October 2016

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Officers & Directors
President Elect 2017-2018
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Drug Take Back Event - Oct 22, 2016
Thank You to everyone who participated in the Drug Take Back Event on Oct 22, 2016 by cleaning out their medicine cabinets of unneeded or expired prescription medications.
2016 Harvest & Wine Festival
Thank You to everyone who helped make our 2016 Harvest & Wine Festival a success. Thanks to our attendees, vendors, sponsors and bands. Thanks also to the Festival Committee, our Rotarian volunteers, friends and family members who put in long hours to make the Festival possible.
The money raised at the Festival will enable us to continue to fund programs that benefit our local community(e.g. Drug Take Back Outreach, Dictionaries for 3rd graders, Tunkhannock Public Library, Dietrich Theater, Victims Resources, HANDS, etc.), as well as, international projects (e.g. polio eradication, disaster relief, bikes for Indian school girls).
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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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Heather McPherson is the new superintendent of the Tunkhannock Area School District and spoke at the Oct 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.
Her main priority is to determine “How to make the TASD better?”. She is excited by various opportunities for the students, the highly dedicated faculty and the opportunity to work with lots of local industries to understand their needs in employees to help make the TASD the best that it can be.

Superintendent Heather McPherson answers questions.
Rotarian Francis Turner just returned from the 70th annual Reunion of his WWII 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning GA. Fran was knighted in the Order of St. George and he joked that we now have to call him Sir Francis. (Note! The Order of Saint George is the top award given to members of the Army's mounted force by the United States Armor Association of the United States Army.)

Sir Francis Turner
On Oct 13, members of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club were the honored guests of the Wyoming County Active Adult Center at a luncheon to thank the Club for painting & updating the interior of the building. About 15 Rotarians worked on the project, which was a BYOB (bring your own brush) event. The funds for this project were realized at last year’s Harvest & Wine Festival.
Although the club has traditionally funded a lot of programs for the youth in the community, no programs in recent years have been geared to predominantly benefit the senior members of the area. Rotarian Patty Ehrenzeller, who exercises at the Center, proposed this painting/spruce up project at the Center and led it to completion in Oct.
The Center members invited the Rotary Club to hold its regular Thursday meeting at the Center with lunch provided as a thank you. The three Tunkhannock exchange students (Stefano Sica from Italy, Andres Mendez Perez from Mexico and Sakulsap “Donut” Lakul from Thailand) gave updates on their recent activities and Rotarian Frank Oliver gave a presentation on the Drug Take Back Event on Oct 22.
As a treat, Tunkhannock Rotary President Ann Way arranged for members of the High School Chorus, under the direction of Tara Kasperowski, to come in and entertain the seniors and Rotarians with a choral concert followed by some “oldies but goodies” in a sing-along from the Rotary Song Book. Although many of the teenage choral members had never heard of some of the songs before they began practicing them prior to Oct 13, the more mature members of the audience loved being taken back in time by some old standards like “Let me call you sweetheart”, “I’ve been working on the railroad” and “The band played on”. 
On Oct 12, the Wyoming County Press Examiner newspaper named its Athlete of the Week and it was Stefano Sica, Tunkhannock Rotary exchange student from Naples, Italy. Stefano is a member of the Tunkhannock High School Soccer Team and scored a hat trick (3 goals in a single game) in the Oct 6 game, which lead the Tunkhannock Tigers from a deficit en route to a victory over Crestwood. For the season, Stefano is second on the team with 13 goals.
He was featured in a special story in the Oct 12 edition of the newspaper where he was interviewed about his biggest role model, post-graduation plans and the transition coming to Tunkhannock from Naples, Italy, among other questions (http://wcexaminer.com/sports/athlete-of-the-week-stefano-sica-1.2102516 ). 
Stefano Sica – Athlete of the Week
(photo from Wyo Cty Press Examiner)
Despite the threat of rain, well over 3,200 people attended this year’s successful Tunkhannock Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock Township on Saturday, Oct 8. Due to overcrowding and safety concerns at last year’s over 4,100 attendee event, the organizing committee decided to limit the number of tickets sold to allow for a more manageable crowd size, to ensure that everyone had a great time and could more easily access all the vendors. Tickets were only sold in advance online and at several local businesses. The event was “sold out”, so no tickets were available at the gate.
Eleven wineries were represented, along with approximately 50 food and craft vendors. The bands AM Radio and the Idol Kings entertained throughout the day and had everyone dancing in the fields.
Recently, the Josh the Otter Foundation asked Rotary Clubs to nominate their clubs for the 2016 Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award. Tunkhannock Rotarian Terry Furman, who is also a Parents as Teachers Educator & National Trainer at H.A.N.D.S., wrote a piece on the Tunkhannock program and submitted it to the competition. Terry's piece and the accompanying photo (below) were selected for their "picture of the week" on Sept 30 on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/joshtheotter/?fref=nf).
“The Tunkhannock Rotary Club has been distributing “Josh the Otter” books for the past four years in the Tunkhannock Area School District. By establishing a partnership with H.A.N.D.S (Helping area needs for diverse services) of Wyoming County, we have successfully placed this in the hands of parents with young children. In the spring of each year H.A.N.D.S of Wyoming County hosts a “Family Fun Night” 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.  The parents love that the book includes a CD and the children love the coloring book and the stickers! Furthermore, 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. The Rotary Club is grateful for the opportunity to share this wonderful book with families in their community.”
Haley is 19 yrs. old and just graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School.  She is going to District 2240 in Slovakia. There are 32,000 residents in her host city. Host family sister, who speaks English is going on exchange to Colorado, so she will not get to converse with her. That leaves her 10 yr old host sister named Ella and her host Mom and Dad. The family don’t really speak English, so Haley will have to learn the language quickly.
Haley has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.  Maggie, Jacob and Haley are triplets. They have been the host family for 2015-2016 inbound exchange student Frank Yu from Taiwan.
She has volunteered with the Red Cross for 2 yrs. She played field hockey and lacrosse for 3 yrs and was captain of her team for 2 yrs.
Haley practiced her presentation to be given in Slovakia on the US Government, our food including macaroni and cheese (she is learning to make it, so she can make it for her host family), holidays, facts about PA, and her family (who own Nimble Hill Winery).
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!

Upcoming Events
Oct 27, 2016
Jeannie Brady & Al Noble
Rotary International Conference in South Korea
Nov 03, 2016
Nomination of 17-18 Officers/Approve By Law Revision/Harvest Festival Report
Nov 10, 2016
Pam Burke
Wyoming County Community Fair
Nov 17, 2016
Lou Divis
NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking
Dec 01, 2016
Election of 17-18 Officers
Dec 15, 2016