March 3, 2020

Getting Started

The meeting began with an invocation by Susan Priest, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Brad Montgomery reported that there were 35 members in attendance. There were no guests or visiting Rotarians.


  • President Andy Goudy called on Dave Hart to come forward. Dave presented Brad Montgomery with a pin to mark his new level of Paul Harris Fellowship. Dave said that Brad is another example of someone who regularly gives a bit at a time, gradually building up to the next level. 
  • Then President Andy said that PDG Cherie Sears had stopped in at last week’s meeting but could not stay. She had been hoping to see Tom Drewitz, who was away carousing with his grandchildren and not at the meeting. She had something special for him and left it with our president. President Andy then presented Tom with a Rotary International "Avenues of Service Award" which commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian, and reinforces the importance which Rotary places on the personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities.
  • President Andy then announced that the club has lost another member. Joe Milarcic from Community Options, who just joined the club, has been transferred to Pittsburgh and will not be able to remain in the club.
  • Kathy Sabol announced that there will be 39 teams at this years Trivia Contest. She is looking for people who can meet at South Franklin Fire Hall to help with set-up on Friday at 3pm. She got several volunteers. There will be a team of Washington High School students competing, and in addition, 10 Wash Hi students will be serving as runners.
  • Susan Price announced that we can still use auction items, including gift cards. She said if anyone is suffering from too many bottles of wine, the club can use them to pair with gift cards for the auction. She will be conducting a sweep on Thursday to pick said bottles and any other items members want to donate. Let her know if you have anything.
  • Kathy Sabol said that some teams were short a few members and would welcome anyone who would like to participate.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg announced that she had a few envelopes of tickets left for members to pick up. She also said that left-over tickets will be on sale at the Trivia Contest. The deadline for returning money and stubs will be next Tuesday, March 10.
  • President Andy reminded us of the March 15th deadline for discounted tickets to this year’s RI Foundation Luncheon on March 29th at the Rivers Casino. He has been assured that the food will be improved from last year.

Happy Dollars:

