June 2018

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President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
July 3rd Fireworks
Please join us on Tuesday evening, July 3rd, for the Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s Annual Fireworks Display at the Tunkhannock High School Athletic Field. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Color Guard comprised of former members of the Armed Services.

Admission is free, but donations to help defray costs for next year’s fireworks will be gratefully accepted. Parking is $3 in the surrounding lots.
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursday's of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary will hold a flash club meeting at 5:15 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
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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At the May 17 Rotary Flash meeting at Bogey's at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Club Rotary Foundation Chair Al Noble presented Barbara Tourscher with her multiple Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians receive a new pin with gemstones for every $1,000 they cumulatively donate to the Rotary Foundation.

Barbara Tourscher with Al Noble
At the May 17 Club Assembly, senior Rotarian Norm Werkheiser shared his memories of his World War II activities that earned him a bronze star. Norm appeared in his WWII shirt that still fits after all these years with his medals on his chest.
Although Norm earned the bronze star during the war, he only received the actual medal recently. Norm made light of the activities that earned him this medal. He told of how he saved his unit by going down the wrong road, which actually turned out to be the right road to reach the heavy artillery unit to help out his unit that was under attack.
Norm, thank you for your service.

WWII Veteran Norm Werkheiser
At the May 17 Rotary Assembly, Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli presented a Paul Harris +1 pin to Rotarian Jim Welch. Jim was recognized for his generous donations to the Rotary Foundation.

Jim Welch being pinned by Pres. Samantha with his Paul Harris 1+ pin.
On May 10, the 34th Annual Rotary Relays Invitational Event for high school juniors was held at Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium with PIAA officials overseeing the relay events. The overall boys winners were from Wyoming Area with Tunkhannock coming in third.  The overall girls winners were from Hazleton with the Tunkhannock girls coming in 6th. Although the event was delayed by rain, it went off without a hitch and the Rotary volunteers and High School put on a great event.  The Junior class ran the concession stand.
Rotary Club President Samantha Maruzzelli thanked all the Rotary volunteers, officials, high school partners and sponsors for their support of the Relays.

The Tunkhannock Tigers won the discus event at the Rotary Relays and came in 3rd overall.
At the May 3 Rotary Luncheon, the featured speaker was Nico Chaulet our inbound exchange student from Limoges France. Nico talked about his country and the major cities and food/beverage choices. He also spoke about his home town of Limoges which is famous for its porcelain.
Nico then talked about the various cities in the USA that he has had a chance to visit during his exchange year with us.
After his presentation, Pres. Samantha presented Nico with a book on PA that was signed by many of our Rotarians as a reminder of his time in Tunkhannock.

Nico Chaulet (left) with Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
At the May 3 Rotary Luncheon, Project leader Wayne Krause reported that all 4 new Welcome to Tunkhannock Signs have now replaced the old deteriorating signs on Routes 6, 29 and 92. Wayne thanked the crew that help him erect the signs and cover the sign posts.

L to R: Rotarians Ron Furman, Wayne Krause and Norm Kelly.  Mike Markovitz was taking the photo.
At the Apr 26 Rotary Luncheon, inbound exchange student Vitto Sica was the featured speaker. Vitto talked about the most important cities in Italy and about his home town of Naples. He also related some of the best food items that he would recommend if one visits Italy. 
Vitto then shared some of the highlights of his time in Tunkhannock and his time with the other exchange students.
After his presentation, Pres. Samantha presented Vitto with a copy of a book on Pennsylvania that had been signed by many of our Rotarians as a remembrance of his time in Tunkhannock.

Vitto Sica
It is a tradition in Tunkhannock Rotary to gavel-nap the current President's gavel and hold it for ransom.  Although Pres. Samantha tried very hard to protect her gavel, it disappeared at a recent Rotary meeting.  At the Apr 26 Rotary Luncheon, Pres. Sam was presented with a ransom note for her gavel (proceeds to go to the Rotary Foundation) and a substitute "gavel".

Pres Sam with her new "gavel"
Rotarian Jodi Crimmel was the speaker at our Apr 19 Rotary Club Assembly. Jodi shared that she first went to Rotary with her grandfather at the Abington Rotary. He loved to sing and in those days singing was a part of each weekly meeting. Although he could not hear very well, he still loved to sing.  Sometimes, he was louder than the organ at church.
Her father then joined the Abington Rotary and took her kids to all sorts of Rotary activities.
Her children were in Interact and served as President and secretary.
Her late husband Bob loved Rotary as well and was active in our Tunkhannock Rotary. He particularly loved the sing-alongs at our Xmas luncheons.
So, it was now time for Jodi to join Rotary and she is now enjoying Rotary as well.
At the Apr 12 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Rotarian Rev Lou Divis showed a slide presentation of some of the highlights of the 2017 Peace Camp. The kids (ages 6-12) are learning to be peace makers in our community and thus supporting the peace work of Rotarians worldwide.  It is also helping the kids gain self-esteem and avoid bullying.
This year's Peace Camp will be Aug 13-17 2018. After her presentation, President Samantha Maruzzelli presented a check for $2,000 for the 2018 a Peace Camp to Lou.

Lou Divis (left) receiving a check from Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli
At the Apr 12 Rotary Luncheon, Club Foundation Chair Al Noble presented a new Paul Harris Fellow +6 pin to Carol Ziomek, who is also a member of the Paul Harris Society. Acting Treasurer for the day, Ron Furman pinned Carol with her new pin in lieu of Treasurer Sandy Lane, who was Carol's sponsor.

Ron Furman (left), Carol Ziomek and Al Noble
On Saturday Apr 7, Tunkhannock Rotarians and Interactors got together to clean up a 2 mile stretch of Route 6 starting at the Fireplace Restaurant. Despite the cold, the hardy crew collected all the roadside trash from along the highway.

L to R: Rotarians Ryan Visneski, Mike Markovitz and John Proctor
Wyoming County Press Examiner and Advance Editor Bob Baker was the featured speaker at the Apr 5 Rotary luncheon.  Bob talked about his 15 years covering the news in our County. The biggest news during his time at the paper involved the gas revolution and the worst news was the Weis Market shooting.
It became clear that being an Editor is not an easy job.  He must use discretion in what information he shares in the paper and does not just spill everything, just what the community needs to know.  They also need to protect the victims, but that can lead to criticism that he is protecting the perpetrator by not telling ALL.

Editor Bob Baker
At the April 5 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Assistant Governor Norm Kelly presented a club-designated Paul Harris Fellow to Bob Baker in recognition of his “Service above Self” activities.  Pres. Samantha pinned Bob with his Paul Harris Fellow pin and AG Norm Kelly gave him his certificate.  Bob thanked the club for this recognition.

New Paul Harris Fellow Bob Baker (left) with AG Norm Kelly
Celeste Kranick from Not One More in Wyoming County was guest speaker at the March 29 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Celeste provided club members with a variety of information pamphlets and resources for the addiction issues in our country and in particular in our County.  The purpose of Not One More is to break the stigma associated with addiction and overdose through education of the public and various outreach efforts.

Celeste Kranick
During the week of March 19th, Tunkhannock Area High School, through the Interact Club, collected food for CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) with their ‘Sack Hunger’ initiative. Every room received a ‘sack’ to be filled with food (canned/dried goods). The class that filled the most sacks was awarded a great breakfast snack on Thursday, March 29.
CEO covers three counties and they report that 76,160 people face hunger in our region; 1 in 5 children are at risk. Congratulations to Interact and the TAHS students for making a difference in our community.

L to R: Interactors:
Paul DeMarco, Nico Chaulet, Angelique Antenucci and Jamie Murray 

At the March 22 Club Assembly, Ron Furman talked about several key Rotary moments for him during his 6 years in Rotary. He is very involved with community activities and that attracted him to Rotary.
  • He loves the Rotary relays, particularly watching all the kids smiling and having fun.
  • Another highlight is the Harvest & Wine Festival, which is an incredible team effort to accomplish.
  • He loves the fellowship with his fellow Rotarians at meetings and events.
  • One of his most vivid memories is that he was recognized by District Governor Art Peoples while shopping. DG Art asked him where his Rotary pin was, since he was not wearing it? Since then, Ron proudly wears it everywhere.

Ron Furman
At the March 20 Board of Director’s meeting, Assistant Governor Norm Kelly presented Mike Markovitz with his next multiple Paul Harris pin.  Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli pinned Mike with his new Paul Harris.

Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli, Mike Markovitz and AG Norm Kelly
Raleigh Bloch, Chairman of the Board for the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, was the guest speaker at the Mar 15 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.  Raleigh gave a brief history of the Soup Kitchen that serves meals to approximately 69 people each week night.  
They always need volunteers, food and money.  One does not have to cook to volunteer as they need people to set up, clean-up and volunteers to pick up food at the markets that provide food for the Kitchen. They will take no government funds at all to avoid any restrictions. They ask no questions and will give a meal to anyone who comes in. A basket is available if someone wants to make a donation for their meal.
After his presentation, Pres.-Elect Mike Markovitz presented Raleigh with a check for the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen for $3,000.

Raleigh Bloch (left) accepts check from Pres.-Elect Mike Markovitz for the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen
At the Mar 15 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Club Foundation Chair Al Noble gave a brief history of the Rotary Foundation.  Our club has donated over $228K to the Foundation over its history. The Foundation created the Paul Harris Fellow to recognize individuals who donated $1,000 to the Foundation or had such a donation made in their name. Tunkhannock has 39 Paul Harris Fellows in our club of 70 members.
Al then presented a club-designated Paul Harris Fellow to Bill Ruark. Bill is a very generous donor to a variety of non-profit organizations in Wyoming County in addition to his work on the Boards of several of these organizations, including the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen.  In recognition of his “Service above Self” activities, the Tunkhannock Rotary presented Bill with Paul Harris recognition.  AG Norm Kelly pinned Bill with his Paul Harris pin and gave him his certificate.
Bill thanked the club for this recognition. He remarked that he encourages his staff to follow his example of donating to worthwhile organizations rather than buying him presents on special occasions.

AG Norm Kelly (left), Bill Ruark and Fdn Chair Al Noble
Tina Carlin, Executive Director of Farm Women United (FWU), spoke at the Mar 8 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.  FWU is only a 3 month old organization. Tina spoke about the goals and objectives of FWU, which is to give a voice to the farmers and restore cultural respect to the farmers. 
Today, there are forces working against small to moderate size dairy farms. Although there were over 1 million dairy farms in the 1960s, there are only 37,000 today.  Farmers are not getting enough financial compensation for their milk and are thus going out of business.

Tina Carlin
Janet MacKay, Executive Director of the Victims Resource Center (VRC) was the guest speaker at the March 1 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. 

VRC has helped 295 victims and their families in Wyoming County from July through Dec 2017. They also presented various prevention programs to kids in our schools.

They have started a Medical Advocacy project to teach emergency/law enforcement personnel how to screen for domestic violence and to supply them with options as to what the individual can do.  VRC is also starting a support group for domestic violence victims.

The VRC Geranium sale is coming up with the flowers to be available the Tuesday before Mother’s Day. They will begin taking orders next month. 

After Janet’s brief presentation, Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli presented Janet with a check for $1,000 to support the Victims Resource Center.

Janet MacKay (left) receiving a check for VRC from Pres. Samantha Maruzzelli

At the March 1 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Club Essay Contest Chair Terry Furman welcomed the top 3 essayists to the meeting.  The Rotary District 7410 essay contest was opened this year to both 11th and 12th grade students. The essay topic was “Making a difference”.  From the entered essays, the top 3 were selected by the Tunkhannock Essay Committee to receive awards at today’s meeting. The Club 1st place winner was entered into the District 7410 Essay Contest.
Terry then introduced each of the winners, asked them to read their essays to the club and presented them with their cash awards.

L to R: Sarah Seward (3rd Place), Terry Furman, Leah Rome (1st Place) and Jessica Ell (2nd Place)
At the Feb 22 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Assistant Governor Norm Kelly talked about his Rotary Moment.  Norm’s moment starts back in 1952 in his stepdad’s Oldsmobile, which broke down on their way to buy groceries. He sold it for $28 to the local garage and borrowed a vehicle to get home with the groceries. On the way home, they passed a house that had burnt down and the people lost everything. Although Norm’s family did not have much, Norm’s stepdad gave them the $28 plus all the food that they had just bought. That has stuck with him to this day that “you have to give back and be part of the community” no matter how much or little that you have.
In his corporate life, he made sure that charitable donations were important in those companies and benefited the communities they served. He commented although it was very nice to receive recognition, “You don’t give to expect a pat on the back or recognition”.
In 2011, they decided to move and retire here. He wanted to join Rotary at the Library fundraiser in 2012; Marta was serving wine and he asked her about Rotary. Five minutes later, Fran Turner and George Gay came over to talk with him and Fran sponsored him for Rotary.  He loves this club especially since it helps both the community and internationally.

Norm Kelly talking about his Rotary Moment
2017-2018 President Samantha Maruzzelli's Welcome

Tunkhannock Rotary has been a very special organization to me   even before I became a Rotarian in 2007. It  is  a  great privilege to be the President for the 2017- 2018 Rotary year. I started my relationship with Rotary as a host parent to a Rotary Exchange Student, my first of many. I joined the year my father, Albert Noble, was president and  through the years I have served as the Youth Exchange Officer, a Director, RYLA chair and Youth Exchange Counselor along with participating in many of the awesome programs we host. Our group is comprised of many of the most  wonderful people know and I  am very proud to call myself a member  of      Tunkhannock  Rotary.

In  my year, I  have set some goals that focus on making the Rotary experience something that all our members can participate in whether they have to work on Thursdays during our regular meeting time or have difficulty making it to certain projects we are doing. I   believe that this added flexibility will attract even more people to join our organization.

"One Profits Most Who Serves Best" is a motto of Rotary that I would also like to focus on. We are a TRUE Service Organization and we not only grow from the projects we create and implement, but we grow as community members, workers and business owners in the connections we make through our group. We have generated a family atmosphere between our members that will and has lasted a lifetime. Our service work has made us crave more. This year we will create new projects and dream bigger and grow larger.

I  have big shoes to fill from all the great Presidents before me and a huge responsibility to fabricate a well-organized, flexible group to leave for our Rotary successors.  I  promise to reach out to every member and listen to your ideas and your dreams and together we will construct a profitable, respectable 2017-2018 Rotary year!

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

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