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."
 
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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
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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
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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
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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 courtney@pococinema.org 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!
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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.”
 
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Greetings fellow Rotarians!
 
What a great luncheon we had to celebrate all of our student leaders!  Congratulations Rotarians and Jim and Margie Becker for organizing our Annual High School Leadership Luncheon.  The students had a great time and it was such a great token to give each student a Four Way Test coin.  This is something that they can carry for the rest of their lives and follow when they have tough decisions to make.  Victoria Cooper was an excellent choice as our Keynote Speaker.
 
Be sure to check out the Upcoming events for all club happenings.  
 
Lastly, the Smithfields Rotary has invited us to their tree lighting on tonight!  Don't foreget about our Salvation Army Bell Ringing in front of Siamsa on December 14th.  Be sure to sign up for a time slot!  More volunteers are NEEDED!
 
Blessings,
Jeff Gilbert
2019-2020 President
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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 stroudsburgsrotary@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
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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 http://cherryridgellc.com/.
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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 www.7020.org 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).
 
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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
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!
 
Blessings,
Jeff Gilbert
2019-2020 President
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Greetings fellow Rotarians! Jennifer Narkavich 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotarians,Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,rotary
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
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!
 
Blessings,
Jeff Gilbert
2019-2020 President
Greetings fellow Rotarians! - Presidents Corner Jennifer Narkavich 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
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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!

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District 7410 Banner Exchange Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary of the Stroudsburgs,banner exchange,district
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:  stroudsburgsrotary@gmail.com
or call her at 570-269-2891.
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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 https://extension.psu.edu/are-you-handling-food-safely-at-home

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The Importance of Food Safety Jennifer Narkavich 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Food Safety,Rotarians
 
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.
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Come join us as we celebrate a great year under 

President Lucille Piggot-Prawl's leadership!

Come with your family and friends for a great night out!

Reach out to President Elect Jeff Gilbert at 570-801-0386 or email jeff.gilbert@thrivent.com

You can register and pay online or via check to Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.  Give checks to Jessica Peetz.

Register here!

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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. 
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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. 
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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.  
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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 stacy.ravenent@gmail.com 
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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!  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 literacy...an 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.   
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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. 
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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
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.
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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.
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Vision - We are here to help Jennifer Narkavich 2018-12-27 05:00:00Z 0 Center for Vision Loss,Rotarians,Vision Loss,poconos

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, 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 

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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 https://rlinea.org/.

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

  “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

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.

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

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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!

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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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wanna hear some cool folk music?  Check out folk singer Tom Bartha on our Facebook page as he entertained our club.  https://www.facebook.com/133823169988894/videos/1636270713077458/
Folk Singer 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Hurricane Harvey Relief peetz 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
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!
New Member Induction Jessica Peetz 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
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
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!
New Member Induction Jessica Peetz 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
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!
New Member Induction peetz 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
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!
Rotarian of the Year Jessica Peetz 2017-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
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 http://www.equi-librium.org.
Profession Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Jessica Peetz 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
Posted on Jun 08, 2017
Welcome to our new Rotarians!  Jackie Leonard, Dale Fuller and Barbara Herting!
New Member Induction Jessica Peetz 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
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
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
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 days...no 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
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
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 theshoethatgrows.org

 
The Shoe that Grows Jessica Peetz 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Happy Anniversary! Jessica Peetz 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
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
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.
Multiple Paul Harris Awards Jessica Peetz 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Peppe's Pizza Fundraiser Jessica Peetz 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
Posted on Oct 29, 2016
Rotarians volunteering at Mady's Angels community dinner at St. John's Church in Marshalls Creek.  Cooking, serving and cleaning.  For more information about Mady's Angels visit www.madysangels.org and read more for more pics!
Mady's Angels Community Dinner Jessica Peetz 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
 
GROUP SHOT!
Spring Swing Jessica Peetz 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
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.
New Member Induction peetz 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 rotary@ptd.net.
Julliard Jazz Ensemble Tickets Jessica Peetz 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jessica Peetz 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
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
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 PoconoHealthSystem.org.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Jessica Peetz 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
Posted on Dec 24, 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!
Merry Christmas Jessica Peetz 2015-12-25 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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! 
Volunteer Work Day at VALOR 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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 allan1jess2@gmail.com.
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.
YOUTH SERVICE DAY 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
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 www.valorclinic.org.  Pictured with him is President Karen DeMatteo.
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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!
StroudFest 2014 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Monroe County All-Inclusive Playground 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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?
Fun at Rotary! Jessica Peetz 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
July 17th Speaker Nico 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Meals on Wheels Donation Nicole Foleno 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Installation of 2014-2015 Officers 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
Posted on Jun 19, 2014
Thank you President John for a wonderful year in Engage Rotary Change Lives.  You will now of the coveted title of Immediate Past President!
 
  For more photos from this event CLICK HERE
President John T. Hoback's Roast Jessica Alexandre 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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 build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.operationhonduras.com. 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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