Resources and Reminders:
1. Our collection of food from the Farmers Market for the Food Bank begins Friday, June 23. Wendy Vinhage and Cherryie Wisyanski have signed up to help out. For more details or to sign up go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daeac2da6fb6-farmers
2. We have achieved 120% of our Foundation Annual Giving goal! There are only a few days left for any Rotarians who would still like to make a gift to the Foundation this fiscal year.
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
June 15, 2017
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Tracy Sepich at 12:10 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.
Guests and Visitors:
- Monica Wright from the United Way, a member applicant, guest of Hugh Mose introduced by Wendy Vinhage
- Potential member Karen Gregg who is Assistant Director for the State Theatre, guest of Heidi Wrights
- Prospective member Susan Berbec, who was in the Leadership Centre County class with JaNae Wian
- Cindy Kolarik representing the Jared Box project, speaker
- Kat and David Snowe are back from their tour and visiting of friends in New England. Kat particularly recommends the New York Botanical Gardens.
- Cherryie Wisyanski is looking forward to visiting West Virginia for a chili contest.
- Jason Browne reports that the Atlanta Rotary International convention was amazing and that he met tons of people doing amazing stuff
- Don Bedell gave $3. He had a terrific "Cleveburg" weekend. He saw the Wilco band, visited the Warhol Museum and attended a Cleveland Indians game (the only one of three they lost). Los Lobos at the State Theatre last night was fantastic. Finally the Bellefonte Cruise is this coming weekend.
- Meg Moose celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary and the graduation of her son Nick from State High.
- Gary Peterson praised the State College police. He tripped and fell on College Avenue and they were very kind to him. He is also celebrating his 37th wedding anniversary.
- Amanda McClellan mentioned that her company Doing Better Business is a sponsor of the CBICC Business after Hours next week at the Spikes Game. It will be a Bark in the Park and Dollar Beer night.
- Irene Miller offered free tickets to a screening of Hidden Figures on Saturday, June 24 at the State Theatre.
- Nicohl Geszvain is happy to have been accepted into the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Centre County which also includes Mark Bamat and Jason Browne.
- Hugh and Janyce Mose will be celebrating their 45th anniversary in two days.
- Chris Turley enjoyed visiting family in Atlanta and Florida (but not the delay at Philadelphia airport)
- Heather Sanford reported her son did extremely well in his first year at Young Scholars with straight A+’s including a 112 average in Social Studies. He had 99's in his two worst subjects.
- Tracy Sepich reported that her son Luke passed the exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (at age 17). This is the first year that all the students from the State College High School in the course passed the test.
Rotarian of the Week - Rose Kauffman has been a member of our club for 20 years. She lives in Millheim and is an attorney in State College who is happy that she no longer does court work. She concentrates on mediation, arbitration and estate planning.
Auction - An Applachian Outdoors gift certificate and backpack sold to Tracy Sepich for $30.
50-50: Karen Gregg drew ticket 306464 which was purchased by Hugh Mose. Hugh drew the seven of hearts. (For the previous 50-50 Roger Fetter drew the six of hearts.)
- Tracy Sepich mentioned that we still need payment from four Silent Auction winners from the Gala.
- Tracy also reminded members that only three days remain in the ten day comment period for member applicants Melissa Etters and Monica Wright.
- Members are encouraged to volunteer for Farmers to Food Bank by using Signup Genius. We will begin our collection Friday, June 23.
- The Youth Exchange Committee will conduct an ecumenical memorial service on Saturday, June 17, at 11:00 A.M. in the Family Life Center of the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, 1500 East Branch Road, State College for our inbound exchange student Sirawich "Jo" Chanthanburanan from Thailand, who drown Tuesday, June 6 at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Please keep Jo's parents and family, his host families, the Costello’s and Cassidy’s, and our District Youth Exchange students and leadership in your thoughts and prayers. Articles on Jo may be viewed at http://thepinoylegacy.com/thai-exchange-student-drowned/ and http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1264875/thai-exchange-student-drowns-trying-to-save-friend-in-us Tracy also read a letter of condolence from the President and General Secretary of Rotary International.
- Our next three meetings will be a report by Youth Exchange student Max on his year, our end of (Rotary) year charitable distributions, and the installation of our new officers.
Program - Cindy Kolarik on Jared Boxes
The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Over 300,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered across the United States.
A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.
The Jared Box project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pennsylvania to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all.
Jared was diagnosed with an incurable brainstem tumor in 1999. At just 5 years old, he demonstrated faith, wisdom and compassion for others.
Jared maintained his sense of humor and the joys of childhood through play. He carried a backpack full of toys and games to all appointments, and questioned why the other children didn’t bring toys to their exam rooms. Jared shared his toys and invited the other children to join him in a game of UNO. Jared’s battle ended on November 12, 2000 while listening to his favorite song, You’ll Be In My Heart.
Jared’s Mom, Ruth, shares these thoughts: "Think of one of your happiest childhood moments. Chances are it involved play - whether it was a favorite vacation, special toy, or time spent with family and friends. A Jared Box is the gift of play to children in the hospital. Play is important, and a life threatening illness shouldn't interfere with the need to play."
"Playing UNO is a favorite memory for my family. We can hear Jared’s backward laugh, remember him laughing so hard he wet his pants and how he threatened that anyone who cheated had to clean the toilets! Jared was adamant about playing fair. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t play fair. However, with your help, the efforts of the Jared Box Project will continue to give ill children the gift of play, well wishes, hope and love."
In 1981 83 boxes were prepared for the Janet Weis children’s hospital as part of Vacation Bible School. The hospital loved the boxes. There was no grand plan but the program has expanded to all 50 states with over 300,000 Jared boxes prepared.
The key is simplicity. Hospitals love the boxes. Parents love the boxes. Kids love the boxes. They are like a drink of cold water for someone in a desert. The program also shows that our world is filled with living, caring people.
Many organizations have participated in the Jared box program including Boy and Girl Scouts, schools and businesses. A bar in Davenport, Iowa has made over 3,000. Giant Foods has provided over 1,000 boxes. This year they have selected the program as its corporate charity for its 200 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Other major sponsors include the National Society of College Scholars, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Kings College Baseball Team which has made over 10,000 boxes.
It all started in State College at Our Lady of Victory church. Mt. Nittany Medical Center uses about 200 Jared boxes each month. Cindy’s kitchen table serves as the organization’s headquarters. The Jared Box Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Information on making Jared Boxes and answers to frequently asked questions is available at www.thejaredbox.com Jared’s life was short but the impact is long lived.
Rose Kauffman informed Cindy that we have made a donation to Polio Plus for vaccinations as thanks for her presentation to our club.
JaNae Wian said plans are being made for the club to assemble Jared Boxes in conjunction with a picnic this summer.
Meeting Adjourned: 1:01 pm