Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
May 16, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center
Resources and Reminders:
Rotary Club Awards
Traditionally each year club members vote on a Rotarian of the Year. Last year Jason expanded the list of available awards. Ken Martin will have a paper form available at our meeting this week but if you can't make the meetings or would rather complete electronically please use the attached word file.
Volunteers needed for Trash to Treasure! If you have a few hours to spare between now and June 1, this is an amazing way to support the Centre County United Way. For more information and to sign up: http://sites.psu.edu/trash2treasure/volunteer/
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Ken Martin at 12:07 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.
Guests and Visitors
Heather Sanford, Sunrise Rotary Club
Asia Major-Waithe, guest speaker
Joleen Hindman pulled the jack of clubs.
Rotarian of the Week: Josh Woods lives in Philipsburg and has worked at the Juniata Valley Council of the Boy Scouts for three years. He used to be a Rotarian in the Huntingdon Club and was the secretary. His wife is the marching band director at Osceola. They have a three-month-old son.
Two new members have been approved for membership pending their 10-day vetting period: Meghan Buehler and Justine Laniewski
Hugh Mose had six tickets for sale for the State College Rotary Club’s Rowdy Rotary Auction.
Hugh reminded everyone to bring a guest to Rotary on May 30. Feel free to bring more than one person!
Program: Human Trafficking by Asia Major-Waithe
Asia great up in New York and graduated from Penn State in 2014. She works at Power Training Sports and Fitness. She is in charge of staff development and the boot camp.
From 2011 to 2012, she went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and worked at an orphanage. Sewage ran through the orphanage and children had no shoes.
She noticed there were 60 boys and only 6 girls. She learned the reason there were so few girls was because many were sent to be victims of human trafficking. During the year Asia was there, the Dominican Republic was one of the top countries for human trafficking, especially using girls. She learned later that one of the girls at the orphanage was kidnapped and had a bad ending.
Asia started volunteering at the Youth Service Bureau and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She worked with at-risk youth at Stormbreak, one of the group homes at the YSB. She said it was the hardest job she ever had.
Asia attended a conference in Altoona and got in touch with Benjamin Nolot, who has a documentary on Netflix called “Liberated,” which talks about the oversexed generation.
Asia was one of the coordinators of the human trafficking conference that was held at Harvest Fields earlier this month. Nolot was one of the main speakers.
The conference was called KNWN, it’s Hebrew, meaning once you know a rampant even, you cannot unknow it.
The conference raised $6,000 in a week. One of Asia’s clients said he would match $2,000. The police department donated and spoke at the conference.
Representatives from Bethany Christian Services, Hope Springs, Youth Service Bureau, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Ten Thousand Villages were present.
Women who were survivors of human trafficking sold hand-made merchandize at the conference.
Dr. Marlene Carson, a survivor of sex trafficking, said the average age that children start is 13. She has been trafficked in every state in the country except for three.
She said you should do something you love to fight what you hate.
Sex trafficking is the largest growing criminal activity in the world.
Asia is trying to educate people on how to identify human trafficking, such as health care professionals. Nine out of 10 victims interact with a health professional.
Jason Browne went over some trafficking facts:
Human trafficking is a form of slavery
Sex trafficking is when victims are forced to provide sexual acts for other people
Up to 3,000 people under the age of 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade in the United States every year.
Every time a football game happens, especially the Super Bowl, people are trafficked.
The meeting adjourned at 12:59 pm.
Rotarians of the Week
May 2 – Carol Walsh
May 9 – Stephanie VanHorn
May 16 – Josh Woods
May 23 – Monica Wright
May 30 – Heidi Wrights
June 6 – Harry Zimbler
June 13 – Melissa Aungst
June 20 - Mark Bamat
June 27 - Zach Barton
July 4 – No meeting
July 11 – Don Bedell
July 18 – Mark Blonski
July 25 – Michelle Brandt
Aug. 1 – Jason Browne
Aug. 8 – Gary Brytzcuk
Aug. 15 – Neal Castles
Aug. 22 – Brian Christian
Aug. 29 – Meg Clouser
Sept. 5 – Brodie Dalton
Sept. 12 – Rainer Domalski
Sept. 19 – Kristen Dzvonyicsak
Sept. 26 – Jim Eberly
Oct. 3 – Chad Feather
Oct. 10 – Brittany Ferrizzi
Oct. 17 – Roger Fetter
Oct. 24 – Stephanie Fost
Oct. 31 – Joe Gaetano
Carol Walsh -- May 19
Don Bedell – May 21
Danielle Stemple – May 24
Hugh Mose – May 28
Kat Snowe – May 29
Club Membership Anniversaries:
Carol Walsh – 27 years
Meg Moose – 26 years
Chris Hickey – 20 years
Rainer Domalski – 17 years
Ken Martin – 7 years
Joe Thomas – 7 years
Myra Sletson – 6 years
Amanda McClellan – 4 years
Jason Jackson – 3 years
Heidi Wrights – 3 years