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Our Speakers:  May 18 & May 25, 2021

May 18, 2021


Akron Civic Theatre
Executive Director

Howard Parr has more than 25 years of professional experience in arts, entertainment, and consulting. His work includes organizational development and strategic planning, as well as program management and event production. Howard has served as executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre since September 2007.  He served as The Civic’s Director of Development and Planning from 1999 – 2004, during which he directed the capital campaign for the theater’s $22.5 million expansion and restoration project. In addition to his work on the capital campaign, he was talent buyer for in-house programming (through 2002 – 2003), as well as for the first season of Lock Three Park, an outdoor performance space immediately adjacent to the Civic Theatre.
During his time away from the theater from 2004-2007, Howard was co-producer of an original gospel, jazz and R&B musical based on the life of the Apostle Paul – which enjoyed a 36-performance run including stops in NY and Chicago.  During that time, he also promoted King of the Cage mixed martial arts events and coordinated non-liturgical public programming at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. Howard previously served as General Manager of Ohio Ballet.  During his tenure at the Ballet, the company produced the cross-cultural ballet, Jungle Book: The Adventures of Mowgli, which set revenue records for both ticket sales and touring. Before joining Ohio Ballet, he served as General Manager of Cleveland Signstage Theatre where he expanded the theatre’s programming, including its first-ever national tour, bringing its production of Children of a Lesser God to more than 40 cities.  Prior to moving to northeast Ohio, Howard served as General Manager of the David S. Palmer Civic Center in Danville, Illinois, a 5,000 seat multi-purpose arena and conference facility.  During his tenure in Danville, and while serving as Performing Arts Coordinator at Western Illinois University in Macomb, he coordinated the programming of a wide variety of cultural and popular programs ranging from symphony orchestras and ballet companies to rock-n-roll and country concerts.

May 25, 2021


The Supreme Court
Civic Education Presentation

Justice Pat DeWine began his six-year term on the Supreme Court of Ohio on Jan. 2, 2017, following his statewide election in November 2016.
Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, Justice DeWine served on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court from 2009-2013 and then joined the First District Court of Appeals in February 2013.
Justice DeWine began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Nelson on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following his clerkship, Justice DeWine practiced law with one of Cincinnati’s top law firms, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, where he specialized in mass tort bankruptcy, appellate advocacy, and complex litigation matters.
Justice DeWine received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with cum laude and order of the coif honors. He is a 1990 graduate of Miami University, where he received a B.A. in history and a B.S. in diplomacy and foreign affairs. At Miami, Justice DeWine maintained a 4.0 grade point average, received summa cum laude honors, and competed as a member of the varsity track and cross country teams.
In combination with his service on the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice DeWine has committed to further the rule of law through education. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati in both the College of Law and in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure to law students, and courses in Ohio Government & Politics and American Courts to undergraduate students in the political science department.

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Celebrating Over a Century of Service in the Akron Community!

The History of The Rotary Club of Akron
Honoring the Past.  Driving the Future.
April 5, 2014 Centennial Celebration