Monday, August 2, 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 MVR
or virtually via Zoom. 
The  Zoom ID is: 330 967 0456

Last Week's Meeting:  

Rotarians looked back and ahead while discussing the Rotary Groundhog Craft Beerfest. 

The third annual event was postponed from early February to mid July because of COVID-19. It was held at Stambaugh Auditorium, as usual, but in the parking lot instead of the ballroom. Event co-chairs Dave Stillwagon and club President Josh Prest say the event was a success, despite the challenges of hosting a social event during a pandemic.

The Stambaugh parking lot on Ford Avenue was an “enormous space” to fill, Stillwagon said, and yet provided plenty of room for social distancing. Attendees walked amid brewers, food trucks, a Mahoning Matters community news source tent, and a stage for live musical entertainment. 

A final financial report is forthcoming. In addition to RCY members who volunteered at Beerfest, Stillwagon recognized the Boardman Rotarians who poured beer and gave additional support, as well as event sponsors and the Stambaugh Auditorium staff.

Beerfest will return on Jan. 29, 2022, with Kevin Chiu and Samantha Turner as event co-chairs. Beerfest proceeds support RCY’s local grantmaking program.
Cheers to all!

In other news, Bonnie Deutsch Burdman received her round badge for having successfully completed requirements of new members.

More pictures from last week's meeting here.

This Week's Meeting:
Raji Sankar
This week’s speaker is bringing a new concept in restaurants to our area, and she will be sharing that with us on Wednesday. Raji Sankar co-founded Wholesome International in 2004, a multi-concept restaurant development company, which owns and operates Choolaah Indian BBQ restaurants and franchised Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants. Raji is co-CEO and is responsible for people, operations and infrastructure. Previously, she held executive and operational leadership positions in technology and media companies. She has served as adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University and as a member on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity. 
Choolaah uses traditional Indian cooking techniques and fast-casual ordering, along with responsible ingredient sourcing. It will be located at 1051 Boardman-Poland Road, in between Starbucks and Mission BBQ.
Raji earned a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy from VNIT India, Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Rotary Magazine:
By: Dr. Barbara Brothers
Each One, Bring One
RI President Shekhar Mehta’s message to us is “Each One, Bring One,” and his goal is for us to increase the membership of Rotary to 1.3 million by July 2022. While he particularly emphasizes reaching out to younger people and women, a letter to the editor reminds us that we need to reach out to the retirees and older members of our community as well. I am taking this as a challenge to bring a member from my age group. Who are you going to reach out to to become a volunteer in our efforts to improve our community? Who have you invited from the community to  “volunteer” with us in one of our projects? Read your Rotary to learn how we can help to grow Rotary. 


August 1, 1947: Youngstown Rotarians host a party for 100 crippled on the Clarence J. Strouss estate.


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 sign up. 

You can sign up for the steak fry here.

Dr. Lincoln Bower, a leading monarch biologist who helped create the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Mexico and Journey North, worked to create awareness for this favorite of all pollinators. He stated, "I think we need to realize that biological treasures, such as monarchs, are just as valuable as [a work of art such as] the Mona Lisa ... these things are fascinating in their own right, and valuable in their own right."
From author Sara Dykman: "There is a difference between a species that exists and a species that carries out a multigenerational multinational migration. Bower advocated for the protection of biological phenomena. He knew the migration needed to be saved for its own intrinsic beauty.'"
This video demonstrates this great natural wonder.
Check out this great Youtube Video
Members of the Youngstown and Struthers Rotary Clubs and their friends were welcomed to Bob Coggeshall’s gardens to learn more about planting, sustaining and maintaining beautiful pollinator gardens as part of the Operation Pollination service project. It was AMAZING! More pictures here:
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
City Summer Camp
Volunteers are needed on Thursday, Aug. 5, when children in the City Summer Camp program will gather at the Wick Park Pavilion for a picnic. Rotarians are needed from 1 to 3 p.m. to hand out books to campers and serve as mentors. Please contact @Samantha Turner.
Candid Moments:
Club pianist Luke Politsky caught in a tarantella at Our Lady of Mount Carmel this past weekend. 
Russell Hampton
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