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The January 24 Club meeting was dedicated to assembling 100 Rotary Lockdown Buckets for the Ringgold School District and we were pleased to have four members of the Ringgold Interact Club join us, along with Ringgold Senior Security Advisor Tom Thompson.  Interact students assisting were Alexa Vaccaro, Anna Vogt, Kylee Knvijonski and Alexa Skorvan.  We were also pleased to welcome Anissa Ribnicky and Rebekah Packey from the Belle Vernon Lowe's who donated 100 buckets for this project.  Juliette Smith, a Rotarian who recently relocated to Monongahela from North Carolina, joined us again this week.  And Harry Funk, a visiting Rotarian from the McMurray Rotary Club and a reporter from the Observer-Reporter, was in attendance to learn more about this project.
Before the buckets were assembled, the following information was shared:
Columbine High School; 13 innocent lives ended
Virginia Tech; 32 innocent lives ended
Sandy Hook Elementary; 27 innocent lives ended
Stoneman Douglas High School; 17 innocent lives ended
Sante Fe High School; 10 innocent lives ended
Beyond the dead and wounded, children who witness the violence or cower behind locked doors to hide from it can be profoundly traumatized.  The Washington Post reports that the count of children exposed to gun violence now stands at more than 220,000 children at 225 schools.  
Unfortunately, we are not able to stop school shootings but as Rotarians we can help to ensure that our local students and educators are prepared in case of an active shooter or other incident that would cause one of the Ringgold schools to go on lockdown mode.  We pledge to continue this service project until there is a Rotary Lockdown Bucket in every classroom in the Ringgold School District.  After the buckets were assembled, several Rotarians loaded the buckets into their vehicles and delivered them to the Ringgold High School where additional Interact members were waiting to unload the buckets.
Included in the buckets were the following items: flashlight and batteries, paper towels, hand sanitizer, shower curtain, toilet paper, garbage bags, latex gloves, first aid kit, ibuprofen and duct tape.  Topping each bucket was a toilet lid.  Our Club extends its greatest appreciation to the following businesses who contributed items for this project: Belle Vernon Lowe's, Mon Valley Hospital, Davis Travel, Deb Mangino Hair Designs, Lady Barber and the Washington County Community Foundation.  Special recognition and appreciation is extended to Sandy Davis, Chairman of the Rotary Lockdown Bucket project.  
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The Monongahela Rotary Club held a Club Assembly over lunch at Hills Restaurant on March 14, 2019, with 14 members and one honorary member in attendance.  The opening bell was rung at 12:03, followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag and the singing of our normal invocation.  Rotarian Ken Cole was welcomed back as he has been unable to attend weekly meetings for some time.
Items discussed included the Funny Fundraiser on March 23.  Sandy said she has picked up 500 cups to use for drinks.  Gabe said he would pick up a couple of cases of pop and would order four kegs of beer.  For our next meeting, the members will gather at the New Eagle Firemen's Social Center to set up for the event.  Lunch will be pizza which Laura volunteered to bring to the meeting.  Each club member is asked to bring a Chinese auction item on Thursday.  
On Friday, 28 June, we have reservations to attend a Wild Things ball game in Washington, Pa.
Information was presented regarding the District Conference, which will be held on May 3 and 4 at Seven Springs.  Brig. Gen. Dave Papak, a Monongahela area resident and a recent speaker at our Club, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.  The President urged members to attend, if only for a day, as this will be the last district conference for District 7330.  We will be submitting the paperwork for the District Governor's District Citation this year.
The 250th Anniversary of Monongahela was discussed.  The Club agreed to have a float in the Anniversary parade scheduled for August 10 and Sandy suggested that we approach the Belle Vernon Rotary to borrow their inflatable Rotary sign, which could be put on the float.  There was discussion regarding our Club providing a financial contribution to the Monongahela Historical Society to rent porta potties and hand-washing stations for the celebration.  This could provide a marketing opportunity as Rotary's first service project, performed by the Chicago Rotary Club, was to provide comfort stations (bathrooms).  Another idea advanced was recycling receptacles for plastic beverage bottles.  Betsie will contact the Monongahela Historical Society for input on what is most needed.
Club Treasurer Steve raised the possibility of transferring our bank account from cfs Bank to another bank that would be more convenient for him and that would also provide more on-line services.  Discussion ensued regarding high fees charged at other banks as well as the fact that only cfs Bank has members in our Club.  More information will be secured before a decision is made.
Stephanie Wehrle-Davies and her family sent a card to the Club, thanking us for the wind chime which was sent to the funeral home in memory of her father, Dr. Tom Wehrle.
Half the Take:  Laura D'Emidio won the ticket but not the card.   At meetings end, the Club recited the Rotary Motto and the Four-Way Test.  The closing bell was rung at 12:56.
The Monongahela Rotary Club joined Rotary International in planting a tree for every member. We planted 20 Maple trees at the new playground across from the Henry Covered Bridge today.
In July 2017 we held our inaugural Rubber Duckie Derby releasing more than 1,000 bright yellow rubber duckies in the Monongahela River.  Proceeds of this annual event support the community service activities of the Club.  A drone video of the event shot by our member, Gianni Mangino, can be found here at 
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Rotary Club of Monongahela

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Hills Restaurant
107 Main St.
New Eagle, PA  15063
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