Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Tom Hower.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 31 of our 73 members were in attendance.
Foundation Moment with Gene James: This week’s Moment is from Rotary’s Annual Report. “A little over a hundred years have passed since our Rotary Foundation was established. In 1917, Rotary barely a dozen years from its founding was still small, but growing rapidly. The idea of a foundation did not earn unanimous approval, yet in the end, it gained enough support to become a reality. The first donation was received, and more followed. With that, our organization turned off one path and onto another – onto the path that has led us to where we are today, with an organization that is large enough, and strong enough to change the world forever.”
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”
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.
Tom Charley, Membership Chair, is looking for members to help with ideas for membership. If you are interested, please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greensburg Salem Interact members Megan and Alyse along with advisor Melissa Bowman presented the Rotary Club of Greensburg with a $1,000 check for our water filtration project in Thailand. Thank you Greensburg Salem Interact.
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
Katie Fishell introduced today’s speakers, our own Jim Steeley. Jim discussed Mardi Gras here in the United States and around the world. Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
A krewe is an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Carnival season. Carnival is an important celebration in Anglican and Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called “Shrovetide”, ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects, as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat, and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The first Mardi Gras parade held in New Orleans is recorded to have taken place in 1837. The tradition in New Orleans expanded to the point that it became synonymous with the city in popular perception, and embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage. Mardi Gras celebrations are part of the basis of the slogan Laissez les bons temps rouler (“Let the good times roll”). On Mardi Gras Day, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the last parades of the season wrap up and the celebrations come to a close with the Meeting of the Courts (known locally as the Rex Ball).
Fastelavn is the name for Carnival in the historically Lutheran nations of Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Latvia and the Faroe Islands which is either the Sunday or Monday before Ash Wednesday. Fastelavn is related to Roman Catholic tradition of Carnival in the days before Lent, but after Denmark became a Protestant nation, the festival adopted certain distinctives. This holiday occurs the week before the Christian penitential season of Lent, culminating on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In it, children dress up in costumes and gathering treats for the Fastelavn feast. The holiday is generally considered to be a time for children’s fun and family games.
THANK YOU JIM!
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel