January 10, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 24     President – Cheryl Stumpf      Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: January 17, 2019 – Art Bowen will present a program about the Distinguished Service Award.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m. 


Jan. 10, 2019: Twenty-three Rotarians and guests Cassidy Stumpf and Laurie Knitter (who served as Antonin’s first host family) were present as our exchange student Antonin Gaitfait spoke about his goals in participating in international exchange with Rotary, his home country and his experiences here to date. He is currently residing with the Stumpf family, and he and Cassidy are working to get an Interact Club up and running at the high school. Hailing from Chinon, France, Antonin is interested in serving as an ambassador, emersion in a new culture, making friends and learning, and expanding his horizons. While Antonin misses some of his home foods, it is clear he is enjoying his experiences here and playing sports at the high school. Raven Rudnitsky serves as our Club’s counsellor for exchange students and she and Marv spoke a bit about the requirements from RI to assure the quality of the exchange program.


At President Cheryl’s request, Dottie Anderson presented Rotarian Michael Damiano with a Level 8 Paul Harris Pin, recognizing his continuing financial support of the Rotary Foundation. Note that Jared Roush announced that Senator John Gordner will be the speaker at Urban Rural night on the 24th. If you’ve missed signing up, please call or e-mail Jared. The signup sheet will be circulated at next week’s meeting. Partners and guests very welcome.


Announcements: 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: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (and to the best of the editor’s ability to keep up): happy birthday to Mike Piecuch (who is also happy to be back); himself (Antonin, Laurie, Cheryl and Cassidy); Marty Blessing (speaker and Konrad back); Toby Skinner (speaker and Mike Damiano); Mike Flock (speaker and importance of youth exchange, and Mike Damiano); Art Bowen (great Christmas and New Year); John Fischer (speaker and Mike D); Raven Rudnitsky (happy to be here); Cheryl Stumpf (Antonin and Cassidy and Mike D); Konrad Kempfe (happy to be back and healthy); John Stokinger (finishing hike without snakes, guests, Mike D); Mike Damiano (speaker, guests, leaving early): Carol Handlan (speaker and program); and Earl Ferster (+15 and exchange program and Rotary Foundation).


Future Programs:

Jan. 24 – 6 p.m. Dinner Meeting – Rural/Urban Night at Christ Community Church – Jared Roush is host.  State Senator John Gordner will speak about current agricultural and/or farming issues in PA. 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 is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Feb. 7 – Melissa Farrow, the Stigma Reduction and Education Specialist for the United in Recovery Coalition, will be the speaker. She works with this umbrella group for Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties on opioid abuse. Mike Piecuch is the host. Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Feb. 14 – Bobbi Owens, owner of Historic Preservation Services, will speak about her work and the formation of an historic preservation group in Selinsgrove, Carol Handlan is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  Jan. 17 – Wes Knapp; 24 – Mike Flock. Feb. 3 – Toby Skinner; 5 – Carol Handlan; 23 – Raven Rudnitsky.


Quotation: “I like criticism. It makes you strong.”  LeBron James