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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 11:30 AM
Christ Presbyterian Church
530 Tuscarawas Street West
Canton, OH 44702
United States of America
(330) 452-2882
(330) 452-8614
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JoAnn Breedlove serves as executive director to the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board located in Ohio. Prior to her appointment as executive director in March 2022, JoAnn began her employment with Workforce Initiative Association in 2008 as an Employer Account Representative. She has also served as the organization’s Business Services Manager, Business Resource Network Project Director and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the programmatic aspects of the Workforce Initiative Association which include OhioMeansJobs Stark and Tuscarawas County Center operations, programs funded through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and Ohio’s youth Comprehensive Case Management & Employment Program.
JoAnn views the workforce system as perfectly poised to strengthen communities by supporting businesses with strategies that serve their workforce needs while improving the lives of its citizens through employment and training resources.
Prior to her service with the public workforce system, JoAnn worked for the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a Contract Procurement Specialist and in sales and management with Kimberly Clark Corporation. JoAnn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing and Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Science degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Swiss Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Mini Salad Bar
Roll and Butter
Fellow Canton Rotarians: 
We are having a banquet for our Interact Club members on Wednesday the 11th from 3-5pm at Christ Presbyterian Church. We will be recognizing the seniors, celebrate their accomplishments of the year, and welcome next year's leadership.
It would be GREAT to have a couple of Rotarians in attendance to show our support. Please join us! 
If you would like to attend, please contact Jennie George at
Hello Canton Rotarians,
I hope you're enjoying this first full week of May.  The weather is beautiful.  Sunny and warm with a slight cooling breeze makes for the perfect time to get out and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. 
What is great with weather like this is to reach out and bring absent members and guests to our Friday Rotary Lunch.  I continue to look to all of you to provide a strong attendance at our lunch meetings for the remainder of my term.  Fifty members would be outstanding.  We each have to do our small part to make it happen.  All I ask is that you send an email to me at and let me know you are bringing someone so I can assure them of a meal.  We don’t want them to leave hungry.I hope you were lucky enough to be at last week’s lunch meeting for the presentation by Tanner Ewing.  The presentation was a real treat.  This young man has accomplished so much in such a short period of time.  He has built companies, a plane, and a wonderful life.
We are nearing the end of the fiscal year and this week we will be voting for the 2022-2023 leadership team.  It’s a wonderful group of Rotarians that I expect will do a fantastic job.  Please make every attempt to attend and cast your vote.  See you Friday,President Mark 
Perry Rotary President Steve Toohey has invited all Canton Rotarians to attend their meeting next Wednesday May 18th, to hear Keith Marion, a Perry Township man who traveled on his own to Poland to assist Ukrainian refugees there. Keith will speak on his experiences there.
Meeting is located at the Stark Parks Exploration Gateway Center, 5712 12th. Street NW, lower level and starts at 11:45. Lunch is $16. Please RSVP to Steve by May 16th at
Steve Mears, Community Outreach & Communications Director at Kempthorn Motors, is looking for volunteers to help with the "Concert ofr First Responders", which takes place at 6 PM on Saturday May 21, 2022, at Centennial Plaza. You can contact Steve at Kempthorn at 330-455-6511. 
Here's some info on the concert: "Support First Responders on May 21st 2022 with a concert at Centennial Plaza! The event will begin at 6:00pm.  Headliners include LAUREN MASCITTI and THE BUCK NAKED BAND. Mascitti, a Louisville Ohio native, appeared on American Idol season 18 and was a top 40 finalist. The Buck Naked Band is a country band based in Northeast Ohio and is on the FOX 8 Hotlist for best local band. Bring a lawn chair and some friends and enjoy the Concert For First Responders!"
At our meeting last Friday, May 7, 2022, President Mark welcomed a total of 37 people, live and on Zoom, including three guests: Mark Clark, Kip Bolon, and Ann Gunther. Tanner Ewing, a very young serial entrepreneur and tech wiz from Wooster, gave us insight into some of the tech development and manufacturing companies he has founded, located in Wayne County, Ohio, U.S.A.
Secretary Paula presented the following interesting info"
On This Day in History:
1915 - American baseball player Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run; he finished his career with 714 homers, a record that stood until 1974.
1937 – On this day in 1937, while landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on its first transatlantic crossing of the year, the German dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames and was destroyed, killing 36 of the 97 persons aboard.
1998 - Steve Jobs introduced Apple's first iMac, a personal computer that became hugely successful and helped revive the struggling company.
2004 - The final episode of the television sitcom Friends aired and was watched by more than 52 million viewers.
Fun Rotary Fact
January of 1911 was the first issue of The National Rotarian.  The name was changed to The Rotarian in 1912, when Rotary Clubs were organized in Canada.
Happy Bucks:
Dave Ewing
Charles Smith
Paul Hervey
Wilbur Allen
Shawn Daugherty
Becky Clark
Mark Clendenin (perpetual happy bucks contributor)
Paul P. Harris formed the first Service organization (Rotary) in Chicago on February 23, 1905.  As the idea of “Service Above Self” spread around the world, communities not served by Rotary were identified and new clubs were formed by existing clubs.  This involved identifying leaders in those growing communities and helping those leaders start a new Rotary Club to serve that community, to exchange ideas and take action.  These Rotary Clubs have since flourished and are an integral part of those communities.

“The Path Forward”
My friends. I want to welcome all of you to a new year of Rotary service for 2021-2022.  Most importantly, we owe a great amount of appreciation for the leadership exemplified by past District Governor Linda Henderson. Linda’s dedication and devotion kept District 6650 progressing, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on all our Rotary Club activities.  I consider our district very fortunate to have had Linda’s selfless service to hold us together through such trying times. Thank you, Linda.
I think we all can agree that we have undergone a multitude of experiences, emotions, life challenges, and sacrifices in responding to the effects of COVID-19. Our journey together has been long and exhausting. We truly are living through a historic time for the world, country, state, city, and our families. The vaccines have arrived and are being allocated as supplies are delivered to our health departments, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. This is great news, as they are all considered effective in combating the coronavirus. 
As we look forward to 2021, our thinking does not have to be limited to the end of this year. I am also thinking about what we will be doing in 2022 ,2023, 2024, and beyond. We cannot see the future, but we can steer ourselves where we want to go. I think it is important that our clubs have plans to rebuild, reflect, revitalize, and reinforce for the present and the future. There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management: "failing to plan is planning to fail." Planning is essential to achieving success in all areas of life, including our government, businesses, educational communities, for our residents, and especially for Rotary as our clubs strive to become better.
Let us work together and chart a path forward with a vision of optimism—a path that leads to healing and hopefulness, to reconnecting with each other, and to the anticipation of brighter days ahead. Please join your District Administration for a Welcome Back 6650 event on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM at the MAPS Air Museum, located at 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720. This event includes free admission and a complimentary meal, which will be served from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Register your club and the number of people attending with the District office by Friday, August 13, 2021. I hope to see you there.
Steve Wilder
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Rotary Club of Canton • 116 Cleveland Ave NW •Suite 525 •Canton, Ohio  44702
(330) 452-2882 fax •(330) 452-8614•