The Akrotarian

Our Mission:
An inclusive, action oriented service organization, Akron Rotary improves our community
and the world while having fun and building friendships.
Our Vision:
Together, we aspire to make a lasting, positive impact in the lives of those
in our Akron community and beyond.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
129 S. Union Street, Akron, OH 44304

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Club Welcomes Chief Stephen Mylett
Chief Stephen L. Mylett was inducted by District Governor Jones as a member of the Rotary Club of Akron on January 3, 2023. 
He was sponsored by Steve Buie and previously served as a Rotary member in Bellevue, Washington. 
All members present were asked to stand and everyone then unanimously agreed that "we, as members, now welcome Chief Mylett as a colleague, and friend and we assure him of our friendship, assistance and support." 
About Chief Mylett
Stephen L. Mylett was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Akron Police Department on Thursday, August 19, 2021.Chief Mylett was born and raised in New York and comes from a long line of police officers. 
He started his policing career in 1985 when he joined the United States Air Force where he served as a Security Policeman.
Following an honorable discharge, he joined the Corpus Christi, Texas Police Department from 1989-2011. He rose through the ranks from cadet to Assistant Chief.  After retiring from CCPD, he joined The City of Southlake, Texas where he was named Chief of Police until 2015.  He then began as the Chief of the Bellevue, Washington Police Department until being named Chief of Police of Akron.   
Chief Mylett now commands the department’s 447 officers and supervisors, 43 Reserve officers and 33 civilians that serve Akron’s 198,000 citizens.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in Texas and a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University.
Chief Mylett has been married for over 31 years to JoAnn. They have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Unfortunately, many of the hobbies he once enjoyed had centered in sports, but due to a series of in-the-line-of-duty injuries his ability to engage in those hobbies has been significantly impacted.
Chili Open
Akron Rotary’s 33rd Annual Chili Open Golf Classic
February 4, 2023
The Chili Open Golf Classic is a month away and we need all hands on deck to make this another successful event!
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 Event chairs, Jeff Sheeks or Cyndi Kane 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 2023 Buick Encore GX, or $19,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch! 
  • 2nd prize is a BigShots Golf Party Package valued at $500, courtesy of BigShots Golf
  • 3rd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks! 
Please bring any sold raffle tickets to the next club meeting, or mail them to the Camp Office (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH 44319). Tickets can also be purchased online, by clicking on this link. Please download the attached flyer and display it at your office, or share them with your friends, family and colleagues.
Back by popular demand is Dr. Rob’s “Wagon of Good Cheer” Please help us fill the wagon with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits, mixers and wine. We are also still in need of items for our online auction. Food baskets, golf packages, or family entertainment packages make great auction items! If you know of anyone that will be able to donate something, please let us know. If you need someone to pick up any items, please call or email Amanda at Akron Rotary Camp (330.644.4512 /, and we would be happy to make those arrangements. 
Thank you for your support in making this year's Chili Open a continued success for our Club to benefit the campers who attend Akron Rotary Camp! Together, we are "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
Jeff Sheeks and Cyndi Kane
Co-Chairs, 2023 Chili Open Golf Classic
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OFF-SITE MEETING - February 7th at BLU-Tique 
Get ready to go off site for a Tuesday meeting February 7, 2023. 
Even if you do not plan to eat you must RSVP. 
We will be providing a box lunch and you have a choice of what you want.
Parking:  40 S. High St. $2.00 /hr at a $7.00 max
Food Options:  Choice of Chicken, Turkey or Veggie Wrap  includes chips and cookie
$20.00 per person
Non-Eaters: $5
RSVP deadline:  January 30, 2022 (we must turn in the food on Feb 1).
BLU-Tique, Akron is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. 

Join us to see and hear about his amazing establishment.
Ginny Wojno will be picking up your parking fee - just turn in a receipt to her.
BLU is more than a color, it's an attitude; an attitude of gratitude. We are grateful to be a part of the downtown Akron business and thriving arts district; a place where culture, art, dining, music, and diversity seamlessly blend to create an experience like no other. 
District Governor Presents at Akron Club
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of hearing our District 6630 Governor speak at the Tuesday, January 3, 2023, Club meeting.  View the meeting by clicking here.
The purpose of DG Jones’ visit is to allow the District Governor the opportunity to communicate directly with all Rotarians in our District, to listen to the Club Leadership and its members and gain a better understanding of their club and to share information from RI and the District as it pertains to the Clubs.
He began his presentation telling club members a little about himself.  David was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a military BRAT, David had the opportunity to live in 5 States and 4 countries: Spain, Japan, Germany, and England. He graduated from Upper Heyford American High School in England. David moved back to Ohio from Washington State, and he completed his undergraduate work in mathematics education from Capital University. David attended Ashland University and received a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and his school Superintendent’s License. 
David was an Adjunct Professor for Ashland University and taught high school math at Madison Local Schools and Ontario Local Schools in Richland County Ohio. David worked as the Director of Building Operations and Technology for the Summit Educational Service Center in Summit County Ohio before retiring after 32 years in education.
He serves as a member of the Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley Rotary Club and served as Club President; he is a member of the Club’s Board of Directors, Scholarship Committee, Foundation Chair and Grant Committee.
David is excited to work with all Clubs and Rotarians of the District on club membership, Community Service, Foundation Support and strengthening the connections between Rotary, Interact and Rotaract clubs. David stated, “I am excited to be a part of an extremely talented leadership team and will continue the proud tradition of those who put “Service Above Self.”
David related that he felt this year’s motto of “Imagine Rotary,” was most fitting as Clubs come out of COVID and resume some sort of “normalcy.”  Imagine Rotary is: “what we can do, whom we can impact, what people we can help and how we can make a difference.”
Several of David’s priorities for his term are looking at the Strategic Plan that was developed several years ago but couldn’t be fully implemented because of COVID.  His hope is that many of the priorities can now be addressed and implemented after reviewing what the district wants to continue as priorities.  Membership has always been a goal in the Strategic Plan.  The District is losing members, no different than other Districts and other service organizations.
David encourages Clubs to work together with other service organizations.  There is strength in numbers.  A club may be small and partnering with another service organization may give the Club more opportunities for service to their communities.  In reverse, larger Rotary Clubs can partner with other smaller service clubs to assist them in meeting their service objectives.
He also believes we must constantly look at how we can enhance the services we currently are engaged with.
David wrapped up his presentation complimenting PDG Stew Buchanan for his work on the Rotary/Guardians game each year.  This past year 300 Rotarians and guests attended the Guardian’s game.
David reminded the Club of the 4 Way Test Speech Contest to be held April 27th, the RYLA camp experience the week of June 11th and the District Conference of April 28-29.
DG Jones entertained questions from Club members after his presentation.
Yours in Service,
Terry Dalton
Akron Club Secretary and Scholarship Chair
We were pleased to also welcome many Akron Rotary past and future District Governors from our Club who joined us at the meeting.
(photo L-R:  PDG John Reyes, PDG Stew Buchanan, Club President Lynda Farkas, PDG Jack Harig, PDG Cheryl Warren, DGE Julie Brandle, DG David Jones and First Lady Georgeann Jones)
Light for Ukraine
This winter promises to be very hard on the Ukrainian people, who are often cut off from their power source.    Our own Claudine Schooley, now in Bakersfield CA, is co-chairing "Light for Ukraine”, a Rotary project to send portable solar lamps and chargers to villagers and city folk who face prospects of living in the dark.  The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast is in charge.  Let us join them to light up Ukraine.  The special Rotarian rate for 1 lamp and 1 charger is $40, supplied by a nonprofit organization in Santa Barbara, “Unite to light”
Join me and several others from our Rotary Club of Akron.  If you wish to contribute, bring cash or check to our club meeting January 10 or send check to Mella at camp. 
Contact William Black, Director of International Services, Rotary Club of Bakersfield, P.O. Box 22013, Bakersfield CA 93390 or Claudine Schooley (805 796-8351)
Donation is tax deductible.
Susan Colville-Hall
Celebrate the Gift of Rotary
Greeting Rotarian's and Friends of Rotary and hopes for a blessed new year. I write you in celebration of the gift of Rotary my Dad gave me 62 years a go when he invited me to become a Rotarian. I invite you to think again about who invited you to join Rotary followed by answering for your self several simple questions.
1. Why did I join Rotary?
2. What did I expect Rotary to do for me?
3. What did I expect to offer to Rotary, my community, and the world of Rotary?
4. Have I reached my goals for service to my vocation, myself, my family and the World of Rotary?
After almost 109 years the Rotary Club of Akron remains our communities leading service organization. Akron Rotary has a new home meeting place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 129 South Union Street Akron, OH 44304.
As a refresher please read the following about Rotary's 5 Avenues of Service for you to choose from.

Avenues of Service
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
1) Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.

2) Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.

3) Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.  Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.

4) International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

5)  Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Jack Harig
PDG 2003-04 Rotary District 6630
PH: 330-644-9862
Rotary Rose Bowl Parade Float
This site has interesting background on the rotary floats in the Rose bowl parade over the years as well as pictures of this year's float
Happy New Year 
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Upcoming Meetings/Events
2023 Invocation & Greeter sign up
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Jan 03, 2023 – Dec 26, 2023
Board of Directors Meeting
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with a Virtual Option
Jan 10, 2023 11:00 AM
Akron Rotary Chili Open Golf Classic
Hale Farm & Village
Feb 04, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Meeting Off-Site at BLU-Tique
Feb 07, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with a Virtual Option
Feb 14, 2023 11:00 AM
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Jan 10, 2023 12:00 PM
Pianist and Educator
Jan 24, 2023 12:00 PM
Rhythm and Roots Farm
Jan 31, 2023 12:00 PM
Iceland Mappings and William Morris Art Project
Feb 14, 2023 12:00 PM
Chili Open Wrap Up
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Thane Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Nanci Dodgson
February 1
Ham Amer
February 3
Anne Jorgensen
February 4
Jeff Sitz
February 4
Laura Horovitz
February 5
Michelle Wilson
February 13
Susan Colville-Hall
February 14
Zach Prosser
February 14
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
Stuver Parry
February 24
Rich Fry
February 25
Bill (JR) Manby
February 28
Join Date
Andrew Grover
January 1, 2014
9 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
57 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
24 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
64 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
17 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
6 years
Michael Gallucci
January 12, 2021
2 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
7 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
8 years
Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
4 years
Jeff Sheeks
January 23, 2018
5 years
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
6 years
Ryan McCauley
January 27, 2021
2 years
Laura Smiley
January 30, 2018
5 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 1, 1989
34 years
Mike Wojno
February 3, 2004
19 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
8 years
Charly Murphy
February 15, 2022
1 year
Steve Bossart
February 16, 2021
2 years
Mike Shearer
February 19, 2002
21 years
Christine Curry
February 22, 2022
1 year




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