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

Our Speaker April 20, 2021

Club Secretary and Scholarship Chair, Terry Dalton, will be recognizing students in the areas of 
Allied Health, Automotive, Bio Science,
Criminal Justice and Education.


About Terry … beyond Rotary:
Terry Dalton served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Support Services Inc.  from 2005 until December 31, 2017.  He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Community Support Services from 1988 to 2005. Terry previously served for 11 years as the Executive Director of a comprehensive mental health center in Wisconsin. 
He has a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Boston University.  He is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio.  Terry has worked in the Behavioral Health field for nearly 50 years.
He previously served as a member of the Governor’s Mental Health Commission and the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s Strategic Advisory Committee.   He is a past member and chairperson of the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s Community Support Planning Council.
Terry is an honorary board member of Goodwill Industries of Akron after serving nine years on their board.  He also serves on the METRO ADA Advisory Committee.
He has been a part time Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron’s Business Technology program and the School of Social Work for the past sixteen years.
Terry is a member of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association. He is a past recipient of the Summit County Mental Health America’s Outstanding Leadership award. 
Terry is a national surveyor for CARF: The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. 
He has a true passion for helping our Club identify and honor exceptional students through our awards and recognition programs.  He said, “I would like to thank Anne Jorgenson, Lynda Farkas, and Janice Radl who participated with me in the two interview sessions and selection process this year.”
Terry expressed how much the students have endured this year with learning remotely. He added “it has been a challenging year for students, but they have continued to amaze us with their accomplishments.”


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


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Club News
Rotary Club of Akron held 4-Way Test Speech Contest
The Rotary Club of Akron sponsored a 4-Way Test Speech Contest for students at North High School. The contest provides a challenging way for students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making and public speaking skills.
The purpose of the speech is to apply the principles of the 4 Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. In addition to recognition, students can also win cash prizes at the Club and District levels of the contest.
The contest was held on March 31st.  Rotary judges included Lynda Farkas, Sandy Naragon and Cheryl Warren.  Based on the judging criteria and point distribution guidelines from Rotary District 6630, judges awarded:
Tam Chau – Third place with prize of $75
Ter Nay – Honorable mention with prize of $50
Although the Club didn’t have a contestant qualify for District, the students had strong messages and were given constructive feedback to raise scores based on Content, Organization and Delivery. They were encouraged to enter again. 
Yours in Service - 
Sandy Naragon
Ginny Wojno and Gerry Wojno Kiefer Toast our Club at Weekly Meeting!!

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).


Laura Fink is now Laura Fink Lederer
Laura was married on February 12, 2021 to Steve Lederer.  We wish them a very happy marriage and look forward to meeting Steve in the future!
Courtney Jarvis - spouse of Rotarian Connor Jarvis.
Wright LaHaie Jarvis Wealth Advisors announced the newest member of their team - Courtney Jarvis, Client Relationship Manager.
Courtney joined them after a rewarding career at the Cleveland Clinic where she served as a Registered Dietitian in the fast-paced clinical world of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Her belief in comprehensive wellness, attention to critical detail, and commitment to consistently providing exceptional care and excellence in client service are just a few of the many reasons why Courtney was a natural fit for our practice.
Join Us: 2021 Virtual District 6630 Conference of Clubs
You are cordially invited to attend our virtual Annual Meeting and Multi-District Conference.   
Our theme is “Rotary – A World of Opportunities.”
If you already registered for our District Conference, thank you.
If not, please register soon! 
Registration Link:   

Pre-registration is required to attend.
Thursday 4/22/2021 District 6630 Only (This is our District): 
6 pm  
  • Annual Meeting (Electors - please enter the meeting at 5:45 pm)
  • The required Elector Credential Certificate form that was sent to each Club Secretary/President MUST be returned to Mike Davanzo ( by April 12, 2021.  
  • This is required to be able to vote at the Annual Meeting.
7 pm - 8:30 pm 
  • Conference Kick-off: Recognition of the two Clubs that reached 75 years and two Clubs that reached 100 years.
  • Members achieving 50 years in Rotary in 2019-2021 and
  • Celebration of Life with families of those who have passed away 2019-2021.
Friday 4/23/2021 Multi-District (All Districts): 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Keynote Speaker:  Rob Raylman: The Gift of Life International.
  • Enjoy a fun radio show with music, trivia, and prizes. BYOB. 
 Saturday 4/24/2021 Multi-District and District 6630 will have a special breakout session as well:

 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
  • Multi District: Interesting speakers from around the country and world plus comments from the four District Governors. 
  • Keynote Speaker:  RID Brad Howard: “Pivot Point or End Point”
  • District 6630 Governor Pat Myers will share how all our clubs led through challenging times.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
  • District 6630: An exclusive breakout with our 4-Way Test Speech Contest winners
  • Chartering of the Lake County Sunrise Satellite Club
  • Recognition of E-ClubNEO Satellite Club
  • Interact-Rotaract Club Highlights!
Register and you will receive a free T-shirt delivered to your home or office. 
Registration Link:   Pre-registration is required to attend.

Cost to Attend: None!

After you register – there are a couple of important things to remember:

1. Your confirmation will be arriving from

2. The confirmation contains a Join Meeting Link (see sample below)
  • This link is unique to each of you. Do NOT share your confirmation link.
  • Only registered attendees can enter the meeting.
  • Be sure you login the day(s) of the event using the email you registered with.
3.  Our District # is 6630 NE Ohio.
4. If you are using the Zoom desktop app – please be sure your application is updated to the most current version (this is not applicable to those who login using the web application).
Akron Public Schools Virtual Library: Calling all Storytellers
Thank you Akron Rotarian Lorrayne Gervase (photo below) for volunteering to read a story for the APS Virtual Storytelling initiative.
If you are interested, contact Julie Brandle at for more information and guidelines.
Julie Brandle, DGND, Assistant Governor - S Summit and Medina Cluster
Past President, Rotary Club of Akron, Ohio 
Cell 330.858.6672 |
William (Bill) Sepe Discussed Multi-purpose Recreational Trails at our Weekly Meeting
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of hearing about TASCforce, LLC at our Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Club meeting.  Our speaker was Bill Sepe, Co-Director of TASCforce, a non-profit advocacy group formed in 2019.  Their focus is the promotion of multi-purpose recreational trails in and around Summit County as well as creating & preserving green spaces.  The presentation included the proposed Veterans Trail.
What are TASCforce’s Beliefs? 
  • Multipurpose trails are expensive, but they are an investment that lives on in perpetuity.
  • Green space and equitable access to it is imperative sustaining healthy lifestyles.
  • Greenways have an economic benefit to the communities they exist in by:
    • Boosting property values
    • Adding recreational opportunities
    • Creating opportunities for alternative ways to commute to work
    • Improving wellness
    • Increasing tourism
    • Providing access to businesses and retail stores
Background on the Proposed Veterans Trail
  • An abandoned railroad right of way runs through Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Silver Lake, Stow, and Hudson – about 12.5 miles long.
  • It has not been used since 1996 and will require tremendous investment in order to support rail traffic again
  • It has long been recognized as an ideal trail opportunity and has been studied for more than 16 years.
  • The owner, Metro RTA, is indicating a willingness to allow it to be used for a trail – as they did with the Freedom Trail.
  • Summit Metro Parks has expressed an interest in partnering with Metro RTA to build and manage the trail.
 Why Would this Track Make an Ideal Trail?
  • It connects the communities of Hudson, Stow, Silver Lake, Cuyahoga Falls and Akron and provides a North-to-South trail right up the densely populated middle of the county.
  • It connects with 7 other trails and provides an ideal opportunity for both commuter and recreational use.
  • The right-of-way goes along and crosses over the Cuyahoga River.  In Silver Lake, it passes the golf course at Silver Lake Country Club.  Stow has numerous secluded sections, In Hudson, it passes by a private lake, Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course, O’Brien Cemetery, and Cascade & Veterans Way parks.
  • The trail would start at Akron’s Northside Train Station and end downtown Hudson, behind the Acme Plaza.
Connectivity to Other Trails:
It would connect to the following trails:
  • Boston Heights Trail
  • Highbridge Trail
  • Connection to Towpath Trail
  • Existing Summit Metro Park Bike & Hike Trail
  • Freedom Trail 
  • Akron’s Rubber City Heritage Trail
  • Hudson’s proposed extension of Veterans Trail
How Can Rotarians Help Support This Project?
Write letters to Metro RTA asking them to:
  • Dismiss the rail proposal and embrace the multipurpose trail proposal instead
  • Make an application with the Federal Transit Administration to permit the right-of-way to be repurposed as a multipurpose trail.
  • Request the support that Senator Rob Portman’s office has offered to facilitate the F.T.A. application.
  • Once the application is approved, sign leases with Summit Metro Parks and/or the local communities along the right-of-way to allow the trail to be built.
For additional information about the trail project go online to  and sign the online petition and receive updates on the progress that is occurring as well as other worthwhile projects in the area.

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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!! 
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