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Volume 96 | Issue 1

Official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Steubenville, No. 3609
Welcome to another issue of our monthly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last month's meetings, and learn more about our the Rotary Club of Steubenville and Rotary International!
President's Message
Michael Mehalik
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As I begin my term as President and my first attempt at writing a piece for the Contact I realize that my overall Rotary knowledge is quite limited. When Keith asked me if I was willing to fill in as President this year my response was an automatic “yes.”  It was an automatic “yes” because that is what I do. It is very difficult for me to say “no” whenever   I am asked to do something that has the potential to help our community in any way.
The Steubenville Rotary has supported our community since its inception and will continue to do so into the future.  For that to happen, however, our current members need to step up and help us recruit new members and become more engaged as we try to expand our community involvement.
Since agreeing to become President of our club, which I consider a big honor, I have been trying to learn more about Rotary. I took my time at the President’s training conference seriously and tried to gain as much knowledge as possible. The one thing that became very obvious to me was that most clubs are facing the very same issues as us.  I also learned that many others taking over as Presidents of their club knew as little and, in many cases, less than me.  To be honest, that was a big relief to me.
In my quest to gain knowledge about Rotary I came across the Rotarian Code of conduct.  I thought it was remarkable, very simple but says it all and very pertinent to our current political and business environment. I thought I would share just the first of four principles with you in this month’s contact.
“As a Rotarian, I will act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.”
Is that an oxymoron in today’s political and big business environment?  I kind of chuckle at the following improbable statements.  “As President, or as Senator, or as Congressman, I will act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.”  “As CEO of X Corporation, I will act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.” I don’t think so in many cases.
It is becoming acceptable today to ignore ethical standards.  Integrity doesn’t matter.  We watch our elected national officials ignore ethical standards on a daily basis. CEO’s of many of our major corporations have one ethical standard:  to make more money.  It happens because it is becoming acceptable.  There is no price to pay for unacceptable behavior.
This attitude can never become acceptable to Rotarians.  Integrity does matter.  So do ethical standards. 
By now I am sure you realize that I have become very cynical about our elected national political leaders.    But I do wonder how many of our elected officials are Rotarians?  It gives me hope that some are and that eventually they will wake up and work to improve the situation in Washington.
The bottom line is each of them as Rotarians have the same obligation as each of us:  to act with integrity and high ethical standards in their personal and professional lives.  I believe we have a club with members who strive to meet this principle.  I am proud to be a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club with each of you.
Club News
Meeting Notes
Notes from the recent General Meeting on July 26th.  President Mehalik took the opportunity to allow members to participate in an open discussion regarding membership, fundraisers, meeting times and dates and other general Rotary business.
The Golf Tournament will continue this year possibly without Kiwanis, but this will be our last tournament as a fundraiser.  Many other ideas were discussed including the Beer and Wine Fest or just Brew Fest.   Other ideas offered up having an event around another event such as the Oscars, Basketball, Tax Day or other notable event.  Mike also suggested a Community Awards Banquet where a community member, schoolteacher, police officer, etc. would be recognized for their leadership in the community.     Jim Baber was awarded a gift card to Applebee’s for making so many suggestions.  If you would like to Chair (someone does need to take the lead) or work on a new event, please let Mike know before he appoints you.
How do we attract new members?  Brag about our club, provide contact information about those your feel would make great Rotarians, invite co-workers, friends and family.  Do we schedule a membership event in the evening?  Discussion included moving our meeting to a different day as many people do not work on Friday or take Friday’s off?  Think about what would attract new people. Kathy will bring out the old “Wine Wednesday” flyer and set up something for the future.   Alan Hall will kick off a monthly editorial about the work of Rotary, but you are also welcome to contribute a column that may showcase a project we are doing and how it fits into the Areas of Focus.  The more people who know about us and the work of Rotary they will want to be a part of this great organization.
There were a lot of ideas that members offered up and we thank you for participating.  For those who were unable to attend and even those who were there please watch in the near future as we will put together a  survey for you to complete on Survey Monkey so that all the members can provide ideas on what will make our club better.
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Aug 09, 2019 1:00 PM
Rotarian Birthday Observance
Aug 16, 2019
Rotary Kiwanis Golf Tournament
Aug 18, 2019
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Upcoming Speakers
Aug 02, 2019
Organ Donation and How You Can Save a Life
Aug 09, 2019
Big Red and CC Football Coaches provide updates on the upcoming season
Aug 16, 2019
STEM Education presented by Dr. Kayla Wydra, Steubenville City S
Aug 23, 2019
Learn about a New Medical Procedure developed in Iceland and used at East Liverpool Hospital
Aug 30, 2019
Chris Courtnell, Certwood Industries will showcase the products they will soon be manufacturing here
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
H. Lee Kinney
August 11
Susan L. Hershey
August 11
Carolyn Glaub
August 17
Keith Murdock
August 17
Join Date
Randy Cottis
August 4, 2017
2 years
H. Lee Kinney
August 11, 1979
40 years
Cory Wingett
August 17, 2007
12 years
Get to Know Me
CURTIS a CPA with D'Anniballe & Co, Inc.  He joined the Rotary Club in 2015 and has worked distributing dictionaries and serves on our Board of Directors.
Curtis enjoys country living, reading, antique tractors, muscle cars and providing humor to those who watch him golf.
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