June 2017

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Lazybrook Park
Club President Ann Way recently wrote a piece on the positive aspects of Lazybrook Park, the site for our Oct Harvest & Wine Festival. If you would like to read Ann's piece follow this link http://keystonefund.org/success-story/site-for-a-popular-tradition/ 
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Purkey's Pink Apple
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Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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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
At the May 25 Rotary Luncheon, one of our inbound exchange students Andres Mendez Perez presented to the club on his home in Mexico and his experiences while being hosted by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.
Andres is from Navojoa, Sonora which is 6 hrs. from the US border. The population is approximately 150,000 and the weather is hot.
He has 2 brothers, 1 brother was an exchange student in Thailand 2 yrs ago and is now a student in Guadalajara, Mexico. His little brother Adrian is in middle school.  His dad owns a funeral home and is an architect and his mother has a gift shop.  While Andres has been here in Tunkhannock, his family in Mexico hosted a female exchange student from Italy.
Andres discussed various Mexican holidays including the Day of the Dead, which he contrasted with our Halloween that he got to experience last Oct. He also described some of the national dishes of Mexico.
He finished by detailing all his experiences during his time in the U.S. including his knee injury and having to be pushed around Washington D.C. by fellow exchange student Stefano Sica on the exchange student trip to D.C. He is looking forward to the Across the U.S. trip this summer.
Andres then said that he has had a great time during his exchange and thanked the Club for hosting him in Tunkhannock. He is also grateful for all the new friendships he has made during his stay.

Andres Mendez Perez
2015-2016 outbound exchange student Stefan Sehne, who did his gap year in Brazil, talked about his time abroad. Stefan graduated from TAHS in 2015 and then went off to the mountains of Brazil for his gap year exchange. His host city was in the coffee growing region and Brazil is one of the leading producers of coffee in the world.
Stefan got to eat of lot of meat while in Brazil and there were a lot of barbecues and beach parties, although he did go to some school while he was there.  As a graduation tradition, the Brazilians shave their heads.
His host father flew helicopters and he got a tour of the region and city from the air.
He visited Rio and various Brazilian beaches. He also went to the Amazon where he fished for piranha and swam with the pink dolphins.  In addition, the exchange students had the chance to see some indigenous tribal ceremonies while in the Amazon.
Stefan reported he had a great exchange year and thanked the Rotary for supporting his journey.

Stefan Sehne
Every year, TAHS seeks donations for the Senior Graduation Lock-in event. The idea is for students to have a safe and fun last night with their class on graduation night. The lock-in event resulted after a tragic car accident that killed three TAHS graduates in 2008. The school and local communities brainstormed to find a safe alternative for the young adults who are graduating.
The event is held at the high school, starting with check-in around 10:30 p.m. and continues until sunrise, usually at 5 a.m. There are multiple activities for the students, including swimming in the high school pool, music, games, and of course food. The event is free to graduating seniors.
At the May 25 Rotary meeting, the Tunkhannock Board of Directors voted to continue the club’s yearly donation of $200 to the 2017 Senior Graduation Lock-in.

At our May 25 Rotary Luncheon, President Ann Way presented a check for $500 to Special Olympics Area P.  Mary Hvezda, special education director for the Tunkhannock Area School District accepted the donation on behalf of the Special Olympics Area P. Mary reminded everyone that Tunkhannock will be hosting a Special Olympics track event on May 30 (rain date May 31) and all are welcome to come out and support these amazing athletes.

Mary Hvezda (left) receiving a check for $500 for the Special Olympics Area P from President Ann Way

At the May 18 Tunkhannock High School Senior Awards night, Rotarian Ron Furman, chair of the club scholarship committee, had the pleasure of presenting 2 academic scholarships for $1,000 each to Genevieve Farr and Andrew Macko.

Andrew Macko (left), Tunkhannock Rotary Past President Ron Furman and Genevieve Farr at Senior Awards night scholarship presentation
On a very warm May 18 evening, the 33rd Annual Rotary Invitational Relays for junior high athletes took place at Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium.  Nine teams from NEPA (Crestwood, Hazleton, Lake-Lehman, Scranton Prep, Susquehanna, Tunkhannock, Western Wayne, Wyoming Area, and Wyoming Valley West) participated in the Relays. Junior high athletes (grades 7-9) were eligible.  All PIAA eligibility and rules applied. All track events were professionally timed by Wil-Time Event Management.
Within each Division (Boys & Girls), medals were awarded to the top three relay teams in each of the 14 (7 track and 7 field) events. Additionally, within each Division, trophies were awarded to the top overall field team, and the overall Invitational Champion.
There were 7 relay races on the track (4 x 100/110 shuttle hurdles, 4 x 800 relay, 4 x 200 relay, 4 x 1600 relay, 4 x 100 relay, mid-distance medley and 4 x 400 relay).  The field events included: throws (shotput, discus and javelin), pole vault, high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Crestwood was the top team on the boy’s side with 101.50 points, edging out Wyoming Valley West with 81 in second and Wyoming Area with 57 in third.

