Thanks for the Memories

North East Ohio Girl Scouts from Troop 70459

            Our first meeting in February did not give me any warning this was going to be a year of new experiences during the E. 200th Street Stroll.  Just when I thought the 13 year old Stroll had run its course, I became reenergized with new relationships, more participants, and words of encouragement from unexpected people.  Thank you for being with me on this journey!

            The E. 200 Street Stroll is a one day, four- hour event.  It doesn’t need to be a nonprofit organization or a registered business because it’s a small group of volunteers who loves our Euclid community and values small businesses and nonprofit organizations.  When looking for a new fiscal sponsor this year, a perfect match turned out to be Euclid Beach Park Now.  They recognized the importance of collaboration within a community and are helping us keep our event fiscally responsible.  Thank You!

            A new partnership was formed between the Euclid Housing Task Force and the Stroll. Our Saturday event is a great time to promote keeping our neighborhood homes in good condition using qualified, local contractors – including local landscapers.  I’ll certainly remember my aching muscles from handling 80 bags of black mulch picked up from Home Depot in Euclid and Menards in Massillon in anticipation of Barb Pistillo and her committee’s successful search for landscapers who would want a little publicity by mulching the E. 200 Street daylily beds highlighting the ten streets in the Task Force’s new project. Imagine my utter joy and deep gratitude to father and son – Dennis Strnad Sr. and Jr. of The Euclid Group and their crew – when they volunteered to mulch many more Stella d’Oro daylily beds lining the street! Thank You!

            Our Stroll Day Volunteer Luncheon (at Ludwig’s this year) usually has Ann, Ben, David, Colleen, Tim, Nancy, Dave, Ray, Donald and me around the table discussing last minute Stroll instructions.  I was so excited to have Lenny join us.  He had read my Facebook post from the day before and decided to come because he values the Stroll and its effect on our community.  How great is that?! I am always so happy and appreciative when people take time out of their days to join us in planning an event in which I am so passionate.  There is always room in the E. 200 Street Stroll for new volunteers.  Please consider this an invitation.  Look to John Copic and the Observer Papers as a great voice and a connection to future community events including the May 30, 2020 Stroll.  Thank You!

            No one would want to stroll up and down E. 200 Street if it weren’t for the businesses and organizations who recognize a deeper significance in our four hours together.  We aim to bring people to our street so they can experience the good things in Euclid.  Our quest each year is to convince everyone it’s worth your time to be involved in such a positive experience.  So, to those who take the time to complete and return a registration no matter how late you might be and then choose to be out on the sidewalk where the action is…. Thank You!  To those who contribute sponsorships big and small…Thank You!  To those who walk, ride, but especially stroll E. 200 Street…THANK YOU!

Sherrie Zagorc

Sherrie Zagorc is a co-founder, volunteer, and board member of Kiddie City Child Care Community in addition to being the chairperson of the E. 200th Street Stroll.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.07.2019