Rotary Cares

Posted by Sandy Naragon on Sep 10, 2020
The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me (click here) with any news you would like placed here. Note that information is posted only with permission of the individual(s). 
Terry Dalton
  • Terry had to undergo some foot surgery this week and is at home recovering. He will be in a boot for 2-6 weeks. He shared that his youngest dog loves to sit on his lap and his oldest one is always by his side - so we hope they are helping keep him company during his recovery!   Thoughts and prayers are with him during this time.

The Maddox family

  • We recently shared information about the loss of Reverend Kenneth Elliot Maddox, brother of GinaKaye Maddox.  There is now a link where the information for the arrangements will be posted:
    GinaKaye has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Rotary Camp.  
Rotary Cares Sandy Naragon 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Matthew Deevers Provided Insight about SEI Initiatives on Sept. 8th

Posted by Terrence Dalton on Sep 09, 2020
The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed Dr. Matthew Deevers as our guest speaker during our Tuesday, September 8th Club meeting.  It was a very informative presentation discussing some of the initiatives the Summit Education Initiative (SEI) is working on.  The video of his presentation is below or you can click here.
Dr. Matthew Deevers is the Executive Director of Summit Education Initiative, where he previously held the role of Senior Research Associate. Before joining SEI, he was a public school teacher and administrator.
SEI’s mission is to improve personal and regional prosperity through increased educational attainment. Education provides a clear path to future success, career opportunities and promotes vibrant and resilient communities.  The SEI sees their role as providing support and enhance existing systems.  Mr. Deevers commented that part of SEI’s mission is to ensure students have the degree and skills needed to have the life they desire and dream of.  The proper education allows for greater pathways for the future.
To help Summit County realize their vision and act upon its mission, Summit Education Initiative:
  • Articulates the major educational challenges facing Summit county and 
  • Tracks the progress being made to address those challenges by conducting research and publicizing relevant data and findings
  • Encourages and facilitates collaborations designed to address those educational challenges and
  • Develops prototype programs that test and refine strategies for removing barriers to high educational aspiration and achievement.
The goals that drive SEI’s mission and vision are:
  • to increase the number of students ready for kindergarten success
  • to increase the number of students on track for success in school,
  • ensure all students who graduate high school have a plan to become enrolled, enlisted or employed,
  • to increase the number of individuals with career credentials and college degrees, and
  • empower partners who are working with youth to support student success.
As SEI works to engage with their partners and collaborators, Mr. Deevers listed a few of their engagement activities.  These engagements include the following:
  • all Summit County school districts, plus many non-public schools,
  • three closest higher education institutions,
  • 60+ Out of School Time Partners, 
  • 130+ preschools,
  • government and nonprofit agencies,
  • local, state and national foundations and funders, and
  • business entities.
To accomplish SEI’s goals, Mr. Deevers described their methods.  These include: 
  • Convene caring adults from educational, nonprofit, government and business entities,
  • Use data to identify specific issues that require attention,
  • Mobilize their five strategy teams to execute specific goals and tactics that address the issues,
  • Measure progress and success,
  • Report their findings,
  • Scale successful strategies across the county, and
  • Repeat steps 1 – 6 as necessary until the goals are met.
SEI in collaboration with their various partners have developed some Leading Indicators of Success.  These indicators can change as new needs or challenges are identified.  Currently the following Educational Attainment Indicators are in place: 
  • Kindergarten Readiness – Scoring on track in Language and Literacy on Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment,
  • Third Grade Reading – Scoring proficient or higher on Ohio’s 3rd Grade Next Generation Reading Test,
  • Eighth Grade Math -  Scoring proficient or higher on Ohio’s 8th Grade Next Generation Math Test,
  • Ninth Grade Success – Completing 9th Grade with a 3.1 or higher GPA and 6.5 cumulative credits,
  • College and Career Readiness – Graduating with a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT (or equivalent),
  • College Enrollment – Enrolling in accredited post-secondary programs,
  • Post College Readiness – Encouraging individuals who have attended college but didn’t graduate, to see how they can go back to school to get their degree or other type of certification, etc.
SEI has a staff of nine.  Most of their funding comes from the United Way of Summit and Medina Counties and various local Foundations.  Since SEI is a Not-for-Profit organization they always welcome donations from individuals and corporations. 
Rotarians interested in getting involved with the SEI initiatives can check out their website.  Currently they have a Career Awareness Video Project.  SEI is looking for volunteers to complete a brief video about their career to enable students to explore various career options, etc.
Individuals wishing to know more about Summit Education Initiative are encouraged to go to their website, which is
Dr. Matthew Deevers Provided Insight about SEI Initiatives on Sept. 8th Terrence Dalton 2020-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Let's be Social . . .Apart

Posted by Katy Miller
This inspiring initiative was noticed by FOX 8 Producer Rachel Inch and aired on their news September 18th.

Hello Rotarians!
Well, since we can't be social in person yet, how about a fun way to be active and social in tandem with your fellow Rotarians?
Here is a fun idea I came up with as your Social Chair to participate in the Summit County Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree together but apart.
As Julie Brandle, our Assistant District Governor shared, The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.  This seems like an opportune time to get out there and reconnect with our local environment,  Maybe a project that supports this focus will come to mind as you are enjoying our park system.
This years theme for the Fall Hiking Spree is From Fields to Forest.  This year, the Fall Hiking Spree celebrates the rich history of the properties they proudly manage for our enjoyment and their successful return to nature. Take a journey on this year’s spree and explore the former farms and fields that are now forests.  
As you hit the trails, snap a picture on your trail of choice, pre hike, while on the hike or post hike and send to me,  You can email me, text me or post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #AkronRotaryHikes
Each week I'll collect the photos and post to our Rotary Club of Akron FB Page and our Akrotarian to see your fellow Rotarians out taking advantage of our amazing park system.  
Please remember that if you choose to hike with fellow Rotarians while distancing, please keep your distance in your photo!  I will not be featuring photos that don't follow social distancing guidelines.

Anyone who finishes the whole spree, and sends me a copy of their completed form will be entered into a drawing for a Fall Basket of goodies! 
Here are the links of the form and trail choices.
Sign up/download Form~
Let's get out and enjoy the Fall season together....apart!
Thank you, 
Katy Miller
Social Chair
Let's be Social . . .Apart Katy Miller 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Don Drumm Enlighted Our Members & Guests

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed Don Drumm as our guest speaker during our Tuesday, September 1st Club meeting.  It was a very informative presentation on the history of Don Drumm including his studio and career.  Click here or below on the video to view the presentation.
After studying medicine for two years at Hiram College Don decided he was more of a visual person and decided to pursue a career in art and transferred to Kent State University where he received a B.F.A. and an M.A. He subsequently worked as a designer for the Industrial Design firm “Smith, Scherr and McDermott” for two years. Early in his career he was an artist in residence at Bowling Green University. 
In 1960 Drumm opened his own studio, as a full-time practicing Sculptor and designer/craftsman near the University of Akron. In 1971, together with his wife, Lisa Drumm, he expanded the studio to incorporate a one-room gallery. Since then the enterprise has grown extensively and now embraces eight buildings, providing gallery facilities for over 500 artists and studio space for three resident artists. In addition to the 500 active artists with work on display at his studios, he has a data base of over 2000 artists that individuals can access if they are looking for a particular item.
Don has been a pioneer in the use of cast aluminum (aluminum) as an artistic medium. In addition, he has been a pioneer in the use of contemporary building materials, and techniques for the creation of arts and crafts.
Don created a sculpture at Kent State University at the site of the May 4th Viet Nam protest between students and the National Guard.
During Don’s presentation he showed numerous pieces of art he has designed and exhibited.  Several of those included sculptures at the Quaker Square Inn.  In addition to the sculptures, Don has provided designs for residential customers.  This technique involved the layering of different colors of cement.  Drumm has worked on a wide range of public, commercial and private commissions in the USA and abroad.
Mr. Drumm explained there are three types of art: Abstract Art. Realism Art and Non-objective Art.  Don has devoted most of his career in the area of Non-objective art which involves art that has no subject matter.
Don continues experimenting and constantly creating to this day. Drumm has won numerous awards along the way, including: Ohio Designer Crafts' “Lifetime Achievement Award”, “Outstanding Contributors of the Century”, to the Akron community by the Beacon Journal Publishing Company, first recipient of the Outstanding Visual Artist Award from the Akron Area Arts Alliance in 2000, and the first recipient of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) “Artist and Craftsman Excellence” award.
If you are interested in viewing some of Mr. Drumm and the other 500 artists creations, I encourage you to visit his studios at 457 Crouse Street, Akron, OH.   
Don Drumm Enlighted Our Members & Guests Terrence Dalton 2020-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

The name is McGregor, Rob McGregor...Shaken Not Stirred

The recent Virtual Cocktail Party - Shaken Not Stirred was really fun!  President Rob and his his wife Sharon kicked off by 'virtually' welcoming us to their home with a tour of his Steelers memorabilia, then his martini glass collection and all the ingredients for the festivities.  Sharon bought him a bar towel that says "If you can't fix it with duct tape or a Martini, it ain't worth fixing". 
He keeps the liquor and mixes in the freezer until ready to use and starts with a very chilled glass. 
Dr. Rob began by showing us how to make a Vesper followed by the perfect Martini.  He was a very good teacher, explaining each step, ingredient and proper measurements.
We all followed along making our drinks in the comfort of our own homes then enjoyed sipping them while 'virtually' socializing.  We were pleased to welcome some guests:  Ali Whitley (friend of Cyndi Kane), Stephen Hall (spouse of Susan Colville-Hall via phone), and Joe Mora (spouse of Tamara).
The video provides some of the fun we had including the pyrotechnics!  Ideas were exchanged for another 'virtual' after hours so watch your email for the next event!  View video by clicking here or below.
The name is McGregor, Rob McGregor...Shaken Not Stirred 2020-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Ilene Shapiro Helps Move Our Community Forward

Posted by Terrence Dalton on Aug 27, 2020
The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed Ilene Shapiro as our guest speaker during our Tuesday, August 25th Club meeting.  It was a very informative presentation discussing some of the initiatives the Summit County government is working on. View the presentation below or click here.
County Executive Shapiro has an accomplished career resume both in the private and government sectors of our community.  County Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016. As Executive, Ilene manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments including: Administrative Services, Communications, Community and Economic Development, Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Job and Family Services, Law, Insurance and Risk Management, Sanitary Sewer Services and the Medical Examiner.  In addition to these 9 departments, Ms. Shapiro collaborates closely with 31 Summit County municipalities.  Summit County is the fourth largest county in Ohio.

Ilene Shapiro served on Summit County Council for ten years, three of those as Council President. Ilene served on various committees during her tenure on Council, including serving as the Chair of Planning and Economic Development Committee for seven years.

Executive Shapiro is an accomplished business leader with a history of successful business ventures for high growth, established, turn-around and start-up organizations and led Shapiro Consulting, which specialized in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Business Planning, Workforce and Economic Development.
Executive Shapiro began her presentation on leadership from her experience with this quote, “Leadership is heart share and mind share.  One doesn’t have to have a title to be a leader.  Leadership is ‘moving the community forward’. Leaders grow up with what they have learned.  Leaders are defined, not by what they do, but by the things they have touched.”
Executive Shapiro discussed several of the initiatives she has been involved with during her tenure as County Executive. 
Recently the county formed a collaboration committee to work together in forming a shared dispatching department.  Currently seven communities are participating with this initiative.  Other communities have expressed interest when their existing contract come up for renewal.  To date over seven million dollars have been saved with this centralized dispatch system.
Some other accomplishments included Summit County being the first county in Ohio to offer parental leave for both spouses.  Summit County as the second Ohio county to develop a female veteran’s homeless shelter.  In 2017 Executive Shapiro “had had it” and decided to take additional action regarding the Opioid Epidemic.   On behalf of Summit County residents her office filed lawsuit against the drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.  Over 2,000 lawsuits were filed, but the judge selected only Summit and Cuyahoga Counties.  The lawsuit was settled for approximately $107 million dollars.  These dollars will be allocated over 4 different opioid initiatives.
In addition to these initiatives, her office has been extremely busy dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and allocating CARES ACT dollars with small business grants, rental and mortgage assistance and other categories specifically outlined by the federal government but distributed and administered by the County.
When Ms. Shapiro is not performing her duties as County Executive, she serves as a board member for the Akron Community Foundation, the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), the County Executives of America, the Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation, United Way of Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), and the Greater Akron Chamber.  She also serves on the Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.  She is an alumnus of both Leadership America and Leadership Akron. She is a past President of the Women’s Network and is a founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation.

In recognition of her distinguished work, Shapiro was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Advocate for the State of Ohio and the Judith A. Resnick Woman of the Year Award for Inspiration. In 2007, she was recognized with a Women of Professional Excellence Award from Women's Network Inc. And in September 2008, Shapiro was honored as the 2008 Northeast Ohio Athena Award Recipient sponsored by ATHENA International and Inside Business Magazine. In 2011, the Akron Urban League awarded Ilene the distinction of being named as a Pioneer at their annual Pioneer and Protégé’s recognition event.  In 2015, she received the Harold Stubbs Award for Government. In 2019, Executive Shapiro was named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Woman of Note.
The Club truly appreciated Executive Shapiro taking time to meet with us virtually and update us on what some of the initiatives Summit County is working on to ensure Summit County is a great place to live and work.
Ilene Shapiro Helps Move Our Community Forward Terrence Dalton 2020-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Mark Gerberich Collaborates to Ensure Success of Akron Soap Box Derby

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed Mark Gerberich, President and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby to our August 18th meeting to update us on the status of the International Soap Box Derby during this trying time of COVID-19 as well as a general overview of the Soap Box Derby.
Mr. Gerberich leads a team of 10 full time and six part-time employees, pre-COVID-19 with a budget of $1.9 million and operates more than 250 events yearly.  
Mr. Gerberich has worked in the sports field for 35 years after attaining his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in NY and his master’s degree from the University of Akron in sport management.  
Since 2010, Mr. Gerberich has been teaching two sport management classes at the University of Akron, where he enjoys the opportunity to assist students in making the transition from being a student to joining the work force upon graduation.   
Mark expressed his appreciation to all the individuals and organizations that have been so collaborative in ensuring the success of the Soap Box Derby.
The All-American Soap Box Derby® is a youth gravity racing program which has run nationally since 1934.
Children between the ages of 7-20 are eligible to race in the program. Kids, along with a parent, mentor, etc. build a car using a specially designed kit purchased from the International Soap Box Derby (ISBD).
Races are held each year in officially sanctioned Soap Box Derby® race locations throughout the United States and a few foreign countries. The racing season culminates at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race, held each July at the world-famous Derby Downs Track in Akron.
There are two ways a child can qualify for the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race. The first is to enter a local race and win. The child will qualify for the World Championship Race and compete against other Local Champions. 
Local race programs are sponsored by a variety of civic clubs, service organizations and businesses. These groups establish their local Derby administrative and promotional organizations to conduct the program. Local race organizations are responsible for a license fee to the ISBD.
The second way to advance to the World Championship Race is to earn enough points through the Rally Program and represent his/her region against other Rally Champions. 
There are 12 Regional Divisions plus the International Division.
The Soap Box Derby attempts to provide the following to their participants:
  • Youth Education and Leadership Development, Family Engagement and Enrichment,
  • Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Teamwork and Collaboration, Mentoring, Volunteerism and Commitment to the Community.
The Akron Soap Box Derby has three main programs. They are the All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) Race Program, their Education Program and their Derby Down Special Events Program.
The Special Events program includes such events as Inclusion Day, Senior Day, Veterans Appreciation Day and Corporate Derby Challenge. Two of the newest programs within the Education Section is their STEM program and their Robotics program. When asked what happens to old cars that kids might have raced but are sitting in basements or garages now, Mr. Gerberich answered that the Soap Box Derby would gladly take old cars to provide an opportunity to other children to have the experience of the Derby Downs who couldn’t otherwise afford to purchase a car.
More details about each of these programs can be found on their website
Mark Gerberich Collaborates to Ensure Success of Akron Soap Box Derby Terrence Dalton 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Teresa LeGrair Presented August 11th

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Teresa R. LeGrair, President and CEO of the Akron Urban League during our Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Club meeting.  It was a very engaging presentation with multiple follow-up questions about the organization, its challenges, and successes.  To view the video of her presentation click here or view it below.
Ms. LeGrair is no stranger to the Akron community. She previously served the Akron Community Foundation and the President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve.  Ms. LeGrair has served the Akron community in many capacities over the course of her career.  Prior to joining the Akron Urban League and the Boys & Girls Clubs, she served as Vice President of Programs and Member Services for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Executive Director, Human Resources at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  Prior to working for the past 25 years in the non-profit arena, she spent 16 years with Aetna Health Plans in various and progressive roles of responsibility.
Her current board and committee involvement include, Greater Akron Chamber Board of Directors and Opportunity & Inclusion Committee, Fund for Our Economic Future Board of Directors, ATHENA Akron Fierce Advocate member, and member of the Summa Cancer Institute Leadership Advisory Council and the Summa Healing Arts Leadership Advisory Council.
She has been the recipient of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Drum Majors Roll Call Award, Akron Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Award, Akron Urban League’s Woman of Power Award, finalist for the ATHENA International Leadership Award and 2020 Summit County Historical Society Woman of the Year for Integrity. 
Ms. LeGrair provided the Club with some historical information about the Urban League.  The National Urban League was founded in 1910.  The Akron Urban League was established in 1925.  Discussions about forming the Akron Urban League began in 1918.  For additional information on the history of the Akron Urban League, I encourage you to visit their website  For many years the organization was located on East Market Street. Currently the organization is located at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
The mission of the Akron Urban League is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, by advocating and facilitating programs that are economically and educationally transformational, impacting their lives and the lives of future generations.
Annually, the Akron Urban League serves nearly 13,000 individuals through job placement assistance, business education, computer training, GED preparation, emergency food distribution, scholarships, and other services to those in need.  Ms. LeGrair discussed several of their programs and are highlighted below.
Education Initiative
With a team of highly skilled and qualified educators, coaches and counselors, The Akron Urban League has developed programming that aligns with the Akron Public School’s curriculum preparing students to take the necessary steps to become contributing citizens. Many of the participants are returning students who look forward to being a part of their urban community summer camp. Young people who are referred or come on their own to the Urban League seeking employment know they will gain job skills and work experience in the Youth Employment Program. Both parents and students want to be a part of our STEAM Academy, where children are exposed to a new way of learning.
Students who enter the Urban Youth Academy can count on learning, having fun and growing to the next level towards adulthood. From the summer camp, to the Youth Employment Program, to the afterschool STEAM Academy, individuals from ages 5 to 24 are engaged mentally, emotionally and physically in activities that close the education gaps during the summer months, groom them for long-term employment, and generate higher levels of interest in science and math.    
Work force development
The Akron Urban League believes that combining job readiness and emotional intelligence training (life coping and critical thinking skills + exercising good judgment training) will address the turnover challenges and improve job retention and satisfaction. Their goal, therefore is to develop a curriculum that is individually-directed to assist individuals seeking employment to become not only employment ready, but emotionally able to address the stress of work/life balance and improve the quality of life for themselves and families.
The Urban League staff expect that individuals completing the program will be employed and retain employment for no less than 3 years. They expect individuals will meet, if not exceed the expectations of their employment role with no work-related relational incidences and will be positioned for future promotional opportunities.


The Akron Minority Business Development Center (MBAC) is supported by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Minority Business Development Division (MBDD) who all support the growth and sustainability of small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses in the State of Ohio.
The MBAC works with entrepreneurs, and emerging business enterprises to help them achieve, scale, and market success. The overarching goal is to help small, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses contribute to job creation and economic growth in Ohio. 
Supporting businesses means providing them with resources that include technical and professional assistance, access to capital, surety bonding, and connection to business opportunities. The Division leverages these resources to support the achievement of the state's 15% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) set-aside goal, which is overseen by the Department of Administrative Services.
The programs presented above are just a few of the programs and services offered by the Urban League.  For additional information about the Akron Urban League, you can visit their website at
Teresa LeGrair Presented August 11th Terrence Dalton 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Members Take Action

Posted by Julie Brandle

Thank you to all of our Rotarians who volunteered at The Akron Urban League to assist with the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for those in need in our community.   

Members Take Action Julie Brandle 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Help Send Kids to Camp

Posted by Mella Castner
Fellow Rotarians, it's that time again! Help Akron Rotary Camp earn $ to send kids to Camp! Save your ACME receipts from August 6 to December 26 to earn some Community Cash Back on ACME Fresh Market Store Brands. Receipts can be mailed or dropped off to Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319. As always, thank you for your support!
Help Send Kids to Camp Mella Castner 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Shoebox Project 2020

Posted by Wanda Whipkey
The Shoebox project has been a long standing international project supported by the Akron Rotary Club.  Our portion of the 650 boxes in total across Rotary Clubs is 30 boxes.   30 children will receive a box full of supplies and fun items they can enjoy.  The project will need $2000 of support;  whether that is in donations of items needed or a financial donation of approximately $66 per box.  If you wish to make a financial donation to support the cause (and we will purchase the items) please click this link and indicate "SHOEBOX PROJECT in the "gift designation" box.

The breakout of the children is:

20 girls age 7
5 girls age 4
5 boys age 16

Please review the documentation for the list of items needed (CLICK HERE) if you have interest in providing those versus a cash contribution.  The boxes must be delivered by 8/28/20.  Any donations would need to be in hand by 8/24/20.

Thank you for your consideration in serving with this project.  I know these boxes will be cherished and appreciated by the children.

