April 15, 2021

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Rotary Newsletter
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Vol. 93, No. 36 –  President – Dan Mahoney – Editor – Carol Handlan

Next Meeting – April 22 – Dan Mahoney, host. Melanie Garrison, Communications Coordination for YMCA.

April 15, 2021: 16 Fellow Rotarians and 2 Guests joined via zoom, to hear Jillian Rogers, Co-Owner of Union Cellars Winery. Jillian is co-owner with her husband, Mark and their winery is located approximately 4 miles west of Lewisburg at 4760 Furnace Road.  They been married eight years and have three small boys (ages 3-6) and Jillian is currently expecting their fourth son.  She has a degree in chemistry from LaSalle. She and her husband met while in Austin, Texas where they studied and received their certifications in wine making. They relocated to Lewisburg three years ago, where Jillian’s family lives. Jillian also works as a Physicians Assistant for Evangelical Hospital. The winery is her husband’s, Mark, full time focus. Mark and his father-in-law, Ron Moser, took on the task themselves of renovating a 5,200-square-foot building last used as an auto body shop; which is now their winery. They also added a large outside patio off of the tasting room complete with a play area for kids visiting with their parents. Future plans include a venue for weddings and other celebrations.  They are open and operating under adherence to COVID guidelines and regulations. They have planted 3,000 vines, on 3 acres, and look forward to their production but currently make their wine from grapes or juice they get from other wineries. Currently offering six varieties of red and white wines for tasting and purchase. Perhaps, a future location for a Rotary visit.

Announcements: 1) John Fischer shared that the golf committee met earlier this morning and everything is moving along. 2) Hal Dunkelberger mentioned Rotary’s International’s annual conference will be held virtually from April 30 – May 1, 2021. 3) Marv Ruditsky introduced our SAHS Young American, Sophie Markle.  Sophie shared her love of tennis, music (piano and singing) and acting. Very excited to be part of planning process for their senior prom which will take place on May 1st. She has also been very involved in funding raising for caps and gowns for 2021 graduation which will be held outside in the stadium. Her achievements in National Arts Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and 2020 Homecoming Queen. She plans to attend Chatman University and study Policy and Economics.

Sergeant at Arms: Marv Rudnitsky provided some humor and collected Happy Fines from Carol (speaker, beautiful day), Art (speaker, second COVID shot), John F. (speaker, neighbor, golf committee), Raven (speaker), Pat (speaker), Marv (Florida fun).

Future Programs:
April 29 – Carol Handlan, host – Kevin Dressler/Sara Lauver to speak on the Selinsgrove Saturday Farmers’ Market
May 6 – Fred Keller, host – Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
May 13 – TBD

April:  6 – Brian Neitz, 7 – Ken Wagner, 20 – Gary Gosnar
May: 12 – Malcolm Derk

Quotation:  “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mendela

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