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Bethel-St. Clair

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
St. Clair Country Club
2300 Old Washington Rd
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Pittsburgh, PA  15241
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President Emanuel Panos chaired the CHANGING OF THE GUARD meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • July 4thNO MEETING
  • July 11ThMULTI-CLUB LUNCHEON – Meet District Governor Jim Hahn
  • July 18th – Sean Bryson – Chief of USC School Police – School Safety
  • July 25th – Club History – Club Assembly
  • August 1st – Connie Cavrich – American Red Cross
  • August 8th – Dennis Piper – District 7305
  • August 15th – Karl Ohrman – History of Rock n Roll in Pittsburgh
  • August 22ndANNUAL CORN ROAST
  • August 29th – Bert Cherry – President – Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
  • September 5th – Gabrielle Gosnell – President – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Guests – President Panos welcomed special guests Joe Weiss from Pleasant Hills Rotary Club and Sue Kelly from Carnegie-Collier.
  • Welcome – All attendee members and guests were welcomed to the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Sue Kelly – Barbara introduced District 7300 Foundation Chair Sue Kelly, whose term will expire on June 30th, to present the status of Rotary Foundation giving in District 7300 and to present an award to Club member Jim Bolas as the District’s new Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. It was noted that Sue has also been a past District 7300 Governor, Interact Conference Chair, Youth Leadership Conference Chair
  • District 7300 RF Contributions – District 7300 is one of the leading Rotary Districts in the world in the level of contribution to the Rotary Foundation and has the largest level of endowments at over $11 million. Currently, the Rotary District is rolling over $157,000 to the 2019-2020 Rotary Year for use in Global and District Grants.
  • Major Donor Presentation – Sue Kelly stated that District 7300 has 73 Major Donors. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has previously had 7 Major Donors (Tom Shook, Herm Dieckmann, Dick Beck, Jody Beck, Tom Rohrich, and Barbara Piconi).. The recognition of Jim Bolas will make the District total 74 and the Club’s total 8 Major Donors. Sue presented a crystal statue to Jim Bolas in recognition of his achievement to the Major Donor level.
 
                                                                                   Sue Kelly & Jim Bolas
 
  • Paul Harris Fellows – Sue Kelly also presented pins to Club member’s Bob James and Bob Theakston in recognition of their achievement of Paul Harris plus 3 and 5, respectively. Barbara Piconi noted that the Club has achieved almost 100% member Paul Harris Fellow participation, a major accomplishment.
 
Changing of the Guard – 2019-2020 Rotary Year
 
President Panos introduced member Dick Beck as Masters of Ceremony Dick Beck to lead the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and gave a farewell message thanking all the members for their support in the 2018-2019 Rotary Year. He especially noted his sadness in the passing of Cliff Taylor during the year and remembered the conversation and special times he had with Cliff. Emanuel stated he looks forward to helping the incoming President Herm Dieckmann to increase membership and to make the Club one of the most successful clubs in the new District 7305.
 
Dick Beck asked Incoming President Herm Dieckmann and the incoming Board of Directors to come forward to confirm their adherence to Rotary International’s rules and regulations and the Club’s Constitution and By-Laws.
 
 
                                                                                                             
Herm Dieckmann
Incoming President Herm Dieckmann gave a short message to the attendees promising to work to continue the success of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. He emphasized the importance of making the club relevant for its members, to have fun and to increase membership and make the club meaningful and relevant to new members. Herm also emphasized that our 65 years old club needs to stay relevant and must refresh itself by “thinking outside the box” and not being afraid of uncomfortable change to “do better”. Herm reminded the attendees that the Rotary theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year is “Changing the World”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • June 20th – Rachel Harris – Service Above Self Award
  • June 27th – Changing of the Guard
  • July 4th – NO MEETING
  • July 11Th – Multi-Club Luncheon – Meet District Governor Jim Hahn
 
Announcements:
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • AG Coordination Meeting - held on June 12th – Cluster meetings to be held for District Governor visits
  • Joint Club Meeting - Bethel-St. Clair to join Rotary Clubs - Bethel Park, Bridgeville-South Fayette, Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park, McMurray and Canonsburg/South Pointe/Houston for a luncheon on June 12th for the Governor visit
  • “Off To The Races with District 7305” – Will be held at the Meadows on July 26th – Cost is $40 – Need to RSVP to Dennis Piper (dennis@deptech.net) by July 19th
  • District Golf Outing – Will be held on August 12th at Green Oaks Country Club in Verona
  • ClubRunner Change – The District will be changing to DAC/DB (District & Club Database) in January 2020. ClubRunner renewal is due July 1st at a cost of $400. Need to determine whether or not to renew the license.
  • August 22nd Multi-Club Event Opportunity – Our Club has an opportunity to join with other South Hills Clubs and business community on an event which will have Gene Barr as the speaker. Gene is the CEO of the PA State Chamber of Commerce and is a Civil War Historian.
  • Manami Noji – Jim Bolas introduced scholar Manami Noji from Osaka, Japan sponsored by the Oakland Rotary Club. Manami stated that she is studying Public Administration and will be returning to Japan upon her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh to start her career.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker – Vince Costa – Oakland Club - District Governor Nominee Designate 2021-2022 – USAID Education Initiative in Afghanistan
 
Jim Bolas introduced Vince Costa, an Oakland Club Rotarian who will be District 7305’s Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year who will speak about his experience as the Senior Manager for Bachelor’s Degrees in Afghanistan under the auspices and support of USAID. USAID is a U.S. governmental agency focused on international development and acts as a catalytic actor which advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity.
 
It was noted that the political culture of Afghanistan is a provincial, not centralized government. The occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union put the country on a centralized control basis similar to how the Soviet Union was governed which was a problem and the USAID program worked to change the educational system approach to a Western decentralized approach.
 
Vince related how he helped develop higher education programs in Afghanistan through the University Support & Workforce Development Program. His work was based in the capital of Kabul. The original bachelor degrees supported in the program were (1) Business Administration, (2) Counseling and Communications. The program expanded into Agribusiness and Food Technology. Nine (9) additional programs have been added as well. Partnerships were developed between Afghanistan universities and the U.S. and other Western universities. The program was funded up to $75 million with $21 million being directed specifically to bachelors and masters programs. The program also had the initiative to establish and develop 2-year community colleges. The effort The USAID program ended in 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • June 27th – CHANGING OF THE GUARD
  • July 4th – NO MEETING
  • July 11Th – MULTI-CLUB LUNCHEON – Meet District Governor Jim Hahn
  • July 18th – Sean Bryson – Chief of USC School Police – School Safety
  • July 25th – Club History – Club Assembly
  • August 1st – Connie Cavrich – American Red Cross
  • August 8th – Dennis Piper – District 7305
  • August 15th – Karl Ohrman – History of Rock n Roll in Pittsburgh
  • August 22nd – Bert Cherry – President – Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
  • August 29th – ANNUAL CORN ROAST
  • September 5th – Gabrielle Gosnell – President – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
Announcements:
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • Meet District 7305 Governor Jim Hahn – A sign-up sheet was passed among the attending members for a July 11th luncheon welcoming Governor Jim Hahn. Participating Rotary Clubs include Bethe-St. Clair, Bethel Park, Bridgeville-South Fayette, Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park, McMurray, and Canonsburg-Houston-Southpointe.
  • Speakers/Programs – 2019-2020 – The speakers/programs currently scheduled for the first 3 months of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year were announced. It was noted that the Annual Corn Roast needs to be scheduled (tentatively August 29th).
 
Presentation of Award – 2019 Club Paul Harris Award – Rachel Harris
 
President Panos introduced Rachel Harris, this year’s Paul Harris Awardee who recently graduated from Upper St. Clair High School and is planning to attend Penn State Main Campus in the fall.
 
Rachel’s parents, Michael and Stephanie and older brother Aaron attended the meeting.
 
Rachel stated that she currently is undecided in the direction of her major at Penn State. She has fully participated in the USC High School Interact Club and the Leadership Academy Program which has included participation in a teaching opportunity in Belize in Central America which was very rewarding.
While in USC High School Rachel was closely involved on the Executive Board of the Annual 12-hour USC Mini-THON which raised over $58,000 to benefit Four Diamonds, an organization that helps combat pediatric cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. Mini-THONs are interactive events for students of all ages that inspire teamwork, leadership, and creativity while empowering youth and young adults through philanthropy and community service.
 
The members gave Rachel a warm round of applause and wished her well at Penn State.
 
 
                                                                       Aaron, Michael, Stephanie & Rachel Harris and President Panos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Schedule
  • June 13th – TBD
  • June 20th – Rachel Harris – Service Above Self Award
  • June 27th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements:
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Congratulations to Karen Pfeil on the recent birth of a new grandchild.
  • Ray Kells – A Club member volunteer driver is required to fill the 5th Tuesday slot and be a sub for Meals on Wheels.
 
Speaker – Jim Guffey – Executive Director - South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
 
President Panos introduced Jim Guffey the Executive Director of SHIM since 2008. Jim thanked the Club for inviting him to the meeting and for the support The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and other South Hills Rotary Clubs have given SHIM over many years.
 
Jim explained that SHIM has provided support for those in need in the South Hills Community for over 50 years and reminded the members that child poverty does exist in South Hills noting the poverty rates of school-age children in various communities – USC (5%), Bethel Park (6%), Mt. Lebanon (6%), South Park (7%), Baldwin-Whitehall (15%). The highest poverty rate in Allegheny County is in the Keystone Oaks school district at 23%. SHIM serves 1700 South Hills residents through its food pantries the same level as during the recession in 2008-2009.
 
SHIM has initiated a new program called “Checkmates”, a telephone reassurance program which utilizes older adult volunteers who make weekly calls to isolated senior citizens as a wellness check to establish a good relationship and recommend services if required.
 
SHIM also has a program which helps children utilizing funding from corporations which take advantage of state tax credits which are allowed to be directed to specific non-profit programs.
 
Jim noted that the South Hills Community has been challenged by foreign-born residents who have come to settle in the South Hills area due to the number of residents of certain ethnic groups and the affordability of housing and cost of living. The largest foreign-born ethnic group is the Bhutanese who are refugees from Nepal. There are over 5000 Bhutanese in the Pittsburgh area. The Bhutanese are hardworking people.
 
Jim stated that he has learned that the two things which are important for a foreign-born to be productive in Pittsburgh are: (1) a car and (2) a cell phone.
 
President Panos thanked SHIM for all they do in the South Hills Community and for providing volunteers for the Club’s Pancake Festival and presented a check to Jim representing a share of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser.
 
Jim Guffey and Emanuel Panos
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • June 6th – SHIM
  • June 13th – TBD
  • June 20th – Rachel Harris – Service Above Self Award
  • June 27th – Changing of the Guard
 
District Schedule
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements:
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rita’s House – Ray thanked the members who have volunteered for the June 8th effort to work on Rita’s House in Elizabeth, PA. helping a 60 plus-year-old Navy Veteran on her 100-year-old home in replacing/upgrading doors. The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hills is helping to fund the work.
 
 
Speaker – Associate Pastor Matthew Fricker – John McMillan Presbyterian Church
 
 
 
Prior to becoming Associate Pastor Matthew was a member of the US Army from 1999 to 2008 during which he served in Iraq. Matt is currently the high school coordinator for the New Wilmington Missionary Conference. His primary responsibilities will be to oversee Christian Education and Youth Ministries.
 
President Panos presented a check to Matthew and his Youth Ministry as their share of the proceeds from the Club’s 60th Pancake Festival in recognition of their efforts to help the Club on their annual fundraiser.
 
John thanked the Club for the funding and expressed appreciation to the Club for their contribution to the South Hills community and the example they set for the youth in the community in serving the needs of others.
 
Fourteen students in the Youth Ministry provide services to people in need in West Virginia and Kentucky. Recently they have traveled to Big Creek, Kentucky near Daniel Boone Forest repairing and revamping houses damaged by floods and in need of changes to provide improved access to handicapped senior citizens. The Youth Ministry works with other local organizations to implement the work.
 
Jim Hinerman noted that Matthew and his Youth Group has also provided their services last year in helping homeowners in Bethel Park who were impacted by flooding resulting from heavy rains.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
District Schedule
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements:
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • High School Awards – This year’s award ceremony at Upper St. Clair High School was held this past Tuesday evening. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair presented two awards– The Paul Harris Award (a watch) was presented to Junior Gabriella Spina and the Service Above Self Award ($750) was presented to Senior Rachel Harris for college expenses. Both award recipients will be invited to a future meeting to meet the membership.         
Left to Right: Rachel Harris, Jim Bolas & Gabriella Spina
 
60th Pancake Festival Distribution
 
President Panos welcomed the representatives from participatory organizations in this year’s Pancake Festival and thanked them for their assistance in making the Club’s annual fundraiser successful. It was noted that the Pancake Festival has raised over $1,000,000 over the past 60 years. The representative(s) of each organization was asked to come forward to receive a check for their share of the fundraiser’s proceeds and to tell the membership how the proceeds will be used.
 
Boy Scouts – Troop 366 – Colleen Pikras – Scoutmaster & Alex Pikras
 
Colleen noted that she is one of three female Scoutmasters in the Pittsburgh area and is honored to lead Troop 366 while they continue to work with the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and thanked the Club for providing funds to the troop.The funds will be used the support the troop’s camping endeavors which it does once a month where the scouts learn self-sufficiency, teamwork, about nature and building friendships. Her son, Alex, is a boy scout who is working towards his Eagle Scout Medal. He currently is in the Upper St. Clair High School and has been involved in establishing an anti-drug program.
 
 
PrimeTime Adult Care – Mary Ann Weber - Director
 
Mary Ann noted that she has been involved with Prime Time for 27 years and expressed appreciation for the support of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Prime Time supports caregivers in caring for frail elderly on a 5 days per week basis. The funds will help those elderly who do not have the means to pay for such services. Mary Ann quoted a Chinese proverb “…If you want to be happy for a lifetime – help others.”
 
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
 
A representative was not present for the distribution dinner. President Panos stated that SHIM will send a representative to next week’s meeting.
 
St. Clair Hospital Foundation Van Program – Dr. Alan Yeasted – Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer – St. Clair Hospital and Gary Gies – Volunteer Van Driver
 
Dr. Yeasted thanked the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for its continued support of an important transportation program for individuals who are in need of access to medical care. The St. Clair Hospital System is a highly ranked large hospital in the Pittsburgh area serving about 40 communities. The current expansion of the new 280,000 ft2 Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will provide all outpatient services and procedures under one roof. St. Clair is proud that they serve communities that are of lower income level like McKeesport. Gary Geis is retired and has been van driver for 14 months and has found the job rewarding and told the membership of personal stories of individuals who highly value the transportation service. The 6 vans used in the program travel over 1600 miles per month with an average of 80 trips a day per van.
 
