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Welcome to our Club! To Contact: P.O. Box 12639, Pittsburgh PA 15241

Bethel-St. Clair

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM
St. Clair Country Club
2300 Old Washington Rd
Crossroads Room
Pittsburgh, PA  15241
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Past-President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting
District 7305 Schedule
  • March 6-8, 2020 – PETS (State College, PA.)
  • March 11, 2020 – Rotary Leadership & Ethics Institute
  • March 29, 2020 – The Rotary Foundation Luncheon
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 26-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
    Club Schedule
  • January 23, 2020 – Tim Campbell – Paleo Physicians Network
  • January 30, 2020 – Rebuilding Pittsburgh (to be confirmed)
    Announcements
    ➢ Sam Provil – Captains George Pitcairn and Bob James have been assigned to lead Pancake Festival ticket sales. George heads the Penn State team and Bob leads the Pitt team. George stated that his team has sold $570 thus far. A PF coordination meeting was held at Whole Foods and a sponsorship team has been formed and other assignments were confirmed for the Feb. 29th Pancake Festival/
    ➢ Ray Kells
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    -  Enjoy books remain available for sale. Will be returned in a week.
    -  The Bethel Park Lions Club will be holding a Cash & Prize Bash at the Bethel Park
    Community Center on Saturday, March 7th (6-10 PM). Limited to 200 people. Donation is $55
    ➢ Ray Detig
    -  Saturday, Jan. 25th Wreath Removal - At the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. All who
    are interested are requested to bring a snow shovel (to transport the collected wreaths. Meet at the visitor’s center at 8AM on Saturday, Jan. 25th. The effort should take no more than 1 hour.
  • -  Rebuild Pittsburgh - Arranging a multi-club meeting for a speaker for Rebuild Pittsburgh to gain better participation than last year.
    Speaker – Becca Jones – Director of Education and Volunteer Programs
    Brother’s Brother, located at 1200 Galveston Avenue on the Northside of Pittsburgh, is a 60 year old international charity serving 149 countries, providing over four billion dollars in value of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, educational materials, and other humanitarian equipment to people around the world.
Brother’s Brother and Rotary have worked closely together throughout the world.
The organization’s programs involve: (1) Health Programs, (2) Infrastructure, (3) Disaster Response, (4)
Education and (5) Med-Surg Trips Health Programs – Collaborates with international & domestic partner organizations gathering surplus
products from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and medical organizations and distribute all over the
world where it is needed.
 
Infrastructure – Sponsors the installation of solar panels for hospitals and medical facilities to allow self-
sustaining operations.
 
Disaster Response – Stages resources, partnerships with transportation networks, communications and
transparency as well as engaging volunteers to sort and send disaster relief items.
Education – Brother’s Brother has shipped over 96 million books to 112 countries all over the world.  A
large portion of these donations are made through a partnership with US book publishing companies,
Pearson Education and McGraw Hill Education. By collaborating with international and domestic partner
organizations, Brother’s Brother is able to effectively distribute these books and educational materials to
communities, schools, and students who truly need them.
 
Med-Surg Trips – Supports medical teams and various non-profit organizations traveling abroad by
providing them with pharmaceuticals and supplies for Med-Surg Trips
It was noted that Brother’s Brother welcomes volunteers to its Northside facility to help organize and package medical products and other supplies for shipment overseas. The facility is open to volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:30 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • March 11, 2020 – Rotary Leadership & Ethics Institute
  • March 29, 2020 – The Rotary Foundation Luncheon
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 26-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • December 26, 2019 – NO MEETING
  • January 2, 2020 – NO MEETING
  • January 9, 2020 – Tim Gebhart – Miracle League
  • January 16, 2020 – Brian Schill – Peters Township Chamber of Commerce
  • January 23, 2020 – Tim Campbell – Paleo Physicians Network
  • January 30, 2020 – Doug Williams – Renewal, Inc. – Engagement Center
 
Annual Club Christmas Dinner
 
  • Photos
Bill & Kristin Pardini and sons (Host Family.)  Rotary Exchange Student Leona Horino and Barbara Bolas
 
 John & Pat Donahoe, Ray & Jeanette Detig, Kay & Herm Dieckmann and Sam & Nancy Provil
 
Angie & Emanuel Panos, Eric & Karen Pfeil, Ray & Carol Kells, and Linda & Jim Hinerman
 
Christine & Bob Theakston, Carol & Milt Hamel,  Jody & Dick Beck, Valerie & Keith Jackson
 
Special Table 
Hedy & George Pitcairn and Mary & Tracy Estabrook
 
 
 
  • 2019 Rotarian of the Year
 
 
Jim Hinerman presented the 2019 Rotarian of the Year to Past-President Emanuel Panos
 
 
 
 
 
  • 2019-2020 Rotary Exchange Student – Leona Hirono
 
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Leona Horino with members of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. The Sponsor Club is Tokyo Yamanote and the Host Club is Pittsburgh East. Leona is currently a senior attending Upper St. Clair High School
 
 
May all Rotarians and their loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year See you again on January 9th
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • March 11, 2020 – Rotary Leadership & Ethics Institute
  • March 29, 2020 – The Rotary Foundation Luncheon
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 26-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • December 12, 2019 – TBD
  • December 19, 2019 – Club Christmas Dinner
  • December 26, 2019 – NO MEETING
  • January 2, 2020 – Brian Schill – Peters Township Chamber of Commerce
  • January 9, 2020 – Tim Gebhart – Miracle League
  • January 16, 2020 – TBD
  • January 23, 2020 – Tim Campbell – Paleo Physicians Network
  • January 30, 2020 – Doug Williams – Renewal, Inc. – Engagement Center
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Heather Dieckmann was given a warm round of applause for organizing this year’s successful Club efforts to prepare and assist the City of Pittsburgh Police to deliver 3600 Thanksgiving dinners to the shut-ins in Pittsburgh. Several television stations covered the effort.
  • Christmas Poinsettias – The members were reminded to sign-up if they want Christmas Poinsettas this holiday season. The cost is $11 and will be obtained by Karen Pfeil.
  • Dec. 19th Christmas Dinner – A sign-up sheet was passed for the Christmas Dinner. The cost of the dinner is $40.
  • Socks, Gloves & Hats – Members were thanked for contributing socks, gloves and hats for the needy. Valerie Jackson was highlighted for recognition for her and others knitting hats for the needy as part of this effort.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Cookies for Meal-on-Wheels – Karen reminded the members that over the next two weeks an effort is being made to gather donated “homemade cookies” for Meals-on-Wheels. Each donation should be at least two dozen cookies. The cookies can be brought to the next two regular meetings.
  • Jan. 25th Wreath Removal – Karen also reminded the members of the annual effort to assist in the removal of Christmas wreaths from the crosses at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. All who are interested are requested to bring a snow shovel (to transport the collected wreaths) and meet at the visitor’s center at 8 AM on Saturday, Jan. 25th. The effort should take no more than 1 hour.
 
 
 
Speaker – Natalie Milhalek – PA Representative – 40th District
 
Natalie Mihalek is the 40th District’s new State Representative in Harrisburg. The 40th District covers Upper St. Clair, a major portion of Bethel Park and Peter’s Township. Key background info noted on Natalie is:
 
  • Graduated from South Allegheny High School
  • Received the Girl Scouts highest award (the Gold Award)
  • Joined the U.S. Navy and served in the elite nuclear power program
  • After military service attended the University of Pittsburgh receiving bachelors and law degrees
  • Worked in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office
  • 10 year Rotarian belonging to the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • Resides in Upper St. Clair with husband Jeremy with 3 children – Petra, Naila & Dresden
 
 
 
Several key points raised by Natalie in her presentation are:
 
 
  • Natalie’s assigned committees in the PA legislature are Children & Youth, Human Services, Judiciary, Liquor Control, Veterans Affairs, and Emergency Preparedness
  • Pennsylvania currently has an over $900 million budget surplus and is expected to place $400 million of that surplus into a “rainy day” fund
  • The money will be allocated this coming year to upgrading voting machines
  • The age allowed for the use of vaping is being raised to 21, however, there remains a concern about the ingredients used in vaping
  • The legislature is reviewing a major criminal justice reform package
  • There is concern about the decrease in the number of PA residents who are volunteering for community fire departments. The number has diminished from 300,000 in the 1970s to about 60,000 in the early 2000s and 38,000 in 2018. Steps are being considered to offer incentives to attract more volunteers.
  • There is also concern about the reimbursement of costs expended by EMS services in the state with insurance reimbursements currently primarily going to the services user instead of the EMS provider.
  • Currently, the legislature is looking at allowing “flexible pricing” in non-state store liquor sales.
  • Natalie expressed a special interest in the laws involved with the production, transportation, and sales of alcohol.
  • In October 2020 prescribing becomes mandatory for all prescribers of CII-CV controlled substances
 
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Date:  October 24, 2019             
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • November 13, 2019 – 49th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • October 26th – Miracle Field Halloween Party
  • October 31st – NO MEETING - Halloween
  • November 7th – Fall Harvest Dinner
  • November 14th – TBD
  • November 21st – Natalie Mihalek - PA Representative
  • November 28th – NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Membership Development – Herm reminded the membership that one issue to be raised at the next board meeting is for the Club to join one or more chambers of commerce to expand our reach into the South Hills business community for speakers, sponsorships and members.
  • Club Storage Transition – Herm thanked the members who helped move the Club’s supplies from its storage unit located in Bethel Park to a new one on Boyce Rd.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • World Polio Day – Barbara reminded the membership that October 24th is World Polio Day which was established to commemorate the efforts of Rotarians, volunteers and all those individuals who are committed to the eradication of polio worldwide. The good news is that Nigeria is targeting to be polio-free mid-2020 and Type 3 Wild Polio has been eradicated. The bad news is that polio still is prevalent in Afghanistan (16 cases) and Pakistan (66 cases) which requires a renewed effort.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Homeless Socks/Hats/Gloves – Members are again reminded to bring to future meetings new and/or good condition used socks, hats and/or gloves for the homeless.
  • Miracle League Halloween Party – All members are encouraged to help at the Club’s table at the Boyce Mayview Park Miracle League of the South Hills field to give out candy and stuff to the children who participate in the Miracle League. Saturday, October 26th, 12:00-3:00 PM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker – Gabriella Spina – Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair  Paul Harris Awardee
 
Gabriella (“Gabi”) Spina as a Junior in Upper St. Clair High School received the Club’s Paul Harris Award for her accomplishments in school and the community.
 
Gabi shared a presentation about her experience traveling with 7 fellow students and 4 teachers to the country of Belize in Central America as part of the USC Leadership Academy program to teach young Belize children for a one-week summer workshop.
 
Belize was formally British Honduras and is located on the northeastern coast of Central America bordering Mexico and Guatemala. Independence was achieved in 1981. The country is small at 8867 sq. miles with a population of approximately 400,000. However, its birth rate is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. English is the official language with Spanish and Creole spoken.
 
Gabi and her group flew to Belize City from Miami on a 2-1/2 hr. flight. They then took a ½ hour flight from Belize City to their destination at Placencia, Belize, a low-key fishing village in southeastern Belize where they spent a week teaching 6 to 7-year-old children in a local school. Her class included 28 children who enjoyed the experience and appreciated the opportunity to learn from the Upper St. Clair team.
 
Gabi was enthusiastic about her experience being the first time she traveled to a foreign country to take on an uncertain role with a group of fellow students and teachers she did not know well. She felt that the experience, although short, was truly beneficial and helped her in many ways with many lasting memories.
 
Her parents, Holly and Joe Spina, joined the assembled Rotarians to listen to their daughter’s presentation.
 
 
Left to Right – President Dieckmann, Gabriella, Holly & Joe Spina
 
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • November 13, 2019 – 49th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • October 24th – Gabriella Spina – 2018 USC Paul Harris Awardee
  • October 31st – NO MEETING - Halloween
  • November 7th – Fall Harvest Dinner
  • November 14th – Tim Gebhart – Executive Director – Miracle League of South Hills
  • November 21st – Natalie Mihalek - PA Representative
  • November 28th – NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Membership Development – to help kick-start the Club’s effort to increase membership there are several initiatives being considered: (1) the Club joins the local chambers of commerce to better engage with local businesses, (2) incentivize members to recruit new members by paying for successful member dinners for a month or some other incentives (3) provide members recruitment materials (brochures, business cards, etc.)
  • District Governor Elect – Herm recognized DGE Al DeLucia who attended our meeting. Al belongs to the McMurray Club; he announced that their club venue, Atria’s, had a kitchen fire and will be closed for several weeks and their Wednesday lunch meetings will be held at Lindenwood in the meantime.
  • Bethel Park Spaghetti Dinner – Members were encouraged to attend the October 19th fundraising event at the Bethel Park Community Center.
  • Jim Hinerman
  • Club Fall Harvest Dinner – Need a final push for members to sell dinner tickets and fill the tables of 10; see Bob Theakston; tickets are also available on-line via Facebook page; notify Jim or Heather on any auction baskets being donated.
  • Club Storage Unit – The Club will be changing storage units to one on Boyce Rd. at Frosty Valley; need help Saturday, October 19th to move supplies; meet at 9 AM at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park
  • Ray Kells
  • Enjoy Books – Good fundraiser for the Club; see Ray for the books; cost is $30 per book
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Homeless Socks/Hats/Gloves – Please bring to future meetings new and/or good condition used socks, hats and/or gloves for the homeless.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker – Member George Pitcairn – “My African Adventure”
 
 
George & Hedy visited Kenya and Tanzania August 3rd to 21st with a group of 20 retired school teachers from Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair. Preparations began in September 2018 and they required a number of shots prior to the trip (e.g. polio, tetanus, and yellow fever) and had to take malaria pills throughout the trip. Packing was limited to 35lbs per person and luggage was limited to one backpack and one small duffel bag. Earth tone clothing was highly advisable.
 
Kenyans and Tanzanians spoke English well; especially the children.
 
 
 
 
       George & Hedy Pitcairn
 
 
 
 
Key points of George’s presentation were:
 
  • Kenya is a country in eastern Africa 224,081 sq mi in size is the world's 48th largest country by total area with a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya is known for its annual wildebeest migrations and Amboseli National Park. Kenya was under British rule from 1895 until 1964 when the independent Republic of Kenya was formed.
  • Tanzania is adjacent to Kenya and is larger than Kenya at 366,000 sq. mi. and a comparable population at 56 million. Its capital is Dodoma. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain at 18,000 ft., is in northeastern Tanzania. Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, in northwestern Tanzania. Tanzania’s Serengeti plain is a world-famous area full of diverse wildlife.
  • The start of the tour was to animal rehabilitation facilities where abandoned or injured animals were brought for care.
  • Visited 8 different game parks; there were morning and evening safaris since the animals are resting in the hot midday period
  • Day temperatures were 70-80 degrees and evenings were 50-60 degrees.
  • Took a hot air balloon ride which was enlightening and provided a great view of many herds of animals
  • Visited a tribe of local natives who performed a wedding ceremony
  • Visited a kindergarten and a middle school; impressed by the focus and attention of the students
  • Traveled in small planes and modified Toyota vans
  • George presented many excellent photos of his and Hedy’s African Adventure.
 
The members gave George a warm round of applause for an excellent presentation.
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference – GreenTree
  • November 13, 2019 – 49th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • October 17th – George Pitcairn – My African Adventure
  • October 24th – Gabriella Spina – 2018 USC Paul Harris Awardee
  • October 31st – NO MEETING - Halloween
  • November 7th – Fall Harvest Dinner
  • November 14th – Tim Gebhart – Executive Director – Miracle League of South Hills
  • November 21st – Natalie Mihalek - PA Representative
  • November 28th – NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Oct. 31st Meeting – Due to Halloween Herm recommended that no meeting be held
  • Wine Tasting Event – Herm recommended that the Club consider a wine tasting event as a possible fundraiser; other clubs have been successful with an event with tickets selling at $125.
  • Jim Hinerman
  • Club Fall Harvest Dinner – Dinner tickets available; see Bob Theakston; tickets are also available on-line via Facebook page
  • Club Storage Unit – The Club will be changing storage units to one on Boyce Rd. at Frosty Valley; need help Saturday, October 19th to move supplies; meet at 9 AM at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park
  • Ray Kells
  • Enjoy Books – Good fundraiser for the Club; see Ray for the books
 
 
Speaker – Honorable Ronald A. Arnoni – District Judge – Bethel Park & USC
 
 
In 2014, Ron Arnoni became a Magisterial District Judge for Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair. He and his wife, Kris, were high school sweethearts.  Ron graduated from Robert Morris University graduating in Organizational Leadership. Prior to becoming a judge, Ron was a Special Agent working with the PA Attorney General, Mayor and Council Member in Brentwood and General Manager of The Arnoni Group.
 
Key points noted in Judge Arnoni’s presentation are:
 
  • Experienced in the Executive – Judicial – Legislative branches
  • The Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair District is one of the largest in Pennsylvania with a population of 55,000
  • Including people who visit and shop in the district the number of people in the District at any given time is 70-80,000
  • Besides serving the District Ron also serves periodically on the Night Court in downtown Pittsburgh
  • Every year Ron attends a 30 hr. legal education seminar in Harrisburg to get updated on the law
  • A positive trend being experienced in the community is a downward trend in the number of opioid-related cases. The medical community is stepping up to help.
  • The District Court handled 5700 cases in 2018 and is seeing the same level of cases in 2019
  • Still, see a lot of DUI’s in South Hills; texting while driving is a rising problem. It was noted that there will be DUI taskforces in South Hills this weekend
  • One initiative which Ron has been involved in is the creation of an organization called Leadership-Development LLC (See www.OurLeadFamily.com)
  • The organization goes to schools to focus on the prevention of negative outcomes related to abuse of alcohol, e-cigarettes, drugs and cyberbullying. Students are provided facts and consequences, ways to make decisions in compromising situations, provided resources to get the treatment or care they need, provided inspiration to create a big vision for their life and given strategies to achieve their goals.
  • Recognized the Rohrich Group for their support of the initiative to help the youth of our community.
  • Working with AAA on taking the Leadership-Development “on-the-road”
  • Ron confirmed that he will seek re-election for the District Magistrate position
 
 
 
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference – GreenTree
  • November 13, 2019 – 49th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • October 3rd - TBD
October 10th – District Judge Ron Arnoni
  • October 17th – George Pitcairn – My African Adventure
  • October 24th – TBD
  • October 31st – Club Assembly
  • November 7th – Fall Harvest Dinner
  • November 14th – Tim Gebhart – Executive Director – Miracle League of South Hills
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • North Allegheny Rotary Club – Camelot Wine Tasting Fundraiser – October 26th; Herm has tickets
  • Club Fall Harvest Dinner – Dinner tickets available; see Bob Theakston; tickets are also available on-line via Facebook page
  • Pasta Dinner – The Rotary Club of Bethel Park will hold its annual Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 19th at the Bethel Park Community Center
  • Board Meeting – Board meeting to be held after the regular meeting
 
 
Speaker – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
Surgicorps International is a Pittsburgh-based NGO founded in 1994 by plastic/restoration surgery specialist Jack Demos with a mission to provide free surgical and medical services to individuals in need around the world.
 
DeNese Olson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor’s Degree Psychology and Business Administration who has worked as an International and Domestic Adoption Caseworker for Bethany Christian Services for more than 13 years and has worked for several years as a Clinical Education Program Assistant for Chatham University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program before joining Surgicorps International in 2014 as Operations Manager. In 2017 DeNese became Director of Operations and Outreach and is responsible for developing, leading and supporting the organization's operations, communications and outreach, and volunteer management. Involved in the recruitment and management of volunteers and supplies the energy and organization for Surgicorps’ events and communications. Sharing the organization’s story with groups in the community is a vital part of outreach for the mission.
 
 
DeNese provided a Powerpoint presentation which informed the membership about the activities of Surgicorps International and provided a number of vivid photographs of the serious physical deformities which their medical teams strive to correct which, in many cases, significantly changes people’s lives. The following are a few of the key points noted:
  • The organization serves the needy in the developing world
  • 22 countries have been served over the past 25 years with over 6000 plastic/restoration surgeries and over 9500 medical screenings
  • The current focus is on Somoa, Bhutan, Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya & Vietnam
  • Zambia has 6 million people and 1 plastic surgeon
  • Use over 100 volunteers; each volunteer pays for his/her travel which costs between $2500 and $5000.
  • The organization needs to raise about $15,000 per trip for medical supplies and to cover the cost of lodging and food for the patients and their families
  • The bulk of the deformities which are identified are Cleft Lips and Palates, Fire/Hot Water/Acid Burns and Animal Bites.
  • In-Country Rotary Clubs have been very helpful in getting the word out through their networks.
  • Surgicorps Int’l also works with other NGOs like Global Links.
 
 
DeNese Olson and Bethel-St. Clair Rotarians
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference - GreenTree
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Schedule
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
  • November 7th – Fall Harvest Dinner
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Glenn Dandoy – Former Club Member Glenn Dandoy passed away last week at age 62 from complications as a result of a stroke. Glenn was active in the Upper St. Clair community being a Township Commissioner and was active in his church
  • Chili Cook-off – The Rotary Club of Bridgeville-South Fayette will be holding their annual Chili Cook-off being held on Sunday, October 13th at Fairview Park South Fayette between Noon and 4 PM. Emanuel & Heather will have a chili booth to serve their “special” chili.
  • Chicken Barbecue – The Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park will hold its annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, September 21st at Westminister Church
  • Pasta Dinner – The Rotary Club of Bethel Park will hold its annual Pasta Dinner on Saturday, October 19th at the Bethel Park Community Center
 
  • Jim Hinerman
  • Fall Harvest Dinner (Nov. 7th) – Reminded the members that tickets are available (see Bob Theakston); Sponsors are to be contacted; Jim Bolas agreed to pursue ticket sales with local Rotary Clubs; Herm will pursue the McMurray Club.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Club Auditor – Rick Smith agreed to audit the 2018-2019 Club Financials
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • USC Interact Club – Emanuel introduced Chris Jahn, a USC High School Junior who is this year’s co-president, along with another Junior, to lead this year’s Interact Club. Over 90 high school students have signed up for the Interact Club. A follow-up meeting will be held with Jack Zebo, the Faculty Advisor, and the co-presidents to discuss how we can collaborate on community projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker – Norman Feldstein, D.M.D. – Dental Diagnosis International
 
Norman Feldstein is a Rotarian who resides part-time in Squirrel Hill, PA. who graduated from Penn State and had a successful 37-year dentistry practice in Pittsburgh and now resides part-time in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico which is 3.5 hours north of Mexico City. San Miguel is a beautiful city in central Mexico with a population of 150,000 (including 15,000 North American ex-pats). San Miguel has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage site. Norman belongs to the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel. His Rotary Club is planning to establish a Rotary Club dental clinic for needy adults which are not covered by governmental or NGO services. They will be seeking funding via a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. The Club has sufficient expertise to handle the administration and implementation of the project.
 
Norman requested that the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair considers collaborating with the Midday Rotary Club on the project.
 
Left to right: USC Interact Club Co-President Chris Jahn, Norman Feldstein, and President Herm Dieckmann
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference - GreenTree
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
 
Club Schedule
  • September 12th – Dennis Piper – District 7305
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
 
Announcements
 
  • Laura Maines
  • Laura introduced a special guest, Leona Horino, who is participating in Rotary’s Youth Exchange. The Sponsor Club is Tokyo Yamanote and the Host Club is Pittsburgh East. Leona is staying with a Host Family in USC and is attending USC High School. Laura Maines has volunteered to be a counselor for Leona.
 
                                                         Foreign Exchange Student Leona Horino with Club Members
 
 
 
Club Assembly
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Herm outlined all the activities our Club is involved in which is quite impressive and would like all members fully engaged this Rotary Year
  • One goal is to continue to engage spouses and significant others in the activities of the Club
 
Foundation – Barbara Piconi
  • Nov. 7th Harvest Dinner – Dine Around the World
  • Need Gift Baskets, Auction Items (e.g. Golf Outings, Time-shares) and Sponsorships
  • Have free printing again this year
  • Music is limited from 6 to 9PM
  • No photographer
  • Limit is 200 attendees (40 tickets go to sponsors)
  • See Bob Theakston for tickets
  • Everyone is encouraged to see a table of 10
  • Approach other Rotary Clubs – Jim Bolas to work on Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park, Bethel Park, Bridgeville-South Fayette and McMurray
  • Rick Smith and Laura Maines will handle on-line ticket sales – to work who will receive $ credit for such sales
 
Community Service – Karen Pfeil
  • Oct. 26th Halloween Event at USC Miracle Field; 11AM-3PM; contact Karen to get involved
  • Interact Club – Karen plans to meet with the USC Interact Faculty Adviser and this school year’s Interact Club officers and invite them to a future Club meeting to update us on their plans this year. Will also discuss the Oct. 16th Interact Conference. One idea is to invite parents of Interact members to future meetings and possibly consider Rotary.
 
Club Service – Jim Bolas
  • Members are encouraged to provide ideas for speakers/programs for the Oct-Dec period. Dates open are Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21 and Dec. 5 & 12.
  • One idea offered to change things up was to travel to a venue to hear a speaker
  • Goal is to identify business leaders in the USC/Bethel Park area (e.g. business owners, key managers, doctors/dentists, etc.). Can invite as speakers which may lead to membership down the road.
  • Attendance needs to improve. Some members have missed a number of meetings and follow-up contact should be made to make sure they are okay and find out why they are not attending.
  • 50/50 – Herm recommended that the Club consider changing the 50/50 to make the winning more attractive.
  • Good News – It was recommended increasing the amount for Good News for announcements of birthdays, anniversaries and interesting personal stories
 
Membership – Emanuel Panos
  • It was acknowledged that the Club’s membership has decreased due to senior members passing and curtailing their activities and some members leaving.
  • Emanuel stated that he will form a working committee to develop a pro-active membership development plan to increase membership this Rotary Year and asked for members help to make the effort successful.
Former President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference - GreenTree
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
Club Schedule
  • August 22ndANNUAL CORN ROAST
  • August 29th – Bert Cherry – President – Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
  • September 5thCLUB ASSEMBLY
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • District Golf Outing – The foursome from the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair
Represented the Club well and had an enjoyable outing with District 7305 Rotarians.
 
 
 
 
  • Pirate Tickets – Emanuel stated that he had 4 Pirate tickets to give to a Rotarian for Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Please contact Emanuel.
 
  • Milt Hamel – Milt reminded the members to sign-up for the August 22nd Corn Roast; need members to help set-up at the Lions Park at noon. Contact Milt Hamel at mnchamel@verizon.net
 
 
 
Milt Advisory
 
“Wear glasses when doing yardwork”
 
  • Jim Hinerman – Jim reminded members to send in their $50 for the Steeler Pool
 
  • Ray Kells – Ray reminded members to pay their quarterly dues for the quarter ending September 30th.
 
Speaker – Karl Ohrman – The History of Doo-Wop in Pittsburgh
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Bolas introduced Karl Ohrman, a 40-year Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Rotarian who remains active with Pittsburgh area professional, civic and non-profit organizations and associations and who has a special interest in music from the 50’s to the early ’60s called “Doo-wop”.
 
Doo-wop is a genre of rhythm and blues music developed in the 1940s by African American youth, mainly in Pittsburgh and other large cities of the East Coast. It features vocal group harmony that carries an engaging melodic line to a simple beat with little or no instrumentation. Lyrics are simple, usually about love, ornamented with nonsense syllables, and often featuring, in the bridge, a melodramatically heartfelt recitative addressed to the beloved.
 
 Karl gave the members a presentation of a brief history of Doo-wop noting a leading Pittsburgh DJ – Porky Chedwick, local Record Hop Places like Linden Grove and White Elephant and identifying musical groups, many of them from Western Pennsylvania and providing examples of their popular songs. Some of the groups he identified and a link to their music are noted below:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other groups Karl noted were The Vogues, The Lettermen, Chuck Berry, The Shirelles, Chantels, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, Little Anthony, The Coasters.
 
Movies which used Doo-wop music throughout were American Graffitti, American Hotwax, Cadillac Records, Grease, The Blues Brothers and Dirty Dancing.
 
Television picked up on the Doo-wop fad with shows such as Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley.
 
Doo-wop was in its hay day from 1953 to 1963 and was then changed with the onset of the Vietnam War, Drugs and the English Invasion (e.g. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones).
 
Black performers had difficulty getting exposure on the major radio stations, however, black radio stations became popular (e.g. WAMO) and were a good musical source for Doo-wop enthusiasts. Eventually the overwhelming popularity of the music genre broke open its exposure on all radio stations.
 
Pittsburghers still are attracted to Doo-wop performers with revivals becoming popular.
 
