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Rotary Club of Canton President Stacey D. Williams, left, thanks Census Partnership Specialists Heather Thompson, center, and Demetria Fears for sharing an update on the 2020 U.S. Census with the club.

The Rotary Club of Canton last week heard an update on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census including how Rotarians can spread the word about the Cherokee County count and its importance for federal funding for the community.

The Club also recently participated in a special recognition by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. The Board issued a proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 17-24 as World Polio Week in Cherokee County and Oct. 24 as World Polio Day in order to raise awareness about Rotary International’s ongoing mission to eradicate polio globally. Polio now remains in only two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – and continuous efforts by Rotary International and other global partners are focused on ending it there as well.

In addition to raising awareness about the importance of continuing the fight against polio, the Club also is working to raise funds for the initiative. The Canton Club is pairing up with the Rotary Club of Jasper to host a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Rotary Children’s Music Park in Jasper. The World Polio Day Music Concert will include live music and children’s activities, with barbecue lunches for sale.

Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome to attend a weekly lunch meeting at noon on Tuesdays at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton.

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