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The Akrotarian



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We meet each Tuesday at 11:45 am (except 10/1/19)

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

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Tel: 330.644.4512

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Nov 19, 2019
Rotary International Day
Nov 26, 2019
Rountable Day for Networking with Fellow Akron Rotarians
Dec 03, 2019
Update on all Club Activities
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
Akron Club Annual Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 03, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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
SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party
SUPER Learning Center
Dec 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
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Club News

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.
For privacy purposes, please send cards/notes to the Camp office and they will be provided to the appropriate recipient(s).
Well wishes for Cherie Buchanan
Cherie is recovering from a very intense surgery to repair and replace tendons that had torn and separated from her hip. She is recovering with the help of her sister along with husband PDG Stew Buchahan.  
Sandy Naragon is on the mend

Sandy is continuing her recuperation and appreciates all the well wishes coming her way. 



Congratulations Akron Rotarians!

Mella Castner

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser, Mella Castner was honored at the AFPNO awards November 1st. Many Rotarians were present to show their support.
Nominated by AFPNEO member Vondea Sheaffer, The Village of St. Edward.
Mella A. Castner

Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women's Board
(Rotarian Rima Muakkassa, President)

Recipient of a Special Recognition Award from AFPNEO for their outstanding contributions and dedication to our community.


Pam Kiltau

Special evening for the 2019 Athena Leadership Awards Dinner and celebrating all the inspirational finalists and award winners representing women leaders in our community!
Congratulations to all the award winners and finalists and a special special shout out to our fellow Rotarian and Rotary Camp board President Pamela Kiltau for being a Leadership Award Finalist.
The event recognizes exemplary women leaders for their professional achievement, community involvement, and for actively assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.This year’s Leadership Award recipients will join more than 60 local women leaders who have been honored as recipients or finalists of this important award.
Photo L-R:  Mella Castner. Pam Kiltau, Dr. Rob McGregor

Julie Brandle - Metis Construction

Contributed photo
Metis Construction Services has swelled to 57 employees since its founding in 2009. The company's fortunes really took off when it worked on the Acorn Alley II development, seen here, in Kent.
As featured in Crains Cleveland:   Born from recession, Metis Construction Services keeps on steady growth track. Read the story here

Roger Read

Fellow Rotarian philanthropist and community leader Roger Read will be the 16th recipient of the H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award.

The Greater Akron Chamber announced Read will be honored on March 18 at the chamber’s 113th annual meeting at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

The chamber award was created in memory of the late H. Peter Burg, former chairman and chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp. The award recognizes a leader who embraces economic and community development in the Akron area.

Information on the Greater Akron Chamber’s upcoming annual meeting can be found at or by calling 330-376-5550.

Join us at "Holidays Around the World" Foundation Gala presented by Rotary District 6630

On behalf of District Governor John and Immediate Past District Governor Beverly you are invited to attend the upcoming Foundation Gala “Holidays Around the World” on Thursday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m.  at Windows on The River.
Dress in your favorite International Holiday Attire or that “special” Ugly Holiday Sweater
It promises to be an evening of great fun, food and plain old-fashioned holiday cheer – definitely an opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work of ALL of our clubs and share our cultures with our Rotary Youth Exchange students.  AND it is also a perfect time to do “a little shopping” thanks to the generosity of so many Rotarians and their friends who have provided an incredible array of items to choose from in both our Silent and Live Auction and the Decadent Dessert Dash.  And, if you can’t attend, find someone who can to bid for you – below is just a sample with a more detailed list coming later in the month!  
Please join us to help honor those who made significant contributions in 2018-2019 to The Rotary Foundation during PDG Beverly's year and all of our humanitarian efforts each of us are involved in to help those less fortunate.  

Tri-District Membership Summit Akron Participants

These Akron Rotarians dedicated their Saturday morning to exchange ideas with other Rotarians from District 6600, 6630 and 6650.  With over 140 attendees present there were several breakout sessions with discussion of best practices for engaging members, managing membership leads and much, much more.  Membership is critical to Rotary's Success and we look forward to continuing to strengthen and build upon the membership in the Akron Club which has served our community for over 105 years!
Akron Rotarians: L-R: George Rooney; President Pat O'Neill, Lynda Farkas; Doug Hausknecht; PDG Cheryl Warren; Membership Chair Tom Knauer; President Elect Dr. Rob McGregor; District Governor John Reyes; Assistant Governor Julie Brandle.

Annual Meeting and Election Ballot

The Annual Meeting is coming up on December 3. At that meeting, Club Officers and Directors will be elected, as well as Foundation Directors.
Please click to download the Official Ballot for that election.  You can view the ballot below - to enlarge/print click on the images - it is 2 pages. 
The ballot contains the voting instructions. Vote for only 1 candidate for each position.
Return the ballot no later than November 26, or your vote will not count.  Listed on the ballot are 3 ways to return the ballot. Ballots will also be available at our meetings on October 29 and November  5, 12, 19 and 26.
Provision is made for write-in votes if you wish. Because of our Bylaws succession plan, no write-ins for Club President and President-Elect can be accepted. Once again, the ballot return deadline is November 26. No ballots received after that date will be counted.
Any questions should be directed to George Rooney [; (216) 402-9309].
Click on images to enlarge - there are two pages

Chili Open 2020!

Chili Open Golf Classic

30th Birthday Tee-Off

Happy 30th Birthday to Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic!  In celebration of 30 years, the committee has set the Chili Open goal at $300,000! Last year, we raised $287,391 we feel confident that with the support of our Rotary Club and community that we will reach our 2020 goal. 
We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor Wayne Homes for their continued support. Plus the Chili Open wouldn’t be complete without Chili. Thank you to Whitey’s Premium Chili as the official Chili Sponsor!
Funding from the Chili Open helps ensure that no camper is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Sponsorships and Camperships make up 75% of our event goal. Rotarians are needed to help support with sponsorships, view the updated sponsorship benefits packet here. Please consider increasing your sponsorship, renewing your sponsorship or becoming a first time sponsor.  We are also looking for new prospective sponsors, so please let our Sponsorship chairs Christina Horak or Jeff Sheeks know if you have someone you would like to reach out to.   Your support makes the Chili Open an annual success for our Club.
We also ask every Rotarian to purchase or sell a minimum of ten raffle tickets at $20 each. There are great chance to win the following prizes:
  • 1st prize is a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS, or $10,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
  • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
  • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2020 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren! 
Each ticket also includes $20 in discounts – which is the cost of the ticket:
  • $10 off oil change at The VanDevere Bunch
  • Purchase two entrees and receive $10 off your bill at BRAVO, Summit Mall
Raffle tickets were distributed to Rotarians who attended Tuesday’s Club luncheon. If you did not attend, you will receive your ticket in the next few days by mail. 
Still wondering what the Chili Open is about?
Here is short video for you to share with prospective sponsors and donors to help promote the Chili Open and help secure sponsorships - click here to watch it on YouTube. Thank you to Rotarian, Mario Micale and Narrative Digital Design for creating the video!
For 96 years, Akron Rotary Camp has been the main project of our Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is needed to help us raise $300,000 for Rotary Camp continue with their mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!” Thank you for teeing off with us and we look forward to seeing you on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village for the 30th Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic.
Again, thank you for helping us to celebrate 30 years of greatness!
Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2020
Akrotarian Supporters


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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Krohn
November 5
Dan O'Connell
November 6
David Smith
November 9
Jeff Kline
November 22
Vivian Harig
November 22
Katy Miller
November 25
Ravi Krovi
November 26
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
David Hall
November 1, 2011
8 years
James Castrigano
November 1, 2011
8 years
Mark Auburn
November 1, 1991
28 years
Sam Lupica
November 1, 2011
8 years
Shon Christy
November 1, 2011
8 years
Fred Swartz
November 5, 1991
28 years
Douglas Hausknecht
November 7, 1995
24 years
Lynda Farkas
November 10, 2015
4 years
Virginia Wojno
November 10, 1992
27 years
Russ Kirby
November 13, 2018
1 year
Dan Reynolds
November 15, 2005
14 years
Dave Miller
November 17, 2015
4 years
Steve Buie
November 18, 2014
5 years
Jacinto Nunez
November 22, 2016
3 years
June Ring
November 22, 2016
3 years
M A Weaver
November 25, 2008
11 years
Doug Kohl
November 26, 1985
34 years
Christina Horak
November 27, 2018
1 year
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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