May 2022

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Officers & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Executive Secretary/Director
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Rest in Peace, Kike
It is with great sadness that we report that Lol-Enrique (Kike) Caro Paredes, a 2019 Tunkhannock Rotary Exchange Student from Peru, was killed on Easter Morning. Kike was a pedestrian hit by a truck.
Kike was in Tunkhannock from Feb 2019 to Dec 2019. At the weekly Rotary meetings, he talked about his classes at Tunkhannock Area High School, sports and activities with other students and his host families.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Kike Caro Paredes
Rotary Club of Tunkhannock  - 5408
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Shadowbrook Inn and Resort & Zoom
201 Resort Lane
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
United States of America
Tunkhannock Rotary Flash Meetings
On the first and third Thursdays of every month, the Tunkhannock Rotary has a flash club meeting at 5:30 PM 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
Since 1997, the Tunkhannock Club has participated in the Adopt a Highway Program, adopting a 2 mile stretch of Route 6 in Tunkhannock.  Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, Tunkhannock Rotarians clean-up both sides of the roadside along Route 6 from the Fireplace Restaurant to beyond Route 87 towards Meshoppen.
On Sat May 14, Rotarians and family members gathered at the Fireplace Restaurant parking lot to begin the Spring cleanup.  Rotarians are "People of Action" and were determined to get the cleanup done to help “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful”. Although much of the material found is garbage and debris, other more interesting things have also been found such as money, shoes, pants, tires and miscellaneous items. All money found is donated to the Club.
Congratulations to all the track and field participants who participated in the Wed, May 4 Rotary Relays Invitational in Tunkhannock.  Thank you to all the Rotarians, volunteers, timers, helpers, students and athletic staff who helped to make this event possible. Thank you also to our generous sponsors.
Photos from this event can be found on the home page of our website in the 2022 Rotary Relays Invitational Photo Album (
Tim Owen, the Mushroom Man, gave a presentation at the April 21 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook. Tim talked about his mushroom farm and the growth, care and feeding of mushrooms.  He also showed photos of various kinds of edible mushrooms and some of their more toxic look alikes. 

Pres. Mary Tempest with Tim Owen
The April 7 Rotary meeting was held offsite at Creekside Gardens, where Sherri Kukuchka provided a 101 Tutorial on growing different types of house plants.  She showed examples of some of the most common house plants and their care, feeding and watering.  She then took questions from the membership.

Sherri Kukuchka
At the Mar 31 Rotary Meeting at Shadowbrook, Erica Rogler (left), Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater, accepted a $3,000 donation from Tunkhannock President Mary Tempest. This donation was made from the proceeds of the 2021 Harvest & Wine Festival.

Erica Rogler, Pres. Mary Tempest & Treasurer Elaine Walker
Every year, one of the fun activities at Tunkhannock Rotary is the attempt by members to “steal” the current President’s gavel, whenever they leave their personalized gavel unattended.  Each President does everything they can to safeguard their gavels including wearing them on their person. To reacquire the gavel, around which a story is concocted as to its whereabouts, the President must raise money from the membership to be donated to either Rotary’s own 5-star charity, the Rotary Foundation, or another designated fund.
Some of the fairy tale stories around where their gavel has gone include gambling in Monaco, learning at an EMT course, stolen by the Wicked Witch, and camping at Cozy Creek Campgrounds.  Once the “ransom” has been collected from the membership, the gavel is returned in a variety of different ways, such as: hanging from a ceiling fan, nestled in an hors d’oeuvre platter, raced in on a remote-controlled vehicle, brought in on a gurney and hiding in a bouquet of flowers.
This year, Club President Mary Tempest’s gavel disappeared in Dec.  Mary asked members to dig deep to raise money to ransom her gavel, with the money to be donated to Western Kentucky relief efforts after the devastating Dec 10, 2021 tornado.  The Club raised $1,735 and at the Mar 17 Rotary meeting at Shadowbrook, President Mary reacquired her gavel.
President Mary selected the Rotary Club of Mayfield Kentucky Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to be the recipient of the money.  Mayfield is the county seat of Graves County, KY.
At the Mar 17 meeting, John Carrico, who is Past President, Chair of Public Relations, and Grant Writer for the Mayfield Rotary Club, provided an update via Zoom on the recovery progress made after the tornado in Mayfield and thanked the Club for its donation to their Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.
Although John’s house was not in the path of the tornado, he was speaking on the phone to his sister, when her home was destroyed by the tornado. It was a high-end EF4 rated tornado that traveled over 228 miles on the ground.  She was one of the lucky survivors, although 22 people in their county lost their lives with hundreds more injured, many severely. Over 1,700 structures were damaged or destroyed in Mayfield.  
Recovery will take years, but the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers are finishing up the removal of debris from areas of the town this month.  Rotary Clubs from all over the country have been providing food, water, clothes, money and volunteers to help with the immediate recovery process.
Several churches were destroyed, but some will not rebuild while others will rebuild smaller buildings.  The Mayfield Rotary Club Foundation has not only the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund, but a Homes and Hope for Kentucky Fund with a goal to build 100 new homes in the affected area.

