Summer Solstice 2020
Saturday, June 20
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.
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.
THappy Hour meetings now are weekly via  Zoom  at  5:30 P.M.
      July 29  --  NEW DATE --  District Changeover VIA  ZOOM.
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
Aug 05, 2020 7:30 AM
Thoughtful Leadership
Aug 12, 2020
The Red Cross and you
Aug 19, 2020 7:30 AM
Health Insurance During the Time of Covid-19
Aug 26, 2020 7:30 AM
20-21 District 7430 Annual Club Visit & Kickoff Presentation
Sep 02, 2020
Challenges and opportunites in running the Allentown police dept
Sep 09, 2020 7:30 AM
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Emotional Wellbeing of "School-Aged" Children in the Lehigh Valley
Sep 23, 2020 7:30 AM
Valley Youth House: Serving Vulnerable Youth & Families in our Region
Oct 07, 2020 7:30 AM
Creating the American Dream
View entire list
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
      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 --
“When you help someone, you also help yourself. Instead of worrying about how much you get in return, you are better off helping as many people as you can.”
               ― Tapan Ghosh
As part of our Zoom meeting this morning  Dr. Jude Sandt, Assistant Principal for the Parkland High School,    was inducted into Rotary as our newest Active member. Welcome, Jude.
Then Dr. Ann Bieber, President of LCCC, was inducted as an Honorary member. Dr. Barbara Kistler introduced Ann and noted her long time support of AW Rotarians and their events. Welcome to AWRC, Ann.

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.


Our TT Food Partner this week isTacos y Tequila. They are Located at 530 Hamilton Street in Allentown, and they serve delicious authentic Mexican food. 
Tacos y Tequila is open for outdoor dining. Please reserve your table in advance, either online or by calling 610-351-8226. It is suggested that you call 24 hours in advance. 
Normal hours begin at 11 a.m. each day. Pickup and delivery of food is also offered. The website is
Please remember to say that you are a member of the Allentown West Rotary Club.
Our third consecutive AWRC weekly Zoom Happy Hour meeting on June 11, 2020 included seven of us for an hour of storytelling and conversation.
Herb Klotz explained the way a Passport RC operates, since we will charter one with 22 new members. They have officers, meet in person ( or Zoom ) once a month, and volunteer to work on the projects of other RCs. For example, eight of the new LV Passport club volunteered at the Kingdom Life food distribution on Saturday, June 6th.
We admired Dennis Houser's backdrop which featured four of his grandchildren who live in San Diego.
Ronnee Klotz misses visiting with her grandchildren.
Dale Heffner told us about the trials and tribulations associated with having a log home built on their property for daughter Sarah.
Bob Machamer still is doing Zoom services, along with delivering his weekly messages.
Dennis Houser and Tom Friday now are part of Len Salines’ Raffle Committee.
Dennis admits that he drove an hour to a county with an open barbershop and got a haircut.
Murtaza Jaffer reports that the new EBC facility now on Hamilton is great.
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  June 17, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  there were 35 adults and some children on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves our Greeter and President Amir Famili, opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M.  Chuck Ehninger gave a very nice invocation.
DGN Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC; Ann Bieber, President of LCCC; Jude Sandt, Asst. Principal, Parkland H.S.: Dr. Jim Eliker, Adj Lecturer Alvernia University; Marissa Cecere, guest of Barbara Kistler; Shane Bagini, P.R. Dept. at LCCC; and Nick Millward,  a Peace Fellowship candidate calling in from Japan.
 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.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” and other Essential Workers for what they do and asks all to pray for them.
Gail Micca reports: “This week, we will be providing 180 snackpacks at the drive thru event with Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry.  With each snackpacks weighing approximately  6.25 lbs, this will be about 1,100 pound of food this week.  Our team looks forward to assisting with the drive thru event.  More volunteers will be needed in July, please contact Gail via ClubRunner.”
Gail Micca reports: “Our club has provided 40 snackpacks to Lowhill Food Pantry for their distribution this week. This equals over 250 pounds of snacks and meals for children in the Northwest area.  We are pleased to be able to provide these and look forward to helping all children and teens in our district.” 
Amir Famili said that 300 lbs. of fresh produce were delivered to the Lowhill FP last Saturday by AW Rotarians.
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. Our TT Food Partner this week is Tacos y Tequila. See separate article.
The Montgo-New Britain RC was virtually chartered on Monday June 15, and the Lehigh Valley Passport RC was virtually chartered on Tuesday June 16. This adds about 40 members to D7430.
Chair Bill Tusczynski announced on Monday June 15 that as of last week, total giving to ShelterBox in D7430 totaled $71,532, putting us as THE  #1 District in the U.S.
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, June 18th at  5:30 P.M. we will hold a ZOOM Happy Hour meeting. Just show up and smile with a drink in your hand optional..
RI will be conducting the planned Honolulu Convention virtually starting June 20th. The speakers will be amazing, and there is no cost to participate.
Wednesday June 24 starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be State Representative, Mike Schlossberg discussing The Economic impact of the pandemic crisis on the PA economy and a path forward.
Dr. Jude Sandt was inducted as an Active member, and Dr. Ann Bieber as an Honorary member today, with Gwenn Carr conducting the ceremony. Barbara Kistler sponsored Ann and introduced her. Gail Micca sponsored Jude and introduced him. See separate article.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Ron Coleman started with his video off, he says because he had no clothes on.
Barbara Kistler had a great background of an AWRC banner on display.
Barbara Kistler welcomed her guest, Marissa, who is a former Easton Rotarian now returning to the area and interested in rejoining Rotary. Marissa was an Exchange student in 2010-11.
Pres. Amir said that Capt. Nick Millward will be our speaker on our July 8th meeting.
Gail Micca’s car got rear-ended yesterday.
Ron Coleman is flying to South Carolina to see his grandchild.
Marlene and Gary Heller finally got to see their grandchildren in person, but no hugging.
Pres. Amir said that Happy Dollars relating to grandchildren now cost $5 --- EACH.
Kristina Sundstrom is happy that baseball for their son is starting up. She also noted that they are celebrating the first anniversary of Parkland CARES.
Ralph and Pat Witcher are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary.
Bob Hobaugh loves his 91 year old Mother-in-law.
Tom Friday is happy to have his grandchildren back in his care again this week.
Pres. Amir introduced Dr. Jim Eliker, Adj Lecturer Alvernia University discussing Servant Leadership.
Jim served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1974-1981 including shipboard duty on a US destroyer and then as part of the staff at the US Naval Academy.  He then served as a Human Resources professional at Air Products and Chemicals from 1981-2009, including supporting brilliant clients like Dr. Amir Famili in Performance Chemicals.  Jim retired from Air Products and served as a senior HR generalist with Lutron Electronics from 2009-2015. 
After retiring from industry, Jim has continued career and leadership coaching and pursued doctoral studies in leadership at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.  Jim took his undergraduate in mathematics at Miami University of Ohio, his masters at Gonzaga University in organizational leadership, and just completed his doctorate at Alvernia last month. 
His graduate studies have focused on the concept of servant leadership within organizations. Jim has also taught several business classes at Alvernia University and written over 150 educational songs for the Word of the Week program in the Reading area. Jim serves as an ordained Greek Orthodox Deacon at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa.
Jim said that Amir and he have been good friends since the Air Products days. He said he is honored to be with us today.
Jim has studied the subject of “Servant Leadership” for 10 years. He did his research with a Hotel whose staff has used these principles and are doing very well.
Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” -Robert K. Greenleaf.  While servant leadership is a timeless concept, the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf.
It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first”. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: do those served grow as persons?
There is a website --  The Center for Servant Leadership  --  at  with a great deal of information.
The approach encourages employees to grow while keeping the long term in view. Jim’s Hotel studied is flourishing. When any person comes to their door that person is treated with sincere conversation and special treatment.
Jim says that this approach creates a workplace of happiness (joy). They are putting people above profit.
Pres. Amir led us in 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.
Rick Bloom                 Jun 04
Chris Blechschmidt   Jun 13
Donna Beach              Jun 22
Jean Machamer                  Jun 26
Barbara Kistler           Jun 30



Karen & Geoff Legg        Jun 17 1966       54 years
Gwen & John Pongracz    Jun 30 2001       19 years


       Barbara Kistler           16 years    Jun 01 2004

Jerry Frank                 25 years    Jun 15 1995
Jennifer Stinson         3 years      Jun 22 2017
Bob Gordon                13 years    Jun 27 2007
Ron Coleman             4 years      Jun 29 2016
Brian Peterka             5 years      Jun 30 2015
Wendy Weaver           5 years      Jun 30 2015