Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 37 April 22, 2021
Featured Speaker & Announcements
President's Corner
Powered by Possibilities
Stroudsburgs Rotary is just one of many nonprofits in our community at first glance. But as one looks deeper there is a revelation that is consistently missed. Rotarians are all volunteers who work tirelessly by donating thousands of work hours to meet needs in the community. They not only give time, but their hard-earned funds are generously shared with the less fortunate. There is no paid staff.
Also not readily noted is the fact that outside of minor expenses the funds raised by Stroudsburgs Rotary are returned back to the community. With members at the helm projects are implemented in order to meet identified needs which are then funded by the Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation. Some small projects are funded by the club.
Last week Louis Turpin of shelter box shared how that organization functions. I noted the looks on the faces of some in attendance who had no idea that Shelter Box originated from a Rotary Club and that Stroudsburgs Rotary has over the years, donated thousands of dollars to that project. Wonderful to see how just an idea powered by  possibilities for filling a need has flourished to become global and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Despite the difficulties created by the protocols imposed to stop the spread of the virus members were able to implement many projects and activities locally. Some examples are…
  • Delivered meals to school children when schools were closed
  • Created Lovin’ Lunches to say thank you to non-profit workers on the frontline
  • Highway Cleanup continued without a hitch
  • Helped at soup kitchens
  • Raised funds for the project of Stroudsburgs Rotary
  • Helped nonprofits with projects saving them funds
  • Bell ringing for the Salvation Army… and much more
Kudos to members who despite a pandemic made 2020-21 a robust year with an outpouring of Acts of Kindness. Rotarians with love and great zeal helped the community to be powered by possibilities.  
All the Best,
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
Pocono Raceway Vaccination Clinic
Seven Rotarians responded to the Red Cross call for volunteers to assist Lehigh Valley Health Network provide vaccines at a drive through clinic at Pocono Raceway. Enduring very cold, windy and rainy conditions on the Pocono Plateau, Rotarians Zerle Bartolome, Leslie Underhill, Gene Prospero, Tricia Wingerter, Kin Roberts, Ann Super and PDG Karen DeMatteo answered the call and assisted with traffic control at various stations. Watch what happens when you give Rotarians the power of the traffic wand.
Louis Turpin provided an interesting discussion on ShelterBox, a Rotary International Project that began in 2000 in Cornwall, England. Since its inception, this project has provided shelter, hope and dignity to over 1.5 million people displaced by natural disaster and conflict in more than 100 countries around the world, oftentimes in the most hard to reach locations. ShelterBox has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Kits include emergency shelter, solar lights, water filters, cooking equipment and tools.
2021 Virtual Rotary Convention
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Registration is open! Don’t miss your chance to connect with Rotary members at the 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities which will take place from 12 through 16 June 2021.

Enjoy a special rate of $49 through 7 May 2021. After that, the registration fee is $65.

You can also join us early at a preconvention, 10-11 June, for Intercountry Committees, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange officers. Each preconvention will cost an additional $20.

The 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention and preconventions are open to all Rotary members and participants and include access to the virtual House of Friendship.

Don’t forget to visit the convention event page on Facebook to connect with others and stay up-to-date on event news and program highlights!
Spring Service Day Activities
We successfully completed our Service Day projects April 29 and May 1. Many thanks to the Rotarians who stepped up.
1. Family Promise - 905 Main Street, Stroudsburg
Thursday April 29 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Activity: Planting flowers
Rotarian in Charge: Zerla Bartolome
Rotarians who responded: Zerle, Marge Becker, Jim Becker, PDG Karen DeMatteo, soon-to-be Rotarian Peter Andrews
2. Loder Senior Center.  62 Analomink Street, East Stroudsburg
Thursday April 29 – 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Activity: Paint front porch steps, paint sign posts, clean windows inside and out, rake out flower beds and lay down mulch. 
Rotarian in Charge: Leslie Underhill
Rotarians who responded: Leslie, Dave Super, Gene Prospero, Tom Nieman
3. Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center – Cherry Valley.  1161 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg
Saturday May 1 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Activity: Planting apple trees around the pond
Rotarian in Charge: Lisa Kolba
Rotarians who responded: Lisa, Dave Super, Gene Prospero, Ashe Prawl and friend, Andy Kolba, John Baljean, Karen Bastidas, Trudie Lear, Bob Lear
4. Bushkill Ambulance Corps. Village Center, Marshalls Creek.
Saturday May 1: Start time would be 10:00 am at Station A on Winona Falls Rd. 
Activity: Repainting lines in two ambulance garages.
Rotarian in Charge: Jillian Olsen 
Rotarians who responded: Jillian, Deb Kulick, Gail Kulick, Zerle, Violette Francois
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SAVE THE DATE: 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 County Inn on 257 Stroudsmoor Rd, Stroudsburg, PA.
Let's plan a party as we Celebrate a Century of Service. 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ange Ortenzi
May 4
Barbara Herting
May 4
Don Page
May 4
Karen Bastidas
May 5
Michael Katz
May 12
Dave Yarosh
May 19
Tricia Wingerter
May 19
Jennifer Narkavich
May 28
Theresa Johnson
Rusty Johnson
May 7
Lucille Piggott-Prawl
May 28
Jessica Peetz
Allan Peetz
May 31
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