Special Thanks! 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Toni Ruggerio, President Toni Christman, Donna Barna and Carla Thaller delivered dictionaries to McAdoo Elementary School this morning. They reported that "everyone had a great time"!!!
Dictionary Project 2017 2017-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
To Your Health-December 13, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Alan Whitaker, Project Chair Mark Imbriaco, Paul Malone and Mark Ondishin assist other Hazleton Rotary Club members with their Christmas plant order pickups. Thanks to everyone who ordered and sold!
Poinsettia Sale '17 Pat Korb 2017-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
President Toni presided over the Annual Club Meeting and election of officers.
Reports were given by Toni, Treasurer Pat Owens and Project Committee Chair Kim McNulty.
Officers elected for the 2018-19 Hazleton Rotary year are:
President:  Kathie Oh
President elect:  Alan Whitaker
Vice President;  Dr. Gary Lawler
Recording Secretary:  Lani Drobnock
Secretary: Bernie Rudegeair
Treasurer: Pat Owens
Director:  Tim Genetti
Director: Joe Lettiere
Director: Kim McNulty
Director: Carla Thaler
1st Past President:  Antonia Christman
 
Annual Club Meeting-December 6, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Professor Sherry Robinson and her students presented a Penn State Design & Creativity class trade show.
 
PSU Hazleton-November 29, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Rotarians Michele Ustynoski and John Beltrami delivered dictionaries to West Hazleton Elementary School today. Ladies in front row are W.H. third grade teachers
Dictionary Project 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Rotarians Pat Ward and Attorney Steven Seach delivered dictionaries to Heights Terrace Elementary School this week. The Rotary Club has been donating new dictionaries to area 3rd graders since 2001.
Dictionary Project 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Over thirty children from four United Way agencies received Christmas presents at out club's annual shopping spree at Boscov's!
Thee are more pictures on our club's Facebook page! 
Children's Holiday Shopping-December 10, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Second Friday-December 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
It's a decades old Rotary Holiday Tradition:  Salvation Army Bell Ringing, December 16 at WalMart!
 
Vice President Alan Whitaker is recruiting volunteers.  Please sign up at the next meeting or contact Alan!
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing-December 16, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Tax Planning Time-November 15, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our Rotary Club held a “New Member Induction” at the weekly November 8th meeting. Past President Lew Dryfoos conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Toni Ruggerio , sponsored by Carla Thaller, Stephen Seach sponsored by Donna Barna and Dr. Peter Spohn who transferred into the Hazleton Rotary Club from a Rotary Club in a different location.  Taking Part in the Rotary Club New Member Induction on November 8th at the weekly Rotary Club meeting was Lew Dryfoos, Ron Avellino, Dr. Peter Spohn, Gene Dougherty, Stephen Seach, Esquire, Carla Thaller and Toni Ruggerio.
Also: Donna Barna, Tim Genetti, Terry Jones and Paul Malone were elected to the Nominating Committee, which according to the bylaws, is chaired by Immediate Past President Pat Ward.  President elect Kathie Oh is an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the committee.
Our Newest Rotarians-November 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Thanks to all who participated in our annual Spaghetti Dinner, especially Sharon Farver and her committee as well as students from the Keystone Job Corps Center and Premier Catering by Genetti's!   (Donna Barna photos)
Another Successful Spaghetti Dinner! Pat Ward 2017-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lani Drobnock
TEN DAY POSTING
 
In accordance with our club rules, the following have been proposed for membership:
 
Marie Ernst, Vice Principal Hazleton Academy of Science, proposed by Lani Drobnock
 
Cal Herring, Keystone Job Corps Center, proposed by Donna Barna
10 Day Posting Lani Drobnock 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
The Luzerne Foundation-October 25, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
The Hazleton Area Public Library board of trustees gathered on Oct. 12 with members of the community to honor James Reinmiller for his 41 years of service and dedication to the library.

The crowd included present and former board of trustees members, current and past staff members and many other dignitaries from throughout the community.

A formal program was held with opening remarks from Gary M. Lawler, president of the HAPL board of trustees and Chancellor of Penn State Hazleton.

The final presentation of the evening was given by Mary C. Malone, past president of the board of trustees, and Jeff Gicking, Hazleton Area Public Library board member emeritus.

Reinmiller was brought to the stage for the unveiling of a new sign, which will mark the renaming of the Hazleton Area Public Library Valley branch in his honor.

As executive director of the library, Reinmiller had worked tirelessly with the board of trustees and Conyngham borough officials to move the library from its former Main Street location to the former schoolhouse, which now serves as the Conyngham borough offices and council chambers.

Branch Library Named for Jim Reinmiller-October 12, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Banks Township Supervisor Charles Schalles, accompanied by Supervisors Chairman Joe Clark presented  an update on the mine fire in that community.
 
 
Mine Fire Update-October 18, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
A long-standing community tradition, the joint Hazleton Kiwanis-Rotary meeting to help kickoff the annual United Way Campaign was held Tuesday.  The meeting was hosted by Kiwanis. United Way President Pat Ward, a Hazleton Rotarian, was the speaker.
 
 
United Way Kickoff with Kiwanis-October 10, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Hazleton Rotary Club will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, November 1 at Premier Catering (formerly Genetti’s). Pictured planning for the meal are L to R: Rotary Club members President Toni Christman, Joan Buffington, Co-Chair Sharon Farver, Past-President Pat Ward, Pat Korb, Tim Genetti and Co-Chair Patrick Genetti. Absent from photo are club members Donna Barna, Lisa Marie Halecky and Mary Malone.
 
Annual Spaghetti Dinner-November 1, 2017 Pat Korb 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Joe Clark told us about Junior Leadership Hazleton.  Immediate Past President Pat Ward chaired the program.
Junior Leadership-October 4,2017 Pat Ward 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim McNulty
I wanted to share with Hazleton Rotary a recent project that was completed by MMI's Interact Club, which is sponsored by Hazleton and Freeland Rotary. We are all aware of how devastating Hurricane Harvey was to many people in Texas. The MMI community, led by our Interact Club, collected goods in two separate drives over the last two weeks. MMI faculty member Mr. Robert Olive grew up and taught middle school in Humble, Texas, which was one of the areas that was drastically af...fected by the storm. MMI made contact with the Principal and teachers at our new “sister school”, Humble Middle School. The Interact Club then collected school supplies to be sent directly to this school which just recently opened again. On Wednesday, we shipped 12 boxes totaling 356 pounds of supplies to the school for their students and faculty! At the same time, the Interact Club collected other personal, cleaning and medical supplies in partnership with the Freeland Fire Department. One of our parents, Reese Eyerly, at The Merrick Group also ran a concurrent drive there to add to our collection. The Freeland Fire Department picked up two pick-up truck loads of goods on Tuesday! Rotarians do great things at all levels and I am proud of these students for their efforts!
Hurricane Help from Interact Kim McNulty 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Spaghetti Dinner-November 1,2017 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Club Website-September 27,2014 Pat Ward 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Hazleton Rotary is pleased to announce the 2017-18 “Service Above Self” Community Grant Program.  These grants are intended to benefit nonprofit organizations in the Greater Hazleton community. The total amount of funding requested from Hazleton Rotary cannot exceed $3,000 per application. The proposed project must be completed within 12 months of receipt of the grant funds, which will be available in early 2018. Requests for funding of salaries will NOT be considered.
 
Preference will be given to applications that address at least one of Hazleton Rotary’s four goals:
·      Helping children of all ages in our area to grow educationally and socially
·      Supporting disadvantaged youth
·      Helping veterans and first responders
·      Providing support for area seniors
 
YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE COVER LETTER AND APPLICATON HERE:
 
 
Rotary Grants Available Pat Ward 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Downtown Revitalization-September 20, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our Hazleton Rotary Foundation President Lex Sloot had an update on the Foundation and the upcoming KidzCoatz project.  Also Bob Skulsky discussed  the Greater Hazleton Civic Partnership and the Rails to Trails project.
Foundation and Trails September 13, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Welcome to Jose Antonio Benalcazar Arrmento Sarmiento, who is our newest Exchange Student in our joint project with the Freeland Rotary Club!  Jose is attending the Hazleton Area Academy of Science and will visit our club soon!
Jose is living with Freeland Rotarian Sue Martincek, left, the mother of Stephanie Yanochko, the outbound Exchange Student, who is now in Japan.
Past Freeland Rotary President Joe Rudawski and his wife Jean also greeted Jose at the airport.
 
 
Bienvenido Jose! Pat Ward 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Mary Malone, President of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, had details about this weekend's big Funfest celebration.
Funfest-September 6, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our Second Friday begins at 5 p.m. September 8th at Booty's Place in the Church Hill Mall.  Come out for some Rotary fun and fellowship!
Second Friday-September 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our own Terry Jones on receiving his fourth Paul Harris Fellowship!
Congratulations Terry Jones Pat Ward 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Big Success! Rotary Beer and Wine Festival Pat Ward 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Hazleton Beer and Wine Festival Pat Ward 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
President Toni conducted  a club meeting.  Treasurer Pat Owens had an update on club finances, and every committee chair reported.  And, Kathie Oh was officially welcomed as our President Elect!
Club Meeting -August 30, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Jeff Sullivan of the VALOR Clinic spoke to us about an outreach to homeless Veterans on September 17, with plans to continue it on a monthly basis.  Immediate Past President Pat Ward was program chairman.
Helping Homeless Vets-August 16, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Kathie Oh upon her election by the Board of Directors  as President Elect of our Club!
Our New President Elect Kathie Oh! Pat Ward 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our new District Governor Karin-Susan Breitlauch made her official visit to our club.
                                                      
 
DG Karin Visits-August 9, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Safety Advice from the PSP-August 2, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
 
State Representative Tarah Toohil, a member of our club, gave us an update on Pennsylvania legislative matters.  Donna Barna chaired the program.
Pennsylvania Update-July 26, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Jim Reinmiller! Pat Ward 2017-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our new President, Toni Christman, held her first club meeting to outline and discuss plans for the new new Rotary year.
 
 
 
New Rotary Year- July 19, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Eileen Panzerella presented a program about a joint effort by Pathway to Recovery and the  American Lung Association to combat smoking at many levels.
Stop Smoking-July 12, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
NNANCY BALLARD (LEFT) AND PAT KORB WHO RECEIVED THE BALLARD AWARD FOR HER HOURS OF SERVICE AS PUBLICITY COORDINATOR FOR THE HAZLETON ROTARY CLUB
Pat Korb Receives Ballard Award! Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
TONI CHRISTMAN IS SWORN BY PAST PRESIDENT TIM GENETTI  AS THE 2017-2018 PRESIDENT OF THE HAZLETON ROTARY CLUB.
President Toni-June 28, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Next Meeting-July 12,2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Donna Barna-Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow! Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
THE BOARD AND OFFICERS FOR 2017-18 OF THE HAZLETON ROTARY CLUB WERE SWORN IN AT THE PRESIDENT'S PARTY ON JUNE 28 AT THE VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB.
ROW 1, L-R; Jason Brenner, Gene Dougherty, President Toni Christman, Secretary Bernie Rudegeair, Past President Pat Ward and Mark Imbriaco.
ROW 2, L-R: Tom Lagana, John Beltrami, Jim Kelshaw, Vice President Alan Whitaker,and Gary Lagana.
Installation of Officers-June 28, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our Rotary Club held a “New Member Induction” at the weekly June 21st meeting. President Pat Ward conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Michele Ustynoski, sponsored by Donna Barna and Joanna Santiago sponsored by John Beltrami.
Our Newest Rotarians Pat Ward 2017-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
 
 
Our New President 2017-18 Pat Ward 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Rotary President Pat Ward presented certificates of appreciation to Rotary members for their hard work and dedication over the past year while he served as President. Recipients present were: from left: first row, Lani Drobnock,Donna Barna, Toni Christman, Pat Korb, Sharon Farver and Dorothy Anderson. From left, second row: Ward, Jason Brenner, John Beltrami, Bernie Rudegeair, Pat Owens, Paul Brenner, Mark Imbriaco, John Schwear and Tim Genetti.
 
