JUNE 5, 2018

We Care -  Solar Suitcase

This year's District Project will be to provide a life-saving aid to communities that have little or unreliable electrical service.
The We Care Solar Suitcase® is an economical, easy-to-use portable power unit that provides health workers with highly efficient medical lighting and power for mobile communication, laptop computers and small medical devices. 
The We Care Solar Suitcase was originally designed to support timely and efficient emergency obstetric care, but can be used in a range of medical and humanitarian settings.
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Bill West  


Ken Baker a WINNER
Phil Rush…sorry!


None today which is rare

President's Night/100th Anniversary

Looking forward to seeing all at the Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, June 12 at 5:45 pm at the Doubletree on Racetrack Rd. We will convene in the Ballroom on the lower level….park at the lower side close to Racetrack Road!


 1. Bill Price announced the District Conference campaign to Strike Out Polio Day at PNC Park is on July 7 with the Cracker Jack and flyers on the tables. Tickets can be ordered using the information on the flyers, Outfield Box and Infield Grandstand at: Each ticket sold means a $5.00 donation goes to help Strike Out Polio. This information will be available each week until the event.
2. Dave Hart distributed Foundation Pledge forms as the Water Filter ends and the Solar Suitcase program (see above)  begins for clinics and field hospitals in Uganda and Tanzania as we partner with District 9211. An individual contribution of $120 and a Club donation of $1000 will help meet the goals of the Districts.
3. PONY Baseball is fast approaching and Jim Uram has volunteered to chair the event. Volunteers will be needed to stay tuned to this need, always a fun event and a great way to help to publicize some of what Rotary does in the community.
4. President Rich gave an update on the Pavilion Project with the rafters being repaired at the next phase.
5. June 7 is Rotary Day at the Farmer’s Market so drop by and help to spread the Rotary word.

HAPPY $$$$$$

  • John Tecklenburg fired the 1stshot for the Whiskey Festival on July 508. He will be seeking Rotarians to volunteer. See John before he sees you!!! Voted BEST EVENT in Washington and Greene Counties.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg happy the China décor was well attended at District Conference
  • Susan Price happy the Conference has ended and also welcomes JOE MANNING back to the Club meeting and congratulated Brandi Butler Miller and Happy Birthday to Bill West who shares a birthday…June 4!
  • MaryJo Podgurski Congratulations to  Karen Reese on the ZONTA Award for non-profit service; Brandi on her very recent marriage and for the Washington High School Awards Assembly and also for the District Conference experience.
  • Tripp Kline being the optimist says “it will be all over in 30 days”
  • Kathy Sabol promotes the HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) dinner on June8 from 5 to 7 at W&J. Volunteers needed in professional classifications and our Club is going to sponsor the Ice Cream Social after dinner. Want to join the Bar Association on a cultural trip to Cuba? See Kathy….
  • Susan Priest happy to be headed to Emerald Valley for REAL ice cream!!
  • Joe Piszczor happy and PROUD to be a member of the Washington Club and happy for Joe Manning  to be with us today and Brandi Butler (Miller)  on her recent marriage!
  • Bill Mesler happy for Joe Manning to be here today and for Rachel Gladden being honored at the Whiskey Dinner and for representing our Club at the Washington 7thGrade Awards Program….great day and great award recipients
  • Diane Ambrose happy to be promoting ”Summer Sampler” at the Library on June 15.
  • John Quale happy for his new Rotary shirt and for the return of Joe.
  • Ken Baker happy to promote the Jazz Brunch at the Presidents Pub on Sunday for great music and great food!
  • Rich Podgurski happy to have returned from Harrisburg but especially happy for the strength of our Club displayed at the District Conference over the weekend.


The Club received the following awards:
            Governor’s Crystal Citation
for all the Club accomplishments throughout the  year
Golden Quill Award
for our weekly newsletter
Unsung Hero Awards:
for those who work hard behind the scenes without recognition:
  1. Joe Manning for Community Service
  2. Brandi Butler for Club Service
  3. Dave Moore for Club Service and keeping us all ‘in line”
  4.  Dave Hart for Club Service and keeping us all giving to the Foundation.
The Hospitality Suite sponsored by the Washington Rotary Club was a great success, a GREAT SUCCESS. Thanks to Dorothy and John Tecklenburg for bringing China to the District C onference….standing room only from beginning to end!
House of Friendship the Washington Rotary Club sponsored a CORK PULL, hosted by Susan and Bill Price. Everyone who paid $10 pulled a wine cork, matched that number to a numbered bottle and everyone won a bottle of wine!! We raised $680 to be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation AND the Rotary Foundation which will be 3 xs $680 to END POLIO NOW! That is a total of $2040 and Thanks to all who donated a bottle of wine!!

PROGRAM:  Mary JO Podgurski 

Mary JO Podgurski honored her Dad, her PaPa, for Father’s Day by explaining how he influenced her growing up. MJ explained that he was a “big dude” wiith a large spirit. Dad came to America at age 14, self-taught and influenced all who came in contact with him. Passed at age 96 and was always wise beyond his years. PaPa taught MJ that “all people are worthy”. What a great influence that is reflected in all MaryJo does in her work to help others.
Nat Roe Update:  Nat has settled in at Southminster Place Room 308. If you can visit him just for a few minutes he will be so grateful but if you can’t send him a card or a note. Nat is one of us and has been for over 50 years!! 

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Farmer's Market
Jun 26, 2018
Get to Know a Rotarian
Jul 03, 2018
This Rotary Year
Jul 10, 2018
District Governor's Visit
Jul 31, 2018
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the 100th Anniversary Celebration and President's
Jun 12, 2018

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Bill West
June 4
Susan Price
June 4
Lars Lange
June 5
Susan Priest
June 11
David Hart
June 15
Nan Sninsky
June 17
Mike Pecosh
June 23
Brandi Miller
Shane Miller
June 1
Thomas Steele
Laurel Steele
June 3
Liz Rogers
Nick Rogers
June 4
David Hart
June 20
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June 1, 1993
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