Friday, November 22, 2019

Montrose Lions Club Provides Local Grants

2017 18 presidents logo Lions ClubThe Montrose Lions Club recently provided five grants totaling more than $3,400 for local community and educational support from three of the club’s charitable endowments managed by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Montrose Lions Community Fund has provided the following three grants: $900 to the Montrose Mobile Pantry to purchase nutritious food for its mission to battle hunger in Susquehanna County, $500 to the Montrose Little League to assist with the expenses of constructing a new concession stand and press box, and $275 to Pink Arrow Arts for a children’s art program that will be publicly displayed.

The Montrose Lions Club Montrose Area School District Fund has also provided $500 to help support an 8th grade field trip to Philadelphia to visit the Museum of the American Revolution and also the National Constitution Center. Furthermore, the Montrose Lions Club has provided from the Fred Mack Memorial Fund a grant of $1,260 to Blue Ridge School District to help purchase equipment to teach CPR and Basic Life Support to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. In addition to these three endowments the Montrose Lions Club also has the Martin Dillon Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation which provides college tuition assistance to graduates of the Montrose Area High School. Additional tax-deductible donations to the Lions Club endowments are always appreciated to help enhance their support of local civic activities and education. Donations may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Safety Program Supported in Local Schools

As the school year begins, a new student safety program is being implemented in some local school districts with funding assistance from two endowments at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The ALICE Program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate is in use at the Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community School Districts. Susquehanna Community’s Superintendent, Bronson Stone, first inquired about potential funding from The Community Foundation. Funding levels were increased when it was learned the other two districts are also participating in ALICE.safety program article

The Jessie Osgood Tourje Memorial Fund, in memory of the matriarch of the Tourje family of Forest City to assist local schools, is providing $4,200 to be shared evenly with Blue Ridge, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community. Moreover, retired Blue Ridge Principal John Manchester has provided permission for a $1,290 grant from the Blue Ridge Education Association Cheryl Manchester Memorial Fund to also help with the expenses of the Blue Ridge ALICE Program. That permanent endowment was established in memory of Mr. Manchester’s late wife, herself a long-time and well respected teacher, to support special unfunded projects in the district. Together these two endowments will help provide a safe learning environment for local students and teachers.

1st Annual Talents & Treasures of Tunkhannock

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, and its affiliate The Tunkhannock Area School District Foundation, are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Talents & Treasures of Tunkhannock; an exciting fund raising event for The Tiger Fund for Excellence, an endowment established in 2017 to help support unfunded projects in the Tunkhannock Area School District. The October 27th event at Stone Hedge Golf Course from 5:30 to 10:00 will include Live and Silent Auctions and entertainment by Popstar Drive. Among auction items are gift baskets, various pieces by local artists and crafters, scenic plane rides, as well as vacations in Hawaii and Key Largo, Florida. Ticket and sponsorship information is available by clicking here. We thank the following sponsors to date who have already contributed $35,000 to help the students and schools of Tunkhannock Area School District.

Comfort Inn
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Judd Fitze, Esq.
Davis C Haire OD
Lenahan & Dempsey
McCarthy Tire
Northeastern Rehabilitation AssociatesNorthstar Stone
PS Bank
Sheldon/Kukuchka Funeral Home
Sherwood Chevrolet
Sherwood Freightliner
Stone House Retirement Income Planners
Rebound Medical
John Terrana, Esq.
Williams

 

Wojnar Memorial Scholarship Established

Vincent A. Wojnar 

(August 8, 1937 – January 18, 2018)

Vince Wojnar’s passion in life was the sport of running whether that was Track & Field, Cross Country, or Road Racing and he helped bring that passion to others in his eighty-year life. At E.L. Meyers High School, Vince excelled in Track becoming the Wilkes-Barre City Champion in the 440 Yard Dash, Long Jump and the 120 Yard High Hurdles. In 1955 Vince was the PIAA District 2 440 Yard Dash (meet record) and Long Jump Champion and placed second in the 120 Yard High Hurtles. He attended the University of Pittsburgh earning a Track scholarship where he competed on the Panther IC4A Indoor Mile Relay Championship Team in 1958 and 1959 (meet record). After graduating from Pitt in 1959 with a B.S. in Mathematics, Vince competed in many Air Force Championship Meets from 1960-1963.

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Upon returning to the Wyoming Valley, Vince began his coaching career with Track & Field at Wyoming Seminary in 1963. The following year Vince accepted a teaching position at G.A.R. Memorial High School where he taught Mathematics and Computer Science to hundreds of students until his retirement in 1993. That same year he started Cross Country at G.A.R. From 1964-1973, he coached Track & Field and Cross Country at G.A.R. mentoring many athletes and District 2 Champions. Vince’s most famous athlete at G.A.R. (1966-1969) was State Champion and future Olympian, Maurice Peoples.

 

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After coaching, Vince Wojnar continued to influence the lives of young athletes in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He was the PIAA District 2 Cross Country Meet Director for 27 years. He was a PIAA Track official and also served on the PIAA District 2 Committee for Cross Country and Track & Field for over four decades. In 1975 Vince was one of the founding members of the Wyoming Valley Striders. This running club’s biggest event is the Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial Cross Country Races held Labor Day weekend where close to a thousand high school runners compete in this early season competition. Vince Wojnar was the Meet Director for this event for nearly 40 years.


vince wojnar 4Vince helped promote the sport of running in many other ways. He timed numerous road races in Northeastern Pennsylvania and volunteered at many other races and events. He officiated Track Meets at Bucknell and Penn State Universities, ran the Boston and New York City Marathons, and was Race Director for 40 years for many Wyoming Valley Strider races up until his retirement in 2015. He was a 2009 inductee of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the E.L. Meyers High School Sports Hall of Fame. Vince loved competing, teaching, coaching, and encouraging the thousands of athletes he encountered.

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 Vince Wojnar Memorial Scholarship

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A scholarship in remembrance of Vincent A. Wojnar has been established to honor a college or trade school bound senior student who is graduating from a high school encompassing PIAA District 2. To be eligible, a student must have competed in and finished at the varsity level in both cross country and in an individual event in track and field at the PIAA District 2 meet during their senior year.    

                     

    

 

 

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Interfaith Creates Endowment

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that Susquehanna County Interfaith has established an endowment to help support Interfaith’s work on behalf of the citizens of Susquehanna County. The endowment is intended to provide annual grants to assist with Interfaith’s program expenses, thus helping to ensure its long-term viability.

Interfaith offers relief to families facing adversity through emergency or fuel assistance, a back-to-school shoe program for children, Christmas food and presents, and a weekly soup kitchen. One family expressed their thanks to the services Interfaith provided this way, “When we moved here we had nothing and our family was going through a really rough time. Interfaith surrounded us and made our life easier.”

This past year Interfaith served 5,859 people. Many of those served also were encouraged to participate in an educational program called “Pathways” which helps family members develop a new understanding for budgeting, cultivate new skills and builds awareness for personal strengths. Interfaith is also beginning to use the boutique store as a classroom to expand young people’s understanding of technology, art, math and other important subjects.

Those interested in contributing to this permanent endowment to help Interfaith may send contributions to Susquehanna County Interfaith Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

 

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