November 26, 2019

Getting Started

President Andy called the meeting to order and asked Betsy West to give the invocation.
Brad Montgomery gave the attendance: 28 members and 1 visiting Rotarian: Ulli Lange from the Paonia, Colorado, club

District News

The 2022-23 District 7305 Nominating Committee, chaired by PDG Steve Arnowitz of the Charleroi Rotary Club, has selected Marie Fallon of Pittsburgh East Rotary Club as District Governor Nominee Designate. 
Please join me in thanking those who served on the Nominating Committee and those who were willing to be considered for nomination.  The Nomination Committee was comprised of the following: 
Bill Neely (North Boroughs
Robin Zoufalik (Pittsburgh)
Al Filstrup (Fox Chapel)
Chuck DeSabato (Monroeville)
Bryan Rabbitt (Conemaugh Twp.)
Brad Montgomery (Washington)
Mark Barnhart (Greensburg)
Gerald Browell (Connellsville)
In Rotary Service,
Jim Hahn
District Governor
Rotary District 7305


  • President Andy asked Dave Hart to come to the podium. Dave called Phil Rush to come forward and receive a Paul Harris plus pin. He commended Phil for giving a bit every quarter and having it quietly build up to this new level.
  • President Andy shared a letter of thanks from Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Rotarian Lisa Hannum wrote to thank the club for its donation of $500 for a bronze sponsorship of the organization’s annual dinner.
  • President Andy then shared a bundle of thank you letters from third-graders who had received dictionaries earlier this year. He then circulated them so that we could all have a chance to read some of the thanks.
  • Diane Ambrose announced that she was circulating a sign-up sheet for the Christmas Party. We need to get the numbers in by next week, so if you have NOT let her know about attending, she needs to know by next meeting. Sign up! Who wants to miss Mike Pecosh’s invocation?
  • Jim Uram asked for a few fellow Rotarians to help him work on the logistics of the Super Bowl fund-raiser. Dave Hart and Andrew Goudy stepped up to assist. Expect the board at next week’s meeting.
  • President Andy then reminded the club that we will meet in the ballroom next week for our annual program from members of the Washington Festival Chorale. 
  • Dave Hart, who had been reading some of the Dictionary Project thank-you letters, shared that one recipient mentioned that his Dad remembered receiving a dictionary!

Happy Dollars

  • Susan Priest was happy for such a beautiful day, enjoy it while we can, also looking forward to SINGING at the meeting next week. She doesn’t get to sing at Rotary nearly enough. She also added a confession dollar: While reading last week’s newsletter, which she had typed, she discovered several mistakes. In one case the word ‘has’ had become ‘as’. She promises to double check from now on, but wonders if her new laptop is really to blame.
  • Phil Rush was happy to receive his new Paul Harris pin.
  • Brandy Miller was happy that the Literacy Council had finished its work on a Christmas Tree at Chicco Baccello. It is part of the festival of trees in downtown Washington. Persons have a chance to vote for the best tree (obviously the Literacy Council entrant) until December 23. Vote early and often.
  • Betsy West was happy that the Main Street Farmers Market won in the O-R 2019 Best of the Best. She shared that her 6-year-old grand-son had predicted that they would win: “because they have things for kids.” Betsy forecast that next year there would be even more.
  • Bill Allison was happy that Duck would start on Sunday. (And this ignorant writer at first thought he was talking about a duck hunting season. Bad writer.)
  • Ulli Lange was happy that he left Denver BEFORE the 14 inches of snow struck. No delays in his travel to Pennsylvania.
  • John Hopper, who has been suffering from a bad ankle, was happy that he made it to the meeting from Main Street without hobbling. He was also happy that he did not have to pay for any confessions, since that would put a strain on his wallet.
  • Karen Reese was happy that she and her husband Don were able to attend the Penguins game last night, and brought home a win.
  • Joe Manning was happy for Thanksgiving, his favorite holiday, uniquely American, balancing religious and secular elements. No stress, just football and food. He also shared that he found the third graders letters to be inspiring.
  • Bill Mesler was happy that for the first time in a while, they were hosting the family Thanksgiving this year. (several women expressed a wish to know if Sandy was of the same mind.) He was also happy that his son’s presentation at CMU, which he spoke about last week, was well received, and he will be getting a transcript of the talk.
  • Rachel Lozosky gave 3 happy dollars to celebrate the third year in a row that Peacock, Keller received the Best of the Best award for a law firm.

Program: Club Assembly

President Andy said that everything is in place to complete 2019. At our meeting on December 17, the club will be presented with a slate of officers for the 2020-2021 year. He remarked that his year as President was half over already, and that he continued to learn more about the club and its members every week. If any member is interested in serving, or has an idea of someone who would be a good candidate for additional service to the club, let him know. We are especially in need of a membership chair. 
He gave a reminder about the Christmas Parade on December 6. Members who have volunteered should assemble at the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot at 5:30. He thought the club should suggest Andy Uram for grand marshal. Jim Uram said that his father was already in the parade as a veteran.
He asked Susan Priest to share a board action. She first offered members who were not computer-friendly a chance to report on paper their volunteer hours. This is important for club recognition and meeting District and RI targets.
Susan then shared that in the past the club has paid for the meals of all the singers who come for the special Christmas music program. This costs the club over $200. She checked with the Chorale members, and they said that rather than a meal, the Chorale could use that money to meet its needs. At the November board meeting, Susan presented a proposal that instead of feeding the singers, (and it is harder to sing on a full stomach anyway), that the club make a contribution to the Chorale. The board voted to make a $200 contribution. This amount allows the club to have an advertisement in the concert program, and also to be listed as sponsors at the gold or silver level, depending on the size of the ad. She needed someone who could prepare camera-ready copy for an ad. This needs to be ready by Monday. Bill Mesler said he could have it ready by Monday afternoon. Susan will check, and if this is too late for press, the club will be listed as a platinum sponsor.


Winner: Susan Priest
Non-Winner: Dave Hart

Rotary Cleanup!!

Dave led us in the 4-way test.
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