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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Hazleton!


Be The Inspiration

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Genetti Catering
1341 North Church Street
Hazleton, PA  18202
United States
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Our friends from the Pittston Rotary are holding a raffle. Show your support and take a chance on season tickets!
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Roger Mattes, Jr first joined Rotary in 1985. He left for a number of years to pursue his legal career, but always yearned to return to Rotary, which he did in 2003. He served as President of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons in 2011-12, and was on their Board of Directors for 9 years. He is a Graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He has also been active at the District level serving as a Director, an Assistant Governor, a member of the Finance Committee, a P.E.T.S. Facilitator, and has headed up the District's Crisis Management Team. He has also served as Master of Ceremonies and Lecturer for a number of District functions and is currently chairing the District Conference Committee for 2017
He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Drake University, his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy. He also attended the Pennsylvania Realtors Institute where he earned a G.R.I designation.
For the past two decades Roger has been the president of one of the oldest law firms in the Commonwealth, where he has a general practice concentrating on areas of Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor's law, Business law, Insurance Disputes, Real Estate, Family law and Personal Injuries.
Roger lectures extensively in the legal community and has been published in countless scholarly books and magazines, including the National Business Institute and theTrial Lawyers of America Magazine. He has been named as a “Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania” by the Legal Network. He is a two time recipient of the LeaseComm Counselor's Club Award, and the Winner's Circle Award. He received the American Lawyer's Quarterly Distinguished Service Citation, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the Jaycee Outstanding Service Award, and was listed in Who's Who Among American Law Students.
Roger lives in Nicholson, Pa. with his wife Jackie (Winola Rotary Club). They have four children, Emily, Molly, Philip, and Phoebe Snow.

Congratulations to President Kathie, our new officers and directors!
Rotary Club of Hazleton New Officers and Board Directors were installed at the Hazleton Rotary Club’s President’s Party, Valley Country Club, June 27. Row 1 L-R; Treasurer Pat Owens, Jr. President Kathie Oh, 1st Past President Toni Christman, Secretary Lani Drobnock and Board Director Gene Dougherty.
Row 2, L-R: Board Directors Jim Kelshaw and Tim Genetti; President Elect Alan Whitaker; Vice President Gary Lawler and Board Director John Beltrami.  Absent from photo Board Directors Tom Lagana, Jason Brenner, Kim McNulty, Joe Letteire, Carla Thaller and Sergeant at Arms John Schwear

Katherine Oh will be installed as the 98th President of the Rotary Club of Hazleton at the annual Presidents Party to be held at the Valley Country Club on June 27, 2018.

Kathie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hazleton for five years and she was sponsored for membership by Mary Celeste Kosko.

When asked what her goals for the club would be, Kathie replied, “This years Rotary theme is "Be The Inspiration" and I believe the goals of the Hazleton Rotary Club for the upcoming fiscal year should be to see that we are answering “yes” to each of our “4 way test” questions as we plan and complete each of our community services and projects.

President Toni conducted her last official club meeting of the Rotary year, by highlighting the year's projects and activities and by recognizing members, who contributed to the successful year.
We are proud to announce that the Rotary Club Scholarships for 2018 have been raised to $2000.00 year for one and $1250.00 a year for two recipients.” reports project chair Dr. John Madden. “Each recipient will receive their selected amount for a maximum of four years.”
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Gary Lawler on receiving the 2018 CPHA Humanitarian Award, as the Concerned Parents of Hazleton Area are celebrating 10 years of service & impact in our community!
Michelle Kushmeder, Director of the Hazleton Area Public Library and one of our clubs new members, gave us an update on the Library.   Our own Donna Barna chaired the program.
Our guest speaker was DPT Anthony Damiano, who discussed common golf injuries and preventative measures.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton President John Fletcher presented
an update on the health care network’s local expansion plans.  Our own Jane Danish, also of LVH chaired the program.
Our very own Dr. Ken Trippett was our speaker, with good advice on ticks as we approach the summer season.
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Gary Lawler who has been named as the new Chairman of the Board of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.  Other Rotarians serving on the board are Donna Barna, immediate past chair, Kim McNulty, Carla Thaler, Stephen Seach, John Patton, Cal Herring, Michelle Ustynoski, Lew Dryfoos, DeAnn Miller, Kathie Oh and Bill Spear.  Mary Malone is Chamber President.
Attorney John Aciukewicz, Director of CASA Of Luzerne County (Court appointed Special Advocates for Children) was our speaker. 
Our very own John Patton, Operations Manager for the Hazleton Standard-Speaker was our speaker. Immediate Past President Pat Ward chaired the program.
Upcoming Events
Theresa Perkowski
Jul 25, 2018
St. Luke Village