Please reach out to Wanda Whipkey or (330) 714-7707 with questions.  
Shoebox Project 2020 Wanda Whipkey 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Margo Sommerville Presentation Recap

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed Margo Sommerville as our guest speaker during our Tuesday, August 4th Club meeting.  It was a very informative presentation discussing some of the initiatives the City Administration and Council are working on. A recording of the presentation is posted below but if your website or email client prohibits you from seeing you may click here to view.
Margo Sommerville is president of Akron City Council, chairs the Committee on Committees and is an ex-officio member of all standing Council Committees. Ms. Sommerville was appointed to be the Ward 3 representative in 2013 and elected to that position in 2014.  Ms. Sommerville decided to run for Council President in 2018 to act as a “bridge between a divided Council.
Council representative Sommerville hosts Ward 3 meetings on the second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Odom Boulevard Branch Library, 600 Vernon Odom Boulevard.
When not involved in Council business, Sommerville is vice president and funeral director of Sommerville Funeral Services. She attended Firestone High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University and a Master's in Public Administration/Urban Studies from The University of Akron.
There are several initiatives that Akron City Council has recently acted upon or are in the early stages of researching or implementing.  In June, the Council voted to ban police choke holds as well as additional measures to protect police officers and citizens.  In June, the Akron City Council declared racism as a public health crisis.
Recently a committee of the Council has begun reviewing the city charter.  Several of the items being reviewed are as follows:  Updating the “rule of 3”.  This review has to do with the hiring practice of interviewing the “top 3” candidates.  The proposed change is to increase the number considered for interviewing up to 10.  This expansion would allow for a broader and more diverse selection process.  Another HR area being reviewed involves “preferential points for hiring and promotions.”  In addition to some of the existing reasons for awarding preferential points (residency, veteran status, etc.) consideration would be given for good job performance evaluations and other considerations.
Another area that is being reviewed is the competitive bidding process.  In many ways the existing process penalizes small businesses and minority businesses.  The change would allow the Mayor’s office to do more purchasing, allowing the expansion of potential vendors that may be excellent businesses but do not have the staff to compete with larger corporations with more staff to handle the complicated administrative bidding processes.
The Council is also looking at releasing all body camera footage to the public when there are cases of deadly use of force situations to ensure transparency.
A final initiative is the “Reimagining Public Safety.”  With all the national discussions on defunding police departments and other actions looking at police departments, this initiative will involve several subcommittees that will be meeting between September and November with results being provided in December as to possible recommendations.  Each subcommittee will have a representative from the police department to be sure the police perspective is not overlooked.
For further information about the City of Akron or the Akron City Council, you can go to the City of Akron website or the City Council website:
For the fastest response to concerns about everything from potholes to tree trimming to snow or ice removal, call 311 within the City of Akron or 330.375.2311 from any other phone.
Ms. Sommerville allowed us to record her presentation. If you wish to view it you may do so below or if your website/email client prohibits the video from appearing you may click here.
Margo Sommerville Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

“Paul Harris Fellow”

Posted by Lynda Farkas
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris
After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. He envisioned a place where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.
On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.
“I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”
In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.
Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78 after a prolonged illness.  His death prompted an outpouring of contributions from around the world and his name continues to evoke the passion and support of Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
Paul Harris Fellows:   Continuing the legacy of our founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
Paul Harris Society:   The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.
The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.
Our Akron Rotary club honors new members of the Paul Harris Society by presenting them with a certificate and chevron at a club luncheon.  Due to Covid-19 our weekly Rotary luncheons were transformed into Zoom meetings and we have not been able to celebrate our members’ donations to the International Rotary Foundation. 
August 5th and 6th  Akron Rotary club VP Lynda Farkas with the help of PDG Jack Harig diligently delivered new Paul Harris Fellow pins and yummy Rotary cookies to the following Akron club donors.
If you have questions and/or would like to become a member of the Paul Harris Society, please contact VP Lynda Farkas, 330.819.3739 ,

Congratulations to . . .

Sandy Naragon – PHF +5
Cheryl Warren – PHF +4
John Reyes – PHF + 7
(John was out climbing rocks!)
Dr. Rob McGregor – PHF +2
Dr. Doug Hausknecht – PHF +3
Nathanael Billow – PHF +1
“Paul Harris Fellow” Lynda Farkas 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Akron Rotary Foundation Makes a Difference in Central and South Americas

Posted by Julie Brandle
With the cancellation of all Rotary International Student Exchanges, our foundation has funds that will go unused for these programs.  These funds have now been designated for emergency funds to assist Rotary clubs in other countries with unexpected expenses as a result of COVID.  Rotary clubs around the world are struggling as members are losing jobs and the need for Rotary services is greater in their communities.  What better way to support fellow Rotarians during this time than to support these struggling clubs.  Thank you Claudine Schooley, Brian Chima, and Susan Colville-Hall for the idea.  Over 1/3 of our club supports work internationally. The Board approved a $500 grant each to three clubs in Honduras, Columbia and Equador.  With these funds we can help ease the burden of fellow Rotarians in Central and South Americas.
“Our foundation board recognizes there are people struggling around the globe as a result of COVID,” remarked James Redmond, Foundation Board President and Rotary Club of Akron Member.  “To be able to send some love from Akron is a remarkable idea, and we were all too happy to do it.”
There are still limited funds that remain.  Akron Rotarians - If you have an International club in need you would like to recommend, please contact Julie Brandle, Rotary Club of Akron Past President and Foundation Board Communications Chair at 330.858.6672 or
Foundation Board Officers and Members
  • James Redmond, President    
  • Katy Miller, Vice President
  • Mark Krohn, Treasurer
  • Sally Christman, Secretary
  • Julie Brandle, Communication/Public Relations
  • Steve Buie, Governance/Liaison to Club Board
  • Marcia Holcomb, Nomination/Roster
  • Rima Muakkassa, Ph.D, Scholarships
  • Jeff Sitz, Finance
  • Brian Steere, Fundraising/Development
Akron Rotary Foundation Makes a Difference in Central and South Americas Julie Brandle 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Kemp Boyd of Love Akron Helps Make a Collective Impact

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Kemp Boyd, Executive Director discuss the mission of Love Akron during our Tuesday, July 28th Club meeting.  It was a very engaging presentation with multiple follow-up questions about the organization, its challenges, successes, etc.
The mission of The Love Akron Network is to call Christian leaders of the greater Akron area to pray, unite and collaborate in ministry for the advancement of spiritual and social transformation in our communities.
Love Akron challenges Christian leaders of the local church, para-church ministries, marketplace, and nonprofit sectors of Summit County to... ...unite as a prayer network for the purpose of leading communities and congregations in prayer strategies as one church. ...tear down the walls that divide the colors, cultures, and congregations and to build bridges of understanding for the purpose of creating strategies that promote unity and harmony. ...invest their collective resources for the purpose of the whole church taking the whole Gospel to the whole county.
Love Akron was established in 1995 by Pastor Mark Ford, Pastor Knute Larson & Rev. Dr. Ron Fowler. The first event was a prayer meeting, hoping it would grow into a city-wide prayer movement, and has since been successful. With the retirement of its founding leader in April 2019, Love Akron hired Executive Director Kemp Boyd. 
Mr. Boyd is committed to empowering others to make Greater Akron thrive. What this means is Love Akron wants to listen together and learn together, so that we can lead together as a city and not as separate organizations.  As Mr. Boyd stated, “Better together collaborating with community change agents resulting in collaborative impacts.”
Love Akron, through the guidance of Kemp Boyd and his staff, attempts to help the community celebrate our differences not just acting when there is a tragedy.  What unites us, not divides us.
Love Akron attempts to bring awareness to what resources are available in Akron already, and then bringing together a team of players to address a concern. 
Love Akron has 3 Initiatives for 2021.  One of those will be to address the challenge of 850 children being served by Children Services Board and only 170 foster home beds available.
Mr. Boyd commented that “race” is just one component that makes up “diversity.” Race doesn’t need to get lost in “diversity.”  When we try to lump all types of diversity into one category, we often dilute each one of them and accomplish very little.
For additional information on Love Akron you can visit their website at
Kemp Boyd of Love Akron Helps Make a Collective Impact Terrence Dalton 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Royal Family KIDS Changes Young Lives

Posted by Terrence Dalton on Jul 23, 2020
John Schwider
Ambassador, Great Lakes Region
Royal Family KIDS
John was our speaker on Tuesday, July 21st and enlightened our members about Royal Family KIDS (RFK) which aims to intervene in the lives of children in foster care.  RFK transforms communities by interrupting cycles of neglect, abuse and abandonment of children in the foster care system.  They provide an array of programs, all directed toward changing the trajectory of young lives which usually include a combination of academic failure, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, homelessness, and incarceration.
In 1985, an assistant pastor named Wayne Tesch and his wife, Diane, saw a need to provide hope to local foster children in Costa Mesa, California. They created a week-long summer camp held in the mountains, the “cathedral of the outdoors,” in order to create moments that matter for foster children ages 6-12.
When John Schwider started a summer camp for foster children in Chicago Southland in 1994, he found his niche. His whole focus became developing healthy supporting relationships for foster children. He transitioned from volunteer to a full-time position as Field Representative with Royal Family KIDS in 2005. Although he works nationwide, his concentration is in the Great Lakes Region which includes Ohio.
Royal Family KIDS mobilizes churches to begin summer camps for foster children. Currently there are 239 camps nationally and internationally.  There are 10 camps in Ohio but are limited in their activities currently because of COVID-19.  The organization expanded to include mentoring clubs, Teen Reach Adventure Camps (TRAC) and the teen mentoring component, TRAC Life. Through these four passages the church can be the one organization in a foster child’s life that can maintain consistent relationships from age six to eighteen.
When children age out of foster care at age 18, RFK still maintains contact with many of their “kids” via their Facebook page.  Over the 30 years of RFK’s existence 106,000 children have been served.  Last year RFK served 9,00 children.  Serving these children were 14,000 volunteers.  The week at camp is magical.  The sponsoring church pick up the children via coach buses.  Children arriving at camp are greeted with a poster board welcoming each-and-every child.  Each day there is a choice of activities that campers can choose from.  At the end of their week of camp, the students plant a silver maple tree.  Before planting the tree, each camper writes a note about a traumatic event in their life.  The note is buried in the hole as the tree is planted, as a way of “letting go” of that traumatic event and moving on with their life.  The camp ratio is 30 kids and 50 volunteers.  The closest camp for Summit County is in Canton.  This camp has been in operation for 20 years.
For additional information on Royal Family KIDS you can visit their website at
Royal Family KIDS Changes Young Lives Terrence Dalton 2020-07-23 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,john schwider,,royal family kids

Cornhole Tournament Time!

Posted by Scott Kolligian on Jul 23, 2020
Benefiting Akron Rotary Camp
Saturday, September 12, 2020
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc., is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020 on the grounds of the Akron Rotary Camp. Last year’s event raised $16,160 to benefit sending kids to Rotary Camp!  
Joining me on this year’s committee are Rotarians – Andrew Grover, Doug Hausknecht, Jim Redmond and Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin. Our committee along with Rotary Camp has put together a plan for the health and safety of all attendees and players. 
Back by popular demand will be the Menches Bros. Food Truck, topped off with ice-cream for dessert, and beverages from our friends at the House of LaRose to help keep you cool.
Your help is needed to support for this great event for our Camp. You can help with participating to play, recruiting teams, securing raffle prizes and/or sponsorships. Click here for the Cornhole Tournament flyer to help promote and invite your colleagues, family and neighbors for some friendly rivalry. You can also share this link to register, sponsor or donate online:
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or (330) 253-2227. Thank you in advance for helping us to make this the most successful tournament yet to support Rotary Camp!
Scott Kolligian
Co-Founder, Charity Cornhole Tournament
Akron Rotarian
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Turn on AmazonSmile

Posted by Mella Castner on Jul 23, 2020
Do you shop on Amazon? If yes, AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Rotary Camp with every purchase. Just takes a few minutes to set up.
At no cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases
If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc to start generating donations.
AmazonSmile customers can now support Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, you will need to update your mobile app. Click here for instructions.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mella Castner, director of development at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512.
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Richard Fry is our Newest Rotarian!!

Posted by Terrence Dalton on Jul 21, 2020
President Rob inducted Richard Fry at our July 21st meeting.  Rich was sponsored by PDG John Reyes. 
Rich is an attorney at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, specializing in the area of Taxation. He recently became Office Partner in Charge at the Akron office.
He is a native of Northeast Ohio and currently lives in Stow.  He is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Akron.
Rich is active in a number of community groups, including Boys and Girls Club of America, Stewart’s Caring Place and various bar associations and legal associations.  He has a long history of interest and involvement in community service especially involving youth.
Rich has recently been selected to be part of this year’s Leadership Akron class.
Richard Fry is our Newest Rotarian!! Terrence Dalton 2020-07-21 04:00:00Z 0 JOHN REYES,RICH FRY,TERRY DALTON,akron rotary,rob mcgregor

Perry Clark Gave Uplifting Presentation July 14th

Posted on Jul 14, 2020
Perry Clark
Founder and President of 
Truly Reaching You was formed in Akron, OH in 1999 by Perry Clark, who after being released from prison in 1997 realized the need for a healthy environment to not return to his old ways. TRY became a formal 501(c)3 in 2006 and has steadily grown since.
Mr. Clark shared his amazing story of resilience with our club and how he found a way to help other men who have been "inside". 
Truly Reaching You is committed to helping men, reentering the community from incarceration and/or addiction, transition into healthy lifestyles, renewed attitudes, and positive relationships through Christian principles.
Truly Reaching You works in collaboration with the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Summit County, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Adult Parole Authority, various Judges, and the National Association of Recovery Residences.
He said that everyone entering the program goes through an thorough interview process and men 18 and older are who they serve. 
In addition, they are committed to self sustainability - hence grant funds are used only for covering housing and housing needs - the grant funds do not get used for staff or payroll needs.
He said "the greatest blessing in my life was that my dad taught me a strong work ethic".  It's his mission to instill this ethic in the men who come through Truly Reaching You.
They have a Work for Hire program to help the men served by Truly Reaching You develop the work history and skill sets needed to find -- and keep -- jobs that will support themselves or their families, and ultimately enable them to make a successful transition.

They offer Lawncare & Landscaping, Commercial Cleaning, Housing Rehab & Construction, and Hauling & Manual Labor.

Simultaneously, the program provides the entire community - business owners, local government, nonprofit organizations, churches, and residential home owners - with high-quality, competitively priced services and provides TRY with a growing source of income to support its reentry work.

Immediate needs of the organization are a cargo van and mini van.

How to reach out to Truly Reaching You:

To make a donation - click here



PHONE:  (330)785-9294

OFFICE:  587  Baird Street, Akron, Ohio 44311

MAILING:PO Box 814, Akron, OH 44309


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District Recognizes Clubs and Individuals for Achievements

Posted on Jul 11, 2020
The 2019-2020 District Governor, John Reyes, presented clubs and individuals with awards earned during his year. Our Club and many of its members were honored to receive recognition at the event.  The awards our members received are listed below.
This event was held virtually due to this unprecedented time in our lives.  
If you cannot view the video below: CLICK HERE
1.Recognition Certificates
  • Julie Brandle - District Conference Committee Chair
  • Stewart Buchanan, PDG - Foundation-Indian’s Baseball Chair
  • Stewart Buchanan, PDG - Foundation Polio Plus Chair
  • Cheryl Warren, PDG – District Website and Newsletter Chair
2.  Assistant Governor Appreciation Award – Julie Brandle
3. Our Club continues to have a history of recipients for this award!  
Rotary District 6630 Distinguished Service Above Self Award
--2019-2020:  Bob Heydorn, Shelia Hedrick, Julie Brandle, Tracy Jemison, Steve Zabor
--2016-2017:  Stew Buchanan, Cheryl Warren
--2015-2016:  Jack Harig and Stew Buchanan
4. Outstanding Leadership Award - Stew Buchanan and Lance Chima
5. AZ Baker Patch   
The Akron Club - under the leadership of President Patrick O’Neill
6.  Training and Education Award Certificates
  • Julie Brandle
  • Stew Buchanan
  • John Daily
  • Lynda Farkas
  • Jack Harig
  • Doug Hausknecht
  • Tom Knauer      
  • Sandy Naragon
  • Pat O’Neill
  • John Reyes
  • Claudine Schooley
  • Cheryl Warren
  • Steven Warren
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Welcome Our Newest Member Carol Marturano-Becker

President Rob inducted Carol Marturano-Becker at our July 7th meeting.  Carol was sponsored by John Margida. 
She is the the President of IMPACT Learning, which she founded in 1997.  Her company is focused on providing practical and comprehensive resources for today's leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs. She provides strategic planning initiatives for her clients which have included: Fortune 500 companies, midsize and small companies, nonprofits, community organizations, education institutions and entrepreneurs.
Carol was selected to help our Club develop a strategic plan in the 2018-19 rotary year.   Her leadership and collaboration was instrumental in the development of our current strategic plan.  
She is currently a member of: The International Coach Federation, Society of Human Resource Management and the Association of Training and Development and a volunteer with Scouting BSA and several other local community organizations.
She and her husband Dale Becker have two adult children.   She enjoys reading, gardening, boating, skiing, golf, sporting events spectator, learning, spending time with family.
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2020-2021 Club President Kicks Off the Year!

Posted on Jul 07, 2020

This was our first meeting of the new Rotary Year. Our 2020-2021 President, Dr. Robert S. McGregor, was officially installed, and he in-turn installed his officers. It was a pleasure to hear from Rob about his vision, themes and goals for the upcoming year. In addition to continuing to embrace and implement the strategic plan, he plans to have the Bylaws committee revise/update the club bylaws. He is planning routine monthly meetings for the council of chairs and will also be forming a new Risk Management Assessment committee.

< View President Rob's Slides (click here) 

<Watch the July 7th Meeting (click here)


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Club Welcomes Anne Jorgensen

Anne Jorgensen became our newest member on June 30, 2020.  She was sponsored by Rotarian Doug Hausknecht.

She was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Programming and Leadership in September 2019. 

She directs Student-Athlete Programming and the Cline Leadership Academy.  Jorgensen is responsible for guiding the career direction for 20 teams and 530 student-athletes. She recruits for all sports.

Named the Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services in January 2007, Jorgensen coordinated all academic advising for Akron's 450 student-athletes and coordinates eligibility with compliance. Working with all 18 Zip sports, she conducts recruitment visits and meets with each coaching staff for academic reviews.

Prior to joining the Athletics Department, Jorgensen spent six years as the director of undergraduate programs and assistant to the dean in UA's College of Business. A member of the UA staff since 1997, Jorgensen was the senior assistant director of admissions and coordinator of transfer admissions for three years, helping to recruit for all sports.

Jorgensen spent six years at a part-time faculty member in UA's School of Music.

Jorgensen earned a double bachelor's degree in music/piano pedagogy and music education from Michigan State in 1974. She completed a certificate in early childhood education from Midwestern State University in 1985. Jorgensen earned a master's degree in music from Morehead State in 1976.

A native of Michigan, Jorgensen resides in Twin Lakes. Her husband Robert Jorgensen, professor emeritus and director of bands emeritus at The University of Akron, passed away on July 4, 2015, directing a band. The couple has a daughter, Laura, who is the assistant athletics director and director of athletics ticket operations at the University of Oregon.

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Pat O'Neill Completes His Year as Our Club President

Posted on Jun 30, 2020
Congratulations Pat!  Your final meeting as President was June 30, 2020.  You provided us with an overview of your year which proved to be challenging when the pandemic began - but you kept marching forward and bringing us all together!  Thank you.  We were so happy you were surprised by our little video presentation to help send you off since you were unable to have your President's Gala this year!  All our best to you as you now enter the ranks of Past President! 
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Welcome New Member Mario Mastroianni

Our newest Rotary member joined us on Tuesday June 23, 2020.  We were pleased to welcome Mario Mastroianni back to Rotary.  Previously Mario served in the Rotary Clubs of The Abingtons in Clark Summit, Pennsylvania, and also Westlake-Bay Village, Ohio.   
Mario Mastroianni is a Sales Executive with Oswald Companies. He is passionate about helping professionals, business owners and affluent families protect their most valuable assets. He focuses on Family Protection, Income/Legacy Continuation, Business Succession, and Estate Planning.  He, his wife Cecile, and their 3 year old and 9 month old boys reside in Seven Hills. 
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Youth Exchange News

Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Jun 24, 2020
Audrey Carroll, a Rotary Exchange alum (Germany 2018-2019), was the recipient of the Owen Norris Interact Scholarship for her involvement and dedication to the Interact Club at Stow Munroe-Falls High School.  She is a member of the Class of 2020 and was recognized with the hope that her “ experience in the Interact Club of Stow  will encourage her to continue her volunteer service to others in the community and the world.”  It should be noted that Audrey is the connection to the global grant that we are pursuing with the Rotary Club in Ecuador.  Her year in Germany was shared with the daughter of president to the Portoviejo Club.  Because of the earthquake there 4 years ago the city is poorly equipped to deal with Covid-19.   Audrey shared the request for global grant with us.  Already a woman of action!  She will attend Ohio State University in the fall and intends to major in International Affairs.
Lydia Olin-Hitt, sponsored by our club, was accepted as a Rotary Exchange student to France this year.  Although there is no long-term exchange because of the Covid-19 situation, there is the possibility that she could do a half year starting in January.  If that opportunity continues, she will leave in January.   We will keep you posted.
Youth Exchange News Susan Colville-Hall 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker Recap from June 23, 2020

Doug Piekarz, President & CEO of Akron Zoo was our presenter on June 23rd.   Doug became president & CEO in 2015. Prior to taking the lead role at the zoo, Doug was the vice president of planning and conservation programs. Doug has over 26 years in the zoo profession, specializing in the areas of strategic and master planning, animal and facility operations, exhibit development, and green practices. Doug joined that Akron Zoo in 1998 as the general curator and has held several positions at the Akron Zoo. Before coming to the Akron Zoo, Doug was a senior wild animal keeper and area supervisor at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Doug is very passionate about conservation and building value for wildlife and wild places through connecting people to nature. He shared that 50% of the Akron Zoo revenues are from the Summit County tax levy and 50% are from earned revenue.  As an essential business during COVID-19, the Akron Zoo maintained a daily staff, a critical staff and an at-home staff.

Akron Zoo's mission is to support the community by connecting our lives to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action.

During the pandemic, the Akron Zoo also partnered with the Akron-Canton Foodbank by providing of the Zoo's lots for food distribution.  In addition, since the public could not enjoy the Zoo's blooms this year, the horticulturists harvested the blooms and delivered them to First Responders.

The Akron Zoo is one of only 237 AZA-Accredited Zoo's,

Click here to view all of Doug's slides from the day.

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Club welcomes Janice Radl!

Rotary Club of Akron inducted Janice Radl to our club Tuesday, June 16th. 

Janice is an Adult Services Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library's Main Library in downtown Akron. Her current assignment is the Business & Government Division. Janice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University, and a Master of Library & Information Science degree from Kent State University. Prior to joining the library, Janice completed a fellowship with the Cleveland Restoration Society, a local partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Since relocating to Summit County in 2004, Janice has volunteered with organizations ranging from the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, International Institute of Akron, and the Akron Area Interfaith Council. Janice enjoys hiking and reading American History and biographies. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Diversity On Board program, Class 4.

Janice attends St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Akron. She and her husband Bob live in Sagamore Hills.

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Rotary Camp Service Opportunities

Posted by Dan Reynolds on Jun 17, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As you know, since mid-March Akron Rotary Camp has had no activity due to COVID-19. With Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio for both Youth Day Camps and Residential Camps, the Rotary Camp board made some exciting and difficult decisions regarding the remaining summer programs. We will be offering limited overnight and day camp programs beginning July 5th. We are operating at a greatly reduced enrollment this summer. The health and safety are first and foremost for our campers and staff. While camp will look and be different in many ways this summer, we would still like to offer the best experience we can to our campers. Our summer camp schedule is as follows:
July 5-10       Overnight children’s camp
July 13-17     Day camp
July 20-24     Day camp
July 26-31     Overnight children’s camp
August 3-7    Day camp
Annually, Akron Rotarians have been a huge help with Camp cleanup in preparation of the start of summer camp. With the approval of President Pat O’Neill, President-Elect Dr. Rob McGregor, and Service Chair Cyndi Kane, we are in need of Rotarians who are comfortable in volunteering to assist us in getting Camp in tip-top shape before our campers and staff arrive on June 28, 2020.  All cabins, bathhouses and open areas need to be cleaned and sanitized.  We have several volunteer opportunities at staggered times to encourage social distancing - more dates have been added!  
All cleaning supplies and gloves will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Suggested cleaning items:
  *   Buckets
  *   Dusters
  *   Gloves
  *   Rags
  *   Shopvacs
  *   Stepstools
Please click on the sign up genius link below to review volunteer options - we added more dates so please check back if you are still interested in helping.  If you would like to come at a different date and time that is offered, we will be happy to accommodate it. Any questions, please contact Amanda Warner at< or 330-644-4512 x3205.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of your camp – Akron Rotary Camp!
In the Spirit of Camping,
Dan Reynolds
Executive Director
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North High School Thanks Rotary!

