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The Rotary Club
of Akron 
27th Annual
Saturday | February 4, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hale Farm and Village   2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210
(330) 644-4512
News from Our Club
The University of Akron remembered Rotarian Tom Blair, even though they didn’t know he was a Rotarian.  But we do.

At the Veterans Day outdoor ceremonies, President Matthew Wilson told the story of our Korean War Memorial, located on the east lawn of Bierce Library, facing Olin Hall. It was dedicated 15 years ago today.
UA alumnus Thomas Blair, a successful local businessman, was a Marine and an infantryman during the Korean War. He worked with artist Carl Floyd to design the memorial, and paid its $160,000 cost.
The monument features a semi-circle of five columns, each adorned with the symbol of one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces. A low, white
dome rises out of the ground, representing the Earth as it extends up from the 38th Parallel North — the border between North and South Korea when hostilities began in 1950.
On top of the dome is a large metal rectangle, inscribed with:
  • the story of that war
  • a map of the region
  • the number of U.S. servicemen and women who were killed, wounded and missing there, as well as corresponding numbers for United Nations troops.
The metal block is dark and rusted from rain and snow. That rust has flowed onto the white dome and the ground — just as Blair envisioned. The block represents the machinery of warfare, and the rust represents how war stains the world.
Blair died not long after the memorial was finished, but his hope for future generations remains clear.
The block bears the words, "The location of this memorial on The University of Akron campus has been selected to preserve the importance of this event for those who did not live through it."
If you look for Blair’s name on the memorial, you won’t find it. He didn’t intend it to be a memorial to himself, but an educational tool. Maybe that helps explain why this university is a bit different when it comes to veterans.
The sacrifice of our service men and women is not a distant concept, or a historical footnote to us. That sacrifice is very real because veterans are part of who we are as a university.
Veterans of the Civil War helped to found this institution. Veterans from the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts sit in our classrooms and stadiums. Veterans are what our ROTC students will become, when their service is complete.
Douglas Hausknecht, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business
CBA Assessment Officer

Rotary Veterans who served in reserve, national guard, and active duty were honored at our Club meeting on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Jack Harig began with  talking about Armistice Day Nov 11, 1918 11th hour, 11th day 11th month.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations” and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhowersigned the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all. 
As a nation we smile and say in passing, “Thanks for your Service”
What does that mean?
  • To the Combat Veteran
  • To the wounded, physically and mentally
  • To those who served in support units or a peace time army
  • To families and loved ones who remain behind, follow along, worry, and pray
Can we offer more?
King David, who commanded armies and trusted in the Lord during times of battle, wrote these words in
            Psalms 3:
O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!" But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
Thank you to our Rotarians who are veterans and all the veterans who have served our country.

The Akron Rotary Club will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Friday, December 9th from 9:00 am-9:00 pm at ACME #1 (1835 W. Market Street). We will need two volunteers to cover each hour that day. This is a great opportunity for your children or grandchildren to experience the joy of individuals in the community giving to help our community. It is also a chance to showcase your ability to play a musical instrument, demonstrate your singing talents, or just hang out with other Rotarians and friends for a good cause. There will be an opportunity to sign-up in the near future. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please contact Mark Seward at markdseward@gmail.com or 330-414-2075. Thank you.

Rotary Camp For Children with Special Needs
Click on the video and see how the Akron Rotary Camp creates a world for special needs children and adults where there are only abilities.
The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA, offers children and adults with disabilities, the opportunity to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of camp.


From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian



We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.

As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email polioplus@rotary.org to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips. 

Also consider using your network to spread the word and make sure polio stays on the global agenda. Provide a link to endpolio.org in your email signature. Follow End Polio Now on Facebook and Twitter and share the story of polio eradication with your social networks. When your legislators speak at club meetings, make sure you bring up polio funding. “The fact we are grassroots enables us to have a tremendous amount of influence,” says International PolioPlus Chair Michael McGovern. Host a community event to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October; register your event and download resources at endpolio.org.

Donate now and your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Go towww.endpolio.org.

Promote your product or service to Akron Rotarians!  Each week, IT sponsorships are available for $50.   Sponsors get their name and logo (or name if no logo submitted) on screen as part of the loop of announcements. Sponsorship dollars are offsetting the cost of projector and screen used by speakers and to promote upcoming Rotary activities and programs.
For more information or to reserve your sponsorship (and have the first choice of dates), email me at SNaragon@akronclevelandrealtors.com
Are you willing to help get the weekly sponsor PowerPoint going on the projector?  Knowledge of PowerPoint is helpful in case last minute updates are necessary.  Email me if you’re interested.


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