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

R.J. Van Almen, 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 $40.00 payable to the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club.

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

2017-18 Speakers

September 11:  Dave Robinson, Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket

September 18:  Michael Sirianni, Head Football Coach, Washington and Jefferson College

September 25:  Chris Doleman, Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket

October 2:  David Spada, Author: Talking Football (Hall of Famers' Remembrances) and Radio Talk Show Host

October 9:  David Baker, Pro Football Hall Of Fame President

October 16:  Timeless Rivals, Ted Bowersox and Dave Jingo

October 23:  Zac Bruney, Head Football Coach, Wheeling Jesuit University

October 30:  Sam Rutigliano, Former Cleveland Browns Head Coach

November 6:  Heather Lyke, Athletic Director - University of Pittsburgh

November 13:  Vince Kehres, Head Football Coach, Mt. Union

November 20:  Jenson Lewis, Cleveland Indians Broadcaster

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:  2017-2018

Board of Directors:

President:  R.J. Van Almen

Vice President:  Larry Taylor
Secretary:  Jim Lindesmith
Treasurer:  Dave Seffens

Trustees:  

(2017-2019) Dale McKimm, Peter Ferguson and Jim Saliola

(2017-2018) Wade Hostetler, Tim Richards and J.D. Graham

Speakers Committee:  R. J. Van Almen, Tammie Owens, Pete Fierle, David Baker, Mike Gallina, Jim Lindesmith, J. D. Graham and Dave Seffens

 

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