April 26, 2018
Volunteer of the Week Rosalie Barsotti
By Susan Zelenak
The lifeblood of Osher is its amazing staff of volunteers. Rosalie Barsotti has been on the board for three years, serving as secretary for two years and has also chaired the HR/Personnel Committee for two years. Currently, she participates on the Policies and Procedures Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee. The main objective of the strategic planning effort is to develop a five-year plan that will ensure that the organization is meeting the needs of its members. Rosalie is familiar with many of the course offerings, and during her four years as a member has taken approximately 20 courses, ranging from topics such as the Civil War, the French Revolution, to the history of baseball in Pittsburgh. “I like staying involved in a learning environment, making sure I’m learning new things and interacting with people.” Now that she is retired, she has the opportunity to focus on both cooking and improving her Italian language skills.
Prior to retirement, Rosalie had a very interesting career that encompassed financial services, healthcare, and nuclear energy. While working as an HR Director with Westinghouse Electric, she spent two-and-a-half years in Tokyo supporting Westinghouse’s Asia operations in Asia, China, South Korea, and Taiwan. “Living in Tokyo was a wonderful experience. I found it to be a very clean, safe city that was truly fascinating. I loved the culture, the people, the history, and the food.” Rosalie also worked for USX Engineers & Consultants and served on a project ream requiring her to live in Turkey. Although serving on various committees and taking classes may not seem to some as retirement, Rosalie enjoys staying busy. What she likes most about retirement is “the freedom to choose what I want to do on a day-by-day basis and not chasing deadlines and deliverables.“