Mark Dawidziak, author and journalist

Will Underwood introduced our Speaker Mark Dawidziak – an internationally-recognized Mark Twain scholar, who has portrayed Mark Twain for the past forty years, among his many achievements.  Here is the full video.
 
Dawidziak, long an admirer of Mark Twain and his works, as well as a fan Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone TV series in the 60’s, has been able to draw some interesting parallels between two men who were once considered the best in their profession.  Separated by nearly a century, each was dedicated to their profession – Twain, who got his start writing for newspapers and magazines, and Serling, who experienced an epiphany of sorts by discovering his love for writing when he enrolled in Antioch College after a stint in the military.  
Mark Dawidziak, author and journalist Brian Bialik 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for April 27, 2021

Posted by Brian Bialik
President Randy Smith welcomed the group.
 
Patriotic song God Bless America was arranged by David Dix.
 
President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
The Invocation was offered by Doug Fuller.                   .                          .   
 
Brian Bialik handling Rotareminder duties.
 
Visiting Rotarians
 
                None
Guests
 
                Asad Khan introduced friend and colleague Dr. Mauricio Echeverri.
Rotareminder for April 27, 2021 Brian Bialik 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 27, 2021

On July 24, 1942, the Rotary club of Kent acted as host to the officers assembly of the 158th district at a meeting at Twin Lakes country club. This was the first time in the history of the district that the Kent club had been honored by having the privilege of entertaining the assembly.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 27, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of April 27, 2021

This week we heard from author and journalist Mark Dawiziak who took us on a journey into the lives of Mark Twain and Rod Sterling. While on the surface these men would appear to have little in common, his program delved into their ability to teach moral lessons using the media of their time. Next week we end our literary journey, compliments of Will Underwood , with author Richard “Pete” Peterson discussing his book about the long rivalry between the Browns and the Stealers.

 

President’s ramblings for week of April 27, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 20, 2021

Early in World War Two, in May 1942, Paul Davey suggested to the Rotarians that the members of the military service inducted from Kent would welcome a chatty newsy hometown letter and outlined the formation of an “Uncle Zenas Club” composed of Rotarians who would be willing to correspond with the servicemen. He said the name “Uncle Zenas” seemed a fitting title as it dated back to Zenas Kent, the founder of the city. The plan was cordially received by Rotarians and by the men in the service, and relations set up in this manner were continued for a long period of time. Eventually the large number of men taken from Kent made the plans so cumbersome that it was impossible to continue to correspond with each inductee.
Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 20, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of April 20, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for April 20, 2021

Posted by Thomas Hatch
President Randy called the meeting to order at 12:15. David Dix led today’s patriotic song, “God Bless America,” followed by the invocation by Mary Beth Harper, who read a prayer about kindness by Mother Theresa, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Visitors: There were no visiting Rotarians at today’s meeting. The family of Jayden Triplett, today’s RHS Student of the Month were our guests.

 Student of the Month: Theodore Roosevelt High School Student of the Month was Jayden Triplett; he was introduced by Dennis Love, THRS Principal. Jayden is a member of the National Honor Society and captain of both varsity baseball and track teams. He plans to attend University of Arizona to study business and entrepreneurship.

 
Rotareminder for April 20, 2021 Thomas Hatch 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for April 13, 2021

Posted by Roger Sidoti
President Randy Smith called the meeting to order, making a quick review of the agenda and asking David Dix to kick off our meeting with a patriotic song, David played “My Country Tis of Thee” and Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sue Hetrick followed with the Invocation.
 
President Randy asked if there were any guests to be introduced and seeing none, he welcomed our newest inducted members Phil Lanier and Ben Wolford  
 
Rotareminder for April 13, 2021 Roger Sidoti 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 13, 2021

You may recall that prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941  a committee had been named on national defense. Our district governor had commended President Crecraft most favorably for naming a committee on national defense stating that it was the first club he visited that had the foresight to place in its organization a committee to meet the anticipated emergency.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 13, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rona Simmons, Author

Rona Simmons Kent Rotary Club welcomed Rona Simmons to speak about her latest book  The Other Veterans of World War II.
 
Rona Simmons has written both novels and works of historical fiction. She coauthored Images from World War II, celebrating the art of WWII veteran and artist Jack Smith. The daughter of a World War II fighter pilot herself, she is proud to honor veterans and their stories through her work. Her stories, articles, and interviews have appeared in regional and national literary journals and online magazines.
 
Rona Simmons, Author Roger Kramer 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

Food Drive Contest with Stow Munroe Falls Rotary

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Rotarians,
 
We’ve been challenged by the Stow Munroe Falls Rotary Club to see who can donate more to a food drive in the month of April. More than bragging rights are on the line. Each club’s leadership has agreed that the losing club will donate $100 to the winning club’s choice of charity. Let’s show them what we’re made of!!
 
