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The Rotary Meeting will be held in the May Pavilion at the Palace Theatre
276 West Center Street  Marion, OH 43302

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Deryck Toles has made it his personal and professional mission to inspire the minds of under-represented youth since 2006. Toles is an Ohio native, a community leader, a former NFL linebacker, and the founder of Inspiring Minds a Warren, Ohio community organization that engages, inspires, and empowers under-represented youth by exposing them to life-changing experiences and positive role models.

During his childhood, Toles overcame significant family and financial hardships that directly impacted his efforts to become an accomplished student athlete at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren. After graduating in 1999, he went on to Penn State University as an academic all-American and football standout.  While at Penn State, Toles received academic and athletic honors as a student on the Dean’s list and captain of the football team. In 2003 he graduated with a degree in business administration, and began his NFL career as an outside linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Toles is a 1999 recipient of the Franklin D. Watkins Award, which is given to the nation’s top African American Student Athlete of the year, and the MVP of the 1999 Big 33 Football Classic. 

In 2006, Toles suffered a career-ending injury and he returned to Warren, his hometown, to start the next chapter of his life: Inspiring Minds.  The innovative after-school program allows students to visit colleges across the country, take trips around the world, and work hard to turn their dreams into realities.

From once-in-a-lifetime trips to Puerto Rico and NYC to tutoring sessions that improve everyday academics,

Toles’ philosophy is clear: youth of all circumstances should have the opportunity to dream beyond their present-day surroundings and define their own paths to success. He believes that children may be economically and socially under-privileged, but never aspirationally under-privileged.  Since 2006, Toles and Inspiring Minds have been able to expose local students to over 70 different colleges and 60 industries across the county; provide more than $60,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education; reverse summer learning stigmas by increasing students’ academic proficiency an average of 40% during the summer months; and inspire 100% of students to graduate high school and continue their education at college or with the armed forces.

Now celebrating 10 years of IMpact, Inspiring Minds provides After-School and Summer Enrichment Programming to over 400 students annually in the Mahoning Valley.

The invocation will be given by Rob Howard  and Jason Price will greet you.

Upcoming Programs:

October 4  - Chief Bill Collins and Lt. B.J. Gruber


October 11 - Dan Deville - First Energy Corp.

"Service Above Self”


The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?