Rotary Cares

Posted by Gerry Kiefer
 
The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me(click here) with any news you would like placed here. Note that information is posted only with permission of the individual(s).
 

 
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR JOHN DAILY
 
 
Please keep fellow Rotarian John in your thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.  He has been unexpectedly laid up and is now recuperating at Concordia at Sumner.
 
We wish to thank Jack Harig for all his diligence in helping John get to the doctor appointments and for keeping us informed. 
 
Jack has been looking after John and worked closely with John's son Mark until he could arrive in town.
 
We hope you will all help rally to keep up John's spirit during this challenging time for him to rebuild his strength. 
 
He is doing well but would very much welcome visitors and calls.
 
Concordia at Sumner, Memers Building, Room 223.   Visiting hours are 9am-6pm. Direct phone to John: 330-664-1173. Masks are required at the facility.
 
Please send cards to John Daily c/o Jack Harig 235 Oak Grove Drive, Coventry Twp., Ohio 44319.  He will be sure to get them to John!
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James Knight Presentation Recap

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The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to James Knight, an individual with extensive research in cultural humility and who specializes in cultural sensitivity trainings, at our Tuesday, September 14 Club meeting.  Mr. Knight has developed an innovative approach to building equity and belonging rooted in cultural humility. 
 
The meeting video can be viewed by clicking here or copy and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/tNxTcrEEwjE
 
 
Mr. Knight is an educator, coach/mentor, consultant, author, itinerant speaker, and equity and inclusion strategist.  Much of his works revolves around leading with humility and partnering with other leaders to build dynamic and inclusive communities where people collaborate, innovate, and engage in fearless dialogue.
 
Annually, he designs training programs on cultural competency, cultural humility, cultural safety, and a wide array of topics designed to increase awareness and support of diversity and equity.
 
What is Cultural Humility?
 
According to Mr. Knight:
“Cultural humility, a process of reflection and lifelong inquiry, involves self-awareness of personal and cultural biases as well as awareness and sensitivity to significant cultural issues of others.
Cultural humility is a way of leading and managing self (and personal biases) with the goal of bringing your highest self into diverse situations so that you can create, influence, and sustain culturally safe environments where others can bring their best selves.”
 
“Cultural humility is a posture of the heart that shows in how you live, lead, and listen.  Culturally humble people recognize the value in others and therefore are always looking for ways to inspire, connect, check-in, and elevate those they touch.”
 
According to Mr. Knight, there are three tenants of Cultural Humility
  1.  Lifelong Learning – involves self-critique, where can I change? Where can I grow? Intentionally engage in self-critique to recognize and accept biases and assumptions.
  2. Redressing Power Imbalances – Know our audiences.  Really listen.
  3. Institutional Accountability - Importance of strategic partnerships.
Some of Mr. Knight’s favorite quotes either from himself, or others addressing cultural humility:
  • “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”
  • “Humility makes transparency authentically possible.”
  • “The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Albert Einstein
  • “Being seen and heard can produce a force of healing that you could have never imagined.” Dr. Mariel Buque
  • “Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported.”
Mr. Knight believes one of the major goals of his work is to “assist others in building safe environments where everyone can thrive and bring their best selves”.
 
Cultural humility is a continuous self-study:  It is…
  • Learning to lower your own sense of self-importance
  • Understanding that we all have things to share
  • Creating partnerships…. In other words, what can we create together?
  • Recognizing that you don’t have all the answers
  • Understanding that body language is important
  • Being okay with maintaining the posture of a “student”
  • Empathy – seeing what others see and feeling what others feel
 
Mr. Knight provides a variety of services including:
  • Professional Development -Customized to meet an individual or organizational needs.  This can include 1-on-1 and executive coaching: small group or team coaching and larger workshops and trainings rooted in cultural humility.
  • Anti-Racism Work – In partnerships with schools, non-profits, and institutions, he offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to dismantling systems of oppression that hinder people from being their best selves.
  • Thought Leadership – Public speaking engagements, such as panels and keynote speeches.  He works with numerous clients in designing new frameworks rooted in humility.
  • Framework Design – Developing customized frameworks rooted in cultural humility that will assist your leadership and organization in disseminating your diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
To learn more about Cultural Humility and the services available through Mr. Knight, check out his website at https://www.leadwithhumility.org

 
James Knight Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Akron Service Project - Save the Date!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

9am-NOON

Akron Rotary Club Service Project - Meeting location: TBA

Another service day project in Kenmore. We will be helping to paint and beautify some of the storefronts along Kenmore Boulevard. Plan to come out and enjoy a safe, fun time with fellow Rotarians, as well as friends from 100 Black Men and local residents.

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Annual Dinner benefiting Akron Rotary Camp

Posted by Mella Castner
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
It’s that time of year, Messiah Lutheran Church is holding their annual Spaghetti Dinner in memory of Dick Farkas benefiting Akron Rotary Camp. The event is Saturday, October 9th from 6pm – 8pm at Messiah Lutheran, 4700 South Main Street, Akron. Please join us for a delicious Italian cuisine and help send kids to Camp. Dinner tickets are $10 per person, includes salad, spaghetti with or without meatballs, homemade bread, beverages and dessert.  You can also purchase dinners to go. This year’s event will also feature a Dessert Auction. 
 
Purchase your purchase tickets by calling Messiah Lutheran Church at 330-644-5766 or email at office@messiahluthern.cc. We hope to see you there! 
 
Mella A. Castner
Akron Rotary Camp
 
 
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IBH Addiction Recovery & The Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation Presentation Recap

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Mr. Wylly during our Tuesday, September 7, 2021 Club Meeting.
 
You can view our meeting by clicking here or cut and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/WjyaweFIgA8
 
As Executive Director of IBH, Mr. Wylly is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic planning at IBH Addiction Recovery.
 

 
Jonathan Wylly
Executive Director
History of IBH: 
 
IBH Addiction Recovery, originally known as the Interval Brotherhood Home, was founded in 1970 to help those struggling with alcoholism.
 
IBH Addiction Recovery began as a residential treatment center that was rooted in the 12-step recovery program. Over the years, their services and programs have evolved to meet the needs of their client base with a focus on the treatment of both alcohol and drug addiction. IBH Addiction Recovery now offers additional services to clients, including outpatient treatment and day treatment. What’s more, IBH Addiction Recovery offers the REACH (Recovery Education Accountability Community and Hope) Program, a peer-based continuing care program for those that complete treatment.
 
Upcoming plans include the opening of an outpatient facility at 1601 S. Main St. in Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood. The new space will house the REACH Program and outpatient services that support people after they complete treatment with us. Formerly the Boy Scout building, it is currently being renovated with plans to open very soon.
 
What are IBH’s treatment core values?
 
IBH Addiction Recovery builds its treatment philosophy around four core values: Dignity, Community, Stewardship (Outcomes), and Spirituality.
  • IBH Addiction Recovery values the dignity of every person.
  • Treatment at IBH Addiction Recovery occurs in a community, not in isolation.
  • IBH Addiction Recovery believes that stewardship must be outcome-driven and operate on a theory of change that will maximize our clients’ opportunities to develop a life of sobriety.
  • Persons have a spiritual dimension. We are made for activities and relationships that align with our true calling and are worthy of our dignity as persons.
A View Accomplishments:
  • 674 individuals received services at IBH, 435 were male and 239 were female in 2020. 
  • 60 % of those that entered IBH residential treatment completed the program with an approved discharge in 2020. 
  • 99.4% of those receiving treatment at IBH would recommend us to someone seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction per 2017 survey.
  • 267 individuals entered the IBH Addiction Recovery REACH Project in 2018
  • A typical residential stay is 60-70 days.
How does one initiate treatment at IBH?
 
If you or someone you care about needs treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, please contact IBH Addiction Recovery by either completing their online Admissions Form or calling IBH at 330.644.4095 or 866.815.0IBH, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Programs Offered: 
 
The IBH Addiction Recovery agency offers a variety of programs including, Outpatient, Residential Treatment, Day Treatment/IOP, Aftercare/REACH, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), etc.  For more information about each of these programs, visit their website at: https://www.ibh.org. 
 
 
 
Margaret Reymann Skinner
and
John Reymann
 
Jonathan currently serves as chair of the Asset Management Committee for the Reymann Foundation.  Jonathan, along with Margaret Reymann Skinner and John Reymann shared information on the activities the Reymann Foundation is involved with in the community.  Given the technical difficulties some Rotarians were having with Spectrum during the presentation, an information sheet about the Reymann Foundation and their community involvement can be viewed by clicking here.
 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Terry Dalton
Akron Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair
IBH Addiction Recovery & The Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2021-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Chili Open Information Night - September 14, 2021

Posted by Amanda Warner
Become a Chili Open Champion – Join Us to Learn More!
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
Before you know it Northeast Ohio will face cold winter days with some white and fluffy stuff falling from the sky, and with that it will be time for the Chili Open Golf Classic. The Chili Open is the Rotary Club of Akron's annual fundraiser to benefit Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Golfers and volunteers will come together on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Hale Farm and Village to golf, win prizes, and celebrate the great work that Rotary is doing for our Camp.  
 
Come join us and hear from committee members and the Camp staff on how you can help us to take the 32nd annual Chili Open Golf Classic to the next level Fore the Kids! This meeting is for all Rotarians who want to provide service above self while enjoying a great time!
 
Feel free to reach out with any questions, our contact information is listed below.
 
This is a free event, cocktails and refreshments will be provided and tours of Akron Rotary Camp will also be available. Please click on the link below to attend or decline.
 
Event:      Become a Chili Open Champion
 
Date:       Sep 14, 2021 5:00PM – Sep 14, 2021 6:30PM
 
Fee:         Free
 
Location: Akron Rotary Camp
                4460 Rex Lake Drive
                Akron, OH 44319
 
Details:   This is a great opportunity to learn from past Chili Open Committee                  
               members on how you can help as well as see Akron Rotary Camp.

We are looking forward to see you on September 14 at Akron Rotary Camp!
 
Sincerely,
 
Cyndi Kane, cyndi@cyndikane.com,  330-606-6041
Jeff Sheeks, jeffsheeks@s-groupinc.com, 330-329-8212
Co-Chairs, 2022 Chili Open Golf Classic
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Rotary After Hours - September 30th

Posted by Dave Miller
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All,
 
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 30th, for a much needed night out with fellow Rotarians!  At 6:00pm all are welcomed to attend our next Rotary social event at The Cigar Lodge where you will find some of the best selections of cigars, bourbon, & whiskey in the Akron area.  
 
With plenty of room on their outdoor patio, or indoors if the weather were to take a turn, the night will be about fellowship.  There is no cost to attend, other than the cigars and libations you may choose to purchase, and guests are welcomed!
 
The Cigar Lodge is located 2989 S. Main St in Akron and their website is www.thecigarlodge.com if you would like more information about the venue.
 
Hope to see you on the 30th at 6:00pm!
 
David Miller
Social Chair, Rotary Club of Akron
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Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Presentation Recap 

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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Daniel R. Flowers
President and CEO
and
Katie Carver Reed
Director, Network Partners and Programs
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
 
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Dan Flowers and Katie Carver Reed at our Tuesday, August 31st Club meeting.   Ms. Carver Reed and Mr. Flowers shared with the Club information about the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
 
The presentation can be viewed by clicking here or copy and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/nbxq2gRPbk8 
 
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is a non-profit organization with a mission to Feed People and Fight Hunger. Mr. Flowers stated that in 2021, 1 in 7 people in Northeast Ohio will face hunger, and the Foodbank will be there to help. The Foodbank is the source of emergency food for 500 food pantries, hot meal sites shelters and other hunger-relief programs that directly serve individuals and families in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. The Foodbank, with its supporters and partners are leading the fight to end hunger in the communities they serve. In 2020, it distributed over $45 million of food, locally for people in need.
 
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need.
 
The Foodbank is a distribution center that provides an efficient operation to collect, sort and distribute food. The Foodbank has an 83,000 square foot warehouse including 8,000 square feet of refrigeration and freezer space at the Akron location and another 45,000 square foot facility in a newly opened facility in Canton.
 
The Foodbank secures food donations from corporate food donors, state and federal food assistance programs, and Feeding America, the national food bank network. Food is also obtained through a purchase program where large quantities of food are purchased at reduced price to offer to its network of hunger-relief programs. This purchase program is supported by financial donations. Much of the donated and purchased food is transported to the warehouses by the Foodbank's fleet of trucks.
 
The Volunteer Center is where donated food is inspected, sorted, and repackaged in preparation for distribution. Volunteers provide thousands of hours of support every year, helping to prepare this food for those in need. Every day, the Foodbank's hunger-relief programs place food orders and pick up these orders at the warehouse. The programs provide this food through their food pantries, hot meal sites, or shelters to the hungry in their community or neighborhood. The Foodbank feeds approximately 263,200 people through this network of programs every year.  The COVID pandemic has had an impact with the use of volunteers.  The pandemic has also resulted in a large increase in demand for food because of individuals losing their jobs and not having the ability to purchase food without the help of the Foodbank.
 
