September 17, 2015

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be a Gift to the World

Vol. 88, No. 11                                   President – Mike Piecuch          Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: September 24, 2015 – 11:45 a.m., SVCC. To be determined. Hal Dunkelberger is the host. Melissa Laniewski is the greeter.

 Sept. 17, 2015:   Twenty-six Rotarians were present for the official visit of District Governor David Ford and a program presented by Dr. Jonathan Niles about the Freshwater Research Initiative at Susquehanna University. A board meeting with the DG preceded. Dr. Niles is the Director of the FRI, funded by a 2.25 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Several known impairments for the Susquehanna River include: fish health issues; legacy of industrial pollution; agricultural pollution, hydraulic fracturing, invasive species, and temperature increase. These led to the designation in 2011 of the Susquehanna as the most endangered river. The goal of the center is to work collaboratively with other universities and federal and state authorities, and private enterprises to provide the scientific research which can inform public policy and inform the public of the importance of the river and its ecology. Announcements:   Dave Lawer circulated a signup sheet for working at the street fair and “pulling” ham for the barbeque for the street fair. Please call Dave if you’ve missed signing up. *810 tickets were sold for the Golf Ball Drop and of the 4 winners, three were from out of state. Less expenses, it appears about $3000 was raised for Club projects.** DG David Ford was introduced by Assistant DG Mike Buriak. He distributed theme pine, spoke about Rotary’s #1 priority of ending Polio (down to 37 cases and no longer in Nigeria) and #1 concern – membership. District has a goal of 2800 new members. Possibility of satellite clubs discussed briefly. EREY and Project Peanut butter were also mentioned. ***Golf Tournament report – $23,000 raised, 84 golfers, $600 for Friends of the Library, Golf Ball drop tickets sold, less about $9400 in expenses means about $13,000 raised for the SACC.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: himself (DGe, ADG, John Fischer and Art Bowen for their good work); Mary Peterhaensel (family Labor Day help); Toby Skinner (Art, John, John, Ryan and their good work); Konratd Kempfe (all of the above); Ken Miller (same); Joyce Anderson (speaker and saving surprise for another time); Art Bowen (thanks to all who helped, 3 speakers and guests); John Fischer (golf help, speakers, et al); Dave Betz (same); Dan Mahoney (no pin, need help Monday 7-8 at Episcopal church to pack Meals for SEALS); Bill Clark (beautiful Golf Day); Pat Pinkowski (John and Art, grandson and football); Dave Ford (missing last time); Mike Buriak (grandson’s improvement); Dave Lawer ( all who worked so hard or Tournament and ball drop, granddaughter and field hockey); and Mike Piecuch (guests and Earl dollar).

Future Programs:

Oct. 1 – TBA, Ken Wagner is the host. Charlie McCuen is the greeter. Nominating Committee appointed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 8 – TBA, Earl Ferster is the host. Dave Lawer is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 15 – TBA, Mike Flock is the host. Ken Miller is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 22 – TBA, Tom Gates is the host. Brian Neitz is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: Sept. 24 – Don Summers. Oct. 4- Chad Cohrs; 21 – John Reed.

Quotation:  “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”   Mark Twain