Monday, August 15, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by developing and new membersExplore 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

Come to the Wick Park Pavilion to meet our exchange student, Manuela! She arrived last week from Italy and is staying with Deanna and Gregg Rossi.She will attend Cardinal Mooney High School. Manuela is our club’s first exchange student since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s give her a warm welcome. 
Also, Thursday will be Youngstown Rotary Night Out with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field in Niles. A picnic will start at 5:30; first pitch will be at 7:05. Registration has ended for this event.

Last Week's Meeting

What does it feel like to walk into a Rotary club? Are you comfortable? Do you feel welcome? Stephanie Urchick and Tom Gump led us through those and many other questions during their presentation “Transforming Your Club’s Culture.” Joining Youngstown Rotarians on the Zoom presentation were others from the United Kingdom, Egypt, India, Italy, Zimbabwe, Canada, Jamaica, Pakistan, and other areas of the United States. 

It was quite a cultural mix, and we all were fortunate to be able to congratulate Stephanie on her appointment as Rotary International President for the 2024-2025 year. Stephanie is practically local, hailing from the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA, near Canonsburg. Tom is past governor of Rotary District 5950 and a member of Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, MN.

According to Stephanie and Tom, club culture is a powerful force. It’s the unwritten rules of how we do things in our clubs, and reflects our values and beliefs. Stephanie and Tom encouraged us to look at our club and assess our culture to see if we’re growing, or if we’re stagnant. But why is club culture important? Studies show the number one reason people leave a club is because they aren’t comfortable with its culture.

Stephanie and Tom led us through what a thorough assessment of our club should look like. Once it’s complete, we would determine whether or not to move forward with change initiatives, strategies, and activities to transform our club and give it new meaning. 

Once we do realize our club needs some changes, the initial reaction might be to wonder, do I stay? Or do I go? As change is difficult, members may decide that they like things as they are. If that is the case, those members wanting to change things up may opt to create a new club. Among other things, new clubs grow quicker, attract younger and more diverse members, and retain members longer. 

If a club does decide it wants to change, there needs to be buy-in among the club’s more influential, longer term members, who might be able to get others on board. Once the group is assembled, it’s time to look to Rotary’s Change Model. Each step of the way, it is important to include members in the process. 

More information about this process can be found here.


Rotary District 6650 
A Night for Ukraine
Saturday, November 5, 2022
6 PM  $60 per person

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
5305 Massillon Road
North Canton, OH 44720

Special Guest Barry Rassin
Past President, Rotary International, 2018-19

Live Ethnic performances by
Harmonia Orchestra * Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers * Zorya Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble

Authentic Ukrainian Menu * Live Auction

Proceeds to benefit Rotary International Ukraine Disaster Relief Fund

More info and tickets at
Sponsorships and Matching Gift opportunities are available
For more information, contact Event Chair Scott Schulick at: 
330-727-8507 or email

Facebook event page: 

Flooding Relief in Kentucky

Dear Rotary Members in Zones 30 and 31,

Once again, #RotaryResponds where human needs are great. 

Recent flooding has devastated three counties in eastern Kentucky in economically challenged communities. At least 39 people have lost their lives. People who had very little before the flooding are now left with nothing.  Flooding in small communities in hollows in our own District 6740 has destroyed homes and livelihoods. Many people are without power or running water. Additional rains have added to the suffering and complicated rescue efforts.

Rotary District Governor in 6740, Seema Sachdeva, the district leadership and Rotary clubs in the devastated communities are organized to accept donations to help these communities survive, recover and rebuild. At this time, cash donations are needed and are the preferred way for each of us to make a difference.
Please help the people of eastern Kentucky. The Pikeville, KY Rotary club will serve as the district’s point of contact for cash contributions to a 501(c) (3) fund, through an account with the Pikeville Community Foundation.

Cash contributions can be sent to the following address:
Pikeville Rotary Club Eastern Kentucky Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 988
Pikeville, KY 41502

Funds will be used for immediate disaster relief for the affected families. More information about relief efforts and needs will be communicated as it becomes available.

Please help out our communities and families that are in such desperate need in eastern Kentucky. Thank you for being a Rotarian, and thank you for your compassion.

Elizabeth Usovicz
Rotary International Director, Rotary Zones 30 and 31

Small Bites - Weaning Away from Harmful Practice
Operation Pollination’s environmental mission is to create or preserve natural habitats in order to restore a vibrant pollinator corridor for migratory species from Mexico to Canada.
Whatever we can do in our own backyards is an important part of the solution.
The ways in which gardeners annually till, weed, irrigate, and fertilize has come under scrutiny because of growing environmental concerns – pollinator species continue to decline in number as non-indigenous plant species become more invasive.
These are powerful environmental reasons for bringing our gardens into a sounder relationship with nature, but Larry Weaner (who for decades has been at the forefront of ecological landscape design) is not hoping to convert us by teaching to a morally or environmentally right thing to do.
He instead believes that having once tried an ecologically driven approach, gardeners won’t want to garden any other way. His reasoning is that ecological gardening is easier.
By respecting the natural processes of change - how plants and wildlife interact - and incorporating them into our designs, we can create beautiful results that promise not only healthier, more dynamic landscapes, but habitat gardens that require less labor, and are more aesthetically rewarding and environmentally sound.
From an Operation Pollination perspective – that is what we are talking about.
More about that next week.

We Need Your Plastic Film

We're off and running! So far, 141 pounds of plastic has been collected for the Trex project. Keep up the good work!

Don’t forget - the Operation Pollination committee is encouraging all Rotarians to save their plastic film and bring it to Rotary on Wednesdays. Once we collect 500 pounds of plastic, we turn it into Trex, the company that manufactures composite decking. Trex, in turn, will donate a bench made of the recycled plastic that we will place in a pollinator garden or near a Little Free Library.
We have until the end of February 2023 to collect the plastic. You can turn in your recyclables to Elsa Higby, Ra’Cole Taltoan, or LInda Kostka, who will weigh, track, and turn it in. Review the list of items below to see what’s acceptable. 


The 2023  Rotary Club of Youngstown International Tour has been finalized. "Jewels of Alpine Europe" with an extension to Prague, Czech Republic, will be from May 9 to 22. Sign up by Wednesday, Aug. 17 – before the trip is advertised more widely – and you will receive a discount on some fees. Click here for more details.

Steak Fry 2022

Final call! Please see the link to the form for the Club's annual Steak Fry registration information. 


August 22, 1989: The Rotary Club of Youngstown committed $3,000 to fund downtown Youngstown's “Party on the Plaza” events.
Kader Makanera - August 18
Samantha Turner - 10 Years
The Four-Way Test
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Foundation Board – June Meeting Minutes

At its June 21 meeting, the Youngstown Rotary Foundation Board of Directors adopted a budget for 2022-2023. Read all about it within the meeting minutes here.
RCY Board of Directors June Meeting Minutes

Why did annual dues increase? Why should future annual budgets be adjusted for travel to Rotary International conventions? Why do reservations matter for club events? All answers can be found here, within the minutes of the June meeting of RCY’s Board of Directors.
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