Monday, september 4, 2023

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
September is Rotary Literacy Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by supporting literacy in our communityExplore 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

Join us Wednesday at Wick Park to meet Joe Danyi, owner of Youngstown Studio, which produces podcasts by Youngstown talent. In addition to The 330 Sports Show (And More), the Youngstown Studio collection includes discussions on music, motorcycles, culture, self-improvement, science, technology, politics, health and comedy.

Also, Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley will have a planting day at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the YWCA Mahoning Valley, 25 W. Rayen Ave. Wear your OP T-shirts!


Last Week's Meeting

If you want to take a group to see a YSU Penguins football game, then John Vargo can help. He is manager of Corporate Hospitality and Group Sales and spoke at our Aug. 30 meeting, on the eve of YSU’s home opener against Valparaiso. Group packages also are available during basketball season. Call Vargo at (330) 941-2392 or email him at for details. YSU has more than 500 student athletes in a variety of sports, and admission is free at many of those home competitions, Vargo noted.

Speaking of sports, RCY’s bowling team needs a few substitute participants. Bowling starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Amron Lanes in Canfield. See Frank Kishel if you are interested. If you miss a weekly meeting, then you can earn makeup credit by filling in at bowling.

John Fahnert summarized a recent Alliance Rotary meeting at which the mayor of East Palestine spoke about the ongoing cleanup after the train wreck and chemical spill. 

President-Elect George Nelson presided at the meeting, and so meeting photos were taken by Steve Poullas. Thanks, Steve!

Also, on Aug. 31, the Traveling Groundhog Craft Beer Preview made its first stop at Paladin Brewery in Austintown. In addition to promoting the club’s upcoming major fundraiser, the preview night included a mini fundraiser. Trina Williams won the Roll Throwdown, with her gourmet egg rolls outpacing Jack Kravitz’s savory strudel, as judged by money-paying participants. Proceeds went to a charity of the winner’s choice. Trina chose the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown. Thank you, Trina and Jack, for adding to a fun evening. Photos by George Nelson.



Deadlines are nearing to participate in three important activities this month. Don’t let these dates slip by!

SERVICE PROJECT: The Operation Warm committee seeks donations by Sept. 15 to purchase warm winter coats for city school children. Each member is encouraged to contribute $100, which will pay for five coats. Contributions can be made by members and nonmembers alike. See co-chairs Dave Stillwagon and Stacia Erdos Littleton for more information.

SOCIAL: The annual Steak Fry will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek MetroParks. Cost is $45 per member/guest if you register before Sept. 7 and $60 afterward. Reservations will close at midnight Sept. 13. Complete your registration online or mail the printed form to the RCY office ASAP.

SURVEY: Club directors need your input concerning weekly lunch meetings by Sept. 11. Use this link:





You might not have known this about Butterflies!

What has four wings, three body segments, taste buds on their feet, and no ears? Butterflies! The 17,000+ species of these beautiful creatures occur on every continent except Antarctica. Butterflies go through four stages of life, starting as an egg that hatches into a tiny caterpillar. The caterpillar eats and eats the host plant where it lives, grows and sheds its skin five times! When it is “full grown”, it changes into a chrysalis and enters the pupa stage before finally exiting the chrysalis as an adult butterfly.
Some caterpillars and butterflies have very bright, colorful patterns while others have wings that are designed to camouflage them as they are food for many other creatures. 
Butterflies drink flower nectar as their primary food, but they also need nutrients that do not come from flowers. If you see butterflies sitting on rotten food, wet soil, or even feces while slowly moving their wings, they are getting nutrients they need to thrive and reproduce.
And yes, this finally happened and was able to be caught on camera, at our house, just this past week! Happy Labor Day and safe travels my friends.


September 9, 1943: Rotary Club of Youngstown announced the establishment of a research program for the care of crippled children with cerebral palsy, known then as “spastic paralyzed;” it was the first such program in the State of Ohio.

Bill Petro 9/5
Jack Kravitz 9/6
Sharon Stringer 9/8
Ellie Platt 9/8
Steve Poullas 9/8
Mary Slaven 9/8
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