Kent Roptary History Moment Sep 22, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of September 15 Randy Smith 2020-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kent Ohio - Videos Roger Kramer 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sep 15, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for September 15, 2020 Dave Dix 2020-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for September 8, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of Sep 8th Randy Smith 2020-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of September 1, 2020 Randy Smith 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of August 25, 2020 Randy Smith 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for September 1, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for August 25, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
President's ramblings for week of August 18th Randy Smith 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sept 8, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sep 1, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment for August 25, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment For August 18, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for August 18, 2020 Brian K. Bialik 2020-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
President Randy's ramblings for week of August 11, 2020 Randy Smith 2020-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for August 11, 2020 Thomas Hatch 2020-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
President Randy's ramblings for week of August 4th Randy Smith 2020-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Letter from The Edna House Thomas Hatch 2020-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment August 11, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for August 4, 2020 emeeting Roger Sidoti 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary history moment August 4, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
President’s Randy's ramblings for the week of July 28 Randy Smith 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas in July, 2020

69 people purchased tickets to the event which was so good that it needed an extra hour to complete! Rotarians and friends contributed to, participated in, and watched the unique variety show co-hosted by Alyssa Mazey and Todd Kamenash. With registration, sponsorship, a targeted ask for Kent Social Services, and the live auction, the event raised over $13,000 with ZERO in the expenditure column of the balance sheet, unless you want to count the extra hair that Todd didn’t need anyways.
 
The planning team of Alyssa, Todd, David Myers, Lauren Talion, Rachel Kerns, Roger Kramer, and Randy Smith are proud to supplement our Foundation’s availability to give back directly to our community’s needs.
Rotary Christmas in July, 2020 Todd Kamenash 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment July 28, 2020  Jim Myers 2020-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary Foundation Grant Application Carol Crimi 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
July Month of Caring Supply Drive and drop-off BBQ July 29 2020 Bill Childers 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
President Randy's ramblings for week of July 21 meeting Randy Smith 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
The singing Rotarians... Jim Myers 2020-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
President Randy's ramblings for week of July 14th Randy Smith 2020-07-20 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary Club History 1920-1922

Because our founder Tubby, William Walls, started his presidency in mid year he served as the only president through two terms. By then, the Constitution was adopted for meeting regularly at noon on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Franklin Hotel. Ultimately Rotary International requested that we start meeting weekly and have so ever since. When the constitution was changed to weekly meetings, a lively discussion followed. Several members felt it would interfere with their business to attend meetings each week and resigned! Many of these men were back on the roster within two years.

 During that period of time the club lost its first charter member by death,  William S. Kent, for whom Kent State University is named.

A list of some of the 25 charter members contains several names a few members might recognize: Dr. William Andrews, Arthur Babbitt, Forest Bryant, Martin L. Davey,
Dr. George Dumm, Frank Elgin, Griffith Evans, Byron Fessenden, John Getz, David Green, Fred Gressard, William Kent,  Harry Longcoy, Dudley Mason, John McGilvrey,  John Paxton, William W. Reed, Roy Smith, Hale Thompson, Dr. Nicholas Ulrich, Duncan Wolcott and of course, William Walls.
 
Kent Rotary Club History 1920-1922 Jim Myers 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder: July 21, 2020 Dave Dix 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on July 14, 2020 Suzanne Hetrick 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on July 6, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

President Randy's ramblings for week of July 7th meeting

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Looks like we are off to a great start to the new Rotary year as Lange Kennedy kicked off this month’s programs with speaker Joel Nielson, KSU athletic director. Looks like after a draught of sporting events during this pandemic we will get a much needed update on KSU sports this month. Thanks Lange.
 
Hope you have marked your calendars for our upcoming online event, Christmas in July. Todd Kamenash , Alyssa Mazey and their committee have planned an entertaining evening for July 25th. Register online for this fun event and raise money for the Kent Rotary Foundation. We’ve gotten off to a great start with over $15,000 contributed so far thanks to our pacesetting givers. I’m confident we can reach our usual goal of over $30,000.
 
