Board Retreat 

The current board and incoming board members held a retreat in June.  This was designed to help these leaders transition, learn about their various communication styles, and plan for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.

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Campers Have Arrived!

Posted by Dan Reynolds
We are full of campers and we are still hiring staff. 

If you know anyone 16+ who would be a great candidate to help, please have them contact Tina at or call 330.644.4512.
Campers Have Arrived! Dan Reynolds 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

Charles Billington, Vorys Cleveland, RC of Akron Risk Management Presentation

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to one of our own at our Tuesday, June 8, 2021, club meeting.  The purpose of this week’s presentation was to inform Club members of the purpose of our Risk Management Committee and how every Akron Rotarian can be part of our risk management efforts when participating in Club sponsored activities/events.  VIEW THE MEETING VIDEO - CLICK HERE
And who would be better than Chaz to be the Chairperson of our committee.  Chaz is a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the labor and employment group.  He has significant experience advising in-house legal counsel and HR leaders on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);  collective bargaining, labor relations issues and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); drafting and implementing employee handbooks; providing management and employee trainings; and assisting with HR related issues associated with both mergers and acquisitions.  For the past fifteen months COVID-19 has consumed a large percentage of his workload!
Chaz received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as a senior editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. He also served as a research editor for the Cleveland State Journal of Law and Health. He received his B.S. and A.A.S cum laude from the University of Akron.
Who are the Risk Committee Members?
The committee is comprised of Chaz Billington, Dr. Robert McGregor, Pat O’Neill, Terry Dalton, Sam Lupica, Jacinto Nunez, John Reyes, and Michael Gladysz.
Why Does the Committee Exist?
To provide oversight across the Club for all categories of risk to ensure that proper practices are in place to identify, understand, and manage risks.
What are the Committee’s Responsibilities?
A few of the committee’s responsibilities include:
  • Create a culture of risk management throughout the Club
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop risk management plan for Club operations and activities
  • Identify and continuously audit the Club’s insurance plans, policies and needs
  • Assess and prioritize risks associated with Club operations and activities
  • Communicate risk management-related advice and recommendations to the Board
  • Determine how to manage identified risks and develop risk response plans
  • Communicate with Club leadership, membership, and volunteers regarding safety, risk management, and risk response plans
What Does the Committee Do and Not Do?
The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors
The Committee does not approve or disapprove any particular event or proposed action of the Club.
What Has the Committee Done This Year?
  • Consulted, advised, and helped plan risk mitigation efforts with the Chili Open
  • Analyzed Club insurance coverage to identify any gaps
  • Monitored local, state, and federal COVID related guidance
  • Discussed several proposed events
  • Created forms like releases and waivers for in-person events
When Do Fellow Rotarians Need to Reach Out to the Committee?
When Club members are planning a Rotary-sponsored event or member-attended events.
If We Are Planning an Event, What Does the Committee Need from Akron Rotarians?
  • Description of the event
  • Anticipated date(s)
  • Any proposed/existing safety/health protocols
  • Contact person
  • Turnaround time
When Does the Committee Meet and How Do We Contact the Committee?
The Risk Management Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Club meeting. You can contact Chaz at or 330.322.3603 or Terry at or 330.815.1525
The Risk Committee encourages all Rotarians to reach out to the committee if you have any concerns about anything you might be concerned about from a risk perspective for the Club or individual members.
Yours in Service - 
Terry Dalton
RC of Akron Secretary
Scholarship Chair
Risk Committee Member
Charles Billington, Vorys Cleveland, RC of Akron Risk Management Presentation Terrence Dalton 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

"End Polio Now" Night at the Indians 2021

“End Polio Now ” Night at the Indians 2021
Once again the annual Rotary Night at the Indians can be held without restrictions. While we missed last 2020, we are glad to be back now and raising money for End Polio Now.
On July 22, 2021, the Cleveland Baseball team will play the Tampa Bay Rays. And Rotary will be there too—in the Terrace Club,  walk on the field with “End Polio Now “ T shirts, having the First pitch raffle and other exclusive raffle auctions. Now we just need YOU!!!
Please see the attached flyer and get your reservations in as soon as possible.
We need you at the “End Polio Now “ Indians game.
Stew Buchanan
"End Polio Now" Night at the Indians 2021 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Service Project June 12th:  Volunteers Needed Please

Posted by harig
The Akron Rotary Foundation, a 501 C3 is partnering with The Well Community Corp, also a 501C3 to provide landscaping enhancements to 5 homes located in the Middlebury area of Akron. This project is designed to rehabilitate the housing in a depressed area of the community that dates back to the founding of Akron.
The Rotary Club of Akron's commitment is to provide materials and volunteers to enhance the appearance of the home by trimming and cleaning up existing landscaping as well as planting of annual and perennial flowers, and mulching of flowerbeds to brighten the curb appeal and encourage other property owners to do likewise.
We are in need of three-four people for each of the five houses so 20 volunteers to trim shrubs, plant flowers and rake out beds.
When:  9am - Noon on Saturday, June 12th  
What we ask that please you bring:  Shovels, gardening tools, rakes, trimmers, work gloves and smiles!
How to volunteer:  Contact Steve Buie at 330-701-2970 or via email at
Location of project: 51-89 Eber Avenue.  Steve will have a map link to send to those who volunteer.
Service Project June 12th: Volunteers Needed Please harig 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Anne Graffice, EVP, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to a presentation on the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company, the driving force behind the development of the Football Hall of Fame project at our Tuesday, June 1st weekly meeting.  Our speaker was Anne Graffice, Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs.   Anne joined Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) in December 2019. In this role, Ms. Graffice oversees community, investor, media and government relations, and manages all corporate social responsibility initiatives for the Company.
In July 2020, Ms. Graffice was a key component of the transaction that made Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company public through a merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
Previously, Ms. Graffice successfully served in a similar role at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which she joined in May 2016 as Vice President of Development & Strategic Adventures. She served as the Hall’s primary corporate and community relations contact, and oversaw diversity programs and policies; controlled development and engagement for the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls; and developed programming for the Center for Excellence.
What is the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company?
The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company is a multi-dimensional Sports and Entertainment Company.  They are comprised of three divisions.  The first is their Themed, Experiential Assets which includes themed attractions, hospitality, and live entertainment.  The second area is their Media company which is comprised of original content, High Profile Partnerships and Sponsorships. The third company, which has grown more quickly than anticipated because of COVID-19 is their Gaming company which is comprised of Fantasy Sports, e-Gaming and Sports Betting.
The concept behind these growth areas is to make the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company a Destination Asset for Greater Northeast Ohio and beyond.
The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company has divided up the development of the Destination asset into three phases:
          Phase I which is completed and created about $250 million in assets is comprised of
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Tom Benson HOF Stadium
  • National Youth Football and Sports Complex
Phase II (Double Tree by Hilton hotel opened in downtown Canton in Nov, 2020) (A $30 million dollar renovation)
          Approximately 120 acres developed to create the following:
  • Hall of Fame Indoor Waterpark
  • The Eleven, a Hilton Tapestry Hotel
  • Constellation Center for Excellence (75,00 sq. ft multi-use office building, center and hub for research and development for sports.  Will also have a huge scoreboard in the front of the building.
  • Center for Performance – an indoor fieldhouse, home for the NFL Alumni Association and their academy. It could be used for auto shows, indoor garden shows, indoor football games, indoor training facilities, etc.
  • Retail Promenade – There will be two of these with 10-12 different storefront businesses.
  • Play-action Plaza – an outdoor interactive green space.
Phase III (Up to $300 million in new assets across 600 acres of available land)
  • Includes potential for additional attractions, dining, lodging and accommodations housing options, etc.
What is the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center Approach for Success?          
  • An opportunity to invest in the most powerful sport in America
  • Leveraging powerful brands across an integrated platform
  • Delivering unique experiences for loyal consumers
  • Maximizing media content and sponsorships
  • Significant long-term growth potential for their shareholders
  • Exceptional leadership with proven track record
What has been happening and can happen at the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center pre COVID and post COVID?
  • More than 70 events were held in 2019.  This included stadium, youth sports and private events. 
  • The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium can hold live events, concerts and performances, weddings, corporate retreats, and indoor/outdoor parties.
  • The National Youth Football and Sports Complex and hold youth sporting events and tournaments, sports academies and athletic clinics.
  • The Center for Performance can house indoor sporting events, NFL Alumni Academy sports/events and convention space for events.
  • The Constellation Center for Excellence can provide meeting space and speaking engagements.
  • The Premium Hotels (Double Tree and the Eleven Hilton Tapestry hotels) can provide meeting space for meetings, conventions and banquets, weddings, corporate retreats, and indoor/outdoor parties.
  • The indoor waterpark can be rented for events and private parties
  • The Play- Action Plaza provides green space for recreation, events, and informal gatherings.
To learn more about the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center growth plans, etc. I encourage readers to view the recording: click here or copy and paste this link
Having heard Ms. Graffice’s presentation, I am sure you will be eager to follow the development of this destination spot and frequent the events that will be occurring now and in the future.  An asset that Northeast Ohio should be very proud of.
Anne Graffice, EVP, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Terrence Dalton 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cares

Posted by Sandy Naragon
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).

Prayers for Ginny Wojno
Ginny has been dealing with a hole in her retina. She has been undergoing very painful injections to correct the problem and yet she still continues her perfect attendance record during this process!  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Rotary Cares Sandy Naragon 2021-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Howard Parr Talked About Civic Theatre Restoration at Club Meeting

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Howard Parr, Executive Director of the Akron Civic Theatre at our Tuesday, May 18, 2021 weekly Club meeting.  Mr. Parr provided some history of the Civic Theatre as well as a preview of the fantastic results from the most recent restoration and expansion of the existing location. 
Howard Parr has more than 25 years of professional experience in arts, entertainment, and consulting. His work includes organizational development and strategic planning, as well as program management and event production. 
Howard has served as executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre since September 2007.  He served as The Civic’s Director of Development and Planning from 1999 – 2004, during which he directed the capital campaign for the theater’s $22.5 million expansion and restoration project. In addition to his work on the capital campaign, he was talent buyer for in-house programming (through 2002 – 2003), as well as for the first season of Lock Three Park, an outdoor performance space immediately adjacent to the Civic Theatre.
History of the Akron Civic Theatre:
Long recognized among the community’s cultural landmarks, the Akron Civic Theatre has a rich and spectacular history. It has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for over seventy years. 
The theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew and designed by famed theater architect, John Eberson. The interior structure was fashioned after a Moorish castle featuring Mediterranean decor, including medieval carvings, authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures.
Among facilities of its size, the Civic is one of only five remaining atmospheric theaters in the country where patrons experience a twinkling star-lit sky and intermittent clouds moving across the horizon, all while sitting inside the auditorium.
Restoration and Expansion:
The current $8.5 million capital campaign builds on the rich history of the Civic Theatre.  The transformation is creating a better entertainment experience and more ways for all of us to enjoy the “Jewel on Main Street.”  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic impact of the Civic Theatre was an annual $8.1 million dollars with an annual attendance of 135,000 individuals.  In addition to the events held at the Civic Theatre, the Civic administration also provides the box office services for EJ Thomas Hall and participates with the Akron Civic Commons which is an initiative that looks at the city’s public spaces.  In addition, the Civic Theatre also provides booking and technical support for Lock 3 events.
The current capital campaign which in the home stretch, is restoring the Grand Lobby and the Arcade.  In addition, there will be a 200+ seat performance space.  This new space will be in the adjacent Whitelaw building with residential housing in the upper floors.  This new performance space will allow the Civic to host 100 smaller events and will allow more full-theater events in the main stage.  The Civic will also construct an outdoor deck which will allow individuals additional ways to interact with the Civic and surrounding downtown venues.  The Civic will be installing a huge outdoor digital screen.  This digital screen will allow the Civic to broadcast select shows, giving you outside access to their programming.  They will also hare events via live Facebook broadcasts, podcasts and more. 
While visiting downtown, experience an exciting collection of public art around the Civic.  You will find murals on the sweeping exterior walls of the Civic along South Main Street and West Bowery Street.
The Civic will be holding a grand re-opening the week of August 14 with a gala event on August 14th.
To view some of the before and after pictures of the Civic Theatre restoration, I encourage you to view the recording of Mr. Parr’s presentation.
To search for upcoming events at the Civic, please visit their website at
Howard Parr Talked About Civic Theatre Restoration at Club Meeting Terrence Dalton 2021-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You Rotarians!

Posted by Amanda Warner
Thank you to everyone that came out for our Spring Clean-up days at Rotary Camp!  Camp looks great and we appreciate all your hard work and energy to help us get ready for summer! Our first group of staff will be moving in next week into freshly clean cabins.
Thank you again, and we hope to see you back sometime this summer!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Thank You Rotarians! Amanda Warner 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2021 Virtual Convention 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace

Dear Rotarians

You are all invited to register for the Rotary International ICC preconvention and attend the virtual Sessions on June 10, 2021. Follow this link for more information.

Rotarian Claudine Schooley will represent ICC USA-Ukraine and will participate to a panel discussion at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time, New York time) with Moderator Ovidiu Cos (Romania), ICC National Coordinator James Onions (UK), and ICC National Coordinator Cecilia Sequeira (Portugal) on the subject: "Starting and managing an Inter-Country Committee". Please come with your questions!

  Claudine Schooley

ICC USA-Ukraine Chair of Section

Rotary E-Club of One World – District 5240

Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace 2021-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Tiffanie Ferguson of CHC Addiction Services Presentation Recap

Posted by Terrence Dalton
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Tiffanie Ferguson who serves as the Clinical Director at CHC Addiction Services at our Tuesday, May 11th weekly meeting. 
CHC Addiction Services is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. They are an addiction services agency providing comprehensive prevention, treatment and recovery services for addictive and compulsive behaviors and disorders.
Tiffanie has been an employee of CHC Addiction Services for the past 17 years.  She is dually licensed as a clinical counselor and chemical dependency counselor supervisor. Previous to her role as Clinical Director she was instrumental in the development of CHC’s adolescent substance abuse treatment and detox programs at the height of the opiate epidemic. Tiffanie speaks and trains regularly to clinicians and the public at large about the best practices in addiction treatment, trauma-informed care, co-occurring disorders and much more.
CHC Addiction Services’ mission is to treat, inspire, support, and empower individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction. CHC Addiction Services has made it their lives’ work to help those on the road to recovery, regardless of social or economic factors. They believe that substance use disorders are progressive, fatal illnesses that may require several treatment strategies for successful recovery. CHC provides individual, family and group counseling, medically-assisted treatment (MAT), residential treatment and much more.
CHC Addiction Services believes that total well-being is a key factor to successful recovery. Therefore, they provide quality medical treatment, housing, case management and child- care services in addition to their counseling and therapy services.
Not unlike many other agencies providing substance abuse and/or mental health services, CHC Addiction Services has seen an increase in substance abuse problems during the pandemic.  In addition, there has been an increase in the use of Fentanyl or other drugs with Fentanyl mixed in with them.  Some of this increase has been attributed to social isolation and a decrease in social support/recovery groups.  CHC has used teletherapy during much of the pandemic and now provide a combination of virtual services as well as face-to-face services following CDC guidelines.
CHC provides a variety of treatment programs.  Some of these include:
  • Adult Counseling Program:  The Adult Counseling Program at CHC Addiction Services is designed to provide education, treatment and support for individuals with addiction ranging in severity from mild to severe.  Since co-occurring disorders are common among those with substance use problems, CHC Addiction Services employs Master’s level clinicians who are well-equipped to teach patients effective recovery skills to improve the quality of their lives.  
  • Adolescent Treatment:  CHC Addiction Services offers many options for adolescent treatment.  This program centers around long-term abstinence.  Programs include Community-based treatment, Outpatient Counseling, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): CHC Addiction Service’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to promote the recovery process through group and individual counseling, case management, vocational development, community support groups and re-integration programming. The Five Week program is a total of 15 group sessions. Patients who complete the IOP program are recommended to continue with aftercare programming as well as ongoing individual counseling sessions.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment:  CHC has a wide range of treatment options, including programming for all three FDA-approved medication assisted treatment medications. CHC’s first Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) began in 1974. Patients in medication assisted treatment (MAT) receive both medication and counseling services as a part of their treatment. MAT is a highly effective, evidence-based practice in which medication stabilizes brain function and allows the patient to return to optimal functioning.
    • Methadone is the most widely used and studied treatment for opiate addiction. It has been identified as the most effective treatment. It is a long-lasting, synthetic narcotic that acts in a way similar to morphine or other narcotics. When used in proper doses, methadone does not create euphoria, sedation or analgesic effects. It is used as a maintenance treatment to stop cravings.
  • Women’s Recovery Program:  CHC Addiction Services has been providing specialized women’s programming since 1990. The program focuses on gender-specific, trauma-informed care and seeks to eliminate barriers to recovery that often affect women, including lack of transportation and child-care. The program also highlights the stigma of substance use in an effort to treat both substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Residential Programs: Residential treatment is the highest level of care for substance use disorders. The need for residential treatment is determined after looking at an assessment of needs. Staff works with potential patients to complete the intake process and insurance companies to complete the necessary steps for entering treatment.
CHC Addiction Services accepts a variety of insurance programs.For individuals with no insurance, services are available through funding provided by the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board.
For additional information on the programs listed above, I encourage readers to visit CHC Addiction Services at 
Tiffanie Ferguson of CHC Addiction Services Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2021-05-13 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to our Paul Harris Fellows

We proudly recognize and thank the following individuals whose outstanding generosity to the The Rotary International Foundation (TRF) demonstrates a spirit of giving which helps sustain and improve the lives of others. 
Each of these members reached a new milestone in their donor legacy as multiple Paul Harris Fellows (PHF).  You will find more information below about the recognition levels and how you can become a PHF.  
Left to Right:
Nathanael Billow - Paul Harris + 2
Dr. Robert McGregor - Paul Harris +3
Dr. Douglas Hausknecht - Paul Harris + 4
John Margida - Paul Harris + 5
Paul Harris Fellow/Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.  At each new level a new stone is added to their pin to reflect their Paul Harris level.  Click here for more about Donor Recognition.
Recognition total
Pin level
US$2,000 to 2,999.99
one sapphire 
3,000 to 3,999.99
two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99
three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99
four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99
five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99
one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99
two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99*
three rubies
*Major Donor levels begin at $10,000
Become a Paul Harris Fellow

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

TRF distributes a portion of donations made to the Annual Fund to our District to support local Club grants. Only donations that are designated to the Annual Fund qualify to be redistributed to the District / Clubs.

We are proud that 92% of funds are spent on actual program awards and services it delivers.  TRF provides 100% accountability & transparency and has received Charity Navigator's highest level as a 4 star charity.

Our mission
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?  

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

We know that the RI Foundation is helping Rotarians do good in the world, here are some figures to help put it in perspective:
Five years of global grants by area of focus and total funding
  • Basic education and literacy $53,261,360
  • Community economic development $54,118,305
  • Disease prevention and treatment $151,761,859
  • Maternal and child health $35,233,163
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention $18,659,168
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene $100,657,464
  • and (effective officially on July 1, 2021) RI added The Environment as our newest Area of Focus and is already taking donations toward that cause.
    Thank you to our Paul Harris Fellows 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Seema Rao Akron Enlightens Us About Akron Art Museum Exhibits

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Seema Rao, Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer of the Akron Art Museum at our Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Club meeting.  A native Northeast Ohioan, she has twenty years of museum experience. As a staff and a consultant, she’s worked with the Cleveland Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum of Art and many others. Sharing collection stories is her favorite part of her job. Ms. Rao explained that the role of Chief Experience Officer is a relatively new position in major art museums.
    So, what does a Chief Experience Officer actually do, and why does the Akron Art Museum need a position like this?
    In simple terms, it is an attempt to provide an “experience".   “A chief experience officer (CXO) is an executive responsible for the overall experience of an organization's products and services. As user experience is quickly becoming a key differentiator in the modern business landscape, the CXO is charged with bringing holistic experience design to the boardroom and making it an intrinsic part of the company's strategy and culture.” (Wikipedia)
    In a world of competing social media experiences and other sources of entertainment, museums need to ensure the overall experiences of visiting a museum is an attractive choice.  The ultimate outcome is bringing a holistic experience to their audiences and making the Akron Art Museum an intrinsic part of the company’s strategy and culture.
    This commitment is consistent with the mission of the Akron Art Museum.  Their mission is “to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art.  The museum manifests this commitment by: promoting the awareness, interest, appreciation, education, and participation in the fine and applied arts produced since 1850.”
    “Spanning three centuries, like the museum’s collection, together the Akron Art Museum symbolizes the museum’s dual role as preserver of the past and herald of the future.”
    What’s happening at the Akron Art Museum?
    The 10,000 Things:  Recent Works by Jordan Wong:
    “The Akron Art Museum will launch an outdoor exhibition titled The 10,000 Things:  Recent Works by Jordan Wong in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden on May 29, 2021.  The 10,000 Things weaves together inspirations from Asian Art with graphic design, iconographies, and the artist’s own philosophical musings.”  The outdoor exhibition will be displayed all summer.
    Totally Rad and Totally Radical:
    “The Art Museum has launched its first of two exhibitions that draw upon the Museum’s permanent collection.  Each exhibition focuses on highlights of particular interest of the 1980s.  Totally Rad offers a dazzling dive into colorful vibrancy.  The exhibition focuses on artists who found inventiveness, freedom and fun by testing out every extreme possibility that color has to offer.”  Totally Radical span the decade’s political flashpoints.  They show artists adopting techniques from advertising, bringing previously unseen images to light, and pushing photography in new directions, all to get their points across.” Both exhibitions opened on February 18, 2021 and can be viewed through September 19, 2021.
    Some future events you might want to investigate further on the Akron Art Museum website are:
    • Family Day:  10,000 Things Art Party
    • Akron Art Museum After Work: Games in the Garden with Artist Jordan Wong
    • Family Day Concert
    • Family Day Neighborhood Garden Party
    • Public Talk by the Guerrilla Girls
    The Akron Art Museum has much to offer, so check out their website for their hours of operation, and other things to view and do at a great treasure for the citizen of Summit County and surroundings. Visit at
    Yours in Rotary Service - 
    Terry Dalton
    Akron Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair
    Seema Rao Akron Enlightens Us About Akron Art Museum Exhibits Terrence Dalton 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

    Cultural Humility Program Offered

    Posted by Robert McGregor
    We have accepted the opportunity to
    pay for two of our members to attend a
    special series of four - one hour sessions entitled
    Cultural Humility. 
    This is in conjunction with The RC of Cleveland.
      -  If you are interested, please notify Tom Knauer or Terry Dalton -   
    Cultural Humility and the professional development and coaching that James Knight will provide will consist of the following:
     4 Sessions on Cultural Humility 
     Session 1:May 27 11:00am to 11:55am An Introduction to Cultural Humility & The Growth Process
    +  Session 2: June 3rd 11:00am to 11:055amThe Power of Awareness & The Art of Looking Within
    +  Session 3: June 10th 11:00am to 11:55am The Power of Empathy and The Danger of One Story
     Session 4: June 17th 11:00am to 11:55am The Four Dimensions of Racism & What You Can Do About It
    Cultural Humility Program Offered Robert McGregor 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Camp Spring Cleanup Days: Call for Volunteers

    Dear Rotarians,
    Only 25 days till the campers arrive! Can you spare and hour or so on Saturday, May 15th, to help clean the Dining Hall and Kitchen?
    May 15, 2021: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Akron Rotary Camp
    4460 Rex Lake Drive
    Akron, OH 44319
    (330) 644-4512
    We will have buckets and rags for cleaning. Please bring tall dusters and small step ladders if you have them.
    Please click here to register. We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great event together!
    Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
    Christina Horak and Cyndi Kane
    Community Service Committee
    Amanda Warner
    Akron Rotary Camp
    Camp Spring Cleanup Days: Call for Volunteers 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Dr. Rob McGregor Speaks at Stow Rotary Club

    Akron Children's Hospital, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rob McGregor, and Tony Gutowski, Director of Government Relations  spoke at the Stow Rotary Club on April 28, 2021. Their topic was COVID Silver linings: Pediatric Healthcare and Advocacy Opportunities.  Dr. McGregor has provided many insights throughout this pandemic and guests at this presentation learned how Akron Children's pivoted during the pandemic and the exciting steps they are taking to further meet the needs of all of our communities.
    Dr. Rob McGregor Speaks at Stow Rotary Club 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

    Club Inducts Donna Skoda as our Newest Rotarian

    Welcome to The Akron Rotary Club

    Donna Skoda was sponsored by Cheryl Warren and has presented to our Club as well as many others throughout the area.  
    She is married to Dennis Skoda, CPA, CGMA who is a Financial Executive. Donna's mother Phyllis, who is 93, also resides with them in the Akron area.
    She has spent the past 25 years rescuing Pug dogs and currently has five, Peyton, Beijing, Lucy, Fefei and Barron. She enjoys gardening and cooking her favorite is Italian dishes.
    Donna serves as the Health Commissioner for the Summit County Public Health.  She has worked in community based public health programs for over 25years. Her current responsibilities include overall management of the health district including the assessment and epidemiological components within the Health District, data and information systems and general strategic planning for the health district in the community.  She has served as staff for the Summit 2020: A Quality of Life Project from the beginning and continues to assist with the local management.
    Previously, she was employed in Cuyahoga County for 15 years implementing community-based programs in the areas of nutrition and many other areas in public health,  the  community and within hospital systems.  She is a registered, licensed dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.
    Club Inducts Donna Skoda as our Newest Rotarian 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Student Scholarship Program - Part III

    Posted by Terrence Dalton

    On April 27, 2021, our Club honored students in the career fields of Business and Hospitality/Tourism.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
    Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to
    Thanks to Akron Rotarian, Kevin Smith, who participated in the interview and selection process. View the weekly meeting by clicking here.
    About the Scholarship Recipients:
    The Students of the Year recognized April 27th were (photos L-R)
    Dei Juane' Burt,  Jade Urdiales and Miranda Honaker.
    We were pleased that two of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording].

    These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.
    Student Scholarship Program - Part III Terrence Dalton 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0


    Posted by Mella Castner

    We are happy to share that you as supporters can now use the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phone to sign up for AmazonSmile and select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as their favorite charity. This is a great opportunity to engage with your supporters to help increase your AmazonSmile donations.
    Feel free to send these sample messages out to remind your family/friends and co-workers who may also wish to support the Camp via Amazon Smiles:
    Sample Message:
    Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

    How it works:
    1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
    2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
    3. Select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as your charity
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mella Castner, director of development at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512.
    Mella A. Castner
    Director of Development
    Akron Rotary Camp
    4460 Rex Lake Drive
    Akron, OH 44319
    330.644.4512 ext. 3206
    AmazonSmile Mella Castner 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,amazon,amazon smile,rotary camp,special needs children
    North High School Interact Service Project 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Student Scholarship Program - Part II

    On April 20, 2021, our Club honored students in the fields of Allied Health, Automotive, Bio-Science, Criminal Justice and Education.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
    Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to
    Thanks to the committee members who participated in the interview and selection process: Ryan McCauley, Zach Prosser and Jay Rutter. 
    About the Scholarship Recipients:
    The Students of the Year recognized April 20th were Rishma Tamang, Allison Lee, Kyrice Brunson, Star Griffin, Arissa Holcomb, and Ma Cho.
    We were pleased that two of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording]. 

    These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.

    Click here to view bios of all the April 20th recipients.

    Star Griffin
    Arissa Holcomb
    Rishma Tamang
    Student Scholarship Program - Part II 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

    Join Us: 2021 Virtual District 6630 Conference of Clubs

    You are cordially invited to attend our virtual Annual Meeting and Multi-District Conference.   
    Our theme is “Rotary – A World of Opportunities.”
    If you already registered for our District Conference, thank you.
    If not, please register soon! 
    Registration Link:   

    Pre-registration is required to attend.
    Thursday 4/22/2021 District 6630 Only (This is our District): 
    6 pm  
    • Annual Meeting (Electors - please enter the meeting at 5:45 pm)
    • The required Elector Credential Certificate form that was sent to each Club Secretary/President MUST be returned to Mike Davanzo ( by April 12, 2021.  
    • This is required to be able to vote at the Annual Meeting.
    7 pm - 8:30 pm 
    • Conference Kick-off: Recognition of the two Clubs that reached 75 years and two Clubs that reached 100 years.
    • Members achieving 50 years in Rotary in 2019-2021 and
    • Celebration of Life with families of those who have passed away 2019-2021.
    Friday 4/23/2021 Multi-District (All Districts): 
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    • Keynote Speaker:  Rob Raylman: The Gift of Life International.
    • Enjoy a fun radio show with music, trivia, and prizes. BYOB. 
     Saturday 4/24/2021 Multi-District and District 6630 will have a special breakout session as well:

     9:00 am - 11:00 am 
    • Multi District: Interesting speakers from around the country and world plus comments from the four District Governors. 
    • Keynote Speaker:  RID Brad Howard: “Pivot Point or End Point”
    • District 6630 Governor Pat Myers will share how all our clubs led through challenging times.
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
    • District 6630: An exclusive breakout with our 4-Way Test Speech Contest winners
    • Chartering of the Lake County Sunrise Satellite Club
    • Recognition of E-ClubNEO Satellite Club
    • Interact-Rotaract Club Highlights!
    Register and you will receive a free T-shirt delivered to your home or office. 
    Registration Link:   Pre-registration is required to attend.

    Cost to Attend: None!

    After you register – there are a couple of important things to remember:

    1. Your confirmation will be arriving from

    2. The confirmation contains a Join Meeting Link (see sample below)
    • This link is unique to each of you. Do NOT share your confirmation link.
    • Only registered attendees can enter the meeting.
    • Be sure you login the day(s) of the event using the email you registered with.
    3.  Our District # is 6630 NE Ohio.
    4. If you are using the Zoom desktop app – please be sure your application is updated to the most current version (this is not applicable to those who login using the web application).
    Join Us: 2021 Virtual District 6630 Conference of Clubs 2021-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Akron held 4-Way Test Speech Contest

    Posted by Sandy Naragon
    The Rotary Club of Akron sponsored a 4-Way Test Speech Contest for students at North High School. The contest provides a challenging way for students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making and public speaking skills.
    The purpose of the speech is to apply the principles of the 4 Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. In addition to recognition, students can also win cash prizes at the Club and District levels of the contest.
    The contest was held on March 31st.  Rotary judges included Lynda Farkas, Sandy Naragon and Cheryl Warren.  Based on the judging criteria and point distribution guidelines from Rotary District 6630, judges awarded:
    Tam Chau – Third place with prize of $75
    Ter Nay – Honorable mention with prize of $50
    Although the Club didn’t have a contestant qualify for District, the students had strong messages and were given constructive feedback to raise scores based on Content, Organization and Delivery. They were encouraged to enter again. 
    Yours in Service - 
    Sandy Naragon
    Rotary Club of Akron held 4-Way Test Speech Contest Sandy Naragon 2021-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

    William (Bill) Sepe Discussed Multi-purpose Recreational Trails at our Weekly Meeting

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of hearing about TASCforce, LLC at our Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Club meeting.  Our speaker was Bill Sepe, Co-Director of TASCforce, a non-profit advocacy group formed in 2019.  Their focus is the promotion of multi-purpose recreational trails in and around Summit County as well as creating & preserving green spaces.  The presentation included the proposed Veterans Trail.
    What are TASCforce’s Beliefs? 
    • Multipurpose trails are expensive, but they are an investment that lives on in perpetuity.
    • Green space and equitable access to it is imperative sustaining healthy lifestyles.
    • Greenways have an economic benefit to the communities they exist in by:
      • Boosting property values
      • Adding recreational opportunities
      • Creating opportunities for alternative ways to commute to work
      • Improving wellness
      • Increasing tourism
      • Providing access to businesses and retail stores
    Background on the Proposed Veterans Trail
    • An abandoned railroad right of way runs through Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Silver Lake, Stow, and Hudson – about 12.5 miles long.
    • It has not been used since 1996 and will require tremendous investment in order to support rail traffic again
    • It has long been recognized as an ideal trail opportunity and has been studied for more than 16 years.
    • The owner, Metro RTA, is indicating a willingness to allow it to be used for a trail – as they did with the Freedom Trail.
    • Summit Metro Parks has expressed an interest in partnering with Metro RTA to build and manage the trail.
     Why Would this Track Make an Ideal Trail?
    • It connects the communities of Hudson, Stow, Silver Lake, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron and provides a North-to-South trail right up the densely populated middle of the county.
    • It connects with 7 other trails and provides an ideal opportunity for both commuter and recreational use.
    • The right-of-way goes along and crosses over the Cuyahoga River.  In Silver Lake, it passes the golf course at Silver Lake Country Club.  Stow has numerous secluded sections, In Hudson, it passes by a private lake, Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course, O’Brien Cemetery, and Cascade & Veterans Way parks.
    • The trail would start at Akron’s Northside Train Station and end downtown Hudson, behind the Acme Plaza.
    Connectivity to Other Trails:
    It would connect to the following trails:
    • Boston Heights Trail
    • Highbridge Trail
    • Connection to Towpath Trail
    • Existing Summit Metro Park Bike & Hike Trail
    • Freedom Trail 
    • Akron’s Rubber City Heritage Trail
    • Hudson’s proposed extension of Veterans Trail
    How Can Rotarians Help Support This Project?
    Write letters to Metro RTA asking them to:
    • Dismiss the rail proposal and embrace the multipurpose trail proposal instead
    • Make an application with the Federal Transit Administration to permit the right-of-way to be repurposed as a multipurpose trail.
    • Request the support that Senator Rob Portman’s office has offered to facilitate the F.T.A. application.
    • Once the application is approved, sign leases with Summit Metro Parks and/or the local communities along the right-of-way to allow the trail to be built.
    For additional information about the trail project go online to  and sign the online petition and receive updates on the progress that is occurring as well as other worthwhile projects in the area.
    William (Bill) Sepe Discussed Multi-purpose Recreational Trails at our Weekly Meeting Terrence Dalton 2021-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Tiffany Roper: Eat, Speak, Love

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The speaker for our Tuesday, April 6th Club meeting was Tiffany Roper, CEO of Eat, Speak, Love LLC.  Tiffany was born in Akron, and is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health. Her passion has always been to help others help themselves by providing guidance, resources, and inspiration for success. View the presentation (click here).
    After working many years providing mental health counseling, Ms. Roper ventured out on her new business just prior to the pandemic hitting the community.  Despite the pandemic, she has been very successful in growing her business.
    According to Ms. Roper, “In a rapidly changing and unpredictable world, entrepreneurship and business ownership seems riskier than ever. Big business and major corporations tend to have financial security, larger platforms, and a more stable customer base than do their smaller homegrown counterparts.
    When it comes to women and minorities in business, the disparities in access to capital, mentorship, lack of exposure make successful business ownership appear to be beyond our reach. Despite these disparities, the spirit of entrepreneurship remains alive!”
    Eat Speak Love (ESL) serves to turn small businesses into an experience. They invite local entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, chefs, and speakers in to showcase their talents and ultimately, enhance Akron’s economic, culinary, and cultural scenes.  ESL serves as a launchpad for women and minority entrepreneurs to market their unique brands, vision, and passion projects.
    A unique aspect of Tiffany’s business is her SMALLBIG Box. Eat Speak Love, is committed to the local economy, their partners, and their patrons. ESL strives to amplify the voices of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and local creatives who discover, innovate, and craft. The boxes contain product samples and previews of mainly women and minority business owners, whose products are sure to be your next obsession.
    A SMALLBIG BOX can be purchased for $30 and a SMALLBIG BOX  - 3 Box Subscription normally selling for $90 can now be purchased for $75.00
    Speaking  Opportunities
    Ms. Roper is also available to speak to organizations.  She can spark the motivation and inspiration your workers/team needs to increase productivity, team cohesion, and overall gratitude.  She offers interactive presentations virtually or in person (within COVID guidelines).  Several of her topics include: Gratitude, Personal Elevation, Living in Purpose, Sisterhood and Women Empowerment.
    ESL Partners
    Our partners are local business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and visionaries who own, seek to open, or are starting businesses in the Greater Akron Area. ESL’s priority is to highlight and support women and minorities who are embarking on their own journey of equitable business ownership. Through their collaboration they will showcase the talent, quality, and passion that goes into the products of any small business. At ESL, our patrons are invested in the revitalization of Akron’s economy, cultural diversity, and overall small business expansion.
    Individuals wishing to learn more about ESL are encouraged to visit their website at, or visit them on Facebook at eatspeaklove.akron.
    Yours in Rotary Service,
    Terry Dalton
    Rotary Club of Akron Secretary
    Tiffany Roper: Eat, Speak, Love Terrence Dalton 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Crown Recipients

    Congratulations to our newest Akron Crown recipients
    (L-R) Terry Dalton and
    Wanda Raber Whipkey
    Terry was selected as King for being an integral part of the Zoom meetings, keeping Dr. Rob's Rotary calendar straight, all his work on the scholarship program and for writing the weekly speaker re-caps. 
    Wanda was crowned as Queen of the Chili Open for who has shepherd it the past couple years with various co-chairs. She did an outstanding job again this year and continues to set the bar higher each year for the event.
    When our Club began meeting remotely, Katy was so impressed with Cheryl Warren's handling of our Zooms that she spontaneously sent her a Tiara and crowned her the Queen of Zoom!
    Cheryl approached Katy to ask if they could "pass it forward", so they decided to keep it moving every other month or so, crowning a Queen or King or Both for their efforts to benefit our club! Katy secured a Kings crown to have in addition to the Tiara.
    The member(s) who receives the crown(s) must wear them for a month to our weekly meetings – either virtually or when we go live.
    We will do it every other month to allow time in between to transition the “Akron Rotary Crown”
    The member(s) who last received the crown(s) then helps Cheryl and Katy identify the next worthy member(s) then he/she drops off the committee and the next recipient joins us – so it rotates.
    Now, Terry and Wanda will be part of the committee to help pick the next recipient(s) and will then drop off and the new recipients come it rotates.  
    It's important to point out that this is not a popularity contest - some month's there may be no one and other month's there may be more than one person.  We are looking for members who are often doing things quietly behind the scene or big things too.
    We encourage the committee chairs and all members to submit ideas to Katy and Cheryl - just email us.  We want to continue recognizing members for all their good deeds!
    Akron Rotary Crown Recipients 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

    A Message from President Rob

    Happy Charter Day Fellow Rotarians! 
    Hmmm, seems our club has always had a sense of humor since we got chartered on April Fools Day!  107 years of being official!
    Go play in the snow!  Hopefully for the last time in 2021!
    A Message from President Rob 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

    We Call It Brain Training.  Our Clients Call It Life Changing.

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    Steve Buie
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to one of our own members and the life changing program that he operates at our Tuesday, March 30th weekly club meeting.
    Presenting along with Mr. Buie, were Susan Costello and Andrew Durr, staff of Success4Kids, an offshoot of LearningRx.
    What is Brain Training?
    If you are not sure what “brain training” is, Steve explained that you are not alone. “A lot of prospective clients come for brain training with questions about what exactly it is that happens. Though the programs are complex, what they do is fairly straight forward: the training exercises strengthen the cognitive skills that are integral to thinking, learning, reading, memory, and attention. There are many underlying skills that are critical to performance, and our wide variety of brain training programs target them all.”
    Steve stated, “Clients at our Akron brain training center work one-on-one with their own personal brain trainers who guide them through challenging—yet enjoyable—mental exercises that target the client’s specific weaknesses. Our programs are like a fitness routine for the mind. Neuroplasticity of our brain – Use it or lose it!”
    Well, isn’t this just another name for tutoring?
    Another misconception Steve noted is that many individuals think they are a tutoring service. Though Success4RKids recognizes the benefits of tutoring, what they do is much different. Their brain training center focuses on an entirely different set of issues. Tutoring is best for redelivering difficult subject matter—or reteaching material that a student might struggle with—while cognitive skills training focuses on strengthening the brain to make learning and performance easier. “We get at the root of problems and customize a plan that targets each client’s specific needs.”  “Our programs are more about training versus teaching.”
    What Brain Training Programs Are Available?
    Success4RKids offers a variety of cognitive skills training for school-age children.  These programs target and strengthen weak cognitive skills. Programs consist of fun, challenging mental exercises done in the context of a one-on-one training relationship. These mental workout sessions are customized to address the unique needs and abilities of each client and are designed to strengthen the foundational cognitive skills that enable our brains to think, learn, read, remember, pay attention, and solve problems.
    These skills — attention, memory, auditory processing, logic and reasoning, processing speed, and more — impact our mental performance in every area of life, including school and work. The result? Dramatic, measurable improvements in mental performance.
    Success4RKids – A Program for Every Student:
    “While each situation is unique, most clients spend 12 to 34 weeks training with us. Best of all, Success4RKids offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of our clients.”
    Here’s a short description of some of the programs as taken from their website:
    • ThinkRx® is our core program. Offered over a minimum of 12 weeks, this program works on all the core cognitive skills. Every client who is over seven years of age and in a full program trains with ThinkRx.
    • ReadRx® incorporates ThinkRx® with ReadRx. A powerful reading intervention, ReadRx trains the cognitive skills of auditory processing (the skill that allows the brain to analyze, blend, and segment sounds) as well as other skills that are critical to reading success.
    • ComprehendRx® takes reading intervention to a new level, focusing on the cognitive skills that are critical for reading comprehension. This program works on many cognitive skills, including visual processing, reasoning skills, sequential processing (the ability to understand and integrate information in order), working memory, and metacognitive strategies (the development of self-awareness and the ability to self-assess).
    • MathRx® trains the cognitive skills needed to efficiently and effectively develop numerical fluency, learn math concepts, solve problems, and perform calculations.
    • LiftOff® is available to preschoolers through first graders and works on the foundational cognitive skills and early reading skills so important for early learners. These include auditory processing (the skill that allows the brain to analyze, blend, and segment sounds), attention, memory, processing speed, visual processing, and reasoning.
    • StudyRx® helps clients develop stronger study skills. The program teaches clients 14 test-taking tips, 12 top learning strategies, as well as eight core study skills based on fictionalized stories of historical figures and the habits, skills, and perspectives that contributed to their success.
    • Brain Booster programs are offered in two formats. The first is for adults who do not have a need for a full program, and instead are interested in doing mental exercises with a trainer at their own convenience. The Brain Booster program for adults is offered in 12, 18, or 24-session segments. Brain Booster is also offered to clients who have completed one of our other full programs and are interested in additional one-on-one training.
    • BrainSkills® is a digital brain training program that can be used to supplement the one-on-one training that is the cornerstone of all our programs, or as a maintenance program for those who have completed one of our full one-on-one programs.
    Success4Rkids is a non-profit formed with the express purpose of working with schools to equip school-age children with necessary strong, foundational, cognitive learning skills.
    Success4Rkids is currently conducting a pilot program with the I Promise School to help 10 students become skilled and confident readers.
    For further information on LearningRx Akron-Bath, I encourage you to go to their website
    Yours in Service - 
    Terry Dalton
    We Call It Brain Training. Our Clients Call It Life Changing. Terrence Dalton 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes a Difference for Children in our Communities

