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President’s Column
Labor Day is the ‘unofficial’ mark of the end of Summer though we still have a few weeks before the autumnal equinox. In August we held the ever popular Annual Steak and Corn Roast on the 12th. We grilled, dined and enjoy camaraderie with old and new friends at a new location which was well received (although Mother Nature and wind presented a challenge or two). We will meet again next year at Tuscarawas Pavilion at the Firestone Metro Park on Harrington Road but it will return to the traditional 3rd Sunday in August- the 19th! Please mark your calendars now to reserve that date. The pavilion and grill have been reserved already.
On the 23rd of this month, the Biennial State Convention will be held at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) in Vienna, OH. LtGen Dana T Atkins (USAF Retired), MOAA President and CEO will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening dinner. Please get your reservations into LTC Rod Hosler (330.788.3270) or Janet Oglesby ASAP as they need to finalize the numbers around the 11th . The complete agenda has been included in the past two newsletters of OWRC and can also be found at Let us ensure OWRC is well represented and have many, many members attend on Saturday as this is our September meeting. A great schedule of presentations and offerings are available. Register and ensure you gain the knowledge first hand! This is an active base so pre-registration and/or military ID is required for entry.
In October we will have Rep Bob Gibbs(R, OH-7) as our speaker. We will meet at 6PM on Thursday October 19th at Papa Bears on Dressler Road in North Canton (Belden Village area). Please start to formulate your questions for Mr. Gibbs. This is the same location as we have met for January and February for the past 2 years. It is within the 7th Congressional District and convenient to our Canton and southern territory members. Please watch for an announcement shortly.
September 12th is the Laura’s Summit County Veterans’ Stand-Down held at the VFW 3383 Post, 690 West Waterloo Road. Please note this date and plan to attend if you can and have received the required training. More information is available at Additionally, the Stark County Veterans Stand-Down will be held November 2nd at the Canton Civic Center. See information for Stark County at Both events will help address needs of veterans across the two counties to include VA services, medical, clothing, homelessness, etc. Again, please participate!
It is not too early to remind you of our November meeting to be held in conjunction with the Fairlawn VFW at the Tangier Restaurant on Wednesday November 8th, 6pm in celebration of Veteran’s Day. See a copy of the flyer inside this edition. Dinner is $25 per person. Likewise, our Annual Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange will be held Friday December 1st. LTC Tony Cookro has already assured us the Manchester Singers will be presenting a musical program. We will convene at the ballroom at the Comfort Suites next-door to the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth with dinner prepared by the Galaxy. More information later.
See you at YARS on the 23rd!



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2017 October Meeting



October Meeting

Thursday October 19, 2017

Papa Bears Restaurant

4990 Dressler Rd

North Canton (Belden Village)

Speaker:  Rep. Bob Gibbs (R, OH-7)

Social time:  6:00 PM

Meeting: 6:30 PM with dinner and speaker

We will order from a limited menu and self-pay

RSVP via website by October 17th to allow facility to sufficient staff.

Please contact Ron Smetana (330.524.1134) or Dave Riegler (330.592.2816) for more information or to RSVP

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