Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 13

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 13. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

As superintendent, James is responsible for more than 20,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district includes more than 50 schools and community learning centers.

In the past year the district partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to create a school for students at risk of falling behind. The school is based on the foundation’s existing I Promise Network programs, which have helped more than 1,100 Akron-area grade school students the past six years. The new school offers more learning time for students.

Akron Public Schools have been named a Ford Next Generation Learning Community. Under this framework schools can offer a more focused learning setting and students can select a college and career path similar to picking a major in college.

The district also offers dual degree programs where students can earn a high school diploma and a two-year college degree upon graduation from high school.

In addition to his superintendent duties, James is president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. The GAR Foundation awarded James its 2017 Glass Half Full Award.

He is a graduate of Cleveland John Adams High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and superintendent in August 2008.

 

Details:

Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13. Program follows.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members, $160 for tables of eight.
  • Advance payment required for tables of eight.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Thursday, Feb. 8 (members & non-members).

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Thursday, Feb. 8.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Civic Commons discussion at Richard Howe House January 17

Join the Akron Press Club for a discussion on the Reimagining Civic Commons initiative with Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, and Kyle Kutuchief, Akron program director of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.

This engaging conversation will be held at the Richard Howe House on West Exchange Street at 5:30 p.m. on January 17, 2018.

This event is exclusively for members of the Akron Press Club and those who wish to join. Refreshments will be served.

Akron’s Civic Commons focuses on how to make three areas of the city into a new model for civic engagement. The three areas are called The Civic Gateway (downtown), Park East (the neighborhood south of downtown) and Summit Lake Park (Summit Lake). They are connected by the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail.

The Knight Foundation is funding the initiative.

The Richard Howe House dates to Akron’s canal days. In 2008 the house was moved from its original location across from the Akron Beacon Journal to several blocks west on Exchange Street. The house has been restored and now serves as a visitor information center for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, a place for meetings and as offices for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

 

Details: Reimagining Akron’s Civic Commons discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Time: Event begins at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Place:  Richard Howe House, 47 West Exchange Street, Akron.

Cost: Current Akron Press Club Members: $10; Non-members: $50, which includes a 2018 Akron Press Club membership.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of the event.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, January 12, 2018.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

 

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Ray C. Bliss book authors to speak at Akron Press Club January 24

Dr. John C. Green and William L. Hershey will discuss their book, “Mr. Chairman: The Life And Times Of Ray C. Bliss,” at the Akron Press Club Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

“Mr. Chairman” tells the story of how Ray C. Bliss was a force in the Republican Party for more than three decades, starting in Ohio and eventually on the national stage. He was among the first to use polling and television in campaigns.

He became national chair of the party in 1965, following Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater’s landside defeat. Bliss rebuilt the party. His ability to unite liberal, moderate and conservative Republicans helped put Richard M. Nixon in the White House in 1968.

John C. Green is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, a post he has held since 1988. He has done extensive research on American religion and politics, political parties and Ohio politics. He is often quoted in the news media.

William L. Hershey spent more than 40 years reporting on Ohio government and politics at the local, state, and national levels before retiring from the Dayton Daily News in 2012. He was Washington correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal and Columbus bureau chief for the Beacon Journal and the Dayton Daily News. He covered nine national political conventions and eight Ohio presidential campaigns.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

 

Speakers: Co-authors of the book, “Mr. Chairman: The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss.”

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place:  The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, January 19, 2018.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron planning director Jason Segedy to speak at Akron Press Club December

Jason Segedy, Akron’s director of planning and urban development, will speak at the Akron Press Club Monday, December 4, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Segedy describes himself as an urban planner, writer, music geek, cynical idealist and tireless advocate for Akron. He has 20 years of experience in transportation and urban planning. He became an assistant to the mayor for planning and urban development in 2016.
He formerly was director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, called AMATS, where he oversaw the allocation of federal transportation funds. Segedy also chaired the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, a $4.5 million planning effort spanning 12 Northeast Ohio counties.
Segedy holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in geography and urban planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Speaker: Jason Segedy, Akron director of planning and urban development.
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017.
Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.
Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron * NOTE NEW LOCATION.
Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Wednesday, November 29.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron Press Club presents WWII historian John McManus November 13

Military historian and award-winning author John C. McManus will discuss the American combat aviation experience during World War II at the Akron Press Club Monday, Nov. 13. In keeping with the military theme, this special event will be held at the MAPS Air Museum. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
This event is co-sponsored by the city of Green.
John McManus is a professor, author, and military historian. He is an expert on the history of modern American soldiers in combat. His book, “Deadly Sky, The American Combat Airmen In World War II,” chronicles the experiences of America’s fighter pilots and bomber crews.
John is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of U.S. military history at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He frequently serves as an expert for documentaries. A veteran of many battlefield tours, he has traveled thousands of miles to give lectures on military history.
His website is http://johncmcmanus.com/
There will be the opportunity to tour the museum prior to and following the luncheon presentation.

