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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Hazleton!


Rotary: Making A Difference

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Genetti Catering
1341 North Church Street
Hazleton, PA  18202
United States
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Our own Dr. Sherry Robinson and students will present the Penn State Design & Creativity Class Trade Show.
Past President Lew Dryfoos presided at the formal induction of the newest members of our club: Kyle Myers, sponsored by Tim Genetti; Jerry Ibenez, sponsored by Michele Ustynoski, Dr. Scott Sacco, sponsored by John Beltrami and Nevin Balliet sponsored  by Bill Genetti.
The Hazleton Rotary Club is happy to say “the track is back”! Once again you can join the club at the starting gate for an evening of fun at a “Night At the Races,” Saturday, April 28.    You can purchase a horse or place a bet at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 West Broad Street, Hazleton.  The doors to this Hazleton Rotary Club fundraiser, will open at 6:00PM, with festivities scheduled to begin at 6:30PM.  
Project Chairman Jason Brenner is very pleased to announce that Avellino Enterprises and Community Bank are event sponsors.  Area businesses wishing to sponsor the event or advertise in the race program distributed to all attendees should contact Jason at 570-454-8706 for details.  
The admission price is $8 for advanced tickets or $10 at the door that evening.   
PHOTO: Planning the Hazleton Rotary Club Night at the Races Project are,  left to right:  Immediate Past President Pat Ward, President Toni Christman, vice chair Michele Ustynoski and Chairman Jason Brenner. Additional committee members are Lisa Marie Halecky, Tim Genetti, Sharon Farver, Marie Ernst, Pat Korb, Ken Trippett, Ron Avellino, Dr. Peter Spohn, and Jim Kelshaw.
Our very own Jason Brenner of Brenner Recycling  presented a program on "Recycling Issues."
Jose Antonio Benalcazar Arrmento Sarmiento, who is our Exchange Student in our joint project with the Freeland Rotary Club joined us!  Jose is attending the Hazleton Area Academy of Science, and is living with Freeland Rotarian Sue Martincek, left, the mother of Stephanie Yanochko, the outbound Exchange Student, who is now in Japan.
Also at the meeting was Freeland Rotary President Nikki Kokiko. (left).
The new Superintendent of the Hazleton Area School District Brian Uplinger, was our speaker.   Immediate Past President Pat Ward served as program chairman.
We welcome the first major sponsor of our Night at the Races, Avellino Enterprises!
Showcase your business and show you support of Rotary by becoming one of our key sponsors!
Kelly King, Center Director, and Cal Herring presented an update on the Keystone Job Corps Center.
Our speaker was Dante Santoni, Jr, who was appointed to a two-year term to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Dante served as State Representative for the 126th legislative district representing Berks County from 1993 to 2012 and was Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session.
President Toni Christman, Michelle Ustynoski and John Beltrami answered phones at the Annual American Cancer Society Telethon at the WYLYN studios.  Additionally, our own Pat Korb served as publicity chair for the event, and Immediate Past President Pat Ward  was again an emcee.
John Cosgove of  All One Foundation and Charities was our speaker.  Immediate Past President Pat Ward chaired the program.
Jane Dougherty and Pat Korb  spoke about the upcoming American Cancer Society 40th Anniversary Telethon to take place at WYLN Studios, Sat. Feb. 24, 11AM-11PM.
The meeting was cancelled due to the bad weather.  The Superintendent of Schools, Brian Uplinger, has been rescheduled to March 7th.
Taking Part in the Rotary Club New Member Induction on January 31st was: Row 1 L-R, Rotary President Toni Christman, Inductee Michele Kushmeder, Sponsor Donna Barna, Inductee Cal Herring, Inductee Marie Ernst and Sponsor Lani Drobnock.  Row 2 L-R, Past President Lew Dryfoos, Rotary President Elect Kathie Oh, Sponsor Jim Reinmiller and Rotary Vice President Alan Whitaker.
Past President Lew Dryfoos conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Marie Ernst, sponsored by Lani Drobnock; Cal Herring Sponsored by Donna Barna; and Michele Kushmeder, sponsored by Jim Reinmiller.
Six women, three of them Hazleton Rotary members,  will be honored at the 32nd YWCA PEARL awards dinner on March 16 at Sand Springs Country Club, Drums.
PEARL is an acronym for professionalism, excellence, achievement, role model/responsibility and leadership.
Rotarian Recipients of the 2018 PEARL Award are:
■ Katherine Oh, nominated by Donna Barna, owner and marketing director, Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center in the entrepreneur/self-employed category.
■ Carla Thaller, nominated by Toni Christman, regional director operations, Hotels for Hamister Group LLC, for the business and industry category.
■ Kim McNulty, nominated by Lani Drobnock, director of advancement, MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, in the field of communications.
Everyone is welcome to attend the 30th annual PEARL Award dinner.
Reservations are required prior to the event. For more information, call Joanne at the YWCA at 570-455-2046.
Hazleton Rotary Service Committee Chair Kim McNulty presents a check to members of Holy Rosary Parish prior to their community meal on January 13.  Accepting the check on behalf of the Parish was Monica Barletta.
“We are pleased to announce that Holy Rosary Parish has been chosen to receive a $3,000 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from  Hazleton Rotary.” Says Kim.  “This is the third year this project has been selected for support, because we agree that no one in our community should be going hungry.” 
Upcoming Events
Dr. Sherry Robinson and Students
Apr 25, 2018
Penn State Design & Creativity Class Trade Show
Denise Corcoran
May 02, 2018
John Aciukewicz, Esq
May 16, 2018
CASA of Luzerne County
Todd Eachus, Ron Solt & Ting Oh
May 23, 2018
Industrial Hemp Production
Presidents Party
Jun 27, 2018
No Noon Meeting
Roger Mattes
Jul 18, 2018
District Governor Official Visit