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Aug 14, 2018
Virtual and Augmented Realty

Bill will discuss the research that his Company, New Territory has done over the past few years.  New Territory is an augmented realty design studio that combines the physical world with the virtual world to create incredible user experiences.

Aug 21, 2018
Solving engineering challenges for individuals with disabilities
Aug 28, 2018
Program to bring clean water to a small village in El Salvador
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Upcoming Events
Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Jul 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Aug 14, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Social Night Out
Hi Ho Brewery
Aug 21, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stuff the Bus Service Project
Mc Ebright CLC
Aug 22, 2018
Club Service Committee Meeting
Akron Family Restaurant
Sep 06, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Operation Orange Club Service Project
Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Sep 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Sep 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Portage Country Club
Oct 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ronald McDonald House Meal Preparation October
Ronald McDonald House
Oct 20, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mella Castner
August 3
Ed Wagner
August 4
George Romanoski
August 4
Laura Smiley
August 5
Katerina Papas
August 8
Nicholas George
August 8
Douglas Hausknecht
August 10
Bob Titus
August 11
Roger Read
August 11
Kathryn Michael
August 13
Bud Rogers
August 14
Brian Kosarko
August 16
Marcia Holcomb
August 21
Rick Rogers
August 22
Robert McGregor
August 22
Fred Swartz
August 23
Lance Chima
August 25
Join Date
Cheryl Warren
August 1, 1995
23 years
Nathanael Billow
August 1, 2017
1 year
Rick Rogers
August 1, 2005
13 years
Bob Ryan
August 2, 2016
2 years
Laura Horovitz
August 2, 2016
2 years
Daniel Riemenschneider
August 8, 2000
18 years
Tamara Mora
August 8, 2017
1 year
Nick Browning
August 11, 1992
26 years
Kevin Smith
August 15, 2017
1 year
Robert McGregor
August 19, 2014
4 years
Vivian Harig
August 22, 2017
1 year
Brian Kosarko
August 26, 2014
4 years
Jan Ryan
August 26, 2014
4 years
John Margida
August 26, 2014
4 years
Mella Castner
August 26, 2014
4 years
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Director 7/2016-6/2019
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Director 7/2016-6/2019
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2017-6/2020
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
Director 7/2018-6/2021
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
Website and Administration Chair
Camp President
Camp Vice President & Governance Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Treasurer & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Secretary & Facilities Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2019
Camp Development Committee Chair & Director thru 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
Camp Director 12/2018
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Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2019
Camp Director 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2020
Camp Director 12/2020
Chili Open Co-Chair
Chili Open Co-Chair
Akron Rotary Foundation President/Fundraising/Development 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Vice-President/Scholarship Chair & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Treasurer & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Governance/Liaison to Club Board & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Code of Regulations/Mission & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Investment/Finance & Director 12/2020
Akron Rotary Foundation Marketing & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Nominating Chair & Director 12/2018
Akron Rotary Foundation Fundraising/Development & Director 12/2019
Akron Rotary Foundation Secretary

Club President's Message

John Margida
member photo
Hello Akron Rotary Club,
At the Club meeting on this past Tuesday we celebrated Steve Shechter leaving our Rotary Club after over 32 years of amazing leadership and service. We wish Steve and his wife Cherie the best of luck on their move to Asheville, NC. They will be always welcomed back to see us!
Also, we are very proud to say, this past Saturday our club came in fourth place at the annual Dragon Boat Races. Witnessing this myself, I saw an incredible team working together was very impressive! 
It was Rotary night at the Akron Rotary Camp Cookout on July 26th.  There was an outpouring of Rotarians visiting Rotary Camp to have dinner with the campers and counselors. It was a beautiful summer evening on Rex Lake to showcase our Camp.
President John Margida welcomed District 6630 Governor Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, President Peter DeSouza from Rotary Club of Aurora, President Larry Lohman from Rotary Club of Kent, President Evan McCauley from Rotary Club of Hudson and President Dean Timmons from Rotary Club of Northampton-Cuyahoga Valley. 
Akron Rotarians attending were Julie Brandle, Steve Buie, Mella Castner, Jack Harig, Vivian Harig, Dr. Doug Hausknecht, Ben Heckerman, Dan Reynolds, John Reyes and Wanda Whipkey.
Students from the Akron Rotary Club’s North High School Interact Club were on hand visiting Rotary Camp for the first time and pitched in to serve dinner. 
Our Club meeting welcomed speaker Debbie Reiss, Director of Guardians Advocating Child Safety & Protection. Thank you Debbie for showing your true passion for education for awareness for children. 
We look forward to hearing next week’s speaker Shelly Sprang of Pegasus Farms.
Yours in Rotary Service —
John Margida, Club President

Wavemakers REALLY made waves!!

On Saturday, July 28th, the Akron Rotary dragonboat team "Wavemakers" surprised the competition by cutting 5 seconds off of last year's performance and made it to the finals despite having a collision in race one which broke our dragon's head and threw our drummer Jen into the lake.  At the end of the final regular race, we were 4th overall out of 38 teams.  We actually made the finals for the first time in four our four year history and finished third in the Community division!
Please find attached a photo of the broken dragon along with Capt'n Rob and our drummer Jan (a friend of Akron Rotarian Chris Whitehead.)  Wanda has other photos should you want.

Cornhole Tournament Brought the FUN!!

The 9th Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament benefitting Akron Rotary Camp was held this past Saturday in the Huntington Club Level of Akron U’s InfoCision Stadium.  Six teams in the Ringers Division and thirty teams in the Recreational Division all competed for bragging rights, while having fun! Congratulations to all the teams that placed and to ‘Hole in my Corn-ea’ (Jaime and Scott Kolligian) and ‘TNC 2’ (Jeff Beattie and Drew Thomas) that won 1st place in their divisions.
Rotarian Marcia Holcomb with her two granddaughters also competed. Although they didn’t place, they won the most creative team name as ‘The Jelly Bean Baggers.’  More than $11,600 were raised for Akron Rotary Camp and we are grateful to all the sponsors, volunteers and organizers for their continued support.   
Special shout-out to Scott Kolligian and Dr. Doug Hausknecht for making sure the event was running smoothly and securing all the volunteers. 
We are looking forward to continue this event in years to come!

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.
With deepest sympathy
Our prayers are with Hugh Alpeter and his family. His brother, James "Andy" Alpeter passed away July 25th after a courageous battle with cancer.  Andy was a member of the Dundee Township Rotary in Illinois and introduced Hugh to Rotary.  Condolences may be sent to Hugh Alpeter at PO Box 456, Bath, OH 44210.
To Shon Christy who received some tremendous PR for the new company Unbox Ability when he appeared on a segment of Fox 8 News featuring the new company.

New Rotary Year Kicked Off July 1st

IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR DUES . . .We are well into the new Rotary year ... and would appreciate hearing from you!
Each member was sent an electronic invoice for the  2018-19 Akron Rotary dues starting last May AND a few followup statements.  
The Club has  paid the RI International dues for your membership and District dues are being billed this week. 
Contact me if you need assistance to pay by credit card (330.495.9814).  You can also bring a check to the Tuesday meeting or mail it to the Camp with a note that it is for your Club dues.
We appreciate your membership and all you do!
Cheryl Warren, PDG
Akron Club Administration Chair

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
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