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Beaver Rotary Club

World & Local Service Focusing on Children

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Wooden Angel Restaurant
308 Leopard Lane
Club Meeting Room
Beaver, PA  15009
United States

Phone:
(724) 846-1372  ext. 810
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  • Pianist Mardy and her husband just passed a matrimonial milestone by celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss!  Congratulations from all of us!
 
Bryan Dehart greeted us in his typical gentlemanly manner. 
 
In a triumphant return, Victor Raskovsky gave an inspiring Rotary invocation.  Connie Kennedy led us in song with “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean;” “R-O-T-A-R-Y, That Spells Rotary;” and “SMILE.”  Today we earned a B minus for our signing.  (Things are improving).
 
It was also great to see Heather Nevill back.  Bryan Dehart collected fines, and many were paid to welcome back Victor and Heather, as well as some Happy Dollars.
 
President Harry was our Program today, which focused on 2017-2018 Rotary Goals.  He had hoped to play a short video of RI President Ian Risely, but technical difficulties prevented that.
 
Harry presented this year’s goals from the RI level, the District Level, and the Club Level.  Following is a capsule summary:
 
Rotary International
 
RI’s goals fall into three buckets:  (1)  Supporting and Strengthening Clubs; (2)  Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service; and (3) Enhancing Rotary’s Public Image and Awareness.  Clubs are encouraged to achieve at least four (4) discrete goals within each category.  There is a new PR campaign being implemented, with a lot of supporting materials, trickling down from RI, through the Districts, to the club level.  We will see this as the year progresses.
 
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Harry attended a meeting at District Governor Ward Garner’s house last evening.  The following are the District’s Goals and Objectives for this year:
 
1.    Inspire Rotarians to realize they are getting more out of Rotary than they are giving;
2.    Have at least 28 Clubs achieve Presidential Citation, so that the District can receive a District Citation;
3.    Report volunteer hours on Rotary Club Central (myrotary.org)
4.    Educate and Maximize contributions to the Rotary Foundation (the District gave $1 million to the Foundation last year);
5.    Inspure Rotarians to use social media to promote Rotary’s Public Image; and
6.    Plant a tree (RI President Iam Riseley would like every Rotarian to plant a tree).
 
Club Goals
 
The main goal this year can be summarized by “Upping our Rotary Game a Notch.”  This means a recognition that we are part of a bigger Rotary, with lots of resources.  By collaborating with the District and other clubs, our club will be better.
 
The Board met twice as part of a mini-retreat and discussed the following ways to achieve this goal.  They include the following:
 
1.    Earn a Rotary Citation (formerly called a Presidential Citation).  See https://rcc.rotary.org/#/goals.  This is like a road map and report card on how to be a good club.
 
2.    Club flexibility  We are going to try one evening (dinner) meeting a month.  We are shooting for the first Wednesday of each month, starting in September, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wooden Angel, subject to confirmation of availability with the Wooden Angel.  There would not be a lunch meeting on the first Wednesday.  Only a dinner meeting.  The second through last meetings of the month would stay at lunch time.
 
3.    Membership.  We would like to expand our membership footprint into Rochester and Monaca and have some more social gatherings, such as a quarterly mixer at a location in Rochester or Monaca to try and recruit new members and socialize as a club.  We would also like to expand Students of the Month to one student each from Rochester and Central Valley, and we would hold those on separate days than the Beaver students.  This will give us greater exposure and contact with parents, who could be prospective members.
 
4.    Public Relations.  We want to have better use of Club Runner and Social Media (which is consistent with RI and District Goals).
 
5.    Fund Raising.  We will continue with the Rotary Auction, recognizing it for what it is.  We also discussed two additional potential fund raisers, including the Flags for Heroes program and Spirit Cups.  We could probably do both of these.  There was little opposition to these ideas, and the Board will explore these options in more detail and come back with recommendations.
 
6.    Rotary Foundation:  We want to maintain 100% Paul Harris Fellows this year.  We are also looking at partnering with the Los Angeles, Chile Rotary Club on an international project to assist a local school there in building an English learning classroom.  This is the club that hosted Erika Kinkead as a Rotary Exchange Student.  The Board will continue to explore the details of this project and what would be involved for our club.
 
Following the presentation of goals for the year, Mary Maljevec did her magic with the 50-50 drawing, which began with a new pot because Chris Guandolo pulled the Ace of Spades last week and walked off with all of the money.  Yvonne Connor had the winning ticket and pulled the 8 (not Ace) of Spades.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Harry Kunselman
 
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ERIKA KINKEAD was our cheerful greeter.
 
JACKIE McLAUGHLIN gave our invocation.  We pledged, prayed, and Four-Way-Tested.
 
Our piano player, Mardy, was off this week, so we all spared each other from our singing abilities.
 
Club announcements included the following:
 
  • RI President, Ian Riseley, sent an invitation inviting Rotarians to the 2018 RI Convention in Toronto from June 23-27, 2018.  See http://www.riconvention.org/en/toronto/convention-promotion .  It would be nice if we could get a few Beaver Rotarians to attend, since it is so close to us this year.
 
  • Harry Kunselman circulated the July 2017 District Newsletter, which included an invitation to participate in the District’s Literacy initiative.  It involves donating dictionaries to third graders in a local school and holding a spelling bee, and finalists can compete in the District’s spelling bee on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Seven Springs.  The cost of obtaining dictionaries is about $2.50 per book.  The Board will examine whether this is a project that we can participate in, and whether we have the budget to do so.
 
  • The District Newsletter also has information on how the Ambridge Club sponsors Concerts in the Park.  This is a way of making money for the Club and increasing Rotary’s exposure.
 
  • Ben Fenchak will be sending out dues invoices shortly.  Everything is loaded in QuickBooks.  A technical problem exists in getting QuickBooks to work with his e-mail.  As soon as that is resolved, invoices will go out.  Quarterly dues, with meals included, are $150.  There will be a separate line item for the voluntary $25/quarter ($100/year) donation to the RI Foundation.  $100 per member minimum is a goal for the Club Presidential Citation.  The invoices will provide how those checks should be payable.  Also, if you choose to pay the RI Foundation directly, please let Ben know so he can adjust your invoice accordingly.
 
Rob Tracy collected fines, which included kudos to Bryan Dehart for winning a Joseph A. James Excellence in Local Government Achievement Award.
 
Our Program today was our own Kevin Bingle, owner of Allan Jewelers, who gave a fascinating presentation on the art of watch-making .  Following are highlights of his program:
 
  • Although Kevin’s specialty is diamonds, he has come to really appreciate watch-making.  Watch-making began with Peter Heinlein the German inventor of the watch.  He was originally a clock maker, and he kept reducing the size of his clocks to the point where he was able to make a pocket watch.  Eventually watch-making made its way to Geneva, Switzerland, the capital of watch-making.
 
 
  • Mechanical watches consist primarily of a small power source (a spring); three wheels; and a recording device (hands).  Early on in the development, watches were pocket watches.  Around the 1800’s the German military became frustrated that pocket watches did not work well in a combat environment.
 
  • Patek Philippe was the first watch maker to develop a wrist watch for women.  See http://www.patek.com/en/home  Initially, wrist watches were thought to be feminine, and they did not take hold among men.  Then, Girard-Perregeaux started making wrist watches for men, and eventually, they became widely accepted among both sexes.
 
  • Vecheron-Constantine began to realize it would be nice to know the day of the month as well as the hour and minute.  They developed the technology to add a calendar function.  Then, they added a minute repeater, which is like a musicbox inside a watch, that would tell time audibly by number of rings or sounds coming from the minute repeater.
 
  • The next development was a chronometer, which kept track of the passage of time, rather than the time of day.

  • Eventually watch makers began to focus on the beauty and aesthetics of time pieces.  In 1905 Rolex was born and is the standard by which most watches are measured.  Rolexes can range in price anywhere from $2,200 to $500,000.  Rolex came up with the concept of submerging watches under water and making sure they performed at greater and greater depths.  Rolex is known for testing its watches under various conditions.  For example, Sir Edmund Hilary and his team of climbers wore Rolexes when they reached the summit of Mt. Everest.
 
  • The question often arises how to tell a real Rolex from a knock-off.  The only way to tell is to look for imperfections.  Rolex watches have such fine craftsmanship that they are considered to be perfect.  If you say any imperfection whatsoever on a Rolex-looking watch, it is probably not a Rolex.
 
  • Vecheron-Constantine won an award for the most complicated watch.  It even accounts for short months and leap years.  These watches are worth about $250,000.
 
  • Most special edition Rolexes are sold or ordered before they are even made.  They are in very high demand.
 
  • Quartz watches are by far the dominant watch in the marketplace, but they are inexpensive and they are throw-aways for the most part.
 
  • There is a huge shortage of watchmakers world-wide.  Rolex even has a school where it trains people to become watch makers.
 
After Kevin’s presentation, Bob Lewis and Mary Maljevec won the 50-50 and pulled a 5 of ??? resulting in a whopping $5.00 recovery.
 
See everyone next week!
 
 
Harry
 
 
 
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Connie Kennedy
    December 3
  • Mary Maljevec
    December 16
Anniversaries:
  • Alison Hutchins
    Chris Hutchins
    December 23
  • Yvonne Connor
    CONNOR LEIGH CONNOR
    December 27