2016 Rabies Clinic

Berwick Rotary sponsored another successful Rabies Clinic at the North Berwick Animal Hospital.  120 animals received rabies vaccine in just under 3 hours on a hot and muggy Saturday.  Rotarian Tom Kowalchick and his staff at the hospital administered the vaccines as club members directed parking, registered clients and ensured the paperwork was in order.

Here are a few photos that highlight the event and our volunteers:

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Rotarian Bob Sheranko working hard to coordinate the parking  spots available at the event.

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Animals and their owners waiting patiently outside for their turn and getting the vaccine.

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Rotarian volunteers Bill Osborne, Chad Hebrink, Jenn Jensen, and Ed Golumb manning the registration table.

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Doctor Tom Kowalchick and his staff and the North Berwick Animal Hospital. Without them, this event would not have been so successful.

Thanks to all who helped, participated or promoted this project!

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June 30th Road Trip–Wine Tasting

Jodi Alley and Karen Murdock worked last month to put together a little wine tasting tour for our June 30th meeting.  Club members travelled to the Pickering Winery and then to the Three Dogs Vino for a great night of wine tasting and fellowship.

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The Pickering Winery is just outside of Lightstreet and offers a nice selection of wines and gifts.  Club members met there first to start our short local wine tour.  The staff at the winery were very gracious and extended their hours to accommodate us there.

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Next stop was the Three Dogs Vino  in Bloomsburg.  Members got to sample their  wines and then ended  the night with a picnic dinner out on their expansive deck.

Everyone had a great time and we are all sure to be visiting both wineries again in the near future.

2016-2017 Berwick Officers Installed

The July 7th meeting officially started our first Rotary meeting of the new year.  PDG Dave Ford joined us to induct new officers and board members for the next year.

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Shown in the photo from left to right:  PDG Dave Ford,  Incoming President Cindy Lombard, Treasurer Pastor Chad Hebrink, Director Bob Lombard, Secretary Bob Sheranko, President Elect Bill Osborne, Immediate Past President Karen Murdock, and Director Catherine Mentrikoski.

During the meeting President Cindy Lombard outlined her goals for the upcoming year and displayed her plans for making those goals.  Each member has the opportunity to chair 2 club meetings during the calendar year. This should result in some very informative and fun gatherings in the months to come.

New Member Induction

WELCOME to Jenn Jensen, Customer Service Representative Supervisor for FNB Bank in Berwick installed as our newest member at our meeting last week. Jenn will be a great addition to our club as we start the next Rotary Year!

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United Way Day of Caring

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Berwick Rotarians teamed up with the United Way last week doing yard work on Monroe Street in Berwick to help clean up a vacant property due for demolition next year.  The yard had become totally overgrown and unsightly in the neighborhood.  Our work helped to clean out overgrown brush and mow the lawn (Jodi was a pro behind the mower!). 

Thank you to our yard work team:  Jodi Alley, Ed Golomb, Bill Osborne, Bob and Cindy Lombard, Karen Murdock, Tom Kowalchick

Spring Interact Night

Last week, March 31 2106,  our meeting centered on getting back in touch with our Interact Club.  11 members of Interact and their school adviser, Mrs. Kern, joined us for an informative meeting about how Rotary sponsors and supports the High School Club.  Program Chair Cindy Lombard started the meeting describing some of the history involved in starting the Interact and how both of our clubs have worked together on various projects over the past few decades.  The group then divided into three teams of Rotarians and Interacters to brainstorm some ways that we can work together more effectively in the upcoming Rotary year.

Cindy had prepared a set of questions for each team to brainstorm about potential projects we could work on, and how best both clubs could help one another.  There were many great ideas offered up by each team’s Interact spokesperson at the conclusion of the session.

The clubs have decided to focus on a few specific activities next year:

  1.  Having at least 2 Rotary / Interact meetings during the year, one in the fall and one in early spring.
  2. Work together on a joint project during next year’s United Way Day of Caring.
  3.  Host Interact Ambassador’s to attend monthly Rotary Club Meetings
  4.  Work together on the Rotary / Interact Highway Cleanup at the Rt 11 / Rt 80 Ramps

Additional ideas discussed for further research are helping with Special Olympics, and helping Interact with a dance marathon to raise money for PolioPlus.  We are looking forward to some great activities next year that will help both clubs in their goals of providing service both in our community and around the world.

Rotary 4 Way Test Speech Contest

On Thursday 3/10, as part of our regular meeting at the Berwick Golf Club, Bob Lombard chaired our Rotary Four Way Test Speech Competition. Berwick High School teacher, Mrs. Kimberly Glass,  Four_Way_Test_2016_glass-5helped to recruit students at the Berwick High School to participate in our contest again this year. We had 3 students give speeches about the Rotary Four Way Test and all of them did a great job. The students brought family members along as guest to support their efforts.

First place award of $100 went to Desiré Kennedy. Second and third place awards of $50 and $25 went to Rachel Kishbaugh and Dyllan Weaver. Desire will be competing again next month at a Regional competition in State College and if she happens to win that, will continue on to the finals that will be held at the District Conference on April 30th.

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Desiré Kennedy, Dyllan Weaver & Rachel Kishbaugh

Congratulations to all the students and thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful contest.

Farmer’s Night 2016

Farmer’s Night : This was a busy week for Berwick Rotary. On Tuesday 3/8, Berwick Rotary and Berwick Kiwanis held a joint meeting with area farmers at St Mary’s Church. Both clubs have been meeting with the farmers in separate meetings for the past several years, and this year we were able to get together and make it one big night.

Over 35 farmers attended and listened to Bloomsburg Fair President, Paul Reichart, talk about the challenges of making the fair better every year. The Fair is a massive undertaking, a project of great expense and coordination that must be planned out in great detail to be successful every year. The weather is also an added factor that can affect the financial success of the fair each year. A cold spell of wet weather during fair week is very expensive due to the lower turnouts at the gate.

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This upcoming year Paul is trying to arrange the dismantling of an old county barn that would then be moved onto the fairgrounds where it would be erected there during fair week as part of an Amish Barn Raising Event. He hopes this to be a fun new attraction for the upcoming fall.

Many thanks to all who helped make this event successful. Both the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs hope to do this again next year.

Fred Gaffney visit–Columbia Montour Chamber Update

Fred Gaffney, president of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce recently visited the a Berwick Rotary meeting.  Fred gave an update of how the annual  “Celebrate Berwick” event has been changing over the last 3 years.   The event is held each spring and includes events along Rt. 11 in Berwick from Briar Creed to the Downtown. The 2016 should be even better next year. 

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Berwick Rotary President Karen Murdock poses for a photo with guest speaker Fred Gaffney.

Berwick visits Danville Rotary

Ten Berwick Rotarians recently visited with the Danville Rotary at one of their regular club meetings held at the Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville.  It was a great evening of fellowship and sharing of Rotary Information.  Both clubs described their club projects and opportunities to work together in the future. 

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