Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Rod Booker.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 35 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: John Kline with Eric Nichols; Mark Barnhart with Ed Krause
Foundation Moment with Gene James: How do you break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for the children of the central and western highlands of Guatemala? You enlist the help of Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation. Guatemala ranks among the bottom of countries for literacy and 90% of its schools have no books. Recently, Rotarians from Florida and Ohio took part in an effort to increase the literacy rates there. The group visited eight schools bringing books, computers and training for teachers. Working with the Guatemala Literacy-Cooperative for Education, the group also provided scholarships for students who cannot afford to attend school.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
Happy Bucks: Our most recent distribution of Happy Bucks was $125 to March for Parks and $125 to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Health Screening – April 7 at Senior Life
• Scholarship Dinner – May 15 at UPG
• 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
Today’s speaker was our own Steve Edson and Lori Lamberski. The spoke about Volkssporting. The term Volkssport – literally “folk” sport – means sport of the people. It is an organized event for the general public. It is not a contest. Participants go at their own pace. There are five types of events (walk, bike, swim, skiing and snowshoeing or rollerskating). The most popular type being: Volksmarches – organized walks or hikes, normally 5 to 10 kilometers (3.1 to 6.2 miles). Participants may walk, jog or run. Each person finishing is a winner. Some walks are held in cities and can be accomplished by persons in wheelchairs, or by families with small children in wagons or strollers. Others are more challenging and are planned over natural trails in parks and woods. Some have steep hills and very uneven ground, and a few may even require ropes and other assists. Event brochures provide descriptions of the trail, difficulty, location, and date and time of the event.
Volkssports in the United States started in Fredericksburg, Texas in 1976. The American Volkssport Association (AVA) was formally organized and officially recognized by the IVV as a member country in June, 1979. The AVA has a little over 300 clubs. We put on hundreds of events each year, promoting the benefits of physical exercise for everyone. The primary purpose of volkssporting is exercise that anyone can enjoy with companionship and souvenir awards as an added bonus.
For more information, please visit http://www.ksva.net
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel