Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Jim Graham.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 37 of our 75 members were in attendance.
OUR LUNCH MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED: Beginning in September 2017, our luncheon meetings will be held at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 100 Ramada Inn Drive, Greensburg.
Foundation Moment with Gene James: In Afghanistan, one of the remaining countries with polio, women are taking to the front lines to vaccinate the children. In Kandahar one female vaccinator says that when she sets out to vaccinate the children, the biggest threat is not from the government but from her neighbors. This 36-year old month of 5 says “Sometimes the men on the street yell or even chase me but that is not going to stop me from doing my job.” This worker is part of a team of several thousand female health workers who operate on the frontlines of the battle against polio. In area where polio remains, these all female teams are seen as the difference between success and failure. She says, “Mothers stay at home with their children and can’t go out and our culture prohibits them from opening their doors to men, even male polio vaccination teams, so the children are not getting vaccinated. But as women we can enter those homes even when men aren’t around.” The challenge in Afghanistan isn’t that parents will refuse the polio vaccine but that children may not get the change to be immunized because of cultural restrictions.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.”
Happy Bucks: The most recent Happy Bucks were distributed to Greensburg-Hempfield Library; Bushy Run Battlefield; and accessAbilities. If you have any suggestions, please see a Board Member.
Rotary Leadership Institute’s fall date in Greensburg will be October 7. Please visit www.rlimainline.org for more information and to register.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Wellness Screening – September 16 – SeniorLife, Greensburg
• Rotary Leadership Institute – October 7 – First Lutheran Church, Greensburg
• One Rotary Summit – October 21 – Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College
• Foundation Dinner – November 17 – California University of Pennsylvania
• 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
Cesare Muccari introduced today’s speaker, Steve Edson. He spoke about his role in the command center for Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly tropical cyclone that was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It was the eleventh named storm and the fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge and levee failure. Severe property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns where boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach. The storm was the third most intense United States landfalling tropical cyclone, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Overall, at least 1,245 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest United States hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Total property damage was estimated at $108 billion (2005 USD), roughly four times the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in the United States.
The United States Coast Guard began pre-positioning resources in a ring around the expected impact zone and activated more than 400 reservists. On August 27, it moved its personnel out of the New Orleans region prior to the mandatory evacuation. Aircrews from the Aviation Training Center, in Mobile, staged rescue aircraft from Texas to Florida. All aircraft were returning towards the Gulf of Mexico by the afternoon of August 29. Air crews, many of whom lost their homes during the hurricane, began a round-the-clock rescue effort in New Orleans, and along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines.
Katrina displaced over one million people from the central Gulf coast to elsewhere across the United States, becoming the largest diaspora in the history of the United States. Houston, Texas, had an increase of 35,000 people; Mobile, Alabama, gained over 24,000; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, over 15,000; and Hammond, Louisiana, received over 10,000, nearly doubling its size. Chicago, Illinois received over 6,000 people, the most of any non-southern city. By late January 2006, about 200,000 people were once again living in New Orleans, less than half of the pre-storm population. By July 1, 2006, when new population estimates were calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of Louisiana showed a population decline of 219,563, or 4.87%.
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel