Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.



Pres. Ralph Witcher is  the Greeter while we are using Zoom
There will be no Thursday evening meetings
until after the pandemic.
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:
            Apr 17 Virtual District Training Assembly,Saturday, 9 am to 12:45 pm
           April 30, May 1 & 2,   Virtual Tri-District Conference 
             June 29 --  Tuesday  is the D7430 annual Changeover
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. 
Please “Like” Us!
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:
Highway Clean up: 
Saturday April 24, 7:30 am contact Gail Micca
Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, TBD
Garden care. Contact: Gail Micca
Pack 50 Snack Packs at your house
Pick up/drop off at Gail’s house
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
Dates: Third Saturday morning of each month
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:  Amir Famili –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Jun 09, 2021 7:30 AM
Learning American Sign Language
Jun 16, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Jun 30, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Jul 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Fundamentals of Cryptography
Jul 21, 2021 7:30 AM
Club Assembly
Jul 28, 2021 7:30 AM
Downsizing & Decluttering Talk
Aug 04, 2021 7:30 AM
What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One
View entire list
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 - Gail Micca
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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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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APRIL 14, 2021
APRIL 22, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “Those who serve others will be served.”
              ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Octopuses have copper-based blood instead of iron-based blood, which is why their blood is blue rather than red.
Zoom Meeting  Notes – April 14, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 31   people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M. 
DGE Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC:  PDG  B.J. Metz, Easton RC; Carolyn Jordan, West Reading Wyomissing RC; Bonnie and Harry Millward, Nick’s parents; and Capt. Nick Millward calling in from Japan:
Gail Micca is back home after 8 weeks in Fargo, N.D.
Sue and Bill Weber are back in Vera Cruz, PA after a lengthy stay in Hilton Head. Not the same as N.D.
Sandi and Ernie Boll are back here after wintering in Green Valley, AZ.
Bill Rodgers is so busy with his new job that he may not stay in the  AWRC.
Bill Weber is happy to be back home. The Sunset RC in Hilton Head sends its greetings.
Herb Klotz is happy to be getting his first covid19 shot tomorrow.
Herb also is pleased that the TRF Trail Hike has raised over $10,000 for the Annual Fund.
Ron Coleman is happy that he just made a profit from  his Bitcoin investment.
Nick Millward is happy that the University of Queensland, Australia, has accepted his application for Fall classes as our Peace Fellow.
Gail Micca is happy that she spent 8 weeks with her parents; and now is home with the flowers blooming.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of April  members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Ralph said that he likes the “Quote of the Week” in the last bulletin.
Chair Tom Friday extended a welcome to our guests on line with us today. He encourages us all to invite guests to join our meetings.
Guest, DGE Bob Hobaugh, reminded us of the upcoming virtual D7439 Training Assembly this weekend.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.
Pres. Ralph showed a musical video with the singing of R-O-T-A-R-Y for a new district installation ln Asia that included Hong Kong and Mongolia.  
Marlene Heller read the 4 items and then asked for volunteers to give an example, but there were none this week.
Pres. Ralph said that the board is considering signing up with Amazon “Smile” that will donate ½ % of purchase prices to AWRC as a fundraiser.
Another fundraising effort starts today with the “Happy Auction.” Each week we hope to auction off donated items from members. Today Amir Famili’s donated Mexican Sombrero brought $120 from John Scott. And a pair of Boxing Gloves Signed by Larry Holmes went for $350 from Gail Micca after some serious bidding.
Amir specified that the proceeds be used to buy 10 air mattresses for the Family Promise foundation. Amir and Ralph added dollars to cover the shortfall.
Gail Micca reports that Sharon Goldner and Gisella Borelli packed 75 bags of produce for families who visited the Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry on April 10th.Ed and Gail delivered them.
Amir Famili had 300 lbs. of produce delivered to the Lowhill Food Pantry.
The Community Bike Works sent a great thank you letter to us for the $1,200 donation.
Marlene Heller got AWRC some publicity about our recent Student of the Month ceremony.
Our new Book Club worked virtually with The Green Eyed Lama. Another book will follow.
Kits of garden seeds are being prepared. You plant them and you get two to keep.
May 1st is a Work Day as part of Camp Neidig.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Amir.
The Tri-District Conference is comin April 29th.
Jean Masiko needs volunteers for the Kingdom Life Food Center distribution on Saturday April 24.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin. New ones:
         Highway Clean up:  Saturday April 24, 7:30 am contact Gail Micca
         Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, TBD
Today, after this meeting, the “Search Committee” will meet to discuss the structure of AWRC future meetings once the restrictions are lifted.
The AWRC B.O.D. has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. Zoom meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
Wednesday April 21, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be  Jill Reynard, Admissions Counselor at Job Corps giving an Introduction to Job Corps & Lehigh Valley
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher  had PDG Herb Klotz introduced Marty Peak Helman, Peace Initiative Committee Chr.  to discuss The history of Rotary's work promoting Peace around the World Herb has been working with Marty for three years, and she is an incredible Rotarian, and her biggest passion is working toward world peace.
She is Martha Peak Helman,  Zone 32 Innovative Club Advocate, Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club,  District 7780. Martha and her husband Frank joined the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club in 2003, and in 2012-13 she served as Governor of District 7780 (southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire).
Marty is the 2020-21 chair of The Rotary Foundation's Peace-Major Gifts Initiative. ... Peace Fellowship Committee, which raised $1 million for the Rotary Peace Centers. This is reportedly the largest sum ever raised for a Rotary Presidential fund. Marty is currently Trainer for Zones 28/32 (2019-21).
Peace has been one of Rotary’s top goals almost since the day Paul Harris founded it in 1905.
Rotary approved the creation of Rotary Peace Centers Program in 1999, and the inaugural class of Rotary Peace Fellows began their studies in 2002. Rotary Peace Centers, located at universities around the world, develop leaders who become catalysts for peace in local communities and on the global stage.
Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.
Through the Rotary Peace Centers Program, up to 50 fellowships for master's degree and 80 for certificate studies are awarded each year.
Marty emphasized that these are not just scholarships. They are working relationships that continue long after the classroom time.
The Master's program university partners. Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (fact sheet) International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (fact sheet) University of Bradford, Bradford, England (fact sheet) Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (fact sheet)
Marty told some fascinating stories of individuals who have become Peace Fellows. She began with a man from Sierra Leone. After others, she ended with that man’s success story of attending college and then becoming a Peace Fellow. He now is in Sierra Leone putting his training to good use.
There now is a Peace Fellow Alumni Association that is a great network for its members. We hope to find a local member to be a speaker for a meeting.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Please plan to participate in the Virtual Tri-District Conference on April 30, May 1 & 2, 2021.  Registration is $25 and will open online (here) March 1, 2021. This three-day event will include:
  • Guest Speakers
  • Interesting & Timely Breakouts
  • Afternoon of Service Projects
  • Four Way Test Speech Contest
  • The Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 
  • Fun, Fun & Fun 
Visit the Facebook page DisCon2021! Exploring New Opportunities, Together! Register and get details at


 Here is a link to our District Governor's
latest Bulletin

This Rotary year we are trying something new to better facilitate our communication with you. We are transforming our traditional newsletter to a club-centric publication, Vibrant Club News, which will be published every other month. Vibrant Club News includes RC service projects, special events, and fundraisers.
The February edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Mike Gschwendtner           Apr 02      
Gil Keller,                    Apr 09
Michelle Steiner            Apr 18



Tom & Pearlene Friday                Apr 16 1983       38 years
Dana & Mike Gschwendtner        Apr 20 1999       22 years



John Scott                   5 years     Apr 06 2016
AJ Henry                     29 years    Apr 15 1992
Gwen Pongracz            12 years    Apr 15 2009
Andy Drotar                3 years      Apr 26 2018