Details:
Program: John McManus, military historian.
Time: Monday, Nov. 13. Museum open from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Program follows.
Place: MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, Green.
Cost:
· $30 per person.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 8.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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President of Families of Flight 93 to speak at Akron Press Club September 20

Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93 Inc., will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Tangier in Akron. The title of his talk will be “40 Individuals, 1 Mission.” There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Of the four aircraft hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Flight 93 was the only one that did not reach its intended target in Washington. Gordon’s brother, Edward P. Felt, was killed aboard United Flight 93 as the passengers and crew fought to retake control of the plane.
The Families of Flight 93 is a charitable organization that is working with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission and the Friends of Flight 93 to the create a memorial in Shanksville, PA, where the plane crashed.
“This year, I will be focusing my remarks to the Akron Press Club on our diversity and collective drive to stand up to the evil in this world,” said Felt. “Too much ideology out there and not enough common sense.”
Gordon and his wife, Donna, live in New York State where they continue to develop specialized programming for special needs students as well as actively advocate for the completion of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Speaker: Gordon Felt, president, Families of Flight 93
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.
Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron * NOTE NEW LOCATION
Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.
Reservations requested: Fast and easy online registration here. Or, contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, September 18
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron Press Club Book Sale October 28

The annual Akron Press Club book sale will be Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road in Bath. The sale provides a wonderful opportunity to buy new and gently used books, audio books, music CDs and movie DVDs. Most items are priced at $5 or less.
Proceeds from the annual book sale fund scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students. More than $300,000 in scholarships has been awarded through the years.
Donations for the book sale are welcome. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact Ron Syroid at RLSYROID@gmail.com or 330-607-6811. Books may also be dropped off from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, October 27 at the Wellness Center. (We do not accept encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest Condensed books because they do not sell.)

Details:
Event: Annual book sale.
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday October 28, 2017.
Place: Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road in Bath.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Ilene Shapiro to deliver State of Summit County speech October 25

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver her State of the County Speech at the John S. Knight Center on Wednesday, October 25. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.
There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Ilene Shapiro became county executive in 2016 with the passing of Russ Pry, serving out his term. She was elected to the office in November, becoming Summit County’s first elected woman county executive and getting 59% of the vote. She is a former county council president who served on the council for more than nine years.
She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.
Shapiro is co-founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and has served as past president of the Women’s Network.
She is a former senior vice president of sales with FirstMerit Corp. and director of strategic alliances at the Summa Foundation. She also started a beauty supply business and owned a consulting business.
Proceeds from this speech and other Press Club events fund scholarships for students of journalism and public relations.

Speaker: Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro.
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
Time: Buffet luncheon. Doors open for lunch at 11:15 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 S. Mill Street, Akron.
Cost: $30 per ticket.
$300 for a table of 10.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Thursday, October 19.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Join Akron Press Club on May 16 for State of the Indians

Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio will give a State of the Indians update at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, May 16, at The Duck Club in downtown Akron.
Attendees can come early to watch the 10:35 a.m. Akron RubberDucks baseball game from the Duck Club patio. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Jim Pfander, General Manager and COO of the Akron RubberDucks, will welcome attendees with opening comments. DiBiasio will talk about the Indians 2016 World Series run and what to expect this season.
DiBiasio is entering his 37th season with the Indians. He started in 1979 as assistant public relations director. He became public relations director in 1980, and named vice president of public relations in 1988. He was promoted to his current position in 2011. His lone season way from the Tribe was 1987, when he served as public relations director for the Atlanta Braves.
He serves as the president of Cleveland Indians Charities, is an honorary member of the executive board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, and the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation.
Attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a prize following the talk, and everyone who registers for the luncheon will receive two ticket vouchers for any 2017 Akron RubberDucks game.

Details:
Program: Bob DiBiasio presents State of the Indians
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: Optional baseball game viewing from The Duck Club patio at 10:35 a.m. Buffet luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m.
Place: The Duck Club, located at Canal Park Stadium, 300 S. Main Street, Akron
Cost: $30, members and non-members. Two vouchers for any 2017 RubberDucks game included with every ticket purchase.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, May 12.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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National Press Club President Jeff Ballou to speak March 29

Jeff Ballou, the president of the National Press Club, will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, March 29. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, was elected in December and took office in January. He is the first African-American male to be president in the club’s 109-year-old history. Ballou has been a National Press Club member since 1992. He previously was vice president and first was elected to the board of governors in 2012.
“Our profession is under attack,” Ballou said at the time of election. “The work, voice, safe harbor and fellowship of the National Press Club are needed now, more than ever. We are seeing some of the finest journalism of our time covering the biggest stories of our time. But faith in journalism is shaken in part by those pretending to be us and lying while doing it.”
The National Press Club was founded in 1908. It serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. Visit their website at www.press.org.

Details:
Program: Jeff Ballou, National Press Club President.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 29. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, March 24 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online reservations or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, March 24.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming at the Press Club:
· Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College, will speak April 19.
· State of Summit County speech by Executive Ilene Shapiro, fall 2017

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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