GHRL August News
The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us, but clue to COVID-19 a lot of activities and events had to be canceled or pushed out to further dates. Hopefully, we will begin to see the light of day, in the not too distant future. It is best to be very cautious and take one step at a time.
Stay Safe, Stay Home and Stay Healthy!!
The June fund raiser for Community Matching Funds was a huge success and thanks to all who sold the calendars for this event. A check was sent to the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in the amount of $3,126.00. Thanks to all the volunteers for their efforts in selling the tickets during the pandemic.
We had a list of activities planned up to and including September, but as of now, everything is still on hold due to the crisis that we are in.
Regarding the GCU Bowling league, as of the writing of this article the local bowling lanes were still closed. Hopefully, by the time bowling season is here, we will be able to get back in the groove.
A Shout Out to Our Youth Members
Jessica McClellan—Congratulations to Jessica on her great feat of scoring a hole in one. GHRL member and MMI Prep graduate Jess McClellan has secured a summer internship at Brandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR, rated as the #1 golf resort in North America by Golf Digest. A PGA Professional Golf Management major at Penn State University, where she has attained a 4.0 GPA for the Spring 2020 semester making the DeansList. McClellan was scheduled to intern at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland this summer, but that internship was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. While playing golf on July 8, 2020 with co-workers at Brandon Dunes the former District 2 and PIAA Eastern Regional Class AA golf champion recorded her first career hole-in-one. McClellan aced the 220 yard 12th hole on the Bandon Trails course, using her driver. Presently she is doing a 7 month internship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and will be completing her fall semester studies online while in Bandon. She is the daughter of Bruce and Patti McClellan from Freeland, PA
Thomas Betterly—Congratulations to Thomas a 2020 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. He is a very active member of the GCU and assists at Helping Hands Day at Holy Annunciation Monastery, the GHRL Jr. Bowling Tournaments, the Holupki Open Golf Tournament and is a great asset at St. John's Bingo. Whenever, help is needed, he is there to lend a helping hand. He placed third in his graduation class! He was a member In numerous many clubs and organizations during high school and very involved in his community.
Thomas has served the community as a part of the Hazleton City Junior Council. Thomas also loves to sing in his Church Folk Group at weekly masses. He has also been a part of the MPB Players Theater Group for the past 9 years. He loves to take part in the annual concerts and performances. Thomas has been awarded the Diocese of Scranton Bishop's Youth Award twice. He also had the pleasure to do summer maintenance work at Holy Family Academy.
He was honored to serve as Student Council president during his senior year. He has been a part of the Council as a class officer since his freshman year. Thomas always enjoyed helping the school in any way he could.
Thomas enjoyed serving as a sports manager for the school's Cross Country Team and Track & Field Team. As the manager, he assisted the coaches in making the season a success. He helped with the administrative duties and the behind the scenes work of the team which gave him the opportunity to spend time with his friends on the team.
He loved being a part of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club. The club allows members to make connections with other students from around the state and around the country. While a part of this club, Thomas had the opportunity to compete in business competitions with his peers. While competing, he earned awards on the State Level and had the opportunity to compete on the National Level in San Antonio, TX. Thomas has also been recognized by the State and National offices for his involvement and dedication to FBLA. He served as his high school's Chapter President and served as the Regional Secretary.
Thomas was also part of the PJAS (The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) Club—where students create and execute scientific experiments. He participated in this club since he was in 7th grade consistently winning awards on the Regional and State Level including first and perfect score awards. He was recognized for having the best project on the Regional Level in 2020 and the best State Project for 2019 in his category of competition. Thomas has earned several scholarships through his participation in this organization.
Other accomplishments include singing at his school's weekly mass as a part of the Rock Music Ministry- the school's mass chorus. He led the Catholic Schools' Week Committee, was a member of the Green Club, a Student Ambassador and a member of the Academic Team. Thomas served the Athletic Department by operating the football and basketball scoreboard for all Marian home games. He also served as a Eucharistic Minister for the school. Thomas has consistently been named to the school's Honor Roll for his academic performance. He has nominated to be a part of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society for his scholastic performance and service commitments.
Thomas plans on attending Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia, PA. He will be studying secondary education and mathematics, planning to become a high school math teacher. Thomas is hoping to begin classes on the Philadelphia campus this Fall, pandemic permitting.
GHRL is tentatively planning to have a quarterly meeting on Sunday, August 30 at 2PM in St. John BC Church parish hall. Agnes will alert all to any changes.!
Keep in your prayers and thoughts all those who have been devastated (both living and deceased) by the COVID-19 virus and hopefully we will all come out of this pandemic very soon. If your church is open for prayer, stop by and take the time out to say a prayer for everyone the virus has affected—especially the EMT's, nurses, doctors, health care professionals and all essential workers. May God Bless us all!
As always, the GHRL officers will try to keep everyone updated on a list of activities, if you are computer savvy, check out the GCU website for updates. If you have any questions, please free to call: Agnes at 570- 454-4869 or email: email@example.com.
Until next time, take care and May God Bless.