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April's over, and what a great month for District 6650! April 9th saw both the Rotary 4 Way Test Contest sponsored by the North Canton Rotary Club AND the First Annual One Rotary Leadership Seminar.
On a bitter cold, snowy day, our Speech contest participants still found their way to North Canton, where Nate Ackerman of Tusky Valley High School, sponsored by the Bolivar Zoar Club, took home the trophy for First Place. Congrats, Nate, and coach Carrie Spina!
Strong finishers and runners-up were Michael Pirovolos, sponsored by the Canton Club, Carson Markley, sponsored by the Canfield Club, and Jermaine Brack, sponsored by the Plain Township Club. Winners, and Future Rotarians all - Congratulations!
Meanwhile, DGE Sieglinde Warren, led a weather-brave group of 60 to East Canton's Foltz Community Center for a morning of learning and sharing, and a special presentation by Julia Wetstein of the Warren Club, and Dr. Lou Picard, from the University of Pittsburgh, on a most worthy project . Thanks to all the presenters and participants.
April 29 and 30th saw almost 150 Rotarians, guests and youths enjoy the sights and delights of Tuscarawas County. Friday evening saw the gathering at the WARTHER Museum in Dover. Greeted by the sagacious lineup of PDGs, and future DGs, and beautiful spouses ( yes, that DOES include Bruce Fergason!), Rotarians were treated to a special, hand-cut-in-house 'Rotary Celebrates Tuscarawas County' wooden commemorative pin.
After a brief welcome in the Auditorium, and the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to First Lady Joan Belinsky by Foundation Chair Dr. Pete Apicella, everyone began the migration through the museum to see the fabulous carvings of Mooney Warther. Along the way, they stopped at the many way stations to sup upon the fantastic offerings of fine foods and desserts from the Tusc County Restaurateurs, and drink the fine libations from Canton Brewery and Breitenbach Winery.
As if that wasn't enough, troubadours from Trumpet in the Land, dressed in early 19th Century garb, and affecting accents from that era, regaled us all with stories from the early years of the County.
The evening there was finished off with a Luminary Salute to those Rotarians in the District who passed away this year. We'll see you all in the Great District Conference in the Sky one day...
Afterwards, many retired to the Hospitality Room at the Country Inn and Suites for further libations, eats, and music, dancing and FUN! (The theme for the weekend).
Saturday, we were graced with displays at the Tusky Valley Middle School, followed by a short Business Meeting, and Resolutions prepared and delivered by the erudite PDG Dallas Woodall, Esq. Each participant also received a special 'Be A Gift to The World' padfolio to take their notes for the day.
Our speakers included our RI Representative PDG Peter Simonsen from Taxachusetts, er, Massachusetts, who reminded us all of the fantastic giving our District Rotarians make to the Foundation, Polio Plus, etc. Thanks to Peter Simonsen and lovely bride Diane for visiting and enjoying our hospitality.
Along the way, Dee Grossman and Jon Elsasser treated us to the history trivia of the County, and Zoar.
Also, 18 year old, and VERY successful Social Entrepreneur Hart Main told us of his journey from 13 on in developing ManCan, a successful candle company with male accents, which not only exceeded $1million in sales last year, but has donated much earnings to charities, including thousands of cans of soup (to get containers for the candles!). He's now a full time student at Kent State University, and says he expects to complete his Econ degree in 3 years! Way to go, Hart!
PDG Deb Esbenshade did her usual fabulous job of presenting the District Awards, even while on crutches! What a trooper! And...it only seemed like Canton Rotary won every award...
In our Salute to Youth, Tusky Valley Superintendent Mark Murphy talked of the great work of getting high schoolers better prepared for life through their service through the Interact Club. This sentiment was echoed throughout the district by the leaders of more than 200 Interactors.
We then had the always rollicking talent show from our visiting Exchange students. Singing, dancing, joking, and making us cry with their rendition of John Lennon's 'Imagine'. Thanks for everything, students and our Rotary Leaders who guide them so well all through the year!
Finally, DG Joe gave over the DG pin and Governor Home Club Banner to DGE Sieg.
I Can't thank enough the incredible planning and execution job done by the Committee of Terri Davis, Pam Sprowls (a non-Rotarian, but great Friend of Rotary), and Sharon Long, Club President of Bolivar Zoar. They got a lot of help in the delivery from AG Rodney Sutton, CVB Executive Director (and New Philly Rotarian) Dee Grossman, Emcee Jon Elsasser, and the members of the Bolivar Zoar club and Interactors who helped, as well as those manning the displays.
And, thanks to ALL of you, and your spouses and partners, for attending and making it such a FUN weekend, as planned.
Hard to believe, but DGE Sieg says next year's shebang at the Avalon Inn in Warren will be even better! Knowing Sieg, it'll be a great time - can't wait!
- Members of other local clubs who generously gave of their time and insight.
- Warthers Museum for providing a wonderful venue for the Friday night Gala and Tuscarawas Valley school district for coming to our rescue when we needed a facility large enough to accommodate both Rotarians and energetic and exciting exchange students.
- Food vendors, we can all agree that they were definitely the “hit” of the weekend.
- Speakers and presenters, who provided information and entertainment.
The Poker/Euchre tournament was a great success raising most of the money for the security installment ! A good time was had by all…
The poker tourney deep in competition … and the top three poker players !
The District has a partnership with the Rotary Club of Canton to share administrative and office resources in downtown Canton.
The Rotary District office is located at:
203 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, Ohio 44702
Fax (330) 452-8614
Lauri Coy is available to assist coordinating communications, district meetings, district archives, updating data on the Clubrunner data base and posting items on the District website.