HAWLEY - Hawley Rotary, part of Rotary International, the first and the largest service organization in the world has served both the local as well as the international community through its many projects over the years. On October 25, Hawley Rotary celebrated the 60th anniversary of its being chartered in 1957.
Sponsored by the Honesdale club, Hawley Rotary held its first meeting at the White Deer Inn (now, Settlers Inn) with 28 member inductees.
Harold Vogler, who served as secretary, is the only remaining member of the original club. Early projects included furnishing supplies to the Hawley and Tafton Ambulance companies, painting the Gravity Railroad car and improving grounds around it, sponsoring a Red Cross Bloodmobile and hosting an exchange student from France.
Rotary District 7410 Governor Karin-Susan Breitlauch presented a certificate from Rotary International honoring the 60 years of service of Hawley Rotary. A Paul Harris recognition was given to President Steven T. Bauer for his energetic leadership and service to the club. Barbara Clauson also received a Paul Harris recognition for her work behind the scenes organizing a tricky tray fundraiser for the past several years.
The celebration concluded with entertainment from Magnetic Attraction which includes Hawley Rotary’s own Michelle Biscardi teaming with Billy Spanton. The duo performed a set of popular songs.
Currently Hawley Rotary is involved in many more projects than those begun in 1957.In the next seven weeks alone the club will hold its semi-annual food drive, ring the bell for the Salvation Army, sponsor a Christmas party for Hawley Head Start, participate in the Giving Tree for Hawley Head Start, and serve dinners at the Hawley Senior Centers for Thanksgiving and for Christmas.
Hawley Rotary meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Settlers Inn. Anyone interested in membership may call 570-857-0290 for further information.