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Join Us at a Meeting

We meet each Tuesday
and begin promptly at Noon

(we suggest arriving at 11:45 am to allow
time for check-in and to get your lunch).

Portage Country Club

240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303

Tel: 330.644.4512

$13.00 per person for lunch

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Meet Our Club President

Julie Brandle

Republished from the April District Newsletter:
By: Alma Deblasio
Rotary Interact Advisor
North High School, Akron, OH 
Akron North High School looks forward to our induction to the District Conference of Clubs later in April.  Also, we are proud to announce our first Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest winner, Ro Zi Mar. She resettled in North Hill from Thailand, specifically the Mae La refugee camp, with her family ten years ago. After Ro Zi’s first place win at The North High School contest, she won the first round at districts and then secured an honorable mention in the finals. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations, and look forward to what Ro Zi will bring to the competition next year! In addition to the speech contest, North’s Rotary Interact has been busy putting together care bags for our students in need. With the help of the Akron Rotary and the HPAC club at North, we were able to make and distribute over 100 care packages to our underprivileged students.
Photo:  Alma Kryah-Deblasio. Ro Zi Mar, Sandy Naragon
Akron Rotary Camp and the Akron Area YMCA continue to grow because of the dedication and commitment of our many volunteers.  We are very pleased to congratulate Scott Stutler and Alyssa Whitehead that were recognized as Akron Rotary Camp’s 2017 Volunteers of the Year at the recent Akron Area YMCA’s Annual Dinner and Recognition event.
Scott received the award for his longtime commitment to the Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic. For the past 23 years, he has served in multiple leadership volunteer positions. During his tenure as chair, he secured Wayne Homes as the Presenting sponsor and Whitey’s Chili as the Official Chili sponsor. Today, both continue as major sponsors.   
He is referred to as the “Superintendent” of the Chili Open golf courses. He oversees and assists with setting up and tearing down of the golf courses. Not an easy task as the Chili Open is winter golf, held in February. The weather is usually freezing temperatures along with snow.
Scott, as VP of Stutler Leasing, generously donates the annual storage fees for the Chili Open trailer along with providing the tractor to transport it to and from the event location.
Alyssa has been volunteering at Akron Rotary Camp since 2016 during our Respite and Summer Camp programs. Her favorite thing is assisting campers with arts and crafts projects. Allyssa really takes time to make a personal connection with every camper she interacts with. She also enjoys camp cookouts during the summer camp season.
She also volunteers at Akron Children’s Hospital, Victory Gallop and is an avid Girl Scout. Her Girl Scout Gold Award is to build a mobile hydroponic garden for Rotary Camp to provide campers the opportunity to learn about gardening during Nature activities. They will begin with planting lettuce to be harvested to serve on the salad bar during Camp’s lunch and dinner meals in the dining hall. 
Thank you Scott and Allyssa for your tireless service above self in helping Rotary Camp to “Create a world where there are only abilities!” 
The North High School Interact Club with 4 of our Rotarians - Laura Fink, Zach Prosser, Vincent Munnerlyn, and me, had a project of making chocolate covered pretzels for the entire North High faculty and staff. Everyone had a fabulous time pulling this off and the teachers loved it. They were really blessed. The club is gaining some significant traction and the kids are enjoying the journey.

Remembrance Day and Rise Against Hunger

On April 25th, volunteers joined together at The University of Akron to honors those who passed and make the future brighter for those in need. Thank you to everyone who helped!

(Indoor) Camp Clean-up Volunteers Needed
Saturday, May 12th -- 8:30 am - Noon 
We are seeking Rotary volunteers (and spouse's/partners/children/friends, etc.) to help up get the Camp freshened up for Spring.
Many different tasks are needed so if you have limitations reaching or bending, we will assign you to a task to meet your needs.

Club Social Night
Rotary After Hours

Tuesday, June 12th at Nuevo in Akron
5 pm - 7 pm
A casual drop in event to socialize with your fellow Rotarians. No need to register or pay ahead - just stop in for a beverage and some laughs. Feel free to bring a spouse, friend or prospective new member.
Social Chair: Katy Miller 

United Way Day of Action
Friday, June 22nd
To signup email Mark Seward mark@sewardwealthmgt.com 

The First Annual Rotary Club of Akron Family Picnic
Saturday, June 23rd -- Noon - 4 pm
Akron Rotary Camp

 Bring a dish to share and the club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, beverages, and condiments.
More details coming soon!!

If you would like to assist with this ad hoc committee
please email Julie Brandle at jbrandle@metisconstruction.com


Rotary exchange students (including Isa Nuñoz from the Akron Club and others from District 6630) participated in a session at the Ohio Foreign Language Association Annual Meeting in Cleveland where more than 500 world language teachers gathered from all over Ohio.  The subject of the session was to inform teachers about the value and benefits of the Rotary study abroad scholarship so they can spread the word to would-be candidates. A year abroad is a life-changing event!  Rotary offers study abroad scholarships valued at about $25,000 each to students between the ages of 15 and18 ½.   For more information, go  to www.ohioerie.org
On April 4th, Akron Rotary and North High School held a service project day.
Four Rotarians -Wanda Whipkey, John Palmer, Vincent Munnerlyn, and me, worked with 10-12 North High students to put together personal grooming kits for 115 needy students.
It was a blast.
The kids were very helpful and our assembly line approach moved everything along to a successful conclusion.
Dentist John Palmer
Vincent Munnerlyn - While packing deodorant he reminded everyone
"Now make sure you use your deodorant!” 😊
Wanda Whipkey - It all starts with Wanda!
We are seeking Rotary volunteers (and spouse's/partners/children/friends, etc.) to help up get the Camp freshened up for Spring on May 12, 2018.  Sign up online now by clicking here!  Many different tasks are needed so if you have limitations reaching or bending, we will assign you to a task to meet your needs.  

We are in need of supplies also ... if you can please bring with you or drop off:

buckets, rags, dusters (long and short) and step-stools.

Thank you


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Now in our Second Century of Service in the Akron Community!

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