Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the CHANGING OF THE GUARD meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • July 4thNO MEETING
  • July 11ThMULTI-CLUB LUNCHEON – Meet District Governor Jim Hahn
  • July 18th – Sean Bryson – Chief of USC School Police – School Safety
  • July 25th – Club History – Club Assembly
  • August 1st – Connie Cavrich – American Red Cross
  • August 8th – Dennis Piper – District 7305
  • August 15th – Karl Ohrman – History of Rock n Roll in Pittsburgh
  • August 22ndANNUAL CORN ROAST
  • August 29th – Bert Cherry – President – Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
  • September 5th – Gabrielle Gosnell – President – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Guests – President Panos welcomed special guests Joe Weiss from Pleasant Hills Rotary Club and Sue Kelly from Carnegie-Collier.
  • Welcome – All attendee members and guests were welcomed to the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Sue Kelly – Barbara introduced District 7300 Foundation Chair Sue Kelly, whose term will expire on June 30th, to present the status of Rotary Foundation giving in District 7300 and to present an award to Club member Jim Bolas as the District’s new Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. It was noted that Sue has also been a past District 7300 Governor, Interact Conference Chair, Youth Leadership Conference Chair
  • District 7300 RF Contributions – District 7300 is one of the leading Rotary Districts in the world in the level of contribution to the Rotary Foundation and has the largest level of endowments at over $11 million. Currently, the Rotary District is rolling over $157,000 to the 2019-2020 Rotary Year for use in Global and District Grants.
  • Major Donor Presentation – Sue Kelly stated that District 7300 has 73 Major Donors. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has previously had 7 Major Donors (Tom Shook, Herm Dieckmann, Dick Beck, Jody Beck, Tom Rohrich, and Barbara Piconi).. The recognition of Jim Bolas will make the District total 74 and the Club’s total 8 Major Donors. Sue presented a crystal statue to Jim Bolas in recognition of his achievement to the Major Donor level.
 
                                                                                   Sue Kelly & Jim Bolas
 
  • Paul Harris Fellows – Sue Kelly also presented pins to Club member’s Bob James and Bob Theakston in recognition of their achievement of Paul Harris plus 3 and 5, respectively. Barbara Piconi noted that the Club has achieved almost 100% member Paul Harris Fellow participation, a major accomplishment.
 
Changing of the Guard – 2019-2020 Rotary Year
 
President Panos introduced member Dick Beck as Masters of Ceremony Dick Beck to lead the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and gave a farewell message thanking all the members for their support in the 2018-2019 Rotary Year. He especially noted his sadness in the passing of Cliff Taylor during the year and remembered the conversation and special times he had with Cliff. Emanuel stated he looks forward to helping the incoming President Herm Dieckmann to increase membership and to make the Club one of the most successful clubs in the new District 7305.
 
Dick Beck asked Incoming President Herm Dieckmann and the incoming Board of Directors to come forward to confirm their adherence to Rotary International’s rules and regulations and the Club’s Constitution and By-Laws.
 
 
                                                                                                             
Herm Dieckmann
Incoming President Herm Dieckmann gave a short message to the attendees promising to work to continue the success of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. He emphasized the importance of making the club relevant for its members, to have fun and to increase membership and make the club meaningful and relevant to new members. Herm also emphasized that our 65 years old club needs to stay relevant and must refresh itself by “thinking outside the box” and not being afraid of uncomfortable change to “do better”. Herm reminded the attendees that the Rotary theme for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year is “Changing the World”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 27th-Changing of the Guard Jim Bolas 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • June 27th – CHANGING OF THE GUARD
  • July 4th – NO MEETING
  • July 11Th – MULTI-CLUB LUNCHEON – Meet District Governor Jim Hahn
  • July 18th – Sean Bryson – Chief of USC School Police – School Safety
  • July 25th – Club History – Club Assembly
  • August 1st – Connie Cavrich – American Red Cross
  • August 8th – Dennis Piper – District 7305
  • August 15th – Karl Ohrman – History of Rock n Roll in Pittsburgh
  • August 22nd – Bert Cherry – President – Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
  • August 29th – ANNUAL CORN ROAST
  • September 5th – Gabrielle Gosnell – President – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 12th – Gabriella Spina – Club Paul Harris Awardee
  • September 19th – Bonnie Pierce – President – Bethel Park Rotary Club
  • September 26th – DeNese Olson – Surgicorps International
 
Announcements:
 
  • Jim Bolas
  • Meet District 7305 Governor Jim Hahn – A sign-up sheet was passed among the attending members for a July 11th luncheon welcoming Governor Jim Hahn. Participating Rotary Clubs include Bethe-St. Clair, Bethel Park, Bridgeville-South Fayette, Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park, McMurray, and Canonsburg-Houston-Southpointe.
  • Speakers/Programs – 2019-2020 – The speakers/programs currently scheduled for the first 3 months of the 2019-2020 Rotary Year were announced. It was noted that the Annual Corn Roast needs to be scheduled (tentatively August 29th).
 
Presentation of Award – 2019 Club Paul Harris Award – Rachel Harris
 
President Panos introduced Rachel Harris, this year’s Paul Harris Awardee who recently graduated from Upper St. Clair High School and is planning to attend Penn State Main Campus in the fall.
 
Rachel’s parents, Michael and Stephanie and older brother Aaron attended the meeting.
 
Rachel stated that she currently is undecided in the direction of her major at Penn State. She has fully participated in the USC High School Interact Club and the Leadership Academy Program which has included participation in a teaching opportunity in Belize in Central America which was very rewarding.
While in USC High School Rachel was closely involved on the Executive Board of the Annual 12-hour USC Mini-THON which raised over $58,000 to benefit Four Diamonds, an organization that helps combat pediatric cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA. Mini-THONs are interactive events for students of all ages that inspire teamwork, leadership, and creativity while empowering youth and young adults through philanthropy and community service.
 
The members gave Rachel a warm round of applause and wished her well at Penn State.
 
 
                                                                       Aaron, Michael, Stephanie & Rachel Harris and President Panos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 20th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
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
 
Announcements:
 
  • 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 (dennis@deptech.net) 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 13th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Schedule
  • June 13th – TBD
  • June 20th – Rachel Harris – Service Above Self Award
  • June 27th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements:
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Congratulations to Karen Pfeil on the recent birth of a new grandchild.
  • Ray Kells – A Club member volunteer driver is required to fill the 5th Tuesday slot and be a sub for Meals on Wheels.
 
Speaker – Jim Guffey – Executive Director - South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
 
President Panos introduced Jim Guffey the Executive Director of SHIM since 2008. Jim thanked the Club for inviting him to the meeting and for the support The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and other South Hills Rotary Clubs have given SHIM over many years.
 
Jim explained that SHIM has provided support for those in need in the South Hills Community for over 50 years and reminded the members that child poverty does exist in South Hills noting the poverty rates of school-age children in various communities – USC (5%), Bethel Park (6%), Mt. Lebanon (6%), South Park (7%), Baldwin-Whitehall (15%). The highest poverty rate in Allegheny County is in the Keystone Oaks school district at 23%. SHIM serves 1700 South Hills residents through its food pantries the same level as during the recession in 2008-2009.
 
SHIM has initiated a new program called “Checkmates”, a telephone reassurance program which utilizes older adult volunteers who make weekly calls to isolated senior citizens as a wellness check to establish a good relationship and recommend services if required.
 
SHIM also has a program which helps children utilizing funding from corporations which take advantage of state tax credits which are allowed to be directed to specific non-profit programs.
 
Jim noted that the South Hills Community has been challenged by foreign-born residents who have come to settle in the South Hills area due to the number of residents of certain ethnic groups and the affordability of housing and cost of living. The largest foreign-born ethnic group is the Bhutanese who are refugees from Nepal. There are over 5000 Bhutanese in the Pittsburgh area. The Bhutanese are hardworking people.
 
Jim stated that he has learned that the two things which are important for a foreign-born to be productive in Pittsburgh are: (1) a car and (2) a cell phone.
 
President Panos thanked SHIM for all they do in the South Hills Community and for providing volunteers for the Club’s Pancake Festival and presented a check to Jim representing a share of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser.
 
Jim Guffey and Emanuel Panos
June 6th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Schedule
  • June 6th – SHIM
  • June 13th – TBD
  • June 20th – Rachel Harris – Service Above Self Award
  • June 27th – Changing of the Guard
 
District Schedule
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements:
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rita’s House – Ray thanked the members who have volunteered for the June 8th effort to work on Rita’s House in Elizabeth, PA. helping a 60 plus-year-old Navy Veteran on her 100-year-old home in replacing/upgrading doors. The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hills is helping to fund the work.
 
 
Speaker – Associate Pastor Matthew Fricker – John McMillan Presbyterian Church
 
 
 
Prior to becoming Associate Pastor Matthew was a member of the US Army from 1999 to 2008 during which he served in Iraq. Matt is currently the high school coordinator for the New Wilmington Missionary Conference. His primary responsibilities will be to oversee Christian Education and Youth Ministries.
 
President Panos presented a check to Matthew and his Youth Ministry as their share of the proceeds from the Club’s 60th Pancake Festival in recognition of their efforts to help the Club on their annual fundraiser.
 
John thanked the Club for the funding and expressed appreciation to the Club for their contribution to the South Hills community and the example they set for the youth in the community in serving the needs of others.
 
Fourteen students in the Youth Ministry provide services to people in need in West Virginia and Kentucky. Recently they have traveled to Big Creek, Kentucky near Daniel Boone Forest repairing and revamping houses damaged by floods and in need of changes to provide improved access to handicapped senior citizens. The Youth Ministry works with other local organizations to implement the work.
 
Jim Hinerman noted that Matthew and his Youth Group has also provided their services last year in helping homeowners in Bethel Park who were impacted by flooding resulting from heavy rains.
May 30th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
District Schedule
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements:
 
  • 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
May 23rd Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
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.
 
 
May 9th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
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Past President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting
 
 
 
 
District Schedule
 
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Annual Spelling Bee
 
The winner of this year’s Spelling Bee is John Hyrb, a 3rd grader at St. Louise de Marillac. He won after  19 rounds and is looking forward to representing The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair at this year’s District 7300 Conference in Seven Springs. The attendees gave John a warm round of applause.
 
   John Hyrb  
 
 
                                          
Amy & Doug Hyrb and son John
 
 
 
 
 
Annual Tech Awards
 
Jim Hinerman welcomed the large group of attendees at this year’s Annual Tech Awards. The audience included teachers and students from Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park, parents, friends, and siblings as well as members of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Jim reminded the attendees that the Club’s Tech Awards have been presented to students accomplished in technical courses for over 40 years.
 
This year’s awardees were introduced by their teachers and presented with personally engraved plaques. The teachers and awardees are as follows:
 
Upper St. Clair Teachers – Fred Peskorski & Stephen Stoyne
Students – Carter Gerlach, Aidan Gaussa & Naftali Macisaac
 
 
                Steven Stoyne, Carter Gerlach,  & Jim Hinerman
 
                                
Fred Peskorski, Aiden Gaussa & Jim Hinerman
 
                        
 Steven Stoyne, Naftali Macisaac & Jim Hinerman
                                                                    
 
Bethel Park Teachers – Art Smock & Brad Kszastowski
Students – Austin Linz & Christopher Toth
 
 
 Art Smock, Austin Linz & Jim Hinerman                              
 
 
Brad Kszastowski, Christopher Toth & Jim Hinerman
                                                                            
2019 Tech Awardees
 
May 2nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • April 18th – NO MEETING – Easter
  • April 25th – Tracy Walnoha – The Watchful Shepard
 
District Schedule
 
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • June 1-5th – Rotary International Convention – Hamburg, Germany
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Fdn. Contribution – An acknowledgment letter was read from the Rotary Foundation confirming the Club’s generous contribution to Polio Plus on behalf of our popular member Cliff Taylor who recently passed at the age of 96.
  • Rebuilding Pittsburgh – Our Club has been requested to participate in rebuilding a home for a needy resident in May since the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Club has declined to participate this year. It was agreed that the request will be considered at an ad-hoc Club Rotary Fdn. meeting after the regular meeting.
  • Tech Awards – May 2nd has been set for this year’s Tech Awards.
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Ray thanked all the members who participated in Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt which was very successful. Also special thanks were noted for the USC Township’s Rec Center representative and the USC Police who helped control traffic. This year it is estimated that almost 700 children participated (compared to 350 last year). The Interact Club faculty advisor, Jack Zebo, and 4 Interact students were involved. It was noted that next year attention will be given to (1) being sure all children understand that there are tickets in some eggs which allows them to choose a stuffed animal and (2) the start of the hunt will be initiated by a police siren.
  • PF60 Proceeds Distribution – Members are invited to attend a 9 AM meeting this Saturday at Panera’s at the Galleria to decide on this year’s Pancake Festival distribution.
  • Speaker – Andrew Seay – Managing Director – Little Lake Theater – This speaker was not able to attend this evening and will be rescheduled.
April 11th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • April 3rd – Spelling Bee – St. Louise de Marillac
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
  • April 6th – Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 11th – Andrew Seay – Managing Director – Little Lake Theater
  • April 18th – NO MEETING – Easter
  • April 25th – Tracy Walnoha – The Watchful Shepard
 
District Schedule
 
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Club Assembly  – Members are requested to e-mail their ideas and suggestions for next week’s Club Assembly to discuss improving future Pancake Festival performance.
  • Board Meeting – Short meeting to be held after tonight’s meeting
  • Tom Rohrich
  • Bob Williams Scholarships - $240,000 of scholarships have been given to needy high school seniors since the start of the program
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Members are asked to gather at the renovated USC Rec Center at 8 AM on Saturday, April 6th to help spread the Easter eggs and set-up for the event. The high school has a sleep-over on Friday and the Interact Club students may not arrive early on Saturday.
 
Program Speaker – Tom Rohrich – Vice-President – Rohrich Cadillac – Autonomous Vehicles (AV)
 
Autonomous Vehicle – A self-driving car or driverless car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving with little or no human input.
The drivers for the development of AV are:
  • Significant vehicle-related deaths >80% caused by human error (over 37,000 in 2016)
  • Reduction of traffic congestion through “platooning”
  • Allowing disabled people to travel by car
  • Reduction in vehicular-related driving offenses allowing police to focus on crime
  • Allow more cars on the roads without increasing congestion
  • More ownership of vehicles in urban areas (Note: Millenials do not want to own cars)
  • Insurance rates may be able to decrease as AV becomes safer
 
The start of AV development was through the government financed Defense Advanced Research Program Agency “DARPA” program. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) developed the 1st autonomous vehicle under DARPA in 1984 called Navlab I. The next model was Navlab II in 1990 with a maximum speed of 6 mph. A DARPA challenge was started in 2004 open to qualifying universities to develop AV which could travel hundreds of miles autonomously. The $1 million award was won by CMU. In 2005, 195 teams applied – 5 finished the race – Stanford won 1st place, CMU won 2nd and 3rd.
 
Pittsburgh is a leading city in America in the development of AV due to the technology leadership of CMU and the governmental support of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. Uber Advanced Technologies has chosen Pittsburgh to develop the AV technology.
 
The 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study which is focused on how consumers and car dealers are thinking about the changing mobility landscape. The study’s primary findings are: (1) consumer awareness and desire for autonomous features have significantly increased, (2) 84% want the option to have a self-driving capability, (3) roadways would be safer if all vehicles had self-driving capability, (4) education of AV features is important.
 
Most automobiles on the roadways today have semi-autonomous features such as electronic steering and braking, parking assist, traffic jam assistant, etc. AV is becoming more possible because of the development of artificial intelligence, the rapid increase in computing power (now 300 trillion operations/second and the development of laser and sonar radar. Need government assistance in establishing rules and regulations for standardization and investment on infrastructure to support the use of AV technology (e.g. stop lights). One key technology which supports AV is V2X Communication (i.e. vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to pedestrian)
 
Cadillac has taken a leadership role in the auto industry in the development of AV through the development of its Super Cruise driver assistance technology. Have mapped 150,000 miles of U.S. highways to determine pavement and lane widths to guide their AV technology and have been able to have one of their vehicles travel coast to coast handsfree.
 
 
                                                                
 
March 28th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
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
 
Announcements
 
  • 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.
 
 
 
  
 
 
March 21st Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
                                
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • March 21st – Andrew Moran – University of Pittsburgh
  • 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
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club History – The District has requested each club to provide a one-page highlights of the club’s accomplishments for a District history summary.
  • Pancake Festival Ideas – Emanuel stated that he will request member’s ideas to improve Pancake Festival performance in the future. The April 4th meeting will be dedicated to a Club Assembly to have a general discussion.
  • Jim Bolas
  • 2019-2020 Programs/Speakers – Jim stated as the Director – Club Service next Rotary Year the goal is to have a full calendar established at the outset of the Rotary Year with speakers/programs for each meeting where required. Club assemblies will also be scheduled. Each member is requested to provide at least one recommended speaker.
 
Program Speaker – Doug Piconi (son of Barbara Piconi) – Blockchain & Bitcoin
 
Barbara Piconi introduced Doug. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, is a software engineer with 20-years of experience in developing computer applications. He has worked for Electronic Arts, an American video game company, 2nd largest gaming company in the Americas and Europe and the Department of Defense having worked on the F35 fighter jet program. The key points made by Doug were as follows:
 
  • The definition of a “Block Chain” is a growing list of records, called blocks. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without alteration of all subsequent blocks which requires the consensus of the network majority. It is intended to protect an individual’s data. Bitcoin transactions relay upon the blockchain technology
  • The definition of “Bitcoin” is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or a single administrator. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a “blockchain”.
  • The value of a bitcoin has been volatile swinging from $4000 to $14,000 to $3000 (currently at $3,855 per bitcoin. Not for the typical investor.
  • The cryptocurrency can be manipulated, is unregulated and is a highly speculative investment
  • Quantum computing which applies the principles of quantum mechanics, can be 100 million times faster than current computers. Such a powerful computer poses a security threat to current information systems; especially cryptocurrencies which relies on blockchain technology which could hack the codes implemented by individual users to authorize cryptocurrency transactions.
 
March 14th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
  • March 2nd - 60th Annual Pancake Festival
  • March 7th – TBD
  • March 14th – Doug Piconi - “What are cryptocurrency and Bitcoin”
    District Schedule
  • March 7th – RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th – Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
    Announcements
    ➢ Emanuel Panos
     
    Rotary Club Brochure – Emanuel reminded the members that a Club brochure
    has been printed for PF60 which will be placed on all the tables informing the attendees about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Bethel-Park. Hopefully, such information will lead some attendees to consider joining Rotary.
    March 7th Meeting – A member of the Dormont Club will be visiting to publicize their key fundraiser “A Taste of the South Hills” on March 30th at the Castle Shannon Memorial Hall.
    ➢ Herm Dieckmann – Chair – 60th Annual Pancake Festival
    Ticket Sales - All members are encouraged to sell tickets for the event to
    increase attendance over last year. Be sure to turn money into team captains
    (i.e. Jim Bolas, Jim Hinerman & Tracy Estabrook) at the Pancake Festival
  • Work Schedule – Several openings exist in the current work schedule (e.g. hall
    management) which will need to be filled before Saturday
  • Friday Set-up – Members volunteered to provide 4-5 SUVs to help transfer
    supplies from the Club’s storage locker in Bethel Park. All volunteers to meet at Subway at 10 AM Friday morning. Set-up at the church starts at 11 AM. All who help on Friday set-up are invited with spouses to gather at Al’s Café at 6 PM for dinner.
  • Rotarian Clothing – All Rotarians are reminded to wear a white Rotary Club top and khaki pants.
  • 50/50 Raffle – 4 rolls of tickets will be bought for the 50/50 raffle. Two rolls of one color and two of another color.
  • Pancake Grilling – Recommend that pancakes be made of a consistent size which is smaller than the size made last year. All Rotarians involved in serving food should pay attention to maintaining sanitary conditions. Plastic gloves were recommended. It was agreed that attention should be given to limiting non-Rotarian access to the grilling operations.
  • Volunteers – It was agreed that volunteers should be given a free ticket at sign-in. ➢ Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
• Barbara announced the recognition of two Paul Harris awardees:
   Keith Jackson – Paul Harris 2
 
- Ray Detig – Paul Harris 1
 
 
  • Barbara stated that all active Club members are now Paul Harris fellows which is excellent.
  • It was noted that on March 7th Kevin Kelly, Rotary International’s Major Gifts Officer will be hosting a dinner at The Springfield Grille in Mars, PA. for those members considering major donor status.
    ➢ Ray Kells
• Ray informed members that the Club has donated $1140 to the Polio Plus fund with the
Rotary Foundation in memory of our recently deceased member Cliff Taylor.
➢ Tom Atkins
• Tom informed the members in Good News of his recent fishing trip south of Orlando, Florida catching numerous large bass as shown below:
 
 
 
 
February 28th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • February 28th – Final Planning – 60thAnnual Pancake Festival
  • March 7th– TBD
  • March 14th– Doug Piconi -  “What are cryptocurrency and Bitcoin”
 
District Schedule
 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
Announcements
 
  • Herm Dieckmann – Chair – 60thAnnual Pancake Festival
  • Ticket Sales- All members are encouraged to sell tickets for the event to increase attendance over last year. All were reminded that this event is the Club’s main fundraiser. Be sure to turn money into team captains by Feb. 28th.
  • Work Schedule– A draft work schedule was made available at each table; Emanuel will send to all members to be sure all time slots are properly filled.
  • Friday Set-up – Members volunteered to provide SUVs to help transfer supplies from the Club’s storage locker in Bethel Park. All volunteers to meet at Subway at 10 AM Friday morning. All who help on Friday set-up are invited to gather at Al’s Café at 6 PM for dinner.
  • PF60 Sign – Members volunteered to help set-up the PF sign alongside Rt. 19 on Monday. George, Tracy, and Herm will meet at the church at 11 AM on Monday. George will bring the necessary tools. Other volunteers are welcome.
  • Food Supplies – Last year’s attendance (i.e. 1500) will be the guide for purchasing food supplies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Speaker – A’Frica T. Sheppard – President & Founder – STRIVE4XLNTS
 
  • A’Frica introduced Tamara Mitchell, a board member of the 501c3 non-profit.
  • A’Frica graduated from Penn State with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, received an MS in Elementary Education from Canisius College and a Masters in Education in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.
  • STRIVE4XLNTS, Inc. was founded by A’Frica in 2014 with the mission to provide scholarships to needy Aliquippa students entering higher education. Opra L. Henderson Scholarships of $1500, $1000, $500 are given each year as well as a number of $250 book grants.
  • Each fall a major fundraiser “An Evening of Elegance with Strive for Excellence” is held to raise funds for scholarships. Last year attendance reached 300. 
  • Over $30,000 of scholarships have been distributed since 2014.
  • The organization has recognized “Unsung Heros” in Aliquippa every year to honor the late Anthony J. Loschiavo. It was noted that Emanuel Panos has been recognized for the award for the good works he does in the Aliquippa community. 
 
Left to right: Tamara Mitchell, Club President Emmanuel Panos, & A'Frica Sheppard
 
February 21st Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Date:    February 7, 2019                                    
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
  • February 14th– Club Valentine’s Dinner
 
District Schedule
 
  • February 9th- 10AM-2: 30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Feb. 14thValentine’s Dinner – Cocktails at 5:30 PM; Dinner at 6:00 PM; $21 cost
  • Memorial for Cliff - $670 raised to date; please send checks to Emanuel or Ray 
 
  • Jim Bolas - Induction of Lou Angelo 
  • Lou Angelo, Principal of Upper St. Clair High School, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair as an Associate Member under the Corporate Membership of the Upper St. Clair School District
 
Lou Angelo and Past-District Governor Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Speaker – Jenn Salmans – Development Director – Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is a 501c3 non-profit in Pittsburgh which provides low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades.
  • Programs stem from four business lines: Core Repair, Rehab for Resale, and Safe & Healthy Homes
  • Over 800 volunteers help over 100 homeowners per year who are eligible for assistance.
  • Eligibility includes over 3 years of home ownership, current on mortgage and utility payments, owners are either over 65 years old, veterans and/or disabled.
  • Core home repair focuses on 3 “Impact Neighborhoods” – Hazelwood, Homewood, and the Hill District
  • Vacant & dilapidated properties are rehabilitated to make for affordable housing
  • Provide health & safety improvements to vulnerable homeowners. There is a focus on improving indoor air quality and remedying issues that negatively impact health and safety.
  • Rotarians have volunteered services to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh for the past 20 years.
  • National Rebuilding Day this year will be held on the last Saturday in April. More than 33,000 volunteers will serve in nearly 1500 affiliated rebuild projects throughout the country
  • Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh looks forward to having Rotarians continue their volunteerism to help homeowners in need in Allegheny County.
 
February 7th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
• February 7th – TBDDistrict Schedule
  • February 9th - 10AM-2: 30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree
  • February 27th – 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th – RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th – Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd – PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
    Announcements
    ➢ Emanuel Panos
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    Club Foundation Meeting – To be held following the meeting.
    May 9th-12th District Conference – Seven Springs – Members are encouraged to sign-
    up for District 7300’s last district-wide conference prior to the merger with District 7330 which will form the new District 7305. If the Club has more than 10 members registered all get a discount of 20%.
    ➢ Heather Dieckmann – 60th Annual Pancake Festival.
    Outreach Organizations
    • -  Meals on Wheels, Primetime & SHIM are on-board with tickets/volunteers
    • -  Boy Scouts – Emanuel will follow-up
    • -  St. Clair Hospital – Herm will follow-up
  • Auction – John Donahoe is organizing baskets and Rick Smith is helping with All-Clad
  • 50/50 – Will be organized closer to the event
  • Bake Sale – Kay is leading the effort helped by Carol Kells and Linda Hinerman
  • Grills – George has confirmed that the equipment is in good shape
  • Ticket Sales – Ray Detig and Jim Hinerman are working with church youth groups to help sell tickets; Jim Bolas is engaging the USC Interact Club. All members encouraged to step-up this year to sell tickets or, if donating, distribute the free tickets to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and businesses to build attendance to the event.
  • Sponsorship Ads – Contact is being made to businesses who sponsored the event in 2018; some new sponsors are being identified. See Ray Kells if new sponsors are interested.
 
 
Speaker – Mary Anne Poutous – CEO – Transitional Services, Inc. (TSI)
  • TSI is a 50-year-old 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission “To help people with mental disabilities discover and achieve their hopes and dreams for a meaningful life in the community”.
  • TSI is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.
  • TSI provides residential and community rehabilitative services to individuals with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.
  • Founded in 1969 by OJ “Bud” Royer and became nationally recognized as one of the first programs of its kind to serve a large metropolitan area.
  • TSI’s Psychiatric Division has 3 community residential rehabilitation units, 1 group home, 3 congregate HUD residences providing community supportive living and permanent housing for adults and transitional age youth
  • TSI’s Intellectual Disabilities Division has 1 group home and 2 supervised apartment residences
  • TSI serves individuals from 18 to 70, from all walks of life, educational levels, ethnicities, races, sexual orientation and expression and culture
  • Residents have mental disorders that range from Obsessive Compulsive to Schizophrenia and physical disorders from Chron’s Disease to Chronic Kidney Disease
  • TSI provides needy individuals with recovery/physical wellness, living skills, medication
    management, community engagement, and safe and sanitary living conditions overseen
    by skilled personnel.
  • TSI employees over 100 people
  • TSI’s annual budget is $7 million with 94% of funding coming from government grants,
    primarily from Allegheny County
  • TSI is headquartered in Homestead, PA
  • Future Goals
    • -  Increase and diversify funding
    • -  Optimize outcomes and continuous quality improvement
    • -  Increase the size and effectiveness of the Board of Directors
January 31st Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Jan. 24th– TBD – Club Board Meeting after Regular Meeting
Jan. 31st– TBD – Club Fdn. Board Meeting after Regular Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Cliff Taylor– Jim Hinerman agreed to lead the Club’s recognition of Cliff at his Memorial Service at Friendship Village at 11 AM on Saturday, January 19th. The Club is to consider possibly donating funds to Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Campaign in Cliff’s name since he was very active in Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative from the beginning.
  • Board Meeting – Next Club board meeting will be held after next week’s meeting.
  • Foundation Meeting – The next Club Foundation meeting will be held after the Club’s January 31stmeeting
 
  • Heather Dieckmann – District 7300 Events
  • January 22nd– 7 AM - Breakfast Club Speaker Harbison-Walker Chairman & CEO Carol Jackson (Club members are invited)
  • January 26th– 7:30 AM - District 7300 Mid-Year Review at Crowne Plaza Hotel – Greentree
  • January 31st– 5:30 PM - “WE” – The Women of Rotary – Gaetano’s Banquet Center
  • February 9th-  10AM-2:30 PM – Rotary Membership Summit - Pittsburgh Plaza Hotel – Greentree 
  • February 27th– 11:15 AM - Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards – Omni William Penn Hotel
  • March 7th– RI’s Major Gift Officer – Major Donor Dinner - Cranberry
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College 
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
  • Jim Bolas – January 12thPF60 Meeting
  • Meeting held last Saturday between Herm Dieckmann, Jim Hinerman, Ray Kells, Jim Bolas, and John Donahoe to discuss PF60 planning. The following key points were noted:
  1. 3 placements are planned to display sponsorship ads. $250 ads appear on all 3 placemats, $100 ads on one placemat and $25 business name ads will be listed.
  2. The goal is to obtain more $250 ads and beat the $5000 level achieved in 2018
  3. Herm will work with Rick Smith to develop a continual running slide show at PF60 to show the Club’s many activities and to display $500 business ads
  4. Consideration to be given to dedicating PF60 to Cliff Taylor; ideas to do so are welcome
  5. To incentivize businesses to sponsor ads consideration will be given to provide them two free tickets which can be supported by donations from members who “write checks” in lieu of selling tickets. The goal is to increase attendees at PF60.
  6. $500 ads will also be sought for display on a large poster above the napkin/silverware table
  7. It was agreed by the members in attendance that to help sell tickets arrangements will be made with church youth groups offering them $5 of the proceeds for each ticket (adult and children) sold. Such proceeds will need to be designated for good works.
  8. Also, the issue of more advanced planning for future pancake festivals be considered in the future. 
 
 
Program - Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation – Paul Harris Awards
  • Paul Harris (PH) Recipients
  • New PH – Emanuel Panos
  • PH Plus 4 – Jim Hinerman
  • PH Plus 6 – Heather Dieckmann
  • PH Plus 8 – John Donahoe
New Paul Harris-Emmanuel Panos
 
Paul Harris Plus Four Jim Hinerman
 
Paul Harris Plus Six Heather Dieckmann
 
Paul Harris Plus Eight John Donahoe
 
  • 2018 Gourmet Dinner– Club’s distribution of proceeds from the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner is $18,400 to Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund and $2000 to Polio Plus
  • 100% Club Member Participation in Paul Harris – The Club membership has achieved 100% participation except for the Corporate Members. However, once achieved the Club can continue to display the 100% participation designation.
  • Bob Williams Scholarships – Due to fund investment performance the trustees have decided to forego scholarships for one year. However, each District Club is encouraged to sponsor a $5000 scholarship for a student in its area. Fox Chapel’s Club Fdn has already agreed to do so. The Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Fdn will discuss the issue at its January 31stmeeting.
 
 
 
January 17th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting; Heather Dieckmann opened the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Jan. 17th– TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
  • Cliff Taylor– Emanuel announced to the Club members that Cliff Taylor, our eldest member at 96 years old, has passed away. Bryan Welty stated that currently a Memorial Service is planned at Friendship Village on Saturday, January 19that 11 AM. Cliff was highly thought of and was considered a true gentleman and his friendly smile will be missed by everyone who knew him.
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Rotarian of the Year – Dick announced that the Club’s 2018 Rotarian of the Year is Heather Dieckmann. The Club members gave Heather a standing ovation and thanked her for her accomplishments for Rotary; especially leading the Club to achieve Club of the Year during her year as president and her leadership with the successful Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners initiative.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District 7300 Events – Heather announced the upcoming events:
  • January 26th– Mid-Year Review at Crowne Plaza Hotel - Greentree
  • February 27th– Pittsburgh Rotary Ethics Excellence Awards
  • March 13th– Leadership Ethics Institute – La Roche College
  • March 23rd– PETS – President-Elect Training Seminar
 
60thAnnual Pancake Festival Kick-Off – Herm Dieckmann - Chairperson
  • The following positions for PF60 were confirmed:
  • Friday, March 1st– Set-up – Bob Theakston; Hanging Banners – John Donahoe & Sam Provil; Installing Floor Protection – Jim Hinerman
  • Preparing Grills – George Pitcairn
  • Advertising the Event – TBD; Yard Signs – Emanuel Panos & Heather Dieckmann
  • Group Ticket Sales – Herm Dieckmann, Ray Kells & Jim Hinerman
  • Sponsorship Ads/Placemats – Emanuel Panos, Ray Kells, Jim Hinerman & Jim Bolas
(Coordination meeting scheduled for Saturday at Panera’s at 8:30 AM)
 
 
  • Member Ticket Sales – 4 teams established  
Team 1 - FVSH & USCSD Team- Shook, Welty, Suess, Engel, Rozzo, Angelo & Zebo (No Captain – Bolas will handle allocation of tickets and handle money except for Tom Shook)
Team 2 - USC Team– Captain – Bolas 
Herm Dieckmann, Atkins, Hamel, Donovan, Knopp, Biedrzycki, Pitcairn, Piconi & Panos
Team 3- Mt. Lebo/BP Team– Captain – Hinerman
Donahoe, Heather Dieckmann, Maines, Cooper, Rohrich, Kells & Detig
Team 4South Team- Captain – Estabrook
Theakston, Beck, Provil, Estabrook, Jackson, James & Smith
                                                      
PF60 TEAM TICKET SALES RULES:
  • All money to be turned in to the Club Treasurer – Ray Kells or his designee
  • Steak dinners go to 1st and 2nd place teams 
  • Special recognition awards will go to the top 5 salespeople in the Club
 
  • Sponsorship Ads – Herm requested that all members identify at least 2 sponsors above and beyond last year’s sponsors
  • Outside Group Ticket Sales – Consideration will be given to utilizing church youth organizations to help sell tickets allowing them to share in the proceeds for good works
  • Value of Groups Working at the Event – Consideration to be given to incentivizing groups who share in the event’s proceeds to volunteer personnel to work the event.
January 10th Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program ScheduleJan. 10th – 60th Pancake Festival Kick-off Announcements
➢ Emanuel Panos
  • Paul Harris Awards – Awards will be presented at next week’s meeting
  • Rotarian of the Year – Also will be presented next week.
  • Breakfast Club Speaker – Members are invited to attend the breakfast club’s 7 A
    meeting on January 22nd to hear their speaker – Carol Jackson – Chairman & CEO –Harbison Walker
  •  Ray Kells
  • Enjoy Books – Ray Kells has 6 Enjoy Books left to sell at $30 ea. Need to know by tomorrow which is the last day to turn in the money.
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Scheduled for Saturday, April 6th; Rain Day option is April 13th
    ➢ Karen Pfeil
  • Wreath Removal – Karen reminded the members that January 26th at 8 AM will be the
    effort to remove wreaths from graves at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Let her know if
    you will be participating. Check the route to the cemetery since there are road closures.
  • Assistance – Members are reminded that Karen will be absent for a number of weeks after January 8th due to a medical procedure and will need assistance for her duties as Director of Community Service
    Program Speaker – John Panos – Past Recipient – Club’s Service Above Self Award
    • John is in his senior year at the University of Cincinnati and is home for the holidays and stopped by to update the Club Members on his plans and activities
    • He is looking to graduate this year with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Sports Administration
    • Planning to start in August with Reynolds & Reynolds, an Automotive Retailer specializing in automotive technology and digitalization. He will be in outside sales in the Pittsburgh area
    • Cincinnati has a Steeler’s Bar called Martino’s – Non-Steeler fans are kicked out.
  • In April-May last year he studied abroad in Capetown, South Africa helping 5 entrepreneurs in the area of marketing
  • Cape Town is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year-long drought as sparse winter rains have failed to bring relief, and dam levels have dropped to dangerously low levels.
  • South Africa has two economies – an upper economy and a lower economy. John’sefforts with the entrepreneurs were in the lower economy.
  • John regaled about his experiences as an equipment manager with the University of Cincinnati football team. He and his parents, Emanuel & Angela, went to the Military Bowl at the Naval Academy on New Year’s Eve. The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 35-31 in an exciting game. John had to be at the stadium 6 hours before the game and had to stay 2 hours after the game. He related some insight on how the referees appeared to favor Virginia in the manner in how they handled changing the balls to keep them dry during a rainy day game.
    POST-MEETING NOTE:
    ➢ Herm Dieckmann – Chairman – 60th Annual Pancake Festival – March 2nd
  • Kick-off – Official kick-off will be at the January 10th meeting
  • Tickets – Tickets have been printed; Friendship Village sponsored the printing of the
    tickets
  • Ticket Sales Teams – There will be four ticket sales teams designated for PF60:
    Team 1 - FVSH & USCSD Team - Shook, Taylor, Welty, Suess, Engel, Rozzo, Zebo & Interact Club
    Team 2 - USC Team - Herm Dieckmann, Bolas, Atkins, Hamel, Donovan, Knopp, Biedrzycki, Pitcairn, Piconi & Panos
    Team 3 - Mt. Lebo/BP Team - Donahoe, Heather Dieckmann, Maines, Cooper, Rohrich, Kells, Hinerman & Detig
    Team 4 - South Team - Theakston, Beck, Provil, Estabrook, Jackson, James, Smith, Westerman
    PF60 TEAM TICKET SALES RULES:
o Each team to designate a captain to distribute tickets and gather the team’s money.o All money to be turned in to the Club Treasurer – Ray Kells or his designee
o Steak dinners go to 1st and 2nd place teams
o Special recognition awards will go to the top 5 salespeople in the Club
• Sponsorship Ad Team – Emanuel Panos volunteered to lead the team. Members of his team will be assigned next week. Members who helped last year were Ray Kells, Jim Hinerman, Heather Dieckmann, and Jim Bolas. All members are requested to identify two sponsors (e.g. doctors, dentists, hairdressers, barbers, coffee shops, restaurants, etc.)
January 3rd Meeting Jim Bolas 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
President Emanuel Panos chaired the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • 2019– 2020 Rotary Year Officers & Directors – Nominated – President Panos announced the nominated slate of officers and directors for the coming Rotary Year. This slate will be voted on at a future regular meeting:
 
President                                   Herm Dieckmann
Vice President                            Sam Provil
Treasurer                                   Ray Kells
Ass’t. Treasurer                          Tracy Estabrook
Secretary                                   Kathy Knopp
Ass’t Secretary                           George Pitcairn
    • Club Service                   Jim Bolas
    • Community Service         Karen Pfeil
    • Vocational Service           Jim Hinerman
    • International Service        John Donahoe
Past-President                            Emanuel Panos
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army Ringing the Bells – John Donahoe announced that the Club raised 
over $500 at its December 8th“Ringing of the Bells” at Giant Eagle.
 
  • Milt Hamel
 
  • Remembrance of Lou Piconi – Milt Hamel led a moment of silence for deceased Club member Lou Piconi who was a friend to many members of the Club who knew him and was a highly respected and recognized Rotarian being a past District Governor, Rotary International Vice President and Rotary Foundation Trustee.
 
 
Christmas Dinner Program
 
  • Group Singing – The Club members and honored guests sang the 12 Days of Christmas, Joy to the World, Silent Night and Jingle Bells
  • Best Christmas Scarf – Jeanette Detig
  • Best Christmas Socks – Bob Theakston 
  • Best Christmas Sweater – Christine Theakston
  • Best Christmas Tie – Tracy Estabrook 
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  • Christmas Dinner Photos
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Christmas Party December 13 Jim Bolas 2018-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Christmas Dinner– All members were reminded that next week is the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner at St. Clair Country Club. The cost has been set at $40. Cocktails at 6 PM followed by dinner. For those who have not yet done so please let Emanuel know if you will be attending so a final count can be set with the Country Club.
  • White Oak Raffle Tickets – Raffle will be held Dec. 23rdso there is still time to buy the remaining tickets being held by Emanuel. $20 per ticket. Two seats for ten Penguin games and $1000 in restaurant gift cards.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Wreath Removal – Karen reminded the members that January 26that 8 AM will be the effort to remove wreaths from graves at the Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Let her know if you will be participating. Check the route to the cemetery since there are road closures.
  • Meals on Wheels Cookies – For those who wish to donate homemade cookies for Meals on Wheels please bring them to next week’s Christmas Dinner.
  • Assistance– Karen told the members that she will be absent for a number of weeks after early January due to a medical procedure and will need assistance for her duties as Director of Community Service 
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – 10 books are still available for members to purchase or sell. They make excellent Christmas presents. Please see Ray.
 
 
 
 
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • Annual Gourmet Dinner – The Club has held the Gourmet Dinner fundraiser for 37 years to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This year was again successful with the event having over 150 attendees and raising $25,000 in funds. Barbara distributed the status report to the members detailing proceeds from sponsors, the auction and each member’s contribution through donations, ticket sales and providing auction items.
 
Post-Meeting Notes: 
 
  • Jim Bolas
 
  • Membership – The Upper St. Clair School District has put forward the names of Lou Angelo, High School Principal and Jack Zebo, Science Teacher and Faculty Advisor to the USC Interact Club as Associate Members to the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club. They will be introduced to the Club in the new year.
  • 60thAnnual Pancake Festival - Tickets – Friendship Village has agreed to sponsor the printing of Pancake Festival tickets and posters this year. Tickets will be available next week. Let Herm or Jim know if you want any for the holiday season.
 
 
Program Speaker – Tara Maziarz – Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager - Hearth
 
Hearth (https://www.hearth-bp.org/) is a non-profit transitional housing organization which provides supportive services and housing to homeless families who are survivors of primarily domestic violence to help women and their families to become independent, self-sufficient and adequately housed. The organization currently owns and maintains about 15 two and three bedroom apartments in a suburban setting which are highly secure. 
 
The organization’s vision is: Every family and individual lives in safe, affordable housing
 
Hearth is the only transitional housing option in Allegheny County for women with children and is the next step after shelters. It has an annual operating budget of less than $1 million and does not receive government funding. Hearth has several fundraising events during the year and receives funding through individual and corporate donations. Rotary Clubs not only donate to Hearth but also refer families in need to the organization.
 
Hearth seeks to help the women in its program to gain self-esteem, better parenting skills, financial management skills, education, vocational training, employment, and permanent housing all meant to help them to become independent.
 
The average time for families to be in Hearth’s transitional housing is 18-24 months.
 
The Club members thanked Tara for coming to speak to the Club and educating them about what is happening in Allegheny County regarding options for women and their families experiencing domestic violence.
 
 
 
December 6th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Dec. 6th– OPEN
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Christmas Dinner- A form was passed around for members to sign-up for the December 13thChristmas Dinner. All members who have not had the opportunity to sign-up personally are to contact Emanuel by e-mail to confirm your attendance and any guests so a final count can be established with the Country Club.
  • Dictionaries–Members who wish to help deliver dictionaries next Tuesday to St. Louise de Marillac 3rdgraders please contact Ray Kells or Barbara Piconi.
  • 2019 Pancake Festival – Tickets are to be printed in the coming week and will be available to the members. Herm is looking for good ideas to improve ticket sales.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Over 4000 Thanksgiving Dinners were prepared by the Club this year and delivered by the Pittsburgh Police to needy residents. The Club Members gave Heather a healthy round of applause for leading the effort.
  • White Oak Penquin Ticket Raffle – Dec. 23rd – All members who have committed to purchase tickets are asked to get their $20 per ticket into Heather.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – 10 books are still available for members to purchase or sell. They make excellent Christmas presents.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Herm again thanked all the members who assisted in loading the truck for delivery of the collected donated clothes for the needy in West Virginia
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army – Ringing Bells – The Club is set to ring bells at the South Hills Giant Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 1stfrom 8 AM to 4 PM. More members are needed for 1, 2 & 3 PM. Just come and help out. Wear hats or clothes with the Rotary logo.
 
  • Jim Bolas
 
  • Membership – Jim asked the Club members to take the opportunity this holiday season when they see many family members, neighbors, friends, and colleagues to tell them about all the things our Club is doing and ASK them to consider Rotary and invite them to a future Rotary dinner at St. Clair Country Club.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Cookies for Meals on Wheels – Karen asked members to donate 2 dozen home-made cookies for Meals on Wheels this holiday season.
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans– Karen thanked Club Members for turning in their stockings filled with needed items for soldiers and veterans. For those who have not yet turned in their stockings, they can turn them in directly to Beinhauer’s tomorrow. 
November 29th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Nov. 22nd– No Meeting – Thanksgiving
Nov. 29th– OPEN
Dec. 6th– OPEN
Dec. 13th– Club Christmas Dinner
Dec. 20th– No Meeting
Dec. 27th– No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos 
 
  • Requested that a hat be passed for member contributions toward the Club’s Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners charitable event next week. One Club member is willing to match donations up to $500.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – The following is the plan for this year’s effort:
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20th– 1 PM – Meet at the Club’s storage unit at the Bethel Park Industrial Park to load required supplies
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21st– 5 PM to Done – Prepare Meals - Meet at St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church at 105 S 19thSt. in Southside
  • Thursday, Nov. 22nd(Thanksgiving Day) – Two shifts – 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM to Assemble and Box Meals at St. Mary’s
  • Need boxes (e.g. egg boxes) in which to transport meals – CRITICAL
 
  • Whiteoak Penquin Ticket Raffle – Dec. 23rd
  • The Club has agreed to sell twenty $20 tickets for the raffle – See Emanuel Panos for the tickets
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans– Karen reminded the members that the “filled” stockings need to be brought to the Nov. 29thRotary meeting so they can be given to Beinhauer’s by Nov. 30th.
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Herm thanked all the members who assisted in loading the truck for delivery of the collection of donated clothes for the needy in West Virginia
 
  • John Donahoe
 
  • Salvation Army – Ringing Bells – The Club is scheduled to ring bells at the South Hills Giant Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 1stfrom 8 AM to 4 PM. See John to sign-up
 
Speaker – Oliver Miller Homestead Reenactors – Fred & Paula Bowman and Pam Lakits
 
 
Three reenactors visited the Club to tell the members about the Oliver Miller Homestead in Allegheny County’s South Park. In 1742, Oliver Miller and his family emigrated from Ireland to America. In 1772 he purchased land on Catfish Run and built a log cabin and lived there until 1782 when he died leaving the land divided among his six sons. The land eventually was deeded in 1797 under the name “Mansfield” and included 424 acres.
 
This area of Pennsylvania was noted for producing rye whiskey, popular in the colonies at that time. The young American government was looking to raise revenue and imposed an excise tax on rye whiskey which was resisted by the local farmers and led to a resistance called the “Whiskey Rebellion”. Sons of Oliver Miller were intimately involved in the rebellion and one was jailed.
 
The current stone house was built in stages starting in the late 1700’s and continuing to the 1830’s. Acreage was sold off over the years. The remaining 65 acres and buildings were purchased in 1927 by Allegheny County and became South Park. In 1934 it was given the name “Stone Manse” and declared a national landmark. Volunteer reenactors dress in period attire, demonstrate pioneer crafts, give tours and discuss history. It is open every Sunday afternoon, 1:30-4: 30 PM from early May until the 2ndSunday of December.
 
The reenactors, dressed in period “kits” explained life during the 1700’s, how the food was stored and the roles of husbands, wives & children in everyday life. A Pennsylvania Long Rifle was shown and passed among the members. It was built by hand by Fred Bowman along with another rifle and several pistols. A number of questions were asked by the members. The reenactors were given a warm round applause for their presentation
November 15 Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Nov. 1st – Annual Rotary Gourmet Dinner
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta – Long Term Care Planning
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • Emanuel notified the members that a friend has informed him that Fed-Ex Ground has seasonal hiring opportunities starting at $11.80/hr.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • World Polio Day – Celebrated on Oct. 24th in Philadelphia. The goal of complete eradication is close with only 22 cases reported worldwide in 2017. Only 3 countries reporting wild poliovirus – Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Have 3 one week timeshare opportunities which will be auctioned – (1) Orlando ($600), (2) Hilton Head ($1200) and (3) Sedona ($1700) + $1000 for airfare.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans – Karen reminded the members that the “filled” stockings need to be brought to the Nov. 29th Rotary meeting so they can be given to Beinhauer’s by Nov. 30th.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were reminded to bring warm clothes and blankets to a future meeting no later than Nov. 11th.
 
Speaker – John Rozzo – Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District’s Strategic Plan
 
  • Barbara Bolas, VP of the USC School Board introduced John Rozzo
  • Graduated from Serra Catholic High School, bachelors from Penn State and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Home in Upper St. Clair with his wife, Shauna, and their 3 children.
  • John became the USC School District Superintendent in July 2018 and has been with the district for over 13 years having come from the Brentwood School District in 2005.
 
 
  • The district is in the 4th year of its 5 year strategic plan (See https://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us/cms/lib/PA01000033/Centricity/Domain/10/STRATEGIC%20PLAN%20GOALS.pdf)
  • The plan has 5 distinct focus areas – STEAM, Professional Learning Community, High School Experience, Technology, and Safety & Security
  • STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics – Increase curriculum offerings and train and equip teachers to educate – incorporate real-life experiences
  • Professional Learning Community – Develop and implement Beliefs for Student Learners practices consistently across all curriculums.
  • High School Experience – Collaborative instruction providing a comprehensive experience in which students feel healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and empowered. Corporate involvement in providing real-world problems and engagement by senior managers to evaluate student solutions.
  • Technology – Using I-Pads in Grades 5 to 8 and Chromebooks in Grades 9-12 due to the need for more complex computing capabilities. Provide a balance between traditional vs technological learning. Provide online progress reporting capabilities to students and parents.
  • Safety & Security – Over 240 cameras in the schools accessible by School Security and Township Police Dept. Access to schools is limited. School security resources include highly experienced armed security resources in each school building.
 
Induction – John Rozzo – Member Representative – USC School District Corporate Membership
 
John Rozzo was formally inducted as a Rotarian and became the 3rd USC superintendent to join the ranks of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair since the school’s founding in 1957. John is the school’s 7th superintendent. Niles Norman and Pat O’Toole were former Rotarians.
 
 
October 25th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Past President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
Nov. 1st – Annual Rotary Gourmet Dinner
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta – Long Term Care Planning
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Jim Hinerman
 
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Reservations are due so table seating arrangements can be finalized. Please let Bob Theakston know if whether or not individuals who buy tickets will not attend the dinner.
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • Oct. 21st Miracle Field Halloween Event – The Club will have a table set-up at the event like last year to hand out candy and other stuff for children. All members are welcome to help. Please wear something designating you are with Rotary. The event will be held between 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans – Christmas stockings were distributed to the members and were requested to help fill the stockings with usable items like foodstuff, batteries, socks, tee-shirts, vitamins, playing cards, paperback books, etc. A recommended list of items is included with each stocking. Please deliver the filled stockings to Beinhauer Funeral Home by Nov. 30th.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were again reminded to bring winter clothes and warm blankets to the next Rotary meeting on Oct. 25th. The donations will be delivered to Vincent de Paul in West Virginia as was done in past years to help needy families.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books – Books remain available to sell to gain money for the Club. The books sell for $30 and the Club makes $10 per book.
  • Dec. 23rd White Oak Pittsburgh Penguins Raffle – A number of members agreed to buy $20 tickets. Raffle drawing of 2 tickets to 10 Penguin games and $1000 in restaurant gift cards is to be held on December 23rd.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • Annual Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – The District has approved a $2500 grant for our Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinners for the needy in the City of Pittsburgh. Giant Eagle has indicated it would like to be a participating member.
 
 
Speaker – Matt Fricker – Associate Pastor – John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Flood Relief in Bethel Park
 
  • Ray Kells introduced Matt who has spoken to our Club previously. Matt has served in the US Army with much of the time being in the Middle East. He plans on returning to Iraq in 3 weeks to work with churches throughout that country.
  • Primary issues causing flooding in South Hills are (1) too much pavement and (2) not enough green areas (i.e. grass & trees). In addition, properties diverting rainfall into the streets overtaxing the drainage systems and overflowing the streams.
  • Township governments appear unable to properly deal with flooding events as is obvious from the recent heavy rain events this year. For example, there are no flood relief hotlines.
  • New housing developments are required to install collection ponds to gather water drainage to prevent overtaxing drainage systems.
  • Organizing the resources of regional non-profit organizations in the event of such events is provided by organizations such as National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) https://www.nvoad.org/
  • Problems observed in Bethel Park resulting from recent flooding was damage to air conditioners and furnaces and mold.
  • Bethel Park Township has helped by providing dumpsters for free and establishing a relief fund.
  • FEMA will not provide any funding or support due to median family wealth in South Hills.
  • Members of the congregation from John McMillan helped rebuild 16 houses in Bethel Park primarily removing damaged structures, mold and flooring.
  • The flooding issue crosses community boundaries which requires a regional plan to deal with the problem.
October 18th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
Oct. 18th – Matt Fricker; Assoc. Pastor JMPC – Flood Assistance
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • The Sept. 30th Chili Cook-off put on by the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club was successful. Emanuel’s chili recipe was used and he was encouraged to bring his chili to next year’s Corn Roast.
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Reservations are due next week so table seating arrangements can be finalized. Jim Hinerman reminded the members to provide Rotary Club activity photos to Keith Jackson for the video to be played at the dinner.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
 
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were reminded to bring winter clothes to future meetings which will be delivered to Vincent de Paul in West Virginia as was done in past years.
 
  • Ray Kells
 
  • Enjoy Books remain available to sell to gain money for the Club. The books sell for $30 and the Club makes $10 per book.
 
 
 
  • Karen Pfeil
 
  • The Bethel Park Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held this Saturday from 2-7PM at the Bethel Park Community Center
 
 
Speaker – Christopher Zanke – Physical Therapist and VP Operations – NovaCare Rehabilitation - Concussions
 
Concussions can occur from any blow to the head or from any quick, forceful movements to the head and neck. Symptoms of a concussion can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes in balance, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, emotional changes, and agitation.
 
Sports are a major source of concussions. Many different sports and athletic activity can produce concussions to participants. Football, softball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer and even cheerleading can be a concussion risk.
 
 
Despite steps taken with sportswear (e.g. helmets) to help absorb shocks to the head the brain which floats within a fluid remains vulnerable within the skull to violent shaking and injury. The brain normally heals from the effects of low impact within 72 hours. However, higher impact requires treatment after 72 hours to re-stimulation of the brain. Waiting a longer period is detrimental to recovery.
 
It was noted that a key educational movie, Concussion, was released in 2015 starring Will Smith who played the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania who discovered neurological deterioration in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster during an autopsy after his tragic death. The brain deterioration became known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or “CTE” and has significantly changed the way the sports industry and medical community view brain trauma.
 
Increasing recognition of the detrimental effects of concussions has led to legislation, regulation, medical practices and physical therapy regimens to address the problem, especially with young athletes. Establishing physical and mental baselines is an important element in assessing the consequences of possible concussions. Technology is being developed to monitor athletes on a real-time basis to determine if physical activity is being impacted by head trauma. One such technology utilizes sensors placed in helmets or behind the ear to detect impact or blast waves (e.g. in the military) which can be read-out on digital devices like I-phones and helps sports coaches and supervisors and medical professionals to assess the impact of contact.
October 11th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
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
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
 
  • Members were reminded of the Chili Cook-off to be held by the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club on Sunday, Sept. 30th from noon to 4 PM at Fairview Park. Emanuel is leading the effort to make chili for the event and looking for volunteers to help. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Also, members were reminded of The Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club’s Annual Chicken Barbecue to be held on Saturday, Sept. 29th at Westminster Church.
  • Emanuel also reminded members that Bob Theakston still has tickets available for our Annual Gourmet Dinner to be held on Nov. 1st.
 
 
Speaker – Amy Razem – Development Officer – The Pittsburgh Foundation
 
 
 
The Pittsburgh Foundation, established in 1945, works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community. The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States.
Funding priorities of The Pittsburgh Foundation are:
 
  • Self-Sufficient Individuals & Families
  • Healthy Communities
  • Vibrant Democracy
  • Community Projects
 
The Pittsburgh Foundation has an endowment of $1.2 billion from which to fund projects in the Pittsburgh region. 12% of the population in Allegheny County is below the poverty line. Many related to single-parent families. Funding has been granted to childcare and helping up to 3300 juveniles each year.
 
An individual may donate funds to The Pittsburgh Foundation through many different forms of assets and investment vehicles some of which could remain invested and a portion remaining available to the individual for personal need.
 
Amy distributed to the members decks of cards which contained photos of various scenes and asked each member to select one photo which represented something special to them. Several members explained the reasons why they selected the photo they did and what it meant to them.
September 20th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
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
 
Announcements
 
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Members were reminded that the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner raising funds for the Rotary Foundation is being held Nov. 1st and now is the time to line up attendees and sell tickets. Bob Theakston has the tickets. Ads and sponsors are now being confirmed. Please help make this event another success for our Club.
 
  • John Donahoe
  • Next week will be “Pass the Hat” for funds to support creating wine baskets. George Pitcairn will choose the wines.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • The Bethel Park Rotary Club will have a riverboat cruise on the Gateway Clipper on Sept. 26th; boarding is at 5:45PM. Cost is $43. Bonnie Pierce is the contact.
  • The North Allegheny Rotary Club will be holding its Flavors of Camelot Wine Tasting Event on Friday, October 26th at The Camelot Banquet Hall in Wexford; $125 per person. Funds to go to Rotary Foundation. Can purchase tickets online at https://bidpal.net/winedownpolio
 
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Our Club will have a table at the end of season Halloween celebration at the Miracle League field on Oct. 21st at 11:30AM to 2:30PM. All members are welcome to join to help distribute candy and other items at the event.
 
 
 
Speaker – Dr. Stephanie Urchick – Chair the Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration and the RI Strategic Planning Committee
 
 
 
Barbara Piconi introduced Dr. Urchick. Stephanie has considerable experience in executive/leadership  management consulting and motivational speaking. Recently retired as CEO/Executive Director of the Southpointe CEO Association. She remains a partner and COO of Doctors at Work, LLC a management consulting and training company. Education includes an undergraduate degree from Univ. of PA., masters degree from Duquesne and doctorate from Indiana University. A Rotarian since 1991, member of the McMurray Rotary Club. On July 1, 2019 Dr. Urchick will begin term as an RI Director for new Zone 33.
 
Stephanie presented an update of Rotary International’s Strategic Plan. The following were key points of her presentation:
 
  • Based on an extensive survey of Rotarians around the world and based on comprehensive testing the following is RI new vision statement:
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves”
 
  • Key objectives:
  1. Increase Our Impact
  2. Expand Our Reach
  3. Enhance Participant Engagement
  4. Increase Our Ability to Adapt
 
 
 
 
September 13th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
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
 
 
Announcements
 
  • 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.
September 6th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
August 30th – Annual Corn Roast – Lions Park – 6PM
Sept. 6th – OPEN
Sept. 13th – OPEN        (NOTE: Club Assembly to be scheduled in September)
Sept. 20th – OPEN
Sept. 27th – Janet Arida – Outreach & Education Coordinator & Child Grief Specialist – Highmark Caring Place
Oct. 4th – OPEN
Oct. 11th – John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
 
 
Announcements
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Past governors of District 7300 have recently met to get an update on the future of District 7300.
  • Rotary International is still evaluating a possible merger of District 7300 and 7330 creating a new district (7305) due to membership levels below RI standards.
  • Since District 7300 has foundations valued at $11-12 million RI may consider reassigning clubs from District 7330 to 7300 and maintain District 7300.
  • A decision may be made by September 1st.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • 60 Golden Books have been obtained for Every Child children to help them as they transition to foster homes. Contact Karen if you wish to donate.
  • The Club will have a table at the Halloween Party at the Upper St. Clair Miracle Field on October 21st. All members are welcome to come and help distribute candy and other things to the children who have participated in the Miracle League this year. Contact Karen for information.
  • Milt Hamel
  • Approximately 35 members and guests are currently coming to the Corn Roast. If you have not yet signed up please contact Emanuel or Milt.
  • Will start cleaning and arranging things at the Lion Park facility at Noon on Thursday, October 30th. Corn husking starts at 4PM. Festivities start about 6PM.
  • Members and guests can bring whatever dishes they wish (i.e. salads, side dishes, beans, desserts, etc.). The Club will provide refreshments (soda, water, beer & wine), corn, hamburgers and hot dogs. Members can bring additional special refreshments if they wish.
  • Cost is $20 per member; guests are free.
 
                                                                       
 
Speaker – Pamela  L. Enck – Attorney-at-Law – Your End of Life Plan
  • Pam and her husband Philip have lived in USC for 17 years. They have 5 children. Philip presented to the Club on July 26th.
  • Pam received her undergraduate degree from Penn State and law degree from WVU. Also received a Masters in Public Administration.
  • Currently in private practice focusing on real estate, adoptions and estate planning. Has worked on adoption cases with Laura Maines.
  • End of Life planning consists primarily of: (1) a Final Will & Testament, (2) a Power of Attorney and (3) a Medical Power of Attorney & Living Will.
  • Powers of Attorney can be either limited (i.e. by scope and/or time period) or durable (broad scope and unlimited by time).
  • Individuals granted a Power of Attorney could be a family member or could be an attorney or a court-appointed guardian or a protector (i.e. a conservator).
  • A Medical Power of Attorney & Living Will is especially important since it will directly effect how an individual chooses to be treated in the final stage of life. It could deal with three primary areas important to most individuals: personal, emotional and spiritual.
  • A guide has been developed by Jim Towey, Founder of Aging with Dignity and Mother Teresa’s legal advisor, called Five Wishes. The website states that it currently meets legal requirements in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The five wishes are:
  • Wish 1: The Person I Want to Make Health Care Decisions for Me When I Can’t Make Them for Myself
  • Wish 2: My Wish for the Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don’t Want
  • Wish 3: My Wish for How Comfortable I Want to Be
  • Wish 4: My Wish for How I Want People to Treat Me
  • Wish 5: My Wish for What I Want My Loved Ones to Know
August 23rd Meting Jim Bolas 2018-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
August 9th – District 7300 Governor Singh Ajmani
August 16th – John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
Announcements
➢ Emanuel Panos
• Annual Corn Roast – The Rotary Club Corn Roast is scheduled for
Thursday, August 30th.
Speaker – Heather Dieckmann – Past-President and District 7300 Special Advisor to District Governor – South Hills Clubs
  • Assisting Governor Ajmani for South Hills Clubs – Bethel-St. Clair (dinner), Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (breakfast), Bethel Park (lunch) and Bridgeville (lunch)
  • Other Clubs look forward to working with Bethel-St. Clair on joint activities
  • Aug. 2nd-10th – Contact Karen Pfeil to participate in filling backpacks for school
    children in need at SHIM @ 5301 Park Ave. in Bethel Park between 8:30 AM and
    4:30 PM
  • Aug. 22nd - Bethel Park holds a social event each month in lieu of a regular
    meeting; holding next one at 6 PM at the Porch @ Sienna. Our Club to consider
    doing something similar possibly on a monthly or quarterly basis
  • Aug. 27th – District 7300 Golf Outing – Edgewood CC – Need a foursome
  • Aug. 30th – Members agreed to extend an invitation to other 3 Clubs to attend our
    Club’s Annual Corn Roast. They will need to respond by August 23rd
  • Sept. 24th – Pleasant Hills Golf Outing – Belle Vernon - $95/person
  • Sept. 29th – Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park will have their Annual Chicken Barbecue
    fundraiser @ Westminster Church
  • Oct. 13th – Bethel Park will their Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser @ Bethel
    Park Community Center
  • Oct/Nov – Heather will try to arrange a joint 4 Club get-together
  • Karen Pfeil will consider notifying the other clubs to participate in our Club’s
    Community Outreach projects
  • White Oak selling 500 raffle tickets for two Steeler season tickets at $20/ticket.
    Our Club can gain $5/ticket if we sell 20 or more tickets. Contact Heather.
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  • Ray Kells recommended contacting the other 3 clubs to participate in selling Enjoy Books. Cost if $30 ea. The club makes $10/book. Can offer other clubs $5/book to participate.
  • Club Meetings
    • -  Bethel-St. Clair – Thursday @ 6 PM – St. Clair Country Club
    • -  Upper-St. Clair-Bethel Park – Tuesday @ 7 AM – Kings
    • -  Bethel Park – Wednesday @ Noon – Clubhouse – South Park
    • -  Bridgeville – Thursday @ Noon – Walnut Grill - Bridgeville
August 2nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
August 2nd – TBD
August 9th – District 7300 Governor Singh Ajmani
August 16th – John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Annual Corn Roast – The Rotary Club Corn Roast is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th.
  • Jim Bolas
  • Membership is currently at 31 plus two Associates
  • Members are encouraged to identify prospective candidates to consider for membership
  • A Club flyer will be e-mailed to each member to use to help recruit prospective candidates
  • The Club’s Membership Committee will be meeting after the regular meeting.
  • New membership initiative will be discussed at an upcoming Club assembly.
 
Speaker – Philip Enck – General Manager - The Bakery Society Pittsburgh (TBSP)
 
  • Phil is a professional chef who holds degrees in Education, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and an MBA and currently teaches culinary arts, management, tourism and hospitality and etiquette classes at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
  • TBSP is a business non-profit and is the region’s first and only bakery incubator supported by Economic Development South and the Hillman Foundation.
  • TBSP has opened in the Spring of 2018, is based in Mt. Oliver with operations established in the former Kullman’s Bakery and helps those individuals who wish to start a bakery business.
  • With the guidance of TBSP staff and partners, full-time bakers receive on-going training in the marketing and financial skills necessary to create their own businesses throughout the region.
  • If one wishes to bake and needs space to do so the Mt. Oliver bakery is available to all for a small fee.
 
July 26th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
July 26th  - TBD
August 2nd– TBD
August 9th– TBD
August 16th– John Rozzo – New Superintendent – Upper St. Clair School District
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Rotary Club Service Teams – To assist the President in organizing the Club meetings Laura Maines has established Rotary Club Service Teams (see attached), a different team for each quarter, to perform the following:
  • Set-up and take down flags for each meeting and ensure arrangements are made for speaker presentations
  • Arrange for a member to provide the meeting invocation
  • Arrange a speaker and/or program for each meeting
  • The team established for July, August and September is captained by Laura and the team members are Tom Atkins, Herm Dieckmann, Tracy Estabrook, Bob James, Jim Hinerman and Rick Smith.
  • All members are encouraged to help the active team in identifying interesting speakers and programs
  • Annual Corn Roast– Due to the availability of the Corn Roast organizers, Milt & Carol Hamel and Keith Jackson in August it was recommended that the Corn Roast be held in September.
  • 2019 Pancake Festival Ticket Sales Teams– Herm Dieckmann, PF Chairman, will be establishing PF Ticket Sales Teams for next year.
  • Night at the Meadows – District 7300 will be holding this year’s event at the Meadows Race Track on Friday, July 27th. Members are encouraged to attend. $40 per person, 5 PM start and  6 PM buffet. RSVP to Dennis Piper.
 
  • 2018 Pancake Festival Ticket Sales Leaders – The 5 members who were served a steak dinner for selling the most tickets for the 2018 Pancake Festival were: Tom Shook, Cliff Taylor, Herm Dieckmann, Jim Hinerman and Ray Kells. The other members were served delicious hot dogs.
 
July 19th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
 
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
 
Members welcomed Emanuel to his 1st meeting of the Rotary Year with a healthy round of applause.
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
July 19th – Pancake Festival Steak Dinner
July 26th  - TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Ray Kells
  • 1st Quarter Dues – Members were reminded to pay their 1st quarter dues.
  • Uncashed Checks – Members were also reminded to check their personal accounts to see if any previous checks to the Club remain uncashed and let Ray Kells know.
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Pancake Festival Steak Dinner – Next week the top 5 ticket sellers will be treated to a steak dinner. Other members will receive a surprise dinner.
  • Club Teams – Laura Maines will be organizing Club Teams for each quarter to help set-up for meetings and to organize speakers/programs.
  • Annual Corn Roast – Members will be notified of the upcoming August Corn Roast once arrangements are made.
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Gourmet Dinner - Members were requested to identify potential sponsors for Club’s November 1st Gourmet Dinner. A sponsorship package will be made available in the next several weeks.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Projects - A number of projects are planned for this Rotary Year giving members an opportunity for hands-on volunteerism.
  • Every Child – Members are reminded that the initiative to provide supplies to needy children at Every Child is still being pursued and members are asked to bring items like Little Golden Books, blankets, toothbrushes, store coupons and comfort items to future meetings.
  • SHIM – Arrangements will be made with SHIM to allow members to help assemble backpacks for needy children returning to school.
July 12th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 28th – Changing of the Guard
July 5th – No Meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • Changing of the Guard – Members are encouraged to sign-up for next week’s Changing of the Guard ceremony. Spouses and significant others are welcome to join members for this special meeting. Please notify Heather Dieckmann. Dinner price is $42.
  • Paul Harris Awards – The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair will be presenting 5 Paul Harris Awards at next week’s meeting. The following individuals who will be attending the dinner to receive their awards are:
  • Ken Klase – Principal of St. Louise de Marillac
  • Mary Ann Weber – Director – Prime Time
  • Richard Diffendal – Troop Leader – Boy Scout Troop 366
  • Dorothy Vandruff – Manager – Bethel-St. Clair Meals on Wheels
  • Billy Smith – Tom Rohrich’s Brother-in-Law
 
 
Program – Emanuel Panos – Opoid Epidemic
 
Emanuel owns and operates Hoffman’s Drug Store, an independent pharmacy, in Aliquippa, PA. The pharmacy has been servicing the Aliquippa community since 1921 and Emanuel has owned the store for the past 30 years.
 
One of the key challenges in the pharmaceutical industry today is dealing with the challenges of the opoid epidemic. Opoids include opiates derived from opium, including morphine, Other opoids are semi-synthetic drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl, There are antagonist drugs such as naltrexone and naloxone which are used to block the biological response to opoids.
 
There has been an acute opoid use epidemic existing in the Northeast U.S. Pennsylvania is experiencing about 18.5 deaths per 100,000 residents which makes it the 12 worst state in the nation. West Virginia is number one at 43.4.
 
As an operator of a pharmacy he must now attend a 3 hour education program to understand the opoid epidemic. Seniors on Medicare now can only obtain a 3-4 day supply of pain-killers. The Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) will now not reimburse participants for use of opoids.
 
Antagonist drugs such as Naxolone (brand name Narcan) can be obtained at most pharmacies to help deal with the effects of opoids. First responders (EMS) use this drug to help individuals who may be experiencing an overdose. Another drug which can be used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opoids is SUBOXONE which contains buprenorphine and naxolone.
 
Emanuel gave special mention to a well-known Pittsburgh doctor, Dr. Neil Capretto, who was Gateway’s Rehab Medical Director for the past 29 years and spent decades helping thousands of addicts and the Pittsburgh community deal with the challenges of the opoid epidemic.
 
Emanuel reminded the attending members that he is more than willing to help anyone to better understand opiods and/or are dealing with opoid issues in their families or with friends.
 
May 20th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 23rd-27th– Rotary International Convention – Toronto, Canada
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Program – Every Child – Laura Maines – Executive Director
 

 
 
Since 1997 Every Child has served children and their families in Southwestern Pennsylvania with foster care, adoption and family support services, including in-home behavioral health care, with special attention to medically fragile children, children with a diagnosis of autism or reactive attachment disorder, and members of the LGBTQ community. The organization has 55 employees and operates primarily in Allegheny County and is expanding services to Westmoreland and Washington County and has a $3.8 million operating budget serving about 1000 babies, children and adolescents and their families.
 
Laura thanked the Club members for their past donations of money and needed supplies (e.g. pillows, toys, clothes & toiletries).
 
Every Child develops foster care families and individuals through recruitment and training and certifies/decertifies foster homes. Currently, they have 14 active foster family homes and 4 in the pipeline. Every Child’s goal is to develop up to 35 foster homes by the end of 2019.
 
Every Child also handles adoptions finding permanent homes for those they serve. The organization provides behavioral health services accepting referrals for young people with mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and working with families with OCD children who are released from outpatient facilities such as Western Psychiatric Institute as well as pediatricians and other doctors.
 
Funding comes from PA medical assistance, grants, and donations. Every Child’s rates for services have not increased for many years. Despite this, employees receive good benefits as well as cost of living and merit increases. 
 
Every Child is currently being audited by a national accreditation association and looks forward to becoming accredited this year, a major accomplishment for a small organization.
 
A list of 4 easy ways for Rotary Club members to help are:
 
1)    Become a licensed foster parent
2)    Donate to Every Child, Inc.
3)    Volunteer time and talent (check info@everychildinc.org)
4)    Donate supplies to children and families in need
 
Laura said that she and others in Every Child are visiting libraries, farmer’s markets and wherever people gather to get out the word about Every Child’s mission. It was recommended that Rotary Clubs in District 7300 may be receptive to Every Child’s message.
June 7th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Program – Journey to Normal – JulieHera DeStefano
 
JulieHera, a native Pittsburgher and graduate of CMU with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. DeStefano served as the Managing Director and Producer of an award-winning off-Broadway theater company. She has also performed in New York off-Broadway, regionally with the Theater Of The Stars, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Pittsburgh Playhouse, and was seen in the movies The First Wives Club and the Preacher's Wife.
 
DeStefano conceived the idea for Journey to Normal (www.journeytonormal.org)
in the spring of 2009 after seeing the challenges of a woman veteran returning from a tour in Afghanistan with a lost arm and having to make a peanut butter sandwich for her two year old. She has developed her experiences with women veterans into a feature-length documentary and online narrative film archive (www.military.com/video/off-duty/movies/journey-to-normal-trailer/380425101700).
 
Journey to Normal recognizes the strength and resiliency of our women in uniform and explores the unique challenges they face rejoining their families and communities after a deployment to the combat zone. At the invitation of Task Force Medical-East, DeStefano spent just over 3 ½ months as a solo embed with the US Military in Afghanistan, filming and interviewing over 100 women about their experiences in the military, their lives back home, and what they envisioned for their reintegration. DeStefano is currently filming stateside with a number of these women and their families to document what their journey home has entailed and what they would most like the American public to understand.   
 
Key points made in Ms. DeStefano’s presentation were as follows:
 
  • Acknowledged that despite not having served in the military she is attracted to the passion and resiliency of women military veterans and wanting to tell their story of how they cope with serving America in foreign missions and having to deal with challenges while on those missions as well as the challenges they face returning to normal family life after the mission.
  • Some of the basic challenges men and women in military service face while on mission are long hours, basic hygiene, fear and uncertainty, the constant stress of combat, injury and death, periods of deafening silence, monotonous routine, separation from family, the difficulty of communications with back home. 
  • She believes a change in the national narrative would be beneficial to helping male and female military veterans more readily re-engage into our communities after returning from their service where veterans may need to deal with physical/mental disability requiring extensive therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal tendencies, loss of military camaraderie and fellowship and loss of purpose after experiencing a defined service in the military.
  • Rotary is a non-political large international organization operating with a motto of “Service Above Self” helping the needy in our communities which would be in alignment with what veterans are used to in operating in a large non-political military organization serving above self all over the world in protecting the interests of America and its allies. Therefore, recruiting veterans to Rotary may be a win-win.
 
 
JulieHera DeStefano with Club President Heather Dieckmann
May 24th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 18th-20th– Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
May 24th– Sam Provil – Project Management Vocation
May 31st– Julie Hera de Stefano – Journey to Normal
June 14th– Charles LaValee – CEO – Variety Children’s Charities
June 28th– Changing of the Guard
 
Barbara Piconi led a moment of silence in memory of the late Chuck Keller, Past President of Rotary International, and close friend of members of our Club and all Rotarians of Western Pennsylvania who recently passed.
 
Club Assembly
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
 
  • District Conference– President Dieckmann reminded the members of the upcoming District 7300 Conference. Spelling Bee will be held at 2 PM on Saturday. All members attending the conference should come to support our sponsored participant – Ben Hopkins
  • 2018-2019 Board of Directors – 2018-2019 President & Vice-President have been approved by the membership. The slate of other officers and directors are proposed as follows:
  • Secretary – Kathy Knopp
  • Treasurer – Ray Kells
  • Director – Club Service – Laura Maines
  • Director – Community Service – Karen Pfeil
  • Director – Vocational Service – Jim Hinerman
  • Director – International Service – John Donahoe
  • Assistant Secretary – George Pitcairn
  • Assistant Treasurer – Tracy Estabrook
 
The 2018-2019 slate was approved unanimously
  • New Director Orientation– It was recommended that an orientation be held in July for members who are entering a new role as an officer or director. J. Bolas agreed to arrange the orientation.
  • Membership – It was noted that due to transfers, relocations, etc. the membership of the Club may be decreasing from 35 to 30 plus two associates. The members who have left are Carl Trakofler and Susanne Wagner. Members who the Club needs to confirm continued membership with are Pat O’Toole, Mark Hennigan, and Joe Labriola,
 
It was agreed a future meeting will be dedicated to membership recruitment and members were encouraged to help recruit new members to enjoy the benefits of membership in Rotary.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
 
  • Paul Harris Awards– The Club has a number of Paul Harris awards to be given to worthy candidates. It was recommended for future consideration for the following candidates:
  • Kenneth Klase – Principal of St. Louise de Marillac School 
  • Dorothy Vandruff – Meals-on-Wheels
 
Members were encouraged to propose other worthy candidates in the community
 
May 17th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Former President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 17th – Club Assembly
May 18th-20th – Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
➢ Heather Dieckmann
 
• District Conference – President Dieckmann reminded the members of the upcoming District 7300 Conference.
 
Speaker – Abby Cowser – Penn State Junior Engineer
 
 
Club Service Director Jim Hinerman introduced Abby Cowser, a Penn State engineering student, who attends his church, John McMillan Presbyterian, in Bethel Park who is to speak about building bridges in Africa.
 
Abby is in her junior year studying civil engineering at Penn State main campus and joined the Penn State chapter of Bridges to Prosperity (https://bridgestoprosperity.org/), a non-profit engaged in the design and building of bridges in rural communities in South America and Africa. The organization and its college chapters help communities out of poverty and provide them important access to education, work, trade, and travel. The Penn State chapter was established in 2014.
It has been determined that such bridges provide on average a return on investment of at least 6:1. The Penn State chapter sent 8 civil engineering students, including Abby, to Rwanda. Rwanda is a land-locked country surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. It declared independence from Belgium in 1962 and has a population of 11 million people comprised of the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa tribes. Women provide important leadership in communities and in the country’s parliament where they hold almost 2/3 of the seats.
The project was to build a 200-foot bridge spanning a river which is a stream in the dry season and a roaring torrent during the rainy season. For the community crossing the river is critical to provide access to farmland, schools and the community.
The bridge design was provided by engineers from the non-profit in collaboration with the Penn State engineering students. Bridge construction was 8 weeks long with the Penn State engineers participating in the last 4 weeks of the project. 
Financing of the bridge projects comes from corporate sponsors, the American Association of Civil Engineers (AACE) and through crowdfunding.
Abby showed a Powerpoint presentation of the Rwanda community in which the bridge was built, the Rwandans who participated in the project, a marketplace where food was bought and pictures of the bridge construction and the engineering team.
The members in attendance thanked Abby for her presentation and gave her a healthy round of applause.
Abby Cowser with Heather Dieckmann, Club President
 
May 10th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Former President Laura Maines chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 10th– Club Assembly
May 17th– To Be Announced
May 18th-20th– Rotary District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
44thAnnualTech Awards Dinner            
 
Former President and Director of Club Service Jim Hinerman was MC for this year’s Annual Tech Awards Dinner and welcomed all the teachers, students, parents and family members to the event. Jim reminded everyone that the Club is proud to hold the event now into its 44thyear and thanked Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park High School faculty members for their participation in recognition of students selected for their achievements and accomplishments in the technical fields. 
 
Jim introduced William Wells and John Oluzak, Industrial and Technology Education Teachers, respectively, at Bethel Park High School who introduced students William Miller and Sage Devine for recognition. Mr. Oluzak noted that one student, Joseph Fertal, could not attend the award dinner due to a prior engagement.
 
 
Next Jim next introduced Upper St. Clair Technology Education Teachers Fred Peskorski and Stephan Stroyne who recognized students Ahnna Jones, Parachi Masown, Nicholas Wylie and Julia Brubach.
 
In recognition of each student the teachers explained why the student was chosen and what the student’s plans are for their future.
 
The Club members and assembled guests gave each student a healthy round of applause for their accomplishments and in receiving the Club’s award.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                    
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                        
 
 
 
 
2018 Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Tech Award Recipients
 
 
 
 
Left to Right: President H. Dieckmann, P. Masown, F. Peskorski, A. Jones, J. Oluszak, S. Devine, W. Miller, N. Wylie, J. Brubach, S. Stroyne and Director Club Service Jim Hinerman – BP Teacher W. Wells missed the group photo
 
 
 
Rotary 3rdGrade Spelling Bee Winner – Ben Hopkins
 
                                                                                                            
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Ben Hopkins this year’s winner of the 3rdgrade Rotary Club of Bethel – St. Clair Spelling Bee held at St. Louise de Marillac Elementary School. After 54 students went through 15 elimination rounds Ben won correctly spelling the word “Mirage”. Ben will represent our Club at the Rotary District Conference to be held at Seven Springs May 18th-20th. Jim recognized Ben’s parents Patrick and Kerry Hopkins who were proudly in attendance. Ben was given an opportunity to speak to the Club members and guests and noted that he was proud to win the Spelling Bee and mentioned that his grandfather was an editor for a news organization in the 1960’s & 1970’s which he was also very proud of. Ben thanked the Club for the opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 3rd Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting 
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
May 3rd– Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
59thAnnual Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner        
 
  • Emanuel Panos – 2018 PF Chairman
 
Emanuel stated that as Vice-President of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair, he has the honor and responsibility to be Chairman of the Pancake Festival. He thanked all the members and the organizations which have helped sell tickets and work at the event to make it successful. Emanuel introduced the recipient organizations of this year’s proceeds:
 
  • Boy Scout Troop 366 –Richard Diffendal– Boy Scout Leader
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  • South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) – James Duffy – Executive Director 
SHIM is celebrating it's 50thyear helping families in need in the South Hills. SHIM services 800 families through its food pantry which the Pancake Festival funds will go towards. Jim noted that 10-15% of children in Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon schools are eligible for reduced-price lunches due to financial condition.
 
  • Prime Time Adult Care – Frank & Margie Lenox
Frank passed on best wishes from Mary Ann Weber who normally represents Prime Time at the Rotary dinner. He noted that Prime Time has been serving fragile, handicapped and memory-challenged adults for 35 years. Prime Time normally subsidizes residents for their care and the funds from Rotary goes toward the providing this subsidy. Prime Time has a full staff with a registered nurse and provides full time and part-time residency which helps out caregivers.
 
  • St. Clair Hospital Foundation – Courtesy Van Program – Venard Campbell & Nicole Dimanov
Venard noted that the courtesy van program was started in 1995 with a mission to “enable people to access healthcare who do not have the ability to do so”. In 2017 the program had 12000 trips transporting patients to and from doctor’s visits, cardiac rehabilitation, the cancer center and to receive tests and lab work. The Rotary funds will go towards van maintenance, fuel, and other needs.
 
 
 
  • Meals on Wheels – Dorothy Vandruff
Dorothy noted that Meals on Wheels has been serving Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair for 46 years and she has been involved for 36 years much of that time is also involved with the Pancake Festival. She thinks of her clients as her grandparents. She told the members a story of one of her clients who complained she did not receive her wiener in a meal delivered by Meals on Wheels and called a number of times with the complaint only to later admit that she found the Weiner on her kitchen table. Dorothy stated that this year’s funds from the Pancake Festival will go toward the purchase of more weiners.
 
 
 
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Left to right: Margie & Frank Lenox, Jim Duffy, Richard Diffendel, Club President Heather Dieckmann, Venard Campbell, Nicole Dimanov, Dorothy Vandruff and Pancake Festival Chairman Emanuel Panos
 
April 26th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
April 26th– Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd– Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements     
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District Foundation Brunch – Our Club obtained two Paul Harris awards for having a table of 10 and providing a basket for the silent auction.The Club has over 8 Paul Harris Awards to give out to worthy individuals. Appreciate recommendations from the membership on selecting individuals for Paul Harris Awards.
  • Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution – Members were reminded that at next week’s dinner the organizations which are recipients of the proceeds from this year’s pancake festival will send representatives who will be given checks and be given the opportunity to tell the Club members what their organizations plan to do with the funds. Members were also reminded that the top PF ticket sellers will be given steak dinners at a future meeting.
  • District Conference – Seven Springs – Club members were also reminded to sign-up for the May 18th-20thDistrict Conference. Those who wish to golf on Friday, the 18thneed to send in the information and monies to the District.
 
  • Laura Maines
  • May 17thEvery Child Golf Outing Fundraiser– This year’s golf outing will be held at Laurel Valley. Registration starts at 11 AM, lunch prior to 1 PM tee-off. Dinner following golf. $1800 for twosomes, $3200 for foursomes.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • April 28thRebuilding Together Pittsburgh – Members were reminded that if they wish to volunteer to work on house rehabilitation for a family in need they can come to Mt. Oliver – Hays St. on Saturday, April 28thto lend their skills. Work on the house will take place between 8:30 AM-4: 30 PM.
 
Program – Speaker – Lisa White Ph. D., MSW – Integrated Leadership Systems
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Lisa White, Consultant, with Integrated Leadership Systems whose mission is: “We are in the business of creating a sustainable future for the world community by empowering people to lead more effectively and its vision is: “To become the most effective leadership development organization in the world.”
 
Lisa received her B.S. in Psychology from Jackson State University, Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. Her current objective is to utilize her coaching background and education to empower and build more effective business leaders.
 
Her presentation focused on communicating “authentically”. She provided worksheets which are typically used in her workshops to help people learn the following:
 
  • How to improve your ability to communicate
  • How to listen more attentively
  • How to mediate discussions between others
  • Techniques to practice for having assertive conversations
  • How to handle difficult people more productively
 
Be a good listener:To help improve your communications develop effective listening skills such as (a) good eye contact; (b) respond to show you understand what is being said; (c) rephrase what others are saying to make sure you understand; (d) don’t think about what to say next – listen; (e) mirror the other party’s emotions; (f) ask questions; (g) observe non-verbals
 
Change dysfunctional beliefs to improve understanding
 
Develop assertiveness to improve positive communications
 
Try to not shut down communication with others by what you say and do
 
The members were engaged in sharing situations they experienced where conflict or misunderstandings in communications were beneficial and/or hurdles to achieving solutions.
 
