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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

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Rotary Pedals Out Polio Riders Stop In Berwick

Berwick Rotarians Donated a total of $1060 to the Rotary Pedals Out Polio Riders when they stopped in Berwick on Friday, June 22nd.   The riders came in earlier than expected, but thanks to Rotarians Karen Murdock, Bill Osborne, Joy McGinnis, Karen Murdock, Tom Kowalchick, Frank Crayton, Chad Hebrink and Cindy Lombard,  the riders received a warm welcome to Berwick! 

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Berwick Rotarians supported the project providing refreshments, donations, and moral support. Thanks to all how helped support this fundraiser for Polio Plus!

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Rotary Pedals Out Polio Project Page

Pictured: Bill Osborne, Joy McGinnis, President Cindy Lombard and President-Elect Chad Hebrink

Our own Linda Nagle Returns from NID visit to India.

Berwick Rotarian Linda Nagle has just returned from India this week where she participated in a National Immunization Day (NID) in the city of Ranahana in the Mehwat District, India. The picture below is a view of her immunization team that traveled to Ranahana to administer polio vaccine to immunize children there. She also participated in a work project to construct a dam to capture monsoon rains that will be used to irrigate and increase crop yields in the region.  

For those of you who know Linda personally,  see how long it takes you to pick her out of the team members in the photo.

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Linda is also seen here with a Club banner that she received from an Indian Rotary Club while on her trip.

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2011 Berwick Rotary Rabies Clinic Update

Berwick Rotary held their first successful rabies clinic last month at the office of Dr. Tom Kowalchick.  Special thanks to Dr. Tom K and his staff for opening the clinic and hosting this event.  We had over 120 dogs and cats come into the office between 10 and 1.   Preliminary numbers indicate that we raised approximately $1200 towards the costs of Linda Naugle’s travel to India for National Immunization Day in February of next year.   Take a look at the photos of many of Rotarians and volunteers who helped make this project a success.!

Raffle for Ipad2 nets $1275 for Polio Plus

Berwick Rotarians organized a raffle for and Ipad2 and raised $1275 for the International effort to Eradicate Polio around the world.  The raffle was held in conjunction with a District 7370 fund raiser that collected over $20,000 for Polio Plus.  Milton Rotarian Jeff Coup organized the District event, a bicycle ride of over 335 miles over 4 days.  Jeff stopped at  each town in Rotary District 7370 along the route that has a Rotary Club and collected checks along the way from each club who had collected money to support the cause.

Berwick_stop_ipad_drawingThis photo shows Jeff Coup drawing the winning ticket from a bowl held by Berwick Rotary President Nick Pajovich under the watchful eye of Assistant District Governor Dave Ford.

Only 100 tickets were sold for this prize,  and the sales on the last few days were brisk.

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Joe McCulloch of Pittston was the winner of the Ipad2.  Joe is a supervisor of the Information Services Group at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick.

Many thanks to all those who participated in the raffle,  both selling and buying tickets to support this cause.  Only 4 more countries left in the world that still have new cases of Polio each year. The push to eradicate the disease over the next couple years is on the horizon and these funds will definitely help!

To view more photos of the “Pedals Out Polio” follow this link:

Berwick Arrival of Pedals Out Polio

IPad 2 Raffle for Polio Plus

The 2011 Berwick Rotary raffle to support Polio Plus is well underway.  First prize is a 32GB IPad 2, custom engraved to  commemorate the event.  All proceeds from the raffle will be going to the Rotary Foundation in support of our 200 million dollar Polio Plus challenge grant from the Bill Gates Foundation. 

Only 100 tickets are being sold for $20 each.  All available tickets have been distributed to Berwick Rotarians to sell and plans to draw the winning ticket on June 27  during the arrival of Jeff Coup’s bike ride stop on his ‘’Pedal Out Polio” project are being finalized.

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Engraving on the back of the iPad 2 being raffled off.

Berwick Rotary Facebook Page Launched

This week Berwick Rotary opened a new Facebook page that allows visitors to find club information a little easier if they are a Facebook user.    Check out the new photo album on the Facebook site of our recent visitors from the Philippines.

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GSE Team from the Philippines visits Berwick Rotary

Berwick Rotary participated in the District 7370 inbound GSE program this month.  The Inbound GSE team from the Philippines was collected at the District Conference on May 1st and hosted the team in Berwick for a few short days before they heading home.  Special thanks to Rotarians Chad Hebrink, Tom Popko, Joy McGinnis and Bob & Cindy Lombard who opened their homes to our international guests.  The visiting team was comprised of 3 lawyers, a dentist and a sports writer.  All of the participants and hosts had a great time and learned much about each others country.

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The Group Study Exchange Program, GSE,  is intended to allow young professionals to exchange vocational and cultural experiences in other countries at the expense of the Rotary International Foundation.  Local Rotarians open their homes to international visitors, a chance of a lifetime to see how a country really works.  Teams are sent for 4 to 5 weeks and visit several Rotary Clubs in the exchange district. 

Look for an upcoming  picture slide show of the team’s visit in a future post.

Community Service Weekend

This was a community service weekend for Berwick Rotarians and Interacters.  Thank you to all who participated:  Rotarians:  Bill Osborne, Rev. Chad Hebrink, Frank Crayton, Pat Johnson, Linda Nagle, Joy McGinnis, Tom Kowalchick, Bob Lombard, Cindy Lombard, Matt Turowski, and Interact Students:  Arielle Malatesta, Monika Slusser, and Alex Chapin.

Saturday, Rotarian and Interact teams worked at the Berwick Area United Way Day of Caring doing local cleanup projects.

Interact Students Arielle Malatesta, Monika Slusser, and Alex Chapin with Rotarian Cindy Lombard

On Sunday,  Rotarians did our Spring Highway Cleanup project at the Route 11/Route 80 interchange.  We were very lucky that the rain held off while we finished each of these projects!  The wind… well that was another story!

Special Thanks to every who participated.  

It was a rewarding weekend, and time well spent helping others who truly appreciated our work!


Check out our photo slide show of one of the 2011 United Way Day of Caring Projects!

Berwick Rotary will Host GSE Team from Philippines

Berwick Rotarians will be hosting the incoming GSE Team from the Philippines sponsored by Rotary District 7370.    Our guests will be with us from May 1st to May 4th, at the end of their 4 week visit to Clubs in our Rotary District.  Bob Lombard is coordinating activities during their stay here in Berwick.   Look for more details regarding an informal gathering and a special Rotary meeting during that week.