Monday, June 20, 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 through Rotary FellowshipExplore 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

William Clark of Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities will join us Wednesday, June 22, at the Wick Park Pavilion. Mr. Clark is MCBDD’s community outreach advocate. He has a disability. Nonetheless, he has earned a college degree, published a book, and landed a job. William promotes inclusion across all settings in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities. His book, “The Ever So Accurate Tales of a Not So Average Man: The Testament of a Modern Disabled Man,” is available on Amazon.

Also, on Thursday, June 23, Rotarians will salute Club President Josh Prest for his remarkable year of leadership and service. Festivities will be at the Tyler History Center in downtown Youngstown, beginning at 6 p.m. The reservation deadline has passed.

Last Week's Meeting

Next time you plan to check out books from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, check out the newly renovated main branch in downtown Youngstown!

RCY’s weekly meeting of June 15 was at the library, on Wick Avenue, mere days after the ribbon was cut on the $27 million restoration and expansion. The RCY Board of Directors presented a symbolic check for $10,000 to library officials. A meeting room has been named after the club.

RCY was the first to use the Event Space in the new 6,000 square foot library addition. It can be reserved for community meetings, family parties and more, said Rotarian Aimee Fifarek, who is the PLYMC executive director. Adjacent to the event space is a culinary literacy center, complete with a galley kitchen, appliances and plenty of counter space. The library will offer classes in basic cooking and food preservation, and also memorialize and celebrate the community’s ethnic food traditions, Fifarek said while taking Rotarians on a tour.

Members were awed by the beautiful, colorful art glass skylight and Parthenon frieze replica over the Grand Reading Room on the first floor. These were among original features of the main building when it opened in 1910, but were covered up or removed during subsequent renovations. 

Additional first-floor amenities include a makerspace area for crafting, digitization, music recording and more; interactive children’s displays (the oversized Lite Brite board is impressive!); computer labs; and additional room for patrons to sit, read and study.

Congratulations to Aimee and the library staff and management on a tremendous project.

Combatting deer and rodent damage with toxic plants

Tired of bunnies wreaking havoc in your freshly installed planting? Deer mowing down your carefully constructed border? Squirrels, voles, and geese pulling out plugs, eating roots and otherwise being garden menaces? 
We are, too!
For individuals who are a.) sick of battling nature for garden peace and b.) not gardening with concerns of pets or small children eating plant materials, let us introduce you to the world of gardening with toxic plants. 

This garden idea is the opposite of the edible garden. It’s the poisonous garden. 


June 19, 1984: Rotary Club of Youngtown approved the “Ban Lantawan” (Sunflower) project of Bangkok to provide food and medicine for children under two years of age.
  • Paul Johnson - June 21
  • Donald Foley - June 22
  • Linda Kostka - June 24
  • Marvin Logan - June 24
  • Shirley Shields - 8 Years
Save the Date:  
Join RCY at Beers, Cheers, & Gears 
Join us at the following locations and enjoy great fellowship while sipping on your favorite beverage:
  • 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.
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