While looking at our upcoming meeting dates, we see we have one date which does not have a Rotarian signed up to give the Invocation.
Please take a look at your calendar for May 18th. If you plan on attending this meeting, please consider calling the Rotary office and provide your name to give the Invocation. Thank you!
The Rotary Club of Canton will once again hold its Semi-Annual Health Screen & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This event will be held at the Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Hall Auditorium, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, 44708.
A 12-hour fast is recommended for more accurate results. In addition to the blood screenings, Mercy Medical Center will be offering additional free health screenings and educational materials.
To register for this event please follow this LINK or visit To view and print the flyer please follow this LINK
Steven L.  Fettman
A member since 1996, Steve is a registered pharmacist (RPh) and owner of Davies Pharmacy.  Having worked in the pharmacy with his father, he took to heart his Dad’s philosophy that philanthropy is a 24/7 responsibility…it never takes a break.  Steve’s Rotary involvement includes being a four-time Paul Harris fellow and a 15-year perfect attendance record.  He has chaired numerous club avenues, including the club’s support of the Philomatheon Society and is a current Rotary Board member.   He has also sponsored and volunteered for some of our largest club fund-raisers, including the Pancake Breakfast and Oktoberfest.  Steve’s civic contributions include: member and Gold Key Recipient of the United Way of Stark County; Lifetime Honorary Member of the Philomatheon Society for the Blind; Hall of Fame Member of the J. Babe Stern Center; and Business Excellence Award recipient from the Canton Chamber of Commerce.  Steve has been married for over 24 years to his wife, Jodi, and has three children, Peyton, Robyn, and Zak. 
Richard P. Taylor
A member since 1982, Rick is a Partner/Owner of Kozmo’s Grille in downtown Massillon and works as the Development Manager for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio.  Rick has served Rotary as a Past President and Board Member and chaired several club initiatives including Rotary Scouts, HOF Fundraiser, and JA Done-in-a Day.  He has also contributed his time to Pancake Day, our New Member Orientation, the Oktoberfest celebration and he serves as Editor of the Rotogram.  His civic contributions include: executive leadership at the Canton Palace Theatre, board positions with the Canton Jaycees, former President of the Northeast Community Center, and member of the Income Impact Council for the United Way of Greater Stark County.  He has also served on the Hall of Fame Festival and Bicentennial Street Festivals and is active in both the Massillon WestStark and Canton Regional Chambers of Commerce.  Rick has been married for over 39 years to his wife, Kristina, has three grown children, Zachary, Aaron, and Sarah, and four grandchildren.
Craig Young
A member since 1990, Craig is President of Young Truck Sales, a position he has held since 1996.  Craig is a second-generation Rotarian, following in the footsteps of his father, Richard Young.  Craig’s early involvement in the club focused on leading our Student Exchange program where he brought in over 30 foreign exchange students during his 5-year tenure.  He also spearheaded International Avenue, which provided wheelchairs to the disabled in Guatemala and Poorest of the Poor, a project to provide clothing and medical needs to Native Americans.  Craig served as Past President, is a two-term Board Member, and chaired our successful Oktoberfest event in its first and third years.  His civic contributions include:  President-elect of Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio; board membership of Meals on Wheels of Stark/Wayne Counties, Canton Symphony, and Canton Palace Theatre; and service on several committees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Craig is married to his wife, Kimberly, has two grown children, Zach and Hannah, and one grandchild.
At our weekly meeting on March 23, 2018, President Amanda Tietze welcomed the 50 members and 2 guest to the meeting.
Rotarian Steve Fettman gave the Invocation.
Secretary Suzette Matthews welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Jin Stearns (speaker); Paul Hervey (guest of PP Dan Matthews).
The "Happy News" was then provided by the following:
  •   -  Frank Fleischer - in celebration of going to see his son's musical extravaganza,"Rocktopia", performed on Broadway;
  •   -  Vice President Mark Rojek - to celebrate the success of the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2018 March Madness playoffs. Goooo Boilermakers!
  •   -  Gary Sirak - to thank Rotarian Jeff Scott for doing an excellent job interviewing him at last week's meeting (3/16/18);
  •   - Bruce Schorsten - to celebrate the contractors at the Hall of Fame Village getting paid, and to wish the Hall of Fame great future success!
  •   - Bruce Hale - to wish Past President Craig Young luck at the North American Truck Conference in hopefully bringing home the 'North American Truck Dealer of the Year Award' for Young Truck Sales.
Rotarian Paula Mastroianni provided the Rotofact.
Vice President Mark Rojek gave a rundown of the three top "vote getters" for this year's Rotarian of the Year. Mark provided the members with a description of accomplishments for Rotarians Steve Fettman, PP Rick Taylor and PP Craig Young. He indicated voting for Rotarian of the Year would take place on April 6th and April 13th.
March Speaker Chair Jeff Scott then welcomed his speaker, Jin Stearns. Jin is an Author and Life Coach and gave a presentation on his autobiography "Lost Seouls".
President Amanda concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • she thanked March Speaker Chair Jeff Scott for his outstanding speakers for the month;
  • she reminded everyone there would be NO MEETING on Friday March 30th due to Good Friday;
  • a Golf Committee meeting was to be held following the conclusion of the Rotary meeting.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for attending the Golf Committee meeting on Friday, March 23, 2018: Bill Liber, Bruce Schorsten, Julia Dick, Michelle Mullaly, Jack Barkan, Dave Ewing, Mark Rojek, Kurt Goodenberger and Bruce Hale.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for attending the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018: President Amanda Tietze, President Elect Michelle Mullaly, Vice President Mark Rojek, Secretary Suzette Matthews, Treasurer Tom Clevenger and Sergeant-at-Arms Robert Matthews. The following Trustees were in attendance: Steve Fettman, Kurt Goodenberger, Bruce Schorsten, Mark Clendenin, Bruce Hale, Don Peterson, Frank Fleischer, Bill Liber, Jeff Scott, and Assistant Parliamentarian Dave Ewing.
The following Rotarians turned in a makeup during Friday's meeting: Michelle Mullaly (Alliance, 3-All Ohio P.E.T.S); Bill Maddox (North Canton). 

