May 13, 2021

Selinsgrove Area Rotary Club
Rotary Newsletter
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Vol. 93, No. 40 – President – Dan Mahoney – Editor – Carol Handlan

Next Meeting – May 20 – Dave Lauver, host – Introduction of 2021 Scholarship Recipients

May 13, 2021: 21 fellow Rotarians and 3 guests joined as Isabella’s, to hear Snyder County Commissioner and fellow Rotarian, Adam Ewig provide an update on county activities and initiatives. Prior to his election as county commissioner, Adam served in a variety of public and private roles; including 6 years on borough council in McClure and 2 years as Mayor of the borough. He also worked at DPW for 13 years and at the Snyder County and Central Susquehanna Regional 911 service for 9 years. He continues as EMS Chief for the Beaver Springs Fire Department since 2009. Adam shared that the county was able to secure funding of $800,000 that will be used toward improving/providing broadband to the west end of the county. The county also recently set up a vaccination clinic at the State School and they vaccinated 1,500 citizens;  while also partnering with DH&L to offer vaccinations to individuals who were homebound.  Recycling is another hot issue that the county commissioners are tackling and meeting with municipalities to try and find away to recycle while trying to keep the costs down. The county has also partnered with Union-Snyder Community Action Agency to administer over $5 million in grant funding to provide rental/utility assistance to those that qualify. This money would assist residents with unpaid rent or utility bills due to the impact of covid-19. Unfortunately, not everyone is taking advantage of this help. He also shared that Snyder county still has roughly $265,000 in funding for businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industry to award. Adam stayed around and answered individual questions and a number of Rotarians came up and introduced themselves; which was really nice.

Announcements: 1) President Dan Mahoney presented Charlie McCuen with the Paul Harris Award. 2) Dave Lawer introduced three of our scholarship recipients: Allie Fritz, Olivia Merwine, and Emeline Snook. Each senior shared their involvement in school activities, where they are going to college and their appreciation of being selected. 3) John Fischer provided a golf outing update. 4) Tom Gates provided an update on Wheels in the Grove. 5) Chapin Jones provided an update on Mallet Madness and left signup sheets for volunteers. 6) Marv Rudnitsy shared that our Four-way Test winner, Alison Rosou, placed third in the finals held in State College.

Sergeant at Arms: Marv Rudnitsky provided some humor and collected “Happy Fines” from Art (student guests, Wes being back, Sun Vo-Tech), John F. (student guests, Dan, Charlie), Carol (speaker, student guests, Farmers’ Market), Marv (student guests), Earl (student guests, Charlie), Melissa (student guests), Wes (student guests), Dave (student guests, Charlie) Charlie (Florida, John, golfing), Mary ( student guests, Charlie, new job), Cheryl (student guests, Kelly for REC interns, Charlie, Girls on the Run).

Future Programs:
May 27 – Tom Gates, host – Steve Inch, Track Announcer at the Selinsgrove Speedway
June 3 – Gary Goznar, host – TBD
June 10 – Cheryl Stumpf – TBD
June 17 – Art Bowen – Distinguished Service Award Presentation to Kendra Aucker, President/CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital.

May: 12 – Malcolm Derk
June: 24 – Pat Pinkowski

Quotation:  “Aspire to inspire before we expire” – Unknown