Sept. 11, 2008

                                        Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

                                        Make Dreams Real

Vol. 82, No. 10                      President – Michael P. Hayes                       Editor – Dottie Anderson  


This Week: September 18, 2008 – Lisa Wehr, Educator from the PA Cancer Network, will be the speaker.  Her presentation will focus on prostate cancer.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 11, 2008 – Rotarians and guests were present to hear Gary Grossman, Publisher of The Daily Item, speak on his newspaper experience and the role of the newspaper in our community.  Gary was born and raised in Aruba.  He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate and his Masters from Columbia University.  He has worked as a reporter for numerous papers throughout his career.  Prior to his arrival at The Daily Item, he served four different papers as the editor and two others as a publisher.  The Daily Item currently has a circulation of 25,000 and is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Birmingham, AL.  Gary discussed his experiences working for a paper in New Jersey at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center.  He indicated that this experience validated his belief that the world is really quite small and we are all tied to each other.  Gary talked about The Daily Item’s role in covering the national presidential election.  He believes the paper needs to provide a forum for the community to speak out and persuade others.  He also believes that taking local issues, such as the Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project and the I-80 Toll Road issue, and asking our local and national representatives what they can do to affect these local issues helps the local community.  Gary believes that too often the “media” is lumped together when portrayed to the public.  This is not the truth.  Community newspapers are just that – they belong to the community.  He ended with at quote from songwriter John Stewart that captures his views.  “God speaks to us all in different ways and hopes we speak to each other.”

 Guests: Visiting Rotarian Eric DeWald of the Berwick Rotary Club and the Executive Director of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.

Announcements: John Fischer asked for help spotting the ‘hole-in-one’ hole at next week’s golf outing.  Please call John if you have any time you can volunteer.  *John Bickhart circulated a sign-up sheet looking for volunteers at the Market Street Festival on September 27th where we will be selling ice cream and painting fingernails purple for Polio Plus.  President Michael thanked the Geisinger Foundation for their $250 donation to Polio Plus.  He also announced that the District is seeking simplified grant applications and Leo Medonca has already submitted a request for the Selinsgrove Commons project.  *The River Valley Rotary Club and the Mifflinburg Rotary Club will hold their Charter Club Nights later this month.  See President Michael for more information if you are interested in attending.

Acting Sergeant at arms: John Stokinger collected fines as follows: Nelson Bailey (letters to the editor by Mary Peterhaensel and Steva Stowell-Hardcastle); Toby Skinner (beer-drinking pig story); Don Harnum (880 perennials planted at East Snyder County Comm. Park & Toby’s pig story); Steva Stowell-Hardcastle (late fine & veterinarian support of Toby’s pig story); Judy Spiegel (missed a few meetings & excellent audit committee report); John Fischer (21 foursomes ins the upcoming tournament); Jerry Rhoades (week in Cape Cod); Michael Hayes (audit committee, Polio Plus donations, contributions to the “Globe”, & the speaker); John Stokinger (Red Sox are making a comeback); Earl Feaster (over the $15 happy fine mark).

Future Programs:                              

Sept. 25 – Marv Rudnitsky will speak on Wills and Trusts.  Kendra Aucker will edit the newsletter. SVCC, 1
1:45 a.m.

Oct. 2 – Vocational tour and lunch at Sunbury Generation in Shamokin Dam, hosted by Tom Gates. Sign up sheet will be circulated.  If you miss signing up on the sheet, please contact Joyce Anderson at 743-5745 to register.

Oct. 9 – Club Assembly. Web Management on the agenda presented by Shawn Felty. John Stokinger will edit the newsletter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 16 – Coaches Night with the Sunbury Rotary, Dinner at 6:00 p.m., Edison Hotel, Sunbury. Sign up sheet will be circulated. Newsletter editor needed.

Oct. 23 – Michael Piecuch, Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House Representative Dennis O’Brien, will be the featured speaker.

Oct. 30 – Joseph McGranaghan, member of the Government Affairs Committee of the GSV Chamber of Commerce, will address the Club on the Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project


Birthdays:  Sept. 24 – Don Summers, Jr.  Oct. 12 – Steva Stowell-Hardcastle; 22 – John Reed

Quotation:  “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”           John Steinbeck