Monday, November 21, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
October is Economic and Community Development Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by supporting the Rotary FoundationExplore 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

Our annual Thanksgiving Service will be led by RCY’s Chaplaincy Committee. Join in Wednesday for lunch and fellowship in an atmosphere of gratitude. As the writer Charles Dickens once stated, “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Last Week's Meeting

When is a coat more than a coat? When it doesn’t just provide physical warmth, but also emotional warmth, the confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future.
Once again, Youngstown Rotarians participated in Operation Warm, fitting students at Harding Elementary School with brand new coats. Almost $20,000 was raised to purchase 931 coats. Harding received 349 coats, Beatitude House received 196, Taft 279, and St. Joseph the Provider 107. Funds were also distributed to the Salvation Army to help fulfill their order.
Harding students and their families will be having their Thanksgiving dinner at the school on Tuesday, November 22, and our club has promised to provide desserts. President Sharon is encouraging us to help.
You can drop off a dessert today (Nov. 21) from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the main office at the school, or on Tuesday by 11 a.m.
Thank you!

Operation Warm Coat Distribution


In Memoriam

Services were Nov. 19 for Robert James Brocker, 96, of Canfield, a former RCY member who died Nov. 10 at Briarfield Place in Boardman. An Army veteran and neurosurgeon, he founded the Youngstown Neurological Diagnostic Clinic and maintained a practice in Salem. He also was a pilot and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, and two children. He is survived by six children; 28 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. Contributions in Dr. Brocker’s memory may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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

Wait Till Spring to Cut Back Perennials

There are benefits to letting them linger.

Traditional gardeners will often tell you to cut back herbaceous perennials in fall. The main reason why people do so is to avoid the sight of brown or dying foliage on the plants, which some may consider to be unsightly.
But there are a number of reasons why, when herbaceous perennials begin to die at the end of the season, I do not cut back the dead and dying foliage but instead leave this in place to die naturally, or stand in place over the winter months.
To Provide Habitat for Wildlife in Your Garden
Cutting back can deprive wildlife of food or shelter through the winter months. If we cut back all our herbaceous perennials in the fall, then we lose an important winter wildlife habitat. Herbaceous perennials will often provide seeds for birds and other wildlife. Dead or dying foliage standing into winter also provides cover for a range of species.
We should not be too quick to make our gardens less valuable to the creatures with whom we share our space in the pursuit of a "tidy" garden.
Garden with wildlife in mind. Our gardens belong to the other creatures that live there, just as much as they do to us.
Wildlife brings a range of benefits and can help our gardens in many ways. Working with nature makes things better for them and easier for us who garden.
Dieback Returns Nutrients to the Soil
Being too quick to cut back and tidy up beds and borders can deplete the soil. The materials we remove will not be able to break down and return their nutrients to the area where they grow.
Perennials left in place slowly break down over the winter. Of course, some stand longer than others, lasting into or even through the winter months with dead foliage or stems in place. It is far better for wildlife and for long-term fertility to chop-and-drop or cut them back in early spring.
Top Growth Protects the Roots of More Tender Perennials
The dead or dying foliage on herbaceous perennials can benefit and protect the roots of more tender species and make it more likely that they will survive a cold winter. The crowns of plants will be better insulated, and the ground may be less likely to freeze.
It Adds Visual Appeal Through Fall and Winter
DO LESS! An herbaceous border can be visually appealing even when plants begin to die back. Enjoy the way the border looks as fall wears on and into early winter. Seed heads, stems, and dying foliage are attractive in their own way. As an added benefit, leaving the seed heads offers the possibility for self-seeding, which can help in creating a lush garden that just keeps looking better and better each year.

Red Kettle Drive volunteers needed! 


The Rotary Club of Youngstown Beerfest Volunteer Signup

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. 


November 20, 1966: Youngstown Rotarians voted to participate in the establishment of a Consumer Credit Counseling Service for the Youngstown area.
  • Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki - Nov 21
  • Barbara Brothers - Nov 27
James Stein - 1 Year

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2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Dawn Monteiro 
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Dawn has more than 24 years of experience in federal Housing and Urban Development program administration and project development. In addition to working at YMHA, she also is a consultant to large and small companies in need of professional recruitment, contract compliance, monitoring evaluations and program development. She has demonstrated her ability to plan, implement and manage affordable housing program initiatives in coordination with all levels of culturally diverse organizations. She also is chief executive officer of Epiphany, Inc., a nonprofit agency.
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