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Weekly Club Meetings are currently being held virtually via ZOOM.
We meet at Noon each Tuesday. 

Our Speaker May 25, 2021


The Supreme Court
Civic Education Presentation

Justice Pat DeWine began his six-year term on the Supreme Court of Ohio on Jan. 2, 2017, following his statewide election in November 2016.
Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, Justice DeWine served on the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court from 2009-2013 and then joined the First District Court of Appeals in February 2013.
Justice DeWine began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Nelson on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Following his clerkship, Justice DeWine practiced law with one of Cincinnati’s top law firms, Keating, Muething & Klekamp, where he specialized in mass tort bankruptcy, appellate advocacy, and complex litigation matters.
Justice DeWine received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with cum laude and order of the coif honors. He is a 1990 graduate of Miami University, where he received a B.A. in history and a B.S. in diplomacy and foreign affairs. At Miami, Justice DeWine maintained a 4.0 grade point average, received summa cum laude honors, and competed as a member of the varsity track and cross country teams.
In combination with his service on the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice DeWine has committed to further the rule of law through education. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati in both the College of Law and in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure to law students, and courses in Ohio Government & Politics and American Courts to undergraduate students in the political science department.

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Club News
Thank You Rotarians!
Thank you to everyone that came out for our Spring Clean-up days at Rotary Camp!  Camp looks great and we appreciate all your hard work and energy to help us get ready for summer! Our first group of staff will be moving in next week into freshly clean cabins.
Thank you again, and we hope to see you back sometime this summer!
Amanda Warner
Akron Rotary Camp
Sharing Happy Dollar Photos!!
to the McGregor family
President Rob and Sharon McGregor's daughter Abby married Connor Loop in a beautiful ceremony in Vermont. 
All attendees had to be vaccinated which made the event extremely safe!  
Rotary International 2021 Virtual Convention
12-16 June 2021
2021 Rotary Convention will be virtual
Family of Rotarian in Need
Dear Rotarians,
One of our Rotary members has had a family tragedy occur.  The son of Past Club President and current Camp Board President, Pam Kiltau, lost his home and all their family belongings to a fire on May 13th.  It started in the kitchen while the entire family was away. They literally only had the clothes on their backs.  The blessing is that everyone is okay.
This is devastating as it is a total loss and they had no insurance. 
The Red Cross provided them with a $500 gift card to help with some immediate needs.
They are in need of the below list of items.  Items may be boxed or bagged and dropped off at the Camp for Pam. 
Donations of money may be dropped at the camp in the form of checks/cash or  made via the GoFundMe page at
Pam shared that 15-20 fire trucks responded because the only water access was what they had in their truck tanks and fire spread to the neighbors as well. 
Pam has asked us to please keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
She also shared the photos below of the fire and of the family so you would see why and who you are helping.
  • Kyla is 2 and a size 5/6 and size 10 girls shoe
  • Aria is 8 an is a size 10/12 and size 3 ½ show
  • Lydia is a size larger – women’s shirt 14/16 and size 13 jeans. She is only 5 feet tall and size 8 shoe.
  • Kyle is size 38/32 jeans, 2xl shirt and size 13 shoe.
  • Toddler car seat
  • Wagon
  • Potty chair
  • Large toddler stroller
  • Size 7 diapers
  • Little kids fold out couch
  • Kids mega blocks
  • Candles
  • Swenson’s gift cards
  • Wendy’s gift cards
  • Acme gift cards
  • Wet hair brush
  • Johnson’s no more tangles detangler in the green bottle
  • Arm and hammer toothpaste
  • Snack baggies
  • Freezer size baggies
  • Glad plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pillows
  • Comforters
  • Women’s reef flip flops size 8
  • Bathing suit size 10/12 girls
Thank you for your help!
Intercountry Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace

Dear Rotarians

You are all invited to register for the Rotary International ICC preconvention and attend the virtual Sessions on June 10, 2021. Follow this link for more information.

Rotarian Claudine Schooley will represent ICC USA-Ukraine and will participate to a panel discussion at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time, New York time) with Moderator Ovidiu Cos (Romania), ICC National Coordinator James Onions (UK), and ICC National Coordinator Cecilia Sequeira (Portugal) on the subject: "Starting and managing an Inter-Country Committee". Please come with your questions!

