**The Rotary office will also be closed on Friday as well. Regular business hours resume on Monday, November 26th.
The Canton Rotary Charitable Fund (CRCF) is the nonprofit portion of our club that drives the numerous charitable programs and service projects we undertake.   For those of you who saw our Character Counts Champions, Janell Dima and Andre Gillems, at our meeting last Friday, you saw our CRCF in action.  These two fine young people are shining examples of the power of constructive guidance and rewards.  The Character Counts program and scholarship is just one of the many ways the CRCF helps recognize our youth and positively impacts our local community.
I recently sent each Rotarian a letter, which provided information on the importance of the CRCF.  Please take the time to re-read this letter and make a contribution, however large or small, to the fund.  I thank you in advance for making this important contribution to our club… and our community.
During the meeting on Friday, November 16, 2018, Rotarian Mike Brown introduced the Character Champs for the month of November, Janell Dima and Andre Gillems.
Janell Dima

Janell Dima is an outstanding young woman in many ways.   She is an exceptional student, despite having overcome significant obstacles.  Janell was in foster care during her sophomore year, but still managed to complete the year with straight A’s.  This isn’t surprising if you know Janell, as she has excelled each year of high school. One of the most difficult choices she had to make during her junior year was which advanced courses she most wanted to take since they could not all fit into her schedule.  Through perseverance, she was able to work out a plan with her teachers that allowed her to take some of these courses through independent study. She could then continue her pathway of all advanced courses, including Project Lead the Way engineering courses. Her dedication has been recognized through induction into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society.

In addition to her academic achievements, she also is a very active member in McKinley’s Women of Honor and, having earned the respect of her peers, she was chosen president of that group this year. Janell also attended Tech Camp for her engineering program.  She also has a heart for those who are less fortunate and has been a consistent volunteer at the Refuge of Hope. She manages all of this while juggling two jobs.

Janell plans to attend Bowling Green State University this fall and major in Architecture.

Andre Gillems

Consistency and determination are the first words that come to mind when thinking of Andre Gillems.  He is at school every day, putting in his best effort in both the classroom and in athletics. There is never a question of whether he will succeed; his work ethic will take him far.  Andre is currently enrolled in the Exercise Science program and plans to continue in this field by becoming an athletic trainer or a sports analyst. Andre is quiet, respectful, and kind to everyone he meets.

Andre has been involved in many activities inside and outside of the school.  He volunteers weekly at his church to hand out food to those in need. At school he has participated in football, basketball, speech and debate, and is a member of Men of Honor. But Andre's true love is baseball.  Andre has lettered 3 times in baseball and plans to play again this year. His top choices for college are currently California University of Pennsylvania, Kent State University, the University of Toledo, and Ohio Wesleyan.  Regardless of where he goes, Andre will continue to be a standout baseball player and student.



