Monday, May 9, 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 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

Instead of RCY’s regular Wednesday lunch meeting on May 11, Rotarians are invited to join Kiwanis and Lions members for the annual joint service club luncheon at noon Thursday, May 12, at the downtown YMCA on Champion Street. Bob DiBiasio, vice president of public affairs for the Cleveland Guardians, will be the special guest presenter with remarks about the team and 2022 baseball season. Reservations were due by May 2.

Last Week's Meeting

In keeping with May’s theme of re-entry, Dave Stillwagon, CEO of Community Corrections Association (CCA) and past YoRo president, explained what CCA does for the individuals they serve and how what they do impacts our community. CCA was founded in 1974 as a private, non-profit 501C3 organization primarily for mental health services. The mission grew over the years, and now CCA assists people leaving the criminal justice system in becoming productive members of the community. 
Dave started his career at CCA in 2011 as a case worker, and became CEO in 2013. CCA has a 10-member board of directors and 122 employees. The CCA campus consists of seven facilities, all located within a three block region on Market Street in Youngstown. The buildings have been completely renovated, reducing blight along a major corridor leading into downtown Youngstown. There is the Administrative Office, Graphics Department, Day Reporting Center, Community-Based Correctional Facility, Female Halfway House, State Halfway House, and Federal Halfway House. Several vacant lots have also been landscaped to bring beauty to this section of Market. 
CCA offers a multitude of programs, from chemical dependency and relapse prevention to parenting and adult basic education, which help those convicted of crime get a second chance at leading productive lives. Programs include chemical dependency recovery, relapse prevention, anger management, domestic violence, parenting, sex offender education, vocational planning, job readiness and retention, community service, family reunification, and moving on, among others. Residents also perform community service, allowing them to take pride in making a difference while benefitting the community.

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


If you enjoyed the video of Youngstown Rotary Foundation grant winners that was produced recently, then there is an easy way to view it again and enjoy more content. Subscribe to RCY’s new YouTube channel! By signing up for a subscription, you will be notified when new videos are posted. Check out the YouTube posts on RCY’s Facebook page to subscribe, or click here

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.

Environmental Effects of Herbicide Use

For too long we were under the impression that benefits could be gained by using herbicides to manage unwanted vegetation. Compared with alternative means of weed control, such as weeding by hand or machine, herbicides are less expensive, faster, and sometimes more selective. But wait …
Some important environmental effects are associated with the use of herbicides. These include unintended damage occurring both on the sprayed site, and offsite. For example, by changing the vegetation of treated sites, herbicide use also changes the habitat of animals such as mammals and birds. This is especially true of herbicides use in forestry, because biodiverse, semi-natural habitats are involved. 
In addition, not all the herbicide sprayed is deposited onto the intended spray area. Often there is drift of herbicide beyond the intended spray site, and unintended, offsite damages may be caused to vegetation. 
There are also concerns about the toxicity of some herbicides, which may affect people using these chemicals during their occupation, people indirectly exposed through drift or residues on food, and wildlife. 
And then there’s our dogs. Dogs need roughage in their diets and grass is a good source of fiber. A lack of roughage affects the dog's ability to digest food, so grass may help their bodily functions run more smoothly. But … 
Specifically used to control broadleaf weeds, herbicides available in commercial form will typically lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Exposure to large amounts or concentrate/industrial formulas may rarely lead to myotonia, ataxia, and tremors. So, watch who sprays and when in your neighborhood. I’m having chills remembering this happening to my own …

YMCA and Rotary 

Get fit. Stay well. The YMCA of Youngstown will be hosting a special program for Rotarians at the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road in Boardman, every Wednesday throughout the month of June. There are four Rotary Wednesdays:  June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Times are 5 am to noon, and all sessions are free of charge to Rotarians from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland, Struthers and Youngstown Rotary. 
In addition to the fitness programs, there will be 15 minute “chalk talks” from 7am – 7:15 on these Wednesdays for anyone who might like information such as the benefits of swimming, walking and running, weight training, yoga, or just a social break with other Rotarians. Click the links below for more information about YMCA activities:
Reservations are a must. Contact Howard Mettee at or Bill Russell at to secure your spot.



May 9, 2000: Rotary Club of Youngstown approved participation in Ohio Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway clean-up program.
  • Bonnie Burdman - May 10
  • Flavio Aiken - May 13
  • Steve Kristan - 22 Years
  • Justin Jennings - 1 Year
Proposed new members:
Gina DeGenova Zawrotuk
Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office
Classification: Attorney
Sponsor: Becky Davis

Ms. DeGenova Zawrotuk is Chief Assistant Prosecutor and Legal and Public Information Officer at the County Prosecutor’s Office, where she has worked since 2005. She is a life-long area resident, having grown up in Niles.  She graduated from Niles McKinley High School before attending Youngstown State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland Marshall School of Law.  She is a member of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio Township Association, the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Association,  the Youngstown Area Federated of Women's  Clubs and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Executive Association, Inc.

Sadie Amaz
Small Business Owner
Classification: Cleaning Services
Sponsor: Dionne Dowdy

Ms. Amaz launched Somebody’s Gotta Do It Cleaning Company LLC in 2017, after completing a minor in criminal justice at YSU. Somebody’s Gotta Do It serves residential and commercial clients. As owner, she is responsible for sales, branding, training employees, quality control and customer relations. She looks forward to pursuing a master’s degree to expand her skills.
Save the Date:  

Fireside Chat for new members will be June 1 at Scott Schulick's house. 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 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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