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Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus
1150 North Water Street
Kittanning, PA  16201
United States of America
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In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.
 
We can be proud that in the ever-connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address — and stop the spread of — the new coronavirus, in addition to serving countless other health needs. In Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where polio personnel and assets have a significant presence, workers from all GPEI partners are engaged in surveillance, health worker training, contact tracing, and more. In 13 countries, polio volunteers have been deployed to address COVID-19 preparations and response.
 
We recognize that the COVID-19 emergency means that some aspects of the polio eradication program will be affected. While addressing the new challenges of today, the most important thing that Rotary members can do to continue the fight to end polio is to sustain our commitment. We are aiming to reach our fundraising goal of $50 million this year so we can work to safely reach all children with the polio vaccine. In the midst of a global pandemic, we understand that attention to polio eradication will be diverted, and this makes it all the more vital for Rotarians to remain strongly committed to fighting polio and not let our progress be eroded.

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we as a World are currently living through, we will be postponing all physical location Club Meetings until it is safe to meet in person again.  All speakers will be notified and will be rescheduled once we can resume normal weekly meetings.  We are putting together a Zoom Meeting link that beginning April 6th we can begin to meet again remotely.  We will provide additional updates as they are available.  Until then stay healthy and please continue to pray for our World and those affected.
 
 
The Club is currently holding it's Annual Pallet of Cheer Raffle.  This is a major fundraiser for our Club so we would greatly appreciate your support.  Winner will be drawn just in time for your Memorial Day celebrations!  See any Rotarian or contact the Club directly to purchase tickets.  Thank you in advance for your support!
 

 
On Tuesday, March 3 Club Members and Community Volunteers went into all 2nd Grade Classrooms in the Armstrong School District and read the book, "Rosie Revere, Engineer."  The books were then donated to each school's library for the students to check out as they wish.  Thank you to the Armstrong School District for assisting in this annual Literacy project.  Pictured below are Club Members Mike McElhaney, reading to a 2nd Grade Class at Shannock Valley Elementary, and Andy Bradigan, reading to a 2nd Grade Class at West Hills Primary.  Thank you to the Club Members and Volunteers who took the time out of their busy schedules to read to the students.
 
 

 
   
Our program today was a local family who recently qualified for their new home, made possible by Habitat for Humanity.  Pictured here with the family is Executive Director of Armstrong Habitat for Humanity and Club Member, Mike McElhaney.  The real program however was the speech given by Thomas (far right).  Thomas was born with Ataxia and his dream is to become a motivational speaker.  His speech to the Club today was a "practice run" and he nailed it!  Way to go Thomas!!  Thank you for teaching us that nothing is impossible if you believe in your dreams.    
At our February 3, 2020 meeting, former Club Member and Past Club President Herm Krummert was invited to attend to accept his Paul Harris Fellow +1 award and pin.  This award is given to those who have donated $2,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Current Club President Colby Owen is pictured here presenting Herm with his award.  Thank you to Herm for supporting the Rotary Foundation over the years!! 


 
   
At our January 13th meeting, the Club hosted this year's World Affairs Students.  These three young leaders from our communities, all Seniors, attended the all-day leadership workshop where they brainstormed individually and as a group on this year's topic: Global Sustainability.  The students shared their experiences with the Club and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to attend.  Pictured from left to right are: Seth Beck from Armstrong High School, Laurie Enders from Armstrong High School, and Jenna Miller from West Shamokin High School.  Thank you to the students for their time and willingness to join us.
    
On Wednesday, December 11th Rotary Club Members assisted the Salvation Army with its Annual Red Kettle Bell Ringing at the Kittanning Wal-Mart.  Pictured here are Club Members Jennifer Vensel and Chris King.  Thank you to all Rotarians who volunteered their time to help out with this annual driver.

Albania Earthquake Relief

Albania, a country situated in Southeastern Europe, was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake at 3:54 AM CET on November 26th, 2019. More than 1,000 aftershocks have been recorded since the earthquake. The City of Durres and the village of Thumanë are the most affected.

- Two hotels and two apartment blocks collapsed in Durrës.

- Four buildings, including a five-storey apartment block, collapsed in Kodër-Thumanë.

- 51 people lost their lives (to date)

- Close to 1,000 people were injured (to date)

- Thousands have been left homeless

Tents have been set up in large, open spaces such as soccer fields to provide shelter to those affected, and close to 2,000 people have been placed in various cities across neighboring Kosovo. However, two days after the earthquake, Durrës was hit by a storm and more rain is expected to come. It is now imperative to accommodate everyone in shelters that are more durable than the current tents. Rescue crews with specialized equipment, sniffer dogs, and emergency supplies have made their way to Albania to assist with search and rescue efforts as there are still people believed to be caught under the rubble.

District 7280 Rotary Keystone E-Club is comprised of members from the USA, Kosovo, Canada, Africa, and New Zealand. The news of the earthquake hit home for many people in our club. As a club, we rallied immediately to explore ways to help Albania and we have launched a fundraising campaign. We would like to extend a friendly invitation to our fellow Rotarians to join us in our efforts to support those affected, as Albania faces a long road to reconstruction.

To support the fundraiser, please follow the link (and feel free to pass it around): https://keystonerotaryclub.org/albania-earthquake-relief-fund/

If you prefer to contribute to the fundraiser through checks, you can make them payable to Keystone Rotary Club and mail to our Club President, Darla Motta, 2580 Holiday Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us at: KeystoneRotaryEClub@gmail.com or call/text Darla at 724-458-8822.

Thank you for your support and generosity,

District #7280 Rotary Keystone E-Club

This week, members of West Hills Emergency Services hosted boys and girls from Scout Troop 670, along with members and families of the Kittanning Rotary Club to demonstrate a newly acquired fire safety simulator.  The simulator was purchased through a grant from the Kittanning Rotary Club, and allows the department to teach fire safety with a hands on approach, making it a more memorable experience.  After a lesson by West Hills Emergency Services safety officer Joel Boguslawski, on common household fire hazards, what to do in the event of a fire, and stressing how important it is to “Get out and stay out if you are in a fire,” each child was able to try their hand at extinguishing fires using the simulator and a fire nozzle.  The lessons continued with reminders to ensure that smoke detectors are installed in their homes, and that the batteries are changed twice a year.  Additionally, the importance of carbon monoxide detectors was also explained, and the group learned about the junior fire fighter program at West Hills Emergency Services where they can get involved beginning at age 14.  The evening was just one example of local organizations coming together to provide more opportunities for members of the community; and in this case, working together to promote fire safety.  Through the support of community members, more partnership can be formed.  These organizations are always open to new members, and invite you to check them out.  The Kittanning Rotary Club meets each Monday at noon at the Richard G. Snyder YMCA.

 

One of our "Sister Clubs," The Leechburg Rotary Club, and it's Interact Club from Leechburg High School, have recently demonstrating the life saving importance of Shelter Box, a Rotary partnership organization that aids those less fortunate after a natural disaster hits their area.  Click on the link below to read the full article of their demonstration: https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/leechburg-students-raise-awareness-for-disaster-relief-by-camping-out-in-cold/  Well done Leechburg Interact and Rotary Clubs!!
On Friday, October 11th volunteers from the Club and West Hills Emergency Services visited West Hills Primary with this newly purchased fire simulator.  Local firefighters assisted and trained the students on responding to various types of fires they could experience in their homes.  Thanks to a Rotary District 7280 Matching Grant, the Club was able to partner with West Hills Emergency Services in purchasing the simulator.  Our hope is this simulator will help train students not only on fire prevention but what to do in the event of a fire in their residence.  Thank you to Club Member Bobbi Jo Kutch (pictured below) for her efforts in leading this project on behalf of the Club. 
On Tuesday, October 8th Rotarians and other Community Volunteers distributed Dictionaries to all 3rd Graders in the Armstrong School District.  Thank you to all who volunteered their time to assist the Club with this project.  Pictured here is Club Member Mike McElhaney  working with students at Shannock Valley Elementary.
 
    
At our meeting on 9/23/19 we conducted two Inductions.  Club Members Kara Shirley and Bobbi Jo Kutch were installed as Board Members and Brad Graham was inducted as a new Member of the Club.  Thank you to Club Member Mike McElhaney for administering the inductions.  Congratulations to Brad and a huge thank you to Kara and Bobbie Jo!!! 
 
