As a reminder to members, there will be NO WEEKLY MEETINGS on December 22nd and December 29th due to the Holidays. We will not be sending a Rotogram out the week of December 25th, but will keep Members informed by email of any important business.
We wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and best wishes for a Happy New Year!
The following is the time schedule for the Rotary office during the Holidays:
December 20, 2017 - January 1, 2018 - CLOSED
January 2nd - Resume normal business hours
If any Rotarian should have any issue arise during this time, please feel free to send an email or leave a voice message. These will be checked periodically while the office is closed. Thank you to all and have a wonderful New Year!
At the meeting on December 15, 2017, Sergeant-at-Arms Robert K. Matthews (sponsor) introduced his new member, Dr. Anthony Bertin, to the Rotary Club of Canton.
Dr. Bertin has been in the private practice of Urology in the Canton / Massillon area since 1983 and is active on the staff at Affinity, Aultman and Mercy Medical Centers.

He first became acquainted with this area while working for a Cleveland Contractor who was working on Belden Village at the time.  That job got him through college at St. Louis University.  During medical school at the Midwestern University in Chicago, he ran out of money, so he entered the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program.  The Air Force allowed him to complete his Internship and Residency Programs at Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit.  Following his training in Urology, he was Chief of Urological Surgery at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport Louisiana.  He was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Major.

Dr. Bertin is Board Certified in Urological Surgery and is an Associate Professor of Urological Surgery at the Ohio College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He belongs to numerous professional societies.

Tony married this wife, Julie, while in medical school in 1973.  Together they have raised five children and have six grandchildren.  Julie is a Special Ed teacher at McKinley High School Timken Campus.

They have been residents of Jackson Township for 34 years and in the early days, he was a member of the Belden Village Rotary Club. 

This past July, Dr. Bertin was sworn in as the Interim Coroner of Stark County, upon the retirement of former Canton Rotarian, Dr. P.S. Murthy, for whom he had worked as his Chief Deputy Coroner.

