Monday, August 23, 2021

This month Rotary International has asked us to focus on the impact we can make on the wealth and growth of our community.  Explore this topic with us at our meeting Wednesday at noon at Wick Park or virtually via Zoom. 
The  Zoom ID is: 330 967 0456

Last Week's Meeting

Cate Greyjoy, artistic director of Ballet Western Reserve, shared good news of BWR’s 60th anniversary season.

BWR will stage a large-scale, professional quality, classical production of “The Nutcracker” on the Powers Auditorium stage during the first weekend of December.

While BWR’s “Nutcracker” production has become a local holiday tradition, this performance will be set to live music by the Dana Ensemble of Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, Greyjoy announced.

Also, BWR alumnus and Youngstown native Austin Dabney will be the male lead dancer of the production.

Greyjoy, who arrived in Youngstown one year ago, said BWR has maintained a “steadfast” virtual presence during the pandemic, as well as offering in-studio instruction at the Morley Building in downtown Youngstown. From its beginning in 1962 as the Youngstown Festival Ballet Company, BWR has trained students who have advanced to Dance Theater Harlem, American Ballet Theater, Cleveland Ballet, Boston Ballet and other prestigious companies.

Ballet “may be a career for some, but dance is community,” Greyjoy said. “Each class is an opportunity to be challenged. The shared struggle to achieve an idea can and will affect change.”

In other news, Dave Stillwagon announced that profits from RCY’s outdoor Groundhog Craft Beerfest in July totaled $12,038. Dave and President Josh Prest will be succeeded as co-chairs by Samantha Turner and Kevin Chiu. The next Groundhog Craft Beerfest will be Jan. 29, 2022, inside Stambaugh Auditorium.

New Rotarian Kader Makanera was doubly recognized for attending the weekly meeting on his birthday and receiving his round membership badge from President Josh.

More pictures from last week's meeting here.

Next Week's Meeting

United Returning Citizens (URC) is a start-up, non-profit corporation that serves the Youngstown, Ohio Tri-County area. URC was originally founded for formerly incarcerated citizens, but upon offering our services to this large demographic we found that an even larger demographic needed the services that we offer, thus, extending our services not just to the formerly incarcerated, but to the entire community which has been affected by mass incarceration.
Our organization provides job search and training, life and financial literacy skills and transitional and stable housing primarily for citizens reentering society from correctional facilities. As there is a well-established correlation between joblessness and homelessness, and the overall impact on daily existence, we seek to provide a holistic approach to enable all citizens who are otherwise disadvantaged and disenfranchised to become productive contributing members of society.

Rotary in the Community 

Along with Past President Dave Stillwagon, I'm pleased to co-chair this year's Operation Warm Campaign.  President Josh has set a goal of $30,000 or 1,500 brand new coats for needy children in the Youngstown area.  Once again we will look to provide every student at Harding and St. Joseph Schools with a new coat, as well as Salvation Army and other organziations such as Mill Creek Children's Center and Casa Madre, if our campaign succeeds
YOU ARE INVITED TO A KICKOFF SOCIAL AT THE MVR ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2021 FROM 5:30-8PM.  We have a few very special announcements that evening.  We will also have donation forms, memorial cards and other materials available for your use. $10 admission covers hors d'oevres, payable at the door.  You may also order dinner off the menu, if you decide to stay for dinner.
Let's get the job done early...all coats need to be ordered by the end of September to guarantee delivery by the time cold weather comes.  As always, we will have events to distribute coats to the children.
Thanking you in advance,
Scott Schulick & David Stillwagon
Co-Chairs, Operation Warm 2021

When Boscov's opens a new department store, the company invites local charities to sell tickets to a special event prior to the grand opening for ticket holders only.  The best part is that the charities sell the shopping passes for $5 and keep 100 percent of profits.

Rotary Club of Youngstown has 250 tickets to sell before the new Boscov’s in the Eastwood Mall opens in October. Packs of 10 tickets are available to Rotarians; see Scott Schulick.

The new Boscov's will be a 180,000 square foot store, in the style of the department stores of days gone by, including a candy counter, sales staff on the floor, and wide product selections.

Sell passes to your co-workers, or buy them for family and friends who will enjoy a sneak peak before the store opens to the public.
Rotary Magazine
By: Dr. Barbara Brothers
The Children's Hour
Check out the recommendations in “The Children’s Hour.” Recommendations of books that  embrace Rotary’s values in books chosen for children as young as 2 and as old as 12 are  featured. I like to include a book for each member of my family as part of their Christmas gifts,  and this list will be useful for both the younger grandchildren and my new great-grandchild.  You can’t start too early to build a library. This is just another reason you should read your Rotary. 
New Membership Tool
LinkedIn has become a powerful social media tool for growing your personal professional network, enhancing your brand, and building meaningful business relationships. Did you know that the platform also provides an excellent opportunity for attracting new Rotarians? 
By its design, LinkedIn offers a make-sense tool for professionals wishing to establish networks with existing colleagues and new contacts.  Your network makes a statement about you -- who you do business with, who you hang with and what's important to you. If they see that #serviceaboveself is important to you, they just might approach you to explore membership opportunities.
Let's all do our part to bring people to the Club that represent our shared values by taking these steps: 
With your help, 100+ years of community service can be matched with 100 engaged Rotarians!


August 21, 1965: Faithful Rotarian Harry Shagrin was memorialized by retiring his attendance badge and 50 year Perfect Attendance Pin.

Rotary Birthdays:
Suzanne Fleming -  August 28

The Rotary Club of Youngstown's annual Steak Fry will be held on Wednesday, September 1, at the home of Scott Schulick. For long time members, the Steak Fry is one of the most beloved annual events. For newer members, it's a casual outdoor get-together where we share great food, drinks, and fellowship in a casual atmosphere.

Members are invited to bring a side dish, dessert, or appetizer. See Barbara Brothers to coordinate. 

Monday 8-23 is final day to RSVP

You can register for the steak fry here.
Rotary International 
Convention 2022
Houston, Texas
June 4-8 
Registration is open and hotel rooms are filling up! Now is the time to reserve your spot to attend this incredible gathering of the world's Rotarians this time next year. Learn more about it here
The Fall Migration of the Monarch starts this month -- click here to learn more about their journey. 
Bowling Team Recruitment
Start date: Tuesday, Sept. 14
6:30 p.m. at Amron Lanes, Canfield. 
Looking for solid every week people and rotating ringers.
Potential new aspects this year: team shirts and reduced participation fees. Please contact @Frank Kishel
James Stein
outreach manager for diocesan cemeteries
funeral services
sponsor: Mike Latessa
Richard Bernacki,
co-owner Penguin City Beer,
classification: TBD
sponsor: Mike Latessa
Russell Hampton
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