Volume 8                           September 4, 2020
Allyson Bussey has spent her entire career marketing and advocating for the travel and tourism industry. She has been at Visit Canton, the Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, for over 12 years. During this time she has worn many hats beginning as the Tourism Marketing Manager and in 2016 became the President.  Before her time at Visit Canton she spent 8 years at the Amish Door Village as Marketing Director.  Allyson’s passion for tourism have driven her to serve in many industry leadership roles including being an Adventures in NE Ohio Board Member and Past President, an Ohio Travel Association Executive Board Member, and founder of a statewide tourism association named Ohio Has IT!  She now serves on several local Boards including Arts in Stark, National First Ladies Library, the NFL Centennial Executive Committee and the BBB Charitable Foundation.  Allyson has been awarded: YStark’s 20 under 40 award; Adventure in NE Ohio Excellence Award; the 2014 Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award.  Allyson is a graduate of Kent State University, Leadership Stark County’s signature program and the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy.  Allyson resides in Canton with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Avery, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas.
8-4-20 Meeting Soft StartLast week we kicked off the Rotary Club of Canton's "soft start" to our "In-Person Rotary Meetings" as an opportunity for members to get together, socialize, and watch the Zoom Meeting together.  I am happy to say we had a 600% increase in attendance compared to the previous week (Editor's note: not so sure that math is correct)!  The six of us brought our own lunch and it felt great to see my fellow Rotarians in person, although socially distanced! There were a couple of minor hiccups, but I think we have them ironed out going forward. 
This week we are again meeting at Sanctuary Golf Course in the pavilion, and the course will generously be providing a box lunch and drink to us at no charge.  The box lunch will include a sandwich, chips, and a drink.  If we get more than 20 attendees who RSVP by Wednesday, I will provide a desert as well.
Please RSVP to me at no later than this Wednesday so I can get you on the list for lunch.
Thank you to Fritz Spring for helping make arrangements to bring us back together and to President Drew for helping me work all of this out!
Mark Clendenin
President Elect
At our Zoom meeting on August 28, 2020, President Drew Pelger opened the meeting by welcoming 25 Canton Rotarians, plus guests: Massillon Rotarians Richard Regula and Keith Nutter; RJ Matthew/PSB Animal Health's guests John Matthews, Dan Reed, Susie Berstler, Jeff Marsh, Kevin Warrene and Tim Barta; Dave Roberts' guest Louanne Kiko; and our speaker Scott Higgins.
Club Secretary Paula Mastroianni presented some interesting historical facts for the day and asked the Rotary trivia question: "How much were annual dues at the first Rotary Club"?  (The answer to Paula's question: There were no dues originally at the first Rotary Club. The group voted there would be no dues and all club expenses would be paid from 50-cent fines.  By 1915, Rotary International was on the verge of bankruptcy and that's when President Frank Mulholland suggested that every Rotarian contribute $1 (just over $24 today), and thus the concept of annual dues was born.)
Paula also received "Happy Bucks" from Sam Shaheen, Michelle Charles, and Mark Rojek.
  • President Drew thanked Fritz Spring for his help with the in-person Rotary meetings and also thanked PP Dan Matthews for his great line-up of August speakers.
Past President Dan Matthews welcomed our guests and our speaker, Scott Higgins, President & CEO of The American Dairy Association, Midwest.
The speaker provided the following link for anyone interested in additional information on The American Dairy Association:
Next Week's Speaker will be Allyson Bussey, President - Visit Canton, Stark County Convention & Visitors' Bureau, speaking on "Learning to Pivot"

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thurin celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

Louis and Mary Jane (Kennedy) Thurin of Minerva celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 19, 2020 with a Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Malvern including children able to attend due to Covid-19. A much anticipated celebration was being planned but will be postponed at this time.

Louis Thurin and Mary Jane Kennedy grew up in Canton and were married August 19, 1950 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Canton by Monsignor Owen Gallagher. They are 48 year members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Malvern.

Together they owned and operated Thurin’s Home Furnishings from 1962-1998 for 26 years as the third generation in the Thurin family. In 1998 they retired to their family home, Echobrook Farm near Minerva.

