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Club President's Message

John Margida
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In honor of Veterans Day, our members took time to remember all the sacrifices made by our military so that we could have a safer life. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them.   We thank these veterans who are Akron Club members and were present at our Club meeting (L-R) John Daily, Hugh Alpeter, Dan O'Connell, Jack Harig, Terry Dalton.
Our presenter on November 13 was Akron Rotarian Nick Browning, Akron Region President of Huntington Bank.  Nick spoke about the Huntington Bank Foundation.  The foundation is seeking organizations with sustainable, transitional works. Their initiatives are focused on housing and community revitalization, community and social services, financial education, as well as economic and community development.  For more information and grant requests, visit
Welcome and congratulations to our newest member who was inducted this week, Russ Kirby. Sponsored by Rotarian David Miller. (L-R: Club President John Margida, Russ Kirby, David Miller)
November is Rotary International Foundation Month.   Bill Manby, Sr. chairs our club committee for The Rotary International Foundation. (TRF) and will be presenting next week.  Before his presentation, I encourage you to read the following overview of TRF to understand its history and how it transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  
As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. 

The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.


For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.


We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


Outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph (Arch C. Klumph joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in 1911. He was the 1916-17 Rotary president, the organization's sixth.)  addressed the 1917 convention in Atlanta, Georgia, where he eloquently promoted the idea of “endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

In addition,  The Arch Klumph Society recognizes The Rotary Foundation's highest tier of donors — those who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetime.  Our Akron Club is honored to have two such members in this elite Society: Jack & Vivian Harig, and John Daily.  Thank you for your generosity to Rotary and to making the world a better place!


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

See you Tuesday —

John Margida, Club President

Mark Your Calendars!

CLUB SOCIAL NIGHT OUT:  Tuesday, November 20th at Bricco – from 5-7 pm.  It is suggested that you valet park due to the construction in the area.

CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY:  Tuesday, December 18th  at our regularly scheduled meeting and location … come ready to have some holiday fun!

S.U.P.E.R. LEARNING CENTER CHRISTMAS PARTY:  Will be on December 13, 2018 from 9am-3:30 pm. Come for any amount of time you can!  Click here to register.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing: Volunteer Registration is Open!

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.
Friday, December 14th – from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 15th – from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

Thoughts and Prayers

Tom Knauer's wife, Melissa had surgery.  We wish her a speedy and full recovery. 
Rotarian Mary Anthony Weaver will be having surgery November 21st to repair frayed tendons. 6 weeks of rehab will follow and she will not be allowed to leave home.  Her son will be here helping out but she would very much love to have visitors during this time.  Cards may be sent to: 983-3 Edgemere Ct. Copley, OH 44321.   She has sent "holiday wishes" to all!  

Treasures Needed

Fellow Rotarians, please remember  to bring in your donations for “un-needed, un-wanted, un-used”  treasures to be given away as Door Prizes at the Chili Open!  Just bring them to the Tuesday meetings for me.

A letter from RYE Exchange Student Audrey Carroll

Our RYE outbound exchange student is Audrey Carroll and she’s in Potsdam, Germany.  Below are her answers to my interview of her, and some photos of her and her host family. 
----From Audrey Caroll----
Hello Rotary Club of Akron!
So far my time in Germany has been great!

Language Level:
My German has improved tremendously since I came here. Although I am not fluent I am able to understand a lot and can have conversations. I guess I would rate it a 5 out of 10.

What I like:
I like a lot of the things about Germany. For one there is a lot of history in my town Potsdam and in Berlin which I go to a lot in the weekends. I have gone and visited old buildings and historical sights here. I also really love that there is so much to do. There is shopping in Berlin and sight-seeing and tons of nice restaurants and places to go. Also, the public transportation here is great. You can go practically anywhere in Potsdam or Berlin with only public transportation. I take the tram a lot through town and the train to Berlin. The Rotary club here has weekly German lessons for me and the other exchange students in the Potsdam clubs. It is nice being able to see the other exchange students and we have all become great friends. We hang out a lot and explore the city.

What I dislike:
There are a few things I dislike about Germany. For one I dislike having to ride my bike everywhere. I have to ride it to school every day, to my German lessons and to the store. I am always getting tired and sweaty in the day. I also dislike the food here. For every meal we eat bread (and always the same bread). For breakfast we eat it with jam, for lunch with cheese, and for dinner with all.  And dinners here are not like in America. Sometimes we don’t eat dinner because it isn’t viewed as an important meal. It has taken some getting used to.
My favorite food:
My favorite food here is probably the pizza. It is not a typical German food but the European pizza is very thin and much less greasy. My host family tends to get pizza on the weekends and I love it.

In summary:
Overall my time has been great and I am very glad to have been sent here by the Rotary. Thank you, Akron Rotary Club, for all of your help!
Audrey Carroll
----- End of letter ------
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Camperships are Teeing-Off for the 2019 Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic

Support for our 29th annual Chili Open is off to a great start!   
We want to give a special shout out to the following Rotarians who have committed to a Campership:
  • Nathanael Billow
  • John Daily
  • Lynda Farkas (2)
  • Andrew and Amanda Grover
  • Marcia Holcomb
  • Connor and Courtney Jarvis
  • Tom Knauer/Artists Inc.
  • Bill Manby Jr./Acquire Investments
  • John and Debbie Palmer
  • Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
  • George and Eileen Rooney
Did you know a $500 Campership provides one week of day camp for a child with special needs?  Additional sponsorship benefits include:
  • Name listing in the Chili Open newspaper publication,
  • Name listing on both the Chili Open website, and Akron Rotary Club website,
  • Name listing on one hole sponsorship sign,
  • Name listing on the sponsorship banner in the clubhouse on event day,
  • One Golf Foursome.
Please reach out to our fun Campership duo (co-chairs) Nathanael Billow or Andrew Grover, if you would like to provide or help solicit a Campership.  Help them reach their big bold goal of securing 100 Camperships!
Because of the Chili Open, no child is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Since its inception, the event has raised over $3,250,000 to support families and children in attending Camp. Our Rotary Club rocks it every year in helping to “Create a world where there are only abilities!” for our campers.
Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019


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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/ad for a six month period.
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 for a six month period.
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:
The Rotary Club of Akron
Rotary Club Booster / Rotary Club Ad (indicate this in memo field please)
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH  44319

Annual Meeting Notice





The Annual Meeting of 

The Rotary Club of Akron
will be held

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Noon at Portage Country Club
240 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH  

Please note: 
This year, The Akron Rotary Foundation will send a separate 2018 ballot and will host a separate 2018 Annual Meeting.
Details will be provided from The Akron Rotary Foundation at a future date.

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