Volume 15                           October 23, 2020
Shaun Eller is COO of Ohio Gratings, Inc. Based in Canton, Ohio Gratings is the leading provider of aluminum, steel and stainless steel bar grating products for industrial and architectural applications, supporting customers across the globe.
OGI works with customers on a variety of environmental, industrial, commercial, architectural, bridge, transportation, material handling and public access projects. The company provides engineering, detailing, project management, custom fabrication and finishing services that complement its diverse product offering.
Shaun Eller has served as COO of Ohio Gratings since September of 2019 and is over day to day operations of the company.  Shaun was born and raised in Canton, and is a graduate of Timken Sr High School.  He has an associate’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stark State College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Malone University and a MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. 
Shaun started at Ohio Gratings in 1995 in a drafting position.  He has worked on the shop floor, in sales (inside and outside sales), detailing, project management, chaplain, Director of Order Fulfillment, GM of OGI Texas, and Vice President before assuming his current role as COO.  He spent seven years in the Houston area while GM of the Texas operation.  He is also a licensed minister and serves in his local church.  Shaun is the author of ‘The Balance’ which was released in May of 2019.  Shaun and his wife Angela have four children and currently reside in Jackson Township. 
At our Zoom meeting on October 16, 2020, President Drew Pelger opened the meeting by welcoming a total of 35 Canton Rotarians ('live' at John's Bar and also via Zoom) and our speaker, Mark Slingluff, Director of Global Marketing and Communications at Hendrickson.
Secretary Paula Mastroianni presented some interesting historical facts for the day and announced that the first head of state to address a Rotary convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis.
Paula also received "Happy Bucks" from Mark Rojek and Dave Ewing.
  • President Drew gave an update on the digital Oktoberfest Brew Card event and the HOT wing eating bet with the Massillon Rotary Club.
Vice President Julia Dick welcomed our speaker, Mark Slingluff from Hendrickson.
This week's Program will be Shaun Eller, COO of Ohio Gratings, Inc. (Please note: info on any in-person meeting this Friday will be announced later this week.) 
Bob Pattison, Past District Governor and Past President of Canton Rotary, will provide a short update about Rotary's long battle to eradicate polio forever.  Bob is retired as the long-serving Commissioner of the City of Canton Health Department. He brings a special outlook to the battle against polio and is well versed in its progress through the years.  Bob will encourage us to contribute to Polio Plus by making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation, sending a check to the Rotary Office, or sending your donation via the link below. All gifts from $20 and above will receive Paul Harris Recognition Points and an entry into a raffle to win a  US $1 commemorative coin that honors the discovery of the polio vaccine in 1953 by Dr. Jonas Salk and his team. 
Click on this LINK to make your donation to POLIOPLUS now!   
Rotarians around the world are preparing to celebrate - 
            One Day. One Focus:  Ending Polio
                   Saturday October 24
By the end of the 1980’s, more than 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio every year.
Today, Rotary and its partners have reduced the incidence of polio by 99.9%.  However, until we see the last of the poliovirus, eradication efforts need your help with additional funding.
Today, 19 million people who would otherwise be paralyzed by polio are walking, and 1.5 million people who would otherwise have died are alive. With your generous financial support to TAKE ACTION, we can ERADICATE THIS DISEASE FOREVER.
In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus and in 1988 helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to immunize the children of the world against polio.
Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent since 1988 and the world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease.
To date, Rotary and our fellow members around the world have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary is working to raise an additional $50 million per year, which would then be leveraged for maximum impact by an additional $100 million annually from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
These efforts are providing much-needed operational support, medical staff, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents.
Rotary has played a major role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Rotary is a global network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities across the globe.
There are over 1.2 million Rotary members in more than 35,000 clubs throughout the world that sponsor service projects to address such critical issues as poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and the environment in their local communities and abroad.
The Rotary motto, Service Above Self, inspires members to provide humanitarian service, follow high ethical standards, and promote goodwill and peace in the world.
Nothing epitomizes Rotary's mission and outreach more than PolioPlus! 
The Canton Rotary Foundation Committee Announces PolioPlus 1:1 Recognition Points Match Program.  
Become a Paul Harris Fellow More Quickly!
Beginning October 12, 2020 and ending November 23, 2020, our club will match each gift of $25 to $2,500 with Foundation Recognition Points on a 1:1 basis.
For example: donate $100 to The Rotary Foundation and 100 more Recognition Points will be credited to your account.  Donate $500 and 500 more Recognition Points will be added to your gift.  Please note that it requires 1,000 Recognition Points to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  For each 1,000 Recoginition Points you accumulate, you or someone you choose can be named a Paul Harris Fellow.  
Your donation must be received in our Canton Rotary Office by Tuesday, November 23, 2020.  You may send your check to our office or pay online with your credit card by clicking on this LINK.  
The Brew Card is on sale now and can be purchased via the event page on Facebook or through Eventbrite.
Check it out and make your donations and support the charitable fund and the breweries.
(Editor's note: as you probably realize, our Canton Rotary Charitable Fund is challenged this year, since we have not been able to hold our normal slate of fundraisers due to COVID. Thanks to Oktoberfest Chairperson, Raquel Raderchak, this BREW CARD creatively takes the place of our live Oktoberfest, and gives us all an opportunity to 1) support Canton Rotary and our Charitable Fund and 2) support local breweries/restaurants that have been hit by COVID challenges, too. And it can be a great gift, especially for your relatives, friends, and associates who are younger-than-Boomer-age and LOVE craft beers! Please consider buying the new Canton Rotary BREW CARD.) 
Russell Hampton
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