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Portage Country Club | 240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303
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Inducted July 1, 2019
Transferring Member / Proposed by Tom Knauer
Photo L-R: Club President Patrick O'Neill, Michael Shearer, Membership Chair Tom Knauer

Michael began his membership with the Akron Club on July 1, 2019. He has been an active member of Rotary for over 17 years.  Most recently, he was a member of the Kent, Ohio Club, and prior to that, a member in Newark, Ohio.  He has served on numerous committees and was an elected member of the Kent Board of Directors and was slated to serve as Kent’s Club president for the 2021-22 Rotary year. 

He recently relocated as a result of being selected as the Editor/NE Ohio Regional Editor with Beacon Journal/GateHouse Media. He leads the regional network of GateHouse Media newsrooms in eight northeastern Ohio communities — Akron, Alliance, Ashland, Canton, Kent, Massillon, New Philadelphia and Wooster — as well as the newsroom in Cambridge.
Michael is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has led newsrooms that have won numerous statewide awards.
He and his wife Greta will be celebrating 25 years of marriage this October. They have two sons, Ryan and Kyle. He loves to spend time with family, cheering on favorite sports teams and playing golf or riding bikes.

Inducted July 23, 2019
Proposed by Dan O'Connell
Photo L-R: Club President Patrick O'Neill, Judge Ann Marie O'Brien, Dan O'Connell

Ann Marie is currently a judge for Akron Municipal Court.  Upon graduating, she began her legal practice as an associate with a law firm in Akron, then as a partner with another law firm prior to establishing her own practice. She also worked as a Judicial Attorney in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Judge O'Brien is an active member of the community. She is very involved in the Akron Bar Association, having served as Past President, a member of the Board of Trustees and as a Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation.
She volunteers for various Equine and Animal Welfare organizations and has served on the Edwin Shaw Hospital Development Foundation Board.
She currently educates the community and participates in training on the issue of human trafficking. Judge O’Brien is the Co-Chair of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, Education/Outreach.

Inducted July 30, 2019
Proposed by George Rooney
Photo L-R: Club President Patrick O'Neill, Jay Rutter, George Rooney

Jay is married to Christina and they have 3 children.  Jay shared “with the kids all getting older now, there is more time to be in Rotary and give back to make this a better place to be.”  His father was a Rotarian in Pennsylvania, so he knew about Rotary but was happy that George Rooney enlightened him even more!

He is shareholder with the law firm of  Roetzel & Andress, LPA. 
Jay served as Community Development Coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic (covering Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC) from 1995-1997.
As a parent, Jay served as coach for the Medina Professionals flag football league, raised funds for Medina Mustangs football, Medina Youth Lacrosse Association, and remains involved with Medina High School Lacrosse.
He is an avid reader, enjoys cycling when he can, plays guitar, and enjoys baseball and lacrosse.

It's because of  our members that we're able to continue to be a strong, active and vibrant club in our community. Thank you for your service! 

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