Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
District Schedule
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
  • Emanuel Panos
  • High School Awards – This year’s award ceremony at Upper St. Clair High School was held this past Tuesday evening. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair presented two awards– The Paul Harris Award (a watch) was presented to Junior Gabriella Spina and the Service Above Self Award ($750) was presented to Senior Rachel Harris for college expenses. Both award recipients will be invited to a future meeting to meet the membership.         
Left to Right: Rachel Harris, Jim Bolas & Gabriella Spina
60th Pancake Festival Distribution
President Panos welcomed the representatives from participatory organizations in this year’s Pancake Festival and thanked them for their assistance in making the Club’s annual fundraiser successful. It was noted that the Pancake Festival has raised over $1,000,000 over the past 60 years. The representative(s) of each organization was asked to come forward to receive a check for their share of the fundraiser’s proceeds and to tell the membership how the proceeds will be used.
Boy Scouts – Troop 366 – Colleen Pikras – Scoutmaster & Alex Pikras
Colleen noted that she is one of three female Scoutmasters in the Pittsburgh area and is honored to lead Troop 366 while they continue to work with the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and thanked the Club for providing funds to the troop.The funds will be used the support the troop’s camping endeavors which it does once a month where the scouts learn self-sufficiency, teamwork, about nature and building friendships. Her son, Alex, is a boy scout who is working towards his Eagle Scout Medal. He currently is in the Upper St. Clair High School and has been involved in establishing an anti-drug program.
PrimeTime Adult Care – Mary Ann Weber - Director
Mary Ann noted that she has been involved with Prime Time for 27 years and expressed appreciation for the support of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Prime Time supports caregivers in caring for frail elderly on a 5 days per week basis. The funds will help those elderly who do not have the means to pay for such services. Mary Ann quoted a Chinese proverb “…If you want to be happy for a lifetime – help others.”
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
A representative was not present for the distribution dinner. President Panos stated that SHIM will send a representative to next week’s meeting.
St. Clair Hospital Foundation Van Program – Dr. Alan Yeasted – Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer – St. Clair Hospital and Gary Gies – Volunteer Van Driver
Dr. Yeasted thanked the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for its continued support of an important transportation program for individuals who are in need of access to medical care. The St. Clair Hospital System is a highly ranked large hospital in the Pittsburgh area serving about 40 communities. The current expansion of the new 280,000 ft2 Dunlap Family Outpatient Center will provide all outpatient services and procedures under one roof. St. Clair is proud that they serve communities that are of lower income level like McKeesport. Gary Geis is retired and has been van driver for 14 months and has found the job rewarding and told the membership of personal stories of individuals who highly value the transportation service. The 6 vans used in the program travel over 1600 miles per month with an average of 80 trips a day per van.
St. Thomas More Youth Group – Matt Hill
Matt thanked the Club for allowing the Youth Group to participate in this year’s Pancake Festival. The Youth Group will use the money raised in ticket sales for their projects such as revamping houses to accommodate disabled residents as they have recently performed in West Virginia where a family with 3 wheelchair-bound sons required ramps, larger doors, etc.
Meals-on-Wheels – Dorothy Vandroff – Director
Dorothy expressed appreciation to the membership for the check which will go towards supporting those in our community who need the services of Meals on Wheels but cannot afford all or part of the cost as well as to help purchase a better cut of meat. Dorothy also expressed appreciation to those members who help Meals-on-Wheels deliver meals to those who need the food. She noted that she has been able to establish a Facebook account which has resulted in 6 new recipients of meals. Also, she noted that she is able to receive food samples from food producers and excess hoagies from the Bethel Park High School.
Left to Right: Colleen Pikras, Alex Pikras, Mary Ann Weber, Dorothy Vandruff, Matt Hill, Aiden Hill, Gary Geis, and Dr. Alan Yeasted