Monday, January 11, 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
Bryan Youngblood
Last Week's Review: At the January 6, 2021 meeting of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, President Samantha Turner presented the slate of officers and directors nominated for the 2021-22 Rotary Year. They are as follows: 
  • President  - Josh Prest
  • President-Elect - Sharon Letson
  • Vice-President     Deanna Rossi
  • Secretary      George Nelson
  • Treasurer     Troy Rhoades
  • Immediate Past Pres. - Samantha Turner
  • RI Foundation Chair - Becky Davis (to fill an unexpired term through 6/30/22)
  • Directors: 
    • Mike Latessa (term ending 6/30/23)
    • Deb Flora (for term ending 6/30/2024)
    • Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer (For unexpired term ending 6/30/22)
    • Scott R. Schulick (Past President term expiring 6/30/22)
Scott Schulick moved that nominations be closed.  Motion seconded by John Fahnert.  Motion carries viva voce by those present in-person and on Zoom.
Gerry Sullivan moved that the slate of officers and directors for 2021-22 be adopted as presented by the Nominating Committee.  David Stillwagon seconded the motion.  Motion carries viva voce by those present in-person and on Zoom.
The members of the nominating committee were: Josh Prest, Chair; Dave Stillwagon, Paul Garchar, Mike Latessa, Robyn Gallito)
By: Dr. Barbara Brothers
A Long Walk to Water
Recently reading a message by Salva Dut, the subject of Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water, I learned about Rotary’s work in Sudan:  “Special thanks to the Board of Water for Sudan, and to the Rotary Clubs that have worked closely with me.” 
Salva is one of the Lost Boys who finally made his way to the United States.  He returned to his country to dig wells for villages in which water had to be carried from such a distance that children in his village and others could not go to school, the day spent instead walking to groundwater and then back to their village home, to bring water was polluted. 
I highly recommend the book for your teenage children as well. Helping others to make a difference is Rotary at work in the community and in the world.
   This story, like all issues of Rotary, expand our knowledge of the places in which Rotarians are at work and of the variety of professions and work that others do that are essential to our well being. We encourage you to make time to read it.

Your Fellow Rotarian

Suzanne Fleming
Compiled by Debora Flora 
If there was ever a handbook for effective community volunteerism you could bet that our own Suzanne Fleming would be the author. In addition to her career as a nurse (retired), wife, and mother, this longtime Rotarian has found a way to help many parts of the community. Learn more about her projects and her fondness for a variety of sports in her profile.


January 10, 1947: Youngstown Vindicator reporter Esther Hamilton, who covered Rotary Club of Youngstown weekly meetings on her beat, was made an honorary member of Club.
Mar 24, 2021
Junior League of Youngstown
Mar 31, 2021
Apr 07, 2021
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District Governor Linda Henderson wrote to encourage all Rotarians to look at the lessons of the recent pandemic as a "learning experience" noting that we have learned skills that we will continue to use even after the pandemic.

"We learned to use our time better by using Zoom. How cool is it that we can have speakers from all over the country do live programs and even answer questions. We can connect all of our members even if they can’t leave their desks at lunch time, even if they are not able to leave home due to age or illness, or even if they winter in Florida."

She concluded by encouraging all Rotarians to  make 2021 the best year ever. "We have missed being together. We have recharged our energy and are ready to expand Rotary’s mission. ... Make plans, open your hearts, spread your wings and fly. It is a new year and it will be a great one for Rotarians everywhere."


Jan 11
Kathleen Prasad
Jan 13
Tony Perrone
Bob Lenga 
    46 Years
Walter DeBald
   30 years
Suzanne Fleming
   19 Years
Ellie Platt
    6 Years

Double Your Donation

So far, our new contest has generated more than $35,000 for The Rotary Foundation to do “Good in the World” and our local communities. 

Let's keep up the good work!

During the past five years, District 6650 has raised more than $200,000 for The Rotary Foundation. As a reminder, this new contest is part of the annual Paul Harris Fellow Challenge. It will allow donors of $100 or more to GIFT their matching Foundation Points to another Rotarian in the Club. You both receive the donor credit toward your first or next Paul Harris Fellow level!  


Dear Rotarian,

You still have an opportunity to complete the 2020 Rotary Member Census. Your responses will help Rotary make important decisions about our organization to provide you with the best Rotary experience possible. The survey will be open until 15 January 2021.

To begin the survey, click the link below. You can use the link to return to the survey if you need to leave at any point. Only one survey can be submitted using the link, so please don’t forward or share this email. By clicking the link, you consent to participating in the 2020 Rotary Member Census.

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