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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Hazleton!


Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Genetti Catering
1341 North Church Street
Hazleton, PA  18202
United States
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Our outgoing President, Pat Ward,  will conduct his last club meeting, which will include a review of the past year, awards and the induction of our two new members Michele Ustynoski, sponsored by Donna Barna  and Joannna Santiago, sponsored by John Beltrami.
A Board meeting will immediately follow.
Antonia Kelpsh will be installed as the 97th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual Presidents Party to be held at the Valley Country Club on June 28, 2017. We are honored to say that Antonia will be the second female to hold this office.
Antonia has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hazleton for 18 years and she was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Mark Frumkin.  Kelpsh's Rotary activities have included service as the club President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and board member. She has been involved with the spaghetti dinners, distribution of dictionaries to areas third-grade students, Kidzcoatz, answering phones at the cancer telethon, Night at the Races, and the Beer and Wine festivals.
Eileen Panzerella, of Pathway to Recovery was our speaker and discuss the program which received one of our Serve Above Self grants.
Pathway to Recovery Counseling & Education Services recently received $750.00   from The Rotary Club of Hazleton’s Community Grants Program. This money will be used for the “Mock Teen Bedroom”  started by Pathway Services to be used as a tool to educate parents and other concerned adults on ways teens can hide drugs in plain sight.
Drug use is on the rise and recognizing it quickly can get a person into treatment before the addiction can take control.
Items will be purchased to create a Mock Teen Bedroom that would demonstrate ways in which people hide their drug use.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to our President-elect Toni and fiancé Rob on their Wedding Day!
Former Hazleton Rotarian Paul J. Malone, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday.  He was the father of our own Paul Malone and Father-in-Law of our own Mary Malone.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Malone family during this time.
Born in Scranton on May 18, 1933, he was the son of the late John and Marie (Jackson) Malone.
He was a member of Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel’s Church.
Paul was a graduate of the University of Scranton and attended graduate school at St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement. he was the owner of Malone & Nenstiel Insurance Center, as well as Tamaqua Insurance Center. Throughout his career he was a member of many organizations, and served on numerous boards in both Hazleton and Scranton.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ann, and his brothers, John, William and Alfred.
He is survived by his children, Paul and his wife, Mary Crossin Malone, Sugarloaf Twp.; AnnMarie Chismar and her husband, Edward, Hazleton; Patti Richards and her husband, Scott, Princeton, N.J.; Sean and his wife, Mary R. Malone, Hazleton; and Katherine Young and her husband, John, Denver, Colo. Papa was especially loved by his 10 grandchildren, Kyle Chismar and his wife, Angie, Tara Chismar, Kate and Sean Richards, Megan and Emily Malone, Jake and Maggie Malone and William and Charlie Young. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton.
Interment will be held at a later date.
Family and friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church.
The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.
Hazleton Rotarian and Assistant District Governor Paul Brenner and his wife Lani, are at the RI Conference in Atlanta, along with District 7410 Governor Marcia Loughman.
Frank DeAndrea told us about the new Hazleton Cares project.
The Rotary Club of Hazleton is proud to announce that Frank Seratch, Dario D’Amato and Ann Amentler, all attending Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences, have been selected as the recipients of the club’s Annual Scholarship Award. The scholarship awarded to each student will have a total value of four thousand ($4,000.00) to be disbursed $1,000.00 per year for a maximum of four years. “The Hazleton Rotary Club is very happy that we are able to offer three scholarships.” comments Rotary President Pat Ward. “The membership really looks forward to helping as many area young people as possible with this assistance”.
Ann is the daughter of Kate and Ron Amentler and hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management at The University of Scranton. The son of Marnie and Neil D’Amato, Dario will be studying Physics at Bloomsburg University. Frank, son of Sarah and Frank Seratch intends to obtain a BFA in Musical Theatre at Point Park University, Pittsburgh. Dario, Ann and Frank will be guest speakers at a Hazleton Rotary Club meeting sometime this summer.
We welcomed back an old friend and former member of our club, Mark Evans, who has embarked on a new path as a motivational speaker, and talked with us about "Engaging Your Employees."
The Honorable Joseph Zola, Hazleton District Justice was our speaker.
John Fletcher, President of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton showed us the healthcare organizations plans for the future in our community.
Congratulations to our very own Neal DeAngelo, Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council Distinguished Citizen of the year!
Our Club formally inducted our newest member Mark Ondishin, sponsored by Paul Brenner. 
Michele Ustynoski, sponsored by Donna Barna could not attend and will be inducted next month.
Pat Ward, President of the United Way of Greater Hazleton, receives a $2,000.00 donation for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project from Rotary Club President-Elect Toni Kelpsh.
The Rotary Club of Hazleton recently donated $2,000.00 to the United Way of Greater Hazleton for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project. The money has been allocated through a Rotary Club 2016-17 Community Grant Program. These “Service above Self” community grants are intended to benefit organizations and agencies in communities in the Greater Hazleton Area.
Our very own Kevin O'Donnell, CAN DO President, gave us an update on our community economic development organization.
Our Club was represented at the District 7410 Conference this past weekend at Pocono Manor.   Our own Past President Tim Genetti was on the steering committee, and our current President Pat Ward was Master of Ceremonies for the Friday Night program! 
Congratulations Carla!
The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced that  the 2017 Athena Award winner is our very own Carla Marie Thaller, Regional Manager of Hotel Operations for the Residence Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.  Berger Family Dealerships has sponsored the award for 31 years. The award will be presented  May 18th at the 125th Annual Chamber Meeting.
A Reminder!!! The Rotary Club of Hazleton announces that applications for their Annual Scholarship Award are currently available in Area High School Guidance Offices. Three scholarships will be awarded this year. Each applicant shall be required to submit a completed application, essay, official high school transcript of grades and letter of recommendation to a school Guidance Counselor on or before Friday, April 28. Applicant must be a senior attending a high school that is within the geographic boundaries of the Hazleton Area School District. Each scholarship awarded will have a value of $4,000.00 to be disbursed $1,000.00 per year for a maximum of four years. Dependents of members of the Rotary Club of Hazleton are not eligible.
Click here to download: Scholarship Application
Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale was our speaker.

Congratulations to our very own Sherry Robinson, associate professor of business at Penn State Hazleton, who was selected as a recipient of a 2016-17 Fulbright scholarship to Iceland and spent the fall 2016 semester at Bifrost University in Bifrost, Iceland.



Rotary President Pat Ward, Rotary President-Elect Antonia Kelpsh, United Charities Director Betsy Urzillo and United Charities Home Associate Director Jill Zapotocky
The United Children’s Home, West Hazleton,  received a $2,000 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from  The Rotary Club of Hazleton for  a project  that  will have the boys at the home preparing Winter Survival Kits for the area’s homeless who. for a variety of reasons will not go to a shelter. Details were given at our program.
Our own resident Physical Therapist, Ting Oh was back with another important health program, this one focusing on repairing our healthcare system.
Upcoming Events
Presidents Party
Jun 28, 2017
NO Regular Meeting
Jul 05, 2017
Eileen Panzerella
Jul 12, 2017
American Lung Association