At our 9/9/2019 meeting Jessica Coil, Executive Director of the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, presented the Club with a check in the amount of $4,174 from the proceeds raised while working the Lemonade Stand at this year's festival.  Rotary Club Members, their families, and other community volunteers worked shifts throughout the 4-day festival.  The funds raised and presented to the Club today will assist us in issuing local Grants, Scholarships, and funding other Community Projects over the next Rotary Year.  Jessica is pictured here with Club President Colby Owen.  Thank you to all who helped make this year's Lemonade Stand the most successful yet!! 

Dear members of Rotary District 7280, 

 

You have no doubt seen the devastation of Hurricane Dorian as it has passed over the Bahamas.  As the storm tracks north, it has the potential of inflicting more devastation to parts of the East Coast of the United States.  In the coming days and weeks there is going to be a tremendous need in these areas.

 

Our new Zone 33/34 partners, which include the areas affected, have set up a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), which is administered through The Rotary Foundation, to accept donations for relief.  Through this fund you can either designate that your donation go to the area of most need or you can specify a specific Rotary District to receive your support.   All funds received will be directed by local Rotary clubs in the areas affected and 100% of the monies raised will go directly to those in need.   All donations are tax deductible. 

 

I ask that you please take time to review the attached which offers information on how you can donate to the Donor Advised Fund.  The areas covered by the various districts, either affected or potential affected, is listed under how to donate by “check” on the attached form.   

 

Another very important way you can help is to send a donation to Shelter Box USA through the following link, www.shelterboxusa.org/donate .  While Shelter Box does not have a restricted fund established for Hurricane Dorian, any gift to their Deployments Essentials fund is restricted to gear and expenses directly associated with ShelterBox disaster responses.

 

Thank you for taking time to review this information and on behalf of our fellow Rotary Districts, I thank you for any support you can offer.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Yours in Rotary Service,

 

Ken Fleeson
Rotary District 7280
District Governor 2019 - 2020

kfleeson@lectromat.com
724-355-1619
We have come a long way since we started PolioPlus in 1985, but we still have work to do, and we need your help in empowering Rotarians to join the fight.  We challenge each of you to use this video as a tool this year to help raise funds and build awareness for Rotary’s flagship cause:   
 
  PolioPlus Video Resources           https://vimeo.com/352703206
Local Community Member and Armed Forces Veteran, Jack Bennett, visited the Club on Monday, August 5th and shared with us his passion for model railroading.  Jack brought several displays and shared with the Club various interesting facts about Lionel and other model railroad companies and their history.  Jack was very interesting and invites anyone who wishes to learn more or see his personal display to contact him to make arrangements for a visit: 724-548-7117.  The Club thanks Jack for his time and most importantly, for his service to our Country. 
 
On Monday, June 24th the Club hosted the 2019 Scholarship winners, based on essays they wrote and submitted entitled, "Service Above Self - What it Means to Me."  The 2019 winners selected were Emily Hopper and Calista Dosch, both from Armstrong Jr./Sr. High School.  Emily and Calista, pictured here with Scholarship Committee Chair and Club Member Mike Daugherty, were each presented with a check for $1,000 from the Club.  Congratulations Emily and Calista!! 
This week's Club Meeting was held at the Armstrong County History Museum on McKean Street in Kittanning.  The Club enjoyed a guided tour by Museum Curator, Mr. Rob Watt.  Many thanks to Rob for taking the time to share with us the many historical artifacts and significance our County has to offer.  If you haven't recently been to the Museum, please make it a point to do so very soon.  The new Civil War exhibit is extremely interesting. 
  
Based on the evening PA Lottery drawing of 5/22/19, we announced our Pallet of Cheer Raffle winner.  Unfortunately the winning number - 587 - was an unsold ticket.  However the tickets on either side of the winner were sold to Tammy and Mike Bish.  Tammy and Mike have accepted one of the $200 Gift Certificates and have donated the other back to the Club.  Thank you Tammy and Mike!!!  Thank you Club Member Colby Owen for once again coordinating this year's raffle. 
 
 
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