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Aug 21, 2018
Solving engineering challenges for individuals with disabilities

Inclusioneers is a non profit organization that includes biomedical and civil engineering students from the University of Akron along with mentor engineers from local businesses.  What started in 2015 as an engineering project to modify a bicycle so a three-year old girl with physical limitations could ride with her siblings has now become a mobility mission for Inclusioneeers founder Mike Firtha.

Aug 28, 2018
Program to bring clean water to a small village in El Salvador
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Upcoming Events
Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Jul 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Club Social Night Out
Missing Mountain Brewing Company
Aug 21, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Service Committee Meeting
Akron Family Restaurant
Sep 06, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Operation Orange Club Service Project
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Sep 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Sep 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Club of Akron's Fall Cookout
Akron Rotary Camp
Sep 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House Meal Preparation October
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Reading to Akron Public School Children
Nov 01, 2018
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
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
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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Club President's Message

John Margida
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Hello Akron Rotary Club,
August is Rotary International Membership and New Club Development Month. 
Please remember that you can always bring prospective members to a meeting or event so they can experience our Club.  Their first visit to our weekly meeting is on us! 
It is also critical that we all  strive to stay engaged within the Club.  If you, or someone else in the club you know, does not feel engaged, please reach out to me...I want to help connect you with a committee that is of interest to you. 
The impact Rotary makes starts with our members — people like you who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Special thanks to our speaker from this past Tuesday, Bill Myers, founder of New Territory Virtual and Augmented Realty,  Bill provided us with insights into his world of virtual reality technology and advances in the industry.
We look forward to hearing next week’s speaker Mike Firtha, President at Inclusioneers. Solving engineering challenges for individuals with disabilities.
Our next Club after hours location has changed will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, August 21st at Missing Mountain Brewing Company, 2811 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.  No need to RSVP - just show up and enjoy!! 
Yours in Rotary Service —
John Margida, Club President


Please Update Your Calendars!


There will NOT be a Club meeting on SEPTEMBER 4th

Portage Country Club is closed on Tuesday, September 4th.

We are MOVING our October 2nd meeting to October 3rd

We will be hosting the Akron Community Foundation's On The Table program October 3rd.

Use of Unauthorized Photos, Images, Artwork

Thank you to all who submit photos of our events and meetings!  This is just a friendly reminder that you should not send me photos you did not take or artwork you do not have permission to use.  If you find photos on the web or from another source, be certain to document that you have permission for their use or err on the side of caution and do not use them for your stories, on Facebook or for events.  Thanks for your help to ensure we respect the Intellectual Property (IP) of others.

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:
The Rotary Club of Akron
Rotary Club Booster / Rotary Club Ad (indicate this in memo field please)
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH  44319

New Rotary Year Kicked Off July 1st

IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR DUES . . .We are well into the new Rotary year ... and would appreciate hearing from you!
Each member was sent an electronic invoice for the  2018-19 Akron Rotary dues starting last May AND a few followup statements.  
The Club has  paid the RI International dues for your membership and District dues are being billed this week. 
Contact me if you need assistance to pay by credit card (330.495.9814).  You can also bring a check to the Tuesday meeting or mail it to the Camp with a note that it is for your Club dues.
We appreciate your membership and all you do!
Cheryl Warren, PDG
Akron Club Administration Chair
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