July 2015

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Officers & Directors

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

July 3rd Fireworks

Please join us on Friday evening for the Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s July 3rd Fireworks at the Tunkhannock High School Athletic Field. Gates open at 6 PM.

amRadio will play from 7:00 PM until the Fireworks. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Color Guard comprised of former members of the Armed Services.

The Tunkhannock Senior Class will operate the food stand, selling hamburgers, hotdogs, sodas and more. Glow wands will be sold by the Senior Class.

A generous sponsorship has been received from BP Wind Energy to help support this event. Admission is free, but donations to help defray costs for next year’s fireworks will be gratefully accepted. Parking is $3 in the surrounding lots.


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

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
Mollie Pillsbury, who is the nurse ER director at Tyler and was instrumental in Tyler getting their Chest Pain accreditation, spoke at the June 11 Rotary Luncheon. Mollie described the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke and the importance of immediate medical attention for these conditions.
Lindsay Grady, who is the Marketing and Business Development manager for Commonwealth Health Emergency Service, spoke at the June 4 Rotary Luncheon. Lindsay described the resources available to service patients in our area including ambulances, helicopters, bikes and a Hummer EMT unit.
At our May 28 Rotary Luncheon, Cathy Franko of HANDS talked about her work with the Kindergarten Transition Program, which helps transition kids from pre-school to kindergarten. This program exposes kids to the school before they actually enter kindergarten to lessen the stress of starting school.
Cathy also reviewed some of the other programs sponsored by hands to help children and their families.
At our May 21, 2015 Rotary Club Luncheon, our 2 outbound exchange students Stefan Sehne and Emily Dunning gave presentations.
Stefan Sehne, who is going to Brazil, gave a presentation to the Club that he will be using during his time in Brazil. His presentation gave a brief history of PA, currency, holidays and other differences between US and Brazil.
Emily Dunning, who is going to Odenza Denmark, briefly summarized information about her host family and the area of Denmark where she will be residing. Her host father is in IT technology, her host mother does horse medicine and she will have a host brother.
For the first time, Tunkhannock will have 2 short-term exchange students for the summer of 2015. Mitchell Fowler and Anika Sehne will be our outbound short-term exchange students. Mitchell will be going to Spain and Anika to France.

L to R: Emily Dunning, Anika Sehne, Stefan Sehne and Mitchell Fowler
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock thanks everyone who cleaned out their medicine cabinets and dropped off their unused or expired prescription drugs at the drop off locations on May 20. Keep up the good work!!


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.

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



Jul 09, 2015
CPO Gregory Holcombe
USS Mahan (DDG 72) - Guided Missile Destroyer
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
Karen Bracey
Hiking the John Muir Trail
Jul 30, 2015
Allison Wilson
The Howland Preserve
Aug 06, 2015
Adam Sehne
Tunkhannock Rotary Exchange Student - Poland
Aug 13, 2015
Jami Hearn & Sons
Lazy Daisy Alpaca Farm
Aug 20, 2015
Governor's Visit/Club Assembly
District Governor Barbara Belon
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
Nov 05, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
Annual Meeting/Club Assembly
Election of Officers
Dec 24, 2015
No Meeting
Christmas Eve
Dec 31, 2015
No Meeting
New Year's Eve
Tunkhannock Rotary Club
P.O. Box 325
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-1247