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Candy Cane Day
 
On Black Friday, Nov. 24, members of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club and the Rotary-sponsored Tunkhannock High School Interact Club will be collecting monetary donations from shoppers at several locations in Tunkhannock (Gay's True Value, Walmart, Weis Market and Tractor Supply Plazas) from 8 AM to 1 PM. Shoppers are offered candy canes as a treat for their donations. Money collected from this event will be donated to Interfaith Friends & Wyoming County Children and Youth to provide Christmas gifts to children in need in Wyoming County, so please give generously.
 
Thank You!

to everyone who attended our 10th Annual Tunkhannock Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival at Lazybrook Park. Thank you to our fabulous vendors, great bands, generous sponsors and all our wonderful volunteers who helped make it a great success. We hope to see everyone next year at our 11th Annual Harvest & Wine 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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On Saturday Sept 30, a group of Rotary (& family) volunteers gathered at the Fireplace Restaurant parking lot to clean up a 2 mile stretch of Route 6 from the Fireplace Restaurant to Russell Hill.  The Club has been undertaking this endeavor since 1997, so this is the 20th year that the Club has been providing this service to our community.
 

Rotary Volunteers for Fall Roadside Cleanup
 
Tunkhannock Rotary had the honor of hearing from Wyo Cty Judge Russell Shurtleff at our Sept 28 lunch meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple.  Judge Shurtleff spoke about the Wood Yard Project, the special courts (DUI, Drug Treatment and Veterans) in our county and about the sentencing guidelines that he needs to follow in issuing fines and jail sentences on convicted individuals.
 

Judge Russell Shurtleff
 
At the Sept 21 Rotary Luncheon, Sandy Lane shared her Rotary Moment at the Club Assembly. Sandy talked about her time hosting inbound exchange student Diana Siraki. Dia came from Hungary although she lived in Serbia. Dia stayed with Sandy while on exchange and decided she wanted to attend Drexel University after her time in Tunkhannock. However, she needed funding for college. Rotarian Don Sick got 7 people in Rotary/Tunkhannock to sign for a loan of $14K for her to go to Drexel.
 

She graduated from Drexel and she had several jobs, so she was able to pay back the loan early.  She got married in Las Vegas with Sandy and her husband Donny in attendance. Dia and her husband then bought a home in Philly and she became a US citizen.

Her son Robert Walter Rudderrow III was born in April 2017. Sandy was named as his "grandmother". She has been to Philly several times to help Dia with the baby. 

Therefore, Sandy related that her Rotary moment has lasted 22 years, since Dia first came into her life through the Rotary Exchange Program


Sandy Lane

At the Sept 21 Rotary Luncheon, Ruth Gorski shared her Rotary Moment at our monthly Club Assembly. Ruthie’s Rotary Moment began when the Tunkhannock Rotary (spearheaded by Tom Kukuchka) sent her to Houston for special medical treatment for her neurofibromatosis.
 

She became very good friends with Rotarian Otto Keil and Otto would bring her to various Rotary events. He then suggested that she should become a Rotarian and the Board approved her nomination. Otto made her a Paul Harris Fellow a few years later, which was very special to her.

As a Rotarian, she is very proud to be able to give back to others by helping out in Rotary in any way that she can. She is also very grateful for all the support that the club has provided to her.


Ruth Gorski
 
 
At the Sept 14 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, the club had the pleasure of hearing from Leah Rome about her mission to Haiti. The Club provided funds to Leah for her trip. Leah was one of 3 young people that went to Haiti on Mar 9-18, 2017 as part of the Haiti Partnership team. She flew to Port-au-Prince, and then stayed in Hermitage, which is 6 hr way from Port-au-Prince.
 
She mentioned that there is running water next to the school and church and this is the water system that our global grant would improve.
 
Before she left for Haiti, she raised money to buy 50 pair of shoes for the kids in town. Shoes were $10 per pair, were used and bought locally.
 
They also made meals for those working and helped paint the inside and outside of the school. She participated in a pre-school with a girl from VA and taught the children how to write their name and some numbers.
 
When asked, she commented that she was most surprised about how poor they were and how little they had. Because of her experiences, she remarked that she has changed since she took a lot for granted and now appreciates the small things much more. She intends to go back to Haiti next year.
 
Leah showed a YouTube video about her time in Haiti (https://youtu.be/fzLtUHFR_SM).
 

Leah Rome
 
On Sept. 6, club members served ice cream at a social at the High School to introduce our 2 inbound exchange students to the school faculty.
 

Rotarians serving up ice cream to the High School teachers
 
At our Sept 14 Club meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, the exchange students were introduced to our membership.
 
Nico Chaulet is 17 yr old from Limoges France. He does not do sports in France. 
 
 
Vittorio Sica is from Naples, Italy, where pizza was invented.  He is enjoying the USA. He is also Stefano’s brother (Stefano was one of our 2016-2017 inbound exchange students).
 
 
Donna Fetzko is  a yoga instructor. Yoga is an ancient tradition.  A key element is proper breathing. You establish a mind-body connection by focusing on how you breath while turning off the outside world. Yoga has been shown to be helpful for stress relief and blood pressure and improves balance and flexibility. It can also help with chronic illness and sleep disorders. You can build bone strength & improve balance with some poses. Do yoga 10-15 min per day and you will feel better in several weeks.
 

Donna teaches chair yoga at the Dietrich Theater and at her studio. She led the members through a series of chair yoga exercises.


Donna Fetzko

Peter Quigg is President of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains and spoke at the Aug 31 Tunkhannock Rotary luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit financial institution that assists donors, both individual and organizations, with the long-range planning of their support for charities in the Endless Mountains. They provide information, ideas, professional assistance and manage funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth and providing a perpetual source of income.
 

Peter Quigg
 
At the Aug 24 Rotary Luncheon, District Attorney (DA) Jeff Mitchell talked about the Drug Take Back (DTB) Program in Wyoming County. DA Mitchell commented that the Drug Take Back Events in Wyoming County have been in operation for the last 7-8 year.  Over that time, 2,300 lbs. of drugs have been collected for proper disposal. He acknowledged the outstanding help of the Tunkhannock Rotary in promoting this event through proactive community outreach. He thanked the club for their outstanding efforts in this regard and asked for our continued support for this endeavor.
 

He also mentioned the 3 permanent drug collections boxes that are in the Wyo Cty courthouse, the Tunkhannock Borough and Township Police Departments. These boxes are available for individuals to drop of drugs between the semi-annual DTB events.

DA Mitchell will be a speaker at the Not One More Drug Rally at Lazybrook Park on Sept 9 and speaking about the drug issues in our County. He will be asking people to spread the word about the mental health issues that lead to drug abuse to help garner support for more mental health services locally. He will also have a drug drop box at the Rally if anyone wants to drop off drugs prior to the next Drug Take Back Event on Sat Oct 28.


District Attorney Jeff Mitchell
 
Tunkhannock Rotary had the honor of hearing from Wyoming County Chief Detective David Ide on the Drug Issues in the County.  In Wyoming County, heroin is a major problem as are prescription drugs and meth. Most local drug pushers appear to be coming from Luzerne County, particularly the Wilkes-Barre area.
 

Detective Ide commented that one area that does not get enough credit in our County is the drug court, which does a great job helping people who have been convicted of drug offenses, who really want to change and get their lives back on track. 

He also pointed out that although there is much emphasis today on the drug abuse epidemic that a subject that is never really addressed is the mental health problem that is the underlying issue that leads to the drug problem (low self-esteem, bullying & other issues). He estimated that of the people in jail, at least 50-60% may have mental health issues that have not been addressed, especially those who have abused drugs.


Chief Detective David Ide

At the Aug 17 Tunkhannock Rotary Assembly at Purkey's Pink Apple, Rotarian George Gay shared a Rotary Moment with the Club.
 
George Gay – His father, George Gay Sr, was a major influence on his attitude to “Service Above Self”. His father was very active in community giving and George went along with some of these activities, including things that were not known by the public.
 
George Sr. joined Rotary in the late 1940’s and George went along with him as a guest to many meetings. In later years, when he came home on vacations, his father brought him to Rotary lunches and George was often a guest speaker. 
 
George joined Rotary in 1968 when he was in the Reserves, but then was called to active duty and had to resign after only 1 yr.  In 2008, he came home to Tunkhannock and decided to join Rotary again. He was impressed that this was an organization that got things done and made a difference in the community.  He mentioned that now we need younger folks in our Club and that the fellowship is good here.
 
On his wedding anniversary cruise to the Far East several years ago, they had a session for service clubs to meet, but the only people who showed up were the Rotarians from various parts of the world who were on the cruise.
 
At the Aug 17 Club Assembly, Dave Wilson shared with the club members his Rotary Moment.
 
Dave Wilson – 1965-1966 Rotary exchange student to Sweden sponsored by the Wyoming Rotary Club.
 
In WWII, his mother was a RN, his father was a soldier (later a building superintendent) and they were married in Holland.
 
In 1965, he was treasurer of the Wyoming HS Interact Club in old District 741. (Secretary’s note: In 1991, a zero was added to the end of each District number to allow increases in the number of Districts without having to renumber existing Districts and we became District 7410 – taken from the history of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club 1925-2015.) The Interactors would go to some of the Rotary meetings. His mother talked about Europe a lot and that got him interested in sometime traveling to Europe to see where his parents got married.  Then, someone gave a talk about the student exchange program and that piqued his interest in being an exchange student. He was only 15 years old and at that time Rotary was looking for seniors or gap year students.  But he wanted to do his junior year abroad and became one of the youngest outbound exchange students.
 
Rotary was trying to promote world peace since this was 20 year after the war.  He got selected to go to Sweden. He had his 16th birthday in Sweden and stayed with one family for the whole year.  He took Swedish lessons and had to transfer his credits from Sweden to Wyoming to graduate with his class. He had to use British English in writing etc. & there was a lot of UK influence in Sweden.
 
Rotary opened his career, since he became a social worker (also a degree in German), and eventually a director of social services at Clark Summit.  Patty Ehrenzeller was his sponsor for Tunkhannock Rotary in March 2005.  He keeps in contact with his Swedish mom (in her 90’s) and he has contact with several of our former inbound exchange students since his time in the Tunkhannock club.
At the Aug 10 Rotary Meeting, Tunkhannock Rotarian Jodi Crimmel reported on her spring trip to Haiti on missions with the Methodist Church’s Haiti Partnership, of which she is the co-chair. While in Haiti, Jodi also explored a possible water project that will be the subject of a Global Grant from the Tunkhannock Rotary. 
 

Jean FilsAime is an engineer on our planned Rotary water project and will work along with the Jacmel Rotary President Jean Joseph Foregas. The Jacmel Rotary Club would be our cooperating Rotary Club in Haiti. The site is the village of Hermitage on the southern coast of Haiti and it takes 6 hr to get there from Port au Prince.

In 2007, Rotary paid for a large and small water cistern to be built with connections in between both. Our Tunkhannock Club contributed to this water project. Recently, Tunkhannock Rotary sent $1,800 to Haiti to build a fence to protect the overflow water coming from the smaller cistern.

 
Large (left) and small water cisterns

Our new Global project would be to add on to these cisterns, provide water to the school dorms and another community, and create a community garden.


Jodi Crimmel

At the Aug 10 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Mike Markovitz became a member of the Paul Harris Society. District 7410 Paul Harris Society Chair Al Noble presented PHS wings for his Rotary pin to Mike to officially welcome him into the Paul Harris Society for his annual donations of at least $1,000 to the RI Foundation.
 

Mike Markovitz (left) received his Paul Harris Society insignia from Al Noble
 

On Aug 3, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club had the pleasure of welcoming 2015-2016 inbound exchange student from Belgium Louis Metens and his parents during their visit to Tunkhannock. Louis talked about how the exchange program influenced his decisions after his year in Tunkhannock.  

 

Louis admitted that he had no idea what he wanted to study when he graduated from high school in Belgium and that he was a little lost. At that time, he considered studying communications. When he got to Tunkhannock, he got to learn about a lot of people from around the world and got to learn more English.  He also discovered new ways of learning and how American teachers interact with their students, which is different than his experience in Belgium.  While at Tunkhannock Area High School, he took speech, public speaking and debates, journalism and other classes that he did not have access to in Belgium.

