Welcome to Our Club

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM

Portage Country Club

240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303

Tel: 330.644.4512

$13.00 per person for lunch

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Meet Our Club President

Julie Brandle


Get Involved

Change your community with us by volunteering on a local project or attending a community event.
View our 2017-18 Project List and also a Community-Wide Calendar of Events!

We work with groups and organizations of all sizes to accomplish even more.
Email our Service Committee Chair.

Discover and celebrate diverse perspectives with a global organization.  
Email our International Exchange Chair.

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Rotary Club of Akron will support the United Way Read to Me Day program again this year. This is the seventh year that our Club has participated in this very worthwhile project.
We need 17 volunteers who will read to the children at Sam Salem Elementary School on November 2nd.  CLICK HERE FOR THE SIGN UP DETAILS for each of the classes needing a volunteer. Teachers can be contacted by email, and several have suggested books as reading material for the volunteer.
Readers need to bring the reading material with them and should arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time, to sign in at the office.  A library or bookstore can be very helpful in selecting an appropriate book. If you do purchase a book or bring one from home, donating it to the class is always appreciated. This enables the teacher to finish it later with the class.
Rotarian's always find this to be a very rewarding experience. If you can participate please email me (click here) ASAP, specifying the classroom, your preferred start time, and if possible an alternative room and time choice.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will keep you up-to-date on our progress.
Laura Fink 
Graham Reinke
330-436-5611  330-618-4610
On Saturday, October 21st, the Women of Rotary are stepping up and out to prepare an evening meal for the families of loved ones who are receiving much needed medical care at our Akron Childrens Hospital. The team under the leadership of Lynda Farkas consists of Lynda, Mella Castner, Sandy Naragon, and Jan Ryan.
Word has it they are keeping their special recipe a secret. 😊  With strong confidence they believe their meal will be one for the record books and a challenge to top for other Rotarians who are looking to exercise their culinary skills.
Future dates for preparing meals are Jan 20th, April 21st, July 21st, and October 20th, 2018. Come one and come all for the opportunity to bless families in need and to have a delightful experience with other Rotary family members. If you are interested in serving please reach out to Steve Buie by phone – 330-701-2970 or via email sbuie@learningrx.net

Akron Rotary Camp Regatta
Funds Dining Hall

Kitchen Upgrades
at Akron Rotary Camp.

On Saturday, September 23, nearly 500 guests attended the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta on the shores of Rex Lake. It was the perfect summer evening as guests were greeted with signature Champagne cocktails; enjoyed boat rides, s’mores around the camp fire, and had a chance to explore the camp and all it has to offer. The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Portage Lakes.
Thank you to our co-chairs, Bill and Suzanne Manby and Joe and Nicolle Swiatkowski for all their hard work and dedication to make this event a phenomenal success, as we raised over $691,000! Proceeds of the event will be used for much needed updates to the current dining hall and kitchen. Through this renovation we will improve the overall dining experience for every camper, but also build a sensory sensitive dining space for our campers who need it, because of sensory processing disorders.  The renovations will also include updates in the kitchen so we can meet current health department standards, additional storage for tables and chairs, and ADA accessible bathrooms.  It will be named the Roger and Judy Read Lodge for their longtime support to Akron Rotary Camp. 
We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our Akron Rotary Club, Akron Rotary Foundation, and many other donors, volunteers, and supporters throughout our community. TOGETHER we will continue to create a world where there are only abilities! 

Thank you Stouffer Realty!  Mark Young thank you for leading this record breaking event!  Gary Stouffer, you have such a fantastic, generous team!



Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, grass, outdoor and natureStouffer Realty’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing and Dinner drew 150 participants and raised more than $8000 to benefit the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children. The event was held at Fox Meadow Country Club in Medina, and also marked the 20th anniversary of the founding of Stouffer Realty.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Akron Rotary Camp because they do so much good for the children of Northeast Ohio,” said Realtor Mark Young, who organizes the event. “Four years ago, Stouffer Realty helped sponsor the Chili Open to benefit the camp; today, we are proud to be sponsoring our own fundraiser and raising more dollars every year.”

The mission of the Akron Rotary Camp is to provide a traditional camping experience for children and adults with disabilities, while emphasizing socialization, independence, and entertainment. The Camp sits on six acres at Rex Lake, one of the Portage Lakes. The acreage was purchased by the Rotary Club of Akron in 1925 and the camp at Rex Lake has been fully operational since 1926.


Upcoming Speakers

Rick Rogers
Oct 17, 2017
New Program to put art in empty store fronts on Main St.
Patrick Bravo, Exec. Dir., Summit County Land Bank
Oct 24, 2017
How the Summit County Land Bank is working to strengthen neighborhoods
John Reyes, Jack Harig, Bill Manby, Sr.
Oct 31, 2017
Rotary International
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Now in our Second Century of Service in the Akron Community!

Our Celebration on April 5, 2014
Honoring the Past.  Driving the Future.
The History of The Rotary Club of Akron
Pictured below are some of the Rotarians who attended our
Centennial Celebration April 5, 2014