The Stow Monroe Falls club will be donating to one of their local charities. Our club will be donating to our familiar friends, the Ben Curtis Family Foundation.
Food Drive Contest with Stow Munroe Falls Rotary Todd Kamenash 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of April 6, 2021

This week we heard about our Foundation’s plan to increase its endowment. This will ensure that our club will continue to impact our community by providing resources for worthy projects. The income generated from this fund will augment our yearly fundraising projects as well as cover shortfalls during unusual occurrences, such as this current pandemic. Next week begins a month of programs arranged by Will Underwood. We will hear from a series of authors about their latest published work. Should be quite entertaining and informative.
 
President’s ramblings for week of April 6, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for April 6, 2021

Posted by Mary Beth Harper
Welcome to new members!
Phil Lanier, Director of Marketing and New Business Development at DS Architecture, and Ben Wolford, editor and publisher of The Portager, were inducted as new members.  Lanier lives in Kent with his wife Emily and two children.  Wolford is our first member who lives in a foreign country.  He and his wife, Christina, who is a human rights attorney with the UN, live in Brazil with their two young children.
 
Rotareminder for April 6, 2021 Mary Beth Harper 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 6, 2021

The meeting of the Rotary club of Kent held on July 1, 1941, witness the installation of a new president Earl Crecraft.  President Earl referred to the fact that he remembered the Rotary club of Kent when he was young in years and reminded members that in 1921,  when he was a professor in Akron University, he had appeared before the club and had spoken on the “City Manager Plan.”
Kent Rotary History Moment for Apr 6, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army needs help with food drive...

Member picture Thank you to the Kent Rotarians and Habitat for Humanity of Portage County staff who volunteered to serve others through Salvation Army’s food program that kicks off May 5th. If you are working that day, please arrive between 8:00 & 8:30 a.m. Everyone should dress for the weather.  After all cars have received their food and departed, cleanup begins and is usually done by 12:00-1:00 P.M.
 
The site is in Kent at the corner of 261 and Summit St. in the Kent State parking lot. It is located down the road directly across from Kent Christian Life Center
 
Volunteer opportunities will continue each month during the warmer months. If you would like to volunteer on another first Wednesday to help pass out food, please contact Rotarian Rachel Kerns at rkerns@habitatofportage.org or contact Salvation Army's Bonnie Schubert  at Bonnie.Schubert@USE.SalvationArmy.Org
 
Rachel Kerns
Salvation Army needs help with food drive... Rachel Kerns 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for March 30, 2021

Posted by Dave Dix
Meeting opening:  President Randy called the meeting to order.  Dave Dix played our patriotic song, “God Bless America.”  President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Organ offered a Rotary invocation.
 
GuestsDave Myers introduced his guest, Ben Wolford of The Portager, soon to be a member.  Philip Lanier, Director of Marketing for DS Architects, introduced himself.  He will also soon become a member.
Rotareminder for March 30, 2021 Dave Dix 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of March 30, 2021

This week we heard from Mike Daniels, Director of KSU Student Multicultural Center. A colleague of Todd Kamenash in doctoral studies at the University this wrapped up a month of programs arranged by Todd. Next week we will hear from Paul Organ about a capital campaign for our Kent Rotary Foundation.
 
President’s ramblings for week of March 30, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 30, 2021

In January 1941, there was an interesting meeting of the club in which the speakers were Kent Rotarians. Howard Hall, Vice Chairman of the Program Committee, presented a meeting related to the community obligations of the Club. Jim Green spoke on “Re-dedicating Ourselves to Kent”; George Morse discussed “Visualize Growth of Kent State University” and “Our Industries” and “Work for a Larger and Better Kent”;  and Roy Donaghy talked on “Help Develop Kent Through Membership in the Chamber Of Commerce”.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 30, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Portage County Health District needs volunteers... Bill Childers 2021-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army needs help with food drive...

Member picture Salvation Army is doing a food drive...giving food to families in need, once a month starting in April. This drive is located in Kent (by the big bus pick up she said). They are in dire need of volunteers to serve others. I told them my Habitat team will donate a few hours to do this May 5. I have roughly five leadership staff that will volunteer that date. Their Captain mentioned she thought I was on the board for Rotary and wondered if I could get five more people from the club. I explained I was not on the board but would be happy to facilitate the request. She is asking all clubs to donate one day to help. Since Habitat has five people, we only need five more. I will mention this to the club next week to see if we can get five members to volunteer on that date?
 
Thanks all!
 
