August 2017

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President Elect 2018-2019
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
2017 Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 14
Advance Tickets                                                                     $25.00
available online Aug 1 thru
midnight, October 13, 2017 or until sold out
includes complimentary wine glass & wine tastings
Rotary Lounge Tickets                                                           $45.00
includes early 10:30 am entry, tent with tables &
chairs, 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 no tickets will be available at the gate on Oct 14. This is a 21+ event, so no one under the age of 21 will be admitted through the gate. The Festival will take place rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. No pets allowed.
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
Beginning August 15, 2017, tickets will also be available at several locations in the Tunkhannock area. See poster for a list of these sites.
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 2017 Festival.
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursday's of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary will hold a flash club meeting at 5:15 PM at Bogey's at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. If they so desire, members and guests can stay after the meeting for drinks and/or dinner.
If you are interested in joining Rotary, but cannot make our luncheon meetings, please join us at one of our Thursday flash meetings to learn more about Rotary and our international and community based activities.
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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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Club News
At the July 27 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Samantha Maruzzelli announced that the Tunkhannock Rotary had been voted as the "Best Non-Profit Organization" by readers of the Wyoming County Examiner/Advance.
Reporter C.J. Marshall attended the meeting in preparation for composing an article on the Club and its activities. The resulting article appeared in the Aug 2 edition of the Wyoming County Examiner ( 
Tunkhannock Rotary thanks everyone who voted for us in this newspaper poll.
On July 20, the Tunkhannock Rotary had the pleasure of hosting District 7410 Governor (DG) Karin-Susan Breitlauch at our Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. DG Karin-Susan shared with the club her vision and goals for her year as DG and many of the activities she has already planned out for this 2017-2018 Rotary year. She announced that our very own Ron Furman will be the new District 7410 Membership Chair. She gave each member a 2017-2018 Rotary Theme pin with the motto Rotary: Making a Difference. She also made a brief appearance at our July 20 Flash meeting at Bogey's later that afternoon to meet some of the members who cannot make our regular lunch time meetings. 
President Samantha Maruzzelli presented DG Karin-Susan with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a thank you for visiting with our club and sharing with us her vision and goals for this Rotary year. 

President Samantha Maruzzelli (left) and DG Karin-Susan Breitlauch
At the July 13 Rotary Luncheon, the Club had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Laura Giacone, inbound short-term exchange student from Italy. Laura is visiting for 3 weeks and staying with the Ell's family.
Laura is 18 yrs old and lives in northern Italy near Turin. She will be going to University to study English and German translation. 
Laura was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pinerolo, Italy in District 2031.
After Laura's 3 weeks in the US, Jessica Ell will be returning with Laura to Italy as our short-term outbound exchange student. Jessica does not speak Italian, so she may have to learn a little Italian while there.

Laura Giacone (left) exchanged club banners with Pres. Sam Maruzzelli
At the July 13 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Charlton, spoke to the membership about joint replacement surgery at Tyler Hospital.
The Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement Program started at Tyler in Jan 2017 and is modelled on the program in place at General Hospital.
Dr. Charlton talked about shoulder, hip and knee joint replacement, including non-surgical initial treatments, surgery and hospitalization times and full recovery periods.

Dr. William Charlton
On Thursday evening July 6th, President Samantha Maruzzelli held the very first Tunkhannock Rotary flash meeting at 5:15 PM at Bogeys for those members who cannot make a lunchtime meeting. The meeting was attended by 8 Rotarians and 2 guests. The meeting lasted approximately 25 min. and everyone agreed this meeting format was a success.
Going forward, flash meetings will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:15 PM at Bogeys in the banquet room. Members can stay after the flash meeting for dinner or drinks if they so desire.
At the July 6th Rotary luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, the guest speakers were Middle School Principal Susan Bugno and 6th grade students Aidan Edwards and Lauren Kovalchick.
The students described a typical day for a 5th or 6th grader and how much they missed having regular recess periods.
Principal Bugno then discussed her plan to reinstitute at least a 20 min recess period daily to help encourage student interactions, communications, cooperation and team work. It will also allow the students to burn off some calories and to de-stress. As a result, the school is looking for some monetary donations to help buy balls, equipment etc for the recess period.

L to R: Lauren Kovalchick, Aidan Edwards and Principal Susan Bugno

When it was time for Past President Ann to pass the president’s gavel to Pres. Sam, the ceremony was delayed by the gavel-napper of Ann’s President’s gavel. Several weeks ago, in a long standing tradition in our Club, Ann's gavel was gavel-napped right from under her protection.  The gavel-napper demanded a ransom for the gavel, requesting that Pres. Ann pass the basket for donations, which would go to the Rotary Foundation. $126 was collected, which satisfied the ransom demand. So, her engraved gavel was returned to Ann as a permanent reminder of her year as President. 

Ransom Note for President Ann Way's Gavel

Now, it will be interesting to see how long President Samantha can hang onto her gavel.

