Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.



Pres. Ralph Witcher is  the Greeter while we are using Zoom.
There are no Thursday evening meetings planned for November nor for December.
Missed a club meeting? Lucky for you, we record our Zoom meetings! Click the link and then choose which meeting you’d like to view. Use the slide at the bottom if you want to skip over the socialization part of the meeting. We open the formalities at 7:30 am, and presenters begin at 8 am. So even if you missed the meeting, it’s just like being there!
The AWRC Channel link is:
      Nov 11  --  Veterans Day
     Nov 26  --  Thanksgiving Day
Please “Like” Us!
If you are on Facebook, and you have any sense of Allentown West Rotary Club loyalty, please show it by going to our Facebook page and clicking “Like” in the top bar, right under the picture of everyone running in the Purple Pinkie race.
You can also click “Follow” for extra "brownie points."
We are in a pseudo-competition with other clubs in our district, and right now we are in the lower half of the pack, with just over 250 likes. The top of the pack is over 500! You can also invite your friends and family to like us, by sharing any of our posts to your own FB page, and asking your own followers to like us! HELP US FLOAT TO THE TOP! We know how good we are; let’s show everyone else that Allentown West Rocks!
Marlene Heller
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Water, weed, harvest in the Allentown West Garden
Location: Near Dorney Park
Contact: Gail Micca
Pack 50 Snack Packs at your house
Pick up/drop off at Gail’s house
Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase/Sell raffles for our Fundraiser
Contact: Len Salines
Help Cleanup our Adopt-A-Highway
Location: Rte. 222
Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase, pack and distribute produce on third Tuesday of the month
Location: Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry
Contact: Gail Micca
Distribute produce at Lowhill Food Pantry
Location: 4695 Lowhill Church Rd, New Tripoli, PA 18066
Contact: Amir Famili
Distribute food at Kingdom Life Food Pantry
Location: 4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Dates: September 12 and October 17 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Marlene Heller
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing: Amir Famili 
Membership:  Tom Friday
Public Image: Marlene Heller  --
TT6:  Len Salines –
 Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Evening Meeting:  On hold
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb Kistler --
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC: John Scott  --
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character:  Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Amir Famili --
Website Editor: Marlene Heller
RLI:   website        
Jan 06, 2021 7:30 AM
Connector Street - How it all Started + How does it Help People
Jan 13, 2021 7:30 AM
Feb 03, 2021 7:30 AM
The Green-Eyed Llama
View entire list
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
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.
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2020-21
President - Ralph Witcher
President - Elect - Gail Micca
Vice President - John Scott
Immediate Past President - Amir Famili
Secretary - John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms - Mitch Huston
Service Committee Chair - Gail Micca
RI Foundation and International Grants Chair - PDG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Evening Meeting Chair  -  N/A
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Thomas Friday
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill and Sue Weber
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send  your ideas to Amir Famili.
     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
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
NOVEMBER 11, 2020
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
  “The most sincere form of kindness is not to show off our greatness but to help another discover their own.”
                ― Charles F. Glassman
                        November is Rotary Foundation Month

