Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Hybrid meetings are planned starting in July 2021.



Pres. Ralph Witcher is  the Greeter while we are using Zoom. Our June 9 hybrid meeting needs volunteers.
There may be Thursday evening meetings
starting in July 2021 either zoom or hybrid
Missed a club meeting? Lucky for you, we record our Zoom meetings! Click the link and then choose which meeting you’d like to view. Use the slide at the bottom if you want to skip over the socialization part of the meeting. We open the formalities at 7:30 am, and presenters begin at 8 am. So even if you missed the meeting, it’s just like being there!
The AWRC channel link is:
              June 9 -- Hybrid meeting at     at 7:30 a.m.
             June 23  --  AWRC annual Changeover ceremony.
              June 29 -- Tuesday is the D7430 annual Changeover IN PERSON at Brookside CC, Macungie
              Oct 2  --  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race
Send Cards to Support the Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation
Send a Thank You, Condolence, Congratulations, Thinking of You, In Honor of, In Memory of, or Just Because card and make a donation to the Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation at the same time. 
Our new Tribute Cards are here and ready to send out! You fill in the reason for the card on the top lines and your name on the bottom lines, and mail it out. On the front is a beautiful photograph of a familiar farmhouse in the Lehigh Valley. Inside, recipients will see that the purchase of the card goes to fund the Foundation of our Rotary Club, and they are invited to learn more at our website. On the back is some information about Rotary and our areas of focus.
Cards are sold in packs of 5 for $25, plus shipping. To order, go to the Allentown West website at and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. Payment is by PayPal. 
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If you are on Facebook, and you have any sense of Allentown West Rotary Club loyalty, please show it by going to our Facebook page and clicking “Like” in the top bar, right under the cover photo.
You can also click “Follow” for extra "brownie points."
We are in a pseudo-competition with other clubs in our district, and right now we are in the lower half of the pack, with just over 260 likes. The top of the pack is over 500! You can also invite your friends and family to like us, by sharing any of our posts to your own FB page, and asking your own followers to like us! HELP US FLOAT TO THE TOP! We know how good we are; let’s show everyone else that Allentown West Rocks!
Marlene Heller
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, June 7th 10 to 4
Garden care. Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase, pack and distribute produce on the SECOND SATURDAY of the month
Location: Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry
Contact: Gail Micca
Distribute produce at Lowhill Food Pantry
Location: 4695 Lowhill Church Rd, New Tripoli, PA 18066
Contact: Amir Famili
Distribute food at Kingdom Life Food Pantry
Location: 4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Date: Saturday morning June 12th
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili
Membership:  Tom Friday –
Public Image: Marlene Heller  –
TT6:  Len Salines –
Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb Kistler
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC: John Scott –
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character: Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Aug 04, 2021 7:30 AM
What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One
Aug 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Membership Talk
Aug 25, 2021 7:30 AM
Teacher Mentoring in Rwanda
Sep 01, 2021 7:30 AM
2020-2021 Lehigh Valley 911 Hero's Run
Sep 08, 2021 7:30 AM
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Presentation & Overview
Sep 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Historic Bethlehem World Heritage Initiative
Sep 22, 2021 7:30 AM
Serve to Change Lives
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Speaking Up: Changing the Dialogue to End the Stigma Epidemic
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Make it your business to share your Rotary story! When you meet someone who isn't aware of all Rotary has to offer personally, professionally, and to the world, it's an opportunity. Let them know you are one of the 1.2 million people in the world who make the world better by serving the community.
Offer them the chance to join us for an activity or a meeting to learn more. If you don't ask, they won't know! Be a Rotary Ambassador!
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 Archivist at
Board and Committee
 Members for 2020-21
President - Ralph Witcher
President-Elect - Gail Micca
Vice President - John Scott
Immediate Past President - Amir Famili
Secretary - John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms - Mitch Huston
Service Committee Chair - Kathy Ott
RI Foundation & International Grants Chair - PDG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Thomas Friday
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill and Sue Weber
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send your ideas to Ralph Witcher. 
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family who would benefit from our support with cards, flowers, or visits, please notify Jean Machamer at
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JUNE 2 2021
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    “Never grow weary of doing good.”
               ― Lailah Gifty Akita
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June 12 through 16, 2021
This year’s virtual convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary!
Zoom Meeting  Notes – June 2, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  29 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M. 
Dr. Cliff Barr, past AWRC President calling in from Frederick, MD: and Alicia Ruiz Orbin, Emmaus RC.
Gail Micca is using head phones while on line. This observation led to a discussion about hair care.
Ernie Boll has 51 years in AWRC with the last 50 as perfect attendance.
Former AWRC member, Cliff Barr reminded Ernie Boll that he had won a contest years ago that was a stay in Ernie’s home in Green Valley, Arizona.
Then Ernie and Tori Morgan discussed the great places in Arizona, which led to Ron Coleman singing to us about AZ.
John Scott came on wearing a seat belt as he drove their daughter to school.
Cliff Barr has joined a RC in Frederick, MD where he now lives.
Then there was a discussion about YMCAs that do so much good, but we need one  back in this area. Ron and John reminisced about Y’s.
Still touting Arizona, Ernie told us about a lost Gold Mine there that nobody now can locate.
Ralph and Pat Witcher went out to dinner last weekend and ran into Ron Coleman and Nancy and took pictures.
Ron Coleman was in a bar at the shore and was celebrating his 70th birthday with appropriate beverages. He added two tattoos to his body and soon will add their names of Pat and Ralph.
Diana Dunn got her second vaccination shot on Monday and is feeling good as things open up.
Tom Friday is happy that his whole family now is vaccinated except the 12 year old. He also noted that the covid19 deaths in PA as of June 1st were zero.
Gail Micca’s daughter has received a $15,000 grant and will open an art studio in Philadelphia.
Marlene Heller said that the family celebration last weekend with her Mother for Mom’s 100th birthday was wonderful. And Mom loved the fabulous collage of photos that Marlene created. All attendees had been vaccinated. Also Mom got a congratulations letter from a New York State official.
Ralph loves to celebrate families.
Pat Witcher is very happy that their son, Seth, will help open Musikfest with the singing of the National Anthem.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of June members and their celebration dates.  We attempted to sing Happy Birthday.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.  Ralph really likes saying the pledge.
Membership Chair Tom Friday welcomed our guests on line.  He encourages us to invite others to join our meetings.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph showed  the upbeat musical video featuring the Four Way Test and then read the items to us, including Marlene’s Four Way TOAST add-on.
AW Rotary has begun a fundraising raffle with the proceeds going to Enhance Education through our many scholarships and other youth programs. The winner s will be drawn on June 29, 2021.  See separate article.
We need your help to insure our programs can continue into 2022. Go to to purchase a raffle ticket  --  or three.
Chair, Len Salines said that 30 tickets have been sold so far.
Pres. Ralph showed photos of the Garden in Mongolia, and of the new Orphanage there that we help support through Nick Millward.
Amanda Shur is looking for volunteer painters on June 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.
The next distribution will be on June 12th. Please volunteer to Jean Masiko.
Please consider donating to purchase a ShelterBox at this time of need. Some AW club funds also will be donated.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Amir.
Wednesday June 9th at 7:30 a.m. AWRC members and guests will meet in person  --  at last  --  at Brookside Country Club in Macungie. Come early and drink coffee and shake hands and maybe hug too.
It also will have a zoom connection for all who want to call in.
The plan is to also hold a hybrid meeting at  Brookside CC on Wednesday June 23rd.
P-E Gail Micca  asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
Starting on June 9 there will be hybrid meetings  probably twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday June 9, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will  MEET IN PERSON and also use Zoom.  Our program will  be  Denise Brown, Office for Deaf & Hard of Hearing re Learning American Sign Language
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Ralph Witcher  introduced new member Andy Phillips to give his  Classification Talk.  Ralph said that Andy is a Fighter, a Father and he  married his college sweetheart.
Andy said that he does not like talking about himself. He started with the story about his High School and Central Michigan University football career in Michigan where it was promising with his 6 ft-2 inch and 300 lb. body. But he hurt his  shoulder and had surgery.  He had a large blood clot in his arm that kept him out of the game for 5 months.
He did come back and was asked by the Green Bay Packers to try out at their training camp, which he did. He got to play with many notables and in many great stadiums. But he did not make the team
Andy wanted to stay involved in sports which he did for a year. His wife has a degree in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan U., and is from Allentown. So after trying for her to get employed in the Pittsburgh area they came to Breinigsville. Then Andy got a call from a recruiter in King of Prussia and took a position in Allentown.
Andy is in Business Insurance Sales as an Executive at The Yurconic Agency. Since Nov. 2018. Andy works to develop new commercial lines. Their website says:
“Phillips has put his years of management experience to work, expertly handling everything from leading a team of employees, to marketing and billing, and most recently, managing a branch. He has gained exemplary skills in customer service, leadership, and sales.
“Before working in management, Phillips worked as offensive quality control for Central Michigan Football and played at the highest level for the Green Bay Packers as Offensive Lineman. Currently, Phillips co-hosts the “Happy Hour” show for FOX Sports Radio Lehigh Valley part time.”
Andy also told us about The Playbook Podcast.
“Everyone can relate to sports analogies and every great business has a playbook, or plan, for success. That’s the thought process behind The Playbook Podcast, an exciting new podcast brought to you by The Yurconic Agency team members Andy Phillips and Glenn Ammarell.
“Through this podcast, Andy and Glenn hope that business leaders will get the opportunity to share their great plays on the podcasts and allow for other business owners to benefit.”
Andy will turn 30 years old this Summer. And just 9 weeks ago his wife presented them with a son named Jordan who was a month early. Now that things are settling down, Andy plans to work with some AWRC projects. Also he is working on being an effective motivational speaker for H.S. students.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Rick Bloom                 Jun 04
Jeff Steiner                 Jun 06
Lisa Walton                Jun 10
Chris Blechschmidt   Jun 13
Marta Fedoriw            Jun 21
Donna Beach              Jun 22
Jean Machamer           Jun 26
Barbara Kistler           Jun 30



Laurie & Terry  Grube        Jun 03 2018       3 years
Karen & Geoff Legg            Jun 17 1966       55 years
Pat & Ralph Witcher           Jun 18 1988       33 years
Karen & Billy Rodgers        Jun 19 1993       28 years
Mercedes & John Scott      Jun 25 2005       16 years
Gwen and John Pongracz  Jun 30 2001       20 years



Barbara Kistler         17 years    Jun 01 2004
Jude Sandt                 1 year       Jun 04 2020
Jerry Frank                 26 years    Jun 15 1995
Jennifer Stinson         4 years     Jun 22 2017
Bob Gordon                14 years    Jun 27 2007
Ron Coleman              5 years     Jun 29 2016
Wendy Weaver            6 years     Jun 30 2015