Monday, July 18, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our 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

It may be summer, but it is time to start thinking about the kids who will need coats this winter.  Join former Club President Dave Stillwagon for the kickoff of one of Youngstown Rotary's best campaigns of the year.
There was no jackpot winner last week! There are only 4 balls left in the box, and the only way you can win the jackpot – which is over $500 now – is to attend the meeting!

Sharon Letson presided over her first meeting as president of Rotary Club of Youngstown, and it was a packed house, as we hosted over 30 freshman YSU students. The students were part of the YSU Freshman Experience, a program that allows them to see that YSU is much more than just the campus. 

The Freshman Experience familiarizes incoming students with the community through visits to local organizations and hands-on activities. Wednesday was “Serving Youngstown Day” and the students visited OH WOW and helped clean Wick Park. They were our guests at lunch, and were able to meet Club members and make connections that will hopefully endure into the future. 

“Parks and Rec Day” was Thursday, and the students took a trolley tour of Mill Creek MetroParks, enjoying lunch at the B & O Station afterwards. On Friday, they got a taste of downtown Youngstown, visiting YBI, Tyler History Center, SMARTS, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and various restaurants. 
As President Sharon stated, this is exactly what Rotary does – connecting students to our work, and helping them become comfortable as they go out into the world. Hopefully one day will become Rotarians!
  • The House Committee needs volunteers! You would be helping set up and take down after each meeting, and would need to be at Wick Park at approximately 11:15.
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee needs a few members to help other clubs achieve what our club has in terms of recruiting and retaining new members with diverse backgrounds.
  • Put Kids First mentoring program in Harding Elementary School is looking for volunteers on August 3.  Students students ages 5 – 16 will receive a book and enjoy the Summer Reading barbeque. 
Contact Samantha Turner if you are interested in any of these opportunities.


Rotarians know that our Beers, Cheers & Gears social series is a great way to get to know one another while supporting local businesses.
Don’t miss the club’s next BC&G gathering at 5:30 p.m. this 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.

National Moth Week will be observed worldwide, during the last full week of July. This year marks the 11th year of celebrating the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. 
“Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. 

NMW offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

Why Moths?
  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage.
  • Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal and need to be sought at night to be seen. Others fly like butterflies during the day.
Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.

Happy Mothing!


July 19, 1927: Rotary Club of Youngstown hired Lillian Butcher Stambaugh as Club pianist.
Herbert Soss - 47 Years

Save The Date


November 5, 2022

District 6650 is hosting a fundraising event for the Ukraine Relief Fund. Chaired by Scott Schulick and Shannon Tirone, the event’s goal is to raise $100,000 from the clubs in our district. DG Michelle is asking each club to raise at least $2,500 towards that effort.
Past RI President Barry Rassin will be the special guest, and guests will enjoy a Ukrainian menu, singers, dancers, and the music of the Harmonia Band. 
More information will be available soon, but get this on your calendar now. It’s all for a great cause, and desperately needed by a country and its people who have been ravaged by war. 
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