February 7, 2017


The Rotary Club of Washington reinstated the Fireside Chat on February 8 at the LIBERTY POLE DISTILLERY. The gathering of 30 Rotarians and friends began at 5:30 and the chat/conversation was led by PDG Tom Drewitz.

The focus of the chat was to reinforce the goals of Rotary in the world and community as well as to introduce Rotary to some non-members.

Ellen Hough (Washington Rotarian) and her husband Jim hosted the event and provided liquid refreshments aptly mixed and served by their sons! Angelo’s Restaurant helped us out with a great assortment of foods to be enjoyed with the drinks.

Members of the Charleroi, California, Waynesburg and Bethel Park/Upper St. Clair Clubs also attended. 

Everyone learned something this evening and thank you all for your attendance in spite of the ominous weather forecast!

Thanks to Susan and Bill Price for making the arrangements and organization.

President Joe Piszczor with District Governor Nominee Cherie Sears and District Governor-elect Steve Arnowitz

Fireside Chat at the Liberty Pole Distillery 


Dave Hart                  


Dorothy Tecklenburg (winner)

Susan Priest (sorry)


Lynn Galluze (Corporate): Christy Bean Rowing

Melana Nick  guest of Mary Jo Podgurski

HAPPY  $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Susan Priest: finally got that file cabinet cleared out

Dorothy Tecklenburg: happy to promote the Lemoyne Community Center Black History Month celebration on February 28 from 5:30 to 6:30. The children are sharing their art work, presentations and showing their DNA testing results. Dorothy encouraged all to take the time to attend and support these programs.

Mary Jo Podgurski: also supporting the Lemoyne Center programs and the student participation in Black History Day with their winning essays.

Melana Nick: happy for her son and daughter’s participation in the Cub Scout Derby and their Winning Results!

Susan Price: happy to finally be a super bowl winner….not a bad return on investment!

Tom Drewitz: had a great weekend in D.C. with family and of course his granddaughter.

Mike Pecosh: happy to speak up at the “back table” (second one to have courage).

Phil Rush: happy to be back and feeling well and noted he is looking for a Rotary Biggest Weight Gain contest. Anyone know of one???

Jim Uram: will pick up clothing for veterans next Tuesday at the Doubletree, Jim will pull under the main portico and load up his car there….let’s help those Vets with anything we feel is usable. Thanks Jim.

Phil Morrow: happy his granddaughter turned 18 and was accepted at Kent State…a weekend of happiness!

Karen Reese: happy that her husband’s granddaughter had a baby boy. So what does that make Karen?? Way too young to be called Great Grammie but we bet she is! Congratualtions!!!

Ken Baker: always happy to promote the music and Jazz Society having a program on Sunday, February 12 at Trinity High School at 3:00 pm and prior to the WSO the society Jazz Brunch from 1:30 to 2:30 at the President’s Pub. On March 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 there will be another Jazz Brunch at the President’s Pub.

It is amazing the musical talent that exists in  Washington … all voluntary and not professional musicians….


  • Mike Pecosh announced the team members for his Weight Loss Team and Liz Rogers’ Team. Let the fun begin and PLEASE let’s “fight nice”.
  • China Little Flower Lottery February 8, 9, and 10. Thank you for your support and GOOD JOB Diane Ambrose and John Tecklenburg.
  • February 14 Meeting at the Doubletree and we will host Jennifer Jones, Rotary International Vice-President.

We expect members of other area clubs to be represented and encourage everyone to attend. If you are attending please email Susan Price for your reservation (susan.sprice@gmail.com). NO MEETING AT W&J.

  • Board Meeting following the February 21st Meeting.
  • Trivia Night on March 3; more details and contact Kathy Sabol….Trivia GuRu!

Dave Hart recognized Joe Marsh for reaching another level of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Dave also gave explanation of “Recognition Points” and how members may use them. More details later.

PROGRAM: breeding birds of Pennsylvania

Our speaker was Roy Ickes, retired Professor from W&J, and Roy spoke about the five top breeding birds of Pennsylvania. Roy also spoke in detail about the birds you find in Washington County. This was a very interesting and informative program. There were discussion questions from the members and perhaps this was the beginning of “birding” among the members.

Thank you Roy and perhaps you will be able to return with more time….Local talent and recognized as one of the top ornithologists in the area.


Upcoming Programs

Feb 14, 2017
Feb 21, 2017
Big Brother/Sister
Feb 28, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
Rotary Trivia
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Incubator Project
Mar 28, 2017
WNJR - History of radio
Apr 04, 2017
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Erin Jones
February 23
Join Date
Bill Allison
February 1, 1979
38 years
James Uram
February 1, 1987
30 years
Kenneth Baker
February 1, 1976
41 years
Ellen Hough
February 9, 2016
1 year
Tripp Kline
February 10, 2004
13 years
Lisa Moore
February 17, 2009
8 years
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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