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Save the Date for Akron Rotary Camp Regatta!

Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, September 23, 2017 for an evening of Reggae on the Lake at this year's Akron Rotary Camp Regatta.
Stroll about our beautiful lakefront camp grounds with friends while enjoying some music, Beau's Grille delicacies, beverages and an evening sky filled with fireworks. 
Sponsorship and ticket information to come soon.  
We are looking forward to see you on September 23, 2017!
Kind regards,
Bill & Suzanne Manby                                               Joe and Nicolle Swaitkowski
Akron Rotary Camp Regatta Co-Chairs                   Akron Rotary Camp Regatta Co-Chairs
Save the Date for Akron Rotary Camp Regatta! 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z

Fun at the Rotary After Hours Event at Edgars Restaurant

Rotary members and guests had a great time Thurs., 4/13th at Edgar’s Restaurant.  Mark Auburn, Brian Chima, Nanci Dodgson, Greg Genega, Jack Harig, Karen Meek, Vincent Munnerlyn and his wife Theresa, Sandy Naragon, Graham Reinke, June Ring, George Rooney, Steve Shechter, Dan Sveda, Pam Kiltau, Kathryn Michael,  Karen Taylor and Hugh Alpeter enjoyed the evening together.  Great food, drinks were enjoyed.  Hugh, Social Chairman commented,” it was a great night overlooking the Good Park Golf Course.  After Hours Events are designed for members to enjoy fellowship, get to know each other in a casual atmosphere without having to rush at our normal meetings to have lunch, hear the speaker and rush off to work.  Everyone enjoys these events. “.  Anyone who would like to join the Social Committee to help with future events, please contact Hugh.
Fun at the Rotary After Hours Event at Edgars Restaurant Hugh Alpeter 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z

Has Something Changed?

Time and change brings us experience and wisdom. Sometimes there are other changes, too.
Is it time for you to update your photo and other info in the online directory?
Of course, if your profile has no picture at all, you really should upload one or send one - Here is how to change your profile and to upload your photo:
1. login at www.akronrotary.org
2. go to member area (next to the login button)
3. Under My ClubRunner select either
 "Edit My Profile" and then update all the information including your photo or
 "Upload My Photo" to just upload your picture.
 My ClubRunner
Edit My Profile
Change My Password
Upload My Photo
5.  You can also opt to send a jpg photo (include your name!) to Cheryl Warren cawarren@neo.rr.com . She has been known to upload pictures for those of us who are not quite as adept at such tasks as we might like to be.
Steve Shechter
Has Something Changed? Steve Shechter 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z

Shy Chen and her Team Take 1st Place!

Shy Chen, our Rotary exchange student, and her team Starstruck for American Elite place 1st at the Best of Midwest competition April 9 in Cleveland.  So proud of this visiting international young person.  She has learned a typically American skill to take back to Taiwan and made many new friends. Thank you Wanda Whipkey for making this possible. 
Shy Chen and her Team Take 1st Place! Susan Colville-Hall 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z

My Camp Story

When I was asked to write something about working at Camp, I didn’t know where to start.  Do I start when I first arrived in the USA nearly 15 years ago to work at a Summer Camp for children with special needs and didn’t know what to expect?  Do I start when I realized that I didn’t feel that I was making a difference, but that Camp and the children that we served have made a difference in my life?  Or, do I share how today, with the support from Rotarians and community members; together we “Create a world where there are only abilities?”
Akron Rotary Camp is a very special place.  It’s a place where no one is judged. It’s a place where we celebrate each other and makes us grateful for what we have. As a counselor, I learned how to give my all, all – the - time. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone, and I learned how to accept what can and cannot be. It is also the place that taught me to think on my feet and to step in leadership roles that I never thought I could do, and how to be part of a team. I also the place where I made lifelong friends, and like then, we still share our greatest successes with each other and celebrate each other’s’ lives accomplishments.
Camp days are long, very long, - but when a camper gives you a big hug on Friday before they leave and tell you they had the best week, it made it so worth it.  I remember Missy McDonald that was always smiling, although she had Downs. Nothing could get her down! I remember Jessica and Zack that started coming to camp when they were 6 years old.  They still come to camp as it is their camp where their friends are, and where they feel save.  They learned how to be independent and do things that they never thought they could. I remember Enrique that thanked me for saving his life when he fell out of a canoe and helped him to get back in.  And Christy, that takes on the role of ‘Counselor-in-training’ to make sure her new cabin friends feel welcome.  As I’m reminiscing about Jordan, Rachel, Maverick, and so many others and the experiences they had at camp, I realize, once again how fortunate I am.  How the next chapter in my life started on this 6 acre camp in Akron, Ohio, and how I need to thank God for all I have, and can do. 
These days I don’t work as much with the campers as in my days of being a counselor, but together with our Camp team, I work to make camp better. I work with volunteers and volunteer groups to lend that extra pair of hands, or get camp clean, organized or painted so they can feel welcome.  I also work on events to make sure we can take on the next project or provide the financial assistance that’s needed.  To past and present Rotarians I want to say Thank You!  Thank you for your commitment and support to the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs where we continue to “Create a world where there are only abilities!”
PS: Please join us for our Thursday night Cookouts this summer and maybe you will meet a Rachel, Maverick, or Christy to start your camp story too.
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Director of Volunteers and Special Events
My Camp Story Amanda Warner 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z

Presidents Roast:  Share Your Spirited Stories

The annual President's Roast is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
at Rotary Camp. Save the date ... registration will open soon!
But we need your input NOW please: 
In keeping with tradition, we'll have a spirited and
playful program
to celebrate
President Jeff Sitz. 
Please plan on participating in the fun by
providing your stories and memories to
Chairperson Sandy Naragon at
Presidents Roast: Share Your Spirited Stories 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z

Our Youth Exchange Student Keeps Busy

Our RYE student, Sky (Yi-Chieh CHEN) is doing well and is very happy with her experience in northeast Ohio.  She has a good relationship with all family members, and has been enjoying especially having older sisters in the Laber family of Stow.  Sky acknowledges that she needs to work more at school and cannot miss without an excuse.  She acquired several absences to date because of Florida trip in December and Rotary meetings she has attended.   Sky will attend Rotary the last week of March during her spring vacation.  
Marcia Holcomb completed the 2nd month report for the host family, a procedure required by the U.S. Department of State to insure that all Rotary exchange students are in good hands.  Marcia’s report was positive, although the family would like more notice in meetings and gatherings sponsored by Akron or the district.    
Because Sky arrived in the middle of September and missed orientation at Rotary Camp, Sky participated in her 1st Akron Rotary Camp Overnight with district RYE students Feb. 18-19 (pictured).  She had a fantastic time with interactive games, cultural exercises and just hanging out with other exchange students.  One of her favorite activities. 
Sky met her 3rd host family, the Carrolls, Jennifer and Richard, children David (17) and Audrey (15). They are a lovely professional family: Jen is an ob-gyn physician and Richard is a retired professor of pharmaceuticals.  We expect to see Sky move around the 10th of April.
What an opportunity.  Sky’s was able to participate in the Rotary sponsored Eastern Trip March 10-March 19.   She and about 80 RYE students from all over the U. S. traveled by bus to Washington, D. C., New York and Boston during the 2017 March blizzard!!  Sky maintained that she had FUN, but was extremely cold.  She was very proud of her photos of the capital and Times Square.  We owe a great deal to Host Mom, Laurel Laber, for arranging Sky’s transportation to the Eastern Trip meeting place in Columbus and return to Stow.  While it appeared a logistical nightmare, our committee decided that Laurel Laber may have a future career as a travel agent.
Save the date:  April 9.  Sky’s American Elite (cheerleading) team performance is that evening.  Sky has adopted a totally American phenomenon and she loves it, both the interaction with her teammates and the physical challenges.   Sky will also present information about her country of Taiwan to the Rotary Club of Akron in April or May.
Our Youth Exchange Student Keeps Busy Susan Colville-Hall 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z

Photos from 2017 Chili Open

If you have more pictures, please send them in jpg formats (not in the body of the email) to Cheryl Warren (click to email her). They will be added to our archived photo directory on the website.  If you names of those in the photo(s) include it with your email please.
Photos from 2017 Chili Open Cheryl Warren 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z

Akron Rotary is Offering IT Sponsorships

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.
Akron Rotary is Offering IT Sponsorships Sandy Naragon 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z

Akron Rotary's 27th Chili Open Golf Classic

February 4, 2017 was quite a chilly day, but that didn’t stop over 500 attendees from joining together for the 27th annual Chili Open Golf Classic, presented by Wayne Homes.  The grounds of Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio were transformed into five unique golf courses with 9 holes each that ranged from 65-125yards. Participants also had a chance to take a shot at the hole-in-one and closets-to-the-pin to win some great prizes! 
The day was a huge success and together we raised over $239,000 benefiting the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Funds from the event will help more than 1,800 children to attend summer camp and year round respite programs which will help them build independence, social skills, and memories that last a lifetime.  Last year, Akron Rotary Camp provided over $180,000 in direct financial assistance to campers and families in need.
We are grateful to each and every one that contributed in some way.  Thank you to all Rotarians that supported the cause by purchasing raffle tickets, sponsorships, camperships, donated prizes or volunteered their time.  We appreciate the continued support.  Thank you also to our two co-chairs, Julie Brandle and Rick Rockich for steering this event as well as other committee members for all your efforts and support.
Mark your calendars to join us for Akron Rotary’s 28th annual Chili Open Golf Classic on February 3, 2018!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Akron Rotary's 27th Chili Open Golf Classic Amanda Warner 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z
Shoeboxes to Nicaragua
Very interesting experience in the Chinendaga area of Nicaragua where Cheryl and Stew Buchanan and Brandon McFadden (our grandson) helped in giving shoe boxes to the children of the dump and other children in some of the neighboring schools.
It is fun to see the smiles on the faces of these children when they receive their shoe box of various items like a tooth brush, ball cap, school supplies and much more.  Seeing where they go to school, how far they have to walk, where they live, etc. is a real eye opener.
Rotary has had a focus on education for these children in the area and they now have classes through high school.  Some of these children who were part of the families in the dump area have now finished college because of Rotary's help.
Rotary has helped to provide equipment, etc. for a trade school for some of the children from the area where we visited.
We also visited the dump where families still survive by salvaging what they can from the trash.   We also visited a home started by Rotary, for expectant mothers who come from many miles away to stay until they are ready to deliver.  Prior to this home, these women slept on park benches or whatever across the street from the hospital until delivery time.
 Much more to tell and lots of pictures about our fantastic trip from January 4th, 2017 through January 11th, 2017.   CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Shoeboxes to Nicaragua Stew Buchanan 2017-01-23 05:00:00Z

Your Chili Open Committee!!

To our 2017 Chili Open Committee  . . .
Julie Brandle, Co-Chair
Rick Rockich, Co-Chair
Helen Farmer
Laura Fink
Michael Gladyz
David Hall
Kimmie Hoch
Barry Hollis
Joe Horak
Kevin Keeney
Brian Kosarko
Katie Logsdon
Sam Lupica
Bill Manby, Jr.
Nichole Major
John Margida
Rob McGregor
David Miller
Megan Moncrief
Patrick O'Neill
Jonathan Phelps
Jim Redmond
Dan Riemenschneider
Bob Ryan
Jeff Sitz
Brian Steere
Scott Stutler
Dan Sveda
Wanda Whipkey
Your Chili Open Committee!! 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z

Sky will Perform at Cheerleading Showcase

Come and watch our exchange student, Sky, perform at her cheerleading showcase
Sky will Perform at Cheerleading Showcase Wanda Whipkey 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z

SUPER Learning Center Follow Up

We would like to thank the SUPER Learning Center for allowing us to bring Christmas cheer to 150 very special children on December 15, 2016.
The event started with Santa arriving on a firetruck, sirens ablaze. You, however, cannot hear the sirens over the sounds of the children screaming with joy, their faces pushed up against the window, to see Santa Claus. The school has transformed their library into a winter-wonderland, complete with a throne clearly meant for no other but the jolliest of them all. Shortly after Santa settles in, he is greeted by his elves (teacher’s aides), who also provide specific information about each child through an earpiece receiver.
SUPER Learning Center Follow Up Matt Slonsky 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z

2017-18 RI President Announces Theme

Annually, the Rotary International President Elect announces the theme for the year in which he will serve as RI President.   This announcement always takes place at the January training assembly for the incoming class of District Governors.  To learn more about our incoming RI President you can click here.
2017-18 RI President Announces Theme 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z

Chili Open:  How you can get involved!

Join us on February 4, 2017 for the 2017 Chili Open, at Hale Farm and Village benefiting the Akron Rotary Camp. (Watch Chili Open Video Here)
Since its inception, the Chili Open has raised over $2.7 million to provide support to families with children with special needs. At Rotary Camp, campers are provided the opportunity to experience traditional camping activities, develop relationships, learn life skills, and create memories that last a lifetime. Currently, Rotary Camp annually serves almost 2,000 children and adults along with their families with a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities and mental health disorders through our day, overnight, and year-round respite camp programs.
Our goal for the 27th annual Chili Open is $250,000 and in order for us to have another successful event to support the Camp WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you or your company would like to provide a Sponsorship, please contact the Akron Rotary Camp Office (330) 644-4512.
There are also many other ways to get involved:
  • Purchase a CAMPERSHIP for only $500.  It will provide one week of camp for a child with special needs.
  • Purchase ADVERTISING in the Chili Open Tabloid Newspaper that is distributed to over 135,000 households throughout Summit County.
  • Purchase RAFFLE TICKETS or ask friends, family, and co-workers to buy tickets at only $20 per ticket.  Every one stands a chance to win one of four great prizes, that includes a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS, a LG 55” 4k Smart TV, a Fox Sports Ohio Behind-the-Scene Media Package to a 2017 Cleveland Indians Game, or 2 tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament. 6 tickets for $100 will give you an entry into Snowmania for a chance to win $50,000.
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER.  We have lots of volunteer opportunities available.
Please visit Chiliopen.net for more information about the Chili Open, to purchase a sponsorship, register to golf, purchase a Clubhouse pass, or to purchase a raffle ticket. Thank you for helping us achieve the mission of Rotary Camp “Creating a world where there are only abilities!
With Gratitude, in the spirit of camping,
Julie Brandle and Rick Rockich
Co-Chairs, 2017 Chili Open
Chili Open: How you can get involved! Julie Brandle 2017-01-13 05:00:00Z

RYE/International Committee January Update

Members: Brian Chima, Susan Colville-Hall, Marcia Holcomb, Wanda Whipkey, Doug Hausknecht, Brian Kosarko, Jack Harig, Keryl Whetstone, Barry Hollis, Stew Buchanan, Cathryn O’Malley, Leslie Tierney.
Brian Chima reported on the November RYE meeting.  He developed the sheet on likes and dislikes for Sky and made announcements so that other Rotarians and families will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with her while inviting her to do something. Brian will continue to make these announcements on a regular basis and will also help set up these up with Sky and the Rotarian at hand.
RYE/International Committee January Update Susan Colville-Hall 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z

Akron Rotary Celebrates our Veterans

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.
Akron Rotary Celebrates our Veterans Jack Harig 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z

UA remembers Rotarian Tom Blair

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
UA remembers Rotarian Tom Blair Douglas Hausknecht 2016-11-12 05:00:00Z

November 3, 2016 is Akron Read to me Day

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
November 3, 2016 is Akron Read to me Day Graham Reinke 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z

Your Board at Work ... 

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. 
Your Board at Work ... Alana Daveduk 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z

Service Project Update

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
Service Project Update Alana Daveduk 2016-10-10 04:00:00Z

Not Your Typical Friday!

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!  
Not Your Typical Friday! Sandy Naragon 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

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.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Mark Seward 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z

Reasons to love Rotary right now

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.

Reasons to love Rotary right now 2016-08-08 04:00:00Z
Video Showcases Our Akron Rotary Camp
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.
Video Showcases Our Akron Rotary Camp 2016-08-04 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action

This year's Board of Director's gathered for the first time on Tuesday, July 12th.   Our New President addressed the team and announced that our club has experienced significant growth in the last five years.  Now we need to help engage and mentor each member but this is not just a job for a mentor but truly each and every members responsibility.  
Rotary Club Directors in Action Alana Daveduk 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - June 2016

The Board of Directors of the Akron Rotary Club met on June 147th.  Below is a summary the action approved:
Effective July 1st, a $5 non-eating fee will be charged of Rotarians who attending weekly luncheons.  Rationale:  there are costs associated with Rotary activities and luncheons beyond the food price such as room setup, beverages, room fees, etc.  Also, Portage Country Club is extremely flexible with our unpredictable attendance and meeting needs.  That along with free, convenient parking was motivation to continue meeting there.
Effective July 1st, an IT Sponsorship of $50 per week will be available. Sponsors get name and logo (or name if no logo submitted) on screen as part of the loop of announcements. Rationale: we’re charged for the projector and screen whether we use it or not, we’ll put it to use promoting Rotary activities and offer the sponsorship to offset the cost.
To move forward with the Akron Public Schools Partnership to help purchase instructional reading kits and to provide Rotarians to present the materials, provide on-going help reading, and share the Rotary ideals. This project will replace the Dictionary Project.  Rationale: APS identified a greater need and better impact for the reading kits. Funding is already in place.
President-elect Jeff Sitz is busy meeting with his leadership team preparing to lead the Club.  Jeff will be installed and share his vision at the Rotary Club meeting scheduled for July 12th
NOTE:  Akron Rotary will NOT meet on July 5th as Portage Country Club is closed to observe Independence Day.
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - June 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z

When Rotarians Talk Great Ideas Happen!

As promised, below are more ideas generated at the April 12th Table Talk session. 
Fundraising – Blake Babcock, Leader
Strengths:  Leadership:  Mella Castner; Simple:  The Four Way Test is an easy message to communicate to potential donors and members; Concrete:  Rotary Camp is a physical asset to show people; Radical:  There’s no other event like the Chili Open!
Priorities:  Develop Planned Giving; Maximize Chili Open Sponsorships; Clarify the Foundation’s Role; Hold more events at Camp to build awareness; Engage college and high school students.
Potpourri – Bob Pacanovsky, Leader
  • Narrow the focus on club’s service projects
  • Be more than a “wallet” and be willing to say No from time to time
  • Have a conversation with the Akron Public Schools about helping them out in other ways?  Possibly provide leaders and mentors for students?
  • Follow up with student scholarship recipients to provide any mentoring
  • Investigate awarding scholarships to local students study abroad. 
  • Get more members engaged with Rotary Camp; give more Camp updates at lunch; remind Rotarians about Thursday and Sunday Camp visits
Programs – Amanda Barna, Leader
Hold joint meetings with other groups, i.e. Kiwanis, Kent Rotary during Akron/Kent football game.  Have coaches or mayors speak.  Meeting location could alternate same as home game.
More field trips, especially Rotary Camp.
Bring back favorite past speakers: Terry Bowden- UA football coach, ABJ reporter who talked about Akron demographics (Price?)
Speaker Ideas:
  • Akron Children’s Hospital; the DWTS event was mentioned
  • Akron General CEO
  • Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan
  • Akron Public Schools - David James
  • Akron Snow Angels- Erin Victor
  • Akron Symphony Conductor/Detroit Conductor
  • Akron Police Chief James Nice
  • Bit Factory
  • Directors from ADM Board, DD Board, Children Services
  • Haven of Rest
  • Kyle Kutuchief
  • Leadership Akron - Mark Scheffler
  • LeBron James Family Foundation
  • New Goodyear CEO
  • Polar Bear Club
  • Summa CEO
  • Summit County Health Department
  • United Way- Jim Mullen
  • University of Akron
  • WAKR to give an update on what is happening in Akron, in Ohio and the region
  • Spotlight a Rotarian at each meeting allowing 3-5 minute presentations.
  • If it’s important to our community, Rotary should be engaged, i.e. heroin epidemic
Rotary International Foundation – Cathryn O’Malley, Leader
  • Educate Akron Rotarians about Rotary International (Quarterly)
  • What projects are there?
  • What’s our role in deciding on international projects?
  • Introduce new members to Paul Harris Fellowships – explain financial commitment and lottery.
  • Create new ways to give
  • Grow the International Committee
  • Where do Paul Harris Funds go?
  • Broaden fundraising beyond the Camp and Chili Open
  • Define local/district/international role in service projects and RI
  • Raise Akron Rotary’s service project awareness – focus on Internal speakers throughout the year.
Some of these terrific ideas are already becoming a reality!  Moving forward, President-Elect Jeff Sitz will transition into 2016-17 and even more will take shape.  Regardless of who’s leading Akron Rotary, the goal remains—create an amazing and personal fulfilling experience for Akron Rotarians!
When Rotarians Talk Great Ideas Happen! Sandy Naragon 2016-06-20 04:00:00Z

Club Awards Picnic at the Camp June 25, 2016


Club & Member Awards Picnic
- June 25, 2016, Noon - 3:30PM

​​​​​​All Rotarian's and your families are invited to have fun and celebrate as we present our 2015-16 Rotary Club and Individual Awards on June 25th.  Co-chairs Pam Kiltau and Shon Christy will begin the festivities at Noon at The Akron Rotary Camp.  We kick off with a picnic lunch of hamburgers & hot dogs followed by the award ceremony.  The camp has a playground and weather permitting, pontoon boat rides will also be available.​​​​​

June 25, 2016 | Noon - 3:30 PM.  
​​​​​​Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive | Akron, OH 

​​​​​​CLICK TO REGISTER or call Amy Kapostasy at 440-622-9538.

Wear your casual picnic attire . . Hawaiian, Ugliest, or Most Fun Shirts encouraged!! 
$10.00 per person / children under age 10 are free.  
Bring your future Rotarians!!
Club Awards Picnic at the Camp June 25, 2016 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z

LAST TWO NIGHTS: Rotary Camp Summer Cookouts! Join Us!!

Please join us for a Thursday night cookout during Summer Camp.  It’s a great way to meet the counselors and campers and to experience our camp program first hand.
Dinner will be served at 6pm in the Pavilion.  Friends and Family are welcome too!
Dates are as follows - simply click on the date you want to attend and sign up online!!  If you wish to attend multiple weeks please register for each date accordingly.  RSVPs are needed please.
You can also RSVP by emailing Amanda – amandaw@akronymca.org or Eric – ericc@akronymca.org 
LAST TWO NIGHTS: Rotary Camp Summer Cookouts! Join Us!! Amanda Warner 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z

District 6630 Youth Services Project ROCKED!!!

Many clubs in our district are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs such as Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), The Four Way Speech Contest and Rotary Youth Exchange.  Youth service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. The RI Strategic Plan encourages clubs to balance their activities in all five Avenues of Service, and regarding the New Generations Avenue of Service, it acknowledges the exceptional work that Rotarians do to support youth programs.
Thank you to Bob Oborn (RC of Stow-Munroe Falls) for contributing to this article and for organizing a Youth Service project during our 2016 District Conference and working with over 60 Interact and Rotaract students who sorted over 6,000 books.  Books were donated by district high school and college Clubs and district Rotary clubs to fill bookcases destined for community centers and battered women's shelters.  Lowes in Brimfield donated the wood. Julie Brandle (RC of Akron), owner of Metis Construction, cut the wood into the patterns and Kent Elastomer built the bookcases.  Interact clubs from Woodbridge High School, West Geauga High School, James A Garfield High School, Twinsburg and Stow-Munroe Falls High school painted them and worked with the Rotaract Club of Kent State University and Mayfield High School Interact to sort books and fill the cases. The remaining books were donated to the United Way to replenish books in bookcases they have at various locations.
We hope this is the first of many District Service Projects by our great Interact and Rotaract clubs within the district.  We hope to double the amount of clubs participating next year and hope to see everyone on November 5th at Interaction 2016 being hosted by West Geauga High School. More details to follow. Rotary Rocks and so do the district Interact and Rotaract clubs!  Thanks again to Bob for contributing this information for our news article!!
District 6630 Youth Services Project ROCKED!!! 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

RYE Help Homeless

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students Help Feed Homeless
On April 15, 2016 19 RYE students, Rotarians and volunteers met at the Haven of Rest to feed the homeless. Prior to our service, we took a tour of the facility.  Many of our students were in “awe” at such a well-run facility mostly run by volunteers.   There was some sadness among the younger students that men, women and children were homeless, a concept that some had never been exposed to.  During dinner, our duties including sanitizing the chairs and tables, setting the tables, delivering food. After the meal we had clean up, sweeping, mopping and sanitizing again. At the end of cleaning and clearing tables our students broke into singing songs.  It was a great bonding time for all.  We finished the evening at the Angel Falls Coffee Shop where Brian Chima debriefed the students and collected their thoughts.  Many said it was a great experience and eye opening.  Thanks to Brian for arranging a great event.
RYE Help Homeless 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

Tickets On Sale for Foundation Centennial Celebration Concert and Dinner!!

Dick Farkas was selected to serve as District Governor for District 6630 for our 2016-2017 Rotary year.  When Dick passed away suddenly last July, many of us, including his wife and fellow Akron Rotarian, Lynda, continued to work diligently to ensure that his dream is realized for the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration.  Two great events will take place October 23, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.    
Dick understood that our District (Rotary International District 6630), as the Home of Arch C. Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation, has a special responsibility and privilege to honor Arch Klumph’s memory and his vision while celebrating The Foundation’s accomplishments over the past 100 years.  Dick was excited and committed to doing something very special because Dick was also a passionate Rotarian with a vision.
Once of Arch's many achievements included bringing professional music to Cleveland. Because of the relationship between Arch C. Klumph and the Cleveland Orchestra and because the Cleveland Orchestra entertained the attendees at both Rotary International Conventions held in Cleveland in 1925 and 1939 where Arch was involved in coordinating the Orchestra’s performance
We are hosting are TWO separate events on October 23, 2016:
A private afternoon Concert at Severance Hall featuring the Cleveland Orchestra.  
A dinner recognizing those who have made new donations and commitments to The Rotary Foundation in honor of the Foundation’s 100th Anniversary.  Featured speakers will include Rotary International President-Elect John Germ and The Rotary Foundation Chair-Elect Kalyan Banerjee.  You will have the opportunity to create your own legacy with a 100th Anniversary contribution to the Rotary Foundation and become a Foundation Centennial Celebration donor or a member of the Foundation Centennial Celebration class of the Arch Klumph Society. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Tickets On Sale for Foundation Centennial Celebration Concert and Dinner!! 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

Welcome New Members

We recently took our Rotary meeting on the road when we visited OpenM for a wonderfully eye opening presentation on all of the good they are doing in our community. Special thanks to Dottie Achmoody for her and her teams hospitality and a delicious lunch!   Dottie then joined us the following week and became a new Rotarian!

While at OpenM we inducted new Rotarians, Kimmie Hoch, Novus Clinic and Karen Hrdlicka, Mature Services, Inc.


Over the past few weeks we have also welcomed Ken Babby, Akron Rubber Ducks, Lisa King, Summit Metro Parks,,Laura Duda, Goodyear Tire & Rubber and (no photo) Donald Gordon, Cascade Locks Park Association.
Welcome New Members 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

Did you know our club has a Pat Benatar twin?

