On July 8 the Rotary Club of Hamlin will install its new officers at a BBQ Dinner at the Hideout Outdoor Sports Complex. District Governor Carol Hemphill will be on hand to install the new officers. Harry Talalas will take over leadership from outgoing president, Mary Ellen Bentler. Past District Governor Kerry Nix and Past Assistant Governor Bob Chevey will also be attending.
Other officers being installed include Terry Ditty, President-elect, Terry Gunning, Vice-President, Larry Ditty, Treasurer, and Eileen Talalas, Secretary. Incoming members of the Board of Directors include Mary Ellen Bentler, Immediate Past President, Jeff Hathaway, Past President, Charlie Hargonich and Pam Kahn. George Geyer will act as Sergeant at Arms.
The Club is entering its third year having been chartered on July 18, 2012. In its short history, the club has established an on-going food drive in support of the local Food Pantry; supplies were collected and delivered to victims of Hurricane Sandy in NY and NJ. Salem Park has benefited from the donation of benches, which were built by the woodworkers club in the Hideout, and bleachers and the park will receive playground equipment and another set of bleachers later this year. The club awarded a Rotary scholarship to Cassandra Reeke, a 2014 graduate of Western Wayne, another WWSD student, Jessica Hampton, received both local and district awards for her essay on community service. The club also sent a Wallenpaupack High School student who lives in Lake Ariel to the Rotary Youth Leadership conference. The club completed a successful soap collection drive intended to improve hygiene efforts in underdeveloped areas at home and abroad. Hamlin Fire and Rescue was the recipient of a Rotary donation from funds raised from a recent Flea Market.
The club welcomes those interested in serving their community to visit a local meeting, held Tuesdays at Bennoco's Restaurant, 5:30 pm.