Monday, May 1, 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.

The  Zoom ID is: 3567145262

This Week's Meeting

All city service clubs – Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis – will gather with attorneys, judges and local students for the annual Law Day lunch program at noon Wednesday at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek MetroParks. Law Day will replace our regular weekly meeting. Tables have been reserved for those who RSVPd. The reservation deadline has passed.

Last Week's Meeting

(Editor’s note: Many thanks to Peter Herman for summarizing the April 26 meeting for the newsletter. The Clatter staff appreciates you, Pete!)

Being National Administrative Professionals Day, RCY asked its members to invite administrative support staff, receptionists etc. to join us at our weekly lunch to celebrate their contributions in various industries and organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley. We had a great turnout with 17 guests present.

The meeting was held at St John’s Episcopal Church on Wick Ave. President Sharon Letson announced that while repairs are continuing at Wick Park Pavilion, we will continue to meet at St. John’s through the month of May. Thank you, Rev. Gayle Catinella, for your hospitality!

Our club has three more months to reach our plastic bag-recycling goal. We are about halfway there, so please, if you have not done so yet, start bringing plastic bags to regular meetings to get us over the top sooner rather than later.

President Sharon Letson presented new member Brendan Considine with a square badge. Welcome, Brendan!

Our guest speaker and honoree, Jason Hess, is an exceptional Mechanical Engineering student in his junior year at Youngstown State and YSU’s first recipient of the prestigious Harry S. Truman National Scholarship. On the road to winning his award, he met with the U.S. Secretary of Energy discussing his ideas for cleaning up space junk in the atmosphere. His Truman interview, which was supposed to be 20 minutes, ran 2 hours long.

Jason also received Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. As presenter Scott Schulick explained, Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow when someone’s life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objective and mission of the Rotary foundation to build world understanding and peace. Other notable recipients are Presidents Jimmy Carter, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell and U.S. virologist Jonas Salk.

YSU Professor Dr. Ron Shaklee was on hand to introduce Jason, as he had been a confidant and advisor of Jason’s.

Jason spoke of his upbringing and his determination to succeed. He was born here at St. Elizabeth Hospital as a premature triplet and doctors had said that he and his siblings had intellectual disabilities that would hamper them from succeeding in higher education. The response to that prognosis was a determination to prove them wrong. His siblings are also attending YSU.

Jason started proving the doctors wrong early on. Factors that Jason attributes to shaping him include an inspiring science teacher, excelling in science fairs, doing well in school, participating in sports and coaching, and capturing that underdog Mahoning Valley and Shenango Valley community pride. A refreshing takeaway from listening to him speak is that he is extremely humble and gracious to those who have helped him along the way. 

One quote that has stuck with Jason is President John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice University on Sept. 12, 1962: “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”

We wish Jason Hess all the best in his future endeavors.

Rotary Outing Ahead

RCY’s weekly meeting on May 24 will be at Golden String Inc.'s Gabba Camp in Coitsville. Golden String is a Youngstown-based nonprofit that provides medical, vocational and social support for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Golden String was created by Youngstown native Jimmy Sutman in 2001. You may be familiar with The Purple Cat, a day program provider for adults with disabilities, which was also created by Sutman. Rotarian Flavio Aiken is a grant writer for Golden String. 
Gabba Camp is a 30-acre resort and respite center that will provide recreation, respite care and vocational opportunities for adults with disabilities. Five ADA accessible cabins that will house 4-6 people are currently under construction and are scheduled to be operational in the fall of this year. Two additional cabins will be built in 2024. All cabins will have heat, air conditioning, a kitchenette, patio and bathroom with a shower. Golden String is pursuing federal and local grant funding for a parking lot, lodge and swimming pool.
Parking on May 24 will be in the lot across McCartney Road from the Purple Cat at Farmer Casey's Ranch (adjacent to Gabba Camp). The address is 4738 McCartney Road, Lowellville, 44436. Carpooling is encouraged. Most of our time at Gabba Camp will be spent walking the grounds. There may be some muddy areas, and so members are urged to wear appropriate shoes.

Please RSVP to George Nelson if you will attend.

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World Bee Day News

The Monarch butterfly may be the symbol of Operation Pollination, but there’s no disputing the importance of bees in our lives. They carry pollen from flower to flower, which enables the production of fruits, nuts and seeds that we need and enjoy. That is only one reason why World Bee Day will be observed on May 20.
A local celebration will be from noon to 4 p.m. that afternoon at Honeycomb Arts and Wellness Center at the Judy Rogers Memorial Garden, 1931 Belmont Ave. See our fellow Rotarian Jessica Romeo for information.
Registration for Miles for Monarchs 2023 is now live!
Every year, millions of monarch butterflies embark on a fall migration from the northern U.S. and Canada to central Mexico and set out to return north after a long winter. Miles for Monarchs is a way for individuals, teams, and the entire collective of participants to journey the same 3,000 miles of this migration virtually. Miles for Monarchs 2023 is an online campaign designed to engage participants in personal wellness while supporting monarch conservation. Join individually or with a team, track your mileage, get out into nature, and learn from conservation experts from the Monarch Joint Venture.
This year's campaign will take place in the spring and fall to represent the seasonal migrations of monarchs.
  • The spring "migration" will be hosted from May 22 - June 25.
  • The fall "migration" will be hosted from August 28 - October 1.


May 3, 2011: Rotary Club of Yougnstown hosted the annual Law Day luncheon and speaker at Our Lady of Mt. Carrmel social hall.
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