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Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Akron Rotary Camp Thursday Night Cookout with Campers
Jun 14, 2018 5:00 PM –
Aug 02, 2018 7:30 PM
Jul 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Ronald McDonald House Meal Preparation July
Ronald McDonald House
Jul 21, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
District 6630 Club Presidents Dinner with Campers
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Jul 26, 2018 5:30 PM
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jacinto Nunez
July 1
Meg Whitehead
July 2
Jim Durr
July 11
David Koly
July 15
Nichole Major
July 15
Kim Polatas
July 19
Caroline Altizer
July 25
Stephen Warren
July 29
Thomas Gedelian
July 30
Tamara Mora
July 31
Mella Castner
August 3
Ed Wagner
August 4
George Romanoski
August 4
Laura Smiley
August 5
Katerina Papas
August 8
Nicholas George
August 8
Douglas Hausknecht
August 10
Bob Titus
August 11
Roger Read
August 11
Kathryn Michael
August 13
Bud Rogers
August 14
Brian Kosarko
August 16
Marcia Holcomb
August 21
Rick Rogers
August 22
Robert McGregor
August 22
Fred Swartz
August 23
Lance Chima
August 25
Join Date
Brad Jeffries
July 3, 2007
11 years
Lynne Hastings
July 8, 2009
9 years
George Romanoski
July 12, 2011
7 years
Mike Soful
July 12, 1988
30 years
Colleen Iacianci
July 18, 2017
1 year
Elizabeth Campbell
July 21, 2015
3 years
Johnna Economou
July 21, 2015
3 years
Karen Lefton
July 21, 2015
3 years
Bill Manby Jr.
July 25, 1995
23 years
Diane Layne
July 25, 1989
29 years
Mark Krohn
July 25, 2000
18 years
Cheryl Warren
August 1, 1995
23 years
Nathanael Billow
August 1, 2017
1 year
Rick Rogers
August 1, 2005
13 years
Bob Ryan
August 2, 2016
2 years
Laura Horovitz
August 2, 2016
2 years
Daniel Riemenschneider
August 8, 2000
18 years
Tamara Mora
August 8, 2017
1 year
Nick Browning
August 11, 1992
26 years
Kevin Smith
August 15, 2017
1 year
Robert McGregor
August 19, 2014
4 years
Vivian Harig
August 22, 2017
1 year
Brian Kosarko
August 26, 2014
4 years
Jan Ryan
August 26, 2014
4 years
John Margida
August 26, 2014
4 years
Mella Castner
August 26, 2014
4 years
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Director 7/2016-6/2019
Director 7/2016-6/2019
Director 7/2016-6/2019
Director 7/2016-6/2019
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Attendance Chair
Akron Rotary Cares Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Cares Co-Chair
Community Service Projects Chair
Exchange Student Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Historian Co-Chair
Historian Chair Co-Chair
Interact Chair
Grants Chair
Presidential Citation Award
Program Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotaract Co-Chair
Rotaract Co-Chair
Scholarship Chair
Social Chair
Membership Chair
New Member Mentorship Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Camp President
Camp Vice President & Governance Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Treasurer & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Secretary & Facilities Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2019
Camp Development Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2020
Chili Open Co-Chair
Chili Open Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Vice-President/Scholarship Chair & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Treasurer & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Governance/Liaison to Club Board & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Code of Regulations/Mission & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Investment/Finance & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Liaison with Camp & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Nominating Chair & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Fundraising/Development & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Secretary
Executive Secretary

Club President's Message

John Margida
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What a week! 
Thank you for all the support and well wishes as I officially became President on Tuesday.   This past year has been filled with so many wonderful opportunities:  Leadership Akron, Chili Open, Ohio PETS and the Rotary Convention to name a few.  Not only did I have a great time, I learned so much and I can’t wait to share.
I am excited to lead my first board and club meeting next week and look forward to doing many positive things this year and having a great time in the process.
Let’s make Akron Rotary Club “THE” Club of Akron together!
Be the inspiration!
John Margida, Club President

Club Inducts 2018-19 President

Congratulations and best wishes to our newly inducted Club President, John Margida.  President John will serve from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.  The International Rotary Theme for his year is  Be the Inspiration.   
Being Inducted Into Office by Past President Brandle
The 2018-19 Board Induction - President John's first official duty!
His first presentation as President
President John rings the Club bell for the first time as President
President John was honored that many of his Leadership Akron classmates were able to attend his induction ceremony.
Immediate Past President Julie Brandle
President John Margida

Fun Send Off for Past President Brandle

Julie Brandle served with distinction as Club President from July 1, 2017  to June 30, 2018.  Brandle received many accolades for her year as President during a Mexican themed Roast in held in her honor.  Throughout her year, Julie was a wonderful leader and always remained upbeat, focused and determined to make a difference in the lives of others in our community.  Thank you Past President Julie - we all enjoyed serving with you!
Immediate Past President Brandle
Julie with her Past President's plaque and party organizer, Jeff Sitz.
The Brandle family with Jeff Sitz
Brandle with Brian Chima
Brandle with John Dailey
Brandle with DGE John Reyes

RYLA Update

I attended the RYLA banquet at Baldwin Wallace last night with my family. It was a lovely evening. Rozi Mar from North High is pictured with me in one of the pictures I will be sending you. The theme was Camp Rock and the kids did a fantastic job of rocking it.
Have a great weekend!

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 with any news you would like placed here.
Graham Reinke Memorial Service:
We lost long time Rotarian Graham Reinke who suffered a massive stroke while rehabbing at Rockynol.  His wife, Claire Reinke has invited all Rotarian's and their families to share a cheerful gathering to honor Graham at the O'Neil House on Exchange Street, Akron on Friday, July 20th from 4-6 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.  Graham loved our Akron Rotary Club and he was a key part of many projects and service opportunities.
Congratulations...Thank you... and more ...
Our Incoming Board of Directors Inducted July 10, 2018
The Women's Endowment was the recipient of $1,500 Donation presented by
2017-2018 Club Past President Julie Brandle.  Julie used the
'Happy Dollars' collected during her year to make this possible!
Tamara Mora accepts a donation on behalf of Life is Good No Matter What from Past President Brandle.



United Way Day of Action! 

Thanks to all who could make it out!

While Club President, Julie Brandle presented Kara Ulmer, World Relief Akron with a check for employment assistance efforts for refugees. Matching funds are being provided 2 to 1. 

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As Club President, Julie Brandle presented fellow Rotarian Dr. Sadie Winlock, CEO, Akron Urban League, and Edwin Hubbard, Senior Director, Akron Urban League a club donation for the Hoophouse Project.

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Dragonboats are Ready!

Want to be on the Akron Club Team? Contact Dr. Rob McGregor.  
SAT, JUL 28 AT 8 AM - 3PM

2018 Cornhole Tournament

Calling all Sliders, Swishers and Shuckers!

The 9th Annual Cornhole Tournament to support Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs is happening Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium.
Register as a Ringer or a Recreational player to compete for prizes, bragging rights and the knowledge that you’re having fun while helping the kids at Camp.  Ringers can participate for $110 per team (of two); while Recreational teams get a break with a $60 entrance fee.  New this year is a Family Fun bracket for parent and child teams or siblings against each other.
Each team registration includes entry into the tournament, lunch vouchers, non-alcoholic beverage and an event t-shirt for each player. Concession stands will also be available for additional food purchases.
Visit http:/ to register a team, become a sponsor (download sponsor form),  or to make a donation.  To see how much fun you will have – please click here
If its too long – feel free to shorten it up. Appreciate your help!
Kind regards;
Amanda Warner
Director of Volunteer Opportunities and Special Events
Akron Rotary Camp
330.644.4512 x 3205

Our Camp Needs Your Help with Contacts

Akron Rotary Camp Needs Your Help

As the weather begins to warm up and the sun is starting to peak through the grey skies we are dreaming of warm summer days. Our 95th Summer Camp season is around the corner,    and we please need your help.  Rotary Camp will be hiring between 70-80 seasonal staff and is looking for energetic, responsible and passionate individuals who will put the welfare of    our campers first.
We would really like to connect to as many universities and/or colleges.  Please let us know if you have any contacts with professor/educators and would be able to introduce J.D.    Detsch, our Program Director. He would like to speak to as many students as possible to tell them about all the benefits of working at Rotary Camp. (Classes do not need to be in the special education field.)
Working at camp is a very rewarding experience.  Watch this short video to hear first-hand from our counselors. Feel free share it with your colleagues, friends and family.  For additional information or to reach J.D., please contact 330.644.4512 x 3204 or
Thank you in advance for your help!
Akron Rotary Camp

2018-2019 Akron Rotary Dues

Our new Rotary year is here . . . Each member was sent an electronic invoice for the  2018-19 Akron Rotary dues.  
Thank you to those of you who have already paid!!   The Club must pay International and District dues for our members at the beginning of the new Rotary year.  Will you kindly pay your dues in a timely manner to help us with our cash flow for this purpose?  Contact me if you prefer to pay by credit card personally instead of online (330.495.9814).  You can also bring a check to the Tuesday meeting!
Thank you for your help!
Cheryl Warren, PDG
Akron Club Administration Chair

Become a Meeting / Website Sponsor

Club Website/Meeting Sponsorship & Booster Listings 
Available to Club Members and their Families

1. Become a Sponsor on our Website AND at Weekly Meetings . . .only $50/month/ad
The Akron Rotary website allows companies to display banner ads OR your company name. The distribution includes all pages, including the home page and e-bulletin and your company name/logo will also appear on the screen at each of our weekly Club meetings.
$50 / per month
Size requirements for website ads: 
Ad Width: Maximum of 100 pixels (square please)

Format of ads can be either graphic images or text of your company name.
Please provide a website address or email address so we can add a hyperlink in your ad on our website.
To provide an ad or ask a questions, click here to email us or call 330-495-9814. 
2. Become a Club Booster: "Akrotarian Supporter" 
Get a personal (Club Rotarian) name only listing!  For $25.00 your name will be listed in our electronic newsletter for a 12 month period.  There is no website link and this is limited to Rotary Members only (the listing is for personal names – it is not available for corporate/organization names).  Simply send your check to the below address and put “Club Booster” in the memo and let us know what name you want to list.  You may also make it in “Memory of” a Club Rotarian who has passed away.

Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Akron and mailed to:
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Rotary Club Booster / Rotary Club Ad (indicate this in memo field please)
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH  44319
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