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Weekly Club Meetings are currently being held virtually via ZOOM.
We meet at Noon each Tuesday. 
An in-person gathering will be held to honor 
2020-21 Club President Rob McGregor on July 10th.
See the invite below or click here to register.
Our Next Meeting
Tuesday, July 6, 2021


Induction of the 2021-2022 Club President & Officers

2021-2022 Club President
Steve Buie
will present
"Journeying Ahead - THE Story"


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President's Party Honoring Dr. Robert McGregor

You and your family are invited to the
President's Party honoring
2020-2021 Club President Dr. Robert McGregor.

July 10, 2021 ♦ 4pm-8pm

$40 per person

Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH 44319
Enjoy pontoon boat rides, zip-lining on the Bud Rogers Adventure Park, s'mores at the campfire, along with fun and fellowship throughout camp.

Dinner will be served outdoors in the Pavilion.
It will include Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast and BBQ Pulled Pork, or a Veggie Burger upon request,
smashed redskin potatoes, roasted vegetables and more.

An open bar is included.

Catered by Robert J. Events.


Past President Pat O'Neill, will pay a special tribute to Dr. McGregor around 6:00pm. 

Contact Mella Castner at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512, for any questions.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Your past President, Pat O’Neill

Dr. Rob McGregor: My Year as Rotary Club President

The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Rob McGregor, at our Tuesday, June 29 meeting, as he provided the Club with a review of all that transpired during his presidency which is coming to an end on June 30th. As Dr. Rob labeled his presentation “Year of Lemonade: Turning Lemons into Lemonade” couldn’t have been more accurate. 
Who would have predicted when Dr. Rob began his ascent into the Rotary Club of Akron President pathway that he would find himself serving an entire term in a virtual environment?  How fortunate that the Club had Dr. Rob’s expertise and commitment to providing the Club support and guidance as we worked our way through the challenges thrust upon the Club as a result of the pandemic. 
Dr. Rob began his summary of the year with the following quote from Victor Frankl.  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  It was obvious that Dr. Rob led our Club throughout the past year with that quote in mind.
Some of the accomplishments and activities during Dr. Rob’s tenure as President included the following:
  • Pack That Truck/ Akron Food Bank Food Collection
  • Isolation Gowns purchased through a District Grant that provided badly needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Children’s Hospital
  • Clothing collection to donate materials for masks to be made and distributed to those in need
  • Mixology 101 – Shakin, not Stirred
  • Akron Urban League – PPE donations to small businesses
  • Together but Apart – Metro Parks Hiking Spree Challenge
  • The Well CDC $7,000 District Grant for the Akron Hope Program
  • Akron Public School - school supplies distribution event
  • Recognition of Dr. Jeff Kempf by St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti
  • Camp Holiday Drive-by Christmas Party
  • Virtual Chili Open - record earnings of $312,486
  • Mixology 202 – Manhattan
  • Save the Monarchs – Butterfly Milkweed Project Metro Parks
  • Partner with the Well to beautify 7 Middlebury properties
Dr. Rob concluded his presentation with the following quote from John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past, or the present are certain to miss the future."   
Not only is that how Dr. Rob looked at his year as our Club President, but also his belief in the future of our Club.
Thanks for a great year of Leadership Dr. Rob!
Terry Dalton
Club Secretary 2020-2022
Thank you to our Paul Harris Fellow Sandy Naragon
We proudly recognize and thank Sandy Naragon whose outstanding generosity to the The Rotary International Foundation (TRF) demonstrates a spirit of giving which helps sustain and improve the lives of others. 
Sandy reached a new milestone in her donor legacy as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).  You will find more information below about the recognition levels and how you can become a PHF.  
Sandy Naragon - Paul Harris + 6
Her pin contains a Ruby
Paul Harris Fellow/Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.  At each new level a new stone is added to their pin to reflect their Paul Harris level.  Click here for more about Donor Recognition.
Recognition total
Pin level
US$2,000 to 2,999.99
one sapphire 
3,000 to 3,999.99
two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99
three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99
four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99
five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99
one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99
two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99*
three rubies
*Major Donor levels begin at $10,000
Become a Paul Harris Fellow

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

TRF distributes a portion of donations made to the Annual Fund to our District to support local Club grants. Only donations that are designated to the Annual Fund qualify to be redistributed to the District / Clubs.

We are proud that 92% of funds are spent on actual program awards and services it delivers.  TRF provides 100% accountability & transparency and has received Charity Navigator's highest level as a 4 star charity.

Our mission
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?  

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

We know that the RI Foundation is helping Rotarians do good in the world, here are some figures to help put it in perspective:
Five years of global grants by area of focus and total funding
  • Basic education and literacy $53,261,360
  • Community economic development $54,118,305
  • Disease prevention and treatment $151,761,859
  • Maternal and child health $35,233,163
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention $18,659,168
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene $100,657,464
  • and (effective officially on July 1, 2021) RI added The Environment as our newest Area of Focus and is already taking donations toward that cause.
    "End Polio Now" Night at the Indians 2021
    WE ARE BACK!!!!
    “End Polio Now ” Night at the Indians 2021
    Once again the annual Rotary Night at the Indians can be held without restrictions. While we missed last 2020, we are glad to be back now and raising money for End Polio Now.
    On July 22, 2021, the Cleveland Baseball team will play the Tampa Bay Rays. And Rotary will be there too—in the Terrace Club,  walk on the field with “End Polio Now “ T shirts, having the First pitch raffle and other exclusive raffle auctions. Now we just need YOU!!!
    Please see the attached flyer and get your reservations in as soon as possible.
    We need you at the “End Polio Now “ Indians game.
    Stew Buchanan

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