Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
Oct. 31, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Stephanie Fost at 12:05 pm, with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Resources and Reminders:

Our own club’s Farmers to Food Bank service project is every Friday through November, from 5:15 pm to about 6 pm. Volunteers are needed. For more information and to sign up, visit

Rotarian of the Week: Joe Gaetano has been in Rotary for three years. He was born in Harrisburg and raised south of York. He graduated from State High and went to Susquehanna University and majored in Spanish and business. He then worked for a company that went him to London and then Mexico. He then went to Cincinnati and got a master’s in insurance. He currently works at The Hartman Group. He has been there for five years.

Auction Item: A hat, mug, metallic straw, and a gift card from Good Day Café was sold to Rick Arnold for $60.

50/50 Raffle: Dick Held pulled the queen of hearts.


Frank Gatto will be a co-chair for the sergeant at arms committee.

Help is needed at Farmer’s to Food Bank on Friday afternoons. Sign up at

Volunteers are needed to help solicit restaurants to provide coupons in the dining and entertainment books. We also need groups to partner and sell books. That will help us get thousands more dollars we can give to local charities. See Jason Brown and bolster our largest fundraiser:

Program: Wildlife for Everyone with Executive Director Susan Hawthorne

Wildlife for Everyone has been around for 15 years and was founded by Russ Schleiden in State College.

The organization has 34 acres of wetlands that filter our water. The Tom Ridge and Julian wetlands are dubbed as an important flyway by the Audubon Society.

Wildlife for Everyone is building a wheelchair-accessible nature trail that goes through the wetlands. There will also be an ADA-accessible fishing pier, benches and a pavilion.

The organization recently restored Bald Eagle Creek and Colyer Lake. They do a lot of creek restoration in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Game commission.

Adjourn: 12:58 pm

​Rotarians of the Week:
Nov. 7 – Chuck Gambone
Nov. 14 – Frank Gatto
Nov. 21 – Joe Geise
Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving – no meeting
Dec. 5 – Karen Gregg
Dec. 12 – Charlie Hackett
Dec. 19 – Dick Held
Dec. 26 – Christmas Day – no meeting
Nov. 17 – Meghan Buehler
Nov. 26 – Chris Turley
Nov. 30 – Joe Geise

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Joe Geise – 33 years
Dick Held – 28 years
George Trudeau – 15 years
Frank Gatto – 14 years
Cathy Taylor – 2 years
Kristen Dzvonyicsak - 1 year
Amy Koll – 1 year
Josh Woods – 1 year