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Convention: Southern hospitality
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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Club Information
  Stroudsburgs Rotary Club                Stroudsburgs Satellite Rotary Club
    Thursdays at 11:55 AM                            Thursdays at 6:00 PM
      The Sycamore Grille                                    Peppe's Bistro
          92 Main Street                                     Eagle Valley Mall
    Delaware Water Gap, PA                           East Stroudsburg, PA
Mailing Address: PO Box 365 Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Home Page Stories
The Satellite Club held a membership mixer at Peppe's Bistro!  What a great turnout of members, potential members and a little tiny guest!  Hehe!  Great conversations were had about Rotary, the work that we do locally and abroad and most importantly about our wonderful members that make up this great club!  The food was pretty great too!
Our speaker was Bethany Kuster with Color for Kids.  She is a local middle schooler that has started her own non-profit to bring color to kids everywhere.  7,239 kids around the world now have Color so far!  300,464 crayons shared and counting!  Her dream is for every kid to have their own box of crayons.  Their mission is to promote individual expression and creativity through color of children in high poverty schools enrolled in grades pre-k through grade 4 by prociding personal art supplies that they can bring home.  Click here to visit her website!
Welcome Beth Utley (center) to the Greatest Rotary Club in the world!  She is pictured with our President Rob Howell and Bob Wehe!
RYLA was the program last week.  Karen thanksed Layla for being an Executive Officer for RYLA 2017.  Layla will also be the President for the Rotaract Club at ESU.  75 students attended the RYLA Conference.  Five kids from the Stroudsburgs club were sponsored.  Three of them were present today.  
Welcome to our newest member Deidre Drysdale (center) pictured with her sponsor President Elect Lucille Piggott-Prawl and President Rob Howell!
There was $413 in the pot last week.  Of course Jim Becker's ticket gets drawn and you know he and Margie bought a lot.  Did he find the Queen?....Nope!  It all rolls over!
Women's Resources of Monroe County received a check from our club for $2,000.
President Ruth Ann thanked those for personally helping her throughout her year as President.  The Unsung Heroes Award went to Dave Fox, John Kulba and Leslie Underhill.  President Elect Rob Howell was awarded the Best President Elect Award as well. 
Clarence Murphy also affectionately known as "Murph" was named the 2016-2017 Rotarian of the Year.  Born in Manchester New Hampshire, Murph received is BS and MS at the University of New Hampshire in Chemistry and his PhD at SUNY Buffalo.  He began working at East Stroudsburg University in 1969 and became the Chair of the Chemistry Department.  He later joined the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs in 1972, which happens to be before women were allowed to join.  
Murph was elected Club President in 2002-2003.  During his 45 year membership he was inducted into the Paul Harris Society Level 2, served on the Ambassadorial Scholarship committee for District 7410 for 10 years and was the chair of the committee for 5 years.  As a result, he was able to help the district sponsor several students from ESU become Ambassadorial Scholars.
Murph also worked to send the only Peace Scholar through our district that came from India and traveled to Australia.  This work changed many lives.    He has been the Stroudsburgs Rotary Club main contact with the Boy Scouts and attends many Eagle Scout court of honors...far too many to count.  
He has authored and co authored over 100 research papers on chemistry and is a co-inventor on 5 US patents.  Murph currently served on the board of the Monroe County Historical Association and served as President from 1994 to 1997 as well as other local boards and is Monroe County's oldest living Eagle Scout.
Congratulations Murph and thank you for your service!
We celebrated President Ruth Ann's year as President of the greatest Rotary Club in the world.  Wonderful words were spoken by our members, Lucy Shunk did a twist on a classic roast and Ginny Kirkwood and Rob Howell graced us with a custom song!  Great job President Ruth Ann.  It has been a great year!
President Elect of Morning Star Rotary Cheryl Baker talked about PATH, Profession Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.  Participants enroll in Equi-librium as individuals as well as through schools, human services agencies, and wellness support groups.  Therapeutic horsemanship activities are beneficial for those with physical disabilities, cognitive, behavioral and mental health issues and developmental delays.  For individuals with physical disabilities, the rhythmic movement of the horse helps them loosen muscles and increase strength and flexibility.  Posture, balance, attention to task and motor skills are enhanced by exercises done on the horse.  
