Monday, November 7, 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

The Rotary Foundation has spent more than $4 billion over the last century in support of basic education and literacy; community economic development; disease prevention and treatment; maternal and child health; peacebuilding and conflict prevention; and water, sanitation, and hygiene needs. The Foundation supports large-scale global projects and small-scale district projects alike. Becky Davis, chair of Youngstown Rotary Foundation, will provide details during the weekly meeting in the Wick Park Pavilion.

Announcements and Such

There will be no parking in the back of Wick Pavilion this week, due to concrete repair.

There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 16. We will be at Harding Elementary School for the Operation Warm coat distribution. Lunch will be at the school, and we need volunteers from 8am until noon. Volunteer sign up sheets will be forthcoming, but if you are interested, contact Samantha Turner.

YoRo purchased a table at The SMARTS Family Dinner on Wednesday, November 16. If you would like to attend, contact President Sharon. Everyone is responsible to pay for their seat.
A Harding Family Feast will take place on Tuesday, November 22 at the school. Desserts are needed, as well as volunteers. Please contact Samantha Turner.

Last Week's Meeting

The negative perceptions of mental illness discourage people from getting help and the stigma associated with mental illness prevents them from seeking treatment that would help. Gloris Griffin, MSE.D, LPCC, LICDC, seeks to dispel the myths associated with poor mental health by treating it no differently than physical health. 
The impacts of poor mental health reach beyond the individual. It affects their children, spouse, co-workers and family. Having a parent or other close adult with untreated mental health issues is particularly hard on kids. There is no one emotionally available to help correct inappropriate behavior. In school, these children can’t form positive relationships with their teachers, which impedes educational success. In fact, the suspension and expulsion rate among children who has a parent with mental health issues is 64%, they are 6 times more likely to end up in jail, and live 9.2 years less than a high school graduate.
One in four individuals with mental illness develop substance abuse problems and use opioids in higher numbers to cope with life. At work, those with poor mental health see a limited ability for promotion and can’t excel in their jobs. Their absenteeism rate is higher, and can lead to job loss, leading to loss of health care, leading to untreated mental health issues because now they can’t afford it. It’s a cycle that must be broken, and can be accomplished through treatment.
Mental health is no different than physical health. Gloris encourages those with mental health issues to seek counseling to break the cycle of despair and encourages family members of those suffering with substance to seek education so they can identify early warning signs. The SPG Foundation ( offers help and encouragement for those contemplating taking their own life.
Remember the Reason for the Season!

Gloris Griffin’s Simple Ways to Relive Holiday Stress
1.  Get moving
2.  Go outside
3.  Keep a balanced diet
4.  Clear your mind & meditate
5.  Get some sleep
6.  Keep a routine
7.  Reach out
8.  Expect the unexpected
9.  Plan ahead
10. Know your limits
11.  Take a break
12.  Limit social media
13.  Be open to new traditions
14.  Stay positive
15.  Ask for help

Rotary Member Receives Award

Congratulations to our own, Dr. Barbara Brothers on the AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award!

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!
Deadline has been extended until Sunday 11-13-22 at 11:59PM

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.


November 9, 1993: Rotary Club of Youngstown sponsored the District 6650 Conference at the Metroplex in Liberty Township.
Paul Garchar - Nov 12
Linda Kostka - 17 Years
Michael Latessa - 6 Years
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