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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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John Aciukewicz, Esq., Executive Director, CASA of Luzerne County will be our speaker. The mission of CASA is to recruit, train, and support community volunteers to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system so that these children will be safe, secure, and given the opportunity to thrive.  
Kelly King, Center Director, and Cal Herring presented an update on the Keystone Job Corps Center.
We welcome the first major sponsor of our Night at the Races, Avellino Enterprises!
Showcase your business and show you support of Rotary by becoming one of our key sponsors!
Our speaker was Dante Santoni, Jr, who was appointed to a two-year term to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Dante served as State Representative for the 126th legislative district representing Berks County from 1993 to 2012 and was Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee during the 2009-2010 legislative session.
President Toni Christman, Michelle Ustynoski and John Beltrami answered phones at the Annual American Cancer Society Telethon at the WYLYN studios.  Additionally, our own Pat Korb served as publicity chair for the event, and Immediate Past President Pat Ward  was again an emcee.
John Cosgove of  All One Foundation and Charities was our speaker.  Immediate Past President Pat Ward chaired the program.
Jane Dougherty and Pat Korb  spoke about the upcoming American Cancer Society 40th Anniversary Telethon to take place at WYLN Studios, Sat. Feb. 24, 11AM-11PM.
The meeting was cancelled due to the bad weather.  The Superintendent of Schools, Brian Uplinger, has been rescheduled to March 7th.
Taking Part in the Rotary Club New Member Induction on January 31st was: Row 1 L-R, Rotary President Toni Christman, Inductee Michele Kushmeder, Sponsor Donna Barna, Inductee Cal Herring, Inductee Marie Ernst and Sponsor Lani Drobnock.  Row 2 L-R, Past President Lew Dryfoos, Rotary President Elect Kathie Oh, Sponsor Jim Reinmiller and Rotary Vice President Alan Whitaker.
Past President Lew Dryfoos conducted the induction ceremony which welcomed new members Marie Ernst, sponsored by Lani Drobnock; Cal Herring Sponsored by Donna Barna; and Michele Kushmeder, sponsored by Jim Reinmiller.
Six women, three of them Hazleton Rotary members,  will be honored at the 32nd YWCA PEARL awards dinner on March 16 at Sand Springs Country Club, Drums.
PEARL is an acronym for professionalism, excellence, achievement, role model/responsibility and leadership.
Rotarian Recipients of the 2018 PEARL Award are:
■ Katherine Oh, nominated by Donna Barna, owner and marketing director, Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center in the entrepreneur/self-employed category.
■ Carla Thaller, nominated by Toni Christman, regional director operations, Hotels for Hamister Group LLC, for the business and industry category.
■ Kim McNulty, nominated by Lani Drobnock, director of advancement, MMI Preparatory School, Freeland, in the field of communications.
Everyone is welcome to attend the 30th annual PEARL Award dinner.
Reservations are required prior to the event. For more information, call Joanne at the YWCA at 570-455-2046.
Hazleton Rotary Service Committee Chair Kim McNulty presents a check to members of Holy Rosary Parish prior to their community meal on January 13.  Accepting the check on behalf of the Parish was Monica Barletta.
“We are pleased to announce that Holy Rosary Parish has been chosen to receive a $3,000 “Service Above Self” Community Service Grant from  Hazleton Rotary.” Says Kim.  “This is the third year this project has been selected for support, because we agree that no one in our community should be going hungry.” 
Toni Christman, Hazleton Rotary President; Marie Ernst, Assistant Principal, Hazleton Academy of Science and new Rotarian; Abigail Hartz, Hazleton Academy of Science; Kim McNulty, Hazleton Rotary Project Chair; Alan Whitaker, Hazleton Rotary Vice President and Kathie Oh, Hazleton Rotary President Elect recently took part in a presentation of a $1,400 Service Above Self Grant for Abigail’s Backpack and School Supply Project for Underserved Children. 
Rotary President Toni Christman, Soul Kitchen Founding Director Marcus Colasurdo, Rotary Project Chairman Kim McNulty, Rotary President Elect Kathie Oh and Rotary Vice President Alan Whitaker took part in the presentation of a $2,500 grant to The Soul Kitchen.
Toni Christman, Hazleton Rotary President; Katherine Bestwick, co-President, Board of Directors, Hazleton Art League; Kim McNulty, Hazleton Rotary Projects Chair;  Alan Whitaker, Hazleton Rotary Vice President; and Kathie Oh, Hazleton Rotary President Elect  were part of the presentation of a $1,500 Service Above Self Grant to the Hazleton Art League.  This money will be used to fund scholarships to Art Classes for Area Senior Citizens.
President Toni Christman; Projects Chair Kim McNulty; Rotary Foundation Treasurer Tim Genetti; President Elect Kathie Oh and Vice President Alan Whitaker recently took part in a $700 “Service Above Self” grant presentation to the Rotary Foundation,
The Rotary Club of Hazleton recently donated $700 to the Hazleton Rotary Foundation to fund two Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to the 2018 RYLA Leadership Development camp.
Upcoming Events
Brian Uplinger
Mar 28, 2018
Hazleton Area School District Superintendent
Jose Antonio Benalcazar Arrmento Sarmiento
Apr 04, 2018
Exchange Student
Jason Brenner
Apr 11, 2018
Recycling Issues
Todd Eachus & Ron Solt
Apr 18, 2018
Industrial Hemp Production
Dr. Sherry Robinson and Students
Apr 25, 2018
Penn State Design & Creativity Class Trade Show
New Member Induction
May 02, 2018
Presidents Party
Jun 27, 2018
No Noon Meeting
Roger Mattes
Jul 18, 2018
District Governor Official Visit