November 2015

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Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 10, 2015

Thank you to our Sponsors, Vendors, Bands (amRadio and The Idol Kings) and everyone who attended our 8th Annual Harvest & Wine Festival on Saturday Oct 10. We hope you all had a great time and arrived home safely.
A huge thank you also to our Rotarians, their family and friends who volunteered their day on Saturday  to help us host the Festival and to those who worked tirelessly for 10 months organizing, promoting and setting-up the Festival.
If you have any unresolved ticket issues, please email

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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
United States
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Club News

The next Wyoming County Drug Take Back Event will be Saturday Sept 12 at CVS Pharmacy in Tunkhannock and Lech's Pharmacies in Tunkhannock, Laceyville and Nicholson. Please clean out your medicine cabinets of all expired or unneeded prescription medicines, pour them into a plastic bag and drop them off at one of the above pharmacies for proper disposal by the Wyoming County District Attorney's Office.
Our guest speaker for the Sept. 3 Rotary Luncheon was Officer Corey Sidorek. Corey works for the Sheriff’s Office, Tunkhannock Township and is the new officer in charge for Laceyville Borough. He’s been an officer for 5 yr. and is also finishing his BA at Misericordia University in governmental law.
He spoke about the current rash of police officers killed on duty and how they are being targeted by gangs and cults.  4 officers died in line of duty in PA this year.
Corey also related that the biggest problems in Wyoming County are drug and drug-related crimes. Every citizen can help by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police.
At the Sept 3 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Pres. Ron Furman presented Norm Werkheiser with a Rotary International sponsor recognition backer for his Rotary pin for sponsorship of new member Mary Rose Powell. Pres. Ron also received a sponsor recognition pin backer for sponsoring his second new member, Terry Furman.

L to R: Pres. Ron Furman and Norm Werkheiser
MC Norm Kelly introduced PDG Budd O’Malia from the Rotary Club of Plymouth, who was the keynote speaker for the Celebration. Budd talked about the Club’s activities over the last 90 years.
He spoke of the Tunkhannock Club’s participation in the exchange student program (of which PDG Budd is currently outbound coordinator) since 1960 and introduced Anika Sehne, who was Tunkhannock’s short term exchange student to France this summer.
PDG Budd also mentioned the two 2015-2016 Tunkhannock Club sponsored full-term outbound exchange students: Emily Dunning who is now Denmark and Stefan Sehne who is in Brazil.

Short-term exchange student Anika Sehne with PDG Budd O'Malia
The Club’s annual sponsorship of students for the week long and life-changing Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at Keystone College was detailed, as was the Club’s sponsorship of the very active Tunkhannock High School Interact Club. The Tunkhannock Interactors have also embraced the guiding principle of “Service above Self” in all their projects.
PDG Paul then asked everyone to use guided imagery to picture a school somewhere in the world with and without polio and the children crippled by this disease. He emphasized that this Rotary Challenge needs everyone’s support to reach the goal of a polio-free world in the not too distant future.
MC Norm Kelly closed the program by thanking the members of the 90th Anniversary Committee for planning this celebration and asked everyone to enjoy the music of the Jimmy Welch Band and the dancing.
DG Barbara Belón (Rotary Club of Lehighton) addressed the assemblage at the Aug 30th Anniversary Celebration. She talked about the significance of several items familiar at Rotary meetings:
  • The bell and the history & significance of the bell for Paul Harris, who was raised in New England. In Rotary, the bell is used to call the meeting to order.
  • The gavel, which is very special to the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock, since there is a history of gavel-napping in the Tunkhannock Club that has occasionally required a club position of a gavel protector.
  • The 4-Way Test formulated by Herbert Taylor (a Rotarian with the Jewel Tea Company), which is credited with saving the Club Aluminum Company in Chicago during the Great Depression. Today, the 4-Way Test is recited at the beginning of every Rotary Club meeting.
DG Barbara talked about the first service project of the Tunkhannock Club that was carried on for over 50 years, starting in the late 1920’s. The Rotary Club joined with local churches and the Order of the Eastern Star to collect food for distribution in Christmas food baskets to local families in need.

