Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

January 6, 2021         

Covid 19 is still shaping our thinking and actions as we begin 2021 forcing us to meet on line using the Zoom program. Sixteen members logged on with President Jared Shive at the helm.

Most of the day’s discussion concerned the Old Flag Deposit Box, a public facility that would allow persons to drop off their old worn-out flags for proper end-of-life attention. The original idea for this was put fourth by Jim Edwards and Glenn Heiller and was approved in a December meeting. That meeting gave approval for $1000 to obtain the such a device, maybe even building one. But doing his research, Jim found out that for a new container, similar to a mailbox, could be purchased. It would be stainless steel, painted to our choosing and include Rotary logos. The cost would be about $1,700 with another $100 or so for a suitable  foundation. The proposal, in accord with a prior approval from the Board of Directors, was presented and voted upon. The measure passed unanimously. There was considerable discussion of where to place the container, but eventually it was decided to go ahead with the purchase and find a home for it later.

Also discussed was the possibility the Boy Scouts might be persuaded to maintain the contents and dispose of the old flags as they pile up.

Other discussion items

1. Are we going to support another local restaurant as we did in December? Jared is to look into a possible choice. Several members are hoping for Bud’s Corner.

2. Future programming. Jared said he would find programs and has planned for the Community Cupboard to be our next program. Jim Edwards asked about R.C. Miller. Other possible programs might be Police Chief Andy Turowski.

3. A question was asked regarding the $1,000 we always give to the Louisville High School Scholarship Program. Is the scholarship given under the name of the Louisville Rotary Club? It was agreed that it should, after all, the Rotary founded the program eons ago. It was decided that someone — I missed the person’s name — will contact Jay Barton who serves as treasurer for the Scholarship Foundation.

4. A question “Where is the ice skating rink?” was asked. Councilwoman Joanie Aljancic reported that this year it is a victim of the Coronavirus.

5. Jared said the club would continue Zooming though January and then a decision would be made on future meetings.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary signing off with those closing wise words from Jared — “Stay safe, stay healthy!”

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2021


The Director of the Louisville Community Cupboard (LCC), Sally Samblanet, gave the presentation for the noon meeting held on the Zoom platform due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Sixteen members tuned in for the session led by club President Jared Shive.


Mrs. Sambanet began by sharing the Cupboard’s mission statement which is: To offer items to community members who are unable to provide for themselves and their families during critical periods of need. The Louisville Community Cupboard is committed to the belief that neighbors should help neighbors.


“The year 2020 was a year of adapting and serving and they could not have done it without dedicated volunteers, trustees and community support,” she said. “In April, we served about 145 families and loaded food into trunks of cars as safety and regulations were taken very seriously.”


Each family received milk, eggs, bread, meat, dessert with additions like lettuce, bananas, oranges, cheese and apples. There were no food drives as individual boxes and cans could not be accepted. This meant there were no collection drives held by schools and churches, and the post office food drive was cancelled. Everything had to be purchased with monetary donations, according to Samblanet.


“Closing the doors was not an option,” she said. “We relied on volunteers, monetary donations, great budgeting and the good works of the community and businesses to keep distributions going.”


In October, the LCC was required by the Akron/Canton Foodbank to update all client records so they revamped their system to allow clients to come inside the pantry in small numbers to pick up items.


Monetary donations are generous, turkey money for Thanksgiving and other meat was donated by businesses with the support of the A/C Food Bank. Canned items were purchased at a great savings. Many times the Ohio National Guard delivered those items. In fact, some community members signed over their Covid-19 relief checks to us, an incredible thing. The LCC did receive help from the Nimishillen Township trustees from the government’s reimbursement for covid-related supplies.


At the conclusion of Mrs. Samblanet’s message, many Rotarians complimented her message and her team for their dedication and efforts to offer this vital service to our community.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary with able help from Jared.

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

January 20, 2021

This third meeting of January found the club meeting on-line with the Zoom platform again. At the time of the meeting opening, your secretary was watching the televised Biden Inauguration and got carried away with the pomp and circumstance. But please note that this dedicated Rotarian, when realizing he was missing the weekly Rotary meeting, turned off the TV, turned on his MacBook and in the process missed only about 15 minutes of the meeting. Blame the Covid virus for this confusion.


Today’s program featured Brad Yurkovich, a North Canton enterprising businessman who is chasing his passion by creating the Yurko Baseball Company. The following information comes directly from Brad’s website and tells his story much better than I could.


Hi! My name is Brad Yurkovich, the maker and creator of all leather goods for Yurko Baseball Company. This adventure started from my lifetime love of baseball, only to find that many other share the same fond memories with the game. 


At Yurko Baseball Company, we give old baseball gloves new memories! Each glove deconstructed by hand, then handcrafted and hand-stitched into leather wallets including Billfold, Fold Over, Snap, Money Clip or Slide-In designs. Accessories include clutch handbags, leather belts with baseball glove accents, homeplate leather coasters, baseball glove key chain.


