Monday, July 10, 2023

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by developing and supporting new leadersExplore 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, we will be at Bistro 1907, located on the first floor of the Doubletree Hotel. Our speaker will be downtown business owner and investor Tim Huber. Tim is the new owner of the former RICA building, which is now known as the Apollo. Tim is renovating the Apollo for his personal residence and as an investment property. He has many other business interests, which we will hear about during his remarks. 

Last Week’s Meeting

A capacity crowd of friends, Rotarians, and family were in attendance last week as Deanna Rossi was installed as president of the Rotary Club of Youngstown for the 2023-2024 year. Past president and past DG Scott Schulick opened the proceedings with an introduction of Deanna. Not that anyone needed one!
Keynote speaker and District Governor Rich Tirpak emphasized that Rotarians are not “just volunteers,” but people who get things done in our communities and take on projects that benefit all of us. He stressed his four focus areas as DG: commitment, continuity, communications, and consistency. 
After his brief remarks, Deanna was installed as president, and immediate past president Sharon Letson passed the gavel to her. Deanna recognized incoming board members, and asked the Rotary Foundation board members to come up to be recognized. Foundation board members are:  Scott Schulick, chair; Samantha Turner; Fred Owens; Ellie Platt; Shannon Tirone; Greg Rossi; Deanna; Becky Davis; Luke Politsky.
Deanna pointed out some of the initiatives that are on the horizon, that will help us “elevate and celebrate the community.”
  • A car raffle fundraiser
  • Elevating the highway cleanup
  • Recognizing more local Rotarians
  • Creating After Hours events
  • Better Zoom accessibility
  • Upgrading programs 
  • A “Rotary on the Road” tour of some downtown businesses
The year’s Rotary motto is “Create Hope in the World”. Congratulations Deanna, who we know will not only create, but celebrate our community with enthusiasm!

Obscure Pollinators

You met the cute little Cape Elephant shrew (Elephantulus edwardii) pollinator last week but, if the honeybee is still the first pollinator that comes to mind, you are not alone.
The honeybee is considered a “managed bee” because it is heavily managed by humans.
Managed bees are important for food production in the United States. Eighty percent of all almonds are pollinated by managed bees - including the honeybee - which are trucked across the country every spring to California during almond bloom.
Many people believe that the honeybee (Apis mellifera) is one of only a handful of bees. There are, however, many other pollinator species. It’s estimated that there are more than 4,000 species of wild bees in North America alone! 
Introducing another of our important but Obscure Pollinators . . .
Flower flies (Syrphidae) [sirfi-day-e].
Most people probably know how to spot bees in their gardens and local parks. But Nature is deceiving and full of mimics, and one group of pollinators, Flower Flies, are especially good at this deception. 
These flies are bee mimics, whose appearance is used to protect themselves from predators and sometimes adopting behaviors of their original bee inspirations.
One of these mimics, Eristalis tenax or the Drone Fly, looks so much like a honeybee that it even has a similarly hairy body like a honeybee, enough to be an effective pollinator of many plants. Flower Flies are not only important pollinators, but also play a key role in biocontrol as the larvae of many species feed on crop-damaging aphids.
So how do you tell the difference between a bee and a flower fly? Bees have four wings. Flower Flies have only two, along with shorter and stubbier antennae; however, their eyes are much larger, covering most of their head. 
With nearly 900 species of Flower Flies in North America, these pollinators are hard to miss!

The Bigger Rotary Picture

When you became a Rotarian, you joined an international organization that does amazing work locally and globally. Much of that occurs in the “Heart of America,” which encompasses more than 63,000 members among 31 Rotary districts in 13 states. Visit for a wealth of information. See what other clubs are doing to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean waters, support maternal and child health, offer basic education and literacy, grow local economies, and protect the environment. 

Floating along the Mahoning

“Rotafloat,” a fun excursion down the Mahoning River, will be July 29 between 12:30 and 4:30. This guided kayak tour, led by Mahoning Paddle & Pedal, will be family friendly and for all skill levels. Rotarians will be shuttled from The Station Grill at Melillo’s, 300 E. Liberty St., Lowellville, to the launch point in downtown Struthers. A 2-hour guided tour will end back in Lowellville. Participants will return to Melillo’s to enjoy appetizers. A cash bar will be available as well. Lowellville Mayor Jim Iudiciani will join the group to discuss river cleanup and dam removal projects. Cost is $50 per person. See email from Ellie Platt for a ClubRunner registration link. Call Ellie at 330-360-2110 if you have questions.

ROTARY DISTRICTS #6630, 6650, 6600

Thursday, August 17 2023

Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Guardians

Gates Open: 6:00pm / First Pitch: 7:15pm

Pregame Parade on the field



Access to Terrace Club 4th Floor

Dinner & Pepsi Products

Exclusive Raffles and Auction

Cash Bar




Lower Box + Terrace Club --$80

Upper Box + Terrace Club ---$70

$5 off Kids ticket in Terrace Club

Lower Box Ticket Only --$35

Upper Box Ticket Only --$25


Order form:

For information, contact Rotarian Stew Buchanan at 330-607-1442 or




RCY’s continued participation in the Trex company’s plastic film recycling challenge is closing in on the final days of our second collection period, running through July 31st. Please bring your recyclable plastic film to weekly meetings. Bags will be available at noon meetings as we move back home to Wick Park. 

We are currently at or near our 500-lb. goal through July 12, so the club will earn a second park bench made of Trex recycled materials. Please bring in any plastic you have on Wednesday to push us over the top!

Plastic film recycling supports the broader goals of Operation Pollination and Rotary International’s recognition of environmental matters as an area of focus. Member participation is the reason for our success. In May alone, 108 lb. of plastic was gathered. We can do this! 

In addition to the shopping bags, sandwich bags, case overwrap and newspaper sleeves that you have gathered, think about the plastic film that surfaces throughout the month. Did you order something online recently? Those air pillows inside Amazon boxes? Recyclable. Bubble mailers? Yes, too. Let’s finish strong!

Canfield Rotary Fundraiser



July 13, 1993: Rotary Club of Youngstown Inherited 18 burial plots at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman. The Club donated them to the local hospitals, Salvation Army, Hospice and the Rescue Mission.

Gayle Catinella - July 14
Barbara Brothers - 8 Years
New Member Proposal:
Kelly Wilkinson
Classification: Education-University

Sponsor: Scott Schulick
As the dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration since February 2022, Dr. Wilkinson
develops opportunities for students to engage and succeed in
the workforce, both academically and professionally, and creates an engaging environment for
lifelong learning.

She also taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania,
University of Missouri, and Indiana State University.

Kelly has ties to the Mahoning Valley as her husband, Rick, is from Warren. They have four children and
four grandchildren.
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