Rotary District 7410 Auction
We are in the stretch of the Rotary District 7410 Auction.  March 14th is the finale of this “win-win” event.
You and or your friends, family, neighbors, ANYBODY can bid and win an item at a great auction price ; and your club will win by getting foundation and Paul Harris credits for the items that sell, and were solicited by your club. 
And the sponsorships your club facilitates from area business are applied toward your clubs Foundation goals for the FY.   New Milford Area has already satisfied it’s Foundation and PolioPlus goals for the FY, thanks to donations from area business/sponsors.
Check it out- lots of great items and services still available- hotel stays, B+B stays, jewelry, children’s collectibles, NASCAR tickets, gift cards, pool supplies/equipment, vintage items, tax prep services…you name it.  Pass the word, pass the link, pass the poster…
If you don’t believe it, watch WNEP Good Morning Pennsylvania every morning this week at 8:27 or WNEP-2 each night at 10:00 PM.  
2013 to Present - Josh the Baby Otter Water Safety Program
The Josh the Baby Otter Program was started by parents whose young son Joshua drowned in the families back yard swimming pool. They set up the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) and published the Josh the Baby Otter book and CD to teach children water safety.
After 2 similar occurrences in Wyoming County, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club decided this was a project that could potentially save the lives of our most vulnerable population, our children.
The goal of the Josh the Baby Otter Water Safety Program is to educate children with a fun and simple message:  To stay away from water unless accompanied by an adult. “Josh the Baby Otter” was created to help children comprehend and remember this important message. Ultimately, the aim is to create a water safety behavior for all children that will be passed on from generation to generation.
The Program provides a book with an audio CD of someone reading the book.
The Club began its participation in the Josh the Baby Otter Program in 2013 during the Presidency of Karen Fuller. The books with audio CDs were purchased by the Club and provided to H.A.N.D.S. for inclusion in their Kinder Camp activities for pre-school children. Children who did not participate in Kinder Camp received their book and CD when they entered kindergarten.
Cathy Franko from H.A.N.D.S. praised the program, especially the fact that an audio CD is included with the book. She reported that in some cases, the parents cannot read to their child. However, the child can listen to the CD and read along in their books and hence get this important message, plus help with their reading.
In 2016, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club was selected as 1 of 13 Rotary Clubs to be awarded the International 2016 Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award. Over 300 Rotary Clubs from the U.S, Canada and Jamaica participate in this program. 
Highlights of Rotary Meeting
Pledge and Invocation:
Vice President Mike Markovitz brought the meeting to order at 12:15 PM online via Zoom. George Gay lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Dave Wilson gave the invocation and Samantha Maruzzelli led the first recitation of the 4-Way Test.
Bob Carpenter - guest speaker
Lorey Durland – guest of Laura Charles
Club News:
Flash Meeting
There will be a Flash Meeting tonight at 5:30 PM via the Zoom link you were sent yesterday.
Committee Reports
Membership - Mary Tempest & Ron Furman
Rotary Trivia
  1. Every spring, we have a district conference, where is it for 2021:  This year it will be June 12 in person in Wellsboro at the Wellsboro Center for Performing Arts.
  2. What are the 5 Rotary Core Values:  Service, fellowship, integrity, diversity and leadership.
Public Relations – Carol Ziomek
The information about the Rotary Peace Fellowship appeared in the Mar 3 Examiner.
Carol reported that the Website was updated, weekly bulletin went out and our contribution submitted for the District Newsletter.
Harvest & Wine Festival – Ron Furman/Mike Markovitz
Mike reported that the committee met on Monday and everything is still being planned. A final decision will be made at the end of July. 
We need help with sponsorships, so if you can help out please contact sponsorship sub-committee chair Dave Weingust.
Also, let Ron or Mike know if you would like to join a sub-committee for the Festival.
Global Projects – Norm Kelly
Jodi Crimmel has not heard anything from Haiti and we are still awaiting contact to move forward with the Haiti Global Grant.
Rotary Foundation – Samantha Maruzzelli
Please make you annual donation soon.  If you need help with your donation, contact Sam for help.
Interact – Dave Wilson
Difficult time right now for school organizations like Interact. 
COVID Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Committee – Ann Way
Interact Faculty Advisor Tommasina Fiorillo has volunteered to be an interpreter if needed for the clinic.
Ann indicated that an email will be coming out today to those who signed up to have them report their schedule availability.  The clinic will still be a two-day event; however the dates are still to be determined and volunteers will be asked for availability for all weekends in March.  Because the EMA may only get 48 hours’ notice of availability, they want to be proactive in scheduling volunteers.
Over 130 people on the volunteer list right now.
RI and District News: 
District Grants – Norm Kelly
May 15 is the deadline for District Grant applications this year.
President-Elect Mary Tempest needs ideas for the District Grant:  so far maybe equipment for the girls’ softball team or something for the Route 29’s rest stop.
District 7410 Auction – VP Mike for Pres. Terri Detrick
The Rotary Auction began Feb 1 and will run until March 14th. You can view and bid on the items at  Many local items are available.
Dave Palmer has arranged for the District Auction to be featured on WNEP TV Channel 16 on Friday the 5th at 9:15 AM.  You are invited to attend and to hoot holler and yell for the auction and Rotary in general.  Bring your cheerleader voice.  (When you pull into the station parking lot, go all the way to the left side of the building, the parking lot continues around back and that is where you will be met.)
Treasurer Report: Elaine Walker
The Club received the bill for the new Club banners, that Samantha Maruzzelli orchestrated with Board approval.
Our next Meeting will be Thursday, Mar 11.  Our guest speakers will be the winners of the TAHS Rotary Essay Contest.
Vice President Mike Markovitz asked everyone to silently say to themselves the 4-Way Test before they go about the rest of their day.
Vice President Mike Markovitz adjourned the meeting at 1:09 PM.
Bob Carpenter
Info About the Function of the Wyo-Sus Co Child Death Review
Team and Who Serves
Bob has been an active EMS provider in Wyoming County since 2003 and obtained certification as a paramedic and an EMS Instructor in 2005.  He taught an EMT class in Wyoming County until 2017 when he accepted the position as Regional EMS Education Coordinator at EMS of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  He previously served as president of the Wyoming County EMS Consortium and coordinated EMS at the Wyoming County fair since 2008.  He has had a keen focus on injury prevention, pediatrics, and provider mental health throughout his career.  Since 2017, he has been involved in Child Death Review and is currently the chair of the Susquehanna and Wyoming County Child Death Review (CDR) Team.
As the chair of the committee, Bob’s and the committee’s goal is to prevent injury before it happens.
CDR is a multidisciplinary team of professions to understand why a child dies and what can be done to prevent such deaths.  This team is designated in Law and works with Wyoming & Susquehanna Counties.  They review cases of child deaths in accordance with the protocols established by the State public health child death review team.
They will review information/interview/reports from the CCYA, DA office, Court reports, physician & coroner reports, reports of EMS, local public health agency and any other person deemed appropriate by a majority of the team.
The CDR meet quarterly for 1.5 hr and occasionally have no deaths to review.  The review birth to age 21 deaths based on residence in our Counties.  They have detailed discussion of the injury or death and decide if the death was preventable.  If so, they develop a prevention recommendation.
All team members sign a yearly confidentially agreement.  Data is excluded from HIPPA, so they can review the info.  They cannot review a case that has pending criminal investigation unless the DA allows, usually they are 1 year behind legal.
All info goes into National Fatality Review Case Reporting System, which is very intensive on the info to be entered.  24 pages of information needs to be entered.
ID factors that cause a risk for injury and death.
Make recommendation for improvement both locally and Commonwealth wide.
Assist with coordination of services & investigations for all involved.
CDR teams do not have the resources to implement all the prevention strategies that it recommends, but they can be the catalyst for change.
Common need for prevention:  infant safe sleep, suicide, teen driving, poisoning (including overdoses), prematurity, farm safety and weapons-related issues.  Safe sleep is a big issue here.  HANDS does focus on safe sleep for the families it services.
Carol Ziomek mentioned the Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy program, which we sponsor for pre-K kids through HANDS.  Our involvement with this program began after 2 local children drowned within a 1 month period.

Bob Carpenter