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Kyle Putinski, the Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties, Inc. an affiliate of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, the Nation’s largest donor-and volunteer – supported mentoring network. organization at our March 23, 2021 Club meeting.
    In his position, Putinski leads a team of youth development specialists serving children who are matched with an adult volunteer in the community and site-based programs for children age 6-18. Putinski is focused on helping the organization meet it strategic initiatives of increasing brand awareness, service delivery and quality in its core programs, financial sustainability, and board development.
    Mr. Putinski opened his presentation with the following two questions.  “Who made a difference in your life, and What is a long-term relationship or a one and done meeting?”  These two questions are about the heart of Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) and forms the philosophical approach taken by BBBS.
    Following up on these two questions, Kyle proceeded to discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on our youth.  He indicated that we are seeing an increase in depression, an increase in anxiety, isolation, a decrease in calls to Children’s Services, an increase in Trauma and a Decrease in academics.
    So how can BBBS assist with these issues and what is Big Brothers and Big Sisters?
    The mission of BBBS is “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.”  The vision is “All youth achieve their full potential.”
    By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community BBBS is accountable for each child in their programs achieving:
    • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
    • Avoidance of risky behaviors
    • Educational success
    Programs Offered:
    • Community Based Programs
    • In-Person Site Based (on hold due to COVID-19)
    • Virtual Site Based
    • Bigs in Blue (police program)
    • Community training.
    For specifics on each program, visit their website.
    How Can You Help?
    Be a Big:
    • Time Commitment:
      • There is a one-year time commitment
    • Age limit
      • 18 and up
    • Touch base with your “little” no more than once a week but a minimum of 2 times a month
    • In-person background check
    Enrollment Process:
    1. Inquire Online: Inquire today to speak with a match specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    2. Apply: Ready to take the next step right now? Complete the online application. This will help speed up the process. Alternatively, after you inquire online, a match coordinator will contact you to complete the application offline.
    3. References: You'll need to provide at least three references of people we can talk to about your ability to be a mentor.
    4. Background Check: Child safety is our priority, so we'll review your records to ensure you'll be a good fit for our program.
    5. Interview: A match coordinator will interview you in person.
    6. Matching: We will review the kids in your area who need a Big Brother or Big Sister and find the best fit for you. Depending on your gender and the kind of child you'd like to work with, matching may go very quickly or take some time. Making the right match is important to our commitment to form lasting relationships.
    Outcomes – BBBS hopes to attain the following outcomes:
    • 70-75% will increase feelings of social acceptance
    • 70-75% will increase educational expectations
    • 80-90% will improve GPA
    • 90-100% will improve attitudes toward risky behaviors
    • 75% will improve parental trust
    • 50-60% will improve truancy rates
    Additionally, BBBS Littles will be:
    • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
    • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
    • 52% less likely to skip school
    • 37% less likely to skip a class
    • 33% less likely to hit someone
    Future Goals:
    • 2021:  Double their current matches
    • 2025:  500 matches by 2025
    How can you support BBBS?
    • Make a one-time gift
    • Sponsor a match – You will get quarterly match update, social media exposure and a custom picture to showcase at your place of work
    • Attend a Big Brothers Big Sisters event
    • Sponsor a site-based program
    Yours in Rotary Service,
    Terry Dalton
    Rotary Club of Akron Secretary 
    Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes a Difference for Children in our Communities Terrence Dalton 2021-03-25 04:00:00Z 0

    Student Scholarship Program

    On March 16, 2021, our Club honored students in the Manufacturing, Engineering, Skilled Trades & Health and Human Services categories.

    Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
    Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to  
    About the Scholarship Recipients:
    The Students of the Year recognized March 16th were Anna Gray, Jennifer Skerlong, Mary Winer, Anjana Tamang, Tam Chau, and Emma Grass.
    We were pleased that four of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording].  

    These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.

    Click here to view bios of all six the March 16 recipients.

    Mary Winer
    Anjana Tamang
    Emma Grass
    Tam Chau

    Student Scholarship Program 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Thank you again Members of RC of Akron!

    Look what beautiful project, in the middle of a pandemic, Rotary can accomplish when several clubs and districts work together!
    Subject: The container of wheelchairs for Ukraine/Letter from Diego Velasquez
    Dear Claudine:
    The following are the  11 ROTARY CLUBS (2 districts) that help me to get the $42,000.00 for this project.
    We also have a lot of Friends and Rotarians that help me with this project.
    8. NIPOMO RC
    10. SANTA BARBARA SUNRISE RC (all clubs from District 5240 California)
    11. AKRON OHIO RC (club from district 6630).
    Thank you for all the help that give me to get this project complete.
    My best regards always;
    Conejo Valley Rotary Club – District 5240
    Past_President 2006-07,2010-11
    International Chair 2020-21
    All the best together in Rotary,
    Claudine Schooley
    ICC USA-Ukraine Chair of Section
    Rotary E-Club of One World – District 5240
    Thank you again Members of RC of Akron! 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Strategic Plan Re-boot 

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Mar 10, 2021
    President, Rotary Club of Akron 
    Strategic Plan Follow-up from Our Club Assembly
    During our Tuesday, March 9, 2021 Club meeting, President Rob McGregor provided an overview of the reboot of our Club’s Strategic Plan.  Shared below are the key elements of action items the Club’s Board of Directors believe we can tackle over the next 3-6 months. 

    Board Summary of Akron Rotary Strategic Plan Re-boot quick action items:
    1. Create standard work for service project development, proposing and vetting.
    Possible service project work group or sub-committee.
    1. Outline project frameworks-
    Recurrent annual, one time, within our club/shared with a community partner or other Rotary Club.Create a grid of our current “regular projects” to better inform our club and community.
    1. Distribute Bio-information of new members.
    1. Set up joint (virtual for now) opportunities to highlight other organizations’ cultures. Food/drinks.
    2. Enhance our partnering efforts with Rotaract, Interact, and culturally different organizations/fraternities/sororities.  We can offer labor and financial support for their service projects.
    3. Strategize and be deliberate with short-and-long term engagements with diverse communities (Overlaps with Engagement group).
    Rotary Experience
    1. Create current state GRID (See impact above #2) of our club’s activities organized by scope and level of RI: local club/zone/district/international.
    2. Create orientation plan for new members and periodic updates for more seasoned members.
    3. Update/enhance distribution and educate how to access bios of new members and their sponsors and intentionally highlight member’s businesses in newsletter (Overlaps with engage).
    1. Create a survey to determine HOW Rotarians want to connect and be engaged.
    2. Facilitate networking now – periodic vocational ice breakers.  Add titles/vocation/avocation on ZOOM name tags (and eventually on real name tags).  Can these action groups be a first step to engage new members and “voluntell” new member participation?
    3. Distribute Bio information (overlaps Impact/Inclusion/experience).
    1. Lean into North Hill area partners (International Institute, Asian Services, Celebration Church, North High) to give them something they perceive they need instead of us guessing/assuming we know what we should do (overlaps Inclusion).
    2. Begin dialogue with LeBron James Foundation for potential long-term project for respite at our camp for families ravaged by the pandemic (Overlaps Visibility/Impact).
    1. Develop formal policies/procedures for succession planning, on boarding, etc. to enhance efficient transitions and preserve institutional memory.
    2. Membership pathway development – couples/corporate/younger members under 35 (overlaps with inclusion).
    3. Create tools to educate and guide our members to better navigate Club Runner, on boarding checklists, more engagement with website (Overlaps with Visibility/Impact and Engage).

    Strategic Plan Re-boot Terrence Dalton 2021-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Happy Dollars: Photos Welcome for Our Meetings

    Plan to participate in Happy Dollars during the Tuesday meetings? 
    We want to bring even more joy to our meetings and include a photo associated with what you are happy about!! 
    Simply email it to Cheryl Warren (click here to email her) and put HAPPY DOLLAR PHOTO in the subject line.  Photos must be received by 5pm on the Monday prior to the meeting. Those sending photos will be called on first during the meeting to share your happiness as we show the photo! 
    Even if you don't have a photo, plan to share your joy during our meetings - you will all have a chance to do so as usual after the photos run!!
    If you also wish for the information/photo to be included in our newsletter that will go out after our meeting, please indicate this in your email and provide me with a brief description of the reason you are submitting it (such as "So happy that my son Joe has received his Master's Degree from The University of Akron in the field of ABC!).  This text will only be used for the newsletter - you will share it at the meeting!! 
    Happy Dollars: Photos Welcome for Our Meetings 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Speaker Recap:  Aimee Wade, Interim Executive Director, ADM Summit County

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Aimee Wade, Interim Executive Director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board at our March 2, 2021 Club meeting.  You can view our meeting by clicking here.
    Wade earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC). Wade has been with the ADM Board for 10 years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services, a position she has held since 2015, in addition to her status as Interim Executive Director. 
    The Summit County ADM Board is responsible for seeing that effective and affordable prevention, treatment, and recovery services are available for adults, teens, and children with mental illness and/or alcohol or other drug addictions.
    The ADM Board contracts with over 30 local organizations to ensure state-of-the-art services, for individuals and families at critical times in their lives, are available.
    Through the support of a local property tax levy, the ADM Board provides opportunities for recovery and hope for a better life.
    Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness are real medical conditions that can affect anyone.
    Recovery is possible with the right services and support services funded by the County of Summit ADM Board.
    The ADM Board in 2021 has nearly $45 million in revenues.  78% of the revenues come from the local levy that is on the ballot every six years.  10% of the revenues are Federal dollars and 12% are State dollars.  Less than 1% comes from local non-levy dollars.
    The ADM Board has approximately $45 million dollars in expenditures in 2021.  94% of the expenditures are allocated for contracted alcohol, drug and mental health services provided by local not-for-profit organizations.  6% of the expenditures are for Board Administration.
    Data for Funding Decision Making
    The ADM Board uses data gathered from the funded agencies as well as other local, State and Federal sources to make decision on how the revenue dollars are allocated.  Several of the areas monitored by the ADM Board include:
    • Depression symptoms by region                                                        
    • Mental Health Variables by Gender Differences
    • Overdose Cause of Death by Year
    • Overdose Death Rates per 100,000
    • Day to Appointment for Addiction Helpline Caller
    • Detox Availability by Days to Access
    • Residential Treatment Availability by Days to Access
    • Summit County Suicide Rate per 100k by Year
    Activities and Initiatives
    • Collaboration with ASIA Inc. to develop relevant communications and education around mental health for the diverse populations they serve.
    • Collaboration through the ADM Change Direction Faith Initiative with local faith partners to train key individuals in the Grief Recovery Method.
    • General and targeted suicide prevention and awareness campaigns partnering with local pharmacies, pizza and take-out restaurants, and the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.
    • Grant funded ADM providers through the end of December 2020 to ensure that they could keep their doors open as an essential service provider.
    • FEMA Counseling & Outreach grant is supporting community education and referrals for services to help combat stigma, isolation, and grief as result of COVID-19.
    • Collaboration with Akron Public Schools-College and Career Academy at Buchtel High School to introduce Behavioral Healthcare as Healthcare!
    • Extended resources early in the pandemic to allow for hazard pay in our crisis and residential programs as well as for those essential to working in the community with our Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) and Seriously Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) populations.
    • Engagement of Mental Health Adult Care Facilities (group homes/adult foster homes) across Summit County to ensure that they had information and access to PPE, testing, and the vaccine.
    For more information about the Summit County ADM Board you can check out their website at
    Yours in Rotary Service 
    Speaker Recap: Aimee Wade, Interim Executive Director, ADM Summit County Terrence Dalton 2021-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

    Connor Jarvis Shared His Knowledge of Bourbon

    Club social chair queen, Katy Miller, organized another fun virtual social hour called "Manhattan Valentine's Day". The social was held on February 19th featuring Connor Jarvis as our host.  In advance, Connor provided the ingredient list for his favorite "perfect" Manhattan cocktail and some snack suggestions that pair well with a Manhattan. 
    Connor provided great ambiance with his background of the bar from the Waldorf Astoria.  We welcomed several members/spouses: Katy Miller, Rob McGregor and his wife Sharon, PDG Stew Buchanan and his wife Cherie, David Hall, Cheryl Warren and her husband/former Akron member, Steve Warren (now President of the Rotary E-ClubNEO).  And we were truly honored to be joined by Harrison McGregor who likes to attend our social functions with his mom and dad whenever he can!
    If you missed out on the fun - the recipe is below for the perfect Manhattan and you can always reach out to Connor - he will be more than happy to guide you through making this spectacular adult beverage!
    Our trivia question at our recent weekly meeting was "who was wearing these fun socks at the social?"  No one guessed correctly . . . but it was revealed that it was David Hall. 
    Connor’s “go-to” Manhattan ingredient list:
    • Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
      • A non-wheated or more “rye” forward Bourbon is preferred (i.e. not Weller, Larceny, etc.)
      • Connor likes high-quality, low-mid to mid-priced labels that are readily available / easy to find for my Manhattans (such as, Four Roses Yellow Label, Elijah Craig, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek (Bourbon), Evan Williams Single Barrel, Templeton Rye) – I save the Buffalo Trace, Weller, Eagle Rare, Henry McKenna, etc. for sipping, not mixing
    • Sweet Vermouth
      • Connor’s pick: Carpano Antica Formula or Carpano Punt e Mes
    • Bitters
      • Angostura Aromatic bitters are my classic, but feel free to get creative here to add some expression to the cocktail (for example, I used cranberry bitters around the holidays)
    • Cherries
      • Please, please, please don’t just use a “run-of-the-mill” maraschino cherry – this isn’t a Shirley Temple
      • Connor’s pick: Luxardo Brand , Fabbri Amarena, or Bada Bing
    • Martini Glass or Rocks (lowball) Glass
    Accompaniments / Snacks:
    • Spiced nuts
    • Pretzels
    • Crackers
    • Sharper cheeses
    • Buffalo Chicken Dip
    • Flatbreads
    • If a meal: steak, chops, pasta
    Connor Jarvis Shared His Knowledge of Bourbon 2021-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Chef Rosh Creates Food for the Soul: Chef, Mother, Teacher and Reality TV Star 

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of interacting with Chef Rosh (Roshni Gurnani) at our Tuesday, February 23 Club meeting (view presentation by clicking here).
    Chef Rosh is a highly innovative and passionate chef with an exceptional 14 years record of international culinary experience in establishments such as Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, The Sagamore Resort and Thistle Marble Arch Hotel.
    Gurnani earned a Bachelor of Business Administration before attending the Culinary Institute of Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Culinary Management.  Coming from a traditional Indian family, she said her biggest challenge as a chef wasn’t conquering any cuisine or dish – it was getting her loved ones to accept her career path.
    After graduating culinary school, she took some time to travel the world, exploring foreign cuisines and discovering innovative cooking techniques. Gurnani draws inspiration from her Sindhi heritage, and her signature style is fusion. But sometimes she prefers to keep it simple.
    Even before she realized she could pursue that passion as a career, she knew it was her calling. Gurnani, popularly known as Chef Roshni, gained recognition as a contestant on FOX's "Hell's Kitchen." She then went on to win the popular Food Network show "Chopped." A Toronto native, she currently resides in Houston.
    After Hell's Kitchen, Roshni became Culinary professor at The Art Institute of Houston and is also a private chef, wedding caterer and travelling chef consultant. She appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen and Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network and was Executive Chef at Revolve Kitchen + Bar in Hotel Derek in Houston.
    Gurnani feels Sindhi cuisine hasn’t yet become mainstream like other Indian food. She tries to educate people about the unique and decadent flavors it has to offer.  “We use a lot of aromatics, a lot of floral spices like cardamom, saffron and lots of dried fruit,” she said.
    When asked what she cooks at home, Chef Rosh stated, “When I cook at home, I cook from what I know,” she said. “Kidney beans and rice is my go-to, my comfort food.”  As a wife and mother Chef Rosh makes it a point to feed her family home-cooked meals daily. Her philosophy is that food is not just for satisfying hunger, but for “feeding the soul.”   “There’s only so much takeout you can eat,” Gurnani said. “You may be full, but you’re not satisfied, and there’s a huge difference.”
    How does the working mom manage to prepare fresh meals several times a day? She said “time management is key.” Gurnani sets aside one day a week to do cooking prep. She buys her groceries, marinates her meats and chops onions and garlic in bulk. When she gets home from work, it takes her about 20 minutes to finish cooking.  “I think a lot of people feel they have to do it from scratch every day,” Gurnani said. “It’s all about planning your meals.”
    Apart from having her traveling, Chef Roshni has her own catering and consulting company, as well as, a published cook book author. Chef Roshni believes "food is a journey, not a destination."   
    Chef Rosh is very familiar with Ohio.  She visits Northeast Ohio 3 – 4 times per year, including working with Children’s Hospital and a Catholic school in Hudson.
    Chef Rosh also encouraged everyone to be comfortable cooking.  She reminded everyone that “recipes are only guidelines.  If a recipe calls for 30 ingredients and you only have 15, still go for it.  Improvise, experiment.  Cooking should not be a chore, make it fun.”
    You can find out more about Chef Rosh at her website,
    Below is also a recipe if you wish to use it:
    Sindhi stuffed kebabs
    by Chef Roshni Gurnani, as featured on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, April 2019
    • 1.5 lbs. ground goat meat/lamb or chicken
    • 4 yellow onions
    • 4 Thai chili
    • 1 qt yogurt
    • 2 bunch cilantro
    • 1/2 cup fenugreek leaf
    • 2 bunch mint
    • 1 cup lime juice
    • 1 cup lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup curry powder
    • 1/2 cup garlic purée
    • 1/2 cup ginger purée
    • 8 tbsp cardamom powder
    • 4 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 4 tbsp cumin seeds
    • 5 tbsp turmeric
    • 6 chopsticks
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 cups basmati rice
    Kebab – tenderize meat with acid [lemon juice] and mix together for about 10 minutes to really allow meat to become tender. Then combine meat and spice mix and set aside. After about 25 mins of resting, form meat over chop sticks and grill on each side for 3-4 mins. Let rest.
    Soak rice for 15-20 mins, rinse well. Pan fry rice in oil and cumin seeds. Then add water and butter to rice and allow to “poach” for 12-15 mins.
    Chutney – combine cilantro, mint, green chili, yogurt and lime juice to a blender and season with salt and pepper.

    Yours in Rotary Service - 
    Chef Rosh Creates Food for the Soul: Chef, Mother, Teacher and Reality TV Star Terrence Dalton 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Welcome New Members

    Welcome to The Rotary Club of Akron
    Geraldine Kiefer and Ryan McCauley

    were inducted March 2, 2021!

    Geraldine (Gerry) Kiefer, PhD, was sponsored by her mother, Virginia (Ginny) Wojno.  
    Geraldine recently moved back to Akron from Winchester, Virginia after retiring from Shenandoah University where she was a Professor of Art. Gerry has extensive art background as she is a graduate of Kent State University and earned a Masters Degree from Oberlin College and her Ph.D., Art History, from Case Western Reserve University.
    Gerry was a longtime member of the Frederick County Rotary Club and the  Winchester Rotary Club.  Thanks to Ginny, she has considerable knowledge of The Rotary Club of Akron having attended several times as a guest.  Gerry said she considers herself "an Akron Rotarian since birth".
    Gerry is very familiar with the Camp and looks forward to participating in events and service opportunities.  You may spot Gerry driving around town in her new car (her old one just conked out) and she is thrilled that she is able to transfer her Rotary license plates!
    Gerry is a Rotary Paul Harris+5 (Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively – or in whose name is contributed – a gift of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, PolioPlus Partners or the Humanitarian Grants program. The recognition consists of a certificate, pin, and medallion. Recipient's recognition amount level. US $2,000 to 2,999.99 - one sapphire; 3,000 to 3,999.99 - two sapphires; 4,000 to 4,999.99 - three sapphires; 5,000 to 5,999.99 - four sapphires; 6,000 to 6,999.99 - five sapphires 7,000 to 7,999.99 - one ruby; 8,000 to 8,999.99 - two rubies; 9,000 to 9,999.99 - three rubies).
    She is very energetic and plans on being extremely engaged with our club through participation on various committees and service projects.

    Ryan McCauley was sponsored by Dan O'Connell.
    Born and raised in Stow, Ohio, and lived in Phoenix for seven years where he worked as a project manager at Bank of America.
    Ryan and his wife Jessica and their one year old, moved back to the area about six months ago when he joined the family business, McCauley Financial LLC.
    He is involved with the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce and through his father and brother`s work at The Hudson Rotary Club, knows a lot about Rotary and is excited to give back through our service projects.
    He is a graduate of Western Reserve Academy and received his B.A. from Kent State University. 
    When not working , Ryan enjoys golf and working around his new house, which is just around the corner from our Rotary Camp.
    Welcome New Members 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Club Welcomes Two New Members

    Welcome to The Akron Rotary Club
    Steve Bossart and Zach Prosser!

    Steve Bossart was sponsored by Julie Brandle.  Steve has been attending our meetings routinely before his induction.
    He is the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Coleman Professional Services and has over 30 years of professional experience, his past 14 years were in the healthcare and behavioral health industries.
    At Coleman, he leads a team that includes regional development and marketing executives and grant writing staff.  He is also charged with exploring avenues to expand the Coleman business throughout the state.
    He has an established history in the nonprofit sector of our community and is very passionate about community service and philanthropy.  
    Julie wrote, "Steve embodies the word service. He is optimistic and enthusiastic about serving others".

