February 7, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 28     President – Cheryl Stumpf       Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: February 14, 2019 – Bobbie Jean Owens, owner of Historic Preservation Services, will speak about the importance of preservation and how that relates to Selinsgrove. Carol Handlan is the host. Mike Flock is the substitute editor. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Feb. 7, 2019:  Twenty-one Rotarians and guest Stacey Piecuch, were present as Melissa Farrow, the Stigma Reduction and Education Specialist for the United in Recovery Coalition, spoke about the work to reduce the stigma felt (imagined or real) by people because they are impacted by substance abuse issues. This work by the Coalition is sponsored by the United Way as part of their goal to reduce substance abuse in our area. The coalition works in Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. Mike Piecuch was the host. Stacey Piecuch is on the staff of the GSVUW and works with its coalition to reduce substance abuse. It is clear that stigma and all that surrounds those negative feelings, delays or prevents the person and the family of that person from seeking the help that is needed to bring about change and for the substance abuser to recover – weather the abuse be of opioids, other drugs and/or alcohol. Melissa is just beginning her work and we were her first presentation.  A Board Meeting preceded.  VP Handlan noted our thanks to members who have supported exchange student monthly allowance and to Jared Roush and Norry Bank for their support of the Rural/Urban night dinner.


Announcements:  Remember to complete and submit a nomination form for people you identified as potential recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Submit forms to Art Bowen.* *Planning meetings are occurring for 2019’s Mallet Madness. All members are urged to share with any non-profits (including church, or boards you serve on) about the event and work to turn up sponsors and members for the two person teams. This year the event is scheduled for June 8.**John Stokinger showed us “Big Green Box” which will enable us to recycle non-rechargeable batteries. Please bring in batteries to be recycled in the plastic bags provided and place in the box that will be available at every meeting. When box is full, it will be returned to the company and recycled. If this is successful, the Board will determine if the project continues.***International Director Konrad Kempfe shared that the Club has sent $380 in support of the Muncy Club’s clean water project and $620 to RI Foundation for its water and sanitation projects.****Presiding officer Carol Handlan announced that the Board has affirmed by motion that the Club reimburses the costs of PETS training required of incoming presidents.


Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of editor’s ability to keep up): Happy Birthday to Mike Flock, Toby Skinner and Carol Handlan (bd fines plus); himself (Africa trip);Dave Lawer (back and love of family); Pat Pinkowski (speaker and guest); Jared Roush (successful R/U night); John Fischer (meeting a young farmer); Art Bowen (Upside good movie); Chad Cohrs (wrestling team success, weather); John Stokinger (speaker, super bowl, disappearing snow); Konrad Kempfe (speaker); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speaker).


Future Programs:

Feb. 21 – Club Assembly, President Cheryl Stumpf presiding. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 28 – Program about Rabbit Transit, Earl Ferster is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 7 – TBA, John Stokinger is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m., Board meeting precedes at 11 a.m.

March 14 – TBA, Doug Wilburn is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 21 – TBA, Chad Cohrs is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

March 28 – Kelly Feiler will update the Club on developments at the Regional Engagement Center. Marty Blessing is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  Feb. 22 – Raven Rudnitsky. March 15 – Mary Peterhaensel; 24 – Dave Lawer; 31 – Ken Miller

Quotation: “Love and time are the only two things in this world that cannot be bought, only spent.”   -Gary Jennings