2018 Cornhole Tournament Amanda Warner 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Hausknecht
Rotary Club of Akron Co-hosted Rise Against Hunger Event with The University of Akron
Contact: Douglas Hausknecht, Rotary Club of Akron 330.780.7925 hauskne@uakron.edu

On the evening of Wednesday April 25 over 250 volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Akron and The University of Akron (UA) gathered in the ballroom of the Jean Hower Taber Student Union.  By the end of the evening some 42,000 meals had been packaged and boxed for Rise Against Hunger. 
If you have been to any of the last few Rotary International Conventions you have seen Rise Against Hunger (formerly, Stop Hunger Now) in the House of Friendship.  In Atlanta, conventioneers packed 150,000 meals.  Rotary International asked clubs and districts to continue the effort this Rotary year and provided 10% matching funds to add to the encouragement.Akron Rotary joined with UA in its third year of the Husein-Unternaher Service Project as part of what is now called UA Remembrance Day.  The project began when the death of  Zakareia “Zak” Husein inspired his friends, fellow students and the larger community to do a good deed in his honor.  Following the death of one of Zak’s friends who had participated in the first project, Duncan Unternaher, the project took on added significance as a way to honor the memory of everyone lost from the university’s family.
L-R: Akron Rotarians Matt Slonsky, Doug Hausknecht,
Meghan Whitehead and 
Club President Julie Brandle,
with UA Chair of Marketing Terry Daugherty
Some of the students participating in packing for Rise Against Hunger in the
2018 Husein-Unternaher Service Project.
Production lines ready for packing in the
Jean Hower Taber Student Union at The University of Akron
The special bond between the university and the Rotary Club of Akron dates to the earliest days of the club. Hezzleton Simmons who was to become president of the university helped to found what is now the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, now in its 95th year.  Throughout the century-long relationship administrators, faculty, staff and alumni have been active members and officers of the club. Students have served the club and camp in many capacities from scrubbing walls and building beds to raking leaves to class projects involving engineering, business, education and many other disciplines.
When the two families are so intertwined it is natural that we sometimes share losses.  A member, a spouse, a former member, an alumnus, a student may have ties to both organizations.  The 2018 UA Remembrance Day embraced the relationship with a joint sponsorship between club and university. Names from each organization were projected as part of a continuing slide show and volunteers were encouraged to wear a sticker identifying, “I am serving in memory of _________.”
This year brought another Rotary connection that no one had anticipated.  One of the students being remembered, Kaleb Oney, had been an outbound exchange student for the Rotary Club of Bellevue Ohio (District 6600). Kaleb’s family previously had hosted five inbound students as part of the program.  We were honored that his parents and some of his friends from the university participated in the memorial and the service project.
Kaleb’s family shared this reflection on their Rotary Exchange experience. “Our first Rotary exchange student was from Brazil in 2009. Then we hosted young men from Mexico in 2010, and France in 2011. We had our first exchange daughter from Belgium in 2012 while Kaleb was an outbound Rotary exchange student to Chile. Our last exchange daughter was from Thailand in 2015. The whole experience was wonderful. We recently encouraged one of our neighbor boys to be an outbound Rotary exchange student. To us, the Rotary Exchange Program has made the world a little smaller and more easily understood. We hoped to share our family life and customs with these kids, and we were eager to learn about their values and customs in hopes for peace and understanding.”
Rise Against Hunger Recap Douglas Hausknecht 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by the Akron Rotary Planned Giving Committee
Perhaps you thought they are a great fashion accessory or that they improve cell phone reception. While these may be true, the real reason is to symbolize commitment to the perpetuation of the good works of Akron Rotary.
The more Rotary experiences you have, the more committed you will be to this idea; the good work of our Akron Club, Camp and Foundation and the Rotary International Foundation must continue in perpetuity. What we accomplish today is owing largely to the vision and generosity of those who went before us.
There will always be children with special needs. There must always be people and resources to improve their lives. They are called Rotarians.
Fortunately, Akron Rotary has a planned giving program “The Centennial Society” to facilitate the perpetuation of our good works.  Many Rotarians have made commitments to include Rotary (Camp, Club, Foundation and/or International Foundation) in their wills or other estate instruments. Those commitments reflect the passion for the mission. The size of the bequests are governed by each donor’s capacity as determined by them.
Here are some things you should know:
  1. You can become part of “The Centennial Society” without specifying an $ amount. This can be confidential and modified as your capacity and/or commitment grows.
  2. There are a dazzling array of techniques to do this. There is one to fit your individual circumstances, including tax planning, retirement income options and the structure of your support.
  3. If you are new to Rotary and not ready to participate in this, you can still get some ideas from our in-house experts for future thinking.
During the next few weeks, members of our Centennial Society will provide a brief testimony during our Tuesday Rotary lunches as to why they are committed to supporting the continued good works of Akron Rotary!  
Mid-summer we will be presenting our newest members with their gold name badges. All you have to do is reach out to any of the Akron Rotary Planned Giving committee members to begin your confidential discussion. We have had a great deal of success by simply explaining options to our fellow Rotarians and have not, and will not, resort to any fund raising that will make you uncomfortable. When the time comes, the right method for you will make you feel great.
Akron Rotary Planned Giving Committee
Bill Manby, Jr., Chair bmanbyjr@paradigmequity.com or (330) 475-1690
Laura Fink lfink@akroncf.org or (330) 436-5611
Steve Shechter sshechter@AssuredPartnersOH.com or (330) 396-7031
Mella Castner mellac@akronymca.org or (330) 644-4512 x3206
Jack Harig jack@twinoaksoh.com or (330) 644-9862
Brian Steere bjs@steere.com or (330) 546-1888
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End Polio Night at Progressive Field Stew Buchanan 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie
The North High School Interact Club with 4 of our Rotarians - Laura Fink, Zach Prosser, Vincent Munnerlyn, and me, had a project of making chocolate covered pretzels for the entire North High faculty and staff. Everyone had a fabulous time pulling this off and the teachers loved it. They were really blessed. The club is gaining some significant traction and the kids are enjoying the journey.
Interact Club Treats the Staff & Faculty Steve Buie 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Akron Rotary Camp and the Akron Area YMCA continue to grow because of the dedication and commitment of our many volunteers.  We are very pleased to congratulate Scott Stutler and Alyssa Whitehead that were recognized as Akron Rotary Camp’s 2017 Volunteers of the Year at the recent Akron Area YMCA’s Annual Dinner and Recognition event.
Scott received the award for his longtime commitment to the Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic. For the past 23 years, he has served in multiple leadership volunteer positions. During his tenure as chair, he secured Wayne Homes as the Presenting sponsor and Whitey’s Chili as the Official Chili sponsor. Today, both continue as major sponsors.   
He is referred to as the “Superintendent” of the Chili Open golf courses. He oversees and assists with setting up and tearing down of the golf courses. Not an easy task as the Chili Open is winter golf, held in February. The weather is usually freezing temperatures along with snow.
Scott, as VP of Stutler Leasing, generously donates the annual storage fees for the Chili Open trailer along with providing the tractor to transport it to and from the event location.
Alyssa has been volunteering at Akron Rotary Camp since 2016 during our Respite and Summer Camp programs. Her favorite thing is assisting campers with arts and crafts projects. Allyssa really takes time to make a personal connection with every camper she interacts with. She also enjoys camp cookouts during the summer camp season.
She also volunteers at Akron Children’s Hospital, Victory Gallop and is an avid Girl Scout. Her Girl Scout Gold Award is to build a mobile hydroponic garden for Rotary Camp to provide campers the opportunity to learn about gardening during Nature activities. They will begin with planting lettuce to be harvested to serve on the salad bar during Camp’s lunch and dinner meals in the dining hall. 
Thank you Scott and Allyssa for your tireless service above self in helping Rotary Camp to “Create a world where there are only abilities!” 
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Republished from the April District Newsletter:
By: Alma Deblasio
Rotary Interact Advisor
North High School, Akron, OH 
Akron North High School looks forward to our induction to the District Conference of Clubs later in April.  Also, we are proud to announce our first Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest winner, Ro Zi Mar. She resettled in North Hill from Thailand, specifically the Mae La refugee camp, with her family ten years ago. After Ro Zi’s first place win at The North High School contest, she won the first round at districts and then secured an honorable mention in the finals. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations, and look forward to what Ro Zi will bring to the competition next year! In addition to the speech contest, North’s Rotary Interact has been busy putting together care bags for our students in need. With the help of the Akron Rotary and the HPAC club at North, we were able to make and distribute over 100 care packages to our underprivileged students.
Photo:  Alma Kryah-Deblasio. Ro Zi Mar, Sandy Naragon
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(Indoor) Camp Clean-up Volunteers Needed
Saturday, May 12th -- 8:30 am - Noon 
We are seeking Rotary volunteers (and spouse's/partners/children/friends, etc.) to help up get the Camp freshened up for Spring.
Many different tasks are needed so if you have limitations reaching or bending, we will assign you to a task to meet your needs.

Club Social Night
Rotary After Hours

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

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

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

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

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


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Our Members are Hard at Work at Ronald McDonald House 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Hausknecht

Remembrance Day and Rise Against Hunger

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

Thanks for your support Douglas Hausknecht 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie
On April 4th, Akron Rotary and North High School held a service project day.
Four Rotarians -Wanda Whipkey, John Palmer, Vincent Munnerlyn, and me, worked with 10-12 North High students to put together personal grooming kits for 115 needy students.
It was a blast.
The kids were very helpful and our assembly line approach moved everything along to a successful conclusion.
Dentist John Palmer
Vincent Munnerlyn - While packing deodorant he reminded everyone
"Now make sure you use your deodorant!” 😊
Wanda Whipkey - It all starts with Wanda!
Rotary/North High School Service Project Recap Steve Buie 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
Rotary exchange students (including Isa Nuñoz from the Akron Club and others from District 6630) participated in a session at the Ohio Foreign Language Association Annual Meeting in Cleveland where more than 500 world language teachers gathered from all over Ohio.  The subject of the session was to inform teachers about the value and benefits of the Rotary study abroad scholarship so they can spread the word to would-be candidates. A year abroad is a life-changing event!  Rotary offers study abroad scholarships valued at about $25,000 each to students between the ages of 15 and18 ½.   For more information, go  to www.ohioerie.org
Rotary Meets OFLA Susan Colville-Hall 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Hausknecht
There are two events happening together at UA on April 25th: 

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

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

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

Akron Rotary Camp Needs Your Help

As the weather begins to warm up and the sun is starting to peak through the grey skies we are dreaming of warm summer days. Our 95th Summer Camp season is around the corner,    and we please need your help.  Rotary Camp will be hiring between 70-80 seasonal staff and is looking for energetic, responsible and passionate individuals who will put the welfare of    our campers first.
We would really like to connect to as many universities and/or colleges.  Please let us know if you have any contacts with professor/educators and would be able to introduce J.D.    Detsch, our Program Director. He would like to speak to as many students as possible to tell them about all the benefits of working at Rotary Camp. (Classes do not need to be in the special education field.)
Working at camp is a very rewarding experience.  Watch this short video to hear first-hand from our counselors. Feel free share it with your colleagues, friends and family.  For additional information or to reach J.D., please contact 330.644.4512 x 3204 or jeremyd@akronymca.org
Thank you in advance for your help!
Akron Rotary Camp
Our Camp Needs Your Help with Contacts Jeremy Detsch 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner on Mar 26, 2018
We are seeking Rotary volunteers (and spouse's/partners/children/friends, etc.) to help up get the Camp freshened up for Spring on May 12, 2018.  Sign up online now by clicking here!  Many different tasks are needed so if you have limitations reaching or bending, we will assign you to a task to meet your needs.  

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

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

Thank you


Volunteers Needed for (indoor) Camp Cleanup Day on May 12th Amanda Warner 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie
On January 20th, Steve & Sharon Buie and their son Andrew, joined Connor and Courtney Jarvis to prepare a sumptuous meal for families of patients at the Ronald
McDonald House of Akron.
We had a lot of fun and laughs as we collaborated on preparing a delicious meal of meatloaf, red skin potatoes with dill and butter, and green beans. Dessert consisted of cookies and various flavors of ice cream. The time flew by and we had a blast.
Our next date to prepare a Rotary meal for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron is Saturday April 21st. Come on out, you will have fun serving. 
To get involved and help with the next meal, contact Steve Buie at a weekly meeting or via EMAIL (click to email).
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others!
The Buie & Jarvis Families
Connor & Courtney Jarvis
Sharon & Courtney put the finishing touches on the meal.
The Buie & Jarvis Families Make a Difference! Steve Buie 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner

Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Honors Akron Rotarian, Sandy Naragon with Ambassador of Service Award

Congratulations to our own, Sandy Naragon that will be honored on February 3, 2018 at Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic as the 2018 Chili Open’s Ambassador of Service. The Chili Open Ambassador of Service award was established in 1991 in recognition of a community leader who has gone above and beyond in support of the Rotary Club of Akron, Akron Rotary Camp and the Akron Community. In addition, they have made significant efforts to improve and established relationships between community leaders and the Akron Rotary Camp. 

Sandy’s civic involvement centers around building neighborhoods, serving the elderly and disabled, fighting homelessness and encouraging diversity!
She has been a Rotarian since 1999 and served as the Rotary Club of Akron’s President in 2015-16. She is a member of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Society. Sandy is honored to be a member of Akron Rotary’s Centennial Society. Over her 18 years as a Rotarian, she has been active in Rotary’s many community and international service projects. She currently serves as the Chair of the Grants and Four Way Speech Test Committees. She coordinates Rotary Cares outreach. 
Beginning in 2000, she served 14 years as a Director for the Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children including serving as President in 2004. Sandy served during the critical planning phase of the capital campaign. She remains committed to camp, most recently by participating in its strategic planning sessions. In 2018, she will return to the Board of Directors.
In addition to Rotary, Sandy’s volunteerism includes Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio. She is a Past President of the organization and currently serves as a member of its Cuyahoga County Advisory Council. Rebuilding Together provides repairs to keep the elderly and disabled in homes that are warm, safe and dry.
Sandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business & Organizational Communication at the University of Akron. Her other professional development accomplishments include being a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Class 20 and earning the prestigious REALTORS Certified Executive designation. This past December, she completed Rotary’s Leadership 6630 program.
As the CEO of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS, Sandy leads a staff of 10 to serve over 5,500 REALTORS in Summit and Cuyahoga County. She serves on the Executive Committee for Ohio REALTORS and on the Research Committee of the National Association of REALTORS.
Sandy and her husband Jeff will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in February 2018. She loves spending time with stepdaughter Stacie and son-in-law Matt, along with grandchildren Matthew, Jordan, Courtney and Cindy. Four years ago, she fell in love with German Shepherds Zeus and Zena.
Thank you Sandy, for all you do for Akron Rotary Camp, Akron Rotary Club and the Akron community!
Ambassador of Service Awardee Announced Amanda Warner 2018-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
December 2 and 3 our Akron Rotary Exchange student, Isa Toro Nunez attended the District 6630 RYE Overnight at Akron Rotary Camp. Great culture-learning activities, service tasks and plenty of fun. Her host sister Audrey Carroll is a candidate for the Outbound experience next year.
Activities included:
  • Flags of the nation at the nearby pink chair.
  • Marshmallow & spaghetti straw tower building (each person with different “personalities” given. Very funny!)
  • Dance party with special needs campers.
  • Special thanks to Brian Chima for being his usual FUN self!
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Rotarians Support Salvation Army 2017-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Nov 29, 2017
The Akron Rotary Foundation (ARF) was established in 1992 to acquire, grow, manage and distribute the funds needed to support the Rotary Camp and the many projects and activities undertaken by the Rotary Club of Akron.  It is one of the three major components of our Akron Rotary organization. 

Several weeks ago ARF President Jim Redmond, and Treasurer Dan Riemenschneider gave a 25th Anniversary Presentation to the Rotary Club of Akron membership to describe the Foundation’s function and purpose.  It included:
The Akron Rotary Foundation Report Graham Reinke 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie on Nov 16, 2017
Akron Rotary has officially launched a Rotary Interact club with North High School. There were 16 students in attendance for the kick-off and they are very excited about the opportunities for themselves, their school, and their community & city. The club’s launching perfectly coincides with the Rotary Interact District gathering which will be taking place at Cuyahoga Falls High school on Saturday, November 4th. A team of students from North is looking to attend with over a hundred other students from all over Northeast Ohio. Once we have the details in place you will be hearing how you can help make a difference. The club meets every other Wednesday from 3:30 -4:00 at the high school.
Take care,
North High School Interact - It's Official!! Steve Buie 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie
On Saturday, November 4th, 190 students from all over Northeastern Ohio met at Cuyahoga Falls High School for the Rotary Interact District meeting. It was a joy filled gathering of our next generation of leaders hungry to experience more inspiration and encouragement on how to grow their leadership and serve their communities and touch lives throughout the world. Our Akron Rotary Club was represented by 9 students from North High School. Eight of the students were from Nepal and one gentleman was from Thailand. It was the perfect opportunity for these new students to experience Interact and how impactful their club can be for their school, neighborhoods, and city. There was so much energy in the room that is was almost infectious.
Interact 2017 Recap Steve Buie 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke
Rotary Club of Akron will support the United Way Read to Me Day program again this year. This is the seventh year that our Club has participated in this very worthwhile project.
We need 17 volunteers who will read to the children at Sam Salem Elementary School on November 2nd.  CLICK HERE FOR THE SIGN UP DETAILS for each of the classes needing a volunteer. Teachers can be contacted by email, and several have suggested books as reading material for the volunteer.
Readers need to bring the reading material with them and should arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time, to sign in at the office.  A library or bookstore can be very helpful in selecting an appropriate book. If you do purchase a book or bring one from home, donating it to the class is always appreciated. This enables the teacher to finish it later with the class.
Rotarian's always find this to be a very rewarding experience. If you can participate please email me (click here) ASAP, specifying the classroom, your preferred start time, and if possible an alternative room and time choice.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will keep you up-to-date on our progress.
Laura Fink 
Graham Reinke
330-436-5611  330-618-4610
Read To Me Day Graham Reinke 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Buie
On Saturday, October 21st, the Women of Rotary are stepping up and out to prepare an evening meal for the families of loved ones who are receiving much needed medical care at our Akron Childrens Hospital. The team under the leadership of Lynda Farkas consists of Lynda, Mella Castner, Sandy Naragon, and Jan Ryan.
Word has it they are keeping their special recipe a secret. 😊  With strong confidence they believe their meal will be one for the record books and a challenge to top for other Rotarians who are looking to exercise their culinary skills.
Future dates for preparing meals are Jan 20th, April 21st, July 21st, and October 20th, 2018. Come one and come all for the opportunity to bless families in need and to have a delightful experience with other Rotary family members. If you are interested in serving please reach out to Steve Buie by phone – 330-701-2970 or via email sbuie@learningrx.net
Ronald McDonald House Service Project Update Steve Buie 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you Stouffer Realty!  Mark Young thank you for leading this record breaking event!  Gary Stouffer, you have such a fantastic, generous team!



Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, grass, outdoor and natureStouffer Realty’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing and Dinner drew 150 participants and raised more than $8000 to benefit the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children. The event was held at Fox Meadow Country Club in Medina, and also marked the 20th anniversary of the founding of Stouffer Realty.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Akron Rotary Camp because they do so much good for the children of Northeast Ohio,” said Realtor Mark Young, who organizes the event. “Four years ago, Stouffer Realty helped sponsor the Chili Open to benefit the camp; today, we are proud to be sponsoring our own fundraiser and raising more dollars every year.”

The mission of the Akron Rotary Camp is to provide a traditional camping experience for children and adults with disabilities, while emphasizing socialization, independence, and entertainment. The Camp sits on six acres at Rex Lake, one of the Portage Lakes. The acreage was purchased by the Rotary Club of Akron in 1925 and the camp at Rex Lake has been fully operational since 1926.

Thank you Stouffer Realty 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner

Akron Rotary Camp Regatta
Funds Dining Hall

Kitchen Upgrades
at Akron Rotary Camp.

On Saturday, September 23, nearly 500 guests attended the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta on the shores of Rex Lake. It was the perfect summer evening as guests were greeted with signature Champagne cocktails; enjoyed boat rides, s’mores around the camp fire, and had a chance to explore the camp and all it has to offer. The evening was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Portage Lakes.
Thank you to our co-chairs, Bill and Suzanne Manby and Joe and Nicolle Swiatkowski for all their hard work and dedication to make this event a phenomenal success, as we raised over $691,000! Proceeds of the event will be used for much needed updates to the current dining hall and kitchen. Through this renovation we will improve the overall dining experience for every camper, but also build a sensory sensitive dining space for our campers who need it, because of sensory processing disorders.  The renovations will also include updates in the kitchen so we can meet current health department standards, additional storage for tables and chairs, and ADA accessible bathrooms.  It will be named the Roger and Judy Read Lodge for their longtime support to Akron Rotary Camp. 
We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our Akron Rotary Club, Akron Rotary Foundation, and many other donors, volunteers, and supporters throughout our community. TOGETHER we will continue to create a world where there are only abilities! 
Regatta Wrap-up 2017 Amanda Warner 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Registration is Open for Salvation Army "Ring The Bell" Day Mark Seward 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Service Project & Community-Wide Events Karen Meek 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Rooney on Aug 28, 2017

Below, Nathanael congratulates his grandfather, Charles W. for being recognized as an Honorary Rotarian.
     The Billow Rotary Dynasty in Akron began with Captain George Billow, who served in the Civil War, and founded the first funeral home in Akron.  Captain George wasn’t an Akron Rotarian, because there was no Akron Rotary Club during his prime.  But Captain George had three sons who became Akron Rotarians.
     The eldest son, George W. Billow, was a Charter Member of the Akron Club in 1914, and served as its President in 1916-17.  The second son, Charles F. Billow, was an Honorary Member of the Club.  And the third son, Edwin Billow, was also a member.   
     But of those three 1st generation members, it was Charles F. Billow whose progeny has resulted in this amazing 5-generation Rotary family.  Charles F. Billow’s son, Arthur F. Billow, was an active member of the Akron club, and the thread continued when Arthur’s son, Charles W. (Chuck) Billow, joined the Akron Club in 1952.  Chuck loved the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, and enjoyed driving kids to the Camp.  Chuck was known to take his family on vacations in the United States and Europe, crafting those vacation itineraries around attending other Rotary clubs to keep his perfect attendance intact. Chuck continued as an active member of the Akron Club for over 65 years, when he was recognized and inducted as an Honorary Member on August 22, 2017.  The Akron Club expects that Honorary Membership to continue for many years.  
     Through Chuck’s example, the Rotary string has continued.  Chuck’s son, Charles M. (Chip) Billow, was a member of the Akron Club for several years before he moved to Tallmadge, where he is still a Rotarian.  And Chip’s son, Nathanael, representing the 5th generation, was inducted into the Akron Club on August 1, 2017.
     All of these Billow family members have been active in the family business – the Billow Company – that operates the Billow Funeral Homes and Crematory, a premier Akron business since 1915.
     For over 100 years and spanning 5 generations - from the very formation of the Akron Rotary Club in 1914 to the present time – the Billow Rotary Dynasty has reigned in Akron.
George Rooney
August 28, 2017
THE BILLOW ROTARY DYNASTY IN AKRON, OHIO George Rooney 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner on Aug 28, 2017
     For the past 93 years, the Akron Rotary Camp has served children with special needs throughout Northeast Ohio. Thanks to the generous support of so many in our community, we have made tremendous strides to fulfill our mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!”
     Please join us for the 3rd Akron Rotary Camp Regatta on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6pm at Akron Rotary Camp.  Enjoy cocktails as you stroll along the beautiful lake campgrounds with friends while you sample on some gourmet creations from the one and only Chef Beau Schmidt from Beau’s Grille and Beau’s on the River.  Explore the camp and experience all the wonderful facilities and activities our campers enjoy throughout the year while listening to the sounds of local musicians, Hard to Handle. The night promises an entertaining live auction with one-of-a-kind items and exciting getaways, concluded with a fireworks spectacular over the lake.

     All proceeds of the event will be used for the renovation of the dining hall that was originally constructed in 1963. It will include expansion for storage, accessible restrooms, kitchen upgrades and an addition of a sensory-friendly dining area balcony designed with a focus on color, lighting and sound to create an immersive sensory experience. Many of our campers with autism have difficulty at mealtime related to the sensory experience of eating in crowded, noisy and uncomfortable surroundings. Many times, they demand to eat outside in the quietness of nature – with the heat of summer and cold of winter which isn’t an ideal situation. Our new dining hall will help resolve this challenge.  We need your support as we continue this voyage of making a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families. Please consider a sponsorship, tickets to the event, or a donation to support this cause.  Visit rotarycampregatta.com for more information.
     More than 1,800 children and adults with disabilities attend each year, where they participate in a variety of programs and activities, learn important life skills, grow confident, and build friendships that last a lifetime. Akron Rotary Camp is also committed to offering financial assistance to those who may qualify. In 2016, more than $184,000 was provided to help over 600 families be able to have a camp experience. With the support from the proceeds raised for the Regatta event, Akron Rotary Camp will be able to continue to reach out and serve special needs families in the community.

For information about the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta – please visit rotarycampregatta.com or call the camp office at (330) 644-4512.
Join us at the 3rd Akron Rotary Camp Regatta Celebration and Fundraiser Amanda Warner 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Rotary Club of Akron, OH
New to the Meal Deal?
The Meal Deal is offered annually to any member who would like to prepay for their Rotary lunches at a 20% discount.
Forty seven lunches at $13/luncheon less 20% is only $488.80. *Note: Due to holidays no meetings are scheduled for September 5, December 26, and May 29.
You can sign up for the Meal Deal at any Rotary lunch by July 25th (just tell Dawn) or email dawnh@akronymca.org
Please submit your payment by July 31, 2017. 
Existing Meal Deal Participants:
If you are currently signed up for the Meal Deal and are continuing it the total lunches are 48 (includes July 11th) and the total cost is $499.20.
Prepaid Meal Plan:
If you are not interested in the full year plan at discount you may want to opt for the Prepaid Meal Plan.  All you have to do is send your payment for the number of meals you wish to pay for at $13.00 per meal. 
You can start the prepaid meal plan anytime throughout the year.
Don’t have cash on you?  Forgot your checkbook?
We accept credit cards through our Square Reader!
Call Dawn at the club office at 330.644.4512.
Please make your checks payable to:
Rotary Club of Akron
4460 Rex Lake Drive
New Franklin, OH  44319
Annual Meal Deal - Offer Ends July 31! Dan Reynolds 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Thank you Chili Open for Making Camp Affordable for our Families!
This past week at our camp cookout we celebrated the success of the Chili Open as several Chili Open sponsors and Rotarians joined us. We are grateful for everyone’s support and hard work to make it a continued success. Annually, the net proceeds from the Chili Open makes attending camp affordable for all of our families. We are committed to never letting a family’s personal financial resources prevent a camper from attending camp. No child is ever turned away for an inability to pay!  Save the date for the 28th Annual Chili Open, February 3, 2018 at Hale Farm and Village, co-chaired by John Margida and Wanda Whipkey.
If you haven’t made it out to Camp yet for a cookout – there is only two more weeks left (July 20th and July 27th.) Come see what camp is all about and meet some of our staff.  They are the most hardworking individuals you will ever meet, as their energy and enthusiasm are endless.  Please RSVP to either Mella (mellac@akronymca.org), or Amanda (amandaw@akronymca.org).  Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Pavilion.
Hope to see you at camp soon!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Rotary Camp News Amanda Warner 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Members Rally to Help with United Day of Action 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Cleveland Indians End Polio Now Night at Progressive Field Stewart Buchanan 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Night out at RubberDucks Baseball Game! 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Update:  Tuesday's meeting will be held at The Duck Club, 300 St. Main St., Akron, Ohio 44308 (it's in Canal Park). The cost of the lunch will be $20, payable at the door as usual. 
Our speaker will be Joel Testa, who'll talk about Testa Companies and his vision for Akron. 
See you Tuesday,
Chaz Billington

no online orders - you must use the form to order tickets/food
Wed., June 28th at 7:05 pm. 
We have reserved our Rotary Group in Section 9!!
The first 40-tickets are being offered FREE,
Thanks to the Generous Donation from our Rotarian Tom Knauer.
Tickets After Promotional period $7.00
Deadline Tue., June 13th.
Reserve Your Tickets NOW
 FOOD OPTION ADD ON that can make it a loaded ticket.
Hot dog, bag of chips and 12-oz soda..$5.00 or
Hamburg, bag of chips and 12-oz soda..$ 10.00
Hugh Alpeter   email:  halpeter@mpicase.com

Thank you to our speakers last week from Akron Public Schools
The Club is looking forward to partnering on a new service project with the school system!

The ARM is a quick overview for this week so please
remember to checkout the events listed below and on the home page.
There are many service projects and events planned in the coming months.

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Posted by Steve Buie
Akron Rotary Club has a new service opportunity with the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Akron. Once a quarter we will be preparing an evening meal for all of the visiting families that are here to get their children much needed medical care. We will be working from 2-5 on one Saturday a quarter. Each meal we will need a team of 5-6 people to be involved with meal prep and kitchen clean-up. If you have a special recipe you’re looking to razzle and dazzle some folks with, please contact Steve Buie for further details. Our first day of service is Saturday, May 20th and we already have a team in place to serve. This is a wonderful opportunity to involve your spouse, significant other, and or kids.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Stephen P. Buie
Director LearningRx
150 Springside Drive
Akron, Ohio 44333
Office- 330-668-9711
Ronald McDonald House - Club Service Project Kick Off!! Steve Buie 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Scholarships Available 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Cornhole Tournament to Benefit Rotary Camp 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
We were very pleased to listen to Sky present at a recent Club meeting.  She told us about her family, home country and tremendous adventures as an Exchange Student.
Thank you for sharing with us Sky!  We all enjoyed learning more about you and your exciting time with us.
Sky Makes Presentation to Club Susan Colville-Hall 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Club Dragon Boat Needs Rowers! Robert McGregor 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Alpeter
Rotary members and guests had a great time Thurs., 4/13th at Edgar’s Restaurant.  Mark Auburn, Brian Chima, Nanci Dodgson, Greg Genega, Jack Harig, Karen Meek, Vincent Munnerlyn and his wife Theresa, Sandy Naragon, Graham Reinke, June Ring, George Rooney, Steve Shechter, Dan Sveda, Pam Kiltau, Kathryn Michael,  Karen Taylor and Hugh Alpeter enjoyed the evening together.  Great food, drinks were enjoyed.  Hugh, Social Chairman commented,” it was a great night overlooking the Good Park Golf Course.  After Hours Events are designed for members to enjoy fellowship, get to know each other in a casual atmosphere without having to rush at our normal meetings to have lunch, hear the speaker and rush off to work.  Everyone enjoys these events. “.  Anyone who would like to join the Social Committee to help with future events, please contact Hugh.
Fun at the Rotary After Hours Event at Edgars Restaurant Hugh Alpeter 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shechter
Time and change brings us experience and wisdom. Sometimes there are other changes, too.
Is it time for you to update your photo and other info in the online directory?
Of course, if your profile has no picture at all, you really should upload one or send one - Here is how to change your profile and to upload your photo:
1. login at www.akronrotary.org
2. go to member area (next to the login button)
3. Under My ClubRunner select either
 "Edit My Profile" and then update all the information including your photo or
 "Upload My Photo" to just upload your picture.
 My ClubRunner
Edit My Profile
Change My Password
Upload My Photo
5.  You can also opt to send a jpg photo (include your name!) to Cheryl Warren cawarren@neo.rr.com . She has been known to upload pictures for those of us who are not quite as adept at such tasks as we might like to be.
Steve Shechter
Has Something Changed? Steve Shechter 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall
Shy Chen, our Rotary exchange student, and her team Starstruck for American Elite place 1st at the Best of Midwest competition April 9 in Cleveland.  So proud of this visiting international young person.  She has learned a typically American skill to take back to Taiwan and made many new friends. Thank you Wanda Whipkey for making this possible. 
Shy Chen and her Team Take 1st Place! Susan Colville-Hall 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner
When I was asked to write something about working at Camp, I didn’t know where to start.  Do I start when I first arrived in the USA nearly 15 years ago to work at a Summer Camp for children with special needs and didn’t know what to expect?  Do I start when I realized that I didn’t feel that I was making a difference, but that Camp and the children that we served have made a difference in my life?  Or, do I share how today, with the support from Rotarians and community members; together we “Create a world where there are only abilities?”
Akron Rotary Camp is a very special place.  It’s a place where no one is judged. It’s a place where we celebrate each other and makes us grateful for what we have. As a counselor, I learned how to give my all, all – the - time. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone, and I learned how to accept what can and cannot be. It is also the place that taught me to think on my feet and to step in leadership roles that I never thought I could do, and how to be part of a team. I also the place where I made lifelong friends, and like then, we still share our greatest successes with each other and celebrate each other’s’ lives accomplishments.
Camp days are long, very long, - but when a camper gives you a big hug on Friday before they leave and tell you they had the best week, it made it so worth it.  I remember Missy McDonald that was always smiling, although she had Downs. Nothing could get her down! I remember Jessica and Zack that started coming to camp when they were 6 years old.  They still come to camp as it is their camp where their friends are, and where they feel save.  They learned how to be independent and do things that they never thought they could. I remember Enrique that thanked me for saving his life when he fell out of a canoe and helped him to get back in.  And Christy, that takes on the role of ‘Counselor-in-training’ to make sure her new cabin friends feel welcome.  As I’m reminiscing about Jordan, Rachel, Maverick, and so many others and the experiences they had at camp, I realize, once again how fortunate I am.  How the next chapter in my life started on this 6 acre camp in Akron, Ohio, and how I need to thank God for all I have, and can do. 
These days I don’t work as much with the campers as in my days of being a counselor, but together with our Camp team, I work to make camp better. I work with volunteers and volunteer groups to lend that extra pair of hands, or get camp clean, organized or painted so they can feel welcome.  I also work on events to make sure we can take on the next project or provide the financial assistance that’s needed.  To past and present Rotarians I want to say Thank You!  Thank you for your commitment and support to the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs where we continue to “Create a world where there are only abilities!”
PS: Please join us for our Thursday night Cookouts this summer and maybe you will meet a Rachel, Maverick, or Christy to start your camp story too.
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Director of Volunteers and Special Events
My Camp Story Amanda Warner 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
The annual President's Roast is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
at Rotary Camp. Save the date ... registration will open soon!
But we need your input NOW please: 
In keeping with tradition, we'll have a spirited and
playful program
to celebrate
President Jeff Sitz. 
Please plan on participating in the fun by
providing your stories and memories to
Chairperson Sandy Naragon at
Presidents Roast: Share Your Spirited Stories 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Mar 23, 2017
Our RYE student, Sky (Yi-Chieh CHEN) is doing well and is very happy with her experience in northeast Ohio.  She has a good relationship with all family members, and has been enjoying especially having older sisters in the Laber family of Stow.  Sky acknowledges that she needs to work more at school and cannot miss without an excuse.  She acquired several absences to date because of Florida trip in December and Rotary meetings she has attended.   Sky will attend Rotary the last week of March during her spring vacation.  
Marcia Holcomb completed the 2nd month report for the host family, a procedure required by the U.S. Department of State to insure that all Rotary exchange students are in good hands.  Marcia’s report was positive, although the family would like more notice in meetings and gatherings sponsored by Akron or the district.    
Because Sky arrived in the middle of September and missed orientation at Rotary Camp, Sky participated in her 1st Akron Rotary Camp Overnight with district RYE students Feb. 18-19 (pictured).  She had a fantastic time with interactive games, cultural exercises and just hanging out with other exchange students.  One of her favorite activities. 
Sky met her 3rd host family, the Carrolls, Jennifer and Richard, children David (17) and Audrey (15). They are a lovely professional family: Jen is an ob-gyn physician and Richard is a retired professor of pharmaceuticals.  We expect to see Sky move around the 10th of April.
What an opportunity.  Sky’s was able to participate in the Rotary sponsored Eastern Trip March 10-March 19.   She and about 80 RYE students from all over the U. S. traveled by bus to Washington, D. C., New York and Boston during the 2017 March blizzard!!  Sky maintained that she had FUN, but was extremely cold.  She was very proud of her photos of the capital and Times Square.  We owe a great deal to Host Mom, Laurel Laber, for arranging Sky’s transportation to the Eastern Trip meeting place in Columbus and return to Stow.  While it appeared a logistical nightmare, our committee decided that Laurel Laber may have a future career as a travel agent.
Save the date:  April 9.  Sky’s American Elite (cheerleading) team performance is that evening.  Sky has adopted a totally American phenomenon and she loves it, both the interaction with her teammates and the physical challenges.   Sky will also present information about her country of Taiwan to the Rotary Club of Akron in April or May.
Our Youth Exchange Student Keeps Busy Susan Colville-Hall 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Feb 20, 2017
If you have more pictures, please send them in jpg formats (not in the body of the email) to Cheryl Warren (click to email her). They will be added to our archived photo directory on the website.  If you names of those in the photo(s) include it with your email please.
Photos from 2017 Chili Open Cheryl Warren 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon
Promote your product or service to Akron Rotarians!  Each week, IT sponsorships are available for $50.   Sponsors get their name and logo (or name if no logo submitted) on screen as part of the loop of announcements. Sponsorship dollars are offsetting the cost of projector and screen used by speakers and to promote upcoming Rotary activities and programs.
For more information or to reserve your sponsorship (and have the first choice of dates), email me at SNaragon@akronclevelandrealtors.com
Are you willing to help get the weekly sponsor PowerPoint going on the projector?  Knowledge of PowerPoint is helpful in case last minute updates are necessary.  Email me if you’re interested.
Akron Rotary is Offering IT Sponsorships Sandy Naragon 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner on Feb 20, 2017
February 4, 2017 was quite a chilly day, but that didn’t stop over 500 attendees from joining together for the 27th annual Chili Open Golf Classic, presented by Wayne Homes.  The grounds of Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio were transformed into five unique golf courses with 9 holes each that ranged from 65-125yards. Participants also had a chance to take a shot at the hole-in-one and closets-to-the-pin to win some great prizes! 
The day was a huge success and together we raised over $239,000 benefiting the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Funds from the event will help more than 1,800 children to attend summer camp and year round respite programs which will help them build independence, social skills, and memories that last a lifetime.  Last year, Akron Rotary Camp provided over $180,000 in direct financial assistance to campers and families in need.
We are grateful to each and every one that contributed in some way.  Thank you to all Rotarians that supported the cause by purchasing raffle tickets, sponsorships, camperships, donated prizes or volunteered their time.  We appreciate the continued support.  Thank you also to our two co-chairs, Julie Brandle and Rick Rockich for steering this event as well as other committee members for all your efforts and support.
Mark your calendars to join us for Akron Rotary’s 28th annual Chili Open Golf Classic on February 3, 2018!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Akron Rotary's 27th Chili Open Golf Classic Amanda Warner 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stew Buchanan on Jan 23, 2017
Very interesting experience in the Chinendaga area of Nicaragua where Cheryl and Stew Buchanan and Brandon McFadden (our grandson) helped in giving shoe boxes to the children of the dump and other children in some of the neighboring schools.
It is fun to see the smiles on the faces of these children when they receive their shoe box of various items like a tooth brush, ball cap, school supplies and much more.  Seeing where they go to school, how far they have to walk, where they live, etc. is a real eye opener.
Rotary has had a focus on education for these children in the area and they now have classes through high school.  Some of these children who were part of the families in the dump area have now finished college because of Rotary's help.
Rotary has helped to provide equipment, etc. for a trade school for some of the children from the area where we visited.
We also visited the dump where families still survive by salvaging what they can from the trash.   We also visited a home started by Rotary, for expectant mothers who come from many miles away to stay until they are ready to deliver.  Prior to this home, these women slept on park benches or whatever across the street from the hospital until delivery time.
 Much more to tell and lots of pictures about our fantastic trip from January 4th, 2017 through January 11th, 2017.   CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Shoeboxes to Nicaragua Stew Buchanan 2017-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2017
To our 2017 Chili Open Committee  . . .
Julie Brandle, Co-Chair
Rick Rockich, Co-Chair
Helen Farmer
Laura Fink
Michael Gladyz
David Hall
Kimmie Hoch
Barry Hollis
Joe Horak
Kevin Keeney
Brian Kosarko
Katie Logsdon
Sam Lupica
Bill Manby, Jr.
Nichole Major
John Margida
Rob McGregor
David Miller
Megan Moncrief
Patrick O'Neill
Jonathan Phelps
Jim Redmond
Dan Riemenschneider
Bob Ryan
Jeff Sitz
Brian Steere
Scott Stutler
Dan Sveda
Wanda Whipkey
Your Chili Open Committee!! 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Sky will Perform at Cheerleading Showcase Wanda Whipkey 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2017
We would like to thank the SUPER Learning Center for allowing us to bring Christmas cheer to 150 very special children on December 15, 2016.
The event started with Santa arriving on a firetruck, sirens ablaze. You, however, cannot hear the sirens over the sounds of the children screaming with joy, their faces pushed up against the window, to see Santa Claus. The school has transformed their library into a winter-wonderland, complete with a throne clearly meant for no other but the jolliest of them all. Shortly after Santa settles in, he is greeted by his elves (teacher’s aides), who also provide specific information about each child through an earpiece receiver.
SUPER Learning Center Follow Up Matt Slonsky 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2017
Annually, the Rotary International President Elect announces the theme for the year in which he will serve as RI President.   This announcement always takes place at the January training assembly for the incoming class of District Governors.  To learn more about our incoming RI President you can click here.
2017-18 RI President Announces Theme 2017-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Join us on February 4, 2017 for the 2017 Chili Open, at Hale Farm and Village benefiting the Akron Rotary Camp. (Watch Chili Open Video Here)
Since its inception, the Chili Open has raised over $2.7 million to provide support to families with children with special needs. At Rotary Camp, campers are provided the opportunity to experience traditional camping activities, develop relationships, learn life skills, and create memories that last a lifetime. Currently, Rotary Camp annually serves almost 2,000 children and adults along with their families with a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities and mental health disorders through our day, overnight, and year-round respite camp programs.
Our goal for the 27th annual Chili Open is $250,000 and in order for us to have another successful event to support the Camp WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you or your company would like to provide a Sponsorship, please contact the Akron Rotary Camp Office (330) 644-4512.
There are also many other ways to get involved:
  • Purchase a CAMPERSHIP for only $500.  It will provide one week of camp for a child with special needs.
  • Purchase ADVERTISING in the Chili Open Tabloid Newspaper that is distributed to over 135,000 households throughout Summit County.
  • Purchase RAFFLE TICKETS or ask friends, family, and co-workers to buy tickets at only $20 per ticket.  Every one stands a chance to win one of four great prizes, that includes a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS, a LG 55” 4k Smart TV, a Fox Sports Ohio Behind-the-Scene Media Package to a 2017 Cleveland Indians Game, or 2 tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament. 6 tickets for $100 will give you an entry into Snowmania for a chance to win $50,000.
  • Sign up to VOLUNTEER.  We have lots of volunteer opportunities available.
Please visit Chiliopen.net for more information about the Chili Open, to purchase a sponsorship, register to golf, purchase a Clubhouse pass, or to purchase a raffle ticket. Thank you for helping us achieve the mission of Rotary Camp “Creating a world where there are only abilities!
With Gratitude, in the spirit of camping,
Julie Brandle and Rick Rockich
Co-Chairs, 2017 Chili Open
Chili Open: How you can get involved! Julie Brandle 2017-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Jan 12, 2017
Members: Brian Chima, Susan Colville-Hall, Marcia Holcomb, Wanda Whipkey, Doug Hausknecht, Brian Kosarko, Jack Harig, Keryl Whetstone, Barry Hollis, Stew Buchanan, Cathryn O’Malley, Leslie Tierney.
Brian Chima reported on the November RYE meeting.  He developed the sheet on likes and dislikes for Sky and made announcements so that other Rotarians and families will take advantage of the opportunity to interact with her while inviting her to do something. Brian will continue to make these announcements on a regular basis and will also help set up these up with Sky and the Rotarian at hand.
RYE/International Committee January Update Susan Colville-Hall 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jack Harig on Nov 15, 2016
Rotary Veterans who served in reserve, national guard, and active duty were honored at our Club meeting on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Jack Harig began with  talking about Armistice Day Nov 11, 1918 11th hour, 11th day 11th month.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations” and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhowersigned the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all. 
As a nation we smile and say in passing, “Thanks for your Service”
What does that mean?
  • To the Combat Veteran
  • To the wounded, physically and mentally
  • To those who served in support units or a peace time army
  • To families and loved ones who remain behind, follow along, worry, and pray
Can we offer more?
King David, who commanded armies and trusted in the Lord during times of battle, wrote these words in
            Psalms 3:
O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!" But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
Thank you to our Rotarians who are veterans and all the veterans who have served our country.
Akron Rotary Celebrates our Veterans Jack Harig 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Hausknecht on Nov 12, 2016
The University of Akron remembered Rotarian Tom Blair, even though they didn’t know he was a Rotarian.  But we do.

At the Veterans Day outdoor ceremonies, President Matthew Wilson told the story of our Korean War Memorial, located on the east lawn of Bierce Library, facing Olin Hall. It was dedicated 15 years ago today.
UA alumnus Thomas Blair, a successful local businessman, was a Marine and an infantryman during the Korean War. He worked with artist Carl Floyd to design the memorial, and paid its $160,000 cost.
The monument features a semi-circle of five columns, each adorned with the symbol of one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces. A low, white
dome rises out of the ground, representing the Earth as it extends up from the 38th Parallel North — the border between North and South Korea when hostilities began in 1950.
On top of the dome is a large metal rectangle, inscribed with:
  • the story of that war
  • a map of the region
  • the number of U.S. servicemen and women who were killed, wounded and missing there, as well as corresponding numbers for United Nations troops.
The metal block is dark and rusted from rain and snow. That rust has flowed onto the white dome and the ground — just as Blair envisioned. The block represents the machinery of warfare, and the rust represents how war stains the world.
Blair died not long after the memorial was finished, but his hope for future generations remains clear.
The block bears the words, "The location of this memorial on The University of Akron campus has been selected to preserve the importance of this event for those who did not live through it."
If you look for Blair’s name on the memorial, you won’t find it. He didn’t intend it to be a memorial to himself, but an educational tool. Maybe that helps explain why this university is a bit different when it comes to veterans.
The sacrifice of our service men and women is not a distant concept, or a historical footnote to us. That sacrifice is very real because veterans are part of who we are as a university.
Veterans of the Civil War helped to found this institution. Veterans from the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts sit in our classrooms and stadiums. Veterans are what our ROTC students will become, when their service is complete.
Douglas Hausknecht, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business
CBA Assessment Officer
UA remembers Rotarian Tom Blair Douglas Hausknecht 2016-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Oct 18, 2016
This year, volunteers from our club will participate by reading to children at Findley Elementary School. We need 17 Rotarians who will select a time and donate 30 minutes to read to the kids. You can pick one of your favorite children's books or choose from a list of resources provided by the teachers. A book store or the Public Library can also help with the selection of reading material.  We will email volunteers all of the necessary information prior to your scheduled visit.
Thank you for helping support our kids!  The school is located at 65 East Tallmadge Ave.  and you can sign up online or by contacting: 
Graham Reinke:  Email: cmandgar@yahoo.com
330 867-0238 H
330 618-4610 C
November 3, 2016 is Akron Read to me Day Graham Reinke 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Daveduk on Oct 13, 2016
The October Board of Directors Meeting for the Akron Rotary is bustling with committee reports, community activities, new fundraising goals for the Chili Open and upcoming meeting where Paul Harris awards will be given to members and offsite field trips are just a few of the hot topics keeping this club moving forward. 
Your Board at Work ... Alana Daveduk 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Daveduk on Oct 10, 2016
Akron Service Projects committee is on the move.  A subcommittee has been formed to reach out to the board of Image Academy.  The plan is to invite their members to attend and join Rotary.  Students there need volunteer opportunities, too.  Bell ringing sign up is open.  Operation Orange at the Akron Food Bank was attended by 7 Rotarians who sorted food for 2 hours.  It was fun and we will do it again next year.
Alana Daveduk
Service Project Update Alana Daveduk 2016-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Oct 04, 2016
The music was blaring!  There were people everywhere!  Fruit was flying!  Were we at a Friday night house party?  No!  Akron Rotary was at Operation Orange!  On Friday, September 9th, Akron Rotarians joined 1500 other volunteers at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank’s Annual Operation Orange.  It’s a 24-hour event aimed to raise awareness and to keep up with the growing demand for emergency food.
Volunteering that beautiful Friday afternoon were Rotarians Lynda Farkas, Don Gordon, Katy Miller, Sam Lupica, Sandy Naragon, George Rooney, Jan Ryan, Sherrie Sanchez, Sherry Valentine, and Ed Wagner.  Many others may have been volunteering through their employers or other civic organizations.
In total, 248,440 lbs of fresh produce were sorted, weighed and bagged—ready to get into the hands and mouths of those who need it!  
Not Your Typical Friday! Sandy Naragon 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Akron Rotary Club will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Friday, December 9th from 9:00 am-9:00 pm at ACME #1 (1835 W. Market Street). We will need two volunteers to cover each hour that day. This is a great opportunity for your children or grandchildren to experience the joy of individuals in the community giving to help our community. It is also a chance to showcase your ability to play a musical instrument, demonstrate your singing talents, or just hang out with other Rotarians and friends for a good cause. There will be an opportunity to sign-up in the near future. In the meantime, if you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please contact Mark Seward at markdseward@gmail.com or 330-414-2075. Thank you.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Mark Seward 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian



We are 99.9 percent of the way toward ending polio. As of early June, there were only 16 cases of wild poliovirus in the world, and many think this could be the year we see the last naturally occurring case of polio.

As Rotary and our partners work to eradicate the poliovirus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the remaining endemic countries, we also continue immunization campaigns in other high-risk countries to ensure that the disease remains gone for good. You can participate on the ground. Email polioplus@rotary.org to connect with Rotarians leading upcoming trips. 

Also consider using your network to spread the word and make sure polio stays on the global agenda. Provide a link to endpolio.org in your email signature. Follow End Polio Now on Facebook and Twitter and share the story of polio eradication with your social networks. When your legislators speak at club meetings, make sure you bring up polio funding. “The fact we are grassroots enables us to have a tremendous amount of influence,” says International PolioPlus Chair Michael McGovern. Host a community event to celebrate World Polio Day on 24 October; register your event and download resources at endpolio.org.

Donate now and your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Go towww.endpolio.org.

Reasons to love Rotary right now 2016-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2016
Rotary Camp For Children with Special Needs
Click on the video and see how the Akron Rotary Camp creates a world for special needs children and adults where there are only abilities. The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA, offers children and adults with disabilities, the opportunity to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of camp.
Video Showcases Our Akron Rotary Camp 2016-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Daveduk on Jul 17, 2016
This year's Board of Director's gathered for the first time on Tuesday, July 12th.   Our New President addressed the team and announced that our club has experienced significant growth in the last five years.  Now we need to help engage and mentor each member but this is not just a job for a mentor but truly each and every members responsibility.  
Rotary Club Directors in Action Alana Daveduk 2016-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Jun 21, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Akron Rotary Club met on June 147th.  Below is a summary the action approved:
Effective July 1st, a $5 non-eating fee will be charged of Rotarians who attending weekly luncheons.  Rationale:  there are costs associated with Rotary activities and luncheons beyond the food price such as room setup, beverages, room fees, etc.  Also, Portage Country Club is extremely flexible with our unpredictable attendance and meeting needs.  That along with free, convenient parking was motivation to continue meeting there.
Effective July 1st, an IT Sponsorship of $50 per week will be available. Sponsors get name and logo (or name if no logo submitted) on screen as part of the loop of announcements. Rationale: we’re charged for the projector and screen whether we use it or not, we’ll put it to use promoting Rotary activities and offer the sponsorship to offset the cost.
To move forward with the Akron Public Schools Partnership to help purchase instructional reading kits and to provide Rotarians to present the materials, provide on-going help reading, and share the Rotary ideals. This project will replace the Dictionary Project.  Rationale: APS identified a greater need and better impact for the reading kits. Funding is already in place.
President-elect Jeff Sitz is busy meeting with his leadership team preparing to lead the Club.  Jeff will be installed and share his vision at the Rotary Club meeting scheduled for July 12th
NOTE:  Akron Rotary will NOT meet on July 5th as Portage Country Club is closed to observe Independence Day.
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - June 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Jun 20, 2016
As promised, below are more ideas generated at the April 12th Table Talk session. 
Fundraising – Blake Babcock, Leader
Strengths:  Leadership:  Mella Castner; Simple:  The Four Way Test is an easy message to communicate to potential donors and members; Concrete:  Rotary Camp is a physical asset to show people; Radical:  There’s no other event like the Chili Open!
Priorities:  Develop Planned Giving; Maximize Chili Open Sponsorships; Clarify the Foundation’s Role; Hold more events at Camp to build awareness; Engage college and high school students.
Potpourri – Bob Pacanovsky, Leader
  • Narrow the focus on club’s service projects
  • Be more than a “wallet” and be willing to say No from time to time
  • Have a conversation with the Akron Public Schools about helping them out in other ways?  Possibly provide leaders and mentors for students?
  • Follow up with student scholarship recipients to provide any mentoring
  • Investigate awarding scholarships to local students study abroad. 
  • Get more members engaged with Rotary Camp; give more Camp updates at lunch; remind Rotarians about Thursday and Sunday Camp visits
Programs – Amanda Barna, Leader
Hold joint meetings with other groups, i.e. Kiwanis, Kent Rotary during Akron/Kent football game.  Have coaches or mayors speak.  Meeting location could alternate same as home game.
More field trips, especially Rotary Camp.
Bring back favorite past speakers: Terry Bowden- UA football coach, ABJ reporter who talked about Akron demographics (Price?)
Speaker Ideas:
  • Akron Children’s Hospital; the DWTS event was mentioned
  • Akron General CEO
  • Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan
  • Akron Public Schools - David James
  • Akron Snow Angels- Erin Victor
  • Akron Symphony Conductor/Detroit Conductor
  • Akron Police Chief James Nice
  • Bit Factory
  • Directors from ADM Board, DD Board, Children Services
  • Haven of Rest
  • Kyle Kutuchief
  • Leadership Akron - Mark Scheffler
  • LeBron James Family Foundation
  • New Goodyear CEO
  • Polar Bear Club
  • Summa CEO
  • Summit County Health Department
  • United Way- Jim Mullen
  • University of Akron
  • WAKR to give an update on what is happening in Akron, in Ohio and the region
  • Spotlight a Rotarian at each meeting allowing 3-5 minute presentations.
  • If it’s important to our community, Rotary should be engaged, i.e. heroin epidemic
Rotary International Foundation – Cathryn O’Malley, Leader
  • Educate Akron Rotarians about Rotary International (Quarterly)
  • What projects are there?
  • What’s our role in deciding on international projects?
  • Introduce new members to Paul Harris Fellowships – explain financial commitment and lottery.
  • Create new ways to give
  • Grow the International Committee
  • Where do Paul Harris Funds go?
  • Broaden fundraising beyond the Camp and Chili Open
  • Define local/district/international role in service projects and RI
  • Raise Akron Rotary’s service project awareness – focus on Internal speakers throughout the year.
Some of these terrific ideas are already becoming a reality!  Moving forward, President-Elect Jeff Sitz will transition into 2016-17 and even more will take shape.  Regardless of who’s leading Akron Rotary, the goal remains—create an amazing and personal fulfilling experience for Akron Rotarians!
When Rotarians Talk Great Ideas Happen! Sandy Naragon 2016-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

Wear your casual picnic attire . . Hawaiian, Ugliest, or Most Fun Shirts encouraged!! 
$10.00 per person / children under age 10 are free.  
Bring your future Rotarians!!
Club Awards Picnic at the Camp June 25, 2016 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner
Please join us for a Thursday night cookout during Summer Camp.  It’s a great way to meet the counselors and campers and to experience our camp program first hand.
Dinner will be served at 6pm in the Pavilion.  Friends and Family are welcome too!
Dates are as follows - simply click on the date you want to attend and sign up online!!  If you wish to attend multiple weeks please register for each date accordingly.  RSVPs are needed please.
You can also RSVP by emailing Amanda – amandaw@akronymca.org or Eric – ericc@akronymca.org 
LAST TWO NIGHTS: Rotary Camp Summer Cookouts! Join Us!! Amanda Warner 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Many clubs in our district are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs such as Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), The Four Way Speech Contest and Rotary Youth Exchange.  Youth service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. The RI Strategic Plan encourages clubs to balance their activities in all five Avenues of Service, and regarding the New Generations Avenue of Service, it acknowledges the exceptional work that Rotarians do to support youth programs.
Thank you to Bob Oborn (RC of Stow-Munroe Falls) for contributing to this article and for organizing a Youth Service project during our 2016 District Conference and working with over 60 Interact and Rotaract students who sorted over 6,000 books.  Books were donated by district high school and college Clubs and district Rotary clubs to fill bookcases destined for community centers and battered women's shelters.  Lowes in Brimfield donated the wood. Julie Brandle (RC of Akron), owner of Metis Construction, cut the wood into the patterns and Kent Elastomer built the bookcases.  Interact clubs from Woodbridge High School, West Geauga High School, James A Garfield High School, Twinsburg and Stow-Munroe Falls High school painted them and worked with the Rotaract Club of Kent State University and Mayfield High School Interact to sort books and fill the cases. The remaining books were donated to the United Way to replenish books in bookcases they have at various locations.
We hope this is the first of many District Service Projects by our great Interact and Rotaract clubs within the district.  We hope to double the amount of clubs participating next year and hope to see everyone on November 5th at Interaction 2016 being hosted by West Geauga High School. More details to follow. Rotary Rocks and so do the district Interact and Rotaract clubs!  Thanks again to Bob for contributing this information for our news article!!
District 6630 Youth Services Project ROCKED!!! 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students Help Feed Homeless
On April 15, 2016 19 RYE students, Rotarians and volunteers met at the Haven of Rest to feed the homeless. Prior to our service, we took a tour of the facility.  Many of our students were in “awe” at such a well-run facility mostly run by volunteers.   There was some sadness among the younger students that men, women and children were homeless, a concept that some had never been exposed to.  During dinner, our duties including sanitizing the chairs and tables, setting the tables, delivering food. After the meal we had clean up, sweeping, mopping and sanitizing again. At the end of cleaning and clearing tables our students broke into singing songs.  It was a great bonding time for all.  We finished the evening at the Angel Falls Coffee Shop where Brian Chima debriefed the students and collected their thoughts.  Many said it was a great experience and eye opening.  Thanks to Brian for arranging a great event.
RYE Help Homeless 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Dick Farkas was selected to serve as District Governor for District 6630 for our 2016-2017 Rotary year.  When Dick passed away suddenly last July, many of us, including his wife and fellow Akron Rotarian, Lynda, continued to work diligently to ensure that his dream is realized for the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration.  Two great events will take place October 23, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.    
Dick understood that our District (Rotary International District 6630), as the Home of Arch C. Klumph, Father of The Rotary Foundation, has a special responsibility and privilege to honor Arch Klumph’s memory and his vision while celebrating The Foundation’s accomplishments over the past 100 years.  Dick was excited and committed to doing something very special because Dick was also a passionate Rotarian with a vision.
Once of Arch's many achievements included bringing professional music to Cleveland. Because of the relationship between Arch C. Klumph and the Cleveland Orchestra and because the Cleveland Orchestra entertained the attendees at both Rotary International Conventions held in Cleveland in 1925 and 1939 where Arch was involved in coordinating the Orchestra’s performance
We are hosting are TWO separate events on October 23, 2016:
A private afternoon Concert at Severance Hall featuring the Cleveland Orchestra.  
A dinner recognizing those who have made new donations and commitments to The Rotary Foundation in honor of the Foundation’s 100th Anniversary.  Featured speakers will include Rotary International President-Elect John Germ and The Rotary Foundation Chair-Elect Kalyan Banerjee.  You will have the opportunity to create your own legacy with a 100th Anniversary contribution to the Rotary Foundation and become a Foundation Centennial Celebration donor or a member of the Foundation Centennial Celebration class of the Arch Klumph Society. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss.
Tickets On Sale for Foundation Centennial Celebration Concert and Dinner!! 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
We recently took our Rotary meeting on the road when we visited OpenM for a wonderfully eye opening presentation on all of the good they are doing in our community. Special thanks to Dottie Achmoody for her and her teams hospitality and a delicious lunch!   Dottie then joined us the following week and became a new Rotarian!

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


Over the past few weeks we have also welcomed Ken Babby, Akron Rubber Ducks, Lisa King, Summit Metro Parks,,Laura Duda, Goodyear Tire & Rubber and (no photo) Donald Gordon, Cascade Locks Park Association.
Welcome New Members 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
District 6630 Clubs Rocked the Change!
Thank you to everyone from the Club who attended the Rock'n the Change District Conference in April . . . What a tremendous weekend! 
Thank you again to the tremendous committee co-chaired by Akrotarian Shon Christy. There are a lot of photos (click to view) on the District website along with a video (click to view) from Shon of the Friday night keynote speaker, American hero, Josh Bleill.
And yes, you heard right . . . Elvis WAS in the House . . .Cleveland Rotarian Ron Felgenhauer joined us on Saturday as “Elvis”, an impersonator that would rock your socks. Thanks to Sandy Naragon from the RC of Akron who rocked out as Pat Benatar!
Did you know our club has a Pat Benatar twin? 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Members Enjoy Murder Mystery 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Bylaws Amendment Approved Sandy Naragon 2016-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Apr 13, 2016
The Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors met on April 12th.  The following items were discussed and/or action taken:
President-Elect Jeff Sitz has started meeting with committee chairs to hear any goals planned for 2016-17.  His purpose is to pledge his support for a successful Rotary year.
President Sandy Naragon reported that to date 47 Akron Rotarians have completed the survey.  She encouraged all to go https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RotaryClubSurvey to complete it.  Her goal is for at least a 50% response rate or 72 respondents.
Directors were encouraged to register to attend the District conference, ROCK ‘N THE CHANGE  planned for April 22nd and 23rd.  Akron Rotarians have been very instrumental in planning this year’s conference which includes some exciting program changes.  If you can’t attend the full conference, come for lunch, dinner or a few sessions.
Three proposed Rotarians were approved including Scott Downey, Dan Gordon and Kimberly Hoch. 
Directors also considered a proposal from Membership Chair Steve Shechter to amend the Bylaws to allow proposed members to be presented and considered by the Club Membership at time of proposal vs. after Board of Director approval.  Directors took action to approve the Bylaws Amendment. Their rationale:  The earlier in the process an objection to a proposed Rotarian is received, the quicker the Membership Committee and Directors are able to work for resolution.  Currently, presentation to the membership is the last step in becoming a Rotarian. Click to view proposed amendment.
Rotary International Foundation Chair Bill Manby, Sr. reported that the goal for Paul Harris Fellows is 100—in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the RI Foundation.  We’re currently at 60.
Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton reported that he is currently accepting and reviewing applications for scholarships to the 2016 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). RYLA is a five-day leadership conference for high school juniors who are aspiring young leaders. 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - April 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2016
The Rotary Club of Akron is doing amazing things!  Our club is vibrant, fun and growing. What better time than now to become even better?  As leaders we should never ignore an opportunity to improve.  Your feedback on the Akron Rotary Survey will reinforce those areas where we’re strong, will help identify and change where needed and most importantly, gives you an opportunity to share new ideas!
Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RotaryClubSurvey to share your thoughts on Akron Rotary!
Survey Respondents Still Needed! 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

APRIL 22-24, 2016

700 Beta Center, Mayfield, Ohio

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

2016 Rotary District Conference Details 2016-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Feb 10, 2016
The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Akron met on February 9th.  President Sandy Naragon reported on the following items:
  • The Club is very close to qualifying to receive the President’s Citation from Rotary International for reaching is 2015-16 goals.  One that needs work is having at least 50% of our Rotarians register for “My Rotary” at www.rotary.org.
  • If the Rotary Club of Akron wants to be involved in the Four Way Test Speech Contest, now is the time to solicit candidates.  Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton reported that the best chance of getting participation from the schools would be to promote at the same time the scholarship information is sent to them.  He believes we would be hard pressed to get this organized for the 2016 contest.  Sandy Naragon offered to Chair this program in 2017.  She will solicit committee members in the Fall.
  • A membership survey will be launched electronically to all Akron Rotarians.  In addition, table focus groups will be held at an upcoming lunch.
  • Differences in the lunch counts have been remedied. 
  • Directors accepted resignations from several Rotarians who are unable to continue membership due to job changes or who have not responded to outreach.
Highlights from committee reports are below:
Jeff Sitz and Julie Brandle were extremely proud to report that the Chili Open was once again a huge success.  Initial numbers are coming in at $215,000.  Wayne Homes has pledged to make sure the $225,000 goal is met.  Directors congratulated Jeff, Julie, the committee and Camp Staff for their outstanding work.
Directors approved four new Rotarians presented by the Membership Committee Chair Steve Shechter:  Ken Babby, James Durr, Helen Farmer, and Bill Lowry, Jr. These candidates will now be presented to the full club for consideration.
The Rotary Cares Committee shared that former Rotarian Gene Fiocca’s wife Ann passed away.  Private services were held.  The committee will send a sympathy card. 
Bill Manby reported that the Rotary International Foundation Committee will be honoring eight new Paul Harris Fellows at the March 1st meeting.  Rotarians interested learning more about the recognition or in joining the PHF Lottery should call or email Bill. 
Also on March 1st, Jack Harig will share the exciting details of the Centennial Celebration of the Rotary International Foundation being held in October, 2016.
Finally, Directors discussed the need to find a chair and additional mentors to guide Akron’s new Rotarians.  Having a functioning and effective mentoring program will lead to better retention and happier, more engaged Rotarians!  President Naragon will be spearheading the search for leadership and mentors. 
Rotary Club Directors in Action - February 2016 Sandy Naragon 2016-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert McGregor on Jan 23, 2016
Fellow Rotarians!
The temp is right and a little snow on the ground means it is crunch time for Chili Open.  We still are really in need for volunteers for set up and tear down especially.  Please go to Club Runner today and sign up for your shift.  Remember “Service above self”  Our club needs you!!!

Rob McGregor
Chili Open Volunteer Chair
Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
You can sign up directly on the Rotary Club of Akron website by clicking here. We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great event together!
Call for Chili Open Volunteers Robert McGregor 2016-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
2016-17 Rotary International Theme Announced 2016-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Brian Chima reminded the Club members during Happy Dollars that our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Gabriel Mendes, will need some winter clothing: Hats, gloves, jacket, parka, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, socks, boots, etc.  
If you have some gently used clothing that could be donated, his size is:
children’s XL (18-20) or Men’s X-small or Men’s small. He is very small.  
His shoe or boot size is men’s 9 1/2.  
Bring items to lunch.  Leave at desk with Dawn and then Susan Colville-Hall will pick them up.   
Or call (330 714-3765 for Susan to pick up from you.
Winter Clothing for our Youth Exchange Student Susan Colville-Hall 2016-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2016


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


If you have a project you would like to share with the rest of Rotary, please contact Karen Meek at 330.873.1766 or Karen@memminiatures.com
Other Happenings in the Club 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Warren on Jan 18, 2016

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Rotaractors must be in our records to redeem or add offers on Rotary Global Rewards. If after signing in to your My Rotary account, you are unable to use Rotary Global Rewards, send your Rotaract club name and membership start date to using your My Rotary sign-in email so we can update your membership in our database. Please allow 3-5 business days for the change to take effect.

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Rotary Global Rewards Stephen Warren 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
These Chili Open meetings are serious business! Chair, Jeff Sitz leads the planning discussion for the big day, February 6th! Want to register for golf, be a sponsor, place an ad, or volunteer? Contact us today! Amandaw@akronymca.org
The Akron Rotary Chili Open is Serious Business! 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2015
The Club welcomed the following new members:
New Rotarian Sponsor
Sherry Valentine
Akron Children's Hospital
Join Date:
October 20, 2015
Lance Chima
Lynda Farkas
Field & Springfield Schools
Join Date:  
November 10, 2015
Cheryl Warren
David Miller

Join Date:  
November 17, 2015
Blake Babcock
Welcome New Members! 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Dec 09, 2015
The Board of Directors for the Akron Rotary Club met on Tuesday, December 8th.  Directors heard a presentation from representatives from Akron Public Schools regarding partnership opportunities.  The idea of an in-depth collaboration seemed a natural progression to the Dictionary Project.
Rotarian Chaz Billington will head a committee that will work closely with the Akron Public School (APS) to determine the scope of the partnership.  It is our hope that club funding and district funding will be used to kickoff this fantastic new service project for Akron Rotary.
Four new members were presented by Membership Chair Steve Shechter.  All had strong applications and had great “intersations” (interview/conversation!) with committee members.  All four were approved.
Chili Open Chair Jeff Sitz announced that Chili Open tickets have arrived!  Rotarians are asked to be actively engaged in selling tickets between now and February 6th!  As shared by Bill Manby at the luncheon—they also make great stocking stuffers!
Directors voted to cancel the Tuesday, December 29th Rotary Luncheon since so many had indicated they’d be unable to attend due to holiday travel or festivities.
Directors were reminded of upcoming December activities:
  • Christmas Party at SUPER Learning Center on December 17th.  Santa arrives around 11:45 and festivities go until 3:15 pm.  “Attending will change your life, declared Bill Manby, Sr. at our weekly luncheon!  Don’t miss out on making a difference in a child’s life.
  • December 22nd Holiday Luncheon being held at Concordia at Sumner!  It starts at 11:30 a.m. and promises to be a great event!  Be sure to RSVP by December 15th!
The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Akron Board of Directors will be Tuesday, January 12th at 11:00 a.m. at Portage Country Club.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - December 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Oct 19, 2015
The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on October 13th.  The following items were discussed:
Directors recommended that the Rotary Foundation consider approving $2900 in funding for the District’s Pediatric Cardio project in Haiti that is being coordinated with Akron Children’s Hospital.  This is...
The Administration Committee reported that Akron Rotarians who have not paid their annual dues are now in delinquent status.  Directors will make calls to retain their membership. 
Susan Colville-Hall, Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Committee reported that Exchange Student Gabriel is having a wonderful time attending activities with his host family and Rotarians.  Vice Chair Brian Chima has coordinated a wish-list of activities along with a schedule.  Rotarians are urged to include him in their plans.
There are seven individuals in the membership process according to Membership Chair Steve Shechter.  Five are scheduled for inductions during October.  Another has been approved and is awaiting induction.  The last is in the midst of being approved.
Service Projects Chair reported that Read to Me Day is slated for November 5th.  Akron Rotarians are needed to fill slots from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at Akron’s Crouse or Hatton Elementary Schools.  You can volunteer online at www.AkronRotary.org or by reaching out to Graham Reinke or Kaley Foster. 
Vice Chair of Rotary International Foundation Marcia Holcomb reported that the Paul Harris lottery winners for 2015, along with other new Paul Harris Fellows, would be honored at the October 13th luncheon.  Rotarians earn Paul Harris Fellowships for their significant contribution ($1,000) to The Rotary International Foundation Annual fund.
It was consensus that the Presidents, President-elects and Treasurers of the Akron Rotary Club, Camp and Foundation should schedule a meeting with Development Director Mella Castner to create a process/protocol for considering funding requests.
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for November 10th
Rotary Club Directors in Action - October 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Oct 18, 2015
 The Akron Rotary Camp was originally started to help children suffering from Polio.  We have made a promise to the children of the world to eradicate this disease - and we are so very close . . . you can help raise funds for this cause simply by eating at Bob Evans THIS FRIDAY - October 23rd and presenting this coupon (CLICK HERE) at check out.  

World Polio Day is on October 23, 2015 - locally you can help support our number one priority - the eradication of Polio world-wide simply by eating a meal at Bob Evans that day.  Just present the coupon (click to download) when you check out and 15% will be donated on behalf of District 6630 to our Polio Plus Campaign --- in addition, the funds will continue to be matched 2-1 by The Gates Foundation!! 
Here is a message about World Polio Day from RI President Ravindran and learn how you can watch the World Polio Event live this year:
Dear fellow Rotarians:
It is our pleasure to announce Rotary’s annual World Polio Day kickoff event on 23 October in New York City. We'll use this occasion to shine a light on Rotary’s leadership in the fight that has brought us This Close to ending polio.
The Livestream event, co-sponsored by UNICEF, will bring together our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, government officials, and global health leaders from nongovernmental organizations and will mobilize more than 30,000 supporters.
July and August brought great milestones in the polio eradication effort. For the first time in history, Nigeria -- then all of Africa -- marked one year with no new polio cases caused by the wild virus.
We are closer to making good on our promise to end polio forever, but there's still work to be done. As we protect the progress made in Africa, we focus even more sharply on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our World Polio Day kickoff event is our opportunity to update participants around the world on our progress and next steps and inspire them to share their voices, donate, or advocate for eradication as we near the finish line.
We invite you to join us and watch the event live, starting at 18:30 New York time (UTC-4) or later -- a recording will be made available. We also ask you to raise awareness of our polio eradication effort in your own community and build a local audience for our World Polio Day event. Visit the End Polio Now website to download resources that can help you raise awareness and funds. Share this information with your Rotary clubs, districts, communities, and elected officials.
Thirty years ago, we told the world what Rotary believes: that we can achieve the eradication of polio. Our dream is becoming reality. For every child, on World Polio Day, let’s push ahead to the reality of a polio-free world.
Warm regards,
Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary Foundation Chair Ray Klinginsmith
World Polio Day - October 23, 2015 - Eat at Bob Evans and Help Us Raise Money to End Polio Cheryl Warren 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Oct 13, 2015
For additional information or if you have a project you would like to share with the rest of Rotary, please contact Graham Reinke at 330-618-4610 or cmandgar@yahoo.com.


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

Mobile Meals – Deliveries take place one Saturday (usually the second) per month from 8:30-11:30 am. Please sign up on the website or during our Tuesday lunch meeting.
A volunteer is needed to coordinate the Mobile Meals/Rotary Program. Matt Johnson, who did such a fine job handling this, has moved out of the area. Anyone interested could contact me.
Club Service Project Update Graham Reinke 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
On September 26th we celebrated our past, but more importantly our future with the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta – an Evening of Jazz on the Lake. Our Co-Chairs, Bill Manby, Jr (right) and Barry Dunaway (left) along with our Honorary Co-Chairs, Bill and Becky Considine (center), hosted over  450 guests. Everyone enjoyed the sounds of jazz as they explored camp. The smell of s’mores around the camp fire and pontoon boat excursions entertained the crowd.  For many, the great food from Master Chef Beau Schmidt from Beau’s Grill and Beau’s on the River was the highlight of the evening. Guests could also take a shot at our ‘last cabin standing’. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks show over Rex Lake.
The evening was a phenomenal success raising $475,000 that will be used to for capital improvements and program enhancements throughout camp. Capital projects include a new staff cabin. This new building will bring the seasonal leadership staff on site to further support our campers and counselors. This project will also provide for additional parking and a new accessible entrance to camp.  Program enhancements include a new nature center and a new program called Parent Camp. 
Akron Rotary Camp was founded in 1924 by visionary Akron Rotarians who the need for children with polio to have a place to exercise and socialize with their peers. Today, Rotary Camp is continuing to fulfill our mission of creating a world where there are only abilities through the generous support of our Akron Rotary Club, Akron Rotary Foundation, and many other donors, volunteers, and supporters throughout our community.
Regatta Wrap-Up 2015-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Co-chairs:  Shon Christy and Jackie Minotas
are planning a conference not to be missed!
2016 Annual Conference of Clubs
Conference Dates: April 22-23, 2016
700 Beta Banquet Conference Center,
Mayfield, Ohio
We are planning some great speakers, breakout sessions and fun activities for the weekend that will be announced over the coming months.
Pre-Register for the 2016 Conference 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
​District 6630 Foundation Awards & Art Auction 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Sep 15, 2015
The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday, September 15th and the following items were discussed:
President-Elect Jeff Sitz represented the Akron Rotary Club at a Rotary Cluster meeting.  The Cluster includes Akron, Barberton, Fairlawn, Port Summit and Tallmadge clubs.  We meet periodically to share club news and cross-promote activities.
Directors approved a resolution honoring late Rotarian Harry Stewart.  It will be presented to his family.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - September 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Sep 08, 2015


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

Rotary Youth Exchange News – August / September Susan Colville-Hall 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

The History of Rotary from a Rotarian

Today our speaker, Edward Thomas, shared a lot about the history of Rotary International, our district and how our Arch Klumph played a major role in how districts, district governors, and even our standard club by-laws.
To help the Rotary Club of Cleveland celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011, Dr. Thomas wrote a history of the club incorporating his original research and some materials left by the late Leon H. Swartout, the club’s long-time executive director. The 270-page book, entitled Reflections on a Century of Service: The History of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, 1911-2011, was published in 2012. In March of 2016, Dr. Thomas completed a 500-page history of Rotary District 6630, which is entitled The History of Rotary District 6630: The “Home” of Arch C. Klumph
What's Happening Now 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shon Christy on Sep 06, 2015
On Thursday, September 3rd, The Greater Akron Chamber held their 9th annual 30 for the Future Awards Banquet.  30 for the Future recognizes 30 young professionals (ages 25-39) who live and/or work in the Greater Akron Region, who are trendsetters in their industries, and who make an impact on the region through dynamic leadership and community service.  This year 2 past award winners and Akron Rotarians Mark Krohn and Shon Christy served as award presenters.  But the highlight of the night was the Rotary Club of Akron was called out 4 times during the awards ceremony for recipients which included Blake Babcock from Focal Point Social Media, Greg Genega from First Energy, Jonathan Phelps from ComDoc and Senator Frank LaRose.  Rotarian Mark Krohn is pictured presenting and the award winners Blake, Greg, Jonathan, and Frank are pictured with Immediate past president Shon Christy.
Akron Rotarians Shine at the Greater Akron Chamber's 30 for the Future Awards Banquet Shon Christy 2015-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
JOIN US  on October 17th and become a champion to help strengthen your club!!  .
We are offering a new, innovative approach that will provide take away, cutting-edge ideas on how to energize and bolster your club for growth, service and public interaction.
 “One Rotary” refers to the synergistic relationships among Membership, Foundation and Public Image and how success in any one area benefits the other two. 
For example, Doing Good in the World through Foundation funded programs enhances the public image of Rotary and makes it easier to attract new members.
All club members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Calling all Enthusiastic Members!! 2015-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Warner on Aug 23, 2015
We have just wrapped up another amazing summer at Rotary camp. There were many successes and new experiences to be shared by both or campers and staff this summer. I don’t believe that any story sticks out more than this story about a camper who was in their final year of day camp. For years this camper was very afraid of the water, so much so that many times he did not even want to go on a pontoon boat ride. A couple years ago, with a lot of encouragement, he joined other campers on a pontoon boat ride, but was still very afraid to go swimming. All summer our staff worked him and on the last week of camp he swam all the way out to the floating dock. This was an accomplishment that many people thought could not be done. However our amazing staff wasn’t satisfied. The next day they tried again and swam with him all the way out to the floating trampoline! When the camper finally made it onto the trampoline he gave a huge fist pump and yelled, “I DID IT!”  This camper conquered his fears with the help of our amazing staff, who truly believe that at camp we are, “Creating a world where there are only abilities.”
As we celebrate the accomplishments with our campers, we hope that you can join us for the Regatta, on September 26, 2015 an Evening of Jazz on Rex Lake. This celebrating and fundraiser will help us meet the challenge to serve even more in need allowing us to set sail into the future. Visit rotarycamp.org/regatta to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation. 
Camp Update Amanda Warner 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shechter on Aug 23, 2015
The membership committee is focused on  making the process more welcoming for new member prospects.  We’ve added the pre-proposal one-on-one conversation with a committee member so that we will be better acquainted with the person we are voting on and, more importantly, so that Rotary will be less mysterious to the prospect.  After approval, the new member is assigned a mentor and goes through the menu of service opportunities process.
All this is designed to get our new members off to a fulfilling start. We’ll know that we have succeeded hear them say “we” when they are talking but Rotary instead of “they.”  It takes a little longer, but it seems to be working based on our early efforts. 
Proposal forms are found on the website home page.  Just click “Join Rotary” and then the “prospective member proposal form” link on the left side.
Speaking of new members, if you think you would like to join the membership committee, I’d love to hear from you at sshechter@dawsoncompanies.com .  It’s fun.
What's New with the Membership Process Steve Shechter 2015-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Julie Brandle on Aug 21, 2015

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

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

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

Shon Christy, Rotary Club of Akron 

Beckett's Buddies Julie Brandle 2015-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Aug 18, 2015
The Rotary Club of Akron’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday, August 18th and the following items were discussed:
Immediate Past President Shon Christy announced that the Akron Rotary Club received the 2015 Summit for Kids Organization Award.  The award was presented at their annual luncheon on August 14th. The award recognizes an organization that has made a significant contribution to children/youth in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services.
Directors discussed processes for considering service projects, funding requests and Rotary events.  All agreed the most important aspect of a process is engaging Akron Rotarians and helping them achieve their goals of service and camaraderie.   Dan Reynolds reported that prior Club, Camp & Foundation leadership envisioned a joint committee tackling the issue of funding.  Current leaders will be asked to convene a meeting.  Jen Halcomb offered to share a form with Directors that will help coordinate events.   Akron Rotary is growing in influence and reach!  These processes will help us manage and communicate our great work!
Committee reports were given.  John Margida, Chair of the renamed Club Communications & Public Image Committee shared the committee’s purpose.  “To educate, promote and keep all Akron Rotarians informed of all goings on via social media, press releases, and club newsletters with the goal of pursuing the success of the Akron Rotary Club, Camp and members.”
Watch for enhanced communication as he rounds up information from committee chairs.  The committee will serve as a central place for all Rotary communication!  A new aspect of communication will also include press on, “How Akron Rotarians are Changing the World!”  Email how you’re making a difference to
The next meeting of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors is scheduled for September 8th at 11:00 am at the Portage Country Club.
Rotary Club Directors in Action - August 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon
The Akron Rotary Club’s Board of Directors met on July 14th.  It was the first meeting for the 2015-16 Leadership Team.   We kicked it off with a huge congratulations to the Akron Rotary Wavemakers—our first-ever Dragon Boat Team!  See Captain Rob McGregor’s article with complete details!  Treasurer David Smith presented the year-end financial statement.  The Club is fiscally sound and ended the year in the black.  Directors approved the Annual Club Budget—which is intended to be a break even budget.
Committee Chairs gave updates and goals including Membership Chair Steve Shechter who reported that the committee is focusing on retaining and engaging new Rotarians.  The goal is to create a very personal and amazing experience for each new member of Akron Rotary.  Plans include an interactive orientation process and complete implementation of the mentoring program.    
Rotary International Foundation Co-Chair Marcia Holcomb reported that the Club reached its goal of 100% participation in Every Rotarian Every Year.  She announced that the winners of the Paul Harris Lottery will be recognized at an upcoming luncheon. 
John Margida and the PR/Communication Committee are eager to develop processes for raising awareness of Akron Rotary activities to our Rotarians and the community.  He encouraged all to be sure to share information about your activities and programs to ensure word gets out!  Also the committee will be working to streamline and consolidate email communications to Rotarians.  Utilizing the calendar feature of Club Runner was also mentioned as an important tool for planning and promotion.
The Chili Open Committee Chaired by Jeff Sitz and Vice Chaired by Julie Brandle has hit the ground running. The official kickoff for sponsors is being held at camp this week.  Chaz Billington is busy booking speakers and programs for our weekly luncheons. Help him out by recommending good speakers you’ve heard or would like to hear!   The new Social Committee Chaired by Jen Halcomb is brainstorming activities that are fun for the whole family!  Perhaps a Rotary Picnic at Canal Park?  Have an idea?  Talk to Jen!
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for August 18th at 11:00 a.m.
Directors in Action - July 2015 Sandy Naragon 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dr. "Captain" Rob McGregor
Rotarians are not afraid to challenge status quo and make a difference in our communities. So how could we shy away from literally making waves for great cause?
Looking for a great way for your Rotary club to serve, build better friendships and improve teamwork while getting a new kind of workout? Explore the opportunity to sponsor a dragon boat for your local Dragon Boat Festival. All proceeds go to supporting breast cancer survivors. I had been introduced to the sport of Dragon Boat racing by a friend and co-worker when in Philadelphia.   When one of our own, Susan Coville-Hall, introduced the concept of Rotarians volunteering to help at the race, I thought it was a great opportunity to build a team and compete. The club stalwarts were a bit skeptical at first but I think all 24 of us became converts when this abstract concept became a reality. The Akron Rotary WAVEMAKERS made their debut at the Portage Lakes Third Annual Dragon Boat festival on July 11, 2015.
Here is some brief back ground. Dragon boats are of Chinese origin. The boats are 45 feet long with ten rows for two paddlers per row and a Dragon's head out front. In the bow of the boat is a seat and a drum to keep pace and there are professional steerers standing on the back. Depending on the festival, the courses are 200 - 500 meters long. Races take between 1 -2 minutes and require strength but most importantly, synchronization.
Don't be afraid to MAKE WAVES! Dr. "Captain" Rob McGregor 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Sandy Naragon will serve as President of the Rotary Club of Akron July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016.  Congratulations and Best Wishes for a Great Year!!
Club Inducts President Sandy Naragon 2015-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
The Akron Club was host to attendees for the District Governor Banner Exchange and Induction On July 18, 2015.  Our 2015-16 District Governor Cheryl Warren is a member of the Rotary Club of Akron and the club will proudly display the Governors Banner during her term.
The Camp provided a perfect setting for this prestigious event.  Cheryl requested it be kept it casual and the committee made sure that the guests enjoyed themselves with plenty of food, beverages, boat rides and tours of the camp.  The committee had the tables covered in lovely decor to depict gifts in conjunction with the International Theme Be a Gift to the World.  Fun gift boxes held world balloons which added a special touch in the grand hall for the induction/banner exchange.The flowers presented to Cheryl and the Immediate Past First Lady Judy Davanzo were gorgeous!
Cheryl’s husband, Steve and father, Carl were there to witness her induction and Akron Club President Sandy Naragon accepted the Governor's Banner from Medina Sunrise Past President Barb Evatz.
Harpist, Barbara Ann Fackler provided beautiful music and the delicious brunch was provided by The Culinary Chameleon / Mike & Adria Buzek.
Special thanks to the committee who helped make this day so very special:  Pamela Kiltau – Chair; Karen Meek – Co-Chair; Sandy Naragon, Stew Buchanan, Jack Harig, Mella Castner, Dan Reynolds, Lori Krohn, Katy Miller, Leslie Tierney, Julie Brandle, J.D. Detsch.
Akron Club Hosts Governor's Induction & Banner Exchange 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Shechter on Jul 19, 2015
This is what the Wayne homes Chili Open course looks like on a beautiful summer day. It’s hard to believe that in seven short months we’ll be playing golf in the snow and having chili dogs and beer for breakfast.  It kinda gives a guy a warm feeling-- maybe nostalgic heartburn.
Is this REALLY the Chili Open Course? Steve Shechter 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Our New Club flags now have a new look!
Remember to get a flag to take to any other Club meeting you are attending 
and exchange flags with them! 
Club Rolls Out NEW Club Flag Artwork 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2015
This summer we recognized Jack & Vivian Harig for their longstanding commitment to Akron Rotary Camp by naming cabin number 7 the Jack & Vivian Harig Cabin with a special recognition plaque.  Jack & Vivian have been volunteering their time and resources for more than 20 years, and are never too busy to lend a helping hand. While Jack served on the Camp Board for 12 years, Vivian took ownership of our gardens and walkways. They were also the first ones to arrive for the spring and fall camp clean-up days and helped out were they could to make sure projects were completed. They still bring friends when they visit camp and share how much camp means to them.  We are very grateful for all they did and still do for camp and we wish them health, happiness & contentment. 
Photo Front - Dan Reynolds, Lorie Travaglino, Shon Christy, Bill Manby, Gary Knuth  and Ham Amer
Photo Back - Jack & Vivian Harig and Ginny Wonjo
Jack & Vivian Harig Recognized by Akron Rotary Camp Amanda Warner 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Please mark your calendars for the 2015-16 Board Meeting Schedule.   All meetings are at Portage Country Club at 11:00 am.
*NOTE:  Those in RED are the third week of the month, not the second.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015  * (third week)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  * (third week)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015  
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 
Tuesday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  * (third week)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
2015-2016 Akron Club Board Meeting Dates 2015-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2015
June 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Rotractors from the United States, Brazil, Australia, and Germany connect at the Preconvention

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

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


Overheard on social media

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

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

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

Young Leaders in Action 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian's help with LIVE UNITED 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2015
Rotarians and guests enjoyed the grounds at Stan Hywet during a fun weekly meeting field trip in June!
Beautiful Spring Club Field Trip 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
It has been a busy spring at Akron Rotary Camp to make sure everything is in tiptop shape before the campers arrive in June.  Akron Rotary Club members spent a Saturday morning at camp and completed the summer staff office as well as stained all the deck railings around the recreational building and offices. ‘Rotarian-in-training’ Brielle Christy worked side-by-side with her dad, Rotary Club-President, Shon Christy and did an awesome job staining.' 
Another group that volunteered their time was the Ite Project.  They are a group of young adults who serve Jesus by working among his neediest and who seek to grow in spiritual journey. Our visitors and campers had a lot of fun together.  Not only did they dance like ballerinas, made bouncy balls, but also worked together to help a camper who is in a wheelchair go down the slide at the playground. To them it was about serving, but to our campers it meant so much more – laughs were shared and memories were made
Akron Rotary Camp Update 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
How long has the Rotary Club of Akron been talking about starting a mentoring program?  “At least 30 years that I can account for, said Steve Shechter, who is among a group of Rotarians who have responded to Lance Chima’s call for volunteers to become mentors to newly inducted members.
“ I was at another club in my capacity of District Membership Chair to Be. When I mentioned the importance of mentoring, someone asked if we had a mentoring program in Akron.  I had to admit that we didn’t, and that’s what prompted me to initiate one with the support of Membership Chairman Dan Riemenschneider and a few other  Rotarians with varying years of Rotary experience including President Shon, Past-President George Rooney, Membership Chair Dan Riemenschneider, and rising star Brian Chima.
Mentoring Program Takes Shape 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kaley Foster on May 14, 2015
​Shoeboxes for the Children of the Dump – Need to get the 50 shoeboxes ordered and in progress by June.  In need of two people to put together the shoeboxes.  This is headed by Stew Buchanan and Jack Young.  They both traveled to Nicaragua the first week of December to deliver shoeboxes to children in need between the ages of 4-17.  This is done in 7 days by 17 Rotary members across the US.  The Shoeboxes will need to be assembled by August of 2015 for the trip in December. Stew said they had a wonderful time and were very well received by the children.  
Salvation Army After School Program – There is one more week for the after school program, then the summer program will start which is on Mondays from 1-3 pm.  This program is headed by Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie's daughter, Kimberly. It takes place at the Salvation Army on Maple St. in Akron every Monday afternoon from 4-5. One thing mentioned about this program is that they could use more men working with the children.  
United Way Day of Action in June - Mark Seward will be heading this project.  It will be taking place on June 19th this year.  E-mails will be going out to sign up.
Rotary Camp Projects:
  • Sunday registration throughout the summer
  • Container gardens
  • Thursday night cookouts throughout the summer
Service Projects Committee Update May 14, 2015 Kaley Foster 2015-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Apr 25, 2015
That question was posed to us at the Rotary District 6630 Conference of Clubs. Proudly, I answered a Rotarian!   Attending the conference is one of my duties as an incoming Club President-elect.   My love of learning and professional development moved me to be there.  Motivating messages delivered strengthened my enthusiasm to serve!
Learning highlights for me included:
Are You A Member of Rotary or a Rotarian? Sandy Naragon 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Blake Babcock to be Honored May 15th! 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Apr 25, 2015
You are invited to view Susan Colville-Hall's photo album: RYE Students at District 6630 2015 Convention
RYE Students at District 6630 2015 Convention
Independence, Ohio Double Tree Inn -
Apr 26, 2015
by Susan Colville-Hall
Rotary Youth Exchange Students at District 6630 2015 Conference - April 25, 2015
Message from Susan Colville-Hall:
Great event! Fun with the RYE students, Sandie, Julie, Leslie and other Rotarians from NE OHIO.
Please share with RYE students!
Rotary Youth Exchange at District 6630 Conference Susan Colville-Hall 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2015
Rotary Club of Akron, OH's photo.

