February 23, 2017

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Rotary Serving Humanity

Vol. 89, No. 31        President – Mary Peterhaensel         Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: March 2, 2017 – Lunch at Vinnie’s located at 33 S. Main Street, Middleburg starting at 11:45 a.m., followed by a Vocational program at Timberhaven Log Homes in Middleburg. If you missed signup, call Toby Skinner at 570-374-8285 by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Toby Skinner is the host, Bob Soper is the greeter.    

 February 23, 2017:  Twenty-seven Rotarians and guests (Don Summers’ wife, Krista, and neighbor Rosemary Basking, and John Fischer’s guest Fritz Heinemann) were present to hear Shikellamy English teacher Mark Cox speak about the Peer Leadership Program. Don Summers was the host. The PLP, started in 1994, involves taking 40 sophomore students, nominated by teachers and invited to participate, in a two day leadership retreat. The goals are to foster communication and interaction, promote individual development and cooperation, increase self-awareness, enhancing one’s self-image, develop peer support systems for students, and improving problem-solving skills. Projects undertaken by students in the program include the UW Day of Caring, the Key Club, and other service oriented events. We celebrated RI’s 112th birthday with cake and gold and blue balloons provided by Tom Gates.

Announcements:   Mallet Madness – May 19-20, 2017 – planning continues.*Time to submit nominations to Joyce Anderson for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.**Board has voted to increase dues beginning in July, 2017 to account for the increase in the District dues.***District Conference is scheduled for May 11-14 at Split Rock Lodge – see Hal for additional information.****John Stokinger spoke about Elaine Herrald’s project to have the town celebrate July 4. Planning meeting is tonight. A picnic will occur on Rotary Field.*****Four Way Test speech’s scheduled for 3/2 at the high school. Carol Handlan will serve as a judge, along with Pat Pinkowski and Mike Flock.

International Moment: Dave Lawer shared information about two clubs partnering to provide freed eye surgeries for 6000 people.

Sergeant at Arms:  Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: Happy Birthday to both Carol Handlan and RI (back, guests, speaker); himself (RI birthday); Tom Gates (happy to help all celebrate 112 birthday of RI, 10th birthday for the twins, and Anne’s bd); Dave Lawer (speaker, Tom for the cake); Don Summers (speaker and wife and guest); Toby Skinner (guests, cake and balloons); Mike Piecuch (sports and kids); Sarah Manavel (good weather); John Fischer (Fritz and his retirement); Bob Soper (Vi and cake); Konrad Kempfe (cake sponsor); John Reed (Fritz, spring weather); Mary Peterhaensel (alive and a beautiful day); and Earl Ferster (good fellowship and +15).


Future Programs

March 9 – tentative – new Executive Director of Girls on the Run, Shannon Butters. Cheryl Stumpf is the host, Dottie Anderson is the greeter. SVCC, 11:45 a.m. Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m.

March 16 – Club Assembly. Mary Peterhaensel presiding. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 23 – Jonathan Cataldi and Kevin Marrow from Hope United Methodist Church, will speak about Upward Sports Program, Sarah Maneval is the host, Dave Betz is the greeter. Substitute editor needed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 30 – Camp Victory Director will be our speaker. Dave Betz is the host. Substitute editor needed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

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

Quotation: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”      George Orwell