Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Steve Edson.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 35 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: Candace Cielso with Carol Brady; Marcy Zajdel with daughter, Julianne; Cesare Muccari with Linda Matey
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: This year our District is moving in a new direction with our Foundation Project. Each year over 300,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Most of these deaths occur in Africa and Asia. In many of the remote areas there is no reliable electricity. Women giving birth after sunset are very much at risk. Our district is partnering with Solar Suitcase and other US districts to provide between 50 and 100 Solar Suitcases for Uganda and Tanzania. The Solar Suitcases contain a light, a battery, a charging system along with a Doppler fetal monitor. These suitcases will save lives of mother and their babies. We are asking individuals to support the project by contributing $1200 each (25 people equals one Suitcase) and clubs to contribute $1000 to buy a portion of one Suitcase or $3000 to purchase one whole suitcase. Forms are available from Colleen Wood and on the District Website.
The Rotary Family Picnic will be Tuesday, August 14 at Pavilion #7. A sign-up sheet is being passed around or please see Yvonne Bloom to sign up.
The Salvation Army presents a free Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10AM to 1PM at St. Clair Park. The Rotary Club is raising money to be able to fill the hygiene packs for middle and high school students to be presented at the Back to School Bash. We are hoping to sponsor 250 drawstring bags. If you are interested, please see Katie Fishell or Melissa Bowman.
Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
PIPE DREAM is a plan, desire, or idea that will not likely work; a near impossibility. It is derived from the fantasies experienced when smoking an opium pipe. Synonyms – castle in the air; pie in the sky
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Rotary Family Picnic – August 7 – Twin Lakes Park
• 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
Gene James introduced today’s speaker, Cathy Noonan, of the Cheryl Kay Foundation. Cheryl Kay Foundation (CKF) is a family organization dedicated to critical issues facing Baby Boomers, their parents and their children.
CKF helps women of any age who are suffering from the rigors of chemotherapy. Cheryl lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013 and through our desire to empower those living with this disease, we provide help at home so that breast cancer patients can rest and heal in comfort. We quickly learned that young or old, women who are alone while undergoing treatment share the same challenges with activities of daily living as do the elderly.
CKF helps individuals maintain independence, dignity and a healthy home. Our network of independent state licensed home care agencies provide a vital service to families who are making every effort to keep their loved ones safe at home while managing the challenges of their own lives and families. Whether a woman with cancer too weak to keep up with her home for her family or a senior desperate to live independently, our mission is the same.
For more information, please visit https://cherylkayfoundation.org
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
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