September 26, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Rotary Connects the World
Volume 92, No. 12         President – Carol Handlan               Editor – Dottie Anderson

Next Meeting – Oct. 3, 2019 – District Governor Swan Stull’s official Club visit. All members are urged to be present. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.  A Board of Director’s meeting with the DG precedes at 11:00 a.m.

September 26, 2019 – Twenty-two Rotarians were present to hear officer Monty Anders, Selinsgrove Police Department, and Derrick Shambach, Snyder County Emergency Management, speak about personal safety in a violent intruder situation.  Charlie McCuen was the host. Both presenters are available to present the hour-long version of this talk to businesses, schools, event planners. Choices in an active shooter situation – Run, Hide, Fight. Don’t freeze. Once safe call 911 and offer assistance. Life Skills or strategies to survive such situations include always be aware of your surroundings, trust your gut, look for alternative exits, explore mass notification techniques, make your facilities as safe as possible, develop a plan before there is an incident.

Studies from earlier violent incidents, while not providing a single profile of shooters, indicate that if you are in such a situation you need to “buy” 6 to 10 minutes until police arrive. Escape (get out of the kill zone) if you can, Enhance (build a barrier at a door with what ever is available), Engage (if shooter in room, don’t just sit there – identify and us whatever is available to fight the intruder).

Announcements: Dan Mahoney reminds all members to remember what they signed up to do for the Market St. Festival this Saturday, 9/28. * Do use sale of Golf Ball Drop tickets as a way of increasing knowledge of club activities among non-members. Goal this year is to sell all 1000 tickets. Date of the drop is October 19. Ticket sales will occur at our table on Saturday. **Halloween Parade is Oct. 15 – do participate with the Club.***Don Summers reminds members that the dictionary project at the intermediate school is 10/4 at 12:30. Toby, Marv, Pat have volunteered to help, but all should feel free to attend.****Treasurer reports we have made our contributions to the two international service projects and Shelter Box.

International Moment:  Toby Skinner reported that the Malaria project has sent a thank you note and that the Club donation will provide 250 treated nets. She has also heard from the Belize Eye program and the Belize Club is considering matching our donation.

Sergeant at arms:  Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of the Editor’s ability to record them): Happy Birthday Don Summers; Mike Flock (Utah National Parks trip); John Fischer (speakers, Adirondacks trip); Wes Knapp (back and recovering); Melissa Laniewski (speakers, concert trip); Marty Blessing (back from vacation, speakers, hearing Elk); Pat Pinkowski (speakers); Toby Skinner (speakers); Carol Handlan (speakers, Wes back, W.Va. trip, flower baskets at end of season); Mary Peterhaensel (rain, sleeping in); Konrad Kempfe (speakers); Ken Miller (program, drought solution); Charlie McCuen (speakers, Don’s birthday); and Earl Ferster (+15 and happy).

Future Programs:

Oct. 10 – Javier Vidalia, Youth Program Director for the REC will be the speaker. Marty Blessing is the host. 11:45 a.m., SVCC. Substitute Editor needed.
Oct. 17 – TBA, Pat Pinkowski is the host. 11:45 a.m., SVCC. Substitute Editor needed.
Oct. 24 – Opportunity to meet this year’s Rotary Exchange Student, Josea Parez. Host is Marv Rudnitsky. 11:45 a.m., SVCC.
Oct. 31 – Susan Bolig, Parent to Parent of Penna. Regional Coordinator will be the speaker. Mike Flock is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m. First reading of Directors and Officers slate for 20-21 by nominating committee.

Birthdays:    Oct. 4 – Chad Cohrs and Sarah Maneval; 21- John Reed.

Quotation: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust