May 16: The opening bell was rung at 12:08; the club members and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the invocation as usual.  Guests included Bill Calloway, Ringgold Interact Advisor, and Students of the Month Anthony Romasco and Faith Martin.  Lenny Romasco, father of Anthony, attended as a guest of Marshall Marra.
 
Betsie announced that the scholarship applications will be reviewed at the end of the meeting.  She said anyone who might like to help to review them is invited to stay after today's meeting.  She also said that next week’s speaker will be Susan Evans, a survivor of ovarian cancer, and that the speaker on May 30 will be Chris Beichner, President and CEO of the Allegheny Land Trust.  The Allegheny Land Trust holds the title to the Joshua C. Whetzel Preserve, locally known as River Hill.  This is the south-facing slope of the hill that faces Monongahela from across the river.  The entire area, 212 aces, has been placed in a permanent ownership as a land trust since 2003.  
 
Rich Bucchianeri gave a brief report regarding the activities of the the 250th anniversary of Monongahela, and Terry Necciai provided some additional information.  We are having some difficulty arranging a time when a representative from the all-volunteer Monongahela Area Historical Society can attend one of our meetings to accept our $1,000 contribution to provide comfort stations for the celebration, but hope to have a date confirmed soon.
 
Debbie Mangino gave a brief report on our annual Rubber Ducky Derby.  She said that she needs the letters at this point that would be sent to the sponsors.
 
Laura D’Emidio announced that she’s pregnant and due 22 November.
 
Sandy Davis suggested that the club ask Kevin Harris, the new Monongahela City Police Chief to be a speaker in the near future. 
 
Gabe Paulick went over the arrangements for President’s Night.  It will be at the Back Porch on June 14th.  Cocktails will be from 6:00 to 6:30, dinner at 6:30.
 
Debbie Mangino reported that she is having an open house at her newly refurbished and expanded salon on June 4, 2:  to 4 pm.
 
Half the Take: Lenny Ramasco won the ticket but not the card.
 
The club recited the Four-Way Test and the closing bell was rung at 12:52.
 
 
 
 
 
May 9:  President Elect Gabe Paulick called the meeting to order at 12:06.  The club members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the invocation as usual.
 
Gabe reported that President’s Night has been scheduled for June 14th, at the Back Porch restaurant in Speers, beginning with cocktails at 6 pm.
 
Laura De’Emidio suggested that the club hold an “Adults-Only” Easter Egg Hunt, a kind of fundraising event where certificates for prizes are in some of the plastic eggs scattered on the ground, which everyone in attendance gathers up and then checks.
 
Terry Necciai announced that a new shop is opening today on Main Street in New Eagle.  Owned by Marylou Westbrook Blacka, it is located in the Valiani Building where Queen Anne’s Lace was most recently (and where Yesterday’s Best got its start).  The new shop is called “Industrial Farmhouse Living.”  It features rustic furnishings, distressed pieces, and industrial-themed decorating pieces. 
 
Gabe said that he is going to a by-invitation-only preview of Pho Valley, the new Vietnamese restaurant where the Country Club Deli used to be, across Rt.88 from the Monongahela Valley Hospital.  Gabe was the realtor who arranged for the new owners to buy the building.
 
Half the Take: Jamie Roberts won the ticket but not the card.
 
The club recited the Four-Way Test.  The closing bell was rung at 12:41.
 
 
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