Monday, December 5, 2022

The Rotary Club of Youngstown Beerfest Volunteer Signup


This Week's Meeting

District 6650 Governor Michelle Charles will return with a special guest: A Rotarian from Ukraine. It will be a timely visit, as the district fundraiser on Nov. 6 exceeded its $100,000 goal for Ukrainian war relief. Let’s fill the Wick Park pavilion for this special program. Bring a friend!

Last Week's Meeting

If you’ve watched enough crime stories on TV, you may think you have a pretty good idea of what a prosecutor’s office does. They prosecute criminals, and put them in jail, right? Well, you’re only partially correct, according to Gina DeGenova, Mahoning County’s new interim prosecutor. (In fact, she is so new that she was sworn into office just hours before she spoke at our club’s lunch meeting!)
Not only does the Mahoning County prosecutor have a criminal division, which prosecutes felony and misdemeanor cases, it also has a civil division which provides legal counsel in areas of contracts, litigations, civil rights, property, zoning, public records, open meetings, employment, and labor. 
The prosecutor’s office represents elected officials and township trustees at no cost, with the exception of Boardman Township. Since they operate under home rule, the county office cannot represent them. The office also reviews levies to ensure monies are collected and appropriated correctly.
Atty. DeGenova feels strongly that the public should be aware of what the prosecutor’s office does and feels it should provide initiatives and programs for citizens so they don’t end up in the criminal justice system. A victim services division apprises victims of crime about their perpetrator’s trial dates and parole hearings. The division is composed of two staff who provide information and support to crime victims and witnesses as their cases proceed through the judicial process. Victim’s rights laws are also known as Marsy’s Law after Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Marsy’s Law was enacted by voters in November 2017 as an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution. 
In September 2021, a special needs registry was created to equip first responders with the skills necessary to identify residents who may be in need of special assistance in times of emergency or during an interaction with law enforcement or first responders. An online profile can be created in the 911 system by individuals, caretakers, loved ones, or representatives, and when the dispatcher pulls up the profile, they can relay this information to police or fire personnel on the spot. There are currently 70 individuals in the system.
The prosecutor’s office held a donation drive in October during Domestic Abuse Month. Spearheaded by a young woman from South Range High School, the drive collected more than 3,000 items and $1,000 last year. This year, because of her efforts, Poland, Salem, Canfield joined South Range to provide over 10,000 items and more than $1,000 for women at Sojourner House, Christina House, and Beatitude House. 
Future plans include the creation of self-defense classes, made possible by grant funding, so men and women can learn how to protect themselves. The office would also like to obtain a victim support dog, and already has a service provider who will train the dog at no cost, along with donations of dog food. The dog, of course, would be a rescue from a local facility.
Finally, along with the Mahoning County Sheriff, the prosecutor’s office developed a senior services calendar that provides monthly tips, a list of fun holidays, program highlights, and phone and contact information for organizations that provide services to seniors. The calendar will be distributed in January of 2023.
Of course, the burning question on the minds of some YoRo members was if Atty. DeGenova will run for the office of Mahoning County Prosecutor when her interim term is up. You heard it here first – the answer was an unequivocal yes!

Thank you from Harding!
Showing their appreciation for Operation Warm and their new coats, students from Harding Elementary wrote and illustrated thank you notes to Youngstown Rotarians. The heartfelt thank yous reminded us why we do what we do – it’s community service at its best. 


Online Apparel Sales

Online spiritwear orders (all embroidered items) will be available for pick up at meeting on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7.
After that buyers will need to arrange for pick up at Rotary office during normal business hours of Tuesday between 10 and 1 and Wednesday from 10 to 3.
The screenprinted t-shirts and sweatshirts are not yet available for pickup. 

Saving Seeds, Sowing Habitat

We all know that you can get more garden on a limited budget with seeds than with nursery
stock. Quart-sized perennials that are likely to bloom the very first year may cost $10 to $20
and more. Smaller plants and plugs are young and may not bloom the first growing season but
may cost as little as $3 each. If you've ever worked in the nursery trade, then you know how much
time and work goes into producing these plants and that they are good values.
Nothing stretches your budget quite like starting from seed if you have the time and patience. Even better, harvesting your own seed or knowing a generous friend who shares their seeds
can work with even the weakest budgets. Handling seed heads and processing them can be intriguing and satisfying. With seeds, you can hold hundreds of potential native perennials in the palm of your hand.
The Xerces Society has resources that will help you learn how this is done.
Collecting and Using Your Own Wildflower Seed (PDF)

RCY 2023 Travel Tour

Room for a few more travelers is available on the 2023 Rotary Club of Youngstown sponsored European tour. "Jewels of the Alpine" with Ana Torres will be from May 9 to 22. Interested? Go to, call 330-207-9127, or email

You are invited!

Rotary Club of Youngstown

Holiday Party

Celebrate the holiday season with a night of food, fun, fellowship and friendship in Rotary!  Spouses and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

6:00 p.m.

(A Rotary & guests-only Party at “Memories of Christmas Past” Exhibit)

Arms Family Museum

648 Wick Ave.

Youngstown, OH  44502

  • Advance reservations only; no payments at the door; Deadline is December 6, 2022 (TOMORROW!) at 3 p.m. (NO EXCEPTIONS!)
  • Cost: is $45 per person for members and guests 
  • Catering by Saratoga Restaurant (Vegetarian options available)
  • Cash Bar
  • Fun, Reindeer Games & Entertainment
  • Holiday Attire, Ugly Sweaters or Business Casual
To register or modify your registration, please click on this link: Register/Modify Registration

We Need Your Plastic Film

We have now collected 315 pounds of plastic, with 88 of those coming in November! That leaves us with 190 to go. With the holiday season in full swing, there should be lots of items that can be recycled. 
Don’t forget to save your 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. 


December 3, 1987: Ruth Horner, USPS Postmaster for Youngstown, was admitted as the first woman member of the Rotary Club of Youngstown.
Stacia Erdos Littleton - Dec 4th
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