Our meeting began in the usual way with President Marcy Zajdel leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our invocation by Steve Edson.
Sergeant at Arms Report:
Mark Barnhart reported 36 of our 73 members were in attendance.
Guests: John Kline with Eric Nichols
Foundation Moment with Gene James: In Haiti, one of the poorest countries on Earth, there is a school that serves 500 orphans and disadvantaged children. For a very long time, the school had no electrical power. The teachers had to use the sun as their primary light source. But because of a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, Rotarians were able to install a hybrid energy system featuring locally sourced solar panels and now have enough power for lights, computers and the schools water pump.
Marcy’s Quote of the Week: “Take a deep breath and just enjoy your life.”
The application for the Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship is now available online through The Pittsburgh Foundation website https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381 The application deadline is March 31, 2018. This scholarship is available to Westmoreland County students who meet the educational eligibility requirements and plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical school or a 2-to-4 year college or university. Preference will be given to students who seek to enter the Christian Ministry, and/or who have exhibited a strong interest in community service and humanitarian service. This scholarship is offered in memory of Rotarian Kenneth P. Rutter. Contact Rotarian Patty Lonsbary if you have questions by calling 724-396-5051.
Tom Charley, Membership Chair, is looking for members to help with ideas for membership. If you are interested, please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates to Remember:
• Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry Distribution – first Saturday of every month
• Service Above Self Memorial Day 5K – May 28, 2018 – Lynch Field
• Rotary Golf Outing – June 18, 2018 – Greensburg Country Club
• 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
Katie Fishell introduced today’s speakers, Jay Bell, owner of Bella Terra Vineyards. Bella Terra is 17 acres of beautiful land in the Ruffs Dale/New Stanton, PA region. The 17 acres includes a gorgeous three-acre lake and vineyard. The location is ideal; it is two miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike but nestled among several hundred-year-old trees, giving you easy access and plenty of privacy. Fall in love with our amazing assortment of red, white and blush wines. From May through October, enjoy live entertainment every weekend! You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. We are pet friendly as long as your pet is on a leash and you clean up after them. For more information, visit www.bellaterravineyards.com
Katie also introduced Jackie and Gordon Sobel of Sobel’s Obscure Brewery. Born out of our garage, they set out to create exciting new and different recipes. After gifting some brews to friends and family, and being awarded at competitions, they decided to give it a try on the big stage! Founded officially in 2012, Sobel’s Obscure Brewery is a family endeavor run by David Sobel and his two children, Gordon and Jackie. Always ready for fun and laughter, they created not only a great product, but a quirky brand that would spur consumers to try them and follow our progress! Get to know their beer gnomes! Keep on the lookout for the funny antics they get up to! For more information, visit www.sobbrews.com
Our meeting ended in the usual way with the Four Way Test.
Respectfully submitted by, Marcy Zajdel