Last Week's Speaker

Last week's speaker was Kristen Martin from the Alzheimer’s Association-Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She shared some very valuable information. To find out more
Last Week's Speaker Stacy Rodriguez 2023-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Black History Month

February marks Black History Month and this is a time to celebrate, to reflect, and look forward.

"Black History Month began in 1976 but was initiated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is known as the “Father of Black History.” He started the first Negro History Week in 1926 to ensure students would learn Black History."   

"The relevance of February goes back to 1926, when ASALH’s founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson first established “Negro History Week” during the second week of February. And why that week?  Because it encompasses the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass—both men being great American symbols of freedom. However, Woodson never confined Negro History to a week." excerpts from

Message from Rotary International:
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism.  Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.
We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us.
Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together.
We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 
Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.


"Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." ~ James Baldwin
"James Baldwin was a writer, a speaker and a gay Black man during the height of the civil rights movement. In his book of essays The Fire Next Time, he reminds us that real love allows us to let our guard down and be our authentic selves. Love is fearlessness." By Joie A. Doggett
Black History Month Stacy Rodriguez 2023-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Chartering the Boy Scouts Troop 86

President Dave Yarosh signed on the dotted line. It has become official that Stroudsburgs Rotary is now the chartering organization for the Boy Scouts Family Pack Troop - 86b(boy) and 86g (girl).
Chartering the Boy Scouts Troop 86 Stacy Rodriguez 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

Pints & Pino for Polio 2022

October 24 is World Polio Day-
We celebrated with fellowship and fundraising efforts for two days, one in Stroudsburg and the other in East Stroudsburg. Both Mayors read the proclamation declaring Oct 24 as World Polio Day. 
With the help of the following establishments we raised $1,066 during our Pints & Pino restaurant/pub crawl.
Willow Tree $300
Marita's $150
Cinder Inn $150
Warriors $100
Philly Pub $100
DeRailed $75
Sycamore $65
RAW $50
Shawnee Craft Brewery $50
Tolino's $26
Trackside - --
Plus the Interactors purple pinkie day donation of $36.75
So grand total is 1,102.75, which is matched 3:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of $3,308.25.
We appreciate everyone that helped make this event a success!!!
Pints & Pino for Polio 2022 Stacy Rodriguez 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Bob Wehe Red Cross Blood Drive

Our Bob Wehe Red Cross Blood Drive was a huge success. All of the appointments were filled, and we reached the Red Cross goal of at least 20 collections, which earned us a $250 gift card.
7 Rotarians and Pres. dave Yarosh’s wife Lori donated blood on Dec 30. The remainder were  blood donations from the general public who donate on a regular basis. Many attendees did not know about Rotary so we were able to share the good things Rotary does in the world.
President Dave Yarosh, John Beljean, Ed Schaefer, TJ Price, Stacy Rodriguez, Zerla Bartolome & Chuck Niclaus
Annual Bob Wehe Red Cross Blood Drive Stacy Rodriguez 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

Supporting our Veterans through Valor

Good Deeds
Valor was very appreciative of all the canned goods our Rotarians collected for their Thanksgiving Drive and the following items for their Community Outreach Drive: Men's underwear, Men's and women's deodorant, Men's and women's disposable razors /Bars of soap, socks & Crompton’s Big and Tall donated a brand new corduroy sports jacket for one lucky Veteran.
Supporting our Veterans through Valor Stacy Rodriguez 2023-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events

August 4th Evening Meeting- Inducting 2 new members: Juliette Ryan Caines and Beverley Jalim both sponsored by Debbie Kulick.
Membership Committee: Great Meeting at Leslie Underhill's Santosha on the Ridge. Thank you and Gene Prospero for your hospitality and finger foods and beverages. We got a lot accomplished.
Be My Guest is still in the running. 2 weeks left. Bring a guest and enter a chance to win a Paul Harris. The top 3 Rotarians will win a prize.  I believe Rich Berkowitz is in the lead with 5, then Debbie Kulick with 3 and John Dennis with 2.  Invite friends & family to "The Greatest Rotary Club in the World". 
Sunday, August 7 - Stroudsburgs Annual Picnic - 2pm until... Grilling will start at 3pm - Mountain View Park, Pavilion 1 - Tannersville, PA
Stroudsfest, Saturday, Sept 3 - click here to sign up
August 14th - Rotary District 7410 Polio Plus Fund Raiser - Railriders Baseball Game 
“Imagine Rotary” Sunday, August 14th @ 1:05 pm
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Tickets are $13 for Bleacher Seating or $14 for Field Reserved (A portion of every sale supports the fight to eradicate Polio)
Lackawanna State Park
Aug 21, 2022 12:00 PM
Upcoming Events Jennifer 2022-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting Updates 7.25.2022

Recap: President Dave Yarosh with PDG Karen DeMatteo with our current District Governor Craig Devenport and his wife April whom attended our lunch meeting, along with District Governor nominee Bill Skinner, and Assistant Governor (Nominee?) Mitchell Marcus.
Stroudsburgs newest members- Past President and sponsor, Don Hannig pictured with Wayne Duerkes, and TJ Price with sponsor and PDG Karen DeMatteo, along with proud President Dave Yarosh.
A little Rotary fellowship at Trackside after the evening meeting with PDG Karen DeMatteo presenting Satellite Co-Chairs Zerla Bartolome and Gail Kulick with the new theme banner.
Meeting Updates 7.25.2022 Jennifer 2022-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Online Silent Auction and Flea Market Jennifer Narkavich 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Monthly Rotary Themes

Monthly Rotary Themes
January -  Vocational Service Month
February - Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution
March - Water & Sanitation
April - Maternal & Child Health
May - Youth Service
June - Rotary Fellowships
Monthly Rotary Themes Jennifer Narkavich 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
The Railroad is Coming... Jennifer Narkavich 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Sending a little LOVE! Jennifer Narkavich 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

March Madness Save the Date

The District is proposing ‘March Madness’ Rotary On-line Silent Auction and Flea Market for March 1-30, 2022
More details to follow.
March Madness Save the Date Jennifer Narkavich 2021-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Community Affairs Officer

Trooper Jasmine M. Berrocal, Community Affairs Officer discussed how the Police build trust between with the community
through community involvement. 
Community Affairs Officer Jennifer Narkavich 2021-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation 12.2021

Contributions to the Foundation during November 2021 were outstanding.
35 Rotarians partook in the matching of Paul Harris points by our very generous donor
and we raised over $11,000.  WAY TO GO ROTARIANS!!!
Pints & Pino for Polio raised $1375 and Leslie's bread sales raised $330.
Awesome job to all that participated!
Stroudsburgs Rotary gave the new E-club a $250 donation to help them get started.
Rotary Foundation 12.2021 Jennifer Narkavich 2021-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Community Service

Stroudsburgs Rotary partnered with PenFed Credit Union to support Salvation Army's Christmas Gift Program.
Rotarians Dave & Ann Super gave East Stroudsburg Branch Manager JoAnne MacGregor gifts for 12 children.
A big thank you to all that contributed.
Community Service Jennifer Narkavich 2021-12-09 05:00:00Z 0

Final Call - Bell Ringing Salvation Army

Final Call for Bell Ringing!!!
Annual Red Kettle Campaign - 
Saturday, Dec 11, 2021   11:00am-6:00pm
Add'l Volunteer needed for these shifts 11:00-12:30 & 12:30-2:00pm  
Siamsa Restaurant 636 Main St, Stroudsburg. Fellowship to follow...
You are loved and you are special.
Hi it's Stacy here. Welcome back...
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.
I am grateful for Stroudsburgs Rotary and the friendships I have made.
You have all made a great impact in my life whether you realize it or not...
I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful international organization.
R - Respect for all life and our environment 
O - Opportunities to make a difference
T - Time spent with Rotarian friends and others
A - Altruistic
R - Rotating responsibilities
Y - Yearlong leadership
“Tell me and I’ll forget.  Show me, and I may not remember.  Involve me, and I’ll understand.”
 – Native American Proverb
Final Call - Bell Ringing Salvation Army Jennifer Narkavich 2021-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary On-line Silent Auction and Flea Market Stacy Rodriguez 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Charter Celebration - Nov 21 - 6:45pm

All members are invited to the Virtual Charter Celebration of the Districts newest club...
The E-Club of International Innovators.
This new club is full of Alumni from our youth programs... Interact ~ Rotaract ~ RYLA ~ Youth Exchange along with others, like our own Jessica Peetz.  5 of the new Rotarians got their start in Rotary from our club as either members of Interact or Rotaract and several who attended RYLA.  
Please join us Nov 21 at 6:45pm in welcoming them to Rotary! 
Virtual Charter Celebration - Nov 21 - 6:45pm Stacy Rodriguez 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker Tom Nieman

Rotarian and speaker Tom Nieman talked about Liv Foundation.
The mission is to bring timely support to families of children with life altering illnesses so they can live their lives, and love unconditionally.
While they care for their child, we honor their journey.
Speaker Tom Nieman Stacy Rodriguez 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Successful Reverse Raffle

CONGRATULATIONS TO our 1st prize winner $5,000 DAVE FOX, 2nd prize $2,500 Justin DeMatteo, 3rd prize $1,000 Karen Zacharias
A wonderful sold out Reverse Raffle Event at The Armory Events Center.
We raised $10,000 for our foundation which will make it's way back to our community.
Thank you to the committee members and all that participated in the event!!!
A big thank you to all the businesses and individuals that provided ancillary prizes!!!
Successful Reverse Raffle Stacy Rodriguez 2021-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Stroudsburgs Rotary President's Report 10-28-21 Reverse Raffle "calling on all Rotarians" Jennifer L Narkavich 2021-11-05 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,pocono mountains,poconos,rotary

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Rotary Foundation Month

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The Month of November is designated as Rotary Foundation Month in the Rotary Calendar each year. I'd like to encourage all members to contribute to the Foundation during November. As a special incentive an anonymous donor has offer to match any contribution of $100 or more with Paul Harris Points. So if you contribute $100 you will be credited with 200 points toward a Paul Harris Fellow award or your next level of Paul Harris award. The donor has put no cap on the amount of matching points which is an extremely generous offer and is ONLY being extended to currently active Stroudsburgs Rotarians. Checks ONLY are to be made out to The Rotary Foundation and must be received by the RI Foundation Chair (Jim Becker) between Nov. 1-30. No exceptions! If you donate ONLINE please provide printed proof of your online contribution dated between November 1-30, 2021. No Exceptions! Contributions must be designated to the Rotary Annual Program (SHARE) Fund to be eligible. (Polio Plus Contributions are NOT eligible)
Also please see the attached picture of the New Stroudsburgs Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Banner we unveiled at Thursday's meeting which will be displayed at meetings throughout November, at Special Events and Future Paul Harris Fellow Award meetings and events. Each Badge on the banner is designated with the date the member achieved their Paul Harris Fellow and the emerald and ruby stones representing the appropriate Level of awards achieved. The badges will be update and repositioned annually. 
In Service of Rotary,
Jim Becker
Stroudsburgs Rotary International Foundation
November is Rotary Foundation Month Jennifer L Narkavich 2021-11-05 04:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Fellow,Rotarians,poconos,rotary

Reverse Raffle 2021

Our biggest fundraiser, The Reverse Raffle, will once again be held at the Armory, 271 Washington St, East Stroudsburg, PA. 200 tickets are available. The top three cash prizes are $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. To make the event more interesting, smaller prizes are also needed. If you are willing to donate, please see Don Hannig about items such as gift certificates or items from local stores, businesses or restaurants.  These prizes make for a more interesting event as who doesn't like to win something? Please help make this a successful event by purchasing tickets, donating or coordinating with a local business or restaurant to make a donation. The raffle will be held November 7, 2021. More information will be available as we get closer.
Reverse Raffle 2021 Jennifer L Narkavich 2021-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
President's Corner 10072021 Jennifer L Narkavich 2021-10-07 04:00:00Z 0


Fellow Rotarians, new and not so new, as Fall approaches so do our Rotary Leadership Institute
Classes.  Our club has budgeted for quite a few members to attend either virtually to one of the 4 upcoming events or in person right here in our own District.
Please visit to view the dates and sign up.  If you are a new member or have never taken the sessions before, you would sign up for 
Part I. If you have already completed Part I then you would move onto II or III.  These are usually from 9 am to 2pm if virtually and the in person session will begin at 8am with breakfast.  
Please let the Membership Team know when you sign up as your registration will be required to reimburse you for attendance. This is a great way to learn more about Rotary, leadership and get to know other Rotarians from the Northeast. District 7410 will be hosting an in-person session on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 Lackawanna College Angeli Hall 501 Vine Street Scranton, PA 18509 The cost is $90 per attendee and includes breakfast and lunch.
Feel free to reach out to the Membership Team with any questions.
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Bob Wehe Blood Drive Jennifer Narkavich 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Summer Picnic

Join us for our Annual Summer PicNic
Saturday September 25th  11am to 4pm
Ray Starner's property at
1341 Beaver Valley Rd Stroudsburg
This lovely grass covered area is right next to McMicheals Creek.
Bring something to sit on... chairs/blankets and if it's warm you can
swim/walk frolic in the creek.  We will have a port-a-potty available and
plenty of parking.
The club will supply hamburgers and hotdogs with the fixins.
Plates, napkins, utensils and cups.
Lemonade and ice tea by the gallons and assorted water and other drinks.
You will want to bring a dish to share (see sign up sheet to let us know what that will be in Clubrunner)
Also a serving spoon or fork with your dish.  
Your own adult beverages if you wish, it's private property so it's allowed.
We are in need of one additional grill to use for the day!  Let us know if you have one.
Feel free to bring your own picnic food if this makes you more comfortable.
Summer Picnic Jennifer Narkavich 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Corner 9.16 MonRotary

Assistant Governor Bill Skinner introduced DG Mary Ellen Bentler who shared her vision for the 2021-2022 Rotary year under her leadership. Every month Rotary has a different theme and the September theme is Literacy. So what is the tallest building in the world? A library since it has so many stories. President Skekhar Mehta says to get involved in service projects. That is the best way to live. And DG Bentler follows that philosophy and encourages other Rotarians to take that path. She encouraged us to achieve the goals set in the Presidential Citation as a measure of our impact. She talked about RLI with upcoming in person and virtual classes. Plans are underway for a District dance at Shadowbrook in Tunkhannock. Stay tuned for more information. Welcome new members to Rotary. Jessica Pope is in charge of District Public Image. Reach out to her for ideas and help. District Conference will be 5/5-7/2022 in Lake Cayuga. RI Convention will be in Houston, TX 6/12-16/2022. Theme is Discover New Horizons. There is a lot to look forward to this year so keep abreast of the news in the District Newsletter and subsequent emails.
President's Corner 9.16 MonRotary Jennifer Narkavich 2021-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Stroudfest 2021

It's back and coming up fast. Stroudfest marks the last big gathering of the summer and attracts people from near and far. You have an opportunity to be part of this community event. Stroudsburgs Rotary has a table and you can sign up to help. Contact Jeff Gilbert or Don Hannig or register on ClubRunner if you can help by setting up, staffing a two hour shift or cleaning up. Here is our chance to showcase Stroudsburgs Rotary's impacts to the community to a large audience. It will be fun for all. Bring your own chair for your shift. This happening event is September 4 and we have a table on Main Street in Stroudsburg. 
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President's Corner 8.19.2021 Jennifer Narkavich 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Community Service

Once again, Stroudsburgs Rotary was on the move in the community. We took on two initiatives for our local non-profits on August 5 and 7. Rotarians Ann Super, Dave Super, Dave Fox, Cheryl Cloke, Gene Prospero and Zerle Bartolome took on various tasks such as records updating, painting and floor stripping. Rotarians Jillian Olsen, Stacy Rodriguez and Leslie Underhill went to Meals on Wheels to repaint and exterior wall. Jillian recruited her newest employee Ally Bish, Cherry Ridge Project Scientist to join in the endeavor. Other duties as assigned? There are more projects to come so stay tuned. If there is a particular outreach you want to tackle, notify Rotarian Dave Super to see what we can do. If you are doing volunteer work in the name of Rotary during the Centennial year, let Dave know so we can record and capture our impact. These are all examples of our 100 Acts of Kindness every month.
Community Service Jennifer Narkavich 2021-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events: 
100 Monthly Acts of Kindness 

August 3rd  4-7PM - Pocono Mountains United Way Back to School Drive Distribution
August - scheduled Community Days of Service Thursday August 5 between 1:30P and 5:00P and Saturday, August 7 beginning at 9:00A
  1. Meals on Wheels 901 Polk Valley Rd. Stroudsburg:                                                                                                                                                   *Painting over a small area of wood siding that is currently pink.  Requires 2 people for 2 hrs but no more than 4 hours.  The preferred work     day is Thursday , but will be accomplished on Saturday if weather is an issue.  Jillian Olsen is the point of contact for this event. E-Mail her at 
      2. Pocono Family YMCA, Main St., Stroudsburg, PA.  They have a number of projects as follows:
                 * Painting outside: 4 hours (2 -3 volunteers)
                    Parking lot cleanup: 2 hours (2 volunteers)
                    Scanning documents/shredding/organizing: 2 to 4 hours (2 volunteers)
                    Painting inside (office and stairwells: 4 hours (2-3 volunteers)
We will work on Thursday because there is work to do inside and will not be impacted by weather. 
Any outside work not completed on Thursday due to weather or lack of volunteers will be done on Saturday.  
Dave Super is the point of contact for this event.  E-mail him at 
      3. Developmental Education Services, 400 Powerhouse Lane, Stroudsburg
DES would like volunteers to wash their company minivans and cars. This will require 5 to 10 volunteers, and the desired date of service is Saturday, August 7.   
We are looking to see if  we could make this an event for our Rotaract Club members, but may additional volunteers may be required. 
Please consider volunteering for one of these events.  We are going to need a minimum of 15 people to accomplish these projects.  
Upcoming Events:    100 Monthly Acts of Kindness  Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Stroudsburg School District

Stroudsburg School District recognized Stroudsburgs Rotary for our service during the summer of 2020. From May to September we assisted the school by volunteering with the school bus drivers to deliver lunches to school students at 5 different locations several times per week. This was one of the many ways we helped the community as we all maneuvered our way through the pandemic.
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President's Corner Volume 91 Issue 4 July 29, 2021 Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-29 04:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Fellow,Rotarians,rotary
Stroudsburg Rotary Club Celebrates 100 Years 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Stroudsburgs Rotary Year 2021-22 Begins! Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-08 04:00:00Z 0


Our Club will celebrate its Centennial in the 2021-2022 time frame. The capstone event will be the gala on May 13, 2022 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn on 257 Stroudsmoor Rd, Stroudsburg, PA.  Let's plan a party as we Celebrate a Century of Service. 
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Back 2 School Supply Drive Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0


At the June 24, 2021 Meeting, President Cleo Jarvis presented numerous awards to acknowledge key players during her 2020-21 tenure. President Cleo led us through a tumultuous year as her whole tenure was during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Rules were constantly being changed on how to maintain safety. Stroudsburgs Rotary never missed a beat. As public places to gather were closed, Rotarian Jim Becker and others led us into the Zoom world. Whoever even heard of Zoom before the pandemic. We never missed a weekly meeting. When we couldn't meet in person, we had weekly Zoom meetings. President Cleo coordinated fellowship meetings on Zoom. Whenever we could meet in person, President Cleo and the Tech Team conducted hybrid meetings to include persons at the Sycamore Grill and Zoomers and Zoomettes. And the Community Service Team stepped up and helped wherever we could - Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, Family Promise etc. The awards recognize the many achievement for the Stroudsburgs 2020-21.
Rotarian Michele Clarke received the Buzz Bensinger Award for her contributions to the community, especially during her tenure as Executive Director of the American Red Cross and our club. PDG Karen DeMatteo received the Service Above Self award for her contributions in the Club and throughout the District. Rotarian Ann Super received the Rotarian of the Year Award for contributions to the club and the community. Jim Becker, Karen DeMatteo and Doris Wehe presented several Rotarians with Paul Harris Awards for their work in the Satellite Club: Deb Kulick, John Baljean, Stacy Rodriguez, Lucy Strunk and Jim also presented Jody Mutchler with her Paul Harris +4. Cleo presented a Certificate of Achievement (and rum) for long-term service to the Club. Holly Corcoran and Tom Nieman received awards for their outstanding Programs this year. Community Service Team and the Tech Team members also received Certificates of Achievement. President Cleo also recognized Clarence Murphy for his many years representing the Stroudsburgs Rotary at Scouting events and John Kulba for his 30+ years of Roadside Cleanup.  
Awards Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

2021 New Board & Awards

2021-2022 Board Members

 As we approach the 2021-22 Centennial Year, we want to introduce the 2021-22 Board of Directors. This promises to be a great year as we celebrate a Century of Community Service by doing monthly Hundred Acts of Kindness. DGE Mary Ellen Bentler installed the Board at the June 24 meeting. Officers and Directors are:
President - Don Hannig                                                 President Elect - Dave Yarosh
1st Vice President - David Super                                   2nd VP - David Woods
Secretary - Ann Super                                                    Treasurer - Marlo Merhige
Director - Stacy Rodriguez                                             Director - Jillian Olsen
Director - Zerle Bartolome                                             Satellite Director - Gail Kulick
Corresponding Secretary - Ann Super                            Assistant Treasurer - Rob Thompson
Membership Chair - Karen DeMatteo                            Sergeant-at-Arms - Jeff Gilbert
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms - Jennifer Narkavitch         Rotary Foundation Chair - Jim Becker
Immediate Past President - Cleo Jarvis
2021 New Board & Awards Jennifer Narkavich 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lovin Lunch

Lovin’ Lunch Recap
With your generosity, we were able to provide lunches for several of our local nonprofits’ staff. We provided lunch to Meals on Wheels, Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity (staff and several volunteers), Shepherds’ Maternity House, Light of the World, Street to Feet/Crossroads and Helping Hands Food Pantry. With Rotarian Lisa Baldwin Kolba’s amazing culinary skills, we were able to provide a hot lunch to the residents of Pocono Area Transitional Housing. Restaurants that provided meals were Willow Tree, Siamsa, Cinder Inn and Sycamore Grill. We were able to thank those who work tirelessly with marginal compensation and give PATH staff and residents a nutritious hot meal. All were extremely grateful. Special thanks to PDG Karen for spearheading this initiative and Rotarians Lisa Baldwin Kolba, Janelle and Jerome Henderson, Dave Yarosh, Zelda Bartolome and Ann Super. Rotary Rocks! Thank you for the opportunity to do this.

Lovin Lunch Jennifer Narkavich 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Back to Lunch

Great News! President Cleo and the Board have decided that it is time to meet back in person. Starting April 1, we will resume our hybrid meetings back at the Sycamore Grill in Delaware Water Gap. If you're not comfortable we still have Zoom. President Cleo will send out lunch orders at the beginning of the week so please get your order in as soon as possible so the staff at Sycamore can be ready for us. See you on April 1 - either in person or on Zoom! 
Back to Lunch Jennifer Narkavich 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Water Crises In Our Own Backyard

Feeling helpless and hopeless due to a water dilemma is not applicable only to people in Africa, Haiti, India and other parts of the world. Right here in the United States, there are millions of people who are in crisis due to lack of clean water.
In South Carolina—Deanna Miller Berry, founder of Denmark Citizens for Clean Water, helps supply the community with clean water—instead of the brown, smelly liquid laced with HaloSan, a pesticide meant to kill bacteria—that has been sloshing out of the taps in a number of homes for more than a decade. She delivers tanks and pays the monthly water costs—sometimes to the tune of hundreds of dollars.

Virginia Tech civil engineering Professor Marc Edwards, exposed the unsafe lead levels in the water in Flint, Michigan, and helped bring national attention to the issue. Local officials are dealing with the community’s access to clean drinking water years after large amounts of lead were detected. A state of emergency was declared and water that was shut off ordered reconnected.
Water Crises In Our Own Backyard  Jennifer Narkavich 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0 Giving,Presidents Corner,Rotarians,Rotary Life,poconos,rotary

Rotary Bids to Raise Funds in Online Auction

Coming soon to a computer screen or smart device near you will be an auction in which you can participate from the comfort in your own home, or wherever you feel comfortable and safe. It will feature scores of items and services ranging from the essential to the innovative with automated reminders to bidders throughout a six-week online bidding process.
The 42 Rotary Clubs of District 7410, who support and help fund community projects in all or part of 10 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, are sponsoring a virtual silent auction online starting on Monday, Feb. 1, and culminating at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 14, with scores of donated items up for bid throughout the process. The lists of items include jewelry, vacation or weekend getaways, ski passes, tickets to professional sporting events and even professional services an attorney, an insurance agency and others. Visit for a look at the variety of items up for bid.  Once the bidding starts on February 1, 2021, bidders and prospective bidders may return to the site for a real-time appraisal of the bidding for items of interest until the bidding ends at 5 p.m. on March 14.
Rotary Bids to Raise Funds in Online Auction  Jennifer Narkavich 2021-01-21 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,charity,poconos,rotary

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2020

Once again, Stroudsburgs Rotarians stepped up to Salvation Army's Bell Ringing challenge. From 12-5 Dec 12, Rotarians took turn ringing the bells and wishing people a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Despite the bitter cold weather, people were very generous and in the holiday spirit. Jason Lesh, Events and Development Coordinator for Salvation Army, reported that our efforts raised $503.17! He thanked us and said "You really helped to Rescue Christmas this year!" Special thanks to Rotarian Dave Yarosh for spearheading this initiative
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2020 Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Ashe Prawl

A special welcome to our newest member, Rotarian Ashe Prawl. A second generation Rotarian, Ashe will serve the club proud. A recent Pitt graduate, he has already demonstrated his commitment to the community and service above self by his contributions while in University. 
Welcome New Member Ashe Prawl Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gives Back at Christmas

On Saturday December 12, 8 members of the Community Service Team gathered at the office of Family Promise in Stroudsburg to wrap presents and consolidate food boxes for three families.  We were supported there by Timaki Johnson, a case manager from Family Promise. Your generous support to Stroudsburgs Rotary Gives Back at Christmas enabled the purchase of gifts for seven children. The team spent a total of $815.80 on these gifts. Each family will also receive a turkey and a large box of food, as well as various items of clothing for the children.  Special thanks to Leslie Underhill for ordering the gifts from Amazon, Jim Becker and his Access Office Technologies team for their purchase and generous donation of a new bike for one of the older children, and to Lisa Baldwin for securing the food and clothing from Bushkill Outreach and Light of the World Church. 
Rotary Gives Back at Christmas Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians  Are  Resilient

As I reflect upon the Stroudsburgs Rotary 2020 21 year thus far it is evident that there have been many challenges on our journey.
However, understanding that change is inevitable and a natural part of life has made the challenges easier to face. Adapting to the twists and turns rather than resisting them has been a process that helped to maintain sanity and balance.
I am grateful to those who work diligently to make the Stroudsburgs Rotary a vibrant and productive organization. I am also grateful to each member for exhibiting grace and flexibility in the face of COVID fluctuations.
Please know that together we have the capacity to draw upon Divine Wisdom anywhere, and at any time. Together, we greet every challenge with resiliency and openness and we shall overcome.
May our minds and hearts be at peace as we face new challenges.
Be well…
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
Rotarians  Are  Resilient Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0 Presidents Corner,Rotarians,poconos,rotary

December 3d Newest Member

Welcome to our newest members, Jerome and Janelle Henderson who joined December 3.
Michele Baehr sponsored the Hendersons and we are lucky she did.
They are hard working, community oriented people that will be tremendous assets to our Club! 
December 3d Newest Member Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Visit

On November 19, District Governor Joe Loughman shared valuable information to the Evening Club. He provided important insights to happenings in District 7410. He is definitely passionate about Rotary and his enthusiasm is contagious!
Evening Club Visit Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Corner 12.3.2020

Prevention:  The Key To Wellness
It is important to note that 1 in 6 people worldwide cannot pay for healthcare, while 100 million people are pushed into poverty due to the cost of medical attention. That is why Disease Prevention and Treatment is one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus.
President's Corner 12.3.2020 Jennifer Narkavich 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Once again, Stroudsburgs Rotarians stepped up to Salvation Army's Bell Ringing challenge. From 12-5 Dec 12, Rotarians took turn ringing the bells and wishing people a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Despite the bitter cold weather, people were very generous and in the holiday spirit. Jason Lesh, Events and Development Coordinator for Salvation Army, reported that our efforts raised $503.17! He thanked us and said "You really helped to Rescue Christmas this year!" Special thanks to Rotarian Dave Yarosh for spearheading this initiative.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Ann Super 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0 ring the bell
Rotary Gives Back During Christmas Jennifer Narkavich 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,give back,pocono mountains,rotary

Paul Harris November 2020

Rotarian Jim Becker, District Rotary Foundation Chair, shared with us very important information on Rotary International. Jim showed very moving video of RI then and now. You can feel confident donating to RI as 4 Star Charity Navigator gives it a rating of 92% which is one of the highest in the county. RI sends money back to our community over time. For example, we recently received an International Grant for our Head Start program. Our donations help Rotary achieve global projects of polio eradication, clean water, literacy and entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged areas. The discussion segued into recognition of Paul Harris Fellows. Karen DeMatteo, Clarence Murphy and Frank Herting were recognized for their Paul Harris award history. Arlene and John Frailey accepted a Paul Harris for distinguished Rotarian, the late John Frailey. Frank Herting gifted his to his wife, Rotarian Barbara who has been very involved and a steadfast supporter of Rotary.     
Paul Harris November 2020 Jennifer Narkavich 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Fellow

Some Super Heroes Wear Rotary Badges

Some Super Heroes Wear Rotary Badges
Whether it be…
  • Dropping food off at a food pantry
  • Helping to clean a shelter for battered women and rape victims
  • Feeding the elderly at a facility that houses elders
  • Dropping off balloons to brighten the lives of community members
  • Organizing a Highway Clean-up project
  • Ringing the Salvation Army Bell to attract donations
  • Writing a grant to provide technology to Head-start children
  • Fishing with Veterans to soothe PTSD
  • Helping to erect an inclusive playground for all children
  • Helping to establish a sewing machine project in Peru to empower women
  • Contributing to Pedal cart project in India so folks can get to work
  • Supporting Cancer Patient Distraction Therapy
Rotarians live a life of service to others… selflessly and generously. That is why I say emphatically that…
              Our Super heroes are our very own Rotarians and their capes are their Rotary Badges.
Some Super Heroes Wear Rotary Badges Jennifer Narkavich 2020-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

Reverse Raffle 

Special recognition goes to Don Hannig and his committee for all their hard at work at pulling together a very successful Reverse Raffle. The event was the inaugural event at the hottest new venue in the Poconos The Armory on 271 Washington St in East Stroudsburg. Special thank you to Rich Berkowitz for hosting us at this beautiful facility. Rob Howell was the top prize winner, Ted Butz took second place and Jennifer Narkavich was the third place winner. There were many prizes all the way thanks to all of you who donated or secured donations from local merchants.This made for a fun event. This is our major fundraiser so that we in turn can help our community through our Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation. 
Reverse Raffle Jennifer Narkavich 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,charity,give back,poconos

District Wide Fundraiser

It's Easy to Enter and Our Club Gets a Portion of the Proceeds.
Press Ctrl and click this link 
Be sure to credit our club by selecting Stroudsburg  when prompted.
Share the link with family and friends and remind them to select our club.
Our District ]7410], is providing a supported fundraiser for all clubs. With the effect COVID19 had on canceling so many fundraisers for the clubs in our district our leadership team felt it was necessary to help in providing the opportunity to raise funds.
Below is an attachment of the district supported fundraiser. This fundraiser should be both profitable for our club and require very little manpower from our members. It will also be of a short duration and we encourage you to act immediately! 
District Wide Fundraiser Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0 MOTORCYCLE

Weekly Meeting Update for 8.27.20

We will be gathering in person for the second time since the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions were imposed. Attendance is limited to 24 and only those who respond will be admitted.  Jim Becker and the Tech Team will be providing a simultaneous ZOOM experience.
Date:  Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Time:  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
            Meeting begins at 12 noon
Location: Sycamore Grille 
92 Main Street   
Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327
Important to Note
  • Please respond by Tuesday, August 25th 2020, no later than 10 p.m.  
  • Indicate attendance by stating “Yes, I will attend. My Menu Choice is # __”.
  • Bring a check payable to STROUDSBURGS ROTARY in the amount of 15.00 or exact change in cash
You must include in your response a selection of items #1, #2 or #3 from the following menu
      1.  Mediterranean Salad with Grilled Chicken- chopped romaine lettuce topped with feta, olives, cucumbers, artichoke                       hearts, tomatoes and grilled chicken with herbed white balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side.
      2.  Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread- thinly sliced beef, onions, peppers, mushrooms, marinara and mozzarella cheese on a                       grilled flatbread
      3.  Caprese Press- fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers & tomatoes with pesto & balsamic glaze on grilled sourdough                       served with sweet potato fries
           Dessert is included

           Guests have choice of unsweetened iced tea, coffee or water.
Join ZOOM meeting via link below…
Stroudsburgs Rotary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Stroudsburgs Rotary - lunch meeting
Time: Aug 20, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thu, until Dec 31, 2020, 20 occurrence(s)
Meeting ID: 880 2428 4864
Passcode: 075312
Weekly Meeting Update for 8.27.20 Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

President's Corner 

We Rise By Lifting Others 
  Robert Ingersoll’s quote “We rise by lifting others” reminds me of a saying in an Ancient African culture. The elders often said “The only time you should look down on     a person is when you reach down to lift them up".
  Lifting others up means that we selflessly put the needs of others before our own needs. As we do so we support the dreams, goals and aspirations of other people. Our            loving acts toward others begin to take root as others take notice and join us.
  A good example is the four friends who founded Rotary. Their efforts certainly have lifted others up. But I am sure they never imagined the magnitude to which their efforts    would grow as others later joined them along the way in service to their fellow human beings.
As we Rotarians work to make the world a better place most of us lift others up in our own small way. It could be with a smile, a compliment, a nod of encouragement, by spending a couple of hours lending a helping hand, donating a few dollars to help a cause, or many other ways. The reward is that warm fuzzy feeling that lifts us as we lift others up.
Have an Uplifted and Joy-filled week.
Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
President 2020 21
President's Corner Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Picnic

A special Thank You to Rotarian Dave Fox for hosting our annual picnic at his home. Thanks to Rotarian Stacy Rodriguez and DPG Karen DeMatteo and company for coordinating. A beautiful day on his beautiful property. Bittersweet event - we said good-bye to Rotarian Jessica Peetz who is relocating to Florida. We will miss your exuberance and ever present smiles! And we will definitely miss our honorary youngest member, sweet Hailey. Best of luck to the Peetz family as they embark on their new adventure. We know you'll be with us virtually, Jessica. But, somehow, it won't be the same without your cheers!
Annual Picnic Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Bushkill EMS Receives Foundation Grant

Bushkill Emergency Corps received a generous grant of $500 from the Rotary of the Stroudsburg which will be used to purchase an Intraosseous Vascular Access System (EZ IO) gun and needles. The equipment is used to allow Paramedics to gain immediate access for administration of medications by drilling directly through a bone and into the bone marrow. An advanced treatment, this is vital when gaining access to deliver life-saving medications becomes necessary. Bushkill Emergency Corps is very grateful for this grant and the support the Rotary of the Stroudsburg provides to community-based organizations such as ours.
Bushkill EMS Receives Foundation Grant Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Foundation Grant for Pocono Cinema

Stroudsburgs Rotarian Sponsor Bob Lear, Stroudsburgs Rotarian PDG Karen DeMatto and Rotarian Jim Becker present a Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation Grant to Pocono Cinema President Courtney Tolino.
Pocono Cinema will partner with East Stroudsburg University professors to screen movies related to their classes. Following the films, the professor will lead a discussion. Movies will feature timely topics such as the depiction of women in films. This series will be provided at no cost to students. Three movies will be offered on different topics over the semester.  To obtain the rights for a public screening, the studio fees are typically $300.  Pocono Cinema will be donating the space to use for the screenings and discussions.
Pocono Cinema will offer additional screenings of each movie that will be open to the community at a reduced ticket price of $5.  These screenings will also have a discussion following the film.  The series will either begin September 2020 or January 2021 depending on when ESU resumes classes on campus.
Great films inspire conversations. Through the Cinema Film Club, Pocono Cinema offers the audience opportunities to engage with our films on a deeper level.  Movies can be a more approachable medium that allows people to engage in meaningful discussions.  Screenings with discussions allows students and community members to connect and fosters a sense of community.
Foundation Grant for Pocono Cinema Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Corner 2019-2020 Essay Contest Winner

 Youth Corner
 At last week's meeting, we heard from our Scholarship winners.
 2019 ~ 2020 Essay Contest Winner "Rotary Unites the World"
Our winner this year was Christopher "CJ" Marina, who just completed his senior year at SHS.  CJ and his AP English teacher Mrs. Austin attended our zoom meeting where CJ read his essay to the club.  Well done and congratulations to CJ. He will receive a $500 check and certificate.
Youth Corner 2019-2020 Essay Contest Winner Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 HS Senior Scholarship Winner

 Vasilia Briegel just graduated from SHS with a 4.0 and #3 in her class of 462.  She has been very active in her church youth programs and giving back to the community.  She   was also an active NHS member. Vasilia will be attending Penn State main campus later this month to study finance. Congratulations to this talented young lady. She will receive   $500 each year for 4 years with an update to the club each year.
 We also heard from our past scholarship winners and received a life update from each. Chris Vo 2016~17, Kwaku Anim-Appiah also 2016-17, Brandan Zambrano 2017-18 and Sergio Burtron 2018~19.  It was great to see  these young folks again and hear what is happening in their lives.
Thank you to Tameko Patterson and Ed Kmetz for leading these committees.  
2019-2020 HS Senior Scholarship Winner Jennifer Narkavich 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in Action 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Community,Get Together,Rotarians,Rotary Life,poconos,rotary

Rotary at Pleasant Valley Manor 

Members of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs show their appreciation for the staff at Pleasant Valley Manor today. (06/10/2020) The group set up a full cookout spread with chicken, hotdogs, and hamburgers. During the pandemic, staff at the Manor had the tough job of caring for those most vulnerable in the county. A spokesperson for the rotary club tell us, along with first responders, they consider the staff heroes.

"They're first responders as much as any other organization in the county and they certainly had their hands full here, and we just wanted to do something to give back to them," said Leslie Underhill.

The rotary club served 80 staff members at today's cookout.

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Channel 13 News 

Rotary at Pleasant Valley Manor Jennifer Narkavich 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Life,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Join us to experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
2020 Rotary Virtual Convention Jennifer Narkavich 2020-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Life,Rotary Members,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

Membership Drive Approved 27 New Members

We finished up our Membership Incentive campaign and it was Hugely Successful!  From the start of the Campaign (a little more than 1 month ago) we have approved 27 new members for Rotary.  Our plan is to have all of these individuals inducted before the end of this month.  Congratulations to the new members, to our Club and to Rotary!
Membership Drive Approved 27 New Members Jennifer Narkavich 2020-05-14 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary Life,Rotary Members,rotary
Rotary Virtual Convention 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0 Presidents Corner,Rotarians


A Resource for Pocono Residents
From healthcare and unemployment concerns to the latest local statistics, a panel of community leaders will cover a variety of topics related to COVID-19. Every Friday morning, beginning tomorrow (4/10), the panel will spend about a half hour providing important updates tailored specifically to the Pocono region. 
April 10, 2020 Panelists:  
  • Panelist - Elizabeth Wise, President of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono 
  • Panelist - Donald Seiple, President of St. Luke’s Monroe Campus 
  • Panelist - Rep. Rosemary Brown, PA 189th District  
*panelists may change weekly* 
  • Moderator – Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau 
These are planned for every Friday at 10 a.m. over the next few weeks. They will be recorded at East Stroudsburg University’s Television Studio. Streaming live on Pocono Television Network (on-air on Channel 734 on Blue Ridge Basic Cable and online) & Blue Ridge Communications Channel 13 and BRCTV’s YouTube. Video will also be available on the YouTube Channel after as well for those that cannot view at 10am each week. 
PMVB COVID-19 WEEKLY BRIEFING Jennifer Narkavich 2020-04-10 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary Members,poconos

Stroudsburgs Rotary Thursday Fellowship

Social Distancing doesn't mean we can't stay connected
We are meeting Thursday at 12:00pm Weekly
Our Meetings last apporx 45 minutes - Join US!