St. Thomas More Youth Group – Matt Hill
 
Matt thanked the Club for allowing the Youth Group to participate in this year’s Pancake Festival. The Youth Group will use the money raised in ticket sales for their projects such as revamping houses to accommodate disabled residents as they have recently performed in West Virginia where a family with 3 wheelchair-bound sons required ramps, larger doors, etc.
 
Meals-on-Wheels – Dorothy Vandroff – Director
 
Dorothy expressed appreciation to the membership for the check which will go towards supporting those in our community who need the services of Meals on Wheels but cannot afford all or part of the cost as well as to help purchase a better cut of meat. Dorothy also expressed appreciation to those members who help Meals-on-Wheels deliver meals to those who need the food. She noted that she has been able to establish a Facebook account which has resulted in 6 new recipients of meals. Also, she noted that she is able to receive food samples from food producers and excess hoagies from the Bethel Park High School.
 
 
 
Left to Right: Colleen Pikras, Alex Pikras, Mary Ann Weber, Dorothy Vandruff, Matt Hill, Aiden Hill, Gary Geis, and Dr. Alan Yeasted
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting.
 
Club Schedule
  • May 23 – Pancake Festival Distribution
 
District Schedule
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Pancake Festival Distribution – The meeting for distribution of Pancake Festival proceeds will be planned for May 23rd.
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rebuilding Pittsburgh– The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Foundation has approved in March the expenditure of $1600 toward Rebuilding Pittsburgh’s efforts to rehabilitate a veteran’s home in Buena Vista, PA. in Elizabeth Township. Efforts will be made to solicit the help of other Rotary Clubs. The current schedule for work on the home is June 8th. Volunteers are welcome.
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • High School Awards – This year’s award ceremony at Upper St. Clair High School will be held Tuesday evening on May 21st. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair gives two awards each year – A Paul Harris Awards giving a watch to a worthy Junior selected by the High School and a Service Above Self Award giving $750 toward college expenses for a worthy senior high school student involved in the Interact Club. This year the awardees are Junior Gabriella Spina and Senior Rachel Harris.
  • Membership – The members were requested to help identify community and business leaders who will be invited to an Introduction to Rotary event to meet our members and inform them about Rotary and The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. It was noted that the Club’s membership total has decreased to below 30 and needs to be “refreshed”. All members are responsible to help in this effort.
Members were asked to send the names of candidates to Jim in preparation for an event in the new Rotary Year.
 
Speaker – Katherine Brock – Artist
 
Laura Maines introduced her friends Katherine Brock and her husband Daniel Beers. Katherine is an artist who has been involved in the Lemoyne Community Center in Washington, PA. The mission of Lemoyne is “developing, shaping, defining and stabilizing our community with education, arts, health, and recreational programs”. Katherine has been involved in introducing K-12 programs in the Center. Also, Katherine has been involved with the Union Project in East Liberty. The Union Project creates a neighborhood space (in the former Union Baptist Church) where people could come together to connect, create, and celebrate for fellowship, creativity, community & learning.
 
Katherine shared a presentation of paintings and sketches she has made some of which was created when she and Daniel lived in Siena, Italy which was a wonderful and enlightening experience. One experience they had in Siena was the Palio di Siena, a bareback horse race held twice each year. A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. There is much celebration and emotion which surrounds the event.
 
Katherine has also been involved in HGTV’s “Restore by the Ford’s” program and plans on soon going to New York City with her husband, Daniel, who has been given Fellowships to study theology and philosophy. Daniel has agreed to give a future presentation to the Club about interesting areas of study.
 
 
Past President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting
 
 
 
 
District Schedule
 
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Annual Spelling Bee
 
The winner of this year’s Spelling Bee is John Hyrb, a 3rd grader at St. Louise de Marillac. He won after  19 rounds and is looking forward to representing The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair at this year’s District 7300 Conference in Seven Springs. The attendees gave John a warm round of applause.
 
   John Hyrb  
 
 
                                          
Amy & Doug Hyrb and son John
 
 
 
 
 
Annual Tech Awards
 
Jim Hinerman welcomed the large group of attendees at this year’s Annual Tech Awards. The audience included teachers and students from Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park, parents, friends, and siblings as well as members of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Jim reminded the attendees that the Club’s Tech Awards have been presented to students accomplished in technical courses for over 40 years.
 
This year’s awardees were introduced by their teachers and presented with personally engraved plaques. The teachers and awardees are as follows:
 
Upper St. Clair Teachers – Fred Peskorski & Stephen Stoyne
Students – Carter Gerlach, Aidan Gaussa & Naftali Macisaac
 
 
                Steven Stoyne, Carter Gerlach,  & Jim Hinerman
 
                                
Fred Peskorski, Aiden Gaussa & Jim Hinerman
 
                        
 Steven Stoyne, Naftali Macisaac & Jim Hinerman
                                                                    
 
Bethel Park Teachers – Art Smock & Brad Kszastowski
Students – Austin Linz & Christopher Toth
 
 
 Art Smock, Austin Linz & Jim Hinerman                              
 
 
Brad Kszastowski, Christopher Toth & Jim Hinerman
                                                                            
2019 Tech Awardees
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • April 18th – NO MEETING – Easter
  • April 25th – Tracy Walnoha – The Watchful Shepard
 
District Schedule
 
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Fdn. Contribution – An acknowledgment letter was read from the Rotary Foundation confirming the Club’s generous contribution to Polio Plus on behalf of our popular member Cliff Taylor who recently passed at the age of 96.
  • Rebuilding Pittsburgh – Our Club has been requested to participate in rebuilding a home for a needy resident in May since the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Club has declined to participate this year. It was agreed that the request will be considered at an ad-hoc Club Rotary Fdn. meeting after the regular meeting.
  • Tech Awards – May 2nd has been set for this year’s Tech Awards.
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Ray thanked all the members who participated in Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt which was very successful. Also special thanks were noted for the USC Township’s Rec Center representative and the USC Police who helped control traffic. This year it is estimated that almost 700 children participated (compared to 350 last year). The Interact Club faculty advisor, Jack Zebo, and 4 Interact students were involved. It was noted that next year attention will be given to (1) being sure all children understand that there are tickets in some eggs which allows them to choose a stuffed animal and (2) the start of the hunt will be initiated by a police siren.
  • PF60 Proceeds Distribution – Members are invited to attend a 9 AM meeting this Saturday at Panera’s at the Galleria to decide on this year’s Pancake Festival distribution.
  • Speaker – Andrew Seay – Managing Director – Little Lake Theater – This speaker was not able to attend this evening and will be rescheduled.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • March 28th – Tom Rohrich – Self-Driving Vehicles
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
 
District Schedule
 
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club History – Bob Theakston and George Pitcairn have provided Club history information for the District 7300’s collective history compendium. It was noted that The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has been unique within District 7300 in the number of “Club of the Year” awards received, number of members who have become Governors, its’ unique Rotary Foundation fundraising event, (our annual Gourmet Dinner), and our honoring high school students in the field of industrial arts and technology (our annual Tech Awards).
 
 
Program Speaker – Andrew Moran – Senior Manager of Grounds – Univ. of Pittsburgh
 
Emanuel Panos introduced Andrew Moran who, as Senior Manager of Grounds at the University of Pittsburgh, has overseen for the past 4-1/2 years a department of about 50 employees of which 34 are permanent to maintain the 150 acres of property of the University’s South Oakland campus. In addition, the campus has 32 miles of sidewalks, 2200 steps, 45 parking lots, 5 parking garages, 200 trash cans, 10 acres of grass, over 100 hanging baskets and over 80 flower containers. The department includes maintenance of all baseball, softball and soccer fields. Tree-related trimming and removal are subcontracted. The campus varies in elevation by almost 400 feet.
 
Andrew stated that he graduated from Penn State in Turf Grass Science and has worked at a number of country clubs including St. Clair Country Club.
 
This spring the department will be planting over 24,000 summer annuals. These flowers are provided by a nursery in Butler, PA.
 
The University has a goal of “Sustainability” which will include reducing lawn area by 15% by 2030. In addition, the goal will be to go “native” in the selection of plantings.
 
Several interesting points were made in the presentation:
 
  • Goats are used in some areas to tackle the maintenance of areas which are difficult to access.
  • The Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species, has been found in campus areas which are difficult to remove.
  • Some of the challenges that the department deals with are – plantings that are run over by cars or construction equipment, student protests that cause damage to property, roosting crows which damages property (power-washing costs > $100,000), falling trees and snow removal.
  • The solution found for ridding the campus of crows was to slap two 2x4s together
 
The members thanked Andrew for his informative presentation.
 
 
 
  
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • April 3rd – Spelling Bee – St. Louise de Marillac
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
  • April 6th – Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 11th – Andrew Seay – Managing Director – Little Lake Theater
  • April 18th – NO MEETING – Easter
  • April 25th – Tracy Walnoha – The Watchful Shepard
 
District Schedule
 
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Club Assembly  – Members are requested to e-mail their ideas and suggestions for next week’s Club Assembly to discuss improving future Pancake Festival performance.
  • Board Meeting – Short meeting to be held after tonight’s meeting
  • Tom Rohrich
  • Bob Williams Scholarships - $240,000 of scholarships have been given to needy high school seniors since the start of the program
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Members are asked to gather at the renovated USC Rec Center at 8 AM on Saturday, April 6th to help spread the Easter eggs and set-up for the event. The high school has a sleep-over on Friday and the Interact Club students may not arrive early on Saturday.
 
Program Speaker – Tom Rohrich – Vice-President – Rohrich Cadillac – Autonomous Vehicles (AV)
 
Autonomous Vehicle – A self-driving car or driverless car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving with little or no human input.
The drivers for the development of AV are:
  • Significant vehicle-related deaths >80% caused by human error (over 37,000 in 2016)
  • Reduction of traffic congestion through “platooning”
  • Allowing disabled people to travel by car
  • Reduction in vehicular-related driving offenses allowing police to focus on crime
  • Allow more cars on the roads without increasing congestion
  • More ownership of vehicles in urban areas (Note: Millenials do not want to own cars)
  • Insurance rates may be able to decrease as AV becomes safer
 
The start of AV development was through the government financed Defense Advanced Research Program Agency “DARPA” program. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) developed the 1st autonomous vehicle under DARPA in 1984 called Navlab I. The next model was Navlab II in 1990 with a maximum speed of 6 mph. A DARPA challenge was started in 2004 open to qualifying universities to develop AV which could travel hundreds of miles autonomously. The $1 million award was won by CMU. In 2005, 195 teams applied – 5 finished the race – Stanford won 1st place, CMU won 2nd and 3rd.
 
Pittsburgh is a leading city in America in the development of AV due to the technology leadership of CMU and the governmental support of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. Uber Advanced Technologies has chosen Pittsburgh to develop the AV technology.
 
The 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study which is focused on how consumers and car dealers are thinking about the changing mobility landscape. The study’s primary findings are: (1) consumer awareness and desire for autonomous features have significantly increased, (2) 84% want the option to have a self-driving capability, (3) roadways would be safer if all vehicles had self-driving capability, (4) education of AV features is important.
 
Most automobiles on the roadways today have semi-autonomous features such as electronic steering and braking, parking assist, traffic jam assistant, etc. AV is becoming more possible because of the development of artificial intelligence, the rapid increase in computing power (now 300 trillion operations/second and the development of laser and sonar radar. Need government assistance in establishing rules and regulations for standardization and investment on infrastructure to support the use of AV technology (e.g. stop lights). One key technology which supports AV is V2X Communication (i.e. vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to pedestrian)
 
Cadillac has taken a leadership role in the auto industry in the development of AV through the development of its Super Cruise driver assistance technology. Have mapped 150,000 miles of U.S. highways to determine pavement and lane widths to guide their AV technology and have been able to have one of their vehicles travel coast to coast handsfree.
 
 
                                                                
 
                                
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • March 21st – Andrew Moran – University of Pittsburgh
  • March 28th – Tom Rohrich – Self-Driving Vehicles
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
 
District Schedule
 
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club History – The District has requested each club to provide a one-page highlights of the club’s accomplishments for a District history summary.
  • Pancake Festival Ideas – Emanuel stated that he will request member’s ideas to improve Pancake Festival performance in the future. The April 4th meeting will be dedicated to a Club Assembly to have a general discussion.
  • Jim Bolas
  • 2019-2020 Programs/Speakers – Jim stated as the Director – Club Service next Rotary Year the goal is to have a full calendar established at the outset of the Rotary Year with speakers/programs for each meeting where required. Club assemblies will also be scheduled. Each member is requested to provide at least one recommended speaker.
 
Program Speaker – Doug Piconi (son of Barbara Piconi) – Blockchain & Bitcoin
 
Barbara Piconi introduced Doug. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, is a software engineer with 20-years of experience in developing computer applications. He has worked for Electronic Arts, an American video game company, 2nd largest gaming company in the Americas and Europe and the Department of Defense having worked on the F35 fighter jet program. The key points made by Doug were as follows:
 
  • The definition of a “Block Chain” is a growing list of records, called blocks. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without alteration of all subsequent blocks which requires the consensus of the network majority. It is intended to protect an individual’s data. Bitcoin transactions relay upon the blockchain technology
  • The definition of “Bitcoin” is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or a single administrator. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a “blockchain”.
  • The value of a bitcoin has been volatile swinging from $4000 to $14,000 to $3000 (currently at $3,855 per bitcoin. Not for the typical investor.
  • The cryptocurrency can be manipulated, is unregulated and is a highly speculative investment
  • Quantum computing which applies the principles of quantum mechanics, can be 100 million times faster than current computers. Such a powerful computer poses a security threat to current information systems; especially cryptocurrencies which relies on blockchain technology which could hack the codes implemented by individual users to authorize cryptocurrency transactions.
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
  • March 2nd - 60th Annual Pancake Festival
  • March 7th – TBD
  • March 14th – Doug Piconi - “What are cryptocurrency and Bitcoin”
    District Schedule
  • March 7th – RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th – Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
    Announcements
    ➢ Emanuel Panos
     
    Rotary Club Brochure – Emanuel reminded the members that a Club brochure
    has been printed for PF60 which will be placed on all the tables informing the attendees about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bethel-Park. Hopefully, such information will lead some attendees to consider joining Rotary.
    March 7th Meeting – A member of the Dormont Club will be visiting to publicize their key fundraiser “A Taste of the South Hills” on March 30th at the Castle Shannon Memorial Hall.
    ➢ Herm Dieckmann – Chair – 60th Annual Pancake Festival
    Ticket Sales - All members are encouraged to sell tickets for the event to
    increase attendance over last year. Be sure to turn money into team captains
    (i.e. Jim Bolas, Jim Hinerman & Tracy Estabrook) at the Pancake Festival
  • Work Schedule – Several openings exist in the current work schedule (e.g. hall
    management) which will need to be filled before Saturday
  • Friday Set-up – Members volunteered to provide 4-5 SUVs to help transfer
    supplies from the Club’s storage locker in Bethel Park. All volunteers to meet at Subway at 10 AM Friday morning. Set-up at the church starts at 11 AM. All who help on Friday set-up are invited with spouses to gather at Al’s Café at 6 PM for dinner.
  • Rotarian Clothing – All Rotarians are reminded to wear a white Rotary Club top and khaki pants.
  • 50/50 Raffle – 4 rolls of tickets will be bought for the 50/50 raffle. Two rolls of one color and two of another color.
  • Pancake Grilling – Recommend that pancakes be made of a consistent size which is smaller than the size made last year. All Rotarians involved in serving food should pay attention to maintaining sanitary conditions. Plastic gloves were recommended. It was agreed that attention should be given to limiting non-Rotarian access to the grilling operations.
  • Volunteers – It was agreed that volunteers should be given a free ticket at sign-in. ➢ Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
• Barbara announced the recognition of two Paul Harris awardees:
   Keith Jackson – Paul Harris 2
 
