Monday, JUNE 21, 2021

This month Rotary International has asked us to focus on This month Rotary International has asked us to focus on its Fellowship opportunities. Learn more here and explore and 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: 
Youngstown Foundation President Lynnette Forde was excited to speak to our Club as she has her own history with Rotary. Her father was a longtime member of a Cleveland area Club and as such she was often a volunteer and donor to support community good works. In fact, it is this activity that may have lead to her career in fundraising and foundations. Named to her position during the middle of the COVID pandemic, Forde shared with us her thoughts, plans, and insights on charitable giving in the Mahoning Valley. She has already made an impact thru what she labels as "trust-based philanthropy" approach in recent collaborations with the other major foundations. Using this approach forces the grantor to conduct research and initiate relationships with the nonprofit instead of waiting to be approached. This allows the nonprofit to focus on executing its mission, she says. Other changes to come include putting all applications online and reducing the need for multiple copies etc. 
"The Youngstown Foundation was founded in response to the Spanish Flu pandemic at the beginning of the last century, " Forde pointed out. "COVID-19 will have a similar effect on philanthropic giving for many years to come." Learn more about the Youngstown Foundation here 
See more pictures of last week's meeting here:
This week's meeting:
President Samantha Turner will give her 2020-2021 Year in Review. 
3rd Annual Groundhog Craft Beerfest
Stambaugh Auditorium Parking Lot
July 10, 2021, 5 -9 PM
Volunteer for Beerfest
Great events like this one create wonderful memories for all those involved so now is the time to schedule YOUR time to help with this unique event. This year we have only one evening session, but that doesn't mean we don't need your help! Coordinator Mike Latessa has made it simple-- Click HERE and see what needs to be done.
Together we can make this the best event yet! Everything you need to know about the Beerfest is available on the 3rd Annual Craft Beerfest Page #drinkforcharity 

Remember to tell your friends and family to get their tickets a


Mahoning Matters Ticket Winners

First up is Brian Gardner of Niles, nominated by his wife, Jessica: “My husband deserves the tickets for the Groundhog Beerfest because he cared for me and my newborn daughter when I was diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. He worked full-time, and he woke up each night to feed and change our newborn because I wasn't permitted to lift her. He never complained. He never faltered. Brian deserves this because he never wins anything, and I want him to know how much he means to me.” He does sound like a great guy! And he’s now a winner!

Our second winner, and this tickles me to no end, is Fred Schuster, nominated by his daughter Leeanna Barr: “Born in Germany, the man loves a good beer. He matters because he has taught me, serve the Father, family first and have fun in this life. He has been married to my mother for 47 years tomorrow … He deserves this night out because he’s always taking time out of his life for others and he truly leads by example. He is always willing to lend a hand to others unselfishly. He has completed medical missions to Mexico on multiple occasions and Nigeria too! He taught me to go on adventures around the world to meet all walks of life and that there are so many good people in the world … And when I was feeling bad that someone didn’t like me as a kid, he said, ‘Pumpkin, if you make it through this life and no one hates you you haven’t lived.’ Thanks for considering my Pop.” Fred also works hard to keep me on my toes.

Rotary Magazine 

It is worth taking time to look at the June edition of Rotary magazine as it is featuring selections of RI's Photography Contest Winners. We thought in that same vein, we would feature here selections of the work of our own favorite photographer, Rotarian George Nelson.  



June 22, 1986: Youngstown Rotary Foundation provided $10,000 for the Mill Creek Park  handicapped picnic area, and $15,000 for the Daybreak project to rehabilitate a home for run-away and abused children.

Paul Johnson - Jun 21
Donald Foley -  Jun 22
Linda Kostka - Jun 24
Rotary Anniversaries:
Betty Bannon - 7 years
Shirley Shields - 7 years
Aimee Fifarek - 3 years
Things You can Do
Established in 1997, the Pollinator Partnership is the largest 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the health, protection, and conservation of all pollinating animals. Pollinator Partnership’s actions for pollinators include education, conservation, restoration, policy, and research.  Pollinator Partnership’s financial support comes through grants, gifts, memberships and donations from any interested party.  Pollinator Partnership’s policies are science-based, set by its board of directors, and never influenced by any donor. Based in San Francisco, P2 has staff in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Cleveland; Toronto, Ontario; and Victoria, British Columbia.

To make a donation, or for information on pollinators, visit
Registration is OPEN for the District Conference taking place June 26, 2021, at the Holiday Inn South in Youngstown, Ohio from 10:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. The cost is $60 a person. This is our time to reconnect, become inspired for the coming year, and have fun! Join us! Click HERE to register
Your support is needed for International Project
Dear Rotarians and Club Leaders!
DG Linda Henderson recently cited our Global Grant that provides contemporary reading material to students in remote areas of Vietnam.
Recent changes by the Rotary Foundation imposed new guidelines that match our contributions at the 80% level rather than the prior 100% level.
This means we need some additional funds! Our total budget for the grant is $39,200.  Our shortfall is $3,800.
Can you help?
If you can help us fill that gap, reach out to Sieglinde Warren at 330.727.5201 or  Your contribution will become part of a lasting legacy! 
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
RI Peace  Fellowships
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Its 130 fully-funded fellows are committed to community, international service and the pursuit of peace.  The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Dedicated leaders from around the world are brought together to study at one of Rotary's peace centers. The goal is that through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellows will become effective catalysts for peace around the glob. Learn more about it HERE.
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