 
 
April 19th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2018-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
April 12th – Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
April 19th – Dr. Lisa White – Integrated Leadership Systems
April 26th – Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd – Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements    
 
  • Ray Detig
  • Rebuilding Together – Ray has been involved with Rebuilding Together for many years. The mission of Rebuilding Together is “Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives” and has about 10,000 projects each year. Ray was previously involved with the organization in Maryland and in the Pittsburgh area. Currently involved with the breakfast and lunch clubs in raising funds (target is $5000) and volunteering to help Rebuilding Together on projects in Pittsburgh. There is an opportunity to volunteer for a project on April 28th. Contact Ray to get involved.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Pancake Festival – Preliminary unaudited results for the Club’s 59th Annual Pancake Festival held on March 3rd shows a net income of $20,773 which is an approximate $1000 improvement over 2017. Expenses were down, ad revenue was up and ticket sales and attendance were down.
  • Spelling Bee – The Club’s annual 3rd-grade Spelling Bee at St. Louise de Marillac was successful. There were 7 participants who went 15 rounds. 3rd grader Ben Hopkins won the Spelling Bee and will be the Club’s representative at the District Conference. It was noted that the leftover free tickets and other benefits provided by Wild Things for the Easter Egg Hunt were distributed to the 3rd graders at the Spelling Bee.
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • April 7th District Assembly – Will be held at The Crowne Plaza in Greentree between 8:30-11: 30 AM. Bob Williams Scholarships will be presented as will an explanation of the Presidential Citations.
  • April 15th Rotary Foundation Luncheon – The Club does have a table of 10 assembled and will donate a basket for the auction. Both will grant the Club a Paul Harris.
  • Speaker – District Governor Ward Garner – Ward had to cancel his attending tonight’s meeting due to having pneumonia.
 
 
  • Milt Hamel
  • Milt regaled the members with the adventure he and Carol had spending 3 weeks in an Airbnb tiny home in Atlanta.  
April 5th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday
April 5th – District Governor Ward Garner
April 12th – Open
April 19th – Dr. Lisa White – Integrated Leadership Systems
April 26th – Pancake Festival Proceeds Distribution Dinner
May 3rd – Annual Tech Awards Dinner
 
Announcements    
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • District 7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon – A show of hands was requested of those members who plan to attend the annual District.7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Casino at noon on Sunday, April 15th. Payment of the $60 is to be made to Ray Kells who will pay the District. Heather volunteered to make a themed basket for the luncheon to gain a Paul Harris for the Club.
  • Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Club – The breakfast club asked if our Club would be interested in going to a Pirate game with its members. The Club members agreed it would be good for fellowship and to respond favorably.
  • Judy Lorigan – Heather introduced a Rotarian who is returning to the area after living in Canton, Ohio for 10 years. Judy informed the members she is a 30 year Rotarian being one of the first women to join Rotary in District 7300. Was a long time member of the Bethel Park Rotary Club where she was President. Knows the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair well. Now lives in Collier Township and interested in joining a club in South Hills.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt was very successful with 347 children attending (100 more than 2017 and 40 less than 2016). Laura Maines did a great job as the Easter Bunny. 8 members from Interact helped versus 28 last year. St. Patrick’s Day and the school musical were factors. Breakdown of the kids was: 0-23mos – 39; 2-3 – 79; 4-5 – 99; 6-7 – 72 and 8+ - 44). The members thanked Ray for his leadership role in the event.
 
  • Barbara Piconi
  • 2018 Bob Williams Scholarships – 10 students plus 4 alternates were chosen to receive $4000 scholarships this year. One of the recipients was a vocational student and one was from Bethel Park.
  • 2018 Club Spelling Bee – This year’s 3rd grade Spelling Bee will be held March 28th at St. Louise de Marillac. Members are welcome to attend. Contact Barbara for more information.
 
 
Program –      Matt Fricker – Associate Pastor – John McMillan Presbyterian Church –                                Helping The Needy in Houston’s Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
 
Jim Hinerman introduced Matt Fricker, a 2013 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently an Associate Pastor. He has been involved as Director of Youth Ministry programs at a number of churches in Pittsburgh and San Antonio. Matt served in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2008 and served in Iraq. He currently is the High School Coordinator for the Wilmington Missionary Conference and has led numerous mission trips for both adults and youth to Vietnam, Houston and Puerto Rico. Matt has a wife and 2 young children. He loves the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers but also the Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Pittsburgh sports teams.
 
Matt presented the following information to the members on his Houston mission:
 
  • Hurricane Harvey (a Category 4 storm which hit between Aug. and Sept, 2017) impacted the Houston area with up to 55” of rain. The hurricane unloaded about 33 trillion gallons of water on the Houston area.
  • Despite the heavy flooding only 10,600 of Houston’s residential homes were destroyed, mainly in poorer neighborhoods in flood plain areas. The City of Houston has about 950,000 housing units. (City of Pittsburgh has about 160,000 housing units). Note: Internet reports indicate a current tally of 12,700 Houston homes being destroyed and 203,000 damaged.
  • Matt stated that the Houston area experienced $80 billion of damage from the storm. The population of the Houston area is about 6.5 million. Note: The National Hurricane Center estimates the overall damage from Hurricane Harvey at $125 billion effecting 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Due to multiple disaster events in 2017 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently $25 billion in debt. The Federal government has established that the agency can not exceed $30 billion in debt and will be shutdown without a change in legislation.
  • Homeowners in flood plain areas need to have flood insurance which costs $300/mo. Many can not afford the premiums.
  • Immediate disaster relief is provided through the likes of the Red Cross and local organizations such as churches. However, the Federal government will not provide funds to help rebuild churches due to separation of church and state.
  • FEMA will pay for families to live in temporary living space (motels, trailers, etc.) for up to 6 months while their homes are being rebuilt or repaired. Tight quarters for large families.
  • He noted that in rebuilding homes waterproof vinyl plank flooring is used which utilizes a “Easy Click” installation method which makes removal, cleaning and reinstallation easy.
  • Matt said that his mission helped repair badly damaged homes. The mission team also stayed in tight quarters while there but they ate well. Will be returning in November and Club members are welcome to join the mission team.
  • Also there will be a mission to Iraq to help needy families rebuild their homes.
March 22nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Past President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting while President Heather Dieckmann attended the March Madness Tournament.
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 22nd - Rev. Matt Fricker - John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Houston Recovery
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday.
 
Announcements    
 
  • Jim Hinerman
  • District 7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Members are encouraged to attend the annual District.7300 Rotary Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Casino at noon on Sunday, April 15th. The cost is $60. Our Club will receive a Paul Harris if we have a table of 10 and/or provide a gift basket.
  • Ambridge Rotary Club – The Ambridge Club requested contributions from other clubs for its Free Medical Loan Program. In particular hospital-type beds are being requested.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th and a “rain date” is not being set because of the availability of USC Interact students after mid-March. March 17th will also be a challenge because of St. Patrick’s Day and the school musical. Members are to gather at the old Rec Center at about 8 AM (coffee & doughnuts available). Laura Maines will be this year’s Easter Bunny (due to the previous bunny having cataract surgery). Eggs will be hunted starting at 11 AM.
 
  • John Donahoe
  • Pancake Festival Auction – John announced the auction basket winners. All Clad items will be available next year. The auction made about $600.
  • Attendance – It was noted that this year’s attendance at the Pancake Festival was about 1500 which was less than the 1800 attendees in 2017.
 
Program – Tom Atkins – Visiting Former Foreign Exchange Students
 
  • Tom & Diane Atkins hosted two foreign exchange students from Argentina over the years. This year Tom decided to visit both of them this year and wanted to share his trip experience with the Club.
  • The first leg of the trip was to visit Nathaly Bonilla in Delray Beach, Florida where she now works in computer security for TransUnion. She graduated from a Florida university with a Masters in Computer Science.
  • While visiting Nathaly Tom met her husband George and her sisters Jessica and Jasmine, both of whom are currently in the U.S. under political asylum status. Jasmine works in a jewelry store and gave Tom a ring to give to Diane.
  • Tom said he found a favorite drink while in Delray Beach – a unique margarita called a “Tommy”. Every night he could get 2 for 1 price. What is not to like.
  • Tom’s cousin Betsy came down from 2 hours away north of Delray to see Tom and meet Nathaly and her family.
 
Nathaly Bonilla
 
 
 
  • The 2nd leg of the trip was to visit Wilma Martinez Konfino traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Houston.
  • In the Houston airport, Tom had to walk a long way to get from B to E terminal and was the last stand-by to board and ended up sitting in the middle of an Argentine rugby team. They treated him well on the 9-hour flight.
  • When Tom landed in Buenos Aires his checked luggage did not make it with him and arrived on a later flight.
  • Wilma stayed with the Atkins in 2003 and was a challenge primarily due to her difficulty in adjusting to American culture but she was a good host.
  • Wilma now works part-time for an Argentine congresswoman as a lawyer. Her husband, Damion, is also a lawyer. His nickname is “Gore” after Al Gore who’s politics they agree with.
  • Wilma and Damion have a 3-year-old son, Fidel, named after Fidel Castro. Fidel has a picture of Che Guevara on his bedroom wall.
  • Tom was told that Wilma is 4 mos. pregnant.
  • Tom enjoyed trying all the delicious dishes he was served in restaurants and when hosted by Wilma and her family.
 
                                  Wilma Martinez Konfino
 
 
  • Tom enjoyed the opportunity to visit the foreign exchange students who stayed with him and Diane while they were in Pittsburgh.
March 15 Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 15th – Tom Atkins -  Trip to Argentina to Visit Exchange Student
March 22nd - Rev. Matt Fricker - John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Houston Recovery 
March 29th - No Meeting - Holy Thursday.
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • Pancake Festival – Heather congratulated Emanuel Panos on managing the Club’s 59th Annual Pancake Festival. The Club members gave Emanuel a healthy round of applause.
 
  • Karen Pfeil 
  • Every Child – Karen recommended that the Club participate in an effort to help children who are abruptly transferred from abusive or abandonment situations to foster care and who require clothing, toiletries and/or comfort items to help them in the transition. Items can be brought to the regular meeting and Karen and Laura Maines (CEO of Every Child) will make sure the appropriate packages are made and distributed to children in need. Laura will provide a list to the members of recommended items required.
 
  • Ray Kells
  • March 17th Easter Egg Hunt – The USC Interact Club is taking the lead in preparing for and managing the Annual Rotary Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, March 17th. Rotarians, who wish to help, should arrive at the old USC Rec Center at 7:30-8: 00 AM. The Easter Bunny (Laura Maines) will arrive at 10 AM and the starting signal to “hunt” for Easter eggs will be 11 AM. Last year 260 children participated. It was noted that the Wild Things baseball organization has offered to provide ticket packages for the tables.
 
Program – Jason Kasten – VP Relationship Manager – PNC Bank
 
  • Jennifer Cooper introduced Jason Kasten, her colleague from the St. Clair branch of PNC Bank who handles bank services to businesses
  • Jason noted that he was a Rotarian 15 years ago and was a member of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club
  • PNC Bank offers special fee waivers and rate protection to veterans
 
  • He asked the members if they experienced fraud from a personal standpoint. A number of members noted fraud problems they have experienced with checking accounts, credit cards, and debit cards
  • He recommended that members minimize the use of debit cards which allows others who commit fraud to directly access their checking account and places any consequential loss on them personally.
  • Use credit cards where possible which places the liability due to fraud on the credit card company if notice of such fraud is properly provided on a timely basis.
  • Can sign the back of credit cards with “Ask for ID” in lieu of a signature which could be forged or leave the signature block blank.
  • Europe is far ahead of the U.S. in the use of credit cards with “chips” and in processing credit card payments in front of the credit card holder
  • Consider use of magnetic protectors to protect credit cards in wallets and purses.
  • Recommend that checking account and credit card statements (hardcopy or digital) be reconciled on a monthly basis.
  • Due to the opioid/drug abuse epidemic, there is a marked increase in fraudulent behavior.
  • Report fraud to the police to have a police report on file.
  • PNC offers services to businesses which help pro-actively avoid being harmed by fraudulent actions by external forces. Several of the primary services provided are:
  • Cash Flow Insight
  • ACH Positive Pay
  • Reverse Positive Pay
  • Positive Pay
  • Universal Payment Identification Code
March 8th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 3rd – 59th Annual Pancake Festival
March 8th -  TBD
March 15th – Tom Atkins trip to Argentina to Visit Exchange Student
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman – Annual Pancake Festival 
  • Schedule
Friday – March 2nd – 11 AM – Meet at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park with SUVs to pick-up PF supplies from storage locker
Friday – March 2nd – Noon – Meet at Westminster Church to prepare hall
Friday – 7 PM – Al’s Café – Volunteers and spouses have dinner – notify Jim Hinerman
Saturday – Morning workers are to start at 7 AM
  • Ticket Sales – Members are encouraged to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 of tickets and turn-in money to Emanuel Panos or Ray Kells. IF YOU DONATE DISTRIBUTE THE TICKETS TO ENCOURAGE ATTENDANCE.
  • Dress Code – Rotarians are encouraged to wear a white Rotary shirt/blouse and khaki pants
 
  • Jim Hinerman – Members who wish to join this evening’s Rotarian ceremony to honor Don Regelin at the David Henney Funeral Home in South Park please gather at the Funeral Home around 7:45 PM. Don Regelin was a key member of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for many years and was an Honorary Member.
 
March 1st Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
March 1st – Final Wrap-up for Pancake Festival
March 3rd - 59th Pancake Festival
March 8th -  TBD
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann 
  • PF Work Schedule – Preliminary schedule sent by e-mail to all members. If you are not shown on the work schedule please notify Heather where and when you wish to work. Contact Heather Dieckmann
  • NEED VOLUNTEERS – Contact Jim Hinerman or Emanuel Panos
Monday – February 26th – 1 PM – Install PF sign on church lawn 
Friday – March 2nd – 11 AM – Meet at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Park with SUVs to pick-up PF supplies from storage locker
Friday – March 2nd – Noon – Meet at Westminster Church to prepare hall
Note: Friday – 7 PM – Al’s Café – Volunteers and spouses have dinner
  • Ticket Sales – Members are encouraged to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 of tickets and turn-in money to Emanuel Panos or Ray Kells. IF YOU DONATE DISTRIBUTE THE TICKETS TO ENCOURAGE ATTENDANCE.
  • Beth Gardner – The members in attendance contributed to a “going away” fund which was presented to Beth in appreciation for her service to the Club.
 
  • Dick Beck
  • Club shirts were made available for all the female Club members
 
Program – Speaker - Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
 
Karen Pfeil introduced Mr. Hestadien, Director of the National Cemetery
 
  • In 1862, under Lincoln 14 national cemeteries were established 
  • Between 1865-1870 a federal reburial program was initiated to move the remains of over 300,000 soldiers to the national cemeteries with only 58% of the soldiers specifically identified. Dog tags were mandated in 1913.
  • National cemeteries are administered by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • There are now 135 national cemeteries in the U.S and 2 more under construction
  • Arlington cemetery is under the DoD and Gettysburg under the Dept. of the Interior
  • A national cemetery must have in residence at least 80,000 veterans within 75 miles.
  • Burial eligibility – Veterans who served on active duty with an honorable discharge or died while on active duty, enlisted person with 2 years of continuous service, Reservists/National Guard member, spouses of a veteran, minor children (under age of 21)
  • The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies provides the following:
  • Gravesites
  • Grave Liners
  • Perpetual Care
  • Burial Flag
  • Tombstones/Markers
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
  • Military Honors
  • The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies performed its first burials in August 2005, covers 292 acres and has 14 employees and 40 volunteers and serves over 320,000 veterans in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.
  • Before the site was converted to a cemetery the site has been constantly farmed since the 1800s. The region was the flashpoint of the historic Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
February 22nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Date: February 15, 2018                                    
 
President Heather Dieckmann welcomed Rotarians and their significant others to the Club’s Valentine Dinner
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
February 22nd – Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
 
Announcements
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman 59th Annual Pancake Festival
  • Ticket Sales – Emanuel encouraged members to continue to sell pre-event tickets and to get their monies submitted to him and Ray Kells
  • Sponsorships – Many sponsorships being received this year; placemat ad artwork to be submitted to the printer by Feb. 23rd.
 
Valentine’s Dinner
 
The dinner was delicious and all attendees had a great opportunity for fellowship and honoring their Valentines. Good time had by all. Centerpieces went to those married the longest.
 
 
 
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Valentine's Party-February 15th Jim Bolas 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Past-President Laura Maines chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
February 15th – Valentine’s Day Dinner – 6:15PM
February 22nd – Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Allegenies
 
Announcements
 
  • Laura Maines
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner – Will be held Thursday, Feb. 15th. Cost is $40. All members are encouraged to sign-up and attend with spouses or significant others. Please contact Heather ASAP to finalize attendee count.
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival
  • Tickets – Emanuel stated that some members still do not have their tickets;  25 adult tickets will be mailed to these members. All members are expected to sell/donate the equivalent of $225 for the 59th Annual Rotary Pancake Festival.
  • Placement Mat Ads – Good progress being made on obtaining sponsorships from local businesses and individuals.
  • Outreach Organizations – The designated organizations who will be receiving the proceeds from the Pancake Festival have been engaged to sell tickets and volunteer to work at the event.
  • PF Work Schedule – The work schedule will be issued one week prior to the March 3rd Pancake Festival. Let Emanuel know where and when you wish you work.
  • Bake Sale – Please let Angela Panos know what baked goods you and/or your spouse wish to donate.
  • Auction  - John Donahoe reported that he is in good shape on the auction
  • Grill Preparation – Members and volunteers are to assemble at 1PM tomorrow at Westminster Church to inspect and prepare the pancake grills. Need help to bring the grills out of storage.
 
Program – Bob Theakston – Paul Harris Fellows
 
  • Paul Harris recognition is given in appreciation to individuals who contribute, or has a contribution made on their behalf, a gift of $1000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. Each subsequent $1000 contribution is designated a Paul Harris Fellow Plus up to Plus 8.
  • The Rotary Foundation supports programs worldwide to provide food, water, healthcare, immunizations, education and shelter to millions of people in need.
  • Based on our Club’s 2017 Gourmet Dinner we were able to donate $23,000 to the Rotary Foundation which continues our Club’s leading efforts with Rotary International in support of the Rotary Foundation.
  • The following members have met the requirements to receive the following Paul Harris fellowships:
  • Plus 1 – Laura Maines & Rick Smith
  • Plus 2 – Heather Dieckmann
  • Plus 4 – Tim Donovan
  • Plus 5 – Michael Shook
  • Plus 7 – John Donahoe, Ray Kells & George Pitcairn
 
   Left to Right:  Bob Theakston, John Donahoe, Laura Maines, Rick Smith, 
  Tim Donovan, Ray Kells & George Pitcairn
 
  • The Club membership gave a healthy applause to the Paul Harris Fellowship recipients.
 
 
Jim Bolas
February 8th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
President Heather Dieckmann chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
February 8th – Paul Harris Presentations
February 15th – Valentine’s Day Dinner
February 22nd – Ron Hestadien – National Cemetery of the Allegenies
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann
  • Meals on Wheels – Received a thank you letter for the donation the Club made to Meals on Wheels following the 2017 Pancake Festival
  • District Grant – The $2500 District grant for the Club’s 2017 Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinner event has been received.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner – Will be held Thursday, Feb. 15th. Cost is $40. All members are encouraged to sign-up and attend with spouses or significant others. Please contact Heather.
 
  • Jim Hinerman
  • Barbara Piconi – Barbara’s knee surgery went well. However, there were some complications. Outpatient rehab starts next week.
  • Mid-Year District 7300 Conference – Held last Saturday; End of Year District Conference being held at Seven Springs May 18-20. District Foundation Luncheon being held April 15th at the Rivers Casino.
  • Rotary International Convention – To be held June 23-27 in Toronto; The White Oaks Rotary Club is arranging a charter bus and has room for additional Rotarians.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • The merger of Districts 7300 and 7330 – RI has announced that a new district (7305) will come into effect July 2019 merging our District 7300 and District 7330. District 7330 covers a large geographical area in Western PA from Johnstown to Erie. District 7300 is a higher value district with a greater amount of money in endowments and scholarships.
  • Toastmasters – District 7300 has made arrangements with Toastmasters International to provide public speaking training opportunities to Rotarians. Herm stated that he has volunteered to help train Rotarians. 
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival
  • Tickets – Emanuel stated that separate ticket sales teams will not be established this year and he and Ray Kells will coordinate the distribution of the tickets and the receipt of ticket sales proceeds. A status of ticket distribution to members will be sent by e-mail to all members in the next several days. All members are expected to sell tickets or contribute funds to the Club’s major fundraiser.
  • Placement Mat Ads – Most of the last year’s placement mat advertisers have been contacted; follow-up continues.
  • Outreach Organizations – The designated organizations who will be receiving the proceeds from the Pancake Festival have been engaged to sell tickets and volunteer to work at the event.
  • PF Work Schedule – Members were requested to indicate when and where they wish to work at the Pancake Festival. A sign-up sheet was passed among the attending members. Members not in attendance are encouraged to inform Emanuel of their work preferences.
 
February 1st Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Past-President Jim Hinerman chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
January 11th - Bio - New Associate Member Bill Engle
January 18th - To be announced
January 25th - To be announced
 
Announcements
 
  • Treasurer Ray Kells 
  • Annual Gourmet Dinner – Ray summarized the final results of the Club Foundation’s 2017 Gourmet Dinner.
 
  • Enjoy Books – 41 Enjoy Books were sold; still need one book paid for by one of the members.
 
  • Outstanding Past Dues – In reconciling the Club accounts it has been noted that many members have apparently not paid their dues for 4 quarters between July, 2015 and June, 2017. Sixteen members have checked their records and confirmed non-payment and have paid $276 (4 x $69/qtr) to reconcile their records. Each of the remaining members who were members during this period and have not yet done so are asked to check their records and reconcile their dues with the Treasurer.
 
  • Club Financial Audit – The last Club financial audit was performed for 2014-2015. The next audit will be performed for 2017-2018. The membership was assured that the Treasury remains solvent.
 
  • Karen Pfeil  
  • Club Projects – Karen recommended that the Club participate in a project to help in the removal of wreaths from the graves at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville on Saturday, January 20th starting at 8AM. Please let Karen know if you and friends and family wish to participate. In addition, an event will be coming up in February for the City Mission of Washington, PA. which the Club members can get involved with. More information to follow.
 
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Club Projects – Herm reminded the members of his previous efforts to provide coats to the homeless by buying left-over winter coats from Sears every winter. However, it appears there may be a greater need for personal items such as toothbrushes, brushes, razors, nailclippers, shampoos, soaps, etc. He asked members to help him collect such personal items to provide to the homeless shelters this year. In addition, he recommended that the members also consider helping supply needed items for Bethlehem Haven, a city of Pittsburgh shelter for woman in need. More information to follow.
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival
  • Tickets – Emanuel announced that the 2018 PF tickets are available for distribution. Members are encouraged to pick-up their tickets from Emanuel. It was recommended that as in past years teams be formed with captains to help Emanuel distribute the tickets and handle the receipt and accounting of the ticket sales. All members are expected to become involved in this major Club fundraiser now into its 59th year and sell tickets to friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and associates or buy and give away. Ticket prices this year are $9/$5 adult/children pre-event and $10/$6 at the event.
  • Sponsorships – Emanuel stated that a meeting will be held in the next week to plan the solicitation campaign for sponsorships. Members are requested to volunteer to assist the solicitation team in this year’s campaign. 
  • Event Time – Emanuel announced that this year’s festival will be held between 8AM and 6PM instead of the normal 7PM closure due to the significant drop-off experienced in past festivals after 6PM.
 
It was noted that as new members are tasked with leading the Pancake Festival effort all members experienced in the planning and organizing of past Pancake Festivals be fully engaged to ensure the continued success of our Club’s major fundraiser. 
 
January 4th Meeting Jim Bolas 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Hinerman
Past-President Laura Maines chaired the meeting
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
January 25th - Brad Killemeyer of Hosanna Industries
 
Announcements:
 
Get Well Cards were passed around for Barb Piconi and the Pastry Chef at the Country Club.
 
 
  • Karen Pfeil  
  • Club Projects – Karen reminded all about the project to pick up the wreath at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Saturday. We are to meet at the entrance at 7:45. Please bring a hockey stick if you have one as it will be easier than bending over to pick up each wreath. Karen said it should only take about an hour to complete this.
 
 
  • Emanuel Panos – Chairman - 2018 Pancake Festival:
  • Emanuel gave a brief update on the Pancake Festival He is still working on putting the teams together.
Program:
The program for the evening was presented by OJ Wandrisco who is the Manager of Donor Engagement of the City Mission in Washington, PA. OJ (real name John Michael) is a resident of Bethel Park. He began his career as a Street Minister at Young Life and was there for 18 years. He knew the CEO at City Mission and told him he would like to come to work for them. The idea behind the mission is to be a working mission and for people to leave in a year and be trained to be able to get a job and be on their own. The mission is located behind the jail so they get many of their clients from the jail. They turn no one away but will dismiss people if they fail drug testing moving forward. OJ works closely with the clients and has lunch with them. The mission had a fire in 2015 and the new structure can hold 120 men and 18 women which is three times more than they were able to house before the fire. They will be opening a new Veterans Center soon. It will be run and serviced by veterans. The mission has an annual budget of $6 million and receives no federal help and they are a Christian mission. It was a very informative talk and was well-received.
 
Emanuel handled good news. Dick Beck won the 50/50 but did not match the card.
 
January 18th Meeting Jim Hinerman 2018-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
December 14 – Club Christmas Party
December 21 – No Meeting
December 28 – No Meeting
 
Past President Laura Maines chaired the meeting
 
Announcements
 
  • Past President Laura Maines
  • Dec. 14th Christmas Dinner – For members who have not yet signed-up for the Christmas Dinner and wish to attend please e-mail Heather so the number of attendees can be finalized with the country club. The cost is $40 per person. Start time is normally 6PM but will be confirmed by e-mail.
  • John Donahoe
  • Salvation Army Bell-Ringing – Thanked all members who rang the bells for the Salvation Army. The Club raised $647.32 and was challenged by the Girl Scouts who were also ringing bells at the other entrance to Giant Eagle.
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Mock Turtle Necks – Herm showed a sample of a mock turtleneck with the Club logo. The cost is $20. Contact Herm if you are interested to obtain one.
  • June, 2018 Rotary International Conference – Toronto – The White Oak Rotary Club is sponsoring a charter bus to the International Convention. The cost is $150 for a roundtrip. Members and spouses from the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair could consider this option. John Biedrzycki stated he is also looking into a charter flight which will cost about $400 per person.
 
 
Speaker
 
Suzy Meyer was introduced as the evening’s speaker. Ms. Meyer is a friend of member Tim Donovan.
 
Suzy is an author, landscape architect and water resources planner; graduated from Mt. Lebanon HS and received a BS in Landscape Architecture from Penn State. She is the author of “At Home in the Real World” which is about home security and self-defense from a woman’s perspective.
 
Suzy was a landscape engineer and was not working and started doing extensive gardening at her home. She was startled several times by the sound of gunshots. When she and her husband decided that moving was out of the question, Suzy began a quest to make her home safer and ultimately led researching the best forms of personal self-defense and to her writing the book.
 
Her premise discusses American Law which is based on citizens assuming responsibility for their own security. The book contains five myths regarding dangerous assumptions you need to re-think and she reviewed three of them.
 
  1. The police will protect me - There really is no obligation on the part of the police to protect you.
 
  1. The police will arrive in time to protect you - When an incident occurs in your home it is over before the police can arrive.
 
  1. My home security system will protect me - By the time you call the security people and they call the police, the incident is over.
 
 
She explained how to assess the safety of the home and how to strengthen weak areas.
 
These lessons are based on three tenets: 
  • Eliminate Surprise
  • Deter Access
  • Have a Plan and Back-up Plan
 
Ms. Meyer also encouraged each person to tap into their primal instincts and get strong, both physically and mentally to improve their ability to defend themselves. 
 
Author Suzy Meyer
 
 
December 7 Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
December 7 – Suzy Meyer – Author at Calamity May – Women’s Self-Defense
December 14 – Club Christmas Party
 
Announcements
  • President Heather Dieckmann
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Heather thanked the Club members for their contribution of hands-on help and financial support for this year’s efforts to prepare and deliver 3500 Thanksgiving dinners to the needy in the City of Pittsburgh. Leftovers were given to Light of Life. Excess dry products will be used next year. Will look at better press coverage next year.
  • 2018 Pancake Festival – Emanuel Panos, Pancake Festival Chairman, has kicked-off planning for next year’s Pancake Festival.Tickets will be printed in December. 
  • Dec. 14th Christmas Dinner – Members are asked to sign-up for the dinner. For those not in meeting attendance to sign-up please contact Heather so a final count can be settled with the country club. Heather stated that the cost of the dinner is $40. Twenty children at Every Child will be the Angel Tree beneficiaries of Club funds this year which are normally used for gifts at the dinner.
  • John Donahoe
  • Salvation Army Bell-Ringing – All hourly time slots between 8AM-4PM have been filled. However, members who have not signed up can stop by at any time at Giant Eagle this Saturday to support the Club’s annual bell-ringing fundraiser. $750 raised last year.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Meals on Wheels – The members are requested to help Meals on Wheels this holiday season by providing homemade Christmas cookies. For those who wish to help they are asked to provide two dozen cookies each. The cookies can be brought to the Dec. 7th meeting and the Dec. 14th Christmas dinner.
 
New Member Induction Ceremony
 
Membership Chair, Jim Bolas, led the induction ceremony to induct the Club’s second Corporate Member – The Friendship Village of South Hills and its representatives Bryan Welty (Primary Member), Bill Engel & Lori Suess (Associate Members). Friendship Village of South Hills was acknowledged as a key contributor to the quality of life of the South Hills community and current and past Club members reside in its Upper St. Clair facility. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair welcomed Bryan, Bill and Lori into the Rotary family.
 
 
 
 
November 30th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Program Schedule
November 23rd – NO MEETING – Thanksgiving
November 30th - Friendship Village Corporate Membership Induction
December 7 – Suzy Meyer – Author at Calamity May – Women’s Self-Defense
December 14 – Club Christmas Party
 
Announcements
  • President Heather Dieckmann
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Heather reminded the members of the particulars of next week’s community event:
  • Work Venue - St. Mary’s Orthodox Church; 105 S. 19th Street; South Side
  • Work Schedule – Weds, Nov. 22nd – 4:30 to Done and Thurs., Nov. 23rd – (1st Shift) 7-10AM and (2nd Shift) 10AM to Done
  • The proverbial Rotary hat was passed and $1672 was raised. This Club member donation coupled with the Club’s support, the District’s reimbursable grant and donations from other clubs, companies and individuals should cover the approximate $6000 cost.
  • Laura Maines
  • Christmas Dinner – Scheduled for Dec. 14th; in lieu of gifts to members and guests this year monies will be given toward the Angel Tree at the Every Child non-profit which distributes gifts to 200 foster children and non-traditional foster caregiver families for their foster children. Member and Every Child Executive Director Laura Maines provided gift request lists for members and will accept gifts and donations up to Dec. 14th
  • John Donahoe 
  • All time slots are filled for Salvation Army Bell Ringing on Dec. 2nd at Giant Eagle except 3-4PM. Contact John if you wish to participate.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • Introduced Gary Lee, President of the Bethel Park Rotary Club. Their club is donating $250 toward our  Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinner event. He also requested member consideration to purchase white and red Poinsettias from his club at $11 ea. He can deliver the Poinsettias to the Dec. 7th meeting.
  • Ray Kells
  • Reminded the members that the quarterly dues notice was issued.
 
Speaker – Eugene Kanar – St. Clair Country Club Pastry Chef
 
  • Karen Pfeil introduced Mr. Kanar, our Guru of Goodies, with a poem by Rianna Bear called “Sweet Tooth”:
 
There are times in my life
when I feel utter defeat.
But nothing can cure me
Like something really sweet.
 
Tingled sensations
makes my mind want to scream.
As I serve my tongue
a spoonful of ice cream.
But when its really rough
and happiness won’t budge.
I can always run to
some dark gooey fudge.
 
Or, when just on a whim
I feel like playing hooky.
I’ll heat up the oven
and make me some cookies
 
Sweet tooth, dear sweet tooth
You make life complete.
As I taste all these goodies
So yummy to eat.”
 
Eugene Kanar has been the pastry chef at St. Clair Country Club for 14 months. Born and raised in Uniontown. He started in culinary at the age of 18 in 1998.  And was first a pastry chef at Nemacolin Woodlands. Worked as a pastry chef at Monterrey Bay restaurant for 3 years before accepting a position at St. Clair CC. Enjoys the look and taste of desserts.
 
Remember an incident while at Nemacolin when an assistant cook left pans and supplies on the roof of the van which fell off on the way to an event. Had to clean-up Rt. 40 and return for more supplies. Enjoy working with chocolate desserts and has won prizes for chocolate showpieces. Some favorite desserts made by Eugene were noted including caramel covered popcorn, baked Alaska beehive and Klondikes.
 
Will consider making a chocolate dessert for the Club’s Dec. 14th Christmas dinner
 
 
 
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November 16th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
 
 
                             
 
Club Meeting Program Schedule
November 16th – St. Clair CC Pastry Chef 
November 23rd – NO MEETING – Thanksgiving
November 30th - Friendship Village Corporate Membership Induction
 
Announcements
  • President Heather Dieckmann
  • Nov. 2nd Gourmet Dinner - Heather congratulated John Donahoe and Barbara Piconi for their fine effort in organizing this year’s Gourmet Dinner raising significant funds for the Rotary Foundation. The members gave them a healthy round of applause.
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Heather reminded the members of the upcoming Club event – preparing and assisting in the distribution of 4000 turkey dinners to the elderly and needy in the City of Pittsburgh. Key info:
  • Need $6000 – monies raised thru the Club, District grant and donations from companies, Rotary clubs and individuals; will pass the hat next week; Herm Dieckmann will match donations up to a max of $1000.
  • Work Venue - St. Mary’s Orthodox Church; 105 S. 19th Street; South Side
  • Work Schedule – Weds, Nov. 22nd – 4:30 to Done and Thurs., Nov. 23rd – (1st Shift) 7-10AM and (2nd Shift) 10AM to Done
  • Pittsburgh Steelers want to help this year
  • Need 400 boxes (Egg boxes are ideal)
  • Christmas Dinner – Scheduled for Dec. 14th; recommend in lieu of gifts at the dinner that the Club donate to an Angel Tree for needy children
  • John Donahoe 
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Dec. 2nd or 9th – 8AM-4PM – Giant Eagle
  • Barbara Piconi
  • Working with Beinhauer to fill Santa stockings with foodstuff, snacks, batteries, vitamins, playing cards, etc. for the troops overseas. 
  • Our Club has obtained 20 hats which need to be stuffed and turned in at the Nov. 30th Rotary meeting.
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Rotary International Conference - Next year’s conference is being held in Toronto June 23-27. Buses and/or charter flights and hotel rooms are being arranged. 
  • Amen for Action – 150,000 meals will be packed at the Pittsburgh Convention Center the day after Thanksgiving from 9:00AM-12:30PM. Club members can participate.
  • Pull-up Banners – Available through another Rotary Club for $145; District will reimburse $125. Can be custom designed and changed periodically. Members agreed to proceed.i
 
Speaker(s) – Upper St. Clair Interact Club
 
  • Jim Bolas introduced Jack Zebo who is the faculty advisor for the Upper St. Clair Interact Club.
  • Jack Zebo is a science teacher at USC and has taught for 20 years. He earned a B.S. in Biology in 1996 from St. Francis University and a Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He is now focused on teaching biology and teaches Honors Bio Topics, Academic Biology and Bioinformatics. He was inducted into the Saint Francis University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 for his accomplishments in volleyball setting a number of university records. Jack introduced this academic year’s co-presidents of the USC Interact Club Rachel Harris and Claire Kohler, both Juniors.
  • Rachel and Claire both expressed interest in expanding the level of fundraising activity for this year’s Interact Club which now has over 40 members. Will be active this winter/Christmas season; volunteer at a food bank 6and, of course, the Annual Pancake Festival and Easter Egg Hunt. Interest was expressed in being involved in the upcoming Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinner activities and possibly other Club activities.
  • The Club members expressed a desire to help the USC Interact Club be successful. Coordination will be handled through Jack Zebo and Jim Bolas.
 
 
Left to Right – Claire Kohler, President Dieckmann, Jack Zebo & Rachel Harris
November 9th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Program Schedule
October 26th – YMCA’s Ken Holiday
November 2nd – Annual Gourmet Dinner
November 9th – Interact Club Presentation
November 16th – Friendship Village Corporate Membership Industion
November 23rd – NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
 
Announcements
  • Barbara Piconi & John Donahoe
  • Let Barbara know if there are any dietary issues which need to be considered for the Gourmet Dinner
  • Program book has been sent to the printer
  • Currently have 14 auction items; have space for more
  • Have $11,900 in sponsorships. Less dinner tickets the net is $10,600
  • Tom Shook
  • Reminded the members that some clubs utilize a fine system to assess fines for not wearing Rotary pins, etc.
  • Dick Beck
  • Have found Rotary sweaters while packing for their move to a new house; willing to give them to anyone who wishes to give a donation to the Club; Herm Dieckmann offered to take one sweater.
  • Also have 2 tickets for the upcoming Bethel Park Rotary Club Pasta Dinner
  • Laura Maines
Laura’s non-profit, Every Child Inc, will be holding a major fundraiser at the the Heinz History Museum on Nov. 10th. Tickets can be bought on-line
  • Karen Pfeil
  • The Club will have a table set-up at the Miracle Field near the USC Rec Center this Sunday from 3-6PM; all are welcome to come and help the disabled children who will be attending to play baseball
  • There will be 500 children attending
  • All who attend are encouraged to wear a Rotary shirt
  • Karen is bringing “stuff” to hand out to the children
 
 
Speaker – Kathy Knopp – New Member
 
  • Kathy is a Pittsburgh girl born in Bon-Air a neighborhood in south Pittsburgh; family of 4 children
  • Raised Catholic and went to Catholic school K-12
  • First job was with Merrill-Lynch where she first met Herm Dieckmann
  • Met her husband, Walter, when she was a customer in his Heidelberg Shop n Save store; he eventually had 2 additional stores – one at Century III and the other in South Fayette
  • Kathy and her husband had 3 children
  • Walter was a member of the Carnegie Rotary Club and they enjoyed many good times in Rotary vacationing with members on the Chesapeake forming a Rotary Yacht Squadron and visiting many towns on the Chesapeake
  • The 3 Shop n Save stores were sold in 2000
  • Walter contacted Lou Gehring disease in 2001 and passed away in 2004
  • Kathy enjoyed being active in the PTA, bell ringer in church and a Sunday school teacher
  • Kathy is celebrating her 60th this year and the three children have graduated from college and now enjoys 3 grandchildren
  • Kathy looks forward to enjoying an opportunity to experience Rotary fellowship again.
  • The membership gave Kathy a healthy round of applause for sharing her bio.
 
October 19th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
October 19th – New Member Kathy Knopp Bio
October 26th – YMCA’s Ken Holiday
November 2nd – Annual Gourmet Dinner
November 9th – Interact Club Presentation
November 16th – Friendship Village Corporate Membership Industion
November 23rd – NO MEETING - Thanksgiving
 
Club Assembly
  • Barbara Piconi
Rotary Basics booklet is available for all members who wish to better understand what Rotary is all about. If you wish a copy please contact Jim Bolas
  • Tom Shook
Former member Rolf Zimmerman, who now resides in Germany, won the Steeler pool last week and has donated the money to the City of Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinner project which the Club does every year. A thank you card to Rolf was passed around for each member to sign
  • George Pitcairn
  • Due to a lack of participants the October 14th Ohiopyle outing has been cancelled.
  • Collection was taken among the attending members for George to buy wine for Wine Baskets for the Gourmet Dinner Chinese Auction.
  • John Donahoe
Dick Beck has provided his Club display board, which he has been storing at his home, to be used by the Club for the Gourmet Dinner. Rick Smith will provide updated photos.
  • Jim Bolas
Request was made for bottles of whiskey for a Whiskey Basket for the Gourmet Dinner Chinese Auction. John Biedrzycki, Milt Hamel, Tom Rohrich and Bob Theakston offered to provide bottles. (Note: Please bring to next meeting)
  • Heather Dieckmann
Members who are participating in the Oct. 22nd Miracle Field volunteer effort are requested to wear something which shows they are Rotarians. (If you need a shirt contact Herm Dieckmann). Plan on being there 3-6PM.  
  • City of Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners
  • Have the turkey breasts lined up; no cooking necessary
  • Will gather at 4:30-5PM on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd to start assembly of the dinner components; assembly of the dinners will start at 7:30AM on Thanksgiving Day. Activities will be at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church at 105 S. 19th St. in Southside. North Allegheny and Shaler Clubs helping out  with money ($1000 a piece) and people. District has provided a $2500 grant.
  • Ray Kells 
  • Letter was handed out to the attending members, which will also be mailed to those members who are not in attendance, concerning reconciliation of Club finances. 
  • The Club’s finances are sound with approximately $19,400 currently in the Club’s checking account and a $21,900 Certificate of Deposit. However, there are approximately $15,500 of payouts that still need to be made which would leave a balance of $6,400. 
  • In reviewing the Club records it was noted that notifications for quarterly dues payments were not sent to members for 2 quarters from July to Dec, 2015 and 2 quarters from July to Dec. 2016. Therefore, those members who were part of the Club during all or part of those periods are requested to pay the required $69 per quarter they missed up to a total of $276. Payments can be given to the Club’s Treasurer, Ray Kells, at a future meeting or mail to him at 2884 O’Neill Drive, Bethel Park, PA. 15102.
  • Members are also requested to check their checking accounts to confirm all checks they made out to the Club for the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017 period were cashed and help the Club complete its account reconciliation.
 
