Flash for 5 September 2017

Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Brian Beeghly.

Sergeant at Arms Report:
John Hanna reported 40 of our 75 members were in attendance.


Club News:

OUR LUNCH MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED: Beginning in September 2017, our luncheon meetings will be held at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 100 Ramada Inn Drive, Greensburg.

Foundation Moment with Gene James: Past RI President John Germ tells this story of how Rotary Foundation Grants can change the lives of people. “Like in Jamaica,” he says, “a country of 2.8 million people, where until last year, there was not a single medical facility able to perform modern laser eye surgery. If you needed that surgery for something as common as cataracts, you have to travel abroad. And in a country where a minimum-wage worker earns $50 a week, many people didn’t have that option. But last July, thanks to Rotarian and Foundation grants, a new laser eye surgery machine came to Montego Bay and was installed in a public hospital, where you can be treated whether or not you’re able to pay.” This is just one example of how a Rotary Grant can change lives.

Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “You are only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the roses along the way!

Happy Bucks: The most recent Happy Bucks were distributed to Greensburg-Hempfield Library; Bushy Run Battlefield; and accessAbilities.

District News:

Rotary Leadership Institute’s fall date in Greensburg will be October 7. Please visit www.rlimainline.org for more information and to register.

Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Wellness Screening – September 16 – SeniorLife, Greensburg
• Rotary Leadership Institute – October 7 – First Lutheran Church, Greensburg
• One Rotary Summit – October 21 – Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College
• Foundation Dinner – November 17 – California University of Pennsylvania

Make-up Clubs:
• 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

Cesare Muccari introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Thomas Soltis, assistant professor of Sociology, Westmoreland County Community College. The 1918 influenza pandemic affected the entire world. While the true number of deaths is impossible to know, the most commonly accepted estimates range between 20-40 million victims.

Westmoreland County Community College, in association with community partners Excela Health, the Westmoreland County Historical Society, the Westmoreland Library Network and Pennsylvania Department of Health, has designed a program to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

“The 1918 Influenza Pandemic Invades Westmoreland County” will summarize the arrival, spread and impact of the pandemic in Westmoreland County. Of the 231,000 residents of the county at that time, more than 41,000 were infected and approximately 1,300 people died.

For more information on the series, please visit https://westmoreland.edu/1918pandem or contact Dr. Thomas Soltis at soltist@westmoreland.edu

Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel