Monday, May 16, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives through its Focus Areas

January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives by helping to promote Youth ServiceExplore 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

In following club tradition, our Safety Services Awards will recognize first responders for answering the call of duty with courage, compassion and dedication. We will return to the Wick Park Pavilion this Wednesday for lunch and this important program.

Last Week's Meeting

Another RCY tradition is the annual joint meeting of three Youngstown service clubs – Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis. Participants gathered Thursday, May 12, at the downtown YMCA for a baseball-themed lunch and talk by Bob DiBiasio, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Cleveland Guardians baseball. DiBiasio’s presentations are entertaining and informative – after all, he has been part of the public relations team in Cleveland since 1979. 


If you enjoyed the video of Youngstown Rotary Foundation grant winners that was recently produced by Marquee Creatives (led by Rotarian Aundrea Cike Heschmeyer), then there is an easy way to view it again and enjoy more content. Subscribe to RCY’s new YouTube channel! By signing up for a subscription, you will be notified when new videos are posted. Check out the YouTube posts on RCY’s Facebook page to subscribe, or click here.

Call to Action – Highway Cleanup

Our Rotary club is scheduled for an outdoor cleanup from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. THIS Saturday, May 21. We will meet at the old CVS Parking lot beside Stambaugh Auditorium on Fifth Avenue. We will concentrate on the on and off ramps in that area. Pickers and plastic bags will be available. RSVP to Sharon Letson or Steve Kristan if you will be able to help.

6650 District Conference 

TODAY is the FINAL DAY to register for the District 6650 conference!
Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Walsh University Barrette conference center
$50 per person
To see all details go to:
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Rotary 6650 District Conference 2022

You can pay by credit card
You must designate club name during the registration process

No Mow May

8 Reasons to Let Your Lawn Grow for a Month
When it comes to spring yard work, what if you could do more by doing less? By participating in No Mow May, you will spend less time, money, and energy on your lawn while helping to improve the planet.
First popularized in 2019 in the United Kingdom, No Mow May has taken root here in the United States. In 2020, Appleton, Wisconsin, became the first state in the country to adopt the practice in which you allow your lawn to grow throughout the month of May without mowing, watering, or fertilizing. Now, several communities are taking part in the effort.
No Mow May began to help bees and other pollinators, but there is more to it than that. Keep reading to learn why you should take a break from lawn care for a month.

YMCA and Rotary 

Get fit. Stay well. The YMCA of Youngstown will be hosting a special program for Rotarians at the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road in Boardman, every Wednesday throughout the month of June. There are four Rotary Wednesdays:  June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Times are 5 am to noon, and all sessions are free of charge to Rotarians from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland, Struthers and Youngstown Rotary. 
In addition to the fitness programs, there will be 15 minute “chalk talks” from 7am – 7:15 on these Wednesdays for anyone who might like information such as the benefits of swimming, walking and running, weight training, yoga, or just a social break with other Rotarians. Click the links below for more information about YMCA activities:
Reservations are a must. Contact Howard Mettee at or Bill Russell at to secure your spot.



May 16, 1926: Isabelle M. Parker was named assistant secretary of the Rotary Club of Youngstown.
  • Shannon Tirone - May 19
  • Jessica Romeo - May 20
  • Paul Johnson - 33 Years
  • Liz Schobel - 7 Years
Proposed new members:
Gina DeGenova Zawrotuk
Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office
Classification: Attorney
Sponsor: Becky Davis

Ms. DeGenova Zawrotuk is Chief Assistant Prosecutor and Legal and Public Information Officer at the County Prosecutor’s Office, where she has worked since 2005. She is a life-long area resident, having grown up in Niles.  She graduated from Niles McKinley High School before attending Youngstown State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland Marshall School of Law.  She is a member of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio Township Association, the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Association,  the Youngstown Area Federated of Women's  Clubs and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Executive Association, Inc.

Sadie Amaz
Small Business Owner
Classification: Cleaning Services
Sponsor: Dionne Dowdy

Ms. Amaz launched Somebody’s Gotta Do It Cleaning Company LLC in 2017, after completing a minor in criminal justice at YSU. Somebody’s Gotta Do It serves residential and commercial clients. As owner, she is responsible for sales, branding, training employees, quality control and customer relations. She looks forward to pursuing a master’s degree to expand her skills.
Elsa Higby
Urban Farmer
Classification: Agriculture
Sponsor: Elayne Bozick

Higby is a former member of RCY. Born and raised in the tropics, she spent almost every hour of her childhood in the open air.  She continues to spend a lot of time outdoors both in professional and personal pursuits.  As a Certified Compost Operations Manager and urban farmer, she has worked as an administrator and operator in urban farming, farm marketing, education, organics collection and composting in both Youngstown and New York City for the last 14 years. For fun, Higby enjoys scuba diving, sailing, singing, and gardening.

Edna Edmonds
Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown
Classification: Administration
Sponsor: Samantha Turner
Edna Edmonds was born and raised in Youngstown and is a Cardinal Mooney graduate. After graduation, she attended LaRoche University where she played volleyball and earned a bachelor’s degree in health science. She worked with a nonprofit organization where she implemented youth development programs. She moved on to supervising and creating youth programs and working hand-in-hand with program and school-based partner liaisons and directly overseeing the instructors. She also earned a master’s degree in public health from Purdue University Global.
Edmonds joined the Boys & Girls Club movement in June 2019 as the Unit Director. She is responsible for program implementation, daily activities, volunteers, scheduling and more. In 2022, she was awarded the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 25 under 35 award. She, her husband and their daughter live in Canfield.
Save the Date:  

Fireside Chat for new members will be June 1 at Scott Schulick's house. More details will be forthcoming.
Join RCY at Beers, Cheers, & Gears 
Join us at the following locations and enjoy great fellowship while sipping on your favorite beverage:
  • May 26, Westside Bowl on Mahoning Avenue
  • June 29, Foundation Lounge in downtown Youngstown
  • July 21, Penguin City Beer
  • August 18, Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field
  • More details with be forthcoming.
You Are Invited:
The time is approaching for our club's annual President's Party.  We will be honoring outgoing president Josh Prest on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. 
For those new to our club, the annual president's party is the highlight of our annual Rotary social events.  All members pre-pay $35 in our dues toward your ticket to the party and your reservation is an additional $25 when you register.  Guests will be $65 this year.
We hope all Rotarians will make an effort to attend to celebrate our club's accomplishments as we "Serve to Change Lives" this Rotary year under President Josh's leadership.

Invitations will be sent to your address on record or you may register online using the link:
To register or modify your registration, please click on this link:
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