Feb. 24, 2011

                                            Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Vol. 84, No. 33                                         President – John L. Stokinger                            Editor – Dorothy M. Anderson

Next Meeting: March 3, 2011–Otto Walker, German stamp expert, will be the speaker. Program hosted by Mary Peterhaensel. Mike Flock will edit the newsletter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 24, 2011: Thirty plus Rotarians and a guest (Jeff Edmunds wife, Beth) were present to hear Ron “Buddy” Knoebel, of Knoebels  Amusement Park and Campground, will talk about the 85 year old family business. This was a very entertaining presentation, with lots of stories about the park’s development till today, when it is the largest free admission amusement park in the world. In June of 1985 it grew beyond a regional park with the installation of “The Rocket” – a pressure treated wood roller coaster moved by truck from San Antonio to Elysburg and reconstructed.  The park now employs between 1800 and 2000 seasonal workers (1/3 each adult, high school and college students) and 110 year round full timers. With 575 camp sites, and over 50 rides, the estimate on attendees each year is about 1 million five. Beth and Jeff Edmunds met at the park where they worked as teenagers, and a significant number of Beth’s family continues to work at the park, including her grandmother. The program was hosted by Bill Clark.  Bruce Marian was installed as the newest Club Member by Dottie Anderson, with assistance of his sponsor, Donna Schuck. Pat Pinkowski presided. Members pleased to welcome returning member Don Harnum. Marv Rudnitsky presented a $200 check from guests they hosted as part of the Beds for a Cause program.

Announcements: Club is considering hosting members of the GSE Team visiting from the Philippines in April. Please let President  John know asap if you would be willing to host a team member or coordinate the vocational visits the week of 4/10 or 4/19. If no hosts step forward, we will be unable to participate in the District program. *The Distinguished Service Award, given annually to a non-Rotarian, will be presented on Thursday, April 14. Please send nominations (a one page letter stating your reasons for recommending the person or organization) to Joyce Anderson, 41 Greenbrier Ave., Selinsgrove, PA. 17870 by March 1st. Recipients must live or work in the Selinsgrove area and have demonstrated community and charitable service.**June 11 is the Chicken Barbeque.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected fines as follows: Happy Brithday to Dr. Trapp, from Jeff Edmunds (wife, speaker and Don Harnum back); Don Harnum (glad to be back); Mike Piecuch (Dr. Knapp’s sponsorship of bullying seminar); Bill Clark (speaker, and Jazz program at Bucknell); Pat Pinkowski (good McCuen picture in paper); Donna Schuck (Dad’s birthday, Bruce joining, and small world story); John Reed (Don back and leaving early); Mike Flock (happy); Bob Soper (Emily’s sports page picture); Hal Schriver (Chad sponsoring Free Enterprise assembly); Charlie McCuen (picture in paper and granddaughter’s successful surgery); John Bickhart (Rotary audio system now in use); picture in paper fine for Ken Miller, and Earl Ferster (++15 and surviving Florida).

Future Programs:

Mar. 10 – Kevin Dressler, Director of the State School will be the speaker. Mike Piecuch hosts. Board Meeting follows. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Mar. 17 – TBA, Charlie McCuen hosts, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Mar. 24 – Edward Benton Mallonee, Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Beaver Springs is the speaker, John Reed hosts, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Mar. 31 – Joanne Troutman from Evangelical Hospital will be the speaker, Marv Rudnitsky hosts, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays:   Mar. 15 – Mary Alice Peterhaensel; 26 – William Clark; 31 – Ken Miller. Apr. 7 – Bob Soper, Ken Wagner; 20 – John Bickhart; 28 – Bob Fogle.


Quotation: “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.” Bertrand Russell