Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 41 May 20, 2021
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President's Corner
Elder / Youth Connections are Vital
It is vital—given the times we are living in–that Elders and Youth come together in both dialogue and action.  Rotary offers such opportunities through fellowships and projects around topics that younger generations are both fearful of, and care about—the future and the environment.
One of the most pressing barriers is making youth feel that elders are working WITH them—coupled with elders knowing how and when to share their experiences with gentle prompting, as opposed to finger wagging. For many youth—the main reasons for getting involved in social issues are—getting connected with others, feeling a sense of being in community with friends, and engaging socially. So, elders need to offer those opportunities in order to effectively pass the baton.
Elders also need to show up where the youth are. And YES—that means getting on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Also showing up at their marches, conferences, and workshops—because that’s where Elders can begin to make connections. And just as important is the follow-up – keep in touch on social media, read and respond to what youth are doing and reporting, plus identify one or two youth who really want to work with Rotary and connect firmly with them. They always know others—and that’s how the youth team grows.
Key is connecting with youth who developmentally—have begun thinking more about the outside world, about social justice, and about personal action. That’s the reason Interact and Rotaract are so important. They connect Elder Rotarians with that age group as they move up through the Grades.
Elders should also consider that…
  • Small Works! Discussion groups of 5 or less are best suited for those youth who are still finding their own voice and need to heard.
  • Style Works! Differentiating learning styles offer opportunities for listening, as well as to engage in some hands-on experiences. Youth prefer going home with some tangible learning. So do older folks.
  • Timing Works! Youth are in school during the day and many of them work on the weekends.
  • Food Works!  Offer juice and fruit or a light meal at meetings.
  • Respect Works! Youth feel disrespected when elders put down or make light of their use of social media. Social media is their way. They are very comfortable in that realm and it works. Why not ask for and accept youth’s help with social media, technology, websites, etc.
  • Support Works! Incorporate and support the social actions that youth are already working on.
  • Listening Works! Elders need to listen first, listen second, listen third. Probe gently. Listen again.
  • Hope Works! Practical hopefulness is more likely to lead youth to action, to personal commitment, as well as to gaining a sense of comfort and inclusion.
So…what else do youth and elders get from engaging intergenerationally?
For Youth: Opportunities to practice--to test themselves—to show leadership—to shine. Youth know that Elder Rotarians listened and heard their voices. Most importantly--that their Elders have their backs.
For Elder Rotarians: The appreciation of their knowledge—the support with new innovations— as well as the commitment and curiosity of youth—offers elders infusions of hope and inspiration.
All the Best…
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
Paul Harris Award
Rotarian Tricia Wingerter received Paul Harris award, pin and certificate. Rotarian Jeff Gilbert received Paul Harris +3 recognition. Rotarian Jim Becker, Rotary International Foundation Chair, gave information on this critical Rotary International Program.  
PDG Karen DeMatteo presented Past President Jeff Gilbert with two citations for the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs for efforts during his leadership during 2019-20. Rotary International awarded the Club with the Rotary Citation Gold for helping Rotary Connect the World. PDG Karen also presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Rotary Foundation for the Club's financial support of End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign. The citation reads "Together we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradiate polio." Past President Jeff thanked Rotarian Dave Super and his team and their efforts in the Pints and Pinot for Polio campaign in the fall of 2019. Past President Jeff credited PDG Karen for her inspiration and encouragement of the Club to consistently demonstrate Service above Self.
Meals on Wheels presentation
Linda Raudabaugh, Volunteer Manager for Monroe County Meals on Wheels (MOW), presented an interesting discussion on our Countywide Meals on Wheels program. Church Women United organized Monroe County’s MOW program in 1972 with the support of the Monroe County Clergy Association. We have come a long way from serving 11 clients on 2 routes to today's program that serves about 300 clients along 12 routes. Approximately 280 volunteers support MOW by giving more than 8,500 hours and driving about 114,000 miles annually. MOW depends on grants, individual donations, United Way and special fundraising projects for funding to supplement what client's provides either through their receipt of federal, state or county monies or private pay. In addition to providing nutritious meals to our clients, MOW also helps take care of their furry friends. Since 2009, we have been providing dog and cat food. Michael Peterson, VP of Board joined Linda in the MOW presentation. He has been a long term volunteer, even though still working. He promoted the call for more volunteers, can be as little as once a month for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. MOW volunteers not only provide meals but also a social contact - sometimes the only contact they get. Volunteers are critical to making this program successful. To donate or volunteer, visit
District Conference
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!
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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
Andrew Kolba
May 28
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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