June 7, 2018

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Make a Difference

Vol. 90, No. 47                               President – Georgiann Toby Skinner                           Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: June 14, 2018 – Drew Kelly, Director of Marketing for the Miller Center in Lewisburg, is the speaker. Tom Gates is the host. John Fischer will introduce the speaker. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


June 7, 2018: Twenty-five Rotarians and a guest (John Reed’s stepson, Jim Best) were present as Attorney Michael O’Donnell spoke about the issues related to the regulation and licensing of medical marijuana operations in Pennsylvania. John Reed was the host. A board meeting preceded. Attorney O’Donnell is a member of the PA Medical Cannabis Society and responsible for legal education programs for the society. Act 16 was passed by the PA Legislature in 2016 with a two year window before taking effect, and implementation is being run by the Department of Health. Medical conditions for which marijuana can be prescribed are stipulated in the law.  The Dept. of Health has responsibility for certifying physicians (to be certified a physician must attend a 4 hour course and be registered with the DoH, and they are required to update the DoH on the patient’s condition); and licensing the distribution pharmacies and the growing facilities. The applications require a $5000 non-refundable  fee, and, if granted, an up front payment to the state of $200,000.  It is clear that this is a major funding source for the state.  Because marijuana is still an illegal substance by federal definition, many complications issue, including banks not being able to accept funds from such operations because of federal law.  It is expected that in the long run this will lead to the legalization of recreational use as well as medical use.  An interesting and complicated subject for sure.


Announcements: Mallet Madness – Friday and Saturday – please remember your responsibilities for the event. We still need 4 more players and two more referees. Set up on the field begins at 2 on Friday, with referee training at 5:30. Saturday starts early – with helpers on tap from 7 on.* Golf Ball Drop date is set for Oct. 20, 2018 at noon, with possibility of lunch being held at the same time. Turn receipts and ticket stubs into John Stokinger.** Cassidy Stumpf will be attending RYLA.***July 24 is Rotary Hotdog night at the Gazebo. Volunteers are needed and coolers with water. Melissa Laniewski is providing hotdogs, buns and condiments.****District Governor Dan Bennet will be installed as DG for District 7360 on June 30 at Brookmere Winery in Belleville at 11:45 a.m. – cost is $40 per person – register on line on DaCdb or e-mail tammyjw@comcast.net. *****A coordinator is needed for our booth at Market Street Festival which occurs Sept. 22. Please speak with Pat Pinkowski if you are able to step up and take some responsibility for the event.


Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of the editor’s ability to keep up): himself (Bob Fogle being here); Carol Handlan (music at the commons starts tonight, flower baskets are up); Pat Pinkowski (Mallet Madness workers, speaker); Mike Flock (here); Art Bowen (NYC boat tour, Taste of Philly reopening, off to Disney World); John Fischer (club is solvent and responsible for only one more treasurer’s report); Bill Clark (Earl doing medical appt. transportation); John Reed (speaker, stepson, TX grandkid); Toby Skinner (speaker); Cheryl Stumpf (good planning meeting, 3 weeks in Greece, visiting club in Crete); Charlie McCuen (MIT Arizona parks trip, Las Vegas shows); Ken Miller (sad that Mike Flock sold his car); John Stokinger (Mallet Madness happening, memory trip with mother); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speaker).


Future Programs:

June 21 – Visiting Cuba, presented by the Rudnitsky’s, et al. about their recent trip. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

June 28 – Installation of the 2018-19 Club Officers and Directors. Outgoing President Toby Skinner will have the opportunity to share a bit about her Presidential year, and incoming President Cheryl Stumpf will share a bit about plans for her Presidential year. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

July 5 – No Meeting = July 4th Holiday.

July 12 – TBA, Art Bowen is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.    Board meeting precedes at 11.


Birthdays:   June 24 – Pat Pinkowski


Quotation: “The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”   Florence Scovel Shinn