My Fellow Rotarian - Sharon Letson

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Hard working. Generous. Supportive. These are some of Sharon Letson’s character traits but, to her, they are evidence of her family’s legacy. Walk down memory lane with her as she reflects on her upbringing and how she was introduced to Rotary.
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My Fellow Rotarian - Kevin Chiu

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Kevin Chiu was a schoolboy when he began to accompany his father, YT Chiu, to Rotary events. Today, as a father of four and a devoted member of RCY, Kevin looks back on lessons he learned from Dad and the reign of the “Chiu Dynasty.”
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My Fellow Rotarian - Steve Poullas

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Stephen Poullas is a Dad, daredevil, disc golf fan and more. He is married, with three kids and three pets at home, but he still enjoys spending lots of time outdoors, working for the greater good and casual gatherings with Rotarians. Read on to learn about one daring ski trip and how he developed his singing voice.
 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Debora Flora

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Debora Flora loves her second career, yet has been feeling nostalgic about her first career. Bruce Springsteen once referred to “boring stories of glory days” in a song. What does Springsteen have to do with her glory days? Find out here.
 

 

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Your Fellow Rotarian - Reid Schmutz

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As he celebrates 30 years as a Rotarian, Reid Schmutz reflects on how he developed his deep commitment to his home community and our local university -- despite not being a Penguin alum himself. 
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My Fellow Rotarian - Gerri Jenkins

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Rotary membership had been on Gerri Jenkins's to-do list for a long time before her job change allowed her to make the commitment. This type of determination to follow through on her plans is just one of her guiding characteristics. Learn more about this and how YBJ Founder Andrea Wood has inspired her to pay it forward.
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My Fellow Rotarian - Jonathan Imler

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Jonathan Imler may be low key by design, but he shares his time and talent in significant ways, as an architect, presenter at the YSU English Festival and spiritual leader at his church. Meet our fellow Rotarian, who also is a self-taught musician.
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My Fellow Rotarian - Hunter Morrison

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Hunter Morrison continues to leave his mark on Northeast Ohio. A Cleveland native and urban planner, Hunter worked with then-Mayor George V. Voinovich (who later became Ohio’s governor) on development in Cleveland, including along Euclid Avenue and the lakefront. In Youngstown, he is a planning adviser to the City of Youngstown; past director of the YSU Center for Urban and Regional Studies; and teaches YSU students about urban revitalization. Who led him to Youngstown and Rotary membership? Find the answers here.
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Paul Garchar

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Paul Garchar says his community service was inspired by childhood memories. “As a young individual, I benefitted from community individuals reaching out to my family and helping us in a time of need. So as I became an adult, I wanted to give back in some way,” he told The Business Journal. Paul chose RCY and served as president during the club’s centennial anniversary celebration in 2015. He literally is a man of constant motion, as he explains here.
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Suzanne Fleming

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Suzanne Fleming is a longtime, active member of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, and much more. The Better Business Bureau of the Mahoning Valley presented Suzanne with its Torch Award for civic leadership in 2017. She was recognized for her roles with Leadership Mahoning Valley, the Northeast Ohio Regional Leadership Task Force and Mercy Health, as well as her service on the boards of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Mercy Health Foundation and the Raymond John Wean Foundation, among others. A retired nurse, wife, mother and grandmother, Suzanne is fond of Rotary socials and many sports. 
 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Michael Latessa

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What makes Mike Latessa special? For starters, it’s how he connects the Rotary motto to his experience as a traveler in South Africa. It’s his longtime commitment to playing and coaching football, and what he contributed to one of YSU Football’s championship seasons. He also has a connection to Kentucky Derby history. 
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Operation Warm Coat Hand Outs

 
 
 
 
 
This year's Operation Warm was a great success. Approximately $24,000 worth of coats were donated benefiting Harding Elementary, Williamson Elementary, Mill Creek Children's Center, St. Joseph the Provider, Potential Development, Casa Madre, and the Salvation Army.
 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Becky Keck

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Past President Becky Keck’s love of the arts permeates her life, whether she is managing the SMARTS program, making beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries for celebrations, or hosting dinner parties at home. She credits her Rotary family with helping her to navigate some rough seas during her career. If you’ve missed being with her during the pandemic, then here is an opportunity to reconnect.
  
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Scott Schulick

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Surely you know Scott Schulick as a successful businessman, a past president of Rotary Club of Youngstown, and past president of Rotary District 6650. It’s what you don’t know that may surprise you. How much does he love Youngstown? How did his first job prepare him for his career? And what is the story behind his iconic Rotary khakis? 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - George Nelson

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The diverse skills of Rotarians benefit clubs and communities. RCY is fortunate to count George Nelson among its members. His skills as a writer and photographer quickly benefitted the club, as George led efforts to create member recruitment videos to post on social media. Read on for details of his own recruitment story.
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Stephen DiPaolo

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RCY’s Communications Committee envisioned this feature as a way for Rotarians to become better acquainted with one another. Stephen DiPaolo is a perfect example. He joined a few months before the pandemic changed our social interactions. Here is the profile of a young Rotarian with a track record of community service, the soul of a musician and the hands of a carpenter.
 
 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Aimee Fifarek

 
 
Librarian Aimee Fifarek brings a wealth of experience to Rotary Club of Youngstown, and has a few good stories about her brushes with fame. Don’t wait for the book – read this now!
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Bill Lawson

 
RCY Past President Bill Lawson was inspired by three other past presidents to join Rotary. Read on to learn more about his other inspirations – history, family, community – and his knack for knowing someone wherever he goes. 
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Your Fellow Rotarian - Barbara Brothers

This week, we become better acquainted with Barbara Brothers, whose passion for education continues beyond her career. She loves the Youngstown of today and shares great stories about the Youngstown of her childhood, including trolley car rides into downtown.
 
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Rotary Speakers August 19, 2020 - Sr. Ann McManamon, H.M.

We had the opportunity to hear from Sr. Ann McManamon, H.M. of the Dorothy Day House on how the organization is helping to feed those in need during Covid-19.

To support this important work, Rotary Club of Youngstown President Samantha Turner presented Sr. McManamon with a $1,500 check for the purchase, preparation, and packaging of food for takeout for its clients. 

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Your Fellow Rotarian - Bob Siffrin

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Although he's not a Youngstown native, The Very Reverend Robert J. Siffrin has been a leader in our community for many years as well as in the church.  He is currently the diocesan administrator for the Youngstown Catholic Diocese, a role he will hold until a new bishop can be named.  For a priest, he has a very interesting relationship with the art of song.
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Det. Sgt. Michael R. Cox - July 22, 2020

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Our program was Michael R. Cox a Detective Sgt of 21.5 years from the Youngstown Police Dept.  Currently assigned to Detective Bureau and mainly investigate crimes committed against a person. He is currently the President of Youngstown Police Ranking Organization, President of Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence and the former Vice President of Struthers Rotary Community Corps. 
 
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Island Inspiration! November Fundraiser for Rotary District 6650's International Project, the Dominica Mission Trip

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ImageSupport District 6650's Dominica Mission Trip Project and have a night of Caribbean magic! 

When: November 14th, 2013 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  

Where: Caribbean Pools & Hot Tubs, 4728 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, OH 

There will be appetizers provided by Flambeaus Caribbean Take-Out.  There will be a full buffet and cash bar.  Island music provided by DJ Dr. Goo. 

Brought to you by the Youngstown Rotary Beers Cheers and Gears, Austintown Rotary Club & Polish Youngstown Polish Happy Hour.  

The suggested donation is $5/ person, plus children's hygiene supplies or g rated dvd's.   

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Facebook Fun

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You know the saying that it takes a village to raise a child?  Well, it also takes a an entire Rotary Club to make the Facebook page interesting, too.  You may see me running around our meetings trying to take pictures of people speaking, or new members.  I'd like for you ALL to run around and get pictures of Rotarians doing fun, interesting Rotary type things.  You can then post the picture to your Facebook page and tag Youngstown Rotary, and we'll make sure it gets added to our timeline.  

We want to look like the fun, happening club we are on our social media presence, so get out there and snap away!  And sit in the front of the room. Not only will you make President Scott happy, but all the cool kids do it and it looks great for those pics!  

 

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TEAM BANNON RIDES FOR 5TH TIME

Posted by Heidi Daniel

Betty Bannon discussed this at our meeting. It is a great story, so I also wanted to share it here. This ride is in honor of her late son.  In addition, several past Rotarians who have passed away of ALS were remembered at our last meeting. 

Dear Friends,

This summer will be the fifth year in a row that Team Bannon will bike the Tri-State Trek--270 miles in three days from Boston to New York--to raise money to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. We have been training hard, and will ride July 19, 20 and 21, 2013.

Team Bannon began in 2009 after my sister Lisa and I lost our brother, Chuck, to ALS after a three-year battle. We vowed to continue riding until we raise enough money to find a cure or treatment. Last year, Hugh Macdonnell, whose mother-in-law is afflicted with ALS, joined our team for the first time. This year we are expanding further to eight..yes eight riders..as the word spreads about this challenging ride that has done so much to raise awareness and funding for ALS research. In recognition of this expansion, we are renaming the team Crush ALS/Team Bannon.

Thanks to your generosity last year, Team Bannon exceeded our fundraising goals, raising over $25,000 and making us one of the Trek's top fundraisers. This year, we'd like to raise another $25,000 and surpass $100,000 total that we've raised since we began riding in 2009. This impressive amount has come from truly grassroots donations--$10 to $1000 donations--from hundreds of our friends and family. It's come from all of you.

And it's making a difference. As you remember from last year, ALS TDI, the Boston-based research lab which sponsors and utilizes our funds from the Trek, http://www.als.net had discovered two compounds to be promising treatment candidates for ALS. Well ALS TDI recently launched its first human clinical trial, and this very month, the trial is enrolling patients in four centers across the country. By the time we start riding the Trek, ALS patients will be testing this potential treatment - a significant accomplishment in the fight against this mysterious disease, which currently has no treatment or cure.


Please consider supporting me in our Trek by going to the following link and contributing: http://tst.als.net/BBannon

We will have a Facebook page this year (thanks to my niece Nell) so you can follow us on this amazing journey: https://www.facebook.com/CrushALSTeamBannon?hc_location=timeline

If you'd like to write a check, please make it out to Tri-State Trek/Breen Bannon and mail it to me at 3478 Bentwillow Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44511, or give to me.

Thank you in advance. You make a difference. I am proud and humbled by your generosity.

Never give up!
Breen
[CRUSH ALS team bannon]

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Hugh, Lisa & Breen 2012 Tri-State Trek

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