Stroudsburgs Rotary
Volume 90 Issue 21 December 17, 2020
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President's Corner
Rotarians Share and Learn Special Holidays

Holidays are special days for many people all around the world. Meeting up with family and friends, catching up on sleep, and special outings are some perks of the season.
As Rotarians, there is access to many cultures with unique customs.  They offer great opportunities to learn, share and bond. Here are a few that can be celebrated together.
  • Diwali is an Indian celebration on November 14, 2020. Traditionally, earthen candles are lit and in modern times, fireworks are set off. People visit family and friend and exchange gifts
  • Hanukkah [Chanukah] lasts eight days and is known as the Festival of Lights. Jewish people light candles in a special candle holder called a menorah. Games are played and special dishes are enjoyed. This year it is celebrated from Dec. 10 to 18.
  • Christmas is a Christian celebration on December 25th. Symbols are the pine tree, pine wreaths, lights and gift giving.
  • Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan 1. The are 7 symbols and 7 rules: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Kwanzaa is NOT a religious or political holiday.
  • On January 5, 2021, Mexico celebrates El Dia de los Reyes, known as Three Kings Day or Epiphany in other parts of the world. It is said to mark the day that the three wise men gave gifts to baby Jesus.
  • Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Feb. 12, 2021. This is the year of the Ox which is said to be lucky and also perfect for the focus on relationships of all types.
Whichever holiday(s) you celebrate, may you and your loved ones enjoy them safely. May the wonders of the season enrich your lives.
Cleo MeriAbut Jarvis, President
Rotary Gives Back at Christmas
On Saturday December 12, 8 members of the Community Service Team gathered at the office of Family Promise in Stroudsburg to wrap presents and consolidate food boxes for three families.  We were supported there by Timaki Johnson, a case manager from Family Promise. Your generous support to Stroudsburgs Rotary Gives Back at Christmas enabled the purchase of gifts for seven children. The team spent a total of $815.80 on these gifts. Each family will also receive a turkey and a large box of food, as well as various items of clothing for the children.  Special thanks to Leslie Underhill for ordering the gifts from Amazon, Jim Becker and his Access Office Technologies team for their purchase and generous donation of a new bike for one of the older children, and to Lisa Baldwin for securing the food and clothing from Bushkill Outreach and Light of the World Church. 
Welcome Ashe Prawl
A special welcome to our newest member, Rotarian Ashe Prawl. A second generation Rotarian, Ashe will serve the club proud. A recent Pitt graduate, he has already demonstrated his commitment to the community and service above self by his contributions while in University. 
Dr. Kim Yarnall, Chair of the YMCA Board of Directors, spoke to us about the initiatives of our local YMCA. A venerable institution since 1914, the Y is located in Stroudsburg. She discussed how the Y has programs from cradle to retirement committed to the tenet of healthy living for the community. They have initiated several initiatives to keep patrons and staff healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Peckins, the new CEO, and the Board have undertaken many initiatives to ensure the financial stability of the Y. Their efforts will help steer the Y into the future as they undergo a major expansion and development project. Kim will be back to talk about the future YMCA when there is more definitive information.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Once again, Stroudsburgs Rotarians stepped up to Salvation Army's Bell Ringing challenge. From 12-5 Dec 12, Rotarians took turn ringing the bells and wishing people a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Despite the bitter cold weather, people were very generous and in the holiday spirit. Jason Lesh, Events and Development Coordinator for Salvation Army, reported that our efforts raised $503.17! He thanked us and said "You really helped to Rescue Christmas this year!" Special thanks to Rotarian Dave Yarosh for spearheading this initiative.
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