 
 
 
October 12th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Program Schedule
September 28th – Richard Jewell – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Announcements
  • ➢  John Donahoe - Gourmet Dinner – November 2nd
    • Tasting has been successful – Black Sea Bass and Filet will be the prime dish
    • Matching wines to be served
    • Still pursuing obtaining a travel package for the auction
    • Ricoh Printing will handle the program book
    • Still encouraging members to obtain sponsorships & auction items
    • Dave Cristi will be providing the music with a singer
    • Formal photos will be taken of all guests
    • Valley Brook is in the process of golf course renovation and are experiencing
      some access road subsidence – need to be careful in driving into the club
    • Let Barbara Piconi or John Donahoe of any special dietary issues
    • Denny Crawford will help putting together a running slide presentation during
      the Gourmet Dinner showing all the good works of the Club – send Barbara
      Piconi photos
  • ➢  Bob Theakston – Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
    • Members were reminded they will receive $50 credit for each ticket they buy
      or sell for the Gourmet Dinner. The Club will match $ for $ which means for each ticket bought or sold a member will receive $100 credit toward a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition which requires $1000.
    • Each member is encouraged to buy and/or sell 4 tickets this year.
    • When selling tickets please record the names, addresses and e-mails so we
      have a good record and can plan seating arrangements with tent cards.
  • ➢  Jim Bolas – USC Interact Club
    • There are 2-3 USC students interested in registering for the October 18th
      World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
    • Will be meeting with the Club’s Faculty Advisor, Jack Zebo, this Saturday to
      discuss the Interact Club’s plans for this school year and to share with him
      what our Club is planning and seeing how we can engage the students
    • Have invited Jack and the Club’s President & Vice President to attend a
      future dinner to meet our members and introduce themselves.
  • ➢  Jim Hinerman – Enjoy Books
• Cost $30; asking all members to buy and/or sell to raise money
➢ George Pitcairn – Ohiopyle Gathering – October 14th
• All members invited to attend a morning and early afternoon at Ohiopyle –
walking, biking, cookout – starts with breakfast somewhere and ends at 2PM
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Speaker – George Pitcairn – “A Touch of the West”
Member George Pitcairn went on a two week trip in June to visit Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. He thought that the Club would be interested in what he and Hedy saw and hear about their impressions of the American West.
Key Points
  • Saw a lot of gift shops, bronze statues and families playing instruments
  • In one town there were life size bronze statues of each U.S. president
    displayed on street corners throughout the town
  • Started in Denver and traveled to Golden, Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore,
    Deadwood, Devils Tower, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City and
    took Amtrak back to Denver (beautiful countryside)
  • Custer State Park was interesting with beautiful birds and many prairie dogs
  • Crazy Horse rock sculpture has been in progress since 1948. Park Service
    has offered to take it over to finish it but the Ziolkowski family wants to retain
    the rights to build the sculpture since it is a money-maker.
  • Mt. Rushmore was a highlight. Was created in 14 years (1927-1941) but was
    curtailed due to WWII
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  • Devils Tower also was fascinating. 870 feet high and has a 1.3 mile perimeter walking trail around the base
  • Old Faithful in Yellowstone erupts every 90 minutes and builds over 5 minutes to a height of 870 feet. Yellowstone also has a 1200 ft. Grand Canyon with a beautiful waterfall
  • In Jackson, Wyoming saw a Rotary project built in 1953 comprising of four large arches built out of Elk horns.
  • In Snow Bird was tempted to buy a good looking buckle and belt but declined when finding the purchase price was $1400 !!
  • All in all a very enjoyable trip
September 21st Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
 
September 21st - George Pitcairn--Trip to the Dakotas 
September 28th – Richard Jewell – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
 
 
 
Announcements
 
➢ Heather Dieckmann
- Introduction of Guests – Dennis Piper introduced his wife Linda and Barbara Piconi introduced her sister, Jane Shifflett from Tampa Bay, Florida
- Miracle Field Volunteers – Members were reminded that Karen Pfeil is organizing a group of Rotarians to help volunteer at the Miracle Field on Saturday, Oct. 22nd from 3-6PM. If you are interested please contact Karen. A table is reservedat the park, wear something with Rotary on it or a non-scary Halloween outfit.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations – Herm Dieckmann reminded everyone that he still is accepting contributions for the Club to send donations for the Houston relief efforts. The funds will be sent to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc. which covers the Houston area. If you wish to donate to the Houston relief effort through Rotary please contact Herm Dieckmann 
- Enjoy Books – Ray Kells reminded the members that he now has the Enjoy books which sell for $30 ea. The Club will get a nice share back for each book sold. Please contact Ray to obtain your books to buy or sell 
 
Speaker – Dennis Piper – District 7300 Chairman of Technology
 
Dennis is past President of the Crafton-Ingram Club and currently Assistant Governor and Chairman of Communications & Technology for the District. Dennis is Founder and Owner of DEP Technologies which provides information technology services to clients. He is also a Llama Plop Coordinator
 
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   Dennis Piper
 
Dennis updated the members on what is new on the Rotary District 7300 and Rotary International websites. Facebook seminars are now available by the district to learn how to promote Rotary and our Club. The new district website has new information on available scholarships, district rewards programs, club assessment (survey) forms and more for club use.
 
The RI website has been significantly improved since a key webmaster from Microsoft joined the Rotary team.
 
When updating club information on new members, officers, activities, etc. it is only necessary to update the district website NOT RI’s website since RI can capture the necessary info from the district website.
 
RI is displaying on their website under Rotary Showcase Rotary members total volunteer hours, contributions, etc. on an on-going basis to show Rotarians and the world the influence Rotary has on communities around the world.
 
The RI website also shows discounts for Rotarians on a variety of things – hotels, restaurants, entertainment, trips, etc.
 
The RI site also has a function similar to GoFundMe which provides a means for a Club to raise funds for special projects.
 
Dennis offers Clubs training sessions on the use of the new communications and website technologies. He can be contacted at dennis@deptech.net.
 
 
September 14 Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
September 14th – Dennis Piper – District 7300 Webmaster
September 21st – Richard Jewell – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board 
September 28th – George Pitcairn – My Trip to the Dakotas
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann 
  • Introduction of Guests - Jennifer Cooper introduced her fiancée Tim Bodnar; planning to marry next March
  • Miracle Field Volunteers – Karen Pfeil is organizing a group of Rotarians to help volunteer at the Miracle Field on Saturday, Oct. 22nd. If you are interested please contact her.
  • Thanksgiving Dinners – Needy in the City of Pittsburgh – 111 cases of turkey breast have been obtained at $1.59/lb. and will be stored for the Club for one month; need volunteers to provide freezer space the end of Sept. Planning on serving 4000 dinners this year. Will be easier this year with only a one day prior prep and cooking morning of Thanksgiving. Shaler Club requested to join the effort with Bethel-St. Clair and Northern Allegheny. Cost will be split evenly between the clubs. District 7300 approved a $2500 grant. Need boxes for handling dinners and to raise funds from the members. All members who wish to donate to and/or volunteer for the Thanksgiving dinner effort please contact Heather .
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations – Herm Dieckmann is accepting contributions for the Club to send donations for the Houston relief efforts. The funds will be sent to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc. which covers the Houston area. Thus far approximately $500 has been raised. If you wish to donate to the Houston relief effort through Rotary please contact Herm Dieckmann.
  • World Affairs Student Registration – Jim Bolas agreed to pursiue registration of USC students for the up coming World Affairs event.
 
  • John Donahoe – November 2nd Gourmet Dinner
  • Valley Brook – John stated that the recently hired chef at Valley Brook has resigned. He stated that the current kitchen staff should be able to handle the dinner. Tasting will be held in a couple weeks. Entrée of fish/meat will be combined this year.
  • Tickets – Bob Theakston has the tickets for the dinner. Cost is the same as last year - $125 per person. Members are encouraged to arrange a table.
  • Viennese Dessert Room – Tom Shook has once again agreed to sponsor the dessert room.
  • Music – The Dave Christie Trio will only include Dave Christie and a singer.
  • Pictures – Sam Provil is again helping to coordinate the photos this year.
  • Sponsors – Members are encouraged to help line up repeat and new sponsors by the end of September. Contact John Donahoe for information on the sponsorship packages that are available (i.e. recognition, free tickets, etc.). 
  • Auction Items – The following auction items have thus far been noted:
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Tickets
  • High Quality Cigars
  • Seven Springs Golf Package
  • Nemacolin Golf Package
  • A Knitted Afghan
  • Steeler Game Tickets
  • Wine Raffle
  • Whiskey Basket (Those who wish to donate to this basket contact Jim Bolas 
 
  • Tom Shook – Status of John Westerman
  • Tom reported that John has recently had several stints inserted (operations performed in Pittsburgh and Cleveland) to help overcome serious circulation blockages. He is currently recovering.
 
Induction of New Member Jennifer Cooper
 
Membership Chairman Jim Bolas facilitated the induction ceremony. On behalf of new member sponsor Karen Pfeil, President Heather Dieckmann performed the role of sponsor. The membership enthusiastically welcomed Jennifer into the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair.
                                                      
                Jennifer & Heather
 
 
 
September 7th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
September 7th – Induction of new member Jennifer Cooper
September 14th – Dennis Piper – Pittsburgh CPA – Tax Advisor
September 21st – Richard Jewell – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
September 28th – George Pitcairn – My Trip to the Dakotas
 
Announcements
 
➢ Heather Dieckmann – Introduction of Guests
- Jennifer Cooper introduced Michelle Gaudino, former member of the Delmont Salem Rotary Club in District 7330, now in the area working as a Mortgage Loan Officer at PNC Bank and who is interested in our Club
- Emanuel Panos introduced his wife Angela
 
Speaker – Ward Garner – District 7300 Governor
 
Member Dick Beck, 2003-2004 District 7300 Governor introduced Ward Garner, 2017-2018 District 7300 Governor. Dick pointed out that he and Ward were both Air Force grads (Ward received the Air Force’s Achievement Medal), both started in Rotary in the Pittsburgh Club. Bob Williams, a Rotarian well-known to the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair introduced Ward to Rotary. Ward was born in St. Mary’s, PA. and graduated in 1989 from the University of Pittsburgh in Business Management and he has pursued a career in financial planning. Ward has written a book titled “How to Protect My Million: Strategies to Identify and Avoid Swindlers”. Ward is a member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Northern Allegheny. Ward is a Paul Harris +8, Governor Garner also is on the Advisory Board of the Office of Children, Youth & Families for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Like Member Herm Dieckmann he also was a disc jockey in his younger days.
Ward Garner
The key points of Ward’s presentation are as follows:
 
➢ The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair is the 35th club he has visited in the district since July 1st. Taking Herm Dieckmann’s idea he showed the 2017-2018 Rotary banner he has signed at each club he visits
➢ 3 key points he wanted to emphasize to each club he visits:
• BE INSPIRED
• SATISFY THE ROTARY CITATION – Membership, Rotary Foundation and Public Image
• RAISE THE BRAND OF ROTARY
➢ He noted his motto “The More You Immerse Yourself in Rotary the Better Life You Will Live”
➢ He also emphasized that that you get more out of Rotary than you give.
➢ Want to increase the district’s marketing effort. One way is to help each club to purchase a “pull-up banner” (see below)

 
The district will reimburse each club $125 to purchase their own banner. Cost of such banners vary from $175 to $230.
➢ Also the district is requesting $100 from each club to help support a district-wide marketing campaign toaccomplish a “Unison of Branding”
➢ Ward and Barbara Piconi emphasized the importance of building membership this year since the district’s membership is at 1115. If the district falls below 1100 it becomes vulnerable to possibly being combined with adjacent District 7330 which is currently below 1100. District 7300 is thought of highly within RI because of the district’s support for the Rotary Foundation and programs such as the Bob Williams’ scholarship program which is meant only for District 7300.
➢ A number of ideas to improve membership were noted:
• Create additional clubs in growth areas of the district 
• Consider spouses joining Rotary
• Approach local businesses for individual and corporate membership (emphasize the social, fund raising, networking and service aspects of Rotary). Emphasize to businesses that they will experience business growth and it will be a vehicle for community service and for devoting time & money which they need to do.
• ASK, ASK, ASK
 
 
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Club Meeting Program Schedule

August 31st - District Governor Ward Garner and his official visit.
September 7th – Induction of new member Jennifer Cooper
September 14th – Dennis Piper – Pittsburgh CPA – Tax Advisor
September 21st – Richard Jewell – Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
 
Announcements
 
  • Heather Dieckmann – Club Board Meeting
  • Board Meeting after regular meeting to formalize transfer of responsibility for Club checking account to new officers
  • Review current financial status of the Club
 
  • Sam Provil – Introduction of Guest
  • Sam introduced his wife Nancy
 
Speaker – Tim Gebhart – Executive Director – The Miracle League of South Hills
 
Sam Provil introduced the speaker. Sam & his wife Nancy are volunteers in the Miracle League and the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has donated to the construction of the Miracle Field and Clubhouse.
 
Tim Gebhart, a South Dakota native, graduate of University of Hawaii at Hilo with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Also attended the University of Sioux falls in South Dakota. Played 2nd base and helped lead the Cougars to a conference championship his freshman year. Was Director of Baseball Operations at Camp All-Star in Kents Hill, Maine and as Operations Coordinator for the Camps and Clinics Division with the Ripken Academy. Met Sean Casey along the way and soon found himself coming to Pittsburgh in 2016 to become the Executive Director of the Miracle League of South Hills. A picture below of Sean Casey on the left and Tim Gebhart on the right.
 
The Miracle League of South Hills began in 2008, when Sean Casey, a native South Hills Pittsburgher and a 12 year major league baseball All-Star started his quest to bring a Miracle League field to the South Hills of Pittsburgh where he grew up. The Miracle League of the South Hills mission statement is “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.”
 
The Miracle League brings the game of baseball to children who may have never had the opportunity to play on a real field. By building a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheel-chair bound or visually impaired players, the field has eliminated the challenges that prevent many children from playing the game of baseball.
 
In addition to giving kids the chance to play the game the Miracle League is dedicated to bringing together children through a “Buddies” program connecting all children by building teamwork and friendship. The Miracle League now has 18 teams and 300 players in the 6 week spring season and 200 players in the 6 week fall season. There are 300 volunteers of all ages and 52 volunteer coaches.
 
Tim showed several videos of children who though physically challenged are able to participate in the game of baseball and with the help of buddies able to perform in a manner to help them truly experience the fun of baseball. Miracles happen all the time. Tim showed a video of a child who chose to walk for the first time when participating at the Miracle Field. A truly uplifting experience for all involved.
 
Tim mentioned that the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair can participate as a volunteer group and can have a booth to display Rotary and provide a service to the participants. Karen Pfeil volunteered to lead a group from the Club for Saturday, October 22nd.
 
 
Left to Right: Nancy & Sam Provil, Tim Gebhart and Heather Dieckmann
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Club Annual Corn Roast – Lion’s Park – Bethel Park
The Club held its Annual Corn Roast on a somewhat cool and damp Thursday evening. However, the weather did not dampen the spirits and fellowship of the many members and their families and guests. As in the past many people made this year’s Corn Roast successful. 
 
Special mention is given to Carol & Milt Hamel for their organization, set-up and bringing many of the basic supplies again this year as well as operating the kitchen. Herm Dieckmann, Jim Bolas, Cliff Taylor and his friend Ferne husked the 60 ears of corn. Keith Jackson again brought his grill and handled all the grilling of hot dogs and hamburgers. Numerous members and their families brought beverages, salads, side dishes and many delicious desserts. Thanks goes to Herm for providing the oldies but goodies music. Thanks also goes to everyone who helped clean-up at the end. Everyone appeared fully stuffed and satisfied.
 
Barbara Piconi introduced two of the eight 2017 Bob Williams Memorial Scholarship winners. Each scholarship recipient receives $4000 from the scholarship fund. The two winners were: Mikayla Ridgeway a graduate of South Park High School; she will attend Slippery Rock University studying early childhood & special education and Jackson Gastmeyer also a graduate from South Park High School.  Jackson will attend Westminster College studying political science.
 
Click on Photo Albums for pictures. 
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Club Meeting Program Schedule
August 10th – Club Annual Corn Roast (w/Bob Williams Scholarship Winners) August 17th - George Pitcairn – My Trip to the Dakotas
August 24th - Tim Gebhart the Executive Director of the Miracle League of the South Hills
August 31st - District Governor Ward Garner and his official visit. Announcements
  • ➢  Heather Dieckmann – August 10th Corn Roast
    • -  Noon – start set-up
    • -  4:30PM – start shucking corn
    • -  5:30-6:00PM – start gathering for corn roast ($20 per member only, families
      and guests are no charge)
    • -  Bring salad, side dish and/or dessert
  • ➢  Heather Dieckmann – Club of the Year
- Rotary is requiring all Districts and Clubs to report their engagement in the
community (service hours, etc.) as well as donations to the Rotary Foundation. District 7300 will use the reporting parameters used by RI for Club of the Year determination.
➢ Karen Pfeil – Community Involvement Ideas
- Several ideas for increasing community involvement were proposed which
Karen offered to help coordinate:
o Make homemade cookies for Meals-On-Wheels for holidays
o Putting wreaths on the graves at the National Cemetery on Veterans
Day and Memorial Day
o Helping the City Mission at Southpointe on holidays
  • ➢  Herm Dieckmann – Member Health Issues
    • -  It was noted that Tracy Estabrook has had spinal surgery and has a difficult
      recovery
    • -  Rick Smith is doing well recovering from hip surgery
    • -  John Westerman is doing well from the heart issues he has been dealing with
  • ➢  Bob Theakston – The Education Partnership
    • -  Bob read a thank you letter from The Education Partnership thanking the Club
      for their $5000 donation supplying school supplies to needy children in Upper
      St. Clair.
    • -  Members are welcome to help pack-up school supplies in preparation for the
      new school year at their warehouse at 281 Corliss St. in McKees Rocks. However, to be able to participate a member must obtain a PA Child Abuse History Clearance which can be done through the PA website on the internet
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Induction of New Member – Kathy Knopp
Membership Chair Jim Bolas led the induction ceremony of new member Kathy Knopp. Kathy was presented an Object of Rotary plaque and her own Member Handbook. Her sponsor, Herm Dieckmann, presented Kathy her Rotary pin. All attending members came forward to formally welcome Kathy into the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. 
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Club Meeting Program Schedule
 
August 3rd – Induction of New Member Kathy Knopp 
August 10th – Club Annual Corn Roast (w/Bob Williams Scholarship Winners)
August 17th - George Pitcairn – My Trip to the Dakotas
August 24th - Tim Gebhart the Executive Director of the Miracle League of the South Hills
August 31st - District Governor Ward Garner and his official visit.
 
Announcements
 
President Heather reminded everyone of the Rotary Night at the Meadows to be held on July 28, 2017. She also reminded all of the Corn Roast to be held on August 10, 2017 at the Lions Park on Irishtown Road in Bethel Park. All attendees are to bring the side dish of their choice.
 
Carl Trakolfer introduced Mr. Dave Barndollar who is his neighbor and is interested in becoming a Rotarian.
 
Speaker – Dan Majernik; Employee Benefit Consultant; Strategic Employee Benefits in Pittsburgh
 
Dan spoke to us about the National & Regional Health Care Markets. He pointed out the unique situation in Pittsburgh which has two Integrated Health Systems UPMC and Highmark/Allegheny Health Network. Dan noted that there has been a change in the Pittsburgh demographic with the introduction of more national carriers which include United, Aetna and Cigna. There is also a shift in the employee demographics with more young people deciding to stay in the area.
 
Despite the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act, most employers are still offering coverage to the employees. 
 
One of the impacts of the ACA is the design of the plans with higher deductibles and co-pays which has created a negative for providers because of their increased debt. There has also been a great deal of irrational pricing in the market place. Prescription drug costs are now 25% of plan costs and are expected to be 40% within a few years. One of the biggest positives from the ACA is the 100% coverage for preventive care. Dan encouraged all to speak with the physician and the office scheduler to make sure the visit is being billed as preventive since many times tests are performed and end up being billed as non-preventive.
 
Dan answered a few questions and then wrapped up the program.
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Club Meeting Program Schedule
July 27th – Dan Majernek from Strategic Employee Benefits to speak about Health Insurance
August 3rd – Induction of New Member Kathy Knopp
August 10th – Club Annual Corn Roast (w/Bob Williams Scholarship Winners) August 17th - George Pitcairn – My Trip to the Dakotas
August 24th - Tim Gebhart the Executive Director of the Miracle League of the South Hills
August 31st - District Governor Ward Garner and his official visit.
Announcements
  • Ø  John Donahoe – Nov. 2nd Club Foundation Gourmet Dinner
    • -  225 tickets have been printed and available for the members to sell. Checks
      are to be made out to The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Foundation
    • -  Herm Dieckmann once again donated the printing of the tickets
    • -  Flyers for use in soliciting sponsorships were distributed (see attached). Each
      member of the club was encouraged to identify sponsors and notify John Donahoe and to obtain the actual sponsorships. It was agreed that a meeting will be arranged with John Biedrzycki to seek his advice and counsel on sponsorships based on his success with the Barnyard Beer Benefit.
    • -  Discussion of whether or not a program book should be produced separately from a sponsor/ad book due to inherent delays in obtaining advertisement information from sponsors. Further consideration will be required.
  • Ø  Milt Hamel – Aug. 10th Corn Roast
    • -  Milt and Carol will need help this year in organizing the corn roast. They have
      much of the supplies required in their basement. Contact Milt if you would like
      to help at 412-760-3585.
    • -  Need to buy corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, wine and beer – Heather will pick-
      up the corn from Simmons Farm (about 1-1/2 ears per attendee)
    • -  Set-up starts at noon on day of the event
    • -  Keith is bringing the grills
    • -  $20 per member – family and guests are free
    • -  Barbara Piconi says that she will invite the 2 South Park high school students
      who won Bob Williams scholarships. It was recommended that their parents
      also be invited.
  • Ø  President Dieckmann – Monthly RI Community Service Compilation
    • -  RI has requested that each club in the world keep track of their monthly
      contribution of their member’s time to local community service.
    • -  President Dieckmann volunteered to maintain the form which is to be
      submitted monthly. The members are asked to provide Heather with the
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information (e.g. volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, distributing dictionaries,
Salvation Army bell-ringing, making Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, etc.)
  • -  It was recommended that a list of community service opportunities be made
    available to the members to help them understand where they can help on
    projects which are available for members to volunteer time to.
  • -  It was recommended that the list be made part of the weekly meeting notes.
  • -  One of the key goals of President Dieckmann this Rotary Year is increase
    member’s hands-on involvement in community service.
  • Ø  President Dieckmann – Club Budget – 2017-2018
    • -  Heather distributed copies of the 2017-2018 Club budget that was approved
      by the board of directors last week.
    • -  An audit of the Club’s finances for the past several years is being planned.
  • Ø  Barbara Piconi – Updated Member Contact List
- An updated member contact list was distributed. This information is also
available on Clubrunner.
Ø Ray Kells – Enjoy Books
- Ray stated that to help raise funds for the Club it is planned to once again sell
Enjoy Books which produces revenue to the Club for each book sold by the members. 40 books will be obtained. A volunteer to coordinate the distribution and accounting for book sales was asked for. Please contact Ray if you are interested to help at 412-999-6779.
Speaker – Barbara Piconi – Rotary International (RI) and Rotary Foundation
  • Ø  RI’s incoming president Sam Owori of Uganda died on July 13th from complications following leg surgery in a Texas hospital. RI’s current nominating committee has been tasked with evaluating those candidates which were evaluated when Sam Owori was selected, who wish to be considered, to recommend a replacement. This is the first time such a situation has arisen in the 112 year history of Rotary. A moment of silence was recognized for Mr. Owori.
  • Ø  The Rotary Foundation is looking to each club to achieve a $100 donation from each member during the Rotary Year for which the Club will receive special recognition. 25 members achieved this level last year. It was recommended that several keys members meet with each member who has not yet achieved this level to discuss the benefits of the Rotary Foundation.
  • Ø  The Rotary Foundation’s records show per capita giving by The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair at $484.72 which is mainly due to ticket sales and credit for donating auction items to the Gourmet Dinner.
  • Ø  A letter will be sent to each member explaining what level of contributions they have achieved towards Paul Harris recognition and how much more in contribution is required to achieve the next level of recognition.
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Announcements

 

  • President Heather Dieckmann opened her first meeting of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.
  • A get well card for John Westerman was passed for signing by the members. John continues to have issues with his heart which are being resolved. 
  • Thank you letters from SHIM, St. Clair Foundation and the YMCA for the Club’s recent donations were passed among the members.
  • Flyers of upcoming District 7300 events were passed among the members for
  • July 15th – Ambridge Car Cruise
  • July 28th – Night at the Races - $35/person
  • July 31st – District Golf Outing – Wildwood Country Club
  • August 3rd – Crafton-Ingram Rib & Chicken Fest
  • August 15th – Moon Township Corn Roast
  • President Dieckmann distributed the final report for the 2017 Pancake Festival. A net of $19,586 was raised and $16,086 was distributed to 7 South Hills outreach organizations. It was announced that the Steelers ticket sales team would receive steak dinners for the highest ticket sales of $7286. Tom Shook had the most ticket sales totalling $5109.
  • The following guests and prospective members were recognized:
  • Jennifer Cooper – Manager of PNC Bank – Ft. Couch Office
  • Kathy Knopp – Prospective member to be voted on at tonight’s board meeting
  • Brent Grove – Financial Advisor - Canonsburg

 

Club Assembly

 

  • President Dieckmann stated that her primary goals for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year are to:
  • Increase the level of Club member engagement in hands-on efforts on community projects and activities.
  • Achieve over $20,000 of Club donations to the Rotary Foundation

 

As committed to President Dieckmann at the Changing of the Guard all Club Members agreed to support Heather and her team to accomplish this year’s objectives.

 

  • Bob Theakston announced two Club Members who achieved Paul Harris 3rd Level and presented pins to Carl Trakofler and John Biedrzycki

 

Podium – Bob Theakston

John Biedrzycki – President Heather Dieckmann – Carl Trakofler

 

  • Director of International Service John Donahoe briefly described what occurred at the June Rotary International Convention held at the Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center which he and his wife, Pat, attended:
  • 42,000 attendees from all over the world
  • June 11th – Opening flag ceremony and presentation of ceremonial bell and opening remarks from 2016-2017 RI President John Germ
  • Blue Jean – Blue Grass entertainment
  • Candlelight Vigil
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Tour of CNN Headquarters
  • Athens Night – Restaurant Tour
  • Gone with the Wind Movie
  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • 3K Walk for Polio
  • Atlanta Braves baseball game
  • Featured speakers – Georgia Governor and Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young (former Congressman, UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta), Bill Gates (former CEO of Microsoft and world renown philanthropist), Jennifer Jones (RI VP), James Quincey (CEO of Coca-Cola), Jack Nicklaus (world renown golfer who had polio at 13)
  • 2018 RI Convention will be in Toronto – The White Oak Club will organize a trip package for District Clubs

 

  • John Donahoe, as the 2017 Gourmet Dinner Chairman, reported planning highlights for the November Club Foundation event:
  • An alternative venue for the dinner was explored at Bella Sera in Canonsburg. However, Valley Brook Country Club maintained last year’s pricing and the event will be held there
  • Dinner tickets will remain at $125 per person
  • Attendee pictures will continue to be offered for those wishing to have their picture taken
  • The Dave Cristi trio will be a duo this year
  • A silent and live auction will be held
  • The dinner will continue to be called a “gourmet” dinner but consideration will be given to changing the name next year (e.g. a “gala”)
  • Options are being considered for the live auction (e.g. selling paddles)
  • A 50/50 raffle with tickets sold at the reception desk is being considered
  • Consideration will also be given to better communicate what Rotary does for the local community
  • Sponsorship packages will be e-mailed to the members

 

 

 

 

 

           

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2017-2018 Rotary Year
 
July 6th – NO MEETING (Due to July 4th)
 
Announcements
 
  • District Conference – The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair was well represented at the District Conference held at Seven Springs this past weekend. Good opportunity for fellowship and celebration of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. Our Club won a Service Award for achieving Top Ten status in 7 out of 8 categories of service including Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service, New Generations, Rotary Foundation, Leadership Development and Public Relations. Membership was the one area needing improvement, The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair also achieved Top Ten Club status for 2016-2017 achieving a rank of 8th among the District’s 47 clubs.
  • District Spelling Bee – The Club’s sponsored spelling bee entrant, Brandon Kelley, achieved 4th place out of 18 competitors.
  • District 7300 Contribution to Rotary Foundation – The District announced at the conference that it was short $5000 to hit $1 million contribution to the Rotary Foundation for 2016-2017. At the conference the Club contributed $1000 toward the shortfall. With donations from other Clubs and individuals the $5000 was raised.
  • Introduction of Guests – President Maines asked each member to introduce their guests. The dinner celebrating Changing of the Guard was well attended.
 
Changing of the Guard
 
A special time in Rotary is the annual changing of leadership at the international, district and club levels every July 1st. At the club level this is called “Changing of the Guard”. Past District Governor and Past Club President Dick Beck facilitated The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Changing of the Guard ceremony. 2016-2017 Club President Laura Maines gave a farewell address and the membership gave her a standing applause thanking her for doing a good job as President.
 
2017-2018 Club President Heather Dieckmann gave an incoming message to the membership. The new Club officers and directors and Club members committed to support President Dieckmann for her Rotary Year.
 
 
 
Club Members and Guests enjoy fellowship and a delicious dinner at St. Clair Country Club while celebrating another successful year for the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and welcoming the incoming Club officers and directors.
 
 
 
   2016-2017 Club President Maines       2017-2018 Club President Dieckmann
 
 
Induction of 2017-2018 Officers and Directors
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Events to End of Rotary Year
 
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
July 6th – 2017-2018 District Governor Ward’s Visit
 
Announcements
 
  • Changing of the Guard – President Maines reminded the members to sign-up for next week’s Changing of the Guard Dinner. Members are encouraged to bring their spouses or significant others. (NOTE: Please notify Laura Maines if you have not yet signed-up)
  • Potential New Member – Jim Bolas introduced Matt Lichtenstein who is visiting the Club for the first time and is interested in joining Rotary. Matt is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. Office is off Bower Hill and he and his wife live in Greentree. He is interested in a dinner Rotary club.
 
Speaker – Rachel Carlson – President of Upper St. Clair’s Historical Society
 
 
Jim Bolas introduced Rachel Carlson, President of the Upper St. Clair Historical Society since 2013. Rachel graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Pittsburgh in Bio-Medical and has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon. She works for Zoll Medical Corporation as Product Manager – Wearable Defibrillator. She is proudly an 8th generation Gilfillan.
 
Gilfillans came to the US from Scotland in 1740 and purchased the property, which became Gilfillan Farm, in 1850 from Adam Patterson. In 2001 the Gilfillan Family gave the farm to the Upper St. Clair Historical Society. Today the property is split between the farm proper and Gilfillan Park which belongs to Upper St. Clair Township. The farm has been registered a National Landmark which requires strict historic restoration standards be followed which makes restoration more expensive but worthwhile from a historic perspective.
 
Rachel showed the members a slide presentation which identified the various structures on the farm property. The barn is a Pennsylvania Barn which was built with lumber from trees on the property. It was built in one day. A large chicken coop was tore down in 2016 due to its bad condition. Plans have been made to rebuild the coop in the future when funds are available. There is a smokehouse which is in delicate condition due to not having a foundation and its brickwork is comprised of soft brick and water has caused damage. A two-sided outhouse was on the property adjacent to a road which, at one time, was the main road between Pittsburgh and Washington, PA.
 
Three years ago a Master Plan was developed for Gilfillan Farms by experts in the field of historical restorations. The plan is organized in the 4 main categories – Buildings, Landscape, Equipment and Artifacts. Gilfillan is unique in Western Pennsylvania due to its historical importance. The mission statement of the restoration is “This farm is a treasure that needs to be nutured and shared.” Arris Construction has developed  detailed restoration proposals.
 
Operating and maintaining the Gilfillan Farm is $100,000 a year with a large amount going towards insurance. Funding comes from the Margaret Gilfillan Charitable Trust, fundraisers like the Barnyard Beer Benefit (which has raised $18,000 this year) and grants. A July 6th  Wine Dinner fundraiser is being sponsored by Atria’s.
 
Rachel thanked The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club for sponsoring this year’s Barnyard Beer Benefit and the USC Historical Society looks forward to working with the Club in the future.
 
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Announcements
 
  • Introduction and Welcome – President Laura Maines introduced herself to the gathering and welcomed the recipients of the proceeds of the club’s 58th annual Pancake Festival and the senior high school student receiving the Service Above Self Award for 2017 and his family
  • Potential New Member – Past President and District Governor Herm Dieckmann introduced his guest ,Kathy Knopp, who has expressed interest in joining The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Kathy lives in Upper St. Clair.
  • Membership – Laura reminded all the guests that they should give consideration to joining Rotary. The Club does a lot of good in the community.
 
Distribution of Pancake Festival Proceeds
 
Vice President and 2017 Pancake Festival Chairman Heather Dieckmann welcomed everyone and proceeded to introduce the representatives from each attending organization to come forward to receive their check and to briefly explain what use the organization would plan to use the funds for.
 
Meals on Wheels – Dorothy VanDruff thanked the Club and said the proceeds will help subsidize those needy individuals who cannot always afford the $6 per meal that is charged. They currently serve 68 people but that number rises into the 90s in the winter. Have sufficient number of kitchen volunteers who prepare the meals and have good dedicated drivers to deliver the meals. Local businesses such as Bethel Bakery are kind to donate bread and baked goods. She reminded everyone that her organization does not receive any government monies.
 
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) – Seth Dubin also thanked the Club once again for their continual support of SHIM. The monies will be spent on such things as subsidized lunches for those in need. SHIM typically serves 1600 people at their free food pantry. Many do not understand that suburban poverty does exist, even in wealthy suburbs, and SHIM offers assistance to those who need support.
 
St. Clair Hospital Foundation – Vernard Campbell and Kristen Beattie expressed appreciation for the Club’s support again this year. The monies will go towards supporting the hospital’s Courtesy Van Program which provides free transportation to needy South Hills patients who otherwise could not make visits to doctor’s offices or access medical facilities for treatment. The van program typically makes 55 trips a day, 13,000 trips per year. There are 6 vans and on average 6.5 drivers and a dispatcher. Each van typically travels up to 25,000 miles a year which requires good maintenance. Examples given of those in need is a 92-year old woman in Whitehall, 63-year old mentally challenged man who is illiterate and cannot drive and a 93-year old woman who is the primary care giver for her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
 
Boy Scouts – Troop 366 – Scout Master Rick Diffendal and his son Ben, who is a member of the boy scouts, received the check and thanked the Club. Ben explained that the boy scouts look forward every year to working at the Pancake Festival. They plan on putting the funds to good use in supporting their summer camping program. The funds will help in buying tents, sleeping bags and other camping supplies. The camping program is a good education on survival and experiencing the outdoors.
 
Prime Time Adult Care – Frank Lenox received the check for Prime Time and expressed sincere thanks for the continued support of the Rotary Club. Prime Time has been an active organization in the South Hills for 30 years serving mentally challenged elderly patients suffering from mental illness, dementia and Alzeimer’s. The people that work at their facility in Bethel Park see it more as a mission than a job. The funds will help in supporting their operations since Prime Time needs outside funding for 40% of its budget.
 
Heather thanked all the recipients for their good work in the South Hills community and their willingness to volunteer to sell tickets and work at the Pancake Festival every year.
 
It was noted that Southwinds and the YMCA could not make the dinner and therefore the checks will be mailed to them.
Left to Right – Ben Diffendal, Seth Dubin, Rick Diffendal, Vernard Campbell, Kristin Beattie, Joanne Koller, Dorothy VanDruff, Frank Lenox and Marjory Lenox
 
Service Above Self Award
 
Ray Kells introduced MacKenzie (Mac) Dominick as the Upper St. Clair Senior receiving the Club’s 2017 Service Above Self Award recognizing his contribution to the USC Interact Club, community service, academic achievements (3.4 GPA) and school activity achievements (captain of USC’s soccer team). Mac will be attending Penn State Main Campus in the fall studying civil engineering. Ray recognized Mac’s mother, Shannon, and grandmother, Jan Burke.
               
 
Left to Right – Jan Burke, MacKenzie Dominick and Shannon Dominick
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Events to End of Rotary Year
 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 15thPancake Festival Distribution Dinner & Service Above Self Award
Jun 22ndRachel Carlson – Historical Society of Upper St. Clair – Gilfillan Farms
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • District Conference – Seven Springs – President Maines stated that conference registration and the discounted resort hotel rate remains available
  • Thank You Notes – Thank you notes were passed from Brandon Kelley (Spelling Bee Winner) and Andrew Caldart (Tech Awards Winner)
  • Service Above Self and Paul Harris Awards – Milt Hamel reported his presentations of the Club awards at the High School Awards ceremony. He said that the Service Above Self awardee Mackenzie Dominick was a fine young man. The Paul Harris awardee, Zoe Rankin, was not in attendance because she was not notified by the high school. The young lady would like to attend a future meeting to thank the club personally for the watch which was given to her.
 
Speaker – Roya Kousari – Whole Foods – Pittsburgh Metro Marketing Team Leader
 
               
 
Roya Kousari creates and manages strategic business and philanthropic partnerships within the greater Pittsburgh metro area. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has lived in Pittsburgh for 17 years, currently lives in Lawrenceville. Prior to joining Whole Foods Market Roya has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, holding positions with Chautauqua Theater Company, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Public Theater.
 
Roya stated that she has had a good experience with Rotary being part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team visiting Paraguay and Argentina.
 
The mission statement of Whole Foods is: “Whole Foods Market is a dynamic leader in the quality food business. We are a mission-driven company that aims to set the standards of excellence for food retailers. We are building a business in which high standards permeate all aspects of our company. Quality is a state of mind at Whole Foods Market.”
 
Roya said that Whole Foods believes in “Conscious Capitalism” and has a number of foundations to help the local community. Whole Planet Foundation provides micro-loans. Whole Kids Foundation and School Garden Grant Program supports nutrition and wellness in the community. Whole Foods has donated $2000 of in-kind contributions and money to the recent Barnyard Beer Benefit
 
Whole Foods has 3 stores in Pittsburgh in Upper St. Clair, West Liberty and Wexford.
 
Whole Foods emphasizes natural and organic foods, use local farmers and have the freshest produce around; uses natural ingredients in their bakery which uses a special Italian oven built into the foundation.
 
Still trying to find footing in Upper St. Clair. Customers are budget-driven and have high quality expectations. Whole Foods has their 365 line of food products which are cost competitive. They provide 10% case discounts and are planning on starting an “Instacart” feature which will allow customers to call-in orders which will be bagged and available for pick-up or delivery.
 
Whole Foods has a certified cheese master; stores in the UK and Canada and will handle special requests from special preparation of fish and seafood to preparation of produce.
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Events to End of Rotary Year
 
Jun 3rd – District Assembly – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Greentree
Jun 8thService Above Self Award
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 15thPancake Festival Distribution Dinner
Jun 22ndRoger Heins – Historical Society of Upper St. Clair – Gilfillan Farms
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • District Assembly – June 3rd – President Maines reminded the membership that they can attend the assembly and pay at the door
  • Rotary International Convention  - John and Pat Donohoe and Barbara Piconi plan on attending the convention in Atlanta, GA.
  • District Conference – President Maines confirmed that registration is still open.
 
Speaker – Karen Pfeil – New Member
 
 
                 Karen & Eric Pfeil
 
President Maines introduced Karen Pfeil, the newest member of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair to provide the membership with her background and interests to allow the membership to better know what Karen Pfeil is all about.
 
Karen said she was born in 1954 at St. Francis Hospital. When her mother was in search of a name for her new daughter she noticed a magazine with actress Leslie Caron on the cover which resulted in her being named Karen Leslie. Grew up in Whitehall, eventually moved to Scott Township and then Peters Township. Graduated from Peters and went to Robert Morris. After college went to work at Equimark, now Equibank. Joined the Army Reserve becoming part of the 99th Regional Support Command as a Specialist 4. Have a daughter, Natalie, who lives in Peters and has two children. Second marriage was with Eric Pfeil, estate lawyer with Cohen & Grigsby, having two daughters, Leslie who works with Matthews, Inc.  and Hilary who is an Orthodonist. Best job was working as a health aide at Mt. Lebanon High School becoming knowledgeable of treatment of asthma, bloody noses, closing wounds, head lice, etc. Currently caring for her 91 year old father in Upper St. Clair. Have traveled to Europe with husband Eric on 3 biking tours which she thoroughly enjoyed. While in Europe visited a number of concentration camps which was a vivid reminder of the horrors of WWII. Love to bake pies especially apple and peach. Kar.en said she appreciated the opportunity to be a Rotarian
 
The membership was appreciative of Karen sharing her background with the membership and gave her a healthy applause.
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Posted by Jim Bolas
Events to End of Rotary Year
 
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 1st - Open
Jun 3rd – District Assembly – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Greentree
Jun 8th - Open
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 15thPancake Festival Distribution Dinner
Jun 22nd - Open
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • District Assembly – June 3rd – President Maines reminded the membership to register for the upcoming District Assembly which can be done through the District website.
  • District Awards Application – President Maines confirmed that the District Awards application will be submitted next week.
  • Barnyard Beer Benefit – Members were asked to get the word out about the May 27th benefit being held at the Gilfillan Farm from 6-10PM. 
  • District Conference – Volunteers for the Club’s Corn Hole Team were requested. Ray Kells and Karen Pfeil raised their hands. 
 
 
Speaker – Keith Jackson – Side by Side Consulting, Inc.
 
Valerie & Keith Jackson
 
Jim Bolas introduced member Keith Jackson and recognized his wife Valerie who attended the dinner meeting. Keith stated the title of his presentation is “Aging in Place”. His service is primarily consulting to fiduciaries who submit expert reports to the courts who are determining settlements with insurance companies and other third parties for individuals who have experienced a variable degree of disability due to injury, disease, birth defect, etc. and wish to live in their place of residence. 
 
Definition - One definition of aging in place is "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."
 
ADA – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA does not apply to personal residences.
 
CAPS – The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program established by the National Home Builders Association teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. However, this program does not focus adequately on the many varied and extensive needs of the disabled. The key issues to be considered are:
 
  1. Ingress and Egress – Entering the home is difficult for many disabled with steps, stoops, entrance door sizes, ability to enter freely, etc. are considerations to overcome. Egress in case of fire is a challenging issue especially for the severely handicapped.
  2. Interior Mobility – Configuration of the home, door openings, congestion because of equipment and supplies needed by the disabled, multi-story access, etc. are all obstacles to a safe and comfortable living space.
  3. Daily Hygiene – Showers, tubs, sinks and toilets need to be evaluated depending upon the current and future needs of the disabled. Showers are better than walk-in tubs, sinks and toilets and need good and clear access and support. Access to controls for caregivers needs to be a consideration.
  4. Resale – Any modifications made to the home should have an eye toward resale. Therefore, the home should look as normal as possible.
  5. Ramps & Lifts – One inch of elevation change needs 12” of ramp. Switchbacks complicates ramping. Lifts can not be installed to allow access from garages to the home due to carbon monoxide risk. Stair lifts are not a panacea because it normally takes one minute to carry someone from one level to another. What happens in case of a fire ? What if, when needed, it is not at the level required and one must wait for it to change levels and it is an emergency ?
  6. Changing Needs – The disabled may live a long time and their needs will change over time which requires forethought on what provisions will need to be made for future modifications and accommodations.
 
These are the primary factors to consider. However, there are many other issues which arise since the condition of the disabled person can vary from a temporary condition to a severe lifelong condition and one that may deteriorate over time.
 
Keith closed the presentation telling the members that he became involved in the business starting as a contractor and while watching programs such as HGTV came to realize there was a growing need for addressing the needs of the disabled who wish to live in their homes. Meeting with and discussing such issues with fiduciaries who he was introduced to it became apparent that there was a business opportunity which he took advantage of and evolved from a contractor to a consultant. 
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Events to End of Rotary Year
 
May 25th – Keith Jackson – Side by Side Construction
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 3rd – District Assembly – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Greentree
Jun 8th - Open
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 15thPancake Festival Distribution Dinner
Jun 22nd - Open
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • District Assembly – June 3rd – President Maines reminded the membership to register for the upcoming District Assembly which can be done through the District website.
  • Service Above Self Award – May 23rd – Ray Kells announced that a USC high school senior, Mackenzie Dominick, has been selected for this year’s Service Above Self Award ($500). Mackenzie has a 3.43 GPA, is going to Penn State in the fall and has an extensive list of accomplishments in school and community service. A worthy recipient.
  • District Awards Application – President Maines confirmed that the District Awards application will be submitted next week.
  • Barnyard Beer Benefit – Members were asked to get the word out about the May 27th benefit being held at the Gilfillan Farm from 6-10PM. Members were encouraged to direct friends and neighbors to the following website to obtain a ticket (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barnyard-beer-benefit-2017-tickets-31558945656). President Maines requested volunteers to help the 50/50 raffle and with grilling food. Please contact Laura or John.
  • Herm Dieckmann – Herm visited the club meeting and updated the members on his recovery from emergency gall bladder surgery. All members wished him well.
 
 
 
Speaker – Jack Hunt, Jr. (aka “Johnny Angel”)
 
Jack Hunt, best known as Johnny Angel, a well known local entertainer and Pittsburgh music legend, told the Club members that he has just celebrated his 50th anniversary of involvement with Rock n Roll and being part of a unique generation of entertainers in America. Jack provided the members a story of a rich life starting with his growing up in the Manchester section of Northside, attending Duquesne University, Pitt and the Wharton School of Business, a successful career with Bell Atlantic where he became a Director and a key spokesman, all the while also extensively performing in his role as a lead singer with a number of groups, one being Johnny Angel and the Halos. Jack Hunt said that he started performing at age 15 and has continued entertaining to this day. Jack says that he has gathered an extensive amount of rock n roll memorabilia over 50 years and has opened a museum on the northside (1800 Preble Ave., R.J. Casey Industrial Park) called Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff & Music Museum (Ginchy means “Cool”). Jack presented a slide presentation which showed numerous photographs of Johnny Angel with famous musicians such as James Brown, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimi Hendrix, Ruth Brown, Ike Turner and Dion and met and sang with groups such as The Temptations, The Ronettes, The Platters, and The Moonglows. Johnny Angel has been a back-up and support artist for many of the famous rock n roll artists in America and a friend of many as well. Johnny Angel sang one of his favorite songs “My Girl”. All the members enjoyed the stroll down memory lane.
 
 
 
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Posted by Jim Bolas
Events to End of Rotary Year
May 18th – Speaker - Johnny Angel
May 25th – Open
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 3rd – District Assembly – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Greentree Jun 8th - Open
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA. Jun 15th – Open
Jun 22nd - Open
Jun 23rd-25th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
NOTE: Pancake Festival Distribution Dinner to be scheduled in May/June when recipients are available. To be announced
Announcements
  • ➢  District Assembly – June 3rd – President Maines reminded the membership to register for the upcoming District Assembly which can be done through the District website.
  • ➢  Service Above Self Award – May 23rd – Ray Kells announced that despite the difficulties with the USC Interact Club this year there may be one senior submitting an application for the Service Above Self Award. The members will have an opportunity to review the application. If not satisfactory it was recommended that no award be given this year and the $500 be carried over to the 2017-2018 budget and consider increasing the award from $500 to $750.
  • ➢  District Awards Application – J. Bolas reminded the Club that the revised deadline for submittal of the district awards application is May 22nd.
  • ➢  Barnyard Beer Benefit – Laura Maines reminded the members to get the word out about the May 27th benefit being held at the Gilfillan Farm from 6-10PM. Consideration will be given to setting up a tent to highlight the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. J. Bolas offered to provide a tent and table. Club Banner could be used. Tickets can be purchased on the internet.
  • ➢  Herm Dieckmann – It is noted that Herm is recovering from complications from an emergency gall bladder surgery. The Club members wish Herm well in his recovery.
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New Member Induction – Karen Pfeil
New Member Karen Pfeil introduced her husband, Eric, a tax lawyer with Cohen & Grigsby. Karen and Eric live in Mt. Lebanon.
Jim Bolas, Chair of the Club’s Membership Committee, conducted the induction ceremony. President Laura Maines was announced as sponsor of Karen Pfeil.
All attending members came forward after the ceremony to personally welcome Karen into the Rotary Club of Bethel St. Clair.
 
Ass’t District Governor Jim Hinerman presenting Objects of Rotary Plaque
 
President Maines pinning Karen
 
Karen & Eric Pfeil
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Events to End of Rotary Year

May 11th – Club Assembly
May 18th – Speaker - Johnny Angel
May 25th – Induction – Karen Pfeil 
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
NOTE: Pancake Festival Distribution Dinner to be scheduled in May/June when recipients are available. To be announced
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Spelling Bee Award Winner – Brandon Kelley
 
Past-President Jim Hinerman welcomed this year’s St. Louise de Marillac spelling bee winner – Brandon Kelley and his mother, Sally Kelley. Brandon will represent The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair at this year’s Rotary District 7300 Conference at Seven Springs in June. Brandon was given an opportunity to say a few words to the Club wherein he thanked the Club for the opportunity to compete and for all the good works which Rotary does.
 
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Tech Awards Dinner
 
The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair holds an annual dinner at which students from Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park High Schools are recognized in the fields of the technical sciences, engineering and industrial arts.
 
 
Key Speaker – Justin Driscoll – John Donahoe introduced the speaker. Justin is the Director of STEM Talent Acquisition at the Pittsburgh Technology Council where he has served the technology sector since 2002. In this role he has the responsibility to help the Council’s 1400 technology companies find top STEM talent. He has a BA in business and marketing from Robert Morris University and is finishing up his Masters of Divinity from Regent University. He resides with his family in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Justin spoke about the excellent opportunities in Western Pennsylvania for young people looking for a career in the technical fields. Many high technology companies are already here with more looking to doing business in Pittsburgh.
 
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Tech Award Recipients
 
President Laura Maines introduced Fred Peskorski, Technology Education Teacher at Upper St. Clair High School who in turn introduced three students who each have distinguished themselves in a technical curriculum and hold excellent promise in their future careers. The students selected for this year’s recognition are: Andrew Caldart, George Tang and Ethan Bowman
 
In turn two teachers from Bethel Park High School, Brad Kszastowski and Art Smook introduced three students from Bethel Park who have distinguished themselves in their respective areas of STEM study. The students selected are: Jessica Viehman, Sabrina Tatalias and Anthony Julian-Behr.
 
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Left to Right – Anthony Julian –Behr, Ethan Bowman, Sabrina Tatalias, Jessica Viehman, Andrew Caldart and George Tang
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Events to End of Rotary Year
 
May 4th – Tech Awards + Brandon Kelley (Spelling Bee Winner)
May 11th – Pancake Festival Distribution
May 18th – Speaker - Johnny Angel
May 25th – Induction – Karen Pfeil
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • Past-President Jim Hinerman announced that Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair High Schools have selected 3 students each to receive recognition at our Club’s May 4th Tech Awards Dinner. The members were reminded to split up among the tables and mingle with the students, teachers and their parents.
  • Honorary Member Carl Gaddis introduced his guest Bryan Welty who is interested in the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club. Bryan is the new Executive Director of Friendship Village. He was formerly General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel South and Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Airport.
 
Speaker – Dr. Bob Westwood – Cholesterol – The Good, Bad and the Ugly
 
 
 
  • Key points of the presentation on cholesterol:
  • A key blood test for measuring fats and fatty substances in your body (called lipids) is a “lipid panel” test which measures: total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL (good) cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Other measurements are VLDL (very-low-density-lipoprotein), ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, ratio of LDL to HDL and the ratio of triglyceride to HDL
  • Lipids are found in your blood and are stored in tissues and are an important part of cells and help keep the body working normally. Lipid disorders can lead to life-threatening illnesses.
  • Cholesterol travels through the blood attached to a protein (this is called a lipoprotein) and helps to build cells and produce hormones. Too much cholesterol in the blood can build-up inside arteries. Body requires cholesterol to manufacture vitamin D from sunlight and for proper brain function
  • HDL helps move cholesterol out of the body lowering the risk of build-up.
  • LDL moves cholesterol to the parts of the body that need it. High levels increases the risk of build up in the arteries.
  • VLDL distributes triglyceride produced by the liver. A high VLDL increases the risk of build-up.
  • Triglycerides are a type of fat the body uses to store energy and give energy to muscles. High triglycerides coupled with high LDL increases the chances of having heart disease.
  • Another blood test which is important is a C-reactive protein (CRP) teat which helps diagnose infection, cancer, immune system disorders and a person’s inflammatory condition.
  • Inflammation is the source of many disorders and can be caused by:
  • Emotional stress – panic attacks, rapid pulse and night sweats
  • Physical stress – lack of sleep, exhaustion and overworked
  • Digestive issues – heartburn, IBS, stomach pain, gas
  • Poor diet – sugary, processed and fast foods
  • Insulin levels – insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Food allergies – casein (dairy), gluten (wheat)
  • Hormones – unbalanced levels
  • Synthetics – latex, adhesives and plastics
  • Chemicals – cleaning products, cosmetics and air fresheners
  • Trigger foods – foods with high carbohydrates or high levels of linoleic acid
 
NOTE: List not covered in presentation – added to notes for information
 
  • Key measurements a doctor should pay attention to. The following are good levels to have
  • Ratio of HDL to Total Cholesterol  >24%
  • Ratio of Triglycerides to HDL < 2
  • CRP Level < 3.0 mg/L
  • The current focus on reducing cholesterol levels by the use of statins (e.g. Lipitor, Lescol, Livalo, Pravachol, Zocor) may be putting people at greater risk by reducing levels too much since the body needs an adequate level of cholesterol to properly function. Some of the side effects being recognized by continued use of statin drugs are: nausea, muscle weakness, pain and damage, type II diabetes, cataracts, cognitive impairment and cancer.
  • Recommend taking Coenzyme Q10 as a supplement when taking statins.
  • LDL levels below 40 may increase the risk of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke, depression and anxiety. 
  • Good diet, weight management, exercise and no smoking are good recommendations to reduce the risk of heart disease.
April 27th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Events to End of Rotary Year
 
Apr. 27th – Speaker - Bob Westwood – Cholesterol
May 4th – Tech Awards + Brandon Kelley (Spelling Bee Winner)
May 11th – Pancake Festival Distribution
May 18th – Speaker - Johnny Angel
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • Board Meeting
  • A short board meeting will be held after the regular meeting to approve the membership application of Karen Pfeil.
 
Speaker – John Biedrzycki, Lawyer & Rotarian – “Auto Insurance: You Are Not Prepared”
 
  • John handed out a synopsis of the key points on what to consider in buying auto insurance and provided a copy of his personal auto insurance declaration.
  • Recommend working with an insurance agent that checks the overall insurance market and not with one insurance company. Companies such as Cincinnati, Donegal and Chubb are recommended. Staying with one insurance company for an extended period of time is not wise since they tend to take you for granted. Frequently explore the market.
  • In review of the various parts of an auto insurance policy the following key recommendations were noted:
  • Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability – Obtain at least $250,000 per person/$500,000 per incident and $250,000 in property damage
  • Tort Option – Always select the full tort option
  • Uninsured and Under Insured Motorist – Recommend no less than $250,000 per person, $500,000 per incident policy – stacked
  • Stacked coverage – allows taking the uninsured and insured limits multiplied by the number of cars in your household.
  • Medical Payments Coverage – Obtain minimum of $50,000, $100,000 is better
  • Wage Loss – Match your income, coverage starts within 1 week
  • Comprehensive – Carry high deductibles. Recommend $250 on comprehensive and $1000 or more on collision coverage – will significantly reduce premium
  • Rental Car Coverage – Drop this coverage if you have another car
  • Funeral Coverage – Drop this coverage if you have life insurance
  • Choice of Cars – Insurance premiums for highly safety rated cars with advanced safety systems are normally less and just wise for family safety. 
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Events to End of Rotary Year 
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course Apr. 6th Roya Kousari – Whole Foods
May 11th – Pancake Festival Distribution
May 25th – Tech Awards 
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA. Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard 
Announcements 
Foundation Luncheon – March 26th
- President Maines announced that the Club was able to fill a table of 10 members for the Foundation Luncheon and obtain a Paul Harris. The Club was recognized as the top per member giver in the District to the Rotary Foundation . In addition, Herm Dieckmann was provided special recognition as Major Donor plus 2 ($25,000) to the Rotary Foundation. 
Easter Egg Hunt – April 1st
- Ray Kells announced that members are requested to roll up their shirt sleeves and help this year at the Easter Egg Hunt since the Interact Club’s participation may be light. The circles are to be painted tomorrow at the 3-hole golf course and members are asked to arrive at 8AM Saturday morning at the old USC Rec Center to help set-up. The Easter Bunny (Herm) will arrive at 10AM. 
Kathy Trakofler
- Keith Jackson informed the Club Members that a memorial service will be held for Kathy Trakofler at 10:30AM on April 12th at the First Bethel United Methodist Church at 5901 Library Road in Bethel Park. A luncheon will follow at St. Clair Country Club. 
Bob Williams Scholarships
- Barbara Piconi announced that eight scholarships of $4000 each were handed out to   students in need and there was an additional $2000 handed out to several repeat students continuing with their education. 
Prospective Members
- Jim Bolas introduced prospective members Karen Pfeil (3rd meeting) and Anthony Plastino (1st meeting) who have expressed an interest in joining The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Karen has submitted her application today. 
 

Speaker – Anne Davis – Founder and Executive Director – Horses With Hope 

• Having a child with Downs Syndrome has led to research in therapeutic riding as a form of therapy. Being a previous horse owner led to her attending the Pennsylvania Counsel of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PACTH) courses and to become instructor certified.
• Started a therapeutic riding center in 2007 in Houston, PA. which ultimately led to founding a 501c3 non-profit called Horses With Hope for the sole purpose of providing safe therapeutic equine activities to children and youth of all ages.
• Horses With Hope now operates on a 93 acre farm in the South Hills of Pittsburgh near Venetia, PA. and has provided programming for the past 9 years to two center schools associated with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 of Homestead, Mon Valley and Pathfinder Schools as well as Southwood psychiatric hospital
• This non-traditional therapeutic method provides new and creative techniques in working with challenging populations and individuals seeking different approaches to therapy. Animal assisted therapy, utilizing animals within a goal-oriented setting to implement treatment, has shown to significantly benefit cognitive, psychological and social domains.
• The horses are generally over 15 years old, are well trained, docile and safe for therapeutic work.
 
March 30th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Events to End of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Mar. 30th - Anne Davis - Executive Director/Founder - Horses With Hope
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
May 11th – Pancake Festival Distribution
May 25th – Tech Awards
May 27th – Barnyard Beer Benefit – Gilfillan Farm
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
Jun 29th – Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
  • Foundation Luncheon – March 26th
  • President Maines announced that the Club has a table of 10 members attending the luncheon which will gain a Paul Harris.
 
  • Easter Egg Hunt – April 1st
  • Ray Kells stressed that this year will require more involvement of Club members since the USC Interact Club is less organized due to a change in faculty advisor. Need help to assemble the Easter eggs and prepare for the hunt. Contact Ray if you wish to help. On Friday, March 31st the circles will be made (2:30PM). On Saturday, April 1st members are to gather at the old USC Rec Center between 8-9AM. The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10AM and finishes at 11AM.
 
  • Kathy Trakofler
  • With regrets President Maines announced that Carl Trakofler’s wife, Kathy, passed away at 5:30AM today. The membership will be informed of further details as they are known. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carl and his family.
 
  • New Country Club Chef
  • Tom Shook introduced Executive Chef Shawn Culp and outlined his excellent credentials. Tom reminded the members that as of April 3rd the Rotary Club has been meeting at St. Clair Country Club for 15 years.
 
Speakers – Major Paul Moore and Jason Dix – The Salvation Army
 
  • John Donahoe introduced Major Paul Moore and Jason Dix who work in The Salvation Army office which covers Brookline-Dormont-Mt. Lebanon.
  • Major Moore and his wife entered The Salvation Army School for Officers Training in 1984 and were ordained and commissioned in 1986. They have served in Ohio, Maine, NYC and now in Pittsburgh.
  • The Salvation Army operates in 120 countries and has been in service within the United States since 1880. There are four territories within the U.S. which comprise 7551 units of operation. 2015 Financial Results indicate $3 billion in revenue of which 62% comes from direct public support. 
  • The Salvation Army helps people in crisis and helps them to lead sustainable lives. It involves individual care which is meaningful and successful but costly.
  • The kettle season is important to The Salvation Army and represents 50% of their income. He thanked The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for their efforts last year in raising $750 at Giant Eagle.
  • A marketing brochure was handed out with a form entitled “The Salvation Army Christmas Partnership Opportunities” which showed that there are opportunities to (1) Sponsor a Kettle; (2) Match a Kettle or (3) Adopt a Kettle which may be considered by the Rotary Club in the future.
 
March 23rd Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 23rd - Major Paul J. Moore - Commanding Officer – Salvation Army
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Mar. 30th - Anne Davis - Executive Director/Founder - Horses With Hope
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Special Guests 
  • Karen Pfeil – Retired Mt. Lebanon school teacher continues to be interested in joining Rotary (After discussion following the meeting Karen will be sending in an application)
 
  • Foundation Brunch – March 26th
  • The Rotary Foundation Lunch which will be held at noon at the Rivers Casino downtown. It will cost $60 per member. Currently 8 members are identified to go. Aiming for a table of 10. Please notify President Maines if you can join the group.
 
  • John Westerman
  • John continues to undergo further cardiology testing and our best wishes go out to him and his family.
 
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Meeting will be held Saturday morning with Jack Zebo, faculty representative for the USC Interact Club, to discuss coordination for the Saturday, April 1st Easter Egg Hunt.
 
  • Bethel Park Rotary Club Pasta Dinner
  • Cliff Taylor announced that he has tickets for the April 22nd Pasta Too fundraiser. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors) and $4 (children)
 
Speaker – Nicholas Chakos – Executive Director and CEO – FOCUS North America
 
 
Emanuel Panos introduced Nicholas Chakos – Resident of Upper St. Clair with his wife Heidi and four children. Graduated in 1990 from Upper St. Clair High School; a graduate of Washington & Jefferson and Notre Dame. Is an adjunct professor at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Began his career working in Rwandan refugee camps during the genocide and spent 15 years living and working in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Has spent time in Syria as well. Appointed to CEO of FOCUS in 2013.
 
FOCUSFellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve - Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter – A united movement of diverse programs for the purpose of moving people from lives of dependency to self-sufficiency.
 
A national social service agency with operations in 50 U.S. cities. FOCUS owns and operates homeless shelters, workforce development academies and has partnerships with 250 public school districts to provide educational resources to homeless and underprivileged students. Heavily involved in the fight against childhood hunger in America feeding over 300,000 people per year.
 
Statistics of impact in 2015 – 1430 people in training/employed, 151,815 meals served, 9,745 volunteers, 124,000 clothing/hygiene & household items distributed and 1,982 people given housing & housing support.
 
Researching the root cause of poverty has found bad habits resulting from traumatic living conditions. 49 million people in America are food insecure with 15.7 million being children. Behavorial scientists are beginning to explore ways to apply approaches to help stem the habits of poverty. Target is a leader in using behavorial science to target consumers which has worked well demonstrating the successful application.
 
Have facilities on Pittsburgh’s Northside and members are welcome to come and help pack food sacks every Thursday at the Carnegie Library and a Public School. Partnering with Sodexo to procure good food products inexpensively and with the YMCA to help disadvantaged youth. 94% of all funding goes toward FOCUS programs. FOCUS is also rated highly by the Better Business Bureau. 
 
March 16th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2017-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 16thSpeaker – Nick Chakos – Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Special Guests 
  • Karen Heil – Retired Mt. Lebanon school teacher who attended the Pancake Festival and is interested in joining Rotary
  • Dan & Joan Lucarelli – Guests of Barbara Piconi, related to Lou Piconi, have been active in the support of the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner. Dan on Programs and Joan on Raffle Items
  • Paul Hess – Guest of Grandfather Jack Watkins, has been active in the Club’s Annual Pancake Festival since 3rd Grade
 
  • Foundation Brunch – March 26th
  • President Maines reminded the membership of the Rotary Foundation Lunch which will be held at noon at the Rivers Casino downtown. It will cost $60 per member. The Club is planning on donating a basket and to organize a table of ten for the event. A Paul Harris is granted for such participation. If interested send Laura an e-mail.
 
  • Hosting Exchange Students
  • Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (morning) Rotary Club is asking if any member would be interested in hosting a 7th grade Rotary Exchange Student from mid-April to June 22nd
  • Also host families are being sought for hosting Rotary Exchange Students next school year.
 
  • Pancake Festival Chinese Auction
  • John Donahoe announced the winner of the Pittsburgh Basket – Ray Kells
 
  • New St. Clair Country Club Executive Chef
    -
    Tom Shook announced that the Country Club has a new Executive Chef Sean Culb
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • March 9th Spelling Bee – St. Louise de Marillac
 
Barbara Piconi reported that the Spelling Bee at St. Louis de Marillac was successful. The winner this year was a 3rd grade boy – Brandon Kelley. Second was De Clan Sipe and third place was Mason Smaroff. 2nd graders were invited to observe in preparation for next year’s event. The winner, his family and the school superintendent were invited to a future Club dinner meeting.
 
                       
 
Left to Right: Ray Kells, Mason Smaroff, Barbara Piconi, Brandon Kelley, De Clan Sipe and Jim Hinerman
 
  • Rotary Paul Harris Recognition Pins
  • Bob Theakston announced that Paul Harris Recognition Pins will be presented to 4 new recipients and 7 Club Members who have progressed to higher levels. Bob explained the qualifications to receive a Paul Harris Award: 
  • When $1000 is contributed to the Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian.
  • The person receiving Paul Harris recognition is considered worthy by their service to Rotary, the community or good works to their fellow human beings
  • Barbara Piconi noted that the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair is one of the leading clubs within the District, the Zone and Rotary for giving to the Rotary Foundation with over $840,000 donated since the Club’s founding. The Club currently has 30 Paul Harris Fellows, 5 Major Donors and 1 member of the Arch Klumph Society.
  • The following Paul Harris Fellow recognition pins were presented:
  • New Fellows - Member Sam Provil
Dan & Joan Lucarelli
Paul Hess 
  • Existing Fellows - John Westerman (+2)
Tracy Estabrook (+2)
Jim Hinerman (+3)
Bob Theakston (+4)
John Donahoe (+6)
Ray Kells (+6)
George Pitcairn (+6)
 
 
March 9th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Announcements

 

Events to end of Rotary Year

 

Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival

Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino

Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 

Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.

Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs

 

Announcements

 

  • John Westerman

 

President Laura Maines informed the members that John Westerman is in the hospital being tested for a heart issue. Laura asked all members to keep John in their thoughts and prayers. A card will be passed at the next meeting. We all wish John well.

 

  • Foundation Brunch – March 26th

 

President Maines also reminded the membership of the Rotary Foundation Lunch which will be held at noon at the Rivers Casino downtown. It will cost $60 per member. The Club is planning on donating a basket and to organize a table for the event. A Paul Harris is granted for such participation.

 

  • March 4th Pancake Festival – Heather Dieckmann – Event Chair
  • Heather stated that all appears to be in order. The assignment list will be send via e-mail prior to Saturday.
  • Members who want to help load the SUVs/Vans at the Bethel Park storage unit in the Industrial Park are to gather at the Subway outside the park at 10:30AM
  • Set-up on Friday will start at 11AM; John Donahoe will try to start hanging the banners at 9:30AM despite the Yoga Class. 
  • It has been decided to not install cardboard throughout the serving area but only in select areas. This should reduce the amount of preparation work on Friday and clean-up on Saturday evening.
  • Reservations have been made at Al’s Café for Friday evening at 6PM for those members who have helped set-up. Spouses and guests are welcome.
  • All members are reminded to dress in khakis/light brown and welcome their white Rotary shirts or anything designating Rotary

 

 

 

 

  • March 9th Spelling Bee – St. Louise de Marillac

 

Barbara Piconi reminded the membership that this year’s Club-sponsored Spelling Bee will be held in gymnasium at St. Louise de Marillac school at 1PM on Thursday at 1PM.

 

 

  • Speaker – Carleton Young – Voices From the Attic
  • Retired from teaching history at Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh for 37 years
  • Undergraduate degrees in Economics & English, MA and PhD in History 
  • Ten years ago discovered a chest full of letters in the attic of his childhood home in Churchill while cleaning.
  • Turned out to be almost 250 letters written by two young Vermont soldiers, Francis and Henry Martin, who enlisted in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War and who witnessed firsthand the Northern Army’s Peninsula Campaign they fought in at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness and Cedar Creek.
  • The two brothers were relatives-in-law of Mr. Young, whose father found their letters while cleaning out the attic of his own mother’s home in Maine in the 1980s. They were from Williamstown, Vt., near where Mr. Young’s father grew up. It’s possible that Mr. Young’s parents never looked inside the box.
  • The brother’s letters, rediscovered after 150 years, offer a valuable source of information as seen through the eyes of two soldiers as they fought in America’s great Civil War.
  • They were well preserved, tucked in opened envelopes addressed to the brothers’ parents, who lived in Vermont.
  • The undertaking was immense, involving extensive research and lasting about five years. Among the challenges was deciphering the handwriting; the brothers used what was known as cross-hatching, a technique in which lines are written both horizontally and vertically that was meant to conserve paper.
  • Spanning about three years until the end of the war in 1865, the letters are remarkable, offering stark descriptions and going “in depth on a lot of things that many soldiers didn’t,” Mr. Young said. He cited haunting depictions of battlefield injuries, amputations, executions and disease.
  • Since its release last December, his self-published book, “Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War,” has drawn considerable attention.

 

 

 

March 2nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Announcements
 
  • Pancake Festival Planning
  • Heather Dieckmann will issue the work schedule over the coming week
  • Friday, March 3rd Set-up – access to the hall will be available at 11:00AM; need to gather at Subway near Bethel Park Industrial Blvd. at 10:30AM to pick-up supplies from the Club’s storage unit
 
  • Speaker – Jeff Tindall – Sr. Pastor – John McMillan Presbyterian Church – Bethel Park
 
  • Native of Pleasant Hills; BS from Allegheny College and law degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Practiced law for 29 years
  • Decided to enter the ministry and attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Upon graduation joined Carnegie Presbyterian church in 2007 and became Senior Pastor at John McMillan in 2014.
  • While at JMPC started a mission to Sibol, Chiapas, Mexico near Guatemala and Belize. Led a missionary trip in July 2016 to spend a week in Chiapas to help build a wall around a church compound
  • Could not speak the Mayan language which is prevalent in Chiapas but found a way to communicate
  • The concept of a walled compound was brought to Mexico from Spain. From the time of the Spanish conquest, Mexico was largely wilderness in the sense that government law enforcement was limited. Communities and residences needed some protection from lawless outsiders and walls provided some of that.
  • Moreover, when people came together into communities, there were disputes on property lines. Walls were built to establish boundaries thus preserving the property an individual owned.
  • Then there was aesthetics and comfort. The interior of the walled compound was not just a “yard with a fence around it”. It was considered part of the living space. There were rooms inside where folks were protected from the weather, and there were rooms outside where folks could enjoy a garden or landscaping. So someone’s home included not just the building, but the entire compound inside and out. The wall functioned like the wall of a house, with door and threshold.
  • The missionary group lived with the natives, slept in hammocks, bathed in the streams and had a wonderful experience working hand-in-hand with the villagers. The group learned how to build a wall, to sing with local musicians and to enjoy the beautiful countryside.
 
February 23rd Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Club Assembly – Pancake Festival Planning – Heather Dieckmann
 
  1. Work Assignments – All members and spouses will be assigned the same roles and times as last year except for Jim Hinerman who is responsible for coordinating the food supplies
  2. Set-up – Those who wish to help with set-up on Friday, March 3rd are to gather at the church at 11:30AM – Heather will confirm with the church
  3. Al’s Cafe – Jim Hinerman has already made reservations at Al’s Café for those members who set-up and wish to gather Friday evening for dinner. Spouses and significant others are welcome.
  4. Ticket Distribution & Sales – Jim Bolas and Tracy Estabrook will continue to handle all ticket distribution and collection of sales proceeds and submittals to the the Club Treasurer
  5. Bake Sale – Linda Hinerman and Carol Kells will hold a meeting outside of Panera’s at the Galleria on Friday, February 17th at 10AM to discuss the bake sale
  6. Silent Auction – John Donahoe will be coordinating the silent auction again this year. All auction items are to be given to John prior to the Pancake Festival
  7. Placemat Ads/Sponsorships – Ray Kells reviewed the list of outstanding businesses who have not yet submitted their monies and/or ad information. Responsibility for follow-up was noted.
President Maines reminded everyone that all ad info needs to be submitted to Ray by next Wednesday.
  • Bienhauer – Ray Kells
  • Brentwood Bank – Cliff Taylor
  • Country Meadows – Heather Dieckmann
  • David Hennie Jewelers – Dick Beck
  • Hoffman Drug Store – Emanuel Panos
  • Miller Hardware – Jim Bolas
  • Pinebridge Commons – Heather Dieckmann
  • Spartan Pharmacy – Jim Bolas
  • SHIM – Jim Hinerman
  • USC VFD – Laura Maines
  • Fresh Markets – Jim Bolas
  • Chick-Fil-A – Jim Bolas
  • Trader Joe’s – Jim Bolas
  • Supreme Cleaners – Jim Bolas
  • Tim Murphy – Jim Bolas
  • Guy Reschenthaler – Jim Bolas
  • Every Child – Laura Maines/Ray Kells
 
Jim Bolas noted that the Club needs to consider starting soon after this year’s Pancake Festival organizing a campaign to solicit sponsorships/advertisements for the 2018 Pancake Festival. He referred to the excellent success that the morning club has had in raising funds from businesses for their annual barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser where they annually net $40,000 as compared to our Club’s Pancake Festival which at most raises $30,000 and recent years have raised much less. John Biedrzycki, former member of the morning club, confirmed that the barbecue chicken is not the main focus but is a vehicle by which they were able to obtain sponsorships and exposure for local businesses. The main objective is to raise funds for worthy local causes. The approach puts less strain on the club members to need to sell tickets for the event.
 
February 16th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
President Laura Maines welcomed everyone to the Club’s 2017 Valentine’s Day Dinner. All members and guests were dressed up with a spot of red to celebrate the event.
 
A Club board meeting is planned after the Feb. 16th regular meeting to discuss the Barnyard Beer Benefit which has been planned to be held at Gilfillan Farm on May 27th. John Biedrzycki is requesting that the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair sponsor the event which was previously sponsored by the Upper St. Clair – Bethel morning club. Last year the event raised $19,000 for the Gilfillan Farm Restoration Project.
 
A meeting will be held on February 17th at 10AM at the Galleria to discuss this year’s Bake Sale which is held in conjunction with the Club’s Annual Pancake Festival. Linda Hinerman and Carol Kells are co-chairs. Baked goods are to be delivered to Westminster Church at 7AM the day of the Pancake Festival.
 
Also on February 17th volunteers are needed to remove the grills from storage and test them in preparation from the Pancake Festival on March 4th. Volunteers are to gather at Westminster Church at 11AM.
 
Set-up for the Pancake Festival is scheduled to start at 10:30AM on Friday, March 3rd. All set-up volunteers are welcome to join a dinner at Al’s Café on Friday night.
 
Post-meeting Note: There will also be a Club Foundation board meeting held at 5:15PM prior to the February 16th regular meeting.
 
February 9th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Feb. 9thClub’s Valentine Dinner
Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
President reminded members of next week’s Valentine’s Dinner and asked members who have not yet signed up to please do so to inform the country club of the final count. The dinner costs $40.
 
All members were encouraged to continue to sell tickets for the Pancake Festival. Also Ray Kells is still looking for more placemat ads as well as any larger sponsorships from individuals and businesses.
 
Program – The Education Partnership – Justin Brown & Amanda McQuillan
 
Jim Bolas introduced Justin Brown, the Executive Director and Founder of The Education Partnership and Amanda McQuillan who has served as the organization’s Community Engagement Coordinator.
 
In 2008, Justin said he attended a summit on “teacher free stores” and returned with a vision. At the time, he was working as Director of the Pittsburgh Community Storehouse, an arm of Serving Leaders (formerly Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation), which donated gifts in-kind to economically disadvantaged communities and individuals in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Inspired by the success of teacher programs in other cities, and by the critical need for educational support in our area, he led the organization to adopt a more refined business model, and a new name to match. In 2009, Storehouse for Teachers was born, a Board of Directors was formed, and (501)(3)c status was obtained.  In May 2011, the organization officially completed its pilot program and became Southwestern Pennsylvania’s first teacher resource center distributing school and classroom supplies at no cost to students and teachers in need. And to better reflect that work, the nonprofit was renamed The Education Partnership. This year 2,600 teachers in 90 schools will visit their newly expanded 30,000 ft2 warehouse facility at 281 Corliss St. off Carson St. to receive school and classroom supplies for free to serve 32,000 students. The Education Partnership is targeting to annually provide much-needed school supplies to more than 60,000 students in low-income areas within 6 counties in Southwestern PA.
 
Thanks to thousands of hours of help from hundreds of volunteers, Storehouse for Teachers managed to purchase and renovate a warehouse for its headquarters, hold its first in-school supply distribution, and run its first annual Back-to-School campaign alongside Giant Eagle—all in its first year. 30% of students in Allegheny County qualify for help.
 
Opportunities exist for businesses and service organizations to Adopt-a-School to provide school kits to each student. A $5000 contribution can provide school kits to 300 students. Volunteers are also welcome to help at the warehouse and handling supplies and to help handout supplies to students. Carnegie-Collier and the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (morning club) have adopted schools.
 
 Left to Right: Amanda McQuillan, President Maines & Justin Brown
February 2nd Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Announcements
 
Events to end of Rotary Year
 
Jan. 28th – District Mid-Year Review – August Wilson Center – Downtown – 8:30AM-1:30PM
Feb. 9thClub’s Valentine Dinner
Mar. 4th  – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th  – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Past President Jim Hinerman updated the membership on member health issues; Carl Trakofler’s wife, Kathy, is on the waiting list for a liver transplant. Barbara Piconi is recoverying well from her surgery and is now driving (for lattes and doughnuts).
 
2017 Pancake Festival
 
PF Chairperson, Heather Dieckmann, thanked the members for selling tickets for this year’s Pancake Festival. She reminded the membership that sponsorships are important this year and a letter will be sent to each member for them to solicit new levels of sponsorship:
  • Gold Sponsorship - $1000 includes 10adult/10 children tickets (Promotional signage at hall entranceand on all tables)
  • Silver Sponsorship - $500 includes 5 adults/5 children tickets (Promotional signage at entrance and on placemats)
  • Bronze Sponsorship - $250 includes 2 adults and 2 children tickets (Placemat ad)
 
Of course, placemat ads can still be sold for a traditional $25 patron line ad and $100 business card ad.
 
This year we will have two versions of placemats to display all the advertisement.
 
Program – Eric Fiscas – March of Dimes
 
Eric Fiscas, Sr. Development Manager for the March of Dimes, was introduced by Jim Hinerman. Eric has also spoken to the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Breakfast Club. Eric has been with the March of Dimes organization for 10 years and covers the Western PA. area also covering the Altoona and Johnstown areas.
 
The March of Dimes began in 1938 with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s encouragement for supporters of the fight for a cure to polio sending dimes to the White House. Funding went to polio research which helped lead to the discovery of a vaccine by Pittsburgh’s own Jonas Salk. The March of Dimes has been instrumental in having hospitals throughout the United States take blood samples of new babies to check for 24 different metabolic disorders. The March of Dimes has also been a leading advocate for women to take a B vitamin containing folic acid that helps prevent birth defects and decrease the risk of preterm delivery.
 
Another area the March of Dimes focuses on is advocating for no elective Caesarian births prior to the 39th  week of pregnancy to reduce the risks to the mother and child. The March of Dimes also works with supporting mothers having premature babies some as small as 9 ounces in birth weight. Medicines are now available to help expand the lungs of premature babies improving the rate of survival from underdeveloped lungs. The rate of preterm births (less than 35 weeks) has decreased from 1 in 7 to 1 in 10 births due to the intervention of the March of Dimes who operates 5 prematurity research centers across the country.
 
It was noted that low birth weights can be traced to shorter women, those that smoke and use drugs and those women who may be exposed to certain environmental conditions (such as gas drilling and water contamination).
 
The March of Dimes in Western PA. raises approximately $3-4 million/year through fundraising events such as March for Babies events. The March of Dimes spends 76 cents of every dollar raised on research to improve the lives of babies.
 
Eric thanked the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the March of Dimes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 26th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Jim Hinerman and Laura Maines announced the schedule of events over the remainder of the Rotary Year:
 
Jan. 28th – District Mid-Year Review – August Wilson Center – Downtown – 8:30AM-1:30PM
Feb. 9thClub’s Valentine Dinner
Mar. 4th  – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th -14th  – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
President Maines announced that Barbara Piconi’s surgery went well and she is now recovering at home.
 
2017 Pancake Festival
 
Tickets are now being distributed to the Steelers and Patriots ticket sales teams and all members were encouraged to sell tickets as well as obtain sponsorships.
 
Program
 
President Maines introduced new member Ray Detig to present his background to the membership:
 
Ray grew up in Mt. Oliver in Pittsburgh. His family resided near Herm Dieckmann’s family going back three generations. Went to Baldwin high school then went on to Penn State and graduated from their 5 year Architecture program. Met his wife at Penn State. She came from Williamsport, PA. where Ray spent time visiting her family and become familiar with central PA. After graduation joined the U.S. government working in the U.S. Air Force National Guard. Started career in New Jersey where his daughter was born. Moved to Texas where he started work on his Master’s Degree in Planning at the University of Texas. Then he and his family moved to Maryland where he worked at the Andrews Air Force Base. Finished his Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia. His career with the Air Force National Guard has taken him to every state and territory covered by the United States except American Samoa. Son was born in Maryland. His son also went to Penn State and lives in York, PA.
 
Retired in 2005 at the age of 55, after which he worked for a number of years as a contractor serving the Air Force National Guard. Wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and died in 2008. Remarried to his current wife Jeannie in 2014 and moved back to Pittsburgh settling in Bethel Park. He noted that he vacationed in the 1950’s with his grandparents in Bethel Park. He belonged to another service club in Maryland, the Kiwanis’, for a number of years. He became involved with the Rebuilding Together  (Christmas in April) Home Modification Project initiative while in Maryland (similar to Rebuild Pittsburgh). Ray was involved with a county planning commission while he lived in Maryland as well as served on various design review committees and a church parish council. He has found that Rotary provides him an opportunity for fellowship and to serve the community and he looks forward to participating in the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair.
 
 
 
January 19th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Past President Jim Hinerman led the meeting on behalf of President Maines due to a recent death in Laura’s family. On behalf of the Club members were requested to donate to a fund in memory of Laura’s cousin, Hannah Milbert, a 15 year old cousin who died in a house fire in Ohio Township on January 7th. Members expressed their sympathies for Laura’s loss. The collected funds will be sent by Treasurer John Westerman.
 
Also announced to the members that Barbara Piconi recently had an operation and for all to sign a card to send to Barbara to achieve a rapid recovery.
 
2017 Pancake Festival
 
Vice President Heather Dieckmann and this year’s Chairperson for our Annual Pancake Festival announced the kick-off for this year’s festival.
 
TICKET SALES
Ticket Sales Teams have been established and Heather committed to making sure the winning team is served a steak dinner in recognition of their accomplishments (losing team may get hot dogs and beans). Captains are Tracy Estabrook and Jim Bolas. They will distribute the tickets to their teams and collect all team money. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN !
 
The teams are as follows:
 
STEELERS
PATRIOTS
Estabrook, Tracy - C
Bolas, Jim - C
Atkins, Tom
Beck, Dick
Brenneman, Mark
Biedrzycki, John
Donahoe, John
Detig, Ray
Haden, Bobbi Jo
Dieckmann, Heather
Hamel, Milt
Dieckmann, Herm
Jackson, Keith
Donovan, Tim
James, Bob
Hinerman, Jim
Kampetis, Jim
Hennigan, Mark
Labriola, Joe
Kells, Ray
Maines, Laura
Panos, Emanuel
Piconi, Barbara
George Pitcairn
Romanias, Manny
Provil, Sam
Rohrich, Tom
      Taylor, Cliff
Shook, Tom
      Trocheck, Vince
Smith, Rick
      O’Toole, Pat
Theakston, Bob
      Wagner, Susanne
Trakofler, Carl
      Watkins, Jack
 
      Westerman, John
 
      1 TD SPOT = $1000
 
SPONSORSHIPS AND ADS
Chairperson Dieckmann emphasized that  this year all members re expected to identify 5 sponsors each this year since the Pancake Festival needs to raise more money through sponsorships and ads to compensate for the trend of decreasing ticket sales. Ray Kells will retain the leadership role in handling the monies and being sure placemats and any other sponsorship printings are handled properly.
 
GRILL TESTING
Keith Jackson reminded the members that a small team needs to be organized to go to the church take the grills out of storage and test them to make sure all are in working order. Steps will be taken to test the grills.
 
MEET WITH THE CHURCH
Chairperson Dieckmann will plan to meet with church officials to make sure all the planning is in place for the Pancake Festival. Dumpster, use of the kitchen, timing, payments to staff for their assistance, etc. will be discussed.
 
COORDINATION WITH OUTSIDE GROUPS
Emanual Panos announced that he has agreed to assist Chairperson Dieckmann and coordinate the ticket sales and volunteer help with the outside groups that are normally involve every year and are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the festival. Emanuel stated that the USC Interact Club is looking forward to helping again this year.
ALL MEMBERS WERE ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED TO MAKE THE CLUB’S 58TH ANNUAL PANCAKE FESTIVAL SUCCESSFUL.
January 12th Meeting Jim Bolas 2017-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
Calendar of Events
 
Jan. 12th - 2017 Pancake Festival Kick-off – Tickets and planning for this year’s Pancake Festival will be handled at the January 12th Meeting. 
Jan. 14th – District 7300 Organization Meeting
Jan. 28th – District Mid-Year Review – August Wilson Center – Downtown – 8:30AM-1:30PM
Mar. 4th – Bethel-St. Clair Pancake Festival
Mar. 26th – Rotary Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
Apr. 1st – Easter Egg Hunt – USC Township 3 hole Golf Course 
Jun 10th-Jun 14th – Rotary International Convention – Atlanta, GA.
Jun 21st -24th - District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
 
Gourmet Dinner Report 
Ray Kells presented the results of the 2016 Bethel St-Clair Gourmet Dinner summarized as follows:
  • Tickets Sold – 170
  • Attendees – 154
  • Sponsors - $13,250
  • Contributions - $3,125
  • Ticket Sales - $14,875
  • Auction - $8,046
  • Net Profit - $23,738
  • Distribution:
    - Rotary Foundation - $18,738
    - International Service Fund - $3,000
  • - Club Foundation - $2,000 
 
January 5th Meeting  Jim Bolas 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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President Laura Maines welcomed the members and their spouses and guests to the 2016 Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Annual Christmas Dinner. The spouses and guests were individually introduced and wished a Merry Christmas by all in attendance.
 
 
Past President Jim Hinerman announced the officers and board members for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year (Bethel-St. Clair’s 63rd Year) which were approved unanimously by the members in attendance at the December 1st meeting.
 
  • President – Heather Dieckmann
  • Vice-President – Emanuel Panos
  • Secretary – Sam Provil
  • Treasurer – Ray Kells
  • Ass’t. Secretary – Tracy Estabrook
  • Ass’t. Treasurer – George Pitcairn
  • Director – Club Service – Jim Hinerman
  • Director – Community Service – Jim Bolas
  • Director – International Service – John Donahoe
  • Director – Vocational Service – Ray Detig (added after the Dec. 1st meeting)
  • Rotary Foundation – Barbara Piconi
  • Past-President – Laura Maines
 
Tracy Estabrook announced the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair Rotarian of the Year for 2016-2017 – Barbara Piconi for her many years of service to Rotary as a non-Rotarian being an active partner at the side of her beloved and remembered husband Lou, at the Club, District and International levels as well as, in becoming a Rotarian herself, showing dedication to the Rotary Foundation and successful leadership on the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner which continues to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation now in its 34th year. The members, spouses and guests gave Barbara a hearty standing ovation in appreciation for her service to the Club and Rotary.
 
 
The dinner was enjoyable and delicious (menu chosen by President Maines) and was followed by the singing of Christmas Carols. Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair hats were given out and the table centerpieces went to the person whose birthday was the closest to Christmas. Members wearing Christmas ties or sweaters were asked to come forward to display their best to the dinner attendees in an annual friendly competition. Upon careful consideration and judged by the level of applause shown for each contestant the winner for this year's Christmas Dinner was Cliff Taylor for his colorful Christmas Tie. The losing contestants accepted defeat graciously.
Laura reminded the membership that there would not be a Rotary meeting on December 22nd or 29th and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 15th Meeting & Christmas Party Jim Bolas 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
  • Dec. 15th Rotary Christmas Party – President Maines initiated a sign-up for the upcoming Christmas Party. All members are encouraged to attend with their spouses or significant others.
  • 2017-2018 Board – Past-President Jim Hinerman presented the proposed club board for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year:
  • President – Heather Dieckmann
  • Vice-President – Emanuel Panos
  • Secretary – Sam Provil
  • Treasurer – Ray Kells
  • Ass’t. Secretary – Tracy Estabrook
  • Ass’t. Treasurer – George Pitcairn
  • Director – Club Service – Jim Hinerman
  • Director – Community Service – Jim Bolas
  • Director – International Service – John Donahoe
  • Director – Vocational Service – TBD
  • Rotary Foundation – Barbara Piconi
  • Past-President – Laura Maines
The proposed board was unanimously approved by the members in attendance.
  • Enjoy Books - Ray Kells reminded the members that he still has 20 Enjoy Books left to sell and asked members to contact him in the next week
  • Bell Ringing – John Donahoe confirmed that all the hourly time-slots are filled from 8AM to 2PM for Salvation Army bell-ringing at Giant Eagle on Saturday, December 3rd. All members are welcome to join those who have already signed up. The target fundraising goal is to meet or beat the $800 raised last year.
 
Club Assembly
 
  • VP – Heather Dieckmann
  • City Thanksgiving Dinners- Heather thanked all the members who helped this year in preparing and distributing 3300 Thanksgiving dinners for needy city residents. Next year will target to increase by 500 dinners and will consider using chicken breasts in lieu of whole turkeys which results in too much wastage
  • Pancake Festival (PF) – Board has agreed to maintain the same beneficiaries and ticket prices. Tickets will be available next week. The PF team was announced. President Maines noted that the attendance at the annual pancake festival appears to have plateaued and to be able to increase fundraising more effort will need to be placed on sponsorships. Tools will be developed for each member to help to seek sponsorship funding from businesses and personal contacts.
 
 
 
  • Director – Club Service – Jim Bolas
  • New Member Recruitment – Jim noted that copies of a letter and flyer was placed on each table which was used by the Forest Hills Rotary Club to reach out to local businesses to join Rotary. We have access to member directories for both the Southwest Communities Chamber of Commerce (800 members) and South Hills Chamber of Commerce (120 members) which could be used in a mailing campaign. This will be proposed to the board to authorize expenditures for the initiative. Herm Dieckmann noted that the Turtle Creek Rotary Club holds two dinners each year at which they have a high profile speaker and each member is requested to bring a potential member. They have gained 5 new members per year with this initiative.
  • Meeting Attendance – Jim expressed concern to the members about the lower than average attendance at the weekly meetings. With 39 members our attendance should be at least 2/3 or about 26. Attendance has been running at less than 20. All members were requested to reach out to other members to encourage them to attend meetings. It was emphasized that despite the low attendance the Club continues to do well with our fundraisers and initiatives and remains one of the top successful Rotary Clubs in District 7300. it was agreed, however, that we can do better and should try to improve attendance in the 2nd half of the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.
 
  • Programs/Meetings – December
December 8th - Libby Mascaro – National Alliance on Mental Illness
December 15th - Christmas Dinner
December 22nd - No Meeting
December 29th - No Meeting
 
 
December 1st Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements

 

  • Nov. 24th – President Maines reminded the members that there will not be a meeting on Nov. 24th due to Thanksgiving.
  • Enjoy Books - Ray Kells reminded the members that he still has 20 Enjoy Books left to sell and asked the members to contact him before the end of the month.
  • Dictionary Program Ray Kells noted that the dictionaries were successfully distributed to the students at St. Louise de Marillac school.
  • St. Clair Hospital Foundation – President Maines noted that the Club has received a Thanksgiving card from the St. Clair Hospital Foundation thanking us for supporting their van program.
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – Vice President Heather Dieckmann requested assistance Thanksgiving week to help prepare the Thanksgiving dinners for distribution on Thanksgiving Day to shut-ins in the City of Pittsburgh. Members are to contact Heather. Non-member volunteers are welcome.
  • Salvation Army – John Donahoe reported that all time slots are filled for ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. However, others can come and join in.
  • Rotary Foundation – Barbara Piconi reported that the Rotary Foundation has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The foundation will formally receive the award in 2017 at the AFP International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco. 
  • Tereneh Mosley – Dick Beck noted that Tereneh Mosley, a former Rotary  International Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by District 7300 in 2004 to study fashion design in Kenya, will be receiving The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award for 2016. She will receive $15,000 from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Ms. Mosley, a fashion designer, entrepreneur and educator who grew up in Pittsburgh, will receive the Emerging Artist Award. She was a visiting scholar on global fashion at Yale-National University of Singapore College in 2013. That year, she launched her global eco-design collaboration with Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya, incorporating indigenous adornment in contemporary textiles and apparel. 
  • Meals on Wheels – Ray Kells stated that a member is needed to replace Carl Gaddis as the 5th driver on the Club’s team which helps distribute meals for Meals on Wheels. Please contact Ray Kells.

 

Speaker – Chief of Police Doug Burkholder

 

 

  • Jim Bolas introduced Upper St. Clair Chief of Police Doug Burkholder a 40 year police officer for Upper St. Clair; became a sergeant in 1980, lieutenant in 1987; deputy chief in 1989 and chief in 2013 replacing retired Chief Ron Pardini who now serves as a USC Township Commissioner. Chief Burkholder is a past president and board chairman of the Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
  • Chief Burkholder reported that the township has a 24/7 dispatch center with 3-4 officers per shift. The police department average age is 45 which has decreased over the past several years and will probably decrease further as turnover is experienced.  He related to the members incidents which have occurred in Upper St. Clair which represent the type of crimes and events they deal with on an on-going basis:
  • Credit card fraud by use of “skimmers” which read card information. Recommend that individuals try to use credit cards (banks have responsibility to handle fraud) instead of debit cards (individuals responsible to initiate action).
  • Fraudulent use of fake money for purchases
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Stealing debit card information at ATMs by use of skimmers and cameras
  • Firearm violations – trying to buy a firearm with a criminal record
  • Panhandlers – illegal aliens working in South Hills
  • Domestic violence and threats of violence (200/year)
  • Drug overdoses and illegal drug use (dangerous deadly drugs on the street)
  • Break and enter burglaries (20/year)
  • Sexual assault
  • Stealing from unlocked cars in parking lots and cars parked at homes
  • In question and answers from the members the following points were noted:
  • Lock your cars at all times
  • Call USC dispatcher instead of 911; however 911 will ultimately get you the USC dispatcher
  • Security cameras are becoming more in use by homeowners and businesses; Target has installed excellent cameras which help the USC police
  • When garage doors are found left open the police normally check their vacation list first, then contact the owner by phone and if not home the police will enter the home to check on whether or not there are any problems.
November 17th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
  • Gourmet Dinner - Barbara Piconi thanked everyone for their help in making this year’s Gourmet Dinner a success. The new chef did a great job and everyone seemed to have a good time. The financial results are being assessed and a report will be given soon.
  • Enjoy Books - Ray Kells reminded the members that he still has Enjoy Books to sell. If all 60 books are sold the Club receives $600 at $10 per book.
  • Dictionary Program – President Maines announced that the Club will be handing out dictionaries to students at St. Louise de Marillac school on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 9AM. Members are welcome to come and participate.
  • St. Clair Country Club – Tom Shook informed the Club members that the Country Club’s long time chef has resigned and the Pastry Chef has left. However, a new Pastry Chef is in place and a search is on for a new chef.
  • Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinners – President Maines provided an update on the upcoming Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Dinner Program which is led by Heather Dieckmann who is out-of-town. Last year the Club worked with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department to distribute approx. 5000 Thanksgiving dinners to shut-ins and people in need within the city. This year with additional funds available from the District grant we could achieve 6000 dinners. Laura “passed the hat” to receive donations from the Club members to help the program. Will need volunteers to work in a Southside church the evenings of Nov. 22nd & 23rd and for helping out on Thanksgiving on the 24th.
 
 
Speakers – Brad Wilson, John Rozzo and Pat O'Toole
 
  • Jim Bolas introduced Upper St. Clair Superintendent and member Pat O’Toole, Dr. John Rozzo and Brad Wilson who will present “Top 10 Components of Sustaining High Levels of Student Achievement”.
  • The presentation was a condensed version of a 90 minute presentation given to the PSBA Conference in Hershey, PA.
  • The following ten components were elaborated on: 
#1 – Leadership Development & Succession Planning 
#2 – School Board Collaboration
#3 – Strategic Planning
#4 – Professional Learning Communities
#5 – Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
#6 – Unique Programs and Initiatives
#7 – Curriculum Leaders
#8 – iPad Learning Initiative
#9 – Professional Development
#10 – Parent/Community Partnerships
 
Programs/Meetings – Nov./Dec.
 
November 17th - Chief of Police Doug Burkholder 
 
November 24th - No Meeting - Thanksgiving
 
December 1st - Club Assembly
 
December 8th - Libby Mascaro – National Alliance on Mental Illness
 
December 15th - Christmas Dinner
 
December 22nd - No Meeting
 
December 29th - No Meeting
 
November 10th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
  • Gourmet Dinner Chair Barbara Piconi reminded the members that preparations for the November 3rd Gourmet Dinner at Valley Brook Country Club will start at noon for those who wish to help set-up. Members are requested to arrive at 5:30PM that evening to welcome guests and have pictures taken early to avoid a rush.
 
Speaker – Matt Hiser
 
 
  • Emauel Panos introduced Matt Hiser, Director of Development for the St. Clair Foundation.
  • Matt is a fundraising professional with experience in a variety of non-profit sectors including higher education, faith-based institutions and healthcare. He has been with St. Clair Hospital since 2010. Originally from southern California. Received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Public Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • St. Clair Hospital was established in 1954 and is currently ranked in the top 2% of hospitals in the U.S. in the category of patient satisfaction. The hospital serves a geographical area of about 500,000 people.
  • The St. Clair Hospital Foundation was established in the early 1980’s as a 501(c)3 as a vehicle to raise funds for improving the hospital and its ability to serve the community.
  • There are about 50 funds available to donate to. The major funds which are established are:
  • Patient Assistance Fund – helps patients in need financially with services such as helping to provide handicap ramps at homes to travel assistance to help patients, who may be in the area from out of town, to return to their homes.
  • Oncology Fund – A collaborative with UPMC Cancer Center to provide wellness programs for cancer patients like restorative Yoga.
  • Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab Fund – Providing rehabilitation services to recovering patients with over 25,000 sessions provided each year.
  • Breast Care Fund – Providing education, early detection and diagnostic services to women
  • Healthy Future Fund – Providing funding for critical infrastructure projects at the hospital
  • St. Clair Hospital Fund – Providing funding to keep St. Clair Hospital current with the latest healthcare technology.
  • Courtesy Van Program – This program is supported by the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and has been serving the community for 20 years. Currently the program has 6 vans and drivers which cover over 125,000 miles/14,000 trips/>1600 needy patients a year.
  • St. Clair Hospital just completed their Community Health Needs Assessment which they do every 3 years to help the hospital determine the changes in the needs of the community they serve and what they need to do to maintain their high patient satisfaction rating. They also update their assessment of the direct and indirect regional economic impact the hospital makes to the South Hills community. St. Clair Hospital is the largest employer in the South Hills.
  • St. Clair Hospital has recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network which allows their medical staff and their patients to access a vast array of medical technology, knowledge and expertise. Patients can obtain 2nd opinions and discuss their condition directly with medical experts in the network at no extra cost.
  • Q&A:
  • Q: Is St. Clair Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Care Network taking advantage of the emerging artificial intelligence capabilities that are rapidly emerging in the healthcare field ?
A: Not yet but will investigate if St. Clair Hospital and/or the network is considering such a technological advancement.
  • Q: With the number of doctors and medical professionals which may get involved with a patient’s condition are there patient advocates available to help a patient better understand his/her condition and the advice being given ?
A: There are steps being taken to have a doctor on each floor to act as a point person when found necessary. However, as of yet, there are no designated patient advocates available.
 
October 27th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Announcements
 
  • President Maines reminded the membership that they need to get their Gourmet Dinner ticket money and guest information into Bob Theakston and Barbara Piconi ASAP so table seating arrangements can be finalized.
  • Bob Theakston read a letter from William B. Boyd, past Rotary International President (2006-02007) and Rotary Foundation Trustee (2016-2018) addressed to the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair recognizing the significant contribution made by member Cliff Taylor in the early days of Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Campaign. The members gave Cliff a warm applause and congratulations.
  • Past District Governor Dick Beck welcomed Past District Governor Rick Martin to The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair.
 
Speaker – Drew Harvey
 
Past President Bob James with speaker Drew Harvey
  • Jim Bolas introduced Drew Harvey, retired Engineering Director of Alcoa, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of Brother’s Brother Foundation, Chairman of The Nyadire Connection in Zimbabwe and 2013 recipient of Pittsburgh’s “Jefferson Award” which honors volunteers performing significant community and public service in America. Drew’s talk is “Zimbabwe & How It Changed My Life”.
  • Retired early and worked with Habitat for Humanity and when I joined a HFH Global Village trip I first became exposed to Africa and have been involved with Africa ever since.
  • After a trip to Nyadire, Zimbabwe worked to form The Nyadire Connection to help build 14 programs including a hospital, a school, a pharmacy and help provide micro-loans to start businesses.
  • With the United Nations setting Millennium Goals to improve Africa and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett contributed significantly to help Africa, I wanted to be part of that effort.
  • I have found Africa full of rich culture, a joy of life and a people that are thankful and grateful for each day. Its culture is based on relationships – not accomplishments. Africa has collectivist societies. Africans think “We are all in this together” and view life as “we only succeed if we all succeed”.
  • So, how has Africa changed my life?
  • I try to live a simpler life that prioritizes people more than wealth & luxury – which is a challenge
  • My centering philosophy has become to try to be an ethical citizen of the world. It is a struggle to be at peace with my life knowing the great inequalities and arbitrary unfairness around the world.
  • I try to help in a way that focuses on results & sustainability, not just activities. I now see that as I help others, I equally help myself.
  • My Christian Faith is simpler now than it was. My faith priority is more on how I live my life, rather than defining specifically what I believe in.
  • Individuals can make a genuine difference in other’s lives.
  • I am now incredibly thankful
  • Progress is being made in the world. A number of years ago half of the world lived on less than $2/day. Today that number is less than 10%. I think it is humanity’s greatest story.
  • I find the following quotes inspirational for me:
  • Margaret Mead – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
  • Serenity Prayer – “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  • Talmud – “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
 
October 20th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcement
 
  • President Maines announced that there will be a Gourmet Dinner Committee meeting held after the regular meeting.
 
Induction – Ray Detig
 
 
Past District Governor and sponsor with new member Ray Detig
 
  • The Club members welcomed Ray Detig and his wife Jean.
  • A formal membership induction ceremony was held for Ray. Herm Dieckmann was Ray’s sponsor.
  • The membership came forward at the end of the ceremony to welcome Ray into the Club.
 
Speaker – Jim Saxon
 
 
  • Ray Kells introduced Jim Saxon, President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Preferred Realty. Jim is responsible for all accounting, financial and day-to-day operations of the franchise which is ranked 14th out of 150 such Berkshire Hathaway franchises nationwide. Jim is a Accounting graduate from Clarion University. His early career was with Touche Ross, Lehman and Gumberg. Jim and his wife, Lynda, have lived in Pittsburgh their whole lives. They just celebrated their 30th year of marriage in Maui.
  • The Pittsburgh housing market remains strong with approximately 20-22,000 homes selling per year at an average price of $170-180,000. Very attractive for investors. Currently in South Allegheny County the houses for sale represent a 2-3 month inventory. > $500,000 homes are up to a 10 month inventory.
  • Home construction costs and land prices are on the rise. Most homes are being built by the larger builders. New construction costs run $140 to $300/ft2.
  • Millennials are less attracted to large homes and properties; they are looking for convenience. Downtown apartment/condo sales have tripled in last 3 years
  • Mortgage rates remain attractive in the 3-3.5% range for 15-30 year fixed. 5% down payment options are available. Due to buyer’s market offers are often coming in above the appraisal amount which makes it difficult to get mortgages at the amount the buyer wants requiring higher down payments
  • Best months to sell are Feb to Mar. Best months to buy are Dec and Jan
  • Companies like Home Partners of America and offering to purchase homes and lease them to people on a yearly basis who can not afford to buy. Those that lease have the option to buy in the future when in a better position to do so.
  • Construction will be starting on a 39 condo/7 townhouse complex across Washington Rd. from St. Bernards. Pricing is in the $430-$650K range. 
October 13th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements

 

  • Bob Theakston – November 3rd Gourmet Dinner tickets available 
  • President Maines reported that she received a letter from John D. Robbie Powell III, Governor of West Virginia Rotary District 7550 thanking The Rotary Club of Bethel St. Clair for their financial assistance toward the Flood Relief Fund which will be used to seek a global grant to further assist recovery efforts in south central West     Virginia which was most  impacted by the flooding
  • It was announced that the Club was successful in obtaining a $3000 grant to help with making this year’s Thanksgiving Dinners for the needy in Pittsburgh
 
Speaker
 
            Drew Harvey (Nyadire Mission) - “Zimbabwe and How It Changed My Life” –
            CANCELLED DUE TO SCHEDULE CONFLICT – WILL RESCHEDULE
 
 
Board Meeting
 
  • A board meeting was to be held after the regular meeting to approve the membership application of Raymond F. Detig and improvement of membership engagement
 
 
 
 

 

 

September 29th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracy Estabrook
Announcements
 
Bob Theakston would like to have all the tickets for the Gourmet Dinner sold by October 15th.
 
 
Speaker – John Maher – PA House of Representatives
 
PA Representative John Maher with Club President Laura Maines
 
John Maher has represented Pennsylvania’s 40th District in the State House of Representatives since 1997. The 40th District encompasses Upper St. Clair, Peters Township and six Wards of Bethel Park. John graduated from Duke University magna cum laude with a degree in Management Sciences and Accounting. He also completed scholarship studies at both Oxford University and the Australian Graduate School of Management. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1983. After working in the Pittsburgh office of Ernst and Young, Maher founded his own CPA auditing firm in 1989 which became very successful. John stepped down from the firm in 2004 to focus on his work in the State House.
 
He has also been a recurring lecturer and keynote speaker at the Cambridge University International Symposium of Economic Crime. His lectures have included "Forensic Auditing" and "Accounting for Integrity" to audiences including business and law enforcement leaders from more than sixty nations, including the heads of Interpol and Europol, attorneys general and ambassadors of many countries. 
 
John currently serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and is a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Licensure. 
 
Several awards presented to Representative Maher over his almost 20 years of public service are:
  1. The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association "Bill Northrop Award for distinguished work supporting freedom of information." 
  2. Defense Department’s "Seven Seals Award" for Meritorious Leadership and Initiative in Support of the Men and Women who Serve America in the National Guard and Reserve
  3. Common Cause’s "Champion of Good Government". John is the only Pennsylvania state official honored with this award during this century. 
  4. The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award for his work to combat animal cruelty and advance animal health and veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth.
  5. The Humane Society of the United States recognition as “Humane Legislator of the Year” 
  6. The "Legion of Honor" by Firearm Owners Against Crime
 
 
John celebrated 19 years today as a member of the PA legislature.  He replaced Al Petit who died in office.  John had no initial interest in serving but was encouraged by friends and business associates.  He changed his mind and felt that he might be able to assist in getting the fiscal house in order.
 
He was not welcomed because he was not the “party machine’s” choice and they expected him to be beaten in the primary.  John won 83% of the vote in the primary.
 
John feels that we need people in the legislature who are uncomfortable there.  This drove him to push for and get the Open Records law enacted.  The importance of this law is demonstrated in the significant number of leaders (7 of 8 caucus leaders) that have gone to jail since it has passed.  
 
When John entered the legislature there were no PA laws about Lobbying. John proposed laws to allow for more transparency.
 
John is not sure how next year’s budget process will go.  Big questions have not been addressed – essentially a 3 billion dollar deficit.  There is a waiting list of human services and funds may not be applied.
 
The pension obligation is probably double of what you hear ($100 billion)
 
John thinks that the current gradual approach with the Liquor Control Board is going to work.  The changes going on will eventually exhaust the system.
September 22nd Meeting Tracy Estabrook 2016-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracy Estabrook
 
Announcements
 
 
  • Bob Theakston now has tickets for the Gourmet Dinner
  • The Long Eaton club would like restart our member exchange by hosting our club next year to celebrate their 90th anniversary on March 9.  Details to follow.
 
 
Speaker – Frank Kerber – Impact of the Brexit Vote on the European Union and U.S. Foreign Policy
 
 
Frank Kerber is an Adjunct Professor at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, teaching master level courses in International Relations, Diplomacy, Approaches to Conflict Resolution, and Development Design and Evaluation.  He served as a Foreign Service Officer from 1980-2006 with posts in Tunisia, Canada, Central African Republic, Jamaica, and Brussels (U.S. Mission to the EU).
 
Frank explained why it was a mistake for Prime Minister Cameron call for a vote on Brexit.  The vote was close, 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting to leave where N. Ireland and Scotland voted heavily the other way, 62% and 56% respectively. It was a populous vote against immigration, not from the Middle East but from eastern Europe. It was the free flow of labor that they were concerned with stopping.
 
Now the UK will have to establish individual trade agreements with the EU countries. They may have to deal with N. Ireland and Scotland wanting their independence to rejoin the EU.
 
The UK will now face diminished world status – the value of the pound is at a 30 year low.This affects U.S. foreign policy in that the U.K. was our closest partner in the EU. It also could affect our nuclear security since most of the nuclear activity is in Scotland and Scotland wants to be nuclear-free. If the U.K. splits, our relationship is further diminished.
 
September 15th Meeting Tracy Estabrook 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Announcements
 
  • President Maines reminded the new members that the District is holding a New Member Orientation the evening of September 12th between 6-8:30PM at the Greentree Crowne Plaza Hotel. The next session will be held December 5th.
  • Tom Shook noted to the members that the Steeler Pool brackets have been established and have been issued to all participants.
 
Speaker  – Mark Christie – “Developments in Upper St. Clair” 
 
 
 
Jim Bolas introduced Mark Christie – President of the Upper St. Clair Township Commissioners. Mark has represented USC Ward 4 since 2010. He is President of Christie & Associates – a full service insurance brokerage firm which he purchased in 2000. Mark earned a Bachelor Degree from Penn State in Landscape Architecture and a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Mark and his wife Nicole moved to Upper St. Clair in 1980 and have 4 children – Kevin, Meghan, Shannon and Kyle.
 
Mark noted to the members that Niles Norman, a past distinguished member of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair, past District Governor and former Superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District was a relation. Mark grew up in humble beginnings in the Williamsport, PA. area. 
 
Mark stated that Upper St. Clair has the good fortune to have excellent township management and administration. Public Works, Police and Fire Department are almost invisible in serving the needs of the community but they are always there when needed.
 
Current developments in the township are:
  • A new CVS pharmacy is being built on the corner of Ft. Couch and Rt. 19. Store hours will be similar to Walgreens and other stores in the area (not 24 hours).
  • Whole Foods will open in the 1st quarter of 2017; the new restaurants, boutique shops and townhouses will be completed through 2017. The Club may want to consider having the developer come and speak to the membership.
  • The new BJ Restaurant has recently opened up and it appears there are plenty of parking spaces available.
  • Future use of the site of the existing CVS pharmacy has not been decided.
  • The Township has been repairing a number of roads they are responsible for. Other road repair work has also been initiated by the county (e.g. Painter’s Run Road)
  • Tuscany Point, an 8 building, 144 apartment complex is being planned on McLaughlin Run Road just past Pinebridge Mall. Construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2017
  • A round-about is being considered for the intersection of McLaughlin Run Road and Lesnett Rd/McMillan Rd (near the post office and Pinebridge mall)
  • 1-1/2 miles of perimeter trails are to be developed at the USC Recreation Center Complex adding to the current 2-1/2 miles of trails. It was noted that these perimeter trails will eventually tie-in to the Montour Trail
  • The USC Rec Center has recently added lighting for the fields which will allow younger residents to use the fields at night. The additional lighting cost $1 million
  • The 10 year old USC Rec Center now has over 11,000 members and is self-sustaining allowing money to be set aside for increased maintenance and potential expansion of areas of the center such as the locker rooms
  • The Bednar Farm Housing Development is progressing well
  • The Municipal Building is showing signs of age and is being remodeled
  • The Veterans Park is currently raising funding for a statue of a child honoring the flag and for an on-going maintenance fund
  • A potential Friendship Village expansion is being considered
  • Speed bumps are being explored for several streets in the Township. The process starts with a petition signed by at least 20 people leading to a survey of residents on the street and an engineering study which monitors the traffic. Such additions can become controversial.
  • The Township’s Comprehensive Plan was updated and submitted in 2015. It is normally updated every 10 years.
  • The Township Budget is currently being developed for 2017. It is expected that there will be no increase to taxes.
  • A question was asked if there could be an opiate problem in the Township. Mark said that he did not think so. In addition, he noted that the USC police work with the families in which a member(s) has an opiate problem and are sensitive to their challenges and try to assist the families to address these problems without getting overly “legal”
September 8th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

Announcements

 

  • President Maines informed the membership that Honorary Member Carl Gaddis recently had quintuple bypass surgery. A card was passed for the members to send get well notes to Carl.
  • John Donahoe announced that The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair will be “Ringing The Bells” for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 3rd. Please contact John if you wish to join the bell-ringing team.
  • Jim Hinerman reminded the members, on behalf of Barbara Piconi, that sponsors and auction items are still required for the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner at Valley Brook Country Club scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd. Money for a wine basket is to be given to George Pitcairn who will select bottles of choice wine. Consideration will also be given to create a whiskey basket.

 

Speaker  – Mark Hennigan – “The National Guard Efforts in West Virginia”

 

West Virginia Flood (per Wikipedia): On June 23, 2016, thunderstorms brought torrential rain to much of West Virginia, resulting in accumulations of up to 10 inches in 12 hours. According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service, this rainfall qualifies as a 1,000 year event for parts of Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier Counties. The flooding was tied for seventh among the deadliest floods in West Virginia history with 23 deaths. It is also the deadliest flash flood event in the United States since the 2010 Tennessee floods. In the wake of the floods, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for 44 of the state's 55 counties. He also ordered the deployment of 400 members of the West Virginia National Guard.

 

Mark Hennigan, a member of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair, is also Commander of the 77th West Virginia National Guard Brigade. He oversees 2500 Guardsmen. Mark has a J5 classification dealing in Strategic Planning & Policy within the National Guard.

 

 

 

Mark provided the members an outline of the National Guard’s responsibilities:

  • Federal Mission: As a Reserve Component of the Army, maintain combat ready units and Soldiers who are available to mobilize in support of the U.S. National Military Strategy;
  • State Mission: Provide organized, trained and equipment units to protect life and property and to preserve peace, order and public safety when ordered by the governor; and
  • Community Mission: To add value to the communities in which we live, work and serve.

 

Each state in the United States has a senior military officer – the state adjutant general – who is de facto commander of a state's military forces, including the National Guard, the naval militia, and any state defense forces. This officer is known as TAG (The Adjutant General), and is subordinated to the state chief executive. The West Virginia National Guard is led by Adjutant General: Major General James A. Hoyer who was appointed by the Governor of West Virginia. As Brigade Commander Mark reports to the state adjutant general.

 

Although many counties were affected by the June flood the primary effort of the National Guard was in eight counties in the south central part of West Virginia that were hit the hardest. The National Guard’s priorities were: (1) Lifesaving, (2) Provide basic needs – safety, food, water and shelter, (3) Rebuild critical infrastructure and (4) Work with governmental and non-governmental agencies to provide housing. The National Guard meets such priorities with the following capabilities: (a) Engineers – technical expertise and heavy equipment – remove debris and rebuild buildings and bridges, (b) Aviation – helicopters – lifesaving, damage assessment, logistics, (c) Labor, (d) Medical – EMT and Triage and (e) Communications – Information on where help is available, weather, etc.

 

In addition to the Governor declaring the flood a state disaster the President declared certain areas of West Virginia a national disaster which allows government agencies to become involved, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To date there have been 8000 individual claims and 5000 group claims submitted requesting government assistance. FEMA provides loss of home assistance up to a maximum of $33,000 per home. The residents must decide whether to rebuild or relocate.

 

The National Guard also provides assistance to the State Governor and his staff in long term planning or Lines of Effort in five key areas:

  • Housing
  • Public Health
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Debris Removal
  • Economic Impact
September 1st Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Speaker – Ron Arnoni – Magisterial District Judge
 
John Biedrzycki introduced Ron Arnoni, the Magisterial District Judge serving Bethel Park/Upper St. Clair. Judge Arnoni was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett and confirmed in April, 2014 and was then elected to the court in 2015. He served as a Special Agent in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office for over 10 years and Mayor and served on council for the Brentwood Borough for over 8 years. Judge Arnoni also served as General Manager of The Arnoni Group.
 
Judge Arnoni provided a background on the duties of a Magisterial District Judge and how he best serves the communities of Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Club President Laura Maines and Magisterial District Judge Ron Arnoni
August 11th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
President Maines thanked all the members who participated in the recent SHIM “Back to School Backpack” effort.
From left to right-Ray Kells, Dick Beck, Barb Piconi, Jim Hinerman
 
 
Milt Hamel updated the members on the upcoming Corn Roast on Thursday, August 25th at the Lion’s Park in Bethel Park. He asked for volunteers to help starting at 10:30 AM of the event to help prepare the picnic area. Some may come at noon due to golf. Corn is shucked starting around 4PM. Tracy Estabrook will bring the corn. Keith Jackson will bring his grill and handle the grilling. Members with last names beginning with A to H are to bring a vegetable salad, J to P a regular salad and R to Z a dessert. However, this a flexible requirement. Bottles of wine are welcome. It was agreed that a cornhole competition would be fun. Tim Donovan has the equipment.
 
President Maines welcomed Ray Detig, a guest of Herm Dieckmann, who has expressed an interest in Rotary and potentially joining the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair.
 
Bob Theakston announced that Gourmet Dinner tickets are available. Members are encouraged to line up guests early.
 
Speaker – Herm Dieckmann – Membership
 
Herm Dieckmann, Past Club President and Past Governor – Rotary District 7300 presented to the Club members his thoughts on membership as he is developing his approach to help District Governor Bruce, as Special Advisor,  to increase and strengthen membership in District 7300 in the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.
 
Herm asked the members for their thoughts on several key questions:
 
Question 1: Why Do Individuals Not Join Rotary ?
 
Possible reasons:
  • Takes up too much personal time
  • Unaware of Rotary or what it does
  • Have not been asked
  • Too many meetings
  • Too much money
  • Image of Rotary – “bunch of old guys”
  • Venue and/or time of the meetings
 
Question 2: Why Do Individuals Join Rotary ?
 
Possible reasons:
  • Opportunity to give back to the community
  • Networking
  • Fellowship/friendship
  • Social activities
  • Have been asked
  • Legacy of personal accomplishment
  • It is an apolitical, non-religious organization
 
Question 3: How Can We Engage/Retain Existing Members ?
 
Possible actions:
  • Personal contact, preferably face-to-face or call – stay in contact (e.g. establish a call list)
  • Mentors
  • Assign them roles on committees or club activities
  • Understand their concerns about other commitments, personal conflicts, travel, health, etc. which may be hindering participation
  • Education about the Club and Rotary – obligations of a Rotarian
  • Solicit their ideas and recommendations on Club activities
 
Herm distributed cards that he had made during his time as District Governor which identified 20 reasons to be a Rotarian (some were identified earlier above). He asked each member to write on the card a name of one person who they believe would make a good Rotarian and to follow-up and ask that person to a future dinner and introduce them to Rotary.
 
The 20 reasons listed on the card for being a Rotarian were:
  1. Friendship
  2. Business Development
  3. Personal Growth or Development
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Citizenship in the Community
  6. Continuing Education
  7. Fun
  8. Public Speaking Skills
  9. Citizenship in the World
  10. Assistance when Traveling
  11. Entertainment
  12. The Development of Social Skills
  13. Family Programs
  14. Vocational Skills
  15. The Development of Ethics
  16. Cultural Awareness
  17. Prestige
  18. Nice People
  19. The Absence of an “Official Creed”
  20. The Opportunity to Serve
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 18th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements
 
  • President Maines reminded the membership to sign-up for the August 25th Corn Roast – Members are encouraged to bring family members and significant others. 
Members only pay $21 for themselves – others are free. The Corn Roast is held in the Lions Park in Bethel Park. A notice e-mail will be sent to all members reminding them to sign-up for this upcoming Club social event.
  • Heather Dieckmann collected donations from the members in attendance for school supplies to be put into the backpacks for SHIM’s Back to School BackPack effort for needy school children. The loading of the backpacks will be done August 15-16 starting about 10AM at SHIM’s facilities at 5301 Park Avenue in Bethel Park. Heather will organize member participation.
  • Ray Kells informed the membership that $2785 was raised by the Club to help the West Virginia relief efforts.
  • President Maines stated that a board meeting is scheduled for August 18th and monthly board meetings will be scheduled in the 2016-2017 Rotary Year after a regular Rotary meeting around the middle of each month.
 
 
Rotary Foundation – Barbara Piconi 
 
  • Barbara Piconi, the Club’s Rotary Foundation Representative, provided the membership with a brief history of the Foundation, its current status and how the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair has been and continues to be involved with the Foundation.
  • Rotary Foundation History
    - Celebrating 100th Anniversary this Rotary Year
    - 1917 - Founded by Arch Klumpf
    - 1947 – First major program launched – Scholarship for International Graduate  
      Studies (now called Global Scholarship Program)
    - 1957-1980 – Many additional programs developed (e.g. Group Study
      Exchanges, Special/Matching Grants, Start of Polio Immunization Program, etc.)
    - 1988 – Rotary announces they exceeded their fund-raising efforts for their Polio Immunization Program by $100 million or by over 80%. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair was instrumental in this fundraising effort and was recognized by Rotary. Cliff Taylor was chair of the Club’s fundraising campaign at that time.
    - 1999 - Rotary Peace Centers and Bequest Society were established
    - 2004 – Every Rotarian Every Year and Arch Klumpf Society established
    - 2009 – Bill & Melinda Gates join Rotary’s polio eradication program
    - 2012 – India declared free of polio
    - 2013 – Future Vision program implemented  giving Rotary Districts more
      flexibility to manage grants and projects
    - 2015 – Only two countries left on the polio endemic list – Pakistan and
      Afghanistan
  • Rotary’s polio eradication program has thus far raised $3billion
  • 2014-2015 - Rotary Foundation provided almost 1000 grants totaling close to $70 million
  • In 2014 District 7300 gave the Rotary Foundation $142,000 of which 50% or $71,000 was given back to the District to provide matching grants to Clubs to 
support meaningful projects
  • The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair and its members have an excellent history of donating to the Rotary Foundation. Since its founding the Club has donated
    $828, 248.
  • Of the Club’s 38 members we have 24 Paul Harris Fellows, 5 Major Donors and 1 Arch Klumpf Society member (>$250,000 donated).
  • The Club provides an opportunity to each member to donate to the Foundation  through participation in the the Club’s Annual Gourmet Dinner which, this year, is being held at Valley Brook Country Club on November 3rd.
  • Club members can donate to the Rotary Foundation via their will. A codicil to an individual’s will would be required to be on file with Rotary. This would make the Rotarian a Benefactor. If willed over $10,000 the Rotarian becomes a member of the Rotary Bequest Society. The Club has 5 Benefactors and 2 members in the Bequest Society.
  • If a Rotarian donates $1000/year to the Foundation they become members of the Paul Harris Society. Our Club has 3 members in the Society.
  • It was noted that if a member wishes to donate to the Rotary District in lieu of the Rotary Foundation they are encouraged to consider doing so to the Bob Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund.
 
Foundation Grants – John Donahoe
 
  • John Donahoe provided information on District Grants which are available from the funds provided to the District by the Rotary Foundation.
  • The Club has applied for a District Matching Grant of $2500. The Club will donate $2500 making the total funding amount $5000. The funds will support our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Program which distributes meals to needy people in the City of Pittsburgh through the Pittsburgh Police Department.
  • Another example of where grant money has been utilized by the Club was the 8 wells which the Club had installed in Malawi in 2009.
  • Members are encouraged to submit project ideas which the Club can pursue grant funding for.
  • It was noted that a Global Grant of up to $30,000 can be applied for directly with the Rotary Foundation. Of course, this would require collaborating with other clubs. 
August 4th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
Aug. 4th Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
Aug. 11th District Judge Ronald Arnoni 
Aug. 18th  Herm Dieckmann – District & Club Membership
Aug. 25th Corn Roast
Sept. 1st National Guard’s Relief Efforts in West Virginia – Mark Hennigan
 
Announcements
 
  • Ray Kells informed the membership that the opportunity to donate to the Club’s West Virginia relief efforts will be extended to next Tuesday, August 2nd. The donation will be given through the Club Foundation
  • President Maines reminded everyone of the upcoming annual Corn Roast on Thursday, August 25th. A corn hole competition is being considered
  • Anyone who wishes to attend Friday’s Rotary Night at the Races at The Meadowlands can probably still come and pay “at-the-door”
  • The Club will try to assemble two foursomes for the District Golf Outing at Edgewood Country Club on August 29th
  • Herm Dieckmann noted that he has located 200 used mattresses at a local Doubletree which could be donated for WV relief as well. He will need help to arrange for pick-up and delivery.
  • Heather Dieckmann noted that donations are appreciated again this year for the SHIM Back to School BackPack effort for needy school children. School supplies are required for loading the backpacks which will be done August 15-16 at SHIM at their facilities at 5301 Park Avenue in Bethel Park. Donations will be accepted at next week’s Rotary meeting.             
 
Member Induction – John Biedrzycki
 
  • Membership Chair Jim Bolas led the induction ceremony officially introducing John Biedrzycki into the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. After the short ceremony the members in attendance individually shook John’s hand and welcomed him into the Club.
  John Biedrzycki and President Laura Maines
 
 
New Member Presentation
 
Following his induction John was given an opportunity to provide the Club information about his background and interests. The following are key points from John’s presentation in which he shared pictures.
 
  • John says that he joined Rotary to have fun, make friends and make a difference
  • John, his wife Beth and their two children Matt, 9 and Molly, 7 live in Upper St. Clair. Matt and Molly attend Baker School. Beth is a Doctor of Pharmacy licensed in PA and Ohio, with a certification in geriatric pharmacy.  She works as long term care consultant pharmacist for PCA Pharmacy
  • John practices law with offices on McMurray Rd. handling personal injury, criminal defense, corporate law and real estate transactions
  • He has an undergrad degree from Villanova with a double major in Political Science and History and a law degree from Duquesne
  • John was an active Rotarian with the Upper St. Clair/Bethel Park Morning Rotary Club where he served as past President and Foundation Chair. He helped initiate the Barnyard Beer Benefit which has raised over $25,000 for Gilfillan Farm in the past two years and the Farmer’s Market which is held every Thursday at Westminster Church’s parking lot during the summer.
  • He is interested in flying airplanes and has a pilot’s license with over 120 hours of flying time primarily in a Cessna.
  • Active as a VP in the South Hills Chamber of Commerce which has offices at 61 McMurray Road
  • Past President and board member of the Allegheny HYP (Harvard-Yale-Princeton) Club a private social club in downtown Pittsburgh
  • Interest in good wines and good scotches and has held wine and scotch tasting events
  • John’s father, John A. Biedrzycki, Jr. was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 23, 2014 and traveled over ½ million miles world-wide on behalf of the VFW. 
  • In July John and his family had the opportunity to attend the VFW National Convention in Charlotte, NC and was able to personally meet Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Mike Pence and shared his observations.
  • John and his family also have had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet with President Obama.
  • The Club membership enjoyed the presentation and gave John a hearty applause.
 
 
 
 
 
 
July 28th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
July 28th Induction of New Member John Biedrzycki and Personal Background
Aug. 4th Barbara Piconi – Rotary Foundation
Aug. 11th Herm Dieckmann – District & Club Membership
Aug. 18th  Open
Aug. 25th Corn Roast
Sept. 1st National Guard’s Relief Efforts in West Virginia – Mark Hennigan
 
Announcements
 
  • It is noted that Scott Yusavage, Rotarian with the Forest Hills Rotary Club attended the dinner meeting. Scott was a past President of his Club and past Assistant District Governor. 
  • Ray Kells will keep collecting funds for West Virginia relief until July 26th
  • John Donahoe informed the membership that $190 was raised at the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair tent at the recent Relay for Life.
  • John also notified the Club that Camp Aim was held last week and apologized for not getting the word out so members could attend. This will be corrected next year.
  • Barbara Piconi noted that reservations can be made as late as next Wednesday for next Friday’s Rotary Night at the Races at the Meadows.
  • Barbara mentioned that there is a USC man who is 50 years old and has an incurable lung disease which requires a double lung transplant and would like the Club to consider a donation. This will be raised at a future board meeting.
  • Laura Maines noted a correction to the date of the Club’s Christmas Dinner which will now be held on December 15th.
  • Herm Dieckmann noted that Walt Sickles is organizing a Rotarian volunteer effort to help perform rebuilding projects in West Virginia.
 
Presentation – “The West and ISIS” – Jim Bolas
 
  • A half-hour Powerpoint presentation was given to the membership explaining the background to the Middle East and fundamental Islam, the evolution of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how ISIS can be defeated.
  • Summary points of the presentation 
  • The current Middle East is a West construct
  • The West’s support of Islamic jihadis in Afghanistan in the 1980’s against the Soviets and the 2003 invasion of Iraq are major factors in the creation of Al-Qaeda and ISIS
  • The West’s support of authoritarian Middle East governments has contributed to a suppression of popular will and religious radicalization
  • The West must now maintain a sustained long-term effort to defeat ISIS and extreme Islamic fundamentalism globally and help build a more workable and peaceful Middle East
July 21st Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
July 21st - “The West and ISIS” – Jim Bolas
July 28th - Induction of New Member John Biedrzycki and Personal Background
Aug. 4th - National Guard’s Relief Efforts in West Virginia – Mark Hennigan
Aug. 11th & 18th – Open
Aug. 25th - Corn Roast
 
Announcements
 
  • Laura welcomed the members to her 2nd Rotary Meeting as President
  • Club’s fundraising efforts for West Virginia relief is up to $2300. Ray Kells will keep collecting funds from Rotarians until the end of July.
  • Co-Chair Barbara Piconi gave an update on planning for the November 3rd Gourmet Dinner – Ticket Sales deadline is Oct. 25th and Sponsorship deadline is Sept. 30th. Need to reassess auction.
  • John Donahoe informed the Club members that they now have the marketing brochures for the Club (Each member is to find 3 prospective members which to give a brochure to). Brochures will be distributed at future meetings (J. Bolas has the box of brochures)
 
Club Assembly
 
President Maines distributed the 2016-2017 Club Budget
Dates established for major events to March, 2017. Key dates are:
  • August 25th  – Annual Club Corn Roast
  • November 3rd – Annual Gourmet Dinner
  • December 8th – Christmas Dinner
  • February 9th – Valentine’s Day Dinner
  • March 4th – Pancake Festival
2016-2017 Club Service Teams have been established to manage meetings with the following team captains covering each 3 month period as follows:
  • July, August, September – Jim Bolas
  • October, November, December – Emanuel Panos
  • January, February, March – Jim Hinerman
  • April, May, June – Mark Brenneman
 
All members are encouraged to help identify speakers/programs of interest
 
The following Club Committees have been established for 2016-2017:
 
Club Service – Jim Bolas, Chair (Members – Theakston, Atkins, James & Westerman) 
        Subcommittee – Public Relations (Members – Beck, Dandoy, Smith)
Community Service – Mark Brenneman, Chair (Members – Donovan, Panos, Pitcairn, Rohrich & Watkins)
Vocational/New Generations Service – Tracy Estabrook, Chair (Members – Trakofler, Hamel, Wagner)
International Service – John Donahoe, Chair (Members – Jackson, Herm Dieckmann, Hennigan)
Foundation – Barbara Piconi, Chair (Members – Theakston, Donahoe)
 
President Maines encouraged each Chair to engage each committee member and to be prepared to present status of plans and accomplishments at the next Club Assembly.
 
July 14th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
July 14th - Club Assembly – Club Committee Organization
July 21st - “The West and ISIS” – Jim Bolas
July 28th - Induction of New Member John Biedrzycki and Personal Background
 
Announcements
 
  • Laura welcomed the members to her 1st Rotary Meeting as President
  • Board has approved of $1000 of Club funds being donated toward relief of those who have suffered from the recent severe flooding in West Virginia. Additional personal contributions are welcome and can be sent to Ray Kells who will be collecting the money. The $1000 will be paid through the Club’s Foundation
 
Governor  Linda Fischer Bruce Visit
 
Club Member and Past-District Governor Dick Beck provided a short bio of District Governor Linda Fischer Bruce as an introduction. A brief synopsis of Linda’s background follows:
 
  • Past President of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club during their 100th anniversary year in 2010-2011
  • Founder and CEO of McKinley Group, Ltd. Providing management and telecommunications consulting services
  • Adjunct Instructor at Point Park University in Public Speaking
  • B.S. – Business Administration and Masters in Education – Robert Morris
  • Husband Jerry (fellow Rotarian); 4 children and 4 grandchildren
 
Governor Bruce presented gifts to Past Governor Herm Dieckmann and Past Club President Jim Hinerman and presented the 2016-2017 Rotary Banner “Rotary Serving Humanity” to President Laura Maines and 2016-2017 pins to all members.
 
 
Governor Bruce noted the following key points in her presentation to the Club:
 
  • A few of her key goals for 2016-2017 are:
    -     Net +3 New Members for Each Club
  • $100 per club member donation to the Rotary Fdn ($2650/Club)
  • Focus on engaging new members
 
  • Also she noted that she would like to have a good representation of District club members attending the June 10-14, 2017 RI Convention
  • They have blocked out fifty $75/night hotel rooms  - will go quick
  • A charter flight will be arranged
  • 45,000 people expected; 20,000 expected from Asia
  • 100th year celebration of Rotary Foundation - $267/person 
  • Members are encouraged to sign-up early
 
  • District Conference will again be held at Seven Springs and will be held June 23rd and 24th
    -      Past Governor Herm Dieckmann will be arranging for a Doo-Wop DJ
            event on Friday night of the Conference. Rotarians are encouraged to dress in
            the era of their favorite music
 
  • Governor Bruce complimented The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for their support of the District through the efforts of members such as Herm Dieckmann, Jim Bolas, John Donahoe and Jim Hinerman and other members in various capacities
 
  • District Golf Outing is being held at Edgewood Country Club on August 29th
 
  • District 7300 is strong and is one of the top districts in Rotary Zone 29 which has 17 Districts. It was noted that Past District Governor Denny Crawford is actively engaged in Rotary Zones 28 and 29
 
  • District 7300 will focus in 2016-2017 to expand the District’s diversity and improve involvement of younger professionals. The District will also support Club’s efforts with local projects
 
 
July 7th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
June 30rd - No Meeting
July 7th  - 2016-2017 District Governor Linda Fischer Bruce Visit
July 14th - Club Assembly – Club Committee Organization
July 28th - “The West and ISIS” – Jim Bolas
 
Announcement
 
John Donahoe reminded the members of the Relay for Life to raise awareness and funding for helping those with cancer which is being held at South Park on Saturday from 11AM to 11PM. The 3 Rotary Clubs will be sharing a tent provided by the Morning Club. Our Club will be selling glowing lariats again this year.
 
Changing of the Guard
 
Master of Ceremonies Jim Bolas welcomed the assembled Rotarians and spouses to the 2016-2017 Changing of the Guard for the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair which is held by over 33,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world around the end of the Rotary Year the end of June each year. Prior to the ceremonies he quoted two explanations of what Rotary is all about.
THE ROTARIAN, November 1927  - “Real genuine friendship and the laws governing friendships provide the truest basis for all forms of enterprise. If Rotary can materially contribute to the development of friendship between individuals, businesses, professions, and nations, and if the individual is willing to make friendship the basis of his job or vocation, then we have an ideal of service being applied in ways that should make all of us happy.” 
Address to 1938 Rotary Convention, San Francisco, California, USA  - “Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy...not an all-embracing world point of view which answers every question...and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.” 
 
Recognition of Past Presidents
 
 Left to Right: Cliff Taylor, Ray Kells, John Donahoe, Tim Donovan, Tom Shook,
 Tom Rohrich, Milt Hamel, Dick Beck, Keith Jackson, Jim Bolas, Bob Theakston & Herm Dieckmann
 
Outgoing President Farewell Remarks
 
Outgoing President Jim Hinerman thanked the Club’s Rotarians for their significant help for his year. Club highlights of the 2015-2016 Rotary Year included achieving Top Ten Club recognition, adding 5 new members, a number of new community service opportunities, record collections for The Salvation Army, successful Pancake Festival and Gourmet Dinner, helping to fund a new Track Chair, large Club attendance at District events including the District Conference and receiving a plaque for Leadership Excellence from the District Governor. He closed by wishing Incoming President Laura Maines well and promised his full support for her 2016-2017 Rotary Year. Incoming President Laura Maines presented Jim his Past-President’s Pin.
 
  
Induction of 2016-2017 Officers and Directors
 
MC Jim Bolas led the induction of 2016-2017 President Laura Maines and the Officers and Directors as noted below:
 
Vice President – Heather Dieckmann
Secretary – Sam Provil
Treasurer – John Westerman
Directors
  • Club Service – Jim Bolas
  • Community Service – Mark Brenneman
  • Vocational Service – Tracy Estabrook
  • International Service – John Donahoe
  • Rotary Foundation – Barbara Piconi
Assistant Secretary – George Pitcairn
Assistant Treasurer – Ray Kells, Jr.
Past President – Jim Hinerman
 
 
 
Incoming President Remarks
 
Incoming President Laura Maines thanked the Club Members for the faith they had in entrusting her with the role as President and expressed recognition of the Club’s proud tradition of service and reminded the Club of the Rotary theme for 2016-2017 – “Service to Humanity”. She promised to work hard to serve the Club as well as those who have come before and to work together with the membership to better serve each other, our Club, our Community and Humanity. Laura congratulated Jim for his outstanding year.
 
 
 
Club Song 
 
To close out the ceremonies Dick Beck led those in attendance in singing the Club song and did an admirable job.
June 23rd Meeting-Changing of the Guard Jim Bolas 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
June 16th - Jim Bolas – “The West and ISIS”
June 23rd - Changing of the Guard
 
Recognition of Carl Gaddis
 
A special dinner meeting was held to recognize Bethel-St. Clair Honorary Member Carl Gaddis, a 26 year member, who became a Club Member in 1989 at age 56 and changed to Honorary status at the end of 2015. Carl was a Past-President of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair (1992-1993), Club Rotarian of the Year (1993), Past District 7300 Governor (1996-1997), RI Service Above Self Recipient (2001-2002), RI President’s Representative, attendee of numerous Rotary International Conventions. Carl and his wife Darlene of 62 years are Rotary Major Donors and are highly thought of in the Rotary International family.
 
 
Darlene and Carl Gaddis sharing dinner with friends and fellow Rotarians
 
 
President Jim Hinerman shared with the 50 attendees representing fellow Rotarians, spouses and friends Carl’s background:
 
  • Born in Minnesota.
  • Attended Junior College for one year when he met Darlene and they were married a year later.
  • Joined the Navy and passed a test that admitted him to electronics school for 36 weeks after boot camp.
  • He took another series of tests that were equivalent to SATs.
  • At the end of his first hitch he had education that was equal to Annapolis grads and ROTC cadets.
  • Decided to stay in the Navy and was commissioned an officer. Carl and Darlene moved 12 times in their first 12 years of marriage.
  • Named Honor Man of the Company several times.
  • He was under the command of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the Nuclear Navy which shaped his career even after retirement from the Navy.
  • Attended grad school while in the Navy
  • Carl retired from the Navy in 1973 after serving 22 years. Six and a half of those years were schooling enabling him to obtain his masters.
  • It was time to spend more time with his family.
  • Admiral Rickover asked him to go to the Bettis Plant in West Mifflin where he would be an employee of the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • He was given 90 days to review the situation and offer his recommendations to Admiral Rickover.
  • Carl and Darlene have 4 sons and one daughter. 
  • He was very active as a baseball coach.
  • Carl retired from Bettis in 1993 with over 42 years of government service.
  • With all of his accomplishments in life, nothing means more to Carl than Darlene and their children.
 
Michael J. Johns, drove down from Cleveland, Ohio to specially honor Carl.and said a few words about the commendable service he gave Rotary and those people around the globe he helped through his commitment to the good works of Rotary. Mike is a member of the Cleveland Rotary Club, Past District 6630 Governor (1986-1987), Director of Rotary International (2007-2009) and a member on the Rotary International Centennial Committee.
 
Robert D. Arbuckle also spoke of Carl’s accomplishments and his personal friendship. Robert is a member of the New Kensington Rotary Club, Past District 7300 Governor (1986-1987), serves on the District’s Foundation Committee for Peace Fellows and the Permanent Fund and as Chairman for the Bob Williams Memorial Rotary Scholarship
 
Another out of town guest was Dave Skryzinski and his wife Beverly. Dave is a Rotarian from District 6630 and they are long time friends with Carl and Darlene. 
 
President Hinerman called Carl forward to present him with a framed certificate recognizing a Lifetime Achievement to Rotary.
 
 
President Jim Hinerman and Lifetime Achievement Certificate Recipient Carl Gaddis
 
Carl thanked the Members of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for the recognition and the certificate and took a few minutes to speak about what he felt were important factors for the new members to be successful Rotarians. Carl identified four areas which are important:
 
  • Commit to Get Involved (Get All-In) – Give time, effort and resources to the Club’s and District’s activities and good works; contribute new ideas; participate on committees
 
  • Learn About Rotary – The Rotary website has good detailed information, books on the history of Rotary are available
 
  • Find a Rotarian Mentor – Your fellow Rotarians will help you become a better Rotarian
 
  • Take Advantage of Opportunities Within Rotary – Many opportunities available to become involved, attend District Conferences and International Conventions, visit other clubs, accept Exchange Students.
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Programs
 
June 2nd - TBD
June 9th - Carl Gaddis Lifetime Achievement Dinner
June 16th - Jim Bolas – “The West and ISIS”
June 23rd - Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
President Hinerman welcomed Governor Bill Segar to the meeting. 
 
Jim thanked the members for their participation in last weekend’s District 7300 Conference with 14 members attending; many with spouses. The club members were active in the Magician Show Saturday night. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair was awarded #6 Club in the District amongst the 46 clubs. In addition, the Club won #1 Club for International Service.
 
 
The Club also was awarded Top Ten Banners in Membership, Community Service, New Generations, Rotary Foundation and Leadership Development. Club Member and Past District Governor, Herm Dieckmann was also recognized for achieving Level #2 Major Donor.
 
Governor Segar
 
Bill Segar was introduced by the club members with his year’s favorite train choo-choo signal.
 
He thanked the Club for their support during his Rotary Year. In his visits to the District’s clubs through the Rotary Year he has seen that each club is different and unique. However, there are several clubs who stand out as high performing clubs. He sees The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair as such a club. With 6 District Governors and 7 Club of the Year Awards the club is indeed fully committed to Rotary’s mission.
 
As District Governor he wanted to recognize The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for its contribution to Rotary by presenting a Leadership Excellence Award plaque.
 
 
  
 In addition, Governor Segar wanted to also recognize certain Club members for their assistance to him and the District during the 2015-2016 Rotary Year. The individuals recognized, thanked and awarded with a gift were:
 
  • Jim Bolas as the District’s Award Chairman
  • Dick Beck as the District’s Chair of the Assistant District Governors
  • John Donahoe as an Assistant District Governor
 
 
 
Dick Beck – Club Marketing Brochure
 
Dick announced that a marketing brochure has been printed and will be made available to the Club membership to get the word out about Rotary and The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. It is designed to allow a directed mailing to prospective members, sponsors and others interested in knowing more about Rotary. The members applauded Dick’s effort to bring the brochure to fruition.
 
 
Laura Maines – Pancake Festival Results
 
Vice President Laura Maines announced the final results of the Club’s 57th Annual Pancake Festival.  She noted that St. Clair Hospital’s Van Program sent a thank you note to the Club for the funds provided which they said would help with fuel, salaries and van upgrades.
 
Several key results were noted:
 
  • The Steelers beat the Cowboys again with ticket sales of $7,866 vs $5,779; Senior members Tom Shook and Cliff Taylor were the top ticket sellers.
  • The 50/50 raffle proceeds set an historic high
  • Participating members, spouses, family and volunteers totaled 167 with the Interact Club volunteering 26 members to the effort
  • Customers totaled 1800 which was lower than in the past and indicates that efforts will be made to focus next year on improving on the marketing of the event and look at options to sell tickets and gain additional sponsorships
  • Net profit was comparable to recent festivals but can be improved upon as well.
Laura expressed thanks to all the members for their help and encouragement for this year’s Pancake Festival and gave special recognition to President Hinerman for his efforts.
 
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Programs
 
May 26th - Club Assembly
June 2nd - Jim Bolas – “ISIS and the West”
June 9th - Carl Gaddis Lifetime Achievement Dinner
June 16th - OPEN
June 23rd - Changing of the Guard
 
Announcements
 
President Hinerman noted that the Club has received Thank You letters from PrimeTime and SHIM for the funds presented to them from the Pancake Festival.
 
The membership was reminded of next week’s Club Assembly. VP Laura Maines will be presenting the final results of the Pancake Festival.
 
Service Above Self Award
 
Club Director of Vocational Service Tracy Estabrook introduced this year’s Service Above Self Awardee Paige Borst, a senior at Upper St. Clair High School. Tracy highlighted the following about Paige:
 
  • 3.8 GPA
  • Junior Medallion Awardee
  • Volunteer – Children’s Hospital and St. Clair Hospital
  • Tutor – Middle School student
  • Coordinated Fundraising Events for USC Interact
  • Planning to become a Pediatrician
 
Tracy presented Paige a check for $500 and a plaque.  Paige thanked The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for the recognition and the funds for her college education. She expressed thanks for the opportunity to serve the community through the Rotary Interact Club. Paige also thanked her parents and her sister, Meredith, for their support. Tracy noted that The Club will retain the plaque in order to present it to her on May 24th at Upper St. Clair’s High School Award Ceremony.
 
Tracy Estabrook and Paige Borst
 
Paul Harris Award
 
Assistant Secretary – Club Foundation Bob Theakston presented a Paul Harris plus 4 pin to Member Tom Atkins.
 
Bob Theakston & Tom Atkins
 
President Hinerman reminded the membership of the upcoming Rotary Golf Outing sponsored by the Shaler Area and Northern Allegheny Rotary Club at Wildwood Golf Club on Monday, June 6th. One of the causes supported by the golf outing is the purchase of one Trac Wheelchair. 
 
President Hinerman also reminded Club membership of the Rotary District 7300 Annual Conference at Seven Springs Resort this coming weekend and wished good luck to Club Representatives Ray Kells and Heather Dieckmann to do well in the Corn Hole Competition at the Conference. The winning team wins a Paul Harris for their club.
 
 
 
 
May 19th Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Programs
 
May 19th - Service Above Self Award – Paige Borst
May 26th - Club Assembly
June 2nd - Jim Bolas – “ISIS and the West”
June 9th - Carl Gaddis Lifetime Achievement Dinner
 
Pancake Festival Distribution
 
Club Vice-President Laura Maines, this year’s Pancake Festival Chair, welcomed the representatives of the beneficiary organizations who will receive their share of the proceeds from this year’s Pancake Festival. The organizations were thanked for their participation in selling tickets and providing volunteers for the event.
 
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)
Jim Guffey – Executive Director
 
SHIM serves South Hills families in need. They are proud of their mentoring program they provide to the Baldwin students in the middle/high school. An example is helping with mentoring them to think outside the box on competing on an underwater robotics program where they won 1st/2nd place awards.
 
Boy Scout Troop 366
Rick Diffendal – Scout Master
 
Related that his father was a longtime Rotarian. Troop 366 has grown from 25 to 50 scouts, ages 11-18. They enjoy the Pancake Festival. Funds will go toward their summer camp helping with supplies. The summer camp involves over 40 scouts and 10 adults.
 
Primetime
Mary Ann Weber – Director
 
Appreciate Rotary’s priority to enhance the life of others in the community. Primetime provides adult day care services. They serve adults who are frail and suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The funds will help with replacement awnings for their outside garden patio which the adults enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
South Hills YMCA
Ken Soliday – Regional Executive Director
 
Related that he joined Rotary in Maryland when he was just 24 years old. Started at the bottom checking for shells in the oyster buckets at their key fundraiser. The money from the Pancake Festival will go toward their Camp Aim Program. The program handles 120 special needs children for 6 weeks every summer providing opportunities for field trips, educational programs, aquatics and competitive sports. 
He welcomed all Rotarians to come to see the Camp Aim Program this summer (mid-June to mid-July). He stated that construction of the new YMCA facility located next to the Bethel Park High School is making progress and noted that the new “Y” will continue to offer ice skating and hockey programs.
 
Southwinds
Julie Kuna – Director of Development
 
Thanked the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for their continued support of Southwinds. Their organization operates group homes for intellectually challenged individuals. They try to maintain as normal a life for their residents as possible which requires funding for transportation and activities. Due to funding cutbacks at the state level these types of community activities have now been limited to once every 3 months. Julie noted she will be leaving Southwinds to join another organization.
 
St. Clair Hospital Foundation – Van Program
Matt Hiser – Director of Development
 
Related that his initial recognition of the good works of Rotary was when he and his wife were in Bangkok, Thailand to complete the adoption of their son. When they took their new son to a nearby park there was a sign which noted that the  playground equipment was donated by the local Rotary Club. He stated that the funds will go towards the hospital’s van service. Their 6 vans make 14,000 trips a year helping patients who are in need of transportation.
 
Meals on Wheels
Dorothy Vandruff – Coordinator
 
Related that one of the elderly women who is served meals by Meals on Wheels writes letters often thanking Rotary for helping pay for her meals. The cost is $6/day for two complete meals. Serve Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park and a portion of Mt. Lebanon. Are in the process of forming a South Hills Association of Meals on Wheels kitchens to better share excess foodstuff provided by stores. The funds from the Pancake Festival will go toward buying fresh fruits and vegetables.
 
 
 
Closing
 
Laura Maines closed the proceedings by reminding the representatives of the beneficiary organizations that if they need volunteer assistance please keep Rotary members in mind. Also they were reminded that The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair would welcome as new members individuals who work with their organizations and to make their employees and volunteers aware of the good works of Rotary.
 
 
From left to right: President Jim Hinerman, Dorothy Vandruff, Jim Guffey, Matt Hiser, Mary Ann Weber, Ken Soliday, Rick Diffendal, Julie Kuna and Vice-President Laura Maines
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Annual Education Technology (Tech) Awards Dinner
 
The Annual Education Technology (Tech) Awards Dinner has been held every year since the program was established in 1974 to recognize the ability and creativity of students participating in the Technical Curriculum of the Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair High Schools. This year’s dinner was attended by approximately 70 Rotarians, Teachers, Awardees, Parents, Siblings and Grandparents.
 
President Hinerman welcomed the attendees and explained what Rotary was all about and the good works Rotarians do in their local communities and globally. It was noted that Rotary and in particular The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair were instrumental in eradicating polio as a major disease in the world except for only two remaining countries. It was emphasized that Rotary Interact Clubs in high schools like Upper St. Clair also do good works in their community. Nine (9) Awardees have been selected this year. Five from Upper St. Clair and four from Bethel Park High School. The teachers introduced and gave a brief background of their selected Awardees.
 
The award ceremony was video-taped and will be played on the Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park Community TV Channels. Photographs were taken of each Awardee and the Awardee Group.
 
UPPER ST. CLAIR HIGH SCHOOL
 
Teacher Fred Peskorski thanked The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for holding the Annual Tech Awards Dinner and noted that he has been involved in the Rotary Tech Award Program since 1999. He explained that the courses covered by the school’s technical curriculum is Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) which works with companies to solve their challenging problems, Advanced Engineering which focuses on solving engineering problems and Introduction to Architecture
 
Teacher Fred Peskorski recognized and awarded Riley Kelly (STEM), Paul MacLean (Architecture) and Mike Smith (STEM and Advanced Engrg.)
 
Teacher Stephen Stroyne recognized and awarded Yianni Contis (Tech Design and Intro to Engrg.) and Michael Debski (STEM)
 
BETHEL PARK HIGH SCHOOL
 
Teacher William Wells also thanked The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair for holding the Awards Dinner and noted his involvement with the program since 1999 as well.
 
Teacher William Wells recognized and awarded Steven Sell (Wood Mfrg & Production)
 
Teacher Art Smock recognized and awarded Jessica Viehman (Principles of Engineering)
 
Teacher John Oluszak recognized and awarded Evan Aronhalt (Intro to Engrg. & Design)
 
Teacher Brad Kszastowski recognized and awarded Noah Gearhart (Video/Media Production)
 
 
President Hinerman concluded the ceremony by congratulating the Awardees and thanking their teachers for their participation and thanking the parents, siblings and grandparents for their support of the Awardees and attendance at the Annual Rotary Technical Awards Dinner.
 
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Announcements:

 

  • Brandon Myers’ Home Remodeling - 
  • President Hinerman reminded the members that work on remodeling the home of Brandon Myers, the parapelegic Navy Seal will be on Saturday, April 30th starting at 8AM.

 

  • Cornhole Contest Qualifications 

 

  • Ray Kells and Heather Dieckmann will be the Club’s representatives at the District Conference’s Cornhole Competition Friday, May 20th. The Club members' expectation of victory is high. We wish Hurling Heather Dieckmann and Radar Ray Kells the best of luck. The qualifying rounds were hotly contested at the beautiful Barb Piconi Cornhole Stadium  in Upper St. Clair. Here are some photos of the action. Take note of the excellent form and the look of determination on their faces.

 

  • District Conference – Seven Springs – May 20th-22nd 
  • The discount price for rooms has been extended to tomorrow, April 29th

 

  • Future Meetings 
  • May 5th – Tech Award Dinner – 4 students from Bethel Park HS and 5 students from USC HS will be presented awards for their accomplishments.
  • May 12th – Pancake Festival Distribution Dinner
  • May 19th – Club Assembly
  • June 9th – Special Recognition Dinner for Carl Gaddis – spouses are welcome to attend
  • Guest – Ann-Marie Doerhoff
  • Barbara Piconi introduced prospective member Ann-Marie Doerhoff who was referred to The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair by Tom Nunnally.
  • Ann-Marie is a project manager with Pennsylvania American Water and has recently moved to the Pittsburgh area from Denver. She was born and raised in Missouri. Ann-Marie stated that she served in the U.S. Air Force 8 years.  She and her husband live in Mt. Lebanon.
  • Our Rotary Club meets in a convenient location to where Ann-Marie works in McMurray, PA.

 

  • Rotary Foundation Centennial
  • Barbara Piconi informed the members that Rotary has published a book for the Rotary Foundation’s Centennial Year titled “Doing Good in the World”. It is well done and is very informative about all the good work the foundation has done in the world over the past 100 years.
  • Barbara noted that former Bethel-St. Clair member and Vice President of RI, Lou Piconi, dedicated his life to the foundation and is mentioned often in the book.
  • The book costs $40 and can be purchased via the RI website
  • Barbara emphasized that the good work of the Rotary Foundation is performed by many Rotarians who started at the Club level and have worked locally, nationally and internationally to make the foundation’s good works successful.

 

  • Speaker – Drew Gerlach – Deputy Fire Chief, USC VFD
  • Drew noted that he is a lifelong resident of Upper St. Clair and his father was a member of the USC VFD and a member of The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Drew graduated from Allegheny College in Sociology and runs Allegheny Ad Service in Bridgeville with his brother Greg. Drew and his wife have two sons. He has been Deputy Fire Chief for 10 years. His brothers are also fire-fighters.
  • USC VFD is 100% volunteer. It started in the 1930’s after a fire occurred at St. Clair Country Club which exposed a problem with insurance companies in the absence of a local fire department. USC VFD was initially started by 12 USC residents.
  • USC VFD obtained their 1st pumper in 1939 and built their 1st fire station on Washington Rd. in 1949 near where the current station is located.
  • In 1975 USC VFD built a 2nd station near the Morton Fields which supplements the main station and provides better coverage in the community. In 2005, the new station was built at its current location on Washington Rd. across from Gilfillan Farm. The new station has offices, workout facilities, training areas and storage for fire fighting equipment.
  • USC VFD has three American LaFrance fire engines, rescue vehicle, ladder truck, pick-up trucks, Chevy Tahoe (for the Chief), Kubota ATV and an aerial drone. The ladder truck has a 110 ft. ladder which is needed for homes well off access roads, South Hills Village stores, schools and buildings like the new Whole Foods store.
  • USC VFD has two parts – one being the non-profit business side and the other is the fire-fighting side. The business side has a board of directors.
  • There are approximately 50 volunteers who work about 5-6 hrs a week. Ages range from 18-65. Over 65 are life time members. All have day jobs, many of which are downtown or in other areas than USC. It was noted that adjacent communities – Bethel Park, Bridgeville, South Park and South Fayette also have volunteer fire departments. Mt. Lebanon and Peters both have a combination of volunteer and full-time staff. Mt. Lebo’s annual payroll for full-time staff is over $2 million.
  • USC VFD had 266 calls last year – 15 structure fires, 3 brush/car fires, 1 vehicle, 2 rescues, 133 alarms and 112 other calls requiring about 2600 hours of volunteer time to respond.
  • USC VFD has a junior firefighting program for 16-17 year olds which has worked well and has developed a number of volunteer firefighters. In their first two years new members have to respond to 50% of all calls and take 288 hrs of state-certified courses and learn to operate all vehicles.
  • USC VFD raises funding from the USC Township as well as from an annual community solicitation.
  • Drew noted that USC resident’s house insurance rates are tied to the extent of local fire department resources available.
  • Future purchases planned by USC VFD are a new replacement engine and new breathing apparatus.
  • A future project involves improved access at the Boyce Mayview walking trails
  • Recommend that Rotarians and their families visit the USC VFD station during their open house which will be held during the May 21st USC Community Day
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Cliff Taylor

A picture of 14 year old Cliff Taylor Jr. in 1936 in his Day Boy school uniform at Westminster School behind Westminster Abbey. The school was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1560. 

Cliff was in England with his father and mother where his father, Cliff Taylor Sr. Was posted at the American Embassy from 1935-1939.
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Announcements:
 
  • Track Chair Funding
  • The Club Foundation has approved the Club’s request for $7500 of funding toward a track chair for Brandon Myers, a Navy Seal (1st in his class) from Elizabeth, PA who unfortunately fell from a helicopter during military exercises and broke his back becoming a parapelegic. It was noted that the morning Rotary Club will be refurbishing Brandon’s home as their contribution to help him and his family. Members are welcome to help on April 30th. The work will start at 8AM . John Donahoe has the address information.
 
  • District 7300 Assembly – April 16th 
  • The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair had 6 members attending the Assembly
  • Bob Williams Scholarships (One-time $4000) were presented to eight recipients by Member Barbara Piconi. The scholarships are needs-based yet the recipients were all high honor students    
 
  • Cornhole Contest Qualifications – April 23rd
  • All members wanting to be on the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Cornhole Team who will compete at the District Conference are asked to attend the qualification sessions at Barb Piconi’s house on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:30AM. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
  • The District Cornhole Tournament will be held at the District Conference on Friday evening (8:30-10:30PM)
 
  • District Conference – Seven Springs – May 20th-22nd 
  • The discount price for rooms has been extended to April 29th
 
  • Club Brochure
  • President Hinerman recognized Dick Beck for his efforts to develop a brochure which the Club can use to recruit new members as well as to inform interested parties about Rotary and The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair. Dick asked the membership for interesting pictures of Club activities which could be used in the brochure. The pictures need to have a minimum of 300 dpi resolution
 
  • Rotary Caps
  • Ray Kells announced that he has brought a box of Rotary golf caps which any member can buy for $21. 
  • Letter from SHIM
  • President Hinerman read a letter from the Executive Director of SHIM thanking the Club for their donation of money and food from the Pancake Festival which has benefited over 2300 people in need in the South Hills community.
 
  • Jim Bolas, Lisa Hennigan, Mark Hennigan and President Jim Hinerman
  •  
  • Induction of New Member Colonel Mark Hennigan
  • Mark was introduced as a Brigade Commander in the U.S. Army, graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the National Defense University, responsible for 2000 assigned soldiers. Mark was thanked for his service to the country.
  • Mark’s wife, Lisa, who was born and raised in Upper St. Clair, attended the induction.
  • The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair membership whole-heartedly welcomed Mark as its newest member.
 
 
 
  • Future Meetings 
  • April 28th – Speaker – Deputy Chief Drew Gerlach – USC Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • May 5th – Tech Award Dinner – 4 students from Bethel Park HS and 5 students from USC HS will be presented awards for their accomplishments.
  • May 12th – Pancake Festival Distribution Dinner
  • May 19th – Club Assembly
April 21st Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements:

 

  • District 7300 Assembly – April 16th 
  • 8:30AM-Noon – Crown Plaza Greentree 

    

  • Cornhole Contest Qualifications – April 23rd
  • All members wanting to be on the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Cornhole Team who will compete at the District Conference are asked to attend the qualification sessions at Barb Piconi’s house on Saturday, April 23rd. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
  • The District Cornhole Tournament will be held at the District Conference on Friday evening (8:30-10:30PM)

 

  • District Conference – Seven Springs – May 20th-22nd 
  • Friday Golf will be handled separately from conference registration. President Hinerman has one foursome and looking to organize one more. Cost for lunch and golf is $95.
  • Taking a show of hands there are currently twelve (12) members intending to go to the District Conference.
  • It was noted that Barbara Piconi will be presenting Bob Williams Scholarships ($4000 ea.) to 8 recipients at the conference. Barb related a phone conversation she had with one of the recipients who when told he would receive a scholarship expressed sincere gratefulness and said that the scholarship would make a significant difference for him since his family did not have the means to support his college education by themselves. It was noted that the scholarships are designated for young people who are in need of assistance.

 

  • St. Louise de Marillac Spelling Bee
  • Mallory Kuntz and her father Mike attended the meeting. Mallory is a 3rd grade student at St. Louise de Marillac and won this year’s Spelling Bee and will represent the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair at the District Conference Spelling Bee Saturday, May 21st (3:15-4:15PM)
  • Mallory expressed her thanks to the Club.

 

  • Speaker – Ken Klase – Principal – St. Louise de Marillac School
  • Kim Klase, Ken’s wife, also attended the dinner and was recognized
  • Ken is a graduate of Youngstown State with a Master’s in Administration from Duquesne
  • St. Louise de Marillac is a Catholic school was established in 1963 and has 500 students in grades K-8th in their school complex on McMurray Road in Upper St. Clair. Students come from 8 South Hills communities.
  • 100% of the classes are above average on standardized tests and the school stresses Christian values
  • The school has strong parental involvement and utilizes the latest technology in the classrooms including smartboards
  • Still use text books, however, the students are able to access the text books digitally via computer
  • The school also has an active athletic program for boys and girls in basketball, volleyball and track. Also the school has a boy’s football team and cheerleader program
  • It was noted that 8th grade students are expected to spend 30 hours in community service
  • St. Louise de Marillac is funded by student tuition, fundraising and subsidies from the Pittsburgh Diocese. In addition, there are generous donors who contribute to an Angel Fund which helps support students from needy families
  • It was noted that the school has hired a full-time police officer, who is armed, and patrols the school while it is in session. The individual is a retired Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol officer.

 

April 14 Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
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New member induction ceremony for Jim Kampetis was conducted by Past District Governor Dick Beck (left). Club President Jim Hinerman (right) presented the Rotary plaque to Jim Kampetis. Welcome, Jim. We are happy to have you as a new member of our club.
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Announcements:

 

  • District Assembly – April 16th
  • 8:30AM-Noon – Crown Plaza Greentree - $20 – Members are encouraged to attend. Let Jim Hinerman know

 

  • Committee Assignments
  • President Hinerman reminded members that he is expecting each member to designate the committee(s) they want to become involved with.     

 

  • District Conference – Seven Springs – May 20th-22nd 
  • Friday Golf will be handled separately from conference registration. Let President Hinerman know if you wish to help make up a foursome.
  • The Club needs to qualify a team for the District Cornhole Tournament which will be held at the Conference on Saturday at 9PM.
  • St. Louise de Marillac Spelling Bee
  • Ken Klase from St. Louise de Marillac will come to our April 7th meeting to bring us up-to-date on their spelling bee which our club is sponsoring.

 

  • New Member Inductions
  • Jim Hinerman reminded the membership that new member Jim Kampetis will be inducted April 7th and Mark Hennigan on April 21st.

 

  • Pancake Festival Distribution
  • Vice President Laura Maines requested that any members with additional pancake ticket monies please turn it in ASAP so she can complete the financial report
  • It was noted that the Boy Scouts and Southwinds did a good job this year in selling tickets.
  • Distribution of net proceeds is planned for April 28th

 

  • Tech Awards – May 5th 

 

  • Donations for SHIM’s Food Drive
  • Herm Dieckmann “passed the hat” on behalf of SHIM for their food drive. Over $500 was raised.

 

 

 

  • Speaker – Karl Ohrman (Rotary Club of Pittsburgh) – The Kennedy’s
  • Karl is President of Coordinated Financial Services and a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh and active in other Pittsburgh organizations (e.g. Jaycees, Optimists)
  • Married 54 years and lives on Washington Landing
  • Held many positions in his Club and in District 7300 serving as President and Governor
  • Has a passion about the Kennedy’s stating that he considers the Kennedy family as one of America’s most influential families and John F. Kennedy as one of America’s most memorable presidents.
  • Has collected over 4000 books and magazines about the Kennedy family
  • As a side note Karl mentioned a good community project for Bethel-St. Clair’s Interact Club – Old Towel Project – providing old towels to the Humane Society for use with animals (washing, drying, cleaning-up, pen floors, etc.)
  • Karl reviewed the chronology of U.S. Presidents in the 20th Century
  • Reviewed the background of Kennedy family patriarch, Joe Kennedy, who was U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain between 1939-1941. In 1941 FDR ended Kennedy’s ambassadorship. He was controversial due to connections with organized crime, ideological leaning towards undemocratic regimes; racism
  • JFK was a memorable president; young, charismatic, articulate, young family (Jacqueline was 35 when she entered the White House)
  • JFK and Nixon were in Congress at the outset of their political careers and became friends early on.
  • JFK was involved with major issues of his time, U.S.-Soviet Missile Crisis, Peace Corp, Man-on-the-Moon Space Program, U.S. Economic Boom
  • Believes JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy and remains unsolved

 

  • The Barnyard Beer Benefit – May 28, 2016
  • John Biedrzycki (pronounced BAA-‘JET-SKEE), a member of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Breakfast Rotary Club announced that his Club will be putting on The 2nd Annual Barnyard Beer Benefit May 28, 2016 (6-10PM) on the grounds of Gilfillan Farm. Proceeds will benefit the Gilfillan Restoration Project.
  • 10 craft beer makers will be represented along with live music and local foods
  • John offered The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair an opportunity to become involved in a variety of ways (e.g. buy/sell tickets, having a booth/table to recruit new members (the morning club gained 3 new younger members from last year’s event), provide members to help put on the event. Coordination can be done through Natalie Mihalek. Also can make contact through rotaryuscbp@gmail.com

 

March 31st Meeting Jim Bolas 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Announcements:

 

  • Pancake Festival
  • President Hinerman recognized the good job Manny Romanias and Herm Dieckmann did on the 50/50 raffle taking in over $2000. John Westerman won and split his share of the winnings with the Club. Also Emanual Panos was recognized for his strong effort throughout the day. He noted that the storage unit worked well allowing the transfer and storage of festival supplies by 8:30PM or within 1-1/2 hrs after the end of the festival. Tim Donovan’s son and friend were also recognized for their help during clean-up.
  • Laura Maines thanked all members for their efforts on the Pancake Festival. She especially thanked Jim Hinerman for taking on a large share of responsibility for this year’s festival. She also noted that the beneficiary organizations have sold approx.. $4500 of tickets with one fewer organization this year. This was the first year St. Clair Hospital Van Service has been involved and contributed 15 volunteers. Laura also took pride in being given the opportunity to drop and flip pancakes to show her skills. Recommended that planning for next year’s festival be started earlier with more member involvement.
  • March 12th Easter Egg Hunt
  • 40-45 Interact students will be participating in this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. They are stuffing 5000 plastic eggs; there will be 55 tickets put into the eggs and the winners will be able to obtain stuffed animals. Club Members are to gather at the old recreation center on McMurray Road at about 10AM to help set up. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10:45AM. The hunt will be started by whistles at each circle at noon.

 

  • Committee Assignments
  • Jim Hinerman reminded the members to return the spreadsheet issued several weeks ago indicating which committee(s) they would like to be involved in. All members are encouraged to be involved in Club activities.

 

  • Polio Plus Program
  • Barbara Piconi reported that Rotary Foundation will be contributing $35 million towards the Polio Plus program in 2016. Rotary is proud of the fact that polio has been eradicated in Africa in 2015 and wild polio virus only remains uncontrolled in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Seven countries have reported outbreaks of the wild polio virus which is being controlled by vaccination teams. Barbara noted that the U.S. Congress has increased funding to eradicate polio to $228 million.

 

  • Marketing Brochure
  • Dick Beck informed the members that he is leading the effort to create a Club marketing brochure to help member recruitment and to help gain sponsorships for our fundraisers. The members were asked to provide photos to be included in the brochure.

 

  • Speaker – Manny Romanias
  • Born in Athens, Greece and was given up for adoption
  • Supports organizations that deal with orphans by sponsoring an annual tennis tournament
  • Married to his wife Stacy and have 2 sons and a daughter
  • A realtor active in South Hills; hosts a realty program on the Bethel Park Public TV and writes articles in the Upper St. Clair magazine.
  • Loves a good cigar and a good drink
  • Have own proprietary cigar brand called Kangaroo Alley Cigars made in Nicaragua 
  • Active in the Greek Orthodox Church
  • Liberal on XXXX and fiscally conservative

 

  • New Members
  • President Hinerman announced that two membership applicants, Mark Hennigan and Jim Kampetis, will be voted on at tonight’s board meeting.

 

  • Upcoming Meetings/Events
  • March 12th – Easter Egg Hunt
  • March 17th -  Ilene Cohen - SHIM
  • March 24th – No Meeting – Holy Thursday
  • March 31st – Karl Orman – JFK Presentation
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Announcements:

 

  • March Anniversaries
  • Rotary - Carl Trakofler (3/1/89)
  • Birthdays – Tim Donovan and Dick Beck
  • February 28th District Foundation Brunch
  • President Hinerman announced that The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair was presented a certificate of financial support for Rotary’s Polio Campaign and recognized as being the 3rd most giving Club in District 7300 at $2530. In addition, our Club was recognized No. 1 in per capital giving to the Rotary Foundation

 

  • March 5th Pancake Festival – Laura Maines
  • Need to continue to sell tickets
  • The duty roster has been finalized; members should inform their spouses and family of their assignments
  • Friday set-up starts at 10:30AM; John Donahoe will try to start hanging banners at 9:30AM
  • Dinner reservations have been tentatively arranged at Al’s Café at 7PM Friday night – please confirm attendance with Jim Hinerman
  • Members are asked to park in the lot across the street to provide more room for Pancake Festival customers
  • Members are asked to stay after 7PM to clean-up
  • Dress code is wearing a white Rotary Club shirt and for men, khaki pants
  • SHIM is scheduled to come in at 7PM to pick-up left-over foodstuffs

 

  • March 12th Easter Egg Hunt 
  • USC Interact Club will start set-up for the Easter Egg Hunt at about 9:30-10:00AM. The children and parents will be allowed in about noon

 

        Induction of New Member – Vince Trocheck

 

 

From Left to Right: Vince Trocheck and Herm Dieckmann

 

Speakers – SCNO – Students Consulting for Non-Profits – University of Pittsburgh -Matthew Ubinger (President) & Aeriel Euhus  (VP-Administration)

 

  • SCNO – National organization founded in 2000 which provides an opportunity for college students to provide services to local non-profits on a pro-bono basis
  • SCNO - Pitt Chapter - established in 2013; currently has 58 members; have members who are studying neuroscience, engineering, economics and other disciplines; member’s dues contribute to support projects; normally handle 6-10 projects per semester serving the Pittsburgh area non-profit community which has 3200 non-profits who primarily need assistance to raise funding and help manage tight budgets with limited resources. Some of the non-profits which the Pitt chapter have served are: Pittsburgh Zoo, Hekima Place, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Humane Society, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Global Pittsburgh, Computer Reach and Children’s Sickle Cell
  • Projects (Examples)
    -      Example 1: A. Phillip Randolph Institute – helped with gaining  
           feedback on outcomes; compare performance against similar non-profits
           and designed a database to help them manage their information
  • Example 2: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy – helped streamline and map their operating processes; established links to make it easier for employees to access and understand the process maps and make their operation more efficient; also helped their organization to better track donation trends
  • Example 3: Big Brothers Big Sisters – helped create a media kit; targeted recruitment for mentors; determine organization cost and pricing strategy
  • Example 4: GTech Strategies – helped manage & track their project implementation and future development plans; created a PM application which helped GTech Strategies and can be used generally to help other non-profit organizations

 

  • Programs 

          Mar. 10th – Manny Romanias

         Mar. 17th – Ilene Cohen - SHIM

         Mar. 24th – No Meeting – Holy Thursday

         Mar. 31st – Karl Orman – JFK Presentation

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Announcements:

 

  • Dictionaries - St. Louise de Marillac sent a thank you note for the Club’s donation of dictionaries associated with the Spelling Bee
  • Thomas Gravelli (St. Clair CC Waiter) – Sent a thank you note for the money the Club gave him in appreciation for his service during our meetings; he is in his 1st semester at Penn State
  • February 28th District Foundation Brunch
  • 13members indicated they will be attending; Club will get a Paul Harris for a table of ten; Heather Dieckmann is assembling a “whiskey basket” for the brunch’s auction which will get the club another Paul Harris

 

  • March 5th Pancake Festival – Laura Maines
  • Need to sell tickets; members who have not obtained their tickets need to contact Laura, Jim Bolas (Cowboys) or Tracy Estabrook (Steelers)
  • Members who have not already done so need to sign-up for working at the Pancake Festival.
  • Members and spouses are asked to donate bake goods and work at the Bake Sale. Contact Linda Hinerman
  • Have 4 SUVs for transporting PF materials from storage locker to Westminster Church the morning of March 4th; need volunteers to help.
  • Dick Beck brought Club shirts for the new members

 

  • Guest for Dinner – Jim Kampetis (close friend of Emanuel Panos and Manny Romanias) – Financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and interested in Rotary and service to the community

 

  • Recognitions
     
  • Wedding Anniversaries – Rick & Debbie Smith
  • Club Anniversaries - Jack Watkins, Mark Brenneman and Glenn Dandoy
  • Birthdays – Susanne Wagner & Tom Shook (2/19/25); Jim Hinerman noted familiar names, events and happenings that occurred in 1925 to the delight of the membership and acknowledgement of Tom’s long life.

