Feb. 26, 2009

                     Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

                                        Make Dreams Real

Vol. 82, No. 31                     President – Michael P. Hayes                     Guest Editor – Mike Flock  


Next Meeting: Andrew Miller, Executive Director of Susquehanna River Visitor’s Bureau will speak on “Trends of the Valley”.  SVCC –

Feb. 26, 2009 –33 members and guests, including new members, Bill Clark and Pat Pinkowski were in attendance to hear Lynn Miller, Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center.  Ms. Miller explained how the current economic times have affected GMC.  While many health care organizations have delayed major projects, GMC decided to proceed with the completion of their new Hospital for Advanced Medicine which is due to open in the Spring of 2010.  With a focus on cardiac care, this newest addition to the GMC campus will be 9 stories high and will garner a LEED certification as a “Green Building”.  13 teams consisting of 90 employees participated in designing the new building.  Ms. Miller also shared with Rotarians that President Obama’s desire to increase the level of health care available to Americans is actually striving to raise the general level of health care to the levels we are all accustomed to in the greater Susquehanna Valley. The many hospitals in our region afford us access to a high level of health care.

Announcements: The secretary position for the ‘09-‘10 Board is open. PLEASE SPEAK WITH President Elect, Jeff Edmunds ASAP if you are interested in this position.  Mark your calendars for two special Rotary Events – April 16th – Distinguished Service Award Dinner and June 4th – 15th Anniversary celebration of Selinsgrove Area Youth Foundation – all Rotarians are encouraged to attend. If anyone is interested in attending the Rotary District Conference at Split Rock in the Poconos, contact Bob Soper for more details and an application.  Birthday wishes were sung to Mark Johnson.

Happy Fines; Marv Rudnitsky (trip to Egypt), John Stokinger (tour of Wood Mode), Michael Hayes (4-Way Test and 2 guests), Kendra Aucker (Globe), Fred Johnson (girl’s district basketball game),  John Fischer (Myrtle Beach), Bill Clark (picture in paper), Jennifer Johnson (Geisinger experience with son)& adult reading program), Bob Soper (picture in paper, AGAIN), Earl Ferster (Florida trip and Fred Johnson covering for him).

NEW MEMBER NOTICE:  The Board hereby notifies all members of the application for two new members.

  • Brian Derr, Business Development Officer with Mifflinburg Bank & Trust (proposed by Jeff Reber); 615 Picnic Lane, Selinsgrove.
  • Michael Piecuch, Esq., Executive Director, PA District Attorneys Association (proposed by Michael Hayes); 32 Quarry Road, Selinsgrove.

If anyone has any objections, please contact Michael P. Hayes within 10 days of this notice.

Future Programs:                              

March 12 – James Gruber, District Governor, will be the speaker for “Pin Day”.  All Rotarians are encouraged to wear your Rotary Pins. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 19 – “Wreaths for Veterans” presented by Chris Kerwin and John Deppen. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 26 – John Bohn, SUN Area Vocational & Technical School, will be our speaker.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

April 2 – Tour of the new Emergency Room facilities, Sunbury Community Hospital.  Our host is Emily Kissinger.

Birthdays:   March  7 – Bill Bucher; 12 – Jeff Reber; 15 – Mary Peterhaensel; 20 – Fred Johnson; 22 – Brian Burke; 31 – Ken Miller.

Quotation: A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams