Beth Marshal our District Governor came to visit us this month. She told us about the zone project:
FEED 10 MILLION As the world’s premier volunteer Service Organization, Rotary Zone 33/34 will focus on supporting and caring for our neighbors by feeding at least 10 Million meals during the Rotary year 2020-2021.
We presented her with a check for her Governor Projects, which include:
HANWASH which is an initiative to provide Hait with universal access to sustainable, safe, and reliable water and sanitation.
MIRA Foundation USA Inc which provides trained guide dogs, free of charge, to visually impaired children, ages 11 to 16
Dannielle Nebinski from the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) was our speaker today. Since we toured their Warren Headquarters last year, they have expanded from the 5th floor onto the 4th and are making plans for the 3rd floor.
They are servicing nine counties: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren.
Students are learning remotely through the Summer and Fall Semesters and hopefully will be back in classrooms in January of 2021. They offer six different degrees and recently added in an Applied Technology Associate Degree. They also offer Workforce Development Classes to help people progress in their careers. More info at https://regionalcollegepa.org/
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
Allegheny National Forest
Career and Technical Education Caucus
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
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.
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.
Lydia Latimer, of Warren Area High School, accompanied by her parents Greg and Dede Latimer is our February Student of the Month. She has been on the volleyball, swim, and track teams, as well as Varsity Club, Yearbook staff, and Spanish Club. She plans to attend Cleveland State University for Environmental Science, and to play Division I volleyball.
From Bosnia to Afghanistan and beyond , Jeff Granger, our speaker on Feb 13th, has worked in education around the globe. He helped set up a training program in Bosnia to train their teams on how on de-mine areas. In Afghanistan he helped establish a school for girls. He then worked in our area with the Forestry Service.
Bradley Conquer VP of Finance and Administration of Superior Tire & Rubber Corp came and talked to the Club on Feb 6th. Founded in 1964, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. is a designer and manufacturer of polyurethane and rubber industrial components for the material handling, construction, agricultural, military, and mining industries. They operate three plants, a distribution center, and offices and employ 285 employees in our area.