Monday, April 19, 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
Our Weekly Meetings
Last Week's Meeting:
April is Autism Acceptance Month so it was the perfect time for our three speakers to enlighten us on the services people living with the effects of autism receive here. Robin Suzelis, the recently named Director of the Autism Society of the Mahoning Valley, gave an overview explaining not only incident rates and behaviors but also the role the 33-yr-old organization plays for families of newly diagnosed thru senior citizens. Speakers from both YSU's Rich Center for Autism and Potential Development explained how the two schools educate this population.  We are blessed to have many of our Rotarians engaged in supporting these individuals and families professionally and as volunteers. See pictures from last week's meeting HERE
Next Week's Speaker: Join us as we will hear from Leigh Ann Greene, director of Minority Health at the Youngstown City Health Department, who will enlighten us on the issues of Infant and Maternal Health. Learn more HERE
The Club kicked off its newest community program this weekend when members and other volunteers gathered to develop wildflower beds at the intersection of Ohio and Lauderdale Avenues on Youngstown's Northside.
This week's effort was done in partnership with the Mahoning County Land Bank which is a Project Partner. This is a tie-in to a national program that seeks to support monarch butterfly migration and strengthen pollinator species across the continent.  Given the breadth, severity, and persistence of pollinator loss, it is critical to expanding efforts to reverse these losses and restore birds, bee, and butterfly populations to healthy levels.  Learn more about the national program HERE

What to get involved? Learn more about the local program HERE Contact Rotary Project Chair Elayne Bozick at 330-360-3799 or email 

See additional pictures from Saturday's event HERE. 
A Chance to Beautify the Streets
Join your fellow Rotarians for our Spring Outdoor Cleanup of the Martin Luther Kind Blvd WELCOME TO YOUNGSTOWN sign area this Saturday, April 24, 9:30 -11:30 AM. We will meet at the Roofers Local 71 Building Parking lot, 2714 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Pickers and plastic bags provided and fellowship opportunity traditionally follows. This is a safe social distance outside activity Please RSVP to Rotary Chairs Steve Kristan and Sharon Letson to let them know you will be joining in!
By: Dr. Barbara Brothers
Paul Harris Society
Rotary celebrates the 153rd anniversary of the birth of Paul Harris by telling the story of the Rotary Foundation and the Paul Harris Society. It was through reading about the Rotary Foundation in what was then the Rotarian and the ways in which it supports our work here and abroad that I determined to make a gift of at least $1,000 a year to support the work. To read this story is to know the difference that one person can make and the importance of each of us contributing what we can (p. 25).

Your Fellow Rotarian

Paul Johnson
Compiled by Debora Flora 

Paul Johnson is a builder who also built Rotary into his life more than three decades ago. His company was the general contractor of the Wick Park Pavilion renovation project, for which RCY raised $350,000 -- a club record. Learn more here about Paul’s family, hobbies and what it takes for him to tell his favorite stories.


April 19, 1952: Rotary Club of Youngstown won the District Governor’s Silver Cup award for the best all-around club at the District Conference, during Reed Pennel's Presidency.
Jun 09, 2021
Ohio Supreme Court
Jun 16, 2021
The Youngstown Foundation
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Rotary Anniversary:
William Cleary
     49 Years
All of us can attend the Rotary International convention this year since it is a virtual event. The 2021 event titled Rotary Opens Opportunities is slated for , June 12-16. You can also join in preconvention committees on special topics like Rotaract and Rotary Youth Exchange June 10-11. Registration will open this month!  Learn more at the convention site HERE. To Register click HERE.
What's Your Opinion
Thank you for being a part of Rotary! As part of our commitment to providing you with the best Rotary experience possible, we invite you to participate in the 2021 Rotary Programs & Offerings Survey.
We know that this has been an atypical year, and this survey is an important opportunity for us to learn how the events of the past year have changed the ways you interact with Rotary. Begin the survey HERE

In March 2020 Sight For All United received a grant from the Rotary Club of Youngstown to provide eye exams, glasses and, if needed, related follow up medical procedures to children attending school in Youngstown, Ohio. 
The group is pleased to report that with children now returning to school they will again be sending their Doctors For Sight, opticians, volunteers and the staff from Youngstown's Classic Optical to Saint Joseph The Provider School, located at 1125 Turin Street, Youngstown, Ohio on April 30 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. So far 28 children who were unable to pass their vision screenings have been identified for further examination. These children will have full eye examinations and if needed, be fitted for two pair of eyeglasses. 

Dominic Mancini, Chief Operating Officer of 
Providing Hope by Giving Sight has invited all  
Youngstown Rotarians to stop by and witness this life changing event to be shared with other members at a future meeting. He is certain we will be moved and proud of the support they provided to make these exams possible.  

Russell Hampton
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