AG Norm Kelly installed President Samantha Maruzzelli and the Officers and Directors for 2017-2018 at the June 29 Awards and Officer Installation Banquet at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.
AG Norm Kelly installed Samantha Maruzzelli as the new President of the Club by reminding her of the responsibilities and duties of the office and administering the Oath of the President. Norm then pinned Sam as the new President of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.

President Samantha Maruzzelli after installation by AG Norm Kelly
AG Norm Kelly then installed the Officers and Directors for 2017-2018 and administered their oath of office. Pres. Sam distributed the new pins to the installed officers and directors.
Mike Markovitz - President Elect
Ryan Visneski – Vice President
Ann Way – Immediate Past President
Carol Ziomek - Secretary
Sandy Lane - Treasurer
Rod Azar - Director                  Jon Buxton - Director
Pat Ehrenzeller-Director            Karen Fuller – Director
Ron Furman - Director              Norm Kelly - Director
Albert Noble - Director              John Proctor - Director

L to R Back Row: Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli, Norm Kelly, Ron Furman, Mike Markovitz & Ryan Visneski
L to R Front Row: Carol Ziomek, Patty Ehrenzeller, Karen Fuller, Sandy Lane, Al Noble and Ann Way
Absent: Jon Buxton and John Proctor
After the officer installations, Past Pres. Ann Way passed the gavel to Pres. Sam Maruzzelli, who then addressed the assembly with her hopes and goals for the coming year.

2017-2018 Tunkhannock Rotary Club President Samantha Maruzzelli
At the June 29 Awards and Officer Installation Banquet, President Ann Way announced the awards for some of the outstanding Club members for 2016-2017. Thank You Awards were presented to Terry Furman, Ruth Gorski and Dave Wilson for services to the Club.
President's Awards were given to Ron Furman for his consistent leadership of the Harvest & Wine Festival and his support to Ann when she became President and Norm Kelly, for his outstanding leadership of the Global Projects Committee, currently working on a Global grant for water and community development in Haiti.

Ron Furman (left) and Norm Kelly with Pres. Ann Way 
Treasurer Sandy Lane and Secretary Carol Ziomek received Executive Awards.for their dedication to the club and the endless hours they spend on club business.
Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Norm Werkheiser for his consistent contributions to Club Projects over his 40 years in Rotary and to Patty Ehrenzeller who led the seemingly never ending Senior Center Painting project.
Pres. Ann Way (left) with Distinguished Service Awardees Norm Werkheiser and Patty Ehrenzeller
Although not present, Jodi Crimmel was award the Excellence in Humanity Award for her work in Haiti and Frank Oliver was honored with the Service Above Self Award for assuming leadership of the Drug Take Back Outreach Project. 
Pres. Ann then announced that the Rotarian of the Year for 2016-2017 was the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock, rather than any single individual. One or two benches will be purchased for downtown Tunkhannock with a plaque on each indicating the 2016-2017 Tunkhannock Rotary Club received this recognition.
At the June 29 Awards and Officer Installation Banquet, Assistant Governor (AG) Norm Kelly explained the Rotary Foundations Paul Harris Fellow Program. A Rotarian becomes a Paul Harris Fellow after donating a cumulative amount of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. For each additional $1,000, a Rotarian becomes a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and is awarded a pin that has gemstones commensurate with their level of giving.

Paul Harris Fellow pins were presented to: Gordon Chase, Jon Buxton (+1), Mike Markovitz (+1), Barbara Tourscher (+1), Judd Fitze (+2), Wayne Krause (+2), Richard Stark, Jr. (+2 & +3), Matt Pompey (+3) and Carol Ziomek (+5). Gordon, Jon, Barbara and Judd were not present and will receive their pins after the meeting. Richard Starks pins were accepted on his behalf by Ruth Gorski.

L to R: Carol Ziomek, Matt Pompey, Wayne Krause, Ruth Gorski and Mike Markovitz

At the June 29 meeting, Pres. Ann Way formally inducted brothers Nathan and Raymond Reeves into Rotary. Although the brothers became members several months ago, this was the first opportunity to formally induct them into Rotary. Norm Kelly was their sponsor. Ron Furman and Harry Sharpe will be their mentors. Their parents were in attendance to see their sons inducted into Rotary.

L to R: Harry Sharpe, Nathan Reeves, Raymond Reeves, Ron Furman, Norm Kelly and Pres. Ann Way
On Saturday June 24, Tunkhannock Rotarians manned the Rotary Booth at the Tunkhannock Founder's Day Celebration.  The Rotarians distributed information on Rotary and sold the first tickets for the Oct 14 Harvest & Wine Festival. In addition, donations were collected for the United Way-administered fund to help the families of the victims of the Weiss Market shooting. The Board of Directors voted to double the money collected for this United Way fund.
Thank you to everyone
who stopped by the booth, bought tickets or left a donation.

L to R: Rotarians Jodi Crimmel, Marta Kovacs-Ruiz and Ruth Gorski

L to R: Rotarians Fran Turner, Norm Werkheiser, Al Noble and Don Streby
At the June 22 Rotary Luncheon, Neal Allred from the Mehoopany Wind Farm of BP Wind Energy, presented Fireworks Chair Harry Sharpe with a check for $5,000 to help support the July 3rd Fireworks display at Memorial Stadium. BP Wind Energy has been a supporting sponsor of the Fireworks since 2014.
The Tunkhannock Rotary Club has put on the Fireworks Display for Wyoming and surrounding counties since 1983, with the band entertainment portion of the festivities commencing in 2007. Families and friends picnic on the lawn and enjoy each other’s company, while listening to the music of amRadio. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted to help fund the next year’s Fireworks.

L to R: Rotarian Jennifer Williamson, Neal Allred and Fireworks Chair Harry Sharpe
At the June 22nd Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, our speaker was Rotarian Cammie Anderson, who is the TASD Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Cammie described her background and her appointment 25 years ago to be TASD Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She talked about the various help and programs available to kindergarten through grade 12 students to help them with tobacco, alcohol, drug and educational problems.
Cammie expressed concern that although there are safety net programs in the schools, there are none for young adults 18-26 years of age, who are dying in record numbers from drug and alcohol abuse. They are getting prescription drugs from the medicine cabinets of family & friends, but since these drugs cost $40-80 on the street, it is cheaper to escalate to heroin which only costs $10/bag. Our communities need to get together to address bridging strategies to begin to help this age group.

Cammie Anderson
At the June 8 Rotary Luncheon, the club had the pleasure of hearing from 2 of our inbound exchange students, Sakulsap “Donut” Lakul from Thailand and Stefano Sica from Italy, as well as, from outbound short-term exchange student, Connor Helsel, who went to England last summer. The students told us a little about themselves, their countries and their experiences during their exchange times.  

Outbound short-term exchange student Connor Helsel
President Ann Way presented books on Pennsylvania, signed by many club members, to our inbound students as a memento of their time in Pennsylvania and with our Club.

L to R: Andres Mendez Perez (Mexico), Sakulsap “Donut” Lakul (Thailand) & Stefano Sica (Italy)
At the June 1, 2017 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Barbara Grimaud was inducted into Rotary by President Ann Way. Barbara's membership was sponsored by John Hovan. Barbara will be mentored by Rod Azar and will serve on the Rotary Relays Committee. She is a former Marine and a lawyer in Wyoming County. 
Please welcome Barbara into our Rotary Family.

L to R: John Hovan, Barbara Grimaud and President Ann Way
2017-2018 President Samantha Maruzzelli's Welcome

Tunkhannock Rotary has been a very special organization to me   even before I became a Rotarian in 2007. It  is  a  great privilege to be the President for the 2017- 2018 Rotary year. I started my relationship with Rotary as a host parent to a Rotary Exchange Student, my first of many. I joined the year my father, Albert Noble, was president and  through the years I have served as the Youth Exchange Officer, a Director, RYLA chair and Youth Exchange Counselor along with participating in many of the awesome programs we host. Our group is comprised of many of the most  wonderful people know and I  am very proud to call myself a member  of      Tunkhannock  Rotary.

In  my year, I  have set some goals that focus on making the Rotary experience something that all our members can participate in whether they have to work on Thursdays during our regular meeting time or have difficulty making it to certain projects we are doing. I   believe that this added flexibility will attract even more people to join our organization.

"One Profits Most Who Serves Best" is a motto of Rotary that I would also like to focus on. We are a TRUE Service Organization and we not only grow from the projects we create and implement, but we grow as community members, workers and business owners in the connections we make through our group. We have generated a family atmosphere between our members that will and has lasted a lifetime. Our service work has made us crave more. This year we will create new projects and dream bigger and grow larger.

I  have big shoes to fill from all the great Presidents before me and a huge responsibility to fabricate a well-organized, flexible group to leave for our Rotary successors.  I  promise to reach out to every member and listen to your ideas and your dreams and together we will construct a profitable, respectable 2017-2018 Rotary year!

At the July 27 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Samantha Maruzzelli announced that the Tunkhannock Rotary had been voted as the "Best Non-Profit Organization" by readers of the Wyoming County Examiner/Advance.
Reporter C.J. Marshall attended the meeting in preparation for composing an article on the Club and its activities. The resulting article appeared in the Aug 2 edition of the Wyoming County Examiner ( 
Tunkhannock Rotary thanks everyone who voted for us in this newspaper poll.
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

Help Eradicate Polio Around the World with Rotary!

Upcoming Events
Dave Ide - Wyoming County Chief Detective
Aug 24, 2017
Drug Issues Update
Peter Quigg
Aug 31, 2017
Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains
Leah Rome
Sep 14, 2017
Mission Trip to Haiti
Club Assembly
Sep 21, 2017
Club Assembly
Oct 19, 2017
Round Table
Nov 22, 2017
TAHS Chorus - Holiday Music
Dec 21, 2017
Bring a family member or 2
Round Table
Dec 28, 2017
Club Assembly
Jan 18, 2018