Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 28 February 18, 2021
Featured Speaker & Announcements
President's Corner
Rotary Flies An Official Flag
At the 1929 Rotary International Convention in Dallas, Texas, an official flag was formally adopted.
The first official Rotary flag was reportedly flown in Kansas City, Missouri, in January 1915. In 1922 a small Rotary flag was carried over the South Pole by Admiral Richard Byrd, a member of the Winchester, Virginia Rotary Club. Four years later, the admiral carried a Rotary flag in his expedition to the North Pole.
Some Rotary clubs use the official Rotary flag as a banner at club meetings. In these instances, many clubs print the name of their Rotary Club above the wheel symbol, and the name of the city, state or nation below the emblem.
The Rotary flag is always prominently displayed at the World Headquarters, as well as at all conventions and official events of Rotary International.
When in person meetings resume… Stroudsburgs Rotary will proudly display the official rotary flag.
All the Best,
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
David King
Thanks to the wonder of Zoom, last week our speaker was Rotarian David King, editor of Rotary Magazine who joined us from Portsmouth, England. Rotary Magazine was established in 1915. There are 30 regional magazines in 130 countries written in 20 languages. King's message was that communication is the strongest marketing tool. Write your story to both an internal and external audience. In a time of uncertainty, communication is the tool for gaining/retaining membership. Tell your story through print and digital platforms to explain why Rotary is relevant. In the words of Captain Sir Tom Moore, tomorrow will be better. Tell your story and get your message out there.
Lovin' Lunch
As we are already into our 3rd month of meeting virtually and NOT spending our $15 weekly for lunch, how about donating some of that lunch money to share some “Lovin’ Lunch” with others?
An ad hoc committee is developing a list of community organizations whose sole purpose is to help others. We want to treat them to lunch to say “Thank You for all you do”. Organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Family Promise and Angels Closet, just to name a few. We need your help to purchase lunch. We also hope to add the PATH guests to our mission and possible those staying at Paul’s House.
How do we accomplish this?  Currently the board has decided that we won’t be back to meeting for lunch until April. That’s 7 weeks at this point. If every
member donated just $15, we would have over $1800. That would provide one lunch for everyone on our list, not to mention we will be purchasing the food from our local restaurants that support us like Sycamore Grill, The Willow Tree, and others.  
Could we take this one step further? We have a speaker coming up on February 28th, Rotarian Owen Standley, who will be walking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise $100,000 for Polio. When Owen comes into our area in May, we plan to “host” him and do all that we can to make him comfortable on his stop over. How awesome would it be to also have a donation for Polio to present to him at that time! If you have NOT made a donation to the End Polio Campaign in this Rotary year, please consider a $15 or $30 donation at this time.
You can mail a check to “Stroudsburgs Rotary” @ P.O. Box 365 Stroudsburg PA 18360. Please note “Lovin’ Lunch” and/or “Polio” on the check with amount for each.
If you wish to use a credit card to make your contribution, let us know how much and our treasurer will send you an invoice through Clubrunner that will allow you to use a card.
Keep in mind however that we will pay some small fees.
We already have enough for our first “Lovin’ Lunch” next week to Meals on Wheels. It would be so great to say “Thank You” to all of these worthy organizations, so STEP UP ROTARIANS and let’s show some love as we Open Opportunities!
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a way for Rotarians to come
together and learn more about Rotary and leadership that will
benefit not only as they navigate Rotary, but also in their everyday lives.
The sessions are broken into I, II, III and Graduate courses that can
be taken over the course of one or several years. With our current
situation, sessions are now being held virtually rather than in person.
There are 3 upcoming RLIs that you can attend as a first timer with 
session I, or to continue from a session you might have taken in the
past. The next are Saturday February 27th, March 6 and March 13
and from 9am to 2pm right in your own home. The cost is $25 which
we ask that you pay upfront when you register. Then after you attend the session,
submit your receipt to our treasurer or myself and we will reimburse you for the
fee. Please visit to register and find out more.
District 7410 Stay at Home Auction
The District 7410 Virtual Fundraiser is a stay at home auction. The district is requesting donations of goods and services to be put up for auction and sponsorships. Across the district the usual localized Club fundraisers that people attend in large groups have been severely reduced and so we are working together to fundraise with a Silent auction between February 1, 2021 and March 14, 2021. The auction hopes to raise $110,000 for The Rotary foundation Annual Fund and $30,000 for the Polio Eradication Fund of Rotary International. Any success over and above our goals will be used in our local clubs to match funds for local projects in our communities. The auction is live now so visit to place your bid on some exciting items - something for everyone! Our Stroudsburgs reps for this event are President Cleo Jarvis and Rotarians Stacy Rodriguez and Ann Super. Be sure to visit often because new items will be added until right before the auction closes. Many exciting opportunities!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Pat Sayler
February 1
Karen DeMatteo
February 4
Ashe Prawl
February 9
Ruth Ann Rocchio
February 9
John Hoback
February 12
David Super
February 14
Denise Cebular
February 19
Janell Henderson
February 20
Frank Herting
February 21
Walt Peeney
February 27
Michael Albert
February 29
John Hoback
Judy Hoback
February 8
Thank you to 
ESU Rotaract

and ESU Active Minds Club for raising an amazing $116 for WRMC! Their 'Spread the Love' Valentine's Fundraiser sent sweet and inspiring cards to our clients. We are so grateful!
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