Monday, January 2, 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 helping everyone learn skills that will allow them to become economically self sufficientExplore 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

A new calendar year has just begun, but RCY will have a Mid–Year Assembly to review the club’s ongoing work and accomplishments during the first 6 months of President Sharon Letson’s leadership. This will be a great opportunity to get reconnected and re-energized as we approach the club’s 108th anniversary, host the Junior Scholastic Awards for local students, host the 5th Groundhog Craft Beerfest, and much more. 
Rotary observes Vocational Service Month during January. Member Exchange segments at upcoming meetings will enable us to be better acquainted with our fellow Rotarians and how they serve our community.
See you Wednesday at Wick Park!

Rotary Last Week 

Honorary Rotarian Herb Soss was featured in the Business Journal’s “Shop Local” series on Dec. 27. Herb owns Ace Lumber Co. on Poland Avenue, a business that his parents launched in 1940. His is the only family-owned lumber yard in Youngstown today and able to accommodate special requests because the millwork is done on site. Herb also has supported RCY’s Little Free Library committee in various ways over the years. Rotary is proud of you, Herb! Read the story here:
Also, enjoy George Nelson’s photos from our most recent meeting on Dec. 21, when we enjoyed holiday cheer.

Crossing the Trex finish line

Plastic film recycling is still underway, and so please bring your contributions to this week’s meeting.
RCY should easily meet or exceed its 500-lb. goal, thanks to our members, their families and friends. This will earn the club a park bench made of recycled materials by the Trex Company, Inc.. That bench can be placed at the club’s discretion – maybe to augment one of our Little Free Libraries, or in a city park, or wherever a resting spot would be welcomed. Also, plastic film recycling supports the broader goals of Operation Pollination and Rotary International’s recognition of environmental matters as an area of focus. 
Congratulations to Elayne Bozick, Elsa Higby, RaCole Taltoan and the committee for leading a successful project.

Operation Pollination 

Looking back, Operation Pollination and its community partners are inspired by what has been accomplished in 2022 and energized by what has yet to be done.
Our network of community partners continues to grow – the current partnership network includes 18 organizations and 6 Rotary Clubs in District 6650.  Also, the state of Ohio can confidently claim to be the first to have all five of our current Rotary District Governors sign the Operation Pollination Resolution – in good company with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones.
We are grateful to everyone who donated your 50/50 raffle winnings (!!!!) and expressed  continued interest in the work being done in our community and the world.
With every dollar donated, you are helping to advocate for native habitats that support the biodiversity of our planet.
Rotary is the place where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Together we are helping to secure a healthy food system for future human generations. 
From the Rotary Club of Youngstown OP team with gratitude:
Elayne Bozick, Maureen Drummond, Ron Fasano, Aimee Fifarek, Deb Flora, Elsa Higby, Linda Kostka, Dionne Lacey-Dowdy, Sharon Letson, Adam Lee, Troy Rhodes, Jessica Romeo, and Sharon Stringer.

Beerfest Countdown

RCY’s 5th annual Groundhog Craft Beerfest will be Saturday, Feb, 4, at Stambaugh Auditorium. That is just 26 days from now!
Beerfest is the club’s major annual fundraiser, enabling us to pour funding back into the community by supporting meaningful projects. Also, it’s a fun event!
Here’s what you can do now in support of Beerfest:
  1. Each Rotarian is asked to sell a minimum of 5 tickets. Envelopes of tickets were passed out at recent meetings. More tickets are available; just ask.
  2. Sign up to work a shift at Beerfest. Here is the link: Beerfest Volunteer Sign Up Form
  3. Like and share Beerfest posts on social media. Past President John Fahnert has a general message on his Facebook wall that can be easily shared. Samantha Turner is posting on RCY’s Facebook page about brewers who will participate. 
  4. Recruit a sponsor. We love our sponsors and give them great plugs for their support.
Contact co-chairs Samantha Turner and Kevin Chiu if you have questions.



January 6, 1952: Youngstown Rotarians packed books to be sent to libraries in The Philippines.
  • Bob Lenga - Jan 2
  • Justin Froelich - Jan 3
  • Gregg Rossi - Jan 7
  • George Nelson - 6 years 
  • Fred Owens - 35 years 
  • Bill Petro - 40 years 
  • Steve Poullas - 8 years 
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