February 28, 2017


Mike Pecosh

Rotary guests:

Joann Naser, guest of Tom Northrop
Lynn Manning, guest of Joe Manning


Joe Marzullo - winner
?? No one admitted to being the loser!


  • Dave Hart happy about Fat Tuesday pancake dinner at his church tonight
  • Sue Priest equally happy about Fat Tuesday pancake dinner at her church tonight and also shared about the origin of Fat Tuesday. Also happy for the start of March tomorrow.
  • Erin Jones happy about the student theater production at W&J, Winter Tales Event, being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Olin Fine Arts. Plus, Erin wrote one of the tales.
  • Phil Rush happy to give a plug to Moen faucet for replacing his old kitchen faucet free of charge.
  • Joe Marsh happy to speak with Nat Roe and encourages everyone to give him a quick phone call.
  • Kathy Sabol happy her sister, Michelle, has been chosen as one of 10 designers to participate in Carnegie Museum of Art Material Worlds Fashion Show at the Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh on March 24.
  • Diane Ambrose happy for the kind thoughts, words and donations in support of Citizens Library and for the Observer-Reporter’s reporting and editorials on the library.
  • Todd Day happy because he likely will see Lynn Manning at Dairy Queen 'cause it’s Fat Tuesday.
  • Mary Jo Podgurski happy to share the news that her son and daughter-in-law are expecting their first child.
  • Bill Mesler happy to have the occasion to spend time this past weekend with Tom Drewitz, who is “living life” at WLU.


President Joe Piszczor said it was “good to see Tim Warco and Todd Day back.”
He also said Rotary T-shirts were on the way but would not be ready for Friday’s Trivia Night. 
Kathy Sabol gave update on Trivia Night: 
  • Anticipated net from event is $10,000
  • 53 teams will play, which reflects a 43 percent increase in the number of teams from last year;
  • Nearly $5,000 in sponsorships;
  • 3 VIP teams paid extra for early admission at 5:30 p.m. and their choice of seating;
  • 106 Mmm Mmm pizzas will be consumed 
  • Volunteers will begin setting up at South Franklin Fire Hall at 2 p.m. Friday;
  • Volunteers working that evening should arrive by 5 p.m.
  • Doors open to players (other than VIP) at 6 p.m.; contest kicks off at 7 p.m.
  • Brandi Butler is still accepting basket donations.
Mike Pecosh gave an update on the Rotary Weight Loss Challenge, urging participants to turn in their donation forms by next week, and also encouraged Liz Rogers’ team to indulge on beer and cake today for Fat Tuesday. 
Contest ends with final weigh-in at the March 28 meeting. Undersecretary of weights and measures will be Bill Mesler, who accepted a vow of silence on participants’ weights.

Dates to remember:

  • June 2-4, district Rotary conference at Mt. Summit Inn, Uniontown
  • June 14 - Meeting at Pavilion in Washington Park, in lieu of Presidents Night
  • Sept. 9 - Community tailgate at pavilion in downtown Washington (more info to come)

Guest Speaker: Joann Naser

Joann Naser, director of development for TRIPIL: Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living.
A former Rotarian, Joann explained that the organization provides independent living services to assist and promote people with disabilities live the lives they choose in the places they choose. She also gave an update on the construction project at the former YWCA building on Maiden Street that will eventually become TRIPIL’s new home.
Last year, TRIPIL served nearly 3,000 people. Upcoming TRIPIL events include a 5K race on April 29 at South Strabane Township Community Park on Floral Hill Drive and a golf outing Oct. 2 at Lone Pine Country Club. 

The Old Y.W.C.A.

Park Burroughs
Joann Naser, director of development for Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living, spoke to Rotarians Tuesday about progress in construction of the organization’s new home – the old Y.W.C.A. building on West Maiden Street. Bids for Phase 1 construction are to be opened March 3.
Many club members remember when that formidable building was used by the Y, but none is old enough to remember when it first opened for that purpose. So, a little history lesson is in order…
In 1908, Jane Hobbs and Etta Reed decided a Y.W.C.A. chapter in Washington would be a good idea, and through their efforts a charter was secured. The association began meeting in the James Watson residence at 42 West Maiden Street in 1920. The house was where the present building now stands and was the childhood home of Mrs. A.G. Happer, who helped the organization acquire the property for construction of its new headquarters.
Efforts to raise $50,000 for the building were successful and ground was broken in September 1928. The Y moved its operations to the William Henry Hotel (above the present day Union Grill) during construction. On May 26, 1929, the cornerstone was laid during a ceremony attended by one of its founders, Etta Reed Mowry.
The building, designed by architect R. Garey Dickson, was dedicated on Oct. 27, 1929, an affair followed by a full week of activities that included concerts, plays, dances and a mass meeting of members of Washington’s churches. Each day of the week-long celebration had a special designation. There was Church Day, and Education Day, and World Peace Day, on which men, especially, were invited to tour the facility.
Saturday was “Community Center Day,” which requires and explanation. The Community Center was on Lincoln Street, and the “community” was the black population of Washington. It is where just over 100 African-American girls would engage in extra-curricular activities, because the Y.W. and its new building were not yet for them.
In 1929, Washington was very much a segregated society. But while black folks were excluded, separated and discriminated against, people with disabilities were virtually invisible, almost all being confined in institutions.
Much has changed in these past 88 years. But as far as we have come, there is still so much farther to go. 

You gotta love Rotarians...

Thanks to Liz Rogers, Park Burroughs and Brandi Butler who all took notes of this meeting when they realized that Bill and Susan Price were not at their normal posts.
Also...Park Burroughs has offered to provide some stories for The Washingtonian. His input will make this more interesting and fun! 
Thanks for the help!

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