Below please find the recurring Zoom meeting information for the Stroudsburgs Rotary. You will have the ability to enter the meeting early (prior to 12pm) and the meeting should last approximately 45 minutes. The following is the access information.

Stroudsburgs Rotary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Stroudsburgs Rotary Meeting (Lunch)
Time: Mar 26, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 185 335 680

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,185335680# US (Chicago)
Stroudsburgs Rotary Thursday Fellowship Jennifer Narkavich 2020-04-09 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary
District Governor Karen DeMatteo Jennifer Narkavich 2019-12-17 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary Life,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Judge Patti-Worthington came to speak with our club about the state of the bench in Monroe County

Judge Patti-Worthington came to speak with our club about the state of the bench in Monroe County. 
Here are some highlights:
-With our case load, we need 8 judges
-In January up to 7 counties fund District Judges but the State funds the county
-This year starting pre-trial services - Keep out of jail (Drug offenses & mental health)
-All Judges involved in many committees (Both local and statewide)
Judge Patti-Worthington came to speak with our club about the state of the bench in Monroe County Jennifer Narkavich 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary Life,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Values into Action

Their mission is to offer services and supports in partnership with people with disabilities, their families and communities and their vision is that every citizen realizes their full civil rights and contributes to their communities in meaningful ways.
From their website:
"Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member of someone who experiences disabilities, or are looking for services for someone who has a disability… Values Into Action is for YOU.
Values Into Action is an organization dedicated to YOU.  We are committed to delivering exceptional services and supports to YOU, exclusively in your own home, neighborhood, and community – no building or programs, only services that YOU help design and direct.  We are after all, all about Making YOU Happen."
Values into Action Jennifer Narkavich 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary of the Stroudsburgs
Welcome to our newest Rotarian Vanessa Galante from NEPA Credit Union.   Jennifer Narkavich 2019-11-14 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Life,Rotary Members,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs
Pint and Pinot for Polio Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian's at the BW Nice Red Shoe Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Annual High School Luncheon

Register NOW for our Annual High School Seniors Leadership Luncheon. 
  Our Keynote Speaker, Victoria Cooper, is a licensed professional counselor and licensed behavioral specialist
  who owns The Consulting Firm, a company that offers therapy and psychological strategies to businesses.      Her 
  diversified experience includes a background working with young people, which has always ignited her passion 
  for supporting others.  There are also opportunities to sponsor a student and to be an event sponsor. 
Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
Nov 21, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Annual High School Luncheon Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0 Annual High School Luncheon,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

The Giving Festival

Join Sistah Chat Radio for a fun family day of information, shopping and entertainment! FREE Admission! Enjoy a huge vendor fair, live entertainment all day from the Get Seen in the Poconos stage and a tricky tray with great prizes for all! 100% of all tricky tray benefit  Women United of Pocono Mountains United Way to be able to provide daycare scholarships to the Hannig Family Children's Center for single mothers going to NCC. 
Event will be on Saturday November 16th from 2pm-6pm
Northampton County Community College Monroe Campus
The Giving Festival Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0 Giving,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,charity,poconos,rotary

Pocono Cinema Update

The Pocono Cinema is the oldest theatre in Monroe County opening in 1929.  it reopened in 2008 as the non-profit center having stages added as well for live performances, art galleries that are student run and of course the cinema itself.  They are excited to provide hands on experience to students in running a gallery.  Theatre is very accessible and they have been changing their formatting to be "sensory friendly".  They realized there was a large population that was not being served and made simple changes in lighting and sound to make sure the programs are suitable to patrons especially children with autism or on the autism spectrum.  This is an inclusive program.  Expanding the programming is thanks to funding received from RCOTS.  The next event will be a sensory friendly concert likely in the spring of 2020.  Pocono Cinema is always looking to add new programs and partners.  They welcome new ideas so reach out to Courtney at Also, the 3rd Saturday of every month there are free movies for children.  Their Red Carpet Event is coming up on November 16th.  For more info visit their website!
Pocono Cinema Update Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

Presidents Corner

Thank you for everyone participating in the recent Rotary events including the Reverse Raffle, the Pints & Pinot 4 Polio crawl, and the Community Dinner at St John’s in Middle Smithfield.  Your presence at these and all of the Rotary events has helped to make the first part of the Rotary year successful.  Also, I would like to thank all of you who were able to make the John Parker memorial tribute this past Saturday.  It was a wonderful event and I know that Mary Louise was very appreciative of the day and the support shown to her and her family.
We do have some upcoming events in November including our annual Leadership Luncheon event on Thursday November 21st at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort.  The Luncheon will be our weekly meeting so please come out and support the young leaders from our County Schools.  We do need help with sponsors for the cost of each student’s lunch so please consider paying 1 or more of the students (We anticipate that the number of students will be 150+).  The cost per student attending is $25.  Please see Jim Becker if you are able to sponsor a student or if you would like to be a “Corporate or Individual” Sponsor.”
Presidents Corner Jennifer Narkavich 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0 Presidents Corner,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary
Check out WNEP cover story on World Polio Day Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

United Way Day of Caring 2019

United Way Day of Caring 2019
Thank you to everyone that came out to the United Way Day of Caring at Women's Resources.  A lot of work was put in to clean up and help out.  Pictured are President Elect Cleo Jarvis and Rotarian Leslie Underhill, members of the Riley and Company Staff as well as West End Rotarian Debbie Borger.  Rotarians Holley Kearns and Jessica Peetz volunteered at Family Promise with Enid Logan.  Here are If you have any photos of you in "ACTION" please send them to
United Way Day of Caring 2019 Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,day of caring

Cherry Ridge Consulting

Cherry Ridge Consulting
 Our very own Jillian Olsen spoke at our club last week.  She is an Environmental Biologist and regulatory specialist with   over 17 years' experience in the environmental consulting industry, focused on spring water resource development for   the bottled water industry. Areas of expertise include bottled and bulk water industry permitting and regulatory   compliance, water resource evaluation and development, and wetland identification, delineation and permitting.       Reach out to Jillian to learn more at
Cherry Ridge Consulting Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Bahama Island: Hurricane Dorian

The Bahama Islands experienced a catastrophic event with the impact of Hurricane Dorian.  At last week's Rotary lunch meeting, I mentioned that as a Rotary Club, we would be looking to receive contributions that would be directed to the relief efforts for those impacted by the Hurricane.
Beginning with today's meetings (lunch and evening), we will begin collecting money that will be directed to the relief efforts in the Bahamas.  Those interested in supporting this effort can make checks payable to the Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation (we will also be passing a basket for cash contributions).  Those contributions will be going directly to the Bahamas Disaster Fund.  We will be collecting money over the next 2 weeks.
Those of you interested can go to the Bahamas District website at to learn more about the Disaster Relief efforts.
Thanks to each of you for all that you do to improve Our Community (local and the world).
Bahama Island: Hurricane Dorian Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-16 04:00:00Z 0 Bahamas,Relief Efforts,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary
United Way Day of Caring 2019 Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,day of caring,rotary

PA Polio Survivors Network 


Carol Ferguson, a polio survivor and Rotarian from District 7430 shared with our club a grass roots inititave to being vaccination information from credible sources to all new parents and doctors in PA.  We did a Facebook Live video that you can watch here
PA Polio Survivors Network Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Greetings fellow Rotarians!

Thank you everyone that had come out to the 2nd Annual Bob Wehe Memorial Blood Drive with the American Red Cross.  We had a lot of walk-ins which was great and some great fellowship with Rotarians and community donors.  Bob would be proud!
This week, we have the United Way's Day of Caring on Thursday 9/12.  The club will be volunteering with Women's Resources between 10am and 3pm.  CLICK HERE for more info or talk to Cleo.
Tickets are coming in fast for the Stroudsburgs Rotary Reverse Raffle.  Be sure to get those tickets sold and into Don.  Remember, only the first 200 tickets will be accepted!  Remember, if everyone does their small part then we can do BIG things!
Pints and Pinot for Polio is coming up in October.  There are several restaurants we have participating so be sure to check it out.  Both events are set up on Facebook so let's make sure we share it to our pages.  SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!  It's important that we get the word out about this NOW and get everyone excited!
Jeff Gilbert
2019-2020 President
Greetings fellow Rotarians! Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

Dirt is the #1 pollutant of water...

Adam Shellhammer from the Monroe County Conservation District shared about what is happening in our area and some tips for homeowners to help with drainage.  Every county in PA has its own conservation district.  From their website:
"A Conservation District is a legal subdivision of state government, responsible under state law for conservation work within its boundaries. Self-government is the guiding philosophy of Conservation Districts. Decisions about conservation issues are made at the local level by citizens who understand and want to protect and improve their local environment.

Pennsylvania has 66 Conservation Districts, one in each county except Philadelphia.

Each district is governed by a board of volunteer directors appointed by their local governing bodies, such as county commissioners. Conservation districts provide the departments of Environmental Protection (DEP), Agriculture (PDA) and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) a way to implement a wide variety of environmental programs that best serve the agricultural, suburban and urban interests of their counties.

The success of Conservation Districts is due in part to their ability to successfully work with local, state and federal agencies and private organizations.

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts are a model of effective government and among the most diverse, capable and active in the nation".
Dirt is the #1 pollutant of water... Jennifer Narkavich 2019-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Greetings fellow Rotarians! - Presidents Corner

President's Corner
Greetings fellow Rotarians!
Have you noticed that you have been getting less emails?  Be sure to read the full MonRotary so you don't miss out on exciting events taking place!
Have you seen our BEAUTIFUL new club banner!  Photography and design by our very own Dick Ludwig and Jessica Peetz.  Make sure to get your photo taken with it and #StroudsburgsRotary
This Saturday we have STROUDFEST!  We are in need of volunteers.  Please sign up for an hour or two...or more to share the good word about our club and Rotary.  Let's get the community involved and have a great time.  CLICK HERE to sign up!
Next we have the Bob Wehe Memorial Blood Drive.  It looks like we still have some open slots left.  Sign up for your time today.  Be sure to look for the event on Facebook (tomorrow) and share it with your friends to sign up too!  CLICK HERE to sign up!
In October we have the Reverse Raffle and Pints and Pinot for Polio.  Both events are set up on Facebook so let's make sure we share it to our pages.  SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!
Jeff Gilbert
2019-2020 President
Greetings fellow Rotarians! - Presidents Corner Jennifer Narkavich 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Strike Out Polio Jennifer Narkavich 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0 baseball,rotary

Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters TOMORROW!

Once again, the Stroudsburgs Rotary Club will be hosting Project Healing Waters.  If you had never volunteered, this is a very IMPACTFUL event that is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service peronnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing. Items that need to be borrowed are: Pop Canopies, Garbage Cans/Bags, 2 Propane Grills, 2 Large Coolers, 2 Small Coolers, Folding Tables, BBQ Cooking Tools, Golf Cart and Ice.  If you can donate any of these items, please email Stacy Rodriguez at stacy.ravenent@gmail.comor call her at 570-872-4404. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer. Thank you for your Service Above Self!

Project Healing Waters Jennifer Narkavich 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
District 7410 Banner Exchange Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,banner exchange,district

Club Polos!

Rotarian Kin will be producing our clubs Polos!  There is a men's and a women's fit.  We will have them at the meetings starting June 6th so you can see what they look like and how they feel.  Cost is $25.  Checks can be made out to Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.  Jessica will be tracking orders and collecting the money.  Any questions, click the email address below:
or call her at 570-269-2891.
Club Polos! Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

The Importance of Food Safety

Nicole McGeehan, a Penn State Extensiuon Educator discussed food borne illnesses and food borne outbreaks.  48 million people acquire a food borne illness.  The causes are failing to cook adequately, food is being served at incorrect temperatures, contaminated foods and food handlers having poor personal hygeine.   Last year, they published an article titled, Are You Handling Food Safely at Home?  We all know that we should wash our hands before preparing food or that we should check the temperatures of foods, especially meats, to be sure they are thoroughly cooked. However, a recent report from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates that consumers (that’s you and me) need to work on improving our food handling practices in the home.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) and RTI International were contracted by FSIS and USDA to conduct meal preparation studies in actual food preparation situations to better evaluate consumer food handling behaviors. In the first part of a 5 part study, researchers focused on consumer use of food thermometers when cooking ground turkey patties.

Six test kitchens were set up in both urban and rural areas of North Carolina. Before preparing a meal in the kitchen participants were randomized into the treatment or control group. A total of 383 people participated in the study, 201 in the control group and 182 in the treatment group. The treatment group watched a 3- minute USDA food safety video on using a food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of food when cooking while the control group received no information. Cameras in the kitchens observed participant activity, specifically looking at use of the thermometer to check temperatures, final cooking temperature of the turkey burger, potential points of cross contamination and handwashing practices.  

The full article can be viewed at

The Importance of Food Safety Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Food Safety,Rotarians

A Visit From the Senator

This past week the satellite club held its regular Thursday meeting which was hosted by Ed Regina at Regina Farms.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the local business group from the Smithfields and Lehman Township, PEBA.  This provided an opportunity to introduce Rotary to local business owners as well as enjoy some fellowship time together.  
The evening also included a program presented by Senator Mario Scavello who addressed a full range of topics from updates on roadwork throughout the county to the current status of gasoline taxes as well as proposed legislation concerning school taxes to the legalization of marijuana.  
Senator Scavello also shared information directed to entrepreneurs and available resources for both residents and businesses.  He was gracious and stayed longer than expected answering questions and sharing insights into the workings of Harrisburg now and historically leading to issues we deal with today.
A sincere thank you to Ed Regina for his hospitality in hosting the meeting and fellowship evening.
A Visit From the Senator Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Get Together,Rotarians,rotary
Spring Fling Jennifer Narkavich 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Community,Get Together,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Spaghetti Dinner Success!

What a great time everyone had at this year's Spaghetti Dinner!  The event filled weekend started off with meatball making on Friday night.  If you have ever helped with this, you know it was a good time!  For the last few years, we have held the Spaghetti Dinner in conjunction with the American Red Cross Run for the Red event.  This year was great because we were able to be right at Stroudsburg High School during their registration and point them two doors down for the dinner.  Thank you to Rotarian Michele Baher, Executive Director at the Monroe County Red Cross for letting us be part of this event. 
Spaghetti Dinner Success! Jennifer Narkavich 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Community,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,Run for the Red,Spaghetti Dinner,rotary

Chief of Staff Taylor Munoz

Chief of Staff for Senator Mario Scavello came to speak to our club about the needs that Monroe County is currently facing and projects that are in place.  He discussed the proposal of full elimination of property taxes but how that would increase sales tax if it was eliminated.  Taylor also talked about the collaboration with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau on the Pick Up the Poconos campaign. 
Chief of Staff Taylor Munoz Jennifer Narkavich 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Community,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Pocono Mountains United Way

Michael Tukeva, the new CEO and President of the Pocono Mountains United Way spoke to our club about concerns affecting our community.  He stated that there are many needs assesments conducted in Monroe County that for us to utilize those resources to determine what we as a club can focus on to help our community.  He focused in on a few areas including Hunger and Nutrition, Education and Workforce Development and Financial Stability.  
Pocono Mountains United Way 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Community,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

Mady's Community Dinner

The Satellite Club from the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs volunteered at Mady's Community Dinner.  It was a great success!  We had cooked and servced 140 members of our community a wonderful meatloaf dinner.  Organizers of Mady's Kitchen, Laura and Marge Law, appreciate the efforts of the club and said that "sometimes this is the only real meal they get, and we were able to give lots of extra food so they could take home for another meal or two".
Rotarians pictured are John Beljean, Leslie Underhill and Stacy Rodriguez.  They took the reigns on doing the meatloaf prep and all the cooking.  Other volunteers that have helped with cooking, serving and all the clean up included Gail Kulick, Debbie Kulick and Zerla Bertolome.  
If you are interested in helping to serve, the next time the Satellite Club is scheduled to volunteer is October 27th. Dinners are always served the last Sunday of the month so feel free to volunteer then as well!  Email Rotarian Stacy for more info at 
Mady's Community Dinner Jennifer Narkavich 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary

Let's take the opportunity to read to preschoolers!

Let's take the opportunity to read to preschoolers!  The Creative Learning Center at the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday month by having parents of the kids come in to read during storytime.  There are a few days that are open and what a great way for Rotarians to go in support basic education and area of focus in Rotary.  Dates that are available are Monday March 25th, Wednesday 27th and Friday March 29th.  It will be at 2:55pm at the Creative Learning Center at Jessica Peetz daughter's classroom.  Who wouldn't want to read to little Hailey!  If you are interested call Jessica at 570-269-2891.  
Don't forget to also share about the FREE Reading Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.   
Let's take the opportunity to read to preschoolers! 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0 Read,Rotarians,poconos,preschoolers,rotary

2019 Annual Spaghetti Dinner

A note from the Spaghetti Dinner Committee:
Chair Cleo Jarvis has already started signing volunteers up for this event!  Please be sure to sign up to make meatballs the night before or to help serve our wonderful community.  Tickets will be given out soon.  The event will held on May 18th from 4pm-7pm at Stroudsburg High School.
Business Card Ads on the Spaghetti Dinner Place-mat went on sale after it was announced at the weekly meeting last Thursday.  Ads spaces will only be reserved with payment. Artwork will be accepted until April 30th.  We are accepting ads in order until the place-mat is sold out. (Which happens quickly so please do not delay.) This year the Spaghetti Dinner will occur in conjunction with the Run for the Red Registration at the Stroudsburg High School on May 18.  Since this will be 3 days before the Primary Election and there will be especially high visibility. The following rates apply per space:
  • Stroudsburgs Rotarians-$50
  • All others including Stroudsburg Rotarian Political Candidates-$60
  • Political Ads-$70
See Jim or Margie Becker with any questions!
2019 Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
English Garden of the Poconos 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Garden,Rotarians,poconos,rotary
American Red Cross Telethon 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Harvard Admissions Policy Lawsuit

Rotarian Charlie Kirkwood is a Harvard University graduate and he spoke about whether or not the school is discriminating against Asian Americans.  The current demographic of students are 15% African American, 12.3% Hispanic and 22.9% are Asian Americans.  The Asian Students Lawsuit states that 40% of applicants should be Asian not 22.9%.  22,000 applicants apply for a Harvard Undergraduate degree but there are only 2,000 openings.  The criteria that is looked at for admission is their grades from high school, SAT Scores, Recommendations and Activities and their personal ratings (undefined).  Characteristics that fall into this rating are personality, courage, kindness, and other subjective qualities.    The category that is being challenged is the personal ratings.  5.6% of ALL Americans are Asian Americans.  Harvard states that they were seeking to keep diversity and a more well rounded student body.  The Judges decision is expected in the next week or two.
Harvard Admissions Policy Lawsuit 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Harvard Admissions Policy Lawsuit,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs

Not Just Another Auction 

What a spectacular event last Thursday night!  The club held its annual Not Just Another Auction in the newly renovated ballroom at Shawnee Inn.  Sharon Laverdure was the 2019 recipient of the Alex "Buzz" Bensinger Award and there were many items that was up for bid.  We don't have the final totals yet but what a great night.  Thank you to the Auction committee for all of their hard work! Be sure to view the photo album with all the pictures Rotarian Dick Ludwig had taken.
Not Just Another Auction 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,give back,pocono mountains,poconos

Rotary International Youth Exchange

Speaker: Alefiyah Vahanvaty - 12 Grade Student in SASD

International Studies
High School International Exchange
Alefiyah spent 3 weeks in Finland with her Host Family
She spoke about her experiences through photos
Highlight of the trip: places that I went when she traveled
Questions or to get involved, reach out to Cleo Jarvis - Rotary International Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary International Youth Exchange Jennifer Narkavich 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Hope Christman from Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry.  

Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs welcomed Hope Christman of PVEN Food Pantry - we heard all about their new location and services for the west end!
Program: Hope Christman from Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry.  
  • 16 churches joined together to see what the needs were of the West End community.  Collectively a food pantry and clothing closet came together. 
  • There are 50 volunteers* 2018 200,000 lbs of food given out * 26,612 items of clothes given out * 12,706 volunteer hours. 
Hope Christman from Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry. Jennifer Narkavich 2019-01-20 05:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,poconos

Stroudsburg Rotary Foundation - President: Jim Becker

Program: Jim Becker on Stroudsburg Rotary Foundation
Discussed history with the cancer society and the prior van purchases.  Additional discussions on whether this is still a need in our community, are their other organizations we could work with to accomplish the same or should the Foundation consider putting current funds in a Trust and allowing it to grow.  Rotarians spoke up with great thoughts and ideas and the foundation will continue the discussion.
Stroudsburg Rotary Foundation - President: Jim Becker 2019-01-17 05:00:00Z 0 Community,Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,Transportation,Trusts,poconos

Vision - We are here to help

Center for Vision Loss: Jennifer Pandolfo, Operational Director
  • Services provided in Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton Counties
  • Provide transportation for medical social services.
  • Provide: activities, socialization, adaptive instruction, support groups
  • Provide: prevention presentations to community groups, early school screening (under 6 years of age).
  • Monroe services 275 clients
  • Have supplies & adaptive equipment available to purchase.
Vision - We are here to help Jennifer Narkavich 2018-12-27 05:00:00Z 0 Center for Vision Loss,Rotarians,Vision Loss,poconos

Snowed out but the tradition lives on...

Last week our Leadership Luncheon was SNOWED OUT and RESCHEDULED to  November    29th.  A few brave souls met at The Willowtree Inn Restaurant to keep with the tradition.  We    will see you on the 29th at Shawnee Inn.

This week in lieu of our regular meeting we will spending Thanksgiving will friends and family.      Enjoy!! 


Snowed out but the tradition lives on... Jennifer Narkavich 2018-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Latino Leadership - Diversity & Inclusion

Latino Leadership - Diversity & Inclusion, Dr Damary Bonita-Rodriguez 

  • Engages and high performing culture
  • Retaining the best talent
  • Increase engagement
  • Creativity & innovations.  

Increase market shares & reach diverse populations - Understanding Diversity 

Latino Leadership - Diversity & Inclusion Jennifer Narkavich 2018-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

Congratulations to our Rotarians that attended Rotary Leadership Institute this past Saturday in Scranton. 1st VP Cleo Jarvis graduated from Part 3, while John Beljean and Stacy Rodriguez completed Part 2 and new members Kin Roberts, Rodney Arbona, Karen Bastidas and Cheryl Chloke all attended Part 1. 2 weeks prior Dave and Ann Super also attended Part 1 at a different location. DGE Karen was a facilitator and cheerleader. Furthering your education on Rotary, making new friends from around the District and networking was the outcome of the day.

For more information on attending RLI visit

Rotary Leadership Institute Jessica Peetz 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian & Polio Survivor John Nanni

  “September 15, 1953....65 years ago today, at an age of only 10 months old, I was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with paralytic polio.... paralysed from my neck down and my parents were         told the virus was entering my brain stem. Doctor told my parents I had 3 days to live....they got that part wrong.”

  John Nanni has been a friend of our club for over 4+ years and has educated us on the current status of the End Polio Campaign.  We Thank John for coming and visiting our club once again to   share his story.


Rotarian & Polio Survivor John Nanni Jessica Peetz 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Chaya Srivatsa

Chaya is visiting us from India and she had spoken about what she had learned when she visited the United States in 1996.  She joined a child abuse prevention program where they went to 32 schools teaching young girls to Be    Safe and Be Strong.  Chaya spoke about the #MeToo movement going on today and shared with us her story from when she was younger.  She took what she learned her in the states back  home to India.

Rotarian Chaya Srivatsa Jessica Peetz 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

ESU Rotaract

ESU Rotaract officers first planning meeting.  In October, they will be celebrating 5 years!

ESU Rotaract Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

HUnger Coalition

Stroudsburgs Rotary does it again!  We were able to donate $4,000 to United Way of Monroe County's HUnger Coalition!  Pictured are Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation Chairman Jim Becker, The Hunger Coalition's Jennifer Strauch, and Immediate Past President Rob Howell!  Thank you to our community for  your support in our fundraising efforts!

HUnger Coalition Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Helping Hands Food Pantry

Interactors and Rotarians gathered to donate $1,000 to the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church Helping Hands Food Pantry for their Ice Machine.  Both clubs contributed through their fundraising efforts last Roary year.  Pictured are Rotarian Denise Cebular, Interactor Maddy Drozal, DGE Karen DeMatteo, Interactors Joanna Chen and Kelsey Sanchez and Rotarians Lynda Keefer and Mike Katz.

Helping Hands Food Pantry Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Scholarship Recipients

Our last two recipients of the Service Above Self Scholarship were each awarded $500!  Raelynn Lares and Erica Morales both of East Stroudsburg High School are pictured with DGE Karen DeMatteo and President Lucille Piggott-Prawl.

Service Above Self Scholarship Recipients Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Stroudsburgs Rotary Board Inducted

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs board for 2018-2019 was inducted by Past Ditrict Governor Carol Hemphill.  Congratulations and have a great Rotary year!  Pictured are Rotarians Richard Berkowitz, President Elect Jeffrey Gilbert, Immediate Past President Robert Howell, Rotarians Don Hannig, Michelle Baehr, Marlo Merhige, Dave Yarosh, PDG Carol Hemphill, Rotarian Cleo jarvis, President Lucille Piggot-Prawl, DGE and Past President Karen DeMatteo and Rotarian Leslie Underhill.
2018-2019 Stroudsburgs Rotary Board Inducted Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0


RYLA Chair Amy Leiser and DGE Karen DeMatteo brough us Gwenn Strasser from Notre Dame High School and Nandee Coreia from Stroudsburg High School to share what they had learned and done at RYLA 2018!
RYLA Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Project Healing Waters

WOW!  Look at that trout caught at our Project Healing Waters event on Rotarian Ray Starner's streamside property yesterday!  Veteran and fly fisherman Ed Transue hooked this beauty and then released in back into the creek.  Thanks to all who came out and made the day awesome!

