Flash for 10 April 2018

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

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 38 of our 75 members were in attendance.
Guests: Tim Prothero, Carolyn Tlumack with Dave Jackson, Denise Ardisson with mom, Roberta


Club News:

Foundation Moment with Gene James: For Litane and her 9 children, ages 3 to 17, every day is a struggle. All 10 of them live in a small cement structure that has no running water or electricity. The one window and dirt floor do little to alleviate the tropical heat and humidity of Haiti. Every day Litane walks for hours to collect water for her family. She tries to treat the water she collects herself with chlorine tablets but the children still get sick. This past March, her life changed forever. According to Pure Water for the World (a Rotarian run clean water group out of New England), Litane attended a one-day filter and hygiene course and will now receive her very own sand filter. Litane will now be able to protect her children from water borne illnesses.

Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow.”

The Rotary’s Service Above Self 5K will be held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 at Lynch Field in Greensburg. The website, Facebook and the online registration are up and running. We are in need of sponsors for this event. Please contact Al Lazar at taxmanal@comcast.net or Marcy Zajdel mlzajdel@comcast.net

The Golf Committee has decided that the 2018 Rotary Club Scholarship Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Greensburg Country Club. The committee is currently looking for sponsors, prizes, and foursomes. Please contact Mandy Zalich or a committee member.

Thank you to all who helped at the spring Wellness Screening. They estimated about 175 people were through.

Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – April 21 at Offutt Field
• Scholarship Dinner – May 15 at UPG
• Spelling Bee – May 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Greensburg Salem Middle School
• Service Above Self Memorial Day 5K – May 28, 2018 – Lynch Field
• Rotary Golf Outing – June 18, 2018 – Greensburg Country Club

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

John Kline introduced today’s speakers, Captain Lou Battistella, Handler Dave Jackson, and bloodhound Darcy of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Bloodhound Team. Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Bloodhound Team started out in 1969 as twelve volunteer firemen and two dogs and has grown to over 15 volunteer firemen with seven active bloodhounds. The team maintains its efficiency by belonging to the National Police Bloodhound Association, a national organization that was started by the Connecticut and New York State Police 54 years ago (1962) with just a few members that has now grown to over two hundred members from all over the country. The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Bloodhound Team membership in the NPBA is highly regarded as the only membership in the organization that is not a 100% law enforcement agency.

Annually the team trains intensely with the NPBA for a whole week. Two of the team’s senior handlers serve prestigiously as instructors. Through the many years of existence and the affiliation with the NPBA, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department Bloodhound Team has succeeded in becoming experts in man-trailing. Beside the occasional criminal who got away, or the holdup subject, moreover; the search assists have been dedicated to the missing person of institutions, nursing homes, senior care living facilities, Alzheimer patients, and, of course, children.

For more information, visit http://www.gbgfire.org/bloodhound-team.html

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