April 29, 2021

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Rotary Newsletter
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Vol. 93, No. 38 – President – Dan Mahoney – Editor – Carol Handlan

Next Meeting – May 6 – Bob Bertram, host. Ben Reichley, will speak origin and growth of LBWater.

April 29, 2021: 27 Fellow Rotarians and 3 guests joined as Isabella’s, to hear local farmer and co-chair of the Selinsgrove Farmers’ Market, Kevin Dressler speak. Kevin co-chairs the market with Sara Lauver.  He provided a brief history of how the market has grown from 3 vendors in 2012 to more than 16 vendors now. The Farmers’ Market is an operating arm under Selinsgrove Projects, Inc, (SPI). Their market committee has been working diligently to ensure the market opening day, May 15th, will be memorable and set the tone for the rest of the summer.  The market is from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday from May through October with a holiday market in November and December.  They will be having live music entertainment every Saturday from 10am -12pm on the Commons’ stage. Because of cost increases, they needed to raise the vendor fee to $100 but that is for the entire season; which is very reasonable. They try and be flexible with their vendor scheduling and have some that will be there every week, some every other week and some once a month or for special events. Their goal has been to try and keep everything locally grown and made. They work closely with the downtown restaurants in providing local produce to them as well. A great point that Kevin made was training the customers, so they are knowledgeable of what is available and when.  If you want fresh produce, farm raised meats, flowers, plants, soap, alpaca made items, eggs, craft brews, baked goods, and so much more, meet them at the market on Saturday!!  For more information, and weekly updates, you can follow them on Facebook at Selinsgrove Farmers Market.

Announcements: 1) President Dan welcomed everyone back to meeting in-person. He also shared that we have a few weeks left if anyone wants to personally add to the donation for the water project. 2) John Fischer added that it is great getting back together and he acknowledged what a wonderful job President Dan has done in moving our club forward during this pandemic year. He also acknowledged Carol Handlan for keeping the weekly/monthly meetings going via Zoom. 3) Toby Skinner read a thank you letter for our donation to the Belize project. 4) Cheryl Stumpf put out a request for volunteer help in doing some general maintenance of Rotary Field. 5) Dave Lawer reminded everyone that Memorial Day is coming up and we will displaying flags again at Rotary Field. Please let him know if you wish to participate. 6) Tom Gates gave an update on Wheels and mentioned that applications are available on our website. 7)Marv Rudnitsky introduced our visiting SAHS senior Young American, Eli Markle. Eli shared his activities during high school which included music, history, Spanish, economics, soccer and tennis. He was also involved in the FBLA and the Grove Gazette. He will be attending Susquehanna University in the fall studying international business.

Sergeant at Arms: Marv Rudnitsky provided some humor and collected Happy Fines from Art (speaker, guest, granddaughter’s lacrosse, Stacey/Domenico, cards), John F. ()Eli, Stacey/Domenico, being together), Kelly (speaker, Chapin), Dave (new granddaughter, Stacey/Domenico), Carol (speaker, guest, HVW new location, Art for his cards, being together), Raven (speaker, being together, Eli), Marv (speaker, Eli, being together, Earl (speaker, being together), Konrad (speaker, great being together), Mary (covid vaccination), Gary (speaker, great to be back, Eli, Rick Davies), Malcolm (speaker, Rick Davies retirement, Eli and attending SU), Toby (speaker, guest, Rotary Field, Eli), Pat (speaker, great being together, lunch), Cheryl (Mallet Madness, lunch).

Future Programs:
May 13 – TBD
May 20 – Dave Lauver, host – Introduction of 2021 Scholarship Recipients
May 27 – Tom Gates, host – Steve Inch, Track Announcer at the Selinsgrove Speedway.

May: 12 – Malcolm Derk

Quotation:  “Short cuts make long delays.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien