Nov 01, 2016
Edward Thomas
The History of Rotary from a Rotarian
Nov 08, 2016
Chili Open Committee
Chili Open - Feb. 2017
Club Events

Get Our Akrotarian Newsletter

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

View The Akrotarian
Club Leadership
President Elect
Vice President
Past President & 2015 Nominating Committee Chair
Director 6/2017
Director 6/2017
Director 6/2017
Director 6/2017
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Attendance Chair
Community Service Projects Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Historian Co-Chair
Historian Chair Co-Chair
Interact Contact
Grants Chair
Program Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotaract Contact
Scholarship Chair
Social Chair
Membership Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Camp President
Camp Past President
Camp Vice President & Governance Committee Chair
Camp Treasurer
Camp Secretary & Facilities Committee Chair
Camp PR/Marketing Committee Chair
Camp Development Committee Chair
Camp Liaison with Club Foundation Representative
Camp Director 12/2016
Camp Director 12/2016
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Chili Open Co-Chair
Chili Open Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Secretary & Director 12/2016
Akron Rotary Foundation Treasurer & Director 12/2016
Akron Rotary Foundation Governance & Director 12/2016
Akron Rotary Foundation Code of Regulations/Mission & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Investment/Finance & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Communication/PR & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Liaison with Camp & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Nominating Chair & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Administrator
Please join us at a weekly meeting!


Tel: 330.644.4512

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Portage Country Club $13.00 per person
240 North Portage Path
Akron, OH  44303
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Club President's Message

The Rotary Club
of Akron 
27th Annual

Click for
Sponsorship Opportunities
or call 330-644-4512

Click to Register Now
Event Details:

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
This year, volunteers from our club will participate by reading to children at Findley Elementary School. We need 17 Rotarians who will select a time and donate 30 minutes to read to the kids. You can pick one of your favorite children's books or choose from a list of resources provided by the teachers. A book store or the Public Library can also help with the selection of reading material.  We will email volunteers all of the necessary information prior to your scheduled visit.
Thank you for helping support our kids!  The school is located at 65 East Tallmadge Ave.  and you can sign up online or by contacting: 
Graham Reinke:  Email: cmandgar@yahoo.com
330 867-0238 H
330 618-4610 C

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.

The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives.
Chaz and Melissa Billington and their daughters welcomed baby Charlie to the world on August 27th.
Our sincere condolences are sent to Steve Buie and family on the recent passing of Steve’s mother.
Pat and Sarah O’Neill and their daughter welcomed baby John Patrick O’Neill to the world on September 21st.
Get well wishes go out to Janice Romanoski, George’s wife.  Keep her in your prayers.
Happy 70th Anniversary to Chez-Del Home Furnishings & Interior Design and Rotarian Tim DelMedico!
We can’t forget baby Stella and parents Rick and Marcie Rockich!  Stella joined the Rotary family on June 15th
Please keep Mella Castner and her entire family in your thoughts and prayers. Mella's grandaughter Eva has recently been diagnosed with leukemia.  Mella reported at the Club meeting that the hopeful news is that she has the type with the best chance for full recovery.  

The music was blaring!  There were people everywhere!  Fruit was flying!  Were we at a Friday night house party?  No!  Akron Rotary was at Operation Orange!  On Friday, September 9th, Akron Rotarians joined 1500 other volunteers at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank’s Annual Operation Orange.  It’s a 24-hour event aimed to raise awareness and to keep up with the growing demand for emergency food.
Volunteering that beautiful Friday afternoon were Rotarians Lynda Farkas, Don Gordon, Katy Miller, Sam Lupica, Sandy Naragon, George Rooney, Jan Ryan, Sherrie Sanchez, Sherry Valentine, and Ed Wagner.  Many others may have been volunteering through their employers or other civic organizations.
In total, 248,440 lbs of fresh produce were sorted, weighed and bagged—ready to get into the hands and mouths of those who need it!  

The October Board of Directors Meeting for the Akron Rotary is bustling with committee reports, community activities, new fundraising goals for the Chili Open and upcoming meeting where Paul Harris awards will be given to members and offsite field trips are just a few of the hot topics keeping this club moving forward. 

Akron Service Projects committee is on the move.  A subcommittee has been formed to reach out to the board of Image Academy.  The plan is to invite their members to attend and join Rotary.  Students there need volunteer opportunities, too.  Bell ringing sign up is open.  Operation Orange at the Akron Food Bank was attended by 7 Rotarians who sorted food for 2 hours.  It was fun and we will do it again next year.
Alana Daveduk

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.


The good you do comes back to you.

Rotary's member benefits program gives Rotary and Rotaract club members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind.


Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on vehicle rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Products and services from companies around the world are being added every week. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards.

Tell us how you've benefited from Rotary Global Rewards. Share your #rotarystory on social media or email us at .


Anyone can view the offers and discounts on Rotary Global Rewards. But onlyRotary and Rotaract club members who are signed in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem them. You can access and redeem rewards from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Rotaractors must be in our records to redeem or add offers on Rotary Global Rewards. If after signing in to your My Rotary account, you are unable to use Rotary Global Rewards, send your Rotaract club name and membership start date to using your My Rotary sign-in email so we can update your membership in our database. Please allow 3-5 business days for the change to take effect.

If you need help creating a My Rotary account, review the .



If you would like to know more about Rotary, or attend a meeting as our guest, please contact Cheryl at 330-495-9814.

For more Information about The Rotary Club of Akron:   Email Us.




Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
Rotary Club Boosters

Join Our Conversations . . .

Photo Gallery