Volume 3                                   July 24, 2020
Renato “Ren” Camacho
President & Chief Executive Officer
Renato “Ren” Camacho is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Akron-Canton Airport following a unanimous appointment by the Airport Authority’s Board of Trustees in 2018.
Ren’s core responsibilities include leading a 50 member team of airport employees, strategic planning for the future of the airport, and directing all capital improvement programs. Specifically, Ren ensures the airport is a vital, economic engine that increases economic activity and pride to Northeast Ohio.
Ren has over 25 years of professional experience in the aviation and transportation engineering sectors, specializing in program management and customer service. He has implemented over $300M of federally- and locally-funded projects for initiatives including: runway safety area improvements, master plans, lease negotiations with airlines, new business development initiatives, and major airport infrastructure projects.
Most recently, Ren served as Chief of Planning and Engineering with the City of Cleveland’s Department of Port Control which oversees Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport, and the Lakefront Harbors. 
Prior to his Cleveland tenure, Ren spent 14 years with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, working in various capacities to complete major capital infrastructure projects including: World Trade Center site, George Washington Bridge, NY metro airports, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Holland/Lincoln Tunnels. 
Throughout his career, Ren has strived to identify the operational and business aspects of long-range infrastructure, facility planning, and development initiatives. He possesses a sound knowledge of FAA requirements including CFR Part 139 certification, airport security plans, airport planning, noise compatibility, lease agreements and grant assurances. 
Ren received his Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning & Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  He serves on the Akron Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, American Heart Association Stark County Executive Leadership Team, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Greater Akron Chamber Board of Directors, Stark Economic Development Board of Directors, and Visit Canton Board of Directors.
He has also received the designation of an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
* Please note that this meeting will be a Zoom meeting and details for logging into this meeting will be emailed to our members later on this week.
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
I had the pleasure of hosting my first Canton Rotary social meeting last Friday while President Drew was away for some well-deserved family time.  Aside from generally socializing I had a bit of an agenda for the meeting in that I wanted to know more about what you wanted both in terms of restarting our in-person activities and club activities. Although there were only 17 of us at the Zoom meeting, I came away with a great deal.  First and foremost, I am surrounded by amazing people in Rotary who regardless of the barriers want to connect and do good.
  • We seem to agree that getting back in person is paramount, and we may have to be creative in finding covered open-air facilities until The Krassas Center opens.  Becky agreed to take the helm on this and survey members on their desire and concerns regarding this.
  • Talk regarding past and future projects really seemed to indicate that we want to get back to it by identifying what we want to do for the year, getting our committees setup, and engaging our members to get busy making things happen.
  • It was clear that everyone on the call felt we were a powerful club that continues to do great things, but we need to do a much better job of sharing this with the community through media opportunities, and especially through an enhanced social media push.  If we have club members that are especially wired for this type of service, please let us know.  We would welcome your assistance here.  
  •  A couple of our newer members Wilbur, Dallas, and Darren talked about why they joined Rotary, what was important to them, and what they would like to see going forward.  I hope they continue to push us and help us recruit new members like them
Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to listen and understand a bit better what I can do to help the club.  You are a great group and I am thrilled to be part of The Rotary Club of Canton.
Mark Clendenin, President Elect   
The following have made a contribution to the Rotary Club of Canton's Endowment Fund in memory Joan Werren:
  • Rick Taylor
  • Robert Pattison
The following article was posted in the Stark County Hunger Task Force Summer 2020: Response to Covid-19 newsletter:
The Stark County Hunger Task Force saw a huge increase in the demand for its services. Many of our neighbors found themselves quickly unemployed with no other options than to seek assistance.   Thankfully, due to the generosity of our community, we were able to address this huge increase in need.  We saw so many individuals give generously.  We had local foundations and organizations rallied together to help.  We are so grateful for all of the support that we received.  There are just a few shining stars that we want to highlight from the past few months.  These are groups, organizations, or companies that went the extra mile to support The Hunger Task Force in fighting hunger in Stark County.
  • The Marathon Petroleum Company's Canton refinery held an employee giving campaign for SCHTF.  The employees raised more than $36,000.  Utilizing the Marathon Foundation 100% match, the total gift to SCHTF was $73,000.  This gift will provide over 500,000 pounds of food which is roughly 425 meals to the hungry in Stark County.
  • The annual Stamp Out Food Drive could not be conducted this year with letter carriers collecting food from residences.  Because of this, our local Branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Stark County Stamp Out Chairperson, John Laughlin, conducted an NALC member donation drive, which brought in over $8,000 and allows us to provide 56,000 pounds of food to our community!
  • SCHTF has always had dedicated leadership in our Board of Directors, but this year they proved that even more than usual.  Our Board President, Bob Fay, and our Board Members helped develop a gift of over $30,000 to SCHTF.  This donation began with a matching grant from the Rotary Club of Canton and included generous contributions from Employer's Health and the CVS Foundation.  This gift allows SCHTF to provide over 210,000 pounds of food to our neighbors in need.
These examples are only a few ways the Stark County community and its residents have supported the Hunger Task Force.  We have also had so many community members show up to volunteer in our pantry and with our Backpack for Kids program.  The financial and volunteer support from our friends, neighbors, and community members is why we have been able to continue to address the need in Stark County and carry on our fight against hunger!
By:  Maureen Kampman 

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have added a new area of focus: supporting the environment.

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus. More information about this new area of focus will be announced soon.

26-Jun-2020 - Rotary International
If you have not yet paid your dues - please send them into the Rotary office ASAP.  
The Rotary office address is: 116 Cleveland Avenue N.W., , Suite 307, Canton 44702.
In order to make contributing to the club easy during this time of social separation, we have recently added a “Make a Donation” link to our club website at  By clicking this link, you will be able to quickly and easily make a contribution to the club, via credit or debit card. 
Integrated with our Clubrunner system, this is a safe and secure link.  Please consider a donation today!
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