John Carrico
At the Mar 10 Rotary meeting at Shadowbrook, President Mary Tempest (left) presented a check for $500 to the Victims Resource Center (VRC).  The check was accepted by Tammi Burke, who gave an overview of the resources/services provided by the VRC.  This donation was made possible from the proceeds of the 2021 Harvest & Wine Festival.
At the Mar 3 luncheon at Shadowbrook, Rotary Past Pres. Terri Detrick presented a check to support the Tunkhannock Public Library.  This donation was made possible by the success of the Oct Harvest & Wine Festival.
Library Executive Director Dellana Diovisalvo presented an update on the Tunkhannock Public Library, where they are starting to see more people and programs.  She described a variety of new Library programs that are commencing in March, such as the new Book Club, the programs for National Craft Month (March) and the virtual Creative Writing Sessions.

Past President Terri Detrick presented a $4,000 Rotary check for the Library to Executive Director Dellana Diovisalvo (left).
At the Mar 3 Rotary Meeting at Shadowbrook, Don Davis, chair of the Essay Contest Committee, announced the 3 top essayists in the 2022 Tunkhannock Rotary Essay Contest. The contest was open to all junior and senior high school students in Rotary District 7410. Each participating Rotary club selected a local winning essay from their school District(s), which was then submitted for judging at the Rotary District level.
Students from the Tunkhannock Area and the Elk Lake School Districts participated in this year’s contest.  This is the first year that Elk Lake was included in the Tunkhannock Essay Contest and in future, they will continue to be included in most of the Youth Programs sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary. Rotary thanks Eliza Comly, the Tunkhannock Area guidance counselor, and Emma Keyes, the Elk Lake counselor, for their help with this contest.
The Contest is an incentive for young people to develop their skills of self-expression, and as evidence of a sincere desire to demonstrate service above self, which is Rotary’s consistent motto. This year’s theme was “How can you serve others to change lives?” 
At the club level, 3 essays were selected with the winners receiving checks for $100 and $75.
The top 3 essayists (2 from Elk Lake and 1 from Tunkhannock) were invited to tell the club a little about themselves and to read their winning essays via Zoom at a Rotary meeting. 
First-place in Tunkhannock went to Anaistan Jerome, who is a Junior, in the National Honor Society, the student council and is active in her church.
Second place at Elk Lake went to Mackenzie Conboy, who is a Junior, a class officer, a student council member and involved in Key Club.
First place at Elk Lake was awarded to Alex Long, who is a Junior, in the National Honor Society, the student council and Key Club, and active in his church.
The essay from Alex Long was declared the overall winner at the club level and was then submitted to Rotary District 7410 for the next phase of the Essay Contest, where the top prize is $1,000.

l to r: Alex Long, Mackenzie Conboy and Anaistan Jerome
At the Mar 3 luncheon at Shadowbrook, Rotary Past Pres. Terri Detrick presented a check to the Triton Hose Company.  This donation was made possible by the success of the Oct Harvest & Wine Festival.
Triton Chief Eric Kukuchka presented a brief update on activities at the Triton Hose Co., including information on two potential April potato pancake drive-through events,

Past President Terri Detrick presented a $500 check for the Triton to Assistant Chief Alan Grow and Chief Eric Kukuchka (center). 
At the Feb 24 Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Rotary Past President Terri Detrick presented a check for $2,000 to the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, which was accepted by their President Raleigh Bloch.  This donation was made possible by the proceeds from October's Harvest & Wine Festival.

Raleigh Bloch accepting Rotary Check from Past President Terri Detrick
In addition to the Valentines made by Rotarians, children from the Tunkhannock Area School District were given the opportunity to add their own creations to this card collection.  During the month of December, students at the Tunkhannock Intermediate Center made cards to include with goodies that will be sent to U.S. troops for Valentine’s Day. The very creative cards were made in the classes of Art teachers, Allison Wilson and Linda Hulslander. 
Intermediate Center School Counselor, Caitlin Gaughan was instrumental in organizing the effort by gaining the help of the teachers and delivering the cards to Tunkhannock Rotary President Mary Tempest.

L to R: Counselor Caitlin Gaughan, Rotarian Ann Way and Pres Mary Tempest
At its Dec 23 Luncheon at Shadowbrook, the Tunkhannock Rotary was delighted to hear about the Tunkhannock Public Library’s 25 Days of Christmas Bedtime Stories.  The program was described by Brenda Mills, who is the Assistant Director of Programs at HANDS of Wyoming County and Dellana Diovisalvo, Executive Director of the Library.  Angela Hunsinger, who is the program coordinator at the Library took the lead on this program.
Collaborations on programs and community outreach increased when both organizations closed during COVID, but still wanted to keep in touch with their clients, families and children. 
So, leading up to Christmas, they have been doing bedtime stories for children for the 25 days of Christmas.  The stories were being read by staff of the Library & HANDS, some teachers and P&G employees who read as part of their community outreach. 

L to R: Brenda Mills, Pres. Mary Tempest and Dellana Diovisalvo
At the Dec 16 Rotary luncheon at Shadowbrook, Membership Chair Ron Furman inducted Erica Rogler into the Tunkhannock Rotary.  Erica was sponsored and pinned by Ann Way. 
Erica is the Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater, the premier venue for movies, film festivals, workshops and live events in Wyoming County.  Please join us in welcoming Erica into Rotary.

L to R:  Ann Way, Erica Rogler, Membership Chair Ron Furman and Pres. Mary Tempest
The TAHS Advance Vocal Class 2021 sang via Zoom during the Dec 16 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook.  They sang a selection of traditional Christmas carols.
As usual, their performance was enjoyed by all members and got everyone into the holiday spirit. We definitely miss their in-person performances, and hopefully it will happen again in the future.
At the Dec 9 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, Candy Cane Chair Michael Markovitz presented checks for $2,525 each to Howard Heise, Administrator of Wyoming County Children and Youth, and Mary Foley, Executive Director of Interfaith Friends. The money will be used by these organizations to provide Christmas gifts and cheer to children in need and in foster care in Wyoming County. 
Mary Foley and Howard Heise receiving checks from Chair Mike Markovitz
The record setting amount of $5,050 was collected from area shoppers on Black Friday Nov 26 by 30 Rotarians, 10 members of the TAHS Interact Club (sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary) and 4 family and friends, despite the rain, snow, sleet and hail that fell that day. Shoppers were offered candy canes as a thank you for their donations.

Wade Linden collecting money on Candy Cane Day
After the Dec 9 Rotary Luncheon at Shadowbrook, a group of Rotarians packaged donated hats and gloves into zip lock baggies with Rotary tags.  The hats and gloves are being collected by the Club during Dec. and will be placed at the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen and other places for people who need them to keep themselves warm this winter.  
Donations of gloves and hats or monetary donations for this project will be accepted through Dec 31.

L to R: Mike Markovitz, Terri Detrick, Glenn Holcombe, Ruth Gorski and Jim Welch
At the Dec 9 Luncheon at Shadowbrook, President Mary Tempest inducted Alisha Myers into Rotary.  She was sponsored and pinned by Mary Linden.  Alisha is a Financial Officer and Administrative Assistant at HANDS of Wyoming County.
Please join us in welcoming Alisha into Rotary.

L to R: Mary Linden, Alisha Myers and Pres. Mary Tempest
At the Dec 3 Club Assembly, Tunkhannock Rotarians prepared Valentines for the Troops, each with a special personal message from an attending Rotarian on the back.  Each card is also signed and contains the Tunkhannock Rotary Club Logo in case the recipient wants to know more about the club.
In addition, children from the Tunkhannock Area School District have been given the opportunity to add their own creations to this card collection.
All the cards will be delivered en mass to Goodies for Our Troops in Wellsboro, MA for delivery to our troops around the world. As Dawn Pletcher from this organization commented “Our Heroes so much appreciate ANYTHING they get, and close to the top of the list are cards/notes/letters that kids and adults made!”
Although President Elect Michael Markovitz is preparing for his second term as President of Tunkhannock Rotary, at the Dec. 2 Annual Meeting the rest of his officers and directors were elected.
The slate of Officers and Directors for 2022-2023 are:
President (2022-2023) - Michael Markovitz
Immediate Past President - Mary Tempest
President Elect (Pres for 2023-2024) - Elaine Walker
Vice President - Samantha Maruzzelli
Treasurer - Laura Charles
Co-Secretary - Sandy Lane and Ann Way 
Terri Detrick
Ron Furman
Francine Kanyok
Norm Kelly
Tom Kukuchka
Matt Pompey
John Proctor
Congratulations to everyone and thank you in advance for your service to our Rotary Club.
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.

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Upcoming Events
Gwen Buchanan
May 19, 2022
Hiked the Complete Appalachin Trial
Club Assembly
May 26, 2022
Approve 2022-23 District Budget
Phil Hawthorne - Equines for Freedom
Jun 09, 2022
Program Participant & Check Presentation
Meeting at Patriot's Cove
Jun 16, 2022
Tour of Patriot's Cove & Check Presentation
Installation of 2022-23 Officers & Celebration
Jun 30, 2022
6:00pm Evening Meeting