Speaking of money, here’s your reminder that dues for the upcoming year are due before we are assessed by the district and Rotary International at the end of July. $180 for the year or $90 for the first half.
 
Check out the new Kent Rotary You Tube channel. We hope to have past as well as ongoing zoom meetings posted in the future.
 
PLEASE NOTE- we have a new Zoom site with information on logging in listed below. It will change weekly due to new security instituted by the vendor to avoid “Zoom bombing”, preventing unwanted intrusion by third parties with commercial or political content.
 
I’ve been reminded of a fundamental life lesson recently, KEEP IT SIMPLE. We own one of those “holes in the water that you pour money into”- a boat. For the last two years it has frustratingly quit running intermittently. This persisted after the dealer replaced the fuel pump wiring, then I replaced the fuel pump, then the fuel pump relay, bought an engine code reader that showed no faults, and cleaned every engine harness connector. So my son, the mechanical engineer, comes to the rescue. Finally that investment in an education in the country’s top rated engineering school is going to pay off! Surely the solution will be a feat of profound investigation requiring unfathomable calculations and manipulations. NOPE- he cleans the main battery terminals and it has worked perfectly since.
 My point in all this. While we search for a solution to this life changing COVID19 pandemic let’s not forget the simplest way to protect each other. WEAR A MASK!
 
President Randy's ramblings for week of July 7th meeting Randy Smith 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Stories from Kent Rotary Club’s 100 year history Jim Myers 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Registration for the Rotary Club of Kent Christmas in July

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Registration for the Rotary Club of Kent: Christmas in July on 7.25.20 is now available at Tiny.cc/Rotary.

 

Please see the flyer.

 
The event will be a variety show hosted by Todd Kamenash and Alyssa Mazey. There will be a combination of live and pre-recorded elements including musical entertainment. There will be a live auction and a chance to give to a specific local organization. The concept is to have a fun experience, be entertained, and raise money for our foundation to give directly back to our community.
Registration for the Rotary Club of Kent Christmas in July Todd Kamenash 2020-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Past-President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-July  6, 2020

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Dear Kent Rotarians,
 
As the newly minted Immediate Past-President, I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you” for all your support during this very interesting Rotary Year. I hope I, and the board, operated in a way that reflected the historical heart of our club, as well as providing thoughtful leadership in setting priorities for our future. One of our Club’s greatest strengths is the process of succession, beginning with the Program Director, moving through President-Elect, and President. It provides a seamless transition at the end of the year, but also provides an opportunity for a person to enter and bring new ideas to the team. I want to encourage all members to give thoughtful consideration to stepping up and becoming part of the succession process. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as President this past year!
 
Roger Sidoti
 
We Welcome a New President/Watch It on Our New YouTube Channel   
In a video presentation shared at last Tuesday’s Zoom Rotary Meeting, Dr. Randy Smith was inducted as President for the 2020-21 Rotary Year. Randy’s 36-year dedication to Rotary serves as an outstanding foundation to lead the club into our second century!
 
For those who missed last week, the Induction of President Randy and the Rotary Club Board video can be accessed on our Rotary YouTube Channel with this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-rVWbBaYhuOCjcuvpZdMNw
 
This week our July Program Chair, Laing Kennedy, kicks off his month with KSU Athletic Director, Joel Nielsen! With all college athletics being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, this should be very informative for everyone. See you on Tuesday!
 
Another Kent Rotary Technology First
A big THANK YOU to Roger Kramer who created the Kent Rotary YouTube Channel. We will upload all of our Rotary Programs on this channel! For most of us, our Zoom meeting journey has been a technological stretch, but we have persevered by helping one another adapt. Do not hesitate to ask other club members if you need any help in navigating our tech updates!
Past-President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-July 6, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on June 30, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
2020-21 Kent Rotary Club Budget Randy Smith 2020-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on June 23, 2020 Dave Dix 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes 6-29-20

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A Big THANK YOU!
We cannot thank the members of our club who have already stepped up in donating over $10,000 toward our Foundation for this coming year. They have become true pacesetters in the effort! As stated in the letter you received, our work will be ongoing in raising the funds necessary to continue our work in the community. We hope you see the value in these efforts! 
 
Ken Wertz
In case you missed this announcement concerning the passing of long-time member Ken Wertz, here is the link: https://www.bisslerandsons.com/obituary/KennethKen-Wertz
As is our tradition, we will schedule a memorial dedication at a future club meeting. Bill Childers has volunteered to help with the memorial, and we are looking for a few more Rotarians who can contribute to the process. Please coordinate with Bill if you are interested.
 
Update
I hope those who were in attendance this past Tuesday found WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz as informative, entertaining, and engaging as I did. She was insightful in her analysis of the current impact COVID-19 has had on broadcasting in general, and WKSU in particular. Her broadcast each morning has become a staple for many in our community. We hope she will be a guest at future club meetings.
 
Our Program on Tuesday will be the annual program of induction for our new president. Randy Smith will be inducted and, in turn, will induct the Kent Rotary Board of Directors for 2020-2021. I hope everyone is able to join us in honoring our past traditions, adapting to our current circumstances, and planning for an uncertain future! Please join us in showing support for next year’s Kent Rotary Club leadership team!!  
 
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes 6-29-20 Roger Sidoti 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes 6-23-20

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Ken Wertz
I am sad to report that Kent Rotarian Ken Wertz has passed away. Additional information is unavailable at this time, but we will keep you updated as the details come in. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
                                                                                                                   
Club Finances
Included in the letter to all Kent Rotarians soliciting support for the lost Auction income, was an update of our regular club finances to date for our Rotary year starting July 1, 2019. In response to a member inquiry, I thought it important to report there was a carryover from the previous year that keeps us in the black (but just barely) by the end of this year in June. Our Ways & Means ad hoc Committee has been working with President-Elect Randy Smith, to establish a realistic budget under these extraordinary circumstances. I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
 
Board Meeting Minutes
I would encourage everyone to read the minutes from last Thursday which will cover the Budget approved for the coming year, as well as items related to our July 25th fundraiser activity. Please take a moment to read those minutes.
        
 
Update
I want to thank our Foundation Board for providing such a comprehensive review of how the board operates, the funding of projects, future plans for expansion, and the underlying philosophy of having a Foundation. An educated membership is critical in being able to have knowledge conversation about the value of the Foundation and providing full transparency. More important is access to the financial data in real time. Any Kent Rotarian can sponsor a request for support of a charitable project to the Foundation for consideration. I want to believe we now all have an informational baseline for any future discussions concerning the Foundations operation.
 
This week’s program will feature WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz. She will take us through the daily life of putting together WKSU’s Morning Edition, and weekly sports commentaries with Cleveland.com sports columnist Terry Pluto. In addition, she will discuss how WKSU switched to operating a newsroom remotely and how the radio station has stayed live on the air during Ohio’s Stay at Home orders, and how WKSU and NPR play an especially vital role in the media landscape during these unprecedented times. Consider inviting a guest for another great program!
 
 

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President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes 6-23-20 Roger Sidoti 2020-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Survey re Christmas in July: 7.25.20 event

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Please follow the link below to take a survey regarding the Christmas in July: 7.25.20 event.
 
This information will be helpful so we can plan and create an inclusive and fun program. You will be asked to share information about yourself and even upload a picture or two.
 
The more surveys filled out, the more the event will reflect your interests, so please fill it out!
 
Yours in service,
 
Todd Kamenash & Alyssa Mazey
Survey re Christmas in July: 7.25.20 event Todd Kamenash 2020-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting-on July 28, 2020 Mary Beth Harper 2020-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on June 9, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on June 2, 2020 Brian Bialik 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotarian In The Spot-Light

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Since March, Kent Rotarian Will Underwood has been delivering food 2 or 3 days/week to clients for the Center of Hope. COH Director LaJoyce Harris took this picture of Will and his van as he readies to deliver food throughout needy homes in Portage County. He indicated that, while his Rotary pin is not visible, “I did wear it most days!” While the Center of Hope is phasing out home delivery, here is an example of a Rotarian voluntarily filling a community need during this crisis!
 
I am sure there are many more stories out there about Rotarians going above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis, whether donating time, money, or resources helping others in need. Actually, I have first-hand knowledge and know many who would prefer not to be publicly acknowledged.  I want to congratulate Will Underwood and thank him for allowing me to use his story as an example of my strongly held belief that what binds individual Kent Rotarians is a mindset of “Service above Self,” and is manifest in our individual actions.
 
Roger Sidoti
Kent Rotarian In The Spot-Light Roger Sidoti 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-June 8, 2020

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I have heard a variety of descriptors for the current year from many friends and from a variety of people on social media. I think we can all agree that, so far, 2020 has disrupted our lives socially, economically, and politically. Many times, out of turmoil, artists try to make sense of what is going on through a variety of mediums. This week our program will feature Roger Hoover, local photographer who launched The Front Porch Project in Kent during the COVID-19 shut down. His iconic pictures of regular people practicing social distancing at their homes on their “front porch,” were prominently featured on local and national television. I’m sure you are as interested as I am in hearing his story and how he became inspired to create this story!
 
Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the great time we all had last Tuesday listening to Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. One of my goals is to create YouTube Channel for members to access all of our recorded programs from a link in our E Bulletin. I suspect Oliver will have many downloads!
 
Reminder 
Roberta O’Keefe has asked for volunteers for the prayer/invocation at our meetings. If you are willing to help, please contact her directly to schedule a date.
 
 
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-June 8, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary member survey results... Randy Smith 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on May 26, 2020 Anita Herington 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-June 1, 2020

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This coming Tuesday, our first program for June will be something special and with a little twist. Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle; Former secretary to both the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales; and Keeper of the  Royal will be our presenter “live” from England via Zoom! Clear your schedule and plan to join us!! Please invite a guest if they are fans of the English Royals and email me so I know they are signing in! To maximize the time available for the presentation, we will forgo announcements and move to the program as quickly as possible. If you have announcements, also send them to me, and I will get them out to our membership via email!
 
In looking back, we had another timely program for members last Tuesday, when Darla Scott from Coleman spoke of the impact COVID-19 has had on children the past 3 months. Her insightful comments and suggestions for parents were well received. Justin Gates, Director of Student Services for Kent City Schools provided the response, reinforcing the thoroughness of her presentation and the support she and Coleman can provide families. Read all about it in the Rotareminder!
 
Reminder 
Roberta O’Keefe has asked for volunteers for the prayer/invocation at our meetings. If you are willing to help, please contact her directly to schedule a date.
 
Ways & Means Committee
On September 3, 2019 we proposed, and subsequently passed, some revisions to our Kent Rotary By-Laws. If you recall, we also formed an ad-hoc committee to study creating a sub-committee for club fundraising and the possibility of an additional board director position. The goal was to review how we do fund raising in our club and consider some organization to our fundraising process. David Sommers graciously volunteered to chair the committee and what follows is the committee’s report. I want to thank Dave and the committee members Chas Madonio, Roger Kramer, and Randy Smith for their commitment to the process. Click here to review the Ways & Means Structure and Responsibilities.
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-June 1, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Letter from John Reyes, District Governor

While I intend to speak to the question of holding in-person meetings and projects in the upcoming newsletter, I believe it important to touch on the subject separately. As most of you know by now, the Board of Rotary International has extended guidance to all districts. The guidance strongly recommends that no in-person meetings or events occur through December 31, 2020. The 2020-2021 District governors are specifically advised to conduct their club visits in a virtual format and no Rotarian is required to attend any meeting or event. At the R.I. level, all Board and Committee meetings will be virtual. While the orders issued by Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton are evolutionary in nature, they still would prohibit or likely prohibit regular club meetings, Board meeting, etc. Part of the R.I. guidance is an instruction that all federal, state, and local health related orders be followed.
 
It has more recently come to my attention that there is another risk inherent in holding a meeting or event at this time, particularly one that might violate state and/or local health department orders and instructions. COVID related litigation is possible against a Rotary club or District that holds a meeting, particularly if that meeting violates an order. The existing Rotary International insurance package may not provide coverage for such a suit, and if it does not, it may also not provide for a defense. And while no one can be certain at this point, it is likely that the liability insurance package from R.I. for the 2020-2021 Rotary year will likely not provide coverage or a defense.
 
Thus, at least through December 31, 2020, no in-person Rotary meetings should take place absent extraordinary circumstances and those circumstances should include legal, medical, and insurance advice as to why such a meeting is truly necessary and will be in compliance with relevant orders and regulations. The District is following both Rotary International guidelines and instructions and thus will be meeting virtually through December 31, 2020, absent further instructions. Your concern for your fellow Rotarians, family and friends is appreciated.
 
Yours in Rotary Service - 

John Reyes

2019-2020 Rotary International District 6630 Governor
Tel: 330.258.6469
Email: jreyes@bdblaw.com
Letter from John Reyes, District Governor Roger Sidoti 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-May 12, 2020

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Last Tuesday as I was listening to Bill Benoit, President of Uh Portage, I felt reassured that there are decision makers who are knowledgeable, clear, and concise in providing information about this current COVID-19 crisis. UH is critical to the health and wellbeing of our greater community and it is clear that Bill’s leadership has provided a steady, and reassuring hand to that mission. And lest I forget, a big “thank You” to Rotarian Shawn Gordon, who arranged Bill’s availability to our club!  
 
This week’s program will feature Roger Hoover, Local artist and musician who will talk about his recent work during the pandemic “Porch Portraits.”  He has been featured on the Today Show and CNN, and brings a unique perspective to the impact of the virus on our community!
 
Rotary Board Meeting
The Rotary Board will meet, via Zoom, this Thursday, May 21 at 7:00pm. As in the past, if you would like to attend email me so I can admit you.
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-May 12, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Letter from Mary Beth Harper & Sue Hetrick
 

Posted by Mary Beth Harper and Sue Hetrick
To our fellow Rotarians,
            As we approach the time to begin organizing our annual Shoe Box project, things have changed. 
For the past 12 years our club has been most generous in supporting this important initiative.  We have shopped, filled and sent 50 shoeboxes and 15 layette bags each August to help people who really need help—the Children of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua.  Our members have reached into their purses and billfolds and contributed well over $1,200 each year to buy clothes, school supplies, toiletries and toys to make Christmas a little brighter for these children who live in extreme poverty.
We have heard from the organizers, who are proceeding with the project despite concerns about the coronavirus.  However, we have decided that it is not a good idea to participate this year. 
There are three critical issues.  One is that it will be difficult to raise the money without in-person meetings to “pass the box.”   Secondly, shopping for the items would be difficult and probably not safe.  Sue usually makes about 40 trips to stores, and Mary Beth makes at least 10 trips.  Much of our success is due to Sue’s shopping prowess, and we have determined that we could not find bargains online.  Finally, storing the items and organizing a packing party would be difficult under the current conditions. 
So, we have decided to skip our participation this year.  We hope to ramp up again next year.  Again, thank you to all our Rotarians for supporting this project. 
 
Yours in Rotary
Mary Beth Harper and Sue Hetrick
Letter from Mary Beth Harper & Sue Hetrick  Mary Beth Harper and Sue Hetrick 2020-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on May 12, 2020 Shawn Gordon 2020-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on May 5, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

LoveLight
 

As mentioned, LoveLight is seeking support in leveraging their funds to secure a loan for the purchase the KSU Golf Clubhouse for their center. Anyone interested, please visit www.lovelightcares.org  or www.facebook.com/lovelightcares for more information about donations to this cause.
LoveLight  Roger Sidoti 2020-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-May 5, 2020

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This past Friday, May 8, was the scheduled date for the Rotary Foundation Auction. This tradition to raise funds for utilization of charitable work in our community fell victim to the COVID-19 crisis. What won’t fall victim will be the various requests to our Foundation throughout the coming Rotary year for a variety of needs in our community. The Foundation Board and the Rotary Board are wrestling with this dilemma. I know it is also on member’s minds, as a number of you have reached out with queries and suggestions. The uncertainty of the next few months make it difficult to plan effectively but be assured that both Boards and the Auction Committee are in discussions and we hope to have a proposal to our membership in the near future.
 
I hope you enjoyed author Jeffry Miller’s presentation this past Tuesday as much as I did! It is always wonderful when people raised in the Kent community provide a program that aligns with one of Rotary’s goals, in this case literacy. Read more about the program in the attached Rotareminder! This week’s program will feature Bill Benoit, President of UH Portage Medical Center. He will be presenting  “The Impact of COVID19 or UH Portage Medical Center and Portage County.” This timely and pertinent presentation should be of great value to our membership.
 
Membership Survey
If you have taken and submitted the online survey, “Thank You!” If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. President-Elect Randy Smith is leading the Strategic Planning Process for our club and the data from the survey will help guide the committee’s work. Please check your email and complete the survey.
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-May 5, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on April 28, 2020 Brian Bialik 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on April 21, 2020 Thomas Hatch 2020-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Program Chair

Laing Kennedy has informed the current Rotary Board that he will not fulfill the Program Chair role as he had originally intended for 2020-2021. David Myers has been nominated to this position. The following is a vote for you to consider David Myers serving in the Program Chair role for 2020-2021. All voting will be anonymous.
 
 
Thank you,
 
Todd E. Kamenash
2020-2021 Program Chair Roger Sidoti 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-April  14, 2020

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I want to thank the 42 Rotarians who joined our digital meeting on Tuesday to have a little light-hearted fun brought to us by our own Todd Kamenash. Checkout the attached Rotareminder for details!  We always find that some of our best weekly programs come from our own membership! With that said, next week’s program will be Kent State May 4 presented by our own Doug Fuller. He brings a firsthand perspective and, based on his other presentations in the past, this should be outstanding! I hope some of you that have yet to digitally join your fellow Rotarians on Tuesdays will sign-in for this timely program.
 
President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-April 14, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Community Heart & Soul

The Kent Community Heart & Soul initiative is a community driven effort to gather information about how people think about the place that we live, work, and play in. As Michelle Hartman asked the question “What would we miss in Kent if it were not there after the COVID-19 crisis?” it meshed nicely with a survey from Kent Heart & Soul is now taking. It is a short, one question survey. While Michelle’s question referred to downtown businesses that may not survive the subsequent economic crisis caused by the pandemic, I think you will find a similarity in this survey question. I would encourage you to go to their Facebook page and click on COVID-19 Question of Hope. Here is the link to their page: www.facebook.com/kentheartandsoul/
Kent Community Heart & Soul Roger Sidoti 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

The DuBois Family Foundation

Most of us remember Fred Dubois as a longstanding Kent Rotarian and businessman. His dedication to Rotary ideals was reflected when he bequeathed $50,000 to the Kent Rotary Foundation at his passing. Now his family continues fostering those ideals through The DuBois Family Foundation. During our COVID-19 crisis, the foundation is partnering with Family and Community Services in leading The Great Ohio Health Hunt. Its focus is personal protective equipment to support frontline COVID-19 caretakers! I would encourage you to go to the Project URL for more details:
 
The DuBois Family Foundation Roger Sidoti 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Report of the Kent Rotary Foundation 

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REPORT OF KENT ROTARY FOUNDATION

APRIL 16, 2020

 

At its regular bi-monthly meeting held on April 14, 2020, the Kent Rotary Foundation Board approved the following grant requests:

 

1. “Ready Set Grow”  $1,000.00  (This organization teaches gardening skills to 
   children of the City of Kent Schools and helps to furnish fresh food to local pantries.)
 
2. Portage Medial Center Foundation $5,000.00.  Grant monies will be funneled to                                                ​    the Kent Fire Department to acquire AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators)
   The AED’s provided for in this grant shall be placed in community spaces or schools.
 
3. “Edible Kent” $1,400 -- This organization plants the community gardens near the 
   Farmer’s market and a garden at Kent Social Services. All that is grown if for 
   the benefit of the public and Kent Social Services.   
 
4. “Great Trail Council” (Boy Scouts) $1,500 This grant will help maintain the three
area camps that for the benefit of local children.
 
 
Thanks for your support and generosity which made these grants possible. 
 
The next meeting will be held June 9 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at a place to be announced at a later date.  Any member of the Rotary Club of Kent is welcome to attend meetings of the Foundation Board.  We ask that any proposals be submitted no later than May 26.  
Submitted by:
Carol Crimi, President Kent Rotary Foundation
Report of the Kent Rotary Foundation Carol Crimi 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on April 14, 2020 Anita Herington 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
eMeeting on April 7, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
A Message From Jeff Roeger Jeff Roeger 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Joan Seidel's COVID-19 Update Roger Sidoti 2020-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary President's Update Roger Sidoti 2020-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Society
 

A yearly commitment to doing good in the world!
 
ZONES 30 & 31
PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY
BLITZ!
FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL 2020
 
When you join The Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Society, you will join a special group of Rotarians that make a $1,000 or more yearly commitment to help change lives around the world. The Paul Harris Society member’s ongoing donations are vital for The Rotary Foundation to continue to do good in the world! 
 
Go to the Paul Harris Society page www.rotary.org/paulharrissociety and choose Join Today.
The Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Society  Randy Smith 2020-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Brief Bio: Todd Kamenash  Todd Kamenash 2020-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting on March 10, 2020 Suzanne Hetrick 2020-03-10 04:00:00Z 0
Meeting on March 3, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Megghan Featherstun, Dietician & Wellness coach

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Thank you to Megghan Featherstun, Dietician & Wellness coach, for sharing information on fad diets: the facts, pros, and cons. Is it a coincidence to have her speak on Fat Tuesday? We’ll leave that for you to decide 😀
Megghan Featherstun, Dietician & Wellness coach Todd Kamenash 2020-02-29 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on February 25, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Sequoia Wellness

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Big thanks to Chase Leonelli and Jacy Watson for speaking to us about Sequoia Wellness Center! What great information they shared regarding health and wellness. Pic includes Vice President Randy Smith and Amanda Senn from NEOMED...Amanda invited the pair to speak.
Sequoia Wellness Rachel Kerns 2020-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on February 18, 2020 Thomas Hatch 2020-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on February 11, 2020 Shawn Gordon 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

Ted McKown shared his experience

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Thank you to Rotarian Ted McKown for sharing his journey walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. A wonderful presentation that was both educational and entertaining! Ted is pictured.
Ted McKown shared his experience 2020-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Roosevelt High School student of the month Roger Kramer 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the month

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Congratulations to the Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle School Elizabeth Burroughs! Elizabeth is pictured with Rotarian Anthony Horton.
Student of the month Roger Kramer 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Todd Diacon induction

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It was Rotary President Sidoti's pleasure to induct Dr. Todd Diacon, President of Kent State University, as an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Kent. Assisting in the induction was David McKeen, Chair of our Membership Committee.
Dr Todd Diacon induction Roger Sidoti 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on February 4, 2020 Shawn Gordon 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
Meeting on January 28 2020 Brian Bialik 2020-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary Book Club  Will Underwood 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle Ashley Legg! Roger Kramer 2020-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Mary Beth Harper & word of the year! 2020-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year - Todd Kamenash

Posted by Roger Kramer on Dec 09, 2019
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Congratulations to Rotarian Todd Kamenash. Todd was given the Rotarian of the Year award!!!! Todd works hard on Rotary’s behalf every day. Todd is actively recruiting new members, assisting with fundraising campaigns, assisting with social media marketing and a member of the Rotary board of directors. He is a great example of someone who serves others with a giving heart. He is pictured with President Roger Sidoti.
 
 
Rotarian of the Year - Todd Kamenash Roger Kramer 2019-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Roosevelt Leadership Planning Retreat

Posted by Roger Kramer on Nov 19, 2019
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Thank you to the Roosevelt High School Leadership Retreat planning team for presenting to the Rotary Club of Kent this week. Students shared their experience with the 34th annual event. This year’s theme was “The Anatomy of a Leader: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul.” 109 delegates attended.

Pictured are students on the planning committee (P), Interact members (I), and the Student Activities Coordinator / Co-Adviser Heidi Jurging (*).

Front Row (left-to-right): Lizzie Lohman (I), Jess Giaimo (P), Aly Guinto (P), Jenna Senderling (P)

Back Row (left-to-right): Anaya Corwston (P), Tanner McKown (I), Katie Kulis (P), Kyle Doershuk (P), Jordan Carlton (P), Chloe Alexander (P), Heidi Jurging (*)

Members of the planning committee unable to attend include Kent Gordon, Courtney Kenworthy, and Jenny Coffee.

Kent Roosevelt Leadership Planning Retreat Roger Kramer 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation gives back to districts

Posted by Roger Kramer on Nov 12, 2019
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Thank you to Kent Rotarian Steve Dennis who shared what our Rotary Foundation has gives back to districts in the form of grants. Steve is pictured.
Rotary Foundation gives back to districts Roger Kramer 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary Foundation

Posted by Roger Kramer on Nov 12, 2019
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Thank you to Kent Rotarian Paul Organ who shared what our Kent Rotary Foundation has been giving to our local community. Paul is pictured.
Kent Rotary Foundation Roger Kramer 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Student of Month

Posted by Roger Kramer on Nov 12, 2019
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Congratulations to the Rotary student of the month from Roosevelt High School, Kyle Doershuk! Kyle is pictured with Rotarian Dennis Love & President Sidoti.
Rotary Student of Month Roger Kramer 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Torsten Hegmannfor from Kent State University”s Advanced Materials Liquid Crystal Institute Roger Kramer 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary Foundation check to Davey Elementary

Posted by Roger Kramer on Oct 29, 2019
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The Kent Rotary Foundation presented a check today to Davey Elementary. The money will support a wonderful “book gift” program for some students at the school!
Kent Rotary Foundation check to Davey Elementary Roger Kramer 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle School

Posted on Sep 03, 2019
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Congratulations to the Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle School, Scottie Spears! Scottie is pictured with President Roger Sidoti & Rotarian Anthony Horton. A second picture includes some of Scottie’s wonderful family.

This week’s meeting included a brief club assembly. If you have ideas or suggestions for our club’s leadership, let us know!

 
Rotary student of the month from Stanton Middle School Roger Kramer 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0

Unsung hero Rotarian award to Jeff Roeger.

Posted by Roger Kramer on Aug 01, 2019
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Thanks to John Reyes, District Governor of 6630 for 2019-2020. Governor Reyes & President Sidoti presented the unsung hero Rotarian award to Jeff Roeger. Jeff has a work meeting and had to leave early, but his wonderful mother Sandy accepted the award and is pictured.

Governor Reyes spoke about this year’s focus on Rotary connecting the world. He shared the parallels to his hobby of rock climbing to a vision for Rotary. Enthusiasm, adventure, teamwork, planning, trust, and risk management can help us achieve our 4-way test.
Unsung hero Rotarian award to Jeff Roeger. Roger Kramer 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Transition! Roger Kramer 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary outbound youth exchange student Roger Kramer 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
New Officers & Board 2019-20 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0