PROGRAM – Classification Talk – Paul (Pete) Zaharis
New Pottsville Rotarian (and long-time Minersville Rotarian) Pete Zaharis told us about his life and career at this week’s meeting. Pete grew up in Minersville, where his father owned a cigar/candy store. He had an early interest in music, playing clarinet and saxophone, and participating in the dance, concert and marching bands, as well as being on student council. He graduated high school in 1964, and chose military service over continuing his education.
Pete told us several interesting stories about his time in the Navy, including boot camp in the Great Lakes area, playing in the Navy Band, and stints in Pensacola, Florida and Gulfport, Mississippi before going to Vietnam, where he worked in an Administrative Office and was trained as a movie projection specialist, among other things.
Upon returning home, he worked for 3 years at Coney Island before deciding to start his own business, Frank n Burger in Minersville. Pete ran that business for 35 years before closing and retiring in 2011, shortly after his wife passed away. He told the crowd that he does miss the store and seeing people and customers coming in every day.
Pete joined Minersville Rotary in 1993, and served as Secretary before serving as President in 2000-2001. He recently got engaged, and currently lives in Minersville with a dog, cat and pet snake that he watches for his daughter.
Thanks to Pete for a very interesting Classification Talk and welcome to the Pottsville Club!