March 7, 2017


NAT ROE                                                                       


$ue Prie$t                                                                                                                                                                    Dorothy Tecklenburg (led 4-Way)


Lynn Galluze (Corporate)
Dave Kemp (Shearer Heating&Cooling Member to be…Corporate Level)
Pam Slomiany from Big Brothers/Big Sisters (potential member and brave…she came back)
The Club welcomed back Nat Roe from his extended absence due to illness. Nat spoke from the heart about the true meaning of Rotary and the Family of Rotary and the gratefulness he felt for the many calls, cards and emails he has received over the past weeks.
Nat was missed by his “Family” and we think he realizes how important he is to all of us.


  • Susan Priest happy her team won “top prize” at Trivia Night but didn’t finish first…Recognized Kathy Sabol and her “team” for another great job and great fun on Friday evening.
  • Susan Price: on behalf of Susan and Brandi Butler a big HAPPY THANK YOU to all for the contributions of baskets, sponsorships and HAPPY that Brandi can now “relax and regroup.”
  • Kathy Sabol: thanked everyone who participated in any way for the success – 52 teams, GREAT 50/50, Great basket raffles and Tripp’s tip bucket! Oh yes, it worked….
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg: happy that 51 of the 52 teams played in the “spirit of fun” and that behind us now that her daughter will be working as a lab assistant at Stanford University in her field of study…a great foot in the door!
  • Bill Allison: gave $20 because he is also happy the Rotary Team led by Captain Tom Gladden finished 13th, BEST showing EVER! No ringers this year but Bill and Tom are in search of some for next year…
  • Ken Baker: asks we remember Sunday Jazz Brunch at the President’s Pub for great music and great food.
  • Bill Mesler: happy about the O-R article in Sunday’s paper “Murder in East Canonsburg”  that will continue on consecutive Sundays and written by Park Burroughs. Provided copies of the article from the Chamber of Commerce-O-R publication concerning the Washington Park Pavilion, our LATEST project to improve the Washington Area.
  • “Pay of Die”:  A seven part story, the latest research series by Park Burroughs. We are happy that Park continues his great writing and continues to be a great and vital Rotarian. Park is also going to provide articles for future Washingtonians. Remember: “Mercy Has a Human Heart”, “Enter With Torches”, “Washington County Murder and Mayhem.”


  1. Trivia Contest a great success clearing about $15,000.
  2. Tom Drewitz has developed a new website for our Club…Check it out! We need to keep taking pictures to be added to the banner.
  3. Liz Rogers in the absence of her esteemed opponent Mike Pecosh announced that sponsor sheets are to be turned in ASAP with the final weigh-in set for March 28.
  4. Board Meeting scheduled for March 21
  5. Roadside Cleanup on April 22, Earth Day
  6. President’s Recognition Picnic in the Park changed to June 6 to help accommodate the Washington Theater Group. More details to come and this will be our opportunity to invite representatives from the entities working with us to enhance/restore the main Pavilion with more specific details to come.
  7. Ready, Set, Restore a great story in the latest edition of Inside Washington County about our efforts to restore the Pavilion. Thank you to Bill for providing extra copies…let’s make it real and make it happen.

PROGRAM: Susan Priest

Susan Priest was to conduct today’s program dealing with Trivia…Rotary Trivia that is. We will forgive her due to her stellar success on Friday at Trivia Night…she forgot about gathering her Rotary wisdom for today’s program. Thinking on her feet Susan gave us a review of researching family history. Interesting stories of her experiences conducting the research about family in Massachusetts and Maine.
Thanks Susan…enjoyable and we admire your ability to take this on…the research as well as dealing with the idea of Rotary Trivia!

Some More thoughts

Park Burroughs
Susan Priest spoke at the March 7 meeting about her New England ancestry, which dates to the time of the Pilgrims and Puritans. The Pilgrims, who arrived at Plymouth, Mass., in 1620, wanted to separate themselves from the Church of England. The Puritans, who arrived about 10 years later, wanted to remain under the umbrella of the church but strived to purify it.
Following is information about the Puritans as posted on US
New England life seemed to burst with possibilities.

The life expectancy of its citizens became longer than that of Old England, and much longer than the Southern English colonies. Children were born at nearly twice the rate in Maryland and Virginia.
It is often said that New England invented grandparents, for it was here that people in great numbers first grew old enough to see their children bear children.
Literacy rates were high as well. Massachusetts law required a tax-supported school for every community that could boast 50 or more families. Puritans wanted their children to be able to read the Bible, of course.
Massachusetts  Bay Colony was a man's world. Women did not participate in town meetings and were excluded from decision making in the church. Puritan ministers furthered male supremacy in their writings and sermons. They preached that the soul had two parts, the immortal masculine half, and the mortal feminine half.
Puritan law was extremely strict; men and women were severly punished for a variety of crimes. Even a child could be put to death for cursing his parents.
It was believed that women who were pregnant with a male child had a rosy complexion and that women carrying a female child were pale. Names of women found in census reports of Massachusetts Bay include Patience, Silence, Fear, Prudence, Comfort, Hopestill, and Be Fruitful. This list reflects Puritan views on women quite clearly.
Church attendance was mandatory. Those that missed church regularly were subject to a fine. The sermon became a means of addressing town problems or concerns. The church was sometimes patrolled by a man who held a long pole. On one end was a collection of feathers to tickle the chins of old men who fell asleep. On the other was a hard wooden knob to alert children who giggled or slept. Church was serious business indeed.
The Puritans believed they were doing God's work. Hence, there was little room for compromise. Harsh punishment was inflicted on those who were seen as straying from God's work. There were cases when individuals of differing faiths were hanged in Boston Common.
Made famous by author Nathaniel Hawthorne in his book of the same name, the Scarlet Letter was a real form of punishment in Puritan society.
Adulterers might have been forced to wear a scarlet "A" if they were lucky. At least two known adulterers were executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Public whippings were commonplace. The stockade forced the humiliated guilty person to sit in the public square, while onlookers spat or laughed at them.
Puritans felt no remorse about administering punishment. They believed in Old Testament methods. Surely God's correction would be far worse to the individual than any earthly penalty.
Contrary to myth, the Puritans did have fun. There were celebrations and festivals. People sang and told stories. Children were allowed to play games with their parents' permission. Wine and beer drinking were common place. Puritans did not all dress in black as many believe. The fundamental rule was to follow God's law. Those that did lived in peace. 

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