Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Mark Barnhart.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 34 of our 72 members were in attendance.
Foundation Moment with Gene James: This week’s moment is a personal experience of George and Colleen Wood from a trip to Cambodia: “Our guide was very excited to show us the big lake, one of the largest in Southeast Asia. The boat was rickety and loud and the smell of boat fuel filled the air and it left an oily sheen on the water. The water itself was brown and blackish. As we travelled along the lake, we saw people fishing in the lake, bathing, washing clothes, and collecting drinking water in buckets. Skinny cows and water buffaloes also made good use of the lake. Our guide proudly informed us that the lake was multi purposed and the water recycled just “like Americans like to do.”” George asked if our guide drank the water and the response was a quick no but said those that lived along the lake did and yes, sometimes they did get sick but that was their way of life. Close to 3,000 people lived around the lake with no clean water to drink. After helping to supply the Dominican Republic with sand filters for many years and helping to bring clean water to other places in the world, it made us realize there is still so much work to do and glad that we have our Rotary Foundation to help in all areas of the world.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: I can do things that you cannot, you can do things I cannot, we can do great things together.
The application for the Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship is now available online through The Pittsburgh Foundation website https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381 The application deadline is March 31, 2018. This scholarship is available to Westmoreland County students who meet the educational eligibility requirements and plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical school or a 2-to-4 year college or university. Preference will be given to students who seek to enter the Christian Ministry, and/or who have exhibited a strong interest in community service and humanitarian service. This scholarship is offered in memory of Rotarian Kenneth P. Rutter. Contact Rotarian Patty Lonsbary if you have questions by calling 724-396-5051.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Service Above Self Memorial Day 5K – May 28, 2018 – Lynch Field
• Rotary Golf Outing – June 18, 2018 – Greensburg Country Club
• 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
Mandy Zalich introduced today’s speaker, Tim Phillips, Director of Get In Westmoreland. Our mission is to support community efforts to reduce overdose deaths and substance use. We provide technical assistance and help communities build coalitions to address the overdose epidemic in Westmoreland County. In 2016 there were 174 confirmed deaths from accidental drug and alcohol overdoses in Westmoreland County. 94 of the confirmed cases involved heroin.
The Drug Overdose Task Force provides resources to help you build community solutions to prevent overdose and reduce substance misuse. Whether your team is location-based or organized within one of the coalition sectors, the task force provides Toolkits that can help assist you in raising awareness of the problem, and building your action-oriented coalition, or suggest a resources.
For more information, please visit www.getinwestmoreland.info
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel