December 3, 2019

Getting Started

President Andy called the meeting to order and asked Dave Hart to give the invocation.
AG Brad Montgomery gave the attendance: 32 members and 1 visiting Rotarian: Ulli Lange from the Paonia, Colorado, Rotary Club


  • President Andy reminded us that next week is our Christmas Party, 5pm at Lone Pine Golf Course. There will be no noon meeting next week.
  • President Andy shared a letter of thanks from The Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Rotarian Brandi Miller wrote to thank the club for its donation of 250 dictionaries for use in the English as a Second Language program.
  • Diane Ambrose announced that today was the last day we could register for the Christmas Party.
  • Jim Uram announced that there would be free happy dollars (happy undollars?) at the Christmas Party, and also a 50/50. He had a board for members to sign up for a square for the Super Bowl pool. Only $50 a square and the charge can be added to your quarterly statement. You can sign up with Jim, Bill West, John Quayle, or Dave Moore.
  • Jim also announced the date and time for the annual Uram Christmas Open House. It will be from 4 to 7 on Sunday, December 29th at the Uram home, 60 Wilmont Avenue. Plan to make time for this great annual event. 
  • President Andy reminded us that this Friday is the annual Christmas Parade. If you have not signed up to help set-up the parade, why not come downtown to enjoy it as a spectator. 

Happy Dollars

  • Ken Baker was happy to promote the Washington Jazz Society Holiday Party on Sunday, December 8. It will be at Presidents Hall (19 North Main St. formerly the ‘Big Room’) across from President’s Pub. A luscious buffet with Chicken Marsala, Atlantic Salmon and Prime Rib, plus salads, vegetables and homemade desserts. Cost is $35 a person and the reservation deadline is Thursday, December 5. Contact Ken for more info.
  • Tom Uram was happy to have caught Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, on TV. He was talking about Operation Christmas Child and the hundreds of thousands of boxes now being prepared for shipment overseas. It made Tom happy to know that our club had made a contribution to the stream of boxes.
  • Bill Mesler gave 5 happy dollars. Today they received the promised video of his son’s talk to CMU, which he has been sharing about with us.
  • Susan Price: Happy that, thanks to the urging of her husband, they now have the Christmas decorations up all over the house. Only the outside is left to do. And this was done after driving back from Thanksgiving in St Louis.
  • Bill Price was happy to share a call he had from Tom Drewitz. Tom happened to turn on the TV Saturday just as the Rotary float in the Pittsburgh Christmas Parade was appearing. Tom ended up watching to the end. Bill reminded us that RI has a float in the Rose Parade this year.
  • Susan Priest was happy for:
    • 1. Bill Mesler getting his staff to design a great ad for the Washington Festival Chorale program. To see it, buy a ticket and attend the concert.
    • 2. For the upcoming program later in the meeting when she would be singing.
    • 3. For two inspiring stories in Sunday’s Observer Reporter. On the front page was the story of Dave, a Haitian who build a school in his home village in Haiti and was so popular that local politicians put out a hit on him. He is in the US on a refugee visa and working hard with the Literacy Council to learn English. He plans to return to his home village to continue to improve life there, and while here is doing a great deal of good. Read the article for the whole story. The second story involved two young brothers in Canonsburg who have started two businesses. The story of their entrepreneurial drive is also worth a read to raise your hopes for young people today.
  • Brandi Miller was happy for the article on David mentioned by Susan Priest and grateful to the O-R for publishing it.
  • Mike Pecosh was happy to be back from a great trip to Ireland. He kissed the Blarney Stone (a bit redundantly), and drove a right-hand drive car on the left side of the road without getting a ding on the rental car.

Program: The Washington Festival Chorale

The Washington Festival Chorale gave a sampler of its upcoming concert, and led members in a group sing of several carols.  
Tickets for the full concert are available at Citizens Library.
Concert dates and times:
7:00pm Saturday, December 14 at Faith United Presbyterian Church on East Beau Street
7:00pm Sunday, December 15 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in McMurray on Route 19, opposite Eat’n Park


Winner: Andy Goudy
Non-Winner: Jim Uram
Jim led us in the 4-way test.
Washington Rotary
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Washington Festival Chorale
Dec 10, 2019
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