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The Akrotarian


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January 8 - April 1, 2020

We will meet each Wednesday at 11:45 am


On April 7, 2020 we return to Tuesday meetings. 

No meetings on:

December 24 & 31, 2019 or January 1, 2020

Portage Country Club
240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303
Tel: 330.644.4512

$13.00 per person for lunch
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Club News

To You and Yours ...

Club Welcomes New Member

On December 17, 2019, we inducted our newest member, Dr. Jeffrey Kempf who was sponsored by Jack Harig, PDG.
Dr Kempf is the Director of the Office of Pediatric Global Health at Akron Children's hospital. He and his wife, Ellen, have been leaders in a partnership with Rotary District 6630, the Rotary Club of Akron and our Rotary affiliate, Gift of Life. The result of his endeavors with us includes, but is not limited to, obtaining a Rotary Grant and bringing two vocational training teams to Akron for training in pediatric cardiac care. This project resulted in the establishment of a pediatric cardiac unit at St. Damian Hospital In Haiti. Not to be slowed down he and Ellen are working on outreaches in the Dominican Republic.

Helping to End Polio

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
Donate to End Polio. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccineThanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationyour contribution will be tripledgetting us even closer to a polio-free world
We are resolved to rid the world of polio forever. We also educate and equip communities to stop other diseases and expand access to health care.
Many thanks to Vivian M Harig for her donation to Rotary International to “Eradicate Polio” now!  Her $1,000.00 donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine.  Thank you Vivian Harig!

Thank You to our Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Club Holiday Luncheon Brought Joy to All!!

Rotarians enjoyed a performance by this Akron Symphony Duo, Erica Snowden-Rodriguez (Principal Cello) and Amy Cave (Assistant Concertmaster) at the annual holiday luncheon. Thank you Paul Jarrett for coordinating.

Rotary Cares

The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me (click here) with any news you would like placed here.
Club Award for 2018-2019 Rotary Year
At the Annual District Foundation Awards Celebration the Akron Club was recognized for its donations to END POLIO NOW during the 2018-19 Rotary year.  Past President Julie Brandle accepted the award on behalf of the 2018-19 President, John Margida.
Steve Warren Receives PHF+5 

Also at the Annual District Foundation Awards, all members in the District who are enrolled in Rotary Direct had a chance to receive another Paul Harris. Club member, Steve Warren was selected and received his Paul Harris Fellow +5 pin!  Congratulations Steve!  



Time to Volunteer for Chili Open

The 30th annual Chili Open Golf Classic will be held on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village.

We need all hands on deck to make it another successful event and great experience for all. Please review the volunteer opportunities and sign-up to help out.

Thank you,

Karen Meek
Volunteer Chair, 2020 Chili Open
Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
SUPER Learning Center Christmas Party
SUPER Learning Center
Dec 19, 2019
9:15 AM – 3:30 PM
2020 Greeter & Invocation Speaker Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 08, 2020 – Dec 29, 2020
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Jan 14, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Akron Rotary Chili Open presented by Wayne Homes
Hale Farm
Feb 01, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Feb 11, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Andrea Moore
January 11
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Nathanael Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Charles Billow
December 3
John Daily
December 3
Ken Babby
December 4
Scott Kolligian
December 5
Earl Hamlin
December 9
Mark Auburn
December 9
Cheryl Warren
December 14
Lyn Goodwin-Shawver
December 23
M A Weaver
December 27
Cathryn O'Malley
December 28
Christina Horak
December 29
Join Date
Andrew Grover
January 1, 2014
6 years
Hugh Alpeter
January 1, 1996
24 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
54 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
21 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
61 years
Bob Titus
January 9, 2018
2 years
Caroline Altizer
January 9, 2018
2 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
14 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
3 years
Timmy Able
January 11, 2013
7 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
4 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
5 years
John Mogen
January 16, 1979
41 years
Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
1 year
Jeff Sheeks
January 23, 2018
2 years
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
3 years
Laura Smiley
January 30, 2018
2 years
William Zufall
January 31, 2012
8 years
George Rooney
December 1, 1977
42 years
Lance Chima
December 1, 1990
29 years
Mark Seward
December 4, 2012
7 years
Claudine Schooley
December 9, 2014
5 years
Thomas Gedelian
December 9, 1986
33 years
Alfred Nicely, MD
December 21, 1976
43 years
Ed Wagner
December 30, 2004
15 years
Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin
December 31, 2002
17 years
Richard Wright
December 31, 2011
8 years
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