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
                           ISAIAH JUSTUS JOHRI
At our meeting today  we recognized Isaiah Johri as our Student of the Month for November.  Isaiah is a Senior at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute specializing in Electromechanical and Mechatronics. 
In the words of LCTI’s Dr. Covelle, “Isaiah has taken on a difficult work load taking Dual Enrollment (between LCTI and Lehigh Carbon Community College) and Accelerated Government courses this year and has straight A’s so far.  In his spare time he helps his parents who are frontline health workers combat the COVID 19 pandemic.  He is a model example of that a student should be in and out of the classroom.” 
Outside of school Isaiah works in a dog kennel and volunteers at his church teaching Vacation Bible School and assisting his father in Sunday School.  This winter he plans to wrestle at his home school, Northwestern Lehigh. 
Isaiah’s future plans are to attend Lehigh Carbon Community College for his Associates Degree and then Penn State Berks in Electromechanical  Engineering.
Allentown West Rotary Club
Zoom  Meeting November 11, 2020
Today was a Zoom meeting with 29 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Solomon and Mrs. Johri, Parents of our Student of the Month: Dr. Mark Covelle, Academic Principal of LCTI:  and Capt. Nick Millward, Peace Fellowship winner, calling in from Japan.
ISAIAH JUSTUS JOHRI, a Senior at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, is the AWRC  Student of the month for November. Rev. Jeffrey Kistler conducted the award ceremony that included an Amazon gift certificate.
Isaiah thanked us for the award. Then Dr. Covelle explained that Isaiah was the unanimous choice of his teachers for this recognition. And he thanks AWRC for doing this. See separate article.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation with special thanks to our Veterans. Then he led us in the Pledge of allegiance  to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Ralph played the musical rendition video of the 4 Way Test. Then he showed us a video of a High School student’s speech about the 4 Way Test from our recent district speech contest. Really good.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of November members and their celebration dates. 
Herb Klotz announced that our friend Capt. Nick Millward is one of only 50 applicants world-wide to have just been granted a Rotary Peace Fellowship. We all congratulated Nick.
Nick is very pleased and humbled. He will leave the Military next July after 7 years, and in the Fall will attend the University of Queensland, Australia for 1-1/2 or 2 years earning a dual master’s degree.
Gail Micca on Nov. 4th reported that In addition to these heads of lettuce, pad choi and peppers, we also provided kale and collard greens to Jordan Lutheran Food Pantry on Monday morning.  More produce will be delivered to LowHill Friday.  Garden is wrapping up soon, but if anyone would like to come and visit or help with clean up, please let Gail know.
Jean Machamer delivered beautiful hand painted rocks to decorate our garden too! Thanks Jean.  We need more painted rocks and it’s a great project to do at home!
Gail Micca reports  “Dropped off the third load of luggage for Valley Youth House today, Nov. 8th. Thanks go to Bill and Sue Weber, Bev Kistler and my friend Cheryl Barraco for the donations.
Pres. Ralph said that last week’s survey fell short of the minimum number of members needed for us to contract with Brookside CC next month. There still is time, IF more members are interested.
Jean Masiko reports that  Kingdom Life Food Bank's monthly food giveaway will be Saturday, November 21 beginning at 8AM.  This is the week before Thanksgiving Day and there will be a great need for volunteers. 
Please take a look at this new section on the left side of this bulletin.
The AWRC B.O.D. has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. Zoom meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
Wednesday November 18th  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Dr David Ehrenkrantz, Pres Rotary NE Sunrisers PHL to discuss the Vocational Training Team (VTT) Mission Trip to Pignon Haiti
Missed a club meeting? Lucky for you, we record our Zoom meetings! Click the link and then choose which meeting you’d like to view. Use the slide at the bottom if you want to skip over the socialization part of the meeting. We open the formalities at 7:30 am, and presenters begin at 8 am. So even if you missed the meeting, it’s just like being there!
The AWRC Channel link is:
No Thursday evening meetings are planned for November and December.
Many years ago Gail Micca was a RC Student of the Month in Fargo, N.D.
We discussed final Jeopardy questions for a bit. It was noted that after 36 years as the Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek just passed away last week at age 80.
Ihor Fedoriw asks us all to remember and thank our Veterans on this Veterans Day.
Jeff Kistler is happy that Barbara and he are spending more time together.
Katrina Sundstrom noted that with a recent birthday they now have two teenagers at home. Also she is happy that in this time of need to feed the hungry, so many people are contributing.
Bill Palmer is happy that we are really close to having a vaccine for covid19.
Marlene Heller is happy that she just did 30 miles on her bike  ----  an e-bike.
Ron Coleman said that it is amazing that so many stories are about families re-connecting.
Ihor Fedoriw is happy that none of us is ill with the virus.
Marlene Heller is happy that there no longer are Political ads on TV.
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced PDG Herb Klotz to discuss the Rotary Foundation. Herb is now retired after 34 years with Air Products.
Herb first reminded us that November is Foundation Month in the Rotary world.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than $1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has maintained a four star rating – the highest – by Charity Navigator for the last 13 years. We are at the top or the top 1% in the world. Over 90% of all monies donated end up as projects.
TRF has three main sections to which we donate:
         1. The Annual Fund. This is where RCs receive monies for District and Global Grants each year.
         2. PolioPlus which supports the efforts to eradicate polio from the world. The recent AW operated virtual 5K race brought in over $42,000.
         3. The Endowment Fund. These monies are invested and their earnings help finance TRF and some come back to the districts each year. This provides permanence to TRF.
Last year TRF provided over $300 million to projects.
Every grant application must fall into one or more of the Seven Areas of Focus:
•Promoting peace. ...
•Fighting disease. ...
•Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. ...
•Saving mothers and children. ...
•Supporting education. ...
•Growing local economies.
*Supporting the environment
Herb said AWRC is lucky because we have had many grants approved. He reviewed those of the last 7 ears.
         We received $20,000 for local projects “District Grants” to which we added $15,000 of club funds.
         We received over $9,000 for District Grants outside the U.S.
         We received $80,000 for 2 Global Grants.
Herb thanked Diana Dunn for all of her hard work in preparing applications and keeping score.
Herb noted that over those years AW Rotarians managed $110,000 of projects, and we donated $61,000 to TRF. This year’s goal for our club is $10,000.
There are several ways for people to give money to TRF. All members are urged to go to and set up an account in “My Rotary.” Then the easy way to give is to set up a schedule of dollars and timing for automatic deductions.
Or you can go on line and click on “Donate” and do it. If you have an account, then you and the club will receive credit.
Or you can write a check to TRF and get it to Herb or Chris Blechschmidt.
And there are ways to do bank transfers.
TRF provides various methods of recognizing donations. The Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award allows you to donate cash and/or use donated “Recognition Points” over time and get a PHF pin for each $1,000 level reached.
There also is the Paul Harris Society (PHS) in which  donors commit to giving $1,000 or more every year as long as they are financially able.
Right now AWRC has 36 members holding various PHFs. And 8 of our members are PHS members. Last year our District added 26 new members to the PHS.
BTW, every dollar donated earns a recognition point that you can use in the future. And last year our RC added a feature that awards 10 recognition points to each member donating 10 hours of volunteer time. These points can count toward your next PHF.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 Here is a link to our District Governor 's
latest Bulletin


This Rotary year we are trying something new to better facilitate our communication with you. We are transforming our traditional newsletter to a club-centric publication, Vibrant Club News, which will be published every other month. Vibrant Club News includes RC service projects, special events, and fundraisers.
The October edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
   And AWRC is mentioned again this issue.
Jeff Kistler                           Nov 01
Caitlin Beach Peterka          Nov 02
Barbara Kistler                     Jun 30
Jerry Frank                          Nov 18
Karen Legg                          Nov 22



Ronnee & Herb Klotz Nov 16 1980       40 years



Len Salines                24 years    Nov 06 1996
Nancy Handwerk         5 years     Nov 12 2015
Chris Basile                16 years    Nov 24 2003