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Don Taylor began his tenure with Welty Building Company in 1991 in a Project Management role. Over the course of five years under the guidance of Jerry Welty, Don was appointed President and CEO of Welty Building Company in 1996.  Under his leadership, Welty has doubled its business six-fold in the last fifteen years and is one of the largest construction managers in Northeast Ohio. 


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Club President's Message

John Margida
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To all,
Thank you so much for being at this past Tuesday's meeting!
It was not only symbolic for being my last meeting as your President, but it was also our meeting were we give away our Foundation monies to Organizations that are helping the Akron community. All of the representatives and organizations are listed below.
I want to also thank Katy Miller for giving a recap of our very important Strategic Plan Open Table sessions last week.
Well I made it! I am signing off as your President and I want to thank you all for making it a great year!
We accomplished so much with our new Strategic Plan, Mission and Vision statements and our new Strategic Priorities. I look forward to helping our New President Patrick O' Neil carry and grow them forward!
It was a true joy to be your leader for the last year! It meant a lot to me for the honor to be your President and to serve our club!
I will continue to be the best Ambassador I can be for our Akron Rotary Club!
Signing off for now....
John Margida, CPA
Club President

Thank you for a great year President John!

Several members and guests celebrated John's year as president at the Camp during a baseball-themed dinner. 
A presentation was shown and can be viewed two ways - just click on the option you want:

Rotary Club of Akron Distributes Grant Money 

At his last meeting as Rotary Club of Akron President, John Margida had the pleasure of giving $3,750 grants from the Akron Rotary Foundation, to each of the following:

  • Julie Johnson, Boys and Girls Club of Western Reserve
  • Caroline Alitzer, Great Trail Council
  • Edwin Hubbard and Larry Chadwick, Akron Urban League
  • Zac Kohl, The Well Community Development Center.
Congratulations to all of these wonderful organizations for their good work in our 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 (click here) with any news you would like placed here.

Thoughts and Prayers for the family of Ingaborg Gross:
Many in our club never had the honor to meet Ingaborg.  She joined the club in 2000 and traveled abroad most of her career but remained a faithful dues paying member until her passing on June 17th 2019 after a short illness.  She attending other club meetings where ever her travels took her and brought us several other club flags.  Over the years, she often emailed to thank us for our continued service to the community and to let us know how much she enjoyed getting the newsletters since she spent most of her time in Germany.  Ms. Gross was instrumental in the successful development of the Schill + Seilacher / Struktol Group. The international rubber and rubber industry loses a significant personality with her.  She and her family were the sole owners of the Schill + Seilacher / Struktol Group, founded in 1877. Since the end of the 1980s, Ms. Gross has also actively contributed to the company management.   She has made the company with vision and charm what it is today. The group currently employs around 1,000 people worldwide and operates a total of six production sites in Germany and the USA. Schill + Seilacher / Struktol is present on all five continents with its specialty chemicals, which are used, for example, in the rubber industry as well as in the leather, textiles and cosmetics industries.   The group is considered the innovation leader in the field of process additives. This requires intensive research and development work, which Ingeborg Gross has driven forward with great commitment and financial support. Measured by the total workforce, the group employs an extraordinarily high proportion of chemists, application specialists and laboratory technicians. In the last few years, Ingeborg Gross has invested heavily in a new state-of-the-art homogenizer plant in Villa Rica, USA, as well as in a new company for nano-tile (patented for surgical applications) in Hudson, USA. At the Hamburg location, too, the capacity is being significantly expanded.  The Schill + Seilacher / Struktol Group will now be managed by a foundation that will continue to operate the company as an independent medium-sized enterprise in the spirit of Ingeborg Gross. 

Sorry we didn't know ...
Jon Hauerwas was unexpectedly in the hospital but is back home and recovering. 

Congratulations Akron Children's Hospital!

Akron Children’s Hospital has been ranked in 6 specialties on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best children’s  hospitals in the United States, now available online.

For 2019-20, Akron Children’s ranked:

  • 31st in Pediatric Urology
  • 37th in Pediatric Pulmonology
  • 39th in Neonatal Care
  • 42nd in Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • 45th in Pediatric Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  • 47th in Pediatric Orthopedics

The new rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the United States in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.  Read the full story from Akron Children's Hospital.

