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

Our Speaker June 15, 2021

President and CEO
Greater Akron Chamber

Steve Millard is President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber and in that role is responsible for leading the Greater Akron Area’s Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce serving Medina, Portage and Summit Counties.  Steve’s work is focused on leading the chamber’s efforts to drive jobs and investment in the Greater Akron region, improve the region’s competitiveness and to advocate for the needs of the business community in the region with its elected and appointed officials.
Prior to joining the Greater Akron Chamber, Steve served as Executive Vice President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership; President and Executive Director of COSE (the Council of Smaller Enterprises); as a supply chain management consultant with Accenture (at that time Andersen Consulting) and as a supply chain specialist with GE Healthcare (at that time GE Medical Systems). 
Steve is a certified chamber executive, serves on the Boards of Leadership Akron, the Summit Education Initiative (data based school performance collaborative), ConxusNEO (regional workforce intermediary) and Medical Services Company. He is a frequent adviser to businesses and a regular facilitator for strategic planning and leadership team retreats.
Steve has a BS in Transportation and Distribution Management and a BS in Finance from Syracuse University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. 

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Club News

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(click here) with any news you would like placed here. Note that information is posted only with permission of the individual(s).

Prayers for Ginny Wojno
Ginny has been dealing with a hole in her retina. She has been undergoing very painful injections to correct the problem and yet she still continues her perfect attendance record during this process!  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
"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
Board Retreat 

The current board and incoming board members held a retreat in June.  This was designed to help these leaders transition, learn about their various communication styles, and plan for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year.

Campers Have Arrived!
We are full of campers and we are still hiring staff. 

If you know anyone 16+ who would be a great candidate to help, please have them contact Tina at or call 330.644.4512.
Charles Billington, Vorys Cleveland, RC of Akron Risk Management Presentation
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to one of our own at our Tuesday, June 8, 2021, club meeting.  The purpose of this week’s presentation was to inform Club members of the purpose of our Risk Management Committee and how every Akron Rotarian can be part of our risk management efforts when participating in Club sponsored activities/events.  VIEW THE MEETING VIDEO - CLICK HERE
And who would be better than Chaz to be the Chairperson of our committee.  Chaz is a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and a member of the labor and employment group.  He has significant experience advising in-house legal counsel and HR leaders on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);  collective bargaining, labor relations issues and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); drafting and implementing employee handbooks; providing management and employee trainings; and assisting with HR related issues associated with both mergers and acquisitions.  For the past fifteen months COVID-19 has consumed a large percentage of his workload!
Chaz received his J.D. summa cum laude from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as a senior editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. He also served as a research editor for the Cleveland State Journal of Law and Health. He received his B.S. and A.A.S cum laude from the University of Akron.
Who are the Risk Committee Members?
The committee is comprised of Chaz Billington, Dr. Robert McGregor, Pat O’Neill, Terry Dalton, Sam Lupica, Jacinto Nunez, John Reyes, and Michael Gladysz.
Why Does the Committee Exist?
To provide oversight across the Club for all categories of risk to ensure that proper practices are in place to identify, understand, and manage risks.
What are the Committee’s Responsibilities?
A few of the committee’s responsibilities include:
  • Create a culture of risk management throughout the Club
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop risk management plan for Club operations and activities
  • Identify and continuously audit the Club’s insurance plans, policies and needs
  • Assess and prioritize risks associated with Club operations and activities
  • Communicate risk management-related advice and recommendations to the Board
  • Determine how to manage identified risks and develop risk response plans
  • Communicate with Club leadership, membership, and volunteers regarding safety, risk management, and risk response plans
What Does the Committee Do and Not Do?
The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors
The Committee does not approve or disapprove any particular event or proposed action of the Club.
What Has the Committee Done This Year?
  • Consulted, advised, and helped plan risk mitigation efforts with the Chili Open
  • Analyzed Club insurance coverage to identify any gaps
  • Monitored local, state, and federal COVID related guidance
  • Discussed several proposed events
  • Created forms like releases and waivers for in-person events
When Do Fellow Rotarians Need to Reach Out to the Committee?
When Club members are planning a Rotary-sponsored event or member-attended events.
If We Are Planning an Event, What Does the Committee Need from Akron Rotarians?
  • Description of the event
  • Anticipated date(s)
  • Any proposed/existing safety/health protocols
  • Contact person
  • Turnaround time
When Does the Committee Meet and How Do We Contact the Committee?
The Risk Management Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. prior to the Club meeting. You can contact Chaz at or 330.322.3603 or Terry at or 330.815.1525
The Risk Committee encourages all Rotarians to reach out to the committee if you have any concerns about anything you might be concerned about from a risk perspective for the Club or individual members.
Yours in Service - 
Terry Dalton
RC of Akron Secretary
Scholarship Chair
Risk Committee Member
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
Rotary International
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12-16 June 2021

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June 4
Paul Catania
June 4
Scott Manby
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David Hall
June 6
Mike Wojno
June 8
Chaz Billington
June 10
Gerry Kiefer
June 10
Kimmie Hoch
June 10
Stew Buchanan
June 10
Connor Jarvis
June 11
Timothy DelMedico
June 11
Steve Bossart
June 17
Julie Brandle
June 19
June Ring
June 20
Alfred Nicely, MD
June 26
Blake Babcock
June 28
Malcolm Costa
June 30
Jacinto Nunez
July 1
Morgan Goldthwaite
July 10
Jim Durr
July 11
David Koly
July 15
Nichole Major
July 15
Caroline Altizer
July 25
Thomas Gedelian
July 30
Tamara Mora
July 31
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Deborah Cook
June 1, 1995
26 years
Kathryn Michael
June 7, 2016
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Jack Harig
June 10, 1961
60 years
James Redmond
June 11, 1985
36 years
GK Maddox
June 12, 2001
20 years
Janice Radl
June 16, 2020
1 year
Laura Lederer
June 18, 2013
8 years
Paul Hummel
June 18, 2013
8 years
Morgan Goldthwaite
June 25, 2014
7 years
Anne Jorgensen
June 30, 2020
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Brad Jeffries
July 3, 2007
14 years
Carol Marturano-Becker
July 7, 2020
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Lynne Hastings
July 8, 2009
12 years
George Romanoski
July 12, 2011
10 years
Colleen Iacianci
July 18, 2017
4 years
Elizabeth Campbell
July 21, 2015
6 years
Johnna Economou
July 21, 2015
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Rich Fry
July 21, 2020
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Ann Marie O'Brien
July 23, 2019
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Bill Manby Jr.
July 25, 1995
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Mark Krohn
July 25, 2000
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Jay Rutter
July 30, 2019
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