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Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition
Mar 12, 2018
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Therapeutic Recreation and Special Needs
Mar 26, 2018
Meet at The BLOCK, tour, and have catered lunch there
Apr 02, 2018 6:00 PM
Evening Meeting with Conrad from Germany as speaker
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President's Message
John Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
I’d like to reflect on our February “Acts of Kindness” project for a moment.  Thanks to all of you who took on this endeavor.  I hope that you will not make it a one-time act but will be open to opportunities to follow up with more acts of kindness in the future.  Some of the acts of kindness that members performed were giving money to a poor woman near the Mexican border; donating money to a local charity that supports the homeless; buying fishing tackle for, and spending time with, a newly adopted foreign child; taking a friend to dinner; and paying for part of a local resident’s dry cleaning order.  For those members who received their funds the last week of February, we look forward to hearing your stories in March.
Looking at the calendar for March, we have an upcoming Rotary Youth Exchange Luncheon on March 10th from noon until 4:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill School.  I urge members to attend and get to know our Youth Exchange students.  Please let Sue K know who is coming so that we have enough food for all.  We plan to serve Lee’s Fried Chicken with all the fixings, pop, and the students will supply the dessert.  Please check out our speakers for March, and look at the April speakers also, especially the installation of our newest member, Sarah Maiga.
I would also like to take this time to extend our deepest sympathy to charter member Bill Brown and his family at the loss of his wife Mildred.  Millie will be sorely missed by all of the Club members.  Future family gatherings of our Club will no longer be the same without our three dear friends who passed away recently – Greg Gatto, Mary Leist, and Mildred Brown. 
May each of you have a blessed March, and, as Bill Brown would say, pay special attention to your loved ones and hold them close to you.
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March 20
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March 17
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Upcoming Events
Youth Exchange International Luncheon
Mar 10, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
A Tribute to Mildred Brown
We say goodbye for now Millie, but look forward to seeing you in eternity.
We are saddened by the loss of Millie Brown, wife of Charter Member Bill Brown.  Millie passed away peacefully on February 25, 2018.  Millie was born on August 1, 1922, in West Virginia, and was married to her husband Bill for 75 years.  She is survived by her four children, 9 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren, and by her devoted husband Bill.  Millie was always at Bill's side at Rotary Club celebrations and always had a ready smile for everyone.  We will miss Millie greatly but she will be in our hearts forever.  Here are a few pictures of Millie and her Rotarian husband Bill.
Classification Talk Today - Financial Advisor & Custom Retirement Planning
Our guest speaker today was our club member Dean Clemons.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today after our board meeting, and the following are a few announcements:
  • Services for Millie Brown have been scheduled and the club deeply appreciates the many years we had with her and will remember her in our prayers.
  • Members are reminded that the area 5 Ghana school project is still accepting donation items.
  • Sat., April 4th at 8:00am-12:00pm is District Assembly.  Check the link for details and let John or Sue know if you want to go.
  • Sat., March 10th is our Youth Exchange Luncheon and Tour at the Cherry Hill Schoolhouse and Bartlett-Travis House.
  • New applicant Sarah Maiga has been approved for membership by The Canton Rotary Club.  Her nomination now goes to the membership at large for final approval.
  • The State of the Township Meeting in Canton is Planned for March 7th at 11:30am (Village Theater).  The cost is only $25 and will be covered by the club.  Reservations are due by March 2nd.  Please let Sue K know if you would like to go.
Sue then called for the kindness reports from our club members and members Ken, Bill S, and Dean revealed some good experiences of sending it forward.  New volunteers were then added for next week.
Dean was our speaker today and he started out with an overview of his family history in Ohio and leading eventually to Michigan.  He also gave the club a background of his personal experiences that included some surprising athletics, such as javelin throwing, and his Charter boat work on Lake Erie from 1988-1999.  He then took us into his classification topic starting with his MBA and interests that led to his work today as a Chartered Retirement Specialist Adviser with Lincoln Financial.  He equated his love of coaching soccer with helping coach people as a financial advisor.  A good Q&A session followed and included illustrations of his company's cross discipline approaches and 401K optimization for entrepreneurs and business owners with the members.  We thank Dean for his talk to the club and appreciate him adding his knowledge and skills to the club for 2018.
Pizza was our excellent meal today.
Boy Scouts of America Update and Kindness Research.
Our guest speaker today was Charles Lang of the Boy Scouts of America (also a Rotarian).
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today and the following are a few announcements:
  • Members are reminded to select a favorite place and time/date for a road trip.  Please see John if you do not have your list.
  • March 7th - Next Chamber of Commerce meeting.  Members are encouraged to go and represent the club and feel free to rotate.
  • If any member has an additional interest in the Grant seminars, let John or Sue know and the active list of dates and locations are here.
  • Ken gave the club an update on the new beer vendor for Liberty fest and we examined a very nice wine sample.
Charles Lang was our guest speaker today and he spoke to the club on the latest changes and updates going on with the Boy Scouts of America.  This included a special thanks for the clubs donation of $300 for the upcoming Recognition Dinner and mentoring program.  He then gave us more details on the background of the Boy Scouts of the Great Lakes Region and changes happening in North America.  John also followed up with some of our local troops to include information on the new formation of Adventure Groups in our area.
Sue then called for the kindness reports from our club members and we reported our results of this new discovery work in our community.  New volunteers were then added for next week.
Note that Ken was our surprised Sargent but improvised well to clean up for administration fees bit.
Sharing of Random Acts of Kindness
Today we enjoyed Rotary Fellowship and shared last week's Acts of Kindness.  Since Lisa and Ansel were out of town and could not share their Acts of Kindness this week, that left Dean to share his.  Dean took his $5 and gave it to a customer behind him to help pay for his order at the dry cleaners.  He was also able to share Rotary with the business owner.  Thanks for your kindness Dean.
Youth Exchange Bowling and Pizza Party
Bowling and pizza party for District Youth Exchange Students.
On February 10th the Canton Rotary Club hosted District 6400 Youth Exchange Students for a bowling and pizza party.  Our District Governor Rick Caron attended and enjoyed bowling with the students.  Club members attending were Dean Clemons, Bill Tesen, and John Kowalski. Each exchange student received an international soccer ball imprinted with the 4-Way Test.
Evening Fellowship Meeting
On February 5th The Canton Rotary Club met at Antonio's for an evening of fellowship and the introduction of the "Acts of Kindness" program for the month of February. 
During the month of February each member will be given a small amount of money from the Sergeant's Program to use to perform an act of kindness in the community.  Examples are buying a cup of coffee for someone behind you in line at the coffee shop or maybe buying a children's book and giving it to a teacher, asking the teacher to give it to a child who needs recognition.  Members are asked to be creative and use their imagination, keep it simple, and have fun with the project.  To quote Past Rotary President Bichai Ratakul, "It is the role of Rotarians to make kinder the face of the nation, and gentler the way of the world."
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