Apr 8 14

Indiana Rotary Helps Clymer Borough Youth Baseball

by Michael Hood

The Indiana Rotary Club recently presented a donation check from proceeds generated by the club’s 20th Annual Charitable Luxury raffle to Clymer Borough Youth Baseball.  Pictured above are from left:  Myron Tomb (Club Vice President), Sam Phillips (Club President), Rob Barto (Clymer Borough Manager), Carol Fry (Past President) & Ramesh Soni (Past President).  The Indiana Rotary Luxury Raffle has generated nearly $400,000 to benefit local charitable causes over it’s 20 year history.  Plans are already being developed for the 21st. Annual Charitable Luxury Raffle scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the newly renovated Indiana Country Club.

Clymer Borough Youth Baseball Benefits from Luxury Raffle

Clymer Borough Youth Baseball Benefits from Luxury Raffle

Mar 3 14

Rotary Joins Kiwanis, Quota to Fund CYS Program

by Michael Hood

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May 1 13

2013 Luxury Raffle Applications Available

by Michael Hood

Announcing the 2013 Indiana Rotary Luxury Raffle Application Process

Each year for two decades the Indiana Rotary Club has offered Charitable and Not-For-Profit organizations in the greater Indiana Pennsylvania area the opportunity to raise funds for projects designed to benefit the community.   Our 20th annual Luxury Raffle will  be held at the Indiana Country Club on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  The net proceeds from the Luxury Raffle are used to assist various charitable and not-for-profit organizations serving the Greater Indiana, Pennsylvania area.

Since 1994 net proceeds from the Indiana Rotary Luxury Raffle have totaled $315,000. Awards generally range from about $2,000 to about $5,000 and may be requested to support new projects or to request seed money to design new ways to support and assist the citizens of our community.

The application for funding is now available on this website for any charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Indiana, Pennsylvania area that wish to apply.  All projects should benefit the citizens of the Greater Indiana, Pennsylvania area.

Applications will NOT be considered for the general operating expenses of the requesting organization, for funds to support an ongoing program, or for salaries for the requesting organization’s employees.

The exact level of funding for each approved project is dependent upon the sale of all 200 Luxury Raffle tickets and the sale of the full complement of mini-raffle and 50/50 tickets during the event.

Organizations interested in applying to participate as beneficiaries of the Luxury Raffle Fund Raising Program need to apply for support to screening committee member Ann Wilmoth, 646 Hastings Road, Marion Center, PA 15759 (Email agw1@earthlink.net, FAX 724-397-9003).

All completed applications must be received no later than June 15, 2013.

Organizations seeking funding through the Luxury raffle Fund raising program should be aware that the mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Organizations interested in applying for Luxury Raffle funds must provide a through and detailed application to be considered by the screening committee and the Board of the Indiana Rotary Club.

The downloadable application can be found under “Links” above and immediately to the right on this page, or  Email Ramesh Soni at rgsoni@iup.edu

Apr 30 12

Shakespeare’s Birthday Brings Actors to Rotary!

by Michael Hood

At our April 23rd meeting, member and stage director/choreographer Michael Hood brought a group of his actors from IUP’s Theater by the Grove production of The Gentleman Dancing Master to do a demonstration of stage combat, this time  focusing on smallsword (dueling sword) technique.  The program was given in honor of William Shakespeare, who tradition says was born on April 23, 1564.

Caleb Feigles as Monsieur and Casey Cunningham as Gerrard in The Gentleman Dancing Master

Caleb Feigles as Monsieur and Casey Cunningham as Gerrard in The Gentleman Dancing Master

Apr 12 12

New Members Inducted

by Michael Hood

New members Richard Doverspike and Mark Staszkiewicz were inducted on April 2.  Make sure to make them welcome, and be sure also to keep your eyes open for other prospective new members.  Let’s keep our Rotary club growing.

Mark Staszkiewicz and Richard Doverspike inducted as new members.

Mark Staszkiewicz and Richard Doverspike inducted as new members.

Dec 14 11

Dues Policy Updated

by Michael Hood

Indiana Rotary Club

Member’s Dues Policies: Adopted by the Board of Directors, November 21, 2011


Member dues are payable each quarter, with due dates on the first day of July, October, January and April.  The Rotary fiscal year starts each July 1 and ends on June 30.

Dues are the primary revenue source for expenses incurred in the Operations activities of the club and it is important that all obligations are honored on a timely basis.

While most members pay promptly, there are occasional lapses, which could be viewed as unequal treatment.  Therefore, the primary purpose of this written summary is to clarify expectations and provide for enforcement guidelines, effective January 1, 2012

Billing Procedures:

1)  Dues invoices will be provided on or near to the first day of each calendar quarter. Billing by email is the method preferred by the club but exceptions may be requested.

2)  Members may arrange to pay semi-annually or annually, in advance, in order to reduce the issuance of additional invoices and payments.

3)  There will be additional invoices for special events and/or spouse attendance at some events, which is the policy at present, and they are payable within 30 days after receipt.

Late Payment Deterrents:

1)  Dues not paid within the first month due will incur a $5.00 late payment penalty on the first day of each successive month.

2)   A member who cannot make payment within 90 days should contact the Treasurer to ask for additional temporary extension, which will be considered by the Board.

3)   A member who has outstanding dues obligations that reach 180 days (6 months) will be subject to termination from the club. Members will be notified upon such action being taken by the Board.

4) A member’s unpaid dues remain payable when a member resigns or is terminated, including, without proration, the full dues for the quarter when their membership ends.

Oct 10 11

Leadership Institute A Success

by Michael Hood
President Carol Fry and President-elect Ramesh Soni attended the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, PA).  RLI offers one-day courses with the aim of developing Rotary leaders.  Fry and Soni enjoyed the experience and desire to attend all level 2 and 3 to complete graduation.

President Elect Ramesh Soni and President Carol Fry at RLI

President Elect Ramesh Soni and President Carol Fry at RLI

Aug 25 11

Annual Picnic Signals Summer’s End

by Michael Hood

Indiana Rotarians brought an end to their summer season with the annual picnic, this year once again at the home of Dave and Kay Smith.  The food, friendship, and conversation were delightful and the evening was made even more enjoyable by a vivacious contingent of  wives of former Rotarians, a couple of members we haven’t seen in ages, and some of our newer members too.   A great time was had by all.

Gealy wallwork, Host David Smith and Bob Vargo trade tall tales.

Gealy Wallwork, Host David Smith and Bob Vargo trade tall tales.

Thanks  so much Dave and Kay.

Chuck and Regan Houser, member-elect Anthony Zingaro, and a very happy Krish Krishnan!

Chuck and Regan Houser, member-elect Anthony Zingaro, and a very happy Krish Krishnan!

Aug 24 11

Rotary Rally a Fun Event!

by Michael Hood

The Indiana Rotary Beer Pong Management Team

The Indiana Rotary Beer Pong Management Team

Indiana Rotary Club and the Midday Rotary have once again combined forces to make a difference in our community.  Teams were invited on August 19 to compete in a progression of games held in downtown Indiana bistros and restaurants for prizes as a fundraiser for the Midday Club.  We manned a beer pong game (sorry to say there was only water in the cups!). and our team took third place with  161 points;  the winner only had 164 ! Our team included the soon-to-be-new member, Anthony Zingaro, Nancy Schmidt, Tina from Indiana First Bank, Regan Houser and Joe Lubold’s sister, Laurie Lubold (who filled in at the last minute due to Kevin Kravetsky’s  injury)

A very good time was had by all!

Story submitted by Chuck Houser.

Aug 8 11

The Bus Stops Here! Sports Banquet a Success!

by Michael Hood

The Bus Comes to TownThe 55th annual All-Sports banquet was held at the Rustic Lodge on May 18th, 2011. Once again the Indiana Rotary Club hosted approximately 77 scholar athletes of Indiana Senior High School. The athletes were also accompanied by parents, IHS faculty and coaches. It was an especially stellar evening as our special host was none other than S&T spokesperson Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, #36 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerome delighted the crowd with personal stories and proved to be a very warm, witty and charming speaker. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Jack Benedict of Renda Broadcasting. More than 180 people attended the banquet for which our club members sell ads to supplement our student (guests) meals.

Indiana Rotary would like to thank all of our community program sponsors for their loyal support this year and over the years. Most importantly we would like to thank our community bank —Thanks to Mr. Rob Jorgeson and Savings& Trust—Mr. Bettis’s appearance was a reality because of S&T’s support to our club and to the youth of our community.

submitted by Kay Smith