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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Two Guys from Italy
1199 Texas Palmyra Hwy.
Honesdale, PA 18431
United States of America
Two Guys from Italy Restaurant on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Noon and the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm
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October 2023
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Vice President
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Immediate Past Co-President
The Rotary Foundation Chair

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Honesdale Rotary night meeting recap from  April 25, 2023
Check out our Rotary Sing along with Speaker Eiji Matsumoto
Eiji treated us to a slide show about Japan and some things he’s experienced since being in the U.S. 
Announcements & updates.
Pic a card 50/50
If you haven’t been to a meeting since we started a fun new 50/50, you should come and check it out. The 50/50 pot continues to roll over till someone picks the Jack of Diamonds from a dwindling deck of cards. Each meeting, the ticket winner draws a card. If it’s not the Jack of diamonds, it’s ripped up, and the 50/50 money rolls over to the next meeting.
April was busy, busy! Honesdale Rotarians participated in:
  • A Lacawac joint service day that was  a success!  Jim, Lisa, Eiji, Jim Hamil, & myself painted, put tables together & helped together to spruce up. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend and participate!
  • An Adopt a Hwy clean up on Earth Day, April 22nd. Special thanks to Stephen Moulton  for heading that up, and all the volunteers that pitched in!
  • On April 30th, A VIP shower fund raiser was organized & run by Alycia Schwartz. It had baskets, prizes, and most of all, funds & needed items were collected for this vital program. Thank you so much Alycia!
  • Grant training was held in person & a virtual training.  Now we are eligible  to apply for district grants.
  • RYLA: We have 5 interact students attending! Great news Lynn!
  • Tickets to sell for Balls Away Interact fundraiser were sold out. Thank you to all that purchased and sold tickets!
  • Message From Betty:      
    • AMBA is set for Nov. 11th
    • Oct. blood drive is on, just need to schedule the date
  • Roots and Rhythm is June 17th.   Bob Schwartz is Chairperson. We need all hands on deck for this annual event!
    • Bob is having a meeting at his house, (the Schwartz's 25 Prompton View in Prompton) on May 10, @ 6:30 pm for organizing  & planning. If you can attend, please text him @ 570-947-7747, or email at
  • Date and place of Installation Dinner for Dana Scott is June 20th @ Woodloch.  Please make plans to join us! More Details to follow.
  • Club meeting day and place….we’re working on finding a different place.
    • Some places discussed: the new brewery (old Irving Cliff brewery), Honesdale Golf Club to name a few). Still deciding.
  • Sept beer & wine fest:  committee updates
    • Exciting updates, there are sponsorships coming in, all wineries and food trucks are booked. 
    • Come and join us to find out how you can help in the meetings in May!
 Mark your calendars for events in May & June:
  • May 9th, 12:00, speaker will be Danielle Dietz from the American Red Cross
  • May 10th, 6:30. Roots & Rhythm Meeting @ Bob & Alycia’s house
  • May 23rd, 5:30. night meeting Essay winners from Interact & a 2nd speaker, to be announced.
  • June 17th, Roots & Rhythm Beer Stand. Volunteers needed!
  • June 20th, Installation dinner @ Woodloch
Enjoy your Sunday Rotarians!
See you soon,
Member from the Honesdale  Highschool Interact Club came to our meeting to talk about their upcoming Fundraiser, BALLS AWAY.  They are selling tickets to support the club.  The Interact Club is using the fundraiser money to help to mentor students in the middle school. 
A letter was read from our foreign exchange student’s father, He thanked us for financially supporting his son,  helping to send Eiji on the Senior class trip, to Disney World. 
Rotary Leader Institute (RLI) Grant Training for District 7410 is going to be held on  April 15, 2023 at Holiday Inn East Mountain. 
RYLA applications are due by April 15, 2023. 
Our fundraiser to benefit VIP will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church Hall on April 30, 2023.
Our Beer and Wine Festival was discussed in detail.    The event will be held on Sept. 23, 2023 at the Wayne County Fair Grounds.
Our Joint Rotary service event is scheduled for April 16, 2023 at the Lacawac Sanctuary,
Our roadside cleanup is scheduled for April 22, 2023
Our next Rotary Meeting will be held on April 11, at noon, at Two Guys from Italy.  We will be pleased to have our district Governor, Craig Devenport, with us at this meeting.
The Honesdale Rotary Club and Bold Gold Media sponsored The American Red Cross Luck of the Draw Blood drive on March 7. A total of 116 pints of blood was collected, surpassing the goal of 98 pints of blood. These 116 pints will help save 348 lives! Blood drives, such as this annual event help to maintain a stable blood supply for our community and surrounding communities. The Honesdale Rotary Club thanks everyone who gave their time to help make this event such a success.  A special thank you to the Interact Club and National Honor Society members, Pooja Patel, Gillian Goldstein and Elecktra Kehagias who helped out all afternoon serving drinks and snacks to the many blood donors who came out to give the gift of life!
The upcoming Rotary Sponsored blood drive is March 7, 2023 at the Lemnitzer Armory in Honesdale, PA. Volunteers are still needed for this event. 
Sunday, April 16, 2023 is Rotary Volunteer Day for Hamlin/Lake Ariel, Newfoundland, Hawley, and Honesdale Rotary clubs. We will be meeting for a work day at the Lacawac Sanctuary, from 9am-Noon. The rain date is Sunday April 23, 2023.
Highway cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday April 22, 2023. We meet at the Horizon Dental on 191 at 8:30 in the AM. More information soon.
The Household Shower to benefit VIP was also discussed. This is scheduled for April 30, 2023 at Grace Episcopal Church Hall in Honesdale. Baskets to be raffled are needed for this event.
The official name for our upcoming fundraiser in September is HONESDALE BEER AND WINE FEST.  This is scheduled for Sept 23, 2023. Every Rotarian is needed to help with this important fundraiser. Meetings have been on going and will continue to prepare for this event. Dana Scott is the Chairperson for this event. 
Jeff Firmstone from the Fair Board sent an email stating that we can meet sometime in late March or early April, for a face to face with the Fair Board to answer any questions we might have in preparation for our event.
Kathi McKenna was voted in to become a member. She will be inducted at a later date as she is currently out of town.
Bonny Cousins
Fundraiser for Eiji was discussed.  All boxes for the fundraiser have been sold. A $600 check will be presented to our exchange student, Eiji, for use for his class trip
Alycia spoke about the upcoming shower to benefit VIP. Shower is scheduled for April 30, at Grace Episcopal Church Hall. More details will follow, after meeting with the fundraising committee. 
There will be a Rotary District Fundraiser – WB Penguins Hockey game –Feb 25.
Wine Event at Fairgrounds -Sept 23.---We are working on upcoming committees and coming up with a Name for the Event. 
Lisa Glover from The Wayne County Arts Alliance spoke about their fundraising efforts to buy a building on Main Street in Honesdale. The club voted and agreed to donate $5,000 to the capital fund for the purchase of the building.  A check will be presented at the Social Event next Tuesday, Jan 31. At the Wayne Hotel.
The Rotary sponsored Blood Drive will be March 7, at the Honesdale Armory. Volunteers are needed for this.
A check was presented to Marci Bunting from Billy’s New Hope Farm. Money was raised through our Pet Paw Parade.
A $700 check was presented to the Honesdale Middle School Olympiad Team for the purchase of a computer.
Evening meetings will be held at Two Guys From Italy until further notice.
Our February meetings will be Feb 14 @ noon and Feb 28@ 6:00 pm
Board Meeting for Feb - TBA
AMBA Wellness is this Saturday from 6AM-10AM at Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale.  If you signed up to help, please be there for your scheduled time.
The Pet Paw-rade was a huge success for our very first time!  We cleared almost $500, of which $400. will be donated to Billy's New Hope Farm animal rescue. The other $100. will go towards work at the new dog park.
Our holiday gathering will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13th at the Cooperage in Honesdale.  The time is 6-8pm.  Bring a wrapped gift with a $20 limit if you wish to participate in the white elephant gift exchange.  ALSO,  Please bring a covered dish to share and BYOB.
Special Olympics is holding a fund raiser this Sunday from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Wallenpaupack brewery. The Interact students will be helping at this event and ask that all Rotarians come out to support the event.  No cost for admission.
We will once again decorate the Fred Miller Pavillion for the holidays.  More information to follow. 
Have a great weekend.

Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

An estimated 500 million people worldwide became infected. Many cities closed theaters and cinemas, and placed restrictions on public gatherings. Rotary clubs adjusted their activities while also helping the sick.

This is how Rotary responded to the influenza pandemic that began in 1918 and came in three waves, lasting more than a year.

The Rotary Club of Berkeley, California, USA, meets in John Hinkel Park during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Photo by Edwin J. McCullagh, 1931-32 club president. Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berkeley.











Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.”