    Steve is very involved with his fraternity, Delta Chi, and serves as an alumni advisor.
    He is married to Lorrie and they have two young children.
    Steve earned a degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

    Zachary (Zach) Prosser is not new to the Akron Rotary Club, he was a member of our Club previously but had to step away temporarily and is thrilled to be back. 
    He was originally sponsored by Sam Lupica and recently, Tom Knauer helped him get back into our Club.
    Zach and his wife Heather life in Stow.  He leads a very busy professional life.  He has completed his tenure as the president of a nonprofit coaching organization, and now remains active as Lead Pastor in North Hill at Celebration Church. He also founded Zach Prosser Coaching and is a Master Facilitator and Coach Trainer. 
    As a trainer, Zach provides International Coaching Federation (ICF) approved coach training to those desiring to utilize coaching skills either professionally as a coach or those looking to advance their skills in leadership.  He received the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Young Leader Award (Prague) and the ICF Chapter Recognition Award (Dublin).
    In addition, he is now the Director of Coaching & Coach Training for Emerge in Akron.
    He shared that he "always enjoyed being a part of  Rotary and the projects and is looking forward to re-engaging and serving". 
    Club Welcomes Two New Members 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Foundation & Rotary Members Helps Refugio de Ancianos San Cristobal in Medellin 

    Claudine Schooley shared the following thank you sent to the Foundation and Club Members.  The report of how the funds were used along with photos are also included below their  thank you.

    Rotary Club of Akron
    District 6630 Ohio
    Mrs. Claudine Schooley
    Dear Rotarians,
    As legal representative of the Refugio de Ancianos San Cristobal in Medellin I wanted to express my deepest appreciation for your kind donation to our institution.
    Your donation is very important and will help us maintain a dignified and brighter life for our 60 seniors, all of them coming from a previous life of neglect and abuse.
    Please remit our appreciation for your generosity to the members of your club.
    Warm regards
    Teléfono 216 16 58 - 216 16 40
    Nit 890 984 879-8
    Personería Jurídica 12191
    Report on the $500 donation from Akron Rotary Foundation
    When Claudine Schooley first reached out to me about a donation to buy food for families on the dam where the Alberto Chedrani School is located, they were suffering from the pandemic. Many people lost their jobs, others could not even leave the area due to government restrictions.
    Then, in November, two tropical storms impacted Honduras within 10 days. The general area of the dam was among the hardest hit, and thousands of families lost everything in the floods.
    2020 was a truly tragic year, and this year will be complicated, too. This is why I am so happy and grateful for your donation of $500 for food for poor families on the dam. It brings a ray of hope in a time of great suffering. Thank you so much for allowing us to serve.
    With the funds, equivalent to 12,192 Lempiras, we purchased 300 lbs of rice, 200 lbs of beans, 50 lbs of coffee, 82 lbs of sugar, 144 lbs of wheat flour, 75 lbs of spaghetti, 50 lbs of fat, 50 tomato sauces and 270 lbs of corn flour. This is the basic Honduran diet. The kids at El Refugio packed 50 bags for equal number of families. We think that each bag feeds a family of six for up to a week.
    We distributed the bags all along the dam, all the way from the beginning to the school. We handed one bag to each mother or grandmother present and took many pictures.
    I hope you can feel how happy these families are to receive your gift.
    Again, thank you so much for your kind donation.
    Akron Rotary Foundation & Rotary Members Helps Refugio de Ancianos San Cristobal in Medellin 2021-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Follow-up from VP of National Federation of Independent Business 

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Feb 17, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the opportunity to learn about the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) at our February 16th Club Zoom meeting.  Watch our meeting video by clicking here.
    Our speaker, Roger R. Geiger is Vice President/Ohio Executive Director for NFIB, managing the public policy, political, member activism and communication programs
    throughout the state. He also represents NFIB with national policy organizations.
    So, what is NFIB?
    NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit (501.c.6), nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since their founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. NFIB has 350,000 members nationwide.  There are 21,000 Ohio members and 409 members in Summit County.  Membership eligibility is for small businesses with 25 employees or less and revenues of $2,000,000 or less.
    There are over 1,000,000 small businesses and an additional 650,000 individuals who are self-employed.  Eight out of Ten small businesses have less than 25 employees.
    70% of us had our first job opportunity working for a small business. 75% of small business employers grew up within 50 miles of where their business is today.
    Two out of three new jobs are created by small businesses.
    What Does NFIB Do?
    When a big issue affects small and independent businesses, NFIB is there. They have been for over 75 years and will continue to be.
    NFIB has an ear to the ground on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and the state capitals. That puts NFIB at the forefront of advocating on today’s most pressing small business issues, such as taxes, healthcare, and regulations.
    When NFIB speaks, legislators listen. They know that NFIB brings them the voice of small business. 
    That voice, hundreds of thousands strong, comes directly from NFIB’s members and their research—combined, they make a powerful and influential case for their advocacy.
    Because of NFIB’s credibility, they are asked to bring the small business perspective to Congress, state capitals, the courts, and the media. 
    NFIB works with trusted providers to offer quality products and services that can save your business time and money.
    The vast majority of small business owners have been very concerned about the survival of their businesses as well as the safety of themselves and their employees .  Clearly there is a need to support the small businesses as part of the various COVID Relief programs.  Ohio has received approximately $8 billion in COVID Relief from the Federal government.
    Seventy-five percent of small businesses in Ohio have been able to remain open.
    Although the past year had the pandemic, there was a record number of start-up businesses this past year.  Over 17,000 businesses started up.  People are willing to take a risk.   Individuals may have lost their jobs because of COVID – 19 and decided to take their skill set and start their own business.
    The average start-up cost for a new business is $5,000.  Annual membership for NFIB varies but average is $230 annually.
    Want More Information?
    To learn more about NFIB and their policy agenda on Taxes, Health Care, Labor, Economy and Regulatory Reform, I encourage you to check out their website at You can also reach the NFIB office at 614-221-4107.
    Follow-up from VP of National Federation of Independent Business Terrence Dalton 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

    Chili Open Re-Cap

    Posted by Wanda Whipkey
    The celebration for 31st Chili Open Classic took place this past Saturday, February 6th. 
    The generosity from our Rotary Club members, sponsors and volunteers made this Chili Open a monumental success. 
    The total amount raised this year is $315,961! 

    Our presenting sponsor Wayne Homes has been a part of the Chili Open since 1993.  This year they stepped up their support with a matching raffle ticket purchase which resulted in $7,420 in raffle ticket purchases.  Wayne Homes leadership also presented the Chili Open with a $5000 donation in addition to the presenting sponsorship.  Thank you again to all the sponsors listed below in this newsletter.
    Congratulations to our raffle ticket winners:
    1st Prize:   
    Rhonda Mele       
    Vandevere Sponsored 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS
    2nd Prize:
    Keith Anstine
    S Group Sponsored 55" 4K Smart LED TV
    3rd Prize: 
    Julie Lehman
    Steve Warren Sponsored FOX Sports Ohio Media Package
    Snowmania Winner
    David Miller
    Our club members went above and beyond in securing sponsorships, camperships, raffle ticket sales, donations, and silent auction items.  It was truly a remarkable day to celebrate as a club.

    Mark your calendars for the 32nd Chili Open on Saturday, February 5, 2022 where we hope to be back at Hale Farm.

    Chili Open Re-Cap Wanda Whipkey 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Our Chili Open Sponsors continued

    Acquire Investments on behalf of all Akron 
      Fusion Ventures LPs and Portfolio Cos.
    Akrochem Corporation
    Akron Community Foundation
    Akron Porcelain and Plastics
    Akron Tool and Die Co., Inc.
    Artists Incorporated
    Charles and Melissa Billington (2)
    Blind & Sons
    The Brandle Family
    W. Stewart Buchanan, CPA
    Mella A. Castner
    Caston & Main Brew Yard
    Choice Home Inspections
    The Caroline Lyman & Family Foundation
    Concordia at Sumner
    John Daily
    DKC-Warfield and Company
    Dominion East Ohio
    Jim and Ann Durr (5)
    Eagle Elastomer, Inc.
    The Dick Farkas Family (3)
    Final Touch Construction
    Galehouse Lumber Co.
    The Geopfert Company
    GMP Friction Products (2)
    Morgan Goldthwaite
    Graves Lumber Co.
    Andrew and Amanda Grover
    Jeff Grosenbaugh, Citizens Bank,
      Commercial Banker
    Earl W. Hamlin III
    Harwick Standard Distribution Corp.
    Marcia Holcomb
    Holmes Siding
    Hudson Technology Partners
    Hummel Funeral Homes (2)
    Oscar and Barbara Hunsicker
    Ishee Investment Consultants
    Connor and Courtney Jarvis
    Terry and Jennifer Jarvis
    Jack Jeter
    Scott and Karen Jindra
    Cyndi Kane - Re/Max Crossroads
    Kingdom Title Solutions
    Koly & Company, Inc. CPAs
    Kovatch Castings, Inc.
    Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
    Manby Kids: In recognition of their dad,
      Bill Manby, Sr.
    Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
    Steve and Jeannine Marks
    Masterbrand Cabinets
    Rob and Sharon McGregor
    Mooney & Moses
    Joe and Tamara Mora
    The Murphy Girls
    Northern Lighting & Supply
    Dan and Sheila O'Connell
    Oriana House, Inc.
    Paradigm on behalf of it's Clients
    Parson Insurance Agency
    Peninsula Associates Architects LLC
    Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers
    Polymer Valley Chemicals and Minerals
    Portage Community Bank
    Premium Balloon Accessories
    Pulp Franchising, Inc. (2)
    Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, Stow
    Raging Wolf Solutions LLC
    John and Linda Reyes
    Roger Read/Sally Miller
    Dan and Wendy Reynolds
    Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
    Shamp Bionics
    Sikich, LLP
    Michael and Sandy Soful
    Stark Truss Company, Inc.
    Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage Center
    Stow Munroe Falls Community Foundation, Inc.
    Scott and Dorie Stutler
    Wayside Furniture
    Western Reserve Hospital
    Westfield Bank
    Ted and Mary Ann Williams
    In-Kind Supporters
    Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
    Hale Farm and Village
    S Group, Inc.
    Our Chili Open Sponsors continued 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Our Chili Open Sponsors 

    to the
    Thank you to all who have signed up to date to support our
     Akron Rotary Chili Open!!
    Presenting Sponsor – Wayne Homes 

    Wayne Homes didn’t invent custom, on-your-lot homebuilding. But for nearly 50 years, we’ve been working hard to reinvent it. To make it more customer-oriented. More affordable. And even more flexible, with practically unlimited customizable choices. In other words, to make it more do-able for more people.

    That’s our mission. And we’re happy to say we’ve made some great strides. Our customer satisfaction rating is among the best in the industry, and we’re one of a handful of builders in the entire country to win the National Housing Quality award.

    Community Partner $10,000
    Corporate Partners $5,000
    Premier Partners $2,500
    Akron Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
    Anonymous Donor
    Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
    Mark and Elizabeth Hamlin
    Exteriors Plus Construction
    House of LaRose
    O’Neill Insurance
    Perrin Asphalt & Concrete
    SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
    Stutler Leasing, Inc.
    Whitey’s Premium Chili
    Wright LaHaie Jarvis Wealth Advisors
    Caring Partners $1,250
    91.3 The Summit
    The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory
    The Davey Tree Expert Company
    In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
    Eco-Seal Home Solutions, LLC
    Famous Enterprises
    Firestone Country Club
    FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
    Gabrial Family Foundation
    Hasenstab Architects, Inc.
    Huntington National Bank
    Paul J. Kruder Family
    Pamela Kiltau
    Lang Financial Group
    Martins Steel Fabrication, Inc.
    Sandy and Jeff Naragon
    David and Susie Nelson
    Novus Clinic Total Eye Care
    Ken Orihel
    Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
    John and Linda Reyes
    S Group, Inc.
    Smithers-Oasis Company
    Summit Construction Company
    Thompson Electric, Inc.
    TNT Exterminating
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Cheryl and Steve Warren
    Don Wartko Construction, Inc.
    Our Chili Open Sponsors 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Club Assembly on February 2nd Was Energizing!

    Posted by Robert McGregor on Feb 03, 2021
    Dear Fellow Club Members:
    It was great to see the energy from those who participated in our meeting on February 2nd
    The ratings and comments you provided in the recent survey gave us a wonderful base for this meeting.
    Our virtual brainstorming session consisted of six different breakout rooms – each focused on an area of our Strategic Priorities.
    • Impact
    • Experience
    • Include
    • Engage
    • Transform
    • Innovate
    Our facilitators and scribes captured the discussions and will provide their summaries to me in the coming days. 
    Next Steps:
    The facilitators/scribes will share highlights as a team, then I will take our suggestions for action to the Club board. 
    At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, March 9th I will discuss the action items with you – our Club members.

    So please mark your calendar to attend! 
    I can’t thank everyone enough for the time and expertise they put into this process. It is important for the future of our Club that we continue this forward motion.
    Your Partner in Service –
    Rob McGregor, MD
    Rotary Club of Akron President 2020-2021
    Club Assembly on February 2nd Was Energizing! Robert McGregor 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

    Doug Kohl, Member, Akron Rotary Foundation Board of Directors Presentation Recap

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to our own Doug Kohl during our Tuesday, January 26th Club meeting.  His presentation was about our Akron Rotary Foundation. View the video of the meeting by clicking here.
    Just like the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, which was created in 1917 for the purpose of "doing good in the world," the Akron Rotary Foundation supports activities for youths and is dedicated to furthering world understanding and peace.
    The Akron Rotary Foundation was founded on February 5, 1992. The agent of incorporation was Jim Redmond and Mike Sweeney, of Brouse McDowell, was the attorney who assembled and filed the documents with the state of Ohio that made the Foundation a legally recognized 501(c)3 charity, able to accept donations on behalf of the club and the camp. The first trustees were: Don Nelson, Ron Allen, Mike Rabe, Jeff Schobert, Mark Wernig, Don Kelly and George Rooney, Jr. Rotarians Jack Harig, Bud Rogers, Roger Read and others were also involved.
    Today, the Akron Rotary Foundation’s board of trustees are Jim Redmond, Katy Miller, Mark Krohn, Rima Muakkassa, Jeff Sitz, Julie Brandle, Marsha Holcomb, Brian Steere and Doug Kohl. Long-time board member, Dan Reimenschneider, serves as a special advisor. The ARF Board invests, grows, then distributes the moneys to Rotary and community projects.
    The Akron Rotary Foundation is established to benefit the programs of the club.  The earned income and corpus benefit the charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Akron.  As the Foundation’s assets grow, so does its ability to support in perpetuity Akron Rotary causes.
    The Akron Rotary Foundation is committed to guidance, support, and education of area youth and special needs children. This is best said in the Akron Rotary Foundation's Vision and Mission Statements which read:
    The Vision of the Akron Rotary Foundation is to provide funding for opportunities for youth that are supported by the Rotary Club of Akron with special emphasis on educational and recreational needs of emotionally and physically challenged children.
    The mission of the ARF is “Funding the endless impact of the Rotary Club of Akron in our community and beyond.”
    - Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
    - Foreign Exchange Students (Rotary Youth Exchange)
    - Scholarships - Akron Public Schools
    - Other Causes of the Rotary Club of Akron
    - Club President's Discretionary Fund
    Since 1994, The Akron Rotary Foundation has contributed over $3,258,066 to the causes that make our community a great place to live and work.
                Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs:  $2,889,888
                High School Scholarships:  $107,287
                Barrett Academy:  $163,969
                Other Community Efforts:  $96,922
    In the winter of 2018, the Foundation board interviewed members of Rotary to better understand their knowledge of the Rotary Foundation and its mission.
    Many knew the Rotary International Foundation – the philanthropic vehicle of Rotary International. It focuses world-wide on the mission of Rotary International.
    Few were aware of the history of our local Akron Rotary Foundation and the many programs it supports. Discussions distilled our cause to 4 focus areas:
    • Community Development
      • Neighborhood improvement
      • Enhancing partnerships that improve neighborhoods
      • Energizing & impacting Akron community projects
    • Youth Empowerment
      • Interact – High School leadership programs
      • Rotaract – Encouraging young adults to lead
      • Akron area public school scholarships
      • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
    • International Understanding
      • Rotary Youth Exchange – creating global citizens
      • Partnering with local Rotary Club & RI initiatives
      • RI’s 6 priorities
    • The Rotary Camp – a unique priority of the Foundation, this program enjoys favored status with the Foundation. At least 1/3rd of all Foundation earnings support the work of Camp
    The establishment of a Foundation protects Rotary’s financial assets in case of future change or in event of catastrophic litigation. The Foundation has become a safe harbor for the contributions to Rotary’s important work in the local community.
    To learn more about the Akron Rotary Foundation, the Planned Giving and Contribution Avenues for the ARF, I encourage you to go to .
    Doug Kohl, Member, Akron Rotary Foundation Board of Directors Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Akron Public Schools Virtual Library: Calling all Storytellers

    Posted by Julie Brandle
    Thank you Akron Rotarian Lorrayne Gervase (photo right)
    for volunteering to read a story for the APS Virtual Storytelling initiative.
    If you are interested,
    contact Julie Brandle at
    for more information and guidelines.
    Julie Brandle, DGND, Assistant Governor - S Summit and Medina Cluster
    Past President, Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
    Cell 330.858.6672 |
    Akron Public Schools Virtual Library: Calling all Storytellers Julie Brandle 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

    We Need ALL HANDS ON DECK!!!

    The Chili Open Golf Classic is quickly approaching. February 6th  will be here before we know it!  It's time for all hands on deck please . . . 
    Our club members have been asked to sell a minimum of $200 in raffle tickets. The goal for ticket sales is $60,000. 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 mail your sold raffle tickets to Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron OH 44319), no later than Wednesday, January 27.  Or, feel free to stop by one of the drop-off locations listed below for Thursday, January 28th. If you are in need of more tickets to sell, we will have them on hand as well. Tickets can also be purchased here.
    The Silent Auction will feature a "Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!" and an 18- bottle Wine Fridge.
    Help us fill the wheelbarrow and fridge with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits, mixers and wine.
    We are also still in need of items for our online auction, like food baskets, golf packages, or family entertainment packages.
    If you know of anyone that will be able to donate something, please let us know. If you need someone to pick up any items, please call or email Amanda at Akron Rotary Camp (330.644.4512 /, and we would be happy to make those arrangements. 
    The Rotary Camp Staff will be happy to meet you during selected times and several drop-off locations to bring raffle tickets, silent auction items, or bottles of liquor on:

    Thursday: January 28
    12-1 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH)
    5-6 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH), or
    5-6 pm at World Elite Kids (81 Northwest Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278), or
    5-6 pm at Hilton Akron Fairlawn (3180 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333)
    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!"
    Wanda Whipkey and Jeff Sheeks
    Co-Chairs, 2021 Chili Open Golf Classic
    We Need ALL HANDS ON DECK!!! 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Cyndi Kane Spoke about Toastmasters and Leadership

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Jan 20, 2021
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to one of our own, Cyndi Kane - Member, Akron Rotary Club and A.M. Akron Toastmaster Club during our Tuesday, January 19th Club meeting.  Her presentation was about Toastmasters.  Click here to view the video of the meeting.
    Cyndi has run a successful real estate business for the past 18 years.  She has been very active in her REALTOR Association at the State and Local Levels.   She holds many REALTOR designations and certifications from the National Association of REALTORS.  Prior to Real Estate, she was a Licensed Optician for 16 years.  Cyndi has found Toastmasters to be a great resource for her career growth.
    Cyndi has been a Toastmaster since 2008. She is both an Advanced Leader and Advanced Communicator, having served as President of the Club in 2013.
    So, how can Toastmasters benefit me and or my company/organization?
    Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders.
    Better Speakers and Leaders: Toastmasters is the best way for anyone—whether a working professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree—to improve his or her communication and leadership skills. Members overcome the fear of public speaking and learn skills that aid them in becoming more successful. Toastmasters creates better listeners and stronger team members and leaders who can comfortably give and receive constructive evaluations.
    Joining Toastmasters: Joining a Toastmasters club is easy. A listing of clubs by geographic area can be located on the Toastmasters website at Visitors to the website can select the most convenient club, attend a meeting, and apply for membership. (Applicants must be 18 or older.) New clubs can be started with permission and assistance from Toastmasters International.
    How Toastmasters Works:
    At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club meets once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives members several opportunities: 1) Conduct meetings: Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings. 2) Give impromptu speeches: Members present one - to - two minute impromptu speeches about assigned topics. 3) Present prepared speeches: Members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters’ communication and leadership program. Projects cover topics such as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion. 4) Offer constructive evaluation: Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
    Toastmasters and Leadership:
    Leadership takes practice. In Toastmasters, members learn leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and completing projects. The projects address skills such as listening, planning, motivating, and team building and give members the opportunity to practice them. Just as Toastmasters members improve communication by speaking, they learn leadership skills by leading.
    Community Benefits:
    Toastmasters helps many members in their community-service activities. Using the skills developed in Toastmasters, members have become more active in business, church, service and charity organizations. Toastmasters are able to organize activities, conduct meetings and speak in public as their organizations’ representatives. Some even become active in local, state or national government.
    Cyndi summed up her presentation by saying that Toastmasters is the least expensive, best education that one can get. 
    For further information about Toastmasters and their five different pathways, check out their website at

    Yours in Rotary Service - 
    Cyndi Kane Spoke about Toastmasters and Leadership Terrence Dalton 2021-01-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Mark Your Calendar to Have Some Virtual Fun Friday Feb. 19th!!

    FEBRUARY 19th

    Manhattan Valentine's Day
    virtual Akron Rotary Social

    To call in:  

    ID 828 3137 9129

    Connor Jarvis will be our host and below is his Manhattan ingredient list with snack suggestions.
    Don't drink Manhattan's?
    hat's okay...
    have your favorite beverage on hand and
    come to enjoy a little social time!

