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Club President's Message

John Margida
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Thank you to those who attended our Annual Meeting.  This is an important time to elect our next slate of officers and also bring members up to date on matters of the Club, Camp and our Foundation. 
Club Secretary Terry Dalton announced the results of the Club and Camp Ballot submissions.  We received a majority vote for the July 2019 Club Officers and new Trustees, and for the January 2019 Camp Officers indicated below.

Akron Rotary Club

Officers will serve a one year term 07/01/2019-06/30/2020
  • President:  Patrick O’Neill 
  • President-Elect:  Dr. Rob McGregor  
  • Vice President: Steve Buie 
  • Secretary: Terry Dalton
  • Treasurer: Michael Gladysz 
Trustees will serve a three year term 07/01/19- 6/30/2022
  • Tom Knauer
  • Kevin Smith 
  • Nicole Major
  • Karen Hrdlicka

Akron Rotary Camp 

These individuals will serve a three year term 01/01/2019-12/31/2021
  • Barry Dunaway 
  • Bill Post
  • Amador Gonzalez
  • Susan Savage 
  • Bill Manby, Jr.
  • Joe Swiatkowski
  • Sandy Naragon
  • Ginny Wojno
The complete list of the Camp Board of Officers & Trustees is extensive and can be viewed by clicking here (login is required).
Dan Reynolds. Director of The Rotary Camp, provided an indepth overview of the 2018 year at Camp. His handout can be viewed by clicking here (login will be required).
Akron Rotary Club Foundation President, Jim Redmond, provided their 2019 slate of officers and advised that their directors had voted according to per their bylaws.  The elected officials are listed below.  Jim provided information about the status of the Foundation and his complete report can be viewed by clicking here (login will be required).

Akron Rotary Foundation

Slate of elected officers
  • Jim Redmond, President
  • Katy Miller, Vice President
  • Dan Riemenschneider, Treasurer
New Board Members
  • Julie Brandle (1 year term ending 12/2019)
  • Jeff Sitz (2 year term ending 12/2020)
Other Board Members
  • Steve Buie
  • Shon Christy
  • Marcia Holcomb
  • Barry Hollis
  • Mark Krohn
  • Brian Steere

I reviewed the status of the Club committees reporting we had 8 new members but suffered a loss of 14 members for various reasons.  We take these losses seriously and look at each one to learn why they left and always try to improve upon things that are within our control.  Many are out of our control, but Membership, along with our Mentorship Program, will continue to remain a key important focus to help us sustain the longevity and success of our Club.  
ALL of the committees have been doing a tremendous job!  I thank each and every one of you for your efforts and dedication.
You will be hearing more about what is coming up in second half of our Rotary year.  Watch the weekly Akrotarian for events, service projects and a tremendous slate of exciting speakers coming your way!!
Continue to bring your guests and introduce them to our club.  We now get a list of all guests who attend and many are also adding themselves to our mailing list.  So we ask that those of you bringing guests, please reach back out to them.  If they have input, good or constructive, we want to know!
I found that we have not had a Club strategic plan revision in quite some time and have undertaken this project.  We have hired an outside consultant to facilitate the process with us. The committee is well rounded with incoming officers and a couple recent past officers serving.  We will share more with our members as we proceed.
Register for the Club Holiday Party which will be December 18th.  This is not our normal meeting so RSVPs are required.   The cost for this event is $30 per person (this is not included with the meal deal). Click here to RSVP.  We are looking forward to having fun with some awesome entertainment!
See you Tuesday at our Holiday Party -  
John Margida, Club President

Treasures Needed

On February 2, 2019 over 500 golfers, Rotarians and volunteers will come together to golf, win prizes, and celebrate the great work that Rotary is doing in our local community.   
We would appreciate any donation of an item that can be used for a door prize raffle to make it a fun event for. Anything from a $5 gift card, coffee mug, small baskets of goodies, candy, etc.  Use your imagination!!
Bring it to the Tuesday or drop it off at the Camp office!
Thank you for your support!
Lynda Farkas, Door Prize Chairperson

District RYE Students Capture Spectacular Images

Our District 6630 Rotary Youth Exchange students had an assignment to work in pairs to capture the best image of “Winter in Ohio - Local natural wonder.”  The photos were taken at The Akron Rotary Camp.  Our students have shown so much creativity!!  
by Ada Bícego (Brazil) and Jacob Weitman (Outbound)
by Patitta Kitcharoenchai (Thailand) and Gwendolyn Estep (Outbound)
by Lea Lafond (France) and Natalie Sadkova (Czech Republic.)
by Ana Crespan Fontenla (Spain) and Austin Brewster (Outbound)
by Jacob Scharnweber (Germany) and Eduardo Nunes Machado Flore (Brazil)
by Sotaro Yamaski (Japan) and Patrick Culliton (host brother of Sotaro)