District 6630 Clubs Rocked the Change!
Thank you to everyone from the Club who attended the Rock'n the Change District Conference in April . . . What a tremendous weekend! 
Thank you again to the tremendous committee co-chaired by Akrotarian Shon Christy. There are a lot of photos (click to view) on the District website along with a video (click to view) from Shon of the Friday night keynote speaker, American hero, Josh Bleill.
And yes, you heard right . . . Elvis WAS in the House . . .Cleveland Rotarian Ron Felgenhauer joined us on Saturday as “Elvis”, an impersonator that would rock your socks. Thanks to Sandy Naragon from the RC of Akron who rocked out as Pat Benatar!
Did you know our club has a Pat Benatar twin? 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

Members Enjoy Murder Mystery

Enjoyed the Cuyahoga Valley train for a murder mystery night with Sandy Naragon, DG Cheryl Warren, Mella Hawk CastnerLynda Farkas, Jan Ryan, PDG Julie WestSteve Shechter AKA Joey Bucca (a suspect in the play).  Julie Brandle and her husband were also spotted on a different section of the train!  
Members Enjoy Murder Mystery 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z

Bylaws Amendment Approved

Amendments to the Rotary Club of Akron have been passed by the Rotary Club of Akron Members.  
Thank you!
Bylaws Amendment Approved Sandy Naragon 2016-05-03 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - April 2016

The Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors met on April 12th.  The following items were discussed and/or action taken:
President-Elect Jeff Sitz has started meeting with committee chairs to hear any goals planned for 2016-17.  His purpose is to pledge his support for a successful Rotary year.
President Sandy Naragon reported that to date 47 Akron Rotarians have completed the survey.  She encouraged all to go https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RotaryClubSurvey to complete it.  Her goal is for at least a 50% response rate or 72 respondents.
Directors were encouraged to register to attend the District conference, ROCK ‘N THE CHANGE  planned for April 22nd and 23rd.  Akron Rotarians have been very instrumental in planning this year’s conference which includes some exciting program changes.  If you can’t attend the full conference, come for lunch, dinner or a few sessions.
Three proposed Rotarians were approved including Scott Downey, Dan Gordon and Kimberly Hoch. 
Directors also considered a proposal from Membership Chair Steve Shechter to amend the Bylaws to allow proposed members to be presented and considered by the Club Membership at time of proposal vs. after Board of Director approval.  Directors took action to approve the Bylaws Amendment. Their rationale:  The earlier in the process an objection to a proposed Rotarian is received, the quicker the Membership Committee and Directors are able to work for resolution.  Currently, presentation to the membership is the last step in becoming a Rotarian. Click to view proposed amendment.
Rotary International Foundation Chair Bill Manby, Sr. reported that the goal for Paul Harris Fellows is 100—in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the RI Foundation.  We’re currently at 60.
Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton reported that he is currently accepting and reviewing applications for scholarships to the 2016 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). RYLA is a five-day leadership conference for high school juniors who are aspiring young leaders. 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - April 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z

Survey Respondents Still Needed!

The Rotary Club of Akron is doing amazing things!  Our club is vibrant, fun and growing. What better time than now to become even better?  As leaders we should never ignore an opportunity to improve.  Your feedback on the Akron Rotary Survey will reinforce those areas where we’re strong, will help identify and change where needed and most importantly, gives you an opportunity to share new ideas!
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RotaryClubSurvey to share your thoughts on Akron Rotary!
Survey Respondents Still Needed! 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z

2016 Rotary District Conference Details

APRIL 22-24, 2016

700 Beta Center, Mayfield, Ohio

Your conference committee selected this theme to represent the changes
we all have embraced 
to secure Rotary’s future as the
most vibrant and effective service organization in the world.
As leaders continue to join our clubs, Rotary will continue to thrive and the
service we provide will grow 
because of the committed work of each of you.
We will Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas,
Celebrate our Clubs, Members and Students!! 
There will be a lot of fellowship, fun, laughter and
yes, probably a few tears will be shed as
we honor Rotarians who have given of their time
and utilized their talents and efforts
to make a difference in the lives of others to
Be a Gift to the World.
Our 2016 Sponsors

2016 Rotary District Conference Details 2016-03-30 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - February 2016

The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Akron met on February 9th.  President Sandy Naragon reported on the following items:
  • The Club is very close to qualifying to receive the President’s Citation from Rotary International for reaching is 2015-16 goals.  One that needs work is having at least 50% of our Rotarians register for “My Rotary” at www.rotary.org.
  • If the Rotary Club of Akron wants to be involved in the Four Way Test Speech Contest, now is the time to solicit candidates.  Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton reported that the best chance of getting participation from the schools would be to promote at the same time the scholarship information is sent to them.  He believes we would be hard pressed to get this organized for the 2016 contest.  Sandy Naragon offered to Chair this program in 2017.  She will solicit committee members in the Fall.
  • A membership survey will be launched electronically to all Akron Rotarians.  In addition, table focus groups will be held at an upcoming lunch.
  • Differences in the lunch counts have been remedied. 
  • Directors accepted resignations from several Rotarians who are unable to continue membership due to job changes or who have not responded to outreach.
Highlights from committee reports are below:
Jeff Sitz and Julie Brandle were extremely proud to report that the Chili Open was once again a huge success.  Initial numbers are coming in at $215,000.  Wayne Homes has pledged to make sure the $225,000 goal is met.  Directors congratulated Jeff, Julie, the committee and Camp Staff for their outstanding work.
Directors approved four new Rotarians presented by the Membership Committee Chair Steve Shechter:  Ken Babby, James Durr, Helen Farmer, and Bill Lowry, Jr. These candidates will now be presented to the full club for consideration.
The Rotary Cares Committee shared that former Rotarian Gene Fiocca’s wife Ann passed away.  Private services were held.  The committee will send a sympathy card. 
Bill Manby reported that the Rotary International Foundation Committee will be honoring eight new Paul Harris Fellows at the March 1st meeting.  Rotarians interested learning more about the recognition or in joining the PHF Lottery should call or email Bill. 
Also on March 1st, Jack Harig will share the exciting details of the Centennial Celebration of the Rotary International Foundation being held in October, 2016.
Finally, Directors discussed the need to find a chair and additional mentors to guide Akron’s new Rotarians.  Having a functioning and effective mentoring program will lead to better retention and happier, more engaged Rotarians!  President Naragon will be spearheading the search for leadership and mentors. 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - February 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-02-10 05:00:00Z

Call for Chili Open Volunteers

Fellow Rotarians!
The temp is right and a little snow on the ground means it is crunch time for Chili Open.  We still are really in need for volunteers for set up and tear down especially.  Please go to Club Runner today and sign up for your shift.  Remember “Service above self”  Our club needs you!!!

Rob McGregor
Chili Open Volunteer Chair
Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
You can sign up directly on the Rotary Club of Akron website by clicking here. We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great event together!
Call for Chili Open Volunteers Robert McGregor 2016-01-23 05:00:00Z

2016-17 Rotary International Theme Announced

Rotary District 6630's photo.2016-17 Rotary Theme announced by John Germ, Rotary International President Elect: Rotary Serving Humanity.

2016-17 Rotary International Theme Announced 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z

Winter Clothing for our Youth Exchange Student

Brian Chima reminded the Club members during Happy Dollars that our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Gabriel Mendes, will need some winter clothing: Hats, gloves, jacket, parka, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, socks, boots, etc.  
If you have some gently used clothing that could be donated, his size is:
children’s XL (18-20) or Men’s X-small or Men’s small. He is very small.  
His shoe or boot size is men’s 9 1/2.  
Bring items to lunch.  Leave at desk with Dawn and then Susan Colville-Hall will pick them up.   
Or call (330 714-3765 for Susan to pick up from you.
Winter Clothing for our Youth Exchange Student Susan Colville-Hall 2016-01-19 05:00:00Z

Other Happenings in the Club


Items will be donated to Akron Snow Angels, a homeless mission helping those in need in Akron.
With the weather changing the needs do not.  We will continue to collect items at Tuesday meetings.  Last year we serviced more men than women and had few children. I'm not sure what this year will bring but I'm assuming it'll be the same. I'd say 100 men to 30 women a week and usually not many children.
  • Winter Boots 
  • Warm thicker Socks
  • Underwear (boxer briefs & woman's briefs)
  • Waterproof / warm gloves
  • Scarves a man would wear
  • Winter Hats
  • Hand warmers
  • Long Underwear for male & female
  • Winter coats
  • Snow pants
  • Back Packs
Please refer any questions to Katy Miller.


If you have a project you would like to share with the rest of Rotary, please contact Karen Meek at 330.873.1766 or Karen@memminiatures.com
Other Happenings in the Club 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z

Rotary Global Rewards

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 .

Rotary Global Rewards Stephen Warren 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z
The Akron Rotary Chili Open is Serious Business!
These Chili Open meetings are serious business! Chair, Jeff Sitz leads the planning discussion for the big day, February 6th! Want to register for golf, be a sponsor, place an ad, or volunteer? Contact us today! Amandaw@akronymca.org
The Akron Rotary Chili Open is Serious Business! 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z

Welcome New Members!

The Club welcomed the following new members:
New Rotarian Sponsor
Sherry Valentine
Akron Children's Hospital
Join Date:
October 20, 2015
Lance Chima
Lynda Farkas
Field & Springfield Schools
Join Date:  
November 10, 2015
Cheryl Warren
David Miller

Join Date:  
November 17, 2015
Blake Babcock
Welcome New Members! 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - December 2015

The Board of Directors for the Akron Rotary Club met on Tuesday, December 8th.  Directors heard a presentation from representatives from Akron Public Schools regarding partnership opportunities.  The idea of an in-depth collaboration seemed a natural progression to the Dictionary Project.
Rotarian Chaz Billington will head a committee that will work closely with the Akron Public School (APS) to determine the scope of the partnership.  It is our hope that club funding and district funding will be used to kickoff this fantastic new service project for Akron Rotary.
Four new members were presented by Membership Chair Steve Shechter.  All had strong applications and had great “intersations” (interview/conversation!) with committee members.  All four were approved.
Chili Open Chair Jeff Sitz announced that Chili Open tickets have arrived!  Rotarians are asked to be actively engaged in selling tickets between now and February 6th!  As shared by Bill Manby at the luncheon—they also make great stocking stuffers!
Directors voted to cancel the Tuesday, December 29th Rotary Luncheon since so many had indicated they’d be unable to attend due to holiday travel or festivities.
Directors were reminded of upcoming December activities:
  • Christmas Party at SUPER Learning Center on December 17th.  Santa arrives around 11:45 and festivities go until 3:15 pm.  “Attending will change your life, declared Bill Manby, Sr. at our weekly luncheon!  Don’t miss out on making a difference in a child’s life.
  • December 22nd Holiday Luncheon being held at Concordia at Sumner!  It starts at 11:30 a.m. and promises to be a great event!  Be sure to RSVP by December 15th!
The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Akron Board of Directors will be Tuesday, January 12th at 11:00 a.m. at Portage Country Club.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - December 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - October 2015

The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on October 13th.  The following items were discussed:
Directors recommended that the Rotary Foundation consider approving $2900 in funding for the District’s Pediatric Cardio project in Haiti that is being coordinated with Akron Children’s Hospital.  This is...
The Administration Committee reported that Akron Rotarians who have not paid their annual dues are now in delinquent status.  Directors will make calls to retain their membership. 
Susan Colville-Hall, Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee reported that Exchange Student Gabriel is having a wonderful time attending activities with his host family and Rotarians.  Vice Chair Brian Chima has coordinated a wish-list of activities along with a schedule.  Rotarians are urged to include him in their plans.
There are seven individuals in the membership process according to Membership Chair Steve Shechter.  Five are scheduled for inductions during October.  Another has been approved and is awaiting induction.  The last is in the midst of being approved.
Service Projects Chair reported that Read to Me Day is slated for November 5th.  Akron Rotarians are needed to fill slots from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at Akron’s Crouse or Hatton Elementary Schools.  You can volunteer online at www.AkronRotary.org or by reaching out to Graham Reinke or Kaley Foster. 
Vice Chair of Rotary International Foundation Marcia Holcomb reported that the Paul Harris lottery winners for 2015, along with other new Paul Harris Fellows, would be honored at the October 13th luncheon.  Rotarians earn Paul Harris Fellowships for their significant contribution ($1,000) to The Rotary International Foundation Annual fund.
It was consensus that the Presidents, President-elects and Treasurers of the Akron Rotary Club, Camp and Foundation should schedule a meeting with Development Director Mella Castner to create a process/protocol for considering funding requests.
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for November 10th
Rotary Club Directors in Action - October 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-10-19 04:00:00Z

World Polio Day - October 23, 2015 - Eat at Bob Evans and Help Us Raise Money to End Polio

 The Akron Rotary Camp was originally started to help children suffering from Polio.  We have made a promise to the children of the world to eradicate this disease - and we are so very close . . . you can help raise funds for this cause simply by eating at Bob Evans THIS FRIDAY - October 23rd and presenting this coupon (CLICK HERE) at check out.  

World Polio Day is on October 23, 2015 - locally you can help support our number one priority - the eradication of Polio world-wide simply by eating a meal at Bob Evans that day.  Just present the coupon (click to download) when you check out and 15% will be donated on behalf of District 6630 to our Polio Plus Campaign --- in addition, the funds will continue to be matched 2-1 by The Gates Foundation!! 
Here is a message about World Polio Day from RI President Ravindran and learn how you can watch the World Polio Event live this year:
Dear fellow Rotarians:
It is our pleasure to announce Rotary’s annual World Polio Day kickoff event on 23 October in New York City. We'll use this occasion to shine a light on Rotary’s leadership in the fight that has brought us This Close to ending polio.
The Livestream event, co-sponsored by UNICEF, will bring together our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, government officials, and global health leaders from nongovernmental organizations and will mobilize more than 30,000 supporters.
July and August brought great milestones in the polio eradication effort. For the first time in history, Nigeria -- then all of Africa -- marked one year with no new polio cases caused by the wild virus.
We are closer to making good on our promise to end polio forever, but there's still work to be done. As we protect the progress made in Africa, we focus even more sharply on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our World Polio Day kickoff event is our opportunity to update participants around the world on our progress and next steps and inspire them to share their voices, donate, or advocate for eradication as we near the finish line.
We invite you to join us and watch the event live, starting at 18:30 New York time (UTC-4) or later -- a recording will be made available. We also ask you to raise awareness of our polio eradication effort in your own community and build a local audience for our World Polio Day event. Visit the End Polio Now website to download resources that can help you raise awareness and funds. Share this information with your Rotary clubs, districts, communities, and elected officials.
Thirty years ago, we told the world what Rotary believes: that we can achieve the eradication of polio. Our dream is becoming reality. For every child, on World Polio Day, let’s push ahead to the reality of a polio-free world.
Warm regards,
Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Chair Ray Klinginsmith
World Polio Day - October 23, 2015 - Eat at Bob Evans and Help Us Raise Money to End Polio Cheryl Warren 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z

Club Service Project Update

For additional information or if you have a project you would like to share with the rest of Rotary, please contact Graham Reinke at 330-618-4610 or cmandgar@yahoo.com.


Rotary Youth Exchange Gabriel Mendes is here from Brazil and having a great time while enrolled in Stow-Munroe School. We want to share our culture and experiences with Gabriel while he’s here so please see Brian Chima for possible activities to share with Gabriel.

Mobile Meals – Deliveries take place one Saturday (usually the second) per month from 8:30-11:30 am. Please sign up on the website or during our Tuesday lunch meeting.
A volunteer is needed to coordinate the Mobile Meals/Rotary Program. Matt Johnson, who did such a fine job handling this, has moved out of the area. Anyone interested could contact me.
Club Service Project Update Graham Reinke 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z

Regatta Wrap-Up

On September 26th we celebrated our past, but more importantly our future with the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta – an Evening of Jazz on the Lake. Our Co-Chairs, Bill Manby, Jr (right) and Barry Dunaway (left) along with our Honorary Co-Chairs, Bill and Becky Considine (center), hosted over  450 guests. Everyone enjoyed the sounds of jazz as they explored camp. The smell of s’mores around the camp fire and pontoon boat excursions entertained the crowd.  For many, the great food from Master Chef Beau Schmidt from Beau’s Grill and Beau’s on the River was the highlight of the evening. Guests could also take a shot at our ‘last cabin standing’. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks show over Rex Lake.
The evening was a phenomenal success raising $475,000 that will be used to for capital improvements and program enhancements throughout camp. Capital projects include a new staff cabin. This new building will bring the seasonal leadership staff on site to further support our campers and counselors. This project will also provide for additional parking and a new accessible entrance to camp.  Program enhancements include a new nature center and a new program called Parent Camp. 
Akron Rotary Camp was founded in 1924 by visionary Akron Rotarians who the need for children with polio to have a place to exercise and socialize with their peers. Today, Rotary Camp is continuing to fulfill our mission of creating a world where there are only abilities through the generous support of our Akron Rotary Club, Akron Rotary Foundation, and many other donors, volunteers, and supporters throughout our community.
Regatta Wrap-Up 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z

Pre-Register for the 2016 Conference

Co-chairs:  Shon Christy and Jackie Minotas
are planning a conference not to be missed!
2016 Annual Conference of Clubs
Conference Dates: April 22-23, 2016
700 Beta Banquet Conference Center,
Mayfield, Ohio
We are planning some great speakers, breakout sessions and fun activities for the weekend that will be announced over the coming months.
Pre-Register for the 2016 Conference 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z

​District 6630 Foundation Awards & Art Auction

On November 15, 2015 join us at The Hilton Inn West in Fairlawn
to c
elebrate the successes of Clubs throughout our District for
their Foundation Donations during the 2014-15 Rotary Year.

Enjoy some food, beverages and an art auction (profits will go toward our Polio campaign or Annual Fund).


​District 6630 Foundation Awards & Art Auction 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - September 2015

The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday, September 15th and the following items were discussed:
President-Elect Jeff Sitz represented the Akron Rotary Club at a Rotary Cluster meeting.  The Cluster includes Akron, Barberton, Fairlawn, Port Summit and Tallmadge clubs.  We meet periodically to share club news and cross-promote activities.
Directors approved a resolution honoring late Rotarian Harry Stewart.  It will be presented to his family.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - September 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-09-15 04:00:00Z

Rotary Youth Exchange News – August / September


Listening to the various accents as campers arrived at Rex Lake, it was evident that something different was up.   We heard excellent levels of English and observed a couple of students who had some difficulty understanding explanations.  Smiles and open minds set the tone for our newly arrived exchange students.  The District 6630 conducted RYE Orientation at Akron Rotary Camp for this year’s Inbound students who hailed from various countries:  Kaho Mochizuhi (Japan), Justine Altmeyer-Wagner (France), Jermán León (Chile), Antonella Ramos (Peru), Ben Reidel (Germany), Supahakrit Disthaphongphakdee (Thailand) and Gabriel Mendes (Brazil), who was unfortunately absent because of chickenpox.  Participating clubs sent their youth exchange officers and counselors for training.  District 6630 clubs hosting this year include Lakewood for Justine and Kaho, Chardon for Jermán, Mantua for Antonella, Medina for Ben, Garrettsville for Supahakrit (or Art) and Akron for Gabriel (going to school in Stow).  What a wonderful group of young people!!  Words we would use to describe our RYE students: friendly, caring, eager to get to know you, energetic, engaging, smart and fun-loving. Host families also participated the second day to better understand Rotary’s rules and regulations and to get to know the entire group of international students.

Rotary Youth Exchange News – August / September Susan Colville-Hall 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z

What's Happening Now

The History of Rotary from a Rotarian

Today our speaker, Edward Thomas, shared a lot about the history of Rotary International, our district and how our Arch Klumph played a major role in how districts, district governors, and even our standard club by-laws.
To help the Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011, Dr. Thomas wrote a history of the club incorporating his original research and some materials left by the late Leon H. Swartout, the club’s long-time executive director. The 270-page book, entitled Reflections on a Century of Service: The History of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, 1911-2011, was published in 2012. In March of 2016, Dr. Thomas completed a 500-page history of Rotary District 6630, which is entitled The History of Rotary District 6630: The “Home” of Arch C. Klumph
What's Happening Now 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z

Akron Rotarians Shine at the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 for the Future Awards Banquet

On Thursday, September 3rd, The Greater Akron Chamber held their 9th annual 30 for the Future Awards Banquet.  30 for the Future recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live and/or work in the Greater Akron Region, who are trendsetters in their industries, and who make an impact on the region through dynamic leadership and community service.  This year 2 past award winners and Akron Rotarians Mark Krohn and Shon Christy served as award presenters.  But the highlight of the night was the Rotary Club of Akron was called out 4 times during the awards ceremony for recipients which included Blake Babcock from Focal Point Social Media, Greg Genega from First Energy, Jonathan Phelps from ComDoc and Senator Frank LaRose.  Rotarian Mark Krohn is pictured presenting and the award winners Blake, Greg, Jonathan, and Frank are pictured with Immediate past president Shon Christy.
Akron Rotarians Shine at the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 for the Future Awards Banquet Shon Christy 2015-09-06 04:00:00Z

Calling all Enthusiastic Members!!

JOIN US  on October 17th and become a champion to help strengthen your club!!  .
We are offering a new, innovative approach that will provide take away, cutting-edge ideas on how to energize and bolster your club for growth, service and public interaction.
 “One Rotary” refers to the synergistic relationships among Membership, Foundation and Public Image and how success in any one area benefits the other two. 
For example, Doing Good in the World through Foundation funded programs enhances the public image of Rotary and makes it easier to attract new members.
All club members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Calling all Enthusiastic Members!! 2015-09-04 04:00:00Z

Camp Update

We have just wrapped up another amazing summer at Rotary camp. There were many successes and new experiences to be shared by both or campers and staff this summer. I don’t believe that any story sticks out more than this story about a camper who was in their final year of day camp. For years this camper was very afraid of the water, so much so that many times he did not even want to go on a pontoon boat ride. A couple years ago, with a lot of encouragement, he joined other campers on a pontoon boat ride, but was still very afraid to go swimming. All summer our staff worked him and on the last week of camp he swam all the way out to the floating dock. This was an accomplishment that many people thought could not be done. However our amazing staff wasn’t satisfied. The next day they tried again and swam with him all the way out to the floating trampoline! When the camper finally made it onto the trampoline he gave a huge fist pump and yelled, “I DID IT!”  This camper conquered his fears with the help of our amazing staff, who truly believe that at camp we are, “Creating a world where there are only abilities.”
As we celebrate the accomplishments with our campers, we hope that you can join us for the Regatta, on September 26, 2015 an Evening of Jazz on Rex Lake. This celebrating and fundraiser will help us meet the challenge to serve even more in need allowing us to set sail into the future. Visit rotarycamp.org/regatta to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation. 
Camp Update Amanda Warner 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z

What's New with the Membership Process

The membership committee is focused on  making the process more welcoming for new member prospects.  We’ve added the pre-proposal one-on-one conversation with a committee member so that we will be better acquainted with the person we are voting on and, more importantly, so that Rotary will be less mysterious to the prospect.  After approval, the new member is assigned a mentor and goes through the menu of service opportunities process.
All this is designed to get our new members off to a fulfilling start. We’ll know that we have succeeded hear them say “we” when they are talking but Rotary instead of “they.”  It takes a little longer, but it seems to be working based on our early efforts. 
Proposal forms are found on the website home page.  Just click “Join Rotary” and then the “prospective member proposal form” link on the left side.
Speaking of new members, if you think you would like to join the membership committee, I’d love to hear from you at sshechter@dawsoncompanies.com .  It’s fun.
What's New with the Membership Process Steve Shechter 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z

Beckett's Buddies

When Beckett was born in 2010 we found our passion to support and advocate for people with disabilities especially those with Down syndrome.  We found out about the Buddy Walk shortly before he was born and created our team Beckett's Buddies from his crib side in the hospital.  We were stunned at the support and raised over $4,000 in our first year. 

Each year we have been continually amazed at the generosity of the many people in our lives, especially our Rotary family.  This year the Rotary club and many of the businesses represented within it supported Beckett's Buddies in a BIG way.  Our amazing supporters helped us raise over $12,000 for The Upside of Downs which was a Northeast Ohio team record.

Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Akron, City Cleaners, Margida and Associates, Metis Construction, and Artists Inc. who generously supported us through sponsorships.  Thanks to club members Joe Horak, Julie Brandle, Pat O'neill and their families for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and walk with us!  We were overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of so many wonderful people.  I am proud to call you family!

Shon Christy, Rotary Club of Akron 

Beckett's Buddies Julie Brandle 2015-08-21 04:00:00Z

Rotary Club Directors in Action - August 2015

The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday, August 18th and the following items were discussed:
Immediate Past President Shon Christy announced that the Akron Rotary Club received the 2015 Summit for Kids Organization Award.  The award was presented at their annual luncheon on August 14th. The award recognizes an organization that has made a significant contribution to children/youth in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services.
Directors discussed processes for considering service projects, funding requests and Rotary events.  All agreed the most important aspect of a process is engaging Akron Rotarians and helping them achieve their goals of service and camaraderie.   Dan Reynolds reported that prior Club, Camp & Foundation leadership envisioned a joint committee tackling the issue of funding.  Current leaders will be asked to convene a meeting.  Jen Halcomb offered to share a form with Directors that will help coordinate events.   Akron Rotary is growing in influence and reach!  These processes will help us manage and communicate our great work!
Committee reports were given.  John Margida, Chair of the renamed Club Communications & Public Image Committee shared the committee’s purpose.  “To educate, promote and keep all Akron Rotarians informed of all goings on via social media, press releases, and club newsletters with the goal of pursuing the success of the Akron Rotary Club, Camp and members.”
Watch for enhanced communication as he rounds up information from committee chairs.  The committee will serve as a central place for all Rotary communication!  A new aspect of communication will also include press on, “How Akron Rotarians are Changing the World!”  Email how you’re making a difference to
The next meeting of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors is scheduled for September 8th at 11:00 am at the Portage Country Club.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - August 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z

Directors in Action - July 2015

The Akron Rotary Club’s Board of Directors met on July 14th.  It was the first meeting for the 2015-16 Leadership Team.   We kicked it off with a huge congratulations to the Akron Rotary Wavemakers—our first-ever Dragon Boat Team!  See Captain Rob McGregor’s article with complete details!  Treasurer David Smith presented the year-end financial statement.  The Club is fiscally sound and ended the year in the black.  Directors approved the Annual Club Budget—which is intended to be a break even budget.
Committee Chairs gave updates and goals including Membership Chair Steve Shechter who reported that the committee is focusing on retaining and engaging new Rotarians.  The goal is to create a very personal and amazing experience for each new member of Akron Rotary.  Plans include an interactive orientation process and complete implementation of the mentoring program.    
Rotary International Foundation Co-Chair Marcia Holcomb reported that the Club reached its goal of 100% participation in Every Rotarian Every Year.  She announced that the winners of the Paul Harris Lottery will be recognized at an upcoming luncheon. 
John Margida and the PR/Communication Committee are eager to develop processes for raising awareness of Akron Rotary activities to our Rotarians and the community.  He encouraged all to be sure to share information about your activities and programs to ensure word gets out!  Also the committee will be working to streamline and consolidate email communications to Rotarians.  Utilizing the calendar feature of Club Runner was also mentioned as an important tool for planning and promotion.
The Chili Open Committee Chaired by Jeff Sitz and Vice Chaired by Julie Brandle has hit the ground running. The official kickoff for sponsors is being held at camp this week.  Chaz Billington is busy booking speakers and programs for our weekly luncheons. Help him out by recommending good speakers you’ve heard or would like to hear!   The new Social Committee Chaired by Jen Halcomb is brainstorming activities that are fun for the whole family!  Perhaps a Rotary Picnic at Canal Park?  Have an idea?  Talk to Jen!
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for August 18th at 11:00 a.m.
Directors in Action - July 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z

Don't be afraid to MAKE WAVES!

Rotarians are not afraid to challenge status quo and make a difference in our communities. So how could we shy away from literally making waves for great cause?
Looking for a great way for your Rotary club to serve, build better friendships and improve teamwork while getting a new kind of workout? Explore the opportunity to sponsor a dragon boat for your local Dragon Boat Festival. All proceeds go to supporting breast cancer survivors. I had been introduced to the sport of Dragon Boat racing by a friend and co-worker when in Philadelphia.   When one of our own, Susan Coville-Hall, introduced the concept of Rotarians volunteering to help at the race, I thought it was a great opportunity to build a team and compete. The club stalwarts were a bit skeptical at first but I think all 24 of us became converts when this abstract concept became a reality. The Akron Rotary WAVEMAKERS made their debut at the Portage Lakes Third Annual Dragon Boat festival on July 11, 2015.
Here is some brief back ground. Dragon boats are of Chinese origin. The boats are 45 feet long with ten rows for two paddlers per row and a Dragon's head out front. In the bow of the boat is a seat and a drum to keep pace and there are professional steerers standing on the back. Depending on the festival, the courses are 200 - 500 meters long. Races take between 1 -2 minutes and require strength but most importantly, synchronization.
Don't be afraid to MAKE WAVES! Dr. "Captain" Rob McGregor 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z

Club Inducts President Sandy Naragon

Sandy Naragon will serve as President of the Rotary Club of Akron July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  Congratulations and Best Wishes for a Great Year!!
Club Inducts President Sandy Naragon 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z

Akron Club Hosts Governor's Induction & Banner Exchange

The Akron Club was host to attendees for the District Governor Banner Exchange and Induction On July 18, 2015.  Our 2015-16 District Governor Cheryl Warren is a member of the Rotary Club of Akron and the club will proudly display the Governors Banner during her term.
The Camp provided a perfect setting for this prestigious event.  Cheryl requested it be kept it casual and the committee made sure that the guests enjoyed themselves with plenty of food, beverages, boat rides and tours of the camp.  The committee had the tables covered in lovely decor to depict gifts in conjunction with the International Theme Be a Gift to the World.  Fun gift boxes held world balloons which added a special touch in the grand hall for the induction/banner exchange.The flowers presented to Cheryl and the Immediate Past First Lady Judy Davanzo were gorgeous!
Cheryl’s husband, Steve and father, Carl were there to witness her induction and Akron Club President Sandy Naragon accepted the Governor's Banner from Medina Sunrise Past President Barb Evatz.
Harpist, Barbara Ann Fackler provided beautiful music and the delicious brunch was provided by The Culinary Chameleon / Mike & Adria Buzek.
Special thanks to the committee who helped make this day so very special:  Pamela Kiltau – Chair; Karen Meek – Co-Chair; Sandy Naragon, Stew Buchanan, Jack Harig, Mella Castner, Dan Reynolds, Lori Krohn, Katy Miller, Leslie Tierney, Julie Brandle, J.D. Detsch.
Akron Club Hosts Governor's Induction & Banner Exchange 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z

Is this REALLY the Chili Open Course?

This is what the Wayne homes Chili Open course looks like on a beautiful summer day. It’s hard to believe that in seven short months we’ll be playing golf in the snow and having chili dogs and beer for breakfast.  It kinda gives a guy a warm feeling-- maybe nostalgic heartburn.
Is this REALLY the Chili Open Course? Steve Shechter 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z

Club Rolls Out NEW Club Flag Artwork

Our New Club flags now have a new look!
Remember to get a flag to take to any other Club meeting you are attending 
and exchange flags with them! 
Club Rolls Out NEW Club Flag Artwork 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z

Jack & Vivian Harig Recognized by Akron Rotary Camp

This summer we recognized Jack & Vivian Harig for their longstanding commitment to Akron Rotary Camp by naming cabin number 7 the Jack & Vivian Harig Cabin with a special recognition plaque.  Jack & Vivian have been volunteering their time and resources for more than 20 years, and are never too busy to lend a helping hand. While Jack served on the Camp Board for 12 years, Vivian took ownership of our gardens and walkways. They were also the first ones to arrive for the spring and fall camp clean-up days and helped out were they could to make sure projects were completed. They still bring friends when they visit camp and share how much camp means to them.  We are very grateful for all they did and still do for camp and we wish them health, happiness & contentment. 
Photo Front - Dan Reynolds, Lorie Travaglino, Shon Christy, Bill Manby, Gary Knuth  and Ham Amer
Photo Back - Jack & Vivian Harig and Ginny Wonjo
Jack & Vivian Harig Recognized by Akron Rotary Camp Amanda Warner 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z

2015-2016 Akron Club Board Meeting Dates

Please mark your calendars for the 2015-16 Board Meeting Schedule.   All meetings are at Portage Country Club at 11:00 am.
*NOTE:  Those in RED are the third week of the month, not the second.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015  * (third week)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  * (third week)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015  
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 
Tuesday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  * (third week)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
2015-2016 Akron Club Board Meeting Dates 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z

Young Leaders in Action

June 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Rotractors from the United States, Brazil, Australia, and Germany connect at the Preconvention

There is no better place to experience the fun and excitement of Rotary than the Rotary International Convention. Thousands of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Youth Exchange students, alumni, and leaders from around the world connected at our 106th Rotary Convention in São Paulo to share ideas, learn innovative approaches to service, and make new friends. With a new Rotary year of friendship, service, and action about to begin, Rotary International President-elect K.R. Ravindran urges us to use our talents to Be a Gift to the World. Check out this year’s convention highlights and get inspired to do something amazing:

Don’t miss out on any of the action next year in Seoul!


Overheard on social media

Rotary on Twitter “Guess what? I am on @Twitter. Looks like @Rotary Presidents are getting social media- savvy!” — Rotary International President-elect K.R. Ravindran

Rotary on Pinterest “The world needs more Rotaractors #Rotaract #Rotary #Interact.” — Emma-Lea Hill

Rotary on Instagram “Never underestimate the power of young minds! Your passion is contagious. #Interact #Rotaract #Rotary” — Rotary on Instagram

Young Leaders in Action 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z

Rotarian's help with LIVE UNITED

Rotarian's help with LIVE UNITED 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z

Beautiful Spring Club Field Trip

Rotarians and guests enjoyed the grounds at Stan Hywet during a fun weekly meeting field trip in June!
Beautiful Spring Club Field Trip 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z

Akron Rotary Camp Update

It has been a busy spring at Akron Rotary Camp to make sure everything is in tiptop shape before the campers arrive in June.  Akron Rotary Club members spent a Saturday morning at camp and completed the summer staff office as well as stained all the deck railings around the recreational building and offices. ‘Rotarian-in-training’ Brielle Christy worked side-by-side with her dad, Rotary Club-President, Shon Christy and did an awesome job staining.' 
Another group that volunteered their time was the Ite Project.  They are a group of young adults who serve Jesus by working among his neediest and who seek to grow in spiritual journey. Our visitors and campers had a lot of fun together.  Not only did they dance like ballerinas, made bouncy balls, but also worked together to help a camper who is in a wheelchair go down the slide at the playground. To them it was about serving, but to our campers it meant so much more – laughs were shared and memories were made
Akron Rotary Camp Update 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z

Mentoring Program Takes Shape

How long has the Rotary Club of Akron been talking about starting a mentoring program?  “At least 30 years that I can account for, said Steve Shechter, who is among a group of Rotarians who have responded to Lance Chima’s call for volunteers to become mentors to newly inducted members.
“ I was at another club in my capacity of District Membership Chair to Be. When I mentioned the importance of mentoring, someone asked if we had a mentoring program in Akron.  I had to admit that we didn’t, and that’s what prompted me to initiate one with the support of Membership Chairman Dan Riemenschneider and a few other  Rotarians with varying years of Rotary experience including President Shon, Past-President George Rooney, Membership Chair Dan Riemenschneider, and rising star Brian Chima.
Mentoring Program Takes Shape 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z

Service Projects Committee Update May 14, 2015

​Shoeboxes for the Children of the Dump – Need to get the 50 shoeboxes ordered and in progress by June.  In need of two people to put together the shoeboxes.  This is headed by Stew Buchanan and Jack Young.  They both traveled to Nicaragua the first week of December to deliver shoeboxes to children in need between the ages of 4-17.  This is done in 7 days by 17 Rotary members across the US.  The Shoeboxes will need to be assembled by August of 2015 for the trip in December. Stew said they had a wonderful time and were very well received by the children.  
Salvation Army After School Program – There is one more week for the after school program, then the summer program will start which is on Mondays from 1-3 pm.  This program is headed by Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie's daughter, Kimberly. It takes place at the Salvation Army on Maple St. in Akron every Monday afternoon from 4-5. One thing mentioned about this program is that they could use more men working with the children.  
United Way Day of Action in June - Mark Seward will be heading this project.  It will be taking place on June 19th this year.  E-mails will be going out to sign up.
Rotary Camp Projects:
  • Sunday registration throughout the summer
  • Container gardens
  • Thursday night cookouts throughout the summer
Service Projects Committee Update May 14, 2015 Kaley Foster 2015-05-14 04:00:00Z

Are You A Member of Rotary or a Rotarian?

That question was posed to us at the Rotary District 6630 Conference of Clubs. Proudly, I answered a Rotarian!   Attending the conference is one of my duties as an incoming Club President-elect.   My love of learning and professional development moved me to be there.  Motivating messages delivered strengthened my enthusiasm to serve!
Learning highlights for me included:
Are You A Member of Rotary or a Rotarian? Sandy Naragon 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z

Blake Babcock to be Honored May 15th!

Fellow Rotarian Blake Babcock
is the being honored by
Meals on Wheels
Friday May 15, 2015.
Blake Babcock to be Honored May 15th! 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z

Rotary Youth Exchange at District 6630 Conference

You are invited to view Susan Colville-Hall's photo album: RYE Students at District 6630 2015 Convention
RYE Students at District 6630 2015 Convention
Independence, Ohio Double Tree Inn -
Apr 26, 2015
by Susan Colville-Hall
Rotary Youth Exchange Students at District 6630 2015 Conference - April 25, 2015
Message from Susan Colville-Hall:
Great event! Fun with the RYE students, Sandie, Julie, Leslie and other Rotarians from NE OHIO.
Please share with RYE students!
Rotary Youth Exchange at District 6630 Conference Susan Colville-Hall 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z

Buchanan Honored at District Conference!

Rotary Club of Akron, OH's photo.

Stew Buchanan was honored for his timeless commitment to ending Polio at the Rotary District 6630 Conference closing banquet by District Governor Mika Davanzo. Stew's dedication to annual events to raise money and awareness to support Rotarian efforts to eradicate this disease are commendable. We're 'this' close.

Buchanan Honored at District Conference! 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z

Akron Rotarian In The News


Amer Insurance Completes Record Campaign

Amer Insurance, based in Fairlawn, just completed its United Way campaign. It was the highest total raised to date for the insurance agency! The company had 100% participation, for the third consecutive year. Thank you to Ham Amer and Amer Insurance employees for their continued support of United Way and the community!

Akron Rotarian In The News 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z

Congratulations to Shon Christy!

Congratulations to our Rotary Club of Akron President Shon Christy! Shown here celebrating with his beautiful wife Brittany, Shon received the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award at today's United Way Annual Meeting. Thank you Shon Christy for all you do for not only Rotary, but our entire Greater Akron community!
Congratulations to Shon Christy! 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z

Rotary Sponsoring 5K June 13th

Our Rotary Cluster will be sponsoring the Elms 5k this year! We are looking for both volunteers and runners!
For more info click this link 
Rotary Sponsoring 5K June 13th 2015-04-22 04:00:00Z

Directors in Action

The Akron Rotary’s Board of Directors met on March 10th.  President Shon Christy reported that he is gathering information to submit for the AZ Baker and President’s Citation awards to highlight the great works of Akron Rotary since July, 2014.  He is also working with President-elect Sandy Naragon to plan a leadership retreat on May 9th.  Grants Chair Sarah Buccigross attended the District Grant seminar qualifying the club to seek district grants during 2015-16.  Directors reviewed the new Rotary logo and branding.   The PR Committee will be debuting it in the coming weeks.  Rotary Foundation Chair Bill Manby, Sr. reported that the committee is gearing up to recruit the next class of Paul Harris Fellows and lottery participants.  Dan Reynolds has negotiated a new meal deal with Portage Country Club and Rotarians will be able to begin participating in April. 
Kaley Foster, Chair of Service Projects, gave an overview of the current projects—Rotary volunteers, especially men role models, are needed to volunteer with the Salvation Army After-School Reading program on Mondays from 4-5 pm.  Rotarians deliver meals for Mobile Meals typically the second Saturday of the month—great opportunity to engage children of all ages to service above self!
Directors in Action Sandy Naragon 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z

25th Annual Rotary Club Chili Open Was Most Successful!

On February 7th, the Akron Rotary Club held its 25th annual Chili Open, and it proved to be the most successful year for the Special Children in our extended area.  The Chili Open is the Akron Club’s major fundraiser to support the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, and the proceeds of the event go to the Akon Rotary Foundation to support the Special Children.
The Rotary Camp is located at Rex Lake, and operated by the YMCA in collaboration with Akron Rotary.  In 2013, Akron Rotary completed a $3.5 million capital campaign to update the Rex Lake facilities.
Each summer at Rex Lake, there are overnight and day camp programs for children with special needs.  Founded in 1924 as primarily a polio camp, the Rotary Camp has evolved to serve children with a wide variety of disabilities, both physical and developmental.  There is also an affiliated day camp at Happy Day in Portage County, operated in collaboration with the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  At both Rex Lake and Happy Days, the counselor:camper ratio is 2:6, so each camper receives individualized attention.
25th Annual Rotary Club Chili Open Was Most Successful! George Rooney and Jeffrey Sitz 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z
February 9- 13, 2015 : Join the Sandy Hook Promise "No One Eats Alone" Program
This program will be facilitated by Promise Communities across the nation during the February 9th through the 13th.  This initiative champions members of Sandy Hook Promise Communities to address the issue of social isolation and the social and emotional development of today's youth within their communities.  How you may become involved:
February 9- 13, 2015 : Join the Sandy Hook Promise "No One Eats Alone" Program Chris Manby, SPHR 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z

Service Projects Committee Update February 4, 2015

Salvation Army After School Program – This program is headed by Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie's daughter, Kimberly. It takes place at the Salvation Army on Maple St. in Akron every Monday afternoon from 4-5. One thing mentioned about this program is that they could use more men working with the children.  
Dictionary Project   This project is headed by Samantha Coldwell and Karen Meek.  Beginning the week of January 12th and continuing throughout February, we will be handing out dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the Akron Public School system, totaling 1,635 dictionaries. We are getting some volunteers from Rotaract, Torchbearers, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, but are also seeking Rotary club members to help pass out dictionaries.  You can reach out to Samantha or Karen to sign up to help with this project
Service Projects Committee Update February 4, 2015 Kaley Foster 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z

Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellows

Bill Manby Sr. And Marcia Holcomb representing the Rotary International Foundation, recognized Dave Smith, Mark Krohn, Dominic Frisina and Jim Merklin as our new Paul Harris Fellows. 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  


Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellows 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z

Awesome Presentations!!

Rotarians have packed the house for our outstanding presentations!  Thanks to all of our presenters who have shared their expertise and stories.
The vibrant Rotary Club of Akron is THE place to be -- join us on Tuesday's at Noon at The Portage Country Club.  
Awesome Presentations!! 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z

Former Brazilian RYE Student Visits Club

January 6th we gave a warm welcome to visiting Brazilian RYE student Victoria Marques (2010-2011) and her mother who braved the cold (temperatures plummeted to 8 degrees!) to have lunch with the Akron Rotarians. Accompanied by her American host family, Bill, Mary and Sam Simmons, she shared the unique value that Rotary exchanges provide for students and the families they befriend. 2nd photo is Victoria and Mrs. Marques with former counselor, Barry Hollis, and former YEO, Marcia Holcomb.
Former Brazilian RYE Student Visits Club 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z
Club Welcomes New Members in January 2015
Jen Halcomb was inducted 1-6-2015.
She was sponsored by Charles Billington
Club Welcomes New Members in January 2015 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z

Thank you YPA!!

On behalf of the YPA-Young Professionals of Akron, Karlo Petrak, Step 2 presents Dan Reynolds a check for the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children.  
Thank you for your generous donation!!
Thank you YPA!! 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z

Shoe Boxes Delivered to Nicaragua

Stew Buchanan and Jack Young went to Nicaragua in December to deliver the Shoe Boxes!
Thanks to all who contributed to this cause!!! 
Shoe Boxes Delivered to Nicaragua 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z

Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellows: Matt Slonsky, Terry Dalton, Dick Farkas, Hugh Alpeter, Ham Amer, Mike Soful, Cheryl Buchanan, Shon Christy and Sandy Naragon

Named after Rotary's founder, the Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity of annual support to The Rotary Foundation.

With your gift you’re promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies through grants that:
•    Bring peace-building seminars to 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda.
•    Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali.
•    Train teachers who are establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa.
•    Provide water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India.
•    Fund a scholarship for a medical professional to research treatment to minimize mortality rates among premature babies in Italy.
•    Protect children around the world from polio.

Rotary Direct, Rotary's recurring giving program, makes it easy to join the Paul Harris society.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ceremony 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z

Club Welcomes New Members

(Left photo) CJ Haynes, First Energy and Eric German, Bober, Markey and Fedorovich shown their sponsors Jerad Zibritosky and Jim Merklin
(Right Photo)  Dr. Scarborough, President, The University of Akron shown with his wife Tammy and co-sponsors Jack Harig and Lance Chima
Club Welcomes New Members 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z

Busy Christmas Holiday for Santa!

Santa made a visit to the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs! Thanks to all who helped make our camp party a success!
Busy Christmas Holiday for Santa! 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z

Rotary is upgraded by The Chronicle of Philanthropy


The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up 35 spots to 85th in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's  of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary's mission.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Rotary Foundation received $239,576,000 in 2013, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year.

"This clearly shows our members recognize the unparalleled value of giving to their Foundation," says John Hewko, Rotary's general secretary. "They know that by giving to the Foundation their dollars have a much greater impact. And friends of Rotary respect that the Foundation puts their gift to great use."


The Foundation recently earned a  from , the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. In the 2013-14 Rotary year, 92 percent of the Foundation's expenditures were applied to programs, with only 6 percent spent on fundraising and 2 percent on administrative expenses. The Foundation funded $23.5 million in district grants and $47.3 million in global grants. These grants support local and international humanitarian projects as well as scholarships.

Together with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has led the effort to eradicate polio, contributing more than $1.3 billion to the initiative since its outset. When an outbreak of polio threatened the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in 2013, Rotary provided emergency funds, including a $500,000 rapid-response grant for Somalia and a $500,000 grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to cover operational costs in the Middle East. As a result, the outbreak in the Horn of Africa slowed, and Syria reported only one case of polio in the first half of 2014.

Rotary is also at the forefront of efforts to fight other diseases. According to WHO, indoor air pollution causes 4.3 million deaths per year worldwide. To combat it, members of the Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro, New Mexico, USA, mobilized Rotary clubs in several countries to support the Himalayan Stove Project, which has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal.

In Tamil Nadu, India, Rotary clubs partnered with clubs in Maryland, USA, to use a Foundation global grant to purchase a large van and outfit it with X-ray equipment to screen women for breast cancer in hard-to-reach communities. The "mammobus" has conducted more than 2,500 free breast cancer screenings and detected and treated early-stage cancer in six women. Rotary members in Malindi, Kenya, teamed up with members in Maryland and Idaho, USA, to work with the Genesis World Mission in creating a rainwater catchment system to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops, and establish fish farms in Burangi, Kenya.

In Seattle, Washington, USA, Rotary members are diverting millions of pounds of fruit and vegetables from the waste stream and into the hands of those who need it through Rotary First Harvest, a program of District 5030.

Rotary News

Rotary is upgraded by The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z

The Sandy Hook Promise

The Sandy Hook Promise is one of the Rotary Club of Akron service projects.  Project volunteers, Terry Dalton and Chris Manby will tackle  developing awareness and support for “Promise Day” and possibly organizing a return visit for the group from Newtown Connecticut.   The objective will be to have a similar discussion with local leaders in front of a larger audience such as Akron roundtable, and identify specific steps which could be taken to protect children from gun violence.  Please  share this promise to help support "Promise Day" on December 14th. 
Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.
And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose and strength.

This is a Promise
To truly honor the lives lost
by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

This is a Promise
To be open to all possibilities.
There is no agenda other than to make
our community and our nation a safer, better place.

This is a Promise
To have the conversations on ALL the issues
Conversations where listening is as important as speaking.
Conversations where even those with the most opposing views 
can debate in good will.

This is a Promise
To turn the conversation into actions.
Things must change.
This is the time.

This is a Promise
We make to our precious children.
Because each child, every human life is filled with promise,
and though we continue to be filled with unbearable pain
we choose love, belief, and hope
instead of anger.

This is a Promise
To do everything in our power to be remembered
not as the town filled with grief and victims;
but as the place where 
real change began.
Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.

This is our Promise

The Sandy Hook Promise
The Sandy Hook Promise Chris Manby, SPHR 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z

Rotary Club of Akron ANNUAL MEETING Date Set for December 30, 2014

The 100th Annual Meeting of The Rotary Club of Akron will be held December 30, 2014 at Noon at Portage Country Club.  
The Annual Ballot for the election of officers is being sent out under separate cover - upon receipt please be sure to vote for your officers of choice and return the ballot by the deadline.
Rotarily Yours,
Shon Christy 
Rotary Club of Akron ANNUAL MEETING Date Set for December 30, 2014. 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z

Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in October 2014

The Akron Rotary Board met on October 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Portage Country Club.  The meeting was called to order by President, Shon Christy.  Minutes and financial reports from September were accepted and approved unanimously by all Board Members. From a vacancy, the Board voted to make Jeff Sitz the new Vice President.  The following slate of Officers and directors was approved for 2015 and will be put on the Ballot for the Club Members to vote accordingly : 
  • Sandy Naragon: President
  • Jeff Sitz: President Elect
  • Julie Brandle: Vice President
  • Lorie Travaglino: Secretary
  • David Smith: Treasurer
  • Directors: Julie Brandle, Charles Billington, Mark Seward, and Chris Manby
Additionally, the board made motion and fully accepted the following for Club Membership as presented by Dan Riemenschneider - these prospective members will now be put forth to the Club Members for consideration:
  • Carol Haines
  • Steve Buie
  • Eric German
  • Scott Sarborough
  • Rev. Mark Pruitt
Several committees made reports including the Chili Open Committee who reported that corporate sponsors are currently being solicited.  For radio advertisement, sponsorship needs to be in by December 20 and for print media by January 9.
The Public Relations Committee chaired by Julie Brandle, reported that there will be a PR/Marketing meeting at camp on October 22 at 9:00.  Focus will be given to the Chili Open.
The Service Committee report chaired by Graham Reinke, reported on activities, including the After-School program at The Salvation Army, Dictionary project, Read to Me Day and much more.  Help is needed for upcoming Salvation Army Red Kettle day and Read to Me Day. 
Meeting adjourned at 11:50.
Submitted by Lorie Travaglino, Board Secretary
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in October 2014 Lorie Travaglino 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z

Club Welcomes New Members in September

Paul Catania (Oswald Companies), 
Brian Steere (Steere Enterprises)
and Steve Warren (Fox Sports Ohio),
Club Welcomes New Members in September 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z
President's Message October 2014
Time flies when you are having fun!  Our club is certainly having a great time celebrating all of our successes this year.  We recently held our annual camp cookout where we had a great showing for celebration and fellowship.  Todaro's catered an amazing meal and the wine from the Nauti Vine was incredible as well.  Our entertainment included music from Rhythm and Roos, a mixed honors group of University of Akron a cappella students.  Ben Hunsicker, the director of the group is also a member of camp staff so this was an extra special treat for our event.  To close the evening we heard from parents of one of our campers on how much the camp has meant to their family over the years.  I appreciate all of the hard work from our camp staff and Hugh Alpeter who helped put the event together!  What a great evening to celebrate a great camp year!  Another recent cause to celebrate was that the club, camp, and foundation were very proud to be a sponsor of the Polksy Awards this month! Our very own Rennick Andreoli was recognized for all of his support to the greater Akron community and especially our Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for Akron and our camp!
We continue to add new members to the club infusing excitement and energy into everything we do!  The Rotary Club of Akron recently inducted Paul Catania (Oswald Companies), Steve Warren (Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio), Brian Steere (Steere Enterprises).  In addition to all of these amazing individuals we will be having several more inductions over the coming weeks!  I think this is a perfect place for a shameless plug.....Our Chili Open Chairs Jeff Sitz and George Rooney are always looking for you great committee members for our 25th anniversary event coming up in February 7, 2015!
Our recent programs have included several judges such as Christine Croce, Amy Corrigall Jones, and Jerry Larson.  We also learned more about the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio from Lisa Followay.  As October 31st draws near we hope that you will consider attending the Halloween Charity Ball at Tangier.  This year the event will benefit the camp and is being put on by Samantha Coldwell.
Lastly I would like to thank our most recent Rotarian of the Month - Julie Brandle for all of her hard work on the clubs marketing and communication!  You rock Julie!
Here is a video of the group -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYNg3vOs4dE
​Yours in Rotary Service
Shon Christy
President's Message October 2014 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z

Service Projects Committee Update October 14, 2014

Salvation Army After-School Program – The program is now underway  for the current  school  year. Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie’s daughter Kimberly assist the elementary school students with their homework assignments and reading skills, every Monday afternoon. 
Dictionary Project   We will distribute a dictionary to every grade three student in the Akron public school system again this year.  This is the fourth year for such a project.  Samantha Coldwell and Karen Meek will manage the project and will receive assistance from University of Akron organizations. Initial steps are underway to seek funding and reestablish contact with the various organizations and individuals who were involved previously. Sarah Buccigross has been very helpful with these beginning steps.  Dictionary distribution is expected to take place during the early part of 2015. As plans progress the project team will be seeking volunteers ,from Rotary and Akron U., to assist with actual distribution of the dictionaries.​
Service Projects Committee Update October 14, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z

Sydney Shares her Year in France With Akron Rotary

Sydney Heersink, a former Firestone High School student, connected via Skype to the Rotary Club of Akron September 16, 2014, to report on her Rotary Youth Exchange experience in France 2013-2014.  She gave accolades to the club for supporting her and to two of her host families in France for their continued support and mentoring in a new culture.   Examples of cultural faux pas and other cross-cultural adventures never kept Sydney from getting the most from her year abroad.  She was transformed from the shy, quiet girl in the high school classroom to the outgoing, willing to speak to others in a foreign language that she beautifully mastered.  Also challenging were the subjects she studied at the local “lycée.”   After finding that the French are academically ahead of American students, Sydney was placed at a level comparable to a junior rather than senior.   Several French friends helped her understand assignments so she could do her best work.  One of the more difficult aspects of living abroad was making friends.  It was difficult but not impossible.  The host family and siblings are an essential key to the success of the international student’s integration into and comprehension of the new
culture.  If Sydney were given a 2nd chance to do the RYE program, she would jump immediately on board, saying that it was the opportunity of a lifetime and that her life is changed forever and for the good.  She is extremely grateful to Akron Rotary.

Sydney Shares her Year in France With Akron Rotary Susan Colville-Hall 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z

Rotarian McGregor Goes "Over the Edge" for Hattie Larlham

Pictured below are Shawn Lyden, left, Executive Vice President and Robert McGregor, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at Akron Children’s after their descent from the PNC Center Building.


These two members of Akron Children’s leadership team channeled Spiderman in September as they rappelled down 22 stories of the PNC Center in downtown Akron – all for a good cause.

Shawn Lyden, executive vice president, and Dr. Rob McGregor, chief medical officer, went “Over the Edge” for the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, an organization Akron Children’s has worked closely with in providing care for many patients over the years.


Lyden and Dr. McGregor were among 71 participants who accepted the challenge and helped raise an estimated $110,000 for Hattie Larlham.

“This was a new fundraising event for us,” said Phylliss Steiner, a spokesperson for Hattie Larlham. “We have done golf outings and galas, but this was about stepping out of our realm and taking a risk and that is something every single person we serve does every day.”

Lyden and Dr. McGregor both believe their first step will be the most difficult, but are excited about the positive energy surrounding the event and representing Akron Children’s at a worthy cause.



Rotarian McGregor Goes "Over the Edge" for Hattie Larlham 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z

Volunteers Needed For Mobile Meals

Akron Rotary Service Project
Volunteers are needed on the 2nd Saturday of each month through December 13, 2014, 8:30am to 11:00am, to help deliver meals for the less fortunate in our community.
Looking for 5 cars with 6-7 adults and/or a few children. Great opportunity for Rotarians to involve their family, co-workers and friends.
The Saturday’s we need volunteers for are as follows:
Each volunteer is required to complete a
Motor Vehicle Record Request form
NOTE:  We must have this form for ALL volunteers,
even for those who do not plan to be the driver.
If interested, please send the attached form along with the date or dates you would like to volunteer, your contact information and a list of all the names who will be with you to:
Bill Manby, Jr. via one of these methods: 
U.S. Mail: 1611-A Akron Peninsula Road, Akron, OH 44313
Email:  kgarner@paradigmequity.com
Fax:  330-475-1695.
Please complete and return
at least a week in advance of the day
that you plan to volunteer.
You will meet at Mobile Meals – 1063 S. Broadway Street, Akron, OH 44313(Warehouse Side) at 8:30am.
If you have any questions, please call Bill’s office at 330-475-1690 and ask for Bill or Kim.
Please consider your time for this worthwhile cause.  
Volunteers Needed For Mobile Meals William Manby, Jr. 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Akron Rotary Welcomes New Members in August

The Rotary Club of Akron membership chair, Dan Riemenschneider (Bruner Cox), Welcomes our 6 new members, Jan Ryan (American Grretings), Tom House, Kaley Foster (Certified Payroll Services), John Margida (Margida & Associates), Brian Kosarko (Focused Technologies),Mella Castner (Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs) with President Shon Christy (Focal Point Social Media).
Dr. McGregor, Akron Children's Hospital Chief Medical Officer, is shown here with his sponsor Mary Weaver and Club President Shon Christy.— at Portage Country Club.
Akron Rotary Welcomes New Members in August 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Young Leaders in Action

Young Leaders in Action

September 2014 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Interact Club of Trinity Mission School, Kenya
World Polio Day is 24 October. You can help make history in our global fight to end polio. Join others from around the world for a live-streamed global status update with Rotary’s global partners, celebrity ambassadors, like Ziggy Marley, and polio survivors including inspirational athlete Minda Dentler. Tune in at 18:30 Chicago time (find your local time) to learn about what Rotary has already accomplished, and what you can do to join our campaign. Here are some ways to mark World Polio Day, raise awareness in your community, and take us one step closer to ending this disease forever.
  • Host a viewing party for the live-streamed event with your friends, family, and community members. Share your pictures and videos using the hashtag #worldpolioday and watch the map light up as you add your voice.
  • Organize a fundraiser. Every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched with two dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!
  • Share our World Polio Day graphics on Facebook and Twitter to show the world we are “this close” to a polio-free world. 
Young Leaders in Action 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

A Young Volunteer Shares Her Rotary Experience


This young volunteer wrote about the time she spent at the Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children:

My name is Kimberly Brandle and I am a sophomore at Archbishop Hoban High School.  My Mom is Julie Brandle, Rotary Club of Akron member.  This summer I participated in our school's JAM (Justice Akron Ministry)program. JAM is a three day program for students to participate in a social justice service project to build their community and grow in their faith.

Upon arrival you do not know where you will be assigned, you just know you will be helping others.  My Mom volunteered with me, when she received the assignment, she smiled, "We are going to Rotary Camp-perfect!"she said.

It was adult camp week and we were assigned to the female adult campers. We helped with campfire songs, getting from place to place, arts and crafts, lunchtime, nature/animal hour, and just anything they needed.

When I entered camp I never knew the strength of these campers or the strength within my own heart.  To say I wasn't intimidated at first would be false.  But once I started spending time with these great women I learned they were no different from you or me.  I learned a lot more than that though, like how one of the ladies would do anything she could to paint and her courage to ask for help.  The smile on her face when she accomplished what she set out to do taught me that I had strength to be able to help, but she had strength as well. It was truly inspirational.  Seeing others succeed makes us all want to strive for greatness. 

None of the people involved at the camp doubt another's greatness and that's why Rotary Camp was an awesome place to be.  Not only awesome for campers and their families to have a safe place to go, but also for the volunteers as well. Volunteers have the opportunity to help others, and learn new perspectives without doubting themselves.  You see, doubt is something we all have within us.  But whether or not we let it take over our perspectives is a choice.

"The moment you doubt whether or not you can fly, you forever cease to be able to do it"...Peter Pan

Thank you to Rotary for making this camp available to the campers and to volunteers like me.

A Young Volunteer Shares Her Rotary Experience 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Rotarians Join Forces for Operation Orange

Our group for #oporange-Go Rotary Club of Akron!! — at Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Rotarians Join Forces for Operation Orange 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Rotary International Youth Exchange

The Akron Club's Rotary International Youth Exchange (RYE) committee is hard at work doing a new strategic plan for hosting exchange students in the future.  
Pictured are L-R:  Mary Weaver, Brian Chima, Stew Buchanan, Jack Harig, Susan Colville-Hall, and Marcia Holcomb. 

Rotary International Youth Exchange 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z
President's Message September 2014
Fall is here!  It is hard to believe that I am already writing my 3rd newsletter!  School has started and the leaves are starting to change in the Akron area. Regardless of the time of year, you can always count on lots of activity in the club!  Our centennial slogan is honoring the past and driving the future and we have certainly done that with our membership over the last few weeks.  To honor our past we celebrated John Daly with 48 years of perfect attendance and Harry Stewart with 50 years of perfect attendance.  We continue to drive the future through our growing membership!  Please join me in welcoming our newest members: Dr. Robert McGregor (Akron Childrens Hospital), Jan Ryan (American Greetings), Tom House, Kaley Foster (Certified Payroll Services), John Margida (Margida & Associates), Brian Kosarko (Focused Technologies),Mella Castner (Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs).  But wait…..Theres more!  We have another substantial group of new members who will be inducted over the next few weeks to join them!  It is a very exciting time to be a part of our club!  With the influx of new members our committee has been busy creating an orientation program and we held our first one at camp on September 16th.  Thank you to the committee for their hard work on putting that together!  Speaking of camp, we are having our annual camp cookout on October 2nd at the camp at 6 pm.  I hope that everyone can come out and celebrate another great year of camp!
We have had several great speakers from the Ronald McDonald House, South Street Ministries, as well as a great Skype call with our exchange student that spent the year in France Sydney!  Service is also alive and well!  A group of volunteers led by Sarah Buccigross spent time volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank for Operation Orange!  In addition to that Sarah assisted our club in securing a matching district grant to purchase $2000 in equipment for the food bank!  Thanks to our membership for their continued support in making a difference in Akron on a daily basis!   You continue to inspire me to be a better person!
Yours in Service,
President's Message September 2014 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Rotary Veterans to be Honored by District Governor

On November 11th at the Rotary Club of Akron’s regularly scheduled lunch meeting, District 6630 Governor Mike Davanzo will honor the club’s veterans.
Each year, the District Governor visits every club in the district.  The primary purpose is to motivate and inspire members and offer district level support for achieving club goals.   Prior to addressing the club, Govenor Davanzo will attend the Board of Directors meeting to hear committee reports and get a Club update from President Shon Christy.
The highlight of this year’s visit will include Governor Davanzo’s presentation of Rotary Armed Forces pins to those who’ve served.  Those Veterans being recognized for their service at the luncheon include:
Branch Served
Years Served
Rank Upon Discharge
Charles Billows
2 years active
2 years reserves
Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class
Dan O’Connell
2 active; 7 years reserves
Dan Sveda
2 years
Fred Swartz
National Guard
Frederick Boyd
2 years
Harry Stewart
2 years
2 years
Yeoman 1st Class
Hugh Alpeter
Army Reserve
7 years
Jack Harig
1st Lt.
Jerome Wagner
3 years
John Daily
3.5 years total
1.5 after WWII
2 Korean War
Private 1st Class -WWII
1st Lt – Korean War
John Saros
2 years
1st Lt
Keith Shy
Air Force
National Guard
6 years
E-5 Staff Sgt.
Kevin McGee
4 years (2008-current)
1st Lt.
Matt Johnson
National Guard
E-4 Specialist
Mike Soful
3 years
Richard Farkas
Air Force
29 years
Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Roger Read
1st Lt.
Steve Shechter
Coast Guard
5 mo. Active; 5 years total
Terry Dalton
3 years
If you are a veteran and haven’t yet confirmed your attendance at the lunch, please RSVP to Sandy Naragon at SNaragon@AkronClevelandREALORS.com or leave her a message at 330-940-1502! 
Rotary Veterans to be Honored by District Governor Sandy Naragon 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z

Rotarian Julie Brandle inducted to NAWIC


Julie Brandle, President and Co-Owner of Metis Construction was recently inducted as Secretary of the National Association of Women In Construction Akron Chapter Board. NAWIC is a national organization to enhance the success of women in the construction industry through networking, education, support and encouragement.  Through service, education and scholarship awards NAWIC works to promote women in construction.

Rotarian Julie Brandle inducted to NAWIC 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z

Service Projects Committee Update –September 8, 2014

Salvation Army After-School Program – This program will kick off again this month.  It consists of helping the elementary students with their homework assignments on Mondays throughout the school year.  Barbara Hunsicker and Julie Brandle will lead the project.  They will be looking for Rotarian volunteers to participate in this worthwhile effort.  It is an opportunity to really make a difference.
Flash Drives for CrouseMost Crouse Elementary students do not have access to a computer in their home.  When they work on computer based assignments at the school their work must be stored on flash drives which are shared with other students.  It is up to the teachers to keep records on the student data stored on each drive.   Steve Shechter has just contributed several hundred flash drives to the school.  This will enable teachers at the school to assign one drive per student, which eliminates a lot of headaches and provides a big assist to teachers and students.​
Newtown Roundtable  Our club was contacted recently by Sandy Hook Promise, an organization from Newtown Connecticut (where the shooting tragedy took place).  They requested help from Rotary in setting up a meeting this month with community leaders from the Akron area, and we agreed to do so.  The meeting will take the form of a roundtable discussion centered on how to protect our children from gun violence, and steps being taken elsewhere to address this problem.​
Dictionary Project   Planning for this project will commence this month under the leadership of Samantha Coldwell and a co-captain yet to be named.  This will be the fourth year for the project which provides a dictionary for each grade three student in the Akron Public School system.  As plans progress the project team will be seeking volunteers to assist with actual distribution of the dictionaries.
Service Projects Committee Update –September 8, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z

Akron Rotarian's Recognized for Achievements!!

30 For The Future awards young professionals whose stellar talents have impacted their industries and the Greater Akron region.
Congratulations to Akron Rotarians Samantha Coldwell and Jeff Sitz who were each recognized for their outstanding achievements!
Shon Christy won the Andrea R. Teodosio Rising Star Award. Way to go Mr. Christy!!  Pictured are his wife Brittany and the youngest of their five children, Brindle.
Akron Rotarian's Recognized for Achievements!! 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z

Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation

Although Akron’s Rotary Youth Exchange Program is not hosting an exchange student this year, it actively contributed to the orientation of the district’s 2013 - 2014 Exchange Student orientation, held at Akron Rotary Camp.
Bob Heydorn (Cuyahoga Falls Rotary), chair of Ohio-Erie Rotary Inbound students, organized the two-day event with the help of Tim Snell (Lodi Rotary), chair of the Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Program, and Patrick Kelley (Hudson Rotary) chair of the Ohio-Erie Outbound Youth Exchange Program.   The orientation focused on informational sessions for Youth Exchange Officers (YEOs), counselors for each of the students, and the host parents and families. Inbounders and Outbounders also learned more about cultural awareness with Susan Colville-Hall (Akron Rotary).   In addition, there was ample opportunity for these young people to get to know each other thanks to J.D. (camp coordinator) and Brian Chima (Akron Rotary)..   Following the orientation, the teenagers talked, went kayaking and swimming, engaged in activities, had a typical American cookout and sat around the campfire.  Mary Weaver (Akron Rotary)  served as chaperone in the girls dorm.
You are invited to view Susan Colville-Hall's photo album: Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rex Lake, Akron, Ohio -
Aug 29, 2014
by Susan Colville-Hall
Erie-Ohio Rotary District Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation at Akron Rotary Camp - Rex Lake
Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z
Welcome New Members!
More new members have joined our Club - we are pleased to welcome the following in May and June:
Blake Babcock 27-May-14
Julieann Brandle 27-May-14
Matt Johnson 27-May-14
Karen Nielsen-Meek 10-Jun-14

Welcome New Members! 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z
President's Message August 2014
It's hard to believe that my first month as the president of the Akron Rotary Club is already behind me.  Time flies when you are having fun!  Over the last few weeks we have had engaging speakers, impactful events, new programs, and lots of visitors!  As a club we have supported the End Polio Now Indians Game in Cleveland, the Corn Hole tournament to benefit our camp, and a weekend at Jacks house with our youth exchange students.  Thank you to everyone who had a part in making those events happen!  The membership committee has been hard at work and we are inducting 11 members this month!  We are on pace to have one heck of a membership year.  Please continue inviting individuals who are making an impact in Akron to our club meetings and events to show them what Rotary is all about.  Bill Manby Jr. rolled out a new planned giving campaign to the club and has already secured many new gifts to help our cause for many years to come.  As Summer is winding down I want to give a big shout out to Dan Reynolds and the camp staff for another wonderful year out at Rex Lake!  
President's Message August 2014 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z
YE International Committee Goes for a Little R&R
Please enjoy these photos from the Youth Exchange International Committee.
YE International Committee Goes for a Little R&R Susan Colville-Hall 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z
Service Projects Committee Update –August 10, 2014
During the past month the following projects were taken to a successful conclusion:
Shoe Box Project for Nicaragua – 50 boxes of personal items for the impoverished children were prepared for shipment.  Thanks to Samantha Coldwell and Ben Heckerman who headed up the project and thanks also to everyone who contributed money and the items needed to fill the boxes.  The boxes will be shipped and distributed to children at Christmastime as a reward for their efforts to attend school and receive an education under very difficult circumstances.
Children of the dump
Service Projects Committee Update –August 10, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z
2006/07 Youth Exchange Student Comes Back for a Visit
Pedro Donnini was a Rotary Exchange Student hosted in Akron, Ohio in 2006-2007.  In July, Rotarians gathered at the Camp to meet and greet Pedro and his classmate, Miguel Candido (Exchange Student in Spokane, WA 2006-2007).
(L-R) Pedro Donnini, Rotary Exchange Akron, OH 2006-07 and his host and Akron Rotarian, Doug Hausknecht, Ph.D., enjoyed catching up!
2006/07 Youth Exchange Student Comes Back for a Visit 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z
Port-Summit Rotary Club Donates to Rotary Camp
Thank you to the members of The Rotary Club of Port-Summit who donated $2000 to The Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children. Past Rotary Club of Akron President Lance Chima and Past District Governor Stew Buchanan were honored to be at the Port Summit Club meeting today to accept the check.
Port - Summit Rotary serves the Ellet, Springfield, Lakemore, Mogadore, and Suffield communities. Club meetings are on Thursdays 11:30 AM at The Wildcat Cafe 3763 Mogadore Road Mogadore Ohio 44660.Current service projects include annual scholarship awards to graduating seniors from Field and Mogadore high schools, The 4 - Way Speech Contest, Bass Fishing Tournament fund raising event (proceeds to Rotary Kids Camp), Veterans Day recognition program, Dictionaries For Kids Program, Salvation Army Bell Ringing Support, Food Bank Friends Projects, Families In Need Support, Exchange Student Sponsorship Programs, Valor Home Support Projects, Wheelchair Purchase Programs, Community Beautification Projects, and numerous community one time need / continuing need donation, support, and service projects.
Port-Summit Rotary Club Donates to Rotary Camp 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z
President's Message July 2014
Honoring the past and driving the future, the theme for our centennial celebration and the coming Rotary year.  This is an incredibly powerful statement for many reasons.  The first 100 years of the Rotary Club of Akron have included participation from the top leaders in business, government, non-profit, and the arts with a common goal of changing the world and the Greater Akron region.  As I sit and think about the strength of character and the heart to serve of those before me, I am reminded of the great responsibility we have as Rotarians to never stop and to drive the future.  The stage has not only been set to drive the future, but to do it in a way that the Akron area has never seen before. 
Our club has made an enormous impact on the Greater Akron area. Our camp has been helping children with special needs for 90 years!  Not to mention the leadership of the men and women of our club to drive change.  So where do we go from here?  During my induction speech I talked about my vision and the 3 areas of focus for the coming year - Membership, Marketing, Service.
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization.  To do more incredible things we need more hands and feet to drive the change.
Marketing not only keeps us at the top of the communities mind, but it also feeds interest in membership.
Last, but certainly not least, is service.  Rotary is the largest service organization in the world and is the tie that binds us all together.
With such an amazing history of success and impact it would be very easy to take a step back and admire all of the incredible things the club has achieved, which is why I ended the induction speech with this quote.
“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” - Andrew Carnegie

I am asking each and every one of you to do just a “little” more than you did last year.  This is the launching point for the next 100 years.  Together, we set the tone for the century and its our actions that will determine the momentum!  Thank you in advance for all of your time, talents, and treasure!  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to serve with the finest people in Akron.
Your's in Service,
President Shon
President's Message July 2014 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Out and About

On Sunday, July 13, several Akron Rotarians attended the District Governor induction ceremony for Mike Davanzo.  It was truly an honor to have two Past District Governors from Akron present: Jack Harig (PDG 2003-2004) and his wife Vivian along with Stew Buchanan (PDG 2010-11) and his wife Sherry.  

Club President, Shon Christy and his wife Brittany were enjoying the festivities and watched as the official pins were also passed at the ceremony to fellow Akron Rotarians Cheryl Warren, District Governor Elect 2014-15 (accompanied by husband Steve and father Carl) and Dick Farkas, District Governor Nominee 2014-15.  

Here's to a great 2014-15 Rotary Year!!


The Past District 6630 Governor's meeting was held in July also - this provides the current leadership team an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge and ideas from our past Governor's that will help our District provide continuity and success moving forward for our Clubs and members. 


Rotarians Out and About 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
Kids at Camp!!
Camping season is well underway and the kids are enjoying the summer and the fellowship at The Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children! 
Kids at Camp!! 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
Mike Davanzo Inducted as District 6630 Governor for 2014-15
Mike Davanzo has assumed the volunteer post of Rotary International District Governor for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  Mike is a member of the Rotary Club of Medina Sunrise and is one of 532 Rotarians worldwide serving as District Governor this year. 
He and his wife Judy hosted a wonderful induction event at the A.I. Root Candle Company in Medina, Ohio.  This was such as perfect setting with our Rotary International Theme this year being Light Up Rotary!  Mike and Judy certainly did that as they greeted many fellow Rotarians along with their family, including Mike's mom who is 90 and Judy's mother who is soon to be 100! Homemade Italian desserts by the Davanzo family were absolutely delectable!!   

Please welcome Mike as your leader of District 6630 - you can email him at mdavanzo@zoominternet.net
Mike Davanzo Inducted as District 6630 Governor for 2014-15 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z
Shon Christy Sworn in as 2014-15 Club President
Shon Christy Sworn in as 2014-15 Club President 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
"END POLIO NOW" Cleveland Indians Outing Special Event "END POLIO NOW" Cleveland Indians Outing Special Event 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z
Lance Chima's Roast
We all enjoyed an evening of fun roasting Lance Chima, our 2013-2014 Akron Rotary President with our excellent EMCEE Bill Manby. 


Not to worry! We loved our Lance!!! He didn't suffer too much!"  
Thank you to Shon Christy and Susan Colville-Hall for their photos!  Feel free to add your photos to this library or send them to Cheryl Warren for posting. 

Lance Chima's Roast 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z
Tickets for Charity benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
Tickets for Charity benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
Akron Club Sponsors SHOEBOX PROJECT
Hi Friends & Family,
As many of you know I have recently joined Akron Rotary. As my first venture as part of this great organization I am co-chairing the “Shoebox Project”. Please take a moment to read below about how this project will aid children living in garbage dumps in Nicaragua. Click here for additional information.
If you feel as moved as I did reading about the deplorable conditions many Nicaraguan children are living in please take action and help in one of the ways listed below. 
It is easy to donate online as little as $5- or get more involved, whatever works for you.   


Please feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, family and extended network via e-mail, social media and word of mouth! 
Thanks for your support!
Hope you are all having a great summer! - Sam 
Akron Club Sponsors SHOEBOX PROJECT 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
June 2014 President's Message
What a terrific year! It is so hard to believe I am on the home stretch as my year as president concludes. The time has flown by and as much as I have joked recently about counting down the days, I can honestly say that I will miss my role as president.
Looking back at the year, we have accomplished some really amazing things from the Dictionary Project and awarding dozens of scholarships to Operation Deployed for Good and record breaking figures from our Chili Open. And all of this great stuff happened while celebrating Akron Rotary’s 100th Birthday year!
I am grateful to everyone who worked so diligently to make this year a huge success. Our club is in great shape financially as well as spiritually, and I am confident that Shon will benefit from the same outstanding support that I received.
If you haven’t been out to camp, do so. Get involved. This summer, you can help kids move in on Sunday or enjoy dinner with them on Thursday. Let’s continue to roll up our sleeves, work together, and put smiles on the faces of hundreds of campers.  Thank you everybody for such an outstanding year!
President Lance
June 2014 President's Message 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z
President Lance Presents Bauman Award
President Lance Chima presented Jack Harig and Cheryl Warren the Harry Bauman Award in gratefulness of their exemplary work and dedication to Akron Rotary for co-chairing our Akron Rotary Centennial Celebration in April 2014.  Jack and Cheryl want to extend their apprection to Lance but also to the entire team of event volunteers -  this award is really a team award - it is for all those members who contributed so very much time and talent to make this event special and successful.
President Lance Presents Bauman Award 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z
May 2014 President's Message
Inductions and Scholarships
The end of April found us inducting six young professionals and the end of May looks like we will induct another six to ten new Rotarians into our ranks.
I sure appreciate the efforts of Dan Riemenschneider and the membership committee and many thanks to all of you who are proposing such dynamic individuals.
One of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service is Youth Service whereby we empower the youth of our community through scholarships. 
This is most evident through the efforts of Terry Dalton and the scholarship committee as we awarded some 30+ scholarships this spring. It is always a wonderful experience for us to be introduced to some of Akron’s best and brightest students during our Tuesday programs.
Our club was recently awarded the A.Z. Baker Service Award for 2013-2014. This prestigious award is given to Rotary clubs in the district who reach out in total Service above Self. This was a tremendous team effort and I am most proud of our club and members. Keep up the terrific work!
President Lance
May 2014 President's Message 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z
Club Welcomes Six New Members
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Akron!!

Charles Billington Attorney - Ogletree Deakins

Beth Boggins Marketing Director - United Way of Summit County

Brian Chima Manager – Chima Travel 

Samantha Coldwell  DECA Advisor/Marketing Teacher Barberton City Schools

Ben Heckerman  Account Executive – Leverity Insurance Group

Georgeann Pinter Owner – Christian James Salon

Club Welcomes Six New Members 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Stand Up for Downs!!
Rob Snow, Stand Up for Downs Founder/Dad/Occasional Comic presented a donation to
Mella Castner, Director of Development for the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  
Thank you for your support!!
(Pictured L-R: Club President Lance Chima, Mella Castner and Rob Snow)
Stand Up for Downs!! 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Club Awards More Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Akron awarded two more scholarships at the luncheon on April 22nd.
Recipients were (L-R):  
Patana Bountharack from Kenmore High School and
Bichelle Jeffries from Firestone High School.
Club Awards More Scholarships 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
April 2014 President's Message
Happy 100th Birthday! Once again, the Akron Rotarians shone brightly when a full house attended our Centennial Celebration at the Fairlawn Hilton on Saturday April 5. Our Centennial Committee co-chairs, Cheryl Warren and Jack Harig and their committee presented an outstanding program leaving lasting memories for all.  It was an elegant evening, with delicious food, a dynamic program, and a great crowd. Thank you Cheryl, Jack, and everyone else, who made this such a wonderful event. 
This club continues to do amazing things. Thank you Sarah Buccigross who led the charges to complete phase two of the third grade dictionary project. A huge thanks to Dan Riemenschneider and the membership committee as we will induct six new members on April 22. That will be followed by the District Conference April 25-27 at Quail Hollow. 
I see the energy PE Shon Christy has as he prepares for his presidency. The club is in great shape, and I am confident we will continue to amaze this community and the world!
President Lance 
April 2014 President's Message 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Akron Rotarian Susan Colville-Hall Honored

UA COE Professor Honored with Distinguished Career Award

Susan Colville-Hall, professor emeritus in the College of Education, University of Akron, was recently awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA).
Colville-Hall was nominated by a colleague and the nomination was unanimously supported by the OFLA awards committee and board. She was recognized April 11 at their 2014 annual conference.
Her nomination, in part:  “Dr. Colville-Hall has served the language teaching profession for more than forty years. Her expertise in teaching spans the secondary and tertiary spectrum: she was a high school French/Spanish teacher for 18 years; she taught university language courses; and her teaching career culminated with 45 years of experience and dedication preparing the next generation of language teachers at The University of Akron.”
“When I meet Dr. Colville-Hall’s students at the yearly OFLA conference, they always comment on how well she prepared them to plan engaging lessons, deliver meaningful content, and assess students’ real world language proficiency. Her work always extended beyond the classroom as she provided valuable service to the profession. She has demonstrated a distinguished career and I can’t think of a more deserving educator who has an exceptional cumulative career in teaching and service to the language profession.”
Akron Rotarian Susan Colville-Hall Honored 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in April
The Akron Rotary’s Board of Directors met on April 8th.  President-elect Shon Christy reported that he is finalizing his goals, theme and leadership team for his term as President which begins July 1st.   Expect the great things at Akron Rotary to continue as he debuts plans for 2014-15! 
Upcoming service opportunities include Saturday morning deliveries for Mobile Meals coordinated by Bill Manby, Jr. and the Salvation Army Reading Program spearheaded by Barbara Hunsicker.  United Way’s Day of Action is June 20th.  Day of Action is a day of work and fun to aid local nonprofit health and human service agencies.   Akron Rotary hopes to recruit 20-30 volunteers to participate in a variety of projects matching our skillset.   Mark Seward is heading up this project.
Directors praised Louise Mazur who has researched, organized and coordinated Rotary activities in support of the Salvation Army education programs. These programs provide elementary school students with homework tutoring during the school year, and work to improve reading skills during their summer break.

All Directors were thrilled with the Centennial Celebration held April 5th.  The sold-out crowd was guided through the evening’s festivities by Emcee Dave Lieberth.   Akron Rotary’s story was told with such emotion, the audience was left wanting more!   The positive impact of the evening is still being felt.   Wanting to join us and make a difference, many are asking, “How do I become an Akron Rotarian?”
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in April Sandy Naragon 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z
A Message from Akron Outbound Exchange Student
Dear Akron Rotary; 
I'm a little early, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you as a club for your 100th year anniversary! I have seen the outstanding impact that you have as a club have on the community and I have experienced first hand your generosity in sponsoring me to spend this year abroad! As I progress further in to the year I know that you have given me something priceless and I am more grateful than words could describe. 
Today I am celebrating seven months in France! Honestly, in leaving the states 213 days ago I was not sure if I would make it to the end. I left not knowing what was waiting for me, what I was leaving, and what I was capable of accomplishing. 
A Message from Akron Outbound Exchange Student 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z
Reinke receives Avenues of Service Citation
Graham Reinke was presented the Avenues of Service Citation at a recent Rotary luncheon by President Lance Chima.  This award honors a club member who participates in service activities in EACH of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.  Since 1997, 18 Rotarians within our District 6630 have been received this extremely prestigious award from Rotary International.
Members of the Rotary community work hard to create positive change at home and around the world. And because of this, they are making clubs stronger, communities better, and peace possible. We thank you, Graham, for your dedication and valuable contributions!!
Reinke receives Avenues of Service Citation 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z
Shon Christy Attends AOP
Shon attended the All Ohio Presidents Elect (AOP) training that took place March 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio. Shon had the opportunity to meet Presidents Elect from all over Ohio along with Gary Huang–Rotary International President-elect 2014-15, who was the keynote speaker  and presented “The 2014-15 Theme - Light Up Rotary".  Shon attended breakout sessions with our Cluster Clubs, District and Zone leaders.  He also heard Jennifer Jones, RIDE, PDG 6400 who presented “Rotary’s New Public Image – Getting the Word Out about Rotary”.  Ask Shon about presenter John T. CAPPS , PDG 7730 - his topic was “Enthuuuuuuuuuusiasm for Membership and Winning Membership Secrets”!!
He was sworn in by Past Rotary International President, Wilf Wilkinson and received his RI Banner from District Governor Elect Mike Davanzo.
Between networking and attending sessions, there is not much down time for Presidents Elect - but Shon was spotted heading for gym around 10pm Friday night after dinner --- knowing him... he followed that with working for a few more hours or maybe even writing his plan for 2014-15!!  
No wonder that before he left he was presented with the Harry Bauman award from President Lance Chima!.
Best of luck as your year approaches Shon!
Shon Christy Attends AOP 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z
March 2014 President's Message
This month has brought us more outstanding achievements as a club. There are so many people to thank for the tremendous work on another record-setting year with the Chili Open. And as club president, I was honored to present my awards for Pretty Darn Good Rotarians (A.K.A. Harry Bauman Awards) to Shon Christy, Jim Redmond, and George Rooney, for making the event so very successful. Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered!
I am pleased to announce our own Dick Farkas, was selected as the Rotary District 6630 District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year. Way to go, Dick! Dick will follow fellow Akron Rotarian Cheryl Warren (DG 2015/16).  This is the first time in our Club history (and perhaps the District as well) that two people from the same club will be District Governor back to back.  We are very proud that the Rotary Club of Akron continually strives to develop great Rotary leaders! 

I was also honored to present the chairman of our service projects committee, Graham Reinke, the RI Avenues of Service Citation signed by RI President Ron Burton. Well done, Graham! This is all further proof of the outstanding leadership developed in our club. Everyone makes this job so easy for me!
I am looking forward to spring and warmer temperatures. If nothing else, my term will be remembered as one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. I was blessed to be able to spend the first week of March in Florida with my family. There is nothing like waking up to the little voices of four grandchildren every morning. I heard that P.E. Shon did an outstanding job leading the club in my absence, and I am confident the club will be in great hands under his leadership. Get ready for a BIG birthday celebration in April!
President Lance
March 2014 President's Message 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z
George Rooney Receives Harry Bauman Award
President Lance Chima recognized George Rooney and presented him with
The Harry Bauman Award for his Exemplary Work and Dedication to the Rotary Club of Akron Chili Open.
George served as co-chair of the 2014 event, promoted the Open at numerous clubs throughout the
District and worked diligently in setting up the course layouts the day prior to the event.  
Congratulations George!!
George Rooney Receives Harry Bauman Award 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z
2014 Ambassador Of Service Award
The Rotary Club of Akron honored Jack DeLeo, our 2014 Ambassador of Service. Jack serves on the board of the Rotary Camp and has been a wonderful advocate for our camp and our club. The recently retired president and CEO of Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Jack gave a great speech at our club luncheon in front of a room full of Rotarians and his colleagues from HFA.
2014 Ambassador Of Service Award 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z
Amazing......this is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on the 2014 Chili Open that took place on February 1st, 2014!  We had plenty of the snow on the ground from the harsh winter storm that we had during the prior week but the temperatures were just right for beer, chili, and of course golf!  As the day progressed we welcomed a record number of participants to our course at Hale Farm and Village in Bath touting over 500 supporters!   Everyone that showed up had a blast whether they golfed or stayed in the clubhouse listening to music and eating Whitey's famous Chili or past from Bravo. As the day wound down we crowned the annual Akron Tractor & Equipment Chili Eating Contest winner which was a hard fought battle to say the least!  We moved indoors for some special announcements including a special thank you to Wayne Homes for the title sponsorship and the announcement of our Ambassador of Service Jack DeLeo from Hitchcock Fleming & Associates.  Immediately following the remarks we made 4 people very happy as we drew our raffle winners which included a car from Van Devere!  When it was all said and done our AMAZING club had come together for a record breaking performance by raising $157,000 for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!  What is even more amazing than that, is that we did it just months after completing a 3.5 million dollar capital campaign for the camp. The members of the Rotary Club of Akron are truly an AMAZING group and I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to be associated with each and everyone of you.  Thank you for making everyone around you better!
Shon Christy
AMAZING!!!! 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z
February 2014 President's Message
It is hard to believe that the Chili Open is behind us already. With the preliminary figures in, it looks like we have experienced another record breaking year surpassing revenues and attendance figures. Congratulations and many thanks to Shon, Jim, George and the rest of the Chili Open Committee for an outstanding event. 
Cheryl and Dick meticulously redrafted our club’s bylaws based on the recommended club bylaws provided by Rotary International. At our last board of directors meeting, the bylaws were presented by Cheryl and Dick and approved by the board. We will need a quorum of the club membership in order to move forward with these, so I urge you to read them and give us your support in voting for them, should you approve. A special thanks to Dick and Cheryl for your many hours of work.

I would also like to recognize Sarah Buccigross, who not only is doing a tremendous job with coordinating the Dictionary Project, she has agreed to step up and lead our club and chair the Grants Committee. We have great news to announce concerning our action participating in the International Peace Fellowship as well as Gift of Life, and I am confident that Sarah will help propel us forward to even more international program participation.

This has been one brutal winter, but it sure hasn’t dampened the spirits of Akron Rotarians, and for that, I am most grateful.
President Lance
February 2014 President's Message 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action

The Directors of the Rotary Club of Akron met on February 11th.   Directors voted to amend the Club Bylaws that included Rotary International updates as well as a strategic succession plan. A member vote for acceptance of the Bylaws will be presented on February 25, 2014 at the regular Tuesday meeting.

It’s almost time to celebrate!  Co-Chairs Jack Harig and Cheryl Warren reported on the Centennial Celebration.  On April 5th Rotarians will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Akron.  Participation opportunities are available in a variety of levels from $300 to $5,000.  Contact Jim Redman at JRedmond@PRLKW.com or 330-864-1144 for details.    Watch for your invitations.  Tickets are $100 per person.  Consider hosting a community leader or business connection to come revel in Rotary!

Service Above Self Opportunity!  What better way to get involved in Rotary than as a project leader!  The Battered Women’s Shelter needs help furnishing their new facility.  The project leader will coordinate a collection for needed items.  It is a simple, quick project!  Email Service Projects Co-Chair Sarah Buccigross at sbuccigross@akronohio.gov if you’re interested. She’ll have more details soon!  

Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action Sandy Naragon 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z
Club Welcomes Braxton Boyer!
Fellow Rotarian Suzanne Boyer transferred to the Akron Club last September and shortly after joining us, she and her husband Chris welcomed a new baby into the world on October 25th, 2013.   Braxton Chase Boyer weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz and 21.5 inches tall.  Suzanne finds it hard to believe they will be celebrating 4 months "new" February 25th.  She looks forward to seeing everyone again soon!  
Club Welcomes Braxton Boyer! 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z
A Message from our Exchange Student in France
As you know, we have sponsored an outbound exchange student who is studying in France. While there Sydney has been maintaining a blog and writes to the Club members to keep us apprised of her experiences in France. 
Her blog is located at:  Sydneysfrenchadventure.blogspot.com
Dear Akron Rotary, 
A very happy belated New Year to you all! I wish you all the very best for the upcoming year! 

Just last week I celebrated the half way point of my exchange!! It is absolutely incredible to think about, as it seems like just yesterday I was getting on the plane. 
A Message from our Exchange Student in France 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
Chili Open Fun!!
Golfers and non-golfers had fun at the 2014 Akron Rotary Chili Open sponsored by Wayne Homes.  It was snowy and wet to challenge the golfers and the delicious hot chili from Whitey's was waiting for them when they returned to the club house.  Thank you to our sponsors, participants and our tremendous team of volunteers who make the magic happen to help support our Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children!
Chili Open Fun!! 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z
A Message From Kevin McGee
A Message From Kevin McGee Kevin McGee 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z
RI President Elect Announces 2014-15 Theme
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."  "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members toLight Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.

Photo Credit: Alyce Henson/Rotary International
RI President Elect Announces 2014-15 Theme 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z
December 2013 President's Message
Happy Holidays!
It was great to see so many Rotarians and friends yesterday at our holiday party. With huge thanks for hosts Mary Weaver and Rowena Wilkins from Concordia at Sumner, our program chair J.T. Teringo brought in the 35-piece steel drum band from the Steel Academy directed by Angel Lawrie that shook the rafters with Christmas carols and rock tunes.
A special thank you to Mark Seward for coordinating Akron Rotary’s ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive at Acme #1 in West Akron on December 7th. While the numbers are not finalized, I am confident that Akron Rotary made a huge impact in this year’s drive.
As 2013 comes to a close, we look forward to an even better new year with Shon and our Chili Open committee preparing to set new records and Cheryl and Jack leading the way for a 100th  birthday celebration to knock your socks off! Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year!
President Lance
Has president Lance been naughty or nice this year?!
December 2013 President's Message 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z
A Message From Kevin McGee: "Operation Deployed for Good"
Dear Rotary Club of Akron:
Season's greetings to all my friends in Rotary (and service) back home in Akron. It is a cold 55F Christmas Eve in the desert this evening and I'm burning a little midnight oil as most all of the Soldiers have abandoned their posts for the holidays. (that's a joke, but everyone in my tent did leave early).
I am writing home with great pleasure in order to update on you on "Operation Deployed for Good", the joint operation between the Rotary Club of Akron and the Soldiers of Ohio's 371st Sustainment Brigade to assist children with disabilities and orphans in Kyrgyzstan.
A Message From Kevin McGee: "Operation Deployed for Good" 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z
Holiday Cheer
Akron Rotarians ringing the The Salvation Army USA bell today at Acme 1 on Market. Stop by and visit! We has some special visitors singing
Santa made a stop at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs before heading up north for the big day! These cool people are definitely on the nice list! 
Santa  arrived at
SUPER Learning
 Center on December 19!
Holiday Cheer 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z
Santa Stops at Camp
Santa made a stop at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs before heading up north for the big day!
These cool people are definitely on the nice list!
Photo: Santa made a stop at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs before heading up north for the big day! These cool people are definitely on the nice list!
Santa Stops at Camp 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z
Akron Rotary Club Directors In Action
The Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors met on December 10th.    Membership Chair Dan Riemenschneider reported there will soon be seven new Akron Rotarians.  The committee is conducting outreach to members of the Akron Torchbearers.  New members are guided into service via a newly revised Service Plan.  Kudos and thanks to Mark Seward for coordinating the Salvation Army Bell Ringing service project.  PR Chair Megan Moncrief is busy increasing Akron Rotary’s presence on Facebook and other social media sites.   Co-Chair Shon Christy reported on the many ways the Chili Open committee is working to secure corporate sponsorships, camperships and ticket sales.  Event advertising will include radio spots and billboards.  Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton announced the newest round of scholarship applicants will be interviewed after the first of the year.
Akron Rotary Club Directors In Action Sandy Naragon 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z
100th Annual Christmas Party for Special Needs Children
100th Annual Christmas Party for Special Needs Children Bill Manby 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z
Sydney Sends Her Regards from France
This is a note from Sydney, our exchange student who is studying in France.  We hope you will enjoy reading (and translating) her message . . .

Bonjour Mme Hall! 
J'ai reçu votre colis l'autre jour! Je présenterai l'écusson à une cérémonie, en décembre. Donc, merci encore! 
Je vraiment adore la vie là. Tout est bien, j'Apprend quelque chose chaque jour. La chose que je préfère la plus en France est l'histoire. Tout les petit villages, (comme où j'habite) je trouve super mignon. Aussi, j'ai appris hier, que des gammes de montagnes pas loin de Chez moi, c'était le accueil de la résistance français en la second guerre mondial. Elles s'appelle les vercores. 

Sydney Sends Her Regards from France 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Reinke and Buccigross Receive Recognition
President Lance Chima recognized Graham Reinke and Sarah Buccigross and presented them with
Harry Bauman Awards for their Exemplary Work and Dedication to the Rotary Club of Akron Dictionary Project.  
Thank you both for your help to make this project a success!!
Reinke and Buccigross Receive Recognition 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z
Club Website is Getting a Face Lift!!
Please bear with me!    You are going to see some new and exciting changes on our website at www.akronrotary.org!   ClubRunner has launched a new version of their website platform and as a result our Home Page look has gotten the first phase of a face lift and I am working on revising the Bulletin -- there are some slight issues in this edition, but for the most part I think you will be able to read it!
The updated platform will provide us with more flexibility and design options.  I am sure there will be a few hiccups as we progress so I ask that if you have any issues, please contact me immediately.  We have added a new menu buttons for members (require you to login) to easily take you to the email system, your profile and the Club directory . . . if you don't know how to login, please let me know and I will help you.
For those of you who are editors on the site - the functionality should be seamless for you, but  if you have any issues, please contact me.  Thanks for your anticipated patience as we move into the next phase of our website.
Yours In Rotary Service,
Cheryl Warren 
Club Website is Getting a Face Lift!! Cheryl Warren 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z
Participation Opportunities for Rotary Club of Akron Centennial

Click here to learn how your organization or group can support our 100th anniversary event

You can help us defer a portion of the event’s expenses by choosing a “participation opportunity”. 

Participation opportunities are available on several levels, 
each of which offers a unique way to help celebrate the Rotary Club of Akron and its great history.

This landmark event on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00PM
will be honoring the 100 years that the
Akron Rotary Club has been providing community service.



(Please note that online registration for individual tickets will also be available soon.)


The Rotary Club of Akron Centennial Celebration is Proudly Supported by The Akron Rotary Foundation  
Participation Opportunities for Rotary Club of Akron Centennial James Redmond 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z

Chili Open and SNOWMANIA!

As the leaves fall and the weather gets colder we are getting more excited for our Chili Open that will take place at Hale Farm on February 1st!  Our team has been hard at work over the past few months to ensure a record year!  We are looking to raise $200,000 this year and to do that we will need a huge team effort!  The raffle tickets are available and have already started to sell!  There will be several ways to get these over the coming weeks.  

Chili Open and SNOWMANIA! 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z

Matthew Tifft is going big time!


Most of you have had the pleasure to see him speak to our group And everyone who has is impressed and encouraged with what he means to the next genration.  Matthew is sure to be a future Rotarian and helping him accomplish his dreams will serve to help us meet ours.


Matthew is in the running for the most popular NASCAR K&N driver. The competition involves voting (up to once per day) for him. We are launching a large campaign to help him rise to the top of the votes. 


Let's all pull together to show this community minded Northeast Ohio teenager our support!




The site is receiving a lot of activity so you might need to try twice to get in.

William Manby, Jr.
Rotary Club of Akron

Matthew Tifft is going big time! Manby, Jr., William 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z

November 2013 President's Article

(L-R) President Lance Chima with Tyler Humphrey)         


(L-R Tyler Humphrey, Doug Hausknecht, Aaron Baumgardner)

A huge “shout out” this month goes to Doug Hausknecht  for his collaborative efforts between our club, The University of Akron, and an amazing group of young men and ladies from the Akron Zips campus. What began as a scholarship interview last February between Doug and student Tyler Humphrey, has blossomed into a very cool Rotaract Club. On November 13 a glorious Inauguration Celebration Evening was conducted at camp. We were privileged to have DG Bob Johnson and AG Steve Smetana conducting the formalities of the ceremony, and learning about camp from J.D. Detsch. We were anticipating the 15 students who are the charter members of Akron Rotaract to be present. What blew us all away was the fact that twice as many students attended the evening at camp, because the group has already doubled in size. I encourage you to meet President Ty Humphrey and his fellow Rotaractors, as they are a classy group of kids, and we are blessed with the opportunity and responsibility to be mentors to them, and mold them to be great Rotarians in the future. As I reflect on Thanksgiving this year, I am most thankful for all the wonderful people in this great club.

President Lance  

November 2013 President's Article 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z

Welcome New Akron Rotaract Club & Members

Welcome New Akron Rotaract Club & Members Cheryl Warren 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z
Akron Rotary Exchange Student Update

Akron Rotary Exchange Student visited the Cleveland Museum of Art 

Thanks to Cherie Shechter and Dean Mugler for inviting S. Korean exchange student Gu Hyoun Nam to join the honors College Humanities class trip to to the Cleveland Museum of Art.   

Please consider inviting our exchange student in other activities throughout the community - please contact Susan Colville-Hall:  colvillehall2@gmail.com.

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(Left Photo) Gu Hyoun Nam assumes the pose of the Guardian Figure: Nio 1200s, Japan, Shiga prefecture, Kamakura period, 1972.158.1 Feet planted, hands raised, this Buddhist Guardian figure seems confident in its ability to protect against evil.

(Right Photo) Dean Mugler on tour with the students

Akron Rotary Exchange Student Update 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z

Rotary World Polio Day is October 24


Rotary World Polio Day is October 24 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z

October President's Article


An absolutely amazing milestone has been reached for the Rotary Club of Akron on September 28, 2013 at our Akron Rotary Camp Regatta. Coming off the tail-end of the great recession which began in 2008, the naysayers said it would not be prudent to embark on a $ 3.5 million capital campaign in 2010 to renovate the camp. But under the vision and wisdom of past club presidents Mark Krohn and Bill Manby, Jr., the leadership of Jack and Vivian Harig, Nick and Ruthie George, the sacrificial giving of time, talent, and treasures of Rennick and Dee Andreoli, and the efforts of the Akron Rotary Foundation, the camp has not only been renovated, but transformed into a magnificent facility, too beautiful for words to describe. Further proof of our club’s commitment to the community and how our 125+ members will accomplish anything we put our minds to. Camp Director Dan Reynolds and his staff are changing lives forever and if you haven’t visited the camp recently, get out there! There are so many people to thank, it is impossible to do so in this short article, so a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone of our Rotarians, family, and friends who through their sacrificial giving have made this all possible.


President Lance

October President's Article 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z

Rotary Camp Trick or Treat!!

Rotary Camp Trick or Treat!! 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z

Akron Rotary Camp - Gratitude & Pride

Honoring the Past – Driving the Future, the theme for The Rotary Club of Akron’s 100th Anniversary Celebration April 5, 2014 sums up our feelings on Saturday September 28th 2013 when 400 past, present, and future donors assembled at the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta. The event recognized the accomplishments of the Family of Akron Rotary as they pushed to close the funding gap and finalize a three year capital campaign. Your work has provided over $3.5 million to transform the Akron Rotary Camp from a camp to a campus for kids. It has changed from a place for kids to go and be kids to a place families can turn to as a resource center. A place where kids can be kids, families receive support, and lives changed forever.


Akron Rotary Camp - Gratitude & Pride 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z

Check out Rotary.org

Have you visited the new Rotary International website?  It has recently received a wonderful new face-lift with a dynamic search engine.   This new site means that some of our current Club and District website links may no longer be active as the entire platform for the Rotary International site changed.  Our Club and District are working on revising these links, in the interim, if you are trying to access any links that are not yet updated please click here to email Cheryl Warren - she can help re-direct you to the new information at www.rotary.org and will also get the link fixed.

When you first go to the new site, you will be asked to register - even if you had done so on the old site, you must do so again on the new site in order to gain access to additional member-only resources and information.  There are member areas for Learning & Reference, Exchange of Ideas, Ways to Take Action, Sign Up for Member News, and much more!  Check it out today at www.Rotary.org!


Check out Rotary.org Cheryl Warren 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z

Visit Other Clubs!!


Did you know that as a Rotarian you have the priviledge of being able to visit any Rotary Club in the World?  Locally in our District, we have over 50 Clubs right here in NE Ohio!  Let us know about your experience at our next Akron Rotary meeting.  We are always looking for an opportunity to hear about what other Clubs are doing and the experience you had while visiting them.  If you need list of International Clubs you can visit www.Rotary.org or for just the District 6630 Club list click here.   Please note that our District Club list includes our College and High School Clubs (Rotaract and Interact Clubs)  and are designated in the list with an (R) or (I) before the name.


  • Visit Other Clubs!! 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z

    September 2013 President's Message

    Graham and the Service Committee have been doing some amazing things having wrapped up a successful Summer Reading Program, Meet and Greet at Camp, and Keep Akron Beautiful Awards Project. We will restart the Dictionary Project, Red Kettle Campaign, and Akron Operation Deployed for Good to assist orphanages in Kyrgyzstan. These are just a few of the many examples of Akron Rotarians in action.


    I look forward to seeing everyone as we sail the course and finish strong. It will be “All hands on deck” for our Akron Rotary Camp Regatta Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday September 28 at 6:00 PM. This has indeed been an epic journey.

    Our Tuesday lunch meetings are vibrant, educational, and fun! Program chair J.T. Teringo continues to bring in interesting speakers. Our October lineup has the Akron Marathon Race Director, Akron Police Chief Nice, Jim Tressel, and DG Bob Johnson speaking. See you there!

    President Lance

    September 2013 President's Message Lance Chima 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z

    From Sydney Heersink, our Outbound Youth Exchange student to France

    Bonjour Mrs. Hall and the Akron Rotary!!


    I will be honest with you all, I don't know where to start, other than THANK YOU so very much for being such a major contributor to me being in France. I absolutely adore it here! 

     My arrival in France was fine, I slept for a large portion of the trip, but I have no complaints with Air France or my reception in Lyon! I was met at the airport by many Rotarians from my club and district, as well as a plethora of other exchange students! Lyon and Valence seem to be full of Rotary students! In my school alone, there are six Rotary Exchange students. So I am always assured of having someone around that understands my daily "happy moments" and "difficult moments" This also comes with a caution as it is easy for some of the exchange students to want to spend time only with other exchange students. I try to avoid this as much as possible, for the sole reason that it would be impossible for me to improve my French with others who don't speak French! 


    From Sydney Heersink, our Outbound Youth Exchange student to France Susan Colville-Hall 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z

    Operation Deployed for Good - Manas

    Earlier this year one of Akron Rotary’s own, 1ST Lt. Kevin McGee, was deployed to Kuwait with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 371st Sustainment Brigade.  An element of the brigade is operating out of a U.S.  Air Base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.  There are two orphanages near Manas that have major needs.  Working through Kevin and an Air Force organization known as Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society, the Akron Rotary is partnering with the 371st Soldiers to provide much needed supplies to the two orphanages in an impoverished area near Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
    Operation Deployed for Good - Manas Graham Reinke 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Youth Exchange


    Akron's Rotary Youth Exchange Program is active this 2013 - 2014 school year with Outbound student, Sydney Heersink (senior at Firestone High School) who has arrived in Valence, France, and Inbound student Gu Hyoun Nam from South Korea who is already attending classes at Firestone High School. Both were able to meet and attend an Akron Rotary meeting before Sydney's departure.



    Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Susan Colville-Hall 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z

    August 2013 President's Article

    As we approach the end of August I am reflecting on completing my first two months as your president. The time is flying by, and I know that it is not just because I am getting older, but because of the amazing things we are doing in this club. To quote Coach Bowden of the Zips, “Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be fun”. And the fun is contagious in Akron Rotary.


    August 2013 President's Article 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Youth Exchange Update


    Dear Fellow Rotarians,


    What great club meeting on August 13th with the Deputy Mayor of Akron!!  It is so reassuring to hear the great things this town and community are doing with collaborations between industry, the university.  And the global leadership that Akron displays is impressive.   Now I know why one of the guests on a recent national news broadcast stated that Northeast Ohio is the model to follow to avoid the Detroit financial failure.  It makes me really proud to be a member of our local, global-thinking community and proud of the individuals who make this happen.


    In that same vein of global thinking, our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Guhyoun NAM will be arriving tomorrow and hopefully will be with us next week at our Rotary meeting.   I thought that I would save you some time, so I put together this FACT sheet to help us all become more knowledgeable about his country.   For your benefit it is both attached and imbedded below.

    You might want to be ready for a little quiz on South Korea next week.  The information comes from the sites below: 

    Rotary Youth Exchange Update Susan Colville-Hall 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Centennial Logo Unveiled


    The Rotary Club of Akron will be celebrating 100 years in existence in April 2014! 

    The Centennial Celebration committee has designed this new
    logo which will be in use for the Club throughout the 2013-2014 Rotary year. 

    Akron Centennial Logo

     The official Centennial Celebration will take place on April 5, 2014. However, we have a lot of work to do to prepare before April!  100 years worth of history to gather and a lot of communuications to send out!

    If you are interested in helping, please contact Jack Harig or Cheryl Warren 
    or any of the committee chairs listed below...w
    e will welcome your help! 

    Budget & Finance:   Daniel Riemenschneider

    Invitation/Save the Date/Design and Distribution: Shon Christy

    Banquet Committee:  Chairman:  Marcia Holcomb

    Program and Video Committee:  Mark Krohn

    Club History:  John Daily

    Past President, Past Member, Rotary Alumni:  Dick Farkas

    Camp Alumni Committee:   No committee chair yet!

    Community Events Involvement Committee: Bill Manby, Jr.

    Publicity Committee:  Shon Christy

    Rotary International and District Liaison Committee: Stew Buchanan

    Sponsorship Committee:   Jim Redmond 


    Akron Rotary Centennial Logo Unveiled 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z
    Akron Club Celebrates Manby's Presidency

    ImageOn Friday, July 16th, 75 members of the Akron Rotary Club gathered to celebrate its outgoing President Bill Manby, Jr. and his successful 2012-2013 term.  


    Most fittingly, the event was hosted at the Akron Rotary Camp’s new Rennick and Dee Dee Andreoli Recreation Center as the kick-off event to open the new building. Friends, family and other supporters all gathered around to honor Bill and his team who accomplished many great things during the year, including adding over 20 new members, obtaining Rotary’s AZ Baker Award and receiving Rotary’s coveted Presidential Citation (one of only three given in our district, a very big deal).


    When asked how he could possibly accomplish such wonderful things, Bill immediately replied,

    I had a lot of help from some pretty famous friends (the tooth fairy, Colonel Sanders, and Sonny and Cher),

    how could I fail?



    Thanks to the wonderful camp staff, food by Ivan’s Deli and the outstanding behind the scene’s organizational skills of our own Steve Shechter, the event was the prefect night and a most well deserved end to a fantastic year. A very hearty congratulations to Bill and his team and well wishes to Lance Chima as he carries the torch for the 2013-2014 presidential year.  

    Akron Club Celebrates Manby's Presidency Mark Krohn 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z

    July 2013 President's Article


    This could possibly be THE greatest year in the history of this Rotary Club and I am honored to be leading the way. Thanks to Bill Manby, Jr. who directed us so brilliantly this past year, and with the help of so many of you sacrificing your time, treasures, and talents, the club is in great shape. The Rotary International theme for this year is

    Engage Rotary-Change Lives” and that is exactly what continues to happen in this amazing club.

    Consider some of the things we have accomplished and will experience this year:

    July 2013 President's Article Lance Chima 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z

    New Rotary District 6630 Governor Takes Helm

    Rotary District Governor Robert "Bob" Johnson of the Burton-Middlefield Club was sworn in to official duty in July.  Get to know District Governor Johnson by reading his bio (click here) and watch for his upcoming visitation/presentation to our Club. 



    Mike Davanzo of the Medina Sunrise Club will be serving as District Governor Elect (DGE) during Bob's year and will then step in as District Governor 2014-2015.

    Akron Rotarian, Cheryl Warren began serving under Bob as District Governor Nominee (DGN)
    and will follow Mike as District Governor for 2015-2016. 
    Mike Davanzo made it official by giving Cheryl the DGN pin at a recent Akron Club meeting.

    Remember to visit the Rotary District 6630 website for more District news, events and
    training sessions for Clubs.


    New Rotary District 6630 Governor Takes Helm 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z

    June 2013 President's Article


    The Year That Flew Bye!


    I can’t believe it’s really been a whole year! It has been a blast and I hope you have all had as much fun as I have!


    I set some lofty goals for my term and I am proud to say nearly every one of them has been achieved and we also accomplished some things beyond expectations. Being awarded the 2012-2013 Presidential Citation from RI President Sakuji Tanaka is a very significant achievement! Our district has over 50 clubs and we were 1 of 3 TOTAL who received this distinction. The AZ Baker Award is another great accomplishment.


    As you may remember, my theme for this year was “Get Engaged and Be Inspired!” Judging from the enthusiasm of many of our members and based on my own experience, we have achieved it! It was interesting to see a quote from the Rotary International Foundation President Elect that was on the cover of the club’s Paul Harris handout a few weeks ago. He said “The job doesn’t end when a new member joins. It’s not done until that new member is engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary, and uses the power of Rotary service to change lives.” I guess great minds think alike, or Akron is setting the pace for other clubs; I would like to think both are true.


    This year has been particularly rewarding because of the great leadership team members surrounding me. Every committee accomplished its goals and every chair went above and beyond to drive that success. This momentum will continue as Lance comes in and implements his own strategies for the upcoming year. Please continue to support him as you did me, because this club is absolutely blowing up!


    I am proud to have been able to serve this club and can’t wait to help us grow and accomplish even more in the upcoming years. Thank you….. Each and every one of you!


    Lance, it is all yours and it is in great shape!


    Humbly yours in Rotary service and with the most sincere thanks,

    Bill Manby, Jr.

    June 2013 President's Article 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Inducts More Dynamic Members

    On June 18 the Rotary Club of Akron welcomed three more dynamic members:

    Laura Fink - sponsored by Bill Manby, Jr.