Ian H.S. Riseley
President 2017-18

April 2018

At the 1990 Rotary International Convention in Portland, Oregon, then President-elect Paulo Costa told the gathered Rotarians, "The hour has come for Rotary to raise its voice, to claim its leadership, and to rouse all Rotarians to an honorable crusade to protect our natural resources." He declared a Rotary initiative to "Preserve Planet Earth," asking Rotarians to make environmental issues part of their service agenda: to plant trees, to work to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the planet for future generations.

President Costa asked that one tree be planted for each of the 1.1 million members that Rotary had at the time. We Rotarians, as is our wont, did better, planting nearly 35 million trees by the end of the Rotary year. Many of those trees are likely still flourishing today, absorbing carbon from the environment, releasing oxygen, cooling the air, improving soil quality, providing habitat and food for birds, animals, and insects, and yielding a host of other benefits. Unfortunately, while those trees have kept on doing good for the environment, Rotary as a whole has not carried its environmental commitment forward.

That is why, at the start of this year, I followed Paulo Costa's example and asked Rotary to plant at least one tree for every Rotary member. My goal was to achieve a good beyond the considerable benefits that those 1.2 million (or more!) trees would themselves bring. It is my hope that by planting trees, Rotarians will renew their interest in, and attention to, an issue that we must put back on the Rotary agenda: the state of our planet.

Environmental issues are deeply entwined in every one of our areas of focus and cannot be dismissed as not Rotary's concern. Pollution is affecting health across the globe: More than 80 percent of people in urban areas breathe unsafe air, a number that rises to 98 percent in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish. And rising temperatures are well-documented: Global annual average temperatures increased by about 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) from 1880 through 2015. That this change was caused by humans is not a subject of scientific debate, nor is the likelihood of vast economic and human disruption if the trend continues unchecked. The need for action is greater than ever – and so is our ability to have a real impact.

As past UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, "There can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B." Our planet belongs to all of us, and to our children, and to their children. It is for all of us to protect, and for all of us in Rotary to make a difference.

Please mark your calendar for this upcoming event:
     -  Health Screen & Wellness Fair - Saturday, April 21, 2018
Apr 06, 2018
Invocator - Rob Roland
Apr 13, 2018
Invocator - Anthony Pierce
Apr 20, 2018
Invocator - TBD
Apr 27, 2018
"Strengthening Stark County"; Invocator - Bob Myers
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