Susan Priest       


Mike Pecosh


Mario Marini of Thiel College guest of Gist Wylie
Dr. Bob East guest of Angeline East
Dr. Judith Kirkpatrick representing Dr. Knapp, President  of W&J
Educational Psych Class from W&J guests of Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski


President Bill had some things to say today!
  1. Thank you received from the Dictionary Project and the company that provides the dictionaries also notifying us that to date the Rotary Club of Washington has donated $1800 to the Project and has distributed 9,720 books to our local 3rdgraders.
  2. Saturday NOVEMBER 3 is the roadside clean-up and volunteers are needed. Breakfast at Denny’s at 8:00am and then to the Park ‘n Ride at Jessop Place for 9:00. Contact Andy Goudy or just show up.
  3. NOVEMBER 5 is the deadline to register for the District Foundation Celebration. You can register on line. The party is being held at Nemacolin CC in Beallsville and is a Caribbean theme….dress the theme. NO black ties and cocktail dresses this year!! The date for the Celebration NOVEMBER 10.
  4. NOVEMBER 6 special presentation of $200,000 check for the Community Pavilion project from the Local Shares Account. Special guests including the County Commissioners, Washington Mayor, Director of County Tourism. It is Election Day but it is a special day for Rotary!
  5. NOVEMBER 8 orders due for the C-H-S Rotary Pie Sale and the next meeting is the last chance to order.
  6. NOVEMBER 13 is the Joint Service Committee Awards Luncheon with the Zonta Club organizing it. This will be held in the ballroom.

PROGRAM: Rotary Club of Washington “Avenues of Service”

Awards luncheon was today’s program and we all extend a very special thank-you to Nan Sninsky for organizing the project from nominations to the celebration. 
President  Bill announced that there are two other Avenues of Service in Rotary:
  • CLUB SERVICE will honor one of our own in June at our President’s Night and
  • NEW GENERATIONS which needs to be developed within our Club during this coming year.


Mary Jo Podgurski introduced Dr. James M. Longo, professor and chair of the Department of Education at W&J as this year’s recipient. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Dr. Longo is recognized for his special talents in research, writing and teaching, creating the inclusive classroom, theory of multiple intelligences and the important role of women in the classroom. With Dr. Longo today was his wife, MaryJo Harwood sharing in his honor.


John Hopper introduced Michael “MJ” Markley as this year’s recipient and the awarding of a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow to the Rotary Foundation. MJ was active in forming the coalition to fight the opioid epidemic now known as “Washington County Fight Against Heroin” to inform the community of the scope, costs and number of deaths attributed to this pandemic. MJ also launched the Harmon Life Center, a recovery center, in the City of Washington. Mike had as his guest, Michele Smith, his Mother who has encouraged him to launch this initiative.


Angeline East introduced Buba Misawa, a professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at W&J. As President of Western Pennsylvania Africa foundation he has organized the foundation to serve the needs of West African countries. The group supports local community services, provides books, medical supplies and funds scholarships and educational programs to West African citizens. With Dr. Buba today were fellow professors Drs.Bob Dodge and Joe DiSaro of the Political Science Department.
Dr. Buba feels a true connection to the Rotary Club of Washington for helping him with his projects especially providing shoes to be shipped to West Africa as well as articles of clothing.

HAPPY $$$$$$:

  • John Tecklenburg happy to have had dinner with two former Presidents, Jefferson and Madison along with Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin. It is obvious these were character actors and NOT the real people although the gentlemen were dressed in the era and they enjoyed the Union Grille for dinner and meeting and greeting fellow guests at the Grille.
  • Karen Reese happy dollars to honor today’s recipients. The Community Service Award is named for Karen’s Dad, Roy Gillespie a former Rotary President and Past District Governor.
  • Susan Priest attests to the fact that cataract surgery is painless and wonderful and she can now see when she wakes up in the morning! 
  • Dr. Buba happy for his award and he recognized both Andy Uram and John Northrop for their International work.
  • Jim Uram not so happy today but found a $$$ for the Breeder’s Cup and he is leaving to go to Kentucky for the weekend to celebrate this racing event.
  • Nan Sninsky just happy this all came together and to thank the attendees and the Rotarians who helped her to “pull it off”.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg happily announced that at One Rotary Summit all of the Washington Rotarians in attendance agreed Andy Uram was an inspiration to all of us.
  • Dr.Kirkpatrick happy to be representing President Knapp and happy that Dr. Buba and Dr. Longo are being recognized.
  • Mary Jo Podgurski $15 Happy Dollar$ for her 7 students here for the program and for lunch; $3 for the awardees and for Ken Baker for going with her to take 41 kids to see the movie “Hate You Give” and she recommends that we all see it.
  • Ken Baker told us Mary Jo stole his thunder but he feels the movie “Hate You Give” has not been advertised as much as it should be and he suggests all go to see it.
  • John Hopper happy for MJ receiving the award and for Michele Smith being able to be here for MJ and it’s amazing she has no gray hair!
  • Angeline East thanks Bob for being here today and that their son is finally moving out of the house and very HAPPY to be celebrating her Birthday today with all of the Club.
****Wednesday AM: All went well for Tom Gladden and he is resting well at Washington Hospital. We hear he has a good nurse!
Washington Rotary
We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
W & J College, The Commons
60 S. Lincoln St.
Washington, PA  15301
United States
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Upcoming Programs

Nov 06, 2018
Patriot's Pavillion and Military Support Activities
Nov 13, 2018
Joint Service Club Luncheon
Nov 20, 2018
Club Assembly
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Upcoming Events

Dictionaries for Children
Sep 17, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018
Foundation Celebration
Nov 10, 2018 6:00 PM

Executives & Directors

Vice President
Club Service
Assistant Treasurer
International Service
Vocational Service
Community Service
New Generations
Assistant Secretary
Public Relations

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays
Dave Moore
October 9
Bob Wicker
October 28
Thomas Northrop
October 29
Nan Sninsky
October 7
Justin Dandoy
Correy Dandoy
October 10
Erin Jones
Mike Jones
October 17
Warren Lemley
Sherri Lemley
October 18
Christy Rowing
Allen Rowing
October 19
Join Date
Dave Moore
October 1, 1996
22 years
Shirley Moore
October 1, 1996
22 years
Mary Jo Podgurski
October 11, 2005
13 years
Betsy West
October 13, 2015
3 years
Bill West
October 13, 2015
3 years
Rich Podgurski
October 19, 2010
8 years
Philip Rush
October 22, 2002
16 years
Bob Wicker
October 26, 1999
19 years
Russell Hampton
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