Recent Events

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March 17, 2018
Plants that Changed the World


From gum to dynamite, plants have truly changed the world. Throughout history the cultivation and processing of plants have had a major, ongoing impact on our civilization.   Paul and Melinda Carmichael are founders and current Directors of Beech Creek Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve. They shared with us unusual revelations about both common and uncommon plants as they wove strands of economic, political and industrial history. Having been in the horticulture profession for over 37 years, both are fervent in educating others about plants and the environment.  

December 9, 2017
Jazz for the Holidays 

 "Jazz for the Holidays" was held at La Pizzaria on Saturday, Dec. 9th. Pictured is vocalist Roslyn Pratt, accompanist Dennis Milan and CCC President Wanda Young.

CCC members Lewistine Holloway Moore and Dr. Jamesetta Lewis chat before the holiday luncheon is served at La Pizzaria. 

November 18, 2017
The New Hall of Fame Village


Pete Fierle, Chief of Staff and Vice-President of Communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame shared news about the HOF, the Village and its future. This world-class complex is going to have tremendous impact on Canton and the surrounding areas. It is exciting to watch this gargantuan project unfold and see its effect on our community.

September 18, 2017
Fall Fete

We kicked off another year of exciting programs with a presentation by Dan Mueller of Scenic Brewing. There's more brewing here than just beer!   

Wanda Young and guests listen to Dan Mueller talk about brews.

Peggy Yoos and Betsy Cornell prep food table

May 13, 2017
May Luncheon

We Rock 'n rolled into summer at the uniquely beautiful Quarry Golf Club located on the site of an 1800's quarry. Rock 'n roll is an important genre of music because it has the power to influence and sustain itself through generations. Just like College Club, it has paved the way for originality, self-expression and free thought . . . all marks of educated women.   We honored our Scholarship Loan and Ruth Wolter recipients. These worthy women are deserving of being celebrated as they move on to the next chapter in their education.   Additionally, we introduced our new officers for 2016 - 2017.

Historian Gloria Ecenbarger compiled this CCC Year in Review 2017 
Luncheon Co~Chairs Linda Clark and Nancy House 

Outgoing President Beth Sovacool passes the historical gavel to incoming President Wanda Young.


Scholarship Loan Recipients: Marisa Dinko - Jackson High School, Paige Hamsher - GlenOak High School, Rachel Sailer - Perry High School and Allison Vernier - St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Absent:  Madeline Moser - Louisville High School and Megan Soehnlen - Central Catholic High School

Carol Rhodes won the plate from the First Ladies' Library

2017 RWTG recipients Cynthia Moore, Latoya Dickens, Haley Brown and committee co-chairs Vicki Smith and Dian Teal.

April 29, 2017
Raising your Financial IQ

Presenter Jackie Cummings Koski talked about "Raising Your Financial IQ" at the April meeting. A Certified Educator in Personal Finance, she has dedicated herself to raising America's Financial IQ. Those in attendance found her to be informative, interesting and compelling. 

Sara Sherer and a friend look over jewelry at the April 2017 meeting. Monies received will be used for the Scholarship Loan Program. 

Greeters Elaine Gable, Edlyn Theiss and Donna Zelmer welcome guests to the April meeting

March 18, 2017
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival is a talented professional company dedicated to performing Shakespeare with all the wit and vitality the author intended. The College Club of Canton was treated to a glorious production of "A Twelfth Night" beautifully adapted to our venue and time restraints. This delightful comedy was a fun and frothy frolic and a highlight of our 2016 - 2017 year. 

Sandy Abbonizio, Michelle Knis and Connie Gasper  greet guests Mar 2017 

February 11, 2017
Planning the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is the largest of its kind. Thousands come to Canton, Ohio, to celebrate the multi-days of public events from the Balloon Classic to the Grand Parade and enshrinement of the newly-elected football legends. Chris Gumpp, Director of Community Events and Sponsorships of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, shareed how the staff and many volunteers bring this celebration to life.   In October, 2004, Ms. Gumpp joined the staff of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce as Marketing and Event Manager. She brought with her 30 years of experience as a sales and public relations professional at Gasser Fine Jewelers, during which time she was an avid Enshrinement Festival volunteer. In her current role, she continues to secure more than one million dollars in sponsorship for the Enshrinement Festival events as well as the Chamber's largest business and community events, while also having significant involvement in marketing, public relations and event production.
 Chris Gumpp, Director of Community Events and Sponsorships of the Canton Chamber of Commerce, presented the February program "Planning the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival."

CCC members Lewistine Holloway and Linda Bayda enjoy socializing prior to the start of the February meeting.
Barbara Kroft and the Hostess Committee plan delightful decorations and food for each general meeting.


January 21, 2017
Empowering Women
Shelley Schweitzer is Executive Director of Women's Impact, Inc., an organization that empowers the professionalism of women, gave a delightful presentation. There are still wide gaps in career expectations, professional respect, pay equity and behavior standards between men and women in this country. When women thrive in their family lives, their careers and their overall well-being, they dynamically empower all of society. Ms. Schweitzer's message is of following one's dreams and the positive impact of connection (whether to people or things), regardless of age or stage of life.  Currently, as owner of SAS Organizing Solutions, LLC, Ms. Schweitzer provides professional organizing and project management services to small businesses and nonprofits. Entrepreneur, professional organizer, educator and volunteer, Shelley Ann Schweitzer has followed a career journey that has taken her from the newsroom to the informal classroom and from the symphony to summer camp.

 Member Estelle Blau and her daughter Shelley Schweitzer who was the February presenter. Her topic was "Empowering Women."

Member Mary Ann Sherer greeted members and guests at the hostess table.
President Beth Sovacool applauds the group for exceeding 100 new members by the 100th birthday of CCC - Dec. 6, 2019. She encourages them to continue bringing new members into the organization and reaching a new goal of 100 more before the centennial celebration.

December 10, 2016
A Musical Holiday
We gathered to celebrate the magical wonder of the Holiday Season. Seeking to embrace the warmth of friendships old and new, what better way than to share the breaking of bread! With good food, our College Club friends and stimulating conversation, we enter into the spirit of the season. To complete the experience Kevin DiSimone and Hilary James treated us to classics, show tunes and a sing-a-long of holiday favorites. 
Jamesetta Lewis, Carol Rhodes, Lewistine Holloway and Vicki Smith enjoy themselves at the December Luncheon at The Danbury. 
Luncheon Chairperson Carolyn Adelman and President Beth Sovacool prepare for the event.
The luncheon guests were entertained with seasonal music provided by Kevin DiSimone and Hilary James.

November 12, 2016
Vietnam, Fifty Years Later: A Journey Through the Eyes of an Art Teacher"

Member Sara Frato (right) and her daughter Libby Frato Sweeney who presented a captivating program for the November general CCC meeting. Libby shared experiences, insight and adventures about life in Hanoi, Viet Nam. She found it challenging to open the window of creativity to students who are immersed in structured education.

September 12, 2016 
"Fall Fête . . . Harvesting New Friends" for Frivolity, Friends and Future Members 

We began a new College Club year by celebrating the harvest season at the beautiful Canton Garden Center. The seeds were planted, the crops grew tall and bountiful and the harvest is upon us. Members learned about the local Farm to Table Movement, enjoyed cooking demonstrations, gathered recipes and enjoyed a harvest dinner prepared from locally grown and raised foods.  Delectable would aptly describe the results of our talented cooks. Check out the delicious recipes from this event here.

May 21, 2016
Spring . . . and ‘Music’ is in the Air (Scholarship and Annual Luncheon)


The College Club welcomed Spring and the music of Youth Symphony "stars "at the beautiful Congress Lake Country Club. The Youth Symphony "stars," introduced by Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Development for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, performed.

Below: Mary Christine Sbaraglia, Scholarship Loan Selections Chairperson, presented this year’s Scholarship Loan recipients from our Stark County high schools and Vicki Smith and S. Dian Teal, Ruth Wolter Tuition Grant Co-Chairpersons, presented this year’s Grant to a deserving recipient. 


 Front row: Julie Werren and Chris Sbaraglia with Scholarship Loan recipients (back row):Emma Crawford, Emma Svatos, Natasha Green, Rachel Reolfi and Allison Reiman Ruth Wolter Tuition Grant recipient Sharda Johnson with Committee Chairs Dian Teal and Vicki Smith Chairs of May Luncheon: JoEllen Eberhart, Paula Yost, Phyllis Green and Peggy Fitzmaurice SL Recipients 

April 16, 2016 
From Martha to Michelle: Stories of the First Ladies 
From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, historically there have been remarkable First Ladies. Patricia Krider, Exec. Dir. of the National First Ladies' Library discusses the dedicated site for the First Ladies of the United States, created thanks to a vision of Mary Regula, wife of former Congressman Ralph Regula
Patricia Krider addresses the general meeting.
Past President Peggy Yoos unveils the new CCC brochure. Check it out here

March 19, 2016 
Cutting Edge Research at the Northeast Ohio Medical University 

Dr. Horton, Vice-President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at NEOMED, presented on today’s cutting edge research that is happening at NEOMED in the areas of successful aging, cardiovascular health and stem cells. 