 

Speakers – Upper St. Clair Interact Club

  • Doug Kirschner – Retiring as USC faculty advisor for the Interact Club due to wanting to devote time to two very young children at home; served in the role since 2004; enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Rotary Club of Bethel St. Clair and the students who enjoyed serving the community in association with Rotary. The Club demonstrated their deep appreciation for Doug’s many years of service to Rotary through his work with the high school Rotary Interact Club. Doug promised to help make the transition smooth.

 

  • Nikki Boyd – The new USC faculty advisor who has taken Doug’s role with the Interact Club; teacher in USC’s social studies department; has a 1 year old child, Georgia; excited to work with the Interact Club and proud of the fact that the Club has grown and is taking on more service projects engaging the students. Look forward to working with the members of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair.

 

  • Paige Borst – A senior in USC high school; member of the USC Interact Club for 3 years. Reported that last year the Club sponsored a Halloween Party at the school and the children that came were asked to donate books and toys for the youth being cared for at Children’s Hospital. Also they sponsored a Christmas Party with movies and activities and the children were asked to donate food the Food Bank. 1100 lbs of foodstuff were donated. The USC Interact Club looks forward to working at this year’s Pancake Festival and have 30 members volunteering to help; also they are planning for another successful Easter Egg Hunt with the help and assistance of the Rotary Club. In the future they are considering a project to raise money for Wounded Warriors.

                      

From Left to Right: Jim Hinerman, Nikki Boyd, Paige Borst & Doug Kirschner

 

  • Programs – Heather Dieckmann

 

Feb. 25th – Emerald VanBurkirk, Executive Director – South West Communities Chamber of Commerce & Induction of Vince Trocheck

Mar. 3rd – Pitt SCNO President Matt Ubinger

Mar. 10th – Manny Romanias

Mar. 17th – Ilene Cohen South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM)

Mar. 24th – Holy Thursday-No meeting

Mar. 31st – Carl Orman – JFK Presentation

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Announcements:
 
January 30th District Mid-Year Meeting
-     6 attendees from Club
District chorus performed
Monroeville and Pittsburgh Clubs have established satellite clubs to allow members who can not make their regular meetings to meet in the evenings
There are 26 people in the District e-Club
The District has a Rotary float which any club can use for community parades (e.g. USC Community Day – breakfast & dinner clubs ?)
Cluster – defined as collaboration between clubs for joint meetings, events & projects. District encourages clusters
February 11th – Valentine’s Dinner Sign-up
February 28th District Foundation Brunch
-    Heinz History Center, Luncheon, $60 per person
14 members indicated they will be attending; Club gets a Paul Harris for each table of ten; 6 more members will fill a 2nd table; need to reserve by Feb. 20th 
If Club supplies a basket of $100 value the Club also receives a Paul Harris; Heather Dieckmann coordinating assembling a “whiskey” basket; bottles of whiskey will need to be provided to Heather by Feb. 18th
March 5th Pancake Festival – Laura Maines
Need to sell tickets; members who have not obtained their tickets need to contact Laura, Jim Bolas (Cowboys) or Tracy Estabrook (Steelers)
Ray Kells would like to get together with interested members this Saturday at 9AM at Panera’s – South Park Shops to discuss making calls to expedite payments for placemat ads
 
May 20th-22nd - District Conference – Seven Springs – John Donohoe
Cornhole completion between clubs being held on Saturday, May 21st
Jim Hinerman will be captain of the Bethel-St. Clair team
Will bring cornhole boards to a future meeting to have trials to select our Club’s cornhole team
 
Speaker – Heather Dieckmann – “District & Global Grants”
 
Rotary Global Grants  
 
Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs. Global grants can fund (1) humanitarian projects, (2) scholarships for graduate-level academic studies, (3) vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own
 
Areas of Rotary focus are:
 
Promoting Peace
Fighting Disease
Providing Clean Water
Saving Mothers and Children
Supporting Education
Growing Local Economies
 
A key feature of global grants is partnership, between the district or club
 where the activity is carried out and a district or club in another country.  Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.
 
To be successful, a club’s application must:
 
Be sustainable and include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
Include measurable goals
Align with one of our areas of focus
Respond to real community needs
Actively involve Rotarians and community members
Meet the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions
 
Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are
received. The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the World Fund matches. DDF is matched at 100% and cash is matched at 50%.
 
District Grants
 
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in
     your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which
     activities it will fund with these grants.
 
A club can use district grants to fund a variety of district and club projects
     and activities, including: (1) humanitarian projects, including service travel
     and disaster recovery efforts, (2) scholarships for any level, length of time,
     location, or area of study, (3) vocational training teams, which are groups of
     professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a
     particular field or to learn more about their own
 
Each club has a lot of freedom to customize your service projects. There
     aren’t many restrictions, as long as your district grant supports the mission
     of The Rotary Foundation. Districts must be qualified before they can
     administer district grants.
Districts may use up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund to
 receive one district grant annually. This percentage is calculated based on the amount of DDF generated from a district’s Annual Fund giving three years prior, including Endowment Fund earnings. A club is not required to request the full amount available. A club will receive this funding as a lump sum and then distribute it to your clubs.
 
Clubs work directly with their district to get funding. The district governor or Rotary Foundation chair will tell the club when to submit a request and whether the club needs to meet additional district requirements, such as reporting or training.
 
Programs – Heather Dieckmann
 
Feb. 18th – USC Interact Club
Feb. 25th – Emerald VanBurkirk, Executive Director – South West Communities Chamber of Commerce
Mar. 3rd – Pitt SCNO President Matt Ubinger
Mar. 10th – Manny Romanias
Mar. 17th – Club Assembly
Mar. 24th – No Meeting-Holy Thursday
Mar. 31st – Carl Orman – JFK Presentation
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Past District Governor Herm Dieckmann presenting the Rotary plaque to new member Manny Romanias.

 

 

Announcements:

 

  • Jack Watkin’s Get Well Card 
  • January 30th District Mid-Year Meeting
    -    Carnegie Science Center, 9AM-Noon, Continental Breakfast, $7 per person
  • February 11th – Valentine’s Dinner Sign-up
  • February 28th District Foundation Brunch
    -   
    Heinz History Center, Luncheon, $60 per person; J. Hinerman to
          coordinate arranging several tables for Club members
  • Pancake Festival – Laura Maines
  • Linda Hinerman has volunteered to head-up this year’s bake sale
  • Ray Kells will call a meeting to expedite placemat sponsorships
  • Members who have not obtained their tickets need to contact Laura, Jim Bolas (Cowboys) or Tracy Estabrook (Steelers)

 

Induction of Emanuel (Manny) Romanias

 

Speaker - Katy Parry

 

  • Author
  • “The Ultimate Recipe for an Energetic Life”
  • “Hung Over, Sleep-Deprived, Over-Caffeinated and Living on Pizza”
  • “Eating for Energy – Four Seasons of Real Food

 

  • Background
    -    
    Degrees in Business and Food Management
  • Started career in the world of banking, afterwards she pursued her real passion and began to sell imported and specialty foods which then led to writing, speaking and providing training programs to help people understand the benefits of eating real food
  • It was child number four that changed the way Kathy viewed food.  After a tumultuous six months of not knowing why her child who had daily, uncontrolled seizures was not thriving, Kathy finally got answers. Merritt Joy was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease.  Her cells didn’t metabolize food properly. Kathy spent the next several years becoming an expert in cellular function and received her certification in plant-based nutrition. While the doctors predicted a two year life expectancy from this degenerative disease, Kathy shoved fish oil and tofu/kale smoothies down into Merritt with a good dose of hope. Now twelve years later, Merritt Joy has never been hospitalized or suffered from any of the 

debilitating viruses the doctors feared.  She is highly disabled, but very healthy.

 

  • An Energetic Life
  • 75% of Americans are tired throughout the day leading to workplace fatigue
  • 90% of Americans use caffeine in an attempt to gain energy, however, it is considered “fake” energy since it dissipates quickly and to maintain energy levels people intake more caffeine or sugar. The best way to achieve sustainable and adequate energy levels one needs to include real whole foods in one’s diet
  • In the 70’s the average sugar intake for an American was 25 lbs. Today it is 130 lbs. which is a primary contributor to obesity, degenerative diseases and diabetes which are major factors in America’s healthcare costs
  • Deficiency in vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants lead to the body needing to prioritize which part is supplied the necessary energy which leaves other parts deficient and leads to deterioration. Real whole foods provide the necessary vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants and should be planned for in a long-term diet.
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Reduce your stress
  • Plan your diet and the food you will eat and stick to it
  • Use high quality vitamins
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Announcements:

 

  • January 16th Board Meeting
    -    Emanual Romanias membership application was unanimously approved
  • Carl Gaddis’ request to change his membership status to honorary was approved
  • January 30th District Mid-Year Meeting
    -    Carnegie Science Center, 9AM-Noon, Continental Breakfast, $7 per person
  • February 28th District Foundation Brunch
    -   
    Heinz History Center, Luncheon, $60 per person; J. Hinerman to
          coordinate arranging several tables for Club members

 

Club Assembly:

 

Interact Club – Tracy Estabrook
-     Met with the new USC Interact Club Director Michelle Boyd and former
       Director Doug Kirschner – large Interact Club membership this year
  • Interact Club had a successful food drive and collected 1000 lbs of food
  • Despite conflicting events the Interact Club members thought they could provide an adequate number of members to help with the March 5th Pancake Festival and March 12th Easter Egg Hunt

 

  • Pancake Festival – Laura Maines
    -    
    Summarized the new beneficiary selection process which required an
           application and need for the outreach organizations to better document
           the impact our funding has on their organizations and establish a better
           system of accountability; no pushback from beneficiaries

-     Our club is seeking long-term relationships with the outreach
       organizations to provide the membership regular volunteer
       opportunities and to help in a variety of ways other than only funding
-      As a consequence of the selection process it was decided that Wesley
        Spectrum and Family Hospice would be dropped since they have
        substantial funding from other sources and our funding is not impactful
-      The beneficiaries this year will be Southwinds, SHIM, PrimeTime, St.
       Clair Hospital Van, South Hills YMCA, Meals on Wheels and the Boy
       Scouts 

-      It was confirmed that the same funding distribution process will be
       maintained. However, in the future consideration will be given to
       distribution based on funding impact and outreach organization
       participation. The Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club will, of course, take a share
       of the proceeds for club use as well

-      There was a meeting with the Morning Club several weeks ago to reviewwhat they are doing to raise funds since they have been successful in raising up to $40-50,000 whereas our club raises in the $20,000 range. The key is the amount of ads and sponsorships. They fill both sides of their placemats, have a discount booklet which companies pay to put in discount coupons to their establishments. Another unique this they do is deliver meals (minimum of 10) to establishments which have employees who work on Saturdays (e.g. car dealerships). These ideas will be considered for next year’s pancake festival.

 

  • Member Survey – Jim Bolas

WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT OUR CLUB 

  • Fellowship and Friendship
  • Opportunities for Community Service
  • Convenient meeting Time and Quality Meeting Place
  • Working Together on Fundraisers/Outreach Projects

 

WHAT THE CLUB SHOULD IMPROVE UPON

  • More Active Recruitment and Engagement of New Members
  • More Focus on and Involvement of Members in Service
  • Better Communications with and Education of Members about Rotary
  • Challenge Past Ways of Doing Things – New Ideas
  • Better Communications to Community about our Rotary Club

 

     ACTIONS WE SHOULD TAKE TO INCREASE MEMBERSHIP 

  • Identify and Ask Prospects in “Outside” Networks (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, Social Networks, Church, Golf League, etc.)
  • Have Membership Drive(s) with Publicity and Events
  • Work with Non-Profits who Receive our Funding to Identify Prospective Members
  • Contact Interact Member’s Parents
  • Raise Public Profile of Club Activities/Accomplishments

 

    IDEAS SHOULD WE CONSIDER FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISERS 

  • Evaluate Raffle Options – Car, Shopping Sprees, Free Services from Members, Sports Events w/Dinner, etc.
  • Cocktail Party/Heavy Hors d’oeurves with High Profile Speaker
  • Wine/Beer Tasting Event, Casino Night, Game Board Night w/Prizes
  • Research Other District 7300 Rotary Club Fundraising Ideas
  • Raise More with Less Effort – More Focus on Sponsorships

     IDEAS TO MAKE OUR CLUB MORE INTERESTING FOR MEMBERS AND
     SPOUSES

  • Interesting Speakers and Programs
  • Involve Spouses in Hands-On Community Outreach Events
  • More Outside Social Functions (e.g. Explore Pittsburgh Restaurants, a Riverboat Cruise, etc.)
  • Progressive Dinner/Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner
  • A Fall Pig Roast

 

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Announcements:
 
  • Carl Gaddis - Long-time and distinquished member, Carl Gaddis, has submitted his resignation due to personal reasons. The board will consider granting Carl a honorary membership
  • Survey - Thanks to the members for their input on the survey. Members are asked to submit any additional comments and ideas by the next meeting. The board will consider member’s input on the future direction of the Club
  • Emanuel Romanias – Membership application and $100 application fee has been submitted and Emanuel’s application will be reviewed at the January 16th board meeting. Member comments are to be submitted by January 14th.
  • Bell Ringing – The Salvation Army has reported that our Rotary Club took in $1100 during their 8AM-4PM bell ringing at Giant Eagle in December. Highest amount since the club started to do bell-ringing for the Salvation Army
  • Pancake Tickets – Pancake Festival tickets are available for the members. Teams will be formed again this year – Steelers vs the Cowboys. A balance of talent between the teams will be sought this year.
 
Speaker: Bob Sproule – Senator John Heinz History Center
 
  • Speaker – Bob worked with Jim Hinerman at Highmark for 22 years; retired in 2009; works part-time at the History Center, Highmark Caring Center and does statistics work for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bob also has a blog (www.grandstander.blogspot.com) on sports, movies, pop culture, and life in general. Bob lives in McCandless Township.
  • History Center –
    -
    Located at 1212 Smallman St. located in the Strip District near the Pittsburgh Convention Center
    -  It’s the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution
- 275,000 square feet, 6 floors –
1st – Vintage vehicles & WWII exhibit;
2nd – Tradition of Innovation and Western PA Sports Museum;
3rd – Rediscovering Lewis & Clark, Rooney Family, Woodworking Planes;
4th – Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, Heinz, Slavery to Freedom, Glass
  5th – Clash of Empires – British, French & Indian War (1754-1763)
  6th – Wrought Metal Treasures
- An educational institution that engages and inspires a diverse audience
  with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the
  future by preserving regional history and presenting the American
  experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection
- The Heinz History Center includes (1) Western PA Sports Museum; (2) Fort
  Pitt Museum; (3) Meadowcroft Historic Village; (4) Library Archives
- New addition – Conservation Center, located behind the History Center at
  1221 Penn Ave., 9 story building housing 32,000 artifacts, one of the nation’s
  first facilities to provide professional conservation services directly to the 
  public
- WWII exhibit will end its stay in Pittsburgh on January 10th ; the exhibit
  includes a Reflection Room which has 7000 dog tags hanging from the ceiling
  each representing 200 Western PA residents who served during the war
- Next major exhibit (Mar. 4th – May 31st ) will be Toys of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
- Past major exhibits have included George Washington, Vatican Treasures,
  Benjamin Franklin, Professional Football Hall of Fame and The Year 1968
  - The Western PA Sports Museum covers high school, college and
  professional sports including the negro leagues and Olympic athletes
- In March a National History Day event is held at the museum for local
  middle and high school students who develop historical presentations for
  state competition.
- The museum also holds antique events in which antiques brought in by the
  public are evaluated by professional antique dealers
  - Approximately 250,000 visitors a year
  - Weddings and events are held each year; 50 weddings/yr including
  notables like Pirates Centerfielder Andrew McCutcheon
  - Admission is $16 for adults and $14 for seniors; individual memberships
  are $60 for adults and $57 for seniors
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Ray Kells presented dictionaries to the third graders and their teachers, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. McClain, at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School to help them prepare for the spelling bee.
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Keith Jackson was chosen to receive the prestigious 2105 Rotarian of the Year Award. His dedication and commitment to our club's projects have been outstanding.  It was presented to Keith by Jim Bolas at the annual Christmas party at St. Clair Country Club on Thursday, December 10th. Congratulations, Keith.
 
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Bell ringers Jim Bolas, Tracy Estabrook, and George Pitcairn at Giant Eagle Market District.
 
Every year John Donahoe organizes this great effort to collect donations for the Salvation Army. 
Thanks to John and all of the Rotarians who volunteered.
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NOTES:
 
Jim Hinerman:  Today’s meeting will be a Club Assembly
Guest will be visiting our club from the Church Wilne English Rotary Club on October 29th.
 
Barbara Piconi: Annual Gourmet Dinner
                    Need sponsorships and ads and auction items by Oct. 8th.
                    Provide opening bid amounts for auction items.
                    Ticket sales are important; need names and addresses.
                    Dinner menu is ribeye steak and walleye.
                    Example of goodworks of Rotary Foundation was Barb’s
                    experience in Czech Republic auditing a project which
                    provided floor polishers/waxers to floor cleaners      
                    and hydraulic lift tables for a facility that cared for handicapped
                    children. 
 
                    Paul Harris Awards were provided to:
                    - Don Pickell – Level #1
                    - Carl Trakofler – Level #2
                    - Glenn Dandoy – Level #3
                    - Jim Bolas – Level #8
 
Laura Maines: Pancake Festival
                    Application forms have been sent to all past non-profit
                    participants this year. Good response. Family Hospice
                    acquired by UPMC and will not  
                    participate this coming year.
 
                    Heather Dieckmann: Thanksgiving Dinners – City of Pittsburgh
                    Currently contacting food companies for food donations.
                    Have $1500 raised.
                    Police will advertise more this year.
                    Counting on Casino employees to donate their turkeys.
                    Will be asking club members for donations and volunteer time.
                    No money expected from the City; handled by the City Police.
                    Recommend contact Betty Cruz – Mgr. of City Special Projects.
                    Currently dinner prep will be at same place in Southside.
 
                    Carl Trakofler: Requested donations of paperback books and
                    unused Halloween candy for the Veterans.
 
                    Eric Gregory: Member of Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club
                    Chili Cook-off – Oct. 4th
                    $10 per ticket; Dine-in  12-4PM
                    Fairview Park – off Boyce Rd.
 
                   Jim Hinerman: Will be moving Pancake Festival supplies from
                   Friendship Village to a storage locker in Bethel Park on 
                   Saturday October 17th.
                   Need volunteers.
 
                   Jim Bolas: Last Thursday’s Riverboat Dinner Cruise was a success.
                   Weather was perfect. Will consider more such fellowship activities
                   in the future. Request members bring prospective members to
                   such events. Let me know who they are so I can follow up.
 
                  Ray Kells: Enjoy Books are available.
 
                  Glenn Dandoy: Next week’s speaker will be Irene Kutzler from
                  Country Meadows who will cover the topic of Medicare.
 
                  Cliff Taylor: Bethel Park Rotary Club Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 17th.
                     Dine-in time is 2-7PM; held at the Bethel Park Community Center.
 
                  Barbara Piconi: Requested that a membership directory be issued
                  with contact information. Jim Hinerman will follow-up.
 
October 1, 2015 Meeting Jim Bolas 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Smith
New Member Induction
 
Emanuel N. Panos was inducted into the Bethel St. Clair Rotary Club at the August 27, 2015 meeting. Sponsor Jim Bolas conducted the ceremony which ended with each member personally welcoming him to the group. Emanuel lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife Angela and their two children. He is a pharmacist at Hoffman's Drug Store in Aliquippa. Congratulations Emanuel! Pictured below are President Jim Hinerman, Emanuel Panos, and sponsor Jim Bolas.
New Member Induction Rick Smith 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
August 27, 2015 Meeting
 
Announcements
 
Emanuel Panos to was inducted as a new member at tonight’s meeting.
 
Speaker for our Sept.  3rd meeting with be Pat O’Toole, Rotarian and Superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District who will be presenting on the school’s unique 1:1 Learning Initiative.

Barbara Piconi – Provided an update on planning for this year’s Club Rotary Foundation’s Annual Gourmet Dinner.
 
Bob Theakston – Provided information on the Paul Harris Awards.
 
Speaker
 
Dean Helfer, Jr. - Founder & CEO of Channel Craft
 
Channel Craft began as a one-man operation back in 1983
from the back of a step van / traveling wood shop, when 
president and founder Dean Helfer, Jr. drove from craft 
shows to folk festivals peddling his hand-crafted wooden 
products. He would arrive at a craft show the evening 
before and set up his traveling wood shop for the next 
morning ready to sand and sell his products that were 
finished right before the customer's very eyes. The craft 
circuit opened new avenues and provided the necessary 
cash flow to put together a true manufacturing operation.
 
As the years went on, Dean and his crew settled in the 
small mining town of Ellsworth, Pennsylvania to set up a 
"permanent" shop to hand craft his goodies. Dean had 
rubbed elbows with many other U.S. toy and game 
manufacturers and had worked out distributor partnerships
to sell their products along with the Channel Craft toys. 
These partnerships turned into lasting business and 
personal relationships that would begin to bring together 
the cohesive theme of "Authentic American Toys, Games 
and Puzzles made in the USA."
 
Space constraints required Channel Craft to seek out a 
larger manufacturing facility if they wanted to continue 
producing the American Pastimes that had brought them 
this far. In 1991, Dean and Channel Craft settled into an 
old Army Corps of Engineers building south of Pittsburgh
on the banks of the Monongahela River in Charleroi, PA. 
With upwards of 70 employees, Channel Craft was 
"Quality Crafting" toys, games and puzzles for thousands 
of museums, specialty toy and gift shops, mail-order 
catalog companies and department stores.
 
.
 
 
August 27. 2015 Meeting Jim Bolas 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas
Announcements
Emanuel Panos will be inducted as a new member at the August 27th meeting. Speaker for the meeting will be Dean Helfer, Jr., President and Founder of Channel Craft, a unique hand-crafted toy manufacturer in Charleroi, Pa. 
Milt Hamel – August 20 – Club Corn Roast – Lions Park – Everything is set – Over 50 people coming – Need volunteers starting at 3PM to set-up for the event & husk corn
Barbara Piconi – Provided an update on planning for this year’s Club Rotary Foundation’s Annual Gourmet Dinner
 
Speaker
 
Laura Maines – Executive Director – Every Child, Inc

 

 

 

Every Child, Inc. serves birth, foster and adoptive families in Allegheny and surrounding counties, and has succeeded in helping over 3,000 children achieve a loving, lasting family. All of the services are provided free of charge and are given based on the individual needs of the child or family.

Every Child, Inc. is primarily supported by purchase-of service contracts with child welfare agencies and grants. 
Laura stated that, in Pennsylvania, 26,000 children per year require services such as that offered by organizations like Every Child, Inc. Child abuse is more recognized in Pennsylvania since the Sandusky sexual abuse case was prosecuted which has put more demands on service organizations and charitable institutions. Laura requested that  members who know of people who would be interested in being a foster family would be appreciated.
August 13, 2015 Meeting Jim Bolas 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Hinerman

CLUB ASSEMBLY

 

JIM BOLAS

 

Club Administration

 

Club Service Teams (team members need to be involved in set-up, prayer, recording the meeting, etc.)

  • July – Jim Hinerman
  • Aug-Sept – Jim Bolas
  • Oct, Nov & Dec – Ray Kells
  • Jan, Feb & Mar – Heather Dieckmann
  • Apr, May & June – George Pitcairn

 

Aug & Sept Speakers/Programs

  • August 13th – Laura Maines – Every Child Inc.
  • August 20th – Club Corn Roast
  • August 27th – Open (John Donahoe checking on Channel Craft)
  • September 3rd – Pat O’Toole & USC Staff – USC 1:1 Learning Initiative
  • September 10th – Open
  • September 17th – Open
  • September 24th - Bob James & Jim Bolas – Gifford Pinchot family of PA (founding of U.S. Forestry Svc.)

 

Ideas – South Hills Chorale Ensemble, Paul Harris Video, Controlling Deer Population

 

Membership

  • Emanuel Panos (father of John Panos) will be inducted in August – date to be established
  • Young man from YMCA  - Laura Maines will provide contact info
  • Assistant Troop Master from Boy Scouts – Mac? Need contact info
  • Bring guests to Corn Roast
  • Attend Rotary Tent at the Thursday USC Farmer’s Market 
  • South West Communities Chamber of Commerce (consider renewal of membership but need a member to act as a representative)
  • Need to ASK

 

4) Banner Stands – In bad shape – Jim trying to get repaired – Where to buy them ?
Herm Dieckmann and Jim Bolas to follow-up

 

LAURA MAINES

 

Pancake Festival Distributions – Will be developing a structured approach to evaluate recipients of Pancake Festival distributions. Issues to be considered will be the importance of distributed funds on the organization, minimal/maximum amount of distribution to any organization, amount of ticket sales and volunteers provided to help. A draft of the proposed approach will be presented for membership review. Input is welcomed.

 

HEATHER DIECKMANN

 

Members enjoyed their day at SHIM distributing food to needy families in the South Hills. Will be looking at more opportunities in the future for members to perform good works in the community. Jim Bolas emphasized that the club can benefit in Club of the Year evaluation from performing numerous good works in the community.

 

Milt stated that Carol was purchasing for the Corn Roast and that he will be finalizing who is to bring what at next week’s meeting.

 

Cliff reported that Africa has been polio free for one year.

 

JIM HINERMAN

August 6, 2105 Meeting Jim Hinerman 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas

July 30, 2015 Meeting

 

Announcements

 

Jim Hinerman – August 31 - District Golf Outing – Would like 2 foursomes

Emanuel Panos has been approved for membership, induction to be scheduled

Milt Hamel – August 20 – Club Corn Roast – Lions Park 

John Donahoe – July 24 - Camp Aim at Carlynton in Rosslyn Farms was fun and rewarding for the Rotarians who participated

 

Speaker

 

 

 

Abbey Whitewood of Community Without Borders

Abbey Whitewood, a starting freshman at Duquesne University, had spoken to The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair last year about her efforts to provide water wells to remote villages in Kenya. This evening’s presentation was a follow-up to show the success that the non-profit she is involved with, Community Without Borders, had in providing a deep (>100 ft.) well which serves multiple remote villages in Kenya. Ms. Whitehead noted that key to their success was to have an individual “on-the-ground” in Kenya who can help make the arrangements with local parties to install the wells and to disburse the monies. They found that individual in a family friend, Martina Achieng Amoth, a Kenyan who received a PhD in America and is willing to help with the program. The cost of the deep well was over $8,000.

 

Ms. Whitewood explained that her family has been involved in Kenya for many years and she has become motivated to continual the family’s efforts to help the people of Kenya. In addition to water wells Community Without Borders also has raised funds to obtain textbooks, backpacks, chalkboards and desks to help support the the local schools. One effort was noted that involved re-establishing a library which was damaged by a fire.

 

Ms. Whitewood informed the gathered Rotarians that she has personally received considerable positive feedback from the villagers, especially the young people, which motivates her to make helping the people of Kenya her life’s work.

 

Herm Dieckmann mentioned that Duquesne University has a Rotaract Club, which is active in Tanzania and may be a source of help to Community Without Borders.

July 30, 2015 Meeting Jim Bolas 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Bolas on Jul 15, 2015
 
Announcements
Jim Hinerman – August 31 - District Golf Outing – Would like 2 foursomes
Milt Hamel – August 20 – Club Corn Roast – Lions Park
John Donahoe – July 24 - Camp Aim at Carlynton in Rosslyn Farms
Jim Bolas – Emanual Panos, father of John Panos (2015 Service Above Self Awardee), has applied for membership in The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair
Tim Donovan – July 15 – 3rd Annual Craft Beer University – Latitude 40 – Robinson (Doors open at 6:30PM) – Proceeds go to Camp Aim
 
Speaker
 
President Jim Hinerman and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jon Lindefjeld
 
Jon Lindefjeld, Graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and West Point. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Bachelors in Environmental Science and will be studying for his Masters in Global Health at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland this fall. Upon completion he will go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Annapolis for four years for his internship to become a medical doctor. Jon’s future is promising.
Jon focused his presentation on his efforts at West Point in helping to establish and implement the Cadets Against Sexual Harassment-Assault Program called “CASH-A” which has proven effective in bringing awareness and education to West Point cadets on the issue of sexual abuse. CASH-A’s success at West Point has been recognized in other branches of the military. The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair wished Jon well in his ventures.

Jim Bolas
July 16, 2015 Meeting Jim Bolas 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Beck on Jul 08, 2015

The first meeting of the new Rotary year featured two leaders new to their jobs. Our brand new President, Jim Heinerman, welcomed our brand new District Governor, Bill Segar, to Bethel-St. Clair for his “official visit”.

Following a private meeting with the new officers and Board of BSC, DG Bill was introduced to all of our members who were formed up in a receiving line. Following dinner, Herm Dieckmann, who handed the district reins to Bill and put on his PDG pin July 1’st, introduced our Governor for his remarks. One of the more impressive facts about Bill is that he only joined Rotary in 2003. Like Herm, he’s done quite a bit in his short tenure.

Bill comes from an engineering background. With Westinghouse for many years, he has served not only his profession but his interests in youth and education, having spent many years on many educational boards. He also has taken his love of trains to the point where his back yard contains a caboose!

Bill outlined his plans and desires for the year with seven goals he’s aiming to achieve:

  1. Increase district membership by a net 135. This is a realistic goal. IF each of our 48 clubs brought in a net 3 new members, that number would be 144.
  2. Increase support for The Rotary Foundation, the engine that drives Rotary.
  3. Increase the involvement of Rotarians in district events. At present, only about 8% of district Rotarians turn out for events such as the District Conference. Bill wants that number up around 30%.
  4. Tracking of youth that have been involved in Interact, Rotaract, etc. in an effort to get them into Rotary
  5. Encouraging Rotarians to become “agents of change” within their clubs. Clubs need to be more flexible and be more engaged in all areas, not just stagnate.
  6. Have fun! If you’re not having fun, why are you doing it?
  7. Increase the number of Interact clubs in the district by 5.

Bill also mentioned four new programs that he is working to develop:

  1. A Rotary youth program
  2. Expansion of a District Chorus, which will sing at district events. The chorus sang at the District Assembly and the District Conference to rave reviews!
  3. Development of a Rotary employment service. As I understand it, this would be a directory of goods and services offered by district Rotarians, for the use of Rotarians seeking same.
  4. Developing plans for deploying PDGs to aid in encouraging attendance at district events.

Pres. Jim, thanked Bill and wished him well during his tour of duty. The club presented Bill with tickets to our Gourmet Dinner Dance and Auction on November 5th

Following the usual “good news” dollar donations, Pres. Jim closed out the evening with the correct ticket for the 50/50…although he didn’t win the miniscule pot.

Next week’s program features recently graduated West Point cadet and now U.S. Army 2ND. Lt. John Linfelt. John is also a Rotary Scholar. This should be a very interesting program and one that would be a good one to bring a prospective member to.

 
District Governor's Visit Dick Beck 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Smith on Jul 01, 2015
 
On Thursday, July 2, 2015 Past District Governor Herm Dieckmann along with Past President Rick Smith, President Jim Hinerman, and Board member Heather Dieckmann ventured out to Monroeville to officially pass the 'Home of the District Governor' flag to District Governor Bill Segar and President Chuck DeSabato.This marks the end of PDG Herm's year of amazing accomplishments and the beginning of DG Bill's outstanding leadership of District 7300.
 
 
 
 
 
PASSING OF THE FLAG CEREMONY Rick Smith 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Ray Kells presenting the Service Above Self Award to this year's awardee John Panos. John is going to the University of Cincinnati studying business and sports management. 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Sydney Gisoni and parents and sister. Sydney was our representative in the District 7300 spelling bee. She is 3rd grade student at St Louise de Marillac.
Sydney Gisoni and parents and sister. Ray Kells, Jr. 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tracy Estabrook on Apr 15, 2015
Ray Kells introduced Dan Merry, Senior Pastor of Southminster Presbyterian church in Mt Lebanon.  Ray first met Dan 28 years ago when he was at John McMillan (for 13 years) in Bethel Park.  Dan and his wife Beth have two daughters.
 
Dan and his family lived in Malawi from July, 2004 to August, 2005.  A very large part of the country is Presbyterian due to David Livingston.  As a result of this year there, Dan and Southminster have a very committed relationship with Malawi and St Andrews church there.  He goes there twice a year and will be taking 30 9th-12th graders tent camping for two weeks this summer.  The trip takes 24 hours in the air and another 5 driving.
 
Dan and Southminster have spent $700,000 building a secondary school in Malawi (completed three years ago).  This is supported by a gas lease that Southminster has on land that they have a camp.  This school is equipped with a computer lab with used Mt Lebanon equipment.  The school costs $240/year.
 
In Malawi, students take attest after 8th grade; if they pass, they go on to high school.  If they fail, they become tea pickers earning $1/day.  90% of their school students pass this exam versus 54% nationwide.  Southminster’s next project is to build dorms so that it can become a nationwide school.
 
Malawi is the 6th poorest nation in the world.  The average family has 7 children (mainly because they have the highest infant mortality rate in the world).  Average life expectancy is 46, consequently, 55% of the population is under 15.  Their primary food is  corn mush (grits) and a protein (meat) one day/week.
 
The year there had a profound effect on Dan’s daughters.  One is a teacher,  the other a physican’s assistant and he expects both will spend some time working in Malawi.
 
Guests:  PDG Rick Martin is here to show how $8k becomes $30k towards Herm’s track chair project.
Herm has so far collected $130k toward his goal of $150k for 10 track chairs and he indicated that the Steelers and Troy Polumolo, in particular may give a chair.
 
Next week is the Pancake Festival distribution.
 
Good News:
Tracy Estabrook – for the speaker
George Pitcairn – found a new trout stream
Dick Beck – for Bob Theakston being a done with his treatment
Milt Hamel – also for Bob
Tom Shook – for wanting to be like Herm when he grows up
Ray Kells – for the speaker and Herm’s track chairs
Jim Bolas – for the speaker
Grant McRoberts – for the speaker
Jim Hinerman – for the speaker, for Bob T., and for Herm’s project
John Donahoe – for the speaker
Bob Theakston – for the speaker
Cliff Taylor – for the speaker
Carl Trakofler – for the speaker
Barb Piconi – for the speaker
Rick Martin – for the speaker
Rick Smith – for the speaker
Herm Dieckmann – for the speaker, Bob T, Grant for being here, and for all the help with the track chairs
 
50/50  Carl Trakofler (didn’t win the pot)
 
Rotary Meeting – April 16, 2015 Tracy Estabrook 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Dayton New Member Induction 4-9-15 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Atkins on Feb 04, 2015

The Rotary Club of Bethel St Clair (Evening Club) presented the 3rd graders and teachers at St Louise de Marillac their
Own dictionary. In the spring there will be a spelling bee with prizes and the winner will participate in a spelling bee with the winners from other schools in Rotary District 7300. That one will be held at our conference in May @ Seven Springs! This dictionary contains more than words.What a great reaction.

Ray Kells did this on Thursday Feb. 5thImage

The Rotary Club of Bethel St Clair (Evening Club) presented the 3rd graders and teachers at St Louise de Marillac their Own dictionary Tom Atkins 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Beck on Jan 28, 2015

JANUARY 29, 2015 MEETING

As we near our annual “Pancake Festival”, it’s good to remind ourselves of just why we do it. Last week, Meghan Anderson, of The Family Hospice and Palliative Care Organization came to remind us of their history and mission.

The hospice movement is a relatively recent development in “end of life” care having started around 1980. To qualify for hospice care, a patient’s medical condition, as certified by a physician, must be “6 months or less of expected life.” The care given to hospice patients is extraordinary and it is provided wherever the patient is, whether in home or hospital. Care is provided 24/7. As they say…”care is just a phone call away.” Their care and compassion extends to the rest of the family as they deal with loss, grieving children etc.

“Palliative care” focuses on those not yet ready for Hospice care.

When the hospice movement started there were only two hospice facilities in Pittsburgh. Now there are fifty. Our pancake festival helps support the Family Hospice facility in Mt. Lebanon, which has a second facility in Lawrenceville. They are members of a fully accredited by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  All of their clinical staff are certified in hospice and palliative care and they have a volunteer staff of 200+ performing countless duties, such as looking after pets, companionship for patients and respite for caregivers.

Most of us have had experience, either directly or indirectly, with “hospice”.  They are truly “doing God’s work” We are happy to be able to aid them in their mission.

Pancake Poobah – Jim Hinerman, exhorted us all to SELL, SELL, SELL as we have but 5 weeks remaining before we start flipping!

Our Valentine party will be on February 12th.

JANUARY 29, 2015 MEETING Richard Beck 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Maines on Dec 03, 2014

Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair

Meeting Highlights for 12/4/14

Our guest speaker was Joe Kuklis, an Upper St. Clair resident and founder of GSP Consulting, a predecessor to Duane Morris Government Strategies, a professional lobbying firm that has helped raise over a half of a billion dollars for its clients while tackling complex policy issues.  Joe received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Political Science and Western European Studies with a focus on Germany.   He serves on the Board of Directors of the Challenge Program, Inc., the Landmarks Development Corporation, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania and is a former member of the American Cancer Society’s Greater Pittsburgh Unit Daffodil days Campaign.  Joe recently published a book entitled “The Robin Hood of DC,” a how-to guide for small to medium size businesses to navigate the government marketplace in Washington, DC and Harrisburg.

Joe spent some time discussing the current political status in Washington, D.C. in light of the midterm elections.  Specifically, we learned that even thought a significant change in leadership took place and, theoretically Republicans are in a position to actually govern, gridlock will continue to be our reality for another two years.  As a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, big budgets, and the issuance of a variety of Executive Orders by the President that are being challenged, we should anticipate a number of these issues coming before the Supreme Court.  Instead of specific legislation, the Republican leadership will be focusing on what the platform can and should be for the 2016 elections.

As for the recent gubernatorial election, Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s win was less of a vote for him than a vote against Governor Corbett.  Gov. Wolf will face a Republican controlled General Assembly and an approximate $2.3 billion deficit.  Joe pointed out that while Tom Wolf discussed a shale tax and education funding in his campaign ads, given his early and wide lead, he never really established a full platform of issues, so we will be learning about Gov. Wolf in these early months and years of his term.

When asked about the shale industry in Pennsylvania, Joe pointed out that taxes are typically used as a tool to reduce something – i.e. a sin tax to reduce smoking.  If shale is taxed significantly, in addition to the already in place severance tax, it is very possible that the industry may choose to go elsewhere.  As for job growth, Joe acknowledged that many of the shale jobs are going to transplants to our area.  This will correct itself as our workers get job training for this new industry, referred to as “up-skilling.”

Announcements

Heather Dieckmann recapped the Stuffed with Love Thanksgiving event, which was a great success! (And accounted for much of the Good News!)

Next year’s Stuffed with Love event will need a new kitchen facility – the event has simply outgrown it’s current location.  Anyone with leads, contact Heather.

Our Club will be ringing bells again this year on Saturday, December 6th!

December 11th is our Christmas Party – we hope to see everyone there.

Meeting Highlights for 12/4/14 Laura Maines 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Beck on Nov 19, 2014

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 20, 2014

Following a wonderful welcome and dinner, our member, Sam Provil, introduced Dr. Joe Jacobsen, Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s unique and exciting Energy Innovation Center (EIC). The center is housed in what was for many years the Connelly Trade school located above the old Civic Arena in the lower Hill district. The EIC is certainly unique as no facility like it exists anywhere else.

Dr. Jacobsen comes to us from Milwaukee with a deep background in energy and environmental science as it applies to city management. He said that the impetus for a facility like the EIC is the fact that our educational system is broken when it comes to developing future skilled technicians. “Skill learning doesn’t happen anymore, especially technical skills. With 10,000 people retiring every day, the skill gap grows wider.”

The EIC was developed to work on this problem. What a “Laboratory” it is. The building contains 20 labs focusing on all manner of technical. Each area is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, all real and working equipment, no simulators. Students range from 9th grade to post graduate. Their studies focus on sustainable and renewable energy, power engineering, sustainable (green) buildings, health and water conservation, to name a few. Of course their facility is a LEED Platinum building, for which they earn $18 Million dollars in tax credits, which is applied to the program.

The University of Pittsburgh maintains 6 labs here. CMU, Robt. Morris and Duquesne are also involved.

Dr. Jacobsen left an invitation for our club to visit the EIC. This would make a terrific “field trip”. Here is another example of what makes Pittsburgh a special place.

Nominating Committee Chair, Ray Kells, announced the slate of BSC officers and directors for the year 2015 – 2016. The candidates are:

President – Jim Hinerman

V. President – Laura Mains

Secretary – Sam Provil

Treasurer – John Westerman

Club Service – Jim Bolas

Community Service – Heather Dieckmann

Vocational Service – Tracy Estabrook

International Service – John Donahoe

The Rotary foundation – Barbara Piconi

Asst. Sec. – George Pitcairn

Asst. Tres. – Ray Kells

Past President – Rick Smith

The slate will be voted on at our December 4th meeting.

John Donahoe signed up additional help and reminded others of the “bell ringing” that will take place at Giant Eagle on Dec. 6th.

Jim Bolas announced that the club has joined the S. Western Penna. Chamber of Commerce and hopes to develop new member there.

Heather Dieckmann is once again leading the effort to provide 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to those that would not get one otherwise. She’s looking for a little help from her friends this week down at St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, at 109 S. 19th St. Southside.

Our club’s Christmas party will be at SCCC on Thursday, Dec. 11th. Come and enjoy the friendship and (for the men) tasteful neckwear.

MEETING OF NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Richard Beck 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Bolas on Nov 12, 2014

Club Membership Ideas & Recommendations

Jim Bolas stated that Club membership has decreased since the beginning of the Rotary Year by 7 members due to members changing to honorary membership, transfer to other clubs due to personal work schedules and resignations. A target of gaining back at least four members by next March was considered a reasonable goal. Twenty-four Club members divided into four teams to discuss the following membership-related topics:

(1)        How Can We Make Our Club Attractive and Relevant to Prospects ?

(2)        Recruitment Ideas

(3)        Potential Candidates

The teams provided the following ideas and recommendations:

How Can We Make Our Club Attractive and Relevant to Prospects ?

  • Produce a one page document (tri-fold) which provides a background of the Club, our events and accomplishments and type of members we have – make it attractive and available to the members to give to prospects
  • Maintain quality programs/speakers and invite wives, friends and prospects – advertise special programs to the community
  • Get every member engaged in Club activities so they become salespersons for the Club telling our Club’s story to the community

Recruitment Ideas

  • Put signs in local businesses – “Help Us to Help Others” with contact information of an individual in the Club
  • Work with churches to access their members and present Rotary (Note: Bob James has been making inquiries with mixed success. Need member