August 13, 2015

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be a Gift to the World

Vol. 88, No. 6                                     President – Mike Piecuch                   Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: August 20, 2015 – 11:45 a.m., SVCC. An update on the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation with Heather Rowe, John Fischer (host, et al. Greeter is Bob Fogle and newsletter editor is Mike Flock.


Aug. 13, 2015:  Twenty-eight Rotarians and guests (Nelson Bailey and his daughter) were present as Karen Hackman (a Lewisburg Sunrise Club Rotarian) spoke about the organization and purposes of SIDCO. Rocky Baer was the host and Michael Damiano was the greeter. Originally started as part of the Chamber when the state was facilitating shovel ready industrial projects, the Susquehanna Industrial Development Corporation was intended to be holding and selling real estate (the 7 shovel ready sites on Rt. 522).  Now a separate Economic Development group focused on job creation for Snyder County, it is engaged in strategic planning and concentrating on 1) a study of commuting patterns (which showed the extensive commuting that is occurring between counties for work); 2) affinity economic and industrial development (ex. Playworld helping supplier relocate to New Berlin); and 3) does it make sense for there to be an organization in Snyder County focusing on Economic Development (or is it a better model to think regionally). Conversations with commissioners in both Snyder and Union County are exploring regional possibilities.

Announcements:  The District picnic is scheduled for 8/22 at Knoebel’s Grove. Meet at Pamilion T at 1 p.m. and bring a dish to share. Entry to the park is free. RSVP by 8/14 to Speak with Mike Piecuch or Hal if you want additional information.*Remember Frozen and karaoke are on for 8/13 at Rotary Field beginning about 8:15 p.m.!**Tickets at $10 per were distributed to members by John Stokinger. Because of the need to have complete records regarding these numbered tickets, we are asked to turn in stubs and unsold ones by 9/3. We need to sell 500 to break even.***8/25 is Snyder County Night Out at East Snyder Park and President Piecuch requests volunteers to man the popcorn machine.   

Good News of RI – Nigeria has gone 6 months without a polio case! Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries still experiencing polio infections.

Sergeant at Arms:  Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of the editor’s ability to keep up): himself (49th wedding anniversary); Melissa Laniewski (Nelson, Jess Bailey); Konrad Kempfe (Nelson); Mike Damiano (daughter in St. Louis and international golf experience); Joyce Anderson (West End Fair wins for grandson and John Stokinger); John Stokinger (West End Fair and Jared); John Fischer (vacation, potential motor home sale, Nelson); Brian Neitz (missing tonight); Tom Gates (Karen and Nelson); Bill Clark (Nelson, Lake Tobias Trip, grandson at Bucknell); Bob Soper (speaker and Nelson); Mary Peterhaensel (late, new stove); Mike Flock (Karen and Nelson); Rocky Baer (back and Karen); Mike Flock (Nelson); Mike Piecuch (Nelson, 9/10 croquet your way meeting, wedding anniversary, Earl +15 dollar); and Dave Lawer (Nelson, Karen, granddaughter’s field hockey goal).

Future Programs:

Aug. 27 – Speaker is Dennis Wolfe, representing the Selinsgrove Alumni Association. Dave Betz is the host. Mike Flock is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 3 – TBA, Chad Cohrs is the host. Tom Gates is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 10 – Tentative: Official Visit by the District Governor. Substitute Editor is Jared Roush. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 17 – TBA, Michael Damiano is the host. Wesley Knapp is the greeter, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: August 16 – Earl Ferster, Konrad Kempfe; 30 – Jay Lemons. Sept. 3 – Tom Gates, 5 – John Fischer;

6 – Melissa Laniewski; 24 – Don Summers.

Quotation:  “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.”   Joseph P. Dooley