The following have made contributions to the Rotary Club of Canton's Endowment Fund in memory of:
  -  John and Joan Werren
  - Rotary Club of Canton
  - Bob and Janice Pattison
  - Dan and Linda Fuline
In the November 15, 2018, edition of the Canton Repository, an article entitled"Volunteers recognized, honored"  detailed that the Stark County Prosecutor's Office honored volunteers for their efforts improving the lives of others in the community. One individual honored was Canton Rotarian Kim Kroh, under a section labelled "Counseling and helping others" , which read as follows:
"Kimberly Kroh received the Voices for Victims Award. Kroh joined the American Red Cross in 2001 as the director of Rape Crisis Services, assisting children, adolescents and adults through the difficult recovery process of sexual victimization. 
In 2014, she became executive director of the Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter of American Red Cross. A licensed professional clinical counselor, Kroh continues to also work in the private sector at Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre.
Kroh has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical counselor and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Center for Victims of Crime and participates in numerous coalitions throughout Carroll, Harrison, Stark and Tuscarawas counties."
Congratulations, Kim!
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Anyone interested in volunteering their time to participate on the "Rotary Scouts" committee, please contact Past President Amanda Tietze by email at or her cell phone 330-904-7569.
November is Rotary Foundation month! There is an 8 minute video of "Making a Difference in our Community" prepared by Peter Apicella, M.D., District 6650 Foundation Chair. The video shows examples of the Foundation's good work including the new Military Family Center project. This project was a big undertaking requiring over three years and lots of local Rotarian support, both financially and in time and talent. To view the video, you may visit
November Paul Harris Fellow Challenge - Each member will be provided a special envelope for their donation. Envelopes will be available each Friday for members to participate in this challenge. For each $20.00 donated, a member will have a chance to win a Paul Harris Fellow for themselves, a spouse, or another person.  You just need to fill out this envelope and return it to the Rotary office or to Lauri/Barb. The envelopes will then be forwarded as a Club packet to Dr. Peter Apicella.
All donations must be made before January 1, 2019. The drawing will be held in early January and the winner will be notified.
(Editor's note: The Rotary Foundation supports the efforts of Rotary International throughout the world; funds donated to the Foundation can also be available for clubs and districts to use locally, as in the case of the Military Family Center. However, the Rotary Foundation is separate from our Canton Rotary Charitable Fund, which is our club's fund to support our local projects and community groups (see President-Elect Mark Rojek's article above). During this time of year, Canton Rotarians are encouraged to consider donations to both the Rotary Foundation and the Canton Rotary Charitable Fund). 
The Rotary office received a beautiful Thanksgiving card from First Tee of Canton. The drawing on the card was by Tealee, a 13-year old participant.
At our weekly meeting on November 16, 2018, President Michelle Mullaly welcomed 45 members and 9 guests to the meeting. 
Past President Rick Huetter gave the Invocation.
Congratulations went to Past President Scott Sandrock for having the winning 50/50 ticket, worth $47.00.
President Michelle filled in for Secretary Suzette Matthews and welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Becky McCullough (speaker); Gregg Schorsten (First Tee of Canton/guest of Club); Janell Dima and Andre Gillems (November Character Champs); Jennifer Shaw, Renee` Gillems, Tom Halwick, Theresa Laiser and Robert Frazier (guests of the Character Champs).
The "Happy News" was the provided by the following:
  • Becky Clark - proud to announce she and her husband were celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary!
  • Bruce Schorsten - announced the "Schorsten Singers" would once again be performing during the Salvation Army Bell-ringing. They have performed for many years and if anyone would like to join them they will be at the Fisher Foods on 44th Street/Cleveland Avenue on Saturday, December 1st from 11 am- 1 pm.
  • Jim Blake - very proud to announce his youngest son just got engaged!
President Michelle and Rotarian Bruce Schorsten presented a check to First Tee of Canton representative, Gregg Schorsten. The Canton Rotary Golf Outing made $6,000.00 and was very proud to donate $1,000 to First Tee for the benefit of teaching the game of golf and it's core values to local youngsters.
President Michelle then reminded everyone about:  
- November being Rotary International Foundation month: 
  • Envelopes were on the individual tables to donate. Each $20.00 donated enters you into a drawing for a Paul Harris Fellow.
- This year's "Pack the Bus" drive:
  •  The donations for this year's "Pack the Bus" were very slim, possibly due to the poor weather conditions. However, President Michelle was very pleased to announce she had received a grant from WalMart on Tuscarawas Street in Canton for $2,000.00 giving us a total of around $5,400 to spend on additional non-perishable food items, clothing and hygiene products for the students of Canton City Schools!!  Rotarians will join President Michelle to shop for said items on Tuesday, November 20th, then the "bus" will be unloaded at Allen Elementary School later on that same day.
President Elect Mark Rojek took to the podium to bring the members up to date on the Charitable Fund Drive. He stated he was at the halfway mark of his $14k goal with only a third of the membership participating.  (*see story above)
Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Matthews then reminded everyone about the Health Screen event taking place on Saturday, November 17th at Mercy Hall Auditorium between 7 am -11 am. He was still in need of volunteers.
Rotarian James Boggs asked for volunteers for the Salvation Army Bell-ringing taking place on November 24th and December 1st. (**Editor's note: James was successful in getting volunteers to cover all shifts for both dates! Thank you Rotarians!)
Rotarian Mike Brown introduced the November Character Champs, Janell Dima and Andre Gillems (*see story above);
Shawn Dougherty introduced his speaker for the meeting, Rebecca McCullough. She is a licensed Social Worker at SAFY, which stands for Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth.
President Michelle concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • NO MEETING Friday 11/23/18 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Rotary office will also be closed that day;
  • She asked for help taking donations brought to the meeting for "Pack the Bus" out to her car.
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for volunteering on Thursday, November 15, 2018, for "Pack the Bus": Terri Barry, David Schrade, Ernie Schott, Bob Pattison, Chris Burt, Paul White, Shawn Dougherty, Rick Taylor, Drew Pelger, Paul Hervey, Kyle Brown and Amanda Tietze.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     -"Pack the Bus" donation collections - November 30, 2018 - at meeting
     -"Pack the Bus" donation collections - December 7, 2018 - at meeting
     -NO MEETING - December 21st and December 28th - Holiday break
     -Rotary Office Closed - December 19, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Nov 30, 2018
Water for El Salvador - David Roberts, Invocator
Dec 07, 2018
Invocator - Robert Matthews
Dec 14, 2018
Invocator - Bill Liber
Dec 21, 2018
Dec 28, 2018
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