January 2017

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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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District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, who is also a hiking enthusiast, gave a pictorial tour of various Wyoming County hiking trails during his presentation at the Jan 12 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Jeff showed photos he had taken of interesting rock overhangs, caves, chasms and waterfalls, as well as, numerous bedrock balds on top of the mountains.  He encouraged everyone to take advantage of the hiking trails to see the amazing natural beauty in abundance in Wyoming County.

Jeff Mitchell giving a pictorial tour of Wyo. Cty hiking trails
Rotarian Kristin Smith-Gary, Executive Director of the Tunkhannock Public Library, was the guest speaker at the Jan 5 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Kristin spoke about the Literacy initiatives at the TPL, as well as, the Programs funded by the Rotary donation to the library in 2016.
President Ann Way then presented Kristin with a check for $10,000 to help fund TPL Programs, including children's Literacy Programs, for 2017. 

L to R: Kristin Smith-Gary and Pres. Ann Way
At the Dec 29 Rotary Club Luncheon, the featured speaker was Bruce Spencer from Equines for Freedom. The organization has its 501c3 status and treats veterans with PTSD for free. They use a therapy approved by the VA but assisted by the presence of a horse. The horse acts as a mirror for the emotions of the veteran suffering from PTSD. President-elect Samantha Maruzzelli presented Bruce with a $1,000 donation for Equines for Freedom.
President-elect Samantha Maruzzelli presenting a $1,000 check to Bruce Spencer for Equines for Freedom
Gina Severcool Suydam, President of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Dec 22 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Gina spoke about the mission and initiatives of the Chamber and some of the activities with which they are involved.

Gina Severcool Suydam
At the Dec 22 Rotary Club Luncheon, an ugly Christmas Sweater Contest was held. The team of judges led by Ron Furman selected 3 finalists: Ruth Gorski, John Proctor and Norm Werkheiser.  The winner was determined by all those in attendance by the level of applause for each finalist.  The winner was Norm Werkheiser, who received a prize for his winning attire.

Finalists (L to R) Ruth Gorski, John Proctor and Norm Werkheiser

Ugly Sweater Winner Norm Werkheiser receiving his prize from Ron Furman
At the Dec 15 Rotary Club Meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, members of the Tunkhannock Area High School Chorus, under the direction of Tara Kasperowski, serenaded the Club with Christmas songs from their recent concert. This was followed by a sing-along of Christmas carols.
After the singing, President Ann Way presented Tara with a check for $200 to help defray transportation costs for the upcoming chorus trip to Columbus Ohio in May.

President Ann Way (extreme left) presenting a $200 check to Tara for the chorus trip.
At the Dec 15 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Quilts of Valor were awarded to Rotarians and World War II veterans Norm Werkheiser and Fran Turner. The quilts were presented by Billie Blakeney and Pat Golla of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Thousands of quilters across the US work to create quilts that are presented to veterans from all conflicts, including World War II. Over 150,000 quilts have been awarded to service members and veterans who have been touched by war, and are nominated for this honor.  The Quilt carries a 3-part message from the heart: 1) to honor them for their service, for their sacrifice and their valor, 2) to thank them for preserving our freedoms and 3) to wrap and comfort them. Each Quilt is presented with a hug and each recipient is wrapped in their quilt for comfort. A certificate accompanies each Quilt.

L to R: Billie Blakeney, Norm Werkheiser and Pat Golla

L to R: Billie Blakeney, Fran Turner and Pat Golla

At the Dec 8 Rotary Luncheon, our guest speaker was Mike Narcavage of Southwestern Energy. Mike updated everyone on the status of the gas industry in Northeastern PA and the current and planned activities for SW Energy.

Mike Narcavage Speaking at Rotary Luncheon
The Tunkhannock Club made a contribute of $350 to the Women with Children (WWC) Program at Misericordia University for 14 children for Xmas.
Katherine Pohlida, the Director of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at the University, recently spoke to the Club about this initiative that was established in 2000. The program grants free housing, financial assistance, access to quality child care and an array of social, academic and family enrichment programming to single mothers.  The Program empowers economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree, creating brighter futures for themselves and for their children.

From left, are Sandy Johnson, assistant director, Bourger Women with Children Program; Katherine Pohlidal, director, Bourger Women with Children Program; Ann Way, president, Tunkhannock Rotary Club, and Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, vice president, mission integration
At the Dec 1 Tunkhannock Rotary Annual Meeting, the election of officers and directors for 2017-2018 took place. Samantha Maruzzelli will become President on July 1, 2017.
Please join us in congratulating the following for their election to these positions:
President Elect (2018-2019 President): Mike Markovitz
Vice President: Ryan Visneski
Secretary: Carol Ziomek
Treasurer: Sandra Lane
Directors: Rod Azar, Jon Buxton, Patty Ehrenzeller, Karen Fuller, Ron Furman, Norman Kelly, Albert Noble and John Proctor.
At the Dec 1 Rotary Meeting, Candy Cane Chair Mike Markovitz reported that almost $2,000 was collected from Black Friday shoppers to buy toys for kids for Xmas.
Mike presented checks for $1,000 each to Mary Foley, Executive Director for Interfaith Friends, and to Patricia Skrynski, Executive Director of Wyoming County Children & Youth. The money will be used by these organizations to buy Christmas toys/gifts for children in need or in foster care in Wyoming County, making Christmas a little happier for a group of deserving children.

Mike Markovitz presenting Candy Cane check to Mary Foley (Interfaith Friends)

Mike Markovitz presenting Candy Cane check to Pat Skrynski (Children & Youth)
Every year on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving), Tunkhannock Rotarians their families, friends and members of the Tunkhannock High School Interact Club collect monetary donations from shoppers at various shopping locations within Tunkhannock to buy “toys for kids for Christmas”. Shoppers are offered candy canes as a thank you for their donations.
This fund-raising event has been undertaken by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club for more than 25 years and is known as Candy Cane Day or has been referred to affectionately as the “annual dodging of the cars” event. Rotarians and Interactors were very grateful for the donations from shoppers and for the hot coffee, cocoa and donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts.

(L to R) Cheyanne Davy (Interact), Ron Furman, Terry Furman & Olivia Schmeckenbecher (Interact)

(L to R) Mike Markovitz, Mary Linden, Jeannie Brady, Fran Turner and John Proctor
At the Nov 17 Rotary Meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, Rotarian Reverend Lou Divis spoke to the club about the NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Lou is a member of the Task Force Sub-Committee on Community Outreach and Awareness and presented many alarming facts about human trafficking taking place right here in Northeastern PA. Human trafficking occurs in sweatshops, hotels, massage parlors, domestic service etc. She also emphasized the importance of reporting any suspected cases to local law enforcement and to agencies such as the Victims Resource Center.
Reverend Lou Divis
During November, the Rotary Club continued its 13-year tradition of distributing dictionaries to third grade students at the four elementary schools (Mill City, Evans Fall, Roslund and Mehoopany) in the Tunkhannock Area School District. The Club has purchased and distributed over 3,300 dictionaries to third graders over this period.
Roslund 3rd Graders

(L to R) Rotarians Jim Welch, Maylene Gregory, Chair Sandy Lane, Ruth Gorski, Don Davis and President Ann Way distributed the dictionaries to the 3rd graders.
On Thursday Nov 10, Pam Burke addressed the Tunkhannock Rotary Club at the Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Pam provided an update on the Wyoming County Community Fair held over the Labor Day Weekend each year.
Pam Burke
On Sunday Nov 6, a Rotary Fall Social/Buffet Dinner was held at the Moose Lodge in Tunkhannock. The social was to thank everyone who helped make the Harvest & Wine Festival a success. It was also an opportunity to thank the host families for our 3 exchange students.
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!


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Upcoming Events
Erica Rogler
Jan 26, 2017
Dietrich Theater
Bill Ruark
Feb 02, 2017
7 Loaves Soup Kitchen Update & Check Presentation
Rich Seaburg
Feb 09, 2017
2017 DARE Program (check presentation) & Meet Max the Drug Dog
Patrick Rushton
Feb 16, 2017
Victim's Resource Center Update & Check Presentation