December 2016

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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
United States
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At the Dec 1 Tunkhannock Rotary Annual Meeting, the election of officers and directors for 2017-2018 took place. Samantha Maruzzelli will become President on July 1, 2017.
Please join us in congratulating the following for their election to these positions:
President Elect (2018-2019 President): Mike Markovitz
Vice President: Ryan Visneski
Secretary: Carol Ziomek
Treasurer: Sandra Lane
Directors: Rod Azar, Jon Buxton, Patty Ehrenzeller, Karen Fuller, Ron Furman, Norman Kelly, Albert Noble and John Proctor.
At the Dec 1 Rotary Meeting, Candy Cane Chair Mike Markovitz reported that almost $2,000 was collected from Black Friday shoppers to buy toys for kids for Xmas.
Mike presented checks for $1,000 each to Mary Foley, Executive Director for Interfaith Friends, and to Patricia Skrynski, Executive Director of Wyoming County Children & Youth. The money will be used by these organizations to buy Christmas toys/gifts for children in need or in foster care in Wyoming County, making Christmas a little happier for a group of deserving children.

Mike Markovitz presenting Candy Cane check to Mary Foley (Interfaith Friends)

Mike Markovitz presenting Candy Cane check to Pat Skrynski (Children & Youth)
Every year on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving), Tunkhannock Rotarians their families, friends and members of the Tunkhannock High School Interact Club collect monetary donations from shoppers at various shopping locations within Tunkhannock to buy “toys for kids for Christmas”. Shoppers are offered candy canes as a thank you for their donations.
This fund-raising event has been undertaken by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club for more than 25 years and is known as Candy Cane Day or has been referred to affectionately as the “annual dodging of the cars” event. Rotarians and Interactors were very grateful for the donations from shoppers and for the hot coffee, cocoa and donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts.

(L to R) Cheyanne Davy (Interact), Ron Furman, Terry Furman & Olivia Schmeckenbecher (Interact)

(L to R) Mike Markovitz, Mary Linden, Jeannie Brady, Fran Turner and John Proctor
The Tunkhannock Club made a contribute of $350 to the Women with Children (WWC) Program at Misericordia University for 14 children for Xmas.
Katherine Pohlida, the Director of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at the University, recently spoke to the Club about this initiative that was established in 2000. The program grants free housing, financial assistance, access to quality child care and an array of social, academic and family enrichment programming to single mothers.  The Program empowers economically disadvantaged single mothers by providing the opportunity to complete a college degree, creating brighter futures for themselves and for their children.
At the Nov 17 Rotary Meeting at Purkey's Pink Apple, Rotarian Reverend Lou Divis spoke to the club about the NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Lou is a member of the Task Force Sub-Committee on Community Outreach and Awareness and presented many alarming facts about human trafficking taking place right here in Northeastern PA. Human trafficking occurs in sweatshops, hotels, massage parlors, domestic service etc. She also emphasized the importance of reporting any suspected cases to local law enforcement and to agencies such as the Victims Resource Center.
Reverend Lou Divis
During November, the Rotary Club continued its 13-year tradition of distributing dictionaries to third grade students at the four elementary schools (Mill City, Evans Fall, Roslund and Mehoopany) in the Tunkhannock Area School District. The Club has purchased and distributed over 3,300 dictionaries to third graders over this period.
Roslund 3rd Graders

(L to R) Rotarians Jim Welch, Maylene Gregory, Chair Sandy Lane, Ruth Gorski, Don Davis and President Ann Way distributed the dictionaries to the 3rd graders.
On Thursday Nov 10, Pam Burke addressed the Tunkhannock Rotary Club at the Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Pam provided an update on the Wyoming County Community Fair held over the Labor Day Weekend each year.
Pam Burke
On Sunday Nov 6, a Rotary Fall Social/Buffet Dinner was held at the Moose Lodge in Tunkhannock. The social was to thank everyone who helped make the Harvest & Wine Festival a success. It was also an opportunity to thank the host families for our 3 exchange students.
On Saturday Nov 5, members of the Rotary Club and 2 exchange students (Andres and Stefano) cleaned-up the roadside from the Fireplace Restaurant along Route 6 West. Thanks to everyone who took part in this semi-annual event.
At the Nov 3 Club Assembly, President Ann Way inducted Jodi Crimmel into our Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Don Davis was Jodi's sponsor and Sandy Lane and Samantha Maruzzelli will be Jodi's mentors. Jodi will be on the Drug Take Back Outreach and International Committees.

L to R: Jodi Crimmel, Don Davis and Pres. Ann Way
Jeannie and Al discussed the highlights of the 2016 Rotary International Convention in South Korea at the Oct 27 Rotary Club Luncheon. Jeannie showed photos she took at the Convention during their talk. Over 200 countries had Rotarians in attendance.

Jeannie Brady and Al Noble
President Ann Way inducted Maylene Gregory, sponsored by Jeannie Brady, and Wade Linden, sponsored by Samantha Maruzzelli, into Rotary at the Oct 27 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Their sponsors pinned them with their new Rotary pins.

L to R: Samantha Maruzzelli, Wade Linden, Maylene Gregory, Jeannie Brady and Pres. Ann Way
At the Oct 27 Rotary Meeting, President Ann Way presented Jeannie Brady with her Paul Harris +3 pin for her contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

L to R: Jeannie Brady & Pres. Ann Way
Heather McPherson is the new superintendent of the Tunkhannock Area School District and spoke at the Oct 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple.
Her main priority is to determine “How to make the TASD better?”. She is excited by various opportunities for the students, the highly dedicated faculty and the opportunity to work with lots of local industries to understand their needs in employees to help make the TASD the best that it can be.

Superintendent Heather McPherson answers questions.
Rotarian Francis Turner just returned from the 70th annual Reunion of his WWII 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning GA. Fran was knighted in the Order of St. George and he joked that we now have to call him Sir Francis. (Note! The Order of Saint George is the top award given to members of the Army's mounted force by the United States Armor Association of the United States Army.)

Sir Francis Turner
Message from President Ann Way
I consider it a great honor to serve as President of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club for the 2016 – 2017 year. The Tunkhannock Rotary Club has served Tunkhannock and the surrounding community for over 90 years. We will continue our commitment to our various programs assisting people of all ages from pre-school to senior citizens in our home area, in addition to international projects.  
When I spoke to our club members at our 2016–2017 Induction Ceremony, I mentioned that I had several hopes for our club for the upcoming year:
When we come together for our weekly meetings, it is my hope that people will leave feeling glad that they took the time out of their busy schedules to attend.
It is my hope that as we complete our community service projects, our members will feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
It is my hope and prayer that we will have wonderful weather and a safe event for our 4th of July Fireworks, the Harvest and Wine Festival, and the newly reinstituted Rotary Relays.
It is my hope that we continue to find ways to address the serious issue of drug addiction and overdose that is impacting our community.
It is my hope that when we have our social events our members and their guests will have had the opportunity to chat with each other and perhaps to learn something new about one another.
It is my hope that if one of our members has a really good idea for something new & different, that he/she will share it with the rest of us.
I was taught to leave things in better condition than what I found them – it is my hope that in the year of my presidency our club, even if only in some small way, becomes better and stronger than it was when I took office. When I consider the strength of the membership of our club, I am confident that we will do some absolutely marvelous things for our community. If you are not a member of our club, but have an interest in joining, please feel free to reach out to one of our members.
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.”
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