Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 95 Issue 1 JULY 8, 2024
President's Message
Stacy Rodriguez
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I am amazed at how fast 4 years have gone by since I first accepted the position in the Presidency line.  Taking on new responsibilities each year wasn't on the top of my list, however, Rotary has become my family and has helped me grow as a person and a leader.  If there is anything you do not agree with or any miscommunication, please let's have a conversation so we could clarify things right then and there. I've already sent out two miscommunication emails and I'm sure it won't be the last. 
I am honored to guide our club to new beginnings, where we can grow and strengthen our membership with meaningful projects and touch the lives of many individuals. 
Rotary International has a new action plan. The areas are:
increasing our impact,
expanding our reach,
enhance participant engagement and
increase our ability to adapt.
Human nature is reluctant to change, however Rotary is looking to create consistency through the years. This is the last year that there will be a Presidential theme. The theme is The Magic of Rotary and the story to how it came about is very touching.
The goal is to keeping growing and have a 3-year overlap of what each President has been working on in the action plan. Stroudsburgs Rotary will be doing our best to support Rotary's Action Plan.
From my experience at the International Conference, and listening to the speakers and other Rotarians, I feel it's important that we try some different ideas, such as having a breakfast meeting once a month for members that cannot attend a lunch meeting due to time or distance, have more fellowships to engage in deeper conversations and have fun together outside of our structured meetings.  We want to partner with outside organizations and other Rotary clubs, so we can be part of something larger and gain more exposure. Why reinvent the wheel.
One of our plans is to start an organ donor awareness walk and partner with ESU or a hospital, another vision is set for Oct 24, World Polio Day, and we will offer a movie to the public on Polio and have Polio survivors speak, along with Rotarians and a health panel for Q&A at the Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center. 
We have approached other service organizations (Kiwanis) to have a chili/cornbread cookoff.  They are getting excited about collaborating too, and we will invite others such as Lions and Elks. Let's all welcome each other, and help each other expand our reach, get the public involved and do good in our communities and around the world.
To expand our membership, we are looking to form a service only club for younger individuals, however, it will be open to all ages.  The newer generation does not have the time or the patience to sit through a full formal meeting.  It will be a more relaxed environment on a night, & restaurant of their choice. Their focus will be on a service project of their choice, relating to one of the areas of focus.  Seasoned Rotarians will help guide/advise on an informal level so as not to stray too far off course. 
Your participation is always appreciated and any feedback on how you can help in any of these areas is welcomed. We are looking for solutions, so please feel free to share your ideas with us.
These are only a few things we would like to accomplish, and if it doesn't happen this year there is always next year. That is the beauty of keeping the continuity. I will do my best for all of you, our club, and all the lives we help change in our local and international communities.
I'm looking forward to a great year with you!!!
Featured Speaker & Announcements
Meeting Times and Zoom Link
Lunch Meeting -Click here for Zoom Link Button               
Doors open 11:45 for socializing
12:00 Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, 12:05 lunch, ~12:15 meeting starts - SPEAKER will be first, then Singing, Fines & Happy Dollars
Sycamore Grill 92 Main Street, Delaware Water Gap, PA 
*Don't forget to feed the Duck if you need to leave early.
Meeting ID: 859 7016 0402
Passcode: 815850
Evening Meeting - THIS WEEK 7/11/24 INSTALLATION & THEN Fellowship - SUNSET BOG WALK 7pm -9:30pm
6:00 - 6:15pm - Peppe's Bistro (Back Room) 100 Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
6:45 - arrive at the Cranberry Bog - 552 Cherry Lane Road, East Stroudsburg , PA 18301
Participants for the Bog Walk  MUST preregister by confirming with Gene 570-202-4599 or calling 570-629-3061 $6/pp
Wear comfortable shoes
Route 611, at the light at the Wawa turn onto Cherry Lane Road. The parking lot is 1.9 miles on your right from Route 611.
Recap Jun 27, 2024
Recap Jun 27, 2024 - 
Installation of the New Board Members 2024-2025
District Governor Elect (at the time), now DG Bill Skinner performed the installation of officers for the upcoming year. Congratulations to all.
