|August 7, 2017|
|Speaker: Michael L. Hanes, President and CEO of Whitaker Center Productions
Topic: Expedition Chesapeake, A Journey of Discovery
Rotarian Hanes has 45 years of experience in higher education and non-profit organizations. He received acclaim for his leadership and development of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. In addition, and through those years, he developed a deep seated love and appreciation for our magnificent Susquehanna River and it's prime role in the health and well being of the regional treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Now that he is retired from Whitaker he has become the prime mover in the extraordinary Chesapeake Expedition, A Journey of Discovery. The title of a magnificent new big screen production which he is producing! If you love and appreciate our wonderful river, you will love hearing about this exciting and dramatic project now underway by a fellow Rotarian!
Greeter: Glenn Hafer
Invocation: David Volkman
Club Singing: John Hickey
Pianist: Norma Swain
Publications: Mark Stone
Michael L. Hanes, president and chief executive officer of Whitaker Center Productions, has nearly 45 years of experience in higher education and non-profit organizations as a professor, researcher and administrator. Dr. Hanes assumed the position of president and CEO of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in 2007 and was responsible for securing nearly $30 million in support including nearly $10 million to renew the science center as well as to implement plans for facility improvements and renovations. He was named President Emeritus of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in 2017. From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Hanes served as the president of Georgia Southwestern State University, where he was responsible for more than $100 million in campus expansion, new construction, facilities renovations and historic restorations. As a result of these efforts, the campus doubled in size and the total value of the campus physical plant doubled during his tenure. He provided leadership to the institution’s first major gifts campaign successfully achieving 125 percent of the campaign goal. He was named President Emeritus of Georgia Southwestern in 2012. He was dean of the School of Education at West Chester University from 1987 to 1996 and he served as a tenured full professor and assistant dean for research in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina from 1980 to 1987. He served as division director of an internationally known private, non-profit educational research foundation from 1977 to 1980. Dr. Hanes began his professional career as a research associate and assistant professor at the University of Florida.
Dr. Hanes has published five books in the areas of language development in young children, early intervention programs for parents and young children, program evaluation and educational change. He has been named to Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. He was recognized by the State of Georgia with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation Stewardship. He was the first recipient of the University System of Georgia Cornerstone Award for his leadership in campus planning and redevelopment. In 2007, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana selected Dr. Hanes to receive the title of Distinguished Alumnus.
Dr. Hanes and his wife, Madlyn, have three adult children and four grandchildren. Dr. Madlyn Hanes is the Vice President and Executive Chancellor for Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State University.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• JUL-SEP dues invoices and HRF $100 contribution invoices are now due.
• Service Above Self Nominations due September 1. If you know someone in a non-profit agency that is worthy of the nomination, please forward. The S A S letter and application are now on the RCH website. http://www.hbgrotary.org/images/PDF/SAS-2017.pdf
• SAVE THE DATE:
1. In lieu of our Rotary meeting on August 14, thanks to Andy Rebuck, we will have an special evening event on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts. Popcorn and soda complimentary. The new documentary film Dream Big is about the design and construction of huge things, from skyscrapers and bridges to the Great Wall of China and the International Space Station. It’s also about what it takes to be an engineer and why people - both men and women - choose that as a profession. Here’s a link to the film’s website: http://www.dreambigfilm.com/ Please attend with your family and friends.
Please let Linda know if you attend so you can receive attendance credit.
2. Pancake Breakfast: Date changed to October 21, 2017
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Last meeting 7/31/17 by Karen Paris
Norma Swain is a “musician for all seasons” – no matter what the weather, her music is beautiful and so enjoyable. President new-but-not-wet-behind-the-ears Sam called us to order at 12:11 P.M. Joan Prescott reminded us of the importance of “mission” both in Rotary and our lives, and we got a “two-fer “ when both Doug Pieper and John Hickey led us in “The Star Spangled Banner”. Pres Sam gave us our usual meet and greet and then Jeff Gelburd introduced a visiting Rotarian to us – Sheldon Munn.
Lots of good news in our Club today. Harry Derrick roamed the room getting great news from: Jeff whose daughter got a PhD; Harry whose son is headed for grad school; Sam who survived the family vacation; Andy who is hosting Imax night at the Whitaker on 8/23/17; Steve who is feeling better and loves the ex-pres job, John whose son is outstanding, Carrie who announced an August 20 event for the Art Association; Blake, who told us that our own Angela is now married; and John who reminded us of Hiroshima’s sister-city relationship with the Burg and also that this is the 62nd anniversary of the bombing – something we hope will never happen again. See him for details on a remembrance at Market Square Church. $42 was collected for the Harrisburg Rotary Foundaiton.
Tripp, a new Rotarian, was introduced and gave a great new member classification talk. He’s from Lancaster, graduated from college in 2016 and has always wanted to give back to the community. In high school he was even an environmental steward. Now he works for Deloitte and is a business tech analyst in charge of a team. His team creates software for government (e.g. child abuse reporting software). He joined Rotary because community is very important to him. Great to have you in Rotary, Tripp! (Have you joined the PB Committee yet???)
Bob Hostetter introduced our speaker, Ann Van Dyke who provided a very educational presentation on the emergence of hate groups in our midst. Stating that she grew up in a small town in northwest PA, Ms. Van Dyke said that she never dreamed that she’d be a neo-Nazi watcher. The question that we all must ask regarding the increase in hate crimes is “Why Here? Why Now?” And, who is “them”? To some people, “them” is: all people of color, all people of mixed race, all Jewish people, all women, all Muslims, all handicapped people, all LGBTQ people. BUT, hate is a symptom of a much larger problem and it cannot exist in a vacuum. We are fearful and hate feeds on that fear. Our innate prejudice starts within us: “ I know a great deal about someone based on how they look; therefore I don’t need to know any more than that”, which then makes it possible for hate groups to “help” people blame someone they know almost nothing about for own their perceived problems.
Why the increase in hate groups? What triggers this phenomenon? 1) Changing demographics and people feeling on the “outside” rather than on the inside. 2) Conflicts over immigration. 3) Economy struggles and loss of jobs. 4) Backlash against the first Black President. 5) White supremacist rhetoric in the 2016 presidential campaign. 6) Disconnected youth. 7) Leaders in the community failing to address issues in an appropriate way. AND finally, 8) Our own silence – good people who are well-intentioned but reluctant to speak out. It is our responsibility to not hope that someone else will speak for us, but to speak up when inappropriate things occur. We cannot ignore this any more.
Ann spoke about the Internet being a major source of hate communication and hate group activity. Although the First Amendment protects “opinion” (believe, think, etc) , it does NOT protect speech that incites violent action. If we speak up confirming equality and respect for all, understand that we are all different, recognize that the us/them barrier is very artificial, that hate always turns on you, and that by helping others to feel they can belong and that they have value, and speaking up for equality and true concern for others, we will take the power away from all hate groups. President Sam thanked our speaker who, when she received a chocolate bar, noted that it was worth its weight in gold.
Karen Paris confirmed that the Pancake Breakfast is September 30. Come one, come all. Tickets will be out by September. Please buy them and bring your friends; because the date is early, we need to get the word out now.
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