- Ray Detig – Paul Harris 1
 
 
  • Barbara stated that all active Club members are now Paul Harris fellows which is excellent.
  • It was noted that on March 7th Kevin Kelly, Rotary International’s Major Gifts Officer will be hosting a dinner at The Springfield Grille in Mars, PA. for those members considering major donor status.
    ➢ Ray Kells
• Ray informed members that the Club has donated $1140 to the Polio Plus fund with the
Rotary Foundation in memory of our recently deceased member Cliff Taylor.
➢ Tom Atkins
• Tom informed the members in Good News of his recent fishing trip south of Orlando, Florida catching numerous large bass as shown below:
 
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • February 28th – Final Planning – 60thAnnual Pancake Festival
  • March 7th– TBD
  • March 14th– Doug Piconi -  “What are cryptocurrency and Bitcoin”
 
District Schedule
 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann – Chair – 60thAnnual Pancake Festival
  • Ticket Sales- All members are encouraged to sell tickets for the event to increase attendance over last year. All were reminded that this event is the Club’s main fundraiser. Be sure to turn money into team captains by Feb. 28th.
  • Work Schedule– A draft work schedule was made available at each table; Emanuel will send to all members to be sure all time slots are properly filled.
  • Friday Set-up – Members volunteered to provide SUVs to help transfer supplies from the Club’s storage locker in Bethel Park. All volunteers to meet at Subway at 10 AM Friday morning. All who help on Friday set-up are invited to gather at Al’s Café at 6 PM for dinner.
  • PF60 Sign – Members volunteered to help set-up the PF sign alongside Rt. 19 on Monday. George, Tracy, and Herm will meet at the church at 11 AM on Monday. George will bring the necessary tools. Other volunteers are welcome.
  • Food Supplies – Last year’s attendance (i.e. 1500) will be the guide for purchasing food supplies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Speaker – A’Frica T. Sheppard – President & Founder – STRIVE4XLNTS
 
  • A’Frica introduced Tamara Mitchell, a board member of the 501c3 non-profit.
  • A’Frica graduated from Penn State with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, received an MS in Elementary Education from Canisius College and a Masters in Education in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.
  • STRIVE4XLNTS, Inc. was founded by A’Frica in 2014 with the mission to provide scholarships to needy Aliquippa students entering higher education. Opra L. Henderson Scholarships of $1500, $1000, $500 are given each year as well as a number of $250 book grants.
  • Each fall a major fundraiser “An Evening of Elegance with Strive for Excellence” is held to raise funds for scholarships. Last year attendance reached 300. 
  • Over $30,000 of scholarships have been distributed since 2014.
  • The organization has recognized “Unsung Heros” in Aliquippa every year to honor the late Anthony J. Loschiavo. It was noted that Emanuel Panos has been recognized for the award for the good works he does in the Aliquippa community. 
 
Left to right: Tamara Mitchell, Club President Emmanuel Panos, & A'Frica Sheppard
 
Date:    February 7, 2019                                    
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • February 14th– Club Valentine’s Dinner
 
District Schedule
 
  • February 9th- 10AM-2: 30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Feb. 14thValentine’s Dinner – Cocktails at 5:30 PM; Dinner at 6:00 PM; $21 cost
  • Memorial for Cliff - $670 raised to date; please send checks to Emanuel or Ray 
 
  • Jim Bolas - Induction of Lou Angelo 
  • Lou Angelo, Principal of Upper St. Clair High School, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair as an Associate Member under the Corporate Membership of the Upper St. Clair School District
 
Lou Angelo and Past-District Governor Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Speaker – Jenn Salmans – Development Director – Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is a 501c3 non-profit in Pittsburgh which provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades.
  • Programs stem from four business lines: Core Repair, Rehab for Resale, and Safe & Healthy Homes
  • Over 800 volunteers help over 100 homeowners per year who are eligible for assistance.
  • Eligibility includes over 3 years of home ownership, current on mortgage and utility payments, owners are either over 65 years old, veterans and/or disabled.
  • Core home repair focuses on 3 “Impact Neighborhoods” – Hazelwood, Homewood, and the Hill District
  • Vacant & dilapidated properties are rehabilitated to make for affordable housing
  • Provide health & safety improvements to vulnerable homeowners. There is a focus on improving indoor air quality and remedying issues that negatively impact health and safety.
  • Rotarians have volunteered services to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh for the past 20 years.
  • National Rebuilding Day this year will be held on the last Saturday in April. More than 33,000 volunteers will serve in nearly 1500 affiliated rebuild projects throughout the country
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh looks forward to having Rotarians continue their volunteerism to help homeowners in need in Allegheny County.
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
• February 7th – TBDDistrict Schedule
  • February 9th - 10AM-2: 30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree
  • February 27th – 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th – RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th – Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
    Announcements
    ➢ Emanuel Panos
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    Club Foundation Meeting – To be held following the meeting.
    May 9th-12th District Conference – Seven Springs – Members are encouraged to sign-
    up for District 7300’s last district-wide conference prior to the merger with District 7330 which will form the new District 7305. If the Club has more than 10 members registered all get a discount of 20%.
    ➢ Heather Dieckmann – 60th Annual Pancake Festival.
    Outreach Organizations
    • -  Meals on Wheels, Primetime & SHIM are on-board with tickets/volunteers
    • -  Boy Scouts – Emanuel will follow-up
    • -  St. Clair Hospital – Herm will follow-up
  • Auction – John Donahoe is organizing baskets and Rick Smith is helping with All-Clad
  • 50/50 – Will be organized closer to the event
  • Bake Sale – Kay is leading the effort helped by Carol Kells and Linda Hinerman
  • Grills – George has confirmed that the equipment is in good shape
  • Ticket Sales – Ray Detig and Jim Hinerman are working with church youth groups to help sell tickets; Jim Bolas is engaging the USC Interact Club. All members encouraged to step-up this year to sell tickets or, if donating, distribute the free tickets to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and businesses to build attendance to the event.
  • Sponsorship Ads – Contact is being made to businesses who sponsored the event in 2018; some new sponsors are being identified. See Ray Kells if new sponsors are interested.
 
 
Speaker – Mary Anne Poutous – CEO – Transitional Services, Inc. (TSI)
  • TSI is a 50-year-old 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission “To help people with mental disabilities discover and achieve their hopes and dreams for a meaningful life in the community”.
  • TSI is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
  • TSI provides residential and community rehabilitative services to individuals with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.
  • Founded in 1969 by OJ “Bud” Royer and became nationally recognized as one of the first programs of its kind to serve a large metropolitan area.
  • TSI’s Psychiatric Division has 3 community residential rehabilitation units, 1 group home, 3 congregate HUD residences providing community supportive living and permanent housing for adults and transitional age youth
  • TSI’s Intellectual Disabilities Division has 1 group home and 2 supervised apartment residences
  • TSI serves individuals from 18 to 70, from all walks of life, educational levels, ethnicities, races, sexual orientation and expression and culture
  • Residents have mental disorders that range from Obsessive Compulsive to Schizophrenia and physical disorders from Chron’s Disease to Chronic Kidney Disease
  • TSI provides needy individuals with recovery/physical wellness, living skills, medication
    management, community engagement, and safe and sanitary living conditions overseen
    by skilled personnel.
  • TSI employees over 100 people
  • TSI’s annual budget is $7 million with 94% of funding coming from government grants,
    primarily from Allegheny County
  • TSI is headquartered in Homestead, PA
  • Future Goals
    • -  Increase and diversify funding
    • -  Optimize outcomes and continuous quality improvement
    • -  Increase the size and effectiveness of the Board of Directors
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Jan. 24th– TBD – Club Board Meeting after Regular Meeting
Jan. 31st– TBD – Club Fdn. Board Meeting after Regular Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Cliff Taylor– Jim Hinerman agreed to lead the Club’s recognition of Cliff at his Memorial Service at Friendship Village at 11 AM on Saturday, January 19th. The Club is to consider possibly donating funds to Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Campaign in Cliff’s name since he was very active in Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative from the beginning.
  • Board Meeting – Next Club board meeting will be held after next week’s meeting.
  • Foundation Meeting – The next Club Foundation meeting will be held after the Club’s January 31stmeeting
 
  • Heather Dieckmann – District 7300 Events
  • January 22nd– 7 AM - Breakfast Club Speaker Harbison-Walker Chairman & CEO Carol Jackson (Club members are invited)
  • January 26th– 7:30 AM - District 7300 Mid-Year Review at Crowne Plaza Hotel – Greentree
  • January 31st– 5:30 PM - “WE” – The Women of Rotary – Gaetano’s Banquet Center
  • February 9th-  10AM-2:30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
  • Jim Bolas – January 12thPF60 Meeting
  • Meeting held last Saturday between Herm Dieckmann, Jim Hinerman, Ray Kells, Jim Bolas, and John Donahoe to discuss PF60 planning. The following key points were noted:
  1. 3 placements are planned to display sponsorship ads. $250 ads appear on all 3 placemats, $100 ads on one placemat and $25 business name ads will be listed.
  2. The goal is to obtain more $250 ads and beat the $5000 level achieved in 2018
  3. Herm will work with Rick Smith to develop a continual running slide show at PF60 to show the Club’s many activities and to display $500 business ads
  4. Consideration to be given to dedicating PF60 to Cliff Taylor; ideas to do so are welcome
  5. To incentivize businesses to sponsor ads consideration will be given to provide them two free tickets which can be supported by donations from members who “write checks” in lieu of selling tickets. The goal is to increase attendees at PF60.
  6. $500 ads will also be sought for display on a large poster above the napkin/silverware table
  7. It was agreed by the members in attendance that to help sell tickets arrangements will be made with church youth groups offering them $5 of the proceeds for each ticket (adult and children) sold. Such proceeds will need to be designated for good works.
  8. Also, the issue of more advanced planning for future pancake festivals be considered in the future. 
 
 
Program - Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Awards
  • Paul Harris (PH) Recipients
  • New PH – Emanuel Panos
  • PH Plus 4 – Jim Hinerman
  • PH Plus 6 – Heather Dieckmann
  • PH Plus 8 – John Donahoe
New Paul Harris-Emmanuel Panos
 
Paul Harris Plus Four Jim Hinerman
 
Paul Harris Plus Six Heather Dieckmann
 
Paul Harris Plus Eight John Donahoe
 
  • 2018 Gourmet Dinner– Club’s distribution of proceeds from the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner is $18,400 to Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund and $2000 to Polio Plus
  • 100% Club Member Participation in Paul Harris – The Club membership has achieved 100% participation except for the Corporate Members. However, once achieved the Club can continue to display the 100% participation designation.
  • Bob Williams Scholarships – Due to fund investment performance the trustees have decided to forego scholarships for one year. However, each District Club is encouraged to sponsor a $5000 scholarship for a student in its area. Fox Chapel’s Club Fdn has already agreed to do so. The Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Fdn will discuss the issue at its January 31stmeeting.
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program ScheduleJan. 10th – 60th Pancake Festival Kick-off Announcements
➢ Emanuel Panos
  • Paul Harris Awards – Awards will be presented at next week’s meeting
  • Rotarian of the Year – Also will be presented next week.
  • Breakfast Club Speaker – Members are invited to attend the breakfast club’s 7 A
    meeting on January 22nd to hear their speaker – Carol Jackson – Chairman & CEO –Harbison Walker
  •  Ray Kells
  • Enjoy Books – Ray Kells has 6 Enjoy Books left to sell at $30 ea. Need to know by tomorrow which is the last day to turn in the money.
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th; Rain Day option is April 13th
    ➢ Karen Pfeil
  • Wreath Removal – Karen reminded the members that January 26th at 8 AM will be the
    effort to remove wreaths from graves at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Let her know if
    you will be participating. Check the route to the cemetery since there are road closures.
  • Assistance – Members are reminded that Karen will be absent for a number of weeks after January 8th due to a medical procedure and will need assistance for her duties as Director of Community Service
    Program Speaker – John Panos – Past Recipient – Club’s Service Above Self Award
    • John is in his senior year at the University of Cincinnati and is home for the holidays and stopped by to update the Club Members on his plans and activities
    • He is looking to graduate this year with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Sports Administration
    • Planning to start in August with Reynolds & Reynolds, an Automotive Retailer specializing in automotive technology and digitalization. He will be in outside sales in the Pittsburgh area
    • Cincinnati has a Steeler’s Bar called Martino’s – Non-Steeler fans are kicked out.
  • In April-May last year he studied abroad in Capetown, South Africa helping 5 entrepreneurs in the area of marketing
  • Cape Town is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year-long drought as sparse winter rains have failed to bring relief, and dam levels have dropped to dangerously low levels.
  • South Africa has two economies – an upper economy and a lower economy. John’sefforts with the entrepreneurs were in the lower economy.
  • John regaled about his experiences as an equipment manager with the University of Cincinnati football team. He and his parents, Emanuel & Angela, went to the Military Bowl at the Naval Academy on New Year’s Eve. The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 35-31 in an exciting game. John had to be at the stadium 6 hours before the game and had to stay 2 hours after the game. He related some insight on how the referees appeared to favor Virginia in the manner in how they handled changing the balls to keep them dry during a rainy day game.
    POST-MEETING NOTE:
    ➢ Herm Dieckmann – Chairman – 60th Annual Pancake Festival – March 2nd
  • Kick-off – Official kick-off will be at the January 10th meeting
  • Tickets – Tickets have been printed; Friendship Village sponsored the printing of the
    tickets
  • Ticket Sales Teams – There will be four ticket sales teams designated for PF60:
    Team 1 - FVSH & USCSD Team - Shook, Taylor, Welty, Suess, Engel, Rozzo, Zebo & Interact Club
    Team 2 - USC Team - Herm Dieckmann, Bolas, Atkins, Hamel, Donovan, Knopp, Biedrzycki, Pitcairn, Piconi & Panos
    Team 3 - Mt. Lebo/BP Team - Donahoe, Heather Dieckmann, Maines, Cooper, Rohrich, Kells, Hinerman & Detig
    Team 4 - South Team - Theakston, Beck, Provil, Estabrook, Jackson, James, Smith, Westerman
    PF60 TEAM TICKET SALES RULES:
o Each team to designate a captain to distribute tickets and gather the team’s money.o All money to be turned in to the Club Treasurer – Ray Kells or his designee
o Steak dinners go to 1st and 2nd place teams
o Special recognition awards will go to the top 5 salespeople in the Club
• Sponsorship Ad Team – Emanuel Panos volunteered to lead the team. Members of his team will be assigned next week. Members who helped last year were Ray Kells, Jim Hinerman, Heather Dieckmann, and Jim Bolas. All members are requested to identify two sponsors (e.g. doctors, dentists, hairdressers, barbers, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.)
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting; Heather Dieckmann opened the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Jan. 17th– TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Cliff Taylor– Emanuel announced to the Club members that Cliff Taylor, our eldest member at 96 years old, has passed away. Bryan Welty stated that currently a Memorial Service is planned at Friendship Village on Saturday, January 19that 11 AM. Cliff was highly thought of and was considered a true gentleman and his friendly smile will be missed by everyone who knew him.
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Rotarian of the Year – Dick announced that the Club’s 2018 Rotarian of the Year is Heather Dieckmann. The Club members gave Heather a standing ovation and thanked her for her accomplishments for Rotary; especially leading the Club to achieve Club of the Year during her year as president and her leadership with the successful Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners initiative.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District 7300 Events – Heather announced the upcoming events:
  • January 26th– Mid-Year Review at Crowne Plaza Hotel - Greentree
  • February 27th– Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
60thAnnual Pancake Festival Kick-Off – Herm Dieckmann - Chairperson
  • The following positions for PF60 were confirmed:
  • Friday, March 1st– Set-up – Bob Theakston; Hanging Banners – John Donahoe & Sam Provil; Installing Floor Protection – Jim Hinerman
  • Preparing Grills – George Pitcairn
  • Advertising the Event – TBD; Yard Signs – Emanuel Panos & Heather Dieckmann
  • Group Ticket Sales – Herm Dieckmann, Ray Kells & Jim Hinerman
  • Sponsorship Ads/Placemats – Emanuel Panos, Ray Kells, Jim Hinerman & Jim Bolas
(Coordination meeting scheduled for Saturday at Panera’s at 8:30 AM)
 
 
  • Member Ticket Sales – 4 teams established  
Team 1 - FVSH & USCSD Team- Shook, Welty, Suess, Engel, Rozzo, Angelo & Zebo (No Captain – Bolas will handle allocation of tickets and handle money except for Tom Shook)
Team 2 - USC Team– Captain – Bolas 
Herm Dieckmann, Atkins, Hamel, Donovan, Knopp, Biedrzycki, Pitcairn, Piconi & Panos
Team 3- Mt. Lebo/BP Team– Captain – Hinerman
Donahoe, Heather Dieckmann, Maines, Cooper, Rohrich, Kells & Detig
Team 4South Team- Captain – Estabrook
Theakston, Beck, Provil, Estabrook, Jackson, James & Smith
                                                      
PF60 TEAM TICKET SALES RULES:
  • All money to be turned in to the Club Treasurer – Ray Kells or his designee
  • Steak dinners go to 1st and 2nd place teams 
  • Special recognition awards will go to the top 5 salespeople in the Club
 
  • Sponsorship Ads – Herm requested that all members identify at least 2 sponsors above and beyond last year’s sponsors
  • Outside Group Ticket Sales – Consideration will be given to utilizing church youth organizations to help sell tickets allowing them to share in the proceeds for good works
  • Value of Groups Working at the Event – Consideration to be given to incentivizing groups who share in the event’s proceeds to volunteer personnel to work the event.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • 2019– 2020 Rotary Year Officers & Directors – Nominated – President Panos announced the nominated slate of officers and directors for the coming Rotary Year. This slate will be voted on at a future regular meeting:
 
President                                   Herm Dieckmann
Vice President                            Sam Provil
Treasurer                                   Ray Kells
Ass’t. Treasurer                          Tracy Estabrook
Secretary                                   Kathy Knopp
Ass’t Secretary                           George Pitcairn
    • Club Service                   Jim Bolas
    • Community Service         Karen Pfeil
    • Vocational Service           Jim Hinerman
    • International Service        John Donahoe
Past-President                            Emanuel Panos
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army Ringing the Bells – John Donahoe announced that the Club raised 
over $500 at its December 8th“Ringing of the Bells” at Giant Eagle.
 
  • Milt Hamel
 
  • Remembrance of Lou Piconi – Milt Hamel led a moment of silence for deceased Club member Lou Piconi who was a friend to many members of the Club who knew him and was a highly respected and recognized Rotarian being a past District Governor, Rotary International Vice President and Rotary Foundation Trustee.
 
 
Christmas Dinner Program
 
  • Group Singing – The Club members and honored guests sang the 12 Days of Christmas, Joy to the World, Silent Night and Jingle Bells
  • Best Christmas Scarf – Jeanette Detig
  • Best Christmas Socks – Bob Theakston 
  • Best Christmas Sweater – Christine Theakston
  • Best Christmas Tie – Tracy Estabrook 
  •  
  • Christmas Dinner Photos
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President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Christmas Dinner– All members were reminded that next week is the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner at St. Clair Country Club. The cost has been set at $40. Cocktails at 6 PM followed by dinner. For those who have not yet done so please let Emanuel know if you will be attending so a final count can be set with the Country Club.
  • White Oak Raffle Tickets – Raffle will be held Dec. 23rdso there is still time to buy the remaining tickets being held by Emanuel. $20 per ticket. Two seats for ten Penguin games and $1000 in restaurant gift cards.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Wreath Removal – Karen reminded the members that January 26that 8 AM will be the effort to remove wreaths from graves at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Let her know if you will be participating. Check the route to the cemetery since there are road closures.
  • Meals on Wheels Cookies – For those who wish to donate homemade cookies for Meals on Wheels please bring them to next week’s Christmas Dinner.
  • Assistance– Karen told the members that she will be absent for a number of weeks after early January due to a medical procedure and will need assistance for her duties as Director of Community Service 
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – 10 books are still available for members to purchase or sell. They make excellent Christmas presents. Please see Ray.
 
 
 
 
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • Annual Gourmet Dinner – The Club has held the Gourmet Dinner fundraiser for 37 years to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This year was again successful with the event having over 150 attendees and raising $25,000 in funds. Barbara distributed the status report to the members detailing proceeds from sponsors, the auction and each member’s contribution through donations, ticket sales and providing auction items.
 
Post-Meeting Notes: 
 
  • Jim Bolas
 
  • Membership – The Upper St. Clair School District has put forward the names of Lou Angelo, High School Principal and Jack Zebo, Science Teacher and Faculty Advisor to the USC Interact Club as Associate Members to the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club. They will be introduced to the Club in the new year.
  • 60thAnnual Pancake Festival - Tickets – Friendship Village has agreed to sponsor the printing of Pancake Festival tickets and posters this year. Tickets will be available next week. Let Herm or Jim know if you want any for the holiday season.
 
 
Program Speaker – Tara Maziarz – Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager - Hearth
 
Hearth (https://www.hearth-bp.org/) is a non-profit transitional housing organization which provides supportive services and housing to homeless families who are survivors of primarily domestic violence to help women and their families to become independent, self-sufficient and adequately housed. The organization currently owns and maintains about 15 two and three bedroom apartments in a suburban setting which are highly secure. 
 
The organization’s vision is: Every family and individual lives in safe, affordable housing
 
Hearth is the only transitional housing option in Allegheny County for women with children and is the next step after shelters. It has an annual operating budget of less than $1 million and does not receive government funding. Hearth has several fundraising events during the year and receives funding through individual and corporate donations. Rotary Clubs not only donate to Hearth but also refer families in need to the organization.
 
Hearth seeks to help the women in its program to gain self-esteem, better parenting skills, financial management skills, education, vocational training, employment, and permanent housing all meant to help them to become independent.
 
The average time for families to be in Hearth’s transitional housing is 18-24 months.
 
The Club members thanked Tara for coming to speak to the Club and educating them about what is happening in Allegheny County regarding options for women and their families experiencing domestic violence.
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 6th– OPEN
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Christmas Dinner- A form was passed around for members to sign-up for the December 13thChristmas Dinner. All members who have not had the opportunity to sign-up personally are to contact Emanuel by e-mail to confirm your attendance and any guests so a final count can be established with the Country Club.
  • Dictionaries–Members who wish to help deliver dictionaries next Tuesday to St. Louise de Marillac 3rdgraders please contact Ray Kells or Barbara Piconi.
  • 2019 Pancake Festival – Tickets are to be printed in the coming week and will be available to the members. Herm is looking for good ideas to improve ticket sales.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Over 4000 Thanksgiving Dinners were prepared by the Club this year and delivered by the Pittsburgh Police to needy residents. The Club Members gave Heather a healthy round of applause for leading the effort.
  • White Oak Penquin Ticket Raffle – Dec. 23rd – All members who have committed to purchase tickets are asked to get their $20 per ticket into Heather.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – 10 books are still available for members to purchase or sell. They make excellent Christmas presents.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Herm again thanked all the members who assisted in loading the truck for delivery of the collected donated clothes for the needy in West Virginia
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army – Ringing Bells – The Club is set to ring bells at the South Hills Giant Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 1stfrom 8 AM to 4 PM. More members are needed for 1, 2 & 3 PM. Just come and help out. Wear hats or clothes with the Rotary logo.
 
  • Jim Bolas
 
  • Membership – Jim asked the Club members to take the opportunity this holiday season when they see many family members, neighbors, friends, and colleagues to tell them about all the things our Club is doing and ASK them to consider Rotary and invite them to a future Rotary dinner at St. Clair Country Club.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Cookies for Meals on Wheels – Karen asked members to donate 2 dozen home-made cookies for Meals on Wheels this holiday season.
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans– Karen thanked Club Members for turning in their stockings filled with needed items for soldiers and veterans. For those who have not yet turned in their stockings, they can turn them in directly to Beinhauer’s tomorrow. 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Nov. 22nd– No Meeting – Thanksgiving
Nov. 29th– OPEN
Dec. 6th– OPEN
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Requested that a hat be passed for member contributions toward the Club’s Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners charitable event next week. One Club member is willing to match donations up to $500.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – The following is the plan for this year’s effort:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20th– 1 PM – Meet at the Club’s storage unit at the Bethel Park Industrial Park to load required supplies
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21st– 5 PM to Done – Prepare Meals - Meet at St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church at 105 S 19thSt. in Southside
  • Thursday, Nov. 22nd(Thanksgiving Day) – Two shifts – 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM to Assemble and Box Meals at St. Mary’s
  • Need boxes (e.g. egg boxes) in which to transport meals – CRITICAL
 
  • Whiteoak Penquin Ticket Raffle – Dec. 23rd
  • The Club has agreed to sell twenty $20 tickets for the raffle – See Emanuel Panos for the tickets
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans– Karen reminded the members that the “filled” stockings need to be brought to the Nov. 29thRotary meeting so they can be given to Beinhauer’s by Nov. 30th.
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Herm thanked all the members who assisted in loading the truck for delivery of the collection of donated clothes for the needy in West Virginia
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army – Ringing Bells – The Club is scheduled to ring bells at the South Hills Giant Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 1stfrom 8 AM to 4 PM. See John to sign-up
 
Speaker – Oliver Miller Homestead Reenactors – Fred & Paula Bowman and Pam Lakits
 
 
Three reenactors visited the Club to tell the members about the Oliver Miller Homestead in Allegheny County’s South Park. In 1742, Oliver Miller and his family emigrated from Ireland to America. In 1772 he purchased land on Catfish Run and built a log cabin and lived there until 1782 when he died leaving the land divided among his six sons. The land eventually was deeded in 1797 under the name “Mansfield” and included 424 acres.
 
This area of Pennsylvania was noted for producing rye whiskey, popular in the colonies at that time. The young American government was looking to raise revenue and imposed an excise tax on rye whiskey which was resisted by the local farmers and led to a resistance called the “Whiskey Rebellion”. Sons of Oliver Miller were intimately involved in the rebellion and one was jailed.
 
The current stone house was built in stages starting in the late 1700’s and continuing to the 1830’s. Acreage was sold off over the years. The remaining 65 acres and buildings were purchased in 1927 by Allegheny County and became South Park. In 1934 it was given the name “Stone Manse” and declared a national landmark. Volunteer reenactors dress in period attire, demonstrate pioneer crafts, give tours and discuss history. It is open every Sunday afternoon, 1:30-4: 30 PM from early May until the 2ndSunday of December.
 
The reenactors, dressed in period “kits” explained life during the 1700’s, how the food was stored and the roles of husbands, wives & children in everyday life. A Pennsylvania Long Rifle was shown and passed among the members. It was built by hand by Fred Bowman along with another rifle and several pistols. A number of questions were asked by the members. The reenactors were given a warm round applause for their presentation
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Nov. 1st – Annual Rotary Gourmet Dinner
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta – Long Term Care Planning
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • Emanuel notified the members that a friend has informed him that Fed-Ex Ground has seasonal hiring opportunities starting at $11.80/hr.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • World Polio Day – Celebrated on Oct. 24th in Philadelphia. The goal of complete eradication is close with only 22 cases reported worldwide in 2017. Only 3 countries reporting wild poliovirus – Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Have 3 one week timeshare opportunities which will be auctioned – (1) Orlando ($600), (2) Hilton Head ($1200) and (3) Sedona ($1700) + $1000 for airfare.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans – Karen reminded the members that the “filled” stockings need to be brought to the Nov. 29th Rotary meeting so they can be given to Beinhauer’s by Nov. 30th.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were reminded to bring warm clothes and blankets to a future meeting no later than Nov. 11th.
 
Speaker – John Rozzo – Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District’s Strategic Plan
 
  • Barbara Bolas, VP of the USC School Board introduced John Rozzo
  • Graduated from Serra Catholic High School, bachelors from Penn State and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Home in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Shauna, and their 3 children.
  • John became the USC School District Superintendent in July 2018 and has been with the district for over 13 years having come from the Brentwood School District in 2005.
 
 
  • The district is in the 4th year of its 5 year strategic plan (See https://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us/cms/lib/PA01000033/Centricity/Domain/10/STRATEGIC%20PLAN%20GOALS.pdf)
  • The plan has 5 distinct focus areas – STEAM, Professional Learning Community, High School Experience, Technology, and Safety & Security
  • STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics – Increase curriculum offerings and train and equip teachers to educate – incorporate real-life experiences
  • Professional Learning Community – Develop and implement Beliefs for Student Learners practices consistently across all curriculums.
  • High School Experience – Collaborative instruction providing a comprehensive experience in which students feel healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and empowered. Corporate involvement in providing real-world problems and engagement by senior managers to evaluate student solutions.
  • Technology – Using I-Pads in Grades 5 to 8 and Chromebooks in Grades 9-12 due to the need for more complex computing capabilities. Provide a balance between traditional vs technological learning. Provide online progress reporting capabilities to students and parents.
  • Safety & Security – Over 240 cameras in the schools accessible by School Security and Township Police Dept. Access to schools is limited. School security resources include highly experienced armed security resources in each school building.
 