HUNGER IN SUMMIT COUNTY 
 
One in Seven residents of Summit County are living with food insecurity.  Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life. Feeding America estimates that the food insecurity rate in Summit County is 13.8 percent of the total population, 74,960 individuals. The child food insecurity rate is 19.1 percent, 21,800 children.
 
In 2020, the Akron-Canton Foodbank distributed 12,639,757 pounds of food and essential items to families in need in Summit County, the equivalent of 10,231,858 meals. Of that, 2,588,618 pounds was fresh, nutritious produce, which was distributed for free.
 
Akron-Canton Foodbank Hunger Facts:
  • 1 in 7 individuals in our service area is food insecure, meaning they lack regular access to safe and nutritious food
  • More than 1 in 5 children in our service area is food insecure
  • 30 percent of the members of households served by the Foodbank are children under the age of 18 years old
  • 10 percent of the members of households served by the Foodbank are senior citizens
The Foodbank collaborates in many different ways and leverages resources in many different ways.  The Foodbank collaborated with DoorDash to directly deliver food to homes during the pandemic.  Over 15,000 deliveries have occurred to date.  The Foodbank has also implemented “Order Ahead” which allows individuals to order online.  Individuals are then able to order online and have their food delivered by DoorDash when transportation presents a barrier for individuals to access food.  In addition, the Foodbank has installed a Kiosk at their location for individuals to order food.
For additional information about the Akron-Canton Foodbank, their programs and information on other hunger facts, please visit their website at www.akroncantonfoodbank.org.
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Presentation Recap Terrence Dalton 2021-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

Kenmore Cleanup Day Service Project

AKRON CLUB PARTICIPATES IN
KENMORE CLEANUP DAY
 
Michael Irby, President of 100 Black Men with
Akron Club President Steve Buie
(they are also high school buddies)
 
On Saturday, August 28th, club members co-labored with Akron's 100 Black Men and members from Goss Memorial Church in Kenmore to pick up trash, cans, bottles, etc., working with  Tina Boyes, Executive Director of Akron Kenmore CDC. Keep Akron Beautiful provided her  people the wonderful trailer of supplies for us to work with. Thank you to all who participated!

Yours in Rotary Service,

Steve Buie
2021-2022 Rotary Club of Akron President
Tel: 330-701-2970

Email: sbuie@learningrx.net
 
Members of 100 Black Men
 
Keep Akron Beautiful
 
Olivia Pilon
 
L-R: Andrew Buie, Michael Irby, President 100 Black Men and Sharon Buie
 
Michelle Wilson
 
Akron Rotaract Members:
Tony Millman and Christian Morton
 
L-R: Sean from Kenmore CDC, Tina Boyes and Steve Buie
 
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What's Happening Around Town

Posted by Laura Smiley

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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August 28 – October 29, 2021 at Akron Women’s City Club, 732 W. Exchange

Presented by fellow Rotarian, Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

Residencies, Reflections, Rememberings

A Retrospective Exhibition of Landscapes and Maps, Dedicated to Bruce W. Kiefer

Gallery hours: 9 am- 3 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

> > October 16th  5pm-7pm: Reception, given by Virginia Wojno

The drawings comprise imaginative places inspired both by historical reproductions (exploratory sketches, Chinese brush paintings, historical maps) and by Dr. Kiefer’s processes of making,  which include soaking watercolor papers in coffee-based solutions, then drawing and/or collaging over them. The colored-pencil-overlaid photographs were taken both by Dr. Kiefer and her late husband, Bruce Kiefer, architect and master art photographer.

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Rotary Cares

Posted by Gerry Kiefer
 
The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me(click here) with any news you would like placed here. Note that information is posted only with permission of the individual(s).
 

 
Our condolences to the Hausknecht family
 
Norman C. Hausknecht, father of fellow Rotarian Douglas Hausknecht passed away August 20th. 

The obituary is not available at this time. Cards and letters of support may be sent to 753 Wild Cherry Drive, Akron, OH 44319.
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Club Welcomes Three New Members!

 
Laura Duda was previously a member of the Akron and Tampa Downtown Daybreak Rotary clubs.  Julie Brandle serves as her current club sponsor and her original sponsor was Steve Shechter.   
 
She said she is happy to reconnect with old Rotary friends and make some new friends.
 
Rotary has been deep in her heart for many years - she participated in a group study exchange program and lived in India for several months during the cultural exchange.  Laura said, “it changed my life”. She participated in polio immunizations and visited rural areas of the country, where the only reason there is a hospital, ambulance and a school, is because of Rotary.  
 
Along with other scholars she formed a club in Tampa where she served as President.
 
Duda is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. As the chief communications officer, Duda leads all internal and external communications for the company, including public and media relations, employee communications, corporate reputation management, philanthropy and community relations, as well as Goodyear’s fleet of world-famous airships.
 
Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Duda attended Western Carolina University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing & Editing. She later received her Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from University of Florida and her Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Tampa. She is accredited in Public Relations and is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and a graduate of Leadership Tampa, Leadership Greater Chicago and Leadership Akron.
 
In 2020 and 2021, Duda was named to the National Diversity Council’s Power 50, honoring women in the C-suite from top corporations who endeavor to improve not just departments and companies, but communities as well. She was also named to PR Week’s 2021 Hall of Femme, recognizing inspiring women who set the bar higher within their organizations, nominated by their peers and colleagues, and as one of the 2021 Women of Note by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Duda was Goodyear’s 2020 Employee Resource Group executive sponsor of the year for her work with the company’s Asia India Middle East (AIM) ERG. Duda is a board member of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and a trustee of the Institute for Public Relations and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Duda and her husband, Michael, both avid hikers, live in Northeast Ohio with their four-legged children.
 

 
Candace Harmon may be new to Rotary but not to community service! She has over 20 years serving with Girl Scouts where she is a lifetime member.  
 
Harmon enjoys being actively involved and is a member of the Akron Chamber, Medina Women's Endowment Fund Board, AFP NEO, and Leadership Akron women's program.

She refers to herself a “camp nerd” and served as a camp director so she is excited about helping with projects at our Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children.
 
Tamara Mora is her sponsor and shared “Candace has been involved in Northeast Ohio for years. She will make a great Rotarian because she has a passion for the general betterment of the Akron community. She has been in fundraising/development/non-profit work for 7 years. Candace has a fun and caring spirit.”
 
Harmon currently works as the Strategic Partnership Manager for Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates and is a graduate of The University of Akron.
 
She is married to Travis and they live in Copley with their 3.5 year old daughter. Harmon and her family enjoy spending time outdoors.
 

 
Michelle Wilson is the Executive Director of Global Ties Akron (GTA).  At GTA, Wilson is responsible for international exchanges for professional developments through the U.S. Department of State and has written grants to bring professionals
from a myriad of countries to Akron, Ohio, usually up to 8-10 delegations per year.  She has met many of our members through her initiatives and has spoken at numerous Rotary Clubs.
 
GTA, under Wilson's leadership, provides outreach to the Akron community linking our local children to the international scene. 
 
On her Linkedin profile she states "Through my work both with Global Ties Akron and in the community my focus is on building mutual understanding and respect, helping others to realize the value of diversity especially through global education and citizen diplomacy, and connecting the Akron area and Northeast Ohio to world leaders and changemakers to build a global network of community builders." 
 
Her sponsor, Susan Colville-Hall said, “Michelle Wilson is a miracle worker.  These groups experience a schedule of interaction with community services and industries suited to their professional needs. They may be medical teams, educators, civic engineers, government servants, etc.  Friendships and international connections are formed and Akron benefits because the rest of the world knows Washington, D.C., New York City and Akron, Ohio!”
 
She and her husband John reside in New Franklin, Ohio.
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Rotarians Celebrate YMCA's 150th Anniversary!

Posted by brandle
What's a weekend if you can't see Ginny and Gerry! 
YMCA 150TH ANNIVERSARY
Photo L-R: Ginny Wojno, Mella Castner, Ginny's friend Frank, Julie Brandle, Geraldine Kiefer
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WAPS-FM "The  Summit" 

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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Our invited speaker, Mr. Tommy Bruno, was unable to attend our Tuesday, August 24, Akron Rotary Club meeting because of technical challenges accessing our Zoom meeting, but not all was lost because Laura Smiley, Underwriting Sales Director of The Summit and a fellow Rotarian provided the Club with some general information on the radio station. 
 
 
WAPS-FM, The Summit (91.3 FM) has been in existence for 65 years.  The radio station is Akron-Canton’s home for true music diversity.  The radio station 90.7 FM also serves the Youngstown - Warren, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area and worldwide via mobile at thesummit.fm.
 
The radio station is locally owned and operated by the Akron Public Schools, and is a member supported public radio.  The Summit plays a wide variety of music, including Rock, Pop, Folk, Acoustic, Local Reggae, and much more.
 
The radio station offers commercial-free music for Northeast Ohio and beyond through four channels.  These channels are:
  • The Summit – Their flagship station
     
  • The 330 – Features the past, present, and future of Northeast Ohio music – homegrown, hyper-local and powered by the Summit
     
  • KIDJAM! Radio – Is an exciting and fun online listening experience that everyone can enjoy. 
     
    • The KIDJAM! Radio mission is to entertain and empower children to build good health and lifestyle habits, self-esteem, and character.
    • The Summit believes that a child’s personal development is profoundly influenced and shaped by the increasingly sophisticated types of media and technology that are widely accessible to our youngest citizens.
    • KIDJAM embraces this technology by combining high-quality entertainment with a solid foundation for shaping character.
    • KIDJAM messages are delivered between songs by kids, for kids, sharing tips to motivate, educate and inspire.
       
  • Rock and Recovery – Is a community for people experiencing addiction, trauma, and mental health issues, supporting self-motivation, sharing information and resources, and offering personal serenity both on-air and online. 
     
    • The Rock and Recovery™ Mission: Provide entertaining and meaningful music and uplifting messages with individual testimonials for people experiencing recovery from substance use, alcohol, trauma and mental health disorders. This resource is open to loved ones, families, and friends as well. Rock and Recovery™ mobilizes and supports our recovery community to grow and heal together through the therapeutic power of music mixed with messages of hope and inspiration curated to serve as encouragement for each personal recovery journey.
To learn more about 91.3 The Summit and their other programs, check out their website at https://theskummit.fm
Enjoy!
 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Terry Dalton
Akron Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair
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Carla L. Chapman Discusses Diversity Efforts in Akron Public Schools

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Ms. Chapman at our Tuesday, August 17th Club meeting.   Ms. Chapman shared with the Club information about the Diversity efforts being implemented throughout the Akron Public School District. 

Click to view the recording of the meeting.
 
Chapman began her career with Akron Public Schools in 1995. Recently appointed as the district’s Chief Diversity Officer, she works to promote equity and inclusion across the district, staff, and community engagement. Her recent work includes a focus on diversity training and coaching for teachers, school leaders, families, and other professionals.
 
The Akron Board of Education is committed to preparing each child for success. They believe that every student, parent/guardian and staff member bring their own personal backgrounds and experiences into their schools; and the schools are richer for it. Each of them has a legitimate expectation to  have a barrier-free learning environment counteracting the contemporary and historical impact of bias, prejudice and discrimination which for generations has produced a predictability of learning outcomes based on race, ethnicity, class, socioeconomics, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, diverse language fluency, religion, and cognitive/physical ability.

The Board believes that the responsibility for student success is broadly shared by district staff, families, community and students' own efforts. The APS Board members believe It is the obligation of the district to embrace the diversity within the school district while actively
eliminating practices that perpetuate the disparities among students so that all students have the opportunity to benefit equally.
 
With this Board member backdrop, the district created the Chief Diversity Officer position that Ms. Chapman occupies.   Ms. Chapman mentioned that diversity is more than just “race” relations.  Diversity has many dimensions.  I refer readers to the slides below that were included in this article and shows the various dimensions of diversity.  All areas included in the diversity chart intersect in some way. 
 
To ensure a successful learning environment, the APS District is committed to ensuring an equitable opportunity for all students.  To ensure “equity” within the APS environment, the following areas are being addressed in various ways:
  • Business Engagement
  • Fiscal Equity
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • School Climate
  • Diverse Staff of Excellent Educators
  • Equitable Student Access
  • Teacher Quality
The APS District believes in student-centered learning and a barrier-free environment.  To accomplish this, the district believes in:
  • Student Voices being listened to
  • Access based on individual needs
  • Access to learning that meets individual student needs (including learning disabilities, illness/physical limitations, cultural and language difficulties
  • Providing the necessary guidance and supports – across all the many unique and different ways people come to the education table.
Ms. Chapman noted that the pandemic has been challenging but there is some good that has come out of the challenges the district encountered.  Without a doubt, Ms. Chapman believes virtual learning will remain as an option for those families who wish to participate in virtual learning long after we return to “normal” face-to-face learning.
 
To learn more about the APS diversity initiatives, I encourage you to listen to Ms. Chapman’s presentation. Click here to view our meeting or cut and paste the link into your browser https://youtu.be/-VZ6hBPvbGg
 
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Carla L. Chapman Discusses Diversity Efforts in Akron Public Schools Terrence Dalton 2021-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Earthquake Appeal for Haiti in coordination with Akron Children's Hospital and Gift of Life

Posted by Ken Fogle
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EMERGENCY APPEAL:
EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI

..
 
Haiti has been struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The poorest country the western hemisphere is in real trouble. COVID infections and deaths are increasing, the government is struggling after the assassination of the president and gangs have increased civil unrest. Now an earthquake and unstable weather makes life unbearable. The fear is palpable. 
 
Gift of Life Northeast Ohio has supported improved health care for children now for almost 10 years. Working with local Haitian Rotarians we have made great stride improving care at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. Now is not the time to give up. 
 
We are working with Akron Children’s Hospital to urgently prepare a 40 foot container with much needed medical supply to enable the hospital to care for children. We are asking for your help as this will take money to equip and send the supplies.
 
Donations for St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti should be made through Akron Children’s Office of Pediatric Global Health. This is lead by Dr. John Pope who many of you may have seen on channel 8 TV news this week with pictures of our last heart surgery mission into Haiti. 
 
Giving can be through Akron Children’s hospital at giving.akronchildrens.org/globalhealth or contact Tim Dufore 330-810-5826 or tdufore@akronchildrens.org.
 
Thanks for your help. 
 
Ken
Kenneth J. Fogle, Chair
Gift of Life North East Ohio, Inc.
216-861-5151
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My Life with Polio

Posted by Douglas Hausknecht
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The grandmother of a good friend of mine just passed away. Nick Neral posted this on Facebook to honor the memory of his grandmother.
 
Especially for the youngest of our members, polio is a history lesson and a distant problem.
 
I am old enough to have seen some of the after-effects, but not the immediate dangers. 
 
This story may help to personalize our efforts to eradicate Polio.
 
Douglas Hausknecht, Ph.D.
 
 
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12th Annual Cornhole Tournament benefiting Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs

Posted by Scott Kolligian
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Join us for Rotary Camp’s 12th Annual Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. The tourney will be held on August 28, 2021 at 9:30am on the grounds of Akron Rotary Camp, in the beautiful Portage Lakes! 

Sign up your team today for either the Skilled Ringers Division ($110) or the Recreational Division ($60). Winners walk away with cash prizes! Also participate in an Air-Mail toss or Long-Toss for some bragging rights and awesome giveaways! Bring your friends, neighbors and family for a fun day! All registered players will receive a food voucher to the Menches Bros. Food Truck, and an ice-cream station. Beverages from our friends at the House of LaRose will be available for purchase to help keep you cool.

There are multiple ways to support this great event to benefit Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs by registering to play, participate with a sponsorship or recruit teams. Your participation will continue to strengthen the Camp's mission of Creating a world where there are only abilities!

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 Any questions? Please call Rotary Camp at (330) 644-4512. Thank you in advance for helping us to make this a successful tournament to support Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the event!


Scott Kolligian
Co-founder and Chair
Annual Cornhole Tournament

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12th Annual Cornhole Tournament benefiting Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs Scott Kolligian 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Club Welcomes Olivia Pilon as New Member

 
Our Club was pleased to welcome Olivia (Liv) Pilon on August 10, 2021.  
 
Due to a job relocation, she transferred to the Akron Club from the Kent Club where she had been actively serving since October 1, 2019.
 
She ran the Four-Way Test Speech contest for the Kent Club and volunteered on all their service projects.
Liv is the District Executive at Summit County Boy Scouts of America (BSA). She has been with BSA since July, 2019 and was previously based in Portage County. 
 
In addition, she volunteers with Hudson Alzheimer's Association and the Young Professional Group - Benjamin Rose for young Alzheimer's volunteers.
 
Liv is also a member of Kent Jaycees.
 
She graduated from KSU in 2019. with her Bachelors in Sociology.
 
Liv has a tremendous dedication to community service and we look forward to serving beside her to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
The following quote from Margaret Mead is shared on Liv's LinkedIn profile:
 
All social change comes from the passion of individuals. 
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Speaker Recap: Elaine Tso, CEO Asian Services in Action (ASIA)

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Ms. Tso at our Tuesday, August 3, 2021 weekly meeting and learn about the tremendous services Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Inc. provides to the Akron and Cleveland communities.
 
View the meeting by clicking here or cut and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/ykE1smUPd_U
 
In her role as CEO, she is responsible for leading the largest health and social services agency in the State of Ohio focused on addressing the needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), immigrants and refugees. ASIA’s mission is to empower and advocate for AAPIs so they have access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information, health, and social services.
 
History of ASIA Inc.
  • ASIA was founded in 1995 by a group of Asian women who wanted to help Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), immigrants, and refugees struggling to integrate in the U.S.
  • At the time that ASIA was founded, most of the immigrants and refugees were coming from Asian countries.
  • Today, ASIA *also* serves immigrants and refugees from Middle Eastern countries and Africa.
  • ASIA welcomes all communities.
  • ASIA started as a social services organization performing health screenings and community health promotion.
  • ASIA opened its International Community Health Center (ICHC) in 2013.
 
 
 

ASIA’s Programs:
 
Children, Youth, and Families:
 
The CYF services department empowers families to grove and thrive through a collection of resources and programs aimed at academic enrichment, advocacy, and parenting support.  CYF provides programming for pre-K through 12th-grade development, acculturation, academic support, and enrichment through a culturally competent lens by creating opportunities for positive peer experiences and leadership building. As ASIA’s oldest social services department, they arrange language-specific peer support groups for women, parenting education, and advocacy for refugee/immigrant parents of children and youth.
 
Sustainability Services Addressing Social Determinants of Health
 
The sustainability services department empowers clients to become self-sufficient through benefit access, economic development, and financial planning while providing opportunities for community engagement.
  • Housing Counseling
  • Emergency Food Assistance
  • Workforce Development
  • Benefits Access
  • Transportation Services
  • Tax Filing Assistance
Interpretation and Translation Services, Est. 2000
 
The ITS Department was born out of increased demand from health providers, legal practitioners, and community members served by ASIA.
  • Court Interpreter Training
  • Medical Interpretation Program
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking
  • Basic Needs Assistance
  • Legal Services for Survivors
  • Counseling
Legal Services
 
The Legal Department provides comprehensive statewide services and consultation immigration legal services to low and moderate-income immigrants and refugees across Ohio.
  • Immigration
    • Legal Permanent Residency (aka “Green Card”)
    • Naturalization/Citizenship
  • Family Law
  • Marsy’s Law Representation for Victims of Crime
Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Fresh (HAPI Fresh) Farmer’s Market
 
  • A variety of home-grown vegetables grown from seeds brought to this country from their homeland.  Many of these vegetables are not available in our local supermarkets.
International Community Health Center/Federally Qualified Health Center
 
ASIA-ICHC offers excellent quality healthcare to individuals in Akron and Cleveland, including substance abuse and mental health services.  ASIA-ICHC serves all patients regardless of ability to pay.
 
Apex Fund for Economic Development
 
  • Microloans – Up to $25,000
  • Small Business Technical Assistance
Aging Adults bka “Lucky Seniors”
  • Pre-pandemic
    • Congregate Meal Program
    • Civics and Socialization
  • Post-pandemic shift •
    • Previous in-person programming suspended
    • Basic needs and benefits access increased
      • Emergency Food, Mobile Meal Delivery
      • Wellness checks
    • New or increased use of communication platforms
      • WeChat
      • Teaching Lucky Seniors to use Zoom
    • COVID updates
      • Testing availability
      • Vaccine availability
ASIA’s Impact:
  • Culturally and linguistically centered services
  • Trusted community members on staff
  • Responsive to community needs
  • Empowering new arrivals
  • Advocacy
To learn more about ASIA Inc. check out their website at www.asiaohio.org.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Terry Dalton
2021-2022 Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair
 
 
Speaker Recap: Elaine Tso, CEO Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Terrence Dalton 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

An Important Message from President Buie: In-Person Meetings

Posted by Steve Buie
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Hi everyone,

I wanted to follow up with each of you regarding meeting in-person at Bounce Innovation Hub in downtown Akron. Following our meeting today I had a very lengthy and informative phone call with Dr. Rob to discuss resuming meetings. 

Per our discussion and per his knowledge of what has transpired over the last few days in greater Akron, I have decided that it is in the best interest of our membership that we continue to sit pat and wait to see what happens over the next few weeks. Currently there has been an outbreak of the Covid 19 Delta variant that is affecting previously vaccinated people. As you heard in today's meeting, one of our own, Connor Jarvis, tested positive on Sunday. He and his wife were both previously vaccinated.

As much as we all want to sit down face to face and share a meal and some fellowship together, we will need to wait a little longer before we can gather in good conscience.

I apologize for being the bearer of bad news. I want the best for each one of us as I am sure you do as well.

All my best,

Steve Buie

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Rotarians Meet-up at Party for the Parks 

Rotarians gathered to support Party for the Parks 2021 Mingo Lodge summit Metro Parks.
L-R:
Ginny Wojno's friend Frank, Gina Campbell, Ginny Wojno, Gerry Kiefer (back), DGN Julie Brandle
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Speaker Recap: Katie Beck, North Hill Community Development Corp. 

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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The Rotary Club of Akron had the extreme pleasure of listening to Katie Beck at our Tuesday, July 27 Club meeting.  Katie is a creative community builder, director, writer, facilitator, speaker, and artist who works to build spaces that highlight and prioritize underrepresented voices. Given these qualities it isn’t surprising that she was selected to be the Executive Director of the North Hill Community Development Corporation. 
 
 
So, what are Community Development Corporations?
 
Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are nonprofit, community-based organizations focused on revitalizing the areas in which they are located, typically low-income, underserved neighborhoods that have experienced significant disinvestment. While they are most commonly celebrated for developing affordable housing, they are usually involved in a range of initiatives critical to community health such as economic development, sanitation, streetscaping, and neighborhood planning projects, and oftentimes even provide education and social services to neighborhood residents.
CDCs play a critical role in building community wealth for several key reasons:
  • They anchor capital in communities by developing residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to shopping centers and even businesses.
  • At least one-third of a CDC’s board is typically composed of community residents, allowing for the possibility of direct, grass-roots participation in decision-making.
  • CDCs’ work to enhance community conditions oftentimes involves neighborhood organizing, a process critical for empowering residents and gaining political power.
 
Ms. Beck has been a community organizer in the North Hill community for the past 5 years.  In 2017, Ms. Beck helped to open the Exchange House with the Better Block Foundation of North Hill, which is a cultural hub and international hostel that celebrates cultures and cultivates community capacity through partnerships, programming, and built environment.
 
At the beginning of 2020, she stepped into the role of Executive Director for North Akron Community Development Corporation (NACDC), a nonprofit building upon physical infrastructure, cultural heart, creative spirit, history, and entrepreneurial drive of artists and local small business owners in North Hill.
 
NACDC focuses on entrepreneurship and economic development, creative placemaking, and building social cohesion through 5 public spaces that include the Exchange House, the Backyard (outdoor pocket park), NoHi Pop-up (rotating restaurants), NoTique (mixed-use retail), and the upcoming Market House (women-focused microbusiness incubator).
 
The mission of NACDC is to assure a vibrant thriving North Akron community that inspires and connects its residents while celebrating its unique diversity.
 
NACDC seeks to be a nationally recognized CDC making connections that strengthen the power of community members and communities.
 
What programs are offered by the NACDC?
A few of the programs offered by the NACDC are listed below.
  • Exchange House:
The Exchange House is more than just a place to stay; it’s a cultural immersion. The Exchange House offers three private rooms on the second floor with a shared bathroom. On the bottom floor of the house is a cultural exchange experience, programmed with the immigrants who reside in Akron. Join Exchange House for tea-time. Or sit in on an English as a Second Language (ESL class). The Exchange House hope is that you not only get a comfortable room to stay in during your visit, but you also get to know the neighbors.
 
By staying at the Exchange House, you not only help the NACDC provide cultural programming to North Hill area refugees; you immerse yourself in the local culture of the North Hill neighborhood!
The Exchange House offers three private, lockable bedrooms on the second floor. Rooms 1 and 3 each include a single queen-sized bed, while Room 2 includes a twin-sized bed. All three beds include quilts designed and handmade by local North Hill women.
Amenities include free Wifi, washer and dryer, heating and air-conditioning, and free parking on the premises. Safety features include a smoke detector, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, and first aid kit.
  • Market House:
Market House is a women's empowerment center that is centrally located in North Hill's Temple Square business district. There are currently three private office or studio spaces available for rent. Amenities include private and secure room with 24/7 access, WiFi, shared 1.5 bath and full kitchen, membership of the makerspace, and use of community space when available. Any maker, artist, or entrepreneur is encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to women- and  minority-owned or -led businesses.
 
  • NoTique:
The NoTique features vendors and makers from the local community at 772 - 776 N. Main Street in North Hill. The 620 square foot retail space rotates new and emerging entrepreneurs in a storefront next to NoHi Pop-up restaurant located in Temple Square. Any maker or entrepreneur is encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to women- and minority-owned businesses. Currently there are 25 vendors utilizing the space.
  • NOHI Pop Up Restaurant:
NoHi Pop-Up is a carry-out, rotating restaurant in Akron's North Hill that features a different food artist every weekend. 
NoHi commercial kitchen is an incubator that prioritizes minority and women culinary art entrepreneurs by serving as a vehicle for development and demonstration of new cuisine concepts. Regardless of culinary experience, NoHi empowers individuals to pursue their passion and talent by sharing their unique heritage and culture through opportunities for artistry and entrepreneurship.
The NACDC support this program by:
-Providing access to a commercial kitchen
-Providing assistance, training and education about health safety, food management, and operations from industry professionals
-Providing real time oversight and support during operating hours
-Fronting food costs that are reimbursed from sales
 
The NOHI Pop Up kitchen started in August 2020.  Since that time, the program has generated over $270,000 in sales since November 2020.
 
Interested in knowing more about the North Akron Community Development Corporation?
Check out their website at https://northakroncdc.org.
Interested in getting involved?  They are looking for board members.  If curious, contact Katie Beck at katie@northakroncdc.org or 234.312.9709.
 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
 
Terry Dalton
Rotary Club of Akron Secretary and Scholarship Chair
Speaker Recap: Katie Beck, North Hill Community Development Corp. Terrence Dalton 2021-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Night at Progressive Field

Stew Buchanan put together another successful End Polio Now Night at Progressive Field. (photo left with Dr. McGregor)
 
Everyone had a great time! 
 
Dr. McGregor brought a guest and potential new Akron Rotarian, Ryan Palmer - they were still smiling in this photo (right) during the 7th inning stretch - unfortunately in extra innings the Cleveland Indians (soon to be known as The Guardians) lost the game. 
 
The evening raised much need funds to continue our Polio eradication efforts worldwide.
 
   
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Club Welcomes New Member Aimee Wade

Aimee Wade was inducted into the Rotary Club of Akron on July 20, 2021.  She was sponsored by Julie Brandle who said  "Aimee has a heart to do good for others."

Click here to view the induction.

She is married to Ryan and is a life-long resident of Summit County. 

She has worked with the ADM Board for more than a decade where she was recently appointed as the new Executive Director.

Wade is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as the Executive Director of the ADM Board. “I recognize the significance of this role in our community, and I am committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that quality, effective and equitable behavioral healthcare services are available for all Summit County residents,” she said. “Moving forward, I am concentrating on providing HOPE for the community: Health and Wellness, Outcomes, Potential and Equity. I firmly believe that together our collective impact has infinite potential.”

Wade holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and an Ohio and Internationally Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC).

She is also a member of the Summit County Opiate Abatement Advisory Committee and the Summa Community Engagement Committee. She is a past Board Member for Child Guidance and Family Solutions and a graduate of Leadership Akron Signature Class 35.

Please join us in welcoming Aimee to the Rotary family!

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The Transition of the Akron Rotary Crown  & Tiara

Congratulations to our newest Akron Crown recipients
Wanda Whipkey passed the Tiara to Sandy Naragon
and
Terry Dalton passed the Crown to David Hall
(no photo available of David at this writing but one will be posted soon)

 
 
 
Sandy was crowned as Queen for being an integral part of our Club grants, working on the strategic plan for both the Club and the District, organizing PowerPoints behind the scenes for various needs and so much more! 
 
David received the Kings crown for his tireless efforts in organizing greeters, invocators and serving in many other ways that help support the Club President and our members.  We will get a photo of David wearing his crown soon!!
 
ABOUT THE AKRON ROTARY CROWN
 
When our Club began meeting remotely, Katy was so impressed with Cheryl Warren's handling of our Zooms that she spontaneously sent her a Tiara and crowned her the Queen of Zoom!
 
Cheryl approached Katy to ask if they could "pass it forward", so they decided to keep it moving every other month or so, crowning a Queen or King or Both for their efforts to benefit our club! Katy secured a Kings crown to have in addition to the Tiara.
 
The member(s) who receives the crown(s) must wear them for a month to our weekly meetings – either virtually or when we go live.
 
We will do it every other month to allow time in between to transition the “Akron Rotary Crown”
 
The member(s) who last received the crown(s) then helps Cheryl and Katy identify the next worthy member(s) then he/she drops off the committee and the next recipient joins us – so it rotates.
Now, Terry and Wanda will be part of the committee to help pick the next recipient(s) and will then drop off and the new recipients come on...so it rotates.  
 
It's important to point out that this is not a popularity contest - some month's there may be no one and other month's there may be more than one person.  We are looking for members who are often doing things quietly behind the scene or big things too.
 
We encourage the committee chairs and all members to submit ideas to Katy and Cheryl - just email us.  We want to continue recognizing members for all their good deeds!
The Transition of the Akron Rotary Crown & Tiara 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Akron Club and Members Receive Awards from District 6630

Posted by Cheryl Warren
Our Rotary District 6630 Awards night was held July 14th honoring Clubs and individuals for their successes in the 2020-2021 Rotary year and recognition of several of the Akron Club members that served on various District committees. 
 
We congratulate each and every member who received recognition and thank all of our members for their dedication to Rotary and Service Above Self.  
 

Under the direction of 2020-2021 President McGregor, the Club received the A.Z. Baker Service Award.  
 
The A.Z. Baker Service Award is to encourage a reaching out in total service and the "development of resources" on the part of all clubs in District 6630, the A. Z. Baker Service Awards were established in 1978 at the recommendation of then District Governor James P. Banks, and by action of the District Board of Trustees. This award honors our own "Mr. Rotary," A.Z. Baker, from the Rotary Club of Cleveland who served as Rotary International President in 1955-1956. His dedication and commitment to Rotary truly exemplified SERVICE ABOVE SELF and this award was designed to honor his memory by encouraging all clubs in the district to participate in each of the Avenues of Service which are the foundation of club activity.  
 
McGregor also received the Training and Educational Club Leadership Award.   This award is given to any club that has shown a commitment to the ideals and spirit of being a Rotarian during the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.  Thank you, this was a culmination of the efforts of all of our members and your overwhelming commitment to our Club.  
 
There is specified criteria to earn each of these awards: View information about the awards and criteria by clicking here.
 
The following Club members earned the Training and Educational Individual Award given to any District Rotarian who has shown a commitment to the ideals and spirit of being a Rotarian during the 2020-2021 Rotary Year: 
Julie Brandle
Stew Buchanan
Rob McGregor
Cheryl Warren
 
 
 
 
Akron Club members who were recognized for their service and dedication by serving on District committees were:
 
 
Outstanding Leadership:
John Reyes
 
Certificate of Special Recognition:
Julie Brandle
Stew Buchanan
John Reyes
Cheryl Warren 
 
 
Appreciation Award for serving as Assistant Governor:
Julie Brandle
 
Distinguished Service Above Self:
Julie Brandle
Sandy Naragon
Cheryl Warren
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Last Week's Speaker Kashava Holt

We heard from Kashava Holt, Executive Director of Akron Urban Agriculture during our July 20th meting.  Their website can be found out www.akronurbanagriculture.com.
 
Holt formed Akron Urban Agriculture to promote gardens and urban farms like Akron Urban Farms in Ohio.  The organization has a clear and concise plan for helping cities like Akron and Cleveland through gardening and farming.
 
The main goal of  Akron Urban Agriculture, is to spread awareness of local quality gardening, farming, food production, mass extinctions and sustainability in the city of Akron. As a part of this goal, they hope to raise the standard of quality of food options in Akron public schools as well as the University of Akron. For that reason their Community Supported Agriculture program will activate and motivate local food web networks and neighboring schools. To achieve these goals, they have already started a community garden at the University of Akron main campus and are raising funds with the goal of implementing a seasonal extension of food cultivation through methods such as a solar greenhouse or high tunnel (hoop house). 
 
Holt said they see the local production of quality healthy food as a means to address current issues ranging from air pollution, food shortages, homelessness, non nutritious foods, waste management and unemployment. 
 
He shared that having an urban farm like AUA will increase pollinators and unity in Akron. They are also constructing green building structures monthly with local urban farmers and gardeners in Ohio.
 
Currently he is working on a congressional project called the Akron/Cleveland High Tunnel Seasonal initiative that started in 2012.   Representative Marcia Fudge (District) 11 has consistently supported the vision of this initiative in district 11. Her offices in Ohio and Washington, DC have been essential for the success of this project. He has also been working with the USDA for the past four years on agriculture, construction, conservation, education, safety, and sustainability in Akron. 
 
He said "the main things in my specialty to offer Akron Urban Farms are agriculture, conservation, construction, education, design, farming, marketing, photography, project management and safety."  Awareness and advocacy is part of our primary pillars for building a better community that focuses more on farming, gardening, supply chains and sustainable practices in rural or urban environments.
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Julie Brandle Sworn in as DGE

Julie Brandle was selected in the Fall of 2020 to serve as our District 6630 Governor for the July 2023- June 2024 Rotary year. 

At a ceremony on July 14, 2021, Brandle was officially sworn in as the District Governor Nominee (DGN) along with District Governor Elect (DGE), David Jones who will serve as Governor in 2022-2023.

(Photo L-R) Past DG Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski administered the oath of Governor Elect and Nominee, DG Larry Lohman then pinned DGE Jones and Jones in turn pinned DGN Brandle.

 

(Photo L-R) Larry Lohman,  2021-2022 District Governor,  Julie Brandle, David Jones

About Julie:

She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Akron and served as an Assistant Governor for Summit S - Medina County Cluster. She has chaired the District Conference Committee, and was a member of the Foundation Gala committee. She has also served the District as a facilitator for the Tri-District Membership Seminar and was chair of the District public image committee.

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

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

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

Brandle is the daughter of Rich (deceased) and Leann Soika and has a brother Rich (Sharon) and sister Kristen (Orlando) and 5 nieces and nephews (Orlando, RJ, Lydia, Ardynn and Reid). She and her husband Steven reside in Brimfield Twp. Their daughter Kimberly is a 2021 Bowling Green State University graduate and is excited to begin her first year this fall as a third and fourth grade Intervention Specialist at Monclova Elementary in the Anthony Wayne Local School District.


What is a Rotary District Governor?

District Governors (DG) are elected by the district clubs two to three years before taking office.
This time is dedicated for them to plan and attend development/training and leadership sessions.

There are approximately 526 District Governors worldwide.
 
Once their one-year term as Governor is complete, they retain the title of Past District Governor (PDG).

What does a District Governor do?

As a District Governor you have proven strong leadership skills and decision making. During your year in office, clubs look to you for leadership, support, and motivation as they carry out service projects and participate in Rotary programs.

What you do

  • Strengthen clubs, organize new clubs, and grow membership
  • Encourage contributions and other support for The Rotary Foundation
  • Promote positive public image and serve as spokesperson for district
  • Develop a safe environment for youth participants
  • Conduct district conference and other meetings
  • Supervise district nominations and elections
  • Prepare budget, provide annual report, and help administer District Designated Funds
  • Complete online district qualification
  • Work with governor-elect and other district leaders

The Rotary Club of Akron has a long history of its members being selected as District Governor.

These members of the Akron Rotary Club have honorably served as Rotary International District 6630 Governors (DG).
District 6630 has been renamed over the years as noted.

Formerly 21st District (renamed in 1922)
1922-23            Theodore E. Smith*          
 
Formerly 158th District (renamed in 1937)
1944-45            Harry E. Votaw*        
 
Formerly 229th District (renamed in 1949)
1956-57            William D. Zahrt*              
 
Formerly District 663 (renamed in 1957)
1968-69            Leslie P. Hardy*       
 
Renamed District 6630 (renamed in 1991)
2003-04            Jack A. Harig            
2010-11            Stew Buchanan        
2015-16            Cheryl A. Warren      
2019-20            John L. Reyes              
 
*Deceased / We also wish to recognize Richard Farkas who was scheduled to serve as a DG for the 2016-17 Rotary year. We were saddened when Dick passed away prior to the commencement of his term as DG. 
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Past President Party for Dr. Rob McGregor, 2020-2021 Club President

Rotary Club of Akron Past President, Pat O'Neill, organized an in-person send off for our esteemed 2020-2021 Club President Dr. Rob McGregor.  This followed a virtual send off at Rob's final club meeting.
 
Rob, accompanied by his wife Sharon, enjoyed a beautiful evening on the lake at The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
 
Surrounded by many Rotary members and guests, McGregor received accolades and a few fun jabs throughout the evening.  
 
During Rob's presidency, the Club was precluded from meeting in-person due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.  This was the first time Club members were able to officially gather in-person.
 
This photo archive (click here) includes photos from this special evening as well as the PowerPoint slides that were presented at Rob's last virtual meeting. 

Special thanks to Julie Brandle, Pat O'Neill and Mella Castner for the photos and to Sandy Naragon for the PowerPoint slides.
 
The following poem was previously shared but is worthy of a second posting.  It was written and presented to Rob by Pat O'Neill at the event:
 
With his suit neatly pressed and a bowtie around his neck,
His head is shining without a speck.
When we’d gather at Portage, he was known for his socks
It certainly was not for his flowing locks.
 
