Monday, August 8, 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 new membersExplore 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

Stephanie A. Urchick and Tom Gump will join us via Zoom to discuss Club Culture Transformation. They have researched club transformation and will share their findings, which may influence member retention efforts. Stephanie, a past Rotary International director, is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA, near Canonsburg. Tom is past governor of Rotary District 5950 and a member of Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, MN. His suggestions for attracting and retaining members and his efforts in launching new, cause-based Rotary clubs have been documented in Rotary magazine cover stories.

Last Week's Meeting

Wednesday was a great day for a picnic with summer campers in the City of Youngstown’s Parks and Recreation summer program. All of the Wick Pavilion was put to use as Rotarians grilled hamburgers and hot dogs outside and set up for a book distribution inside. Rotarians served food to dozens of children and teens, ate with them at picnic tables, and helped them to select age-appropriate new books. Members of Know Your Neighbor Block Watch, in the Harding Elementary School neighborhood, also distributed school supplies. RCY members turned out in strong numbers and likely met some future Rotarians at this fun, high-energy event.

Save The Date


November 5, 2022

I am honored to serve as Event Chair for District 6650's effort to support The Rotary Foundation through RI's Ukraine Relief Fund!  This event is one of the largest the District and clubs together have undertaken in some time and I commend DG Michelle for her vision to make this event a reality.  As Rotarians, we are committed to humanitarian relief through our Avenues of Service and the need is great as we watch the war unfold and the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
So, we need your help (big time)!  Each club in the district is being asked to raise at least $2500 for the event.  If we can do that, we will raise over $100,000.  However, we know you can do much better than that.  We're asking clubs to donate, raise funds through events, or commit funds from an existing event to help us reach our goal.  Additionally, you can reach your goal by inviting individual Rotarians and their businesses to be sponsors and for businesses and organizations in your communities to become an event sponsor.  It all adds up and will help you reach your goal quickly.  We are exactly 3 months away from this event and that gives you time to get organized and raise funds.  Think Jerry Lewis telethon style: your clubs will raise funds and on the night of the event, you will come up on stage and tell us your total!  
We have a very special guest in Past Rotary President Barry Rassin attending the event.  Barry was RI President in 2018-19 when I served as District Governor and his theme was "Be the Inspiration."  I have no doubt that District 6650 can "be the inspiration" to reach a lofty goal to help the people of Ukraine victimized by the war with Russia.
How will this work?
For every dollar your club raises the club will receive Rotary Foundation Recognition points that you can use to award Paul Harris Fellows.  If your club raises at least $2500 through donations, sponsorships from Rotarians and/or businesses, you will be awarded a bonus Paul Harris Fellow to distribute as your club sees fit.  A generous donor is providing this bonus award.  All checks and payments for the event must be made payable to District 6650 and after the event, foundation recognition points will be transferred to your clubs.  As an example, if your club raises $5,000, you will receive 6,000 foundation points to be used at the club's discretion.
Be sure to attend the event.  Event tickets are $60 each and will not be included toward the fundraising goal as tickets will cover event overhead costs.  However, all sponsorship levels include some complimentary tickets.
Attached to this email are PDF and PNG files that you can use to print, electronically deliver to your members and event sponsor prospects.  Please consider posting to your club's social media page and ask your members to share the event!

Here is the link to the event where tickets and sponsorships can be purchased directly online:
"A Night in Ukraine" event details:
The planning committee has a lot in store to bring you authentic Ukrainian cuisine, decor, authentic music including choir, dancers and a band
An auction featuring special experiences and items (this isn't a basket raffle kind of auction!)
Fellowship with Rotarians, special guests and community members---the event is open to ALL!  Get your communities involved!  If you have a Ukrainian population or churches/organizations in your area...spread the word.
This is an effort that will bring our district together collaboratively and provide us an opportunity to fulfill RI President Jennifer Jones' charge to "Imagine Rotary!"
Please email me or call me with any questions.  I will continue to regularly send you follow-up emails as the weeks progress.
Good Luck in your efforts! We can do this!
PDG Scott Schulick, Event Chair

 Flooding Relief in Kentucky

Dear Rotary Members in Zones 30 and 31,
Once again, #RotaryResponds where human needs are great. 

Last Thursday, flooding devastated three counties in eastern Kentucky in economically challenged communities. At least 26 people have lost their lives and fatalities may rise as rescue efforts continue. People who had very little before the flooding are now left with nothing.  Flooding in small communities in hollows in our own District 6740 has destroyed homes and livelihoods. Many people are without power or running water. Additional rains are adding to the suffering and complicating rescue efforts.

Rotary District Governor in 6740, Seema Sachdeva, the district leadership and Rotary clubs in the devastated communities are organized to accept donations to help these communities survive, recover and rebuild. At this time, cash donations are needed and are the preferred way for each of us to make a difference.
Please help the people of eastern Kentucky. The Pikeville, KY Rotary club will serve as the district’s point of contact for cash contributions to a 501(c) (3) fund, through an account with the Pikeville Community Foundation.

