Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
March 7, 2019
Ramada Inn and Conference Center

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

  • Jeff Kern, guest of Jim Eberly and was a member of our club. He is a mineral appraiser
  • Justine Laniewski, guest of Mark Bamat; area director of sales at Shaner Hotels

Happy Bucks:

  • Stephanie Fost had five happy bucks. One is for receiving such a warm reception fro her table. The other is for her future homeowners at Habitat for Humanity. They completed 350 hours of sweat equity. She and her staff congratulated them. Habitat is looking at three new sites to build new homes!
  • Meg Moose’s daughter is on a mission trip and learning about social justice programs in Baltimore.
  • Rose Kauffman took her four grandchildren and their parents to an island near Puerto Rico and survived.
  • Chris Turley was in Barbados for two weeks.

50/50 Raffle:

Chuck Gambone pulled the ace of spades and won! Congratulations, Chuck!

Foundation Minute: 
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day!  Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty. Rotarians and its foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women in impoverished communities.  It provides training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions. It creates opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.

In Guatemala the Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses, so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program.  In Esmeraldas, Ecuador Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans, and train more the 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management and leadership.

And in West Cameroon, Rotary members gave farmers skills to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce resulting in increased crop yields and profits.

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you. 

Rotarian of the Week: 
Kat Snowe. She has lived in State College for 11 years. She moved here from York. She attended Susquehanna University. She has worked at PMA Companies for 33 years. She teaches clients how to understand technology so they can understand their workers compensation. Her husband, Dave, works in risk management at Penn State.

Spanish cava, fresh bread baked by Kat Snowe, cheese, and Dove truffles were sold to Brian Christian for $45.


  • Volunteers are needed for the month of April for set up and tear down. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Jim Eberly has spaghetti dinner tickets for members to sell. It’s scheduled for April 3 at Mount Nittany United Methodist Church. Please sell your 12 tickets. There are more tickets if you want to see more!
  • We are getting exchange students from the Czech Republic, Italy, or Slovakia. If you have any contacts from those nations, please let Carl Hill now.
  • The Pleasant Gap Rotary Club is holding their waffles lunch and dinner fundraiser on March 28.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Spaghetti Dinner on April 3.
  • The next Rotary Leadership Institute is in Muncy on April 6.
  • The exchange student picnic is tentatively scheduled for April 28.
  • The next Bring a Guest to Rotary is May 30.

Program: Driving for Uber by Hugh Mose

Hugh began driving for Uber 4 ½ years ago.

He signed up because he is fascinated by the transportation industry, and Uber come to State College about the time he retired from CATA. He wanted to see how Uber would impact local transportation and what the technology was like from the drivers’ perspective. And Hugh likes to talk to people!

To drive for Uber, you must:

Be over 21
Have a decent driving record
Own a 4-door automobile that is state inspected and properly insured
Have a smart phone. If you don’t have one, Uber will provide you one at a cost

To get registered to drive for Uber, you must get a background check, scan your driver’s license, inspection sticker on your windshield, and tell them your ACH so you can get paid.

Hugh likes to check the Uber app to see how many other Uber cars are in service at the same time.

As a driver, you have 15 seconds to accept a driving request on your smart phone. You don’t know where you’re going until you accept the trip, but you then can decline the trip. You click to accept, and a GPS ill show you the way. Uber has all information on your travel!

You get paid weekly as a driver. You can get paid three times a day, but Uber will charge a fee.

Uber enhancements:

You can book a trip with Uber. You couldn’t always do that.
During busy periods, Uber charges a premium
Now drivers can accept another trip while they’re in the middle of another trip.
Riders can now compliment drivers
You can tip your driver

There are not benefits to driving for Uber. You are considered a contractor. You’re unlikely to make a lot of money because you’re paying to upkeep your car. Uber discourages people telling their insurances companies that they drive for Uber.

Allstate now offers extra coverage for you when you drive for Uber.

The meeting adjourned at 1:03 pm.

Rotarians of the Week
Mar. 7 – Kat Snowe
Mar. 14 – Brad Stone
Mar. 27 - Cathy Taylor
Apr. 3 – Joe Thomas
Apr. 10 – George Trudeau
Apr. 17 – Chris Turley
Apr. 24 – Stephanie VanHorn
May 1 – Wendy Vinhage
May 8 – Carol Walsh
May 15 – Ja Nae Wian
May 22 – Josh Woods
May 29 – Monica Wright
June 6 – Heidi Wrights
June 13 – Harry Zimbler

March Birthdays
Mar. 4 – Charlie Hackett
Mar. 14 – Joe Thomas
Mar. 17 – Joe Gaetano
Mar. 21 – Janet Santostefano

Club Membership Anniversaries:
Rose Kauffman – 22 years
Mark Blonski – 5 years
Karen Gregg – 1 year