Monday, November 14, 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 News

Thank you to everyone for helping make the Operation Warm campaign a success this year. Our club was able to order nearly 1,000 winter coats. Special thanks to Deb Esbenshade for coordinating the district wide order.  
Instead of the regular weekly meeting, RCY will distribute coats this Wednesday at Harding Elementary School, 1903 Cordova Ave., Youngstown, 44504. Email Dave Stillwagon ( ASAP if you can volunteer. Meet at the school by 8:30 a.m. Coat fitting should be finished by noon.  Lunch will be served afterward to Rotarians, so also let Dave know if you will stay. 

Last Week's News

With Veterans Day approaching, President Sharon Letson invited Rotarians who served in the military to lead members in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

In observance of Rotary Foundation Month, Becky Davis gave a presentation on Rotary giving. Becky has a dual role as our club’s Rotary Foundation chair and as a member of the Youngstown Rotary Foundation board of directors. Not all Rotary clubs have their own foundations, and it’s important to understand the difference, she explained.

When members donate to the Rotary Foundation, those contributions support Rotary’s international work, such as eradicating polio. In addition, the Rotary Foundation follows a formula to return a portion of contributions to local clubs for their initiatives. During President Josh Prest’s leadership of RCY from 2021 to 2022, he designated our club’s Rotary Foundation proceeds to assist persons after incarceration with education, housing and employment opportunities.
Rotarians who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, an honor named after Rotary’s founder.

When members donate to the Youngstown Rotary Foundation, those dollars support local projects, such as purchasing winter coats for school children (Operation Warm). 

About half of RCY’s members have established accounts at to access information, which includes donor history reports, Becky said. If you don’t believe you’ve contributed to the Rotary Foundation, think again! RCY contributes on behalf of all members to Rotary International’s Annual Fund, and these donations are tax deductible for members.

Donor history reports also track “PHF Recognition Amount” points toward earning a Paul Harris Fellow. Again, even if you have not made a contribution, you may have points if another Rotarian gifted any of his or her Foundation Recognition Points to you. When you earn Foundation Recognition Points, you can share them with another member without reducing your PHF Recognition Amount, Becky noted.

In other news: 

The district wide Night for Ukraine fundraiser, held Nov. 6 in Canton, was a success, President Sharon reported. RCY members contributed in significant ways – planning the menu, arranging for entertainment, managing the auction and by attending, she said. Organizers were “very close” in achieving their goal of raising $100,000 for Ukrainian war aid. Donations are still being accepted, she added.

President Sharon said a few slots are open for the RCY-sponsored Jewels of the Alpine Europe tour in May. Contact her or Scott Schulick ASAP if interested.


The Rotary Club of Youngstown Beerfest Volunteer Signup

Fighting infectious diseases: The connection to climate change

"Fighting global health risks and diseases, including outbreaks with pandemic potential, is also, fundamentally, about fighting climate change. We need to treat the health of humans, animals, the economy and the planet as one."
As global temperatures rise, long-term changes in climate and wildlife habitat could have a significant effect on human health and increase the risk of infectious diseases like the coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Diseases traditionally associated with tropical and subtropical regions are reaching new areas of the world. Before 1970, dengue fever caused severe outbreaks in only nine countries. Now it is endemic in more than 100 countries, according to the World Health Organization. 
A projected increase in the frequency and intensity of disasters associated with climate change could displace a growing number of people. As people migrate, they not only place substantial demands on the ecosystems and social infrastructures where they move, but also carry illnesses that emerge from shifts in infectious-disease vectors
And a loss of wildlife habitat is linked both to climate change and to disease outbreaks. An estimated 75% of new infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they transmit from animals to humans.  Deforestation and mass forest fires are also responsible for habitat loss. Deforestation is linked to 31% of disease outbreaks.
Fine particulate pollution penetrate deep into the bloodstream and lungs, creating serious health impacts; these are also known to weaken the immune system. Research suggests that air pollution increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading faster and becoming deadlier. Scientists have suggested that air pollution particles may also act as vehicles for viral transmission. Improving air quality and reducing emissions, especially in cities, could have significant benefits for fighting both viral and climate risks.  
Temperatures in the Arctic Circle are rising three times faster than in the rest of the world. As ice and permafrost melt, it further accelerates climate change and there is the threat of infectious agents (re)emerging. Permafrost is a very good preserver of microbes and viruses - it is cold, dark, and devoid of oxygen. Certain pathogens can survive even after being frozen for hundreds, thousands, even millions of years. As ice melts due to climate change, there are concerns that pathogens could be released for which our immune systems would be unprepared. 
A changing climate could also unlock new infectious diseases as pathogens mutate and evolve to adapt to warmer temperatures in much of the world. A study published by Johns Hopkins University in January 2020 raises concern that climate change will cause new heat-tolerant diseases to evolve that jeopardize one of our key natural defenses – fever, the ability of mammals to maintain high temperatures to fight infections.
Addressing climate and infectious diseases simultaneously  
Like infectious diseases, greenhouse gas emissions know no borders. Global cooperation is needed to address both.  Combating climate change as a root cause of disease transmission can also simultaneously mitigate the threats of biodiversity loss and pandemics.

We Need Your Plastic Film

We're off and running! So far, over 200 pounds of plastic has been collected for the Trex project. Keep up the good work!

Don’t forget - the Operation Pollination committee is encouraging all Rotarians to save their 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. 

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 at 3pm (NO EXCEPTIONS!)
  • Early Bird Cost: is $40 per person for members and guests registered by November 28; $45 per person after November 28
  • 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


November 18, 1939: Walter D. Head, Rotary International President, visted Youngstown and spoke to 300 Rotarians.
  • Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer - Nov 14
  • Herb Soss - Nov 15
  • Frank Kishel - Nov 17
  • Carol Sherman - Nov 18
  • John Fahnert - 22 Years
  • Scott Schulick - 27 Years
  • Sharon Stringer - 1 Year
The Four-Way Test

1. Is it the truth?
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 


Director of Resident Initiative Services, Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

Classification: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

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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