Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
  • March 28th – Tom Rohrich – Self-Driving Vehicles
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
District Schedule
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club History – Bob Theakston and George Pitcairn have provided Club history information for the District 7300’s collective history compendium. It was noted that The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has been unique within District 7300 in the number of “Club of the Year” awards received, number of members who have become Governors, its’ unique Rotary Foundation fundraising event, (our annual Gourmet Dinner), and our honoring high school students in the field of industrial arts and technology (our annual Tech Awards).
Program Speaker – Andrew Moran – Senior Manager of Grounds – Univ. of Pittsburgh
Emanuel Panos introduced Andrew Moran who, as Senior Manager of Grounds at the University of Pittsburgh, has overseen for the past 4-1/2 years a department of about 50 employees of which 34 are permanent to maintain the 150 acres of property of the University’s South Oakland campus. In addition, the campus has 32 miles of sidewalks, 2200 steps, 45 parking lots, 5 parking garages, 200 trash cans, 10 acres of grass, over 100 hanging baskets and over 80 flower containers. The department includes maintenance of all baseball, softball and soccer fields. Tree-related trimming and removal are subcontracted. The campus varies in elevation by almost 400 feet.
Andrew stated that he graduated from Penn State in Turf Grass Science and has worked at a number of country clubs including St. Clair Country Club.
This spring the department will be planting over 24,000 summer annuals. These flowers are provided by a nursery in Butler, PA.
The University has a goal of “Sustainability” which will include reducing lawn area by 15% by 2030. In addition, the goal will be to go “native” in the selection of plantings.
Several interesting points were made in the presentation:
  • Goats are used in some areas to tackle the maintenance of areas which are difficult to access.
  • The Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species, has been found in campus areas which are difficult to remove.
  • Some of the challenges that the department deals with are – plantings that are run over by cars or construction equipment, student protests that cause damage to property, roosting crows which damages property (power-washing costs > $100,000), falling trees and snow removal.
  • The solution found for ridding the campus of crows was to slap two 2x4s together
The members thanked Andrew for his informative presentation.