Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

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 Football 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! ($13.00 for members; $23.00 for guests)
  • Increased club awareness
  •  Members receive annual admission pass to the Pro Football 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

Mike Gallina, 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.
 

2015-16 Speakers

Sept. 14 - Joe DeRosa - Former NCAA and NBA Official
Sept. 21 - Ernie Kellerman -  Former Cleveland Browns player
Sept. 28 - Bruce Drenen - Sports commentator

Oct. 5 - Walt Downing - Former University of Michigan and 49ers football player
Oct. 12 - Jack Harbaugh, Former football coach
Oct. 19 - David Baker - Pro Football Hall of Fame President
Oct. 26 - Al Jenkins - Former Browns and Steelers player

Nov. 2 - Larry Williams - Former Browns player and current AD of University of Akron
Nov. 9 - Charlie Grimes - Malone University AD
Nov. 16- Vince Kehres - Football coach at University of Mt. Union
Nov. 23 - Mike Hargrove - Former Cleveland Indians player

Dec. 7 - Todd Blackledge - ESPN College Football Analyst, Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees
Dec. 14 - Mike Fuline - University of Mount Union Basketball Coach
Dec. 21 - Todd Porter - The Canton Repository
Dec. 28 - Cleo Miller - Cleveland Browns

Jan. 4 - Bob DiBiasio - Cleveland Indians
Jan. 11 - Sam Rutigliano - Former Cleveland Browns head coach
Jan. 18 - Dan Coughlin - Sports Writer
Jan. 25 - David Baker - President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Feb. 1 - Doug Miller - CCC Head Baseball Coach
Feb. 8 - Lee Owens - Ashland University Head Football Coach
Feb. 15 - Sam Bourquin - Sports Talk Radio
Feb. 22 - Joe Browne - National Football League Executive Vice President
Feb. 29 - Jack Parks - Ohio State University Football Historian

March 7 - Bo Palini - Youngstown State University Football Head Coach
March 14 - J.D. Graham High School and College Football
March 21 - Brian Hartline - Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver
March 28 - Terry Bowden - University of Akron Head Football Coach

April 4 - Canton Charge
April 11 - Jim Tressel - President, Youngstown State University
April 18 - Keith Dambrodt - University of Akron Head Basketball Coach
April 25 - Ed Warinner - Ohio State University Football Offensive Coordinator

May 2 - Bob Huggins - West Virginia Basketball Coach
May 9 - TBD
May 16 - 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 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.