Monday, December 19, 2022

Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary through our Focus Areas
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

This month Rotary International asks us to Imagine Rotary by becoming involved in Disease Prevention and TreatmentExplore 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

We will be back at Wick Park for our weekly Rotary Meeting.  In keeping with tradition, all Rotarians are invited to bring spouses, children, grandchildren and other special guests to join us for "Holiday Cheer."  This includes family members who may be home for the holidays. We'll share stories, holiday carols and jokes, and perhaps a few special beverages. If you are bringing guests, please notify Scott Schulick so we’ll have an accurate lunch count. Let's relax and have a good time together.  

This will be our last meeting for the year. We will not meet on Dec 28. 

Last Week's Holiday Party

Good cheer was in abundance at the RCY Holiday Party, held Dec. 14 at the Arms Museum. Many thanks to Mahoning Valley Historical Society, including RCY members Bill Lawson and Linda Kostka, for a special evening.

Rotarians roamed the second-floor exhibits to enjoy delicious food, beverages, instrumental music and lively conversations. They came together for a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday,” the video of which was sent to Rotarian Robert Lenga for his 85th birthday.

Members also were able to walk through the 14th “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibit on the first floor. HIghlights of the breathtaking display include a crystal-adorned Christmas tree and vintage decor in the formal dining room. Want another look? The exhibit will run through Dec. 31, with special hours from noon to 7 p.m. for Twilight Thursdays and also on New Year’s Eve. Go to to confirm dates and times.

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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. 

Aundrea in Saltzburg

While visiting Germany, Hungary and Austria, RCY member Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer made some friends at the Rotary Club Salzburg Altstadt in Austria. Rotary members are welcome to attend club meetings anywhere in the world!

"Jewels of Alpine Europe"

There are still 5 spots remaining to join the 2023  Rotary Club of Youngstown International Tour "Jewels of Alpine Europe" with an extension to Prague, Czech Republic. It's a private and customized EF Go Ahead guided tour designed with you in mind. We are offering you the opportunity to enroll first until August 17 before we announce it to others!
Spend 14 days with us, May 9 to May 22, sightseeing in one of Europe's most fascinating regions. Experience rich culture against a backdrop of soaring Alpine peaks. Journey from Switzerland's mountain-lined Lake Lucerne to France's inspiring Lake Annecy. Take in the picturesque Chamonix Valley and stroll along Italy's Lake Como. Then, cross Liechtenstein and hit the winter wonderland of Innsbruck. Our adventure continues in Austria, where you'll take in the sights and sounds of Salzburg before being entranced by Vienna's beauty. Fly home or continue with us on to Prague for 4 days, May 22 to May 25, to learn why it's the City of One Hundred Spires and uncover some amazing history as we explore the Czech capital.
The full details of this fabulous tour including day-by-day itinerary, optional excursions, and price are here. 
Booking Information: 
The best way to enroll is online through the customized website for our  group: Please do not use the GA public website since you may end up registering with a different tour.
If you prefer to speak with a GA representative, please call 800-438-7672.  Please make sure you provide Group Reference number 65035422 to enroll in our tour.  
Club Go rewards discounts available, GA's travel loyalty program, for repeat travelers. 

Important Details:
Main Tour Travel Dates:  May 9-22, 2023
Extension Dates (Prague):  May 22-25, 2023
Deposit: Only $99 with the automatic payment plan OR $450 at the time of reservation, if you prefer to pay in full or on your own schedule. 
Payments:  Every traveler’s budget is different and GA offers several ways to pay. 
AutoPay. An easy way to make smaller, interest-free, monthly payments before the tour through a debit card or checking account. 
Pay in full. If you’d rather get payments out of the way all at once, you can! GA EF Tours accepts MasterCard, Visa, direct debit, personal checks, and cashier’s checks.
Pay manually on your own schedule. You can choose to make payments on your own via your GA online account or by calling the Customer Experience Team—they accept debit or credit cards (Mastercard/Visa), or payments through a checking account.
Risk-Free Period: Travelers will be risk-free for 60 days of the time of booking. All money paid is 100% refundable. 
Insurance Protection: We highly encourage you to take travel protection to prepare for the unexpected and secure your investment.  Options:
Basic Plan $349 (does not include pre-existing) 
Any Reason Protection (ARP) Plan $75
Premium Protection Plan $449 (includes pre-existing & ARP plan)
Prices:  GA reevaluates prices each month. To lock in the lowest price, enroll by the end of August. 
Final Payment Date: February 8, 2023. 
Next year's grand tour of the European Alps and Lakes will be another exciting journey with memorable and exclusive experiences. We've made sure our itinerary includes a just-right mix of guided tours and group meals, plus free time so you can explore your own interests at your own pace. You can also customize your experience and add excursions, if you prefer to explore alongside a local insider. From touchdown to takeoff, we'll be accompanied by a 24/7 Tour Director who will oversee our trip’s logistics and is an expert at showing you everything the destinations have to offer. 
Please be assured that EF Go Ahead Tours will continue to take extra steps to guide us on enjoyable journeys that are as safe as possible. Currently, Covid vaccination is required for this trip. Read about their Travel Ready Approach.
Our group tours are also about making true connections and this will be a limited-capacity and private tour so you can do just that. Don’t delay… enroll soon to secure your spot and the lowest price! Please email me at with any questions or call me on my cell at 330-207-9127. 
Hope to be traveling with you in 2023! 😊

Ana M. Torres
Group Tour Coordinator
Scott R. Schulick


We all have the power to make a difference for birds and the world they depend on.

By Holly Latteman 
Climate change is affecting the world around us in more ways than we can even imagine. Species are becoming less numerous, rare or shifting ranges in response to climatic variables. 
If you are familiar with the birds in your backyard, you may have noticed that some years bring large groups of the same species. The cause for this is food availability and it’s driven by shifts in the climate. 
In certain years, trees will “mast” or produce large quantities of seed. Masting occurs generally by region, requiring specific climate conditions for trees to store enough energy to produce large quantities of seed. However, when the opposite occurs, birds will migrate to other locations in search of food. This sequence of events is referred to as an irruption. 
Community scientists can help researchers by contributing their sightings to datasets like Project FeederWatch or eBird. 
Insects are critical to the successful fledging of many nestlings, but they are not the only essential food source. Native plant species provides habitat and food - seeds and fruit - that allows bird species to thrive and support a vast amount of life. One oak tree can support hundreds of caterpillar and moth species, which many young nestlings depend on. 
Climate change is impacting these delicate interactions at every level with great complexity. 

Without food resources, pairing and mating to recover populations cannot occur. 
Climate change is also affecting nesting patterns of migratory species. Unprecedented cold snaps and unpredictable weather can affect the success of a new nest or nestlings, causing yet another decline. 
You can make a difference by planting prairie species that flower at different times to promote seed or berry availability throughout the fall/winter seasons or planting only native species that promote a flourishing ecosystem. 
Creating and preserving a habitat that supports a changing ecosystem is vital to the mission of The Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. The Arboretum’s mission is to “enrich lives through the conservation of trees, nature and history.” Understanding how climate affects different plant and/ or tree species is one of the overarching themes of their research. 
While climate change looms, it is important to focus on the actions that include educating ourselves on climate research initiatives, creating native habitat that supports the largest diversity of species, and contributing to community science.
Holly Latteman is the science and conservation manager at The Dawes Arboretum, a Wild Ones National Director and president of the Wild Ones Columbus Chapter.


December 20, 1957: Rotary Club of Youngstown approved a motion to support the formation of a local independent Better Business Bureau.
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  • Kevin Chiu - Dec 20
  • Elyane Bozick - Dec 25
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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?
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