 
 
 
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • August 12th – District Golf Outing; Green Oaks Country Club; $150; Lunch @ 11:30 AM; the Club has assembled a foursome to participate in the District event
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
  • October 16th – Interact Conference; Pittsburgh Plaza Conference - GreenTree
  • June 6-10, 2020 – RI Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • June 25-28, 2020 – District Conference – Seven Springs
 
 
Club Schedule (*)
  • 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 5thCLUB ASSEMBLY
  • 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 Hinerman – Jim Hinerman reminded the members who wish to participate in the Club’s Steeler Pool to send in their $50 checks to him before August 22nd.
 
  • Milt Hamel – Milt reminded the members to sign-up for the August 22nd Corn Roast; need members to help set-up at the Lions Park at noon. Contact Milt Hamel at mnchamel@verizon.net
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Mike Buggey – Bryan Welty introduced Friendship Village of South Hills’ new Community Liaison Mike Buggey who is interested in becoming an Associate Member with the Club. Mike has 6 years’ experience in healthcare and eight years in marketing & sales graduating from IUP. Mike resides in Bethel Park.  
  • USC Interact Club – It was noted that a meeting should be arranged with Jack Zebo prior to the start of the new school year to review the plans for the Interact Club. Jim Bolas and Karen Pfeil to follow-up.
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker – Emanual Panos – Trip to Greece
 
Emanuel and his family recently returned from a trip to Greece, their ethnic homeland and Emanuel shared with the members the experiences he had during his 3 weeks vacation.
 
 
 
Greece’s population is approximately 10.7 million as of 2018; Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 8,500 miles featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous. Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy.  
Emanuel visited Greece from the northern cities to the island of Crete in the south. He and his family were wined and dined by many relatives during the trip. Many ancient churches were also visited. One special visit was made to the tomb of Alexander the Great’s father, King Phillip II of Macedon, located in Aigai. Also, they visited Delphi, one of the most important sanctuaries of the ancient Greek world, dedicated to Apollo. Other visits were made to the island of Crete where Emanuel and his family hiked to 18 km (11 miles) gorge of Samaria which starts at an altitude of 1230m (4000ft.) down to the shores of the Libyan Sea. During the trip, Emanuel and his family met many other tourists from the U.S. and Europe.
Emanuel was asked to perform another presentation in the future including photographs of the many interesting sites that he visited.
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • August 12th – District Golf Outing; Green Oaks Country Club; $150; Lunch @ 11:30 AM; the Club has assembled a foursome to participate in the District event
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
 
Club Schedule (*)
  • 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 5thCLUB ASSEMBLY
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Steeler Pool – President Dieckmann reminded the members that the Steeler Pool is now available for member participation. Jim Hinerman is collecting monies at $50 per square.
  • Annual Corn Roast – Members are requested to sign-up for the August 22nd Corn Roast. Contact Milt Hamel at mnchamel@verizon.net
  • Club Assembly – Herm reminded the members that the Club’s first Club Assembly for this Rotary Year will be held on September 5th. Membership will be a key issue to be discussed.
 
Speaker – Connie Cavrich – American Red Cross
 
 
                                             
Jim Bolas introduced Connie Cavrich, Regional Philanthropy Officer for the American Red Cross. She and her husband Joe live in Brookside Farms. Connie is a graduate of Penn State earning a BA in Public Service. Connie has been involved in Development and Community Outreach for a number of organizations over the past 20 years.
 
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, its first president. It is a humanitarian group that gives emergency assistance, disaster relief and teaches people how to prepare for disasters in the United States. Its mission is: “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors”. The organization does not rely upon government funding but on generous corporations and individuals providing financial and in-kind contributions. Dick Corporation is one of the largest contributors to the American Red Cross and is very responsive when disasters arise.
 
The American Red Cross provides compassionate care in five service lines – disaster relief, blood services, health & safety education and training, services to the armed services and international services meeting physical/emotional/informational needs of individuals and families impacted by disasters (e.g. fires, flooding, tornadoes & hurricanes, man-made disasters, mass shootings, power outages, etc.). Services to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces is comprehensive helping members communicate with loved ones, preparing members before foreign postings and providing assistance upon their return to the U.S.
 
The American Red Cross operates with 70% of its people being unpaid volunteers. It works closely with other organizations like the Salvation Army to be sure personnel and resources are efficiently and effectively used.
 
Individuals can download Red Cross apps which provide current information and alerts on local emergencies. Also, information is available on their website https://www.redcross.org.
 
