The Akrotarian

Our Mission:
An inclusive, action oriented service organization, Akron Rotary improves our community
and the world while having fun and building friendships.
Our Vision:
Together, we aspire to make a lasting, positive impact in the lives of those
in our Akron community and beyond.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
129 S. Union Street, Akron, OH 44304

$20.00 per person
features buffet lunch by Tangier Catering.
We offer a hybrid alternative 
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Meeting ID: 989 441 809
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Tuesday FEBRUARY 7th
Tuesday meeting February 7, 2023
Even if you do not plan to eat you must RSVP. 
We will be providing a box lunch and you have a choice of what you want.
Friday FEBRUARY 17th
We will be hosting a
Rotary breakfast meeting
Akron Family Restaurant
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 am. 
This meeting will NOT replace our existing Tuesday lunch meeting but will be in addition to it.
We have received feedback from some members indicating a preference for a breakfast meeting.
This meeting is intended to gauge member interest.
>> All members are welcome and encouraged to attend<<
>> No RSVP is necessary <<
Jan 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Owner, Schooley Mitchell & President RC of Port Summit
Owner, Schooley Mitchell & President RC of Port Summit
Fred Carter is currently serving as the President of the Port-Summit Rotary Club.  He is also the owner of the Schooley Mitchell location serving Northeast Ohio.   His background includes 25 years of consulting to local company owners as well as the c-suites of multinational companies (Ford, Mittal, Cleveland Clinic).  He can trace his start with non-profits and service organizations back more than 35 years, when he got his start volunteering at camps for the developmentally disabled and contributing labor towards cleanup projects along the Cuyahoga River.
Fred is actively looking for organizations that want to see their revenue used less for commoditized services and more towards serving meaningful goals.  A recent project he will highlight is one that identified $200,000 in excess spending with a Cuyahoga Falls company: nearly $100,000 will go back to their bottom line and another $10,000 will fund a Summit County Lions Club’s efforts serving the sight impaired.  Programs like this one can be repeated by organizations serving virtually any non-profit or for-profit purpose.
Jan 24, 2023 12:00 PM
Rhythm and Roots Farm
Jan 31, 2023 12:00 PM
Community Legal Aid
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The Chili Open is only 22 days away and we need your support to make this year’s event successful! Thank you to those who have supported with sponsorships, raffle tickets, auction and door prize items! To-date we have raised $190,070, towards our goal of $350,000!
We need your help with the following:
Please turn in your raffle tickets as soon as possible to the Camp office. If you still need help selling, reach out to family, friends and business colleagues. For only $20 you stand a chance to win some great prizes! Tickets can also be purchased 
The Silent Auction will feature Dr. Rob’s "Wagon of Good Cheer!" Help us fill the wheelbarrow with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits, mixers and wine.
Do you have any items, gifts, or maybe promotional items from your company that can be used as door prizes? Please consider donating them, as we are in need of lots of items. Our attendees love getting door prizes at the event!  

We are also still in need of items for our online auction. Food and activity baskets, sports memorabilia, golf packages, or family entertainment packages make great auction items.
If you know of anyone that will be able to donate something, please let us know. If you need someone to pick up any items, please call or email Amanda at Akron Rotary Camp (330.644.4512 /, and we would be happy to make those arrangements. 
Join us at Whitey’s Booze and Burgers, located at 3600 Brecksville Road, Richfield for the kick-off to the 33rd Chili Open Golf Classic. Bring your friends for a great time, great food, and try the putt-putt challenge for great prizes! Help us support Whitey’s as the official Chili sponsor of the Chili Open. See you there!
Thank you in advance for your donations to help make the Chili Open a continued success to benefit Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs!
See you at the Chili Open!
Jeff Sheeks and Cindy Kane
2023 Chili Open Golf Classic, Co-Chairs

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 let us know any news you would like placed here. Note that health related information is posted only with permission of the individual(s).


Loretta Koshel

Rotarian, Dr. Doug Hausknecht and his wife Carol, lost Carol's mother, Loretta Ann Koshel, 84 and 364 days, who passed away on January 8, 2023. She was born on January 9, 1938 in Cleveland to the late Joseph and Loretta Krause.

Preceded in death by her siblings, Ruth Hultzman, Jeanette Albertino and Joseph Krause; and best friend, Barbara Higgs.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James; children, Carol (Doug) Hausknecht, Barb (Ted) Walter, Jim (Sue) Koshel, Rick (Sandy) Koshel, John (Amy) Koshel and Ann (Dan) Wutsch; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 4-8pm Friday, Jan. 13 at the Hummel Funeral Home (3475 Copley Rd. Copley, Ohio 44321). Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am Saturday, Jan. 14 at St. Vincent Catholic Church (164 W. Market St. Akron, Ohio 44303). Internment will follow, at 1:30pm at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14609 Brookpark Rd., Brookpark. OH. Prayers will be said at the Chapel at the main entrance.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (, Stewart's Caring Place (, or St. Vincent de Paul Church (

Cards may be sent to: 753 Wild Cherry Drive, AKRON, oh 44319 


Dorie Marie Stutler
Dorie has been an integral part of Chili Open for numerous years, working alongside her husband, former Rotarian Scott Stutler.  
Friends may gather to Celebrate Dorie's Life on SATURDAY January 14th, 2023 from 1-3 P.M. at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333. Light refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorie's name may be made to the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, 4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH 44319. 
Cards may be sent to 867 Hampton Ridge Road, Akron, OH 44313
Dorie Marie Stutler, age 56, of Akron, OH, passed away on January 9th, 2023. Dorie was born on January 12th, 1966 in Akron to parents, Leno and Donna Gasparri.

