Known as “Anton from Canton,” Zellman has been active in the Rotary Club of Canton for more than 20 years, serving in almost every local and district position imaginable. He is the third district governor from the Canton Club, joining Shane Burr, who served in 2009-10, and Kay Miller, the first woman district governor for 6910.
Zellman spoke to his home club on Sept. 10 as part of his duties as district governor. In all, he will speak with 72 Rotary clubs this year.
The Rotary leader took his opportunity to talk about the journey that led him to Rotary and his life in general, as well as to encourage members to support and be active in a variety of Rotary initiatives and projects.
Rotary of Canton member Peter Gleichman said anyone who knows Zellman knows he’s led an unusual life and created a very unique career.
Although he was born in New York City in 1941, Zellman spent most of his 72 years being educated and growing up in Alabama, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Ohio, and then for the past 31 years in Georgia.
Known around the world since the mid-’70s as an “Edutainer” and the “Mentalist with a Message,” he enjoyed a career as a public speaker and performer that began at age 14.
In 1967, Zellman joined the sales force of the Bulova Watch Co., which he left after 10 years to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional magician and later as a mentalist.
In 2005 he authored his book, “I Read Minds — And So Do You.”
Zellman and his wife, Lois, were married and moved to Marietta in 1982. Ten years later, he was invited to become a member of the Rotary Club of Canton where he has served in a variety of leadership roles and has 21 years perfect attendance.
Anton has served his home club as secretary, treasurer and fundraising chair and as president in 1997-98 during which time he and his fellow club members’ collective efforts were rewarded by receiving the intermediate sized Rotary Club of the year award.
In 1998, The Rotary Club of Canton honored Zellman by selecting him as Rotarian of the Year, as the recipient of the Lamar Haley Community Service Award in 2003, and Avenues of Service Award in 2011. On two occasions, the Georgia House of Representatives recognized him for his service to Rotary and his community.
He has also served Rotary District 6910 as District Conference Sergeant-at-Arms, District Photographer, District Web Master and Club Web Site Trainer. He is a graduate of and a discussion leader for Rotary Leadership Institute.
Between 2007 and 2010, Anton served as an assistant district governor for six Rotary Clubs and was chairman of a “Celebration of Service” for the 2009-10 District Conference.
For the past 24 years, Anton has actively participated in his community as a volunteer at a variety of community events including speaking at elementary and middle schools, performing and acting as Master of Ceremonies at numerous charitable events.
He is a graduate of Cherokee Leadership and is a past president and a board member of the Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club of Cherokee County where he also mentors youths to participate in oratorical competitions.