Project Healing Waters Jessica Peetz 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Down to business

President Lucille Piggot-Prawl conducts business with President Elect Jeffrey Gilbert at her first board meeting of the year!

Down to business Jessica Peetz 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Congratulations to our Rotarian of the year Cleo Jarvis!  What a great year you had co-chairing the Not Just Another Auction, chairing the Spaghetti Dinner and other countless volunteer service projects that you have been a part of.  You have emulated the 2017-2018 theme of Making A Difference.  Thank you for your service!

Rotarian of the Year Jessica Peetz 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Congrats Lucy!

Congratulations Lucy Shunk on a great 2 year term of service as the satellite chair.

Congrats Lucy! Jessica Peetz 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Not one, not two but THREE new member inductions!  Welcome Rodney Arbona sponsored by Holley Kearns, Kin Roberts sponsored by Claudette Williams and John Jeffries sponsored by Jim Becker (with Jeff Gilbert filling in for Jim).
New Member Induction Jessica Peetz 2018-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Welcome to the greatest Rotary club in the world State Representative Rosemary Brown sponsored by Karen DeMatteo and Krista Somers sponsored by Jessica C. Peetz.

New Member Induction Jessica Peetz 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Pocono Alliance Clean Up Jessica Peetz 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Spaghetti Dinner Time

A great time was had by all at this years Annual Spaghetti Dinner!  Thank you to Rotarian Cleo Jarvis and her committee for organizing this great event for our community!

Spaghetti Dinner Time Jessica Peetz 2018-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

High School Scholarships

Our club celebrated our youth today by awarding students with scholarships!  Best of luck to all!
High School Scholarships Jessica Peetz 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0


Jessica Peetz and her daughter Hailey joined Spaghetti Dinner Chair Cleo Jarvis to promote the Spaghetti Community Dinner on WBRE PA Live with David Kuharchik!  Click the pic to see the taping!
Yummy...Spaghetti Jessica Peetz 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Let's talk taxes

Former Past President Paul V. Conforti, CPA of Riley and Company spoke about some of the 2018 tax law changes. 
Let's talk taxes Jessica Peetz 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Eagle Scout Gets Award

Rotarian Jim Hall presents a gift and recognition to this new Eagle Scout Santiago D. Churion. on Sunday April 22nd. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Eagle Scout Gets Award Jessica Peetz 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Stroudsburgs Club goes to District Conference jessica peetz 2018-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Earth Day Highway Clean Up Jessica Peetz 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

The Hunger Coalition

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs had Jennifer Strauch from United Way of Monroe County come to speak about the Pocono Mountains Hunger Coalition. 
Pocono Mountains Hunger Coalition is on a mission to bring individuals, non-profit organizations, corporations, and local government partners together to end hunger in our community with a three-pronged approach; Access to healthy food, Coordination of resources, and Education around nutrition, health, and hunger. With 51% of school-aged children in Monroe County receiving free/reduced cost meals in our public-school system, the Hunger Coalition and United Way of Monroe County are actively working to close the summer meal gap by increasing the number of meal sites available for these children.  This summer, East Stroudsburg Area School District Food Service will be extending their summer meal program across the bridge into Stroudsburg to serve healthy meals to a census tract where 71% of children (0-18) are eligible for free/reduced meals. We live in an amazing community that is always ready to step up and meet the need when called. 
Jennifer had quoted a 2012 documentary, A Place at the Table, stating “If we don’t change the direction we’re heading, this generation will be the first to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation”.
She is pictured with Club President, Robert Howell.
The Hunger Coalition Jessica Peetz 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Not Just Another Auction

The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs held their Annual Not Just Another Auction where they honored Gina Bertucci with the Alex “Buzz Bensinger Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Bertucci was the fourth recipient of the Rotary Club’s Alexander Bensinger Award, which recognizes Monroe County residents who are successful in their vocation and known for their community service, selflessness or philanthropy. The award was established in 2015 in the name of well-known Stroudsburg attorney and Rotarian Buzz Bensinger.  Past honorees include John J. Riley, William Ramsden, and Charlie and Ginny Kirkwood.
A great time was had by all at the Indian Inspired themed event with guest bidding on many items in the silent and live auction.  The event raised $11,043!  Funds raised will go towards The Hunger Coalition of Monroe County, Nino Del Lagos, a non-profit organization that helps the children of Guatemala and other non-profit organization in Monroe County.   Check out the photo album here! 
Not Just Another Auction Jessica Peetz 2018-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Kids Help Too!

Our little Rotary helper Hailey Peetz putting auction baskets together!
Kids Help Too! Jessica Peetz 2018-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Not Just Another Auction Chatter Jessica Peetz 2018-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

What is the polio vaccine?

Our guest speaker this Thursday March 15th, Dr. Vitali Pool from Sanofi Pastuer will share an update about the polio vaccine and the success and roadblocks to to the program. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio from the planet for over 20 years. Please join us for lunch at the Sycamore Grill at noon, or at our evening meeting at Peppi's Bistro at 6pm. He will be speaking at both meetings.  Click the image for an update video!
What is the polio vaccine? Jessica Peetz 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Radio Talk

President Rob Howell doing some radio press for the Not Just Another Auction.
Radio Talk Jessica Peetz 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Good Morning PA-Auction Jessica Peetz 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

What's going on in Middle Smithfield Township?

Patrice Dume from Middle Smithfield Township was our guest speaker today.  She spoke about how local government and businesses can work together and about all of the great initiatives they have in place to bring the community and businesses together.  Patrice is pictured below with Rotarians Jessica Peetz, Lucille Piggott-Prawl and DeAna Susinskas.
What's going on in Middle Smithfield Township? Jessica Peetz 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Recipient

Did you know? Your donation to the Rotary Foundation earns you recognition points. These points can be used to honor a special person in your life, by making them a Paul Harris Fellow. Today we honor long time Rotarian Grant Terrill with his 1st Paul Harris. See James Becker for more information! 
Congratulations Grant Terrill (pictured with Michele Baehr)!  Thank you for many, many years of service.
Paul Harris Recipient Jessica Peetz 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Impromptu Lunch Meeting

Even with the bad weather, it cannot keep us Rotarians at bay!  Thank  you Willow Tree for hosting us today!  Pictured are Rotarians Bill Rinehart, Jackie Leonard, Margie and Jim Becker, Ted Butz, Michele Baehr, Karen DeMatteo and Pat Forney.
Impromptu Lunch Meeting Jessica Peetz 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party at President Rob's Place

Just a few photos from our Holiday get together tonight. Weather kept many from attending but good food, great fellowship was still in abundance.
Holiday Party at President Rob's Place Jessica Peetz 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Santa and Mrs. Claus were ringing the bell for the Salvation Army with some other Rotarians.  Pictured are Rotarians Stan Miles, Doris Wehe (Mrs. Claus), Bob Wehe (Santa), Michele Baehr, Stacy Rodriguez, John Beljean and Karen DeMatteo.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing peetz 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Rotary

Today we celebrate 113 years of Rotary International Service to the community and the world. 
Happy Birthday Rotary Jessica Peetz 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Folk Singer

Wanna hear some cool folk music?  Check out folk singer Tom Bartha on our Facebook page as he entertained our club.
Folk Singer 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

2017 Gala for Peace

A great time was had by all at District 7410 A Gala for Peace.  There was a beautiful musical performance by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir, a live and silent auction, great food and wonderful fellowship.  The event was chaired by Peace Fellows Chair and Immediate Past President Ruth Ann Rocchio.  In these time of conflict and uncertainty, the Peace Centers are a shining example of what education and understanding can accomplish.


2017 Gala for Peace Jessica Peetz 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Pocono Alliance Getting Ahead Dinner

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Members of the Satellite Club volunteered at Pocono Alliance's Getting Ahead Dinner where they provided a great service to the families.  

Pocono Alliance Getting Ahead Dinner Jessica Peetz 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Stroudsburgs Rotary Leadership Lunch

Posted on Nov 16, 2017

The Stroudsburgs Rotary and its selected sponsors host the leaders of their respective schools senior class at Terraview Stroudsmoor on November 16, 2017. The keynote speaker for this year will be local athlete, star quarterback and successful coach now with East Stroudsburg Univeristy Jimmy Terwilliger. All proceeds benefit the Stroudsburgs Rotary Scholarship Fund.  Special thanks to Jim and Margie Becker for organizing this great event!  Check out all photos in our the leadership lunch photo album here!

Stroudsburgs Rotary Leadership Lunch Jessica Peetz 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Big Brothers Big Sisters Telethon

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sister Telethon going on now. Members of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs will be manning the phone from 6 to 7pm. Call in and make a pledge! Wonderful organization and we proud to support them.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Telethon Jessica Peetz 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Mady's Angels

Posted on Oct 29, 2017

This evening Rotarians from both the lunch and Satellite Clubs served the evening meal with Mady's Angels at St. Johns Church. Great job everyone!

Mady's Angels Jessica Peetz 2017-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Stroudsburg Interact Club Promoted Purple Pinky Jessica Peetz 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted on Oct 24, 2017

Thank you, Rotarian Leslie Underhill for presenting the program on Polio and the origin of Rotary's involvement to aid in eliminating this horrible disease.  The Rotary Club in Trenton NJ, during the 1970's had the vision to eradicate Polio.  By 1985 Rotary had Polio Plus, which had raised $247 Million to combat Polio.  400 million children need to be immunized every year.  This year, there were 11 cases of Polio in Nigeria.    


World Polio Day Jessica Peetz 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Our Club

Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Welcome Liz Ann Tepper to the Greatest Rotary Club in the World!
Welcome to Our Club Jessica Peetz 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0

Pocono Fly Fishing

Posted on Oct 05, 2017

Thank you Gerry Bortz for an interesting lesson on Fly Fishing and the various types of flies.  Flies come in many styles.  The Poconos are well known for fly fishing and we have some of our very flies.   The mouse shaped fly was made to fish the Delaware River and the "Henryville Special" is another fly tied to the area.
Pocono Fly Fishing peetz 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

United Way Day of Caring

Posted on Sep 14, 2017

The day began with the Kickoff at Barley Creek Restaurant. Karen and Cleo attended.  The Rotary team completed tasks at Women’s Resources of Monroe County.  Tasks included: Deck and Rail Washing, Moving Mattresses, Discarding Furniture, Installing AED Unit, Cleaning the  Gazebo, Re-assembling Desks, Moving Bags of Clothing, Power Washing Deck Furniture, Scrubbing Floor Mats, Sweeping Walkways and Porches.   It was an awesome experience! Giving back gives a warm-fuzzy feeling like no other. The staff at Women’s Resources were so happy that they invited us to come back any time.
United Way Day of Caring 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Posted on Sep 07, 2017
At the meeting 2 weeks ago we discussed the devastating images of Houston and the surrounding area.  There are many service organizations reaching out to people in need.  Food, shelter, clothes, medicine and the list goes on.  The estimated amount of relief needed is now in the tens of billions.  It is overwhelming.  We wanted to tackle the questions "How can we donate to Rotary and where will our donations go?"
There was a district conference call on Saturday morning with DG Karin Breitlauch and others to discuss the most effective means for us to donate through Rotary and encourage friends and families to do the same.  It was determined that immediately, as a district, we do not have the required expertise or connections to provide aid directly.
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Membership Mixer hosted by Satellite Club

Posted on Aug 17, 2017
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!
Membership Mixer hosted by Satellite Club Jessica Peetz 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Color for Kids

Posted on Aug 17, 2017
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!
Color for Kids Jessica Peetz 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Posted on Aug 03, 2017
Welcome Beth Utley (center) to the Greatest Rotary Club in the world!  She is pictured with our President Rob Howell and Bob Wehe!
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Posted on Aug 03, 2017
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.  
RYLA Jessica Peetz 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Welcome to our newest member Deidre Drysdale (center) pictured with her sponsor President Elect Lucille Piggott-Prawl and President Rob Howell!
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New Member Induction

Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Welcome to our newest member Deidre Drysdale (center) pictured with her sponsor President Elect Lucille Piggott-Prawl and President Rob Howell!
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Spring Fling

Posted on Jun 29, 2017
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!
Spring Fling Jessica Peetz 2017-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

President Ruth Ann's Last Meeting

Posted on Jun 29, 2017
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. 
President Ruth Ann's Last Meeting Jessica Peetz 2017-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jun 29, 2017
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!
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Profession Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Posted on Jun 22, 2017
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
Profession Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Jessica Peetz 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

Veterans Unstoppable

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
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!
Veterans Unstoppable Jessica Peetz 2017-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

A Past Member Returns

Posted on Jun 15, 2017
Welcome back Audrey Bailey-Hocker to the greatest Rotary club in the world!
A Past Member Returns Jessica Peetz 2017-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Posted on Jun 08, 2017
Welcome to our new Rotarians!  Jackie Leonard, Dale Fuller and Barbara Herting!
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Rotaract 1st President Graduate

Posted on Jun 01, 2017
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.
Rotaract 1st President Graduate Jessica Peetz 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Service

Posted on May 25, 2017
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.
Youth Service Jessica Peetz 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Stroudsburgs Rotary Club History

Posted on May 18, 2017
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!
Stroudsburgs Rotary Club History Jessica Peetz 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Active Shooter Response Training

Posted on May 11, 2017
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
Active Shooter Response Training Jessica Peetz 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

The Shoe that Grows

Posted on Apr 28, 2017
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.

