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



Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Justin Schell
Apr  1  --   Jeanne Shipe
Apr  8  --  Destination meeting
Apr 15  --  Bill Weber
Apr 22  --  Donna Beach
Apr 29  --  Brad Maier
May  6  --  Dottie Bloom
May 13  --  Ernie Boll
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 at the Starlite Diner on March 12th starting at 5:30 PM.
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 4  --  Highway cleanup project Rt 222.
       Apr 5  --  Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser 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.
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
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC/ LCCC scholarship award presentation
May 06, 2020
Managing anxiety during the pandemic
May 13, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to PHS students
May 20, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to NWL students
Jun 17, 2020
Subcommittee Reports
Jul 08, 2020
Quarterly Club Assembly + Treasurer's Report
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 --


     “We can not build our own future without helping others build theirs.”
                   ― Bill Clinton

The tickets for our fundraiser that is taking place on March 28th went .


Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – March 11, 2020
Our Greeter today was Gary Englehardt and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then   Ernie Boll  gave a very nice invocation.
Pres. Amir 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. Amir then reviewed upcoming events. He noted the March birthdays and we sang Happy Birthday.
Just us today.
Pres. Amir noted that some RCs have had to move their meetings out of Retirement Communities. So we are checking our options just in case.
Pres. Amir noted that this event still is scheduled.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers many levels of Rotary education. AWRC will reimburse the registration fee to members that attend the Saturday, March 28 session at DeSales University.
These courses are most worthwhile, especially to our newer members.
Gwenn Carr announced that the Rotarian of the month of March is Bill Palmer. She presented him with his very own stress relieving squeeze ball.
Gary Englehardt gave candy to the members who volunteered on projects last month.
Community Bike Works is an organization which we have supported this year. They will have an open house next week, March 18th. Please, stop by and support their effort.
Project Chair, Gail Micca, says It's looking like the date with be Saturday morning, April 4th.  Please check your calendars and let her know if you can make it. 
Please support the March 28th  fundraiser.
April 5th is the EWB annual fundraiser at DeSales University. Many AW Rotarians support EWB and attend this event.
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, March 12 --  The meeting  will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M.
March 18th  at Luther Crest with Katrina Sundstrom as our Greeter. The program will be Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College discussing the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA, make an impact in Pennsylvania.   And we will honor the March Student of the month.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
The door prize bag of Godiva chocolates donated by Gary Englehardt was won by  Jerry Frank.
The $101 pot of the 50:50 was not won by Al Lewis’ ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  FOUR  marbles will be back next time.
Gary Englehardt said that out of an abundance of caution today he sat at a table with people over 60 years old.
Mitch worked the room diligently, but that is all the happiness recorded.
The program today was all about OUR APRIL 24-26 DISRICT CONFERENCE. DG Herb Klotz noted that we now have 18 members registered for the conference. More still are needed.
Herb  identified two areas of discussion for today, the Conference Program overview, and the AW volunteer areas to be covered. Herb noted that there will be no printed program. Instead the program will be loaded onto your smart phones. And sponsors will be advertised on various monitors around the event rooms.
First, the schedule.
Friday evening - Foundation Gala & Keynote Speaker, Alan Mallory (First Family to climb Mt. Everest). Then afterward is a DJ, and dancing, and hospitality suites by AWRC and by Pottstown RC.
Saturday morning - Breakout sessions including the District Training Assembly. Some Rotarians from D7450 to our south will participate. Then we will conduct  the Four Way Test Speech Contest Final.
Saturday afternoon - The Summit where Rotary clubs and organizations will share their successes/fundraisers/projects. There will be an online scavenger hunt with prizes and lots of fun.
Saturday evening will be International Night with appropriate costumes. The Keynote Speaker will be Rotary Director Dr.Stephanie Urchick (Future of Rotary). The event will begin with the traditional Youth Exchange Parade of Flags. Afterwards will be a  DJ, dancing and hospitality suites
Sunday – We will prepare a Service Project for the Homeless. and the  Closing Program is the Memorial Service followed by the Conference Wrap-Up and video of memories.
The key volunteer needs for OUR conference are:
Sergeants-at-arms led by Barbara Kistler, the Saturday afternoon Summit led by Gail Micca, and the Friday and Saturday evening AWRC Hospitality room led by Dottie Bloom.
Barbara Kistler plans to call members and negotiate a specific volunteer assignment and time  --  to provide guidance to attendees during the conference.
Gail Micca needs people to help set up the Summit, staff it for 2+ hours, and then put things away.
Our Hospitality Suite is on the 14th floor. Dottie Bloom needs help setting up and moving supplies, and bartenders for both Friday and Saturday evenings and hosts in the room each evening. She also needs donations of beer, wine, sodas, snacks and paper plates and napkins.
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.


Gwen Pongracz          Mar 17






Dave Dries                  27 years    Mar 01 1993
Katrina Sundstrom    1 year        Mar 13 2019
Dan Crane                  28  years   Mar 15 1992
Al Lewis                      45 years    Mar 15 1975
Jean Masiko               27 years    Mar 15 1993
Dottie Bloom              5 years      Mar 18 2015
Jeanne Shipe             6 years      Mar 20 2014