Rachel
 
Salvation Army needs help with food drive... 2021-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of March 23, 2021

This week we were entertained by contestant’s Kaylie Lowery and Isabella Mineo at our annual 4 Way speech contest. Kaylie will be moving on to the District contest. Next week we will hear from Mike Daniels, Director of KSU’s Student Multicultural Center.
 
President’s ramblings for week of March 23, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for March 23, 2021

Posted by Suzanne Hetrick
Meeting opening:
President Randy Smith called the meeting to order.  David Dix played our patriotic song, God Bless America.  President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Laing Kennedy offered the invocation.
 
Guests:  David Sommers introduced Philip Lanier, Director of Marketing at DS Architects.  Dave Myers introduced his guest, Ben Wolford of The Portager.  Both guests are soon to be members.
 
Program:  Speech Contest
President Randy noted that the usual order of business would be modified today.  Announcements and the 100th anniversary moment will follow the speech contest.  He then asked Olivia Pilon to introduce our program.  Olivia thanked Pam Farr who helps with this contest annually in her role at Kent Roosevelt High School.   She was unable to be with us today.  Also, we had a third speaker for today’s contest, who had to cancel due to an emergency.  Olivia introduced the three judges for today’s speeches.  They are club members Kelly Tremaine, Sharon Sledzik, and Steve Smith.  Olivia introduced today’s speakers and their speech topics. The first speaker was Kaylie Lowrey, a senior at Roosevelt, talking about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  Her speech topic is How Diet and Exercise Effect Your Body.  Kaylie talked about the benefits of working out for thirty minutes every day and eating healthy food.  She applied the Rotary Four Way Test to her topic.
Rotareminder for March 23, 2021 Suzanne Hetrick 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 23, 2021

District Governor H.K.Carpenter, addressed the club in August of 1940.  He spoke of his early life in Ravenna where he was born and being one of the first graduates of Kent State Teachers College. A special feature for the luncheon was the ice cream served for dessert made in airplane molds, the gift of Todd Fenn of the Fenn Dairy.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 23, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for March 16, 2021

President Elect Kathy Myers welcomed the group.
Patriotic song God Bless America was arranged by David Dix.
President Elect Kathy led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Invocation was offered by Rachel Kerns.                          .   
Brian Bialik handling Rotareminder duties.
 
Visiting Rotarians
                None
 
Guests
                Paul Organ introduced future member Philip Lanier of DS Architecture.
               
 
Rotareminder for March 16, 2021 Brian Bialik 2021-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 16, 2021

On October 17, 1939, the club had one of its own members as speaker. Griffith Evans, a representative to the General assembly of Ohio, spoke on the subject “The State Legislature.”  His remarks were pointed and humorous showing many of the procedures not seen by casual observers. The club had 100% attendance, with 4 members attending other clubs within the time period to make the record attendance.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 16, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Brackets and Squares for United Way NCAA Games Bill Childers 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for March 9, 2021

Up Next: Laing Kennedy will prepare us for NCAA March Madness.
 
Meeting Opening: President Randy called the meeting to order. David Dix played God Bless America. President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rick Bissler provided the Invocation.
 
Rotareminder for March 9, 2021 Anita Herington 2021-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 9, 2021

It was February 1940 and our Rotary club in cooperation with Kent State University conducted another Forum on International Affairs. Karl Leebrick, President of the university, was also the committee chairman. The lectures were held in the auditorium of the Kent State Training School, and due to the war conditions in Europe and the  position of the United States, the discussion centered around the question of neutrality.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 9, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Amanda Feaster. Director of Student Accessibility Services at Kent State University

Amanda’s presentation, titled Supporting Students with Disabilities in College, shined a light on the variety of disabilities today’s college students have and all the ways in which her department offers accommodations so students can have a successful college career. Amanda’s presentation began with a quick breakdown of statistics related to disabilities of college students. Nationwide, 19% of undergrads, or 1 in 5 students, has a disability. Disabilities vary from psychological (depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar), learning, medical to physical. In addition, 25% of student veterans have a disability as do 11% of graduate students. At the KSU Main campus there are 2,000 students served by her office.
 
Amanda came to KSU in 2011. Since that time, the Accessibility Services department has put a focus on mental health of students. Amanda reported that since she came to KSU her department has seen an 80% increase in students reporting a psychological disability. This is exacerbated by the COVID pandemic and a recent nationwide poll showed that 60% of college students reported an increase in mental health issues like anxiety and depression related to the pandemic.
 
Amanda’s department assists students to the best of their ability, though unlike students in elementary, middle and high school, her department relies on students reporting their disability to the university. There is no burden to find or identify students needing assistance. Once a student begins working with the department they can receive assistance finding appropriate accommodations. Her department has a list of 250 accommodations available. Accommodations include anything that removes a barrier for a student, whether it is physical, social, educational, or calendar related. The department also seeks to change the culture on campus around those with disabilities and includes educating faculty and staff, parents, campus leaders, and state legislators. Amanda and her team advocate for proactive inclusivity and universal design on campus and in the community.
Amanda Feaster. Director of Student Accessibility Services at Kent State University Stacey Richardson 2021-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for March 2, 2021

President Randy Smith welcomed Rotarians.
 
Patriotic song God Bless America was led by David Dix on piano.
 
President Randy Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Nelson Burns offered today’s invocation.
 
Guests
David Sommers welcomed Phillip Lanier (DS Architecture), soon to become a member
David Myers welcomed Ben Wolford (The Portager), considering becoming a member
 
Rotareminder for March 2, 2021 Stacey Richardson 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Dave Ruller's City of Kent Ohio Update Stacey Richardson 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of March 2, 2021

Amanda Feaster, KSU Director of Student Accessibillity Services, discussed the wide array of services available to college students with disabilities this week. She pointed out that unlike state mandated services in primary and secondary schools which require active screening, these services are provided only when sought by individuals enrolled in higher education. As pointed out by our members this a much more comprehensive program then what was available many years ago.
 
Next week we hear from former member Lori Wemhoff who is now Senior Vice President Communications and Marketing for the American Osteopathic Association.
President’s ramblings for week of March 2, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 2, 2021

You may remember that one of the first projects of our club underfounder William Walls was listing children of Portage County who had physical infirmities and assisting them in getting medical help. That was back in 1921.
 
In 1939 under the leadership of Jim Green the Crippled Children’s Committee became active in an investigation of the conditions in Portage County.  Jim called attention to the fact that the county by reason of failure to provide funds for its share of the necessary expenses had failed to provide for the indigent crippled children in conformity with the laws of the state of Ohio. He and other members of the club met with the probate judge, the auditor and the county commissioners to address the issue of funding for the care of crippled children in the county.
Kent Rotary History Moment for Mar 2, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Ruller, Kent Ohio City Manager

Todd Kamenesh delivered a nice introduction to our speaker today – Kent City Manager, Dave Ruller, who has prepared remarks on how the pandemic has affected the city.
 
To the surprise of no one, Dave stated that the city was not immune to the effects of the pandemic.  Approximately 50% of the city’s workforce was either diagnosed or has COVID.  Many businesses have been hurt with a number of pandemic-induced closures. 
 
For all of the bad, Dave believes the city is better for the experience.  In a way, the city has become an ecosystem of sorts – provoking various departments to learn how to work differently by working smarter.  A “unified command model” has led to better coordination of department duties, as well as developing a healthy reliance on each other.  Words such as “collaboration”, “cooperation” and “leadership” served as a rallying cry to leave no stone unturned and to seek and invite creative solutions.  As Dave opined…”it is open season on good ideas.”
 
Dave Ruller, Kent Ohio City Manager Brian Bialik 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for February 23, 2021

Zoom Meeting on February 23, 2020
President Randy Smith welcomed the group.
 
Patriotic song God Bless America was arranged by David Dix.
 
President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
The Invocation was offered by Hal Loughry.   
 
Brian Bialik handling Rotareminder duties.
 
Visiting Rotarians
               None
Rotareminder for February 23, 2021 Brian Bialik 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 23, 2021

More than 80 farmers of the district were entertained at a joint meeting of the Rotary, Kiwanis and  the Chamber of Commerce at a banquet given at the Congregational Church Gymnasiumon the evening of February 28, 1939. Moving pictures of the Sixth World Poultry Congress were shown by Merle Wagoner of the club. In as much as the Seventh World Poultry Congress was to be held in Cleveland in July the pictures were especially interesting to the farmers in attendance.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 23, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 16, 2021

During the summer of 1938 the recreational director for the city desired to arrange for a Kid-Kar derby and requested Rotary’s assistance and cooperation.  Under the sponsorship of Kent Rotary, through the Boy’s Work Committee and the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration, a federal program for the unemployed under President Franklin Roosevelt’ New Deal during the Great Depression), the Kid-Kar auto races were held for the next several years.  Similar, but a little different from the International Soap Box Derby, the races were held on Main Street Hill, starting on a special ramp constructed at the intersection with Mantua Street and ending at the east end of the bridge across the Cuyahoga River.
Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 16, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 9, 2021

Early in September 1937, the community service committee headed by its chairman, Phil Ott, appeared before the city council with a request that a park board be established to outline a park system project for the city. The committee offered the assistance of the Rotary club in the development work after a park commission had been named. Ernest Ferry, Rotary President, was named chairman of the Kent Recreation Commission in February 1938. The recreation program, a WPA project was fostered by the Rotary club in 1936.
Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 9, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for February 2, 2021

Announcements:
 
Invocation:  Christie Anderson read parts of Amanda Gorman’s poem from President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
 
Community Meal:  Carol Crimi needs volunteers to help serve a community meal on Saturday, February 20, at the Faith Lutheran Church.  Contact her if you can help dish up dinners, deliver to curbside or prepare desserts.
 
Rotareminder for February 2, 2021 Mary Beth Harper 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 2, 2021

Kent Rotarians were shocked and saddened by the announcement of the death of  William Walls, Superintendent Of Kent Public Schools and the founder of Rotary in Kent, due to an automobile accident while on his way to Columbus August 14, 1937. Funeral services were held at Methodist Episcopal Church in Kent with burial in Steubenville Ohio.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Feb 2, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of January 26

We heard from former AP national journalist Liz Sidoti who described her career path since growing up in our local community. Another amazing story of how our community has impacted the world in a positive significant way. Thanks again to Amanda Senn for a month of inspiring programs. This next week we celebrate “Heart” month with speaker Tracy Behnke, Executive Director Northeast Ohio/Western Pennsylvania American Heart Association.
President’s ramblings for week of January 26 Randy Smith 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Jan 26, 2021

Be mindful of the following date:
It was autumn of 1936 and at the suggestion of a district governor, our President Fren Musselman proposed to the Rotary club of Kent that they promote a series of lectures by nationally known speakers and thereby initiate a “ Forum of Foreign Affairs” in Kent. The purpose and objective of the undertaking was a course of lectures and conferences on international problems especially as they bear on American daily living and thought. Our national security and our desire to live peaceably in the complex and jumpy modern world depended greatly on an intelligent American public opinion on these subjects as well as our sympathetic understanding of the attitudes of people of other nations.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Jan 26, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for January 26, 2021

Meeting Opening:   President Randy called the meeting to order.  David Dix provided the patriotic song, “God Bless America”.  President Randy led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Beth Harper provided the invocation, which focused on the necessity of patience as the Covid-19 vaccines are distributed.
 
Rotareminder for January 26, 2021 Dave Dix 2021-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

New service opportunity...Imagination Library!
 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Kent Rotary Members- we need your help!
 
Kent Rotary has an active grant project entitled, "Imagination Library at the Kent Free Library". This grant assists with delivering free books every month to children ages 0-5 years old in Portage County. We are looking for volunteers to help with outreach and ideas to help recruit parents with young children to enroll in the program.
 
The first informational meeting is this coming Tuesday evening, January 26th at 7:00 pm.
 
New members, we always hear that you are looking for ways to get involved---- well, here's your chance!
 
Zoom info for the meeting is listed below. Please attend and find out if this is something you would like to be involved in.
Best regards,
Curt Stumpf
 
New service opportunity...Imagination Library!  Curt Stumpf 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of January 19

We heard from a local entrepreneur Mason Kisamore who, along with his wife, runs a farming operation in Portage County. It is obvious that small farms are alive and well in our community. The entrepreneurial skill they display is impressive both in scope and planning. This week Liz Sidoti, Managing Director Abernathy MacGregor, will be our speaker. The daughter of Past President Roger and a Kent Theodore Roosevelt Grad, she will undoubtedly bring us a program with national political insight.
President’s ramblings for week of January 19 Randy Smith 2021-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Liz Sidoti, Managing Director Abernathy MacGregor

Amanda Senn introduced us to Liz Sidoti, the daughter of former President Roger, whose storied career in journalism began when she was 10 years old and delivering her newspaper route and, according to Liz, “reading every newspaper I could.”  Liz graduated from Roosevelt in 1993 and at the age of 17 enrolled in the Scripps School of Journalism program at Ohio University going on from there to Associated Press in Ohio starting in Cincinnati and then Columbus before going on to the national bureau of Associated Press where she eventually became AP’s politics writer for the nation during the Bush and Obama years.
 
Liz Sidoti, Managing Director Abernathy MacGregor Dave Dix 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary History Moment for Jan 19th, 2021

The City of Kent in line with the rest of the country was slowly working its way out of the economic depression at this time; yet work was needed for those who were unable to secure a regular employment. To create worthwhile jobs for some of the worthy unemployed and, at the same time to afford recreation for underprivileged children in the city, vice president Ernst Ferry suggested that the Rotary Club sponsor a recreational program for the children and youth of Kent and use the idle men of the city to develop facilities for the promotion of the project. This was a citywide undertaking with several civic organizations joining with the City of Kent to promote the plan.
 
