December 8, 2016

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Rotary Serving Humanity

Vol. 89, No. 22                               President – Mary Peterhaensel          Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: December 15, 2016 – Susana Falk will speak about Rotary’s clean water projects in Ecuador and Nicaragua. Host is Konrad Kempfe. Greeter is John Reed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

 December 8, 2016:  Twenty-two Rotarians and guests (Erik Groes-Peterson from Ecuador who is moving from the Fischer’s to the Miller’s today, and Doug Wilburn, Business Development Officer at Mifflinburg Bank) were present as speakers Yvonne Heatley, Executive Director and Lori Wannop, Marketing and Communications Director, spoke about the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Jared Roush was the host. After sharing a short video that described CASA and introduced volunteers and board members for this non-profit group, Yvonne responded to questions. Now operating as the only regional (Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming) CASA, the national organization began in 1977 in Seattle. Check on their website to learn more about how to become a “superhero” providing help to children who have been abused and who, through no fault of their own, have become part of the court system. The need is ever increasing.

Announcements: Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army is scheduled for Saturday at the Commons from 11 to 3 and 5 to 9, with lots of activities occurring in town. Please add your name to the list of bell ringers.*We are reminded about EREY and goal of given at least $26.50  this year in recognition of the Foundation Anniversary. **All are reminded that it is the program hosts responsibility to tell speakers that they will have 20 minutes for their presentations, with another 10 for any Q & A and that, as 1 p.m. approaches, those who are working will be leaving the meeting in order to return to work.***Sarah Manaval has decorated the Rotary Tree Fest tree, using the Grinch Who Stole Christmas as the theme. Remember to drop it at Tree Fest to buy some tickets and vote for the tree. Proceeds support Friends of the Library Summer Reading Program. ****Save the date for Mallet Madness – May 19-20, 2017.

Sargent at arms: John Stokinger collected happy fines as follows: himself (Thanksgiving with Mom, deer hunting success, guests); John Fischer (Erik’s move and guest); Ken Miller (seeing Elk in PA, sons’ run); Hal Dunkelberger (Tree Fest is looking good); Art Bowen (Salvation Army Bell Ringers); Sarah Manaval and Carol Handlan (speakers); Toby Skinner (congrats to Sarah on her promotion to Assistant VP); Mike Peicuch (guests, missing next week because of Coalition Conference); Wes Knapp and Bill Clark (speakers); Tom Gates (George Mason/Penn State game and terrific story); Jared Roush (guests); and Yvonne and Lori (help with projector).

Future Programs:

Dec. 22 – Holiday Lunch, Art Bowen is the host, Partners and guests welcome. Enjoy entertainment and holiday songs. Signup sheet being circulated. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Dec. 29 – Christmas/New Year’s week – No Meeting.

Jan. 5 – Jim Radel, licensed pilot and WW11 collector and enthusiast will talk about his project of building a working replica of a P-51 Mustang military airplane. Melissa Laniewski is the host, Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Jan. 12 – TBA, Wes Knapp is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Jan. 19 – TBA, Mike Piecuch is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: December 10 – Marv Rudnitsky; 30 – Dottie Anderson. January 5 – Mike Damiano; 12 – Mike Piecuch; 17 –  Wes Knapp; 24 – Mike Flock.

Quotation:   “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe