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

Our upcoming speaker February 16, 2021

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Vice President/Ohio Executive Director
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Roger R. Geiger is a vice president/Ohio executive director for NFIB, managing the public policy, political, member activism and communication programs
throughout the state. He also represents NFIB with national policy organizations.
Mr. Geiger first joined NFIB in 1989 and has held a variety of leadership positions during his tenure. In recognition of his efforts to build the influence and clout of NFIB in Ohio, he has been consistently ranked in Smart Business Magazine's "Power 100 Most Influential Leaders" in Columbus. He is regularly quoted in the media on issues of importance to small business. NFIB is a national association with chapters in all 50 states, and more than 25,000 members in Ohio – the largest state chapter in the organization.
Prior to being named vice president, Mr. Geiger served as the NFIB State Director for Ohio from 1989–2003. Mr. Geiger has been appointed, by three Governors, to several state boards and commissions. The most recent appointments have been to the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid, the Ohio Sunset Review Committee (a review of all state boards and commissions) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Nominating Council. He has often testified before committees of the Ohio legislature and the U.S. Congress, and before regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining NFIB, Mr. Geiger served as Manager of Governmental Affairs for Browning-Ferris Industries of Ohio. He also served as a Legislative Assistant in the Ohio House of Repre­sentatives for almost five years.
Mr. Geiger is a native of Marion, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Francis­ can University of Steuben­ville and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, and has a Masters degree, in
Public Administration, from the Ohio State University.
On a personal note, Mr. Geiger is active with the Boy Scouts of America, and he is an avid scuba diver and snow skier. He and his wife, Teri, currently reside in Dub­lin, Ohio.
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Club News
Chili Open Re-Cap
The celebration for 31st Chili Open Classic took place this past Saturday, February 6th. 
The generosity from our Rotary Club members, sponsors and volunteers made this Chili Open a monumental success. 
The total amount raised this year is $315,961! 

Our presenting sponsor Wayne Homes has been a part of the Chili Open since 1993.  This year they stepped up their support with a matching raffle ticket purchase which resulted in $7,420 in raffle ticket purchases.  Wayne Homes leadership also presented the Chili Open with a $5000 donation in addition to the presenting sponsorship.  Thank you again to all the sponsors listed below in this newsletter.
Congratulations to our raffle ticket winners:
1st Prize:   
Rhonda Mele       
Vandevere Sponsored 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS
2nd Prize:
Keith Anstine
S Group Sponsored 55" 4K Smart LED TV
3rd Prize: 
Julie Lehman
Steve Warren Sponsored FOX Sports Ohio Media Package
Snowmania Winner
David Miller
Our club members went above and beyond in securing sponsorships, camperships, raffle ticket sales, donations, and silent auction items.  It was truly a remarkable day to celebrate as a club.

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Chili Open on Saturday, February 5, 2022 where we hope to be back at Hale Farm.


Rotary Cares

The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our supportfor Akron Rotarymembers and their families whendealing with the loss of a loved one,thehardship of illness and also tocelebrate the joy of a new baby, job,marriageor 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).

Fellow Rotarian, Jerome "Jerry" Wagner, 98, passed away February 4, 2021. He was a resident of Stow Glen Retirement Village. He worked in the insurance and finance industry, was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and Akron Rotary, and attended Akron University. 
Jerry was a member of the Akron Rotary Club since February 1, 1970.  Many never had the pleasure of meeting Jerry as he was unable to attend our meetings the past couple years.  However, he did remain a faithful Rotarian helping from afar in any way he could. He was one of the first members to greet people, shake their hands and welcome them to the Club . . and he was always smiling. 
He is predeceased by his wife Ruth and ten siblings. He is survived by children and their spouses Beth Wagner (Bill Pecquet), Rita (Paul) Zilioli, Tom (Ellen), Bill, Rosi (Terry) Miller, Frank (Patti), Carol (Jeff) Taulman, Janet (Harold) Guthrie, Ann (Larry) Moon, Greg (Gina), John, Mary (Dave) Croft, Nancy (John) Crapo, and Theresa; siblings Sr. Gabriella Wagner of Wheeling, John Wagner of Medina, and Charlie (Pat) Wagner of Wheeling; 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  Calling hours and burial have taken place.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials to Catholic Charities.



Mark Your Calendar to Have Some Fun!!
Note Date Change

Manhattan Valentine's Day
virtual Akron Rotary Social

To call in:  

ID 828 3137 9129

Connor Jarvis will be our host and below is his Manhattan ingredient list with snack suggestions.
Don't drink Manhattan's?
hat's okay...
have your favorite beverage on hand and
come to enjoy a little social time!

Connor’s “go-to” Manhattan ingredient list:
  • Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
    • A non-wheated or more “rye” forward Bourbon is preferred (i.e. not Weller, Larceny, etc.)
    • Connor likes high-quality, low-mid to mid-priced labels that are readily available / easy to find for my Manhattans (such as, Four Roses Yellow Label, Elijah Craig, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek (Bourbon), Evan Williams Single Barrel, Templeton Rye) – I save the Buffalo Trace, Weller, Eagle Rare, Henry McKenna, etc. for sipping, not mixing
  • Sweet Vermouth
    • Connor’s pick: Carpano Antica Formula or Carpano Punt e Mes
  • Bitters
    • Angostura Aromatic bitters are my classic, but feel free to get creative here to add some expression to the cocktail (for example, I used cranberry bitters around the holidays)
  • Cherries
    • Please, please, please don’t just use a “run-of-the-mill” maraschino cherry – this isn’t a Shirley Temple
    • Connor’s pick: Luxardo Brand , Fabbri Amarena, or Bada Bing
  • Martini Glass or Rocks (lowball) Glass
Accompaniments / Snacks:
  • Spiced nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Sharper cheeses
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Flatbreads
  • If a meal: steak, chops, pasta
Our Chili Open Sponsors 
to the
Thank you to all who have signed up to date to support our
 Akron Rotary Chili Open!!
Presenting Sponsor – Wayne Homes 

Wayne Homes didn’t invent custom, on-your-lot homebuilding. But for nearly 50 years, we’ve been working hard to reinvent it. To make it more customer-oriented. More affordable. And even more flexible, with practically unlimited customizable choices. In other words, to make it more do-able for more people.

That’s our mission. And we’re happy to say we’ve made some great strides. Our customer satisfaction rating is among the best in the industry, and we’re one of a handful of builders in the entire country to win the National Housing Quality award.

Community Partner $10,000
Corporate Partners $5,000
Premier Partners $2,500
Akron Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
Anonymous Donor
Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
Mark and Elizabeth Hamlin
Exteriors Plus Construction
House of LaRose
O’Neill Insurance
Perrin Asphalt & Concrete
SeibertKeck Insurance Partners
Stutler Leasing, Inc.
Whitey’s Premium Chili
Wright LaHaie Jarvis Wealth Advisors
Caring Partners $1,250
91.3 The Summit
The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory
The Davey Tree Expert Company
In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
Eco-Seal Home Solutions, LLC
Famous Enterprises
Firestone Country Club
FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
Gabrial Family Foundation
Hasenstab Architects, Inc.
Huntington National Bank
Paul J. Kruder Family
Pamela Kiltau
Lang Financial Group
Martins Steel Fabrication, Inc.
Sandy and Jeff Naragon
David and Susie Nelson
Novus Clinic Total Eye Care
Ken Orihel
Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
John and Linda Reyes
S Group, Inc.
Smithers-Oasis Company
Summit Construction Company
Thompson Electric, Inc.
TNT Exterminating
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Cheryl and Steve Warren
Don Wartko Construction, Inc.
Our Chili Open Sponsors continued
Acquire Investments on behalf of all Akron 
  Fusion Ventures LPs and Portfolio Cos.
Akrochem Corporation
Akron Community Foundation
Akron Porcelain and Plastics
Akron Tool and Die Co., Inc.
Artists Incorporated
Charles and Melissa Billington (2)
Blind & Sons
The Brandle Family
W. Stewart Buchanan, CPA
Mella A. Castner
Caston & Main Brew Yard
Choice Home Inspections
The Caroline Lyman & Family Foundation
Concordia at Sumner
John Daily
DKC-Warfield and Company
Dominion East Ohio
Jim and Ann Durr (5)
Eagle Elastomer, Inc.
The Dick Farkas Family (3)
Final Touch Construction
Galehouse Lumber Co.
The Geopfert Company
GMP Friction Products (2)
Morgan Goldthwaite
Graves Lumber Co.
Andrew and Amanda Grover
Jeff Grosenbaugh, Citizens Bank,
  Commercial Banker
Earl W. Hamlin III
Harwick Standard Distribution Corp.
Marcia Holcomb
Holmes Siding
Hudson Technology Partners
Hummel Funeral Homes (2)
Oscar and Barbara Hunsicker
Ishee Investment Consultants
Connor and Courtney Jarvis
Terry and Jennifer Jarvis
Jack Jeter
Scott and Karen Jindra
Cyndi Kane - Re/Max Crossroads
Kingdom Title Solutions
Koly & Company, Inc. CPAs
Kovatch Castings, Inc.
Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
Manby Kids: In recognition of their dad,
  Bill Manby, Sr.
Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
Steve and Jeannine Marks
Masterbrand Cabinets
Rob and Sharon McGregor
Mooney & Moses
Joe and Tamara Mora
The Murphy Girls
Northern Lighting & Supply
Dan and Sheila O'Connell
Oriana House, Inc.
Paradigm on behalf of it's Clients
Parson Insurance Agency
Peninsula Associates Architects LLC
Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers
Polymer Valley Chemicals and Minerals
Portage Community Bank
Premium Balloon Accessories
Pulp Franchising, Inc. (2)
Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, Stow
Raging Wolf Solutions LLC
John and Linda Reyes
Roger Read/Sally Miller
Dan and Wendy Reynolds
Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
Shamp Bionics
Sikich, LLP
Michael and Sandy Soful
Stark Truss Company, Inc.
Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage Center
Stow Munroe Falls Community Foundation, Inc.
Scott and Dorie Stutler
Wayside Furniture
Western Reserve Hospital
Westfield Bank
Ted and Mary Ann Williams
In-Kind Supporters
Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
Hale Farm and Village
S Group, Inc.

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32 years
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February 3, 2004
17 years
Tom Knauer
February 3, 2015
6 years
Pat Weimer
February 5, 2020
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Mike Shearer
February 19, 2002
19 years
Cathryn O'Malley
February 23, 2016
5 years
Chris Richardson
February 26, 2019
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Mario Mastroianni
February 28, 2002
19 years
Michael Gladysz
March 1, 2012
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David Koly
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Bill Lowery
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Katerina Papas
March 22, 2005
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Scott Manby
March 26, 2013
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Bill Manby
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48 years
Jon Morschl
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3 years
Connor Jarvis
March 28, 2017
4 years
Katy Miller
March 31, 2015
6 years
Scott Kolligian
March 31, 2015
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