Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Rod Booker.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 35 of our 70 members were in attendance.
Guests: Will Brown with Lee Klingenberg and Joe Biss; Bryan Kline with Bill McCabe (Norwin Rotary President)
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR LUNCHEONS ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 OR TUESDAY, JANUARY 1. WE WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 8! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!
STOCK THE PANTRIES: The Rotary Club of Greensburg presented four Greensburg emergency food locations, including the Salvation Army (Belinda Jozebowicz), First Lutheran (Dave Cobb), Zion Lutheran (Dick Albright), and First United Methodist (Rhonda Tipton) churches with the 103 bags that were donated by our many members.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 50 YEAR MEMBER DR. TOM HOWER! He was joined today by family members Ida and T.L. Williams and Bob Hower. He joins with our other two 50 year members, John Wesner and Bill Courtney!
The Rotary Club collected 9,748 holiday cards for the Veterans at the local VA Medical Centers.
Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
ECHO – In Greek mythology, Echo was an Oread who resided on Mount Cithaeron. Zeus loved consorting with beautiful nymphs and often visited them on Earth. Eventually, Zeus’s wife, Hera, became suspicious, and came from Mt. Olympus in an attempt to catch Zeus with the nymphs. Echo, by trying to protect Zeus (Zeus ordered her to protect him), endured Hera’s wrath, and Hera made her only able to speak the last words spoken to her. So when Echo met Narcissus and fell in love with him, she was unable to tell him how she felt and was forced to watch him as he fell in love with himself.
NARCISSUS – Sometime after being cursed, Echo spied a young man, Narcissus, while he was out hunting deer with his companions. She immediately fell in love with him and, infatuated, followed quietly. The more she looked at the young man, the more she longed for him. Though she wished with all her heart to call out to Narcissus, Juno’s curse prevented her. During the hunt, Narcissus became separated from his companions and called out, ‘is anyone there,’ and heard the nymph repeat his words. Startled, Narcissus answered the voice, ‘come here,’ only to be told the same. When Narcissus saw that nobody had emerged from the glade, he concluded that the owner of the voice must be running away from him and called out again. Finally, he shouted, “This way, we must come together.” Taking this to be a reciprocation of her love, Echo concurred ecstatically, “We must come together!”
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• District Conference – May 3 & 4, 2019 – Seven Springs Mountain Resort
• 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
Steve Edson presented this month’s birthdays and anniversaries.
Birthdays: Bob Bloom, Will Brown, Earnest Fulwood, Bill Rudolph, John Sproull
Anniversaries: Bob Bloom, Candace Cieslo, Guy Davis, Pete Dochinez, Tom Hower, Bill Johnston
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
With this officially being the last Flash newsletter that I will be typing, I want to thank everyone for their kind words and comments throughout my nine years in trying to keep the club up to date with the weekly happenings. One of our newer members, Ed Krause, will be taking over these duties starting in 2019. I will still be actively involved in the club with the many other duties that I have acquired over the many years. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
Respectfully submitted by,