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:
             Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
         Mar 06, 2021New Member Orientation meeting
          Mar 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting      
          Mar 13, 2021  RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) virtual training sessions.
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:
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        
Apr 21, 2021 7:30 AM
Introduction to Job Corps & Lehigh Valley
Apr 28, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Parkland High School Students
May 05, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Northwestern HS, LCTI & LCCC Students
May 12, 2021 7:30 AM
How to Affect a Difference with Impact as a Prosecutor
May 26, 2021 7:30 AM
History of Woman & Journalism
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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
Check out the AWRC
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
          “We are a blessing to each other.”
                ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Check out these interesting facts about Allentown.
•It Once Hid the Liberty Bell. In July, 1776, some early patriots rang what became known as the Liberty Bell to mark the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. ...
•The Pennsylvania Dutch Aren't Dutch. ... They are Deutch a.k.a. German
• Allentown is known for many things, including its award-winning park system.
Correction: Due to incorrect information, we printed in last week’s AW, the erroneous message that Barbara Kistler will be receiving the International Woman of the Year Award. She, and all the other past winners, has been asked to attend this year’s presentation. We are very proud that Barbara won this award in 2019, representing our club, and remains a role model for people everywhere.
Reagan Hernandez, a Senior at Northwestern Lehigh High School was honored as our Allentown West Rotary Club Student-of-the-Month at our February 24  Zoom meeting.
In the words of counselor Erica Gross, Reagan is a leader in and out of the classroom.  She is President of her class, plays varsity field hockey.  She volunteers as a youth coach and at community food banks.  She is involved in Key Club and Leo Club, projects including Christmas cards to elderly people and fund raising. 
Reagan is a member of National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.  She is highly respected by teachers and peers.
Reagan’s future plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Biology and Physical Therapy. 
RLI: Rotary Leadership Institute
                           DO IT ALL IN ONE RLI DAY!
NOW is the time to make your decision to become better educated about world-wide Rotary.  If you have any wish to maximize your Rotary club membership, especially if you are new to your club, RLI makes it easy.  Attend the virtual RLI training session on March 13, 2021.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER FRIDAY March 5th.
Any Rotarian, newcomer and “old timer” alike, who attends a day of
RLI programs becomes a more valuable, and more dedicated,
member of their Rotary club.
Please register NOW for Part I, II, III, and if you have graduated you may register for the Post-Graduate Course.
For additional information and to register visit
Click the link, on the left hand side under "Upcoming Classes." Find the information for the 7430 – Pottstown RLI and click on "more info." On the next screen, click "RLI Registration" on bottom right.  Enter the security code as shown in the box, and click "Register Now."  At this point you will be able to enter your information.
For other information or registration help, please feel free to call or e-mail Len Gieseler, District Chair, at 610-323-2201 or
Zoom Meeting  Notes – February 24, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 40 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
PDG  B.J. Metz, Easton RC; PDG Linda Young,  Saucon-Center Valley RC; Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan; our Student of the month parents, Todd and Sheri Hernandez and Mr. David Combs, Guidance Counselor at Northwestern H.S. and Karen Rodgers, our newest member.
REAGAN HERNANDEZ was honored as our Student of the Month of February. Jeff Kistler conducted the ceremony and showed her a certificate and an Amazon gift card that are coming to her.  She was joined by her parents, Todd and Sheri Hernandez and by Mr. David Combs, Guidance Counselor at Northwestern.
Reagan thanked us for this honor and said that she likes to give back.
Counselor David Coombs congratulated Reagan and her parents.
See separate article.
B.J. Metz said he was planning to join an AWRC meeting for a while. Then somebody sent him a link and there he was today. His Easton RC meets once a month in person at the Pomfret Club. Other meetings are via Zoom.
When asked Ernie Boll said that it was 78 Degrees there in Green Valley, Arizona yesterday.
Amir Famili’s daughter is getting married today.
We discussed the U.S. Postal Service and its late deliveries these days. Ernie Boll had a December letter that was properly addressed returned to him as undeliverable  --  two months later.. Kathy Ott had a Kitchen Aide item delivered 3 days early ……. Not thru the U.S.P.S.
Gwenn Carr is happy  that Gary Englehardt participated last evening in the Allentown Rotary Club’s Career Night.  The  event featured Scientists and Engineers.  Thirty five students from various high schools in the Allentown area participated.  It was a great session and the students’ questions were thoughtful and practical.
Herb Klotz is happy that yesterday RI announced that they are looking for a new Peace Center location in the Middle  East.
Herb also is happy that he will be hiking the final  -- he has done 2,100 miles already  --  110 miles of the Appalachian Trail and asks us to sponsor him as a fundraiser for the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation toward our annual goal.  AND all donation dollars will be matched with recognition points up to 300, which gets donors closer to their next PHF recognition. See Herb’s e-mail.
Amir Famili is happy that Habitat for Humanity are completing 8 new houses. They need volunteers to help do the painting on two of them. Please contact Amir if you will help.
Karen Rodgers is happy that daughter Lily, who was in Interact at Parkland last year, now is at Jefferson and on the rowing team  --   successfully.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of February  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played a new videos about the 4 Wat Test. produced by Rotarians in India.
Marlene Heller then read to us the 4 items and  asked for  volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.  
Nick Millward told of a Mongolian homeless family that had a single Mom and six children. Nick knew that there still was $1,000 left in the account of the Church funds to cover freight costs for shipments to Mongolia. He could use that money and nobody would know.
But their agreement with the Church was that the funds had to go for freight. So Nick told the truth to the Church. They came up with $1,500 even though only $1,000 was needed.
Chair, Tom Friday welcomed our guests who were on with us today.
Pres. Ralph moved this to March 3rd.
Jacob Roma, current  Penn State Junior, who last January told us about THON—FOR THE KIDS reported that their recent dance fundraiser produced $10.6 million for programs.
On March 11th the Emmaus RC will hold a celebration to which we all are urged to attend. Our own Barbara Kistler will be recognized as a former winner.
Kathy Ott announced that Gwen Pongracz has the next winning ticket.
On March 6th there will be a new member orientation session.
D7430 Membership Chair, Gary Volpe, announced S.T.A.R.T. This is an acronym for Simply Talk About Rotary Today.  There is no better way to grow membership than to talk about the good we do.  Over the next three months we will be receiving bi-weekly emails with tips and best practices to help us attract new members. 
District 7430 will provide a $100 to  our RC as an incentive to attract each new member joining between February 1st to April 30th 2021.
Please see the separate article.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this 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 March 3, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Amanda Shurr, President & CEO, Lehigh Valley Zoo.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Erin Harris, SVP & CFO to discuss Preventative Measures, Challenges & Triumphs of Providing Essential Mental Health and Home Health Services during Covid-19. Ralph said that Erin is amazing as she acts as a Mother to the community. Erin has been 7 years with the group. She and her husband have two sons in High School.
During this presentation we learned the following about Preventative Health Measures (PHM):
         -Who is PHM?
         -What does PHM do?
         -Why does PHM do what they do?
Preventive Health Measures (PHM)  improves the quality of life for thousands of individuals through both Mental Health Wellness Centers in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and Georgia, and through their Home Health Care division in Pennsylvania. Preventive Health Measures believes that health care is a basic human right. It must be available, coordinated and provided in a comprehensive way, and combined with other human services when appropriate. Preventive Health Measures has been servicing the community in this way. 
Preventive Measures provides support to older people, younger people, people with disabilities and their careers to live independently at home and be part of the community.
After being a Stay-At-Home Mom for many years, Erin had a strong desire to start serving people with behavioral and developmental problems.  So, she went to school and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education.  Erin’s passion to help her clients was finally realized as she started her new career as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC) and a Mobile Therapist (MT). 
Erin is a native of the Lehigh Valley. She is a graduate of Northampton High School.  She received her B.A. in Business Management from Muhlenberg College and her Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education from University of Phoenix.
Erin started her career with Preventative Measures, Inc. as a Program Director & Therapist almost 7 years ago.  Today, Erin is Senior Vice President and CFO at Preventative Measures, Inc.
Erin thanked us for the invitation, and for Ralph’s glowing introduction.  She also said that she loves her work.
Ten years ago they had about 65 clients. Now they have over 1,300 just in the Lehigh Valley. Erin emphasized that people need to be healthy both inside and out.
They have two offices in the Lehigh Valley and one in East Stroudsburg. They work with the prison inmates there.
When covid19 arrived there was a surge in people with depression issues. They accepted every single person who came to them for help. Fortunately they already had a virtual communication system in place sometime before.
They also reached out to our first responders and essential workers and offered them free therapy. And they have been giving scholarships to students who are studying mental health issues.
They have donated over $100,000 to local charities. Their goal for 2021 is $250,000.
Erin said that right now they are in desperate need of Therapists. The need to stay at home is really a bad thing for their clients.
 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 
Complete details coming to your email box soon to register for Exploring New Opportunities, Together!


 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:
Dave Dries                  Feb 03
Gary Englehardt         Feb 04
Sukaina Jaffer            Feb 07
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Tom Friday                 Feb 21
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
George Ikeda              Feb 24






Ihor Fedoriw      37 years    Feb 01 1984
Scott Hock         33 years    Feb 01 1988
Ralph Witcher   5 years     Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn        3 years      Feb 14 2018
Donna Beach     5 years      Feb 17 2016
Jean Machamer         5 years      Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher  3 years      Feb 21 2018
George Ikeda     42 years    Feb 24 1979