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Club President's Message

John Margida
member photo
Thank you to President Elect Patrick O'Neill for hosting the meeting this week while I am at the Rotary Convention in Germany.  I heard you did a great job!!  
Thanks also to our speakers, PDG Jack Harig and our Rotary Foundation Club Chair, Bill Manby, Sr. for taking the time to recognize our Paul Harris Fellows.
Patrick will be running the meeting again next week when we will hear from one of our esteemed Past Presidents - Mark Auburn, who will talk about his new book. 
PDG Jack Harig
Bill Manby, Sr. (right) and Matt Slonsky who handled the program materials.
John Margida, CPA
Club President

Congratulations Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipients

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Recognition is The Rotary Foundations’ way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotary Foundation Club Chair, Bill Manby, Sr. and PDG Jack Harig, with support from Matt Slonsky, hosted our Rotary Foundation presentation at our meeting on June 4th. 

Jack provided an overview and history about the origins of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition

Jack and Bill both expressed appreciation to all who have donated to The Rotary Foundation throughout the years and explained the following levels listed in the program:

  • Our Club is honored to have two Arch Klumph Society Members - John Daily, and Jack & Vivian Harig. This distinguished level of giving indicates they have donated at least $250,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Our Major Donors that are listed below have given >$10,000
  • The Bequest Society Members listed below have included The Rotary Foundation in their Wills/Estate Plans (if you have done so but are not listed, please let us know)
  • The Paul Harris Society Members listed are individuals who have committed to giving $1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation (if your name is missing please let us know).

Bill presented the current Paul Harris Fellow recipients with their pins.

First year recipients also received their certificates.  

  • First year PHF recipients: Nathanael Billow, Mella Castner, Jim Durr, Andrew Grover, Samuel Lupica, Judge Kathryn Michael and Brian Steere.
  • PHF recipients who earned another stone (next level of giving): PDG Stew Buchanan (+8), John Daily (+4); Lynda Farkas (+5);  John Margida (+3), Stan Martin (+2),  Dr. Rob McGregor (+1), PDG Cheryl Warren (+3);  Steve Warren (+4).

Photo of those present (L-R): 
RI Foundation Club Chair, Bill Manby, Sr., Mella Castner, Andrew Grover, Judge Kathryn Michael, Brian Steere, Dr. Rob McGregor, PDG Cheryl Warren, Steve Warren.

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.

Congratulations to these Rotarians:
Conner Jarvis became a partner in his firm and they are now re-branding as Wright-LaHaie-Jarvis Wealth Advisors. 

Jim Durr took 2nd place in the Ohio Super Senior Open. Well done!


Important: Annual Dues Reminder

Thank you to those who have already paid your annual dues.  Please help the Club by paying your dues before the end of June.  
The Club must pay for Rotary International Dues and District Dues on your behalf July 1st - so your timely payment is important for our ongoing cash flow.
Annual Meal Deal
In addition, this year we sent you a second, separate, invoice for the Annual Meal Deal.  the Meal Deal is OPTIONAL.  If you do  participate in the Annual Meal Deal  you save 20% on your meals for the year!  This offer is only good until June 30th.
Please note:  If you are NOT participating in the meal deal, you need not do anything with the Meal Deal invoice.  It will be removed from your account balance after June 30th.  
Please be sure to look in your email for BOTH invoices.
If you need another copy of your 2019-2020 Annual Dues invoice or the Meal Deal invoice just reach out to Cheryl Warren or Dawn Housley.  Thank you!!

A Special Tie . . .for a Great Guy!

At our meeting on June 4th - Jack Harig surprised Steve Buie by recognizing him for his work with the North High Interact Club.  Jack presented Steve with a theme tie from the 2002-2003 Rotary Year - the theme that year was SOW THE SEEDS OF LOVE
Thank you Steve for giving of your time and talents to help and lead the Interact Club! 

