|June 19, 2017|
Speaker: Dante Santoni, Jr., Commissioner Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Topic: "SO YOU WANT TO GET RICH OR RICHER?: This Is How To Do It!?
What is the "inside story" on PA's gaming industry? What is the impact on the Commonwealth's budget? Is gaming a widely accepted source of revenue by PA's citizens? Dante is serving a two your term in February. He is a former state representative from Berks County. He will share his view as to the value and impact of gaming, although he is not related to the state lottery he will be prepared to speak to it as well. The reality of gaming and state's reliance upon it remains a controversial entity with ongoing ethical and cultural issues. Be sure to learn more about this enterprise, and you just might pick up a few usable hot tips as well, but your Czar does not guarantee it! Should be quite interesting!
Greeter: James Good
Invocation: Dick Stewart
Club Singing: Douglas Pieper
Pianist: Norma Swain
Mini-Classificaton Talk: Larry Dittman
Publications: Carrie W. Thomas
Dante Santoni, Jr. was appointed to a two-year term to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on February 6, 2017 by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Dante served as State Representative for the 126th legislative district representing Berks County from 1993 to 2012 and was Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session.
Dante is a Muhlenberg High School graduate and was awarded his BS degree in accounting from Villanova University. Prior to being elected to the State legislature, he was a field representative and loan officer for Southeast Farm Credit Services and finance director and township secretary for Muhlenberg Township. After deciding not to run for re-election in 2012, Dante served as Pennsylvania Director for government affairs firm Purple Strategies.
Dante resides in Reading with his wife Sharon and daughters Emma and Lia.
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1. The June 2017 Governors Newsletter can viewed. Go to rotary7390.org. Across the top are all the tabs, run your cursor over “District Newsletter” and a drop down box will put out and click on the newsletter.
2. Join Rotary District 7390 for a group installation of the 2017/18 District Leadership and Club Presidents!
Be there to root for District Governor Una and President Sam!
Note: Parking is $4 per car, however, you can park FREE on Thursday thanks to Community Aid. Bring a bag full of clothes to donate and park for FREE. Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.
Last meeting 6/12/17 by John "Ski" Sygielski
Upon our arrival to the registration desk, Frank Frailey graciously welcomed us to our Rotary luncheon letting us know that Wil Everhart and Bryson Roof celebrate a birthday on Thursday and Jeff Gelburd on Friday. They encouraged us to send them cards with cash rather than checks! Norma Swain entertained us “magnificently” before Betty Hungerford, past president, eagerly “gonged” us to order at 12:13 p.m.
Betty informed us that our current president, Steve Feinour, is in Holy Spirit Hospital successfully recuperating from recent bypass surgery. He is expected to make a full recover in time to turn over his gavel to Sam Levine, a proud HACC graduate and the incoming president. Betty asked that we keep him in our prayers and/or drop a card and NOT make a phone call to him, at this time so he can quickly recover. Betty also informed us that Sam was unable to join us today because he is currently attending the annual Rotary International convention in Atlanta. Carolyn Dumaresq, who celebrates a major milestone birthday tomorrow, engaged us in a thoughtful invocation of thanksgiving followed by Doug Pieper, a trained and accomplished opera singer, who led us in singing “America the Beautiful.” We then enthusiastically and warmly greeted each other until 12:21 p.m.
Frank Frailey enthusiastically facilitated the welcome of four guests, including two prospective members.
Jack Detweiler proudly introduced our science fair winner, Maddie Grossman, a HACC College in High School student while attending Cumberland Valley High School, of which she recently graduated. Maddie graciously accepted a $750 check From the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation to use while attending Elizabethtown College as an accounting student. She received special recognition for studying our local river waterways. She hopes to take summer classes at HACC in the years ahead!
Betty warmly and humorously welcomed Bob Hostetter to the lectern who trash talked president Steve Feinour for not being present and foregoing his responsibilities. After a short monologue about individuals who either invested in WITF, supported the station and/or embarrassed it, he warmly welcomed Penn State alumna and former South Dakodian and West Virginian Kathleen A. Pavelko, President and CEO, WITF, Inc. to address the esteemed members of this Club. She publically thanked Bob for his dedication to WITF over approximately five decades.
Ms. Pavelko’s thoughtful and engaging 29-minute presentation, entitled, The PA Post: WITF’s Plan For a Digital-First Statewide News Service, provided us with some of the following highlights of this initiative:
• As the the sixth most populous state in the country, only 14% of respondents said the state government news was delivered thoroughly
• Therefore, opportunities exist for PA Post to deliver high quality coverage, help citizens find this information where they normally seek their regular news and tell the stories of PA government with insight and humor
• Digitally connecting Pennsylvanian to Pennsylvanians with trusted information will be fact-based journalism delivered on devices users use presenting both the challenges and opportunities existing within the Commonwealth
• PA Post will continue to cover legislative, energy, health care and municipal issues and (1) collaborate with media partners as both distributors and contributors; (2) connect in-person, as well as online, with gatherings statewide; and (3) build media literacy and civic education into its delivery and content
• WITF will now start delivering content as early as elementary and middle school since 80% of students (who were recently surveyed) could not tell the difference between an ad or an article. In fact, a pilot project will begin with third and fourth graders in the City of York Public School STEAM Academy
• PA Post will be built on the foundation of the principles long held by WITF and ensure it remains fact based, independent and promote civility
Answers to several questions focused on listening to radio broadcasts online or through WITF’s revised app, the solid financial foundation WITF operates from, its initiatives with younger listeners to include social media events and partnerships with other education, public- and private-sector organizations, etc. to remain innovative and relevant.
Betty graciously thanked Kathleen with her remarks and provided her with a book, Where We Live, in her honor which will be donated to a local library and a “Betty Hungerford inspired” chocolate bar.
Betty reminded us that we will return to the Hilton next week to engage Dante Santoni, Jr., commissioner of the PA Gaming Control Board, in learning more about the winning numbers for the next seven-figure PowerBall contest.
Before concluding at 1:05 p.m., Betty directed us to recite the Four-Way Test and wished us well in the week ahead.
2016-2017 Club Officers