Flash for 4 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 Jim Steeley.

Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 32 of our 74 members were in attendance.
Visiting Rotarians: Assistant Governor Pat Shaffer from Murrysville Export
Guests: Jeff Balzer with Beth Lechman


Club News:

Foundation Moment with Jeff Balzer: When the war to eradicate polio began in 1988, over one thousand children a day were being crippled by the disease. In the thirty years since the war began, 2.5 billion children have been immunized by over 20 million volunteers at a cost of over $11 billion. Today only three countries have never broken the cycle of transmission of polio: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. As of August 23, Afghanistan has reported 11 cases this year; Pakistan just 3 cases and Nigeria has not reported any cases since August 2016.

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.

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is on Saturday, October 6 at the First Lutheran Church in Greensburg. Deadline to register is September 22. Visit www.rlimainline.org to register.

Word of the Week with Jim Steeley:
Whipping boy from the English from the 15th and 16th century. A whipping boy was, supposedly, a boy educated alongside a prince (or boy monarch) in early modern Europe, who received corporal punishment for the prince’s transgressions in his presence. The prince was not punished himself because his royal status exceeded that of his tutor; seeing a friend punished would provide an equivalent motivation not to repeat the offence. An archaic proverb which captures a similar idea is “to beat a dog before a lion”. Whipping was a common punishment of tutors at that time. There is little contemporary evidence for the existence of whipping boys, and evidence that some princes were indeed whipped by their tutors, although Nicholas Orme suggests that nobles might have been beaten less often than other pupils. Some historians regard whipping boys as entirely mythical; others suggest they applied only in the case of a boy king, protected by divine right, and not to mere princes.

Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Wellness Screening – Saturday, September 15 – SeniorLife Greensburg

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


Jeff Balzer introduced today’s speaker from Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.

For more information, please visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org

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