Nov 12, 2018
Lisa Kennedy and Ansel Dooley will tell us about themselves and their businesses
Nov 19, 2018
Potluck with Turkey provided. Sign up list is attached.
Nov 26, 2018
Nominations will be accepted for new Officers and Directors
Dec 03, 2018
Continuation of Visioning Process led by Dean and Ken
Dec 10, 2018
“Big Things Have Small Beginnings” - Wesley Berry's new book
Dec 17, 2018
We need 75 baskets. Please see a list of suggestions attached.
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Jan 07, 2019
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Upcoming Events
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Busch's Market
Dec 01, 2018
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
President's Message
Susan Kowalski
member photo
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Welcome to the Holiday Season.  As Canton Rotary Club looks forward to the holidays, we also look forward to carrying out our holiday charitable projects.  We will again be donating 150 boxes of stuffing mix to the Salvation Army for their Thanksgiving baskets.  This year our members will also donate cans of candied yams for the baskets.  We have Salvation Army Bell Ringing coming up on December 1st from noon until 8:00 p.m. at Busch's Market on Canton Center Road.  And we will be putting together Senior Citizen Baskets on December 17th at our meeting.  Please see the list of suggested items under speakers (click on the Dec 17th speaker and you will be taken to the list). 
This month we will look at the fourth Rotary Area of Focus, Maternal and Child Health.  6.3 million children under the age of five die each year from diseases, malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  Areas of action for this Focus area are 1) Develop or support programs that provide immunizations and antibiotics, 2) Prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission by encouraging the use of antiretroviral drugs and formula feeding, 3) Promote good nutrition including encouraging breastfeeding for most infants, 4) Include water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts to maximize child nutrition, 5) Provide information about - and access to - contraceptives (222 million women who would prefer to delay or avoid childbearing lack access to safe and effective contraception.) 6) Provide birthing kits to health professionals, and 7) Support accredited training programs for health professionals. These action initiatives are successful through ensuring sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health training programs, by consulting with Rotary members who are trained in maternal and newborn health care, and by partnering with local organizations that have expertise in maternal and child health. 
I hope everyone has a a very Blessed Thanksgiving. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Davis
November 2
Sarah Maiga
November 2
Marlette Anquetil
November 8
Larry Oldford
November 26
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Update on District Grant and Hydration Station
Today Sue Kowalski presented a slide show that updated us on the status of the benches in Flodin and Griffin, the Little Free Library in Griffin Park, the tree planting in Heritage Park and Griffin Park, and the hydration stations in Heritage Park.  All of the 16 trees have been planted.  Both benches have been installed, one each in Griffin and Flodin Parks next to the Little Free Libraries.  The Little Free Library in Griffin Park is awaiting the pole installation so that it can be set.  The hydration stations are in the process of being installed; the concrete pads have been poured and the fountains have been ordered.  Above is the Little Free Library and bench in Flodin Park.
Here are some more pictures of the project.
Bench in Griffin Park.
The Little Free Library in Flodin Park.  Canton Rotary Club's two Little Free Libraries are 2 of a total of 6 in the Canton Community.
Our guest today was Cathy Bradfield.  She is interested in learning more about Rotary, and perhaps joining us.  Welcome Cathy.
On World Polio Day, our Club collected money at Holiday Market for the eradication of polio.  We will send these funds to Rotary International and they will be used to help in the fight against polio.
Our posters at Holiday Market.
Cyber Security 2018


We are joined by cyber security specialist Chris Sorensen as our guest speaker from the Trenton Rotary Club.


President Sue Kowalski rang us in on time again today in the side room of Antonio's.  First, a few short announcements and a check of our calendar feature on this web page for details, addresses, and maps:


  • Oct. 29th - Board Meeting (end of the month)

  • Nov. 3rd (next Saturday) - "Kids Against Hunger" Event at WCCC, 9555 Haggerty Rd., Belleville MI – The signup is in circulation.

  • Nov. 5th - Dinner Rotary Club meeting.

  • Nov. 7th - District Annual Foundation and Membership Seminary at 5:00.

  • Nov. 19th – Pot luck is planned for Thanksgiving at the Cherry Hill School.

  • Dec. 1st - Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Busch's Market in Canton.

  • May 10th of 2019 for the Radar - Next Years District Conference In Windsor at Caesars - Friday (night) / Saturday / return Sunday.  Super affordable for 2 at $1050 for this location.


