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Club President's Message

Julie Brandle
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Happy New Year Akron Rotarians!
With a couple of weeks off for the holidays, we kicked off the new year January 9th with a fantastic presentation by Mark Gerberich, The International Soap Box Derby, and the induction of three new members, Bob Titus, Open M; Caroline Altizer, Boy Scouts; and Brian Sutphin, Ameriprise Financial.  Thank you Shon Christy and John Margida for sponsoring these members for induction into our Club.  Welcome to all of you!!  I also want to thank both of these gentlemen for assisting with that week's meetings and thank you all for your kind words, texts, emails, and cards with the passing of Steven's Mom, Janet Brandle.
Another great kick-off to the new year was our Chili Open Mini Tour at Whitey's last week!  A fun night to meet up with fellow Rotarians and support Whitey's Booze and Burgers of Richfield for all they do for the Chili Open! Special thanks to our camp team for all their work putting this event together. Need another chance to meet up?  Join us January 23rd at Ray's Place in Fairlawn from 5-7pm for Rotary After Hours!  Thanks Katy Miller for scheduling this for our club!
As if you could forget, we have another BIG event coming up February 3rd at Hale Farm and Village - you guessed it, mark your calendars for THE 28th ANNUAL CHILI OPEN SPONSORED BY WAYNE HOMES to support our Rotary Camp!  Be sure to bring your SOLD tickets no later than January 30th or mail your checks and ticket stubs to Amanda Warner at 4460 Rex Lake Drive Akron, OH  44319 today!  Thank you all for your support of this awesome event.
In our last Board meeting we approved a $550 donation to the Christ Child Society.  This will help with new winter coat purchases for children in need in the Akron Public Schools.  If you know of an organization that needs funding in our club area or abroad please let me know I am really enjoying the grassroots efforts of our club and getting involved with assisting area organizations.
Finally, thank you to all of our IT sponsors!  These sponsorships help fund the use of IT equipment at our meetings.  Thank you to Hudson Technology Partners, City Cleaners, Bill Lowery/Stouffer Realty, Naragon, Rotarian Frank Field, Shon Christy Social Media, and Metis Construction.  If you would like to be a sponsor please contact Sandy Naragon at
We've rounded the halfway point and looking forward to a busy next 6 months!
In Rotary Service,
Julie Brandle, President
The Rotary Club of Akron
Jan 23, 2018
The Changing World of Health Care Delivery

Please join us to hear our fellow Rotarian, Dr. Rob McGregor talk about the Changing World of Health Care Delivery

Jan 30, 2018
Summit County Children Services: Understanding Priorities, Practices and Programs"
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Upcoming Events
Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Club Social Night: Ray's Place Fairlawn
Ray's Place Fairlawn
Jan 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Akron Rotary Chili Open 2018
Feb 03, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Social Night: Pub Bricco
Pub Bricco
Apr 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rise Against Hunger - Service Project
The University of Akron Ballroom from Afternoon till Evening
Apr 25, 2018
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Lysiak
January 10
Tristan Griffin
January 11
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Stan Martin
January 14
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Greg Genega
January 27
Jenny Bonsky
January 27
Nathanael Billow
January 27
John Reyes
January 31
Michael Gladysz
January 31
Nanci Dodgson
February 1
Ham Amer
February 3
Jeff Sitz
February 4
Laura Horovitz
February 5
Frank Field
February 11
Susan Colville-Hall
February 14
Zach Prosser
February 14
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
Shon Christy
February 24
Stuver Parry
February 24
Marshal Pitchford
February 25
Bill Manby Jr.
February 28
Dan Collins
February 28
Join Date
CJ Haines
January 1, 2015
3 years
Jerome Wagner
January 1, 1970
48 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
52 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
19 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
59 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
12 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
1 year
Lance Chima
January 11, 2009
9 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
2 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
3 years
Bud Rogers
January 14, 1975
43 years
Hugh Alpeter
January 16, 1996
22 years
John Mogen
January 16, 1979
39 years
Ashok Kolla
January 24, 2017
1 year
Jenny Bonsky
January 24, 2017
1 year
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
1 year
Leslie Tierney
January 27, 2015
3 years
William Zufall
January 31, 2012
6 years
Matt Slonsky
February 3, 2015
3 years
Mike Wojno
February 3, 2004
14 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
3 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 7, 1989
29 years
Jeff Fusco
February 10, 2009
9 years
Charlie Solley
February 12, 2013
5 years
Linda Conrad
February 12, 2013
5 years
Vincent Munnerlyn
February 14, 2017
1 year
Cathryn O'Malley
February 23, 2016
2 years
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Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
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Ambassador of Service Awardee Announced

Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Honors Akron Rotarian, Sandy Naragon with Ambassador of Service Award

Congratulations to our own, Sandy Naragon that will be honored on February 3, 2018 at Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic as the 2018 Chili Open’s Ambassador of Service. The Chili Open Ambassador of Service award was established in 1991 in recognition of a community leader who has gone above and beyond in support of the Rotary Club of Akron, Akron Rotary Camp and the Akron Community. In addition, they have made significant efforts to improve and established relationships between community leaders and the Akron Rotary Camp. 

Sandy’s civic involvement centers around building neighborhoods, serving the elderly and disabled, fighting homelessness and encouraging diversity!
She has been a Rotarian since 1999 and served as the Rotary Club of Akron’s President in 2015-16. She is a member of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Society. Sandy is honored to be a member of Akron Rotary’s Centennial Society. Over her 18 years as a Rotarian, she has been active in Rotary’s many community and international service projects. She currently serves as the Chair of the Grants and Four Way Speech Test Committees. She coordinates Rotary Cares outreach. 
Beginning in 2000, she served 14 years as a Director for the Rotary Camp for Special Needs Children including serving as President in 2004. Sandy served during the critical planning phase of the capital campaign. She remains committed to camp, most recently by participating in its strategic planning sessions. In 2018, she will return to the Board of Directors.
In addition to Rotary, Sandy’s volunteerism includes Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio. She is a Past President of the organization and currently serves as a member of its Cuyahoga County Advisory Council. Rebuilding Together provides repairs to keep the elderly and disabled in homes that are warm, safe and dry.
Sandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business & Organizational Communication at the University of Akron. Her other professional development accomplishments include being a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Class 20 and earning the prestigious REALTORS Certified Executive designation. This past December, she completed Rotary’s Leadership 6630 program.
As the CEO of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS, Sandy leads a staff of 10 to serve over 5,500 REALTORS in Summit and Cuyahoga County. She serves on the Executive Committee for Ohio REALTORS and on the Research Committee of the National Association of REALTORS.
Sandy and her husband Jeff will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in February 2018. She loves spending time with stepdaughter Stacie and son-in-law Matt, along with grandchildren Matthew, Jordan, Courtney and Cindy. Four years ago, she fell in love with German Shepherds Zeus and Zena.
Thank you Sandy, for all you do for Akron Rotary Camp, Akron Rotary Club and the Akron community!

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 with any news you would like placed here.
Congratulations to:

>> Shon Christy who has been elected President of the Stow Schools Foundation..
>> The newly elected officers for the Club, Camp and Foundation:
These officers will serve THE ROTARY CLUB OF AKRON, OHIO for the term 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019
President:  John Margida  
President-Elect:  Pat O’Neill  
Vice President: Dr. Rob McGregor 
Secretary: Terry Dalton
Treasurer: Michael Gladysz                                                                                                  
These trustees will serve THE ROTARY CLUB OF AKRON, OHIO for the term 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021
David Miller
Lynda Farkas
Steve Buie
Connor Jarvis
These directors will serve THE AKRON ROTARY CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS for the term 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020
Lance Chima 
Jack DeLeo
Tim DelMedico
Michael Gallucci 
Nick George 
Frank Griffiths
Jeff Grosenbaugh
Pam Kiltau

These trustees will serve THE AKRON ROTARY FOUNDATION for the term 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020
Barry Hollis
Mark Krohn
Graham Reinke 

Helpful Tips for Selling Raffle Tickets!

