Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

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Honesdale High School Interact 2014

Is that the word “poop” in the headline? Yes! It’s moose poop, small dry oval nuggets that Honesdale High School’s Interact Club sells to raise money to fight polio worldwide. The club, part of Rotary International,will hold it’s 2nd Annual Moose Poop Palooza this summer.

Poop Palooza is literally a freeze dried poop launch, a game, to help Interact students make a difference in the world. Here’s how Poop Palooza works:  Moose poops will be numbered. Buy a moose poop ticket for $5 or six for $25. On the launch date, the poop will be dropped from a ladder truck by a local fireman. The 15 poops closest to a special target will win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or one of 12 additional donated gift baskets.  

The Moose Poop Palooza benefits the club’s Purple Pinky Project, a globally recognized fundraiser that aids the Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate this deadly disease. Rotary, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since it first began vaccinating children in the Philippines in 1979. When they’re vaccinated, children in many third world countries have their pinkies dyed pink to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

Moose Poop Palooza will also help raise monies for Interact’s Kids’ Care Program, where high school students team up with elementary school children at Lakeside and Stourbridge Schools.

“Our fundraisers may sound ridiculous, but they help draw attention to needs both locally and globally.” says Hunter Stephens, Interact President, “to think that by selling one piece of moose poop, 4 children can get a vaccine in Pakistan or Afghanistan, that’s powerful and we are proud to be part of it.”

Students will  announce the Moose Poop Palooza date soon and you’ll be able to buy your own piece of moose poop online or from the students.

Family Fun with Farrell Event

Family Fun with Farrell Event

Family Fun with Farrell

 

 

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Family Fun with Farrell is a “don’t miss” afternoon on Saturday January 23rd from 2-4pm held at the Vineyard Center; 761 Terrace Street in Honesdale.

Bounce houses, games and a dessert bar will excite kids of all ages and a musical concert with the antics of John Farrell will be a sure entertainment hit!!

The Honesdale High School Interact Club will be hosting this fundraiser which will benefit local as well as global service projects, specifically the Wayne Highlands Elementary KidsCare program and Polio Plus.

Tickets are $8.00 online OR $10 at the door for the first child and additional family member’s tickets are only $6.  Donations and sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 or Karen Houshultz at 570-470-3117.  Activity time is set for 2pm with Farrell’s concert starting at 3pm… bring the entire family; you won’t be disappointed.

 







 

For more information about Honesdale High School Interact contact Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 or email bfulp@himalayaninstitute.org

Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Interact Students Fight Polio One Poop at a Time

Moose Poop Palooza Fundraiser for Honesdale High School Interact Club
Moose Poop Palooza Fundraiser for Honesdale High School Interact Club

(Honesdale, April 15, 2015)…Is that the word “poop” in the headline? Yes! It’s moose poop, small freeze dried oval nuggets that Honesdale High School’s Interact Club is selling to raise money to fight polio worldwide. The club, part of Rotary International, is launching its 1st Annual Moose Poop Palooza on May 9th  during National Train Day events in Honesdale.

           Poop Palooza is literally a poop launch game to help Interact students make a difference in the world and here in Honesdale. The freeze dried moose poop, collected in Canada, is used for jewelry, souvenirs, festivals and fun. Here’s how Poop Palooza works:  Moose poops will be numbered 1-1000. Pick a number and buy a moose poop chance for $5 or six for $25. On May 9th, the poop will be dropped from the RE/MAX Wayne Hot Air Balloon downtown Honesdale onto a target below. The 15 poop pieces closest to a target on the ground will win cash prizes of $500, $250, $100 or one of 12 additional donated gift baskets worth $20 each or more  from local businesses.

        You can buy your numbered poop chances at Stephens Pharmacy, Camp Umpy’s Bagels, Apple Day Spa or from any Interact student.

        The Moose Poop Palooza benefits the club’s Purple Pinky Project, a globally recognized fundraiser that aids Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio from the planet. Rotary, along with the World Health Organization and other partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since it first began vaccinating children in 1979. When they’re vaccinated, children in many third world countries have their pinkies dyed purple to prove they’ve been vaccinated.

           Moose Poop Palooza will also help raise monies for Interact’s Kids’ Care (Little Buddy) Program, where high school students work with elementary school children at Lakeside and Stourbridge Schools.  The older students act as role models and “buddies.” Activities include recreational events, arts and crafts and outings.

“As ridiculous as it sounds, this moose poop fundraiser will help many kids, not only locally, but on a large global scale,” says Interact Vice President and Honesdale High School senior Mark Grandinetti, “Pick up your very own number now! This is one activity that won’t stink!”

Want to help sponsor the event? We are now accepting gift baskets- contact Brian Fulp at 570-309-7860 for information about providing baskets or how to buy moose poop!

 

Honesdale Rotary International Flavors Dinner

Honesdale Rotary International Flavors Dinner

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The Honesdale Rotary wants you to help them savor the world, according to Andy Chapman, vice president and chair of the club’s International Flavors dinner this year. The event, a feast of round-the-world dishes prepared by area restaurants and Rotarians, will take place Saturday, November 1st, at Honesdale High School, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

“Our International Flavors buffet is a great opportunity for individuals and families to taste different cuisines at a reasonable price,” says Chapman, “and it’s a perfect way for our club to share our story. We are part of a huge service organization that counts more than a million members worldwide. We’re in Honesdale, but we’re linked to fellow Rotarians in China, Japan, France, Australia—the world.”

Monies raised will support Rotary projects locally and globally. Last year, the club helped the Honesdale Little Baseball Association build two new batting cages and the Emergency Food Pantry apply for a non-profit tax status. Internationally, the club helped buy shelter boxes for victims of natural disasters, as well as continued to contribute to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Since 1988, the incidence of polio globally has decreased 99%!

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They are available at Stephens Pharmacy, 1101 Main Street, Honesdale or by calling 570-253-8631. Corporate sponsorship are also available for $300, $150 and $50. For more information, visit Honesdale Rotary on Facebook or call (570) 253-8631. Visitors are welcome to all meetings, which take place Tuesdays at 12 noon at Cordaro’s Restaurant in Honesdale.

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Group Photo:  Come share a meal with us!  Honesdale Rotary and Honesdale High School Interact club members pose for a picture minutes before opening the doors to last year’s International Flavors buffet. This year’s event is Saturday, November 1st at 5:30pm at Honesdale High School.

MORE THAN A ‘HAPPY’ NEW YEAR: GOAL EXCEEDED!

MORE THAN A ‘HAPPY’ NEW YEAR: GOAL EXCEEDED!

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We (Himalayan Institute located in Honesdale) are delighted to post this blog announcing the successful completion of the One Book & One Buck campaign. With your help we raised $16,000. This is $6,000 more than our minimum target. We now have the funds needed to send even greater educational materials to our library in Kumbo Cameroon. This also means that we have collected enough books needed to expand our library into two satellite libraries in the northwest region of Cameroon.

AMAZING SUPPORT

The real fuel behind a campaign of this scope is you! Here are some highlights of the ways you helped this campaign come together and bring 10,ooo books to Cameroon, Africa.

Book Collection Boxes were absorbed by communities in more than 5 states.

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Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

We had many creative activists! Meet Jane Pahr who donated her albums single sales. 557380_10201823748459696_669132522_n

The Himalayan Institute cafe held a fundraiser and donated 100% of the proceeds.

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Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

HI Members used Skype to connect live with students in our Cameroon library.

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Many more are to thank for standing up for the cause. Just to name a few: the Alive and Healthy Institute, the Honesdale community, Himalayan Institute residents, and last but not least our campaign intern, Arielle Plonske.

WHAT IS NEXT?

As we stack the books in the shipping container, prepare the documentation and arrange the details for transportation, we begin work on our 2014 expansion plan of our Total Health Program in Cameroon.

We also thank you for your continued support and involvement as we trace this shipment and continue our humanitarian work.

