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West End

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Western Pocono Community Library
Pilgrim way
Community room
Brodheadsville, PA  18322
United States
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Joan Blobner has proposed her husband, James D Blobner, to become West End Rotary's newest member. James is retired from Sanofi Pasteur. If any members have questions or concerns regarding the proposed member, please address your concerns to President Ed Gallagher.
The Rotary Club of the West End now meets in the Community Room of the Western Pocono Community Library, located on Pilgrim Way just off Rt. 115 in Brodheadsville. Our meetings are still every Thursday morning at 7:30 am. We invite guests to join us for any of our meetings. 
The West End Rotary Club is once again hosting a bingo event at the West End Fire Hall. On Sunday January 29, you can play bingo for prizes including Kate Spade, Coach, and Michael Kors designer handbags. Doors open at 12 pm and bingo starts at 1. There will be door prizes, raffles, and lunch is available. Admission is $30.    Proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Warm, a Rotary project that supplies new winter coats to needy kids in this area, and other Rotary projects. This event has been quite popular over the years, often selling out. So purchase your tickets in advance to insure a seat! Tickets are available at the Sciota, Gilbert, and Tannersville branches of First Northern Bank and Trust, and also at the offices of Creature Comforts Veterinary Service in Saylorsburg, and at West End Happenings on rt 209 in Gilbert, or by calling 570-350-4169. They will also be available at the door (if we don't sell out) on the day of the event.    This fundraiser addresses an important local need. If you'd like to help by sponsoring a designer bag, please call us at 570-350-4169.    Join us for a fun day of bingo and help a very worthy cause. See you there!
 
Kenneth Rupert of Nazareth, PA, buys a Texas Hold 'Em ticket for charity at our booth at the West End Fair in Gilbert on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.
 

West End Rotary had another successful run at the West End Fair, renting a record 92 manual and power wheelchairs to help visitors navigate the grounds in comfort.

The club’s newest fundraiser, the Texas Hold ‘Em tear-off tickets, was also a hit.

West End Rotary will use the proceeds for its various community projects, one of which provides a dictionary to every third grader in the Pleasant Valley School District.


West End Rotary installed its new slate of officers and directors this month. They are, from left: Dave Pierce, Kevin Noll, Diana Cardwell, Frank Mullane, Honi Gruenberg, Ed Gallagher, Jim Mannello, Luanne Linares Freeman and Karin Breitlauch.
The West End Rotary Club’s Annual Installation and Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 14, at the Scorecard, 130 N. Broadway in Wind Gap. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
 
Dinner entrée choices include sirloin steak, chicken parmigiana and cod fillet. Tickets are $25 per person.
 
The event is hosted by 2016-17 club President Ed Gallagher. RSVP to Ed by July 10 via phone or text to (610) 657-6196 or email to ed@kseent.com. Checks and cash will be accepted at the event.
 
There will be no AM meeting the day of the installation dinner. There will be a regular club meeting on July 7.
 
West End Rotary Club members recently distributed 350 free dictionaries to third graders at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. This was the twelfth year the club has donated the materials. Dictionary Project Chair Joey Krawitz called it gratifying to see the response from the children and teachers.
 
Jean Reiff, Linda Salas-Mamary and Ellen Meli unpack new children's winter coats at Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network's clothing pantry in Brodheadsville. The coats were purchased through a pair of West End Rotary fundraisers and are available for families living below the poverty level. Linda is a member of the club; Jean and Ellen are members of PVEN. See the full story in the Pocono Record.
Mary Baxter of Pohopoco Creek Alpacas stands near her herd on Merwinesburg Road in Effort. Mary, who recently opened her business in the West End, visited the West End Rotary Club to talk about the history, care and uses of alpacas and their amazing fleece. While she couldn’t bring the animals to the Western Pocono Community Library, she did bring samples of alpaca products. Thanks to Jim Mannello for providing the speaker and the photo.

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From left: Kevin Noll, Karen DeMatteo, Debby York and Luanne Linares

West End Rotary added to its ranks when Luanne Linares became the club’s newest member.

Luanne has been living and working in the West End for the past ten years. She has been employed with First Northern Bank & Trust for the past 5 years, working in their Stroudsburg, Palmerton and now Gilbert offices where she is the Assistant Branch Manager. Luanne is also involved in the community by serving on the Board of Trustees of the Western Pocono Community Library as well as the West End Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce. Luanne was sponsored by club President Debby York and inducted by Assistant Gov. Karen DeMatteo, the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.

