April 2019

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Officers & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Drug Take Back Event - Apr 27, 2019
The next Drug Take Back Event will be Saturday Apr 27, 2019 (see times below). Please gather up all your unneeded or expired medications and turn them in for proper disposal either at one of the 2 semi-annual Saturday Drug Take Back Events or at one of the 4 permanent Drug Drop Boxes located at the Wyoming County Courthouse, the Tunkhannock Borough Police Station, the Tunkhannock Township Police Station or the PA State Police, Troop P, Tunkhannock.
The Pharmacies participating in the Apr 27 Event in Wyoming County include: CVS Tunkhannock, Lech's Pharmacy Nicholson & Laceyville, and Rite-Aid Tunkhannock. 
35th Annual Rotary Relays Invitational 2019
Come out and support our atheletes at the 35th Annual Rotary Relays Invitational on Wed. May 1 (rain date, Friday May 10). If your school team would like to participate please download and complete the application under Download Files in the left column of this home page.
April is Maternal & Child Health Month
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has been awarded 4 stars (the highest level) by Charity Navigator since approximately 91% of donated funds are directly spent on programs. One of the 6 major causes supported by the Rotary Foundation is Saving Mothers and Children.
“Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
How Rotary makes help happen.
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.”
For more information on Rotary’s Maternal and Child Health Programs, please see https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/saving-mothers-and-children.
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursday's of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary will hold a flash club meeting at 5:30 PM at Bogey's at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. If they so desire, members and guests can stay after the meeting for drinks and/or dinner.
If you are interested in joining Rotary, but cannot make our luncheon meetings, please join us at one of our Thursday flash meetings to learn more about Rotary and our international and community based activities.
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Purkey's Pink Apple
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Katherine Pohidal was the guest speaker at the Mar 28 Rotary meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple.  Katherine is the Director of The Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University. Katherine thanked the Club for helping them with money to buy children’s gifts at Xmas, which we have done for the last 2 years. Katherine also introduced Rene, a student in the program and Sandy Johnson, who is the Program Coordinator.
The Program started in 2000 to help moms at the poverty level, who could not access education. It provides the opportunity for the moms to earn their college degree in addition to providing housing to these moms with their children.  They get free housing for up to 4 years, attend college full time and have time with their children.  They also help them sustain their degrees and help with placement post-graduation.  Within 2 years, they no longer need any govt subsidies. 
Katherine then shared the exciting news that Gov. Wolf has recently recommended that this model be duplicated throughout PA.  The Parent Pathways program was begun with 5 pilot initiatives, which will replicate the Misericordia Program. The goal is to help people out of poverty and sustain this new level of support.

L to R: Rene, Sandy Johnson and Katherine Pohidal
At the Mar 28 Rotary Luncheon, President Mike Markovitz presented a check for $1,000 to the Victims Resource Center (VRC).  Janet MacKay, Executive Director of VRC accepted the check. 

Janet MacKay and Pres. Mike Markovitz
Assistant Governor Dave Palmer was a guest at our March 28 Rotary Luncheon. Dave reminded everyone about District 7410 Conference on Apr 5-6 in Scranton.
He also promoted the 12th annual Northeast Golf Tournament on June 3 at Stonehedge Country Club hosted by the Trail and Forest City Rotary Clubs.
Finally, Dave asked for members to consider volunteering for a time slot to man the Rotary Booth at the upcoming Hartford Fair. Volunteers will work 4 hr shifts so they therefore need 18 volunteers.  Volunteers will get a free pass to the Fair and parking is free if you volunteer. It is an opportunity to attract new members and raise awareness around Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.

AG Dave Palmer
At the Mar 21 Rotary Luncheon, Essay Committee Chair Terry Furman introduced the Club Essay Contest Winner, Charlesie Rowles, a Senior at TAHS.  She is President of the Interact Club and has been in the club for 3 years. After graduation, she plans to go into nursing and minor in Spanish. 
Charlesie’s essay  was submitted to the District 7410 Essay Contest for Juniors & Seniors.  The essay topic was “Be the Inspiration”.  Charlesie read her essay at the luncheon. Terry then presented Charlesie with a $100 check as the winner of the Club level of the Essay Contest.