Meet our Akron Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2019-2020

Zoe will be attending Stow-Munroe Falls High School.  We have a host family for Zoe for Fall 2019.  Please help us find a 2nd host family for her December-March and a 3rd host family for mid -March – June.  Contact Emily Patterson, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, at
Hyerim will be attending Stow-Munroe Falls High School.  We have a host family for Hyerim for Fall 2019.  Please help us find a 2nd host family for her December-March and a 3rd host family for mid -March – June.  Contact Emily Patterson, Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, at
Zoe Mayeur- Belgium:
Zoe Mayeur, 17 years old, lives in Brussels, Belgium with her parents and older sister Fanny, 21.
She likes kin-ball, a game that comes from Canada and dances 4 hours a week.  She likes playing on a team because of the team spirit.  She is also a girl scout and enjoys participating in projects.  In school, she is majoring in science and math and belongs to an entrepreneurship group that is working on a project.   In addition, she likes to travel and has traveled a great deal, USA, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Spain, Vietnam and Morocco.
She is very curious and eager to discover new things.  Her family has always had cats.  She is not as familiar with dogs, but is willing to get used to them.
Her goal this year is to be immersed in a new culture with people who don’t necessarily think like her and learn from them and to share her Belgium culture with them.  As for her parents, Zoe’s mother works as a Federal Ombudsman for the Belgium Parliament.  Her father is a criminologist in charge of helping prisoners who are released find jobs and then he follows up on them in their work.  
Na Hye Rim  (Hyerim)- South Korea
Na Hye Rim (or Hyerim), 17 years old, lives in Yeoju (city), Gyeonggi-do (province), Korea with her parents who are real estate agents, and her younger sister and younger brother. Yeoju is located in the middle of the Korean Peninsula where many ginkgo trees grow and the temperature has extremes (very hot and very cold).
She likes to play the piano in her free time.  She is practicing the Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  She likes watching movies and dramas, listening to songs and singing.  She often sings with her family.  She also plays the clarinet and likes to run.  She likes to talk to people, is energetic and practices listening to others.  Her birthday is in January.
She is the president of her Interact Club, talks to community leaders to see what they will talk about in the club and works on building friendships within the club community. 
She is also current class president.
Hyerim wants to major in English or Spanish so she can use these languages in the future as a tour guide or flight attendant.
She says she wants to be an exchange student because she wants to know the culture of the U.S.A. and to learn to accept it compared the culture in S. Korea, and to share that learning with people from her country.  She wants to broaden her “mindset and experience various cultures” while living abroad.

Much Accomplished at United Way Day Of Action

Our club was again paired with the Hope Foundation for the United Way Day of Action this year. VIEW ENTIRE SLIDE SHOW - CLICK HERE
The Hope Foundation manages 18 properties for adults with developmental disabilities across the state of Ohio. Our task was to scrape and paint a large garage that supports two of their homes in Stow. We were fortunate to have a beautiful clear day to complete our work. The following Rotarians participated:
David Hall
Brian Chima
Bob Ryan
Lance Chima
Robin Gilmore (Chima Travel)
Stew Buchanan
Mario Micale
Lynda Farkas
Connor Jarvis
Mark Seward

Help Serve Meals to Campers - Service Project

Have a Thursday or Sunday you and your family or friends can help at the Camp? Check out the dates below with links to sign up!

Hanging with the kids at Rotary Camp on a beautiful sunny ☀️ evening! We are truly blessed 😎👍🌞

Summer Camp Dinners are a great opportunity for Rotarians to see Rotary Camp in action, meet the campers and counselors, and serve alongside other Rotarians.
Volunteers are needed to help set-up for dinner, serve, and help clean up afterwards.  The Staff at Rotary will be extremely grateful if you can help with any of the following dates. 
Each date has an separate sign up sheet - please click on respective date for which you want to volunteer - friends and family are welcome to join you!

Your Club dues are due by June 30th please

Please help the Club by paying your dues before the end of June.  If you need assistance please call Cheryl (330.495.9814) or Dawn (330.644.4512). 
The Club must pay for Rotary International Dues and District Dues on your behalf July 1st - so your timely payment is important for our ongoing cash flow.
Annual Meal Deal - Remember if YOU DO NOT want to opt into the annual meal deal just ignore that part of your statement/invoice - it will be removed from your statement after June 30th.

End Polio Night at Progressive Field July 17, 2019

Stew extended the deadline so there is still time to sign up.

SAVE THE DATE:  District Governor Banner Exchange & Awards Ceremony - July 20th

We are honored that Akron Rotarian John Reyes will be serving as our 2019-2020 District Governor. 
In conjunction with the Banner Exchange, we are pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 Governor, Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski will host her Awards Ceremony. 
This is where Clubs and individuals are recognized for their achievements during her year as Governor. 
Registration will open in the coming days at
and invitations will also be forthcoming via email.

Save the Date
When:  July 20th at The Akron Rotary Camp 
11:00 am Registration
 11:30 am Lunch
12:45 pm Program
$20.00 per person / guests welcome

Annual Cornhole Tournament July 27th

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Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnershipEvanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years,


Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polioEVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed


Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes; one of Hamburg’s most multicultural, non-profit gatheringsMore than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countriesRotary commits US$102 million


mytaxi donates proceeds from rides to RotaryHAMBURG, Germany (31 May 2019) — To multiply the impact of the 25,000 Rotary members expected to attend the service organization’s international convention 1-5 June, mytaxi will donate all

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