During the Board meeting on May 15, 2018, the Board approved the following Membership Report First and Second Time Readings:
  -  State Farm
  -  Classification:  Insurance
  -  Proposed by:  Julia Dick
If there are any objections, they must be received in writing at the Rotary Office within seven (7) days.
The following resignations were approved during the Board meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018:
  -  Scott Barwick
  -  Matthew DiRuzza
The Rotary Club of Canton was well represented at this year's District 6650 Conference at the beautiful Avalon Inn located in Warren, Ohio. In attendance were: President Amanda Tietze; President-Elect Michelle Mullaly; Vice President Mark Rojek; PDG/PP Bob Pattison; PDG/PP Dave Ewing; and Inbound Youth Exchange Co-Chair Amy Mustafaga.
Seven Canton Rotarians were remembered through a candle lighting memorial service honoring their contributions and service to Rotary. Those honored were: PP Don Coen, Pat Gannon, Ralph Regula, Jim Lockshin, John DeWees, Reich Watterson and John Schumacher.
Canton Rotary received two awards:
  • The Roland Luhman Award for 'Best Community Project' for the Pocket Park Project (submitted by Chairperson PP Craig Young)
  • Bryce Kendall Award for 'Best Club Avenue Project' for the Backpack/Pack the Bus program (submitted by Chairperson Michelle Mullaly)
Canton Rotary also received a certificate for donating $1,000 towards Polio Plus this year. We ended the conference with a fun talent show by the exchange students, featuring our very own exchange student, Sara Baldoni. Sara and her partner lip synced to songs from the movie "Grease". The day finished with a very moving video of all the exchange students and their time together here in the U.S.A. The new outgoing exchange students received their jackets and pins in preparation to go off for a year in their host countries.
If you have never attended a District Conference, I highly recommend it to all Rotarians. You will meet great people from other clubs in our distirct, hear great speakers, and come back recharged, with a greater love and appreciation for Rotary. 
During the meeting on May 18, 2018, Rotarian Mike Brown presented the Character Champ Scholarship winners from McKinley High School: Oni Jones (Dec.'17) and Jalen Turner (Mar '18). 
Oni Jones is a leader, a scholar, and a great person. She has been on Honor Roll since freshman year, has lettered 3 years for the cross-country team, and lettered three years in the band. Not only is she great in the classroom, she has been amazing in extracurricular activities as well. She has held lead positions in four musicals: Mary Poppins, Godspell, The Wiz, and 42nd street. She has been accepted into National Honor Society, holds a leadership role in McKinley Women of Honor, and was awarded the 'Academic Award' for the cross-country team. We are very proud of Oni at McKinley High School, as she is a very kind and respectful person. She plans to attend either Kenyon College or Oberlin College, and wants to major in the field of art.
Jalen Turner is hardworking in his academics and community service.  Jalen has been creating his own community service by conducting donation drives. He collects money, as well as toiletry and food donations and donates them to local shelters. One of the shelters he donates to is The Hunter House. The Hunter House is a drug addiction and mentor house, in conjunction with SMHA, which helps people with recovery services. Jalen has been actively building his organization since 2014.  He is a member of First Church of God in Christ, where he also volunteers and assists with events. Jalen also works part-time at BJ's Wholesale Club. As you can see, he is a very active young man.
Jalen also provides Thanksgiving dinner at his church for 50 to 100 people, planning the entire event. He solicits donations for this dinner and directs a team of volunteers to prepare and serve this dinner. Monthly, he tries to create events with other local charities to provide food and clothing to families in need. Easter will be his next big event, with an Easter basket giveaway.
Upon graduation, Jalen plans to attend Kent State, teh University of Akron, or Walsh University, with intentions to major in Business Administration.  We are pleased to honor Jalen with this award. Jalen is true asset to the community and he should be proud of what he has accomplished over the last several years of service in helping others.
(recipients pictured left to right - Madison Cline, Victoria Mulbach, Meleah Nelson and Madisyn Smith)
On Monday, May 14, 2018, the Rotary Club of Canton presented four $1,000 scholarships to Canton Rotary Interact students at Benders Restaurant. Madison Cline, Victoria Mulbach, Meleah Nelson and Madisyn Smith were recipients of the Character Through Poetry Project scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Daniel M. and Maureen O'Gunn Foundation and administered by the Rotary Club of Canton. To receive the scholarship, students must memorize and recite the "If" poem by Rudyard Kipling on two separate occasions and type the poem flawlessly. The Character Through Poetry Project began in 2010 and to date, fifteen students have received the scholarship. The "If" poem was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895 in the form of paternal advice to his son John.  
If you can keep your head when all about you
 Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
 But make allowance for their doubting too.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
 Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
 And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
 If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
 And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
 Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
 And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make a heap of all your winnings
 And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
 And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
 To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
 Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
 Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
 If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
 With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
 And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!
The FINAL Drawing took place on Friday, May 18th for the "Unevent" Raffle Grand Prizes! Below are the winners from each weekly drawing.
Thank you to the Rotarians who stepped up and donated prizes to help make our event more successful!
Week 1 Prizes were awarded to the following: 
     Gift Certificate to Scott Talbot Salonspa ($50 value) - winner Bill Liber
     Young Truck Sales Cooler filled with 18 craft beers (max value $50)- winner Kevin Heraghty
     Giant Eagle Gift Card ($50 value) - winner Joe Niamtu
     Longhorn/Olive Garden Gift Card ($50 value) winner Rick Taylor
     Dioguardi’s Gift Card ($50 value) winner Ernie Schott
     91.3 FM Swag Bag ($50 value) winner Bill Liber
Week 2 Prizes were awarded to the following:
    Canton Brewing Company Gift Card ($50 value) winner Gary Mull
    Kozmo’s Gift Card ($50 value) winner Bill Maddox
    Handmade Jewelry by Paula Mastroianni ($65 value) winner Nick Perini
    Wine basket, 3 bottles of wine plus accessories ($70 value) winner Bill Maddox
Hall of Fame Football Store Gift Certificate ($75 value) winner Bill Sparks
1 quart of ice cream per month for a year ($78 value) winner Nick Perini
Week 3 Prizes were awarded to the following: 
     1 pound of meat per month for a year ($84 value) winner Amanda Tietze
     Davies Drugs gift basket and gift card ($100 value) winner Dan Matthews
Amazon Gift Card ($100 value) winner Becky Clark
Gift Bag from Canton City School Bulldogs ($100 value) winner Dean Wallace
     Lowe’s Gift Card ($100 value) winner Curt Werren
     2 tickets to Dave Matthews at Blossom ($120 value) winner Lisa Osterhage
Week 4 Grand Prizes were awarded to the following: 
     Gigantic Ohio State Chair ($100 value) - winner Sierra Small
     Air Conditioner and Furnace Check ($250 value) winner Dave Ewing
     Skating Party for 10 ($200 value) winner Anthony Burtin          
Men’s Titanium Diver’s Watch ($375 value) winner Drew Pelger
     6 month family YMCA Regional Membership ($423 value) winner Kurt Goodenberger 
     $500 in cash - winner Dave Ewing
At the weekly meeting on May 18, 2018, President Amanda Tietze welcomed 54 members and 10 guests to the meeting. President Amanda was very pleased to announce the awards won by the Rotary Club of Canton at the District Conference on May 10-11. Canton Rotary won for their submissions for the Bryce Kendall Award - Best Club Avenue Project (Pocketpark Project) and also for the Roland Luhman Award - Best Community Project (Backpack Project) *See story above.
Rotarian Lynn Hamilton gave the Invocation. Rotarian Todd Morris gave the Rotofact.
Secretary Suzette Matthews welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Oni Jones and Jalen Turner (Character Champ Scholarship Winners); Jimmy Bradley (guest of Mike Brown); Dianne Williams (guest of Suzette Matthews); Ashley Bettis (guest of speaker, Max Barton); Shaunaugh Turner, Jeyah Turner and Joe Turner (guest of Character Champ Winner, Jalen Turner); Jennifer Allen (guest of Character Champ Winner, Oni Jones) and Richard Regula (Massillon).
The "Happy News" was provided by the following:
  • PDG/PP Bob Pattison - to celebrate his oldest grandson, who is graduating from Baldwin Wallace and is also part of a youth orchestra traveling to Ireland and Scotland this Summer;
  • Nick Perini - to celebrate the fact that his two young children, ages 2 and 4, made the trip to Hong Kong with Mom and Dad without any problems;
  • Richard Regula - to celebrate being at Canton Rotary and to share his excitement in spending time with Don Peterson at an event on Saturday, May 19th!
  • Don Peterson - to celebrate his son: 1) graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas; 2) becoming an Eagle Scout; 3) competing in the regional high school tennis tournament.
Unevent Raffle Committee Chair Drew Pelger, with assistance from Vice President Mark Rojek, pulled the final week's raffle prize tickets, along with the grand prize winning ticket for $500! (*Please see story above for list of all winners)
Rotarian Mike Brown introduced the Character Champ Scholarship winners, Oni Jones and Jalen Turner (*See story above)
Don Peterson, Co-Chair of the Oktoberfest announced sponsorships are now available and forms were on each table.
May Speaker Chair Don Peterson introduced fellow Rotarian and speaker for the day, Max Barton. Max is the Executive Director of the Canton Museum of Art. He spoke on "The Economic Impact of the Arts: A National and State View"
President Amanda concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • next week there will be NO MEETING due to the Memorial Day Holiday;
  • the Rotary office will be closed on Friday, May 25th and Monday, May 28th;
The following Board of Directors will receive a makeup for attending the Board meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018: President Amanda Tietze, President Elect Michelle Mullaly, Treasurer Tom Clevenger, Secretary Suzette Matthews, and Sergeant-at-Arms Robert Matthews. Trustees attending were: Steve Fettman, Kurt Goodenberger, Bruce Schorsten, Bruce Hale, Drew Pelger, Don Peterson, Frank Fleischer, Jeff Scott and Parliamentarian Bob Pattison.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for volunteering at the Junior Achievement project on Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Mark Clendenin, Chris Burt and PP Rick Taylor.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for attending the Oktoberfest Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Don Peterson Kim Kroh, PP Craig Young, Drew Pelger, Raquel Raderchak, Dave Beule, Dennis Dent, PP Paul White and PP Rick Taylor.
Just as a reminder there will be no meeting on Friday, May 25, 2018, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The Rotary office will be closed Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28th. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday.
Please mark your calendar for this upcoming event:
     -Annual Golf Outing - August 17, 2018 at The Sanctuary Golf Course
Jun 01, 2018
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.; Invocator - David Roberts
Jun 08, 2018
Invocator - Paula Mastroianni
Jun 15, 2018
Stark County Library; Invocator - PP Rick Huetter
Jun 22, 2018
Communication Visit Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Invocator - PP Dan Matthews
Jun 29, 2018
Invocator - Jim Thomas
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