Kent Rotary History Moment for Jan 19th, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Mason Kisamore Farms, LLC

Mason Kisamore Family Farms, LLC
Amanda Senn introduced Mason Kisamore, who frequents the Kent Farmer’s Market.  Amanda noted that Mason met his wife Stacy at the Randolf Fair.  Mason, his wife along with sons Harlan and Emerson raise animals, supplying meat for Dumas and the Farmer’s Market.
Mason told us that he has been involved with farming his entire life.  He started helping on his dad’s farm and now he has his own farm business.  He owns over 20 acres of land and leases an additional 600 acres of land, to grow crops and raise animals.  They raise cattle, lambs, pigs, turkeys, chickens, laying hens and milk cows.  They sell pork, lamb, beef to customers at Dumas Meats and the Kent Farmer’s Market.  They also sell fresh turkeys and eggs. 
Mason Kisamore Farms, LLC Mike Lewis 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for January 19, 2021

Meeting opening:
President Randy Smith called the meeting to order.  David Dix played our patriotic song, God Bless America.  President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Doug Fuller offered the invocation.
 
Guests:  David Sommers introduced Philip Lanier, Director of Marketing for DS Architects.  Shawn Gordon introduced her guest, Andrew Popp, an attorney with Weisenburger Law in Ravenna.
Rotareminder for January 19, 2021 Suzanne Hetrick 2021-01-19 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Ramblings for week of January 12

This week we heard the amazing story of another Kent native, Dr Ellie Yanchar. Her journey to serve the homeless and disenfranchised in New York City was a testimony of how her family and community have shaped a career that it is making an impact. Her altruism is inspiring! Next week we will hear from Mason Kisamore who is making an impact closer to home with the Mason Kisamore Family Farms, LLC.
President’s Ramblings for week of January 12 Randy Smith 2021-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder for January 12, 2021

Meeting Opening: President Randy called the meeting to order. David Dix played our patriotic song. President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Ralph Kletzien provided the Invocation.
 
Guests: David Sommers’ guest was Philip Lanier, Director of Marketing for DS Architecture and Shawn Gordon’s guest was Andrew Popp, attorney with Weisenburger Law in Ravenna.
Rotareminder for January 12, 2021 Mike Lewis 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

History Moment Jan 12, 2021

James Green was our President during the year 1935.

That year Kent Rotary played an important part in relief work necessitated by the Depression. The following members assumed leadership roles of various organizations.  

Emmet Stopher was elected President of the Kent Welfare Association. Many members energetically participated in the Community Chest Drive.  Will Reed had charge of the drive for finds that raised more than the quota set by the Welfare Association

History Moment Jan 12, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Ellie Yanchar 

Elena Yanchar Dr. Ellie Yanchar was born and raised in Kent. She graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 1999. She took a roundabout journey to get to medicine, which was sparked by working for the American Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina, and she did not start medical school until she was 29 years old. She is now dual boarded in family medicine and psychiatry. She did her most of her medical training on the west coast, with medical school in Oregon, and residency in San Diego, where her training was focused primarily on working with homeless and underserved populations, and those suffering from addiction. After residency she moved to NYC to complete a fellowship at Columbia University, where she was working at a shelter for men with mental illness in the Bronx. 
 
 
Dr. Ellie Yanchar Mike Lewis 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Aurora Valentine Drawing Flyer Will Underwood 2021-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for week of January 5,  2021

Amanda Senn kicked off our month of programs highlighting local talent. Marcquis Parham, a talented athlete in the local sports scene during the 1990’s, described his journey as an impoverished black male in a single parent matriarch family in our community. His powerful message of influencer’s in his life can provide a path for us as individuals and an organization. I believe our efforts to support our schools and literacy programs with our time and money truly make a difference. Next week’s speaker will be Dr Ellie Yanchar, another 1990’s local talent, who now serves on the front lines of health care in New York City. Should be another informative and interesting program.
President’s ramblings for week of January 5, 2021 Randy Smith 2021-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

History Moment Jan 5, 2021

John Gettrust was our President during 1934-35. Our club’s membership had dropped to 50 members, still the result of the Great Depression.
Major Roy Smith through his efforts as Vice President of the Lamson & Sessions Company, donated to the city of Kent, a track of land along the Cuyahoga River for a municipal park system. A committee of Rotarians was name to aid the city in developing and beautifying the park project on the land recently donated.
Major Smith was the first member of our club to be named a board trustee of Kent State University, an honor bestowed by Governor Davey.
History Moment Jan 5, 2021 Jim Myers 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaryeminder Rotary Club of Kent January 5, 2021

Up Next: January 12 Ellie Yanchar, Psychiatrist and Family Medicine Physician at the Bronx NY Health Collective will speak about her experiences working with underserved populations, primarily homeless and marginally housed individuals in community health center and homeless shelter settings. Ellie is a proud 1999 alumna of Kent Roosevelt High School.
 
