Monday, May 2, 2022

Call to Action – Highway Cleanup

Our Rotary club is scheduled for an outdoor cleanup from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. THIS Saturday, May 21. We will meet at the old CVS Parking lot beside Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue. We will concentrate on the on and off ramps in that area. Pickers and plastic bags will be available. RSVP to Sharon Letson or Steve Kristan if you will be able to help.

Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives through its Focus Areas

January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives by helping to promote Youth ServiceExplore the possibilities with us at our meeting Wednesday at noon at Wick Park or virtually via Zoom.

The  Zoom ID is: 3567145262

This Week's Meeting 

This week past president Dave Stillwagon will talk about his role at Community Corrections Association and their alternative sentencing programs that develop people and put them on the road to productive, happy lives. 


Last Week’s Meeting

Findlay native Robert Sprague, Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State, opened his remarks detailing what made him want to go into public service. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sprague worked at Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia, then started his own consulting firm, advising businesses from London to Singapore. It was while he was in Singapore that he realized he wanted to solve problems for people in the United States. He moved back to Findlay, and after serving as city treasurer, then state legislator, he ran for the office of State Treasurer in 2017 and won.
It was while serving in the legislature that Sprague felt there were many improvements that could be made in Ohio’s criminal justice system, especially in the area of drug addiction. After hearing the pleas of a constituent whose two daughters were addicted to heroin, Sprague worked with a bi-partisan subcommittee to study the issue. Out of the study came 11 bills addressing the addiction crisis, which provided the framework and funding to establish and increase the use of specialty drug dockets, which give courts flexibility for drug offenders, allowing them to place people with drug addictions into treatment and rehabilitation instead of incarcerating them. Sprague credited Senator Rob Portman for helping at the Federal level.
ResultsOHIO, another program championed by Sprague, aims to support PFS (Pay For Success) initiatives championed by policymakers at the state and local levels of governments.  The program acts as a facilitator for new and innovative projects committed to combatting the complex and persistent problems facing our communities. The first ResultsOHIO project will address access to medical care in Appalachia. After discovering that kids don’t get eye exams, a $1.3 million project was developed to serve 32 Title IX school districts so kids can get exams and glasses. Many of these students never had an eye exam before.
The Family Forward Initiative helps to ease the financial burden placed on families seeking to adopt. Through the program, individuals and families may be eligible for reduced interest loans that can be used for qualified adoption expenses up to $50,000 for five years.  
Other project and programs were created to help seniors and farmers weather increasing inflation. Sprague noted that seniors are having a hard time paying property taxes because their dollars don’t go as far, and many have to make the choice between paying the tax or paying for their medication. Ohio Gains is a new program in Ohio to help farmers. This initiative uses Ohio’s $29 billion balance sheet to reduce the cost of loans to farmers. Interest rates on planting loans have been reduced to .5% to 3% to insure rates remain low and affordable. 
Congratulations Sharon Letson!
President elect Sharon Letson was honored with the Frances Kerpsack Award at ACTION’s 19th annual banquet and awards ceremony last week. Sharon was one of four individuals honored for their contributions to our community.  
Congratulations Sharon!


Operation Pollination

6650 District Conference 

TODAY is the FINAL DAY to register for the District 6650 conference!
Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Walsh University Barrette conference center
$50 per person
To see all details go to:
search events for
Rotary 6650 District Conference 2022

You can pay by credit card
You must designate club name during the registration process


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Call to Action – Ukraine Emergency Aid

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of its global mission. The Ukraine crisis is a matter of great concern for Rotary.

In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until April 30, 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations believes that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

Donate to the Disaster Response Fund to support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.
Please join the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) Ohio Chapter by donating money or medical supplies for the war effort in Ukraine. Supplies are needed for surgical and trauma care as humanitarian needs are growing exponentially. 

There are several ways to make a donation of money to assist with costs:
Donate through the website
Go to PayPal and search for @FundToAidUkraine
Mail a check to Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union, 6108 State Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, 44134
To donate medical supplies text or call 440-823-7076. 
You can also call president Josh for more information or to make a donation.


Wreaths Across America Education Exhibit

Fellow Rotarians,
A good Rotarian supports the activities of other Rotarians.  It would be a service to your fellow Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Perry Township if you were able to help promote the May 6th Wreaths Across America Education Exhibit (brochure attached). During your meeting(s) over the next 7 to 10 days, attempt  to include the information concerning this nonfundraiser, free educational exhibit as part of the ANNOUNCEMENTS portion of your meeting. We appreciate the interest your comments might develop. Thank you.
Rich Tirpak, DGN, DMC
Rotary District 6650
Rotary Club of Plain Township 


May 7, 1947: Paul Harris Memorial Fund (Rotary Foundation Fund) resolution passed; Rotary Club of Youngstown contributes $10 per member for 100% participation.
  • Stephen Horne - May 1
  • Robin Gallitto - May 2
  • Deb Flora - May 3
  • Deb Flora - 6 Years
Joint meeting May 12 with Kiwanis, Lions and Bob DiBiasio of Guardians (no meeting May 11)
Save the Date:  

Fireside Chat for new members will be held in early June. More details will be forthcoming.
Join RCY at Beers, Cheers, & Gears 
Join us at the following locations and enjoy great fellowship while sipping on your favorite beverage:
  • May 26, Westside Bowl on Mahoning Avenue
  • June 29, Foundation Lounge in downtown Youngstown
  • July 21, Penguin City Beer
  • August 18, Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field
  • More details with be forthcoming.
You Are Invited:
The time is approaching for our club's annual President's Party.  We will be honoring outgoing president Josh Prest on Thursday, June 23 at 6pm at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. 
For those new to our club, the annual president's party is the highlight of our annual Rotary social events.  All members pre-pay $35 in our dues toward your ticket to the party and your reservation is an additional $25 when you register.  Guests will be $65 this year.
We hope all Rotarians will make an effort to attend to celebrate our club's accomplishments as we "Serve to Change Lives" this Rotary year under President Josh's leadership.

Invitations were sent to your address on record or you may register online using the link:
To register or modify your registration, please click on this link:
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