Meet Beth Roshetko, North Olmsted’s 2017 Citizen of the Year!
For many North Olmsted residents, Beth Roshetko needs no introduction. As an active member of countless North Olmsted organizations over the past 26 years, Beth is a friendly face in education, faith, civic and social circles.
Born and raised in Brook Park and a longtime North Olmsted resident, Beth made an immediate splash in the community. After moving into Bretton Ridge with her husband Tim, Beth said her initial exposure to North Olmsted’s many community groups came through her involvement with the various school PTA’s and Bretton Ridge Women’s Club. “I had no idea that the Women’s Club even existed when I moved to Bretton Ridge, but I was fortunate enough to surround myself with those people who were active in the community.” From that point on, Beth became involved in many more organizations as she made more contacts within her circles. “North Olmsted is full of wonderful community organizations whose memberships all overlap in some way,” says Beth. “Whether it is at St. Clarence or the Education Foundation, I always run into someone from another community group!”
As member of the Bretton Ridge community, Beth notes how community identity is often a point of pride for North Olmsted residents. “The same way that Cleveland residents might use their neighborhood as a form of local identity, North Olmsted neighborhood identity is just as common,” says Beth. “Bretton Ridge may be my tight-knit neighborhood, but you often run into people who represent their own little slice of the community.” According to Beth, North Olmsted’s many neighborhoods contribute to the quality of life in the city. “It’s easy for some people to see only the large commercial strip along Lorain with all of the auto dealerships and stores, but North Olmsted is really built on the city’s unique neighborhoods and the people who live here.”
Among her many community endeavors, Beth is a proud education advocate for North Olmsted students. “Education is extremely important for a strong community,” says Beth. With a degree in Education from Bowling Green and graduate-level coursework from Baldwin Wallace University, Beth is well-equipped to serve in this role. She has taught at Ascension Lutheran Church for 20 years, is extremely active with St. Clarence Church, works with the Education Foundation, Academic Boosters Award Nights for the underclassmen, coordinates academic award breakfasts and is one of the proponents for an academic signing day to celebrate the academic achievements of hard-working students.
If the past 26 years are any indication, the North Olmsted community will continue to benefit from Beth’s hard work and dedication for years to come. When asked about her community involvement over the years, Beth says her outlook is simple: “I am blessed to dedicate my time and effort towards serving the community at-large!”