Volume 21                      December 17, 2021
Happy Holidays Rotarians!

Please plan to attend our last meeting of 2021 this Friday, December 17th

Doors open at 11:30am and it will be a time filled with great food, great fun, and great entertainment!

Sweet Treat Raffle! 

Friday we will hold our popular "Sweet Treat Raffle” where you will have the opportunity to win a variety of donated dessert items: for example, cookies, breads, pies, and cakes, which will make for a "sweet" fundraiser!

Proceeds now benefiting relief efforts for the victims of last weekend's tornadoes!

Each Rotarian is asked to bring their favorite culinary/holiday sweet treat that day to be raffled off at the meeting. It can be store-bought or homemade so don’t let a lack of talent in the kitchen stop you from participating!

When you arrive, you will be able to purchase raffle tickets (2 for $1.00 or 12 for $5.00) and during lunch you will be able to put your tickets in the boxes for the items you would like to win. The more you buy the better your odds are to take home a delicious treat for your holiday gathering!

If you are planning to donate a treat to be raffled off, please contact Becky Clark beforehand so she knows how many items we will have and can plan accordingly.  She can be reached at 330.715.8199/


Holiday Meal!

Carved Beef
Rice Pilaf
Brussel Sprouts
Roll and Butter
Side Salad
Holiday Concert! 

Following this delicious holiday meal

you will enjoy the incredible talents of organist Heather Cooper for a delightful holiday music concert - 

played on the Gibbs-Pryor organ in the Christ Church Sanctuary. 

During the concert, our trusty elves will draw our treat winners and, following the concert, you can stop in and pick up your delicious winnings!

This will be a great day to catch up with your Rotary friends or to bring a guest!

Please be sure to RSVP to the online EventBrite invitation that you should have received by email. Or contact President Mark if you have trouble with the online registration. Thanks! 


May the coming weeks be filled with peace, joy, family and friends, and as we look ahead to a new year remember that there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind! 

Happy Holidays!

Heather Cooper, Director of Music & Organist at Christ Presbyterian Church, will be providea delightful Holiday concert for us Friday on the Pryor-Gibbs organ in the Christ Church sanctuary following our meeting and lunch.
Heather's responsibilities at Christ Church include providing music for worship as well as organizing the annual concert series. 

She recently appeared as featured organ soloist on the Canton Symphony Masterworks series, presenting Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor for Organ and Orchestra, the famous Widor “Toccata”, as well as the beloved “Organ” Symphony No. 3 of Saint-Saëns. She previously served as accompanist for the CSO Chorus for several years.

Heather is also Principal Conductor of Summit Choral Society, where she directs the flagship children’s ensemble, Performance Choir. The choir has performed locally with the Canton Symphony and Akron Symphony in performances of Carmina Burana by Orff, Elijah by Mendelssohn, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn. 

Heather has conducted choral ensembles at some of the most famous venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Grand Ole Opry. 

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: 
Fellowship Chair Shawn Dougherty wants to remind us all that there will be a Fellowship Gathering/Happy Hour at the Canton Brewing Company on Thursday 12/16/21 starting at 4 PM. 
We encourage all Canton Rotarians to attend, and to bring family, friends or any other guests who might like to come along for a pleasant evening. No reservations are necessary, just show up and look for Shawn and other members. 
For your info, Canton Brewing Company lists these beers on their website as currently on tap: Carpe Noctem Coffee Porter (brewed with Carpe Diem coffee), Slurp Key Lime Sour Beer, Tuscora German-style Pilsner, Luplin Wave IPA, Black Jack Dunkel, Keanu IPA, and Cafe Society Cream Ale. of course, they have a full menu and other adult beverages, too. 
See you there! 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

What a wonderful meeting we had last week with the presentation by Laura Smiley from WAPS 91.3 FM in Akron. It wasn’t too difficult to realize why she is a Rotarian with our Akron sister club. Her passion for the work she does on the job and the for community shines through like a beacon.

This week is our holiday meeting as we close out the year.  It will provide the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful music, catch up with friends, and if your lucky, you will go home with some special “Sweet Treats”. Tickets are 2 for a buck or 12 for 5 bucks.  Remember that the more you buy, the better your chances of winning that special item.

Regardless of the way you celebrate, or the holiday you celebrate, I hope it provides you with an opportunity to slow down and be present for those you care deeply about. It doesn’t really matter what you do to make this happen, but I hope you find the opportunity to do so. Take some time to reflect less on what you may not have yet, and more on all the blessings you already have.

May the peace and joy of the holidays brighten your life.

Happy Holidays from all my family to yours.


President Mark

At our meeting last Friday 12/10/21, President Mark welcomed about 40 folks, including two guests, Laura Smiley (our guest speaker) and Greg Kalikas (guest of Sam Shaheen). Laura provided some great info re: WAPS 91.3 FM in Akron, particularly their eclectic music mix, and the music outreach they have for children, as well as folks with addiction problems.
Secretary Paula provided the following:
On This Day in History:
1690 – Massachusetts Bay became the first American colonial government to issue paper money.
1898 – The Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War was signed by our own President William McKinley.
1936 – King Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication giving up the British throne to marry American Wallis Simpson.
1948 – Today is Human Rights Day, the day when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights meaning every human being is entitled to the same rights regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, opinion, origin or any other status.
1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
Fun Fact:
Today is National Lager Day! So why is Lager so special?
  • It’s light and won’t bloat you (as much)
  • It’s refreshing
  • And people are more likely to approach you at a bar (Note: not sure if  Paula was speaking from personal experience?)
(Editor's note: You know the old beer guy has to throw his two cents in: From - Lagering as a process was discovered roughly 200 years ago in Bavaria where it was found that beers experiencing secondary fermentation in casks stored in the cool caves of the Alps produced beers with markedly different characteristics than ales. These general traits include a smoother tasting, less aggressive character with little or no fruitiness.)
Happy Bucks: (note: lot's of congrats to the UC Bearcats for earning a spot in the College Football Playoffs! Beat 'Bama!)
Wilbur Allen
Bob Mathews
Rick Taylor
Bruce Schorsten
Bill Maddox 
REMINDER! We have a NEW permanent location for our Friday luncheon meetings! 
We're back in Beautiful Downtown Canton, at the historic Christ Presbyterian Church at 530 Tuscarawas Street West. Parking lot and entrance are on the west side of the building. Meeting room at the top of the stairs and an elevator is available. Meals are provided by our old friend Terry from Mr. Mike's Catering.
WE ASK YOU TO PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE MEETING!  (No payment is necessary when reserving). Payment options will be available at the meeting. If you need help using the Eventbrite site, please contact Rotarian Sue Marzano.  
Russell Hampton
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