Rotary Club of
Allentown West
Pres. Amir Famili
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Herb Klotz
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
at Luther Crest
2nd and 4th Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
at various locations
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gary Englehardt
Immediate Past President - Jeanne Shipe
Secretary -John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms Committee -
     Mitch Huston, Ron Coleman & Len Salines
Service Committee and Domestic Grants Chair - Gail Micca
RI Foundation and International Grants Chair - DG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Evening Meeting Chair  - Barbara Kistler
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Mustafa Jaffer
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill Weber and Sue Weber



Jan 29  --  Geoff Legg
Feb 5  --  Brad Maier
Feb 12  --  Brian Peterka
Feb 19  --  Len Salines
Feb 26  --  John Scott
Mar 4  --  Halyna Stegura
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Keith Hoffman

-NOTE that the Greeter Schedule also appears as a "site page" accessible on the left of our website Home Page without logging-in.

The next Thursday e evening meeting will be at the Starlite Diner in the private room to the rear left on Jan. 23.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. 
February meetings will be at the  same place, same time on Feb 13 and 27.
       Feb 7  --   Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 24 to 26  --  District Conference in King of Prussia. It includes the District Training Assembly and the Foundation Gala.
      June 6 to 11  --  RI annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
The  policy is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed.
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
Excuse me, do you have her email?
Yes! And so do you!      If you are a member of Allentown West Rotary, you have a ClubRunner (CR) account, and your phone number and e-mail address are in CR.
Need to contact a member for any reason? Download the ClubRunner app – it’s free, of course – and sign in! If you don’t know your password and login information, call Bill Palmer, and he will walk you through the process.  Why Bill? Because everyone knows how to get in touch with him! (Hint: just reply to this newsletter!)
Why would I want to use ClubRunner?
ClubRunner helps to organize us as a club. It is the platform for all our communications, and offers members an opportunity to stay in touch on various levels.
Here are just some reasons people use CR:
  • To call a member on club business, such as to get a ride to a meeting, find out the logistics of an event, or ask for help in getting club business done.
  • To make plans for a social gathering.
  • To check on their birthday so you could send a card. Or their address, same reason.
  • To check on their address before you head over to their house for an event, meeting, or to drop something off.
  • To find their email or phone number. Or work address.
  • Because you’ve forgotten the name of their spouse and you were up all night trying to remember it.
  • Find out the proper spelling of a member’s name.
What’s your best use of Club Runner?
                            By Marlene Heller
Mar 18, 2020
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pa, make an impact in Pennsylvania
Mar 25, 2020
Toastmasters International
Apr 01, 2020
Forensic Science
Apr 08, 2020
Destination Meeting Parkland school
Apr 15, 2020
Update to the recent trip to Sierra Leonne
Apr 22, 2020
Our recent trip to Israel
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC
May 06, 2020
Classification Talk
May 13, 2020
Scholarship award presentation
View entire list
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send  your ideas to our President, Amir Famili.
Please remember that the Collection jar is at the registration desk for cash and check contributions.
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family that would benefit from our support with cards, flowers or visits, please notify Jean Machamer at
Kingdom Life Food Pantry:-  Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing:--  Gail Micca
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing: Amir Famili 
Membership:     Mustafa Jaffer
Public Image  --  Marlene Heller  --
TT6:  Len Salines –
 Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Evening Meeting :  Barbara Kistler
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC --  John Scott --
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Dale Heffner –
                             Barb Kistler –
  Meals on Wheels:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character:  Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:   Amir Famili
Website Editor: Marlene Heller
RLI:   website        
Threads of Change - Foster care support --  Dale Heffner
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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         QUOTE of the WEEK --


          “If you can help other lives without neglecting to live your own life, this is a great personal achievement!”
                ― Mehmet Murat ildan  
Thirteen Rotarians gathered at the Starlite Diner for dinner and a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23 starting at 5:30 PM. 
The meeting began with Barbara reading the four Objects of Rotary while all finished dinner. 
Happy dollars were gathered with the purpose of purchasing a new Evening Meeting “card”.  Thirty dollars and many joys were shared including a tan and rested Dale Heffner having spent three weeks in Hawaii. And Pres. Amir Famili won the door prize of candy which he shared with the group. 
DG Herb presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to Diana Dunn and Dennis Houser.  It was noted that Diana received a Paul Harris Fellow award some years ago before becoming An AW member for her work on our global grants in Sierra Leone. 
Dennis Houser is also a Paul Harris Society member pledging $1,000 a year. 
The program for the evening was Diana Dunn discussing the latest Global Grant for the hospital in Matru, Sierra Leone.  Coincidently, a working team from EWB (Engineers Without Borders)  is there now working on the various aspects of the project.  We were able to see pictures transmitted just this week of the progress being made.
Members were reminded to sign up for the District Conference and also to give generously to the Rotary Foundation in gratitude for monies for our Global Grants. 
The meeting adjourned with the pledge to the flag and a reciting of the Rotary motto.  The next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 13 will be at the same location. 
         Barbara Kistler
AW Rotarians and friends  helped with stocking shelves at The Kingdom Life Food Pantry on Friday evening Jan 17. Jean Masiko said that she  forgot to take the Rotarian photo before Len Salines left.
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – January 22, 2020
Our Greeter today was Jeffrey Kistler and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then  Rev. Jeff Kistler gave a very nice invocation, including special praying for Ronnee Klotz.. 
Secretary John Scott began the meeting by having the members recite The Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag. Then he led us in reciting the Four Way Test. John also reviewed some of the upcoming
Whitman Scott, son of John; Dave Dries, Spring Township RC; Cathy Abreu, Bethlehem RC; and Bill Erdman, Emmaus RC.
Pres. Amir showed pictures of the AW volunteers at Friday’s shelf stocking at Kingdom Life.
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 Photographer.
DG Herb Klotz explained that this year, as an encouragement to donate to The Rotary Foundation, AW members performing volunteer hours will receive PHF Recognition Points towards their next PHF level.
This morning we recognized four members for reaching a new level of giving:
Gail Micca and John Scott are first time PHF members. Jeanne Shipe is a PHF+1, and Len Salines is a PHF +4. Thanks you all for doing this.
Our D7430 Paul Harris Society Coordinator, Bill Erdman, thanked the four PHF members, and thanked Herb for pitching Rotary Direct as an easy way to donate.
Bill explained that a member of the PHS has committed to donate $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation each year  --  as long as they are financially able. Bill asked President Amir Famili to come forward and receive his PHS lapel pin insignia acknowledging his new PHS membership. Thank you, Amir, and congratulations.
DG Herb noted that Brochures and application forms for Rotary Direct and the PHS are here today for us.
DG Herb presented Certificates of Appreciation to both Race Director, John Scott, and President Amir Famili for the 2019 results. The AW Rotarians gave $4,850 and the net for this district-wide event was $60,000 toward Polio Eradication !!
TT6 has been rescheduled to September 13, 2020. Planning meetings will resume in February.
Last week Sue Weber and Bill interviewed a Northwestern sophomore and his parents and he will join the Outbound group for this Fall.
Dottie Bloom is charged with setting up and stocking a Hospitality Room for both Friday and Saturday evenings at OUR April 24 and 25 District Conference. Donations of Beer, Wine and snacks for at least 40 guests are needed. Please contact Dottie at             
Our policy now is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed; i.e. NOT JUST A DELAY.
This great group still depends on cash donations from AW Rotarians. And volunteering for the produce pick-up and distribution on Saturday mornings is a very satisfying thing.
TOMORROW, Jan 23 will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the private back room.
January 29th   at Luther Crest with  Geoff Legg as our Greeter. The program will be Anil Srivasta, Bangalor, India regarding Organ Donation
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
The door prize bottle of red wine donated by Jeff Kistler was won by  Len Salines.
The $12 pot of the 50:50 was not won by  Chris Blechschmidt’s ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  Lots of  marbles will be back next time.
Whitman Scott is happy about Rotary.
Herb Klotz thanks all for praying for Ronnee. And he reminds us that many AW members are needed to attend OUR April 24, 25 District Conference.
Halyna Stegura is back from a great two weeks in Togo, Africa where daughter Christina works for the U.S. State Dept.
Bill Erdman said it was great to see so many old friends this morning, and to make new ones.
Geoff Legg is happy to presents two checks, one to Treasurer Chris, and one to The Rotary Foundation.
Kristina Sundstrom is happy to report that The Parkland Cares have just served their 100th household last Saturday.
Tom Friday seemed to say that he was happy that his wife was going away.
Dave Dries was happy about something.
Bill Palmer thanked Dave Dries for establishing the driver network in 2012 that gets him to Rotary meetings ever since.
Gail Micca is happy to have just visited Las Vegas. And she reports that she found a $2,000 car for the Jim Thorpe family, but it needs repairs. Donations are welcome.
Bill Weber, addressing Bill Erdman, said that Emmaus is his second favorite RC. And if his surgeon says it’s OK, they will head to Hilton Head for 2 months.
Pres. Amir introduced our speaker, Dr. Chris Nelson a member of  the  Bethlehem Rotary Club regarding  Human Trafficking. Chris is an ordained minister of the UCC Church since 1979. She serves on a number  of boards of directors. She noted that she has run in the Purple Pinkies 5K race a few times
Chris is a member of the Bethlehem RC. She began by explaining who they are as a Bethlehem Rotary Action Group Against Slavery which they call RAGAS. The Co-Chairs are Dee Dee Foran &Patrick Morgan of the Beth RC.

