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Aug 28, 2018
Program to bring clean water to a small village in El Salvador

The Rotary Club of Kent has been involved in grants that help to bring clean drinking water to small villages in El Salvador that were devastated in the 1980's during their Civil War.  Larry will be presenting their current project.

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Sep 07, 2018
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Sep 11, 2018
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Rotary Club of Akron's Fall Cookout
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Club President's Message

John Margida
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Hello Akron Rotary Club,
Thank you so much to our President -Elect Patrick O’Neil  for filling in for me this week while I visited the Kent Chapter! I heard he was fantastic in leading our club!  He accepted flags from Kimmie Hoch who visited the Ft. Lauderdale Club and from Ben Heckerman who visited the Cocoa Beach Club.
Thank you so much to Dan and June Ring for hosting the “Meet the Exchange Students” picnic. Mary and I had a great time meeting the exchange students Ana and Sotaro and relaxing with fellow Rotarians.
Reminder that 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.
We want to thank our speaker this past Tuesday, Mike Firtha, President at Inclusioneers.
Next Tuesday we will be hearing from fellow Rotarian and Kent Club President, Larry Lohman about a program he has been leading to bring clean water to a small village in El Salvador.
Looking forward to be back next week!
Yours in Rotary Service —
John Margida, Club President

Akron Welcomes New Exchange Students

On Sunday, August 19, 2018, the United Nations would have been proud of the Akron RYE committee at The Portage Lakes!  Because The Akron Rotary Youth Exchange committee had a fun filled picnic dinner celebrating the incoming of our 2 new youth exchange students.

June Ring (Akron Rotarian) with her husband Dan graciously opened their house to Rotarians, host families, and our 2 new international exchange students for an afternoon picnic.
The Ring’s home was perfect for the gathering as they had a pontoon boat ride, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.  Of course their beautiful golden retriever enjoyed the festivities, too!
And believe it or not Dr. Doug & Jacinto Nunez’s hamburgers and hot dogs were great!”
A big thanks to the Rotary Youth Exchange committee for attending:
June Ring (with husband Dan)
Jack & Vivian Harig
Dr. Doug & Carol Hausknecht
President John & Mary Margida
Marcia Holcomb
Susan Colville-Hall
Brian Chima (committee chair).
And our wonderful Host Parents:
Jacinto (also a fellow Rotarian), wife Rachel, and son Manny Nunez (Sotaro’s 1st host family)
John, Angele, Kendra, and Brendan Cassiday (Ana’s host family)
Van & son Patrick Culliton (Sotaro’s 2nd host family)

And our 2 new host students:
Ana from Spain
Sotaro from Japan
Yours in the Spirit of Rotary - 
Brian Chima  ▪  Travel Agent  ▪  Akron, Ohio
Telephone:  (330) 867-4770 Toll Free: (800) 535-9300 
Chima Travel  ▪  55 Merz Blvd,  Akron, OH 44333   ▪
L to R:  Ana (from Spain), Kendra (host sister), John (host father), Brendan (host brother), and Angele (host mother). The Cassiday family is from Stow.
At table:  Jacinto Nunez, Rachel Nunez, Dan Ring
Seated behind: Vivian & Jack Harig.
L-R: Marcia Holcomb, President John Margida, Carol & Dr. Doug Hasuknecht.
L to R: President John & Mary Margida, Van Culliton (2nd host father for Sotaro), Jacinto & Rachel Nunez (1st host parents for Sotaro), John & Angele Cassiday (1st host parents for Ana), and Marcia Holcomb.
L to R: Angele Cassiday, Marcia Holcomb, June Ring (Captain), Sotaro from Japan, Manny (host brother of Sotaro) and Patrick (2nd host brother for Sotaro)
L to R: Sotaro from Japan, Manny Nunez, Brian Chima

Fall Cookout Date Set - Register Now

Rotary Club of Akron's Fall Cookout
Sep 13, 2018 6:00 PM  - Sep 13, 2018 9:00 PM
Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH United States
Please join us for the biennial
Rotary Club of Akron's Fall Cookout
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
New Franklin, OH 44319
6:00 p.m. - Cocktails Lakefront with Entertainment
7:00 p.m. - Dinner, followed by a short Program
Catered by TLC Catering, Inc.
Assorted Cheese Tray with Crackers and Shrimp Cocktail
House Salad
Combination Plate – Strip Steak and Marinated Chicken Breast
Baked Half Potato and French Green Beans
Note: Vegetarian/Vegan Option available upon request
Cost: $65.00 per person
Casual Attire
Please RSVP by September 10, 2018
Limited seating capacity - first come, first serve

Thank You for Your Generosity

It all begins with our Rotarians! 

On August 9th, Project Chair, Wanda Whipkey, along with committee members Lynda Farkas and Ben Heckerman participated in the Shoebox Project for the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua.   The club was able to use this project as a way to collaborate with the Interact Students from North School and upcoming seniors, Neema and Nul (pictured to the left) helped with shopping and the packing of shoeboxes. 
With the generous donations from our club, the committee was able to successfully fill 30 boxes.  Shopping was done at a local Walmart and a very special thank you goes to the Messiah Lutheran Church for the use of their community kitchen for the packing of the boxes.  After the boxes were filled, Stew and Cherie Buchanan delivered them to the project collection area in Lakewood. 
If you are unfamiliar with the project, every year clubs from all of over the United States prepare shoeboxes for children in Chinandega, Nicaragua who live in poverty stricken conditions in the area surrounding a dump site.  The shoeboxes are filled with necessities including toiletries, clothing, school supplies and age appropriate games or toys.   The shoeboxes are shipped to Nicaragua and Rotarians travel along to help personally deliver them to the children. 
The shoeboxes serve as an incentive to the children to remain in school. In order to receive one of the gift shoeboxes, the child must be attending school on a regular basis and earning satisfactory grades. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty by providing food, education and programs to encourage good health. The ultimate goal is to relocate the children from the dump to a life of dignity.
This is an extremely impactful project and our club looks forward to continuing to be involved for years to come. 
Ben Heckerman
Lynda Farkas
Neema, Nul, Linda, and Wanda
Wanda Whipkey

    We Had Fun ... Hope You Join Us Next Time!!

    Missing Mountain Brewery
    Rotary After Hours was a great night out!

    Save the Date for our next After Hours event --- November 20th at Bricco.
    L-R:  Brian Kosarko, George Rooney, Susan Colville-Hall, Colleen Iacianci and Kim Polatas
    Around table L-R: David Hall, Brian Kosarko, Blake Babcock, Jonathan Morschl, Ben Heckerman, Susan Colville-Hall and Colleen Iacianci


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    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.

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    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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