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President's Corner

August, 2017

As the 85th person to serve as President of The College Club of Canton, I am honored to direct this outstanding organization.  To start, I must share with you how I got here. Louise Sherban, a member in my Sunday School Class at Christ Presbyterian Church, invited me to be her guest at a luncheon meeting.  When I entered the room my first thought was, “WOW!” The room was large and full of members who support the programs. I was convinced I wanted to be a member! I joined.

My first involvement was to help register members and guests at the Fall Fête.  This was a wine and chocolate tasting event which was extremely crowded.  I worked with Mary Ann Cook and met Margaret Riffle.  I especially remember those two ladies because they said, “You have to get more involved.”  Mary Ann said, “As the chairman of the House/Greeter Committee you get to know the members,” and Margaret was happy to hear I have a degree in journalism.

I have been enjoying working with Gloria Ecenbarger, our Historian.  She oversees and is re-organizing the CCC archives located at the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum.  It is informative to explore these files to become familiar with different eras of CCC.   

The 100th Anniversary is fast approaching.  Margaret Yoos and Betsy Cornell have taken on the huge task of co-chairing the 100th Anniversary Committee.  They need your help.   They are looking for members who can be a part of this special committee and members who have unique ideas on how to make our 100th a spectacular event! Contact one of them to become part of this exciting planning.

My goals for the next two years are to increase membership and enhance community awareness.  Our membership is down to 259.  Each member needs to concentrate on bringing in at least one new member.  Remember what Co-Editor Shirley Harper opined in the May Chatter ~ “Every member is part of the Membership Committee!” Have YOU accepted this challenge?

Beginning this year, the Membership Committee will have Tri~Chairpersons:  Barbara Kroft, Board Liaison; Mary Ann Sherer, Member Liaison, and Debra Shriver, Community Liaison.  They would welcome others willing to help with this significant task! 
To enhance community awareness, we plan to increase usage of our website and Facebook page; put out press releases about programs, scholarships and loans; and use Public Service Announcements for our fundraisers. 

Please feel free to contact me any time! Finally, I want to sincerely thank Louise Sherban for bringing me into this 98~year old jewel in the Stark County community. 

Wanda M Young