News and Events

We had a very engaging program at our Canton Rotary meeting today, with our presenters from Birth to Five Illinois for Region 26 (including Fulton, Hancock, McDonough, and Schuyler counties). Show here are Lacie McGraw, Paul Larson, and Shannon McKee, who head up the local office. They gave us an overview of their work compiling and disseminating information on needs, resources, and community engagement in our area related to early childhood development, including the huge need for childcare. Among other important details they shared, we were surprised to learn that Fulton County has the highest rates in the state for both autism and for "maternal mental health condition". For information on the valuable work and resources they offer, visit their website: ... See MoreSee Less
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It was just brought to our attention that the Canton Rotary little free library at the entrance to Big Creek Park is almost out of books (We usually have the opposite problem!) So if you have a couple books you'd like to share, feel free to leave them at the ... See MoreSee Less
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We inducted our newest member today, Chris Piper with Thrivent Financial, seen here with Rotary president, Curt Oldfield. Welcome, Chris! ... See MoreSee Less
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We just completed our Spoon River College Basic Needs Pantry food and resources drive service project. It was once again a huge success! Here are some comments from president, Curt Oldfield:"It was a great day to pick up donations for the SRC Basic Needs Pantry. Thank you to everyone who hosted a space for this collection to happen."This is such a huge blessing to have the support for the students. We will be able to meet their end of semester needs along with food needs for the summer with these donations."This amazing Rotary service opportunity will forever change the lives of students." ... See MoreSee Less
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Also at our meeting today, we honored the Canton High School Tech Students of the Month for the entire 2023--2024 school year. September student was Justin Kinsel, for October Taylor Dosier, December--Trey Crabtree, January--Alex Weis, February--Beanna Parish, March--Meghan Swise, April--Katelynn Franklin, and the May Tech Student of the Month was Ethan Rosich. (The November student, Cortny Hudson, had already graduated mid-term and was unable to join us.) Congratulations to all our CHS Tech Students! ... See MoreSee Less
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Archived News

Greeting Our New Exchange Student

A few of us welcomed our new exchange student, Marcia, at the Peoria airport.

Fun Weekend

This year’s Canton Rotary Club “Fun Weekend” event, for exchange students from throughout our district, was a big success.  Here are a few photos:

District Conference

October 28, 2013
Here are some photos from the District Conference that took place in East Peoria this past weekend:

Kelly Edwards

Michael Angelo Caruso

Our past-Pres., Matt, hard at work

Phil – lending a hand

Corporate Members Inducted

October 2, 2013
New corporate members were recently inducted into Canton Rotary Club.  Here are Joe Nusz with Sherwin Williams, and Chad Mayall and Don Reid from Bank of Farmington – Canton branch, shown with club President, John Stanko.Induction of Corporate Members

Recent Meeting Highlights Oldest and Newest

At our meeting on July 17, 2013, Ralph Froehling was presented with a certificate for his 30 years of membership and service to the Canton Rotary Club.  Congratulations, Ralph!

Ralph Froehling receiving a certificate recognizing his 30 years of service to the club from president, John Stanko

At the same meeting, one of our newest members, Larry Eskridge, was our speaker for the day.  He talked about the 50th anniversary of the Fulton County Playhouse Barn Theater.

New member, Larry Eskridge speaks about the Fulton County Playhouse.

New Members Inducted

New members, Larry Eskridge and Rusty Melhouse were inducted into the club at our meeting on July 3.  Pictured from left to right are: Pete Taraboletti (sponsored Larry Eskridge), Larry Eskridge, President John Stanko, Rusty Melhouse, Assistant Governor Phil Fleming, and President Elect Tom Eiselt.

Goodbye to Paula

A photo of our exchange student, Paula, and her host family as she heads back home. Thanks for a great year, Paula!  And best wishes.

Passing the Torch

Outgoing president, Matt Murphy congratulates incoming president, John Stanko.

