Flash for 2 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 38 of our 72 members were in attendance.
Guests: Bill Courtney with daughter, Beth


Club News:

Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: Every fall, for the last 29 years, Rotarians in our district have gathered for an annual celebration of our Rotary Foundation. Over the years, this Foundation Celebration has taken many different forms – from formal dinners to a tailgate party – but, the objective has stayed the same: to celebrate all of the good works that we Rotarians have done. Our district has supported clean water, polio eradication, literacy and good hygiene. This year we are supporting an effort to buy Solar Suitcases for clinics in Uganda and Tanzania to save the lives of newborns and their mothers. Registration forms will be sent out very soon. This year’s dinner will be held Saturday, November 10 at Nemacolin Country Club. Be there or be square!

Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:

THE RULE OF THUMB is an idiom. The English phrase rule of thumb refers to a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It refers to an easily learned and easily applied procedure or standard, based on practical experience rather than theory. This usage of the phrase can be traced back to the seventeenth century. A modern folk etymology holds that the phrase derives from the maximum width of a stick allowed for wife-beating under English law; this belief may have originated in a rumored statement by the eighteenth-century judge Sir Francis Buller that a man may beat his wife with a stick no wider than his thumb. The rumor produced numerous jokes and satirical cartoons at Buller’s expense; however, there is no record that he made such a statement.

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

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, Dan Giovannelli, Executive Director, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity is one of the largest home builders in the United States. It works in 70 countries and has served nearly 7 million people since 1976, but its not distant and faceless. The heart and soul of Habitat is the 1,500 local Affiliates that serve communities across the United States. Each one of these is supported by, and works for the local community.

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993 and serves all of Westmoreland County south of Route 22 as well as Murrysville, Export, Delmont, and Derry.

For more information, www.cwhfh.org

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