Monday, June 6, 2022

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 through Rotary FellowshipExplore 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

Deanna Rossi and Ellie Platt have cooked up a surprise for us this week. You don’t want to miss this!


Last Week's Meeting

Twenty-four years ago, a judge in Detroit gave a then 18-year-old Brandon Edwin Chrostowski a break. Instead of prison, he was given probation, and a chance at a better life. Brandon used this gift to help change the face of prison re-entry in Cleveland.
Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is founder of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland. Founded in 2007, EDWIN’S instills leadership skills in incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women through an education in the culinary arts. His belief that “every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future” is what has driven the creation of EDWINS. EDWINS gives those re-entering society a second chance, but more importantly, a mentor to guide and teach them 
Brandon’s career began in Detroit, shortly after his “break”. He knocked on doors until a chef gave him a chance, then worked his way to the top, both in the US and Europe, working in the finest restaurants and learning from some of the most experienced chefs. The move to Cleveland by Brandon was intentional. He wanted to go to a city that had some of the worst schools, knowing he could possibly make a difference. 
EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute currently has 30 participants, with 60 more starting in a week. The program runs 6 months, teaching perfect practice and techniques. In addition to learning the culinary arts, EDWINS has a large support system that includes case management, free housing for students, a library with 4,000 cookbooks, a park, basketball court, bakery and butcher shop. All facilities are located within walking distance of each other to eliminate the need for transportation. Program graduates run 65% - 70% of the facilities are graduate run and operated. 
An incubator that can be used by the community is also part of the campus. In 2011, cooking classes began at Grafton Correctional Institute, and in prisons where it is allowed, virtual classes. 
EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is a national model for re-entry and endorses five simple pillars:
Meet people where they are at
Teach to the top – perfect practice and the right way
Give students the full perspective by working every position to find out what they like
Care –money was raised for a family center and free day care
Get out of the way!
Edwin’s Restaurant in Shaker Square is an award winning French restaurant. For more information, or to make reservations, visit


Updated Foundation Bylaws

The board has adopted new by-laws for the Youngstown Rotary Foundation. They are attached here for your review and within the by-laws, a new board is being created for the Foundation. Club members will be needed to join this board. Nominations will be approved by the end of June during the last board meeting for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.
We will need three at-large Past President members and three at-large non-Past President members. They will be for various lengths of the terms since we will have to stagger terms during the initial years of the board, but the terms are set for three years. All details are in the attachment.
Please submit nominations to President Josh by June 8.
I just have to share ...

Over the weekend we attended Granddaughter Ginger's High School Graduation in NYC. While there we visited two parks.
Domino Park on the Hudson in being developed. The old Domino Sugar processing plant will be renovated to be a multi-use space - residential/retail/more. The grounds are planted ENTIRELY with native plants, complete with beehives, splash pads, benches, and lawn areas. 

Be still my heart. 

It was highly peopled, - lots of families, kids, ... grandparents! Granddaughter Clemintine told me she came here every day last summer - one of her favorite places.
On to a smaller unnamed Brooklyn city-block park. I was so excited I did what my mom always did - took a figure-print photo. Here we have milkweed milkweed milkweed, lush, gorgeous juicy milkweed and other native plants. Not only does a tree grow in Brooklyn! The message is being received.
Can you imagine this same beautiful thing in city parks near you?


Ursuline Rotary Throwback

57 Years Ago - 1963 Rotary Recognition
Youngstown Rotary Club President, Guion Osborn, presented the championship trophy to the Ursuline football team co-captains and their coach at the Hotel Pick-Ohio.
Photo ID: Guion Osborn, James Shaw '64, Coach Jerry Hanlon and Bill Handel '64


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

Memorial Luncheon

A memorial luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. June 10 at A La Cart Catering, Canfield, for Atty. Ralph Beard, a former RCY member who died Jan. 16, 2022, in Evans, GA. He grew up on Youngstown’s North Side, graduated from OSU College of Law with distinction, and began his career in Youngstown as a trust officer and later partner in the law firm of Harrington, Huxley and Smith (which later merged with Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell). He excelled in estate planning. He advised leaders of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, YSU Williamson College of Business and the Butler Institute of American Art in various matters. After retiring, he became an OSU Master Gardener and enjoyed playing bridge and backgammon. He leaves his wife, Toni, a daughter and two grandchildren.


June 9, 1992: Rotary Club of Youngstown sent $60,000 worth of medical supplies to Chernobyl, in the Ukraine, USSR.
  • Bill Lawson - June 8th
Save the Date:  
Join RCY at Beers, Cheers, & Gears 
Join us at the following locations and enjoy great fellowship while sipping on your favorite beverage:
  • 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 6 pm 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 will be 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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