Day of Giving 2020

July 13th – 17th, 2020
Please help us raise more money by making a donation for the
 Day of Giving, July 13th – 17th, 2020.
Two options for making your donation*
  1. Write a check payable to Kittanning Rotary Club
    -           Mail it to the Kittanning Rotary Club, PO Box 569, Kittanning, PA 16201 OR
    -           Mail it to Day of Giving, PO Box 895, Kittanning, PA 16201. 
    Check must be dated anytime from July 13th through July 17th
  2. Make an Online Donation one of two ways:
    1. The Community Foundation has set-up an online option for all of the participating nonprofit organizations located on our website
      -click on Day of Giving at the top of the homepage
      -click on the Make a Donation tab
      -complete the form and choose the Kittanning Rotary Club OR
    2. You may contribute directly through our website:
Using your PayPal account:
1. Enter our e-mail address:
2. Enter your donation amount
3. Enter note: 2020 Day of Giving
Online Giving: Donations must be made between July 13th through July 17th.
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Day of Giving 2020 2020-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Year-End Meeting

Yesterday, June 30, 2020 the Club held our Year-End Meeting at Community Park in Kittanning Boro, picnic style.  The evening was well attended and fun was had by all.  The festivities included our 2020 Scholarship recipients, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, Leechburg Club Members, as well as our outgoing (Ken Fleeson) and incoming (Beth Marshall) 7280 District Governors.  The evening also consisted of celebrating outgoing Club President Colby Owen and welcoming incoming Club President Jennifer Vensel, in addition to initiating a new Club Member (Ryan Sprankle) and the 2020-2021 Club Board Members.  As we look back at the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, we thank Colby and Ken for their leadership and we look ahead to the 2020-2021 Rotary Year as Jennifer and Beth are set to lead us. 


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Canine Waste Receptacles

On Friday, June 12th the Club installed two Canine Waste Receptacles in Riverfront Park.  Thanks to a Rotary District 7280 Matching Grant, the Club secured the funds to make this purchase possible.  Thank you to all Club Members who assisted in this project.
Canine Waste Receptacles 2020-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Lemons Into Cash

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Annual Folk Festival being cancelled this year, we are replacing our fun and productive lemonade stand with a two week on- line fundraiser...Turn Lemons into Cash!!
Please consider a donation either on-line or by check.  One of our Rotary members will match your donation 100% if it is received before July 1, 2020.
The goal is to raise $3,000 by July 1, 2020.  Please consider sponsoring several servings of lemonade or a bushel or a peck of lemons.
This will support our Rotary club which does amazing community services including: Local scholarships, funding purchasing masks for ACMH, building bus shelters, supporting the trails to trails, funding blessings in a back-pack and food programs during the virus Habitat for Humanity and Shelter Boxes for disaster relief areas.
You can Donate (an equivalent to the number of lemons below):
$10 = 2 servings of our wonderful lemonade
$50 =  a peck of Lemons
$100 = a bushel of Lemons
Remember all donations are matched 100%
If you have a Paypal account you can donate on-line today by clicking:  
1. Enter our email address:
2. Enter your donation amount
3. Enter the note: Turn Cash into Lemons
To donate by check: 
Make check payable to: Kittanning Rotary Club and put "Lemons into Cash" in the memo section and mail to:
Kittanning Rotary Club
PO Box 569 
Kittanning, PA 16201
Thank you in advance for your support!! 
Lemons Into Cash 2020-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Face Shields Donation

Last Thursday, May 21 the Club delivered 120 Face Shields to the ACMH Hospital for use in care during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  These are much needed shields for safety and confidence in care.  Thank you to our local manufacturer Bergad Specialty Foams for adapting and helping to contribute to the current health crisis.  Pictured from (L-R) Nichole Gearaci, ACMH Hospital Chief Operating Officer, John Lewis, ACMH Hospital President and CEO,  Janis Reeves, Executive Director of Nursing, Rotarians Bobbi Jo Kutch, Jennifer Vensel, Mike Daugherty, and Colby Owen.


Face Shields Donation 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Keystone Rotary E-Club Project

Below is a message from the Keystone E-Club and there is an attachment from them as well.  This is in reference to a project that they are doing right now.  On May 4 Shedrack Domingo from Tanzania joined our Club and spoke about this project.  Now is a great time to show others what Rotary is doing in our community and throughout the world.  Here is a link to our PPT video



Keystone Rotary E-Club Project 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly Zoom Meetings

Join us weekly!!  See below for the zoom meeting information we will use for the foreseeable future.  This is scheduled to occur every Monday at noon until we are able to meet in person again.  You will be able to use this same dial in/log in information for each Monday meeting so please save this information. 


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Weekly Zoom Meetings 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International - COVID-19

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.
Rotary International - COVID-19 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0


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.
COVID-19 2020-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Grade Reading

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.

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End Polio Now 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat House

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.    
Habitat House 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +1

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!! 

Paul Harris Fellow +1 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

World Affairs Students

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.
World Affairs Students 2020-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

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.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2019-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Albania Earthquake Relief

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):

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: or call/text Darla at 724-458-8822.

Thank you for your support and generosity,

District #7280 Rotary Keystone E-Club

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Fire Simulator Demonstration

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.


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Leechburg Rotary Club

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:  Well done Leechburg Interact and Rotary Clubs!!
Leechburg Rotary Club 2019-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Fire Simulator

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. 
Fire Simulator 2019-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Dictionaries

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.
3rd Grade Dictionaries 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0


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!!! 
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Member Promotion 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Lemonade Stand

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!! 
Lemonade Stand 2019-09-09 04:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box - Hurricane Dorian

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, .  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
Shelter Box - Hurricane Dorian 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus

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 
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Jack's Tracks

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. 
Jack's Tracks 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
People of Action 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Winners

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!! 
Scholarship Winners 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Armstrong County History Museum

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. 
Armstrong County History Museum 2019-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Pallet of Cheer Winner!!!

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. 
Pallet of Cheer Winner!!! 2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

New Member!!!

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!!
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District Governor Nominee - Beth Marshal

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. 

District Governor Nominee - Beth Marshal 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +1

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. 
Paul Harris Fellow +1 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Boy Scouts of America

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. 
Boy Scouts of America 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0


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. 
ShelterBox 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Grade Reading Day

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!!!
Guatemala 2019-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Ukrainian Exchange Members

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: 




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Interact Club 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

World Affairs Council

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.    
World Affairs Council 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Bus Stop Shelter

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!
Bus Stop Shelter 2018-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Distribution Project

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.
Dictionary Distribution Project 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Ed Dunmire's 50th and RYLA Students

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!!   
Ed Dunmire's 50th and RYLA Students 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zone Convention

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.            
Rotary Zone Convention 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Steak Fry and Silent Auction

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. 
Annual Steak Fry and Silent Auction 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lemonade Stand

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!!   
Lemonade Stand 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

New Member!!

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!
New Member!! 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Johan Tyrberg

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:
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Year-End Meeting

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.
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Scholarship Winners

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.



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New Member!!!

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!!



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District Governor Visit

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
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Pallet of Cheer Raffle Winners

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. 

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Rotary Work Day

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. 
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Blessings in a Bag

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!! 
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PETS Training

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!! 
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2nd Grade Book Reading

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.
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Pallet of Cheer Raffle

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. 
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Blessings in a Backpack

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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Innovate 28

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:
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Romina Jara

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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3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution Day

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.     
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Bergad Specialty Foams

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. 
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AmeriCorps Volunteers

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." 
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Salvation Army

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.
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Moving Mountains

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. 
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Blessings in a Bag

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. 



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Year-End Meeting

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!!!!  


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Armstrong High School Interact Club

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.     
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Habitat for Humanity

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. 
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Paul Harris Fellows

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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Rotary Youth Exchange

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. 



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Kittanning Rotary Foundation

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  
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We are "This Close"!

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.


Click the link to learn more:

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