gazebo in the cemetery. Shown during the check presentation ceremony representing the cemetery association were Sam Cover, left, and Fred Exely.

  The rail car restoration project is advancing with a public unveiling tentatively planned in conjunction with the Youghiogheny River Trail Chapter's annual Trail Appreciation Day in June.

​  All the major renovation is done and work is now being undertaken on what the Trail Resource Center will contain. This will include a presentation of the Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club's long association with the trail and the many projects we have undertaken to enhance the trail.

​  A special page will soon be added to this website to showcase this work as it advances. Stay tuned!

Club News

Everyone pitches in for 2018 Pancake Festival

Rail car project advances.

Belle Vernon Area school board approved a board of nine volunteers that will oversee a new BVA Charitable Fund under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, The Herald-Standard reports. Club secretary-treasurer Dr. J is

on the panel.

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2017 Paul Harris

Fellowships awarded

Club members enjoy Sweetheart Dinner at the Red Lion in Elizabeth

The club also made a $1,000 donation to the Belle Vernon Cemetery Assoc. to be used toward construction of a veterans'

Rotary All-Stars

Club member Sam and Sandy Cover received the All-Star Award from Rotary at the District 7330 convention in June at the Lakeview Resort, Morgantown. The award  was given for their generously  giving of their time and effort on the military banner program in North Belle Vernon,  restoration of the rail car at West Newton Station of the Great Allegheny Passage, being benefactors to the Rotary Foundation and sustaining members. The banner and rail car projects were both undertaken by our club. 

Dr. J represents club oo BVA school panel

The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club on 6.29.17 awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Frank Jaworowski and posthumously to Rick Matson (see obituary at right). Shown at the presentation ceremony held at the Summit Resort are, from left. Rob Biddle and Brian Pirilla, who presented Matson's fellowship; Winnie Matson, who accepted her late husband's award; Jaworowski; and Sam Cover, who presented Jaworowski's fellowship.

Founded in 1933


The Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club recently made a $5000 donation to the Pennsylvania Rolling Thunder Chapter 5. Taking part in the check presentation ceremony recently were, from left, Theresa McCulloch, Rotary Club present, and Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 members Bernie Caffery, Leonard Maharowski, Loretta Nicholoson, Gary Nicholson, and Diana Winters. Rolling Thunder is a United States advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members of all U. S. wars.