Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (Breakfast)


Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Editor:   Marshall Goldstein
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Future Speakers
Sep 1 2014
"Learn about our members"
Sep 9 2014
Jennifer Kirk and the students of the USC HS
Sep 16 2014
Upper St. Clair Rec Center Staff
""What's going on at the Community Recreation Center""
Oct 7 2014
"Barbeque review and postmortem"


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Today's Meeting!
by Biedrzycki, John

Cindy Neky, owner of Marketing Pathways was our speaker today.  She provided great insight into the world of online business marketing covering tops such as google key words and Facebook pages.  For more on Cindy and Marketing Pathways, check out

Cindy taking a question of Google Keywords:




USC/BP Rotary Club - Golf Outing - May 25, 2013
by Yetman, E. Shel

Great Fun at Scenic Valley Golf Course




See more below and be sure to view the event photo album... You will find all photos there!







Be sure to view the event photo album... You will find all photos there!
Family Hospice & Palliative Care
by Yetman, E. Shel

Bruce Austin and Greg Jena 

Gave Our Club an Insightful Look Into the Work of Hospice Care Providers

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The Mission of Family Hospice and Palliative Care is to provide compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illness and  their families.

Family Hospice & Palliative Care (Pittsburgh) Operation Respect

For those experiencing a life-limiting illness or injury, Family Hospice and Palliative Care provides CompassionateCareSM , a complete continuum of care – unlike any other hospice in the region.  

Family Hospice and Palliative Care is the leading not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Western Pennsylvania. Our heritage of CompassionateCare leads to the innovation that is setting the standards for the future of hospice and palliative care.

  • Family Hospice is committed to quality patient care, caregiver support and education.
  • One of the first hospice programs in Western Pennsylvania, Family Hospice was created in 1980 by Mercy Hospital, St. Clair Hospital, South Hills Health System and South Hills Interfaith Ministries.
  • Family Hospice provides hospice care in homes, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, hospitals, and our inpatient units in Mt. Lebanon and Lawrenceville.
  • Open since 2007, The Center for Compassionate Care houses our 12-bed inpatient unit and an Educational Auditorium.
  • A second inpatient unit, The Center for Compassionate Care/Canterbury, opened at Canterbury Place in Lawrenceville in February 2012.
  • Family Hospice offers innovative programming such as massage and pet therapy, reiki, expressive art and music and the Quality of Life Program.
  • We collaborate with the area’s largest staff of Board-certified palliative care physicians.

Photo Gallery

The below links will take you to photo albums posted to our Facebook page.

Please note:  you do not have to participate in Facebook to enjoy these photos.

Peace Garden - The Indestructible Sprit  (Family Hospice’s first art exhibit) 

Camp Healing Hearts Mt. Lebanon

Camp Healing Hearts Transitions

2012 Annual Memorial Walk

Annual Volunteer Recognition 2012

Operation Respect Veterans Slide Show

Camp Healing Hearts Hermitage

Wedding Anniversary at The Center for Compassionate Care/Canterbury

Pet Peace of Mind

Camp Healing Hearts East

Teen Organizes Benefit for Family Hospice

Eighth Avenue Place
by Yetman, E. Shel

Keith Kaufold


Today We Learned About  Many Challenges 

Facing Residents of Homestead and the Surrounding Mon Valley Communities.  

View the Video Below to Learn  More About the Work of 8th Avenue Place

Thank You Keith for All That You Do!

Child Hunger Ends Here
by Yetman, E. Shel

Thanks Cody!

Cody Simpson is making the song 

"Fill A Heart" 

Child Hunger Ends Here

Available through Feeding America partner ConAgra Foods, Inc. & the Child Hunger Ends Here program.

2013 Celebrarion of Giving
by Yetman, E. Shel

Click Link Below To View

"2013 Celebration of Giving Slide Show"


We would like to thank everyone for making our celebration a memorable evening.

It was a very relaxed evening with great food, friends, family and Rotarians!

We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to do our part for so many wonderful causes

and are looking forward to the work ahead for the upcoming year. 

We Are Rotary
by Yetman, E. Shel


Join Rotary Today... Ask Us How

Eliana Ondrejko - Today's Speaker
by Yetman, E. Shel


Proud parents, Tom and Sally Ondrejko of Upper St Clair were our guests this morning as their daughter Eliana, a sophomore at USC High School, shared her personal community service project with our members. Eliana's project, completed earlier this school year, was to promote, collect and donate gently used tote bags to the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project, which in turn would then be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank to insure those in need could carry their groceries home safely. Our congratulations goes out to Eliana as this wonderful project was a great example of "Service Above Self" and also allowed Eliana to earn her MYP certificate in the process. We would also wish Eliana great success in all of her future endeavors as we are certain; "She is sure to go far".

Eliana Ondrejko

"Presents Her Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project"


View The Video Below to Learn More About Eliana's Project

Today, Ryan Elm Shared the Value of Service Dogs
by Yetman, E. Shel

Ryan Elm


Ryan's son Joshua was diagnosed with 

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a, a rare genetic liver disease.

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, a non-profit organization will be training a dog to

"ALERT" Joshua when his blood sugar level drops to dangerous levels.

Click Here to Visit Service Dogs by Warren Retrivers

A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser has been set to help defray the costs of Joshua's Service Dog.

Saturday, April 6th (11:30am - 7:00pm) 

At the Crossroads Ministries - Library Baptist Church - Near Trax Farms

81 Walter Long Road - Finleyville, PA 15332

For Tickets Call: Annalhees Elm at 412-901-6106

What is glycogen storage disease type I?

Glycogen storage disease type I (also known as GSDI or von Gierke disease) is an inherited disorder caused by the buildup of a complex sugar called glycogen in the body's cells. The accumulation of glycogen in certain organs and tissues, especially the liver, kidneys, and small intestines, impairs their ability to function normally.

Signs and symptoms of this condition typically appear around the age of 3 or 4 months, when babies start to sleep through the night and do not eat as frequently as newborns. Affected infants may have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can lead to seizures. They can also have a buildup of lactic acid in the body (lactic acidosis), high blood levels of a waste product called uric acid (hyperuricemia), and excess amounts of fats in the blood (hyperlipidemia). As they get older, children with GSDI have thin arms and legs and short stature. An enlarged liver may give the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The kidneys may also be enlarged. Affected individuals may also have diarrhea and deposits of cholesterol in the skin (xanthomas).

People with GSDI may experience delayed puberty. Beginning in young to mid-adulthood, affected individuals may have thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), a form of arthritis resulting from uric acid crystals in the joints (gout), kidney disease, and high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). Females with this condition may also have abnormal development of the ovaries (polycystic ovaries). In affected teens and adults, tumors called adenomas may form in the liver. Adenomas are usually noncancerous (benign), but occasionally these tumors can become cancerous (malignant).

Researchers have described two types of GSDI, which differ in their signs and symptoms and genetic cause. These types are known as glycogen storage disease type Ia (GSDIa) and glycogen storage disease type Ib (GSDIb). Two other forms of GSDI have been described, and they were originally named types Ic and Id. However, these types are now known to be variations of GSDIb; for this reason, GSDIb is sometimes called GSD type I non-a.

Many people with GSDIb have a shortage of white blood cells (neutropenia), which can make them prone to recurrent bacterial infections. Neutropenia is usually apparent by age 1. Many affected individuals also have inflammation of the intestinal walls (inflammatory bowel disease). People with GSDIb may have oral problems including cavities, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), chronic gum (periodontal) disease, abnormal tooth development, and open sores (ulcers) in the mouth. The neutropenia and oral problems are specific to people with GSDIb and are typically not seen in people with GSDIa.

Welcome to Rotary Ben!
by Yetman, E. Shel

We Also Celebrated...


The Induction of "Ben Foltz" into our Rotary Club Today!



Thank You for Visiting Today - 2/19/13

Vince Trocheck & Isabella Elm

Meet Our Newest Members
by Yetman, E. Shel

From Left to Right are...   Keith Apelgren   Peggy Van Horn    Ben Foltz   


We are So Happy To Have You as our Friends!

