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Club President's Message

Julie Brandle
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In September 1987, Pamela Kiltau was encouraged to join Rotary.  If she hadn't been, I wouldn't be writing this as our Club's 7th female president today, 30 years later!  To me, it is an honor to serve our Club as your President, to her she was blazing trails for women in our area to embrace "Service above Self" and male Club members to embrace the idea of welcoming women to our Club. What a collaboration the members were about to embark on by welcoming women. From the sound of it, it wasn't easy.  Though many members didn't even think it was a big deal, some members left the club in protest. I think they caught on to what a big deal it was in fact to the community when the Akron Beacon Journal ran some mention, article or otherwise, for 5 STRAIGHT DAYS!! I want to thank Pam for her presentation on the History of Women in Rotary and for Roger Read and Steve Schecter who helped tell the story and encouraged her all the way. Because you see, without men AND women in the club, we couldn't do all that we do in our community without eachother.
Thank you all for what you do each day for our community.  Whether it be through Rotary, or countess other service organizations in which members are involved. Or whether it be sharing your time, talent, or treasure you are doing great things in our community and beyond.  I am proud to be along side you all in service.
Julie Brandle
President, Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
Cell 330.858.6672 |
Oct 17, 2017
New Program to put art in empty store fronts on Main St.

Rick will talk about the New program to put art in empty store fronts in downtown Akron Main street.  Funded by the Knight Foundation

Oct 24, 2017
How the Summit County Land Bank is working to strengthen neighborhoods
Oct 31, 2017
Rotary International
Dec 05, 2017
Details forthcoming
Dec 19, 2017
Vote on incoming president & officers and report to members on finances and other matters
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Upcoming Events
Ronald McDonald Meal Preparation Service Project
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 21, 2017
Halloween Party at Camp for the Kids
Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
Oct 28, 2017
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
United Way Read to Me Day - Service Project
Nov 02, 2017
Service Project Committee Meeting
Akron Family Restaurant
Nov 02, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Club Social Night: Hi & Low Winery
Hi & Low Winery
Nov 07, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Helen Farmer
October 4
Thomas Fox
October 5
Jerome Wagner
October 6
Bill Manby
October 9
Diane Layne
October 9
Wanda Whipkey
October 15
Dan Reynolds
October 20
Dave Miller
October 21
George Rooney
October 23
Bill Lowery
October 24
Brad Jeffries
October 25
Brooks Ames
October 25
Charlie Solley
October 29
John Margida
October 30
Bob Ryan
October 31
Matt Slonsky
November 1
Mark Krohn
November 5
Dan O'Connell
November 6
David Smith
November 9
Sherrie Sanchez
November 17
Gary Knuth
November 21
Vivian Harig
November 22
Ashok Kolla
November 24
Katy Miller
November 25
Ravi Krovi
November 26
Join Date
Colin Hammer
October 13, 2015
2 years
Keryl Whetstone
October 13, 2015
2 years
Rachel Telegdy
October 13, 2015
2 years
Paul Catania
October 14, 2014
3 years
Mark Auburn
October 15, 1991
26 years
Jeff Sitz
October 16, 2012
5 years
Earl Hamlin
October 18, 1985
32 years
Sherry Valentine
October 20, 2015
2 years
Bob Pacanovsky
October 21, 2014
3 years
Marshal Pitchford
October 21, 2014
3 years
Ham Amer
October 31, 2000
17 years
Roger Read
October 31, 1972
45 years
David Brennan
November 1, 1990
27 years
David Hall
November 1, 2011
6 years
James Castrigano
November 1, 2011
6 years
Rowena Wilkins
November 1, 2011
6 years
Sam Lupica
November 1, 2011
6 years
Shon Christy
November 1, 2011
6 years
Wazir Sain
November 1, 2011
6 years
Fred Swartz
November 5, 1991
26 years
Steve Brubaker
November 6, 2007
10 years
Douglas Hausknecht
November 7, 1995
22 years
Lynda Farkas
November 10, 2015
2 years
Virginia Wojno
November 10, 1992
25 years
Jonathan Phelps
November 12, 2013
4 years
Dan Reynolds
November 15, 2005
12 years
Oscar Hunsicker
November 15, 1988
29 years
Dave Miller
November 17, 2015
2 years
Steve Buie
November 18, 2014
3 years
Jacinto Nunez
November 22, 2016
1 year
June Ring
November 22, 2016
1 year
M A Weaver
November 25, 2008
9 years
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2018
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2019
Director 6/2020
Director 6/2020
Director 6/2020
Director 6/2020
Attendance Chair
Akron Rotary Cares Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Cares Co-Chair
Community Service Projects Chair
Exchange Student Chair
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Historian Co-Chair
Historian Chair Co-Chair
Interact Chair
Grants Chair
Presidential Citation Award
Program Chair
Public Relations Chair
Rotaract Co-Chair
Rotaract Co-Chair
Scholarship Chair
Social Chair
Membership Chair
New Member Mentorship Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Administration & Akrotarian & Website Co-Chair
Camp President
Camp Past President & Director thru 12/2019
Camp Vice President & Governance Committee Chair
Camp Treasurer
Camp Secretary & Facilities Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2019
Camp PR/Marketing Committee Chair
Camp Development Committee Chair
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2017
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Chili Open Co-Chair
Chili Open Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Secretary
Akron Rotary Foundation Treasurer & Director 12/2016
Akron Rotary Foundation Governance & Director 12/2016
Akron Rotary Foundation Code of Regulations/Mission & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Investment/Finance & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Communication/PR & Director 12/2017
Akron Rotary Foundation Liaison with Camp & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Nominating Chair & Director 12/2018

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.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Akron Rotarian Mary A. Weaver. Mary's husband, Stuart (Stu) Terrass passed away October 11th.  Memorials may be made to the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  Cards may be sent to: 983-3 Edgemere Ct., Copley, OH  44321 

Read To Me Day

Rotary Club of Akron will support the United Way Read to Me Day program again this year. This is the seventh year that our Club has participated in this very worthwhile project.
We need 17 volunteers who will read to the children at Sam Salem Elementary School on November 2nd.  CLICK HERE FOR THE SIGN UP DETAILS for each of the classes needing a volunteer. Teachers can be contacted by email, and several have suggested books as reading material for the volunteer.
Readers need to bring the reading material with them and should arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time, to sign in at the office.  A library or bookstore can be very helpful in selecting an appropriate book. If you do purchase a book or bring one from home, donating it to the class is always appreciated. This enables the teacher to finish it later with the class.
Rotarian's always find this to be a very rewarding experience. If you can participate please email me (click here) ASAP, specifying the classroom, your preferred start time, and if possible an alternative room and time choice.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will keep you up-to-date on our progress.
Laura Fink 
Graham Reinke
330-436-5611  330-618-4610

The Road to Leadership in Rotary!

Good leaders make the Rotary Club of Akron successful, thriving and fun!
The road to leadership in Akron Rotary starts by being engaged.  Attending weekly meetings is a fantastic way to discover how to make a difference through Rotary.  Is attending the weekly meeting challenging?  There are alternatives! After-hours socials, volunteer opportunities, Chili Open, various committees, serving as a mentor or helping with international humanitarian projects.
Committee members serve on the Membership, Chili Open, Communications & Public Image, Youth Exchange, Programming, Scholarships, Service Projects, Rotary International Foundation and more.
Chairs oversee their respective committees or projects. They convene and run meetings, coordinate work and report their activities to the Board of Directors.  Typically, new chairs are appointed in June.
Directors guide Akron Rotary towards a sustainable future through sound, ethical and legal governance.  They work to secure opportunities and resources to advance Akron Rotary Club’s mission. 
Soon, the Nominating Committee will meet to develop the slate of candidates for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors.  Nominees come from the pool of engaged Rotarians.  If you’re interested in discussing how you can serve Rotary, talk with a member of the Nominating Committee (before November 1st for Board of Directors): Jeff Sitz, Chair; Sandy Naragon, Bill Manby, Jr., Shon Christy or Lance Chima.

Ronald McDonald House Service Project Update

On Saturday, October 21st, the Women of Rotary are stepping up and out to prepare an evening meal for the families of loved ones who are receiving much needed medical care at our Akron Childrens Hospital. The team under the leadership of Lynda Farkas consists of Lynda, Mella Castner, Sandy Naragon, and Jan Ryan.
Word has it they are keeping their special recipe a secret. 😊  With strong confidence they believe their meal will be one for the record books and a challenge to top for other Rotarians who are looking to exercise their culinary skills.
Future dates for preparing meals are Jan 20th, April 21st, July 21st, and October 20th, 2018. Come one and come all for the opportunity to bless families in need and to have a delightful experience with other Rotary family members. If you are interested in serving please reach out to Steve Buie by phone – 330-701-2970 or via email

Become a Meeting / Website Sponsor

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.
$50 / per month
Size requirements for website ads: 
Ad Width: Maximum of 100 pixels (square please)

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.
To provide an ad or ask a questions, click here to email us or call 330-495-9814. 
2. Become a Club Booster: "Akrotarian Supporter" 
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:
The Rotary Club of Akron
Rotary Club Booster / Rotary Club Ad (indicate this in memo field please)
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH  44319
Akrotarian Supporters


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