Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Mandy Zalich.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 36 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: Jeff Balzer with Mark Schlegel
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: An ongoing Global Grant project centers on mothers and their children in Guatemala. Smoke inhalation from cooking over open fires is the cause of poor health in Mayan women and the primary cause of death in their children ages 1 to 5. For the last 12 years a Rotary Club in Utah has worked with other clubs and Foundation grants to install cinder block stoves in the homes of Mayan villagers. The stoves reduce indoor carbon monoxide by 99 percent and use 85 percent less wood. The cinder block stoves free children from having to gather firewood daily and allow them to attend school.
The Rotary Club of Greensburg and Excela Health’s Wellness Screening will be on Saturday, September 15 at 6:30AM at SeniorLife in Greensburg. If you are interested in volunteering, please see Katie Fishell.
Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
TOMFOOLERY – acts that are not intelligent, shenanigans and/or hooliganisms. Thomas Skelton is famous for being the last jester of Muncaster Castle, a stately pile near the village of Ravenglass, Cumbria, in the north-west of England. We know this because he is the named subject of a famous full length portrait that hangs in the castle. The picture depicts a ruddy-faced middle-aged man, dressed in jester’s motley, holding a staff of office in one hand, and a document written in doggerel, attested to be his will, hangs beside him.
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Wellness Screening – Saturday, September 15 – SeniorLife Greensburg
• 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
Mandy Zalich introduced today’s speaker, Shelley Castillo, Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). The SWAN is a partnership among the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents. The network is administered by DHS through a prime contractor. As the mission statement reflects, the purpose is to build a better collaborative adoption process in Pennsylvania.
The SWAN program serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies. The design of the network is to support the work of county agencies in expediting permanency services.
For more information, please visit http://www.adoptpakids.org/swan.aspx
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by,