Selinsgrove Rotary Club
to Embrace Humanity
Vol. 85, No. 39
President – Patricia A. PinkowskiEditor – Michael F.
Next Meeting: April 26, 2012 – Free Enterprise Week presentation by Phillip Zimmerman,
20 year FEW Foundation volunteer. Hal Schriver is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
April 19, 2012: Over sixty Rotarians and guests came together at the Susquehanna
Valley Country Club for the club’s annual Distinguished Service Award dinner.
This year’s honorees were Pete and Mary Anne “Cookie” DeWire. The DeWire’s have
been volunteering in Selinsgrove and the surrounding area for the past 40
years. Their involvement with Red Cross, Girl Scouts and East Snyder Park were
highlighted by guest speakers. Their key involvement in the development of East
Snyder Park was highlighted. The DeWires thanked everyone and both expressed
what a joy it has been for them to be involved in giving back to the community,
thus reinforcing Rotary’s Service Above Self
motto. Master of Ceremonies Mike Flock was joined by speakers Carol Barto,
Judge Harold F. Woefel, Jr., Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz and Rotarian
Art Bowen. Pete has also served on a number of municipal projects, often
volunteering his time and talents.
In addition to the feature
award of the dinner, John Bickhart made a presentation to Francis “Rudy”
Gelnett in appreciation for the large financial gift he left to Selinsgrove in
his will. Gelnett passed away last year. Accepting the gift was Jim Campbell, a
long time friend of Gelnett’s.In
accepting the award, Campbell shared a number of stories about Rudy and his
eccentric life. He concluded by saying that Rudy Gelnetts was a true treasure of
Announcements: Polio Plus Bike Ride is scheduled for
6/23, members are urged to participate if possible. Pat has registration sheet
and one was e-mailed to members. If not riding, one can be a virtual rider for
a donation of $25.*Savor Selinsgrove will occur in the afternoon on 6/23 –
Rotarians working on this event are Michael Hayes, Donna Shuck, Melissa
Laniewski, and John Stokinger. Proceeds are used to help in our Polio Plus
efforts. **More Rotarians are asked to step up to assist with Movie Nights this
summer. Held on the 1st and 3rd Thurs. of June, July and
Aug., at dusk, the equipment for this program was purchased through a Rotary
Simplified Grant. Please call or e-mail Michael Hayes to volunteer to be a part
of this fun Rotary program.
May 3 – Shade
Mountain Winery presentation. Toby Skinner is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
May 10 –
Susan Robishaw, “The Gift of Life” organ transplant program. Konrad Kempfe is
the host, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
May 17 –
Rotary and SACF Scholarship Winners will be introduced by Kendra Aucker, Chair
of the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.
– Bob Fogle. May 15 – John Stokinger.
Quotation: “Being in the present means focusing on
what is happening right now! It means appreciating the gifts you are offered
each moment of the day.”
Spencer Johnson, MD