Past-President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
January 11th - Bio - New Associate Member Bill Engle
January 18th - To be announced
January 25th - To be announced
 
Announcements
 
  • Treasurer Ray Kells 
  • Annual Gourmet Dinner – Ray summarized the final results of the Club Foundation’s 2017 Gourmet Dinner.
 
  • Enjoy Books – 41 Enjoy Books were sold; still need one book paid for by one of the members.
 
  • Outstanding Past Dues – In reconciling the Club accounts it has been noted that many members have apparently not paid their dues for 4 quarters between July, 2015 and June, 2017. Sixteen members have checked their records and confirmed non-payment and have paid $276 (4 x $69/qtr) to reconcile their records. Each of the remaining members who were members during this period and have not yet done so are asked to check their records and reconcile their dues with the Treasurer.
 
  • Club Financial Audit – The last Club financial audit was performed for 2014-2015. The next audit will be performed for 2017-2018. The membership was assured that the Treasury remains solvent.
 
  • Karen Pfeil  
  • Club Projects – Karen recommended that the Club participate in a project to help in the removal of wreaths from the graves at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville on Saturday, January 20th starting at 8AM. Please let Karen know if you and friends and family wish to participate. In addition, an event will be coming up in February for the City Mission of Washington, PA. which the Club members can get involved with. More information to follow.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Club Projects – Herm reminded the members of his previous efforts to provide coats to the homeless by buying left-over winter coats from Sears every winter. However, it appears there may be a greater need for personal items such as toothbrushes, brushes, razors, nailclippers, shampoos, soaps, etc. He asked members to help him collect such personal items to provide to the homeless shelters this year. In addition, he recommended that the members also consider helping supply needed items for Bethlehem Haven, a city of Pittsburgh shelter for woman in need. More information to follow.
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival
  • Tickets – Emanuel announced that the 2018 PF tickets are available for distribution. Members are encouraged to pick-up their tickets from Emanuel. It was recommended that as in past years teams be formed with captains to help Emanuel distribute the tickets and handle the receipt and accounting of the ticket sales. All members are expected to become involved in this major Club fundraiser now into its 59th year and sell tickets to friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and associates or buy and give away. Ticket prices this year are $9/$5 adult/children pre-event and $10/$6 at the event.
  • Sponsorships – Emanuel stated that a meeting will be held in the next week to plan the solicitation campaign for sponsorships. Members are requested to volunteer to assist the solicitation team in this year’s campaign. 
  • Event Time – Emanuel announced that this year’s festival will be held between 8AM and 6PM instead of the normal 7PM closure due to the significant drop-off experienced in past festivals after 6PM.
 
It was noted that as new members are tasked with leading the Pancake Festival effort all members experienced in the planning and organizing of past Pancake Festivals be fully engaged to ensure the continued success of our Club’s major fundraiser.