April 2017

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Officers & Directors
President Elect 2017-2018
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Drug Take Back Event - April 29, 2017
The next Drug Take Back Event will be Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please gather up all your unneeded or expired medications and turn them in for proper disposal either at one of the 2 semi-annual Saturday Drug Take Back Events or at one of the 3 permanent Drug Drop Boxes located at the Wyoming County Courthouse between 8:30 AM and 4 PM, the Tunkhannock Borough Police Station or the Tunkhannock Township Police Station.
The Pharmacies participating in the April 29 Event in Wyoming County include: CVS Tunkhannock, Lech's Pharmacy Nicholson & Laceyville, and Rite-Aid Tunkhannock. In addition, the Hawley Rotary Club is providing community outreach for Wayne/Pike Counties for the April 29 event at Hawley Senior Center.
Rotary Relays 2017
The Rotary Relays 2017
Download the Save the Date Flyer and the Entry Form with Cover Letter under Download Files in the first column on this website.
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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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At our Apr 13 Rotary Luncheon, the club had the opportunity to meet Max, a beautiful 16 month old German shepherd, along with his owner Rotarian Rich Seaberg. Max and Rich are training for drug detection, explosive detection, and search and rescue for lost people. Max is not associated in any way with law enforcement, they are a private team. They train 4 days per week. A German shepherd's sense of smell is 20,000 times better than that of humans. Training continues for the life of the dog.

Max knows 3 languages (English for everyday use, German as her working language, and French which is her favorite language since it is for treats).

Rotarian Rich Seaberg with Max and Pres. Ann Way
At the April 13 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Tunkhannock Area School Resource Officer Rich Seaberg spoke to the club about the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program that he provides to 5th graders in the Tunkhannock Area School District. The D.A.R.E. program is a police-based course meant as a class-room experience to teach students good decision making, helps them define problems and make responsible/good choices at a young age. The course provides practice responding to good and bad pressure, including peer pressure, and teaches them how to be a positive peer pressure for their families and friends.
Pres. Ann Way presented Rich with a check for $1,500 to fund an award for the best end-of-course D.A.R.E. essay and t-shirts to be given to the students when they graduate from the program. Rich invited all Tunkhannock Rotarians to attend the graduation on Friday Apr 21 at 1:30 at the Middle School auditorium.
Rich then spoke about the mentor program where high school students go to the Middle School and discuss topics directly with the kids.  The students will talk about things with the mentors that they may not discuss with Rich. The mentors also talk with the kids about the good and bad things that happened to them in class.

L to R: D.A.R.E mentors
Paul DeMarco, Brian Muckin, RaeAnn Carpenter and Saira Gamez

Brian Muckin, who is one of the Senior Mentors, talked about why he got involved. He wants to teach the kids about his experiences in Middle School and wants to positively impact the kids’ lives like he was impacted back in 5th grade.

The Tunkhannock Rotary Club was honored on Apr 13 by the presence of Mr. & Mrs. Maurizio Sica, parents of inbound exchange student Stefano Sica, at its luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. After he introduced his parents to the club, Stefano translated for his father who thanked the Club, the community and the Kuffa family for hosting his son this year. Mr. Sica is the past president of the Napoli Rotary Club.  He invited our Rotarians to visit Naples and offered to host anyone who wants to visit. Mr. Sica also presented the club with a banner and a book on the castle where they hold their club meetings.

L to R: Lucilla, Stefano & Maurizio Sica exchanging club banners with Pres. Ann Way
Janine Fortney, Director of the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) for Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties spoke at the Apr 6, 2017 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.  Janine provided a summary of the services provided by the CAC to abused children and their parent(s)/guardians. They served approximately 50 children in 2016 with slightly more from Susquehanna compared to Wyoming County. They are funded by grants and donations from individuals, businesses and corporations. They are doing several lines of fund-raising activities and welcome volunteers who can help with copying, filing and other activities in support of the center and its work.

Janine Fortney addressed the Apr 6 Club meeting.
Our guest speaker at the March 30 Rotary Club Meeting was Kelly Langan, Director of Initiatives at the UNC's Camp Kelly, formerly Camp St. Andrew, in Tunkhannock. Kelly has been at the Camp for 10 years, and stayed on after the Camp was acquired from the Diocese of Scranton by the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA (UNC) in Nov 2016. She spoke about the plans for the camp, programs being offered and developed and the need for renovation of one of the buildings to provide meeting space year-round.

Kelly Langan Addressing the March 30 Rotary Meeting
Jean Crawford and her medical alert dog Mississippi were our guests at our Mar 23 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Jean was also accompanied by her husband and his hearing alert dog Montana Jean. Jean talked about the extensive training and amazing capabilities of Mississippi, who can alert her 15-60 min before she falls, wake her when she stops breathing in her sleep, pick up things that she drops and even bring bottles of water and her medications to her when necessary.

L to R: Mr. Crawford with his hearing alert dog, Montana Jean and Jean Crawford with her medical alert dog, Mississippi
The guest speakers at our Mar 9 Tunkhannock Rotary Club meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple were John Fabiseski, a Certified Recovery Counselor, and Judge David Plummer. 
John spoke about the Wyoming County Young People in Recovery (YPR) program that is trying to get purpose back into young people’s lives. YPR are working with the Tunkhannock School District and Children and Youth to help young people in Wyo Cty recover from substance abuse disorder.  They are working in partnership with the Dietrich Theater to screen the movie Generation Found, a movie about rehabilitation. They also hope to work with the juvenile system to help young substance abusers.

John Fabiseski addressing the Rotary Club
Judge David Plummer is trained in Treatment Court and pointed out that it is a post-conviction opportunity, so a felony will go on the person's record. He is hoping that will change.
He indicated that most first time young substance abuse offenders get criminal charges, but if they are incarcerated depends on whether they are judged to be a danger to themselves or others.
At the March 2, Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Ann Way inducted Elaine Walker into the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Dave Wilson was Elaine's sponsor. Please welcome Elaine to the Rotary family.

L to R: Dave Wilson, Elaine Walker and Pres. Ann Way
The feature speaker for the Mar 2 Rotary Club Luncheon was Teri McCloskey from Healthy Family Partnership. Teri spoke about the services to pregnant mothers and new babies provided by the Partnership by visiting registered nurses. They help ensure the mother is healthy and that the babies are safe with the parents developing appropriate support networks.
The Partnership has introduced an new Safety Initiative that provides new car safety seat to new moms before the baby is born. The rear facing seats can support babies up to 35 lbs. They are currently seeking donations for pay for up to 12 seats per year at approximately $75 per seat.
Teri McCloskey Speaking about the Healthy Family Partnership
Nina Waskevich from AAA North Penn was the featured speaker at the Feb 23 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Nina spoke about all the benefits that come with an AAA membership including roadside assistance, travel planning help, high interest rate certificates of deposit through Discover Bank, insurance savings including Mature Drivers Courses.

Nina Waskevich Addressing the Club
The official founding date for Rotary is Feb 23, 1905, so today marks the 112th Birthday of Rotary!

Happy Birthday Rotary!
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
TAHS Interact Club
Apr 27, 2017
Annual Report
Laurie Anson
May 04, 2017
Bradford - Wyoming County Literacy
Scott Howell & 2 students
May 11, 2017
TAHS Robotics Team
Bob Hobbes
May 18, 2017
At-Risk Pennsylvania Hardwood Forests
Exchange Students
May 25, 2017
Foreign Exchange Student Experiences
Foreign Exchange Students
Jun 01, 2017
Foreign Exchange Student Experiences
Jodi Crimmel
Jun 08, 2017
Recent Trip to Haiti
Club Assembly
Jun 22, 2017