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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Hazleton!


Rotary: Making A Difference

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Genetti Catering
1341 North Church Street
Hazleton, PA  18202
United States
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On behalf of President Toni, your officers and board, best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!
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! 
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"!!!
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
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!
Our very own Professor Sherry Robinson and her students presented a Penn State Design & Creativity class trade show.
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.
Rotarians Michele Ustynoski and John Beltrami delivered dictionaries to West Hazleton Elementary School today. Ladies in front row are W.H. third grade teachers
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!
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.
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)
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
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.

Banks Township Supervisor Charles Schalles, accompanied by Supervisors Chairman Joe Clark presented  an update on the mine fire in that community.
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.
Joe Clark told us about Junior Leadership Hazleton.  Immediate Past President Pat Ward chaired the program.
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!
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.
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
Upcoming Events
Dec 20, 2017
Dec 27, 2017
Peter Spohn, MD
Jan 24, 2018
Polio Presentation
Commissioner Dante Santoni
Jan 31, 2018
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board