Posted by Jim Bolas
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
  • 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