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BMC rakers assist their neighbors

November 22nd, 2015











Members of the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow citizens by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.

Participants included Chris Edelman, Iggy Gannon, John Underation, Peter Gierosky, Dick Majewski, Dwight Clark, Mark Vinick, Doug Gertz, Steve Ernst, Dave Sanson, Dan Gallagher and Eric Eakin.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Jon Lang said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”


BMC awards scholarships

June 5th, 2015


Pictured at the recent Bay Men’s Club scholarship awards dinner are, left to right, President Jon Lang; Molly Klonk; Lily Pattyn; Andrea Bliscek; Piotr Kotowski; Vice President Ed Gallagher and Scholarship Committee Co-Chairperson Pete Gierosky. (Photo by Eric Eakin)


The Bay Men’s Club recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High seniors.

The oldest civic organization in the city, the Bay Men’s Club holds a variety of fundraisers to raise the moneys for these scholarships.

The recipeints are Molly Klonk, Piotr Kotowski, Andrea Bliscek and Lily Pattyn. Klonk plans to major in art history at the University of Dayton; Kotowski plans to major in accounting at Miami University; Bliscek plans to study music and psychology at Cleveland State University, and Pattyn plans to study middle childhood education at Baldwin Wallace College.

“Each winner met our criteria of need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities,” Scholarship Chairperson John Stanton said. “We are pleased and honored to present these fine young students with seed money for their futures.”


BMC honors past presidents

April 3rd, 2015

BMC presidents 2015

The members of the Bay Men’s Club honored their past presidents at their April 2 meeting.

Pictured above (left to right) are past presidents Steve Kowalski, Kelly Brewer, Peter Gierosky, John Stanton, Peter Winzig, Dr. Richard Nelson M.D., Rob Spies, Mike Thies, Gary Ebert, Dwight Clark, Thomas Hill, Jim Cook, Wayne Douglas, Ray Yoder, Chris Edelman and Eric Eakin.

BMC collects, sells, donates sporting goods

March 16th, 2015

The Bay Men’s Club will be conducting its fifth annual youth athletic shoe drive & resale at the Bay Middle School on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is the fifth year the club has conducted the event. Last year, more than 300 pairs of usable youth athletic shoes were sold, raising more than $600 for scholarships for local students. Additionally, more than 100 pair of shoes, along with other sporting equipment, was donated to Cleveland Police Athletic League, and some 70 pair of shoes were donated to the City Mission.

“This is not about the money, but the ability to recycle the shoes within the community and donate the rest,” BMC President Kelly Brewer said.

The group will collect shoes and good used sporting equipment at or near the entrances to Bay Village schools in well-marked boxes on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27.

Shoes should tied together and placed in shopping bags.

For more information contact Kelly Brewer at (440) 829-6467.

Be warned…

March 3rd, 2015

BMC oldtime members

BMC to aid scholarship fund with weight-loss challenge

December 23rd, 2014

The Bay Men’s Club is pleased to announce a great opportunity for men in our community to get healthy as well as provide for the BMC scholarship fund.  The BMC Half-Ton Men’s Health Challenge is a great chance for club members and others to join in a fun weight-loss challenge.

It is $30 per person, and teams up to five persons can register at BMC Half-Ton Challenge .

Challenge runs from January 12 through May 4.  Head-start for those that want to weigh-in early on January 5.

Individuals and teams must weigh in and report progress at Perfect Fit Health Club twice a month.  No membership to the club is required, however they are offering great incentives to those that want to join.  Perfect Fit is located in the old hardware store in Bay Square Shopping Center.

Individual and team winners will be determined based on percentage of overall weight lost.  Example:  Team weighs in at 800 pounds. Team loses 100 pounds.  100/800 = 12.5%.  The highest percentage wins.

Teams and individuals can pursue sponsorships, but it is not required. For every $100 raised for scholarship through sponsors, teams will be awarded a 1% kicker to raise their total.  Maximum of 5%.

Teams and individuals will split 50% of the registration proceeds and also be awarded a great trophy at the May 7, 2015, BMC meeting.

Registration fees are due no later than the February 5.  Fees can be paid in person at the lodge at the meetings on January 8 or February 5.  Fees can also be mailed or dropped off to 265 Douglas Drive, Bay Village 44140.  Do not mail your fees to the lodge.

Sponsorships are due no later than May 7.

