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Kittanning

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Grace Presbyterian Church
155 N. Jefferson St.
Kittanning, Pennsylvania  16201
United States
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We are pleased to announce the winner of the Pallet of Cheer Raffle - Kim Beatty of Kittanning.  Congratulations Kim!!  Cheers! 
 
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.
 
             
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.     
 
 
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. 
 
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." 
 
 
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.
 
 
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
   
The Club is now selling "Pallet of Cheer" raffle tickets.  Tickets are $5 each and the winner will receive $400 in Beer Distributor gift certificates ($200 - Armstrong Beer and $200 - Franklin Beverage).  Tickets can be purchased from any Club Member.  Winning ticket will be based on the evening PA Lottery Daily number pulled on November 15, 2017.  proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Rotary Service Projects in our community. 
   
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. 
 
  
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. 

 

 

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!!!!  

 

At our May 15th meeting the Club awarded its 2017 Scholarships to: Emily Cornman of West Shamokin Jr/Sr High School and Abigail Trithart (far left) of Armstrong Jr/Sr High School.  Both recipients read their essays, "What Service Above Self Means to Me" to the Club and were then presented with a $500 Scholarship each by Scholarship Chair and Club Member, Mike Daughtery (right). 
 
 
      
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.     
 
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. 
 
 
    
The Club held its Annual 2nd Grade Reading Day on Thursday, March 2nd at 9AM in coordination with "Read Across America Week."  Kittanning Rotarians visited every 2nd Grade classroom in the Armstrong School District that morning and read the book, "Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun" to the students and then donated the book to each school's library.  Below are pictures of Club President Bret Atwood, Club Member Mike McElhaney, and Club Member Mike Daugherty reading to their classrooms.  Fun was had by all!!
 
  
 
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!! 
 
 


 

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. 

 

 

 
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  
 
 
 
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:  http://vimeo.com/51087896

 
 
 
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