Induction – John Rozzo – Member Representative – USC School District Corporate Membership
 
John Rozzo was formally inducted as a Rotarian and became the 3rd USC superintendent to join the ranks of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair since the school’s founding in 1957. John is the school’s 7th superintendent. Niles Norman and Pat O’Toole were former Rotarians.
 
 
Past President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
Nov. 1st – Annual Rotary Gourmet Dinner
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta – Long Term Care Planning
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Jim Hinerman
 
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Reservations are due so table seating arrangements can be finalized. Please let Bob Theakston know if whether or not individuals who buy tickets will not attend the dinner.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Oct. 21st Miracle Field Halloween Event – The Club will have a table set-up at the event like last year to hand out candy and other stuff for children. All members are welcome to help. Please wear something designating you are with Rotary. The event will be held between 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans – Christmas stockings were distributed to the members and were requested to help fill the stockings with usable items like foodstuff, batteries, socks, tee-shirts, vitamins, playing cards, paperback books, etc. A recommended list of items is included with each stocking. Please deliver the filled stockings to Beinhauer Funeral Home by Nov. 30th.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were again reminded to bring winter clothes and warm blankets to the next Rotary meeting on Oct. 25th. The donations will be delivered to Vincent de Paul in West Virginia as was done in past years to help needy families.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – Books remain available to sell to gain money for the Club. The books sell for $30 and the Club makes $10 per book.
  • Dec. 23rd White Oak Pittsburgh Penguins Raffle – A number of members agreed to buy $20 tickets. Raffle drawing of 2 tickets to 10 Penguin games and $1000 in restaurant gift cards is to be held on December 23rd.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Annual Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – The District has approved a $2500 grant for our Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinners for the needy in the City of Pittsburgh. Giant Eagle has indicated it would like to be a participating member.
 
 
Speaker – Matt Fricker – Associate Pastor – John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Flood Relief in Bethel Park
 
  • Ray Kells introduced Matt who has spoken to our Club previously. Matt has served in the US Army with much of the time being in the Middle East. He plans on returning to Iraq in 3 weeks to work with churches throughout that country.
  • Primary issues causing flooding in South Hills are (1) too much pavement and (2) not enough green areas (i.e. grass & trees). In addition, properties diverting rainfall into the streets overtaxing the drainage systems and overflowing the streams.
  • Township governments appear unable to properly deal with flooding events as is obvious from the recent heavy rain events this year. For example, there are no flood relief hotlines.
  • New housing developments are required to install collection ponds to gather water drainage to prevent overtaxing drainage systems.
  • Organizing the resources of regional non-profit organizations in the event of such events is provided by organizations such as National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) https://www.nvoad.org/
  • Problems observed in Bethel Park resulting from recent flooding was damage to air conditioners and furnaces and mold.
  • Bethel Park Township has helped by providing dumpsters for free and establishing a relief fund.
  • FEMA will not provide any funding or support due to median family wealth in South Hills.
  • Members of the congregation from John McMillan helped rebuild 16 houses in Bethel Park primarily removing damaged structures, mold and flooring.
  • The flooding issue crosses community boundaries which requires a regional plan to deal with the problem.
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – Chris Zanke – VP of Operations – NovaCare Rehab
Oct. 18th – OPEN
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • Members were reminded of the Chili Cook-off to be held by the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club on Sunday, Sept. 30th from noon to 4 PM at Fairview Park. Emanuel is leading the effort to make chili for the event and looking for volunteers to help. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Also, members were reminded of The Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club’s Annual Chicken Barbecue to be held on Saturday, Sept. 29th at Westminster Church.
  • Emanuel also reminded members that Bob Theakston still has tickets available for our Annual Gourmet Dinner to be held on Nov. 1st.
 
 
Speaker – Amy Razem – Development Officer – The Pittsburgh Foundation
 
 
 
The Pittsburgh Foundation, established in 1945, works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community. The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States.
Funding priorities of The Pittsburgh Foundation are:
 
  • Self-Sufficient Individuals & Families
  • Healthy Communities
  • Vibrant Democracy
  • Community Projects
 
The Pittsburgh Foundation has an endowment of $1.2 billion from which to fund projects in the Pittsburgh region. 12% of the population in Allegheny County is below the poverty line. Many related to single-parent families. Funding has been granted to childcare and helping up to 3300 juveniles each year.
 
An individual may donate funds to The Pittsburgh Foundation through many different forms of assets and investment vehicles some of which could remain invested and a portion remaining available to the individual for personal need.
 
Amy distributed to the members decks of cards which contained photos of various scenes and asked each member to select one photo which represented something special to them. Several members explained the reasons why they selected the photo they did and what it meant to them.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Oct. 18th – Matt Fricker; Assoc. Pastor JMPC – Flood Assistance
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • The Sept. 30th Chili Cook-off put on by the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club was successful. Emanuel’s chili recipe was used and he was encouraged to bring his chili to next year’s Corn Roast.
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Reservations are due next week so table seating arrangements can be finalized. Jim Hinerman reminded the members to provide Rotary Club activity photos to Keith Jackson for the video to be played at the dinner.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were reminded to bring winter clothes to future meetings which will be delivered to Vincent de Paul in West Virginia as was done in past years.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books remain available to sell to gain money for the Club. The books sell for $30 and the Club makes $10 per book.
 
 
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • The Bethel Park Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held this Saturday from 2-7PM at the Bethel Park Community Center
 
 
Speaker – Christopher Zanke – Physical Therapist and VP Operations – NovaCare Rehabilitation - Concussions
 
Concussions can occur from any blow to the head or from any quick, forceful movements to the head and neck. Symptoms of a concussion can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes in balance, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, emotional changes, and agitation.
 
Sports are a major source of concussions. Many different sports and athletic activity can produce concussions to participants. Football, softball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer and even cheerleading can be a concussion risk.
 
 
Despite steps taken with sportswear (e.g. helmets) to help absorb shocks to the head the brain which floats within a fluid remains vulnerable within the skull to violent shaking and injury. The brain normally heals from the effects of low impact within 72 hours. However, higher impact requires treatment after 72 hours to re-stimulation of the brain. Waiting a longer period is detrimental to recovery.
 
It was noted that a key educational movie, Concussion, was released in 2015 starring Will Smith who played the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania who discovered neurological deterioration in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster during an autopsy after his tragic death. The brain deterioration became known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or “CTE” and has significantly changed the way the sports industry and medical community view brain trauma.
 
Increasing recognition of the detrimental effects of concussions has led to legislation, regulation, medical practices and physical therapy regimens to address the problem, especially with young athletes. Establishing physical and mental baselines is an important element in assessing the consequences of possible concussions. Technology is being developed to monitor athletes on a real-time basis to determine if physical activity is being impacted by head trauma. One such technology utilizes sensors placed in helmets or behind the ear to detect impact or blast waves (e.g. in the military) which can be read-out on digital devices like I-phones and helps sports coaches and supervisors and medical professionals to assess the impact of contact.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Sept. 20th – Amy Razen – Development Officer – Pittsburgh Foundation
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – Chris Zanke – VP of Operations – NovaCare Rehab
Oct. 18th – OPEN
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
 
Announcements
 
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Members were reminded that the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner raising funds for the Rotary Foundation is being held Nov. 1st and now is the time to line up attendees and sell tickets. Bob Theakston has the tickets. Ads and sponsors are now being confirmed. Please help make this event another success for our Club.
 
  • John Donahoe
  • Next week will be “Pass the Hat” for funds to support creating wine baskets. George Pitcairn will choose the wines.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • The Bethel Park Rotary Club will have a riverboat cruise on the Gateway Clipper on Sept. 26th; boarding is at 5:45PM. Cost is $43. Bonnie Pierce is the contact.
  • The North Allegheny Rotary Club will be holding its Flavors of Camelot Wine Tasting Event on Friday, October 26th at The Camelot Banquet Hall in Wexford; $125 per person. Funds to go to Rotary Foundation. Can purchase tickets online at https://bidpal.net/winedownpolio
 
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Our Club will have a table at the end of season Halloween celebration at the Miracle League field on Oct. 21st at 11:30AM to 2:30PM. All members are welcome to join to help distribute candy and other items at the event.
 
 
 
Speaker – Dr. Stephanie Urchick – Chair the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and the RI Strategic Planning Committee
 
 
 
Barbara Piconi introduced Dr. Urchick. Stephanie has considerable experience in executive/leadership  management consulting and motivational speaking. Recently retired as CEO/Executive Director of the Southpointe CEO Association. She remains a partner and COO of Doctors at Work, LLC a management consulting and training company. Education includes an undergraduate degree from Univ. of PA., masters degree from Duquesne and doctorate from Indiana University. A Rotarian since 1991, member of the McMurray Rotary Club. On July 1, 2019 Dr. Urchick will begin term as an RI Director for new Zone 33.
 
Stephanie presented an update of Rotary International’s Strategic Plan. The following were key points of her presentation:
 
  • Based on an extensive survey of Rotarians around the world and based on comprehensive testing the following is RI new vision statement:
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves”
 
  • Key objectives:
  1. Increase Our Impact
  2. Expand Our Reach
  3. Enhance Participant Engagement
  4. Increase Our Ability to Adapt
 
 
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Sept. 13th – Stephanie Urchick – Chair – Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee        
Sept. 20th – Amy Razen – Development Officer – Pittsburgh Foundation
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – Chris Zanke – VP of Operations – NovaCare Rehab
Oct. 18th – OPEN
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
 
 
Announcements
 
  • George Pitcairn
  • George introduced his guest Samuel Markovitz, his neighbor, who has expressed interest in joining our Rotary Club. Sam and his wife, Michelle, attended our Corn Roast last week. Sam is retired from a long career as an FBI Investigator primarily in the area of security clearances. The Club members welcomed Sam to our dinner meeting.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • The Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club will hold its Annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Sept. 30th noon to 4 PM at Fairview Park. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Emanuel stated he will volunteer to make 5 gals. of a special chili recipe for the event. Other members are welcome to assist Emanuel for this event.
  • The Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 29th. It was noted that the Club normally meets on Tuesday mornings at King’s Restaurant on McMurray Road. However, King’s has announced they will be closing. It was agreed that our Club will extend an invitation to their members to attend our Thursday evening meetings until such time they find another venue.
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • The 25th Annual District 7300 Interact Conference will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7:30AM-1: 30 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Pittsburgh West-Greentree. Tracy Estabrook will be working with the USC Interact Club to encourage participation.
 
  • Sam Provil
  • The opportunity for the Club to participate in the Miracle League may be possible in the future. However, openings to participate as buddies are currently filled. There will be two opportunities to participate. Non-competitive play on Saturdays 1-4PM and competitive play on Sundays 1-4PM
 
  • Barbara Piconi and John Donahoe
  • The Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 1st at Valley Brook Country Club. Black tie optional. Cost remains the same at $125 per person.
  • Bob Theakston has the tickets available for members to sell. It is critical this year for each member and spouse/significant other to attend and to bring two other couples. The goal is to have 180 attendees.
  • Ideas to achieve attendance goals were to invite Honorary and past members, residents of Friendship Village, members of the South Hills business community, members of other Rotary Clubs, etc.
  • To provide adequate time to organize the tables, make the name cards, etc. it will be best to finalize the attendee list by mid-October.
  • John Donahoe is currently organizing the collection of auction items. George Pitcairn volunteered to assemble one or more wine baskets and will “pass the hat” to the members to contribute to the baskets. Jim Bolas volunteered to assemble a whiskey basket again this year. A beautiful Afghan blanket is currently being made again for the event. The Dieckmann’s are looking at organizing vacation packages. Members are asked to provide ideas and auction items. Other auction items could be restaurant/theater packages, golf packages (Top Golf – Bridgeville).
  • It was recommended that consideration is given to accepting credit cards for payment at the Annual Gourmet Dinner.
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • Our membership goal for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year is a net gain of 5 new members.
  • The Membership Committee consists of Jim Bolas (Chair) – Herm Dieckmann, Kathy Knopp, Karen Pfeil, and Sam Provil. The committee has already met to plan for future recruitment.
  • An information flyer has been developed for use in recruitment.
  • A presentation is planned on Sept. 11th with the Men’s Club at Friendship Village to recruit members.
  • It was recommended that each member simply “ASK” spouses, friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients/customers, and acquaintances to consider Rotary and invite them to a dinner.
  • It was also recommended that 5 minutes be allocated each meeting to discuss membership.
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
August 30th – Annual Corn Roast – Lions Park – 6PM
Sept. 6th – OPEN
Sept. 13th – OPEN        (NOTE: Club Assembly to be scheduled in September)
Sept. 20th – OPEN
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
 
 
Announcements
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Past governors of District 7300 have recently met to get an update on the future of District 7300.
  • Rotary International is still evaluating a possible merger of District 7300 and 7330 creating a new district (7305) due to membership levels below RI standards.
  • Since District 7300 has foundations valued at $11-12 million RI may consider reassigning clubs from District 7330 to 7300 and maintain District 7300.
  • A decision may be made by September 1st.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • 60 Golden Books have been obtained for Every Child children to help them as they transition to foster homes. Contact Karen if you wish to donate.
  • The Club will have a table at the Halloween Party at the Upper St. Clair Miracle Field on October 21st. All members are welcome to come and help distribute candy and other things to the children who have participated in the Miracle League this year. Contact Karen for information.
  • Milt Hamel
  • Approximately 35 members and guests are currently coming to the Corn Roast. If you have not yet signed up please contact Emanuel or Milt.
  • Will start cleaning and arranging things at the Lion Park facility at Noon on Thursday, October 30th. Corn husking starts at 4PM. Festivities start about 6PM.
  • Members and guests can bring whatever dishes they wish (i.e. salads, side dishes, beans, desserts, etc.). The Club will provide refreshments (soda, water, beer & wine), corn, hamburgers and hot dogs. Members can bring additional special refreshments if they wish.
  • Cost is $20 per member; guests are free.
 
