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The Akrotarian


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Now through April 1, 2020

We will meet each Wednesday at 11:45 am


On April 7, 2020 we return to Tuesday meetings. 

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

$13.00 per person for lunch
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Jan 15, 2020
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - VP of Development and Marketing
Jan 22, 2020
Akron Symphony Orchestra
Jan 29, 2020
Hale Farm and Village
Feb 05, 2020
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Upcoming Events
2020 Greeter & Invocation Speaker Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 08, 2020 – Dec 29, 2020
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Jan 15, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Akron Rotary Chili Open presented by Wayne Homes
Hale Farm
Feb 01, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Feb 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Club News
Message from Our Club President
To my fellow Rotarians,
Happy New Year! It's hard for me to believe that we're halfway through our Rotary year and in six short months, we'll be inducting Dr. Rob McGregor as the next President of the Rotary Club of Akron. As I look ahead to 2020, I'm extremely optimistic and excited about the opportunities that we have in front of us.
On February 1st, I hope to see every Rotarian bring their friends and family out to Hale Farm and Village for the 30th Annual Chili Open present by Wayne Homes. The Chili Open committee has been working extremely hard to make this a extraordinary year for the Chili Open. With a goal of $300,000, we need each and every one of you to help us achieve this milestone.
Additionally, we will be identifying key service projects for our Club to get involved with and will be working to identify a big impact cause for our Club and Foundation to support through the money made available from the Akron Rotary Foundation.
Thank you to each and every one of your for your contributions to our Club and I wish you a prosperous 2020.
Pat O'Neill
2019-2020 President
Phone: 330-414-2653

Time to Volunteer for Chili Open

The 30th annual Chili Open Golf Classic will be held on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village.

We need all hands on deck to make it another successful event and great experience for all. Please review the volunteer opportunities and sign-up to help out.

Thank you,

Karen Meek
Volunteer Chair, 2020 Chili Open

Club Welcomes New Member

On January 8, 2020, we inducted our newest member into Rotary, Charles (Chaz) Billington III was sponsored by Dr. Rob McGregor. He originally became a Rotary member in 2014 until he had to relocate for work - we are very honored he is back in our Club and look forward to working beside him on our service projects.
Chaz is a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.  Billington’s practice focuses on providing in-house legal counsel and HR leaders creative and pragmatic advice on a wide range of labor and employment matters.  
Photo L-R:  President Pat O'Neill, Chaz Billington, Dr. Rob McGregor

Door Prizes - SOS!!

Our exciting Chili Open is only days away and we need your help.  Please look at those wonderful and exciting Christmas gifts you may have received, not quite certain what to do with because: wrong size, color, style, you already have five, just because…. Well, if the item(s) is new, unused, please consider donating as a door prize!  Or if you choose, with a donation of $5.00 or more, you can utilize our “talented” personal shoppers who will assist in finding a suitable door prize for some lucky winner at the Chili Open, February 1, 2020.
We will welcome additional new items, such as: mugs, water bottles, gift cards, bottles of spirits, sports hats, to name just a few. smiley
We would like to recognize several of our wonderful Rotarians who have already donated items and say “thank you” for helping to:  Jim Redmond, Sara Eddy, Susan Colville-Hall, Claudine Schooley, George Rooney, David Hall, Lynda Farkas, and Nichole Major.
Please contact Lynda Farkas, Door Prize chair, and/or Nichole Major, Silent Auction Chair, with questions and/or help.
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Nathanael Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Nanci Dodgson
February 1
Ham Amer
February 3
Jeff Sitz
February 4
Laura Horovitz
February 5
Frank Field
February 11
Susan Colville-Hall
February 14
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
GK Maddox
February 19
Ben Heckerman
February 22
Stuver Parry
February 24
Bill Manby Jr.
February 28
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
Jerome Wagner
February 1, 1970
50 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 1, 1989
31 years
Mike Wojno
February 3, 2004
16 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
5 years
Jeff Fusco
February 10, 2009
11 years
Mike Shearer
February 19, 2002
18 years
Cathryn O'Malley
February 23, 2016
4 years
Chris Richardson
February 26, 2019
1 year
Jon Hauerwas
February 26, 2019
1 year
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