Monday, september 18, 2023

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
September is Rotary Literacy Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by supporting literacy in our communityExplore 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

NO NOON MEETING WEDNESDAY! Instead, the club’s annual Steak Fry will be at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek Park. Those who made reservations are reminded to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to add to our feast. 

Rotarians also are encouraged to participate in the Belmont Blitz Small Business Appreciation Day and Clean Up on Saturday, Sept. 23. Clean Up volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in the Walgreens parking lot, 2650 Belmont Ave. Tools and gloves will be provided. The clean up will be on Gypsy Lane between the 711 interchange and Belmont Avenue. Four restaurants will participate in the Blitz with specials during the lunch hour. Complete details are here.

Last Week's Meeting

President Deanna Rossi inducted two new members – Dr. Kelly Wilkinson of Youngstown State University and Jack Daugherty of Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. Welcome to both!

Diana Palardy, coordinator of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, discussed how she pairs volunteers with their interests and experience in mind. Opportunities include but are not limited to food pantry support, mentoring, companionship, and transportation services. RSVP is affiliated with the AmeriCorps Seniors program. For more information, contact Diana at 330-480-0352 ext. 1 or email her at


Club members can enroll now to join the 2025 RCY Tour to Ireland and Scotland. Travel dates will be from April 23 to May 8. A public announcement will be made after Sept. 22. Contact Ana Torres or Scott Schulick for details. Click here for more info!



Join the Rotary International family in sharing and Creating Hope in the World as we come together in breathtaking Singapore for the 2024 Rotary International Convention, 25-29 May. 

In Singapore, we’ll take ideas built upon hope and turn them into action as we discover new ways to create lasting change in our communities. We’ll enjoy opportunities to renew relationships made at previous conventions and create new ones together as we set our course toward a better future. 

Come! Be inspired!

Please - take a time out to watch this beautiful promotion video:

Visit to register and enjoy limited-time savings for Rotary’s biggest event of the year.



“The earth is our home. Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the home in which we evolved, and on which we completely depend.” ~ Edward Osborne Wilson 

E. O. Wilson (June 10, 1929–December 26, 2021) is widely considered one of the greatest natural scientists of our time. He was a pioneer in efforts to preserve and protect the biodiversity of our planet, receiving more than 150 international awards, including Pulitzer Prizes for his books On Human Nature and The Ants. 

The concept of Half-Earth is rooted in research originally conceived by Wilson and Robert MacArthur in the 1950s. Their groundbreaking work, called the Theory of Island Biogeography, revealed that larger areas of habitat support a greater diversity of life in a mathematically predictable way. Some 70 years later, the theory has been borne out by a variety of studies in different environments and the basic principles of this theory still underpin the world’s understanding of the minimum areas of land and water that are needed for the bulk of species to survive.

In September 1986, E.O. Wilson gave the opening address at the seminal convening of the National Forum on Biodiversity held in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of people attended the event and thousands more listened in via teleconference. International media introduced the term “biodiversity” into the collective vocabulary. People everywhere began to take note of the accelerated loss of species and their habitats. In the address, Wilson laid out how “biological diversity is being irreversibly lost through extinction caused by the destruction of natural habitats.” He made a plea for action and stated that “we are locked into a race. We must hurry to acquire the knowledge on which a wise policy of conservation and development can be based.”

E.O. Wilson posing with a man while signing books.

Wilson spoke about the urgent need for broader research and understanding of life on our planet to protect key species and avoid unintended destruction of the ecosystems that sustain us all.

In 2016, E.O. Wilson wrote Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, in a bid to create a “moonshot” goal for humanity to join together and work toward ending the global extinction threat. Wilson introduced the principles of Half-Earth which argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation launched the Half-Earth Project to map the fine distribution of species across the globe to identify the places where we can protect the highest number of species. The Half-Earth Project Map, launched soon after, is a high-resolution, dynamic world map and decision-support tool that guides where place-based species conservation activities are needed the most to protect Earth’s species, including our own.

In 2021, E.O. Wilson passed away leaving a legacy of conservation action that will forever inspire the global movement to end the extinction threat.

In 2023, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) agreed to a Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) with a goal to maintain, enhance, and restore Earth’s natural ecosystems by, halt human-induced extinction of known species, and by 2050, reduce the extinction rate tenfold and increase the abundance of native wild species to healthy and resilient levels. A key component to the GBF is a target to conserve at least 30 percent of land, seas, and freshwater by 2030 (known as “30×30”).


September 20, 1983: A Rotary Club of Youngstown fund raising raffle, with a 1984 Cadillac as the grand prize, earned $18,000.

Charles McCrudden 9/20
Ron Fasano 9/25
Michael Shaffer 28 yrs
Gayle Catinella 8 yrs
Scott Krok 4 yrs
Jessica Romeo 2 yrs

Kimberly Patrone

Director of Sales, Doubletree by Hilton Youngstown 

Classification: Hospitality

Sponsor: Deanna Rossi

Kimberly attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. She participates in Adventures in Northeast Ohio, a not-for-profit corporation that promotes travel and tourism in Northeast Ohio, and supports the Ursuline High School Athletic Boosters and Sons of Italy.

Candace Turpack

Vice President and Relationship Manager

Key Bank, Canfield

Classification: Financial Services

Sponsor: Justin Froelich

Candace is a certified financial planner and a graduate of YSU. She leads the Key Private Bank division that includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties as well as western Pennsylvania.  She serves on the Akron Children’s Hospital Advisory Board and Cray Youth & Family Services Board of Directors (as vice president) in New Castle, PA. She recently was accepted into the Regional Chamber’s Leadership Mahoning Valley program. She and her husband, Patrick, have three daughters. 


Traveling Groundhog Craft Beer Preview, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Aeonian Brewing Co., 120 W. Chestnut St., Alliance. Aeonian serves a variety of craft beers as well as wine, spirits, and has a full food menu. 

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