 

Law had already been of interest to him and his ability to argue was noted in his classes here and by his parents in their communications with him. So, after his exchange year, he decided to go to college in the Netherlands to study law. His is studying European Law at Maastricht University and is having a great time. He is studying in English, but he is also learning Dutch. Louis hopes to be jurist counselor for business law.

 

Louis remarked that it is hard for the inbound exchange students at the beginning of the year, so please help them by interacting with them whenever possible, making them feel welcome and talk with them so they can practice their English.

 

Louis’ parents said the biggest changes that they noted after his time in Tunkhannock was that he was more confident and independent.

 


Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
(left), Pascale, Gerald and Louis Metens

 

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 (http://wcexaminer.com/news/rotarians-big-on-service-to-community-1.2225204). 
 
Tunkhannock Rotary thanks everyone who voted for us in this newspaper poll.
 
At the July 27 Rotary Assembly, Patty Ehrenzeller shared her Rotary Moment with the Club.
 
Jeannie Brady is her best buddy and invited Patty to lunch at Rotary. She came 3 times to Rotary meetings and was then asked to become a member.
 
Rotary sent Patty to Africa when Jeannie was Club President.  A Group Study Exchange (5 weeks) was led by Patty to Cameroon and Gabon in Africa. Patty wrote articles for the Wyoming County Examiner on her time in Africa. Patty commented that the people were very poor, but so generous. If you complimented them on something, they would give/get it for you.
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!

 
Stories
Oct 5 Meeting
 
Pledge and Invocation:
 
President Samantha Maruzzelli brought the meeting to order at 12:15 PM at Purkey’s Pink Apple with John Hovan reciting the 4-Way Test and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Jon Buxton giving the Invocation.
 
Guests:
 
Mike Donahue – guest speaker
 
Make ups:
 
Dave Wilson – Interact Club Wed Oct 4
 
Club News:
 
Ad  Dave Wilson said Interactors are selling $20 gift cards to Twigs. See Dave if you want to buy a gift card. Now, have over 30 kids in Interact including our inbound exchange students.
 
Secretary’s Report – Carol Ziomek
 
Newsletter went out this morning and nothing else to report.
 
Treasurer’s Report – Sandy Lane
 
Nothing new to report.
 
Flash Meeting on Sept 21 – President Samantha
 
There will be a Flash Meeting tonight at Bogey’s at Shadowbrook at 5:15 PM.
 
Other Business – President Samantha
 
Glenn Holecomb delivered Drug take Back poster and rack cards and we need to get them out so people will know about the date and locations.
 
Great turn-out for Ron’s Dad’s viewing. Sympathy card passed around.
 
Harvest & Wine Festival – Various for Ron Furman
 
Sandy reported that we have a t-shirt design for the Festival. She hopes to have them for Thurs. at Lazybrook.
 
Ann Way reported that there are 56 Rotary Lounge and 2,122 online tickets sold so far.
 
We need people to stay around after the Festival to help clean up, since we need to get it done before dark.
 
Thank you party at Nimble Hill Tasting Rooms on Sun Oct 22, 4-6 PM.
 
Club will provide lunch for Lazybrook Park meeting next week.
 
Dictionaries – Sandy Lane
 
Sandy reported that the Dictionaries were distributed Wed and Thurs to the 3rd grade classes at the 4 elementary schools. Total dictionaries that we have distributed for last 15 years were 3,624 dictionaries. There are a few extra if anyone would like one for a child they know.
 
Road-Side Clean up – Norm Kelly
 
Norm said all went well and we have been doing this for last 20 years. Did it in under 2 hrs. Harry’s car was sideswiped by someone during the pickup.
 
District News – Norm Kelly
 
Our club complies with all District goals, so therefore not much District news for us.

 
Our next Meeting will be Oct. 12 at Lazybrook Park for our pre-Festival meeting.
 
President Samantha Maruzzelli adjourned the meeting at 1:18 PM.

 
Guest Speaker: 
Mike Donahue
Wyo Cty Human Services, Executive Director
 
Mike is originally from Jenningsville, PA. His early years in a very large family helped him deal with life events with reason and common sense.
 
