Bill Manby to lead Service Club as it moves to the Portage Country Club for weekly meetings
As autumn arrives, the Rotary Club of Akron is seeing changes in its leadership and its meeting location. William “Bill” Manby, Jr., a lifetime resident of West Akron and a graduate of Firestone High School, has been handed the gavel to lead the club during 2012-13.
Manby, an Akron resident, is the CEO of Paradigm Equity Strategies, located in the Merriman Valley, and is a partner in the Akron-area venture capital firm, Acquire Wealth Advisory Group. Manby has been married to Suzanne Manby for 16 years and has three children, Ashton (11), Greyson (9) and Tatum (5).
During a regular August meeting of the club, Manby laid out his aggressive plans for the service organization during his term as president. Citing an annual theme of “Get engaged. Be inspired.” he outlined expected growth in all Akron Rotary’s avenues of service while stating that communication will be a top priority.
Manby announced goals for his year as president include: a 10-percent increase in Rotarian membership through the recruitment of 20 new members; completion of a $5 million capital campaign for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs; initiation of a Rotary International project, such as a water well project for a community in an impoverished country or purchasing shelter boxes for refugees; and continued support for the Akron Rotary Club’s annual efforts such as the Wayne Homes Chili Open, the 98 years of Santa Claus visits to students with special needs and volunteer support for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
Manby stated during his presentation, “Rotary is a family event and there will be plenty of opportunities for our families to serve together – you can expect to see a lot of my wife and my three kids at camp and other fundraisers. And I hope you will help your loved ones get involved too. We need everyone to serve.”
During his presentation, Manby thanked Akron Attorney Mark Krohn for his service and success as the 2011-12 Akron Rotary President and he thanked his father, William Manby, Sr., for getting him involved in the Akron Rotary Club many years ago. As Manby takes the helm, the club will also begin meeting in its new location at the Portage Country Club, 240 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio 44313.
The club meets every Tuesday at noon. Founded in 1914, the Rotary Club of Akron is an international community service organization built on fellowship whose members include entrepreneurs, business executives and community leaders. The Rotary Club of Akron's tradition of civic involvement is best demonstrated through its support of the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Located at Rex Lake in Summit County, Ohio, the six-acre camp has been operational since 1924. The Rotary Camp provides a traditional camping experience for children and adults with disabilities while emphasizing socialization, independence and recreation.
The Rotary Club of Akron meets at noon every Tuesday at the Portage Country Club. For those interested in getting involved with the club or the Rotary Camp, contact President Bill Manby, Jr. at (330) 475-1690. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary’s global membership is approximately 1.2 million men and women who belong to more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information visit www.akronrotary.org.