Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
Club News
Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat will be 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.
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.

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.


Krista Schneider of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress was our speaker.  Our own Mary Malone, Greater Hazleton Chamber President, introduced the speaker.
Due to the last-minute unavailability of the scheduled speaker, President Pat Ward conducted a brief club meeting.
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!
District 7410 Rotary Foundation Chair Mary Ellen Bentler was our speaker.
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!
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.

Upcoming Events