December 13, 2018

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 21    President – Cheryl Stumpf    Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: December 20, 2018 – The Club’s Holiday Party – Art Bowen is the host. – do wear festive attire. Guest, partners welcome. Call or e-mail Art Bowen asap if you’ve missed signing up as the Club needs confirmation of number attending this plated meal. 570-850-2256 OR   SVCC, 11:45 a.m. 


Dec.13, 2018:  Twenty-one Rotarians and guests (honorary member Bob Soper and Sally Lauer, Melissa’s mom) were present as Melissa Laniewski spoke about the tradition of the Christmas tree.  Her scheduled speaker, Carol Drumheiser, VP Operations for Hope Enterprises, had to cancel because of a work requirement. Melissa loves Christmas trees and decorates multiple trees in her home every year. Using power point, she noted things like the fact that the Puritans thought the custom to be pagan, the in 1846, Queen Victoria’s picture with she and her family in front of a decorated tree, brought decorated trees into fashion, and that lights for trees were invented by Thomas Edison. She concluded her program with a poem by e.e.cummings.


Announcements: Tree Fest goes on till 12/20, so be sure to stop by and vote for the Rotary tree decorated by the Maneval Family, using the book Finding Nemo.*Think about people you know who would be good nominees for the Distinguished Service Award. Nominees due early in 2019.**The Club received a thank you for the snacks note from the REC.


Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: Happy Birthday to himself (we’ll get Charlie McCuen and Cheryl Stumpf later, and happy to see Sally here); Dave Lawer (Sally AND Bob Soper); Tome Gates (Bob and SVC Concert); John Fischer (SVC, Marv’s daughter’s conducting at church, missing next week); Mike Flock (arm surgery and thank you note from Evan); Wes Knapp (Bob Soper); Art Bowen (guests, fun family time with 92 year old aunt); Bob Soper (fun to be here); Chad Cohrs (tonight’s concerts at school, Coalition for Kids conference); Melissa Laniewski (mom here, weekend girls trip to Pittsburgh); Sally Lauer (happy to be seen rather than viewed); Carol Handlan (Bob, Sally, 34th girls trip to NJ and NYC); Hal Dunkelberger (Bob and Ken Miller); Ken Miller (Bob, Sally and back with ribs healing); Don Summers (12/13 anniversary of first date with Krista); Toby Skinner (Bob and Sally); Mike Damiano (Bob, Sally, leaving early); Dan Mahoney (25 year ago Rotary meeting –with Bob and Art); and Earl Ferster (speaker, visiting with Bob Fogle and Konrad Kempfe, and +15).


Future Programs:

Dec. 27 – No Meeting in recognition of Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Jan. 3 – TBA, Jay Lemons host. Board Meeting precedes. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Jan. 10 – Antonin Gaitfait, our exchange student, will be the speaker, introduced by Marv Rudnitsky, Art Bowen, host.  Start of process to identify Distinguished Service nominees. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Jan. 17 – TBA, Earl Ferster, host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  December 30 – Dave Betz, Dottie Anderson. Jan. 5 – Michael Damiano; 12 – Mike Piecuch; 17 – Wes Knapp.


Quotation: “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”    Henry Ford