Flash for 25 September 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 Chris DeDiana.

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 34 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: District Governor Cherie Sears; Assistant Governor Pat Shaffer


Club News:
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: Every Rotary Club, across the world, has a Rotary Wheel on display. But in Lamon Bay in the Philippines a Rotary Wheel is boosting the economy of coastal villages. In this region the fishing industry had been devastated but through a Foundation grant, the local fishing industry is thriving again because of a giant Rotary Wheel. Submerged In the calm blue waters of the bay, just off the coast, is a large Rotary Wheel that has become a coral reef and home to many kinds of fish and marine animals. The wheel made of steel reinforced concrete is 13 by 70 feet and weighs several tons. The club president says, “Before the Wheel, fisherman caught just 2 pounds of fish a day and now they are catching many fish weighing up to 2 pounds each.” As an added benefit the tourism industry is also booming as the fisherman have built bamboo rafts for tourists to go out and tour the reef.

Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
SNOWFLAKE as a slang term involves the derogatory usage of the word snowflake to refer to a person. Its meaning may include a person perceived by others to have an inflated sense of uniqueness or an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or to be over-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions. Snowflake as a politicized insult is typically used by those on the political right to insult those on the political left. A term for someone that thinks they are unique and special, but really are not.

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

District Governor Cherie Sears spoke with us today about this year’s theme: Be the Inspiration! Rotary International’s main focus is still to end polio with only 18 cases in the world this past week. Rotary’s next big focus is membership. Our district is in a particularly critical space with membership being under 1,100. Rotary International is losing a zone, which happens to be our zone. We will be joining with another zone.

The International Project this year is the solar suitcase at a cost of $3,000.

The Foundation Dinner is November 10 at the Nemacolin Country Club. It is the only fundraiser that is done by the District.

Rowdy (flying monkey) is the district mascot this year with the District Conference being held on May 3 and 4, 2019 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The theme is Safari on the Mountain.

Other Business:

Jeff Balzer presented this month’s birthdays and anniversaries.

Birthdays: Mark Barnhart, Linda Blum, Melissa Bowman, Larry Hamilton, Jeff Malloy, Ed Meadows, Amy Shorkey, Nick Silvis, Missy Smeltz

Anniversaries: Chris DeDiana, Gene James, Sharon Smith, Bobbi Stemmler-Guest, Lisa Tidwell

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