A note from President Asad
Hello everyone,
Hope you all enjoyed a little bit of that warm February we just had.  I even got outside for a bike ride – a rarity for February (and of course with fellow Rotarian Paul Organ)! 
I am excited and proud to announce that we just got notified that The Rotary Club of Kent has been awarded $125,000 by the Ohio House of Representatives under their Strategic Community Investment Fund for the Kent Safety Town.  The proposal opportunity was found and spearheaded by Todd Packer and channeled through Representative Pavliga’s office.  Dave Myers, Superintendent Larkin, and Bill Myers (and Wadsworth Fire Department friends) were key to getting this done in rapid fashion.  This infusion of funding will certainly get our Rotary led Safety Town in Kent going at a high speed!
We will be planning some outreach, press, and social, and certainly a celebration!  Stay tuned for more information.  But certainly come see myself or Todd for more information!
Rotareminder February 6, 2024
Roto reminder by Dominique Bollenbacher          
Happy bucks-
3.65- Paul closed on the building he bought downtown a year ago, and they are just about to move in, Sue Whiting- $20- thankful for all the support as she has been out. Ken Laing- $10 for  Women’s basketball.  Carol Crimi- for Italian language. Ann Moneypenny- sunshine, Anthony Horton for the student of the month. Jenn Lennox- participated in chili open, and had fun! Kathy Myers- student of the month and one for the new Rotarian. Dennise Baba- got new busses at PARTA, that are designed by a KSU intern at PARTA. Bill Childers- A happy buck for Todd Nicholas and happy that is Sue is back! Asad- for Kathy Myers making fun of him and for the student of the month.
Brother Perry from first apostolic church in Tallmadge, Former Kent Rotarian Jeff Myers
Todd Kamenash- Complete the youth protection form online. Bracket Buster for March Madness, Todd needs help, let him know and he will take you
Jenn Lennox- new member breakfast this Friday at 8:30 at Over Easy
Bill Childers has 2 tickets to the Men’s basketball game tonight
Dom and Nithia are taking over social media
Invocation- Tom Larkin
Student of the month-
Kyla Herren  is 8th grade at Stanton, she is on the Looping team and taking Algebra and Spanish for college credit. She sings in choir and this summer rasinig  money to go on a mission trip with her church. She plays violin, is in drama club and is in club volley ball. She is a student ambassador as well as on  student council. While she is not sure what is up next, it is clear she has a bright future!
New member
Todd Nicolas- our 3rd Todd who is a former Rotarian from Massillon, taking over for Brian Bialik at Hometown bank. Married with kids, and now has a granddaughter. He is related to Todd Blackege ( some football relation) His son pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bill Childers introducing speaker- this is Black history month and gave a brief overview of its origins
Becky Lehman & Olivia Card-  Maternal & Infant Mortality
This is considered a public health crisis. Black babies are dying more statistically than white babies. There is progress that is being made to change that! UH and other organizations in our state are taking serious and creative measures to ensure all children have healthy lives.
Responder Ralph Keltzien
Rotary Readers Program Returns!
We are bringing back the Rotary Readers program in the Kent elementary schools, and it will be taking place on Wednesday, March 6th from 9-11am in all five schools (including St. Patricks). We are looking for two volunteers for each school to bring their favorite children's books and read to a couple classes. If you are interested in participating, please email Amy Mucha at so she can put you on the schedule.
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Feb 13, 2024
Allen Aircraft Products
Feb 20, 2024
The Creation of Black History Month and KSU
Feb 27, 2024
Axess Family Services and Black History Month
Mar 05, 2024
4-Way Test Speech Competition
Mar 12, 2024
Bracket Buster Fundraiser
Mar 19, 2024
Moonlighters, Episode 1: KSU Police, Adjunct Faculty and Author
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Feb 13, 2024
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
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Feb 13, 2024
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Feb 20, 2024
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Feb 27, 2024
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Mar 05, 2024
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Pam Petrus
February 2
Ralph Kletzien
February 13
Matt Carter
February 15
Paul Organ
February 16
Stephen Belli
February 16
Timothy Naftzger
February 23
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