August 27, 2009

             Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

                          The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands

Vol. 83, No. 9                 President – Jeffrey P. Edmunds                    Editor – Dottie Anderson  


Next Meeting: Sept. 3, 2009 Toby Skinner is making program arrangements. Hal Dunkelberger serves as greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


August 27,  2009 – Twenty-seven Rotarians and guests were present to hear Sharon Koppel, Director of Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development, Inc. talk about the importance of early childhood education (all brain connections for learning are developed before age 6) and potential ways Rotary could contribute (help sponsor childcare for a middle income family; purchase equipment and/or books for a center, sponsor staff recognition event; become involved with a community engagement team; and urge businesses to become involved since most workers dependent on early childhood care). Sharon will be retiring in 2010 after 28 years with SUM Child Development. This area owes her a debt of gratitude for the positive impact she has had on improving the quantity and quality of early childhood education available in this area. Art Bowen served as greeter. Guests: Bill Reibenschieb (Art Bowen’s guest); John Thompson, former Bloomsburg Rotarian; and Brian Byers (Jennifer Johnson’s friend from Pittsburgh).


Announcements: Movie Night in the Commons is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., tonight, Thursday, August 27. Bring a chair, something to drink and good humor for a night with the Three Stooges. Rain date 9/3. *Flag lady and cancelled meeting explained by President Jeff.**John Fischer announced Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14 – hole sponsors, prices, players being sought for this SAYF and other projects fund raiser.***Tell Mike Hayes if you are able to host guests in your home for the Beds for a Cause program for SU’s family weekend – last weekend in October.

Good News of Rotary: Konrad Kempfe shared the fact that Shelter Box was the first responder to Taiwan following the recent typhoon.


Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected fines as follows: Mike Hayes (for speaker and Dottie’s driving self); Dottie Anderson (well on road to recovery); Mike Damiano (Venice vacation; two week mission trip to Africa); John Fischer (time to catch up); Art Bowen (Oregon trip, guest and Dottie “able”); Bob Soper (Don Steele and the golf cart story); Toby Skinner (surviving Avalon camping trip with grandchildren); Jennifer Johnson (guest and speaker); Charlie McCuen (5th grandchild born and now thriving); John Bickhart (Mike Flock doing well); Fred Johnson (opening of school, back, reconnecting with someone he coached 33 years ago); Mike Piecuch (happy/sad tale); and Don Summers (late but here).

Future Programs:                              

Sept. 10 – Alison Stevenson, from SEDA-Cog
, will speak about the Revitalizing River Towns program. Program arranged by Ken Miller. John Fischer will serve as greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 17 – TBA, Mike Hayes greeter, Don Harnum responsible for program. Newsletter Editor needed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 24 – Susana Falck, member of the Muncy Rotary Club and Chair of the District 7370 Grants Committee will be the speaker. Program arranged by Konrad Kempfe. Tom Gates to serve as greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 2 – John Reed responsible for program, Pat Pinkowski will serve as greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays:  August 30 – Jay Lemons. September 3 – Tom Gates; 5 – John Fischer; 9 – Hal Schriver; 24 – Don Summers.

Quotation: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”                             Jack London