September 2021

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2021 Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 9
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All tickets purchased online will be available at the Will Call Pavilion before you reach the entry gate. If you experience difficulty with the online ticket purchase site, please email
Tickets are also available now at Gay's True Value, Antonio's Pizzeria, Community Bank, Keystone Truck Caps and Nimble Hill Winery in Tunkhannock.
 No coolers, no food, no alcoholic or outside beverages, no firearms and no pets will be allowed through the entry gates upon advice from security, legal and insurance advisors. Photo ID may be required for pick up & admission, since this is a 21 plus event. The Festival will take place rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. 
Due to past abuses where people bought DD tickets but drank wine, no Designated Driver tickets will be available again this year.
Advance Tickets                                           $25.00
includes complimentary wine glass & wine tastings
Rotary Lounge Tickets                                $45.00
includes early 10:30 am entry, tent with tables & chairs, complimentary wine glass, wine tasting and sales in tent. For these tickets, please email Ann Way at
Please note this message on each ticket:
“There are risks involved in any Event. By presenting a ticket seeking admission to this Event you voluntarily assume all risk and danger incidental to the Event to the fullest extent of the law, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the actual Event, and release the Tunkhannock Rotary Club from any liability, including, but not limited to, property damage, injury, or death. Ticket holders are expressively prohibited from bringing alcoholic or any other beverages, coolers or firearms through the entry gate at the Event. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. It is unlawful to reproduce this ticket for any use and in any form.”
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Shadowbrook Inn and Resort
201 Resort Lane
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
United States of America
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursday's of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary has a flash club meeting at 5:30 PM at Shadowbrook and via Zoom. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. 
Club News
On Sept 18, Pres. Mary Tempest organized a Breakfast with Champions Food Drive at the outside pavilion at the Tunkhannock Public Library to benefit HANDS of Wyoming County and the Wyoming County Food Bank.  44 boxes of nonperishable and canned foods were collected plus $250 worth of gift cards and a $50 check. The recipients were overjoyed with the donations.
Thank you to everyone who provided donations, those who helped with the food drive and to John and Ron who transported the food boxes to HANDS and the Food Bank.

Seated L to R: Two Can-structions with Pres. Mary Tempest.  Standing: Scott Walburn, Ann Way, Samantha Maruzzelli and Terri Detrick
Donna LaBar was the guest speaker at our Sept 16 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.  Donna is a Health Transformation Coach Certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and author of the book Simple. Natural. Healing.
She spoke about the 3 Pillars of Health to help get the body back into alkalinity: 
  1. How we eat and hydrate: balance minerals and water.  
  2. Who we surround ourselves with to achieve a resonance of peace.
  3. Doing things that we love to get into a state of rest and digest. 

Donna LaBar
On Sept 2, 2021, Rotarian Francis Turner was knighted by French Consul General of Washington, DC, Francois Penguilly with the French Medal of Honor at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

L to R:  Honorary French Consul of Pittsburgh Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, Major (ret) Francis Turner being pinned with the Medal of Honor and congratulated by French Consul General of Washington, D.C. Francois Penguilly (captured from Youtube).
France's Highest Honor, the Legion d'honneur, was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.  According to Wikipedia “American and British veterans who served in either World War on French soil, or during the 1944 campaigns to liberate France, may be eligible for appointment as Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour, provided they were still living when the honour was approved.”
Fran was among 3 World War II Veterans honored at this ceremony with gratitude from the French for their contribution to the liberation of France. 
On August 25, 1925, the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock was chartered by Rotary International.  The Club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pittston.  It was the first service organization in Tunkhannock and "Service Above Self" is the motto of the Club and Rotary International.  
On Aug 26, 2021 the Club celebrated its 96th Anniversary at its Club luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort with balloons, Anniversary cupcakes, a rousing chorus of Happy Anniversary and trivia questions concerning the history of the Club.
At the Aug 26 Rotary Luncheon, Past President Terri Detrick was presented with a belated thank you present for her 2020-2021 Presidency. 
President Mary Tempest presented Terri with a Rotary jacket and the Club's thanks for guiding the Cub through the difficult COVID-19 pandemic year, initiating Zoom club meetings and eventually hybrid in person and Zoom meetings.  Thanks to Past President Terri for a job well done.

Past President Terri Detrick (2020-2021)
Bill Kern from the Countryside Conservancy was the guest speaker at the Aug 26 Rotary luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.  Bill was a 2000 graduate of the Tunkhannock Area School District. 
The Countryside Conservancy started in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust committed to protecting and connecting greenspace in and near the Tunkhannock Creek watershed for the public benefit, now and for future generations.  They manage almost 600 acres and build trails through Lackawanna State Park.  It also has 30 miles of hiking trails.  It is responsible for the upkeep and extension of the 5.1 miles of the Trolley Trail. 