Year End-June 21, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Toni and Rob's Wedding Day-June 13,2017 Pat Ward 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
Paul J.Malone- June 11, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
RI Conference in Atlanta Pat Ward 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
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.
 
War on Drugs-June 14,2017 Pat Ward 2017-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Hazleton Cares-June 7, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
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.
Our Scholarship Recipients! Pat Korb 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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."
Staying Engaged-May 31, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Presidents Party-June 28, 2017 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
District Justice Zola-May 24, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Lehigh Valley Hospital Update May 17, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Neal DeAngelo, Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council Distinguished Citizen of the year!
Congratulations Neal DeAngelo Pat Ward 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Freeland Rotary Golf Tournament-July 7, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
Our Newest Member-May 10, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Hazleton Rotary Gives Gift of Reading 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
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! 
District 7410 Conference-April 28-30, 2017 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
Congratulations Carla! Pat Ward 2017-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Kevin O'Donnell, CAN DO President, gave us an update on our community economic development organization.
CAN DO-May 3, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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
Scholarship Deadline Nears Pat Ward 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Spotlight on Hazleton's Finest-April 26, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward

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.

 

 

Here's to You, Dr. Robinson! Pat Ward 2017-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Beer & Wine Festival-August 26, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
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.
Helping Homeless-April 19, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Our own resident Physical Therapist, Ting Oh was back with another important health program, this one focusing on repairing our healthcare system.
 
Fixing Healthcare-April 12, 2016 Pat Ward 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Our Night at the Races was another huge success with hundreds of people on hand, lots of horses sold, 49 tricky trays and more!
Thanks to Jason Brenner and his entire committee, as well as sponsors, those who donated food and tricky trays and all Rotarians who either worked or came out to support the event!
Off to the Races-April 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Harry E. Filbert Jr., 78, of 19th Street, Hazle Twp., a past president of the Rotary Club of Hazleton, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.
Born in Hazleton on July 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Harry and Irene (Myers) Filbert and resided all of his life in Hazle Twp.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Filbert family at this very sad time.
Harry E. Filbert, Jr. Pat Ward 2017-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
President Pat Ward presided over a Club meeting.
The decision made at the meeting was sent to all members by e-mail.
Club Meeting-March 22, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
District 7410 Conference Pat Ward 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Our Flag Reaches New Zealand! 2017-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
Bill Goldsworthy, Executive Director of the Northeast region, presented a program on the American Red Cross Smoke Detector Program and an update on other projects and programs.
 
The monthly board meeting follows the regular luncheon meeting.
Red Cross-March 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
The flag of our Club has made it to the Rotary Club of Flemington, in Victoria Australia, courtesy of our own Paul Brenner and his wife, Lani.
Hazleton Rotary Down Under 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Thanks to VP Lisa Finkelstein for organizing the Rotary "Winter Party."  A great time was had by all!
Winter Party- February 22, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Hazleton Rotary members Dorothy Anderson, John Beltrami and Michele Ustynoski answered phones at the 39th Annual American Cancer Telethon-Greater Hazleton Unit on Saturday, February 25 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton.
Rotary at ACS Telethon-February 25, 2017 Pat Korb 2017-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Preparing for the Hazleton Rotary Night at the Races are Row 1 L-R: President Pat Ward, Project Chair Jason Brenner and Joan Buffington. Row 2 L-R: Ron Avellino, Paul Brenner, Michele Ustynoski and Tim Genetti. Absent from Photo
Lisa Marie Halecky, Jane Danish, Sharon Farver, Pat Korb, Mark Imbriaco and Donna Delehanty.


The Hazleton Rotary 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 8, 2017. You can purchase a horse or place a bet at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, 212 West Broad Street, Hazleton. THIS YEAR, THE DOORS WILL OPEN AT 5:30PM TO GIVE PEOPLE MORE TIME TO PURCHASE TRICKY TRAY TICKETS, HORSES AND GET SETTLED. FESTIVITIES SCHEDULED TO START AT 6:30PM.
The admission price is $8.00 for advanced tickets or $10.00 at the door that evening.
It promises to be a fun filled evening with 12 races (sets of 10 horses running each race). Owners of winning horses will be awarded $50.00! 


 
Night at the Races -April 8, 2017 Pat Korb 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Holy Rosary Parish received a $3,000.00 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from  The Rotary Club of Hazleton for  a project  that  partners Holy Rosary Parish with Weinberg NE Regional Food Bank.  They will be providing one healthy  cooked meal once a month to those in need; including the elderly, the homeless, families, women and children.  This is the second year of the project.  Last year 1,872 meals were served.  Rotary President Pat Ward presented the check to Father Brian Clark, Holy Rosary pastor at a recent meal.
Holy Rosary Again Receives Rotary Grant Pat Ward 2017-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
NEPIRC-February 15, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Mark Baylis & Jeff Sullivan of the VALOR Clinic Foundation, non-profit organization committed to improving access to, and quality of healthcare and shelter for Veterans were our speakers.
 
 
Valor-February 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
Winter Party-February 22, 2017 Lisa Finkelstein 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own, Sherry Robinson, associate professor of Business Administration, presented an overview of her semester at Bifrost University in Iceland on a Fulbright fellowship.
Iceland Educator-February 1, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
A Night at the Races-April 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
Valerie White, Center Director, Pregnancy Resource Center of Greater Hazleton was our speaker and presented with a check for $1,850.00 at Wednesday's meeting to help with its 2017-2018 “Earn While you Learn” program. The money was 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 Greater Hazleton.
Not-for-profit agencies that had special project needs were encouraged to apply for a Rotary Club grant. A number of applications were submitted and a Rotary Project Committee made a final selection after interviewing a semi-finalist round of candidates. The Pregnancy Center of Greater Hazleton was one of those selected.
 
 
Pregnancy Resource Center-January 25, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
SAVE THE DATE!
 
A NIGHT AT THE RACES
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
 
NATR-April 8, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward

The Rotary Club of Hazleton announces that Immediate Past President Ron Avellino has made contributions to the programs of The Rotary International Foundation that qualify him as a Major Donor at level 1, marking his 10th Paul Harris Fellowship. 

As a Major Donor, Avellino is among a dedicated group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to helping others less fortunate.  This special group of persons who are changing lives of children, young people, and adults through a legacy of hope. 

In appreciation for this investment in the future of humanity, the Trustees of the RI Foundation expressed their gratitude by presenting a crystal and diamond Major Donor lapel pin and pendant. The crystal is engraved and depicts doves bearing olive branches—universal symbols of peace.   The presentation was made by Hazleton Rotary President Pat Ward at Wednesday's meeting.

 

Ron Avellino honored as Major Donor-January 18, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Krista Schneider of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress was our speaker.  Our own Mary Malone, Greater Hazleton Chamber President, introduced the speaker.
Downtown Update-January 18, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Second Friday Merriment-January 13, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Mike Mele, Head of the Science Department at MMI Preparatory School was our speaker.  The program was chaired by our own Kim McNulty of MMI and the new MMI Head of School D. Scott Wiggin was also in attendance, as a guest.
Students and Science-March 1, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
Special Thanks! Pat Korb 2017-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Due to the last-minute unavailability of the scheduled speaker, President Pat Ward conducted a brief club meeting.
 
Club Meeting-January 11, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Pat Korb gives her final approval before the Rotary International Foundation Float rolls at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California!
Our Very Own Rose, Pat Korb! -January 2, 2017 Pat Ward 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7410 Foundation-January 4, 2017 Pat Ward 2016-12-31 05:00:00Z 0
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RUNNING AGAIN, ADDED SOME NEW PHOTOS!
The time-honored Holiday Tradition of the Hazleton Rotary Club ringing the bells for the Salvation Army continues! Thanks to all who came out !and braved the nasty weather!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing-2016 Pat Ward 2016-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Last of the Dictionaries Distributed! Pta Ward 2016-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
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Row 1, L-R: Margo Madden, Paul Brenner, President Pat Ward and Tim Genetti. 2nd Row, L-R: John Madden, Project Chair Megan Kennedy, Dave Haupt and Joe Lettiere sorted, packed and delivered coats for the Hazleton Rotary Club’s Annual Kidz Coatz Projet. Absent from Photo-Mary Ann Haupt and Pat Korb. Special thanks to CAN BE for allowing the club to use their facility.

Some needy children in the Greater Hazleton Area will be provided with new coats through the Hazleton Rotary Club Kidz Coatz Project which is sponsored and supported by The Hazleton Rotary Club Foundation. This project has been held annually since 2007.

Working with local retailers, brand new coats were purchased for children in need from all eight elementary/middle schools in the Hazleton Area School District. The coats are distributed to those children who are confidentially identified by their teachers.


 
Kidz Koatz-December 16, 2016 Pat Korb 2016-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Terry's Tax Tips- December 14, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Great Holiday Season Fun with a Saturday Night Yule Feast fit for Rotarians.  Thanks to all who came out!  (More pictures later)
The Rotary Yule Feast! December 3, 2016 Lisa Finkelstein 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to all for making our Children's  Holiday Shopping Spree at Boscov's a great success, with 31 children , from four United Way agencies,  receiving $50 gift cards and picking out great presents for themselves and their families.
Children's Holiday Shopping-Dec 4, 2016 Pat Korb 2016-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club Members Paul Malone, Jason Brenner and Project Co-Chairs Mark Imbriaco and Paul-Brenner prepared flower orders for distribution by Rotary Club members at the recent weekly club meeting.
For the 14th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Hazleton is here to help brighten holidays with poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas cactus. Orders were taken by Rotary Club members earlier in November.
Proceeds from the sale are used to fund a number of the club’s community service projects.
“We want to thank everyone who purchased Christmas plants from the Rotary Club and the club members who took orders.” comments Mark Imbriaco. “Your support is sincerely appreciated. By helping our club you are also helping those in the community who benefit from our various service projects” adds Paul Brenner.

 
Poinsettia Sale Success! Pat Korb 2016-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
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President Pat Ward presided at the annual Club Meeting and election of Officers and Board Members for the 2017-18 Rotary year and our Treasurer, Pat Owens reported on our finances.
 
Congratulations to our new Rotary Leadership for the 2017-18 Rotary Year!
President - Antonia Kelpsh
President Elect- Lisa Finkelstein
Vice President - Alan Whitaker
Secretary - Bernie Rudegeair
Recording Secretary - Lani Drobnock
Treasurer - Pat Owens
Sergeant-at Arms- John Schwear
Immediate Past President - Pat Ward
Director - Gene Dougherty
Director - Jim Kelshaw
Director - Tom Lagana
Director - Jason Brenner
 
 
 
Club Annual Meeting-December 7, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Hazleton has been purchasing and donating new dictionaries, annually, to area students since 2001. Third graders at all of the Hazleton Area Elementary Schools (Freeland is covered by Freeland Rotary) are the student recipients, as well as, 3rd graders from Holy Family Academy and Immanuel Christian School.
This is a yearly event done as a way for the club to introduce young people to the “wonder of words”. Many local children lack internet access, and the...se dictionaries give them all a common starting point, while making classroom dictionary exercises possible. Project Chairman Joe Lettiere says, “People think today’s youngsters only use computers and wouldn’t have a use for dictionaries, but we are finding that a lot of students do not have home computers and will use the dictionaries which they really seem to enjoy.”
Assisting Joe with this project are John Beltrami and Rotary Club President Pat Ward. Additional assistance is being provided by Club Members Donna Barna, Toni Kelpsh, Lani Drobnock, John Schwear, Sharon Farver, Michele Fisher, Paul Brenner, Tim Genetti, Lew Dryfoos, Jason Brenner, De Ann Miller, John Madden, Bill Pavlick, Pat Korb, Kathie Oh, Alan Whitaker, and Charlie DeCosmo. Over 900 dictionaries will be delivered to our area’s school children.
Funds are made possible by the many fund raising projects the Rotary Club of Hazleton conducts throughout the year, in particular, the Holiday Poinsettia Sale. When the community supports fundraisers like this one, they also support the various people in the community who benefit from Rotary Club service projects.
Rotary Dictionary Project 2016 Pat Korb 2016-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Our resident Physical Therapist Ting Oh discussed Parkinson's Disease, new strides in research and exercise as a preventative measure.
Parkinson's Disease-November 30, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
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In lieu of our December Second Friday Happy Hour, you are invited to join us for dinner at Alta Pizzeria & Pasta House (380 S. Poplar Street) on Saturday, December 3rd at 6PM.  The chef will surprise us with a full Italian meal including salads, pasta, main dishes, and more.  Alta is a BYOB restaurant so bring along some wine or your preferred adult beverage. 
 
