July 2016

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July 3rd Fireworks
Please join us on Sunday evening for the Tunkhannock Rotary Club’s July 3rd Fireworks at the Tunkhannock High School Athletic Field. Gates open at 6 PM.

amRadio will play from 7:00 PM until the Fireworks. One of the highlights of the evening will be the Color Guard comprised of former members of the Armed Services.

The Tunkhannock Senior Class will operate the food stand, selling hamburgers, hotdogs, sodas and more. Glow wands will be sold by the Senior Class.

Generous sponsorships have been received from BP Wind Energy and Peoples Security Bank to help support this event. 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.

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Purkey's Pink Apple
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Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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After the Awards Ceremony, outgoing President Ron Furman reviewed the many accomplishments of the club during his year as President. One of his proudest personal accomplishments was keeping his gavel from being “stolen” by Club Rotarians during his Presidency (a favorite game of Club Rotarians).
District Governor Barbara Belon then installed Ann Way as the 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. She also swore in the other officers and directors for the next Rotary year.

L to R: Front Row: President Elect Samantha Maruzzelli, Secretary Carol Ziomek, Treasurer Sandy Lane and Director Tom Kukuchka. Back Row: 2016-2017 President Ann Way, DG Barbara Belon, President Ron Furman, Vice President Don Streby and Directors Bill Milligan, George Gay and Rod Azar. (absent were Directors Karen Fuller, Norm Kelly, Mike Markovitz and Matt Pompey)
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock held its 2016 Officer Installation and Awards Banquet on June 23 at the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge. District Governor Barbara and Edwin Belon were honored guests.
Two Tunkhannock Rotarians gave personal Paul Harris Recognitions: Patty Ehrenzeller made her husband Randy Ehrenzeller a Paul Harris Fellow and Tom Kukuchka recognized his daughter in law Sherri Kukuchka (absent) as a new Paul Harris Fellow.
Club Awards for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year were presented to: Pres. Ron Furman for Perfect Attendance, a Thank You Award to Terry Furman for her outstanding work on the Blessing of the Books Collections, the President’s Award to Rod Azar for his leadership of the re-establishment of the Rotary Relays, a Distinguished Service Award to Ann Way for her years of outstanding service to the Club including repeatedly burning the midnight oil handling all ticket sales for the annual Harvest & Wine Festival, and the Club Rotarian of the Year Award to Don Streby for his masterful solicitation of donors and sponsors for Club events.
Top Photo: Ann Way receiving her Distinguished Service Award from President Ron Furman
Bottom Photo: Don Streby with his Rotarian of the Year Award presented by President Ron.
Sister Mary Alice Jacquinot from St. Joseph's Center spoke at the June 16 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Sister Mary Alice described the history and the programs at St. Joseph's Center, especially their residential intellectual disabilities program.

Sister Mary Alice Jacquinot from St. Joseph's Center
Lynnell Bennett, Wyoming County Planner, spoke at the June 9 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Lynnell has a degree in landscape architecture. She is working on a plan to guide development in the County for the next 10-15 years. Her group is partnering with the Commissioners, Chamber and Northern Tier Development and thinking about the economic potential for the area. She has 3 major planning projects ongoing right now.

Lynnell Bennett
On several days, Tunkhannock Rotarians descended on the Wyoming County Senior Center to spruce up its interior. The Club purchased the paint and supplies and provided the painters. The club also replaced the sinks and counters in the rest rooms, carpeted the stage and put a new curtain under the stage.

(l to r): Painting can be “fun” with Rotary. Jeannie Brady, John Hovan, Patty Ehrenzeller, Karen Andrews (Senior Center Director), John Proctor, Samantha Maruzzelli and Jon Buxton.
The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock has had the pleasure of hosting 3 foreign exchange students for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. All three students (Frank Yu from Taiwan, Louis Metens from Belgium and Julia Alonso from Brazil) were invited to give a presentation on their home country at the May 26 Rotary luncheon.
At the June 2 Rotary Luncheon, the Julia, Frank and Louis received Pennsylvania photo books signed by many of the Tunkhannock Rotarians as a reminder of their tine in NEPA.

L to R: Frank, Julia and Louis receive PA photo books from President Ron Furman.
On May 20th, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club hosted the 32nd Annual Rotary Relays Invitational Junior High Track Meet at Memorial Stadium in Tunkhannock. The historic Rotary Relays began in the 1980s, and returned in 2016 after a five-year hiatus due to junior high sports funding issues within the region. 
The event was attended by seven different teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference and Lackawanna League including Hazleton Area, Lackawanna Trail, Lake-Lehman, Susquehanna, Tunkhannock Area, Wyoming Area and Wyoming Valley West.  Over 200 girls and boys competed in 14 different relay events including seven track relays (4x100/110 shuttle hurdles, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x Mid-Distance Medley, and 4x1600), three throwing relays (3x Shotput, 3x Discus, and 3x Javelin), three jumping competitions (3x Triple Jump, 3x Long Jump & 3x High Jump) and the 2x Pole Vault Relay. 
The event was electronically-timed by Wil-Time Event Management, who also does the official timing for several other PIAA and NCAA track & field meets throughout the region.  The top three relay teams in each of the 14 events received individual medals, and six team trophies were handed out for the best school on the track, best field event school and individual team champions.  Wyoming Area won the boys overall title, with Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West rounding out the top three.  Hazleton Area won the girls title, with Wyoming Valley West and Wyoming Area taking second and third, respectively. 
Gate fees and donations were collected to benefit the Special Olympics and the Paralympics. The club thanks the generous sponsors who helped fund this event and the relay t-shirts. The Tunkhannock Rotary Club hopes to build upon the successful return of this track meet, and looks forward to an even more successful event in 2017.

Some of the competitors at the 32nd Annual Rotary Relays
With the school year coming to a close and the current senior Interact Officers graduating from High School, the Officers took the opportunity on May 19 to update the Tunkhannock Rotary Club on another very active year. Among their achievements this year, they helped the Rotary Club collect donations for toys for kids for Xmas on Candy Cane Day, had a Heavenly Hats Parade for chemo patients, packed 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now Program and participated in Prom Prep Day. They also received a Presidential Citation for their work this Rotary year.
The Interact Officers presented a check for $50 for Polio Plus (to be matched
by the Rotary Club) to President Ron Furman (center).
On May 5, President Ron Furman inducted Rich Seaberg into the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock. Rich’s sponsor was Rod Azar. Rich is the Director of Security for the Tunkhannock Area School District and oversees the D.A.R.E . (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) course for 5th graders, in which participants are taught how to make good decisions, and how to get out of bad situations. Rich teaches the students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and abuse of prescription drugs, as well as, defining problems, responsible choices, responding to pressures, communication styles, the five W's of reporting events, and avoiding risky situations.

L to R: Sponsor Rod Azar, new member Rich Seaberg and President Ron Furman
On Friday April 29, the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock recognized Doug Gay and Mary Lou Shaffer as Paul Harris Fellows at the Gala Dinner at Rotary District 7410's Conference at Mohegan Sun. They were selected for this honor due to their outstanding contributions to our Tunkhannock Community. Tunkhannock Rotary Club President Ron Furman introduced Doug Gay and Tunkhannock Rotarian Tom Kukuchka introduced Mary Lou Shaffer.

Top Photo: President Ron Furman with honoree Doug Gay
Bottom Photo: Honoree Mary Lou Shaffer introduced by Tom Kukuchka
2016-17: Rotary Serving Humanity
RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
Click here to hear his presentation.

Have you ever wondered why you should join a service organization like Rotary? Ever wonder what Rotary does? Watch this video and find out!


Help Eradicate Polio Around the World with Rotary!

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