March 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 on non-holiday weekdays at the Wyoming County Courthouse between 8:30 AM and 4 PM.
The Pharmacies participating in the April 29 Event in Wyoming County include: CVS Tunkhannock, Lech's Pharmacy Nicholson & Laceyville, and Rite-Aid Tunkhannock. Check back as other sites in other counties are added over the next 2 months.
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.
Club Information

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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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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!
At the Feb 16 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, Patrick Rushton provided an update on the activities and programs at the Victims Resource Center (VRC). The VCR support victims of various types of crimes in Luzerne, Carbon and Wyoming Counties. Patrick talked about the Lethality Assessment Program in Wyo Cty that is designed to reduce domestic violence homicides.
After his presentation, Pres. Ann Way presented Patrick with a check for $1,000 for the VRC.

Patrick Rushton receiving $1,000 check for VRC from Pres. Ann Way
At the Feb 2 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, Bill Ruark, who is on the Board of Directors of the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, provided an update on the Kitchen, which is now settled into it's new facility. They can now seat over 80 people per night. They are always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve the meals, as well as, leaders to manage the volunteers.
President Ann Way announced that she will work with the Kitchen to select a night when Rotarians can prepare and serve the meal.
Pres. Ann then presented Bill with a check for $3,000 to help support the activities at the Soup Kitchen.

Bill Ruark receiving a $3,000 check from Pres. Ann Way
Erica Rogler, Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater, was the guest speaker at the Jan 26 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Erica reported on the various programs, which were supported by Rotary funds donated to the Theater in 2016. After her presentation, Pres. Ann Way presented a $6,000 check to Erica to support Programs for 2017 at the Theater & Cultural Center.

Erica Rogler (left) received a $6,000 check for the Dietrich Theater from Pres. Ann Way
At the Jan 19 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Ann Way announced that the Tunkhannock Rotary Club was selected as 1 of 13 Rotary Clubs to be awarded the international 2016 Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Awards. Over 300 Rotary Clubs participate in this program.  
The club has participated in this program to teach children about water safety by buying the books, Josh the Baby Otter, and giving them to H.A.N.D.S. of Wyo Cty for distribution to children during their spring Family Fun Fair for children entering kindergarten. The Rotary Club is one of the resource tables at this event. A Rotarian gives each child a book and asks each parent to take the water safety pledge with their child. In addition, parents can sign up to take CPR/First Aide classes and they are given information on swimming classes for their children at the local high school. 
President Ann then shared the Award Certificate and the Award with Rotarian Terry Furman, who is also a Parents as Teachers Educator & National Trainer at H.A.N.D.S. and has overseen this program at H.A.N.D.S. 

Terry Furman (left) and Pres. Ann Way displaying the 2016 Water Safety Advocacy Award
Cathy Franko of H.A.N.D.S. (Helping area needs for diverse services) of Wyoming County spoke at the Jan 19 Rotary Club Luncheon. Cathy described the many programs for children and their families available through H.A.N.D.S.
President Ann Way presented a check to Cathy for $5,000 to help H.A.N.D.S. support the summer FANS Camp.

Cathy Franko (left) receiving a check for $5,000 from Rotary Pres. Ann Way to help HANDS support the 2017 FANS Summer Camp
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!

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