Rotary Club of Kittanning


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.



Scholarship Winners 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

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!!



New Member!!! 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
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:  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
P.O. Box 569. Kittanning. Pennsylvania 16201
District Governor Visit 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

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. 

Pallet of Cheer Raffle Winners 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Work Day 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

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!! 
Blessings in a Bag 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
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!! 
PETS Training 2018-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2nd Grade Book Reading 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
Pallet of Cheer Raffle 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
Blessings in a Backpack 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Club Member Autumn Vorpe-Seyler and Mr. Justin Nolder from the Armstrong County Economic Development office at Northpointe for arranging our visit to Innovate 28, a co-working office space now available in Technology Center II at the Northpointe Industrial Park in Slate Lick.  More information can be found by visiting: or by clicking on the link below:
Innovate 28 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
At Monday's meeting (11/6/17) the Club welcomed Romina Jara, a Rotary Exchange Student from Chile.  Romina is currently attending Karns City High School and will be living in the U.S. during the current school year.  Romina shared with us the history, agriculture, and many other interesting facts of Chile.  Club President Bret Atwood presented Romina with our Club Flag as well as several other Rotary gifts.
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World Polio Day 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
On Tuesday, October 3rd the Kittanning Rotary Club in coordination with the Armstrong School District distributed "the Student's Dictionary" to all 3rd graders in the Armstrong School District.  Below are pictures of Club Members and volunteers in the classrooms presenting each student with their very own copy.     
3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution Day 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
On Monday, September 25th the Club traveled to Bergard Specialty Foams to tour their new facility on Route 85.  Bergard is a manufacturer of flexible polyurethane foam since 1999 and is dedicated to providing the highest-quality, American-made flexible foam solutions in the industry.  A HUGE thank you to Paul Bergad for taking the time to show us his facility and to learn more about his business. 
Bergad Specialty Foams 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
This week our Club was visited by 6 AmeriCorps volunteers who are in our area assisting Habitat for Humanity with several local builds and projects.  The volunteers are from all over the country and shared with us their various experiences during their tenure with AmeriCorps.  AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." 
AmeriCorps Volunteers 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Club Member and Past President Gary Altman presented today's program, Lt. Luke Barney from the Salvation Army.  Lt. Luke and his wife and children have recently taken over the leadership of the Armstrong County Salvation Army.  Lt. Barney talked to the Club about various events they have already held and some future plans for the organization within our communities.  The Club was excited to have Lt. Barney in attendance.
Salvation Army 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Judy Hughes made her official club visit at today's meeting (8/21/17).  DG Hughes laid out her plan and project for the current Rotary year, as well as taking time to make an award of her own - to Club Member Mike McElhaney who received a "Service Above Self" award.  Also attending the meeting today was Jessica Coil, Executive Director of the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival.  Jessica presented a check to the Club for the proceeds made at the Lemonade Stand during this year's festival.  Club President Bret Atwood presented DG Hughes with several gifts and a check towards her DG Project. 
District Governor - Judy Hughes 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Below are pictures of Club Members and volunteers working the Lemonade Stand at this year's Fort Armstrong Folk Festival.  7280 District Governor, Judy Hughes, even got in on the action!  A HUGE thank you and shout out to Club Member Mike McElhaney for all his hard work in coordinating this fundraiser for the Club. 
Lemonade Stand 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Today's speaker was Julie Parks from Templeton, PA.  Julie recently completed a mission trip to Guatemala through her local church, Templeton United Methodist Church.  Julie's Mission Team, "Moving Mountains," visits Guatemala annually to assist in making the lives of the local villages a better place to live.  Julie provided details of her trip, her Mission Team, and shared the experiences her and her team enjoyed while ministering to many local citizens of the village they traveled to this year. 
Moving Mountains 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Attached is the flyer Autumn spoke about yesterday regarding Blessings in a Bag for foster children.


Last year around this time, Kayla Seyler came in and spoke about this non-profit she started.  It has really blossomed and now she is working on a drive for more bags.


If you choose to pack a BAG, you can bring it to Rotary and Autumn will deliver it to Kayla. 



Blessings in a Bag 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

At Monday's meeting (6/26/17) our Club inducted and swore in President Bret Atwood for his second term (2017-2018), as well as the Board of Directors for the upcoming Rotary Year.  In addition Ed Dunmire presented President Bret with his Paul Harris Fellow.  Pictured below is Club Member and Past President Herm Krummert swearing in President Bret and the Board of Directors, as well as Ed Dunmire and President Bret with his Paul Harris Fellow certificate, pin, and medal.  Here's to another great Rotary year!!!!  


Year-End Meeting 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Club and Board Member Colby Owen is shown here presenting the Armstrong High School Interact Club Charter to student Hunter Frazier, who served as President for the Interact Club this year.  Our Club is very excited and proud to have established this Interact Club at our new high school.     
Armstrong High School Interact Club 2017-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
At our March 6th Meeting Member Mike McElhaney hosted several guests to speak about various programs sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.  Steve Ansett from Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church located in Severna Park, MD spoke about "WoodsWork 2017," an upcoming trip he and his team of over 150 volunteers/workers will be making to Kittanning June 22-30 to assist Habitat in building and remodeling several homes in our area.  They will be supporting our local church groups and community vendors while visiting/working.  Also visiting and speaking were Mae Driscoll and Mike Splann from Providence College.  Mike and Mae are here this week on their Spring Break helping lead their teams of college students working in our area in cooperation with Habitat completing several projects and helping those in need.  Below are pictures of each guest speaking at our meeting. 
Habitat for Humanity 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
At our January 9th meeting Club President Bret Atwood (center) presented Club Members Jack Bauer (left) and Gary Altman (right) with their Paul Harris Fellow pins.  Congratulations to Jack and Gary for becoming Paul Harris Fellows!! 

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At our Club Meeting on January 9th we were visited by exchange student Lea Birnbacker from Spain.  Lea presented a wonderful program on Spain and her experience here in the U.S.  Lea is spending her Senior year here in the U.S. as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.   Lea was joined at our meeting by Jeff Simmons of the Zelienople Club, Outbound Youth Exchange Coordinator for District 7280 and Beth Marshall also of the Zelienople Club, Youth Exchange Co-Chairman for District 7280. 

See below for more information regarding Rotary Youth Exchange. 



Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Kittanning Rotarians:
Last year the Kittanning Rotary Club  started the Kittanning Rotary Foundation. It was started under the leadership of the late Len Meneely. It is managed by the Community Foundation.
We would ask you to consider making a donation to this Foundation in Honor of Len Meneely and/or Pat Wolfe.
The original goal when the fund began was to have every member contribute to the fund and also to have many of us list this foundation as the beneficiary in our wills.
Please consider making a contribution to the Kittanning Rotary Foundation.  Just let Mike Daugherty know and he will arrange to bill you and he will make sure the funds are distributed accordingly.  The amount, of course, is up to you.  We hope to raise $2,000 for the fund.
As the fund grows, it will be a source of revenue for us to provide scholarships and services to the community.  The fund must first grow to $10,000 before interest bearing grants may be awarded.
Thank you for your serious consideration.
Please contact Mike McElhaney or Mike Daugherty for more information  
Kittanning Rotary Foundation 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Bradigan
Rotary International
End Polio Now

One of Rotary’s primary missions is the eradication of polio, which is a world-wide effort with many well-known supporters. Our local Kittanning Club supports Polio Plus efforts and recently has been pleased to see the pandemic countries decreased from four to three (India was removed) Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria remain in need of immunization.


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We are "This Close"! Andy Bradigan 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0