December 19, 2019

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Rotary Connects the World

Vol. 92, No. 23 President – Carol Handlan –  Editor – Dottie Anderson


No Meeting December 26 or January 2 – Happy Holidays!

Next Meeting Jan. 9, 2019 – TBA, Michael Damiano will be the host. First Business Member will be inducted – the Regional Engagement Center. Board Meeting precedes at 11 a.m.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Dec. 19, 2019 – Twenty-six Rotarians and guests (Bill Pinkowski, Barbara Gonsar, Sharon McCuen, Barb Reed) were present for our annual Holiday Party. Art Bowen was the host, and Don Messimer provided great piano background music and led us all in a sing along of Christmas music, both secular and religious. Poinsettia table decorations were disbursed and taken to folks we wanted to remember with holiday cheer.  We presented waitress Susan with a thankyou card and money gift. Pat Pinkowski shared her joy in working with the REC to identify our Christmas family and shopping with the single mother of three girls to get exactly what was wanted – wrapping paper, ribbon, etc. was provided to the mother who wanted to wrap up the presents for her children.  Enough Weis Market gift cards were provided that we were able to share those with a second family in need.  The Tree Fest ends tomorrow, and many thanks are extended to Sarah Maneval and family for decorating a tree based on Pokey the Puppy.

Announcements: Marty Blessing requests that you e-mail her at if you have missed signing up for Rural/Urban night scheduled for 1/23 – save the date, guests and partners welcome *Marv Rudnitsky shared that former exchange student from Korea has been visiting here and has had dinner with host families and Marv and Raven. She is now a student at Western Michigan University.

Sergeant at arms:  Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows (to the best of the Editor’s ability to record them): Happy Birthday to Dan Mahoney and Dottie Anderson (usually missed since we don’t have a meeting); himself (Lily’s visit, Penn State basketball) Dave Lawer ( Art, Pat, Don for the music); Donna Schuck (Don, family vacation to Italy in 2020); Gary Gonsar (are and Gary’s girlfriend);  Art Bowen (officially retired); Tom Gates (12/27th 50th wedding anniversary);  Marty Blessing (Art, Pat, Sarah, Christmas with five little people in Hueston); Pat Pinkowski (husband, celebrating Christmas early with granddaughters); Carol Handlan (Pat, Art, Sarah, Holidays at home); Sarah Maneval (Lily’s visit, Pat, Art); Mary Peterhaensel (happy holidays, Pokey the Puppy  originally published in 1942 and was her first book); Charlie McCuen (back for a few days and then back to Florida for winter, Art’s retirement); Bob Bertram (Art and guests); and John Reed (Barb and the tie she is admiring).

Future Programs:

Jan. 16 – TBA, Toby Skinner is the host. SVCC 11:45 a.m.

Jan. 23 – Rural/Urban night chicken and waffles dinner at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road. 6 p.m. We are joined by partners, guests, and members of the Young Farmers. Speaker is Mark Dersham, a Hemp Farmer. E-mail Marty Blessing if you’ve missed signing up.

Jan. 30 – Speaker will be Lee Knepp. Host is Hal Dunkelberger. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 5 – TBA, Earl Ferster is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.  Board Meeting precedes.


Birthdays:     Jan. 5 – Mike Damiano, 17 – Wes Knapp,  24 – Mike Flock,

Quotation: “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: love others.”  Bob Hope