Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
July 12, 2018
Ramada Inn and Conference Center
Resources and Reminders
The Fellowship and Award Annual grant program is at Holmes Foster Park on Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. Bring a guest, dress casual. We also will be putting together Jared Boxes and there will be music, lunch and great fellowship.
Rotary Blood Drive! On Thursday, August 16 from 1 pm to 5:30 pm a blood drive will be held at the Comfort Suites, 132 Village Drive, State College, PA 16803 (behind TGI Fridays off of North Atherton). Blood donors and volunteers to help with registration and canteen are needed. Please sign up online:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a44aaab29a6fe3-rotary2
Youth host families are greatly needed. We really need host families for exchange students from August to December from Ecuador and Brazil in the State College School District: one boy and one girl. A counselor is also needed for the girl. Host family must live in State College School District. As a counselor, you meet with the students once a month and resolve any issues they might have.
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Ken Martin at 12:05 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.
Guests and Visitors:
Josh Duncan, guest of Karen Gregg
Harry Zimbler and his wife celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. Harry also visited Carl Hill.
Meg Moose loves Arts Fest and Wimbledon.
Gary Peterson volunteered for the Green Crew at Arts Fest.
Ja Nae Wian is looking for 20 people to sponsor the Bulldogs youth football and cheerleading squad at $100. Your gift is tax deductible. See Ja Nae’s email for more information.
Josh Duncan pulled ticket number 47779. pulled the two of clubs.
An InstantPot was sold to Jim Eberly for $40.
Rotarian of the Week: Stephanie Fost
Stephanie has been a member of Rotary since 2014. She grew up two hours south of here. She has two older sisters and a 17-year-old brother. She attended the University of Tennessee and is a proud alumna! She met her husband at the age of four and they have been together since they were 17. Yesterday was their 12-year wedding anniversary. They have two children: Linden, who is almost seven; and Hayes, who is almost two. Stephanie and her husband m oved here in 2007 so he could get his PhD at Penn State. They ended up buying a house in Pine Grove Mills and they now live in Bellefonte. Stephanie is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity. She encouraged everyone to visit Habitat’s ReStore. It’s in a building near the American Philatelic Society. Stephanie has two dogs, a cat, lizard, salamander, and a fish.
Be sure to sign up for a Rotary committee. Signups are on the table.
Our club has the Healing Garden this month. Thank you to Meg Moose and Melissa Aungst for signing up.
Everyone should have received their quarterly dues statement. If you want to save $20, you must pay the full $580 by the end of July. If you want your dues to be deducted automatically, talk to Terry Shoemaker.
There is a Sergeant at Arms committee meeting at 11:30 am next Thursday at the Ramada before the Rotary meeting if you’re interested in learning more about it.
Program: Stephanie VanHorn’s Classification Talk
Stephanie is an attorney at Engle Kauffman, P.C. She works with fellow Rotarian Rose Kauffman. She is from Lock Haven. Her mom and dad still live there. Her younger sister lives near Harrisburg. Her parents are raising and 8-year-old member of the family, and a 2-year-old and 1-year-old foster children that they are going to adopt.
Stephanie has four bulldogs; two are English, 1 is an old English and English mix, and the other is old English.
She attended Central Mountain High School and played softball. During her senior year, she left school at 11:30 am to work as a bank teller for the rest of the day. She went to Lock Haven University while still working at the bank. She majored in political science. She was in the global honors program where she took special classes and engaged in discussion groups.
She attended law school at Penn State. She felt that being a lawyer would be a tangible way for her to help people. She never thought she would be a trial lawyer, but she got sick of paperwork and being in an office. One of the jobs she had in law school was at a criminal defense firm. She enjoyed going to court all the time. She was on the Law Review journal and graduated in the top 10 of her class.
She wrote an article in the Law Review about gratuity to congressman.
She worked in a family law clinic and she was able to practice under someone else’s license. She worked with victims of domestic violence and custody issues. She worked at that criminal defense practice for a year afterward. She likes to fight for the underdog.
She has been at her current job at Engle Kauffman, P.C. for two years.
She got to learn from Rose Kauffman, who mentored her. They go to the Waffle Shop and talk about things. Rose assigns her homework and has her watch educational films.
Stephanie was in court three days after she passed the Bar. She has argued in superior and federal court.
She also does pro bono cases for Children and Youth Services, and landlord/tenant issues. She is involved in the Centre County Bar Association, and chair of the young lawyers’ division in Centre County. She helps to set up “meet the judge nights” for young lawyers.
She is a member of the House of Delegates, is a 2018 Leadership Centre County graduate, and recently joined LCC’s alumni committee.
In the fall and spring, she coaches high school mock trial. She thinks mock trial is important for students because you learn how your legal system works, how to be a good public speaker, and how to be inquisitive. Her team has won a mock trial each year for the past two years.
She attends Blanchard Church of Christ and teaches college adult classes. She does short-term mission trips that are a week long. She is hoping to go to Haiti or Honduras soon.
She has been volunteering on political campaigns, such as the local district attorney’s and is working on the Erin Condo McCracken campaign. She likes knocking on doors and talking to people.
Her hobbies include fishing, reading, playing with her dogs, and tailgating at Penn State. Her tailgates are extreme. There is a school bus, a band, campers, and about 200 people in attendance.
She enjoys being in Rotary because it lives up to her values of service above self, and it’s a way to be more involved in the community.
Adjournment – The meeting ended at 12:57 pm.
Rotarians of the Week
July 19 – Joe Gaetano
July 26 – Chuck Gambone
August 2 – Frank Gatto
August 9 – Joe Geise
August 16 – Nicohl Geszvain
August 23 – Charlie Hackett
July 4 – Meg Moose
July 7 – Chuck Gambone
July 8 – Rob Schmidt
July 16 – George Trudeau
July 20 - Jason Browne
July 20 – Gary Peterson
July 25 – Chad Feather
July 26 – Mark Bamat
July 31 - Zach Barton
Club Membership Anniversaries:
Carl Hill – 24 years
Heather Sanford – 3 years
Irene Miller – 2 years
Joe Gaetano – 1 year