Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lititz Rotary Cog

April 24, 2012

President Stephanie rang the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.  We opened with the pledge of Allegiance (facing the flag in Lititz Square).  After singing “My Country Tis of Thee” Roy Brubaker lead us in prayer followed by the 4-Way test.  The dinner, including Pulled Pork sandwiches and Baked Mac & Cheese, was especially appetizing.

Mike Eisman, a guest from the Myerstown Rotary, was introduced.  The 50-50 winner was our guest speaker, Susan Hess.  So, in a true spirit of nepotism, Sam Hess led the singing with “I’m looking over a 4-leaf clover”; and, “R-O-T-A-R-Y.”  Chuck Stiefvater gave us a summary report on the recently completed Travelogue program.  Ironically, in spite of an unusually mild and dry winter, snow actually depressed turnout.  However, we did exceed our target on revenue ($16,200 net).  Chuck’s overall assessment was “it was a pretty good year.”  He then reminded us that next year will be the 50th anniversary of the program and that we can expect “a great year!”  Next year’s focus will be the USA!  Chuck also complimented Pete Reyburn for upgrading the Travelogue support staff by sending his wife, Heidi, when he was unable to attend. 

Dennis Stuckey introduced our Student of the Month: Ian Grey.  Ian’s high school focus has been math & science.  He is a member of the Honor Society and the Civil Air Patrol.  He will attend Penn State in the fall studying Aeronautical Engineering.

The evening’s program was titled “Nuclear Energy: Path to Energy Security.”  A proud Sam Hess introduced the speaker (his daughter Susan Hess).  Susan is PR Director for AREVA, the largest supplier of nuclear products and services in the world.  They are involved in mining; fuel assembly; reactor design and maintenance; fuel recycling; and, returning plants to greenfield condition.

“We do not inherit the Earth from our parents—we borrow it from our children.”  Native American Proverb

Susan laid-out the priorities for nuclear energy—safety is the top priority.  She provided statistics that make a very compelling case for the use of nuclear energy.  For example, nuclear is responsible for 20% of the energy in the US.  Drilling down further, nuclear represents 72% of our low carbon energy production.  Currently there are 104 nuclear power plants in the US located in 31 states (most on the east coast).  Four new plants are being built in South Carolina and Georgia.  Activity is finally regenerating since the Three Mile Island accident more than a generation ago.

Two kinds of reactors are used for energy production, 1) pressurized water and 2) boiled water.  TMI is type 1 and Peach Bottom is type 2.  Unfortunately, the disaster at Fukushima, Japan is having a major impact on attitudes toward nuclear programs.  Their plant was designed to withstand an 8.2 quake, but it got a 9.  It was designed to handle an 18’ tsunami and it was barraged by 7 tsunamis, the highest being 49’.  A total power failure disabled critical systems leaving fuel rods exposed.  This resulted in a hydrogen explosion—the nuclear fuel never exploded.

Although AREVA did not design the Fukushima facility they did have personnel on site and were able to provide assistance—humanitarian, equipment and supplies.  Now the reactor is stable.  The cooling system is operating and they are preparing the plant to be decommissioned.  We need to focus on the fact that the Fukushima disaster was caused by extreme natural conditions.  We also need to bear in mind that we demand a lot of energy in this country:

We don’t want brownouts

We need security

We want clean air

We demand a clean source of energy

And, our energy needs are growing

We also need to remember that the nuclear energy industry creates jobs, in many ways, including the recycling of spent fuel.  96% of used material can be recycled for further use.  The remaining 4% can be “vitrified”--encased in glass like lead crystal—which renders it completely safe.  Every country in the world with nuclear plants recycles the material, with one exception—the US.

In summary—nuclear is a vital part of our energy future.

Club members complimented Susan for her glowing report on the state of the nuclear industry.  President Stephanie adjourned the meeting at 7:20

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Great night!

The 2nd Annual Taste of Lancaster County was a great success! More than 250 people came to enjoy the great food, meet new friends, and connect with old friends in the community. There were many volunteers and of course the VENDORS! Fantastic food all donated for a worthy cause... Camp No Limits! The live music set the mood and Stoudts Brewery's Ballroom offered an eclectic atmosphere. If you didn't make it... plan to attend next year!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Taste...

2nd Annual Taste of Northern Lancaster County... Stoudts Brewery, August 20 from 5 - 9. Great food and live music!
This will be a great evening. Please come and support Rotary as we host this event to raise money for Camp No Limits. Check out the link for more details. If you don't have a ticket yet... no worries. You can purchase your ticket at the door. See you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lititz Craft Show

Yeah, another great success! We wrapped up the 33rd year of the Lititz Rotary Craft Show on Saturday, August 13th. More than 550 Vendors brought their hand-crafted items. Crafters offered a wide range of items from handmade journals, to jewelry, gorgeous pottery, eclectic lawn ornaments and just about anything you can think of. Thank you vendors - old and new- who joined us this year. Thank you to all who came to shop and enjoy the sunshine and excitement. It was a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

So Excited!!

Saturday, August 13 is the Lititz Craft Show! We've been hosting the craft show for years and every year is better than the last! We're expecting over 600 vendors that will span Broad Street, Main Street, and Lititz Springs Park. Come one, come all and enjoy all the festivities!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lititz Rotary News

Here's to a new Rotary year and all the great things our club will accomplish! It is my honor to serve this year as President and I am excited to keep the club up to date via our web-site and blog. We have a great meeting planned with the induction of Bill Barnett to our club. We're are glad to have you join our club Bill. Welcome! Our local Police Department will be with us to finalize the remaining details to ensure another successful Craft Show.
See you at the Sutter!
President Stefanie

Monday, August 16, 2010

Craft Show Recap

From my point of view it was a complete success. The weather was perfect and the crowd was solid all day. Set up was uneventful and tear down went pretty smoothly as well. The last vendor was off Broad street at 5:55 and Main street was empty as soon as the sweeper started heading in their direction. Congrats and Thanks to all that made the show possible.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pig Roast!

Here you go ladies and gentlemen!
Two blog posts right in a row, look
how much I can done during vacation.

Here is the link to our wonderful pig roast
hosted by Bill and Gayle Kendall. Even the rain
could not deter us from a great time.

Thanks again to everyone that helped! (Sam, again AWESOME

Please note: some images include a dead pig so use your discretion :)

Lititz Golf tournament

What a crazy cold rainy day Lititz Rotary had in May for the annual Golf tournament held at Overlook golf course! There was an excellent turnout and many brave troopers finished and then enjoyed a delicious meal at the Barn at Overlook!

Click here to check out our good sports!

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