The McKnight Women's Club organizes community activities, sponsors summer recreational programs for our children, and works with the McKnight Village Civic Association in neighborhood improvements. The objective of this organization is to promote social and philanthropic work in the community.
Please note that although we meet at a United Methodist Church, the McKnight Women's Club is not associated with any particular church. We do however consider ourselves a non-denominational Christian womens group, and we begin each meeting with a prayer. We are over 100 women who work together to help improve the local community and together we are a force greater than our individual parts.
@ THE REC
@ THE REC
Although we could not hold Day Camp this year, due to the pandemic, the MWC had funds available that would have been used to pay the Day Camp counselors. So we hired ten teens and gave them various jobs to do to help spruce up the Rec. They did a fantastic job!
We are delighted that the Run for the Rec was able to happen in a safe format. We did FREE registration and collecting of times on the honor system online. We had 189 individuals register to participate and 56 people submit times.
We appreciate the tremendous support of the neighborhood and local businesses. We are extremely grateful to the community allowing us to keep the signs up for nine days, and helping to keep the runners, walkers, and ruckers all safe. It was a GREAT WEEK!
Watch for more Rec improvements coming soon thanks to the Run for the Rec
Run for the Rec 2020 5k Overall Women's Winner
The overall winner in the 2020 Run for the Rec women's division is Danielle Gonzalez, who wins for the third year in a row, getting faster every year. Her time was 20:40. Danielle can often be seen on training runs pushing her daughter in a stroller but she accomplished this great time on a solo run.
Run for the Rec 2020 5k Overall Men's Winner
The overall winner in the 2020 Run for the Rec men's division is 15 year old Logan Baxter, who also runs for North Hills High School. Logan finished in just over 20 minutes, at 20:04. Congratulations!
Day Camp has been cancelled
If anyone needs assistance during this time, or wants to offer assistance, Matt Metzler and his family have offered to help coordinate. They will try to match those in need with volunteers offering to shop etc. If you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the days and times you are available. For those who need assistance, please email the need and your contact information. If it is an urgent need, call Matt at 412 901 8446 or Beth Seiler at 412 367 7185.
2020 Scholarship Recipient
Kate Wells, daughter of Elizabeth and Doug Wells, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 McKnight Women’s Club scholarship. Kate attends North Hills High School where she received the Teen Summit Award for taking part in discussions about bullying with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro. This conversation ultimately led Kate to co-found the “Stand Together Club”. The club meets with underclassmen in 9th and 10th grades to discuss ways to stop bullying, encourage compassion and build friendships. Kate has participated in Spanish Club and S.A.D.D. She is also on the Varsity Swim team at North Hills where she has been awarded “Most Valuable Swimmer”, “Most Improved Swimmer” and the Dana Baer award for an outstanding work ethic. Kate shares her talents and time with McKnight Village by volunteering on the Run for the Rec youth committee and is serving as the Committee leader this year. Kate has extended her volunteer efforts outside of the Village by joining the Project H.O.P.E. mission trip. This mission trip helps build and repair homes for the poor in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Kate’s contributions in her community and school make her very deserving of this award. Kate will be attending Baldwin Wallace University this fall to study Biology with plans to be a High School Biology teacher. Congratulations and best wishes Kate!
2020 Scholarship Recipient
Sarah Petrunia, daughter of Lisa and Mark Petrunia, has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 McKnight Women’s Club scholarship. Sarah attends Oakland Catholic High School where she has been awarded membership into the National Honors Society during her junior and senior years. She attends St. Sebastian Parish where she has been involved in the youth ministry’s musicals which raise money for diocesan missions. Sarah participated in mission trips to Kentucky to help families repair houses and add ramps for people with disabilities. While working hard on her studies in her honors and Advanced placement courses, Sarah was also active in the Yearbook club, the rowing team and the Anatomy club. For years during the Thanksgiving holiday, Sarah has helped serve food to disadvantaged people and has purchased and delivered gifts to nursing home residents through the Presents for Patients program. Sarah has participated in the Day Camp program at McKnight Village first as a Counselor In Training and then as a Counselor. She has also been a volunteer for the Run for the Rec fundraiser. Sarah has decided to pursue Biology on a pre-medicine track when she starts college this Fall. She will be choosing which school to attend very soon. Sarah is deciding between Ohio State University and University of Dayton. Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah!
Doug Oster's Garden talk
If you missed the April meeting, you missed a lot about deer management and the best plants to grow in our area.
You can watch a video recording here. If prompted for a password: 1J@5n65O
Easy Way to Support the McKnight Women's Club
Register your Perks card at Mihelic's Shop N Save on Rochester Road, and the Women Club will earn points every time you shop! This does not affect your Perks or Prices, it just helps the business know where you want them to make donations. This summer we received a generous check thanks to those who already registered. Download the form here and turn it in next time you visit Shop N Save.