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Service Above Self

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Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 West Bay Drive
Erie, PA  16501
United States of America
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You can read this week's and all the prior week's Rotary Club of Erie Newsletters by clicking the  "See-Way Newsletter Archive"  link which is the first item on the Site Pages listings in the right hand column of this page right beneath the Speakers schedule listings. If the newsletters come up out of chronological order, just click the sort button at the top left of the page.

The Library as Key Component of Erie's Renaissance

The Library as Key Component of Erie's Renaissance
Our September 25, 2019 Speaker
Blane Dessy
The Library as Key Component of Erie's Renaissance

Blane Dessy has been the Executive Director of the Erie County Public Library since April 2019. Prior to that, Mr. Dessy worked at the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier in his career, he was also a state librarian, deputy state librarian, consultant, and public library director. He’s proud that he has worked at all three levels of government: local, state, and federal. He started his career as a public library director in central Pennsylvania and has now come back professionally to where he began.

Coming out of retirement to become the Executive Director was an easy decision for him. The strong reputation of the public library coupled with the revitalization of Erie is a wonderful opportunity to work toward an even better, more engaged library. Erie is on the move and the library needs to keep pace and contribute to the betterment of the community.

Mr. Dessy received his B.A in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Blane Dessy will be introduced by Rotarian Melanie Titzel.


Hamot Health Foundation and Erie's Renaissance

Hamot Health Foundation and Erie's Renaissance
Oct 02, 2019
Charles "Boo" Hagerty
Hamot Health Foundation and Erie's Renaissance

Charles “Boo” Hagerty is the President of the Hamot Health Foundation which is the philanthropic organization that supports UPMC Hamot and many community health initiatives. He will share with Rotary how Hamot Health Foundation is contributing to Erie's community and economic development in this period of high optimism and high expectation.

Boo first joined UPMC Hamot in 2001 as the vice president of marketing and corporate communications and transitioned to vice president of strategic resources in 2009 overseeing marketing, corporate communications, community advocacy and patient services. He was named the vice president of northern tier markets for UPMC Health Plan in 2012 and served in that role for four years helping the health plan to further grow its market share in the northwest region of Pennsylvania.

As a lifelong member of our community, he has served as a volunteer and board member of many non-profits and organizations. He currently serves on six boards including ACES, Erie Bank, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, Erie Center for Arts and Technology, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, and the United Way of Erie County.

Boo received a bachelor's degree in advertising from West Virginia University and was the founding partner and owner of  Fishtank Creative from 1989 – 2001.  He is the proud husband of Aimee and together they have 5 children - Brendan, Kirsten, Maria, Kaitlin and Alex. 

Boo Hagerty will be introduced by Rotarian Jaimee Black.



Consider inviting potential members to join our club!

Take some time to reflect on your network of friends, colleagues, and associates from work, church, community, and social occasions. Then consider the following two questions:

  1. Who do you believe will potentially make a positive contribution to the Rotary Club of Erie and thus the community?

  2. Will the Rotary Club of Erie in return make a positive impact on their lives?

If so, then tell them about Rotary and educate them on the local and global benefits that the organization has on the lives of millions of people. Also enlighten them of the interaction they will have with wonderful people who share the philosophy of Service Above Self.

The following is from Rotary International:

Who can join?

We’re looking for people who want to give back to their communities.

Rotary clubs also welcome Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other members of the family of Rotary who qualify for membership.

How can I become a member?

Clubs accept new members by invitation. 

What are the benefits?

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them

  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world

  • Expand your leadership and professional skills

  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Blane Dessy
Sep 25, 2019
The Library as Key Component of Erie's Renaissance
Charles "Boo" Hagerty
Oct 02, 2019
Hamot Health Foundation and Erie's Renaissance
Brian Slawin and Michael Outlaw
Oct 16, 2019
How Entrepreneurs, Their Companies & Communities Can Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Julio Reyes
Oct 23, 2019
Transformation of the Erie Maennerchor
Daryl Johnson
Oct 30, 2019
Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart
Christine Hoffman
Nov 06, 2019
The State of Erie Real Estate
Dr. Guiyou Huang
Nov 13, 2019
Edinboro University as Community Partner
No Meeting
Nov 27, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting
Dec 04, 2019
Holiday Dinner
Brian Lasher
Dec 18, 2019
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Holiday
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day Holiday
Kristin Lazzara
Jan 08, 2020
Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study
Daria Devlin
Jan 22, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology
No Meeting
Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University