He has overseen 29 different drug and alcohol programs and many human services programs in many localities. He was chief of Drug & Alcohol and Human Services in Luzerne County and is responsible for Cammie Anderson being assigned to TASD 26 years ago.
 
He wanted to come back home to Wyo Cty, so he jumped at the chance to take over Wyo Cty Human Services.  The drug epidemic in Wyo Cty is just as severe as in Luzerne and other counties.  These are our kids and we are losing them to drug deaths.  Almost 90% of Children & Youth placements are drug related.  Mental health is exacerbating the drug epidemic through self-medication.
 
Senior citizens are ones to which legal opioids are being prescribed in large amounts. We really need more senior centers in Wyo Cty.
 
Aging, transportation and our society being affected by substance use disorder.
 
He will not be the Wyo Cty Children & Youth Administrator. He will go after a Human services block grant and pay Luzerne county for their services. $1.4 million will come to Wyo Cty for human services for drug & alcohol, mental health and housing programs.
 
They also got approval for a Children & Youth Administrator with human service oversight. Human Services reports to the County Commissioners.
 
His goal to make Wyo Cty a model for human services for all of PA and he wants a wellness center for this County.
 

 
Oct 12 Rotary Pre-Festival Meeting at Lazybrook Park
 
President Samantha called the meeting to order at 12:15 and reminded everyone that there is a Board of Director's meeting on Tuesday Oct 17 at Towne and Country Grille and that our meeting on Oct 19 will be a Club Assembly.
 
President Samantha then turned the meeting over to Harvest & Wine Festival Chair Ron Furman.  Ron reviewed all the work assignments for Saturday's Festival and the various policies that we have regarding what Festival attendees can bring on site.  
 
Ann Way reviewed the current status of ticket orders which were over 3,000.
 
Sandy Lane reported that the t-shirts were shipped to her, but had not yet arrived, so members will get them on Saturday morning.
 
After a club provided lunch from Antonio's Pizzeria and Restaurant, those signed up to help with set-up went back to work getting the site ready for Saturday's Festival.
 
At the Sept 21 Rotary Luncheon, Sandy Lane shared her Rotary Moment at the Club Assembly. Sandy talked about her time hosting inbound exchange student Diana Siraki. Dia came from Hungary although she lived in Serbia. Dia stayed with Sandy while on exchange and decided she wanted to attend Drexel University after her time in Tunkhannock. However, she needed funding for college. Rotarian Don Sick got 7 people in Rotary/Tunkhannock to sign for a loan of $14K for her to go to Drexel.
 

She graduated from Drexel and she had several jobs, so she was able to pay back the loan early.  She got married in Las Vegas with Sandy and her husband Donny in attendance. Dia and her husband then bought a home in Philly and she became a US citizen.

Her son Robert Walter Rudderrow III was born in April 2017. Sandy was named as his "grandmother". She has been to Philly several times to help Dia with the baby. 

Therefore, Sandy related that her Rotary moment has lasted 22 years, since Dia first came into her life through the Rotary Exchange Program


Sandy Lane

On Sept. 6, club members served ice cream at a social at the High School to introduce our 2 inbound exchange students to the school faculty.
 

Rotarians serving up ice cream to the High School teachers
 
At our Sept 14 Club meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, the exchange students were introduced to our membership.
 
Nico Chaulet is 17 yr old from Limoges France. He does not do sports in France. 
 
 
Vittorio Sica is from Naples, Italy, where pizza was invented.  He is enjoying the USA. He is also Stefano’s brother (Stefano was one of our 2016-2017 inbound exchange students).
 
 
Donna Fetzko is  a yoga instructor. Yoga is an ancient tradition.  A key element is proper breathing. You establish a mind-body connection by focusing on how you breath while turning off the outside world. Yoga has been shown to be helpful for stress relief and blood pressure and improves balance and flexibility. It can also help with chronic illness and sleep disorders. You can build bone strength & improve balance with some poses. Do yoga 10-15 min per day and you will feel better in several weeks.
 

Donna teaches chair yoga at the Dietrich Theater and at her studio. She led the members through a series of chair yoga exercises.


