• We will not meet at the Ramada on April 19! We will meet at the State Theatre tomorrow at 12 pm noon.
  • The Club will be deciding who and how much money to donate this spring very soon. In order to maximize the donation amounts, your payment of Dining and Entertainment books as well as Spaghetti Dinner ticket allotment is needed before the end of April. Please do your part to make our Rotary donations as large as possible.
  • Would you like to make a life changing difference to people all over the world? What about people right in our community? You can make an impact by giving to the Rotary Foundation online through Rotary Direct. Rotary Direct allows you to make a monthly gift online. You can donate without even thinking about it! Not sure which Rotary fund to donate? Try Annual Fund-Share. Rotary takes the money, holds it for three years, invests, and money goes back to the district. The more money that goes to the share, the more comes back to us. For assistance on giving online, see the attached PDF.
  • Mark your calendars for the Casino Night! The event will be on Friday, May 18 from 7 pm to 10 pm. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $65 per person, which includes one drink ticket, entry to raffle prizes, and funny money to play. $15 of every ticket goes directly to support The Rotary Foundation.

Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
April 12, 2018

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Jason Browne at 12:08 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Guests and Visitors: None today

Happy Bucks:
Irene Miller is happy because Interfaith Human Services’ 50th anniversary.

  • Kat Snowe got a flight home in time to submit our grant to Bolivia.
  • Rob Schmidt is now the new executive director of the Downtown Improvement District.
  • Carol Walsh said Carl Hill is getting stronger every day. He is coming home Saturday. He says hello to everyone. Carol thanked everyone who bough tickets to the Soroptomist Dinner.
  • Zach Barton said April is child abuse prevention month. Youth Service Bureau is celebrating their 50-year anniversary this year. Ask Zach about the cheesy bread that the YSB is selling.
  • Heidi Wrights’ husband got a job at Penn State. This will be the first time in nine years that they will be living and working in the same community.
  • Carolyn Donaldson said she was happy to be called half an hour ago to speak to us. She is excited to be here today with the club.
  • Jason Browne thanked the Foundation committee for working hard to put on the casino night for next month. He also said that we are making strides on preventing human trafficking. Members of our club have met with people of different Rotary Clubs and Senator Corman’s office.
  • Missy Etters reminded the club about the human trafficking documentary that will play at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg on Saturday, April 28 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. At the event, there will be food and drinks. We will hear from actual survivors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Roland Theatre. Missy is also working on a ride that will benefit the prevention of human trafficking. She is putting together women’s purses with items that women in trouble may need and there will be tips in the purse on where to go for help. Breezewoord, Pennsylvania is the worst place in the state for human trafficking.
  • Nicohl Geszain is working with the community service committee to bring a volunteer activity to the club every month. We will be supporting the AAUW book sale. There are three hour shifts in May. A signup sheet is going around and Nicohl will send a SignUp Genius.

50-50: Carolyn Donaldson pulled ticket number 7054. Gary Peterson pulled the ten of spades.

Auction: No auction item or Rotarian of the Week today.

Presentation of Blue Badge
Cathy Taylor got her blue badge today! Congratulations to her and her mentor, Heidi Wrights.

Presentation of Red Badge
Stephanie Van Horn got her red badge today! Congratulations to her and Rose Kauffman, her sponsor.

Announcements: Sponsors are needed the Casino Night!

Foundation Minute – In Brazil's Riberia Valley, a neonatal intensive care unit faced a problem.  It didn't have nearly enough equipment.  With only seven incubators, the unit at the state-run Dr. Leopoldo Bevilacqua Regional Hospital filled up quickly.  Newborns often would be transferred to another facility - a harrowing journey that the tiny, fragile patients sometimes didn't survive.  This factor contributed to the hospital's high mortality rate.

The Rotary Club of Registro, Sao Paulo, stepped in to help, partnering with the Rotary Club of Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan, on a global grant.  They raised funds to purchase equipment, including incubators, cribs, ventilators, and monitors, and launched a publicity campaign about the importance of prenatal care and breastfeeding.  The clubs also provided training for at-risk pregnant adolescents and education on maternal-infant health.

The new equipment doubled the capacity of the unit, which now provides care to 220 of the community's newest and tiniest residents each year.

It’s truly amazing what can happen when Rotary clubs from around the world partner and utilize our Rotary Foundation.

Your continued support of The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you.

Program: Carolyn Donaldson, Community Engagement Manager at WPSU Penn State

Carolyn Donaldson’s husband was a Rotarian. They hosted two exchange students and river rafted with Carl Hill.

WPSU has a few local programs: “Bookmark” and “This I Believe.”

WPSU covers 24 counties in Pennsylvania. WPSU has created three new TV stations, including something like HGTV, which has cooks, chefs, and artists. They have BBW World Service and News Hour.

In January 2017, they aired a 24/7 kids channel. PBS is reaching 97 percent of all households with kids programs. The program are research based for early learning and development skills.

WPSU has a classical challenge and moved to HD so they could have more news on the mail channel.

They have another channel that is all jazz.

WPSU is applying for “Station of Excellence.” WPSU has done extraordinary reports and compete with stations throughout the Mid Atlantic.

Carolyn showed us her sizzle reel. It showed WPSU highlighting local veterans who served in the Vietnam War, town hall meetings, and highlights from a Penn State football game.

Carolyn said that 10 years ago, WPSU lost all state funding. They get $30,000 from the state now. They are getting sponsors to help them.

When they had the scaled version of the Vietnam War wall memorial at Innovation Park, high school students from Altoona completed 24 video projects of the wall.

WPSU is working with the state health department and is doing a statewide project o hear from agencies what they need done to solve the opioid problem in Pennsylvania.

There are 77 contest political races that are asked to fill out questionnaires and getting people to go to the candidates’ websites to see where their issues align with the candidates. The goal is to have a more informed electorate.

WPSU will be downtown for the ice cream frest!

Adjournment – Jason Browne adjourned the meeting at 1:01 pm.

Rotarians of the Week
April 19 – Jason Browne
April 26 – Mark Blonski
May 3 – Brian Christian
May 10 – Brittany Cox
May 17 – Brodie Dalton

April Birthdays:
April 2 – Joleen Hindman
April 3 – Amanda McClellan
April 9 – Gary Brytczuk
April 26 – Brian Christian

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Brian Christian – 31 years
Terry Shoemaker – 4 years