Oct. 1, 2009

             Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

                          The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands

Vol. 83, No. 14               President – Jeffrey P. Edmunds                      Editor – Dottie Anderson  


Next Meeting: Oct. 8, 2009 As arranged by Bob Soper, Dr. Mauricio Figueroa of Betz Ophthalmology Associates will be the speaker. Fred Johnson will serve as greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

October 1, 2009 – Twenty-four Rotarians and Art Bowen’s guest, Bill Reibschieb, were present to hear Rotarian Michael Damiano describe his mission trip to Zimba, Zambia. Joyce Anderson served as greeter. The Mission Trip by the Christ Wesleyan Global Outreach Team was a part of the World Hope International program and worked with children in 4 day sports camp “having fun and building trust.”  The medical members of the team worked in the local hospital.  Michael shared pictures of some potable water projects done by Rotarians.  One in 5 Zambians have AIDS, with an average life expectancy of 35. Grades 1 – 8 are provided where there are schools, with the family needing to pay for any education beyond that level.  School “year” is two months in school and one month off.  English is taught in the schools in a society with 73 tribal dialects.  Dried white corn is the staple food. The National Road is a dirt road that turns to mud in the rainy season.  Poverty is extreme. Michael’s commitment to making a difference is inspiring. Joyce Anderson congratulated John Fischer on his 24 years as a Selinsgrove Rotarian.

Announcements: 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. *Tom Gates is looking for 4 or 5 volunteers to help move and assemble artificial Christmas trees on 11/29 for Tree Fest.**Rotarians responsible for arranging a program are asked to tell Pat Pinkowski the name and topic as it is confirmed by calling 374-2630.***John Bickhart thanks all who helped with the Market Street Festival. ****The Halloween Parade is 10/20, chaired by Donna Shuck and Art Bowen, needing about 6 volunteers to distribute candy.*****John Fischer believes net proceed from the golf tournament are between $11,000 – 12,000.*****See Hal Dunkelberger for information about eh 10/17 Rotary Foundation Seminar and donations for the Rotary float in the Rose Bowl Parade.

Sergeant at arms:  Jeff Edmunds collected fines as follows: Donna Shuck (Ryan’s football career at Ohio State, daughter being on homecoming court); Dottie Anderson (homeowner’s insurance); Art Bowen (visit by two grandchildren and 3 dogs); Fred Johnson (Ryan at Ohio State, going to Penn State/Ohio State game courtesy of a fellow Rotarian, PASA Presidency, building progress); Mike Flock (back at work); Ken Miller (Field Hockey successes); Bill Clark (adult children visiting and son’s reunion); Jeff Edmunds (Penn State); and Earl Ferster (+$15 and leaving early).  

Future Programs:   Oct. 15 – Mike Flock has arranged for Keri Albright, ED of the GSVUW to be the speaker, Bob Soper is the greater. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday evening, Oct. 21– Coaches’ Night with the Sunbury Rotary Club, John Reed is greeter. 6:00 p.m., SVCC.

Oct. 29 – Charles Ross, President and CEO, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce will be the speaker. Cathy Kline serves a greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Nov. 5 – TBA – Hal Dunkelberger arranges program, Don Harnum serves as greeter. 11:45 a.m., SVCC.

Birthdays:  October 11 – Cathy Kline; 12 – Steva Stowell Hardcastle; 22 – John Reed. Nov. 2 – Chris Kenawell; 6 – Donna Shuck; 8 – Jerry Rhoads; 15 – Art Bowen; 29 – Paul Spiegel.

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Quotation: “Friends are God’s apology for relations.”  Hugh Kingsmill