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.
at Luther Crest
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.
May  6  --  Dottie Bloom
May 13  --  Ernie Boll
May 20   --  Chris Blechschmidt
May 27  --  Ralph Witcher

-NOTE that the Greeter Schedule also appears as a "site page" accessible on the left of our website Home Page without logging-in.

The next Thursday e evening meetings will be at the Starlite Diner on A DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
     June 19 to 22  --  Camp Neidig (RYLA) at Camp Manatawny has been cancelled.
      June 29  --  District Changeover at the Steel Club in Hellertown
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
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?
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Jun 17, 2020
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      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 --

“You have the power to turn this tearful world into a cheerful one. The question is, will you?”
                ― Abhijit Naskar, Lives to Serve Before I Sleep     


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. This week’s Featured Food Provider is:

Mediterranean Café and Grill.  They are open for takeout and are selling gift certificates.  They were TT partners for TT4 and TT5.
They are located in the strip mall at Rt. 100 and Tilghman where the Cracker Barrel is located.  The address is 7720 Main Street Fogelsville, PA and the phone number is 610-391-0400. 
When you order tell them you are a member of the Allentown West Rotary club.
On April 23rd Gail Micca reported that so far, since the schools have closed, we have delivered 527 snackpacks to the distribution centers of the Parkland, 427 through the school district  and 100 through Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry. 
The Parkland Reach team distributes every other week to 82 families, and most families receive more than one, with a need of approximately 175 snack packs per distribution. 
Gail has  collected enough food to prepare approximately 300 more snack packs.  Second Harvest has been great with providing needed items, but currently their stock is low. Costco has allowed us to bulk purchase mac and cheese, ramen, popcorn and oatmeal. Here is a picture of the current snack packs.
Tuna is a precious commodity, so Gail can only purchase one package at a time.  If anyone would like to purchase tuna or canned chicken when they shop, that would be wonderful.  It’s nice to include protein rich sources for the families.
to Kassidy Cunningham  from LCCC
Barbara Kistler made the award saying: "Kassidy Cunningham stated in her application that “serving people around me is important to me and is my ultimate career goal”.   Kassidy has appropriated a great truth for her life.  The two major criteria for getting a Rotary scholarship are service and leadership. 
Kassidy has served others by volunteering in a number of ways.  She has volunteered with Miracle League for some years in assisting special needs students in playing sports particularly baseball.  She helped with Snack Pack Pals, the Whitehall School District’s version of Snack Packs.  By both collecting food and packing the bags she assisted students in need.  She volunteered with Special Olympics for four years where she served as a mentor to special students throughout the day.  At LCCC she went to the Second Harvest warehouse facility to organize and pack food for transport.  Donating and giving out presents during the holiday season through Spirit of the Lehigh Valley is another activity she participates in. 
Sports have been the arena where she uses her leadership skills.  At Whitehall High School she was captain of her soccer team, track and field, and field hockey.  Now she is the head coach for the Whitehall Middle School Field Hockey team.  It is quite a responsibility to manage eleven through fourteen year-olds to develop their fundamental skills.  She is also an assistant coach for the track and field high school team.  Her job is to assign distances to run and time runners to track improvement. 
Kassidy is one of LCCC’s academic super stars being in the Honors program majoring in Business Administration.  She is also a member of the elite Phi Theta Kappa honor society. 
She plans to transfer to DeSales University or Moravian College as a junior and hopes to open a non-profit organization to help the community around her. She already knows that personal happiness is found by giving back to others.  
Kassidy was presented with a scholarship for $1000 which will be payable directly to the University of her choice.  Along with the check will be a Kindle Fire 10 compliments of Amazon in the Lehigh Valley under General Manager, Ed Buddenheim and a set of Allentown-West Rotary pens. 
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  April 29, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  there were about 40 of us on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M.  Sue Weber  gave a very nice invocation. We prayed for PDG Clifton Mowrer, Jr who died last Saturday.