Rotary clubs can help the mission of the American Red Cross by providing funding or in-kind contributions, holding blood drives, volunteering to help in local emergencies, providing backpacks of supplies for people in need, etc. Additional opportunities may be possible and will be explored in the future.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • July 26th -The Meadows “Off to the Races with Rotary District 7305; Seating at 5 PM; $40/person
  • August 12th – District Golf Outing; Green Oaks Country Club; $150; Lunch @ 11:30 AM
Golfers requested from Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair; Form/payment to be sent by August 1st
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
 
Club Schedule (*)
  • 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 5thCLUB ASSEMBLY
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Fall Foundation Dinner – President Dieckmann led a discussion about the Club’s annual fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation with the following points noted:
  • Jim Hinerman will this year’s event Chairman
  • The name of the event will be changed to the Rotary Foundation Harvest Dinner
  • The social gathering preceding the dinner will be reviewed as to duration, type & amount of hor's d’ oeuvres, etc.
  • A global cuisine will be considered this year considering the RI theme “Connect the World”
  • The ticket price will remain at $125
  • The event will remain a sit-down dinner
  • The use of a photographer will be eliminated
  • Music options at the dinner will be reviewed
  • Emphasis will be placed on the silent auction over a live auction
  • A 50/50 ticket sale will be emphasized
  • A booklet for sponsorships will be maintained and a new printer will be considered depending on cost
  • On-line marketing and ticket sales will be evaluated based on success with other fund-raising events members have attended. Credit card payment has become common place at fund-raising events. Platforms will be reviewed
 
Speaker – Jim Bolas – Presentation of the History of Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Bolas provided the members with a Powerpoint presentation on the History of the Club.
The Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club is 65 years old and has a rich history in Rotary with unique accomplishments by the Club and a number of its members. Being recognized as the Outstanding Club of the Year in the Rotary District 8 times and having members lead the Rotary District as Governor 6 times, being a leading Rotary Club in fighting polio world-wide and having one of its members achieve senior leadership in Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation makes The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair special.
 
Bob Theakston has captured much of the Club’s history which is available for member review
and updated with additional information.
 
A copy of the Powerpoint presentation summarizing the Club’s history will be sent to all members for future reference.
 
Future stories of the Club’s history will be developed and presented at future meetings.
 
 
 
President Herm Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
District 7305 Schedule                     
  • July 26th -The Meadows “Off to the Races with Rotary District 7305; Seating at 5 PM; $40/person
  • August 12th – District Golf Outing; Green Oaks Country Club; $150; Lunch @ 11:30 AM
Golfers requested from Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair; Form/payment to be sent by August 1st
  • October 5th – Rotary Leadership Institute
 
Club Schedule (*)
  • July 25th – Club History Presentation
  • 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
 
(*) Club Assembly to be scheduled which will change one of the above speakers
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • 4 Way Test – Herm noted that the Club should reinstitute saying the 4 Way Test at the beginning of each meeting
  • Ray Detig
  • Club Donations – Ray informed the Club members that funds which were donated by the Club to St. Thomas More, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh and John McMillan for worthwhile projects have been well spent.
 
 
Speaker – Sean Bryson – Chief of the Upper St. Clair School Police
 
Jim Bolas introduced Sean Bryson noting that Sean graduated from USC High School and was a member of the football and wrestling teams. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh he joined the Arlington County Police Department in Virginia where he served over 10 years in areas such as Vice/Narcotics, Homicide/Robbery, Special Victims, Financial Crimes, and Auto Theft. In 2010 he took a position of School Resource Officer at Yorktown School District (over 30,000 students. After retiring from 20 years of service in Virginia Sean was offered his current position in Upper St. Clair and moved back to USC (to Brookside Farms) with his wife Kim and daughter Becca. Sean is a proud 3rd generation police officer. His grandfather Harold began his service with the City of Wheeling Police Department following WWII. His father Don began his service with the USC Township Police Department after serving in Vietnam. Sean worked as a dispatcher with the USC Township Police Department while attending college. While at Arlington Sean responded to the Pentagon on September 11th. He and his friends founded the Arlington Police 9/11 Memorial 5K Race and have raised over $900,000 for mainly wounded warrior charities.
 
 
 
Sean Bryson
Sean presented slides showing the school police personnel who have been hired as part of the USC team. The personnel was well experienced, a number with an extensive background in law enforcement at the municipal, state and/or federal level, several hired from Mount Lebanon’s police force. Each school building within the USC school district has an experienced and armed police officer who is trained to blend into each school in an age-appropriate manner. Training is provided to staff on a variety of security matters including “Stop the Bleeding” techniques and the proper use of tourniquets. To help identify potential problems a “Safe to Say” app is available for anyone to contact the police if they see something or someone who could present problems in the schools.
Sean provided an Internet link to an article titled “Unprepared and Overwhelmed” in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel which provided an excellent  overview of the Stoneman Douglas HS incident in Parkland, Florida involving a disturbed young man, Nikolas Cruz, who entered the school past a school policeman to kill 17 students and injured 17 others. This coverage is professionally done, easy to read and very well organized with no pictures or video of the bloodshed. The link to the article is noted below:
 
For Rotarians who wish to contact Sean his e-mail is sbryson@uscsd.k12.pa.us.
 
 
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.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Valerie
    January 20
  • Kay Dieckmann
    January 26
  • Eric Pfeil
    January 28
Anniversaries:
  • Jack Watkins
    Noreen
    January 16
Join Date:
  • Milt Hamel
    January 1, 1990
    30 years
  • Heather Dieckmann
    January 6, 2011
    9 years
  • Tim Donovan
    January 6, 2010
    10 years