Monday September 13, 2021

This month Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives by take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all agesExplore the possibilities with us at our meeting Wednesday at noon at Wick Park or virtually via Zoom.

The  Zoom ID is: 330 967 0456

Jacob Sebest

This Week's Speaker - Jacob Sebest

Jacob Sebest will speak to Youngstown Rotary on September 15, 2021.  A Youngstown native and 2020 YSU graduate, Jacob Sebest currently works for Habitat for Humanity, starting out there as Outreach Coordinator. He is now building a cafe for them, which fits his passion for food and drink. His plan is to expand Habitat's mission by reaching a new audience with this endeavor.
Jacob graduated from Ursuline High School, class of 2016, and attended seminary for two years at the Pontifical College Josephinum, where he studied Philosophy, until switching to YSU to pursue Communications and Nonprofit Leadership. At YSU, he was an active member of the Newman Center and Catholic Student Association. He is  on the Board of Directors for Newman Center. 

Last Week's Meeting - Basic Education and Literacy Month

Rotary International observes Basic Education and Literacy Month every September. RCY member Aimee Fifarek, executive director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, discussed the economic and social impacts of literacy during the Sept. 8 meeting. 

While low literacy and illiteracy often are associated with underdeveloped countries, it is very much a national and local concern, Fifarek said. Citing a 2020 study by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the analytics firm Gallup, she noted that 19 percent of Mahoning County residents read below minimum proficiency levels.
Operation Warm Logo

Donate Today!

Support Operation Warm 2021 with your donation of $20 per kids’ coat.  Checks should be made payable to Youngstown Rotary Foundation by the end of September 2021.
Praising Cooks and Karaoke from the September 2021 Steak Fry

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

At the September 8th meeting, Adam Lee and inbound member Jessica Romeo were thanked for cooking the steaks and salmon at the annual club Steak Fry, which was graciously hosted by Scott Schulick at his home. Rotarians who left at sunset missed out on some stellar karaoke performances by Dave Stillwagon, Samantha Turner, Dionne Dowdy, Jessica Romeo and Rich Bernacki, among others.

Rotary Magazine - Supporting Communities

Most of us try not to miss our weekly Rotary meetings whether on zoom or sitting together at Wick Park. I think most of us would say that we value both the fellowship and the information we get from listening to our speakers and hearing about the work we are doing in our community.
That is exactly why I read Rotary: to connect to the people and work of Rotary.  Reading this issue you will learn how we stepped up to provide essential services during COVID-19, worked with Peace Corps volunteers, formed a satellite club with 10 members to serve their small community, and continue to work for full literacy in India.


New Membership Tool

LinkedIn has become a powerful social media tool for growing your personal professional network, enhancing your brand, and building meaningful business relationships. Did you know that the platform also provides an excellent opportunity for attracting new Rotarians? 

By its design,

This Week in Rotary History

September 18, 1959: Rotary Club of Youngstown had first discussion on establishing a new club in Austintown; they determined there was not yet enough business activity to sustain a club.

Cause for Celebration

  • Michael Schaffer - September 15


  • RCY Field Trip to SMARTS Academy, Sept. 22
  • Joint meeting with Youngstown Lions and Youngstown Kiwanis, featuring guest speaker Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President Public Affairs at Cleveland Indians, noon Sept. 23, YMCA Manchester Room ($10 lunch fee; reservations by Sept. 20 to President Josh Prest)
  • Membership Social, Sept. 29, Prima Cucina, 103 W. Federal St.
  • Christmas Party, Dec. 15
  • Groundhog Day Craft Beerfest, Jan. 29, Stambaugh Auditorium


Sept 1-Oct 30 is the Statewide Milkweed Pod Collection.


Start date: Tuesday, Sept. 14
6:30 p.m. at 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


It is with much excitement that we share with members the 2022 Grand Tour of Greece with a pre-tour extension of Sorrento, Italy!  The group tours formerly sponsored by WYSU will continue to be organized by Ana Torres of YSU and EF Go Ahead Tours through the Rotary Club of Youngstown. This tour is especially customized.
Discover the heart of Europe’s oldest city, from the Acropolis to the Plaka, departing May 14 and returning May 28, 2022. Participants will make their way along the Ionian coast steeped in mythology and cruise the relaxed idyllic Greek Islands of Santorini and Mykonos. You can review the details of this fabulous tour here. There aren’t many seats left, so if you’re interested, you’re encouraged to book soon. For questions, call Ana Torres at 330-941-1717.


Jessica Romeo
Community Health Educator, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth, Youngstown
Sponsor: Adam Lee
Classification: Community Health
Flavio Aiken 
Legal Assistant 
Sponsor: Mike Latessa
Classification: Law


Shannon Tirone

Associate Vice President for University Relations, Youngstown State University
Classification: Higher education
Sponsor: Scott Schulick

Shannon Tirone is a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of YSU. As Associate Vice President of University Relations, she oversees the Marketing & Communications Office, University Events, Alumni Relations, WYSU and the YSU Police Department. Her involvement with Rotary began 23 years ago as a member of Boardman Rotary.  She was sponsored by her father, Bill Sweeney, and had the pleasure of chairing many committees and leadership positions, to include serving as President. Her mother, JoAnn Sweeney, was also a Rotarian of both the Struthers and Canfield clubs.  Shannon is a proud Paul Harris Fellow member. 

Rotary International Convention 2022

Houston, Texas 

June 4-8 

Registration is open and hotel rooms are filling up! Now is the time to reserve your spot to attend this incredible gathering of the world's Rotarians this time next year. Learn more about it here
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