March 12, 2009: The Selinsgrove Rotary Club inducted two new members at a recent weekly meeting. Pictured above (L to R) are James Gruber, Rotary District Governor, Jeff Reber, Rotary sponsor, new member Brian Derr, new member Michael Piecuch, Michael Hayes, Rotary sponsor and President of the club and Art Bowen Chairman of the Membership Committee. Mr. Derr is the Selinsgrove Community Branch Manager of Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, and Attorney Piecuch is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
March 5, 2009: The Selinsgrove Rotary Club hosted Andrew Miller, Executive Director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor Bureau. Pennsylvania enjoys a higher percentage of tourism than our neighboring states and that may account for why tourism ranks second only to agriculture as the state’s top business. He explained some of the insights that were gained by using a consulting agency from outside of our area to help in developing a new name, branding identity and the new tag line of “Every Turn a Treasure” to describe our area. The region has a very rich offering of history, relaxation and recreation opportunities. With the current economic conditions there is a push to promote “backyard tourism” which encourages people to explore places closer to home. Our area is perfect for this concept because we have so many attractions for nearby visitors as well as our own residents. Pictured above are Andrew Miller and Michael Hayes, President of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club.
February 26, 2009: The Selinsgrove Rotary Club hosted Lynn Miller, Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center. Ms. Miller explained how the current economic times have affected GMC. While many health care organizations have delayed major projects, GMC decided to proceed with the completion of their new Hospital for Advanced Medicine which is due to open in the Spring of 2010. With a focus on cardiac care, this newest addition to the GMC campus will be 9 stories high and will garner a LEED certification as a “Green Building”. 13 teams consisting of 90 employees participated in designing the new building. Ms. Miller also shared with Rotarians that President Obama’s desire to increase the level of health care available to Americans is actually striving to raise the general level of health care to the levels we are all accustomed to in the greater Susquehanna Valley. She noted that the many hospitals in our region afford us access to a high level of health care. Pictured above are Michael Hayes, President of the Rotary club and Lynn Miller.
February 19, 2009: The Selinsgrove Rotary Club welcomed Terry Heintzelman, Principal of the Selinsgrove Intermediate School for a recent noon program. Heintzelman’s program presented an analysis of data collected since the inception of the Summer SEALS Day Camp. The camp was started several years ago with support from Rotary, Selinsgrove Area Youth Foundation and Susquehanna University. The camp is designed to help 3rd and 4th grade students maintain or raise math and reading levels throughout the summer by providing a variety of classroom and field trip experiences. The results thus far have confirmed that the camp does increase reading and math levels of the participants when compared to a group of students who have not attended camp. Extensive interviews with students and their parents has also confirmed that the program is delivering a high value curriculum with positive educational results. Pictured above (L to R) are Terry Heintzelman and Michael Hayes. Dr. Hayes is the President of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club as well as the President of the Summer SEALS Day Camp Board of Directors. For more information on the Summer Seals Day Camp, visit www.summerseals.org.
The Selinsgrove Rotary Club recently honored the February Student of the Month at Selinsgrove High School. Maddie Ede is a senior who has plans to attend the Coast Guard Academy and major in Marine and Environmental Science. Pictured above ( L to R) are Fred Johnson, Superintendent of the Selinsgrove Area School District who is also a Rotarian, Maddie Ede and Don Wilhour, a high school math teacher. The Selinsgrove Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club.
The Selinsgrove Rotary Club hosted Steve Richards, President and CEO of SUN Home Health and Hospice at a recent noon meeting. Richards shared plans to develop a new hospice wing on the third floor of Sunbury Community Hospital. This new venture will allow SUN to provide an additional level of hospice care, which typicallly cannot be provided in the home setting. SUN anticipates that the average stay in this setting will be approximately five days. Every aspect of the decor and layout is designed to transfer the feeling of home so that patients and their families can continue to get the care they need without feeling like they are in the hospital. Richards expects this project to be up and running in the first half of 2009. Pictured above (L to R) are Jan Wilson, Program Specialist for SUN and Steve Richards.