In that ceremony, District Gov. Barbara Huffman-Belon installed officers and directors for the 2015-16 Rotary year. Officers are: Debby York, president; Ed Gallagher, president-elect; Honi Lynn Gruenberg, vice president; Diana Cardwell, secretary; Frank Mullane, treasurer; Dave Pierce, sergeant-at-arms, and Kevin Noll, immediate past president. Directors are: Jeff Widmer, public relations; Karin-Susan Breitlauch, membership; Jim Mannello, service projects; Joey Krawitz, club administration; Gruenberg, Rotary Foundation; and Luanne Linares, youth services.

In his remarks, Kevin reviewed the club’s contributions to the community last year. They included providing a stair chair for West End Ambulance, dictionaries to every third grader in the Pleasant Valley School District and winter coats to needy children. Fundraising events and service projects such as the Oktoberfest and Car Show, Basket Bingo and wheelchair rentals at the West End Fair rounded out the list.

The club also presented awards for service to the community. Awards and their recipients were: Service Above Self, Ed Gallagher; Rotarian of the Year, Jim Mannello; Reach One Keep One membership recruitment and retention, Karin Breitlauch. Kevin distributed presidential citations to Honi Gruenberg, Debbie Borger, Dave Pierce and Jeff Widmer.

Seven Rotarians were made Paul Harris Fellows: Kevin Noll, Dave Pierce, Maureen Tatu, Frank Mullane, Diana Cardwell, Karin Breitlauch and Erin Gallagher. Eight club members received perfect attendance awards: Kevin Noll, Ed Gallagher, Karin Breitlauch, Honi Gruenberg, Diana Cardwell, Jeff Widmer and two Rotarians from the Slate Belt satellite club, Valerie Noble and Bill Skinner.

A new honor Kevin created, the Quiet Rotarian award for service without fanfare, went to Diana Cardwell, Frank Mullane and Joey Krawitz. For his service, Kevin received a president’s gavel and plaque.

West End Rotary has nominated new leadership for the 2015-16 year. Officers and directors include:

President - Debby York
President Elect - Ed Gallagher
Past President - Kevin Noll
Vice President - Honi Gruenberg
Service Projects - Jim Mannello
Publicity - Jeff Widmer
Administration - Joey Krawitz
Membership - Karin Breitlauch
Treasurer - Frank Mullane
Secretary - Diana Cardwell
Youth Services - Luanne Linares
Rotary Foundation - Honi Gruenberg

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The West End Rotary Club has donated $500 to Burnley Employment & Rehabilitation in Snydersville. The money was raised from the club's Oktoberfest and Car Show. From left, Judy Sanner and Charlotte Wright from Burnley accept the donation from club President Kevin Noll.

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Members of the West End Rotary Club and the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network prepare winter coats for donation to children in the area.

West End Rotary has gone high-tech to keep children of the Poconos snug this winter.

In a campaign called Operation Warm, Rotary has given 150 winter coats to the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network for distribution to families in need. That’s nothing new for a club that donates thousands of dollars each year to ambulance corps, fire companies and other charitable organizations. What is new is the way in which West End Rotary raised the money.

Each year the club holds several fundraiser and designates the proceeds for a specific cause. Last year’s Oktoberfest and Car Show in Gilbert would have raised thousands of dollars for Operation Warm, a program that provides new winter coats to children in need in an effort to boost school attendance and self-esteem.

“But despite our best fundraising efforts, it snowed on the day of our car show and we were not able to meet this community need without help,” said Karin Susan Breitlauch, the West End Rotarian who spearheaded the project. A veterinarian who with her husband, computer specialist Ed Gallagher, uses advanced technology in her practice, Breitlauch decided to rely on the high-tech version of the kindness of strangers: she crowdsourced the fundraising.

Innovative funding
With a goal of purchasing at least a hundred coats for the ecumenical network, Breitlauch established a page for the project on GoFundMe, a San Diego-based crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for causes, events and special needs. In less than two months, the club raised enough money to buy the coats from Operation Warm, an organization that provides garments manufactured from 100% recycled materials in two styles and 12 colors.

But while West End Rotary exceeded its goal, the club realized it had to do more when the ecumenical network said it would like to distribute 400 coats.

