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Our Speaker for July 7th

Robert S. McGregor, MD

This will be Dr. McGregor's first meeting as our 2020-2021 Club President.
He will be formally inducted along with his officers. 

Rob will be sharing his initiatives for his Rotary year.
Rob McGregor, a board certified and still practicing Pediatrician, currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer and one of the senior executives at the Akron Children’s Hospital organization.  He received his BS at Juniata College and MD at Penn State University.  He completed his medical training at Pittsburgh Children’s, serving as their Chief Resident.  Recently he completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School. Since COVID 19 hit, he and the Chief Operating Officer serve as Incident Commanders of related emergency operations. 
Rob and his wife Sharon moved to the area in 2013 and he joined Rotary to better connect with a new community and serve others. The comradery and the shared values reflected in the 4 way test energizes him. The cross generational and diverse friendships Rotary has afforded him keeps him young! (or “youngish” as his daughters remind him!) He is a proud graduate of Leadership Akron, Class 32 (You can’t outdo Crew 32!) and serves on the Board of Directors of Akron Children’s Hospital as well as the non profit Inclusioneers.  Rob is a family man who adores his wife of 39 years and his two daughters and their families.  His favorite event of the year is their annual pilgrimage to a beach house in Stone Harbor New Jersey.  He and Sharon love to cook together, so it is a good thing he is also an avid exercise nut and enjoys Dragon Boat racing, weight lifting, high intensity training and spin classes but the recently retired marathoner has turned outdoor road cyclist!  Rob finds Northeast Ohio awesome (most months) however he has not shifted his football allegiance as he remains a season ticket holder for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Club News

Pat O'Neill Completes His Year as Our Club President

Congratulations Pat!  Your final meeting as President was June 30, 2020.  You provided us with an overview of your year which proved to be challenging when the pandemic began - but you kept marching forward and bringing us all together!  Thank you.  We were so happy you were surprised by our little video presentation to help send you off since you were unable to have your President's Gala this year!  All our best to you as you now enter the ranks of Past President! 

Pack That Truck Results

We raised over $13,500!!!  

Club Welcomes Anne Jorgensen

Anne Jorgensen became our newest member on June 30, 2020.  She was sponsored by Rotarian Doug Hausknecht.

She was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Programming and Leadership in September 2019. 

She directs Student-Athlete Programming and the Cline Leadership Academy.  Jorgensen is responsible for guiding the career direction for 20 teams and 530 student-athletes. She recruits for all sports.

Named the Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services in January 2007, Jorgensen coordinated all academic advising for Akron's 450 student-athletes and coordinates eligibility with compliance. Working with all 18 Zip sports, she conducts recruitment visits and meets with each coaching staff for academic reviews.

Prior to joining the Athletics Department, Jorgensen spent six years as the director of undergraduate programs and assistant to the dean in UA's College of Business. A member of the UA staff since 1997, Jorgensen was the senior assistant director of admissions and coordinator of transfer admissions for three years, helping to recruit for all sports.

Jorgensen spent six years at a part-time faculty member in UA's School of Music.

Jorgensen earned a double bachelor's degree in music/piano pedagogy and music education from Michigan State in 1974. She completed a certificate in early childhood education from Midwestern State University in 1985. Jorgensen earned a master's degree in music from Morehead State in 1976.

A native of Michigan, Jorgensen resides in Twin Lakes. Her husband Robert Jorgensen, professor emeritus and director of bands emeritus at The University of Akron, passed away on July 4, 2015, directing a band. The couple has a daughter, Laura, who is the assistant athletics director and director of athletics ticket operations at the University of Oregon.

Rotary Cares

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.


Laura Fink, who was recently promoted to Senior Director of Development & Professional Advisor Relations here at Akron Community Foundation. The announcement stated that "Laura’s skills in building and cultivating relationships with our fundholders have been so valuable to the organization, as she helps convert their passions into giving back to the community. She’s also been instrumental in assembling our Professional Advisor Council, which helps create resources and giving opportunities for these same fundholders." Congrats Laura!


Mario Micale on his engagement to Lena. 

Mario wrote "On Saturday June 20th, I told Lena to meet me in one of her favorite places of downtown Kent to get lunch at noon. With help from her best friend Katherine and SO many others, she got a surprise live flash mob proposal instead! That day was one of the most unforgettable days of the year, and we were so excited to share the video of that moment with you. I love you forever and always Lena, and can't wait to share the rest of my life with you! So thankful we met 6 years ago at Kent State University."

The video is on Facebook - here is the link 

Well done Mario!

Rotary Camp Service Opportunities

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As you know, since mid-March Akron Rotary Camp has had no activity due to COVID-19. With Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio for both Youth Day Camps and Residential Camps, the Rotary Camp board made some exciting and difficult decisions regarding the remaining summer programs. We will be offering limited overnight and day camp programs beginning July 5th. We are operating at a greatly reduced enrollment this summer. The health and safety are first and foremost for our campers and staff. While camp will look and be different in many ways this summer, we would still like to offer the best experience we can to our campers. Our summer camp schedule is as follows:
July 5-10       Overnight children’s camp
July 13-17     Day camp
July 20-24     Day camp
July 26-31     Overnight children’s camp
August 3-7    Day camp
Annually, Akron Rotarians have been a huge help with Camp cleanup in preparation of the start of summer camp. With the approval of President Pat O’Neill, President-Elect Dr. Rob McGregor, and Service Chair Cyndi Kane, we are in need of Rotarians who are comfortable in volunteering to assist us in getting Camp in tip-top shape before our campers and staff arrive on June 28, 2020.  All cabins, bathhouses and open areas need to be cleaned and sanitized.  We have several volunteer opportunities at staggered times to encourage social distancing - more dates have been added!  
All cleaning supplies and gloves will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Suggested cleaning items:
  *   Buckets
  *   Dusters
  *   Gloves
  *   Rags
  *   Shopvacs
  *   Stepstools
Please click on the sign up genius link below to review volunteer options - we added more dates so please check back if you are still interested in helping.  If you would like to come at a different date and time that is offered, we will be happy to accommodate it. Any questions, please contact Amanda Warner at< or 330-644-4512 x3205.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of your camp – Akron Rotary Camp!
In the Spirit of Camping,
Dan Reynolds
Executive Director

Haven of Rest Canned Food Drive August 20th

Haven of Rest will be hosting a canned food drive (see below or click here to open a flier) August 20th from 11 am -7 pm at Chick-fil-A locations: Canton/Dressler Road; Montrose/Flight Memorial Drive and Chapel Hill/Howe Avenue.  You can also visit for more information.

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