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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Omni William Penn Hotel
555 Grant Street, Suite 328
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
United States
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PITTSBURGH, PA, USA - Feb. 19, 2014 – The German American Business Circle of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation to launch a $2,500 scholarship. It is intended to benefit collegiate-level students in Western Pennsylvania who demonstrate academic excellence and strong interest in German-American business affairs and culture, and who plan to further their studies at an accredited institution of higher learning in Germany.

 

 
 
 
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We have a new speaker to open 2014. 

We are very pleased to announce that our speaker on January 8th will be Ann Dugan, founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. 

We have rescheduled the Chuck Tanner recap to a later date

Click on this story to read more about Ms. Dugan. 

 
 
 
 

Pittsburgh Rotarian Alexis Wukich traveled to Kenya in late July 2013 to serve as a volunteer and learn more about Hekima Place.

 
 
 
 
 
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Greg Babe, former president and CEO of Bayer Corp., was just named CEO of Liquid X Printed Metals Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University start-up company in July.  This Wednesday, September 25th, The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh will host Babe as he speaks for the first time about his latest venture.  He plans to speak to the club on the topic of "Challenges of Growing a Start-Up."  

Babe retired from Bayer in 2012 and served as CEO of Orbital Engineering for close to a year before joining Liquid X.



 
 
 

 

A TOUR OF FRENCH WINES IN FOUR GLASSES

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AT 6:30 PM

$35.00

Bridge Ten Brasserie

20 S. 10th Street next to the Holiday Inn Express Southside

www.bridgeten.com

10% discount on dinner if you decide to stay

There is valet parking for $5 at Bridge Ten.

 

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* FRESH GOAT CHEESE IN PHILO CUP
2012 Monmousseau Tourraine Blanc, Loire Valley

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* SMOKED SALMON AND DILL ON MINI-POTATO PANCAKE
2011 Chateau Merlet, Bordeaux Sec


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*GOUGÈRE CHEESE PUFF
2012 La Sœur Cadette Bourgogne Blanc

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*MINI-DUCK CONFIT WRAP

2008 Domaine du Crampilh, Madiran


$35/person

10% discount on dinner if you decide to stay


Bridge Ten Brasserie
20 S. 10th Street next to the Holiday Inn Express Southside
www.bridgeten.com


Email your reservations to Pittsburghrotary@gmail.com by Wednesday, 9/18/ and mail your checks to:

 

Pittsburgh Rotary 
555 Grant Street, Suite 328
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

 

 
 

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I grew up in Greensburg, PA and was always interested in food; to appreciating how food is grown, the challenges of producing it, preparing it and what compliments it. Food has truly been my passion. Remember those Sundays when grandma cooked and after dinner the men went into the living room, plopped down on the couch and watched football? Well, not me - I was in the kitchen with grandma, either doing dishes or preparing meals from the leftovers. I remember making gnocchi from scratch and using the back of a cheese grater to get the grooves in them. We made everything from scratch and I continue to do the same today. My grandma was my inspiration to cooking and has always been a huge part of who I am today.

 

 
 
 

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Ned D. Eldridge, President of eLoop llc

With over 20 years of executive management experience in western PA and a wide breadth of experience in finance, operations, strategy development, supply chain, sales and marketing, Ned is uniquely qualified to lead eLoop llc.  A successful entrepreneur, Ned has developed a socially responsible electronic recycling model that destroys sensitive data, diverts hazardous materials from PA landfills, resells equipment into the computer aftermarket, and processes scrap to provide commodity grade materials back into industries all over the world.

 

In the 5 years since eLoop began doing business in western PA eLoop has successfully diverted over 11,000,000 lbs of electronic waste from landfills.  eLoop is one of the fastest growing companies in the region.  This is the result of a growing awareness among organizations and consumers about the proper recycling of electronic equipment. eLoop has ongoing relationships with many large organizations in the region that require a sustainable solution for their end of life technology, and we operate the largest collection network for residential eWaste in the state.

 

With the passing of the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 PA became the 24th state to establish an extended producer responsibility law and subsequent landfill ban. Beginning in January 2012 it was a requirement for electronic manufacturers to establish a collection network within PA for residential eWaste, and eLoop has been a leader in working with manufacturers to establish 40 collection sites across the state that diverted over 6,000,000 lbs of e-waste from landfills in 2012. In 2013 the landfill ban was enacted and eLoop is on track to recycle over 10,000,000 lbs of residential eWaste this year. 

 

 
 

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The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh

 

presents

 

The Seventh Annual Chuck Tanner

Awards Banquet

 

 

Saturday November 16, 2013 at the

Rivers Club

 

Dinner & Banquet at 7pm

Silent and Live Auctions

Commemorative Lithograph Print by Artist Kevin-John

 

Master of Ceremonies: Larry Richard of 93.7FM “The Fan” sports talk radio

Auctioneer: James Roddey 

Featuring a Roast of  Pirate’s broadcaster Bob Walk by friends and former team mates.

