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President Norm Kelly
President Elect 2015-2016 Ronald Furman
Vice President Sam Maruzzelli
Secretary Carol Ziomek
Treasurer Sandy Lane
Immediate Past President Karen Fuller
Director George Gay
Director Tom Kukuchka
Director Ann Way
Director Don Streby
Director Jami Hearn
Director Matthew Pompey
Director Aaron Hovan
Director Nicole Brillhart

Please click here to purchase tickets. Tickets purchased online after midnight, Thursday, October 2 through midnight Friday, Oct 10, 2014 will not be mailed. The tickets will be available at the Will Call table on the day of the Festival. The Festival takes place rain or shine! If you have problems purchasing tickets, wish to purchase VIP tickets or tickets for groups of 10 or more, please contact Ann Way at  For more information on what is included in the VIP package and which wineries will be represented at the Festival, please see the news article below.


NEW!!!!   VIP Tickets

The Tunkhannock Rotary Harvest and Wine Festival is fast approaching on Oct 11. Approximately 120 VIP tickets will be available to the public. For $75, VIPs will get a lanyard that will allow them to enter the Festival 30 min before the general public and includes a buffet lunch, commemorative wine glass and T-shirt and a sheltered seated area with tables from which they can freely come and go throughout the day. For designated drivers the VIP package is $40. The buffet menu includes: marinated center cut pork loin, brisket and boneless chicken thighs along with various salads, assorted desserts, bottled water and sodas. So reserve your ticket or a table for your group soon, as once the limited number of VIP tickets are sold, they may not be available at the gate on the day of the Festival. VIP tickets are not available online (unlike our general admission tickets) so to buy your VIP tickets, please contact Ann Way at

Wineries and Bands

There will be 11-12 wineries represented including: Antler Ridge, Bartollai, Capra Collina, Ferrone, Grovedale, Hidden Creek, Maiolatesi, Nimble Hill, Pickering, Sand Castle and Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider and over 50 fabulous food, craft and other vendors. This year, music will be provided throughout the day by returning favorite, amRadio, and Idol Kings, a Journey and John Mellencamp tribute band.


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Sep 25, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

At the Sept 25 Tunkhannock Rotary luncheon, Heather Kohlhagen, who is in charge of safety for BP Wind energy, discussed their wind farm operations. All 1500 of their turbines in the US are on-shore, none are off-shore. Eighty-eight turbines are located in Mehoopany, PA and will generate up to 141 megawatts of electrical power (enough to power over 40,000 average American homes). The Mehoopany Wind Farm is owned 50:50 by BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas and Power.


Heather also presented President Norm Kelly with BP Wind Energy's sponsorship check for $4,000 for our Oct 11 Rotary Harvest & Wine Festival.


Heather Presenting $4,000 Festival Sponsorship Check to Norm Kelly

Sep 25, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

President Norm Kelly inducted Stephanie Holdt (Tri-County General Insurance) into Rotary at the Sept 25 Rotary luncheon at Purkey’s Pink Apple. Stephanie was sponsored by Al Noble but pinned by Samantha Maruzzelli. Please introduce yourself and congratulate Stephanie on becoming our newest Tunkhannock Rotarian.


Samantha Maruzzelli, Stephanie Holdt and President Norm Kelly

Sep 24, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Sept is Youth Services Month in Rotary to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people. Always remember that “Every Rotarian is an Example to Youth.” In keeping with the Sept Theme, the special guests at the Sept 18 club assembly at Purkey's Pink Apple were the faculty advisor, Tommasina Fiorillo, and the new officers of the Interact Club from Tunkhannock High School.

Left to Right: Marta Kovacs-Ruiz (Rotary Advisor), Tommasina Fiorillo (Faculty Advisor), Liz Jenkins (Secretary), Garbrielle Frigano (President), Gina Hall (Vice President), Joshua Beeman (Treasurer) and Dave Wilson (Rotary Advisor)

Sep 24, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

At the Sept 18 Rotary Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple, Karen Fuller (Membership Chair) presented 2 Rotarians with bronze pin backer membership recognition awards for sponsoring new members.  Karen & Harry Sharpe both received bronze backers for their Rotary pins. This is a program started in 2013 to recognize new member sponsors according to the number of members that a Rotarian has sponsored. 1 new member = blue backer, 2-3 new members = bronze backer, 4-5 new members = silver backers and 6+ new members = gold backer.



Top Photo: Karen Fuller
Bottom Photo: Harry Sharpe receiving his bronze pin backer from Karen.

Sep 13, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Alex Zelna, Eric Stamer, Jacob Fiore & Matthew Colavitti of Boy Scout Troop 518 spoke at the Sept 11 Rotary luncheon at Purkey’s Pink Apple. Eric who recently became an Eagle Scout talked about the requirement for this rank. The Scouts discussed their trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and the various service projects with which they personally and their troop have been involved.

