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 will be no Thursday evening meetings
until after the pandemic.
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:
            April 30, May 1 & 2,   Virtual Tri-District Conference 
             June 29 --  Tuesday  is the D7430 annual Changeover
Send Cards to Support the Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation
Send a Thank You, Condolence, Congratulations, Thinking of You, In Honor of, In Memory of, or Just Because card and make a donation to the Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation at the same time. 
Our new Tribute Cards are here and ready to send out! You fill in the reason for the card on the top lines and your name on the bottom lines, and mail it out. On the front is a beautiful photograph of a familiar farmhouse in the Lehigh Valley. Inside, recipients will see that the purchase of the card goes to fund the Foundation of our Rotary Club, and they are invited to learn more at our website. On the back is some information about Rotary and our areas of focus.
Cards are sold in packs of 5 for $25, plus shipping. To order, go to the Allentown West website at and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. Payment is by PayPal. 
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 cover photo.
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 260 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:
Highway Clean up: 
Saturday April 24, 7:30 am contact Gail Micca
Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, TBD
Garden care. Contact: Gail Micca
Pack 50 Snack Packs at your house
Pick up/drop off at Gail’s house
Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase, pack and distribute produce on the SECOND SATURDAY 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: Third Saturday morning of each month
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
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 –
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        
Jun 09, 2021 7:30 AM
Learning American Sign Language
Jun 16, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Jun 30, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Jul 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Fundamentals of Cryptography
Jul 21, 2021 7:30 AM
Club Assembly
Jul 28, 2021 7:30 AM
Downsizing & Decluttering Talk
Aug 04, 2021 7:30 AM
What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One
View entire list
Make it your business to share your Rotary story! When you meet someone who isn't aware of all Rotary has to offer personally, professionally, and to the world, it's an opportunity. Let them know you are one of the 1.2 million people in the world who make the world better by serving the community.
Offer them the chance to join us for an activity or a meeting to learn more. If you don't ask, they won't know! Be a Rotary Ambassador!
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 Archivist at
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 & International Grants Chair - PDG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
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 Ralph Witcher. 
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family who would benefit from our support with cards, flowers, or visits, please notify Jean Machamer at
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
APRIL 21, 2021
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First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more
than 193 countries.
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “The greatest conduct is love in action.”
               ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Hugs that last over 20 seconds release chemicals into your body called “oxytocin” that make you trust someone more.
OUR D-7430 EARNED THE 2019-20
Our 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney  recently notified us that District 7430 has earned the 2019-20 District Citation!  Only 11% of all districts in the United States received this award.  We earned this because of the outstanding performance of our clubs last year. 
During the 2019-2020 Rotary year, our clubs worked to increase their membership, contribute to The Rotary Foundation, serve their communities, participate in Rotary programs, improve their public images, and much more.
The 2019-2020 District Citation certificate is one of only 93 worldwide that had at  least half of the Rotary clubs earning the Rotary  Presidential Citation. Actually over 70% of our clubs did so.
Zoom Meeting  Notes – April 21, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  27  people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M. 
Donna Barna, Pres. Hazleton RC; Bill Delicker, Ontelaunee Vet Memorial Comm.; and Capt. Nick Millward calling in from Japan.
Marlene Heller switched her background  7,400  miles from Tel Aviv to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
David Haight was on the phone with us today from Luther Crest. They now are allowed family to visit, and they eat in the Dining Rooms at half capacity.
Gail Micca said that she and Ralph are working on an in-person meeting at the Trivet on Wednesday a.m. June 9th with a Zoom link. She needs some A-V assistance to do it.
Ron Coleman sang a few words about the Cat Hat.
John Scott came on line wearing his Mexican Sombrero that he purchased at our auction last week.
Nick Millward had 2 happy dollars. They have now broken ground on the new garden. And on May 21st he will interview the former President of Mongolia.
Katrina Sundstrom is happy they are back to their son’s baseball tournament.
Ralph Witcher is happy that their 1-1/2 year old granddaughter now is helping to sweep the floor.
Tom Friday is happy that the Helicopter flight test on Mars went well.
Amir Famili’s Nephew has worked for years on the Mars project.
There is a rocket launch tomorrow going to the Space Station.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of April  members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Pres. Ralph read to us the Rotary Vision Statement as the quote of the week.
Chair Tom Friday extended a welcome to our guests on line with us today. He encourages us all to invite guests to join our meetings.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.
Marlene Heller read the 4 items and then asked for volunteers to give an example.