They raised five children; Mary Ann Thurin of Canton, (former Canton Rotarian) Mark and Jody Thurin of Louisville, Bruce and Peggy Thurin of Austin, Texas, Barbara and Kevin Casper of Florence, S.C. and Martha and David Gotschall of Minerva. They have 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Published in The Alliance Review on August 18, 2020

The following Rotarians were featured in The Repository on Sunday, August 30, 2020, for being the 2020 Best of the Best for the following Community Choice Awards:
  • Beauty, Health & Fitness - Best Salon or Spa - Scott Talbot Salon/Spa
  • Food and Dining - Ice Cream - Taggart's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
  • Food and Dining - Dessert - Taggart's Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant
  • Health - Pharmacy - Medicine Center Pharmacy
  • Home Care - Electrician - Abbott Electric
  • Home Care - Siding Contractor - Canton Aluminum
  • Home Care - Window Contractor - Canton Aluminum
  • People & Places - Overall Company to Work for 50-99 Employees - Abbott Electric
  • Shopping -Pet Supply Store - PBS Animal Health
TOM SCHERVISH - September 5th
CHARLES SMITH - September 8th
MIKE ABBBOTT- September 13th
PHIL LATTAVO - September 14th
CRAIG YOUNG - September 16th
KIRK SCHURING - September 17th
MAX BARTON - September 24th
JIM THOMAS - September 24th
TOM SWALLEN - September 25th
MICHELLE CHARLES - September 27th
DAVE EWING - September 27th
MARK CLENDENIN - September 30th

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.

After decades of hard won gains in the region, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — WHO, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the vaccine alliance — are proclaiming the milestone an achievement in public health. They offer it as proof that strong commitment, coordination, and perseverance can rid the world of polio. 

The certification that the African region is free of wild poliovirus comes after the independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) conducted thorough field verifications that confirmed no new cases and analyzed documentation of polio surveillance, immunization, and laboratory capacity by Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and South Sudan. The commission had already accepted the documentation of the other 43 countries in the region. 

The last cases of polio caused by the wild virus in the African region were recorded in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno in August 2016, after two years with no cases. Conflict, along with challenges in reaching mobile populations, had hampered efforts to immunize children there.

Now that the African region is free of wild poliovirus, five of WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the disease. Polio caused by the wild virus is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region. 

The African region’s wild polio-free certification was celebrated during a livestream event. Speakers included Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Bill Gates, Rotary International President Holger Knaack, Nigeria PolioPlus chair Dr. Tunji Funsho, and representatives of other GPEI partners. The celebration was followed by a press conference. 

In the program, Knaack spoke about people needing good news during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenges ahead are formidable,” Knaack said. “That’s why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all the people who played important roles in reaching this milestone. It took tremendous effort over many years.”

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In September, for the third year in a row, Districts 6600, 6630 and 6650 have come together to offer an exciting membership program, to help us engage and energize our members.
This year there will be 2- two hour meetings (on Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 23) in the early evening (6 to 8 PM). You can attend either or both meetings via Zoom at no cost. Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin (2018-2019), will be the speaker for the September 15th training session and District 6690 Membership Chair Jenny Stotts from RC of Athens Sunrise, Ohio, will be the September 23rd speaker.
You will have a choice of four breakout sessions on each night. You can attend one breakout session in each of the two meetings. The sessions are:
  1. Keeping Clubs Vital
  2. Making Rotary Work
  3. Sharing the Joy of Rotary
  4. Building on your Momentum
To view more information on these workshops and to register, click on this LINK!
If you have not yet paid your dues - please send them into the Rotary office ASAP.  
The Rotary office address is: 116 Cleveland Avenue N.W., , Suite 307, Canton 44702.
In order to make contributing to the club easy during this time of social separation, we have recently added a “Make a Donation” link to our club website at  By clicking this link, you will be able to quickly and easily make a contribution to the club, via credit or debit card. 
Integrated with our Clubrunner system, this is a safe and secure link.  Please consider a donation today!
Sep 25, 2020
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Russell Hampton
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