The Contact

    December, 2019

Volume 96 | Issue 6

 Rotary Club of Steubenville 
District 6650, No. 3609
President's Message
Michael Mehalik
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The late democratic senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, would be concerned by the current conditions in our country today.  Moynihan was a US senator for 24 years and prior to that served as a cabinet member in both democratic and republican administrations. Maybe of particular note was his time serving as Counselor to the President for President Nixon.  He was a politician who believed in working across the aisle, something very much needed today.

In the early 1990’s Moynihan warned of the danger of what he described as “deviancy down,” in which worse and worse behavior comes to be accepted as the norm.  According to Moynihan, “there is a limit to the amount of deviant behavior a community can afford to recognize.”  As more and more bad behavior is tolerated the standards by which we live change.  Moynihan says, “We are getting use to a lot of behavior that is not good for us.”

Much of what Moynihan was referring to during the 90’s had to with the criminal justice system and the deinstitutionalization of our mental health system.  He was fearful that, as a society we were becoming more and more accepting of what he considered inappropriate and illegal behavior.  “Redefining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized and also quietly raising the normal level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard,” Moynihan wrote.

Working in the developmental disabilities field for 35 years and helping to implement deinstitutionalization in our community I do not agree with everything Moynihan says.  Clearly deinstitutionalization, especially for those with severe mental health issues, has been difficult.  It is clear that some of our homeless population is a direct result of deinstitutionalization.  None the less it was the right thing to do. 

On the other hand the concept of “deviancy down” sure seems to apply today.  Political, social, and work norms are all being challenged.  “Appropriate behavior” seems to be a concept that has gone out the window.
The new normal is to have metal detectors in schools, movie theatres, sport arenas and stadiums, teachers learning to use weapons, and church members carrying guns to church. 

The new normal is violent movies, violent music, and violent video games.
The new normal is our national political leaders demonstrating total disrespect for each other rather than trying to solve the problems of our country.

The new normal is some parents not teaching their kids basic manners and right from wrong.

As Rotarians “Deviance down” should be a concern to all of us.  The gradual decline of our country’s norms of good behavior has direct impact on all of us.  The Rotary Code of Conduct tells us to avoid behaviors that reflect adversely on Rotary.  I believe implied in that, is a responsibility for Rotarians to make sure that we do everything possible to assure that America maintains high standards by which we all live.
by Larae Messer
During the Fall 2018, Jim Emmerling decided it was time to pass the torch and asked the staff of EM Media to volunteer to take his place as he had broadened his Rotarian experience into the Pittsburgh area.  The staff response was limited.  I believed the membership position should be held by a staff member that lived in the Steubenville area, so I did not volunteer.  Jim later came to me and stated that he would love to have me assume this position and be a representative of EM Media in the community.  Feeling honored, I accepted.
I did have some concerns for the amount of time I would be able to dedicate to Rotary.  I tend to take on rather large projects at the office and was concerned that I would not be a suitable person due to time constraints.  After a few meetings, I was able to adjust my schedule to accommodate both the Rotary and my position at EM Media.
The thought of being involved with a community organization was always in the back of my mind.  My parents are the epitome of “Service Above Self”.  From a young age, I was involved in numerous activities and service projects because of my parents.  They raised us to help those in need.  Although I have volunteered with both my parents and other organization in the community, I have never thought about joining a service organization until Jim encouraged me to do so.  I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and network with fellow, like-minded Rotarians.
Club News
News, Views and Opportunities
November Board Meeting
The Board of Directors met on Friday, November 8th.   Board approved by email the applications of Lorrie Raymond and Jen Brown.
Welcome to New Members
Over the last several months we have inducted several new members.  Please take the time to welcome Derek DeMattio, Donna Loy, Lorrie Raymond and Jen Brown.   Ask them to join you for lunch on Friday and become mentors to our newest Rotarians.
Holiday Party
A cast of highly untrained Rotarian actors (current and past members) provided entertainment at the Holiday Party on November 23.  They preformed a special Rotarian rendition of "A  Christmas Carol"  titled A ROTARY CAROL by our own playwright Robyn Hill.  The are pictured below.   Those attending sure had a few good laughs especially the comment about Ross's bad birthday jokes.  We enjoyed an evening of good food,  adult beverages and friendship.  Raffle prizes were won by Cory Wingett, Jim Mavromatis, Mike Mehalik, Carolyn Glaub, Jim Baber and Lew Musso.  Most importantly the Urban Mission benefited from our toy collection.  A special thanks to Carolyn and Jody Glaub for again hosting the event.
You may still bring a toy to the meeting on December 6th and I am sure someone will get them to the Urban Mission.
Opportunities to Help
Friday, December 13 will be the Children's Christmas Party at Pugliese East at 1 pm.  This years entertainment will be a puppet show.  Please join us for this fun day.
Members can sign up to Ring the Bell for The Salvation Army on Wednesday, December 18th from 10 am to 8 pmWe have a few openings but really need the 7 pm  to 8 pm spot filled.  If you were in at the meeting when Lt. Eric Muhs updated us on activities at The Salvation Army he showed off the "Chuck Govey" Golden Bucket.  Chuck was a very active with The Salvation Army and for many years coordinated our efforts to help them.  The last two years Kiwanis has won the coveted bucket by collecting more than the other service clubs.  We have one up on them this year in that we are ringing the bell closer to Christmas when more people are shopping and members Cory Wingett and Pete Rosaschi have elected to pass the basket on December 13 to collect funds from our members so we can pad the collection.  This will be a great tribute to Chuck for all he did for our community and club.  We are being Fair to All and helping those in need.

Christmas is a practice day.  Men put into practice the best precepts that they have learned, the best they know, the best that is possible for them ever to know.  Giving takes the place of gaining.  If the growth of Rotary is as remarkable as its past and if Rotary remains true to its ideals, everyday will be Christmas by and by,
The Rotarian, December 1915
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Dec 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Children's Holiday Party
Pugliese East Gymnasium
Dec 13, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Rural King
Dec 18, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotarian Birthday Observance
Dec 20, 2019
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Upcoming Speakers
Dec 06, 2019
New Fundraiser and More
Dec 13, 2019
Broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Penguins and former player.
Dec 20, 2019
Christmas Program by the Big Red Choir
Dec 27, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Michael Florak
December 6
Lori Fetherolf
December 7
Daniel J Keenan
December 9
Barry Gullen
December 15
Randy Cottis
December 15
Todd Phillipson
December 17
Curtis Mullins
December 31
Join Date
Curtis Mullins
December 1, 2015
4 years
James Mavromatis
December 8, 2017
2 years
Melinda Young
December 10, 2015
4 years
Time for Humor
As a little girl climbed on Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual question, "  And what would you like for Christmas?" The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped;  "Didn't you get my email?"
A lady dropped her handbag in the bustle of holiday shopping.  An honest, little boy noticed her drop the handbag, so he picked it up and returned it to her.  The lady looked into her handbag and commented, ''Hmmm.....That's funny.   When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it.  Now there are twenty $1 bills."    The boy quickly replied, "That's right, lady.  The last time I found a purse, the owner didn't have and change for a reward."
A good Christmas tip......never catch snowflakes with your tongue until all the birds have gone south for the winter.
Get to Know Me
I am country boy born and raised in Albany Ohio 15 minutes outside Athens Ohio.
I attended West Liberty State College and also received a
Masters of Business Administration from Franciscan University.
Met my 2001 Bride, Lisa at WLSU and moved to her hometown Weirton, WV.   I have yet to be kicked out of the house 19 years later. We have 3 children Julia 15, Ella 13, and Luke 9.
I have served as Basketball coach at all levels for the past 7 years and I am currently assistant coach of the Madonna Lady Dons.
My personal get a way is a love for boating and our family spends a lot of time boating lakes within 4 hours of home.
I own 3 antique tractors, 1 of which is 100% refinished but I still have 2 others to complete.
On my Bucket list: own an off grid retreat, visit Alaska and spend a month exploring Hawaii. 
In my spare time I am Vice President of The Richards and Wingett Wealth Management Company, a Private Wealth Management Firm in Steubenville.
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