She then mentioned the Farmer’s Dinners that were held for many years to honor local farmers and with guest speaker’s chosen that would be of special interest to the farmers. Other activities of the Club were also highlighted during DG Barbara's address.

2015-2016 District Governor Barbara Belon
At the Aug 30 90th Anniversary Celebration, PDG and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Paul Muczyinski (Rotary Club of Plains) talked about the founding of the Rotary Foundation in 1916 and the establishment of the Paul Harris Fellowships to honor those who have donated $1,000 or have had $1,000 donated in their name to the Rotary Foundation.
PDG Paul also announced that one of the Foundations chief programs, Polio eradication, has confirmed only 39 cases of wild type polio this year; 29 in Pakistan and 8 in Afghanistan. It is expected that next year or within the next several years that wild type polio cases may be eradicated world-wide. He emphasized that there is still much to do to ensure that polio does not re-occur in the world.
PDG Paul then asked Al Noble and Jeannie Brady to talk about the family members that they were honoring with Paul Harris Fellowships. Paul presented them with their certificates, pins and Paul Harris medallions.
Al Noble bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships on his son-in-law Chris Maruzzelli and his grandchildren Sisile and Angelo Maruzzelli.

L to R: Chris, Angelo and Sisile Maruzzelli, PDG Paul Muczynski and Al Noble
Jeannie Brady honored her deceased father Chin-Tsu Tsai.

Jeannie Brady and PDG Paul Muczynski
Finally, PDG Paul presented a multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin to Past Club President Karen Fuller for her contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Past President Karen Fuller and PDG Paul Muczynski
PA State Representative Karen Boback extended greetings and salutations from herself, her husband and all the members of the Rotary Club of Dallas on this 90th Anniversary of Service by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.
She then presented President Ron Furman with a Citation from the PA House of Representatives in recognition of the Clubs 90 years of service. As stated in part in the citation:
“…..Throughout its history, the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock has made inestimable contributions to the welfare of society through a sense of fellowship and through its programs, which are designed to enhance the quality of life for all. A succession of dedicated leaders and members has made this possible, keeping ever mindful of the noble maxims of the organization.”

President Ron Furman accepting the citation from PA State Rep. Karen Boback
Commissioner Tom Henry, a member of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock, presented a Proclamation to the Club from the Commissioners of Wyoming County. In the Proclamation, the Club was acknowledged as the first service club in Tunkhannock, for its charitable contributions, its sponsorship of the World War II honor roll of service men and women and spearheading the erection of the lighting equipment and Memorial Arch at Memorial Park, which is a living tribute to these brave service men and women.

President Ron Furman accepting the Proclamation from Wyo. Cty. Commissioner Tom Henry
At the 90th Anniversary Celebration on Aug 30, the Club welcomed the 3 newly arrived inbound exchange students: Teng “Frank” Lu Yu (Taiwan), Julia de Souza Alonso (Brazil) and Louis Emil Metens (Belgium). Club President Ron Furman presented each of the students with mini-Club banners.

L to R: Club President Ron Furman, Teng “Frank” Lu Yu (Taiwan), Julia de Souza Alonso (Brazil), Louis Emil Metens (Belgium) and MC Norm Kelly
Over 100 Rotarians, family and friends gathered at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort on Aug 30 for a celebration of 90 years of service by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.
After a delicious buffet and slice of Anniversary carrot cake made by Sisile Maruzzelli, Master of Ceremonies Norm Kelly introduced the Past District Governors (PDG) in attendance, our current DG Barbara Belon, PA State Rep. Karen Boback (Dallas Rotary) and Wyo. Cty. Commissioner Tom Henry (Tunkhannock Rotary).
Members of the Tunkhannock Kiwanis also attended the celebration. Although friendly rivals, the two Clubs have cooperated over the years on many community projects.
Norm also welcomed Marty Snyder from the Rotary Club of Pittston, the Club that sponsored the Tunkhannock Club in 1925 and representatives of the new Wyalusing Area Rotary Club sponsored in May 2015 by the Tunkhannock Club.

L to R: Lineage of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock, President Ron Furman (Tunkhannock RC), Vice President Wes Skillings (Wyalusing Area RC) and Secretary Marty Snyder (Pittston RC).
Cory Scranta spoke at the Aug 27 Rotary Luncheon on ”The Plight of the Spanish Mustang”.
At the turn of the century, there were over 2 million wild horses in 10 Western states, now there are only 25,000. Cory is fighting to stop the eradication of the wild horses by the Office of Land Management to provide grazing land for cattle and land for oil fracking.
Wild horses are abused, neglected, put in trailers and trucked to Mexico and Canada under terrible conditions. They are being stunned and slaughtered inhumanely. Some of slaughtered horses are being mislabeled as beef meat in a few cases.
During her visit to the Club on Aug 20, DG Barbara Huffman de Belon inducted our new member Lou Jasikoff, who was sponsored by Norm Kelly.
The Aug 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Meeting was a club assembly dedicated to the visit from 2015-2016 District 7410 Governor Barbara Huffman de Belon.
DG Barbara focused on 3 orders of business during her presentation time:
First, she presented a Rotary International Club Presidential Citation for 2014-2015 that was accepted by immediate Club Past President Norm Kelly.
Second, she presented a “Be a gift to the world” mini banner to Pres Ron Furman. DG Barbara had also distributed “Be a gift to the world” pins to all Rotarians in attendance at today’s meeting.
Third, DG Barbara conducted a survey of Club members as to their individual strengths that could benefit the Club, their favorite Rotary activities and their wish list of future Club activities.
Mary Rose Powell, sponsored by Norm Werkheiser, and Terry Wertman Furman, sponsored by Ron Furman, were inducted by President Ron Furman as our newest Tunkhannock Rotarians at the Aug 13 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.
L to R: Terry and Ron Furman, Norm Werkheiser and Mary Rose Powell
Jason Linden, our 2015-2015 Exchange Student to Mexico just got back July 21 after spending 11 plus months in Mexico. He was in Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second biggest city in the central western part. There are almost 6 million people living in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, so it was a big shock for him living in a city with that many people. English is spoken, but many do not speak it well.
His goal for his exchange time was to learn and master the language. He lived with 3 different host families and got to do a lot of traveling and sightseeing in Mexico.
Jason also worked 1 day per week with the blind children in Guadalajara to help them to read and do math. To do this, he had to learn Spanish and braille in Spanish.
Adam Sehne spoke at the Aug 8 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey’s Pink Apple.
Adam was our 2013-2014 exchange student to Nicaragua and recently spent 6 weeks in Poland teaching English. He stayed in a hostel for the first week and then spent 4 weeks teaching English in a small village in the country. Adam did not speak Polish before he went, but can now understand and read a lot of it.

Welcome from President Ron Furman

The Tunkhannock Rotary Club is a great organization that I strongly believe in.  We believe in helping people in the community and throughout the world. We have projects such as: purchasing and reading books to children at the library, dictionary distribution to 3rd graders, Foreign Exchange Students, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and the Drug Take Back Outreach Program.
Around the world, we assist in ending polio, provide disaster relief shelters and help with providing clean water and building schools, etc.
It is very important to have programs for the children so we can set a good example for them. This all adds up to making our community a better place to live in the future.
The Rotary Theme for 2015/2016 is “Be a Gift to the World”. We all have many talents and gifts to contribute to make the world a better place. Please think about joining us to “Be a Gift to the World”.
Best Wishes
Ronald W. Furman
President 2015/2016


Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Click here to hear his presentation.

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Tunkhannock Rotary Club
P.O. Box 325
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-1247