Meet DG Steve & Colleen Arnowitz
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Steve and Colleen (Murphy) Arnowitz were born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They have lived in the Mon Valley for most of their 39 year marriage. Steve has been a very active member of the Rotary Club of Charleroi since becoming a member in 2007. In addition to serving three terms as President Steve increased awareness of the Rotary Club of Charleroi through networking with local chambers of commerce, and at many community events. He also welcomed students of the month and students who were participating in the short-term foreign exchange program. One of his principal accomplishments as President was securing a matching grant through the Rotary Foundation to help local first responders. The grant was used to help the borough of Charleroi purchase security cameras. These cameras assist local law enforcement personnel in reducing crime by allowing them to observe activity within the Charleroi business and residential areas. The camera coverage has helped to curb some criminal activity and make the community a safer place for residents. Steve has chaired and organized fundraisers for his club, helped with distribution of dictionaries to elementary school students, and volunteered with other club members for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign. During his year as District Governor Elect, he and Colleen helped to charter an Interact Club at Charleroi High School. Steve has also mentored students at the middle and high school level, and annually participates in Charleroi High School’s Senior Class Interview day. Additionally, Steve has helped to enlist middle school students as participants in the District 7330 Peace Art contest. Steve and Colleen are active participants in their community and support various charitable and nonprofit causes including Monongahela Valley Hospital, the Monongahela Area Library, the University of Pittsburgh, and California University of Pennsylvania.
As far as international involvement, Steve regards his efforts in the Dominican Republic as one of his most satisfying accomplishments. After his first trip in 2013, Steve became dedicated to the humanitarian efforts that were being carried out in that area. He made a total of three trips with delegations of Rotarians and their friends to engage in work on projects in and around Santo Domingo. Whether it was installing sand filters, painting, or making a sick child’s day a little happier, Steve found this work to be the most rewarding involvement for him. He has shared many Rotary moments from those visits with community and student groups, business leaders, and Rotary clubs throughout District 7330 and the surrounding districts. He is currently seeking other opportunities to globally reach out to Rotarians and their communities in an effort to do some more good both in and for the world.
Embracing opportunities and challenges is nothing new for Steve and Colleen. They have attended training conferences in Detroit, Cleveland, and San Diego and are now looking forward to serving District 7330 for the 2017-2018 year. They have many friends in Rotary and hope to increase that number as they proceed. It will be a good year for them and they encourage Rotarians everywhere to become people of action who make a difference locally, globally, and continue to make that difference each and every day.