Take a ride on the Goodyear blimp!

The Akron Press Club is holding a silent auction for a Goodyear Wingfoot One Blimp ride for two passengers, to be used between summer 2016 and September 2017.
Proceeds from the auction will support scholarships awarded to college communication students by the Press Club.
The ride is valued at $1,000 and will last approximately 30 minutes. Bids must be made in person at the registration table at any Akron Press Club event.
The certificate is non-transferable. The auction will close March 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced thereafter. For questions or additional information about the blimp ride or the auction, contact the Akron Press Club at 330-552-8860.

Upcoming Akron Press Club events:

· January 25, 2016 – U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Strickland
· February 2, 2016 – The Akron General/Cleveland Clinic Merger with Dr. Tim Stover of Akron General and Dr. Toby Cosgrove of Cleveland Clinic
· February 23, 2016 – State of the Akron Schools with Superintendent David James
· March 31, 2016 – State of the County with Executive Russ Pry

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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Ted Strickland to speak at Press Club January 25

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland will speak at the Akron Press Club on Monday, January 25. Lunch will be at 11:45 a. m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and No Labels of Akron.
Strickland is a former governor of Ohio, congressman, minister and psychologist.
He received 60 percent of the vote in 2006 to become Ohio’s 68th governor, serving one term. Strickland represented Ohio’s Sixth Congressional District from 1993-1995 and from 1997-2007.
While he was governor, Strickland reduced the size of state government by 7 percent, or 5,000 employees. He also eliminated nearly 250 state business regulations and revised more than 1,800 to better accommodate growth. In 2008, he signed the state’s renewable portfolio standard, calling for 25% of the state’s energy to be produced by renewables by 2025.
Strickland is from Scioto County in Southern Ohio, one of nine children.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in psychology from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also holds a master’s degree in guidance counseling from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a PhD in counseling form the University of Kentucky.
Strickland is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He has worked as a counseling psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
He is married to Frances Strickland, an educational psychologist.
Details:
Program: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Monday, January 25. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Square Inn Ballroom, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· $25 for all reservations made after Wednesday, January 20 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, January 20.
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 Press Club events:
· December 4 – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld.
· February 23, 2016 – State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.
· March 31 – State of Summit County by Executive Russ Pry.
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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Akron General’s Stover and Cleveland Clinic’s Cosgrove to speak at Press Club Feb. 2

Akron General Health System CEO Dr. Thomas “Tim” Stover and Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove will speak at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, February 2. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.
The Greater Akron Chamber is a co-sponsor of this event.
Akron General became part of Cleveland Clinic in November 2015. Cleveland Clinic will make at least $29.8 million in capital improvements to Akron General Health System in the first year of ownership and similar amounts annually for the next four years. This money is in addition to an initial investment of $100 million.
The relationship between Akron General and Cleveland Clinic has produced work teams that have been collaborating on a number of initiatives resulting in clinical improvements, cost savings and the sharing of best practices. Stover and Cosgrove will speak about the relationship during the luncheon.
In 2012, Stover became the first physician to lead Akron General. He joined Akron General in 1993. Through different leadership roles, he has championed the promotion of health and wellness initiatives.
Stover received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from West Virginia University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Akron City Hospital.
Cosgrove was named Cleveland Clinic chief executive in 2004. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1989.
Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Details:
Program: Akron General Health System CEO Dr. Tim Stover and Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, February 2. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· $25 for all reservations made after Thursday, January 28 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: Register through EventSpot 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, Thursday, January 28.
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 Press Club events:
· January 25, 2016 – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland.
· February 23 – State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.
· March 31 – State of Summit County by Executive Russ Pry.

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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P.G. Sittenfeld to speak at Press Club December 4

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld will speak at the Akron Press Club on Friday, December 4. Lunch will be at 11:45 a. m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and No Labels of Akron.
Sittenfeld was elected to the Cincinnati City Council in 2011 and re-elected to a second term in 2013. He chairs the Education and Entrepreneurship Committee and serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Major Transportation & Regional Cooperation Committee.
Sittenfeld was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he attended Seven Hills School. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American studies from Princeton University and earned a Marshall Scholarship for graduate school at Oxford University. After internships with Google and Time, he returned to Cincinnati.
Details:
Program: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, December 4. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Square Inn Ballroom, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· $25 for all reservations made after Monday, November 30 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, November 30.
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 Press Club events:
· January 25, 2016 – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland.
· February 23 – State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.
· March 31 – State of Summit County by Executive Russ Pry.
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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Akron Press Club Book Sale

The annual Akron Press Club book sale will be Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quaker Station on the campus of the University of Akron. 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 funds scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students. More than $300,000 in scholarships have 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. till 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 at Quaker Station.

Details

Event: Annual book sale.

Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Nov. 14, 2015

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (Free Parking near the building)

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.

It’s easy to become a member of the Akron Press Club! Find out more about our affordable membership rates, reciprocity with other Press Clubs and all the benefits membership has to offer. For more information contact us at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com

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Scott Scarborough to speak at Press Club Nov. 18

University of Akron President Scott Scarborough will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, November 18. Lunch will be at 11:45 a. m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity of questions.
Dr. Scarborough became the 16th president of the University of Akron in July 2014.
His first year has been controversial as his administration implemented cuts to balance the university’s finances. Scarborough’s three-year plan calls for $40 million in cuts and $20 million in new revenue.
He also has undertaken a campaign to rebrand UA as “Ohio’s polytechnic university.”
Before coming to UA, Scarborough was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo. Before that he was executive vice president at DePaul University. He also has served as CEO of the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co., vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and an audit manager and interim director of Employee Group Insurance for The University of Texas System.
Scarborough earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA from The University of Texas at Tyler and a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Scarborough lives in Akron with his wife and their daughter.
Details:
Program: University of Akron President Scott Scarborough.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 18. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
• $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
• $25 for all reservations made after Friday, November 13 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, November 13.
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.

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Democratic and Republican Akron mayoral candidates will debate October 13

The Democratic and Republican candidates facing off in the November election for Akron mayor will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.
The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The two candidates – Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan and Akron attorney Eddie Sipplen – have agreed to the debate format.
Each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists selected by the Akron Press Club. The other candidates will have 45 seconds each for rebuttal. The order of the questions will be determined by a coin toss. Each candidate will be asked the same number of questions.

Members of the audience are asked to reserve their applause until the end of the debate. No campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to buttons, stickers, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.

Details:
Program: Akron mayoral debate.
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 13. The program will begin at 11:55 a.m.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
$25 for all reservations made after Thursday, October 8 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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 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.

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You’re invited! Join Akron Press Club at the Goodyear blimp hangar Sept. 16!

Are you an Akron Press Club Member? Do you want to become one?

Join the Akron Press Club for a special member and prospective member event at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Wingfoot Lake Base on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 841 Wingfoot Lake Road in Suffield.
Go behind the scenes at the 1917-built facility to see and learn about Goodyear’s latest airship under construction. Chat with Ed Ogden, Goodyear airship PR specialist and historian, take a walk through the facility’s gallery corridor of historic blimp photos dating from 1911, and gather with colleagues for light refreshments.

Admission is free to Akron Press Club members and only $10 for prospective members. Prospective members who join the Akron Press Club during the event can apply their $10 admission fee toward their yearly membership fee: $50/year individual, $40/year retiree and $15/year student. Membership renewals will also be accepted that evening.

BONUS: Membership purchased or renewed at this event covers Sept. 16-Dec. 31, 2015, and all of 2016!

Plus: Enter your auction bid for a Goodyear blimp ride! All proceeds benefit Akron Press Club scholarship recipients.

Event & Registration Details

Program: Member & Prospective Member Event
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Wingfoot Lake Base at 841 Wingfoot Lake Road, Suffield.
Cost:
• FREE for current Akron Press Club Members
• $10 for prospective members, which can be applied to your yearly membership fee of $50 for individuals/$40 for retirees/$15 students
RSVP Today. Contact Lianne Fowler, Akron Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of event.

Akron Press Club cancellation policy: 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.

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Scott Scarborough to speak at Press Club Nov. 18

University of Akron President Scott Scarborough will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, November 18. Lunch will be at 11:45 a. m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity of questions.
Dr. Scarborough became the 16th president of the University of Akron in July 2014.
His first year has been controversial as his administration implemented cuts to balance the university’s finances. Scarborough’s three-year plan calls for $40 million in cuts and $20 million in new revenue.
He also has undertaken a campaign to rebrand UA as “Ohio’s polytechnic university.”
Before coming to UA, Scarborough was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo. Before that he was executive vice president at DePaul University. He also has served as CEO of the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Co., vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and an audit manager and interim director of Employee Group Insurance for The University of Texas System.
Scarborough earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Texas at Arlington, an MBA from The University of Texas at Tyler and a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
Scarborough lives in Akron with his wife and their daughter.

Details:
Program: University of Akron President Scott Scarborough.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, November 18. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
• $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
• $25 for all reservations made after Friday, November 13 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, November 13.
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.

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Candidates accept Akron Press Club invitation for mayoral debate August 19

The three Democratic candidates in the Akron mayoral primary will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, August 19, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.
The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The three candidates – Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale, Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan and Akron Councilman Mike Williams – have agreed to the debate format.
Each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists. The other candidates will have 45 seconds each for rebuttal. The order of the questions will be determined by a lottery. Each candidate will be asked the same number of questions.
The journalists selected by the Press Club to ask the questions are:
· Edward L. Esposito, vice president, information media for the Rubber City Radio Group.
· M.L. Schultze, digital editor and reporter for WKSU-FM.
· Mark Turner, Akron Beacon Journal executive news editor.
Beacon Journal Editor Bruce Winges will moderate the debate.
Members of the audience are asked to reserve their applause until the end of the debate. No campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to buttons, stickers, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.
There will not be a primary debate on the Republican side since there is only one candidate. The Press Club is planning for a debate in the fall between the Democratic primary winner and the Republican candidate, who will face off in the November general election.

Details:
Program: Akron Democratic mayoral debate.
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 19. The program will begin at 11:55 a.m.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members. (Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Wednesday, August 12.)
$25 for all reservations made after Friday, August 14 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: 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, August 14.
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.

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