Community Assessment Builds Relationships

Since July 1st 2018, community assessment is mandatory for any global grant application with Rotary International. Leading a community assessment in the country where Rotary Club project is being developed is not always an easy task but it is a guarantee that relationships will be built between the involved Rotary clubs and their partners in country. It is my hope that telling you the story of the Ukraine community assessment from our Akron Rotary club, will help any club to fathom the great benefits of such a task. The first step for our Akron club was to gather enough volunteers, interested in our project of developing a new type of pediatric wheelchair and in exploring transportation in Ukraine for wheelchair users. We started a new committee composed of 5 professionals in marketing and surveys, willing to work together to start investigating the sustainability of our project. How not to be impressed with the high level of proficiency of this new team: two retired professors from the University of Akron in entrepreneurship and languages specialists, one director of marketing study company and a student in anthropology with MPH in epidemiology? All of them have a heart for people with disabilities and the desire to extend their high level of skills to Rotary international projects. My first experience was to build relationship with them and to know them better. Following the general guide lines from Rotary international, we decided to start working on the questionnaire that would be used in Ukraine. First, we needed to collect data and statistics concerning people with disabilities in Ukraine, then to determine who will fill up the questionnaire. Accessing statistics in Ukraine from the government was not simple. It was not like "you just ask". You need to find the people who care enough to navigate for you the country administration and bureaucratic system to obtain information. We live in a world full of statistics and surveys (good and bad), and some categories of population, like hidden people with disabilities, are more difficult to contact then other. How do you engage with those who tell you "we don't have people with disabilities in our country!"? You have to keep in mind that you are dealing with a different culture than yours. Some of our questions could not be answered.
We had to face unexpected barriers with our project like virulent opposition from a Rotarian who did not like that our main partner in Ukraine was a godly woman. Religion, and political opinions become obstacles to avoid. Ukraine is a country at war and we found a lot of hurt and divisions. Community assessment is a great tool to understand better the culture of the country.
The best of all is when community assessment becomes a tool to help people in a specific situation. Let me explain what I experimented. Home visits of families affected by disability were part of my program in the city of Bila Tserkva. I was explaining the questionnaire to the mom of Pauline, a 14-year-old girl affected by cerebral palsy, when the mom talked about a problem she could not solve. The building the family was living in had a very poor and dangerous ramp for wheelchair users. Pauline's mom was able to mobilize other families in the building to give money to build a new ramp, accessible for wheelchairs. The project was stopped, not because of a lack of money but because they could not obtain the authorization from "the jack", the person responsible for all work in their building. They could not reach him. The next day I asked Nita our partner in Ukraine, what can we do to help Pauline's mom? Nita knew a lawyer who would talk to "the Jack" and she assured me he would not be an obstacle any longer. She will make sure that Pauline get her new ramp.
Finally, I know very well that there is no respite for the one who cares for the poor, the orphan and disabled. This community assessment in Ukraine was a great adventure and will be a great addition to our Global Grant. I want to thank those who participated for their efforts and dedication.
Submitted with love and peace by Claudine Schooley, member of Akron Rotary club.
Picture of Pauline in Bila Tserkva – Ukraine
Picture of kids with disability – Orphanage in Bila Tserkva - Ukraine

Weekend at Camp for Youth Exchange Students

Our breakfast crew from the Rotary Club of Akron prepares vittals for the District 6630 Rotary Exchange Students Overnight Training weekend.  8 Inbounders, 4 Outbounders and 2 Rebounders and  the RYE training team were present.  Wow!  What a gourmet delight!  Thank you, Emily Patterson, Jacinto Núñez, Laura Fink and Doug Hausknecht.  How nice to wake up to enjoy eating in the U.S.
Sotaro Yamaski and Patrick Culliton (Sotaro’s new host brother work on a cultural grid activity. 
Jacob Weitman signs Ana Crespan Fontenla’s flag as RYE students share in internationalizing this event.
Ana team and Sotaro’s team compete in tower building contest using spaghetti and marshmallows in which each team member was assigned a different cultural role to assume during the project.  The end goal was to build the tallest, sturdiest tower while behaving under cultural norms that might be foreign to the student. 

A Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!

The 2019 Chili Open silent auction will feature a Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer! Please help us fill the wheelbarrow with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits and mixers, bar glassware, cocktail napkins, etc. Please bring your donation to a Tuesday Rotary Club luncheon. This will be a very desirable item to bid on during the auction, and the winning bidder gets to take home their new wheel barrel along with all of its contents. Thank you in advance for your donations to help make the Chili Open a continued success to benefit Akron Rotary Camp!
Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, Chili Open 2019
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