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At the Sept 21 Rotary Luncheon, Sandy Lane shared her Rotary Moment at the Club Assembly. Sandy talked about her time hosting inbound exchange student Diana Siraki. Dia came from Hungary although she lived in Serbia. Dia stayed with Sandy while on exchange and decided she wanted to attend Drexel University after her time in Tunkhannock. However, she needed funding for college. Rotarian Don Sick got 7 people in Rotary/Tunkhannock to sign for a loan of $14K for her to go to Drexel.
 

She graduated from Drexel and she had several jobs, so she was able to pay back the loan early.  She got married in Las Vegas with Sandy and her husband Donny in attendance. Dia and her husband then bought a home in Philly and she became a US citizen.

Her son Robert Walter Rudderrow III was born in April 2017. Sandy was named as his "grandmother". She has been to Philly several times to help Dia with the baby. 

Therefore, Sandy related that her Rotary moment has lasted 22 years, since Dia first came into her life through the Rotary Exchange Program


Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane Shared Her Rotary Moment Carol Ziomek 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
At the Sept 21 Rotary Luncheon, Ruth Gorski shared her Rotary Moment at our monthly Club Assembly. Ruthie’s Rotary Moment began when the Tunkhannock Rotary (spearheaded by Tom Kukuchka) sent her to Houston for special medical treatment for her neurofibromatosis.
 

She became very good friends with Rotarian Otto Keil and Otto would bring her to various Rotary events. He then suggested that she should become a Rotarian and the Board approved her nomination. Otto made her a Paul Harris Fellow a few years later, which was very special to her.

As a Rotarian, she is very proud to be able to give back to others by helping out in Rotary in any way that she can. She is also very grateful for all the support that the club has provided to her.


Ruth Gorski
 
 
Ruth Gorski Shared Her Rotary Moment Carol Ziomek 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
On Sept. 6, club members served ice cream at a social at the High School to introduce our 2 inbound exchange students to the school faculty.
 

Rotarians serving up ice cream to the High School teachers
 
At our Sept 14 Club meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, the exchange students were introduced to our membership.
 
Nico Chaulet is 17 yr old from Limoges France. He does not do sports in France. 
 
 
Vittorio Sica is from Naples, Italy, where pizza was invented.  He is enjoying the USA. He is also Stefano’s brother (Stefano was one of our 2016-2017 inbound exchange students).
 
 
Tunkhannock Welcomes 2 Exchange Students Carol Ziomek 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
At the Aug 17 Club Assembly, Dave Wilson shared with the club members his Rotary Moment.
 
Dave Wilson – 1965-1966 Rotary exchange student to Sweden sponsored by the Wyoming Rotary Club.
 
In WWII, his mother was a RN, his father was a soldier (later a building superintendent) and they were married in Holland.
 
In 1965, he was treasurer of the Wyoming HS Interact Club in old District 741. (Secretary’s note: In 1991, a zero was added to the end of each District number to allow increases in the number of Districts without having to renumber existing Districts and we became District 7410 – taken from the history of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club 1925-2015.) The Interactors would go to some of the Rotary meetings. His mother talked about Europe a lot and that got him interested in sometime traveling to Europe to see where his parents got married.  Then, someone gave a talk about the student exchange program and that piqued his interest in being an exchange student. He was only 15 years old and at that time Rotary was looking for seniors or gap year students.  But he wanted to do his junior year abroad and became one of the youngest outbound exchange students.
 
Rotary was trying to promote world peace since this was 20 year after the war.  He got selected to go to Sweden. He had his 16th birthday in Sweden and stayed with one family for the whole year.  He took Swedish lessons and had to transfer his credits from Sweden to Wyoming to graduate with his class. He had to use British English in writing etc. & there was a lot of UK influence in Sweden.
 
Rotary opened his career, since he became a social worker (also a degree in German), and eventually a director of social services at Clark Summit.  Patty Ehrenzeller was his sponsor for Tunkhannock Rotary in March 2005.  He keeps in contact with his Swedish mom (in her 90’s) and he has contact with several of our former inbound exchange students since his time in the Tunkhannock club.
Dave Wilson Shares His Rotary Moment Carol Ziomek 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
At the Aug 17 Tunkhannock Rotary Assembly at Purkey's Pink Apple, Rotarian George Gay shared a Rotary Moment with the Club.
 
George Gay – His father, George Gay Sr, was a major influence on his attitude to “Service Above Self”. His father was very active in community giving and George went along with some of these activities, including things that were not known by the public.
 
George Sr. joined Rotary in the late 1940’s and George went along with him as a guest to many meetings. In later years, when he came home on vacations, his father brought him to Rotary lunches and George was often a guest speaker. 
 
George joined Rotary in 1968 when he was in the Reserves, but then was called to active duty and had to resign after only 1 yr.  In 2008, he came home to Tunkhannock and decided to join Rotary again. He was impressed that this was an organization that got things done and made a difference in the community.  He mentioned that now we need younger folks in our Club and that the fellowship is good here.
 
On his wedding anniversary cruise to the Far East several years ago, they had a session for service clubs to meet, but the only people who showed up were the Rotarians from various parts of the world who were on the cruise.
 
A Rotary Moment From George Gay Carol Ziomek 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
At the Aug 10 Rotary Meeting, Tunkhannock Rotarian Jodi Crimmel reported on her spring trip to Haiti on missions with the Methodist Church’s Haiti Partnership, of which she is the co-chair. While in Haiti, Jodi also explored a possible water project that will be the subject of a Global Grant from the Tunkhannock Rotary. 
 

Jean FilsAime is an engineer on our planned Rotary water project and will work along with the Jacmel Rotary President Jean Joseph Foregas. The Jacmel Rotary Club would be our cooperating Rotary Club in Haiti. The site is the village of Hermitage on the southern coast of Haiti and it takes 6 hr to get there from Port au Prince.

In 2007, Rotary paid for a large and small water cistern to be built with connections in between both. Our Tunkhannock Club contributed to this water project. Recently, Tunkhannock Rotary sent $1,800 to Haiti to build a fence to protect the overflow water coming from the smaller cistern.

 
Large (left) and small water cisterns

Our new Global project would be to add on to these cisterns, provide water to the school dorms and another community, and create a community garden.


Jodi Crimmel

Jodi Crimmel Reports on Her Trip to Haiti Carol Ziomek 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

On Aug 3, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club had the pleasure of welcoming 2015-2016 inbound exchange student from Belgium Louis Metens and his parents during their visit to Tunkhannock. Louis talked about how the exchange program influenced his decisions after his year in Tunkhannock.  

 

Louis admitted that he had no idea what he wanted to study when he graduated from high school in Belgium and that he was a little lost. At that time, he considered studying communications. When he got to Tunkhannock, he got to learn about a lot of people from around the world and got to learn more English.  He also discovered new ways of learning and how American teachers interact with their students, which is different than his experience in Belgium.  While at Tunkhannock Area High School, he took speech, public speaking and debates, journalism and other classes that he did not have access to in Belgium.

 

Law had already been of interest to him and his ability to argue was noted in his classes here and by his parents in their communications with him. So, after his exchange year, he decided to go to college in the Netherlands to study law. His is studying European Law at Maastricht University and is having a great time. He is studying in English, but he is also learning Dutch. Louis hopes to be jurist counselor for business law.

 

Louis remarked that it is hard for the inbound exchange students at the beginning of the year, so please help them by interacting with them whenever possible, making them feel welcome and talk with them so they can practice their English.

 

Louis’ parents said the biggest changes that they noted after his time in Tunkhannock was that he was more confident and independent.

 


Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
(left), Pascale, Gerald and Louis Metens

 

Past Inbound Exchange Student Louis Metens Visits Tunkhannock Carol 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
At the July 27 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Samantha Maruzzelli announced that the Tunkhannock Rotary had been voted as the "Best Non-Profit Organization" by readers of the Wyoming County Examiner/Advance.
 
Reporter C.J. Marshall attended the meeting in preparation for composing an article on the Club and its activities. The resulting article appeared in the Aug 2 edition of the Wyoming County Examiner (http://wcexaminer.com/news/rotarians-big-on-service-to-community-1.2225204). 
 
Tunkhannock Rotary thanks everyone who voted for us in this newspaper poll.
 
Tunkhannock Rotary Voted "Best Non-Profit Organization" Carol Ziomek 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
At the July 27 Rotary Assembly, Patty Ehrenzeller shared her Rotary Moment with the Club.
 
Jeannie Brady is her best buddy and invited Patty to lunch at Rotary. She came 3 times to Rotary meetings and was then asked to become a member.
 
Rotary sent Patty to Africa when Jeannie was Club President.  A Group Study Exchange (5 weeks) was led by Patty to Cameroon and Gabon in Africa. Patty wrote articles for the Wyoming County Examiner on her time in Africa. Patty commented that the people were very poor, but so generous. If you complimented them on something, they would give/get it for you.
Patty Ehrenzeller Shares Her Rotary Moment Carol Ziomek 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allen Mickle
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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