Message from President Gail Micca
   The theme for July is Leadership and, with that, we also focus on the annual theme, “Serve to Change Lives.” It’s a good way to start our Rotary year, putting our club goals in perspective as we work together to find a good balance between our busy lives and time spent doing what we love – community service and changing lives. Creating and maintaining a vibrant club experience takes something: it requires a willingness from each member to stay inspired in our mission.  How do we do that?  
When I first joined Rotary 3.5 years ago, I jumped right in, but I had times where I thought I should not get overly involved for fear of burning out. Quite the opposite has happened. The joy that comes from participating in this club only makes me want to do more and serve more. I hope each member in our club will find your happy place here and try different roles.  Join a team and never look back.
I truly look forward to this year and watching our club get ignited as we push forward to make a difference in the lives of others, locally and worldwide.
Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
We meet currently at Brookside Country Club and via Zoom: the second and fourth Wednesdays at Brookside Country Club and first, third, and fifth Wednesdays on Zoom until further notice. When we meet at Brookside,
Zoom is also available.



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
Evenings will resume as social evenings in the
near future. Watch for details!
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:
         July 25 – Annual Picnic at Tranquility Farm 5563 Acorn Drive Emmaus 4 pm
        Oct 2  –  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race
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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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Marlene Heller
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Here is a list of remaining service opportunities for July:
July 17th (Saturday) 7:15am – 10:30 am Kingdom Life Food Pantry Drive Thru
July 20th  (Tuesday) Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
July 1- 31 – Garden any time – bring friends and family
Ongoing - Tuesdays and Thursdays at Habitat for Humanity are great for volunteering - Contact Amir for more information,
Please sign up here to help with the garden: 
You can also contact Amanda ( or Gail (, to help with harvesting.
Please let Jean Masiko know if you'd like to help at Kingdom Life Food Pantry, 
Packing produce on Tuesday July 13th is fun and help is appreciated.  Packing can be done at Gail's home or yours!  Let her know.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Parkland and Northwestern Snack Packing: Kathy Ott -
Lowhill Food Pantry – Amir Famili –
Meals on Wheels:  Kathy Ott -
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Kathy Ott –
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        
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
Sep 29, 2021 7:30 AM
Psychological Stress and Cancer
Oct 13, 2021 7:30 AM
How To Get Free Fuel From Waste Using Local Materials
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Speaking Up: Changing the Dialogue to End the Stigma Epidemic
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation Talk
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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!
Board and Committee
 Members for 2021-22
Current Executive board:
President Gail Micca
President Elect - John Scott
Immediate Past President - Ralph Witcher
Vice President - TBD
Treasurer- Chris Blechschmidt 
Secretary - Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms - Mitch Huston
Membership Chair - TBD
Service Chair - Dr. Kathleen Ott
Public Relations Chair - Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Youth Services Chair - Sue (and Bill) Weber
AWRC Foundation Chair - Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair - Herb Klotz
      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
Check out the AWRC
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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JULY 14, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
   “It's hard to make things right for everyone."