Rotary Chair Rod Azar (blue shirt, yellow Rotary hat) congratulates the winning boys’ team from Crestwood
Hazleton bested the field for the girls with 106 points, followed by Crestwood with 68 and Wyoming Area with 65.

Relay Chair Rod Azar (left with hat) with the winning girls’ team from Hazleton
At our May 18 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, our guest speaker was Bob Hobbes who spoke about at-risk Pennsylvania's hardwood forests. 
Penn’s Woods includes ~ 17 MM acres of forested area, of which 1/3 is publicly owned. PA is the largest hardwood producer in North America. ~65% of PA is forested. We are growing timber faster than we are harvesting it.
Most PA trees are 80 to 100 years old. PA was once the logging capital of the world and many areas were cleared of trees. In the 1900s, these areas were allowed to revert back to natural forests, especially after the depression. We need to turn over the forests, so that we have healthy forests in the future and mitigate issues where possible.
Competing vegetation, such as ferns, can take over the ground and then seedlings of trees will not grow there. Light is also important for the trees. Deer are eating some of the young seedlings. Large populations of white tail deer may require deer fences to keep out the deer and allow the trees and herbaceous plants to grow and establish. Forest fragmentation is also occurring due to energy development, pipelines and windmills. All these issues can negatively impact our forests.

Bob Hobbes
At the May 11 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, the TAHS Tigertron Robotics Team, lead by teacher Scott Howell, gave a demonstration of the capabilities of the robot they constructed this year. Team leaders Logan Gravelle and Nick Kosty put the robot through its paces and showed how it could pick up a big yellow gear. They also spoke about the benefits of being a member of this team and how it has helped them develop in various areas. 

L to R: Nick Kosty, the robot (with Pres Ann Way sitting behind it), Logan Gravelle and Scott Howell
Our guest speaker at the May 4 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple was Vicki Vannan, who discussed the Bradford-Wyoming County Literacy Program. This program to bring literacy to individuals and families relies on grants and donations for funding. They desperately need more tutors for the program since they have a long waiting list of clients who need tutoring services. They can teach reading, life skills, how to understand medical information as well as financial budgeting to help people better themselves or learn English as a second language.

Vicki Vannan addressing the Rotary Club

Honorary Rotarian Tommasina Fiorillo, who is the current Faculty advisor for the TAHS Interact Club, introduced the Club Pres Allison Sorokach and Vice-President, Alexandra Gordon.  Allison and Alexandra then presented a summary of the activities and fundraising endeavors that the Interact club has undertaken during the 2016-2017 school year. The Interact Club raised over $1,300 for a variety of charitable organizations and events. They also participated in Rotary Club events such as Candy Cane Day and Road-side Clean-up and contributed to the Rotary District 740 Project, "Shoes that Grow" (see check presentation below). 

L to R: Allison Sorokach (Interact President), Tommasina Fiorillo, Pres.-Elect Samantha Maruzzelli and Alexandra Gordon (Interact Club

They also established the Tiger Care Closet at the School. All high school students have access to the closet for Free. Closet items include: clothing, toiletries, shoes, backpacks, purses and accessories. Having access to the closet has helped students prepare and dress appropriately for job interviews, the Future Business Leaders of America Club trip to Harrisburg, as well as provide essentials like warm coats and seasonally appropriate dress.

Terry Furman, chair of the Poster/Essay contest Committee, introduced TAHS Art Teacher Lance Montross and the 3 winners of the Club poster contest, who are his students. The theme for this year’s contest was “Service Above Self”. Olivia Heise won 3rd place and received a gift certificate for $50. Nicole Macko won 2nd place and received a gift certificate for $75. Jessica Ell won 1st place and received a gift certificate for $100.

L to R: Teacher Lance Montross, Jessica Ell (1st), Nicole Macko (2nd) and Olivia Heise (3rd)
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.
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)
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
Sue Bugno, MS Principal
Jul 06, 2017
The Importance of Recess for Grades 5 & 6
Dr. William Charlton - Tyler Memorial Hospital
Jul 13, 2017
Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement Program
Club Assembly
Jul 27, 2017
Jodi Crimmel
Aug 10, 2017
Haiti Mission Trip
Club Assembly
Aug 17, 2017
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
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