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

Our Speaker Tuesday, March 9, 2021

President, Rotary Club of Akron 

Strategic Plan Follow-up from Our Club Assembly

At our weekly meeting on February2nd, we hosted a virtual brainstorming session that consisted of six different breakout rooms – each focused on an area of our Strategic Priorities.
  • Impact
  • Experience
  • Include
  • Engage
  • Transform
  • Innovate
Our facilitators and scribes captured the discussions and we are ready to provide their summaries in our meeting on March 9th.
I hope you will mark your calendar to attend! 
Meeting ID: 989 441 809
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Speaker Recap:  Aimee Wade, Interim Executive Director, ADM Summit County
The Rotary Club of Akron had the privilege of listening to Aimee Wade, Interim Executive Director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board at our March 2, 2021 Club meeting.  You can view our meeting by clicking here.
Wade earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC). Wade has been with the ADM Board for 10 years and currently serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services, a position she has held since 2015, in addition to her status as Interim Executive Director. 
The Summit County ADM Board is responsible for seeing that effective and affordable prevention, treatment, and recovery services are available for adults, teens, and children with mental illness and/or alcohol or other drug addictions.
The ADM Board contracts with over 30 local organizations to ensure state-of-the-art services, for individuals and families at critical times in their lives, are available.
Through the support of a local property tax levy, the ADM Board provides opportunities for recovery and hope for a better life.
Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness are real medical conditions that can affect anyone.
Recovery is possible with the right services and support services funded by the County of Summit ADM Board.
The ADM Board in 2021 has nearly $45 million in revenues.  78% of the revenues come from the local levy that is on the ballot every six years.  10% of the revenues are Federal dollars and 12% are State dollars.  Less than 1% comes from local non-levy dollars.
The ADM Board has approximately $45 million dollars in expenditures in 2021.  94% of the expenditures are allocated for contracted alcohol, drug and mental health services provided by local not-for-profit organizations.  6% of the expenditures are for Board Administration.
Data for Funding Decision Making
The ADM Board uses data gathered from the funded agencies as well as other local, State and Federal sources to make decision on how the revenue dollars are allocated.  Several of the areas monitored by the ADM Board include:
  • Depression symptoms by region                                                        
  • Mental Health Variables by Gender Differences
  • Overdose Cause of Death by Year
  • Overdose Death Rates per 100,000
  • Day to Appointment for Addiction Helpline Caller
  • Detox Availability by Days to Access
  • Residential Treatment Availability by Days to Access
  • Summit County Suicide Rate per 100k by Year
Activities and Initiatives
  • Collaboration with ASIA Inc. to develop relevant communications and education around mental health for the diverse populations they serve.
  • Collaboration through the ADM Change Direction Faith Initiative with local faith partners to train key individuals in the Grief Recovery Method.
  • General and targeted suicide prevention and awareness campaigns partnering with local pharmacies, pizza and take-out restaurants, and the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.
  • Grant funded ADM providers through the end of December 2020 to ensure that they could keep their doors open as an essential service provider.
  • FEMA Counseling & Outreach grant is supporting community education and referrals for services to help combat stigma, isolation, and grief as result of COVID-19.
  • Collaboration with Akron Public Schools-College and Career Academy at Buchtel High School to introduce Behavioral Healthcare as Healthcare!
  • Extended resources early in the pandemic to allow for hazard pay in our crisis and residential programs as well as for those essential to working in the community with our Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) and Seriously Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) populations.
  • Engagement of Mental Health Adult Care Facilities (group homes/adult foster homes) across Summit County to ensure that they had information and access to PPE, testing, and the vaccine.
For more information about the Summit County ADM Board you can check out their website at
Yours in Rotary Service 

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).

The following was posted on social media:

Well... it's officially "official." The torch has been passed.

We're excited to introduce to you our NEWEST President of O'Neill Insurance: Pat O'Neill, CIC, CRM.

And more good news... Pat's father, Patrick O'Neill isn't going anywhere.  He'll still hold the role of CEO and stay involved in the operations of the business.

A new title and a big responsibility that Pat has certainly earned!
Happy Dollars: Photos Welcome for Our Meetings
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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