The cost for dinner is $20 per person, payable that evening.  Seating will be limited so please let Lisa Finkelstein if you plan to attend no later than Saturday, November 26th!  Something different but the laughs and fellowship will be the same!  We hope you can make it.
 
December Holiday Fun-December 3, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Pastor Tom Cvammen delivered his annual Thanksgiving message to our club, a Rotary holiday tradition.
Be Thankful-November 23, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
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Our Vice President Lisa Finkelstein brought us up to date on the Rotary International Foundation.  President Elect Toni Kelpsh presided at the meeting.
 
 
R.I. Foundation -November 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Second Friday Fun- November 11, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Rob Gould  and Joanne Gabriel of the Hazleton YWCA gave us an update on the great work of the "Y".
 
 
The "Y" November 9, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
New Club Members Martin Gallagher and Kim McNulty; Pat Ward-President; Lani Drobnock-Secretary; Antonia Kelpsh-President Elect and Patrick Owens, Jr.-Treasurer

President Patrick Ward inducted two new members into the Hazleton Rotary Club at the weekly meeting held on Wednesday, November 2nd at Genetti’s Catering. He encouraged new members to take advantage of the...ir club membership and become active members taking part in fundraisers and special events, as well as enjoying club social activities.

New Rotary Club Members are Kim McNulty originally sponsored by former member Tom Hood and Martin Gallagher, sponsored by President Ward.
 
Our Newest Rotarians -November 2, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
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Ho, Ho, Ho, Happy Holiday Season!  Our annual Poinsettia Sale is underway and we will need your order by Wednesday, November 16.  The sale benefits our Dictionary Program.
Download more information and the sales kit by clicking here: Poinsettia Sale
Poinsettia Sale Underway Pat Ward 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Children's Holiday Shopping Spree-December 4, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
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Our Hazleton Rotary Foundation President Lex Sloot was joined by Foundation Board Members Tim Genetti and Terry Jones. They provided an update on the work of the Foundation and how it works hand-in-hand as an extension of our club.
Our Hazleton Rotary Foundation-October 19, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
District Foundation Event-November 12,2016 Pat Ward 2016-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Brandon's Forever Home-October 12, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Relaxing with Yoga-October 5, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Everyone for Helping Make our Annual Spaghetti Dinner a Success, especially students from the Culinary programs at the Hazleton Area Career Center, the Keystone Job Corps, our own MMI Interact Club, Genetti's Staff, Rotary Volunteers led by Committee Chair Sharon Farver, Hazle Park Quality Meats, Tricky Tray Donors and all who donated and came out to enjoy the great evening!
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Thanks! Rotary Annual Spaghetti Dinner-October, 21, 2014 Pat Ward 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Our club was the host for our annual Joint Meeting when we host the Kiwanis Club of Hazleton to kickoff the annual United Way of Greater Hazleton Campaign.  Our own United Way President Pat Ward had a United Way Update and welcomed the Kiwanis President Rich Saullo.
Plus, the TV Gameshow completion between the clubs was back, with the Rotary team of Joan Buffington and Paul Malone winning a spirited round of "Password," over Kiwanis's Richard Kline and Dr. Bob Seaman.  Terry Bauder was the host.
United Way Kickoff -September 28, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Mark Luschini, Chief Investment Strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC presented a Stock Market Perspective.  Our own John Schwear, a financial advisor of Janney, was program chairman.
Market Update-September 21, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
RI Convention in Atlanta Pat Ward 2016-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Past District 7410 Governor Irene Carey, accompanied by District 7410 Coordinator Melissa Saxon and short term Exchange Student Stephanie Yanochko, from Hazleton Area High School, who spent 8 weeks in Japan, gave us an update on the Rotary Youth Exchange. Stephanie is applying to becoming an full year outbound Exchange Student next year.
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange-September 14, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Max and Kate Garcia of Hazleton's first Hispanic TV Channel Telekaribe joined us.  Max told us about the channel and announced that our Rotary club will have its very own show!  Stay tuned additional details are on the way!
Telekaribe- September 7, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Well, our expanded Beer and Wine Festival was a smashing success, surpassing everyone's expectations!  We have gotten
rave reviews on the setup and the new venue.  There was also a big crowd on a perfect summer day!
Special thanks to Jane Krouse and her committee, as well as every Rotarian and family members who came out and volunteered for the event.  Special kudos to Immediate Past President Ron Avellino for his vision of taking this project to the next level and working with the committee to make it a reality!  There are many others
to be thanked, including our sponsors, vendors, outside volunteers, the folks at Babe Ruth and more!
We will have a full report for all of you in the near future.  In the meantime, rest up and celebrate this great success!
 
Keep watching our Facebook page for lots and lots of pictures!
 
Fantastic Festival! 2016-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Donna Delehanty was  accompanied by Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM President/CEO and JoAnn Verduce , of Saint Joseph Center, with an update on the great work of that organization, which helps people with physical and mental challenges.                         
Saint Joseph Center-August 31, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Pa. State Police-August 24, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Eckley Miners Village- August 17, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to the Rotary Painting Brigade, led by Dr. John Madden for painting the benches that our club donated to Rails to Trails.
Way to go: Tim Genetti, Mary Celeste Kosko, Lisa and Mark Finkelstein and Alex, Jace and Alan Whitaker!
Sprucing Up the Trail Pat Ward 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
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Carolyn Shemanski and Heather Feist told us about the Homeless/Needy Feeding program, sponsored by Holy Rosary Parish. The program received one of our Rotary Community Project grants and has fed hundreds of individuals.
 
Feeding the Needy-August 10, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
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 Julie Ferry of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce brought us up to date on forthcoming Chamber events,
including the Downtown Car Cruise, Chamber Golf Tournament and Funfest.
Chamber Update-August 3, 2014 Pat Ward 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Our Beer and Wine Festival Pat Korb 2016-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
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Carl Beardsley, Executive Director of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport was our speaker.
AVP-July 27, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Civil Air Patrol-July 20, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
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This message from our friends at Holy Rosary Parish, a recipient of a Rotary Community Grant: "We happily served 200 meals on Saturday! I am sending a few pictures-shopping, setting- up, a blessing from Father Clarke, serving and clean-up. Thank you for believing in our project." 
We are having an impact in Greater Hazleton!
Hazleton Rotary Grant Feeding the Needy Pat Ward 2016-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Our new District 7410 Governor, Marcia Loughman, made her official visit to our club. 
She also presented our own Paul Brenner with his Assistant District Governor pin.
DG7410 Offical Visit-July 13, 2013 Pat Ward 2016-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Hazleton Beer and Wine Festival-August 27, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Recipient & New Year Kickoff-July 6, 2016 2016-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Photo Caption: Row1, L to R: Mary Pat Stroia-Committee; Neal DeAngelo, DBi Services-Master Level Sponsor; Jane Krouse-Chair; Pat Ward-President; Lani Drobnock-Committee. Row 2-L to R: Ron Avellino-Immediate Past President; Jane Karchner-Committee; Tim Genetti-Committee and Pat Korb-Committee. Absent from Photo-Dorothy Anderson, Sharon Farver, Donna Delehanty, Jim Kelshaw. Photo compliments of Standard Speaker
The Hazleton Rotary Club is pleased to announce that DBi Servi...ces has once again agreed to be the Festival Master Level sponsor for its 5th annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival. Additional sponsors are Wine Glass Sponsor-Karchner Warehousing & Logistics; Koozie Sponsor-The Beer Stop; Gold-Avellino Enterprises; Silver-Amie’s Auto Upholstering, George Hayden and Mid Penn Bank; Bronze-The Hair Cellar and In Kind-Brenner Recycling. In-Kind Media Sponsors are Citizens Printing, Mt View Orthopedics, John Diana Insurance Agency, WYLN, SSPTV, Panorama, Standard Speaker, The Printmark Group and Freeland Progress.
Beer and Wine Festival Planning Underway Pat Korb 2016-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Our program, during President Ron's last meeting,  featured two of our three scholarship recipients: Brendan Drusda and Sarah Moyer.  There was also a return appearance from last year's recipients Maria Trivelpiece and Luke Olander.
Our Scholars, Part One-June 29, 2016 2016-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
The New Rotary Year begins July 1st!  We kicked it off a bit early with our Presidents Party!
In addition to our new President Pat Ward, other officers and Board members will be: Toni Frumkin, President-Elect; Lisa Finkelstein, Vice President; Bernie Rudegeair, Secretary; Lani Drobnock, Recording Secretary; Pat Owens, Jr., Treasurer; John Schwear, Sergeant at Arms; and Ron Avellino, Immediate Past President. Members of the Board will be: Donna Barna, John Beltrami, Mark Imbriaco, Gary Lagana, Dr. Gary Lawler, Katherine Oh, Jim Reinmiller, Kenneth Trippett, and Alan Whitaker. Pat Korb will continue as Publicity Coordinator.
The Presidents Party-June 22, 2016 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
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Pat Ward will be installed as the 96th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual President’s Party to be held at the Valley Country Club on June 22..., 2016.

Pat has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hazleton for 20 years and he was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Bernie Rudegeair. Ward’s Rotary activities have included service as the club’s Sergeant at Arms, webmaster and club secretary, as well as vice president and president-elect. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

“The theme of the coming year in Rotary International is “Rotary Serving Humanity.” Ward said. “That is something we should all aspire to, and I know our club will continue to work hard to help local organizations better serve the community. We can also look to assist other Rotary clubs around the world on international projects, should the opportunities arise”.

Our New President-Pat Ward Pat Korb 2016-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Reverend Richard Abernethy Pat Ward 2016-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
During the Hazleton Rotary Club Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th, President Ron Avellino gave recognition to Rotary Club members who assisted the Club in special ways during his term of office, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. This included: Seated L to R, Pat Ward, Avellino, Toni Frumkin
Standing L to R: Mark Imbriaco, Neal DeAngelo, Tom Lagana, John Madden, Jason Brenner, Pat Korb, Pat Owens and Dorothy Anderson.
Others also providing special assistance for the club during the year were: Donna Barna, Lani Drobnock, Sharon Farver, Mary Pat Stroia and Alan Whitaker.
 
President Ron Wraps It Up-June 15, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
The Skinny on Social Security-June 8, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Presidents Party-June 22, 2016 Toni Frumkin 2016-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
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At a very special program, our very own Tom Hood, who is departing from his position as Head of School at MMI in Freeland, and sadly is leaving our club, reflected on his time here in our community.  Tom has a great new opportunity at a prestigious private school in Memphis, as we wish him, and his family, only the best!
Thanks Tom! -June 1, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Freeland Rotary Golf Tournament-July 8, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Rotary Club of Hazleton is proud to announce that Kyra Schell, middle, Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences and Brendan Drusda, pictured at top, and Sarah Moyer, bottom, MMI Preparatory School 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.
Hazleton Rotary Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients Pat Korb 2016-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Vicki Haake, of the American Cancer Society was our speaker. John Beltrami was Program Chairman.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cancer Society Update-May 25, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Hazleton Beer and Wine Festival-2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Special thanks to the students from the MMI Rotary Interact Club for all of their hard work at the annual Letter Carriers food drive! They joined dozens of volunteers to help those in need in our community!  The Interact Club is sponsored jointly by our club and Freeland Rotary.
Interact Club Helps Food Drive-May 14, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Ting Oh, PT was our speaker and discussed: "Time for Older Americans to Blaze a Trail to Wellness."   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
Blaze a Wellness Trail-May 18, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Latest Paul Harris Fellow Pat Ward 2016-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
May First Friday Merriment-May 6, 2016 Donna Barna 2016-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Lew Dryfoos, who has been named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council.  Lew was honored at a Dinner Wednesday night.  Our very own Tim Genetti chaired the Dinner, our very own Tom Hood, presented the award and our very own Pat Ward was Toastmaster.  And many Rotarians attended.  Congratulations, Lew!
Lew Dryfoos Named Citizen of Year by Boy Scouts Pat Ward 2016-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Make A Wish-May 11, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to our very own Jane Danish, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.
Jane is the Director of Community Relations and Colleague Recognition at Lehigh Valley Hospital Hazleton. She has a successful healthcare career with over 35 years in positions with impact in the areas of administration, governance, marketing and community relations.
 
Jane Danish Receives Chamber Athena Award Pat Ward 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Rotary Club of Hazleton provided a Distracted Driving Simulator experience for seniors at The Hazleton Area High School on Monday, May 2nd and the Hazleton Area Career Center on Tuesday, May 3rd. This annual Rotary service project was started in 2007 as a pre-Prom event to discourage students from drinking and driving which so often leads to tragedy. The new experience also involved discouraging other distractions, such as texting, while driving.
 
DUI Simulator- May 2 & 3, 2016 Pat Korb 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Mt. Top Train Excursion-July 23, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
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Hazleton Rotarians and families at the District 7410 Conference at Mohegan Sun, where local Scoutmaster Wayne Oberst, joined by family members, received the Paul Harris Fellowship from our club for his lifetime of service to scouting!  Past President Lew Dryfoos introduced our Paul Harris Fellow.  Also, President Ron Avellino accepted an award for our increase in membership!  Our very own Sherry Robinson sang in the District "Choir!"  Lew's wife, Maura, as well as Lisa and Mark Finkelstein were also on hand for the festivities, and President-elect Pat Ward served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening!
District 7410 Conference -April 29, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
PPL Update-May 4, 2014 Pat Ward 2016-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Career Center- April 27, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Brenner
Our club will be partnering with the Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Hazleton Area School District again this year to provide all seniors at HAHS and HACC the opportunity to "drive under the influence or drive while distracted".  The tabletop simulators, complete with a steering wheel and pedals, run a full simulation of a driving course and give the student the opportunity to make decisions they might face while actually on the road - such as answering a text while driving.  If they break the law or cause an accident during the simulation, they are "arrested" and experience a sentencing hearing for their crime.   The simulators will be at the HAHS Gymnasium on May 2 and at the Career Center on May 3.  We need Rotarians to help guide the students on the simulators.  We will need at least 3 Rotarians per shift.  Please use the attached signup sheet you received by email to volunteer.    
DUI Simulator- May 2 & 3, 2016 Jason Brenner 2016-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Donna Barna, who was was elected as the volunteer Chair of the Board of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at a reorganization meeting of the organization.
Donna, the President of Billig-Helmes Insurance Agency, is the 5th generation of a family-owned insurance agency operating in the Hazleton Area since 1902. She serves as a director on the CAN DO Board, Hazleton Public Library and both Hazleton Rotary Club and Foundation to name a few. Donna was elected to the Chamber Board in 2012, and has a Vice Chair, leading the activities of the Community Awareness Committee since 2014. She has been very active in the successful development and growth of Women’s Networking committee as well.
Other Rotarians serving on the Chamber board are Carla Thaller, Gary Lawler, John Patton, DeAnn Miller and Eugenio Sosa.  And, our very own Mary Malone is the Chamber President.
Donna Barna to Chair Chamber Pat Ward 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to our very own Dominic J. De Spirito Sr., who  received the Auctioneer Hall of Fame Award for 2015 from the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association.
Dominic also received the award in 2013. He formed Double D Auctions Inc. in 2012 with Kathleen Wilkinson Coll after earning his auctioneer license. They began auctioning at a building on South Church Street, then moved to the Tresckow firehall.
 
Congratulations, Hall of Famer! Pat Ward 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Huge crowd Saturday night for the Hazleton Rotary Club Night at the Races! Thanks to all who supported the project and Rotarians and others who worked the evening and sponsored the event, especially DBI Services!  Special kudos to Chairman Jason Brenner and the entire committee!
What a Night at the Races! Pat Ward 2016-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
County Manager-April 20, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
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 April 29, 2016. 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.
Senior Scholarships! Pat Korb 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Hazleton recently donated $5,000.00 to the Hazleton Rotary Foundation to continue their Kidz Coatz project. L to R: Rotary Club President Ron Avellino, Foundation President Lex Sloot, Rotary President-Elect Pat Ward.
Since the beginning of Kidz Coats in 2007, The Hazleton Rotary Foundation felt a new winter coat would not only help warm a child when traveling to and from school, but also increase their self-esteem. For many of the students, this is the first new coat they have ever owned.
 
Kidz Coatz Grant Pat Korb 2016-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Lisa Finkelstein and Josh Tosi of the Minis Trails Boy Scout Council told us about the Urban Scouting Program, which received one of our Service Above Self Community Grants. 
Supporting Scouting-April 13, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Rotary Club of Hazleton is proud to announce that C. Wayne Oberst has been selected as the Paul Harris Recognition Award winner from the Greater Hazleton Area. Mr. Oberst and eight others selected by their respective Rotary Clubs, Rotary District 7410 (43 clubs serving 10 counties in NEPA) will be honored on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center. Nominees will be honored for their “Service Above Self” volunteer work in their respective communities....
 
Wayne Oberst Awarded Paul Harris Fellowship Pat Korb 2016-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
District 7410 Conference-April 29 & 30, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
April First Friday Foolin' -April 1, 2016 Donna Barna 2016-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Pastor Sal Reyes of Faith Assembly of God Church, spoke to us on their "Rockin' the Block" project, which received one our Rotary Serrvice Above Self community grants.
Rotary Rockin' the Block-April 6, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Help for the Homeless-March 30, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Photo Caption: Father Brian Clarke, Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish and Rotary President-Elect Pat Ward
Holy Rosary Parish received a $3,600.00 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from The Rotary Club of Hazleton for a project that partners Holy Rosary Parish with Catholic Social Services. They will be providing one healthy cooked meal a month to the poor and homeless in the Greater Hazleton Area. Their project began February 13 and is part of an Area wide initiative to help feed Hazleton’s hungry.
 
Rotary Funds Feeding Project Pat Korb 2016-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Photo Caption: Getting ready for the annual Rotary Club “A Night at the Races”
are Rotary members Pat Korb, Sharon Farver, Project Chairman Jason Brenner, Lisa Marie Halecky and Rotary President Ron Avellino.
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 16, 2016. You can purchase a horse or place a bet at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Ar...ts 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 DBi Services will, once again, be the “Master Sponsor” for the event.
The admission price is $8.00 for advanced tickets or $10.00 at the door that evening.
 
A Night at the Races-April 16, 2016 Pat Korb 2016-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
TCMC-March 23, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
President-elect Pat Ward joined with dozens of PEs from several Rotary Districts from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, March 18 & 19,  for the annual President Elect Training Seminar in Whippany, N.J.
PETS 2016-17 2016-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Lori Lesante of Community Services for Sight was our speaker.
 
And in what has become a wee bit of a Rotary tradition, our own Pat Ward shared an equally wee bit of Irish humor on the eve of Saint Patrick's Day!
Services for Sight-March 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Photo Caption: L to R: Hazleton Rotary Club President Ron Avellino, Faith Assembly of God Pastor Sal Reyes and Rotary Club President-Elect Pat Ward
The Faith Assembly of God, Inc. recently received $2,500.00 from The Rotary Club of Hazleton’s Community Grants Program. This money will be used for the Rockin’ the Block Community Outreach Backpack Project started by Faith Assembly Church in August 2006.

 
Rotary is Rockin' the Block! Pat Korb 2016-03-10 05:00:00Z 0
First Friday-March 4, 2016 2016-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
First Friday-March 4, 2016 2016-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Donna Palermo and Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko told us about the Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation and Beads to Courage Program.
Palermo Foundation-March 9, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Plenty of Rotary participation at the 2016 American Cancer Society Telethon.  President Ron Avellino, VP Toni Frumkin and John Beltrami answered phones, while Pat Korb was very active behind the scenes and President  Elect Pat Ward and Bill Waschko served as on-air hosts.  Also, Kathie Oh and Michelle Fisher participated in conjunction with their businesses, and Jane Danish and Lisa Marie Halecky were on board with Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton! 
ACS Telethon-February 27, 2016 Pat Korb 2016-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Victims Resource Center-March 2, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb on Feb 24, 2016
L to R: Hazleton Rotary Club President Ron Avellino, District Executive Joshua Tosi and Senior Development Director Lisa Finkelstein-Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.
A Hazleton Rotary Club “Service Above Self“ Community Service Grant of $2,000.00 has been donated to Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. These funds are to be used to support Urban Scouting programs in Hazleton, West Hazleton, and Weatherly.
Rotary Boosts Urban Scouting Pat Korb 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Dr. Gary Bonafante, Chairman and Medical Director of the Greater Hazleton Health Clinic was our speaker. Our own Jane Danish chaired the meeting.
Community Clinic-February 24, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
It is with great sadness that we report the passing Saturday of our long-time Rotarian and friend, Gene Acri.
 
Our sincerest prayers and condolences are extended to Anita and the Acri family.
 
 
 
 
Gene Acri Pat Ward 2016-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Valley Playground -February 17, 2014 Pat Ward 2016-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Vice President Toni Frumkin, who was named one of the recipients of the P.E.A.R.L. Award, sponsored by the Hazleton YWCA!
P.E.A.R.L. Award Recipient Pat Ward 2016-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
First Friday Fellowship-February 6, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our own Pat Ward, President of the United Way of Greater Hazleton will presented a program on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, United Way's early childhood literacy program in our community.  The program is a recent recipient of one of our Rotary Community Projects Grants.
Imagination Library-February 3, 2016 2016-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Hazleton Rotary Club recently awarded a $2,000.00 Community Service Grant to PAL, the Hazleton Police Athletic League. L to R: Rotary Projects Chairman Tom Hood, Rotary Vice President Toni Frumkin, PAL President William Drumheller, and Rotary President Ron Avellino
The Rotary Club of Hazleton recently donated $2,000.00 to PAL, the Hazleton Police Athletic League, to help with its 2015-2016, 59th year of existence. The money was allocated through a Rotary Club 2015-16 Community Grant Program. These “Service above Self” community grants are intended to benefit organizations and agencies in communities in the Greater Hazleton Area.
PAL Receives Rotary Grant 2016-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to the newest Paul Harris Fellowship recipients from our club. John Schwear and Tom Lagana are first time recipients and Dorothy Anderson received her second. President Ron Avellino, a nine-time Paul Harris Fellow, made the presentations.
Paul Harris Parade Continues-January 27, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
ROTARIANS:  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!   PLEASE CONTACT JASON BRENNER NOW AND HELP MAKE THIS PROJECT ONE OF OUR BIGGEST NIGHT AT THE RACES EVER!
Night at the Races-April 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Bill Drumheller, President of the Police Athletic League was our speaker.  PAL is one of the recipients of our Rotary Community Projects grants.
PAL-January 28, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-21 05:00:00Z 0
More Post Holiday Party Pics Donna Barna 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
More Post Holiday Party Pics Donna Barna 2016-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Thanks to Dave and Donna Barna for hosting and VP Toni Frumkin for organizing our annual Post Holiday Party.
A good time was had by all!  Thanks also to everyone who sponsored and attended!
Rotary Post Holiday Party-January 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Post Holiday Party-January 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Past President Lew Dryfoos conducted the installation of four of our five newest Rotarians: Betsy Urzillo, sponsored by John Beltrami; Joan Buffington, sponsored by Kathie Oh; Joseph Meiss, sponsored by Donna Barna and Charles DeCosmo, sponsored by President Ron Avellino. Kimberly Mazzin could not attended and will be inducted at a later date.  President elect Pat Ward presided at the meeting, in the absence of President Ron.
Our Newest Rotarians-January 13, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Post Holiday Party-January 16, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congratulations to our very own Gary Lagana for receiving his first Paul Harris Fellowship and Paul Brenner for receiving his fourth Paul Harris Fellowship! And, to our President Ron Avellino for receiving his ninth Paul Harris!
Newest Paul Harris Fellows-January 20, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our two-part program featured  Lehigh University students Briana Papp and Hannah Plaza, who have received our Rotary Scholarships. Our own Donna Barna chaired the program, which concluded with our District Governor Barbara Belon reporting on the "State of the District," and outlining plans for the upcoming District Conference April 29-30.
 
