August 2021

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President Elect
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Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
2021 Harvest & Wine Festival - Oct 9
Tickets for the 2021 Festival do not go on sale until Aug 16.  Please check back on the 16th for the link to order your tickets and the list of local ticket sites.
2021-22 President Mary Tempest
At the Jun 27 Officer Installation, 2021-2022 Pres. Mary Tempest reminded everyone that Shekhar Mehta RI President 2021-2022 is asking Rotarians “to do more and grow more.” Donors as in bigger and impactful service projects and grow more as in increasing membership and expanding the participation. Each Rotarian should bring one new member to Rotary.
Mary then provided a brief overview of her goals for her Presidency:
  • To have 1-2 family events this year. Rotarians can bring their children or grandchildren to the events. For example a Fish Derby, Corn hole Tournament, Kayak trip, or a baseball game between dad’s and their children. 
  • Have a speaker once a quarter give a speech, give a demonstration to the club and possibly invite the public.
  • Increase Rotarian‘s engagement by going to district events.
  • To connect with the younger generation to grow Rotary.
  • Our club should sponsor a Rotaract club, possibly with the new branch of Lackawanna College in Tunkhannock.
  • Possibly start an Interact Club at Elk Lake.
RI President-elect Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving other is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
Thank You to Essential Workers!
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Shadowbrook Inn and Resort
201 Resort Lane
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
United States of America
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursday's of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary has a flash club meeting at 5:30 PM at Shadowbrook and via Zoom. This is a 15-30 minute meeting for those members or prospective members who cannot make our regular 12:15 PM meeting. 
Club News
Rotarian Fran Turner, along with his daughter Susan, attended the July 22 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort.  Fran has been a Rotarian for 71 years. He was Club President (1973-4) and served as secretary of the Tunkhannock Rotary for a record breaking 25 years. He was made a life-time member of the Tunkhannock Rotary for his 100th Birthday in 2019. Fran is also one of our veterans of WWII and we thank him for his service. 
Fran told us a little about his life in Western PA. Although this was an emotional visit with a lot of his friends in attendance, it was also a chance for several members to tell some funny stories about Fran, so it was somewhat of a Roast, as well as, a celebration of an inspiring individual. It was truly delightful to have Fran (and Susan) at our meeting, and we wish we could see more of him.

Fran Turner
At the July 22 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, our guest speaker was Deb Shurtleff from the Wyoming County Community Alliance who spoke about the Wyoming County Heart and Soul Project of which she is the Coordinator.  There kick-off event is Friday, July 23. As stated on their website: "....resilient Community Heart & Soul towns are finding innovative and safe ways to engage residents, build relationships, honor homegrown talents and assets, and reclaim and reshape their communities".
The Project committee members currently include Ernie King, Wyoming County Commissioner, Lynnelle Farber, Wyoming County Community Planning Office, Gina Suydam, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Erica Rogler, Wyoming County Cultural Center and Dietrich Theater, Cain Chamberlin, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Jean Ruhf, Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Allison Schultz, Community Liaison Member, and Shurtleff, Community Heart & Soul Project Coordinator, Wyoming County Community Alliance.
On Tuesday July 20, there was a new member orientation at Lazybrook Park.   Pres. Mary Tempest did introductions and led Rotary Trivia. She also talked about club dues & event costs, as well as, information about District and international conventions. Samantha Maruzzelli talked about RYLA, youth exchange, Club Runner and our website. Al Noble discussed the Rotary Foundation. Mike Markovitz described the various Club Committees. Pres. Mary commented that "It was a fun evening at the park".
Absent from the June 27 District Banner Exchange was Tunkhannock’s Ann Way, who is taking over from Assistant Governor (AG) Dave Palmer as AG for Cluster 2, which includes: Forest City, New Milford, Trail, Tunkhannock, Winola and Wyalusing.  AG Dave Palmer had previously given Ann all the info she needed to act as AG at one of the Club’s meetings.
Belated congratulations to Ann becoming Assistant Governor for Cluster 2.

Dave Palmer and Ann Way
The speaker for the July 15th Rotary meeting at Shadowbrook was President Tracy Brundage, PhD from Keystone College, who spoke about "Building the Future Today".  The college is preparing students with a revolutionary competitive advantage in the work place.  There is a 13:1 student to faculty ratio currently at the college. There are 40 degree options available within Keystone College and a 94% placement rate. 

