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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Hazleton!


Rotary Serving Humanity

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Genetti Catering
1341 North Church Street
Hazleton, PA  18202
United States
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Our Club was represented at the District 7410 Conference this past weekend at Pocono Manor.   Our own Past President Tim Genetti was on the steering committee, and our current President Pat Ward was Master of Ceremonies for the Friday Night program! 
Congratulations Carla!
The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce has announced that  the 2017 Athena Award winner is our very own Carla Marie Thaller, Regional Manager of Hotel Operations for the Residence Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.  Berger Family Dealerships has sponsored the award for 31 years. The award will be presented  May 18th at the 125th Annual Chamber Meeting.
A Reminder!!! The Rotary Club of Hazleton announces that applications for their Annual Scholarship Award are currently available in Area High School Guidance Offices. Three scholarships will be awarded this year. Each applicant shall be required to submit a completed application, essay, official high school transcript of grades and letter of recommendation to a school Guidance Counselor on or before Friday, April 28. Applicant must be a senior attending a high school that is within the geographic boundaries of the Hazleton Area School District. Each scholarship awarded will have a value of $4,000.00 to be disbursed $1,000.00 per year for a maximum of four years. Dependents of members of the Rotary Club of Hazleton are not eligible.
Click here to download: Scholarship Application
Our very own Kevin O'Donnell, CAN DO President, will have an update on our community economic development organization.
Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale was our speaker.

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



Rotary President Pat Ward, Rotary President-Elect Antonia Kelpsh, United Charities Director Betsy Urzillo and United Charities Home Associate Director Jill Zapotocky
The United Children’s Home, West Hazleton,  received a $2,000 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from  The Rotary Club of Hazleton for  a project  that  will have the boys at the home preparing Winter Survival Kits for the area’s homeless who. for a variety of reasons will not go to a shelter. Details were given at our program.
Our own resident Physical Therapist, Ting Oh was back with another important health program, this one focusing on repairing our healthcare system.
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!
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.
Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat was our speaker.
President Pat Ward presided over a Club meeting.
The decision made at the meeting was sent to all members by e-mail.
The Brenners journey continues to Rotorua, New Zealand!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to VP Lisa Finkelstein for organizing the Rotary "Winter Party."  A great time was had by all!
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! 

Paul Cwalina and Eric Esoda  of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center were our speakers.
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.
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.
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.
Upcoming Events
Kevin O'Donnell
May 03, 2017
New Member Induction
May 10, 2017
John Fletcher, LVH-H, President
May 17, 2017
Lehigh Valley Hospital Plans For The Future
Hon. Joseph Zola
May 24, 2017
Hazleton District Justice
Mark Evans
May 31, 2017
Engaging Your Employees
President Pat Ward
Jun 21, 2017
Farewell Program
Presidents Party
Jun 28, 2017
NO Regular Meeting
Jul 05, 2017