President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting.
 
Club Schedule
  • May 23 – Pancake Festival Distribution
 
District Schedule
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Pancake Festival Distribution – The meeting for distribution of Pancake Festival proceeds will be planned for May 23rd.
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rebuilding Pittsburgh– The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Foundation has approved in March the expenditure of $1600 toward Rebuilding Pittsburgh’s efforts to rehabilitate a veteran’s home in Buena Vista, PA. in Elizabeth Township. Efforts will be made to solicit the help of other Rotary Clubs. The current schedule for work on the home is June 8th. Volunteers are welcome.
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • High School Awards – This year’s award ceremony at Upper St. Clair High School will be held Tuesday evening on May 21st. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair gives two awards each year – A Paul Harris Awards giving a watch to a worthy Junior selected by the High School and a Service Above Self Award giving $750 toward college expenses for a worthy senior high school student involved in the Interact Club. This year the awardees are Junior Gabriella Spina and Senior Rachel Harris.
  • Membership – The members were requested to help identify community and business leaders who will be invited to an Introduction to Rotary event to meet our members and inform them about Rotary and The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. It was noted that the Club’s membership total has decreased to below 30 and needs to be “refreshed”. All members are responsible to help in this effort.
Members were asked to send the names of candidates to Jim in preparation for an event in the new Rotary Year.
 
Speaker – Katherine Brock – Artist
 
Laura Maines introduced her friends Katherine Brock and her husband Daniel Beers. Katherine is an artist who has been involved in the Lemoyne Community Center in Washington, PA. The mission of Lemoyne is “developing, shaping, defining and stabilizing our community with education, arts, health, and recreational programs”. Katherine has been involved in introducing K-12 programs in the Center. Also, Katherine has been involved with the Union Project in East Liberty. The Union Project creates a neighborhood space (in the former Union Baptist Church) where people could come together to connect, create, and celebrate for fellowship, creativity, community & learning.
 
Katherine shared a presentation of paintings and sketches she has made some of which was created when she and Daniel lived in Siena, Italy which was a wonderful and enlightening experience. One experience they had in Siena was the Palio di Siena, a bareback horse race held twice each year. A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. There is much celebration and emotion which surrounds the event.
 
Katherine has also been involved in HGTV’s “Restore by the Ford’s” program and plans on soon going to New York City with her husband, Daniel, who has been given Fellowships to study theology and philosophy. Daniel has agreed to give a future presentation to the Club about interesting areas of study.