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



FFeb 26  --  John Scott
Mar 4  --  Halyna Stegura
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
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 in the private room to the rear left on February 27.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. The program is Scott Hock discussing the 2020 Census.
      Feb  21, and 28  --   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.
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 15, 2020
Update to the recent trip to Sierra Leonne
Apr 22, 2020
Converting the Distillery to the production of hand sanitizer
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC
May 13, 2020
Scholarship award presentation
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
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Facebook Page
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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         QUOTE of the WEEK --


        “To weep in trouble is human nature, but taking trouble to wipe someone's tears is humanity.”
                ― Abhijit Naskar,
When Humans Unite: Making A World Without Borders
Twelve AW Rotarians, which included Ronnee Klotz, assembled at the Starlit Diner at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday February 13 for fellowship, food and Rotary business.
Barbara Kistler led the meeting with our pledging to the U.S. Flag. There was a drawing for a door prize box of Girl Scout copies. And we did “Happy Dollars” to raise funds for our new sign.
Gwenn Carr announced that Jeffrey Kistler was the Rotarian of the month of January. And Jean Machamer is the Rotarian of the month of February.
Jeanne Shipe led a discussion about the need for members to step up as club leaders for the open positions for the March election.
Herb Klotz explained how we still need more AW members to help at the April 24-26 District Conference. It was suggested that a list of daytime hourly blocks when and where volunteers can help for a few hours. And it should be noted that volunteers can just come for parts of the days.
Dale Heffner reported that he met with the b.o.d. of the East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors group last evening. Dale has been qualified and accepted as volunteer group advisor for the next year or so. Going forward we expect to provide financial support as well.

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


Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – February 19,2020
Our Greeter today was Len Salines and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then Pastor Jean Masiko gave a very nice invocation with a special mention of Ronnee Klotz.
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. Ralph then reviewed upcoming events.
Just us today.
P-E Ralph read aloud the list of February member birthdays, including Gary Englehardt and Mitch Huston. We all sang Happy Birthday.
So far we do not have enough AW members registered. DG Herb needs even more so we can staff our table at the “Summit” and explain the projects that we do.
Herb Klotz noted that there are a number of ways to attend OUR conference. You can volunteer for some hours for any day, but Saturday needs the most.
ALSO we really need at least one more $1,000 corporate sponsor.
DG Herb Klotz awarded to Geoff Legg a Paul Harris Felloe (PHF) plus 2 lapel pin. Thank you, Geoff.
DG Herb then awarded Gwenn Carr and Gary Englehardt a Major Donor, Level One lapel pin. Thank you, Gwenn and Gary.
Gwenn Carr distributed copies of the history of Rotary district conferences.
Gwenn then asked member to stand if they worked on Feb projects, Ralph, Jeanne, Gail and Amir each received some special candy.
Diana Dunn was declared our Rotarian of the month of February, and received some candy and some applause.
Jean Masiko needs extra workers to stock shelves this Friday evening at 6 PM. A large shipment is coming in.
The President-elect and Vice President 2020-2021 positions still need candidates. Please contact Jeanne Shipe.
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.
Please support the March 28th  fundraiser.
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             
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.
February 27th --  The meeting  will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the private back room. Scott Hock will discuss the 2020 Lehigh County Census.
February 26th at Luther Crest with  John Scott as our Greeter. The program will be Brad Maier giving his Classification Talk.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
The door prize   donated by Len Salines was won by Halyna Stegura.
The $66 pot of the 50:50 was not won by Amir Famili’s  ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  Seven  marbles will be back next time.
Amir Famili is really happy about the progress being made by our Engineers Without Borders team in Sierra Leone.
Jeanne Shipe visited the Pottstown RC and spoke about the Friendship Exchange trip to South Africa.
Jeanne also was at the Pearl Buck House in Doylestown and met with the Outbound Northwestern Youth Exchange student that the Webers interviewed, and his parents.
Al Lewis is happy to report on the Winter Carnival at Saranac Lake. His daughter has great pictures.
Ralph Witcher is happy that son, Seth, is performing on TV CH 69 this morning.
Herb Klotz is happy to announce that Ronnee and he are going to North Carolina.
Gwenn Carr described the very special birthday cake that Gary asked for. It is loaded with Chocolate and takes two days to prepare.
Pres. Amir introduced Daniel Delgadillo  to discuss the U.S. Peace Corps. Daniel is the Help Desk Manager at the Hill School and a member of the Pottstown Rotary club. Having grown up in Mexico and later Arizona, Daniel is passionate about travel and understanding other cultures. Daniel lives with his wife Jordan and their dog and cat in Reading.
The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. Its official mission is to provide social and economic development abroad through technical assistance, while promoting mutual understanding between Americans and populations served.
Using a series of slides with photos, Daniel told us about his experience in the Peace Corps. Daniel served in Kenya from 2009 – 2012.
The Goals of the Peace Corps:
1. To help the people of interested countries meet their need for trained men and women.
2. To promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
During first few months, the various modes of training included:
         Language          Culture               Technical
Daniel’s site was described as:
         Garissa Town – pop. 65,000 (1999)
         Water sourced from the River Tana originating in Mount
         Ethnic majority Somali of the Ogaden Clan
His Work ---
         Primary focus was teaching computer skills at a          vocational college. To start they had 10 computers, but only two worked.
Danial described the culture there as  ---
The Somali language does not have a concept of politeness.
Men wear sarongs – which are also status.
The idea of fresh farm-to-table means that you grow today and eat it tomorrow.
Daniel’s Perspective  --  “Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing you can be of service to others.”
Daniel challenged us to promote volunteering to the Peace Corps to our relatives and friend emerging from college. And he said to promote it to recent retirees as well.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


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


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Dave Dries,                 Feb 03
Gary Englehardt,        Feb 04
Sukaina Jaffer            Feb 07
Cindy Rosevelt           Feb 14
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
George Ikeda              Feb 24
Carrie Ballek              Feb 27






Ihor Fedoriw      36 years             Feb 01 1984
Scott Hock         32 years             Feb 01 1988
Ralph Witcher   4 years               Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn        2 years               Feb 14 2018
Donna Beach     4 years               Feb 17 2016
Jean Machamer    4 years               Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher  2 years      Feb 21 2018
George Ikeda     41 years             Feb 24 1979