2013 Firefighter of the Year Award

Rotary Club of Canton hosted the annual Firefighter of the Year awards on March 27.  This year’s award was presented to recently retired firefighter, Richard “Dick” Groves, shown here with Rotary member, Chief Keith Frank.

See also, the Canton Daily Ledger article on the event.

2012 Police Awards

Rotary Club of Canton hosted the annual Police Awards on May 16, 2012.  Two Canton police officers, a telecommunicator, and an auxiliary officer were honored, and the Chief’s Award was also awarded to our own Rotary member, Canton School District Superintendent Roy Webb.

Police Officers of the Year

Co-winners of Police Officer of the Year, Detective Joe Hitchcock and Detective Keith Grant

Police Award Winners

Chief Dan Taylor, Chief’s Award – Roy Webb, Auxiiary Officer – Bruce Reinmann, Telecommunicator – Darren Sherwood, Officers of the Year – Keith Grant & Joe Hitchcock

Chief's Award

Roy Webb with Chief Dan Taylor

For more detailed information on the awards and the winners read the Daily Ledger article.

High School Essay Contest Winners

Canton Rotary Club hosted an essay contest with Canton High School for the second year in a row, this year on the theme of “Distracted Driving”.  Here’s a link to an article on the contest and winners in the Daily Ledger.

Our Outbound Exchange Student

Read this great article in the Canton Daily Ledger all about our outbound exchange student!

Goodbye and Best Wishes to Eleanor Bourke

Long time Canton Rotary member Eleanor Bourke recently moved to Florida.  She will be greatly missed, and we wish her all the best in her new home.

Eleanor Bourke

Goodbye to Eleanor

District Governor Visits, Presents Fellowship

At the Canton Rotary meeting on Wednesday, July 20, the new District Governor for Rotary District 6460, Gordon Jumper, spoke to the club on opportunities for Rotarians for the upcoming year.  While present he also presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Canton Rotarian, (and Assistant District Governor) Phil Fleming.

District Governor Gordon Jumper with Canton President Jim Stratton

Pres. Jim Stratton welcomes District Gov. Gordon Jumper

Phil Fleming receives Paul Harris Fellowship

Phil Fleming receives Paul Harris Fellowship

2011-2012 Rotary Officers Installed

Our new officers for the upcoming year were officially installed at our meeting on Wednesday, July 13.

New officers include:

President – Jim Stratton
President Elect – Matt Murphy
Secretary – Nancy Whites
Treasurer – Ron Cloninger
Past President – Diana Tucker
Tom Eiselt
Janet Hartford
Jim Hartford
Pat Stanko
Harry Thakkar

Annual Police and Firefighters Awards

Canton Rotary Club recently hosted the 2011 annual awards for local police and firefighters on May 18 and 25, respectively.

Pictured below are:  Police Officer of the Year–Brett Butler; Auxiliary Office of the Year–Brian Williams; Telecommunicator of the Year–Jenise Jones; and Chiefs Award winner–Animal Control Officer, Drake Wilson.

Police Officer of the Year - Brett Butler

Police Officer of the Year – Brett Butler

Auxiliary Office of the Year, Brian Williams

Auxiliary Office of the Year, Brian Williams

Telecommunicator of the Year - Jenise Jones

Telecommunicator of the Year – Jenise Jones

Chiefs Award, Drake Wilson

Chiefs Award, Drake Wilson

Police Personnel of the Year 2011

Police Personnel of the Year 2011

Firefighter of the Year--Grant Evans

Firefighter of the Year–Grant Evans

Firefighters with Grant Evans

Firefighters with Grant Evans

Shawn Lawrence of Cook Medical

May 4, 2011Cook Mgr. Shawn Lawrence at Canton Rotary
Shawn Lawrence, manager of the Cook Medical Group plant in Canton spoke at our Rotary meeting on Wednesday, May 4.

March 1, 2011

Phil Fleming selected as Assistant District Governor for Area Four

Read the ARTICLE in the Canton Daily Ledger.