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