May 5, 2016

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be a Gift to the World

Vol. 88, No. 42      President – Mike Piecuch      Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: May 12, 2016 – Speaker will be Mark Wolfberg, Director of Transportation and Safety for the Selinsgrove Area School District. Chad Cohrs is the host. Melissa Laniewski is the greeter.  11:45 a.m., SVCC.

May 5, 2016: Twenty seven Rotarians and guests were present as Dave Lawer introduced the 2016 Rotary and SACF Scholarship Recipients. At Dave’s request, Dottie Anderson provided background on the scholarship program which began with a $500 scholarship done by the Club, expanding when the Club started the SACF 21 years ago, and now providing three $4000 scholarships ($1000 per year while enrolled in college) and one for a SUN Tech graduate for a two year program, at $1000 each year enrolled. There have been 69 scholarships awarded to date. Chris Lupolt, Guidance Counselor accompanied the students and continues to assist the Scholarship Selection Committee. Winners for 2016 are from SUN Tech, welding student Erin Beaver who will continue her education at Penn Tech pursing a degree in welding and fabrication and from Selinsgrove Area High School, Grace O’Malley who will pursue a scientific research career at Allegheny College studying Marine Biology, Tessa Hoffman, who will continue to play field hockey at Bloomsburg and pursue a degree in speech and language therapy; and Christopher Hauck, who will study aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. Chris started and developed an organization that works to eliminate Islamophobia, which now is international in scope.

Announcements: Plan ahead – Installation of 2016-17 Officers and Directors is scheduled for June 23. *Donna Schuck reported that to date we have raised $5800 as part of the Mallet Madness fund raising event, with additional sponsorships and teams coming in today. John Stokinger circulated a volunteer signup list and continues to ask all to be involved. **Natalia Brown placed in the 4 Way Speech Contest at the District Conference attended by Hal Dunkelberger and Konrad Kempfe.

Sargent at Arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: from Dottie Anderson, a challenge to all to provide at least Peg sponsorship for Mallet Madness; himself (Natalia’s success); Donna Schuck (Dottie’s happy, Mother’s Day with two of three children); Sarah Manaval (back and scholarship winners); Mike Flock (Youth in Philanthropy distribution of $35,000 by students from 7 high schools); Tom Gates (9 year old twin grandkids – granddaughter placing 4th in gymnastics floor exercises, grandson scoring in lacrosse); John Stokinger (leaving early); Charlie McCuen (back from two weeks in Philly and Rotarian good works); Dave Lawer (Chris Lupolt and 4 winners); Mike Piecuch (guests); and Earl Ferster (students, National Day of Prayer, and +15).

 Future Programs:

May 19 – Ron Cohen, Vice President for University Relations at Susquehanna will be the speaker, Dave Betz is the host. Ken Miller Is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

May 26 – Speaker will be J. Donald Steele, member of the Early Learning Investment Committee of the GSVUW. Host is Bill Clark, greeter is Brian Neitz. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

June 2 – Speaker will be Bill Braasch from First Trust Portfolios on the topic “Reasons to Be Bullish.” Economic and Capital Market outlook for 2016. Mike Damiano is the host and Pat Pinkowski is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

June 9 – Speaker will be PDG Karen H. Teichman, E/MGA, on the 100 years of the Rotary Foundation Celebration, , Hal Dunkelberger is the host, SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: May 15 – John Stokinger. June 24 – Pat Pinkowski

Quotation:  “Humor is the sunshine of the mind.” George Bulwer-Lytton