                                                                       
 
Speaker – Pamela  L. Enck – Attorney-at-Law – Your End of Life Plan
  • Pam and her husband Philip have lived in USC for 17 years. They have 5 children. Philip presented to the Club on July 26th.
  • Pam received her undergraduate degree from Penn State and law degree from WVU. Also received a Masters in Public Administration.
  • Currently in private practice focusing on real estate, adoptions and estate planning. Has worked on adoption cases with Laura Maines.
  • End of Life planning consists primarily of: (1) a Final Will & Testament, (2) a Power of Attorney and (3) a Medical Power of Attorney & Living Will.
  • Powers of Attorney can be either limited (i.e. by scope and/or time period) or durable (broad scope and unlimited by time).
  • Individuals granted a Power of Attorney could be a family member or could be an attorney or a court-appointed guardian or a protector (i.e. a conservator).
  • A Medical Power of Attorney & Living Will is especially important since it will directly effect how an individual chooses to be treated in the final stage of life. It could deal with three primary areas important to most individuals: personal, emotional and spiritual.
  • A guide has been developed by Jim Towey, Founder of Aging with Dignity and Mother Teresa’s legal advisor, called Five Wishes. The website states that it currently meets legal requirements in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The five wishes are:
  • Wish 1: The Person I Want to Make Health Care Decisions for Me When I Can’t Make Them for Myself
  • Wish 2: My Wish for the Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don’t Want
  • Wish 3: My Wish for How Comfortable I Want to Be
  • Wish 4: My Wish for How I Want People to Treat Me
  • Wish 5: My Wish for What I Want My Loved Ones to Know
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
August 9th – District 7300 Governor Singh Ajmani
August 16th – John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
Announcements
➢ Emanuel Panos
• Annual Corn Roast – The Rotary Club Corn Roast is scheduled for
Thursday, August 30th.
Speaker – Heather Dieckmann – Past-President and District 7300 Special Advisor to District Governor – South Hills Clubs
  • Assisting Governor Ajmani for South Hills Clubs – Bethel-St. Clair (dinner), Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (breakfast), Bethel Park (lunch) and Bridgeville (lunch)
  • Other Clubs look forward to working with Bethel-St. Clair on joint activities
  • Aug. 2nd-10th – Contact Karen Pfeil to participate in filling backpacks for school
    children in need at SHIM @ 5301 Park Ave. in Bethel Park between 8:30 AM and
    4:30 PM
  • Aug. 22nd - Bethel Park holds a social event each month in lieu of a regular
    meeting; holding next one at 6 PM at the Porch @ Sienna. Our Club to consider
    doing something similar possibly on a monthly or quarterly basis
  • Aug. 27th – District 7300 Golf Outing – Edgewood CC – Need a foursome
  • Aug. 30th – Members agreed to extend an invitation to other 3 Clubs to attend our
    Club’s Annual Corn Roast. They will need to respond by August 23rd
  • Sept. 24th – Pleasant Hills Golf Outing – Belle Vernon - $95/person
  • Sept. 29th – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park will have their Annual Chicken Barbecue
    fundraiser @ Westminster Church
  • Oct. 13th – Bethel Park will their Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser @ Bethel
    Park Community Center
  • Oct/Nov – Heather will try to arrange a joint 4 Club get-together
  • Karen Pfeil will consider notifying the other clubs to participate in our Club’s
    Community Outreach projects
  • White Oak selling 500 raffle tickets for two Steeler season tickets at $20/ticket.
    Our Club can gain $5/ticket if we sell 20 or more tickets. Contact Heather.
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  • Ray Kells recommended contacting the other 3 clubs to participate in selling Enjoy Books. Cost if $30 ea. The club makes $10/book. Can offer other clubs $5/book to participate.
  • Club Meetings
    • -  Bethel-St. Clair – Thursday @ 6 PM – St. Clair Country Club
    • -  Upper-St. Clair-Bethel Park – Tuesday @ 7 AM – Kings
    • -  Bethel Park – Wednesday @ Noon – Clubhouse – South Park
    • -  Bridgeville – Thursday @ Noon – Walnut Grill - Bridgeville
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
August 2nd – TBD
August 9th – District 7300 Governor Singh Ajmani
August 16th – John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Annual Corn Roast – The Rotary Club Corn Roast is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th.
  • Jim Bolas
  • Membership is currently at 31 plus two Associates
  • Members are encouraged to identify prospective candidates to consider for membership
  • A Club flyer will be e-mailed to each member to use to help recruit prospective candidates
  • The Club’s Membership Committee will be meeting after the regular meeting.
  • New membership initiative will be discussed at an upcoming Club assembly.
 
Speaker – Philip Enck – General Manager - The Bakery Society Pittsburgh (TBSP)
 
  • Phil is a professional chef who holds degrees in Education, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and an MBA and currently teaches culinary arts, management, tourism and hospitality and etiquette classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
  • TBSP is a business non-profit and is the region’s first and only bakery incubator supported by Economic Development South and the Hillman Foundation.
  • TBSP has opened in the Spring of 2018, is based in Mt. Oliver with operations established in the former Kullman’s Bakery and helps those individuals who wish to start a bakery business.
  • With the guidance of TBSP staff and partners, full-time bakers receive on-going training in the marketing and financial skills necessary to create their own businesses throughout the region.
  • If one wishes to bake and needs space to do so the Mt. Oliver bakery is available to all for a small fee.
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
July 26th  - TBD
August 2nd– TBD
August 9th– TBD
August 16th– John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club Service Teams – To assist the President in organizing the Club meetings Laura Maines has established Rotary Club Service Teams (see attached), a different team for each quarter, to perform the following:
  • Set-up and take down flags for each meeting and ensure arrangements are made for speaker presentations
  • Arrange for a member to provide the meeting invocation
  • Arrange a speaker and/or program for each meeting
  • The team established for July, August and September is captained by Laura and the team members are Tom Atkins, Herm Dieckmann, Tracy Estabrook, Bob James, Jim Hinerman and Rick Smith.
  • All members are encouraged to help the active team in identifying interesting speakers and programs
  • Annual Corn Roast– Due to the availability of the Corn Roast organizers, Milt & Carol Hamel and Keith Jackson in August it was recommended that the Corn Roast be held in September.
  • 2019 Pancake Festival Ticket Sales Teams– Herm Dieckmann, PF Chairman, will be establishing PF Ticket Sales Teams for next year.
  • Night at the Meadows – District 7300 will be holding this year’s event at the Meadows Race Track on Friday, July 27th. Members are encouraged to attend. $40 per person, 5 PM start and  6 PM buffet. RSVP to Dennis Piper.
 
  • 2018 Pancake Festival Ticket Sales Leaders – The 5 members who were served a steak dinner for selling the most tickets for the 2018 Pancake Festival were: Tom Shook, Cliff Taylor, Herm Dieckmann, Jim Hinerman and Ray Kells. The other members were served delicious hot dogs.
 
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 28th – Changing of the Guard
July 5th – No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • Changing of the Guard – Members are encouraged to sign-up for next week’s Changing of the Guard ceremony. Spouses and significant others are welcome to join members for this special meeting. Please notify Heather Dieckmann. Dinner price is $42.
  • Paul Harris Awards – The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair will be presenting 5 Paul Harris Awards at next week’s meeting. The following individuals who will be attending the dinner to receive their awards are:
  • Ken Klase – Principal of St. Louise de Marillac
  • Mary Ann Weber – Director – Prime Time
  • Richard Diffendal – Troop Leader – Boy Scout Troop 366
  • Dorothy Vandruff – Manager – Bethel-St. Clair Meals on Wheels
  • Billy Smith – Tom Rohrich’s Brother-in-Law
 
 
Program – Emanuel Panos – Opoid Epidemic
 
Emanuel owns and operates Hoffman’s Drug Store, an independent pharmacy, in Aliquippa, PA. The pharmacy has been servicing the Aliquippa community since 1921 and Emanuel has owned the store for the past 30 years.
 
One of the key challenges in the pharmaceutical industry today is dealing with the challenges of the opoid epidemic. Opoids include opiates derived from opium, including morphine, Other opoids are semi-synthetic drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl, There are antagonist drugs such as naltrexone and naloxone which are used to block the biological response to opoids.
 
There has been an acute opoid use epidemic existing in the Northeast U.S. Pennsylvania is experiencing about 18.5 deaths per 100,000 residents which makes it the 12 worst state in the nation. West Virginia is number one at 43.4.
 
As an operator of a pharmacy he must now attend a 3 hour education program to understand the opoid epidemic. Seniors on Medicare now can only obtain a 3-4 day supply of pain-killers. The Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) will now not reimburse participants for use of opoids.
 
Antagonist drugs such as Naxolone (brand name Narcan) can be obtained at most pharmacies to help deal with the effects of opoids. First responders (EMS) use this drug to help individuals who may be experiencing an overdose. Another drug which can be used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opoids is SUBOXONE which contains buprenorphine and naxolone.
 
Emanuel gave special mention to a well-known Pittsburgh doctor, Dr. Neil Capretto, who was Gateway’s Rehab Medical Director for the past 29 years and spent decades helping thousands of addicts and the Pittsburgh community deal with the challenges of the opoid epidemic.
 
Emanuel reminded the attending members that he is more than willing to help anyone to better understand opiods and/or are dealing with opoid issues in their families or with friends.
 
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Members welcomed Emanuel to his 1st meeting of the Rotary Year with a healthy round of applause.
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
July 19th – Pancake Festival Steak Dinner
July 26th  - TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Ray Kells
  • 1st Quarter Dues – Members were reminded to pay their 1st quarter dues.
  • Uncashed Checks – Members were also reminded to check their personal accounts to see if any previous checks to the Club remain uncashed and let Ray Kells know.
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Pancake Festival Steak Dinner – Next week the top 5 ticket sellers will be treated to a steak dinner. Other members will receive a surprise dinner.
  • Club Teams – Laura Maines will be organizing Club Teams for each quarter to help set-up for meetings and to organize speakers/programs.
  • Annual Corn Roast – Members will be notified of the upcoming August Corn Roast once arrangements are made.
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Gourmet Dinner - Members were requested to identify potential sponsors for Club’s November 1st Gourmet Dinner. A sponsorship package will be made available in the next several weeks.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Projects - A number of projects are planned for this Rotary Year giving members an opportunity for hands-on volunteerism.
  • Every Child – Members are reminded that the initiative to provide supplies to needy children at Every Child is still being pursued and members are asked to bring items like Little Golden Books, blankets, toothbrushes, store coupons and comfort items to future meetings.
  • SHIM – Arrangements will be made with SHIM to allow members to help assemble backpacks for needy children returning to school.
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 23rd-27th– Rotary International Convention – Toronto, Canada
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Program – Every Child – Laura Maines – Executive Director
 

 
 
Since 1997 Every Child has served children and their families in Southwestern Pennsylvania with foster care, adoption and family support services, including in-home behavioral health care, with special attention to medically fragile children, children with a diagnosis of autism or reactive attachment disorder, and members of the LGBTQ community. The organization has 55 employees and operates primarily in Allegheny County and is expanding services to Westmoreland and Washington County and has a $3.8 million operating budget serving about 1000 babies, children and adolescents and their families.
 
Laura thanked the Club members for their past donations of money and needed supplies (e.g. pillows, toys, clothes & toiletries).
 
Every Child develops foster care families and individuals through recruitment and training and certifies/decertifies foster homes. Currently, they have 14 active foster family homes and 4 in the pipeline. Every Child’s goal is to develop up to 35 foster homes by the end of 2019.
 
Every Child also handles adoptions finding permanent homes for those they serve. The organization provides behavioral health services accepting referrals for young people with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and working with families with OCD children who are released from outpatient facilities such as Western Psychiatric Institute as well as pediatricians and other doctors.
 
Funding comes from PA medical assistance, grants, and donations. Every Child’s rates for services have not increased for many years. Despite this, employees receive good benefits as well as cost of living and merit increases. 
 
Every Child is currently being audited by a national accreditation association and looks forward to becoming accredited this year, a major accomplishment for a small organization.
 
A list of 4 easy ways for Rotary Club members to help are:
 
1)    Become a licensed foster parent
2)    Donate to Every Child, Inc.
3)    Volunteer time and talent (check info@everychildinc.org)
4)    Donate supplies to children and families in need
 
Laura said that she and others in Every Child are visiting libraries, farmer’s markets and wherever people gather to get out the word about Every Child’s mission. It was recommended that Rotary Clubs in District 7300 may be receptive to Every Child’s message.
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Program – Journey to Normal – JulieHera DeStefano
 
JulieHera, a native Pittsburgher and graduate of CMU with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. DeStefano served as the Managing Director and Producer of an award-winning off-Broadway theater company. She has also performed in New York off-Broadway, regionally with the Theater Of The Stars, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Pittsburgh Playhouse, and was seen in the movies The First Wives Club and the Preacher's Wife.
 
DeStefano conceived the idea for Journey to Normal (www.journeytonormal.org)
in the spring of 2009 after seeing the challenges of a woman veteran returning from a tour in Afghanistan with a lost arm and having to make a peanut butter sandwich for her two year old. She has developed her experiences with women veterans into a feature-length documentary and online narrative film archive (www.military.com/video/off-duty/movies/journey-to-normal-trailer/380425101700).
 
Journey to Normal recognizes the strength and resiliency of our women in uniform and explores the unique challenges they face rejoining their families and communities after a deployment to the combat zone. At the invitation of Task Force Medical-East, DeStefano spent just over 3 ½ months as a solo embed with the US Military in Afghanistan, filming and interviewing over 100 women about their experiences in the military, their lives back home, and what they envisioned for their reintegration. DeStefano is currently filming stateside with a number of these women and their families to document what their journey home has entailed and what they would most like the American public to understand.   
 
Key points made in Ms. DeStefano’s presentation were as follows:
 
  • Acknowledged that despite not having served in the military she is attracted to the passion and resiliency of women military veterans and wanting to tell their story of how they cope with serving America in foreign missions and having to deal with challenges while on those missions as well as the challenges they face returning to normal family life after the mission.
  • Some of the basic challenges men and women in military service face while on mission are long hours, basic hygiene, fear and uncertainty, the constant stress of combat, injury and death, periods of deafening silence, monotonous routine, separation from family, the difficulty of communications with back home. 
  • She believes a change in the national narrative would be beneficial to helping male and female military veterans more readily re-engage into our communities after returning from their service where veterans may need to deal with physical/mental disability requiring extensive therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal tendencies, loss of military camaraderie and fellowship and loss of purpose after experiencing a defined service in the military.
  • Rotary is a non-political large international organization operating with a motto of “Service Above Self” helping the needy in our communities which would be in alignment with what veterans are used to in operating in a large non-political military organization serving above self all over the world in protecting the interests of America and its allies. Therefore, recruiting veterans to Rotary may be a win-win.
 
 
JulieHera DeStefano with Club President Heather Dieckmann
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 18th-20th– Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
May 24th– Sam Provil – Project Management Vocation
May 31st– Julie Hera de Stefano – Journey to Normal
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Barbara Piconi led a moment of silence in memory of the late Chuck Keller, Past President of Rotary International, and close friend of members of our Club and all Rotarians of Western Pennsylvania who recently passed.
 
Club Assembly
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • District Conference– President Dieckmann reminded the members of the upcoming District 7300 Conference. Spelling Bee will be held at 2 PM on Saturday. All members attending the conference should come to support our sponsored participant – Ben Hopkins
  • 2018-2019 Board of Directors – 2018-2019 President & Vice-President have been approved by the membership. The slate of other officers and directors are proposed as follows:
  • Secretary – Kathy Knopp
  • Treasurer – Ray Kells
  • Director – Club Service – Laura Maines
  • Director – Community Service – Karen Pfeil
  • Director – Vocational Service – Jim Hinerman
  • Director – International Service – John Donahoe
  • Assistant Secretary – George Pitcairn
  • Assistant Treasurer – Tracy Estabrook
 
The 2018-2019 slate was approved unanimously
  • New Director Orientation– It was recommended that an orientation be held in July for members who are entering a new role as an officer or director. J. Bolas agreed to arrange the orientation.
  • Membership – It was noted that due to transfers, relocations, etc. the membership of the Club may be decreasing from 35 to 30 plus two associates. The members who have left are Carl Trakofler and Susanne Wagner. Members who the Club needs to confirm continued membership with are Pat O’Toole, Mark Hennigan, and Joe Labriola,
 
It was agreed a future meeting will be dedicated to membership recruitment and members were encouraged to help recruit new members to enjoy the benefits of membership in Rotary.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • Paul Harris Awards– The Club has a number of Paul Harris awards to be given to worthy candidates. It was recommended for future consideration for the following candidates:
  • Kenneth Klase – Principal of St. Louise de Marillac School 
  • Dorothy Vandruff – Meals-on-Wheels
 
Members were encouraged to propose other worthy candidates in the community
 
Former President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 17th – Club Assembly
May 18th-20th – Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
➢ Heather Dieckmann
 
• District Conference – President Dieckmann reminded the members of the upcoming District 7300 Conference.
 
Speaker – Abby Cowser – Penn State Junior Engineer
 
 
Club Service Director Jim Hinerman introduced Abby Cowser, a Penn State engineering student, who attends his church, John McMillan Presbyterian, in Bethel Park who is to speak about building bridges in Africa.
 
Abby is in her junior year studying civil engineering at Penn State main campus and joined the Penn State chapter of Bridges to Prosperity (https://bridgestoprosperity.org/), a non-profit engaged in the design and building of bridges in rural communities in South America and Africa. The organization and its college chapters help communities out of poverty and provide them important access to education, work, trade, and travel. The Penn State chapter was established in 2014.
It has been determined that such bridges provide on average a return on investment of at least 6:1. The Penn State chapter sent 8 civil engineering students, including Abby, to Rwanda. Rwanda is a land-locked country surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. It declared independence from Belgium in 1962 and has a population of 11 million people comprised of the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa tribes. Women provide important leadership in communities and in the country’s parliament where they hold almost 2/3 of the seats.
The project was to build a 200-foot bridge spanning a river which is a stream in the dry season and a roaring torrent during the rainy season. For the community crossing the river is critical to provide access to farmland, schools and the community.
The bridge design was provided by engineers from the non-profit in collaboration with the Penn State engineering students. Bridge construction was 8 weeks long with the Penn State engineers participating in the last 4 weeks of the project. 
Financing of the bridge projects comes from corporate sponsors, the American Association of Civil Engineers (AACE) and through crowdfunding.
Abby showed a Powerpoint presentation of the Rwanda community in which the bridge was built, the Rwandans who participated in the project, a marketplace where food was bought and pictures of the bridge construction and the engineering team.
The members in attendance thanked Abby for her presentation and gave her a healthy round of applause.
Abby Cowser with Heather Dieckmann, Club President
 
Former President Laura Maines chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 10th– Club Assembly
May 17th– To Be Announced
May 18th-20th– Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
44thAnnualTech Awards Dinner            
 
Former President and Director of Club Service Jim Hinerman was MC for this year’s Annual Tech Awards Dinner and welcomed all the teachers, students, parents and family members to the event. Jim reminded everyone that the Club is proud to hold the event now into its 44thyear and thanked Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park High School faculty members for their participation in recognition of students selected for their achievements and accomplishments in the technical fields. 
 
Jim introduced William Wells and John Oluzak, Industrial and Technology Education Teachers, respectively, at Bethel Park High School who introduced students William Miller and Sage Devine for recognition. Mr. Oluzak noted that one student, Joseph Fertal, could not attend the award dinner due to a prior engagement.
 
 
Next Jim next introduced Upper St. Clair Technology Education Teachers Fred Peskorski and Stephan Stroyne who recognized students Ahnna Jones, Parachi Masown, Nicholas Wylie and Julia Brubach.
 
In recognition of each student the teachers explained why the student was chosen and what the student’s plans are for their future.
 
The Club members and assembled guests gave each student a healthy round of applause for their accomplishments and in receiving the Club’s award.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                        
 
 
 
 
2018 Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Tech Award Recipients
 
 
 
 
Left to Right: President H. Dieckmann, P. Masown, F. Peskorski, A. Jones, J. Oluszak, S. Devine, W. Miller, N. Wylie, J. Brubach, S. Stroyne and Director Club Service Jim Hinerman – BP Teacher W. Wells missed the group photo
 
 
 
Rotary 3rdGrade Spelling Bee Winner – Ben Hopkins
 
                                                                                                            
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Ben Hopkins this year’s winner of the 3rdgrade Rotary Club of Bethel – St. Clair Spelling Bee held at St. Louise de Marillac Elementary School. After 54 students went through 15 elimination rounds Ben won correctly spelling the word “Mirage”. Ben will represent our Club at the Rotary District Conference to be held at Seven Springs May 18th-20th. Jim recognized Ben’s parents Patrick and Kerry Hopkins who were proudly in attendance. Ben was given an opportunity to speak to the Club members and guests and noted that he was proud to win the Spelling Bee and mentioned that his grandfather was an editor for a news organization in the 1960’s & 1970’s which he was also very proud of. Ben thanked the Club for the opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 3rd– Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
59thAnnual Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner        
 
  • Emanuel Panos – 2018 PF Chairman
 
Emanuel stated that as Vice-President of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair, he has the honor and responsibility to be Chairman of the Pancake Festival. He thanked all the members and the organizations which have helped sell tickets and work at the event to make it successful. Emanuel introduced the recipient organizations of this year’s proceeds:
 
  • Boy Scout Troop 366 –Richard Diffendal– Boy Scout Leader
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  • South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) – James Duffy – Executive Director 
SHIM is celebrating it's 50thyear helping families in need in the South Hills. SHIM services 800 families through its food pantry which the Pancake Festival funds will go towards. Jim noted that 10-15% of children in Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon schools are eligible for reduced-price lunches due to financial condition.
 
  • Prime Time Adult Care – Frank & Margie Lenox
Frank passed on best wishes from Mary Ann Weber who normally represents Prime Time at the Rotary dinner. He noted that Prime Time has been serving fragile, handicapped and memory-challenged adults for 35 years. Prime Time normally subsidizes residents for their care and the funds from Rotary goes toward the providing this subsidy. Prime Time has a full staff with a registered nurse and provides full time and part-time residency which helps out caregivers.
 
  • St. Clair Hospital Foundation – Courtesy Van Program – Venard Campbell & Nicole Dimanov
Venard noted that the courtesy van program was started in 1995 with a mission to “enable people to access healthcare who do not have the ability to do so”. In 2017 the program had 12000 trips transporting patients to and from doctor’s visits, cardiac rehabilitation, the cancer center and to receive tests and lab work. The Rotary funds will go towards van maintenance, fuel, and other needs.
 
 
 
  • Meals on Wheels – Dorothy Vandruff
Dorothy noted that Meals on Wheels has been serving Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair for 46 years and she has been involved for 36 years much of that time is also involved with the Pancake Festival. She thinks of her clients as her grandparents. She told the members a story of one of her clients who complained she did not receive her wiener in a meal delivered by Meals on Wheels and called a number of times with the complaint only to later admit that she found the Weiner on her kitchen table. Dorothy stated that this year’s funds from the Pancake Festival will go toward the purchase of more weiners.
 
 
 
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Left to right: Margie & Frank Lenox, Jim Duffy, Richard Diffendel, Club President Heather Dieckmann, Venard Campbell, Nicole Dimanov, Dorothy Vandruff and Pancake Festival Chairman Emanuel Panos
 
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
April 12th – Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
April 19th – Dr. Lisa White – Integrated Leadership Systems
April 26th – Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd – Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements    
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rebuilding Together – Ray has been involved with Rebuilding Together for many years. The mission of Rebuilding Together is “Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives” and has about 10,000 projects each year. Ray was previously involved with the organization in Maryland and in the Pittsburgh area. Currently involved with the breakfast and lunch clubs in raising funds (target is $5000) and volunteering to help Rebuilding Together on projects in Pittsburgh. There is an opportunity to volunteer for a project on April 28th. Contact Ray to get involved.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Pancake Festival – Preliminary unaudited results for the Club’s 59th Annual Pancake Festival held on March 3rd shows a net income of $20,773 which is an approximate $1000 improvement over 2017. Expenses were down, ad revenue was up and ticket sales and attendance were down.
  • Spelling Bee – The Club’s annual 3rd-grade Spelling Bee at St. Louise de Marillac was successful. There were 7 participants who went 15 rounds. 3rd grader Ben Hopkins won the Spelling Bee and will be the Club’s representative at the District Conference. It was noted that the leftover free tickets and other benefits provided by Wild Things for the Easter Egg Hunt were distributed to the 3rd graders at the Spelling Bee.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • April 7th District Assembly – Will be held at The Crowne Plaza in Greentree between 8:30-11: 30 AM. Bob Williams Scholarships will be presented as will an explanation of the Presidential Citations.
  • April 15th Rotary Foundation Luncheon – The Club does have a table of 10 assembled and will donate a basket for the auction. Both will grant the Club a Paul Harris.
  • Speaker – District Governor Ward Garner – Ward had to cancel his attending tonight’s meeting due to having pneumonia.
 
 
  • Milt Hamel
  • Milt regaled the members with the adventure he and Carol had spending 3 weeks in an Airbnb tiny home in Atlanta.  
Club Meeting Program Schedule
April 26th– Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd– Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements     
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District Foundation Brunch – Our Club obtained two Paul Harris awards for having a table of 10 and providing a basket for the silent auction.The Club has over 8 Paul Harris Awards to give out to worthy individuals. Appreciate recommendations from the membership on selecting individuals for Paul Harris Awards.
  • Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution – Members were reminded that at next week’s dinner the organizations which are recipients of the proceeds from this year’s pancake festival will send representatives who will be given checks and be given the opportunity to tell the Club members what their organizations plan to do with the funds. Members were also reminded that the top PF ticket sellers will be given steak dinners at a future meeting.
  • District Conference – Seven Springs – Club members were also reminded to sign-up for the May 18th-20thDistrict Conference. Those who wish to golf on Friday, the 18thneed to send in the information and monies to the District.
 
  • Laura Maines
  • May 17thEvery Child Golf Outing Fundraiser– This year’s golf outing will be held at Laurel Valley. Registration starts at 11 AM, lunch prior to 1 PM tee-off. Dinner following golf. $1800 for twosomes, $3200 for foursomes.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • April 28thRebuilding Together Pittsburgh – Members were reminded that if they wish to volunteer to work on house rehabilitation for a family in need they can come to Mt. Oliver – Hays St. on Saturday, April 28thto lend their skills. Work on the house will take place between 8:30 AM-4: 30 PM.
 
Program – Speaker – Lisa White Ph. D., MSW – Integrated Leadership Systems
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Lisa White, Consultant, with Integrated Leadership Systems whose mission is: “We are in the business of creating a sustainable future for the world community by empowering people to lead more effectively and its vision is: “To become the most effective leadership development organization in the world.”
 
Lisa received her B.S. in Psychology from Jackson State University, Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Her current objective is to utilize her coaching background and education to empower and build more effective business leaders.
 
Her presentation focused on communicating “authentically”. She provided worksheets which are typically used in her workshops to help people learn the following:
 
  • How to improve your ability to communicate
  • How to listen more attentively
  • How to mediate discussions between others
  • Techniques to practice for having assertive conversations
  • How to handle difficult people more productively
 
Be a good listener:To help improve your communications develop effective listening skills such as (a) good eye contact; (b) respond to show you understand what is being said; (c) rephrase what others are saying to make sure you understand; (d) don’t think about what to say next – listen; (e) mirror the other party’s emotions; (f) ask questions; (g) observe non-verbals
 
Change dysfunctional beliefs to improve understanding
 
Develop assertiveness to improve positive communications
 
Try to not shut down communication with others by what you say and do
 
The members were engaged in sharing situations they experienced where conflict or misunderstandings in communications were beneficial and/or hurdles to achieving solutions.
 
 
 
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday
April 5th – District Governor Ward Garner
April 12th – Open
April 19th – Dr. Lisa White – Integrated Leadership Systems
April 26th – Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd – Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements    
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District 7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon – A show of hands was requested of those members who plan to attend the annual District.7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Casino at noon on Sunday, April 15th. Payment of the $60 is to be made to Ray Kells who will pay the District. Heather volunteered to make a themed basket for the luncheon to gain a Paul Harris for the Club.
  • Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club – The breakfast club asked if our Club would be interested in going to a Pirate game with its members. The Club members agreed it would be good for fellowship and to respond favorably.
  • Judy Lorigan – Heather introduced a Rotarian who is returning to the area after living in Canton, Ohio for 10 years. Judy informed the members she is a 30 year Rotarian being one of the first women to join Rotary in District 7300. Was a long time member of the Bethel Park Rotary Club where she was President. Knows the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair well. Now lives in Collier Township and interested in joining a club in South Hills.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt was very successful with 347 children attending (100 more than 2017 and 40 less than 2016). Laura Maines did a great job as the Easter Bunny. 8 members from Interact helped versus 28 last year. St. Patrick’s Day and the school musical were factors. Breakdown of the kids was: 0-23mos – 39; 2-3 – 79; 4-5 – 99; 6-7 – 72 and 8+ - 44). The members thanked Ray for his leadership role in the event.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
  • 2018 Bob Williams Scholarships – 10 students plus 4 alternates were chosen to receive $4000 scholarships this year. One of the recipients was a vocational student and one was from Bethel Park.
  • 2018 Club Spelling Bee – This year’s 3rd grade Spelling Bee will be held March 28th at St. Louise de Marillac. Members are welcome to attend. Contact Barbara for more information.
 
 
Program –      Matt Fricker – Associate Pastor – John McMillan Presbyterian Church –                                Helping The Needy in Houston’s Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Matt Fricker, a 2013 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently an Associate Pastor. He has been involved as Director of Youth Ministry programs at a number of churches in Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Matt served in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2008 and served in Iraq. He currently is the High School Coordinator for the Wilmington Missionary Conference and has led numerous mission trips for both adults and youth to Vietnam, Houston and Puerto Rico. Matt has a wife and 2 young children. He loves the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers but also the Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Pittsburgh sports teams.
 
