Jin Stearns is a Korean-born businessman and life-coach, who arrived in the United States as an adopted orphan at age 10.  Separated from his Korean parents at very young age, he spoke no English upon his arrival here in the home of his adoptive parents, Frank and Pat Stearns.  With the help of the international adoption agency, Holt Korea, Jin was transported to a strange, new country.  He learned how to reach within himself to acquire independence and freedom, to triumph over fear and anxiety, and achieve success.
Jin’s philosophy is rooted in his belief in harnessing “the power within” one’s self.  Having grown to be a successful manager, husband, father, entrepreneur and author, Jin provides strong motivational support for people in all walks of life.  Come and hear his inspirational story as he journeys back to Korea to uncover his past, while building his own positive future.
Originally living in the state of Pennsylvania, Jin now resides in Canton with his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Elena.  He also has a son, Ryan, from Greenville, SC, with 2 grandchildren. He maintains a busy schedule as district manager for Staples Stores and the owner of J.S. Stearns.
Steven L.  Fettman
A member since 1996, Steve is a registered pharmacist (RPh) and owner of Davies Pharmacy.  Having worked in the pharmacy with his father, he took to heart his Dad’s philosophy that philanthropy is a 24/7 responsibility…it never takes a break.  Steve’s Rotary involvement includes being a four-time Paul Harris fellow and a 15-year perfect attendance record.  He has chaired numerous club avenues, including the club’s support of the Philomatheon Society and is a current Rotary Board member.   He has also sponsored and volunteered for some of our largest club fund-raisers, including the Pancake Breakfast and Oktoberfest.  Steve’s civic contributions include: member and Gold Key Recipient of the United Way of Stark County; Lifetime Honorary Member of the Philomatheon Society for the Blind; Hall of Fame Member of the J. Babe Stern Center; and Business Excellence Award recipient from the Canton Chamber of Commerce.  Steve has been married for over 24 years to his wife, Jodi, and has three children, Peyton, Robyn, and Zak. 
Richard P. Taylor
A member since 1982, Rick is a Partner/Owner of Kozmo’s Grill in downtown Massillon and works as the Development Manager for Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio.  Rick has served Rotary as a Past President and Board Member and chaired several club initiatives including Rotary Scouts, HOF Fundraiser, and JA Done-in-a Day.  He has also contributed his time to Pancake Day, our New Member Orientation, the Oktoberfest celebration and he serves as Editor of the Rotogram.  His civic contributions include: executive leadership at the Canton Palace Theatre, board positions with the Canton Jaycees, former President of the Northeast Community Center, and member of the Income Impact Council for the United Way of Greater Stark County.  He has also served on the Hall of Fame Festival and Bicentennial Street Festivals and is active in both the Massillon West and Canton Regional Chambers of Commerce.  Rick has been married for over 39 years to his wife, Kristina, has three grown children, Zachary, Aaron, and Sara, and four grandchildren.
Craig Young
A member since 1990, Craig is President of Young Truck Sales, a position he has held since 1996.  Craig is a second-generation Rotarian, following in the footsteps of his father, Richard Young.  Craig’s early involvement in the club focused on leading our Student Exchange program where he brought in over 30 foreign exchange students during his 5-year tenure.  He also spearheaded International Avenue, which provided wheelchairs to the disabled in Guatemala and Poorest of the Poor, a project to provide clothing and medical needs to Native Americans.  Craig served as Past President, is a two-term Board Member, and chaired our successful Oktoberfest event in its first and third years.  His civic contributions include:  President-elect of Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio; board membership of Meals on Wheels of Stark/Wayne Counties, Canton Symphony, and Canton Palace Theatre; and service on several committees of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Craig is married to his wife, Kimberly, has two grown children, Zach and Hannah, and one grandchild.
This is an exciting time of year because the Annual Golf Outing is taking shape! If you would like to be part of this amazing fellowship, please consider staying after the regular Rotary meeting this Friday.
Our goal this year will be to make this a fundraising event to benefit the Canton Rotary Club Fund.  We will be discussing several new ideas as well as starting work on the aspects of this event from past years.
The Golf Committee can use many volunteers to help in the area of sponsorship as well as the day of the event. Please consider making the Annual Golf Outing one of your Rotarian commitments.
If you should be unable to attend the meeting but would like to volunteer, please contact either Bill Liber at (330) 454-5390 or the Rotary Office.
