January 3, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 23         President – Cheryl Stumpf    Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: January 10, 2019 – Antonin Gaitfait, our exchange student, will present the program, introduced by Marv Rudnitsky. Art Bowen is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Jan. 3, 2019: Twenty-four Rotarians were present as Dr. Nick Clark, Political Science Professor from Susquehanna University, presented program entitled “What to Expect from the 116th Congress.” The program was arranged by Jay Lemons, with Malcolm Derk serving as host. Nick’s talk was a wonderful demonstration of a terrific Poli Sci Prof who in no way reveals personal positions, despite some questions that “invited” that. Nick noted his appreciation of his hometown Rotary Club in Oklahoma, for providing financial support for his graduate study in Germany following his graduation from Hastings College. He stated that dealing with the Government Shutdown will be the first priority of the new Congress and he thinks that the sides are so entrenched that there will not be a solution until the polls indicate who is being held responsible for the shutdown, which will create the political will to compromise. Second, he believes changes are set to occur in how leadership is selected by the Democrats, with substantial interest in bringing along a new generation of leaders. His number 3 was the extreme polarization that currently exists and transcends ideologies of each party. Given Leader Pelosi’s statements about working across the aisle, and the President Trump has not been regularly “going after” the President, there is some reason to believe that compromise on legislation related to infra-structure and prices of drugs may produce legislation the President will support. He anticipates changes in congress related to ethics reform, and that investigations will center on obtaining the President’s tax returns and exploring emoluments issues. He also anticipates that the higher education act will be reauthorized and that climate change issues will be addressed.

Announcements: Thank you to the Maneval Family for doing Tree Fest for the Club, and to Pat Pinkowski for doing the collecting and shopping for our Christmas Family. Also to Art Bowen for hosting a fun holiday party.*Think about people you know who would be good nominees for the Distinguished Service Award. Nominees due early in 2019.**See President Cheryl’s e-mail about the DacB data base online workshop.***Cleanup of storage area at Rotary Field being planned.****Urgent need for help if Mallet Madness is to happen for someone to learn and do the responsibilities previously done by John Stokinger (he’ll be away and not available this year).

Sergeant at arms: John Stokinger collected happy fines as we sang Happy Birthday to Dottie Anderson (who also paid to say thank you to Pat P, the Maneval’s and Art) and to Michael Damiano (speaker, all the community service by Rotary and Club members, and good Christmas); himself (Mom back home); Marty Blessing (Houston for the holidays and baby fix); Toby Skinner (Barbados for Christmas); Pat Pinkowski (both granddaughter’s visit, and speaker); Brian Neitz (back); Dave Lawer (Earl’s prayer and speaker); Tom Gates (13 house guests for the holidays and celebrating 49th wedding anniversary); John Fischer (Philly orchestra concert, ward robe malfunction, up to midnight on New Year’s eve); Mary Peterhaensel (late and family Christmas); Sarah Maneval (Happy New Year, kids back at school, speaker); Melissa Laniwski (speaker and holiday); Carol Handlan (good Christmas); Hal Dunkelberger (100% women members in attendance); Cheryl Stumpf (Antonin and speaker); and Earl Ferster (+15 and still here for another year).

Future Programs:

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

Jan. 24 – 6 p.m. Dinner Meeting – Rural/Urban Night at Christ Community Church – Jared Roush is host. Signup sheet being circulated – a 50 minimum required, so please do invite partners and guests to come along.

Jan. 31 – Kelly Feiler will provide an update on the REC,  Marty Blessing, host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 7 – TBA, Mike Piecuch is the host. Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  Jan. 12 – Mike Piecuch; 17 – Wes Knapp. Feb. 3 – Toby Skinner; 5 – Carol Handlan; 23 – Raven Rudnitsky.


Quotation: “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  Bill Bradley