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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Galeton Rotary Club met at the Ox Yoke Inn on April 16th with president Pete Folk presiding.

The speaker for the evening was Pastor Tom Shatto. Pastor Shatto is the Shared Ministry minister for St. Paul Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church in Galeton.

He spoke to the club about a very ambitious program he has started. It is called the Galeton Study Group. At present the study group is composed of Pastor Shatto, Carol Smedley, Susan Miller and Henry Lush. The purpose of the group is to determine community identified needs for improvement of the community,with emphasis on service to children/youth, and awareness/prevention of drug use and other risk behaviors. 2015 study time-line is to study/ network/visit/identify resources/determine needs/enlist leadership/solicit funding.

To date the the group has meet with the Penn State Survey Research Center at the university to perhaps contract them to do a community survey. Carol Smedley has made a presentation to the 9th to 12th graders about the hazards of drug use. The response from the students was very informative and helpful. The group has met with the Tioga Co. Partnership For Community Health Director, Sue Sticklin, Redemption Church Pastor Brent Baker and Lighthouse Group Leader. John Garmon. Many more informative visits and discussions are planned throughout the area.

Several other community leaders will be asked to step forward to assist with this very important study group.

The group is proposing a two track approach. Spiritual and Developmental.

The community will be kept informed as the group study proceeds.

Focal themes are, Faith, Family and Education.

Sample questions for the survey: what are the community strengths of Galeton?, How can we make Galeton better? What challenges do the children and teen face in Galeton? What challenges do families face in Galeton? WHAT CAN THE COMMUNITY DO TOGETHER TO MEET THESE CHALLENGES?

The next meeting will be held Tuesday May 5 at 6PM at the First Presbyterian Church. We welcome anyone interested to be sure and come.

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