    Dr. Ronald G. Hawes - sponsored by Hugh Alpeter

    Erika Phares - sponsored by Cheryl Warren 

    Pictured Left-Right: Laura Fink, Hugh Alpeter,  Dr. Robert G. Hawes , Cheryl Warren, Erika Phares, Bill Manby Jr.



    Rotary Inducts More Dynamic Members 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z

    Need Golf Balls?

    Many of you may not recognize this picture since it is not February and is not covered in snow with a golf course and 600 golfers!  

    This is the site our annual Wayne Homes / Akron Rotary Chili Open hosted at Hale Farm.  But now spring has sprung and fellow Rotarian Steve Shechter was driving past and spotted an odd sighting .... this array of brightly colored round objects laying in the field...low and behold they are NOT natures flowers but golf balls that eluded our golfers on that snowy February day!  Thanks to all who joined us and helped us raise money to support the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children.   



    Need Golf Balls? 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z

    Coach Dambrot Presents to Akron Club

    University of Akron Zips basketball coach Keith Dambrot was the featured speaker for the Akron Rotary Club on June 11th.  Dambrot, an Akron native, entertained a packed house that included Rotarians, U of A administration, alumni and donors to the program.  Many folks brought their children for the up close and personal interaction.  The coach addressed the current and future state of the Zips basketball program and mid-majors, in general.  He believes we aren’t far away from seeing a mid-major win a national championship and “it might as well be the Zips!”  He is also still very close to Lebron James and had very insightful comments and observations.


    The Akron community is very fortunate to have a coach like Dambrot.  His commitment to the area and strong desire to make Akron a destination of choice really resonated with a club full of members with a similar perspective. 


    The enjoyable lunch was capped with an unexpected surprise.  Club President Bill Manby, Jr. was presented the “Peace Through Service 2012-13 Presidential Citation” from Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka.  The Akron Rotary Club was 1 of 3 clubs in a district of over 50 clubs to earn this distinction.  The club also received the AZ Baker award.


    ImageThe Akron Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Portage Country Club.  Guests are always welcome. 


    Pictured is Club President Bill Manby, Jr. with Coach Dambrot and Bill’s sons Greyson (age 9) and Ashton (age 12).

    Coach Dambrot Presents to Akron Club Shon Christy 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z

    Article from YATRA Trip

    Article from YATRA Trip Mary Weaver 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z

    Akron Beacon Journal Features Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children

    Greetings from the Sunny Shores of Rex Lake!

    In case you missed the great article in the Akron Beacon Journal, below is a link.  The progress at camp is amazing!  If you haven't been to camp in the past few months you'll be in for a big surprise.  It's really a different place.

    Thank you for making camp such a beautiful place for our kids and families.  I look forward to seeing you this summer!


    In the Spirit of Camping,

    Dan Reynolds
    Rotary Club of Akron

    Akron Beacon Journal Features Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z

    Graphic Enterprises Sponsors Night Out To Help Support Our Camp


    On the evening of May 8th our friends from Graphic Enterprises, Brian Frank (President) and Denise Dennewitz (Marketing Director) battled it out for tips to benefit the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  The event was held in the private room at Legends in Green off of Massillon Road.   On the bar there were 2 jars one with Denise’s face and Brian’s face on the other.  The jars filled up quickly over the 2 short hours and the they were very close - who would be the winner?  Only time would tell!  Each bartender was hustling to increase their tip jar amounts for the camp all night!


    The event was able to draw a great mix Rotarians, friends of the camp, and local business leaders to support a wonderful cause.  J.D. Detsch from the camp staff showed a video produced by students at The University of Akron about the camp and thanked all of the supporters in attendance.  When the final bell rang and the tips were counted, Brian and Denise were able to give the camp $570!!  The winner was the camp!!

    We are always humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support that we have seen for the camp.  A special thank you goes out to Brian, Denise, and the entire team at Graphic Enterprises for their support of our amazing camp.  It is through generosity like this that we are able to continue to support our mission and give our children amazing opportunities!


    Shon M. Christy
    Graphic Enterprises Sponsors Night Out To Help Support Our Camp Shon Christy 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z

    May 2013 President's Article


    What an awesome start to spring we have had!  The Recreation Hall is now a pile of rubble helping to highlight the NEW Resource Center and much needed green space.  $570 was raised for our camp by Graphic Enterprise and they aren’t even Akron Rotarian’s … yet.  We must have given out over 30 student scholarships, and this is just a few of the awesome things done in the last month!


    In addition, our meetings continue to be packed. After-hours and outside events remain popular and interest in our club is at an all-time high!  You should also be very proud of the strong financial position we are in and if you ever want to review the minutes from our board meetings, they are posted on the website.


    We also had our first of many collaborative meetings with representatives from the club, foundation and camp boards.  Our goal is to work together better so we can help grow and serve special needs individuals through our new and expanded facilities on Rex Lake.  The challenge is a big one but, I’m positive this club has what it takes to deliver now, for the next 50 years and beyond.


    Please remember our camp is one of the 3 beneficiaries of the “Team Donnie” Golf Outing on June 8th.   This event will bring over $4,000 to our camp, so I want our club to support it as much as possible.  It’s a great chance for us to spend some more time together and expose more people to the wonderful things we do.  Everything we do and want to continue to do is dependent on this club growing and staying strong!  Please keep doing your part.



    Yours in Rotary Service,

    William Manby, Jr.

    May 2013 President's Article 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z

    Fun Night at Camp

    Our Rotary After Hours and New Member Recruitment gathering at the Camp on May 15th was splendid!!  What a gorgeous evening -- the sun was shining, the construction is looking great and we had many new people to get to know.  Rennick Andreoli was busy leading tours and Bill Manby Jr., again thanked Graphic Enterprises for their support and presented their donation to camp director, Dan Reynolds.

    It was exciting to see so many new faces!


    Fun Night at Camp 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z

    Akron Club Awards More Scholarships!


    From left to right:  Mykkia Beasley, Buchtel CLC; Dae Shawn Cheatham, Garfield High School; Sable Cooper, Buchtel CLC; Brianna Dobies-Thomas, Ellet High School; Mary Hankton, Buchtel CLC; Danny Kramer, East CLC; Colt Lockhart, East CLC; Diamond Lovejoy, East CLC; Abigail Stopka, STEM High School


    Akron Club Awards More Scholarships! Terrence Dalton 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z

    Scholarship Winners Recognized at Club Meeting


    The students from left to right are:  Juleeah Vang, East CLC: Alexis Bonner, Ellet; Susan Sedlacko, Firestone; David McHenry, Archbishop Hoban; Malik Scales, Garfield;  Angela Weathers, Kenmore; Megan Klamert, Our Lady of the Elms; Alissa Peeples, St. Vincent-St Mary.  Unable to attend, Sam Merrow, Akron Early College.

    Scholarship Winners Recognized at Club Meeting Terrence Dalton 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z

    April President's Article


    Hopefully spring has finally sprung and our weekly meetings can be followed with a round of golf soon. Since my year is quickly coming to an end, I was reviewing my goals the other day. Though they seemed lofty at the time, I was surprised how close we are and want to encourage each of you to help me meet them.


    Below is a summary of them and some comments:

    April President's Article 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z



    Further proof that this club continues to rock the socks off everyone by being so involved in so many activities, it has been decided to change the night of the Rotary After Hours//New Member Recruitment Night to Wednesday May 15, 2013. This is to encourage member participation at the Legends Sports Pub and Grille in Uniontown, sponsored by Graphic Enterprises on Wednesday May 8, as tips raised that evening will be donated to our camp. 

    On behalf of the membership committee and camp, I trust you understand our decision to move the Membership Recruitment Night to Wednesday May 15 and look forward to seeing you at both events! 

    Wednesday May 8-Legends Sports Pub and Grille in Uniontown and Wednesday May 15-Party at Rotary Camp featuring a New Member Recruitment Night, Rotary After Hours evening, Camp Tours, Snacks, and  Drinks 

    Lance Chima 

    SAVE THESE DATES!! Lance Chima 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Inducts Megan Moncrief

    Megan Moncrief became a member of the Rotary Club of Akron in March.  Many of you may know Megan from her countless volunteer hours she has spent helping with the Chili Open on behalf of Wayne Homes where she serves as Marketing Manager.  We are pleased to welcome Megan into our Akron Club family! 

    Akron Rotary Inducts Megan Moncrief 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z

    Mary Weaver's Medical Mission to India


    AIPNO (Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio-USA) plans and recruits Rotarians, spouses, volunteers with/without medical backgrounds to participate in a February medical mission trip and to donate funds to help cover costs of medicines, supplies, etc.

    This trip was the 13th February trip made by this group.  Each year the event is held in a different location in India.  This year the trip was located in West Bengal, India (south of Delhi and north of Kolkata).

    Our mission (Yatra or pilgrimage) was to provide medical care to 6 villages in India's West Bengal area.  We flew into Kolkata then had a 4 ½ hr. bus ride through the countryside to Santiniketan Lodge where we inventoried medicines and prepared for clinic & camp #1.  

    Mary Weaver's Medical Mission to India 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z

    March President's Article


    March Madness is upon us!!  For many of us this means basketball tournament season and our Club certainly has some dogs in the fight.  I hope my newsletter next month is celebrating an IU National Championship, but if not me, maybe our OSU, MSU or Akron Alums have something to celebrate. 

    I was shocked the other day when I realized I'm less than 4 months away from passing the gavel to Lance.  I've really enjoyed my time as your president and am SORT OF sad to see it come to an end.  That being said, I couldn't be more excited about Lance succeeding me and look forward to everything he plans to bring to this wonderful organization.

    I'm really enjoying the time a get to spend with each of you and am thankful for having the opportunity to get to know each of you better.

    Our Club is really clicking, so make sure to do your part.  I can assure you that you get out of it what you put into it.

    So please consider delivering a dictionary, signing up for a committee for our 100th Anniversary Gala or bring a prospective member to our after hours or a meeting.  this club is only as strong as its members and the more folks we have to part of this special group, the more we can accomplish together!

    Go Hoosiers!!


    Bill Manby Jr.

    March President's Article Manby, Jr. , William 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z

    Getting to Know Our Fellow Rotarians


    Have you seen our Home Page lately?  Wondering what this big red box is all about?
    Getting To Know Our Members

    We are simply trying to collect some new information on our members as a resource for helping you get involved and know a little more about each other. 

    Speak a foreign language?  We want to know ...

    Like to golf?  We want to know ...

    You get the idea!  Just click on the button above -- the survey takes less than 2 minutes to complete.  We appreciate your help with this so we can put the data to good use for our Club. 

    Please note...we do not share your information with third parties! 


    Getting to Know Our Fellow Rotarians 2013-03-16 00:00:00Z

    Akron Club Happenings!

    Terry Dalton, Chair of our Scholarship Committee (left),  presented scholarships to  Anthony Wallace (center) and Brent Miller (right).





    Bruce Henning, Managing Partner at Hennes Paynter Communications, presented "What To Do When 60 Minutes Calls".  Bruce specializes in Crisis Communication, Media Training, and Litigation Communications.  www.crisiscommunications.com 


    New members were inducted Feb 12. 2012:


    (L)Charles Solley, Director of Government Releations, Akron Children's Hospital
    (R)Linda Conrad, Director, Stan Hywet

    Akron Club Happenings! 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z

    February President's Article

    What an awesome start to the year - a record-breaking Chili Open, packed houses for meetings and new members coming on board almost on a weekly basis! You should also know that our club is in very sound financial position and projected to have a strong finish to our fiscal year. Feel free to reach out to me or any board member if you would like a summary. Each and every one of you is awesome and what makes this club so great that people want to be part of everything we do.

    I have been humbled by what this group can accomplish and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to be your president. Your new leadership teams are in place for next year and I can’t wait to see Lance continue our tradition. He has shared some of his visions and this club will be even better as a result.

    If you haven’t been to a meeting lately, please try to join us. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you are there regularly, think about brining a friend to check us out!

    Hopefully my next newsletter is written from a golf cart because spring is right around the corner.

    Yours in Rotary Service,

    William Manby, Jr.

    February President's Article Manby, Jr. , William 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z

    2013 Ambassador of Service Al Romanini

    On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 the Rotary Club of Akron honored Willoughby Supply Company President Al Romanini as its 2013 Ambassador of Service. This award is given to those who provide ongoing service to the greater community and exemplify the spirit of Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” The award is given in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Akron’s Chili Open each year.

    Romanini has been a supporter of the Akron Rotary Camp through support of the Wayne Homes Chili Open for many years. His effort has helped the Rotary Club of Akron provide financial assistance to families of children with special needs the opportunity to have typical camping experiences and to grow and learn in the outdoors at the Akron Rotary Camp.

    After his first visit to camp three years ago, Romanini offered support to the capital campaign, pledging through Willoughby Supply, to donate all of the roofing materials for the new cabins, bathhouse and Great Hall. This significant contribution to the camp’s transformation is making a real difference for the campers.

    This is Romanini’s first humanitarian award, and he is very proud to be honored by such a fantastic organization. When asked why he donates, he simply said, “It’s for kids, and more importantly children with special needs. Furthermore, not only do they help these children, but they also have a respite program for their parents. It’s an awesome place!”

    Al Romanini and his wife Lisa live in Bainbridge with their children Allisa, Anthony, Abigail and Allison.

    2013 Ambassador of Service Al Romanini 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z
    Akron Chili Open Cooks Up Support for Akron Rotary Camp

    Annual winter golf outing creates summer camp opportunities for children with special needs


    On Saturday, February 2, 2013, more than 500 hearty souls showed up at Hale Farm and Village to support the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. The Akron Rotary Club’s Chili Open, presented by Wayne Homes, is a one-of-a-kind winter golf experience. The historic grounds of Hale Farm and Village were transformed into four golf courses. Indoors, Whitey’s Chili was served and guests enjoyed the music provided by the Beach Boyz. The event raised more than $150,000, which will provide assistance for more than 400 campers to experience summer camp.


    Akron Chili Open Cooks Up Support for Akron Rotary Camp Bonnie Lass Wojno 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Wayne Homes Chili Open - Great Fun for A Great Cause


    Your participation in the 2013 Wayne Homes Chili Open golf classic will help more than 1,600 children and adults with disabilities attend the Rotary camp next summer!   

    Mark Your Calendars: February 2, 2013!


    One of the most unique challenges for either an extreme sports enthusiast or a hobbyist golfer is the arctic golf experience of the Wayne Homes Chili Open. On Saturday, February 2, 2013, nearly 1,000 polar bear golfers will converge on the scenic Hale Farm and Village in Bath. On that date, the grounds of this historic location will be transformed into seven golf courses with nine holes each. Hole distances will range from 65 to 125 yards. Golfers will be challenged to drive shots across tundra and putt balls laden with ice. Just as in any respectable outing, there will be awards for the closest-to-the pin and the hole-in-one. Tee Times: 8 am to 2 pm (tee times will be assigned based on first-come, first-served preferences)

    Location: Hale Farm & Village, Oak Hill Drive, Bath OH  44210 
    Directions: http://www.wrhs.org/index.php/hale/planyourvisit/directions
    Registration Deadline: February 2, 2013


    (New this year: every raffle ticket you purchase can then be redeemed for a free entrée up to a $15.00 limit at
    Summit Mall Bravo, with a purchase of a second entrée of equal or greater value)


    Warming-up is Half the Fun!
    While this may not sound like and event for the faint-of-heart, it is perfect for anyone that enjoys a good time and likes to help a great cause. Included with the registration fee for each golfer is a pass to the Wayne Homes Chili Open warm-up party. Inside the banquet hall of Hale Farm and Village, all golfers will be treated to all-you-can-eat Whitey’s Chili. There will be plenty of space for playing cards and reminiscing about the best shots of the day on the frigid course. There will also be great raffle prizes.

    Akron Rotary Wayne Homes Chili Open - Great Fun for A Great Cause 2013-01-19 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Exchange Student Sends Holiday Greetings


    Our club was excited to receive a Holiday Greeting card from one of our former exchange students, Johannes Naumann, from Germany!  Johannes was an exemplary exchange student during his school year at Tallmadge High School who touched the hearts of many of us then and continues to stay in touch. Following is the message he sent: 

    Dear Rotary President, Mr. Manby, dear Akron Rotarians,

    As a former exchange student in 2004-05, I wish you and all of your families a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2013!  Two amazing trips to the Us/Canada in 2012 showed me again how much I love your country and how much I cherish my time as a High School student in the U.S.!  Hope to make it to OHIO sometime soon, Johannes.

    “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln

    Johannes enclosed this photo of himself with his girlfriend, Luca, taken in San Francisco in August, 2012.



    Marcia Holcomb, RYE Officer 2003-12

    Rotary Exchange Student Sends Holiday Greetings Marcia Holcomb 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Club Directors in Action


    The first 2013 Board of Directors meeting for the Rotary Club of Akron was held January 8th.   Treasurer Dave Smith reported that the club is in a good financial position.  This is due to the growing membership and increased participation by Rotarians at our weekly luncheons!

    The most exciting news shared by President Bill Manby, Jr., was that Mary Weaver will be participating in the AIPNO-Medical Mission to India.  Akron Rotary will be contributing $2,000 toward the mission.  This trip will enable Rotary volunteers and funds to complete 4,000 medical procedures.

    Committee reports worth noting include the PR/Chili Open Committees.  Chair Shon Christy shared the news about the electronic marketing and PR strategies being used to share Akron Rotary’s story.  For example the website and Facebook will be used to raise awareness, sell raffle tickets and secure sponsors for the upcoming Wayne Homes Chili Open.  As chair of Service Projects, Graham Reinke reported that Akron Rotary will be able to provide dictionaries to all the third graders in Akron Public Schools.  This news thrilled President Manby as it is the first of his Presidential goals to be completed!

    Akron Rotary Club Directors in Action Sandy Naragon 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Club of Akron Service Projects 2013


    Improving literacy is a very important objective of Rotary.  Up through grade three, children are learning to read.  After grade three, children are reading to learn.  If a child fails to gain competence in reading during the first three grades, the potential for a successful education outcome is greatly diminished.

     ImageLast year the Club’s first Dictionary Project was initiated, and dictionaries were provided to about ½ of the third grade students in the Akron Public School system.  Much was learned from this initial effort. This year under the leadership of Sarah Buccigross, and thanks to the generosity of Akron Rotary Club members, the Akron Rotary Foundation, Kiwanis members, and the Akron Community Foundation, dictionaries will be provided to every third grader in the Akron Public School system.  The distribution is planned for February. It will require volunteers from Rotary and Kiwanis, and will engage the assistance of ACES (an organization of faculty and students at the University of Akron’s College of Education) who will teach a lesson on the use of a dictionary.  We are excited!!!! 

    Last summer, under the leadership of Louise Mazur, Rotary volunteers worked with The Salvation Army Imageon a weekly program to improve the reading skills of elementary school students. When school restarted last fall, the volunteers shifted their focus to assisting the students with homework. The tutoring sessions take place most Monday afternoons at the S.A. Citadel.

    Keep Akron Beautiful: We plan to support the Beautification Watch Awards Program again this year. ImageVolunteers will be needed to drive specified routes and nominate residences, businesses and organizations for a 2013 award. It takes some time, but it is a lot fun. More on this later!

    Rotary Club of Akron Service Projects 2013 Graham Reinke 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z

    Amador visits Rotary Club in Spain!

    Akron Rotarian, Amador Gonzalez stopped by to visit the Rotary Club in Gijon, Spain. Image
    Amador visits Rotary Club in Spain! Jack Harig 2012-12-31 00:00:00Z

    Rotary District 6630 Rolls Out New Videos

    Last Rotary year our District received a Public Relations Grant from Rotary International. Several people from the Akron Club were involved in helping to secure this Grant and also work on the projects associated with the funds to meet the goals and objectives.   Part of these monies were used to create three videos featuring Rotarians from our District talking about Rotary.

    Thank you for your patience – we had so much great footage that we created three videos instead of just the original goal of one.  In addition, we will be producing PSAs that will be sent to the regional TV stations. 

    The intent is for the videos to be used to develop awareness about our District and our Clubs, primarily with a goal of increasing membership, but they can also be used when soliciting project or event sponsors or when you are at any event representing Rotary.  Each Club President has been sent a DVD containing all three videos, but you can view them now (below) or on our District website at www.RotaryDistrict6630.org.   

    Please make sure your speakers are turned up to hear the audio.

    1. This Is Rotary District 6630  

     2. Being A Rotarian 

     3. My Rotary, My Passion

    Rotary District 6630 Rolls Out New Videos Cheryl Warren 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z

    Reminder - No Weekly Meetings...

    Just a reminder that we will not have a weekly meeting on December 25, 2012 or January 1, 2013.

    Holiday Cheer to All

    Reminder - No Weekly Meetings... Cheryl Warren 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z

    December President's Article


    This year seems to be rapidly drawing to a close, but it does so with a flurry of activity. Our capital campaign is hoping to close its final phase soon, so check out a respite weekend and bring someone to camp to spread the word. The Chili Open planning is in full swing and raffle tickets make an excellent stocking stuffer or gift to valuable employees. Our memberships keep growing and it seems like we add a wonderful new member to our family almost every week. We’re sponsoring an outgoing exchange student and get to look forward to having our own incoming student next fall. The Paul Harris Fellow lottery keeps growing and growing and our contribution to the Rotary International Foundation is one of the best in the state.  Read to me day, tutoring and our dictionary project have all been huge successes. Our holiday party, Salvation Army Bell ringing and Santa for the special kids at the SUPER Learning Center are happening this week. Oh, and not to mention our program speakers have been AWESOME and the energy and buzz in and about our club is at an all time high!


    It’s the time of year to be thankful to everyone and everything in your life and I want to take the time to thank each of you for all you do to make my life more fulfilling. I hope each of you get to take time with your loved ones over the holidays and come back “next year” energized to keep up our momentum and reach even greater heights in 2013!


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    December President's Article Manby, Jr. , William 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Welcomes Mark Seward

    Congratulations to Mark Seward of Seward Wealth Management for his induction into our Club


    Akron Rotary Welcomes Mark Seward Cheryl Warren 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z

    WKSU Visits Rotary Club of Akron

     Graham Reinke and Bonnie Wonjo explain Rotary's commitment to literacy in an interview by Mark Uryki of WKSU following our Rotary meeting November 27th.    Image
    WKSU Visits Rotary Club of Akron 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Club of Akron USA Creates “Frank Horn Service above Self Award”


    Akron Rotarians all respond the same when they express their love, admiration and friendship for their fellow Rotarian Frank Horn. The notice of Frank’s passing in the Akron Beacon Journal summed up his life as well as any of his friends could.

    “God must have asked for a volunteer because Frank Horn, 53, went to join him in heaven on December 10, 2011. “Whether the Rotary, Jaycees, Habitat for Humanity, the Akron Zoo, Bridgestone World Golf Championship, Leadership Akron, St. Vincent Church and School, or any friend doing a project, Frank was there to lend a hand. He always had the desire, time, and energy to help others, despite the long hours he spent at work, first at his business of sixteen years, Frank Horn Architects, and later at the University of Akron as Director of Architectural Design & Construction. A graduate of Kent State University, Frank quickly adopted UA when he started working there. As a coach and lifelong soccer player, he was very proud of the part he played in the construction of the Zips' new football and soccer stadiums. Frank's legacy will not just be about things he designed, but will include the relationships he built with his love for others.

    The Rotary Club of Akron has modeled the Frank Horn Service above Self award after a similar award offered by Rotary International. 


    The nominee must have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. Service rendered by the nominee through Rotary must have been on a continuing basis. The award will not be given solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment. Personal financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation or any individual project are not relevant considerations for this award. 

    The Akron Rotary Club expanded the criteria for the local award to include individuals, organizations, and businesses who in their ongoing service to the greater community exemplify the spirit of Rotary’s motto of "Service above Self”.

    The 1st awarding of the honor will go the Homebuilders Association Serving Summit & Portage County Ohio for their contribution of time and labor to construct two cabins at the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.



    Rotary Club of Akron USA Creates “Frank Horn Service above Self Award” Jack Harig 2012-11-17 00:00:00Z

    Camp Renovation Photos November 2012



    Camp Renovation Photos November 2012 Bonnie Lass Wojno 2012-11-16 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Families Last Forever

    One never-to-be-forgotten Rotary experience for my family and me was the year that we were counselors to a very special French exchange student.  In the ensuing 18 years, Christelle Neron went from being an adorable and delightful teenager to being a beautiful and charming young French woman with a wonderful husband, two adorable children of her own and a career as an English teacher in France. 

    But there is more.  Our son, Colin, became quite attached to Christelle when she was here (it would be hard not to). He visited her home and skied in the Alps with her while studying in France several years ago.  While there, Christelle’s  four year old daughter bonded with him.  This blog post says it best.  http://colinmorris.net/post/109427530.

    Regrettably, severe weather prevented Christelle’s planned appearance at Rotary.  Nevertheless, my family was thrilled to spend some quality time with her and her family, including parents and host parents, Michael and Lynn Saddleton.

    Service above self is a pretty simple concept.  Not so simple, sometimes, is discerning who is doing the serving and who is being served.

    This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder why everyone isn’t a Rotarian.

                                                            Christelle giving her year end talk
        Christelle and  Colin (1994)                    at Rotary in 1995


    Christelle with Mr. & Mrs. Shechter    


    Christelle with her husband and Cherie Shechter


    Rotary Families Last Forever Steven Shechter 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z

    Please update your Rotary profile!!

    We want to be sure our Member records are correct - please take a moment and log into the Rotary Club of Akron website which is powered by ClubRunner. 

    Here is how to access your profile.  If you have questions, call Cheryl at 330-495-9814.



    Please update your Rotary profile!! Cheryl Warren 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Final Phase of Rotary Camp Renovation


    Pictured below “Mt. Rotary”! are: Doug Kohl, Pres and CEO Akron Area YMCA, Bernett Willaims, VP, Children’s Hospital Medical  Center Akron, Dick Wright, Diane Wright, Mayor Sara Drew, Stow, daughter Lindsay Marek, camper, Joe Matava, Peninsula Architects, Mayor Al Bollas, New Franklin, Bonne Wojno, Development Director, Rotary Camp, Ruthie George, Campaign Co- Chair, Nick George, Campaign Co chair, Mike Wojno, president, Akron Rotary Camp, Phil Maynard, Jack Harig, Campaign Co-Chair, vivian Harig, Campaign Co  Chair, Bill Bennett, Bennett Construction Management, Tom Fox, President Akron Rotary Foundation, Dee Andreoli, Rennick Andreoli, Bill Manby Jr., Akron Rotary President, Dan Reynolds, Executive Director, Akron Rotary Camp.

    To view all the photos from the renovation CLICK HERE and then select view slideshow and you can scan through the photos! 

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Final Phase of Rotary Camp Renovation 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z

    News Release

    News Release 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z

    President's Message October 2012


    Big plans are in store for the Akron Rotary Camp this fall, as it plans to break ground on October 17th for the final installment of its $3.5 million campus renovation, according to Akron Rotary Camp President Mike Wojno.  “The camp is thrilled to begin the ‘last leg’ of our transformational remodeling of our ‘Jewell on the lake,’” Wojno says. “The improvements to our camp will allow us to bring more blessing to a greater number of kids, while increasing the quality of their stay with us.”

    Each summer for the last 88 years the Rotary Club of Akron has sponsored the Akron Rotary Camp, where children with special needs throughout Ohio have been invited to spend a week at camp.  

    President's Message October 2012 Manby, Jr. , William 2012-10-05 00:00:00Z

    Boots Required!

    I walked into camp this morning to some earth movers and lots of activity.  The sidewalk to my office is now gone, so it’s a good thing Dan called and told me to wear boots!

    Also, I am recovering from Josh walking into the office with a snake on his wrist. We have a group of kids here from Perry Local Schools and Josh is sharing our reptiles with them! You just never know what’s going to greet you when you come to camp.

