Volume 42                     May 25, 2022
Due to the Memorial Day weekend, there will be NO MEETING this Friday May 27, 2022. We hope you and your family will enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, while we remember those that have served our country and protected our freedoms. 
Here's a brief history of this holiday, courtesy of, the website of the History Channel:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2022 will occur on Monday, May 30. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Per Vice President Jennie George.........
Canton Rotary Golf Outing
Sponsored by Young Trucks Sales & Jaymac Body and Frame
Sanctuary Golf Club Friday, June 10, 2022 Shotgun start at 9 am
Have fun with your friends and the greater Canton community while supporting the charitable causes of Canton Rotary, such as Canton City Schools Backpack Project and Fill the Bus, the Interact Club for teenagers, Stark County’s Military Family Center, End Polio Now, and international clean water projects.
Entry includes lunch, drinks, and proximity contests, including a chance to win a new car in the hole-in-one contest.
Individual golfers ($75)
Space is limited, so your check is your reservation!
You can pay online at (click “Make A Payment”), in person (at weekly luncheons) or by mail (116 Cleveland Ave. NW, Suite 525, Canton, OH 44702).
Questions? Please contact event chair Drew Pelger at 330-309-8517
Hello fellow Rotarians,
There is no lunch this Friday in observance of Memorial Day.  As we celebrate this long weekend please remember all those who  have died in military service to the United States.  The giving of the greatest price, their life, should never be forgotten.
On a lighter note, I was on the plane to England the other day and wouldn't you know it I met a couple from a small Rotary Club in New York.  They are a club of 45 members and when we talked about projects each of our clubs completed, they were amazed at the many projects that we got through this year.  I was very proud to exchange pins with them representing The Rotary Club of Canton.
Have a wonderful holiday and stay safe.
President Mark  
At our weekly meeting last Friday May 20, 2022, Past President Drew Pelger welcomed a group of roughly 30 Rotarians, both 'live' and on Zoom.
Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Jeanne Gural, E.D. of the Wilderness Center, was recovering from a tick bite, and couldn't join us. PP Drew did a phenomenal job ad libbing, asking each of the Rotarians in attendance what their classification is, plus some other questions to let the rest of the members know a little bit more about that member. (Editor's note: some of our more 'experienced' members provided a good bit of history of our club with their comments, including some humorous anecdotes. Ask Past President John Werren about the bird droppings on former president Jason McCoy!) 
Secretary Paula provided this informative info (wait, is that redundant?):
This Day in History:

1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act that provided 160 acres of public land virtually free of charge to those who had lived on and cultivated that land for at least five years.

1873 - San Francisco businessman, Levi Strauss, and Reno, Nevada tailor, Jacob Davis, are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most iconic garments, the blue jeans.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh takes off across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean which was also the first ever nonstop flight between New York to Paris.

1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland and lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

1990 - Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space.

Weird Historic Fact:

In 1310, for the first time, shoes were designed and made for both left and right feet. Previously, one shape was used to fit both feet. (Paula's question: how the heck does anyone know when that happened?)  

Happy Bucks:

Rich Micelli
Paula Mastroianni
Jennie George
Bob Mathews
Paul Hervey
Sue Marzano
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