The challenge is open to all men…no need to be a resident of Bay Village, or a member of the Bay Men’s Club.

Why are we doing this?  Yes, we are going to try and raise a little money for our scholarship fund, but as it becomes harder and harder to notch the belt buckle we realize that some of us need the support of others to lose a few pounds.  Hopefully this challenge will be a good way for us keep things in perspective in 2015 together…and for the benefit of the community.

Sign your team up today!

For rules and more information, click Bay Men’s Club Half-Ton Challenge Flyer and Rules or Bay Men’s Club Half-Ton Challenge Flyer and Rules or call Kelly Brewer at 440-829-6467, or mkellybrew AT gmail.com.

BMC’s “Villagers” old time base ball club wins two

July 15th, 2014


The Villagers, a group of Bay Village men who play vintage base ball, defeated the Whiskey Island Shamrocks in both games of a double header played at Bay Days the Fourth of July.

Playing by 1860 rules, the Villagers notched their first wins of the season, downing the Shamrocks 10-2 in the first game, and 2-1 in the second.

Under the rules, base ball is a gentleman’s game, and the hurler (pitcher) delivers the ball underhanded where the striker (batter) requests it. Uncivil language, ungentlemanly behavior, spitting, alcohol consumption, chewing of tobacco and wagering are not tolerated.

There is no bunting, sliding, or running out of the base paths. No baseball gloves are used, and the striker is dead (out) if a hit ball is caught on the first bounce.

The Villagers played their first game as part of the Bay Village bicentennial celebration in 2010, and this year will be competing in eight different contests at locations ranging from Historic Brookside Park to Canal Fulton, Ohio.

“There was a fine turnout and play for our annual Bay Day’s match,” said Ray “The Skipper” Yoder, team captain. “After a tough couple of innings to start (we were down 2-0) the Villagers put on their hitting shoes, and stepped up the defense, and we notched a 10-2 victory. Then in an extra exhibition game we rallied for a 2-1 victory as well. A good time was had by all.”

The Villagers played in the Akron Cup Tournament at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron a week later, losing three games but gaining some valuable experience.

The club is searching for sponsors, who will get an ad on the Villager website and in game programs. Call (216) 276-3178 for details.

BMC awards four scholarships

June 7th, 2014

Left to right, Bay Men’s Club President Kelly Brewer, Pawel Kotowski, Shaley Stearns, Abriana Holzworth, Victoria Hamilton and Scholarship Vicechair Peter Gierosky.

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded four $1,500 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High students: Victoria Hamilton, Pawel Kotowski, Shaley Stearns and Abriana Holzworth.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.

The four and their families were honored recently at the club’s annual pig roast at the Bay Lodge.

Hamilton, a two-year member of the National Honor Society and Key Club president, plans on studying art history at Case Western Reserve University.

Kotowski, who earned the Principal’s Best Award for academic excellence and who operates his own landscaping company, plans on studying accounting at Case Western Reserve University.

Stearns, a four-year member of the school’s Academic Challenge team and who is a nanny for a child with autism, will attend Kent State University where she will study nursing.

Holzworth, who was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school and who had perfect attendance since kindergarten, will attend the University of Toledo where she will study pharmacy.

“The accomplishments of these four recipients, both academically and in other fields, is quite impressive,” Scholarship Committee Chairperson John Stanton said. “We are happy to provide this seed money for our leaders of tomorrow.”

BMC collecting used sporting goods

March 3rd, 2014

The Bay Men’s Club (BMC) is collecting used youth sports equipment as a fundraiser.

The equipment will be cleaned and offered for sale Sat., April 12 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School.

Collection boxes have been placed at Bay Lanes, the Village Barbershop and Heinen’s.

The club is seeking athletic shoes and cleats, shin guards, baseball and softball gloves and other equipment that can be put to good use.

Unsold equipment will be donated to those in need. The BMC adheres to the “good neighbor” policy; if there is a child in need of sporting equipment the club will work to find a solution.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program.

For more information call Kelly Brewer at (440) 829-6467.

BMC members help residents with leaf rakeout

December 19th, 2013

Members of the Bay Men’s Club volunteered to help their fellow citizens recently by raking and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents.

In cooperation with the city’s Communitiy Services Department, the organization dispatched two teams to assist needy Bay Villagers with their fall clean-up chores.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Chris Edelman said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”