Monday, August 16, 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

Mike Latessa, RCY membership chair, was the speaker. He says Rotarians define the dynamics of the club, as members are local business people undertaking many initiatives, making our world better locally and globally. Attendees were offered a chance to speak on their experiences of being a Rotarian.
Mike observed that events such as Groundhog Craft Beerfest, Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley, and Operation Warm were recommended and encouraged by club members.
Mike gave a brief overview of and ClubRunner and the useful tools that are available to members. He noted that features a new Membership Recognition program. By looking at RCY’s membership statistics, Rotarians were able to set a short-term goal to add five new members and a long-term goal of adding at least 100.
Members were tasked with getting out of their comfort zones and becoming acquainted with more RCY members. It is important that everyone feel welcomed, and to maintain a tight-knit community base. Members are encouraged to schedule a Zoom call or in-person meeting with a fellow member they may not know well and get to conversing.
Membership events that should not be missed include:
The first social of the year will be on Sept. 29 at Prima Cucina Italiana on West Federal Street.
The Membership Committee will resume meeting in person on the first Wednesday of each month. The September meeting will be held during the annual Steak Fry at Scott Schulick’s house. The October meeting location is still to be determined.
Stay tuned for the unveiling of RCY’s membership recruitment contest and recognition program! 

More pictures from last week's meeting here.

Next Week's Meeting

Ballet Western Reserve Artistic Director Cate Greyjoy. The title of her talk will be "BWR's 60th Anniversary Season." The big news this season is the presentation of a large-scale, professional quality, classical production of The Nutcracker on the Powers stage during the first weekend of December. The show will include a live orchestra comprised of Dana School faculty and other professional musicians, and will be the only full-scale production of the holiday classic in the region this year. We are also bringing back a BWR alum, Youngstown native Austin Dabney, as a guest artist.  Austin went on to a professional career in ballet and will dance the male lead for the production in December.

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
Rotary Magazine
By: Dr. Barbara Brothers
Group Dynamics Finding Fresh Ways to Connect
The subtitle of “Group Dynamics” says it all: “Meet the Rotarians who are finding fresh ways to  connect.” As we think about possibilities we should check out the website membership. And I think we should submit Operation Pollination as an example of reaching out to other groups. Elayne, don’t you want to take on one more task and submit to Rotary?
Rotary International President
Rotary Goals for 2021-2022
Welcome to the new Rotary year — a year when you will be called upon to Serve to Change Lives
and achieve big dreams. Because of your passion for achieving great things, we will grow more and
do more. Click here for the rest of his message. 


August 17, 2009: During his visit to the Rotary Club of Youngstown, District Governor J. Douglas Simpson outlined the ways to connect Rotary with current culture, and challenged Rotarians to “Get With It!”

Rotary Birthdays:
Kader Makanera -  August 18

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. 

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
Earlier this year, in celebration of their 10-year anniversary, Mahoning County Land Bank released a "Greening Guide - Greening Practices for Native Ecosystems". Here is a short excerpt worth considering as we look for alternatives to the "over-managed lawn" (which contribute to health consequences for us and other species death due to chemical pesticides used to maintain a lawn-and-garden):
"Why Use Native Plants?
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, seeds, and homes that are used by native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals. Native plants do not require fertilizers or pesticides. Native plants require less water than grass/cut lawns and help prevent soil erosion overall. The deep root systems of many native Midwestern plants increase the soil's capacity to absorb storm water. Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff helping to stop flooding. Native plants also help reduce air pollution, especially in urban areas. Most importantly, native plantscapes do not require mowing. Excessive carbon from the burning of fossil fuels contributes to global warming. Native plants sequester carbon from the air as they grow , acting as a carbon sink. Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of Ohio's heritage. Native plants are beautiful and increase scenic values, helping to beautify a landscape (U.S. FOREST SERVICE 2019).
Operation Pollination partners encourage you to consider a cultural shift by simply doing one thing: replace exotic non-native plants with those that will benefit our home(s) in so many ways beyond beauty!
For your downloadable copy of the Greening Guide - "A complete guide for planting more than 90 native plant species" - visit: 
Bowling Team Recruitment
Start date: Tuesday, September 14 6:30 PM @ 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
Youngstown Rotary now has a Linkedin Page. Follow us!
Russell Hampton
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