  • Ken Baker was happy to announce that the Jazz Brunch this Sunday features his son, Dan Baker. He also was happy to share an opportunity to enjoy a fun evening with jazz organ by New Yorker Dave Braham, with Dan Baker and Mark Capellini, on Saturday, March 14. The program, $30 per person, $50 per couple, is being held to benefit the After-School Music Program which provides instruction for needy students. Called the Blind Tiger Speakeasy, it will be held at Nineteen North Main from 6 to 10pm. Music starts at 7pm. Tickets: 724-747-5139 or at Presidents Pub.
  • Diane Ambrose was also quite happy for a boat-load of programs coming up at Citizens Library.
    • Following the library’s sold-out Italian Language program, they will be offering French for Travelers; six Mondays starting on April 6that 6pm. There is no cost and limited class size so persons interested need to call the library soon.
    • Persons interested in the new voting machines coming this April can attend “hands-on” demonstrations on Tuesday, March 10 from 11am to 1pm or Thursday, March 19 from 6pm to 8pm.
    • There will also be an evening of poetry, Poetry on Fire, with local author Edward V. Bonner on Thursday, April 2, from 6;30 to 8pm.
  • Carol Keller was happy to thank the members of the club for always being so welcoming. She enjoys her Tuesdays with us.
  • Bill Mesler is happy to be back from a four-day trip to Las Vegas, where his 71-year-old wife acquired a tattoo. (He is the one who mentioned her age.)
  • Stefan Getzik paid a dollar to acknowledge his appearance yet again in the newspaper. He also was happy to announce his first “Dinner with the Doctor”. He will be providing dinner at Washington Brewing for up to twenty people to have a chance to share the difference that chiropractic can make in their quality of life.
  • Susan Priest was happy to see Rotarians again in the newspaper, although in the case of Stefan Getzik for a sad occasion. Stefan followed the Rotary “service above self” creed by opening his offices to the victims of the Ruschell Studio fire. Park Burroughs was also featured in the newspaper in an account of the upcoming Historical Society Banquet, where he will be inducted into the Washington County Hall of Fame. Finally, she was happy to announce that every Tuesday except one is filled until June. Thanks to everyone who has suggested programs.
  • Bill West was happy to report that in a recent visit to Southmont, he ran into Bob Hillberry, who seems to be his old self. Bob asked Bill to convey his best wishes to the club.
  • Lisa Hannum was happy to announce a GroupRaise meal opportunity. Anyone who eats at Primanti Brothers Restaurant at the Meadows on Thursday, March 12th  from 11am to 11pm will have 20% of the meal cost donated to Domestic Violence of SWPA. She was also happy to thank Diane Ambrose for offering free space at Citizens Library to Domestic Violence staff for meetings while they wait for the completion of their new office. 
  • Mike Pecosh was happy that there were no fatalities in the Ruschell Studios fire. He has used them for some time, and was surprised to learn that Mr. Ruschell is 87 years old. He then made some comment which this writer missed making some comparison to Bill Allison. He also shared that, his recent car lease having expired, he test drove a Lexus and other luxury cars before continuing tradition and leasing his third Kia.
  • Joe Piszczor said that the Whiskey Rebellion committee will be meeting tonight and he wanted to thank the club for continuing its support of the Festival. He hopes that members whose businesses and organizations have been involved will continue and that others will consider becoming involved. At which, Stefan Getzik asked how he could be involved. I think Joe just found another pair of hands.
  • Park Burroughs was happy to be in the papers “for being famous”.
  • Mary Jo Podgurski was happy to be able to thank Liz Rogers for the article on the Teen Center in a recent Observer-Reporter article. The kids liked it too, although the ones who were not in the picture were less enthusiastic. She will be starting peer educator training for this year’s theme: Respect on Line. She also shared that she received a tattoo after her breast cancer episode. She told the kids that she would be the only old lady in the nursing home with a tattoo. “No,” they said, “she would be the only COOL lady in the nursing home.
  • Tom Drewitz was happy he had time with his daughter when she had her second child: Jonathan Elias Perovich. (The Elias is for the middle name of Walt Disney. The family is a BIG fan of Disney World.) He also added that he enjoyed his other three grandchildren as well.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg was happy to share that a recent event she sold 5 St Patrick’s Day raffle tickets to a woman whose sister was on a mission trip to Kenya and had died near Bondo.
  • Rachel Lozosky was happy to learn of another Jonathan Elias. Her brother is Jonathan Elias Lozosky.
  • Mary Jo Podgurski paid another dollar to celebrate the long relationship of the Podgurski and Drewitz families. They moved in next-door in 1978. They watched each other’s children grow and now between them there are 10 grandchildren.

Program: Club Assembly

President Andy recapped actions taken by the board at their most recent meeting on February 18. They voted to give $1,500 to the Whiskey Rebellion Festival. They also voted to continue the club’s sponsorship of the Baby Book Bag program of the Literacy Council. The sponsorship is $1000.
They received a request from WEEP to provide achievement awards this year, and voted to offer 4 $25 awards.
There was a pavilion update. Electrical work is being done and should finish by mid-April. The only thing still needing to be done is the staircase. With luck, work will be finished this year, but anything not done by May will need to wait until after the summer booking season. There will be a plaque with donor’s names for anyone who donated over $200.
At this point, the president’s phone rang. Two weeks in a row, tsk, tsk.
Bill Mesler, membership chair, reported that Brandi Miller had brought in FOUR members, although one (Milarcic) has had to resign. (see announcements). We have one more prospective member who is working with his employer.
There will be a highway clean-up sometime in April.
Winner: Bill Mesler (Last week it was Bill West, are we in a Bill cycle?)
Non-Winner: Bill Price
Mr. Price led us in the 4-Way Test
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March 5
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March 17
Mary Jo Podgurski
March 24
Bob Hollick
March 1
Thomas Uram
March 4
Karen Reese
Donald Reese
March 7
Gretchen Stein
March 22
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Rich Podgurski
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March 24
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Bob Hillberry
March 1, 1983
37 years
Thomas Northrop
March 1, 1990
30 years
Rachel Lozosky
March 24, 2009
11 years
Brandi Miller
March 31, 2015
5 years
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