Special Invitation to Active & Honorary Rotarians

Alita & Rick Rogers have extended an invitation to our Akron Club members (and their guests) for a Memorial Luncheon in Honor of Bruce (Bud) W. Rogers (August 14, 1929 - November 20, 2018) on June 16, 2019 at 11:30 am.  
Bud was an outstanding individual, Past  Akron Rotary Club President (1984-85), Community Leader, and Humanitarian.  
The memorial will be Sunday June 16, 2019 at 11:30 am at Portage Country Club. There will be tributes to Bud including a eulogy presented by Mark Auburn. 

Thank you

Jack Harig
PDG 2003-04     Rotary District 6630
PH: 330-644-9862

President's Dinner June 21st

Celebrating John's year as Club President from the day he rang the first bell (photo) through the end of his year!!

You are invited to the President's Party honoring John Margida. You can also book family and friends.  CLICK TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
It’s time to play ball! Put on your favorite baseball jersey Friday, June 21, 2019 as we celebrate John Margida, for hitting a home run this year as our Rotary Club President. 
Catch all the fun at Akron Rotary Camp, (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH 44319) at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served ball-park style including a Nacho Bar, Chicago Style Hot-Dog, Hamburger, Baked Beans and more, catered by Robert J. Events.  Vegetable Napoleon will offered for a vegetarian option. Please indicate if you would need a Vegetarian Meal.
So, swing on over to the Camp's Great Hall to recognize and thank John for his 2018-2019 leadership. Autographs available pre-game!
WHEN:  June 21, 2019 - 6pm - 9pm
Please contact Mella Castner at Rotary Camp 330.644.4512 for any questions.

United Way Day of Action June 21st

Our Rotary Club will be participating this year in the United Way Day of Action on Friday, June 21nd. This is a hands-on service project, which can be very personally rewarding.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW!
In the past, our Club has been involved in beautifying adult day care homes for individuals with Developmental Disabilities and special needs. Additionally, we have been involved in helping to construct and beautify homes for families living in blighted areas near the University of Akron.
During the first week of June, we will receive our specific assignment from United Way. At that time, we will communicate this to all volunteers.
We are looking for 25 volunteers on Friday, June 21nd. We will be running split shifts from 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm, so you can sign up for one of these shifts (or both) if you are able to do so. Thank you for your participation.
Yours in Service - 

Help Serve Meals to Campers - Service Project

Summer Camp Dinners are a great opportunity for Rotarians to see Rotary Camp in action, meet the campers and counselors, and serve alongside other Rotarians.
Volunteers are needed to help set-up for dinner, serve, and help clean up afterwards.  The Staff at Rotary will be extremely grateful if you can help with any of the following dates. 
Each date has an separate sign up sheet - please click on respective date for which you want to volunteer!

End Polio Night at Progressive Field July 17, 2019


SAVE THE DATE:  District Governor Banner Exchange & Awards Ceremony - July 20th

We are honored that Akron Rotarian John Reyes will be serving as our 2019-2020 District Governor.  There will be a Banner Exchange Ceremony on July 20th beginning at 11:30 am.
In conjunction with the Banner Exchange, we are pleased to announce that our 2018-2019 Governor, Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski will host her Awards Ceremony.  This is where Clubs and individuals are recognized for their achievements during her year as Governor. 
Registration is not yet open.
Invitations and more details will be forthcoming!
Save the Date
When:  July 20th at 11:30am
Where:  The Akron Rotary Camp 

Annual Cornhole Tournament July 27th

Stories from Rotary International

Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polioEVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed


Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes; one of Hamburg’s most multicultural, non-profit gatheringsMore than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countriesRotary commits US$102 million


mytaxi donates proceeds from rides to RotaryHAMBURG, Germany (31 May 2019) — To multiply the impact of the 25,000 Rotary members expected to attend the service organization’s international convention 1-5 June, mytaxi will donate all


A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.

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