February 21, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Be the Inspiration

Vol. 91, No. 30       President – Cheryl Stumpf    Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting: February 28, 2019 – Michelle will tell us all about Rabbit Transit. Earl Ferster is the host.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Feb. 21, 2019:  Twenty Rotarians were present to hear Kelly Feiler’s update on the work of the Regional Engagement Center. Marty Blessing was the host and Toby Skinner presided. Club Assembly is postponed till March 7. The REC opened in October of 2017, following a fund raising program that allowed for the purchase of the building and materials to be used in renovation. Dave Bowersox provided the labor for free. Remaining capital projects include safety features of the parking lot and other outdoor work, and the completion of the commercial kitchen. Since its opening, more than 500 different children have come to the REC and completed the behavioral contract. The program has been well served by the Americorp grant with Susquehanna, and this has allowed for the development of volunteers working with mentoring, the Leadership Development program and tutoring. About 60 kids a day take advantage of the afterschool program. Kelly expressed appreciation of the many donations of time, food and money from members of the Club.  Tom Gates provided a cake in celebration of the 114th birthday of Rotary International.


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 continue 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. Brochures were distributed to help with outreach.**Remember to bring in batteries to fill the “Big Green Box” which enables recycling of 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.***Marv announced that the Student of the Month program will begin again on the third Thursday in March, thanks to Tom Gates urging. Tom shared that it is through this program that he first learned of Rotary and aspired to become a Rotarian.


Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of editor’s ability to keep up): Happy Birthday to Raven Rudnitsky, who also paid fine for speaker, her daughter, Kelly); himself (daughter, and Penn State BBall); Tom Gates (RI birthday, trip to Indiana, Colorado, Florida and granddaughter’s success in gymnastics); Art Bowen (speaker and her mother, NYC trip, being a subway greeter); Dave Lawer (speaker and Bd girl); Mike Flock (Kely and good pictures); John Fischer (golf committee, tournament will be second Monday in Sept.); Pat Pinkowski (speaker); Dottie (not shoveling and lots of helpers); Toby Skinner (Kelly, cake, and beauty of snow); Hal Dnkelberger (Kelly); Konrad Kempfe (speaker); Dan Mahoney (BD girl, Adam, Kelly and REC); and Earl Ferster (+15 and speaker).


Future Programs:

March 7 – Club Assembly, topic Membership. SVCC, 11:46 a.m. Board Meeting precedes.

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 – TBA, John Stokinger is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.


Birthdays:  March 15 – Mary Peterhaensel; 24 – Dave Lawer; 26 – Bill Clark; 31 – Ken Miller.


Quotation: “The best cosmetic in the world is an active mind that is always finding something new.”

                                     Mary Meek Atkeson