Matt presented the following information to the members on his Houston mission:
 
  • Hurricane Harvey (a Category 4 storm which hit between Aug. and Sept, 2017) impacted the Houston area with up to 55” of rain. The hurricane unloaded about 33 trillion gallons of water on the Houston area.
  • Despite the heavy flooding only 10,600 of Houston’s residential homes were destroyed, mainly in poorer neighborhoods in flood plain areas. The City of Houston has about 950,000 housing units. (City of Pittsburgh has about 160,000 housing units). Note: Internet reports indicate a current tally of 12,700 Houston homes being destroyed and 203,000 damaged.
  • Matt stated that the Houston area experienced $80 billion of damage from the storm. The population of the Houston area is about 6.5 million. Note: The National Hurricane Center estimates the overall damage from Hurricane Harvey at $125 billion effecting 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Due to multiple disaster events in 2017 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently $25 billion in debt. The Federal government has established that the agency can not exceed $30 billion in debt and will be shutdown without a change in legislation.
  • Homeowners in flood plain areas need to have flood insurance which costs $300/mo. Many can not afford the premiums.
  • Immediate disaster relief is provided through the likes of the Red Cross and local organizations such as churches. However, the Federal government will not provide funds to help rebuild churches due to separation of church and state.
  • FEMA will pay for families to live in temporary living space (motels, trailers, etc.) for up to 6 months while their homes are being rebuilt or repaired. Tight quarters for large families.
  • He noted that in rebuilding homes waterproof vinyl plank flooring is used which utilizes a “Easy Click” installation method which makes removal, cleaning and reinstallation easy.
  • Matt said that his mission helped repair badly damaged homes. The mission team also stayed in tight quarters while there but they ate well. Will be returning in November and Club members are welcome to join the mission team.
  • Also there will be a mission to Iraq to help needy families rebuild their homes.
Past President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting while President Heather Dieckmann attended the March Madness Tournament.
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 22nd - Rev. Matt Fricker - John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Houston Recovery
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday.
 
Announcements    
 
  • Jim Hinerman
  • District 7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Members are encouraged to attend the annual District.7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Casino at noon on Sunday, April 15th. The cost is $60. Our Club will receive a Paul Harris if we have a table of 10 and/or provide a gift basket.
  • Ambridge Rotary Club – The Ambridge Club requested contributions from other clubs for its Free Medical Loan Program. In particular hospital-type beds are being requested.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th and a “rain date” is not being set because of the availability of USC Interact students after mid-March. March 17th will also be a challenge because of St. Patrick’s Day and the school musical. Members are to gather at the old Rec Center at about 8 AM (coffee & doughnuts available). Laura Maines will be this year’s Easter Bunny (due to the previous bunny having cataract surgery). Eggs will be hunted starting at 11 AM.
 
  • John Donahoe
  • Pancake Festival Auction – John announced the auction basket winners. All Clad items will be available next year. The auction made about $600.
  • Attendance – It was noted that this year’s attendance at the Pancake Festival was about 1500 which was less than the 1800 attendees in 2017.
 
Program – Tom Atkins – Visiting Former Foreign Exchange Students
 
  • Tom & Diane Atkins hosted two foreign exchange students from Argentina over the years. This year Tom decided to visit both of them this year and wanted to share his trip experience with the Club.
  • The first leg of the trip was to visit Nathaly Bonilla in Delray Beach, Florida where she now works in computer security for TransUnion. She graduated from a Florida university with a Masters in Computer Science.
  • While visiting Nathaly Tom met her husband George and her sisters Jessica and Jasmine, both of whom are currently in the U.S. under political asylum status. Jasmine works in a jewelry store and gave Tom a ring to give to Diane.
  • Tom said he found a favorite drink while in Delray Beach – a unique margarita called a “Tommy”. Every night he could get 2 for 1 price. What is not to like.
  • Tom’s cousin Betsy came down from 2 hours away north of Delray to see Tom and meet Nathaly and her family.
 
Nathaly Bonilla
 
 
 
  • The 2nd leg of the trip was to visit Wilma Martinez Konfino traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Houston.
  • In the Houston airport, Tom had to walk a long way to get from B to E terminal and was the last stand-by to board and ended up sitting in the middle of an Argentine rugby team. They treated him well on the 9-hour flight.
  • When Tom landed in Buenos Aires his checked luggage did not make it with him and arrived on a later flight.
  • Wilma stayed with the Atkins in 2003 and was a challenge primarily due to her difficulty in adjusting to American culture but she was a good host.
  • Wilma now works part-time for an Argentine congresswoman as a lawyer. Her husband, Damion, is also a lawyer. His nickname is “Gore” after Al Gore who’s politics they agree with.
  • Wilma and Damion have a 3-year-old son, Fidel, named after Fidel Castro. Fidel has a picture of Che Guevara on his bedroom wall.
  • Tom was told that Wilma is 4 mos. pregnant.
  • Tom enjoyed trying all the delicious dishes he was served in restaurants and when hosted by Wilma and her family.
 
                                  Wilma Martinez Konfino
 
 
  • Tom enjoyed the opportunity to visit the foreign exchange students who stayed with him and Diane while they were in Pittsburgh.
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 15th – Tom Atkins -  Trip to Argentina to Visit Exchange Student
March 22nd - Rev. Matt Fricker - John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Houston Recovery 
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday.
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • Pancake Festival – Heather congratulated Emanuel Panos on managing the Club’s 59th Annual Pancake Festival. The Club members gave Emanuel a healthy round of applause.
 
  • Karen Pfeil 
  • Every Child – Karen recommended that the Club participate in an effort to help children who are abruptly transferred from abusive or abandonment situations to foster care and who require clothing, toiletries and/or comfort items to help them in the transition. Items can be brought to the regular meeting and Karen and Laura Maines (CEO of Every Child) will make sure the appropriate packages are made and distributed to children in need. Laura will provide a list to the members of recommended items required.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • March 17th Easter Egg Hunt – The USC Interact Club is taking the lead in preparing for and managing the Annual Rotary Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, March 17th. Rotarians, who wish to help, should arrive at the old USC Rec Center at 7:30-8: 00 AM. The Easter Bunny (Laura Maines) will arrive at 10 AM and the starting signal to “hunt” for Easter eggs will be 11 AM. Last year 260 children participated. It was noted that the Wild Things baseball organization has offered to provide ticket packages for the tables.
 
Program – Jason Kasten – VP Relationship Manager – PNC Bank
 
  • Jennifer Cooper introduced Jason Kasten, her colleague from the St. Clair branch of PNC Bank who handles bank services to businesses
  • Jason noted that he was a Rotarian 15 years ago and was a member of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club
  • PNC Bank offers special fee waivers and rate protection to veterans
 
  • He asked the members if they experienced fraud from a personal standpoint. A number of members noted fraud problems they have experienced with checking accounts, credit cards, and debit cards
  • He recommended that members minimize the use of debit cards which allows others who commit fraud to directly access their checking account and places any consequential loss on them personally.
  • Use credit cards where possible which places the liability due to fraud on the credit card company if notice of such fraud is properly provided on a timely basis.
  • Can sign the back of credit cards with “Ask for ID” in lieu of a signature which could be forged or leave the signature block blank.
  • Europe is far ahead of the U.S. in the use of credit cards with “chips” and in processing credit card payments in front of the credit card holder
  • Consider use of magnetic protectors to protect credit cards in wallets and purses.
  • Recommend that checking account and credit card statements (hardcopy or digital) be reconciled on a monthly basis.
  • Due to the opioid/drug abuse epidemic, there is a marked increase in fraudulent behavior.
  • Report fraud to the police to have a police report on file.
  • PNC offers services to businesses which help pro-actively avoid being harmed by fraudulent actions by external forces. Several of the primary services provided are:
  • Cash Flow Insight
  • ACH Positive Pay
  • Reverse Positive Pay
  • Positive Pay
  • Universal Payment Identification Code
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 3rd – 59th Annual Pancake Festival
March 8th -  TBD
March 15th – Tom Atkins trip to Argentina to Visit Exchange Student
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman – Annual Pancake Festival 
  • Schedule
Friday – March 2nd – 11 AM – Meet at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park with SUVs to pick-up PF supplies from storage locker
Friday – March 2nd – Noon – Meet at Westminster Church to prepare hall
Friday – 7 PM – Al’s Café – Volunteers and spouses have dinner – notify Jim Hinerman
Saturday – Morning workers are to start at 7 AM
  • Ticket Sales – Members are encouraged to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 of tickets and turn-in money to Emanuel Panos or Ray Kells. IF YOU DONATE DISTRIBUTE THE TICKETS TO ENCOURAGE ATTENDANCE.
  • Dress Code – Rotarians are encouraged to wear a white Rotary shirt/blouse and khaki pants
 
  • Jim Hinerman – Members who wish to join this evening’s Rotarian ceremony to honor Don Regelin at the David Henney Funeral Home in South Park please gather at the Funeral Home around 7:45 PM. Don Regelin was a key member of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for many years and was an Honorary Member.
 
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 1st – Final Wrap-up for Pancake Festival
March 3rd - 59th Pancake Festival
March 8th -  TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann 
  • PF Work Schedule – Preliminary schedule sent by e-mail to all members. If you are not shown on the work schedule please notify Heather where and when you wish to work. Contact Heather Dieckmann
  • NEED VOLUNTEERS – Contact Jim Hinerman or Emanuel Panos
Monday – February 26th – 1 PM – Install PF sign on church lawn 
Friday – March 2nd – 11 AM – Meet at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park with SUVs to pick-up PF supplies from storage locker
Friday – March 2nd – Noon – Meet at Westminster Church to prepare hall
Note: Friday – 7 PM – Al’s Café – Volunteers and spouses have dinner
  • Ticket Sales – Members are encouraged to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 of tickets and turn-in money to Emanuel Panos or Ray Kells. IF YOU DONATE DISTRIBUTE THE TICKETS TO ENCOURAGE ATTENDANCE.
  • Beth Gardner – The members in attendance contributed to a “going away” fund which was presented to Beth in appreciation for her service to the Club.
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Club shirts were made available for all the female Club members
 
Program – Speaker - Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
 
Karen Pfeil introduced Mr. Hestadien, Director of the National Cemetery
 
  • In 1862, under Lincoln 14 national cemeteries were established 
  • Between 1865-1870 a federal reburial program was initiated to move the remains of over 300,000 soldiers to the national cemeteries with only 58% of the soldiers specifically identified. Dog tags were mandated in 1913.
  • National cemeteries are administered by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • There are now 135 national cemeteries in the U.S and 2 more under construction
  • Arlington cemetery is under the DoD and Gettysburg under the Dept. of the Interior
  • A national cemetery must have in residence at least 80,000 veterans within 75 miles.
  • Burial eligibility – Veterans who served on active duty with an honorable discharge or died while on active duty, enlisted person with 2 years of continuous service, Reservists/National Guard member, spouses of a veteran, minor children (under age of 21)
  • The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies provides the following:
  • Gravesites
  • Grave Liners
  • Perpetual Care
  • Burial Flag
  • Tombstones/Markers
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • Military Honors
  • The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies performed its first burials in August 2005, covers 292 acres and has 14 employees and 40 volunteers and serves over 320,000 veterans in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.
  • Before the site was converted to a cemetery the site has been constantly farmed since the 1800s. The region was the flashpoint of the historic Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date: February 15, 2018                                    
 
President Heather Dieckmann welcomed Rotarians and their significant others to the Club’s Valentine Dinner
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
February 22nd – Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman 59th Annual Pancake Festival
  • Ticket Sales – Emanuel encouraged members to continue to sell pre-event tickets and to get their monies submitted to him and Ray Kells
  • Sponsorships – Many sponsorships being received this year; placemat ad artwork to be submitted to the printer by Feb. 23rd.
 
Valentine’s Dinner
 
The dinner was delicious and all attendees had a great opportunity for fellowship and honoring their Valentines. Good time had by all. Centerpieces went to those married the longest.
 
 
 
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Past-President Laura Maines chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
February 15th – Valentine’s Day Dinner – 6:15PM
February 22nd – Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Allegenies
 
Announcements
 
  • Laura Maines
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner – Will be held Thursday, Feb. 15th. Cost is $40. All members are encouraged to sign-up and attend with spouses or significant others. Please contact Heather ASAP to finalize attendee count.
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival
  • Tickets – Emanuel stated that some members still do not have their tickets;  25 adult tickets will be mailed to these members. All members are expected to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 for the 59th Annual Rotary Pancake Festival.
  • Placement Mat Ads – Good progress being made on obtaining sponsorships from local businesses and individuals.
  • Outreach Organizations – The designated organizations who will be receiving the proceeds from the Pancake Festival have been engaged to sell tickets and volunteer to work at the event.
  • PF Work Schedule – The work schedule will be issued one week prior to the March 3rd Pancake Festival. Let Emanuel know where and when you wish you work.
  • Bake Sale – Please let Angela Panos know what baked goods you and/or your spouse wish to donate.
  • Auction  - John Donahoe reported that he is in good shape on the auction
  • Grill Preparation – Members and volunteers are to assemble at 1PM tomorrow at Westminster Church to inspect and prepare the pancake grills. Need help to bring the grills out of storage.
 
Program – Bob Theakston – Paul Harris Fellows
 
  • Paul Harris recognition is given in appreciation to individuals who contribute, or has a contribution made on their behalf, a gift of $1000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. Each subsequent $1000 contribution is designated a Paul Harris Fellow Plus up to Plus 8.
  • The Rotary Foundation supports programs worldwide to provide food, water, healthcare, immunizations, education and shelter to millions of people in need.
  • Based on our Club’s 2017 Gourmet Dinner we were able to donate $23,000 to the Rotary Foundation which continues our Club’s leading efforts with Rotary International in support of the Rotary Foundation.
  • The following members have met the requirements to receive the following Paul Harris fellowships:
  • Plus 1 – Laura Maines & Rick Smith
  • Plus 2 – Heather Dieckmann
  • Plus 4 – Tim Donovan
  • Plus 5 – Michael Shook
  • Plus 7 – John Donahoe, Ray Kells & George Pitcairn
 
   Left to Right:  Bob Theakston, John Donahoe, Laura Maines, Rick Smith, 
  Tim Donovan, Ray Kells & George Pitcairn
 
  • The Club membership gave a healthy applause to the Paul Harris Fellowship recipients.
 
 
Jim Bolas
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Frank Merandi
    July 3
  • Ray Detig
    July 6
  • Ray Kells, Jr.
    July 10
  • Tracy Estabrook
    July 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Diane
    July 19
  • Susan
    July 20
  • Barbara
    July 23
  • Mary Lou
    July 23
  • Noreen
    July 25
  • Frances Smith Rohrich
    July 26
Anniversaries:
  • Dick Beck
    Jody
    July 16
Join Date:
  • Dick Beck
    July 1, 1976
    43 years
  • Rick Smith
    July 1, 2010
    9 years
  • Keith Jackson
    July 10, 2003
    16 years
  • Barb Piconi
    July 11, 2013
    6 years
  • Laura Maines
    July 11, 2013
    6 years
  • Grant McRoberts
    July 15, 1980
    39 years
  • John Donahoe
    July 18, 2002
    17 years