Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 38 April 29, 2021
Featured Speaker & Announcements
President's Corner
Stroudsburgs Rotary:  99 Years Strong
On May 1, 2021—Stroudsburgs Rotary will commemorate 99 Years of Service. And boy is there a lot to celebrate! Here are some details.
A group of Stroudsburg businessmen chartered the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs on May 1, 1922. The club served both East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg. It was a "men only" service club from 1922 until 1986. Women were sponsored for membership in 1987. A few years ago, the name was adjusted to reflect the changes in Rotary’s image and became Stroudsburgs Rotary.
The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Therefore, Stroudsburgs Rotary members collectively develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.  Also supported are programs that provide educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals.  
In keeping with the Rotary motto Service Above Self—Stroudsburgs Rotary members meet weekly for lunch to fellowship and further the group’s service-based goals and objectives. There is also a Satellite group which meets in the evening.
Stroudsburgs Rotary conducts "Service Projects" on National, International and Local levels.
Here are just a few examples…
*Shelter Box                                                                      *India Pedal Cart Project
*Packs for Backs                                                               *Habitat for Humanity
*Project Healing Waters                                                    *Route 80 Roadside Clean up
*Liberia Mommy Kit Project                                            *Equilibrium Child Therapy Horse Trailer
*Salvation Army Bell Ringing                                          *Downtown Stroudsburg Clean up
*Peru Sewing Machine Project                                         *Cancer Patient Distraction Therapy Project
*Pocono Alliance All Inclusive Playground                      *Lovin’ Lunches
Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back and celebrate providing excellent Service 99 Years Strong.
Happy Anniversary Stroudsburgs Rotary
All the Best,
President Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis
New Storage Location
Special thanks to Rotarian Gene Prospero for helping Stroudsburgs Rotary relocate years worth of supplies for events. Also special thanks to PDG Karen DeMatteo and husband Lou for storing all these materials for all these years. Monroe County Meals on Wheels has graciously provided storage space for us. But, one thing that they found is that the sandwich boards for the Spaghetti Dinner are missing. Anybody know where they are.
Fellowship Opportunities
President Cleo gave us an awesome presentation on Rotary Fellowships. There are currently 91 fellowships of people who gather together to share information, common interests and shared passions. There are sports related, cultural, health opportunities to name a few. Non-Rotarians can be invited to participate. There are established fellowships and possibilities to start one. Joining a fellowship helps participants make lasting relationships outside their own club, district or even country. To learn more about Rotary Fellowships, visit
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
Four agencies responded to our Service Day Request from for April 29 and May 1. The agency name, event date, activity, and Rotarian in charge follow below.  Please e-mail the Rotarian in charge of the service activity that you want to participate in.  More detailed information on each activity has been sent to each Rotarians e-mail.
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
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
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

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 
Let’s get out there and help agencies that are doing good work in our community!  
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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
Jim Becker
April 6
Marlo Merhige
April 6
Theresa Johnson
April 6
Phyllis Gibson
April 7
Jodey Mutchler
April 13
Murph Murphy
April 20
Lucy Shunk
April 22
Zerla Bartolome
April 24
Dick Ludwig
April 27
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