New Castle News

Local News

June 18, 2013

Rotary celebrates, makes history

NEW CASTLE — On a night when New Castle Rotary Club 89 celebrated its history, Gayle  Young was making some of her own.

Young, executive director of the United Way of Lawrence County, was recognized as the club’s first African American president in its 100-year existence.

The club, which was organized in November 1913, marked its centennial at the Cascade Park pavilion, an event that Young emceed. She officially becomes the group’s leader – and just its fifth female president — July 1.

“For me, it was just God’s timing,” Young said of the century that passed before an African American reached the top of the local club’s hierarchy. “I can’t say why it took so long. I’ve been in New Castle 19 years, and I joined Rotary in 2002, and there were quite a few minorities involved then.

“I was approached during Bill Lutz’ presidency (2009-10) about taking a leadership position, because they were trying to get young people involved in Rotary. It’s a three-year process. You start out as program chair, then president-elect – that’s when you do all the fundraising, which I did last year – then finally, you come in as president.”

For Young, the office is a good fit. She pointed out that Rotary and United Way have “parallel missions” of service, both locally and internationally, and that her United Way experience dealing with area charities gives her some insight into new directions that she might lead her fellow Rotarians.

“That is my plan,” she said. “We’ll be kicking off Rotary in the Neighborhood this summer, just connecting Rotarians will the summer food program. We’re serving as mentors and readers to low-income families in the neighborhoods of Lawrence County. That’s going to be a first-time thing.

“We’re also looking at re-doing some of the long-term fundraisers, and maybe coming up with a new one. Rotarians work closely with farmers in our area; in fact, we do Farmers Day. We’re looking at doing something other clubs have done, having dinners that local farmers have raised, as a fundraiser and a way to promote local produce.”

Young, who also is to be honored Thursday as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence, hopes to continue helping the local club continue its support of international Rotary Projects as well. For instance, at last night’s dinner, all tips left at the open bar were to go to Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio from the planet.

Young acknowledges there have been a lot of changes in Rotary Club 89 over the last century as it evolved into an organization that welcomed its first women members in 1992, its first female president in 2001 and now, its inaugural African American leader. However, there has been one constant.

“You have successful business people from all walks of life, every career background you can think of – and they’re always willing to serve,” she said. “That hasn’t changed in 100 years.”


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • 06.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Clifton Flat hosts annual egg hunt

    With three crosses standing outside Clifton Flat Alliance Church on Saturday, there could be no mistaking that it was Easter.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Pride.tiff New Castle Schools: Second-grader recognized for reading 200 books

    Alexandra Browne of New Castle could very well be Lawrence County’s youngest bookworm. The petite, curly-haired 8-year-old was summoned to the New Castle school board meeting Monday with her parents, Rochelle and Ted Browne, to receive the district’s Pride and Promise award for April.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hilcorp a partner in vo-tech shale course

    A shale drilling company’s contribution to the vo-tech school will help fund a curriculum for careers in that field.

    April 19, 2014

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

    Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe. But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

    April 18, 2014 11 Photos

  • Lawrence county receives state grant

    Lawrence County will receive state funding to update its comprehensive plan. The county will receive $47,000, in the form of a Municipal Assistance Grant, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to state Sen. Elder J. Vogel.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mahoning Township sets spring cleanup

    Mahoning Township will have its spring cleanup the weeks of April 28 and May 5. Residents should place items at the curb the day before their scheduled collection. They should be neatly bagged or bundled.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-Skills.jpg VoTech team claims silver medal state honors

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners. The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Columbia Gas announces pipeline replacement work

    Columbia Gas has scheduled a pipeline replacement project for New Castle. Beginning this month, the company will replace approximately 2,800 feet of existing steel pipe along Eastbrook and Paper Mill roads and Cascade Street. The project is expected to be completed in July.

    April 17, 2014

  • ESB Financial reports earnings increase

    ESB Financial Corp., parent company of ESB Bank, has announced an increase in earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

    April 17, 2014

  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo