The annual meeting and luncheon of the Aurora chapter of Blossom Friends of the Cleveland Orchestra took place Sept. 6.

Officers were elected and members voted on a change in the bylaws -- making ex-officio members' terms one year instead of two.

The event was in the chorus room of Blossom Music Center. The chapter, along with five others, promotes and financially supports the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center.

The new executive board will be as follows:

Kathleen (Kitchie) McGrath, president; Peggy Krinsky, vice president/program chair; Peggy Fullmer, recording secretary; Dolores (DeeDee) Oman, corresponding secretary; Kaye Lowe and Barbara Wonderly, co-treasurers; and Susan Kenney, ex-officio.

Also serving on the board are the following committee chairwomen: Susan Colebrook, Karen Carcioppolo and Pat Volpe, hospitality; Kathleen O'Connell-Burton and Linda Kuniega, membership; Susan LaVine, publicity; and Marian Maulis, historian.

The nominating committee consisted of Dottie Cahill (chairperson), Diane Albright, LaVerne McCullough and Concetta Schlemmer.

Kenney thanked all former board members for all their hard work in the last two years. Roses were given to the former and new board members.

Lunch was provided by the ABFCO board. Selections of beverages, sandwiches, vegetables, fruit, shrimp, sushi, mini-cupcakes and cookies were displayed thanks to Diane Biesiadecki and Pat Volpe, the hospitality chairs.

Chris Roddy, facilities director at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, took everyone on a tour of the backstage at Blossom.

ABFCO welcomes new members, including men. Call McGrath at 330-995-4361 to join or for more information.


Al and Aileen Linek of Aurora are great-grandparents of

Dustin James Summer Jr., who was born Sept. 1 at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

The baby's parents are Dustin and Tiffany Summers of Shalersville. He has a sister Ryleigh Summers, 21 months. Grandparents are Trina Woodall of Southington, Cheryl and Darrell Summers of Streetsboro and Bill and Theresa Singer of Rootstown.


The Rotary Club of Aurora conducted an evening meeting Sept. 14 at the Aurora Inn, where weekly morning meetings and one evening meeting a month will take place from now on.

Members decided to participate in the annual Fall Family Fun Festival at Sunny Lake Park in early October, and thanked Doogan's for hosting past morning meetings.

The club authorized $125 to have a booth at the Aurora Business Showcase in October, and pledged $500 to Aurora High's TBD robotics team.

Special guests were Bob and Ann Gephart, Violet DeSouza and Vickie Webster. The Sept. 28 meeting will feature Peter DeSouza talking about the book "Explore Twinsburg."