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:
            Apr 17 Virtual District Training Assembly,Saturday, 9 am to 12:45 pm
           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. 
An Individual Donating $1,000 or more every Rotary year to the Annual Fund   and / or Polio Plus   and / or an Approved Foundation grant,  becomes a PHS member. Donations can be monthly, quarterly or annually using Rotary Direct, for example.
D7430 currently has > 80 Rotarians committed to this generosity.
Download a brochure at:
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 02, 2021 7:30 AM
New Member Classification Talk
Jun 09, 2021 7:30 AM
Learning American Sign Language
Jun 16, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
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 7, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “Step out today not seeking to be in the spotlight but seeking for a spot to light - be a blessing to someone”
              ― Bernard Kelvin Clive
You can survive entirely on a diet of potatoes and butter, which provides all the necessary nutrients the human body needs.
  •  19 clubs throughout the District have signed on to be co-sponsors.
  •  Grant Application has been submitted to the District Grant Funding Committee.
  • STEM YEA has signed to present at a Virtual Booth during the TRI-District Conference of April 30-May 2. The 19 clubs that are co-sponsors will be honored as Founders’ Club members in the presentation at the Virtual Booth.
  • Talented people continue to be added throughout the District to the team.  Allentown West's own Dr. Kathy Ott has joined the Curriculum Development team.  
  • Still needed: a Treasurer. A job description can be provided if anyone in the Allentown West Club is interested in joining this exciting journey. Contact Gwenn Carr for details. 
                                     Marlene Heller
Zoom Meeting  Notes – April 7, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 31  people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M. 
Patricia Mulqueen, guest of the club:
Our guest speaker, Roslyn, was the first on line this morning.
Ron Coleman, the Hat Cat, was eating a bowl of Cheerios, since we always hold breakfast meetings.
Marlene Heller’s background was her Israeli desert scene.
Ernie and Sandi Boll are back in the area for the Summer.
Gwenn Carr and Gary Englehardt called in from their N.J. home where they now have a permit  --  after 3 years of effort  --  to build a garage. The rules are that the garage has to be on pilings to survive a hurricane.
Pres. Ralph noted that Herb “The Mountain Man” is back.
Halyna Stegura is happy that when she finally got to be with her 2 year old granddaughter, she got a big hug.
Katrina Sundstrom is happy that she got to hug her parents recently.
Bill Palmer is happy that  as of 3-31 the YTD new wild Polio virus cases in the world are ONE in Afghanistan, and ONE in Pakistan. This is fantastic.
Herb Klotz is happy that he finally has completed the entire Appalachian Trail 2,200 mile hike with his recent hike. The AWRC sponsors contributed $3,800 to TRF Annual Fund.
Herb also got a surprise announcement that our District 7430 has been awarded an RI Presidential Citation for RY 2020-21. Only 10% of districts earned that. One requirement was for a district to have over 50% of its RCs receive the Club citation  --  D7430 had 75% of RCs do that!
Pres. Ralph said that he is proud of AWRC.
Amir Famili got his chicken coop last week but could not find two chickens to buy. So he went to Lancaster and got 2 chickens and brought them home. The next morning he had two fresh eggs!
Marlene Heller two weeks ago Sunday had a very special zoom meeting with family and with friends they had not seen in 50 years.
Patti Mulqueen is happy that her second granddaughter will be baptized this weekend.
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. Ralph said that he likes the “Quote of the Week” in the last bulletin.
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:. He played a video of “What is Rotary?” This included the “Six Areas of Focus” and The 4 Way Test.
Pres. Ralph showed a musical video  and then Marlene Heller read the  four test items. 
Marlene went on to say that it was a good thing that SHE did not sing the Four Way Test story. It would not have been fair nor beneficial to all concerned.
The   STEM YEA program  update is a separate article.
The virtual New Member Orientation was held yesterday. The next one will be in June.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Herb Klotz will do a program for us in June about his Trail Hike.
The Tri-District Conference is comin April 29th.
The new Book Club is starting on Saturday with Nick Millward leading a discussion about the Green Eyed Llama.
Jean Masiko needs volunteers for the Kingdom Life Food Center distribution on Saturday April 24.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin. New ones:
         Highway Clean up:  Saturday April 24, 7:30 am contact Gail Micca
         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 14, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Marty Peak Helman, Peace Initiative Committee Chr.  discussing The history of Rotary's work promoting Peace around the World
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher  introduced Rosyln Kubo, Executive  Director,  Family Promise (Lehigh Valley)  to provide an overview of Family Promise. He said that she is a ‘Mover and a Shaker.”
Roslyn began her career working as the office manager of several local Lutheran churches including Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Emmaus, Christ Lutheran of Lower Saucon, and Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown. She is excited to build on this experience by working with local congregations who dedicate their time to Family Promise.
More recently, Roslyn worked for Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley where she developed a passion for helping families who are experiencing homelessness. As the Counselor at Ferry Street Apartments in Easton, a transitional housing program, Roslyn was responsible for intake, needs assessment, and case management. In this role, she met with the other staff of the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown on a weekly basis. She assisted shelter programs with special projects including coordination of holiday gifts, ordering for the food pantry, and creating a community garden.
Roslyn is a single Mom who raised three amazing children: Alycia, Austin, and Jeremy–forever 22. Roslyn is also the Gramsey to two high spirited grandchildren, Brantley and Tara.
Family Promise of Lehigh Valley is a non-profit 501(c)3 affiliate of the National Family Promise Organization, which assists children experiencing homelessness and their families. The national organization is made up of individual affiliates, which are regionally-based to allow for collaboration with existing services within the community.  On the local level, we are an ever growing group of individual volunteers and staff looking to act out the mission through our time, our talents, and our service.
Their mission is to help families who are in need and demonstrate the ability to benefit from assistance provided by Family Promise. The mission is carried out by a network of congregations and other community resources working together to meet the immediate, basic needs of displaced families and assist them to build patterns that will bring long-term stability.
Roslyn said that she is pleased to be here.  She said that they had just completed a live auction fundraiser.
She showed part of a video as an introduction. It stopped with a picture of their Care Center at 1346 Hamilton St. in Allentown.
Roslyn said that children deserve to have a stable home. She said that in 2009 only 10 U.S. states accounted for 55% of the homeless… .and PA is one of the 10. One out of 30 experience homelessness.  It is everywhere, e.g. Parkland SD and even Swain. And infants experience the highest rate of homelessness.
There are 358 families with 1,095 children homeless in the Lehigh Valley.  NOTE that anyone can call 211 to seek help in addressing homeless problems. There is a grant program that is supported by United Way. She said that shelters always are full.
Roslyn said that the root cause of homelessness in the Lehigh Valley is the lack of affordable housing. She gave examples of rental costs.
They support 4 families  --  and a fifth right now  --  using the kindness of Church groups for about 3 months per family. The families move every week to a new volunteer church. They have over 200  volunteers for driving buses and making things happen. And they need more drivers.
During the covid epidemic they have been housing families in hotels, which is costly. They do have some great success stories.
 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