Human Trafficking: Today’s Slavery is all around us!
In March 2018 in a hotel in New Orleans a 12 year old boy was seen in the company of 2 middle-aged men.  An employee of the Marriott Hotel overheard one of the men say to the other: “I may take this one home.”   Because Marriott had trained its workforce worldwide to spot and report human trafficking, the incident was reported to the proper authorities.  The authorities discovered the boy had been reported missing 3 days earlier.  Because RI Rags organization had access to major hotel chains and convinced them of the reality of human trafficking,  a young boy was saved from a dreadful life and returned to his family. 

Common thoughts of Human Trafficking:
         Victimless crime
          Victims choose to be there
          “Not in my community”
          “Doesn’t affect me”
          Nothing we can do about it
Misconceptions of Prostitution –
85-95% of prostitution is pimped-controlled
Average age of entry is 12-13
90% have been sexually abused as a child
It’s to support their drug habit
Drug addiction is a result of prostitution
Prostitution is just another job
Their “workplace” homicide rate is 51 times higher than the next most dangerous job for women -working in a liquor store
Average life span is 7 years
Prostitution and Trafficking - Quick Facts ;Melissa Farley, PhD and Emily Butler, JD Prostitution Research & Education 2012 (
 The U.S. Department of Justice states that the average age of entry into prostitution is 12-14 years old. 
( U.S. Department of Justice, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (November 2007). Domestic sex trafficking of minors. Retrieved July 22, 2009, from )
People in prostitution face a “workplace” homicide rate 51 times higher than the next most dangerous job for women (working in a liquor store).
(Potterat, J.J., Brewer, D.D., Muth, S.Q., Rothenburg, R.B., Woodhouse, D.E., Muth, J.B., Stites, H.K., and Brody, S. (2004). Mortality in a long-term open cohort of prostitute women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 159(8), 778–85 (homicide rate of 204 per 100,000 for women in prostitution). Compare to Castillo, D.R., and Jenkins, E.L. (1994). Industries and occupations at high risk for work-related homicide. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 36(2), 125-32)    
Average life span is 7 years once entering prostitution- FBI (
Chris discussed how the problem is CLOSE TO HOME  ---
  “The Sevens”
March 2019 S 4th St Boarding House
Crime: Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion of minors
How it works
A Trafficked Person Is:
The Definition of a “Trafficking Perpetrator”
Recruitment, transportation, harboring, provision or obtaining of persons by FORCE, FRAUD or COERCION for the purpose of:
sex trafficking where the person is induced to perform such an act;
b. labor or services by subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
The Definition of a “Trafficking Victim” from the Trafficking Victim Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013 (TVPRA):
The number of U.S. children trafficked within the country each year is an estimated 300,000 for the sex industry alone.
Jobs where you will find Trafficking  ---
         Nail salons
         Food servers
What is the Bethlehem Rotary Action group against slavery doing?
Two Key Initiatives are Community Education and a Task Force/Consortium Creation.
Actions  ----
Find a Club member to:
    join the RAGAS Coalition to work together as a District Ragas group. The NEXT MEETING is February 19, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. 

- Promote and attend events including:

         - The Opioid and Trafficking Symposium
                  Mar 5, 2020, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
                  Moravian College HUB

Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
                  Photos by Gary Heller


 Here is a link to our District Governor Herb's latest Newsletter:


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Dottie Bloom                    Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                      .Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe                   Jan 12
Ernie Boll                         Jan 20
Geoff Legg                       Jan 22
Mercedes Scott                Jan 25
Dale Heffner                     Jan 29



Sally & Jerry Frank          Jan 05 1985  35 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom        Jan 20 1979  41 years



Dawn Costello              Jan 01 sometime
Carrie Ballek          1 year           Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller             1 year           Jan 02 2019
Marlene Heller       1 year           Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak    8 years         Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger    44 years       Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber             23 years       Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca              2 years         Jan 31 2018