October 2022

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Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Public Image Chair
2022 Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 8
Online ticket sales through Eventbrite. Click here.
Tickets are also available in Tunkhannock at Gay's True Value, Community Bank, Keystone Caps, Nimble Hill Winery and from any Tunkhannock Rotarian. 
 No coolers, no food, no alcoholic or outside beverages, no firearms and no pets will be allowed through the entry gates upon advice from security, legal and insurance advisors. Photo ID may be required for pick up & admission, since this is a 21 plus event. The Festival will take place rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. 
Online EventBrite Pricing:
Presale General Admission E-Ticket               $30.00 + fees
Presale General Admission Will Call Ticket   $35.00 + fees
Presale Rotary Lounge E-Ticket                       $45.00 + fees
Presale Rotary Lounge Will Call Ticket           $50.00 + fees
Gate General Admission E-Ticket                    $40.00 + fees
Gate Rotary Lounge E-Ticket                            $50.00 + fees
Local Vendor/Rotary Member Pricing
Presale General Admission                               $30.00
Gate Pricing (cash or check only)
General Admission                                             $40.00
Rotary Lounge                                                     $50.00
General Admission Ticket includes complimentary wine glass & wine tastings, bottled water
Rotary Lounge Ticket includes early 10:30 am entry through a separate gate, tent with covered tables & chairs, complimentary wine glass, plate with wine glass holder, bottled water, charcuterie snacks and Nimble Hill wine tasting and sales in the tent.  
Please note this message on each ticket:
“There are risks involved in any Event. By presenting a ticket seeking admission to this Event you voluntarily assume all risk and danger incidental to the Event to the fullest extent of the law, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the actual Event, and release the Tunkhannock Rotary Club from any liability, including, but not limited to, property damage, injury, or death. Ticket holders are expressively prohibited from bringing alcoholic or any other beverages, coolers or firearms through the entry gate at the Event. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or destroyed. It is unlawful to reproduce this ticket for any use and in any form.”
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 via Zoom. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. 
Club News
On Aug 25, 1925, the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock was founded. The club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pittson.
Happy 97th Birthday to Tunkhannock Rotary.
On Thursday, Aug 18 Tunkhannock Rotary’s guest speaker was Lars Persson, 1971-1972 Rotary exchange student from Boden, Sweden. He had returned for the Tunkhannock Area High School 50th reunion for the class of 1972.  Several of his former classmates also attended the Rotary luncheon and shared memories of Lars’ time in Tunkhannock.
Lars now lives outside of Stockholm in Åkersberga, Sweden. He is retired from a director position at the Stockholm School of Economics.
He talked about Eastern European Economic Opportunities. He shared with the club some of the activities of the School of Economics and some of the economic impact of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine.

Lars Persson
Past President Mary Tempest reported that 2019-2020 exchange student Jana Vickeva from the Czech Republic came to Tunkhannock for a visit.  Jana is doing well and was happy to see several of our Rotarians.

Past President Mary Tempest with Jana Vickeva
Wyoming County District Attorney Joseph Peters was the guest speaker at the July 21 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook. DA Joe grew up in Scranton where his father was a 2-term Mayor.  He became a cop, a lawyer, the Deputy Drug Czar in both the Clinton and Bush administrations and was PA's top drug Prosecutor. From his various experiences, he has learned that the best results for a problem are from grass root community responses.
He spoke about a variety of programs that his department is pursuing in the areas of drug abuse, human trafficking, gangs, teen suicide and mental health.  With regard to youth drug addicts, he wants to keep them out of jail and get them the help they need.

D.A. Joseph Peters
At the July 14 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Pres. Mike Markovitz (left) received his Paul Harris +6 pin from visiting District 7410 Governor Craig Davenport.  A new Paul Harris pin is awarded for each cumulative $1,000 donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The guest speaker at the Club’s July 14 luncheon at Shadowbrook was 2022-2023 District 7410 Governor (DG) Craig Davenport from the Wellsboro Rotary. He spoke about his plans for the District during the next year and reminded members about a variety of programs and projects open to all Rotarians and their families and some new initiatives and training programs that will be implemented during the next year.

DG Craig Davenport presented Pres. Mike Markovitz (left) with the official 2022-2023 Rotary Theme Banner “Imagine Rotary” for the Club to display at its weekly meetings. 
Rotary District 7410 Governor (DG) Mary Ellen Bentler swore in Mike Markovitz as the 2022-2023 President of Tunkhannock Rotary at the Jun 30 Dinner. President Mike was pinned by Mary Tempest, after which she presented him with his engraved gavel.
DG Mary Ellen then inducted all the other Club Officers and Directors including Immediate Past President Mary Tempest, President Elect (Pres for 2023-2024) Elaine Walker, Vice President Samantha Maruzzelli, Treasurer Laura Charles, Co-Secretary Sandy Lane and Ann Way plus 7 Directors: Terri Detrick, Ron Furman, Francine Kanyok, Norm Kelly, Tom Kukuchka, Matt Pompey (absent) and John Proctor.
The membership was also reminded that Samantha Maruzzelli has been inducted as 2022-2023 District 7410 Governor Elect (DG for 2023-2024) and that Mary Tempest will take over Samantha’s role as District 7410 Membership Chair.

2022-2023 Officers and Directors with DG Mary Ellen Bentler
On Thursday June 30, Tunkhannock Rotary held it’s Officer Installation and Awards Dinner at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort with music provided by the Jim Welch Trio.  President Mary Tempest began the after-dinner program with the announcement of a variety of awards to Rotarians, who have made outstanding contributions to the Club and the Community.
Among the awards presented was a Thank You Award to Marta Kovacs-Ruiz for co mentoring (with David Wilson through 2021) the TAHS Interact Club students for 19 yrs. 
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ron Furman for his 9 yrs. of outstanding service as Chair of the Rotary Harvest and Wine Festival.
An Executive Award went to Elaine Walker for her dedication and commitment as Club Treasurer for several yrs. and her acceptance of the role of President-Elect for 2022-2023.
Service above Self Awards went to Sandy Lane and Ann Way for their support and dedication in the Co- Secretary roles over the last year.
Club Designated Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to Jill and Jeff Tague for their continued commitment to Tunkhannock Rotary.
President’s Awards went to Immediate Past-President Terri Detrick and President-Elect Mike Markovitz for their weekly dedication, dependability and technical support to the Club.
The Rotarian of the Year Award was presented to Laura Charles, who volunteered to be Chair of the Club’s COVID-19 Immunization Support Campaign 2021, Co-Mentor of the TAHS Interact Club for 2022, Chair of the Club’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Committee 2022 and incoming Treasurer for 2022-2023.

Pres. Mary Tempest (left) with Rotarian of the Year Laura Charles
Saturday, Jun 25 was Founder's Day in downtown Tunkhannock.  As usual, Rotary had a booth at the event to promote our upcoming July 3rd Fireworks, the Oct Harvest & Wine Festival and to provide information about our Club and Rotary.

L to R: Frank Oliver, Pres. Mary Tempest and Dave Wilson
On Sat June 18, Ron Furman hosted a fishing party for Rotarians, their family and friends at his pond in Mehoopany.  A fun time was had by all and several fish were caught including by the youngest fisherperson.
On Thursday June 16, the Tunkhannock Rotary held their weekly meeting and went on a tour at Patriot's Cove in Noxen.  Patriots Cove is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization 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 their eighteen-acre refuge, they provide restorative outdoor activities, environmental service projects, and educational events and retreats for caregivers.
At the Jun 2 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, President Mary Tempest provided a photo journal of her recent trip to Hawaii with fellow Rotarian Jeannie Brady.  They had a great time and a few challenges.  The photo journal was great to see.

President Mary Tempest
Rotarian Jodi Crimmel (center) with 2022 Rotary Academic Scholarship winners, Brady Lukasavage (left) and Michael Sickler (right).  Our club is looking forward to great things from these outstanding gentlemen!
Gwen Buchanan was the guest speaker at the May 19 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook.  Gwen talked about her solo traverse of the complete Appalachian Trail.  It took her 5 months and 5 days to walk the trail from Georgia to Maine.  She showed absolutely fabulous photos from her adventure and the highlights of her trip.
Since 1997, the Tunkhannock Club has participated in the Adopt a Highway Program, adopting a 2 mile stretch of Route 6 in Tunkhannock.  Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, Tunkhannock Rotarians clean-up both sides of the roadside along Route 6 from the Fireplace Restaurant to beyond Route 87 towards Meshoppen.
On Sat May 14, Rotarians and family members gathered at the Fireplace Restaurant parking lot to begin the Spring cleanup.  Rotarians are "People of Action" and were determined to get the cleanup done to help “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful”. Although much of the material found is garbage and debris, other more interesting things have also been found such as money, shoes, pants, tires and miscellaneous items. All money found is donated to the Club.
Congratulations to all the track and field participants who participated in the Wed, May 4 Rotary Relays Invitational in Tunkhannock.  Thank you to all the Rotarians, volunteers, timers, helpers, students and athletic staff who helped to make this event possible. Thank you also to our generous sponsors.
Photos from this event can be found on the home page of our website in the 2022 Rotary Relays Invitational Photo Album (https://tunkhannockrotary.org/PhotoAlbums/2022-rotary-relays-invitational)
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.” 
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.

Help Eradicate Polio Around the World with Rotary!

Upcoming Events
Jodi Crimmel
Oct 13, 2022
Recent Trip to Haiti
Ben Robinson
Oct 20, 2022
100 K race in Europe inc France & Italy
Gary Rivlin
Oct 27, 2022
Author - Saving Main Street inc. interviews with people from Tunkhannock
Jeremy Wilson& Bob Morgan
Nov 10, 2022
USDA Associate Director and USDA State Director USDA Rural Development
Judy & Scott Walburn
Dec 08, 2022
Seaside Playa del Carmen Rotary Club - Feeding the Future Program
No Meeting
Dec 29, 2022
New Year's Eve Holiday Break
Club Assembly
Mar 16, 2023