October 15, 2019


Rotary International has alerted us to take care when using photographs in print and digital platforms. A signed release is required for anyone who is recognizable and if the subject is a child, the release must be signed by a parent or guardian.
We are not too concerned with photos taken of adults who know they are being photographed, but we need to be carefuul with children.
So...if you take  a picture while handinding out dictionaries...take it from the rear of the room showing the backs of the children and the faces of the adult presenters.

Getting Started

President Andy called the meeting to order and asked Dave Hart to give the invocation.
David Hart then called John Tecklenburg up to receive a Paul Harris+ pin, and President Andy shared that 43 current members are Paul Harris Fellows.
David Hart put in a plug for regular Foundation giving, saying he was always receptive to receiving money. He shared the story of his grandparents who relocated to a corn crib in 1918 as they made improvements to their small dwelling. During that time, Dave’s mother’s sister developed polio, from which she mostly recovered, although due to Post Polio Syndrome, she has not been free of the effects throughout her life. He urged members to read the article in the latest issue of The Rotarian, which has first-hand accounts of five survivors of polio.
Brad Montgomery reported the attendance: 30 members and two guests, Erin Jones brought Jay Helmer, and Lisa Hannum brought our speaker, Allison Weakland.


  • Angeline East reported that the dictionaries continue to be delivered, and thanked the members who have done so thus far. She again circulated the sign-up sheet for the remaining schools.
  • Brandi Miller reminded members that the Awards Luncheon will be in two week’s time, October 29, in the ballroom.
  • Susan Priest gave a confession dollar, as she forgot to bring the Operation Christmas Child cards. If any member has not picked up a care, she urges them to call her (724-222-3184) and get an assignment.

Happy Dollars

  • Andy Goudy was happy that the Steelers prevailed with a third string quarterback.
  • John Tecklenburg was very happy to see by a sign in the lobby that Washington and Jefferson will be participating in the Christmas Parade this year. They are having a contest for the design of the parade entry.
  • Susan Price was happy that it was such a lovely day, and for the new signage in front of the building. She has taken a picture and will provide it to Tom Drewitz. She expects him to feature it in The Washingtonian.
  • Tom Drewitz was happy to inform us that the first temperance organization was called The Washingtonian
  • Erin Jones was happy to introduce Jay Helmer, who is now the coordinator of campus engagement with the community, the position held by former Rotarian Jason Dandoy.
  • Jay Helmer was happy for his new job here at W&J, as his grandfather was a student here until WWII interrupted his studies. He feels this gives him a link to the college, and he will be living on campus.
  • Brandi Miller was happy and sad. Happy for the success of the first Scholar’s Bowl, netting the Literacy Council over $8000. Sad that her husband reinjured his meniscus and they had to cancel their honeymoon trip. Fortunately, she had purchased insurance, so the money will be there when they can finally get away.
  • Brian Gorman was happy that his son Sam had gotten his first touchdown in flag football. (Caught it on his head. Possible hint to the Steelers on how to do it right.)
  • Susan Price confessed that she loved to read about sports, and enjoys Kevin Gorman’s column in the Tribune-Review. She believes he should start including the exploits of his nephew Sam.
  • Bill Allison (on John Rodger’s dollar) was happy to report that he and John had recently visited Bill Speakman, who is still in rehab dealing with a stubborn knee, but who is maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Shirley Moore said she and Dave Moore were happy to see Tom Gladden back.
  • Susan Priest was happy that the Friends of the Library team won second place at the Scholar’s Bowl, regretting that the team’s lack of agreement on the ingredients of the “Sex on the Beach” cocktail kept them from first place.
  • Lisa Hannum was happy Jay Helmar and looks forward to coordinating with student volunteers. She was also happy for Brandi Miller, who delivered a basket for the Domestic Violence Dinner, and celebrated her positive attitude in regards to the honeymoon setback.

Program: Domestic Violence Services

Susan Price introduced Lisa Hannum, who introduced our speaker, Allison Weakland. She reminded us that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and said she appreciates Rotarians’ support. Allison is a Counselor/Advocate for DV of SWPA. As a theater major, she insisted she could speak without the microphone, and did so.
DV maintains two safe homes, one in Washington and one in Uniontown. However, there far more in need of services than the small number who can be accommodated in these houses. The agency is working to make services accessible, and also to make people aware of the existence of services.
Counseling is avail both in groups and one on one. In Washington several groups meet at the Harmony Life Center, which has provided the space to DV. Allison makes a point  of arriving early, intersecting with the various support groups which meet there, in order to provide visibility of services. 
There are also two half-way houses where counseling is available twice a month, both group sessions and one on one counseling.
She also conducts a 6-week course at the County Jail, Domestic Violence 101, and also does counseling.
She has often heard, “I wish I would have known about you.” And “I didn’t know how to contact you.” Education and community visibility are keys.
What about abusers? The agency is victim oriented, but give recommendations to Pennsylvania Health Professionals. They want to avoid conflicts of interests. Judge DeSalle has established protocols for abusers, including referrals for appropriate intervention. Our own Mike Pecosh is completing the process to be a recommended worker. It is important to understand that Anger Management is not a solution. Abuse is about power and control.
The agency is also involved in putting itself out of business by proactively engaging with young people to attempt to break the cycle, what children see and learn from their home environments can be toxic. They have a young man who is employed to work with other staff to advance prevention education.
The agency has several 4 week programs for different age groups. K-5 receive a program called: Connected and Respected. It teaches skills which may be lacking in interpersonal relationships. Grades 6-8 have the program Safe Dates, which stresses signs of healthy/unhealthy relationships.
High School continues with education on relationship danger signs, and a special program: Coaching Boys into Men. Sports coaches are trained to run the program, which encourages young men to discuss possible situations and to weigh choices. This program is available at Washington High School, Canon-McMillan High School, Avella High School, Fort Cherry High School, Chartiers-Houston High School, and Beth-Center High School in Washington County and at 4 districts in Greene County and 3 in Fayette County.
Is violence genetic? The agency believes that the issues they deal with result from taught behaviors. Society has changed in the acceptability of behaviour such as smoking. We need to change in respect to behaviors which encourage disrespect for women and the acceptance of limits of controlling behavior.
Why do they stay? It seems to be self-defeating behavior. We need to understand what is being done by the abuser to keep them in submission. Fear of danger to the children, or having the children removed. Financial control, even if the abused person has a job and separate accounts, the abuser will often open accounts and ruin a credit rating. The threat of violence to the person, or even to pets. And sometimes the person had come to believe that somehow they “deserve” what they receive.
Men are also victims of domestic violence, and the agency cares for them as well, and there is no age limit for clients.
It was noted that Judge Tom Gladden was in at the beginning of the court’s addressing of the problem.
Finally: the headquarters is moving to Brownsville, but the services and service locations will remain right here in the community.


Winner and Non-Winner: Joe Marsh held both tickets and led us in the 4-way test.
Washington Rotary
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W & J College, The Commons
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Washington, PA  15301
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