West End Rotary President Kevin Noll said he sees the community need every time he drives to work. “More and more families cannot afford to buy a new winter coat for their child. It’s sad to see a child on the side of the road waiting to get onto a bus without the bare essentials of a winter coat, something most of us take for granted. It’s not a good way to start their day.”

Breitlauch said the weather also plays a part in that equation. “The weather experts are suggesting that 2014-15 will exceed 2013-14 in cold and snow. There is a real sense of urgency.”

Donors who would like to support Rotary’s work can contribute toward future coat purchases—$20 per coat or $102 for a case of six—at gofundme.com/hmipbo or by contacting Breitlauch at ksbvet@ptd.net or (610) 390-0351.

History of service
This isn’t the first time West End Rotary has spearheaded the program. In 2010, the club purchased 128 new coats and repeated the effort for another relief organization the following year.

Other projects have followed. Over the past three years, the club has donated a stair chair to West End Community Ambulance, water-rescue equipment for the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Co., thermal imaging software for Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder Co. and dictionaries to every third grade student in the Pleasant Valley School District.

West End Rotary meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on most Thursdays at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville. The public is welcome to attend.

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Mehmet Barzev, center, representing West End Community Ambulance, accepts a nearly $3,000 donation from West End Rotary Club President Kevin Noll, left, and the club’s Foundation Chair Honi Gruenberg.

A donation from the West End Rotary Club is helping the sick and injured get out of tight places.

To help it maneuver patients in confined spaces, West End Community Ambulance is purchasing stair chairs that help responders safely navigate homes that cannot accommodate a stretcher.

“West End Community Ambulance responds to more than 3,000 calls a year,” said Honi Gruenberg, the club’s foundation chair. “They have four Stair-PRO chairs but need two more so they will have a chair for every ambulance."

The Rotary donation of $2,976 will enable the EMS organization to equip a fifth ambulance with that piece of equipment. Gruenberg helped secure club funds and a grant from Rotary District 7410 to purchase the chair.

The Stair-PRO chair uses bulldozer-type tracks to safely glide over stairs. It can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds in narrow passageways, stairs or basements where a stretcher is unable to reach.

Patients aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the donation, said Mehmet Barzev of the ambulance organization. “The Stair-PRO uses the conventional chair design with the addition of bulldozer tracks to transfer the weight of the patient to the stairs, rather than to the back of the rescuers moving the patient. This is important to EMS personnel because the majority of EMS-related injuries are due to lifting and moving patients. There are few times a responder is more vulnerable than when traversing stairs.

“When used properly,” he added, “this device can revolutionize how EMS gets patients from their homes, with minimal risk to the patient and to those moving the patient.”

West End Rotary is a service club that meets for breakfast most Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Western Pocono Community Library. The public is invited to attend.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We're now in the holiday season and this month will go by all too quickly. But around all of your activities, try to keep Thursday morning open for our club meetings. Jim Mannello is in charge of speakers this month and he’s thrilled with the lineup:

  • Thursday December 4- Kelly Gillow from Country Home Learning & Art Center will not only speak to us, but we'll do some fun holiday decorations with her. You don't want to miss that.
  • Thursday December 11- Randy Detrick will be our speaker. He's the owner of Blue Ridge Wineries located in Saylorsburg. Great guy, full of energy. Should be fun.
  • Thursday December 18 - Eric McWhirter of MCW Custom Woodcraft in Brodheadsville will speak to us about custom wood floors, cabinets, signs and other wood creations. Jim has seen his work and reports it’s beautiful and creative.

Enjoy this special month and get your Thursdays off to a fun start by making our meetings. Hope to see you there, 7:30 a.m. in the community room of the Western Pocono Community Library.

Want to network with your peers while giving something back to the community? West End Rotary has the event for you. The club will hold a mixer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Cherry's Sunset Diner in Kresgeville. As club President Kevin Noll puts it, “This is a wonderful event for exchanging ideas, promoting community initiative and diversifying your network.” Drop by and see how you can make a difference in your community and your career.

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Marge Myler, West End Rotary’s polio ambassador, shakes hands with Miles, the mascot for the Monroe County Transit Authority, this week at the West End Fair. Both our organization and the Pocono Pony are providing transportation services at the fair—we’re supplying wheelchairs for those who need mobility while the transit authority provides bus service. As a polio survivor, Marge plays a large and serious role in the club’s outreach efforts but in typically modest fashion she says of this photo, “You can say we were just horsing around at the fair.”

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Marge Myler, left, and Joanie Loveless offer comfortable mobility to visitors at the West End Fair through the West End Rotary Club’s wheelchair project.

     To help people navigate the West End Fair with ease, West End Rotary will once again provide wheelchairs at the annual event, August 24-30 at the fairgrounds, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert. The Rotary booth is located to the left of the main entrance on Farm Machinery Road.
    Both conventional and motorized chairs will be available. For manual chairs, a suggested donation of $5 for the first four hours and $2 an hour thereafter helps to fund the club’s non-profit activities in the community. Guests are asked to leave a driver’s license or other photo ID and a cell phone number in case they are late in returning the chairs.
    This is the 19th year West End Rotary will provide mobility at the fair. The project began in 1995 when members cleaned and donated a truckload of medical equipment to hospitals in Poland. By the end of the project, members decided to bring the initiative closer to home by providing access to fairgoers. All wheelchairs are donated by local medical equipment suppliers or individuals who no longer need them.
    In addition to the project at the fair, West End Rotary offers community members several opportunities for camaraderie and public service. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the community room of the Western Pocono Community Library, Route 115 in Brodheadsville.

 

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West End Rotary’s outgoing President Debbie Borger, left, distributes awards for club service during the organization’s annual installation event. Honi Gruenberg, second from left, received the Service Above Self award for her work in promoting the Foundation of Rotary International. Three club members were made Paul Harris Fellows: Debbie Borger, Joey Krawitz, second from right, and Zena Keller, right. Jeff Widmer, not pictured, received the Rotarian of the Year award. Congratulations to all of our award-winners.

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West End Rotary is doing its part to train today’s youth for tomorrow’s challenges.

Flanked by parents Pam and Dave Shay, Pius X junior Lyndsey Shay shares her leadership training experience with members of the West End Rotary Club. The club sponsored Lyndsey’s attendance at RYLA, Rotary International’s leadership program for young adults. After hearing from cancer survivors and an NFL player, students worked in groups to overcome limitations and grow their skills. Some 80 young adults participated in the annual week-long program at Keystone College in La Plume.

At Pius X, Lyndsey participates in student government, SADD, peer tutoring and basketball.

Why don't you join us? West End Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the community room of the Western Pocono Community Library, Route 209 in Brodheadsville.

 

Newly installed WER President Kevin Noll kicked membership into high gear this week with a program to reward Rotarians and their guests. If a club member invites a guest to a meeting, the member and the guest will each receive a $25 gift card to restaurant.com. It’s a great way to introduce the community to the club. The first recipient was Kevin’s guest, Dawn Daignault, who works for the Human Resource Center in Effort. The gift drew an immediate response from Dawn, who has offered to serve as a speaker at a future meeting.

Hundreds of people and vehicles are expected to attend the sixth-annual West End Rotary Oktoberfest and Car Show. The rain-or-shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 at American Legion Post 927 on Route 209 at Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert. View and print the event flyer and car show registration form at right under the "Download" heading.

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Kevin Noll became West End Rotary's newest president during an installation ceremony July 10. Fellow officers and directors for the 2014-15 Rotary Year include, from left: Diana Cardwell, Kevin Noll, Honi Gruenberg, Dave Pierce, Deborah Borger, Jim Mannello, Ed Gallagher and Karin Breitlauch.

 

West End Rotary has installed new leadership for the 2014-15 year. Officers and directors include:

President - Kevin Noll
President Elect - Debby York
Past President - Debbie Borger
Vice President - Ed Gallagher
Service Projects - Jim Mannello
Publicity - Zena Keller, co-chair Jeff Widmer
Administration - Joey Krawitz
Membership - Karin Breitlauch
Treasurer - Frank Mullane
Secretary - Diana Cardwell
Youth Services - Elaine Ackoryd-Kelly, co-chair Joanie Loveless
Rotary Foundation - Honi Gruenberg

 

ImageJill Salvi, left, director of West End Missions in Gilbert, accepts a $1,000 donation from the West End Rotary Club to help displaced and low-income individuals and families. Presenting the donation for the club are, from left, Debbie Borger, president, and Joey Krawitz. West End Missions provides transitional and temporary housing, a soup kitchen, counseling and resources to help its clients re-establish themselves in the community. The organization provides about 65 full-course meals each week, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Gilbert.