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United Way Day of Action
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Jun 21, 2019
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President's Party honoring John Margida
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Club President's Message

John Margida
member photo
Thank you again to President Elect Patrick O'Neill for hosting the meeting this week while I am away.  Once again, I heard he did an outstanding job!!  
Thanks fellow Rotarian Mark Auburn - I heard that his presentation about his new book "In the President's Home" was great.  
I will be back and see you all on Tuesday!
Mark Auburn
RC of Akron President, 1998-99
John Margida, CPA
Club President

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.

Thoughts and Prayers for fellow Rotarian John Daily:
Unfortunately, John has had to spend a couple days at Akron General Hospital. He has an infection and they are narrowing down where it is located.  He is feeling good and is certainly ready to go home!! As long as he is there (which we hope is in the next day or so) - he welcomes calls and visitors - room 4107 (use the blue elevators).  Several of us have teamed up to be with him the past few days and will continue to do so.  If you have questions, you can contact me at 330.495.9814 or Mella at the Camp office  330.644.4512 or Jack Harig at 330.644.9862. 

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!!

Another Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipient!

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. presented Sandy Naragon with her new pin which now has 4 stones.
We all appreciate Sandy's dedication and commitment to Rotary  - she is an amazing individual and leader in our community.  Sandy served as the Club President in the 2015-16 Rotary year. 
The first year someone donates $1,000 they receive their certificate and pin. Each time thereafter that they contribute $1,000, a stone is then added to their pin, hence Sandy is now considered a PHF +4.

Jack Gives Away More Ties

Jack Harig, PDG (2003-2004) has been surprising some of our members with historical Rotary Theme ties.  This week there were two recipients: 

  • Incoming Club President, Pat O'Neill (left) received the 2001-2002 tie with the theme "Mankind Is Our Business" (RI President Richard King)
  • Doug Hausknecht (right) received the 2010-2011 tie with the theme "Building Communities Bridging Continents" (100th RI President Ray Klinginsmith)
 While checking the history, I found a great article about the History of the RI ties you might enjoy. It is in the RI Archives and was in the 2010 Rotarian Magazine page 40-41.  It can be found by clicking here or you can cut and paste this link into your browser 

Youth Exchange News

Sotaro visited us last week and had been canoeing at the camp and eating ice cream!  He will be going on the Youth Exchange West Coast trip soon.
It was a pleasure to have our Exchange Student, Ana, with us at our weekly meeting this week.  She updated us on all she has been doing and is excited her parents will be visiting here soon. We will be hearing more about her adventures in the weeks ahead after her upcoming West Coast trip with other YE students.

Ana tells the members about her next adventure!

Members of our Youth Exchange Committee with Sotaro (L-R): Susan Colville-Hall, June Ring, Sotaro, Laura Fink and Doug Hausknecht.


After Rotary, Susan took Sotaro for a local history lesson at Portage Trail Towpath.

Sotaro got to enjoy some ice cream at the end of his day!

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!

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 - friends and family are welcome to join you!

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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