Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel to speak at Akron Press Club Jan. 22

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel will speak at the Akron Press Club on Thursday, Jan. 22. 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 by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Kenkel was named superintendent in February 2014, succeeding Stan Austin. Before coming to the Cuyahoga Valley to start his new assignment in May, he was superintendent at the National Historical Park in San Francisco. Since his arrival he has bicycled the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath within the park and hiked its trails.

Kenkel began his National Park Service career in 1983 as an architecture intern at the Denver Service Center. He became a historical architect 1985. From 1992 to 2005, Kenkel worked at the Midwest Regional Office, transitioning from regional historical architect to regional chief of cultural resources.

He became chief of cultural resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2005. Kenkel served as acting deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in 2010.

Harlan, Iowa, native Kenkel and his nine siblings were raised on a livestock and grain farm. He received his bachelor of arts degree in architecture from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1985.

 

Details:

Speaker: Craig Kenkel.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22. Program follows.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 13.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Tuesday, Jan 20 (members & 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, Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

Upcoming Press Club lunches:

  • Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James will give his annual State of the Schools address Tuesday, Feb. 24.
  • Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County presentation Thursday, March 12.

 

 

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 eve

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10 years. $100 million. A look at the work of the Fund for our Economic Future

Ten years ago, a group of concerned philanthropic organizations came together for a landmark civic engagement project. Voices and Choices convened meetings throughout Northeast Ohio and brought together thousands of voices from every sector of our regional economy. Conceived as a response to what had been termed “The Quiet Crisis,” Voices and Choices was designed to create an agenda for an innovative philanthropic collaboration called The Fund for our Economic Future. Ten years and $100 million later, where are we? And where are we headed? We’ll find answers to those questions and assess the Fund’s and our region’s progress against the benchmarks that matter most in our regional economy.

The panel includes: Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for Our Economic Future, Christine Amer Mayer, President, GAR Foundation and Amy Liu, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution. Moderated by David Molpus, Executive Editor at WCPN.

This event is co-sponsored by the Akron Press Club and the City Club of Cleveland.

Location: Quaker Station Grand Ballroom, 135 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44325

Tickets: $25 City Club and Akron Press Club members/$30 nonmembers

Go to https://www.cityclub.org/events/10-years-100-million-a-look-at-the-work-of-the-fund-for-our-economic-future to register.

 

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Press Club book sale Nov. 15

The Akron Press Club’s annual book sale will be Saturday, Nov. 15 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 fund scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students.

Donations for the book sale are welcome. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact Ron Syroid at RLSYROID@gmail.com, 330-607-6811. Books may also be dropped off from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at Quaker Station.
Details:

Event: Annual book sale.

Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Nov. 15.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind 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.

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Panel to discuss local Ebola response at Akron Press Club Nov. 17

A panel of public health professionals will discuss how Summit County reacted to the recent Ebola situation during a lunch presentation by the Akron Press Club on Monday, Nov. 17.

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 by the University of Akron Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy and the university’s Public Health Law and Science Center.

The panelist are:

  • Terry O’Sullivan, director of the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy Research at the University of Akron.
  • Donna Skoda, Summit County Public Health assistant health commissioner.
  • Katherine A. Van Tassel, director of the Public Health Law and Science Center and Health Law Program at the University of Akron.

The panel will be moderated by M.L. Schultze, WKSU web editor and reporter.

 

Details:

Program: “The Ebola Crisis: Preparation, Response, and Ethics in Summit County and Beyond.”

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect!

  • $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 Monday, Nov. 10.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Nov.13 (members & 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, Nov. 10.

 

Upcoming events:

  • Dec 9: 10 Years, $100 Million: A      Look at the Work of the Fund for Our Economic Future (co-sponsored      with City Club of Cleveland).
  • January 2015:  Cuyahoga Valley National Park      Superintendent Craig Kenkel.
  • Feb 26, 2015: Akron Public Schools      State of the Schools Address, Superintendent David James.

 

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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John Patrick Carney to speak at Akron Press Club Oct. 28

Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Columbus Democrat who is running for state auditor, will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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 Akron.

Carney was elected to the Ohio House in 2008. He serves on the Insurance Committee, the Finance Committee, Transportation Subcommittee of Finance, and Health and Aging Committee. He also is on the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Technology and Reform.

He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Ohio State University in 1998 and 2001.
            Carney has worked as an attorney in the Columbus office of Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur since 2000.  He is married to Jennifer Nelson Carney, an attorney at Bricker & Eckler. They have two daughters, Clara and Maggie.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: John Patrick Carney.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect! 

  • $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 Friday, Oct. 17.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Oct. 24 (members & 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, Oct. 24.

 

 

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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Dave Yost to speak at Akron Press Club Oct. 22

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, a Republican who is running for re-election, will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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 Akron.

Yost was elected auditor in November 2010.

