August 15, 2017


Susan Price                                                                   


Ken Baker…again! 
Sorry Phil Rush….maybe next week


MaryJo Podgurski had 3 guests…her interns Carley and Randy, student interns and Alice Burroughs
Ulli Lange visiting again from Colorado

HAPPY $$$$: 

  • Susan Price enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer at PONY and dealing with the non-English speaking parents who forced their children to speak English…lots of action always at the souvenir stand!
  • Bill Mesler enjoyed volunteering at PONY (who did most of the work?? The talking???) Thank  you Rich but we got the job done.
  • Joe Piszczor making “great progress” with the Cash Bash tickets; happy to help his mother-in-law get things moved and he was really happy about that! Good son-in-law!
  • Susan Priest just plain ‘HAPPY’ and for that we are ALL glad.
  • Ulle Lange happy to have been with Club the past weeks but will be heading back home to Colorado. We will miss you Ulle and hope you will visit again very soon!
  • John Tecklenburg very, very happy to bring Dorothy back home to continue her rehab….Dorothy is happy too!


  • Bob Wicker thanked all Rotarians who so willingly volunteered at PONY Baseball.
  • Joe Piszczor sign-up sheets to volunteer to work at the Cash Bash and getting good responses on website and facebook
President Rich Podgurski: 
  1) PONY Picnic was a success at the Kiwanis Pavilion, not many volunteers needed but 4 Rotarians served
  2) Dictionary Project underway and under the leadership of Ellen Hough
  3) Rotary Awards for Community Service, Club Service, Vocational Service and International Service all nomination forms are on the website but Brandi Butler has the forms with her today; due back September 18 and the Awards Luncheon is scheduled for October 24; all nominations will be reviewed by the Board members September 26.
This is very important to our Club and everyone is encouraged to give serious consideration when nominating and justifying the nomination.
  4) DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S VISIT is scheduled for August 29. DG Steve Arnowitz has two major projects involving clean water and updated filters as well as back packs with school supplies for Venezuela. Due to the present political unrest there we will concentrate on providing school supplies for the Washington Park Elementary 4th Grade.
These 4th Graders received dictionaries last year so it was decided to continue our contact with them and provide school supplies.
We ask all Rotarians to consider donating $10 to help fund this program. We will accept donations at our next three meetings. We will purchase these supplies through Rotarian Brad Montgomery. Your support of this is greatly appreciated.


Susan  Priest introduced MaryJo Podgurski and Bill Mesler for this week’s installment of “Get To Know Your Rotarians”.
MaryJo started with how she became so interested in being a nurse at a very young age. She worked in Pediatrics and then Children’s Hospital and then on to New York as a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. One experience led to another and she became interested in teaching especially teens following her experience of working with a 12 year old foster child who gave birth and felt unloved, unwanted and frightened. With this sad experience MJ went on to a decision to teach and mentor teen about sexuality and how to work through unexpected pregnancy. As a well-known and respected speaker and author, MaryJo has written and published books such as Real Talk for Real Teen Parents.  A Rotary District Grant helped to produce and interactive coloring book for children and adults. Her current series of books “Nonnie Talks About…(pregnancy, death, race, puberty)” all are enhanced by illustrations for each book done by Alice Burroughs. Click on them for ordering information.
Bill Mesler talked about his love for family (wife, children and grandchildren). Bill was born August 15, 1943 and today was his birthday! Bill grew up in Toronto Ohio and Bentleyville where his Mother operated a well-known dairy bar. Bill became a barber after graduating from high school, joined the Navy to see the world and found himself in New Zealand. Bill then found his way into the printing business and developed Quality Quick printing, became civic minded, active in his Church (Immaculate Conception) and happy to continue community service as a Rotarian. We are happy to have you as a Rotarian Bill and there is always something brewing in that mind of his!!


  • Nominations for Club Awards or Brandi will hunt you down
  • August 29 District Governor Steve Arnowitz we will try to be on our best behavior
  • $10 Donation for the support of our local School Supplies effort at the next 3 meetings
RI Theme 2017-18

Upcoming Programs

Aug 22, 2017
Aug 29, 2017
Official Visit
Sep 05, 2017
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Upcoming Events

2017 Pony World Series
Aug 11, 2017 – Aug 16, 2017
Kick Off Cash Bash
Sep 09, 2017
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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International Service
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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays
Bill Mesler
August 15
John Northrop
August 19
Karen Reese
August 25
Michelle Robinson-Ritter
August 31
Philip Rush
Connie Rush
August 1
John Rodgers
Gail Rodgers
August 2
Bill Price
Susan Price
August 3
Susan Price
Bill Price
August 3
Joe Piszczor
Kate Piszczor
August 5
Dave Moore
Shirley Moore
August 7
Shirley Moore
Dave Moore
August 7
Join Date
Bill Price
August 10, 2004
13 years
Susan Priest
August 11, 1998
19 years
Joe Piszczor
August 18, 2009
8 years
Susan Price
August 19, 2003
14 years
Russell Hampton
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