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Helping many groups leads to Roshetko being Citizen of the Year

By Jeff Gallatin


Assistance big or small to a wide range of groups and people has always been the norm for 2017 North Olmsted Community Council Citizen of the Year Beth Roshetko.

In the clues leading up to the revealing of her identity as the 2017 winner at the annual dinner Thursday at the North Olmsted Party Center, the first fact cited by 2016 winner Tom Dubowski was the large number of groups she’s been involved with in her 26 years in North Olmsted.

“This year’s Citizen of the Year has given time and service to a large variety of organizations in North Olmsted,” Dubowski said, going on to a list of Roshetko’s assorted groups and responsibilities, although at one point, he quipped that he couldn’t list them all.

“A longtime member of the Bretton Ridge Women’s Club serving as president, vice president, corresponding secretary and chairman for many activities,” Dubowski said. “If I listed them all, we’d be here for awhile.

“Among her school activities have been serving as PTA president at Spruce, Chestnut, (North Olmsted) Middle School and High School as well as serving on many school committees. This year’s honoree is a member of the Education Foundation, the Strategic Planning Committee and was a Levy Campaign volunteer.”

Vera Brewer, the 2014 COTY winner and the longtime communications director and grants coordinator for the North Olmsted City School District, lauded Roshetko’s selection.

“Beth has worked tirelessly on behalf of our students even though her children graduated a number of years ago,” Brewer said. “Her involvement with the annual High School Academic Boosters breakfast and Undergraduate Honors Night has made those celebrations of academic excellence extra special. She is active in all of the organizations she is part of and we are all very lucky to have her as a big part of our community.”

Like many past winners, Roshetko was surprised by her selection.

“I’m stunned, shocked,” she said. “I’ve been at many of these banquets and seen other selections and thought how worthy those people were,” she said. “I just didn’t think of getting it myself.”

Tom Herbster, the 1996 COTY winner, and current member of the North Olmsted School Board, said her involvement has been constant.

“Beth Roshetko’s youngest child graduated from North Olmsted Schools over five years ago, yet she has remained very active in our schools,” he said in a nomination letter. “She works with the Education Foundation, Academic Boosters Award Nights for the underclassmen, academic award breakfasts and is one of the proponents for an academic signing day to celebrate our scholars like athletes have. Beth works hard to celebrate the educational accomplishments of our students and will do what it takes to see that they are recognized for their efforts. She has been active in our community, schools and church.”

In addition to education-related activities, some of Roshetko’s other activities through the years include: Friends of the Library, including serving as president and vice president; PSR teacher and eucharistic minister for 20 years at St. Clarence Church along with many other activities and committees; volunteering for fundraising activities and Merit Badge clinics for Boy Scout Troop 664; teaching 19 years at Ascension Lutheran Church and assisting with its Trunk or Treat event; serving on the Community Service Advisory Board for the city of North Olmsted.

In acknowledging all the activities, Roshetko said it’s easy to do in North Olmsted.

“It’s a great community with a lot of great people and things to do,” she said.

Her husband, Tim, was pleased for his spouse adding their children, Hannah and Tim, would be as well.

“It’s well-deserved,” he said. “It’s nice validation for the 26 years of service being here in North Olmsted. She loves doing it and working with people on all of it.”



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