Donna Fetzko

Pledge and Invocation:
 
President Samantha Maruzzelli brought the meeting to order at 12:15 PM at Purkey’s Pink Apple with Mike Markovitz reciting the 4-Way Test and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Dave Wilson giving the Invocation.
 
Guests:
 
Peter Quigg – guest speaker
 
Club News:
 
Secretary’s Report – Carol Ziomek
 
Everything updated on website and Facebook.
 
Treasurer’s Report – Ann Way for Sandy Lane
 
Nothing new.
 
Ice Cream Social for Exchange Students – For Anne Sehne
 
Anne needs 10 volunteers at the High School cafeteria on Sept 6 at 2 PM for an ice cream social. It is an in-service day for the teachers and the exchange students will get to meet the teachers.
 
Wyo Cty Fair – Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
 
Please sign up for a 4 hr slot at the ticket booth on Saturday, Sept 2.
 
Road Side Clean up – Norm Kelly
 
It will be the last Sat of Sept.  A sign up sheet was passed around for road side clean up on Sept 30.
 
Best Non-Profit Organization – Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
 
Past President Ann Way accepted the award from the Wyo Cty Examiner/Advance readers poll at the Dietrich Theater on Thursday, Aug 17.
 

Past President Ann Way (left) and President Samantha Maruzzelli
 
District News – Norm Kelly
 
District Hurricane Harvey flood donation plans will be published in the District newsletter tomorrow. 
 
Our District 7410 achieved over our $150K goal for donations to the Rotary Foundation for 2016-2017.
 
AG Norm was in Forest City for a Rotary meeting on Monday and they will have a wine Festival the Sat before Valentine’s Day 2018.
 
Exchange Students
 
Ann Way met Nicholas (Nico), who will be living for 6 months with the Kosloski family.  They went to Rehoboth Beach for the weekend before school starts in Tunkhannock. They are a new host family.
 
Harvest & Wine Festival - Ron Furman
 
A sign-up sheet was passed around for members to select their duty assignments for the Festival. Ron indicated that the Endless Mountains Tourist Bureau is going through lots of rack cards.
 
Ann Way reported that there are 38 Rotary lounge and 610 online tickets sold so far, plus John Hovan remarked that he sold 22.
 
Drug Take Back Committee – Frank Oliver
 
Everything is on schedule both for PR for the next Drug Take Back event on Oct 28 and for outreach at the Not One More Rally on Sat. Sep 9.
 
Global Committee – Norm Kelly
 
The global committee is meeting today after this meeting. They are preparing the global grant application.
 
Norm commented that the Slate Belt global grant was approved yesterday.

 
Our next Meeting will be Sept 7, Donna Fetzko will speak about Relaxation Techniques including breathing & yoga poses.
 
President Samantha Maruzzelli adjourned the meeting at 1:30 PM.

Guest Speaker: 
Peter Quigg
Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains
 
Peter is President of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit financial institution that assists donors, both individual and organizations, with the long-range planning of their support for charities in the Endless Mountains. They provide information, ideas, professional assistance and manage Funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth and providing a perpetual source of income.
 
The Foundation has been in existence since 1999 and manages assets of approx. $15M with grants of approx. 5% of each endowment per year.
 
Some of the grants are in the form of scholarships under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.  Corporations can direct their PA taxes to them.  The money can also be used to fund unfunded projects in schools and keep taxes working in your local communities instead of the whole state. In Jan they will announce the formation of Commonwealth Charitable Managements and it will administer the EITC program.
 
10 yrs ago, the Community Fdn worked with Lackawanna & Susquehanna areas for school Fdns.  They are now meeting with the Tunkhannock Areas School District (TASD) and breathing new life into the TASD Foundation. In 2-3 years, the TASD Foundation should be quite robust and will be using more EITC funds to benefit TASD.
 
So, any businesses or corporations who pay state taxes, should look into the Foundation (no donation is too small) to utilize the EITC program. EITC is a pass through and they have up to 2 years to spend the money.
 
Organizations can also establish funds that they can use for projects.  Kiwanis Montrose, Lions Club Montrose have established funds with them.
 