Over 2 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases and parasites.  They live in areas that do not have adequate sanitation.  They struggle with proper hygiene.  They do not have the right clothing, resources, or healthcare.  And being sick = struggling.  Kids miss school, can’t help their families, suffer with pain. Many of these diseases and parasites get into the body because people don’t have shoes.

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

The Shoe that Grows Jessica Peetz 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Anniversary!

Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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!
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Paul Harris Society Inductees

Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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!
Paul Harris Society Inductees Jessica Peetz 2017-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Multiple Paul Harris Awards

Posted on Feb 02, 2017
President Ruth Ann Rocchio presents Assistant Governor Karen DeMatteo with her Paul Harris +3 and Jim Becker his Paul Harris +4.
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Peppe's Pizza Fundraiser Jessica Peetz 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

Annual High School Leadership Lunch

Posted on Nov 16, 2016
Rotarians, Students, Administrators, Sponsors and Guests gathered at Shawnee Inn for our Annual High School Leadership Luncheon.  Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South and Notre Dame school districts were in attendance as Coach Denny Douds from ESU spoke on leadership.  Check out all the photos here in our album.  
Annual High School Leadership Lunch Jessica Peetz 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

It's Flocking Time!

Posted on Nov 16, 2016
Guess who's been flocked? Dave Fox was flocked by the Stroudsburg High School Interact Club.
It's Flocking Time! Jessica Peetz 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 09, 2016
Thank you Charlie and Ginny Kirkwwod  and Mike Katzfor your contributions to VALOR!  Volunteers from VALOR also came to speak about PTSD.
VALOR Jessica Peetz 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Mady's Angels Community Dinner Jessica Peetz 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowship

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Rotary Fellowship at the Willow Tree.  Who's hiding behind those masks???
Rotary Fellowship Jessica Peetz 2016-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

Stroudsburg High School Host Purple Pinky Day

Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Stroudsburg High School Interact Club host Purple Pinky event this week during lunch at the high school.  Educating other students about Rotary's effort to #EndPolio.  Great job Interactors!
Stroudsburg High School Host Purple Pinky Day Jessica Peetz 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Fall Highway Cleanup

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Roadside cleanup on a chilly, rainy Saturday morning.  Great turnout by Rotarians, Interactors and friends.  Thank you Rotarian John Kulba for organizing this project.
Fall Highway Cleanup Jessica Peetz 2016-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly Day!

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
President Ruth Ann Rocchio recognized club members for all of their hard work and volunteerism for Project Healing Waters.  Thank you to Leslie Underhill, Rob Howell, John Rocchio and Charlie & Ginny Kirkwood!
We also had a friendly competitions to see who knows the most about Rotary.  Senior Rotarians and newer Rotarians paired up for a trivia contest.  1st place went to Dough Smith and Kirby Upright and 2nd place went to Frank Herting and Dennis Jeter.  Congrats gentleman!
Club Assembly Day! Jessica Peetz 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

What Exchange has done for our club

Posted on Sep 01, 2016
Frank Innes from the Rotary Club of Towanda spoke about his clubs experiences with sponsoring students for Youth Exchange.  Maggie Post (a former YE student) spoke about her exchange to Thailand.  She had a really hadrd time at first in Thailand because of the language barrier and she felt lost without having the ability to cnnect with people through communication.  She learned that shared language did not have to be the basis for a connection with someone.
What Exchange has done for our club Jessica Peetz 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Marcia Loughman Visits

Posted on Aug 31, 2016
District Governor Marcia Loughman made her official visit to our club and focused on Membership.  She asked long time Rotary members if they remembered the day they were inducted and what it was that they remembered about that day.  She went over the goals for RI President John Germ.  To enhance membership, support foundation, enhance the image of Rotary and to End Polio.
District Governor Marcia Loughman Visits Jessica Peetz 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

A Visit from an African Farmer

Posted on Aug 24, 2016
Simon Traore from the African country Mali spoke about his farm.  He said the dry season is very long but he irrigated his farm to grow pineapples, mangos, papaya and other fruits.  He has started to use solar panels to create the electricity to power his well pumps.  He plants crops according to growth height.  The taller plants provide shade for the shorter plants in this very hot and dry climate.  He digs his wells himself to a depth of 30 feet.  In his four fish ponds he has tilapia fish.  Mali has farm land available for those willing to work hard and grow crops.  He sells plants for others to grow.  He took a wood chipper back to Mali last year to make compost for crops to feed his cows. 
A Visit from an African Farmer Jessica Peetz 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

August is Membership & New Club Development Month

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Make the most of your Rotary Membership

August is Membership Month, a time to celebrate your club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world! Many people join Rotary to serve others locally and globally. Rotary allows members to make a difference while promoting fellowship and international understanding.

We offer many programs that allow you to engage with fellow members and make new connections outside your club and district. Here are just a few ways to get more involved:

August is Membership & New Club Development Month Jessica Peetz 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

MCTI Interact Club

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
The MCTI Interact Club students, teachers and volunteers are hard at work on the sustainable garden beds at the Street 2 Feet Outreach Center. These beds will soon provide produce for those who depend upon community meals for food and an added benefit is that clients of Street2Feet will be trained to help maintain the garden. It's exciting to see the progress that is being made. They were definitely a great choice to receive our first Youth 4 Solutions grant! ‪#‎ChangingLives‬ ‪#‎Youth4Solutions‬
Thank you Pocono Alliance for the grant, thank you Rotarian Bob Yarnall for your leadership and looks like Rotarian Kimberly Miller Filipkowski lending a hand with the saw!
MCTI Interact Club Jessica Peetz 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris +2 Recognition

Posted on Jun 01, 2016
Our very own Frank Herting received his Paul Harris +2!  He is pictured with President Dennis Jeter, his wife Barbara and Foundation Chair Bob Wehe.
Paul Harris +2 Recognition Jessica Peetz 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0

Commissioner John Moyer

Posted on May 25, 2016
Monroe County Commissioner John Moyer came and spoke about the Monroe County reassessment and some will see taxes go up while others will see it go down.
Commissioner John Moyer Jessica Peetz 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Spring Swing

A great time was had by all that had come to celebrate Dennis Jeter's Presidency at the Deer Head Inn.  Here are some photos of the night!
IPP Karen DeMatteo, President Dennis Jeter & President Elect Ruth Ann Rocchio.
President Dennis with our youngest rotarian Hailey! smiley
Spring Swing Jessica Peetz 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Posted on May 12, 2016
Welcome Tricia Wingerter (center) to the greatest Rotary Club in the World!  Pictured is her sponsor Jessica C. Peetz and President Elect Ruth Ann Rocchio.
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Service Above Self Scholarship Recipients

Our Service Above Self Scholarship recipients cam to tell us all about the work that they do to better our community.  Each received a $750 scholarship.  Pictured are Youth Service Chair Jessica C. Peetz, Liubou Miranosava from Stroudsburg High School, Rotarian Neil Simpson, Courtney Krechel from Notre Dame High School and Leila Bouchekouk from East Stroudsburg High School South.  Thank you to SAS Chair Amy Leiser (not pictured) and her committee members Neil Simpson and Ernie Rydell.
Last years College Scholarship recipient Jessica Ng came to visit us from the University of Pittsburgh where she has been quite busy.  She is pictured with Rotarian Jeff Gilbert.
Service Above Self Scholarship Recipients Jessica Peetz 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

5 Year Charter Celebration for Interact

Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Stroudsburg High School Interactors and Rotarians celebrated last night the 5th anniversary of the clubs charter! Thank you Peppe's for the great dinner and all those that were able to attend.
5 Year Charter Celebration for Interact Jessica Peetz 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

2016 Spring Highway Cleanup

Posted on Apr 22, 2016
Semi-Annual Adopt A Highway Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Litter Pickup. Rotarians and Interactors collected 20 bags and lots of large debris. 
2016 Spring Highway Cleanup Jessica Peetz 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

2016 Not Just Another Auction

Posted on Mar 23, 2016
Fun was had by all at this years Not Just Another Auction that honored Rotarian and community member Reverend Bill Ramsden.  We were entertained by the Julliard Jazz Ensemble and we raised a lot of money for the disadvantaged youth in our community as well as for other needs in Monroe County.
To view all the pictures from the event click below:
Not Just Another Auction Committee
2016 Not Just Another Auction Jessica Peetz 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Red Cross Telethon

Posted on Mar 19, 2016
Rotarians manning the phones at the Red Cross Telethon.
Front Row: President Dennis Jeter, Rotarians Barbara Linuci and David Yarosh.
Back Row: Assistant Govenor Karen DeMatteo, Rotarians Leslie Underhill and Cleo Jarvis.
Red Cross Telethon Jessica Peetz 2016-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Pedals for Progress

Posted on Mar 16, 2016
Article credit by Wayne Witkoski of The Pocono Record.
Two of David Schweidenback’s favorite subjects that often creep into his mind — bicycles and sewing machines — may not seem related.
But when looking at the more than 20 years he has dedicated to Pedals for Progress, it makes sense when he explains it as he did in another of his many return talks to the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs last Thursday at Sycamore Grille in Delaware Water Gap.
Schweidenback firmly believes that if you give people the tools they need to make their lives batter, they use them to become empowered. They can better take charge of their own lives. He realized that points during his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador.
You give people in an underdeveloped place like Rivas, Nicaragua bicycles where Pedals for Progress made its first delivery, and they can travel to work and deliver goods for their business. Youngsters can get to school.
“A bicycle to a person in Nicaragua is like a pickup truck here,” Schweidenback said. “They now have a life where they can take their produce to market.”
Pedals for Progress Jessica Peetz 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Julliard Jazz Ensemble Tickets

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
The Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble will perform 7 p.m. on March 25 at the Sherman Theater. The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs is presenting 700 free tickets to the show for music students in the four districts and their families living in Monroe and Pike counties, as well as the Delaware Valley School District. Tickets still are available by contacting Rotarian Jim Becker via
Julliard Jazz Ensemble Tickets Jessica Peetz 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Local UN Ambassador presents to the Club

Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Credit: Wayne Witkoski at The Pocono Record
Leila Bouchakouk, a senior at East Stroudsburg High School South and graduate of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, returned to the club to give a presentation she has given many times to other groups on her Muslim religion, Islam.
She also had spoken to the club previously on another subject of which she is well versed – diabetes. She is a Type 1 Diabetic who wears an insulin pump.
Bouchakouk also has been a lead delegate for the past three years of East Stroudsburg South’s United Nations Academic Inpact ASPIRE (Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education) , a social justice and global citizenship student group. East Stroudsburg South is the first high school group in the world to be given ASPIRE status by the United Nations Academic Impact among 900 UNAI member institutions in more than 100 countries. UNAI is a global initiative launched by then Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2010 to align institutions of higher education with the UN.
Local UN Ambassador presents to the Club Jessica Peetz 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Satellite Club Inducts new members

Posted on Feb 24, 2016
The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Satellite Club inducted two new members.  Violette Francois and Jeff Reichl.  Congratulations on being the newest Rotarians in the world!
Satellite Club Inducts new members Jessica Peetz 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Feb 22, 2016
February 23rd marks 111 years of Rotary! Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs celebrate 94 years in May. We invite you to come see if Rotary is a good fit for your service.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jessica Peetz 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
Dr. Zama is a cardiac surgeon at Pocono Medical Center.  He trained in cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Zama completed his specialized training in cardiac valve and complex cardiac surgery at the University of Paris, Broussais Hospital under the leadership of world renowned surgeon Dr. Alain Carpentier.   
Heart issues is one of the top 7 causes of death in America and the #1 cause here in Monroe County.  For more information about Dr. Zama visit
Cardiothoracic Surgery Jessica Peetz 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

Congrats to Rotarian and Chief Bill Parrish

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
William Parrish is leaving his position as Stroud Area Regional Police chief to become East Stroudsburg University's police chief, ESU spokeswoman Brenda Friday said.
The ESU Council of Trustees announced Thursday that Parrish will be appointed March 19 as the university's police chief.
“Chief’s career history in law enforcement demonstrates not only his dedication to serving the people of Monroe County but his true commitment to making our community safe,” said Ken Long, vice president of administration and finance at ESU. “He is a man of great integrity who happens to be well respected. We are certain Chief Parrish will serve our students, and all of us, well.”
Congrats to Rotarian and Chief Bill Parrish Jessica Peetz 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