Posted by Mario Micale on Jun 17, 2020
As some of you may know, our Rotary club is a community partner with North High School. We have had several events throughout the year where members of the club went and donated their time and expertise to help students. We also had been working on a professional skills-like event in late March that was unfortunately cancelled due to the virus. Nevertheless, we made a great impact at the school and are more ready than ever to support NHS this upcoming year.
We received a message from Janice Weaver, the Academy Coach from North High School, sharing the following:
First, I want to say THANK YOU for supporting North High School's Academies in the 19-20 academic year.  As I'm sure you can imagine, this year was a unique one.  We had our first graduating class to experience the full academy model, and even though it ended on an unexpected note, it is clear that they benefited from your support as a partner.  
In total, The Rotary Club of Akron invested 41 hours over 10 engagements equaling $4,100 in time and talent! In addition, any planning time on your end also counts towards your total investment, and is currently not reflected in the figures above. 
I will be meeting with Janice virtually to plan for this fall. We are very excited about our history and continued support of North High School. If anyone has any suggestions for programs they would like to see, please contact me at Great job Rotary!
- Mario Micale
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Speaker Recap from June 16, 2020

We were pleased to hear from Mike Solosky, Donor Relations Coordinator at Haven of Rest Ministries on June 16th.  Mike share some staggering statistics about both, the Residents (those who stay on average of a year) and the Clients/guests who seek overnight shelter, food and clothing.  Haven of Rest Ministries supplies approximately 1,400 men, women and children and meals.   Even more are hungry and struggling. Haven of Rest Ministries plays a vital role in our community by addressing this growing need and helping to break the cycle of homelessness so that people can live brighter, hope-filled lives.

Haven of Rest provides a variety of services to the homeless, the new poor, battered women and children, rape victims, alcoholics, drug addicts, evictees, parolees, runaways, transients, indigents, and those with minimal mental and physical disabilities. Diversified services, offered to these individuals and families without charge, provide pathways for a new way of life and self-sufficiency. This past year, the mission provided 269.608 meals and 59,800 nights of lodging.

For 77 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has never received government funding. It's funding is private and corporate donors only. 

Cash donations are always welcome but they are also in need canned goods for their meals.  The larger cans are best if possible! 

They will be hosting a canned food drive (see below or click here for the flier) August 20th from 11 am -7 pm at Chick-fil-A locations: Canton/Dressler Road; Montrose/Flight Memorial Drive and Chapel Hill/Howe Avenue.  You can also visit for more information.

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Pack That Truck!!

Posted by Christina Horak on Jun 11, 2020
Fellow Rotarians,
In April, Dan Flowers, CEO and President with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank shared with our Club the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has elevated the need for food in our community. Many families who have never needed help before are now facing hunger because of the pandemic.
Our club is a group who shares a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. We have another opportunity to do so here in our own backyard. Please join President Pat O’Neill for Akron Rotary’s Pack That Truck Challenge to benefit the Foodbank on Thursday, June 25th, between 3pm to 7pm at Portage Country Club, 240 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44303. We appreciate the support of Portage Country Club in stepping up to serve as the donation host site for our event. 
As of May 20, 2020 the Akron Beacon posted that Ohio’s 16.8% unemployment rate is the highest recorded since tracking began in 1976, which is approximately 823,700 Ohioans who have lost their jobs.
Let’s continue to step up and take on the next Club challenge.  The Akron Rotary Club is teaming with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Ohio National Guard to raise funds and food through our Pack That Truck Challenge.
Financial donations may be made through June 30th online at
Our goal is to physically and virtually pack one of the Foodbank’s trucks full with food items and monetary donations. Our club's goal is to raise $15,000, which will provide 60,000 nourishing meals. The Akron Rotary Foundation is providing a challenge grant and will match the first $7,500 raised in monetary donations. Your support is crucial for this valuable cause.
Here is a list of the Foodbank’s requests for preferred non-perishable items needed:
  • Boxed Cereal
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice/Pasta/Beans
  • Other Non-perishable food items
  • Paper products
  • Paper towel
  • Tissues
  • Personal Care Items
We are grateful for this incredible opportunity to impact so many families in need and be beneficial to all concerned. Stay tuned for more details to come.
Thank you for your service above self!
Pack That Truck!! Christina Horak 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,foodbank,pack that truck

Let's Honor President Pat!! 

President Pat O'Neill made the decision to cancel this year's President's Dinner/Roast as he does not wish to put anyone at risk. 
This dinner takes place annually to honor the outgoing President and generally there is a fun roast during with the evening. 
President Pat appreciates a great idea that was presented by Dan Reynolds as follows:

To encourage members to donate the money they would have spent on the dinner ($35 per person) to the service project our Club is involved with for the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank called "Pack the Truck". 
You can donate until June 30, 2020
If interested, please make the contribution online at
We congratulate and thank
Pat for his outstanding and
dedicated year
as our Club President!
Let's Honor President Pat!! 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 akron canton foodbank,akron rotary,club president,pack the truck,pat o'neill,patrick t o'neill,rotary club of akron


Posted by Lynda Farkas on Jun 11, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020 the Akron Rotary Club, Akron Rotary Foundation delivered the "Coin Boxes" and a Foundation check to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. We were so happy to hand-off the beloved coin boxes, in the amount of $127.00, to  Mr. Joe May, Manager of the State and Federal Communications Food Banks (non-profit organization located in Akron). Mr. Jim Redmond presented a matching check of $125.00 to Natalie Peacock, Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank specialist.
The Harvest for Hunger Campaign, vital to the Foodbank's hunger relief efforts, was a kick-off breakfast back in February and the Akron Rotary Club was represented by 10 "Lady" Rotarians.  Coin boxes were carried out and became a featured centerpiece at Akron Rotary Club lunches until the beginning of March — COVID-19 hit! We did our best to keep the campaign alive as we zoomed our luncheon meetings collecting Happy coins and drive by donations.
Many thanks for all who donated and helped on a service project by the Akron Rotary Club for a total of $252.00 supporting the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, feeding people and fighting hunger.  They couldn't do it with ALL of us supporting their case.
Photo L-R:  Joe May, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for State and Federal Food Banks, Lynda Farkas, Jim Redmond representing Akron Rotary Club Foundation, Natalie Peacock, Corporate Relationship
specialist ACRFB
Success!! Lynda Farkas 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Keep Akron Beautiful

Posted by Stew Buchanan on Jun 11, 2020
Want to do something fun? The Community Project Committee from the Rotary Club of Akron has a project for you, “Beautification Watch Award Canvassing”. This program is sponsored by “Keep Akron Beautiful”.
Beautification Watch Awards are the way of saying “thank you” to the homes and businesses that take pride in taking care of their property in the City of Akron. The Rotary Club of Akron has been involved with this for the last 8 years.
Please see the information below to sign up directly with Keep Akron Beautiful.
Stew Buchanan
Volunteers Needed
Beautification Watch Award Canvassers
We're looking for volunteers to be canvassers for our Beautification Watch Awards (BWA).
BWA volunteers drive one of our pre-determined routes on their own time throughout the month of July and nominate homes + businesses for our Beautification Watch Award.
There are 45 routes that cover the entire City of Akron. Each route takes 2-4 hours to complete. Routes are only to be completed in the month of July and have to be turned in to KAB by Monday, August 3, 2020.
Beautification Watch Awards are our way of saying “thank you” to the homes and businesses that take pride in taking care of their property in the City of Akron.
If you would like to participate as a Beautification Watch Award Canvasser, click here to sign up.
We suggest participating in teams or groups to ensure everyone’s safety, as you will need to write down nominated addresses as you drive by them.
Booklets will be mailed to participants this year to avoid contact. This is an easy + safe way to volunteer with us! We appreciate you all so much.
Keep Akron Beautiful Stew Buchanan 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker Recap from June 9, 2020

During our virtual meeting, Jim Mullen, President & CEO of United Way of Summit County updated us on the United Way of Summit County's BOLD GOALS and how the United Way became the lead organization for the COVID-19 Emergency Response raising 1.7 million to date. Thank you for joining us today Jim Mullen!

You can view some of Jim's slides below (thanks Julie Brandle for the screen shots!).


Speaker Recap from June 9, 2020 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Akron Rotarians Step Up!

Posted by Steve Buie on Jun 10, 2020
This past weekend, June 6th and 7th, the Akron Rotary Club officially planted boots on the ground to help serve a very specific need for barbershop and salon owners in the greater Akron black community.
A team of seven Rotarians gathered at the Akron rotary camp on Saturday to put together supply care packages for 70 local businesses. The supplies ranged from Covid prevention supplies to cleaning supplies as well as some beauty products.

The following day 5 Rotarians and a few family members met in the afternoon outside of Dr. Leia Love's salon in West Akron to distribute the packages. There were lots of smiles and thankful hearts for our gracious gifts.

A big thanks to the club members and our Akron Rotary Foundation for its matching donation - we raised $6,300 for this project!
Well-done Akron Rotary Club for stepping up to meet a very present need by planting seeds of love.

The journey begins!
Stephen P. Buie
Director LearningRx
150 Springside Drive
Akron, Ohio 44333
Office- 330-668-9711
Thank you to all who submitted the photos and video!
Akron Rotarians Step Up! Steve Buie 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Presentation Recap from our June 2nd Meeting

Posted on Jun 03, 2020
A big thank you to fellow Rotarian Steve Warren for presenting to our club on June 2nd. Steve is an Emmy award winning producer and serves as Director of Operations for Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio. 
Steve introduced himself and gave a brief background of his career in sports television, beginning with his jobs as a freelance Producer and Director, transitioning to becoming the Manager of Broadcasting Operations for the  Cleveland Indians and how the Indians created their own Regional Sports Network - SportsTime Ohio - and his role with STO before and after STO was purchased by Fox Sports.
Steve then spoke about how Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio dealt with creating programming for 2 full time, 24/7 sports networks without any live sporting events to cover once the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all sports.  The networks immediately began to fill time with re-runs of "classic" games.  With those games needing to be edited for air and the prospect of not being able to work in the Fox facilities, Steve and his team began figuring out ways for the Fox editors to work from home, accessing the editing software, highlights and transmission facilities at their Cleveland and Cincinnati production facilities remotely from the editors' homes across the state.
The next task his team was challenged with was to figure out how to create new programming, integrating the announcers, players and coaches all from their homes.  Steve explained how they found new software and how they modified the intended use of that streaming software to create 6 new weekly shows for the networks.  Their success was eventually reported to the rest of the Fox Regional Sports Networks.  Steve and his team were then tasked with training all 22 of the Fox RSNs in the use of the software so that the other RSNs could catch up with the creative output of Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio.
Currently, Steve and his Operations team are working on "Return To Play" scenarios for when live sports eventually returns.  With the prospects of all 5 of the teams that FSO/STO covers potentially returning to play at the same time, but no one knowing the exact plans of the various leagues, Steve described it as "trying to pack for a vacation but you don't know where you are going, when you are going or who is going with you."  He covered some of the health and safety precautions his company is taking to keep employees safe when they return to their work environment which normally includes having 20 people jammed together in a television production truck.  He also enlightened the Club on some of the new technologies that will be coming to the forefront as a result of working from home and rapid evolution in broadcasting technologies.
Presentation Recap from our June 2nd Meeting 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0 cleveland indians,fox sports,fox sports ohio,foxsports ohio,sports time ohio,sportstime,steve warren,warren

Right on Time!

Posted on Jun 03, 2020
This year has been very much like a Charles Dickens novel. One could say it has been the best of times and the worst of times, simultaneously. The pandemic has caused us all to reach deep and come up with creative ways to transition, get better, and move forward with renewed vision. Your Akron Rotary Club is right on time the step up and help meet a deep need for barbers and salon owners in the black community of Akron.

At the beginning of the year our club formed a diversity/inclusion committee to look at ways to build bridges with black Akron and the international community. This Saturday, June 6th, a team of Rotarians and Rotaract students are gathering at The Rotary camp in portage lakes to put together care packages of needed supplies for salons and barber shops to be able to get back to business with confidence. Supplies will be distributed on Sunday afternoon.

What's really wonderful is that this need was only shared with the club one time and $6,300 was raised to help. What a wonderful way to start the journey of building relational Bridges within our wonderful community. Stay tuned, there's more to follow in the coming days, months, and years. We are Akron proud!
Steve Buie
Right on Time! 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0 buie,community,diversity,service

Wheelchairs for Ukraine During the Pandemic

Posted by Claudine Schooley on May 27, 2020
Akron Rotary Club is leading a new project with the Rotary Wheelchair Foundation to deliver a container of 280 wheelchairs to Ukraine. The Board of directors of Akron Rotary voted on January 15, 2020 to contribute raising money to the total amount of $21000, in partnership with District 4250 of California and the Wheelchair Foundation. The members of the Akron Rotary club were very generous, giving “one wheelchair at a time for $75 each”. The Wheelchair Foundation will match the total amount of dollars, will buy the wheelchairs in China, and will take care of the freight to Ukraine to our partner-in country, NGO God’s Hidden Treasures. Usually after the delivery of the wheelchair container, the Rotary clubs involved in the project send a team of Rotarian volunteers to participate in the distribution to the people in need of mobility. They also meet the Rotary clubs of Ukraine to continue to promote peace and friendship. With the uncertainty of the Coronavirus and the interruption of international travels it is difficult to schedule a date for such a trip. The project was being slowed down with the circumstances but it is now continuing and is extended to all the clubs of our District 6630 who want to participate to international projects and help people with disabilities.
This week the Akron club had the privilege to include a new partner, the Rotary club of Port-Summit who decided to contribute to the project. They are supporting the Wheelchair Foundation and are very familiar with the wonderful work of wheelchair distribution that the Foundation does around the world. Any club from District 6630 can invite Claudine Schooley, Rotarian from Akron Club, to be their guest speaker at one of their virtual club meeting to present the Ukraine project and see that even a pandemic cannot stop a good solid international project. There is a big need for wheelchairs in Ukraine, especially in orphanages and in the war zone where the conflict is raging more than ever with Russia.
Please contact Claudine Schooley at with any questions.
Wheelchairs for Ukraine During the Pandemic Claudine Schooley 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,rotary,rotary wheelchair foundation,ukraine,wheelchairs

Harvest for Hunger Campaign In Review

Posted by Lynda Farkas on May 27, 2020
We’re so grateful to all of our Akron Fellow Rotarians who donated their change in support of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank 29th annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign that will end the May 31, 2020. 
The COVID-19 did not stop the “good deeds” of Rotary as we collected approximately $125.00 in donations for the ACRFB along with matching dollars from the Akron Rotary Foundation – thank you Jim Redmond – for a total of $250.00!     
Did you know each $1 = 4 meals and every $20 you give can help provide 160 meals for families facing hardships?  We maximized every coin donated!!!
Thank you again for joining in this great effort in supporting our Summit County community of feeding people and fighting hunger.  We could not do it without your help and support.
Harvest for Hunger Campaign In Review Lynda Farkas 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0 akron canton foodbank,farkas,lynda

Our Community. Our Commitment.

Posted by Steve Buie on May 27, 2020
The Akron Rotary Club continues to have a strong commitment to serving our wonderful community. Last year, the club's President, along with a group of club leaders spent many months developing a strategic plan for the next 5 years. Part of that plan was to be deliberate and to choose to become more diverse and inclusive. We recognize that our city is blessed with tremendous people resources throughout and we need the help and involvement of black Akron and the International community.

We also realize that in order to successfully represent our great City, we need to see and hear the needs of all  Akron.

Recently, Robert DeJournett, director of diversity and inclusion, from the Akron chamber of commerce shared with our club during a virtual zoom meeting. He shared how our Club could take a much-needed step to help black small business owners who own barber shops and beauty salons throughout Akron.

The effects of the pandemic on these small businesses was overwhelming. Robert invited us to help meet a present need by purchasing much needed supplies for these shops to reopen in the first week of June. 
Our Club responded by saying yes, count us in! We have raised $6,000 for the purchase of supplies to be distributed to area salons and barber shops.

Rotarians will be meeting to put together the supply packages and to make deliveries.

We're thankful for the opportunity to serve and to build relationships with our brothers and sisters in need.

Steve Buie
Our Community. Our Commitment. Steve Buie 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0 buie,dejournett,diversity,inclusion

Club Dues

Club dues invoices were sent out via email May 1, 2020.  Need another copy of
your invoice? Just email us (click here) and include your name in the body of the email.  Additionally, any dues payments received after June 30th will be assessed a $19.00 late fee. Thank you.
Club Dues 2020-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes New Member Luke O'Neill

Posted on May 26, 2020
President Pat O'Neill did a very personal and special induction on May 26th. He inducted his younger  brother, Luke O'Neill, into our club during a virtual meeting.
Luke was sponsored by Earl Hamlin. 
Luke is a realtor with Keller Williams. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Luke has extensive knowledge and experience with the major markets and submarkets that make up Northeast Ohio. Not only does he have experience in helping buyers and sellers on the retail side, Luke actively invests in the Real Estate markets that he sells in and helps investors in those markets, too.

When Luke is not working or talking real estate, he loves spending time with his wife, Elyse and their two sons, and dog, Mali. With a zest for life and a passion for helping other, Luke said he "will make sure he gives 100% at everything he does."
Welcome Luke!!
Club Welcomes New Member Luke O'Neill 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,keller williams,luke o'neill

Akron Heart Ball Goes Virtual

The Greater Akron Virtual Heart Ball is coming to you!
When: Friday, June 5th @ 7pm EST/ 6pm CST / 4pm PST - program will last approximately one hour
Where: Online via Zoom. Attend from the comfort of your home
As you prepare for the big night, we wanted to share some exciting details regarding the 2020 Akron Virtual Heart Ball that will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Here is what you can expect during our time together:
  *   Powerful stories from local survivors and a real-time Open Your Heart appeal
  *   Information about how the AHA is responding to and caring for our at-risk friends from COVID-19
  *   Exclusive opportunity to hear about the impact of your dollars and how the American Heart Association is investing in cutting-edge research and treatments
You will also receive a reminder email 30 minutes before the start of the program. Please feel free to share this link to invite your family and friends to join you!
Would you like to Open Your Heart and make a gift in advance (click here)?  OR you can text AkronHeartBall to 41444
Akron Heart Ball Goes Virtual 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you June Ring for this lake view photo of the Bud Rogers Adventure park! 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Cloth Collection for Masks

Posted by June Ring on May 19, 2020

Some masked do-gooders were out last week leaving out, picking up, and dropping off fabric for mask making! Thank you Akron Rotarians for 10 donations with 6 drivers, totaling approximately 10 to 12 bags for  Mahananda Luitel thanked all for the donations! If you come up with more at a later date reach out direct to their website. Thank you!!

June Ring

Julie Brandle, June Ring and Mahananda Luitel
Ginakaye Maddox & Tom Knauer
John Daily
Amador & Shannon Gonzalez
Cyndi Kane
Michael Wilson from the Akron Canton Foodbank and June Ring
Cloth Collection for Masks June Ring 2020-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Stewart's Caring Place Hope Walk Wrap-Up

Posted by Colleen Iacianci on May 18, 2020
I just wanted to send a note of thanks for donations from some of our Rotarians to Hope Walk at Home benefitting Stewart's Caring Place. We were so thrilled with the positive response from our supporters and ended up exceeding our goal! It truly takes a community to support the work of all the wonderful nonprofits and businesses in our area and I'm so thankful for your support.Our goal was $40,000. We had over 700 people participate including folks from California, Indiana, and Georgia and raised over $47,000. I've attached some photos from our Selfie Scavenger Hunt as we encouraged people to enjoy walking in their own neighborhood or favorite park! Here are some of the Rotarians who participated.
Colleen M. Iacianci
Amanda Warner & Family
June & Dan Ring
Tamara & Joseph Mora
Stewart's Caring Place Hope Walk Wrap-Up Colleen Iacianci 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to Joe Swiatkowski

What a great Club meeting on May 12th.  Joe Swiatkowski is the president of Hickory Harvest Foods and 2 subsidiary companies and gave us a wonderful virtual tour of his company.  This company is truly a gem in our community! 
The Swiatkowski family owns and operates food processing and manufacturing companies all in Akron, Ohio. Their breadth of products include nuts, dried fruits, organics, chocolate, and yogurts.  
Thank you for the 'insiders view' of your operations and history!  
Thank you to Joe Swiatkowski 2020-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you Robert DeJournett 

Our speaker on May 5, 2020 was Robert DeJournett who spoke on Diversity and Inclusion.  Below is his PowerPoint and two videos he shared during his presentation.  We appreciate the time he took to share this information with our Club and look forward to continuing our support of the the Greater Akron Chamber's initiatives to advance economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion to accelerate the growth and success of Greater Akron's Companies.
Video is below. If your browser/email service does not support seeing this video - click here to view
GREATER AKRON INCLUSION SUMMIT: What are you going to do?
Video is below. If your browser/email service does not support seeing this video - click here to view
Thank you Robert DeJournett 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Providing Comfort During Covid-19