Every single item is unique and different from the rest. Check out our latest collection and now...you can CARRY THE GAME!


His merchandise can be purchased either on line, at the Hartville Hardware store or the Hall of Fame Coffee Company. Look for yurkostitch.com for his website.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary

January 27th, To my knowledge, no minutes were taken, Al Gress was out of town. Our program was Greg and Elise from Kehl Greenhouse.  

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

February 3, 2021


Due to the Coronavirus, the February work meeting was conducted on the Zoom platform with members logging on from their homes. The meeting opened as usual with the group reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer given by President Jared Shive. Jared asked God to give members good health and to please watch over us. Reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test closed the opening and the business was begun.


Happy Dollars

# Jennifer Anderson announced the opening tonight of the Youth Room located where the physical rehabilitation company used to be.

# It was announced that Demond Germany is opening a new restaurant in Carrolton and has included three Rotarians on his  YouTube account. Trying the Scratch special Monday night burgers was recommended.


Club Business

1. Jared said he has tried to reach the district manager for Wendy’s to see if he would present a program, but has not made contact. Wendy’s offers free coffee for seniors anytime — Seniors just request a senior coffee.

2. The new flag box is here and off loaded to the Flag Barn. Brock Hutchinson agreed to make decals for the box, but Jim Edwards said he has ordered the Rotary seal which he hoped to mount on at least two sides. It was suggested the box be located in the downtown gazebo on the town square. The box will be bolted to the floor. The city owns about a 20 X 20 feet of the property on the corner. Jim and Brock are going to meet to decide what additional verbiage should be placed on the box. Jim also discussed the ad regarding the flag box in this week’s Herald.

Following a recommendation by the Board of Directors, the members voted to donate $100 a month to Paradise Church for holding our meeting space during the shut down of face-to-face meetings beginning in December. Cindy Petitti made the motion which was seconded by Joanie Aljancic. The motion passed unanimously. The question of when the club could meet in person again was raised. Jared said he thought of doing a survey of the membership of when to return and that was approved by the members. Stay tuned for the survey.

The Farmers Market. The Louisville Chamber of Commerce has agreed to accept a proposal from Know Your Roots, a private business to organize and manage a Farmers Market. Cost of the management is $15,000. This would replace the Saturday morning market that our club has sponsored the last few years. The Chamber President, Jason Pugh, has contacted Jared to inquire about the Rotary Club’s level of involvement. The company’s plan is to hold weekly sessions on late Friday afternoons for 17 weeks from May though October. There will be a $25 vendors fee which raised concerns from members. The location for the markets has not be firmed up but it will not involve closing Main Street. The St. Louis parking lot has been mentioned. Last year our club spent about $1,000 for the Farmers Market.

Jared’s proposal is to pledge $2,000 and 5 volunteers for five different markets; for example the first Friday of every month over the summer. This would be for the year 2021 only. Also, he will ask for free vendor space for local non-profits, those who have supported past Louisville markets such as the Ahh Gallery, the Historical Society, various church groups, the library, the school, Constitution Committee and others. Cynthia Kerchner, very concerned about those loyal groups, said she will provide a listing for Jared. The club can have a table without a fee. He will be meeting with Mr. Pugh and the Chamber Board Wednesday night and discuss his proposal.

Nothing is set in stone at this juncture.


Dave Yeagley asked if our club could organize another community event to replace the Farmers Market. Jared asked for ideas, perhaps a return to The Taste of Louisville. Where are you Eva?


Mark Sigler pointed out that this date was a sad day in music history. No one knew what it was. Answer: This day 62 years ago the rock singer Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in an airplane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The accident was featured in the rock hit The Day Music Died. Of course, most members can remember the lyrics.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

February 10, 2021


Seventeen members logged on to participate in the 2nd meeting of February, still under the ugly spell the Coronavirus presents. Club President Jared Shive led us in reciting the Pledge, then offered a prayer that stressed our thankfulness for our blessings. The Four-Way Test was completed.


Happy Dollars

*  Bob Hallier reported that KennyBob Smith was hospitalized with a stroke. He was stricken Monday morning and was found when he did not report for breakfast. His right side was immobile and he couldn’t speak. He underwent an MRI Tuesday.


*  Allen called everyone’s attention to the morning Repository story of Monday night’s Canton School Board meeting. Jennifer Anderson spoke eloquently against the district’s reorganization plan.


*  Al also asked school Board member Barb DeJacimo (who was not on the day’s Zoom) why LHS athletic scores and stats are rarely reported in a timely manner in the paper like the other county schools stats are. Al will hold his question until Barb is Zoomed in next week.


  •  Jared welcomed Marci Blandford to join us. Marci expressed interest in the day’s program.