World Polio Day is October 24th
by Yetman, E. Shel


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The World's Biggest Commercial

New Member - E. Shel Yetman
by Yetman, E. Shel

Shel Yetman With His Sponsor Brian Shill


At the 2012 Support the Troops Event

Grand Hall of the Priory

John Biedrzycki and Justin Hsieh - New Members!
by Schill, Brian

Meet Our New Members 

Justin  Hsieh                                  John Biedrzycki

Joined - Feb 07 2012

John Biedrzycki is a personal injury and criminal defense attorney who has been in practice since 2003. In addition to lawyering, John holds a private pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and enjoys flying around western Pennsylvania and beyond when his schedule permits. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Allegheny Harvard Yale Princeton Club and the Board of Directors of the South Hills Chamber of Commerce. John is also the master of ceremonies for fine and rare Scotch Whisky tastings at the Harvard Yale Princeton Club of Pittsburgh. He lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife and two children.

Justin Hsieh is a business banking officer at PNC Bank, covering St Clair (Fort Couch Rd) and Cedarhurst (Bower Hill Rd) branches. He started at PNC as a personal banker and progressed to the position of retail management associate. The services he provides include cash flow analysis, business accounts, merchant services, treasury management solutions, and commercial loans/line of credits.
Justin earned his M.A. in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and B.A. in Mathematics from Muskingum University in Ohio.


PAPEN's Ron Hart Educates Our Group
by Yetman, E. Shel


Pennsylvania Professional Employment Network

Ron Hart

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Our members were captivated by Ron's discussion this morning as he shared the story of PAPEN. His talk focused on how PAPEN assists displaced employees who have been caught up in today's tough job market, through up-to-date training methods, including resume writing, effective networking and interview techniques. Ron also mentioned their next guest speaker would be addressing the 50+ worker and how they might better present their skills, experience and expertise.

The South Hills chapter of PAPEN meets Monday evenings 7pm – 9pm and also offer some Friday morning meetings at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.

For additional information contact Ron Hart at


Thank You for Visiting Today - 2/12/13

Ben Foltz - Jeff Stambaugh - Tim Brown

Read on for a bit

PAPEN is a Pittsburgh-based networking organization that helps Participants advance their careers. 

The group consists of 1,700 professionals, managers and executives committed to:

·         Fostering networks of personal contacts and relationships.

·         Providing an environment where Participants can develop and perfect their networking skills.

·         Sharing career-related experiences, strategies and knowledge.

·         Uncovering career opportunities that may be of interest to other Participants.

We are an informal nonprofit organization that only exists to benefit its Participants and the community. Our funding comes from donations.

We started in 1992 as a networking group for unemployed white collar workers, but today our focus is on career advancement for everyone, whether unemployed, underemployed, or employed and moving ahead. Today, most new Participants come into PAPEN when they are unemployed, or when that possibility is on their horizon. When they find a new or better job, many of them stay involved for the benefit it brings to their careers.

Most of our Participants work in professional, managerial, or technical fields, but no one is turned away. Most of our Participants have ten or more years of experience, but some are students or recent graduates. All of our Participants either live in the Pittsburgh area or are interested in moving here, and all of our Participants believe in the power of networking.

'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 RI Theme
by Yetman, E. Shel

RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.   

By Daniela Garcia 
Rotary News -- 14 January 2013 

He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

“If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”

Burton said the July launch of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model, Future Vision, makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian. He said the new grant model, which has been used by about 100 pilot districts since 2010, represents a new era for the Foundation, and will help Rotarians get excited about Rotary’s ability to change lives.

“It takes everything that is wonderful about Rotary and raises it to a new level — by encouraging bigger, more sustainable projects while providing increased flexibility for local projects, both of which address the needs of the community being served,” he said.

Burton asked the incoming district governors to take the lead in helping their clubs through the transition, with the assistance of their district Rotary Foundation chairs, who also attended the assembly this year. The training sessions are focusing heavily on equipping these leaders to go back to their districts as experts on the new grant model.

Before the assembly, Burton asked each of the incoming governors to make a donation in their name to The Rotary Foundation in order to demonstrate leadership by example. At the assembly, he announced that all 537 governors-elect had complied; along with donations from all RI Board members and Foundation Trustees, the contributions totaled US$675,412.

“Now, I have to believe that some of this is money that The Rotary Foundation probably would not have received had I not asked. And I think that this is an important lesson” he said. “If you want somebody else to do something, you can just sit around and wait for them to get the idea, or you can ask.”

Burton applied that lesson also to membership development, which he insisted is the responsibility of every Rotarian. He told the audience that although he had been an active member of the Key Club, a youth program of Kiwanis International, he went on to join Rotary simply because the Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, invited him to.

“You have to ask,” he said.

But Burton emphasized that the job doesn’t end when a new member joins: “It’s not done until that new member is engaged in Rotary, inspired by Rotary, and uses the power of Rotary service to change lives.”

Rotary Club of Bethel - St. Clair "Dinner"
by Yetman, E. Shel

Please Join Our Friends


54th Annual Pancake Festival

Saturday, March 2nd 

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St Clair

All You Can Eat!

Adults $8 and Kids 12 and under $5

Great bake sale, Chinese Auction and 50 - 50 raffle

Hours are 8am to 7pm

Tickets Available Through Local Rotary Clubs


Thank You for Visiting Today - 2/05/13

Ed Harmon 

Always Remember... The Children Are Our Future!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Thank You Justin and Amanda

For Sharing This Wonderful Organization With Our Club This Morning

- The Education Partnership -

Amamda McQuillan                                                                                                     Justin Brown    


Now,You May Be Thinking... What Could A Person Like Myself Do To Help?

Learn More About The Education Partnership At


Thank You for Visiting Today - 1/29/13

Ben Foltz & Jeff Stambaugh

Motive Matters!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Tony Robbins discusses how Leadership is a product of 

- Service to Others -

- Service Above Self -

An Informative Long Term Care Discussion
by Yetman, E. Shel

Robert K. Schweitzer



Elder Law Attorney Robert Schweitzer 

Visited our club this morning and presented a fact filled and interesting discussion

related to the heart wrenching topic of extended health care needs facing our aging population.

Topics included health care costs, Medicare, Medicaid, Long Term Care insurance and related legal issues.


Thank You for Visiting Today - 1/22/13

Ed Harmon - Jeff Stambaugh - Ben Foltz

George W. Adams - Carnegie-Collier Rotary Club - Passes Away
by Yetman, E. Shel

George W. Adams


1924 - 2013

George W. Adams, age 88, of McMurray, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013.  Beloved husband of the late Lois R. Adams; loving father of George W. "Bill" (Joan) Adams III, Michael A. Adams, Lisa A. (Doug) Adamsky, Laura Lee (Pat) McQueeney, and the late Joe R. Adams; caring grandfather of Garrison Reed, Kevin, Annette and Michael Reed Adams, Malley and Jay D. Adamsky, and Shannon and Brady McQueeney; also survived by many nieces and nephews; and preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

George proudly served in the US Army in World War II.  He earned his BS in Education at Glenville State College, where he participated in football and baseball. ,He earned an M. Ed. at WVU, then in 1949, began teaching at Sutton High School in West Virginia.  He taught, served as principal, and coached three sports, until he joined Nationwide Insurance in 1956.  In 1972, he established the George Adams Nationwide Agency where he worked until 2011.  He was active in Carnegie Rotary until 2012.  Outside of work, George's interests included singing in the church choir and South Hills Chorale, working on his son's farm, and jigsaw puzzles.  George held his family dear and especially enjoyed "coaching" and spending time with his grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauer's Funeral Home.  Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray 724-941-3211, on Sunday from 6:00-8:00PM and Monday 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00PM.  Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM in Christ United Methodist Church.  Interment will be held in Glenville, WV.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Tributes at:
Send condolences at

District Secretary
Rotary District 7300

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
-- Lao Tzu   Chinese Proverb

Making Up A Missed Meeting Just Got Easier!
by Yetman, E. Shel

There Is No Longer Any Excuse For 

Less Than Perfect Attendance

We Now Have Two Club Approved
Online Rotary "Meeting Make-Up" Websites Available For Your Convenience.



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Rotary Club of Irvine, CA - Online Make-Up


Simply Click Either of the Above Links
Follow the Easy Instructions

Be Sure To
Print Your Official Make-Up Certificate
Deliver this Certificate to the Club Secretary

And That's It... Easy Perfect Attendance For All!

You Gotta Pay To Play!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Club Treasurer, Pete Muck 

Passing the "Good News Basket"


OK Guys... Let's Dig A Little Deeper!


Ahhh...  That's Better

Ed Harmon Visit
by Yetman, E. Shel

Hey Ed... Thanks for all the fun we had today!


Ed Harmon

Our good friend and fellow Rotarian from  the Upper St Clair / Bethel Park Dinner Club

shared with us this morning, an interesting look at the history of Upper St Clair dating back to the 1930's

Did You Know? We really didn't know... how much we didn't know!

Pittsburgh PA - Proud Home Of Rotary District 7200
by Yetman, E. Shel

Presented by: The Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 - (412) 454-6000

Why Rotarians Care So Much About Polio Eradication
by Yetman, E. Shel

"The Shot Felt Around The World"

On January 12, 2013 at our Mid-Year Meeting

Carl Kurlander Presented to District 7300

Steeltown Entertainment Project's Take a Shot at Changing the World is a viral video contest and digital media initiative that asks middle and high school students to make movies and make a difference. We are giving away $10,000 to students whose films tell stories about people and movements that changed the world, and how they are inspired to act.  

Join us on Saturday, January 19 at 2 PM at the Heinz History Center for the third annual Take a Shot official launch and free screening of The People Speak. Come find out more about the contest and how to get your school involved!  (RSVP to

Take a Shot is excited to announce a new partnership withVoices of a People's History, which brings to life the stories of the lesser-known people and the movements that built the United States. This year's Take a Shot asks YOU to create movies about the extraordinary moments when ordinary people used their voices to change the course of history and work towards a more just, equal, and peaceful world. 
Find out about this year's NEW competition category!

Take a Shot categories include:

  • The People Speak 
  • Pittsburgh Innovation
  • Polio: Then and Now

This year also features special prizes for films focusing on the environment and on non-violence. 

Take A Shot Overview

Take A Shot Highlights

Congratulations "Keith Apelgren" on Your Club Induction Today
by Yetman, E. Shel


     Mark Casciola             Larry Lehman             Keith Apelgren              Bill Findle      



Wishing Everyone A Happy, Healthy & Safe 2013
by Yetman, E. Shel

A Visit With The District Governor
by Yetman, E. Shel

Prior to addressing the full membership with an update on his vision and plans for District 7300


District Governor Tom Fallon met this morning with the club's board of directors.

Thank You Ziggy Marley - End Polio Now
by Yetman, E. Shel

Enjoy The Music

Published on Oct 24, 2012 

Ziggy Marley is a Rotary polio ambassador and this song appears on

"End Polio Now"

an album to benefit the fight to end this devastating disease.

Available on iTunes.

We are "This Close" to Ending Polio!

Our Own Brian Schill Named as Executive Director of The Peters Twp Chamber of Commerce
by Yetman, E. Shel

Peters Township Chamber of Commerce

Selected Upper St. Clair resident Brian Schill as their new Executive Director. 

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Congratulations Brian!


The Peters Township Chamber of Commerce has selected Upper St. Clair resident Brian Schill as their new Executive Director. He replaces Carol Foley who died this summer after serving the chamber for the past 25 years.

Schill, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot with the 171st Air Refueling Wing until his retirement in 2006.

He is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Upper St Clair - Bethel Park, the public relations director for the Military Affairs Coalition of Western PA and a board member of the Clarion University Alumni Association, the Combined Federal Campaign and the Pittsburgh Region of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

"I am looking forward to serving the businesses and residents of Peters Township and surrounding communities," said Schill. "It will be an honor to build on Carol’s outstanding work—a road well paved."

"Brian’s unique combination of business advocacy, community awareness and technical prowess made him a top-line candidate for our position. We are extremely happy to have Brian and his vast knowledge and expertise to draw upon in the communities of southwestern Pennsylvania. We look forward to providing Peters Township area businesses and residents a venue and resource for information for any and all professional needs that may arise," said Joe Jasek, board president.

Schill and his wife, Linda, have 3 children—Luke, Derek and Brianna—and reside in Upper St Clair.

The PTCC office is located above the Citizens Bank at the Donaldson’s Crossroads Plaza. For more information, visit Schill can be reached at 724-941-6345

Congratulations "Peggy Van Horn" on Your Club Induction Today
by Yetman, E. Shel


Peggy Van Horn        Mark Casciola                  Larry Lehman              Susan Hicks            

Larry Lehman & Randy Quinn Draw "1st Shift" on Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Today we were Introduced to the Ultimate in "Service Above Self"
by Yetman, E. Shel


Lynda Staylor


One Extraordinary Way to Say Love Life.

When you choose to become an organ and tissue donor, 

you have the power to give the most precious gift... Life! 

Please Take A Few Minutes To Watch This Video 

Lynda, thanks for sharing this with our members today!

Join the nearly 4 million Pennsylvanians who have said "yes" to organ and tissue donation by adding the donor designation to your driver’s license, learner's permit or state identification card. See who’s signing up in your county and how it compares to others.

"Life Begins with You" 

Pennsylvania's statewide campaign for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness sponsored by Pennsylvania's Departments of Health and Transportation, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), and Gift of Life Donor Program (GOL). This collaboration is an educational and outreach effort to encourage Pennsylvanians to say "yes" to organ and tissue donation. Our efforts are aimed at saving the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians awaiting life-saving transplants. Educate yourself and learn how you can give someone a second chance at life.

Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

General Statistics
Eighteen people on the transplant waiting list die each day in the United States because a suitable match was not found in time. Find these statistics and many more about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Minority Statistics
Of the 7,100 Pennsylvanians awaiting transplants, 27% are African American. This percentage is much higher than the percentage of African Americans residing in Pennsylvania. Find statistics to learn more about the increasing numbers of minorities on the transplant waiting list.

Myths & Misconceptions
Base your decision to say YES to organ and tissue donation on the facts, not on myths and misconceptions.

Religious Perspectives
All major religions support organ and tissue donation – as a way of helping others, as an individual’s right to choose and as an unparalleled gift of generosity and compassion. Find out your religion’s perspective on organ and tissue donation.

Materials on Donation
View and download printable brochures, in English and Spanish, and other materials from the “Life Begins with You” campaign.


Welcome Karl Ohrman - District 7300 Membership Chair -
by Yetman, E. Shel

An Informative Membership 

Growth & Retention Presentation


Laying the groundwork for the concept that should be constantly in our thoughts as Rotarians...

How can I help grow membership in my local club?

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA
by Yetman, E. Shel


Lisa G. Hannum

Prevention/Education Coordinator 


The mission of 

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA 

is to increase awareness of domestic violence and its effect on the community, 

to empower those victimized by providing advocacy and safe and effective services,

 and to work for social change designed to eliminate domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA


Washington Women’s Shelter, Inc. is now Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania


724-223-9190 or 800-791-4000, 724-852-2463, or 724-439-9500 24-Hours a Day, 7-Days a Week

Safe shelter
Safe, confidential shelter for Washington, Greene and Fayette County domestic violence victims and their children. 

24 hour hotline
Washington and Greene County callers can reach the Shelter 24 hours a day at 724-223-9190 or 1-800-791-4000. Fayette Couty callers can reach the Shelter 24 hours a day at 724-439-9500. 

24 hour transportation and intake 
Domestic violence victims and their children may be transported to the Shelter for intake on a 24 hour basis.

Women’s community support groups
Community support groups are offered in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties for women who are directly or indirectly involved in abusive situations.  In Washington County call 724-223-9190, in Greene County call 724-852-2373, and in Fayette County call 724-439-9500.

Counseling and support group for residents
Empowerment counseling is offered individually as well as to groups.   The group will listen, empathize, and offer support in addition to information and referrals.

Information and referrals
Among other things, information on agencies, police, the legal system, methods of self-protection, and self-help are provided.

Staff and volunteers advocate for clients within the various systems in which they are involved.

Staff and volunteers accompany clients to hearings, appointments, etc. as requested.
…Children’s program
Daily children’s program for children residing in the Shelter and Fresh Start Transitional Housing program.  One-on-one and group counseling through structured activities by a children’s advocate is offered.

…Community education and training programs
Domestic violence information and prevention programs are offered to community organizations, businesses, agencies and systems that deal with victims of domestic violence.

…Domestic violence prevention projects in schools
Area middle and high schools participate in dating violence presentations and local elementary schools participate in Healthy Choices and Hands are Not for Hurting programs.

…Transitional housing
Our transitional housing program for domestic violence victims with children is called Fresh Start.  A total of twelve families will be able to participate at any one time for a period of 12 to 15 months.

…Legal advocacy program 
Extensive legal advocacy services are provided to domestic violence victims.  In addition to counseling, legal advocates inform victims about possible legal remedies, including Protection From Abuse Orders.  Advocacy and assistance are offered to victims throughout the PFA process.

…Food, clothing & personal care items for residents 

Food, clothing and personal care items for residents are offered to adult Shelter residents and their children as needed during their stay.

All of our services are provided confidentially and without regard to race, color, age, sex, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, marital status or sexual orientation. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA is registered with the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Alabama Bureaus of Charitable Organizations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, West Virginia 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.

What is Positive Athlete Pittsburgh?
by Yetman, E. Shel

Welcome Glen Anderson


Glenn presented the Positive Athlete program to our club and showed us how other clubs

are working with their local school districts and how this may be a great way to

introduce or expand your Interact program and increase your membership.

Positive Athlete Pittsburgh, led by former Steelers great Hines Ward, is a movement by high-character athletes in Western Pennsylvania to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition. and our Facebook page are designed to tell positive stories about the kind of role models our young athletes should aspire to be.

Seven Definitions of a Positive Athlete:

1.      Optimistic Attitude—Most coaches will tell you that an athlete who believes positive things will happen has a greater chance for success.

2.      Encouraging Teammate—In every sport, teammates are going to experience some kind of failure. Positive Athletes are the first ones to encourage them.

3.      Servant Leader—Positive Athletes do not think about being the “stars of the team.” They lead through serving others first and by setting an example.

4.      Heart for Others—Many athletes are blessed with gifts that many others are not. The Positive Athlete seeks to help the less gifted or fortunate.

5.      Admits Imperfections—This is Positive Athlete...not Perfect Athlete. Athletes willing to admit they make mistakes gain the respect of teammates and fans.

6.      Always Gives 100%—Not every athletic competition goes as planned, but a Positive Athlete always gives 100% no matter what the scoreboard says.

7.      Puts Team First—There are times when personal achievement may hurt the team’s goal. Positive Athletes choose their team.

We Were Truly Entertained Today!
by Yetman, E. Shel



The Pittsburgh South Hills Keystone Chorus
George Fritsch         Frank Hunter        Paul Schaughency       Keith Apelgren

Barbershop Harmony Society


Barbershop harmony was spawned in the 1840’s and developed in the early beginnings of the entertainment and recording industry.It sprouted when minstrel shows and the traveling concert were institutions, popularizing the songs that lent themselves easily to four-part harmony. It reached its peak during the glorious days of vaudeville and burlesque. Few vaudeville bills were without a quartet.

The Society started in Tulsa, Oklahoma in April, 1938 when a group of 26 men gathered to rejuvenate the art of barbershop harmony singing which had fallen into disuse with the death of vaudeville and the growth of radio. Today, the society has grown to more than 800 chapters in 16 districts in the United States and Canada with more than 2,000 registered quartets and 750 choruses, and an international membership of more than 30,000.

Hire Us!

We love performing for just about every occasion. We can provide quality entertainment for your company sponsored event, church social, family reunion, downtown festivals, public or private parties, surprise singing telegrams for any occasion, club events, or any other situation where musical entertainment is desired.

Hire The Keystone Chorus as a full show chorus or ask for a small group. You can also hire one of our fine a cappella quartets. Contact us about our packages and scripted shows, or customize a performance to fit your needs.

 Chorus Performance information:412-482-2080

Welcome Barb Giglotti & Kara Rutoski
by Yetman, E. Shel

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The Early Learning Institute (TELI) was founded in 1958 as St. Peter’s Child Development Centers at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood.  This pilot program was designed to provide parents of children with special needs an alternative to institutionalization.  In 1965, St. Peter’s Child Development Centers incorporated as a private non-sectarian 501(c)(3)organization, and in 1994, changed its name to The Early Learning Institute (TELI) to reflect the expansion of services to include early intervention and supportive services.  What began as a pilot program over 53 years ago with a class of eight children has grown to serving over 1,500 children from across Allegheny County annually. 


Early Intervention

Early Intervention is a variety of supports and services designed to build and enhance the natural learning that occurs in the early years. Supports and services are provided in the home, child care sites and other community settings identified by the family.

Early Childhood Education

Early Intervention is a variety of supports and services designed to build and enhance the natural learning that occurs in the early years. Supports and services are provided in the home, child care sites and other community settings identified by the family.


The Early Learning Institute's Harmony Learning Center (HLC) is a fully-licensed day care center for children aged 18 months to five years old in the Pittsburgh area.

Staffed by dedicated day care and child care professionals, The Harmony Learning Center provides an outstanding educational environment for children to learn and grow.

Social Butterflies

The Early Learning Institute’s (TELI) Social Butterflies program is designed for toddlers 18 months to three years of age. This innovative program is a social group that was designed to encourage social skills and foster friendships. The program is directed by staff and certified professionals experienced in the field of early childhood development.


Our highly professional staff (many of whom live in Washington County) have a wide range of experience in early childhood development – many having as much as 25 years. TELI’s Independent Assessment Team can provide comprehensive Physical, Occupational, Speech and Developmental Evaluations.

Welcome Drew Volchko & Rich Griffith
by Yetman, E. Shel

Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation     


Today Rich Griffith and Drew Volchko Shared With Us 

Who the "Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation" is, what they do and how we can help!

It is the purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation to provide assistance to injured police officers in need. This assistance may be in the form of information on available resources or monetary aid to help ease the financial burden in a time of crisis.

The WPPBF is a 501c3 non-profit organization comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel, retired law enforcement as well as members of the community who are served and protected by these officers. The organization was formed in July of 2011 in the wake of two critical incidents where local police officers were severely injured in the line of duty.

As fund raising events were planned and held for these officers, it quickly became apparent that there was a need for an organization where officers and their families could turn for assistance. Help was needed not only in the form of financial aid but also in having questions answered regarding event planning and coordination, donations, publicity and media relations. The families also needed assistance with health care concerns as well as tax issues and banking needs. This organization exists to assist officers and their families in these and other issues.

The Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation will hold community events throughout the year for the purposes of educating the public as to our mission, and to raise monies to help ease the financial burdens on those affected. We are a non-profit organization and all funds raised go to injured officers and their families.

The WPPBF does not differentiate between full-time or part-time police employment or union affiliation. Assistance is available to any police officer in the Western Pennsylvania area. The level of assistance that officers and their families receive will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will be based upon the availability of funds and resources. All cases will be reviewed and voted on by the WPPBF executive board of directors.

Often, injured officers and their families are overwhelmed with important decisions that must be made regarding their circumstances and making correct decisions is critical to a successful recovery. Help with understanding available options, or simply letting those affected know that there are people who care and are available for them, is the mission of the WPPBF.

“To all our brethren let it be known, no officer or family shall ever walk alone.” 

The Rotary Club of New Kensington Celebrates It's 75th Anniversary
by Yetman, E. Shel

Our Club Was Well Represented With Mark's Friendly Smile!

The event was held last evening, at the Oakmont Country Club


  Mark Casciola                                             Sakuji Tanaka   

  President USC/BP Breakfast Club           (2012-2013)         President Rotary International   

View a few additional photos from the event below.







A Warm Welcome To Matt Malin With The Boy Scouts of America
by Yetman, E. Shel

Matt Malin 
This morning we had an interesting discussion
on how Scouting is Impacting our World by Creating our Future Leaders Today.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America
To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes
by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
 to do my duty to God and Country
and to obey the Scout Law
to help othe rpeople at all times
to keep myself physically strong
mentally awake and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.  

Scout Motto

Be Prepared


For Additional Information Please Visit The Boy Scouts of America Websites Listed Below    -

Annual Chicken BBQ - 10-06-2012
by Yetman, E. Shel

A Huge Thanks Goes Out To All!
By Supporting Our BBQ You Helped Many Local Charities
See All BBQ Photos In Our Photo Album
(Top Left of Home Page)
Congressman Tim Murphy Stops By
by Yetman, E. Shel

Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18)
We were honored to have our good friend and "Honorary Club Member" join us for an early morning breakfast today. 
The Congressman even took a few minutes to share a number of important updates with our membership.
Hopefully he will be able to stop by for a bit this Saturday, to say hello and have a bite to eat
at our Annual Chicken BBQ fund raising event. 

Stay up-to-date on SWPA news, legislation & upcoming events by signing up for the Congressman's weekly e-newsletter! This week’s edition spotlights fair trade, my legislation to help preserve Medicare for our retirees, an update on Campbell’s Run Road flooding, and information for high school students interested in the academy nomination process. Sign-up here: Http://
Rest in Peace "Roy Werner"
by Yetman, E. Shel

A Sad Day For All...

Roy Werner, Age 93, of Upper St. Clair, passed away on September 28, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Mable Werner; loving father of David (Mary Francis Gitto) Werner and Deborah (Gregg) Williams.  He was preceded in death by his three brothers, David, James and Richard Scott Werner.

Roy was an avid golfer and tennis player into his 80’s. He also enjoyed spending time in his garden and working in his yard.  He was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church for over 50 years and a very proud member in the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Rotary Breakfast Club.   Roy was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army Engineering Corp.  He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

Friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel, 5570 Library Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102.   Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM, at Bethel Presbyterian Church.  Interment will follow at Jefferson Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Roy Werner Rotary Scholarship, Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park, PO Box 12983, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.


Joe Kiernan - Marshall Goldstein - Roy Werner  - T A Ward -  Alan Axelson        

We Had Our Eyes Opened Today!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
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   Alison C. Hall                                               Beth A. Docherty

Executive Director and Alison Hall and Board member Beth Docherty of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape shared with us today, shocking statistics and real life stories of the ongoing problem of sexual abuse. They also explaind how this fine organization is working with the unfortunate victims and how they are bringing these issues of abuse to the public.

PAAR was founded in 1972 by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) in response to a series of rapes. This group of lawyers, health professionals and activists believed victims of sexual assault should have expert assistance directly following the commission of the crime. During PAAR’s first two years, the organization was a membership and volunteer driven.

In 1974, PAAR was incorporated as a 501-c-3 organization providing sexual assault hotline services and medical/legal advocacy. Volunteers with professional skills in social work and psychology staffed PAAR and provided victim services. In 1977, as funding became available, PAAR hired coordinators to supervise its adult victim service and education programs. In 1979 PAAR expanded from only working with adult victims, and hired staff to work specifically with victims of child sexual assault.

Today, PAAR is one of the oldest, and largest rape crisis centers in the country. PAAR remains the only organization in Allegheny County dedicated exclusively to victims of sexual violence.

They provide comprehensive, cost-free services to child and adult victims of sexual abuse throughout Allegheny County. These services include: crisis intervention, including a 24-hour hotline, medical and legal advocacy, and crisis counseling; group counseling and individual counseling; education/prevention programming for children and community groups; and clinical training for mental health professionals.

Welcome Back Dave Antonich
by Yetman, E. Shel

We Were All Very Happy 
To Welcome Dave Back To Our Club This Morning!

District 7300 Strategic Planning Meeting - Monday, August 20, 2012
by Yetman, E. Shel

 District Governor Tom Fallon hosted a group of 20 Rotarians to discuss and begin planning efforts for District 7300


The meeting was held at the Polish Falcons facility in the South Side last evening.  Sally Mizerak, Pres. of

Performance Drivers, Inc., as facilitator, kept us on track as we shared visions and goals for the future of Rotary.


Many topics were covered including:

What is Rotary (The Core Essence); Mission, Core Values, what Image do we want to convey, what makes Rotary different and the value we bring to the community.

Membership Issues such as what makes a good Rotarian and who we should recruit. What is our value proposition to them and why should they join. What types of members will help strengthen Rotary.

One of my biggest take aways was how do we effectively get the word out to the public and bringing the individual clubs of District 7300 closer together to work together on potential district wide service projects.

The group will continue working towards these ends and invite your ideas and suggestions. So please, simply jot them down and give them to Mark or myself and we will be sure they are reviewed by the committee.

Congratulations to Rich Deitrick
by Yetman, E. Shel

Rich has Now Received Recognition as a (+1) Multiple Paul Harris Fellow!
Rich Dietrick                             Mark Casciola

Donors of US $1,000 or more
to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program,
or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.
For gifts of $2,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow is eligible for Recognition as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin with additional stones Recognition levels are based on the following guidelines:

Recognition total Pin level
US$2,000 to 2,999.99 one sapphire
3,000 to 3,999.99 two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99 three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99 four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99 five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99 one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99 two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99 three rubies

Today's History Lesson
by Yetman, E. Shel

Martin Neaman Shared His Knowledge
Capt. Thomas Espy Post #153 of the Grand Army of the Republic
(Union Civil War Veterans Organization)
Memorial Hall at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie

The historic landmark Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall is home to a true national treasure.
The Captain Thomas Espy Post is one of the half dozen most intact Grand Army of the Republic posts in the country.
Civil War veterans who served the Union armed services met at the Library from 1906 until the 1930s.


Locked  away and forgotten for nearly 50 years, the Espy Post
has been painstakingly restored and re-opened on the 201st anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The room powerfully conveys the stories of the most defining chapter in United States history.


For More Information Contact:
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library
300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106


2nd Annual Salute Your Troops
by Yetman, E. Shel

Our Own Brian Schill In The Mix


Wednesday Aug.15, 2012
Our own Brian Shill was included in the group of past and present veterans honored at the Pittsburgh's Grand Hall Wednesday evening. This was the second annual Salute Your Troops Gala put on  by the Pittsburgh Social Exchange at the Priory in Pittsburgh.
There were hundreds in attendance from all walks of life including a number of local television celebrities, political and sports figures. This event works toward raising awareness for Team River Runner and raised in excess of $10,000 in donations from this event.
Along with Brian to represent our Rotary club, were Armando Ocando, myself and my wife Janice.









Welcome PA Representative Matt Smith
by Yetman, E. Shel

Our Breakfast With Pennsylvania Representative Matt Smith

We welcomed Representative Matt Smith to our meeting this morning where he gave our members an update on current issues facing our area as well as the state as a whole. He shared updates on legislative reform, redistricting, the future of the local Marcellus Shale activity and the progress of the planned cracker facility coming to Beaver county. He also offered to us an opportunity for an open question and answer session where he fielded a number of local community issues on the mind of many of our members.

Rep. Matt Smith (D-42, Allegheny) was born in Bethel Park on Sept. 19, 1972. He is a 1991 graduate of Bethel Park High School, attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, graduating in 1995 with a degree in history. He then returned to his roots in western Pennsylvania to study law at Duquesne University. While a student at Duquesne, he served on the Duquesne Law Review and received several academic awards including honors for achieving the highest first-year grades in contracts and torts and the prestigious John J. Sciullo Endowment Fund Scholarship.

MattSmith's passion for politics and community service goes back many years. From 1996 through 2004, he volunteered on various local, state, and national campaigns and served as a volunteer Election Day counsel. In 2003, he was part of the transition team for Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato. Smith currently serves on the House Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Finance and Insurance Committees. He is the co-chair of the House Life Science Caucus and serves on the Tobacco Settlement Investment Board.

At The End Of A Good Day
by Yetman, E. Shel

Thanks For All The Hard Work
- Operation Homefront -
The clean up team arrived at Roy Werner's home early Saturday morning.
 Put aside the heat and pushed themselves throughout the day to complete their appointed tasks.
This is what Rotary is all about... Service Above Self!

View the entire day in the Operation Homefront photo album.
(Top Left of Home Page)
Rotary International Announcement:
by Yetman, E. Shel

On 14 August, Join In For The First
Rotary Moment Tweet Day.

Tweet using the hash tag #RotaryMoment to talk about your favorite Rotary memory or event, your club's activities, or share your community service project. 

Share your passion for Rotary with your family, friends, and community during Membership and Extension Month in August. This year you’re invited to take part in two activities designed to help you remember why you joined Rotary, what keeps you coming back, and why others should join.

First, take the Rotary Membership Challenge. Commit to sponsor a new member, tell a friend or colleague about your club’s projects, or volunteer as a mentor to prospective or new members. After you complete the form we’ll email you links to resources to help you meet the challenge!

Second, participate in the first-ever Rotary Moment Tweet Day on 14 August. Tweet about your favorite Rotary memory or event, talk about your club’s activities, or share your community service project.

Use hashtag #RotaryMoment.

Not on Twitter? Listen to Rotary’s popular webinar 
Learn how to create a Twitter account, post your first tweet,
use hashtags, and lots more.
Read more at:  
Congratulations Goes Out To John Biedrzycki
by Yetman, E. Shel

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow

The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International. The society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities. Society contributions may count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition.

John, owner at Biedrzycki Law Offices, has been practicing throughout Pennsylvania since 2003 with offices in Upper St. Clair and Pittsburgh.
Welcome To Breakfast
by Yetman, E. Shel

It's Always A Good Time When We Get Together
Today We Recieved An Update & Discussed Our 2012 Chicken BBQ Plans

Be Diligent When It Comes To Your Home's Security!
by Yetman, E. Shel

Cpl. Ron Kline - Upper St Clair Police Dept.  

Some great advice was shared this morning by Cpl. Tom Kline of the USC-PD as he gave our members the latest update on the summertime vandalism issues plaguing our Upper St. Clair neighborhoods. 

Since June there has been in excess of $10,000 in damages reported due to these over night acts of criminal mischief; damage to doors, windows, mailboxes, landscaping, autos and more.

The USC-PD is currently working several solid leads and asks the public to keep your home and car doors locked, keep your eyes open and report any suspicious or unusual activity in your neighborhood. 

Although the frequency of these acts of vandalism has lessened since the public "phone broadcast" alert 
was sent out by the USC-PD, it continues to be problem and an ongoing investigation. 

Cpl. Kline also recommends caution if approached by unsolicited door to door home repair offers and to be sure to not allow anyone access to your home without first contacting the company or police for verification of their credentials.  


We would also like to thank Mr. Tom Poljack 
General Sales Manager with IN Community Magazines
Tom shared with us today a wonderful public awareness promotional program.
This "Free" full page "Rotary Advertisement" is being offered to the area's local Rotary Clubs
as a complimentary add-on to any member secured, qualifying paid advertisement.
For full details and/or additional information you can reach Tom at 412-819-5152
From Scotland, With Education
by Yetman, E. Shel

"Ambassadorial Scholar Sarah Perry" 
Shares her overseas experiences with members
of the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park breakfast Rotary club.
 By Harry Funk - July 17, 2012 

Think of Scotland, and one prevailing image probably comes to mind.

“Yes, they do wear kilts,” Sarah Perry assured members of the Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park Tuesday morning. 

Not on an everyday basis, mind you: “It's mostly saved for formal occasions and weddings. The pattern and the colors of their kilt are determined by their family clans.”

Sarah shared her experiences of living and studying in Aberdeen, Scotland, for the 2010-11 academic year as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.
The Morgantown, W.Va., native was selected as a scholarship recipient in a program that has been in existence since 1947 to promote friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.

Since returning to the United States, she’s answered a lot of questions about kilts and also about the traditional Scottish delicacy 
haggis. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, haggis' main ingredient is sheep pluck, which includes several parts that don’t come immediately to mind when it comes to consuming food.

“It’s actually not that bad,” she insisted. “You just can't think about what you're eating.

More appealing was her description of attending a 
ceilidh (pronounced, believe it or not, KAY-lee).

“It’s basically a Scottish barn dance, where you have a partner and as the music gets faster, the dance moves also get faster.” She said to imagine a room full of about 300 Rotarians, eager to show their American visitor what a ceilidh is all about.

“They were very excited to teach me all of the Scottish dance moves. So I went around with all the different Rotarians, and they were slinging me around.”

Sarah can handle the exercise: During her stay, she ran a marathon for a cherished Rotary cause.

For nearly 30 years, Rotary International has been at the forefront of efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. To help raise money toward vaccinations in the few countries where the disease still exists, she decided to raise pledge money by going the 26 miles.

“My goal was not that lofty,” she said. “It was about 1,300 pounds, which is the equivalent of about $3,000.”

Rotarians in Scotland’s District 1010 certainly rallied to support their guest. By the time she ran – the marathon actually was in Rotterdam, Holland – she’d raised enough money raised to pay for 31,000 polio vaccines.

“By the end of it all, after more money came in, it was a total of $13,000,” she said. “It was amazing to see how the Rotary really stands behind causes.”

Sarah, who also has studied in China, including Hong Kong, is a graduate of her hometown West Virginia University and earned her master’s at 
Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She works as communications and community-relations specialist in Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s Southpointe office.

She is a member of the McMurray Rotary Club in Peters Township.

“I see Rotary as making a huge investment in my life, so I wanted to get back and get involved with Rotary,” she said.

Her visit to Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park was one of many she has been doing, to say thanks to Rotarians for their philanthropic work and especially for the scholarship opportunities they provide.“You really are making the best investment you can in a young person’s life,” she said. “They're going to turn around and use that money and their education for so much more.”

Related Topics: Ambassadorial ScholarshipsHaggisMcMurray Rotary ClubRotaryRotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel ParkRotary International, and Scotland
Please Welcome New Member - Brad Harrison!
by Schill, Brian

Rotarian Brad Harrison was inducted into the Rotary Club of Upper St Clair-Bethel Park on July 5th. 

 Brad is a former naval submarine officer and has served in a variety of national defense and public policy capacities in government and the private sector since 1998.  Brad served as the Military Legislative Assistant to Congressman Robert J. Wittman (VA-01) handling the Congressman’s House Armed Services Committee portfolio and as a liaison to the veterans community and military bases in Virginia's 1st Congressional District, to include Marine Corps Base Quantico, Dahlgren Naval Weapons Station, Fort A.P. Hill, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Fort Eustis, Langley Air Force Base, and the Newport News Shipyard.  

Prior to joining Congressman Wittman's staff, Brad was an active duty submarine officer for over six years in assignments at sea and ashore.  He spent almost two years in Arlington, Virginia as the SSGN Division Head at Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) where he coordinated an Operational Test Launch of four Tomahawk missiles against land-based targets on Eglin Air Force Base for training onboard the USS Florida (SSGN-728). Prior to his time at SSP, Harrison served onboard the USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723) for 36 months in a variety of capacities.  During his time onboard, the nuclear-powered warship traveled over 90,000 miles from her homeport of Norfolk, VA to the Western Pacific Ocean in support of national security objectives.  Highlights included traveling underneath the ice of the North Pole and serving as an Officer of the Deck during a 14-hour Panama Canal transit. 

Additionally, while serving as the Oklahoma City's Damage Control Assistant, his proudest moment came when his division established the highest re-enlistment and retention rate on the Norfolk waterfront.  He is currently the District Director for the Office of Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he focuses on serving over 600,000 citizens of Southwestern Pennsylvania on behalf of Congressman Murphy.

Harrison holds a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. He volunteers as chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002 Fundraising Committee.  Harrison is a lifetime member of the U.S. Naval Institute, where he sits on the Editorial Board for Proceedings magazine, and belongs to the Military Officers Association of America, the National Defense Industrial Association, the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Navy League of the United States, and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. 

Since 2005 Harrison has been married to the delightful Gretchen Benford Harrison of Ohara Township.  Brad and Gretchen are the proud parents of Henry James Harrison and reside in Upper St. Clair.

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Brad and his sponsor, club president Brian Schill.

Please Welcome New Rotarian Rob Robison
by Schill, Brian


Robison Induction Photo

 Rotarian Rob Robison 

was inducted into the Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park on June 7th. 


Rob has over 15 years experience in financial services.  He has held executive level positions at leading financial institutions including Mellon Bank, Hartford Life Insurance, and MetLife/New England Securities. Prior to his career in financial services Rob held management positions in consulting, health care, and Information Technology.

Rob is currently involved with It is the only educational website available today that is dedicated to teaching 401k plan participants how to manage their mutual funds and includes the Mutual Fund Analyzer which quickly analyzes over 22,000 mutual funds and compares their performance of buy and hold over the past six years with the “All in/All out” strategy of the APEX signal.  Rob is on a mission to save the American worker’s retirement one 401k at a time!

Rob and his wife Patty have been married for 31 years and are 20 year residents of Upper St. Clair.  They have two grown daughters, Jenn & Katie.  Rob is an avid golfer, reader and loves listening to the blues.  His newest avocation involves his golden doodle, Lacey.  Lacey is a therapy dog.  She travels with Rob to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitalsretirement homesnursing homesschools, etc.


 Robison Induction Photo


 President Randy Quinn, Rob Robison and Rob's sponsor, VP Brian Schill. 

23rd Annual Chicken Bar-B-Que
by Schill, Brian

 Thank you to all of our sponsors and patrons for your support. Image

 We look forward to serving you next year!  

Tentative date for the 24th Annual Chicken Bar-B-Que is Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 11am-7pm at Westminster Church on RT 19.

The Rotary Club of Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park would like to invite you to our 24th annual Chicken Bar-B-Que to be held on Saturday, September 29th, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at Westminster Church on Washington Road near South Hills Village Mall.  You will receive 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, dinner roll, dessert and drink.  Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door.  Feel free to dine in or take advantage of our drive thru service. This fundraiser benefits the St. Francis Early Learning Institute, Camp Aim, Southwinds, YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee, South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM), Military Connections, Operation Troop Appreciation, Family Hospice, American Cancer Society and many other benevolent organizations.

  For tickets or additional information, contact any club member or Brian Schill at 412-833-6229 or
Welcome to Our New Members! - Shari Leckenby, Janine Dillon, Tammy Barbosa & Clay Kinlan!
by Schill, Brian


Pictured from L-R President Brian Schill, Shari Leckenby, Janine Dillon, Tammy Barbosa & Clay Kinlan

Shari was born in Eighty-four PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in dietetics and nutrition. She is currently an insurance agent with Single Source Benefits on Mayview Road.  She resides in Upper St. Clair with her husband, Keith, and their three children, Tim 17, Keith 14, and Lauren 12.  Shari enjoys cooking, coaching cheerleading and teaching CCD at St. Louise De Marillac.

Bethel Park resident, Janine Dillon, has been a successful full time Licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker’s South Hills office assisting buyers and sellers since 1996.  Janine’s designations include consistent multi million dollar producer, E-Marketing and Lead Router E-Team Member, Previews Properties and Certified New Homes Specialist. Janine is a Member of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and Amen Corner.  She is a long time supporter of Animal Friends, Make a Wish and the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Tammy Barbosa was born and raised in Punxsutawney, PA.  She holds an Associates Degree in Business.  Tammy has been in the insurance industry since 1993 and is licensed in Property, Casualty, Life, Fixed Annuities, Accident and Health.  Currently works for Nationwide, as a Sr. Sales Advocate/Agent at a Nationwide On Your Side Corporate Center.  This is a unique model in that Agents are incentivized to find maximum discounts and contact customers proactively throughout the Nationwide experience.  Tammy resides in Bridgeville, PA with her husband Nate.

Not one to fly very far from the nest, Clayton was born and raised in Bethel Park and still resides there with his wife of 22 years, Kim, and their two daughters Rachel (13) and Heather (10).
After graduating from California University of Pennsylvania, he began his banking career. Currently a Relationship Banker at Brentwood Bank, Clayton enjoys his responsibilities of talking to businesses, non-profits and individuals about the advantages available at Brentwood Bank for their deposit, financing and electronic banking needs.
Community involvement and helping others has been a defining personality trait. For twelve years he was a member of the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company earning the rank of Captain before stepping away to spend more time with family. This was followed by being a member of the Ruthfred Lutheran Church Council. At the present time he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bethel Park Girls Softball Association and also enjoys coaching. He also sits on the Board for the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills, a pro life, faith based ministry located on the border of Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park.
Bethel Park Clean-Up
by Schill, Brian

 Clean up!  Clean up!  Everybody do your share!


Commander Mark "MC Hamma" Casciola and his troops pick up litter along Baptist and Hamilton Roads as part of Bethel Park's Fall Clean-up.

  Front Row:  Randy Quinn & Brian Schill

  Middle Row:  Dave Hicks, Susan Hicks, Lauren Leckenby, Clayton Kinlan & Ray Halackna

  Back Row:  Shari Leckenby, Nick Seitanakis, Tom DeRubeis & Mark Casciola


Rotary is Going to the Dogs!
by Schill, Brian


Rotarians Rob Robison and Coral Stengel with best friends Lacey and Jazz!

 Rob & Coral brought Lacey & Jazz with them to breakfast on November 1st to inform and entertain us.  Lacey and Jazz are both therapy dogs.  They visit nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and
wherever else therapy dogs are needed to bring
fun & companionship to young and old alike.

Rob & Lacey......Coral & Jazz......After combining the nationwide vote with the judges scores.....the couple with the highest overall score and therefore the winner of Dancing with the Dogs is.............?????

Please Welcome New Member - Rich Pletz!
by Schill, Brian


Pictured L-R   New Rotarian Rich Pletz, Sponsor Mark Casciola, Club President Brian Schill

Rich was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He served in the Marine Corps rising to the rank of Sergeant.  He holds a degree in Communication Arts from Westminster College and is currently working towards an MBA from Waynesburg University.  Rich has over 20 years experience as a Manufacture Rep for three different window manufactures’, the latest being Pella Windows.  Currently, Rich owns and operates the Bruster’s Real Ice Cream store located on RT 88 in Bethel Park.  Married to Sharon Knable Pletz of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, the couple never has a dull moment with their 5 wonderful children Sam, Jake, Dan, Grace, and Luke.  The Pletz family currently resides in Venetia, Pennsylvania.
Rotarians for the Children's Free Care Fund!
by Schill, Brian


Sitting L-R       Janine Dillon, Bob Fragasso, Don Stengel, Coral Stengel
Standing L-R   Brian Schill,  Susan Hicks, Dave Hicks
Missing           John Gisleson & Mike Lloyd

 The Rotary Club of Upper St Clair - Bethel Park sponsored a table at the Howard Hannah Steelers Tailgate Party on Sunday, November 13th at Peter's Place. Proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.   Rotarian Scott Churchill provided the sound system for the event which featured a buffet, open bar, several raffles and plenty of oohs & aahs as the Stillers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-17.
Club Adopts New Project - "USC Clean-Up"
by Schill, Brian



Our new Adopt-A-Highway area begins at the Sunoco on McMurray Road and extends just beyond Pinebridge Mall on McLaughlin Run Road. The photo above was taken from the Sunoco Station facing westward toward Pinebridge.
Networking / Family Community Service Event Draws from Five Rotary Districts
by Schill, Brian


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 Our club sponsored a Networking / Family Community Service event at Light Up Night.  The purpose was to bring Rotarians & their families together for some fellowship and to help the American Cancer Society with their Tribute of Light Ceremony.  During the tribute, cards with the names of those you lost their battle with cancer are carried in procession around the PPG tree.  The tree was lit by two young cancer survivors followed  a heartfelt, tearful rendition of "Let There Be Peace On Earth".  We had Rotarians from District 7280, 7300 & 7330.  We also who two Belgian Rotary Exchange students participate - one was staying in Bradford, PA and one was from Wierton, WV.


