|June 26, 2017|
RSVP Required for meeting at Dixon University Center by Thursday morning
Presentation: The Haiti Clean Water Initiative's recent trip of eight Rotarians over eight days to Gardere, Haiti
Greeter and Good News Reporter: Karen Good
Invocation: Douglas Pieper
Club Singing: Marion Alexander
Mini-Classification Talk: Carol Volkman
Publications: Deb Abel
Program: The Water Initiatives Committee works to identify projects and raise funds to support clean water initiatives, one of Rotary International’s 6 main areas of focus. Through this committee, our Rotary club has provided a lifetime of clean, safe water to more than 100 Haitian families who desperately needed it. We continue to raise awareness and funds through speaking engagements and other events. As these initiatives have taken shape, we’ve clarified the different roles and opportunities for service within the committee. Committee member roles and responsibilities are outlined: Identify and schedule speaking engagements, present to groups, fundraising/awareness activities (other than speaking engagements, i.e. selling water bottles at the concert in the park), grant writing, travel planning and identifying projects. In April, 2017, our Rotarians traveled to Haiti for eight challenging and busy days in a remote Haitian mountain village, where villagers would gain a new source for the precious resource of clean, accessible water. The unique water filtration system has been successfully used in Cambodia and was chosen by the Water Project for Haiti team because of its relative ease of construction and low maintenance requirements. The village of Gardere was chosen based on the need for accessible clean water and the valued engagement of an influential Haitian Church of God pastor trusted by the local villagers. The pastor and villagers understand the importance of their being good stewards of this system for their community and potentially the future installation of many other such systems in the area. Before the installation of this system, Gardere, villagers were required to travel approximately a mile and a half down to two water sources at the base of their mountain to gather water. Often the young people, mostly the girls and women, were traveling down and up the mountain multiple times a day. A trickle of potable water comes from the rocks was potable but is very slow and difficult to collect. An old well supplied much more water, but is contaminated and non-potable. The new water filtration system increases access to much needed water capturing rainwater from the roof of a combination church and school building in the village and soon the larger church under construction. Come to Rotary and hear and see how the Team accomplished their goals.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• Get well and speedy recovery wishes to President Steve.
• Heartfelt condolences to Peter Ressler on the passing of his father.
• Thank you Haiti Water Team for your continued commitment to Service Above Self. Read all about it on PennLive. http://www.pennlive.com/community-news/2017/06/rotary_club_harrisburg_clean_w.html#incart_river_home
and you can watch on Friday, June 23rd WHTM's Good Day PA at 12:30 PM. The Haiti Clean Water Initiative's recent trip of eight Rotarians over eight days to Gardere, Haiti will be featured during the half hour segment.
• Rotarian Anthony Worrall and his wife, Carolyn have two beautiful daughters recently diagnosed with a rare form of autism, Sanfilippo Syndrome. On Tuesday night, June 13 ABC 27 did a story on the Worrall family. Anthony and family were very happy how it turned out and hope it will help in furthering the cause. The link to see the story is: abc 27 news story
• JUL-SEP dues invoices and HRF $100 contribution invoices will be sent by July 1st. Please make every effort to pay upon receipt.
• CONGRATULATIONS!! We did it again - let's hear it for #23 in the world! We won the 2016-17 Best Club and District Governor Citation Awards! Thanks to our leadership team and all those who participated in projects and events to make this happen.
SAVE THE DATE:
• We have an opportunity to sell Rotary Branded bottles of water at the Lemoyne Business Association Music In the Park (Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra) again this year.
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Where: Negley Park, Lemoyne, PA
Volunteers are needed for 2 hour shifts:
3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 3 people. Setup table, tent, tubs of water, signs, etc.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 4 people. 2 at the table and 2 to walk around the crowd with bottles of water and Rotary water brochures
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 2 people. Be at table, sell water. Listen to concert.
Please respond to James Good.
• Is your attendance low and you are really busy at the office? Think about doing a make-up online. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
• Have you listed your Rotary Service in your LinkedIn profile?
• Follow Rotary Club of Harrisburg Facebook page (and Like us) and www.hbgrotary.org for speaker/meeting updates
• DID YOU KNOW? Contributions to The Harrisburg Rotary Foundation for memorials, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are always appreciated. The recipient receives an appropriate acknowledgment from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and the contribution is also acknowledged in The Rotary Roundup. Donations are tax-deductible.
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 minutes by Carrie W. Thomas
PRESIDENT-ELECT SAM LEVINE called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM, in the absence of PRESIDENT STEVE FEINOUR, who is at home recovering from quadruple-bypass surgery.
DICK STEWART gave the Invocation, followed by DOUG PIEPER leading the Club in singing “America the Beautiful,” accompanied by NORMA SWAIN on piano. After the Pledge of Allegiance, the Club members warmly greeted each other, afterwhich PRES-ELECT SAM gave an update on PRES. STEVE’S condition. He said STEVE is doing well, albeit frustrated by the slowness of the recovery process. SAM went on to describe his fantastic experience last week in attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. He said it was inspiring to hear about all the myriad of worthy Rotary projects worldwide, and to hear Bill Gates speak about the almost-total conquest of polio throughout the world.
SAM then called upon JAMES GOOD to introduce visiting Rotarians and guests, but there was only one, a visitor from the Hershey club. JAMES then described the plan to sell our club’s Rotary bottled water at a Symphony concert on July 1, encouraging 6 people to sign up as volunteers for the 3 to 10 PM event.
Next on the agenda was a Mini-Classification Talk by new member LARRY DITTMAN, who explained that he had been in the military, and had attended both HACC and Penn State. He enumerated the many places he’s lived, both in the military and as a 27-year employee of the former AMP, including the North Pole and China. After leaving AMP, LARRY went into entrepreneurial work, creating 7 start-up companies. He then returned to this area and founded Execustar 6 years ago, a non-profit geared to helping small business-people to gain expertise and to grow their businesses. He concluded by saying how happy he is to be involved in our Club.
Program Czar BOB HOSTETTER then ascended the podium to introduce our speaker – DANTE SANTONI, JR., recently appointed for a two-year term on the PA Gaming Control Board. Prior to this appointment, MR. SANTONI was a State Representative for the 126th Legislative District from 1993 through 2012. MR. SANTONI enumerated the four areas of gambling in the Commonwealth: horse racing, casinos, small games of chance, and the lottery, all with different overseeing entities in government. All these gambling initiatives provide revenue to help to fund the State’s budget. Other initiatives under consideration include: Internet gambling, fantasy sports, slots at airports, and slots at bars and clubs. He said that the Gaming Act permits 15 casinos in the State, all based “where people live.” He said several casino licenses are still available, namely in Philadelphia and Gettysburg.
There are three categories of licenses – horse racing, resorts, and casinos. The Gaming Control Board operates at no taxpayer expense, he stressed. There are 7 members on the Board, and 300 staff people. The primary obligation of the Board is to make sure casinos are safe and that the odds are fair. He said that $6,029,219 in fines are enforced annually, and 682 people are barred from the casinos due to disorderly conduct or crimes. MR. SANTONI explained that the Board does provide a helpline for problem gamblers, and provides a “self-exclusion list” for people to voluntarily prevent themselves from entering casinos.
He discussed the problem of smoking being permitted in most casinos, with the owners maintaining that smoking encourages higher betting. This is under consideration. He elaborated on the strict security that is maintained at casinos to capture any criminal activity as it happens because of all the surveillance cameras abounding everywhere.
MR. SANTONI said that PA is the second highest-grossing gambling revenue state, behind only Nevada. He stated that in PA, $1.4 billion is grossed annually from gambling revenues. These revenues are utilized by State government for the following purposes:
1)Property tax reduction.
2)Support of the horse racing industry.
3)Support of local governments.
4) Support of county fairs and fire departments.
5) The PA General Fund.
Property tax reduction is a direct result of gambling revenues. 2017 was the 10th year of School property tax relief in Dauphin County, with the average amount saved by taxpayers at $200. He said that $1.36 million was returned locally from Hollywood Casino. The casinos also provide job creation and outside spending, bringing employment to 18,000 people.The challenge is to maintain the popularity of the State’s casinos with all the surrounding states’ now having their own casinos.
In conclusion, MR. SANTONI told the Club to visit www.GamingControlBoard.pa.gov for more information on the subject.
A few questions were asked by Club members, concerning what kind of supervision or lack thereof would occur if small bars and taverns had their own slots, which would be crucial with the potential of mixing heavy drinking with gambling. MR. SANTONI agreed that would certainly be a challenge. ELLEN BROWN expressed concern about rumours that Penn National wanted to discontinue horse racing, but SANTONI said that would not be likely, since the Gaming Control Board was adamant in its support of the industry in the State. JOHN JUDSON inquired about payout levels in the casinos, and someone else asked whether there was thought being given to consolidating the 4 types of gambling under one supervisory group. MR. SANTONI said that consolidation has been discussed, but is not currently being pursued.
At the conclusion of MR. SANTONI’S presentation, PRESIDENT-ELECT SAM announced that next week’s meeting is at Dixon University Centre, and r.s.v.p.’s are required to LINDA. He pointed out the great article on our club in the current issue of “The Burg,” and urged Rotarians to make reservations to attend the Harrisburg Senators baseball game and District 7390’s group installation of the 2017/2018 District Leadership and Club Presidents and picnic on Thursday, June 29, at 6 PM.
THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 1 PM.
2016-2017 Club Officers