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The Venue at Al's
155 2nd St NW
Barberto, OH 44203
United States of America

Join the Rotary Club of Barberton as we celebrate our 100th Aniversary!

The Rotary Club of Barberton would like to welcome Rotarians, family, friends, and esteemed members of the community to join us Thursday July 25 at The Venue at Al's as we celebrate 100 years of serving Barberton, Norton, Manchester, and the surrounding communities. Cocktails will be served from 5 to 6, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Dress is business casual.


Donations to support the club's activities in the community are always appreciated, and a link to our donation page will be added here soon.

We also appreciate the community's ongoing support of our annual fundraising activities. In the late spring we sponsor a golf outing, and during the Mum Festival we volunteer in the tater truck making french fries and potato chips. We hope to see you at these events!

History of our Club

The Barberton Rotary Club was started in 1924 under the wing of the Akron Rotary Club. M.S. Yoder, then President of the Chamber of Commerce, and U.L. Light, Superintendent of Schools worked with the organization committee to prepare the Barberton Rotary Club charter.

The first formal meeting of the group was held in the Peoples Bank Club rooms on Wednesday, February 13th, 1924. U.L. Light, who had been designated as chairman of the organization committee by the Akron Club, presided at the meeting. He outlined the purpose of the meeting and at the conclusion of his talk a formal resolution to apply for charter in the Rotary International was adopted. A nominating committee was appointed resulting in the nomination and election of the following officers:

  • President : U.L. Light
  • Vice-president: H.A. Rudd
  • Sergeant-at-arms: E.S. Longenecker
  • Secretary/Treasurer: W.A. Mills
  • Directors at Large: R.E. Haley, A.O. Austin, H.L. Smallman

The local club continued under the wing of the Akron club for many weeks following the organization meeting. Akron was liberal with its assistance and advise. The Barberton Club depended upon Akron almost entirely for speakers during the first few weeks. Rotarians were present from nearly every city in N.E. Ohio at Charter Night for the Barberton Rotary Club

More of the history, up until 2006, can be found here:

Most recently the club has:

  • partnered with the City of Barberton to install a disc golf course at Tuscora Park
  • partnered with the Barberton City Schools to install a shed for the preschool
  • partnered with the Barberton Parks to install signage for the Mum Festival
  • partnered with the Ohio and Erie Canalway to add educational signs to the towpath trail