May 2015

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Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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The Rotary Club of Tunkhannock thanks everyone who cleaned out their medicine cabinets and dropped off their unused or expired prescription drugs at the drop off locations on May 20. Keep up the good work!!
Dr. Tammy Barette from Keystone College gave a riveting presentation on forensic anthropology at the May 14 Rotary Luncheon. Dr Barette made "No Bones About It" being a fascinating topic.
What is forensic anthropology? Its the medico legal application of physical anthropology and archeology, applied human skeletal biology/osteology for criminal cases.  She explained the role of the forensic anthropologist in identifying, recovery and analysis of human remains, including the need to determine that they are actually human and not animal (like a spiral cut ham bone that looks much like a human knee bone). She also provided insight into the information that an expert can determine from an examination of the bones such as occupation, stature, time of death and whether injuries were pre- or post-mortem.
Rotary International implemented a program to recognize Rotarians who have sponsored new members. They are awarded a colored circular backer disk to add to their Rotary pin. President Norm Kelly made sponsor presentations at the May 7 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon. Harry Sharpe received his gold membership sponsor pin backer for sponsoring multiple new members. Jon Buxton got a blue membership sponsor pin plus backer for sponsoring his first new member.

L to R: Jon Buxton, Harry Sharpe & President Norm Kelly
Ralph Swartz is the Fire Marshall at P&G, a member of the Triton Fire Company and part of the swift water rescue team. He has been working at P&G for 31 years and with the Fire Service for 33 yrs. He became a state fire instructor, which includes hazardous materials awareness, which was the subject of his presentation at the May 7 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon.
Ralph reported on the different levels of awareness, policies and training used to deal with hazardous material's incidents & accidents. He also talked about hazardous materials clean-up and site remediation.
Over the last several weeks, Tunkhannock Rotarians have been speaking at the soon to be chartered Wyalusing Area Rotary Club, held Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at Mark's Valley View Restaurant in Laceyville. The Tunkhannock Rotarians have been helping to educate the new club members on some of the Youth Services Programs that the Tunkhannock Club has undertaken over the years.
On April 21, Sandy Lane spoke about the Dictionary Project, where the club gives dictionaries to 3rd graders in the Tunkhannock Area School District.
On April 28, Anne Sehne spoke about the Youth Exchange Program.
On May 5, Rotarian Samantha Maruzzelli and her son Angelo Maruzzelli, who was a participant, junior and then senior counselor, spoke about the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program held annually at Keystone College.

Angelo and Samantha Maruzzelli
Then Rotarian Dave Wilson, who is a Rotary Advisor along with Marta Kovacs-Ruiz to the Tunkhannock High School Interact Club spoke about the Interact Club. Angelo was a former member of the Interact Club and President for 2 years. Dave and Angelo shared the various community and international service projects undertaken by the Interact club over the last 2-3 years.

Angelo Maruzzelli and Dave Wilson
Wyoming/Lackawanna County Dairy Princess Emma Loch was the guest speaker at the April 30 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Emma described how dairy farmers raise and care for their cows. She described a typical day milking, feeding and caring for the animals and the nutritious content of milk. After her formal presentation, Emma did a skit on how to do the job of a dairy farmer wearing appropriate attire to illustrate various characters in her skit.
Tunkhannock Rotarian, Matt Pompey, gave a presentation on Saturday April 25 at District 7410 Conference. Matt described the Tunkhannock Rotary's Drug Take Back Project, where we cooperate with Wyoming County Authorities to provide community outreach and education on the dangers of unused prescription medications in your medicine cabinet. Twice a year, collection points are set up where individuals can drop off their unused medications for safe disposal.
Our Tunkhannock Rotary Club was presented by DG Carol Hemphill with a certificate for expanding our club by at least 10 new members. In addition, the grand prize winner of the large membership trophy was the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock with 33 new members. Although the club will have to return the large membership trophy next year, DG Carol Hemphill presented the club with a plaque that is ours to keep.

L to R: DG Carol Hemphill, RI Director Julia Phelps, Tunkhannock Rotarians  Al Noble, Norm Kelly, Matt Pompey, Carol Ziomek and District Membership Chair Karin Breitlauch
On Saturday, April 25 at District 7410 Conference, R.I. Director Julia Phelps, spoke about the importance of our District achieving 1100 members and congratulated the District on achieving this goal by April 30. Julia then pinned several Tunkhannock Rotarians with starfish pins to honor their extraordinary efforts in helping the District exceed this goal. She recognized Al Noble for his heroic efforts in recruitment of members for the Wyalusing Satellite/soon to be chartered Club. She also pinned AG George Gay and Club President Norm Kelly for their support and work to get the Wyalusing Club up and running and to get all the paperwork filed.
L to R: Director Julia Phelps pinning Al Noble and Norm Kelly
The winning essay and poster from the Tunkhannock Rotary Club competition for Tunkhannock High School Students, were submitted to Rotary District 7410 for the District-wide contest. The essay by Gabrielle Frigano tied for 3rd place in the District competition and Gabrielle was invited to read her essay at the District Conference on April 25. She also received her award certificate and $100 prize money at the conference.
The poster by Meridian Garinger was the winner of the District Poster Contest. Meridian received a prize of $300 and an award certificate for her winning poster. In addition, her poster which the Club had scanned, enlarged and printed onto canvas was unveiled at District Conference and remained on prominent display for the rest of the conference. 
Congratulations to Gabrielle and Meridian.

Gabrielle Frigano reads her 3rd place essay at District Conference
L to R: PDG Budd O'Malia, Richard Black, the winning Poster, artist Meridian Garinger and Club President Norm Kelly

The Kentucky Derby Hat designed and made by the Tunkhannock Interact Club was taken to District 7410 Conference at Skytop Lodge on April 24, where it was auctioned off to the highest bidder during the Kentucky Derby Celebration. After a bidding war, the hat was sold for $100, which will go to the Tunkhannock Interact Club.

At the April 23 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, the Tunkhannock Interact club’s Kentucky Derby Hat was delivered to Club President Norm Kelly so he could take it to the District 7410 Conference. The theme for the Conference Friday night dinner gala was the Kentucky Derby and Rotarians were asked to wear their favorite Kentucky Derby attire including appropriate hats. The hat was modeled at the meeting by Indian exchange student Shiv Naik, who posed along with the winners of the essay and poster contests.

L to R: President Norm Kelly, Elliott Hammersley, Shiv Naik wearing Tunkhannock Interact Kentucky Derby Hat,
Gabrielle Frigano, Meridian Garinger and Interact Advisor Tommasina Fiorillo
The Club also had the pleasure of hosting the winner of the Club Poster Contest from Tunkhannock Area High School. This year’s topic was Service Above Self. The winner of the Club Poster Contest was Meridian Garinger, who received a $100 gift certificate for her poster. Meridian was surprised by the unveiling of a reproduction of her poster enlarged and printed onto canvas, which she signed.
At the April 23 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon, the Club had the pleasure of hosting the winners of the Club Essay Contest from Tunkhannock Area High School. This year’s topic was Service Above Self. The winner of the contest at the Club level was Tunkhannock Interact Club President Gabrielle Frigano, who read her winning essay and received a $100 gift certificate from the Club. Second place in the Club Essay Contest went to Elliot Hammersley, who read his essay and also received a gift certificate as his award.
Gabrielle Frigano Receiving Award from President Norm Kelly

Elliott Hammersley Receiving Award from President Norm Kelly


Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran asked Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others when he announced his theme for the 2015-16 year, Be a Gift to the World, during the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
Click here to hear his presentation.



The Tunkhannock Rotary Club is dedicated  to  improving the quality of life for all citizens in our community. We are 55 men and women who strongly believe that putting “Service Above Self“  gives us the courage to make a difference in our community and in the world.

Our educational projects are designed to inspire children to see themselves in ways  they might not have imagined before.  They broaden their horizons, give them hope, and encourage them to dream. They also provide children with the tools necessary to accomplish those dreams.

Our community projects and contributions are varied, and cover a wide spectrum of activities.  Examples are the  Drug Take Back Program, disaster relief efforts, the Foreign Exchange Program and funding of educational scholarships.

Rotary International provides a gateway to the world which enables us to participate in programs such as ending polio, providing clean drinking water, and eliminating worm diseases. We also help build schools and community health centers.

The Rotary International  theme for this year, “Light Up Rotary”,  is inspired by a Confucius saying : “It’s  better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.”

We believe that no one should sit alone in darkness. And as proud Rotarians, we invite you to join us in making a real difference in our community and the world.

Kind Regards,
Norm Kelly
President 2014-2015


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