This year begins a new expansion to our "Character Count Champions" which, in the past, awarded two scholarships funded by the Mayfield Scholarship Fund of the YMCA.  After discussions between the Rotary Club of Canton and the Eric Snow Family YMCA we have decided to further recognize these outstanding students from McKinley Senior High School by creating the "Character Counts Scholarship Program". In the months of October, November, December, February, March and April two students, chosen by teachers and counselors from the school, will each be awarded with a $500 scholarship based on demonstrating leadership, scholastic achievement, personal integrity, and active engagement in their school and community along with demonstrating the 6 pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
The Scholarship grants can be used for students planning on college, trade school training, job skills training, military involvement...whatever the recipients pursue after high school.
The students, along with a family member, will be invited to a Rotary meeting and be recognized for their positive accomplishments. The scholarships will be presented to the  "Character Champs" at their year-end school assembly.
During the November 15, 2019 meeting, Canton Rotarian Mike Brown, who is the Executive Director of the Eric Snow Family Center as well as the "Character Counts" Leader through Canton Rotary, presented the October and November Character Counts Scholarship recipients. The October and November winners were: Madeline Dodson, Kaylee Sinclair, Le'Jan Marshall and Courtland Faulkner.
                              Madeline Dodson                                                                                Kaylee Sinclair
                            Le'Jan Marshall                                                                                      Courtland Faulkner                  
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the Massillon Tigers once again won the "turf battle" of the ancient football rivalry between the Bulldogs and Tigers with a score of 24-14. President Mark Rojek will be making a trip to Massillon to present Massillon Rotary with a $500 check, which was once again the annual "wager" on the game between himself and the Massillon Rotary President Keith Nutter during the joint rally meeting between Canton and Massillon on Friday, November 1st. As a side note, the "wager" winnings are donated from the losing team's Rotary Club to the winning team's Rotary Club's charitable/scholarship fund. Our last three Canton Rotary Presidents have had to make the same visit to Massillon that President Mark will make in the next few weeks.
If you were unable to attend this meeting, you missed a stellar performance from the McKinley High School Marching Band! They performed their fight song, McKinley's alma mater and the National Anthem. In all, we had approximately 265 people, including the band members, at the Krassas Event Center to cheer on the teams led by Head Coaches Marcus Wattley (McKinley) and Nate Moore (Massillon).
Todd Porter, from the Canton Repository, was moderator for the meeting. Todd welcomed the many dignitaries from the Cities of Canton and Massillon. Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei caught a "Tiger by the tail" on his way into the meeting. Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry brought along the trophy, which she said would be returning to Massillon after the game.  She also had the customary Massillon football jersey for Canton Mayor Bernabei to wear in his office again after Massillon beat McKinley.
Todd then did an interview with guest speakers Kenny Peterson (McKinley alumnus), Andy Alleman (Massillon alumnus) and Shawn Crable (Massillon alumnus). They spoke on what the McKinley/Massillon game meant to them as they grew from high school, college, as NFL players, and beyond.
Congratulations to Massillon Football Head coach Nate Moore and his team on their win. Also, congratulations to our guest from Massillon Rotary, Linda Litman, who had the winning 50/50 ticket worth $129.00.
Click this LINK  to view a photo album taken by PP Paul White.