September 2016

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Officers & Directors
President Elect 2017-2018
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
2016 Harvest & Wine Festival
Advance Tickets                                                                     $25.00
available online July 15 thru
midnight, October 7, 2016 or until sold out
Rotary Lounge Tickets                                                             $75.00
includes early 10:30 am entry, tent with tables &
chairs, buffet meal, complimentary wine glass, wine
tasting and sales in tent. – only 120 available.
To purchase these tickets, email
This year only 3,800 tickets will be sold for the Festival. We will announce on this website and Facebook when the tickets are “sold out” and it is anticipated that no tickets will be available at the gate on Oct 8. The Festival will take place rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.
Click here to purchase your tickets.
If you experience difficulty with the online ticket purchase site, please try accessing the site via a different internet browser. Should you continue to have difficulties, please email
Tickets are also now available at several locations in the Tunkhannock area: Antonio's Pizzeria & Restaurant, Community Bank, Gay's True Value and Nimble Hill Winery. 
To all those who contacted us through various media re vendor spots at this year's Festival, thank you for your interest but all vendor spots have been filled for the 2016 Festival.
Club Information

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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
United States
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Club News
Haley is 19 yrs. old and just graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School.  She is going to District 2240 in Slovakia. There are 32,000 residents in her host city. Host family sister, who speaks English is going on exchange to Colorado, so she will not get to converse with her. That leaves her 10 yr old host sister named Ella and her host Mom and Dad. The family don’t really speak English, so Haley will have to learn the language quickly.
Haley has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.  Maggie, Jacob and Haley are triplets. They have been the host family for 2015-2016 inbound exchange student Frank Yu from Taiwan.
She has volunteered with the Red Cross for 2 yrs. She played field hockey and lacrosse for 3 yrs and was captain of her team for 2 yrs.
Haley practiced her presentation to be given in Slovakia on the US Government, our food including macaroni and cheese (she is learning to make it, so she can make it for her host family), holidays, facts about PA, and her family (who own Nimble Hill Winery).
Mike Zahorchak, Deputy Facility Manager at BP Wind Energy Mehoopany Wind Farm presented Chairperson Harry Sharpe with a check for $5,000 that was their sponsorship donation for the 2016 July 3rd Fireworks display.

Mike Zahorchak (left) presents check to Harry Sharpe
After the check presentation, Mike answered questions from the Club members on the Mehoopany Wind Farm.
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock recently donated $2,500 to buy 50 bicycles for students at the Pardada Pardadi School for girls in rural India. Pardada Pardadi Educational Society is a non-profit organization based in Anoopshahr, Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh, India, dedicated to the academic, economic and social empowerment of girls and women in this poor area of the country. Unfortunately, in rural areas over 85% of the village girls have never been to school. Pardada Pardadi is trying to change that. Some girls have to travel significant distances to the school, which is where the bicycles will make a difference. The girls have to pay a percentage of the cost of the bikes, allowing them to have ownership and care for them.
Advocate for the School, Mary Cairns shared the following with the club:
"I am so excited for the girls to have their new bikes, thanks very much to your Club. You can note on the photos that the girls tend to keep the plastic wrap on their bikes, as long as they can, to protect them. It's an "India" thing.  I love that they were also able to get baskets on the bikes.
Please know that your Club has really brought bright light into the lives of 50 of our girls.  We so appreciate your support. "

The girls with their new bikes.
Short-term exchange student Alex Blades is from the east Midlands, England near Cambridge and spoke at the July 28 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon.  He is sponsored by The Deepings Rotary Club in Lincolnshire. He has graduated from High school and is passionate about English football. He is not a big fan of American football, since he thinks you should use your feet if it is called football. He arrived in the US in July and will return with outbound short-term exchange student Connor Helsel to England on Aug 3, ending his 2.5 week short-term exchange.
While on a 3 day visit to New York City, in addition to the usual sightseeing, they went to the 9/11 museum and Alex realized how important it is for Rotary to be trying to achieve peace in the world.

Alex and VP Don Streby exchanging club banners
Rotarian Rev. Lou Divis is a trained Biblical Story Teller, who usually tells stories from the Bible but has expanded her repertoire to other types of storytelling as she did at Founder’s Day at the Dietrich Theater. 
At the July 21 Rotary Luncheon, Lou told several Hodja stories. A Hodja is a wise person or teacher. A famous Turkish Hodja was Nasreddin Hodja. She relayed several amusing stories about Hodja Nasreddin including what happens to the full moon, washing his cat (which died when he went to wring it out), and where does his wisdom come from (he listens to other people -so, when he speaks, he asks the people what he said and listens to what they say).

Rev. Lou Divis
At the July 14 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, President Ann Way presented Assistant Governor Norm Kelly with a Paul Harris +2 pin for his donations to the Rotary Foundation.

Norm Kelly (left) after receiving his Paul Harris +2 pin from President Ann Way (right)
Dana Kuffa is a 2016 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School (TAHS) and will be going to Maipu, Chile. It is near the capital in the center of Chile.
Dana is an only child, has 2 dogs, was a girl scout (daisy to ambassador levels) and is very involved in sports and participated as goalie for field hockey for 4 yrs.  She was a member of the High School swim team, taught swimming and was head life guard at TAHS. Dana was also a member of TAHS mock trial team. Dana attended RYLA in 2014 and was part of the RYLA graduation team, she described it as her best experience to that date. Dana was one of the Interactors who helped Rotarians collect money on Candy Cane Day and she was Vice President of the Interact Club.

Dana Kuffa
Anika Sehne (age 16) is going to France, but to a different region from where she did her short term exchange last year. She will have 3 host families in France. Her first host family will be in Gaillard in District 1780, near the border with Switzerland. Both her host parents work in Geneva, Switzerland.
Her brothers have also been Rotary exchange students, Adam went to Ecuador and Stefan just returned from Brazil. She was on the swim and tennis teams at TAHS. She also was in this year’s and last year’s musicals and plays at school.

Anika Sehne
Thank you to all our Rotarians, family members and friends of Rotary who helped make our July 3rd Fireworks a huge success. Thanks also to amRadio for entertaining our guests and to the flag color guard for their service. Finally,  a very large thanks to those who attended this event and gave donations to help pay for next year's event. These donations, in addition to the sponsorships from local businesses like BP Wind Energy and People's Security Bank, are gratefully appreciated.  
At the June 30 Rotary Luncheon, Pres. Ron presented Mike Markovitz with his Club Service above Self award and pin.
Pres. Ron then made Jon Buxton our newest Club-designated Paul Harris Fellow.
After the Awards Ceremony, outgoing President Ron Furman reviewed the many accomplishments of the club during his year as President. One of his proudest personal accomplishments was keeping his gavel from being “stolen” by Club Rotarians during his Presidency (a favorite game of Club Rotarians).
District Governor Barbara Belon then installed Ann Way as the 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. She also swore in the other officers and directors for the next Rotary year.

L to R: Front Row: President Elect Samantha Maruzzelli, Secretary Carol Ziomek, Treasurer Sandy Lane and Director Tom Kukuchka. Back Row: 2016-2017 President Ann Way, DG Barbara Belon, President Ron Furman, Vice President Don Streby and Directors Bill Milligan, George Gay and Rod Azar. (absent were Directors Karen Fuller, Norm Kelly, Mike Markovitz and Matt Pompey)
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock held its 2016 Officer Installation and Awards Banquet on June 23 at the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge. District Governor Barbara and Edwin Belon were honored guests.
Two Tunkhannock Rotarians gave personal Paul Harris Recognitions: Patty Ehrenzeller made her husband Randy Ehrenzeller a Paul Harris Fellow and Tom Kukuchka recognized his daughter in law Sherri Kukuchka (absent) as a new Paul Harris Fellow.
Club Awards for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year were presented to: Pres. Ron Furman for Perfect Attendance, a Thank You Award to Terry Furman for her outstanding work on the Blessing of the Books Collections, the President’s Award to Rod Azar for his leadership of the re-establishment of the Rotary Relays, a Distinguished Service Award to Ann Way for her years of outstanding service to the Club including repeatedly burning the midnight oil handling all ticket sales for the annual Harvest & Wine Festival, and the Club Rotarian of the Year Award to Don Streby for his masterful solicitation of donors and sponsors for Club events.
Top Photo: Ann Way receiving her Distinguished Service Award from President Ron Furman
Bottom Photo: Don Streby with his Rotarian of the Year Award presented by President Ron.
On several days, Tunkhannock Rotarians descended on the Wyoming County Senior Center to spruce up its interior. The Club purchased the paint and supplies and provided the painters. The club also replaced the sinks and counters in the rest rooms, carpeted the stage and put a new curtain under the stage.

(l to r): Painting can be “fun” with Rotary. Jeannie Brady, John Hovan, Patty Ehrenzeller, Karen Andrews (Senior Center Director), John Proctor, Samantha Maruzzelli and Jon Buxton.
Message from President Ann Way
I consider it a great honor to serve as President of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club for the 2016 – 2017 year. The Tunkhannock Rotary Club has served Tunkhannock and the surrounding community for over 90 years. We will continue our commitment to our various programs assisting people of all ages from pre-school to senior citizens in our home area, in addition to international projects.  
When I spoke to our club members at our 2016–2017 Induction Ceremony, I mentioned that I had several hopes for our club for the upcoming year:
When we come together for our weekly meetings, it is my hope that people will leave feeling glad that they took the time out of their busy schedules to attend.
It is my hope that as we complete our community service projects, our members will feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
It is my hope and prayer that we will have wonderful weather and a safe event for our 4th of July Fireworks, the Harvest and Wine Festival, and the newly reinstituted Rotary Relays.
It is my hope that we continue to find ways to address the serious issue of drug addiction and overdose that is impacting our community.
It is my hope that when we have our social events our members and their guests will have had the opportunity to chat with each other and perhaps to learn something new about one another.
It is my hope that if one of our members has a really good idea for something new & different, that he/she will share it with the rest of us.
I was taught to leave things in better condition than what I found them – it is my hope that in the year of my presidency our club, even if only in some small way, becomes better and stronger than it was when I took office. When I consider the strength of the membership of our club, I am confident that we will do some absolutely marvelous things for our community. If you are not a member of our club, but have an interest in joining, please feel free to reach out to one of our members.
2016-17: Rotary Serving Humanity
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
Click here to hear his presentation.

Have you ever wondered why you should join a service organization like Rotary? Ever wonder what Rotary does? Watch this video and find out!


Help Eradicate Polio Around the World with Rotary!

Upcoming Events
Sep 29, 2016
Oct 06, 2016
Lazybrook Park
Harvest & Wine Festival Prep
Oct 13, 2016
Tunkhannock Senior Citizen Center
11:40 am Luncheon and Music Program at Senior Citizen Center to thank Rotary
Oct 20, 2016
Heather McPherson
Superintendent - Tunkhannock Area School District
Oct 27, 2016
Jeannie Brady & Al Noble
Rotary International Conference in South Korea
Nov 03, 2016
Nomination of 17-18 Officers/Approve By Law Revision/Harvest Festival Report
Nov 10, 2016
Pam Burke
Wyoming County Community Fair
Dec 01, 2016
Election of 17-18 Officers
Dec 15, 2016