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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 11:30 AM
Christ Presbyterian Church
530 Tuscarawas Street West
Canton, OH 44702
United States of America
(330) 452-2882
(330) 452-8614
*In order to respect the choices of our individual members, we have adopted a hybrid model of our meetings. In-person at: Christ Presbyterian Church OR Remote via Zoom (The link is sent prior to the meeting.)
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This Friday is our Annual Rivalry Week co-meeting with our Rotary brothers and sisters from Massillon, and it's going to be a GREAT meeting.
Here's what you need to know:
Parking: parking for our older or less mobile members and guests will be in the lot next to Christ Presbyterian Church on the west side, off of Second Street SW. For others, you will park across Second Street in the Canton municipal lot. We will have folks there to direct you. 
Festivities & Schedule:
- The McKinley Marching Band will perform from 11:30 to noon in the north courtyard in front of the church. In case of rain, they will move into the main sanctuary.
- Meeting will start sharply at noon in the Social Hall, where we have been meeting the past few months. Enter through the west door. There is an elevator for those that might choose to use it. Check in will be in the hallway outside of the social hall. 
- Menu: For those that prepaid and for those that didn't but who pay $20 at the door (while supplies last), there will be a delicious meal from Mr. Mike's catering:
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Rice Pilaf
Green Beans Almondine
Side Salad
- Speakers/Special Guests: We have a phenomenal slate of speakers this year (please see bios & photos below). Of course, their will be additional guests from both high schools, including some administrative folks, as well as a contingent of outstanding young men from both football teams.
Don't forget to wear your favorite team's colors! 
Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry is a graduate of Malone University and Stark State University and worked for many years as a nurse and service director at both Aultman and Doctors’ Hospital.  Among her many activities, the mayor co-founded the Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children and she has been honored as Rotarian of the Year.  She is in her third term as mayor after eight years on city council.  She is proud to point out that she has “beaten” Mayor Bernabei in several categories: more children, more grandchildren, and – most importantly - a “winning record” in The Game during her term as mayor.
Mayor Tom Bernabei is a 1964 graduate of Canton Lehman High School.  Between time at Brown University and the Ohio State University School of Law, Mayor Bernabei served honorably for four years in the United States Army, including a tour of Vietnam.  He started his legal career back in Canton in practice with his father while also serving as an assistant Canton prosecutor before being elected city law director, city councilman, county commissioner, and finally mayor.
Nate Moore is in his seventh year as the head coach and athletic director of the Massillon Tigers.  He is a graduate of Mason High School and the University of Dayton, where he was a “Little All-American” offensive lineman blocking for some no-name quarterback named Brandon Staley.  Moore later became head coach at Minster and Cincinnati LaSalle.  After leading LaSalle to the state playoff championship in 2014, Moore came to Massillon and has led the Tigers to three consecutive playoff finals.  Most importantly, Moore’s teams have won their last five meetings against the Bulldogs.
Antonio Hall is the athletic director and interim head football coach at Canton McKinley High School.  Hall is a 2000 graduate of McKinley and was a member of two of its state playoff championship teams.  Hall’s Bulldogs went 3-1 in The Game during his high school career.  Hall went on to start for four years at the University of Kentucky, where he was a two-time all-SEC lineman, before playing in the Canadian Football League.  Hall completed his bachelor’s degree at Texas State University and eventually returned to Stark County, where he has been a teacher, coach, and active in local non-profits, such as the Lenzy Family Institute and CommQuest, where he is currently on the board of directors.
Devin Jordan is a 2003 graduate of Massillon Washington High School, where he still holds several receiving records and was part of undefeated Tigers’ teams in The Game.  He was named all-Ohio two years in a row before enrolling at Ohio State University.  His Buckeyes playing career was cut short by injury, but he was invited by Jim Tressel to be a student coach until he graduated in 2008.  This work led Jordan to several positions at Ohio colleges, including locally at Walsh and Malone.Jordan is now a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Akron.  More importantly, Jordan is the founder of Beyond The Game, which teaches children the value of their educational opportunities.  This includes his much-discussed “Boys with Ties” and “Girls with Pearls” programs.  Jordan was honored as one of “20 Under 40” this year by the Canton Repository.  To quote Jordan, “It’s imperative to teach our youth that there is more to gain from sports than just playing the game. This is the purpose of Beyond The Game.”
Terrell Clifford is a 1983 graduate of Canton McKinley High School, where he was a member of McKinley’s first playoff state championship team, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last week, and helped the Bulldogs to two victories in The Game as a defensive.  Clifford then went on to start for four years at Edinboro University, where he received his degree in criminal justice.  Clifford returned to Canton after graduation to work for Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, where he still serves as a supervisor of caseworkers assigned to help abused and neglected children.  Clifford has also been responsible for several community programs, including the Fatherhood Coalition and helping our local teenage foster children transition to the adult world.  “Coach Cliff” coached many championship teams in Canton’s youth football program, including both today’s Bulldogs and their parents.  Clifford was a high school basketball official for over 25 years and was honored with officiating three state basketball championship games.  Clifford is also a 2007 inductee into the Canton Negro Oldtimers Hall of Fame.

