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Aug 07, 2018
Pegasus Farms

Pegasus Farm's mission is to maximize the potential of persons with disabilities to become independent, well rounded, self-confident individuals by providing equine activities along with recreational, social and vocational support.  They serve over 500 individuals with disabilities annually, from age 3 to 75 years old.

Aug 14, 2018
Virtual and Augmented Realty
Aug 21, 2018
Solving engineering challenges for individuals with disabilities
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
Akron Rotary Camp Thursday Night Cookout with Campers
Jun 14, 2018 5:00 PM –
Aug 02, 2018 7:30 PM
Jul 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Aug 14, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Social Night Out
Hi Ho Brewery
Aug 21, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stuff the Bus Service Project
Mc Ebright CLC
Aug 22, 2018
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
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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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Program Chair
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Rotaract Co-Chair
Scholarship Chair
Social Chair
Membership Chair
New Member Mentorship Chair
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Camp President
Camp Vice President & Governance Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Treasurer & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Secretary & Facilities Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2019
Camp Development Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2018
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Camp Director 12/2020
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Chili Open Co-Chair
Chili Open Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Vice-President/Scholarship Chair & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Treasurer & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Governance/Liaison to Club Board & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Code of Regulations/Mission & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Investment/Finance & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Marketing & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Nominating Chair & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Fundraising/Development & Director 12/2019
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Club President's Message

John Margida
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Hello Akron Rotary Club,

This past week we have had some great things happen for our club. On July 19th Rotary Club of Akron’s immediate past president Julie Brandle accepted the following awards at the Rotary District Banner Exchange and Awards Ceremony in Cleveland.

On behalf of the club, Brandle accepted the Training and Educational Club Leadership Award. This award is presented to clubs that show commitment to the ideals and spirit of being a Rotarian. Likewise, Brandle was recognized with the same award individually.
In addition, our Club was awarded the AZ Baker Award in honor of Albert Z. Baker for recognition of our total service and development of resources on part of all clubs in District 6630. Congratulations to Julie and our Club!
Our Club meeting welcomed speaker Mike Kovacevich, a Civil War Historian.
Mike was not only informative about his subject, he gave us some great insights into some local history on how Akron and Summit county was affected and by whom. 
I look forward to hearing next week’s speaker Debbie Reiss, Director of Guardians Advocating Child Safety & Protection.
Looking forward to this Saturday. Best of luck to the Dragon Racers at Portage Lakes! Also, to a great showing at Infocision Stadium for the Cornhole Tournament!
Yours in Rotary Service —
John Margida, Club President

Support the Dragonboat Race this Saturday! 

Dr. Rob McGregor and I are leading the club’s efforts in supporting the Dragons on the Lake Festival.  Our goal is to raise $2,500 for breast cancer survivors. 
The Dragons on the Lake Festival runs from 8am-3pm on Saturday July 28th at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road, Akron, OH 44319. Details can be found here on the event’s Facebook page.
The link to Akron Rotary’s fundraising page can be found here:
Nathanael M. Billow
SAT, JUL 28 AT 8 AM - 3PM

2018 Cornhole Tournament - This Saturday!!  Your Help is Still Needed

We Could Still Use Your Donation Before Saturday!

The 9th Annual Cornhole Tournament to support Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs is happening Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium.
Kind regards;
Amanda Warner
Director of Volunteer Opportunities and Special Events
Akron Rotary Camp
330.644.4512 x 3205

Please Pay Your Annual Club Dues

Our new Rotary year began July 1st . . . Each member was sent an electronic invoice for the  2018-19 Akron Rotary dues starting last May AND a few followup statements.  
The Club must pay International and District dues for our members at the beginning of the new Rotary year.  Please kindly pay your dues as soon as possible to help us with our cash flow. 
Contact me if you prefer to pay by credit card personally instead of online (330.495.9814).  You can also bring a check to the Tuesday meeting!
Thank you for your help!
Cheryl Warren, PDG
Akron Club Administration Chair

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
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