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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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See you all on July 8, when our speaker will be Professor Michael Grossman from Mount Union University,
who will discuss the current situation in Ukraine. 

I’m just wrapping up a great week of being President of the Canton Rotary.  Last Friday I had the honor of being part of the changing of the guard and handed the gavel over to my good friend Rick Taylor.  I’m excited to see what he and the board have planned for the 22-23 year. There is no doubt that great things lie ahead.  I was so happy to have Past President, and now District 6650 Governor, Michelle Charles, share in the ceremonies.  I was happy to share in hers this past Saturday at the District Conference.  I was most humbled by the many kind words many of you expressed during our luncheon and was deeply moved by your show of love and gratitude.

I wanted to take a moment to share a few of my parting thoughts with those of you who couldn't attend and to reiterate those words for those of you that were.

It’s been a wild three-year ride going all the way back to President Rojek and President Pelger.  There are many challenges that remain, and I hope to be there to assist President Taylor as so many did for me.  The 21-22 year provided workload increases with Lori leaving last July, plus a heavy overhead burden coupled with declining membership and engagement, and we had no place to call home for our luncheon meetings.  That’s quite a lot to wrap your head around.

When it came to managing the workload, many of you pitched in where you couldto help manage the stress and pressure of a Canton Rotary Club with a new look.  I want the Executive Committee, Board, and many club members to know that your assistance and positive outlook kept me energized when I was dragging.  We got our finances back in order by trimming our sails and reducing overhead costs and continuing to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us.  It paid dividends by putting us in an excellent financial position at years end and ready to grow our membership.

We accomplished great things this past year both internationally and at home.  The blanket project, backpack project, and $40,000 in charitable donations to continue our work locally.  Internationally we hit a grand slam by funding projects in Kenya, India, and Ukraine.  We took the lead to the tune of nearly $100,000 for those international projects.  Those memories will be with me forever.  Thank you.

As I wind-up my week I’ll reiterate that I hope I’ve inspired each of you to think deeper, reach further, and challenge ourselves to achieve more than we think we can.  I very much believe that great expectations at the beginning result in great achievements at the end.  Dare to dream big.

I thank all of you for this incredible opportunity to lead the Canton Rotary Club, and I look forward to our many great achievements in the future.

Have a Safe and Happy July 4th Holiday.

Mark Clendenin, 21-22 President - The Rotary Club of Canton      

At our meeting last Friday, June 23, 2022, President Mark welcomed 38 Rotarians and one guest, his wife, Traci Clendenin, to our meeting. At this meeting, our new officers and board members were installed and those 'retiring' from service on the board were thanked, as was outgoing president, Mark Clendenin. Now Past President Mark received a gift of top shelf bourbon and cigars from a grateful membership (curiously, he did not offer to share these with his fellow members.......shocking!) 
Happy Bucks:
(Please note that many of the Happy Bucks were in honor of President Mark's very successful year, generating one of the biggest hauls in Happy Buck history!)
Dan MathewsBecky ClarkTracie ClendeninSteve FettmanSuzette MathewsDenny FulmerPaul HerseyPaul WhiteBruce SchorstenPaula MastroianniRick TaylorMark ClendeninMichelle CharlesTim HaverstockJennie George
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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