Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
June 6, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by President Ken Martin at 12:09 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Guests and Visitors:

Chris Daher of First Citizens Community Bank

Lee Hasselman, guest of Heidi Wrights

Happy Bucks:

  • Brodie Dalton thanked everyone who helped at the ice cream festival. The event raised more than $8,000, which is more than what was raised last year. Brodie also is celebrating his 4-year wedding anniversary today with his wife, Whitney.
  • Today, Carol Walsh is celebrating 27 years of being with Carolyn.
  • Rob Schmidt’s son just returned from deployment and is engaged. He will be in State College later this week. Rob also brought attention to the fact that today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. His father served in World War II. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the day and its impact on history.

50/50 Raffle: 
Don Bedell pulled the jack of hearts.

No Rotarian of the Week or auction item this week

Induction of new members: 
Meghan Buehler and Justin Laniewski received their red badges. Our club is thrilled to have these amazing new members!


  • Mark Bamat is leaving the board of directors. Joleen Hindman will take his place on the board.
  • Farmers to Foodbank will start on June 14, and every Friday through November. Volunteers are needed. For more information and to sign up, visit
  • The charitable gift presentations to nonprofits will be July 11 or July 25 during our club meeting.
  • Committee chairs are greatly needed. Let Stephanie Fost know if you are interested in helping or being a co-chair.
  • The YMCA has acquired a used school bus as a mobile food distribution operation.
  • President Barron will be speaking at the State College Rotary Club next Tuesday. You are welcome to attend.

Foundation Minute: 
There are 33,000 people with albinism in Tanzania – albinism is a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair which appears white and the eyes that usually are pink.  Over the years, superstitions have led to a wave of grisly albino killings, dismemberments and even grave robberies.  At least 76 Tanzanian albinos have been murdered in the last decade; 72 others have survived attacks, often with severe mutilations.    

In answer to this horrific circumstance, Tanzania-based Rotarians have partnered with local individuals and groups to dispel the myths that have led to so many murders through literature that has been distributed in primary schools across the country and have touched on nearly every aspect of the condition itself.

Club to club projects in several districts have supported albino students with mattresses, mosquito nets, vision aids, hats and sunscreen and financed livelihood-building projects in remote communities.  A current grant, active since late 2015 has focused on education. It has supported more than seventy community outreach meetings and has focused on cancer prevention and treatment that affects the albino through training health workers and providing medical equipment. In five Tanzanian hospitals Rotary provided cryotherapy instruments and flasks of nitrogen, which are highly effective in removing precancerous lesions. 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to Thank you

Program: Classification Talk – Danielle Stemple

Danielle is from West Virginia. She thinks it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country. She will be trail running there.

Her mom and sister are Penn State alumni which is why she decided to go to Penn State. She earned her bachelor’s in elementary and kindergarten education. She then made her dad proud by attending West Virginia University for her master’s and graduating with her master’s in integrated marketing communication in 2017.

Danielle is the marketing and communications director at Lions Pride. She loves her job and the family she works for—Lions Pride is a family owned business. Danielle likes to have her plate full starting from sun-up to sundown.

Danielle is loving Rotary. Jim Eberly invited her to come to a Rotary meeting and she was hooked.

Danielle is a voting prescient leader in the Borough, volunteers with Paws and Ten Thousand Villages, and with the Penn State quarterback club. She loves getting to know people.

Her passion is running—she is an ultra-marathoner! She has been running in the Tussey Mountainback Race for several years. Her goal is to do a 100-mile race. Every Saturday, she goes for a long run, and enjoys a Coke and a pack of peanut M&Ms when she is finished.

She loves to travel. Every year, her best friend from childhood and her travel to a national pack. Some places include Banff and Zion.

The meeting adjourned at 12:50 pm.

Rotarians of the Week

June 13 – Melissa Aungst
June 20 - Mark Bamat
June 27 - Zach Barton
July 4 – No meeting
July 11 – Don Bedell
July 18 – Mark Blonski
July 25 – Michelle Brandt
Aug. 1 – Jason Browne
Aug. 8 – Gary Brytzcuk
Aug. 15 – Neal Castles
Aug. 22 – Brian Christian
Aug. 29 – Meg Clouser
Sept. 5 – Brodie Dalton
Sept. 12 – Rainer Domalski
Sept. 19 – Kristen Dzvonyicsak
Sept. 26 – Jim Eberly
Oct. 3 – Chad Feather
Oct. 10 – Brittany Ferrizzi
Oct. 17 – Roger Fetter
Oct. 24 – Stephanie Fost
Oct. 31 – Joe Gaetano

June 4 – Stephanie VanHorn
June 5 – Cathy Taylor
June 7 – Rose Kauffman
June 21 – Kristen Dzvonyicsak
June 23 – Chris Hickey
June 26 – Terry Shoemaker

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Chris Turley – 30 years
Gary Brytczuk – 26 years
Charlie Hackett – 13 years
Kat Snowe – 11 years
Brad Stone – 1 year
Bruce Rogers – 5 years
Monica Wright – 2 years