Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
May 3rd– Annual Tech Awards Dinner
59thAnnual Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner        
  • Emanuel Panos – 2018 PF Chairman
Emanuel stated that as Vice-President of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair, he has the honor and responsibility to be Chairman of the Pancake Festival. He thanked all the members and the organizations which have helped sell tickets and work at the event to make it successful. Emanuel introduced the recipient organizations of this year’s proceeds:
  • Boy Scout Troop 366 –Richard Diffendal– Boy Scout Leader
  • South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) – James Duffy – Executive Director 
SHIM is celebrating it's 50thyear helping families in need in the South Hills. SHIM services 800 families through its food pantry which the Pancake Festival funds will go towards. Jim noted that 10-15% of children in Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon schools are eligible for reduced-price lunches due to financial condition.
  • Prime Time Adult Care – Frank & Margie Lenox
Frank passed on best wishes from Mary Ann Weber who normally represents Prime Time at the Rotary dinner. He noted that Prime Time has been serving fragile, handicapped and memory-challenged adults for 35 years. Prime Time normally subsidizes residents for their care and the funds from Rotary goes toward the providing this subsidy. Prime Time has a full staff with a registered nurse and provides full time and part-time residency which helps out caregivers.
  • St. Clair Hospital Foundation – Courtesy Van Program – Venard Campbell & Nicole Dimanov
Venard noted that the courtesy van program was started in 1995 with a mission to “enable people to access healthcare who do not have the ability to do so”. In 2017 the program had 12000 trips transporting patients to and from doctor’s visits, cardiac rehabilitation, the cancer center and to receive tests and lab work. The Rotary funds will go towards van maintenance, fuel, and other needs.
  • Meals on Wheels – Dorothy Vandruff
Dorothy noted that Meals on Wheels has been serving Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair for 46 years and she has been involved for 36 years much of that time is also involved with the Pancake Festival. She thinks of her clients as her grandparents. She told the members a story of one of her clients who complained she did not receive her wiener in a meal delivered by Meals on Wheels and called a number of times with the complaint only to later admit that she found the Weiner on her kitchen table. Dorothy stated that this year’s funds from the Pancake Festival will go toward the purchase of more weiners.
Left to right: Margie & Frank Lenox, Jim Duffy, Richard Diffendel, Club President Heather Dieckmann, Venard Campbell, Nicole Dimanov, Dorothy Vandruff and Pancake Festival Chairman Emanuel Panos