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We meet each Tuesday at 11:45 am

Portage Country Club 240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303

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Tel: 330.644.4512

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Jul 30, 2019
Lunch & Learn Series
Aug 06, 2019
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
10th Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament
Rotary Camp
Jul 27, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotary Camp Dinner Service for Campers 8/1/2019
Rotary Camp
Aug 01, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Aug 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Sep 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

Club News

A Special Quote from President Pat

Congratulations DG John Reyes

Akron member, John Reyes, took his oath as our 2019-2020 District 6630 Governor on Saturday, July 20th. He was sworn in by Rotary International Director Stephanie Urchick who was graciously in attendance to participate in our celebration.  Joining DG John was his wife Linda along with over 100 Rotarians from throughout the District.  Special thanks to our Rotary Camp Staff, Mella, Dan and Amanda, and this year's DG Home Club Representative Julie Brandle - they handled all the details for the day!  We look forward to a great year under DG John's guidance.
DG John and his wife Linda
DG Reyes with Club President Pat O'Neill

The Governor's Banner will now be on display for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year at our Akron Club. 
DG Reyes is the 8th Club member to serve in this capacity. 

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.

It's with a mixture of joy for a life well lived and sadness for his absence in this life, that we announce the passing of Richard Kohl, husband & dad. It was a grand life, full of fun, faith, family & love. Please click on the link to read the full obituary. Join us on Saturday, July 27 for calling hours, a Celebration of Life Service and lunch provided by Lock 15 Brewing Company. Details in the link. "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms." Well done, good and faithful servant.

Connor and Courtney Jarvis welcomed Emerson Lee Jarvis at 4:25 am on July 23, 2019.  She is 7lbs 15 oz, 21.5 in. Conner said, "baby and Mama are both beautiful and healthy. We are so incredibly blessed. Thank you to all our Rotary Family for their thoughts and prayers. We are loving life as Mom and Dad."
 Akron Rotarians went out to Kent to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Metis Construction Services. Congratulations Julie Brandle, Donna Komar, Steve Brandle and the entire Metis team!  Not pictured, Tom Knauer, Mario Micale, Jacinto Nunez.  






We are proud to recognize these Rotarians who are in the Leadership Akron Signature Class 36
Director of Development
and Advisor Relations
Akron Community Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP


Akron Rotary Club and Individual Rotarians Recognized by District 6630

A.Z. Baker Award
Rotary Club of Akron, John Margida
District 6630 Rotarian of the Year
PDG W. Stewart Buchanan
Outstanding Leadership & Service Award (presented for years of leadership in a given area of responsibility)
Julieann M. Brandle, District Conference
Special Recognition from District Governor
PDG Cheryl Warren, District Webmaster
Lynda Farkas, Special Support
Individual Rotary Leadership Awards
Stew Buchanan
Lynda Farkas

Come Out Saturday to Support the 10th Annual Cornhole Tournament!!

 Thank you to all the Rotarians who are signed up to play this Saturday!  EVERYONE is still welcome to stop by and cheer on the players.
The Menches food truck will be there selling food and beverages. House of LaRose will have their "adult beverage" truck too!!
See you on the 27th!
Scott Kolligian
Co-Founder, Charity Cornhole Tournament

Bald 4 The Kids - This Saturday Night!

Hey everyone! Christmas in July is THIS COMING SATURDAY from 4-8pm and the Ames' boys will be shaving their heads around 6:30 once they meet their fundraising goal of $5k. This benefit will help us make a difference as we support the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs in fundraising for their Ropes Adventure Course.

Come on down to Dusty’s this Saturday. There will be fun for the whole family (kiddos get free ice cream on us). πŸ¦ πŸ• πŸ»

And there will be all kinds of ways to support the cause: Silent Auction items, 50/50 raffle, Jell-O shots. And prizes will be given to the best holiday costumes!

Thank YOU to this awesome community who continues to show up and support in so many ways! βŒβ­•οΈβŒβ­•οΈ We love you!

WOW - What a Dragon Boat Race!!! 

We can't brag enough about our Akron Rotary Wavemakers!  Not only did they place second at the Dragons on the Lake Dragon Boat Festival, but they also had the 2nd best time in the history of the race! Paddles Up! Special thank you to our Captain Robert McGregor on this achievement!  And all for such a great cause!  Thank you to all who participated in this tremendous event.



New Member Inducted

Welcome to Judge Ann Marie O'Brien who is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Akron. 
Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in July and August!

One Date Left to Help Serve Meals to Campers!

Last Chance ... to help out!

Rotary Camp Dinner Service - Thursday, August 1, 2019 

Hanging with the kids at Rotary Camp on a beautiful sunny β˜€οΈ evening! We are truly blessed πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸŒž

You do not have to serve  -- you can just come out and be our guest at one of the meals!  Please join us anytime!!

Last week we had our Interact Students with us along with several Rotarians - Thank you!

Interact Class: North High Teacher/Interact Counselor, Paula Peyak is surrounded by Rishma Tamang, Yasoda Khadka, Ashika Rai, Gay Doh Soe, Sodhan Biswa, Monisha Rai, Puja Rai. 

Rotarians/guests:  Susan Wilson, Lynda Farkas, Cheryl Warren, Doug Hausknecht, Marilyn Smythe, Stu Perry, Dan Reynolds and Mella Castner.


Summer Camp Dinners are a great opportunity for Rotarians to see Rotary Camp in action, meet the campers and counselors, and serve alongside other Rotarians. 

Volunteers are needed to help set-up for dinner, serve, and help clean up afterwards.  The Staff at Rotary will be extremely grateful if you can help with any of the following dates. 

Save the Date for September 28th!

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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jacinto Nunez
July 1
Jim Durr
July 11
David Koly
July 15
Nichole Major
July 15
Caroline Altizer
July 25
Stephen Warren
July 29
Thomas Gedelian
July 30
Tamara Mora
July 31
Mella Castner
August 3
Ed Wagner
August 4
George Romanoski
August 4
Laura Smiley
August 5
Katerina Papas
August 8
Nicholas George
August 8
Douglas Hausknecht
August 10
Bob Titus
August 11
Doug Kohl
August 11
Roger Read
August 11
Molly Gordon
August 12
Kathryn Michael
August 13
Brian Kosarko
August 16
Marcia Holcomb
August 21
Jason Edwards
August 22
Rick Rogers
August 22
Robert McGregor
August 22
Fred Swartz
August 23
Lance Chima
August 25
Join Date
Brad Jeffries
July 3, 2007
12 years
Lynne Hastings
July 8, 2009
10 years
George Romanoski
July 12, 2011
8 years
Colleen Iacianci
July 18, 2017
2 years
Elizabeth Campbell
July 21, 2015
4 years
Johnna Economou
July 21, 2015
4 years
Karen Lefton
July 21, 2015
4 years
Bill Manby Jr.
July 25, 1995
24 years
Mark Krohn
July 25, 2000
19 years
Cheryl Warren
August 1, 1995
24 years
Nathanael Billow
August 1, 2017
2 years
Nick Browning
August 1, 1992
27 years
Rick Rogers
August 1, 2005
14 years
Bob Ryan
August 2, 2016
3 years
Laura Horovitz
August 2, 2016
3 years
Daniel Riemenschneider
August 8, 2000
19 years
Tamara Mora
August 8, 2017
2 years
Kevin Smith
August 15, 2017
2 years
Robert McGregor
August 19, 2014
5 years
Vivian Harig
August 22, 2017
2 years
Brian Kosarko
August 26, 2014
5 years
Jan Ryan
August 26, 2014
5 years
John Margida
August 26, 2014
5 years
Mella Castner
August 26, 2014
5 years
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