Meeting Opening: President Randy called the meeting to order. David Dix played our patriotic song. President Randy led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sue Hetrick provided the Invocation.
Rotaryeminder Rotary Club of Kent January 5, 2021 Anita Herington 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

Kent Rotary's Meeting Speaker-Marcus Parham

Assistant Director of the Career and Leadership Development CenterJanuary program chair Amanda Senn introduced her 2002 Kent Roosevelt High School classmate Marquis Parham. He is the Assistant Director of the Career and Leadership Development Center at his alma mater Ohio University. Marquis holds bachelors and masters degrees in recreation and sport pedagogy with an emphasis in coaching education and recreation management and administration. He is an educator, motivator, personal trainer, fashion model and television celebrity.
Marquis told his life story about how his successes and failures during his early years in Kent have shaped his life. He gave great credit to his mother Jackie Peoples Duke for raising him and his older brother alone. She worked two jobs to provide for them.
Kent Rotary's Meeting Speaker-Marcus Parham Anita Herington 2021-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award Nominations Sandra Reid 2020-12-22 05:00:00Z 0

A year in the history of Kent Ohio - The Kent Tribune
 

David Myers presented today’s program which came about due to research he began during quarantine on his great grandfather, Paul Davey.
 
Dave spent time reading The Kent Tribune newspaper as part of his research. He adapted that research for today’s program in which he shared popular, and often comical, headlines and more from every month of 1920 as written by the Kent Tribune. The Kent Tribune is available online thanks to a grant received by Kent Historical Society. Those interested in reading the paper on their own can find it at: https://kentohiohistory.org/collections/newspaper-archives-kent-tribune. David closed his presentation with a reading of the poem Little Old Newspaper from My Old Hometown.
A year in the history of Kent Ohio - The Kent Tribune  Dave Myers 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent December 15, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Glenn Saltzman Award Winners 2020     Carol Crimi 2020-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent  December 8, 2020 Brian Bialik 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

History Moment Dec 8, 2020

Another reminder of our 100 year history.

The year 1933-1934 presented many handicaps and problems due to the effect of the continued economic depression. While the administration at Washington attempted to call conditions a recession, the country and the local community recognize the effect of a genuine depression. The morale of the average citizen was low and this was reflected in his attitude towards all activities even extending into Rotary.
 

History Moment Dec 8, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Rita R. Colwell, PhD.

Dave Myers introduced our speaker Rita R. Colwell, PhD.
 
Dr. Colwell’s vitae is vast having received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bacteriology, Genetics and Oceanography.  Moreover, she has been awarded 63 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education, as well as receiving recognitions from a number of world leaders for her achievements in science related to infectious diseases and clean water management.   She is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 19 books and more than 800 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. She serves as Chair of the Research Board for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (2010-2020). Her latest book is “A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science” (2020) with Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
Guest Speaker - Rita R. Colwell, PhD. Brian Bialik 2020-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kent Federal Tax Return Available Matt Carter 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

History Moment Dec 1, 2020

Another reminder of our 100 year history.

While I’ve been recalling how our club managed to survive during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, let’s step back a decade to remember what happened 100 years ago on tomorrow’s date.
 
The Kent Club was elected by unanimous consent to membership in Rotary International on November 1, 1920 and was awarded charter No. 777.  Because of the non-receipt of the necessary legal documents from national headquarters, the meeting tentatively announced for November 10, 1920, could not be held. The charter and other necessary papers were received November 18, 1920; and the date for the formal installation was fixed for Thursday, December 2, 1920.
 

History Moment Dec 1, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for December 1

Program chair Dave Myers kicked off the month with a program from Rotary International Foundation describing how our donations impact the world as well as locally. Since we did not organize an “Every Rotarian, Every Year” campaign we are counting on members to make their contributions individually. An opportunity is available to give during our Holiday online gala during the “Happy Bucks” segment. Members will be able to donate to Polio Plus as they commemorate something positive in their life. While we have set a $5 minimum, here is a challenge to “dig deep” to support this worthy cause that has been Rotary’s signature project for decades. This week I’m excited to hear from Dr Rita Colwell, former director National Science Foundation to hear her take on the Covid pandemic. 
President’s ramblings for December 1 Randy Smith 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Dec 1, 2020

Rotareminder   December 1, 2020
 
President Randy Smith called the meeting to order, noting that this is Giving Tuesday. He announced that Carol Crimi would give the Invocation, David Dix would play the opening song, and Roger Sidoti would be the Rotareminder author for the meeting.
 