    Connor’s “go-to” Manhattan ingredient list:
    • Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
      • A non-wheated or more “rye” forward Bourbon is preferred (i.e. not Weller, Larceny, etc.)
      • Connor likes high-quality, low-mid to mid-priced labels that are readily available / easy to find for my Manhattans (such as, Four Roses Yellow Label, Elijah Craig, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek (Bourbon), Evan Williams Single Barrel, Templeton Rye) – I save the Buffalo Trace, Weller, Eagle Rare, Henry McKenna, etc. for sipping, not mixing
    • Sweet Vermouth
      • Connor’s pick: Carpano Antica Formula or Carpano Punt e Mes
    • Bitters
      • Angostura Aromatic bitters are my classic, but feel free to get creative here to add some expression to the cocktail (for example, I used cranberry bitters around the holidays)
    • Cherries
      • Please, please, please don’t just use a “run-of-the-mill” maraschino cherry – this isn’t a Shirley Temple
      • Connor’s pick: Luxardo Brand , Fabbri Amarena, or Bada Bing
    • Martini Glass or Rocks (lowball) Glass
    Accompaniments / Snacks:
    • Spiced nuts
    • Pretzels
    • Crackers
    • Sharper cheeses
    • Buffalo Chicken Dip
    • Flatbreads
    • If a meal: steak, chops, pasta
    Mark Your Calendar to Have Some Virtual Fun Friday Feb. 19th!! 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Our Chili Open Sponsors and Goal Status

    Thank you to all who have signed up to date to support our
     Akron Rotary Chili Open!!
    Presenting Sponsor – Wayne Homes 

    Wayne Homes didn’t invent custom, on-your-lot homebuilding. But for nearly 50 years, we’ve been working hard to reinvent it. To make it more customer-oriented. More affordable. And even more flexible, with practically unlimited customizable choices. In other words, to make it more do-able for more people.

    That’s our mission. And we’re happy to say we’ve made some great strides. Our customer satisfaction rating is among the best in the industry, and we’re one of a handful of builders in the entire country to win the National Housing Quality award.

    Community Partner $10,000
    Corporate Partners $5,000
    Premier Partners $2,500
    Akron Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
    Anonymous Donor
    Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
    Exteriors Plus Construction
    O’Neill Insurance
    Perrin Asphalt & Concrete
    SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
    Stutler Leasing, Inc.
    Whitey’s Premium Chili
    Wright LaHaie Jarvis Wealth Advisors
    Caring Partners $1,250
    The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory
    The Davey Tree Expert Company
    In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
    Firestone Country Club
    FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
    Focal Point Social Media
    Hasenstab Architects, Inc.
    Huntington National Bank
    Paul J. Kruder Family
    Pamela Kiltau
    Lang Financial Group
    Martins Steel Fabrication, Inc.
    Sandy and Jeff Naragon
    David and Susie Nelson
    Ken Orihel
    Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
    John and Linda Reyes
    S Group, Inc.
    Smithers-Oasis Company
    Summit Construction Company
    TNT Exterminating
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Cheryl and Steve Warren
    Don Wartko Construction, Inc.

    Acquire Investments on behalf of al Akron Fusion Ventures LPs
         and Portfolio Cos
    Akron Community Foundation
    Akrochem Corporation
    Akron Fusion Ventures
    Akron Porcelain & Plastics Co.
    Akron Tool and Die Co., Inc.
    Artists, Inc.
    Charles and Melissa Billington (2)
    Mella A. Castner
    Caston & Main Brew Yard
    Blind & Sons
    The Brandle Family
    Choice Home Inspections
    The Caroline Lyman & Family Foundation
    Concordia at Sumner
    John Daily
    DKC-Warfield and Company
    Dominion East Ohio
    Jim and Ann Durr (5)
    The Dick Farkas Family (3)
    Final Touch Construction
    Galehouse Lumber Co.
    The Geopfert Company
    Morgan Goldthwaite
    GPM Friction Products
    Morgan Goldthwaite
    Graves Lumber Co.
    Andrew and Amanda Grover
    Jeff Grosenbaugh, Citizens Bank, Commercial Banker
    Earl W. Hamlin III
    Harwick Standard Distribution Corp.
    Marcia Holcomb
    Holmes Siding
    Hudson Technology Partners
    Hummel Funeral Homes (2)
    Oscar and Barbara Hunsicker
    Ishee Investment Consultants
    Connor and Courtney Jarvis
    Terry and Jennifer Jarvis
    Jack Jeter
    Cyndi Kane – Re/Max Crossroads
    Kingdom Title Solutions
    Kovatch Castings
    Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
    Manby Kids: In recognition of their dad, Bill Manby, Sr.
    Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
    Steve and Jeannine Marks
    Rob and Sharon McGregor
    Joe and Tamara Mora
    The Murphy Girls
    Lighting Showroom
    Dan and Sheila O'Connell
    Oriana House
    Paradigm Equity Strategies, LLC
    Parson Insurance Agency
    Peninsula Associates Architects, LLC
    Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers
    Polymer Valley Chemicals and Minerals
    Portage Community Bank
    Premium Balloon Accessories
    Pulp Franchising, Inc.
    Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, Stow
    Raging Wolf Solutions, LLC
    Roger Read/Sally Miller
    John and Linda Reyes
    Dan and Wendy Reynolds
    Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
    Shamp Bionics
    Sikich LLP
    Mike and Sandy Soful
    Stark Truss Company, Inc.
    Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage Center
    Stow Munroe Falls Community Foundation, Inc.
    Scott and Dorie Stutler
    Wayside Furniture
    Western Reserve Hospital
    Westfield Bank
    In-Kind Supporters
    Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
    Hale Farm and Village
    S Group, Inc.
    Our Chili Open Sponsors and Goal Status 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Dr. McGregor Leads Q&A About Covid Vaccines

    Dr. Robert McGregor is the Chief Medical Officer of Akron Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at NEOMED. He spoke to our members about Covid and Covid vaccine status and distribution plans evolving in Akron as well the pros & cons of the new Covid vaccines.  He then opened up an interactive and fairly lively Q and A session.  View the presentation by clicking here or on the above graphics.
    As CMO, Dr. McGregor is a voting member of Akron Children’s Hospital board of directors, and his CMO responsibilities include: implementing the hospital’s strategic plan; overseeing all provider clinical care delivery; directing medical education; and overseeing physician and nurse practitioner recruitment contracting and retention. During his tenure he has facilitated re-design of the quality oversight structure and has recently taken over the oversight of the Research Institute.  For the past 11 months Dr. McGregor has serves as co-incident commander beside the Chief Operating officer and has been instrumental in working with the hospital and community throughout the pandemic on safety protocols. Prior to Akron Children's, Dr. McGregor was the pediatrician-in-chief and interim pediatrics chair at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and a pediatrics professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine.
    Dr. McGregor Leads Q&A About Covid Vaccines 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Thank You - From the VA 

    PDG Harig, DGND Julie Brandle and Linda Farkas of the RC of Akron helped collect items from the Summit County S-Medina County Cluster to be delivered to the VA Hospital.
    The VA sent this thank you note - a big thanks goes out to all who donated!!
    Photo L-R. : Courtney Mashits, VA Volunteer Services; PDG Jack Young; PDG Jack Harig 
    Thank You - From the VA 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Welcome Michael Gallucci our Newest Akron Rotary Member

    Michael Gallucci was inducted on January 12, 2021.  His sponsor is Dan Reynolds.

    Michael has been a member of the Rotary Camp Board of Trustees for approximately 8 years and became the President of the Board on January 1, 2021. 

    Reynolds shared, “he is very dedicated to the camp and is a fantastic leader in our community. He sees the big picture and has the unique ability to work with anyone to accomplish a goal.” 

    Michael is the Executive Vice President of RDA Hotel Management Company and President of the Cornerstone Management Company, which over the past 32 years has owned and operated seventeen hotels/restaurants and offers hotel consulting services. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law and has been a licensed attorney since 1980.

    He also serves on the boards of Akron General Health System and is a Trustee of the Esther Lewis Warburton Foundation.

    He and his wife Grace enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

    Welcome Michael Gallucci our Newest Akron Rotary Member 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary’s Chili Open – We Need Your Support!

    Posted by Dan Reynolds on Jan 12, 2021
    The Chili Open is February 6th and we are counting on your support to make this event successful!
    Raffle Tickets
    Please take a moment to watch this message (click on the photo) from Jerry VanDevere from The VanDevere Bunch about Chili Open Raffle Tickets! If you have not returned our raffle tickets yet, please show your support and purchase them today at Please share with your friends, family and colleagues and support this great cause.
    Help fill the Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer and Wine Fridge
    The 2021 Chili Open Silent Auction will again feature a Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer and a Wine Fridge! Please help us fill these items with any donation of unopened bottles of wine, spirits and mixers, bar glassware, cocktail napkins, etc. If you can’t make it shopping, we will be happy to accept donations for this. Your contributions can be sent directly to Nichole Major through Venmo @Nichole-Major, or Paypal,  These will be very desirable items to bid on during the auction, and the winning bidder gets to take home their new wheelbarrow along with all of its contents.
    Collecting Items:
    The Rotary Camp Staff will be happy to meet you during selected times and several drop-off locations to bring raffle tickets, silent auction items, or bottles of liquor on:

    Thursdays: January 14, January 21 and January 28
    12-1 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH)
    5-6 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH), or
    5-6 pm at World Elite Kids (81 Northwest Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278), or
    5-6 pm at Hilton Akron Fairlawn (3180 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333)
    Thank you in advance for your donations to help make the Chili Open a continued success to benefit Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!
    In the Spirit of Camping,
    Dan Reynolds
    Director of Endless Possibilities
    Akron Rotary Camp
    (330) 644-4512 x3201
    Akron Rotary’s Chili Open – We Need Your Support! Dan Reynolds 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Chili Open Golf Classic: Goal Status

    Posted by Wanda Whipkey on Jan 12, 2021


    Here are the most current results of our fundraising efforts as of January 12, 2021!

    Thank you and please keep up the great work...we WILL get there!!

    Although the Chili Open will look different from previous years due the impact of COVID-19, and whether you choose to attend in person or virtually, your gift will make a significant impact allowing us to continue to serve the vulnerable youth in our community. 

    The annual fundraiser represents 30% of operating costs to the Rotary Camp's annual budget.   This ensures that no child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor, Wayne Homes for their continued commitment to the camp.


    Each raffle ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

    There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

    • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 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 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

    Follow us on Social Media  

    Chili Open Golf Classic: Goal Status Wanda Whipkey 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Club Inducts Megan Olesen

    Join us in welcoming our newest member, Megan Olesen.  She was sponsored by Tom Knauer.
    Megan recently began a new career as a Realtor with Howard Hanna, however she maintains a relatively full-time position teaching English as a second language to Chinese children from the comfort of her home. Prior to those two current roles, Megan worked for Summit DD in several positions including in schools and group homes.  
    Megan and her husband of 12 years, Kurt,  live in the Lakemore area along with their 6 year old daughter, Emma.  Kurt works as a financial analyst at the Cleveland Clinic.  Megan currently home schools Emma and belongs to several home school support groups and are also involved in Girl Scouts. As a family they enjoy hiking, traveling, and being outdoors. In her free time Megan loves to read.
    Megan and Kurt are  passionate about instilling the values of service and volunteerism in Emma at a young age.  Megan is very familiar and impressed with the Rotary Camp, as her 18-year-old nephew has autism and has participated in various programs at the Camp for many years. 
    During her intersation, Megan expressed an interest in joining our Club due to our reputation as a leading service organization in the community, and her desire to give back to the Greater Akron/NEO communities in a meaningful way, while also forging friendships, and mutually beneficial connections and relationships for career networking purposes.
    Club Inducts Megan Olesen 2021-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Camp Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

    Posted by Dan Reynolds on Dec 28, 2020
    Rotary Camp had a great kick-off to the Holidays on Sunday, December 20th, as Santa and his Elves were busy spreading some Holiday Cheer. Our holiday drive-by was a huge success with over 60 families participating. All campers and their siblings received a gift from the jolly man himself, and every family went home with a gift card to help with the holidays.
    We truly appreciate all the support of gifts and gift card donations for our campers and their families.  Thank you for helping us spread some Holiday Cheer!
    You can view the video of the event at  Thank you to all who helped make this a special event!
    Dan Reynolds
    District Executive Director
    Akron Rotary Camp
    Rotary Camp Spread Some Holiday Cheer! Dan Reynolds 2020-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Dec 16, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of virtually touring Stan Hywet Hall during our Tuesday, December 15th holiday club meeting.  In addition to the virtual tour, listed below are a few interesting facts about Stan Hywet that might intrigue you to visit Stan Hywet for the first time or make a return visit.
    Stan Hywet Beginnings:
    In 1910, F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, began to purchase land in Portage Township, a farming area on the west side of the Akron city limits. Seiberling and his wife, Gertrude, wanted to build a home large enough for their growing brood and their extended family. They also wanted the house to function as a center for entertainment and events for the greater Akron community. They named it Stan Hywet, Old English for stone quarry — after the property’s most prominent natural feature. Seiberling hired architect Charles Schneider, landscape designer Warren Manning, and interior decorator Hugo Huber to create Stan Hywet. Construction began in 1912 and the Seiberling family moved to their new house in December,1915. The Seiberlings enjoyed Stan Hywet Hall for the next 40 years —opening their doors countless times to the community, as well as marking family milestones throughout the estate.
    The Stan Hywet estate includes:
    • 70 acres
    • 5 historic buildings 
    • 10 fully restored historic gardens
    • collection and furnishings with 95% original to the estate
    Historic House Museum and Garden:
    After the death of F.A. Seiberling in 1955, Stan Hywet became a non-profit historic house museum, opening for tours so that the public could benefit from the cultural, educational, and inspirational riches of one of the most significant achievements in architecture and horticulture to come out of America’s Industrial Age.  Stan Hywet is open Tuesday-Sunday for tours, April - December.
    Stan Hywet Hall: Construction 1912 – 1915:
    • Architectural Style: Tudor revival
    • Construction materials, exterior: red brick, steel, sandstone, Vermont slate, copper, oak and plaster
    • Construction materials on the interior include American oak, chestnut, black walnut, sandalwood, teak and rosewood
    • Manor House Square Footage 64,500 sq ft.
    • Length: 300 feet; the basement extends the length of the house
    • Height:  Main Structure, three stories; Music Room, two stories; Tower, four stories
    The Estate became a beacon of progress for F.A. and his business associates, who often met at Stan Hywet to discuss and negotiate the challenges of the day.
    Gertrude Seiberling:
    F.A. Seiberling's wife, Gertrude, established her own reputation as an accomplished artist, musician and patron of the arts. The home served as an international stage for well-known figures in music, the arts, and politics. She applied her passion for gardening, music, and the arts to help found Tuesday Musical and the Akron Garden Club, institutions that remain strong, vibrant, and iconic organizations and that still support the estate today.
    Alcoholics Anonymous:
    The Gate Lodge has its own important history.  On Mother's Day, 1935, Henrietta Buckler Seiberling daughter-in-law of F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling, brought together Bill W. and Dr. Bob, so they could talk to each other about their drinking problems. The conversation lasted well into the evening, a discussion that led to the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that continues to benefit millions worldwide. 
    • Stan Hywet is Akron’s first and largest National Historic Landmark
    • The 6th largest historic home open to the public
    • Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums
    Throughout their lifetimes, F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling set an unparalleled example to their children, who made the choice in 1957 to carry forward their parents’ generosity by gifting Stan Hywet to the Akron community. We follow the example set by F.A., Gertrude and their heirs as we usher it forward for the benefit of future generations. Above the Manor House entryway, the crest bearing the motto Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone), welcomes guests as warmly today as it did a century ago.
    Stan Hywet is clearly an Akron treasure.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to tour the home and grounds, I encourage everyone to do so.  There are special events throughout the year and there is an annual membership option that is reasonable.  For further information on Stan Hywet, please check out
    Yours in Rotary Service - 
    Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Terrence Dalton 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

    More than $5.1 million in grants provided to 180 Summit County nonprofits

    Nearly 200 local nonprofit organizations have been awarded $5,135,000 in grants from the County of Summit and Akron Community Foundation through the Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Program, as well as through an additional contribution from Summit DD. The program, announced earlier this fall, is providing federal CARES Act funding to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout Summit County that provide for the basic needs of underserved County residents, as well as nonprofits in the arts and cultural sector.
    The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs was one of the recipients.  Thank you!!
    For a full list of grant recipients, please visit:
    More than $5.1 million in grants provided to 180 Summit County nonprofits 2020-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary Foundation

    Posted by Doug Kohl on Dec 15, 2020
    Those of us who serve on the Rotary Club of Akron Foundation board wish you the best as 2020 comes to a close. Many members of Rotary have asked what the Akron Rotary Foundation does as opposed to Rotary International Foundation. Some even didn't know a local foundation existed. Below is a communication to help concisely answer what your Foundation focuses on and supports. Please read on (click on image to enlarge)...
    If you have the ability, we hope you will include the Akron Rotary Foundation in your year end giving. You can  click here to donate  now or simply send a gift by US Mail to the Rotary Camp. Thank you for your consideration and let's have a great year in 2021!
    Akron Rotary Foundation Doug Kohl 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
    You're Invited to Discover Cultural Peculiarities Claudine Schooley 2020-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

    Congratulations Julie Brandle

    Our Club is very excited that Julie Brandle has been selected as District 6630 Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) in line to serve as our Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. 

    Julie Brandle is a past president of the Rotary Club of Akron and currently serves District 6630 as Assistant Governor for Summit S - Medina County Cluster, chair of the District Conference Committee, and member of the Foundation Gala committee. She has also served the District as a facilitator for the Tri-District Membership Event and chair of the public image committee.

    Julie is a committed community advocate and currently serves on the boards of Kent State University's Construction Management program, the Portage Development Board (economic development), Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Urban League, Greater Akron Chamber, ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Northeast Ohio, and the Rotary Club of Akron. Julie volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. Julie is a Lifetime Gold Award Girl Scout and holds the adult honors of Women of Distinction and the Thanks Badge.

    Julie is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School, as well as Bowling Green State University where she earned a double major in Interpersonal and Public Communication and Soviet Studies and a travel grant scholarship to study in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses, ScaleratorNEO, Leadership Portage County and is currently in Leadership Akron's Class 37.

    Julie is the president and a founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent. Metis completes ground-up, renovation, and facilities maintenance projects throughout Ohio, along with projects currently in PA, IL, KY, MI, and NY. With over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the management team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis Construction.

    Julie is the daughter of Rich(deceased) and Leann Soika and has a brother Rich (Sharon) and sister Kristen (Orlando) and 5 nieces and nephews (Orlando, RJ, Lydia, Ardynn and Reid). Julie and her husband Steven reside in Brimfield Twp. Their daughter Kimberly is a senior Intervention Specialist major preparing to graduate in May 2021 from Bowling Green State University. 

    These members of the Akron Rotary Club have honorably served as Rotary International District 6630 Governors (DG).
    District 6630 has been renamed over the years as noted.
    Formerly 21st District (renamed in 1922)
    1922-23            Theodore E. Smith*          
    Formerly 158th District (renamed in 1937)
    1944-45            Harry E. Votaw*        
    Formerly 229th District (renamed in 1949)
    1956-57            William D. Zahrt*              
    Formerly District 663 (renamed in 1957)
    1968-69            Leslie P. Hardy*       
    Renamed District 6630 (renamed in 1991)
    2003-04            Jack A. Harig            
    2010-11            Stew Buchanan        
    2015-16            Cheryl A. Warren      
    2019-20            John L. Reyes         
    We look forward to adding Julie Brandle in 2023-2024!  
    Congratulations Julie Brandle 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

    Ali Miller and Chris Meyers from Playhouse Square

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Dec 09, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Ali Miller and Chris Meyers from Playhouse Square at our Tuesday, December 8, 2020 weekly meeting. View the video by clicking here.
    Chris has been employed with Playhouse Square for the past 18 years, the past 12 years as Sales Manager.  Ali is an Akron native and graduate of Firestone High School. Ali’s work experience includes the Akron Civic Theater, The Public Theater in New York City (famous for some little shows called A Chorus Line and Hamilton), and Broadway Across America in New York City, and finally a return to Ohio to work with Playhouse Square.  It was a very engaging presentation with multiple follow-up questions about the organization, its challenges, successes, etc.
    Playhouse Square is a theater district in downtown Cleveland. It is the largest performing arts center in the US outside of New York City. Constructed in a span of 19 months in the early 1920s, the theaters were subsequently closed down, but were revived through a grassroots effort. Their renovation and reopening helped usher in a new era of downtown revitalization in Cleveland.
    Playhouse Square is one of Broadway’s premier touring partners, made possible by the region’s enthusiastic Broadway audiences - the largest base of season tickets holders in the country (over 50,000), skilled labor force, knowledgeable and hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers, and beautiful venues. 
    Playhouse Square is a Not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a destination that is a superior location for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.
    Playhouse Square understands its vital role as an educator in the community and is committed to providing arts learning opportunities of the highest quality to enrich the lives of students, families, teachers, and adults.
    Since its inception in 1998, the Community Engagement & Education Department has offered thousands of events, workshops, classes and more, most with minimal or no fees, to people of all ages from all areas of Northeast Ohio.
    Playhouse Square is proud to commit to arts education, providing a variety of free and low-cost programs dedicated to inspiring and invigorating people of all ages, perspectives, and abilities. As a result of the pandemic impact, Playhouse Square has modified their community education programming. 
    Educators have been given rights to all nine shows that have been recorded.  Currently 900 classrooms have signed up and over 19,000 students have benefited.  In addition to the ability to view these shows in the classroom, there are also pre- and post- show activities for the students to participate in as part of their learning experience.
    While Playhouse Square is known for the great performances that are produced to interested ticket holders, what is more impressive are the sensory-friendly programming that the Playhouse Square has implemented.  Their sensory-friendly initiative is dedicated to increasing access and inclusion for those with sensory needs including persons with autism.
    Like many businesses, Playhouse Square has been impacted significantly as a result of COVID 19.  To date, they have had to cancel over 600 performances and have sustained a $7 million dollar loss.  They will be implementing a fund-raising campaign to help them continue to weather the pandemic.  Current plans call for a resumption of their programming in the Fall of 2021.
    Playhouse Square has partnered with the University of Akron/EJ Thomas Hall for the past 5 years to share their Broadway Series.  Currently EJ Thomas has over 2500 ticket holders for the Broadway Series. This partnership will continue when the Broadway Series returns in the Fall of 2021.
    To learn more about Playhouse Square and their numerous initiatives, growth plans, etc., I encourage everyone to go to their website
    Ali Miller and Chris Meyers from Playhouse Square Terrence Dalton 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Youth Exchange 

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Dec 09, 2020
    Rotary Youth Exchange Committee held its 1st meeting in months Dec. 1 via Zoom. It was exciting to see returning members since we have NOT worked together since March.  We referred to documents that that set out new Rotary policy for Youth Exchange from RI President Holger Knaack* and Bob Heydorn*, Rotary District 6630 Youth Exchange General Chair.   There will be no exchanges before Jun 30, 2021.  The decision to accept exchanges will be made at that date.  Our patience has been alerted and we are working to maintain the momentum the RYE Committee had developed over the last two years hosting two exchange students each year.  It’s important that we be ready to help the young people of Akron engage in this life changing experience when the exchange becomes possible.  (*These communications were also in the most recent District Newsletter.)

