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The Akrotarian

Our Mission:
An inclusive, action oriented service organization, Akron Rotary improves our community
and the world while having fund and building friendships.
Our Vision:
Together, we aspire to make a lasting, positive impact in the lives of those
in our Akron community and beyond.
Weekly Club Meetings are currently being held virtually via ZOOM.
We meet at Noon each Tuesday. 
Our Next Meeting
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Executive Director
Michele Campbell has spent many years pursuing her passion in the education sector. The Akron native attained her education from Ohio institutions including a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Ashland University, a Master’s degree from Kent State University’s Higher Education Administration, and a Doctorate from the University of Akron as a Doctor of Education. 
As the executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, Campbell is able to implement her decades of experience in higher education into thoughtful, research-based initiatives that connect with the inner-city students and families that need it most. Through the Foundation, which aims to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through educational initiatives, Campbell brings LeBron’s vision to create positive and lasting change in his hometown to life through daily and long term interventions rooted in research and driven by passion. Under Campbell’s direction, in 2011 the LeBron James Family Foundation began working on the high school dropout crisis facing the Akron community and launched its core I PROMISE program in partnership with Akron Public Schools. This deep-rooted initiative targets the district’s lowest performing students and provides them with the programs, support and mentors they need for success in school, following them all the way through graduation. Campbell’s guidance has helped grow this thoughtful, research-based, and powerful program to more than 1,500 students that has culminated in the opening of the I PROMISE School, a groundbreaking public school that takes an innovative approach to educating the whole child and their entire family, the I PROMISE Village that serves as transitional housing for students struggling with homelessness, the upcoming I PROMISE Housing, which will be 50 units of affordable housing, and House Three Thirty, an innovative center focused on providing job training, financial health, and family programming for the entire community. 
In addition to sharing with us about the students and families they serve she will also share about the LeBron James Family Foundation’s impact on the community has grown over the last ten years – from opening the I PROMISE School, to expanding into transitional housing the I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels and long term housing with I PROMISE Housing, and culminating in the innovative House Three Thirty, which will see the historic Tangier turned into a community space providing job training, financial health, and gathering space for our I PROMISE families and the entire community.
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Club News
Journeying Ahead - THE Story
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to our 2021 – 2022 Club President, Steve Buie, at our Tuesday, July 6 meeting, as he provided the Club with a little history about his life, his family, his career path, and his passion for the Rotary Club of Akron.
Steve began his presentation quoting from Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Specifically, Steve quoted the first three habits of “Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence.”  In some ways we can look at these three habits as our path to maturation.
To put these words in perspective, think of Dependent as relying upon or depending on someone of something.  Interdependence is mutually dependent; reliant on one another. 
My Story - Dependence:
We all start our story from a place of dependence as we grow into who we are and what we do with our lives.  
Steve joined the Akron community on March 17, 1955. He comes from Scottish roots.  His grandparents settled in Buie Creek, North Carolina.  His father and mother moved to Akron to work in the tire industry.  Steve has been a long-time runner.  He was captain of the Cross-Country team and holds a record time for running the Cross Country 2-mile event. 
Steve’s career has seen some time working at the University of Akron as well as several years in the Northeastern part of Ukraine, where he became fluent in Russian.
Due to health concerns, in 2012 Steve and his family moved back to Akron to care for his parents.
His love for Ukraine did not end with his return to Akron. Steve assisted in the development of an Economic Development program that provided microloans for individuals in Ukraine along with securing medical equipment and supplies for hospitals in Ukraine.  Steve estimates that he has assisted over 120 individuals traveling to Ukraine as part of his outreach efforts to partner with individuals in Ukraine to improve their living conditions.
In 2014 Steve had the opportunity to purchase LearningRX.  LearningRx is a one-on-one brain training center in Akron that pairs students with their own brain trainers for challenging and fun mental workouts consisting of game-like exercises. For additional information on LearningRX check out their website at  Unique to the LearningRx -Akron/Bath Center is a pilot program named “Success4Rkids.”
Success4Rkids is a non-profit formed with the express purpose of working with schools to equip school-age children with necessary strong, foundational, cognitive learning skills.
Success4Rkids is currently conducting a pilot program with the I Promise School to help 10 students become skilled and confident readers.
Our Story – Independence:
As Steve stated during his presentation, we as Rotarians are all unique and bring unique talents and treasures to our Club.  One of Steve’s goals for the coming year is to get the Club members to know more about each other as well as the City of Akron. He intends to introduce a new 90 second vignette at each Club meeting about a past Akron Rotarian leader.
THE Story, Akron - Interdependence:
We need to look at our individual impact within Rotary and our sphere of influence. Steve’s vision for the next year centers around three areas:
  1. Strategic Plan – specifically our Diversity and Inclusion initiative
  2. Service Projects – Services with a purpose
  3. Enhance Relationships – Relationships with the Club, Camp, and Foundation
We look forward to a great year with Steve’s leadership!
Terry Dalton
Club Secretary
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
"End Polio Now" Night at the Indians 2021
“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
What's Up Akron!!


What's Up AKRON

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Friday July 9th Rock the Lock A Styx Tribute with CHARITA FRANKS at Lock 3, Gates open at 6pm, Opening Act at 7pm, Headliner at 8:30m, Free Admission
Friday July 9th Hartville Night Flea Market with Indoor Shops and Food Trucks, Free Admission, 5pm-10pm
Saturday July 10th Rock the Lock with The Drifters at Lock 3, Gates open at 6pm, Opening Act at 7pm, Headliner at 8:30pm, Free Admission
Thursday July 15th Elevate Akron Outdoor Yoga Festival at Lock 3, 5pm, $20-$30
Sunday August 22nd  President Buie has 20 extra tickets to “Romantic Brahms” at Blossom Music Center, 7pm-10pm. Please contact Steve Buie directly if interested in tickets.
Colleen M. Iacianci
(330) 618-7276

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