During the meeting on March 16, 2018, Rotarian Mike Brown introduced the McKinley High School Character Champion Award winners for March, Jalen Turner and Isabelle Oles.
Jalen Turner is a Senior at McKinley High School and is hardworking in both his academics and community service.  Jalen has been creating his own community service with donation drives. He collects toiletries, as well as monetary and food donations, and gives them to local shelters. One of the shelters to which he donates is The Hunter House. The Hunter House is a drug addiction recovery and mentor house, which, through SMHA, helps people with recovery services. He has been performing this service and actively building his organization since 2014.  Jalen is a member of First Church of God in Christ, where he also volunteers and participates in several events. Jalen also works part-time at BJ Wholesale Club. As you can see, he is an active young man.
Jalen also organizes an annual Thanksgiving dinner at his church for about 50 - 100 people. He plans the entire event, collects donations, and directs the volunteers that help him.  Jalen also works monthly with other local charities to create events to provide food and clothing to families in need. Easter will be his next big event with his Easter basket giveaway.
Upon graduation, Jalen plans to attend Kent State, the Univeristy of Akron, or Walsh University, majoring in Business Administration.  McKinley High School is pleased to honor Jalen with this award. Jalen is an asset to have in our community and should be proud of what he has accomplished over the last several years in service of helping others.
Isabelle Oles is an ideal nominee for Rotary Character Champion.  Isabelle has been involved in numerous activities at McKinley Senior High School, including the McKinley Singers Show Choir, Women of Honor, Pep Club, and National Honor Society.  She is always willing to lend a hand to anyone; for example, Mr. Wyatt would not be able to change his office board without Isabelle's printing and decorating skills.
Isabelle is a compassionate young lady who openly accepts everyone with whom she comes in contact.  She is always willing to assist any student, in a major or minor way. We have never seen her turn away anyone, despite what they may be going through at the time.  Her ability to listen and talk to anyone with whom she comes in contact makes her unique, as she can blend in with any group regardless of the situation. Isabelle’s uncanny ability to see people for who they are without passing judgment is something to be admired.  Isabelle does not always see the impact she makes on people but it does not go unnoticed by those she encounters.
Isabelle will attend Walsh University this fall with the intention of majoring in education (although that is subject to change).  Isabelle will do very well in the Walsh community and will be an asset anywhere she lands. We are proud to have Isabelle Oles recognized by the Canton Rotary as a Character Champion!
Canton Repository edition March 13, 2018
Edd Pritchard
Business Roundup Section
"New look, new signs win award"
"Work remodeling Davies Drugs has earned an award for the pharmacy, along with recognition for Canton Sign Co. The National Community Pharmacists Association presented its NICE Award for best exterior sign to Davies Drugs. NICE stands for NCPA Innovation Center Excellence, and Davies won the award in the first year of the competition.
The association recognized Davies for work done to remodel the store at 2915 Tuscarawas St. W, including installing new signs crafted by Canton Sign.
The effort started years ago when the pharmacy remodeled its interior. Steve Fettman, whose family has owned the business for 55 years, decided to make changes on the exterior to match the work done inside. After adding a stone finish and painting the building, Fettman hired Canton Sign to work on something for the outside.
Gone is a blue and white box sign that once ran across the building's roof. It has been replaced by letters that are reverse lit using an LED system. Also installed are neon signs - a mortar and pestle and a "mad scientist" - at two peaks on the Tuscarawas Street W side of the building, and another "mad scientist" on the Wertz Avenue NW side of the building.
Matthew Franta, whose family owns Canton Sign, said the new design is a mix of old and new styles. "I think it blends pretty well together," he said.
Fettman said his business has relied on Canton sign for many years. The company has made several of the neon "mad scientist" signs that are displayed inside and outside of Davies' stores in Canton and North Canton. The pharmacy has been using the character since the 1960s after it showed up in an advertisement Davies Drugs placed with a local high school's yearbook. Steve Fettman said his father, David A. Fettman, saw the ad and the "mad scientist"."
Repository photo: Michael Balash
I would like to thank the following Rotarians for their support in the November 2017 Health Screen and Wellness Fair. They are as follows:
 Paul White promoted the event on his Friday mornings radio show, “Health Matters” and also managed the placement of our ads in the Canton Repository. Estimated hours-3

Shawn Dougherty supplied the refreshments for the participants and helped with traffic direction.  Estimated hours-4

Rebecca Marchino and Donnie Peterson arranged Public Service Radio spots. Estimated total hours-4

Tim Furbay, Jack Barkan, Bruce Hale and Jim Molnar handled traffic direction at the event. Estimated total hours-8

Rob Roland and Mark Clendenin processed payments. Estimated total hours-12

Tony Pierce and Justin Candea placed and rotated promotional road signs.  Estimated total hours-4

President Amanda Tietze and Raquel Raderchak directed the phone calls made to the past participant names and were ably supported by Kim Kroh, Paula Mastroianni, Julia Dick, Joe French, Ashleigh Abrigg and Kevin Heraghty.  Estimated total hours-6.5

Chuck Smith drafted a letter informing fellow physicians. Estimated hours-2

Bob Matthews, Chairman of Committee. Estimated hours-40

Mark Rojek, Co-Chair of Committee. Estimated-hours-24

Barb and Lauri sent letters to the past participants, and Stark County physicians, and handled the pre-registration phone calls.

Total Rotarian hours:  107
Revision Date: 3-16-18
The Rotary Club of Canton will once again hold its Semi-Annual Health Screen & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This event will be held at the Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Hall Auditorium, 1320 Mercy Drive N.W., Canton, 44708.
A 12-hour fast is recommended for more accurate results. In addition to the blood screenings, Mercy Medical Center will be offering additional free health screenings and educational materials.
To register for this event please follow this LINK or visit To view and print the flyer please follow this LINK
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At our weekly meeting on March 16, 2018, Vice President Mark Rojek filled in for a traveling President Amanda Tietze. He welcomed the 53 members and 12 guests to the meeting.
Past President Jack Barkan gave the Invocation.
Secretary Suzette Matthews welcomed the following guests to the meeting: Betty Frank, Barry Adelman, and Leonard Knell (guests of Gary Sirak); Jaylin Turner, Nour Kelly, David Kliem, Joseph Turner, Shaunaugh Turner, Isabelle Oles and Kathleen Levoles (McKinley High School Administrators and Character Champs); Rick Arnold (guest of Rob Roland); Matthew Franta (guest of Tim Franta).
Rotarian Mark Clendenin provided the Rotofact of the day.
The "Happy News" was then provided by the following:
  • Mark Clendenin - in recognition of the safety efforts of Jackson Schools as well as their support for students expressing their 1st Amendment rights;
  • PP Rick Taylor - in celebration of the success of the Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team!
  •    - to encourage all to attend Celebrity Cuisine, a fundraiser for Community Harvest, featuring 40 restaurants on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 5:30 - 8:00pm;
  • PP Paul White - in thanks for the people who prepare our food each Friday;
  • Secretary Suzette Matthews - in celebration of her mother, Betty Frank, being in attendance;
  •   -  in recognition of Steve Fettman, Davies Drugs, and Canton Sign (Tim and Matthew Franta) being featured in the Canton Repository for winning an award from the National Community Pharmacists Association (*See story above);
  • Vice President Mark Rojek - in celebration of the University of Buffalo Bulls upsetting Arizona for it's first-ever NCAA tournament win;
  • PP Dan Matthews - in celebration of his mother-in-law, Betty Frank, being in attendance and in thanks for his wife, Suzette, for keeping the announcements lively.
Rotarian Mike Brown introduced the March Character Champs, Jalen Turner and Isabelle Oles. (*See story above).
Vice President Mark Rojek then took to the podium to bring members up to date on the Rotarian of the Year. He also provided information regarding the upcoming Golf Committee Meeting scheduled for next Friday after the regular Rotary meeting.
VP Mark then introduced March Speaker Chair Jeff Scott and Speaker Canton Rotarian Gary Sirak. Gary is the author of "The American Dream Revisited".
Vice President Mark then concluded the meeting with the following announcements:
  • next week's meeting will be speaker Jin Stearns, an author and life coach, speaking on "Lost Seoul";
  • there will be a golf committee meeting after our regular meeting next week.
The following Rotarian mailed in makeups to the Rotary office: PDG/PP Bob Pattison (9 makeups from Florida).
The following Rotarian turned in makeups to the Rotary office: Robert K. Matthews (7 makeups from Florida).
The following Rotarians will receive a makeup for attending the New Member Orientation Meeting on March 16, 2018: PP Rick Taylor, PP Tom Clevenger, Gary Sirak and Rich Dever.
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
     -  NO MEETING - Friday, March 30, 2018 - Good Friday
     -  Health Screen & Wellness Fair - Saturday, April 21, 2018
Mar 30, 2018
Apr 06, 2018
Invocator - Rob Roland
Apr 13, 2018
Invocator - Anthony Pierce
Apr 20, 2018
Invocator - TBD
Apr 27, 2018
"Strengthening Stark County"; Invocator - Bob Myers
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