    Topics we discussed focused on finding strategies to strengthen the RYE Program during this Stay-at-Home period.   We plan to build greater Club knowledge of RYE Program and connect with Interact and RYLA clubs to get the message out to other youths.  To do this, we will reach out to former Inbounders (Zoey Mayer, Elin Na and others) so they can attend a Zoom meeting and share (5 minutes) about what they are doing now.  We also intend to work with John Margida to invite Rotex (former District Outbound students) to present their experiences to the Club (Audrey Carroll, Viet Nguyen, Auri Gaston, etc.).  Another way to reach young people and their parents is to put the message about RYE programs in school districts’ newsletters to parents (Akron, Coventry, Stow, Green, Norton).  We’d like to meet with Mark West, District 6630’s person in charge of RYLA, to share information about the Exchange. We intend to reach out to Janice Weaver and Alma De Blasio, Interact Advisors at North High School.  It would be wonderful for The Rotary Club of Akron to facilitate a H.S. Interact project to promote International Peace through Exchange.

    Another focus was Protecting Youth Program Participants, a concern that stems from the need for Rotary to send students into a “safe environment.”  So, by announcing that there will be no exchanges before June 30, 2021, and that the decision will be made then whether to allow the exchanges to proceed guarantees that Rotary is protecting our young participants.   In addition, our Akron Risk Committee will clear any documents that go to members or to the general public.

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was another focus of discussion with ways to include it in our program.  We talked about ways to make the program available for a committed student who can’t afford the cost of fees and air transportation, since we have had students in the past who dropped out because of financial challenges.  We are looking into multiple ways to address this concern.  We would like to see greater diversity of young people applying for the program.  We can definitely work with schools and districts to encourage more students to apply if they know there is support there for them.

    There is also a new option for students, the virtual exchange.  We hope to learn more by talking to Rotarian John Koetz (in Columbus) who has been in charge of virtual exchanges to date.  A couple of committee members plan to attend a Webinar on 22 January on this topic.  We are also looking at ways to help students become more language proficient before they go abroad or during a virtual exchange.
    Another important topic, Develop recruiting strategies, guided our brainstorming.  Suggestions ranged from
    1) get in contact with all past host families to engage them in supporting our host family recruitment;
    2) place notices about our program in local high school or district newsletters regularly to get the contact information out there for hosting, a description of short-term program, a description of long-term program; 3) send articles to local papers like Stow Sentry, the West Ender, etc.; and, 4) bring in past Outbound students (Rotex) to keep the topic on the front burner for the club. 
    Next meeting in January will be 12th or 19th at 11 am before General Meeting.  TBA later.
    We are open to new members who would like to work with young people, welcoming them, making certain their experience is going well, helping them get used to the American culture, acting as a guide to Akron’s cultural offering.
    If you would like to join us, please contact Susan at:
    Committee Members (you can click on names to email them):
    Yours in Rotary Service -
    Susan Colville-Hall
    Rotary Youth Exchange Susan Colville-Hall 2020-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

    Are you ready for our Holiday Zoom gathering on Dec. 15th?

    Posted by Katy Miller on Dec 08, 2020
    To get you in the festive mood here are some Mocktail and Cocktail (if you are feeling super festive at noon!) recipes to try during our meeting or after the work day is over and you want to watch the recording.
    Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail~
    Shake 2 ounces each bourbon, cranberry juice and orange juice in a shaker with ice; strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with cranberries,
    White Christmas Martini~
    • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
    • 2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
    • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
    • 1 ounce half-and-half
    • Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish
    1. Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.
    2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.
    Holiday Mocktail ~


    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 2 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 cups orange juice
    • ice
    • sprite or sparkling water (optional)
    • sugar for glass rims
    1. Measure out and stir cranberry, orange and pineapple juices together in a pitcher. Add the ice and sprite (or sparkling water).
    2. Dip the damp edge of glasses into sugar, if desired.
    3. Pour into glasses and serve.
    Maybe a sweet treat is more your style?  How about some Cinnamon chocolate Fudge?
    • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 pound (about 2 cups) bittersweet (60 percent cacao) chocolate chips (recommended: Ghiradelli) see Cook's Note
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature
    • Butter, for greasing the pan
    • Kosher or flake salt, optional
    1. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper, about 14-inches long and 7-inches wide, allowing the excess to overhang the sides. Set aside
    2. In a medium glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the condensed milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips and butter. Put the bowl on a saucepan of barely simmering water and mix until the chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 6 to 8 minutes (mixture will be thick). Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.
    3. Run a warm knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the fudge. Remove the fudge to a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper and cut the fudge into 1-inch pieces. Store refrigerated in an airtight container or freeze.
    Enjoy and don't forget to wear your most festive Zoom top!
    Katy Miller, Club Social Chair
    Are you ready for our Holiday Zoom gathering on Dec. 15th? Katy Miller 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary on Jeopardy

    Posted by Doug Kohl on Dec 02, 2020
    On December 2, the following question was part of the Jeopardy! show. Unfortunately, the contestant didn’t know the answer.
    Yours in Rotary Service - 
    Doug Kohl
    (click on the picture for a larger view)
    Rotary on Jeopardy Doug Kohl 2020-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

    2020 Annual Meeting Recap

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Dec 02, 2020
    The Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Akron was conducted on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 The purpose of our Annual Meeting is to announce the election of Officers and Directors for the Club, the Rotary Camp Board, and the Akron Rotary Foundation  (See the results elsewhere in this newsletter), provide an update of the Club’s financial condition, an overview of the past year’s activities, and potential goals and activities for the next year. 
    Shared below is a synopsis of the Annual Meeting presentation.
    Financial Report for the fiscal year July1, 2019 through June 30, 2020:
    The year ended with the Club in a positive financial position.  The 990 has been filed and is posted online accordingly.
    Achievements in 2020:
    While the past year has been challenging with the onslaught of COVID 19, the Club has much to be proud of.
    Membership:  As of November 30, 2020, the Club has 136 Active Members (plus 3 approved/pending induction)
    Club Activities: 
    New Council of Chairs meeting monthly, new Risk Management Committee meeting monthly, broader approach for Virtual Speakers.
    Creation of Diversity team including a small socially distanced service project with PPE distribution to minority owned businesses.
    A sampling of the Club’s Service to the Community projects:  Shoe Box Project, Paul Harris Award Presentations, Assisted Urban League in PPE Distribution, James Bond virtual cocktail party, Together but Apart - # Akron Rotarians hiking the Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree (made Fox News), ICC launched with former Club member Claudine Schooley leading the effort, virtual service project – Interview Coaching for North High School Seniors, Collaboration to plant trees with Davy Tree and Akron Public School Supply Distribution, Planting of Monarch Butterfly garden at Rotary Camp, End World Polio Day activities,  Kicked of 2021 Chili Open fund raising,  Rotary Disaster Grant award presented PPE to Akron Children’s,  Coordinating Akron Rotary Holiday outreach.
    2020 – 2021 Outlook:
    Optimism – Glass Half-full, Victim versus forward thinking
    Revisit our Strategic Plan and move forward on our various goals and strategies.
    And finally, quoting Dr. McGregor “We can’t let what we can’t do, interfere with what we can do!”
    For the full presentation, a PDF of the PowerPoint can be viewed by clicking here
    Yours in Rotary Service
    Terry Dalton 
    Rotary Club of Akron Secretary
    2020 Annual Meeting Recap Terrence Dalton 2020-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Our Newly Elected Officers and Directors


    The Rotary Club of Akron

    Executive Team:  July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 
    • President:  Steve Buie
    • President Elect: Lynda Farkas
    • Vice President: Tom Knauer
    • Secretary: Terry Dalton
    • Treasurer: Michael Gladysz
    Directors:  July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024
    • Doug Kohl
    • Katerina Papas
    • Laura Smiley
    • Michael Shearer

    The Akron Rotary Foundation 

    Directors: Terms as noted
    • Doug Kohl (two-year term ending 12/31/2022)
    • Mark Krohn (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)
    • Dan Riemenschneider (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)
    • Jeff Sitz (three-year term ending 12/31/2023)

    The Akron Rotary Camp

    Directors:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022
    • Tim DelMedico
    • Michael Gallucci
    • Nick George
    • Pam Kiltau
    Our Newly Elected Officers and Directors 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Operation Rotary Holiday Outreach!

    By Katy Miller and Sandy Naragon
    This year has been difficult—especially for those who are isolated from friends and family who typically visit during the holidays.
    Akron Rotary’s Social and Rotary Cares Committees have teamed up to launch Operation Rotary Holiday Outreach!  Chairs Katy Miller and Sandy Naragon are calling on volunteers to call or send cards to fellow Rotarians throughout the holiday season.
    Want to volunteer? 
    Know someone we should reach out to? 
    Want to be included in outreach?

    Thank you!

    Katy Miller and Sandy Naragon
    Operation Rotary Holiday Outreach! 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Rebecca Silber, Annual Giving Officer for Zones 30 and 31 - Speaker Recap

    The Rotary Club of Akron had the opportunity to be updated on the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International during our Tuesday, November 24th meeting.  Rebecca Silber, who serves as the Annual Giving Officer for Zones 30 and 31 was our featured speaker. 
    It was evident that Rebecca cares deeply about connecting donors and volunteers to the causes they are most passionate about and feels a calling towards her fundraising work as a way to leave a positive impact on the world around her.
    Working at The Rotary Foundation has fulfilled a career dream of Rebecca’s working for an organization that is not only well respected but is also known internationally for its commitment to making the world a better place through Service Above Self.
    Rebecca feels strongly about building bridges between Rotarians and The Foundation so they can experience a deep sense of fulfilment and accomplishment through their generosity and service.
    Many Rotarians are not familiar with all of the giving opportunities that are available to us through the Rotary International Foundation.  This summary of Ms. Silber’s presentation will highlight a few of those opportunities.
    The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
    The Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants during fiscal year 2018. Here is a breakdown of the six areas of focus the grants supported:
    • Preventing Disease
    • Providing Clean Water
    • Supporting Education
    • Growing Local Economies
    • Saving Mothers & Children
    • Promoting Peace                       
    These six Areas of Focus guide everything the Foundation does. A seventh area of focus will be implemented in July 2021.  That focus will be “Supporting the Environment.”
    The Rotary Foundation supports both Global grants and District grants:
                GLOBAL GRANTS:
    Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.
                Global grants can fund:
    • Humanitarian projects
    • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
    • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves
    How they’re funded:
    Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.
    District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
    What district grants support:
    You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:
    • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
    • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
    • Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact
    • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves
    How they’re funded:
    Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings.
    How Does a Rotarian Donate to the RI Rotary Foundation?
    There are multiple areas a Rotarian might consider.  The following is a list of possible areas:
    • Annual Fund Share
    • World Fund
    • Polio-Plus Fund
    • Disaster Response Fund
    • Endowment Fund
    For additional information on the RI Rotary Foundation, I would encourage Rotarians to access the Rotary Foundation website:  
    Upon logging in, then click on Rotary Foundation. 
    (Click on the graphic to view larger)
    Yours in Rotary Service,
    Rebecca Silber, Annual Giving Officer for Zones 30 and 31 - Speaker Recap 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

    District Foundation Event Recognizes Akron Club & Individuals

    At the District Foundation event November 19, 2020, we celebrated successes from the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. 
    It was truly an honor to have Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President-Nominee (2022-2023 RI President) at the celebration.  She will serve as RI's first female president in its history. 
    Clubs, Rotarians and Non-Rotarians were recognized for their generous gifts and for living by the “Service Above Self” motto and the 4-way Test.
    The virtual event was kept to one hour and can be viewed by clicking here.
    Congratulations to our members and Club for the following recognitions:
    • PDG Cheryl Warren and her husband Steve were recognized for becoming Major Donors.
    • Club Members that are in the Paul Harris Society were recognized.
    • The Akron Club for the Disaster Relief Grant providing PPE Donations to Akron Children's Hospital.
    • The Akron Club for its support of the End Polio Now Campaign (Clubs that contributed at least $1,500 to the End Polio Now Campaign).
    Here are the images shared at the event - click on each to view larger.
    District Foundation Event Recognizes Akron Club & Individuals 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

    Pumpkin Pie Lovers

    Posted by John Daily on Nov 24, 2020
    We found out at today's meeting that we DO have a few members who love Pumpkin Pie. 
    John Daily offered up his grandmother's recipe and shared that it is not your standard pumpkin pie.  
    He said, "I have never actually done this myself (not much of a cook) but I feel pretty confident this is the pie I remember enjoying for many years."   He added that his late wife, Ardell, was the baker and continued making it for the family over the years.
    He is counting on us to report back on how we like it!!
    2 cups canned pumpkin
    3 egg yolks beaten (save egg whites for later)
    1 cup milk
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    Blend all ingredients together.  Fold in 2 stiffly beaten egg whites.
    Place into 9 inch unbaked deep dish pie shell.
    Bake in hot oven (450 degrees) for 10 minutes, then low oven (325 degrees) 45-50 minutes.
    Pumpkin Pie Lovers John Daily 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
    Our Strategic Initiatives 2020-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

    Speaker Recap:  Christine Curry, CEO, OPEN M

    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Christine Curry, CEO of OPEN M at our Tuesday, November 17th meeting.  You can view the presentation by clicking here.
    Christine began her official duties as CEO of OPEN M, on July 20, 2020.   Prior to joining OPEN M, Curry served the Northeast Ohio Medical University as special assistant to the president and as stewardship and development program coordinator within the University’s Division of Advancement. She previously spent two years as a member of the City of Akron’s Mayor’s cabinet as director of communications, and more than 18 years at The University of Akron, in a variety of roles including director of development/stewardship and donor services, director of alumni relations and as a public relations representative. 
    She is a strong believer in giving back to her community and currently serves on the Akron Roundtable Board of Trustees, LeBron James Family Foundation - LAB Community Board and our Lady of the Elms Board of Trustees. Curry is a member of Leadership Akron - Class 24. 
    The Vision for OPEN M is to be a community leader in breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming lives, one person and one family at a time.  Their Mission is “A Christian ministry, to provide pathways out of poverty for all by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and strengthening the community.”
    OPEN M (Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry) was formed in 1968, at a time of poverty, crime, riots, and war. In Akron, longstanding neighborhoods were being destroyed, and white residents were fleeing to the suburbs. Into that chaos, four churches came together to establish an urban ministry in one of Akron’s hardest-hit neighborhoods. Calvary Evangelical United Brethren Church and Main Street Methodist and began ministering to people via backyards and front porches. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Wooster Avenue Christian Church joined the effort, rounding out OPEN M’s original Covenant Churches.
    OPEN M took the name Opportunity Parish Ecumenical Neighborhood Ministry to reflect the place (Opportunity Park) where they minister, and the idea that the neighborhood itself was OPEN M’s parish. From the beginning, OPEN M has been open to all people, without regard to class, race, income or religious affiliation.
    OPEN M continues to develop new and innovative programs to help people in the community become more self-sufficient. Today, more than 1,000 volunteers and many additional Covenant Churches and other supporting organizations help OPEN M continue growing, but their core purpose remains the same: Feed the Hungry, Care for the Sick, and Strengthen the Community.
    Their core programs include:
    Employment Services:
    Employment Services offers various programs and educational opportunities to assist each participant in finding meaningful and lasting employment.
    One Job, One Year
    OPEN M’s mantra is ‘One Job. One Year.’ With their Employment Services team, supported by partner resources, they help participants reduce the barriers that keep them from lasting employment. Key elements of Employment Services include:
    A job readiness and financial literacy workshop
    An emphasis on job retention
    A customized mentoring program
    Transportation assistance
    Relationships with core employers in the community
    By training participants to succeed in the workplace, Employment Services also helps Summit County businesses, providing them with a dependable source of productive, reliable, entry-level workers.
    Hunger is one of the biggest issues facing our community today. Food on the table or in the fridge is something that most of us take for granted. For some, it can prove to be one of the largest hurdles to overcome yet is still one of the most important. Open M’s Food programs help individuals feed their family with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
    Health Services offers a Free Dental Clinic, Pharmacy and Medical Clinic that provides primary healthcare, with a range of specialties, to those without insurance.
    OPEN M established a nursing clinic in 1979, in response to the serious lack of available health services for the poor and working poor. In 1995, OPEN M transformed their nursing clinic into the Free Medical Clinic, significantly expanding services. Initially, the clinic operated out of six different locations, but in 1999, they consolidated their programs into a single 22,000 square foot facility, further increasing the programs offered. In 2006, OPEN M added more space by expanding their clinic to include a full-service pharmacy, along with additional offices for medical personnel. In 2012, they began to transition the focus of healthcare services, moving away from crisis intervention and toward prevention.
    OPEN M Challenges:
    The COVID pandemic has created multiple challenges for OPEN M.  These challenges include an increase in demand for all services, a drop in volunteers who are often older individuals who have a higher risk of getting infected with COVID 19 and are hesitant to continue to volunteer at this time, and an increase in expenses related to creating a safe environment for their staff, volunteers and individuals needing their various services.
    In partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, OPEN M will host three Mountain of Food distributions throughout the months of November and December. The direct distributions will take place on Nov. 20, from 9 - 11 a.m., Nov. 24 from 2 - 4 p.m. and Dec. 18 from 9 - 11 a.m. The extra November Mountain of Food will take the place of the Thanksgiving Eve meal held at OPEN M in years past.  This program provides mainly perishable foods such as, bread, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and more.  Due to the unprecedented need throughout Northeast Ohio, the Mountain of Food program has been extended beyond Summit County to residents of all counties with no referral required. Guests are served on a first-come-first-serve basis and asked to stay in their cars at all times while practicing current social distancing guidelines.  In a typical year, more than 80 tons of food move through OPEN M’s doors and out into the community through a culmination of food programs. As unemployment continues to rise, along with food insecurity, OPEN M anticipates serving a record number of people in 2020. The Mountain of Food program is one of four programs provided by OPEN M to alleviate hunger in our community. For more information on OPEN M food programs, please call 330-434-0110 or visit  OPEN M is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the Mountain of Food program. To volunteer, please email or call 330-434-0110 to speak with Development Manager, Jess Rist. 
    Wanting More Information:
    Rotarians wishing to know more about OPEN M, the number of individuals served in each program and other information about OPEN M are encouraged to check out their website:
    Speaker Recap: Christine Curry, CEO, OPEN M Terrence Dalton 2020-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Camp Holiday Party

    Posted by Dan Reynolds on Nov 19, 2020
    We are currently accepting donations of toys and gift cards for our annual Holiday Party on December 20th.  Like all of us, our campers’ and their families’ lives have been completely turned upside down this year. This year’s Holiday Party for Camp will most likely be a drive through event due to COVID-19 precautions but for many of our campers it is the only time they see Santa, so our goal is to make it as joyous as possible.  Help us spread a little joy by purchasing a gift that Santa can share or a gift card for groceries.
    Here is the link to our Amazon wish list:
    Gift cards in any amount from major stores such as Target, WalMart, ACME, and Giant Eagle are also being accepted. 
    Gift cards and donations can be mailed or dropped off at Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Dr., New Franklin, OH  44319. Questions? Call camp at 330.644.4512 or email Dan Reynolds at
    Dan Reynolds
    District Executive Director
    Akron Rotary Camp
    YMCA Camp Y-Noah
    Rotary Camp Holiday Party Dan Reynolds 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

    31st Annual Chili Open!!

    Posted by Wanda Whipkey on Nov 05, 2020

    Thank you to all who joined us on the greens this past Tuesday as we reviewed the details of the 31st Chili Open Golf Classic.  On February 6, 2021, at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, we will be playing golf for the kids.  This video (click here) gives you a glimpse of what happens in the day of a Chili Open!  

    Although the Chili Open will look different from previous years due the impact of COVID-19, and whether you choose to attend in person or virtually, your gift will make a significant impact allowing us to continue to serve the vulnerable youth in our community. 

    The annual fundraiser represents 30% of operating costs to the Rotary Camp's annual budget.   This ensures that no child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor, Wayne Homes for their continued commitment to the camp.

    Rotarians are needed to help with the sale of raffle tickets, acquiring unique silent auction items, and providing sponsorships.  Please consider increasing your sponsorship, renewing your sponsorship or becoming a first time sponsor.  If you need assistance with sponsorship questions please reach out to our Sponsorship co-chairs, Christina Horak or June Ring.

    Raffle tickets were mailed out to Rotarians and you should receive them this week.  We  ask every Rotarian to purchase or sell a minimum of ten raffle tickets at $20 each. 

    Each ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

    There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

    • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 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 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

    Rotary Camp need us now more than ever.  Here are 3 easy steps you can take now to support the kids:

    1.     Follow us on Social Media  

    2.     Sell or buy 5 additional raffle tickets at

    3.     Come visit Rotary Camp!  If you have not been to Camp or would like bring a prospect, please schedule a visit with Dan Reynolds.

    For 96 years, Akron Rotary Camp has been the main project of our Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is needed to help us reach our $300,000 goal in 2021!   Let's help camp live out their mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!” 




    31st Annual Chili Open!! Wanda Whipkey 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Fall Hiking Spree In Action!

    Let's be Social . . .Apart
    I am so thrilled to see so many out and taking advantage of our Socially Distant but Together #AkronRotaryHikes Social time!
    Remember to use the hashtag when you post to Social media and send me a picture of your completed form to be entered to win a Fall Goodies Basket I am putting together.
    Thank you, 
    Katy Miller, Club Social Chair
    Rob, Sharon and Harrison at Liberty Park Gorge Trail on Saturday

    Kimmie Hoch hit the trails this past weekend.
    What a difference a day makes in Ohio!

    Tim and Katy got a hike in Saturday...A beautiful day for the #Fallhikingspree!


    Julie Brandle and daughter Kimberly
    5 hikes and 9 miles so far.
    Fall Hiking Spree In Action! Katy Miller 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

    Jeff Kempf Recognized for his Service to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti

    Posted by Rob McGregor on Nov 02, 2020


    Akron Rotarian Dr. Jeff Kempf was recognized for his vision in the development of The St. Damien Collaborative for the Improvement of Pediatrics in Haiti.  This is a unique partnership of US Children's Hospitals and Universities.
    The Akron Rotary Club and other clubs in District 6630 were very supportive and involved in providing funding when Dr. Kempf orchestrated sending a team of physicians to St. Damien and in turn brought their team to Akron for training. 
    St. Damien Children's Hospital has partnered with collaborative members from Akron Children's Hospital, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, University of Connecticut, Dell Children's Hospital. East Tennessee State University, The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter, as well as others as part of the St. Damien Collaborative.
    During the fundraiser, Mitch Albom, author of  Finding Chika and Tuesdays with Morrie, did several readings.
    Ongoing donations would be welcome. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
    NPH USA is a registered 50l(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Federal Tax 10# 65-1229309.  
    Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
    Jeff Kempf Recognized for his Service to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti Rob McGregor 2020-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

    Dr. Tim Collins, President Walsh University Presentation Recap

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    A.S., Georgia Military College; B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.S.A., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; M.S., National War College; Ed.D., Benedictine University
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Dr. Tim Collins, President of Walsh University during our Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Club meeting.  His presentation was about the unique approach Walsh University takes with their students. His talk reflected on what’s going on around us with COVID 19 and the University’s approach to the pandemic. Click here to view the Club Meeting and presentation by Dr. Collins.
    Timothy J. Collins, Ed.D., was appointed Walsh University's seventh President in 2019. 
    Dr. Collins brought more than 22 years of senior-level experience to Walsh University as a distinguished higher education professional with leadership expertise in philanthropic endeavors, conceptualization and implementation of institutional strategic plans and a demonstrated understanding of a private university’s mission, student-centered culture and Catholic traditions.
    Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University in 2005, Dr. Collins served as a Senior Officer in the U.S. Air Force with multiple senior command experiences during his 23 years of service in the U.S. and abroad.
    As a Catholic University, welcoming students from 38 states and 31 countries, the University offers undergraduate, graduate, and online adult accelerated degree programs.  Walsh’s ultimate mission is to develop leaders in service to others. 
    Walsh University offers small class sizes, hands-on experiential learning opportunities interdisciplinary institutes, internships and global learning programs. Walsh education is also affordable with 98% of students receiving some form of financial scholarship or aid and a tuition guarantee. Graduates leave Walsh University prepared to succeed in the workplace and in their communities for life.
    Walsh students enjoy a healthy balance of academic, spiritual, and social activities:
    For nearly 2,650 students, the search for the right college has led them to Walsh University. Students find that learning transcends the classroom, caring faculty help students aim higher, and leadership requires more than intellect.
    As an independent, Catholic university, Walsh University encourage individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their aim is to develop students' mind, body and spirit - this is Walsh's distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.
    Helping Students Discover a Sense of Purpose:
    Walsh's unique character and commitment to faith, together with nearly 100 academic majors and minors, award-winning athletics and vibrant student life are primary reasons that Walsh attracts students from around the globe.  With outstanding academic facilities, chapels, residence halls, a health and wellness complex, and flagship programs in the areas of health sciences, business, education, and so much more, students have a wide variety of options to make their mark at Walsh University.
    While students' involvement in communities here and abroad takes many forms, every service experience imparts important life lessons that build character and leadership.
    By 2021, it is forecast that the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 25 billion devices and $1.1 trillion spent worldwide.  The incredible amount of data and business opportunities generated by IoT will create a vital need for employees in all industries to have base-line knowledge of IoT, how it functions and how it will transform their job responsibilities. These skills will result in increased efficiency for employees and employers.
    To address this skilled technical workforce need, Walsh University has developed several programs:
    • 3-day interactive, practical immersion experience
    • Examples, exercises and applications directly from day-to-day work activities
    • Walsh University professors and experienced industry consultants
    Certificates of Completion are Available in the Following Credentials:
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Analytics – Applied Business Solutions
    • Business Analytics 
    • Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution    
    • DevOps Executive Workshop             
    • DevOps Foundation
    • DevOps Implementation Boot Camp          
    Additionally, you will walk away with:
    • Understanding of fundamental concepts of IoT
    • Knowledge of how readily available electronics can collect useful data in real time
    • Skills to cost-effectively create efficiencies within tasks and systems
    • Ability to use IoT tools to increase a company productivity and profitability.  
    Additional information on this program is available on the Walsh University website.
    Dr. Collins addressed the COVID challenge and how Walsh University is addressing the pandemic.  He sees Walsh University students and faculty being “physically distanced but socially connected.”  In commenting on the current polarization in the nation, Dr. Collins noted several reasons he believes fosters this polarization:  1) Separation of religion from knowledge, 2) Separation of church from college, and 3) Separation of spirituality from student life.  Today “Me is the center of everything rather than Community being the center of everything.  The business community makes our community go.  Community must lead – not always depend on the government to do everything.  What can I do to make things better?”
    Dr. Tim Collins, President Walsh University Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    ICC Group Meeting Recap

    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Oct 28, 2020
    Stew Buchanan and I met with Claudine Schooley and the group that is forming the ICC with Ukraine last Thursday. They are doing some pretty awesome work. The projects were presented here.  Stew, Doug Hausknecht and I will continue to meet with this group.
    Claudine Schooley, Chair of ICC Ukraine – USA, served as host and introduced 22 members (from Rotary districts all over the U.S. and Ukraine) and guests who attended the International Zoom meeting entitled, Hearts of Europe Global Grant Program, Wednesday, Oct. 21. Susan Colville-Hall and Stew Buchanan attended from the Rotary Club of Akron.  Guest speaker, Mykola Stebljanko, PDG Rotary District 2232, Ukraine-Belarus, presented on the USAID Hearts of Europe Global Grant Program.  A jointly funded 3-year program by USAID and The Rotary Foundation, it has an application window which opened in March 2020 and closes with projects completed and reports submitted by the 4th quarter of 2022.
    Grants are administered by The Rotary Foundation and are matched by the Club and USAID. 
    For example, you have $15,000 from the Club + $15,000 TRF + $15,000 USAID = $45,000.
    Program requirements are the same as Rotary Global Grants.  There are a few additional requirements.  **** see last paragraph
    The three initial projects selected for implementation in Ukraine are:
    1.         Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (Estimated Budget - $95,000)
    2.         VTT: Exchange of Experience in Cardiac Surgery (Estimated Budget - $136,000)
    3.         The Ring of Care for Mother and Baby (Estimated Budget - $166,000)
    Mykola Stebljanko is available to present at any USA club zoom meeting, and he looks forward to receiving invitations.  Mykola Stebljanko is also willing to participate to a zoom meeting at the virtual ICC table (House of Friendship) at District 5240 Conference, November 6-8, 2020.
    Claudine also made an announcement about the ICC World Conference in Kiev in October 2021.
    *****  In addition, (1) projects should increase engagement and strengthen relationships between Rotary members in the U.S. and in Eastern Europe. (2) The International Club must be a Rotary Club/District in the U.S. and Host Club must be one of the Eastern Europe countries where USAID has a presence. (3) A member of the International Club or District must visit the project and meet members of the Host Club and involve Rotaractors in the Project if a Rotaract Club is in the vicinity.  Pre- and Post Project Surveys and Quarterly Reports are required.
    Yours in Service - 
    Susan Colville-Hall
    ICC Group Meeting Recap Susan Colville-Hall 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

    Lorrayne Gervase Becomes Member of Akron Rotary

    President-Elect Steve Buie proudly inducted Lorrayne Gervase as a new Rotary member on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. She was sponsored by Tom Knauer.
    Lorrayne works for SAFY of Canton/Akron as their Foster Parent Recruiter. She has lived in Ohio for most of her life and completed her graduate at Webster University and has professional experience in social work, case management, juvenile probation and inside sales.
    Lorrayne is a member of the Stark County Safe Kids Coalition, Summit County Trauma Informed Coalition and Summit County Food Coalition.
    She is married to Nick and they reside in New Franklin.  She has 2 biological daughters (13 and 15) and 2 step daughters (19 and 15) and enjoys watching them participate in sports, spending time in the sun with family and reading.
    We would like to give a warm welcome to our new member Lorrayne!  
    Lorrayne Gervase Becomes Member of Akron Rotary 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

    Terry Dalton Receives the Unsung Hero Award 

    District Governor Myers presented member Terry Dalton with the District Governor's Citation - the Unsung Hero Award
    The unsung hero award is designed for Club Presidents to pay tribute to a person whose special service to Rotary has placed them in a category all of their own. A person whose dedication and commitment to Rotary has been given without recognition, without reservation and unselfishly.  Many times it's done very quietly and behind the scenes. 
    Each Club President is asked to select only one member annually from their Club for this prestigious award from the Governor. 
    Dr. McGregor said "Terry has an uncanny ability to read my needs before I even know what they are."  He added that Terry is quite the parliamentarian and is the Robert's Rules champion.
    You can view the presentation of the award by clicking here (at approximately 28:16 in the video) 
    Terry has served the Club for many years as our Club Secretary and chair of the Scholarship Committee.  He is a veteran, has a degree in Social work and is an Eagle Scout.
    Terry does a lot of things behind the scenes that most of us never see... organizing the scholarship interviews, finalizing the recipients, awards, and attendees for their presentations.  He facilitates putting together all the board meetings, records minutes and keeps our Club records in great order.  In addition, this year, he has organized several special meetings for our Club President and stepped in to help with the virtual weekly meetings and provides a recap of the speaker presentations so we can share them with others.  "No" is simply not in his vocabulary!
    He shared that the the reason Rotary has been so meaningful and impactful in his life is that he truly lives by Service Above Self in all he does.  
    CONGRATULATIONS TERRY!  A well-deserved award!!

    Terry Dalton Receives the Unsung Hero Award 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Halloween Fun!

    As many get ready to celebrate Halloween, President McGregor asked for members to submit their memorable/favorite costumes.  Thank you to all who participated!
    Dr. McGregor with his daughter
    on a magic carpet.
    Cheryl and Steve Warren - as Elvis with his
    peanut butter and banana sandwich.
    Colleen Iacianci as wacky wavy inflatable flailing
    arm tube people - the name of the costumes
    is a mouthful!
    Julie Brandle as Gretel for a murder mystery
    David Miller - In addition to the Harry Potter
    one here are the Millers over the years.
    (see more below)
    Cheryl and Steve Warren as Santa and Mrs. Claus
    a little earlier than normal - but if the stores can do
    Christmas in October, so can we!
    The Miller Family
    The Miller Family
    The Miller Family
    Halloween Fun! 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

    The Well CDC’s Akron Hope Program Awarded $7,000 Grant

    Posted by Sandy Naragon on Oct 23, 2020
    Every year, the Rotary Club of Akron (RCOA) is eligible to apply for Rotary District Matching Grants up to $7,000 ($3,500 from District; $3,500 from RCOA). Projects must fall in the following areas of service: Peace & Conflict (Prevention/Solution); Disease Prevention & Treatment; Water & Sanitation; Maternal & Child Health & Welfare; Basic Education & Literacy; Economic or Community Development and new in 2020—Supporting the Environment.
    The recipient of the 2020-2021 Matching District Grant is The Well CDC!  The RCOA Board of Directors selected The Well’s Akron Hope program after reviewing seven proposals from worthwhile area non-profits.  The Akron Hope program serves Mason Community Learning Center, the local elementary school in the Middlebury neighborhood on the eastside of Akron.
    The goals of Akron Hope are to connect families to stable housing, living wage jobs, and other community resources; provide resources for students to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially; and increase the civic engagement of parents within the school and the community. The program hopes to serve 600+ students (including 300+ at a second elementary school) and 100+ families.
    One of the requirements for receiving the matching grant is including meaningful Rotarian involvement.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Akron Hope program has adjusted its Community Connection programming. They still plan to involve Rotary with safe volunteer opportunities to connect with students and parents—either virtually or via socially distanced outside events. Please watch for news on how to participate in coming months!
    To learn more about Akron Hope, visit their website: .
    The Well CDC’s Akron Hope Program Awarded $7,000 Grant Sandy Naragon 2020-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

    Annual Meeting Notice

    Posted by Karen Hrdlicka on Oct 22, 2020

    The Annual Meeting for the Rotary Club of Akron will  be held December 1, 2020 at Noon via Zoom  

    In accordance with our club bylaws, an Annual Meeting of this club shall be held on the Tuesday preceding the regular December Board of Directors Meeting in each year but no later than December 31st of each year.

    The purpose of the meeting is to announce the elected the officers and directors to serve for the ensuing year, provide updates and reports from the Club and to discuss and vote upon any resolutions as needed.
    Per our Club bylaws, a quorum for this Club Annual Meeting is defined as 1/3 of our membership being present.  So we would really appreciate your attendance.
    Karen Hrdlicka
    Akron Club Bylaws Committee Chair
    Annual Meeting Notice Karen Hrdlicka 2020-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

    District 6630 Governor Pat Myers Presentation Recap

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Oct 22, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Akron was honored to have District Governor (DG) Patricia (Pat) Myers as our featured speaker during our October 20, 2020 meeting. For our fellow Rotarians who haven’t had the privilege of meeting DG Myers, I would like to share a little of who Pat is. Click to view presentation.
    DG Myers grew up in Ohio. She earned a Social Work degree from the Kent State University Honors College where she still serves on the Alumni Board. She also earned an MBA from the McLaren College of Business at the U. of San Francisco. Her career included: Director of the Palm Beach County Habilitation Center, Grants Manager of the State of Florida, Board member of the Florida Institute of Governments, which she established, and Executive Director of the Foundation, Development and Government at Palm Beach Community College and for the Community College System of Florida.
    In 1990, she was asked to return to KSU to lead a foundation and corporation grants campaign. For 20 years she was the KSU Legislative Agent for their eight-campus system. She was also a loaned executive to the Chancellor of the University System of Ohio. Pat has received many awards and honors, too numerous to add to this article. 
    Her Rotary experience started when asked to join the Hudson Rotary in 1990, serving on many Rotary committees and is a founding member of The Hudson Clocktower Rotary. The new club formed with a group of dedicated Rotarians who saw a need to provide training for future leaders to keep Hudson strong. They took action by establishing Leadership Hudson and Junior Leadership Hudson, where Pat continues to serve on the board.
    DG Myers began her presentation by thanking the Club for inviting her to speak with the Akron Rotary Club. She stated “It is an honor to serve your widely respected and admired club, and a bit intimidating to be in the presence of a club filled with outstanding leaders. When I came to the 100-year celebration at The Hilton in Fairlawn, and watched the video of your history, I was impressed with the leadership of Akron Rotary in your community, particularly your focus from that first year on youth, and children with special needs and how every step of the way you have used your leadership skills to unite, take action, and create lasting change.” 
    DG Myers continued by recognizing the involvement of so many of our club members, past and present, with District leadership activities.
    DG Myers thanked Dr. McGregor for agreeing to use his leadership skills to serve as President. “When you and I talked you shared that as a medical professional, you realized even before we had to cancel All Ohio President Elect training in March, that you would need to plan differently for your year as President. I heard your concern of understanding the seriousness of the Virus first-hand in your work you looked at how to keep your club Members and others safe as they planned their meeting and events for the year. You formed a risk management team of professional medical, legal, insurance, finance club members, and developed a rubric to assess the risk if meeting In-person or holding events or fundraisers. Rob- Your club is fortunate to have you at this time – today – this year.”
    A Year of Change:
    DG Myers commented, “this is a year of change and like Rotary International President Holger Knaack’s theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” The Akron club - is finding opportunities -to answer a call for help, to honor people; to provide needed school supplies, food, PPE, even camp – to unite – take action - to connect even if at home staying safe. We are people who love being with others who share the same core values we have had for 115 years –we like to serve, laugh together, share concerns, celebrate good news, care for others. We have all had to share in this difficult time.”
    We have had to stretch and learn new Habits and – yes- technology. I say – we were kicked into using technology whether we wanted to or not.”
    How does DG Myers see the year ahead?
    “My vision is the same as Rotary’s vision. My goal this year is that each of our clubs and members are connected and engaged. My Objectives include to sharing with each member the opportunities, resources and support that Rotary International, the district and other clubs can provide, as they become available. As we open our eyes and minds, suddenly – we see, as your President is doing –that we can still reach out to those who needs a hand.”
    How can we in our clubs, district or Rotary International take this time to look at how we can restructure our committees, events, fundraisers, our goals and activities, our youth and students, to think and plan – together. Those of us volunteering on district committees are asking questions –How do we meet together when we cannot be in person?  Do we need to have all these meetings – can we use technology even after there is a vaccine-should we have hybrid meetings, how can R.I. and the district honor the donors to the Rotary Foundation annual fund, to keep the fight to end polio and provide grants for needs relating to the pandemic, shelter boxes for other natural disasters, youth exchanges.
    How can R.I. and the District provide the support for your club -and its officers -more effectively. How can we all share ideas and resources?”
    In conclusion, DG Myers quoted Past R I President Ian Riseley who said
    “Our Challenges are Our Strengths.”
    For the entire presentation of DG Myers, please view the recording.
    District 6630 Governor Pat Myers Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2020-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

    Akron Rotary’s 31st Annual Chili Open Golf Classic!

    Posted by Dan Reynolds on Oct 15, 2020
    Thank you for your support of Rotary Camp last year through the 30th annual Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic presented by Wayne Homes! Below is a short video highlighting our trials and successes through the uncertainty of 2020. As a result of your support we are able to continue our mission of creating a world where there are only abilities!
    Thank you, again!
    Dan Reynolds
    Executive Director

    Akron Rotary’s 31st Annual Chili Open Golf Classic!