    Enjoy the photo.
    Bonnie Lass Wojno
    Rotary Club of Akron

    Boots Required! Bonnie Lass Wojno 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z

    Haiti--Medical Mission and Gift of Life

    One of our luncheon meetings featured Tracy Herstich, Critical Care Nurse from Akron Children’s Hospital who spoke about the good pediatric work being done in Haiti by Children's Hospital.
    Also at the meeting, Jack Harig presented a check for $500 (donations were made by members of the Akron Board of Directors) for Gift of Life.  The funds will be used toward the travel of the Children's Hospital team to Haiti.  On hand to receive the donation was (left) Ken Fogle from the Chagrin Falls Rotary Club who is the NE Ohio President of Gift of Life, and (center) Jim Frame from the Rotary Club of Mantua.  Mr. Frame introduced Gift of Life to Rotary District 6630 in 2004.
    Haiti--Medical Mission and Gift of Life 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z

    President's Message September 2012


    At our August 7, 2012 meeting Club President Bill Manby, Jr. presented his State of The Rotary Club of Akron address – here are excerpts from that presentation:

    Rotary has always been more about doing than saying, so even though I pushed this presentation off for over a month, I think what’s been done is well worth the wait.

         -          4 new members
         -          $100,000 check from Medical Mutual for camp
         -          Despite not everyone doing it yet, many of you have updated your member bios on Clubrunner. If you haven’t, please take the time to do so soon.

    I think that’s pretty good for a month and I would like to pass the gavel to Lance a little early!

    In all seriousness, my main goal for the year is to keep building upon all the momentum we’ve created. 

    I’d like to continue to grow membership and hope to have a net increase of 10%.  That probably means 20 new members as a handful will fall off for various reasons. 

    I want to maintain the clubs profitable situation we were in this past year.  Times are tough and you should all be very proud of this. 

    I would like to close out our camp capital campaign this year and coordinate an international project.  What this club does is amazing for the community.  What Rotary International does is amazing for the entire planet, so I would like to have more speakers on international themes and projects and I’ve selected some speakers from the district and All Ohio that we can share throughout the year.

    I would also like this Club to provide a dictionary to each 3rd grader in the Akron public schools.

    The Board has decided to move our meeting location.  Although it is impossible to make everyone happy, all of the member’s input was heard and we are taking action.

    Much of our success can be attributed to our members spending more time together, getting to know each other better and working together.  So I’m going to try to have more time to interact and bring back Mark’s “My, Life, My Passion.

    Getting more members engaged helps all of this happen.  Continuing our PR plan to raise community awareness of what all this club and its members do is critical and will attract more leaders from our area that can benefit from everything our membership has to offer.  I hope each person who hasn’t had it occur yet, get’s as inspired as I have been once I became more engaged.   To further encourage this, we are adding an Akron Rotarian of the Month program, and there will be a year-end drawing for 2013-2014 dues.  The July recipient is Shon Christy:  PR Chair and Chili Open Co-Chair.

     The culmination of all of this leads me to my theme for the year:

    “Get Engaged and Be Inspired.”

    What led me to this theme can best be outlined by what made me a Rotarian.

    President's Message September 2012 Manby, Jr. , William 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z
    Akron Rotary Camp to receive $100,000 gift from Medical Mutual’s Community Investment Fund

    July 5, 2012 (Akron, Ohio) – On Tuesday July 10, 2012 Akron Rotary Club President , Bill Manby Jr. introduced  Doug Kuczynski , Vice President of Sales and Health Care Market Leader, Mutual Health Services  who  presented a check  from the Medical Mutual Community Investment Fund of Akron Community Foundation to  Mike Wojno, President of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and Rennick Andreoli, Facilities Chairman for $100,000 to help with the building of the new Great Hall a recreation and resource center , the last piece of the camps facilities rebuilding and transformation. This is the largest corporate gift that the camp has received for its campaign.

    Akron Rotary Camp to receive $100,000 gift from Medical Mutual’s Community Investment Fund Bonnie Lass Wojno 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z

    President's Message August 2012


    Boy how a month flies by!!  It seems like only a few days ago where we were all celebrating Independence Day and whining about the heat.  Now here we are heading into August and getting ready for the kids to go back to school.  It has been quite a month for our club, too!  

    Doug Kuczynski, vice president of sales and health care market leader of mutual health services at Medical Mutual of Ohio recently presented a check for $100,000 to Mike Wojno, president of Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, and Rennick Andreoli to help with the building of the new Great Hall. I am excited about this recreation and resource center which is “the last piece of the camp’s facilities rebuilding and transformation project.” Just like Rotary International being “this close” to curing polio.  I feel like we are “this close” to completing this project, but that last step is a big one and though this contribution was huge, more work is in front of us.

    Pictured L-R: Bill Manby Jr., President of The Rotary Club of Akron; Mike Wojno, President of the Board of The Rotary Camp; Doug Kuczynski, Vice President, Sales and Healthcare Market Leader, Medical Mutual; Rennick Andreoli, RDA Hotel Management; John Garofalo, Vice President Community Investment, Akron Community Foundation.

    President's Message August 2012 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z

    Akron Club Welcomes New Members

    Chris Tipping Attorney/Partner Stark and Knoll proposed by Bill Manby, Jr.
    George Rooney, Jr. Partner Roetzel and Andress proposed by Steve Shechter
    Ferris Brown Executive Director Cascade Locks Parks Association proposed by Ginny Wojno
    Lance Johnson Administrator/Business Development-Wickens Enterprises, Inc. proposed by Graham Reinke
    Akron Club Welcomes New Members 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z

    President's Message July 2012


    I feel so fortunate to finally begin my term as this club's president. Having such an amazing group of people, accomplishing such amazing things and doing it so unselfishly is extremely inspiring.  But before I elaborate on any of my plans for the upcoming year, I need to acknowledge what an unbelievable job Mark and his team did this year.  

    The energy around this club is infectious and all the momentum created makes it very easy for me to come in and just try not to screw things up.  Every single committee exceeded expectations and the board did a fabulous job of staying on plan and this club made money for the first time in a long time.  All this occurred while many other clubs struggled to stay afloat. 

    My participation in district meetings and PETS Ohio made me realize that you can't take this for granted. We really are an amazing club.  Our members engagement is unique and I hope everyone becomes inspired to make this the best year ever! 

    Thank you to each and every member of this club for allowing me to take on this presidency. 

    Thanks again Mark for doing such a fantastic job and encouraging me to take on this endeavor.  Also, thanks for being such a good sport.  For those who missed the roast or this week's meeting, below is one more glorious look at the history of Mark Krohn! 

    Happy 4th of July.  I hope you all have great plans for the weekend! 

    Yours in Akron Rotary,

    Bill Manby, Jr. ChFC, AEP 

    President's Message July 2012 2012-07-05 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Club Installs New Officers for 2012-2013

    Akron welcomes new President Bill Manby, Jr and his Board of Directors for the July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 Rotary year:

    President:  William Manby, Jr.
    President Elect:  Lance Chima
    Vice President: Virginia Wojno-Forney
    Treasurer: Dave Smith
    Secretary: Sandy Naragon
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2013: Lance Chima
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2013: Susan Colville-Hall
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2013: Dan Reynolds
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2013: Ed Wagner
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2014: Mariya Bloom
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2014: William Manby
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2014: Graham Reinke
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2014: Cheryl Warren
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2015: Terrance Dalton
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2015: Jack Harig
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2015: Dan O'Connell
    Akron Rotary Club Director 6/2015: Brad Jeffries

    Akron Rotary Club Installs New Officers for 2012-2013 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z

    Club Honors Outgoing President with Roast

    Please enjoy these photos of the fun and fellowship that was had by all at the Roast of Mark Krohn, Akron Rotary Club President 2011-2012.  Mark was a true sport as people shared stories and told things others perhaps did not know about Mark and as you can see, there was much emotion as well -- we are truly blessed to have had his leadership and look forward to another strong year under Bill Manby, Jr's watch.
    (photos courtesy of Suzanne Manby)

    Bill Manby, Jr. was getting lessons from Mark
    on his "I'm thinking about it" look.
    Club Honors Outgoing President with Roast 2012-06-29 00:00:00Z

    You gotta hear this!!

    Jack Harig calls in from Branson with the Rolling RV Rotarians! Ray Somich of WELW interviews PDG Jack Harig of the Rotary Club of Akron about the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

    This video may appear different in various web browsers. If you can not see the video in this message, click here to go to video link - you will have the option to skip an ad that will appear first.
    You gotta hear this!! Kevin Mcgee 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z

    President's Message June 2012


    June in Ohio, what a great time of year.  Everything is green, flowers are blooming everywhere you look, people are starting to gather outside again and everyone seems to smile a little more or a little bigger for no reason other than the sun is shining. 

    For Rotary, June is also a changing of the leadership of our club. I must admit I am sorry to see this year pass so quickly. When I look back over the last 335 days of my life, they have been some of the most rewarding and inspiring I have ever experienced and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  

    You people are simply amazing to me and for a person like me to be associated with people like you is a distinct honor and sincere pleasure. All you good people do is accomplish everything you put your mind, body and soul to doing, which is quite a talent to have.

    President's Message June 2012 Mark Krohn 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z

    New Rotarians Inducted in May

    We welcomed the following new Rotarians in May:

    John Teringo
    Sarah Buccigross
    Lorie Travaglino
    Debbie May-Johnson

    New Rotarians Inducted in May 2012-05-24 00:00:00Z

    Students Receive Rotary Scholarships

    Students were awarded Scholarships at our May 15, 2012 meeting.  Congratulations!
    The students L-R:  Gifty Amadu, Kara Ball, Corbin Gates, Kmani Carr, Shaun Cole, Chantal Foster, Janeva Guinn, Kendell Harris, Fantash'a Jones, Malikah Price and Jasmine Works.
    Absent from the picture is Jade Shropshire.
    Students Receive Rotary Scholarships Terrence Dalton 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z

    Packed house of Akron Rotarians listen to Terry Bowden on May 22, 2012

    Packed house of Akron Rotarians listen to Terry Bowden on May 22, 2012 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z

    Congratulations to our 5 New Paul Harris Fellows


    As most of you are aware the Rotary International Foundation Committee’s goal is to have each Rotarian become a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) within the next 3 years.   We instituted a lotto and to date we have 35+ members on the path to becoming first-time or multiple Paul Harris Fellows which translates into over $15,000 in commitments.

    At yesterday’s club meeting we drew names and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our next 6 Paul Harris Fellows.

    Congratulations to our 5 New Paul Harris Fellows William Manby 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z

    Fellow Rotarian Keith Shy in The News!

    Brandywine Falls Dedication April 25, 2012

    L-R: Paul Stoehr, Deputy Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park; Frances S. Buchholzer, Metro Parks commissioner; Keith D. Shy, director-secretary of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County; Roland H. Bauer, chair of the park district’s Board of Park Commissioners; and Judge Todd McKenney, Summit County Common Pleas, Probate Division.
    — at Metro Parks, Serving Summit County.
    Fellow Rotarian Keith Shy in The News! 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z

    Visiting the Rotary Club of Le Mans, France

    I had the privilege and a special treat of attending the social meeting of the Rotary Club of Le Mans, France.  I had come in France over spring break as a visiting
    professor at the Université du Maine.   To find out information about the club, I wrote Vincent Trémbenbert, the contact person on the club website and learned the club meets in the Concordia Hotel in the downtown Le Mans for lunch on Fridays and has a social event once a month. So, on Thursday, March 29, I was able to attend the “apéritif” after which the new president for 2012-2013, Donald Dupuy presented slides on the “BIG ROADS of France.”
    Visiting the Rotary Club of Le Mans, France Susan Colville-Hall 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z

    From the Membership Committee-The Rotary New Member Service Plan

    At the beginning of 2011, an ad hoc committee was appointed by then president Janet Williams to begin what became to be known as the extreme make-over of Akron Rotary. A key element to those discussions had to do with the matter of the caliber of Rotarians. The current and previous membership committees and other club leaders have acknowledged for years the need to do a better job of engaging and mentoring new members. By implementing our Service Plan, whereby each proposed new member will consider areas of service to become involved in, we set the tone such that no one joins with the idea that we are just a Tuesday lunch club. Rather, they will gain an immediate application of the wide range of service opportunities available and join us with the idea that there is a sense of commitment to our fundamental ideal of "Service Above Self". The Service Plan has received the "green light" from the board and the completion of the spreadsheet will be part of the intake process. As part of the proposal process either someone from the membership committee or someone assigned by the membership committee will sit down with the proposed member to complete the grid. The main point is that the form be completed before induction. The membership committee is confident that with the inclusion of this process the proposed new Rotarian will begin their Rotary journey having been mentored by another Rotarian and with the idea that there is a service commitment tailored to their interest ability.
    Download Service Plan
    Download Membership Application
    Download Member Proposal Form
    From the Membership Committee-The Rotary New Member Service Plan Lance Chima 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Camp goes Woodstock during Time Travel Respite Weekend!

    I thought you all might enjoy a little music video from our campers from this past respite weekend! Enjoy!
    During our Time Travel weekend, our campers stopped at Woodstock and filled in for CCR, Singing Suzie Q.


    Note: We have no rights to this music and do not claim ownership for CCR, the song, or any associated material. Just some campers livin' it up!

    Joshua Prairiedog Strelbicki

    Akron Rotary Camp goes Woodstock during Time Travel Respite Weekend! 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z

    February 2012 President's Message


    Well everyone, our club is really hitting its stride. I keep saying that all this Club does is achieve every goal it sets out to accomplish … and what amazes me is that every time I turn around, I see that statement in action over and over and over again. I truly hope you know how special you are, how much you accomplish and how much respect I have for each and every one of you!


    I am keenly aware of how busy life is in 2012, how tough it can be to build fellowship and philanthropy into your daily schedule and how hard it is to say yes, and cannot thank each and every one of you enough for all of your fine work.  



    February 2012 President's Message 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z

    January 2012 President's Message


    ImageHappy New Year Everybody! The clock has turned and 2012 is here. How exciting.


    Personally, this past holiday season was my favorite of all time. Oddly, my fond memories of the holidays have nothing to do with presents (although I received some nice ones)  or lights (although I do love the lights), but are rather deeply rooted in all the time I was able to spend with family and friends, far more than ever before. 


    January 2012 President's Message 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Club Chili Open on Feb. 4, 2012

    The Chili Open, sponsored by Wayne Homes, benefits the operations of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

    Come join the fun. Come make a difference.


    Have you considered being a sponsor?  CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION FORM

     Join the Rotary Club of Akron for the 22nd Chili Open at Hale Farm and Village on February 4, 2012
    Image One of the most unique challenges for either an extreme sports enthusiast or a hobbyist golfer is the arctic golf experience of the Wayne Homes Chili Open. On Saturday, February 4, 2012, nearly 1,000 polar bear golfers will converge on the scenic Hale Farm and Village in Bath. On that date, the grounds of this historic location will be transformed into seven golf courses with nine holes each. Hole distances will range from 65 to 125 yards. Golfers will be challenged to drive shots across tundra and putt balls laden with ice. Just as in any respectable outing, there will be awards for the closest-to-the pin and the hole-in-one.


    Warming-up is Half the Fun!Image

    While this may not sound like an event for the faint-of-heart, it is perfect for anyone that enjoys a good time and likes to help a great cause. Included with the registration fee for each golfer is a pass to the Wayne Homes Chili Open warm-up party. Inside the banquet hall of Hale Farm and Village, all golfers will be treated to all-you-can-eat Whitey’s Chili. There will be plenty of space for playing cards and reminiscing about the best shots of the day on the frigid course. There will also be great raffle prizes.


    What to BringDress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. Bring as many clubs as you like, but most Chili Open Golfers prefer irons ranging from seven to wedge and a putter. Extra golf balls are a good idea—we recommend orange! Golf bags are optional. Great Fun for A Great Cause

    Your participation in the 2012 Wayne Homes Chili Open golf classic will help more than 1,600 children and adults with disabilities attend the Rotary camp next summer! Every summer for more than 88 years, the Rotary Club of Akron has sponsored the Rotary camp. Children with special needs throughout Ohio have been invited to spend a week at camp, where they enjoy many traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports and games, team building and more in our convenient and accessible natural setting. When campers leave Rotary camp at the end of each session, they not only leave with lifelong memories and friends, but they often show more independence as well as a greater understanding of themselves and their abilities. For more information about the Akron Rotary Camp, please call the camp office at 330.644.4512.

    If you are unable to attend you may support the camp through purchasing a raffle ticket or a campership to help send a child to camp at    www.chiliopen.net .

    SIGN UP NOW!!Akron Rotary Club Chili Open on Feb. 4, 2012 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z

    Remembering Frank Horn

    Jack Harig found this photo he wanted to share of Frank Horn taken following the demolition phase at the Camp several weeks ago.  Some of our members are discussing a special remembrance to be placed at the camp in honor of Frank and his service not only as President of the Camp Board but to the kids he was so committed to. Our prayers are with his family.


    If you would like to write an entry in memory of Frank click on Akron Rotary Blog.



    Remembering Frank Horn 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z

    Rotarians Help Salvation Army

    Mark Krohn and John Reyes are shown during their Bell Ringing shift for Salvation Army.


    Rotarians Help Salvation Army 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z

    December 2011 President's Article


    ImageMy personal belief is that outside of our religious affiliations, people universally love this time of year, mainly because we love to celebrate, gather with people that we treasure and make people happy through giving. In a very special way, the things we love about the Holidays are also what makes Rotary so very special, which is why this last six months has been one of the most special times of my life.


    Before becoming President of the club, I thought I knew everyone in the club, had a good sense of what people did, how much they contributed and what we accomplished as a group, but I did not.  I only saw a very small part of the reach our club has, the incredible effort our people give, and how much we truly do. It has been an incredibly rewarding time for me to meet more of the people, see more of the effort and experience more of the impact.

    December 2011 President's Article 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Foundation Month

    November was Rotary Foundation Month.  Bill Manby Sr., our club's International Foundation Committee Chairman, hosted a weekly program that helped us understand the many avenues from which to choose when donating time and money.  Each Akron Rotarian is encouraged to work toward becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. By becoming a Paul Harris Fellow your gift will advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education and the alleviation of poverty throughout the world.  Projects such as, job training for land mine victims in Cambodia, hand-washing stations and hygiene training for students in Ecuador, milking cows for farmers in Russia and microcredit loans to women in Togo depend on the ongoing support of dedicated Rotarians.

    Mike Johns, Sr. from Distrcit 6630,  recognized new Paul Harris Fellows; Dick Wright, Rennick Andreoli, Graham Reineke and Harry Stewart.  Gene Fiocca also recognized and presented John Econmou's daughter with a special photo in remembrance of John for his dedication and commitment to the Akron Club and Rotary International. 

    For more information on how you can become a Paul Harris Fellow please feel free to contact me at bill@manbyfinancialstrategies.com or call 330/475-8575.

     Image Image


    Rotary Foundation Month 2011-12-06 00:00:00Z

    Do You Want to Give a Child in Akron a Book?

    Join us when you either buy some dictionaries and/or come help us get the books in the hands of the students.

    Among the many good reasons to ensure our children learn to read are some statistics that show that two thirds of students who cannot read “proficiently” by the end of fourth grade may end up in jail or on welfare. Rotary clubs throughout the country have made a commitment to promote literacy by providing dictionaries to grade three students in their school districts. Our club in Akron is no different. This year for the first time, the Rotary Club of Akron has set an objective to provide a dictionary to each of the 2,200 grade three students in the Akron Public School system. We are fortunate to be partnered with ACES, an organization of faculty and education students from the University of Akron. They add great strength and commitment to the project. Our goal is to raise $4,500 to $5,000 for the project. $1,600 has been raised so far with another $500 pledged. We plan to start buying and distributing dictionaries very soon, using funds already received, as a means to drum up publicity and more money.

    Won’t you join us? Get involved. Sponsor a dictionary at $2 each. Or find a corporate sponsor that wants to underwrite a whole school building for $500-$1,000. But we don’t just want your money. Come with us and help distribute these important literacy tools to the schools.

    Get involved now, here in Akron! Make a difference now, here in Akron!

    For more info or to make donation contact the Akron Dictionary Czar Graham Reinke at cmandgar@yahoo.com or call 330-867-0238.

    Do You Want to Give a Child in Akron a Book? Graham Reinke 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z

    Beacon Journal Features Rotary Camp

    Beacon Journal Features Rotary Camp Cheryl Warren 2011-11-20 00:00:00Z

    University Park Alliance Going Strong!

    Speaker, Eric A. Johnson, PhD presented University Park Alliance: The Master Plan on November 15,.2011 to a full house.  The audience applauded the innovative urban growth plan that Johnson is overseeing.  What an exciting time to be part of the Akron community!!

    University Park Alliance Going Strong! 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z

    November Rotary After Hours Enjoyed by All!!

    November Rotary After Hours Enjoyed by All!! Cheryl Warren 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z

    Telling the Story: Protecting the Legacy


    On November 1, 2011, The Rotary Club of Akron inducted another 10 new members into its ranks at a festive luncheon that included balloons, streamers, noise makers, cake and even a champagne toast.


    Left to Right: Membership Chair, Lance Chima; New Members:
    Wazir Sain, Patricia Smith, James Castrigano, Louise Mazur,
    Shon Christy, Mary H. Wojno, Samuel J. Lupica, David Hall,
    Rowena M. Wilkins, Peter Kalgreen; Akron Club President, Mark Krohn.


    A diverse group, the new inductees included business owners, bankers, lawyers, volunteers, and other community leaders. For two inductees, Rotary has truly  become a family affair, with no less than three other family members who are also members of Rotary.  With more than six months remaining in the year, the club has plans to add fifteen more new members by June, who if added, would exceed 30 for the year, a goal that few would have believed was possible when the year started.

    Telling the Story: Protecting the Legacy 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z

    Demolition Day at Rotary Camp

    The call went out for a few good men and it was answered by Frank Horn, Steve Shechter Bob Bowman, Dough Hausknecht and Jack Harig.

    The mission:  to lug the debris that used to be the roof of two cabins to the construction dumpsters. 
    The seemingly daunting task was tamed by Rotary spouse Jeff Naragon’s generous loan of serious stuff-handling equipment.

     Image Here’s a candid photo of Community Leader, Philanthropist and Snappy Dresser, Rennick Andreoli leading his band of merry volunteers.Why does he wear that mask?
    A quick look at his photo in the Rotary Directory may shed some light on the matter. 

    Rennick and his crew from the Hilton never cease to amaze.This is Akron Rotary at its best and dirtiest.  Don’t worry if you missed it, there will be another opportunity as the vision continues to become reality.

    Demolition Day at Rotary Camp 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z

    November President's Message


    November is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Halloween just ended, college football is really heating up (I cannot believe Clemson lost to Georgia Tech) and the holidays are upon us!


    Having young children, Halloween is always a trip for me. I love watching children try to be someone else and live through the eyes of the character they choose to emulate. This year my oldest daughter Alex wanted to be the Scooby Doo character, Velma (she was the smart one). I could not figure out why Alex chose Velma with all of the options she had, including the most beautiful Disney princesses, until each and every time she would put on that costume, she acted older, smarter and like she had all the answers to all the questions (and especially the solutions to all of the mysteries).

    November President's Message 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z

    Darrow Family Practice Participates in Smiles for Life


    Our speaker October 18th was Dr. Caruso - a dentist in Stow at Darrow Family Dental. He and his partner Dr. Pankuch participated in the Smiles for Life Foundation fund raiser, it's part of a national foundation- Smiles for Life-


    From March through June, hundreds of dental practices throughout the U.S. and Canada professionally whiten teeth to raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in their local communities and around the world. They are members of the Crown Council, an alliance of leading-edge dental teams that are passionately committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer and serving their communities through charitable work.


    Half the funds that they raise through teeth whitening, goes to a local charity that benefits children and this year they chose the Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children, because one of the staff's nephew's attended camp.


    The camp received $2,100 for it's annual Partner's with Youth Campaign, which directly helps to provide financial assistance to campers.  Our thanks to Dr. Caruso & Pankuch and all the staff at Darrow Family Practice!


    Darrow Family Practice Participates in Smiles for Life Manby, Jr. , William 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z

    Respite Weekend Video

    Enjoy! this video from our last respite weekend.  This was a Video Game Character Theme. We focused on playing and making games. We also had campers create a music video! The video will come later!


    Respite Weekend Video Bonnie Lass Wojno 2011-10-05 00:00:00Z

    October President's Message


    Fall is always an exciting time of year for our club as this is the time that we traditionally kick off our preparation for the Wayne Homes Chili Open. I know that everyone hates to think about snow, but whether it is  securing our site, confirming corporate partners, printing and selling raffle tickets, or just making certain we have beer, chili and entertainment for February, there is certainly much to do. 

    October President's Message 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z

    HBA Cabin Rehabin at Rotary Camp!

    HBA Cabin Rehabin at Rotary Camp! Jack Harig 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z

    September President's Message


    Can you feel the excitement around you growing? Can you feel the momentum our club is generating?  Are you beginning to understand the awesome power of Rotary and the strength that a number of significant individuals can have when acting as a team?


    I really hope so, because your Rotary Club is moving in all the right directions. Over the last month or so, we have inducted four new members. While that certainly is exciting, we are not anywhere near done with recruiting new members for this year as Lance Chima, our awesome membership chair, just completed our club’s first membership meet and greet, which he personally sponsored. Close to 40 people attended, most of which were non-Rotarians. That is right, I said, non-Rotarians! At one of our parties people not currently affiliated with our organization outnumbered those that were, and that is priceless. Way to go Lance! Thanks for stepping up to the plate.

    September President's Message 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z

    Rotarian Integral in $250 Million Dollar Healthcare Development


    Attached is a news release, youtube link and some coverage by the Washington Post related to a press conference that the Greenrbrier Resort held on Wednesday, August 24th concerning the Greenbrier Medical Institute, a $250 Million dollar healthcare development that will reshape how medical care is delivered globally. The initiative is being led by Jack Diamond and 2011-12 Akron Rotary President, Mark Krohn, both of whom are local attorneys and developers.


    Click to View Press Release 


    Youtube Video (Jack is in about 30 minutes and talks about Mark)




    Washington Post Coverage


    Rotarian Integral in $250 Million Dollar Healthcare Development 2011-08-28 00:00:00Z

    What's New at the Akron Rotary Foundation?


    As you may already know, the Akron Rotary has its own Foundation. The Club’s foundation is administered by a separate board of trustees which helps decide where accumulated funds are to be distributed. We get these funds from generous donors like yourselves and fundraisers like the Chili Open and Poker Run. Monies left in wills for our benefit are also a substantial source of funds. However these monies need to be invested. That’s what this column is all about.

    What's New at the Akron Rotary Foundation? Daniel O'Connell 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z

    Akron's 150 MPH Rotary Meeting


    15-year-old aspiring NASCAR champion Matthew Tifft spoke before a packed house of Rotary members and guests August 16th at The Tangier in Akron, Ohio. The topic – speed.

    Akron's 150 MPH Rotary Meeting Manby, Jr. , William 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z

    Haruka Arrives!!

    Our Rotary Club of Akron exchange student, Haruka Yamazaki, arrived Sunday evening August 21st from Japan.  She was greeted with a warm Rotary welcome at Cleveland Hopkins airport (She is pictured in the photo with her welcoming committee).  Haruka will attend her first Rotary meeting Tuesday, August 30th and she looks forward to meeting the Akron Rotarians and interacting with them this year. She is enrolled at Green High School for the school year, and her first host family is our President Mark Krohn and his wife, Lori, and young daughters Alex and Nicole, who live near Green High School at 1416 Pine Wood Way.  Mariya Bloom, Barry Hollis and Dan O’Connell are her Rotary co-counselors during her stay.  Haruka is 16 years old, enjoys acting, and has an older sister and younger brother at home near Nagoya, Japan.  Plan to enrich your life and her experience by contacting Haruka and invite her to spend some time with you and your family! You can contact her by email at spring1995@canvas.ocn.ne.jp or by telephone at (234)294-5047 or (330)690-7467. 



    Pictured L-R:  
    Counselor Mariya Bloom,
    Host Parents Mark & Lori Krohn,
    Akron RYE coordinator Marcia Holcomb
    District 6630 RYE Inbound coordinator Jack Young. 