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

Buchanan Honored at District Conference! 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Amer Insurance Completes Record Campaign

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

Akron Rotarian In The News 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2015
Congratulations to our Rotary Club of Akron President Shon Christy! Shown here celebrating with his beautiful wife Brittany, Shon received the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award at today's United Way Annual Meeting. Thank you Shon Christy for all you do for not only Rotary, but our entire Greater Akron community!
Congratulations to Shon Christy! 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Sponsoring 5K June 13th 2015-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon
The Akron Rotary’s Board of Directors met on March 10th.  President Shon Christy reported that he is gathering information to submit for the AZ Baker and President’s Citation awards to highlight the great works of Akron Rotary since July, 2014.  He is also working with President-elect Sandy Naragon to plan a leadership retreat on May 9th.  Grants Chair Sarah Buccigross attended the District Grant seminar qualifying the club to seek district grants during 2015-16.  Directors reviewed the new Rotary logo and branding.   The PR Committee will be debuting it in the coming weeks.  Rotary Foundation Chair Bill Manby, Sr. reported that the committee is gearing up to recruit the next class of Paul Harris Fellows and lottery participants.  Dan Reynolds has negotiated a new meal deal with Portage Country Club and Rotarians will be able to begin participating in April. 
Kaley Foster, Chair of Service Projects, gave an overview of the current projects—Rotary volunteers, especially men role models, are needed to volunteer with the Salvation Army After-School Reading program on Mondays from 4-5 pm.  Rotarians deliver meals for Mobile Meals typically the second Saturday of the month—great opportunity to engage children of all ages to service above self!
Directors in Action Sandy Naragon 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Rooney and Jeffrey Sitz on Mar 06, 2015
On February 7th, the Akron Rotary Club held its 25th annual Chili Open, and it proved to be the most successful year for the Special Children in our extended area.  The Chili Open is the Akron Club’s major fundraiser to support the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, and the proceeds of the event go to the Akon Rotary Foundation to support the Special Children.
The Rotary Camp is located at Rex Lake, and operated by the YMCA in collaboration with Akron Rotary.  In 2013, Akron Rotary completed a $3.5 million capital campaign to update the Rex Lake facilities.
Each summer at Rex Lake, there are overnight and day camp programs for children with special needs.  Founded in 1924 as primarily a polio camp, the Rotary Camp has evolved to serve children with a wide variety of disabilities, both physical and developmental.  There is also an affiliated day camp at Happy Day in Portage County, operated in collaboration with the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  At both Rex Lake and Happy Days, the counselor:camper ratio is 2:6, so each camper receives individualized attention.
25th Annual Rotary Club Chili Open Was Most Successful! George Rooney and Jeffrey Sitz 2015-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Manby, SPHR
This program will be facilitated by Promise Communities across the nation during the February 9th through the 13th.  This initiative champions members of Sandy Hook Promise Communities to address the issue of social isolation and the social and emotional development of today's youth within their communities.  How you may become involved:
February 9- 13, 2015 : Join the Sandy Hook Promise "No One Eats Alone" Program Chris Manby, SPHR 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kaley Foster on Feb 03, 2015
Salvation Army After School Program – This program is headed by Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie's daughter, Kimberly. It takes place at the Salvation Army on Maple St. in Akron every Monday afternoon from 4-5. One thing mentioned about this program is that they could use more men working with the children.  
Dictionary Project   This project is headed by Samantha Coldwell and Karen Meek.  Beginning the week of January 12th and continuing throughout February, we will be handing out dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the Akron Public School system, totaling 1,635 dictionaries. We are getting some volunteers from Rotaract, Torchbearers, and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, but are also seeking Rotary club members to help pass out dictionaries.  You can reach out to Samantha or Karen to sign up to help with this project
Service Projects Committee Update February 4, 2015 Kaley Foster 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Manby Sr. And Marcia Holcomb representing the Rotary International Foundation, recognized Dave Smith, Mark Krohn, Dominic Frisina and Jim Merklin as our new Paul Harris Fellows. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellows 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians have packed the house for our outstanding presentations!  Thanks to all of our presenters who have shared their expertise and stories.
The vibrant Rotary Club of Akron is THE place to be -- join us on Tuesday's at Noon at The Portage Country Club.  
Awesome Presentations!! 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
January 6th we gave a warm welcome to visiting Brazilian RYE student Victoria Marques (2010-2011) and her mother who braved the cold (temperatures plummeted to 8 degrees!) to have lunch with the Akron Rotarians. Accompanied by her American host family, Bill, Mary and Sam Simmons, she shared the unique value that Rotary exchanges provide for students and the families they befriend. 2nd photo is Victoria and Mrs. Marques with former counselor, Barry Hollis, and former YEO, Marcia Holcomb.
Former Brazilian RYE Student Visits Club 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Club Welcomes New Members in January 2015 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the YPA-Young Professionals of Akron, Karlo Petrak, Step 2 presents Dan Reynolds a check for the Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children.  
Thank you for your generous donation!!
Thank you YPA!! 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Shoe Boxes Delivered to Nicaragua 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellows: Matt Slonsky, Terry Dalton, Dick Farkas, Hugh Alpeter, Ham Amer, Mike Soful, Cheryl Buchanan, Shon Christy and Sandy Naragon

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

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

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

Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ceremony 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
(Left photo) CJ Haynes, First Energy and Eric German, Bober, Markey and Fedorovich shown their sponsors Jerad Zibritosky and Jim Merklin
(Right Photo)  Dr. Scarborough, President, The University of Akron shown with his wife Tammy and co-sponsors Jack Harig and Lance Chima
Club Welcomes New Members 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Santa made a visit to the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs! Thanks to all who helped make our camp party a success!
Busy Christmas Holiday for Santa! 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2014


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Rotary News

Rotary is upgraded by The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Manby, SPHR on Dec 08, 2014
The Sandy Hook Promise is one of the Rotary Club of Akron service projects.  Project volunteers, Terry Dalton and Chris Manby will tackle  developing awareness and support for “Promise Day” and possibly organizing a return visit for the group from Newtown Connecticut.   The objective will be to have a similar discussion with local leaders in front of a larger audience such as Akron roundtable, and identify specific steps which could be taken to protect children from gun violence.  Please  share this promise to help support "Promise Day" on December 14th. 
Our hearts are broken;
Our spirit is not.
And it is with this knowledge
that we are able to move forward
with purpose and strength.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is our Promise

The Sandy Hook Promise
The Sandy Hook Promise Chris Manby, SPHR 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
The 100th Annual Meeting of The Rotary Club of Akron will be held December 30, 2014 at Noon at Portage Country Club.  
The Annual Ballot for the election of officers is being sent out under separate cover - upon receipt please be sure to vote for your officers of choice and return the ballot by the deadline.
Rotarily Yours,
Shon Christy 
Rotary Club of Akron ANNUAL MEETING Date Set for December 30, 2014. 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lorie Travaglino on Oct 19, 2014
The Akron Rotary Board met on October 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Portage Country Club.  The meeting was called to order by President, Shon Christy.  Minutes and financial reports from September were accepted and approved unanimously by all Board Members. From a vacancy, the Board voted to make Jeff Sitz the new Vice President.  The following slate of Officers and directors was approved for 2015 and will be put on the Ballot for the Club Members to vote accordingly : 
  • Sandy Naragon: President
  • Jeff Sitz: President Elect
  • Julie Brandle: Vice President
  • Lorie Travaglino: Secretary
  • David Smith: Treasurer
  • Directors: Julie Brandle, Charles Billington, Mark Seward, and Chris Manby
Additionally, the board made motion and fully accepted the following for Club Membership as presented by Dan Riemenschneider - these prospective members will now be put forth to the Club Members for consideration:
  • Carol Haines
  • Steve Buie
  • Eric German
  • Scott Sarborough
  • Rev. Mark Pruitt
Several committees made reports including the Chili Open Committee who reported that corporate sponsors are currently being solicited.  For radio advertisement, sponsorship needs to be in by December 20 and for print media by January 9.
The Public Relations Committee chaired by Julie Brandle, reported that there will be a PR/Marketing meeting at camp on October 22 at 9:00.  Focus will be given to the Chili Open.
The Service Committee report chaired by Graham Reinke, reported on activities, including the After-School program at The Salvation Army, Dictionary project, Read to Me Day and much more.  Help is needed for upcoming Salvation Army Red Kettle day and Read to Me Day. 
Meeting adjourned at 11:50.
Submitted by Lorie Travaglino, Board Secretary
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in October 2014 Lorie Travaglino 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Club Welcomes New Members in September 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Time flies when you are having fun!  Our club is certainly having a great time celebrating all of our successes this year.  We recently held our annual camp cookout where we had a great showing for celebration and fellowship.  Todaro's catered an amazing meal and the wine from the Nauti Vine was incredible as well.  Our entertainment included music from Rhythm and Roos, a mixed honors group of University of Akron a cappella students.  Ben Hunsicker, the director of the group is also a member of camp staff so this was an extra special treat for our event.  To close the evening we heard from parents of one of our campers on how much the camp has meant to their family over the years.  I appreciate all of the hard work from our camp staff and Hugh Alpeter who helped put the event together!  What a great evening to celebrate a great camp year!  Another recent cause to celebrate was that the club, camp, and foundation were very proud to be a sponsor of the Polksy Awards this month! Our very own Rennick Andreoli was recognized for all of his support to the greater Akron community and especially our Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for Akron and our camp!
We continue to add new members to the club infusing excitement and energy into everything we do!  The Rotary Club of Akron recently inducted Paul Catania (Oswald Companies), Steve Warren (Fox Sports Ohio / SportsTime Ohio), Brian Steere (Steere Enterprises).  In addition to all of these amazing individuals we will be having several more inductions over the coming weeks!  I think this is a perfect place for a shameless plug.....Our Chili Open Chairs Jeff Sitz and George Rooney are always looking for you great committee members for our 25th anniversary event coming up in February 7, 2015!
Our recent programs have included several judges such as Christine Croce, Amy Corrigall Jones, and Jerry Larson.  We also learned more about the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio from Lisa Followay.  As October 31st draws near we hope that you will consider attending the Halloween Charity Ball at Tangier.  This year the event will benefit the camp and is being put on by Samantha Coldwell.
Lastly I would like to thank our most recent Rotarian of the Month - Julie Brandle for all of her hard work on the clubs marketing and communication!  You rock Julie!
Here is a video of the group -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYNg3vOs4dE
​Yours in Rotary Service
Shon Christy
President's Message October 2014 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Oct 12, 2014
Salvation Army After-School Program – The program is now underway  for the current  school  year. Barbara Hunsicker, Julie Brandle, and Julie’s daughter Kimberly assist the elementary school students with their homework assignments and reading skills, every Monday afternoon. 
Dictionary Project   We will distribute a dictionary to every grade three student in the Akron public school system again this year.  This is the fourth year for such a project.  Samantha Coldwell and Karen Meek will manage the project and will receive assistance from University of Akron organizations. Initial steps are underway to seek funding and reestablish contact with the various organizations and individuals who were involved previously. Sarah Buccigross has been very helpful with these beginning steps.  Dictionary distribution is expected to take place during the early part of 2015. As plans progress the project team will be seeking volunteers ,from Rotary and Akron U., to assist with actual distribution of the dictionaries.​
Service Projects Committee Update October 14, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Oct 12, 2014

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

Sydney Shares her Year in France With Akron Rotary Susan Colville-Hall 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2014

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


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

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


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

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

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



Rotarian McGregor Goes "Over the Edge" for Hattie Larlham 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Manby, Jr. on Sep 22, 2014
Akron Rotary Service Project
Volunteers are needed on the 2nd Saturday of each month through December 13, 2014, 8:30am to 11:00am, to help deliver meals for the less fortunate in our community.
Looking for 5 cars with 6-7 adults and/or a few children. Great opportunity for Rotarians to involve their family, co-workers and friends.
The Saturday’s we need volunteers for are as follows:
Each volunteer is required to complete a
Motor Vehicle Record Request form
NOTE:  We must have this form for ALL volunteers,
even for those who do not plan to be the driver.
If interested, please send the attached form along with the date or dates you would like to volunteer, your contact information and a list of all the names who will be with you to:
Bill Manby, Jr. via one of these methods: 
U.S. Mail: 1611-A Akron Peninsula Road, Akron, OH 44313
Email:  kgarner@paradigmequity.com
Fax:  330-475-1695.
Please complete and return
at least a week in advance of the day
that you plan to volunteer.
You will meet at Mobile Meals – 1063 S. Broadway Street, Akron, OH 44313(Warehouse Side) at 8:30am.
If you have any questions, please call Bill’s office at 330-475-1690 and ask for Bill or Kim.
Please consider your time for this worthwhile cause.  
Volunteers Needed For Mobile Meals William Manby, Jr. 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Akron membership chair, Dan Riemenschneider (Bruner Cox), Welcomes our 6 new members, Jan Ryan (American Grretings), Tom House, Kaley Foster (Certified Payroll Services), John Margida (Margida & Associates), Brian Kosarko (Focused Technologies),Mella Castner (Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs) with President Shon Christy (Focal Point Social Media).
Dr. McGregor, Akron Children's Hospital Chief Medical Officer, is shown here with his sponsor Mary Weaver and Club President Shon Christy.— at Portage Country Club.
Akron Rotary Welcomes New Members in August 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Young Leaders in Action

September 2014 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Interact Club of Trinity Mission School, Kenya
World Polio Day is 24 October. You can help make history in our global fight to end polio. Join others from around the world for a live-streamed global status update with Rotary’s global partners, celebrity ambassadors, like Ziggy Marley, and polio survivors including inspirational athlete Minda Dentler. Tune in at 18:30 Chicago time (find your local time) to learn about what Rotary has already accomplished, and what you can do to join our campaign. Here are some ways to mark World Polio Day, raise awareness in your community, and take us one step closer to ending this disease forever.
  • Host a viewing party for the live-streamed event with your friends, family, and community members. Share your pictures and videos using the hashtag #worldpolioday and watch the map light up as you add your voice.
  • Organize a fundraiser. Every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched with two dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!
  • Share our World Polio Day graphics on Facebook and Twitter to show the world we are “this close” to a polio-free world. 
Young Leaders in Action 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Young Volunteer Shares Her Rotary Experience 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Join Forces for Operation Orange 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
The Akron Club's Rotary International Youth Exchange (RYE) committee is hard at work doing a new strategic plan for hosting exchange students in the future.  
Pictured are L-R:  Mary Weaver, Brian Chima, Stew Buchanan, Jack Harig, Susan Colville-Hall, and Marcia Holcomb. 

Rotary International Youth Exchange 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Fall is here!  It is hard to believe that I am already writing my 3rd newsletter!  School has started and the leaves are starting to change in the Akron area. Regardless of the time of year, you can always count on lots of activity in the club!  Our centennial slogan is honoring the past and driving the future and we have certainly done that with our membership over the last few weeks.  To honor our past we celebrated John Daly with 48 years of perfect attendance and Harry Stewart with 50 years of perfect attendance.  We continue to drive the future through our growing membership!  Please join me in welcoming our newest members: Dr. Robert McGregor (Akron Childrens Hospital), Jan Ryan (American Greetings), Tom House, Kaley Foster (Certified Payroll Services), John Margida (Margida & Associates), Brian Kosarko (Focused Technologies),Mella Castner (Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs).  But wait…..Theres more!  We have another substantial group of new members who will be inducted over the next few weeks to join them!  It is a very exciting time to be a part of our club!  With the influx of new members our committee has been busy creating an orientation program and we held our first one at camp on September 16th.  Thank you to the committee for their hard work on putting that together!  Speaking of camp, we are having our annual camp cookout on October 2nd at the camp at 6 pm.  I hope that everyone can come out and celebrate another great year of camp!
We have had several great speakers from the Ronald McDonald House, South Street Ministries, as well as a great Skype call with our exchange student that spent the year in France Sydney!  Service is also alive and well!  A group of volunteers led by Sarah Buccigross spent time volunteering at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank for Operation Orange!  In addition to that Sarah assisted our club in securing a matching district grant to purchase $2000 in equipment for the food bank!  Thanks to our membership for their continued support in making a difference in Akron on a daily basis!   You continue to inspire me to be a better person!
Yours in Service,
President's Message September 2014 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Sep 22, 2014
On November 11th at the Rotary Club of Akron’s regularly scheduled lunch meeting, District 6630 Governor Mike Davanzo will honor the club’s veterans.
Each year, the District Governor visits every club in the district.  The primary purpose is to motivate and inspire members and offer district level support for achieving club goals.   Prior to addressing the club, Govenor Davanzo will attend the Board of Directors meeting to hear committee reports and get a Club update from President Shon Christy.
The highlight of this year’s visit will include Governor Davanzo’s presentation of Rotary Armed Forces pins to those who’ve served.  Those Veterans being recognized for their service at the luncheon include:
Branch Served
Years Served
Rank Upon Discharge
Charles Billows
2 years active
2 years reserves
Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class
Dan O’Connell
2 active; 7 years reserves
Dan Sveda
2 years
Fred Swartz
National Guard
Frederick Boyd
2 years
Harry Stewart
2 years
2 years
Yeoman 1st Class
Hugh Alpeter
Army Reserve
7 years
Jack Harig
1st Lt.
Jerome Wagner
3 years
John Daily
3.5 years total
1.5 after WWII
2 Korean War
Private 1st Class -WWII
1st Lt – Korean War
John Saros
2 years
1st Lt
Keith Shy
Air Force
National Guard
6 years
E-5 Staff Sgt.
Kevin McGee
4 years (2008-current)
1st Lt.
Matt Johnson
National Guard
E-4 Specialist
Mike Soful
3 years
Richard Farkas
Air Force
29 years
Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Roger Read
1st Lt.
Steve Shechter
Coast Guard
5 mo. Active; 5 years total
Terry Dalton
3 years
If you are a veteran and haven’t yet confirmed your attendance at the lunch, please RSVP to Sandy Naragon at SNaragon@AkronClevelandREALORS.com or leave her a message at 330-940-1502! 
Rotary Veterans to be Honored by District Governor Sandy Naragon 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2014

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

Rotarian Julie Brandle inducted to NAWIC 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Sep 07, 2014
Salvation Army After-School Program – This program will kick off again this month.  It consists of helping the elementary students with their homework assignments on Mondays throughout the school year.  Barbara Hunsicker and Julie Brandle will lead the project.  They will be looking for Rotarian volunteers to participate in this worthwhile effort.  It is an opportunity to really make a difference.
Flash Drives for CrouseMost Crouse Elementary students do not have access to a computer in their home.  When they work on computer based assignments at the school their work must be stored on flash drives which are shared with other students.  It is up to the teachers to keep records on the student data stored on each drive.   Steve Shechter has just contributed several hundred flash drives to the school.  This will enable teachers at the school to assign one drive per student, which eliminates a lot of headaches and provides a big assist to teachers and students.​
Newtown Roundtable  Our club was contacted recently by Sandy Hook Promise, an organization from Newtown Connecticut (where the shooting tragedy took place).  They requested help from Rotary in setting up a meeting this month with community leaders from the Akron area, and we agreed to do so.  The meeting will take the form of a roundtable discussion centered on how to protect our children from gun violence, and steps being taken elsewhere to address this problem.​
Dictionary Project   Planning for this project will commence this month under the leadership of Samantha Coldwell and a co-captain yet to be named.  This will be the fourth year for the project which provides a dictionary for each grade three student in the Akron Public School system.  As plans progress the project team will be seeking volunteers to assist with actual distribution of the dictionaries.
Service Projects Committee Update –September 8, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2014
30 For The Future awards young professionals whose stellar talents have impacted their industries and the Greater Akron region.
Congratulations to Akron Rotarians Samantha Coldwell and Jeff Sitz who were each recognized for their outstanding achievements!
Shon Christy won the Andrea R. Teodosio Rising Star Award. Way to go Mr. Christy!!  Pictured are his wife Brittany and the youngest of their five children, Brindle.
Akron Rotarian's Recognized for Achievements!! 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2014
Although Akron’s Rotary Youth Exchange Program is not hosting an exchange student this year, it actively contributed to the orientation of the district’s 2013 - 2014 Exchange Student orientation, held at Akron Rotary Camp.
Bob Heydorn (Cuyahoga Falls Rotary), chair of Ohio-Erie Rotary Inbound students, organized the two-day event with the help of Tim Snell (Lodi Rotary), chair of the Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Program, and Patrick Kelley (Hudson Rotary) chair of the Ohio-Erie Outbound Youth Exchange Program.   The orientation focused on informational sessions for Youth Exchange Officers (YEOs), counselors for each of the students, and the host parents and families. Inbounders and Outbounders also learned more about cultural awareness with Susan Colville-Hall (Akron Rotary).   In addition, there was ample opportunity for these young people to get to know each other thanks to J.D. (camp coordinator) and Brian Chima (Akron Rotary)..   Following the orientation, the teenagers talked, went kayaking and swimming, engaged in activities, had a typical American cookout and sat around the campfire.  Mary Weaver (Akron Rotary)  served as chaperone in the girls dorm.
You are invited to view Susan Colville-Hall's photo album: Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation
Rex Lake, Akron, Ohio -
Aug 29, 2014
by Susan Colville-Hall
Erie-Ohio Rotary District Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation at Akron Rotary Camp - Rex Lake
Rotary Youth Exchange 2014 Orientation 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
More new members have joined our Club - we are pleased to welcome the following in May and June:
Blake Babcock 27-May-14
Julieann Brandle 27-May-14
Matt Johnson 27-May-14
Karen Nielsen-Meek 10-Jun-14

Welcome New Members! 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2014
It's hard to believe that my first month as the president of the Akron Rotary Club is already behind me.  Time flies when you are having fun!  Over the last few weeks we have had engaging speakers, impactful events, new programs, and lots of visitors!  As a club we have supported the End Polio Now Indians Game in Cleveland, the Corn Hole tournament to benefit our camp, and a weekend at Jacks house with our youth exchange students.  Thank you to everyone who had a part in making those events happen!  The membership committee has been hard at work and we are inducting 11 members this month!  We are on pace to have one heck of a membership year.  Please continue inviting individuals who are making an impact in Akron to our club meetings and events to show them what Rotary is all about.  Bill Manby Jr. rolled out a new planned giving campaign to the club and has already secured many new gifts to help our cause for many years to come.  As Summer is winding down I want to give a big shout out to Dan Reynolds and the camp staff for another wonderful year out at Rex Lake!  
President's Message August 2014 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
YE International Committee Goes for a Little R&R Susan Colville-Hall 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Graham Reinke on Aug 09, 2014
During the past month the following projects were taken to a successful conclusion:
Shoe Box Project for Nicaragua – 50 boxes of personal items for the impoverished children were prepared for shipment.  Thanks to Samantha Coldwell and Ben Heckerman who headed up the project and thanks also to everyone who contributed money and the items needed to fill the boxes.  The boxes will be shipped and distributed to children at Christmastime as a reward for their efforts to attend school and receive an education under very difficult circumstances.
Children of the dump
Service Projects Committee Update –August 10, 2014 Graham Reinke 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
Pedro Donnini was a Rotary Exchange Student hosted in Akron, Ohio in 2006-2007.  In July, Rotarians gathered at the Camp to meet and greet Pedro and his classmate, Miguel Candido (Exchange Student in Spokane, WA 2006-2007).
(L-R) Pedro Donnini, Rotary Exchange Akron, OH 2006-07 and his host and Akron Rotarian, Doug Hausknecht, Ph.D., enjoyed catching up!
2006/07 Youth Exchange Student Comes Back for a Visit 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to the members of The Rotary Club of Port-Summit who donated $2000 to The Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children. Past Rotary Club of Akron President Lance Chima and Past District Governor Stew Buchanan were honored to be at the Port Summit Club meeting today to accept the check.
Port - Summit Rotary serves the Ellet, Springfield, Lakemore, Mogadore, and Suffield communities. Club meetings are on Thursdays 11:30 AM at The Wildcat Cafe 3763 Mogadore Road Mogadore Ohio 44660.Current service projects include annual scholarship awards to graduating seniors from Field and Mogadore high schools, The 4 - Way Speech Contest, Bass Fishing Tournament fund raising event (proceeds to Rotary Kids Camp), Veterans Day recognition program, Dictionaries For Kids Program, Salvation Army Bell Ringing Support, Food Bank Friends Projects, Families In Need Support, Exchange Student Sponsorship Programs, Valor Home Support Projects, Wheelchair Purchase Programs, Community Beautification Projects, and numerous community one time need / continuing need donation, support, and service projects.
Port-Summit Rotary Club Donates to Rotary Camp 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2014
Honoring the past and driving the future, the theme for our centennial celebration and the coming Rotary year.  This is an incredibly powerful statement for many reasons.  The first 100 years of the Rotary Club of Akron have included participation from the top leaders in business, government, non-profit, and the arts with a common goal of changing the world and the Greater Akron region.  As I sit and think about the strength of character and the heart to serve of those before me, I am reminded of the great responsibility we have as Rotarians to never stop and to drive the future.  The stage has not only been set to drive the future, but to do it in a way that the Akron area has never seen before. 
Our club has made an enormous impact on the Greater Akron area. Our camp has been helping children with special needs for 90 years!  Not to mention the leadership of the men and women of our club to drive change.  So where do we go from here?  During my induction speech I talked about my vision and the 3 areas of focus for the coming year - Membership, Marketing, Service.
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization.  To do more incredible things we need more hands and feet to drive the change.
Marketing not only keeps us at the top of the communities mind, but it also feeds interest in membership.
Last, but certainly not least, is service.  Rotary is the largest service organization in the world and is the tie that binds us all together.
With such an amazing history of success and impact it would be very easy to take a step back and admire all of the incredible things the club has achieved, which is why I ended the induction speech with this quote.
“Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” - Andrew Carnegie

I am asking each and every one of you to do just a “little” more than you did last year.  This is the launching point for the next 100 years.  Together, we set the tone for the century and its our actions that will determine the momentum!  Thank you in advance for all of your time, talents, and treasure!  I feel incredibly blessed to be able to serve with the finest people in Akron.
Your's in Service,
President Shon
President's Message July 2014 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

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

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

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


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


Rotarians Out and About 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Camping season is well underway and the kids are enjoying the summer and the fellowship at The Akron Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children! 
Kids at Camp!! 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2014
Mike Davanzo has assumed the volunteer post of Rotary International District Governor for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  Mike is a member of the Rotary Club of Medina Sunrise and is one of 532 Rotarians worldwide serving as District Governor this year. 
He and his wife Judy hosted a wonderful induction event at the A.I. Root Candle Company in Medina, Ohio.  This was such as perfect setting with our Rotary International Theme this year being Light Up Rotary!  Mike and Judy certainly did that as they greeted many fellow Rotarians along with their family, including Mike's mom who is 90 and Judy's mother who is soon to be 100! Homemade Italian desserts by the Davanzo family were absolutely delectable!!   

Please welcome Mike as your leader of District 6630 - you can email him at mdavanzo@zoominternet.net
Mike Davanzo Inducted as District 6630 Governor for 2014-15 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Shon Christy Sworn in as 2014-15 Club President 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
"END POLIO NOW" Cleveland Indians Outing Special Event 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
We all enjoyed an evening of fun roasting Lance Chima, our 2013-2014 Akron Rotary President with our excellent EMCEE Bill Manby. 


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

Lance Chima's Roast 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Tickets for Charity benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Hi Friends & Family,
As many of you know I have recently joined Akron Rotary. As my first venture as part of this great organization I am co-chairing the “Shoebox Project”. Please take a moment to read below about how this project will aid children living in garbage dumps in Nicaragua. Click here for additional information.
If you feel as moved as I did reading about the deplorable conditions many Nicaraguan children are living in please take action and help in one of the ways listed below. 
It is easy to donate online as little as $5- or get more involved, whatever works for you.   


Please feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, family and extended network via e-mail, social media and word of mouth! 
Thanks for your support!
Hope you are all having a great summer! - Sam 
Akron Club Sponsors SHOEBOX PROJECT 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
What a terrific year! It is so hard to believe I am on the home stretch as my year as president concludes. The time has flown by and as much as I have joked recently about counting down the days, I can honestly say that I will miss my role as president.
Looking back at the year, we have accomplished some really amazing things from the Dictionary Project and awarding dozens of scholarships to Operation Deployed for Good and record breaking figures from our Chili Open. And all of this great stuff happened while celebrating Akron Rotary’s 100th Birthday year!
I am grateful to everyone who worked so diligently to make this year a huge success. Our club is in great shape financially as well as spiritually, and I am confident that Shon will benefit from the same outstanding support that I received.
If you haven’t been out to camp, do so. Get involved. This summer, you can help kids move in on Sunday or enjoy dinner with them on Thursday. Let’s continue to roll up our sleeves, work together, and put smiles on the faces of hundreds of campers.  Thank you everybody for such an outstanding year!
President Lance
June 2014 President's Message 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
President Lance Chima presented Jack Harig and Cheryl Warren the Harry Bauman Award in gratefulness of their exemplary work and dedication to Akron Rotary for co-chairing our Akron Rotary Centennial Celebration in April 2014.  Jack and Cheryl want to extend their apprection to Lance but also to the entire team of event volunteers -  this award is really a team award - it is for all those members who contributed so very much time and talent to make this event special and successful.
President Lance Presents Bauman Award 2014-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Inductions and Scholarships
The end of April found us inducting six young professionals and the end of May looks like we will induct another six to ten new Rotarians into our ranks.
I sure appreciate the efforts of Dan Riemenschneider and the membership committee and many thanks to all of you who are proposing such dynamic individuals.
One of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service is Youth Service whereby we empower the youth of our community through scholarships. 
This is most evident through the efforts of Terry Dalton and the scholarship committee as we awarded some 30+ scholarships this spring. It is always a wonderful experience for us to be introduced to some of Akron’s best and brightest students during our Tuesday programs.
Our club was recently awarded the A.Z. Baker Service Award for 2013-2014. This prestigious award is given to Rotary clubs in the district who reach out in total Service above Self. This was a tremendous team effort and I am most proud of our club and members. Keep up the terrific work!
President Lance
May 2014 President's Message 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Akron!!

Charles Billington Attorney - Ogletree Deakins

Beth Boggins Marketing Director - United Way of Summit County

Brian Chima Manager – Chima Travel 

Samantha Coldwell  DECA Advisor/Marketing Teacher Barberton City Schools

Ben Heckerman  Account Executive – Leverity Insurance Group

Georgeann Pinter Owner – Christian James Salon

Club Welcomes Six New Members 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rob Snow, Stand Up for Downs Founder/Dad/Occasional Comic presented a donation to
Mella Castner, Director of Development for the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  
Thank you for your support!!
(Pictured L-R: Club President Lance Chima, Mella Castner and Rob Snow)
Stand Up for Downs!! 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Akron awarded two more scholarships at the luncheon on April 22nd.
Recipients were (L-R):  
Patana Bountharack from Kenmore High School and
Bichelle Jeffries from Firestone High School.
Club Awards More Scholarships 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Happy 100th Birthday! Once again, the Akron Rotarians shone brightly when a full house attended our Centennial Celebration at the Fairlawn Hilton on Saturday April 5. Our Centennial Committee co-chairs, Cheryl Warren and Jack Harig and their committee presented an outstanding program leaving lasting memories for all.  It was an elegant evening, with delicious food, a dynamic program, and a great crowd. Thank you Cheryl, Jack, and everyone else, who made this such a wonderful event. 
This club continues to do amazing things. Thank you Sarah Buccigross who led the charges to complete phase two of the third grade dictionary project. A huge thanks to Dan Riemenschneider and the membership committee as we will induct six new members on April 22. That will be followed by the District Conference April 25-27 at Quail Hollow. 
I see the energy PE Shon Christy has as he prepares for his presidency. The club is in great shape, and I am confident we will continue to amaze this community and the world!
President Lance 
April 2014 President's Message 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

UA COE Professor Honored with Distinguished Career Award

Susan Colville-Hall, professor emeritus in the College of Education, University of Akron, was recently awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA).
Colville-Hall was nominated by a colleague and the nomination was unanimously supported by the OFLA awards committee and board. She was recognized April 11 at their 2014 annual conference.
Her nomination, in part:  “Dr. Colville-Hall has served the language teaching profession for more than forty years. Her expertise in teaching spans the secondary and tertiary spectrum: she was a high school French/Spanish teacher for 18 years; she taught university language courses; and her teaching career culminated with 45 years of experience and dedication preparing the next generation of language teachers at The University of Akron.”
“When I meet Dr. Colville-Hall’s students at the yearly OFLA conference, they always comment on how well she prepared them to plan engaging lessons, deliver meaningful content, and assess students’ real world language proficiency. Her work always extended beyond the classroom as she provided valuable service to the profession. She has demonstrated a distinguished career and I can’t think of a more deserving educator who has an exceptional cumulative career in teaching and service to the language profession.”
Akron Rotarian Susan Colville-Hall Honored 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon
The Akron Rotary’s Board of Directors met on April 8th.  President-elect Shon Christy reported that he is finalizing his goals, theme and leadership team for his term as President which begins July 1st.   Expect the great things at Akron Rotary to continue as he debuts plans for 2014-15! 
Upcoming service opportunities include Saturday morning deliveries for Mobile Meals coordinated by Bill Manby, Jr. and the Salvation Army Reading Program spearheaded by Barbara Hunsicker.  United Way’s Day of Action is June 20th.  Day of Action is a day of work and fun to aid local nonprofit health and human service agencies.   Akron Rotary hopes to recruit 20-30 volunteers to participate in a variety of projects matching our skillset.   Mark Seward is heading up this project.
Directors praised Louise Mazur who has researched, organized and coordinated Rotary activities in support of the Salvation Army education programs. These programs provide elementary school students with homework tutoring during the school year, and work to improve reading skills during their summer break.

