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We meet each Tuesday at 11:45 am (except 10/1/19)

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

$13.00 per person 

Tel: 330.644.4512

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Nov 19, 2019
Rotary International Day
Nov 26, 2019
Rountable Day for Networking with Fellow Akron Rotarians
Dec 03, 2019
Update on all Club Activities
Dec 10, 2019
Please join us for our Club Holiday Celebration
Dec 17, 2019
Meet the CEO Series
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
Akron Club Annual Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 03, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Dec 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Akron Rotary Club Annual Holiday Luncheon
Portage Country Club
Dec 10, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party
SUPER Learning Center
Dec 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Jan 14, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Club News

November 12 Meeting Recap

Thank you to our 2019-2020 District Governor John Reyes for his amazing presentation to our Club.  DG Reyes is also a member of the Akron Club for those of you who may not know him. As DG he has been on the road visiting our other 52 Clubs in the District along with many other duties he is responsible for within the District.  His presentation was inspirational and extremely meaningful - he provided us wonderful ideas for our Club.  
DG Reyes also presented member David Hall with the District Governor's Citation - the Unsung Hero Award.  David has served many years as our Club Sergeant-at-Arms.  In this role, David makes a lot of things happen behind the scenes many of us never see ...such as organizing greeters, arranging the invocations, selling raffle tickets,  and so much more.  Congratulations David!
During this meeting PDG Jack Harig and President O'Neil also recognized our Veterans who were present - we thank each and everyone of you for your dedication and service to our country!  
District Governor Reyes with David Hall and President O'Neill
The District Governor's Citation.
President O'Neill with Jack Harig.
Our Veterans who were present today.

Annual Meeting and Election Ballot

The Annual Meeting is coming up on December 3. At that meeting, Club Officers and Directors will be elected, as well as Foundation Directors.
Please click to download the Official Ballot for that election.  You can view the ballot below - to enlarge/print click on the images - it is 2 pages. 
The ballot contains the voting instructions. Vote for only 1 candidate for each position.
Return the ballot no later than November 26, or your vote will not count.  Listed on the ballot are 3 ways to return the ballot. Ballots will also be available at our meetings on October 29 and November  5, 12, 19 and 26.
Provision is made for write-in votes if you wish. Because of our Bylaws succession plan, no write-ins for Club President and President-Elect can be accepted. Once again, the ballot return deadline is November 26. No ballots received after that date will be counted.
Any questions should be directed to George Rooney [; (216) 402-9309].
Click on images to enlarge - there are two pages

Join us at "Holidays Around the World" Foundation Gala presented by Rotary District 6630

On behalf of District Governor John and Immediate Past District Governor Beverly you are invited to attend the upcoming Foundation Gala “Holidays Around the World” on Thursday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m.  at Windows on The River.
Dress in your favorite International Holiday Attire or that “special” Ugly Holiday Sweater
It promises to be an evening of great fun, food and plain old-fashioned holiday cheer – definitely an opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work of ALL of our clubs and share our cultures with our Rotary Youth Exchange students.  AND it is also a perfect time to do “a little shopping” thanks to the generosity of so many Rotarians and their friends who have provided an incredible array of items to choose from in both our Silent and Live Auction and the Decadent Dessert Dash.  And, if you can’t attend, find someone who can to bid for you – below is just a sample with a more detailed list coming later in the month!  
Please join us to help honor those who made significant contributions in 2018-2019 to The Rotary Foundation during PDG Beverly's year and all of our humanitarian efforts each of us are involved in to help those less fortunate.  

Chili Open 2020!

Chili Open Golf Classic

30th Birthday Tee-Off

Happy 30th Birthday to Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic!  In celebration of 30 years, the committee has set the Chili Open goal at $300,000! Last year, we raised $287,391 we feel confident that with the support of our Rotary Club and community that we will reach our 2020 goal. 
We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor Wayne Homes for their continued support. Plus the Chili Open wouldn’t be complete without Chili. Thank you to Whitey’s Premium Chili as the official Chili Sponsor!
Funding from the Chili Open helps ensure that no camper is ever turned away from Akron Rotary Camp due to inability to pay. Sponsorships and Camperships make up 75% of our event goal. Rotarians are needed to help support with sponsorships, view the updated sponsorship benefits packet here. Please consider increasing your sponsorship, renewing your sponsorship or becoming a first time sponsor.  We are also looking for new prospective sponsors, so please let our Sponsorship chairs Christina Horak or Jeff Sheeks know if you have someone you would like to reach out to.   Your support makes the Chili Open an annual success for our Club.
We also ask every Rotarian to purchase or sell a minimum of ten raffle tickets at $20 each. There are great chance to win the following prizes:
  • 1st prize is a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS, or $10,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
  • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
  • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2020 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren! 
Each ticket also includes $20 in discounts – which is the cost of the ticket:
  • $10 off oil change at The VanDevere Bunch
  • Purchase two entrees and receive $10 off your bill at BRAVO, Summit Mall
Raffle tickets were distributed to Rotarians who attended Tuesday’s Club luncheon. If you did not attend, you will receive your ticket in the next few days by mail. 
Still wondering what the Chili Open is about?
Here is short video for you to share with prospective sponsors and donors to help promote the Chili Open and help secure sponsorships - click here to watch it on YouTube. Thank you to Rotarian, Mario Micale and Narrative Digital Design for creating the video!
For 96 years, Akron Rotary Camp has been the main project of our Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is needed to help us raise $300,000 for Rotary Camp continue with their mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!” Thank you for teeing off with us and we look forward to seeing you on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village for the 30th Akron Rotary’s Chili Open Golf Classic.
Again, thank you for helping us to celebrate 30 years of greatness!
Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2020
Akrotarian Supporters


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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
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
Russ Kirby
December 2
Charles Billow
December 3
John Daily
December 3
Ken Babby
December 4
Scott Kolligian
December 5
Earl Hamlin
December 9
Mark Auburn
December 9
Cheryl Warren
December 14
Dante D'Avello
December 16
Lyn Goodwin-Shawver
December 23
M A Weaver
December 27
Cathryn O'Malley
December 28
Christina Horak
December 29
Join Date
David Hall
November 1, 2011
8 years
James Castrigano
November 1, 2011
8 years
Mark Auburn
November 1, 1991
28 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
George Rooney
December 1, 1977
42 years
Lance Chima
December 1, 1990
29 years
Mark Seward
December 4, 2012
7 years
Claudine Schooley
December 9, 2014
5 years
Thomas Gedelian
December 9, 1986
33 years
Alfred Nicely, MD
December 21, 1976
43 years
Ed Wagner
December 30, 2004
15 years
Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin
December 31, 2002
17 years
Richard Wright
December 31, 2011
8 years
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