Monday, July 24, 2023

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 supporting new leadersExplore 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

Many of us are light users of ClubRunner, the Rotary-endorsed membership management and communication platform. Do you need to update your home address or employer information? Would you like to email the membership about your organization’s upcoming fundraiser? We will learn how to do these things and more.

Last Week's Meeting

Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Ray, our guest speaker on Aug. 9, says the Mahoning Avenue corridor has gained stability because of partnerships. Since taking office in 2012, Councilman Ray has worked with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Economic Action Group, Mahoning County Land Bank and other organizations to plan and implement economic development projects.



A Better Block grant that was awarded to YNDC evolved into the Mahoning Avenue Fall Fest, which will return this year after a pandemic interruption. EAG and MCLB have played roles in acquiring and renovating vacant commercial properties, including the former Clark Bar near Mahoning Plaza, a former auto parts store that soon will reopen as a coffee shop and roastery, and a former florist shop that has been renovated and is being marketed to local businesses. Ray noted that Mahoning Avenue is home to 100 businesses.

Rotarians are asked to contribute to Operation Warm by Sept. 1. Despite inflation, RCY can still purchase warm coats for city school children for $20 each from its supplier. Samantha Turner said volunteers will be needed to assist with coat fittings at Harding Elementary a few weeks after the new school year begins.

RCY was well represented at the Science of Brewing, an annual fundraiser for the Oh Wow! Center for Science and Technology, on Aug. 11. Congratulations to our fellow Rotarians Marvin Logan, executive director of Oh Wow, and Ellie Platt, who assisted with event planning.



RCY Joins WhatsApp

A message from President Deanna: 
We are adding WhatsApp to our Rotary communication strategy as a quick way Rotarians can communicate on the go. WhatsApp is a group texting service that allows you to determine your notification settings. This will allow quick updates to the group and an easy reference point for all the reminders.
Committees can post updates on meeting times, flyers, etc for fast distribution to the group.
Out and about and see a Rotarian? Take a selfie and post it to the group.
To join the chat simply click the link!

ROTARY DISTRICTS #6630, 6650, 6600

Thursday, August 17 2023

Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Guardians

Gates Open: 6:00pm / First Pitch: 7:15pm

Pregame Parade on the field



Access to Terrace Club 4th Floor

Dinner & Pepsi Products

Exclusive Raffles and Auction

Cash Bar




Lower Box + Terrace Club --$80

Upper Box + Terrace Club ---$70

$5 off Kids ticket in Terrace Club

Lower Box Ticket Only --$35

Upper Box Ticket Only --$25


Order form:

For information, contact Rotarian Stew Buchanan at 330-607-1442 or


Floating along the Mahoning

“Rotafloat,” a fun excursion down the Mahoning River, will be July 29 between 12:30 and 4:30. This guided kayak tour, led by Mahoning Paddle & Pedal, will be family friendly and for all skill levels. Rotarians will be shuttled from The Station Grill at Melillo’s, 300 E. Liberty St., Lowellville, to the launch point in downtown Struthers. A 2-hour guided tour will end back in Lowellville. Participants will return to Melillo’s to enjoy appetizers. A cash bar will be available as well. Lowellville Mayor Jim Iudiciani will join the group to discuss river cleanup and dam removal projects. Cost is $50 per person. See email from Ellie Platt for a ClubRunner registration link. Call Ellie at 330-360-2110 if you have questions.


RCY’s continued participation in the Trex company’s plastic film recycling challenge is closing in on the final days of our second collection period, running through July 31st. As of last week's meeting collection, RCY is currently at 538 lb., surpassing our 500-lb. goal! Thank you to all who assisted! The club has earned a second park bench made of Trex recycled materials to add to Wick Park! 

Plastic film recycling supports the broader goals of Operation Pollination and Rotary International’s recognition of environmental matters as an area of focus.  Member participation is the reason for our success. We would like to continue on with the program, but are looking to add to our team! We need one or two members to weigh, record, and drop off collections following Wednesday meetings. Please contact Mike Latessa at if interested.

Supporting Our Environment - What’s in It For All of Us 

City planners must prepare for and adapt to serious weather challenges. It’s up to each of us to help. One of the best ways is to build up nature’s presence by planting lots of trees and shrubs, protecting rivers and streams, and reducing stretches of concrete and asphalt.
In northeast Ohio, a region once heavily industrialized and choked by polluted air, we have long acknowledged that trees help clean the air. We need their power to absorb carbon dioxide and help to mitigate the effects of climate change. 
“Urban Tree Canopy” is the leafy, green, overhead tree cover that local governments, community groups and residents maintain for beauty, shade, fruit production, wildlife habitat, energy conservation, stormwater mitigation, and a host of public health and educational goals. The Urban Tree Canopy has a remarkable ability to cool a city: between offering shade and “evapotranspiration,” trees can significantly reduce a city’s temperature. This in turn helps to reduce energy costs, absorb traffic noise, and increase property values. 
Along with heat, climate change is bringing massive dumps of water that cities and communities must deal with. Precipitation patterns are becoming “bursty”: we’re seeing longer periods of dryness, punctuated by epic dumps of rain and snow. This “bursty” precipitation is bad for cities because most urban sewer systems weren’t designed for massive surges. When a climate burst happens, sewers overflow and flood streets, houses, and parks - potentially causing billions in damage. 
Again, this is where adding more natural spaces can help. Urban planners are identifying little nooks of asphalt that aren’t being used and they’re ripping them out -- replacing them with grasses, native plants, shrubbery, and trees that can absorb water stormwater runoff to reduce the risk of flooding. 
Another big upside of restoring nature within cities and commercial areas is the increase of habitat for pollinators. Of all species, our pollinators really are essential workers. In the US alone, over 100 crops - beyond the floral industry - directly depend on animal pollination. They are directly responsible for our fruit, vegetable, oil, spice, herb, seed, nut, fiber, and raw material supplies, as well as most medicines. Crops with an estimated value of $34-50 billion per year in our economy.
In recent decades, suburban sprawl and “mega farming practices” -- using tons of fertilizers, and even tearing out native plants along roadsides so crops can be grown right up to the edge -- have decimated habitat for North American pollinating insects. 
Cities, too, can do their part. Communities that pay attention to the environmental costs of installing and maintaining lawns are making a shift in favor of native plants and cultivated natural landscapes that pretty much take care of themselves once established. The benefits are many. Taking the lead by demonstrating a commitment to the environment is a great way to position your community as an attractive place to live and to build pride among residents.
But wait, there’s more! “Biophilia” is the joy that humans get from being near nature. The science here keeps stacking up: green space plays a major role in improving mental and physical health. Studies increasingly show that when we’re exposed to nature we sleep better, we become more creative, our children learn better, and the sick heal more quickly.
As the commercial used to say, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!” Much better to work with her.


July 26, 2006: Ed Hulme was honored for 50 years of service to the Rotary Club of Youngstown. Ed also sponsored more than 50 new members as a Rotarian.
William Russell - July 24th
Robert Siffrin - 31 Years
Paul Garchar - 22 Years 
Trish Gelsomino - 10 Years 
Adam Lee - 4 Years
Proposed new members
John D. Miles

CEO, Steelite International

Sponsor: Deanna Rossi

John, a proponent of downtown revitalization and improvement, enjoys collecting wine, hunting, fitness, travel, and spending time at home with loved ones. His charitable work extends to the Culinary Institute of America, local food pantries, social service agencies and youth education and sports organizations.
Jerome Franklin

Owner, JEF Enterprises

Sponsor: Deanna Rossi

Jerome operates a screen printing and embroidery business on Motor Inn Drive in Girard. He has studied at YSU and Akron Barber College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Action Group, which is affiliated with Western Reserve Port Authority and supports economic development in Youngstown and Warren. He and his wife, Lorri, have two children.
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Steve Poullas
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