  Claudine Schooley

ICC USA-Ukraine Chair of Section

Rotary E-Club of One World – District 5240

Howard Parr Talked About Civic Theatre Restoration at Club Meeting
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to Howard Parr, Executive Director of the Akron Civic Theatre at our Tuesday, May 18, 2021 weekly Club meeting.  Mr. Parr provided some history of the Civic Theatre as well as a preview of the fantastic results from the most recent restoration and expansion of the existing location. 
Howard Parr has more than 25 years of professional experience in arts, entertainment, and consulting. His work includes organizational development and strategic planning, as well as program management and event production. 
Howard has served as executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre since September 2007.  He served as The Civic’s Director of Development and Planning from 1999 – 2004, during which he directed the capital campaign for the theater’s $22.5 million expansion and restoration project. In addition to his work on the capital campaign, he was talent buyer for in-house programming (through 2002 – 2003), as well as for the first season of Lock Three Park, an outdoor performance space immediately adjacent to the Civic Theatre.
History of the Akron Civic Theatre:
Long recognized among the community’s cultural landmarks, the Akron Civic Theatre has a rich and spectacular history. It has provided the community with a venue for quality entertainment and live performances for over seventy years. 
The theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew and designed by famed theater architect, John Eberson. The interior structure was fashioned after a Moorish castle featuring Mediterranean decor, including medieval carvings, authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures.
Among facilities of its size, the Civic is one of only five remaining atmospheric theaters in the country where patrons experience a twinkling star-lit sky and intermittent clouds moving across the horizon, all while sitting inside the auditorium.
Restoration and Expansion:
The current $8.5 million capital campaign builds on the rich history of the Civic Theatre.  The transformation is creating a better entertainment experience and more ways for all of us to enjoy the “Jewel on Main Street.”  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic impact of the Civic Theatre was an annual $8.1 million dollars with an annual attendance of 135,000 individuals.  In addition to the events held at the Civic Theatre, the Civic administration also provides the box office services for EJ Thomas Hall and participates with the Akron Civic Commons which is an initiative that looks at the city’s public spaces.  In addition, the Civic Theatre also provides booking and technical support for Lock 3 events.
The current capital campaign which in the home stretch, is restoring the Grand Lobby and the Arcade.  In addition, there will be a 200+ seat performance space.  This new space will be in the adjacent Whitelaw building with residential housing in the upper floors.  This new performance space will allow the Civic to host 100 smaller events and will allow more full-theater events in the main stage.  The Civic will also construct an outdoor deck which will allow individuals additional ways to interact with the Civic and surrounding downtown venues.  The Civic will be installing a huge outdoor digital screen.  This digital screen will allow the Civic to broadcast select shows, giving you outside access to their programming.  They will also hare events via live Facebook broadcasts, podcasts and more. 
While visiting downtown, experience an exciting collection of public art around the Civic.  You will find murals on the sweeping exterior walls of the Civic along South Main Street and West Bowery Street.
The Civic will be holding a grand re-opening the week of August 14 with a gala event on August 14th.
To view some of the before and after pictures of the Civic Theatre restoration, I encourage you to view the recording of Mr. Parr’s presentation.
To search for upcoming events at the Civic, please visit their website at
Happy Dollars: Photos Welcome for Our Meetings
Plan to participate in Happy Dollars during the Tuesday meetings? 
We want to bring even more joy to our meetings and include a photo associated with what you are happy about!! 
Simply email it to Cheryl Warren (click here to email her) and put HAPPY DOLLAR PHOTO in the subject line.  Photos must be received by 5pm on the Monday prior to the meeting. Those sending photos will be called on first during the meeting to share your happiness as we show the photo! 
Even if you don't have a photo, plan to share your joy during our meetings - you will all have a chance to do so as usual after the photos run!!
If you also wish for the information/photo to be included in our newsletter that will go out after our meeting, please indicate this in your email and provide me with a brief description of the reason you are submitting it (such as "So happy that my son Joe has received his Master's Degree from The University of Akron in the field of ABC!).  This text will only be used for the newsletter - you will share it at the meeting!! 


We are happy to share that you as supporters can now use the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phone to sign up for AmazonSmile and select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as their favorite charity. This is a great opportunity to engage with your supporters to help increase your AmazonSmile donations.
Feel free to send these sample messages out to remind your family/friends and co-workers who may also wish to support the Camp via Amazon Smiles:
Sample Message:
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs Inc" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mella Castner, director of development at Rotary Camp (330) 644-4512.
Mella A. Castner
Director of Development
Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH 44319
330.644.4512 ext. 3206

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