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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus
1150 North Water Street
Kittanning, PA  16201
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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. 
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:
Effective with our 1/2/2018 meeting we have a new meeting location: the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus.  Club Members are to check in with the front desk when arriving each week to be notified where we will be meeting. 
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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!! 

March 2018
Andy Bradigan Program
Mar 26, 2018
Lauren Bradigan and Andrea Clevesy - The YMCA "Giving Garden"
Happy Easter!!!
Apr 01, 2018
Mel Check Program
Apr 02, 2018
General Club Meeting
Apr 09, 2018
Jack Clevesy Program
Apr 16, 2018
Bill Crytzer Program
Apr 23, 2018
Mike Daugherty Program
Apr 30, 2018
Ed Dunmire Program
May 07, 2018
Happy Mother's Day!!
May 13, 2018
General Club Meeting
May 14, 2018
Herm Krummert Program
May 21, 2018
Happy Memorial Day!!
May 28, 2018
No Meeting
Mike McElhaney Program
Jun 04, 2018
General Club Meeting
Jun 11, 2018
Happy Father's Day!!
Jun 17, 2018
Colby Owen Program
Jun 18, 2018
Club Year-End Meeting
Jun 25, 2018

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