TUESDAY, May 30, 2023

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. 


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This Week's Meeting

Join us this Wednesday at St. John Episcopal Chruch for lunch, fellowship, and a presentation about the Rotary Women's Initaive. 

Last Week's Meeting

A small but mighty band of Rotarians were on the road last week, visiting Golden String’s Gabba Camp in Lowellville. Our host, Rotarian Flavio Aiken, grant writer for Golden String (and his son Gino) were our hosts, giving us a first-hand look at the camp that is visible from Route 422. That first look, though, doesn’t begin to tell the story of what is available there for their special community of campers.
Golden String and its associated programs provide medical, vocational, and social support for adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury. The organization is developing Gabba Camp as a year-round resort and respite center for adults with physical and developmental disabilities on 30 acres of woodlands. An additional 20 acres belongs to Purple Cat, another Golden String program.
The impetus for the development of Gabba Camp came after participants in Golden String programs encountered barriers to enjoying outside activities such as sporting events and trips to other non-accessible campgrounds. The decision was made to ensure clients could have the same experience as other adults in an environment suited to their needs. 
After a delicious lunch provided by Gallagher’s Lunch Box, a program of Golden String, we were taken on a tour of the grounds. We were astounded by the scope of the camp and grounds that you can’t see from the highway. Several ADA-compliant cabins were under development, with plans to build at least 12 total. Priority will go to Golden String clients, with the possibility of allowing children who cannot experience places like Camp Fitch to have a camping adventure. Rentals to the general public are also being considered. Funding has been requested through the American Rescue Plan to put in a pool to enhance the camping experience. 
On our way around the camp, we walked by an impressive greenhouse that provides 4-15 part time jobs for clients. A disc golf course is part of the camp’s activities, and was donated. A wheelchair-accessible bridge was also donated to Gabba Camp, and was shipped to the site in two pieces. It is festively decorated with solar mini lights, as is the pathway. The bees in the hives were, well, busy……
Probably the most fun to see was the menagerie of animals at the camp. Llamas (or were those alpaca?), chickens, goats, a turtle, dogs, and cats were all enjoying the attention. Several spectacular peacocks showed off while we walked by them. A male was showing off his plumage for a female in the adjoining cage, but it appeared she was having none of it!
To date, over $1.3 million has been invested in the development of Gabba Camp, including water, sewer and electrical infrastructure. Running the utilities to the cabins alone cost $750,000. Go to www.gabbacamp.com for more information , including how to donate. Oh, and that name, Gabba Camp? A major donor named if after his granddaughter. Now you know.


Bring on the Bees!

A dedicated group of Rotarians and friends gathered Saturday, May 27, to plant a pollinator garden on the west side of the Wick Park Pavilion. RCY and its partner organization Cityscape launched this project to further beautify Wick Park while providing food and shelter for endangered pollinating insects and birds. This is the first official planting project of Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley, a collaboration to stabilize and grow pollinator populations that are critical to human health and well being.

The Value of Sponsorships

RCY was proud to sponsor Bike Belmont on Sunday, May 21. This was the kick-off event of the Building a Better Belmont initiative to transform Belmont Avenue into a destination for dining, entertainment, culture, retail, and healthcare, so that there is a place for everyone on Belmont. The community participated in a bike ride starting at Charlie Staples in Youngstown traveling to Giant Eagle in Liberty Township and returning to Charlie Staples with multiple stops at businesses along the way. At each stop, participants will be able to share their perspectives on opportunities and challenges to help inform future efforts.
RCY’s Operation Pollination Committee provided a sign to Homecomb Arts and Wellness Collective at Coy Cornelius & Judy Rogers Studios, 1931 Belmont Ave., as collective members prepare to plant a pollinator garden there. The “sign” is in the shape and colors of a Monarch butterfly, the symbol of Operation Pollination and a great backdrop for selfies. 

Need a Night Out?

Our friends from the Girard-Liberty Rotary Club invite you to their fist Catalina Wine Mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Giant Eagle, 4700 Belmont Ave. Guests will sample wines from four distributors, beer from local craft breweries, food by Gia Russa Brands and Giant Eagle Churchill Commons, carnival games, ax throwing and additional entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple, and $50 for first responders. Tickets may be purchased at Giant Eagle and Sweet Memories Vintage Tees & Candy in Girard, among other places. Proceeds will benefit the club’s community projects, including the Girard-Liberty Schools Food Pantry. 



June 1,1925: Ninety-nine members of the Rotary Club of Youngstown had a 100 percent attendance during the past month.
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