A view from above of the players during the MAHJ FOR SIGHT Mah Jongg Tournament.
The Delta Gamma Players and Volunteers during MAHJ FOR SIGHT.

Thank you all for attending the first MAHJ FOR SIGHT Mah Jongg Tournament last Sat Oct 6th. I am excited to share that we raised $1184 for Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. That is a fantastic donation that we can all be proud to have contributed to.

Please mark your calendars and save-the-date for Saturday October 5, 2019 for the 2nd Annual MAHJ FOR SIGHT tournament. It will be at Al’s Cafe again in Bethel Park. I will save this email list and email you all next Summer when we open up registration again. If you know of anyone else who wants to be added to the notification for next year’s tournament simply have them email me.

I have received mostly positive feedback and some ideas on how to improve next year. I listed what has been shared with me already but if you have any other ideas for ways to improve I am all ears!
– Microphone (will add this for sure)
– Put time left in the round up visually somehow for all to see
– Name tags weren’t sticky – need different type next year
– Don’t collect scorecards next time but rather ask people to stand up to celebrate. For instance everyone who had OVER 50 points stand. If you had 75 points continue standing… etc until we get to the top three. Nice idea because then more people get to be celebrated.
– Have opponents initial opposite persons score after each game.
– A little less time between rounds (maybe 10 mins instead of 15)
– Some wanted 4 rounds instead of 3. Some were happy with 3 rounds.

A lot of people asked me about the table covers and the mahjong dress. Below are links to both!

Table Covers

Mahj Dress

I am really excited for next year and all the good we can do for sight related charities in Pittsburgh simply by playing this game we love!

Sarah Beitler

Volunteer Read Aloud Program with Upper St Clair Library

Volunteer Read Aloud Program with Upper St Clair Library
Another great way to volunteer. It could be both for Golden Anchor as well as Service for Sight Hours!

Thank you for your interest in our volunteer read-aloud program!

We’re currently running one regular weekly Read-Aloud session at Grand Residence in Upper St Clair, on Wednesdays from 11-11:45am. We’re also about to start a weekly session at Friendship Village, which will be on Fridays from 3-3:45pm. We’ll be starting with the Friendship Village sessions towards the end of the month, likely on July 27.

We usually aim to have 3-5 volunteers each session, so that we can take turns reading. These are group settings which usually draw around 15-20 attendees. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own reading material, or use some of the material we bring. The residents tend to enjoy relatively short, simpler pieces – stories about animals, personal essays, humor, reminiscences about the old days, local news, etc.

I should let you know that while many of the residents we serve have some degree of vision impairment, this isn’t the case for everyone, and we don’t explicitly focus on this population. I expect that the Friendship Village group in particular will include a number of individuals with full vision.

Thanks again for reaching out! If individuals from your group would like to contact me to set up a time to volunteer, they’re welcome to email or call me.


Walker Evans
Programs & Outreach Services Librarian
Upper St Clair Township Library
412-835-5540 x283

Spoonwood Brewing Couples/Friends Get Together

Spoonwood Brewing Couples/Friends Get Together

Hey DG’s….wanted to see what kind of interest there is in a Couples/Friends event at Spoonwoood Brewing in Bethel Park on Saturday, June 16th at 630P.

It is on the schedule, but unfortunately, they do not take reservations…so we wanted to see if anyone is interested in meeting at 630P and hanging out and seeing if we are able to get any tables.  They also have a nice outside seating area wtih a large grassy area and cornhole.

Please RSVP to evite if interested.

Delta Gamma Collegiate Study Bag Collection/Assembly

Delta Gamma Collegiate Study Bag Collection/Assembly

Come support the Delta Gamma Collegiate chapters of IUP, CMU and W & J by helping assemble Study Bags for Finals week!

Please sign up to purchase items to donate towards the Pittsburgh South Hills Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma’s Collegiate Study Bag collection.

The idea is we all pick what we can contribute and then donate to Sarah Beitler’s House by Sunday, March 18th!

This is a great way for someone who can’t otherwise be active in our chapter to participate.  If you are out shopping you can pick up the items you sign up for and drop off at Sarah’s covered front door when it is convenient for you!

Anyone who would like to gather at Sarah’s home on Thursday, March 22 at 7pm can help assemble the study bags.

We plan to give IUP’s to their chapter 2 days later at Founder’s Day.

We will give CMU and W & J their study chapter bags closer to finals week!

RSVP directly to evite if you can attend the study bag assembly or contact Sarah Beitler at or 412-720-6821 if you have any questions.