Flash for 16 October 2018

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

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 35 of our 71 members were in attendance.
Guests: Guy Davis with son, Ben


PLEASE NOTE: November 6 will be Club Assembly – PLEASE DO NOT BRING GUESTS THAT DAY.

Club News:

Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: This year Rotary clubs across the world will celebrate World Polio Day on October 24. In 2017, 1400 clubs held World Polio Day events in 90 countries. This year, Rotarians in Madison, Wisconsin will hold a rally on the steps of the state capitol building to raise awareness for polio eradication. Rotarians in District 7010 will walk through their local communities wearing red “end polio” now ponchos to raise awareness for polio. The Rotaract Club of Pacific Beach in San Diego has organized a pub crawl that features games, discounted food and drink to raise funds for the polio campaign. Clubs and Districts are organizing concerts, bike races and painting competitions. In the Philippines, 500 business professionals will gather for lunch and a competition to crown Miss Earth. Polio videos will be shown throughout the event. How will your club or district celebrate world polio day?

Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
DEADLINE – first used in the civil war period as a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot; a date or time before which something must be done; the time after which copy is not accepted for a particular issue of a publication

Greensburg Salem Interact Club will host the Harlem Wizards (basketball) on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm at Greensburg Salem High School. Tickets are $10 each or courtside tickets are $25 each.

NOTES FROM THE BOARD MEETING: The Board of Directors will need three new board members. If you have any interest in being on the ballot as expressing interest, please let Bob Bloom know. 1st ballot will be on November 13 with the picking of 6; 2nd ballot on November 20 with narrowing it down to 3; tie breaker will be following week, if necessary.

The Holiday Party will be on December 11 at All Saints Brewery. We will be having an Ugly Sweater Contest for those who want to participate. A sign-up sheet will be passed around soon.

We will again be collecting cake mixes and frosting for the Food Bank at Our Lady of Grace Church with distribution in November and December. A sign-up sheet is being passed around for monetary donations or you can purchase cake mixes on your own. Please see Yvonne Bloom for more information.

Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Holiday Party – December 11 – All Saints Brewery
• District Conference – May 3 & 4, 2019 – Seven Springs Mountain Resort

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 – 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lamplighter
• Murrysville-Export – 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12 noon 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

Mandy Zalich introduced today’s speaker, Jason Slonceski, Assistant Director of the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. It is the mission of the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau to protect children from abuse and neglect, preserve families whenever possible and to ensure that every child under our care and supervision has a safe, stable and permanent home in which to grow. Empower children, youth and families to become independent and to function at the highest degree possible. This mission is achieved through providing access to high-quality, cost-effective services, while valuing respect, self-determination, and culturally competent practices.

Our vision is to consistently work towards improving outcomes of child safety, permanency and well-being, through providing quality care, services, and advocacy. Strive to affect positive change through the utilization of best practice, evidence-based models – implemented in an ethically competent manner.

For more information, please visit https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/373/Childrens-Bureau

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