Tunkhannock Rotary Club 5408
Chartered August 25, 1925

December 2014

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Purkey's Pink Apple
651 SR 6 W
Tunkhannock, PA  18657
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On Dec 4, President Norm Kelly presented a check for $10,000 to Mary Lu Shaffer, President of the Executive Board for the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen and Ken Price, who is on the Fund-raising Council, for their Campaign for 51 Warren Street capital fund. Also attending was Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen Fund-raising Council member Frank Oliver, who spoke to the Club in August about their goals for the current capital fund-raising campaign.
(Left to right) Ken Price, Rotary Treasurer Sandy Lane, President Norm Kelly, President-elect Ron Furman and Mary Lu Shaffer
At the Dec 4 Club Assembly, President Norm presented checks for $1,000 each to Interfaith Friends Executive Director, Mary Foley and to Pat Skrynski, Executive Director of Wyoming County Children & Youth, to buy Christmas toys/gifts for children in need or in foster care in Wyoming County. The money was collected during the Black Friday Candy Cane Day Collections.

(Left to right) Pat Skrynski, President Norm Kelly and Mary Foley
At the Dec 4 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Assembly at Purkey's Pink Apple, voting took place for the election of officers for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. The slate of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee was unanimously elected.
President-Elect (2016-2017) – Ann Way,
Vice President – Don Streby,
Secretary – Carol Ziomek and
Treasurer - Sandra Lane
Directors (8): Nicole Brillhart, Karen Fuller, George Gay, Stephanie Holdt, Tom Kukuchka, Michael Markovitz, Bill Milligan and Matt Pompey.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to our collection buckets manned by Tunkhannock Rotarians, Interactors, their families and friends at several locations in town on a cold Black Friday, Nov. 28. Money collected from this event will be given to Interfaith Friends & Wyoming County Children and Youth to provide Christmas gifts to children in need in Wyoming County.

(l to r) Rotary Club President Norm Kelly, Rotarian Ron Furman, Interact President Gabrielle Frigano and Chris Frigano
PDG Paul Muczynski, District 7410 Foundation Chair, spoke at the Nov 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. PDG Paul reminded everyone about the 6 primary areas of focus of the Foundation. The Foundation is our charity and deserves our support so it can continue to do good in the world. The Rotary Foundation uses 92% of the money donated to support its charitable programs, a rate that few charities can claim. 
At the Nov 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon, Past President Karen Fuller was recognized by PDG Paul Muczynski, District 7410 Foundation Chair, for joining the Paul Harris Society (PHS). Karen received her PHS insignia to add to her Rotary or Paul Harris pins. Members of the Paul Harris Society contribute $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.

At the Nov 20 Tunkhannock Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, PDG Paul Muczynski, District 7410 Foundation Chair, presented President Norm Kelly (top photo) and AG George Gay (bottom photo) with their Paul Harris +1 pins.
On Nov 18 & 19, Tunkhannock Rotarians distributed 185 dictionaries to 3rd grade students at the four primary elementary schools (Mill City, Evan Falls, Roslund and Mehoopany) in the Tunkhannock Area School District. Rotarians who participated in this year's event included: Sandra Lane (Chairperson), Ruth Gorski, Ann Way, Harry Sharpe, Ron Furman, Patricia Ehrenzeller, Jim Welch Sr., Jennifer Williamson and Dave Wilson. Over the last 12 years, the club has distributed over 3,377 dictionaries to 3rd graders.
Roslund 3rd Graders

At the Nov 15 District 7410 Foundation Recognition Luncheon at the Scranton Hilton, 4 Tunkhannock Rotarians became Paul Harris Fellows: Jami Hearn, Aaron Hovan, Don Streby and Ann Way.  Keynote speaker Stephanie Urchick, Rotary Foundation Trustee 2012-2014, pinned the members with their new Paul Harris pins. President Norm Kelly presented each member with their Paul Harris medallions and District Governor Carol Hemphill gave them their certificates.

(l to r) Pres. Norm Kelly, Jami Hearn, Aaron Hovan, Ann Way and Don Streby


Donna Goman, who is Infection Control Nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital, spoke at the Nov 13 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Donna provided an overview of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola was first identified in 1976 in an area of Sudan (now part of South Sudan), and in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) near the Ebola river. Bats and primates are vehicles for transmission, especially bats. Ebola is spread by contact, it is not air or water-borne. There have been over 14,000 cases in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Over 5,000 people have died. At this time, there is no cure or vaccine for Ebola.

Tyler has trained staff on proper procedure should a case of Ebola present at Tyler. If there is concern that a patient has Ebola, the patient would be isolated and treated by dedicated nurses with proper attire (impervious to fluids). The CDC and Dept. of Health would be notified immediately and the patient most likely transferred to a CDC designated facility.

Donna then briefly discussed the importance of getting the flu vaccine. If you are interested in receiving the flu or pneumonia vaccine, contact Donna at   570-996-1266 for more information.

(L to R) Donna Goman & Club Pres. Norm Kelly


Five Tunkhannock Rotarians attended District 7410 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) courses on Nov 8 at the Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre East Mountain. Nicole Brillhart & Anne Sehne completed Part I, Ron Furman, Norm Kelly & Carol Ziomek graduated after completing Part III. The graduates were pinned with their RLI emblems by District Governor (DG) Carol Hemphill and received their graduation certificates from Past District Governor (PDG) Paul Muczynski. Paul is also an RLI club director and RVC for RLI Central PA and NY Southern Tier.

The Graduates: (top left) Club Secretary Carol Ziomek with PGD Paul Muczynski, (bottom left) DG Carol Hemphill, Club President-Elect Ron Furman & PDG Paul M., (right) DG Carol H., PDG Paul M. & Club President Norm Kelly


Ron Maxey, who is corporate drilling director with Chief Oil and Gas for state of PA and a member of the Ellisville, Mississippi Rotary Club, presented a talk at the Nov 6 Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Chief is the largest private driller in PA. Ron described the fracking technology being used to obtain the gas from the Marcellus Shale, as well as, the challenges to the industry until the new pipelines are online.




At the Nov 6 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Wyoming County Commissioner Tom Henry was inducted into Rotary by President Norm Kelly. Tom became the 59th active member of our Club.  Marta Kovacs-Ruiz was Tom’s sponsor and pinned Tom with his new Rotary pin.

(l to r) Marta Kovacs-Ruiz, Tom Henry and Pres. Norm Kelly


On Wednesday morning, Nov 5, Tunkhannock Rotary President Norm Kelly attended a meeting of the Tunkhannock Interact Club at the High School. President Norm presented the Interact Club with a Certificate of Recognition for World Interact Week 2014 to celebrate the founding of the first Interact club in 1962.






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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