March 2015

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Tunkhannock exchange student, Shiv Naik, from India spoke at the March 5 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Shiv's parents are dentists (his father is a member of the Rotary Club of Vapi India) and he has a twin brother Hari, who is an exchange student in Florida this year. Shiv talked about his sponsoring Rotary Club in India and the permanent projects that they have undertaken and then about the incredible diversity in India with 4 major religions, 28 states and 25 major languages.
Shiv then spoke about his time in the US. He loves music and theater and acted in a play in the Fall. He did cross-country last Fall and is on the Tunkhannock Swim Team. He has experienced several firsts:  his first METS game, first Homecoming (he was Homecoming King), first Thanksgiving and first snow. Although he loves our fast food, he does miss some of the foods of India. Along with the other 5 exchange students in Rotary District 7410, he went to New York City in Dec and attended a UN Conference.

Rotary is coming to the Wyalusing area again on Wednesday, March 4 for 2 sessions (12:00 - 1:00 PM and 5:30 to 6:30 PM) for anyone interested in information on or in joining Rotary. The 2 meetings will be held at Mark's Valley View Restaurant in Laceyville and light refreshments will be served.

If there is sufficient interest in the formation of a Wyalusing area Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock will sponsor a satellite Rotary club in the Wyalusing area until enough members are enrolled for the club to be independently chartered by Rotary International. So if you have any interest in joining an organization that provides humanitarian services and supports disaster relief efforts, encourages education and literacy for all, gives back to its local communities and works internationally to promote peace, clean water, maternal & child health, as well as, polio eradication, come join us at one of the 2 Rotary sessions on Wednesday March 4.

For more information on Rotary International please visit their website at

Janet MacKay, Executive Director of the Victims Resource Center (VRC), spoke at the Feb 26 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Janet began by thanking the Club for its generous donation of $500 to help VCR continue its outstanding work. She reviewed the history of the VRC, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary (in Luzerne County) helping all victims of abuse or criminal activities.
Janet then described a new initiative (Child Advocacy Center) of which VRC is a part to help children who are victims of child abuse or are child witnesses to abuse or crime. The Child Advocacy Center will be funded by a grant through the Family Services Center for Wyoming and Susquehanna County and provide centralized services and counseling for children and their families. The planning for the center is in process and it is hoped that the center will be running by the end of 2015.
At the Feb 19 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, President Norm Kelly inducted Kristin Smith-Gary as our newest Tunkhannock Rotarian. Kristin is the Director of the Tunkhannock Public Library, an organization which the club has supported over the years with the proceeds from the Harvest & Wine Festival. Kristin's membership was sponsored by Harry Sharpe.
At the February 19, 2015 club meeting, the officers of the Tunkhannock High School Interact Club accompanied by advisor Tommasina Fiorillo presented a report about the various international projects in which they have been involved. The club has contributed to the following projects:
TOMS World Sight Day – fundraiser to sponsor eye exams
Stop Hunger Now – volunteered their time for a day of preparing packages of food and vitamins
Heifer International – raised $2,500 including generous donation from local business matched by Rotary to purchase a Gift Ark which includes two water buffalos, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, rabbits and more. Donating a Gift Ark helps a community by providing milk, eggs, honey and wool and helps sustain farming by providing livestock to work the land. A Gift Ark can improve the lives of families for generations.
Raised money for the Rotary International Polio Plus fundraiser at the Homecoming Bon Fire and during Parent-Teacher Conference days
Pulsera Project for Nicaraguan citizens – Interact Club members sold bracelets made by Nicaraguan citizens and return the money earned to Nicaragua.
TOMS One for One: One Day Without Shoes – The club is exploring the idea of adding the TOMS One for One: One Day without Shoes, perhaps in May.
The officers concluded their program by displaying several certificates recognizing their donations.
Tom and June gave a very nice presentation of their Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. They visited 5 countries for a total of 1500 miles. While on the trip they got to visit with some of Marta’s family. They were impressed with the beautiful architecture that included Cathedrals, Parliaments, and an Opera House. They also had some delicious food on their travels. Another interesting point is that they save and restore older buildings versus tearing them down.
Erica Rogler, Dietrich Theater presented an update of the Dietrich Theater projects, many of which are fully or partially funded by Tunkhannock Rotary Club donations. Erica related that many projects relate to many aspects of the Arts, not just film. Live stage plays including the popular Shakespeare in the Park production showcase the talents of area residents and have been well-received. Additionally, programs to promote health and wellness, including exercise are now being offered. The Marquee Project is progressing with the bid for the work recently being approved.
Erica announced that the 2015 Spring Film Festival will run from April 10 – 30, 2015 and will feature approximately 25 films that have been released in the past 3 months. For more information about the activities at the Dietrich Theater visit their website. 


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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