May 2015

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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
On Saturday April 18, a group of Tunkhannock Rotarians, Interactors and our exchange student Shiv Naik joined together to clean up a section of Route 6, west of the Fireplace Restaurant in Tunkhannock.  The Tunkhannock Rotary performs this activity every Spring and Fall.
Lisa Criscera presented at the April 16 Rotary Club Luncheon on the “Social Media Benefits for Rotary”. She runs LCSolutions and specializes in use of social media for small and medium size businesses. Lisa reminded everyone that social media is here to stay and is for everyone. It can help build awareness of your business or cause, help market products and services, allow you to engage with fans and followers (and maybe turn them into buyers) and drive traffic to your website. Lisa briefly provided overviews of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
Nine members of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club attended the Apr 7 and 14 meetings of the soon to be chartered Rotary Club of the Wyalusing Area at Mark's Valley View Restaurant in Laceyville. District Governor Carol Hemphill was the guest speaker at the Apr. 14 meeting and expressed her delight in the breath of classifications and experiences in the Charter members for the club.
The Wyalusing Area Club is being sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, whose members will be helping to mentor the club over the next year.
Exchange student from India, Shiv Naik, continues to add to his first-time experiences during his time in Tunkhannock. During Ron Furman's presentation on "Making Maple Syrup" at the Apr 9 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Ron revealed that Shiv did a great job in helping in the making of maple syrup during a visit to Ron's sugar shack. Although the weather was cold and the steam from the boiling sap made it hard to see, Shiv and his fellow students got a chance to see first-hand the sap reduction process.

Shiv Naik (left) helping with the boiling sap at Ron's Sugar Shack 
President-elect Ron Furman spoke at the Apr 9 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon on the making of maple syrup. They have a 210 acre farm and tap 31 maple trees for production of maple syrup. This year the sap ran extremely well and Ron, his family and friends helped make 27.5 gallons of maple syrup from over 1600 gallons of sap.
As a treat, Ron brought maple syrup for everyone to taste on their vanilla ice cream, which was the pre-planned luncheon dessert. It was delicious!!!!
President Norm Kelly inducted 2 new Tunkhannock Rotarians: Francine Kanyok sponsored by Anne Sehne and Stephen Colley sponsored by Samantha Maruzzelli.

L to R: Stephen Colley, Samantha Maruzzelli, Francine Kanyok, Anne Sehne and Pres. Norm Kelly
Jeanne Moran, author of the historical fiction novel “Risking Exposure” spoke at the Apr 2 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey’s Pink Apple. Jeanne explained the research she did to write her novel set in 1938 Nazi Germany. In 1939, the Nazis started their pogrom against disabled individuals in their general population. Thus, the main character in her novel is a young girl in the Hitler Youth, who has a passion for photography, but who contracts polio and becomes disabled.



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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