Rotary District 7330
Southwest Pennsylvania, USA
December 2, 2018      #12
In my religion, today marks the beginning of Advent, which is a season of waiting and preparation. While the rush of December shopping and parties sometimes drowns out our preparation on the inside, advent is a time for hope, love, joy, and peace.  
Rotarians around our district are taking actions that provide hope and love and joy to others and build the foundations for peace.  
Yesterday, I received two letters.  One was an application for the Rotaract Club of Saint Aloysius College sponsored by the Ebensburg Club.  The second letter was the application for the new Interact Club at Norwin Middle School sponsored by the Westmoreland Satellite Club of Norwin.  Both of these new organizations will provide leadership and service opportunities for young people, who will spread hope, love, joy, and peace through their actions.  
Johnstown Rotary also celebrated youth this past week by awarding a Paul Harris Fellow to Johnstown High School Interact Club President Brendan Veney.  In addition to leading efforts on a number of service projects including book boxes around the community, Brendan’s club also has pledged to purchase a solar suitcase.  
Through their actions, Brendan and his fellow Interactors are sharing hope, love, joy, and peace. 
Over in Somerset, the Interact Club crushed their record of 1,200 Christmas cards for veterans with 1,605 signed this year.  
Many years ago when my girls were in Girl Scouts, I joined their troop in delivering cards at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh.  We went over a long weekend, so only the sickest patients remained in the hospital.  Wards were very quiet except for the noise of young, giggling girls.  I still remember one veteran, who told the girls no one had ever given him a card before.  He teared up, we teared up, and he told us he would cherish it the rest of his life. 
Somerset Interactors are spreading hope, love, joy, and peace through their efforts.
We are people of action. In addition to working with young people, district Rotarians have been busy with light up nights, tree decorating, and community improvement projects. Somerset President Mike Kuhn led the s’mores-making delegation, while Norwin President Bill McCabe helped orchestrate the arrival of a new Christmas tree.  Washington Rotarians received $200,000 from the Local Share Account for their Picnic Pavilion Project.  

More hope, love, joy, and peace.

No matter what your faith, may you find hope, love, joy, and peace in this season.  
Hope, Love, Joy, Peace
Rotary Club of Washington President Bill Price and his monkey accept a check for $200,000 for the community pavilion project.
Somerset Interactors share some of the 1,605 signed Christmas cards for veterans.  

Cherie' Sears

District Governor

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