Dallas Rotary Celebrates 92 Years Of Service
Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Dallas gathered recently at the Appletree Terrace in Dallas to celebrate the club’s 92nd anniversary of the signing of its charter on March 19, 1927. Highlighting the event was the presentation of Paul Harris Fellow Awards to three members of the Back Mountain community who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Recipients are: — Brenda Pugh, president of the Luzerne County Fall Fair Association, for her efforts to expand the use of the fairgrounds to benefit the community, and for other endeavors to help charitable organizations. — Lisa Pretko, (former Rotarian) founder and editor of the Back Mountain Community News, for her coverage of the Back Mountain and surrounding areas. — Joseph R. Stager III, for his heroism last summer when a tornado struck the shopping plaza in Wilkes-Barre Twp. and demolished the Barnes and Noble Book Store which he managed. He gathered employees in the center of the store in a sturdy kiosk and shielded them from flying and collapsing debris. The Dallas Rotary Club conducts projects benefitting children and the elderly, and is supported and funded by an annual charity golf tournament at the Irem Country Club in September and an annual Wine and Brewfest at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in June. The Rotary Club of Dallas meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Irem Country Club in Dallas. For information or membership, contact dallasrotaryclub.com and Rotary.org. From left, are Assistant District Governor John John, Dallas Rotary President Kimberlie Reynolds, Lisa Pretko, Joseph Stager III, Brenda Pugh, and Past District Governor Art Peoples.