Dorie worked at Giant Eagle in Wadsworth for 12 years before she retired in 2021 where she met countless crew members, customers and was deeply loved. Every morning at 5AM she walked in and as only she could announce to everyone “ It’s me, it’s me Dorie Marie!”

Dorie resided in Akron the past 10 years but was able to enjoy her lake house in Marblehead, OH the last two years. She loved meeting new friends, walks along the water, not catching but eating Walleye and long talks with her friend, Judy to Camp Runinmuck. Dorie always loved the beach just being outdoors and spending time with her grandkids.

Preceded in death by her mother, Donna Gasparri; Dorie is survived by her husband, Scott Stutler; children, Russell Cody Hatch, Richard Colton (Brittanie) Hatch, Joseph Cortland (Clara) Hatch; step children, Sarah, Hannah and Rebecca Stutler; father, Leno Gasparri; and six grandchildren. She leaves behind sisters, Candy (Ed) Broccolo, Pam Johnson, Toni Tidwell; brother, Michael (Liz) Gasparri; numerous nieces, nephews and beloved dog, Annie.

The family would like to thank the medical professionals that cared for Dorie during her illness.

OFF-SITE MEETING - February 7th at BLU-Tique 
Get ready to go off site for a Tuesday meeting February 7, 2023. 
Even if you do not plan to eat you must RSVP. 
We will be providing a box lunch and you have a choice of what you want.
Parking:  40 S. High St. $2.00 /hr at a $7.00 max
Food Options:  Choice of Chicken, Turkey or Veggie Wrap  includes chips and cookie
$20.00 per person
Non-Eaters: $5
RSVP deadline:  January 30, 2022 (we must turn in the food on Feb 1).
BLU-Tique, Akron is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. 

Join us to see and hear about his amazing establishment.
Ginny Wojno will be picking up your parking fee - just turn in a receipt to her.
BLU is more than a color, it's an attitude; an attitude of gratitude. We are grateful to be a part of the downtown Akron business and thriving arts district; a place where culture, art, dining, music, and diversity seamlessly blend to create an experience like no other. 
Theron Brown, Pianist and Educator Speaker Recap
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of hearing Theron Brown speak at our Tuesday, January 10, 2023, Club meeting.  Click to view the presentation.
Mr. Brown provided some personal information about his interest in music.  Theron was born in Zanesville, Ohio.  Theron told us that he was a “PK” (Pastor’s Kid).  Theron’s first musical influence was discovered at church. He began playing the drums under his father’s pastorate at age five, followed by the piano at eight years of age.  
Theron loved embracing the opportunities to learn from and play with other musicians that he met through church’s gatherings that he attended with his father. His talent flourished as he experienced more diversity.
Theron stated that the artist that first stimulated his interest in jazz music was pianist, Thelonious Monk. Monk’s genius was hard for Theron to digest at first. Through Monk’s music, Theron was inspired to seriously pursue jazz in his senior year of high school.
In 2005 Theron came to the University of Akron to study jazz. He later toured with the Glenn Miller orchestra and lived in New York for a brief period.  He returned to Akron and the UA to get his master’s degree. 
Theron currently is the artist coordinator for Curated Storefront, artistic director at I Promise School, and the founder and artistic director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival which takes place annually. 2023 will be the 8th year for the Jazz and Blues festival. 
In addition to all his musical endeavors, Theron is also working on several projects to establish a jazz museum on Howard Street.   Howard Street played a significant role in history of jazz in Akron.  He is also looking at ways to expand the Jazz Festival.  He would like to establish a multi-disciplinary facility for programming, music, poetry, dance, history, etc. 
You can see Theron regularly performing at many jazz clubs and theaters in northeast Ohio. Theron is immensely involved in promoting the arts scene in Ohio.  To learn more about Theron, check out his website at  
Yours in Rotary Service
Terry Dalton
Club Secretary and Scholarship Chair
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Upcoming Meetings/Events
2023 Invocation & Greeter sign up
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Jan 03, 2023 – Dec 26, 2023
Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic
Hale Farm & Village
Feb 04, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Meeting Off-Site at BLU-Tique - Speaker: Tony Troppe
Feb 07, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with a Virtual Option
Feb 14, 2023 11:00 AM
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Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Thane Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Nanci Dodgson
February 1
Ham Amer
February 3
Anne Jorgensen
February 4
Jeff Sitz
February 4
Laura Horovitz
February 5
Michelle Wilson
February 13
Susan Colville-Hall
February 14
Zach Prosser
February 14
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
Stuver Parry
February 24
Rich Fry
February 25
Bill (JR) Manby
February 28
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January 1, 2014
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January 1, 1966
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January 1, 1999
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Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
17 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
6 years
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January 12, 2021
2 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
7 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
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Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
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Jeff Sheeks
January 23, 2018
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January 24, 2017
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January 27, 2021
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February 15, 2022
1 year
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21 years
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