Rotary Club of Canton
116 Cleveland Ave NW
Suite 525
Canton, Ohio  44702
(330) 452-2882
fax (330) 452-8614 
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 11:45 AM
2749 Cleveland Ave. NW
CANTON, OH 44709
United States of America
(330) 452-2882
(330) 452-8614
*In order to respect the choices of our individual members, we have adopted a hybrid model of our meetings. In-person at: John's Grille OR Remote via Zoom (The link is sent prior to the meeting.)
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Leslie R. Genovese
Director, Community Engagement and Corporate Relations
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Leslie Genovese is currently the Director, Community Engagement and Corporate Relations for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, recognized as Feeding America’s 2012 Food Bank of the Year. The Foodbank was founded in 1982 and serves eight counties, distributing emergency food and other essential items to more than 580 hunger-relief partners who serve thousands of individuals each year. In 2020, the Foodbank distributed the equivalent of 27.4 million meals to families in need with the help of its network of partners.
During her 17-year tenure at the Foodbank, Leslie has held many roles and currently leads the fundraising initiatives for community and corporate engagement, raising millions of dollars and thousands of pounds of food for people in need each year.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Leslie Genovese is a graduate of Northwest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Ohio University. Additionally, Leslie is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Stark County Spotlight Young Professionals program and a graduate of Leadership Stark County Signature Program, 28th Class. She is active in the community as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Stark County, OH, Inc., Alumni member of Torchbearers Akron, and an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter. Leslie resides in the Portage Lakes with her husband, Jim, daughter Gia (10), and son Bryce (5).
Faith R. Barbato
Senior Manager, Stark County Community Engagement
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Faith Barbato started her journey as the Executive Director of Community Harvest in 2009. The Community Harvest program was created through the combined efforts of the Tri-County Restaurant Association and other concerned members of the community. Its aim was to increase the involvement of the restaurant and food service industry by collecting excess prepared and perishable food and delivering it to community agencies serving homeless individuals and people facing hunger in the community.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank merged with Community Harvest in 2017 to better serve the individuals and families in Stark County struggling with hunger. This merger has helped acquire new food streams in Stark County while expanding the food rescue program into other counties currently served by the Foodbank. In her current role, Faith continues to oversee Community Harvest operations, in addition to engaging key community partners in Stark County.
Faith is a graduate of Central Catholic High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University, followed by her master’s degree in counseling & human development from Walsh University. Her involvement includes more than 10 years as a Canton Jaycee Board Member and past President, graduate of Leadership Stark County Signature Program,18th Class, Hall of Fame community parade volunteer, JCI Senator and current sustaining member of Junior League of Stark County, OH, Inc. Faith resides in East Canton with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Lilliana (10). Her son, Michael Todd (27), lives in North Canton.
“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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