    February 6, 2021
    Hale Farm & Village, Bath Ohio

    Sponsorship and Registration -

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    4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH 44319
    (330) 644-4512


    Akron Rotary’s 31st Annual Chili Open Golf Classic! Dan Reynolds 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

    People, Passion, Purpose, Performance - Elevating Your Leadership

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Oct 15, 2020
    On Tuesday, October 13th, the Rotary Club of Akron had the opportunity to learn about Heart to Heart Communications presented by co-founders, Rev. Norm Douglas, M.Div. and Lawrence Vuillemin, Esq.  It was a very inspiring presentation with multiple follow-up questions about the organization, its mission, philosophy, etc.  Watch the presentation below or by clicking here.
    Heart to Heart is a leadership development non-profit organization that works with individuals and organizations from all-across the Greater Akron community.
    Throughout 2019, Heart to Heart hosted 226 events, including breakfasts, workshops, retreats, and their signature series sessions and worked with 24 organizations. Over 1,700 people participated in Heart to Heart programming through their organization or individually.
    At Heart to Heart, their team facilitates conversations around mission, vision and purpose statements to inspire leaders, and ensure the organizational leaders are living out the statements that define their organization.
    Their unique curriculum is grounded in the belief that there is a strong connection between employee inner and interpersonal development and the vitality and success of every organization.  
    Enriching lives by helping individuals and organizations strengthen and live their inner values.
     A community where people find meaning and purpose and live ethical values in daily work and community life.
    Rev. Norman Douglas, M.Div. (left) and Lawrence Vuillemin, Esq. (right), Heart to Heart co-founders, crossed paths in the spring of 1986. During Larry’s recovery from a life-changing stroke at the age of 35, he was reflecting on how his work life could be linked more strongly with his personal beliefs and values when he met Fr. Norm, who was looking to help individuals experience their inner core values as more relevant to the practicalities of their everyday lives, including work.
    Soon, people were coming together to discuss in a heart-to-heart way how to strengthen the link between their deepest beliefs and ideals and their daily activity. It was their vision to strengthen the connections between people’s inner core values, ethical values, and daily work. They believe that this focus upon the inner development of individuals is a necessary foundation for enhancing workplace relationships, purpose, ethics, wellness and productivity.
    From their early beginnings, they eventually expanded into the not-for-profit organization called Heart to Heart Communications, Inc. facilitating workplace programs and personal enrichment experiences.
    Since 1990, more than 30,000 people have attended their corporate workshops, training, H. Peter Burg Leadership Connections Series, and community programs.
    During the presentation, Rotarians were asked to silently think about how one matches your values, faith and ethics to your workplace and personal life.
    Current Heart to Heart Service Offerings
    Core services can be customized and tailored to an organization’s needs.  The services offered, include, but are not limited to:
    • Inclusive Leadership Series: Leverage inclusivity to create a strong culture that impacts the bottom line. In today's technology-driven world, understanding the power of inclusivity enables leaders to address workplace and personal challenges such as unconscious bias and miscommunication while strengthening personal and employee engagement.
    • H. Peter Burg Leadership from Within Series: An in-depth and practical guide to strengthen leadership capabilities, with an emphasis on personal inner growth as the foundation for effective leadership.
    • The Enneagram: An insightful, practical, and proven program about how we are alike and different, what motivates us, where we place our attention, and how we communicate, manage change, and more.
    • Appreciative Inquiry: A positive approach to problem solving by discovering organizational strengths and designing processes to realize hopes and dreams.
    • Mindful Leadership: Participants will have opportunities to experience and practice proven techniques for integrating mindful leadership into a busy life, enabling leaders—whether they lead organizations, teams, or families—to enhance their ability to lead and live with excellence.
    • StrengthsFinder: Become more adept at identifying and using well your strengths at work. Determine how to further recognize, encourage, and leverage team strengths.
    • Working as One: During this workshop teams will walk away with strategic considerations and concrete ideas for how to work better together using specific communication tools and techniques.
    I encourage anyone who could not attend the Tuesday meeting to view the recording of Father Norm and Larry Vuillemin, Esq.  Their passion about the mission and vision of Heart to Heart should get everyone to explore this program further for both their personal growth and the growth of their organization.

    Rotarians wishing to learn more about the Heart to Heart Communications program can go to their website at or reach out to them at the following address: Heart to Heart, 37 N. High Street, Suite B, Akron Ohio 44308, or phone number:  330.434.3278 


    People, Passion, Purpose, Performance - Elevating Your Leadership Terrence Dalton 2020-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

    Social Committee Looking Ahead

    Posted by Katy Miller
    What's ahead as we move into winter? Surely things still are different and remaining virtual as we wait for a vaccine but there are some good ideas coming from some of our members.
    We can look forward to a Virtual Tour of Stan Hywet on December 15th for our Virtual Holiday Party and maybe a Holiday Cocktail recipe to enjoy during the party or after 5 when the work day is done.
    We are working on an idea to maybe have like a Holiday PenPal or Social Pal to reach out to some of our members who may be alone during the holidays or really any of us who would like to be involved with maybe a deepening Rotary friendship with someone over the season.
    Look for a virtual bingo to come your way as well.
    I appreciated all of the suggestions and look forward to being social with all of you in person soon, when its safe of course~
    Katy Miller/Social Chair
    Social Committee Looking Ahead Katy Miller 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Billy Taylor Provides Insights on Leadership Management & Transformational Change

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Oct 07, 2020
    If an organization is looking for a speaker that would excite their employees or an organization is looking for a keynote speaker for an annual event Billy Taylor would definitely be someone to engage.  The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Mr. Taylor during our Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Club meeting.  His theme throughout the presentation was “people driven excellence.”  Both his business life and his personal life seems to follow that motto.  Click here or on the video below to view the presentation.
    Mr. Taylor is an American business executive, dynamic speaker, and leadership guru. He is the CEO and President of LinkedXL, a Business Operating Systems Architecting Firm. Mr. Taylor spent 30 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT), serving as Director of North America Manufacturing and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. As the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Goodyear, Mr. Taylor led diversity and inclusion strategies for 64,000 employees across the 22 countries where Goodyear operates.
    Mr. Taylor has been called upon by universities, international conferences, global publications, and the U.S. Army to demonstrate how to drive and sustain effective results through embracing the culture and enabling employee ownership.
    A servant leader, Mr. Taylor, is a member of the executive advisory board for two of the world leaders for knowledge in enterprise excellence, The Shingo Institute and The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME).
    He earned an MBA from Baker University, in Baldwin City, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View, Texas.
    The philosophy behind Mr. Taylor’s LinkedXL organization is that their practitioners coach and demonstrate business process excellence and lean leadership management from decades of practical experience driving transformational change in large and small scales diverse companies. Their insights on leadership are rooted in culture change and a passion for engaging people; a core element of transformational change that has become the centerpiece of LinkedXL’s client relations.
    LinkedXL partners with clients to help manage the intersections of business. The intersections are where strategic elements and tactical execution overlap to break through and override silos to enable results.
    LinkedXL consulting ensure strong linkages between planning, deploying, and executing strategy.
    Mr Taylor challenged us with the questions, “How transparent are you with your employees, or work teams?”  “What holds you back from growing in your company or achieving your goals?”  “Is it a “sticky floor or a glass ceiling?”
    “What are your standards to live by?”  Mr. Taylor referenced on more than one occasion the influence his mother had on his success by always reminding him and holding him accountable to the standards he wished to live by.
    Mr. Taylor talked about the 4 fundamentals of Human Need:
    • We need to be heard
    • We need to be understood
    • We need to matter
    • We need to be emancipated
    We need to ask people what they need/want, followed by asking further to analyze the purpose.
    What are the keys to success?
    • Inspiring trust/creating a safe environment for change
      • Key to being able to unlock “what is” in order to discover “what can be.”  “Comfortable being uncomfortable.”
    • Critical to measure what matters
    • Deliberate practices incorporated into leadership practices
    • Define winning (both at the job and in your personal life)
    • Align yourself to winning
    • Execute winning
    Critical Lessons:
    • Make people visible and they will make the organization valuable
    • Right culture: Principles to live by
    • Key performance actions
      • Performance indicators
    • Leverage the 4 Human Needs
    • Psychological safety – celebrate
      • All encounters matter.
    While I have attempted to capture Mr. Taylor’s presentation, I encourage everyone to go to Mr. Taylor’s website for greater information about his approach to people driven excellence.  Additional information can be found on his Linked In account.
    Billy Taylor Provides Insights on Leadership Management & Transformational Change Terrence Dalton 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

    Lessons Learned from Their Year in Leadership

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    On Tuesday, September 29th the Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of hearing past Club Presidents share some of their experiences, not only as president, what Rotary has meant to the and a little about them personally.

    Club President

    Club President

    Club President

    Club President
    Lance Chima is a 3rd generation member of Chima Travel. 
    Pam Kiltau has been a member of Rotary for 30+ years and was the first woman president of the Akron Club.  She currently is employed at Baird Financial. 
    Doug Hausknecht has been a member of the Akron Club for 24 years.  Doug is a “retired” professor at the University of Akron.
    Pat asked the three panelists the following questions:
    What impact has Rotary had on your lives?
    Doug – ability to travel around the world through the friendship of Rotary.
    Lance – where else can you go and brush elbows with so many professionals committed to performing service above self.
    Pam – I found myself needing to find my place at 29 years of age as a female in the Akron Rotary Club – trying to fit in and stay the course.
    What words of wisdom would you share with new and prospective Rotarians to get the most out of your Rotarian experience?
    • Find someone to help you feel welcome.
    • Get involved.
    • Involve yourself in any and every thing to find where you are the most comfortable.
    • Use Club Runner to become familiar with who other Rotarians are and what their interests/professions are.  Reach out to someone you find interesting in the directory.
    • Finding someone in the Club you can go to.
    • Finding your passion.
    • Having each other’s back.
    What are your fondest memories from being a Rotarian?
    Pam – After displaying a formal dress worn at the black- tie day for presidents, her fondest memory is the Poker Run that was held for several years.  (Several Rotarians commented in the Chat room that they would like to hear more about the Poker run.   It really was a fun time for all who participated, and it helped get Rotary’s name out in the community).
    Lance – Watching my son Brian become a Rotarian.  Club turning 100 years old and leading the Centennial celebration.
    Doug – The family of Rotary.  Meeting with Bill Gates. 
    Lessons Learned from Their Year in Leadership Terrence Dalton 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

    Volunteers Needed:  Virtual Service Project for North High School

    Posted by Mario Micale on Sep 24, 2020
    Dear Akron Rotarians -
    We have an opportunity that was presented to us through our Interact Club contact at North High School.  
    They are hosting a VIRTUAL video conference and are seeking SIX (6) Rotary volunteers to present to a class of seniors at North High School on the topic of interview skills.
    We are in need of ONE(1)  volunteer per  teacher (not time slot)  – so a total of SIX (6) more people are requested for this service project please.  I am taking one slot and will fill  the last slot that is left open after we get 6 volunteers .
    It is NOT necessary to work in a field associated with the teacher’s pathway – it is listed should you have a preference but the presentations are for general interview skills.
    Each teacher has provided time slots so you can select your preferred time for the respective teacher (see below or click here). Again, we only need one person PER teacher
    The easiest way to do this is for you to email me ASAP. 
    The first person who requests a slot will get it and I will confirm that to you. 
    If you get shut out of a time slot, I will offer you any other open alternatives.
    When you email me I will need the following please:
    1. Your first and last name.
    2. At which teachers' class you would like to present.
    3. Which time slot within that teacher's options you prefer.
    4. A good phone number for you.
    Let’s give these kids a chance to learn some strong interview skills that may help increase their opportunity to become gainfully employed.
    I look forward to your response.
    Yours in Rotary Service –
    Volunteers Needed: Virtual Service Project for North High School Mario Micale 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Volunteers Needed Oct. 4th:  Akron Public Schools School Supplies Distribution

    Posted by Julie Brandle on Sep 24, 2020
    Your help is needed! Volunteers are needed for the following event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
    Mary Outley-Kelly (she oversees 28 elementary schools in the APS) is in my Leadership Akron Class.  When she told me about this volunteer opportunity we felt it was right up our alley!  The APS will have two drive-thru distribution sites for school supplies (North High School and Kenmore).  Our club will serve the North High School location on October 4th from 1-4pm.  Metro is donating bus services to get student families from across the district to these two locations also. 
    All volunteers and recipients will be required to wear masks and social distance as well as there will be sanitizer on site.
    Please Sign Up on the sheet like the AUL event. This would be for three - 1-hour increments with up to 10 volunteers each. 
    The club members would have to register in advance due to social distancing and safety precautions. 
    It is MANDATORY to pre-register. Unregistered volunteers will not be permitted to enter school grounds.
    In conjunction, it is possible to make donations through the Akron Rotary Foundation for North High School specific school supplies that the high schoolers need from now until October 31, 2020.  These donations would be for school supplies to be used in the second half of the year. 
    We could also arrange for donations of physical supplies at a few area member businesses if people are open to it or we can offer no contact porch pick-ups to retrieve donated items. 
    If you should have any questions or need more information please reply to this email or call me at 330.858.6672.  Thanks!
    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.

    Julie Brandle
    Rotary Club of Akron
    Volunteers Needed Oct. 4th: Akron Public Schools School Supplies Distribution Julie Brandle 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Volunteers Needed Oct 3 & 4:  Come out and plant a tree or two!

    Posted by Julie Brandle on Sep 24, 2020
    Hi Akron Rotarians!!  Another volunteer opportunity has just popped up! Your help is needed! 
    As you know, the ENVIRONMENT has been added by Rotary International as an area of focus. For this year's Parks Week we will be planting trees at Erie Island and Joy Park!
    Join us with your quarantine pod and help us add to the city's tree canopy. 
    Planting will take place on October 3rd and 4th as follows:
    Please register for a shift directly through the links provided above (you can click on them or cut and paste these into your browser) and select the amount of people who will be joining you. 
    Please note that all groups must have 10 or less people. 
    Please bring a pair of work gloves, a shovel, and garden rake. If you do not have access to these please email
    If you do attend, please share your photos on social media with the #AkronRotaryPlants and/or email me photos direct at
    Parks Week Tree Planting is Sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company
    Thank you.

    Julie Brandle
    Rotary Club of Akron
    Volunteers Needed Oct 3 & 4: Come out and plant a tree or two! Julie Brandle 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Club Inducts Hilary F. DeSaussure

    At our September 22nd meeting , we welcomed Hilary as the newest member of The Rotary Club of Akron.  She is an attorney in BMD's Akron office. Her practice focus is civil litigation and construction law.
    Throughout law school, Hilary served as a judicial assistant at the Summit County Common Pleas Court. While at the court, she learned what it means to be a good attorney, a good litigator, and a good advocate. Hilary plans to take the technical and practical lessons she learned in law school and in the courts and apply them to her litigation practice.
    She graduated from the University of Akron School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude and Kent State University, B.A., Art History

    During law school, Hilary assisted a professor on research for his evidence textbook.
    Hilary was a fellow for the Miller Becker Center for Professional Responsibility. As a fellow, she was responsible for assisting in planning and hosting CLE events at the law school. One of these events hosted District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., the District Attorney of New York County, New York.
    Passionate about giving back to her community, Hilary volunteered with the University of Akron School of Law’s Expungement Clinic which has been recognized by the American Association of Law Schools as an "Innovative and Outstanding Program". She also found time to volunteer with Paws and Prayers, a local animal rescue shelter.
    She is a member of the Akron Bar Association where she also  serves as the Communications Officer, New Lawyer Section.
    Club Inducts Hilary F. DeSaussure 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

    Summit County Public Health Commissioner Discusses Pandemic

    Posted by Terrence Dalton
    The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Donna Skoda, the Health Commissioner for the Summit County Public Health Department during our Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Club meeting.  Her presentation was specifically oriented toward the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a very engaging presentation with multiple follow-up questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The mission of Summit County Public Health is to protect and promote the health of the entire community through programs and activities designed to address the safety, health and well-being of the people who live in Summit County.  The Health Department seeks to create a healthful environment and ensure the accessibility of health services to all.
    Their vision is a community where all can achieve optimal health where they live, work and play, resulting in... HEALTHY PLACES, HEALTHY PEOPLE, AND HEALTHIER TOMORROWS.
    SCPH’s core values are reflected in their strategic approach and guide their interactions with clients, community partners and each other.   Summit County Public Health’s core values are embodied in the acronym “PROMISE.”
    • Providing professionalism - Honesty, integrity and competency in all interactions
    • Respect - Everyone who interacts with us in any capacity will be treated with respect
    • Outstanding quality - We are nationally accredited and have an ongoing commitment to
      continuous improvement
    • Mission-driven dedication - Our mission statement says it all. It's who we are and what we do
    • Innovation - We look at every situation as an opportunity to be forward-thinking and proactive
    • Service-orientation - Our goal is to provide excellent customer service in all interactions
    • Equity for all - Everyone should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of healthy, regardless of social or demographic factors.
    Many of the initial COVID-19 Summit County cases were in long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living facilities).  With new knowledge on promising treatment options and improved testing, social distancing and mask wearing, the increase of cases in long term care facilities is being managed much better.
    The challenge facing Summit County, as in most other counties in Ohio, is the issue of communal spread. Currently 90% of all new cases are from community spread.  Several reasons for this community spread are the resumption of after-school activities and family gatherings where the family bubble or pod is breached and individuals are exposed.  She stated that up to 40% of cases are asymptomatic.  
    The SCPH District has received over 7000 COVID-19 related complaints since the pandemic became of concern in March.   The United States has experienced over 200,000 deaths in the past 7 months.  In a really bad flu season, the United States experiences about 36,000 deaths.  The SCPH department is trying to confront the pandemic through multiple strategies.
    Recently Summit County saw a new spike in cases.  Ms. Skoda stated that anytime the community “reopens” some segment of our community, we will see an increase in the spread.  She also reported that the county, as well as the nation, are seeing long term secondary effects from the virus.
    Ms. Skoda stated that the availability of testing materials for the virus is no longer a problem.  The problem facing the county now is the shortage of laboratory testing capacity.  She also cautioned us all about the varying degrees of effectiveness with the anti-body tests that are available.  Currently the department is ramping up “quick testing” for the Summit County schools.  When asked whether the SCPH department was doing contact tracing, Ms. Skoda said that this is occurring and that they have been doing contract tracing for years because of past concerns with the spread of HIV, Ebola and other viruses that the community has been exposed to over the years.
    While Ms. Skoda’s presentation was about the pandemic, I encourage everyone reading this synopsis of her presentation to go to to see all of the programs the health district is responsible for.  In addition there is the Summit County COVID-19 Dashboard available on their website that provides a great deal of data and resource materials for all of our education about this pandemic.
    Summit County Public Health Commissioner Discusses Pandemic Terrence Dalton 2020-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

    FOX 8 News Features Akron Club Social Project

    Thank you to FOX 8 producer Rachel Inch
    for airing our social project

    Lets be Social...Apart

    which is taking place in conjunction with
    the Metro Park "Fall Hiking Spree". 
    The details for this Akron social are posted below.
    Here is the clip from the news:  

    Click here to view 
    FOX 8 News Features Akron Club Social Project 2020-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

    Dan Reynolds Presented Rotary Camp Update

    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Sep 16, 2020
    The Rotary Club of Akron welcomed our fellow Rotarian and Rotary Camp Director as our guest speaker during our Tuesday, September 15th Club meeting.  Dan provided fellow Rotarians with an update on what is happening at camp, the impact of COVID-19 and shared ways we can provide support to the camp. Click here view the video presentation.
    For readers who don’t know much about Dan, let me share a little about him.  Dan started his YMCA career as a camp counselor at Rotary Camp in 1995. In 1999 he became the director at Akron Rotary Camp.  Under his leadership camp has grown from serving 200 campers each summer to over 1800 throughout the year.  In addition to program growth, Akron Rotary Camp has completed over $5million in capital improvements over the past eight years. In 2014 Dan’s leadership role expanded to provide leadership to the Camp Y-Noah team. Today, Dan’s current title is District Executive Director working with Rotary Camp and Camp Y-Noah and the branch day camps. 
    He earned a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Slippery Rock University. He is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA), served on their National Standards Commission for seven years and is the current co-chair of the Standards Committee for ACA, Ohio. Dan also serves on the YMCA of the USA Overnight Camping Cabinet. 
    The newest feature of the camp is the Bud Rogers Adventure Park.  The Adventure Park allows individuals living with a disability the opportunity to experience the thrills that were previously unavailable to them. The park was constructed by Adventure Experiences out of Texas.  The cost for the adventure park was approximately $315,000.  Individual Rotarians interested in experiencing the adventure park are encouraged to contact the camp staff to arrange a time.  Due to the current pandemic, social distancing will be required.  To view more information about the Adventure Park, please view the recording of today’s presentation.
    This year’s camping experience was drastically reduced but staff were able to hold several weeks of camping experiences with many adjustments, reduced campers, etc.  The camp will resume respite this weekend. 
    Financially, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the budget.  A number of action steps have been taken to control costs and maximize available revenues. 
    Some current updates include:
    • The Camp Regatta has been postponed until 2022.
    • The Cornhole tournament held last weekend will provide approximately $10,000 in revenue
    • The camp will be initiating some Family Events for campers
    • Camper backpacks will be filled shortly
    • Partnership with the Super Learning Center will continue
    • Preparing for a modified 2021 Summer camp experience
    • Beginning strategic planning for the 100th anniversary in 2024 of the camp

    How can Rotarians help the camp staff?

    • Help with the 31st Annual Chili Open
    • Participate in volunteer opportunities
    • Share the Rotary Camp Story – come for a tour, bring a friend
    • Support donations through Amazon Smiles, Facebook campaigns, etc.
    • Coming soon  -- Buy a Brick campaign

    Dan Reynolds Presented Rotary Camp Update Terrence Dalton 2020-09-16 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
    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

    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

    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

    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
    Cornhole Tournament Time! Scott Kolligian 2020-07-23 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,buckeye corrugated,corn hole,cornhole tournament,scott kolligan

    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


    Perry Clark Gave Uplifting Presentation July 14th 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0 city of akron,perry clark,rotary club of akron,truly reachin you,work for hire program

    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
    District Recognizes Clubs and Individuals for Achievements 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

    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.
    Welcome Our Newest Member Carol Marturano-Becker 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

    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)

    YOUR 2020-2021 CLUB OFFICERS

    President Elect
    Vice President
    Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
    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 7/2020-6/2023
    Director 7/2020-6/2023
    Director 7/2020-6/2023
    Director 7/2020-6/2023
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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.

    Club Welcomes Anne Jorgensen 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

    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! 
    Pat O'Neill Completes His Year as Our Club President 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
    Haven of Rest Canned Food Drive August 20th 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

    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. 
    Welcome New Member Mario Mastroianni 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

    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.

    Speaker Recap from June 23, 2020 2020-06-23 04:00:00Z 0 akron ohio,akron rotary,akron zoo,bronx zoo,conservation,doug piekarz

    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.

    Club welcomes Janice Radl! 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,akron-summit public library,janice radl,leadership akron,librarian,radl

    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
    Rotary Camp Service Opportunities Dan Reynolds 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

    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
    North High School Thanks Rotary! Mario Micale 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0 akron rotary,interact,mario micale,north high school

    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.

    Speaker Recap from June 16, 2020 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

    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