Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University

In 2011 the Rotary Club of Erie partnered with Mercyhurst University to host a one-day event focused on promoting thoughtful dialogue about what defines ethical behavior and choices. The curriculum includes small group discussions led by teams of Rotarian and Mercyhurst facilitators, a dramatic performance and a unique “open mic” session. Students are encouraged to think about ethical decision-making and how the choices they make impact their lives, their families, their friends and their community.

The Rotary Club of Erie is one of more than 35,000-plus clubs worldwide whose members share common values through its motto: “Service Above Self” and its Four-Way Test, a rule of thumb in helping to make ethical decisions. Rotary International’s “The Four-Way Test” recommends asking yourself in everything you think, say or do:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Rotary Club of Erie is one of more than 35,000-plus clubs worldwide whose members share common values through its motto: “Service Above Self” and its Four-Way Test, a rule of thumb in helping to make ethical decisions.

Rotary Erie membership is 157. Members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio. Women account for about one-third of its membership but tend to hold many leadership positions, including the current President, Dr. Stephanie Williams.

Meetings are mostly held at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, 55 W. Bay Drive, on Wednesdays at noon. Club members play an active role in weekly meetings. Each week a different volunteer serves as greeter, song leader and provides the invocation.



Daria Devlin Mar 11, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology
Erie Center for Arts & Technology

Daria Devlin is a life-long Erie resident and a strong advocate for social justice and community development.

In 2019, Daria was hired as the first Executive Director of the Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) to implement a replication of the successful Pittsburgh-based Manchester-Bidwell education model here in Erie. Since the time of her hire, ECAT has secured grants from the Erie Women's Fund, Hamot Heath Foundation and UPMC through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. In August, ECAT purchased the former Wayne School from the Erie School District with a full building renovation planned for 2020.

In 2012, Daria founded the Partnership for Erie's Public Schools, a local education foundation dedicated to organizing financial and community support for Erie's Public Schools. From 2013-2018, Daria also served as the Coordinator of Grants and Community Relations for Erie's Public Schools where she was part of the leadership team that successfully secured a $14 million increase in state funding for the district after a three-year public awareness and advocacy campaign.

Daria has over 10 years of nonprofit fundraising, program development and management experience. She played a major role in securing grant funding for many of Erie's most prominent nonprofit projects including the Wayne School-Based Health Center, the Blue Coats Community-School Bridge and Erie's Community School pilot.

She is a proud graduate of the former Central High School, where she was captain of the swim team, senior class president and class valedictorian. After high school, Daria attended Colgate University and graduated in 1999 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Russian Studies. She also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University.

Daria is an active member of her church community where she serves as Secretary of the Parish Council and the Chairperson of the church's annual Russian Troika Festival, which she organized in 2008. She also volunteers at the Overflow Homeless Shelter and the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Daria was named a Woman Making History in 2014, one of "Four Under Forty" by the Erie Times News in 2016, Public Relations Person of the Year by the local chapter of the PRSA in 2017 and received the Foundation for Erie's Public Schools Advocacy Award in 2019. She lives in Erie with her husband Neal and her three sons, Nick, Nate and Alex.

Daria will be introduced by Rotarian Robin Scheppner.

David Bongiorno Mar 18, 2020
World Serve International: Private Engineering Firm Building Wells in Kenya
World Serve International: Private Engineering Firm Building Wells in Kenya

Bio forthcoming

Dr. Alicyn Rhoades Mar 25, 2020
The Future of Plastic Engineering and Sustainability

Bio forthcoming

Daniel Meyer Apr 01, 2020
The Erie Phil and the Warner Renovations

Bio forthcoming

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.

Dave Spigelmyer May 13, 2020
The Fracking Debate

Dave Spigelmyer of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and our own Nathan Koble, Government Affairs Director for National Fuel Gas, will give us a debate on the pros and cons of "fracking."

More information forthcoming...

Rotarian Nathan Koble will introduce Dave Spigelmyer.

No Meeting May 27, 2020
Memorial Day Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting Jun 03, 2020
Rotary Club Picnic
Changing of the Guard Jun 24, 2020