Our meeting began in the usual way with President Gene James leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Steve Edson.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 32 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Guests: Ed Meadows with wife, Sue
Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: In Jeff’s absence, we did not have a Foundation Moment.
A Petition was presented to Jim Steeley to return to giving the Word of the Week.
The Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry is this Saturday at 9AM. Please come out and volunteer.
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
John Kline introduced today’s speaker, State Rep. Eric Nelson. He discussed some tax programs that are available for small business. The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is a tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas. The NAP recently helped the Westmoreland County Food Bank purchase a new freezer. Any program is the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program that is eligible to businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization. For more information on these programs for small business, please visit https://dced.pa.gov/program/
Eric also discussed the PA General Fund Spending Budget. This year’s budget continues cost savings and spending reductions by further improving how we deliver services. It provides funding for schools, makes key investments to drive job growth, and protects essential services to those most vulnerable, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, while maintaining funds for public safety, transportation, and other essential services upon which middle class families depend. For more information on our PA budget, visit http://www.budget.pa.gov
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by,