L to R: Matthew Colavitti, Jacob Fiore, Eric Stamer and Alex Zelna

Sep 13, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Olivia Vosburg, a senior at Elk Lake who attended RYLA under the sponsorship of the Montrose Rotary Club gave a presentation at the Sept 11 Rotary luncheon at Purkey’s Pink Apple. At RYLA, where she learned leadership skills, she was introduced to the Shelter Box project, which she adopted as her Senior Project. Olivia provided a history of Shelter Box. So far, she has collected ~$3,095 and hopes to be able to fund 4-5 shelter boxes ($1,000 each).


Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Michael Atchie, who is in charge of public outreach for Williams Pipeline, was the guest speaker at the Sept 4 Tunkhannock Rotary luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Michael talked about the Williams organization and the local pipline projects that are completed, ongoing and planned that will impact Northeastern PA. He also focused on the safeguards in place at the compressor stations along the pipelines.


Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Merriel Oliver addressed the Tunkhannock Rotary club luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple on Aug 28. Merriel spoke about the Butterfly Mural Project to beautify Tunkhannock building walls. The first mural will be unveiled on Sept 11 in Greenwood Lane. Other building walls are being considered for future murals.



Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Rev. Jon Buxton was inducted into Rotary by President Norm Kelly at the Aug 28 Rotary luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Jon is the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Tunkhannock. His membership was sponsored by Ruth Gorski.

Sponsor Ruth Gorski, Jon Buxton and President Norm Kelly 

Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

District Governor Carol Hemphill’s visit coincided with the club’s celebration of the 89th Anniversary of its chartering on Aug 25, 1925. Rotarian Samantha Maruzzelli’s daughter, Sisile Maruzzelli, made the cake for the celebration. Sisile was a previous recipient of one of the Tunkhannock Rotary’s vocational scholarships, which she used to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Sisile recently graduated with honors as a pastry chef from the CIA and this was the second occasion this summer that the club had the opportunity to sample her incredible, out-of-this-world delicious creations.


Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

District Governor Carol Hemphill met with the Board of Directors of the Tunkhannock Rotary Club on Aug 21 to learn more about the Club’s Youth Programs and Service Projects. DG Carol then also addressed the full Club membership providing a fascinating description of her background and her experiences in Rotary, including her time as a Rotary exchange student in England. She reminded everyone about our need to increase membership to maintain our status as District 7410 and that the Membership Workshop on Sept 6 is an important opportunity to network and gain ideas on how to attract and retain members. Finally, she pointed out the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation since it is our Charity and deserves our full support, some of which will come back to the District in 3 years’ time to fund District grants.


District Governor Carol Hemphill with President Norm Kelly

Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell spoke at the Aug 14 Tunkhannock Rotary Club Luncheon at Purkey's Pink Apple. Jeff's presentation focused on Identity Theft and the ways to minimize your risk.


Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

On August 14, the Tunkhannock Rotary Club welcomed incoming exchange student, Shiv Naik from District 3060 in India. Shiv gave a brief presentation to the club explaining that he wanted to come to the US as an exchange student to experience our culture and learn about the way we do things. In return, he will share with us facets of Indian culture and customs.

 President Norm Kelly with gift from inbound exchange student, Shiv Naik from India.

Sep 10, 2014
by Carol Ziomek

On August 7, Jason Linden, gave an overview to the Club on his upcoming year as an outgoing exchange student to Rotary District 4150 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jason will be an excellent ambassador to Mexico as he is an outstanding individual and athlete. Jason attended RYLA in 2012, went back as a junior counselor in 2013 and as a senior counselor in 2014. He has great presentation skills, gave the invocation at the Saturday session of the District 7410 Conference in May and also gave an excellent presentation on RYLA at the same Conference. Jason’s host family are University professors. He will be taking 3 months of private lessons to become fluent in the language and he is hoping to be able to blog about his time in Mexico over the next year.


Posted by Carol Ziomek


The Tunkhannock Rotary Club is dedicated  to  improving the quality of life for all citizens in our community. We are 55 men and women who strongly believe that putting “Service Above Self“  gives us the courage to make a difference in our community and in the world.

Our educational projects are designed to inspire children to see themselves in ways  they might not have imagined before.  They broaden their horizons, give them hope, and encourage them to dream. They also provide children with the tools necessary to accomplish those dreams.

Our community projects and contributions are varied, and cover a wide spectrum of activities.  Examples are the  Drug Take Back Program, disaster relief efforts, the Foreign Exchange Program and funding of educational scholarships.

Rotary International provides a gateway to the world which enables us to participate in programs such as ending polio, providing clean drinking water, and eliminating worm diseases. We also help build schools and community health centers.

The Rotary International  theme for this year, “Light Up Rotary”,  is inspired by a Confucius saying : “It’s  better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.”

We believe that no one should sit alone in darkness. And as proud Rotarians, we invite you to join us in making a real difference in our community and the world.

Kind Regards,
Norm Kelly
President 2014-2015

Posted by Allen Mickle

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