The Contact

    November, 2019

Volume 96 | Issue 4

 Rotary Club of Steubenville 
District 6650, No. 3609
President's Message
Michael Mehalik
member photo
It is Sunday afternoon, rainy, windy, and quite uninspiring for a fall day.  To be honest, I am quite bored and wishing the Steelers were playing now instead of Monday night.  I am looking through the October edition of the Rotarian for an idea for my monthly article for the Contact; looking for an idea to steal!
The focus of the October Rotarian is polio since world polio day was October 24th.   The annotated guide to ending polio in the magazine is really amazing.  If you have not read it, I recommend that you do.  The history of the polio elimination fight and Rotary’s contribution is really impressive.  Rotary is proud of their contribution and rightfully so!
Looking through the magazine I also came across the four objectives of Rotary.  The very first objective struck me, “The development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service.”  It hit me because every time you read the Rotarian it is obvious that making acquaintances locally, nationally, and across the world is what really enables us, as Rotarians, to accomplish much of what we do.  
Developing acquaintances does much more than just create an opportunity for service.  When you look around our Friday Rotary meetings you often see much more happening.  It may be a business discussion among a few members, plans being made for a recreational/social event (going to a football game is #1 at the present time), discussions about needed changes in our community, a mini political debate, and maybe, most importantly, old friendships continuing to grow and new friendships being made.
All of this is great stuff!  All of this makes our club a great place to be on Friday afternoons!
With that being said, it is important to remember that Rotary fosters “the development of acquaintances as an opportunity for service.”  Rotary is a service club so it is important that we keep this in focus at all times. 
Our club projects are important.  Funding our annual dictionary project, student scholarships, the Women’s Health Initiative, polio plus, and the children’s Christmas party remain priorities.  Being able to support other local requests like the Nutcracker Village, the Children’s Halloween Party, The Urban Mission 7th Street Project etc. are important as well.
The projects our club sponsors and supports are all worthy. But they do require funding and it is crucial that our club have a plan to assure that the funds remain available into the future.
The Rotary Board has begun discussions on an event to help us raise additional funds. We are looking at a community event, something that will be fun to do and enjoyed by everyone in the community.  We will need help from everyone to make it happen. As plans begin to take shape we will be coming to you for your input and support.  We will keep you posted!
2019-2020 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS -  I completed the committee assignments and passed this out last week so in case you missed it here is the list.  Some committees have started to meet and others will soon begin their task at hand.
Membership-Kathy Musso, Chairperson
Marty Hauser, Attendance                        
Rich Delatore
Adam Perzanowski                                      
John Mascio
Derek DeMattio                                           
 Kate Sedgmer
Sue Hershey                                                  
Mike Mehalik
Kyle Brown                                                                                          
Community Service- Curtis Mullins & Pete Rosaschi, Co-Chairpersons
Dictionary Project- Barry Gullen, Kathy Musso, all members to help distribute
Children’s Party- Andrea Hale, school coordination Melinda Young
Interact Club- Scott Lane, Andrea Hale
Student Vocations- Barry Gullen, Donna Loy, George Ash, Patricia Fletcher
Women’s Wellness- Kathy Musso, Carolyn Glaub, all ladies to help
4th Street Project- Curtis Mullins, volunteers to help
Scholarships- Charlie Joyce, Dan Keenan
Foundation- Adam Perzanowski, Chairperson
Fundraising/Raffle-Kathy Musso
Golf Tournament- Kathy Musso, Kyle Brown, Jim Baber
New Event Committee Members
Jim Mavromatis                                         
Kate Sedgmer                              
Larae Messer
Ashley Steele                                             
 Erika Lyon                                     
Jody Glaub
Todd Phillipson                                     
 Jen Brown                             
 Mike Florak
Cory Wingett                                              
Rich Delatore                              
George Ash
Lori Fetherolf                                              
Randy Cottis                               
John Mascio
Derek Demattio                                          
Mike Mehalik
Lorrie Raymond
Public Relations- Larae Messer, Chairperson
Includes the “Contact,” Facebook, Herald Star, and other public relations.
Ross Gallabrese                                    
Kathy Musso                               
Richard Pflug
Mike Mehalik                                       
 Mike Florak
Allan Hall                                               
 Robyn Hill
Club Administration- Rich Delatore
Pete Olivito                                   
 Pete Chalfant
Mike Mehalik                                 
Adam Scurti                                 
by Marty Hauser
 In August of 1976, I came back from my honeymoon and fresh from graduation from the University of California. My bride, Donna, and I were going to spend a “couple of years” in Steubenville to build a bit of a nest egg. Then, we’d be off to somewhere else and live happily ever after. Well, we got the happily ever after part but remained in Steubenville.
     I started working in the family business when I was 12 years old. But I was 23 in 1976. My father thought that I should be a member of a service organization. He had been a member and past president in Kiwanis. However, he wanted me to join Rotary. I knew very little of any service club but he felt that Kiwanis and the Lions were geared toward vice presidents while Rotary was geared toward presidents. At that time, he was essentially correct. I may be wrong but I think that our reputation has remained the same in this regard…but I also admit to being biased. He made a call to the Rotary president at the time, Jack Allen. I guess that you’d call it “pulling strings”.
     I enjoyed Rotary from the very beginning…and still do. I was asked to be the Sergeant-at-Arms in 1977 under Bill Ramage’s presidency. When elected to the Board of Directors in 1978, I decided to commit to perfect attendance. There have been times that attending or make-ups were challenging. But, for the most part, I so enjoy the camaraderie and service so much that attendance is a highlight of my week, not a burden. Of course, I also very much enjoyed my two terms as our club's president.
     Rotary is not for everyone. Some have financial or time constraints that prohibit membership. For me, my years in Rotary have been true blessings. The people that I’ve met and worked with.  The programs that I’ve been treated to. I’ve tried to give back to Rotary but I fear that I’ll never be able to give back as much as I’ve received. I don’t think that I’m alone in my gratitude to the Steubenville Rotary club as well as Rotary International.
Club News
News, Views and Opportunities
October Board Meeting
The Board of Directors met on Friday, October 11.   Board approved the application of Donna Loy and made a donation to the Valley Hospice 20"s event.   President Mike also asked committee chairs to meet the following Friday at 11 am to discuss committee assignments and a possible new event.   Many of the committee chairs have already set up committee members and Mike will assign others so everyone is working on a committee.
The 4th Street Exit
As you can see in the pic the Gazebo has a coat of primer thanks to Curtis Mullins and Donna Loy and if the weather holds will get a coat of paint very soon.  If not we will do it in the spring.  Most of the one garden bed has been replanted with new plants and by dividing some of the existing.  Join in on the fun!  Soon our Rotary Logo will adorn the Gazebo along with some Holiday decorations.
World Polio Day, October 24
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Polio Plus Fund.  Randy Cottis reports we collected  $374.   Thank you!
Holiday Party
Hopefully by now you have received your invitation to the Annual Holiday Party.  Please join us and bring your spouse, special friend or other guests.  Admission is by bringing a toy to be donated to the Urban Mission that will be distributed before Christmas.   A great way to make a difference for a young child who wants a new doll, a fire truck or books to read.   We ask that you also bring something to share with your fellow Rotarians........a salad or other side dish, dessert, or snacks.  The main entree, wine, beer and soda will be provided.  This year we will also have some special entertainment provided by your Rotary friends.
Opportunities to Help
Thanks to your generous donations of candy or cash we were able to provide a fun Halloween party for the children at the Martin Luther King Rec Center.   Next year we need to go and participate.

What Rotary will be one hundred years hence, none living can imagine.  There is nothing impossible to Rotary now.
I believe Rotary will live: if it lives, it will grow.
There may come a day sometime (for even we must obey the inexorable law and grow old),  a day when we shall not care longer to bear the responsibility imposed upon us by our present plan of membership.  What shall we do then - resign?  Perhaps not, if not, possibly then will come the dawn of the day "Greater Rotary"
THE ROTARIAN, February 1915
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Nov 08, 2019 11:00 AM
Rotarian Birthday Observance
Nov 15, 2019
Rotary Club Holiday Party
Center of Music and Art
Nov 23, 2019 6:00 PM
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Upcoming Speakers
Nov 01, 2019
ALIVE Shelter and Rape Crisis Center
Nov 08, 2019
Meet the Coaches
Nov 15, 2019
Nov 22, 2019
Building new schools in the Indian Creek District
Nov 29, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Peter S. Olivito
November 4
David D'Anniballe
November 21
Join Date
Carolyn Glaub
November 1, 1998
21 years
Kyle Brown
November 3, 2000
19 years
Martin C Hauser
November 11, 1977
42 years
Time for Humor
I recently called an old Engineering buddy of mine and asked what he was working on these days.
He replied that he was working on "Aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminum and steel under a constrained environment."
I was impress until, upon further inquiry, I learned that he was washing dishes with hot water under his wife supervision.
So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
I may have been in Continent, but I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.
My job is done! Life is too short for negative drama and petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!
Get to Know Me
Charley  has been a member of the Steubenville Rotary Club for more than twenty-six years and has served as club President. Born and raised in downtown Steubenville and the first of his family to attend college, Charley earned a BFA degree in Advertising/Marketing and Graphic Design from Ohio University. He intended to major in Education until his father advised him to seek a more lucrative degree with higher earning power. After graduation and military service, however, he spent a 43 year career in the Education as a teacher and administrator. He holds degrees from Ohio University, University of Dayton and a doctoral degree from West Virginia University.
He was drafted by the US Army a few weeks after earning his Bachelor degree but was provided 90 days before reporting for duty. Given his draft status and the inability to interview for work, he took a job as a camp counselor at a YMCA camp in Blairstown, New Jersey. In August of that year, he and some friends attempted to attend an outdoor concert in Bethel, New York but were unable to negotiate the last ½ mile of the trip due to a muddy road. So, plans were abandoned since there would be plenty of outdoor concerts like Woodstock in the future.
Charley served with the First Cavalry Infantry Division in Vietnam as a squad leader. Upon his return to Steubenville, he was employed as a “traveling’ Art teacher for five Steubenville parochial schools. A year later, he was employed by the Steubenville City School and began a career of 27 years as a teacher, principal, director and assistant superintendent. In 1993 he was named as superintendent, a position he held until he retired in 1999.
That same year, he began his second career at Franciscan University as a Professor of Graduate Education. He served as the Director of the Graduate Education program for 9 years and retired in 2014 after 15 years of service.
He met his wife, Karen through his brother. Their first date was a football game between Catholic Central and Madonna. They have been married for 41 years and have one daughter, Lindsay who is an Architectural Designer and business owner in New York City.  
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