Honey Pot Club Members Trying To Move Past Theft
NANTICOKE — The Honey Pot Club has been a part of Angela Sullivan’s life since she was a kid. Her grandfather would walk her down to the social hall to buy a candy bar and talk to the neighborhood elders.
As an adult, she’d visit to have some drinks with friends and share some laughs.
Sullivan, 42, has been saddened to drive by in recent weeks to see the building sit empty and idle, the result of the building’s utilities being shut off due to a large theft.
“It’s dark and cold when you drive by now,” Sullivan said. “It’s sad.”
Sullivan is among the club’s board members who are leading the effort to reopen the club under new leadership. First, they need to raise money to pay off nearly $13,000 in bills and taxes that racked up while the club’s former treasurer allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars.
The club is selling “Save the Honey Pot Club” T-shirts and is hosting a craft fair on March 10 at the 400 Club in Nanticoke.
“The goal remains to open the doors and become operational again,” Sullivan said.
The abrupt shuttering of the club also forced the Honey Pot Volunteer Fire Department out of service because it shared the building with the club. The department on Feb. 6 said it was operating under limited service. Three days later, the department announced it was completely out of service until further notice.
In court documents, police said former board member and treasurer Daniel Wozniak admitted to stealing from the club for years to support a gambling habit. He admitting to taking money from nightly cash deposits until there wasn’t enough money left to pay bills, court papers say.
Since the theft came to light, Wozniak and three of his family members left the club’s board.
Four new members were appointed at an emergency meeting held Thursday, Sullivan said.
Sullivan, her husband and her mother are the other three board members.
Sullivan said “better systems” will be in place to track finances. She noted that financial reports presented at meetings “were not accurate.”
Some former board members have stepped up in leadership roles to help, Sullivan said.
“They know the checks and balances that need to be in place,” she said.
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HONEY POT CLUB FUNDRAISERS
Members are selling “Save the Honey Pot Club” T-shirts ($15 — $18) and will be hosting a craft fair on March 10 at the 400 Club in Nanticoke. For more information, contact Angela Sullivan at 570-574-8218.