Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
Sept. 19, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Stephanie Fost at 12:05 pm, with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Resources and Reminders:

Our own club’s Farmers to Food Bank service project is every Friday through November, from 5:15 pm to about 6 pm. Volunteers are needed. For more information and to sign up, visit

The United Nations Day Celebration Dinner is Sunday, Oct. 20 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center. Come celebrate 74 years of UN hard work and accomplishment on world peace; see what the UN is accomplishing on climate change; welcome internationals from over 30 nations. The keynote speaker is Dr. Tom Richard, director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment. The cost of dinner is $35. For more information, see the attached flyer or visit


Volunteers are needed to help solicit restaurants to provide coupons in the dining and entertainment books. We also need groups to partner and sell books. That will help us get thousands more dollars we can give to local charities. See Jason Brown and bolster our largest fundraiser:

Oct. 26 is the 1 Rotary Summit. This is a great training for everyone in the club. It is the same day as the Rotary Foundation dinner, which is $50 per ticket. The incoming Rotary International Rotary Director Peter Kyle will be the speaker for the evening. See attachment for more information.


New Member Induction:

Don O’Connell received his red badge today. Welcome to the club, Don!


Program: New Leaf Initiative – Executive Director Abby Gaffron

Abby has been the executive director of New Leaf Initiative since March 2019.

New Leaf is a coworking office, community hub, and shared space home to mission driven entrepreneurs, passionate community organizers, engaged businesses, motivated students, determined local government, and many more who are all seeking to work better, together.

New Leaf is located on the third floor of the State College Municipal Building: 243 S. Allen Street, Suite 337 in State College.

New Leaf Initiative was founded by Spud Marshall and Christian Baum in 2010.

New Leaf Initiative was a $75,000 grant recipient of Centre Foundation’s donor-advised Knight Foundation in 2013.

This collaborative, co-working initiative links the ideas coming off campus with the business community.

Your membership at New Leaf can include:

  • Shared Desk Use (Limited dedicated desk space available for an additional fee)
  • Up to 5 days/week access to space
  • Free meeting room space (limits apply depending on your membership level)
  • Mailing Address
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Printing
  • Free Coffee
  • Opportunities for conversations with other like-minded entrepreneurs; dedicated workspaces, private booths for conference calls

People who are not members of New Leaf can request conference rooms for a charge.

New to New Leaf this year: Schlow Library patrons can access New Leaf's meeting rooms and video-conferencing booths to help meet their work needs.

Schlow patrons can access New Leaf’s state of the resources, including:

meeting rooms
ideation boards
video-conferencing booths
green screen, and more

How does it work? Check in at the Schlow Library Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Staff will contact New Leaf to see what rooms are available

Open to everyone: AMA Coffee – inspired by Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) series – is a twist on your morning brew encouraging conversation among coworkers, colleagues, community members and new friends. It’s a free and open meetup every Thursday at 9 am.

New Leaf Initiative is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact Abby at

The meeting adjourned at 1 pm.

Rotarians of the Week:
Sept. 26 – TBD
Oct. 3 – Jim Eberly
Oct. 10 – Brittany Robertson
Oct. 17 – Roger Fetter
Oct. 24 – Stephanie Fost
Oct. 31 – Joe Gaetano

Sept. 1 – Rainer Domalski
Sept. 2 – Carl Hill
Sept. 8 – Brodie Dalton
Sept. 10 – David Gaines
Sept. 10 – Frank Gatto
Sept. 10 – Heidi Wrights
Sept. 26 – Stephanie Fost
Sept. 27 – Dick Held

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Chuck Gambone – 31 years
Jason Browne – 6 years
Neal Castles – 6 years
Paul Podwika – 4 years
David Gaines – 3 years