Rotary Club of Kittanning

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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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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:  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

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. 
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:
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. 
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. 
September 2018
Gary Altman Program
Sep 24, 2018
Bret Atwood
Oct 01, 2018
RYLA Students
No Meeting
Oct 08, 2018
Columbus Day
General Club Meeting
Oct 15, 2018
Jack Bauer Program
Oct 22, 2018
Luke Barney Program
Oct 29, 2018
Tammy Bish Program
Nov 05, 2018
General Club Meeting
Nov 12, 2018
Mel Check Program
Nov 26, 2018
Jack Clevesy Program
Dec 03, 2018
General Club Meeting
Dec 10, 2018
Bill Crytzer Program
Dec 17, 2018
No Meeting
Dec 24, 2018
Merry Christmas!!
No Meeting
Dec 31, 2018
Happy New Year!!
General Club Meeting
Jan 14, 2019
Bobbi Jo Kutch Program
Jan 28, 2019

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