Meeting Notes   
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown   
September 6, 2018   
Ramada Inn and Conference Center   

Thank you, Cathy Taylor, for taking the minutes at the club meeting! 
Resources and Reminders   
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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:   
Amanda Houston, guest of Chris Smith. She is from Comfort Keepers and is considering becoming a Rotarian.  

Happy Bucks:   

  • Meg Moose’s first Happy buck was because Carl Hill is here. Second happy buck is because we have all the host families we need for orientation.   
  • Carl Hill had a happy buck. He was very thankful for all the wonderful thoughts and gifts (flowers, cards, cake, and visits) since Easter. He appreciated and loved having guests visiting him. He is very grateful for Rotary and our camaraderie. 
  • Jim had 30 happy bucks today is his 30th anniversary at Moyers Jewerlers. Tomorrow is his last full-time day and then he is retiring. 
  • Carol Walsh made us all aware the Gary Brytzuk has fallen and is at Health South. We all wish him a speedy recovery. 
  • Don Bedell had a happy buck celebrating his 26th wedding anniversary. He is super happy to have such an amazing and wonderful wife.   
  • Ken Hickman was happy that his son had an article published.  
  • Mark had a happy buck in hopes that that PSU wins the next football game. 
  • Stephanie Fost’s first happy buck was that this is her husband, Brooks’ last week of travel.  Her second buck is because she will be fully staffed soon. 
  • Chuck Apgar is happy about his new job in Illinois and will be moving there early October. 
  • Rob Schmidt is happy to be off crutches. He is also happy that Frackwater Jack will be performing in Martin Luther King Plaza for First Friday. 
  • Terry Shoemaker is going to Aruba. 
  • Heather Sanford is less than a week away from big bike ride. 
  • Brittany Cox had fun and was successful at her first PSU game football week and weekend. She had fun and mentioned that there were over 3,000 youth sports participants. ​
  • Ken Martin said have a record of a total 50 happy bucks.

50/50 Raffle   
Brian Christian pulled the 10 of clubs.   

Foundation Minute: 
Through academic training, study and practice, The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts, for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree (lasting 2 years) program or a certificate program (lasting 3 months) at one of our partner universities.  Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.   

As of 2016-17, there were 1247 Rotary Peace Fellows working around the world.  Peace centers can be found in Bangkok, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tokyo, England, Australia and Sweden.   

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.  Thank you.  



  • Foundation raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each. If you buy more than one ticket, that amount will county toward Foundation credit for you. If you want to pay by check, make it out to District 7360.  
  • Tussey Mountain Ultra Marathon will be Oct. 7 and they are looking for volunteers. Please contact Hugh Mose ( for more information. 
  • Hugh Mose will be recognized as with Centre County United Way Leon Kneebone Award for Extraordinary Volunteerism at the Taste of the Town dinner.  
  • Sept. 15 from 10 am to noon is the Rotary tailgate. All five clubs are participating. You don’t have to bring food. A signup sheet is going around during club meetings so we can have a count of how much food to bring.  
  • Multiple dates were mentioned for the Harvest Dinner to benefit Sowing Seeds in Belize will be on Sept. 21, Oct. 5, or Oct. 11. More information to come via email. The more who come, the merrier!  
  • There will be no Rotary meeting on Oct. 4—that is Day of Caring. 
  • Oct. 20 is the One Rotary Summit. This is a great Rotary training opportunity and the club will cover the cost of attending. It is from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. The district foundation dinner follows at 6 pm at the same location. 
  • Ken Martin took poll of whether we want the People of Action ceremony on a week night or a weekend evening.  The majority of the members stated that a weeknight would work best. 
  • Please let Jason know if you are a past president or are interested in an officer position in 2020.  

Program: Club Assembly 

Secretary Report: 
We have 70 members. Rotarians are asked to please report make ups for attendance within two weeks of missing a meeting to Wendy Vinhage.   

Treasurer Report: 
Our finances are in good shape. Reminder to all: if you haven’t already paid your quarterly dues, please remember to pay your dues.   

Our operating fund is just under $25,000 and the Community and International Service account has just under $10,000. 

Community Service Report: 
No report available, but Ken Martin mentioned the Blood Drive, Healing Garden, and Farmers to Food Bank. Thank you to Monica Wright and Cherryie Wisyanksi for doing Food Bank duty in August. 

Fellowship Report: 
Mark Bamat will be sending out information via email with details for the Sept. 15th Rotary Tailgate. Brittany Ferrizzi mentioned parking passes still are available for the tailgate.  They are approximately $40 per pass.  

There will also be a beer tasting on Oct. 19.  Stay tuned for Mark’s upcoming email with more information. 

Finance Report: 
Rich Lysle stated that we as a club are in good shape.  The finances are wrapped up from last year.  Thanks to the committee for helping to complete the audit. 

Foundation Report: 
We received 14 applications for the district grant. The committee will meet Saturday morning to look at the applications. A thank you went out to Kat Snowe for all her work on this.  

Fundraising Report: 
NFL 50-50 starts this week. It’s $5 this week  or $65 for the season. If you want to participate and didn’t get to sign up today, please contact Brodie Dalton. 

Some organizations helped sell the Dining and Entertainment books last year. If anyone has names of organizations that might want to help sell books, please inform the Brodie. 

Membership Report: 
We currently have 70 members.  Please submit makeups to Wendy Vinhage if you go to any other meetings for makeups.   

Sept. 13 is Bring a Guest to Rotary day. Be sure to bring a guest. We will hear from the State College planning director all about the building that is going on Downtown.  

Stephanie Fost informed us that four members’ leave of absences were approved.   

Sergeant at Arms Report: 
Volunteers are needed for setup and take down in October and November.  

Youth Committee Report: 
All needed overnight hosts were found for the Youth Exchange orientation for Sept 7 and 8. We will all meet Youth Exchange Students Marco and Duda on Sept 27, 2018.  Youth counselor training is this weekend.   

Carl mentioned that we are thankful to the article published by The Centre Daily Times looking for Rotary host families. Carl is happy that it worked to spread the word and find host families. 

Adjournment –
The meeting ended at 12:48 pm.   

Rotarians of the Week   
September 13 – Chris Hickey  
September 20 –Ken Hickman  
September 27 –Carl Hill  
October 4 - Joleen Hindman  

September Birthdays:   
September 1 – Rainer Domalski 
September 2 – Carl Hill 
September 8 – Brodie Dalton 
September 10 – David Gaines 
September 10 – Frank Gatto 
September 10 – Heidi Wrights 
September 26 – Stephanie Fost 
September 27 – Dick Held 
September 29 – Mark Blonski 

Club Membership Anniversaries:   
Chuck Gambone – 30 years 
Jason Browne – 5 years 
Neal Castles – 5 years 
Paul Podwika – 3 years 
David Gaines – 2 years  
Melissa Aungst – 1 year