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President's Message
John Kowalski
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Welcome to February.  I, personally, am looking forward to warmer weather that stays more than a day or two.  Yes, I know it’s early for that, but it’s been a L O N G winter. 
Recapping January, we discussed service projects for Canton Township with our fellow member and Township employee Abe Vinitski.  The Rotary Club Board of Directors has decided to recommend to the Canton Rotary Foundation Board that they plant 15 trees in the parks as part of our District Tree Planting Project, and that they sponsor 2 Hydration Stations.  The Township would pay half of the cost, and the remainder would come from our Foundation.  The Township plans to place three to four Hydration Stations throughout Heritage Park and they would feature a water source for people and pets, a sitting area, shade trees, and a colorful interest piece such as artwork.  All stations would be handicapped accessible.  Our Club is excited about this new project, and we look forward to working with the Township to get all areas of the project up and running.
We now officially have two new members, Financial Advisor Dean Clemens, and Canton Township Supervisor Pat Williams.  Welcome to our Club!
We have also started discussing the plans for our Liberty Fest Beverage Tent.  We will keep members updated as plans are firmed up.  Meanwhile, if you have questions or would like to help on the committee, please contact Ken Beardsley or Kevin Davis.
Our annual Youth Exchange Bowling Party is coming up on February 10th at Plaza Lanes on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth.  We have invited all of the District 6400 inbound youth exchange students and any interested rebounders in the District.  The time is noon to 4:00 p.m., and Club members are encouraged to attend or stop by and meet the exchange students.
Remember that our first Monday meeting of the month is coming up.  We will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Antonio’s, instead of meeting at noon.  Please invite spouses, friends of the Club, and anyone interested in learning more about our Canton Rotary Club.  We will be ordering off the menu.
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Kenneth Beardsley
February 17
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January 29, 2018, Club Meeting
Today we celebrated the installation of two new members, Dean Clemons and Pat Williams.  District Governor Rick Caron joined us to do the honors.  Sponsors for our new members were Larry Oldford for Dean Clemons and Sue Kowalski for Pat Williams.  Jill Karolyi lead us in the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems, and Jim Karolyi acted as our photographer.  Thank you both for your help.  Assistant Governor Russ Jones also joined us.  We enjoyed Antonio's pizza and the fellowship of our fellow Rotarians.  The ace of hearts is still buried in the deck of cards; it was not pulled today. 
Local Rotary Project Proposals for 2018
Our guest speaker today was our own member Abe from the Canton Township to talk to us about projects in the parks.
President John Kowalski is at another function today, so we had Bill Tesen start our meeting today.   The following are a few announcements:
  • The District Meet the Governor Elect meeting is coming up on the 22th of February in Southgate.  Just let John or Sue know if members can go.
  • The Canton Chamber of Commerce Meeting is on Jan. 24th at the Summit.  Members are welcome to go and the fee is just $25 for lunch and club will refund members.
Abe Vinitski was our guest speaker today.  He presented several new project proposals, layouts,  and cost estimates to the club for the Township Park that included relaxation stations, bottle water filling stations, and new tree emplacements.  We had a good Q&A session following that included additional plans for water sources, strategic long term care of the new items, national park certification that is well in progress there, and even a possible bench for the club.
Stay tuned as there will be some changes and updates this year for the Liberty Fest.  It promises to be the largest in 2018 yet and we will have some related topics to discuss at the next board meeting for advanced planning on Monday the 29th.  Also note to members, let John K know your preference for passport visits (see his sheets and let him know Monday).
No grand prize on the 50/50, so be aware for next Monday.
Canton Rotary Website Overview
The Canton Club reviewed it's new web site under ClubRunner today.
John Kowalski started our meeting and the following are a few announcements:
  • The Canton Chamber of Commerce is meeting Jan. 24th at 11:00am.  Several Canton Rotary Club members plan to go and will represent the club there.
  • District Conference is coming up at Mackinac Island.  The dates are May 3-6, 2018.  Please see the District website to register.  Remember there is a stipend from both the District and the Club for first time attendees.
  • The Club Board and Foundation Boards will meet briefly after the club meeting today.
Our guest speakers today were Sue K. and Ansel on the topic of our new Clubrunner Website.  They used the club projector and illustrated the web site tethering a cell phone.  The new features of the web site included past articles on meetings and events, the calendar for upcoming schedules, bulletins and speakers, and member features for editing their club information to writing new articles.
Our Sergeant was Sue and she ran a fair program across the club to improve our loose discipline in the back of the room.  Ansel ran the 50/50 with only 15 cards  and Lisa got a shot at the ace (hiding right next the card she picked).  There are only 14 now and the prize increases.   Meat Ravioli was served for lunch today.
Ghana School Support and Visit by New Area 5 Assistant Governor Russ Jones
The Canton Rotary Club Presented a Check for $1500 to support Ghana School development for 2018.
John Kowalski started our meeting today and we were visited by Jeanne DeRoche and Area 5 Assistant Governor Rick Jones.  The following are a few announcements:
  • Jeanne DeRoche received a check on behalf of the Area 5 Ghana Project from the Canton Rotary Foundation for $1500 to support the continued development of the School in Ghana for 2018.
  • The Canton Club was recognized by Rotary International for 100% giving participation to the Rotary International Foundation for 2016/2017.  See the small banner to the left of John K. on the photo at our article header.
Russ Jones addressed the club today and updated us up on current activities in District 6400 for 2018.  His discussion included illustrations of upcoming awards such as The Hedke Award, possible corporate member implications, presidential citations, Rotary Foundational giving, new membership initiatives , district governor grants and seminar dates and plans, tree planting for the district, the next Rotary International Convention in Toronto, a 2018 Polio Plus Push, and the next Area 5 picnic pre-planning.
Lisa was our Sergeant and preserved our budget well as the table at the back of the room could not escape since the banner was next to them today.  Kevin ran the 50/50 with only 16 cards  and we had a visitor PDG Ed Schultz to take a shot at he Ace, but it remained very shy and is still in the deck.  Lasagna was served for lunch today.
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2220 N. Canton Center
Canton, MI  48187
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