Oct. 1, 2015

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be a Gift to the World

Vol. 88, No. 13                                   President – Mike Piecuch          Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: October 8, 2015 – 11:45 a.m., SVCC. Speaker is Officer Harold Malehorn of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Earl Ferster is the host. Dave Lawer is the greeter. Jared Roush is the substitute newsletter editor.

 Oct. 1, 2015:  Twenty-six Rotarians were present for a program hosted by Ken Wagner, with Dave Lawer doing the introduction of speakers Arden Miller and Ray Swazey on the topic of the Community Garden. Charlie McCuen served as greeter. The Garden was started in 2009, the initiative of the Penn State Cooperative Extension program with a grant from the PA Dept. of Agriculture. The Swazey family has been part of the garden since that beginning and throughout its growth into a non-profit entity on its own since 2012. During these years the $10 per 30 x 30 plot has remained the same. Trying to be as organic as possible, gardeners have provided flowers for residents of Grayson View who do flower arranging, a plant sale and a seed exchange program, and, in 2014, have donated over a 1000 lbs of food for use has such programs as Martha’s Table. Educational programs, such as pollination gardening, canning, etc. are provided each summer and are open to the public.

Announcements: Dave Lawer thanked everyone who helped at the Market St. Festival. Over $860 was raised, with an additional $26 raised for Polio Plus. *Rotary Board Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month.**Melissa L announced that the Halloween Parade is scheduled for 10/20 and Toby is getting the candy to be distributed to participants. 10/21 is the rain date. Volunteers are needed.***On behalf of Don Summers, Dave L announced the dictionary distribution to 3rd graders is scheduled for 10/9.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: himself (to thank John Stokinger and Konrad for subbing in his absence); Mike Flock (Art and John Fischer retiring from SACF Board); John Fischer (golf tournament success and monies designated for Rotary scholarships); Chad Cohrs (Archery season and the Swazey’s); Pat Pinkowski (St. Fair efforts and speakers); Donna Schuck (speakers, Catherine Blann); Art Bowen (term over); John Stokinger (new building, 10/13 opening, keeping Yankees out); Toby (speakers); Dave L (St. Fair help); Mike Piecuch (Field Hockey); Jared R (Mike Flock – fun and scary colleague on his retirement); Arden (all Rotary does for the community); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speakers).

Future Programs:

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

Oct. 22 – Speaker is Senator John Gordner, Tom Gates is the host. Brian Neitz is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Oct. 29 – TBA, Konrad Kempfe is the host. Mary Peterhaensel is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 p.m.

Nov. 5 – Annual Meeting, Election of 2016-17 Officers and Directors; Exchange Student Fanny will be our speaker. SVCC, 11:45 am. This meeting preceded by Board of Directors Meeting at 11 a.m.

Birthdays: Oct. 6 – Chad Cohrs; 21 – John Reed. Nov. 6 – Donna Schuck; 15 – Art Bowen.

Quotation:  “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I’m just thankful that thorns have roses.”     Alphonse Karr