Volume 14                           October 16, 2020
Hendrickson – a giant in our own backyard – is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle and brake systems; tire pressure control systems; auxiliary lift axle systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; bumpers; and components to the global commercial transportation industry.
Today, the company is comprised of state-of-the-art facilities, technical centers and manufacturing centers, in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Romania, Turkey, India, China and Australia. Its Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems operations includes facilities here in Canton, North Canton and Navarre. 
Mark Slingluff serves as director of global marketing and communications for Hendrickson, headquartered in Woodridge, IL. His responsibilities include corporate communications, advertising, tradeshows, global website management, collateral, brand asset management as well as divisional product marketing and communication support.
Slingluff joined Hendrickson in 2000 from a design position at Goodyear Tire and Rubber. Previously he held a number of positions at General Tire and Kumho Tire. He started his career at Hendrickson as manager of communications for Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems.
Slingluff holds a Visual Communications degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Communications from the University of Akron and his master’s degree in Business from Walsh University, Canton, OH.

Greetings, Rotarians.

Last week, we had our first indoors in-person meeting since March at John’s Bar and Grille.  I am happy to announce that we will be back at John’s this Friday.  We are fortunate to be able to provide a private room with the ability to space out safely while still enjoying the experience of a Rotary meeting.  If you are unable to attend the in-person meeting, I strongly encourage you to join our Zoom meeting online.  I know that there are still challenges to meeting indoors as the pandemic continues, but it is my hope that we are able to increase our attendance both in-person and virtually as the weeks progress.

As we are trying to maintain our ability to reserve a private room at John’s, please send your RSVP for this week’s meeting to myself or the Rotary office.  Thank you as always for your support and I look forward to see everyone on Friday.


At our Zoom meeting on October 9, 2020, President Drew Pelger opened the meeting by welcoming 27 Canton Rotarians, and our speaker, Steve Pustay from the Hall of Fame City Pickleball Club
Secretary Paula Mastroianni presented some interesting historical facts for the day and announced that the following famous people were Rotarians: Colonel Sanders, Ronald Reagan, Neil Armstrong, Orville Wright and John F Kennedy.
Paula also received "Happy Bucks" from Paul Hervey, Dave Ewing, Lynn Hamilton, Denny Fulmer, Rick Taylor, Dan Matthews and herself.
  • President Drew announced that the digital Oktoberfest Beer Card event is up and running.  President Drew also stated that since he lost the bet on the McKinley-Massillon game last week, he will be wearing a Massillon jersey and eating some spicy wings in the near future.
Vice President Julia Dick welcomed our speaker, Steve Pustay, from the Hall of Fame City Pickleball Club.
Next Week's Program will be Mark Slingluff, Director of Global Marketing and Communications from Hendrickson
Rotarians around the world are preparing to celebrate - 
            One Day. One Focus:  Ending Polio
                   Saturday October 24
By the end of the 1980’s, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio every year.
Today, Rotary and its partners have reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9%.  However, until we see the last of the poliovirus, eradication efforts need your help with additional funding.
Today, 19 million people who would otherwise be paralyzed by polio are walking, and 1.5 million people who would otherwise have died are alive. With your generous financial support to TAKE ACTION, we can ERADICATE THIS DISEASE FOREVER.
In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus and in 1988 helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to immunize the children of the world against polio.
Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent since 1988 and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.
To date, Rotary and our fellow members around the world have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary is working to raise an additional $50 million per year, which would then be leveraged for maximum impact by an additional $100 million annually from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
These efforts are providing much-needed operational support, medical staff, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents.
Rotary has played a major role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Rotary is a global network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities across the globe.
There are over 1.2 million Rotary members in more than 35,000 clubs throughout the world that sponsor service projects to address such critical issues as poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment in their local communities and abroad.
The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, inspires members to provide humanitarian service, follow high ethical standards, and promote goodwill and peace in the world.
Nothing epitomizes Rotary's mission and outreach more than PolioPlus! 
The Canton Rotary Foundation Committee Announces PolioPlus 1:1 Recognition Points Match Program.  
Become a Paul Harris Fellow More Quickly!
Beginning October 12, 2020 and ending November 23, 2020, our club will match each gift of $25 to $2,500 with Foundation Recognition Points on a 1:1 basis.
For example: donate $100 to The Rotary Foundation and 100 more Recognition Points will be credited to your account.  Donate $500 and 500 more Recognition Points will be added to your gift.  Please note that it requires 1,000 Recognition Points to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  For each 1,000 Recoginition Points you accumulate, you or someone you choose can be named a Paul Harris Fellow.  
Your donation must be received in our Canton Rotary Office by Tuesday, November 23, 2020.  You may send your check to our office or pay online with your credit card by clicking on this LINK.  
The Brew Card is on sale now and can be purchased via the event page on Facebook or through Eventbrite.
Check it out and make your donations and support the charitable fund and the breweries.
(Editor's note: as you probably realize, our Canton Rotary Charitable Fund is challenged this year, since we have not been able to hold our normal slate of fundraisers due to COVID. Thanks to Oktoberfest Chairperson, Raquel Raderchak, this BREW CARD creatively takes the place of our live Oktoberfest, and gives us all an opportunity to 1) support Canton Rotary and our Charitable Fund and 2) support local breweries/restaurants that have been hit by COVID challenges, too. And it can be a great gift, especially for your relatives, friends, and associates who are younger-than-Boomer-age and LOVE craft beers! Please consider buying the new Canton Rotary BREW CARD.) 
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