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