Rotary Club of
Allentown West
Pres. Amir Famili
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Herb Klotz
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
at Luther Crest
2nd and 4th Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
at various locations
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gail Micca
Immediate Past President - Jeanne Shipe
Secretary -John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms Committee -
     Mitch Huston, Ron Coleman & Len Salines
Service Committee and Domestic Grants Chair - Gail Micca
RI Foundation and International Grants Chair - DG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Evening Meeting Chair  - Barbara Kistler
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Mustafa Jaffer
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill Weber and Sue Weber



Apr  1  --   Jeanne Shipe
Apr  8  --  Destination meeting
Apr 15  --  Bill Weber
Apr 22  --  Donna Beach
Apr 29  --  Brad Maier
May  6  --  Dottie Bloom
May 13  --  Ernie Boll
May 20   --  Chris Blechschmidt
May 27  --  Ralph Witcher

-NOTE that the Greeter Schedule also appears as a "site page" accessible on the left of our website Home Page without logging-in.

The next Thursday e evening meetings will be at the Starlite Diner on A DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University CANCELLED
      Apr 4  --  Highway cleanup project Rt 222.
       Apr 5  --  Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser at DeSales University MOVED TO AUGUST
      Apr 24 to 26  --  District Conference in CANCELLED
      June 6 to 11  --  RI annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. is CANCELLED
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
AW Rotarians do a lot of good things and take a lot of pictures. In order to maintain the best quality photos on file, it is requested that the original be sent first to Gary Heller, our RC Photographer.
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
Excuse me, do you have her email?
Yes! And so do you!      If you are a member of Allentown West Rotary, you have a ClubRunner (CR) account, and your phone number and e-mail address are in CR.
Need to contact a member for any reason? Download the ClubRunner app – it’s free, of course – and sign in! If you don’t know your password and login information, call Bill Palmer, and he will walk you through the process.  Why Bill? Because everyone knows how to get in touch with him! (Hint: just reply to this newsletter!)
Why would I want to use ClubRunner?
ClubRunner helps to organize us as a club. It is the platform for all our communications, and offers members an opportunity to stay in touch on various levels.
Here are just some reasons people use CR:
  • To call a member on club business, such as to get a ride to a meeting, find out the logistics of an event, or ask for help in getting club business done.
  • To make plans for a social gathering.
  • To check on their birthday so you could send a card. Or their address, same reason.
  • To check on their address before you head over to their house for an event, meeting, or to drop something off.
  • To find their email or phone number. Or work address.
  • Because you’ve forgotten the name of their spouse and you were up all night trying to remember it.
  • Find out the proper spelling of a member’s name.
What’s your best use of Club Runner?
                            By Marlene Heller
May 13, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to PHS students
May 20, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to NWL students
May 27, 2020
The Economic impact of AICUP school and Moravian College
Jun 03, 2020
Guatemala Literacy Project
Jun 10, 2020
Ebbs & Flows: Retrospective on regional water & sewer service challenges
Jun 17, 2020
Subcommittee Reports
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 08, 2020
Quarterly Club Assembly + Treasurer's Report
View entire list
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send  your ideas to our President, Amir Famili.
Please remember that the Collection jar is at the registration desk for cash and check contributions.
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family that would benefit from our support with cards, flowers or visits, please notify Jean Machamer at
Kingdom Life Food Pantry:-  Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing:--  Gail Micca
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing: Amir Famili 
Membership:     Mustafa Jaffer
Public Image  --  Marlene Heller  --
TT6:  Len Salines –
 Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Evening Meeting :  Barbara Kistler
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC --  John Scott --
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Dale Heffner –
                             Barb Kistler –
  Meals on Wheels:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character:  Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:   Amir Famili
Website Editor: Marlene Heller
RLI:   website        
Threads of Change - Foster care support --  Dale Heffner
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
         QUOTE of the WEEK --