Returning Students and the DG- January 6, 2016 Pat Ward 2016-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our own May Pat Stroia and her daughter, Claudia delivered more Kidz Coatz to McAdoo Elementary Middle School Principal Matt Marnell.
Kidz Coatz Delivery Pat Ward 2015-12-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
REMINDER: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS IS FEBRUARY 28.
 
The Paul Harris Fellowship is being awarded by the Rotary Club of Hazleton to an individual for lifetime achievement and outstanding service by volunteering their time and talents to help others. You may nominate an individual, or yourself,  by completing this form: Rotary Paul Harris Nomination Form
 
 
Rotary to Award Paul Harris Fellowship Pat Korb 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30 FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
 
On behalf of President Ron, you officers and board, we extend our best wishes for a blessed and peaceful Holiday Season!
No Meetings-December 23 & 30, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Felllow Tom Hood and Ken Trippet, who received his fifth Paul Harris!
 
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellows Pat Korb 2015-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Left to Right: Donna Barna, Hazleton Rotary Club; Jill and Tracy Zapatocky, United Charities Home Staff and John Beltrami, Hazleton Rotary Club

The motto of the Hazleton Rotary Club is “Service Above Self” and it always gives the club membership an extra feeling of satisfaction when they are able to help people with an immediate need.

“We were told all the boys who live at the United Charitie...s Home were in desperate need of warm winter coats since they had outgrown theirs”, explains Rotarian Donna Barna “and we were happy to be able to provide them with new ones as holiday gifts.”

“It was great that we could take this on as a special Christmas project and we were only too glad to have been able to help these young men be warm and comfortable in the NE PA winter months’ adds Rotary President Ron Avellino.
More Coatz for Kids Pat Korb 2015-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
Our very own Mary Pat Stroia chaired a program featuring the Miss Greater Hazleton Scholarship Program, with the following presenters:Julia Snyder, Miss Greater Hazleton's Outstanding Teen Claudia Stroia, Miss Keystone's Outstanding Teen Dr. Sherri Ann Homanko, Co-Executive Director, MGHSP Dr. Katie (Boyle) Moore, Co-Executive Director, MGHSP Joelle ( Colombo) Witner, Production Manager, MGHSP and Owner, Drama in Motion.
 
Scholarship Program-December 16, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
We are still in need of some additional bell ringers for our Salvation Army Project, December 19th at Walmart.  Please call Alan Whitaker at 570-455-9500 to volunteer!
Salvation Amry Bell Ringing-December 19, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Children's Holiday Project 2015 Pat Korb 2015-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Career Link-December 9, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
Rotary Club Members Mark, Jason and Paul prepare flower orders for distribution by Rotary Club members at the recent weekly club meeting.
 For the 13th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Hazleton is here to help brighten holidays with poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas cactus. Orders were taken by Rotary Club members earlier in November.
 Proceeds from the sale are used to fund a number of the club’s community service projects.
Poinsettia Sale 2015 Pat Korb 2015-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Gary, Paul, Jason, Rich, Susan, Lani, Tracy, Donna, Jane, Mary Pat, Megan, Gene, Pat and Joe packed and delivered coats for the Hazleton Rotary Club’s annual Kidz Coatz Project.
 Some needy children in the Greater Hazleton Area will be provided with new coats through the Hazleton Rotary Club Kidz Coatz Project. The Hazleton Rotary Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit affiliate of the Rotary Club, is looking forward to continuing this project, held annually, since 2007.
Kidz Coatz 2015 Pat Korb 2015-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Tom Hood chaired a program featuring students, who attended our recent Rotary RYLA program, Katie Eschenbach and Doug Genetti.  The two are also members of our renewed Interact Club at MMI, in conjunction with Freeland Rotary, and are the son and daughter, respectively, of our very own Tim Genetti and Dave Eschenbach.
 
RYLA & Interact -December 2, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Giving Thanks-November 25, 215 Pat Ward 2015-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Rotary Club of Hazleton has been purchasing and donating new dictionaries, annually, to area students since 2001. Third graders at all of the Hazleton Area Elementary Schools (Freeland is covered by Freeland Rotary) are the student recipients. Assisting Project Chair John Beltrami with this project are co-chairs Charlie DeCosmo and Joe Lettiere. along with Rotary Club President Ron Avellino. Additional assistance is being provided by Club Members Dorothy Anderson, Donna Barna, Toni Frumkin, Lani Drobnock, John Schwear, Sharon Farver, Michele Fisher, Paul Brenner, Tim Genetti, Lew Dryfoos, Jason Brenner, De Ann Miller, Tom Lagana, Lisa Marie Halecky, John Madden, Bill Pavlick, Pat Korb, Kathie Oh, Pat Ward, Alan Whitaker and Mary Pat Stroia. Over 900 dictionaries will be delivered to our area’s school children.
Funds are made possible by the many fund raising projects the Rotary Club of Hazleton conducts throughout the year.
Rotary Dictionary Project 2015 Pat Korb 2015-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our very own Terry Jones, CPA presented his annual program on Tax Changes for 2015 and beyond.
Tax Tips-November 18, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Children's Holiday Gift Program-December 6, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
President Ron Avellino conducted our Annual Club Meeting and Election of Officers.
Our Foundation President Lex Sloot also provide information on the upcoming Children's Holiday and Kidz Coatz Projects.
 
Our Officers for 2016-17 are:
President:  Pat Ward
President Elect:  Antonia Frumkin
Vice President:  Lisa Finkelstein
Secretary:  Bernie Rudegeair
Recording Secretary: Lani Drobnock
Treasurer:  Pat Owens
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Eugenio Sosa
New Directors:  Gary Lawler and John Beltrami
Annual Club Meeting-November 11, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Art Lieberman, of Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions of Central PA, discussed the important changes coming to credit cards.
Credit Card Changes-November 4, 2014 Pat Ward 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Spaghetti Dinner 2015 Pat Ward 2015-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Hood
The Rotary Club of Hazleton is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Community Grant Program.  These grants are intended to benefit the local community. The total amount of funding requested from the Hazleton Rotary Club should be less than $6,000. The project must be completed within 12 months of receipt of the grant funds. Grant funds will be available in early 2016.
 
Preference will be given to applications that address our three goals:
  • Helping children of all ages in our area to grow educationally and socially.
  • Supporting disadvantaged youth
  • Providing support for area seniors.
 
 
TO APPLY FOR A GRANT, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND THE APPLICATION IN MS WORD FORMAT:
 
Rotary Community Grants Available Tom Hood 2015-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Poinsettia Sale Pat Ward 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
An Invitation! 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Combating Cyber Crime-October 21, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
​Luzerne County Detective Christopher Lynch presented a program on "Identifying Gangs for Business Owners."  District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis was also in attendance. 
 
 
Identifying Gangs-October 14, 2014 Pat Ward 2015-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow Pat Ward 2015-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
First Friday Fun-October 2, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
Gary Danish and Joe Sweet, hosts of the the radio show "Magical Mystery Tour" took us on our own tour of the Beatles! 
Beatlemania-October 7, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
The Rotary Club of Hazleton will be holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, October 28 at Genetti's Catering, 1341 N. Church Street. Eat in or take out - 4:30pm-7:00pm. $8.50-adults--$5.00-children. Tickets may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or Genetti’s – 570-501-3700 or at the door that day. There will be a cash bar. Come and join us for a delicious dinner(salad, spaghetti, meatballs, coffee, tea, soda & dessert) which will benefit the Rotary Club Community Programs.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner-October 28, 2015 Pat Korb 2015-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Betsy Urzillo and Jill Zapotckey presented a program on the United Charities Childrens Home.  Our own John Beltrami was program chairman.
United Childrens Home-September 30, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our Honorary member, Domenic A. Imbriaco Jr., 91, passed away Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. 
 
Memorial donations may be made to the Hazleton Rotary Foundation, directed to the scholarship fund and sent to care of Tim Genetti, PO Box 637, Hazleton, PA  18201. 
Domenic Imbriaco Pat Ward 2015-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
The Hazleton Kiwanis Club hosted us for our annual joint meeting to help kickoff the annual Campaign of the United Way of Greater Hazleton.  Our own United Way President Pat Ward was the speaker.
United Way-September 22, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Red Cross Update-September 16, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Dr. Craig Butler, the new Hazleton Area School District Superintendent was our speaker.  Our very own Lani Drobnock, Community Relations Coordinator for the HASD chaired the program.
 
 
Our New Superintendent-September 9, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Craig Butler, the new Hazleton Area School District Superintendent will be our speaker.  Our very own Lani Drobnock will be program chair.
 
A Board meeting follows the regular luncheon meeting.
Next Meeting-September 9, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
At a special off-site meeting, we visited the APTS Ambulance Headquarters where our very own Alan Whitaker introduced a program on how APTS and the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network respond to cardiac emergencies. Representatives of APTS and LVH-H participated.   Immediately following the program, there was a moving ceremony to dedicate a "pink" ambulance, in memory of the late Kim Yuhas Sidari. 
Rapid Response-September 2, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Our First Friday at the Valley Country Club will feature nine holes of golf at 3 p.m. followed by the regular Happy Hour at 5 p.m. 
Please contact our very own VP Toni Frumkin if you are planning to golf!
First Friday-September 4, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Jack Corbett, representing CARIE Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) discussed Medicare Fraud Prevention.
Medicare Fraud-August 26, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Wine and Beer Festival Pictures 2015-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
RailRiders Baseball-August 19, 2015 2015-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
 
Thanks to all who worked, participated, sponsored and came out to our 4th Annual Beer and Wine Festival!  Special thanks to Dorothy Anderson and her committee and Neil DeAngelo and DBI for their major sponsorship!
Another Huge Sucess! Pat Ward 2015-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Scholarship Recipients-August 12, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
During a club meeting, Lisa Finkelstein discussed our club’s involvement in a completed clean water project in Mexico, and Donna Barna and Pat Ward demonstrated our club’s website.
Club Meeting-August 5, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis was our speaker.  Our very own Donna Barna chaired the program.
The D.A.-July 29, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Hi, sports fans!
There are still a few openings for our Rotary Night at Rail Riders baseball!
We have reserved the First Base Party Deck for the August 19 game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Tickets are just $31 per person, which includes Jumbo Hot Dogs, Grilled Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Italian Pasta Salad, assorted cookies, watermelon, lemonade, ice tea and water!
Please make your reservations now!  Remaining tickets are on a first-come first-served basis!
Email president elect Pat Ward at: patrick.ward@local.unitedway.org
Its going to be a great evening, don't miss it!
Rail Riders Baseball August 19, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
John Fletcher, CEO of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton was our speaker.  One of our newest members, Jane Danish, Director of Community Relations for LVH-H, chaired the program.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton- July 22, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb

Members of the 4th Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival Committee are L to R: Ron Avellino; Tracy Karchner, Lani Drobnock, Pat Korb, Chairperson-Dorothy Anderson, Toni Frumkin, Tim Genetti, Dominic DeSpirito and Pat Ward. Unavailable for photo were Donna Delehanty, Sharon Farver, Patrick Genetti, Lisa Marie Halecky, Desiree Hertzog, Jane Krouse, Paul Malone and Mary Pat Stroia.

Wine and Beer Festival Committee Pat Korb 2015-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Korb
 
Photo Caption: (left) Neal DeAngelo-CEO, DBi Services and Ron Avellino-President, Hazleton Rotary Club
The Hazleton Rotary Club is pleased to announce that DBi Services has once again agreed to be the Festival Master Level sponsor for its 4th annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival.  Additional sponsors are First General Services and Karchner Companies-gold sponsors; Amie’s Auto Upholstering and At Your Service, P.A. & E.S. LLC-Silver sponsor; Waste Cost Reduction Strategists LLC, Famous Salon & Spa, and  Arc Electric-Bronze Sponsors.         The Beer Stop is the Koozie sponsor.  In Kind Media Sponsors are Citizens Printing, Gould’s Supermarkets, Mt View Orthopedics, John Diana Insurance Agency, WYLN, Panorama, Standard Speaker, SamSon Productions and Lex Sloot.
 
The 4th annual Hazleton Wine and Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:00PM-8:00PM at Genetti’s Catering, 1341 North Church Street, Hazleton.  Proceeds will benefit the Hazleton Rotary Club Community Service Projects. 
 
Wine vendors are to include Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery, Broad Mountain Vineyard, Capro Colina Winery,  Ferrone Winery, MM Micro Winery,  The Vineyard of Hershey and Vintner’s Circle.
 
Beer vendors are to include  Verrastro’s Beer Distributors, Conyngham Brewing Co., Turkey Hill Brewery, Berwick Brewery, Banko North, Resort Distributors, Northeast Eagle, Ace and The Beer Stop. 
 
There will be no charge for the beer or wine tasting-it is part of the entry fee. The first 500 entrants will receive a free beer koozie.
 
A variety of food items will be available throughout the afternoon for purchase from Genetti’s Catering. Take a few minutes to stop in and visit with the craft vendors and purchase some tickets to try to win any of the variety of tricky trays that will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Ostrich Hat.
 
Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the gate that day and designated drivers (non drinking) are $10.00.  You must be 21 years of age to attend.
 
Tickets can be purchased from hazletonrotary.ticketleap.com, any Hazleton Rotary Club Member, Genetti’s Catering, Verrastros Beer Distributor or PQ Express Beer Stop.  Further information can be obtained by calling 570-401-5492.
Festival Sponsors Announced Pat Korb 2015-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Physical Therapist Ting Oh, husband of our own Kathie, gave us an update on Arthritis in the Knee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Knee Arthritis-July 15, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Free Community Event-July 18, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Past President Katrina Lennartz, who received the Paul Harris Fellowship at the Presidents Party, and to Immediate Past President Tim Genetti who was awarded his second Paul Harris. 
Newest Paul Harris Fellows Pat Ward 2015-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Our New District Governor-July 8, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward
Congressman Lou Barletta was our speaker and discussed topics including Homeland Security, transportation, trade, and public private partnerships.
Congressman Barletta-July 1, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Ward

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Please click the link below:

http://hazletonrotary.ticketleap.com/hazleton-rotary-4th-annual-wine--beer-festival/

 

 

The Rotary Club of Hazleton Fourth Annual Wine and Craft Beer Festival. Saturday, August 15, 2015, Genetti’s Catering, 1341 North Church St., Hazleton. 4:00pm-8:00pm. Must be 21 to attend. Entertainment/music by Ostrich Hat. All proceeds benefit Hazleton Rotary Club community service projects. Tickets: $20-in advance; $25-at door; $10-designated driver (non-drinking admission). Purchase tickets from : http://hazletonrotary.ticketleap.com/hazleton-rotary-4th-annual-wine--beer-festival/ PQ Express Beer Stop, Verrastro's, Genetti’s Catering or from a Rotary Club Member.

Beer and Wine Festival-August 15 Pat Ward 2015-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Ronald Avellino will be installed as the 95th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual President’s Party to be held at the Valley Country Club on June 24, 2015.
 
Ron has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hazleton since 1998 when he was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Paul Brenner.  Avellino’s Rotary activities have included service on several committees, the Rotary Club Board of Directors and officer duties of Vice President and President-Elect.
 
“One of the goals of Rotary International is the eradication of the disease polio throughout the world.  That’s one of the reasons I joined the Hazleton Rotary Club and Rotary International.” says Ron. “I am a polio survivor.  I’ve seen the horror of the disease and through Rotary International the world can and will be polio free.”
 
“Our Rotary Club has a long history of doing good in the Greater Hazleton Area.  I am proud to serve as the Hazleton Rotary Club President and am looking forward to continuing our projects like providing new winter coats and a Holiday Shopping Spree for area children in need.”  Avellino explains.  “I also want to help our club continue donating a dictionary to every third grade student in the area and continue awarding college scholarships to Area High School Seniors in addition to granting another Make-A-Wish.  These are some of the projects the Club completed this year and I will strive to see them continue in the future.  We will also continue to consider other community project options as they become available.”
 
 
Ron graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School in Coal Township, PA.  He trained and became a certified X Ray Technician at Shamokin State Hospital and also served at Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg, PA. He was in the U.S. Army, is a Viet Nam veteran and served in the Army Security Agency.   He is also a life member of the American Legion.
 
He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police and became an airplane pilot obtaining several pilot ratings.  He transitioned into helicopters and eventually moved to Hazleton to fly for the PA State Police for 14 years.  He retired from PSP after 25 years of service.
 
Ron became an entrepreneur and established laundromat, convenience store and tanning salon businesses in downtown Hazleton.  He retired from business after 27 years, but is still actively involved in overseeing several apartment buildings he purchased throughout the years.
 
Mr. Avellino also served on the Board of Directors of Helping Hands and Serento Gardens.
 
Avellino officially takes over the reins of the club on July 1, 2015.  Other officers and Board members will be: Pat Ward, President-Elect;   Toni Frumkin, Vice President;  Bernie Rudegeair, Secretary; Lani Drobnock, Recording Secretary; Pat Owens, Jr., Treasurer; Eugenio Sosa, Sergeant at Arms; and Tim Genetti, Immediate Past President.  Members of the Board will be Fred Attick, Donna Barna, Rev. Thomas Cvammen, Sharon Farver, Gary Lagana, Katherine Oh, Jim Reinmiller, Kenneth Trippett and Alan Whitaker.
Our New President-Ron Avellino Pat Ward 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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The weekly meeting was held at Penn State Hazleton Campus and hosted by our very own Sherry Robinson and featured the projects of her Norwegian Students.  Each Rotarian in attendance was given $100 in play money and was asked to visit each of the students' project tables.  The students pitched their new product ideas, and Rotarians then allocated their play money into the projects they wanted to "fund". All the projects were very interesting, innovative, and well displayed.
Norwegian Exchange-June 10, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Downtown First Friday Fun-June 5, 2015 Donna Barna 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Dallas Rotary Wine Festival-June 27, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Melissa Saxon told us about the Rotary District Exchange program, with help from Anne Sehne of the Tunkhannock Club and her son  Adam Sehne, a past exchange student.
Student Echange Program-June 3, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Presidents Party-June 24, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Did you know that our very own John Cowder is an inventor as well as an archetict?   John told  us about his invention the "LumBar," and his journey to get it on the market!
 
The LumBar is a simple, yet revolutionary tool to improve lower back function.  It was designed by gifted architect John Cowder, who for half of his life, suffered from chronic back pain.  Don't be fooled by its simplicity.  The LumBar has been engineered to work quickly, simply and easily to relieve low back pain.  It's portable, lightweight, comfortable to use and constructed from durable aircraft aluminum.
 
For the whole story, please click here: www.lovemylumbar.com.
 
Lum-Bar- May 27, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Our meeting was the induction of  our nine newest members: Carla Thaller, Jane Danish, Richard  Peterson, Bryan Mason, Tracy Karchner, Desiree Hertzog, Donna Delehanty, Mary Pat  Stroia and Jane Ann Krouse!
 
Welcome to our newest Rotarians!
Nine New Rotarians-May 20, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Choices, Choices...We are joining with the Downtown Hazleton Alliance to celebrate their big First Friday! But, if you are not into Bikes, Blues or BBQ, join us inside at the Pines for some Rotary Fellowship and Fun!
First Friday-June 5, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Luzerne County Update-May 13, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
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Continuing their motto of “Service Above Self”, The Hazleton Rotary Club recently donated $1,000.00 to the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.

“Its certainly good to see the momentum being made by the DHAP as they work to make our downtown a better and brighter place”, comments Rotary President Tim Genetti. “We are looking forward to watching as our donation helps this important project move forward to bring our downtown back to life.”


“We encourage members of the Hazleton Rotary Club, as well as the Greater Hazleton community to attend the First Friday events, as well as other activities being planned by the downtown committee.” says Krista Schneider, Executive Director, “We also encourage everyone to go online, www.downtownhazleton.org to read our monthly newsletter for updated information”.

L to R: Tim Genetti, Hazleton Rotary Club President; Krista Schneider, Executive Director and Neal DeAngelo III, Board President, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress; and Ron Avellino, Hazleton Rotary Club President-Elect.

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The Hazleton Rotary Club and Mark Imbriaco are sponsoring a wish from the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Club recently donated approximately $2,000.00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of 12- year-Delmy, from Hazleton, who lives with the challenges of Castleman’s Disease. Rotary Club member Mark Imbriaco matched that donation in memory of his mother, Margaret Imbriaco
 
L to R: Rotary Club President Tim Genetti; Mark Imbriaco; Delmy and his Mom Vanessa and Maggie O’Brien, Regional Manager, Make A Wish; Rotary President Elect Ron Avellino and Rotary Vice President Pat Ward.
 
Rotary Makes a Wish Come True! Pat Korb 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Downtown Hazleton Update-May 6, 2014 Pat Ward 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
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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 April 30, 2015. 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.
Rotary Again Offering Scholarships Pat Korb 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Fred Attick took us on a tour Western Africa, his latest trip with Mary!
African Trip-April 29, 2014 Pat Ward 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Christopher Blasi, Advanced Solutions Architect for Verizon Wireless was our speaker.
Tech Talk- April 22, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Dr. Victor F. Greco, Past President and Past District Governor, told us about the "First Successful Open Heart Surgery."
Doctor Greco-April 15, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Kevin O'Donnell, Can Do President, was our speaker, with details on the economic development organization's strategic plan.
Can Do-April 8, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Come on out April 10 at 5 p.m. for some Rotary fun and fellowship at Damons, Rt. 93, across from Penn State Hazleton!
"Second" Friday Pat Ward 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Another huge success for our Night at the Races!   Thanks to co-chairs Donna Barna and Mark Finkelstein and their committee; to all Rotarians who sold horses and participated, and to all who supported and came out!
Another Big Night at the Races! Pat Ward 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Fostering Foster Children-April 1, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
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In a moving program, Susan Koomar discussed the Gift of Live Donor Program and was joined by local businessman Paul Penkala, who told the story of how the donation of his late son's organs saved five lives.  Also on the program was John Davis, a Rotarian from the Mount Pocono Club, who told the story of how organ donations saved the lives of his children.
The Gift of Life -March 25, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Reducing Waste Costs-March 18, 2015 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our very own Pat Ward presented a Saint Patrick's Day program, replete with humor from the "old sod."
Irish Fun-March 11, 2015 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Preventing Skin Cancer-March 4, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Second Friday Fun-February 13, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
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, March 28, 2015. You can purch...ase 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.

Co-Chairs Donna Barna and Mark Finkelstein are very pleased to announce that DBI Services will, once again, be the “Master Sponsor” for the event.

The admission price is $8.00 for advanced tickets or $10.00 at the door that evening.

It promises to be a fun filled evening with 10 races (sets of 10 horses running each race). Horses and admission tickets can be purchased prior to Race Night from any Rotary Club member. Don’t know a Rotary Club member? Call 570-401-7682 or 570-454-5000 for more information.

Enjoy the magic of naming and racing your own horse—you can buy as many horses as you want at a cost of $10.00 each. Horses may also be purchased on the night of the race and will be announced in a race that has an open slot. Owners of the winning horses don’t have to be present to claim their $50.00 prize.

Just like at the track, windows will also be available for betting prior to each race. Each ticket will cost $2.00. So, not only can you own a winning horse, but you can possibly collect a winning bet on another horse. Even if you don’t buy a horse, you can still bet on other races.

FREE food and refreshments will be available throughout the night. You must be 21 years old in order to attend.

You can also purchase a strip of tickets and take a chance on winning any of the wonderful array of Tricky Trays that will be available. Drawings will be held throughout the evening and you must be present to win.

Proceeds from this fund raising project will be used to support various Hazleton Rotary Club community service projects.