Leaders of clubs put service over their personal milestone

Posted on Feb 06, 2016
Courtesy of The Pocono Record
Dennis Jeter remembers 11 years ago when he first became a member of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.
“Jim Becker (a fellow Rotarian) said I had to join,” Jeter said with a laugh.
At the time, he and Neal Simpson, an East Stroudsburg University administrator, were the only African Americans on the club. Eleven years later, Jeter worked his way up the ladder of board positions to become president. Like the business that he founded and leads -- A Sound Strategy in Stroudsburg that handles software development and website management for businesses in the area – he keeps the ship sailing smoothly.
Jeter also is believed to be the first African American elected to lead the club’s chapter, started in 1922, whose membership consists mostly of business owners. In 1987, women were included.
Jeter is one of two men of color in the area named to head a longstanding local organization, the other being Clyde Jerome Henderson, who presided over East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge 319 in 2012 and 2013 and likewise kept things running smoothly for that club that also is very active in community endeavors. East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge 319 was chartered in 1895.
Black History Month is observed in February but Jeter said he never dwelled on his groundbreaking distinction with local Rotary and he feels the membership has not either. Instead, he feels members work toward common goals of the club.
Leaders of clubs put service over their personal milestone Jessica Peetz 2016-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
District 7410 Conference Jessica Peetz 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

No miracle behind growing popularity of Zion church thrift shop

Posted on Jan 24, 2016
Courtesy of The Pocono Record
Miracles Happen thrift shop has given life to the abandoned Dreibe Freight Station S&W on 537 Ann St. in Stroudsburg and has steadily grown in popularity since it first opened in May of 2014.
And it’s plenty lively these days.
It’s going very well,” said Gary Roberts, as he helps his wife, Michele, run the shop 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with a dozen volunteers from the Zion United Church of Christ on Eighth Street. The church receives some of the revenue while some goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“It’s grown, it really has,” he said of the business. “Right now about 50 percent of the clientele is repeat business. People who were here before come back. There are a lot of repeat customers on bag sale days.”
No miracle behind growing popularity of Zion church thrift shop Jessica Peetz 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0

Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 24, 2015
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Posted on Dec 13, 2015
The Parkers ringing the bell on Saturday!  It was so warm the whole town was out shopping!  Thank you for your service to Rotary!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Jessica Peetz 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Painting Fundraiser Jessica Peetz 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Disease Prevention and Treatment Jessica Peetz 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

United Nations Day

Posted on Nov 09, 2015
Rotaractor from Rotarct Club of East Stroudsburg University Maddi Petro, won 2nd place in the Essay Contest! Pictured here with RI President Ravi Rivendrin. Congratulations to Maddi who also won $1000.
Assistant Governor Karen DeMatteo, Rotarian Doris Wehe and PDG Bob Wehe are pictured with a RYLArian and a Rotaractor at the United Nations for UN Day.
United Nations Day Jessica Peetz 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

Years of Service Recognition

Posted on Nov 04, 2015
District Governor Barbara Belon stopped in today to present years of service awards to 6 members who could not attend the Foundation Tea two weeks ago. Congratulations!  
Pictured below are DG Barbara Belon, Walt Peeney, John Kulba, Pat Sayler, DAvid Fox, Marc Wolfe and Ange Ortenzi.
Years of Service Recognition Jessica Peetz 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

La Diva Dietician stirs up interest in her cholesteral-free approach

Posted on Nov 04, 2015
Courtesy of The Pocono Record
Call it a split personality .. for all the right reasons.  
In her actual life, Marty Davey, MS, RD, LDN, is a contracted dietician who works with cholesterol diabetes research and runs a private practice in her East Stroudsburg hometown. She also works in her field with a residential treatment facility in Philadelphia.
But then the wig goes on and blender-mania begins as she becomes “La Diva Dietician,” a YouTube global sensation with her humorous demonstrations of cholesterol-free cooking. La Diva appears once a month at the Monroe County Farmers Market, concocting healthy food appetizers, entrees and desserts.
La Diva Dietician stirs up interest in her cholesteral-free approach Jessica Peetz 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Dave Fox Gets Honored

Posted on Oct 28, 2015
Congratulations to David Fox who received his Paul Harris +1 today!  David has been a Rotarian for over 40 years!  Thank you for your continued years of service!
To learn more about the Paul Harris award, click here!
Dave Fox Gets Honored Jessica Peetz 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Bridges Out of Poverty gets $6K boost from Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Take a Kid to the Ballpark Dennis Jeter 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Project Healing Waters Jessica Peetz 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Work Day at VALOR

Posted on Sep 21, 2014
RCOTS was invited to help VALOR with the work on the old Jonas Hotel to turn it into a sanctuary for our homeless and disabled veterans.
More pics coming soon! 
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Posted on Sep 10, 2014
Today we celebrated the youth in our community!  The Rotary Club sponsors an Interact Club at Stroudsburg High School; a Rotaract Club at East Stroudsburg University; we help send students on Youth Exchange and sponsor high school students for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Students came and spoke about their experiences and how Rotary impacted their lives.  To learn more abut Youth Service and to get involved email Youth Service Chair Jessica C. Peetz at
Pictured below are students from the Interact Club, Youth Service Chair Jessica Peetz, Rotaract President Jamie Reese, RYLA participant Alexa Vaghenas and President Karen DeMatteo.  Read more to see some more pictures.
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Posted on Sep 03, 2014
Mark Baylis  of VALOR shared his Vision and the struggles that our veterans face and how VALOR is helping.  To learn more go to  Pictured with him is President Karen DeMatteo.
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StroudFest 2014

Posted on Aug 29, 2014
RCOTS once again participated in StroudFest!  We had our Rotary Booth to promote the Million Dollar Shoot Out.  Fun was had by all as they tok their chance to get a whole in one.   Pictured below is President Karen DeMatteo, Million Dollar Shoot Out Chair Paul Conforti and Jessica C. Peetz.

For more pics click here!
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Monroe County All-Inclusive Playground

Posted on Aug 21, 2014
We donated $6,000 for the "sound garden" at the Monroe All-Inclusive Playground at Mountain View Park.  Rotarian Jessica C. Peetz shared the experience with her nephew who is 7 years old and on the Autism Spectrum.  "The Sound Garden was his favorite!  He loved the sounds that it made.  He ran all around and it was great to see a playground that is safe for children of all abilities," Jessica said.  Pictured below are :
Kevin Noll of the West End Rotary Club, Jim Becker (RCOTS), Jessica Peetz along with her sister Jasmine Alexandre and nephew Kareem, Karen DeMatteo, and Amy Leiser (all RCOTS) along her children.
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RCOTS donates to Salvation Army

Major Gingrich of the Salvation Army accepts a donation from the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.  President Karen DeMatteo and Immediate Past President John Hoback pictured.
RCOTS donates to Salvation Army Jessica Peetz 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation to PATH Jessica Peetz 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome our newest member and Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Welcome Margery (Margie) Becker to the Greatest Rotary Club in the World!  And congratulations on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow within minutes!  Pictured below is DG Carol Hemphill, President Karen DeMatteo, Margie Becker and Jim Becker.
Welcome our newest member and Paul Harris Fellow Jessica Peetz 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Fun at Rotary!

Posted on Aug 13, 2014
As we prepare for our newest fundraiser, here are a few pics.  Can you guess what we will be doing?
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A Vist from Honduras

Posted on Aug 06, 2014
Christof from El Refugio, the Children’s Home in Honduras, gave a presentation and showed pictures of their work there. The Home provides safe housing, education, health care, activities, vocational training, and lots of love to approximately 75 boys and girls ages 2-20. Through a partnership of over 33 Rotary Clubs, including the Dunmore Club and ours, we have been able to benefit hundreds of students, providing a new school and church building, and thousands of hearing aids for hearing impaired children and adults. He thanked us for all our support and for helping to provide these children with hope and opportunities.
A Vist from Honduras Jessica Peetz 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

RYLArians in the House!

Posted on Jul 30, 2014
Students from Stroudsburg High School came and spoke about their experiences with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  They had spoke about the different interest groups that they were a part of such as engineering and art; and the projects they worked on together to learn leadership skills.  President Karen shared about how successful the program was for the 80 students that were involved and about the WAI devices that the students made and sent to Zambia.  WAPI's are water purification instruments that help check water during the pasteurization process to show when water is safe for drinking.  Pictured below is RYLA Chair and RCOTS President Karen DeMatteo, Tyler Boback, Mike Marsack, Ben Burch and RYLA co-chair Amy Leiser.
RYLArians in the House! Jessica Peetz 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

July 17th Speaker

Posted on Jul 20, 2014
Thank you Moira Serirs for coming to the Club and speaking about your trip as an Exchange Student in Australia
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Meals on Wheels Donation Nicole Foleno 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Today marks a new day for Rotarians everywhere!  RI President Gary Huang's theme for Rotary this year.  "It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the  darkness." Confucius. No one should sit alone in the darkness.  All 1.2 million Rotarians can come together and Light up Rotary!  Show the world all the good that we can do if we work together!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jessica Alexandre 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Jun 26, 2014
Congratulations Leslie Underhill on being named the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs 2014 Rotarian of the Year!  Calming, Energetic, Vibrant, Helpful and above all Advocate were some of the words fellow Rotarian Holley Kearns used to describe your qualities.  Rotarian Ginny Kirkwood had this to say:  "She lives her life so that her children can tell their children that she not only stood for something wonderful bit that she acted upon it!"  Thank you Leslie for your commitment to Service Above Self!
Rotarian of the Year Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-27 00:00:00Z 0

Thank You Laura Goss!

Posted on Jun 25, 2014
Laura Goss has served as our clubs secretary since July 1, 1996. Her dedication and commitment to the club has been much appreciated and she looks forward to being involved in other areas of the club. Thank you Laura for your service!
Thank You Laura Goss! Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
President John T. Hoback's Roast Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

Homelessness Initiative

Posted on Jun 11, 2014
(From left)  Leslie Perryman and Dr. Faith Waters of Street2Feet Outreach Center accept a $4,000 gift from Rotarians John Hoback, Stroudsburgs Club President, and Holley Kearns, Chairman of the Club’s Murder Mystery Auction.  The gift represents funds raised through the Rotary Club’s auction held in March at the Shawnee Inn.  The Club dedicated this year’s auction to addressing the problems of homelessness and hunger in Monroe County.
Homelessness Initiative Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

Racefest 2014

Posted on Jun 06, 2014
This year at Racefest we once again made snow cones!  It's a sticky job but someone has to do it!
Racefest 2014 Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

It's All About Youth!

Posted on Jun 04, 2014
Service above self- Each year, our Rotary Club is pleased to honor 4 college-bound students for their volunteer work and community service during their high school years by granting each of them a $750.00 scholarship.
College Scholarship- The student selected will best exemplify the Rotary 4 Way Test:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Click Read More to see who the 2014 recipients are...

It's All About Youth! Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Interact

Posted on May 27, 2014
Congratulations to our Interact Club of Stroudsburg High Shcool!  You completed another wonderful year of service to your community!  Here they are pictured at their last Interact meeting of the year having ice cream sundaes and tie dying their club t-shirts!  
Congratulations Interact Jessica Alexandre 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Award

Posted on May 08, 2014
Rotarians Jessica C. Alexandre and Bob Wehe had attended The Salvation Army's Civic Luncheon where they had accepted the Captain's Certificate for all the good that the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs does for their community.
Salvation Army Award Jessica Alexandre 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

92nd Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Anniversary

Posted on May 01, 2014
In Celebration of our 92nd Year in Rotary!! 12 of our Past Presidents and current President today. A great program today by our Historian Jeff Wright and 4 of our past Presidents that shared memories of their years dating back as far as 1973. Thank you to all who shared and enjoyed the program today! Rotary lives on and continues to do good work in our community and through out the world.
92nd Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs Anniversary Jessica Alexandre 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
39th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Jessica Alexandre 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Murder Mystery-Not Just Another Auction

Posted by Jessica Alexandre on Feb 26, 2014
1 MORE WEEK UNTIL THE AUCTION!  We have some great items thanks to our generous sponsors and the donations made by Rotarians and members of the community.  Fun vacations, pieces of art, purses, baskets, wine and much much more!  It will be a fun night filled with fellowship, laughter and a chance to catch the killer in our Murder Mystery themed event.  Want more info?  Need to register?  Click here to join in on the fun!
Murder Mystery-Not Just Another Auction Jessica Alexandre 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
The Newest Member of the Greatest Rotary Club in the World Jessica Alexandre 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1

Posted by Jessica Alexandre
Congratulations John Kulba on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1!  Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world.  Thank you!  For more information on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, click here.
Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 Jessica Alexandre 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

Posted by Jessica Alexandre
Welcome 2 new members to the greatest Rotary Club in the world!  Katie Gussenhofen and Bruce Close pictured with their sponsor Ed Kmetz (center) are inducted to the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs!
New Members Inducted Jessica Alexandre 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Learn More About Shelter Box

Posted by Jessica Alexandre on Nov 12, 2013
Watch this video to learn more about Shelter Box and how it can help those affected by the Typhoon.
Make your donation today by clicking DONATE at the top of the page.  Your support is appreciated!
Learn More About Shelter Box Jessica Alexandre 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Recognition

Posted by Jessica Alexandre
The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburg wore red to their weekly lunch meeting to illustrate awareness and to show that "WE ARE THIS CLOSE" to eradicating polio worldwide!  Thank you to Adams Outdoor Advertising for helping us show awareness by illuminating the billboard on Route 611. 
Pictured below is the International Committee with speaker and fellow Rotarian Jim Davenport from the Dunmore Club..  He spoke about Operation Honduras and how Rotarians can help give the gift of sound!  To learn more visit The International Committee for the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs are Dennis Jeter, Karen DeMatteo, Rob Dalziel (Chair), Maria Candelaria, Jessica C. Alexandre, Jim Davenport (Guest Speaker) and Bob Wehe.
World Polio Day Recognition Jessica Alexandre 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
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