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Rotary Meeting May 21, 2019 
 
President-Elect Andy called the meeting to order and asked Mike Pecosh to say the invocation and lead us in the pledge.
 
He called on Brad Montgomery for the Sargeant-at-arms report. Attendance was 33 Rotarians and three guests. Our speaker, Doug Harback, Kelly from Domestic Violence Services, and Garrett Rush, Phil Rush’s grandson.

Announcements:

1.We need volunteers to attend school assemblies to recognize the recipients of our scholarships. A list of schools was at each table, and people were asked to sign up.
2.Everyone should have received the invitation to President’s Night, June 11. RSVP are to go to Brandi Miller, so far she has gotten 19 confirmations. If anyone has NOT received the invitation (such as PE Andy) let someone know. His was immediately presented to him.
3.Ken Baker told the club that he had received a request from the county Food Bank for volunteers who can come this Friday about 9:30 AM to help pack 650 food boxes for seniors. 
 

Foundation:

Dave Hart reminded us that a new Rotary year will be starting soon, and provided forms which can be filled out to simplify donation by having it added to one’s quarterly bill.
He then presented Brandi Miller with her pin and plaque for the Paul Harris Fellowship which the club honored her with at the district conference.
 
 
 
 

Happy Dollars:

1. Susan Priest: Happy to live in a democracy (the worst form of government, except for all the rest: Winston Churchill)
2. Tom Drewitz: Happy he is no longer one of those who never saw any episode of Game of Thrones.
3. John Hopper: Happy he did not have to turn in his wife, who he heard plotting with others to bomb places in Pittsburgh, since he learned in time that the bombing involved crochet.
4. Kathy Sabol: Happy to promote upcoming Bar Association Golf outing, which also includes Bocce for non golfers. Also happy that longtime community activist Helen Crunick is celebrating her 90thbirthday on the 24thand invited those who know or remember her to send cards. And also happy for the work her sister did with students working to create a glass structure going on display May 31.
5. Dorothy Tecklenburg: Happy she attended District Grant Writing Workshop, where by promoting our Beds for Bondo project, she got three other clubs to express interest in joining with us as their international project.
6. John Tecklenburg: Happy he is not such a schemer, and to share that the Bradford House will have a special visit from a Wind Ensemble from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra TONIGHT (Tuesday, May 21) in the Bradford House Garden. Also happy that the Whiskey Rebellion Bus Tour (the first of many it is to be hoped) went well last weekend with about 30 people.
7. Mike Pecosh: Had a visitor last night who overindulged and who imitated a hairballing cat in his shoes, and is therefore happy that he owns TWO pairs of good brown shoes.
8. Joe Manning: Happy he was NOT at Mike’s last night.
9. Brandy Miller: Happy to promote the three ways to be involved in the Peace from Domestic Violence Walk to be held on September 28. You can create or join a fundraising team, text to donate, or become a sponsor. Also happy to have visited the Uniontown Rotary Club and having a good time there.
10. Ken Baker: Happy that the Funky Fly event went well (Vocal agreement from several Rotarians in the room who attended) Also happy that next brunch will feature Tom Turling.
11. Joe Marsh: Flag Day ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13 at 2:30 at the Patriot’s Pavilion.
12. Tripp Kline: Happy that in 50 days we will be celebrating the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.
 

Program: State GAMING (not Game) Commission.

Susan Priest introduced our speaker: Doug Harbach from the State GAMING (not Game) Commission. (He says that the Commission often fields calls about hunting matters.)
He provided a lot of information about the Commission, which is totally funded by the casinos and which oversees the land-based casinos and will be adding oversight of several new gaming opportunities.
 
Casinos first opened in 2006 for slots, expanding in 2010 to table games. There are 12 casinos overall, 6 of which are connected to horse racing venues.
Pennsylvania ranks second behind Nevada in revenue from gambling, and The Meadows alone has 1,275 jobs and contributes about $35 million to the local economy. (This is not Local Share money, it’s what the casino spends locally to operate.)
Mini Casinos are being added, as satellites of existing casinos. Mount Airy casino is seeking a license to open one in the Westmoreland Mall. 
Since Federal Courts struck the ban on sports betting except in Nevada, Pennsylvania has added this at the casinos and also has 8 stand-alone sports booking sites. 
In addition: the Legislature has authorized the expansion into on-line gambling. Next week they will begin a test of an online sports book. The revenues from this will go the State General Fund. Other online plans are for internet casino gambling: virtual slots, table games and poker. Airports will be able to add internet gaming in their boarding areas. And they are authorizing 62 truck stop Video Gaming Terminals (basically slots). 
Problems:
  • Smoking is allowed in up to 50% of the gaming area. This may change based on what the public wants.
  • Crime: This is covered by the most complete surveillance available, and state police have mini-barracks at each casino. Casinos are the worst place to try to pull a fast one.
  • Gambling Addiction: with more access to gaming, there will be more problem gamblers. The commission is ramping up its help section, counseling is available, and persons who know they have a problem can place themselves on a self-exclusion list. 14,000 have done so.
 

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