They charge endowments with no application forms a 1% management fee. Endowments that have application process (i.e. college scholarships) are charged a 2% of fund management fee. They work with the Vanguard Group for investments.
 
At the Aug 24 Rotary Luncheon, District Attorney (DA) Jeff Mitchell talked about the Drug Take Back (DTB) Program in Wyoming County. DA Mitchell commented that the Drug Take Back Events in Wyoming County have been in operation for the last 7-8 year.  Over that time, 2,300 lbs. of drugs have been collected for proper disposal. He acknowledged the outstanding help of the Tunkhannock Rotary in promoting this event through proactive community outreach. He thanked the club for their outstanding efforts in this regard and asked for our continued support for this endeavor.
 

He also mentioned the 3 permanent drug collections boxes that are in the Wyo Cty courthouse, the Tunkhannock Borough and Township Police Departments. These boxes are available for individuals to drop of drugs between the semi-annual DTB events.

DA Mitchell will be a speaker at the Not One More Drug Rally at Lazybrook Park on Sept 9 and speaking about the drug issues in our County. He will be asking people to spread the word about the mental health issues that lead to drug abuse to help garner support for more mental health services locally. He will also have a drug drop box at the Rally if anyone wants to drop off drugs prior to the next Drug Take Back Event on Sat Oct 28.


District Attorney Jeff Mitchell
 
Tunkhannock Rotary had the honor of hearing from Wyoming County Chief Detective David Ide on the Drug Issues in the County.  In Wyoming County, heroin is a major problem as are prescription drugs and meth. Most local drug pushers appear to be coming from Luzerne County, particularly the Wilkes-Barre area.
 

Detective Ide commented that one area that does not get enough credit in our County is the drug court, which does a great job helping people who have been convicted of drug offenses, who really want to change and get their lives back on track. 

He also pointed out that although there is much emphasis today on the drug abuse epidemic that a subject that is never really addressed is the mental health problem that is the underlying issue that leads to the drug problem (low self-esteem, bullying & other issues). He estimated that of the people in jail, at least 50-60% may have mental health issues that have not been addressed, especially those who have abused drugs.


Chief Detective David Ide

At the Aug 10 Rotary Meeting, Tunkhannock Rotarian Jodi Crimmel reported on her spring trip to Haiti on missions with the Methodist Church’s Haiti Partnership, of which she is the co-chair. While in Haiti, Jodi also explored a possible water project that will be the subject of a Global Grant from the Tunkhannock Rotary. 
 

Jean FilsAime is an engineer on our planned Rotary water project and will work along with the Jacmel Rotary President Jean Joseph Foregas. The Jacmel Rotary Club would be our cooperating Rotary Club in Haiti. The site is the village of Hermitage on the southern coast of Haiti and it takes 6 hr to get there from Port au Prince.

In 2007, Rotary paid for a large and small water cistern to be built with connections in between both. Our Tunkhannock Club contributed to this water project. Recently, Tunkhannock Rotary sent $1,800 to Haiti to build a fence to protect the overflow water coming from the smaller cistern.

 
Large (left) and small water cisterns

Our new Global project would be to add on to these cisterns, provide water to the school dorms and another community, and create a community garden.


Jodi Crimmel

At the Aug 10 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Mike Markovitz became a member of the Paul Harris Society. District 7410 Paul Harris Society Chair Al Noble presented PHS wings for his Rotary pin to Mike to officially welcome him into the Paul Harris Society for his annual donations of at least $1,000 to the RI Foundation.
 

Mike Markovitz (left) received his Paul Harris Society insignia from Al Noble
 
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.”
 
 
 
 

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Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Round Table
Nov 22, 2017
Cathy Franko - HANDS of Wyoming Co.
Nov 30, 2017
FANS Camp Report & Other Activities
Sisile Maruzzelli
Dec 07, 2017
Experience in Maine
Katherine Pohlidal
Dec 14, 2017
College Misericordia Women with Children PRogram
TAHS Chorus - Holiday Music
Dec 21, 2017
Bring a family member or 2
Round Table
Dec 28, 2017
Club Assembly
Jan 18, 2018
Club Assembly
Feb 22, 2018
Club Assembly
Mar 22, 2018
Club Assembly
Apr 19, 2018