Monday, October 31, 2022

examples of Spirit and Actionwear

Wear the gears with pride!

Check out the 2022-23 Rotary Club of Youngstown Apparel Shop created by the Spiritwear Committee + Sherman Creative.
From business wear to casual, workout gear to outerwear, these items will help you show your Rotary pride with flair.
Our pop-up apparel store includes old favorites and loads of NEW ITEMS that you requested! Check out the options HERE!
PLUS we have our own Rotary Action projects t-shirts and sweatshirts (these are ordered the old-fashioned way by filling out the order form, writing a check, and sending it to office or dropping off at the next meeting).  
The last day to order is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4.
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 members of our community 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

Counselor Gloris Griffin has a passion for helping adults struggling with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders, having experienced the effects of mental health illness in her family and suffered from depression and anxiety herself.

Born and raised in Youngstown, she began her career at Planned Parenthood as an advocate, assisting teens in pregnancy prevention. Gloris was a teen mother herself. She volunteered with Super Kids and Heart Reach Ministries while raising her children as a single mother. 
She earned her Master of Education at Youngstown State University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Counselor Supervisor. She counsels individuals ages 16 and older, specializing in addiction, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, life-balance, self-esteem, communication, relationships, anger management, stress management, and grief. 
In 2021, Gloris founded the nonprofit Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Guidance Foundation (SPG).  SPG‘s mission is to educate, support and advocate for individuals and families on mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention and awareness.

Last Week's Meeting

Laura Boomhower of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center joined Rotarians on Oct. 26 to inform us of risk factors and types of services available locally.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been observed since October 1985, but there is no less reason to educate the public about its prevalence. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during their lives. It is the second most common cancer among U.S. women, and the second leading cause of women’s deaths. Ohio has the fourth-highest fatality rate for breast cancer, which Boomhower said is attributed to lack of public awareness and lack of access to quality health care.
Women are at higher risk because of aging, family history, obesity, lack of physical activity and alcohol consumption, among other factors, Boomhower said. Ways to mitigate risk include eating low-fat diets, getting exercise, smoking cessation, and having regular examinations (self exams for women starting in their 20s, mammograms starting in their 40s.). Women who experience enlarged nipples, breast swelling, nipple discharge or other signs should seek medical advice, she noted.
The Joanie Abdu Center is connected to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Campus in Youngstown. It is named for the late Joanie Abdu, a nurse who married surgeon Dr. Rashid Abdu. She died of an aggressive form of breast cancer in June 1994, after traveling to and from Cleveland for treatment. Dr. Abdu resolved to create a place where prevention, early detection, diagnosis and support services would be available in Youngstown. The center opened in November 2011.
Mammography services include molecular imaging, which is useful to detect cancer in women with dense breast tissue, Boowhower said. She also oversees scheduling of the center’s Mammovan at community events and upon request of local employers as part of health care plans. 
Boomhower observed that No Shave November soon will be underway. The campaign calls attention to men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer, by encouraging men to grow out facial hair for 30 days and donate money otherwise spent on shaving supplies or barber visits to support cancer research, awareness and prevention.


Operation Warm Update

RCY President Sharon Letson says 931 coats have been ordered for this year’s distribution to local students during November. The need is substantial, and yet our club is still working to reach its fundraising goal.
Coats cost $20 each. Make checks payable to the Youngstown Rotary Foundation and mail them to the RCY office, 201 E. Commerce St., #450, Youngstown, OH 44503. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of persons; memorial cards are available.


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. 

Bat Crazy

It’s only fitting that we celebrate our pollinator bats on the heels of Bat Week 2022 (Oct. 24-31).
Contrary to Hollywood and Old-World superstitions, bats - according to Bat World Sanctuary – are clean, gentle, and intelligent creatures.
They are vital to our ecosystems and enhance our lives in many ways. Through seed dispersal and pollination, fruit and nectar bats play a part in bringing us approximately 450 commercial products and more than 80 different medicines. Up to 98 percent of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions of harmful insects. They protect us by eating pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
Please help them when they lose their way! Bats sometimes find their way inside during spring and fall for a number of reasons. They could be youngsters experiencing their first migration and have lost their way, or they could be confused adults who have lost their habitat due to human encroachment. Please be kind to them. Shooshing them outside in rainy or harsh weather can be a death sentence for them. Instead, call a rescuer in your area right away. Please also remember to protect yourself while protecting them – never rescue any animal barehanded.
Sites like Bat World Sanctuary can provide information on what to do and locating a rescuer. They are on the frontline to end the mistreatment of bats. Each year they rescue hundreds of bats who might otherwise die or be killed. Founded in 1994, it is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.


October 27, 1981: Jane Lamb, who covered the Rotary Club of Youngstown for The Youngstown Vindicator for many years, was presented a Paul Harris Fellowship upon her retirement.
William Russell -  44 Years
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Proposed New Member
Brendan Considine

Executive Director, The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley

Sponsor: Mike Latessa

Considine is an administrative educator with 8 years of teaching experience in the Youngstown City Schools and the Alliance City Schools, and 14 years as an administrator as Classroom Supervisor at The Rich Center for Autism. He currently is the Executive Director/Head of School at The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley. Brendan has also served as adjunct faculty at Thiel College, Westminster College, and Youngstown State University teaching string pedagogy and music instruction. As a performing musician, Brendan is also Concertmaster of the Greenville Symphony and Youngstown’s Legacy Scoring Orchestra. Brendan holds three degrees from Youngstown State University – a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Master in Music, and Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration. Recently, Brendan was on a committee that wrote fine arts learning standards for the Ohio Department of Education. As an administrator, he is a voice for students with special needs, and also is an Ohio licensed Principal. Brendan lives in the Handel’s neighborhood in Youngstown with his wife, Karen, and their three children.
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