Posted by Nathanael Billow on May 01, 2020
This past weekend, while observing the national debate over returning to work, it dawned on me that many people may be eventually returning to work to the realization that some of their co-workers have died. I know that our club has lost Rotarians (like my grandpa) in the past month and I know countless other members have been impacted.
Our governor Mike DeWine has began making preparation to reopen the state of Ohio and get us all back to work. Accordingly, I feel that it is appropriate to share the attached article, which is written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. He is the most preeminent American writer on the topics of death, grief and healing.
I hope Dr. Wolfelt's words provide comfort and encouragement to everyone in our Rotary Club as well as get back to work. Can you please distribute to the larger Rotary Club?
Nathanael M. Billow
Executive Vice President & Treasurer
The Billow Co.
85 N. Miller Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
(330) 867-4141
Condolences in the
Time of COVID-19
Guidance for
Conveying Your Love and Support
by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
When someone dies—of COVID-19 or any cause—during this pandemic, their loved ones are being left to grieve in especially harrowing circumstances. They may not have been able to be by the dying person’s side in the hospital or long-term care facility. They may have been prevented from spending time with the body, which we know helps mourners say hello on the path to goodbye. And due to social distancing mandates, they have probably been unable to gather with friends and family to provide each other essential mutual support.
For these and other reasons, it’s a terrible time for loss. It’s a terrible time to be grieving.
If you would like to support a grieving person during this time, you might feel unsure about what to say or do. After all, many of the time-honored methods of demonstrating your care and concern—such as attending the funeral, or stopping by the family’s home to offer an embrace and your presence—aren’t options. Yet you can still be a light in this dark time. The five principles that follow will guide you.
  1. Get in touch, and stay in touch.
To convey your love and support, video calls are the best substitute for face-to-face conversations. Voice calls come second. After that, emails, texting, and social media work too. And don’t forget the power of the handwritten note! Depending on how close you are to the family, I recommend reaching out to the grieving person at least once a week in the coming months—and even more often than that in the beginning.
  1. Be an exemplary listener.
On video calls or the phone, try to listen most of the time. When you do talk, validate what the grieving person has said to you. In their isolation, they still need their experience witnessed and affirmed. They still need to feel heard and understood. By actively and attentively listening, you will be giving them this gift.
  1. Say what’s on your heart.
Especially in challenging death circumstances, it can be difficult to know what to say to the grieving family. It’s always OK to say, “I’m so sorry,” “You’ve had to endure so much,” and “My heart is breaking for you.” Keep in mind that the word “condolence” comes from the Latin condolens, meaning “to suffer with another.”
Be genuine, but please refrain from advice-giving, judging, and sharing your own loss stories and religious viewpoints unless you are asked. What I’ve learned from my work as a grief counselor and educator for more than forty years is that what you say is often less important than how you say it. As long as you are genuine and focused on the grieving person’s experience and worldview, your empathy will come across.
  1. Listen to and share memories.
In the early days after a death, grieving people are usually consumed by shock, attending to tasks related to the death, and integrating the reality of the circumstances of the death. But after some time has passed, they are often ready to start thinking about the life of the person who died. You can be someone who listens to the stories they want to tell and, if you have your own memories of the person who died, shares them with the grieving person. Remember that the love lives on, and the memories live on. You can support the grieving person by honoring this.
  1. Consider the love languages.
In his landmark 1995 book The Five Love Languages, author Dr. Gary Chapman introduced us to the idea that human beings feel cared for by others in five primary ways:
• receiving gifts
• spending quality time together
• hearing words of affirmation
• being the beneficiary of acts of service
• experiencing physical touch
With the exception of physical touch, whose lack is indeed a great hardship right now, all of these remain ways you can support your grieving friend or family member in the weeks to come. For example, you can send a gift of flowers, food, or self-care items, such as books or a candle. You can still spend quality time together, online or on the phone. By mailing cards and sending texts, you can share words of affirmation. And you may be able carry out or arrange acts of service, such as dropping off a home-cooked meal, mowing the lawn, or running errands.
I hope you will use some of the ideas in this article to reach out to your grieving friend or family member—as well as healthcare workers, emergency services personnel, funeral home employees, and others you may know who are confronting overwhelming illness and death during the pandemic. Most of all, I hope you will keep in mind that it matters less what you specifically say or do and more that you simply make efforts to get and stay in touch. If you genuinely care and you find active ways to express your empathy, the grieving person will feel your support, even from a distance. Remember that the death of someone loved is a shattering experience. Lead with your heart and be gentle, loving and compassionate in all of your helping efforts.
About the author
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and grief counselor. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wolfelt has written many bestselling books on coping with grief, including Grief One Day at a Time and First Aid for Broken Hearts. Visit to learn more about grief and loss.
Providing Comfort During Covid-19 Nathanael Billow 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

What Exchange Means to Me

Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Apr 30, 2020
Exchange to me this next year holds so much importance to me as a person and practically as well. To start with the practical, I am a junior in high school planning to finish high school this year and graduate early. This past year I have had my lasts and said my goodbyes to the high school Friday football games, the after school Starbucks runs with my friends, the classmates I will not see next year, and I have worked countless hours saving to pay for my own exchange instead of going out to eat with friends or buying new things. For me this has been significant in my life as it ends a big portion of my life and signifies change and growth as a person to be moving towards this next stage of my life. For this next year, I was planning on having probably one of the best years of my life going on exchange. In a strictly practical sense, not going on exchange would mean that I would be at home for a year probably working and then going to college since this past year I did not apply to colleges. While this is not the worst thing that could happen in this upcoming year, it was not the way I had pictured or wished to be spending my time. For me emotionally, this exchange also has significance since around 8th grade I have longed to experience rich cultures and speak in another language. It wasn’t until this past year that I realized it was possible for me to go and I started this journey. As I became more involved with the exchange students here in the U.S. I have seen first hand how life changing it can be. Seeing the exchange students at the last overnighter was one of the happiest and saddest things to see as we sat around in a circle at night softly singing a song together and enjoying the limited time we had. I saw the deep connections each of them made with each other often feeling a little bit envious wondering why I wasn’t in their circle not realizing that what you must go through as a group is something unique to everyone who goes on exchange. This bond is something so unique and precious that can’t be made in any other setting than exchange. For me, being culturally aware and being able to understand and communicate in someone’s own language has always fascinated me and been one of my goals. Exchange for me would allow me to explore these avenues and continue my french learning in a new way. As I continue to get older, I find myself wishing to find my own identity and who I really am and what my values are in life. For me, exchange meant my first journey alone where I would be faced with challenges whether I liked it or not and I would have to be able to overcome these. I think being able to overcome these and really be myself without my parents would allow me to find out more of who I really am and discover new things I didn’t know about myself. Ever since I was little, I have had a passion and yearning for travelling as well as I have always been interested in trying new food when we go out to eat or watching foreign films. This passion for me goes beyond just wanting to travel and see cool places. For me I think it means understanding people better and connecting. It means opening up my own thoughts and challenging them and making me uncomfortable. This next year I hope to go on exchange and experience the challenges and uncomfortable moments and the new people to further expand myself as a person and those I meet. Exchange to me means so much more than just seeing a new place and I wish I could fully express myself and what it means to me, but I think it would be impossible in words. If there is one takeaway from this is that exchange means more to me a virus and more to me than having to wait a month to go.
Lydia Olin-Hitt, a hopeful future outbound
What Exchange Means to Me Susan Colville-Hall 2020-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Another Resource While Shut Down

Posted by Lynda Farkas
I thought others might find this link to akronlife a good resource while we continue to follow stay-at-home orders.  This is helpful for finding interesting virtual activities, and food/dining locations serving take out. 
In addition, each week they also honor some of our locals for their dedication to our community.  This week I extracted two articles from them to share with you - they have a special feature for Nurses Week called Cameos of Caring and also the Stronger Together article is where you can nominate people who work in all aspects of the health care system to say "thanks".

Medical professionals make the difference between life and death, especially in moments of crisis. With Nurses Week May 6 through 12, now is a time to salute those dedicated to public health. Caregivers, thank you for working the long nights and early mornings, for being a pillar in our community and for always showing up to help our neighbors. Here are The 330 nurses we highlighted as the most recent recipients of the Cameos of Caring awards.
Stronger Together 
Know a health care hero?

While we stay safe at home, our vital health care workers continue to serve on the front lines. Doctors and nurses are treating and advocating for patients, pharmacists are filling ongoing requests and environmental service crews are sanitizing facilities. These are just some of the many that make up the heart of our health care system. These are our health care heroes.
Join us in saying thanks at
Another Resource While Shut Down Lynda Farkas 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Elin Na Says Goodbye

Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
A sign of the times, our Rotary exchange student Elin Na with Anita and Tom Gedelian at her side said good-bye at the airport with a selfie of their masked faces as Elin embarked on her long journey home to South Korea. 
When I met Elin the day before her departure, she was all smiles but sad to leave until she saw the photo book of her Rotary Exchange Year with pictures of our Akron club members, exchange students from District 6630, events at Stow Munroe Falls High School, her primary host family Tom and Anita Gedelian, and her other hosts, the Nuñez and Lanzinger families.  Tears formed and the urge to hug her host mom and me was hesitantly extinguished, a necessary action in this era of social distancing!!!  Photos of fantastic memories for one exceptional young ambassador!!!!   So much to be thankful for!!!!  And, so you ask, “Why was she smiling?”   Elin was holding a bag full of pins from her Rotary Club in Korea for me to distribute to members of the Rotary Club of Akron, something that will hopefully be done at our first non-distancing opportunity.  A generous gesture, one that will help us remember this quiet, beautiful young lady and this stellar year marked only by this abrupt Covid-19 interruption.  Hopefully, Elin’s adventures will bring her back to Akron someday.  And, although there will be changes made to the Rotary Youth Exchange motto, “World peace, one handshake at time,”  we pray that Rotary exchanges will start again in the not so distant future.
Elin Na Says Goodbye Susan Colville-Hall 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You Dr. McGregor

Dr. Rob McGregor was our presenter April 14th and provided us with an amazing, heartfelt presentation about Children's Hospital Response: Being Safe in Today's Environment.  
He is the "Incident Commander" at the hospital and provided some inspirational quotes along with the important chart below to help us all think about who we want to be during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Dr. Rob also said,  "Be courageous, Be the storm - socially distance and wash your hands. Keep connected and strive to move past fear to learning and growth!   Virtual hugs and handshakes for now.  We WILL grow and move past this! Be well my friends!"
Quote from Amy Triano - with the non profit Hold the Door Open says: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than that fear."
Quote from Curt Cronin Navy seal friend reminds me of his favorite quote -"Fate whispers to the warrior "You are not strong enough to weather the storm...The warrior whispers back ; "I am the storm!"
We want to express our sincere appreciation to Dr. McGregor and each of the first responders for all they are doing to keep us healthy.
Thank You Dr. McGregor 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes New Member Philip Williams

President Pat O'Neill inducted Philip Williams as a new member during our April 14th virtual meeting.  Philip was sponsored by Dr. Rob McGregor.  New to the Akron area, Philip now works as Director of New Business Development for United Way of Summit County.  He describes himself as a data driven problem solver and likes to use Six Sigma ideologies and is willing to share those skills. With his prior employer, he volunteered and lead Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thons and volunteered for many events with the Cleveland Food Bank.  
Philip Williams and his sponsor Dr. Rob McGregor
Club Welcomes New Member Philip Williams 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

RYE Student Says Goodbye

Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Apr 13, 2020
Zoé Mayeur, from Brussels, Belgium, spent the 2019-2020  exchange year with the Rotary Club of Akron.  Because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, she left April 5 to return home to ride out the rest of this storm with her parents and older sister Fanny.  In her own words, “The trip was not easy but I made it home.  I am quarantining with my parents and my sister so I enjoy my time with them, we go on bike rides, we cook, we talk.”   Like most people in the time of Covid-19, her parents are not working.  Normally, Zoe’s mother serves as a Federal Ombudsman for the Belgium Parliament.  Her father is a criminologist in charge of helping prisoners who are released find jobs and then he follows up on them in their work. 
While in Akron, Zoé was enrolled in classes at Stow Munroe Falls High School.    Eager to try something new, she started playing the clarinet in the marching band and participated in cross-country and track and field. She said she“likes playing on a team because of the team spirit.”   Zoé especially enjoyed marching in the Brown’s Game in the fall when the SMFHS band played at halftime.  She now understands Americans’ enthusiasm for football! Due to her curiosity and eagerness to discover new things, Zoé made friends in her classes, in the band, in the SMFHS Interact Club and in her sports.  Consequently, she was able to take advantage of many opportunities to experience American culture, through Rotary, her school and her host family.
Her host parents, Jen and Richard Carroll, generously opened their doors and hearts to Zoé and treated her like one of their own children, of which they have two - Audrey and David.   Audrey was our Outbound Exchange Student to Germany last year.   Zoé spent a lot of valuable time with her new family and celebrated the ordinary things of American life.   One of her favorite experiences was going to Puerto Rico during Winter Break with her family to enjoy the warmth of one of the U.S.’s Caribbean territories.  And life was not too boring after the orderfor “shelter -in-place” was issued.  The kids enjoyed playing games, watching movies and cooking.
District 6630 Exchange students have been using Zoom to connect for the last 3 weeks, thanks to Shelia Hedrick who connects us all.  Before her departure, Zoé took time to demonstrate a no-cook dessert recipe made with Belgium cookies (biscuits) and whipped cream, it was so delicious looking!!! She “was happy to share one more thing about [her] before leaving.”  Wish we could have tasted it!  
Zoé has been a wonderful ambassador for Belgium and a delightful visitor to the U.S.  Like Elin, she was so looking forward to the Eastern trip to visit Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. in March, and to meet other RYE students.  A disappointed ambassador to say the least, Zoé took the cancellation in stride as well as news of no summer Western Trip to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Colorado and California, understanding that personal safety comes first.  So Zoé, too, will miss so many of the spring cultural events such as Prom, our Rotary 6630 Conference, and graduation as well as summer prospects of fun in the sun. 
Zoé’s “goal this year was to be immersed in a new culture with people who don’t necessarily think like [her] and learn from them and to share [her] Belgium culture with them.  We can say that she more than accomplished this goal.  And she is still eager to help us learn more about Belgium.  We hope to connect with Zoé using Zoom one day soon to see her smiling face and listen to her charming voice again and learn more about Belgium culture.  Her greeting to us: “I miss you and the rest so much... Stay safe!”
RYE Student Says Goodbye Susan Colville-Hall 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Na Hye Rim  (Hyerim)- South Korea

Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Apr 09, 2020
Elin Na (Hye Rim) from  Yeoju (city), Gyeonggi-do (province), S. Korea has spent this year with the Rotary Club of Akron.  Because of our Covid-19 pandemic, on April 16 she will be returning to her parents who are real estate agents, and her younger sister and younger brother. In case you are interested, Yeoju is located in the middle of the Korean Peninsula where many ginkgo trees grow and the temperature has extremes (very hot and very cold).
While in Akron, she attended Stow Munroe Falls High School where she enrolled in multiple classes and played the clarinet in the marching band and the concert band.  She especially enjoyed marching in the Brown’s Game in the fall when the SMFHS band played at halftime.  She now understands the NFL!!!  Elin easily made friends and was able to take advantage of many opportunities to experience American culture, both through Rotary and her host family. One of her favorite experiences was going to Disney World and spending time with Jill Flagg Lanzinger’s family during Winter Break.  Jill and her family had volunteered to host Elin in May and June.
Her host parents, Anita and Tom Gedelian, opened their doors and hearts to Elin.  She spent time with their grandchildren and celebrated her birthday Korean style at Seoul Gardens with the whole Gedelian gang in January.  She felt very comfortable at home with the Gedelians.
Elin had planned a trip  with Anita to visit another Gedelian daughter and her family in Texas in April, but that trip has been cancelled.
 Elin has also had the opportunity to spend time with the Nuñez family.  She and son, Manny shared an interest in band and were great friends at school.  Rachel and Jacinto have great welcoming expertise as they hosted Sotaro Yamasaki, our RYE student from Japan, for a good part of last year.
Elin has been a wonderful ambassador for her country and a delightful visitor to the U.S.  She was so looking forward to the Eastern trip to visit Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. in March, and to meet all the other RYE students but that trip was canceled a week before departure.   And now the summer Western Trip to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Colorado and California has been canceled.  No luck for Elin!!  We are sorry Elin will miss so many of the spring cultural events such as Prom, our Rotary 6630 Conference, and graduation as well as summer prospects of fun in the sun.  But a decision to return is always best when personal safety is the focus.   It is certain that we will miss her delightful smile and her eagerness to help us learn more about and appreciate Korean culture.  Here’s a photo of Elin as we hiked the Bike Trail at Brust Park along the Cuyahoga River in Munroe Falls last week while maintaining good social distancing!
Na Hye Rim (Hyerim)- South Korea Susan Colville-Hall 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Save the Date to Honor President O'Neill

Please plan to join us as we honor our
2019-2020 President
Pat O'Neill
We will continue to update this event based on
State of Ohio guidelines for gatherings.
 But please save the date ...
Pat deserves a great send off for the wonderful
job he has done as our President!!!
We will announce details when registration is available.
June 26, 2020
6 pm - 9 pm
Akron Rotary Camp
Save the Date to Honor President O'Neill 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
April 7th Speaker: Dan Flowers, President, Akron Canton Foodbank 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Medical Masks Needed

Posted by Robert McGregor on Apr 01, 2020
Akron Children's really needs cloth face masks to be sewn.
Any help will benefit our non-clinical employees which still need to be here.
The face masks pattern is provided here.
IF YOU SEW (or know someone who does) ... YOU CAN HELP!!!
This mask consists of 2 layers of HALYARD ON H600 medical fabric. (Typically used to cover sterilized surgical instruments.) It has a 16 Gauge copper or brass wire sewn in at the top and fabric ties reinforced with regular acrylic yarn.
The medical grade fabric is provided by the hospital and comes in varying sizes.
Pull the two layers apart. If you pull gently-the fused areas will come apart just fine. If it creates holes-then you will need to cut the fused part (or the holes!) off.
Stack both layers when cutting. Cut and you have the 2 pieces needed. A cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter makes cutting a breeze! A 36” wide cutting mat and 36” ruler and works great!
DO NOT press the medical grade fabric - it will melt!


Medical Masks Needed Robert McGregor 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Request

Posted by Pat O'Neill
Community Support Services' Homeless Outreach indicated that they could give away about 20-30 bag lunches each day....  So, if you're interested in making lunches - they don't have refrigeration space, so it would be better if the sandwiches were peanut butter and jelly rather than lunch meat - it could include a sandwich, granola bar or cookies, an apple or banana, and a bottle of water.... Those could be dropped off at the main office (call Michael Gaffney, and I'll meet you in the parking lot), or if you'd like to, you can take them to Homeless outreach - 111 E. Voris Street.
Volunteer Request Pat O'Neill 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Camp Update

Posted by Dan Reynolds on Apr 01, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians!
Greetings from the budding shores of Rex Lake!
I am sure many of you are not surprised; camp is unusually quiet these days! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have cancelled programs from mid-March through the end of April.  We will continue to follow the guidelines from Governor DeWine and his team as when to consider reopening.  Our camp team is planning out different scenarios as to what camp will look like this summer.  Our goal is to begin providing meaningful programs to our campers and families as quickly and safely as possible.  Today, we are still planning on moving forward with summer camp as scheduled; we are hiring counselors and planning programs. 
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to the camp team.  We appreciate your support and love for our campers.  We look forward to seeing you at camp this summer for a Thursday Cookout and other events. 
If there is anything that you need, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Be well!
Rotary Camp Update Dan Reynolds 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

A Message from President O'Neill - April 1, 2020

During this extremely difficult time, the value of our relationships is more important than ever. While we may rely on phone calls, text messages and video conferences, our relationships will get us through this.
One of my favorite authors is Jon Gordon and he shares frequent blog posts to his email followers and yesterday’s email shared the following:
"I know what's going on is scary. I know the images on the television wreak havoc on our minds and souls. I know fear is at an all-time high. But I also know that a fear-filled life isn't living. This is why, now more than ever, I want to encourage you to choose faith...I want to encourage you to keep faith and hope alive in your most difficult moments. Focus on the task at hand each day. Strive to be productive and creative. Something great will come out of this for you. I truly believe that." 
There are Rotarians in our Club that need faith and hope more than ever.
Beginning Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m., we will be hosting our weekly meetings via Zoom conference.
I would encourage you to participate and to share this invitation with anyone looking for encouragement, prayers or emotional support because that is exactly what we will be providing each Tuesday at noon, for the foreseeable future.
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Tuesday:
        Apr 7, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 14, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM
        Apr 28, 2020 12:00 PM

How to join us:
  • To join Zoom Meeting on your computer - click on this link and follow the directions.  
  • Use this Meeting ID when/if prompted to enter: 989 441 809
  • PLEASE be sure you test your audio when prompted to do so.  If you do not have audio capability on your computer you can call you in on the phone for the audio feed (see below call in information) but please use only one form of audio connection - either your computer or phone - otherwise there will be feedback).
--You can join by phone to listen and participate- even if you do not log in on the computer you will be able to hear and participate by phone.
--This is also useful for anyone who does not have computer based audio capability on their computer. 
--Note: If using your computer audio do NOT use the phone audio or there will be feedback.
  • Dial one of these numbers:
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US       
  • Then you will be asked to enter Meeting ID which is: 989 441 809 - you will then be prompted to press the # key
Take care and God bless,
Pat O'Neill
2019-2020 Club President
Phone: 330-414-2653
A Message from President O'Neill - April 1, 2020 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Bud Rogers Adventure Park Amanda Warner 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Messages from District Governor Reyes and Rotary International President Maloney

Messages concerning the impact of COVID-19 on our District, Clubs and RI have been posted on, along with our District and Club Facebook pages. 
View Messages on COVID-19 from Governor Reyes (click on date):
In addition to the District 4-Way Speech Contest and meetings, the following activities have been canceled for the District and Rotary International:
Our District has the unfortunate necessity to cancel all activities for the District Conference, DLA and Past District Governors Dinner that had been scheduled at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls on April 23,24 and 25 2020.
As you all know COVID-19 has virtually shut down public life.
It is the primary goal of Rotary to prevent disease and suffering. It is also our goal to protect the well-being of our members, families and friends. At this time that must be our only goal. Your Executive Committee understands the tremendous effort that has already been undertaken to plan the conference and its component events and we extend our thanks and appreciation for that effort to all involved.
Pursuant to the instructions from Rotary International and our own by-laws the necessary business of the District and Presidents Elect will be done through remote means. Pat Myers and the LEAD Committee are looking at further training opportunities for P.E.’s.
Thank you for your help and support.
John Reyes
Rotary District 6630 Governor 2019-2020

Tel: 330.258.6469

    Anyone who is registered, should be getting further information from DGND/District Convention Chair, David Jones, regarding the cancellation process.
    Click here read the full cancellation announcement  from RI President Maloney
    Messages from District Governor Reyes and Rotary International President Maloney 2020-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Tournament Talk - March, 2020

    Congratulations to the Akron Rotary Club/Akron Rotary Camp for the generous $5,000.00 donation from the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship Tournament, July 2019. 
    A friend of Akron Rotary member, Lynda Farkas, Karen Keasling, member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, longtime volunteer of the tournament and Tournament Board member immediately thought of the Camp as her choice of charities to receive the donation. 
    During the February 27th “Thaw” we celebrated the news with the help of Rotarians; Dan Reynolds, Mella Castner, Jan Ryan, Lynda Farkas and Karen Keasling. 
    Our thanks are extended to Karen for thinking of the Akron Rotary Camp. 
    Due to the generosity of our 1,000 volunteers,
    $825,000 went to Northeast Ohio non-profits!
    Due to the success of the 2019 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS additional funds became available for charitable proceeds. Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation recently announced that ten past grant recipients were selected to receive a one-time discretionary grant. We commend these groups on the work they are doing to improve the lives of residents of our community and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help fund their mission.
    The selected charities include; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties, City of Akron Fire Department’s REACH Program, Elves and More of Northeast Ohio, Embrace Clinic and Care Center, Embracing Futures, Faithful Servants Care Center, First Tee of Canton, Open M, Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs  ($5,000.00), and Summit Choral Society.
    Tournament Talk - March, 2020 Lynda Farkas 2020-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Important Message from President O'Neill

    Your health and safety is important to us. As we continue to learn more about the threat of the Coronavirus, our board has voted to suspend all meetings and events until April 28th. 
    I've asked Dr. Rob McGregor to provide his insights and he shared the following; "For most of you, if you get this illness, you should recover fine with supportive care like fever meds and fluids.  Don’t panic and use good judgment. Call your doctor should you have symptoms and stay away from hospitals unless directed to go by your provider. Stay safe and away from crowds."
    My contact information is below and please feel free to contact me at any time. 
    Pat O'Neill
    2019-2020 Club President
    Phone: 330-414-2653
    Important Message from President O'Neill 2020-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Polar Bear Jump

    Thank you Wayne Homes, for your amazing support for Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!


