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
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gail Micca
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



Pres. Amir Famili is the Greeter while we are using ZOOM.
May 20   --  Chris Blechschmidt
May 27  --  Ralph Witcher

-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 meetings will be via ZOOM on May 14th at  5:30 P.M. as a Happy Hour.
      June 29  --  District Changeover at the Steel Club in Hellertown
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
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.
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
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 08, 2020
Journey from Northwestern Lehigh Interact Club to United States Marine Corps.
Jul 15, 2020
"Researching telepsychotherapy during the pandemic and what can we learn about keeping our relations
Jul 22, 2020
Impact of COVID 19 on Pennsylvania economy
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
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
         QUOTE of the WEEK --
“Taking care of your own family is good, taking care of your neighbor's family is better and taking care of all the families in your neighborhood is the best.”
              ― Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Restaurants and providers who have supported our Tempting Tastes events are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is:

Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn.
They are located at 7705 Bake Oven Road in Germansville.  The phone number is 610-760-8580.  There are hot items available Thursday through Sunday including a Kids Menu. Other items are available during the week. Everything is very fresh. Check out what’s available on their Facebook page. You will not be disappointed.
Curious Goods was a Tempting Tastes Food Partner for five consecutive years. They were also a Dining Out Partner.
Don’t forget to say that you are an Allentown West Rotarian when you call to order.
Rotarians and friends welcome the volunteers from Engineers Without Borders who have joined us over the past few weeks with Kingdom Life Family Center Food Banktodistribute food to the community.The need continues to increase and your help is greatly appreciated.  
          Jean Masiko
Melena View of Parkland H.S. and Lillian Rodgers of LCTI are  
Scholarship Winners for May 2020.
Melena View’s values are apparent when she states that she is going to Virginia Tech partly based on their motto, which in English is “That I May Serve.”
Leadership and service are her middle names! In her sophomore year she became the secretary of the Interact Club and in the next year she ran for President and has held that role for two years. She is passionate about the club and the work that the club does. She obviously loves working with fellow officers, members and her advisor in coming up with ways to help and serve the local and wider community. She had attended multiple leadership events offered by Rotary including the 4-Way Test Speech Contest and Camp Neidig.
  Each of these experiences advanced the leadership skills that she could directly apply to her position as president of the Interact Club. She sees her role as president to be one of listening, making members feel heard, and encouraging them to participate. The Interact Club has flourished! 
Of course, as president, she has been involved in myriad projects. Last year she was especially proud of being part of the chocolate sales which led to the purchase of a ShelterBox. Melena has been a constant and steady leader and worker in the Parkland Snack Pack program in conjunction with the Allentown West Rotary Club. At the beginning of this year, the club held a food drive to collect money for a Food Pantry at Parkland. Each year Melena has clocked between 40-50 hours of community service mostly through the Interact Club. 
She is passionate about making a difference in the world and she is dedicated to being a change agent. She is planning on attending Virginia Tech, majoring in environmental policy and planning. She would love to be a Rotaract member in college and eventually a Rotarian. 
Lily Rodgers is Robin to Melena’s Batman. Both are superheroes. Lily has been vice-president of the Interact Club for the past two years. She attended the Rotary Leadership Conference in 2018. Besides her leadership in the Interact Club she served as manager for the Girls’ Soccer Team and secretary for HOSA (student healthcare career organization) at LCTI where she is part of the Emerging Health Professionals cohort. 
Besides participating in Interacts’ many projects, Lily has volunteered as a “kinder” soccer coach for the Parkland Area Soccer Club. In this program she mentors girls ages 4 to 6 and passes on her love of soccer. She was a patient advocate at St. Luke’s Hospital. She would answer patient call bells, assist medical staff, and provide socialization with patients. She also spent time at Country Meadows nursing home doing activities with residents. 
She will be attending Thomas Jefferson University and plans to become a Physician’s Assistant. One thing she has learned in dedicating her life to service is that every little thing you do for others, counts. We are all appreciating the thousands of people who are serving us in this time by all the “little” things they do. 
Along with the checks, Barbara Kistler will deliver to each of our winners an Allentown West pen set and an Amazon Kindle Fire. The Kindles are compliments of in Breinigsville and General Manager Ed Buddenhagen. 
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  May 13, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  again there were about 40 of us on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M Pastor Jean Masiko gave a very nice invocation.
Dave Dries, Spring Twsp RC; Sharon Goldner, guest of Gail Micca; Sandi Boll; Pat Witcher; Dr. Jude Sandt, Parkland H.S. Assistant Principal; Richard Sniscak, Supt. Parkland S.D. and Interact Club members Melena View, Lillian Rodgers and Olivia Nyce plus some parents in the background.
 P-E Ralph Witcher  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.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” and other Essential Workers for what they do and asks all to pray for them. And he reminds us that we are people of action.