David Dix played the opening patriotic song God Bless America, and this was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by President Randy. Carol Crimi provided the opening prayer.
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Dec 1, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed Bill Childers 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

History Moment Nov 24, 2020

Another reminder of our 100 year history.

In the spring of 1933 and the Presidency of W.W.Reed, economic conditions of the Depression affected our club as well as everything else in our universe.  Club membership slipped from 60 members to 58 and would fall even further in the future.  Annual dues were again reduced from $20 to $15 and could be paid quarterly!
President Reed and Presidents-elect, Amos Heer, issued the following joint statement, a portion of which follows,
History Moment Nov 24, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Nov 24, 2020

President Randy called the meeting to order at 12:15. David Dix led today’s patriotic song, “God Bless America,” followed by the invocation by Shawn Gordon and Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Visitors: There were no visiting Rotarians. Guests were Stephanie Shulda, guest of Bill Childers, Mark Pennell and Michelle Hartman, guests of Kathy Myers, Andrew Popp, guest of Shawn Gordon, and Kent McWilliams, Director of the Glauser School of Music, guest of Tom Hatch.
 
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Nov 24, 2020 Thomas Hatch 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

President’s ramblings for November 24

A big thanks to Tom Hatch for our excellent month of programing for November. This week we heard the impressive history of Blossom Kent as we anticipate its return this summer. We will learn about the Rotary International Foundation from Rebecca Silber on the first Tuesday in December, “Giving Tuesday”.
President’s ramblings for November 24 Randy Smith 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker, Ricardo Sepulveda, Director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival

Tom Hatch introduced today’s guest speaker, Ricardo Sepulveda, Director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival.+
Kent Blossom is in its 53rd year. It was started as a collaboration between the Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University at the time Blossom Music Center was created. Early supporters of the project and founding members of the advisory committee included world-renowned classical musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, James Gingold, Pierre Boulez, George Szell. The original idea, to provide a truly professional experience for young musicians, still guides the program today. Students receive instruction from KSU Faculty and Cleveland Orchestra members. They also perform at Blossom Music Center, rehearse at Severance Hall, and play a side-by-side concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Guest speaker, Ricardo Sepulveda, Director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival Thomas Hatch 2020-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Holiday Gala - Online Todd Kamenash 2020-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Nov 17, 2020 Mary Beth Harper 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary's Zoom Meeting Abdoulaye Fall, former ILEP scholar Thomas Hatch 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment Nov 17, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of November 17 Randy Smith 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of November 10 Randy Smith 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Nov 10, 2020 Dave Dix 2020-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment Nov 10 2020 Jim Myers 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for November 3 Randy Smith 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder Rotary Club of Kent Nov 3, 2020 Mike Lewis 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary's Zoom Meeting-Historic Facades of Kent, Ohio Dave Myers 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment Nov 3 2020 Jim Myers 2020-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of October 27 Randy Smith 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder October 27, 2020 Anita Herington 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment Oct 27, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for October 20, 2020 Stacey Richardson 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary Foundation Financial Summary Carol Crimi 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of October 20 Randy Smith 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary History Moment Oct 20, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Sponsorship opportunity... Roger Kramer 2020-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Sandra Reid honored by Girl Scouts Roger Kramer 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for Kent October 13, 2020 Brian Bialik 2020-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of October 13 Randy Smith 2020-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Oct 13, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of October 6 Randy Smith 2020-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary's Zoom Meeting Craft Spirits, Bourbon and more Curt Stumpf 2020-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary's Zoom Meeting - The Art of Cheese and Wine - Tim Sahr from the Kent Cheesemonger Curt Stumpf 2020-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary's Zoom Meeting Northwater Brewing Company, Kent's New Microbrewery Curt Stumpf 2020-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for  October 6, 2020 Thomas Hatch 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Oct 6, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of September 29 Randy Smith 2020-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
2020-09-29 Kent Rotary's Zoom Mtg Todd Kamanesh standing in for District Governor Todd Kamenash 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for September 29, 2020 Roger Sidoti 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sep 29, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
President’s Ramblings for week of September 22nd  Randy Smith 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Rick Wagner for speaking with our Rotary about his experience in the auto industry Dave Myers 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sep 22, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotareminder for September 22, 2020 Mary Beth Harper 2020-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
President’s ramblings for week of September 15 Randy Smith 2020-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Kent Rotary History Moment Sep 15, 2020 Jim Myers 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Annual United Way Kickoff Bill Childers 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.
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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
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