For those with emotional or psychological challenges, the combination of sport, education, therapy, recreation and leisure results in the improvement of behavior, communication, perception and social skills.  In all cases, individuals work on specific goals designed to improve their daily living and coping abilities. For more info visit
Mark Baylis, Glenn Lippencot and John Rocchio of Veterans Unstoppable Program were here to receive a donation from our club.  They discussed the local programs aimed at helping veterans integrate successfully into their communities with a special ephaisis on veteran suicide.  President Ruth Ann also presented them with a check for $9,000!
Welcome back Audrey Bailey-Hocker to the greatest Rotary club in the world!
Welcome to our new Rotarians!  Jackie Leonard, Dale Fuller and Barbara Herting!
Jamie Reese, President of Rotaract at ESU was presented with a plaque for starting the initiating the Rotaract club.  He is pictured with club advisor Ange Ortenzi, Youth Service Chair Karen DeMatteo and President Ruth Ann Rocchio.
Last week we got to honor our local youth with our Service Above Self and College Scholarships!  Our Service Above Self recipients presented by Amy Leiser were: Kayla Mercado, Alyssa Graziano and Lily Kondrat.  Our College Scholarship recipients presented by Tameko Patterson were SHS Interactors Kwaku Anim-Appiah and Chris Vo.  Congrats to all!
Thank you to Jeff Gilbert for all of your years of service for chairing the College Scholarship Committee!  He is pictured with Karen DeMatteo.
Our very own Jeff Wright spoke about the history of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs in his very fashionable hat!  We were founded in 1922 (Happy 95 Year Anniversary to us!) with 25 members.  He talked about not only how our club got started but how Stroudsburg looked back in those highways, not too many paved roads, and some of the businesses and banks that were in the area.  Our club started meeting at the Indian Queen hotel.  Members of our club helped flu victims from an epidemic which started a few years earlier.  Earnest Wyckoff, Hal Harris and Charles Bensinger were among the founding members.  The initiation fee was $10 and dues were $30.  One project of the club was to merge the borough of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg.  The Club Awarded scholarhips for local students.  The first woman member was Jane Discoll in 1987 and our first femal President is our very own Eileen Holder!  The club then met at the Stroud Hotel for many years.  For more on our history I would HIGHLY encourage taking Jeff Wright out for a cup of coffee.  Oh the stories I bet he can tell!  Thank you Jeff for sharing our history!
Joseph Susinskas and Emily Raymond spoke on the Active Shooter Response Training.  The Citizens Response o a Violent Intruder should follow the ALICE method:
A-Alert:Anyone can call 911 not just the manager
L-Lockdown:Barricade room
I-Inform:Use social media to keep people up to date, give real time information, suggestions
C-Counter:Active threat coming at you-interrupt skill set needed to shoot.
E-Evacuate-if possible get out
National average is 5-6 minutes for police to respond.  
Passive vs proactive strategy-Have a plan for your business, have reunification plan
Members of the club were recognized for all of their years of service.  Rotarian Don Hannig shared Rotarians accomplishments through the years.  Angelo Ortenzi (who also has perfect attendance) and John Kulba have been members of the club for 50 and 55 years respectively.  John also shared with the club that his Rotary journey began as he was finishing medical school and was encouraged by a Rotarian professor to open a practice in the Poconos and join Rotary.  The rest as they say is history.  Click below to see all the photos from that day!
Rotary International President's Representative John Stairs, District Governor Nominee Karen DeMatteo, Kenton Lee from The Shoe That Grows, and DG Marcia Loughman after presenting Kenton with a Paul Harris award.

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There are over 300 million children who do not have shoes.  And countless more with shoes that do not fit. Sometimes they receive donations of shoes, but these are kids.  Their feet grow.  And they outgrow donated shoes within a year.  Right back where they started. 

The Shoe That Grows is the Solution!  To learn more, visit

Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Satellite club had a fellowship meeting tonight at the bowling alley! Great shoes and friends had a grand time! If you missed it.. you missed out! Rotary is all about giving back, taking care and having fun. Members from the lunch and evening club shared the event. 
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Award recipients, Charlie Kirkwood and Laura Taylor Capowski (both in center) are pictured with President Ruth Ann Rocchio and Club Secretary Michele Baehr.  Your service above self is greatly appreciated!
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