Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Jeff Balzer.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 31 of our 73 members were in attendance.
Guests: Gene James with Trent Griffith
Visiting Rotarians: Pat Shaffer from Murrysville Export
Foundation Moment with Gene James: The words of John Lennon’s “Imagine” echoes through the years. One of the lines says “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” Whether you celebrate Hanukah, Christmas or nothing at all, the goal of the Rotary Foundation is a world of peace.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Today, take time to enjoy the beauty of the season!”
In the month of December, if you donate $55 to the Rotary Foundation, the club will match your $55. The $110 donation will buy one water filter for a needy family in Thailand. Please see Brian Beeghly to donate.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• 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
Jeff Balzer introduced today’s speaker, Candace Cieslo, our newest Rotarian. Candace is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and is retired from the Army. She was previously a member of the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary in Alaska. She discussed her trip to Panajachel, Guatemala and the nonprofit Mayan Families.
Mayan Families’ mission is to facilitate sustainable development programs in impoverished communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region of rural Guatemala. The objective is to stimulate long-term progress through school sponsorships, health initiatives, vocational training and microfinance, while providing emergency aid to those in critical need.
For more information, visit www.mayanfamilies.org
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel