Flash for 12 December 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 Jeff Balzer.

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 30 of our 73 members were in attendance.
Guests: Cesare Muccari with Casey Sirochman


Club News:

Foundation Moment with Cindy Strayer: One of those Facebook quotes that are posted all the time says: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things that I cannot accept.” Polio, anywhere in this world, is something that cannot be accepted and it is something we can change. Help Rotary End Polio Now. For more information, go to www.rotary.org

Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”

Happy Bucks: To date we have distributed $3,200 for Happy Bucks. This past month’s distribution was made to HOSPAWS, CASA, Children’s First Fund, Clelian Heights, and Clearview School.

Thank you to all who participated in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR: Congratulations to Bobbi Stemmler-Guest for being named the 2017 Rotarian of the Year.

In the month of December, if you donate $55 to the Rotary Foundation, the club will match your $55. The $110 donation will buy one water filter for a needy family in Thailand. Please see Brian Beeghly to donate.

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

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

Jeff Balzer introduced today’s speaker, Cesare Muccari. Cesare talked about his last two year’s as a balloon handler in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Last year, Cesare and his family walked with Charlie Brown and this year, they walked with the Grinch. The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the world’s largest parade, is presented by the U.S.-based department store chain Macy’s. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (with both parades being four years younger than Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade). The three-hour Macy’s event is held in Manhattan starting at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. Employees at Macy’s department stores have the option of marching in the parade.

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