June 2024
Officers & Directors
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Vice President
Executive Secretary/Director
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Public Image Chair
Come Visit Us at Founder's Day
Tunkhannock Rotary will once again have a booth on Tioga St. during Tunkhannock's Founder's Day on June 22, 2024.  Please stop by and learn more about Rotary and the good we do in our community and worldwide.  If you might be interested in joining Rotary, the Rotarians at the booth can provide you with additional info.
It will also be your first opportunity to get information on our Oct 12, 2024 Harvest & Wine Festival at Lazybrook Park.  Advance sale tickets will be available for $40.  Online and local site ticket sales will not commence until mid Aug.  The Festival takes place rain or shine. This is a 21 plus age event. No pets, firearms, coolers or alcoholic or other beverages will be allowed through the entry gate upon advice from legal, security and insurance advisors.
July 3rd Fireworks 
Please join us on Wednesday evening for the Tunkhannock Rotary’s July 3rd Fireworks at the Tunkhannock High School Athletic Field. Gates open at 6 PM. 
Popstar Drive will play from 7:00 PM until the Fireworks. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Color Guard comprised of former members of the Armed Services.
The Tunkhannock Senior Class will operate the food stand, selling hamburgers, hotdogs, sodas and more.
Admission is free, but donations to help defray costs for next year’s fireworks will be gratefully accepted. Parking is $5 in the surrounding lots.
Per Tunkhannock Area School District Policy, no other fireworks / sparklers / aerial lanterns etc will be permitted to be set off on the school grounds.
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Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Shadowbrook Resort
201 Resort Lane
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
United States of America
Tunkhannock Rotary Meetings Location
At the beginning of May, President Elaine Walker announced that once again our meetings will take place at Shadowbrook Resort.  So, our meeting will continue in person and via Zoom at Shadowbrook at 12:15 PM every Thursday.
Club News
Ten picnic tables were purchased through a Rotary District 7410 grant with additional club funds and were assembled and finished by Rotarians, family and friends.
On May 2, Rotarians helped Tunkhannock Borough employees move the picnic tables and place them at Riverside Park in Tunkhannock where they replaced old tables.
On May 31, Rotarians assembled to securely chain & lock the 10 new picnic tables in place at the Park to complete this project.
On Sunday May 19, the Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters hosted a Narcan Drive-thru event with the assistance of the Community Awareness Group.  This Group was formed by the DA, and includes: Tunkhannock Rotary, Wyoming County Human Services, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Dietrich Theater, Wyoming County Community Health Foundation, Tunkhannock Area School District, Tunkhannock Business & Professional Women, and the Wyoming County Commissioners. 
DA Peters is a Tunkhannock Rotarian and Rotary has been orchestrating the community outreach and advertising for this Narcan give away to treat opioid emergencies.  In addition, Rotarian Brian Vnuk of Brand Graphic Solutions provided yard signage for this event.
After the event, DA Peters summarized its success as follows:  “Who came to pick up Narcan? There was a mom who lost her daughter and didn’t want to lose her other one, a grandmother raising her grandchild, a retired law enforcement officer, teachers, business people, students, parents and senior citizens...on and on, and each with a story. They heard about our event on the radio, the ad, the op-ed and yard signs. Over 80 boxes and info were distributed...that's 160 individual doses, out there and ready. We hope not one ever has to be used.”

Despite the rain on May 18, which was Rotary’s Day of Service as well as Armed Forces Day, Rotarians, along with representatives from the American Legion and other local organizations, placed approximately 800 flags on veteran’s graves at Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock.
At Tunkhannock Area School District’s Senior night on May 15, Rotarian Don Davis presented a $1,000 academic scholarship to Norah Rickaby who will be attending the University of South Carolina focusing on political science/pre-law.
Don also presented a $1,000 vocational scholarship to Austin Kimelewski, who will attend the Pa. College of Technology.

L to R: Norah Rickaby, Rotarian Don Davis and Austin Kimelewski
Tunkhannock Rotary, in collaboration with the Wyoming County District Attorney’s (DA) Office, has been actively involved in community outreach and advertising for the semi-annual Drug Take Back Program since 2014.
The Spring event was Apr 27.  Residents who cleaned out their medicine cabinets of expired or unused drugs dropped off 157 pounds of pills that were then collected by law enforcement from 4 local pharmacies and destroyed.
Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters, who is also a Rotarian, stated in an article in the May 15 Wyoming County Press Examiner that “Every pill is a temptation.  As such, more than 170,000 tempting opportunities for a young person to experiment with drugs and place themselves on the road to addiction were removed from their grasp”.
At the Apr 25 Rotary meeting, Rotarian Cammie Anderson, who is the drug and alcohol counselor at the Tunkhannock Area Schools spoke about the opioid issues in our area and the need for households to have Narcan available to treat opioid emergencies that they may encounter. This may include minors who ingest pills purchased online that are contaminated with fentanyl or senior citizens who accidentally forget they already took their pills and take more leading to an overdose.
On Sunday May 19, Tunkhannock Rotarians will take part in the Wyoming County District Attorney’s free Narcan Drive-Thru Event at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock from 10 AM to 2 PM.  District Attorney Joseph Peters is a Tunkhannock Rotarian and Rotary has been orchestrating some of the community outreach and advertising for this event.  Several local government and community organizations are also involved in this important initiative, which it is hoped will help save lives.
On Sat Apr 20, Rotarians, friends and families met at Keystone Truck Caps workshop to assemble the 10 picnic tables purchased by the Club with the 2023-2024 District Grant Funds.

Picnic table assembly and branding
On Friday Apr 19, a candle making class fundraiser/membership drive for Tunkhannock Rotary was hosted by Lackawanna College in Tunkhannock with Werkheiser’s Country Candles.  Rotarian Ryan Werkheiser led the classes and refreshments were provided by Lackawanna College.

Three sessions were held with each participant making a 4 oz candle while enjoying wine and snacks.
On Thursday, Apr. 18 after the Thursday noontime Rotary Meeting and in anticipation of Earth Day on Apr 22, Rotarians gathered for their Spring Roadside Cleanup. Since 1997, the Tunkhannock Club has participated in the Adopt a Highway Program.  In the Fall of 2023, the Club adopted a new 2-mile section of roadway from Dunkin Donuts to the NAPA field.
At the April 18 Rotary Meeting, Membership Chair Mary Tempest inducted newest member Nina Sordoni who was sponsored by District Attorney Joe Peters.  Nina is a lawyer who has expertise in high-conflict cases and complex family matters.

L to R: Nina Sordoni, Mary Tempest and Joe Peters (via Zoom)
The guest speaker at the Mar 21 Tunkhannock Rotary Meeting was Zoe Powers, who is a Junior at Tunkhannock Area High School.  Zoe is the winner of the Tunkhannock Rotary Essay Contest for 2024 at the club level.
The essay theme for this Rotary year was “Create Hope in the World: How can Communities, Schools, Families, and/or Friends support mental health with caring, giving, and compassion?”  Zoe read her outstanding essay for the club, where she talked about the importance of discourse, sharing and understanding for students in school as well as in the outside world. 
Zoe was a Rotary exchange student to Spain last year and her experiences during her exchange have opened her up to new things.  In the future, she plans to study Communications and Public Relations.
Her essay has been entered into the Rotary District 7410 Essay Contest, where the winning entry will be announced in May and the winner will receive a $1,000 prize.  In addition to the top award, there will be a second prize of $500 and a third prize of $250.

Zoe Powers received her essay prize from Rotary Past President Mike Markovitz
On Black Friday, Nov 24, members of Rotary, the High School Interact Club, family and friends collected money from shoppers at 4 shopping areas in Tunkhannock.  In exchange for a donation to help provide Christmas gifts to children in need in Wyoming County, shoppers were offered a candy cane, hence the name Candy Cane Day. 
Due to the generosity of the shoppers and Rotarians, a total of $4,000 was collected, which was designated to be split equally between Interfaith and Wyoming County Children and Youth.  The check presentations took place at the Rotary meeting on Dec 7. 
Meagan Janiszewski thanked Rotary and accepted the donation on behalf of their clients at Children & Youth.  They support children who are in foster care or who are in abusive situations in Wyoming County.
Carissa Harvey, Executive Director of Interfaith Friends, accepted the $2,000 check on behalf of the 581 children they are helping with gifts this Christmas. She mentioned that over 180 families have signed up and qualified for the gift giveaway this Christmas.

Candy Cane Chair Mike Markovitz (left) and Rotary Vice President Mary Tempest (right) presented $2,000 checks each to (bottom photo) Meagan Janiszewski (Children & Youth) and (top photo) Carissa Harvey (Interfaith).
At the Dec 7 Rotary meeting, Samantha Maruzzelli (left) bestowed a member designated Paul Harris Fellow on Katelynn Nichols for her contributions to Tunkhannock Rotary, particularly during the recent Harvest & Wine Festival.

Samantha Maruzzelli (left) with New Paul Harris Fellow Katelynn Nichols
On Thursday, Nov 16 after the Thursday noontime Rotary Meeting, Rotarians gathered for Fall Roadside Cleanup. Since 1997, the Tunkhannock Club has participated in the Adopt a Highway Program, adopting a 2 mile stretch of Route 6 in Tunkhannock from the Fireplace Restaurant to beyond Route 87 towards Meshoppen.  This Fall, a new 2-mile section of the bypass from Dunkin Donuts to the NAPA field has been adopted by the Club.
Rotarians are "People of Action" and were determined to get the cleanup done to help “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful”. Although much of the material found in the past was garbage and debris, other more interesting things have also been found such as money, a credit card, shoes, pants, tires and miscellaneous items. All money found is donated to the Club for its service projects.

Left to right: Dave Wilson, Dellana Diovisalvo, Jodi Crimmel, Bill Milligan (back), Laura Charles, Katelynn Nichols, Stacy Huber, Robin Rome, Glenn Holcomb, Don Davis, Ron Furman, Scott Walburn, Norm Kelly, Terri Detrick, and Jill Tague
There was a Tunkhannock Rotary New Member Orientation on Wed, Nov 15 at Tri County General Insurance for all new members, their sponsors, and any other Rotarians who could attend.  Four out of five of the newest members were in attendance.
District and Club Membership Chair Mary Tempest led the orientation with input from experienced Rotarians: District Governor Samantha Maruzzelli, Club Treasurer Laura Charles and Exchange Student Club Coordinator Terri Detrick.

L to R:  Laura Charles, Terri Detrick, Nicky Morgan, District Governor Samantha Maruzzelli, Kristine and Ryan Werkheiser, and Fred Orlando (with Mary Tempest taking the photo)
On Tuesday, November 14th, Tunkhannock Rotarians provided and served brunch at 10 AM and dinner at 6:30 PM for the clients and volunteers at Patriots Cove in Noxen.
As stated on their website: “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.”
Rotarians provided lots of food and lots of help preparing, serving and cleaning up after the meals.  The clients and volunteers were very appreciative!
The guest speaker at the Nov 9 Rotary Meeting was Gregg Keen from Sawyer Water International, who spoke about their water projects in Poland and the Ukraine.
Also in attendance were Jon Naugle Wyalusing Rotary Club International Service Committee, WASH-RAG Ambassador to our District, and Michele Naugle, Wyalusing Rotary Club President Elect.

L to R: Gregg Keen, Michele and Jon Naugle
Although the Tunkhannock Club does not meet on Tuesday’s when World Polio Day was commemorated on Oct 24, Tunkhannock hosted as its guest speaker on Thurs. Oct 26, Carol Goodman from the Wyalusing Rotary Club who is a polio survivor.  She gave a very informative and outstanding presentation on polio and its consequences for those infected. 

Carol Goodman
Mary Kay Pivovarnik, Executive Director of CASA of Luzerne County was the guest speaker at the Sept 28 Rotary meeting. According to their website: "CASA of Luzerne County is a non-profit 501(c)3 child advocacy organization which was established in 2013. Their mission is to recruit, train, and support community volunteers to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system so that these children will be safe, secure, and given the opportunity to thrive."
They were contacted by Wyoming County Children and Youth to start CASA in Wyoming County where there are approximately 30 children in the family court/foster care system in Wyoming County. They are in the process of becoming CASA of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties and will be looking for volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Past President Michael Markovitz with speaker Mary Kay Pivovarnik
At the Sep 14 Rotary meeting at Tri-County General Insurance Conference Room, Membership Chair Mary Tempest inducted 4 new members into Rotary.  Frank Orlando was sponsored by George Gay, Matthew Piontkowski was sponsored by Dave Wilson and Kristine Werkheiser and Ryan Werkheiser were sponsored by Jill Tague. 
Please welcome our newest Tunkhannock Rotarians!

L to R: George Gay, Fred Orlando, Dave Wilson, Matthew Piontkowski, Kristine Werkheiser, Ryan Werkheiser and Jill Tague 
The guest speaker at the Sep 14 Rotary Meeting at Tri-County General Insurance Conference Room was Brien McChesney, who spoke about the future Drop-In Center for high school youth being planned in Tunkhannock.  Brien is the Director of Youth Ministry at the Lake Winola Methodist Church and a graduate of Marywood University. 
The Center will be within walking distance of Tunkhannock Area High School for 14-18 year old students to belong and enjoy mentorships.  It will be a coffee house style where the students can learn social, professional and other skills as determined by the students themselves.
Rotarians Laura Charles and Cammie Anderson are on the board of directors for the newly incorporated entity.  
They are currently looking for volunteers who can help get the Center up and running and share their talents through mentorships.

