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Volume 97 | Issue 4

Official Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Steubenville
District 6650 Club 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!
We were sad to learn of the death of former member Sanford Berman. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Also, please keep Suzanne Kresser (former member and past president) in your prayers as she battles brain cancer.
We will continue with ZOOM meetings through April on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday.
Beginning in May we will meet in person on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday and more than likely in June also.  Our goal will be to start meeting fully in July even though there was some good discussion on how and what that will be.
We may meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at noon and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:30 pm.  Both Ross and I have had the chance to listen to a very dynamic Rotarian talk about the club she started in Athens and how we all need to look at how we meet, how we recruit new members and continue to keep Rotary alive in our communities. We hope to invite Jennie to speak to our club soon.
ZOOM Meetings
March 3 - installation of Jessica Elias, Birthday and Anniversary celebrations and an opportunity to catch up with fellow members.
March 17 -  A special thanks to Rev. Ashley Steele for her update on activities at the Urban Mission including renovations at the Plaza and soon to open new Thrift Store.
April 7-  A celebration of birthdays and anniversaries plus it is your opportunity to let us know what you are doing at work and in your personal life.  This meeting is our time to share.
April 21 - need a good program
Randy will announce winners.

President's Message
Ross Gallabrese
member photo
Do the names William J. Alexander Sr., John Belknap, Fred Clarke, Guy Jacobs, Charles Simeral and Harry Welday mean anything to you?
They are important to the history of our Rotary Club, and it is appropriate that we remember them this month.
April 1 marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Steubenville.
A lot has changed in the last century. When you needed to travel in town then, you climbed aboard a streetcar. If you needed to go to Pittsburgh, you boarded a train or, if you were fortunate, you, or a friend or neighbor, could jump in a car and make a more-than-90-minute drive on two-lane roads that wound their way through rural Western Pennsylvania. There was no grand entrance from the west then — you simply came through McKees Rocks and followed the Ohio River to the West End or Point bridges.
Newspapers were the best way to stay informed — and there were multiple editions produced each day to bring area residents the latest news.
You couldn't text a friend — but you could send a telegram and get a message out in just a matter of hours.
Television was still a little way off, but if you had a radio, you could listen to news and music on KDKA-AM, which had gone on the air just five months earlier.
Mills on both sides of the Ohio River worked 24-hours-day, seven-days-a-week to produce iron and steel that would help build our nation.
People were still recovering from a couple of horrors — the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and World War I — two events which had touched the lives of every area resident.
It truly was a different world on April 1, 1921, when what was then known as Club No. 881 officially became a part of Rotary. That brought an end to a process that had started several months earlier when members of the Coshocton Rotary Club had contacted area residents to discuss the formation of a club here.
What was described as a "splendid banquet" in the ballroom at the Fort Steuben Hotel served as the backdrop for the presentation of the club's charter on May 20, 1921.
Among the speakers that night was Judge Carl Smith, who said that the club "... had already absorbed some of the real spirit of the international body ... with the spirit of service shown in this community on every occasion that it was called on."
The club was successful from the beginning — membership stood at 61 at the end of the second year and climbed to 128 in 1966 before steadily falling to the 40 members we have today.
We've seen many changes along the way — from the admission of female members on Aug. 25, 1989, to reorganization at the international level which led to a shuffling that caused our club to become No. 3609 — but the basic principles of Rotary have remained the same. Whether we are giving a dictionary to a pupil, providing scholarships that help young people continue their education, helping to purchase and distribute coats to children who are most in need, looking for ways to help preserve our region's history or working to beautify an entrance to the community, Rotary — and our club — continues to set a high standard of service for others in the community to follow.
Alexander, Belknap, Clarke, Jacobs, Simeral, Welday and Smith were among the 25 men listed as charter members of the Rotary Club of Steubenville, and their world of 1921 would be as foreign to most of us who are alive today as the world of 2021 would be to them. One thing  they would likely recognize, though, is the spirit of the organization, and the knowledge that, just like then, Rotary Opens Opportunities.  

Happy Easter

Provided by Debbie Vance McKay
Borrowed from the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay, Australia
LEXOPHILIA: Lexophilia is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."   A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.
.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping centre you've seen a mall.
.. Police were summoned to a day-care centre where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
.. Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done.  That's the point of it.
..And the cream of the twisted crop:  Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Andrea Hale
April 5
Mike Mehalik
April 27
Join Date
Pete Chalfant
April 4, 1973
48 years
Joseph C. Glaub
April 12, 1974
47 years

A couple lived near the ocean and used to walk the beach a lot.


One summer they noticed a girl who was at the beach almost every day.

She wasn't unusual, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for one thing; she would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around and then speak to them.


Generally, the people would respond negatively and she would wander off.


But occasionally someone would nod and there would be a quick exchange of money and something that she carried in her bag.


The couple assumed that she was selling drugs and debated calling the cops, but since they didn't know for sure, they decided to just continue watching her.


After a couple of weeks the wife said, 'Honey, have you ever noticed that she only goes up to people with boom boxes and other electronic devices?'   He hadn't and said so.


Then she said, 'Tomorrow I want you to get a towel and our big radio and go lie out on the beach.  Then we can find out what she's really doing.'


Well, the plan went off without a hitch and the wife was almost hopping up and down with anticipation when she saw the girl talk to her husband and then leave.


The man then walked up the beach and met his wife at the road.


'Well, is she selling drugs?' she asked excitedly.


'No, she's not,' he said, enjoying this probably more than he should have.


'Well, what is it then?  What does she do?' his wife fairly shrieked.


The man grinned and said, 'She's a battery salesperson.'


'Batteries?' cried the wife.


'Yes!' he replied.


'She Sells C Cells by the Seashore!'



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