District Leadership
       Karen DeMatteo  
     Immediate Past District Governor 
     Rotary Club of The Stroudsburgs

Karen DeMatteo, a native of California, moved to New Jersey in 1988, married her husband Lou and began her family of 1 daughter, Amanda and 1 son, Justin.

An active parent in her children’s lives, Karen began volunteering as a class homeroom mom, a PTO President, and an organizer of many school fundraisers. Continuing her involvement in the community, Karen attended church where she dedicated her time to support women's groups, and work with youth programs teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and traveling to developing countries for mission work.

It was not until Karen’s move to the Poconos in 2008 did she discover what would become her new passion. In Nov. of 2009 Karen joined the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs and her desire to work with young people fit right into the club. Karen served as Co-Chair of the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference) program in the District and soon was able to begin an Interact Club at the local high school.

In the six years since becoming involved with RYLA, Karen has been an influential force in developing the program into the positive direction it is has evolved into. Helping hundreds of 10th grade students from all around northeastern Pennsylvania discover their leadership potential, Karen oversees the five-day summer program along with her co chair.  The students learn new leadership skills and have a great time while doing so. In addition to the sophomore RYLA participants, Karen works with and mentors  20 young people who go through the RYLA program to become the counselors and staff who help facilitate and lead the conference each year.

Working with the Interact Club at Stroudsburg High School since its charter in 2012, Karen assists the schools advisor and together they have worked with over 400 students helping these young people to learn about Rotary, engage in volunteering, and to give back to the community and the world.

From the “Walk for Water” in 2013 to raise money and awareness for the worlds need for clean water to the “Flamingo Flocking” around town and even in classrooms to raise funds for a food packaging event, Karen always challenges the students to think outside of the box and have fun while raising awareness about those less fortunate.

Karen has served as Youth Service Chair, Club President, District RYLA Chair, Assistant Governor and on multiple other Rotary District and Club committees.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and meeting new people and is looking forward to serving District 7410 as Governor in 2019~2020.  Karen’s focus is always on youth because, after all, they are of the future of Rotary and the world.