Volume 14                       October 29, 2021

Team NEO is a business and economic development non-profit focused on building a vibrant economy for our Region. Team NEO is the designated JobsOhio Network Partner for Northeast Ohio and is responsible for accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio.

Join us this Friday October 29th to gain insight on our region’s impact and performance and learn about the generational opportunity before us. Dawn Southard, VP of Investor Relations, will share data regarding jobs, projects and capital investment opportunities that will benefit our region’s businesses as well as the 4.3 million people who call Northeast Ohio home!

Dawn Southard is Vice President, Investor Relations for Team NEO. In her role, Dawn engages business leaders throughout Northeast Ohio to take an active role in Team NEO’s mission to advance the equity and pace of business development outcomes throughout our 18 - county region. As a member of the senior management team, Dawn contributes to creating and implementing strategies that engage the corporate and non-profit community in the five core initiatives Team NEO leads as the JobsOhio partner for Northeast Ohio.

Prior to joining Team NEO, Dawn spent four years in San Antonio and served as Chief Strategy Officer with a financial and succession planning firm. Before that she spent 15 years in leadership roles for The Adcom Group and Glazen Creative Studios (now Goldfarb Weber Creative Media) in Cleveland. Her civic involvement in the region has been pivotal to a variety of initiatives as she served in positions including President of Sales and Marketing Executives (SME) Cleveland and SME Cleveland Education Foundation, Vice Chair of the Broadview Heights City Planning Commission and board member of Julie Billiart School. She a Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021 alumni.

She currently serves on the board of Seeds of Literacy, and is a mentor through College Now.

Dawn earned an MBA at Western Michigan University and a BBA at Davenport University.

(Reminder: Meetings are now held at Christ Presbyterian Church, parking and entry on the west side of the building. Elevator available to the second floor.) 

Thanks to Jennie George, we now have a new recurring Zoom link for those of you who prefer to attend on-line. 
You can join us remotely each week on Zoom at the following Link: 
MENU FRIDAY 10/29/21
Boneless Breaded Chicken BreastRiviera VegetablesSmashed Red Skin PotatoesMini Salad BarRoll/ButterBeverageDessert
What a great event we had last week for the McKinley-Massillon Luncheon.  It was so exciting to see more than 100 attendees from both the Canton and Massillon Rotary and their guests enjoying a terrific event.  A tip of the hat to VP Paul Hervey and his committees for putting on such a great event.  From the band playing in the courtyard, the decorations in the room, the food that was served, and the lineup of speakers, everything went off without a hitch.  As President i can't thank you all enough.
We have accomplished a number of things so far this year, but we haven't really scratched the surface and I'll be reaching out to many of you that are not yet involved in projects.  I'm looking for volunteers to chair and participate in community events we have planned for this year such as Scholarship Committee, Drug Take-Back Day, Older Adult Outreach, and Wednesday Youth Backpack Days.  If social media marketing and website development are your thing I could really use your help in this area ASAP.    
This week's speaker is Dawn Southard from Team NEO.  She will be speaking about Team NEO’s mission and the performance and impact that together, with their partners and business community, is leading to advance the vibrancy of our region’s and county's economy! It would be a great time to reach out to a friend, colleague, or potential future Rotarian.
Have a great week and I hope to see you Friday.
President Mark
For our annual McKinley/Massillon Rivalry Week co-meeting with the Rotary Club of Massillon, President Mark welcomed over 100 Rotarians, guests and special speakers to Christ Presbyterian Church this year. Our special guests and speakers included Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei, Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry, McKinley Head Coach Antonio Hall, Massillon Washington Head Coach Nate Moore, several of their team members, special speakers McKinley alum Terrell Clifford and Massillon alum Devin Jordan. And, of course, our Rotary brothers and sisters from the Massillon Club.
For those of you who could not attend, please click the link to see a short video presented by Massillon alum, Devin Jordan: McKinley Massillon Rotary
As Junior Achievement chair for the Rotary Club of Canton, I have been staying in touch with JA about opportunities for us to 'mentor' young people through JA's programs of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and job preparation. I have asked JA to provide volunteer opportunities in Canton City Schools primarily, but they have also communicated other volunteer needs in other districts.
Here's one at Marlington Middle School. Let me know if you're interested in helping: 

Marlington Middle School

Teacher- Kylie Shackle

Program- JA Economics for Success

Date- JAID November 19th

Times- 7:45am- 2:25pm

Volunteers- 7 secured, 5 needed (each volunteer will teach the same lesson, 3 times)

8:53- 9:38       Morning Session 1

9:41- 10:26     Morning Session 2

10:29-11:14    Morning Session 3

11:17-11:47    LUNCH

11:50-12:30    Afternoon Session 1

12:33-1:13      Afternoon Session 2

1:16-1:56        Afternoon Session 3

Program Overview:

Program Brief:

Registration for the 2022 Rotary International Convention, which will be held in Houston, Texas, (June 4-8th)  is now open.
To view details on the 2022 RI Convention, click on the picture or "Register Now"
Russell Hampton
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