Brien McChesney
On Sat. Sept 9, a group of Rotarians assembled at Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock to replace/change the faded, torn or missing American flags on the veteran's graves. Co-organizer George Gay mentioned that the storm that had torn through the area prior to Sept 9, had badly damaged or destroyed many of the flags, so this activity was happening at an opportune time. 
Tunkhannock Rotary was honored to have 2 visits from the My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group with local spokesperson Ida Ferguson providing information and answering questions related to the activities of the group on Aug 24 and Sep 7.  Ida related that they are not a club, but individuals and groups desiring to help the homeless by making simple sleeping bags from recycled fabrics.  The sleeping bags are then distributed FREE to people who are cold on the street, including those in Scranton, Binghamton and Syracuse.  In Scranton, they are distributed through the Community Intervention Center. 
She explained how the sleeping bags are made and that they are always in need of donated materials, monetary donations for desperately needed deliveries and for individuals and groups to help make the sleeping bags.  Among the materials needed are: men's neckties, clean blankets, sewing needles, thread, sample size toiletries, socks, men's underwear, hats, gloves and scarves.
At the first meeting, Ida and her quilters showed some of the sleeping bags they had in progress and a few Rotarians stayed after the meeting to help work on them.  At the Sept meeting, Rotarians brought materials needed by the group especially men's ties that they use to tie up the sleeping bags once complete.
If anyone would like more info or to make a donation, please feel free to contact Ida Ferguson at 607-742-2179.
Top:  Ida Ferguson   Bottom: Rotarian Laura Charles (center) helping the quilters with this sleeping bag.
In lieu of a Rotary meeting on Thursday Aug 31, members of Tunkhannock Rotary worked the ticket gates and parking lots at the Wyoming County Fair. 

3 of the many Rotarians who worked the Wyoming County Fair
At the Aug 17 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, club members had the opportunity to welcome our first of 2 new exchange students Botond Batyky (called Boti), who is 16 and from Budapest, Hungary.  In addition to his parents, he has 2 little brothers and a cat.  His sport is water polo.
At the Aug 24 meeting, he indicated that he will try football as his first sport at Tunkhannock Area High School.
At the Aug 24 Rotary Luncheon, our newest exchange student Tanguy Verrier from France was welcomed by the Club.  He is from a small town in the champagne region of France.  The first sport he is trying at school will be cross-country.

Botond Batyky

Tanguy Verrier
Congratulations to Tunkhannock Rotarian Ron Furman (left), who received his Paul Harris +4 pin from Club President Elaine Walker at the Aug 24 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook.
The guest speaker at the Aug 17 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook was Taylor Finan, President of the Tunkhannock Business Professional Association (TBPA).  Taylor spoke about the activities of the TBPA, including June's Founder's Day, the Hometown Harvest Fest and Christmas in Our Hometown.

Taylor Finan
On Aug 19, several Rotarians participated in the 25th Annual Kevin Kitchnefsky Foundation for Spinal Cord Research Golf Tournament at Stonehedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock. 
Rotarians Laura Charles and Mary Tempest were on the lady's team and Peter Sehne was on the men's team.  A great time was had by all and a very worthy cause was supported.

Shirley Fackler, Laura Charles, Mary Tempest and Sandy Flynn
Every year, Tunkhannock Rotarian John Hovan has spearheaded the collection of money from Rotarians, family and friends to help support the mission of Operation Smile.  Operation Smile operates in more than 60 countries “to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe”.  Many of these children are suffering with cleft lips and cleft palates.
This year, enough money was collected to provide surgeries to 186 children to correct their facial defects. 
The guest speaker at the Aug 3 Rotary Luncheon was Natalie Eve Bolcavage, a student at TAHS, who attended the 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference at Keystone College June 25 to 29. She thanked the Club for sponsoring her. 
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference (RYLA) is a program for High School Sophomores who have shown leadership potential in their home, school, and community. The conference is designed to introduce participants to thoughts and ideas which if utilized, will strengthen and develop their leadership skills.
Natalie summarized her experience in this way: "I met so many wonderful people that will remain lifelong friends. It was one of the best experiences. I am very grateful for RYLA and Tunkhannock Rotary to be able to attend such an amazing event. Thank you!!"

Natalie Bolcavage
On Sat. morning July 15, Tunkhannock Rotarians and their families, who were fishing afficionados met at Ron Furman's pond to enjoy a morning of fellowship and fishing.  A great time was had by all.
The speaker at the July 13 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook was District Governor Samantha Maruzzelli. DG Sam highly recommended that members get involved in District Events and increase membership in our clubs.
This year's theme is Create Hope in the World and includes working on mental health issues.  The District will be developing ideas and programs to help improve mental health services in the District and break the stigma around mental health.  The hope is to help make it easier for people to get help and maintain that help. 
She also encouraged clubs to collaborate and share fellowship.  Samantha pointed out that communication is very important and that members should read the District Newsletters and website.  She also encouraged clubs to post on Facebook and share postings from other Rotary clubs.

District 7410 Governor Samantha Maruzzelli
At the End of Year Rotary Banquet on July 6 at Shadowbrook, outgoing President Mike Markovitz announced the awards to deserving members.  The President’s Award went to Dave Wilson for his work with the Interact Club and to Jennifer Williamson for her fundraising and sponsorship recruitment efforts for Club Events.

Dave Wilson with Pres. Mike
Service Above Self awards were presented to Judy and Scott Walburn for working with the Feed the Future Program and providing shoes to those in great need in Mexico.

Judy and Scott Walburn with Pres. Mike
The Distinguished Service Award went to Don Davis who has been a key component in organizing the Club Essay Contest, Fireworks Celebration, and one of the most time-consuming tasks, the Rotary Relays.

Don Davis
The Tunkhannock Rotarian of the Year was Mary Tempest, fresh from her win as District 7410 Rotarian of the Year. Mary has been ALL-IN when it comes to participating in all club events and activities, been a true mentor, a listener when needed, and a leader.  She also has been organizing Food Drives, working on Membership Growth Ideas, working with District events, taking on more responsibilities in the District, even her personal Facebook page has more items promoting the club and the district / events than her own personal accomplishments.

Mary Tempest with Pres. Mike
Congratulations to all the deserving award winners1
At the end of each Rotary year (e.g. July 2022-June 2023), the Tunkhannock Rotary holds a celebration to mark the year end awards to members and the installation of the new Officers and. Directors. This year’s celebration took place on Thursday, July 6 at Shadowbrook Resort.
Outgoing President Mike Markovitz thanked the club, officers and directors for supporting his 2nd term as President.
Then New District Governor and Tunkhannock Rotarian Samantha Maruzzelli installed Elaine Walker as Club President. She also then swore in the other Officers and Directors: President Elect Ann Way, Vice President Mary Tempest, Executive Secretary/Director Jill Tague, Co-Secretary Sandy Lane, Treasurer Laura Charles, Immediate Past President Michael Markovitz  and Directors Dave WilsonTerri DetrickScott WalburnJohn ProctorFrancine KanyokRyan Visneski, and Samantha Maruzzelli.
President Elaine's goals for her term include: 
1) Increase membership
2) Improve attendance at meetings
3) Have an active mentorship program for new members
4) Have more hands-on projects so we can better know the needs of our community.

Tunkhannock Rotary President Elaine Walker (2023-2024)

Tunkhannock Rotary Officers and Directors
Every July 1st, Rotary Districts change their District Governors (DG) at a Banner Exchange, which this year was held on Saturday, July 1 at Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock. For this Rotary year 2023-2024, Tunkhannock’s Samantha Maruzzelli was sworn in as the new District 7410 Governor by Past District Governor Mary Ellen Bentler.  After a 20 year gap, Samantha is the fourth Tunkhannock Rotarian over the 98 year history of the Club to serve as DG, joining the distinguished company of Frank Dolbear (1953-54), Otto Keil Jr. (1986-87) and David L. Whipple (2002-03).

District Governor Samantha Maruzzelli
Tunkhannock Rotary, not only celebrated Samantha Maruzzelli’s installation as District Governor at the Banner Exchange at Creekside Gardens on July 1, but one of its own, Mary Tempest, was named District 7410 Rotarian of the Year.  Mary, who took over from Samantha as Chair of the District 7410 Membership Committee, has also been active in the organization of District social and other events over the last 2 years and is chair of the Club’s Membership and co-chair of the RYLA Committee as well as, serving on other Club Committees.

Mary Tempest, District 7410 Rotarian of the Year
At Tunkhannock Area School District’s Senior night on May 15, Rotarian Don Davis presented a $1,000 academic scholarship to Norah Rickaby who will be attending the University of South Carolina focusing on political science/pre-law.
Don also presented a $1,000 vocational scholarship to Austin Kimelewski, who will attend the Pa. College of Technology.

L to R: Norah Rickaby, Rotarian Don Davis and Austin Kimelewski
RI President Gordon R. McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realize these values.
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Upcoming Events
July 4th - No Meeting
Jul 04, 2024
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Jul 11, 2024
Please attend monthly Flash Meeting - 7/10/24
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Aug 15, 2024
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Club Assembly
Sep 05, 2024
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Oct 09, 2024
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Nov 14, 2024
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Dec 19, 2024
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