August 23, 2018

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 7                           President – Cheryl Stumpf                     Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: August 30, 2018 – Cassidy Stumpf will share her experience attending RYLA and progress on starting an Interact Club at the High School. Wesley Knapp is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m. 


August 23, 2018:   Twenty-one Rotarians were present to hear Johnny Hoffman and Steve Pope speak about the past, present and future of the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. Charlie McCuen was the host. Steve Pope began his work at the SVCC in 2014 when the Club membership was at 200 members. Golf pro Johnny Hoffman has been part of the Club staff since 2003. Changes in the economy, the culture, available time, increased corporations and decreased locally owned businesses, all had a negative impact on the Club membership and ability to compete for limited dollars and time.  Since 2014, the Board has revised its membership structure, reduced dues, diversified the types of memberships available (such as a 4 day golf rate), and membership increased by about 130.  While some decline from that number has occurred, the Club is now working on ways to incorporate the family, looking to develop fitness and exercise, and healthy foods among the Club’s features. The Club is a beautiful facility with much potential if they continue to be able to understand the need for change and to make the necessary decisions.


Announcements:   Golf Ball Drop date is set for Oct. 20, 2018 at noon. Turn receipts and ticket stubs into John Stokinger. If you need other ways to sell your 20 tickets, you could do so at the end of the Golf Tournament on the 10th or at the Market St. Festival table on the 22nd of Sept.*Volunteer sheet for the 26th annual Golf Tournament, 9/10, was circulated by John Fischers.**Dan Mahoney is chairing efforts for our participation in 9/22 Market St. Festival. He just might bring some samples of healthy foods and chocolate next week.***President Stumpf is interested in identifying a member who is interested in providing information about the Club for the District Newsletter and to coordinate our marketing efforts.****One Rotary Summit is taking place on 10/20 and Cheryl is planning to go and looking for a member who would like to go with her to this even.


International Moment: Konrad Kempfe shared information about the Rotary in the Philipines, where a million dollar project has led to the revitalization of the fishing industry for the small coastal towns by creating an artificial reef using a huge Rotary Wheel. It has brought back both fishing and tourism to the area.


Sergeant at arms: John Stokinger collected happy fines as follows: himself (speaker and meeting space, beer foundation); Mary Peterhaensel (hen’s laying); John Fischer (Bar Harbor trip, Tom and Anne’s work at Rotary Field, Earl bring Bob to meetings); Toby Skinner (speakers and taking grandson to Bloomsburg U); Carol Handlan (speakers, Fred Keller soon joining Club, beautiful day for weeding, music series, SU arrivals); Bill Clark (60th wedding anniversary); Fred Keller (speakers and joining Rotary); Charlie McCuen (sunshine, speakers, 4th plac winning’s being donated to Club); Johnny and Steve (sunshine, golf, swimming pool); Dan Mahoney (Carol – do some weeding at my house?); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speakers). Happy Birthday Jay Lemons.


Future Programs:


Sept. 6 – Official Visit by District Governor Dan Bennett. A board meeting precedes at 10:30 a.m. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.  All are urged to be in attendance for the DG’s visit to the Club.

Sept. 13 – TBA, Art Bowen is the host. Substitute Editor needed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 20 – TBA, John Reed is the host. Substitute Editor needed. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 27 – Susanna Falck, RI Water Projects. Konrad Kempfe is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  Sept. 3 – Tom Gates; 5 – John Fischer; 6 – Melissa Laniewski; 24 – Don Summers, Jr.


Quotation: “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”   

                              Winston Churchill