All Directors were thrilled with the Centennial Celebration held April 5th.  The sold-out crowd was guided through the evening’s festivities by Emcee Dave Lieberth.   Akron Rotary’s story was told with such emotion, the audience was left wanting more!   The positive impact of the evening is still being felt.   Wanting to join us and make a difference, many are asking, “How do I become an Akron Rotarian?”
Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action in April Sandy Naragon 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Akron Rotary; 
I'm a little early, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you as a club for your 100th year anniversary! I have seen the outstanding impact that you have as a club have on the community and I have experienced first hand your generosity in sponsoring me to spend this year abroad! As I progress further in to the year I know that you have given me something priceless and I am more grateful than words could describe. 
Today I am celebrating seven months in France! Honestly, in leaving the states 213 days ago I was not sure if I would make it to the end. I left not knowing what was waiting for me, what I was leaving, and what I was capable of accomplishing. 
A Message from Akron Outbound Exchange Student 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2014
Graham Reinke was presented the Avenues of Service Citation at a recent Rotary luncheon by President Lance Chima.  This award honors a club member who participates in service activities in EACH of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.  Since 1997, 18 Rotarians within our District 6630 have been received this extremely prestigious award from Rotary International.
Members of the Rotary community work hard to create positive change at home and around the world. And because of this, they are making clubs stronger, communities better, and peace possible. We thank you, Graham, for your dedication and valuable contributions!!
Reinke receives Avenues of Service Citation 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2014
Shon attended the All Ohio Presidents Elect (AOP) training that took place March 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio. Shon had the opportunity to meet Presidents Elect from all over Ohio along with Gary Huang–Rotary International President-elect 2014-15, who was the keynote speaker  and presented “The 2014-15 Theme - Light Up Rotary".  Shon attended breakout sessions with our Cluster Clubs, District and Zone leaders.  He also heard Jennifer Jones, RIDE, PDG 6400 who presented “Rotary’s New Public Image – Getting the Word Out about Rotary”.  Ask Shon about presenter John T. CAPPS , PDG 7730 - his topic was “Enthuuuuuuuuuusiasm for Membership and Winning Membership Secrets”!!
He was sworn in by Past Rotary International President, Wilf Wilkinson and received his RI Banner from District Governor Elect Mike Davanzo.
Between networking and attending sessions, there is not much down time for Presidents Elect - but Shon was spotted heading for gym around 10pm Friday night after dinner --- knowing him... he followed that with working for a few more hours or maybe even writing his plan for 2014-15!!  
No wonder that before he left he was presented with the Harry Bauman award from President Lance Chima!.
Best of luck as your year approaches Shon!
Shon Christy Attends AOP 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
This month has brought us more outstanding achievements as a club. There are so many people to thank for the tremendous work on another record-setting year with the Chili Open. And as club president, I was honored to present my awards for Pretty Darn Good Rotarians (A.K.A. Harry Bauman Awards) to Shon Christy, Jim Redmond, and George Rooney, for making the event so very successful. Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered!
I am pleased to announce our own Dick Farkas, was selected as the Rotary District 6630 District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year. Way to go, Dick! Dick will follow fellow Akron Rotarian Cheryl Warren (DG 2015/16).  This is the first time in our Club history (and perhaps the District as well) that two people from the same club will be District Governor back to back.  We are very proud that the Rotary Club of Akron continually strives to develop great Rotary leaders! 

I was also honored to present the chairman of our service projects committee, Graham Reinke, the RI Avenues of Service Citation signed by RI President Ron Burton. Well done, Graham! This is all further proof of the outstanding leadership developed in our club. Everyone makes this job so easy for me!
I am looking forward to spring and warmer temperatures. If nothing else, my term will be remembered as one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. I was blessed to be able to spend the first week of March in Florida with my family. There is nothing like waking up to the little voices of four grandchildren every morning. I heard that P.E. Shon did an outstanding job leading the club in my absence, and I am confident the club will be in great hands under his leadership. Get ready for a BIG birthday celebration in April!
President Lance
March 2014 President's Message 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
President Lance Chima recognized George Rooney and presented him with
The Harry Bauman Award for his Exemplary Work and Dedication to the Rotary Club of Akron Chili Open.
George served as co-chair of the 2014 event, promoted the Open at numerous clubs throughout the
District and worked diligently in setting up the course layouts the day prior to the event.  
Congratulations George!!
George Rooney Receives Harry Bauman Award 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Akron honored Jack DeLeo, our 2014 Ambassador of Service. Jack serves on the board of the Rotary Camp and has been a wonderful advocate for our camp and our club. The recently retired president and CEO of Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Jack gave a great speech at our club luncheon in front of a room full of Rotarians and his colleagues from HFA.
2014 Ambassador Of Service Award 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Amazing......this is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on the 2014 Chili Open that took place on February 1st, 2014!  We had plenty of the snow on the ground from the harsh winter storm that we had during the prior week but the temperatures were just right for beer, chili, and of course golf!  As the day progressed we welcomed a record number of participants to our course at Hale Farm and Village in Bath touting over 500 supporters!   Everyone that showed up had a blast whether they golfed or stayed in the clubhouse listening to music and eating Whitey's famous Chili or past from Bravo. As the day wound down we crowned the annual Akron Tractor & Equipment Chili Eating Contest winner which was a hard fought battle to say the least!  We moved indoors for some special announcements including a special thank you to Wayne Homes for the title sponsorship and the announcement of our Ambassador of Service Jack DeLeo from Hitchcock Fleming & Associates.  Immediately following the remarks we made 4 people very happy as we drew our raffle winners which included a car from Van Devere!  When it was all said and done our AMAZING club had come together for a record breaking performance by raising $157,000 for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!  What is even more amazing than that, is that we did it just months after completing a 3.5 million dollar capital campaign for the camp. The members of the Rotary Club of Akron are truly an AMAZING group and I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am to be associated with each and everyone of you.  Thank you for making everyone around you better!
Shon Christy
AMAZING!!!! 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
It is hard to believe that the Chili Open is behind us already. With the preliminary figures in, it looks like we have experienced another record breaking year surpassing revenues and attendance figures. Congratulations and many thanks to Shon, Jim, George and the rest of the Chili Open Committee for an outstanding event. 
Cheryl and Dick meticulously redrafted our club’s bylaws based on the recommended club bylaws provided by Rotary International. At our last board of directors meeting, the bylaws were presented by Cheryl and Dick and approved by the board. We will need a quorum of the club membership in order to move forward with these, so I urge you to read them and give us your support in voting for them, should you approve. A special thanks to Dick and Cheryl for your many hours of work.

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

This has been one brutal winter, but it sure hasn’t dampened the spirits of Akron Rotarians, and for that, I am most grateful.
President Lance
February 2014 President's Message 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon

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

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

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

Rotary Club of Akron Directors in Action Sandy Naragon 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Suzanne Boyer transferred to the Akron Club last September and shortly after joining us, she and her husband Chris welcomed a new baby into the world on October 25th, 2013.   Braxton Chase Boyer weighed in at 8 lbs 3 oz and 21.5 inches tall.  Suzanne finds it hard to believe they will be celebrating 4 months "new" February 25th.  She looks forward to seeing everyone again soon!  
Club Welcomes Braxton Boyer! 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
As you know, we have sponsored an outbound exchange student who is studying in France. While there Sydney has been maintaining a blog and writes to the Club members to keep us apprised of her experiences in France. 
Her blog is located at:  Sydneysfrenchadventure.blogspot.com
Dear Akron Rotary, 
A very happy belated New Year to you all! I wish you all the very best for the upcoming year! 

Just last week I celebrated the half way point of my exchange!! It is absolutely incredible to think about, as it seems like just yesterday I was getting on the plane. 
A Message from our Exchange Student in France 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Golfers and non-golfers had fun at the 2014 Akron Rotary Chili Open sponsored by Wayne Homes.  It was snowy and wet to challenge the golfers and the delicious hot chili from Whitey's was waiting for them when they returned to the club house.  Thank you to our sponsors, participants and our tremendous team of volunteers who make the magic happen to help support our Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children!
Chili Open Fun!! 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
A Message From Kevin McGee Kevin McGee 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."  "There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

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

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

Photo Credit: Alyce Henson/Rotary International
RI President Elect Announces 2014-15 Theme 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays!
It was great to see so many Rotarians and friends yesterday at our holiday party. With huge thanks for hosts Mary Weaver and Rowena Wilkins from Concordia at Sumner, our program chair J.T. Teringo brought in the 35-piece steel drum band from the Steel Academy directed by Angel Lawrie that shook the rafters with Christmas carols and rock tunes.
A special thank you to Mark Seward for coordinating Akron Rotary’s ringing the bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive at Acme #1 in West Akron on December 7th. While the numbers are not finalized, I am confident that Akron Rotary made a huge impact in this year’s drive.
As 2013 comes to a close, we look forward to an even better new year with Shon and our Chili Open committee preparing to set new records and Cheryl and Jack leading the way for a 100th  birthday celebration to knock your socks off! Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year!
President Lance
Has president Lance been naughty or nice this year?!
December 2013 President's Message 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Rotary Club of Akron:
Season's greetings to all my friends in Rotary (and service) back home in Akron. It is a cold 55F Christmas Eve in the desert this evening and I'm burning a little midnight oil as most all of the Soldiers have abandoned their posts for the holidays. (that's a joke, but everyone in my tent did leave early).
I am writing home with great pleasure in order to update on you on "Operation Deployed for Good", the joint operation between the Rotary Club of Akron and the Soldiers of Ohio's 371st Sustainment Brigade to assist children with disabilities and orphans in Kyrgyzstan.
A Message From Kevin McGee: "Operation Deployed for Good" 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Cheer 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Santa made a stop at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs before heading up north for the big day!
These cool people are definitely on the nice list!
Photo: Santa made a stop at Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs before heading up north for the big day! These cool people are definitely on the nice list!
Santa Stops at Camp 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Naragon on Dec 16, 2013
The Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors met on December 10th.    Membership Chair Dan Riemenschneider reported there will soon be seven new Akron Rotarians.  The committee is conducting outreach to members of the Akron Torchbearers.  New members are guided into service via a newly revised Service Plan.  Kudos and thanks to Mark Seward for coordinating the Salvation Army Bell Ringing service project.  PR Chair Megan Moncrief is busy increasing Akron Rotary’s presence on Facebook and other social media sites.   Co-Chair Shon Christy reported on the many ways the Chili Open committee is working to secure corporate sponsorships, camperships and ticket sales.  Event advertising will include radio spots and billboards.  Scholarship Chair Terry Dalton announced the newest round of scholarship applicants will be interviewed after the first of the year.
Akron Rotary Club Directors In Action Sandy Naragon 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
100th Annual Christmas Party for Special Needs Children Bill Manby 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
This is a note from Sydney, our exchange student who is studying in France.  We hope you will enjoy reading (and translating) her message . . .

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

Sydney Sends Her Regards from France 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
President Lance Chima recognized Graham Reinke and Sarah Buccigross and presented them with
Harry Bauman Awards for their Exemplary Work and Dedication to the Rotary Club of Akron Dictionary Project.  
Thank you both for your help to make this project a success!!
Reinke and Buccigross Receive Recognition 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren
Please bear with me!    You are going to see some new and exciting changes on our website at www.akronrotary.org!   ClubRunner has launched a new version of their website platform and as a result our Home Page look has gotten the first phase of a face lift and I am working on revising the Bulletin -- there are some slight issues in this edition, but for the most part I think you will be able to read it!
The updated platform will provide us with more flexibility and design options.  I am sure there will be a few hiccups as we progress so I ask that if you have any issues, please contact me immediately.  We have added a new menu buttons for members (require you to login) to easily take you to the email system, your profile and the Club directory . . . if you don't know how to login, please let me know and I will help you.
For those of you who are editors on the site - the functionality should be seamless for you, but  if you have any issues, please contact me.  Thanks for your anticipated patience as we move into the next phase of our website.
Yours In Rotary Service,
Cheryl Warren 
Club Website is Getting a Face Lift!! Cheryl Warren 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Redmond on Nov 19, 2013

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

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

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

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



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


The Rotary Club of Akron Centennial Celebration is Proudly Supported by The Akron Rotary Foundation  
Participation Opportunities for Rotary Club of Akron Centennial James Redmond 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2013

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

Chili Open and SNOWMANIA! 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Manby, Jr., William on Nov 19, 2013

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


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


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




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

William Manby, Jr.
Rotary Club of Akron

Matthew Tifft is going big time! Manby, Jr., William 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2013
(L-R) President Lance Chima with Tyler Humphrey)         


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

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

President Lance  

November 2013 President's Article 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Akron Rotaract Club & Members Cheryl Warren 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2013

Akron Rotary Exchange Student visited the Cleveland Museum of Art 

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

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

Image   Image

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

(Right Photo) Dean Mugler on tour with the students

Akron Rotary Exchange Student Update 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary World Polio Day is October 24 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2013

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


President Lance

October President's Article 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Camp Trick or Treat!! 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2013
Honoring the Past – Driving the Future, the theme for The Rotary Club of Akron’s 100th Anniversary Celebration April 5, 2014 sums up our feelings on Saturday September 28th 2013 when 400 past, present, and future donors assembled at the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta. The event recognized the accomplishments of the Family of Akron Rotary as they pushed to close the funding gap and finalize a three year capital campaign. Your work has provided over $3.5 million to transform the Akron Rotary Camp from a camp to a campus for kids. It has changed from a place for kids to go and be kids to a place families can turn to as a resource center. A place where kids can be kids, families receive support, and lives changed forever.


Akron Rotary Camp - Gratitude & Pride 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Warren on Sep 16, 2013
Have you visited the new Rotary International website?  It has recently received a wonderful new face-lift with a dynamic search engine.   This new site means that some of our current Club and District website links may no longer be active as the entire platform for the Rotary International site changed.  Our Club and District are working on revising these links, in the interim, if you are trying to access any links that are not yet updated please click here to email Cheryl Warren - she can help re-direct you to the new information at www.rotary.org and will also get the link fixed.

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


Check out Rotary.org Cheryl Warren 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2013

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


  • Visit Other Clubs!! 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lance Chima on Sep 16, 2013
    Graham and the Service Committee have been doing some amazing things having wrapped up a successful Summer Reading Program, Meet and Greet at Camp, and Keep Akron Beautiful Awards Project. We will restart the Dictionary Project, Red Kettle Campaign, and Akron Operation Deployed for Good to assist orphanages in Kyrgyzstan. These are just a few of the many examples of Akron Rotarians in action.


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

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

    President Lance

    September 2013 President's Message Lance Chima 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Sep 16, 2013
    Bonjour Mrs. Hall and the Akron Rotary!!


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

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


    From Sydney Heersink, our Outbound Youth Exchange student to France Susan Colville-Hall 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Graham Reinke on Sep 15, 2013
    Earlier this year one of Akron Rotary’s own, 1ST Lt. Kevin McGee, was deployed to Kuwait with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 371st Sustainment Brigade.  An element of the brigade is operating out of a U.S.  Air Base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan.  There are two orphanages near Manas that have major needs.  Working through Kevin and an Air Force organization known as Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society, the Akron Rotary is partnering with the 371st Soldiers to provide much needed supplies to the two orphanages in an impoverished area near Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
    Operation Deployed for Good - Manas Graham Reinke 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Sep 15, 2013


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



    Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Susan Colville-Hall 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Aug 18, 2013
    As we approach the end of August I am reflecting on completing my first two months as your president. The time is flying by, and I know that it is not just because I am getting older, but because of the amazing things we are doing in this club. To quote Coach Bowden of the Zips, “Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be fun”. And the fun is contagious in Akron Rotary.


    August 2013 President's Article 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Susan Colville-Hall on Aug 12, 2013

    Dear Fellow Rotarians,


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


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

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

    Rotary Youth Exchange Update Susan Colville-Hall 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jul 23, 2013

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

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

    Akron Centennial Logo

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

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

    Budget & Finance:   Daniel Riemenschneider

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

    Banquet Committee:  Chairman:  Marcia Holcomb

    Program and Video Committee:  Mark Krohn

    Club History:  John Daily

    Past President, Past Member, Rotary Alumni:  Dick Farkas

    Camp Alumni Committee:   No committee chair yet!

    Community Events Involvement Committee: Bill Manby, Jr.

    Publicity Committee:  Shon Christy

    Rotary International and District Liaison Committee: Stew Buchanan

    Sponsorship Committee:   Jim Redmond 


    Akron Rotary Centennial Logo Unveiled 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mark Krohn on Jul 23, 2013

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


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


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

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

    how could I fail?



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

    Akron Club Celebrates Manby's Presidency Mark Krohn 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lance Chima on Jul 23, 2013

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

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

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

    July 2013 President's Article Lance Chima 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jul 22, 2013

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



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

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

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


    New Rotary District 6630 Governor Takes Helm 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 22, 2013

    The Year That Flew Bye!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Bill Manby, Jr.

    June 2013 President's Article 2013-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 17, 2013

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

    Laura Fink - sponsored by Bill Manby, Jr.

    Dr. Ronald G. Hawes - sponsored by Hugh Alpeter

    Erika Phares - sponsored by Cheryl Warren 

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



    Rotary Inducts More Dynamic Members 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 15, 2013

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

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



    Need Golf Balls? 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Shon Christy on Jun 10, 2013

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


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


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


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


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

    Coach Dambrot Presents to Akron Club Shon Christy 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Article from YATRA Trip Mary Weaver 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on May 21, 2013

    Greetings from the Sunny Shores of Rex Lake!

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

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


    In the Spirit of Camping,

    Dan Reynolds
    Rotary Club of Akron

    Akron Beacon Journal Features Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Shon Christy on May 15, 2013

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


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

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


    Shon M. Christy
    Graphic Enterprises Sponsors Night Out To Help Support Our Camp Shon Christy 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on May 14, 2013

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


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


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


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



    Yours in Rotary Service,

    William Manby, Jr.

    May 2013 President's Article 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on May 14, 2013

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

    It was exciting to see so many new faces!


    Fun Night at Camp 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Terrence Dalton on May 13, 2013


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


    Akron Club Awards More Scholarships! Terrence Dalton 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Terrence Dalton on Apr 29, 2013


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

    Scholarship Winners Recognized at Club Meeting Terrence Dalton 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Apr 18, 2013

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


    Below is a summary of them and some comments:

    April President's Article 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Lance Chima on Apr 17, 2013

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

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

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

    Lance Chima 

    SAVE THESE DATES!! Lance Chima 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 16, 2013

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

    Akron Rotary Inducts Megan Moncrief 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 16, 2013

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

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

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

    Mary Weaver's Medical Mission to India 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Manby, Jr. , William on Mar 16, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

    Go Hoosiers!!


    Bill Manby Jr.

    March President's Article Manby, Jr. , William 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 15, 2013

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

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

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

    Like to golf?  We want to know ...

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

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


    Getting to Know Our Fellow Rotarians 2013-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Feb 13, 2013

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





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    New members were inducted Feb 12. 2012:


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

    Akron Club Happenings! 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z 0