Akron Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 08:30 AM - Prayers, Kiwanis
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Our Akron Roundtable speaker was Richard K. Smucker Chief Executive Officer of The J.M. Smucker Company. I use some thoughts from their annual report and Miriam Weinstein, author of The Surprising Power of Family Meals in my prayer.

Here's my prayer:

Bring us together around tables today
and bring families together at table this evening

At tables in boardrooms and dining rooms
may we strengthen each other
in doing the right things and doing things right

And when we leave our tables today and tonight,
may we be covered with appreciation and filled with purpose.


As my year as Kiwanis President closes, so also does my year of service on the Akron Roundtable board and my privilege of praying before the programs. It was good to go out with this thanks from our speaker, Richard Smucker.

I appreciated all of Richard Smucker's address available on the Akron Roundtable site, but especially when he prioritized to whom Smuckers was accountable and whom did they serve. The list of constituents he shared was:
  1. Consumer
  2. Customer (the grocery stores)
  3. Employees
  4. Suppliers
  5. Communities in which we work
  6. Shareholders
He stated that if they took care of the first five constituents, in that order, fair and long term returns to the shareholders is a natural outcome.

Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. $20

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