Devon Anderson, Development Specialist for Vantage, a multi-county agency specializing in the needs of the senior population was the day’s program presenter. Devon’s job is finding funding and grant opportunities for the organization. Based in Akron, Vantage’s stated mission is to promot a positive perspective on aging.


The Vantage stated purpose to enhance the quality of life of people as they age; To assist persons in maintaining productive and self-sufficient lives as they age; to help people avoid premature or inappropriate institutionalization as they age; to help alleviate the problems of poverty among people as they age and to develop additional services as needed to serve people as they age.


The agency services 38 counties in northeast Ohio. Clients must be age 55 or older. There are income considerations.


Locally, one of Vantage’s popular programs, Meals on Wheels feeds 67 homes in Louisville. Volunteer drivers are always needed and are welcome.


Vantage History


1975 - Formed as Mature Services, Inc. to focus on helping older Americans find employment

1976 - Started in-home counseling services

1982 - Became a host site for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

1984 - Started a nutrition program

2006 - Implemented home delivered meals

2008 - Offered Homecare and Chore services 

2017 - Rebranded & changed name to: VANTAGE Aging

2019 - Merged with Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties

2020 - Expanded RSVP program from 2 counties to 7 counties

2020 - Consolidated kitchens of Meals on Wheels program to Massillon

Today - Operate on a $13.2M budget, employ 65 FT & 25 PT staff, maintain 4 programs and a presence in 38 counties throughout Ohio


Next Week’s Program


February 17 — Police Chief Andy Turowski will review the 2020 department report.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting Minutes

February 17, 2021


Nineteen members signed onto Zoom for Wednesday’s on-line meeting chaired by club President Jared Shive. Jared led the usual opening rituals and gave the prayer asking God to watch over First Emergency Responders.


Happy Dollars


*  Brock Hutchison announced that this day the library was beginning a home delivering service for library patrons. Questions? Give Brock a call.


*  Jim Edwards reported that the flag sign-ups are going well. He was excited over the large ad in last week’s Herald. “It brought in three new customers,” he said. Others said they liked the creativity of the ad.


*    Jared discussed the proposed agreement with the company who wants to operate this summer’s farmers market. Nearly all the discussion centered around the rental cost for local non-profit vendors. It was suggested that it should state in the contract that Nimishillen Township persons should be included in any discount offered to city residents. It was suggested that local non-profits should get at least one freebee a month. Jared did say the Rotary would have a booth free on the markets they worked as volunteers. It appears that the membership is not totally comfortable with the agreement at this point. Could we have the owners of the management business come for a program? Jared said that would be a possibility.


                                                                   The Program

Andy Turowski, Police Chief/Deputy Mayor, was the day’s speaker. The Chief exhibited graphs and charts that was his 2020 Crime Report, and took questions.


Several of the categories Turowski is proud of include officer response time. According to records, a resident calling 911 for an emergency can expect a LPD cruiser to respond — on average — between 3 and 5 minutes. Another bright spot for the year is that all felony categories except assaults were down over calls the past 10 years. Assaults are up because this year for the first time any domestic violence incident involving one person physically hating, pushing, etc. results in the person being cited for both assault and domestic violence. A few of the statistics included:

Incident reports filed

2018               2019               2020

2,266              1,963              1,895


2018               2019               2020

174                 144                 90


Crime rates over the past 10 years are down, according to Turowski. The Chief,  who joined the LPD in 1997 and was named Chief in 2006, said one of the reasons for crimes downward trend in Louisville is the cooperation of residents who frequently call in suspected issues such as strangers lingering, unattended cars where they had not been and activities in neighboring homes that seemed out of ordinary. The Chief said the department received over 200 such phone calls last year.


Last year there were three protests, but there were no criminal incidents. “We had prior communications with each group so they knew what to expect,” he said. “we even lent officers to Canton.”


Chief Turowski was sorry that the public relations policies of the department were not what he would have liked, all do to the Covonavirus. There were a few of the officers who missed time due to infection of the virus. The virus also put a cramp on training for the year, he said. “Our core function is to control crime,” he said, “and that made for a very good year.”


The LPD has 13 full time officers and six part-timers. One officer is assigned as the department’s detective and is plain clothed to work. The are not officers assigned to juvenile work, but the two officers who are assigned to the schools handle any juvenile matters.


When asked about illegal drug activity, Turowski admitted there is drug activity in town, but “the department tries to stay on top of it”. The department does have a drug sniffing dog and has, in the past, used it for school searches. “(Routine)  drug searches depend on requests from the school administration,” he said. “Sex trafficking is not a problem in Louisville, but is in the county.”


“We are extremely fortunately to live in a community like Louisville,” he concluded.


Next week

February 24 — Dr. Brian Mathie to speak about volunteer service trips.


Submitted by Allen Gress, Secretary