Pat Witcher said that we all have been living the Four Way Test throughout this pandemic, and that we are the better for it.
The AWRC board yesterday approved committing $1,800 in cash and then seeking at least $700 in donations to support the new Veterans Memorial in Ontelaunee Park. Bill Delicker was delighted. Bill said that the dedication date has been moved out to Memorial Day 2022 or later because of issues with the granite.
Dr. Kathy Ott, our baking expert, will be selling some cakes to raise funds for the Memorial.
The Amazon Smile fundraising details will be coming in a week or so.
Snackpacks were made and delivered by Barb Kistler, Karen Rodgers and Gail Micca.
30 were delivered to Lowhill F.P. by Barb and 70 were delivered to Gene at LCCC.
Kathy Ott will be delivering supplies to Parkland next week for the April packing.
Saturday April 24, 7:30 a.m. --   contact Gail Micca
AWRC  WORK  DAY  -  MAY 1st:
May 1st is a workday at the garden with Interact members and Camp Neidig participants.  Please contact Gail to sign up to help make this day great. All are welcome. 
Jean Masiko needs volunteers for the Kingdom Life Food Center distribution on Saturday April 24.
Gail Micca  reminds us to “Please consider stopping by to learn about the Green Thumbs Garden Project this Thursday. We will have a general orientation session at 2:00 and again at 6:30.  You can sign up here: Or you simply let me know.”
Kits of garden seeds are being prepared. You plant them and you get two to keep.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Amir.
The Tri-District Conference is comin April 29th.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin. New ones:
Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, TBD
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 April 28, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will  be  AWRC’s Dr. Barbara Kistler, Dean of Academic Services  (Ret)  Leading the AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Parkland High School Students.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher  introduced  Jill Reynard, Admissions Counselor at Job Corps giving an Introduction to Job Corps & the Lehigh Valley. With Jill was CALVIN "CAL" HERRING the Business Community Liaison. Ralph said they are remarkable people.
Professionally Jill has spent the majority of her career working in the Human Services with adolescents in placement through Children & Youth and Juvenile Probation. Jill has had the opportunity to work with thousands of children in all aspects of placement services from Case Worker, Intake Counselor to Court Liaison Services. She has taken great pride in working with the youth she has had under her purview.
Since coming to Job Corps, Jill has been able to help many young people around the Lehigh Valley gain admission to free education & training. One of the biggest focuses has been to educate professionals and people in the Lehigh Valley about Job Corps and all that it has to offer.
Jill is a native to the Lehigh Valley. She graduated from Parkland High School in 1995 and attended Lehigh Carbon Community College and Fisher College in Massachusetts. Currently she lives in Allentown.
Calvin “Cal” Herring started his work at Keystone Job Corps in February of 1995. Over this time, Cal has worked as a Vocation Instructor (business and carpentry), Vocational Counselor, College Coordinator, Work Based Learning Coordinator, and is now the Business Community Liaison for Job Corps of Lehigh Valley.  He will retire soon. Also Cal is a member of the Hazleton RC.
Jill said she was excited to be with us today to tell this story. Keystone Job Corps Center and Red Rock Job Corps Center are the two that are close enough to the Lehigh Valley and serve them. Recently the management of the two centers has merged to a common structure with Keystone leading.
Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years.
Job Corps is a voluntary program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24. Job Corps has a budget of $1.7 billion per year.
Job Corps’ mission is to educate and train highly-motivated young people for successful careers in the nation’s fastest-growing industries.
BTW, Keystone has a Cougar as its mascot. They are located in Hazleton, PA. Jill works both Admissions at the beginning, and then placement and follow-up afterward.
Students can apply by going on line. They must meet low income requirements, and be drug free and not in any trouble. They live in Dormitories and are well fed, have good health care, have a campus life as well as extra events ( not during the pandemic).
The training starts with an evaluation of each student’s literacy and numeracy skills being evaluated. Some will have courses in those subjects as well as training for possible occupations. 75% of the graduates find good jobs. Some go into the Military.
Entry is all year, and students typically stay for 9 to 12 months. Some go on to college after the Job Corps. There also is a way for a single parent with a child to participate.
Since this  is a U.S. Government program, they have not been allowed to expand, even though the need is there. Between the two centers they can handle over 900 students at a time. Only half of that is during the pandemic.
One of the needs that Jill has is for more people and businesses to know about these programs. Presentations like this one help.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Please plan to participate in the Virtual Tri-District Conference on April 30, May 1 & 2, 2021.  Registration is $25 and will open online (here) March 1, 2021. This three-day event will include:
  • Guest Speakers
  • Interesting & Timely Breakouts
  • Afternoon of Service Projects
  • Four Way Test Speech Contest
  • The Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 
  • Fun, Fun & Fun 
Visit the Facebook page DisCon2021! Exploring New Opportunities, Together! Register and get details at


 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 February edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Mike Gschwendtner           Apr 02      
Gil Keller,                    Apr 09
Michelle Steiner            Apr 18



Tom & Pearlene Friday                Apr 16 1983       38 years
Dana & Mike Gschwendtner        Apr 20 1999       22 years



John Scott                   5 years     Apr 06 2016
AJ Henry                     29 years    Apr 15 1992
Gwen Pongracz            12 years    Apr 15 2009
Andy Drotar                3 years      Apr 26 2018