Rotary International has more than 30,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide. Without the guidance and support of people like Susana Falck, the club would not be as successful as it has proven to be.
Falck was born in Ecuador but traveled to the United States when she was 17 as an exchange student in Florida. Even though she is a naturalized citizen of the United States, that doesn't stop her from travelling to her home country of Ecuador to provide clean water for children and adults in need.
Falck also has traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Nicaragua.
Falck proudly displays her Rotary Club banner.
Children in Ecuador enjoy fresh water, thanks to Muncy Rotarian, Susana Falck.
"I grew up in a big city and then I came to [this] little community," said Falck. She explained that it was quite a challenge to fit in at first because "you have to adapt to the community while being true to yourself, your heritage and your culture."
Being accepted as part of her husband's family made her feel more comfortable because of the strong connection that she had with her family in Ecuador.
When asked how she felt about accomplishing all of her achievements to date, she said "it's like a second nature."
Falck has hosted 11 exchange students with a youth exchange program, called ESSEX, and the Group Study Exchange District Committee called GSE. The students came from many countries including Chili, Columbia, Mexico, Finland, Ecuador and Brazil.
"We continue communication," said Falck. She said that after a previous exchange student had a child, her family visited Falck in the United States.
Dick Langer, president of the Muncy Rotary Club and Falck's neighbor, recognizes her as "a club leader" even after her retirement. "It's not a responsibility (or) a job - it's her passion," said Langer. "She has thousands of hours in this, not hundreds. It's unbelievable what she does."
Two of the traits that Langer used to describe Falck, also are what Langer said he appreciates the most: her enthusiasm and tenacity to accomplish any goal that is placed in front of her.
Falck is an incredibly organized woman.
"The paperwork is very important," said Falck. Because the Rotary Club has processed close to two million grants in 10 years, being disorganized isn't an option.
Now that she is retired, most of the work she does is considered volunteer - but examine her home office and it's easy to believe otherwise.
She referred multiple times to all of the activities that she is involved with, such as the Muncy Woman's Club and the Liturgical Arts and Environmental Chair at St. Boniface Catholic Church, as her current full-time job.
She is now serving as the Rotary District Foundation Chair. Falck was the first person to be given this position without being a past district governor.
Out of the many awards Falck has been given, her favorite was the Citation for Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation in April 2009.
Falck also founded Sirviendo FAITH Foundation.
The acronym means serving Families in the Andes and other countries Impelling Talents and Honing capacities. The mission of FAITH is to offer financial and technical assistance to individuals and communities in Latin America and to instill them with a sense of hope and a belief in a better tomorrow.
Although Sirviendo FAITH Foundation has taken a backburner for the time being, Falck is going to move forward with advancing her foundation after taking less responsibility for the paperwork of the Rotary Club.
"God gave me the opportunity," Falck said. "I'm doing what God put me on the Earth to do."
Falck said you can't fix everything at once, you have to take it one step at a time.
Falck currently serves as the international mission director, liturgical arts and environmental chair and Eucharistic minister at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd.
When asked what the specific duties of an Eucharistic minister are, she explained that the minister gives communion, during mass and visits hospitals and nursing homes to talk to those who aren't able to attend church.
Her commitment and dedication to the Rotary Club proves that the moto - service above self - holds true.
"You're my brother and sister. We're all equal," said Falck. "It takes so little for the children."
She has traveled to Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil and Argentina to work with fellow church members and Rotary Club members to provide the citizens of those countries with clean drinking water. "You know you're connected to the service when you see Christ in their faces," said Falck.
While looking through photos of her past international activities, she pointed out one of the photographs that showed a line of men digging a vertical hole to install pipes that will transfer the water in a safe and effective way to the main building.
While she explained that the men in the photos were once known for getting into trouble, her smile widened because a project she was part of was helping young men stay out of jail and giving them a sense of productivity.
Falck, a mother of two adult daughters, has been married to her husband, Larry, for 45 years. "I could not do this without my husband and girls' support," she said.
Because Spanish is her first language, her husband often edits her papers for the Rotary Club. She also explained that although her husband is not a fan of joining organizations, he does attend Rotary Club meetings.
"We respect each other for who we are," said Falck. Although they have different tastes, they understand working together is essential to creating and maintaining a successful relationship.
Falck used to enjoy reading, but ever since volunteer work has become the "center of her universe," reading has fallen by the wayside. One creative endeavour that she still enjoys on a regular basis, however, is cooking.
"I'm very creative with artistic things," said Falck. Her position as liturgical art and environmental chair allows her to rediscover her love for artistic ventures.
The Muncy Rotary Club would not be the same without Falck, because of her immense dedication and faith, which inspires her to continue to assist citizens in Latin American countries.