February 2017

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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
United States
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At the Feb 2 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, Bill Ruark, who is on the Board of Directors of the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, provided an update on the Kitchen, which is now settled into it's new facility. They can now seat over 80 people per night. They are always looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve the meals, as well as, leaders to manage the volunteers.
President Ann Way announced that she will work with the Kitchen to select a night when Rotarians can prepare and serve the meal.
Pres. Ann then presented Bill with a check for $3,000 to help support the activities at the Soup Kitchen.

Bill Ruark receiving a $3,000 check from Pres. Ann Way
Erica Rogler, Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater, was the guest speaker at the Jan 26 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Erica reported on the various programs, which were supported by Rotary funds donated to the Theater in 2016. After her presentation, Pres. Ann Way presented a $6,000 check to Erica to support Programs for 2017 at the Theater & Cultural Center.

Erica Rogler (left) received a $6,000 check for the Dietrich Theater from Pres. Ann Way
At the Jan 19 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Ann Way announced that 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 Awards. Over 300 Rotary Clubs participate in this program.  
The club has participated in this program to teach children about water safety by buying the books, Josh the Baby Otter, and giving them to H.A.N.D.S. of Wyo Cty for distribution to children during their spring Family Fun Fair for children entering kindergarten. The Rotary Club is one of the resource tables at this event. A Rotarian gives each child a book and asks each parent to take the water safety pledge with their child. In addition, parents can sign up to take CPR/First Aide classes and they are given information on swimming classes for their children at the local high school. 
President Ann then shared the Award Certificate and the Award with Rotarian Terry Furman, who is also a Parents as Teachers Educator & National Trainer at H.A.N.D.S. and has overseen this program at H.A.N.D.S. 

Terry Furman (left) and Pres. Ann Way displaying the 2016 Water Safety Advocacy Award
Cathy Franko of H.A.N.D.S. (Helping area needs for diverse services) of Wyoming County spoke at the Jan 19 Rotary Club Luncheon. Cathy described the many programs for children and their families available through H.A.N.D.S.
President Ann Way presented a check to Cathy for $5,000 to help H.A.N.D.S. support the summer FANS Camp.

Cathy Franko (left) receiving a check for $5,000 from Rotary Pres. Ann Way to help HANDS support the 2017 FANS Summer Camp
District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, who is also a hiking enthusiast, gave a pictorial tour of various Wyoming County hiking trails during his presentation at the Jan 12 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Jeff showed photos he had taken of interesting rock overhangs, caves, chasms and waterfalls, as well as, numerous bedrock balds on top of the mountains.  He encouraged everyone to take advantage of the hiking trails to see the amazing natural beauty in abundance in Wyoming County.

Jeff Mitchell giving a pictorial tour of Wyo. Cty hiking trails
Rotarian Kristin Smith-Gary, Executive Director of the Tunkhannock Public Library, was the guest speaker at the Jan 5 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Kristin spoke about the Literacy initiatives at the TPL, as well as, the Programs funded by the Rotary donation to the library in 2016.
President Ann Way then presented Kristin with a check for $10,000 to help fund TPL Programs, including children's Literacy Programs, for 2017. 

L to R: Kristin Smith-Gary and Pres. Ann Way
At the Dec 29 Rotary Club Luncheon, the featured speaker was Bruce Spencer from Equines for Freedom. The organization has its 501c3 status and treats veterans with PTSD for free. They use a therapy approved by the VA but assisted by the presence of a horse. The horse acts as a mirror for the emotions of the veteran suffering from PTSD. President-elect Samantha Maruzzelli presented Bruce with a $1,000 donation for Equines for Freedom.
President-elect Samantha Maruzzelli presenting a $1,000 check to Bruce Spencer for Equines for Freedom
Gina Severcool Suydam, President of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Dec 22 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Gina spoke about the mission and initiatives of the Chamber and some of the activities with which they are involved.

Gina Severcool Suydam
At the Dec 22 Rotary Club Luncheon, an ugly Christmas Sweater Contest was held. The team of judges led by Ron Furman selected 3 finalists: Ruth Gorski, John Proctor and Norm Werkheiser.  The winner was determined by all those in attendance by the level of applause for each finalist.  The winner was Norm Werkheiser, who received a prize for his winning attire.

Finalists (L to R) Ruth Gorski, John Proctor and Norm Werkheiser

Ugly Sweater Winner Norm Werkheiser receiving his prize from Ron Furman
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.”
Click here to hear his presentation.

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