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Kittanning

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus
1150 North Water Street
Kittanning, PA  16201
United States of America
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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. 

The Club is pleased to announce that our District Governor nominee will be our program next:

 

Monday, April 29, 2019,  at our Noon meeting at the Kittanning YMCA.  Beth Marshal will be the District 7280 District Governor for year 2020-21.

 

Beth will do a special program with us that will get everyone connected to Rotary International electronically. Bring your laptop or I pad or whatever you work on.  Beth will take us step by step on how to access great information.

 

Important.....bring your Rotarian magazine...your Rotary id # is on the mailer.

 

We are also inviting at least one member from Chiccora, Butler PM, and Leachburg to attend so they can become familiar with all of these resources.  We hope to see you all there.

 

PS: Beth and Club Member Mike McElhaney are leading a mission water trip to Guatemala next April 2020. 

At our 5/6/2019 meeting the Club formally inducted it's newest member, Mr. Andrew Hersh.  Pictured here is Club Membership Chair, Colby Owen and Club Member and District Governor Assistant Mike McElhaney, who conducted the swearing in ceremony and presenting Andrew with his Membership Certificate and Pin.  Welcome to the Rotary Family Andrew!!
      
At our Club Meeting on 4/22/19 President Autumn Vorpe-Seyler recognized Club Member and District Assistant Governor Mike McElhaney for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow +1.  The Club congratulates Mike on this accomplishment and thanks him for his leadership both locally but also throughout the District and the Rotary world. 
 
Amy Kamis from Boy Scouts of America presented to the Club at our meeting on 4/15/19.  Amy did a great job explaining to the Club the changes the BSA program is currently experiencing and how they are introducing local families to the Boy Scouts program. 
   
Mr. Tom Grant from ShelterBox visited the Club on Monday, April 1st and presented on the assistance the ShelterBox organization provides internationally as natural disasters occur.  These ShelterBoxes and/or ShelterKits can help an individual or family survive with the basics for 3-6 months following an event that forces them out of their home.  Rotary International is a proud supporter of ShelterBox.  For many years the Kittanning and Leechburg Clubs have joined forces to make a $1,000 contribution to ShelterBox in order to support this partnership.  We are grateful for Tom and his organization and the relief they provide worldwide. 
  
On Tuesday, March 5th Club Members and other volunteers read the book, "The Day You Begin" to all 2nd Grade classrooms throughout Armstrong School District.  Pictured below is Club Member and Club Secretary Jennifer Vensel with her class at Lenape Elementary. 
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Club Member Mike McElhaney recently returned from a Habitat for Humanity and Rotary mission trip to Guatemala where he and his team installed smokeless stoves and latrines in the village of San Lucas.  Below are several pictures of Mike during his trip, as well as a link to a video explaining the project Mike and Club are supporting.  Great job Mike!!!   https://youtu.be/IyJRG0TnNIo
 

The Kittanning Rotary Club is hosting a team from the Ukraine through the Open World Exchange for one week, March 1-8, 2019. The theme for the week is Renewable Energy.  Club and Community Members will be serving as host families and tour guides of regional businesses and points of interests so the exchange team can learn more about what we do and how our area is contributing to the promotion of Renewable Energy.  The Club hosted a welcome dinner for the exchange members and their host families on Friday, March 1st at 6PM at the Crafthouse Gastropub in Kittanning.  Fun was had by all in attendance.  See below for pictures of the Ukraine team, as well as Club Member and Organizer Mike McElhaney, Rotary 7280 District Governor Nominee Ken Fleeson and his wife Cindy at the welcome dinner.  The Club also hosted the Ukraine team at our weekly Club meeting today (March 4th).  The Club is very proud to have them here with us.  Click on the following link to learn more about their visit: https://www.leadertimes.com/articles/rotary-club-of-kittanning-helps-welcome-visitors-from-ukraine/ 

 

 

 

On Friday, November 30th The Club sponsored 4 local high school students to attend the 48th Annual World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh.  This year's topic was, "Exploring the New Space Age" and was held at the Heinz History Center.  The Club then hosted the 4 students at Monday, December 3rd's meeting so they could share their experiences at the event.  The students did a great job and we appreciate their attendance.  Pictured here from right to left are: Sam Barker, a Senior from West Shamokin High School, Dylan Klingensmith, a Junior at Armstrong High School, Lucas Waldrop, a Junior at Armstrong High School, and Jacob Fancella, a Senior at Armstrong High School.    
 
On Friday, October 26th Club Members Bret Atwood and Mike McElhaney constructed and installed a Bus Stop Shelter on the corner of Orr Avenue and Smith Street in Kittanning.  The install was done in coordination with Habitat for Humanity.  Thank you to Mike and Bret for all your efforts in making this shelter happen!
The Club held a fabulous meeting on 10/1/2018.  Club President Autumn Vorpe-Seyler welcomed many guests to the meeting for several special presentations.  District 7280 Governor Scott Bayline presented Club Member and Foundation Chair, Ed Dunmire, a pin and letter signifying 50 Years as a Rotary Member.  Scott recognized Ed, his family, career, and many of Ed's outstanding Rotary accomplishments.  Ed's wife Nancy and son Andy were also in attendance to help us celebrate.  After Ed's recognition, RYLA District Chair, Jamie Lefever shared her past experiences working alongside Ed Dunmire, as well as speaking about RYLA and the importance of this leadership conference we send students to every year.  Club RYLA Chair Bret Atwood then introduced this year's RYLA students, who shared with the Club their life-changing experiences while attending RYLA this past June.  This year's RYLA students are: Michael Haugh, Liam McIlwain, Isaac Robb, and Calista Dosch.  They were accompanied by Armstrong High School Guidance Counselor, Dave Zablocki.  We wish to thank all in attendance for making this such a wonderful meeting.  This is why we do what we do!!   
 
 
 
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Jamie Owen Program
Oct 28, 2019
General Club Meeting
Nov 04, 2019
No Club Meeting
Nov 11, 2019
Veteran's Day
Kara Shirley Program
Nov 18, 2019
Gary Altman Program
Dec 09, 2019
Club Christmas Gathering
Dec 16, 2019
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No Club Meeting
Dec 23, 2019
Merry Christmas!!!
No Club Meeting
Dec 30, 2019
Happy New Year!!!
 

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