Welcome to rivalry week, as your Canton Rotary Club hosts our guests from Massillon for the McKinley-Massillon Kickoff Luncheon for the 132nd meeting on the field for these teams.  Equally important is that both Rotary clubs have been models of Service Above Self for more than 100 years.  Talk about a historical perspective.  While the game remains important, equally important is what it takes for greatness to last year in and year out for more than 100 years.  The key ingredient is the passion, vision, and engagement of the individuals that make up the organizations.  It’s the residents in Canton and Massillon, the members of the Canton and Massillon Rotary Clubs, and the Bulldog and Tiger coaches, players, students, and teachers that make this event special year over year.

I look forward to seeing you this Friday.  Don’t forget your red and black attire.

President Mark  

At our weekly meeting on Friday October 15, 2021, President Mark welcomed 36 Canton Rotarians (the number's growing!). After a rather lukewarm performance of the Star Spangled Banner and a rousing performance of the "Hello Song" (?), Secretary Paula provided the following: 

This day in history:

· 1878 - The Edison Electric Light Company began operations.

· 1917 – Exotic dancer, courtesan and spy, Mata Hari, was executed on this day for spying on Germany during WWI.

· 1924 – US President, Calvin Coolidge, declares the Statue of Liberty a national monument.

· 1951 – “I Love Lucy” debuts on CBS.

· 1966 – The US Department of Transportation was created.

Fun Fact: Friday was National Chicken Cacciatore Day ......Mangia! 

Happy Bucks:

Becky Clark

Rick Taylor

Dan Mathews

Denny Fulmer

Bob Mathews

Pres. Mark Clendenin


We regretfully announce the passing of two former Canton Rotarians, Dave Rausch and John Kalogeras. You can read their obituaries at the links below:
Here's a remembrance of Dave from Facebook: 
For over twenty years he designed and published our newsletter "The Rotogram." Dave and his wife Berry were both Paul Harris Fellows and active in all Rotary activities. He was a member of the McKinley High School Swim Team State Champions in 1956-1960. Successful in advertising, Dave was a partner in the WRL (Wern Rausch and Locke) Advertising agency. He served on many community boards, enjoyed golf, and was a member of the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club. His artistic talent will be remembered as he provided the design and theme elements for the Stark County Hall of Fame Bridge on Dressler over I-77. His greatest love was his wife Berry and their family. Our sympathy is with all of them.
Please keep Dave's and John's families in your thoughts and prayers. 
Paul P. Harris formed the first Service organization (Rotary) in Chicago on February 23, 1905.  As the idea of “Service Above Self” spread around the world, communities not served by Rotary were identified and new clubs were formed by existing clubs.  This involved identifying leaders in those growing communities and helping those leaders start a new Rotary Club to serve that community, to exchange ideas and take action.  These Rotary Clubs have since flourished and are an integral part of those communities.

“The Path Forward”
My friends. I want to welcome all of you to a new year of Rotary service for 2021-2022.  Most importantly, we owe a great amount of appreciation for the leadership exemplified by past District Governor Linda Henderson. Linda’s dedication and devotion kept District 6650 progressing, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on all our Rotary Club activities.  I consider our district very fortunate to have had Linda’s selfless service to hold us together through such trying times. Thank you, Linda.
I think we all can agree that we have undergone a multitude of experiences, emotions, life challenges, and sacrifices in responding to the effects of COVID-19. Our journey together has been long and exhausting. We truly are living through a historic time for the world, country, state, city, and our families. The vaccines have arrived and are being allocated as supplies are delivered to our health departments, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. This is great news, as they are all considered effective in combating the coronavirus. 
As we look forward to 2021, our thinking does not have to be limited to the end of this year. I am also thinking about what we will be doing in 2022 ,2023, 2024, and beyond. We cannot see the future, but we can steer ourselves where we want to go. I think it is important that our clubs have plans to rebuild, reflect, revitalize, and reinforce for the present and the future. There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management: "failing to plan is planning to fail." Planning is essential to achieving success in all areas of life, including our government, businesses, educational communities, for our residents, and especially for Rotary as our clubs strive to become better.
Let us work together and chart a path forward with a vision of optimism—a path that leads to healing and hopefulness, to reconnecting with each other, and to the anticipation of brighter days ahead. Please join your District Administration for a Welcome Back 6650 event on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM at the MAPS Air Museum, located at 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH 44720. This event includes free admission and a complimentary meal, which will be served from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Register your club and the number of people attending with the District office by Friday, August 13, 2021. I hope to see you there.
Steve Wilder
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