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Sep 25, 2018
Ukraine, God's Hidden Treasures

Claudine Schooley, our own Rotary member, will speak about God's Hidden Treasures serving the needs of people with disabilities and orphans in Ukraine

Oct 03, 2018
On The Table of Greater Akron
Oct 09, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Diversity and Inclusion
Oct 23, 2018
Tri County Indep. Living Life after Rotary Camp for counselors and campers
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Upcoming Events
Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Jul 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House Meal Preparation October
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Reading to Akron Public School Children
Nov 01, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Nov 13, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Social Night Out
Bricco Downtown
Nov 20, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - SAVE THE DATE
ACME #10
Dec 14, 2018 10:00 AM –
Dec 15, 2018 5:00 PM
Rotary Club of Akron Chili Open Golf Classic
Hale Farm and Village
Feb 02, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Karen Meek
September 4
Andrew Grover
September 6
Terrence Dalton
September 7
Karen Hrdlicka
September 10
Nick Browning
September 11
Jim Mullen
September 20
Brian Chima
September 27
Colin Hammer
September 29
Paul Jarrett
September 29
Virginia Wojno
September 30
Join Date
Pamela Kiltau
September 1, 1987
31 years
Marilyn Buckey
September 6, 1988
30 years
Marcia Holcomb
September 9, 2003
15 years
Barry Hollis
September 15, 1998
20 years
Ingaborg Gross
September 19, 2000
18 years
Ravi Krovi
September 20, 2016
2 years
Zach Prosser
September 27, 2016
2 years
Patty Graves
September 29, 2015
3 years
Brian Steere
September 30, 2014
4 years
Stephen Warren
September 30, 2014
4 years
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Club President's Message

John Margida
member photo
A special thanks for the leadership that Kim Polatas provided in organizing the Operation Orange service project and to those who volunteered.  You will see in the photos below that our Rotarians and Interact students were hard a work during the project.  Our task this year was to help with labeling cans of potatoes. To save money, the Food Bank buys them without labels and then makes the labels locally and have volunteers adhere them.  Our team had an efficient assembly line of adhering the labels, placing them into boxes then getting them onto palettes.  All together they handled over 2,000 cans of potatoes!
At the meeting on September 11th, we took time to remember those lives so tragically lost 17 years ago, and the First Responders, who came to the aid of our nation in need. Over 1.2 million Rotarians serve together in 200 countries around the world and here in our own community to promote peace, freedom and understanding.
We had the pleasure of inducting two new members this week, Cyndi Kane and Jason Edwards.  You will learn more about them when we send our monthly Welcome New Members monthly announcement.  (Photo L-R:  Dr. Rob McGregor, Cyndi Kane, Jason Edwards and President Margida)
In lieu of a speaker this week, we hosted a club assembly to bring our members up to date on the Club, its activities and goals.  In addition, we promised to share the outcomes of the Club Member Satisfaction Survey which you can click here to view/download.  We will use these responses to continue to help improve our Club and the experience you have as a member. 
At our September 18th meeting, we will be honored to have District 6630 Governor Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski presenting.  Rotary International refers to this as the “Official Visit” of the District Governor.  The Governor’s visit is a very special meeting and an opportunity for members, potential members, and  family members to learn more about Rotary – so you are encouraged to bring guests and other business leaders.  This is  an opportunity for our Governor to communicate with all the members in our District, share important information from Rotary International President Barry Rassin, gain a better understanding of each club, and answer questions about Rotary International and the District.
Our Club BBQ was September 13th - we were blessed with a lovely evening to spend on the lake at our Rotary Camp.  The food and camaraderie was outstanding!!  Thanks to all who were able to join in the fun.  Enjoy the rest of the photos from the night by clicking here.
See you Tuesday.
Yours in Rotary Service —
John Margida, Club President


Please Update Your Calendars!


We are MOVING our October 2nd meeting to October 3rd

We will be hosting the Akron Community Foundation's On The Table program October 3rd.

North High Interact Club Improves Teachers Lounge
The North High Interact kids are amazing! They are humble and hungry to learn. They had a blast painting their teachers’ lounge. For many of these kids it was the first time they had ever done any painting and remarkably they were able to keep the paint off of themselves. 😊 They simply want to serve and improve the quality of their lives, their families, and their community.  View all North High Interact photos by clicking here.
Rotary Traveler
Everywhere you travel in the world you can find Rotarians. Remember there are 35,000+ clubs in the world. If you are in a city where you don't know anybody, consider attending a Rotary club meeting and you will make new friends. If you think about, you will find out that it is a great way to promote peace in the world: making friends in every country you visit. As a Rotarian, I am very concerned in the different ways you can build peace. Sharing with other Rotarians is the first step toward peace.

During my recent trip to France, I found a Rotary Club in the center of Toulouse (named the "pink city" because of the color of the brick buildings). They have in fact more than seven rotary clubs in the city. The "Toulouse Cent" Rotary club I visited has thirty members and they meet on the Fridays at noon, in a restaurant on the "boulevard Leclerc". The particularity of the club is that they are all professionals with their own business (doctors, dentists, lawyers, pilots,...), they are in couple (man and wife are both Rotarian) and they are all in their forties. This means I would not qualify to become a member of this club. They were all happy to meet me, and learning that I married an American that I met in Toulouse, made a great impression on them!

They explained to me that their club was created when the Rotary celebrated its 100 years, in 2005. That's the reason why they called the club "Toulouse Cent", in French "cent" means one hundred. They chose the violet to put on their banner as it is the flower of the city of Toulouse. We exchanged banners from our respective clubs. It is very interesting to visit other clubs and see the differences between them. But one thing is certain: Rotarians are good people who work all for the good of humanity. And this make me proud to be a Rotarian!

Operation Orange Rotary Team Makes a Difference

Great time at “Operation Orange” on September 7th at Akron Canton Food Bank. 
Thank you all for your hard work!!
Bell Ringing Dates are Set 
We will be ringing the bell to support The Salvation Army again this year at ACME #10, located at 2226 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. This is the same location we were at last year.
Registration will open soon. 
Save the dates!!
Friday, December 14th – from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 15th – from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Youth Exchange Students Kick Off Year!

Bob Heydorn, Rotary District 6630 Youth Exchange Chairman, gave a warm welcome to the 2018-19 Inbound and Rebound foreign exchange students for their two-day orientation hosted by the Akron Rotary Camp. "Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time," said Bob. "Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens." The students, from high schools across Northeast Ohio, began their year of adventure and personal growth, in which they would be exploring diversity of cultures and forming new friendships, with an afternoon pontoon boat tour of the beautiful portage lakes.
The students our Akron Club is sponsoring are: Ana Crespan from Spain and Sotaro Yamasaki from Japan.  Both students visited the Club on August 28th and exchanged Club flags with President John Margida and Club YE Chair Brian Chima.
PHOTO (L to R, from Back to Front)
Mason Hagmann, to Denmark - Bob Heydorn, District RYE Chair - Pat Kelley, District Outbound Chair - Eduardo Flore, Brazil - Drew Vargo, to France - Sotaro Yamasaki, Japan - Jacob Scharnweber, Germany - Ada Bicego, Brazil - Elizabeth Whetstone, to Brazil - Natalie Sadkova, Czech - Ana Crespan, Spain - Austin Brewster, Kent Roosevelt HS - Lea Lafond, France - Patti Kitcharoenchai, Thailand
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student foreign exchange scholarship program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent highly qualified young people around the globe to experience new cultures and be youth ambassadors of their local communities. Currently, about 8,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rotary is a fully accredited member of CSIET - Council of Standards for International Student Exchange:
(Partial article excerpt and group photo from David P. Lariviere, Medina Sunrise Rotary)

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