Keystone College President Tracy Brundage
Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted 2 new members at the July 15 Club Meeting. Leslie Bullock was sponsored and pinned by Mary Tempest and Kenda Peck by David Wilson.
L to R: Leslie Bullock, Ron Furman, Mary Tempest, Kenda Peck & Dave Wilson
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our July 3rd Fireworks display at the High School Athletic Field.  Thanks also to PopStar Drive for the great music, the American Legion Honor Guard and the Senior Class, who manned the concession stand and sold glow wands. We also want to acknowledge the support from the School's Security and Maintenance Staff, from the Tunkhannock Ambulance and Triton organizations and from all our Rotarian volunteers, family and friends.
We hope to see you again on July 3rd, 2022!
Rotary District 7410 Assistant Governor (AG) Dave Palmer installed the Tunkhannock Club Officers and Directors for 2021-2022 at the Jun 27 Year End Celebration at the Moose Club Pavilion.
After the installation, outgoing Pres. Terri Detrick summarized her year as President including the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She thanked everyone for their support during this challenging year and for the Club so readily adapting to first Zoom only meetings and then to hybrid in-person and Zoom meetings.
The Celebration ended with 2021-2022 President Mary Tempest giving her first Presidential address, in which she talked about this year’s Rotary International theme “to do more and grow more”. To do more, Rotary membership needs to increase, and she encouraged every Rotarian to bring in one new member this year.
Finally, Pres. Mary briefly summarized her local goals for the Tunkhannock Rotary, including some fun new events and demonstrations to which the community will be invited.

L to R Back Row: Directors Dave Wilson, John Proctor, President-Elect Mike Markovitz, Vice President Samantha Maruzzelli, Immediate Past President Terri Detrick. L to R Front Row: Directors Norm Kelly, Francine Kanyok and Laura Charles, Treasurer Elaine Walker, Secretary Sandy Lane and President Mary Tempest with AG Dave Palmer. Absent: Directors Ruth Gorski, Sue Kelly and Ann Way.
A Rotary Year End Celebration and 2021-2022 Officer Installation was held at the Moose Club Pavilion on Sunday Jun 27.
Pres. Terri Detrick announced several End of Year Awards. Each recipient received an award certificate and a personal gift from Terri.
The President’s Award went to Laura Charles (left photo), the Service Above Self Award to Pres-elect Mary Tempest (middle photo), and the Rotarian of the Year Award to outgoing Secretary Carol Ziomek. Pres Terri also announced that The Distinguished Service Award was awarded to the absent Ann Way.
Tunkhannock Founder’s Day was Saturday, Jun 26. Tunkhannock Rotary had a booth at the event which was set up and then manned by shifts of Rotarians throughout the day. They provided info on Rotary and Club sponsored events, such as the July 3rd Fireworks and the Oct 9, 2021, Harvest & Wine Festival. 
Thanks to George Gay and co-chair Mary Tempest for organizing the booth and to Mary for providing the photos.  More photos can be found in the 2021 Founder's Day photo album on this page.

Norm Kelly (left) and George Gay setting up the Rotary Booth 

(l to r) Jim Welch, Norm Werkheiser and Harry Sharpe  
At the Jun 17 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Membership co-chair Ron Furman inducted several new members: Jill Tague, sponsored by Mike Markovitz and Kaitlynn Nichols sponsored by Samantha Maruzzelli. Jill was pinned by her grandfather Rotarian Norm Werkheiser and Kaitlynn by Sam.

L to R: Samantha Maruzzelli, Katelynn Nichols, Ron Furman, Jill Tague and Norm Werkheiser
Jeff Tague, sponsored by Mike Markovitz, was later inducted via Zoom by Membership Co-chair Mary Tempest and his grandfather Norm Werkheiser accepted his membership materials.

L to R: Norm Werkheiser, Jeff Tague and Mary Tempest
Gene Dziak, Director of the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), thanked the club at its Jun 17 meeting for everything Rotary did to support the Wyoming County COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Approximately 1,000 people were vaccinated by the Wyoming County clinics.

Gene Dziak
Gene indicated that he is not yet sure whether there will be more clinics.  They canceled the Sat clinic at the High School, since only 21 people signed-up to be vaccinated by Tyler Hospital staff.  The registered individuals were redirected to Tyler Hospital to get their shots.
Approximately 51% of Wyoming County residents have been vaccinated at the Wyoming County and surrounding County COVID-19 vaccination clinics.  The incidence of COVID-19 cases is declining in Wyoming County.
Gene commented that Rotary orchestrating the volunteers was a great help and a big asset to Wyoming County.  He also indicated that he might be coming back to the club for help with any future vaccination clinics or other EMA endeavors.
Pres. Terri summarized that 130 slots were filled with volunteers to the support the vaccine clinics.

L to R:  Tunkhannock Rotary COVID Clinic Volunteer Committee: Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Chair Ann Way, Gene Dziak (EMA), Terri Detrick and Samantha Maruzzelli. Absent: Sue Kelly, Robin Rome and Elaine Walker.
Saturday Jun 12 was the District 7410 Conference in Wellsboro that was attended by Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Sandy Lane and Norm Kelly.

L to R: Mary Tempest, Laura Charles, Norm Kelly and Sandy Lane 
In addition to attending the various presentations and break out sessions, the group packed "Goodies for Our Troops" into packages that will be sent to our Troops.
At the Apr 8 Meeting, Membership Co-Chair Ron Furman conducted the installation of 3 new members:  Alison Wetherbee, Dean Detrick and Lorey Durland. Alison and Dean were sponsored by Terri Detrick and Lorey was sponsored by Laura Charles. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest Tunkhannock Rotary Club Members.
L to R:  Lorey Durland, Ron Furman, Laura Charles, Dean Detrick,
Pres. Terri Detrick and Alison Wetherbee on Zoom

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