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

Our Speaker Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Feed Your Soul"
Executive Chef, Private Chef, TV Chef

She has a unique fusion style of cooking, blending different cultures together. Her hard work and dedication has brought her to where she is today. In 2013, Roshni was awarded “Chopped Champion” on the hit Food Network show Chopped. That same year she was also the first chef in Boston to introduce healthy restaurant-style quality food into college campuses and was featured in the Boston Globe newspaper. This triggered the healthy food scene throughout colleges in Massachusetts. Roshni’s wide travels, vast knowledge and hunger for the culinary world has awarded her as being one of the top 5 Indian chefs in USA by India Currentsmagazine in 2016. In 2014, Roshni was invited to be the featured chef for Masala, Mendhi, Masti in Canada, North America’s largest South Asian festival. In 2012, Roshni was a contestant on the very popular FOX TV show Hell’s Kitchen with Michelin Star chef Gordon Ramsay. She was the only chef among 18 that Chef Ramsay addressed as a “passionate, well-rounded chef that blended flavors magically." In 2014 and 2015 Chef Gurnani was award the best taste award for the Austin wine and dine festival as well as first place in the taste of British Virgin Islands. In 2014 Roshni traveled to Haiti to participate in the Food Fete representing her Indian heritage.

She was awarded 2016 Top Chef Las Vegas by Las Vegas food and wine festival. In 2017 Roshni participated in the hit Food Network show Cut Throat Kitchen. Chef Rosh was also invited to The Mohegan Sun "Sun Fest Wine festival 2017” as a celebrity chef among Chefs such as Aaron Sanchez, Mario Batali and Todd English. One of Chef Roshni’s most recent travels was when she was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City where she created a 7 course vegetarian meal reflecting her Indian heritage. In 2019 Roshni appeared on the Food Network hit show Beat Bobby Flay, where is again presented Indian food, putting it on the map nationally. In June 2019 Roshni participated in the 18th annual James Beard Bootcamp In Glynwood New York. October 2019, Roshni went back to the James Beard House in NY to create a Diwali 7 course Meal. 

Apart from having her traveling, Chef Roshni has her own catering and consulting company, as well as, a published cook book author. Chef Roshni believes "food is a journey, not a destination."   View more about Chef Rosh. 

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Club News
Special Information for Upcoming Club Assembly Meeting
On February 2, 2021, our weekly virtual meeting will be a Club Assembly focusing on our Strategic Plan initiatives.  A club assembly is a meeting that all members should plan to attend to discuss club programs and activities. This allows our members to brainstorm ideas for projects and activities, along with set goals and develop action plans.
We plan to do breakout sessions during the virtual meeting based on our six Strategic Plan initiatives: Impact, Experience, Include, Engage, Transform, Innovate.  
To achieve this, we ask that all members watch your email for a survey coming from Sandy Naragon. 
It is very important that you complete the survey and at the end of the survey you will register for the February 2nd meeting
Registering for the meeting: You will do this within the survey that Sandy Naragon is sending you.   
You will be asked to provide the email address that you will be using to log into zoom on the day of the event. 
This is critical as it will allow us to pre-schedule you for the breakout sessions and alleviate any delays during the meeting.  This email is how the zoom platform allows us to link you to the appropriate breakout room.
If you do not wish to complete the survey, but you do want to attend, please contact Cheryl Warren (click here to email her) as there is information we will need from you in advance.
This is YOUR Club and we need your input to continue to help us grow and achieve success in all of our efforts. 
We hope you will take the time to complete the survey that Sandy will send you and plan to join us on February 2, 2021. 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Dr. Rob McGregor
2020-2021 Akron Club President
Club Inducts Megan Olesen
Join us in welcoming our newest member, Megan Olesen.  She was sponsored by Tom Knauer.
Megan recently began a new career as a Realtor with Howard Hanna, however she maintains a relatively full-time position teaching English as a second language to Chinese children from the comfort of her home. Prior to those two current roles, Megan worked for Summit DD in several positions including in schools and group homes.  
Megan and her husband of 12 years, Kurt,  live in the Lakemore area along with their 6 year old daughter, Emma.  Kurt works as a financial analyst at the Cleveland Clinic.  Megan currently home schools Emma and belongs to several home school support groups and are also involved in Girl Scouts. As a family they enjoy hiking, traveling, and being outdoors. In her free time Megan loves to read.
Megan and Kurt are  passionate about instilling the values of service and volunteerism in Emma at a young age.  Megan is very familiar and impressed with the Rotary Camp, as her 18-year-old nephew has autism and has participated in various programs at the Camp for many years. 
During her intersation, Megan expressed an interest in joining our Club due to our reputation as a leading service organization in the community, and her desire to give back to the Greater Akron/NEO communities in a meaningful way, while also forging friendships, and mutually beneficial connections and relationships for career networking purposes.
Gregg Mervis - An Encouraging Leader in Summit County
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Gregg Mervis, President and CEO of the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau and John S. Knight Center during our Tuesday, January 5th Club meeting.  His presentation was about the hospitality industry pre-COVID, during COVID and post COVID. The presentation was recorded and can be viewed by clicking here.
Beginning his professional career in 1981, Akron native, Gregg Mervis is an active member and advocate of the travel and tourism industry. After 14 years of employment with the Quaker Hilton, Gregg left his position as Director of Sales in 1995 to become Director of Sales for the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and the John S. Knight Center. Fast forward and in 2012, Gregg was named President & Chief Executive Officer, where he is responsible for the management and oversight of the organization’s three (3) business units: Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, John S. Knight Center, and Greystone Hall.
Prior to the March shut-down because of COVID-19, the business units had a $7 million budget and 36 employees.  Over the next several months, all programs affiliated with the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau and John S. Knight Center saw drastic reductions in revenue and programs due to the pandemic’s impact on the service and tourism industry.  Through out all of the struggles the past 10 months, Gregg and his staff have continued to be champions for the greater Akron/Summit County communities.  He is an eternal optimist and feels the service and tourism industry will come out stronger in late 2021.
So what does the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau actually do?
As the community’s destination marketing organization, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitor’s Bureau proudly advocates the positive impact the hospitality industry has on the local economy and our quality of life.
Established in 1973 to promote Akron/Summit County as an ideal destination for business and leisure travel, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is the clearinghouse for area travel and tourism information.  Funded solely by a percentage of the bed tax collected from visitors staying in Summit County accommodations, the Bureau is self-sustaining economic development organization.  Visitor expenditures on lodging, dining, entertainment and retail represent “new dollars” for the local economy – money that would otherwise not be included in revenue and tax totals.  Putting “heads in beds” is an unofficial slogan that underscores the importance of marketing opportunities and experiences that require visitors to spend a night (or few) in Summit County.
The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau has a huge impact benefiting all the citizens of Summit County.  I encourage fellow Rotarians to access the website at to gain additional knowledge of how we all can utilize the services provided by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and the John S. Knight Center.
Our Chili Open Sponsors
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 & Trailer
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
Firestone Country Club
FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
Focal Point Social Media
Hasenstab Architects, Inc.
Huntington National Bank
In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
Pamela Kiltau
Lang Financial Group
Martins Steel Fabrication, Inc.
Sandy and Jeff Naragon
Paul J. Kruder Family
Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
John and Linda Reyes
S Group, Inc.
Smithers-Oasis Company
TNT Exterminating
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Cheryl and Steve Warren
Akrochem Corporation
Akron Porcelain & Plastics Co.
Akron Tool and Die Co.,  Inc.
Artists, Inc.
Blind & Sons
The Caroline Lyman & Family Foundation
Concordia at Sumner
DKC-Warfield and Company
Dominion East Ohio
Jim and Ann Durr (5)
Galehouse Lumber Co.
The Geopfert Company
Graves Lumber Co.
Andrew and Amanda Grover
Jeff Grosenbaugh, Citizens Bank, Commercial Banking
Harwick Standard Distribution
Marcia Holcomb
Holmes Siding
Hudson Technology Partners
Hummel Funeral Homes (2)
Oscar and Barbara Hunsicker
Cyndi Kane - Re/Max Crossroads
Kovatch Castings, Inc.
Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
Steve and Jeannine Marks
Rob and Sharon McGregor
Joe and Tamara Mora
Northern Lighting & Supply
Dan & Sheila O'Connell
Peninsula Associates Architects LLC
Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers
Polymer Valley Chemicals and Minerals
Portage Community Bank
Premium Balloon Accessories
Raging Wolf Solutions LLC
Roger Read/Sally Miller
Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
Stark Truss Company, Inc.
Stow Munroe Falls Community Foundation, Inc.
Scott and Dorie Stutler
Tim Englert Construction Co.
Wayside Furniture
Western Reserve Hospital
Westfield Bank
In-Kind Supporters
Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
Hale Farm and Village
S Group, Inc.
The Akron Rotary Camp
4460 Rex Lake Drive
Akron, OH 44319
P: 330-644-4512

Akron Rotary’s Chili Open is one of Summit County’s largest and most unique promotional venues. The event consists of a day long golf outing and chili dinner at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Chili Open Golf Classic: Goal Status


Here are the most current results of our fundraising efforts as of December 23, 2020!

Thank you and please keep up the great work...we WILL get there!!

Although the Chili Open will look different from previous years due the impact of COVID-19, and whether you choose to attend in person or virtually, your gift will make a significant impact allowing us to continue to serve the vulnerable youth in our community. 

The annual fundraiser represents 30% of operating costs to the Rotary Camp's annual budget.   This ensures that no child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. We are extremely thankful to our Chili Open Presenting Sponsor, Wayne Homes for their continued commitment to the camp.


Each raffle ticket includes $25 in discounts: 

There are great chances to win the following prizes: 

  • 1st prize is a 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS, or $13,000 cash prize – Thank you The VanDevere Bunch!
  • 2nd prize is a 55” 4k Smart LED TV, courtesy of the S Group, Inc.  – Thank you Rotarian Jeff Sheeks!
  • 3rd prize is a behind-the-scenes media package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game – Thank you Rotarian Steve Warren!  

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