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The Akrotarian


Join Us at a Meeting


January 8 - April 1, 2020

We will meet each Wednesday at 11:45 am


On April 7, 2020 we return to Tuesday meetings. 

No meetings on:

December 24 & 31, 2019 or January 1, 2020

Portage Country Club
240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303
Tel: 330.644.4512

$13.00 per person for lunch
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Club News
 A Message from Our Club President
It was a sincere pleasure seeing many of you at our Annual Meeting of the Club, Foundation and Camp.  I want to point out a few of the elements we discussed - the full PowerPoint from the Annual Meeting may be downloaded by clicking here (it is a Club Member Only document, so you will need to login to access).   We will continue to keep members apprised in the months ahead.  
Yours in Rotary Service,
Patrick T. O'Neill
Rotary Club of Akron President 2019-2020

Jim Redmond, Akron Rotary Foundation - “Looking to be more impactful to Club projects and causes while assisting in promoting the Club and Camp.”

-Net Assets remind just under $1,700,000
-There is a definite need to grow ARF assets to continue supporting the Club and Camp
-Investment performance has been strong YTD 2019
Contributions for YTD 2019 are $11,850
2019 Highlights


-$167,000: Direct financial assistance provided to attend Camp programs. No one is ever turned away for services due to the inability to pay.
-$565,000: Amount raised at The Regatta which was as huge success.
-December 25, 2019: The expected completion of the Bud Rodgers Adventure Park which includes nine high elements, including two zip lines, and three on the ground elements.
-Akron Area YMCA: Since 1995 the YMCA has managed the day to day operations of Akron Rotary Camp including: staffing, human resources, accounting, technology support, insurance and marketing. The camp board approved another 5 year management agreement with the Akron Area YMCA.

-American Camp Association Accreditation: Rotary Camp scored a 100% in all applicable standards. Peer camp directors from other camps spent a day scoring over 300 national standards ranging from guard rails on bunk beds to staff screening and training, to lifeguards at the waterfront.

-Volunteer Experiences: In 2019, there have been nearly 3,000 volunteer hours provided by over 400 Akron Rotarians and community members.
-Meals Served: Kathy Brown, Food Service Director at Camp, shared that through November 2019, we have served 2,758 people and 17,905 meals!


2020-2021 Election Results - Club Officers

Ballots returned: 75

Club President: Dr. Rob McGregor

Club President-Elect: Steve Buie

Club Vice President: Determined Dec. 9 via Runoff Ballot

Club Secretary: Terry Dalton

Club Treasurer: Mike Gladysz
2020-2021 Election Results - Directors

Club Director: Katy Miller

Club Director: Tamara Mora

Club Director: Jacinto Nunez

Club Director: June Ring

Foundation Director: Julie Brandle

Foundation Director: Katy Miller

Foundation Director: Dr. Rima Muakkassa

Foundation Director: Brian Steere

Foundation Director: Steve Buie

2019 Meeting Attendance
Your Attendance at Meetings Affects our Bottom Line

Importance of weekly attendance at Rotary lunches.

-We guarantee Portage Country Club a minimum of 40 meals each week.
-Lunch shortfall: 8 out of 20 weekly lunches where we did not meet minimum attendance
-Shortfall cost to the Club: $829.60
-Rotarians/Guests not eating: 128 meals paid $5 for difference of $921.60 vs. $13 lunches
2019 Achievements2020 Initiatives

District Matching Grant: Akron Cooperative Farms
-$7,000 for Tractor with tiller and chipper attachment

New member inductions: Nine new members since July 1
-Thank you to Tom Knauer and the membership committee

Exchange students: Elin from South Korea and Zoe from Belgium
-Thank you to Susan Colville-Hall, the RYE committee and our host families

Marketing: Revamped website, newsletter and speaker announcements
-Thank you to Cheryl Warren

Chili Open: $300,000 Goal

Strategic Plan: Focusing on three initiatives of Club Visibility, Akron Rotary Experience, Member engagement

President’s Donation: Identify big impact cause for Club and Foundation to support

Service Projects: Identifying key projects for 2020
- Cyndi Kane is new service committee chair

Bylaw Revision: George Rooney

Schedule Change: Moving to Wednesday lunches from January through March

Dec 10, 2019
Please join us for our Club Holiday Celebration
Dec 17, 2019
Meet the CEO Series
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Akron Rotary Club Annual Holiday Luncheon
Portage Country Club
Dec 10, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
ACME #10
Dec 13, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party
SUPER Learning Center
Dec 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Jan 14, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Andrea Moore
January 11
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Nathanael Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Russ Kirby
December 2
Charles Billow
December 3
John Daily
December 3
Ken Babby
December 4
Scott Kolligian
December 5
Earl Hamlin
December 9
Mark Auburn
December 9
Cheryl Warren
December 14
Dante D'Avello
December 16
Lyn Goodwin-Shawver
December 23
M A Weaver
December 27
Cathryn O'Malley
December 28
Christina Horak
December 29
Join Date
Andrew Grover
January 1, 2014
6 years
Hugh Alpeter
January 1, 1996
24 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
54 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
21 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
61 years
Bob Titus
January 9, 2018
2 years
Caroline Altizer
January 9, 2018
2 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
14 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
3 years
Timmy Able
January 11, 2013
7 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
4 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
5 years
John Mogen
January 16, 1979
41 years
Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
1 year
Jeff Sheeks
January 23, 2018
2 years
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
3 years
Laura Smiley
January 30, 2018
2 years
William Zufall
January 31, 2012
8 years
George Rooney
December 1, 1977
42 years
Lance Chima
December 1, 1990
29 years
Mark Seward
December 4, 2012
7 years
Claudine Schooley
December 9, 2014
5 years
Thomas Gedelian
December 9, 1986
33 years
Alfred Nicely, MD
December 21, 1976
43 years
Ed Wagner
December 30, 2004
15 years
Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin
December 31, 2002
17 years
Richard Wright
December 31, 2011
8 years
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