Meeting Notes
Rotary Club of State College/Downtown
August 8, 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 Foodbank 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

Guests and Visitors:

Derek Van Horn, guest of Heidi Wrights. He works with her and will have a master’s in human resources soon.

50/50 Drawing:

Don Bedell pulled the nine of diamonds.

Happy Bucks:

Don Bedell took his mom to visit her sister, but her sister passed while they were there. Don and his mom still were able to visit California and Oregon.

Carol Walsh said her Soroptomist Club is holding a golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 9. They need golfers, so if you’re interested, see Carol.

This week, Meghan Buehler’s parents moved to the area.

Charlie Hackett saw the Rolling Stones in concert.

Chris Smith took his dad to Fenway Park.

Rotarian of the Week: Neal Castles works for Avail Technologies. He ran his own business for 14 years and has been in Rotary for five years. He has a wife, and his son is finishing an internship with the Spikes. Neal grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Auction: A gift certificate to Sheetz was sold to Danielle Stemple for $35.

Rotary District Foundation dinner raffles tickets are on sale for $10 each.

This month, our club has signed up to tend the Healing Garden at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center.  A signup genius is going around so be sure to sign up.

Danielle Stemple got her blue badge today. Ken Hickman was her mentor. Congratulations, Danielle!

Stephanie Fost presented Ken Martin with a plaque for his year of service as president of our club, which he did an amazing job. Congratulations and thank you, Ken!


Pam Salokangas, director of Centre Region Parks and Recreation

In 2016, CRPR celebrated their 50-year anniversary.

The first Borough Recreation Board was created in 1927. It later included Centre Region Council of Governments, which includes EMS, Centre Region Code Office, Fire, and Schlow Library.

In 1970, CRPR was established.

In 1997, CRPR got a least from Penn State to develop the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

In 2015, Oak Hall Regional Park opened and has been hosting softball teams, leagues, and special events

CRPR’s big project is Whitehall Road Regional Park, a 100-acre facility. Last year, 60 inches of rain fell in Centre County, which greatly impacted outdoor sports. Toll Brothers is providing more than $2 million to help CRPR develop the park.

The park will include an all-season pavilion

The Centre Region has 42 parks, but none are accessible to people with disabilities. The Whitehall Road Regional Park project will include 17,000 square feet of adaptive equipment.

The budget for Whitehall Road Regional Park is $4.8 million. CRPR has secured $750,000 for the adaptive playground and $250,000 for LED lighting. They are fundraising for $1.9 million for two synthetic turf fields.
The meeting adjourned at 12:58 pm.

Rotarians of the Week:

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


Aug. 19 – Rich Lysle
Aug. 23 – Ken Martin
Aug. 25 – Amy Koll
Aug. 25 – Justine Laniewski
Aug. 29 – Neal Castles
Aug. 29 – Karen Gregg

Club Membership Anniversaries:

Brodie Dalton – 7 years
Rich Lysle – 6 years
Ja Nae Wian – 5 years
Gary Peterson – 3 years


2018-2019 Theme “Be the Inspiration”

Aug 15 - Finance Committee presentation
Aug. 22 – Centre Crest