November 29, 2018

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Be the Inspiration
Vol. 91, No. 19        President – Cheryl Stumpf        Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: December 6, 2018 – Rotarian Michael Damiano will be both host and speaker – “Understanding the Benefits of the Rotary Foundation.   SVCC, 11:45 a.m.  A Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m.

Nov. 29, 2018:Twenty Rotarians and guests (Cher Harpst and Rob Mordan from Career Link) were present to hear Justin Troup speak about the experiences that led to the founding of East Africa Coffee Company. Justin and his wife Katie have an adopted son from Uganda. He is now 14 and a U.S. Citizen. Through their church, Harvest Bible Chapel, they became involved in developing a congregation in Uganda, where Justin met Pastor Peter, a person who he describes as fighting for people who can’t fight for themselves. Justin saw things he couldn’t un-see as he learned about the practice of witch doctors sacrificing children and the results of that practice, including when it is botched. As there are no social services in Uganda, the work with victims of this and human trafficking is totally up to individual donations by people who care. One dollar for every pound of coffee sold goes directly to those efforts. Justin left his job in banking and is now a full time executive pastor at his church, taking care of all business operations. Each church that is developed includes a school for children and savings groups used to provide small loans to provide business opportunities in the community. This was a very inspiring presentation. Brian Neitz was the host.

President Cheryl declared this the postponed Annual Meeting and elections were held for the 2019-20 Slate of officers. A unanimous ballet was cast after there were no further nominations from the floor for the following slate.  2019-20 Officers and Directors elected are: President – Carol Handlan; President Elect – Doug Wilburn; Vice President – Dan Mahoney; Secretary – Hal Dunkelberger; Treasurer – Sarah Maneval; Past President – Cheryl Stumpf. Directors: Club Service – Art Bowen; Community Service – Pat Pinkowski; International Service – Toby Skinner; Vocational Service – Jared Roush; Youth – Marv Rudnitsky.

Announcements: Pat Pinkowski is collecting money to provide gifts for this year’s needy family as identified through the school district. The family includes a three and a six year old.*Tree Fest starts on Saturday – be sure to stop by and vote for the Rotary tree decorated by the Maneval Family.

Sergeant at arms: Mike Flock collected happy fines as follows: himself (Family Thanksgiving in Freeberg); Tom Gates (one for Dan Mahoney who is absent today, and for a great Gates family time in NYC); John Fischer (for Dave Lawer and Tom Gates and the great job with the veterans day display at the field); Dave Betz (son’s getting a buck); Chad Cohrs (holidays and daughter and son-in-law with them as they relocate to the area); Melissa Laniewski (helping Chad’s kids move into their own home soon, birth of her first grandson); Pat Pinkowski (grand family thanksgiving, speaker, granddaughter’s employed); Carol Handlan (speaker and guests, Melissa’s posts, Rehoboth Thanksgiving); Cher Harpst (enjoying being here); Brian Neitz (speaker), and Earl Ferster (happy that it is the time for being generous, +15).

Future Programs:
Dec. 13 – Speaker is Carol Drumheiser, VP Operations for Hope Enterprises. Melissa Laniewski is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 20 – Holiday Party, Art Bowen is the host. Guests, partners welcome. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 27 – No Meeting in recognition of the holidays.
Jan. 3 –  TBA, Jay Lemons host. Board Meeting precedes. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays:  December 8 – Charlie McCuen; 10 – Marv Rudnitsky; 30 – Dave Betz, Dottie Anderson

Quotation: “We are all alike, on the inside.”  Mark Twain