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                        Volume 22                      December 24, 2021
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MERRY CHRISTMAS! NO MEETING THIS WEEK!
Merry Christmas from all of us Canton Rotary Elves! We hope you and your family will have a wonderful holiday and wish you fantastic luck, happiness and good health heading into the New Year! 
 
Just a reminder that there is no meeting this week, nor will there be a meeting next week on 12/31/21, New Year's Eve.
 
Please enjoy yourselves and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you NEXT YEAR! 
PRESIDENT MARK'S WEEKLY THOUGHTS

Canton Rotarians,

Thanks to all of you for an in incredibly enjoyable holiday meeting last Friday. It was heart-warming to see everyone having such a fun time. (Editor's note: Heather Cooper, organist at Christ Presbyterian Church, gave a fantastic performance for us, as well!)

The desserts for our Sweet Treat Raffle were fantastic and the fact that so many of you participated was uplifting. We did this event a couple of years ago.  At that time, we had more attendees and more desserts, but this time we raised more money.  That it such a powerful statement. Nothing discourages this group. You helped raise $750.00 which will be donated to the tornado relief efforts in Mayfield, KY. Many thanks to all who participated in one way or another, and a special thanks to Becky, Jennie, and Drew.

Thanks to Steve Fettman and his Philomatheon Society for allowing us to participate in the holiday lunch and gift distribution (see photo). Tracie and I had a wonderful time. The appreciation and excitement of the recipients found a place in our hearts. We look forward to participating again next year.

Please remember that there is no meeting this Friday or next Friday, but we will be back together for lunch after the first of the year. 

I wish you all the warmest of holiday wishes, and hope that you can enjoy memorable moments with your friends and family during this time. We all have so much to be thankful for and I believe the holidays provide us an opportunity to spend less time thinking about what we want, and more time focused on appreciating what we have. May your focus bring you lasting smiles and joy.

Yours,

President Mark    

WHAT'D I MISS LAST WEEK, AT OUR HOLIDAY GATHERING?
For our Holiday Gathering last Friday, while members brought their Sweet Treats for our raffle, and bought tickets and chose which treats to try to win, President Mark welcomed 34 Canton Rotarians, and one guest, Bob Leibensperger. After mark's announcements, Paula's tidbits of info, and Happy Bucks, many of the attendees adjourned to the CPC sanctuary, where church orgnaist, heather Cooper, performed several holiday selections on CPC's pipe organ. heather was also gracious enough to spend a few minutes with part of our group explaining the organ, it's numerous keyboads and pedals, and demonstrated how the organ produces a vast variety or sounds! Thank you Heather! 
 
From Secretary Paula: 
 
Interesting Christmas Facts:
 
  • Christmas wasn't always on December 25
While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the actual date is lost to history. There's no mention of December 25 in the Bible and many historians say Jesus was really born in the spring. Some historians posit the date was originally chosen because it coincided with the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which honored the agricultural god Saturn with celebrating and gift giving.
 
  • You can thank Prince Albert for your Christmas tree
Brew a cup o' tea when trimming your tree this year to pay homage to its origins. When Prince Albert of Germany got a tree for his new wife, Queen Victoria of England, it really took off across the pond. A drawing of the couple in front of a Christmas first tree appeared in Illustrated London News in 1848.
 
  • Rudolph was a marketing ploy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when the Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters to create a Christmas story for kids that the store could distribute as a promotion. The adorable movie featuring the island of misfit toys and Herbie the Elf hit the airwaves in 1964.
 
  • Celebrating Christmas used to be illegal
From 1659–1681, anyone caught making merry in the colonies would face a fine for celebrating. By the Revolutionary War, the day had so little significance that Congress even held their first session on December 25, 1789. Christmas wasn't even proclaimed a federal holiday for almost another century.
 
  • Christmas decorating sends nearly 15,000 people to the ER each year! 
Happy Bucks:
 
Rick Taylor
Jenny George
Becky Clark
Bob Pattison
 
 
GIVE THE GIFT OF ROTARY
As you celebrate this Holiday Season, you may want to think about one more gift: the gift of Rotary. One of the great advantages to being a Rotarian is to be able to help people not just in our community, but throughout the world! 
 
With that in mind, here is a link to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International:
 
 
If you go to this web page, you will see that there are several options for you to indicate what you want to support or how you want your money to be used. 
 
For what its' worth, the Rotary Foundation has received the Charity Navigator's highest ranking for 12 years in a row! This means your money will be used wisely, with the vast majority going to the causes, not administrative fees! 
 
And, of course, we have our own Canton Rotary Charitable Fund and the Canton Rotary Foundation. You can give to either of these funds on our 'Donation' page. Or go to this link: https://www.sagepayments.net/eftcart/forms/donate.asp?M_id=775642595142
 
Have a FANTASTIC Christmas! 
Russell Hampton
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