A Night at the Races-March 28, 2015 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Veterinary Views -February 25, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Hazleton hosted a Distracted Driving Safety Simulator experience for seniors at the Hazleton Area Career Center on Thursday, February 12. (Unfortunately, due to a school weather cancellation, this event did not occur at... Hazleton Area High School, as planned). This annual Rotary service project was started in 2007 as a pre-Prom event to discourage students from drinking and driving which so often leads to tragedy. The new simulator experience of 2015 also covered texting while driving. This year there were five simulators available, instead of one, allowing more students to actually participate. The simulator was brought to the area through Lehigh Valley Health Network and Bill McQuilken, Trauma Prevention Coordinator.  Thanks to project chairman Jason Brenner and the Rotarians who assisted at the project!
DUI Simulator 2015 Pat Korb 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
The State of Luzerne County-February 18, 2015 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting-February 11, 2015 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Baseball Great-February 4, 2015 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
We will have a "Second Friday" on February 13th at 5 p.m. at the Pines in the Markle Building  to support the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress event.
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Real Estate Market-January 28, 2015 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Make A Wish-January 21, 2014 Pat Ward 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
More Post Holiday Party Fun! Donna Barna 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Post Holiday Party-Fun and Frolic! Donna Barna 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Our very own Tom Hood, Head of School at MMI gave us an update education in the 21st Century and the private preparatory school.  A board meeting follows.
MMI Update-January 14, 2015 Pat Ward 2015-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Hazleton held its “New Member Induction” at the weekly January 7 meeting.... Past President Jerry Panisak conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Jason Brenner, sponsored by Paul Brenner; Mark Finkelstein sponsored by Lisa Finkelstien; Joe Lettiere sponsored by Kevin O’Donnell; Jim Kelshaw sponsored by Tim Genetti and John Patton sponsored by Pat Ward. Unavailable for the ceremony was Carla Thaller sponsored by Donna Barna.
Welcome New Rotarians-January 7, 2014 Pat Ward & Pat Korb 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Art Whitaker 1932-2015 Pat Ward 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Post Holiday Party-January 17, 2015 Pat Ward 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Another festive Saturday before Christmas ringing the bells to benefit the Salvation Army.  Thanks to project chairs Joe Camissa and Alan Whitaker and all Rotarians and their family members who participated in a Rotary Holiday tradition!
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Digital Security-December 17, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Hazleton Children's Holiday Project at Boscov's helps 25 needy children, served by four United Way agencies! Thanks to the Hazleton Rotary Foundation, and all who assisted!
Children's Holiday Project-December 7, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Pat Ward, President and CEO-United Way of Greater Hazleton, and our club vice president, received a donation of $1,000.00 from Tim Genetti, President-Hazleton Rotary Club at a recent Rotary Club meeting. “The club membership is proud to be able to support the United Way of Greater Hazleton and its member agencies who do so much to help the Greater Hazleton community” comments Genetti. Monies for community donations are raised by the Hazleton Rotary Club through a variety of fundraisers held during the course of the year.
 
Rotary Boosts United Way-December 3, 2014 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Ron Avellino; club member Gene Acri; project co-chair Mark Imbriaco;, President Tim Genetti; and club member John Schwear prepared flower orders for distribution by Rotary Club members at the recent weekly club meeting.
For the 12th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Hazleton is here to help brighten holidays with poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas cactus. Orders were taken by Rotary Club members earlier in November. Proceeds from the sale are used to fund a number of the club’s community service projects.
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Life and Death from Dr. Mary-December 3, 2014 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Our Children's Holiday project is this coming Sunday, December 7th at Boscov's in the Laurel Mall at 9 a.m.  Please come out and lend a hand!  Sign up at Wednesday's meeting!
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Let's ring in the Holiday Season with some First Friday Rotary Fun and Fellowship at Damon's beginning at 5 p.m.
First Friday-December 5, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Our own Terry Jones, CPA, had his annual "Tax Tips" for 2014 and what to expect next year.
Tax Tips-November 26, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Past District 7410 Governor Paul Muczynski  discussed the Rotary Foundation's "Every Rotarian, Every Year."
Every Rotarian-November 19, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Members of the Hazleton Rotary Club, family and friends sorted, packed and delivered coats, provided by the Hazleton Rotary Club Kidz Coatz project to some needy children in the Greater Hazleton Area. Working with local retailers, brand new coats were purchased for children in need from all eight elementary/middle schools in the Hazleton Area School District. The coats are distributed to those children who are confidentially identified by their teachers. This winter season more than 400 coats will be given to keep area children warm. Coats will be delivered to the schools before the Thanksgiving break. The Hazleton Rotary Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit affiliate of the Rotary Club, has conducted this project, annually, since 2007.
Kidz Coatz 2014 Pat Korb 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Every 3rd grader in the Hazleton Area School District and in our Catholic and private schools is receiving a dictionary from the Rotary Club of Hazleton!
Dictionary Distribution Wrapping Up Pat Korb 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Comfort Keepers- November 12, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Poinsettia Sale Time! Pat Ward 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Hazleton City Update-October 22, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
New Chamber President-October 15, 2014 Pat Ward 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Regan Kaiser, who was our Rotary Exchange Student from South Africa 15 years ago, paid us a return visit Wednesday! Regan spent his year with our own Pat and Bill Genetti and came back to Hazleton for our own Patrick Genetti's wedding!
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The Rotary Club of Hazleton will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, October 29 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at Genetti’s Best Western Inn and Suites, Route 309, Hazle Township.
Dinner will include salad, spaghetti, meatballs, dessert and coffee and tea.  Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children.  Take outs will be available at the same time as dinner is served.
“The proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Hazleton Rotary Club’s Annual Scholarship Award presented to area seniors,” said Dinner co-chair Sharon Farver.  “Each scholarship awarded will have a total value of $4,000 to be disbursed $1,000 per year for a maximum of four years”.
 
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Cancer Treatment-October 8, 2014 Patrick Ward 0
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Our program featured Rick Saldan, a Nurse Magician and motivational speaker.   Rick’s program was about the secrets of accomplishing the impossible. His nursing profession allows him to see patients face seemingly impossible tasks on a daily basis. He strives to bring light into their lives. Positive thoughts can greatly affect a patients ability to persevere through hardships.

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We welcomed the Hazleton Kiwanis Club for our annual joint meeting to help kickoff the United Way Campaign. Our own Pat Ward, United Way President & CEO, led the program. Kiwanis President Rich Saullo, a United Way staffer, is also pictured. 

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ImageMark Luschini,  Chief Investment Strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott was our speaker.  Our own John Beltrami was program chairman.

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Protecting Your Identity-September 10, 2014 Patrick Ward 0
Here For Good-September 3, 2014 Patrick Ward 0
YM/YWCA-August 27, 2014 Patrick Ward 0
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ImageThe Rotary Club of Hazleton is providing a $1,000 sponsorship for the 2014-15 year of the Concerned Parents of the Hazleton Area ESL for adults classes. “The Rotary Club is very pleased to support the ESL program for adults,” said Tim Genetti, Rotary president. “It is important to us that we provide community service projects to as many members of the community as possible. It is essential to the spirit of ‘community’ that we do what we can to help our new neighbors assimilate to Greater Hazleton.”

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton recently donated over $6,000.00 to the American Cancer Society-Greater Hazleton Unit to help them purchase a car to be used by the Road to Recovery Progam volunteer drivers to drive Greater Hazleton Area cancer patients to and from treatment appointments. Part of the monies came from the Hazleton Rotary Club and part from a Rotary District 7410 matching grant. Rotary Club Member Mark Imbriaco donated the funding for the “wrapping” of the Rotary Club and American Cancer Society logos which appear on the car.

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton will hold its 3rd annual High Mountain Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4PM-8PM, Genettis. The Brewmaster Level Sponsor is DBI Services of Hazleton. Photo L to R: Tim Genetti, Rotary Club President; Dorothy Anderson, Beerfest 2014 Chairwomen; Neal DeAngelo DBI Services and Rotary Member; Neal DeAngelo III, DBI Services and Bill Genetti, Best Western Genetti Inn and Suites. Gene Acri, Festival Co-Chair was not available for photo.

 The Hazleton Rotary Club is pleased to announce that DBI Services has once again agreed to be the Brewmaster Level sponsor for its annual High Mounain Craft Beer Festival. Additional sponsors are First General Services of NEPA-Beer Tent Sponsor and George J. Hayden Electric Communications-Assistant Brewmaster . Additional sponsors are Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites and The Beer Stop. In kind services are being provided by Citizens Printing. Proceeds will benefit Hazleton Rotary Club Community Service Projects.

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Dr. Gerald Tracy and Ingrid Husisian of the Commonwealth Medical College were our speakers.

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Our New District Governor-July 23, 2014 Patrick Ward 0
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George Hayden Jr., Neil DeAngelo, III and Christa Schneider had an update on the DBI/Hayden Project and the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress.

Newsletter-July 16, 2014

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Our own “World Traveler” Fred Attick was our speaker, talking about his visits to no less that 95 countries and encouraging us to travel as much as possible to learn as much as we can about other peoples.

Newsletter-July 9, 2014

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Congratulations to our very own Gene Acri (center) for being named the newest member of the Ballard Society at our Presidents Party.  Also pictured are Nancy Ballard and Gordon Bigelow.

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Tim Genetti was installed as the 94th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual President’s Party held at the Valley Country Club on June 25, 2014. Officers and Board members for 2014-15 were also recognized.

 Rotarian Gene Acri was welcomed into the Ballard Society for his years of service to the Club and Community. Tim Genetti and Ron Avellino, who received his 6th, were recognized as the newest Paul Harris Fellows

 Seated L to R: Pat Ward-Vice President; Tim Genetti-President, Ron Avellino-President-Elect.
 Row 2, L to R: Pat Owens, Jr-Treasurer, Bernie Rudegeair-Secretary, Donna Barna-Director; De Ann Miller-Director; Antonia Frumkin-Recording Secretary
 Row 2, L to R: Rev. Tom Cvammen-Board; Dr. John Madden-lst Past President and Alan Whitaker-Director. Absent from Photo Directors Fred Attick, John Beltrami, Sharon Farver and Sergeant at Arms-Eugenio Sosa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ImageTimothy Genetti will be installed as the 94th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual President’s Party to be held at the Valley Country Club on June 25.

Tim has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hazleton since 1999 when he was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Bill Genetti.  Genetti’s Rotary activities have included service as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice President, President-Elect, Beerfest Chairman, DUI SIMulator Project Chairman and he initiated and chaired the Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree Project among others.

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THANKS FOR MAKING OUR FESTIVAL ANOTHER SUCCESS!

 

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Special thanks to DBI for the sponsorship and First General Services, The Beer Stop, Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, Citizens Publishing Co, George J. Hayden Electric Communications, and our vendors and Rotarians!

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton is proud to announce that Hannah Plaza, lower picture, and Briana Papp, Hazleton Area High School Seniors, 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 this year we are able to offer two scholarships for the very first time.” comments Rotary President John Madden.  “The membership looks forward to helping as many area young people as possible with this assistance”.

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Railriders Baseball Trip-July 11, 2014 Ronald Avellino 0
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Under the direction of our own Dr. Sherry Robinson, nineteen Norwegian students and six from Penn State again showed their “green” inventions and project ideas to us.  Thanks to PSU Hazleton for hosting!ImageImageImageImageImage

Newsletter-June 11, 2014

 

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens was our speaker, discussing the work of the highest court in the Commonwealth, which deals with cases of major public importance.   The presentation included some humorous video clips related to legal matters.  John Beltrami chaired the program.

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With sadness, we note the passing of our PDG and great friend of our club Dick Wagener.

Richard John Wagener, 78, of Harleysville, formerly of Lehighton, passed away May 26, 2014 at The Abramson Center in Montgomery Twp. He was born on July 6, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Albert and Sarah (Durbin) Wagener.
 

He became a Rotarian in the 1970’s and soon after served as the President of the Newark, New Jersey Rotary Club, and later of the Lehighton Rotary Club. During retirement, Richard and Carol remained extremely active in Rotary, including a term as governor of Rotary District #7410 and as current members of the Harleysville Rotary Club.
 
 Family will receive friends from 6-8PM on Thursday, May 29, at Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc., 667 Harleysville Pike, Telford (Franconia Township). Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass at 10AM on Friday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale. Interment will be private in Calvary Cemetery in Southfield, MI. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com.

 

The full obituary can be viewed at:  http://www.williamsbergeykoffel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=625:-wagener-richard-john&catid=34:obituaries&Itemid=65

 

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Hazleton City Council President Jack Mundie was our speaker, and touched on a number of topics, including council's differing views with the administration, economic development and the storm water transmission fee.

 

Newsletter-May 28, 2014

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Linda Armstrong spoke about “Dress for Success.  The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Linda is hoping to open a location in the Hazleton Area.  Our own Donna Barna was program chair.

 

Newsletter-May 21, 2014

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Senator John Yudichak was our speaker and touched on a number of topics including, crime and public safety, drugs, eliminating property taxes as a source of public school funding and economic development.  Our own Pat Ward was program chairman.

 

 

Newsletter-May 14, 2014

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Dennis Nappi, II told us about the Achievement House Cyber Charter School, an independent, nonprofit, public online school serving Pennsylvania students in grades 7-12.The engaging education program enables students to achieve their full potential and reach their educational goals. Students use a custom-designed, web-based platform to access their live, virtual classes and interactive, online coursework..

Newsletter-May 7, 2014

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton will be providing the Safety SIMulator experience for seniors at Hazleton Area High School and the Hazleton Area Career Center on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8.  This annual Rotary service project was started in 2007 as a pre-Prom event to discourage students from drinking and driving which so often leads to tragedy. In preparation for the SUI Simulator experience, a Senior Assembly was held at Hazleton Area High School.  Speakers were Dr. Mary Pascucci, Hazleton Pathology and Megan Kennedy Hazleton Rotary Foundation Board and former Asst. DA., Paul Brenner, President-Pathway to Recovery Board Chair was Assembly moderator.

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After a special breakfast meeting, many of our members attended the DUI assembly at Hazleton Area High School, one week before the DUI Simulator project at the school.    Full details are in the story in the pane below.                   

 

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Don Sachs, Director of Development for the Minsi Trails Boy Scout Council, was our speaker.  Minsi Trails serves 11,500 boys in 6 counties of Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Additionally, there are over 5,000 volunteers serving programs from cubs, to Boy Scouts, to venturing and exploring.

Newsletter-April 23, 2014

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Congressman Lou Barletta was our speaker, touching on subjects that included the bi-partisan budget, public-private partnerships to reduce government spending, and recent action to ensure that volunteer fire companies are not required to purchase health insurance for their volunteers.

Newsletter-April 16, 2014

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The Rotary Club of Hazleton is currently seeking to participate in a project benefitting our local community.  Project must fit into Rotary’s six areas of focus.  Funds cannot be used toward the operating budget of an organization or to build or add to a building.  Funding requested should be less than $10,000.   If awarded, project must be completed within 12 months of receipt of grants. PROJECT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED to Lisa Finkelstein, Foundation Committee Chair NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2014. To receive an application form or for more questions, please contact either Ms. Finkelstein,lkfinkelstein@gmail.com, 570-401-3155 or John Beltrami, Project Committee Chair, jjbell@ptd.

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ImageThe Rotary Club of Hazleton announces that applications for their Annual Scholarship Award are currently available in Area High School Guidance Offices. Two 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 April 30, 2014Applicant 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.
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Luzerne County Court Judge Joseph Sklarosky told us about the activities of the criminal court system,  which handled 10,710 criminal cases in 2013.  He also discussed the specialty and treatment courts. Pat Ward introduced the Judge.

 

Newsletter-April 9, 2014

 

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Holly Norton, second from right,  and Noelle Richard of The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton "Rail Riders" Minor League Baseball Team discussed the Yankees Triple A Franchise, highlighting promotions and community related activities for the coming season.

Newsletter-April 2, 2014

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Our very own Mary R. Malone has been named the 11th president and chief executive officer of the ImageGreater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors announced Tuesday.

She will succeed our own Donna Palermo, who announced in January that she is retiring.

 

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Desiree Voitek and Jennifer Washney gave us an update on the “American Cancer  Society,” highlighting the patient service programs that are available in the Greater Hazleton Area.   Our club was also thanked for its support of the local ACS unit.  Our own Tim Genetti, immediate past chair of the unit, introduced the speakers.

Newsletter-March 19, 2013

 

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Jim Kelshaw and Jack St. Pierre presented a program on the history of "CanBe" and changes for the future.  And, our very own Pat Ward shared a week bit of Saint Patrick's Day humor.

 

Newsletter-March 12, 2014

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ImageOur own Pharmacist-in-Chief Bill Spear spoke about a wide-range of topics including, vitamins, supplements, compounds and prescriptions drugs, and more.  

The meeting was held at Angelo's Italian House.

Newsletter-March 5, 2014

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As part of President John Madden's Club Business Meeting, Membership Chairman Jerry Panisak inducted our newest members, Eugenio Sosa, sponsored by Lisa Finkelstein and Mary Ann Feno, sponsored by Paul Brenner. Welcome to our newest Rotarians!

Newsletter-February 12, 2014

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Hazleton Rotarians chillin' at Damenti's Ice Bar (actually warmer outside) at benefit for the United Ways of Greater Hazleton and Wyoming Valley. By the way, the benefit continues through Thursday...stop out it's lots of fun!

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ImageThe Rotary Club of Hazleton

 presents

 "A Night at the Races"

February 28, 2014

J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center

6 p.m.

                                          

                                                 Advance Tickets $8 At the Door $10

                                                      MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND

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Seated L to R:  Donna Barna, Chairperson and Dorothy Anderson.  Standing L to Right: Tim Genetti, Gene Dougherty, Gary Lagana, De Ann Miller, Lisa Finkelstein, Mary Malone, John Beltrami, Jerry Panisak and Pat Korb.  Absent from Photo Mark Imbriaco and Bill Washcko

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ImagePasco L. Schiavo, discussing his book, “Betrayal and Deliverance of a Community”, stated a case for the creation of a new county solely for the Hazleton area community and other communities like it and has drawn up a proposed act supporting his argument, affirming that such communities deserve their own county governments.Image

Newsletter-January 8, 2014

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ImageCongratulations to our very own Dr. Ken Trippett on receiving his third Paul Harris Fellowship, presented by President John Madden, at the December 18th meeting!
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Gene Dougherty, Gene Acri, John Madden, Donna Barna, Ron Kutchmarick, Tim Genetti and Ron Avellino sorted and delivered coats on December 17 for the Rotary Club Kidz Coatz project.  Absent from photo, but not from helping-Donna Palermo, Mary Malone and Megan Kennedy.

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ImageImageImageImageImageThirty needy Children from United Way of Greater Hazleton agencies were treated to a special Holiday Shopping Trip at Boscov's, for the second year as a special project of our Hazleton Rotary Club Foundation!
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ImagePaul Brenner and Mark Imbriaco, Rotary Club of Hazleton project co-chairs hand out Christmas flower orders for distribution by Rotary Club members.   For the 11th consecutive year, the Rotary Club of Hazleton is here to help brighten  holidays with poinsettias, amaryllis and  Christmas cactus.  Orders were taken by Rotary Club members and distributed on December 4th.
Proceeds from the sale are used to fund the club’s Dictionary Project and Scholarship Fund.  Over 900 dictionaries were distributed to Hazleton Area School District 3rd graders this November.  Applications for the scholarship fund will be available in area high schools in the spring.
“We want to thank everyone who purchased Christmas plants from the Rotary Club” comments  Mark Imbriaco.  “Your support is sincerely appreciated”.
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ImageIt is with sadness that we note the passing of Joe Kesselring, a long-time member of our club, who served with dedication as our secretary for over 30 years.

Our club will gather at the Boyle Funeral Home, on South Wyoming Street, at 8:45 a.m.  Monday to pay our respects to our late member Joe Kesselring.  Please make effort to participate.

Joe's complete obituary can be read here:

http://standardspeaker.com/news/obituaries/joseph-h-kesselring-1.1593012

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Luzerne County Manager Bob Lawton was our speaker and broke the news that, in his absence, our own Dave Pedri will serve as acting county manager.  Mr. Lawton also discussed taxes, and what he called shared challenges of the administration, council and the people of Luzerne County.

Newsletter-December 4, 2013

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Newsletter-December 11, 2013

President John convened the annual meeting of our club, which began with the election of officers proposed recently by our nominating committee.
The following were elected by vote of the club:
President:  Tim Genetti
President Elect: Ron Avellino
Vice President: Pat Ward
Treasurer:  Pat Owens
Secretary: Bernie Rudegeair
Recording Secretary: Toni Frumkin*
Immediate Past President:  John Madden
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Jerry Panisak*
Directors:  Donna Barna, Donna Palermo, and Alan Whitaker
Co-Chaplains: Rev. Tom Cvammen and Captain Gloria Misla
*To be appointed formally by the board in July 2014.

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Rotarian DeAnn Miller distributed dictionaries at the West Hazleton Elementary School.

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Kathy Oh, Lisa Marie Halecky and Paul Oswald were also out with our 3rd graders.

New dictionaries are given annually by the Rotary Club of Hazleton to third graders in all of the Hazleton Area Elementary Schools (except Freeland which is covered by Freeland Rotary).  This community service project has been a Rotary event since 2001.
The Rotary Club motto is “Service Above Self” and the club is involved in various community activities, but particularly enjoys this one as a way for the club to introduce young people to the “wonder of words”. Many local children lack internet access, and these dictionaries give them all a common starting point, while making classroom dictionary exercises possible.  Project Chairman John Beltrami says, “We all know a dictionary can make many reading and writing tasks much easier, but the joy and wonder expressed by these students when they receive a new book is the biggest thank you of all for the club”. 
John was assisted in this project by Rotary Club members John Schwear, Ron Kutchmarick, David McCarthy, Paul Brenner, Gary Lagana, Mary Ann Feno, Pat Ward, Bill Pavlick, Donna Palermo, Paul Oswald, Lisa Halecky, Katherine Oh, Tom Lagana, DeAnn Miller, Donna Barna, Toni Frumkin, Erin O’Donnell, David Pedri, Dorothy Anderson, John Madden and Pat Korb.  Over 900 dictionaries are being delivered to area students this year. Rotary Club President John Madden says, “This has always been one of my favorite Rotary projects and the reason can be found in this quote from Mary French, The Dictionary Project.  “I love my iPad and I rely on my smart phone throughout the day to stay in touch with people from all over the world.  However, despite my enjoyment of such technology, I continue to learn using the dictionary that I keep on my desk.  It is still an essential tool for learning”. Funds for this project are provided by the Club’s November Poinsettia Sale.

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Liz Vincent talked about the “Magnolia Project,” of the Volunteers of America in Wilkes-Barre..  The objective of this program is to empower young women in grades 9 - 12 as they navigate their high school years and cope with academic and non-academic challenges The goal is to serve 75 female students and expose them to prominent, successful women and other leaders who are willing to volunteer their time, stories and expertise. See more at: www.voapa.org 

Newsletter-November 6, 2013

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Our very own Dr. Mary Pascucci was our speaker, and discussed  her work as a clinical pathologist.  Among other things, Mary talked about the differences between her role and that of the county coroner and determining the cause and manner of death in various circumstances. 

Newsletter-October 30, 2013

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Sharon Farver (center) was formally installed as our club's newest member, retroactively, at Wednesday's meeting.  Sharon was sponsored by Dorothy Anderson, and Past President Jerry Panisak presided at the installation. Sharon is the assistant administrator at the Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Hazleton City Administrator Steve Hahn was our speaker, covering important topics that included finances, taxes, police, improvements at the airport, aggressive collections of fees and efforts to revitalize the downtown. 

Newsletter-October 23, 2013

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Sara Picard, third from left, a health benefits consultant, discussed "Obamacare," including the health exchange system, annual limits on coverage, self-insurance, employer and employees responsibilities.  Sara was joined by Eric Aposhain, Mark Phillips and Carolyn Streilein.

 

Newsletter- October 9, 2013

 
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