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Club President's Message

Julie Brandle
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Happy Holidays!

What a busy month! 
Thank you to those who were able to attend the annual holiday gathering at the Portage CC.  The Portage CC did an outstanding job for us! Lunch was delicious, service was impeccable as always, and the decor was beautiful!  Special thanks to Katy Miller for securing the Firestone Madrigal Performers for our luncheon.  It truly set the tone for our luncheon putting all of those in attendance in the holiday spirit! How wonderful to welcome our members and so many spouses and guests!
We enjoyed an informative presentation by Mark Scheffler of Leadership Akron and inducted two new members Sandy Collins and Dr. David Hardy.  Welcome to our club!
During our recent Annual Club Meeting we heard exciting updates from our Rotary Camp Board President Tim Delmedico, Rotary Foundation Board President Jim Redmond, and chairs of a number of committees, including Chili Open, Rotary Youth Exchange, and an announcement for our January 23rd after hours at Rays in Fairlawn.
Thank you to those listed and Dan Reynolds, John Margida, Katy Miller and Brian Chima for updating our club on their committees/camp.  Thanks also to Bill Manby Sr for his presentation to our new Paul Harris recipients in attendance, John Reyes, Stew Buchanan, and Lynda Farkas.  
I also want to recognize Cheryl Warren for her filling in for Terry Dalton to announce our quorum and election of new slate of officers for the 2018-2019 program year. Cheryl also served as Secretary for the minutes for our annual meeting.  Thanks Cheryl!
It was exciting to announce, on behalf of the Club Board, the donations to area non-profits this month!  We donated $1,000 to Akron Snow Angels ( to assist in their ongoing mission to help the homeless population in Akron, $600 to Chemists without Borders ( for water testing in Africa (to monitor Arsenic levels in wells) and $2,000 for our matching district grant of $2,000 to assist in our outreach to the Ronald McDonald House ( to provide meals quarterly to families staying at the Akron Ronald McDonald House. If you know of an organization that would benefit from funding please send me information at  
Thank you all for all you do in service to others.  From my family to yours this holiday season I wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday and new year. See you January 9th!
In Rotary Service,
Julie Brandle. President
Rotary Club of Akron
Jan 09, 2018

Please join us to hear Mark Gerberich speak and update us on the Soap Box Derby

Jan 16, 2018
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Jan 23, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Greeter and Invocator Sign Up
Jan 01, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018
Annual Whitey's Mini-Tour - Chili Open Pre-Event
Whitey's Booze N' Burgers
Jan 19, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Club Social Night: Ray's Place Fairlawn
Ray's Place Fairlawn
Jan 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Akron Rotary Chili Open 2018
Feb 03, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Club Social Night: Pub Bricco
Pub Bricco
Apr 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Lysiak
January 10
Tristan Griffin
January 11
Daniel Riemenschneider
January 12
Pamela Kiltau
January 12
Stan Martin
January 14
Rennick Andreoli
January 21
Greg Genega
January 27
Jenny Bonsky
January 27
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
Zach Prosser
February 14
Dan Sveda
February 15
James Redmond
February 15
Patty Graves
February 16
Shon Christy
February 24
Stuver Parry
February 24
Marshal Pitchford
February 25
Bill Manby Jr.
February 28
Dan Collins
February 28
Join Date
CJ Haines
January 1, 2015
3 years
Jerome Wagner
January 1, 1970
48 years
John Daily
January 1, 1966
52 years
Sandy Naragon
January 1, 1999
19 years
Stuver Parry
January 1, 1959
59 years
Brooks Ames
January 10, 2006
12 years
Joe Swiatkowski
January 10, 2017
1 year
Lance Chima
January 11, 2009
9 years
Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
2 years
Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
3 years
Bud Rogers
January 14, 1975
43 years
Hugh Alpeter
January 16, 1996
22 years
John Mogen
January 16, 1979
39 years
Ashok Kolla
January 24, 2017
1 year
Jenny Bonsky
January 24, 2017
1 year
Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
1 year
Leslie Tierney
January 27, 2015
3 years
William Zufall
January 31, 2012
6 years
Matt Slonsky
February 3, 2015
3 years
Mike Wojno
February 3, 2004
14 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
3 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 7, 1989
29 years
Jeff Fusco
February 10, 2009
9 years
Charlie Solley
February 12, 2013
5 years
Linda Conrad
February 12, 2013
5 years
Vincent Munnerlyn
February 14, 2017
1 year
Cathryn O'Malley
February 23, 2016
2 years
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District Exchange Students at Rotary Camp

