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With more than 25 years of editing experience across Ohio, Michael Shearer currently serves as editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and regional editor for Gannett’s USA TODAY Network in northern Ohio. He’s responsible for coordinating newsrooms in 10 markets beyond Akron, including Canton, Wooster, Kent, Mansfield and more.
Shearer moved to northeast Ohio in 2017 to serve as regional editor for GateHouse Media, which acquired the Beacon Journal in 2018 and merged with Gannett in December 2019.
Shearer previously served as Executive Editor of the Media Network of Central Ohio, a group of 10 daily Gannett Co. media sites, from 2009 to 2016 while also serving as the top editor of The Advocate in Newark, Ohio, from 2000 to 2016.
A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Shearer has won numerous awards for editorial writing, including first place in 2018 from the Ohio APME and Best of GateHouse (Division B) for 2017.  Shearer won a Gannett President’s Ring in 2009 for a news restructuring project.
He is married to Greta with two sons, Ryan, a recent college graduate working in Pittsburgh, and Kyle, a student at Penn State University. They reside in Kent.
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Club News

RI Virtual Convention Planned

Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.

Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.

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.
Kimberly Brandle (Daughter of Akron Rotarian Julie and Steven Brandle) on earning Dean's List for Spring Semester at BGSU. Kimberly will be a senior Intervention Specialist major in the college of education.  She currently serves as President of Kappa Delta Sorority and Assistant Director of Internal Affairs for Miracle Network Dance Marathon/Falcon Miracles.

Erin Miller (Spouse of Rotarian David Miller) for being recognized at the Superintendent Awards! Erin is an English teacher at Nordonia High School. 

Cloth Collection for Masks

Some masked do-gooders were out last week leaving out, picking up, and dropping off fabric for mask making! Thank you Akron Rotarians for 10 donations with 6 drivers, totaling approximately 10 to 12 bags for  Mahananda Luitel thanked all for the donations! If you come up with more at a later date reach out direct to their website. Thank you!!

June Ring

Julie Brandle, June Ring and Mahananda Luitel
Ginakaye Maddox & Tom Knauer
John Daily
Amador & Shannon Gonzalez
Cyndi Kane
Michael Wilson from the Akron Canton Foodbank and June Ring

Coin Boxes for Food Bank

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
Last Call…..
This is the last week for the collection of the Akron Food Bank “coin boxes.”   Please check those fat little piggy banks, pants pockets, purses and coin jars.  Jan Ryan and myself will be more than happy to do “curb side” pick-up!”   Please give me a call, text, email for assistants.
Many thanks to those Rotarians that did donate their change during the “material drive” for North Hill last weekend.  We sincerely appreciate every coin or dollar donated.  Thank you for joining in our donation to the Akron Food Bank in the name of the Akron Rotary Club!   
We even pick up dock-side at Portage Lakes!!
Please let us know by Wednesday, May 27th if you would like a “drive-by” coin pick-up!   Lynda’s cell # 330.819.3739 or email, .  Thank you!

Stewart's Caring Place Hope Walk Wrap-Up

I just wanted to send a note of thanks for donations from some of our Rotarians to Hope Walk at Home benefitting Stewart's Caring Place. We were so thrilled with the positive response from our supporters and ended up exceeding our goal! It truly takes a community to support the work of all the wonderful nonprofits and businesses in our area and I'm so thankful for your support.Our goal was $40,000. We had over 700 people participate including folks from California, Indiana, and Georgia and raised over $47,000. I've attached some photos from our Selfie Scavenger Hunt as we encouraged people to enjoy walking in their own neighborhood or favorite park! Here are some of the Rotarians who participated.
Colleen M. Iacianci
Amanda Warner & Family
June & Dan Ring
Tamara & Joseph Mora

Akron Heart Ball Goes Virtual

Thank you June Ring for this lake view photo of the Bud Rogers Adventure park!

Save the Date to Honor President O'Neill

Please plan to join us as we honor our
2019-2020 President
Pat O'Neill
We will continue to update this event based on
State of Ohio guidelines for gatherings.
 But please save the date ...
Pat deserves a great send off for the wonderful
job he has done as our President!!!
We will announce details when available.
June 26, 2020
6 pm - 9 pm
Akron Rotary Camp


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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Tom Knauer
May 11
Mark Seward
May 12
Hugh Alpeter
May 14
Kevin Smith
May 18
Richard Brandenburg
May 20
Marilyn Buckey
May 29
Claudine Schooley
May 31
Elizabeth Campbell
May 31
Pat O'Neill
June 4
Paul Catania
June 4
Scott Manby
June 4
David Hall
June 6
Karen Lefton
June 7
Mike Wojno
June 8
Chaz Billington
June 10
Kimmie Hoch
June 10
Stew Buchanan
June 10
Connor Jarvis
June 11
Timothy DelMedico
June 11
Julie Brandle
June 19
June Ring
June 20
Alfred Nicely, MD
June 26
Blake Babcock
June 28
Malcolm Costa
June 30
Join Date
Thomas Fox
May 1, 1990
30 years
Susan Colville-Hall
May 2, 2006
14 years
Karen Hrdlicka
May 3, 2016
4 years
Kimmie Hoch
May 3, 2016
4 years
Mario Micale
May 8, 2018
2 years
Rennick Andreoli
May 10, 2011
9 years
Nicholas George
May 11, 1999
21 years
David Smith
May 12, 1987
33 years
Terrence Dalton
May 16, 2006
14 years
Frank Field
May 18, 1993
27 years
Dan O'Connell
May 22, 1979
41 years
Jill Flagg Lanzinger
May 22, 2018
2 years
Nichole Major
May 26, 2015
5 years
Blake Babcock
May 27, 2014
6 years
Julie Brandle
May 27, 2014
6 years
Deborah Cook
June 1, 1995
25 years
Kathryn Michael
June 7, 2016
4 years
Jack Harig
June 10, 1961
59 years
Karen Meek
June 10, 2014
6 years
James Redmond
June 11, 1985
35 years
GK Maddox
June 12, 2001
19 years
Laura Fink
June 18, 2013
7 years
Paul Hummel
June 18, 2013
7 years
Morgan Goldthwaite
June 25, 2014
6 years
May 26, 2020
Akron Beacon Journal
Jun 02, 2020
Meet the CEO Series: Keep Akron Beautiful
Jun 09, 2020
Meet the CEO Series: President & CEO of United Way
Jun 16, 2020
Haven of Rest Ministries
Jun 23, 2020
Meet the CEO Series
Jun 30, 2020
Addressing the Club
Jul 07, 2020
Inducting new President
Jul 14, 2020
Truly Reaching You
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Upcoming Events
2020 Greeter & Invocation Speaker Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 08, 2020 – Dec 29, 2020
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Jun 09, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
President's Party Honoring Pat O'Neill
Jun 26, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Rotary International News Feed

Members help launch site so merchants can sell goods, organize supplies to make sanitizer, and provide food to health care workers.


Rotarians in Lithuania and the United States promote the use of bubble helmets to help patients avoid mechanical ventilators.


With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures


One of Rotary’s most colorful traditions is members’ exchanging club banners.


Joint Statement from Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary


Members use ingenuity, flexibility to help people affected by coronavirus and to stay connected


Inspired in part by Indiana Jones, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak uses futuristic airborne technology to unearth the treasures of the past.


How do we escape our tangled relationship with a throwaway culture? Rotarians are pointing the way.

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