Lakewood’s Celia Dorsch wins Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award: A Place in the


LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Longtime Lakewood activist Celia Dorsch has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in recognition of her leadership in the Lakewood community.

A youth leadership consultant at Engage & Excel LLC, she will be among those honored at the District 6630 Annual Foundation Awards banquet Nov. 19.

Dorsch spent her career helping others and teaching Lakewood’s youth the value of giving back to their community. She was hired by the Lakewood Division of Youth as an activities specialist and realized the importance of connecting young people to their community, so she worked with the city and schools to create Help To Others — also known as H2O — a youth volunteer program at Lakewood High School.

H2O helps high school and middle school students learn to give back through numerous projects. Members have organized dances for the elderly, visited nursing homes, participated in food collection/distribution projects and more. Each summer, H2O coordinates a summer service camp for middle school students.

During her nearly 19-year tenure as coordinator of the program, Dorsch helped develop hundreds of young leaders who have gone on to make a difference.

When she retired from H2O, she kept on contributing to the community by becoming active with the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp., a volunteer organization that distributes food to hundreds of needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The free awards banquet will be virtual and registration is required. To register, go to rotarydistrict6630.org/Stories/save-the-date-foundation-virtual-gala.

Special guest will be Jennifer Jones, Rotary International president-elect — the first woman who will lead the worldwide organization.

The Lakewood/Rocky River club was one of only 11 Northeast Ohio Rotary clubs that achieved 100 percent member giving to Rotary International’s Annual Fund, which earned the club the opportunity to award a Paul Harris Fellowship to an individual who has made a difference in the community.

The honor, named after Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905, is given to recognize exceptional contributions made by those who further Rotary’s mission of encouraging the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, high ethical standards, community service and the advancement of international understanding and good will.

Student veteran of the year: Cuyahoga Community College is recognizing Olivia Rodriguez of Lakewood as its Student Veteran of the Year.

Rodriguez, 21, graduated from Lakewood High School three years ago and entered the U.S. Army Reserve, attending basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. After basic training, she chose combat medic as her area of specialization.

Rodriguez trained at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, then returned home in April 2018 and was stationed with the 371st Minimal Care Detachment, an Army Reserve…



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Lakewood’s Celia Dorsch wins Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award: A Place in the


LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Longtime Lakewood activist Celia Dorsch has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in recognition of her leadership in the Lakewood community.

A youth leadership consultant at Engage & Excel LLC, she will be among those honored at the District 6630 Annual Foundation Awards banquet Nov. 19.

Dorsch spent her career helping others and teaching Lakewood’s youth the value of giving back to their community. She was hired by the Lakewood Division of Youth as an activities specialist and realized the importance of connecting young people to their community, so she worked with the city and schools to create Help To Others — also known as H2O — a youth volunteer program at Lakewood High School.

H2O helps high school and middle school students learn to give back through numerous projects. Members have organized dances for the elderly, visited nursing homes, participated in food collection/distribution projects and more. Each summer, H2O coordinates a summer service camp for middle school students.

During her nearly 19-year tenure as coordinator of the program, Dorsch helped develop hundreds of young leaders who have gone on to make a difference.

When she retired from H2O, she kept on contributing to the community by becoming active with the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp., a volunteer organization that distributes food to hundreds of needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The free awards banquet will be virtual and registration is required. To register, go to rotarydistrict6630.org/Stories/save-the-date-foundation-virtual-gala.

Special guest will be Jennifer Jones, Rotary International president-elect — the first woman who will lead the worldwide organization.

The Lakewood/Rocky River club was one of only 11 Northeast Ohio Rotary clubs that achieved 100 percent member giving to Rotary International’s Annual Fund, which earned the club the opportunity to award a Paul Harris Fellowship to an individual who has made a difference in the community.

The honor, named after Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905, is given to recognize exceptional contributions made by those who further Rotary’s mission of encouraging the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, high ethical standards, community service and the advancement of international understanding and good will.

Student veteran of the year: Cuyahoga Community College is recognizing Olivia Rodriguez of Lakewood as its Student Veteran of the Year.

Rodriguez, 21, graduated from Lakewood High School three years ago and entered the U.S. Army Reserve, attending basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. After basic training, she chose combat medic as her area of specialization.

Rodriguez trained at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, then returned home in April 2018 and was stationed with the 371st Minimal Care Detachment, an Army Reserve…



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