    Wayne Homes is at it again supporting the rotary camp! This year’s Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club Jump benefitted the Akron Rotary Camp and Ronald McDonald House of Akron. This year we had 8 jumpers and one chicken and we raised $785 as a team!! 
    Polar Bear Jump Mella Castner 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
    Rotary After Hours - Great Way to Get Know One Another Katy Miller 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Harvest for Hunger

    Akron Rotarians supporting Harvest for Hunger! — attending Harvest for Hunger Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast with Mella Hawk Castner, Julie Brandle, Nichole Major, Lynda C. Farkas and Christina Horak at John S Knight Center.
    Harvest for Hunger 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Make a Splash for Akron Rotary Camp on February 29, 2020!

    Posted by Dan Reynolds

    Are you warm-hearted and willing to freeze your body to raise money for kids with special needs?  Join us on February 29 for the 17th annual Polar Bear Jump benefiting Akron Rotary Camp.

    Too cold to jump? No worries, - the Chili Chicken will jump for you! Every donation counts!
    Join the fun on:
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
    Portage Lakes State Park at the Swim Beach
    5031 Manchester Road
    Akron, OH 44319
    • $30 minimum donation to register
    • Raise $100+ and receive an event t-shirt
    • Raise $500+ and become a VIPB (Very Important Polar Bear)
    Your donation will allow us to continue to offer assistance to families in need. No child is ever turned away for their inability to pay. In 2019, we provided over $170,000 in financial assistance.
    Special thanks to the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump for helping us to create a world where there are only abilities! Hope to see you on February 29.
    In the spirit of Camping,
    Dan Reynolds
    Director of Endless Possibilities
    Akron Rotary Camp
    Make a Splash for Akron Rotary Camp on February 29, 2020! Dan Reynolds 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
    What a Great Way to Celebrate our 30th Year!! 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Club Welcomes New Member Pat Weimer

    At our February 5, 2020 meeting, we inducted Pat Weimer into our Akron Rotary Club. 
    Pat is a partner at Tenacity, Inc. and is excited to support the Akron community through service efforts.  He was sponsored by Connor Jarvis.
    He travels extensively, but plans to be an active and involved member!  Please introduce yourself to Pat at a future meeting and watch for more about him in our New Member quarterly announcement. 
    Photo L-R:  President Pat O'Neill, Pat Weimer, Connor Jarvis
    Club Welcomes New Member Pat Weimer 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Claudine Schooley Presents Flag 

    Throughout her travels, Claudine Schooley makes a point to visit other clubs. 
    She presents each club with our Akron Rotary Club flag and in turn is presented with their club flag.
    This flag is from
    Club Rotario Nuevo Medellin
    which is in the city of Medellin, Columbia. 
    If you are planning to visit other clubs while traveling, just ask Mella for an Akron Club flag to take with you!
    Claudine Schooley Presents Flag 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Message from Our Club President

    Posted on Jan 13, 2020
    To my fellow Rotarians,
    Happy New Year! It's hard for me to believe that we're halfway through our Rotary year and in six short months, we'll be inducting Dr. Rob McGregor as the next President of the Rotary Club of Akron. As I look ahead to 2020, I'm extremely optimistic and excited about the opportunities that we have in front of us.
    On February 1st, I hope to see every Rotarian bring their friends and family out to Hale Farm and Village for the 30th Annual Chili Open present by Wayne Homes. The Chili Open committee has been working extremely hard to make this a extraordinary year for the Chili Open. With a goal of $300,000, we need each and every one of you to help us achieve this milestone.
    Additionally, we will be identifying key service projects for our Club to get involved with and will be working to identify a big impact cause for our Club and Foundation to support through the money made available from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
    Thank you to each and every one of your for your contributions to our Club and I wish you a prosperous 2020.
    Pat O'Neill
    2019-2020 President
    Phone: 330-414-2653
    Message from Our Club President 2020-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Camp News

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Nov 22, 2019
    Santa is Coming to Rotary Camp!

    Join us on Sunday, December 15th, 2019, 3pm-5pm for our annual
    Holiday Party at Akron Rotary Camp.
    Our Holiday Party is fun for all to enjoy with some sing-a-long songs,
    holiday crafts and cookies.
    Santa will be stopping by with a bag full of gifts for our campers. 
    Please consider supporting this event by buying a gift for our campers from our Wish List on Amazon, just visit
    Gifts will be shipped directly to camp.

    RSVP to Tina Gardner at, (330) 644-4512 x 32054 by Wednesday, December 11, 2019 if you will be attending.
    Support Akron Rotary Camp while
    shopping on Amazon!
    Start shopping at and link your
    account to support Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rotary Camp.
    Camp News Amanda Warner 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
    Holiday Luncheon - Register to Join Us! 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing Day on Dec. 13th


    On Friday, December 13th, our Rotary Club will be ringing the bell from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm for the Salvation Army at ACME #10 on 2226 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. We will need two Rotarians (and friends) to volunteer for each hour we are covering that day.

    This is a fun and popular service project for the Club that fills up quickly. Creativity is encouraged, as we have had singers, musicians, children and grandchildren participation in the past.

    After you sign-up, you will receive an email confirming your participation and additional information will be forthcoming regarding what to expect and how to plan for your participation. Questions? Contact Mark Seward at or on 330-414-2075. Thank you for volunteering!


    Salvation Army Bell Ringing Day on Dec. 13th Mark Seward 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

    SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party

    Posted by Bill Manby Jr.

    Click to Register Now!!

    Come join us, Santa Claus and over 150 special needs children for the Rotary Club of Akron’s Annual Christmas Party at SUPER Learning Center! An Hour of Your Day Will Create a Lifetime of Christmas Memories!

    What: SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party

    When: Thursday December 19th, 2018 from 9:15 AM to about 3:30 PM

    Where: SUPER Learning Center is located at: 1584 Wilson Ave, Lakemore, OH 44250

    Description: Come join us, Santa Claus and over 150 special needs children for the Rotary Club of Akron’s Annual Christmas Party at SUPER Learning Center! An Hour of Your Day Will Create a Lifetime of Christmas Memories!

    Thank you,

    -Matt Slonsky  National Social Security Advisor® Certificate Holder

    Assistant to Bill Manby CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, AEP®, National Social Security Advisor® Certificate Holder
    Manby Financial Strategies, Inc.
    Creating Financial Independence, Inc.
    1611-A Akron-Peninsula Rd.
    Akron, OH  44313
    (330) 475 - 8575 (Phone)
    (330) 475 - 8571 (Fax)

    SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party Bill Manby Jr. 2019-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

    Join us at "Holidays Around the World" Foundation Gala presented by Rotary District 6630

    On behalf of District Governor John and Immediate Past District Governor Beverly you are invited to attend the upcoming Foundation Gala “Holidays Around the World” on Thursday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m.  at Windows on The River.
    Dress in your favorite International Holiday Attire or that “special” Ugly Holiday Sweater
    It promises to be an evening of great fun, food and plain old-fashioned holiday cheer – definitely an opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work of ALL of our clubs and share our cultures with our Rotary Youth Exchange students.  AND it is also a perfect time to do “a little shopping” thanks to the generosity of so many Rotarians and their friends who have provided an incredible array of items to choose from in both our Silent and Live Auction and the Decadent Dessert Dash.  And, if you can’t attend, find someone who can to bid for you – below is just a sample with a more detailed list coming later in the month!  
    Please join us to help honor those who made significant contributions in 2018-2019 to The Rotary Foundation during PDG Beverly's year and all of our humanitarian efforts each of us are involved in to help those less fortunate.  
    Join us at "Holidays Around the World" Foundation Gala presented by Rotary District 6630 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations Akron Rotarians!

    Mella Castner

    Outstanding Professional Fundraiser, Mella Castner was honored at the AFPNO awards November 1st. Many Rotarians were present to show their support.
    Nominated by AFPNEO member Vondea Sheaffer, The Village of St. Edward.
    Mella A. Castner

    Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women's Board
    (Rotarian Rima Muakkassa, President)

    Recipient of a Special Recognition Award from AFPNEO for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our community.


    Pam Kiltau

    Special evening for the 2019 Athena Leadership Awards Dinner and celebrating all the inspirational finalists and award winners representing women leaders in our community!
    Congratulations to all the award winners and finalists and a special special shout out to our fellow Rotarian and Rotary Camp board President Pamela Kiltau for being a Leadership Award Finalist.
    The event recognizes exemplary women leaders for their professional achievement, community involvement, and for actively assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.This year’s Leadership Award recipients will join more than 60 local women leaders who have been honored as recipients or finalists of this important award.
    Photo L-R:  Mella Castner. Pam Kiltau, Dr. Rob McGregor

    Julie Brandle - Metis Construction

    Contributed photo
    Metis Construction Services has swelled to 57 employees since its founding in 2009. The company's fortunes really took off when it worked on the Acorn Alley II development, seen here, in Kent.
    As featured in Crains Cleveland:   Born from recession, Metis Construction Services keeps on steady growth track. Read the story here

    Roger Read

    Fellow Rotarian philanthropist and community leader Roger Read will be the 16th recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award.

    The Greater Akron Chamber announced Read will be honored on March 18 at the chamber’s 113th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

    The chamber award was created in memory of the late H. Peter Burg, former chairman and chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp. The award recognizes a leader who embraces economic and community development in the Akron area.

    Information on the Greater Akron Chamber’s upcoming annual meeting can be found at or by calling 330-376-5550.

    Congratulations Akron Rotarians! 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Chili Open 2020

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Nov 07, 2019

    Chili Open Golf Classic

    30th Birthday Tee-Off

    Happy 30th Birthday to Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic! In celebration of 30 years, the committee has set the Chili Open goal at $300,000! Last year, we raised $287,391 we feel confident that with the support of our Rotary Club and community that we will reach our 2020 goal. 
    We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor Wayne Homes for their continued support. Plus the Chili Open wouldn’t be complete without Chili. Thank you to Whitey’s Premium Chili as the official Chili Sponsor!
    Funding from the Chili Open helps ensure that no camper is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Sponsorships and Camperships make up 75% of our event goal. Rotarians are needed to help support with sponsorships, view the updated sponsorship benefits packet here. Please consider increasing your sponsorship, renewing your sponsorship or becoming a first time sponsor.  We are also looking for new prospective sponsors, so please let our Sponsorship chairs Christina Horak or Jeff Sheeks know if you have someone you would like to reach out to.   Your support makes the Chili Open an annual success for our Club.
    We also ask every Rotarian to purchase or sell a minimum of ten raffle tickets at $20 each. There are great chance to win the following prizes:
    • 1st prize is a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS, or $10,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
    • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
    • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2020 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren! 
    Each ticket also includes $20 in discounts – which is the cost of the ticket:
    • $10 off oil change at The VanDevere Bunch
    • Purchase two entrees and receive $10 off your bill at BRAVO, Summit Mall
    Raffle tickets were distributed to Rotarians who attended Tuesday’s Club luncheon. If you did not attend, you will receive your ticket in the next few days by mail. 
    Still wondering what the Chili Open is about?
    This is a short video for you to share with prospective sponsors and donors to help promote the Chili Open and help secure sponsorships (or click here to watch it on YouTube). Thank you to Rotarian, Mario Micale and Narrative Digital Design for creating the video!
    For 96 years, Akron Rotary Camp has been the main project of our Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is needed to help us raise $300,000 for Rotary Camp continue with their mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!” Thank you for teeing off with us and we look forward to seeing you on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village for the 30th Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic.
    Again, thank you for helping us to celebrate 30 years of greatness!
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2020
    Chili Open 2020 Amanda Warner 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Tri-District Membership Summit Akron Participants

    These Akron Rotarians dedicated their Saturday morning to exchange ideas with other Rotarians from District 6600, 6630 and 6650.  With over 140 attendees present there were several breakout sessions with discussion of best practices for engaging members, managing membership leads and much, much more.  Membership is critical to Rotary's Success and we look forward to continuing to strengthen and build upon the membership in the Akron Club which has served our community for over 105 years!
    Akron Rotarians: L-R: George Rooney; President Pat O'Neill, Lynda Farkas; Doug Hausknecht; PDG Cheryl Warren; Membership Chair Tom Knauer; President Elect Dr. Rob McGregor; District Governor John Reyes; Assistant Governor Julie Brandle.
    Tri-District Membership Summit Akron Participants 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations Roger Read

    Fellow Rotarian philanthropist and community leader Roger Read will be the 16th recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award.

    The Greater Akron Chamber announced Read will be honored on March 18 at the chamber’s 113th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

    The chamber award was created in memory of the late H. Peter Burg, former chairman and chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp. The award recognizes a leader who embraces economic and community development in the Akron area.

    Information on the Greater Akron Chamber’s upcoming annual meeting can be found at or by calling 330-376-5550.

    Congratulations Roger Read 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    On the Road to a Polio Free World

    Posted on Oct 24, 2019
    On Tuesday, October 22nd, Past District 6630 Governor, Steve Zabor shared his experience participating in a Polio National Immunization Day (NID) in India and why our continued efforts to eradicate this disease are so important. 
    Thank you for your ongoing support to help us End Polio Now.
    On the Road to a Polio Free World 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

    New Members Inducted

    Posted on Oct 22, 2019
    Welcome our newest members who were inducted October 29, 2019:  Blake Gerny, Morgan Goldthwaite and Julie-Ann Sweetbuntin
    Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in October!
    Photo L-R: 
    Sponsor John Margida, Blake Gerny;  Morgan Goldthwaite, Sponsor Andrea Moore; Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin, Sponsor Katy Miller; Club President Pat O'Neill.
    New Members Inducted 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarian Becomes a Paul Harris Fellow

    Posted on Oct 10, 2019

    The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Recognition is The Rotary Foundations’ way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

    Rotary Foundation Club Co-Chair, Lynda Farkas. presented JIm Durr with his first Paul Harris Fellowship - he received his certificate and pin.

    Rotarian Becomes a Paul Harris Fellow 2019-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

    A Piece of Our History Found

    Posted by Cheryl Warren on Oct 07, 2019

    Such as a treasure . . .

    An email enters my inbox in August:  it said:  "I picked up a vintage roster of your club, I am a Rotarian. I would like to send you pictures of every page. It’s a cool history of your club .... any interest?"
    I asked a couple questions and immediately introduced him to our Club Historian, PDG Jack Harig. 

    Jack took it from there - and he did a tremendous job coordinating to bring this document home.  You can view the document by clicking on the image to the left.
    It turns out that Mr. John Waterman, who sent the email, found this treasure. He is a Rotarian and collector of Rotary memorabilia. He lost his entire collection, including 3 original signatures of Paul Harris, along with his home, in the "Camp Fire" that took their town of Paradise last year. He had been a member of Paradise Rotary until the fire then joined Roseville Rotary.
    Mr. Waterman spotted this 1916 Roster for sale on the WEB and purchased it. He then contacted us, the result being we now have this historical treasure in our hands.  Thank you to Mr. Waterman and to Jack for all they did to coordinate and ultimately obtain and scan the document - their long hours are much appreciated and will keep our history alive.  You can view the document by clicking on the image to the left.
    A Piece of Our History Found Cheryl Warren 2019-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Elin and Zoe Update

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Oct 07, 2019

    Our Youth Exchange Students Keep Busy!

    Elin Na and Zoé Mayeur, our exchange students at Stow Munroe Falls High School football game in the Marching Band
    Elin tests her skills in the dragon boat!
    Elin Na and Zoé Mayeur at Stan Hywet Ohio Mart with Host mom Jennifer Carroll and Susan Colville-Hall
    Homecoming was a new and exciting event for Elin and Zoe shown with Jennifer Carroll
    Elin and Zoe Update Susan Colville-Hall 2019-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
    "Women Leaders" by Grace Wakulchik 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

    New Club Ambassador Program

    Posted by Jeff Sitz on Sep 17, 2019
    We’re excited to announce that we’re going to be rolling out a new Ambassador program in the upcoming weeks. A Rotary Ambassador is someone who can make guests and newer members feel welcome, answer questions and get people connected quickly. This is a very informal position that you can decided to do on a week by week basis when you arrive to the meeting. There is no need to sign up each week and if all the tables have an ambassador that week then there is no need to do anything. Should there be a table or two that doesn't have an ambassador that's okay too. You will wear a red lanyard they will signify "you're a person who can answer my question".  Again, our goal with this position is to quickly engage our guests/newer members and let them know of areas they can be involved that align with their passions and connect them with the people who can answer their questions.
    Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
    Jeff Sitz
    New Club Ambassador Program Jeff Sitz 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Camp Regatta...Saturday 9/28

    Posted by Amanda Warner
    Please join us for an evening at Rotary Camp and
    help us to continue our mission of
    "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
    An Evening To Remember
    Enjoy cocktails as you walk along the shore of the picturesque Rex Lake.
    Sample some gourmet creations prepared by the one and only Chef Beau Schmidt of Beau's Grille and Beau's on the River.
    Stretch your sea legs and enjoy the soft waves of music filling the air. Enjoy the camp and experience all the wonderful facilities our campers enjoy throughout the year.
    Take in the view from the water with a cruise on one of our seafaring vessels.
    Join us in the Grand Tent, where SARA SHOOKMAN, WKYC TV3 News Anchor, will emcee the evening's program featuring Rotary Camp's superstars JACK AND VIVIAN HARIG. Followed by an entertaining live auction featuring unique items and exciting getaways.
    The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular over Rex Lake.
    Don’t miss this great event.  Register at
    Akron Rotary Camp Regatta...Saturday 9/28 Amanda Warner 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

    John Daily in Action

    Posted by George Rooney on Aug 31, 2019
    A few meetings ago, I asked John Daily when his next swim meet was. He told me Saturday, August 24. Since he swims throughout the country, I held my breath, and was pleasantly surprised that it was being held locally, in Avon. I told John I’d be there. Fortunately, I heard no objection.
    The next meeting, John gave me a copy of the meet details. He told me I didn’t have to come, but I don’t listen very well.
    So on the 24th, Eileen and I drove to the Avon Aquatic Facility. It was a brisk morning, with a few sprinkles. One might think that, having a fancy name like Aquatic Facility, the pool would be in nice, warm surroundings. But, alas, it was outdoors. Not so bad for me,  at least in jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, but just think about the wet, nearly-naked swimmers!
    And there were a lot of swimmers. This was a popular Ohio Masters Swimming event. John had entered 3 events - 50 meter freestyle; 100 meter freestyle; and, despite John’s hip surgery a few years ago, he bravely entered the 50 meter breaststroke. 
    John and I went over to the meet sheet, and he located his name in the 3 events, and duly took notes of his heat numbers and lane numbers. To my surprise, the heats were not grouped by age group. Rather, they appeared random, and John was swimming with swimmers much younger. I noted a 38.
    Based on John’s age on December 31 of this year, John was entered in the 93+ group. He’s actually merely 92, but has a birthday coming up. John felt that was to his advantage, since he otherwise would have been in a more crowded group of 89+! The age differential didn’t matter, though, because the swimmers were not racing against each other; rather, they raced for time in their respective age groups.
    John warmed up a bit in one of the 2 free lanes while other events progressed. Now wet, it didn’t take long for the weather to take hold a bit, and John bundled up as he awaited his first event. The 50 freestyle was called, and John made his way to his lane. The starting block is probably 2 to 2-1/2 feet high, and I marveled as John climbed a step stool up onto the block, and then stood, seemingly forever, awaiting the start. The swimmers were called to their marks, the starting signal sounded, and John dove in with the others.
    We have all probably noticed that John moves around relatively slowly these days; but all bets were off when he hit the water. I was amazed watching him slice through the water with a very smooth stroke. I snapped a pic as John approached the finish.
    We then visited with John as he awaited his other events. The other 2 proceeded as the first, and I took a few more pics, including of one of the 3 medals John earned that day.
    John thanked us for being there. He may not have realized that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. John is such a humble human being, with immense determination, and such an inspiration for all.
    I am so proud, and want to be like John, but I get tired trying to keep up. Thank you, John, for being my fellow Rotarian.
    John Daily in Action George Rooney 2019-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Foundation Recipients

    Presentations of Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) is The Rotary Foundations’ way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
    Our club is very honored to recognize our members for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. 
    Most recently, on August 13th, our District 6630 Foundation Chair, Jim Lechko, was on hand to present the Paul Harris certificates and pins to the following members.  Jim expressed appreciation to all who have donated to The Rotary Foundation throughout the years. 

    Left to Right:

    • Jim Lechko
    • Nathanael Billow: PHF 
    • Dr. Rob McGregor: PHF +1
    • John Margida: PHF +3
    • Claudine Schooley: PHF
    • Lynda Farkas: PHF +6
    Foundation Recipients 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Welcomes New Member

    Welcome to Michael Shearer who is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Akron.  Michael transferred to us from the Kent Club and has been a Rotarian since 2002.  
    Photo L-R:  Club President Patrick O'Neill, Michael Shearer and Membership Chair Tom Knauer
    Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in July and August!
    Akron Welcomes New Member 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
    Our Speaker Last Tuesday 2019-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

    RYE Student Returns from Germany

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Aug 07, 2019
    Audrey Carroll who spent 2018-2019 in Germany proudly holds her certificate of completion signed by District Governor Johns Reyes. Audrey returns to Stow-Munroe Falls High School to complete her senior year. She will speak to her sponsoring club, Rotary Club of Akron, August 20.  
    RYE Student Returns from Germany Susan Colville-Hall 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Aug 02, 2019
    The Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. was held on July 27th on the beautiful grounds of Akron Rotary Camp. This year marked the 10th anniversary for the Tourney and a record year for teams. The day was a great success and are very excited to announce that we raised over $16,000 to help provide financial assistance for kids to  attend camp.
    Participants and volunteers enjoyed lunch from the Menche’s Bros Food Truck, beverages from the House of LaRose and snacks from the Peanut Shoppe. Thanks to all who support the tourney with teams, raffle tickets, donations, auction items, and to all who volunteered.  Special thanks to Scott and Jaime Kolligian for their continued support and commitment over the years to help make this event grow.
    Congratulations to all the winners:
    Ringers – 1st place: Jeff Beattie and Drew Thomas (TNC2)
    Ringers – 2nd place: Zac Hagy and John Whitehead (Corn in the USA)
    Recreational – 1st place: Kenmore’s Finest
    Recreational – 2nd place: Alan Umerley and Dave DiReggerio (Airbaggers)
    Raffle Ferrari for a day: Craig Barrett
    Raffle Lamborghini for a day: Josh Lines
    Looking forward to see you all again next year!!
    Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament Celebrates 10th Anniversary! Amanda Warner 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

    Shoebox Project

    Posted by Wanda Whipkey on Aug 02, 2019
    The Akron Rotary club filled 30 shoeboxes that will be shipped to the children of the dump in Nicaragua, in time for Christmas.  Our boxes will be combined with boxes from other clubs in our District.  For the past several years the district has spearheaded this effort to relieve the day-to-day struggle that leaves the children reduced to fighting cows and dogs for food they can scavenge from the local garbage dump.

