Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club

The 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 12:00 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! ($15.00 for members; $20.00 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 contact:

Jim Lindesmith, Club Secretary at 330-452-6138 or R.J. Van Almen, [email protected] or 330-685-4605

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 Jim Lindesmith, Club Secretary 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.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Club Board of Directors (2021-2022)

  • President:  Bill Costello
  • Vice President:  Guy Ruda
  • Secretary: Jim Lindesmith 
  • Treasurer: Tim Richard
  • Financial Secretary:  Wade Hostetler
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (designated Trustee 2021-2022):  Adrian Allison

Trustees 

  • Jim Starrett
  • Bruce Schorsten
  • Frank Cilona
  • Mick Donato 
  • Mike Gruber 
  • R. J. Van Almen
  • Ex-Officio: Jeff Boccuti

Advisory Board

  • Jim Mitchell
  • Mike Gallina
  • Gene Dechellis

Speaker Committee

  • R.J. Van Almen (Chairman)
  • Bill Costello
  • Mike Gallina

Tentative Speakers (2021-2022)

September

  • 13th - Hunter Armstrong, 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • 20th - Devin Jordan, Beyond the Game
  • 27th - Ray Showdawg Prisby, Pro Football Hall of Fans Inductee

October

  • 4th - Dean Paul, Head Football Coach - Ohio Northern University
  • 11th - John Fankhauser, Head Football Coach - Walsh University
  • 18th - McKinley vs. Massillon
  • 25th - Chip Smith, NFL Alumni Academy

November

  • 1st - Marty Bannnister, OSU Football
  • 8th - Geoff Dartt, Head Football Coach - Mount Union
  • 15th - Andy Hayden, NFL Security
  • 22nd - Sam Bourquin, The Voice of Stark County Sports
  • 29th - Doug Ute, OHSAA Commisioner

December

  • 6th - Todd Blackledge, ESPN
  • 13th - Thurman Munson Scholarship Committee
  • 20th - Bobby DiBiasio, Cleveland Indians
  • 27th - Kevin Bille, Good Stuff Podcast

January

  • 3rd - David Lee Morgan Jr., Author
  • 10th - Jim Ballard and T.J. Downing
  • 17th - Jack Park, OSU Historian
  • 24th - Terry Petterson, Commissioner - Federal League and Dan Michel, Jackson AD
  • 31st - Jud Logan, 4-Time Olympian, 3-Time NCAA Champion Track Coach

February - May

  • TBA

CANTON, THE HALL OF FAME CITY

One of the main reasons 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.

HISTORY OF THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON CLUB

In 1962, Hall of Fame Chairman, Earl Schreiber made a trip to Dayton, Ohio to pick up a jersey for the Hall of Fame. While there, he was asked to attend the Agonis Luncheon Club meeting. Impressed by the luncheon, Mr. Schreiber, upon his return to Canton asked a group of local businessmen to attend the next Agonis Luncheon Club meeting. Among those attending were: Hank Critchfield, Cy Burich, a Dayton writer, Lin Houston, Red Ryan, Joe Cross, Harry Van Almen, Wilbur Jacobs, Peach Thomas, and Bob Schreiber. They made the trip to learn about organizing a similar type of club in Canton, Ohio.

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, just a few miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

BEST IN THE NATION

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, with a membership of more than 500 is considered to be 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.

SUPPORT AND PURPOSE

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGE

Malone University and Walsh University offer free admission to all athletic events for Luncheon Club Members.

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

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