Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Missy Smeltz.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 38 of our 73 members were in attendance.
Guests: Ed Meadows with wife, Sue; Mark Barnhart with Ed Krause
Foundation Moment with Gene James: In many countries around the world a high maternal and new born infant mortality rate is a major problem. A Rotary District outside of Philadelphia is trying to improve the statistics for infants and their mothers in Uganda. Through a large global grant, District 7430 is working to set up regional training centers that train midwives, provide education to local doctors and nurses and to provide online assistance to medical personal through a connection with Drexel University Hospital. This grant will work to close the gap on clean water, sanitation and hygiene. PDG Ron Smith, creator of the grant, says “it is my desire to save as many lives as possible and I think this grant will help do just that.”
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: Be a reflection of what you’d like to receive. If you want love, give love. If you want truth, be truthful. If you want respect, give respect. What you give out will always return.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Marcy Zajdel email@example.com
The Electronic Message Board is up and running. We currently have eight ads on the sign with approximately seven waiting to be uploaded.
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.
The spring Wellness Screening will take place on Saturday, April 7 at SeniorLife Greensburg. Volunteers are needed that morning from 6AM to 9:30AM. Please see Katie Fishell to volunteer.
Sign up sheets are being passed around for March for Parks and Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. Please see Carolyn Tlumack and Kary Milan, respectively, to sign up.
Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship: Now through March 31, students can apply for the Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship online through the Pittsburgh Foundation website http://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381 or through their school guidance counselor. The scholarship is open to traditional or non-traditional students residing in Westmoreland County, who have achieved a high school diploma or equivalent including a GED or Home School certificate. 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. Please share this information with students, your church pastor, and your church youth minister so that eligible persons can apply. If you have any questions, contact Patty Lonsbary at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 10th Annual CASA Leadership Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 a.m. at the Word of Life Ministries on Route 136, Greensburg. The cost is $25 per person. Registration deadline is April 13. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Mandy Zalich.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• March for Parks – March 24 at Twin Lakes Park
• Health Screening – April 7 at Senior Life
• Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – April 21
• 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
Steve Edson introduced today’s speaker, our own Chuck Anderson. He spoke about the history of Westmoreland County. Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County was formed by an Act of Assembly, approved by Governor Richard Penn, on February 26, 1773. The Act also designated that the courts should be held at the house of Robert Hanna until a court house could be built. This house was at Hannastown, and continued to be used as a court house until the county seat was moved to Greensburg. The first courts of the county were held at Hannastown on April 6, 1773. The town was burned by Indians on July 13, 1782, but the temporary court house was not destroyed. The last session of court in Hannastown began in October 1786. The house used as a court house was a two story log dwelling house, with but two rooms below, and was neither built nor owned by the county.
The movement to select a permanent county seat finally, on December 10, 1785, resulted in the selection of Newtown, now Greensburg. A log court house was built on the ground which has since been used for the same purpose, and upon which stands the present structure. The first court held in Greensburg was on January 7, 1787. The court house was but a temporary structure and in 1796, the erection of a new and more permanent brick building was begun. It was not completed until 1801, though it had been in use in part a short time before that. It was a plain two storied building.
There are many different sites on the internet and a few variations of the start of Westmoreland County.
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel