Just as a reminder there will be NO MEETING this Friday, May 24, 2019, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The Rotary office will be closed Thursday, May 23rd - Monday, May 27th. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday.
Leading up to this year's Annual Four Person Golf Scramble scheduled for June 28, 2019 at the Sanctuary Golf Course, we will be having a contest for the Rotarian who can sell the most "Hole Sponsorships".
A hole sponsorship is $100 and your name or company name will be posted at a hole on the course.  The Rotarian selling the most Hole Sponsorships will receive an official 2019 Masters Golf Tournament hat, similar to the one pictured!
You can pick up a golf outing flyer at every Friday Rotary meeting, or you can follow this LINK  to download a flyer.
The Rotary Club of Canton will host its annual golf outing at the Sanctuary Golf Club located at 2017 Applegrove Street N.W., North Canton, on Friday, June 28, 2019.
Co-Chairs Bill Liber and Brad Carpenter, along with the golf committee members, have been hard at work preparing for this year's event. Registration will start at 7:00 a.m. with a light breakfast available. Shotgun start will be at 9:00 a.m. The Four Person Scramble will be followed by a steak dinner in the pavilion. Following the dinner, prizes will be presented.
Get a hole in one on hole #6 as a participant in our Canton Rotary Golf Outing and you will win the lease of a 2019 Lincoln MKZ Sedan for two years, 21,000 total miles or a cash alternative of $10,000 to be spent toward the Liberty Vehicle of winner's choice. *Must be a licensed driver, minimum age 21 and able to provide adequate insurance coverage. Excess mileage and maintenance is the winner's responsibility. Only one shot at hole per golfer. No mulligans. The prize is courtesy of Liberty Ford Lincoln in Canton.
Once again Rotarian Ryan Parkinson and his employer, ProTech Security, will offer a Home Security System with three free months of monitoring and app. This prize will be provided to the person who is closest to the pin on the par 3 hole number 9.
$500 GOLD Sponsor - will receive their company's name posted at a hole, golf, golf cart, light breakfast and steak dinner for their four-person team.
$100 HOLE Sponsor - will include your company name posted at a hole.
If you don't have a full foursome, don't fret! Individual golfers need only pay $75.00 and they will be paired with other golfers to make a foursome. Individual golfers will receive use of a golf cart, light breakfast and steak dinner.
This event is a great opportunity to invite prospective members and recruit foursomes from other area Rotary Clubs! Registration is up and running, so if you would like to sign your foursome up or as just an individual golfer, please follow this LINK.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the Rotary Club of Canton presented seven $1,000 scholarships to Canton Rotary Interact students at Benders Tavern.  Cherokee Pugh, Elijah Msafiri, Sage Hester, James Pack, Jordan McPherson, TraVion Lindsey, and Jayda Palmer 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. 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!
If you were unable to attend Friday's Rotary Club of Canton's meeting held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, here are some of the smiling faces and folks that you missed....
New member Ron Haines has graciously donated a Rotary International metal sign that he designed and made himself. This awesome piece of art will be auctioned off at THIS Friday, May 31. It's a great way to show off your Rotary pride! All proceeds will go to the Canton Rotary Charitable Fund.
For our 'Non-Event Raffle', we hope that you won't come to the event we are not having and not eat the great food that we are not providing.  Okay, so now you have an idea of what this Non-Event event is, or I guess in this case, what it isn't.
Our Non-Event Raffle raises funds to benefit our various Canton Rotary Projects, as well as providing funding for the Youth Backpack Food program, Youth Mentoring programs, and an Opiate Neutralization Bag program.  All such projects are in the Canton City Schools and/or in the City of Canton.  The ticket price is low and purchasing is available online, so we encourage you to get others, even those outside of our club, involved in buying or selling tickets, so they have the opportunity to be part of our community support.
At four weekly meetings between May and June, we will draw two door prize winners at each, with a $500.00 grand prize to be drawn at the fourth meeting.  (Winners need not be present, door prize winners can only win once, but all winning and non-winning tickets will be eligible for the $500 grand prize.)
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased on Eventbrite at:
There are 120 active members of the Rotary Club of Canton and we have 500 tickets to sell before the first Friday in May.  Please commit to selling at least 4 or 5 tickets before the end of April because "many hands make for light work". Thanks! 
The Rotary Club of Canton will once again host its 5th Annual Oktoberfest on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Downtown Canton! We will feature beer tastings from local breweries, food, musical entertainment and a genuine Oktoberfest band with dancing and singing.
So dust off your Lederhosen and Schnitzel and mark your calendars for this FUN event! You can follow this LINK to grab some tickets for this year's event or this LINK to view sponsorship information! Please keep in mind that we also need lots of volunteers to present this signature event in Downtown Canton! 
Danke schoen! 
During the May 17, 2019 Rotary meeting, President Michelle Mullaly welcomed 59 members and 5 guests to the Zimmermann Symphony Orchestra Foundation Room. President Michelle then asked everyone to keep Rotarian Terri Barry in their thoughts and prayers. Teri recently underwent surgery and there was a "Get Well" card available for members to sign.
Rotarian Paul Hervey gave the Invocation.
Rotarian Gary Sirak won the 50/50 raffle, winning $51.00.
Club Secretary Suzette Matthews welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Lauren Capo (speaker); Jennifer Chora (Character Champ Scholarship winner); Victoria Phillips, Jill Singer (professional photographer & guest of PP Dan & Suzette Matthews); PP Denny Saunier.
The "Happy News" was given by the following:
  • Lynn Hamilton - In congratulations to fellow Rotarian & Past President Craig Young for his support of the Scouts Program. Craig's company was a major sponsor for this year's fundraiser "Good Scout Lunch" held at the Hall of Fame on May 16th;
  • Mark Rojek - In honor of the Rotarians who ran the HOF Marathon (PP Denny Fulmer, Raquel Raderchak and Suzette Matthews), raising $1,000 for the Run, Run, Run-raiser Backpack Program;
  • Bruce Schorsten - In recognition of President Michelle Mullaly's success in bringing great concerts to Canton Symphony;
  • PP Dan Matthews - To recognize all the Past Presidents in attendance that day;
  • Bill Maddox - To further thank & honor Michelle Mullaly for her leadership in bringing great alternative symphony events to Canton and for the outstanding 'Elton John & Billy Joel' tribute concert last weekend;
  • PP Rick Taylor - To celebrate the Cleveland Indians' bats finally coming alive!
  • PP Amanda Tietze - To honor all of the fellow Rotarians' businesses who won Repository 'Best of the Best' Awards;
  • Paul Hervey - in celebration of Perry High baseball team who won their 2nd play-off game;
  • Jerry Ortman - in celebration of his company, Canton Aluminum, being recognized with three "Best of the Best" awards. Congratulations Jerry and Canton Aluminum!
  • President Michelle Mullaly - to celebrate her oldest son graduating from Mount Union with a Biology degree. One down, two to go!
Co-Chair of the 2019 Canton Rotary Oktoberfest, Raquel Raderchak, gave an announcement regarding the September event and encouraging sponsorship considerations.
Rotarian Mike Brown presented the Character Counts Scholarship presentation. This year's winners were Jennifer Chora (pictured) and Andre Gillems (Andre was unable to attend the event).
Past President Rick Taylor took to the podium to thank Raquel Radershak and PP Craig Young for their volunteer time to work with  McKinley 9th graders on interviewing skills with Junior Achievement last week and to let members know of an upcoming Junior Achievement mentoring opportunity with 5th graders at Greentown Elementary School. 
May Speaker Don Peterson then introduced his speaker for the meeting, Lauren Capo. She spoke on efforts to screen newborns for Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects.
President Michelle concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • There is NO MEETING next week due to Memorial Day weekend;
  • The Rotary office will be closed from Thursday, May 23rd - Monday, May 27th. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday.
The following turned makeups: Mark Clendenin (Girard-Liberty); Past President Virginia Neutzling and President Elect Mark Rojek (Military Family Center).
The following will receive a makeup for attending the Rotary Scholarship "IF" Poem dinner at Benders on Tuesday, May 14, 2019: PP Dan Matthews, President Elect Mark Rojek, Vice President Drew Pelger, Treasurer Tom Clevenger and Rotarian Bill Griffing.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     -Annual Golf Outing - June 28, 2019 The Sanctuary Golf Course
     - Oktoberfest - Thursday, September 19, 2019
May 31, 2019
Invocator - Jon Adland
Jun 07, 2019
Jun 14, 2019
Invocator - PDG/PP Bob Pattison
Jun 21, 2019
Invocator - Becky Clark
Jun 28, 2019
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