  “Be a ruler of your mind and a servant of your heart.”
                ― Sri Avinash Do  
Over 160 families were served with ‘drive-by’ groceries handed through car windows and placed in trunks at Kingdom Life Family Center this on Saturday morning March 21.  AW Rotary was represented by Rick Bloom and Jean Masiko.
Thanks to the volunteers who were willing to come to help those in our community with much needed free food.
          Jean Masiko
Allentown West Rotary  Club
WHAT' GOING ON   – March 25, 2020
Your weekly A-W Bulletin is one way that we will use to keep you up to date about our Rotary club, while we wait for our regular meetings to resume. We will try ZOOM meetings soon.
Each of you is invited to send information about AWRC activities that can be put into the A-W.
“For the health and safety of all our Rotarians, the April 24-26, 2020 District 7430 Conference is cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  For all those who registered, you will be receiving separate credit card refunds for both the registration fee and the hotel deposit, if applicable. 
The Regionals and Final competitions have been cancelled.
President Amir Famili has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. Zoom meetings are coming.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) March 28 session has been cancelled. They will resume in the Fall.
Project Chair, Gail Micca, says It's looking like the date still with be Saturday morning, April 4th because it is an outdoor event. Please check your calendars and let her know if you can make it. 
The March 28th  fundraiser has been cancelled.
the EWB annual fundraiser at DeSales University has been rescheduled for August.
Chair Gail Micca reports that on Wednesday March 18 that AW Rotarians, Lori Peters and Gail Micca and faculty from Parkland assembled snack packs. 255 snack packs were assembled, 75 by Gail, 180 by the Parkland staff.
The students acquired snack packs through a drive-by service that was administered by the school. This past  Wednesday, they handed out all of the packs that the district had made, but the Rotary snack packs were not given out yet.  They will do another drive-by pick up this Wednesday again.  And then probably every two weeks thereafter. So they have 255 packs ready to go from us.
Gail  will be packing the next 240 packs there and dropping them off to Parkland C.A.R.E.S.  next week for an April 1st drive-by delivery.
Since Gail is isolating, she will not be asking for help except from her  family. After that, we will regroup to see what is most feasible from then on.
Katrina Sundstrom has suggested moving to gift cards for families.  Obviously our budget won’t cover a lot for that, but we can discuss whether we would like to contribute the $500 in our budget each month for the remainder of the year, but we don’t know the future yet.
Snack contents are similar to previous packs, but the next one will contain more canned goods (cans of salmon, evaporated milk and applesauce).  We had been avoiding heavy cans for the kids, but with the pickup service, we can get more food to them with the cans.
The Lohill Food Pantry volunteers are  working on prepacking the food items and handing it out to clients instead of letting the folks come into the building.
No meetings for Thursday evening are scheduled yet.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 1st we will use Zoom to meet together.
Wendy Weaver reports from the Villages in Florida:
“Here I am sitting in beautiful Florida.  Not a cloud in the bright blue sky.  A flock of pelicans just flew over and the ibis are pecking around for food in the neighbors front yard.  It is 85 degrees.
“About the only thing working here is my rocking chair on the front porch.  We are essentially locked down except for the golf courses (only 1 person in the cart!)  and restaurants that offer take out.
“The Villages is located within three different Counties.   Current figures of Corona virus positive testings total 21 in all three.  Nothing newly published regarding number of those who are Villages residents.
“Governor DeSantis was here this weekend to open our drive thru testing center(s) on our polo grounds.  There is little activity of the virus that we know of - only 1 person living in the Villages. No doubt these numbers will go up somewhat with the testing. 
“Of course, there are those panicking people who clear out our grocery shelves (of course, toilet paper!) as soon as they are stocked.  Few eggs, meat, milk - but plenty of fresh produce. That both irritates and makes me sad that the salty canned things are being purchased instead.
“My love to you guys - I read the newsletter religiously thanks to Bill.  I will hopefully see you in June!!"
Al Lewis reports on things at Luther Crest:
“To my knowledge no active virus cases as of yet!! We all go to  bring our meals back to our apartments.
“Most everything has been cancelled (excess, games discussions etc) Everyone entering LC must have their temperature taken and enter the front door.
“Children and visitors can leave food at Awning Doors for residents to  pick up. Residents can come and go but are advised steps to take,  e.g.  washing hands 20 sec, disinfect everything if possible with clorox etc. and walk 6 feet away from each other.
Al has helped the nurses. The Cleaning people etc must have temperatures  taken at the front door before entering.
Gail Micca has written an e-nail to all AW members:
“I am writing to invite you to connect with other Rotarians during this trying time.
“There may be members in our club who could use a friendly phone call and a chat to lift their spirits.  I recently made some phone calls because I was trying to confirm the details on our new name tags and I really enjoyed the conversations with members, especially one of our newer members, David Haight.
“Let's use this time to find a new friend in our club.  Please take a moment today or tomorrow to make a phone call (or two or three) to someone in our club who you don't know very well. 
“If you have never used club runner and you don't know how to connect with other club members, please let me know.  I would be happy to share phone numbers with you.
“As we work on ways to do our meetings online and until we meet again, keep the Rotary spirit alive and have some fun conversations :)
“Let me know what you think of this idea. I hope to hear from you.
Gail Micca                           610-739-2812”
Remember the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 Here is a link to our District Governor Herb's latest Newsletter:



    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.


Gwen Pongracz          Mar 17






Dave Dries                  27 years    Mar 01 1993
Katrina Sundstrom    1 year        Mar 13 2019
Dan Crane                  28  years   Mar 15 1992
Al Lewis                      45 years    Mar 15 1975
Jean Masiko               27 years    Mar 15 1993
Dottie Bloom              5 years      Mar 18 2015
Jeanne Shipe             6 years      Mar 20 2014