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 $40.00 and are on sale before and after the Monday programs.
 

For membership information:
 

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

or

Please contact Speaker Committee Chairman, R. J. Van Almen at 330-685-4605

or

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 $40.00 payable to the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

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

2019-20 Speakers

September

9:  Mike Crawford - CEO Hall of Fame Village

16:  John Ellenwood and Kari Pickens - Head M &W  Basketball Coach, Ashland University

23:  Jeff Logan - All Big Ten, Ohio State.  Color Analyst CW Columbus

30:  Jensen Lewis - Indians Broadcaster

 

October

7:  Dick Reynolds - Otterbein, NCAA Champion Basketball Coach, Former AD

14:  TBA

21:  Ryan Bitzel - Physical Therapist Seattle Mariners

28:  Nate Moore (Massillon) and Marcus Wattley (McKinley)

 

November

4: Vince Kehres - Head Football Coach, Mount Union

11:  Ed Glass, Lowell Klinefelter, Thom McDaniels, Jack Rose, Don Hertler and Keith Wakefield

18:  Frank Stams - President NFL Alumni - Cleveland Chapter President

25:  TBA

 

December

2:  Jerry Snodgrass - OHSAA Commisioner

9:  Todd Blackledge - ESPN

16:  Anthony Gonzalez - U.S. Representative, Ex-NFL Player

23:  Walt and T.J. Downing - Super Bowl Champion (Walt),T.J. (O.S.U.)

30:  TBA

 

January

6:  Tim Walker, Former Malone University Basketball Coach, North Canton AD

13:  Joe Horrigan - Pro Football Hall of Fame

20:  Kelly Dine - Little League World Series

27:  Ben Curtis - 2003 Open Champion (Golf)

 

February

3:  Jeff Boals - Head Basketball Coach, Ohio University

10:  John Eisenberg - NFL Journalist and Author

17:  Tom Arth - Head Football Coach, University of Akron

24:  Mark Thewes, Denver Broncos

 

March

2:  Scot Loeffler - Head Football Coach, Bowling Green

9:  Jack Park - Ohio State Historian

16:  Lester Sanders - Motivational Speaker

23:  Dr. Keith Beckett - Athletic Director, College of Wooster

30: TBA

 

April

6:  Tom Crank and Tim Mead - Head Baseball Coaches, Malone University and Walsh College

13:  TBA

20:  Jim Tressel - President, YSU

27:  Ben McDaniels - QB Coach, University of Michigan

 

May

4:  TBA

11:  Bob Huggins - West Virginia University, Head Basketball Coach

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 joined by Hank Critchfield, Lin Houston, Red Ryan, Joe Cross, Harry Van Almen, Wilbur Jacobs, Peach Thomas, and Bob 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.

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.

 

Current Board:  2019-2020

Board of Directors

President:  Jeff Boccuti
Vice President:  Bill Costello
Secretary:  Jim Lindesmith 
Treasurer:  Tim Richard
Financial Secretary:  Wade Hostetler
 
Trustees 
 
(1 Year Term):
 
Jim Osborn 
Guy Ruda
Jim Starrett
 
 
(2 Year Term):
 
Mick Donato 
Mike Gruber 
R. J. Van Almen
 
Ex-Officio:  Larry Taylor
 
Speaker Committee Chairman:  R. J. Van Almen
Speaker Committee:  David Baker, Pete Fierle and Michelle Norris

 

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