The Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club meets each Monday from early September through mid-May. Members arrive beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served at approximately 11:00 a.m., the program begins at 12:10 p.m., and concludes at 1:00 p.m. 

Under this program with the Pro Footballl Hall of Fame, each member of the club will be entitled to free museum admission for one year, Sept. 1-Aug. 31. Also, Malone University and Walsh University offer free admission to their athletic events with your membership card. 

Luncheon Club meets each Monday at:

Tozzi's on 12th (4210 12th Street NW)

330-477-7515


Some of the club highlights include:

Top quality speakers from the sports world
35-week schedule
Widely-regarded as the finest luncheon club in the country!
Membership helps support the Pro Football Hall of Fame
 Great lunches at affordable prices! ($12.00 for members; $22.00 for guests)
Increased club awareness
Members receive annual admission pass to Hall of Fame
Free admission to Malone College and Walsh University athletic events
Annual golf outing

 

Memberships for the season remain just $35.00 and are on sale before and after the Monday programs.
 

For membership information:

Please contact Club Secretary, Jim Lindesmith at 330-452-6138

or

J.D. Graham, President
Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club
c/o Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708

or

To enjoy your membership immediately, you may fill out your application at your first luncheon and give it to Club Secretary Jim Lindesmith along with a check for $35.00 payable to the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

Enjoy your membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

2013-14 Speakers
 

Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood entertained the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club on Sept. 28, 2009. [Photo courtesy of The (Canton) Repository]

Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood entertained
the Luncheon Club on Sept. 28, 2009


Sept. 9 - Jim Tressel - VP at the University of AKron
Sept. 16 - Randall McDaniel - Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Sept. 23 - Jeff Szink - Big Ten football official
Sept. 30 - Sue Ramsey - Ashland University Head Women's Basketball Coach

Oct. 7 - Jim Chones, Former Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player
Oct. 14 - Bill Eck, Basketball supervisor, GLIAC, OAC
Oct. 21 - Joel Nielson - Kent State Universiy Athletic Director
Oct. 28 - Mike and Sharon Hargrove

Nov. 4 - TBD
Nov. 11 - Sam Bourquin - WHBC Sports
Nov. 18- Tim Welker, Malone University Head Men's Basketball Coach
Nov. 25 - Bruce Drennin, Sports Commentator

Dec. 2 - Dan Ross - OHSAA Commissioner
Dec. 9 -  Steve Perry, Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director
Dec. 16 - Ken Babby - Owner of Akron Rubber Ducks
Dec. 23 - Steve Perry - Former President/Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dec. 30 - Gary Broadbent - Boomerang Champion

Jan 6 - Sam Rutigliano - Former Cleveland Browns head coach
Jan. 13 - Joe Horrigan - Pro Football Hall of Fame Vice President - Communications/Exhibits

Vice President - Communications/Exhibits
Vice President - Communications/Exhibits
Vice President - Communications/Exhibits
Vice President - Communications/Exhibits

Jan. 20 - Dan Coughlin - Sportswriter, author
Jan. 27 - Terry Francona - Cleveland Indians Manager

Feb. 3 - Bill COnley - Ohio Dominican University head football coach
Feb. 10 - Connie Gardner - World Champion unltra runner
Feb. 17 - Tommy Tubberville, University of Cinicnnati head football coach
Feb. 24 - Anthony Griggs - Former NFL football player

Mar. 3 - Paul Haynes - Kent State University head football coach
Mar. 10 - Lee Owens - Ashland University head football coach
Mar. 17 - Terry Bowden - University of Akron head football coach
Mar. 24 - Kyle Flood - Rutgers University head football coach
Mar. 31 - TBD
 

April 7 - TBD
April 14 - Urban Meyer - Ohio State University head football coach
April 21 - Brady Hoke, University of Michigan head football coach
April 28 - Keith Dambrodt - The University of Akron head men's basketball coach
 
May 5 - Bob Huggins - West Virginia University head mens basketball coach
May 12 - TBD
May 19 - Spring dinner

History of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

One of the main reasons why the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton is because of the community spirit and support. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, many cities across the country expressed interest in having a Hall of Fame devoted to professional football. Canton was the only community that put together an impressive fund-raising drive. Nearly $400,000 was raised to have the Hall of Fame built.

At about the same time, former Hall of Fame Chairman Earl Schreiber, after attending the Agonis Luncheon Club in Dayton, Ohio, formed the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

The first meeting of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club was held at Benders Restaurant in downtown Canton in 1963. Soon thereafter, the venue was switched to Lakeshore Restaurant. Membership grew quickly and after using Topp’s Chalet for a short time, the meetings moved to its current site at Tozzi's on 12th Restaurant, just a few miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, with a membership of more than 500, is considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the entire country. Meetings are held each Monday from mid-September through the middle of May. The national prominence of the Hall of Fame, coupled with the strong support of the club, continues to produce a remarkable list of national speakers on a weekly basis.

A club that knows no strangers, members enjoy fellowship, good food, and interesting speakers. Couple that with the enthusiasm of the member audience and for sports fans, the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club is THE place to be on Mondays during the season.

When the luncheon club was formed, the bylaws stipulated that the purpose of the club was to help support the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Originally, that support was reflected by members serving as drivers during Hall of Fame Weekend. The club’s next project focused on devoting a portion of the membership dues to paying for the Hall of Famers’ rings each year. Today, the Balfour Company, that designs the rings, donates the rings each year to the Hall of Fame.

Currently, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club has a new cause to show support for the Hall of Fame. The club will contribute $50,000 over a five-year period to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's national fundraising campaign. In addition, part of the proceeds from the weekly meal sales is used to sponsor the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Senior Citizen Day” (62 and older) at the museum. The date for this year’s event is Wednesday October 3, 2012.

Also, Malone University and Walsh University offer free admission to all athletic events with your membership card. Aside from showing support to the Hall of Fame, this sponsorship also attracts attention to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club through media coverage of this splendid event.

In addition, each member of the Luncheon Club will receive an annual pass that will allow the individual unlimited free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame throughout the year.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club continues to contribute its support to the Hall of Fame museum while offering first-rate programs each and every week to its members.