December 2 and 3 our Akron Rotary Exchange student, Isa Toro Nunez attended the District 6630 RYE Overnight at Akron Rotary Camp. Great culture-learning activities, service tasks and plenty of fun. Her host sister Audrey Carroll is a candidate for the Outbound experience next year.
Activities included:
  • Flags of the nation at the nearby pink chair.
  • Marshmallow & spaghetti straw tower building (each person with different “personalities” given. Very funny!)
  • Dance party with special needs campers.
  • Special thanks to Brian Chima for being his usual FUN self!

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.
  • Deepest condolences are extended to the Jacinto Núñez family for the loss of his mother.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with
    • Mary Weaver as she recovers from a hip replacement.
    • Jacinto Núñez as he undergoes and recovers from neck surgery.
    • Cheryl Warren during her knee replacement and recovery.
    • George Romanoski's wife Janice who has been ill.
  • Congratulations to Jonathan and Shanna Phelps on the birth of their daughter Esther Rachel Phelps born on December 20th at 3:41 am and weighing in at 8 lbs 2 oz and measuring 21 inches

Rotarians Support  Salvation Army 

John Daily, June Ring and the Buie Family all stepped up to help collect money for Salvation Army. Thank you all!

President Julie delivers check to those in need

Julie Brandle, President of Rotary Club of Akron, OH stopped by the founders office of Akron Snow Angels with a surprise gift  This gift will help them #SpreadTheWarmth to many more people in our community!!!  Thank you to all the members who help make these donations to our community possible.

Exchange Student Issa Enjoys Christmas with Akron Rotarians

Thank you to all the Akron Rotarian's who helped make this a special Christmas for Issa!

Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

 Hale Farm and Village  
2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, OH 44210

Mark your calendars for Akron Rotary’s 28th Annual Chili Open Golf Classic benefiting the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special need. It will be held on February 3, 2018 at Hale Farm and Village, in Bath, Ohio.  (View video below or click here)
Since its inception, the Chili Open has raised over $2.9 million to provide support to families with children with special needs. At Rotary Camp, campers are provided the opportunity to experience traditional camping activities, develop relationships, learn life skills, and create memories that last a lifetime. Currently, Rotary Camp annually serves almost 2,000 children and adults along with their families with a wide range of developmental and physical disabilities and mental health disorders through our day, overnight, and year-round respite camp programs.
Our goal for the 28th annual Chili Open is $250,000 and in order for us to have another successful event to support the Camp WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you or your company would like to provide a Sponsorship, please contact the Akron Rotary Camp Office (330) 644-4512.
There are also many other ways to get involved:
  • Purchase a CAMPERSHIP for only $500.  It will provide one week of camp for a child with special needs.
  • Purchase ADVERTISING in the Chili Open Tabloid Newspaper that is distributed to over 135,000 households throughout Summit County.
  • Purchase RAFFLE TICKETS or ask friends, family, and co-workers to buy tickets at only $20 per ticket.  Every one stands a chance to win one of three great prizes that includes a 2018 Chevrolet Spark LS, a LG 55” 4 k Smart LED TV and a Fox Sports Ohio Behind-the-Scene Media Package to a 2018 Cleveland Indians Game. 5 tickets for $100 will give you an entry into Snowmania for a chance to win $50,000.
Please visit for more information about the Chili Open, to purchase a sponsorship, register to golf, purchase a Clubhouse pass, or to purchase a raffle ticket. Thank you for helping us achieve the mission of Rotary Camp “Creating a world where there are only abilities!
With Gratitude, in the spirit of camping,
John Margida and Wanda Whipkey
Co-Chairs, 2018 Chili Open

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There will not be a Club meeting on December 26th or January 2nd. We will be back in session for our weekly meetings on January 9th.

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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.
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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. 
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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:
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Akron, OH  44319
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