Bill Kern
Dr. Daniel Williams was a guest speaker at the Aug 19 Rotary luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort to educate Rotarians on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Williams described the different vaccines, how they were produced and how they work in the body. He considers them to be a modern miracle in terms of how fast they were able to get them to the public and how well they are working.
Of all people who have tested positive for COVID-19, 4 in 100 will end up in the hospital while 1.5 of 100 will die of it. This may seem like a small number, but it is 10 times as deadly as the flu. For many who get COVID-19, it may be the worst illness they’ve ever encountered.
For those that have been fully vaccinated but have a ‘breakthrough’ case of COVID-19, 4 in 10,000 will be hospitalized and 1 in 1,000,000 will perish. So, he stressed how worthwhile it is to be vaccinated.
Dr. Williams also described how the COVID-19 variants develop through “replication errors” and how the Delta variant is comparable to the high contagion level of chicken pox.

Dr. Daniel Williams
Jeff Mitchell was the guest speaker at the Aug 12 Rotary Luncheon.  Jeff spoke about hiking throughout Wyoming County and showed some breathtaking photos from hiking the region during all seasons of the year.
He commented that people outside Wyoming County are now coming to this area due to the outstanding beauty in our mountainous regions with incredible rock formations and waterfalls. The highest point in his hiking experiences was at 2,700 feet above sea level.

Jeff Mitchell
At the Aug 5 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted 3 new members into Tunkhannock Rotary.  David Carichner and Cathy Franko were sponsored by Ann Way and Tenny Rupnick was sponsored by Harry Sharpe.  Unfortunately, Harry was not able to attend the meeting, but asked the members of Rev. Rupnick’s congregation at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church to stand with her during her induction.
L to R: David Carichner, Ann Way, Cathy Franko, Ron Furman, Tenny Rupnick, George Gay, Ruth Gorski, Norm Werkheiser, Jim Welch, Frank Oliver, Dave Wilson, Sandy Lane and Rick Miller
Jeff Swire from Patriot’s Cove was the guest speaker at the Aug 5 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.  “Patriots Cove is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in northeastern Pennsylvania and founded by a military veteran and his spouse to empower other veterans, first responders, and their caregivers to heal and adapt to life after service. Through events on our eighteen acre refuge, we provide restorative outdoor activities, environmental service projects, and educational events and retreats for caregivers.” (Taken from their website).
Jeff spoke about the most recent developments at the Noxen site.  During the pandemic, they tried to provide in person services to those who need it while still protecting them during the pandemic.  They only shut down for 2 months and put various measures in place and geared most activities to be outside in an open-air environment and no one got sick. They also continued their environmental projects.
They built a caregivers house and activities center over the last winter for the spouses & caregivers of their guests.  They are now planning to build a bunkhouse for the volunteers coming from out of state to help.

Jeff Swire receiving a speaker's thank you gift from Past Pres. Terri Detrick
At the July 29 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted 2 new members into the Club.  Scott Walburn was sponsored by Norm Kelly and Dellana Diovisalvo was sponsored by Jeannie Brady. In Jeannie's absence, Ann Way stood by Dellana for her induction. 

L to R: Norm Kelly, Scott Walburn, Ann Way, Dellana Diovisalvo and Ron Furman
At the July 29 Rotary Luncheon, our speaker was Laura Charles, chair of the club's Vaccine Advocacy Committee.  Laura talked about the hesitancy of some individuals to get vaccinations from Polio to COVID-19, including childhood  vaccinations. 
A group of Polio Survivors banded together in Pennsylvania to start a coalition to support all vaccinations.  A video was made and played at our meeting and information cards were handed out to members to give to anyone seeking additional information on the vaccinations.  The slogan is  “No One Should Suffer From A Vaccine Preventable Disease.” 
Preparations are being made to hold an informational meeting with local doctors to help provide information to our community and beyond.  

Laura Charles
Rotarian Fran Turner, along with his daughter Susan, attended the July 22 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.  Fran has been a Rotarian for 71 years. He was Club President (1973-4) and served as secretary of the Tunkhannock Rotary for a record breaking 25 years. He was made a life-time member of the Tunkhannock Rotary for his 100th Birthday in 2019. Fran is also one of our veterans of WWII and we thank him for his service. 
Fran told us a little about his life in Western PA. Although this was an emotional visit with a lot of his friends in attendance, it was also a chance for several members to tell some funny stories about Fran, so it was somewhat of a Roast, as well as, a celebration of an inspiring individual. It was truly delightful to have Fran (and Susan) at our meeting, and we wish we could see more of him.

