Throughout the year, officers and directors of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons steer the club to complete our mission. New officers and directors are inducted in the club in the beginning of summer. Those who have been in successive positions move up to lead with wisdom. Our Rotary club puts forth these leadership changes at the same time that other Rotary clubs throughout the world do. Continuity of mission and programs remain steady as officers change. In our 85th year as a club, Bob Vielee succeeds John Hambrose as president. Bob is owner of Home Instead, a Clarks Summit business serving elderly area residents in need. Other officers include: President-Elect T'Shaiya Gibbons, Vice President John Rugula, Treasurer Stephanie Westington, Secretary Mary Tuthill, Sergeant-at-Arms Norbert Mayr, Immediate Past President John Hambrose, and Past President and Director Roger Mattes. Directors include Theresa Collins, Deborah Kennedy, Joe Pagnani, and Bruce Valentine. The Fourth on the third Our new year started with a big bang as the Fourth of July fireworks blasted away on the third of July. Comments like, “best ever,” “lasted so long,” “such bright colors,” “spectacular,” and “awesome,” were heard throughout the night. Many viewers stopped to thank Rotarians for this gift to the community for 25 years. In this effort, we change from our daily lives of lawyers, educators, bankers, business people and become grunt workers to raise funds, park cars, sell light ropes, set up booths and, finally, clean it all up on the following day. Led by Chairman Ed Nuzzaci, Rotarians came out on that joyful night to freely give time, money, and enormous effort so that our small town community had big town excitement. We hope to do all of that in 2014 and would welcome your support. Send donations to the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, P.O. Box 392, Clarks Summit, PA. 18411. Baseball fun While Rotarians are very serious about our world-wide mission to end polio and we work feverishly on projects like road clean-up and Salvation Army bell ringing, we also like to have fun. When Alex Rodriguez homered in the third inning at the PNC stadium recently, the Rotary Club of the Abingtons was there. In the newly renovated stadium at Montage Mountain, the RailRiders have welcomed star New York Yankees players as they recover from injuries. A-Rod made his debut in our hometown by drilling a 1-2 fastball from the Louisville Bats right-hander Chad Reineke over the right center field wall for a two-run homer in the third. This fun night at the ball park had the best of a summer night's entertainment — hot dogs and burgers, old friends greeting new friends, and Rotary families cheering the team — as we all became kids again for a night of baseball. Paul Harris Fellows The Rotary Club of the Abingtons supports the Rotary Foundation with contributions in honor of persons who exemplify Rotary ideals in service to the community. Such individuals become “Paul Harris Fellows,” named for the Rotary's founder. The foundation grants scholarships, makes grants for community projects, funds youth study exchange programs, and undertakes worldwide efforts such as Polio Plus, the goal of which is to eradicate polio in the world. Recently two outstanding men received this prestigious award: Dr. Kenneth Rudolph and Norbert Mayr. Big wheel at St. Joe's Did you catch any of the many Rotarians who manned the big wheel at St. Joseph's Festival? As St. Joseph's is one of our many charities, Rotarians were there helping to raise funds. All benefits go to assist the development of St. Joseph's Center, Dunmore. Taste of the Abingtons coming up Mark your calendars for a fun, food-filled night at Nichols Village Hotel and Spa as our community tastes the best that local restaurants have to offer on Sunday, Sept. 29. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotarian.