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               Stroudsburgs Rotary Club                Stroudsburgs Satellite Rotary Club
Thursdays at 11:55 AM                           Thursdays at 6:00 PM
The Sycamore Grille                                    Peppe's Bistro
92 Main Street                                     Eagle Valley Mall
Delaware Water Gap, PA                           East Stroudsburg, PA
 
Mailing Address: PO Box 365 Stroudsburg, PA 18360
 
Rotarian Kin will be producing our clubs Polos!  There is a men's and a women's fit.  We will have them at the meetings starting June 6th so you can see what they look like and how they feel.  Cost is $25.  Checks can be made out to Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.  Jessica will be tracking orders and collecting the money.  Any questions, click the email address below:  stroudsburgsrotary@gmail.com
or call her at 570-269-2891.
Nicole McGeehan, a Penn State Extensiuon Educator discussed food borne illnesses and food borne outbreaks.  48 million people acquire a food borne illness.  The causes are failing to cook adequately, food is being served at incorrect temperatures, contaminated foods and food handlers having poor personal hygeine.   Last year, they published an article titled, Are You Handling Food Safely at Home?  We all know that we should wash our hands before preparing food or that we should check the temperatures of foods, especially meats, to be sure they are thoroughly cooked. However, a recent report from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicates that consumers (that’s you and me) need to work on improving our food handling practices in the home.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) and RTI International were contracted by FSIS and USDA to conduct meal preparation studies in actual food preparation situations to better evaluate consumer food handling behaviors. In the first part of a 5 part study, researchers focused on consumer use of food thermometers when cooking ground turkey patties.

Six test kitchens were set up in both urban and rural areas of North Carolina. Before preparing a meal in the kitchen participants were randomized into the treatment or control group. A total of 383 people participated in the study, 201 in the control group and 182 in the treatment group. The treatment group watched a 3- minute USDA food safety video on using a food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of food when cooking while the control group received no information. Cameras in the kitchens observed participant activity, specifically looking at use of the thermometer to check temperatures, final cooking temperature of the turkey burger, potential points of cross contamination and handwashing practices.  

The full article can be viewed at https://extension.psu.edu/are-you-handling-food-safely-at-home

 
This past week the satellite club held its regular Thursday meeting which was hosted by Ed Regina at Regina Farms.  The meeting was held in conjunction with the local business group from the Smithfields and Lehman Township, PEBA.  This provided an opportunity to introduce Rotary to local business owners as well as enjoy some fellowship time together.  
 
The evening also included a program presented by Senator Mario Scavello who addressed a full range of topics from updates on roadwork throughout the county to the current status of gasoline taxes as well as proposed legislation concerning school taxes to the legalization of marijuana.  
 
Senator Scavello also shared information directed to entrepreneurs and available resources for both residents and businesses.  He was gracious and stayed longer than expected answering questions and sharing insights into the workings of Harrisburg now and historically leading to issues we deal with today.
 
A sincere thank you to Ed Regina for his hospitality in hosting the meeting and fellowship evening.

What a great time everyone had at this year's Spaghetti Dinner!  The event filled weekend started off with meatball making on Friday night.  If you have ever helped with this, you know it was a good time!  For the last few years, we have held the Spaghetti Dinner in conjunction with the American Red Cross Run for the Red event.  This year was great because we were able to be right at Stroudsburg High School during their registration and point them two doors down for the dinner.  Thank you to Rotarian Michele Baher, Executive Director at the Monroe County Red Cross for letting us be part of this event. 
 
Chief of Staff for Senator Mario Scavello came to speak to our club about the needs that Monroe County is currently facing and projects that are in place.  He discussed the proposal of full elimination of property taxes but how that would increase sales tax if it was eliminated.  Taylor also talked about the collaboration with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau on the Pick Up the Poconos campaign. 
 
Michael Tukeva, the new CEO and President of the Pocono Mountains United Way spoke to our club about concerns affecting our community.  He stated that there are many needs assesments conducted in Monroe County that for us to utilize those resources to determine what we as a club can focus on to help our community.  He focused in on a few areas including Hunger and Nutrition, Education and Workforce Development and Financial Stability.  
 
 
The Satellite Club from the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs volunteered at Mady's Community Dinner.  It was a great success!  We had cooked and servced 140 members of our community a wonderful meatloaf dinner.  Organizers of Mady's Kitchen, Laura and Marge Law, appreciate the efforts of the club and said that "sometimes this is the only real meal they get, and we were able to give lots of extra food so they could take home for another meal or two".
 
Rotarians pictured are John Beljean, Leslie Underhill and Stacy Rodriguez.  They took the reigns on doing the meatloaf prep and all the cooking.  Other volunteers that have helped with cooking, serving and all the clean up included Gail Kulick, Debbie Kulick and Zerla Bertolome.  
 
If you are interested in helping to serve, the next time the Satellite Club is scheduled to volunteer is October 27th. Dinners are always served the last Sunday of the month so feel free to volunteer then as well!  Email Rotarian Stacy for more info at stacy.ravenent@gmail.com 
A note from the Spaghetti Dinner Committee:
Chair Cleo Jarvis has already started signing volunteers up for this event!  Please be sure to sign up to make meatballs the night before or to help serve our wonderful community.  Tickets will be given out soon.  The event will held on May 18th from 4pm-7pm at Stroudsburg High School.
 
Business Card Ads on the Spaghetti Dinner Place-mat went on sale after it was announced at the weekly meeting last Thursday.  Ads spaces will only be reserved with payment. Artwork will be accepted until April 30th.  We are accepting ads in order until the place-mat is sold out. (Which happens quickly so please do not delay.) This year the Spaghetti Dinner will occur in conjunction with the Run for the Red Registration at the Stroudsburg High School on May 18.  Since this will be 3 days before the Primary Election and there will be especially high visibility. The following rates apply per space:
  • Stroudsburgs Rotarians-$50
  • All others including Stroudsburg Rotarian Political Candidates-$60
  • Political Ads-$70
See Jim or Margie Becker with any questions!
Let's take the opportunity to read to preschoolers!  The Creative Learning Center at the Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday month by having parents of the kids come in to read during storytime.  There are a few days that are open and what a great way for Rotarians to go in support basic education and literacy...an area of focus in Rotary.  Dates that are available are Monday March 25th, Wednesday 27th and Friday March 29th.  It will be at 2:55pm at the Creative Learning Center at Jessica Peetz daughter's classroom.  Who wouldn't want to read to little Hailey!  If you are interested call Jessica at 570-269-2891.  
 
Don't forget to also share about the FREE Reading Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs.   
 
Rotarian Charlie Kirkwood is a Harvard University graduate and he spoke about whether or not the school is discriminating against Asian Americans.  The current demographic of students are 15% African American, 12.3% Hispanic and 22.9% are Asian Americans.  The Asian Students Lawsuit states that 40% of applicants should be Asian not 22.9%.  22,000 applicants apply for a Harvard Undergraduate degree but there are only 2,000 openings.  The criteria that is looked at for admission is their grades from high school, SAT Scores, Recommendations and Activities and their personal ratings (undefined).  Characteristics that fall into this rating are personality, courage, kindness, and other subjective qualities.    The category that is being challenged is the personal ratings.  5.6% of ALL Americans are Asian Americans.  Harvard states that they were seeking to keep diversity and a more well rounded student body.  The Judges decision is expected in the next week or two.
 
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