October 21, 2010

                                      Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Vol. 84, No. 17                                   President – John L. Stokinger                            Editor – Dorothy M. Anderson

Next Meeting: October 28, 2010 – David Masser, from Sterman and Masser, will talk about potato farming. Sean Felty is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Oct. 21, 2010:  Twenty-six Rotarians and guests were present as Hal Schriver presented a Free Enterprise Week program. Chad Cohrs was introduced as a new member. Hal called upon Chris Lupolt, Selinsgrove High Guidance Counselor to speak about the value of the week long program for students and to introduce two students who attended the program this past July. Katie Attig is a junior who intends to pursue radiology as a career. She was sponsored by the Reibschieds’ and found the week long business education program to be especially valuable in a variety of ways.  Of note, is what she learned about herself and others in working on a project designing and selling MP3 players. Kyle Long is a senior at SUN Tech and intends to pursue additional education in electrical occupations. He was sponsored by Northumberland National Bank. His group designed and sold a GPS system and he was responsible for the groups’ financial management in the business simulation that models three years of a business. His group took first place for management skills.  Attending the program at Penn College was especially interesting for both Katie and Kyle as they intend to pursue their college educations there. Hal urges all to consider this program as worthy of group and individual philanthropy. 

Announcements: Nominations Committee (Chair Donna Schuck and members Mike Hayes and Jeff Edmunds) will report a slate on Nov. 4, with elections held Nov. 18 at our Annual Meeting.*Thanks are given to all who helped at the Halloween Parade on October 19 and to those who will distribute dictionaries to the third graders this afternoon.**Foundation Dinner 11/18, see John Stokinger for information, RI New Orleans Conference registration deadlines are approaching.***Leaf raking at Rotary Field is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20 per Ken Miller. ****Bob Soper reported on the success of both the coat and other clothing drive and the Red Cross dinner and auction which netted better than $19,000 for the Snyder County Chapter.*****President John informed members of RI’s starting of a 5th avenue of service – New Generations, and he is asking for volunteers who might be interested in chairing or being members of an ad hoc committee to lay the ground work for this in the Selinsgrove Club.

Good News from Rotary: Konrad Kempfe reported on the Rotary Club of Los Polvorines, Argentina and its work to restore eyesight to people who suffer from cataracts. An eye doctor member of the Club performs the surgery for free for patients unable to afford it with the club contributing the equipment and arranging for follow-up with each patient through a club member who is a social worker. Thirty cataract surgeries have been performed since 2006 carried out by the club and other project sponsors.

Sergeant at arms:  Konrad Kempfe collected fines from: John Reed (his birthday and John Bickhart and the tradition of the Halloween Parade); Bob Soper (successful projects); Art Bowen (fun at the Halloween Parade and the three SU students who approached him about assistance starting a Roteract, his 45th SU reunion, visit from Brazilian exchange student); Jerry Rhoades (Halloween Parade and Williamsburg trip); Toby Skinner (Halloween Parade fun); Mary Peterhaensel (six free kittens need a good home); Donna Schuck (Art, Jerry, Toby, Michael for helping at a fun parade despite too much direction); Charlie McCuen (finally successful short sale); Mike Flock (being in the Parade in a “scary costume”); John Stokinger (TMI and snide remark); and Mike Damiano (dictionary project and Katie who shared ballet class with his daughter).


Future Programs:

Nov. 4 – Club Assembly, Ave. of Service discussion groups and Nominations Committee report. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Nov. 11 – Polio Plus, video and update. Dottie Anderson hosts, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Nov. 18 – Bob Fogle hosts as we hear from Ian Proud, Research Manager for Playworld Systems, about Obesity in the United States. Annual Club Meeting and election of 10-11 Officers and Directors, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Nov. 25 – Happy Thanksgiving. No Club Meeting.

Birthdays:  Nov. 6 – Donna Schuck; 8 – Jerry Rhoads; 15 – Art Bowen.


Quotation: “We can treat others with the respect due human beings and we will receive respect in return, regardless of race, color, or creed.”  Eleanor Roosevelt