Free Community Concert at the Himalayan Institute Sponsored by Bridges of Peace and Hope.

Honesdale High School Interact Wants to Eradicate Polio from the Planet

Honesdale High School Interact Wants to Eradicate Polio from the Planet

Rotary International District representatives attended Honesdale High School Club meeting where students presented $1000.00 to Rotary International for the End Polio Now campaign.

The club participated in a Purple Pinky Project and challenged Honesdale Rotary to match funds. Rotary and it’s partners are on the brink of eradicating polio from the planet.

After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a US$535 million funding gap through 2012. Of course, Rotary alone can’t fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

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“If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then wewill eradicate polio.”   –Bill Gates

Bobby Kyle appearing Blues Brews & BBQ May 29 Honesdale

Bobby Kyle appearing Blues Brews & BBQ May 29 Honesdale

(Honesdale, April 16, 2011)

If you’re a Blues fan—think B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt—the Honesdale Rotary is sure you’ll enjoy Bobby Kyle and his Band.  Kyle will show off his signature style on Sunday evening, May 29th, at Rusty Palmer’s on the Texas-Palmyra Highway, Honesdale, to benefit the Rotary and Honesdale EMS.

Kyle’s long career includes playing for seven years with Grammy Award winner Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, until the legendary Blues-man’s death in 1997. Prior to that, Kyle performed for six years with Handy Award winner Eddie Kirkland.

The Handy Award, now called the Blues Music Award, is the genre’s top honor. Kyle performs internationally, but he’s originally from Milford in Pike County.  Blues, Brews & BBQ includes six beer tastings (one more than last year), BBQ and specialty sides, non-alcoholic beverages and a gift basket raffle. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets or more information, visit or call (570) 729-7989.
Photo by Danielle’s Photography,

Contact: Lisa Champeau, 570.253.8631   or   John O’Reilly, 570.729.7989

Blues Brews BBQ Team

Pumped up and revvin’ to go, the Honesdale Rotary’s Blues, Brews & BBQ committee wants you to join them at Rusty Palmer’s on May 29th for a fun night of beer tastings, sumptuous food offerings and live blues with Bobby Kyle & Band. They promise quite a ride! Left to right: Ken Doolittle, Jordan Ubertini, Kay Reynolds, Brian Fulp, Al Kobe, Sharon Gumpper, John O’Reilly, Lisa Champeau. Missing: Maureen Beilman, Karen Houshultz.

Honesdale Rotary Announces 2nd Annual Blues, Brews, BBQ

(Honesdale, March 18, 2011)… Pump it UP!  The countdown has begun for the Honesdale Rotary’s second annual Blues, Brews and BBQ at Rusty Palmer’s on Route 6, Honesdale. The fun kicks off Sunday, May 29th, Memorial Day weekend, from 6pm to 9-ish.

“We have a lot of new things for folks to look forward to,” said John O’Reilly, event chair, “six beer tastings, which is one more than last year for the same price, with accompanying mouth-watering food selections, live Blues with Bobby Kyle and his band and a good cause.”

This year, the Rotary is partnering with Honesdale Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to help them purchase a new place to call home. The ambulance corps has been working out of temporary housing since an earthquake forced them out of their building on 12th Street last year.

Honesdale EMS maintains base stations in Honesdale Borough and Lakeville (Paupack Township) and provides Basic Life Support Services in and around those areas as well as critical Advanced Life Support services (paramedics) to the Greater Wayne County and northwestern Pike County areas.

“We are thrilled that Honesdale Rotary wants to help us out,” said Sharon Gumpper, executive director, Honesdale EMS. “And we hope many people come out to enjoy the fun on May 29th.”

Last year, at its inaugural Blues, Brews & BBQ, the Honesdale Rotary raised funds for  its projects and the Dessin Animal Shelter.

‘We thank the people who supported us in 2010 and invite them and their friends back again,” said O’Reilly.  “We’ll have plenty of table seating, plenty of food and drinks, and if it’s possible, even more fun than last year!”

Tickets are $25 per person. Find them at Rusty Palmer’s, Dime bank branches, Wayne Bank/Wayne County branches and Apple Day Spa. For more information about the event, sponsorships or tickets, contact Rotarian John O’Reilly at (570) 729-7989 or visit

Honesdale High School Interact Club Presents at District Conference

It’s one of the fastest growing clubs at Honesdale High School. Interact, the junior Rotary Club launched in 2009, counted 60 members at its first meeting this year on October 13th.

Officers of the Club shared their accomplishments with new members and earlier this month, with their adult counterparts, members of Rotary District 7410, at a district meeting in Scranton.

In a power-point presentation, the young Rotarians illustrated how they managed to raise more than $4,000 in one year for causes as diverse as mentoring projects for elementary school students in Honesdale — the “Little Buddies/Kids Care” program — to eradicating global polio — the “Purple Pinky Campaign” – to helping buy school materials for impoverished children in Afghanistan —“Pennies for Peace”— to a Guitar Hero tournament.

The Interact students also talked about fun outings with their “little buddies” on kayaking and swimming trips.

“It’s pretty nice, really, that kids from all different grades can get together for a common goal that involves helping so many people in need, including a lot of people none of us really know,” said Olivia Marin, a 9th grader from Lake Como and new Interact member.


Kumbo Public Library Progresses.

Tuesday, June 1, 5 a.m. till 8:30 a.m. at Rusty Palmers- Honesdale

Ryan Leckey Live Supports Honesdale Rotary

We need your help!
You may have heard about Honesdale Rotary’s Blues, Brews & BBQ event that will be hosted at Rusty Palmer’s on Saturday June 5 from 6pm till 9pm.

We need your help! Ryan Leckey from WNEP will be at Rusty Palmer’s on Rt 6 this Tuesday, June 1 from 5am till 9am to help promote the event. We’ll be serving a breakfast BBQ (and fruit smoothies for HI Vegetarians) and having activities throughout the morning- We need to have as many guests there as possible!

Could you commit to a 30 minute slot between 5am and 9am? If you think you can make it, please RSVP to Brian by email at or in person as soon as possible.

The event will benefit Honesdale Rotary and Dessin Animal Shelter. For more information about the event visit