March 3, 2016

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be a Gift to the World

Vol. 88, No. 33             President – Mike Piecuch                Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: March 10, 2016 – Vocational Program “Progress toward a Community College with Kathy Specht. Joyce Anderson is the host. Jared Roush is the newsletter editor and the greeter. 11:45 a.m., SVCC.

 March 3, 2016: Twenty-two Rotarians were present for a meeting without a guest speaker due to a calendar mix up. With Mary Peterhaensel presiding, Marv Rudnitsky reported on the successful Four Way Speech Contest held this past Monday. There were 6 speakers who did a good job with a variety of self-selected topics. Pat Pinkowski, Mike Flock and Dottie Anderson served as judges. The winner was Natalia Brown, 2nd place was last year’s speech contest winner all the way to the District level, Grace Heckman. Brittany Bunting Specht does a wonderful job with the forensics program and will be visiting later this spring when we have Natalia give her speech to the club. Bob Soper spoke about need for an archivist/historian plus a helper to pick up on the work he has done for the Club for many years. Hopefully two volunteers will step up. Marv, at Club member request, also shared information about the Regional Engagement Center and fund raising efforts and program expectation to date. With a goal of $500,000, which includes both purchase and renovation projections, this is a project which will serve the entire Selinsgrove community. Dottie Anderson installed new member Sarah Maneval with assistance from her sponsor, Melissa Laniewski. Announcements: Club winter weather policy: if SASD is closed, we will not have a meeting.*April 21 will be our Community Spirit Award Luncheon honoring the work of the Dauntless Hook and Ladder volunteers. Tom Garlock will speak at the event.**Work proceeds on the 5/21 Mallet Madness fundraiser, letters and brochure have been written and designed. Next meeting is 3/17 at 10:30. Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines from: Melissa Laniewski (Sarah’s induction, upcoming bridesmaids weekend);Pat Pinkowski (4 way speech contest speakers); Art Bowen (grandkids, Econ Pa work); Marv Rudnitsky (FL); Tom Gates (Big 10 win, Bucknell and SU basketball, Christmas away, miniature golf at the Library); Mike Flock (Myrtle Beach trip); Bill Clark (granddaughter seeing a picture of herself at 100); Jerry Rhaodes (back); Bob Soper (has his wallet today); Toby Skinner (look for a used SUV for a friend); Joyce Anderson (new member, boy scout banquet); Chery Stumpf (Girl’s on the Run with 300 participants, answer “Why do you matter?”); Sarah Maneval (Exploring Explosion event, joining Rotary); and Earl Ferster (+15, Prius for sale with low mileage for $19,500, Mike and Marv).

Future Programs:

March 17 – Dr. Marsha Kelliher, Dean of the SWSB at Susquehanna, will speak about current issues in employment law (e-mail, surveillance, including drones), and microchipping employees. Art Bowen is the host and the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 24 – Ms. Jayme Hendricks, Division Director of Gaudenzia New Beginning, will speak about treating substance abuse in central PA.  Don Summers is the host. Chad Cohrs is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 31 – Speaker is Jay Muller, Director of musical group Re-Creations USA. Pat Pinkowski is the host. Wes Knapp is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

April 7 – Speaker is Bob Garrett, COO of the Central Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dan Mahoney is the host, Mike Flock is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: March 15 – Mary Peterhaensel; 24 – Dave Lawer; 26 – Bill Clark; 31 – Ken Miller.

Quotation:  “Let your heart be awakened to the transforming power of gratefulness.”

                                         Sarah Ban Breathnach