March Grants us Time to Share Ideas

Gail Micca
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Grants play a role in several ways to improve our communities here in our corner of the world and far beyond. As our generous club supports Rotary International, those funds come back to us in the form of an annual grant. If we don’t write grants, we don’t receive our dollars back. The recycling of these funds provides money for YOUR ideas. If you have ideas simmering in your mind, it’s important to share them, get involved, and make a difference. We are the eyes and ears of our community. We have a responsibility to share what we know and put those those ideas into action. As the deadline for grant applications draws near, the grant committee is busy contemplating and writing proposals. Please share and if it’s too late to consider your project for this year, please get it on our agenda for next year.

Thanks! See you at dining out!

Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person at Cedar Crest College
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
First and Third Wednesdays
Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is also available during in-person meetings
      March 18  --  D7430 Foundation Spring Fling at the Wm. Penn Inn.
      April 15  --  The STEM YEA  Big Ticket Reverse Raffle at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
     May 5 to 7, 2023  –  Annual District 7430 Conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City
      May 27 thru 31  --  RI Annual Convention in Melbourne, Australia
      July 13 thru 16  --  STEM YEA program for 2023.
Board and Committee
 Members for 2022-23
Current Executive Board:
President – Gail Micca
President Elect – Gwenn Carr's Committee
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Gary Englehardt
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – Tori Morgan
Service Chair – Debbie Jack
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
Opportunities for Service
Here is an update for service opportunities in the coming weeks:
Community Service:
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning.
Contact Amir:
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
The dates for the next three KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
         February 18
         March 11
Each time we  start at 7:30AM  and usually are finished by 9:30AM.
Meals on Wheels – we can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
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:
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. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership: Tori Morgan –
Public Image: Marlene Heller –
Fundraising:  Len Salines –
Dining Out: Various 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser –
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou –
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla –
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla –
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube –
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen –
RLI: website        
Mar 02, 2023 6:00 PM
Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion
Mar 08, 2023 7:30 AM
Annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest
Mar 15, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Quarterly Club Assembly
Mar 22, 2023 7:30 AM
2023 Da Vinci Science Center Update
Mar 29, 2023 7:30 AM
Interact Student Breakfast & Presentation
Apr 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Apr 26, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Path Forward Planning Session - Part 2
May 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Experiencing Life Smart
May 24, 2023 7:30 AM
How Big Brothers Big Sisters is Expanding their Investment in the Community
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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 1.4 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!
      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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FEBRUARY 1, 2023
Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal—the hedgehog—as a means of predicting weather.
“Yesterday I was seeking happiness for myself and I was miserable, today I seek it for others and I am the happiest person on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar
Our meeting venue will remain at the Conference Center at Cedar Crest College. The Conference Center is located at the Tompkins College Center on South Cedar Crest Blvd.
The specifics are:
•        A $400 minimum (20 people x $20 person) has been approved by the committee.
•        Private conference-style room set up with round tables of eight people each.
•        A table at the entrance for the Sergeant-at-Arms.
•        The installed AV equipment is professional grade and sports two projection screens.
•        Food and beverages is set up at the back of the room, furnished from the Dining Hall. 
•        Lavatories are nearby.
•        Entire campus is ADA compliant, meaning that no stairs are required to enter or move about any of the buildings. Elevators are available from the ground floor.
•        Walkway from the parking lot to the building is flat and macadam. Walk takes about four minutes.
•        There are four parking spaces in front of the building for mobility-challenged people.
Allentown West Rotary Club
FEBRUARY 1, 2023
Today was the first Wednesday of the month, so there was no meeting. Instead there will be the Dining Out in Emmaus tomorrow evening.
These notes are to keep us up to date.
Zoom meeting at 7:00 P.M. this evening.
Pres. Gail wants us to follow up with what she heard at our Jan. 25  meeting and add a few things too.  All are welcome to attend and contribute ideas, thoughts, etc.
You still can register to attend our Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute from the comfort of your home (or office) on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1 between 6 pm and 9 pm both nights.
This is our first-time-ever Rotary Leadership Institute session that we have offered on weeknights, but you must attend both sessions to get credit for the course.
We have already recruited a fabulous group of experienced facilitators who are working hard to make your experience both enriching and informative. We will offer Parts I, II, III and this year's Graduate course on Advanced Strategic Planning. Remember, whether virtually or in real-life, attending a Rotary Leadership Institute session allows you to share your experiences and learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges in their Rotary clubs and finding ways to serve their communities.
The cost for this session is only $25.
For more information, contact Linda Doliber, Site
 Register NOW for RLI NEA Seminar - Dist 7930-Wakefield, MA-Virtual (2 evenings)
You must register by going to
If  you would prefer to attend a Rotary Leadership Institute in-person during March that may be close to your home or Rotary Club, then check out our options at and  watch your e-mail for updates.
Bill Palmer is happy that he got his K-Cup coffee machine to work again.
Ernie Boll always is happy.
Chuck Ehninger is happy that he and Judy now are in Florida for a few weeks.
The list of February member celebration events is shown below. 
Last week Gwenn and Gail explained that we are asking all members using Zoom when there is an In-Person meeting, and when that member still is in the United States, to voluntarily pay $10 each time. We need to cover the $400 minimums at Cedar Crest College each meeting.
Gail reminded us that not too many years ago we charged members a $5 minimum to attend a meeting and to have a cup of coffee.
The 4-Way Test Speech Contest for High School students returns to the club on March 8 after a Covid-related absence.  This contest supports the club’s goal of “building a better future by developing our youth through education and leadership opportunities.” It will increase the students’ critical thinking, public speaking and research skills as they build character.
Students from the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh School Districts, including LCTI, have been invited to give a persuasive speech applying the  principles of the 4-Way Test to an ethical concern with which they have personal experience. Presently, there are three contestants.  The winner of the Club Contest will progress to the Regional Contest 10:00,  April 1 at Willow Lane Elementary School in Macungie. The winner of that contest will progress to the District Contest on May 6, (time to be determined) at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
To support our goal and this contest, members are urged not only to attend the live meeting but also to volunteer for the roles required to hold a successful contest. The contest requires: 3 Judges, who will fill out the standard judging forms using set criteria; 1 Timer, who will track and record each speaker’s time; and 1 Teller, who will tally and report those results to the Contest Chair. Additionally, contestant certificates need to be created and, perhaps, a press release made.
Finally, something to think about for next year’s contest is the possibility of a corporate sponsor of this contest directed toward ethical decision-making.  This may be a good awareness raising opportunity for the club and the business.
Please contact the Contest Chair, Bill Keba, for information regarding contest and the role you will fill.
On Thursday Feb. 2nd at 6:00 P/M/  we are meeting at Capo & Co. at 1375  Chestnut Street in Emmaus, located across the street from the East Penn Diner.  Contact Marlene Heller.
You can see the menu here:
Ralph Witcher is making a plan to go to Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion, 3174 Tilghman St · In Village West.
Quentin Sowers will give his classification talk then.
There will be snack packing at Parkland H.S. on February 8th.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at
The dates for the next two KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
                   February 18      and            March 11
Each time we  start at 7:00 A.M.  and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M..
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for the entirety of 2023.   The next one is on February 4th.
Three volunteers are needed each time.
Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. will be held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
The schedule for the next 2 months is set. Helen always needs substitutes.
Pres. Gail reports “The Allentown Rotary  Club hosted a fun mixer on Thursday at BruDaddy's.  Several members from other area clubs also participated and had the opportunity to  mingle and meet some potential new members as well as our wonderful District Governor, Len Gieseler and DGE, Diane Donaher.
Hosting fun events like this is great for connecting, membership and growth. We plan to have many more multi-club events in the future - make sure to be at the next one!”
Pres. Gail announced last week that we will hold these meetings on March 29 at NWL Middle School, and May 31st at the Parkland H.S. Library.  These days are the 5th Wednesday of the month.
Please remember that  The 2nd Annual Big Ticket Reverse Raffle (BTRR) will be held on April 15, 2023 at Brookside Country Club, in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 P.M.
Nick Millward has submitted an AWRC Request for funding form for a project he calls "21 Provinces/21 Students". The request is for $1,400 to sponsor one Mongolian student to attend the University in Mongolia each year for 4 years. We will vote at our Feb 8th meeting whether to support this.
The first Wednesday of each month will be a Dining out meeting, or equal. It may not be on a Wednesday.
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
February 8 IN-PERSON at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M. Come early and mingle. There will be a Zoom option.
The program will be PDG Bob Hobaugh, About Das Awkscht Fescht.
                  PDG Bill Palmer, Editor