"But if everybody helped just one person, lots of people would get helped.”
                  ― Linwood Barclay
Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on  July 14 each year.  The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789  a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.
Celebrations are held throughout France. One that has been reported as "the oldest and largest military parade in Europe" is held on 14 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.
With over two decades of AW Rotarians helping to pack and deliver Meals on two annual holidays, we now are able to launch an all-new and more extensive project.
AWRC is looking to form two teams (two people on each team). The teams will go out for one morning every OTHER week One team member will drive, and the other will be the “runner” that delivers food to the door.
ALSO we will need to have several committed substitutes ready to fill in as needed. All regulars and substitutes will be well trained for this work.
We need at least SIX volunteers, but a lot more is better and will spread the workload so each works fewer days. When enough volunteers are signed up, Service Chair Kathy Ott will conduct a meeting to review the requirements and scheduling.
Please call Kathy Ott to discuss and to sign up:  610-395-0549
 Meeting  Notes – July 14, 2021
 Today was a face-to-face meeting and it was great.  For the third time in over a year AW Rotarians had a breakfast together, and the food was good.
Also we had a Zoom meeting. There were  28   people at Brookside CC in Macungie shaking hands and hugging  --  and it was good. We had  3  people on line that participated in the meeting remotely.
Chuck Ehninger  was our Greeter and he did an excellent job. And President  Gail Micca was everywhere else looking after us. Mitch Huston handled registration and 50:50 tickets, and Happy Dollars. P-E  John Scott made sure that the P.A. system and the Zoom signals worked for us.
None reported.
Pastor Jean Masiko  gave a very nice invocation . Then we  recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Gail led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Past President, Ernie Boll, delivered today’s story about our RC name and its change.
We each need to have an “Elevator Speech” to provide a brief response when people ask “What is Rotary?” Pres. Gail likes this one.
Chair, Len Salines announced the winners with a slide show as follows:
         First prize          $400  to  Lisa Walton
         Second prize     $ 200 to Herb Klotz
         Third prize         $100 to Len Salines who claims the win is legit
Mitch Huston had tickets drawn for the 50:50 prize of $29 which was won by Geoff Legg. The Door Prize of $10 was won by Ralph Witcher.
Mitch then noted the tags on each centerpiece inviting members to buy them. Pres. Gail told us the plan.
Small centerpieces with have numbered  “Take me Home” tags on them and a suggested $ amount.  Attendees would claim the centerpiece by removing the tag and then taking it to the registration/check-in table to pay.
Alternate weeks may have baked goods on tables for sale.
Tag # and $ donated and name of person would be entered at the registration table.
 Potential impact is $40-60 per week, or approximately $1000 over the course of a year (assuming Rotary stays at in-person meetings every other week).  If there is a demand for more, we could consider switching to a reservation/order system.
Of course, we can donate more to raise more, but this sure looks like a win/win for everyone.
Mitch went to each table with the microphone and said the fee is doubled if he has to return to a table.
Len Salines is happy to have won at the raffle.
Herb Klotz and daughter Kim had a great time on their trip to South Dakota. And next week they are going to Charleston, S.C.
Geoff Legg is happy that his grandson is taking some tests  for schools and also will be playing Lacrosse in his senior year coming up.
Lisa Walton is happy to be a raffle winner.
Dawn Costello is happy to be back at Rotary.
Sue Weber put in a pitch to attend her Garden Club event on Sunday from 9 to 4.
PDG Herb Klotz noted the unexpected passing of our friend, Linda Young, last week. Linda was extra special for Herb, since as our governor she asked him to be our D7430 Membership Chair. Then she urged him to run for District Governor. Linda’s Services
Herb suggests we consider donating to the Rotaplast Foundation in memory of Linda; this was one of Linda’s passions.
Sue Weber has 25 folks signed up today. She asked us to identify the food item we will bring. Or she may call you and ask for a specific need.
Also it is suggested that you bring some folding chairs and maybe a card table.
Pres. Gail announced that the Whitehall RC is holding a corn hole tournament on August 3.
Saturday July 17 volunteers are needed for distribution of items. Contact Jean Masiko.
So far there are 4 volunteers signed up. We really need more than that for this project to succeed.
Pres. Gail said that they had a great harvest this week with foods going to Parkland C.A.R.E.S., Jordan Lutheran Church and Lowhill Food Pantry. Amir Famili also delivered 300 lbs. of produce to LFP.
Pres. Gail displayed the list of July members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Nick Millward has a Japanese friend who is planning to set up youth baseball competition in Mongolia later this year. Equipment is needed, since right now they have only 4 baseballs and use cans for gloves. Details on how we can help will follow.
As a fundraiser Gail is still seeking sponsors for her 60 miles a week  biking during this RY as part of our 60 year celebration next May.
Gail is proposing a Casino Night for our May 2022 Celebration of 60 years of service. Many of us said that  this is a good idea.
Gail also asks each of us to e-mail to her our suggestions for some fundraisers to use throughout this RY. We have a lot of projects to pay for.
Please take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
There  will be hybrid meetings  twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday July 21, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  and will be an ALL ZOOM meeting. Our program  will  be  a Club Assembly with President Gail Micca presiding.
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Gail Micca  introduced  Ralph Witcher to introduce Edward Pullin, Product Mktg Mgr at Intel Networks to discuss the Fundamentals of Cryptography. Ed and wife, Christine, and daughter, live in Orefield.
Edward is a product line marketing manager for security acceleration.  Edward reviewed the history of Cryptography, covered  the basics of its common use, and discussed some techniques that malicious actors use to attempt to pierce our information shields and uncover our data.
Cryptography is defined as the art of writing or solving codes.
Guardians of Peace, Trolls from Olgino(Internet Research Agency), Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear, Charming Kitten, Shadow Brokers, and DarkSide are all names that ring like science fiction versions of criminal syndicate organizations.  That sentiment is fitting, because that is exactly what they are. They are all organized criminal hacking organizations sometimes directly or sometimes loosely backed by Nation States. 
The world has come to realize that our data is an extension of ourselves.  Its health is our health, its geography is our territory.  It is no accident that we use language like “anti-virus” Ware to name software elements meant to protect the health of our systems, our data, our communication and our storage. 
The field of cyber-security is vast, and the importance of its value is reflected in the headlines every day.  It is founded on a set of basics for building the information shields we create around our data known as Cryptography.  From the Greek, Kryptos, meaning “Hidden”. 
This talk reviewed the history of Cryptography, cover the basics of its common use, and discuss some techniques that malicious actors use to attempt to pierce our information shields and uncover our data.
During this presentation, we learned:
    The history of cryptography starting in Egypt, Sparta and forward
    The types of cryptography
    The role of cryptography in security
    Everyday examples of cryptography
    Attacks on cryptosystems
Ed kindly answered members’ questions as a close.
 Pres Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Al Lewis                      Jul 01
Doreen Rushton         Jul 03
Mustafa Jaffer            Jul 05
Terry Grube                Jul 11
Laurie Grube              Jul 16
Wendy Weaver           Jul 21
John Pongracz           Jul 26
Bob Machamer           Jul 28
Karen Rodgers           Jul 28
Bob Costello               Jul 29
Halyna Stegura          Jul 30
Andy Phillips              Jul 31



Sandi & Ernie Boll               Jul 06 1956        65 years
Suky & Mustafa Jaffer        Jul 06 2001        20 years
Marlene & Gary Heller        Jul 27 1975        46 years



Bob Nagle                   29 years    Jul 01 1992
Jeff Kistler                  17 years    Jul 07 2004
Lort Peters                  2 years     Jul 12 2019
Amir Famili                 5 years     Jul 20 2016