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.


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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.


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.


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.



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.

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.


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.


David Krantz – Battle of Gettysburg

Our speaker last week was David Krantz from Bradford. He spoke on the Battle of Gettysburg. 625,000 were killed during the Civil War, largest number of US casualties from any war.
Union commander was Major General George Meade and the Confederate commander was Major General Robert E. Lee.
It was the largest battle in US history with 93,921 Union Troops and 71,699 Confederate Troops taking part.
The battle went on three days and at the end the Union troops prevailed, but General Meade failed to go after the retreating Confederate troops and that resulted in 21 additional months of fighting before the was was over.
Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address at the site of the battle, at the funeral for those lost in battle.
There were 165,620 troops involved from both sides.
For the Union side, 3,155 killed, 14,529 wounded, 5,365 missing or dead.
For the Confederate side, 3,903 killed, 18,735 wounded,5,425 missing or dead.


Alzheimer Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

Jenn Brownlee & Jill Curtis from the Alzheimer Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter came to tell us about their organization.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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White Cane Coffee

What Cane Coffee

Bob and Vicki Willman from White Cane Coffee Company talked to us about their company. Their daughter started White Cane Coffee is because, number one, “Who doesn’t love coffee.”. But most importantly, her siblings and her are all on the Autism Spectrum and she is also blind. They have found that finding jobs extremely difficult.

Their goal is to provide a welcoming environment to all people and provide jobs to the handicapped community at a living wage. Most of all, they want to provide you with a Great cup of coffee!