Posted by Jim Bolas
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
  • 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 ( 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.