Terry Furman (left) congratulating Charlesie Rowles
The guest speaker at the Mar 14 Rotary Luncheon was Dr. Christopher Andres, who spoke about the Medical Mission to Haiti. The Haiti MAC Medical Mission Program has been ongoing for 18 years from the University of Scranton.  45 students have gone on these missions and treated thousands of patients. 
They are going to Haiti to serve (not help) individuals.  The 4 doctors cover all aspects of medicine.  They also take 4 students with them on each trip (2-3 are 4th year and 1-2 are 3rd year and go next year also).
They just got back from their most recent trip and are now planning for next Jan. trip. They are looking for sources of supplies for the next trip. Right now, they are focusing on medications, since they are hard to get in the country. 
There is very rich cultural diversity in Haiti along with strong faith.  However, there are people who are very impoverished, and they go to some of the worst areas to provide medical and dental services to these individuals. Care is brought to many where limited or no medical/dental care is available, such as in the mountains, where there is no running water.
Dr. Christopher Andres
Pres. Mike presented a check to the Tunkhannock Public Library (TPL) for $10,000 at the Mar 14 Rotary Luncheon. The check was accepted by Rotarian Kristin Smith-Gary, Executive Director of the TPL.
Kristin provided a brief update on the Library.  Our donation helped fund the 1000 Books before Kindergarten (a preschool program where parents read 1000 books to their kids and they get prizes), the Wall Street Journal subscription, picture books, junior fiction and young adult books for the kids and summer and year round programs for all ages of kids.  A core of young adults has developed due to Rotary’s donation. 
Donations from the community provide 52% of the operating budget for 2019.  50K people visited the library, 151K books checked out, 4,500 uses of computers and 5,500 people attended library programs.

Kristin Smith-Gary Accepting TPL Check from Pres. Mike Markovitz
Donna LaBar was our guest speaker at the Mar 7 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Donna is a realtor and appraiser, but she has a second passion and deep interest in cellular regeneration and the ability of the body to heal itself. She has an inquisitive science-oriented mind, is a health and wellness coach and has published a book on the subject (Simple. Natural. Healing.).
Donna then spoke about how our body heals itself and what we an do to help our body do so. She especially emphasized the need for water, mineral and salts and their role in the 3 fluid systems in our bodies.
Donna LaBar
Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman from Northeast Sight gave a presentation at the Feb 28 Rotary Luncheon on their services for the blind and visually impaired in Wyoming County. Northeast Sight serves people with a myriad of different vision issues.  Vision issues are one of the top ten disabilities throughout the world.  Vision issues will double in the next decades as our population ages.
Sara and Amy then set up an activity re vision issues with 5 participants, who were each given glasses/blindfold that would simulate a different visual impairment.  They were asked to text a friend that they were at our meeting, pay $1.12 for a glass of water, pour a glass of water and then return to their seats with glass/blindfold on asking for assistance if necessary.
Our brave volunteers were Terri Detrick (cataracts), Chelsea English (glaucoma), Gina Suydam (macular degeneration), exchange student John (diabetic retinopathy) and Jon Buxton (total blindness). Jon needed assistance to get back to his seat with a blindfold on.
Each volunteered described what it was like with their glasses on and Sara explained how vision impaired individuals can perform the tasks that they were asked to do.

Sara Peperno and Amy Feldman

L to R: Volunteers Jon Buxton, exchange student John, Gina Suydam, Chelsea English and Terri Detrick
At the Feb 28 Rotary Luncheon, Colleen Newswanger, coach of the Girls Basketball Team thanked the club for sponsoring the Tunkhannock Girl’s Youth Basketball Team for 2018-2019. They wore their blue shirts to all their games. Their last game was last week.  The girls improved their basketball skills and they learned a lot of lessons that will serve them later.  Colleen then presented Pres. Mike with a Thank You plaque on behalf of the team.

Colleen Newswanger present plaque to Pres. Mike Markovitz
The guest speaker at the Feb 14 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple was Kevin Kitchnefsky, who spoke about the realities and challenges to daily living experienced by those with spinal cord injuries. He became paralyzed from the chest down in a work accident in 1996 that broke several vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord. Four years later, he set up the Kevin Kitchnefsky Foundation for Spinal Cord Research to raise money for research into cures and development of neuro-electronic/mechanical devices to help those with spinal cord injuries meet the incredible challenges to daily living.
Kevin showed a heart wrenching video of the amazing work being done at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, to which they donate 70-80% of the money they raise. 20-30% of the Foundation's money is used in NEPA to provide financial support to individuals who have a spinal cord injury or to organizations that help these individuals. 
His Foundation holds 2 major annual Fundraisers: a summer golf tournament and a HarvestFest in Oct.   They are currently looking for business/corporate sponsors for this year's golf tournament (http://kitchnefskyfoundation.org/). 
Kevin does physical therapy every day. He has family and a professional aide to help him meet many of the challenges of daily living, but he does have his bad days.  He gets through the bad days by realizing there are people worse off than him. He is determined to get out of his wheelchair one day. 

Kevin Kitchnefsky
At the Feb 14 Rotary Luncheon, new Rotarian Mary Martin gave her ice breaker introduction to the Club.  Mary is trained in Biology, Nursing and Pharmacy and currently works teaching people how to administer injectable drugs in their homes and as a manager for hospice.  
Mary loves animals and has quite a few at their home on the lake.  She remarked that her husband, Rotarian Bill Barber, is quite good at feeding the animals every morning. 
Mary is very interested in Peace through Service, since she visited Cost Rica with her daughter and saw how this can work in the poor areas there. 

Mary Martin
At the Feb 14 Rotary Luncheon, the Club had the first opportunity to meet our newest inbound exchange student Enrique (Kike) from Peru.  Kike left Lima Peru on Monday but due to delays and transits through Atlanta and Philly on his way to Scranton, he arrived on Wed. Feb 13. He along with exchange student Andrew from Poland are staying with the Kozloski host family.  
Please join us in welcoming Kike to the US, District 7410 and Tunkhannock Rotary.

Enrique (Kike) inbound from Peru
At the Feb 7 Rotary Luncheon, the club heard from Timothy Genetti. Tim is from the Hazleton Rotary and is chairperson for the 2019 Rotary District 7410 Conference, which will take place April 5-6 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton. He pointed out that District Conference is a good place to learn about Rotary. They will highlight 3-4 projects in the District, including the Honduras project. There will be fabulous speakers, an Italian dinner on Friday and an Irish buffet dinner on Saturday, with folks dressed up in their family heritage clothes. The Conference should be:  Fun! Fun! Fun!
Since Apr 5 & 6 is too early for golf, they will have a community project on Friday at 1 PM to make 2,500 bags to give to those in need and homeless. They want travel sizes samples of various sundries.  Please bring them to your local club.  

Timothy Genetti
At the Feb 7 Rotary Luncheon, Club Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted David Kuffa into Rotary.  Marta Kovacs-Ruiz was David's sponsor. 
David and his wife Jill have been married for 25 yrs.  His daughter Dana is at Temple Univ. studying Sociology.  Dana participated in RYLA and was an exchange student to Chile in 2016-2017. The Kuffa family also hosted Stefano Sica during 2016-2017.  They have hunting dogs and Stefano was afraid of dogs, but now he has his own dog in Italy.
David is an IT consultant at the Refill Station in Clarks Summit.  He studied at the Art institute of Philly.  He is a musician, song writer and videographer.
Please join us in welcoming David to Rotary.

L to R: Marta Kovacs-Ruiz, David Kuffa and Ron Furman
Our guest speaker at the Jan 31 Rotary Luncheon was Betsy Vannatta, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for United Methodist Homes (UMH). They currently have 2 campuses in NY state and 2 in PA providing for approximately 1100 residents. Their Mission is to provide a wide range of senior living services with exceptional care and compassion with a “Live-Better Lifestyle.” 
The 2 PA locations are the Wesley Village Campus in Pittston and the Tunkhannock Campus. Betsy described the various options and services provided by the 2 local campuses and their plans for the future.

Betsy Vannatta
At the Jan 31, 2019 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, Peter Sehne was inducted into Rotary by Membership Chair Ron Furman,  Peter's sponsor was Anne Sehne, his wife, who had the pleasure of pinning him during his induction. 
Peter and Anne have 3 children, all of whom have been Rotary outbound exchange students. The Sehne's  have hosted several inbound exchange students and entertained many of our District Exchange students.  Peter commented that he really enjoyed interacting with the exchange students and now wanted to give back. 
For the last 17 yrs, Peter has been a prison guard at the Waymart Facility.
He will be joining the Harvest & Wine Festival Committee.

Anne and Peter Sehne with Membership Chair Ron Furman 
At the Jan 24th Rotary Luncheon, our guest speaker was Sophie Burke, who was a short-term exchange student to Italy in July 2018.  
Beatrice Bursi, short-term inbound exchange student from Italy came to Tunkhannock in early July 2018.  Then Bea and Sophie flew to Italy, where Sophie stayed with Bea’s family outside of Milan. She got to visit several areas in Italy including Venice and even traveled to France and Spain.
Since the Burke's were a host family for inbound 2017-2018 exchange student Vittorio Sica, Sophie then visited with the Sica family before her return to the US. 
Sophie and her family will be traveling this summer to Italy and will visit with the Bursi and Sica families and Sophie will finally get a gondola ride in Venice.

Sophie Burke
On Saturday Jan 12, Tunkhannock Rotary held its Post-Holiday Social at the Shadowbrook Inn and Resort.  This year, the club invited both the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Club and the volunteers that helped with the Oct Harvest & Wine Festival to attend. 
This was the 3rd event during 2018-2019 at which the Tunkhannock Kiwanis and Tunkhannock Rotary came together, even though they have been ‘friendly’ rivals since the 1930s. The first event was at the end of Aug when Rotarians helped out during a 4-hr time slot at the Kiwanis food stand at the Wyoming County Community Fair. The second was when members of the Kiwanis helped with car parking at the Oct Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival. So, this was the 3rd opportunity for members of both clubs to socialize and enjoy each other’s fellowship.
Also, in attendance were: District Governor Roger Mattes and his wife Jackie (Winola Rotary) and Cluster 2 Assistant Governor Dave Palmer (New Milford Rotary) and his wife.
After a social period, a buffet dinner was held with music provided by the Jimmy Welch Band.  Additional photos from the party can be found in the photo album on this home page.
Tunkhannock Rotarians recently donated items for the auction that was held the weekend of Jan 12 at the Essex Exchange Student Conference.  According to District Exchange Student Coordinator Anne Sehne, who is also a Tunkhannock Rotarian, the auction raised almost $300 for the Program. 
At our Jan 17 Rotary Meeting, Anne thanked everyone in the club who donated items for the auction. She shared the photos below of some of the items that were part of the auction.
At the Jan 10 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, our guest speaker was Elizabeth DeMarco, who spoke about her 3 week short-term exchange to Ecuador.  Elizabeth had the opportunity to visit the equator, Quito, the Galapagos Islands, a volcano, as well as, try some interesting new foods.  By the end of her stay, she said she learned to appreciate the differences between life in the US and Ecuador. This was Elizabeth's first trip outside the US.

Short-term Exchange Student to Ecuador Elizabeth DeMarco
At the Jan 10 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Pres Michael Markovitz inducted Mary Martin as our newest Tunkhannock Rotarian.  George Gay was Mary’s sponsor, but in George’s absence Mary was pinned by her husband Past President Bill Barber.
Please join us in welcoming Mary into Rotary.

(L to R) Past Pres. Bill Barber, Mary Martin and Pres. Mike Markovitz
At the Jan 3 Rotary Luncheon, the Club heard from Rachael Kiwak, Director of the Wyoming County Active Adult Center, who spoke about the variety of programs and activities available at the Center under the auspices of the Area Agency on Aging.  
After the presentation, Center representatives were presented with a check for $1,000 to help with their support for seniors in our community. This money is part of Tunkhannock Rotary's Senior Issues Committee's Mission to identify and help support needed services and activities for seniors in our community that are currently underfunded or not funded. This committee is chaired by Patty Ehrenzeller (center in photo below with large black and white check jacket). 

Check presentation to Wyo County Active Adult Center by Patty Ehrenzeller (center) and Pres. Mike Markovitz
At the Jan 3, 2019 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, club membership Chair Ron Furman inducted Chelsea English into Rotary. Chelsea was sponsored by Ron Furman.  Chelsea is the marketing manager at SERVPRO of Kingston, Pittston City and Wyoming County. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications from The Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre Campus.  
Please join us in welcoming Chelsea into Rotary!

Membership chair and sponsor Ron Furman with Chelsea English
At the Dec 27 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, our guest speaker was Katie Rincavage. Katie is studying to be a Physician's Assistant and will graduate in May 2019.
Katie was part of a recent trip to Ghana to learn about their health care and other needs.  She went with a group of public health professionals and they stayed in the northern city of Wa. Tunkhannock Rotary had provided Katie with a $200 donation to support the goals of her trip.

Katie Rincavage
At the Dec 27 Rotary Luncheon, Dory Browning was inducted into Tunkhannock Rotary by Club Membership Chair Ron Furman.  Dory was sponsored by Ruth Gorski. 
Dory is the Executive Director of the True Friends Animal Welfare Center, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no kill shelter serving as a safe refuge for animals in need. She was recently a guest speaker at one of our Rotary meetings.  In lieu of a traditional speaker's "thank you" gift, club members presented Dory with animal food and items for the shelter.
Please join us in welcoming Dory to the Tunkhannock Rotary.

L to R: Ruth Gorski, Dory Browning and Membership Chair Ron Furman
At the Dec 20 Rotary Luncheon, the Club held its annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. There was a wide selection of ugly outfits and an esteemed panel of judges selected the 3 finalists. Although President Mike Markovitz definitely wore a very ugly sweater, he took himself out the running for the prizes. The club then voted by applause for the winner and 2 runner-ups, who each won a prize.  The unequivocal winner by a huge applause margin was Terri Detrick, who took the ugly sweater concept to the extreme with her head to toe ensemble.

Judges (l to r) Norm Kelly, Tom Kukuchka, exchange students John and Andrew, John Hovan and Harry Sharpe

(l to r) Runners-up Mary Tempest and Jim Welch, winner Terri Detrick and Pres. MIke Markovitz
Linda Falcone from Penn State Extension was the guest speaker at the Dec 20 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Linda is an Extension Educator dealing with Business and Community Vitality. 
She can help with economic development in the region and educate persons with political aspirations of those running for office.
She can also help with “Placemaking”, which can reinvent spaces to promote economic, development, health, happiness and well being.  Steps in placemaking include: examine the function of the space, design a pleasing & interactive environment and then create destinations to return to time and time again to encourage people to move here.  Linda then gave examples of Rotary Clubs that have helped create places in their communities that attract people to come visit and stay to live here.

Linda Falcone
2018-2019 President Mike Markovitz's Message
I joined the Tunkhannock Rotary 4 years ago this past May.  I showed up at my first meeting, and knew very few people in the room, and was very apprehensive. I was quickly mentored and learned about what Rotary actually was and did for our local, national, and international community, and knew rapidly that this was a very good choice in my life to continue to give back.  Rotary truly is the Best Service Organization in the World!   It is irreplaceable!
Rotary International President – Barry Rassin - selected the theme as “Be the Inspiration” for the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year, calling on us to work toward a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.  To achieve his vision, It’s our job to motivate our members.  He also stated, “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.” I am in hopes that I can help District Governor (DG) Roger Mattes to be an inspiration and fill our Rotary Meeting each week with inspired members who are motivated to continue to do good for our local, national and international community. 
I plan to work with our new Membership Chair, Ron Furman to find ways to help get some of our current members, who have not been able to participate, involved, active, and participating in our events.  I would also like to continue with some of our immediate past president’s great ideas of the Mixers and the Evening Flash meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, for folks who aren’t always able to make the lunch meeting. I will be asking our board of directors and members of the club for any ideas and thoughts they have to get folks involved / increase our new memberships to the club, especially the younger generation. 
During my recent PETS Training, DG Roger, made a comment that he is Most Inspired by seeing Rotarians in Action, completing service projects.  I would like to work with this club on developing service projects that allow for all of our members to get involved and get their hands “dirty”.  I would also like to further explore ideas about developing activities for our Tunkhannock youth to draw them away from the increasing drug problem in our area.
DG Roger also stated that “Each individual Rotary Club has its own unique characteristics and has done many wonderful things for the communities they serve”. He would now like the clubs to act in unison on various projects, allowing them to reach higher goals. I will be talking to our board of directors and members about how we can help accomplish this with ideas for future service projects where we can work with our neighboring Clubs and District, accomplishing greater achievements.  I also would like to bring some fun, enjoyable times of fellowship into our club.  I want to hear from you, what your ideas are and what your opinions are. 
I humbly accept the post of President of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.  Thank you for your confidence in me and Thank you for this great honor!  I can only hope that I can provide the leadership to this club that I have seen first-hand from the great Presidents before me. I do feel this is the Best Rotary Club Around and I am Very Proud to call myself a Tunkhannock Rotarian, and most importantly, I Am Very Proud of You as Tunkhannock Rotarians, for all that you have accomplished! Thank you and I look forward to working with you all over the next year!
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”

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Upcoming Events
Debra Tierney and Shealynn Shave
Apr 25, 2019
Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium
Honesdale Interact Club
May 02, 2019
Fund Raising Opportunities
TAHS Robotics Team
May 09, 2019
Robotics Team Competition Experiences & Check Presentation
Club Assembly
May 16, 2019
Marcia Loughman
May 16, 2019
Foundation and Rotary Rewards Programs
Tim Kerestes from Pivot Physical Therapy
Jun 13, 2019
Falls and Their Prevention
2018 Celebtariton & Installation Dinner
Jun 20, 2019 5:30 PM
Club Assembly
Jun 27, 2019