Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
  • 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 ( 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.