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The Akrotarian


Join Us at a Meeting

We meet each Tuesday at 11:45 am

Portage Country Club 240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303

$13.00 per person 

Tel: 330.644.4512



No meeting September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

The October 1st meeting has been moved to October 3rd 
 as the Club will be hosting On The Table Greater Akron.


Venue Map

Sep 03, 2019
Sep 10, 2019
Experiences and success stories of the Akron Court of Appeals and Court System
Sep 17, 2019
President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital - Meet the CEO
Sep 24, 2019
Jim is a Hall of Famer for Summit County Baseball / Author / Life long Indians Fan!
Oct 03, 2019
***Please note that this a Thursday Meeting****
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Sep 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 08, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

Club News

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 (click here) with any news you would like placed here.


With Deepest Sympathy:

Mella Castner's brother in law, William Castner, passed away unexpectedly.  He was a veteran who served in Vietnam.  Services will be private.


Congratulations to the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Awardees including two of our members:

OutsMella A. Castnertanding Professional Fundraiser 
Mella A. Castner
Nominated by AFPNEO member Vondea Sheaffer, The Village of St. Edward




Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women's BoardSpecial Recognition Award 
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women's Board (Rotarian Rima Muakkassa is a member of this Board)

Nominated by AFPNEO member Laura Biddle Clarke, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Akron Welcomes New Member
Welcome to Michael Shearer who is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Akron.  Michael transferred to us from the Kent Club and has been a Rotarian since 2002.  
Photo L-R:  Club President Patrick O'Neill, Michael Shearer and Membership Chair Tom Knauer
Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in July and August!
Foundation Recipients
Presentations of Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) is The Rotary Foundations’ way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
Our club is very honored to recognize our members for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. 
Most recently, on August 13th, our District 6630 Foundation Chair, Jim Lechko, was on hand to present the Paul Harris certificates and pins to the following members.  Jim expressed appreciation to all who have donated to The Rotary Foundation throughout the years. 

Left to Right:

  • Jim Lechko
  • Nathanael Billow: PHF 
  • Dr. Rob McGregor: PHF +1
  • John Margida: PHF +3
  • Claudine Schooley: PHF
  • Lynda Farkas: PHF +6


Portage Country Club will be closed September 3rd.  There will not be a Rotary meeting that day.  We wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Save the Date for September 28th!

October 3rd - Join us for On The Table Greater Akron

Or Club will be hosting On The Table Greater Akron on October 3rd at 11:45 am.  Note: our normally scheduled meeting for October 1 will not be held.
Everyone is welcome to join us for the conversation. The cost is $13.00 per person and includes lunch. Location: Portage Country Club.

On the Table Greater Akron is a one-of-a-kind initiative where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. This project is part of On the Table, a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust.

Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit or Medina counties is invited to host or participate in a mealtime conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. Conversations are held in person at locations such as a library, church, neighborhood restaurant, office break room or around your own kitchen table.

We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. When we come together face-to-face to find common ground on community issues and challenges that matter to people, powerful things can happen.

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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
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
Doug Kohl
August 11
Roger Read
August 11
Molly Gordon
August 12
Kathryn Michael
August 13
Brian Kosarko
August 16
Mike Shearer
August 20
Marcia Holcomb
August 21
Jason Edwards
August 22
Rick Rogers
August 22
Robert McGregor
August 22
Fred Swartz
August 23
Lance Chima
August 25
Karen Meek
September 4
Andrew Grover
September 6
Terrence Dalton
September 7
Karen Hrdlicka
September 10
Chris Richardson
September 11
Nick Browning
September 11
Sara Eddy
September 15
Jim Mullen
September 20
Jay Rutter
September 25
Brian Chima
September 27
Colin Hammer
September 29
Paul Jarrett
September 29
Virginia Wojno
September 30
Join Date
Cheryl Warren
August 1, 1995
24 years
Nathanael Billow
August 1, 2017
2 years
Nick Browning
August 1, 1992
27 years
Rick Rogers
August 1, 2005
14 years
Bob Ryan
August 2, 2016
3 years
Laura Horovitz
August 2, 2016
3 years
Daniel Riemenschneider
August 8, 2000
19 years
Tamara Mora
August 8, 2017
2 years
Kevin Smith
August 15, 2017
2 years
Robert McGregor
August 19, 2014
5 years
Vivian Harig
August 22, 2017
2 years
Brian Kosarko
August 26, 2014
5 years
Jan Ryan
August 26, 2014
5 years
John Margida
August 26, 2014
5 years
Mella Castner
August 26, 2014
5 years
Marilyn Buckey
September 1, 1988
31 years
Pamela Kiltau
September 1, 1987
32 years
Marcia Holcomb
September 9, 2003
16 years
Cyndi Kane
September 11, 2018
1 year
Jason Edwards
September 11, 2018
1 year
Sara Eddy
September 18, 2018
1 year
Ravi Krovi
September 20, 2016
3 years
Patty Graves
September 29, 2015
4 years
Brian Steere
September 30, 2014
5 years
Stephen Warren
September 30, 2014
5 years
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