Rotary Roundup for April 2, 2012
Meets Noon Mondays at the Hilton
|April 2, 2012
Speaker: Tiffany Brown Manager, Donor Recruitment, American Red Cross
Topic: What the American Red Cross provides to our local community, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Region and the importance of donating blood with the Red Cross.
Greeter: Dave Warren
NEWS AND NOTES:
• Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive:2nd Blood Drive will be on April 2 at the Hilton. We will have our regular Rotary meeting that day in the banquet room with a speaker from the Red Cross. Please sign up for time slots 10 AM - 2 PM (blood drive in another room) and you can still attend our meeting. You will also receive future attendance credit for your blood donation.
Below are the Links to sign up sheet for Blood Drive April 2 and the Red Cross Donor info site: http://www.timetosignup.com/ipackman/signupsheet/7485 ---- use this link to sign up to donate blood
• FREE IMAX show: Whoa, hold on to your hat! That's right, we are face to face with a tornado on the horizon my Rotary friends! Thursday, April 19th at 7 PM sharp you and your guest are invited to a complimentary showing of the IMAX thriller Tornado Alley! Please RSVP to Linda as soon as you can. There will not be tickets provided, just show up at the Whitaker Center IMAX for open seating when doors open at 6:40. The IMAX seating is limited to 200 and we hope to have a full house of family and friends join us for a windy, good time. Oh, yeah, plan to bring a few dollars so you can grab a tub of popcorn! ALSO – you get attendance credit!
YOUTH EXCHANGE REPORT: On Saturday, March 17th, twenty-six (26) Rotary Youth Exchange Students from all over the world descended on the Harrisburg YMCA at 8 AM to tour the Capital City of Pennsylvania. The Students and their Rotary chaperones left the Y promptly at 8:30 AM for their tour of Pennsylvania’s Capitol building at 9 AM. After they all took some terrific pictures in the Rotunda, they proceeded on to the Senate Chamber, State Supreme Court Room and the House of Representatives. They made it back to the Rotunda without being button-holed by one lobbyist.
On the way to the State Museum, they took a water and granola break. At the Museum a Planetarium Show was sandwiched between guided tours of each floor. Another picture opportunity was taken with William Penn on the 2nd floor. After a final stop at the Museum’s Gift Shop, they were off to lunch at Strawberry Square. At the Food Court they were given $5 for lunch. Then it was off to the IMAX at the Whitaker Center for the 3-D movie Tornado Alley. After the Gift Shop at the Whitaker Center and a quick stop at the popular Starbucks, the girls went prom dress shopping at the Dress Barn in Strawberry Square while the boys walked to City Island and toured Metro Bank Park. Who would have known that Dress Barn sold $20 prom dresses? Peggy Grove!, that’s who! And she has pictures to prove it. They also had time to shop at The Plum before closing time.
Both groups eventually made their way back to the YMCA. Once there, John from the Y’s staff gave a tour of the building. It included the basketball court, volleyball court, racquetball courts, pool, fitness center with 70 different exercise machines, and the locker rooms with saunas.
At 6:30 we all gathered for a Pizza Dinner with veggies and chips. We had Birthday Cake and Ice Cream for dessert to celebrate Anti Nool’s birthday. Anti, from Estonia, is the Harrisburg exchange student attending Cumberland Valley High School this year. After a rousing Happy Birthday and a special performance of We Are the World, it was playtime the rest of the evening including basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, dancing, hula hooping, racquetball and just talking.
It was lights out around 1:30 AM with the girls adjourning to the daycare annex room while the boys slept in the daycare center. Continental breakfast was served at 8 AM in the first floor board room after the students cleaned up the daycare rooms. Students began leaving around 9 AM and by 10 AM the Y was turned back to the control of the Y’s staff. Of course there was a lost and found at the end of the weekend. It included a t-shirt, sweatshirt, boxers and a pink purse.
Because of the generosity of many Rotarians making monetary and food and beverage donations, their was no cost to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Thanks also go to the Whitaker Center for the donation of IMAX tickets. Rotarians making donations were Janice Black, Pauline Wallin, Tom Arnoldi, Jack Huskin, Carolyn Dumaresq, Charlie McNutt, John and Chris Cavanaugh, Bob Saline, Steve Feinour, Rich Bowra, Corinne Rebinski, Ira Packman, Caryn Carr, Hava Pell, Sally Klein, Ginny Roth, Bonnie McCann, Jeb and Robin Stuart, Robin Scaer, Ron Guss, Linda Freedenberg, Peggy Grove, Michael Hanes, and Rich Curl.
The following Rotarians volunteered to Chaperone the students during the day: Peggy Grove, Steve Feinour, Ron Guss, John and Lisa Kooti, and Linda Spotts (Susquehanna Rotary Club). A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the following Rotarians who chaperoned overnight: Dave Bedard, Corrine Rebinski, Myra Badorf, Kent Patterson and Tom Peluso.
Thanks to all who made this a memorable weekend for the foreign exchange students.
Steve Feinour and Dave Bedard
LAST ROTARY MEETING: 3/26/12 Minutes by Dave Freet:
The meeting was re-opened at 12:30 PM with the Invocation given by Jeff Boswell, followed by Club Singing led by Caryn Carr, and the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag formerly opening the day’s meeting. Greeter for the day, Charlie McNutt, introduced visitors and guests.
New member, Joe Arthur, Assistant Director of Pennsylvania Food Banks, provided his mini-classification talk. Joe has had an interesting background having begun his work career in banking prior to moving to the Food Bank. Please greet Joe when you see him and extend a warm welcome.
Bob Hostetter introduced our speaker for the day, Tim Potts, Co-founder of Democracy Rising PA to share results of a 2012 “Integrity Poll” conducted by Terry Madonna of Opinion Research From Franklin & Marshall College. The poll was funded by citizens donations. (For those who missed this excellent presentation, or for additional details and complete poll, go to DemocracyRisingPA webpage at www.democracyrisingpa.com and click on the public opinion poll). Tim has had extensive experience in the public arena and brings a dose of reality of how the process works/doesn’t work in PA!
Tim postulated that people have a “right” to govern themselves. The poll was performed to determine what voters want from their elected officials. Interestingly, many public officials “fear” citizens becoming too involved in what’s happening in State Government. This was the first public opinion survey devoted exclusively to matters of public integrity. Highlights of what citizens want/don’t want/have every reason to expect of lawmakers before Election Day are:
The above summarizes points made by Mr. Potts and outlines areas of discussion from attendees subsequent to the formal talk. In responding to a question, Potts shared 70% of PA voters don’t want public services cut in the PA Budget and a larger % support education not being cut further.
A very enlightening talk highlighting underlying perspective of The PA electorate. In addition to his comments, Mr. Potts handed out Democracy Rising PA (DR) 2012 Political Survival Guides. Several key points:
You missed a good one!
Robert S. Saline
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Calendar of Events
- Pancake Breakfast
October 04 (8:00 am)
- Rotary Board Meeting 10:30 AM at the Hilton
October 06 (10:30 am)
- Commissioner John McNally
October 06 (12:00 - noon)
(Weekly Meetings)"ARE WE REALLY BENEFITING FROM OURGROWING GAMING INDUSTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA?"
- Hanson Lunch Meeting at Rotary Office
October 10 (12:00 - noon)
- NO MEETING - Columbus Day
October 13 (12:00 - noon)