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

Our Speaker Tuesday, March 16, 2021


Club Secretary and Scholarship Chair, Terry Dalton, will be
recognizing students in the
Engineering and Health & Human Services areas. 

Join us as we meet the scholarship recipients and
learn about their accomplishments and future endeavors.


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Club News

Strategic Plan Re-boot 

President, Rotary Club of Akron 
Strategic Plan Follow-up from Our Club Assembly
During our Tuesday, March 9, 2021 Club meeting, President Rob McGregor provided an overview of the reboot of our Club’s Strategic Plan.  Shared below are the key elements of action items the Club’s Board of Directors believe we can tackle over the next 3-6 months. 

Board Summary of Akron Rotary Strategic Plan Re-boot quick action items:
  1. Create standard work for service project development, proposing and vetting.
Possible service project work group or sub-committee.
  1. Outline project frameworks-
Recurrent annual, one time, within our club/shared with a community partner or other Rotary Club.Create a grid of our current “regular projects” to better inform our club and community.
  1. Distribute Bio-information of new members.
  1. Set up joint (virtual for now) opportunities to highlight other organizations’ cultures. Food/drinks.
  2. Enhance our partnering efforts with Rotaract, Interact, and culturally different organizations/fraternities/sororities.  We can offer labor and financial support for their service projects.
  3. Strategize and be deliberate with short-and-long term engagements with diverse communities (Overlaps with Engagement group).
Rotary Experience
  1. Create current state GRID (See impact above #2) of our club’s activities organized by scope and level of RI: local club/zone/district/international.
  2. Create orientation plan for new members and periodic updates for more seasoned members.
  3. Update/enhance distribution and educate how to access bios of new members and their sponsors and intentionally highlight member’s businesses in newsletter (Overlaps with engage).
  1. Create a survey to determine HOW Rotarians want to connect and be engaged.
  2. Facilitate networking now – periodic vocational ice breakers.  Add titles/vocation/avocation on ZOOM name tags (and eventually on real name tags).  Can these action groups be a first step to engage new members and “voluntell” new member participation?
  3. Distribute Bio information (overlaps Impact/Inclusion/experience).
  1. Lean into North Hill area partners (International Institute, Asian Services, Celebration Church, North High) to give them something they perceive they need instead of us guessing/assuming we know what we should do (overlaps Inclusion).
  2. Begin dialogue with LeBron James Foundation for potential long-term project for respite at our camp for families ravaged by the pandemic (Overlaps Visibility/Impact).
  1. Develop formal policies/procedures for succession planning, on boarding, etc. to enhance efficient transitions and preserve institutional memory.
  2. Membership pathway development – couples/corporate/younger members under 35 (overlaps with inclusion).
  3. Create tools to educate and guide our members to better navigate Club Runner, on boarding checklists, more engagement with website (Overlaps with Visibility/Impact and Engage).

Akron Public Schools and the Virtual Library
I would like to pass along this invitation to participate in this Storytelling opportunity that is hosted on the APS YouTube Channel. 

After you take a look at the attached directions (click here) please let Megan know if you have any questions.
No need to reply but it would be great to know who decided to participate.
Happy Storytelling!
Megan A. Mannion
Library Media/SEL Learning Specialist
Ott Staff Development Center
Sylvester Small Administration Building
10 North Main Street | Akron, OH 44308
330.761.3045 |

Julie Brandle, DGND, Assistant Governor - S Summit and Medina Cluster
Past President, Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
Cell 330.858.6672 |

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).


Julie Brandle shared that Kimberly "is killing it this semester! Building her education portfolio, completing her licensure testing and EdTPA, student teaching, volunteering and interviewing for her first teaching position (fingers crossed). We are so proud!!
Kimberly is in the job search as an Intervention Specialist."

Dr. Gerry Kiefer recently moved back to Akron and was thrilled to find out she could save and transfer her Rotary vanity license plate from her car that finally bit the dust.
You can spot her around town with this plate - be sure to give a Rotary wave!
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!! 
News from Rotary International

The $2 million grant goes toward Rotary club-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program; an additional $4 million contributed by partners the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Vision USA.


Rotary-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia awarded US$6 million to reduce burden of malaria in heavily affected districtsLUSAKA, Zambia (March 9, 2021) — To help end a leading cause of illness and death in the southern


Flowers discusses the inadequate management of wastewater in rural communities, bridging partisan divides, the ways those two topics intersect — and how Rotarians can be part of the solution


Your health and safety is
important to us.

Our thoughts are with all of you and our sincere appreciation goes out to every individual working to help keep us safe and healthy.

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