Flash for 17 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 Dick McNeel.

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 34 of our 75 members were in attendance.


Club News:

Foundation Moment with Gene James: At a busy, congested toll plaza in Kohat, Pakistan, 12 three-member vaccination teams keep a close watch on the vehicles going by. The teams all are outfitted in blue Rotary vests and flanked by armed military personnel. Their goal is to spot and immunize all young children. They know they will only have seconds. At one of the toll booths, a white van crammed with people makes a brief stop. A team member signals that there is a child in the van. As the child is identified, another worker reaches into the cooler to prepare the vaccine. The child is passed through the back window of the van, he is inoculated with the two drops of vaccine, his pinky painted purple and passed back through the window all in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile the third worker has been scouring oncoming traffic looking for other children. This scene plays out time and time again as Pakistan keeps moving toward zero polio cases.

Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience.”

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.

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

Carolyn Tlumack introduced today’s speaker, Trooper Steve Limani. Tpr. Limani spoke about ways to keep yourself safe at home. Here are a few of the ideas that he discussed. 1. Get to know your neighbors. Friendly neighbors will keep an eye on your home and help alert you to any potential problems. 2. Lock the door. You may live in a really safe neighborhood, but as soon as you come in the house, be sure to lock the door. You can keep any strangers from walking in with the door locked. A dead bolt on all doors is best. 3. Have an emergency plan. Have a fire emergency plan and know the safest way to get out in case of an emergency. You’ll need to react quickly if there’s a fire, so having a plan will help take away the guess work. 4. Get an alarm system. Install some type of alarm or security system. A security system you can monitor from your phone or your work computer will let you monitor your home, even when you aren’t there. If you cannot afford a system, at least get some signs to put in your yard to deter criminals. 5. Turn on exterior lights and close the blinds. When the sun sets and it starts to get dark, turn on the exterior lights and close the blinds in the house. Lights and sounds deter criminals, so outside lights will keep an intruder away. 6. Buy a dog. You don’t necessarily have to get a big dog, but you may want to consider a dog with a loud bark. A guard dog will not only scare away an intruder, but the dog will also keep you company. 7. Don’t leave a spare key outside. Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or family member instead of hiding it under a mat or the fake rock in the front yard. The mat and near-by places are the first spots an intruder will look for a spare key. 8. Take a self-defense class. The more knowledge you have, the better you’ll feel about being home alone.

If you hear an intruder, the first thing you do is call 911 and stay on the phone with them so when troopers respond they know what they are up against.

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