Speaker Date Topic
EVENING PROGRAM on Victorian Princess Jul 24, 2019
Brenda Sandberg on Bayfront Development Then, Now and into the Future
Brenda Sandberg on Bayfront Development Then, Now and into the Future

The crystal clear waters of Lake Erie welcome visitors to Pennsylvania’s only Great Lake Port.  The city is an exciting hub of community progress anchored by the revitalization of Erie’s waterfront.  The Port of Erie is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie in a natural bay formed and sheltered by Presque Isle Peninsula.  Environmentally sound, the waterfront of Port Erie offers year-round recreation, relaxing natural beauty, and an historical legacy to visitors.  The revitalized waterfront makes Port Erie a favorite for recreational boaters on the Great Lakes. Located city-side on the waterfront is the Bayfront District. The District includes restaurants, shopping, miniature golf, wooden boat building, concerts and other activities. Bayfront development is a linchpn of Erie's transformation into a first class, 21st century city.

Learn about the past development efforts and future plans for the bayfront with Western PA Port Authority Executive Director Brenda Sandberg as your tour guide aboard the nostalgic Victorian Princess. Boarding begins at 5:30pm and we set sail promptly at 6:00, returning at 7:30. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar and while Erie Rotarians' tickets are covered by the Club, all community members interested in this exciting program are welcome to join us for $25 per person. Please RSVP to Program Chair Diane Chido at dchido@dcanalytics.net.

Karen Tyler, Brian Gutowski and Ginny Rogers Jul 31, 2019
Erie Day School: 90 Years and Going Strong
Dr. Chris Clark, President of St. Vincent Hospital Aug 07, 2019
Getting Health Care Right
Getting Health Care Right

Christopher C. Clark, DO, MHA has been President of Saint Vincent Hospital since June of 2017. Born at Saint Vincent and a lifelong resident of the Erie community, Dr. Clark is a practicing family physician who has served in a number of leadership roles at the hospital over the past decade, including Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Quality Officer, and Director of Medical Education.  

Dr. Clark has also worked as a medical director for Highmark Inc., responsible for promoting value based strategies and population health interventions to employers.

Ken Fleeson Aug 14, 2019
Rotary 7280 District Governor Club Visit
Rotary 7280 District Governor Club Visit

Ken is President and co-owner, along with his two brothers, of Lectromat, Inc. which supplies specialty electrical insulation materials to the high voltage generator and motor industry, both domestically and internationally.

Ken has been a member of the Rotary Club of Rich-Mar since 1996 and served as Club President in 2006-2007 and again in 2017-2018. He has been an Assistant Governor and a member of the District Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees. Ken also served as the District Group Study Exchange Chair for several years. 

Through the years, Ken and Cindy have hosted Group Study Exchanges, Rotary Friendship Exchanges and have been involved with the golf exchange between our District and District 1010, Scotland.

In addition to the family business, Ken serves on the Board of Directors of Mars Bank and Mars Housing. He served for 8 years on the Butler Country Club Board of Directors and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Ken and his wife Cindy were married in 1978 and have two children, Laura and Brian. Laura and her husband Jim live in Cleveland, OH and have given them the gift of two grandsons, Joven and Jadon, ages 10 and 5 respectively.  Brian lives in Mars, PA and works for Ken learning the family business.

Born in Rochester, PA, Ken graduated from Ambridge High School.  He attended Penn State University and Robert Morris University with a major in Business Administration.

In his spare time Ken enjoys spending time with his family as well as golf, travel, woodworking and volunteering at his church.

Rotarian Hank Pietraszek Aug 21, 2019
Crossing the Line: An Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Discussion
Crossing the Line: An Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Discussion

Hank is a Vietnam Veteran, Former Business Executive, Father & Grandfather and Recovering Alcoholic. For several years he has been speaking to organizations, clubs, schools, treatment centers, and meeting with individuals, sharing his personal story of alcohol addiction and recovery.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction are very serious, progressive, incurable and potentially fatal diseases.He created CROSSING THE LINE because even with his disease of alcoholism he's been a lucky guy. He hasen’t lost everything important in his life. Therefore, in retirement, he's using this opportunity to give back. He wants to try and help those, and their families, who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction.

Hank is also a Rotarian now living in Florida. He and his wife,  Peggy, graduated from Gannon University, where Hank played basketball with our own Past Club President Mel Witherspoon. Hank and Peggy spend August in Erie with friends every year and Hank will be joining us at our meetings this year. Hank has graciously offered to share his program, "Crossing the Line" with our Club.

No Lunchtime Meeting Aug 28, 2019
Rotary at the Erie Seawolves Game
Rotary at the Erie Seawolves Game

In lieu of our usual lunchtime meeting, the Rotary Club of Erie will head down to UPMC Park to cheer on the Erie Seawolves baseball team, as they take on the Richmond Flyong Squirrels. The game starts at 7:05, but please join us for a picnic beginning at 6pm at the part. Rotary Club of Erie picnic and game tickets are free of charge, guests are $25.

No Meeting Sep 04, 2019
Labor Day Holiday
Doug Chilcott Sep 11, 2019
TED as an Open Civic Platform
Rotary Goes to the Erie Zoo! Sep 18, 2019
Scott Mitchell on Wild Open Spaces: Our Future Zoo
Scott Mitchell on Wild Open Spaces: Our Future Zoo

The Erie Zoo has been an integral part of the community since its founding in 1924, becoming one of the region's most treasured destinations. As technology and other distractions increasingly keep people from experiencing nature, the 15-acre Zoo has become an even more important means to rekindle a love and respect for wildlife and inspire partnership in protecting our natural world. The time is now to open the next chapter of your Erie Zoo's history.

For the first time in 25 years, the Erie Zoo is embarking on a campaign to take its Wild Open Spaces to the next level. Executive Director Scott Mitchell will show us the proposed Master Plan to the park that will offer more WILD OPEN SPACES for our animals and help us better meet the needs of the animals and plants in our care – creating a unique environment that will be enjoyed for generations to come.

A boxed lunch will be served in the Zoo Rotary Pavillion at 11:30, the Program will begin at noon and following Q&A, participants will be able to roam the zoo at will.

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
Daryl Johnson Oct 09, 2019
Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart

A joint program with the Jefferson Educational Society to be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Brian Slawin and Michael Outlaw Oct 16, 2019
How Entrepreneurs, Their Companies & Communities Can Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Brian and Michael will introduce members to their program for companies through which participants are guided to recognize their inherent – and subtle – gender, race and nationality biases and build strategies and practices to help build more diverse, equitable and inclusive entrepreneurial communities. Through the use of interactive experiences, participants will develop skills to share with their community, companies and organizations.

Since the social discussion about ‘fairness’ typically devolves into something biased on a participants view of the world, this session removes the ‘emotional payload’ around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and instead thinks through – in pure capitalistic and entrepreneurial terms – the results of being a non-equitable, non-diverse or non-inclusive entrepreneurial community. In parallel to this discussion, the program enables participants to interactively build a suite of skills to actually do something about that.

No Meeting Nov 27, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting Dec 04, 2019
Holiday Dinner
No Meeting Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Holiday
No Meeting Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day Holiday