January 21, 2015

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Light Up Rotary

Vol. 87, No. 27                                       President – Dave Lawer                               Editor – Dottie Anderson

 Next Meeting: Jan. 29, 2015 – Urban/Rural Night dinner and program at Christ Community Church, 3939 Park Road (chicken and waffles on the menu) with specialist in rural affairs as the speaker. We will be joined by members of the Young Farmers and guests, partners are welcome. Call Jerry Rhoads by the end of the day today (Thursday) if you have yet to sign up. 6:15 p.m.

 January 21, 2015: Twenty-one Rotarians were present as host John Reed introduced speaker Jeff Buckley, Chief of the Hummels Wharf Fire Company. Jeff spoke about the issues related to the operation of volunteer fire companies. Jeff has been part of the Company since he was 14 and has been its Chief for 28 years. Today, on his birthday, he told members about the financial issues in keeping equipment up to date and the successful operations of their social club which provides significant funding to the Company. Recruiting and retaining volunteers has become difficult for this Company founded in 1931. Also discussed was the kind of long range planning done by Hummels Wharf and the efforts toward uniting small fire companies to achieve greater financial and personnel efficiencies.

Announcements: Art Bowen shared that Joyce Anderson will be working on the selection for this year’s distinguished service award. Tonight is the deadline for submitting nominees.**Pat Pinkowski reported that the dining out night at Texas Roadhouse is scheduled for Wed. 2/11 and we will receive 10% of the meal cost for all who present a flyer that will distributed to Rotarians to use and distribute to others. Proceeds will be used to support Polio Plus. Dave Lawer could use some help on 2/11 between 3 and 10 p.m. to sell 50/50 tickets and to hand out flyers.***Art Bowen needs a couple of volunteers to join him on a committee working on the Ball Drop.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: Happy Birthday to Michael Damiano (and soon on his way to the Guatemala mission trip); himself (jury duty); Tom Gates (back, Florida last week and the speakers); Art Bowen (back and family travel); Dave Lawer (Pat P, Art, and Jerry); Jerry Rhoads (Rural/Urban Night); Joyce Anderson (missionary cousins in Columbia); John Stokinger (family Christmas weekend); John Reed (speaker and hopes for Fl. Trip); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speaker and his work).

Future Programs

Feb. 5 – Speaker is Teri MacBride, Art Bowen is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 12 – Vocational talk by new member David Betz, Art Bowen is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 19 – TBA, Melissa Laniewski is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 26 – TBA, Marv Rudnitsky is the host SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

 Birthdays:   Jan. 24 – Mike Flock. Feb. 3 – Toby Skinner.

 Quotation: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.