    We are grateful to all the members who made donations to make this project a success.  Ben Heckerman &  Emily Patterson played an integral role with the organization of shopping and packing.  We also had some members of the North High Interact Club attend as well;  thanks to Tam Chau, SaHa Da Be, Nitash Dahal, & Prabin Magar.  They were excellent additions to our team.
    Shoebox Project Wanda Whipkey 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0


    Portage Country Club will be closed September 3rd.  There will not be a Rotary meeting that day.  We wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.
    NO MEETING SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

    October 3rd - Join us for On The Table Greater Akron

    Or Club will be hosting On The Table Greater Akron on October 3rd at 11:45 am.  Note: our normally scheduled meeting for October 1 will not be held.
    Everyone is welcome to join us for the conversation. The cost is $13.00 per person and includes lunch. Location: Portage Country Club.

    On the Table Greater Akron is a one-of-a-kind initiative where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. This project is part of On the Table, a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust.

    Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit or Medina counties is invited to host or participate in a mealtime conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. Conversations are held in person at locations such as a library, church, neighborhood restaurant, office break room or around your own kitchen table.

    We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. When we come together face-to-face to find common ground on community issues and challenges that matter to people, powerful things can happen.

    October 3rd - Join us for On The Table Greater Akron 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

    New Member Inducted

    Posted on Jul 30, 2019
    Welcome Jay Rutter who is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Akron. 
    Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in July and August!
    New Member Inducted 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
    A Special Quote from President Pat 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Club and Individual Rotarians Recognized by District 6630

    Posted on Jul 20, 2019
    A.Z. Baker Award
    Rotary Club of Akron, John Margida
    District 6630 Rotarian of the Year
    PDG W. Stewart Buchanan
    Outstanding Leadership & Service Award (presented for years of leadership in a given area of responsibility)
    Julieann M. Brandle, District Conference
    Special Recognition from District Governor
    PDG Cheryl Warren, District Webmaster
    Lynda Farkas, Special Support
    Individual Rotary Leadership Awards
    Stew Buchanan
    Lynda Farkas
    Akron Rotary Club and Individual Rotarians Recognized by District 6630 2019-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

    WOW - What a Dragon Boat Race!!! 

    Posted on Jul 20, 2019
    We can't brag enough about our Akron Rotary Wavemakers!  Not only did they place second at the Dragons on the Lake Dragon Boat Festival, but they also had the 2nd best time in the history of the race! Paddles Up! Special thank you to our Captain Robert McGregor on this achievement!  And all for such a great cause!  Thank you to all who participated in this tremendous event.


    WOW - What a Dragon Boat Race!!! 2019-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations DG John Reyes

    Posted on Jul 20, 2019
    Akron member, John Reyes, took his oath as our 2019-2020 District 6630 Governor on Saturday, July 20th. He was sworn in by Rotary International Director Stephanie Urchick who was graciously in attendance to participate in our celebration.  Joining DG John was his wife Linda along with over 100 Rotarians from throughout the District.  Special thanks to our Rotary Camp Staff, Mella, Dan and Amanda, and this year's DG Home Club Representative Julie Brandle - they handled all the details for the day!  We look forward to a great year under DG John's guidance.
    DG John and his wife Linda
    DG Reyes with Club President Pat O'Neill

    The Governor's Banner will now be on display for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year at our Akron Club. 
    DG Reyes is the 8th Club member to serve in this capacity. 

    Congratulations DG John Reyes 2019-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Come Out Saturday to Support the 10th Annual Cornhole Tournament!!

     Thank you to all the Rotarians who are signed up to play this Saturday!  EVERYONE is still welcome to stop by and cheer on the players.
    The Menches food truck will be there selling food and beverages. House of LaRose will have their "adult beverage" truck too!!
    See you on the 27th!
    Scott Kolligian
    Co-Founder, Charity Cornhole Tournament
    Come Out Saturday to Support the 10th Annual Cornhole Tournament!! 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Sotaros Final Club Visit

    Our Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Sotaro, leaves with many souvenirs and good memories of his exchange year with the Rotary Club of Akron.  Photo: Sotaro with Susan Colville-Hall, Youth Exchange Committee Member.    

    Sotaros Final Club Visit 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations to our 2019-20 Committee Chairs

     Attendance Chair
     Akron Rotary Cares Chair
     Akron Rotary Cares Vice Chair
     Community Service Projects Chair
     Youth Exchange Student Chair
     Rotary International Foundation Chair
     Rotary International Foundation Vice Chair
     Historian Co-Chair
     Historian Co-Chair
     Interact Chair
     Grants Chair
     Grants Vice Chair
     Program Chair
     Public Relations Chair
     Rotaract Co-Chair
     Rotaract Co-Chair
     Scholarship Chair
     Social Chair
     Membership Chair
     New Member Mentorship Chair
     Website Chair
    Congratulations to our 2019-20 Committee Chairs 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Welcome Our New President and Board of Directors

    Congratulations our new President Pat O'Neill for being inducted as our 2019-2020 Club President. He is shown with L-R: his father Patrick O'Neill, great aunt Patricia Graves, and his wife Sarah O'Neill.  
    Also we proudly recognized returning and new board members who were sworn in by President Pat.   We were honored to be joined by our current District Governor and several past District Governors and past Club presidents.
    President Elect
    Vice President
    Immediate Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
    Director 7/2017-6/2020
    Director 7/2017-6/2020
    Director 7/2017-6/2020
    Director 7/2017-6/2020
    Director 7/2018-6/2021
    Director 7/2018-6/2021
    Director 7/2019-6/2021
    Director 7/2018-6/2021
    Director 7/2019-6/2022
    Director 7/2019-6/2022
    Director 7/2019-6/2022
    Director 7/2019-6/2022

    President Pat relaxes a bit before his induction.

    Board members L-R: Terry Dalton, Dr. Rob McGregor, Steve Buie, Nicole Major, Michael Gladysz, Wanda Whipkey, Tom Knauer, June Ring, Dave miller, Karen Hrdlicka, Blake Babcock, Brian Chima and Connor Jarvis.


    L-R:  President Pat, 2019-2020 District Governor John Reyes, Past District Governors Jack Harig, Cheryl Warren (all from the Akron Club and Jack Young (Conneaut Club).

    Akron Past President's L-R:  DG John Reyes, Lance Chima, PDG Cheryl Warren, Pam Kiltau (President, Rotary Camp Board), John Margida, Sandy Naragon, Julie Brandle, Shon Christy, Doug Hausknecht, President Pat O'Neill and PDG Jack Harig.

    Welcome Our New President and Board of Directors 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    New Honorary Members

    It was our distinct pleasure to name long time club members, Mary Anthony Weaver and John Mogen as Honorary Rotarians  - they both lifetimes of service to our club and community!

    Special thanks to President O'Neill, Past President Steve Shechter, Past Foundation Board President Marilyn Buckey, Past District Governor Jack Harig, and Past President Tom Fox for all your kind words you offered about our honorees, and also to Mrs. Mogen for joining us. 

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    New Honorary Members 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

    One Date Left to Help Serve Meals to Campers!

    Posted by Amanda Warner

    Last Chance ... to help out!

    Rotary Camp Dinner Service - Thursday, August 1, 2019 

    Hanging with the kids at Rotary Camp on a beautiful sunny ☀️ evening! We are truly blessed 😎👍🌞

    You do not have to serve  -- you can just come out and be our guest at one of the meals!  Please join us anytime!!

    Last week we had our Interact Students with us along with several Rotarians - Thank you!

    Interact Class: North High Teacher/Interact Counselor, Paula Peyak is surrounded by Rishma Tamang, Yasoda Khadka, Ashika Rai, Gay Doh Soe, Sodhan Biswa, Monisha Rai, Puja Rai. 

    Rotarians/guests:  Susan Wilson, Lynda Farkas, Cheryl Warren, Doug Hausknecht, Marilyn Smythe, Stu Perry, Dan Reynolds and Mella Castner.


    Summer Camp Dinners are a great opportunity for Rotarians to see Rotary Camp in action, meet the campers and counselors, and serve alongside other Rotarians. 

    Volunteers are needed to help set-up for dinner, serve, and help clean up afterwards.  The Staff at Rotary will be extremely grateful if you can help with any of the following dates. 

    One Date Left to Help Serve Meals to Campers! Amanda Warner 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Much Accomplished at United Way Day Of Action

    Our club was again paired with the Hope Foundation for the United Way Day of Action this year. VIEW ENTIRE SLIDE SHOW - CLICK HERE
    The Hope Foundation manages 18 properties for adults with developmental disabilities across the state of Ohio. Our task was to scrape and paint a large garage that supports two of their homes in Stow. We were fortunate to have a beautiful clear day to complete our work. The following Rotarians participated:
    David Hall
    Brian Chima
    Bob Ryan
    Lance Chima
    Robin Gilmore (Chima Travel)
    Stew Buchanan
    Mario Micale
    Lynda Farkas
    Connor Jarvis
    Mark Seward
    Much Accomplished at United Way Day Of Action 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Akron Distributes Grant Money 

    At his last meeting as Rotary Club of Akron President, John Margida had the pleasure of giving $3,750 grants from the Akron Rotary Foundation, to each of the following:

    • Julie Johnson, Boys and Girls Club of Western Reserve
    • Caroline Alitzer, Great Trail Council
    • Edwin Hubbard and Larry Chadwick, Akron Urban League
    • Zac Kohl, The Well Community Development Center.
    Congratulations to all of these wonderful organizations for their good work in our community. 
    Rotary Club of Akron Distributes Grant Money 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Meet our Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2019-2020

    Zoe will be attending Stow-Munroe Falls High School.  We have a host family for Zoe for Fall 2019.  Please help us find a 2nd host family for her December-March and a 3rd host family for mid -March – June.  Contact Emily Patterson, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, at
    Hyerim will be attending Stow-Munroe Falls High School.  We have a host family for Hyerim for Fall 2019.  Please help us find a 2nd host family for her December-March and a 3rd host family for mid -March – June.  Contact Emily Patterson, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, at
    Zoe Mayeur- Belgium:
    Zoe Mayeur, 17 years old, lives in Brussels, Belgium with her parents and older sister Fanny, 21.
    She likes kin-ball, a game that comes from Canada and dances 4 hours a week.  She likes playing on a team because of the team spirit.  She is also a girl scout and enjoys participating in projects.  In school, she is majoring in science and math and belongs to an entrepreneurship group that is working on a project.   In addition, she likes to travel and has traveled a great deal, USA, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Spain, Vietnam and Morocco.
    She is very curious and eager to discover new things.  Her family has always had cats.  She is not as familiar with dogs, but is willing to get used to them.
    Her goal this year is to be immersed in a new culture with people who don’t necessarily think like her and learn from them and to share her Belgium culture with them.  As for her parents, Zoe’s mother works as a Federal Ombudsman for the Belgium Parliament.  Her father is a criminologist in charge of helping prisoners who are released find jobs and then he follows up on them in their work.  
    Na Hye Rim  (Hyerim)- South Korea
    Na Hye Rim (or Hyerim), 17 years old, lives in Yeoju (city), Gyeonggi-do (province), Korea with her parents who are real estate agents, and her younger sister and younger brother. Yeoju is located in the middle of the Korean Peninsula where many ginkgo trees grow and the temperature has extremes (very hot and very cold).
    She likes to play the piano in her free time.  She is practicing the Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  She likes watching movies and dramas, listening to songs and singing.  She often sings with her family.  She also plays the clarinet and likes to run.  She likes to talk to people, is energetic and practices listening to others.  Her birthday is in January.
    She is the president of her Interact Club, talks to community leaders to see what they will talk about in the club and works on building friendships within the club community. 
    She is also current class president.
    Hyerim wants to major in English or Spanish so she can use these languages in the future as a tour guide or flight attendant.
    She says she wants to be an exchange student because she wants to know the culture of the U.S.A. and to learn to accept it compared the culture in S. Korea, and to share that learning with people from her country.  She wants to broaden her “mindset and experience various cultures” while living abroad.
    Meet our Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2019-2020 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Exchange of Club Flags

    Claudine Schooley visited the Club Dnipro City where she presented our Club flag and bought their flag back to our Club.
    Exchange of Club Flags 2019-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient!


    The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Recognition is The Rotary Foundations’ way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

    Rotary Foundation Club Chair, Bill Manby, Sr. presented Nathanael Billow with his first Paul Harris Fellowship - he received his certificate and pin.
    We all appreciate the dedication and commitment Nathanael has had to Rotary. Thank you for all you do!!

    Photo L-R: Nathanael Billow, Bill Manby Sr, Club President Pat O'Neill.

    Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient! 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Camp Celebrates Volunteers


    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 Danny Durst and Alaina Collins, daughter of Dan and Sandy Collins, as they were recognized as Akron Rotary Camp’s 2018 Volunteers of the Year at the recent Akron Area YMCA’s Annual Dinner and Recognition event.

    Danny received his award for all his help with the Chili Open and past two Regattas. For the last six years, Danny has been keeping track and processing all data for raffle tickets sold during the annual Chili Open.
    Danny has also served on the boards of West Hill Neighborhood Organization, Actors-N-Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls, and Ohio Community Theatre Association. He has volunteered with Actors' Summit and the Big Love Network on their City Repair wing. Annually, he assists with the set-up and tear down for Global Ties Akron International Thanksgiving Dinner. 
    Alaina is a senior at Hoban High School, and volunteered at Akron Rotary Camp last summer. She fell in love with the campers and staff, and completed over 150 hours of volunteering.
    Alaina’s passion for working with children and adults with special needs began at 10 years old when she began assisting the coaches for American Elite Idols, a special needs competitive cheer team. She volunteered with the Idols for 7 years. Her passion for the special needs community grew even stronger at Akron Rotary Camp.
    Alaina plans on studying abroad in the fall and starting at the college of Charleston in the spring of 2020.
    Thank you, Danny and Alaina, for giving so much of yourself to the special needs community!
    Akron Rotary Camp Celebrates Volunteers 2019-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

    Memorial Day Observance

    • “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman

    History of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States.

    Many cities have laid claim to have begun Memorial Day, though President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966.

    While there is some dispute as to the origin of the day, the first was observed on May 30, 1868, under proclamation by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The first official observation involved placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

    By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honouring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honouring Americans who died fighting in any war).

    Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 up to 1971 when the National Holiday Act of 1971, designated the last Monday in May to be Memorial Day.

    US War dead by conflict

    Since the late 1950’s, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

    Red poppy flowers are also often placed on crosses near the graves of fallen war heroes. The tradition of the poppy comes from the poem, 'In Flanders Field', written in May 1915 by by John McCrae after the Second Battle of Ypres. The poppy, which bloomed in battlefields during the first world war in Belgium and France, has become a symbol of remembrance and is a key element of the Remembrance Day observations in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Since 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

    Since 2001, the 'National Moment of Remembrance Act' has defined 3pm local time on Memorial Day as the National Moment of Remembrance.

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    Celebrate Youth Services

    May is Rotary International's Youth Service Month! During this special month, Rotarians and young members of the Rotary family, including Interactors, Rotaractors, and RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, are encouraged to develop meaningful connections that last throughout the year.
    Celebrate Youth Services 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Outreach Beyond The Club . . . 

    Many of our Rotarians are involved in activities/organizations beyond our Rotary Club/Camp and Foundation.  Members are welcome to email their events/activities to our newsletter editor (click here) accordingly to be publicized in our newsletter - be sure to include in the subject line Rotary Club of Akron: Newsletter Submission. 
    • FCA Akron (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) invites you to our Inaugural Game Time Dinner, May 13, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at St. George Antiochian Church in Fairlawn. Due to generous sponsors, this dinner will be FREE to all in attendance. We will be sharing about FCA’s outreach to middle school, high school, and college students and coaches in the Summit/Medina/Portage area. Our featured speaker is Tom Ryan, The Ohio State University Wrestling Coach. For more information or to register, contact Akron Rotarian Tristan Griffin at or 817-944-0499.
    Outreach Beyond The Club . . . 2019-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Service Projects Coming Up!!

    • Save the Date for The United Way Day of Action on Friday, June 21st (9:00 am – 3:00 pm).   
    Our volunteer registration will officially open once we have the specifics for the day . . .but our Club has committed to providing 25 volunteers.   United Way has given the agencies (requesting help) to submit their projects by May 1st. Hopefully, soon thereafter, we’ll find out who United Way has matched us up with and where we’ll be working and what we’ll be doing - Volunteer sign up will then be opened.  More information to come as soon as possible! 
    Service Projects Coming Up!! 2019-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

    Volunteers enjoyed Akron Art Museum Art & Ale

    Posted by Colleen Iacianci on Mar 12, 2019
    Thank you to Sara Eddy, Jim Redmond, Thane Billow, Dave Miller, Tamara Mora and Colleen Iacianci for dedicating volunteer hours to support  the Akron Art Museum Art & Ale event on March 9th!.
    Volunteers enjoyed Akron Art Museum Art &amp; Ale Colleen Iacianci 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

    Special Presentation Enjoyed by Club

    Posted by Steve Buie on Feb 28, 2019
    Thank you to all of the students from North High School for joining us at the Club luncheon.  It was a wonderful experience for our Rotarians and guests to hear from the students, and we thoroughly enjoyed the music and dance. We are blessed to have such talented and giving students in the North High Interact Club. 
    View the photos - click here.
    Special Presentation Enjoyed by Club Steve Buie 2019-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Open M Food Giveaway Service Project

    Posted by Karen Meek
    Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the OPEN M FOOD GIVEAWAY on February 20th from 2pm-5pm.
    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!
    Thank you.

    Karen Meek
    Rotary Club of Akron
    Open M Food Giveaway Service Project Karen Meek 2019-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Tremendous People of Action!!

    Posted by Amanda Warner

    Thank you for helping us raise over $283,000 to benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.

    February 2, 2019 was a beautiful winter’s day at Hale Farm and Village with over 550 golfers and volunteers attending the 29th annual Chili Open Golf Classic, presented by Wayne Homes. 
    The day was a huge success and with your help, we raised over $283,000 benefiting Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  Annually, the net proceeds from the Chili Open will provide financial support to families in need. We are committed to never letting a family's personal financial resources prevent a camper from attending Rotary Camp. Last year, Akron Rotary Camp provided over $240,000 in direct financial assistance and served 1,900 children through their summer camp and year round respite programs, where campers can enjoy many traditional activities including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports and games, team building and more.
    We are extremely grateful to all Rotarians, sponsors, donors and volunteers who have helped make a difference in the lives of our campers through this year’s Chili Open! Because of your generosity and support, we will be able to provide meaningful opportunities to the campers and their families regardless of their ability to pay.  Congratulations also to all the winners of the Raffle Prizes and Closest-to-the-Pin contest.  We sure hope you enjoy your prizes.
    A big thank you to all the committee members for all your efforts and support to make this a very successful event.  Your hard work and commitment surely means a lot to us.
    Save the date for the 30th Anniversary of Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic that will be held on February 1, 2020.  It is going to be big celebration.  
    Hope to see you there!
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, 2019 Chili Open Golf Classic
    Tremendous People of Action!! Amanda Warner 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

    RYE Students Overnight was Educational & Fun!!

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
    On Feb 2nd and 3rd Akron Rotary Camp was the scene of an invasion of curious and interesting young people who are becoming citizens of the world.  From District 6630 there were eight Inbound students (including our own Ana from Spain and Sotaro from Japan) and eight probable Outbound students including Patrick Culliton (host brother of  Sotaro).  And the wonderful addition of Drew Vargo (N. Royalton) who spent last year in France gave us the maximum learning potential for intercultural sensitivity training and learning.   Serious cultural content juxtaposed with Brian Chima’s charming games made for a wonderful experience at the camp.
    Kudos to Emily Patterson, Brian Chima and Susan Colville-Hall for heading up the training and to Doug Hausknecht, Joe and Tamara Mora for a sumptuous breakfast Sunday morning.  Bob Heydorn, District RYE Chair, and Pat Kelley, District Outbound Chair were responsible for the weekend.   
    RYE Students Overnight was Educational &amp; Fun!! Susan Colville-Hall 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0


    Thank you for your support in making this year's Chili Open a continued success for our Club to benefit the campers who attend Akron Rotary Camp! Together, we are "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
    We still need to reach our goal and we can't do it without your help!!

    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, 2019 Chili Open Golf Classic

    9:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Hale Farm and Village  
    2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210

    Register to Golf

    Buy a Raffle Ticket

    ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO HELP US REACH OUR GOAL! 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0


    Posted by John Margida

    Hello Fellow Rotarians


    As you know, our Club is in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan. Fundamental to our process is that we are inclusive and transparent.  In this spirit, I want to make sure that all Akron Rotarians have the opportunity to provide insight and ideas on this very important matter. Our Club has had a very positive impact on our local community and beyond.  We want to continue our legacy, as well as to ensure our relevancy and impact well into the future.

    On February 5th, after our regular meeting and held in the Portage Room, our Facilitator, Carol Marturano-Becker will holding a focus group for members of our club who are available and interested.  The session is expected to last about an hour.  No need to RSVP. If you are available, just plan to stay after the meeting.


    Carol will be interested in learning what we have done well so that we can continue to leverage our strengths.  She will also be interested in hearing your ideas on ways to ensure we provide value for our club, for our members and for the community.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.  

    Akron Rotary President,

    John T. Margida

    CLUB STRATEGIC PLAN: FOCUS GROUP FOR CLUB MEMBERS John Margida 2019-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

    ONLY 6 Days  . . . 

    It's Almost Here!!

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Jan 23, 2019
    The Chili Open Golf Classic is only 6 days away.  
    We need all hands on deck as we are very close to reaching our goal.
    Our club members have been asked to sell a minimum of $200 in raffle tickets. The goal for ticket sales is $65,000. Many have had great success in selling tickets by sending an email solicitation to your family, friends and business colleagues asking for their help in purchasing tickets. Thank you in advance to those of you who have sold tickets and those that are still selling. Please bring your sold raffle tickets to the next Rotary Club luncheon. If you are in need of more tickets to sell, we will have them on hand as well. 
    The Silent Auction will feature a "Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!" Help us fill the wheelbarrow with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits and mixers.
    Also, we are still in need of donated items to be used for the door prize raffle. Please bring any donation to the Club luncheon. If you need someone to pick up any items, please call or email and we would be happy to make those arrangements. 
    Thank you for your support in making this year's Chili Open a continued success for our Club to benefit the campers who attend Akron Rotary Camp! Together, we are "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, 2019 Chili Open Golf Classic




    ONLY 6 Days . . . It's Almost Here!! Amanda Warner 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Legacies of Success

    On Saturday, January 19th, 15 Interact students from North High joined Rotarians Ben Heckerman and Vincent Munnerlyn, in helping to renovate a home for an immigrant family. The kids accomplished a ton by removing trash, old furniture, carpeting, and tile floors. They were able to entirely fill a large dumpster. There was so much excitement among them that they can hardly wait to be involved in painting the home in the next 6 weeks.
    Ben and Vincent were a huge help in making use of their general contracting skills and providing leadership for the day. The best part of it all was that these hearty souls were able to accomplish their work just before the blizzard hit.
    Legacies of Success is a local non-profit that specializes in buying fore-closed homes and restoring them. They then identify an immigrant family that is getting rooted in Akron and help them through education and training to purchase their first home. It is a wonderful work that Legacies of Success is doing for the North Hill section of Akron!
    Yours in Service - 
    Legacies of Success Steve Buie 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Thank you to CREW Greater Akron!

    CREW Greater Akron - Commercial Real Estate Women, an affiliate of the international CREW Network, is dedicated to providing informative programs and seminars, creating meaningful business relationships and opportunities, facilitating local and national networking, supporting community development and fostering professional development and career advancement of its members.  Membership in CREW is comprised of industry professionals who work in the Commercial Real Estate space, including construction, brokers, lenders, and architects just to name a few.
    Each year CREW holds a holiday luncheon in conjunction with BOMA - Building and Office Management Association.  Members of CREW nominate non-profits in which they are involved.  The slate of nominees is then presented to the membership for a vote.  Julie Brandle, CREW President (Rotary Immediate Past President) nominated our Rotary Camp.  The Camp won the nomination and received the proceeds of the luncheon, totaling over $5,700. This year's luncheon, was held this past December with both Dan Reynolds and Mella Castner attending on behalf of the Camp.  Dan gave a wonderful presentation to tell the Camp story.
    CREW members will be invited this summer to attend one of our Camp Cookouts to see how their group's donation benefits our Camp.  Thank you CREW Greater Akron!
    Pictured at check presentation:  L to R - Amy Palmer, SJL Management, CREW Holiday Luncheon Chairperson - Mella Castner, Rotary Camp - Julie Brandle, Metis Construction CREW President.
    Thank you to CREW Greater Akron! Julie Brandle 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

    It's Almost Here!!

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Jan 17, 2019

    Excitement is building – the Chili Open is just 17 days away… CLICK to watch this great video from our Co-Chairs – Dr. Rob McGregor & Wanda Whipkey

    ❄⛳❄⛳ Just a few more weeks to go! Purchase your raffle tickets here:

    GIVEAWAY! 🏌🏾‍♂️ Stay tuned until the end to find out how you can win. ❄️ Join us on February 2nd at the Chili Open! Register your foursome and purchase raffle tickets here:



    It's Almost Here!! Amanda Warner 2019-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

    Join us at Whitey's

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Jan 17, 2019
    The Chili Open kick-off will be held on Friday, January 18th at 5:30pm at Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers.
    Everyone is invited to join us --- happy hour will include special drinks from our friends at the House of LaRose. Come out and show your support to Whitey’s, the official “Chili” sponsor of the Chili Open.
    Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers located at 3600 Brecksville Road, Richfield, OH 44286.
    Join us at Whitey's Amanda Warner 2019-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

    29th Annual Chili Kick-Off

    We can’t believe that the Chili Open is only 22 days away and we are excited to share that we are in reach of our goal of $275,000!
    The thermometer has climbed to over $202,000, and we are extremely grateful for everyone’s support.
    The Chili Open kick-off will be held on Friday, January 18th at 5:30pm at Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers. Please join us, as happy hour will include special drinks from our friends at the House of LaRose. Come out and show your support to Whitey’s, the official “Chili” sponsor of the Chili Open.
    Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers located at 3600 Brecksville Road, Richfield, OH 44286.
    Please remember to sell your raffle tickets and help us spread the word about the Chili Open. 
    Visiting other clubs is a great way to help out - team up like Mella and Cheryl who sold some at the Green Club and the members then took more tickets to sell for us as well!! 

    Lots of tee-times are still available for golfers brave enough to endure a cold day of golf in the snow.  For raffle tickets, or to register for golf, and/or clubhouse passes, please visit
    Remember, Friday, January 18th at 5:30pm at Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers located at 3600 Brecksville Road, Richfield, OH 44286.
    Thank you again for all the hard work and support to help us make this another successful event!
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019
    29th Annual Chili Kick-Off 2019-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Sample Template to Use for Selling Raffle Tickets

    Posted by Connor Jarvis
    Below is a sample email template for your use in soliciting the purchase of raffle tickets for this year's Chili Open. Feel free to throw me under the bus as you spam your family and friends, but whatever you do: PLEASE MAKE THE ASK. Let's come together as a club and do this not only for the kids, but also for our beloved Rotary family member, Dave Miller, who would surely be losing sleep over raffle ticket sales on a regular basis at this point in the Chili Open promotional season.
    Hello, all!
    I trust that you are having a wonderful start to 2019!
    As many of you know, I am actively involved with the Rotary Club of Akron. One of our prominent focuses as an organization is supporting special needs youth and their families. I am excited to announce that we will be hosting the 29th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic (click link for last year’s promotional video) on Saturday, February 2nd at Hale Farm & Village in Bath, OH. The Chili Open is, as I call it, one of the dog days of winter highlights in Northeast Ohio. Each year, hundreds and hundreds of individuals join us for our largest annually recurring event with the sole purpose of raising funds to support the operating budget of the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

    Since its inception in 1924, the Akron Rotary Camp has provided a place where children with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities can enjoy programs that develop their self-confidence, independence, and social skills, while also enabling them to participate in new leisure activities that encourage children to experience the natural world while becoming more physically active. If you would like to see just how impactful this camp is for those who attend, I invite you to watch this video to hear directly from the campers. Aside from summer overnight and day-camp experiences, the camp provides respite weekends for children and their families as well as weekend retreats for special needs adults.
    Though the “season of giving” is now behind us, the camp's need has not ended. My purpose in reaching out is to ask for your consideration to come alongside my family in supporting this year’s Chili Open and, in doing so, provide much needed support to one of the most amazing places for children and their families that I have ever seen. No, it is not Disney, but the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs is certainly a different kind of “Magic Kingdom.” Watch the video, visit the camp, and I assure you that you will realize why it is a worthy contender with Walt’s World as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Our fundraising goal for the 29th Chili Open is $275,000 and the generous hearts of supporters like you will help magnify the camp's impact.
    One of the simplest ways to support the cause is through the purchase of raffle tickets – and they are some of the best that I have ever seen! At $20 apiece, they pay for themselves with a free entrée of up to $15 provided by Bravo at Summit Mall and $10 off of an oil change at any VanDevere location included with each ticket. For those non-local folks, the prizes still make the purchase well worth it (winners need not be present):
    1. 2019 Chevrolet Sonic LS or an $11,000 cash payout 
    2. 55” 4K Smart LED TV
    3. Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio Behind-the-Scenes Media Package at a 2019 Cleveland Indians game
    *Buy five (5) Chili Open raffle tickets (for a total of $100.00) and you will be automatically entered into the Chili Open SNOWMANIA drawing for a chance of winning $50,000 (see details on the site). 
    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Akron Rotary Camp, please reach out to me directly or contact Amanda Warner, Director of Volunteer Opportunities & Special Events at the Camp (
    Thank you, and we hope to see you out there on February 2nd! 
    P.S. For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Chili Open Website.

    Sample Template to Use for Selling Raffle Tickets Connor Jarvis 2019-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

    John Daily, A True Rotarian, An Accomplished Athlete!

    Posted by George Rooney on Jan 08, 2019

    [Following a series of referee whistles to position the swimmers]

    "Take your mark"

    [Then the starting signal, and they're off!]


    That's competitive swimming, something that is near and dear to John Daily’s heart.      

    John Daily is a most interesting man, and has lived a most interesting life.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting with John for some hours at his home.  My purpose was to gather some information regarding his swimming prowess; but, in doing so, I learned so much more. For sure, among John’s accomplishments are those in the area of swimming, but there is much, much more, so I’ll first provide a brief sketch of John’s life.
    Shortly after John’s birth in Cleveland in December 1927, his family moved to Detroit. The Great Depression soon followed, and, to survive, the family moved to Colorado Springs CO, to Richmond CA, back to Colorado Springs, on to Columbus (where John spent his younger school years through part of grade 3), and finally back to Detroit, where John spent the rest of grade 3 through 12.
    Upon graduating from high school in January 1946, on the heels of WW II, John enlisted in the Army, where he served 1-1/2 years and was discharged in 1947 as a PFC. John then attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), studying Park Management and Municipal Forestry, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry.  Along the way, John enrolled in ROTC for his junior and senior years, which seems prescient, as South Korea was invaded in 1950.  Upon graduation in 1951, John also received his Army officer commission as a 2d Lt, and served for another 2 years in the Korean War before being discharged as a 1st Lt in 1953.
    John Daily, A True Rotarian, An Accomplished Athlete! George Rooney 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Interact Students Visit Fort Romig

    Posted by Steve Buie




    Our North Hill Interact students and Rotarians had a great time visiting the Salvation Army Hydroponic Farm - Fort Romig.


    Dubbed Fort Romig, the facility is at at 2205 Romig Road.


    Fort Romig is a learning center for children in the group's Learning Zone, ages 18 months to 12 years old, who attend preschool, after-school and summer programs. 


    They now have a 5,300 square foot hydroponic growing operation designed in collaboration with Crop King of Lodi, Ohio, and the Ohio State Agricultural Extension Office.


    They produce over 20,000 pounds of tomatoes and 19,000 heads of lettuce each year.  Proceeds are divided in thirds between a scholarship program for kids, the Salvation Army's Community Table mobile feeding program and Fort Romig programming.


    There are many great photos from the day ... click here to view all the photos both Cyndi Kane and Steve Buie took at the event!

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    TREASURES STILL NEEDED... Lynda Farkas 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

    Thank you!

    Rotarians and North High Interact Students were out in force to support the Salvation Army!

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    A Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!

    The 2019 Chili Open silent auction will feature a Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!
    Please help us fill the wheelbarrow with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits and mixers, bar glassware, cocktail napkins, etc.
    Please bring your donation to a Tuesday Rotary Club luncheon. This will be a very desirable item to bid on during the auction, and the winning bidder gets to take home their new wheel barrel along with all of its contents.
    Thank you in advance for your donations to help make the Chili Open a continued success to benefit Akron Rotary Camp!
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019
    A Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer! Robert McGregor 2018-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

    District RYE Students Capture Spectacular Images

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
    Our District 6630 Rotary Youth Exchange students had an assignment to work in pairs to capture the best image of “Winter in Ohio - Local natural wonder.”  The photos were taken at The Akron Rotary Camp.  Our students have shown so much creativity!!  
    by Ada Bícego (Brazil) and Jacob Weitman (Outbound)
    by Patitta Kitcharoenchai (Thailand) and Gwendolyn Estep (Outbound)
    by Lea Lafond (France) and Natalie Sadkova (Czech Republic.)
    by Ana Crespan Fontenla (Spain) and Austin Brewster (Outbound)
    by Jacob Scharnweber (Germany) and Eduardo Nunes Machado Flore (Brazil)
    by Sotaro Yamaski (Japan) and Patrick Culliton (host brother of Sotaro)
    District RYE Students Capture Spectacular Images Susan Colville-Hall 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Community Assessment Builds Relationships

    Posted by Claudine Schooley
    Since July 1st 2018, community assessment is mandatory for any global grant application with Rotary International. Leading a community assessment in the country where Rotary Club project is being developed is not always an easy task but it is a guarantee that relationships will be built between the involved Rotary clubs and their partners in country. It is my hope that telling you the story of the Ukraine community assessment from our Akron Rotary club, will help any club to fathom the great benefits of such a task. The first step for our Akron club was to gather enough volunteers, interested in our project of developing a new type of pediatric wheelchair and in exploring transportation in Ukraine for wheelchair users. We started a new committee composed of 5 professionals in marketing and surveys, willing to work together to start investigating the sustainability of our project. How not to be impressed with the high level of proficiency of this new team: two retired professors from the University of Akron in entrepreneurship and languages specialists, one director of marketing study company and a student in anthropology with MPH in epidemiology? All of them have a heart for people with disabilities and the desire to extend their high level of skills to Rotary international projects. My first experience was to build relationship with them and to know them better. Following the general guide lines from Rotary international, we decided to start working on the questionnaire that would be used in Ukraine. First, we needed to collect data and statistics concerning people with disabilities in Ukraine, then to determine who will fill up the questionnaire. Accessing statistics in Ukraine from the government was not simple. It was not like "you just ask". You need to find the people who care enough to navigate for you the country administration and bureaucratic system to obtain information. We live in a world full of statistics and surveys (good and bad), and some categories of population, like hidden people with disabilities, are more difficult to contact then other. How do you engage with those who tell you "we don't have people with disabilities in our country!"? You have to keep in mind that you are dealing with a different culture than yours. Some of our questions could not be answered.
    Community Assessment Builds Relationships Claudine Schooley 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Weekend at Camp for Youth Exchange Students

    Our breakfast crew from the Rotary Club of Akron prepares vittals for the District 6630 Rotary Exchange Students Overnight Training weekend.  8 Inbounders, 4 Outbounders and 2 Rebounders and  the RYE training team were present.  Wow!  What a gourmet delight!  Thank you, Emily Patterson, Jacinto Núñez, Laura Fink and Doug Hausknecht.  How nice to wake up to enjoy eating in the U.S.
    Sotaro Yamaski and Patrick Culliton (Sotaro’s new host brother work on a cultural grid activity. 
    Jacob Weitman signs Ana Crespan Fontenla’s flag as RYE students share in internationalizing this event.
    Ana team and Sotaro’s team compete in tower building contest using spaghetti and marshmallows in which each team member was assigned a different cultural role to assume during the project.  The end goal was to build the tallest, sturdiest tower while behaving under cultural norms that might be foreign to the student. 
    Weekend at Camp for Youth Exchange Students Susan Colville-Hall 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Chili Open Fundraising Update

    We are extremely grateful for the support received so far for the Chili Open.  The thermometer is climbing but we need your continued help and support to reach our goals. Go online now to become a sponsor, buy raffle tickets, attend the event and more!
    Currently, we have raised over $106,000, but still has a long way to go to reach our bold goal of $275,000.
    Because of the Chili Open, no child is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Since its inception, the event has raised over $3,250,000 to support families and children in attending Camp.
    If you are considering a sponsorship, or know of someone that might be interested in helping a great cause, please reach out to our corporate sponsor co-chairs, Pat O’Neill or Jeff Sheeks, or Campership duo (co-chairs) Nathanael Billow or Andrew Grover. The ad deadline for the Chili Open Insert is set for January 4, 2019 and is approaching quickly.
    Thank you for helping to “Create a world where there are only abilities!”
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019
    Photo L-R:  Wanda Whipkey, Chili Open Co-Chair; Katie Logsdon, Wayne Homes Presenting Sponsor; Dr. Rob McGregor, Chili Open Co-Chair

    Chili Open Fundraising Update Amanda Warner 2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Tis the Season . . .Have you signed up?

    December 13, 2018 from 9am-3:30 pm. Come for any amount of time you can!  Click here to register.

    RING THE BELL to help support The Salvation Army:
    Location will be ACME #10, located at 2226 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.
    (same location we were at last year)
    Friday, December 14th – 10:00am–8:00pm
    Saturday, December 15th – 1:00pm–5:00pm

    Tuesday, December 18th  -- RESERVATIONS NEEDED PLEASE - CLICK HERE  $30 per person (this luncheon is not included with the meal deal)


    Tis the Season . . .Have you signed up? 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
    Holiday Wish List for the Campers Mella Castner 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

    A letter from RYE Exchange Student Audrey Carroll

    Posted by Brian Chima on Nov 14, 2018
    Our RYE outbound exchange student is Audrey Carroll and she’s in Potsdam, Germany.  Below are her answers to my interview of her, and some photos of her and her host family. 
    ----From Audrey Caroll----
    Hello Rotary Club of Akron!
    So far my time in Germany has been great!

    Language Level:
    My German has improved tremendously since I came here. Although I am not fluent I am able to understand a lot and can have conversations. I guess I would rate it a 5 out of 10.

    What I like:
    I like a lot of the things about Germany. For one there is a lot of history in my town Potsdam and in Berlin which I go to a lot in the weekends. I have gone and visited old buildings and historical sights here. I also really love that there is so much to do. There is shopping in Berlin and sight-seeing and tons of nice restaurants and places to go. Also, the public transportation here is great. You can go practically anywhere in Potsdam or Berlin with only public transportation. I take the tram a lot through town and the train to Berlin. The Rotary club here has weekly German lessons for me and the other exchange students in the Potsdam clubs. It is nice being able to see the other exchange students and we have all become great friends. We hang out a lot and explore the city.

    What I dislike:
    There are a few things I dislike about Germany. For one I dislike having to ride my bike everywhere. I have to ride it to school every day, to my German lessons and to the store. I am always getting tired and sweaty in the day. I also dislike the food here. For every meal we eat bread (and always the same bread). For breakfast we eat it with jam, for lunch with cheese, and for dinner with all.  And dinners here are not like in America. Sometimes we don’t eat dinner because it isn’t viewed as an important meal. It has taken some getting used to.
    My favorite food:
    My favorite food here is probably the pizza. It is not a typical German food but the European pizza is very thin and much less greasy. My host family tends to get pizza on the weekends and I love it.

    In summary:
    Overall my time has been great and I am very glad to have been sent here by the Rotary. Thank you, Akron Rotary Club, for all of your help!
    Audrey Carroll
    ----- End of letter ------
    Brian Chima  ▪  Travel Agent  ▪  Akron, Ohio
    Telephone:  (330) 867-4770 Toll Free: (800) 535-9300 

    Chima Travel  ▪  55 Merz Blvd,  Akron, OH 44333   ▪
    A letter from RYE Exchange Student Audrey Carroll Brian Chima 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Camperships are Teeing-Off for the 2019 Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic

    Support for our 29th annual Chili Open is off to a great start!   
    We want to give a special shout out to the following Rotarians who have committed to a Campership:
    • Nathanael Billow
    • John Daily
    • Lynda Farkas (2)
    • Andrew and Amanda Grover
    • Marcia Holcomb
    • Connor and Courtney Jarvis
    • Tom Knauer/Artists Inc.
    • Bill Manby Jr./Acquire Investments
    • John and Debbie Palmer
    • Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
    • George and Eileen Rooney
    Did you know a $500 Campership provides one week of day camp for a child with special needs?  Additional sponsorship benefits include:
    • Name listing in the Chili Open newspaper publication,
    • Name listing on both the Chili Open website, and Akron Rotary Club website,
    • Name listing on one hole sponsorship sign,
    • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day,
    • One Golf Foursome.
    Please reach out to our fun Campership duo (co-chairs) Nathanael Billow or Andrew Grover, if you would like to provide or help solicit a Campership.  Help them reach their big bold goal of securing 100 Camperships!
    Because of the Chili Open, no child is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Since its inception, the event has raised over $3,250,000 to support families and children in attending Camp. Our Rotary Club rocks it every year in helping to “Create a world where there are only abilities!” for our campers.
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019

    Camperships are Teeing-Off for the 2019 Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Interact Fun!

    Posted by Steve Buie on Oct 31, 2018
    On Friday evening, October 26th, we had 41 students from the North High School Interact club come out to camp for an evening of fun, food, skits, and games. We were joined by our visiting International students, Anna from Spain, and Sataro from Japan. The kids had a great time and they were blown away by the beauty of the camp and the kindness and graciousness of the staff. In spite of the rain they were able to make smores inside with a cozy fire in the Great Room.
    Thank you Akron Rotary and Akron Rotary Camp!  VIEW ALL 36 PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT BY CLICKING HERE.
    Helpers were Ben Heckerman, David Hall, Cyndi Kane, and Stew Buchanan.
    Stephen P. Buie
    Director LearningRx
    150 Springside Drive
    Akron, Ohio 44333
    Office- 330-668-9711
    Interact Fun! Steve Buie 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
    Interact District Meeting This Saturday!! Steve Buie 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

    No Tricks, Just Treats

    Posted by Amanda Warner on Oct 31, 2018
    It was no tricks, but just treats, this past weekend at Rotary Camp. Our campers had a great time trick-or-treating from cabin-to-cabin, and had a fun time playing games in the Rec Hall.
    Thank you for all the candy and treat donations, and to all the volunteers that made it a delightful experience for our campers. The students from Super Learning did a great job decorating the dining hall with ghosts, bats and jack-o-lanterns.
    Wishing you all a boo-tiful Halloween with lots of treats!
    No Tricks, Just Treats Amanda Warner 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

    Bell Ringing Volunteers Requested

    Posted by Mark Seward
    We will be ringing the bell to support The Salvation Army again this year at ACME #10, located at 2226 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. This is the same location we were at last year.
    Friday, December 14th – from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, December 15th – from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Bell Ringing Volunteers Requested Mark Seward 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Annual Meeting Notice

    Posted on Oct 25, 2018





    The Annual Meeting of 

    The Rotary Club of Akron
    will be held

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Noon at Portage Country Club
    240 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH  

    Please note: 
    This year, The Akron Rotary Foundation will send a separate 2018 ballot and will host a separate 2018 Annual Meeting.
    Details will be provided from The Akron Rotary Foundation at a future date.

    Annual Meeting Notice John Margida 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Inter-Country Committee: Open Discussion

    Posted by Claudine Schooley on Oct 25, 2018

    Dear Fellow Rotarians,

    You are invited to an open discussion about starting an Inter-Country Committee  -- ICC USA-Ukraine -- in our Club and District 6630. If you are concerned with Peace in the world and international projects please come at Portage Country Club at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 30, before our regular club meeting.

    Here is the agenda (click to download).

    Your friend in Rotary,

    Claudine Schooley
    Rotary Club of Akron
    "Service Above Self"
    Cell # 805-796-8351

    Inter-Country Committee: Open Discussion Claudine Schooley 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Chili Open Golf Classic Tee-Off

    Another year has come and gone, it’s that time again! Let’s pack the Rotary Club luncheon on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 for a fun filled Chili Open Tee-Off. Celebrate with us as we launch Akron Rotary’s 29th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic to benefit Akron Rotary Camp. Please join in the fun by wearing your favorite golf or Chili Open attire – there will be prizes!
    Come meet our committee leaders and learn how you can get involved to help make this event a continued success for both our Club and Rotary Camp. The Chili Open will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Hale Farm and Village. Because of the Chili Open, no child is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Since its inception, the event has raised over $3,250,000 to support families and children in attending Camp.
    We look forward to seeing you at the Tee-Off!
    Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
    Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019
    Chili Open Golf Classic Tee-Off 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Meals for Ronald McDonald House

    Posted by Steve Buie on Oct 20, 2018

    Thank you volunteers!