The club also received a thank you note from Camp Leisure, and The township declared a proclamation to honor "World Polio Day".


Ansel received a Certificate of Appreciation for his help during John's year as President of the Club.  Ansel was not able to attend our Past President's Dinner, so the certificate was presented to him today.  Thanks for all of your hard work Ansel.


Chris addressed the club and first gave us a little of his history as a third Generation Rotarian.  He then gave us more of his background that included work with GE to being a local downriver author.
The area of cyber security is vast from identity theft to data breaches, so he focused on the club's open questions of what it wanted to learn about cyber security and just general practical safety in the cyber world.  So, we had a very good Q/A round table session (long too) that included recommendations on passwords (long ones best), methods to use other programs to handle security items, principles of security today, sharing methods for families, multi factor authorization, to future trends / risks with IOT.  We appreciated his excellent view inside the cyber world and what just regular users can do to make digital life safer and simpler too.  There was not enough time, so we hope he will come back and speak to us again (free lunch sir).
No win on the 50/50, but the jackpot rises also.
Global Handwashing Day
On Monday, October 15th, we learned about and celebrated Global Handwashing Day.
Handwashing has been a central component of personal hygiene and a religious and cultural custom for many years.  However, the link between handwashing and health was first made less than two centuries ago. While doctors in Hungary and Italy made the connection between handwashing and reduction in disease, most of their colleagues discounted their findings.  It was not until the 1980's that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified hand hygiene as an important way to prevent the spread of infection, and handwashing as we know it today became important.  Today handwashing with soap and water is a cost-effective, essential tool for achieving good health and nutrition.  Handwashing, along with clean water, is also an important deterrent to the spread of polio.
After we learned about handwashing and its history, each member received a small bar of craftsman soap or a small sample container of foaming hand soap. 
Greg Greene from the Livonia AM Rotary Club joined us today to talk about the upcoming Spaghetti Dinner on October 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as a community fundraiser for Polio Eradication.  It is sponsored by the Livonia Rotary Club and the Livonia AM Rotary Club.  It will be held at Christ Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 14175 Farmington Road, Livonia. 
Please also see our upcoming events on our home page.  For lunch we enjoyed spaghetti.  Ken was our sergeant-at-arms, and we enjoyed sharing family events and stories.
We had a small group today.  We enjoyed fellowship and talked about our upcoming schedule.  Above is an infographic explaining how Rotary's money for polio eradication is spent.  All Rotarians who go overseas to administer vaccines and help with National Immunization Day Campaigns pay for all of their own expenses.
We anticipated classification talks today from Lisa Kennedy and Ansel Dooley; however, since we had a very small group, we are holding off on their classification talks until another time.  Many of our members were either on vacation or in business meetings.  We talked about our upcoming Kids Against Hunger volunteer day, Thanksgiving Dinner at Cherry Hill School, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, and upcoming polio fundraisers promoted by some of our fellow District 6400 Clubs.  We are looking forward to our absent members returning and hope that everyone has a great week. 
Past Presidents' Dinner
On October 1st our Club members gathered to say thank you to three of our past presidents.  Members played golf in the afternoon and enjoyed dinner and an awards ceremony in the evening.
Several of our members met at the Hickory Creek Golf Course on the afternoon of October 1st to enjoy a round of golf and some good Rotary fellowship.  The winners of the game were Bill Tesen and new member Nate Houghton.  Everyone then adjourned to the Club House where we were joined by the rest of our members and several of their spouses, children, and parents.  Russ Jones inducted Nate Houghton as our newest member.  Welcome Nate.  We're glad to have you aboard. 
Everyone enjoyed dinner, cake, and fellowship, and then awards were presented to and by our Past Presidents.  Each Past President received a plaque with a gavel with their year of service engraved on it and a Past President's pin in recognition of their service.   Past President Kevin recognized Bill Tesen and Sue Kowalski for their help during his year.  Past President John recognized Bill Tesen, Lisa Kennedy, Ken Beardsley, and Sue Kowalski for their help during his years. 
Thank you to everyone for coming and making our dinner a huge success and fun for all.  Please see the rest of the pictures from the evening in the photo album from the first six months of year 2018/2019, near the bottom of the page.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self
First Monday of Month at 6:00 p.m., Second thru Fifth Mondays at 12:05 p.m.
Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
2220 N. Canton Center
Canton, MI  48187
United States
(734) 968-1436
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