Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
Sept. 13th – Stephanie Urchick – Chair – Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee        
Sept. 20th – Amy Razen – Development Officer – Pittsburgh Foundation
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – Chris Zanke – VP of Operations – NovaCare Rehab
Oct. 18th – OPEN
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
  • George Pitcairn
  • George introduced his guest Samuel Markovitz, his neighbor, who has expressed interest in joining our Rotary Club. Sam and his wife, Michelle, attended our Corn Roast last week. Sam is retired from a long career as an FBI Investigator primarily in the area of security clearances. The Club members welcomed Sam to our dinner meeting.
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • The Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club will hold its Annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Sept. 30th noon to 4 PM at Fairview Park. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Emanuel stated he will volunteer to make 5 gals. of a special chili recipe for the event. Other members are welcome to assist Emanuel for this event.
  • The Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club will be holding its Annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 29th. It was noted that the Club normally meets on Tuesday mornings at King’s Restaurant on McMurray Road. However, King’s has announced they will be closing. It was agreed that our Club will extend an invitation to their members to attend our Thursday evening meetings until such time they find another venue.
  • Emanuel Panos
  • The 25th Annual District 7300 Interact Conference will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7:30AM-1: 30 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Pittsburgh West-Greentree. Tracy Estabrook will be working with the USC Interact Club to encourage participation.
  • Sam Provil
  • The opportunity for the Club to participate in the Miracle League may be possible in the future. However, openings to participate as buddies are currently filled. There will be two opportunities to participate. Non-competitive play on Saturdays 1-4PM and competitive play on Sundays 1-4PM
  • Barbara Piconi and John Donahoe
  • The Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 1st at Valley Brook Country Club. Black tie optional. Cost remains the same at $125 per person.
  • Bob Theakston has the tickets available for members to sell. It is critical this year for each member and spouse/significant other to attend and to bring two other couples. The goal is to have 180 attendees.
  • Ideas to achieve attendance goals were to invite Honorary and past members, residents of Friendship Village, members of the South Hills business community, members of other Rotary Clubs, etc.
  • To provide adequate time to organize the tables, make the name cards, etc. it will be best to finalize the attendee list by mid-October.
  • John Donahoe is currently organizing the collection of auction items. George Pitcairn volunteered to assemble one or more wine baskets and will “pass the hat” to the members to contribute to the baskets. Jim Bolas volunteered to assemble a whiskey basket again this year. A beautiful Afghan blanket is currently being made again for the event. The Dieckmann’s are looking at organizing vacation packages. Members are asked to provide ideas and auction items. Other auction items could be restaurant/theater packages, golf packages (Top Golf – Bridgeville).
  • It was recommended that consideration is given to accepting credit cards for payment at the Annual Gourmet Dinner.
  • Jim Bolas
  • Our membership goal for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year is a net gain of 5 new members.
  • The Membership Committee consists of Jim Bolas (Chair) – Herm Dieckmann, Kathy Knopp, Karen Pfeil, and Sam Provil. The committee has already met to plan for future recruitment.
  • An information flyer has been developed for use in recruitment.
  • A presentation is planned on Sept. 11th with the Men’s Club at Friendship Village to recruit members.
  • It was recommended that each member simply “ASK” spouses, friends, neighbors, colleagues, clients/customers, and acquaintances to consider Rotary and invite them to a dinner.
  • It was also recommended that 5 minutes be allocated each meeting to discuss membership.