Since taking office he has identified $17 million in stolen and misspent public money.

He conducted a statewide audit of schools in 2012 that found nine school districts across Ohio had improperly reported attendance data.

Yost attempted to audit JobsOhio, a private economic development agency funded with public money from Ohio’s liquor operations. Yost argued that he had authority to audit the public funds used by the agency. Legislation that was not supported by Yost then was passed making liquor money private and not subject to public audit.

He is a former Columbus Citizen Journal reporter who earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and law degree from Capital University. Yost served as Delaware County auditor and prosecutor.

Yost and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and two grandchildren.

 

Details:

Speaker: Dave Yost.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect! 

  • $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 Monday, Oct. 13.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Oct. 20 (members & 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, Oct. 20.

 

Upcoming Press Club lunch:

  • Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Democrat who is running for state auditor, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

 

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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David Pepper to speak at Akron Press Club Sept. 30

Ohio attorney general candidate David Pepper will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Pepper, a Democrat who was unopposed the May primary, faces incumbent Mike DeWine in the November election.

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 Akron.

Pepper first was elected to public office in 2001 when he won a seat on the Cincinnati council. He was re-elected to a second term in 2003. He was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission in 2006, serving as commission president in 2009-2010.

Pepper ran an unsuccessful campaign for state auditor in 2010.

A Cincinnati native, Pepper earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

In 1999, he clerked for Nathaniel Jones of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Pepper has worked in the Cincinnati offices of law firms Squire Sanders and Blank Rome since 2000, focusing on commercial and business litigation, and appellate litigation. Pepper teaches election and voting rights law as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Pepper is married to Alana (Swartz) Pepper. This May, they welcomed their first child, a son, into their family.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: David Pepper.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect! 

  • $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 Friday, Sept. 19.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Sept. 26 (members & 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, Sept. 26.

 

Upcoming Press Club lunches:

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who is running for re-election, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
  • Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
  • Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Democrat who is running for state auditor, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

 

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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Mike DeWine to speak at Akron Press Club Oct. 7

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 7. DeWine, an incumbent Republican, faces David Pepper in the November election.

 

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 Akron.

 

DeWine was elected attorney general in 2010. While in office he has worked to test rape kits that had been sitting on police department shelves for years. As a result, more than 172 people have been charged with sex crimes and at least 30 serial rapists identified.

 

DeWine represented Ohio in the U.S. House and Senate and served as lieutenant governor. He began his political career as a county prosecutor and later was elected to the Ohio Senate. He represented Ohio’s Seventh Congressional District for four terms before being elected as lieutenant governor for a four-year term that began in 1991. DeWine was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, where he served two terms.

 

            A native of Springfield who grew up in Yellow Springs, DeWine received an undergraduate degree from Miami University and law degree from Ohio Northern University. 

 

            He met his wife, Frances, while both were in first grade. They married in 1967 and have eight children and 20 grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Details:

 

Speaker: Mike DeWine.

 

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7. Program follows.

 

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

 

Cost: note – new pricing in effect! 

 

  • $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 Friday, Sept. 26.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Oct. 3 (members & 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, Oct. 3.

 

 

 

Upcoming Press Club lunches:

 

  • Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
  • Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney, a Democrat who is running for state auditor, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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

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Connie Pillich to speak at Akron Press Club Sept 15

Ohio treasurer candidate Connie Pillich will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch on Monday, Sept. 15. 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 Akron.

Pillich, a Democrat from Hamilton County, is serving her third term representing the 28th Ohio House District. The U.S. Air Force veteran is the ranking minority member of the Veteran Affairs committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice and the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development committees.

Pillich was a captain in the Air Force who served in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. She won an Officer of the Year award at Tempelhof Air Base in Germany and is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, a MBA from the University of North Dakota and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law.

She successfully argued a case before the Ohio Supreme Court concerning voting rights on local land use. The ruling confirmed the rights of citizens to help decide what their community looks like.

Pillich lives in Montgomery with her husband, Paul Forshey, and their two children.

 

Details:

Speaker: Connie Pillich.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: note – new pricing in effect!

  • $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 Thursday, Sept. 4.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Sept. 11 (members & 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, Sept. 11.

 

Upcoming Press Club lunches:

  • David Pepper, candidate for Ohio attorney general, will speak on Tuesday,      Sept. 30.
  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for re-election, will      speak on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

 

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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Connie Pillich, David Pepper and Mike DeWine in fall lineup

Here are dates for fall Press Club lunches:

Ohio Treasurer candidate Connie Pillich will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch Sept. 15.

David Pepper, candidate for Ohio attorney general, will be the Press Club’s luncheon speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is running for re-election, will speak at the Press Club on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Ohio Treasurer candidate Connie Pillich will speak at the Akron Press Club lunch Sept. 15.

Additional details will be shared when available.

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