Pittston Rotary Club will be honoring Rotary’s 100-year jubilee in 2020 with 100 ways to give back. While the centennial celebration is still a few years away, the local club is currently on a mission to do 100 good deeds before the time comes.
Each month, club members will be going around the area offering a helping hand to the Greater Pittston community. Patrica Dutton, committee chairperson, brought this idea to the club and everyone was on board, she said.
“We really want to focus on the Greater Pittston community,” said Dutton.
The club teams up with different area organizations and finds where there is a need.
“Everything we do is rewarding,” said Dutton. “We will donate time or manpower to be of help.”
In December, the club worked with the Salvation Army on its teen gifts program and bell ringing. In January, they collected clothes for the homeless and donated items to the Blue-Chip Farm Animal Refuge. In February, club members were back working at the Salvation Army and also donated books to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to Dutton.
In the next couple of months, the Pittston Rotary Club doesn’t plan on slowing down.
“In March, we are looking for donations for the Dress to Success drive, and we’re going to participate in the Langcliffe Church Easter Egg 5K,” said Dutton. “We have 100 things, so we have to do two, three things a month to meet our goal. We’re just trying to stay on top of everything.”
Langcliffe Presbyterian Church’s Easter Egg 5K will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with check-in starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 950 Main St., Avoca. All proceeds from the race benefit the Avoca Hose Company and Ruth’s Place, a shelter for women. For details, contact the church at 570-457-4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the Dress for Success clothing drive, contact the Salvation Army.
In addition to helping the local community, the Rotary Club also has reached out beyond Greater Pittston. The Pittston Rotary Club has donated time putting together care packages for the Syria Camp in Lebanon. The local group also donated to flood relief efforts to help victims who were affected by the recent floods. This greater outreach was done as part of Rotary International projects.
Dutton said the goal of the 98th anniversary is to have more people join the club. Currently, the Pittston club has 20 members. There is a $75 quarterly fee to join. Within a few years, the organization would like to expand and have high school and college students involved with school clubs, similar to the Kiwanis-run Key Club.
“If you want to join the group, we have open arms. We would love to have many more people join,” said Dutton.
The club meets at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Perkins Restaurant on Route 315. More information is available on the club’s website at www.rotaryclubpittston.com or visit the club’s Facebook page.