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

Our upcoming speaker February 2, 2021


Club Assembly

Club President, Dr. Rob McGregor, will focus this meeting
on our Club Strategic Plan initiatives.  

We will have breakout sessions during the virtual meeting based on our six Strategic Plan initiatives: Impact, Experience, Include, Engage, Transform, Innovate. 

If you plan to attend but you did not sign up on the survey that was sent out by Sandy Naragon, please contact Cheryl Warren - click to email her in advance of the meeting so we know you are attending and can assign you to a breakout room.  You will need to provide her with the email address you plan to login with when joining the zoom meeting.
This is YOUR Club and we need your input to continue to help us grow and achieve success in all of our efforts.

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Club News
The Chili Open Golf Classic is quickly approaching. February 6th  will be here before we know it!  It's time for all hands on deck please . . . 
Our club members have been asked to sell a minimum of $200 in raffle tickets. The goal for ticket sales is $60,000. Many have had great success in selling tickets by sending an email solicitation to your family, friends and business colleagues asking for their help in purchasing tickets. Thank you in advance to those of you who have sold tickets and those that are still selling. 
Please mail your sold raffle tickets to Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron OH 44319), no later than Wednesday, January 27.  Or, feel free to stop by one of the drop-off locations listed below for Thursday, January 28th. If you are in need of more tickets to sell, we will have them on hand as well. Tickets can also be purchased here.
The Silent Auction will feature a "Wheelbarrow of Good Cheer!" and an 18- bottle Wine Fridge.
Help us fill the wheelbarrow and fridge with any donation of unopened bottles of spirits, mixers and wine.
We are also still in need of items for our online auction, like food baskets, golf packages, or family entertainment packages.
If you know of anyone that will be able to donate something, please let us know. If you need someone to pick up any items, please call or email Amanda at Akron Rotary Camp (330.644.4512 /, and we would be happy to make those arrangements. 
The Rotary Camp Staff will be happy to meet you during selected times and several drop-off locations to bring raffle tickets, silent auction items, or bottles of liquor on:

Thursday: January 28
12-1 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH)
5-6 pm at Akron Rotary Camp (4460 Rex Lake Drive, Akron, OH), or
5-6 pm at World Elite Kids (81 Northwest Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278), or
5-6 pm at Hilton Akron Fairlawn (3180 W Market St, Akron, OH 44333)
Thank you for your support in making this year's Chili Open a continued success for our Club to benefit the campers who attend Akron Rotary Camp! Together, we are "Creating a world where there are only abilities!"
Wanda Whipkey and Jeff Sheeks
Co-Chairs, 2021 Chili Open Golf Classic
Our Chili Open Sponsors and Goal Status
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
Exteriors Plus Construction
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
The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory
The Davey Tree Expert Company
In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
Firestone Country Club
FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
Focal Point Social Media
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
Ken Orihel
Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
John and Linda Reyes
S Group, Inc.
Smithers-Oasis Company
Summit Construction Company
TNT Exterminating
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Cheryl and Steve Warren
Don Wartko Construction, Inc.

