Monday, Feburary 13, 2023

Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives through its Focus Areas

January is Vocational Service Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Serve to Change Lives by promoting peace 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

Rotary refuses to accept conflict as a way of life. Our speaker, Fred Ward, will give us some perspective as Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Month continues.

Last Week's Meeting

Rotarians know Stambaugh Auditorium as the home of our Groundhog Craft Beerfest. Jamie Marshall, chief strategy officer at Stambaugh Auditorium, added to our understanding by discussing the management agreement between Stambaugh, DeYor Performing Arts Center, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Opera Western Reserve and the Youngstown Playhouse.
The partners are benefitting from shared services, which include educational programs, organizational development and a central box office. The latter also benefits consumers, who may purchase tickets to multiple shows in a single transaction, Marshall said.
YSO has three more concerts this season and has been “blessed” with wonderful guest conductors since the unexpected death of director Randall Craig Fleishcer, Marshall said. As for the next director, the symphony’s board of directors is weighing candidates and options, she noted.
The Youngstown Playhouse will expand its programming with theater classes this spring, Marshall said. Session age groups range from toddlers to adults. See for more information.
The Playhouse also offers a Flex Pass package, which can be used to secure four seats at one show, or one seat at four shows. Flex Pass and symphony season subscribers get special pricing for tickets to the local production of the Broadway musical “Rent” from April 27 to 30 at DeYor, Marshall said.
When asked, Marshall affirmed that the management agreement or central box office can be available to other arts organizations. Stambaugh management’s biggest motivation is to “share services so we don’t see an organization fail,” she said.
Marshall graduated in 2009 from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She was first hired at Stambaugh as a graphic artist. She, her son and daughter live in Big Beaver Borough, her hometown in western Pennsylvania. Fun fact: She is now the mayor of Big Beaver!
Also, Beerfest co-chair Kevin Chiu thanked Rotarians for their roles in another very successful fundraiser on Feb. 4. Final figures will be shared in the coming weeks.
Barbara Brothers and Trina Williams gave their Vocational Service Month Member Exchange presentation, which had to be postponed in January. Theirs was a touching presentation by two friends.
“We met over peach cobbler,” Trina recalled. Barbara said Trina was just launching her catering business when they met at Oak Hill Collaborative. Barbara asked Trina to cater the high school class reunion she was hosting at her house. Then, during Fall 2020, apartment residents at Park Vista were looking for someone to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for them. Barbara turned again to Trina, who would have done so at cost if Barbara hadn’t talked her out of it. That was when Barbara asked Trina to join Rotary “for her generous support of the community that she demonstrated,” Barbara said.
The two have discovered many similarities in their lives, including their families’ history of living in the Oak Hill Avenue-Marshall Street area; and Barbara’s previous employment at South High School, from which Trina graduated. “She mentors me. I look up to her,” Trina said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without a lot of you.”
Trina’s food truck, which she bought with support from a crowdraising campaign, should be operational by March 16, she said.

EPRI’s Power-in-Pollinators Initiative

Electric power companies have unique opportunities to support pollinators. Through management of large landholdings, there is potential to enhance habitat via well-designed, ecologically meaningful, and cost-effective conservation actions.

Looking beyond individual company fence lines, electric utilities can work together, resulting in greater measurable outcomes than would be possible working alone.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) developed the Power-in-Pollinators Initiative to study the role that power companies have in
pollinator conservation.

This collaboration is now the largest in North America designed to support power companies and pollinators.

The initiative enables participating companies to review the state of pollinator science, evaluate corporte efforts, and implement high-value conservation actions and stakeholder collaborations.

EPRI is an independent, non-profit research organization and does not represent its collaborators.

Cavs Game with Manu

Manuela, AKA Manu, our Exchange Student from Italy, wants to attend a professional basketball game. Dave and Joanna Stillwagon, her current hosts, are planning to take her to the New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game on Friday, March 31. Game time will be 7:30 p.m., preceded by dinner at a Cleveland restaurant. Rotarians are invited to join in the fun.

Josh Prest is working to secure a block of tickets and needs to hear from interested parties no later than Feb. 17. Ticket prices will be communicated later, depending on seat availability.

This is intended to be a surprise for Manu, so don’t spill the beans!

Overnighter Photo


On February 4, our club hosted the annual overnighter event. Inbound and outbound Rotary exchange students enjoyed the Monster Truck Show at the Covelli Centre, then returned to the downtown YMCA for food and fun. the verdict: best in the district! Thanks to Don Foley and Steve Kristan for stepping in at the last minute to sub for John Fahnert, who couldn't be there. 

RSVP for Anniversary Party


Don’t miss the deadline to register for RCY’s 108th Anniversary Party, which will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at YSU DeBartolo Stadium Club, 577 Fifth Ave. In addition to celebrating our club’s long history of service in Youngstown, we also will recognize the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellows. Saratoga Catering will prepare the food, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Cost is $70 for members and guests if paid by March 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. Send checks to the RCY office, 201 E. Commerce St., Youngstown, 44503, or register online using the link a recent group email.

Note: There will not be a lunchtime meeting on March 8.


Members Making News

St. John’s Episcopal Church, where RCY member the Rev. Gayle Catinella is priest, will welcome author Carolyn Finney at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Finney is author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.” As a storyteller, author, and a cultural geographer, Finney delves into issues of identity, difference, creativity and resilience.
The church is at 323 Wick Ave. adjacent to the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County main branch and across the street from YSU Jones Hall. For more information, call 330-743-3175 or send email to


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Save the Date:

March 25 – Highway litter cleanup; details to follow.

April 22 – Public open house, Spring Arts Festival at Youngstown City School District, in cooperation with SMARTS Art School and Operation Pollination, at SMARTS; volunteers needed throughout April to assist; details to follow.
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