January 2023
Officers & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Executive Secretary/Director
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Public Image Chair
Happy 2023
Rotary Club of Tunkhannock  - 5408
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Shadowbrook Inn and Resort & Zoom
201 Resort Lane
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
United States of America
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursdays of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary has a flash club meeting at 5:30 PM at Shadowbrook. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. 
Club News
At the Jan 26 Rotary Meeting, Membership Co-Chair Ron Furman inducted Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters into Rotary.  Joe was sponsored by Frank Oliver.
Joe was a cop who became a lawyer, chief of PA bureau of narcotics investigation, mafia prosecutor in Philly, 4 years in White House as deputy drug czar (2 yrs with Clinton and 2 yr with Bush). He was elected Wyoming County District Attorney in 2022. He has learned that best results are from grass root community responses.
Please join us in welcoming Joe as our newest Rotarian.

L to R: Frank Oliver, DA Joseph Peters and Ron Furman
Officers of the Tunkhannock Area High School Interact Club were guests at the Jan 19 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook.  The Interact Club has been doing an outstanding job raising money for various charitable endeavors as well as, assisting the Rotary Club with some of its community benefiting activities. Their faculty advisor is Tommasina Fiorillo and club mentors are Rotarians Laura Charles and Dave Wilson.
At the Jan 12 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Tunkhannock Rotary President Mike Markovitz presented checks for $5,000 and $4,000 respectively to HANDS of Wyoming County and the Tunkhannock Public Library. The proceeds from the Rotary Harvest and Wine Festival made these donations possible.

L to R: HANDS Executive Director Kathy Frank and Financial Officer Alisha Myers and Library Executive Director Dellana Diovisalvo accepted the checks from Pres. Mike on behalf of their organizations.
The speaker for the Jan 5 Rotary Luncheon was Club President Mike Markovitz, who spoke about the challenges and needs of the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association (TCAA) since the closure of Tyler Hospital.  He related that ambulance runs that might take 1 hr when Tyler was opened, can now take 3-5 hr with travel to Wilkes-Barre or Scranton hospitals with crammed Emergency Rooms. This has impacted their daily operations, especially with a lack of volunteers to help man the ambulance service. 
The TCAA has had to turn to paid staff to cover many shifts, which has a negative impact on their financials, especially due to the additional need to invest in equipment to help a little to offset the impact of fewer staff. The TCAA is currently recruiting both paid and volunteer staff, but even paid staff are difficult to find these days.    
At the Jan 5 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Membership Chair Mary Tempest inducted Sarah Streby into Rotary.  Sarah's sponsor was Frank Oliver.  Please join us in welcoming Sarah as our newest Tunkhannock Rotarian.

L to R: Frank Oliver, Mary Tempest & Sarah Streby
The Tunkhannock Rotary uses some of the proceeds from the Harvest & Wine Festival to provide its annual donation for gifts for Children in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University and this year was no different.
This program provides single mothers, who are economically disadvantaged, "the opportunity to complete a college degree, creating brighter futures for themselves and for their children". 
To help these families have a great Christmas with their children, various community organizations and donors provide funds to buy Christmas presents for the children.
At the Dec 8 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, President Mike Markovitz Sr. presented checks for $3,000 each to representatives from Interfaith Friends and Wyoming County Children and Youth.  Mike was also chair of the Black Friday Candy Cane Day collections with on day coordination of the event provided by his Rotarian son Mike Markovitz, Jr.  The $6,000 was used to buy Christmas gifts for children in need in Wyoming County.
On behalf of Interfaith Friends, Mary Foley thanked the club for this donation and her colleague Carissa Harvey noted that they have 165 registered families with 525 children signed up with Interfaith this year.
John Alunni also thanked the club for all the work that went into setting up this fundraiser.  He was very grateful for the donation, particularly due to the current financial climate and increasing costs.  As a result of this money, children in their purview “will experience the magic of Christmas”.
This event has been an annual Rotary fundraiser for over 32 years.  In exchange for monetary donations, shoppers were offered individually wrapped candy canes as a thank you.  The candy canes were generously donated by Northeast Data, Inc. 
Over 40 Rotarians, Interactors, family and friends braved the weather on Black Friday to collect donations from generous shoppers at 4 shopping plazas in Tunkhannock.  Coffee, donuts and hot cocoa to fuel the collection teams were provided by Dunkin Donuts.
L to R: Pres. Mike Markovitz with Mary Foley and Carissa Harvey from Interfaith Friends.
L to R: Pres. Mike Markovitz presenting check to John Alunni for Wyoming County Children & Youth.
As part of the Club’s Program to support senior citizens in Wyoming County, a few Rotarians go to the Wyoming County Active Adult Center to play bingo with the attendees. Jodi Crimmel, Robin Rome, Patti Ehrenzeller, Samantha Maruzzelli and Mary Tempest go on the second Tuesday of the month after lunch. Usually there are 20-25 participants, and they play about 20 games with small prizes.
Congratulations to the new Officers and Directors elected on Dec. 1 for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.
President – 2023-2024 – Elaine Walker                        
President (Elect) – 2024-2025 – Ann Way
Vice President – Mary Tempest                                     
Treasurer – Laura Charles
Secretary – Jill Tague (with Sandy Lane – Co-Secretary/Director)
Directors – 2023 – 2024
Mike Markovitz Sr – Immediate Past President            
Terri Detrick
Francine Kanyok                                                             
Samantha Maruzzelli
John Proctor                                                                   
Scott Walburn
David Wilson                                                                  
Ryan Visneski
After the Dec 1 Rotary Luncheon, Rotarians gathered outside the Dietrich Theater to erect and decorate a memorial tree in honor of long-time Rotarian Norm Werkheiser (March 20, 1926 - Jan. 11, 2022).  Norm was very active in Rotary for almost 46 years and in addition to applying his carpentry skills to make the Rotary "Take one, leave one" book libraries throughout Tunkhannock and a beautiful Rotary clock for the club meeting area, Norm and his family supported Rotary events such as the July 3rd fireworks and the Harvest & Wine Festival. 
At the July 3r Fireworks, they made and sold snow cones with proceeds donated to the club.
Norm and his family also provided key support for our annual Harvest & Wine Festival where Norm was in charge of ordering and delivering the Festival wine glasses, providing signage for the Festival grounds, storing the supplies between Festivals, and cleaning up and recycling bottles and boxes after the event.
New and seasoned Rotarians met for a Rotary orientation on Tues. 11/22/22 at 6:30 PM at Tri-County Insurance /Progressive Insurance Meeting Room. The following topics were discussed: Rotary Basics, Structure of Rotary, Club Runner, Foundation, Service Projects, District and International Events, and Youth Exchange.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our collection buckets manned by Tunkhannock Rotarians, Interactors, and families and friends at several locations in town on Black Friday, Nov. 25.  Money collected from this event will be given to Interfaith Friends & Wyoming County Children and Youth to provide Christmas gifts to children in need in Wyoming County.
On Wed Nov. 9, there was a Club social at the meeting room at Tri-County General Insurance offices.  Members and their families gathered for some socializing and networking and a good time was had by all.  An album with photos taken by Jeannie Brady can be found on our website with a few photos below.
The weekend of Nov 4 was the District 7410 Conference at Shadowbrook.  Many club members attended various sessions/events at the Conference since it took place in our area. A photo album of pictures taken by Jeannie Brady is now available for viewing on our website. Below are two group photos from the Conference Dinner.
At the Oct 13 Rotary luncheon at Shadowbrook, the Club heard from Rotarian Jodi Crimmel about her recent sojourn in Haiti. 
Jodi showed pictures of the 21 acres of farmland that were purchased and being tested to see what type of crops can most effectively grow there.  Crops from parcels of land on the farm will be cultivated by individuals to provide crops for them to use or sell. 
They will also be raising geese and ducks.  Native materials such as bamboo are being used for construction projects.
Jodi also showed pictures of the John Deere tractor that is being shipped to Haiti for use on the Farm. Tunkhannock Rotary is one of the organizations that contributed to the purchase of the tractor.
At the Oct 13 lunch meeting at Shadowbrook, Club Membership Chair Mary Tempest inducted A. Stacy Huber (left), mayor of Tunkhannock, into Rotary. He was sponsored by Harry Sharpe (right). 
Stacy is a former Rotarian and indicated he was very happy to be back in Rotary.
Recently, 2 members of Tunkhannock Rotary, District 7410 Governor-Elect (DGE) Samantha Maruzzelli and District and Club Membership Chair Mary Tempest, attended Rotary’s Zones 28 & 32 Learning to Lead Symposium in Toronto.
Not only did DGE Samantha get a chance to interact with Rotary International’s President Elect Gordon R. McInally, but she and Mary attended one of the sessions that discussed both university and community based Rotaract Clubs. 

Rotary International’s President Elect Gordon R. McInally with District 7410 Governor Elect Samantha Maruzzelli
In Sept., 2 new members were inducted into the Tunkhannock Rotary, Donna Wald and Michael J Markovitz.

l to r: Donna Wald, Membership chair Mary Tempest, Michael J. Markovitz and President Mike Markovitz.
Tunkhannock welcomed its newest exchange student Mark Holovacs from Budapest, Hungary.  He enjoys watching football here.  So far, school is good.
At a recent Rotary meeting, he gave an introduction to Hungary, including some highlights of their culture and traditions. He also discussed some of the traditional foods.  Mark mentioned that he can cook goulash and loves Hungarian food, but is enjoying American food right now.

Mark Holovacs from Budapest, Hungary
Past President Mary Tempest (left) received, on the Club’s behalf, a Rotary Citation for 2021-2022 from Past District Governor Mary Ellen Bentler.  The Club was recognized for achieving their goals set in Rotary Club Central.
2022-2023 President Mike Markovitz
On Jun 30, Michael Markovitz was installed by District Governor Mary Ellen Bentler as President of the Tunkhannock Rotary for 2022-2023.  The Officer Installation Dinner took place at Shadowbrook. Pres. Mike provided an overview of his goals for his Presidency.
This is Mike’s second time as President and as he said: “One of the coolest things I get to do this year is lead our club under the international direction of the very first woman Rotary International President – Jennifer E. Jones.  Jennifer selected the Theme for this 2022-2023 year to be ‘Imagine Rotary’. From her speech and in her words, ‘She imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become a reality and they make the most of their club experiences’.  She urges members to ENGAGE more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that engage the world”.
He issued a challenge to find out “what our Club Members dreams and inspirations are and help them achieve them to make this a worthwhile experience for all.  I would like to continue that momentum forward, encouraging every member of our club to come up with ideas for True Service Projects that everyone in the club, including their families can participate in, getting all our hands dirty for great causes forward.  I challenge my board of directors to seek out these ideas in the club and help take on at least 3 great larger service projects (in addition to all of our normal ones, of course) and move them forward to completion.” 
At the Jan 26 Rotary Meeting, Membership Co-Chair Ron Furman inducted Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters into Rotary.  Joe was sponsored by Frank Oliver.
Joe was a cop who became a lawyer, chief of PA bureau of narcotics investigation, mafia prosecutor in Philly, 4 years in White House as deputy drug czar (2 yrs with Clinton and 2 yr with Bush). He was elected Wyoming County District Attorney in 2022. He has learned that best results are from grass root community responses.
Please join us in welcoming Joe as our newest Rotarian.

L to R: Frank Oliver, DA Joseph Peters and Ron Furman
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones (who is also our first female president) has announced the 2022-23 theme Imagine Rotary. “Imagine, a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

The theme is a special one: the theme graphic was designed by an Australian Indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne Convention in 2023.

Some of the symbolism includes:
Circle connections to one another
Dots around it - our people
There are 7 Dots for Rotary's 7 areas of focus
Circle + dots around it - a navigation star, our guiding light
Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work); for us it's People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done
The colours purple, green & white - celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion
Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection
Purple is also the colour of Rotary's Polio campaign
Green represents the Environment
White stands for peace; it also represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colours were utilised for the women's movement, highlighting the opportunity to grow our female membership.

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