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

Our upcoming speaker January 19, 2021




Member, Akron Rotary Foundation
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“I never knew.” That is a common response when we talk with Akron Rotary members – both new and sometimes long tenured – about the mission, purpose and cause of the Akron Rotary Foundation. The ARF is a locally founded group that is different from the Rotary International Foundation and dedicated to supporting local initiatives, including The Rotary Camp on Rex Lake as well as many other projects. Learn more on February 26 about the work of your Akron Rotary Foundation.


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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
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
Mella A. Castner
Akron Community Foundation
Akrochem Corporation
Akron Fusion Ventures
Akron Porcelain & Plastics Co.
Akron Tool and Die Co.,  Inc.
Artists, Inc.
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)
Galehouse Lumber Co.
The Geopfert Company
GPM Friction Products
Graves Lumber Co.
Andrew and Amanda Grover
Jeff Grosenbaugh, Citizens Bank, Commercial Banker
Harwick Standard Distribution Corp.
Marcia Holcomb
Holmes Siding
Hudson Technology Partners
Hummel Funeral Homes (2)
Oscar and Barbara Hunsicker
Ishee Investment Consultants
Terry and Jennifer Jarvis
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
Lighting Showroom
Dan and Sheila O'Connell
Oriana House
Paradigm Equity Strategies, LLC
Peninsula Associates Architects, LLC
Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers
Polymer Valley Chemicals and Minerals
Portage Community Bank
Premium Balloon Accessories
Pulp Franchising, Inc.
Raging Wolf Solutions, LLC
Roger Read/Sally Miller
Dan and Wendy Reynolds
Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
Shamp Bionics
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.

Rotary Cares

The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our supportfor Akron Rotarymembers and their families whendealing with the loss of a loved one,thehardship of illness and also tocelebrate the joy of a new baby, job,marriageor 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).


We congratulate all of the 2021 Cleveland 500.

The Rotary Club of Akron is proud to recognize one of our own leaders included this year:  Sandy Naragon.

We are so honored and fortunate to have Sandy as a long-time member and past Club President.

Take note of her greatest achievement:  The children, families and staff I've met through my volunteering at the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.  

She is a gracious and amazing individual.  We are grateful for leaders like you!

Click here to view entire publication - Sandy is listed on page 37 
(the graphics copied from the publication came out blurry - it is not your eyes!).


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 |
Cyndi Kane Spoke about Toastmasters and Leadership
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to one of our own, Cyndi Kane - Member, Akron Rotary Club and A.M. Akron Toastmaster Club during our Tuesday, January 19th Club meeting.  Her presentation was about Toastmasters.  Click here to view the video of the meeting.
Cyndi has run a successful real estate business for the past 18 years.  She has been very active in her REALTOR Association at the State and Local Levels.   She holds many REALTOR designations and certifications from the National Association of REALTORS.  Prior to Real Estate, she was a Licensed Optician for 16 years.  Cyndi has found Toastmasters to be a great resource for her career growth.
Cyndi has been a Toastmaster since 2008. She is both an Advanced Leader and Advanced Communicator, having served as President of the Club in 2013.
So, how can Toastmasters benefit me and or my company/organization?
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders.
Better Speakers and Leaders: Toastmasters is the best way for anyone—whether a working professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree—to improve his or her communication and leadership skills. Members overcome the fear of public speaking and learn skills that aid them in becoming more successful. Toastmasters creates better listeners and stronger team members and leaders who can comfortably give and receive constructive evaluations.
Joining Toastmasters: Joining a Toastmasters club is easy. A listing of clubs by geographic area can be located on the Toastmasters website at Visitors to the website can select the most convenient club, attend a meeting, and apply for membership. (Applicants must be 18 or older.) New clubs can be started with permission and assistance from Toastmasters International.
How Toastmasters Works:
At Toastmasters, members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club meets once a week for approximately an hour. Each meeting gives members several opportunities: 1) Conduct meetings: Members learn how to plan and conduct meetings. 2) Give impromptu speeches: Members present one - to - two minute impromptu speeches about assigned topics. 3) Present prepared speeches: Members present speeches based on projects from Toastmasters’ communication and leadership program. Projects cover topics such as speech organization, vocal variety, language, gestures and persuasion. 4) Offer constructive evaluation: Every speaker is assigned an evaluator who points out speech strengths and offers suggestions for improvement.
Toastmasters and Leadership:
Leadership takes practice. In Toastmasters, members learn leadership skills by organizing and conducting meetings and completing projects. The projects address skills such as listening, planning, motivating, and team building and give members the opportunity to practice them. Just as Toastmasters members improve communication by speaking, they learn leadership skills by leading.
Community Benefits:
Toastmasters helps many members in their community-service activities. Using the skills developed in Toastmasters, members have become more active in business, church, service and charity organizations. Toastmasters are able to organize activities, conduct meetings and speak in public as their organizations’ representatives. Some even become active in local, state or national government.
Cyndi summed up her presentation by saying that Toastmasters is the least expensive, best education that one can get. 
For further information about Toastmasters and their five different pathways, check out their website at

Yours in Rotary Service - 
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 check your email for a survey sent to you January 12th from Sandy Naragon.
It is very important that you complete the survey and at the end of the survey you will be asked to register for the February 2nd meeting if you plan to attend
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 sent. 
Yours in Rotary Service - 
Dr. Rob McGregor
2020-2021 Akron Club President
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


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February 22
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February 24
Rich Fry
February 25
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February 28
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Hugh Alpeter
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John Daily
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January 1, 1999
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Caroline Altizer
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Brooks Ames
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Joe Swiatkowski
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Timmy Able
January 11, 2013
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Wanda Whipkey
January 12, 2016
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Pat O'Neill
January 13, 2015
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Rima Muakkassa
January 22, 2019
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Jeff Sheeks
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Richard Brandenburg
January 24, 2017
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Laura Smiley
January 30, 2018
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William Zufall
January 31, 2012
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Mike Wojno
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February 5, 2020
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Mike Shearer
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