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The Foltz Community Center celebrated its 20th anniversary in May of 2015. It has become an important part of the Osnaburg community life hosting many local club and organization meetings.
Megan Stinchcomb was recently hired as the new operations director for the center. Her husband, Frank Stinchcomb Jr., is an East Canton graduate and her grandfather, Jim Fisher, is a past mayor of the village of East Canton.
Prior to taking the position, she was an administrative assistant for Fed Ex.
Stinchcomb has enthusiastic ideas for more effectively utilizing the building. She hopes to utilize on-line marketing to let more people know about this great venue for a vast variety of gatherings. She believes the reasonable pricing and recently updated rooms combine to create a win-win for businesses, organizations and individuals seeking meeting locations. The option of one-stop wedding and reception location is an innovative concept.
The smaller rooms can be combined to create a lovely ceremony location and the Davis Hall can facilitate the reception.
The Center is owned by the Greater East Canton Community Development Association. The current president of that organization is Diana Braucher. Other members of the board are Kathy Foltz, Marjorie Corsi, Ralph Toalston, Kathy Almasy, Todd Boggs, Terry Bailey, Dale Brunner, Dwain Foltz, Pearl Gailey, Nichole Howell, Joe Kiko, Jake Lesher, Jim Smith, and Paul Toalston.
The interior walls of the center have been recently painted and trendy decor has been integrated into the four beautiful meeting rooms. The large E. Joel Davis Hall is frequently used for wedding receptions or other large meetings. It can hold 360 guests. The stage in that room has new carpeting and steps as well as an attractive new backdrop. A new ceiling drape accented with white lights adds to the glamour of the facility.
The smaller Varian Room, Kroft Room and the Brunner-Bland Room make great seminar or breakout meeting rooms. Two of those rooms adjoin and can be combined to create a variety of room size options.
The center was built to create a sense of community in the village and it has done just that.
It is the location of the East Canton Branch of the Stark County District Library. It hosts a brunch on first and third Sundays each month. These meals give back financially to area churches. Community dinners are held on the third Wednesdays of each month. During Lent fish will be served on Fridays except for Feb. 12 because the annual Rotary Chili Cook off will be held then. On the second Wednesday of the month Senior Social meets and Senior Flex meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Foltz Center is the meeting place of the Lowell D. Oberly American Legion Post, the East Canton Rotary, AARP, the annual children's Christmas party, and more.
A recent addition to the facility is the Memory Garden created in honor of Tom Lesher, son-in-law of Dwain and Kathy Foltz. This garden is an ideal photo spot on the property.
The Foltz Center has been fortunate to have some very loyal community members.
Among them is the Toalston family. Ralph Toalston is the treasurer of the GECCDA board, Beth is a volunteer for the center and Paul Toalston sit on the board member.
An improvement fund was created for the center with a donation made in memory of Cliff Toalston. The recent upgrades in the Davis room and the building rest rooms have been funded through this generosity. Other building improvements are also planned.
Watch for events at the Foltz Center that are still in the early planning stages. A car show is possible for this summer and a bridal show is in the works.