Please welcome our newest member Diane Vater!
by Schill, Brian



Diane Vater was inducted on December 6th.

She is an independent educational consultant and owner of Vater College Advising, LLC which specializes in the college search and application process.   Her firm provides services that help students identify colleges that are the right fit academically, socially, and financially, and then supports students through the application process.   In addition, Diane serves as a college mentor to at-risk students associated with the Crossroads Foundation.  Her professional affiliations include the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Pennsylvania Association of College Admissions Counseling (PACAC).

Diane received her B.S. from the University of Dayton and her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to her work in the field of college advising, Diane was employed by PNC Bank where she managed a commercial loan portfolio of regional corporate customers and was responsible for training and development in the Credit Division.  Diane also worked for Sawyer Corporate Development where she conducted training programs that focused on communications and business writing skills.

Diane has lived in Upper St. Clair for 27 years and been an active volunteer in the community.  She established the first community outreach program for students at Eisenhower Elementary School and later managed the Upper St. Clair High School college and scholarship resource center for seven years.  Diane served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of Education of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair where she coordinated the Quest for Lifelong Learning adult education program and  developed the annual “Becoming a Competitive College Applicant” seminar.   

Jingle Bells - Fellow Rotarians Serenade Roy Werner & Bob Hackett
by Schill, Brian



 On Wednesday evening, December 21st, Shari Leckenby, Alan Axelson, David & Susan Hicks, Frank Procaccini, Pat Findle, Scott Churchill & Brian Schill visited fellow (shut-in) Rotarians Roy Werner & Bob Hackett.  Coordinated by Shari, Maestro Axelson orchestrated the song selection used to serenade Bob & Roy with a variety of Christmas carols.
by Schill, Brian


We are now meeting at 7:00 am at:

Kings Family Restaurant
155 McMurray Road
Upper St Clair, PA 15241

Hartley King - Inaugural Speaker
by Schill, Brian

Mr. Hartley King, Founder, President & CEO of Kings Family Restaurants,
was our inaugural speaker on Tuesday, January 10th.

 Hartley C. King, President & CEO
King’s Family Restaurants
1180 Long Run Road
McKeesport PA  15131
412-751-9008 (fax)

With a degree in business administration from Lehigh University, McKeesport native Hartley King began his career in 1958 as a salesman at King & Keeney, Inc.,(now doing business as Mon Valley Petroleum) an Amoco distributorship co-founded by his father in 1937.  Since the opening of the first restaurant in 1967, King’s Country Shoppes, Inc. has evolved into a chain of 34 King’s Family Restaurants located throughout Western Pennsylvania.

From the beginning, Hartley has never lost sight of the importance of his customers and employees, believing strongly in giving back to the communities in which he does business.  Kings’ community involvement has included longtime support of many local charities, including the Leukemia Society of Western Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Make-A-Wish.

One of the organization’s largest contributors, the employees of King’s Family Restaurants have been conducting an annual holiday fundraising campaign for Make-A-Wish since 1988.  To date, they have raised over $850,000.

Recently, King’s has become a financial supporter of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA.  A portion of the profits from a designated dessert is donated to the VL , along with profits from selling peppermint patty mints, and also includes guests donations.

For the last 5 years, Mr. King has also been a principal of the local Western PA Sonic Drive-In Franchise, with 5 locations in the southwestern PA and Morgantown WV area.  They are located in Morgantown WV, Uniontown, Canonsburg, Bridgeville and Greensburg.

Mr. King has also been chosen as Man of the Year for the following:

    1992 Variety Club Businessman of the Year
    1992 Richard S. Caliguiri Memorial Award
    1993 WCPRA Keystone Award
    1995 Epilepsy Foundation Award
    1996 Brian P. Mc Clinton Award
    1997 Entrepreneur of the Year – Ernst & Young LLP
    2001 King of the Caper – Mon Valley Education Consortium
33rd Degree Mason

    Former Member of the Make-A-Wish Advisory Board
    Former Member of the Robert Morris College Advisory Board
    Former Member of the McKeesport Hospital Advisory Board
    Former Member of the McKeesport Area Vocational School Advisory Board
    Former Member of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute Advisory Board
    Former Member of the River City Brass Band Advisory Board
    Induction into Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s E.T.A. Sigma Delta
        Chapter of the International Hospitality Management Honor Society
USC-BP Rotary Club Partners with Patriot Guard & National Cemetery
by Schill, Brian


Brad Harrison, Rob Robison, Brian Schill, Ron Hestalden, Mark Casciola, Barry Bioni


                   Brian Schill, Mark Casciola, Rob Robison, Brad Harrison, Janine Dillon
Pittsburgh Power - A Rotary Family Social!
by Schill, Brian


New Member - Kevin McGahey!
by Schill, Brian

Kevin McGahey is a Lighting Solutions Specialist for Schaedler Yesco Distribution, a Harrisburg-based electrical wholesale distributor with 17 branches across the state of PA. Kevin's mission is to improve light quality, saving energy and genuine bottom-line money for customers and potential customers by surveying facilities, spotting energy-eating products and creating proposals and bids for improvement. He covers the western half of PA for Schaedler. Kevin is Lighting Certified and serves on the Board of Managers of the Pittsburgh Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society. He and his family are strong supporters of Animal Friends and have raised several litters of puppies and kittens to adoption age. He and spouse Tina are 19-year residents of Upper St. Clair and are recent empty-nesters. Daughter Katelyn is about to graduate from the University of South Carolina in Supply Chain Management, and son Trevor is a freshman in Civil Engineering/Infrastructure Planning at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Both are volleyball players. Son Trevor is a sport skydiver. Kevin is an occcasional Bagpipes player, bowls competitively, and does television play-by-play for Upper St. Clair High School girls' volleyball and basketball and boys' volleyball on local cable access channel 7. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and has an MBA from the University of Virginia. 
USC-BP Rotary Partners With Boy Scout Troop 366
by Schill, Brian


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Bethel Park Brusters & USC-BP Rotary Team Up for Gift of Life
by Schill, Brian



Welcome To Our Newest Member - Ryan Elm
by Schill, Brian

                 Sponsor Armando Ocando  & New Rotarian Ryan Elm





Ryan was inducted on June 5th. Being a native Pittsburgher and a graduate of Robert Morris University where he obtained his BSBA in Marketing, he couldn’t wait to move his family back to the Greater Pittsburgh Area at the first opportunity. In August of last year Ryan, his wife of 10 years Annalhees and their 2 Children Isabella and Joshua moved back to McMurray and they are extremely happy to be HOME after spending several years in Fort Myers, FL and Shelby Twp. Michigan. Ryan is a Sales Professional with Allen Systems Group (ASG) and thrives on learning new technologies. Ryan’s time is spent between being an active member at Library Baptist Church, coaching grasshopper soccer for Peter’s township (soon to be the commissioner Peters) and enjoying every blessed moment with his family!