Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Ed Meadows.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 37 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: Marcy Zajdel with daughter, Julianne
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: A devastating typhoon hit part of the Philippines several years ago. It was estimated that 25 million people were affected and the typhoon left six thousand people dead. Immediately after the typhoon, Rotary Clubs and government agencies responded to basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Seven Rotary Clubs in Sweden and three districts in Italy responded to long term needs with a Rotary Global Grant for $52,000. The project included constructing 222 toilets, 6 rainwater collectors, seven communal hand washing stations, 20 bio sand filters and community led training seminars. This project provided nearly 1,100 people with access to proper toilet facilities and almost 600 people now have a regular supply of clean water. The seminars taught how to avoid water contamination and proper hygiene. This is an example of your Foundation dollars at work.
The Rotary Family Picnic will be Tuesday, August 14 at Pavilion #7 at 5:00PM. 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:
BERSERK comes from Scandinavia, a classification of ancient warriors (berserkers) ber (bare) (serkers) shirts; out of control with anger or excitement; wild or frenzied.
The Rotary Club of Greensburg gave a $500 scholarship to a Greensburg student named Milton Stairs in the 1960s. With the assistance of the scholarship, he attended Penn State University and had a very successful career and life. Last year Milton passed away. Because of how the Rotary Club impacted his life growing up, he left $78,838.37 to the Rotary Club of Greensburg to be administered as a scholarship to Greensburg Salem seniors. WOW! Thank you to the Stairs Family!
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, Trooper Steve Lamani. Trooper Lamani talked about some of the things affecting today’s society and the state police. He also briefly talked about the accident yesterday on the Hutchinson bypass.
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by,