Rotary is the world’s first service club organization and is dedicated to humanitarian service advocating goodwill and peace around the world and in local communities. There are 30,000 Rotary clubs worldwide made up of 1.2 million members. The Rotary Club of Akron Newstead is one of those clubs.
*Thanks to all who attended as well as supported our third annual Oktoberfest held last
month at Akron Acres. It was a fun evening with the proceeds helping the “Blessings in a
Backpack” program at ACS that the club finances. The program addresses the challenge of childhood food security.
*Retired Director of the CD Wright Center Walt Rosonowski visited the club’s most recent
meeting. Walt, who has done so much for the Akron Newstead community through his
leadership at the Center, recognized the club for its support of the facility and the citizens it serves.
*The club and members of the ACS Interact Club recently did their liter cleanup of areas in the community as part of the “Adopt a Highway” program. Our responsibility extends from Buell Street at Main through the Village to Cedar Street.
*Mark your calendars! The Annual Rotary Christmas Auction takes place at the Akron Fire Hall on Friday evening December 6 th . It’s a fun event with proceeds dedicated to helping those in need in our community during the Holiday season.
ACS Rotary Interact Club members proudly display a permanent plaque that commemorates their participation in the Rotary Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) this summer. STEP is a youth exchange between countries with the purpose advancing a student’s knowledge and world understanding . The student lives with a foreign family for approximately one month and then both students return to the US where the foreign student lives with the American student’s family for the same period. ACS STEP Interactors and countries visited are (l to r) Hannah McMahon(Italy), Evelyn Hochreiter(Italy), Shauna Blochwitz(Netherlands) and Julia George(Austria). Moving forward Rotary Interact STEP participates will be added to the plaque that is in the ACS trophy case.
There are only 250 tix to be had. You can get them Online-click here OR at The Candy Apple.
Here is the info about the Backpack Program that this event will be raising money for:
The Akron-Newstead Rotary Club is hosting our 3 rd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 5 th from 5 pm to 11 pm at The Gathering Barn at Akron Acres, Stage Road in Akron.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program at the Akron Elementary School starting this fall. Here’s why our club is sponsoring this program and asking for your support:
• One in five American children face food insecurity.
• During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program at school. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get.
• In the Akron school district, the free & reduced meal percentage is almost 40%. We also know from our partnership with the district that there are families eligible for this program but do not sign up – potentially out of fear or embarrassment.
• When school closes its doors on Friday, many of these children go home to empty
cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday
• Who will feed them this weekend?
We will – with your help.
Our yearly commitment for funding will provide weekend meals for 50 children through the 2019-20 school year. That provides a bare minimum level of calories and nutrition. With additional funding we can add a wider range of non-perishable food that provides greater nutrition, as well as support more than 50 children if the need is there.