At the crack of dawn he hits the gym,
To get the guns, the abs and keep his waistline slim.
The world's strongest McGregor was a title he owned.
Thanks to those push ups that keep him toned.
 
He’s a man who is humble, and a man who won’t gloat.
But he sure puffs out his chest when he’s in a dragon boat.
 
When he walked Abby and Ali down the aisle,
From the International Space Station you could see his smile.
Sharon and Rob you sure raised your girls right,
But that black and yellow is a hideous sight.
 
He’s a medical doctor, that’s easy to see.
So who convinced him to be the President of Rotary?
 
“Rob, you’ll be our leader and it will be a piece of cake.
So little of your time this job will take.”
12 months later, and it was all a blur
Zooming each week, you became a tech connoisseur.
 
The ice breakers were a hit, just don’t call on me.
I can’t quickly recall my favorite memory.
Oh wait, yes I can, I remember this year.
The beautiful sight as Big Ben shed a tear.
 
He goes by many names including dad, doc, and Rob.
During the year of Covid, we had the best man for the job.
Our club had your back, for that much is clear,
As long as we didn’t ask, “how about just one more year?”
 
Mr. Past-President, we can’t thank you enough
I’m sure watching Steve take the mic won’t be so tough.
So, to the man with many names, you found your favorite this year
Being called Papa Mac will bring you the most cheer.
 
So Dr. Rob, I hope this poem you found cute,
Cheers to not having to say, “you forgot to unmute.”
Past President Party for Dr. Rob McGregor, 2020-2021 Club President 2021-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Speaker Recap: Dr. Michele Campbell, Executive Director, LeBron James Family Foundation

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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Dr. Michele Campbell was our featured speaker at the Tuesday, July 13th weekly Rotary Club of Akron meeting. 
 
Click here o watch the presentation or copy and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/odrs6WD7iVY
 
Dr. Campbell has spent many years pursuing her passion in the education sector. The Akron native attained her education from Ohio institutions including a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Ashland University, a Master’s from Kent State University’s Higher Education Administration, and a Doctorate from the University of Akron as a Doctor of Education. 
 
As the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, she is able to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through educational initiatives, Dr. Campbell brings LeBron’s vision to create positive and lasting change in his hometown to life through daily and long-term interventions rooted in research and driven by passion.
 
Under Campbell’s direction, in 2011 the LeBron James Family Foundation began working on the high school dropout crisis facing the Akron community and launched its core I PROMISE program in partnership with Akron Public Schools. This deep-rooted initiative targets the district’s lowest performing students and provides them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school, following them all the way through graduation. In partnership with the Akron Public Schools, the Foundation targets students at the end of their second grade that are struggling the most.  Research has shown that 25% of this identified group will likely drop out of school.  It is this segment of students that the Foundation and the I PROMISE School chooses to work with.  These students would then begin at the I PROMISE School beginning with the Third grade.
 
Dr. Campbell briefly touched on the challenges LeBron faced as a young student.  She reported that LeBron missed 82 days of school in the fourth grade.  It was this life experience that drove LeBron to create the LeBron James Family Foundation and all of the different programs that have evolved to create the opportunities for these students and their families to be successful.
 
In addition to sharing with us about the students and families they serve Dr. Campbell also shared about the LeBron James Family Foundation’s impact on the community – from opening the I PROMISE School, to expanding into transitional housing the I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels and long term housing with I PROMISE Housing, and culminating in the innovative House Three Thirty, which will see the historic Tangier turned into a community space providing job training, financial health, and gathering space for our I PROMISE families.
 
The growth into these other areas were the results of listening to the families of the students to see what barriers they were confronting that limited the students, but also themselves.  The families tend to have jobs, but not careers.  The I PROMISE Family concept is to help the family have more than just jobs, but a career path.
 
With a commitment to redefining community and building stronger families, The LeBron James Family Foundation invests its time, resources, and passion into creating generational change for the kids and families of Akron through a focus on education and co-curricular educational initiatives.
When asked if the LeBron James Family Foundation had plans to expand the program into other cities and States, Dr. Campbell stated the Foundation realizes their own limitations.  They have conducted workshops for other school districts and communities who are interested and will share their successes and challenges, but will remain Akron based.
 
With its foundational I PROMISE program, the Foundation serves more than 1500 students and their entire families by providing them with the fundamental resources, wrap-around supports and family programming they need for success in school and beyond.  As stated earlier, the Foundation has layered in additional supports including higher education and family supports at the I PROMISE Institute, transitional housing at the I PROMISE Village, longer-term housing at the upcoming I PROMISE Housing, and several hand-on supports in between.  According to Dr. Campbell, these life-changing resources, combined with the Foundation’s “We Are Family” philosophy are re-defining what a family and community looks like.
 
When asked why the program has been so successful so far, Dr. Campbell credited her staff for their efforts in creating trust with the families.  Trust in so critical for the families participating in the program. Trust is something that many of the families had not been able to find with many of their previous interactions with other “systems.”
 
For more information on the LeBron James Family Foundation and the I PROMISE School, I encourage you to visit their website at www.lebronjamesfamilyfoundation.org.
Speaker Recap: Dr. Michele Campbell, Executive Director, LeBron James Family Foundation Terrence Dalton 2021-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

A Man With Many Names

Posted by Pat O'Neill
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With his suit neatly pressed and a bowtie around his neck,
His head is shining without a speck.
When we’d gather at Portage, he was known for his socks
It certainly was not for his flowing locks.
 
At the crack of dawn he hits the gym,
To get the guns, the abs and keep his waistline slim.
The world's strongest McGregor was a title he owned.
Thanks to those push ups that keep him toned.
 
He’s a man who is humble, and a man who won’t gloat.
But he sure puffs out his chest when he’s in a dragon boat.
 
When he walked Abby and Ali down the aisle,
From the International Space Station you could see his smile.
Sharon and Rob you sure raised your girls right,
But that black and yellow is a hideous sight.
 
He’s a medical doctor, that’s easy to see.
So who convinced him to be the President of Rotary?
 
“Rob, you’ll be our leader and it will be a piece of cake.
So little of your time this job will take.”
12 months later, and it was all a blur
Zooming each week, you became a tech connoisseur.
 
The ice breakers were a hit, just don’t call on me.
I can’t quickly recall my favorite memory.
Oh wait, yes I can, I remember this year.
The beautiful sight as Big Ben shed a tear.
 
He goes by many names including dad, doc, and Rob.
During the year of Covid, we had the best man for the job.
Our club had your back, for that much is clear,
As long as we didn’t ask, “how about just one more year?”
 
Mr. Past-President, we can’t thank you enough
I’m sure watching Steve take the mic won’t be so tough.
So, to the man with many names, you found your favorite this year
Being called Papa Mac will bring you the most cheer.
 
So Dr. Rob, I hope this poem you found cute,
Cheers to not having to say, “you forgot to unmute.”
 
A Man With Many Names Pat O'Neill 2021-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Journeying Ahead - THE Story

Posted by Terrence Dalton
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The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to our 2021 – 2022 Club President, Steve Buie, at our Tuesday, July 6 meeting, as he provided the Club with a little history about his life, his family, his career path, and his passion for the Rotary Club of Akron.
 
 
Steve began his presentation quoting from Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Specifically, Steve quoted the first three habits of “Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence.”  In some ways we can look at these three habits as our path to maturation.
 
To put these words in perspective, think of Dependent as relying upon or depending on someone of something.  Interdependence is mutually dependent; reliant on one another. 
 
My Story - Dependence:
 
We all start our story from a place of dependence as we grow into who we are and what we do with our lives.  
 
Steve joined the Akron community on March 17, 1955. He comes from Scottish roots.  His grandparents settled in Buie Creek, North Carolina.  His father and mother moved to Akron to work in the tire industry.  Steve has been a long-time runner.  He was captain of the Cross-Country team and holds a record time for running the Cross Country 2-mile event. 
 
Steve’s career has seen some time working at the University of Akron as well as several years in the Northeastern part of Ukraine, where he became fluent in Russian.
 
Due to health concerns, in 2012 Steve and his family moved back to Akron to care for his parents.
 
His love for Ukraine did not end with his return to Akron. Steve assisted in the development of an Economic Development program that provided microloans for individuals in Ukraine along with securing medical equipment and supplies for hospitals in Ukraine.  Steve estimates that he has assisted over 120 individuals traveling to Ukraine as part of his outreach efforts to partner with individuals in Ukraine to improve their living conditions.
 
In 2014 Steve had the opportunity to purchase LearningRX.  LearningRx is a one-on-one brain training center in Akron that pairs students with their own brain trainers for challenging and fun mental workouts consisting of game-like exercises. For additional information on LearningRX check out their website at www.learningrx.com/akron-bath.  Unique to the LearningRx -Akron/Bath Center is a pilot program named “Success4Rkids.”
 
Success4Rkids is a non-profit formed with the express purpose of working with schools to equip school-age children with necessary strong, foundational, cognitive learning skills.
 
Success4Rkids is currently conducting a pilot program with the I Promise School to help 10 students become skilled and confident readers.
 
Our Story – Independence:
 
As Steve stated during his presentation, we as Rotarians are all unique and bring unique talents and treasures to our Club.  One of Steve’s goals for the coming year is to get the Club members to know more about each other as well as the City of Akron. He intends to introduce a new 90 second vignette at each Club meeting about a past Akron Rotarian leader.
 
THE Story, Akron - Interdependence:
 
We need to look at our individual impact within Rotary and our sphere of influence. Steve’s vision for the next year centers around three areas:
  1. Strategic Plan – specifically our Diversity and Inclusion initiative
  2. Service Projects – Services with a purpose
  3. Enhance Relationships – Relationships with the Club, Camp, and Foundation
We look forward to a great year with Steve’s leadership!
 
Terry Dalton
Club Secretary
 
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Dr. Rob McGregor: My Year as Rotary Club President

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The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Rob McGregor, at our Tuesday, June 29 meeting, as he provided the Club with a review of all that transpired during his presidency which is coming to an end on June 30th. As Dr. Rob labeled his presentation “Year of Lemonade: Turning Lemons into Lemonade” couldn’t have been more accurate. 
 
 
 
 
 
Who would have predicted when Dr. Rob began his ascent into the Rotary Club of Akron President pathway that he would find himself serving an entire term in a virtual environment?  How fortunate that the Club had Dr. Rob’s expertise and commitment to providing the Club support and guidance as we worked our way through the challenges thrust upon the Club as a result of the pandemic. 
 
Dr. Rob began his summary of the year with the following quote from Victor Frankl.  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  It was obvious that Dr. Rob led our Club throughout the past year with that quote in mind.
 
Some of the accomplishments and activities during Dr. Rob’s tenure as President included the following:
  • Pack That Truck/ Akron Food Bank Food Collection
  • Isolation Gowns purchased through a District Grant that provided badly needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Children’s Hospital
  • Clothing collection to donate materials for masks to be made and distributed to those in need
  • Mixology 101 – Shakin, not Stirred
  • Akron Urban League – PPE donations to small businesses
  • Together but Apart – Metro Parks Hiking Spree Challenge
  • The Well CDC $7,000 District Grant for the Akron Hope Program
  • Akron Public School - school supplies distribution event
  • Recognition of Dr. Jeff Kempf by St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti
  • Camp Holiday Drive-by Christmas Party
  • Virtual Chili Open - record earnings of $312,486
  • Mixology 202 – Manhattan
  • Save the Monarchs – Butterfly Milkweed Project Metro Parks
  • Partner with the Well to beautify 7 Middlebury properties
Dr. Rob concluded his presentation with the following quote from John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past, or the present are certain to miss the future."   
 
Not only is that how Dr. Rob looked at his year as our Club President, but also his belief in the future of our Club.
 
Thanks for a great year of Leadership Dr. Rob!
 
Terry Dalton
Club Secretary 2020-2022
 
Dr. Rob McGregor: My Year as Rotary Club President Terrence Dalton 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you to our Paul Harris Fellow Sandy Naragon

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

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

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

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

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

What impact can one donation have?  

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

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

    Posted by Katy Miller
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    Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti , CEO and Executive Director of Keep Akron Beautiful was our featured speaker at the Tuesday June 22 Club meeting.  Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti was named the Executive Director & CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) in December 2014. Keep Akron Beautiful is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. A city and private sector funded agency, Jacqui is responsible for raising over $800,000 annually to operate the agency by extensive grant writing.  Keep America Beautiful, Inc. awarded the agency second place recognition in 2014 for comprehensive program excellence of affiliates serving similar populations and Akron has been a President’s Circle Award annually since 2003. 
     
    Beautification is one of KAB three pillars that encompass their mission of improving Akron's quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.
     
    One of the ways this is  accomplished is through their Adopt a Site program. The Adopt-A-Site program is a long-term volunteer project that helps beautify public lands in Akron. Volunteers commit to prepare, plant, and maintain a flower garden in their approved site for the entire season. KAB assists with the sites to ensure success. There are currently over 60 Adopt-A-Sites throughout Akron.
     
    Another way is through their Beautification Watch Awards.A "Thank You" for Taking Pride in Your Property. Beautification Watch Awards are KAB’s way of saying “thank you” to residents and businesses who take pride in keeping their properties clean and beautified. Every July, volunteers drive an assigned route and nominate all of the addresses that they think should win the award, based on assigned criteria.
     
    The third way is through their Flowerscape Program creating Beautiful & Functional Urban Flower Gardens Flowerscapes are beautiful and functional flower bed installations placed throughout the city of Akron. We have 32 urban Flowerscape sites throughout the city that are planned, planted and maintained by our Flowerscape Crew.  They focus on creating functional gardens that are not only beautiful to the community, but are also habitat for wildlife. They also try to use many plants that are indigenous species from this bio region.
     
    The Second Pillar of KAB mission is Litter Reduction. 
    The Litter Collection Program works on Litter & Illegal Dumping Removal Five Days a Week. Keep Akron Beautiful litter and illegal dumping removal is performed Monday through Friday throughout the year by an in-house litter crew who supervises court-ordered community service workers.
     
    In 2019, we removed 204,940 lbs. of litter and illegal dumping!
     
    Clean up Akron Month is their Largest Volunteer Impact of the Year.
    Every April, thousands of volunteers from all around the area take the initiative to get involved and help clean up their city.
     
    In 2019, 2,632 volunteers took time to help make Akron a cleaner and healthier place to live for all this April. These volunteers cleaned up a total of 17.84 tons of trash and 53 tires from 108 sites, including 20 schools.
     
    Loan A Receptacle.
    Litter & Recycling Receptacles for Public Events ,Keep Akron Beautiful loans out 50-gallon litter and/or recycling receptacles to assist with public litter control at public space events. These 50-gallon wax-coated cardboard trash and recycling containers are borrowed for use at downtown festivals, Lock 3 concerts, city park events, Soap Box Derby, Stan Hywet Hall events, movie night at Glendale Steps, etc. and returned for others to use.
     
    Our receptacles are graciously funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
     
    The third pillar is Community Improvement.  This is accomplished in a few ways.
    Trailer Programs~
    Trailers Filled with Supplies for Community Projects
    KAB has two trailers that can be used by community members to complete community projects.
     
    The Community Pride Trailer is filled with supplies for any kind of project such as installing a new playground or preparing a community garden for the season. The Litter & Illegal Dump Trailer is filled with supplies for large litter cleanups.
     
    The trailers are free to use and can be rented for three days maximum.
     
    Our trailer program makes a huge difference in our community and has been made possible thanks to generous donors Citizens Bank and Dominion Energy!
     
    Graffiti Wipe Out Services.
    KAB Removes Graffiti All Over the City of Akron
    Keep Akron Beautiful operates the Graffiti Wipeout System, a graffiti removal service for public property within the City of Akron.  KAB removes graffiti on public property. The requests for removal service can be made by calling 3-1-1 or  330-375-2311.  Keep Akron Beautiful will also remove graffiti from private property at a cost of $50 (sometimes more for larger jobs). Please call 330-375-2116 for private property graffiti removal.
     
    To learn more, visit KAB FAQ or copy and paste this link into your browser https://www.keepakronbeautiful.org/faq/
     
    Some of you asked about their golf outing that is slated for August 30, 2021. you can register at:  https://www.keepakronbeautiful.org/rough-to-green-golf-outing/
     
     
     
    Yours in Service - 
     
    Katy Miller
    Rotary Club of Akron
     - Social Chair 2020-2021
     - Program Chair 2021-2022
     
    Re-cap of Keep Akron Beautiful Presentation Katy Miller 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

    President's Party Honoring Dr. Robert McGregor

    Posted by Pat O'Neill

    You and your family are
    invited to the
    President's Party honoring
    2020-2021 Club President
    Dr. Robert McGregor.

    July 10, 2021 ♦ 4pm-8pm

    $40 per person

     
    Akron Rotary Camp
    4460 Rex Lake Drive
    Akron, OH 44319
     
    Enjoy pontoon boat rides, zip-lining on the Bud Rogers Adventure Park, s'mores at the campfire, along with fun and fellowship throughout camp.

    Dinner will be served outdoors in the Pavilion.
    It will include Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast and BBQ Pulled Pork, or a Veggie Burger upon request,
    smashed redskin potatoes, roasted vegetables and more.
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    An open bar is included.

    Catered by Robert J. Events.
    ______________________

     

    Past President Pat O'Neill, will pay a special tribute to Dr. McGregor around 6:00pm. 

    Contact Mella Castner at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512, mellac@akronymca.org for any questions.

     
     
    Look forward to seeing you there!

    Your past President, Pat O’Neill
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    Steve Millard, President & CEO Leads Chamber's Efforts

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    Steve Millard, President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber was our featured speaker at the Tuesday, June 15 Club meeting.  Mr. Millard provided an overview of the Greater Akron Area Chamber of Commerce.   The Greater Akron Chamber serves Medina, Portage and Summit Counties.
     
     
    Mr. Millard’s work is focused on leading the chamber’s efforts to drive jobs and investment in the Greater Akron region, improve the region’s competitiveness and to advocate for the needs of the business community in the region with its elected and appointed officials.
     
    Steve is a certified chamber executive, serves on the Boards of Leadership Akron, the Summit Education Initiative (data-based school performance collaborative), Conexus/NEO (regional workforce intermediary) and Medical Services Company. He is a frequent adviser to businesses and a regular facilitator for strategic planning and leadership team retreats.
     
    What is the Mission of the Greater Akron Chamber?
    The mission of the Greater Akron Chamber is to drive economic growth and prosperity for Greater Akron by supporting the success of the business community and acting as a convener of stakeholders on key issues facing the region.
     
    Who does the Greater Akron Chamber Serve?
    The Chamber represents a membership of diverse businesses ranging from global manufacturers to small machine shops and professionals to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. The Greater Akron Chamber is committed to continual improvement of our community, our economy, and our quality of life. The Chamber serves more than 1,500 member companies, offering the best bottom-line, result-producing benefits; networking and marketing opportunities; small business support; public representation; and information services.
     
    What Strategies Drive the Focus of the Greater Akron Chamber?
     
    1. Support Company Growth; Jobs and Investment
    Grow company revenue, capital investment and jobs in Greater Akron by leading targeted business attraction, retention and expansion efforts for high potential opportunities. 
    1. Support Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
    Create advantage for the region’s small and middle market businesses by connecting them to customers, capital, content and ecosystem support resources. 
    1. Drive Economic Inclusion
    Advance economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion to accelerate the growth and success of Greater Akron’s companies. 
    1. Facilitate Employer Workforce Solutions
    Drive employer focused solutions to critical skill gaps by increasing job access and employer engagement with the talent development system.  
     
    What Can the Chamber Do for My Business?
    While the Chamber can help your business in many ways, there are four competencies of the Chamber that can be of great assistance!
    1. Catalytic Research and Advocacy -- Drive ideas and decision-making on action to further Greater Akron’s economic success from the perspective of the business and employer community. 
    2. Storytelling -- Bring visibility to the region’s assets, companies, needs and opportunities with a focus on driving value for the business community, its employers and their workforce. 
    3. Convener and Facilitator -- Bring companies, organizations, and key stakeholders together to dialogue and connect around opportunities for mutual economic success in Greater Akron. 
    4. Distinctive Products, Services and Resources to Support Members -- In places where gaps exist and the mutual needs of our members can be supported, the Chamber will invent and/or invest in capacity to fill the need and support their success. 
    How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Chamber and the Businesses it Represents?
    The past 15 months has been challenging for the Chamber, as it has for its members.  What has happened as a result of the pandemic and the political polarization confronting the country has created some new opportunities as well as challenges for the Chamber and its members.  The Chamber and its members are addressing economic disparities, systemic racism, etc.
    CEOs are thinking about greater growth opportunity based on pent up demand, keeping new customers as a result on the expansion of online purchasing, earning back previous customers, winning back workers, providing new kinds of flexibility in working conditions, addressing cyber-security, and being more transparent in the areas of diversity, environment, inclusion, and a changing regulatory environment.
     
    2021 Strategic Planning Sessions
    To address some of these new challenges, the Chamber will be holding several opportunities for an open discussion about ideas, initiatives, and opportunities for the future work of the Chamber.  The Chamber is currently going through an update of the Chamber’s strategic plan and blueprint to reflect changes in their work and some of the new realities of the post COVID-19 environment.  
    According to Mr. Millard, this is an opportunity not only to provide input on the work of the Chamber and its priorities, but to have an opportunity to get together and share ideas with other business owners and leaders as we all emerge from a more restricted meeting and events environment due to COVID-19. 
     
    To attend one of these sessions, interested individuals can go to the Chamber website https://greaterakronchamber.org.  or click here for the 2021 Strategic Planning Sessions link.
     
    Yours in Service -
    Terry Dalton
    Rotary Club of Akron Secretary |Club Scholarship Chair
     
    Steve Millard, President & CEO Leads Chamber's Efforts Terrence Dalton 2021-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

    June 10, 1924 . . .Rotary Camp was Born

    Posted by Dan Reynolds
    June 10, 1924 - Rotarians, Hez Simmons and Walter Hoyt rented a YMCA camp for 10 days to provide a summer camp to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities and Rotary Camp for Crippled Children was born. During the early days the campers had mostly polio and cerebral palsy. When campers would get homesick during their stay at camp, Hez would say: “Sure, we’ll take you home, but first I need a new lanyard.” He and the camper will talk and work on the lanyard until homesickness was overcome. Thank you Hez and Walter, for founding Rotary Camp, where we, for the last 97 years, Create a world where there are only abilities!
     
    Dan Reynolds
    Director of Endless Possibilities
    Akron Rotary Camp
     
     
    June 10, 1924 . . .Rotary Camp was Born Dan Reynolds 2021-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

    Beautification Project 

    Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer for our beautification project!! Enjoy pictures from the day. ▶ View photos and start slideshow
     
    June 12th - The Akron Rotary Foundation, a 501 C3 partnered with The Well Community Corp, also a 501C3 to provide landscaping enhancements to 5 homes located in the Middlebury area of Akron. This project is designed to rehabilitate the housing in a depressed area of the community that dates back to the founding of Akron. The Rotary Club of Akron's commitment was to provide materials and volunteers to enhance the appearance of the home by trimming and cleaning up existing landscaping as well as planting of annual and perennial flowers, and mulching of flowerbeds to brighten the curb appeal and encourage other property owners to do likewise.
     
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    Charles Billington, Vorys Cleveland, RC of Akron Risk Management Presentation

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    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to one of our own at our Tuesday, June 8, 2021, club meeting.  The purpose of this week’s presentation was to inform Club members of the purpose of our Risk Management Committee and how every Akron Rotarian can be part of our risk management efforts when participating in Club sponsored activities/events.  VIEW THE MEETING VIDEO - CLICK HERE
     
    And who would be better than Chaz to be the Chairperson of our committee.  Chaz is a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the labor and employment group.  He has significant experience advising in-house legal counsel and HR leaders on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);  collective bargaining, labor relations issues and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); drafting and implementing employee handbooks; providing management and employee trainings; and assisting with HR related issues associated with both mergers and acquisitions.  For the past fifteen months COVID-19 has consumed a large percentage of his workload!
     
    Chaz received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as a senior editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. He also served as a research editor for the Cleveland State Journal of Law and Health. He received his B.S. and A.A.S cum laude from the University of Akron.
     
    Who are the Risk Committee Members?
    The committee is comprised of Chaz Billington, Dr. Robert McGregor, Pat O’Neill, Terry Dalton, Sam Lupica, Jacinto Nunez, John Reyes, and Michael Gladysz.
     
    Why Does the Committee Exist?
    To provide oversight across the Club for all categories of risk to ensure that proper practices are in place to identify, understand, and manage risks.
     
    What are the Committee’s Responsibilities?
    A few of the committee’s responsibilities include:
    • Create a culture of risk management throughout the Club
    • Conduct risk assessments and develop risk management plan for Club operations and activities
    • Identify and continuously audit the Club’s insurance plans, policies and needs
    • Assess and prioritize risks associated with Club operations and activities
    • Communicate risk management-related advice and recommendations to the Board
    • Determine how to manage identified risks and develop risk response plans
    • Communicate with Club leadership, membership, and volunteers regarding safety, risk management, and risk response plans
    What Does the Committee Do and Not Do?
    The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors
    The Committee does not approve or disapprove any particular event or proposed action of the Club.
     
    What Has the Committee Done This Year?
    • Consulted, advised, and helped plan risk mitigation efforts with the Chili Open
    • Analyzed Club insurance coverage to identify any gaps
    • Monitored local, state, and federal COVID related guidance
    • Discussed several proposed events
    • Created forms like releases and waivers for in-person events
    When Do Fellow Rotarians Need to Reach Out to the Committee?
    When Club members are planning a Rotary-sponsored event or member-attended events.
     
    If We Are Planning an Event, What Does the Committee Need from Akron Rotarians?
    • Description of the event
    • Anticipated date(s)
    • Any proposed/existing safety/health protocols
    • Contact person
    • Turnaround time
    When Does the Committee Meet and How Do We Contact the Committee?
    The Risk Management Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Club meeting. You can contact Chaz at cfbillington@gmail.com or 330.322.3603 or Terry at tdalton1226@gmail.com or 330.815.1525
    The Risk Committee encourages all Rotarians to reach out to the committee if you have any concerns about anything you might be concerned about from a risk perspective for the Club or individual members.
     
    Yours in Service - 
     
    Terry Dalton
    RC of Akron Secretary
    Scholarship Chair
    Risk Committee Member
    Charles Billington, Vorys Cleveland, RC of Akron Risk Management Presentation Terrence Dalton 2021-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

    Board Retreat 

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

     
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    Campers Have Arrived!

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    We are full of campers and we are still hiring staff. 

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

    "End Polio Now" Night at the Indians 2021

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

    Anne Graffice, EVP, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment

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    The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to a presentation on the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company, the driving force behind the development of the Football Hall of Fame project at our Tuesday, June 1st weekly meeting.  Our speaker was Anne Graffice, Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs.   Anne joined Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) in December 2019. In this role, Ms. Graffice oversees community, investor, media and government relations, and manages all corporate social responsibility initiatives for the Company.
     
     
    In July 2020, Ms. Graffice was a key component of the transaction that made Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company public through a merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
     
    Previously, Ms. Graffice successfully served in a similar role at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which she joined in May 2016 as Vice President of Development & Strategic Adventures. She served as the Hall’s primary corporate and community relations contact, and oversaw diversity programs and policies; controlled development and engagement for the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls; and developed programming for the Center for Excellence.
     
     
    What is the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company?
     
    The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company is a multi-dimensional Sports and Entertainment Company.  They are comprised of three divisions.  The first is their Themed, Experiential Assets which includes themed attractions, hospitality, and live entertainment.  The second area is their Media company which is comprised of original content, High Profile Partnerships and Sponsorships. The third company, which has grown more quickly than anticipated because of COVID-19 is their Gaming company which is comprised of Fantasy Sports, e-Gaming and Sports Betting.
     
    The concept behind these growth areas is to make the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company a Destination Asset for Greater Northeast Ohio and beyond.
    The Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company has divided up the development of the Destination asset into three phases:
     
              Phase I which is completed and created about $250 million in assets is comprised of
    • Pro Football Hall of Fame
    • Tom Benson HOF Stadium
    • National Youth Football and Sports Complex
     
    Phase II (Double Tree by Hilton hotel opened in downtown Canton in Nov, 2020) (A $30 million dollar renovation)
              Approximately 120 acres developed to create the following:
    • Hall of Fame Indoor Waterpark
    • The Eleven, a Hilton Tapestry Hotel
    • Constellation Center for Excellence (75,00 sq. ft multi-use office building, center and hub for research and development for sports.  Will also have a huge scoreboard in the front of the building.
    • Center for Performance – an indoor fieldhouse, home for the NFL Alumni Association and their academy. It could be used for auto shows, indoor garden shows, indoor football games, indoor training facilities, etc.
    • Retail Promenade – There will be two of these with 10-12 different storefront businesses.
    • Play-action Plaza – an outdoor interactive green space.
     
    Phase III (Up to $300 million in new assets across 600 acres of available land)
    • Includes potential for additional attractions, dining, lodging and accommodations housing options, etc.
    What is the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center Approach for Success?          
    • An opportunity to invest in the most powerful sport in America
    • Leveraging powerful brands across an integrated platform
    • Delivering unique experiences for loyal consumers
    • Maximizing media content and sponsorships
    • Significant long-term growth potential for their shareholders
    • Exceptional leadership with proven track record
     
    What has been happening and can happen at the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center pre COVID and post COVID?
    • More than 70 events were held in 2019.  This included stadium, youth sports and private events. 
    • The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium can hold live events, concerts and performances, weddings, corporate retreats, and indoor/outdoor parties.
    • The National Youth Football and Sports Complex and hold youth sporting events and tournaments, sports academies and athletic clinics.
    • The Center for Performance can house indoor sporting events, NFL Alumni Academy sports/events and convention space for events.
    • The Constellation Center for Excellence can provide meeting space and speaking engagements.
    • The Premium Hotels (Double Tree and the Eleven Hilton Tapestry hotels) can provide meeting space for meetings, conventions and banquets, weddings, corporate retreats, and indoor/outdoor parties.
    • The indoor waterpark can be rented for events and private parties
    • The Play- Action Plaza provides green space for recreation, events, and informal gatherings.
    To learn more about the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Center growth plans, etc. I encourage readers to view the recording: click here or copy and paste this link https://youtu.be/VAc4_DdzK0w
     
    Having heard Ms. Graffice’s presentation, I am sure you will be eager to follow the development of this destination spot and frequent the events that will be occurring now and in the future.  An asset that Northeast Ohio should be very proud of.
    Anne Graffice, EVP, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Terrence Dalton 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Service Project June 12th:  Volunteers Needed Please

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

    Rotary Cares

    Posted by Sandy Naragon
     
    The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me(click here) with any news you would like placed here. Note that information is posted only with permission of the individual(s).
     

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

    Howard Parr Talked About Civic Theatre Restoration at Club Meeting

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

    Thank You Rotarians!

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

    Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace

    Dear Rotarians

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

    https://rotaryserviceblog.org/2021/05/04/opening-opportunities-for-peace-through-intercountry-committees/

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

      Claudine Schooley

    ICC USA-Ukraine Chair of Section

    Rotary E-Club of One World – District 5240

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

    Tiffanie Ferguson of CHC Addiction Services Presentation Recap

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

    Thank you to our Paul Harris Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

    What impact can one donation have?  

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

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

      Seema Rao Akron Enlightens Us About Akron Art Museum Exhibits

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

      Cultural Humility Program Offered

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

      Dr. Rob McGregor Speaks at Stow Rotary Club

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

      Club Inducts Donna Skoda as our Newest Rotarian

      Welcome to The Akron Rotary Club
      DONNA SKODA, MS., RD., LD

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

      Student Scholarship Program - Part III

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

      Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
       
      Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to tdalton1226@gmail.com.
       
      Thanks to Akron Rotarian, Kevin Smith, who participated in the interview and selection process. View the weekly meeting by clicking here.
       
      About the Scholarship Recipients:
       
      The Students of the Year recognized April 27th were (photos L-R)
      Dei Juane' Burt,  Jade Urdiales and Miranda Honaker.
      We were pleased that two of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording].

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

      AmazonSmile

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

      How it works:
      1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
      2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
      3. Select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as your charity
      4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
       
       
       
       
      If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mella Castner, director of development at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512.
       
      Mella A. Castner
      Director of Development
      Akron Rotary Camp
      4460 Rex Lake Drive
      Akron, OH 44319
      330.644.4512 ext. 3206
      330.322.7206
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      North High School Interact Service Project 2021-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

      Student Scholarship Program - Part II

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

      Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
       
      Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to tdalton1226@gmail.com.
       
      Thanks to the committee members who participated in the interview and selection process: Ryan McCauley, Zach Prosser and Jay Rutter. 
       
      About the Scholarship Recipients:
       
      The Students of the Year recognized April 20th were Rishma Tamang, Allison Lee, Kyrice Brunson, Star Griffin, Arissa Holcomb, and Ma Cho.
       
      We were pleased that two of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording]. 
       

      These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.

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

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

      Join Us: 2021 Virtual District 6630 Conference of Clubs

      YOU CAN STILL REGISTER ONLINE
      TO OBTAIN YOUR LOGIN TO  JOIN US!
       
       
       
      You are cordially invited to attend our virtual Annual Meeting and Multi-District Conference.   
       
      Our theme is “Rotary – A World of Opportunities.”
       
      If you already registered for our District Conference, thank you.
       
      If not, please register soon! 
       
      Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-ugqj0rGtbheqGJp-0dVT5boCsEWyEG   

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

       9:00 am - 11:00 am 
      • Multi District: Interesting speakers from around the country and world plus comments from the four District Governors. 
      • Keynote Speaker:  RID Brad Howard: “Pivot Point or End Point”
      • District 6630 Governor Pat Myers will share how all our clubs led through challenging times.
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
      • District 6630: An exclusive breakout with our 4-Way Test Speech Contest winners
      • Chartering of the Lake County Sunrise Satellite Club
      • Recognition of E-ClubNEO Satellite Club
      • Interact-Rotaract Club Highlights!
       
       
      Register and you will receive a free T-shirt delivered to your home or office. 
       
      Registration Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-ugqj0rGtbheqGJp-0dVT5boCsEWyEG   Pre-registration is required to attend.

      Cost to Attend: None!

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

      1. Your confirmation will be arriving from RotaryDistrict6630@neo.rr.com.

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

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

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

      Tiffany Roper: Eat, Speak, Love

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

      A Message from President Rob

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

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

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

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

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

      Student Scholarship Program

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

      Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
       
      Terry Dalton serves as a member of the Akron Rotary Club Board of Directors and as the Club Secretary and has chaired the Rotary Scholarship Committee for about 10 years.  Any members interested in helping are encouraged to reach out to Terry at 330-815-1525 or via email to tdalton1226@gmail.com.  
       
      About the Scholarship Recipients:
       
      The Students of the Year recognized March 16th were Anna Gray, Jennifer Skerlong, Mary Winer, Anjana Tamang, Tam Chau, and Emma Grass.
       
      We were pleased that four of the students were available to join our meeting [click to view recording].  

      These students are extremely accomplished students and active community volunteers.

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

      Mary Winer
      Anjana Tamang
      Emma Grass
       
      Tam Chau

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

      Strategic Plan Re-boot 

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

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

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

      Happy Dollars: Photos Welcome for Our Meetings

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

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

      Connor Jarvis Shared His Knowledge of Bourbon

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

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

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


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

      Welcome New Members

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

      were inducted March 2, 2021!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Chili Open Re-Cap

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

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

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


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

      Our Chili Open Sponsors continued

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

      THANK YOU
      to the
      PARTNERS OF
      THE 2021 CHILI OPEN
       
      Thank you to all who have signed up to date to support our
       Akron Rotary Chili Open!!
       
       
      Presenting Sponsor – Wayne Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Akron Public Schools Virtual Library: Calling all Storytellers

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

      We Need ALL HANDS ON DECK!!!

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

      Thursday: January 28
      12-1 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH)
      5-6 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH), or
      5-6 pm at World Elite Kids (81 Northwest Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278), or
      5-6 pm at Hilton Akron Fairlawn (3180 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333)
      Thank you for your support in making this year's Chili Open a continued success for our Club to benefit the campers who attend Akron Rotary Camp! Together, we are "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
       
      Wanda Whipkey and Jeff Sheeks
      Co-Chairs, 2021 Chili Open Golf Classic
       
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      Cyndi Kane Spoke about Toastmasters and Leadership

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

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

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

      FEBRUARY 19th
       

      Manhattan Valentine's Day
      virtual Akron Rotary Social

      To call in:  
      1-929-205-6099

      Meeting
      ID 828 3137 9129

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

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

          
            
       
      PARTNERS OF
      THE 2021 CHILI OPEN
       
      Thank you to all who have signed up to date to support our
       Akron Rotary Chili Open!!
       
       
      Presenting Sponsor – Wayne Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

      Thank You - From the VA 

      PDG Harig, DGND Julie Brandle and Linda Farkas of the RC of Akron helped collect items from the Summit County S-Medina County Cluster to be delivered to the VA Hospital.
       
      The VA sent this thank you note - a big thanks goes out to all who donated!!
       
      Photo L-R. : Courtney Mashits, VA Volunteer Services; PDG Jack Young; PDG Jack Harig 
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      Welcome Michael Gallucci our Newest Akron Rotary Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Posted by Dan Reynolds on Jan 12, 2021
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      The Chili Open is February 6th and we are counting on your support to make this event successful!
       
      Raffle Tickets
      Please take a moment to watch this message (click on the photo) from Jerry VanDevere from The VanDevere Bunch about Chili Open Raffle Tickets! If you have not returned our raffle tickets yet, please show your support and purchase them today at ChiliOpen.net. Please share with your friends, family and colleagues and support this great cause.
       
       
      Help fill the Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer and Wine Fridge
      The 2021 Chili Open Silent Auction will again feature a Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer and a Wine Fridge! Please help us fill these items with any donation of unopened bottles of wine, spirits and mixers, bar glassware, cocktail napkins, etc. If you can’t make it shopping, we will be happy to accept donations for this. Your contributions can be sent directly to Nichole Major through Venmo @Nichole-Major, or Paypal, Nichole2282@yahoo.com.  These will be very desirable items to bid on during the auction, and the winning bidder gets to take home their new wheelbarrow along with all of its contents.
       
      Collecting Items:
      The Rotary Camp Staff will be happy to meet you during selected times and several drop-off locations to bring raffle tickets, silent auction items, or bottles of liquor on:

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

      Chili Open Golf Classic: Goal Status

      Posted by Wanda Whipkey on Jan 12, 2021
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      BUY RAFFLE TICKETS HERE
      REGISTERHERE
       

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

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


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

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

       

      Each raffle ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

      There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

      • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
      • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
      • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

      Follow us on Social Media  

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

      Club Inducts Megan Olesen

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

      Posted by Dan Reynolds on Dec 28, 2020
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      Rotary Camp had a great kick-off to the Holidays on Sunday, December 20th, as Santa and his Elves were busy spreading some Holiday Cheer. Our holiday drive-by was a huge success with over 60 families participating. All campers and their siblings received a gift from the jolly man himself, and every family went home with a gift card to help with the holidays.
       
      We truly appreciate all the support of gifts and gift card donations for our campers and their families.  Thank you for helping us spread some Holiday Cheer!
       
      You can view the video of the event at https://youtu.be/6XpKwdzAles.  Thank you to all who helped make this a special event!
       
      Dan Reynolds
      District Executive Director
      Akron Rotary Camp
      Rotary Camp Spread Some Holiday Cheer! Dan Reynolds 2020-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

      Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

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

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

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

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

      Ali Miller and Chris Meyers from Playhouse Square

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

      Rotary Youth Exchange 

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

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

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

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

      There is also a new option for students, the virtual exchange.  We hope to learn more by talking to Rotarian John Koetz (in Columbus) who has been in charge of virtual exchanges to date.  A couple of committee members plan to attend a Webinar on 22 January on this topic.  We are also looking at ways to help students become more language proficient before they go abroad or during a virtual exchange.
       
      Another important topic, Develop recruiting strategies, guided our brainstorming.  Suggestions ranged from
      1) get in contact with all past host families to engage them in supporting our host family recruitment;
      2) place notices about our program in local high school or district newsletters regularly to get the contact information out there for hosting, a description of short-term program, a description of long-term program; 3) send articles to local papers like Stow Sentry, the West Ender, etc.; and, 4) bring in past Outbound students (Rotex) to keep the topic on the front burner for the club. 
       
      Next meeting in January will be 12th or 19th at 11 am before General Meeting.  TBA later.
       
      We are open to new members who would like to work with young people, welcoming them, making certain their experience is going well, helping them get used to the American culture, acting as a guide to Akron’s cultural offering.
      If you would like to join us, please contact Susan at: colvillehall2@gmail.com
       
      Committee Members (you can click on names to email them):
      Yours in Rotary Service -
       
      Susan Colville-Hall
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      Are you ready for our Holiday Zoom gathering on Dec. 15th?

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

      INGREDIENTS

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

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

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

       

      The Rotary Club of Akron

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

      The Akron Rotary Foundation 

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

      The Akron Rotary Camp

       
      Directors:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022
      • Tim DelMedico
      • Michael Gallucci
      • Nick George
      • Pam Kiltau
       
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      Operation Rotary Holiday Outreach!

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

      Thank you!

      Katy Miller and Sandy Naragon
       
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      Rebecca Silber, Annual Giving Officer for Zones 30 and 31 - Speaker Recap

      The Rotary Club of Akron had the opportunity to be updated on the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International during our Tuesday, November 24th meeting.  Rebecca Silber, who serves as the Annual Giving Officer for Zones 30 and 31 was our featured speaker. 
       
      It was evident that Rebecca cares deeply about connecting donors and volunteers to the causes they are most passionate about and feels a calling towards her fundraising work as a way to leave a positive impact on the world around her.
       
      Working at The Rotary Foundation has fulfilled a career dream of Rebecca’s working for an organization that is not only well respected but is also known internationally for its commitment to making the world a better place through Service Above Self.
       
      Rebecca feels strongly about building bridges between Rotarians and The Foundation so they can experience a deep sense of fulfilment and accomplishment through their generosity and service.
       
      Many Rotarians are not familiar with all of the giving opportunities that are available to us through the Rotary International Foundation.  This summary of Ms. Silber’s presentation will highlight a few of those opportunities.
       
       
      The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
       
      The Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants during fiscal year 2018. Here is a breakdown of the six areas of focus the grants supported:
      • Preventing Disease
      $35,660,986
      • Providing Clean Water
      $18,761,791 
      • Supporting Education
      $10,998,136
      • Growing Local Economies
      $10,503,910
      • Saving Mothers & Children
       $7,204,677
      • Promoting Peace                       
      $3,547,899
       
      These six Areas of Focus guide everything the Foundation does. A seventh area of focus will be implemented in July 2021.  That focus will be “Supporting the Environment.”
       
      The Rotary Foundation supports both Global grants and District grants:
                  GLOBAL GRANTS:
      Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.
                  Global grants can fund:
      • Humanitarian projects
      • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
      • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves
       
      How they’re funded:
      Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.
      DISTRICT GRANTS:
      District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants.
      What district grants support:
      You can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:
      • Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
      • Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
      • Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact
      • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves
       
      How they’re funded:
      Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings.
       
      How Does a Rotarian Donate to the RI Rotary Foundation?
      There are multiple areas a Rotarian might consider.  The following is a list of possible areas:
      • Annual Fund Share
      • World Fund
      • Polio-Plus Fund
      • Disaster Response Fund
      • Endowment Fund
      For additional information on the RI Rotary Foundation, I would encourage Rotarians to access the Rotary Foundation website:  www.MyRotary.org.  
       
      Upon logging in, then click on Rotary Foundation. 
      (Click on the graphic to view larger)
       
      Yours in Rotary Service,
      Terry
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      District Foundation Event Recognizes Akron Club & Individuals

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

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

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

      Rotary Camp Holiday Party

      Posted by Dan Reynolds on Nov 19, 2020
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      We are currently accepting donations of toys and gift cards for our annual Holiday Party on December 20th.  Like all of us, our campers’ and their families’ lives have been completely turned upside down this year. This year’s Holiday Party for Camp will most likely be a drive through event due to COVID-19 precautions but for many of our campers it is the only time they see Santa, so our goal is to make it as joyous as possible.  Help us spread a little joy by purchasing a gift that Santa can share or a gift card for groceries.
       
      Here is the link to our Amazon wish list:  https://a.co/dFuovVo.
       
      Gift cards in any amount from major stores such as Target, WalMart, ACME, and Giant Eagle are also being accepted. 
       
      Gift cards and donations can be mailed or dropped off at Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Dr., New Franklin, OH  44319. Questions? Call camp at 330.644.4512 or email Dan Reynolds at danr@akronymca.org.
       
      Thanks!
      Dan
       
       
      Dan Reynolds
      District Executive Director
      Akron Rotary Camp
      YMCA Camp Y-Noah
      330.926.4952
      Rotary Camp Holiday Party Dan Reynolds 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

      31st Annual Chili Open!!

      Posted by Wanda Whipkey on Nov 05, 2020
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      Thank you to all who joined us on the greens this past Tuesday as we reviewed the details of the 31st Chili Open Golf Classic.  On February 6, 2021, at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, we will be playing golf for the kids.  This video (click here) gives you a glimpse of what happens in the day of a Chili Open!  

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

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

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

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

      Each ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

      There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

      • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
      • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
      • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

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

      1.     Follow us on Social Media  

      2.     Sell or buy 5 additional raffle tickets at chiliopen.net

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

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

      REGISTERHERE

      SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS GUIDE

      BUY RAFFLE TICKETS HERE

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

      Fall Hiking Spree In Action!

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      Let's be Social . . .Apart
       
      I am so thrilled to see so many out and taking advantage of our Socially Distant but Together #AkronRotaryHikes Social time!
      Remember to use the hashtag when you post to Social media and send me a picture of your completed form to be entered to win a Fall Goodies Basket I am putting together.
       
       
      Thank you, 
      Katy Miller, Club Social Chair
      330.620.4098
      Rob, Sharon and Harrison at Liberty Park Gorge Trail on Saturday

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

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

       

       
       
      Julie Brandle and daughter Kimberly
      5 hikes and 9 miles so far.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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      Jeff Kempf Recognized for his Service to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti

      Posted by Rob McGregor on Nov 02, 2020
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      CONGRATULATIONS DR. KEMPF!

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

      Dr. Tim Collins, President Walsh University Presentation Recap

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

      ICC Group Meeting Recap

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

      Lorrayne Gervase Becomes Member of Akron Rotary

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

      Terry Dalton Receives the Unsung Hero Award 

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

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

      Halloween Fun!

      As many get ready to celebrate Halloween, President McGregor asked for members to submit their memorable/favorite costumes.  Thank you to all who participated!
       
      Dr. McGregor with his daughter
      on a magic carpet.
         
      Cheryl and Steve Warren - as Elvis with his
      peanut butter and banana sandwich.
       
      Colleen Iacianci as wacky wavy inflatable flailing
      arm tube people - the name of the costumes
      is a mouthful!
      Julie Brandle as Gretel for a murder mystery
      David Miller - In addition to the Harry Potter
      one here are the Millers over the years.
      (see more below)
      Cheryl and Steve Warren as Santa and Mrs. Claus
      a little earlier than normal - but if the stores can do
      Christmas in October, so can we!
      The Miller Family
      The Miller Family
      The Miller Family
       
       
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      The Well CDC’s Akron Hope Program Awarded $7,000 Grant

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

      Annual Meeting Notice

      Posted by Karen Hrdlicka on Oct 22, 2020
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      The Annual Meeting for the Rotary Club of Akron will  be held December 1, 2020 at Noon via Zoom  

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

      The purpose of the meeting is to announce the elected the officers and directors to serve for the ensuing year, provide updates and reports from the Club and to discuss and vote upon any resolutions as needed.
       
      Per our Club bylaws, a quorum for this Club Annual Meeting is defined as 1/3 of our membership being present.  So we would really appreciate your attendance.
       
      Respectfully,
       
      Karen Hrdlicka
      Akron Club Bylaws Committee Chair
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      District 6630 Governor Pat Myers Presentation Recap

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

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

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

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

      February 6, 2021
      Hale Farm & Village, Bath Ohio

      Sponsorship and Registration - ChiliOpen.net

       
       
      REGISTERHERE
       
       
      SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS GUIDE
       
       
      BUY RAFFLE TICKETS HERE
       
       
       
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      4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH 44319
      (330) 644-4512 
      rotarycamp.org

       

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

      People, Passion, Purpose, Performance - Elevating Your Leadership

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

      Rotarians wishing to learn more about the Heart to Heart Communications program can go to their website at https://www.h2hc.org or reach out to them at the following address: Heart to Heart, 37 N. High Street, Suite B, Akron Ohio 44308, or phone number:  330.434.3278 

       

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

      Social Committee Looking Ahead

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

      Billy Taylor Provides Insights on Leadership Management & Transformational Change

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

      Lessons Learned from Their Year in Leadership

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

      PAMELA KILTAU
      1995-1996
      Club President
       

      LANCE CHIMA
      2013-2014
      Club President
       

      DR. DOUGLAS
      HAUSKNECHT
      2004-2005
      Club President

      PATRICK O'NEILL
      2019-2020
      Club President
       
       
      Lance Chima is a 3rd generation member of Chima Travel. 
       
      Pam Kiltau has been a member of Rotary for 30+ years and was the first woman president of the Akron Club.  She currently is employed at Baird Financial. 
       
      Doug Hausknecht has been a member of the Akron Club for 24 years.  Doug is a “retired” professor at the University of Akron.
       
      Pat asked the three panelists the following questions:
       
      What impact has Rotary had on your lives?
       
      Doug – ability to travel around the world through the friendship of Rotary.
      Lance – where else can you go and brush elbows with so many professionals committed to performing service above self.
      Pam – I found myself needing to find my place at 29 years of age as a female in the Akron Rotary Club – trying to fit in and stay the course.
       
      What words of wisdom would you share with new and prospective Rotarians to get the most out of your Rotarian experience?
      • Find someone to help you feel welcome.
      • Get involved.
      • Involve yourself in any and every thing to find where you are the most comfortable.
      • Use Club Runner to become familiar with who other Rotarians are and what their interests/professions are.  Reach out to someone you find interesting in the directory.
      • Finding someone in the Club you can go to.
      • Finding your passion.
      • Having each other’s back.
       
      What are your fondest memories from being a Rotarian?
       
      Pam – After displaying a formal dress worn at the black- tie day for presidents, her fondest memory is the Poker Run that was held for several years.  (Several Rotarians commented in the Chat room that they would like to hear more about the Poker run.   It really was a fun time for all who participated, and it helped get Rotary’s name out in the community).
       
      Lance – Watching my son Brian become a Rotarian.  Club turning 100 years old and leading the Centennial celebration.
       
      Doug – The family of Rotary.  Meeting with Bill Gates. 
       
      Lessons Learned from Their Year in Leadership Terrence Dalton 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Volunteers Needed:  Virtual Service Project for North High School

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

      Club Inducts Hilary F. DeSaussure

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

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

      Summit County Public Health Commissioner Discusses Pandemic

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

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

      FOX 8 News Features Akron Club Social Project

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

      Lets be Social...Apart

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

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