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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.

We have returned to in-person hybrid meetings.

Day/Time: Tuesday's at Noon
Cost: $13.00 per person
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to allow for proper distanced seating
and meal considerations.

Location: Bounce Innovation Hub
526 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44311
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Our Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Featured Speaker:


Executive Director
Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Angela Meleca's professional experience spans nearly 30 years in journalism, politics, public relations/marketing, and the arts. In 2019, Meleca was named Executive Director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA), a member-driven, not-for-profit advocacy organization representing Ohio's arts and creative industry. OCA's mission is to champion increased public funding and public policy to support the arts and creative sector at the state and federal levels.
Before joining OCA, she was the Founder/Owner of Angela Meleca Gallery. Through her Gallery's mission, Meleca was active in helping transform arts and culture in Central Ohio through building a coalition of individual artists, advocates, and arts and creative organizations.
Before her career in the arts, Meleca held positions such as a news bureau chief covering the Ohio legislature and administration, public relations specialist for an Ohio-based top Fortune 500 company, and communications director and press secretary for the Ohio Senate President.
Meleca is a Columbus, Ohio native and earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Political Science and Journalism.
Club News
Weekly Meeting RSVPs & Parking Pass Process
Because of our new setting for weekly meetings, we must have a head count each week for IN-PERSON attendees.  This is for proper seating and also for the caterer.
For October 12, 2021:  Please email me (click here) no later than MONDAY at 9am and advise if you will (1) be attending IN-PERSON  and (2) if you plan to eat
Please also accommodate for any guests you plan to bring.
NEW:  Parking passes will be sent out weekly and must be displayed in your window.  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD the parking pass for October 12, 2021.
In service together,
2021-2022 Rotary Club of Akron President
Tel: 330-701-2970


Dear Active members of The Rotary Club of Akron:
The Nominating Committee has begun meeting to secure slates or a single slate for next years Rotary Club officers.
  • President
  • President elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Four Directors 
You are invited to please submit names to me or Terry before October 15, 2021 to ensure timely review by the committee:
Terry Dalton:
Nominees must be a member in good standing.  
Self Nominations are welcomed.  
All nominees will be contacted to confirm whether interested or not.  
Those interested will be interviewed virtually by the entire nominating committee.  
The election will occur at the annual meeting in December.  
Multiple nominations have already been submitted so the process has begun.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Dr. Rob McGregor
Nominating Committee Chair
Immediate Past Club President
Annual Dinner benefiting Akron Rotary Camp
Fellow Rotarians,
It’s that time of year, Messiah Lutheran Church is holding their annual Spaghetti Dinner in memory of Dick Farkas benefiting Akron Rotary Camp. The event is Saturday, October 9th from 6pm – 8pm at Messiah Lutheran, 4700 South Main Street, Akron. Please join us for a delicious Italian cuisine and help send kids to Camp. Dinner tickets are $10 per person, includes salad, spaghetti with or without meatballs, homemade bread, beverages and dessert.  You can also purchase dinners to go. This year’s event will also feature a Dessert Auction. 
Purchase your purchase tickets by calling Messiah Lutheran Church at 330-644-5766 or email at We hope to see you there! 
Mella A. Castner
Akron Rotary Camp

It’s Halloween at Akron Rotary Camp!

Our annual Trick-or-Treat will be held on Sunday, October 31, 5-7pm.

In order to make this fun for our campers and their families we are asking for donations of bags of wrapped candy, or by making a monetary
donation. Campers will have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat from cabin to cabin and enjoy a s’more around the campfire afterwards.

Donations can be dropped off at the camp office, or with Mella or Amanda at Rotary Lunch, by Friday, October 29, 2021.

Thank you for your support!
Chris Canova, Jobs for Ohio's Graduates Presentation Recap
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Chris Canova during our Tuesday, October 5th Club Meeting.  Chris has been with Tri-County Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates since 1993 and in 2002 became the Executive Director. He also serves as the CEO of Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, the coordinating body for six state affiliates of Jobs for America’s Graduates.
What is JOG and does the program change lives?
  • JOG is an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).
  • JOG is a non-profit agency dedicated to eliminating student barriers, leading to the attainment of a HS diploma or it’s equivalent.
  • JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results, helping over one million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education, apprenticeships and/or secure quality full-time employment leading to career advancement.
  • JAG has 1,400 locations in 39 States
  • Currently serves about 75,000 young people in middle and high school
  • Works with high-school dropouts and “system-involved” young adults
How does JOG stack-up to the JAG five national standards for in-school programs?
National Standard 
JOG Results
  90% graduate within a year  
92% in 2019
•  60% employed or enlisted in the military  
74% in 2019
•  80% in positive outcomes (enrolled, employed, and/or enlisted)
82% in 2019
•  60% of those employed are working full-time      
78% in 2019
•  80% of those employed are in full-time placement (FT, TWE, MS)
87% in 2019
Since 1987, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) has helped youth with multiple barriers to successfully complete their education and successfully transition to employment at a livable wage or post-secondary job training.
How does JOG remove barriers for the youth they serve?
  • Provide support and mentorship
  • Establish relationships with employers willing to provide work opportunities and experiences
  • Provide soft skills training
  • Monitor a student’s educational progress and addressing any issues that could prevent graduation
  • Offers drop-out recovery services
  • Assist with job placement
  • Provide financial literacy training
How can an employer contribute to JOG and the student’s success?
  • Host a student in one of JOG’s subsidized work programs
  • Offer company tours
  • Off job shadowing
  • Mentor a JOG student
  • Establish an apprenticeship pipeline with a JOG student
  • Volunteer for our leadership or career conference
  • Donate financially
  • Participate in “Like a Boss”
Chris also commented that employers can establish a pipeline for students transitioning into the workforce as a great way to build a business’ workforce.   He also encouraged us to think of ways to engage their young people through one of JOG’s work programs to build our future workforce.
JOG has two different work programs, the Year-Round Work Program and the Summer Work Program
Year-Round Program:
  • JOG is the Employer of Record
  • JOG control all HR processes
  • JOG cover all HR costs: Liability, workers comp, wages, etc.
  • Employers may terminate JOG students
  • Employers interview candidates, placement is typically determined by transportation barriers
  • Employer must provide proper supervision.
Summer Work Program:
  • JOG is the Employer of Record.
  • JOG control all HR processes
  • JOG cover all HR costs: Liability, Workers Comp, wages etc.
  • Employers cannot terminate JOG students, but they can ask for them to be moved to a different job site
  • Employers cannot interview candidates, placement is typically determined by transportation barriers
  • Employer must provide proper supervision
Rotarians who might be interested in engaging any of these youths for their company workforce can contact Rochelle Mitchell, Summit County Coordinator at 330.374.9445 or
For more information on JOG, you can visit their website at
Yours in Service - 
Terry Dalton
Akron Club Secretary & Scholarship Chair
Fellow Rotarian Presents Art Exhibition

August 28 – October 29, 2021 at Akron Women’s City Club, 732 W. Exchange

Presented by fellow Rotarian, Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

Residencies, Reflections, Rememberings

A Retrospective Exhibition of Landscapes and Maps, Dedicated to Bruce W. Kiefer

Gallery hours: 9 am- 3 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

> > October 16th  5pm-7pm: Reception, given by Virginia Wojno

The drawings comprise imaginative places inspired both by historical reproductions (exploratory sketches, Chinese brush paintings, historical maps) and by Dr. Kiefer’s processes of making,  which include soaking watercolor papers in coffee-based solutions, then drawing and/or collaging over them. The colored-pencil-overlaid photographs were taken both by Dr. Kiefer and her late husband, Bruce Kiefer, architect and master art photographer.


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2021 Greeter/Moderator & Invocation Speaker signup
In-Person with Virtual Option (hybrid)
Jan 05, 2021 – Dec 28, 2021
Board of Directors Meeting
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Oct 12, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotary Club of Akron Weekly Meeting
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Oct 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary Club of Akron Weekly Meeting
Bounce Innovation Hub - with virtual option
Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Risk Management Committee
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Oct 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotary Club of Akron Weekly Meeting
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Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
 The Rotary Club
of Akron
will be held
DECEMBER 7, 2021
We ask that all
active Akron Rotary members please plan to attend this meeting either in-person or virtually.
More information will be forthcoming.
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Member Birthdays
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October 5
Tom Fox
October 5
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October 8
Bill Manby
October 9
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October 11
Wanda Whipkey
October 15
Michael Gallucci
October 16
Brian Steere
October 18
Dan Reynolds
October 20
Dave Miller
October 21
Bill Lowery
October 24
Brad Jeffries
October 25
Brooks Ames
October 25
Jill Flagg Lanzinger
October 29
John Margida
October 30
Aimee Wade
October 31
Mark Krohn
November 5
Dan O'Connell
November 6
David Smith
November 9
Jeff Kline
November 22
Vivian Harig
November 22
Ryan McCauley
November 23
Katy Miller
November 25
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Liv Pilon
October 1, 2019
2 years
Paul Catania
October 14, 2014
7 years
Jeff Sitz
October 16, 2012
9 years
Jeff Kline
October 17, 2017
4 years
Earl Hamlin
October 18, 1985
36 years
Blake Gerney
October 22, 2019
2 years
Jim Mullen
October 24, 2017
4 years
Ham Amer
October 31, 2000
21 years
Roger Read
October 31, 1972
49 years
David Hall
November 1, 2011
10 years
Douglas Hausknecht
November 1, 1995
26 years
Mark Auburn
November 1, 1991
30 years
Sam Lupica
November 1, 2011
10 years
Fred Swartz
November 5, 1991
30 years
Ginny Wojno
November 10, 1992
29 years
Lynda Farkas
November 10, 2015
6 years
Dan Reynolds
November 15, 2005
16 years
Dave Miller
November 17, 2015
6 years
Steve Buie
November 18, 2014
7 years
Gina Campbell
November 19, 2019
2 years
Jacinto Nunez
November 22, 2016
5 years
June Ring
November 22, 2016
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November 25, 2008
13 years
Doug Kohl
November 26, 1985
36 years
Christina Horak
November 27, 2018
3 years
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