 




 







The event will help the Pittsburgh Rotary Club operations and Foundation to sustain the following programs:

 

  • Annual High School Ethics Symposium
  • Scholarships for graduating high school students
  • Student of Distinction program
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program
  • Monthly New Citizens Reception

 

 

 
 
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James R. McCarville has 30 years of port experience.  He has served as the executive director of ports on the Great Lakes (Superior, WI ‘77-‘84), US east coast (Richmond, VA ‘84-‘90) and the US inland waterway system where he has been the executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission (since 1994).  From 1990 to 1993 Jim served as a private consultant, advising governments of Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico on matters of port organization, operational efficiency and privatization and the governments of both Panama and the United States on the strategic transition plan for the transfer of the Panama Canal, which was completed, as expected, in December 1999. 


Jim is the chairman and past president of the professional trade association of the Inland Rivers’ Ports and Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) and a member of US Secretary of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC).
 
Jim is a native of Wisconsin.  He is a graduate of Regis College in Denver and holds advanced degrees in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and Urban Studies from Roosevelt University, Chicago IL. Jim is married to Haydee (Aye-EE-day) McCarville and they have three children. 

Jim started his US career as Lakefront Recreational Planner on the staff of the mayor of Milwaukee, WI, and before that, as a community organization trainer in the Peace Corps in Brazil. 

 
 
 

This summer Pittsburgh Rotarian Alexis Wukich will travel to Kenya to serve as a volunteer and representative of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh at Hekima Place.  Below is her description of the project.  To donate please go to http://www.gofundme.com/wukich

 

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Follow Pittsburgh Rotarian Alexis Wukich this summer as she travels to Kenya to serve as a volunteer and representative of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh at Hekima Place.

http://lexietravels.blogspot.com/

Hekima Place is a home in Kenya for girls orphaned primarily by HIV/AIDS. The name “Hekima” was chosen for its Kiswahili meaning: Wisdom. Founded in 2005 by Pittsburgh native Kate Fletcher, the home opened with just 10 girls but has grown to 60 members of the Hekima Place family. 






Day 1
It is hard to believe we have been in Kenya for 24 hours.  We arrived last evening around 9:20 pm.  We didn't get our visas until 10:40.  Fortunately our bags were waiting for us as was our driver from Hekima Place.  We got to Hekima Place a little after midnight.  The city streets of Nairobi seemed so quiet at night, but it was nothing compared to the quiet out here in the hills.  



Kate kindly stayed up to welcome us and showed us to the "Karibu House," where volunteers stay during their visit.  We have lots of room - up to 17 could actually stay here.  It is identical to the three residences were the girls live with  their "mums" who act as total caretakers of the girls. We have a large common area and a kitchen with appliances!  



After 22 hours of travel, Joe and I were pretty quick to call it an evening.  Kate advised that we take our first day easy because we would be exhausted.  I thought she was being over-cautious, but boy was she right.  This morning ans afternoon I was struggling with jet lag that even my Starbucks Via couldn't cure!  I went back to bed while my awesome travel buddy, Joe, went to explore (his jet lag set in while we were in a cab later that day when he fell asleep mid-sentence).



Once I finally got moving, Joe and I toured the grounds and met some of the "mums" and "uncles."  The operation they have here is truly amazing!  The uncles take care of the grounds, the animals and security.  There are goats, cows, chickens (and chicks) and rabbits. They harvest corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and beans.  They collect rain water from the roofs.  Whatever resources they collect, grow or raise, they use and if the don't use it, they sell it.



After meeting and greeting, Joe and I headed to Karen to do some shopping.  The drive through the small towns and markets was eye-opening.  We had passed these towns, Ngong and Kiserian, on our way from the airport, but it was dark and there was almost no activity.  Late afternoon was a different story!  Thousands of people milling about, merchants, markets, goats and donkeys.  I should have been taking pictures, but I was so awestruck and busy giving myself eyestrain.  



In Karen, we bought lots of groceries and a modem so we can get Internet (and I could update all of you!!).   We got back to late to have dinner with the girls, so fortunately we picked up some KFC carry out.



After our lovely home cooked meal, Joe and I settled in to watch "Half the Sky," a documentary about the struggles and abuses of women and girls worldwide.  A timely pick given that Joe and I had the pleasure of meeting Hekima's newest guest, a beautiful ten year old girl named Yvonne who was rescued from Nairobi hospital after being enslaved and then repeatedly sexually and physically abused.  Her attack was so brutal she was in the hospital more than a week.  Rather than cower or hide, the first thing she did when we met was smile ear to ear and give me a HUGE bear hug.  I can't even express in words the feeling.  I don't think I ever can.  Sophia, who works in the office said to me, "Of course Mum (Kate) took her in.  She is a baby who was a slave and who was raped.  She has no parents.  She has no where to go, so she comes here."









Posted by Alexis Wukich at 1:12 PM 





Day 2
This morning we has the opportunity to go to the Good Hope School.  The school goes from ages 4-5 in baby and nursery classes to 8th grade.  The student body is made up of the elementary-aged students from Hekima Place, children from the Good Hope Orphanage and local children.  The school is just 2 kilometers away but the road is quite hilly and in very bad shape.  The girls go by bus every morning and afternoon.  



