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The Akrotarian




The October 1st meeting has been moved to October 3rd 
 as the Club will be hosting On The Table Greater Akron.



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We meet each Tuesday at 11:45 am

Portage Country Club 240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303

$13.00 per person 

Tel: 330.644.4512


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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.

Kevin and Kelli Smith welcomed baby Pierce on June 15th. Mother and baby and dad are all doing great!

With Deepest Sympathy:

Celebrating the Life of Sydney Heersink

“Coping with a cancer diagnosis is about standing in that fear and saying I choose to live a beautiful, passionate, impactful life,” Sydney Heersink, December 5, 2018.

“It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share that our beloved Sydney passed away peacefully” was posted on Facebook September 4, 2019.

Sydney Heersink, a former Firestone High School student, connected via Skype to the Rotary Club of Akron September 16, 2014, to report on her Rotary Youth Exchange experience in France 2013-2014.  She gave accolades to the club for supporting her in her effort to study and live abroad. She was transformed from the shy, quiet girl in the high school classroom to the outgoing, willing to speak to others in a foreign language that she mastered beautifully.  She was extremely grateful to the Rotary Club of Akron.  In the years following, she returned to France to study political science at the University de Reims.
Sydney spent the last year exploring New York City with her dad, family, and friends all the while fighting a courageous battle of stage IV endometrial cancer.

Syd’s love for life, her studies, and desire to see the world were infectious and inspired those around her. She faced every new obstacle with a smile and determination to get through it. Throughout the past few months, while undergoing countless surgeries, radiation, new chemotherapies and trying to maneuver in a wheelchair in Manhattan, the confidence she had in herself never wavered.

Sydney lived a beautiful, passionate and impactful life and is going to be with all of us always.  Our “Happy Dollars” collection September 10 of $185 will contribute to her GoFundMe.

If you’d like to contribute to help with Sydney’s funeral expenses and remaining medical bills, please consider donating to her GoFundMe. Link in bio and below.


It's All International!!!

Zoé (Belgium) and Elin (S.Korea) are welcomed at the Rotary Club of Akron as they exchange banners with President Pat O’Neill.  Host Dad Tom Gedelian uses his Happy Dollar to welcome Elin to our Rotary Club and his family!

Akron Rotary Camp Regatta...Join Us!

Please join us for an evening at Rotary Camp and
help us to continue our mission of
"Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
An Evening To Remember
Enjoy cocktails as you walk along the shore of the picturesque Rex Lake.
Sample some gourmet creations prepared by the one and only Chef Beau Schmidt of Beau's Grille and Beau's on the River.
Stretch your sea legs and enjoy the soft waves of music filling the air. Enjoy the camp and experience all the wonderful facilities our campers enjoy throughout the year.
Take in the view from the water with a cruise on one of our seafaring vessels.
Join us in the Grand Tent, where SARA SHOOKMAN, WKYC TV3 News Anchor, will emcee the evening's program featuring Rotary Camp's superstars JACK AND VIVIAN HARIG. Followed by an entertaining live auction featuring unique items and exciting getaways.
The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular over Rex Lake.
Don’t miss this great event.  Register at

October 3rd - Join us for On The Table Greater Akron

Or Club will be hosting On The Table Greater Akron on October 3rd at 11:45 am.  Note: our normally scheduled meeting for October 1 will not be held.
Everyone is welcome to join us for the conversation. The cost is $13.00 per person and includes lunch. Location: Portage Country Club.

On the Table Greater Akron is a one-of-a-kind initiative where thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds gather to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. It’s an opportunity to shape our region into a strong, vibrant, safe and dynamic place to live and work. This project is part of On the Table, a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust.

Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Summit or Medina counties is invited to host or participate in a mealtime conversation with their family, friends, neighbors or colleagues. Conversations are held in person at locations such as a library, church, neighborhood restaurant, office break room or around your own kitchen table.

We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. When we come together face-to-face to find common ground on community issues and challenges that matter to people, powerful things can happen.

Sep 17, 2019
President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital - Meet the CEO
Sep 24, 2019
Jim is a Hall of Famer for Summit County Baseball / Author / Life long Indians Fan!
Oct 03, 2019
***Please note that this a Thursday Meeting****
Oct 08, 2019
The Well CDC
Oct 15, 2019
Meet the CEO Series
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Upcoming Events
2019 Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 01, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 08, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House October 19, 2019
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 19, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
View entire list

Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

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