Learn more about Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Projects here:
http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/humanitarian/africa/

 

HHS Interact Club Needs Your Vote

HHS Interact Club Needs Your Vote

Photo: Making the Ripple Effect video for an International Rotary video contest are Honesdale High School Interact members, seated left to right: David Kirk, Catlin Mohrmann, Gustin Reynolds, Mark Grandinetti and Hunter Stephens. At the camera are Max Kowalczyk and Mackenzie Dirlam.
Photo: Making the Ripple Effect video for an International Rotary video contest are Honesdale High School Interact members, seated left to right: David Kirk, Catlin Mohrmann, Gustin Reynolds, Mark Grandinetti and Hunter Stephens. At the camera are Max Kowalczyk and Mackenzie Dirlam.

(Honesdale, December 11, 2013)…What do Katmandu, El Salvador, Romania and more than 40 other countries have in common with Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA? They all have Interact clubs who are participating in a Rotary International Video contest. The grand prize is $500 to be used toward a club service project. Honesdale High School’s Interact club has many service projects, including “Kids Care,” a mentoring program between high school students and elementary students in the Wayne Highlands School District.

 “We would love to represent our Interact club at the International level and bring attention to Honesdale and our projects,” said Interact Treasurer and Honesdale High School (HHS) senior Gustin Reynolds. “It’s important to vote every day until the contest ends,” he added.

To vote, log into Facebook, search for Rotary Interact and vote for Honesdale High School’s video. Votes will be counted until December 19th.

For their video, the HHS Interact club chose one of two designated themes, “The Ripple Effect” or “how your club’s actions have led to positive changes in your community and beyond.”

The top eight rated videos will move to a second round where a panel of judges at the International level will choose the grand prize winner.

“This video reflects a great group of kids who have really made a difference in hundreds of lives,” said Brian Fulp, a Rotarian and HHS Interact advisor. “Not only do they make a difference year after year locally, they also support Rotary’s Polio Eradication Program on an international level with their Purple Pinky project fundraisers. Working with them is very rewarding.”

Interact is the junior version of Rotary with members from ages 12-18. HHS has had an active Interact club for five years.

Photo: Making the Ripple Effect video for an International Rotary video contest are Honesdale High School Interact members, seated left to right: David Kirk, Catlin Mohrmann, Gustin Reynolds, Mark Grandinetti and Hunter Stephens. At the camera are Max Kowalczyk and Mackenzie Dirlam.

Himalayan Institute’s Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

Himalayan Institute’s Humanitarian Footprint: Meet Uma

The following story is courtesy of the Himalayan Institute:

Uma grew up in the Northwest region of Cameroon, an English-speaking region in the predominately French country. Uma has never traveled out of this region and has a younger brother and sister which she looks after. Her parents are illiterate, her mother is a tailor and her father trades used automotive parts near a local taxi stand in the Town Square. For fun, Uma swims in rivers and loves to get lost in novels.

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Since Uma can remember, she has had an appreciation for learning and a strong desire to spend time with animals. She’s always dreamt of someday becoming a veterinarian.

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Uma’s parents struggled to afford school fees for her, however they managed to get her into a secondary school. Dissatisfied with the schools education and ashamed of having spent her families total income on poor education, Uma has spent the past 4 years shoring up knowledge gaps by using the Himalayan Institute’s Public Library.

“My school did not teach me to use computers. This is unfortunate as computer literacy is a prerequisite for attending veterinary college. I study on the libraries computers and have taught myself computer sciences”.

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Uma has just completed secondary school and announced her plans to attend a veterinary school in 2014. She knows it is her turn to pay this blessing forward by going to college, getting a job and supporting her younger siblings through school.

This story is courtesy of the Himalayan Institute. Visit their humanitarian blog to learn more about the Institute and it’s projects abroad and at home- Himalayan Institute Blog

Many businesses around Honesdale and Wayne County are participating in this project. You have probably already seen the red boxes collecting books and bucks at Umpy’s, Fiesta on Main, and the local banks like Dime, Wayne and Honesdale National to name a few of the locations.

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Support education in Africa:
Donate A Book & A Buck now.

Entertainment Added to Honesdale Rotary’s International Dinner

Entertainment Added to Honesdale Rotary’s International Dinner

Ekat Pereyra
Ekat Pereyra
Jason Merrill
Jason Merrill

Jason Merrill www.jasonbrianmerrill.com is a Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter from Hawley, PA. He plays in a few acts; Abbey Road, Pocono Blues and Jazz, La Lava Jiango, and other assorted acts. He teaches music at the Black Bear Conservatory of Music, and DNF Brass and Woodwind. He has a recording studio and is community-minded.

Ekat is Singer/Songwriter from Lake Ariel, PA. She is a member of The Ritz Company Playhouse and is currently working on her original music.

Jason and Ekat play various different styles of music at venues and events around the area.

Changing of the Guard of Honesdale Rotary 2013

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Margaret Allen; Larry Caruth; Kay Reynolds; Ken Doolittle (holding the President’s gavel); Andy Chapman and Jordan Ubertini.

(Honesdale, July 2, 2013)… Ken Doolittle, executive vice president at Wayne Bank in Honesdale, was installed as President of Honesdale Rotary on Tuesday, June 23 during a dinner ceremony at Woodloch Springs, Hawley.  “It’s an honor to lead a group of people who are really concerned about their local community,” said Ken, “and, on a larger scale, the world community.

Stepping in as Vice President/President-elect for anext year is Jordan Ubertini, a financial advisor with Merrill-Lynch. Ubertini, who is also active with the Honesdale Jaycees, says he’s looking forward to working with Ken and the other officers: Kay Reynolds, secretary; Larry Caruth, treasurer; Andy Chapman, second vice president and Margaret Allen, sergeant-at-arms. Caruth and Reynolds retained their posts from last year.
The installation ceremony was officiated by two New Foundland Rotarians, Past District Governor Kerry Nix and Assistant District Governor Bob Chavey.  It was emceed by Honesdale Rotarian Jim Mould.
“We’re a fun group with a serious mission,” Ken continued. “The Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world and at home.”  The Honesdale Rotary has contributed to both local and international projects, including building a well in Cameroon, Africa, and helping Friendship House in Honesdale with regular donations.  The club holds fundraisers such as the International Dinner each fall as well as participates in Rotary-sponsored blood drives, wellness initiatives and roadside cleanups. The junior Rotary club, Interact, at Honesdale High School also has a “Little Buddy” mentoring program for at-risk elementary students.
 “We’re really pretty busy,” said Ken, “and we welcome new members.”   Doolittle succeeds Sylvia Kingston, Human Resources Business Partner at Highlights for Children.   The club meets every Tuesday at 12noon at Cordaro’s in Honesdale. It is open to all.
Photo: Margaret Allen; Larry Caruth; Kay Reynolds; Ken Doolittle (holding the President’s gavel); Andy Chapman and Jordan Ubertini.

 

New Members Join Honesdale Rotary

Ray Bartholomew, Dolores Leopardi and club President Ken Doolittle
Ray Bartholomew, Dolores Leopardi and club President Ken Doolittle

HONESDALE — Honesdale Rotary officially inducted Major Ray Bartholomew and Dolores Leopardi into its club this past summer. Leopardi, who works at Koberlein Environmental Services in Honesdale, said she joined the Rotary “to make a difference in my community, I really wanted to help out and now was a good time in my life to do that.” Leopardi, who hails originally from Long Island, N.Y. has lived in Honesdale since 1995. She’s already volunteered to help out at many Rotary-sponsored events.

Bartholomew, who is originally from the Albany, N.Y. area, has been with the Salvation Army for almost four decades. He noted that he’s been in other Rotary clubs in Pennsylvania during his long career and is pleased to join what he calls “a very active club” in Honesdale.

The club counts 37 members — 34 active and three honorary. “Our next project will be the International Dinner,” said club President Ken Doolittle, “on Nov. 2 at Honesdale High School. The funds help many programs, but most importantly the Rotary’s International Student Exchange program. We anticipate our new members will be there and we hope many others will join us.”

Honesdale Rotary, part of Rotary International, offers its members opportunities to change lives — including their own — through educational, health and civic projects in their local areas and around the world. The local club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cordaro’s Restaurant in Honesdale. All are welcome.