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.
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.
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 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