Club Business
Monongahela Rotary met at Hills Restaurant on April 11 for its regular weekly meeting with nine members and five guests in attendance.  Guests included Ringgold Interact Advisor Bill Calloway, Students of the Month Kobe Norfleet and Samantha Garrick, honorary member Jim McCune, and our speaker, Tracy Walnoha.
The opening bell was rung at 12:06, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and singing of a patriotic song and blessing.  The Club was informed that District Governor Cherie Sears has asked our Club to make a presentation at District Conference regarding our Rotary Lockdown Bucket project.  
It was also announced that a story appeared in a recent edition of the Observer-Reporter encouraging Ringgold students to apply for one of our Club scholarships.  
There will be no regular meeting on April 25 as the Ringgold Senior Boys Luncheon in on April 26.  
It was suggested that our Club schedule another road-side clean-up on Cemetery Hill.  More details will be provided as they are available.
Deb Mangino won the ticket but not the card.  After the members recited Rotary's Motto and the Four Way Test, the closing bell was rung at 12:57
Executives & Directors
Rotary Club of Monongahela
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Hills Restaurant
107 Main St.
New Eagle, PA  15063
United States of America
Four Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do
First: Is it the truth?
Second: Is it fair to all concerned?
Third: Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Fourth: Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Russell Hampton
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Meeting of April 11, 2019
Watchful Shepherd
Tracy Walnoha was today's speaker.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree at Clarion University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has worked for a variety of businesses including GMAC and Bristol Myers Squibb.  Tracy has also worked in her husband’s family business, a national bible study company, and recently worked with a non-profit to send missionaries to Haiti. She has been at Watchful Shepherd for two and a half years, and was appointed Executive Director in 2018 when the previous Executive Director retired.  She lives with her husband, three children and the family dog in the South Hills.
Tracy gave an engaging presentation regarding Watchful Shepherd, a charitable non-profit which provides devices to homes where child safety has become an issue.  Watchful Shepherd’s Founder, Joe Femiani, developed the charity over 25 years ago to address the problem of unsafe children in homes where there had been child abuse.  Femiani, who owned Rice Electric, passed away in 2003, but the organization he started has continued to play an important role in the protection of children.  Watchful Shepherd has a long-standing relationship with the McMurray Rotary Club, which provided seed funding to initiate the charity.  Tracy is making presentations to other Rotary Clubs to increase awareness of the charity and also to secure financial support. 
The device is placed in the home and records information and transmits a signal to authorities when the child presses the button.   Each child is also given a corresponding device which is worn like a wrist watch and can be pressed when the child feels threatened.  For the device to be placed in a home, a qualifying agency has to be chosen to monitor it.  This could be set up on a voluntary basis, although it is frequently done by court order, and it works better when there is a court order.  The courts get involved because of a history of child-related problems in cases where a parent or other family member wants to have the child in his or her care.  There are typically agreements with Children and Youth Services (CYS).  The families already being monitored by CYS personnel typically agree to the devices as a way to bring children back into the household and keep the family together.  The program includes a staff of volunteers who are trained to follow protocols when a distress signal is sent.  When the button is pressed, the police come to the house.  The device also begins recording when the button is pushed and these recordings can be used in court. 
The devises are leased from Connect America for $25/month ($300/year) per device.  This arrangement helps to ensure that the devices are kept current and in good working order, and eliminates the need for Watchful Shepherd to maintain an inventory.  There are 50 to 75 devices in use in homes around the state, with the majority of those in Washington County where the organization started.  “In over 25 years, there have been no cases of domestic violence in homes with this device.”  Hearing this, the Club was inspired to donate $300 to lease one device for one year.
Students of the Month April
We were pleased to recognize two Students of the Month at today's meeting.  Both students were presented with a Student of the Month lapel pin and provided the opportunity to tell a little about themselves and their future plans.
Kobe Norfleet
Kobe Norfleet is the son of Amy and Ken Norfleet of Monongahela and he has two brothers.  Kobe is a stand-out soccer player at Ringgold High School and also runs track.  He will be attending California University of Pennsylvania on a soccer scholarship, and will likely major in business.  His favorite high school memory was when the soccer team won the sectional title last year on the home field in overtime.  His favorite community service activity is participating in Relay for Life.   
Samantha Garrick
Samantha Garrick is the daughter of Melissa and Brian Garrick.  She is a stand-out athlete on the Ringgold Volleyball Team, where she plays libero (player specialized in defensive skills).  She will be playing volleyball at Bethany College and majoring in biology.  Her favorite high school memories are with her high school volleyball team.  Her favorite community service activity was volunteering for the Mon Valley Youth and Teen Association.