THE ROTARY CLUB OF CANTON, OHIO                                
                           VOLUME 11                                September 13, 2019
Topic: Join co-authors Gerry Radcliffe and Nadine McIlwain as they discuss their book "African Americans of Canton, Ohio: Treasurers of Black History" with special guest speaker Lois DiGiamoco. This book is for all of Canton and Stark County's residents, all colors...all ages...all beliefs. We need to know each other's stories and histories to live good lives today and better lives tomorrow. Follow this LINK to learn more about their book.
GERRY A. RADCLIFFE, a retired Registered Nurse and Community Health Educator. She graduated from the University Akron with a bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  While at the university, she was a member of Sigma theta tau, and established off-campus study groups with minority nursing students.  She also received a nursing diploma from Massillon community Hospital School of Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from Kent State University in 1982.
Gerry was employed for 23 years by the North Canton Medical Foundation, a large Ambulatory Group Practice, as Nursing Director and Nursing Administrator.  After retiring for a short three months, gerry returned to the work force by joining the American Heart Association as the Cultural Health Initiative Manager and Nurse Educator. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for Malone University where she taught for 5 years. She is a Community Health Consultant, Grant Writer and Health Educator.  Gerry most recent retirement was in 2016. She was employed by Lifecare Family Health and Dental Center as a Certified Application Counselor. Gerry served 2 years as President of the Stark Carroll District Nursing Association. Was one of the founding members of The Mended Heart Association, and the local chapter of the Arthritis foundation, a volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes foundation and the ALS CARE PROJECT, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. As a local history buff, she is a frequent contributor of local Black History to the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.
She has served as a member of several local service organization, including the United Way Health council, The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton Board of Directors, the North Canton Medical Foundation Board of Directors, Prescription Assistance Network, President of the Board.  The Massillon Cultural Diversity Committee, Massillon Public Library and Access Health Operation Council of Stark County.  Massillon Urban League Board Member. Gerry assisted many local grass roots organizations, agencies and churches with healthcare education.
NADINE MCILWAIN is a former Ohio public school educator. As an educator, she taught History and Government at Timken Senior High School in Canton, Ohio for twenty (20) years before becoming a Principal at Stanton Middle School in Alliance, Ohio and at Allen Classical Traditional Academy in Dayton, Ohio.  After retiring, McIlwain was encouraged to use her skills and knowledge of curriculum and instruction by serving on the Canton City Schools Board of Education.  She served for twelve year as a member of that board and four years as board president.
McIlwain is the author of several articles and co-author of two books, From Ghetto To God: The Incredible Journey of NFL Star, Reggie Rucker, co-authored with Reggie Rucker, and published in 2001 and My Father’s Child, with Fredricka Early Stewart published in 2006. In addition to writing, she has a passion for golf, which lead her to become a founding member of The First Tee of Canton. Presently, she served Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Stark County Urban League.  She considers her study tours to Ghana, West Africa and Israel as highlights of her professional career.   Another highlight was opening her home to five Japanese teachers who came to the United States from 1989 through 2003 to teach in schools where McIlwain was employed.
Follow this LINK to view the honors and awards for Gerry A. Radcliffe
Follow this LINK to view the honors and awards for Nadine McIlwain
FISH FRY (Beer Battered/Greek Plaki/Baked)

Hosted by The Rotary Club of Canton
Beer  .   Food   .   Music
Thursday, September 19th
4:00 - 9:00 pm
Downtown Canton - On Market Avenue
                      Between 2nd and 3rd Sts. NW
Music by Visinata  and DGACC Danube Swabian Brass Band
The tradition continues!  The Rotary Club of Canton is hosting the 5th Annual Canton Oktoberfest this Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 4:00 - 9:00 pm in Downtown Canton on Market Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street N.W.
The 2019 Oktoberfest will include beer samplings from 14 local breweries along with a wine distributor, Frank's Bratwurst from Westside Market in Cleveland, Ohio will supply authentic German food, cheese samples from Biery Cheese, and musical entertainment featuring Visinata and DGACC Danube Swabian Brass Band. There will be a performance by the Canton Ballet. We have a surprise guest for the official tapping of the Oktoberfest keg!
To purchase your tickets at the presale price of $25.00, click on this link CANTONOKTOBERFEST.ORG. *Tickets at the gate will be $30.00 and designated driver tickets available for $5.00.
The ticket price includes a souvenir tasting glass and 10 beer samples from any of the following breweries or 3 wine samples. 
  • Canton Brewing Company, McArthur's Brewhouse, Mucky Duck Brewing Company, Missing Falls Brewery, Shale Brewing Company, Ignite Brewing Company, Club House Brewing Company, Book House Brewing, HiHo Brewing Company, Lockport Brewery, Muskellunge Brewing Company, Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery, Sandy Springs Brewing Company and BJ's Brewhouse
The following businesses and Rotarians have stepped up to help this become the Rotary Club of Canton's largest fundraiser which will help fund our many local charitable efforts throughout the year. 
The event is sponsored by:
Canton Repository, Canton Brewing Company, Home Savings, Q92, Young Truck Sales, Mercy Medical Center, Miller & Company, Biery Cheese, Kempthorn Motors, Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management, Frito Lay, Westfield Bank, Canton Chair Rental, JAYMAC Body & Frame, Medicine Center Pharmacy, Ziegler Tire, A-1 List Properties, Canton Sign Company, Tom Clevenger, CSE Credit Union, Davies Drugs Pharmacy, Dietrich & Associates - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Farmers National Bank, Furbay Electric Supply, Hall Kistler & Company LLP, Lamiell Funeral Home Inc., Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, Sirak Financial Services, Sol Harris/Day Architecture, Sysco Foods, Harold Ziegler, Cain BMW, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, Consumers Bank, Home Savings, Dr. Richard Huetter General Dentistry, L. A. Dick Imports, Westfield Bank, Theresa Blocher, Bob Pattison, Michelle Mullaly, Amanda Tietze, Bill Liber, Rick Taylor, Terri Barry, Joe Niamtu, Dennis Dent, Mark Rojek, Chris Burt, Dan Matthews, Suzette Matthews, Mark Clendenin, Dan Fuline, Bob Carr, Paula Mastroianni, John Werren, Robert Matthews, Jim Blake, Jeff Scott, Charles Smith, Shawn Doughterty, Brad Carpenter, Don Sultzbach, and Bruce Hale.
For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Canton at 330-452-2882 or by email at
The Islands of The Bahamas Need Your Help!!
Rotary International
Posted by William Inniss on Sep 02, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian was raging through Abaco yesterday, leaders of District 7020, the Disaster Network of Assistance Action Group and neighbouring Rotary Districts in Zone 33-34 gathered to formulate plans for the recovery efforts they knew would be needed the very next day.
The team is on alert and will be meeting on a very regular basis, confirming the status of Rotarians and clubs and monitoring the immediate and longer-term needs. Our experience of the storms of 2017 will serve us well as we head into another year of returning these islands to their former beauty.
Although the brunt of the storm was borne by the northern islands of the archipelago, much of the area, including Nassau, New Providence, continues to experience heavy rainfall and flooding. 
  • Funds to aid The Bahamas specifically may be sent directly to the Bahamas Disaster Fund.
  • Donations to assist with recovery efforts in all territories affected may be donated through DAF #574 at Rotary International

