Tunkhannock Rotary President Ann Way
2024 – 2025 President’s Message
 
The Magic of Rotary
 
We have just concluded another busy year of Tunkhannock Rotary community service and fellowship. As we look to a new year, we will continue our devotion to our many long-established activities and projects. More importantly, we will constantly assess and address the ever-changing needs of our community.
 
One of our main goals this year is to find ways to engage and involve our current members while seeking to gain new faces. To that end, this will be a year of some experimentation. Members Sam and Mike will be co-chairs for Flash Meetings. With the exception of December, these meetings will be in the late afternoon/early evening in a variety of locations on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. An assortment of activities are being considered for these meetings with the primary goal of involving the extended family and/or friends of Rotary members. The regular Thursday 12:15pm meeting will not be held on the weeks that Flash Meetings convene. Additionally, some of our Thursday meeting will be exclusively devoted to community service projects.
 
As we look to the future, we will also consider the past and present. We will have some new faces on our Board of Directors. We will review our bylaws and work to fill committee leadership positions. Lastly, a committee has already begun to plan to celebrate the 100th year of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock in August 2025.
 
I am certain that our club with have another successful year and that with each activity the Magic of Rotary will be a reality.
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RI President-elect Stephanie Urchick celebrates the magic of Rotary. She says members create that magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member of Rotary.
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We hope you enjoyed Wednesday's Fireworks and once more a huge thank you to our sponsors and those who made donations at the gate.
 
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At the recent Year End Awards and Officer Installation Dinner at the Tunkhannock Public Library, District Governor Samantha Maruzzelli installed 2 Club Presidents.
 
Michele Naugle was installed as the Wyalusing Club President.
 
Ann Way was installed as the President of the Tunkhannock Rotary.  This is Ann's 2nd term as President, so she brings a great deal of experience to this position.
 
DG Samantha then installed all the new Officers and Directors from both clubs who were in attendance at the Dinner.
 
Congratulations to the new Wyalusing and Tunkhannock Presidents and Officers and Directors.
 

DG Samantha Maruzzelli installed Michele Naugle (left) and Ann Way as Club Presidents
At a recent Dinner and year-end club meeting, President Elaine Walker presented awards to several Rotarians.
  • The Distinguished Service Award went to Glenn Holcombe.
  • Service Above Self Awards went to Carol Ziomek and Joe Peters. 
  • The 2023-2024 Rotarian of the Year was District 7410 Governor Samantha Maruzzelli.
Congratulations to all these very worthy Tunkhannock Rotarians for their outstanding contributions to Rotary.
 

Glenn Holcombe (left), Pres. Elaine Walker with Carol Ziomek & Joe Peters (center) and Samantha Maruzzelli.
At the recent Tunkhannock Rotary Officer Awards and Installation Dinner held at the Tunkhannock Public Library, several attendees were presented with Paul Harris Awards.
 
Dr. Chris Andres from the Guthrie Clinic in Tunkhannock was awarded a Paul Harris in recognition of his service to the community during the pandemic. 
 
Rotarian Jodi Crimmel was awarded a Paul Harris for her volunteerism in Haiti and in supporting Days for Girls an organization that advances menstrual equity, health, dignity and opportunity for all." 
 
Rotarian Michael Markovitz was presented with his Paul Harris +8 pin for his financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
The speaker at the Jun 27 Rotary Meeting at Tri-County Insurance was Michael Markovitz, Chief/President of Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association, Inc. (TCAA). He spoke about the ambulance service and the current hurdles it and other 911 EMS Response Ambulances in the area are facing.
 
Declining volunteerism necessitating the partial conversion to paid staff, increasing costs and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements of only 1/3 of billed costs are a significant challenge. The funds going out to cover paid staff, equipment and building maintenance as well as Rescue and Water Rescue Services etc., are coming to a point of exceeding the funding coming in from all current sources.  
 
The ambulance currently receives no tax support from the County, Townships or Boroughs. Its only sources of income are from medical billing for 911 EMS transportation, grants, donations and memberships.  
 
Markovitz ended his presentation noting that the Ambulance Association Directors have been talking to County, Township, Borough, State and Federal Officials as well as others to determine the best approach to maintain these critical emergency services in Wyoming County.  This may in turn require an EMS Tax of some sort to help offset and defray costs for these needed services, if other means are not found. 
 
After his presentation, Rotary President Elaine Walker presented Chief Markovitz with a check for $1,000 to help support the services of the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association. Markovitz thanked the Rotary Club for their generosity. 
 

President Elaine Walker presenting $1,000 check for TCAA to Chief Michael Markovitz.
At the June 13 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Rotarian Jodi Crimmel spoke about her experiences attending the Rotary International Convention in Singapore.  Jodi helped man the "Days for Girls" booth in the House of Friendship but was able to view many of the Convention speakers as they were projected on viewing screens in the area. " Days for Girls advances menstrual equity, health, dignity and opportunity for all."
 

Jodi Crimmel
At the Jun 13 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Membership Chair Mary Tempest inducted our newest member Rick Huffsmith into Rotary. Rick was sponsored and pinned by Sandy Lane.
 

L to R: Mary Tempest, Rick Huffsmith and Sandy Lane 
At a recent Rotary Meeting at Shadowbrook, Club Treasurer Laura Charles (right) presented a check for $1,000 to the Triton Hose Co. that was accepted by Fire Chief Eric Kukuchka, who was accompanied by his daughter Mary.
 
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).
 

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Upcoming Events
Speakers
Haley Townsley & Casey Sickler
Jul 25, 2024
CEO & Wyoming Co Food Pantry
No Meeting - Rotary Volunteers at Triton Carnival
Aug 01, 2024
Sign-Up Sheet will be provided at meetings
Jean Ruhf
Aug 08, 2024
Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Aug 15, 2024
Please attend monthly Flash Meeting - 8/14/24
Cathy Wagner & Julie Ball
Aug 22, 2024
TreHab Services & Activities
Club Assembly
Sep 05, 2024
FLASH MEETING -Bill Longstreet - Fly Fishing Guide
Sep 11, 2024
Fly Fishing Info, Casting Demo, & Learn to Cast - Lazybrook Park
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Sep 12, 2024
Please attend 9/11 Flash Meeting
Margaret Maurer, Veterans Association Coordinator
Sep 19, 2024
VA Medical Foster Home Program
Amy
Sep 26, 2024
Northeast Sight Services
Scott Howell - Lego Project
Oct 03, 2024
And . . . A Surprise
Floating Flash Mtg - Festival Prep
Oct 09, 2024
10/9 or 10/10 Based on Weather
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Oct 10, 2024
Please attend Floating Flash Meeting
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Nov 14, 2024
Please attend 11/13 Flash Meeting
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Dec 19, 2024
Please attend 12/18 Holiday Flash Meeting
No Meeting - Holiday
Dec 26, 2024
No Thursday Luncheon Meeting
Jan 09, 2025
Please attend 1/8 Flash Meeting