Cash contributions can be sent to the following address:

Pikeville Rotary Club Eastern Kentucky Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 988
Pikeville, KY 41502

Funds will  be used for immediate disaster relief for the affected families. More information about relief efforts and needs will be communicated as it becomes available.
Please help out our communities and families that are in such desperate need in eastern Kentucky. Thank you for being a Rotarian, and thank you for your compassion.

Elizabeth Usovicz

Rotary International Director, Rotary Zones 30 and 31


Scrappers Game Information

Join us for a Youngstown Rotary Night Out Picnic
Thursday, August 18th
Picnic: 5:30pm
First pitch: 7:05pm
Cost: $24 per person (includes upper box seat, picnic - hot dogs, burgers, baked beans, potato salad, cookies, chips, water, soft drinks)
Please see the attached form for more details. RSVP deadline is August 11th (made directly to the Scrappers via the form or by calling 330.505.0000).

We Need Your Plastic Film

Don’t forget - the Operation Pollination committee is encouraging all Rotarians to save their plastic film and bring it to Rotary on Wednesdays. Once we collect 500 pounds of plastic, we turn it into Trex, the company that manufactures composite decking. Trex, in turn, will donate a bench made of the recycled plastic that we will place in a pollinator garden or near a Little Free Library.
We have until the end of February 2023 to collect the plastic. You can turn in your recyclables to Elsa Higby, Ra’Cole Taltoan, or LInda Kostka, who will weigh, track, and turn it in. See the list of items below to see what’s acceptable. 

Operation Pollination

Small Bites

Within the Rotary Club of Youngstown, we have had an on-going conversation about Operation Pollination since January 2021. By now everyone knows 1) what it is, 2) why we are talking about it, and 3) why it matters. Right? 
How very esoteric of me. 
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of North Canton, I had the opportunity to again talk about this project. My husband was “my driver” that day. He, who for nearly two years, had sat just outside of the phone conversations, monthly zoom meetings, activity on our property and in our community etc. had never heard the entire message from beginning to end.
His take-aways: 
Operation Pollination is NOT a “butterfly project”.
It addresses an environmental crisis that many people are not aware.
It is a crisis because it threatens our food supply.
The monarch butterfly although compelling for what it is, does, and represents (hundreds to thousands of other species), is a determinant that indicates whether we are saving ourselves or “defecating” in our own beds (the monarch having just been declared “Endangered” – not a good indication).

And his light-bulb moment: A lawn contributes nothing to a healthy environment – especially if we pound it with chemicals that end in “cide” (think “sui - …”). 
So, for newer members who missed the introduction or those who have been with us from the beginning and would welcome an elevator speech:
1)    Operation Pollination is an environmental project aimed at creating a network of pollinator habitats on public and private lands.
2)    Over 100 crops grown in the U.S. alone, are directly dependent on animal pollination to produce our fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, spices, oils, fibers, raw materials, and medicines.
3)    Pollinator populations are all declining because we have reduced or removed where they live - their food sources – and with theirs goes ours.
And to help answer the question, “What can we do?”:
Whatever we can do it our own backyards is an important part of the solution: Replacing half the area that is now barren lawn with plants thar are best at supporting food webs would create over 20 million acres of connectivity and go a long way towards sustaining biodiversity in the future.
More about that next week.

Steak Fry 2022

Please see the link to the form for the Club's annual Steak Fry registration information. 


August 10, 2004: Our Club developed a mission statement for strategic planning, and began the process by holding two meetings per month for the next three months.
  • Shirley Shields, August 9
  • Michael Latessa, August 11
The Four-Way Test
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Erick Jenkins

Certified employment support professional,
Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities 
Classification: TBD
Sponsor: Gerri Jenkins
Erick, a lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, earned his bachelor degree at Youngstown State University and Master of Business Administration at Malone University in Canton. Over time, he has developed a passion to help individuals obtain and maintain gainful employment. Watching them transition from workshop settings to community employment environments is one of his greatest achievements. He also volunteers and serves on several committees at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a 4th degree member with the Knights of Columbus. He has two children, Mayson and Andrew.
Dominick Brown

Shift Leader, Ultium Cells Joint Venture Between General Motors and LG

Classification: Automotive Manufacturing

Sponsor: Samantha Turner

Dominick has more than 12 years of management experience at General Motors plants in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. He was selected as Group Leader of the Month twice, in 2016 and 2018. After graduating from The Rayen School in 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science at YSU, where he majored in criminal justice. He is an active member of General Motors African Ancestry Network and the Professional Managers Network.
Bulletin Editor
Steve Poullas
Advertisement for Russell Hampton
Advertisement for ClubRunner
Advertisement for ClubRunner Mobile
Bulletin Editor
Steve Poullas
Club Information

Welcome to Youngstown Rotary

Service Above Self

Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Wick Park Pavilion
260 Park Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44504
United States of America
(330) 743-8630
Connect through Zoom:
District Site
Venue Map
Please add to your safe sender list or address book.
To view our privacy policy, click here.
102-2060 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7