Thank you for all your hard work and support to this year’s Chili Open.  Only 2 weeks to go, so we please need all your help to spread the word about Raffle Tickets.
Below is some sample wording to use in an email to your clients, friends, colleagues and family members.  Thank you in advance and also thank you to those who are already spreading the word!
Please let me know if you are need of any Raffle Tickets, or have any questions.
Thanks so much!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Suggested Chili Open Raffle Ticket E-Mail Promotion:
I have something very exciting to share. As you may know, I am a member of Akron Rotary Club which hosts the Chili Open Golf Classic presented by Wayne Homes, a winter golf event that benefits Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. In 2017 the Camp served more than 1,900 children and adults with disabilities and provided over $194,000 in financial assistance to families in need of their services. The Chili Open helped to make this possible!  This year, the Chili Open is celebrating its 28thanniversary; our goal is to raise $250,000 to provide more families the opportunity to send their children to camp.
Please consider joining me in purchasing raffle tickets to support Akron Rotary’s Chili Open! 
Raffle prizes are:
1st Prize: 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS sponsored by The VanDevere Bunch
2nd Prize: 55-inch LG 4k Smart  LED TV, courtesy of MAS, Inc.
3rd Prize: Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio Behind-the-Scenes Media Package at a 2018 Cleveland Indians home game. Includes four (4) diamond box seats and behind-the-scenes tour. Choice of dates to be provided by Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio.
Raffle tickets are $20.00 each, plus each ticket stub can be redeemed for a free entree up to $15 at BRIO Coastal Bar and Kitchen at Summit Mall.
The raffle drawing will be held at the Chili Open on Saturday, February 3rd at Hale Farm & Village, Bath (winners need not be present.) Last year we sold 2,912 tickets which make the winning odds really good. This truly is a great deal!  Please let me know if you or any others you know may be interested.  I would also appreciate your help in forwarding this e-mail to let others know about this great opportunity. Remember all the money supports a wonderful cause – Akron Rotary Camp!
As an added bonus, we are offering a chance to win $50,000 in SNOWMANIA!!!  Anyone who purchases five (5) raffle tickets ($20 each for a total of $100) by February 3rd will automatically be entered into the Chili Open SNOWMANIA drawing. The drawing will be held at the Chili Open (winner need not be present), the winner will have the opportunity to win $50,000 if it snows six-inches during the 24 hour period of February 17, 2018 (specifically six inches of newly fallen snow accumulation falling between 12:01am and 11:59pm at the Akron-Canton Airport as independently determined by Weather Analytics LLC.) The winning ticket holder will be praying for SNOWMANIA!!!
The easiest way to purchase tickets is:
  • Online at and click on “Buy Raffle Tickets”,
  • Send me a check made payable to the Akron Rotary Camp and I’ll get your tickets,
  • Or call the Akron Rotary Camp at 330-644.4512
Thank you in advance for your support! You are helping Akron Rotary Camp to “create a world where there are only abilities!” 

Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

 Hale Farm and Village  
2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210

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Club Website/Meeting Sponsorship & Booster Listings 
Available to Club Members and their Families

1. Become a Sponsor on our Website AND at Weekly Meetings . . .only $50/month/ad
The Akron Rotary website allows companies to display banner ads OR your company name. The distribution includes all pages, including the home page and e-bulletin and your company name/logo will also appear on the screen at each of our weekly Club meetings.
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Format of ads can be either graphic images or text of your company name.
Please provide a website address or email address so we can add a hyperlink in your ad on our website.
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Get a personal (Club Rotarian) name only listing!  For $25.00 your name will be listed in our electronic newsletter for a 12 month period.  There is no website link and this is limited to Rotary Members only (the listing is for personal names – it is not available for corporate/organization names).  Simply send your check to the below address and put “Club Booster” in the memo and let us know what name you want to list.  You may also make it in “Memory of” a Club Rotarian who has passed away.

Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Akron and mailed to:
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Akron, OH  44319
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