Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting Nov 27, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting Dec 04, 2019
Holiday Dinner
Scott Stewart Dec 11, 2019
Placing Corporate Espionage in Context
Placing Corporate Espionage in Context

Scott Stewart supervises analysis of terrorism and security issues for Stratfor, the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platform. Before joining Stratfor, he was a special agent with the U.S. State Department for 10 years and was involved in hundreds of terrorism investigations.

Mr. Stewart was the lead State Department investigator assigned to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the follow-up New York City bomb plot. He also led a team of American agents assisting the Argentine investigation of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires and was involved in investigations following a series of attacks and attempted attacks by the Iraqi intelligence service during the first Gulf War.

Mr. Stewart was deputy regional security officer in Guatemala City and was responsible for embassy and diplomatic security at that post as well as in Belize City. As protective intelligence coordinator for Dell, he served as a member of Michael Dell's executive protective team. He has also consulted on terrorism issues for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

He is regularly featured as a security expert in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN International, NPR, Reuters, USA Today, The Associated Press, World Magazine, Fox News, Discovery Channel and Time magazine.

Mr. Stewart will speak to Rotary on the proliferation of corporate espionage.

Rotarian Bob Heibel will introduce Mr. Stewart.

Brian Lasher Dec 18, 2019
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero

Brian Lasher is a retired Navy pilot and strategic planner. He flew helicopter logistics missions in the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Atlantic in the 1980s and early 90’s, and after leaving active duty he served eighteen years in the Naval Reserves. He was recalled to active duty three times following 9-11, including with the European Command’s Africa Division, at the Pentagon as part of the CNO’s crisis action team, and as a member of the Strategic Engagements Division of Multi-National Forces Iraq. Mr. Lasher earned a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He also completed courses at the National Defense University, the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a national board certified social studies teacher and he currently teaches advanced placement courses in government and history at the Collegiate Academy in Erie. Mr. Lasher will present a program about John Boyd.

John Boyd is arguably the most consequential military strategist of the Cold War period. Indeed, some believe he is one of most influential military strategists of all time. He was truly extraordinary and his exploits are legendary and he was born and raised in Erie!

He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and his ideas influenced strategy for the Gulf War in 1991. Known as “40-Second Boyd,” he was considered the best fighter-pilot in the United States military, able to defeat any opponent in simulated air-to-air combat in less than 40 seconds. While just a captain, he wrote the “Aerial Attack Study” which became the first, official Air Force doctrine for air combat. He once snapped the tail off an F-86, and when investigated he was able to prove it was due to a design flaw in the aircraft.

As only a major at the Pentagon, he went toe-to-toe with colonels and even generals, out-maneuvering them to influence the design of the F-15, the F-16, the F-18 and the A-10, and his “Patterns of Conflict” briefs provided the theoretical foundation for the defense reform movement in the 1970s and 1980s.  After retiring, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation, developing a work on the essence of creativity and ultimately his OODA-Loop Theory, which has been used in the fields of military strategy, sports, business and litigation.

Most people in Erie have never heard of him. Nevertheless, as Justice Felix Frankfurter once said, “wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.” It is high-time we remember and celebrate the remarkable contributions of John Boyd.

Brian Lasher will be introduced by Rotarian Mark Louis.

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

Information on the speaker and program forthcoming.

The speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Jim McEldowney.

Erie Mayor Joe Schember Jan 15, 2020
Annual State of the City Address
Annual State of the City Address

On January 2, 2018, Joseph V. Schember was sworn in as the 48th Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania.

A lifelong Erie resident, Joe spent High School and the first 2 years of college at St. Mark’s Seminary studying to become a Catholic priest.  After deciding against becoming a priest, he completed his undergraduate degree in English at Gannon University.  He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton.

After teaching at Elk County Christian High School in St. Mary’s, PA for two years, Joe returned to Erie and began a career in banking at Marine Bank, which became PNC Bank.  Starting as a teller, he attended classes at Gannon University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Gannon University.

A dedicated teacher, Joe spent 30 years teaching summer banking classes for the PA Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association at Bucknell, Georgetown, PENN and Penn State Universities. He also used those skills to write and deliver bank training classes, radio and television spots.

From teller to regional manager, responsible for all 53 branches in the Northwest PA, his reputation for skilled management grew. His final years with the bank were spent as a Relationship Manager in the Wealth Management Group.  What Joe loved about banking is that it is a “people business”.  That is why he spent 40 years in various banking roles.

In an effort to give back to the community, Joe served as a member of Erie City Council for 5 ½ years.  During this time, he chaired the Finance Committee and was active in guiding decisions that would help the city’s finances.

Now, as Mayor, Joe is working hard to Build Opportunity, Restore Hope and Transform Erie for future generations. By listening and collaborating, he is tackling the tough and complex issues facing this city and region.  Whether it is through neighborhood meetings, door-to-door visits or professional gatherings, he is meeting with community leaders, educators, life-long residents, transplants, immigrants, refugees and anyone who lives in the Erie Region.  Joe is committed to being open, honest, transparent and accessible.

Joe fell in love with his wife, Rhonda Mahoney Schember, at age 19.  Rhonda and Joe are very close with their three children:  Jaime, Jodi and Joe.

Daria Devlin Jan 22, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology

Bio forthcoming.

No Meeting Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University
Service Above Self & 4-Way Test Awards Apr 15, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association

Service Above Self

Service Above Self, Rotary’s primary official motto, can be traced back to the early days of the organization.

In  1911, the second Rotary convention, in Portland, Oregon inspired the motto Service Above Self. During an outing on the Columbia River, Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, talked with Seattle Rotarian J.E. Pinkham about the proper way to organize a Rotary club, offering the principle his club had adopted: Service, Not Self. Pinkham invited Rotary founder Paul Harris, who also was on the trip, to join their conversation. Harris asked Collins to address the convention, and the phrase Service, Not Self was met with great enthusiasm.

At the 1950 Rotary International Convention in Detroit, Michigan, USA, the slogans was formally approved as one of the two official mottoes of Rotary: He Profits Most Who Serves Best and Service Above Self. The 1989 Council on Legislation established Service Above Self as the principal motto of Rotary because it best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.

Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. It was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as Rotary International President) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word code of ethics for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary 11 years later in 1943, the 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It is a cornerstone upon which Rotary has come to define its ethics worldwide. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Since 1993, the Rotary Club of Erie has selected one of its members the annual Four-Way Test reciepient, based on their outstanding service to the Club and to Rotary overall. This year's recipient will be unveiled at this luncheon.

Scholarship Foundation Award Presentation Apr 22, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association


The Scholarship Foundation of the Rotary Club of Erie is the principal and longest-running service project in the Club’s history.

On September 28, 1956 six incorporators, Ken Root, Howard Kelly, Bart Birmingham, Tom Yates, J.C. Spencer, and Eric Schabacker filed an application for a not for profit Corporation Charter. Allyn Wright, another member of the Club was one of the 12 original trustees. The Foundation Charter was granted on October 22, 1956 and the Foundation was in business. The trustees contacted every member of the Club for a contribution to the Foundation. In 1957, nine applications were received and three of these applications received scholarship grants. Three years later, on July 28, 1960, the Endowment Fund of the Scholarship Foundation was established “to receive gifts, legacies, and bequests.”

Five students are selected from each Erie City high school by their teachers and guidance counselors based on their academic record, financial need and aderence to the Rotary motto "Service Above Self." These students write a 2-page essay on how they exhibit service in their lives and participate in an interview conducted by Scholarship Foundation trustees. The winning student from each school will be presented with their scholarship and speak to the Club about their service and their future plans at this meeting.

Brenda Martin May 06, 2020
North Star Mentoring of Erie County Independent Living Program

Program and speaker information forhcoming.