    Ben Heckerman, Laura Fink, Vincent Munnerlyn, Sara Eddy, Steve Buie and our North High Interact Students prepared the October 20th meal at Ronald McDonald House.
    Meals for Ronald McDonald House Steve Buie 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians to visit Ukraine

    Posted by Sandy Naragon on Oct 18, 2018
    Fellow Rotarians, I offered to help raise funds so that soon-to-be Rotarian Emily Patterson is able to join Rotarian Claudine Schooley on a trip to the Ukraine.  In order for international grants to be considered, a community assessment needs to be done.  Many of you heard about this project when Claudine spoke a few weeks ago.  I'll be contributing to help her, so has her Uncle.  If you're inclined and able, please let her know if you can also help cover her costs! See Emily's ask below:
    My name is Emily Patterson. I wear many different hats at this point in my life: I am a masters of public health student at Kent State University, I am the Volunteer Coordinator at SouthernCare Hospice in Cuyahoga Falls, I work in a laboratory at Kent State researching antibiotic resistance, and a soon to be Rotarian. 

    I am currently working with the Rotary Club of Akron and God's Hidden Treasures on a pediatric wheelchair and transportation project. Today, wheelchairs are not well suited for life in Ukraine. We are looking to work with engineering students at The University of Akron to adapt a wheelchair to the specific needs of the disabled children and their caregivers in Ukraine. Secondly, we are looking to donate an equipped van to both transport children and adults with disabilities and to take the wheelchairs and necessary medical equipment to people in need. 

    In order for the project to happen, we need to complete community assessments in Ukraine. I am looking to go to Ukraine this November with Claudine Schooley (Akron Rotarian) and Nita Hanson (President of God's Hidden Treasures) to talk with the families to better understand the needs of the community. Without this key element, we might misunderstand the needs and provide a wheelchair that does not help the current problem. The funds I am trying to raise will pay for my roundtrip plane tickets and lodging in Ukraine. Any extra money will be donated directly to the project. 

    Best Regards, 

    How to reach her:
    Emily's email is
    Make check payable to either Emily Patterson or the Akron Rotary Foundation (please indicate Emily Patterson in the memo field).  Funds paid to the foundation will be used to directly reimburse Emily's expenses.
    Goal:   $2,000 
    Donated to date:  $1,400
    Thank you!
    Sandy Naragon
    Rotarians to visit Ukraine Sandy Naragon 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

    International Concert

    Posted by Claudine Schooley on Oct 17, 2018

    International Concert 'Resonance'

    Organized by the Rotary Inter Country Committees Belux-Russia and  Belux-Ukraine,
    to promote mutual understanding, friendship and peace in the world
    Last month of March 2018 I had the privilege to attend the Rotary Concert for Peace “Resonance” in the beautiful city of Liège, in Belgium. I was very impressed by the quality of the Ukrainian and Russian artists and the warm welcome from our Rotarian friends of Belgium.
    The musicians just selected for the fifth edition of the Resonance – ICC Peace Concerts are:
    Burtsev Nikita – barytone – Ukraine
    Liashko Vitalii - clarinet - Ukraine
    Nesterenko Zinovia – violin - Russia
    Tsotsonava Lolita – piano - Russia
    More information (pictures, program …) will soon be available on the website:
    If you follow this link you can hear and visualize the 2018 performers:
    I was invited to bring a delegation of American Rotarians and non-Rotarians to one of the concert, which will be in:
    • Liège : 23/2 – University (as usual)
    • Landen : 24/2 – Location to be confirmed
    • Antwerpen : 26/2 – Amuse (deconsecrated church - Kamenstraat à Antwerpen, about 350 seats)
    • Bruxelles : 28/2 – Hôtel de Ville or Sablon (location to be confirmed)
    I hope you will consider being part of the delegation who will attend the 2019 concert. Everybody is welcome!
    My Rotarian friend Marcel Tikin from Liège, is preparing a “real treat” for the foreign delegations: Friday, February 22 in the evening, the RC of Liège will give an “avant-première presentation” (performance) of the Opera of Verdi “Aida” by the “troupe de l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie”. Marcel explained: “For all the friends coming from far away, we are preparing a package including the Opera night, a visit of the city of Liège during the day on Saturday, February 23, with the concert "RESONANCE" the same night. Also Rotary working meetings will be organized with the sections of ICC/CIP between France and Belgium. It will be the opportunity also to meet delegations from Ukraine and Russia, during this international weekend”.
    Friends, this is a great way to promote PEACE in the world, through Art and Music! Travel plans are: departure from Cleveland Thursday, February 21, 2019 and return Monday, February 25, with the possibility to extend the trip for a few days. If you are interested, please contact Claudine Schooley, Rotary Club of Akron, at
    International Concert Claudine Schooley 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Claudine Schooley on Oct 17, 2018

    Ambassadors  for  the  Peace  in the world

    The mission of an ICC Inter-Country Committee is to connect people in facilitating the creation, development and progress of an effective and sustainable international network of bilateral relations and activities to catch all opportunities in a tuned effort to promote a climate for maintaining Peace and improving Understanding, worldwide.

    Inter-Country Committees have been part of our Rotary World since 1950. They represent a further strategy to accomplish Rotary’s objectives. This strategy looks ahead in paving the way for stronger, positive, effective relations among different cultures, engaging diversities and overcoming barriers.
    Claudine Schooley, member of Akron Rotary club, invites you to attend a first ICC/International meeting to discuss the opportunity to start an ICC USA-Ukraine in our Akron club with the support of our District 6630. If you are concerned with peace in the world, and want our club of Akron to participate in more international projects, please join the discussion at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 30, before our regular club meeting, at the Portage Country Club.
    Ambassadors Claudine Schooley 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

    World Polio Day is October 24th 

    Posted on Oct 16, 2018

    One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio

    24 October, 2018

    We're getting ready for the 6th annual World Polio Day event in Philadelphia, PA, USA. We will be streaming live from the College of Physicians at 18:30 Philadelphia time (UTC -4), and aim to bring together more than 100,000 viewers around the world. Watch the video above, featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication.

    Where are we in the fight to end polio? What bold steps are we taking to get there? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day. 

    No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day. 
    Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day.
    How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today.


    We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts. Your gift will get us closer to the finish line.

    Donate Now

    World Polio Day is October 24th 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

    Fun Event Supports Ronald McDonald House

    With the support of donors, sponsors, and participants at the Sporting Clays Classic, The Ronald McDonald House of Akron raised over $30,000! Thank you Rotarians who were out this past weekend supporting the RMH and thank you Ben for organizing a Club team!
    The pros who assisted the team are the gentlemen on the far left and right.
    Rotarians Ben Heckerman, Lynda Farkas and Steve Warren made up our Club team!

    Rotarian Barry Hollis and Ben Heckerman

    Fun Event Supports Ronald McDonald House 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
    Project Outrun Robert McGregor 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
    Halloween Party at Camp Karen Meek 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

    Collaboration with University of Akron Begins

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Oct 02, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Akron and the University of Akron Department of Bio-medical Engineering collaborate to solve a problem and provide a solution to the need of many children and adults with access ability difficulties in the Ukraine.   They are designing a type of wheelchair/ stroller that adapts to the small elevators and final steps (stairways) of apartment buildings. An enthusiastic group led by UAs Jim Keszenheimer and 5th engineering students and Rotary’s Claudine Schooley met today to review the project.  Nita Hanson made the trip from the Ukraine to explain the specific needs of the project.  I’m thrilled to be involved with this awesome project.
    Collaboration with University of Akron Begins Susan Colville-Hall 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Traveler

    Posted by Claudine Schooley
    Everywhere you travel in the world you can find Rotarians. Remember there are 35,000+ clubs in the world. If you are in a city where you don't know anybody, consider attending a Rotary club meeting and you will make new friends. If you think about, you will find out that it is a great way to promote peace in the world: making friends in every country you visit. As a Rotarian, I am very concerned in the different ways you can build peace. Sharing with other Rotarians is the first step toward peace.

    During my recent trip to France, I found a Rotary Club in the center of Toulouse (named the "pink city" because of the color of the brick buildings). They have in fact more than seven rotary clubs in the city. The "Toulouse Cent" Rotary club I visited has thirty members and they meet on the Fridays at noon, in a restaurant on the "boulevard Leclerc". The particularity of the club is that they are all professionals with their own business (doctors, dentists, lawyers, pilots,...), they are in couple (man and wife are both Rotarian) and they are all in their forties. This means I would not qualify to become a member of this club. They were all happy to meet me, and learning that I married an American that I met in Toulouse, made a great impression on them!

    They explained to me that their club was created when the Rotary celebrated its 100 years, in 2005. That's the reason why they called the club "Toulouse Cent", in French "cent" means one hundred. They chose the violet to put on their banner as it is the flower of the city of Toulouse. We exchanged banners from our respective clubs. It is very interesting to visit other clubs and see the differences between them. But one thing is certain: Rotarians are good people who work all for the good of humanity. And this make me proud to be a Rotarian!

    Rotary Traveler Claudine Schooley 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

    North High Interact Club Improves Teachers Lounge

    Posted by Steve Buie
    The North High Interact kids are amazing! They are humble and hungry to learn. They had a blast painting their teachers’ lounge. For many of these kids it was the first time they had ever done any painting and remarkably they were able to keep the paint off of themselves. 😊 They simply want to serve and improve the quality of their lives, their families, and their community.  View all North High Interact photos by clicking here.
    North High Interact Club Improves Teachers Lounge Steve Buie 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Operation Orange Rotary Team Makes a Difference 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

    Youth Exchange Students Kick Off Year!

    Bob Heydorn, Rotary District 6630 Youth Exchange Chairman, gave a warm welcome to the 2018-19 Inbound and Rebound foreign exchange students for their two-day orientation hosted by the Akron Rotary Camp. "Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time," said Bob. "Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens." The students, from high schools across Northeast Ohio, began their year of adventure and personal growth, in which they would be exploring diversity of cultures and forming new friendships, with an afternoon pontoon boat tour of the beautiful portage lakes.
    The students our Akron Club is sponsoring are: Ana Crespan from Spain and Sotaro Yamasaki from Japan.  Both students visited the Club on August 28th and exchanged Club flags with President John Margida and Club YE Chair Brian Chima.
    PHOTO (L to R, from Back to Front)
    Mason Hagmann, to Denmark - Bob Heydorn, District RYE Chair - Pat Kelley, District Outbound Chair - Eduardo Flore, Brazil - Drew Vargo, to France - Sotaro Yamasaki, Japan - Jacob Scharnweber, Germany - Ada Bicego, Brazil - Elizabeth Whetstone, to Brazil - Natalie Sadkova, Czech - Ana Crespan, Spain - Austin Brewster, Kent Roosevelt HS - Lea Lafond, France - Patti Kitcharoenchai, Thailand
    Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student foreign exchange scholarship program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent highly qualified young people around the globe to experience new cultures and be youth ambassadors of their local communities. Currently, about 8,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rotary is a fully accredited member of CSIET - Council of Standards for International Student Exchange:
    (Partial article excerpt and group photo from David P. Lariviere, Medina Sunrise Rotary)
    Youth Exchange Students Kick Off Year! 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

    We Had Fun ... Hope You Join Us Next Time!!

    Posted by Colleen Iacianci

    Missing Mountain Brewery
    Rotary Social was a great night out!

    Save the Date for our next After Hours event --- November 20th at Bricco.
    L-R:  Brian Kosarko, George Rooney, Susan Colville-Hall, Colleen Iacianci and Kim Polatas
    Around table L-R: David Hall, Brian Kosarko, Blake Babcock, Jonathan Morschl, Ben Heckerman, Susan Colville-Hall and Colleen Iacianci
    We Had Fun ... Hope You Join Us Next Time!! Colleen Iacianci 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Thank You for Your Generosity

    It all begins with our Rotarians! 

    On August 9th, Project Chair, Wanda Whipkey, along with committee members Lynda Farkas and Ben Heckerman participated in the Shoebox Project for the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua.   The club was able to use this project as a way to collaborate with the Interact Students from North School and upcoming seniors, Neema and Nul (pictured to the left) helped with shopping and the packing of shoeboxes. 
    With the generous donations from our club, the committee was able to successfully fill 30 boxes.  Shopping was done at a local Walmart and a very special thank you goes to the Messiah Lutheran Church for the use of their community kitchen for the packing of the boxes.  After the boxes were filled, Stew and Cherie Buchanan delivered them to the project collection area in Lakewood. 
    If you are unfamiliar with the project, every year clubs from all of over the United States prepare shoeboxes for children in Chinandega, Nicaragua who live in poverty stricken conditions in the area surrounding a dump site.  The shoeboxes are filled with necessities including toiletries, clothing, school supplies and age appropriate games or toys.   The shoeboxes are shipped to Nicaragua and Rotarians travel along to help personally deliver them to the children. 
    The shoeboxes serve as an incentive to the children to remain in school. In order to receive one of the gift shoeboxes, the child must be attending school on a regular basis and earning satisfactory grades. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty by providing food, education and programs to encourage good health. The ultimate goal is to relocate the children from the dump to a life of dignity.
    This is an extremely impactful project and our club looks forward to continuing to be involved for years to come. 
    Ben Heckerman
    Lynda Farkas
    Neema, Nul, Linda, and Wanda
    Wanda Whipkey
      Thank You for Your Generosity 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

      A Message From Our President

      Posted on Aug 16, 2018
      Hello Akron Rotary Club,
      What a great week we had!  On August 28 we proudly presented Perfect Attendance Awards. 
      At the top of the leader board with Perfect Attendance is John Daily with 52 amazing years (shown in photo) followed by Stew Buchanan with 29 years and Ginny Wojno with 27 years.   What a great example each of you are who achieved this award - thank you for being engaged!  Want to know how you too can achieve this?  Contact our Attendance Chair, Brian Kosarko (click here to email him).
      John Daily - 52 years
      Stew Buchanan - 29 years
      Virginia Wojno -27 years
      Ed Wagner - 12 years
      Cheryl Warren - 5 years
      Julie Brandle - 3 years
      Mella Castner - 3 years
      Brian Kosarko - 3 years
      David Miller - 2 years
      Terry Dalton - 1 year
      John Margida - 1 year
      Steve Buie - 1 year
      Wanda Whipkey - 1 year
      We enjoyed hearing from Larry Lohman, the President of the RC of Kent and his fellow club member, Will Underwood. They spoke about the international water project endeavor they are working on to bring clean water to a small village in El Salvador.    Larry and Will talked about the many miles that people must walk to and from their homes in order to obtain water. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.  Rotary International, our District and the Kent Club have provided some matching funds for the project, but Larry and Will must raise the final dollars needed to launch the project - approximately $1,500.00.    Rotarians like Larry, Will, their volunteer team of Rotarians and the families in the village of El Salvador, will all contribute their time and talents to bring sustainable clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to the village.  
      As a reminder, there will not be a meeting on September 4th.   We hope you and your families have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday.  Our next  regular weekly meeting will be September 11, 2018 when we will be hosting a Club Assembly.  A Club Assembly is where our members come together to get updated on Club matters and exchange ideas.  We also will be welcoming new members into the Club that day.  Looking forward to seeing you all on September 11th!
      Yours in Rotary Service —
      John Margida, Club President

      A Message From Our President 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

      Ronald McDonald House Volunteers Rock it Again!

      Posted by Steve Buie
      It was a fun time at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, July 21st. The students from North High School had a blast. It is so much easier to prepare dinner now and this new facility is beautiful. Way to go Akron!
      What a wonderful venue through which we can serve and spread our love to the community.
      Ronald McDonald House Volunteers Rock it Again! Steve Buie 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
      A Few New Pictures from the RI Convention in Toronto Sherry Buchannan 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

      Fun Send Off for Past President Brandle

      Posted on Jul 10, 2018
      Julie Brandle served with distinction as Club President from July 1, 2017  to June 30, 2018.  Brandle received many accolades for her year as President during a Mexican themed Roast in held in her honor.  Throughout her year, Julie was a wonderful leader and always remained upbeat, focused and determined to make a difference in the lives of others in our community.  Thank you Past President Julie - we all enjoyed serving with you!
      Immediate Past President Brandle
      Julie with her Past President's plaque and party organizer, Jeff Sitz.
      The Brandle family with Jeff Sitz
      Brandle with Brian Chima
      Brandle with John Dailey
      Brandle with DGE John Reyes
      Fun Send Off for Past President Brandle 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

      Club Inducts 2018-19 President

      Posted on Jul 10, 2018
      Congratulations and best wishes to our newly inducted Club President, John Margida.  President John will serve from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.  The International Rotary Theme for his year is  Be the Inspiration.   
      Being Inducted Into Office by Past President Brandle
      The 2018-19 Board Induction - President John's first official duty!
      His first presentation as President
      President John rings the Club bell for the first time as President
      President John was honored that many of his Leadership Akron classmates were able to attend his induction ceremony.
      Immediate Past President Julie Brandle
      President John Margida
      Club Inducts 2018-19 President 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

      ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter

      As co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pat Quinn helped give the global ALS community a voice. Three years later the disease robbed him of his own ability to speak. This is the incredible story of how Pat got his voice back through Project Revoice. With breakthroughs in voice technology, it’s now possible to synthesize and fully recreate the unique essence of any voice and build a complete digital voice clone. Project Revoice is a non-profit initiative working to bring this technology to ALS/MND communities, with the ultimate goal to ensure that no one living with this disease will ever have to suffer being robbed of their voice. Want to learn more? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND). It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. When these motor neurons die, the brain’s ability to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may lose the ability to move, speak and finally to breathe. For more information visit
      ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter Julie Brandle 2018-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

      Rise Against Hunger Recap

      Posted by Douglas Hausknecht
      Rotary Club of Akron Co-hosted Rise Against Hunger Event with The University of Akron
      Contact: Douglas Hausknecht, Rotary Club of Akron 330.780.7925

      On the evening of Wednesday April 25 over 250 volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Akron and The University of Akron (UA) gathered in the ballroom of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.  By the end of the evening some 42,000 meals had been packaged and boxed for Rise Against Hunger. 
      Rise Against Hunger Recap Douglas Hausknecht 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

      Planned Giving 

      Have you ever wondered why some Akron Rotarians have gold name badges?

      Posted by the Akron Rotary Planned Giving Committee
      Perhaps you thought they are a great fashion accessory or that they improve cell phone reception. While these may be true, the real reason is to symbolize commitment to the perpetuation of the good works of Akron Rotary.
      The more Rotary experiences you have, the more committed you will be to this idea; the good work of our Akron Club, Camp and Foundation and the Rotary International Foundation must continue in perpetuity. What we accomplish today is owing largely to the vision and generosity of those who went before us.
      There will always be children with special needs. There must always be people and resources to improve their lives. They are called Rotarians.
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      End Polio Night at Progressive Field Stew Buchanan 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

      Interact Club Treats the Staff & Faculty

      Posted by Steve Buie
      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.
      Interact Club Treats the Staff &amp; Faculty Steve Buie 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Camp Celebrates Volunteers

      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!” 
      Rotary Camp Celebrates Volunteers 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

      Akron Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest Winner

      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 4 Way Speech Contest Winner 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

      Upcoming Events!

      (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 

      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


      Upcoming Events! 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
      Our Members are Hard at Work at Ronald McDonald House 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

      Thanks for your support

      Posted by Douglas Hausknecht

      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!

      Thanks for your support Douglas Hausknecht 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

      Rotary/North High School Service Project Recap

      Posted by Steve Buie
      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!
      Rotary/North High School Service Project Recap Steve Buie 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Meets OFLA

      Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
      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
      Rotary Meets OFLA Susan Colville-Hall 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

      April 25th : Remembrance Day & Service Project: Rise Against Hunger

      Posted by Douglas Hausknecht
      There are two events happening together at UA on April 25th: 

      UA Remembrance Day (6-7 pm Memorial Service) and the Rise Against Hunger Service Project (7:30 pm - 10 pm). 

      Our Club is participating in both and we are in need of volunteers for the service project.  You do not need to register if you are only attending the Memorial Service.   

      Donations and Volunteers are needed for Rise Against Hunger 
      Donate or Sign up at
      Just sign up for the whole time slot (6:00-10:00) but you need not be there the entire time. It just gives an idea of who is coming. 
      We are encouraging wearing t-shirts (Rotary) and expect to again have name tags to identify “I am serving in memory of_________.” Volunteers can put any name on those they choose.
      Remembrance Day is a chance to serve to honor the memory of lost friends and family.
      6:00-7:00 PM
      SERVICE PROJECT                         
      7:30-10:00 PM
      The University of Akron Student Union Ballroom
      At 6:00pm, we’ll have a 30-45 minute ceremony to recognize losses and scroll names (see Akron Rotarian list below).  Then we’ll switch over to the meal packing. 
      Parking will be available.
      We plan to remember these Rotarians/Friends of Akron Rotary who have passed since January 2017:
      • Wayne Brennessel (former Akron Rotarian)
      • Ardell Daily (John)
      • Eileen Field (Frank)
      • John Holcomb (Marcia)
      • Janice Logsdon (Wayne Homes)
      • Stuart Terrass (Mary Weaver)
      If there are others I may not know about -  please contact me immediately. We do not want to overlook anyone.
      Questions? Doug Hausknecht 330.780.7925
      April 25th : Remembrance Day &amp; Service Project: Rise Against Hunger Douglas Hausknecht 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

      Our Camp Needs Your Help with Contacts

      Posted by Jeremy Detsch

      Akron Rotary Camp Needs Your Help

      As the weather begins to warm up and the sun is starting to peak through the grey skies we are dreaming of warm summer days. Our 95th Summer Camp season is around the corner,    and we please need your help.  Rotary Camp will be hiring between 70-80 seasonal staff and is looking for energetic, responsible and passionate individuals who will put the welfare of    our campers first.
      We would really like to connect to as many universities and/or colleges.  Please let us know if you have any contacts with professor/educators and would be able to introduce J.D.    Detsch, our Program Director. He would like to speak to as many students as possible to tell them about all the benefits of working at Rotary Camp. (Classes do not need to be in the special education field.)
      Working at camp is a very rewarding experience.  Watch this short video to hear first-hand from our counselors. Feel free share it with your colleagues, friends and family.  For additional information or to reach J.D., please contact 330.644.4512 x 3204 or
      Thank you in advance for your help!
      Akron Rotary Camp
      Our Camp Needs Your Help with Contacts Jeremy Detsch 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

      Volunteers Needed for (indoor) Camp Cleanup Day on May 12th

      Posted by Amanda Warner on Mar 26, 2018
      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


      Volunteers Needed for (indoor) Camp Cleanup Day on May 12th Amanda Warner 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

      The Buie & Jarvis Families Make a Difference!

      Posted by Steve Buie
      On January 20th, Steve & Sharon Buie and their son Andrew, joined Connor and Courtney Jarvis to prepare a sumptuous meal for families of patients at the Ronald
      McDonald House of Akron.
      We had a lot of fun and laughs as we collaborated on preparing a delicious meal of meatloaf, red skin potatoes with dill and butter, and green beans. Dessert consisted of cookies and various flavors of ice cream. The time flew by and we had a blast.
      Our next date to prepare a Rotary meal for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron is Saturday April 21st. Come on out, you will have fun serving. 
      To get involved and help with the next meal, contact Steve Buie at a weekly meeting or via EMAIL (click to email).
      Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!
      The Buie & Jarvis Families
      Connor & Courtney Jarvis
      Sharon & Courtney put the finishing touches on the meal.
      The Buie &amp; Jarvis Families Make a Difference! Steve Buie 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0