Farewell to a Friend

Gail Micca
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Attending the funeral for our sweet Halyna this past week was a moving experience. Learning of the close bond between Halyna and PDG Cindy Hornaman from the Emmaus Rotary Club was inspiring. Seeing Rotarians at Halyna's viewing, funeral, and luncheon gave me pause to think how blessed we are to have each other as friends. As time passes, the bonds between members continue to grow and, for that, I am grateful.

Sometimes I wonder what life would look like if I hadn't been invited to join our club. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t have an interaction with a Rotary friend. You are a special kind of friend and I hope you are feeling the same. I will miss Halyna, her kind, warm voice, her soothing nature, her gentle nudge to do some good.

In Halyna’s honor, we will be restarting our “Tooth Fairy” donations for children who receive SnackPacks. In addition, we are collecting for the Visiting Nurses, of which Halyna was CEO.

Let’s do some good in her memory!

Look around and call your Rotary friends. Go out for dinner, come over to my house and play Splendor, go for a walk, or let’s grab a cup of coffee.  Life is short.


Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person at Cedar Crest College
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
First and Third Wednesdays
Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is also available during in-person meetings
      March 8 --  Four Way Test Speech Contest at our regular meeting
     March 18  --  D7430 Foundation Spring Fling at the Wm. Penn Inn.
      April 15  --  The STEM YEA  Big Ticket Reverse Raffle at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
     May 5 to 7, 2023  –  Annual District 7430 Conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City
      May 27 thru 31  --  RI Annual Convention in Melbourne, Australia
      July 13 thru 16  --  STEM YEA program for 2023.
Board and Committee
 Members for 2022-23
Current Executive Board:
President – Gail Micca
President Elect – Gwenn Carr's Committee
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Gary Englehardt
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – Tori Morgan
Service Chair – Debbie Jack
Public Relations Chair – Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair – Len Salines
Youth Services Chair – Sue and Bill Weber
AWRC Foundation Chair – Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair – Herb Klotz
Opportunities for Service
Here is an update for service opportunities in the coming weeks:
Community Service:
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning.
Contact Amir:
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
The dates for the next three KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
         February 18
         March 11
Each time we  start at 7:30AM  and usually are finished by 9:30AM.
Meals on Wheels – we can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
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:
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. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership: Tori Morgan –
Public Image: Marlene Heller –
Fundraising:  Len Salines –
Dining Out: Various 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser –
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou –
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla –
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla –
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube –
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen –
RLI: website        
Mar 29, 2023 8:15 AM
Interact Student Breakfast & Presentation at Middle School
Apr 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Apr 26, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Path Forward Planning Session - Part 2
May 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Experiencing Life Smart
May 24, 2023 7:30 AM
How Big Brothers Big Sisters is Expanding their Investment in the Community
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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 1.4 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!
      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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FEBRUARY 8, 2023
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“Where there is help, there is hope.”
Joseph Meyering, Sr.
Our meeting venue is at the Conference Center at Cedar Crest College. The Conference Center is located at the Tompkins College Center on South Cedar Crest Blvd.
The specifics are:
•        A $400 minimum (20 people x $20 person) has been approved by the committee.
•        Private conference-style room set up with round tables of eight people each.
•        A table at the entrance for the Sergeant-at-Arms.
•        The installed AV equipment is professional grade and sports two projection screens.
•        Food and beverages is set up at the back of the room, furnished from the Dining Hall. 
•        Lavatories are nearby.
•        Entire campus is ADA compliant, meaning that no stairs are required to enter or move about any of the buildings. Elevators are available from the ground floor.
•        Walkway from the parking lot to the building is flat and macadam. Walk takes about four minutes.
•        There are four parking spaces in front of the building for mobility-challenged people.
Another terrible disaster has struck,  this time in Turkey and Syria. They estimate 9,400 deaths. The damage is affecting thousands of people and many Rotarians.   We are in touch with local Rotarian leaders and the districts involved are applying for disaster response funds from RI.  
Bill Tobin of Shelter Box reports:   “This is a great way individuals and clubs can help with disaster relief. 
“ShelterBox is responding after a series of powerful earthquakes devastated southern Turkey and northern Syria. We’re sending an emergency response team to carry out crucial assessments and establish how we can best help.”
ShelterBox is launching an emergency fundraising appeal. Your support will contribute to our Turkey and Syria Earthquakes response as part of our general fund. We believe that the best way for us to be impactful is by staying flexible, and it is essential that we have funds available to support those affected by disasters around the world.
We’re speaking with our existing partners in Syria and Rotary contacts in Turkey to understand more about what’s needed and how we might provide support where it is needed most.
The humanitarian need in Turkey and Syria is immense and growing – it's the most devastating earthquake to hit the region in 100 years. The death toll is likely to rise significantly, and thousands of buildings have been destroyed in both countries leaving people homeless, with nowhere to sleep, in the middle of a bitter winter. The region where the earthquakes struck is home to significant numbers of Syrian refugees.
ShelterBox provides different combinations of emergency shelter and essential household items depending on what is needed. This could be tents and shelter kits, stoves, thermal blankets, and clothing to keep people warm through the freezing winter nights. It could be cash to help people buy what they need to survive. Or it could solar lights that help people when there is no electricity.
Club and district support is desperately needed so we can reach survivors in the aftermath of this disaster.
The AWRC has a ShelterBox in this year’s budget. Please consider donating to many more. The world inventory will need to be replaced A.S.A.P.
You still can register to attend our Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute from the comfort of your home (or office) on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 between 6 pm and 9 pm both nights.
This is our first-time-ever Rotary Leadership Institute session that we have offered on weeknights, but you must attend both sessions to get credit for the course.
We have already recruited a fabulous group of experienced facilitators who are working hard to make your experience both enriching and informative. We will offer Parts I, II, III and this year's Graduate course on Advanced Strategic Planning. Remember, whether virtually or in real-life, attending a Rotary Leadership Institute session allows you to share your experiences and learn from others who are experiencing similar challenges in their Rotary clubs and finding ways to serve their communities.
The cost for this session is only $25.
For more information, contact Linda Doliber, Site
 Register NOW for RLI NEA Seminar – Dist 7930 –Wakefield, MA-Virtual (2 evenings)
You must register by going to
If  you would prefer to attend a Rotary Leadership Institute in-person during March that may be close to your home or Rotary Club, then check out our options at www.rlienea. Sites are:
         RLI NEA Seminar – Dist 7170 – Johnson City High School March 4, 2023 
         RLI NEA Seminar – Dist 7950 – Bourne, MA  March 18, 2023
         RLI NEA Seminar – Dist 7390 – Harrisburg, PA  March 25, 2023
        IN_PERSON at DeSales Univ. on March 25th
The 4-Way Test Speech Contest for High School students returns to the AWRC on March 8 after a Covid-related absence. This contest supports the club’s goal of “building a better future by developing our youth through education and leadership opportunities.” It will increase the students’ critical thinking, public speaking and research skills as they build character.
Students from the Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh School Districts, including LCTI, have been invited to give a persuasive speech applying the  principles of the 4-Way Test to an ethical concern with which they have personal experience. Presently, there are three contestants. The winner of the Club Contest will progress to the Regional Contest 10:00, April 1, at Willow Lane Elementary School in Macungie. The winner of that contest will progress to the District Contest on May 6, (time to be determined) at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.
To support our goal and this contest, members are urged not only to attend the live meeting but also to volunteer for the roles required to hold a successful contest. The contest requires: 3 Judges, who will fill out the standard judging forms using set criteria; 1 Timer, who will track and record each speaker’s time; and 1 Teller, who will tally and report those results to the Contest Chair. Additionally, contestant certificates need to be created and, perhaps, a press release made.
Please contact the Contest Chair, Bill Keba, for information regarding contest and the role you will fill.
Allentown West Rotary Club
FEBRUARY 8, 2023
Today was an In-Person meeting at Cedar Crest College. There were 21  of us there, plus  5  more on line.
Our Greeter was Bill Keba, with help from Ron Coleman. S-a-A Mitch Huston handled Registration, Prizes and Happy Dollars.
Nick Millward, Peace Scholar; PDG Bob Hobaugh, today\s speaker; Bianca Rivera, new member candidate; and Kendy, friend of Bianca.
See separate article.
Introducing Bianca Rivera who attended our dining out and is joining our club soon. She is from the Members First Credit Union.
Pres. Gail Micca started the meeting at 7:30 A.M.
 Pastor Jean Masiko  Gave a very nice invocation with special prayers for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
Ron Coleman led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag.
Marlene Heller led us in reciting the Four Way Test, adding “Is it fun?”
The four door prizes were won by Marlene Heller, Ralph Witcher, Bill Keba and Jean Masiko.
The $20  of the 50:50 was won by Bill Palmer.
Bill Palmer was happy that Marlene Heller drove him to the meeting today.
Laurie Grube is happy that Bianca and Kendy   are here today.
Gail Micca is happy that their daughter is safely traveling; destination is Death Valley.
Bob Hobaugh is happy to be here today, and he and Florita are traveling to visit their Granddaughter.
Ron Coleman paid a happy dollar that he owed from a zoom meeting.
Bill Keba is happy that he walked in to the meeting with Ralph Witcher.
Ralph Witcher is happy that the Eagles won. And he and Pat had a great time in Hawaii.
Herb Klotz had a great trip with EWB to the Dominican Republic. The 7 year project that AW members helped fund now is complete.
Sharon Goldner gave $5 in hope that the Eagle noise soon would be over.
Guest, Kendy, is happy to be here today.
Bianca Rivera is happy to be here today.
Gwenn Carr is happy to report that Gary’s Mother is doing better after her fall.
Pres. Gail reports that we have sold $700 in squares for the Super Bowl  contest. Please buy some squares. Just tell Gail how many. Funds will finance Food Pantries.
See separate article.
The list of February member celebration events is shown below. 
Last week Gwenn and Gail explained that we are asking all members using Zoom when there is an In-Person meeting, and when that member still is in the United States, to voluntarily pay $10 each time. We need to cover the $400 minimums at Cedar Crest College each meeting.
Gail reminded us that not too many years ago we charged members a $5 minimum to attend a meeting and to have a cup of coffee.
The three contestants will speak here on March 8.
Bill Keba needs two judges, a timekeeper and a note-taker. Please help. It’s fun.
Marlene Heller said “I regret that we had such a good time, we forgot to take pictures.”
On Groundhog Day, 21 AWRC Rotarians and friends gathered for a Dining Out experience at Capo & Co., a new restaurant in Emmaus. It was a boisterous evening, with great food and lots of laughter, and a bit of fundraising.
President Gail Micca passed around the Super Bowl Squares sheet and started filling it up with names. (There is still time to buy squares, people!) Dining Out is a great opportunity to socialize and meet members face to face, have conversations you can’t fit in at a meeting, and put faces to names you’ve heard but not seen, if you don’t get to regular meetings.
Looking around the room, it was apparent that our membership is getting larger, younger, and very enthusiastic! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and quite a few take-home containers were seen leaving the restaurant. Next month’s Dining Out is being planned by Ralph Witcher, so watch for details!
Ralph Witcher is making a plan to go on March 2nd to Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion, 3174 Tilghman St. in Village West.
Quentin Sowers will give his classification talk then.
There will be Snack Packing at Parkland H.S. TODAY.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at
The dates for the next two KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
                   February 18      and            March 11
Each time we start at 7:00 A.M. and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M.
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for the entirety of 2023.   
There was one on February 4th.
Three volunteers are needed each time.
Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. will be held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
The schedule for the next two months is set. Helen always needs substitute volunteers.
Pres. Gail announced last week that we will hold these meetings on March 29 at NWL Middle School, and May 31 at the Parkland H.S. Library. These days are the 5th Wednesday of the month.
Please remember that the 2nd Annual Big Ticket Reverse Raffle (BTRR) will be held on April 15, 2023 at Brookside Country Club, in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 P.M.
