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LOUIS DIGIACOMO JACOBSON WILL SPEAK ON THE "HISTORY OF ARTS IN CANTON"
Lois DiGiacomo Jacobson is a graduate of Timken Vocational High School - 1957 and of Walsh University in 1986. She was a founding member of Stark County Town Hall on Race Relations, an affiliate of the Akron branch initiated by President Clinton.  It is now known as COMING TOGETHER STARK COUNTY… our only organization devoted exclusively to diversity, inclusion and the dignity of all.  
 
Lois is equally devoted to the arts.  She has written and directed plays and productions for every community sector - business, education, health, safety, government and, of course, the arts!
 
Today we will learn about the history of the arts in Canton from 1868 up to today…and then what she claims is her biggest project so far!  
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LUNCHEON MENU & ASSIGNMENT FOR FEB. 16TH
CHICKEN PARMASAN
RIGATONI (MEATLESS)
ROASTED ZUCCHINI & CARROTS
GARLIC BREAD
SALAD
 
SPEAKER CHAIR - THERESA BLOCHER
INVOCATOR - JOE FRENCH
SONG LEADER - TBD
GREETER LEADER - BILL MADDOX
 
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ENDOWMENT CONTRIBUTIONS
The following has made a contribution to the Rotary Club of Canton's Endowment Fund in memory of Rotarian John J. Schumacher:
 
  -  Joe & Violet Niamtu
  -  Bob and Janice Pattison
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NOMINATIONS FOR ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Nominations for Rotarian of the Year Award Are Now Being Accepted
 
As is our tradition, we are now inviting all Rotarians to nominate a fellow Rotarian to be recognized as Rotarian of the Year.  Please take a moment to think of a person that you feel personifies the ideals of our club.  Nominations require submission of a completed nomination form, which provides the criteria used to evaluate this important award.  The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, March 2, 2018.
 
Please keep in mind that current Officers of the Club (Amanda Tietze, Michelle Mullaly, Mark Rojek, Suzette Matthews and Tom Clevenger), along with the past Award winners (PP Paul White, Dale Holwick, PP Mike Gregorek, PDG/PP Bob Pattison, PDG/PP Dave Ewing and PP Dan Matthews) are not eligible.  All nominations will be kept confidential and we ask that you do the same. The award winner will be announced at an upcoming Rotary meeting.
 
You may download the Nomination Form here or pick one up at our regular meeting. 
 
Completed forms may be returned to the Canton Rotary office (116 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Suite 307, Canton, 44702), emailed to the office at info@cantonrotary.org, or brought to a Friday meeting and given to Vice President Mark Rojek.  Help us recognize those who have made our club the great club that it is!
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DEADLINE FOR ROTARY NIGHT AT THE CANTON CHARGE IS FEB. 14!
Don't miss your chance to spend time with fellow Rotarians during the Rotary night at the Canton Charge. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Canton Civic Center. Tip off is 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:45 p.m for the game against the Oklahoma City Blue. Tickets are $14.50 each. DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, February 14, 2018. Tickets must be purchased through this offer and will not be available for this price the night of the event. 
 
Any questions please feel free to contact Chairman Shawn Dougherty at (330) 704-7483 or by email at sdougherty@homesavings.com.
 
Please follow this LINK to view the flyer which includes the ticket order form. You may also download this flyer by visiting cantonrotary.org. 
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WEEKLY MEETING NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
At the meeting on February 9, 2018, President Amanda Tietze welcomed the 59 members and 2 guests to the meeting. President Amanda then asked everyone to keep Rotarian John Schumacher's family in their thoughts and prayers. John passed away on February 2nd. She also reminded everyone to please sign the sympathy card for John's wife, Mary and family.
 
Rotarian Ashleigh Abrigg gave the Invocation.
 
Rotarian Drew Pelger filled in for Secretary Suzette Matthews. Drew welcomed the following guest to the meeting: PDG Sieglinde Warren.
 
The "Happy News" was then provided by the following:
  • Ernie Schott - Rotarian Bruce Schorsten was in the Canton Repository with his Rotary name badge on;
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  • Paul Feaser - wanted to congratulate Kitty Burgett, McKinley Speech Coach, and her Speech and Debate Team on having some of the students qualify for State;
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  • Bill Liber - was saddened when The Ohio State University mens basketball team beat, Purdue;
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  • Bob Winther - very proud his grandson became an Eagle Scout; his grandson was also inducted into the National Honor Society;
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  • Joe Niamtu - called from Florida to say he was very proud of his son, Joe, who was featured on the Lifetime TV Channel performing surgery!
President Amanda then provided a reminder announcement regarding the search for this year's "Rotarian of the Year". She stated there were nomination forms on each table and each Rotarian is entitled to vote once. The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, March 2nd. The form can also be found on the Canton Rotary webpage.
 
Rotarian Shawn Dougherty reminded everyone about the upcoming Fellowship Outing to the Canton Charge on February 21st. He stated the deadline is Wednesday, February 14th.
 
Past District Governor Sieglinde Warren (Canfield Rotary) took to the podium to recognize our very own Club Administrator, Lauri Coy, for her support and substantial hard work during the 2016-2-17 District Conference. PDG Sieglinde stated she could not have done it without the help of Lauri and two other individuals from the District level. PDG Sieglinde presented Lauri with a Paul Harris Fellow +1 pin to thank her. Lauri received a standing ovation from everyone at the meeting.
 
February Speaker Chair Theresa Blocher introduced the speaker for the day, Marion Coblentz, President of the Hartville Marketplace.
 
The following Rotarian turned in makeups during Friday's meeting: Mark Shaffer (4-Canton South).
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR MIKE RAULIN'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
Happy New Year everyone. I hope the holidays were special and that the prospects for the coming year are looking good for you and your family.
 
Time to Rethink Your Club
January is traditionally the time for making New Year’s resolutions. I am proposing that every club take steps to “consider” club resolutions, but think of them as experiments. That way, if you decide not to continue them after trying, that is fine. Rethink your club operation and how well it serves current members, encourages new members, and facilitates the functioning of the club. Rotary International long ago dropped the idea of one-size-fits-all for Rotary Clubs. For example, your club may want to meet formally twice a month instead of every week, may want to have a meeting each month devoted to working on a service project, or may want to have periodic meetings that are social and include families. It is entirely up to you and your fellow club members. Rotary International not only permits this kind of flexibility but encourages it.
 
Supporting Rotary Youth Programs
In less than a month, the 2018 RYLA program will be here. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors. We have just selected our outbound students for the Youth Exchange program, and they have begun their training. Rotary has the best youth exchange program in the world, providing support and training for every single student. Rotary has great youth programs, including our Interact and Rotaract clubs. If your club would like more information about any of these programs, contact me and I will put you in touch with the right people.
We are moving toward having Youth Exchange scholarships so that qualified students whose family cannot afford the expenses of youth exchange can still study overseas. We have one such student from the Wooster club, who is raising money through a GoFundMe page. If you want to help, her name is Daisie. Click on her name to go to her site.
 
Reaching Out Beyond the Club
One of my themes this year was encouraging Rotarians to reach out beyond their club. That could be as simple as attending one or more nearby club meetings. But I want to encourage everyone in the district to consider attending either the District Conference (held in Warren on May 10 and 11) or the Rotary International Convention (held in Toronto on June 24 through 27).
 
The District Conference will be on a Thursday night and Friday (ending around 4 PM). It will be a fast-paced, entertaining, and inspirational conference. We have an excellent list of speakers, including the Rotary Coordinator for Zone 29 (16 districts in 5 states and Canada); John T. Capps, who has spoken all over the country about Rotary, our own Geoff Goll, who raised more money for Polio Plus as the Zone coordinator for Polio than any other zone in the world, and Brian Blasco, author of two books and an outstanding motivational speaker. We will also have the Youth Exchange talent show and Cultural Exchange, several other speakers from the district, the district winners of the 4-Way Test Speech contest, and several recognition ceremonies. You can register online starting in late February.
 
The RI Convention is very convenient this year (in Toronto). You will need a passport, but you will not need to learn another language. Toronto is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, the perfect setting for an International Convention. If you have never attended and RI Convention, you will be amazed by all that it has to offer and by how inspirational it is. I guarantee that you will leave swelled with pride for being a Rotarian.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
 
     -  NO MEETING - Friday, March 30, 2018 - Good Friday
     -  Health Screen & Wellness Fair - Saturday, April 21, 2018
 
Speakers
Feb 23, 2018
Invocator - Amanda Berkeley
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