 2016 and has a trip planned for August of 2017 to minister to the children at Destiny Village, an orphanage supported by her church.
During her sophomore year Tackett’s paper titled: Nigeria: Adapting to Climate Change by Manipulating Water Sources to Save Agricultural Production, won her the honor of becoming a Borlogue Scholar. Judges at the Ohio Global Institute at the Ohio State University gave her highest marks. Coupled with her passion for food security for every individual and her excellent presentation and she was chosen to attend the 2016 Global Youth Institute at the World Food Prize in DesMoines, Iowa during her junior year. While in Iowa, Abi joined over 100 students from around the world who had prepared papers and studied food security issues
During high school, Tackett chose the Post-Secondary option which has allowed her to attend Lorain County Community College free. She will graduate from high school with 45 college credits. She plans on finishing her Associates Degree at LCCC in the fall and will transfer to Ashland University with the college partnership. Tackett plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in young adult education to eventually teach high school English or Social Studies/History.
Posted by Cheron M. Rebok
Our Rotary club held its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday March 5th. While the figures are preliminary we seemed to have grossed $2300.00 and had some 300 people attending.
Young people from the Interact club helped out as well as most members of our club.
Posted by Angela Mavrich
My name is Angela Mavrich, from Oberlin Ohio, and I spent the past year in a small town in the north of France, called Douai. I learned so much about the French culture, and about other cultures from other students I met from around the world. I attended a French high school, and learned how to communicate in another language. I was able to travel to 8 new countries in my time abroad, and had the chance to travel around France quite a bit too. The French landscape is truly beautiful, and the streets smell like a bakery everywhere you turn. It was the most challenging, and the most rewarding year of my life. Part of me is truly still stuck in France, and maybe that’s what exchange is all about…to leave a piece of yourself behind, and bring back a piece of your host country. A true exchange.
Posted by Zoe Bickel on Jul 20, 2016
Hello, My name is Zoe Bickel. I spent my 2015-2016 school year in Thailand. I lived in the small city of Phrae. My host club was the Rotary Club of Wiangkosai. I loved my year on exchange, not only did I get to learn about Buddhism I also got to eat very different foods. It was hard at first to learn the language but by the end of my exchange communication was much easier. My favorite part of my exchange was being able to travel around Thailand. I do truly believe that Thailand is The Land Of A Thousand Smiles. In Thailand the people are friendly, the dogs roam free, but whether I was in the city or the countryside Thailand will always be my second home
Posted by Gerry Findlan
Our Rotary Club held its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday March 10th, despite some snow we had a very good turn out. Many people helped make it a success. Club members welcomed our guests. Young people from our Interact club and from the Boy Scouts as well as club members cooked and served the pancakes.