     Yours in Rotary,
    Marcia Holcomb, Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Officer 

    Haruka Arrives!! Marcia Holcomb 2011-08-23 00:00:00Z

    District Governor Visits Akron

    ImageThe Akron Club was pleased to be host to District 6630 Governor Stephen Zabor on August 9, 2011.  Governor Zabor spoke about his theme for year Building Sustainable Communities.  He reminded us "Rotary is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service to help build goodwill and peace." 
    District Governor Visits Akron 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z

    President's Article - August 2011


    Hard to believe it is August already. Where did the Summer go? All I know is that it certainly has been a busy month at Rotary.  Since my last newsletter, our capital campaign crossed the two million dollar barrier, we have inducted one new member, George Romanoski, former City of Akron Fire Chief, and approved two more: Robert Cooper, Principal at CB Richard Ellis in Akron, and Tom Baugh, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Marketplace Events, our nation’s largest home tradeshow planner and promoter.


    President's Article - August 2011 Mark Krohn 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Camp Featured on Akronist Website


    Dear Akron Rotarians,

    I am very pleased to share with you a video produced by Connie Collins for the Akronist website. : 

    Make it a great day!
    Can't view the video?  Download Flash Player Now 

    Akron Rotary Camp Featured on Akronist Website Bonnie Lass wojno 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z

    Dr. Jay Gershen Accelerates Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine Initiatives


    Dr. Jay GershenOn Tuesday, July 19th, Dr. Jay Gershen, President of the Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine, visited the Rotary Club of Akron to discuss the region’s accomplished medical college and how Kent State, Akron, Youngstown State, Cleveland State and the State of Ohio are all collaborating to make a medical education available to anyone at any income level, accelerate and encourage world class research and commercialization of medical technology and dramatically improving care to rural and urban areas that are underserved.  A truly unbeatable combination being forged by one of our region’s greatest assets. If you missed it, you missed a lot.


    Please join us at our next meeting for the next installment of “My Life:My Passion” where three Rotarians will tell you some things about themselves, their work, family and philanthropy that you simply wont want to miss.


    Mark E. Krohn

    Dr. Jay Gershen Accelerates Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine Initiatives Mark Krohn 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Club of Akron Recruits Another Great Community Leader for its Ranks.

    On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, George Romanowski, former Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Fire Chief for the City of Akron, was formally inducted into the Rotary Club of Akron with his wife Janice and his dear friend Tony O’Leary, Executive Director of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, present. George looks forward to continuing his lifelong commitment to serving others through his new affiliation with the club and its many service projects, including the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

    Akron Rotary’s President, Mark Krohn, stated “This is exactly what Rotary is all about, great people and community leaders coming together to make a difference in the lives of others.” Krohn further stated “ We are so very excited to have George as a member of our family as he brings a perspective, drive and talent that is unique and very special.” Krohn ended by saying “With people like George, there is just no end to what we can do.”

    Rotary Club of Akron Recruits Another Great Community Leader for its Ranks. 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z

    Thank you Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity!!

    Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity representatives (pictured center and right), Jharell Watkins,Chapter President and Joshua Lumley, Chapter Vice President-External Affairs Philanthropy Chair presented  a check for $2,000.00 to Camp Director Dan Reynolds for The Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children. 

    Thank you Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity!! 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z

    A Story of Rebuilding

    Video and article courtesy of Akron Community Foundation.

    Can't view the video?  Download Flash Player Now   


    A Story of Rebuilding 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z

    Rotarians Roast Past President Janet Williams and Past Governor Stew Buchanan

    Virginia Wojno Forney wore a wig to show the many hairstyles of Janet during her term ... faces of Janet appeared everywhere in the room ... Steve Shechter wrote and sang a wonderful tune ... PDG Stew Buchanan was a great sport - ball caps were part of everyone's a ttire in his honor!  Please click to enjoy photos from the event. 

    Rotarians Roast Past President Janet Williams and Past Governor Stew Buchanan Daniel O'connell 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z

    Evening Around The Camp Fire

    Click here to enjoy several photos from Rotary Camp "Camp Fire"
    event hosted by the Rennick Andreoli Family.with Catering by
    Chef Beau Schmidt from Beau's at The Hilton West, Akron, OH.

    A night at the camp with friends and supporters of the
    Akron Rotary Camp For Children With Special Needs.

    Evening Around The Camp Fire Jack Harig 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z

    President's Article - July 2011

    I want to begin my presidency with the words “thank you”.   Words that are never said as much as they should be, but words I think about all the time in my experience with Rotary. 

    First, thank you for the honor of being your president.  I, like you, have no idea how this happened.  My wife is still shocked that this kind act was actually the result of some election and that you did not change your mind.  When I come to lunch (and look at our roster) and see all the CEO’s, Executive Directors and leaders in our community, I am always blown away that you would let me touch any aspect of this club, let alone lead it.

    President's Article - July 2011 Mark Krohn 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z

    Krohn Takes the Helm of Akron Rotary Club

    In a ceremony in Akron’s Tangier Restaurant on Tuesday, June 28, Mark Krohn was installed as the new president of the 116 member Rotary Club of Akron. Krohn accepted the club gavel from outgoing president Janet Williams.   Krohn will lead the club for a one year term and has set aggressive goals for the club to achieve in Rotary’s five avenues of service: club, vocational, community, international and new generations.  Krohn said of the challenges that lay ahead, “The coming year will be an opportunity to build on the club’s long history of service while transforming the image of Rotary in the greater Akron region.

    Krohn Takes the Helm of Akron Rotary Club Kevin Mcgee 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z

    ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available --- Check Out The Club Locator!!

    Currently only available for the iPhone, iPod and iPad sets, they will also be releasing the ClubRunner Mobile App for Blackberry and Android phones in the near future. Please note that the Stories and Members features are only available to clubs that are direct subscribers of ClubRunner (which the Akron Club is). The Club Locator is available to all.

    ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available!   

    ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available --- Check Out The Club Locator!! CHERYL WARREN 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z

    This Past Year - President's Article June 2011


               The month of June has finally brought us summer weather and marks the final month of my Rotary presidential year.  As much of a cliché as it sounds, the year really did go by fast.  It has a bittersweet feeling, happy to pass the baton to Mark but also wishing for more time to lead some projects.  We started to learn more about each other with less focus on outside speakers and more focus on ourselves. 

    This Past Year - President's Article June 2011 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Exchange Students Enjoy Strongsville DARE Program

    Victoria (Akron Exchange Student) and Brenda (Strongsville Exchange Student) attended the 8th grade "Dare program" graduation party for Strongsville students. They were invited by Jay Dzurilla, Past District Governor for RD 6630 2006-2007.



    Rotary Exchange Students Enjoy Strongsville DARE Program BARRY HOLLIS 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary Academic Scholarship Recipients


    Pictured are: Tyler Clementi – Ellet; Travis Cruse – Our Lady of the Elms; Alana Gaither – Firestone; Brandie Hazelett – Akron Early College; Tia Hicks – Buchtel; Taniqua Ingol – East; Deanna Klettlinger – Archbishop Hoban; Kayla Krukemeyer – St. Vincent-St. Mary; Melissa Legg – Garfield; Cody Nolan – Kenmore; and Jasmine Scruggs – North.

    Akron Rotary Academic Scholarship Recipients TERRENCE DALTON 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z

    District 6630 Exchange Students Take in a Game at The Akron Aero's Baseball Game

    District 6630 Exchange Students Take in a Game at The Akron Aero's Baseball Game LANCE CHIMA 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z

    Akron Rotary 2011 Career Education Scholarship Winners!!

    Congratulations to the students who won the Akron Rotary Career Education Scholarships. 

     Pictured are:

    Row 1, Left to Right: Brandi Natko, Dyamond Humphrey, Leticia Wyatt, Jessica Lee

    Row 2, Left to Right: Cory Mitan, Nicole Merzwelier, Jessica Brinley, Shanik Shropshire,

    Row 3, Left to Right: DeLorean Guess, Ahmad Thomas, Akil Gregory, Zachary Killings, Haleigh Montz.

    Akron Rotary 2011 Career Education Scholarship Winners!! CHERYL WARREN 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z
    The Summit County Historical Society Fence Project


    Rotary donated funds in April to help support the Summit County Historical Society fence project.  If you are in interested in this project, please contact Leianne, Executive Director of the Summit County Historical Society for more information:  330.535.1120. 

    The Summit County Historical Society Fence Project CHERYL WARREN 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z


     Jack Harig was honored at the 2011 District 6630 Conference with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jack and his wife Vivian truly have exemplified what Rotary is all about.  They have done so much for all concerned at the local, District and International levels and are continuing to plan even more!  Congratulations!





    Young Leaders Society Announces Mark Krohn as Young Philanthropist of the Year

    Mark Krohn

    United Way of Summit County's Young Leaders Society is pleased to announce the 2011 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award winner. The award was created to recognize young philanthropists who have demonstrated a passionate desire to help others through financial support of United Way and service to area non-profits. Mark Krohn, the 2011 Young Philanthropist of the Year, embodies those ideals. Mark and his wife Lori are Tocqueville donors to United Way of Summit County, proving that 'they put their money where their heart is.'

    Mark has also served as a Board member for United Disability Services, Habitat for Humanity, and the Akron Rotary Camp. But Mark isn't satisfied to just serve on a board; in all three instances he has taken on Executive Leadership roles, including a term as President of the Board for the Rotary Camp. Mark is a graduate of Leadership Akron (Class XIX), and a 2008 recipient of the Greater Akron Chamber's '30 For The Future' award. Mark is a partner in the law firm Brennan, Manna, Diamond, and he lives in Akron with his wife Lori and their daughters Alex and Nicole.

    GSE Team From The Netherlands Visits Akron Club


    If you missed the Rotary GSE Team from the Netherlands you missed a very interesting and enlightening presentation.   The team presented a wonderful overview of their personal and professional lives in the Netherlands.  They spoke passionately about their homeland, families and communities.  It was a sincere honor to have them present at our Club meeting. 


    GSE Team From The Netherlands Visits Akron Club CHERYL WARREN 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z

    Running for Rotary


    This is pretty amazing. One of our camp staff from last summer is committing to running 1,000 miles for Rotary Camp.  Click here here to read the story.


    Running for Rotary DAN REYNOLDS 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z

    President's Article - May 2011


    Happy Spring!


    It is Easter and we are greeted with plenty of rain.  But we are promised May flowers!.  These sure signs of Spring reflect some new things happening with our Rotary Club of Akron.  This Thursday, April 27, we will be resuming our Rotary After Hours at a new venue, Beau’s in Fairlawn Hilton, sponsored by our own fun man, Steve Shecter.  We hope all of you can join us for a fun after work get together to celebrate Rotary friendships.  This is a great opportunity to bring prospective members and our past Rotarians. 


    We will also be celebrating our first Service Committee project, sponsoring a local boy scout and his project to build a new fence around one of Akron’s landmarks, the John Brown home.  The Service Committee tallied up club member votes from a few weeks ago and identified some great potential projects for our club.  This is a wonderful first step in making Akron aware of Rotary’s desire to help our local community. 


    Our PR committee has also been active with capturing photos of local high school scholarship recipients and the Netherlands GSE Team.  The importance of sharing all Rotary does both locally and internationally is key to expanding our membership and helping all of us understand the power of Rotary.


    Please continue to share the story of Rotary with your friends and colleagues and how they can make a difference by joining our team.  The Capital Campaign continues to gain new supporters and the camp’s rebirth is well underway. 
    President's Article - May 2011 JANET WILLIAMS 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z

    Service Project Committee Update


    Service Projects Committee

    March 24, 2011 Meeting Notes

    The results of the March 15th Project Brainstorming session were reviewed and discussed in order to select specific projects for investigation and possible implementation.  The following action steps are proposed based upon this meeting and the results of the Brainstorming session:

    “The Dictionary Program for Third Graders” will be researched and assessed as a potential project for completion possibly by June.  A subcommittee would be set up to tackle this project.

    Another subcommittee would need to be established for International Relief Projects.  “Water Wells for Haiti” is to be considered in partnership with Chagrin Rotary and possibly others.  Contact will be made with the Chagrin group to understand current plans and how Akron Rotary can participate.  A program to provide shelter boxes for Japan and other disaster sites will also be considered.  Rotarian Marvin Sharpless will be contacted to gain information on what the Red Cross is doing and how Akron Rotary might assist.  Doug Hausknecht suggested organizing a “Relief Day” with three or four displays set up at a high visibility site such as a mall or ballpark to raise public awareness and funds for these projects.  These displays could be developed in cooperation with other service organizations and should include a shelter box set up.

    These activities would not rule out exploring other projects at a later time.

    There was discussion and concern that funding requirements for these projects could be substantial and that Rotary members, their friends, and associates were already heavily committed to the support of the camp.   It may be necessary to ask Rotarians to plan their year in terms of their contributions of time, effort, and funding.

    The after-hours group needs to be kept up to date on what is happening with service projects and we will be contacting them shortly to seek their input and involvement.

    I will explore with President Janet how we might respond favorably to Dylan Schulz’s request for help with his Eagle Scout project.

    The meeting ended at 8:29 am.

    Yours in Rotary,

    Graham Reinke  

    Service Project Committee Update GRAHAM REINKE 2011-04-03 00:00:00Z

    Dick Farkas Recognized for Leadership


    President Janet Williams presented Dick Farkas with a plaque in recognition of his Leadership in Transformational Change.

    Thank you Dick,  for all you do for The Rotary Club of Akron.

    You are truly an inspiration!

    Dick Farkas Recognized for Leadership CHERYL WARREN 2011-04-03 00:00:00Z

    Results of Service Project Brainstorming Session 3/15/2011

    Thank you for all the support you provided at the recent brainstorming session.  To view the PDF of the results click here.
    Results of Service Project Brainstorming Session 3/15/2011 MANBY, JR., WILLIAM 2011-04-03 00:00:00Z

    Project Blueprint


    Did you know that Rotarians have almost eradicated Polio internationally? Did you know that Akron Rotary is composed mainly of local business and philanthropic leaders? Of course you do, but most people in our area do not, which is why Bill Manby, Jr., Kevin McGee and Mark Krohn attended the United Way’s Project Blueprint Agency Fair on Thursday, March 23, where seventeen of our area’s best and brightest young minds were interviewing area not-for-profits to find worthy places to lend their talents (and a hand).

    Agencies like the Red Cross, Community Support Services and Summit DD were present (all of which we have members from or very close ties with) and Mark and Bill felt honored to be among such great groups of people. Mark and Bill spoke to almost half the graduating class about the awesome benefits of Rotary and plan on following up as to possible membership and volunteer involvement opportunities.   A very special thanks to our membership committee for allowing our club to try something new. Based upon the feedback we received from all who attended and interviewed, this will not be the last stop on the tour.

    Project Blueprint CHERYL WARREN 2011-04-03 00:00:00Z

    Capital Campaign Update


    The Campaign for renewing the camp’s facilities is moving along, we have raised over$1,500,000 toward our $3,500,000 goal. The bath house and the  first two cabins are almost complete and will ber ready for the summer camping season. We invite you to join us and visit camp. Click here to view more photos.

    Bonnie Lass Wojno
    Akron Rotary Camp
    4460 Rex Lake Drive
    Akron, OH 44319

    Capital Campaign Update Bonnie Lass Wojno 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z
    2011 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship Recipients

    Terrance Dalton presented the 2011 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship winners at a recent meeting.  Shown with Terrance are:

    ​​​​​Shavonda Johnson, Buchtel High School,
    Teacher Academy Program,
    Lauren Rasnick, Ellet High School
    Early Childhood Education Program

    2011 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship Recipients CHERYL WARREN 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z

    Two Akron Rotarians In The News!


     The Akron Affiliate of Sales & Marketing Executive International named Douglas R. Kohl, President & CEO, Akron Area YMCA as its 2011 Executive of the Year.  The list of his accomplishments, service to the community and outstanding leadership is long and includes camping and outdoor education programs at our Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children.  Congratulations Doug - thanks for all the wonderful things you continue to do to in the Akron community!

    Vice President Bob Raskow, at left, and President Tom Fox (Photo courtesy of NAI Cummins) 
    Akron Rotarian Tom Fox and his business partner, Bob Raskow recently purchased Commercial real estate company NAI Cummins.  Fox has been with the firm since he graduated from college 30 years ago, while Raskow has 23 years with the company.  Congratulations and best of luck in your new endeavor!


    Two Akron Rotarians In The News! Cheryl Warren 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z

    21st Annual Wayne Homes Chili Open – Another Huge Success


    On Saturday, February 5th, Mother Nature finally cooperated and brought with her a record setting day for our latest Chili Open Classic.  We enjoyed our largest turn out ever since relocating the event to Hale Farm and Village.  In addition, more than $100,000 was raised to benefit Rotary Camp. It was also the first year a “shoot-out” was required for the nearest to the pin winner which added much excitement to an already thrilling day.


    The day would not have been possible without the outstanding efforts of many Akron Rotarians and their friends, through donations of time, sponsoring of camper-ships and the purchasing of foursomes.  I would also like to express my extreme gratitude to the generosity of all our corporate sponsors including:


    Wayne Homes 

    Akron Children’s Hospital        

    Willoughby Supply 

    Omnova Solutions Foundation

    Buckingham Doolittle and Burroughs

    Record Publishing

    Goodyear Tire and Rubber

    Leader Publications

    Crystal Clinic


    SUMMA Foundation

    Whitey’s Premium Chili

    FirstMerit Foundation

    Hitchcock, Fleming & Associates

    Hale Farm & Village

    County of Summit DD Board

    House of LaRose



    Continuing to be fortunate enough to have Wayne Homes as a title sponsor is special not only for

    the success of the event, but because of how much this cause means to those at Wayne Homes. Through multiple conversations with several folks within the Wayne Homes family, it is clear to me that this match happened for a reason and we are all blessed as a result.

    Dave Logsdon of Wayne Homes, Akron Rotarian Scott Stutler and friends


    I would like to recognize this year Ambassador of Service, Nick George and Best Friend of Camp, Rennick Andreoli and also give a special thanks to Summit Racing and their sponsorship of the putt-putt course.  In these challenging economic times, special recognition should go to those who continue to commit resources and capital, to projects such as our camp and Barrett Academy. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!


    This year’s three raffle prize winners were Nick Luckosavich (Bridgestone Tournament package, donated by Bridgestone Invitational), Curt Oliver (Cleveland Indians package, donated by Sports Time Ohio) and Connie Truax who won the grand prize of $5,000.  Connie has very graciously decided to donate half of her winnings back to the camp! Thank you, Connie!  Congratulations to all of our winners and thanks for participating.


    If you’ve never had the pleasure of participating or helping out with this event and have interest for 2012 or if you are a tried and veteran, please visit www.chiliopen.net. 


    In addition, we will try to keep our site, www.akronrotary.org, updated with all the various articles and coverage of the event.

    21st Annual Wayne Homes Chili Open – Another Huge Success MANBY, JR., WILLIAM 2011-03-05 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Camp's New Bath House Takes Shape


    Rotary Camp's New Bath House Takes Shape Bonnie Lass Wojno 2011-03-05 00:00:00Z

    President's Article - Third Quarter Recap


    Being an accountant, and in the midst of tax season, I tend to process time in quarters.  It is hard to believe that March is here and there are only four months until I become past president.  The year is going by fast and our club is showing some new enthusiasm as revamped club committees tackle goals to strengthen our club.  We will start to hear updates from each committee and have the opportunity to get more involved.  In case you have been out of touch for awhile, our committee chairs are: Club Administration, Dominic Frisina; Public Relations, Bill Manby Jr.; Membership, Lance Chima; Service Projects, Graham Reinke; Rotary Foundation, Bill Manby Sr.  We all need to support these initiatives to insure our Rotary Club of Akron future.


    Our speakers recently have been more geared towards Rotary, including our delightful exchange student Victoria, “Mr. Rotary” Stew Buchanan, and the GSE team that just recently headed to Amsterdam. It is exciting to hear about all of these travels and how broad, yet united, Rotary is.


    Breaking away from the norm can be a refreshing change.  As our club is well on its way with the Camp Capital Campaign, all members should take a moment to visit camp and experience the transitions.  We are going to replace the March 22 lunch meeting with a dinner meeting at camp.  Our meeting will be kept short and sweet so we may socialize a bit more and enjoy each others company at our beloved camp.  More information will be forthcoming but please mark your calendars now.  We are expecting a fun evening of fellowship.


    Please remember to reach out to our members who have been absent and remind them they have friends who would love to see them. 


    Yours in Rotary,


    President's Article - Third Quarter Recap JANET WILLIAMS 2011-03-05 00:00:00Z

    Rotary International Quiz

    Dick Farkas did a great job facilitating one of our recent luncheon meetings. His presentation was interactive and fun and gave us the opportunity to learn more about Rotary International.  Attached is the quiz he used to help us increase our knowledge. CLICK HERE
    Rotary International Quiz Cheryl Warren 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z

    President's Article


    Happy 2011!


    Happy New Year to all!  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  I like to call New Years Day the reset button on the calendar.  You can start over with new resolutions and get a re-do at the ones from last year that didn’t work out.  Our Club has a new year’s resolution to revitalize and grow.  The month of January has been dedicated to Akron Rotarian education and how we can all become involved to gain the best experience in Rotary.  Dick Farkas will be our facilitator and his passion is contagious.  This will be a three meeting event, starting with Rotary International education, moving to our new club vision, and ending with the cash flow of our club.  This is the time for all of our Akron members to stand up and get more involved, or for many to become re-acquainted.  This is an exciting time if we all get on board.  We have some projects waiting in the wings (like our literacy program) that need strong membership support and action to become realized.


    Before the end of the year, the Club had its first Phone A Thon to secure both old and new Chili Open sponsors.  The feedback was great and a second event is planned soon.  With the Chili Open only one month away, all of us should be reaching out to our contacts and promoting our biggest project.  One new campership from each member equates to a huge benefit to our Camp. 


    We recently had an after hours night out at Whitey’s which was much fun.  We hope to get even more out for our January after hours.  This will be the perfect time to enjoy some great food at our chili sponsor’s venue. 


    Our capital campaign is proving strong and although the winter months are set in, the action doesn’t stop on construction.  Please remember to share the camp video on our website.  Plans are in the making to have an alternative meeting out at camp so we can all visit the progress.


    Wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!



    President's Article JANET WILLIAMS 2011-01-02 00:00:00Z

    Happy Holidays


    The air is cold and the snow is fallen.  We are now welcoming the winter season and getting ready for the Christmas holiday.  December is a month full of activity for Rotary as well.  There are many opportunities to get involved and introduce prospective members to our club.  On Thursday evening, December 9, we have our first club cluster social event.  This idea was generated at one of our cluster club presidents’ lunch meetings.  We thought this would be a great way to meet our club neighbors and enjoy fellowship beyond our own club setting.  The event will take place at the Fairlawn Country Club with a wonderful dinner and NASA speaker.  Space is limited so all registrations need to be in by December 7.  The following week brings two other Rotary events, in addition to our weekly lunch meeting.  On Wednesday December 15 we have the annual Barrett Academy Christmas party.  This is a long standing club tradition that is sure to touch your heart.  The joy on the children’s faces, and the teachers, is overwhelming.  On Thursday December 16 we will enjoy Rotary After Hours at Whitey’s.  The fun will start at 6 pm.  This is the perfect event to engage newer members and bring prospective members.  With the Chili Open nearing so quickly, this night out shows our support to Whitey’s for their key involvement.  A strong showing is expected.

    On Tuesday December 21, we will be having our Christmas celebration at Sumner on Ridgewood.  This is always a fun time, enjoying our friendships and some holiday entertainment.


    Our club had two new members inducted this past month, Charles Baldwin and Andrea Victor.  Please welcome our new members and share the joy of being an Akron Rotarian!


    Yours in Rotary,

    Janet Williams

    Happy Holidays JANET WILLIAMS 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z
    "The Hilton for Kids"

    Dear Akron Rotarians,

    Warm greetings on this cold and snowy day. I thought that I would share a little sunshine with you. Attached is a photo taken at camp in November- the sun was shining then-. It is a picture of Rennick Andreoli of RDA Management and Phil Adkins of Bennett Construction. Rennick has generously offered his time, talent and treasure to build us a cabin, it will be called "The Hilton for Kids".

    So check out thephoto below and smile, you helped make this new beginning for camp.

    Thank you!

    Bonnie Lass Wojno
    Rotary Club of Akron

    "The Hilton for Kids" Cheryl Warren 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z

    Changing Seasons


    I just got back from a good run; the cool air was invigorating and helped push me along.  As I ran I was thinking about how just a few days earlier the Camp celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony on a beautiful sunny afternoon.  It was a great event, with the mayor of New Franklin issuing us a city proclamation.  Although construction had already begun, it was a wonderful way to bring many involved with this heartfelt undertaking together and recognize how many improved seasons will evolve.  A few weeks ago, Josh was our speaker and debuted a 3-minute video geared towards promotion of the capital campaign.  We had some technical difficulties with sound, but that video is now available on our Club homepage.  It would be impossible not to watch this and feel both pride in what our Club accomplishes with camp and then feel like we need to share this with everyone.


    Our club will be reaching out to more children this week as we take part in Read To Me Day on November 3.  We will be adopting Voris School in Akron and reading about Fall and Thanksgiving.  This is our start to getting a literacy program started.  I am very thankful to the volunteers that will share their time reading.


    We are working on some changes to our after hours meetings and getting another fall social event planned.  Keep your eyes open for these announcements and please continue to share your ideas on new things we can try out!


    Yours in Rotary,


    Janet Williams

    Changing Seasons JANET WILLIAMS 2010-11-02 00:00:00Z
    Photo Journal of Camp Renovation
    Photo Journal of Camp Renovation 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z

    Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children Video


    Click to view a video of the Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children directed and edited by Bill Myers   

    The Akron Rotary Camp began a $3.5 million capital campaign to revitalize its worn World War II-era facilities to benefit children and adults with disabilities. Rotary Camp's capital campaign has reached $1 million of its $3.5 million goal.

    Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children Video Cheryl Warren 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z

    Campaign Update

    Campaign Update!

    Life here is very exciting! Thanks to you, our camp is transforming. Demolition started today to make way for the new bath house and cabins will begin renovation next week. Stop by the camp and take a look or follow the camp construction progress on facebook 

    As of today we are at $1,100,000 in pledges. If you have not yet made your pledge, please do so, we would love to have 100% of the club participating. You may make a donation online at www.sailingthecourse.org.

    Thank YOU!

    Campaign Update 2010-10-01 00:00:00Z

    Hello to Fall

    We have had our typical transition to fall here in Ohio, from grey rainy days to sunny cooler days.  The beginning of a new season always brings change, and we are embarking on some new initiatives with Rotary.  We are putting our focus on membership and Dick Farkas is leading a task force to help align our visions, goals, and how we may overcome our obstacles.  This task force is meant to be a guide to our membership committee.  It is going to take much effort and commitment to drive this membership push.  With increased membership, our club gains the opportunity to support out biggest events with more zest, start new projects and meet even more wonderful Rotarians.  We recently had a lunch hour dedicated to membership, identifying what we felt Rotary does and should accomplish for our members.  The interaction by all attending was inspiring, with no hesitation on sharing thoughts.  The key questions raised were:  Why is Membership Rotary's top priority?; Why would anyone join our Rotary Club?: Who should nominate prospects for membership in our club?: Why aren't we then recruiting prospects?: Why are people joining our club?: Why have members resigned from our club?  If you were not at the meeting, please take time to read over Dick’s e-mail sent to all club members on 9/21. 
    Hello to Fall 2010-10-01 00:00:00Z

    On To Australia!!



    2014 International Convention


    How to get Started:

    Registration & Helpful Hints

    (note: this is a member only page - login is required)

    On To Australia!!

    2013 Rotary Club of Akron Chili Open Pictures

    Please click here to enjoy pictures that have been submitted from the 2013 Chili Open where over 500 guests enjoyed a wonderful day of winter golf, hot chili from Whitey's and pasta from Bravo.  If you have more pictures, click here to email them and they will be added to the photo archive.
    2013 Rotary Club of Akron Chili Open Pictures

    New Literacy Program Kicks Off!

    To My Fellow Rotarians:

    I am very excited to tell you about the Akron Rotary Club’s new literacy program with the Salvation Army of Akron.

    The program will have Rotarians volunteer to conduct reading sessions with children who are enrolled in summer day care at the Salvation Army.  The Rotarians would promote literacy by reading aloud to the children, by having them read aloud in their small group, and finally by conducting an activity to encourage the excitement and comprehension of the reading for that day.  All reading materials will be provided to the Rotarians.