Monday, July 11, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through its Focus Areas

January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by developing and supporting new leadersExplore 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

Join us as we discuss the YSU Freshman Student Experience

Last Week's Meeting

A Woman’s Place is in….Rotary!
The new Rotary year began with the installation of Sharon Letson as club president. The room was packed with members and supporters but, most importantly, included Sharon’s husband Dan and their children and grandchildren. The kids added their own special commentary to the proceedings! In recognition of Sharon’s accomplishments, her family gifted her with a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Prior to the formal proceedings, PDG and past president Scott recognized four past female district governors in attendance: Debbie Esbenshade, Linda Ferguson, Suzanne Fleming, and Sieglinde Warren. In addition to Rotary International being led by its first female president, Jennifer Jones, Scott noted that all of the club presidents in our Division 1A this year are women. Quite an accomplishment, given that Rotary International didn’t formally admit women until 1987. As a club, YoRo is 45% female, and two-thirds of members are under 60 years old.
After remarks by Suzanne Fleming and the introduction of Sharon by Scott Schulick, District Governor Michelle Charles from the Rotary Club of Canton stepped up to preside over the installation. Michelle has been president of the Canton Symphony Orchestra since 2011. She joined the Rotary Club of Canton in 2011 as a way to meet people in the community. Loving the fellowship of the group, she quickly became involved, serving her club as secretary, president-elect, and president in 2018-2019.
After her remarks, Michelle called on past presidents Elayne Bozick, Suzanne Fleming, Becky Keck, Samantha Turner, and PDGs Debbie Esbenshade and Scott Schulcik to flank her around the podium. Michelle administered the oath of office to Sharon, who then installed members of the board of directors. Sharon also called forward the members of the board of the Youngstown Rotary Foundation who were also sworn in. 
Sharon recognized her friends, family, mentors, and supporters. She listed her priorities for the coming year, and announced that once again, our club will have an international exchange student, an 18-year old who hails from Pompeii, Italy. The student will be hosted by Gregg & Deanna Rossi and Dave & Joanna Stillwagon. In a scenario reminiscent of The Gift of the Magi, Sharon presented her husband Dan with a Paul Harris Fellow. Sharon was then given another Paul Harris by DG Michelle, making her a PHF +2! 

July Fireworks

All fireworks involve noise, but not all fireworks have explosions.

In recent years, the push for ‘silent fireworks’ has been focused on the impact of fireworks on both people and animals.
The effects on people can be reflected in the increase of complaints to police during June and July. Explosions of 150 to 170 decibels can not only cause hearing damage, but can trigger anxiety and panic attacks, not to mention sleep deprivation. 

The effect of loud firework explosions can be devastating. Birds have a startle response that can be seen on weather radar. According to San Sander, a clinical professor of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in a documented example, birds flew so far out to sea they couldn’t get back to land.

In another case fireworks in Arkansas killed 5,000 red-winged blackbirds. It is believed that the sounds disoriented them causing them to fly into fly into houses and buildings.
Domestic animals show dramatic fear responses of shaking, running, cowering. Not limited to dogs and cats, pet guinea pigs and rabbits also demonstrate fear response behavior.
Fireworks don’t need to explosions to be beautiful, experts say. In fact, the fireworks with the biggest booms aren’t usually the most beautiful.


Yo Ro Foundation May Meeting Minutes

As announced in the Clatter and at weekly meetings, the bylaws of the Youngstown Rotary Foundation have been updated as of July 1. Read here for information about what has changed and why the changes were necessary.

Minutes Board of Directors Meeting May 4

RCY Board of Directors May Meeting Minutes
May was a busy month for our club, and the May minutes of the Board of Directors meeting nicely summarizes those activities, including the resumption of the Youth Exchange program, a highway cleanup service project, the Put Kids First Spring Arts Festival with Youngstown City Schools and SMARTS Art School, and planning for the next Beerfest. Read all about it here.

End Polio Now 


Rotarians know that our Beers, Cheers & Gears social series is a great way to get to know one another while supporting local businesses. We had a great turnout on June 29 at the Foundation Lounge in the City Center One building (see photos below).
Don’t miss the club’s next BC&G gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, when Rotary visits the new Penguin City Brewing Co., 460 E. Federal Street (across from Youngstown Flea). It just opened to the public on July 1.

Co-owners and Rotarians Richard Bernacki and Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki already are brewing beer in their new location, which was a steel company warehouse. Their $4 million investment also includes a tap room, 45-seat bar, a seating area for another 250 visitors, and spaces for two other businesses – DOPE Cider House, which is slated to open this week, and Cockeye Barbecue, which will park its food trucks there before moving inside this fall. 

This will be a special gathering. Bring a friend! Invite a prospective member! Let’s show off a newly-polished Youngstown gem and congratulate our fellow Rotarians on a job well done.


July 11, 1947: Rotary Club of Youngstown Past President and Immediate Past District Governor (and future international President) Robert A. Manchester was named to the Youth Committee of Rotary International
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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:
  • July 21, Penguin City Beer
  • August 18, Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field
  • More details with be forthcoming.
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