Donate Now With Credit Card/ PayPal Online

Donate to The Bahamas Hurricane Recovery via Credit Card/ PayPal through the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group. The Disaster Network of Assistance is a Rotary International US registered 501c3 US tax-exempt charity. Your donation will go directly to the District 7020 Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund.
Follow this LINK to view the story and all details of making a contribution.
During the meeting on September 6, 2019, President Mark Rojek welcomed 58 members and 6 guests to the meeting. President Mark asked anyone celebrating a September birthday to please stand and be recognized. *Thank you to the Event Center for providing the brownies!
Rotarian Frank Fleischer gave the VERY brief invocation (God bless you, Frank!).
The greeters for the meeting were Brad Carpenter and Amanda Sainato.
Past President John Werren once again volunteered at the Attendance table.
Congratulations to Rotarian Jon Adland for having the winning 50/50 ticket worth $22.00.
Secretary Julia Dick welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Congressman Bob Gibbs (speaker); Don Mullen (Stark State College); Tim Ross (Congressman Gibbs' District Director); Richard Regula (Massillon Rotarian); John Street (Girard/Liberty Rotarian); Andrew Rowles (guest of Raquel Raderchak).
Johnny Street presented a certificate to the Rotary Club of Canton for our support of Rotaplast. Rotaplast International, Inc. is committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring, and other deformities. Working with local professionals, Rotarians, and other organizations, Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for the comprehensive care of these children. Rotaplast supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lip and/or palate. Our aim is to help local professionals build sustainable models for the care of these children, improving their lives and those of their families.
Oktoberfest Co-Chair Raquel Raderchak reminded everyone that the Oktoberfest event is coming up quickly.......Thursday 9/19/19! The year long planning for this event is in its final stages. We can use everyone's helping hands. If you would like to volunteer to help at the event (and get a very stylish, collectible tee shirt) please see PP Amanda Tietze. There are plenty of areas still in need of volunteers. The event runs from 4 PM to 9 PM, although volunteer shifts will be shorter. Help is also needed before the start time for set-up and after for tear-down. 
President Mark provided an update on the Centennial Plaza groundbreaking ceremony which took place on Tuesday, August 27th.
Vice President Mark Clendenin introduced the speaker for the meeting, Congressman Bob Gibbs. The Congressman presented an update from Washington D.C. with emphasis on local issues.
President Mark concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • next week's speaker will be Gerry Radcliffe, co-author of "African Americans of Canton, Ohio";
  • Canton Rotary will host the upcoming 'pep rally' meeting with Massillon Rotary hte day before the annual Canton McKinley Bulldogs vs. Massillon Tigers football game. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make this event memorable, please contact Vice President Mark Clendenin.
  • mark your calendar for these upcoming events: Oktoberfest on September 19th and Health Screen & Wellness on November 2nd.
The following Rotarians received a makeup for attending the Centennial Plaza groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th: President Mark Rojek, David Beule, PDG/PP Dave Ewing, Frank Fleischer, Jennie George, Kurt Goodenberger, Dave Grabowsky, PDG/PP Bob Pattison, Tom Schervish, Kirk Schuring, Sam Shaheen and PP Paul White.
The following Rotarian will receive a makeup for attending the Oktoberfest committee meeting held on Wednesday, September 4th: Co-Chair Raquel Raderchak, President Mark Rojek, PP Rick Taylor, Alex Dowell, Bob Matthews, Dennis Dent and PP Paul White.
The following Rotarian turned in a makeup during Friday's meeting: Ernie Schott (East Canton, Plain Twp.); Mark Clendenin (Lorain); Dan Matthews (Canton South). 
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     - Oktoberfest - Thursday, Sept 19, 2019
     -  Semi-Annual Health Screen & Wellness Fair - Nov 2, 2019
Sep 20, 2019
from Cleveland Partnership on the Tru2u Mentoring Program; Invocator - PP Amanda Tietze
Sep 27, 2019
and Recovery - Update; Invocator - Mark Clendenin
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