The school system in Kenya works on a trimester schedule with one month long breaks in April, August and December.  Since it is the end of their second term the students were talking their exams.  We started our morning in the teacher's lounge with morning prayer and a ministry on forgiveness provided by the head teacher.  Next we were off to help out in the classroom.  Joe proctored the 6th grade social studies test and I gave some of the nursery students their exam.  



The nursery students were quite intrigued by Joe and I.  Kyla, a young girl was fascinated with my blue eyes and pointy nose.  My hair, earrings and bangle also got a lot of attention!



After exams, we broke for tea at the Orphanage.  We had an amazing chai tea while the little ones had porridge.  After tea, the children had time to play outside while we got to take a look at the "conservation classroom" and their pet tortoises.  Beginning in first grade, all students at Good Hope learn about conservation as part of their curriculum.  Partly in an effort to preserve the 91% of Kenya that has game roaming on its land a d partly to teach the students from more rural areas how to be more effective in cultivating sanitary and prosperous lives.  As an aside, did you know the ivory trade is still a huge problem in Kenya?  Every day, 5 elephants are slaughtered for their ivory.



After learning about Good Hope's green education, we got to enjoy a special school assembly that was prepared for some special visitors.  As special as we were (I am sure), these guests were BIG TIME: visitors from the World Bank.  The show was amazing with singing, dancing, percussion, poetry and dramatic performances.



As we headed back to Hekima, the children went out to play a little football while the staff and teachers looked on.  These kids all seem happy and well adjusted!  It's amazing to know that half the student body comes from either the Good Hope Orphanage or Hekima Place.  The other half live with their biological family - some in places where there is no running water.  If you didn't know it, you wouldn't realize it because when you look around you just see a bunch of well-mannered kids enjoying their time at school, albeit some with tattered and torn uniforms, mismatched socks and tights, shoes that are flopping off their feet or clothes that are two sizes too small.  



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The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Annual Business Roundtable Presents: Roads and Bridges Careening Towards a Crisis in Pittsburgh June 13th, 8 am at the Rivers Club

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Sunday, August 18th @ 1:35 PM join the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh  and watch your Buccos for only $22 a ticket!

It is also Neil Walker Jersey Cooler Bag/ Kids Day at PNC Park!

Order fast.  All ticket orders and payments must be received in the Rotary Office NO LATER than July 15th!

To order please print the ticket form, fill it out and send it with a check to the Rotary Office.


To learn how your loved one aged 5-14 can be on the field with a player during the National Anthem please contact Justin Karter at pittsburghrotary@gmail.com.  Base commitments are on a first come, first serve basis.

 
 
 
Rotarians are people who like to help people.  We currently have a special opportunity to help a lot of children who need something very basic, a pair of shoes.
Children in Nicaragua have access to public education, but there’s one catch. They must wear shoes to school. Most families in Nicaragua cannot afford shoes for their children. Thus the poverty cycle continues.

How can you help? Our Pittsburgh Rotary club is starting a project called Shoes for Nicaragua. We are asking organizations, churches, schools, clubs and workplaces to help get the word out to their members and workers.

What is needed? Gently used children’s shoes. We are also accepting school supplies such as pencils, pads and other basic school items.

The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has a number of highly respected contacts in Nicaragua who will ensure that the shoes will get to the people most in need.
How to get started? This will vary with each situation. Basically, just get the word out and start collecting shoes. 

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Rotary District 7300

2013 Ethics Symposium

Duquesne University

The Symposium originally scheduled for March 6th, 8:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M.

has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The Symposium will be rescheduled, date to be determined.

Please check back for updates.

 

The Ethics Symposium is an annual Rotary District 7300 program supported by District 7300 Rotary Clubs to provoke discussion of ethical issues important to high school students as they prepare for life in today's society.

This year’s theme is “Ethics in the Age of Information and Social Networking”.

The morning will feature workshops and provide students the opportunity to discuss these issues in small group settings with local experts from across the region.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Bill Isler, President of the Fred Rogers Group.

Please click on the Ethics Symposium link on the site pages menu for more information.

 

 
 
 
When Elizabeth Shribman, former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, returned to Pittsburgh from her studies in Prague she brought an entire Czech folk band with her! Check out these videos of their performance at the Pittsburgh Rotary Meeting on July 10th! — at Rotary Club of Pittsburgh.

Click on more information for Elizabeth's story and the videos!

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Please click here to see what really happens at those Rotary meetings.

 

 
 

The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh is a downtown club of business and organizational leaders committed to improving the quality of life in our community and to insure that every young person has an opportunity to succeed.

Our members are part of a worldwide network of Rotarians who volunteer time, talent and treasure to make life better in their communities and for those at risk.

We join with the 1350 members of the other 51 clubs in District 7300 in the belief that together we're stronger and our communities are stronger because of our commitment.

 

 
 
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