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The Akrotarian



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

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Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

Oct 15, 2019
Meet the CEO Series
Oct 22, 2019
World Polio Day Speaker
Oct 29, 2019
Chili Open - Kick Off!
Nov 05, 2019
Meet the CEO Series
Nov 12, 2019
District Governor Club Visit
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
Ronald McDonald House October 19, 2019
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 19, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Nov 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Akron Club Annual Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 03, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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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.
Get Well Soon Sandy Naragon

Sandy has been in tremendous pain recently due to a severe pinched nerve.  She said she really needs prayers - she has never been in this kind of torturous pain in her life.  Please say a prayer and send positive thoughts her way!  


Rotarian Becomes a Paul Harris Fellow

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Recognition 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.

Rotary Foundation Club Co-Chair, Lynda Farkas. presented JIm Durr with his first Paul Harris Fellowship - he received his certificate and pin.

New Members Inducted

Welcome Ginakaye Maddox and Amy Dawson our newest members of the Rotary Club of Akron. 
Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in October!
Photo L-R:  Club President Pat O'Neill, Ginakay Maddox with her sponsor PDG Jack Harig, Amy Dawson and her sponsor John Margida.

A Piece of Our History Found

Such as a treasure . . .

An email enters my inbox in August:  it said:  "I picked up a vintage roster of your club, I am a Rotarian. I would like to send you pictures of every page. It’s a cool history of your club .... any interest?"
I asked a couple questions and immediately introduced him to our Club Historian, PDG Jack Harig. 

Jack took it from there - and he did a tremendous job coordinating to bring this document home.  You can view the document by clicking on the image to the left.
It turns out that Mr. John Waterman, who sent the email, found this treasure. He is a Rotarian and collector of Rotary memorabilia. He lost his entire collection, including 3 original signatures of Paul Harris, along with his home, in the "Camp Fire" that took their town of Paradise last year. He had been a member of Paradise Rotary until the fire then joined Roseville Rotary.
Mr. Waterman spotted this 1916 Roster for sale on the WEB and purchased it. He then contacted us, the result being we now have this historical treasure in our hands.  Thank you to Mr. Waterman and to Jack for all they did to coordinate and ultimately obtain and scan the document - their long hours are much appreciated and will keep our history alive.  You can view the document by clicking on the image to the left.

Elin and Zoe Update

Our Youth Exchange Students Keep Busy!

Elin Na and Zoé Mayeur, our exchange students at Stow Munroe Falls High School football game in the Marching Band
Elin tests her skills in the dragon boat!
Elin Na and Zoé Mayeur at Stan Hywet Ohio Mart with Host mom Jennifer Carroll and Susan Colville-Hall
Homecoming was a new and exciting event for Elin and Zoe shown with Jennifer Carroll

New Club Ambassador Program

We’re excited to announce that we’re going to be rolling out a new Ambassador program in the upcoming weeks. A Rotary Ambassador is someone who can make guests and newer members feel welcome, answer questions and get people connected quickly. This is a very informal position that you can decided to do on a week by week basis when you arrive to the meeting. There is no need to sign up each week and if all the tables have an ambassador that week then there is no need to do anything. Should there be a table or two that doesn't have an ambassador that's okay too. You will wear a red lanyard they will signify "you're a person who can answer my question".  Again, our goal with this position is to quickly engage our guests/newer members and let them know of areas they can be involved that align with their passions and connect them with the people who can answer their questions.
Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
Jeff Sitz
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jon Hauerwas
October 5
Thomas Fox
October 5
Jerome Wagner
October 6
Brian Sutphin
October 8
Bill Manby
October 9
Wanda Whipkey
October 15
Brian Steere
October 18
Dan Reynolds
October 20
Dave Miller
October 21
George Rooney
October 23
Bill Lowery
October 24
Brad Jeffries
October 25
Brooks Ames
October 25
Jan Ryan
October 29
Jill Flagg Lanzinger
October 29
John Margida
October 30
Bob Ryan
October 31
Mark Krohn
November 5
Dan O'Connell
November 6
David Smith
November 9
Jeff Kline
November 22
Vivian Harig
November 22
Katy Miller
November 25
Ravi Krovi
November 26
Sandy Collins
November 27
Join Date
Colin Hammer
October 13, 2015
4 years
Paul Catania
October 14, 2014
5 years
Jeff Sitz
October 16, 2012
7 years
Jeff Kline
October 17, 2017
2 years
Earl Hamlin
October 18, 1985
34 years
Jim Mullen
October 24, 2017
2 years
Ham Amer
October 31, 2000
19 years
Roger Read
October 31, 1972
47 years
David Hall
November 1, 2011
8 years
James Castrigano
November 1, 2011
8 years
Mark Auburn
November 1, 1991
28 years
Rowena Wilkins
November 1, 2011
8 years
Sam Lupica
November 1, 2011
8 years
Shon Christy
November 1, 2011
8 years
Fred Swartz
November 5, 1991
28 years
Douglas Hausknecht
November 7, 1995
24 years
Lynda Farkas
November 10, 2015
4 years
Virginia Wojno
November 10, 1992
27 years
Russ Kirby
November 13, 2018
1 year
Dan Reynolds
November 15, 2005
14 years
Dave Miller
November 17, 2015
4 years
Steve Buie
November 18, 2014
5 years
Jacinto Nunez
November 22, 2016
3 years
June Ring
November 22, 2016
3 years
M A Weaver
November 25, 2008
11 years
Doug Kohl
November 26, 1985
34 years
Christina Horak
November 27, 2018
1 year
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