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Now through April 1, 2020

We will meet each Wednesday at 11:45 am


On April 7, 2020 we return to Tuesday meetings. 

Portage Country Club
240 North Portage Path | Akron, OH  44303
Tel: 330.644.4512

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Club News



As you know the Chili Open is our Rotary Club’s largest annual fundraiser to benefit Akron Rotary Camp. The net proceeds supports all of our 1,800 campers who attend camp annually. We are at 74% of our goal of $300,000. Thank you to everyone who has donated, asked, begged, borrowed and stole to help us get where we are!  In these final days please consider giving it one more push to push us over the top!
How you can help?  
  • Who do you know that may be willing to be a $500 campership sponsor
  • Share the link to purchase raffle tickets online, share Akron Chili Open Raffle ticket social media posts and/or send an email to your contact list.
  • While out and about, gather any great auction or door prizes from local vendors that you patronize.  
  • Invite your friends to sign up to golf or purchase a clubhouse pass.
Everything you do helps to support our campers and their families. No one at Akron Rotary Camp is ever turned away for an inability to pay.  
Yours in Rotary,
Dr. Rob McGregor and Wanda Whipkey, Chili Open Co-Chairs


Our exciting Chili Open is only days away – Lynda Farkas and Nichole Major need your help!
Door Prizes and Silent Auction items are needed to create a buzz at the Chili Open. Every attendee receives a complimentary door prize ticket for a chance in  drawings held throughout the day. For the 2nd year, our Silent Auction will be by mobile bidding where attendees or non-attendees can bid from their phones.   
Suggested donations needed:
Door Prizes – any type of new item that you would like to re-gift. Sleeves of golf balls, golf towels, golf umbrellas, sports hats, candles, boxes of candy, cans of popcorn, movie tickets, gift cards, thumb drives, etc. 
Silent Auction – Vacation homes, sporting event tickets, ski package, limo ride, monthly flowers, fitness package, spa package, airline tickets, hotel package, an awesome car for the weekend, spa package, fun experiences, personalized corn hole board set, gift baskets, gift cards to exclusive restaurants, etc. 
Please bring your donations to the Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, January 29. If you can’t attend the luncheon and have donations, please contact Lynda, Nichole or Mella Castner and they would be happy to make arrangements to pick up your donations. 



The silent auction will feature a Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer! Please help us fill it with donations of unopened bottles of spirits and mixers, bar glassware, cocktail napkins, garnishes (olives, cherries, frilly toothpicks, etc.) The winning bidder gets to take home their new wheel barrel along with all of its contents. This was the 3rd top seller in last year’s auction.
Please bring your donations to the Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, January 29. If you can’t make the luncheon and have donations, please contact Mella Castner at or 330-322.7206. Thank you in advance for your donations to help make the Chili Open a continued success to benefit Akron Rotary Camp!


Our club members have been asked to sell a minimum of $200 in raffle tickets. The goal for ticket sales is $58,000. Many have had great success in selling tickets by sending an email solicitation (click here to download) to their family, friends and business colleagues asking for their help in purchasing tickets. Your help in selling or purchasing your raffle tickets will help us to get the car donated from VanDevere.
Please bring any sold raffle tickets to the Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, January 29. If you are in need of more tickets to sell, we will have them on hand. 
If you are unable to attend the luncheon, please contact Mella Castner to make arrangements to drop them off at Rotary Camp, have them picked up or bring them to the Chili Open.
Thank you in advance to those of you who have sold tickets and those that are still selling. 


The 30th annual Chili Open Golf Classic will be held on February 1, 2020 at Hale Farm and Village.

We need all hands on deck to make it another successful event and great experience for all. Please review the volunteer opportunities and sign-up to help out.

Thank you,

Karen Meek
Volunteer Chair, 2020 Chili Open

SAVE THE DATE - Our Rotary Luncheon will be Moved to April 24th (from the 21st)


At our 2020 District Conference there will be a luncheon on Friday, April 24th.

This will take the place of regular Club weekly meeting that week. 

Location: Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls

We will let you know when registration opens as RSVPs will be required.

More details will follow



APRIL 24-25, 2020 

Rotary District 6630 Annual Conference of Clubs and  

District Leadership Assembly 

District Governor John Reyes 


Please join Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from across the district as we gather at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls April 24-25, 2020 for our annual Conference of Clubs and District Leadership Assembly. The theme of this year’s conference focuses upon assisting at risk youth and the keynote speaker will be the nationally award winning Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. Watch for registration details in February 2020.  

Jan 29, 2020
Meet the CEO Series
Feb 05, 2020
Celebration of 2020 Chili Open and its Sponsors
Feb 12, 2020
Discovering Akron Neighborhoods
Feb 19, 2020
Meet the CEO Series
Feb 26, 2020
Executive Director of Community Legal Aid - Assisting people who cannot afford Legal help
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Upcoming Events
2020 Greeter & Invocation Speaker Sign Up
Portage Country Club
Jan 08, 2020 – Dec 29, 2020
Akron Rotary Chili Open presented by Wayne Homes
Hale Farm
Feb 01, 2020
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Feb 12, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Portage Country Club
Mar 11, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
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
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
GK Maddox
February 19
Ben Heckerman
February 22
Stuver Parry
February 24
Bill Manby Jr.
February 28
Join Date
Andrew Grover
January 1, 2014
6 years
Hugh Alpeter
January 1, 1996
24 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
54 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
21 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
61 years
Bob Titus
January 9, 2018
2 years
Caroline Altizer
January 9, 2018
2 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
14 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
3 years
Timmy Able
January 11, 2013
7 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
4 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
5 years
John Mogen
January 16, 1979
41 years
Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
1 year
Jeff Sheeks
January 23, 2018
2 years
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
3 years
Laura Smiley
January 30, 2018
2 years
William Zufall
January 31, 2012
8 years
Jerome Wagner
February 1, 1970
50 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 1, 1989
31 years
Mike Wojno
February 3, 2004
16 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
5 years
Jeff Fusco
February 10, 2009
11 years
Mike Shearer
February 19, 2002
18 years
Cathryn O'Malley
February 23, 2016
4 years
Chris Richardson
February 26, 2019
1 year
Jon Hauerwas
February 26, 2019
1 year
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