•         Movie Tavern Trexlertown
•         Enjoy food and drinks while networking and listening to live music.
•         Tickets are $25 for Members and $50 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the East Penn & Western Lehigh Movie Tavern Mixer Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Wine & Design at Board and Brush with East Penn & Western Lehigh Chambers
Feb. 1 5:30-8:30 pm
•        Board & Brush Allentown
•        Create pieces of art!
•        BYOB
•        There are only 35 seats available. Tickets are $35 for Members and $50 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the Wine & Design at Board and Brush with East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn & Western Lehigh Chambers
 Feb. 15 11:30 am-1 pm
•        Learn about all the manufacturing and distribution that takes place at Ocean Spray which is home to our favorite juice!
•        Tickets are $20 for Members and $40 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Dave Dries                  Feb 03
Gary Englehardt         Feb 04
Suky Jaffer                 Feb 07
Chuck Ehninger          Feb 09
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Lori Peters                  Feb 15
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Tom Friday                 Feb 21
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
Katrina & Rich Sundstrom Feb 12 2000       23 years   
Jill Kearney                1 year       Feb 02 2022
Helen Papathanasiou 1 year       Feb 02 2022
Ralph Witcher            7 years     Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn                 5 years     Feb 14 2018
Karen Rodgers           2 years     Feb 16 2021
Jean Machamer          7 years     Feb 17 2016
    Stephanie Fenstermacher   5 years  Feb 21 2018