Volume 49                         July 2, 2021
At our Zoom meeting on June 25, 2021, Paul Hervey, welcomed a total of 28 Canton Rotarians (live at John's Bar and also via Zoom), as well as our guest speaker, Tim Dimoff from SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, and guest of the club, Bill Downing.
Secretary Paula Mastroianni presented the following information:
Interesting historical facts for the day:
  • 1868 – President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work eight-hour day
  • 1876 –  The Battle of Little Bighorn, known as “Custer’s Last Stand” took place today where the US 7th Calvary lead by Major General George Armstrong Custer was wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors lead by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.
  • 1950 – The Korean War began
  • 1951 –CBS’ Arthur Godfrey was the first color TV broadcast originating in NYC to four cities.
  • 1978 – First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • 2009 – Two icons were lost on this day: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. He died of a sedative and Propofol overdose at age 50 and she lost her battle with Cancer at age 62.
Bizarre Fact
Today is “Please Take My Children to Work Day”.  First begun as a parody of "Take Our Daughters to Work Day", this tongue-in-cheek, unofficial holiday was created in 2003 by mommy-blogger, Jen Singer, for overworked and tired stay-at-home mothers to take a day off from their routines.
Happy Bucks:
Paula received "Happy Bucks" from Paul Hervey, Sam Shaheen, Rick Taylor, Michelle Charles and Becky Clark.
Paul Hervey received a text from President-Elect Mark Clendenin, asking him to announce the following winners of the Spring Raffle:
  • Tim Furbay won the raffle basket of a bottle of Blantons 93 Proof bourbon and a bottle of Blantons Gold;
  • President Drew Pelger won the raffle basket of a bottle of EH Taylor Small Batch bourban and a bottle of EH Taylor Single Barrel bourbon;
  • PP Dan Fuline won the raffle basket of a bottle of Weller Antique and a bottle of Weller 12 year;
  • Lynn Hamilton won the raffle basket of a bottle of Widow Jane 10 year and a bottle of Widow Jane Decadence;
  • Gary Sirak won the raffle basket for an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast at the Spread Eagle Tavern;
  • Suzette Matthews won the raffle basket for a $300 gift certificate to use at Landoll's Mohican Castle;
  • James Boggs won the raffle basket for the Day at the Scott Talbot Spa;
  • Robert Matthews won the raffle basket for a years worth of Taggart's Ice Cream and Kennedy's BBQ; and
  • Jenni George won the $500 cash grand raffle prize.
Come join your fellow Rotarians from District 6650, District 6630 and District 6600 for a night of fellowship on Thursday, July 22, 2021, to watch the Cleveland Indians play the Tampa Bay Rays.  The gates will open at 6:00 pm and the first pitch will be at 7:10 pm.  
This Rotary event includes access to the 4th Floor Terrace Club, dinner and Pepsi products, exclusive raffles and silent auctions.
All tickets include a contribution to The End Polio Campaign.

1. We Didn't Actually Declare Independence on the 4th of July

One of the greatest misconceptions of the 4th of July lies in the name and date. It is widely believed that America declared their independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. However, the official vote actually took place two days before and the “Declaration” was published in papers on July 4.

2. The Designer of the 50-Star Flag Lived in Lancaster, Ohio

Robert G. Heft | 15 Fun Facts About the Fourth of JulyIn 1958, a history teacher assigned a class assignment to redesign the national flag as both Alaska and Hawaii neared statehood.

Robert G. Heft, who was 16 at the time, designed a new flag using the old 48-star flag and $2.87 worth of blue cloth and white iron-on material. His design earned him a B-minus to which he challenged by sending it to Washington D.C. to be considered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

According to his obituary, Heft was one of thousands to submit a flag design but he was the only person who actually stitched together a flag and shipped it to D.C. 

Once the flag was selected, Heft's grade was rightfully changed to an A. His design became the official flag in 1960. 

3. Americans Will Enjoy 150 Million Hot Dogs During the 4th

According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC), Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday. This is part of an estimated 7 billion that are expected to be eaten during the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

4. Only Two Men Signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

Charles Thompson and the infamous John Hancock were the only two men who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 54 delegates signed over the course of the next month.

5. There is Something Written on the Back of the Declaration of Independence

... and no, it isn't a treasure map written in invisible ink.


According to the History Channel, a simple message is written upside-down across the bottom of the signed document that reads, "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776."

According to the same article, no one knows who wrote this or when, but it was believed to have been added as a label during the years of the Revolutionary War when parchment was frequently rolled up for transport.

6. One Signed Later Recanted the Declaration of Independence

Richard Stockton, a lawyer from New Jersey, became the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the revolution after being captured by the British in November 1776 and thrown in jail. After years of abusive treatment, and his recanting of loyalties, Stockton was released to find all of his property destroyed or stolen by the British. His library, one of the finest in the colonies, was burned to the ground.

7. The Average Age of The Signers Was 45 Years

Of the 56 signers, the youngest signers, Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, were only 26. However, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest signer at 70 years old.

8. The Declaration of Independence Was Written on a Laptop

... Okay, not a modern laptop, but still. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a writing desk that could fit over one's lap. This device was referred to at the time as a "laptop."

9. Men Love Fireworks... $1 Billion Worth

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks each year. Out of this, only 10% of firework displays are set off professionally, which probably accounts for the estimated 12,900 firework-related emergency room visits across the country

According to Fortune Magazine, of those injuries occurring between June and July, almost 70% were experienced by men.

10. Bottoms Up With 2x the Rum

On the second anniversary of Independence Day in 1778, American troops were fighting the American Revolutionary War. During this time, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for American soldiers to celebrate the holiday with. 

11. Fireworks = An American Tradition Dating Back to 1777 

Fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777.

John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that he wanted Independence Day to be celebrated with pomp, parade, shows, and "Illuminations." This original letter was written when Adams presumed that Independence Day would be celebrated on July 2.

12. A Much Smaller Start

Although an official national census was not completed until 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there were only about 2.5 million people living in America in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

As of 2017, it has grown to become home to 325.7 million people

13. Wearing Old Glory Violates The U.S. Flag Code

How many of you own a flag t-shirt, beach towel, shorts, headband, or any other item that is representative of the U.S. flag? Turns out that you're in violation of the U.S. Flag Code.  

The U.S. Flag Code states that you are in violation if  you sell or display any “article of merchandise . . . upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of [the flag... in order to] advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed.”

That being said, in this instance, the Flag Code is not enforced or even enforceable, so don't worry - you won't get arrested by the Flag Police.

14. Bizarre 50th Anniversary

Thomas Jefferson, 82, and John Adams, 90, both died on July 4, 1826 within five hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

15. A Little Late to the Parade

July 4th was not deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.


By: Tim Brunicardi on July 4, 2019
2021-2022 ROTARY DUES
With the new Rotary year fast approaching, it is once again time for your Rotary dues invoice to be arriving in your mail. 
As a reminder, you may pay your dues at a weekly Friday meeting, mail your dues payment to the office, or go to our website, and pay through the "Donate Button". 
Checks should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Canton and mailed to our NEW address at: 116 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Suite 525, Canton, 44702.
If you have any questions or concerns after receiving your invoice, please contact the Rotary office at 330-452-2882. 

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