January 30, 2020

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club

Rotary Connects the World

Vol. 92, No. 27 – President – Carol Handlan – Editor – Dottie Anderson


Next Meeting Feb. 6, 2020:  Matt Heintzelman, CSCS, TSAC-F, Pn1, of Titan Tactical Strength and Conditioning will be the speaker. Host is Earl Ferster.  SVCC, 11:45 a.m. Board meeting precedes at 11 a.m.

Jan. 30, 2020 – Twenty-eight Rotarians and guests were present to hear recently retired County Commissioner Lee Knepp, an avid historian, reflect on his involvement with the Friends of Benjamin Franklin society. He served this group as a board member, treasurer, and President prior to the decision to dissolve and give its assets to the Franklin Journal archives.  Hal Dukelberger was the host. In recognition of both the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and Franklin’s 314th (Pi) Birthday, Lee spoke about the unique opportunity he had to become acquainted with numerous strong women who were involved with the society or who were Franklin descendants.  This was a delightful and interesting presentation.  Guests present included Kristine Horton’s guests Stacey Napoli of Isabella’s and Ginger Griffich from the VFW.  The VFW, located on 522, will be holding a Bacon Cheeseburger Night on Feb. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., with proceeds going to support upkeep at Rotary Field.  Kelly Feiler from the REC, had Javier and two SU student engagement volunteers with her.  The students were introduced and will be working at the REC for the next 4 years.

Announcements:  Planning for the 5th annual Mallet Madness has started. The next meeting is 2/13 at Melissa Laniewski’s house at 6:30. Note that the date for the event is June 6 (not 13 as is shown in the year’s Rotary Calendar.  Let Donna know if you are interested in participating*Reminder of SNOW POLICY – we do not meet if the SASD has cancelled classes.**Thank you to Marty Blessing for the early start that contributed to the successful Rural/Urban Night at Christ Community Church. Marty in turn thanks Jared Roush and Sarah Manaval for their assistance.***Congratulations to Gerald Stauffer for purchase of the Lewisburg Farmer’s Market.

Sergeant at arms: Marv Rudnitsky collected happy fines as follows: Dave Lawer (guests, Penn State win); Cheryl Stumpf (back, Greece trip, Yoga teacher certification); Mike Flock (Tom Gates seat, SU volunteers); Gerald Stauffer (fine for being in the paper); Malcolm Derk (Lee and SU students); Pat Pinkowski (speker and guests); Marty Blessing (successful R/U night and help from Jared and Sarah); Carol Handlan (VFW project, speaker, guests); Melissa Laniewski (guests, Kristine, PR trip); Kelly Feiler (guest and happy to be part of group); Kristine Horton (guests and Melissa’s trust); Javier Videla (speaker, guests, support of REC); Kem Miller (speaker, guests, Penn State wrestling); Konrad Kempfe (VFW); Toby Skinner (guests, speaker, Marty); Mary Peterhaensel (guests, U/R night); Tom Gates (Penn State deserved the win); and Earl Ferster (+15, guests, Gerald).

Future Programs:

Feb. 13 – Rick Davis, Accounting Professor at Susquehanna University, will speak about the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, free assistance to those who meet income guidelines, and need to “advertise” and potentially become a volunteer with the program. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 20 – Club Assembly, Carol Handlan presiding. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Feb. 27 – TBA, Mary Peterhaensel is the host.  SVCC, 11:45  a.m.

Mar. 5 – TBA, Fred Keller is the host. SVCC, 11:45 a.m.

Birthdays:  Feb. 3 – Toby Skinner, 5 – Carol Handlan, 22 – Raven Rudnitsky. Mar. 13 – Kelly Feiler; 15 – Mary Peterhaense; 24 – Dave Lawer; 31 – Ken Miller;

Quotation: “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Benjamin Franklin