Proposed new member: Aspasia Lyras - Owner Penguin City Beer
All Rotarians are asked to secure at least one corporate or individual sponsor for the inaugural Groundhog Day Craft Beerfest, which will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Stambaugh Auditorium. Proceeds from the Beerfest will support Rotary projects and the foundation.  It's been nearly five years since we last held a fundraiser that required total club and community support. The Beerfest is expected to draw about 1,000 persons over two sessions, in the afternoon and evening. Sponsorship materials have been emailed to all members, and printed materials have been distributed at recent weekly meetings. Sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000. See Dave Stillwagon, Josh Prest, Scott Schulick or President John Fahnert for additional information.
The committee is now taking sign-ups for members and friends to volunteer for the Beerfest event.  Sheets will be available at meetings, OR, you can now sign up on line at the following hotlink:
Volunteers are needed for both sessions.  Don't forget to include your tee-shirt size!
Rotarians, as well as their friends and family members, are encouraged to donate original art works for the Rotary Foundation Art Auction, which will be on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., Youngstown. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, art for purchase and music by J.D. Eicher. Proceeds will support Rotary Foundation projects. For more information, visit or see the email from President John Fahnert.
Attention: Youngstown Rotarians on Facebook--earlier this month we released a video featuring Debbie Esbenshade, Deanna Marchionda, Ellie Platt, Liz Shobel and Samantha Turner, promoting the positive qualities of our Rotary Club to attract new members.  If you haven't seen it yet, please click on the hotlink below, watch it, and share it!
At the RYLA conference, students really enjoy receiving goody bags with giveaways provided by District 6650 Rotary Clubs.  Please ask your club members if they have promotional items from their businesses that they would like to contribute.  Clubs may also choose to contribute something from the club itself, or money to buy items.
  • These bags are for 16-17 year olds.  They like pencils (especially mechanical ones), highlighters, post-it notes, key chains, small toys,  playing cards, Frisbees, fast food coupons, gum, candy bars, etc.
  • Please NO political giveaways.  We will not use them.
  • Please NO CAFFEINE snacks or drinks.  We cannot distribute them for safety reasons.
  • You will need 100 of any one item so every bag gets an item.
  • Since we assemble the bags in Salem before the students arrive, items must arrive before Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
  • Items should be delivered or mailed to:  NOTE:  THIS IS A NEW ADDRESS!
ATTENTION:  Audrey Null
Salem High School Alumni Office
330 East State Street
Salem  OH  44460
Audrey’s business phone is 330.332.1427.  Please call first to let her know if you plan to drop something off.
Thank you!
Barbara Loudon, RYLA Conference Coordinator
Sophie Roelandts, our Club-sponsored exchange student from Belgium, visited the Arms Family Museum on Wednesday, January 2, along with her host family children--Edward, Isaac and Virginia Freeze--and their babysitter, Marissa McCabe.  They dressed up for a group portrait, and Sophie saw her SMARTS gingerbread house for which she won second place in the youth contest!
Along with attending Wednesday meetings once per month, and Rotary events, Sophie welcomes opportunities to meet and spend time with Club members as part of her experience abroad.  If you are planning a day trip, or attending an athletic event, or anything else fun and/or educational, please consider including Sophie and taking pictures of her to post in future editions of The Clatter.  Please contact her sponsor parent, Jim Freeze, for more information.
Our weekly Bowling Team needs more pin action. Whether you wish to play full-time or fill in occasionally,  now is the time to contact Frank Kishel at 330-720-6328, or by email at
Aundrea Cika-Heschmeyer, Chair, Interact Committee
Members of the Interact Committee want to know from which high school every Youngstown Rotarian graduated, and what year they graduated, as part of this year's efforts with the Interact Clubs in the schools.  Please contact Aundrea Cika-Heschmeyer at 330-646-4082, or by email at


 Special thanks to Ron Faniro for the find.
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Posted by President John Fahnert
This Week's Program: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, our speakers will be the Beerfest Committee presenting on the Inaugural Groundhog Day Craft Beerfest
This Week's Lunch Menu:  Roast chicken, peppers and onion wrap (veggie hummus wrap-vegetarian option), tomato basil soup (vegetarian), salad/dressing. 
Reminder: Please call Sandy's Deli (330-743-0920) by 2:00 p.m. the day before our weekly meeting if you want the vegetarian option for lunch.
Youngstown Rotary This Week President John Fahnert 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Wednesday, January 9th: 
President Fahnert with Past President Frank Kishel 
Barbara Brothers announcing the Rotary District Art Show.
Our Speaker from Eastgate, Jim Kinnick presenting the BUILD grant.
Images by George Nelson
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ImageSupport District 6650's Dominica Mission Trip Project and have a night of Caribbean magic! 

When: November 14th, 2013 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  

Where: Caribbean Pools & Hot Tubs, 4728 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, OH 

There will be appetizers provided by Flambeaus Caribbean Take-Out.  There will be a full buffet and cash bar.  Island music provided by DJ Dr. Goo. 

Brought to you by the Youngstown Rotary Beers Cheers and Gears, Austintown Rotary Club & Polish Youngstown Polish Happy Hour.  

The suggested donation is $5/ person, plus children's hygiene supplies or g rated dvd's.   

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You know the saying that it takes a village to raise a child?  Well, it also takes a an entire Rotary Club to make the Facebook page interesting, too.  You may see me running around our meetings trying to take pictures of people speaking, or new members.  I'd like for you ALL to run around and get pictures of Rotarians doing fun, interesting Rotary type things.  You can then post the picture to your Facebook page and tag Youngstown Rotary, and we'll make sure it gets added to our timeline.  

We want to look like the fun, happening club we are on our social media presence, so get out there and snap away!  And sit in the front of the room. Not only will you make President Scott happy, but all the cool kids do it and it looks great for those pics!  


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Betty Bannon discussed this at our meeting. It is a great story, so I also wanted to share it here. This ride is in honor of her late son.  In addition, several past Rotarians who have passed away of ALS were remembered at our last meeting. 

Dear Friends,

This summer will be the fifth year in a row that Team Bannon will bike the Tri-State Trek--270 miles in three days from Boston to New York--to raise money to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. We have been training hard, and will ride July 19, 20 and 21, 2013.

Team Bannon began in 2009 after my sister Lisa and I lost our brother, Chuck, to ALS after a three-year battle. We vowed to continue riding until we raise enough money to find a cure or treatment. Last year, Hugh Macdonnell, whose mother-in-law is afflicted with ALS, joined our team for the first time. This year we are expanding further to eight..yes eight the word spreads about this challenging ride that has done so much to raise awareness and funding for ALS research. In recognition of this expansion, we are renaming the team Crush ALS/Team Bannon.

Thanks to your generosity last year, Team Bannon exceeded our fundraising goals, raising over $25,000 and making us one of the Trek's top fundraisers. This year, we'd like to raise another $25,000 and surpass $100,000 total that we've raised since we began riding in 2009. This impressive amount has come from truly grassroots donations--$10 to $1000 donations--from hundreds of our friends and family. It's come from all of you.

And it's making a difference. As you remember from last year, ALS TDI, the Boston-based research lab which sponsors and utilizes our funds from the Trek, had discovered two compounds to be promising treatment candidates for ALS. Well ALS TDI recently launched its first human clinical trial, and this very month, the trial is enrolling patients in four centers across the country. By the time we start riding the Trek, ALS patients will be testing this potential treatment - a significant accomplishment in the fight against this mysterious disease, which currently has no treatment or cure.

Please consider supporting me in our Trek by going to the following link and contributing:

We will have a Facebook page this year (thanks to my niece Nell) so you can follow us on this amazing journey:

If you'd like to write a check, please make it out to Tri-State Trek/Breen Bannon and mail it to me at 3478 Bentwillow Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44511, or give to me.

Thank you in advance. You make a difference. I am proud and humbled by your generosity.

Never give up!
[CRUSH ALS team bannon]


Hugh, Lisa & Breen 2012 Tri-State Trek

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For members who haven't logged on to our club's website in awhile, here's a refresher. Go to ClubRunner will automatically redirect you to (You could also use this address but is easier to remember.) You are taken to the log on page. Note: Only members can log on to the website and view the membership list.

Your User Name is your email address or if you do not have an email address listed in ClubRunner, your user name is your first and last name 2004 (all lower case with no spaces in between). Please call the Youngstown Rotary Office at the number above and speak with Shirley Shields or email her at the address abovefor your Password.You should change your password in the admin once you have logged on. From the Admin you can view a photo directory or membership list in the My ClubRunner section. Some people have access to edit membership or attendance or write the newsletter, etc.

Another great feature of the Admin is the email message center. From this section you can send an email to everyone in the club.

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Rotary International has a very interesting online Rotary Club where you can spend at least 30 minutes at the site for a weekly makeup. Go online anytime 24/7 for Rotary news around the world, information about the avenues of service, weekly programs, how to request a makeup, and "The Refrigerator Door."  Go to
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