The Kingdom Life Food Bank Drive In Food Giveaway---
“Thanks to everyone for all their help. We worked together with 30 plus other volunteers to serve 513 families from 9am to 12noon on May 9.
Thank you for caring.”    Jean Masiko
Jean needs more AW volunteers for Saturday May 16, Then there is a break until June..
Gail Micca sent out an e-mail announcement ---  “Our amazing club is taking on a new project - growing food for local food pantries.  In this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain - we can still help and spending time in a garden may even help you too.  It's a peaceful place and while you can socially distance, you can make a difference.”
If you think you might enjoy some time helping with the new Green Thumbs Garden Project, please email me so I can form a volunteer list to keep in touch.  Currently, I am in need of a few things:
Cash donations for materials/plants
Help with installing 50 feet of fencing
Help with occasional watering and weeding
Thank you to the Webers and Amir for donations thus far. 
The garden plot (#4) is located at the community garden near Dorney Park and Cedar Brook Nursing Home.
Please email if you are interested in helping.
Gail Micca reports that she delivered 150 Snackpacks for LCCC students on Friday May 8th..  Many of these will be delivered to the Donley campus in Allentown.
Then they delivered these  120 packs to the Parkland School District on Tuesday, May 5th.
Our leaders have agreed to Gwenn Carr’s suggestion to publically ask members and friends to support the Restaurants and food suppliers that have supported us in the past. Using Facebook, our weekly A-W Bulletin, and by buying gift cards and food from them.
Restaurants and providers are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn. See separate article.
Pres. Amir showed a picture of a Rotary pen set with AWRC on it for sale at $100.  Each purchase will put $90 into an account to provide food for the hungry Thanks go to Gail Micca for making this happen.
Pres. Amir urged us to join our RC Facebook page.
DG Herb Klotz with great enthusiasm virtually presented Gail Micca with her PHF+1 recognition. Jeanne Shipe donated recognition points in Gail’s honor to make this happen. Gail has been a very busy Rotarian with Snack Packing and many other projects.
Congratulations, Gail.
President Amir Famili has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. ZOOM meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
TOMORROW May 14th at 5:30 P.M. we will hold a ZOOM Happy Hour meeting. Just show up and smile.
Wednesday May 20h starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be Northwestern Lehigh Interact students presentation --- Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to NWL students.
Melena View and Lillian Rodgers  are Scholarship Winners. Barbara Kistler conducted the ceremony that gave the scholarship to them. See separate article.
Melena said she is very happy to be part of serving others. Interact Club Advisor, Lori Peters, expressed her thanks to the winners. Dr. Sandt noted that there are 94 clubs involved with Parkland H.S., but the Interact club is one of the few  with positive results.
Lilly, with her Dad in the background, expressed her thanks to us for the award. She had three great years and even helped at the Purple Pinkie race.
Supt. Snicsak said these winners exemplified “Service Above Self.”
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Bill Weber was seen wearing a cowboy hat this morning to give Ron Coleman some competition.
Ron Coleman was wearing a very special fancy shirt today. He left the room and came back and announced that there were no chocolate bonbons on his pillow.
Ernie Boll is very happy.
Bill Palmer is pleased to report that Yvette’s granddaughter, Arista, was graduated “virtually” from Penn State University last Saturday with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Pat Witcher was holding their 6 month old granddaughter, Michaela as Ralph was on too.
Gail Micca asks us to sign up for the new garden project.
Sue Weber said that James, our cancelled outbound Y.E. student, has asked to be part of our Rotary projects going forward.
Gwenn Carr noted that this week we urge members to support Curious Goods and the  Bake Oven Inn.
Pres. Amir  introduced Lori Peters our Parkland H.S. Interact club Advisor. Lori thanks AW Rotarians for supporting the great Parkland H.S. Interact club. She used a series of slides and turned the presentation over to Melena, Lilly, and review the year-end accomplishments and some future plans.
Melena is the Interact club President, Lilly is Vice President, and Olivia is the Secretary. Melena and Lilly will be in college next tear. So Olivia will be rebuilding the club that typically has about 20 hardworking members.
There was a photo of the group that volunteered at the October 2019 District 7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race. They had a good time making this a success.
Also that weekend they had their Homecoming celebration with a food drive. They collected 3,200 food items that went to school programs.
Also last October Melena designed a special bracelet that was used for a fundraiser. And on Wednesdays these students help pack the snacks  --  about 240 each session.
In December they held a holiday gift drive for children. They also went to an Elementary School in Allentown and sorted many items for distribution.
In November they attended the Rotary Day at the United Nations and had a great experience. They were able to catch up with friends that they met at the 2019 Camp Neidig.
In March they had folks from Engineers Without Borders talk to them about our project at the Hospital in Sierra Leone.
They reviewed a list of things that were planned for this Spring, but school got cancelled. They expressed their thanks to AW members and especially to Lori Peters.
Pres. Amir congratulated all of these great students, and he asked us to be safe.
Pres. Amir led us in 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.
John Scott                  May 11
Katrina Sundstrom    May 11
Gail Micca                    May 12
Brian Peterka             May 30
Sally Frank                 May 30
Allison Blechschmidt May 31



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Shirley Randall 15 Years    May 25 2005
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