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The Akrotarian

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

It’s Chili Open Week!

While we will miss being in person this year, we hope you will join our virtual Chili Open Celebration and help Rotary Camp support some of our community’s most vulnerable youth. Check out what is all happening this week!
Raffle Tickets!
First prize winner will drive away in a 2021 Chevrolet Trax, LS from The VanDevere Bunch. Second prize is a 55-inch 4k Smart LED TV courtesy of the S Group. Third prize is a Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio behind-the-scenes media package at a 2021 Cleveland Indians Game. Includes four diamond box seats and behind-the-scenes tours.
You can still purchase tickets at, or call the Akron Rotary Camp at 330-644-4512. Tickets must be purchased by February 6th at, 3pm to be included in the drawing. Raffle winners will be announced during the Chili Open Virtual Celebration on February 6 at approximately 4:25pm. Winners need not be present. If you still have raffle tickets to turn in, please make arrangements to deliver them to Rotary Camp as soon as possible. Please do not mail them.
Online Auction!
Register and support the online auction! Text chiliopen21 to 76278 or click here for a direct link to the site. There are items for everyone, including premier items. Bid early and bid often as all proceeds of the event help send our campers with disabilities to camp. Please share this with your friends and colleagues too. The auction closes at 7pm on Saturday. You will be notified immediately of your winning purchases. Pick up arrangements will be communicated next week.
Virtual Celebration!
Finally, join us this Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 4pm to watch our live virtual celebration. We will be sharing the camp story, honoring our Ambassador of Service, and drawing our Raffle Ticket Winners! The event will end with a virtual party and some great music. Show your support and join in the celebration for all your efforts. Please preregister here! When registered, you will receive a confirmation, which can be added to your calendar. We will also send you reminder prior to the event.
Thank you for your support of Rotary Camp and our families!

In the Spirit of Camping,
Dan Reynolds
Thank you to all our sponsors! 
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Sponsors are also listed at the end of this newsletter
Club News
Club Assembly on February 2nd Was Energizing!
Dear Fellow Club Members:
It was great to see the energy from those who participated in our meeting on February 2nd
The ratings and comments you provided in the recent survey gave us a wonderful base for this meeting.
Our virtual brainstorming session 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 will provide their summaries to me in the coming days. 
Next Steps:
The facilitators/scribes will share highlights as a team, then I will take our suggestions for action to the Club board. 
At our weekly meeting on Tuesday, March 9th I will discuss the action items with you – our Club members.

So please mark your calendar to attend! 
I can’t thank everyone enough for the time and expertise they put into this process. It is important for the future of our Club that we continue this forward motion.
Your Partner in Service –
Rob McGregor, MD
Rotary Club of Akron President 2020-2021
Our Upcoming Speaker February 9th

Hear from our Chili Open Team!  

Join our Club Meeting at NOON via ZOOM

The Chili Open Follow-up

Meeting ID: 989 441 809
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Mark Your Calendar to Have Some Fun!!
Note Date Change

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
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 & Equipment, Inc.
Anonymous Donor
Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC
Mark and Elizabeth Hamlin
Exteriors Plus Construction
House of LaRose
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
91.3 The Summit
The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory
The Davey Tree Expert Company
In Memory of Wanda Laura Fair
Eco-Seal Home Solutions, LLC
Famous Enterprises
Firestone Country Club
FirstEnergy Family Credit Union
Gabrial Family Foundation
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
Novus Clinic Total Eye Care
Ken Orihel
Ports Petroleum Co., Inc.
John and Linda Reyes
S Group, Inc.
Smithers-Oasis Company
Summit Construction Company
Thompson Electric, Inc.
TNT Exterminating
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Cheryl and Steve Warren
Don Wartko Construction, Inc.
Our Chili Open Sponsors continued
Acquire Investments on behalf of all Akron 
    Fusion Ventures LPs and Portfolio Cos.
Akrochem Corporation
Akron Community Foundation
Akron Porcelain and Plastics
Akron Tool and Die Co., Inc.
Artists Incorporated
Charles and Melissa Billington (2)
Blind & Sons
The Brandle Family
W. Stewart Buchanan, CPA
Mella A. Castner
Caston & Main Brew Yard
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)
Eagle Elastomer, Inc.
The Dick Farkas Family (3)
Final Touch Construction
Galehouse Lumber Co.
The Geopfert Company
GMP Friction Products (2)
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
Scott and Karen Jindra
Cyndi Kane - Re/Max Crossroads
Kingdom Title Solutions
Koly & Company, Inc. CPAs
Kovatch Castings, Inc.
Kyocera SGS Precision Tool
Manby Kids: In recognition of their dad,
    Bill Manby, Sr.
Margida & Associates, Inc. (2)
Steve and Jeannine Marks
Masterbrand Cabinets
Rob and Sharon McGregor
Mooney & Moses
Joe and Tamara Mora
The Murphy Girls
Northern Lighting & Supply
Dan and Sheila O'Connell
Oriana House, Inc.
Paradigm on behalf of it's Clients
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. (2)
Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, Stow
Raging Wolf Solutions LLC
John and Linda Reyes
Roger Read/Sally Miller
Dan and Wendy Reynolds
Dan and Carol Riemenschneider
Shamp Bionics
Sikich, LLP
Michael 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
Ted and Mary Ann Williams
In-Kind Supporters
Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio
Hale Farm and Village
S Group, Inc.

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