Congratulations to Stroudsburgs Rotary New Board Members and Chairs for 2024-2025 year, The Magic of Rotary:
President - Stacy Rodriguez
President Elect - Ed Schaefer
1st VP - Mike Raub
Treasurer - Marlo Merhige
Secretary - Amy Leiser
Asst Treasurer - Ted Butz
Asst Secretary - Janell Henderson
Youth Services Chair - Heather Nowosad
Director - James Thomas
Director - Gene Prospero
Past President - Dave Woods
RYLA - Amy Leiser
Interact Advisor - Moira Loughman 
Sargeant at Arms - Available
Membership Chair - Leslie Underhill
Social Media / Community Service - Chiffon Bourjolly
Fundraising - Don Hannig
Speakers - Don Page
Rotary Foundation Chair - Don Hannig
Well President Stacy shook things up at our meeting when everyone heard that there are no more lunch meetings. 
Truth is, there are weekly lunch meetings, however we will be trying out a breakfast meeting 1x mo. 
As of now the first one is scheduled for 7:30am on Tuesday, Aug 27 at Taste in East Stroudsburg. More info to follow.
*If you cannot attend the breakfast meeting feel free to have lunch with other Rotarians and friends in the restaurant at Sycamore Grill or patron another restaurant that supports Stroudsburgs Rotary.
We sent out a survey and have received positive responses from members who have not been able to attend the lunch meeting.  They are looking forward to trying a breakfast meeting closer in town.
DUES - They are now past due. Please bring on Thursday. We have already been billed for the 1st 6 months dues.
Our dues will remain the same at $200 for the year (Spouse $160) plus the request for a minimum of $25pp to Rotary Foundation, so we can attain EREY (every Rotarian every year).
CONGRATULATIONS to Past President Dave Woods and his fiancée Trish, who are tying the knot this Friday.
Thank you to our past Sargeant at Arms, Mike Raub. He is now our 1st Vice President, so the Sargeant at Arms position is open for any willing participant. As of now we will have to use fill-ins. You did a great job Mike. We appreciate you stepping up and jumping right in!
Community Events
Great events this summer.  Visit, have fun, mingle, learn and support Stroudsburgs Rotarians places of business and lectures.
Music on the Lawn at Shawnee Inn 7pm has returned. There is music 7 days a week at different locations on the property.
Locations change
July 18 - 7pm Cold War
Sept 19 -7pm History of African American Community in Monroe County
Oct  17 - 7pm Real Lawyers: History of Public Defenders
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Thomas
July 15
Lance Godfrey
July 17
Pat Forney
July 19
Tom Kirkwood
July 24
Trudie Lear
Bob Lear
July 24
50/50-Immediate Past President Dave Woods fiancée, Trish was called to find the Queen but he did not succeed.  $38? rolls over!
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Jul 11, 2024 12:00 PM
Noon - Cyber Security Briefing - Learn the Depth of Cybercrime
Jul 11, 2024 6:15 PM
Evening- Installation of new officers/Bog Walk
Jul 18, 2024 12:00 PM
Noon - Insights to Rotary’s vision & Stroudsburgs application
Jul 18, 2024 6:15 PM
Evening -
Jul 25, 2024 12:00 PM
Noon - Monroe County Coroner
Jul 25, 2024 6:15 PM
Evening -
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Meeting Responsibilities
Luncheon 07/11/2024
Andrews, Peter
Keber, Sr., Eric
Wright, Jeff
Olson, Debbie
Gilbert, Jeff
Luncheon 07/18/2024
Check In
Leiser, Amy
Check In
Underhill, Leslie
Hartenfels, Danica
Butz, Ted
Thomas, James
Upcoming Events
Board meeting
Sycamore Grill
Jul 11, 2024
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Cranberry Bog Walk 7pm
552 Cherry Lane Rd
Jul 11, 2024
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Membership Meeting
Jul 31, 2024
Board Meetings - Thursday 1:15
Sycamore Grill
Aug 01, 2024 1:15 PM
Summer Picnic
Dave Fox
Aug 18, 2024
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Membership Meeting
Aug 28, 2024
Stroudfest Aug 31, 2024
First Keystone Bank
Aug 31, 2024
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Board Meetings - Thursday 1:15
Sycamore Grill
Sep 05, 2024 1:15 PM
Pedals for Progress
Odd Lot Outlet
Sep 07, 2024
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Let's hear about WHY you JOINED Rotary and WHY you STAYED a ROTARIAN!  The marketing committee would like to do features of our members.  We would do a Facebook Live video to have it recorded, and include it on our website, MonRotary and District Newsletter.  Email if you would like to participate!  If you have any questions, call Leslie @ 570-460-2304

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