March 28, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Be the Inspiration
Vol. 91, No. 34 President – Cheryl Stumpf Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting: April 4, 2019 – Annual Distinguished Service Award Lunch honoring Dave Bowersox and partner, Sue Kintzer. Speakers are Mike Flock, Jim Charles, and Pete Dewire. President Cheryl Stumpf presides. If you’ve missed signing up, call the Art Bowen immediately. SVCC, 11:45 a.m. A board meeting precedes at 11 a.m.

March 28, 2019: Twenty Rotarians and a guest (John Fischer’s wife Gail) were present to hear a presentation about Moms Demand Action. Presenters were Peggy Peeler and Mary Markle. Marty Blessing was the host. Dr. Peeler is a professor of Biology and Mary is a member of the Student Life Staff at Susquehanna. The purpose of Moms Demand Action is to educate on the ways to keep kids safe around guns. In the USA, it is 11 X more likely for a child (anyone under 18) to die or be seriously injured from gun violence than in other developed countries. They shared the Be SMART program which is being shared with PTA’s and other groups. S – secure guns locked, unloaded and stored separately from ammunition; M – model responsible behavior (take gun safety instruction and ask if other adults in the home will do the same, are all adults in the household in agreement? What are the risk factors (a curious tot, someone with a drinking or mental health problem?; A – ask about unsecured guns in others houses where your children will be spending time; R – recognize the risks of teen suicide when a gun is available to them; T – tell and educate your peers about the ways to reduce the risk of accidental gun violence. Latest statistics indicate in the USA there are 4.6 million kids living in homes with guns that are loaded and not locked up. We all have a role to play in keeping children safe.

Announcements: Next Planning meeting for Mallet Madness is Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 at Melissa Laniewski’s home. Do join us if you’re interested in serving on the committee for 2019’s Mallet Madness. All members are urged to continue to share with any non-profits (including your 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. *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. John Stokinger has provided additional guidelines via e-mail.**The date for the Golf Tournament is the 9th of September.**April 6 at 10 a.m. is t he date set for cleaning out the storage area at Rotary Field – Pat Pinkowski and Dave Lawer are coordinating – please do come and help – many hands make light work!

Sergeant at arms: John Stokinger collected happy fines as follows: Happy Birthday Ken Miller; himself (leaving early, River Bend Brewery); Dan Mahoney (Baltimore Orieles #1/Red Sox last); Dave Lawer (speakers, Mary’s prayer, grandkids reaction to 69th bd); Tom Gates (FL trip, Baseball season); Mike Piecuch (HS musical an dback); John Fischer (speakers, Cheryl and sign design, Gail, Daily Item reporters re longevity); Toby Skinner (paid up); Pat Pinkowski (speakers); Melissa Laniewski (grandson’s baptism, concert); and Wes Knapp (visit with honorary members Bill Clark and Bob Soper, speaker and Gail).

Future Programs:
April 11 – Africa Trip, Marv Rudnitsky is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
April 18 – John Beam from the Montour Area Recreation Authority will be the speaker. David Betz is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
April 25 – Pam Ross will share pictures and speak about her family trip to Antarctica, Malcolm Derk is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.
May 2 – TBA, Ken Wagner is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays: April 6 – Brian Neitz; 7 – Ken Wagner.

Quotation: “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.