Volume 96 | Issue 7

 Rotary Club of Steubenville 
District 6650, No. 3609
President's Message
Michael Mehalik
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And so the adventure begins; 2020 is here.  Happy New Year! 

Where did 2019 go? My term as Rotary President is officially half over.  My hope remains that my two main goals can be reached:  Rotary membership reaching 50 and a new fundraiser established so we can do more to help our community.  Both are a work in progress but appear to be trending in a favorable direction.
I came across a quote this week by Eric Thomas, Ph. D., a world renowned speaker, educator and Pastor.  He said, “This cannot be the year of talking, of wishing, of wanting.  This has to be the year we get it done.”  I could not have said it better myself!

A while back, I was standing around talking to Derek DeMattio, Larae Messer, Adam Perzanowski, and Kate Sedgmer before one of our regular meetings.  We were briefly discussing possibilities for a new event, in particular possible locations for an outdoor event.  It was a simple moment in time but a vivid memory for me.  It was during this brief interaction that I began to believe that a core group of Rotarians wanted to make this new fund raising event really happen!  “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  (Dr. Seuss)

And one final thought before I sign off.  As we enter the New Year, I am really concerned about the lack of tolerance and empathy in our society today.  I know, at times, I am guilty myself on both counts, but especially with tolerance.  My wife is my social judge and she always straightens me out in a hurry.  “Don’t say that; you know you don’t mean that.”  Or when I really get under her skin, “shut the hell up.”  My New Year’s resolution is to try to do better.
To be a good Rotarian striving to be tolerant and empathetic is an absolute must!
Kate Sedgmer
In March 2016, I walked through the doors of United Way for the first time. I was greeted by Kathy Musso, the interim director. Kathy and I spent the morning signing forms for this and that, discussing who I needed to meet to be successful in this position, and the very full schedule she had created for me. When she left for the day she mentioned she would see me the following afternoon at Rotary, details were in my calendar.
I was somewhat familiar with Rotary Club. I have a few relics hanging in my home that were sponsored by the Cadiz Rotary Club, I knew the chapter in New Philadelphia sponsors the Rotary Railroad at Tuscora Park, and I had worked closely with a proud Rotarian in Cleveland.
When I arrived at the YWCA the next day, I was greeted by Kathy whom promptly introduced me to many new faces, whose names were familiar from the previous day’s conversation. I met the Glaub’s, Sue Hershey, Martin Hauser, Chuck Govey, and many others. During the President’s announcements I found out I had already submitted an application for membership – undoubtedly one of the many forms I had filled out the day before. (Kiwanian’s still taunt me for not visiting them prior to making a decision.)
When I first joined Rotary I saw it as a way to get donations, connect with many of our leadership donors, hear workplace campaign updates, and find board and committee members. Over the last 3.5 years though, I’ve realized Rotary is much more than just a place for transactional business. I’ve come to regard many of my fellow Rotarians as mentors and friends. I look to our members for advice based on their career and life experiences and I consult with members with decades of community memories to help me learn from the past.
I’ve based how I conduct myself, both personally and professionally, on the Rotary Four Way Test. I watched in awe as Chuck Govey passed on Paul Harris Fellows to his friends, family, and colleagues - As a young professional, I can only hope to someday leave a legacy as Chuck did. Rotary, and our members, are helping to shape me into the leader I am trying to become. I’ll forever be grateful for the lessons learned, memories shared, and friendships created because of the Rotary Club of Steubenville.
Club News
News, Views and Opportunities
December Board Meeting
The Board of Directors met on Friday, December 13.   There were several requests that were tabled until the new year.   Committee reports included information regarding attendance and some possible new membership classifications and dictionaries have been ordered for distribution in January.  Kathy reported for the scholarship committee that will start actively recruiting applications in January.  
2020 Yearly Raffle and Invoices
All of you should have received your Raffle Tickets for 2020 and information regarding how you would like to be invoiced.  Please return those ASAP to be included in January raffle and also so Randy can complete invoices in a timely manner.
Welcome to New Members
We will be installing two new members on January 10.  Joining us will be Katie Hildman of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and Leah Eft from the Edison School District.  Both of these ladies have been attending so I hope you have had the chance to meet them.
Upcoming Events
"Wine Wednesday" will return as Robyn Hill makes plan for us at Valley Wine Cellar in Wintersville. 
District Conference - May 16 at Kent State University.
Opportunities to Help
Please sign up to help distribute Dictionaries to 3rd grade students in Jefferson County.  We like for members to work as a team and meet with the students.  It is a great opportunity to discuss Rotary and what we do.  In the past members have had the students put their name on the label and look up words.  Curtis Mullins will have a sign up sheet for you to participate.
Rotary Clothing and Gifts - Use the link below to create your own Russell Hampton account for Rotary Logo clothing, jewelry, and gifts.

It is reasonable to expect that it will fashionable someday to build lives instead of fortunes.
The Rotarian,  August 1921
Holiday Pics 
Big Red Interact Club providing gifts for a fellow student in need.  They raised the funds by selling hot chocolate in school
Children's Christmas party at Pugligese East.  Gifts were provided to 80 students.  Thank you to Andrea Hale, Scott Lane and the Interact Club for shopping and assisting at the party.
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Jan 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Rotarian Birthday Observance
Jan 17, 2020
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Upcoming Speakers
Jan 03, 2020
Paradise Energy Solutions, Solar Trends in Ohio
Jan 10, 2020
Urban Mission Updates
Jan 17, 2020
Online Education
Jan 24, 2020
Quest for Success
Jan 31, 2020
Learn more about Benigan's Restaurant in Steubenville
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ross Gallabrese
January 19
Donna Loy
January 20
Jim Baber
January 22
Join Date
Jim Baber
January 1, 1995
25 years
Adam Perzanowski
January 2, 2016
4 years
Lori Fetherolf
January 2, 2015
5 years
Patricia Fletcher
January 4, 2008
12 years
Kate Sedgmer
January 15, 2016
4 years
Adam E Scurti
January 16, 1981
39 years
Larae Messer
January 21, 2019
1 year
Kathleen Musso
January 28, 2000
20 years
Time for Humor
An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.”
Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic. This is what transpired:
Dr. Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?”
Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.”
Dr. Young:  “Yuck, this is gasoline!”
Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.”
Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
Dr. Young: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”
Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”
Dr. Young: “Oh, no you don’ – that is gasoline!”
Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”
Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
Dr. Young: “My eyesight has become weak – I can hardly see anything !!!!
Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so, here’s your $1000 back.” (giving him a $10 bill)
Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!”
Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500.”
Moral of story: Just because you’re “Young” doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an “Old Geezer “!
Get to Know Me

Adam currently serves as Vice President and Director of Sales for the Milleson Insurance Agency. Over the last three years, he guided the Agency into the Jefferson County marketplace with enthusiasm. Upon arrival in Steubenville, he immediately became an active member of the Steubenville Rotary Club and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, where he is presently serving on multiple committees.
Adam and his wife, Deena, began their family in November, 2018 with the birth of their son, Archer.
A lover of sport, primarily basketball, Adam picked up a coaches’ whistle the day he stopped playing. At age 25, he was hired as the OU Eastern Women's head basketball coach and completed five seasons there, retiring when he found out about Archer’s hoop season debut.
In the coming years, Adam will continue to pursue an impactful and expanding business career in the Ohio Valley. His hope is to instill this same desire in our young people through more positive community action and mentoring.
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