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Towne & Country Grille
Feb 18, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Tunkhannock Rotary Dance & Meet Event
Triton Firehouse
Feb 22, 2020
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Board of Director's Meeting
Towne & Country Grille
Mar 17, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Board of Director's Meeting
Towne & Country Grille
Apr 21, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Board of Director's Meeting
Towne & Country Grille
May 19, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
 
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Feb 20, 2020
Children's Trust Fund Grant inc. & Truancy Program
Feb 27, 2020
Child Hunger Outreach Partners
Mar 05, 2020
Family Skills Training - Rotary Donation to HANDS
Mar 12, 2020
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Mar 12, 2020
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Nov 21 Rotary Meeting
Pledge and Invocation:
 
President Sandy Lane brought the meeting to order at 12:15 PM at Purkey’s Pink Apple with Norm Werkheiser leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Dave Wilson giving the Invocation.
 
Guests:
 
Kike, Jana and Ale – exchange students
 
Club News:
 
Paul Harris Presentations
 
Don Davis was presented by President Sandy Lane with his first Paul Harris Award, for cumulated donations of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
 

L to R: Don Davis and President Sandy Lane
 
Also, Jeannie Brady received her PHF +6 pin from Pres Sandy Lane.
 

L to R: Pres. Sandy Lane and Jeannie Brady
 
No meeting on Thanksgiving
 
No meeting on Thanksgiving Nov. 28th
 
Assistant Secretary for 2021-2022
 
Carol needs someone to help with Club secretarial work including input of weekly attendance into ClubRunner database, manage the club e-mail Gmail account and fill in for Carol when she is out on medical leave in the Spring and Fall 2020.
 
Community Project Ideas
 
Pres. Sandy would like ideas for Community Projects by Dec. 5th.  This year, we are doing the all-inclusive swing set for Lazybrook Park.  By March, we need to have the ideas for a District Grant for 2020-2021.
 
Wall that Heals Event
 
By Dec 5, the club needs to decide how Rotary can help with the Wall That Heals. Donations and volunteers are needed.
 
Club Dues
 
Please pay your club dues as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Thank you if you have already done so. Cost is $135 for period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. We have already paid the first half year of dues for you to RI and our District, so we would really appreciate it, if those still owing dues pay very soon, so we are not forced to terminate your membership in Dec.  The Club is charged dues from RI and District for anyone on our membership rolls on July 1 and Jan 1.
 
Committee Reports:
 
Candy Cane Day – Mike Markovitz
 
Interact students will help out at Candy Cane Day according to Dave Wilson. Tomassina will notify Mike, who and when they can help out.
 
Interact – Dave Wilson
 
The Interact Club are doing CandyGrams for polio and Dave said we will match their polio donation as we usually do each year.
 
Our exchange students and Allie Edwards went to Wilkes University for the District meeting for Youth and they talked about Polio Plus.  Allie Edwards will be a short term outbound exchange student next year and may consider doing long term exchange.
 
PR Committee – Chelsea Broody/Gina Suydam
 
Candy Cane Day PR will go in the newspaper and Facebook has been updated.
 
District News:
 
See the Nov District newsletter for information on the various events and activities happening in District 7410. Please support our fellow Rotarians at other clubs in our District for their fun upcoming activities/events.
Our next Meeting will be Thursday, Dec 5. It will be our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers.  It is a members only meeting.
 
Prior to adjournment, Don Davis led the recitation of the 4-Way Test by the attendees.
 
President Sandy Lane adjourned the meeting at 1:30 PM.
Speaker: 
Kike Caro Paredes
Exchange Student from Peru
 
He has been here 8 months, arrived in PA in Feb.  He will talk about his country and his exchange in US.
 
Peru has 33 million people and Kike lives in Lima, which is the capital. The country has 3 different regions: coast, which is where Lima is located, mountains of which some parts have snow, includes Cusco and Machu Picchu and jungle areas of the Amazon with different cultures, traditions and foods.
 
They have many tourist areas like Machu Picchu, the Mountain of 7 colors and the Rock forest.
 
Foods of Peru include:  purple corn, lots of seafood on the coast (ceviche, calamari, crab soup).  Mountain food: beef from mountains, spicy chicken, roast chicken.  Jungle: Guinea pig (Norm did not think it was too good when he was in Peru), pieces of cow heart, pork dishes.
 
His family: his Dad is also Kike, his mom is Ana and he has a sister Pamela.
 
He goes to a Christian school in the suburbs of Lima. He walks to school.  They have traditional dances that they try to pass on to the younger generations. He plays soccer and loves to cook any food.
 
His exchange:  His trip over was very difficult. He flew to Atlanta and then had to wait 12 hr for connection to Scranton.  They changed the gate and he had to wait even longer.  Weather was crazy.  Raining in Atlanta and there were thunderstorms and lightning, and then snow in PA. Scranton had freezing rain and they went back to Atlanta.  The whole trip took several days.  It was the first time that he took any flight and had to deal with a different language, culture etc.  So, his trip was very traumatic at first and took over 2 days.  His family from Peru did not really know where he was during part of the time.
 
While here, he got to see snow for the first time.
 
He has done a lot of traveling while here.
  • He got to go to Boston with his first host family and Andres from Poland. They visited MIT. 
  • On another trip, they went to Delaware to visit host family’s family, close to beach and warmer than here.
  • He also went on the exchange student trip to Washington D.C. in spring and saw baseball game, historic sites and cherry blossoms, White House. Paul Harris medallion in Wash. 
  • He went to Hershey and got a chocolate bar with his name on it. 
  • He went to Knobles park and experienced his first time on a roller coaster. 
  • Also went to Chicago with host family (Willis tower (103 floors, beam, basketball team site).
  • He also did a trip to Florida and the beaches there.
  • They also went to Philly and he had cheese steaks, saw the Independence Bell, Rocky steps, and saw an American college football game.
  • Recently he had Thanksgiving dinner with other exchange students and took part in interviews with future exchange students.
He did track and field at Tunkhannock Area High School (TAHS) and learned to shoot at the Wyalusing Club shoot.  He got to go hiking and kayaking. One of his favorite experiences was being on the soccer team and playing in the USA.
 
He went to prom and had graduation in May at TAHS (second graduation for him).
 
He got to interact with 2 different groups of exchange students during his stay and made lots of lasting friendships.
 
Pres. Sandy presented Kike with a club banner and book on the state of PA signed by many of the club members.
 

L to R: Pres. Sandy Lane with Kike
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Thomas Daniels
February 5
 
Judd Fitze
February 11
 
Annette Chickey
February 13
 
David Kuffa
February 14
 
Tom Kukuchka
February 18
 
Michael Markovitz
February 24
 
Susan Kelly
February 27
 
Join Date
Bill Barber
February 14, 2008
12 years
 
Kristin Smith-Gary
February 16, 2015
5 years
 
Steve Thomas
February 18, 1982
38 years
 
Ann Marie Stevens
February 24, 2016
4 years
 
Rick Miller
February 24, 2016
4 years
 
Elaine Walker
February 28, 2017
3 years