February 20, 2016
Canton’s Famous Honeymoon Cottage…aka Canton’s White House
The "Honeymoon Cottage" is the remarkable story of a little North Market Avenue house and its nationally-famous front porch. This little cottage was the first home for three of Canton’s major 19th century movers and shakers. The first locally famous couple to live in this cottage as newlyweds was Stark County’s first millionaire and his wife; the second a man and his wife who would one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington their home for five years; and the third occupants were Canton’s most prominent banker/businessman and his wife. Members learned the reasons why Canton failed to save this famous house and why a library now stands in its place, even though there was a successful local and national campaign to save the house as an historic site. 

Presenter Richard Haldi is introduced by Program Co-Chair Rebecca Weiford.
 Richard Haldi unraveled a compelling story of  Canton's Famous Honeymoon Cottage 

Richard Haldi shares specifics with member Martha Cox.

January 16, 2016
What’s Happening at the Canton Museum of Art?

Newly appointed as Executive Director of the Canton Museum of Art, Max Barton shared his passion for the arts while presenting the goals and challenges of the CMA.  

December 12, 2015 
A Musical Holiday 
Members enjoyed a nostalgic journey back in time as they listened to music from the 1930’s, 40s and 50s performed on an electric piano by Kevin DiSimone and accompanied on vocals by Hilary James.


Dominoes, Rummy Cube and Sequence were enjoyed by 16 CCC members and prospective members at November's Game Night.

November 14, 2015
Surviving the Holocaust


Barbara Turkeltaub shared how her childhood ended at six years of age as German soldiers marching like robots were greeted as liberators. During the next few years, she and her sister Leah began a remarkable journey through fear, hope and survival. Those in attendance were mesmerized by the compelling story and showed appreciation through a standing ovation.

The donated jewelry sale helps fund the Ruth Wolter Tuition Grant  

 Seasonally decorated tables welcomed those attending the meeting.
 A wide array of delectables pleased hungry palates!

Members and guests enjoy socializing and munching prior to the meeting.

 Member Roberta Gordon introduced the speaker Barbara Turkeltaub.


Guest speaker Barbara Turkeltaub and CCC President Beth Sovacool interact prior to the meeting. 

October 24, 2015
The Resurgence of Cleveland and NE Ohio

From coming on the national stage hosting the 2016 Republican Convention to its rising sports teams, Cleveland is in the national spotlight. The College Club of Canton welcomed Micki Byrnes, the President and General Manager of WKYC – TV who shared with us her role in presenting Northeast Ohio in the media. Last year WKYC Channel 3 News introduced ‘Cleveland Rising’ - news stories to familiarize its viewers with the exciting resurgence in the area. Members heard about the progress of such projects as Public Square, Playhouse Square, the Flats, the Port of Cleveland and the Convention Center that are keeping Northeast Ohio on the map. 

College Club President, Beth Sovacool, conducts the business meeting before the  presentation. During the meeting the membership voted to allow women with Associate Degrees and Nursing Degrees to become members.

September 14, 2015
Fall Fête ~ "A Victorian Tea."
The Fall Fete was a great success! Kudos to the planning committee. Muggswigz barista Steve Miller presented a fun, fascinating, informative program about the diverse world of tea. What a great kickoff to the 2015 - 2016 year!

Carol Sebald and Janet McLean greeted College Club members and guests as they entered Chateau Michele for this year's Fall Fête ~ "A Victorian Tea." 
Information about College Club Sections was displayed for those in attendance. There were notebooks for every section along with this display featuring "Game Night" along with "Memories and Memoirs".   
 Pat Stayer and Wanda Young registered the ladies attending. Information sheets about a proposed Constitution and By-Laws Amendment were handed to each member. Those not in attendance will receive this proposal via mail. Voting on the proposal will be at the October 24, 2015, regular meeting which will start at 9:30 a.m. 

 Each table was centered with a unique teapot or two . . .  
College Club President Beth Sovacool welcomes the attendees to Chateau Michele and the "Victorian Tea."  
Attendees enjoy camaraderie as the evening begins. 
 Surprise! Look who's here! Member Laurie Bomze greets guests and friends Martha Grigg and Olivia Bronczek

Delectables delighted the palate during the evening. 
Lois Lehner was the lucky recipient of the door prize - everything you need for the perfect cup of tea!