At its weekly meeting in the Inn at Jim Thorpe last Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe welcomed presentations from six local photographers who had submitted images to be used in the Rotary Club's 2010 souvenir calendar.

This unique calendar, highlighting the beauty and history of Jim Thorpe and the surrounding areas, features 13 photographs of Jim Thorpe area attractions with proceeds from its sale going to help fund some of the Club's projects.

These include ongoing programs such as: Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children, dictionaries to every third grader in JTASD and parochial schools, college scholarships to four deserving graduates from three area high schools, an essay contest, a student of the month program, and hosting an international exchange student.

At the meeting, each of the photographers addressed those present about the abundance of photo opportunities available in Jim Thorpe and the surrounding, area noting them with descriptions such as: beautiful, historic, photogenic, picturesque, friendly, safe, and just loads of photo-ops.

Those present for the meeting included Dan Hugos, owner of Dakota Ridge Gallery; Victor Izzo, Times News correspondent and photojournalist; Jerry Hoare, owner of The Gandy Dancer; Bill Allison, President of the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club; D. L. Merone, featured artist of galeri b; and Tom Loughery, owner of The Jim Thorpe eXperience.

The Rotary Club members thanked all them for their submissions to the calendar with an extra special "Thank You!" to Jerry Hoare of the Gandy Dancer for all of the time and work that he put into getting the calendar project together in preparation for the printer.

For anyone who may be interested in obtaining one or more of them, the calendars are available at Jim Thorpe area banks, select shops, and through some local nonprofit organizations such as the Dimmick Memorial Library or they can be ordered from the Rotary Club by writing to: Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe - c/o 2010 Calendar Order, PO Box 103 - Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.

In doing so, not only will you get someone a great gift that will keep on giving all year long, but you will also be helping to support the community service projects aided by the Rotary Club.