Tony and his wife love to garden and spend time with their grandchildren.  He and his sons like to fish and this past summer had a wonderful trip to Alaska.
Pack the Bus a HUGE Success!
Despite the freezing cold temperatures, our first “Pack the Bus” food drive was a big success! Honestly, it was the most amazing and special week that I personally have had in a long time. A special thank you to those who braved the weather – Raquel Raderchek, Bob Matthews, Bob Pattison, Amanda Tietze, Bill Liber, Drew Pelger, Bruce Hale, Adrian Allison, and Lauri and Barb!
We collected enough food to feed 80 families from three schools: Allen Elementary, Gibbs Elementary and Belden Elementary as well as stock the pantry at Allen for the upcoming months.
We received donations of hats and gloves and also received nearly $1000 in monetary donations, so we were able to purchase clothing items. Those, along with 16 coats, were given to Allen Elementary. The following was purchased and given to Gibbs Elementary: 16 coats, 6 pairs of shoes, 20 hats, 40 pairs of gloves, 8 pairs of pants, 8 shirts and numerous pairs of underwear and socks. When we presented them at Gibbs, their staff person had tears in her eyes and said, “You have no idea what this means to these families.” She also said when the families came in to pick up the food for the two-week break, they said “These people are true Christmas Angels.”
It is thrilling to know that just a few hours of hard work and some extremely generous individuals can change the lives of so many. Thank you all who volunteered or donated. I know I truly felt the spirit of the holiday as well as the spirit of Rotary.
Happy Holidays to you all and see you in January!
It’s that time of year when we are in the midst our Annual Charitable Fund Drive! As is customary, I will be making a weekly plea from the podium for your participation.
The Charitable Fund is vital to our Club’s philanthropic endeavors. With this fund, we support projects such as Polio Plus, the Philomatheon Society, RYLA, Rotary Scouts, Interact and Scholarships. This year we also started the Backpack Project under the charitable fund. It is important that we continue to support projects in the community where we work, live and play.
I am not going to be focusing on the goal amount – instead I’m hoping for 100% participation. It’s not important how much you give, just that you give something. Please consider your gift with a generous spirit.  **Please make checks payable to the Canton Rotary Charitable Fund
At our weekly meeting on December 15, 2017, President Amanda Tietze welcomed the 67 members and 7 guests attending the meeting.
Rotarian David Roberts gave the Invocation.
Secretary Suzette Matthews welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Andrea Brown (guest of Kyle Brown); Lyndsey Clendenin (guest of Mark Clendenin); Tracie Clendenin (guest of Mark Clendenin); Sara Baldoni (Youth Exchange Student); Mike Rogers and Laura Rogers (guests of Don Peterson); Misty Moyers-Chavez (guest of Michelle Mullaly).
The "Happy News" was provided by the following:
  • PP Dan Matthews - to challenge Rob Roland to recite the words to the "HELLO" song and give $10 if he could do it on the spot;
  • Ernie Schott - in recognition and thanks for Michelle Mullaly and the "Pack the Bus" event on 12/12/17 and then Rotarians delivering to Allen School on 12/13/17. Provided food for 80 families, along with snacks for their pantry and some coats too;
  • Lynn Hamilton - in recognition of Bruce Schorsten's letter to the Repository;
  • PP Dennis Fulmer - in thanks to Michelle Mullaly's Charitable Drive and providing easy-to-complete forms on each table. Contribute today!
  • President Amanda Tietze - in recognition of the BBB's "File For Life" effort to provide important information to first responders to your home (with a refrigerator magnet). Contact the BBB for more details;
  • Shawn Dougherty - to announce a Rotary social event on February 21st - "The Charge". A great opportunity to meet and spend time with Rotarians from our club as well as other clubs.
  • Robert Matthews - in celebration of a new Rotarian joining our club - Dr. Anthony Bertin;
  • Tracie Clendenin - in thanks for being the host family for Sara Baldoni, the Youth Exchange Student from Italy.
Sergeant-at-Arms Robert Matthews introduced his new member, Anthony Burtin (*See story above).
President Elect Michelle Mullaly asked everyone again if they have not already done so to please consider donating the the Canton Rotary Charitable Fund. Michelle also informed the members of the wonderful outpouring of support for the "Pack the Bus" program which helped the students from Allen Elementary School in Canton City School District.
Michelle then welcomed the "Young People Making it Big" a choir from the Arts Academy at Summit who performed Holiday classics.
President Amanda then concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • thanked PP Karen Brenneman as the December Speaker Chair and for her wonderful speakers she provided for the month of December;
  • wished everyone a wonderful New Year and reminded the members we will not have a meeting for the NEXT TWO WEEKS. We will see everyone again on Friday, January 5, 2018.
The following Rotarians turned in a makeup during Friday's meeting: Ernie Schott (Canton South); Bill Maddox (Perry, North Canton).
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for volunteering for the "Pack the Bus" program: Michelle Mullaly, Raquel Raderchak, Bob Pattison, Robert Matthews, Amanda Tietze, Bill Liber, Drew Pelger, and Bruce Hale.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for attending the New Member Orientation meeting on Friday, December 15, 2017: PP Rick Taylor, PP Tom Clevenger, Raquel Raderchak, Amanda Berkeley, and Anthony Bertin.
The Rotary Foundation has awarded a cpmpetitive Phase I grant related to WASH in schools in Guatemala, jointly to the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 and Club Rotariao Guatemala Sur, District 4250. These clubs will now compete for the Phase II grant with a budget of $500,000.00. The Areas of Focus for these grants are Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Basic Education & Literacy (BEL). 
To read the entire Grant, please follow this LINK.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     -  Rotary Social Event - " The Charge" - February 21, 2018
Jan 05, 2018
Invocator - Raquel Raderchak
Jan 12, 2018
Invocator - Jim Thomas
Jan 19, 2018
Invocator - Rich Dever
Jan 26, 2018
Invocator - Anne Richards
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