Fran Turner
At the July 22 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, our guest speaker was Deb Shurtleff from the Wyoming County Community Alliance who spoke about the Wyoming County Heart and Soul Project of which she is the Coordinator.  There kick-off event is Friday, July 23. As stated on their website: "....resilient Community Heart & Soul towns are finding innovative and safe ways to engage residents, build relationships, honor homegrown talents and assets, and reclaim and reshape their communities".
The Project committee members currently include Ernie King, Wyoming County Commissioner, Lynnelle Farber, Wyoming County Community Planning Office, Gina Suydam, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Erica Rogler, Wyoming County Cultural Center and Dietrich Theater, Cain Chamberlin, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Jean Ruhf, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Allison Schultz, Community Liaison Member, and Shurtleff, Community Heart & Soul Project Coordinator, Wyoming County Community Alliance.
On Tuesday July 20, there was a new member orientation at Lazybrook Park.   Pres. Mary Tempest did introductions and led Rotary Trivia. She also talked about club dues & event costs, as well as, information about District and international conventions. Samantha Maruzzelli talked about RYLA, youth exchange, Club Runner and our website. Al Noble discussed the Rotary Foundation. Mike Markovitz described the various Club Committees. Pres. Mary commented that "It was a fun evening at the park".
Absent from the June 27 District Banner Exchange was Tunkhannock’s Ann Way, who is taking over from Assistant Governor (AG) Dave Palmer as AG for Cluster 2, which includes: Forest City, New Milford, Trail, Tunkhannock, Winola and Wyalusing.  AG Dave Palmer had previously given Ann all the info she needed to act as AG at one of the Club’s meetings.
Belated congratulations to Ann becoming Assistant Governor for Cluster 2.

Dave Palmer and Ann Way
The speaker for the July 15th Rotary meeting at Shadowbrook was President Tracy Brundage, PhD from Keystone College, who spoke about "Building the Future Today".  The college is preparing students with a revolutionary competitive advantage in the work place.  There is a 13:1 student to faculty ratio currently at the college. There are 40 degree options available within Keystone College and a 94% placement rate. 

Keystone College President Tracy Brundage
Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted 2 new members at the July 15 Club Meeting. Leslie Bullock was sponsored and pinned by Mary Tempest and Kenda Peck by David Wilson.
L to R: Leslie Bullock, Ron Furman, Mary Tempest, Kenda Peck & Dave Wilson
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our July 3rd Fireworks display at the High School Athletic Field.  Thanks also to PopStar Drive for the great music, the American Legion Honor Guard and the Senior Class, who manned the concession stand and sold glow wands. We also want to acknowledge the support from the School's Security and Maintenance Staff, from the Tunkhannock Ambulance and Triton organizations and from all our Rotarian volunteers, family and friends.
We hope to see you again on July 3rd, 2022!
Rotary District 7410 Assistant Governor (AG) Dave Palmer installed the Tunkhannock Club Officers and Directors for 2021-2022 at the Jun 27 Year End Celebration at the Moose Club Pavilion.
After the installation, outgoing Pres. Terri Detrick summarized her year as President including the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She thanked everyone for their support during this challenging year and for the Club so readily adapting to first Zoom only meetings and then to hybrid in-person and Zoom meetings.
The Celebration ended with 2021-2022 President Mary Tempest giving her first Presidential address, in which she talked about this year’s Rotary International theme “to do more and grow more”. To do more, Rotary membership needs to increase, and she encouraged every Rotarian to bring in one new member this year.
Finally, Pres. Mary briefly summarized her local goals for the Tunkhannock Rotary, including some fun new events and demonstrations to which the community will be invited.

L to R Back Row: Directors Dave Wilson, John Proctor, President-Elect Mike Markovitz, Vice President Samantha Maruzzelli, Immediate Past President Terri Detrick. L to R Front Row: Directors Norm Kelly, Francine Kanyok and Laura Charles, Treasurer Elaine Walker, Secretary Sandy Lane and President Mary Tempest with AG Dave Palmer. Absent: Directors Ruth Gorski, Sue Kelly and Ann Way.
A Rotary Year End Celebration and 2021-2022 Officer Installation was held at the Moose Club Pavilion on Sunday Jun 27.
Pres. Terri Detrick announced several End of Year Awards. Each recipient received an award certificate and a personal gift from Terri.
The President’s Award went to Laura Charles (left photo), the Service Above Self Award to Pres-elect Mary Tempest (middle photo), and the Rotarian of the Year Award to outgoing Secretary Carol Ziomek. Pres Terri also announced that The Distinguished Service Award was awarded to the absent Ann Way.
Tunkhannock Founder’s Day was Saturday, Jun 26. Tunkhannock Rotary had a booth at the event which was set up and then manned by shifts of Rotarians throughout the day. They provided info on Rotary and Club sponsored events, such as the July 3rd Fireworks and the Oct 9, 2021, Harvest & Wine Festival. 
Thanks to George Gay and co-chair Mary Tempest for organizing the booth and to Mary for providing the photos.  More photos can be found in the 2021 Founder's Day photo album on this page.

Norm Kelly (left) and George Gay setting up the Rotary Booth 

(l to r) Jim Welch, Norm Werkheiser and Harry Sharpe  
At the Jun 17 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Membership co-chair Ron Furman inducted several new members: Jill Tague, sponsored by Mike Markovitz and Kaitlynn Nichols sponsored by Samantha Maruzzelli. Jill was pinned by her grandfather Rotarian Norm Werkheiser and Kaitlynn by Sam.

L to R: Samantha Maruzzelli, Katelynn Nichols, Ron Furman, Jill Tague and Norm Werkheiser
Jeff Tague, sponsored by Mike Markovitz, was later inducted via Zoom by Membership Co-chair Mary Tempest and his grandfather Norm Werkheiser accepted his membership materials.

L to R: Norm Werkheiser, Jeff Tague and Mary Tempest
Gene Dziak, Director of the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), thanked the club at its Jun 17 meeting for everything Rotary did to support the Wyoming County COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Approximately 1,000 people were vaccinated by the Wyoming County clinics.

Gene Dziak
Gene indicated that he is not yet sure whether there will be more clinics.  They canceled the Sat clinic at the High School, since only 21 people signed-up to be vaccinated by Tyler Hospital staff.  The registered individuals were redirected to Tyler Hospital to get their shots.
Approximately 51% of Wyoming County residents have been vaccinated at the Wyoming County and surrounding County COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  The incidence of COVID-19 cases is declining in Wyoming County.
Gene commented that Rotary orchestrating the volunteers was a great help and a big asset to Wyoming County.  He also indicated that he might be coming back to the club for help with any future vaccination clinics or other EMA endeavors.
Pres. Terri summarized that 130 slots were filled with volunteers to the support the vaccine clinics.

L to R:  Tunkhannock Rotary COVID Clinic Volunteer Committee: Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Chair Ann Way, Gene Dziak (EMA), Terri Detrick and Samantha Maruzzelli. Absent: Sue Kelly, Robin Rome and Elaine Walker.
Saturday Jun 12 was the District 7410 Conference in Wellsboro that was attended by Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Sandy Lane and Norm Kelly.

L to R: Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Norm Kelly and Sandy Lane 
In addition to attending the various presentations and break out sessions, the group packed "Goodies for Our Troops" into packages that will be sent to our Troops.
At the Apr 8 Meeting, Membership Co-Chair Ron Furman conducted the installation of 3 new members:  Alison Wetherbee, Dean Detrick and Lorey Durland. Alison and Dean were sponsored by Terri Detrick and Lorey was sponsored by Laura Charles. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest Tunkhannock Rotary Club Members.
L to R:  Lorey Durland, Ron Furman, Laura Charles, Dean Detrick,
Pres. Terri Detrick and Alison Wetherbee on Zoom
2021-22 President Mary Tempest
At the Jun 27 Officer Installation, 2021-2022 Pres. Mary Tempest reminded everyone that Shekhar Mehta RI President 2021-2022 is asking Rotarians “to do more and grow more.” Donors as in bigger and impactful service projects and grow more as in increasing membership and expanding the participation. Each Rotarian should bring one new member to Rotary.
Mary then provided a brief overview of her goals for her Presidency:
  • To have 1-2 family events this year. Rotarians can bring their children or grandchildren to the events. For example a Fish Derby, Corn hole Tournament, Kayak trip, or a baseball game between dad’s and their children. 
  • Have a speaker once a quarter give a speech, give a demonstration to the club and possibly invite the public.
  • Increase Rotarian‘s engagement by going to district events.
  • To connect with the younger generation to grow Rotary.
  • Our club should sponsor a Rotaract club, possibly with the new branch of Lackawanna College in Tunkhannock.
  • Possibly start an Interact Club at Elk Lake.
RI President-elect Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving other is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

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Upcoming Events
Mike Donahue
Sep 30, 2021
Hope Coalition
Club Assembly at Lazybrook Park
Oct 07, 2021
Prepare for Festival
Rotary Foundation Recognition Dinner
Oct 21, 2021 5:07 PM
Stone Hedge Country Club
Tom Henry Wyoming Co Commissioner
Oct 28, 2021
County Covid Update
Club Assembly
Nov 04, 2021
Nomination of 2022-23 Officers
Sisile Marruzelli
Nov 18, 2021
Culinary Demonstration
Club Assembly
Dec 02, 2021
Election of 2022-23 Officers