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Kittanning

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Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus
1150 North Water Street
Kittanning, PA  16201
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Club Member Mike McElhaney recently returned from a Habitat 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.  More to come. 
 

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 will be hosting a welcome dinner for the exchange members and their host families on Friday, March 1st at 6PM at the Crafthouse Gastropub in Kittanning.  Please RSVP to Bobbi Jo Kutch should you wish to attend.   

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!!   
On Tuesday, October 9th the Club completed its Annual Dictionary Distribution to all 3rd Graders in the Armstrong School District.  This project was made possible due to a partnership with the Armstrong School District, as well as a District Simplified Grant from Rotary District 7280.  Thank you to all Club Members and Volunteers who assisted in the classrooms.  As always the project was a big hit with the students.
   
This past weekend Club Member Mike McElhaney attended the Rotary Zone Convention in Erie, PA.  Mike is pictured here with incoming Rotary International President Mark Maloney and his wife, Gay.  Mark and his wife reside in Alabama.  The theme of the Convention was super heroes, thus the outfits.  The Club thanks Mike for taking his time to attend the Convention and meeting the incoming RI President.            
Held on Friday, September 14th the Club held it's Annual Steak Fry and Silent Auction Fundraiser.  Sadly Mother Nature forced us indoors but the event went on without a hitch.  Thank you to Mel, Autumn, Jennifer and the rest of the Club Members who donated their time to make this event possible, even with last minute changes.  Thank you as well to all those who attended for your support!!  All proceeds raised at this annual event goes back into the Community. 
During the 47th Annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival in Kittanning on August 2nd-5th, the Club volunteered their time to man the Lemonade and Sweet Tea stand.  Attached are pictures of some of the volunteers.  A huge shout out and Thank You to Big Mike McElhaney for coordinating the schedule and coverage for the stand.  Great job by everyone who volunteered to help out!!   
 
At our July 23rd meeting the Kittanning Rotary Club inducted a new member - Ashley Mitchell.  Ashley is the new Executive Director for the United Way.  We are very excited to welcome Ashley to the Club!
At its evening meeting Monday, July 16th The Kittanning Rotary Club welcomed Swedish clergyman, Johan Tyberg, who is a 1981 KHS graduate and former Rotary Exchange Student as a guest speaker.  Johan spoke of his experience as an exchange student with the Ed & Nancy Dunmire family and how it changed his life.  A link to the Leader Times article can be found below:
 
 
 
 
 
On June 25th the Club held its Year-End Meeting, signifying the end of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year and the beginning of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.  Outgoing Club President Bret Atwood is presented with his Paul Harris Fellow pin and medal by Club Member and Rotary Foundation Chair Ed Dunmire.  Bret is also pictured with Club Member Colby Owen who presented Bret with his Club President pin.  Lastly, Club Member and Past President Herm Krummert is pictured with incoming Club President Autumn Vorpe-Seyler.  Autumn and Board Members were sworn into office and officially began their terms.  The Club wishes to thank Past President Bret for his leadership over the past 2 years, in addition to wishing Autumn well in her upcoming term.
 
    

Pictured below are the 2018 scholarship winners, who both received $1,000.  This year the club was able to increase the scholarship award due to a generous gift from the family of former and dedicated member Dr. Harry "Pat" Wolfe.  This year's winners are Makayla Burns and Alyssa Lobb.  Also pictured is Club Treasurer and scholarship chair, Mike Daugherty.

 

 

Today (June 18, 2018) the Club welcomed a new member,  Bobbi Jo Kutch.  Bobbie came to Rotary as a previous RYLA student and scholarship winner of the Kittanning Rotary Club.  Pictured with Bobbie is Club Member Colby Owen.  Welcome to the Club Bobbie!!

 

 

Scott Bayline’s Governors visit to Kittanning, Chicora and Leechburg Rotary Clubs
 
 
This is very important. This is the official governor’s visit for three clubs.
 
Please note that this is a three club Rotary Dinner Meeting, (Kittanning, Chicora and Leechburg) will be:
 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at:
 
The Craft House and Gastropub
411 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
 
Cost: $20.00 per person for Rotarians and guests 
(good meeting for spouses to attend).
 
They have a private banquet room for us and a separate cash bar for us that will open at 5:30pm.
 
Prior to the dinner meeting where will be two workshops for board members and Membership committee members. They will be both start at 4:30pm PM at the Craft House and Gastropub for no additional cost.
 
1. Membership development: Led by Elayne Wilhelm and Terri Sterzinger from the Cranberry Breakfast Club.
 
2. My.rotary Hands on training by Scott Bayline to use all aspects of my.rotary, club runner  and online resources for Rotary leaders.
 
 
The goal is to have 100% Rotary members from all three clubs attend Scott’s dinner meeting and at least 2 Rotary members from each club at each of the two workshops.
 
Please e-mail RSVP Mike McElhaney at:
 
 armstronghabitat@gmail.com  or call 724-467-2771 
 
Reservations of how many members and guests will be attending the dinner and how many members will be attend the two training will need to be made by:  July 15, 2018.
 
Please let me know who will be the contact person for your club for this event so I can coordinate reservation and payment details.
 
Thank you and we look forward to a great night.
 
Big Mike
 
 
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS TO:  “KITTANNING ROTARY CLUB”
P.O. Box 569. Kittanning. Pennsylvania 16201

Last night (5/23/18) was the drawing for the Spring Pallet of Cheer raffle.  The winning number was 695 and was in an unsold book of tickets.  The Club has decided to give the nearest sold tickets (nearest above and nearest below) each a $100 gift certificate.  Our winners for this raffle are listed and pictured below: 

 

671 - Mel Check (sold by Mel Check) 

710 - Margie Kovach (sold by Mike Daugherty)

 

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who supported this fundraiser.  Without your support the service projects we complete within our community would not be possible. 

On Saturday, April 28th several Club Members assisted the YMCA and Rails-to-Trails with several projects.  A Free Library was built and installed along the Trail for trail users to give and take books as they travel that stretch of trail.  Later that day Club Members helped install a metal roof on a Pavilion along the trail, as well as cleaning debris off the trail.  Thank you to Autumn Vorpe-Seyler for coordinating and to all Club Members who gave their time volunteering on these projects to help continue to clean up the community and promote the use of our trail. 
 
 
    

Kittanning Rotary Club members and their kids packing bags tonight (March 20th) for Blessings in a Bag.  We packed over 100 book bags with blankets, stuffed animals toothpaste toothbrush, coloring books, journals, crayons and colored pencils foster children the club purchased with club money and matched grant funds from District 7280. The club members also checked about 50 other donated bags and tagged them for age groups. All supervised by founder and director Kayla Seyler.

 

Pictured in the group is Club President Bret Atwood, Herm Krummert,  Board Member Colby Owen, Club Secretary Autumn Vorpe-Seyler  and Jennifer Vensel.  Kids in the picture are Mia Owen, Lilly and Annie Atwood, Jaisa and Joey Vensel.  Kayla Seyler , director of Blessings in a bag and Jennifer Vensel are pictured seperately. 

 

Thank each who helped!! 
 
Club Members Autumn Vorpe-Seyler and Mike McElhaney, along with several members of the Leechburg Club, recently attended the District President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) on behalf of our Club.  Thank you to Autumn and Mike for your continued leadership!! 
 
On Friday, March 2nd Club Members and representatives of the Club read the book, "What do you do with an Idea?" to all 2nd grade classrooms in the Armstrong School District.  Friday was Dr. Seuss's Birthday - a fitting end to Read Across America Week.  Thank you to all who read and took the time to help promote literacy in our schools.
 
 
The Club is once again holding its Pallet of Cheer Raffle.  Tickets are now for sale - $5 Donation.  See any Rotarian for tickets.  Winning number based on the evening PA Lottery on May 23, 2018.  Proceeds from this raffle support local Service and Literacy Projects in our communities. 
 
  
At our Club Meeting on 2/5/18 Club Members assisted Molly Atwood and Blessings in a Backpack with filling bags of food for distribution at our local schools.  Thank you to all Club Members who assisted with this effort. 
 
 
 
 
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