Jan 20

Brad Moore from U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson Office

Brad Moore from U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson came to talk to us last week. A life-long resident of Howard Township, Centre County, Pa., Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson represents Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 
His focuses are:
Issues

  •     Agriculture
  •     Allegheny National Forest
  •     Career and Technical Education Caucus
  •     Education
  •     Energy
  •     Healthcare
  •     Marcellus Shale
  •     Military Service & Veterans Affairs

His staff is available to help with many federal issues just go to https://thompson.house.gov/contact or Phone: (202) 225-5121

Jan 12

Becca Swick and Erie from The Sight Center

We loved having Becca Swick and Erie as a guest at our Rotary lunch last week. The Sight Center’s mission is “to prevent blindness and promote independence for those with vision loss.”
The road to becoming a Leader Dog for the Blind is not an easy one.  ERIE is slowly learning that he is not a typical puppy, and that there are special rules that apply to him. We wish him luck on his journey to service.

Erie

Read more about Erie and the Sight Center at https://www.sightcenternwpa.org

Oct 18

Terri Allison – A Safe Place

Terri Allison came to talk about A Safe Place. They are a Domestic Violence-Sexual Assault Shelter. They offer victims multiple services including individual counseling, legal advocacy, temporary shelter. They have several offices now with the main office on the grounds of the State Hospital. They are in charge of the Crime Victims Program for Warren County. If you want to help they appreciate gift cards to Walmart to help victims get the necessities they need.

Oct 18

Tatiana Malys, Assistant District Attorney

Thank you to Tatiana Malys, Assistant District Attorney for being one of our speakers last month.
Tatiana graduated from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2015. She worked briefly as an Assistant District Attorney in Lebanon County, PA prior to working as a Judicial Law Clerk for the 24th Judicial District clerking for the Honorable Timothy M. Sullivan. Most recently, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Franklin County, PA, before moving to Warren in 2018. Tatiana has a Bachelor Degree in Law from her home country Romania.
She had great stories about coming to the US and being overwhelmed by all the choices we enjoy every day. She also shared some history about Voivode of Wallachia a hero In Romania.

Sep 11

Gaughn’s Drug Store

Scott Newton from Gaughn’s Drug Store came to talk to the club about CBD products. He did lots of research before he decided to carry anything.

What are Cannabanoids?

Cannabinoids are the chemicals that give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties. Among the 113 cannabinoids produced, THC and CBD are the most prevalent and the most well-understood. Most strains of marijuana sold today are cultivated with higher levels of THC.

THC is known for its psychoactive properties and is the reason you feel “high” after ingesting marijuana.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and actually works to counteract the high. CBD also has numerous benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

Why is “full-spectrum” the best?

Cannabinoids, terpenes and other chemical compounds found in cannabis achieve limited success when working in isolation or as individual components. Research suggests that when these individual components of the cannabis plant support one another, therapeutic benefits are magnified. Together, they produce an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. This phenomenon is known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect supports the idea that whole plant medicine is superior to pure extracts.

Gaughn’s Drug Store only offers CBD products that do 3rd parting testing for each lot. Otherwise you cannot be sure that you are getting it at effective levels.

Have questions? Stop by Gaughn’s Drug Store and talk to Scott.

Sep 11

Allegheny Outfitters

Piper moved home from Alaska in 2006 to begin the journey that has become Allegheny Outfitters.

After eight years as an air traffic controller in the US Navy, Piper moved home to Warren with her three children (under four) in 2006 to make a go of AO. She is Leave No Trace Master Educator certified from the National Outdoor Leadership School and ACA Level II Kayak Instructor certified. She is co-author of the Allegheny River Paddling Guide, and published On the river and down the trail…, a collection of 100 photos adventuring in the Pennsylvania Wilds. She is also one of the founding members of the annual Allegheny River Clean-up.
Canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, climbing, hiking, biking, snd skiing are just a few things that AO does. Make sure you stop by their new location at 20 Clark Street Ste A, Warren, PA, 16365.

 

Sep 11

Warren Tire Center

Corky and his wife Caroline from  came and spoke to us, earlier this month, about the process of rebuilding after the devastating fire they had over a year ago. They were so grateful for the response from the fire departments, hazmat crews and United Refinery for helping with the fire. No one was hurt and the house next door were not damaged.
 
It was a long processes to work through the insurance claims and luckily they had business interruption insurance which helped them keep their full-time employees paid and with healthcare insurance during this time.
 
They fought to use local contractors and could not be happier with how everything turned out. Celebrating 44 years in business. They now provide complete services from State Inspection to computer wheel alignments, oil changes and tires. They also ship UPS daily, rent Penske vans and trucks and do car wash and detailing.
Aug 09

J. Augustus Jones by Randy Gustafson

Rotarian Randy Gustafson shared his passion for history and for trains with us on Wed.  His entertaining presentation took us through the life of J. Augustus Jones of Warren, his ties to businesses, banks and a circus.

Randy’s curiosity was peaked when he started to look into Warren Circus Flat Cars that are common in model trains.  It turned out the real version was made in Starbrick. Circuses were charged by the car, not by weight, so to save money they made the cars longer so they would extend the cars up to 70ft. These were used by many circuses including Ringling Brothers.  The story of Jone’s life was incredible, from banker to circus owner and more.  Thank you Randy for sharing this incredible tale with us.

Want to read more about J. Augustus Jones go to Warren Times observer . http://www.timesobserver.com/news/community/2019/05/kings-demise/

Jul 28

Phil Caudil – Bent Run Brewery

Phil Caudil from Bent Run Brewery was our Speaker July 24th. Their new location in the old Loranger building at 36 Clark St will be opening this October.  The space is all set up and now they just need to set up the dining room, kitchen and brewing to get going.  They will be open 3 days a week to start with a bar menu.

Jul 28

Harvey Stone- High Performance Driving

Our speaker July 17th, was Rotarian Harvey Stone. He talked about his passion of High Performance Driving. He started in 2001 after a friend took him to the Watkins Glen to experience a ride. Since then he has participated in numerous schools all over the country, Canada and Germany.
Drivers are broken up into different skill sets and when a faster car approaches you use hand signals to get signal them past. He is a track instructor and when he is instructing drivers he rides in the passenger seat and talks them through the course. He showed us an exciting video of the Watkins Glen Track.