GUESTS ON LINE: Dave Dries, Spring Township RC: Dr. Ann Bieber, President, LCCC: DGN Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC: Kassidy Cuningham, Scholarship recipient from LCCC; Ginny Mahalek, LCCC Advisor; Judy Ehninger; Pat Witcher; Sandi Boll; and Sharon Goldner, guest of Gail Micca;
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” for what they do and asks all to pray for them. And he reminds us that we are people of action.
Jean Masiko has reported “We served 587 families at KLFC this morning April 25. We stood for hours and hours serving them. Only one Rotarian besides myself. Thanks to Ron Coleman who helped to the end. Three faithful EWB returned, John and Gretchen  Cecchini and Tom Power.
Jean needs more AW volunteers for future Saturdays.
The AW Sound System continues to be used to allow the Living Stone Church members to meet.
See separate article by Gail Micca.
Our leaders have agreed to Gwenn Carr’s suggestion to publically ask members and friends to support the Restaurants and food suppliers that have supported us in the past. Using Facebook, our weekly A-W Bulletin, and by buying gift cards and food from them.
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. This week’s Featured Food Provider is The Mediterranean Café and Grill. See separate article.
Apparently there is a plethora of fresh eggs these days.
Laurie Grube and her Bank are available to help small businesses work through the new government support options. They are very busy now.
Pres. Amir showed a picture of a Rotary pen set with AWRC on it for sale at $100.  Each purchase will put $90 into an account to provide food for the hungry Thanks go to Gail Micca for making this happen.
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.
No meetings for Thursday evening are scheduled yet.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 6th. We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be Dr. Allison Blechschmidt discussing “Managing anxiety during the Pandemic.
Barbara Kistler conducted the ceremony that gave a $1,000 scholarship to Kassidy Cuningham of LCCC. The Selection Committee includes Amir Famili, Gwenn Carr, Gary Englehardt and Laurie Grube.
LCCC Advisor, Ginny Mahalek said very complimentary things about Kassidy. And Kassidy explained that she will attend either Kutztown University, DeSales University, or Moravian College. See separate article.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
When Gail Micca learned that LCCC has two groups distributing food she agreed that AW Rotarians would provide snack packs for them.
Ernie Boll was all smiles.
Bill Palmer is very happy that the PA State stores are now open for takeout.
Pres. Amir  introduced Dr. Ann D. Bieber, the President of Lehigh Carbon Community College. She began her career at the college in 1981 and over the years held numerous positions including Senior Vice President of Administrative Services and Dean of Continuing Education.  She stands as a model to students by working tirelessly while getting degree after degree and raising a family. 
Dr. Bieber serves the community as a member of the Lehigh Valley Partnership Board, the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, the Manufacturers Resource Center Board of Directors, the DaVinci Science Center Board and Future Empresarios Foundation Board.
Dr. Bieber said that she was honored to be meeting with us today, and thanked us for the invitation. Using a series of slides, Ann told the story of LCCC and how they are operating these days. Virtual Education is keeping the five LCCC locations open.
The main LCCC campus is about 299 acres. Right now there are 1,300 courses being taught online. There still is a need for about 100 computers for students who never needed one at home. Ann noted that Counselling for students is available by phone. And they have a Critical Incident Team that meets every day.
Both Summer sessions also will meet online. All events are virtual. Their Career Fair was successful a bit ago, and Graduation is coming soon. The Fall semester probably will be on line.
They eagerly await the Governor’s release to occupy campuses again. They have established distancing and cleaning protocols.
Finances are a major concern. But LCCC will not increase its fees. Only one of the 14 Community Colleges have a lower cost to students. Yet they have been  asked to cut their budget 10 t0 20%. This means cuts in personnel.
Ann answered some questions and received applause.
Pres. Amir led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
         Photos by Gary Heller


 Here is a link to our District Governor Herb's latest Newsletter:



    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.


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Katrina Sundstrom    May 11
Gail Micca                    May 12
Brian Peterka             May 30
Sally Frank                 May 30
Allison Blechschmidt May 31



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