Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
October 12, 2017

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Jason Browne at 12:10 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Guests and Visitors:
Cathy Taylor, prospective member
Adriana Tolava, inbound exchange student

 Happy Bucks:
- Harry Zimbler said he was happy to be alive and back with the club, and happy to have a kidney that is half his age.
- Don Bedell went to see his Cleveland Indians play the New York Yankees (Game 2 of the ALDS) last week with his best from high school. At the game, he ran into a friend he hasn’t seen since college 27 years ago.
- Tracy Sepich got to talk about her daughter’s trip to Australia to the Delta Program at the high school to get more recruits.

Rotarian of the Week

Heather Sanford is a programmer analyst doing database applications. She has a son. Sunday will be her three year anniversary of being cancer free. She is very involved with the Young Survivor’s Coalition, which is a group of young women who are survivors of cancer.

Auction Item
A gift card to Otto’s Pub and Brewery was sold to Cathy Taylor for $45.

* Jason Browne said that if you are interested in helping with the Dining and Entertainment books or know of groups that would like to help sell them, contact Brodie Dalton.
* Jason thanked all those who participated in Day of Caring.
* Adriana Tolava, inbound exchange student, told the club about a fundraiser she is doing to help her pay for a Rotary trip to the west coast. She is selling tickets for $10 for a chance for two to win a Bolivian dinner cooked by her. Tickets will be sold at the Oct. 19 meeting.
* Representatives from Rotaract are having a dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Retreat apartments off Waupelani Drive. Money raised will help people in Venezuela.
* Jason Browne presented a $150 check from the club to Rotaract to help them with their efforts in Venezuela.
*Carl Hill thanked Rob Schmidt and Nicohl Geszvain for their effort on the Traveling Wall.

Program—Lori Miller, interim executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau

The goal of the CPCVB is to bring people into our community.
In 2016, CPCVB awarded 33 nonprofits with grants totaling $341,638.
The CPCVB sees over 100,000 visitors through their doors each year.
Has over 28,000 Facebook followers
Produce over 150,000 visitor guides
Work with the CBICC to crate visitors maps
Attracts people who are going to spend money on hotels and boost the economy
Puts on Happy Valley Culinary Week. It will happen again in June 2018.
Holds Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail
Tourism grant applications are available online and are due March 30.
CPCVB is funded through the hotel occupancy tax and membership dues
Benefits of CPCVB membership: business listing on website; in visitors guide with a distribution of 150,000.


Melissa Aungst received her red badge and was officially declared a member of our club. Hugh Mose is her sponsor.
Today begins Cathy Taylor’s 10-day vetting period.

Foundation Minute:

Peace and Conflict Resolution--one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus.  What nongovernmental agency does more to promote world peace than Rotary?  What better way to put our Foundation dollars to work than for a more peaceful and accepting world.  You as district leaders can help to bring that dream closer to reality with every Foundation dollar you raise.  Thank you for your continued efforts to promote The Rotary Foundaiton.

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year.  Half of those killed in conflict are children and 90% are civilians.  Rotary International refuses to accept conflict as a way of life.  Its projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.  Through its service projects, peace fellowships and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources.

100 Peace fellowships are offered each year at the seven Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  One thousand students have graduated from this program.  36% of them are now working in nongovernmental organizations, 15% in government agencies, 8% are teaching, and 6% are with United Nations agencies.  The remaining students can be found working in the World Bank, journalism, police and law enforcement.

Many of our clubs are active in bringing peace to the world by improving quality of life.  Its People for People Foundation has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications and other necessities.

A Rotaract club in the Philippines conduct anti-bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.  And in the State of Louisiana local Rotary members address the issue of domestic violence by subsidizing a shelter that provides subsistence to over 500 women a year.

Your generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation allows this happen.  Thank you.

50-50: Gary Peterson had ticket number 754 but did not pull the winning card.

Meeting Adjourned: 12:56 pm

Rotarians of the Week
Oct. 19 – Rob Schmidt
Oct. 26 – Janet Santostefano
Nov. 2 – Tracy Sepich
Nov. 9 – Terry Shoemaker
Nov. 16 – Myra Sletson
Nov. 23 - Chris Smith
Nov. 30 – Kat Snowe
Dec. 7 – Joe Thomas

October Birthdays
Oct. 25 – Bruce Rogers
Oct. 29 – Roger Fetter

October Club Membership Anniversaries
Jim Eberly – 31 years
Hugh Mose – 22 years
Roger Fetter – 17 years
Greg Edwards – 4 years
Chad Maholtz – 3 years
Zach Barton – 2 years
Nicohl Geszvain – 2 years
Joleen Hindman – 2 years
Chris Smith – 2 years
Chuck Apgar – 1 year