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:
             Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
         Mar 06, 2021New Member Orientation meeting
          Mar 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting      
          Mar 13, 2021  RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) virtual training sessions.
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:
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        
Apr 14, 2021 7:30 AM
The history of Rotary's work promoting Peace around the World
Apr 21, 2021 7:30 AM
Introduction to Job Corps & Lehigh Valley
Apr 28, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Parkland High School Students
May 05, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Northwestern HS, LCTI & LCCC Students
May 12, 2021 7:30 AM
How to Affect a Difference with Impact as a Prosecutor
May 26, 2021 7:30 AM
History of Woman & Journalism
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
Check out the AWRC
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
         “We live to give.”
                ― Lailah Gifty Akita
          "I wanted to let everyone know that Siemens is relocating me to the Raleigh NC area. I am going through the corporate relocation process now and expect to be leaving the area in the next couple of months. I have enjoyed the last 12 years I have spent here in the Lehigh valley and the people I have met through Rotary. I did complete my Penn State executive MBA in December so I have gained my free time back along with new opportunities that Siemens has provided for me.
          "I wanted to thank the club for all of the friendships, opportunities and experiences I have been able to experience through my time here at Allentown West Rotary. I will be looking for a new club to join when I get settled in the Raleigh area and will let you know where I land."
Fun Facts about Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been rated two times as the “Most Livable City” by Places Rated Almanac. ...
  • After Ohio, Pennsylvania has the highest Amish population in the world. ...
  • Kennett Square, PA is considered the mushroom capital of the world and harvests one million pounds of mushrooms each year.
RLI: Rotary Leadership Institute
                           DO IT ALL IN ONE RLI DAY!
NOW is the time to make your decision to become better educated about world-wide Rotary.  If you have any wish to maximize your Rotary club membership, especially if you are new to your club, RLI makes it easy.  Attend the virtual RLI training session on March 13, 2021.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER FRIDAY March 5th.
Any Rotarian, newcomer and “old timer” alike, who attends a day of
RLI programs becomes a more valuable, and more dedicated,
member of their Rotary club.
Please register NOW for Part I, II, III, and if you have graduated you may register for the Post-Graduate Course.
For additional information and to register visit
Click the link, on the left hand side under "Upcoming Classes." Find the information for the 7430 – Pottstown RLI and click on "more info." On the next screen, click "RLI Registration" on bottom right.  Enter the security code as shown in the box, and click "Register Now."  At this point you will be able to enter your information.
For other information or registration help, please feel free to call or e-mail Len Gieseler, District Chair, at 610-323-2201 or
Zoom Meeting  Notes – February 17, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  38 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan; DGE Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC; Geoff Boyer, Emmaus RC; Karen and William Rodgers, guests of Gail Micca; Tori Morgan, Mike Stoski, Andrea Tinininow, Rose Galeano-Phillips, and John Nann-Delaware.
During the conversation, Ralph Witcher admitted to being born circa 1955. He and Bob Hobaugh were discussing collectibles, e.g. baseball cards.
Ihor Fedoriw and Ron Coleman, each with family, met by chance as they ate at the 3501 restaurant
Tori Morgan is happy and excited to be on today. She is part of the South Whitehall Twsp. Government.
Bill Palmer is happy that his son, Richard, has been promoted to Vice President of the construction company for which he has been the Tunneling Division Manager.
Jean Masiko is happy that there should not be any fresh snow this Saturday as they distribute food at Kingdom Life Food Center.
Karen Rodgers is most happy that husband Bill made it a great Valentine’s Day for them.
Michelle Steiner is happy that she received the AW Valentine Raffle card in the mail last week.
Ron Coleman said he saw on TV that Bill Gates is working on ways to use the CO2 being created.
Marlene Heller is happy to report that their daughter and family all are doing OK as they have contracted covid19.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of February  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played 3 different videos about the 4 Wat Test. The one with Japanese Sumo wrestlers dancing was a hit.
Ralph then played a 1-1/2 minute video story promoting RCs to post the Rotary 4-Way test on school classroom bulletin boards.
Marlene Heller then read to us the 4 items and  asked for  volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.  
Marlene told of neighbors of her daughter calling and offering to help in some way. Marlene at first said everything was under control But she was fibbing and corrected herself. Those neighbors took food and supplies to her daughter and family.
Pres. Ralph  welcomed our guests who were on with us today.
Kathy Ott had this idea and she and Gail Micca made it happen. They addressed and mailed Valentines to each member that included a raffle number.
During this meeting Kathy had a bag with tickets with numbers and a list of member names and drew the winning name  --  Amir Famili. The prizes are a dinner for two plus a special cake by Kathy who is a Master Baker. Amir will donate these prizes to the staff at the Lohill Food Pantry.
Pres. Ralph reported that over 240 snack packs were prepared for distribution in Parkland outlets.
Barbara is scheduled to receive the highest award on National Women’s Day next month. Great work Dr. Kistler!
AW and friends are asked to volunteer to distribute food items on Saturday morning Feb 20th. Contact Jean Masiko please.
Pres. Ralph announced that next Wednesday we will have a new member induction ceremony.
And on March 6th there will be a new member orientation session.
D7430 Membership Chair, Gary Volpe, announced S.T.A.R.T. This is an acronym for Simply Talk About Rotary Today.  There is no better way to grow membership than to talk about the good we do.  Over the next three months we will be receiving bi-weekly emails with tips and best practices to help us attract new members. 
District 7430 will provide a $100 to  our RC as an incentive to attract each new member joining between February 1st to April 30th 2021.
Please see the separate article.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
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 February 24, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Erin Harris, SVP & CFO discussing Preventative Measures, Challenges & Triumphs of Providing Essential Mental Health and Home Health Services during Covid-19.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Dr. John (Jack) Cunningham, New Castle Police Chief (Retired) to provide Reflections on 45 Years of Public Safety. Jack was a member of a Rotary Club for 5 years. And he supposedly is a good singer.
Dr Cunningham shared innovative insights and best practice ideas that work towards improving Public-Private Partnerships and  Organizational Accountability.
With almost five decades of policing experience Jack  shared his personal journey through last year.  He offered his thoughts and reflections on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the murder of George Floyd.  Hegave  his unique perspectives on the evolution of policing in the United States, how the police community is currently situated and suggestions for improving the state of the profession.         
Jack  is a twenty-nine-year veteran of the New Castle County Police Department (Delaware), retiring in 2003 after serving his last seven years as Chief of Police.  During his career Colonel Cunningham served as a police cadet, uniform patrol officer, patrol and detective sergeant, platoon commander, Research, Development and Inspections Unit Commander, and Criminal Investigations Section Commander. While serving as Detective Sergeant, Jack was assigned to the Serial Homicide Task Force which culminated with the arrest and conviction of Stephen Pennell for the murder of five women.
Dr. Cunningham retired as an Assistant Vice President of Administrative and Legal Affairs at Wilmington University in 2020.  He has also served several area colleges and universities as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Cunningham is a 2006 Graduate of Wilmington University and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation.  He also holds an Associates Degree in Police Science.
When the pandemic arrived last year Jack took himself out of retirement and talked to people all through 2020. He saw fear, kindness, hand-wringing, and some positive things. The question was and is how to get back to normal. He said that it is a new normal ahead.
For example, some businesses that are working from home now have found that it is OK. So when they can go back to their work places, only a small percentage of workers will go to an office. And a lot less office space will be used or needed.
Jack told stories from his experience. He concluded with saying that today is the highest Security Military model. Jack specifically said that Defunding Police Depts. Will NOT provide the right reforms.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 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:
Dave Dries                  Feb 03
Gary Englehardt         Feb 04
Sukaina Jaffer            Feb 07
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Tom Friday                 Feb 21
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
George Ikeda              Feb 24






Ihor Fedoriw      37 years    Feb 01 1984
Scott Hock         33 years    Feb 01 1988
Ralph Witcher   5 years     Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn        3 years      Feb 14 2018
Donna Beach     5 years      Feb 17 2016
Jean Machamer         5 years      Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher  3 years      Feb 21 2018
George Ikeda     42 years    Feb 24 1979