Acquire Investments on behalf of al Akron Fusion Ventures LPs
     and Portfolio Cos
Akron Community Foundation
Akrochem Corporation
Akron Fusion Ventures
Akron Porcelain & Plastics Co.
Akron Tool and Die Co., Inc.
Artists, Inc.
Charles and Melissa Billington (2)
Mella A. Castner
Caston & Main Brew Yard
Blind & Sons
The Brandle Family
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)
The Dick Farkas Family (3)
Final Touch Construction
Galehouse Lumber Co.
The Geopfert Company
Morgan Goldthwaite
GPM Friction Products
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
Cyndi Kane – Re/Max Crossroads
Kingdom Title Solutions
Kovatch Castings
Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
Manby Kids: In recognition of their dad, Bill Manby, Sr.
Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
Steve and Jeannine Marks
Rob and Sharon McGregor
Joe and Tamara Mora
The Murphy Girls
Lighting Showroom
Dan and Sheila O'Connell
Oriana House
Paradigm Equity Strategies, LLC
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.
Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, Stow
Raging Wolf Solutions, LLC
Roger Read/Sally Miller
John and Linda Reyes
Dan and Wendy Reynolds
Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
Shamp Bionics
Sikich LLP
Mike 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
In-Kind Supporters
Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
Hale Farm and Village
S Group, Inc.
Doug Kohl, Member, Akron Rotary Foundation Board of Directors Presentation Recap
The Rotary Club of Akron had the pleasure of listening to our own Doug Kohl during our Tuesday, January 26th Club meeting.  His presentation was about our Akron Rotary Foundation. View the video of the meeting by clicking here.
Just like the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, which was created in 1917 for the purpose of "doing good in the world," the Akron Rotary Foundation supports activities for youths and is dedicated to furthering world understanding and peace.
The Akron Rotary Foundation was founded on February 5, 1992. The agent of incorporation was Jim Redmond and Mike Sweeney, of Brouse McDowell, was the attorney who assembled and filed the documents with the state of Ohio that made the Foundation a legally recognized 501(c)3 charity, able to accept donations on behalf of the club and the camp. The first trustees were: Don Nelson, Ron Allen, Mike Rabe, Jeff Schobert, Mark Wernig, Don Kelly and George Rooney, Jr. Rotarians Jack Harig, Bud Rogers, Roger Read and others were also involved.
Today, the Akron Rotary Foundation’s board of trustees are Jim Redmond, Katy Miller, Mark Krohn, Rima Muakkassa, Jeff Sitz, Julie Brandle, Marsha Holcomb, Brian Steere and Doug Kohl. Long-time board member, Dan Reimenschneider, serves as a special advisor. The ARF Board invests, grows, then distributes the moneys to Rotary and community projects.
The Akron Rotary Foundation is established to benefit the programs of the club.  The earned income and corpus benefit the charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Akron.  As the Foundation’s assets grow, so does its ability to support in perpetuity Akron Rotary causes.
The Akron Rotary Foundation is committed to guidance, support, and education of area youth and special needs children. This is best said in the Akron Rotary Foundation's Vision and Mission Statements which read:
The Vision of the Akron Rotary Foundation is to provide funding for opportunities for youth that are supported by the Rotary Club of Akron with special emphasis on educational and recreational needs of emotionally and physically challenged children.
The mission of the ARF is “Funding the endless impact of the Rotary Club of Akron in our community and beyond.”
- Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs
- Foreign Exchange Students (Rotary Youth Exchange)
- Scholarships - Akron Public Schools
- Other Causes of the Rotary Club of Akron
- Club President's Discretionary Fund
Since 1994, The Akron Rotary Foundation has contributed over $3,258,066 to the causes that make our community a great place to live and work.
            Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs:  $2,889,888
            High School Scholarships:  $107,287
            Barrett Academy:  $163,969
            Other Community Efforts:  $96,922
In the winter of 2018, the Foundation board interviewed members of Rotary to better understand their knowledge of the Rotary Foundation and its mission.
Many knew the Rotary International Foundation – the philanthropic vehicle of Rotary International. It focuses world-wide on the mission of Rotary International.
Few were aware of the history of our local Akron Rotary Foundation and the many programs it supports. Discussions distilled our cause to 4 focus areas:
  • Community Development
    • Neighborhood improvement
    • Enhancing partnerships that improve neighborhoods
    • Energizing & impacting Akron community projects
  • Youth Empowerment
    • Interact – High School leadership programs
    • Rotaract – Encouraging young adults to lead
    • Akron area public school scholarships
    • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
  • International Understanding
    • Rotary Youth Exchange – creating global citizens
    • Partnering with local Rotary Club & RI initiatives
    • RI’s 6 priorities
  • The Rotary Camp – a unique priority of the Foundation, this program enjoys favored status with the Foundation. At least 1/3rd of all Foundation earnings support the work of Camp
The establishment of a Foundation protects Rotary’s financial assets in case of future change or in event of catastrophic litigation. The Foundation has become a safe harbor for the contributions to Rotary’s important work in the local community.
To learn more about the Akron Rotary Foundation, the Planned Giving and Contribution Avenues for the ARF, I encourage you to go to .
Mark Your Calendar to Have Some Fun!!

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
Thank you 
Dear Friends:
I have some VERY GOOD NEWS.
ALL THE FUNDS $42,000.00 to complete the Container for UKRAINE are done!!
What a great accomplishment. Thank you to all the Rotarians of the Akron club who participated! I want to thank them personally and recognize them:
Mella Castner
Malcom Costa
John Daily
Jack and Vivian Harig
Kimberly Hoch
Mark Krohn
Judge Kathryn Michael
Carol Morganti
Jan Ryan
Claudine Schooley
Mark Seward
Dan Riemenschneider
AxessPointe (Chris Richardson)
Artists Inc. (Tom Knauer)
Brian Chima
James Durr
David Hall
Cyndi Kane & Associates, Inc.
Sandy Naragon
June Ring
Susan Colville
Claudine Schooley


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February 28
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March 20
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March 21
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March 30
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February 1, 1970
51 years
Timothy DelMedico
February 1, 1989
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Mike Wojno
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
2 years
Mario Mastroianni
February 28, 2002
19 years
Michael Gladysz
March 1, 2012
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David Koly
March 6, 1984
37 years
Nanci Dodgson
March 7, 2017
4 years
Bill Lowery
March 8, 2016
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Jim Durr
March 8, 2016
5 years
David Showers
March 13, 2001
20 years
Dan Sveda
March 15, 1988
33 years
Malcolm Costa
March 18, 1997
24 years
Katerina Papas
March 22, 2005
16 years
Scott Manby
March 26, 2013
8 years
Bill Manby
March 27, 1973
48 years
Jon Morschl
March 27, 2018
3 years
Connor Jarvis
March 28, 2017
4 years
Katy Miller
March 31, 2015
6 years
Scott Kolligian
March 31, 2015
6 years
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