Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Jim Steeley.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 40 of our 75 members were in attendance.
Foundation Moment with Gene James: Our Foundation began with modest projects that helped relatively small groups of people, and gradually expanded our scope and reach. Still community based, the Rotary Foundation is transforming millions of lives around the world through high impact global grant projects. With international understanding and peace as our ultimate goal, the Foundation is attacking the root causes of conflict – poverty, disease, lack of education and preparing tomorrow’s peacemakers through our Rotary Peace Centers.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words…”
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Rotary Golf Outing – June 18, 2018 – Greensburg Country Club
• 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
Mark Barnhart introduced today’s speaker, Ken Martin, Stamp Collecting, the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Center. With nearly 28,000 members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services. The Society is entirely supported by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of publications, souvenirs, and services. Their mission is -to promote stamp collecting for people of all ages -to offer services to its membership and to philately in general, including knowledge and education, which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of stamp collecting -to initiate and coordinate new programs for the benefit of stamp collecting and of all collectors -to represent the United States of America in the world body of philately -to assist its members in acquiring and disposing of philatelic materials.
Stamp collecting has often been called “the hobby of kings and the king of hobbies.” Linn’s Stamp News estimates that more than 5 million individuals in the United States collect the small pieces of paper that indicate payment of postage. Stamp collectors include individuals from all walks of life. While President Franklin Roosevelt may have been the most famous U.S. collector, other well known collectors include financial gurus Bill Gross and Warren Buffet; astronaut Henry Hartsfield; actors Gary Burghoff, James Earl Jones and Patrick Dempsey; author James Michener, explorer Jacques Cousteau; former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova; musicians John Lennon, Freddy Mercury and Ron Wood; cartoonist Gary Trudeau; and French President Nicholas Sarkozy.
For more information, visit https://stamps.org/Home
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel