Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
January 10, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Resource and Reminders: Wisecracker Comedy Club fundraiser is Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 pm at Ramada. Tickets are $20 each and benefit Strawberry Fields and Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Please invite your friends and spread the word for great fun and a great cause. See Brodie Dalton for tickets, or purchase them online at

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Ken Martin at 12:07 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Guests and Visitors:

  • Sharon Brytczuk, guest of Gary Brytczuk
  • Ivan Sanchez, guest of Carl Hill

Happy Bucks:

  • Jason Browne said Chris Potalivo’s wife was in the hospital but is back home. Feel free to reach out and see how they’re doing.
  • Monica Wright is happy for Cherryie, who will be starting a new position with Missy Etters at Keystone Payroll.

50/50 Raffle:

Rich Lysle pulled the six of clubs.

Foundation Minute: For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating-four stars- from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the United States.

The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized’” says Foundation Chair Ron Burton.  “It represents the hard work and dedication of countless Rotarians throughout the world.  They know their gifts will be used for the purpose for which they were given and that they will, indeed, make a real difference.”

The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment if how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services and practices good governance and openness.

Your support of The Rotary Foundation helped to make this happen.


Hugh Most brought a gift certificate to Home Depot and a battery charger, which Rainer Domalski won for $42.


  • Ja Nae Wian won the NFL 50/50 raffle! She and Brittany Cox made it to the final, so they are splitting the winnings: $450 to each of them, and $900 to the Rotary Foundation! Way to go, Ja Nae!
  • Bring a Guest to Rotary day is Jan. 31. Invite your friends! We need more Rotary club members.
  • The board has approved Amanda Houston for her 10-day vetting period to start today.
  • The board approved the club’s strategic plan, which was a year in the making. Thank you to the committee and to Jason Browne, for leading the charge.
  • Wisecracker Comedy Club fundraiser is Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 pm at Ramada. Tickets are $20 each and benefit Strawberry Fields and Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Please invite your friends and spread the word for great fun and a great cause. See Brodie Dalton for tickets, or purchase them online at
  • The club got an invitation from the Mid-State Literacy Council to participate in their spelling bee. If anyone is interested in participating, visit Mid-State Literacy Council at
  • Nicohl Geszvain is taking a three-month leave of absence but will continue to serve on the board and as a youth counselor.
  • The Sepichs are hosting an exchange student but need another family to host her. They will be traveling overseas in the spring.

Program: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County by Stephanie Fost

Stephanie started as their executive director in May 2018.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County started in 1983.

Their first home was dedicated in Bellefonte in 1985.

The nonprofit currently has four full-time and two part-time staff.

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes for income qualified families.

At any build site, there is a part-time construction supervisor, who helps make the plans for the house. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County (HFHGCC) is currently building a home that is 1,300 square feet and a family of seven will move in when it is complete.

Volunteers are a major component of HFHGCC. They help find the home site and the process to build. They even had an architecture student design the house.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization. DOW is a corporate partner and donates the house wrap on every Habitat house in the world. WhirlPool donates washers and dryers to homes. Glenn Hawbaker donates $25,000 of time to remove 33 tons of stones so they could build the home.

Habitat for Humanity homes have insulating concrete form floors, which is one component of the energy efficient efforts that go into the homes.

Their homes provide energy reports for five years so Habitat for Humanity can see how they work.

Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte and a group that travels across the country have helped build homes for HFHGCC.

When a homeowner signs a contract, they give HHGCC the first right of refusal to buy it back. HFHGCC also rehabilitates homes in the community

HFHGCC’s mortgage process is just like any mortgage process. They pull credit reports.

Their homeowners are required 350 hours of sweat equity. This is work such as helping to build the house, working at the Restore, in their administrative office, or attending a community-facing event. The hours can be split among family and friends.

Rock the Block is an event HFHGCC is launching in the spring. They will first be in Bellefonte then Philipsburg. Areas that have been deemed as needing help will have trash cleared from yards and homes will be power washed.

HFHGCC partners with the Builders Association to hold the Bricks and Sticks golf tournament fundraiser.

HFHGCC’s ReStore started 11 years ago. It is a treasure trove of anything you could imagine for a home: cabinets, doors, toilets, etc. It is located at 1155 Zion Road in Bellefonte. All the products are donated. The ReStore provides necessary funding for HFHGCC. The showroom is 11,000 square feet and the warehouse is 15,000 square feet.

HFHGCC partners with the Centre County Housing and Land Trust and the State College Community Land Trust. The homes by Trader Joe’s were placed there in partnership with HFHGCC.
The meeting adjourned at 1:02 pm.

Rotarians of the Week
Jan. 3 – Paul Podwika
Jan. 10 – Jim Prowant
Jan. 17 – Bruce Rogers
Jan. 24 – Heather Sanford
Jan. 31 – Janet Santostefano
Feb. 7 – Rob Schmidt
Feb. 14 – Terry Shoemaker
Feb. 21 – Myra Sletson
Feb. 28 – Chris Smith
Mar. 7 – Kat Snowe
Mar. 14 – Brad Stone
Mar. 27 - Cathy Taylor

January Birthdays:
Jan. 3 – Chris Smith
Jan. 3 – Harry Zimbler
Jan. 5 – Michele Brandt
Jan. 10 – Josh Woods
Jan. 14 – Irene Miller
Jan. 25 – Paul Podwika

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Harry Zimbler – 25 years
Rob Schmidt – 16 years
Mark Bamat – 3 years
Jim Prowant – 2 years