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The Akrotarian


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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



No meeting September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

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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Aug 06, 2019
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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
Aug 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Sep 10, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.

Club News


Portage Country Club will be closed September 3rd.  There will not be a Rotary meeting that day.  We wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

New Member Inducted

Welcome Jay Rutter who is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Akron. 
Watch for our New Member eNews that will share more about all new members who join us in July and August!

Our Speaker Last Tuesday

Thank you to our speaker last Tuesday, Cathryn O'Malley, MBA, CPC, Administrative Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Transformation at Akron Children's Hospital.   It was an enlightening and enjoyable presentation called Giving and Accepting Feedback. Several of us were interested in obtaining her PowerPoint.  Click here to download.

Shoebox Project

The Akron Rotary club filled 30 shoeboxes that will be shipped to the children of the dump in Nicaragua, in time for Christmas.  Our boxes will be combined with boxes from other clubs in our District.  For the past several years the district has spearheaded this effort to relieve the day-to-day struggle that leaves the children reduced to fighting cows and dogs for food they can scavenge from the local garbage dump.

We are grateful to all the members who made donations to make this project a success.  Ben Heckerman &  Emily Patterson played an integral role with the organization of shopping and packing.  We also had some members of the North High Interact Club attend as well;  thanks to Tam Chau, SaHa Da Be, Nitash Dahal, & Prabin Magar.  They were excellent additions to our team.

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.
They will once again be grandparents in early March!  We are sure Katy will keep us posted on mom and new baby!

A special shout out to our member Nathanael Billow who along with his brother Chris are in this year's class of recipients (click on photo to view larger)!

A.Z. Baker Award
Rotary Club of Akron, John Margida
District 6630 Rotarian of the Year (in photo with cake)
PDG W. Stewart Buchanan
Outstanding Leadership & Service Award (presented for years of leadership in a given area of responsibility)
Julieann M. Brandle, District Conference
Special Recognition from District Governor
PDG Cheryl Warren, District Webmaster
Lynda Farkas, Special Support

Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

The Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament, presented by Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. was held on July 27th on the beautiful grounds of Akron Rotary Camp. This year marked the 10th anniversary for the Tourney and a record year for teams. The day was a great success and are very excited to announce that we raised over $16,000 to help provide financial assistance for kids to  attend camp.
Participants and volunteers enjoyed lunch from the Menche’s Bros Food Truck, beverages from the House of LaRose and snacks from the Peanut Shoppe. Thanks to all who support the tourney with teams, raffle tickets, donations, auction items, and to all who volunteered.  Special thanks to Scott and Jaime Kolligian for their continued support and commitment over the years to help make this event grow.
Congratulations to all the winners:
Ringers – 1st place: Jeff Beattie and Drew Thomas (TNC2)
Ringers – 2nd place: Zac Hagy and John Whitehead (Corn in the USA)
Recreational – 1st place: Kenmore’s Finest
Recreational – 2nd place: Alan Umerley and Dave DiReggerio (Airbaggers)
Raffle Ferrari for a day: Craig Barrett
Raffle Lamborghini for a day: Josh Lines
Looking forward to see you all again next year!!

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.

Save the Date for September 28th!

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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
Doug Kohl
August 11
Roger Read
August 11
Molly Gordon
August 12
Kathryn Michael
August 13
Brian Kosarko
August 16
Mike Shearer
August 20
Marcia Holcomb
August 21
Jason Edwards
August 22
Rick Rogers
August 22
Robert McGregor
August 22
Fred Swartz
August 23
Lance Chima
August 25
Karen Meek
September 4
Andrew Grover
September 6
Terrence Dalton
September 7
Karen Hrdlicka
September 10
Chris Richardson
September 11
Nick Browning
September 11
Sara Eddy
September 15
Jim Mullen
September 20
Jay Rutter
September 25
Brian Chima
September 27
Colin Hammer
September 29
Paul Jarrett
September 29
Virginia Wojno
September 30
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Cheryl Warren
August 1, 1995
24 years
Nathanael Billow
August 1, 2017
2 years
Nick Browning
August 1, 1992
27 years
Rick Rogers
August 1, 2005
14 years
Bob Ryan
August 2, 2016
3 years
Laura Horovitz
August 2, 2016
3 years
Daniel Riemenschneider
August 8, 2000
19 years
Tamara Mora
August 8, 2017
2 years
Kevin Smith
August 15, 2017
2 years
Robert McGregor
August 19, 2014
5 years
Vivian Harig
August 22, 2017
2 years
Brian Kosarko
August 26, 2014
5 years
Jan Ryan
August 26, 2014
5 years
John Margida
August 26, 2014
5 years
Mella Castner
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Marilyn Buckey
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31 years
Pamela Kiltau
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32 years
Marcia Holcomb
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Cyndi Kane
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Jason Edwards
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Sara Eddy
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Ravi Krovi
September 20, 2016
3 years
Patty Graves
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Brian Steere
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5 years
Stephen Warren
September 30, 2014
5 years
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