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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fairlawn!

Fairlawn

Friends Radiating Service

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Farilawn Country Club
200 N Wheaton Rd
Akron, OH  44313
United States
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ROTARY CLUB of FAIRLAWN

THE 7th ANNUAL
SPEAKEASY
CHARITY CASINO

BENEFITING
STEWART'S CARING PLACE,
AKRON CHILDREN'S GLOBAL HEALTH PROGRAM,
CRANIOFACIAL CENTER AT AKRON CHILDREN'S,
AND FAIRLAWN ROTARY FOUNDATION

YOU'RE INVITED TO A FUN-FILLED EVENING OF DELICIOUS FOOD,
CASH BAR, ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC AND DANCING,
SILENT AUCTION, CASINO-LIKE GAMING TABLES, FABULOUS PRIZES,
A ROARING 20s COSTUME CONTEST AND OTHER SURPRISES

APRIL 1, 2017

DOORS OPEN 6:00 PM

HILTON FAIRLAWN
3180 W MARKET ST
AKRON OH  44333

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Seating is limited
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Questions? Contact Lauren Holly:
(440) 666-4728 or Lholly@eastersealsnoh.com

 

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Revere High School's 8th Annual Future's Day Program will be on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016. The largest number of presenters each year come from the Rotary Club of Fairlawn. If you would like to inspire Revere 9th and 10th grade students to contribute in your line of work please email me. It is easy- just tell them about your education, what you do each day, and what you like about what you do!

Where: Revere High School
When:  October 19th, 2016
Time:    11:30am - 2:45pm

A catered lunch will be held for all presenters at the beginning of the event. More details will become available as the event nears and speaking assignments have been confirmed.

Our Club voted to send a $1000 to ShelterBox USA for their response to the earthquake in Ecuador.

We are very thankful that our former exchange student Valo and his family are safe and we're not affected personally. However the hospital, where Valo is a doctor, was not as fortunate. Thankful ShelterBox responders are there to help.

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At today's 2015 Distrct 6630 Family Fun Day and Awards, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was presented with the A.Z. Baker Award for the fifth year in a row. This award measures all aspects of a club. We needed 5000 points to qualify - and again we had several times that!

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn was also awarded the very prestigious Presidential Citation for 2014-15 by Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang!

We also received awards for the second largest increase in new members and the second largest increase in net membership during the 2014-15 Rotary year in Districe 6630.
 
CONGRTULATIONS President Betsy McIntyre and all our members for an outstanding year!

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Thanks to all of our generous members the Rotary Club of Fairlawn is a 100% EREY and 100% Contributing Member Club for the FOURTH YEAR RUNNING! On top of that the average donation to the Rotary Foundation for 2014-2015 more than doubled from last year's! Our club will be recognized and our district standing announced at the District 6630 Rotary Foundation Event later this year.

The Rotary Foundation conveys their sincere gratitude to every member of our club for your generous gifts to The Rotary Foundation. Your support enables Rotarians to tackle the world's toughest challenges through wonderful projects in our district, like our Solar Telescope project, as well as international projects, like our micro-finance bank in India and surgical equipment to repair birth defects in Chile!

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all our members for your generosity!


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At this afternoon's District 6630 Rotary Foundation Event the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was presented with both Rotary Foundation awards for 100% participation in 2013-2014::

  • One of only two clubs in our district to attain status as a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club - our third year in a row!
  • Also for the third year running we were an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club! Out of 53 Rotary Clubs in our district only 14 qualified

The Rotary Foundation conveys their sincere gratitude to every member of our club for your generous gifts to The Rotary Foundation. Your support enables Rotarians to tackle the world's toughest challenges, in our community and across the globe.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all our members for your generosity!

This is Rotary Foundation month so please help us achieve both 100% participation awards for the fourth year in a row with a generous donation the Rotary Foundation today!


The 2014-2015 Rotary Club of Fairlawn Board at our annual installation dinner. Great people, good food, and a rollicking good time to kick off another wonderful year!
 
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At today's Distrct 6630 Conference, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was presented with the A.Z. Baker Award for the fourth year in a row. This award measures all aspects of a club. We needed 5000 points to qualify - and again we had several times that!

THANKS to all our members - your efforts made this possible!

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The 4th annual Speakeasy Charity Casino to benefit Stewart's Caring Place and other charities held last Saturday was a sold out success! Attendees enjoyed great food, live music, silent auction, gaming tables, a roaring '20s costume, raffles, and hamming it up for photographs.

In addition to our sponsors and donors we would like to thank the Interact Club of Revere High School, the Rotaract Club of the University of Akron, and professional photographer Tim Wilson for helping us create a memorable evening. Check out the Speakeasy 2014 Slide Show to learn more about us, what we do, and the wonderful sponsors and donors that make what we do pssible!


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On March 8,the Rotary Club of Fairlawn will host the 4th annual Speakeasy Charity Casino to benefit Stewart's Caring Place and other charities. The evening of food, a cash bar, entertainment including live music, a silent auction, casino-like gaming tables, prizes, a roaring '20s costume contest and more will take place at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorship levels are available through $1,500. For tickets and more information, contact G.M. Rana at 330-861-3499 or gmrana111@gmail.com. Seating is limited so get your ticket today!


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At this evening's District 6630 Rotary Foundation Event the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was presented with all three Rotary Foundation awards for 2012-2013: Out of the 34,644 Rotary clubs worldwide, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was distinguished with all three of the following:

  • One of only 1,550 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district. This is our first year among the three clubs in our district with the highest level of per capita giving, we had the 3rd highest level of per capita giving of $205.73. With less than $5 per member separating, we were very close to having the 2nd highest level!
  • One of only 1,184 clubs worldwide to attain status as a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club for the second year in a row
  • One of only 2,224 clubs worldwide to become an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club for the second year in a row

The Rotary Foundation conveys their sincere gratitude to every member of our club for you generous gifts to The Rotary Foundation. Your support enables Rotarians to tackle the world's toughest challenges, in our community and across the globe.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all our members for your generosity!

This is Rotary Foundation month so please consider increasing your donation to help us achieve the next highest level of per capita giving - we are so close!


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At tonight's Rotary Foundation Dinner Christine Fulton was awarded her second Paul Harris Fellowship. The Rotary Club of Fairlawn chose Christine Fulton to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship that our club earned by donating more than $100 per capita to the Rotary Foundation in the 2012-2013 Rotary year.

During her time as a member of the Rotary Club of Fairlawn, Christine Fulton has always demonstrated a willingness to contribute her time and talent wherever needed. During the past year when officer vacancies left a void she filled the gaps in a quiet professional manner. On behalf of the club, both the past and current presidents gratefully acknowledge their appreciation. Chris's attitude truly reflects Service Above Self.


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We kicked Rotary Foundation (aka Paul Harris) Month off at today's meeting with a presentation which covered the impressive projects our district has been able to accomplish last year due to the support of the Rotary Foundation as well as how the Rotary Foundation multiplies each donation 3.5 times when it funds international projects.

This year we will again be raffling off Paul Harris Recognition points and thanks to the generosity of all members who were sustaining members last year (the entire club!) we will have seven lucky winners this year: five will each win 300 points, two will each win 400 points.

How does a club member get in the raffle? Easy, just donate $50 or more to the Rotary Foundation by the beginning of our 4 December 2013 meeting. Our club will match the first $50 you donate making you a sustaining Foundation member. Last year all of our members donated $50 or more (some much more!). I hope we can count on you to join the fun of the raffle and more importantly help destitute people to create a better life for themselves and their families!

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At today's Distrct 6630 Picnic, the Rotary Club of Fairlawn was presented with the A.Z.Baker Award for the third year in a row. This award measures all aspects of a club. We needed 5000 points to qualify - we had several times that!

We also qualified as a Sustaining EREY club for the second year in a row! This will award will be presented at the District Foundation awards dinner.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all our members for all you have done and do - it is always nice to see your efforts recognized!

CONGRATULATIONS to District Governor Julie West, for a delicious District Picnic and a great year! On a personal note I want to thank Julie for presenting me with the District 6630 Rotarian of the Year Award.


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Thanks to the Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Northhampton, and Tallmadge Rotary Clubs, Friday's Aeros game fundraiser raised over $2000 and many food donations for the Good Neighbors Food Pantry!

A special thanks goes to Leigh Alexander, Helena and Kees van der Heyde who took buckets though the crowd asking for donations. These Revere High School and university students increased the total raised for the food pantry by a third. VERY IMPRESSIVE and much appreciated by many hungry neighbors that will now have nutritious food!

This was the second annual joint fundraiser by area Rotary clubs for a local charity. Like last year, Rotarians from area clubs sold tickets to an Akron Aeros game and donated the ticket proceeds to a local charity. In addition to helping those in need, everyone had a great time and had an opportunity to get to know Rotarians from other clubs - a win, Win, WIN!

A final big THANK YOU to our president Steve Smetana for organizing this GREAT multi-club event for the second year in a row!

Today District notified us that our club quailified for the District Literacy Award!  This is in addition to the Presidential Citarion, AZ Baker, and EREY awards we were notified of at the District Conference.

More congratulations all around with special thanks to Tom Kelley and all the members tutoring the kids at Findley Elementary!


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The Austin BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) is a collaboration of NE Ohio Universities and Medical Systems focusing on patient-centered innovation and commercialization at the intersection of biomaterials and medicine.

Fairlawn Rotary member Dr. Frank Douglas, CEO & President of ABIA will share the vision and mission of ABIA as well as the impressive accomplishments made under his leadership.

Click here to register for this fascinating ABIA presentation and tour.

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I spent a bit of time over the past days angsting over finding something profound to say about Rotary and our little piece of the Rotary world. We all know the big picture –1.2 million people strong – over 30,000 clubs – a foundation that has the power to more than triple our funds to support international projects at our choosing. But let’s take a look from a different perspective…

Earlier this year, at the RI Convention in Thailand, RI General Secretary, John Hewko takes the podium. He tells the crowd that before taking on the position, he had done everything he could to know as much as possible to understand Rotary. Visiting clubs…meeting Rotarians…seeing everything that Rotarians do. He had heard and read and talked about the eradication of polio. He thought that he knew as much as he could. And then comes the opportunity…the opportunity that most of us may ever have …the opportunity to participate in a national immunization day.

Read more > 


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A great time was had by all at our annual NFL's Punt, Pass, and Kick competition held this year at Copley High School's football stadium.

In addition to 17 participants, the star from our competition last year showed up to support the other kids even though a recent injury prevented her from participating.


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A few months ago the International Club at Revere High School started exploring the possibility of forming an Interact Club as a way of adding a service component to their existing program. Their faculty advisor, Jason Milczewski, recently received approval from the school board to form an Interact club.

Yesterday two Juniors, Lauren McNary and Kendra Heiser, were elected leaders of the new club. Regular meetings will commence in September at the beginning of the school year.

Congratulations Jason, Lauren, and Kendra!


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The Rotary Club of Fairlawn will have a 5-person relay team running to raise funds for the Fairlawn Rotary Foundation. The race starts at 7:00AM on Sept 29, 2012 at 177 S Broadway Street and ends at 1:00PM at 300 S Main Street.

Find a spot along the blue line to cheer our team on. Better yet, support our team by making a donation to:

Fairlawn Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 13063
Fairlawn, OH 44334


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Five Fairlawn Rotarians received thanks from Revere High School for each giving three seminars to sophomores and juniors about their carreers. Each sophomore and junior selects three different careers they think might interest them and attends the corresponding seminars to help them determine the path they want to follow. Fairlawn Rotarians have presented at Revere's annual Future's Day since it was started four years ago.


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Today's meeting started off with president Steve Smetana conducting the certification cermony for the Revere High School Ineract club. The officers of the Revere High School and their adviser, Jason Milczewski, participated in the ceremony and accepted Rotary International's certificate completing the creation og their club (see below for photo of the presentation). Interact club co-presidents Kendra and Lauren gave a breif presentation about the exciting International project they had started to provide nutrition to families in hurricane devastated Haiti. An impressive start by what promises to be a great Interact club!002
 

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October 24th is Rotary Polio Plus day and Mike Johns, Sr., our District 6630 Polio Plus Chair provided an informative and inspiring presentation on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio globally. After a decades long campaign, Rotary has helped eliminate poilio from all but three countries (Afganistan, Pakistan, and Nigera) and is making great strides in these countries. In addition to giving us an overview of progress to date, Mike told us about his rewarding his personal experiences vacinating children in Nigera. With today's easy and cheap international travel, polio will remaiin a global threat until completely eradicated. We are very close - please help by making a donation to Polio Plus today!
 

A great double header of a meeting enjoyed by a full house of Rotarians and Interactors!

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The certified Revere High School Interact Club with Rotary Club of Fairlawn Interact Chair Petar Nenadov, District 6630 Interact Chair Arne van der Heyde, Revere High School Interact Club adviser Jason Milczewski, and Rotary Club of Fairlawn President Steve Smetana

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We kicked Rotary Foundation (aka Paul Harris) Month off at our November 7th meeting with a presentation from Jim Leshko, this year's district Foundation - Future Vision chair. Jim told us about the wonderful things the Rotary Foundation has allowed our district to accomplish as well as how the foundation works. We really appreciated Jim coming from Lakewood to give this informative presentation!

This year we will again be raffling off Paul Harris Recognition points and thanks to the generosity of all members who were sustaining members last year (the entire club!) we will have five lucky winners this year: two will each win 300 points, two will each win 400 points, and one will will 500 points.

How does a club member get in the raffle? Easy, just donate $50 or more to the Rotary Foundation by the beginning of our 28 November 2012 meeting. Our club will match the first $50 you donate making you a sustaining Foundation member. Last year all of our members donated $50 or more (some much more!). I hope we can count on you to join the fun of the raffle and more importantly help destitute people to create a better life for themselves and their families!


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This past Thursday evening, our Annual Basket Packing & Holiday Dinner was held at The Winery at Wolf Creek.  Our own Andy Troutman, owner of the winery graciously supplied the beautiful private party room for the occasion.  Our members and spouses came out to enjoy a pot luck dinner, some great fellowship and to gather up frozen turkeys and Aldi Gift Certificates to distribute to over 50 local families in need this holiday season.

This decades old event is in desperate need of a new name, as Tom Parry pointed out during the event.  You see, ‘basket packing’ was a literal description of what had been the norm until a couple of years ago.  The club used to bring in pallets of food goods, divide up and pack the food into boxes for individual families, then hit the streets to deliver to the families in the area who needed it.  In more recent times, we chose efficiency over activity.  The actual food items were reduced to a single 12-15 lb. turkey, and then $75 in gift certificates replaced the rest of the “basket” of food.

Our very fine committee of Chris Fulton and Ralph Christ organized an excellent event.  About 12-15 Rotarians, plus their spouses, enjoyed the dinner portion of the evening punctuated by the finely crafted libation of The Winery at Wolf Creek.  As much fun as we were having, we could have stayed all night.  With our task before us though, we forced ourselves to say ‘goodnight’ and went about the very important mission of helping those less fortunate.

Dianne and I personally delivered to three families.  Some of members delivered to 5 or 6!  All in all it was a very satisfying project.  We felt good for the kindness that we were able to spread.  The people we met in delivering the gifts were so thankful.  Most invited us in and introduced us to their family.  The unfortunate thing - so many more could have used the help!

I thank every member of the club for the support of this terrific tradition, and especially Chris, Ralph and Andy for going the extra mile to make it another tremendous success.

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The Rotary clubs of the South Summit cluster hosted the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from District 3202 in India this morning for breakfast. In addition to our club many members of the Akron, Barberton and Port Summit Rotary clubs helped us welcome the GSE team. Our own Mr. Rana made the GSE team feel at home by greeting them, much to their surprise, in Tamil. 

The members of the GSE team were multi-talented: amongst the five of them they had two lawyers, school principal, classical Indian dancers, voice over broadcaster, singer and director. Their team leader had many firsts to her credit include being the first lady lawyer and first female Rotarian in her district. We all had a great time as they told us about their lives in India and impressions of North East Ohio (they found us to be very punctual and expressed a preference for spicier food).

For those who were unable to join us at this event or if yuu would like to see them again, the GSE will be presenting this Friday, 13 April, at the District Conference in Cuyahoga Falls and entertaining conference attendees with Indian Dances at Saturday evening's dinner.

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The Rotary Club of Fairlawn will host its third annual Speakeasy Charity Casino Fundraiser on March 2nd, from 6:00 -10:30, at Portage Country Club.

The Rotary Club of Fairlawn has raised over $1 million for children in this community and around the world since 1964. Proceeds benefit our local community and other projects assisted by Rotary International.

Revere High School teacher Jason Milczewski will be recognized at the event as an honorary Paul Harris Fellow for his dedication to educaton and our community. In addition to teaching, Jason is involved with non-profit sports and community groups, the Akron women's shelter, the Ohio Education Association, coaches track, and mentors the International and Interact clubs at Reveres High School. Jason explains: "I have a really passion to give back because of what I feel people and the community has provided me over the years. I want everyone to have the opportunities I have had. Teaching is the joy in my life. Educating, mentoring, and interacting with students is not a job but a pleasure. I will always teach." Jason is a great example of the Rotary motto "Service Above Self"!

Rotary International Awards the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of $1000 donated to the Rotary Foundation (the Rotary Club of Fairlawn has designed its award to be made in Jason's name). The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty (see http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/TheRotaryFoundation/Pages/ridefault.aspx). We hope you will join us in honoring Jason for all he does for our kids and community.

The spring fundraiser is one of the ways Fairlawn Rotary Foundation raises money for local organizations and schools. The club’s efforts to support local charities and build goodwill throughout the community stem from Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.” Rotary’s compassion stretches well beyond the Akron community as it works to combat polio, poverty and illiteracy on national and international levels.

Click here to order tickets to the Speakeasy Charity Casino or contact Nancy Kropko at 330-658-8201 or Andy Troutman at andy@wolfcreekwinery.com. Corporate and table sponsorships are also available. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to help, please send checks to the Fairlawn Rotary Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 13063, Fairlawn, Ohio 44334. The Fairlawn Rotary Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3).

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The Rotary Club of Fairlawn earned three awards at yesterday's District Conference (they will be presented at a District Awards event):

 

  • Rotary International Presidential Citation 2011-2012 - This is the second year in a row that we received the Presidential Citation. Only two clubs out of 56 in our district received this award!
  • A.Z.Baker Award - Also the second year in a row that we earned this award. This award measures all aspects of a club. We needed 5000 points to qualify - we have earned 19490 points so far!
  • EREY CLUB - given to clubs that have 100% member contribution to the Rotary Foundation (aka Paul Harris). Thanks to our member's generosity we were the only club to earn this award!

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all our members for all you have done and do - it was really nice to see your efforts recognized!

A very special award was given to our Assistant Governor, Brenda Farrell, she was recognized with a Rotary Hero award for all she has done for her club, our cluster, district, Rotary, and the people around the world whose lives she has improved. Congratulations Brenda!

Last but not least CONGRATULATIONS go to District Governor, Steve Zabor, for a District Assembly filled with excellent break out sessions covering all aspects of Rotary and a District Conference with superb speakers. It was great to meet both incoming and out going Group Study Exchange teams, exchange students from around the world, ambassadorial scholars, and members of other clubs in our district. Lots of great ideas, good food, and wonderful people! THANKS Governor Steve!