Nick Millward has submitted an AWRC Request for funding form for a project he calls "21 Provinces/21 Students." The request is for $1,500 to sponsor one Mongolian student to attend the University in Mongolia each year for four years, or six years for an advanced degree.
Peter Wohlsen designed a great logo:
A paper vote was taken this morning. Gwenn Carr reports that the count was in favor. Next the AWRC B.o.D. must approve.
The first meeting of each month will be a Dining Out meeting, or equal. It may not be on a Wednesday.
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
February 22 IN-PERSON at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M. Come early and mingle. There will be a Zoom option.
The program will be DG-Elect Diane Donaher, Exec. Dir. at Cay Galgon Life House, discussing “Navigating Motherhood.”
PDG Bob Hobaugh presented Pres. Gail with two awards for our RI Foundation Giving in 2021-22.
First was recognizing the $4,100 donated to PolioPlus.
Then Bob noted that our RC has 100% of its members donating to the Annual Fund, and each donation was over $100. So AWRC was the only RC in D7430 that received the large banner.
Pres. Gail introduced PDG Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC, to discuss Das Awkscht Fescht.
Here is the agenda:
•        What is Das Awkscht Fescht (Fescht)?
      1. Motor Vehicles, Celebration & Family
       2. Macungie Memorial Park Regional Asset
•        What Areas of Focus does the Fescht address?
       1. Community & Economic Development
       2. Maternal & Child Health
       3. Peace & Conflict Prevention
•        Rotarian Involvement
1. In all 6 Phases
•        Community Service opportunities:
  1. Field layout in advance
  2. Parking Friday through Sunday
  3. Distribute participate awards Saturday
  4. Distribute packets at registration tent
  5. Help preserve a regional treasure
Bob Hobaugh came into the area in 1963 and quickly became interested in this antique car show. The early events even had horses displayed on Sundays. In 1981 they stopped showing horses and they added things for kids to do and have fun.
Bob noted that Rotarian David Bausch in Allentown, a friend of AW Rotarians, worked on this event for many years.
Bob showed us many photos of these car shows over the years. Here is one of the Hornamans and the Hellers.
For 59 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in a beautiful park setting, it’s a perfect way for families to celebrate summer.
This year, they celebrate the 60th Annual Fescht, so come cruisin’ through 42 acres of fun at the Fescht, the largest antique and classic car show in the country – and enjoy the great things classic summers are made of. Admission includes all events, shows, and entertainment. The 2023 Fescht will feature the Corvette.
Bob is the Chair for this year’s event. The dates are Fri., Aug. 4 – Sun., Aug. 6, at Macungie Memorial Park, 50 Poplar St., Macungie, PA.
They expect to show 600 cars on Friday and Sunday, and 1,400 cars on Saturday. There will also be about 20 antique motorcycles to see.
The Macungie park is not government-owned, so it must raise funds to get things done. They work with Discover Lehigh Valley to do things.
Note that Musikfest 2023 is August 4–13 in Bethlehem. Many visitors go from antique cars to lots of music. The events do not compete.
The good works of this event are similar to what Rotarians do. So Bob is asking us for volunteers to work there, especially on Saturday. Or just come to see the cars, sample the food, and enjoy the entertainment.
Pres. Gail led us in reciting our motto, “One profits most who serves best,” and closed the meeting.
Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn & Western Lehigh Chambers
 Feb. 15 11:30 am-1 pm
•        Learn about all the manufacturing and distribution that takes place at Ocean Spray which is home to our favorite juice!
•        Tickets are $20 for Members and $40 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Dave Dries                  Feb 03
Gary Englehardt         Feb 04
Suky Jaffer                 Feb 07
Chuck Ehninger          Feb 09
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Lori Peters                  Feb 15
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Tom Friday                 Feb 21
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
Katrina & Rich Sundstrom Feb 12 2000       23 years   
Jill Kearney                1 year       Feb 02 2022
Helen Papathanasiou 1 year       Feb 02 2022
Ralph Witcher            7 years     Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn                 5 years     Feb 14 2018
Karen Rodgers           2 years     Feb 16 2021
Jean Machamer          7 years     Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher   5 years  Feb 21 2018