August 2015

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President Elect 2016-2017
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair

Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 10, 2015

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Presale Tickets                                                  $20.00*
available online midnight, July 1 thru midnight, October 9, 2015.
*$30.00 at the gate, day of event
VIP Tickets                                                         $75.00
includes early 10:30 am entry, tent with tables & chairs, buffet meal, &
complimentary wine glass. To purchase VIP tickets, email
Designated Driver Tickets                              $15.00
available at the gate
After August 12, presale tickets will be available at several locations in the Tunkhannock area. Check back later for a list of these sites.

Welcome from President Ron Furman

The Tunkhannock Rotary Club is a great organization that I strongly believe in.  We believe in helping people in the community and throughout the world. We have projects such as: purchasing and reading books to children at the library, dictionary distribution to 3rd graders, Foreign Exchange Students, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and the Drug Take Back Outreach Program.
Around the world, we assist in ending polio, provide disaster relief shelters and help with providing clean water and building schools, etc.
It is very important to have programs for the children so we can set a good example for them. This all adds up to making our community a better place to live in the future.
The Rotary Theme for 2015/2016 is “Be a Gift to the World”. We all have many talents and gifts to contribute to make the world a better place. Please think about joining us to “Be a Gift to the World”.
Best Wishes
Ronald W. Furman
President 2015/2016

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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

On Wednesday, July 8, President Ron Furman read to 16 children at the Tunkhannock Public Library (TPL) as part of the new Rotary District 7410 Rotary Reads Initiative for 2015-2016. President Ron read two books with help from his granddaughter Katie, who helped turn the pages of the big book. There was a Farm theme for the event, so after the reading, they all sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm.  Ron then got to help the children make a cow out of a paper bag and cut-outs.

Last year, some of the money donated by the Club to the TPL was used to purchase books for children. This year, the Club has donated specifically for a book for the Rotary Reads program and is also donating a copy of the Josh the Baby Otter water safety book to the Library for their collection.
Thank You to our sponsors for the July 3rd Fireworks including: BP Wind Energy, Deer Park Lumber, Williams pipeline,P&G, Tunkhannock Veterinary Clinic, Sally Blizzard, Debbie Albert Heise, Endless Smiles Dental Group, Hawk Insurance, Gateway Ford and Herron Lumber.
Thank You also to everyone who attended and gave donations at the gate toward next year’s Fireworks. We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the music, fellowship and fireworks.
The Tunkhannock Area High School Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, has raised funds for several international and local charities. The club also held a "Fill a Crate" fundraiser to benefit Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. The club presented two checks to the Tunkhannock Rotary Club to be distributed to charities.

L to R: Tommasina Fiorillo (Interact Club advisor), Gina Hall, Ariana Lizza, Rachel Miroslaw, Elliott Hamersley, Josh Beeman, Mallory Avery, Marta Kovacs-Ruiz (Tunkhannock Rotary Club) and Gabriele Frigano (Interact Club President).
President Norm Kelly and Secretary Carol Ziomek attended the District Banner Exchange at the Shawnee Inn and Resort on Sunday afternoon, June 28. The event was very well attended and a great time to socialize with members of other clubs.
PDG Tom Visgilio installed the new Assistant Governors including Norm Kelly, who is AG for Cluster 2. Carol Ziomek was welcomed as the new District Registrar, Carol Hemphill as PDG and Vice Governor, Marcia Loughman as DG-Elect and Karen Susan Breitlauch as DG Nominee. All District Officers and AGs were given Name Badges, 2015-2016 theme pins and embroidered polo shirts by DGE Barbara Belon.
DG Barbara Belon and PDG Carol then pinned each other with DG and PDG pins and the District Governor’s Banner was exchanged, which will now reside with DG Barbara’s Leighton Club.

PDG Carol Hemphill and DG Barbara Belon
At the June 25 Officer Installation and Awards Banquet, DG Carol Hemphill swore Ron Furman in and pinned him as our Club President for 2015-2016 and Ron pinned a Past President’s pin on Norm Kelly.
DG Carol then installed Michael Markovitz and Bill Milligan as new Directors.

L to R: Dir. Tom Kukuchka, Treasurer Sandy Lane, Past Pres. Norm Kelly, Pres. Ron Furman, Dir. Mike Markovitz, Secretary Carol Ziomek, Dir. Bill Milligan and Dir. Matt Pompey
Outgoing President Norm then presented President Ron with his new gavel and Ron finished the evening with his first address to the Club as President.
At the June 25 Officer Installation and Awards Banquet three new Club-designated Paul Harris Fellows were honored: Lou Divis, Michael Markovitz and Barbara Tourscher. DG Carol Hemphill presented them with their medallions, pins and Paul Harris certificates.
The 2015 Officer Installation and Awards Banquet was held at the Moose Lodge on Thursday evening June 25. Our honored guest was District Governor Carol Hemphill.
Matt Pompey was honored as our Rotarian of the Year.
Glenn Holcombe received the Service Above Self Award.
Anne Sehne was awarded one of the President’s Awards for 2015.
Norm Kelly and Ron Furman presented each other with the Perfect Attendance plaques.
Several other awardees were not present at the Banquet and will receive their awards at a future Club meeting.
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock celebrated Fran Turner’s 65th Rotary Anniversary at a party in his honor on June 14, 2015. The party was an afternoon informal barbecue at the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge attended by Club Rotarians, District 7410 Governor Carol Hemphill, District Governor Elect Barbara Belon, Past District Governor Ray Wilmarth and his Rotarian wife Ruth, members of Fran’s family, his regular golf buddies, Kukuchka Funeral Home staff and members of the Tunkhannock American Legion Dennis Strong Post 457.
PA Representative and Dallas Rotarian Karen Boback presented Fran with a Citation from the PA State Legislature (top photo). District Governor Carol Hemphill saluted Fran’s years of Service and presented him with a “Light up Rotary” theme pin (bottom photo with Club President Norm Kelly).
At a recent Rotary Luncheon, Indian exchange student Shiv Naik and Club President Norm Kelly exchanged Club banners. Shiv was also presented with some going away gifts which included: a hamburger shaped USB drive with photos of Shiv from his year with us, a book on PA that was not only signed by the book’s author but by many members of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock and a polio coin with images of Jonas Salk and President Roosevelt. Club members bid a fond farewell to Shiv and wished him a safe journey home to India.
At our June 11 Rotary Luncheon, President Norm Kelly welcomed Interact Club Advisor Tommasina Fiorillo, as the newest honorary member of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Interact Club mentors Dave Wilson (who pinned Tommasina) and Marta Kovacs-Ruiz also welcomed her into membership for her outstanding work with the High School Interact Club.

L to R: Marta Kovacs-Ruiz, Tommasina Fiorillo, Dave Wilson and President Norm Kelly


Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Click here to hear his presentation.

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