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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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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
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.
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.
Our very own Mary Malone, President of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, had details about this weekend's big Funfest celebration.
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!
Congratulations to our own Terry Jones on receiving his fourth Paul Harris Fellowship!
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!
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.
Congratulations to our very own Kathie Oh upon her election by the Board of Directors  as President Elect of our Club!
Our new District Governor Karin-Susan Breitlauch made her official visit to our club.
State Representative Tarah Toohil, a member of our club, gave us an update on Pennsylvania legislative matters.  Donna Barna chaired the program.
Our new President, Toni Christman, held her first club meeting to outline and discuss plans for the new new Rotary year.
Upcoming Events
Charles Barber
Oct 25, 2017
Luzerne Foundation
Nov 01, 2017
Annual Spaghetti Dinner
New Member Induction
Nov 08, 2017
Terry Jones, CPA
Nov 15, 2017
Tax planning
Nov 22, 2017
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Sherry Robinson and students.
Nov 29, 2017
Penn State Design & Creativity class trade show
Dec 20, 2017
Dec 27, 2017