Rotary Club of McCandless


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Welcome to our Club!

Northern Allegheny

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Diamond Run Golf Club
132 Laurel Oak Drive
Sewickley, PA  15143
United States
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Our 2013-2014 long-term Rotary Youth Exchange student, Billy (far right), gets a warm welcome home from his local Rotary Club in Thailand. Billy spent the school year in the Pine Richland School District with two host families. The returning students in this photo are wearing jackets covered with souvenir pins. The other students are "outbound," including Billy's brother (to his left) who is headed for Michigan. For more details on short- and long-term Rotary Youth Exchange programs, visit.



ImagePlease join us at the Diamond Run Clubhouse on Friday evening, October 24, World Polio Day. We will hold a Wine Tasting Fundraiser to support Rotary's ongoing efforts to eliminate polio worldwide. For tickets, contact club president Tony Rocco at


All American flags should be retired in a dignified and respectful manner when they are no longer a fitting emblem for display. Northland Public Library is the newest location to welcome the Retire Your Unserviceable Old Glory project and an Old Glory collection bin is located inside the doors of the main entrance to the library at 300 Cumberland Road.  This Retire Your Old Glory bin is proudly sponsored by the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club.

Please consider attending the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club's "Spring Fling" dinner-dance at the Rivers Club, featuring live music with Jeff Jimerson & Airborne! The event also includes a $5,000 reverse raffle, Chinese auction and fabulous basket of cheer! Tickets are $150 per couple or $75 for the raffle only. Last year, our Club gave away over $20,000 to local charities, causes, and exchange students. Come and have a blast for a good cause! Contact Club President Ward Garner at (412) 951-0920.


The club welcomed speaker Matt Harnett of Duquesne University's Rotaract Club on September 25. Matt is the founder of Pure Thirst, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about water issues, especially among young people, and to improving water quality where they can. Last year, Pure Thirst raised nearly $30,000 to install a storage and purification system in a Honduran village. Matt described the experience as "life-changing." Below, club president Ward Garner presents a donation to Matt in support of Pure Thirst's 2014 trip to a second village in Honduras. Outstanding work, Matt!
ImageClub President Ward Garner (right) presents a check to member Denny Crawford. The donation supports Purple Stride, a walk to benefit pancreatic cancer research. The Pittsburgh Purple Stride will be help on August 3. To register or donate, visit





(Pictured: Sharon Landau, McCandless Club President - Tom Fallon, District Governor - Sandy Rock)


The District 7300 GSE Team:  Chelsea Burket, Catherine Sheane, Cole Williams,
Team Leader, PDG Denny Crawford, and Jenna Cramer are greeted by Billy Cho,
GSE Team Chairman, District 3640, Seoul, Korea

See for more information on our 2012 GSE Team to Korea.


On April 12, 2012, at the University of Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council and Steele town Productions held a worldwide video conference commemorating the 57th anniversary of the approval of Jonas Salk’s Polio vaccine. 

High schools in India and Pakistan participated via video conferencing as well as Dr. Hamid Jafari, the Acting Director of the World Health Organization’s polio eradication initiative, Dr. Walter Orenstein. Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center and Director of the Influenza Pathogenesis and Immunology Center at Emory University, and Dr. David Oshinsky, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for his book “Polio: An American Story”.  Attending in person was Dr. Bob Scott, the Chairman of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and past Rotary International Vice President.  Dr. Scott has been named an outstanding leader in polio eradication by the United Nations Foundation.  Last year Dr. Scott received the Sitare-i-Khidmat award from President Zardari of Pakistan.  He has dedicated his life since 1987 to eradicating polio and is one of the foremost experts in the world regarding those efforts. 

The event was emceed by polio survivor and KDKA TV Anchor, Stacy Smith.  There were also two local polio survivors who were treated at Pittsburgh Municipal Hospital and received therapy at the D.T. Watson home in Sewickley, in attendance, who spoke to the students.  There were about 100 students from local high schools and middle schools in attendance as well as others in the area who participated via video conferencing.  Students had the opportunity to question the experts on polio and the efforts to finally eradicate this horrible disease worldwide.  Of particular interest were the comments of the kids from India and Pakistan who have actually witnessed the disease. 

At the end of the event the students were challenged to make a video about polio or any major disease or problem, such as clean water, pollution, et cetera, relating to how they might be able to help solve these problems in the future. A $10,000 first prize is being offered by Steel Town Productions through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Video of the event:





 As you can see by the BIG smiles, A terrific time was had by all at the annual McCandless Club's Family Picnic in Devlin Park (McCandless Town Hall). Everyone enjoyed the great weather, terrific food, socializing, and the water ballon toss!Image


Final Exam

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response

Creating a family

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Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary convention

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary conventionFormer First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto this