Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 34 April 1, 2021
Featured Speaker & Announcements
President's Corner
Around the world, including right here in the USA, millions of children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation—all of which can be prevented.
Furthermore, millions of women die from pregnancy and birth related issues, as well as from late diagnoses of diseases. Additionally, there are many deaths due to domestic violence. Therefore, Virtual Visits with service providers are a vitally necessary addition during this pandemic. Also vital are the services provided by Rotarians around the world who work to make resources available which reduce maternal and infant deaths.
Those services include education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics–like fully equipped medical Jeeps utilized by volunteers and midwives. The educational programs teach women how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, as well as how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Furthermore, clubs financially support projects that deliver equipment, supplies, as well as volunteers and experts to provide those services. One creative example of how clubs provide funds for services is the Bucky’s Duck Project—named after Rotarian Alton “Bucky” Jones.  At Stroudsburgs Rotary Lunch Meetings, those who leave early drop a dollar into the duck. The proceeds are then donated to a local organization comprised of a group of women—dedicated to helping women in need.
Rotarians around the world and at home are working diligently to save mothers and children.
What can you do?
  • Join a Rotary Action Group like our Community Service Team and online fellowships.
  • Give to the Rotary Foundation and Stroudsburgs Rotary Foundation.
  • Volunteer for a project addressing issues related to women and children.
Wishing Wellness, Peace, Love, and Joy to all…
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
Highway Clean UP
Rotarian John Kulba announced that the Highway Cleanup will happen on April 10. Rotarians and friends will meet at the Sunoco Station, 1229 W. Main St, Stroudsburg, PA at 8AM to clean up the ramp on Rte 80. This is a much needed service to the community. We have all been noticing what a mess this section is, especially with the snow melt. Gloves, bags and safety vests are provided. Let's get our and clean up. Masks are required.
Global Grant Update
On Wednesday March 17, 2021, members of the Stroudsburgs Rotary Club Global Grant Oversight Team performed a review of Global Grant GG2015821, Providing Virtual Classrooms to Poverty Stricken Pre-Kindergarten Children Impacted by COVID-19.  The meeting was conducted in person at the Monroe County Head Start center in East Stroudsburg. Representatives in attendance from our Global Grant Team included Rotarians Karen Bastidas, James Becker, Dave Super and PDG Karen DeMatteo. Pocono Services for Families and Children, which  oversees the Head Start program in Monroe County, had three of their people at the meeting including Chris Grape-Garvey, Communications Coordinator; Tim Lee, Executive Director; and Lavern Lynch, Head Start Director
The purpose of the meeting was to assess the progress of grant activities and determine if the program funded by the grant was on track to meet its objectives. This program was selected to be funded by Rotary International on August 24, 2020.  However, funding was not received until the first week in October 2020. Unfortunately, the program ran into delays getting Chromebooks, which were the primary cost element of the grant program. The computers finally arrived on March 12. Other elements of the program, including teacher training and the purchase of STEM Kits for the children, had already been funded. Despite the delay in receipt of computers, Tim Lee stated that he was confident that with the computers getting into the homes, the children in the Pre-K class would catch up and pass the Pre-K entrance criteria – one of our three primary objectives. This was also posted on the FB page for Pocono Services for Families and Children.
The team handed off stickers which will be placed on each computer with the names of the supporting Rotary Clubs to the grant. The team will conduct another review in June 2021. 
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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
Lynda Keefer
March 6
Rusty Johnson
March 7
Rob Howell
March 15
Bill Rinehart
March 31
John Beljean
March 31
Ann Super
Dave Super
March 31
David Super
Ann Super
March 31
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