Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Jim Graham.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
John Hanna reported 36 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Doug Weimer from Westmoreland
OUR LUNCH MEETING LOCATION HAS TEMPORARILY CHANGED: August 22, and August 29, We will be at Waterworks in South Greensburg (1817 S Broad Street, Extension). Our August 29, we will be voting to decide where we will move our lunch meetings.
Foundation Moment with Gene James: So many times, Rotarians believe only large clubs can do huge Foundation projects, but in central Ohio there is a club of 37 that has set out on a mission to bring clean water to Haiti. After a devastating earth quake in 2013, the club heard of the need for clean water in Haiti and decided they wanted to help. Through the Rotary Foundation and with funds matched by District 6690, this club has written 3 global grants with a fourth in the works. For their first grant the club installed 8 new wells and repaired 2 existing ones. These wells provided access to fresh water for 12,000 families. Last year the club installed another 10 wells in the same area. The current global grant will install 5 new wells in rough terrain and is providing solar panels for 50 families. Next in the plans are more wells, more solar panels and partnering with “Because” – a shoe for children that grows with the child and can be worn for 3-5 years. A club is never too small or too large to do great things. If you have an idea for an international project, please contact Foundation Chair Mark Kessler.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.”
Happy Bucks: The most recent Happy Bucks were distributed to Greensburg-Hempfield Library; Bushy Run Battlefield; and accessAbilities.
At the August Board Meeting, the Board voted and approved a Corporate Membership Policy. The Policy is as follows:
1. The “business entity” does not have to necessarily be incorporated.
2. The owner/principal would become a member of the Club through the usual manner but would be able to designate one or two employees of that “business entity” to attend weekly meetings when the owner/principal is unable to attend. (This would be done in the usual manner of bringing a guest twice and then proposing him/her for membership.)
3. The employee(s) that are designated to attend would be billed a total of ¼ of the normal Club Dues.
4. The owner/principal and his designate(s) would all be considered Rotarians, would be reported to Rotary International and the Club would pay International and District Dues on these individuals.
5. Being Rotarians, these individuals would have all of the rights and privileges of any other member of the Club.
6. If the owner/principal of the “business entity” attends a luncheon meeting and so do any “designates” of that “business entity” attend the same luncheon, the “designates” would incur a “visitors meal” charged to their account(s).
Rotary Leadership Institute’s fall date in Greensburg will be October 7. Please visit www.rlimainline.org for more information and to register.
Save the Date for the 2017 Highlands Fling: a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 14 at the Ramada Greensburg. It is the 15th Annual Gala benefiting seniors in need at Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare. For sponsorship opportunities, donating items, or ticket sales, please contact Erin D’Andries at 724.832.8400 ext 370.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• One Rotary Summit – October 21 – Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College
• Foundation Dinner – November 17 – California University of Pennsylvania
• Mountain View – Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant
• Westmoreland – Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Badges Bar & Grille
• Latrobe – Wednesday at 12 noon at DeNunzio’s Chophouse
• Norwin – Monday at 12:05 p.m. at Jacktown Rod and Hunt Club
• Delmont-Salem – Thursday at 7:00 a.m. at Kings Family Restaurant
• Murrysville-Export – Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at The Lamplighter
• Mount Pleasant – Wednesday at 12 noon at Leo’s Pub & Grill
• Plum – Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at Palmieri’s Restaurant
Jeff Balzer introduced today’s speaker, Sean Newhouse, content team intern, The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis.
In 1999, while working as a young volunteer in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide, Clint Borgen recognized the need for an organization that could focus U.S. political attention on extreme poverty. In 2003, after graduating from Washington State University and interning at the United Nations, Borgen began developing the organization. In need of startup funding, Borgen took a job living on a fishing vessel docked in Dutch Harbor, Alaska (the same location as “The Deadliest Catch”). From humble beginnings in one of the most remote regions of the world, The Borgen Project was born. One man with a laptop and a budget that came from his Alaska paychecks has evolved into a national campaign with volunteers operating in 405 U.S. cities.
For more information and how you can help, please visit https://borgenproject.org
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel