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
2nd and 4th Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
at various locations
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gary Englehardt
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



Jan 15    --  Mustafa Jaffer
Jan 22  --  Jeffrey Kistler
Jan 29  --  Geoff Legg
Feb 5  --  Brad Maier
Feb 12  --  Brian Peterka
Feb 19  --  Len Salines
Feb 26  --  John Scott
Mar 4  --  Halyna Stegura
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Keith Hoffman

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

The evening meetings in January will be at the Starlite Diner in the private room to the rear left on Jan. 9 and 23.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. 
      Jan 10. 7:30 am.  Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Jay 17. 24 and 31 Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 22  --  Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 24 to 26  --  District Conference in King of Prussia. It includes the District Training Assembly and the Foundation Gala.
      June 6 to 11  --  RI annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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?
                            By Marlene Heller
Mar 11, 2020
Upcoming District Conference
Mar 18, 2020
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pa, make an impact in Pennsylvania
Mar 25, 2020
Toastmasters International
Apr 01, 2020
Forensic Science
Apr 08, 2020
Destination Meeting Parkland school
Apr 15, 2020
Update to the recent trip to Sierra Leonne
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC
May 06, 2020
Classification Talk
May 13, 2020
Scholarship award presentation
View entire list
      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
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Facebook Page
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
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            “The life of a human has meaning only and only if that life comes to the aid of others.”
               ― Abhijit Naskar, Operation Justice: To Make A Society That Needs No

Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – January 8, 2020
Our Greeter today was Murtaza Jaffer, and he did a marvelous job.
Our Sergeant-at-Arms today was Ron Coleman and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. to open the meeting and welcomed all. Then David Haight gave a very nice invocation. 
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. John also reviewed some of the upcoming
Just us members today.
Pres. Amir announced that our policy now is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed.
YTD our AW donations to OUR Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund are about $4,000. This is about $6,000 less than what is needed. AW Rotarians are asked to donate what they can and use Rotary Direct, go on line, or write a check.
As of today there are Ten (10) AW Rotarians registered to attend the April annual District Conference. But we need 25 or more to be there to help. With the sitting District Governor being an AW  Rotarian, it is the responsibility of all AW Rotarians to help make the District Conference happen. One assignment is for AW members to serve as Sgt-at-Arms to guide attendees for part of the conference.
P-E Ralph Witcher is leading this year’s major fundraising effort and needs a lot of help to get everything done for the MARCH 22nd event. The planning meeting dates and times are listed herein.  We are planning  to net at least $30,000 this year.
Each of us is asked to add our name and state where we can help on the papers on our tables. Each member is asked to buy at least two tickets to TT6 and to try to get others to buy them and to sponsor tables too.
This great group still depends on cash donations from AW Rotarians. And volunteering for the produce pick-up and distribution on Saturday mornings is a very satisfying thing.
TOMORROW, Jan 9 and 23 will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the private back room.
January 15th   at Luther Crest with  Mustafa Jaffer as our Greeter. The program will be Dawn Stillwagen  from Meals on Wheels,   and there will be new member inductions.
Without any tickets to use, there were no drawings held.
Gary Englehardt took the microphone around and collected happy dollars.
Ralph Witcher proudly announced that son, Seth, has performed on FOX 29 TV. And Seth also will perform on FOX 29 after the Superbowl.
Tom Friday is happy to have his daughter traveling nearby.
David Haight is happy to report that they had a great vacation in Nashville.
Gail Micca thanks AW Rotarians for the cash donations for the Jim Thorpe family. She is trying to buy a car for them, and will take a car donation too.
Marlene Heller extends her sincere thanks to our Jennifer Stinson for providing immediate care to address Marlene’s ear problem.
Ernie Boll is just plain happy.
Our program today was our Quarterly Club Assembly with committee chairs providing updates. Pres. Amir began with an explanation of how the AWRC Scholarships will be awarded this year. There will be $1, 500 awards to two Interact Club students, and $1,000 awards to others in the schools that we serve. The Mike Henry scholarship will go to an LCTI student. And there will be a “Home Schooled” award. Lori Peters will chair this effort with Barbara Kistler.
Next was Gwenn Carr to discuss Membership. Gwenn noted that this year we have introduced a number of new ways to recognize individual members for their contributions, e.g. Rotarian of the month. Today she asked all members who volunteered last month to stand and they were given some candy.
Gwenn said that we are trying to bring in at least 10 new members and we have 7 so far. Next week we will induct 2 more.
Gwenn also asked each member to fill out a current “Club Experience” form and give them to Gary E.
She then pointed to a sheet of Fun Facts about Rotary’s mottos also on our tables. And she offered some new cards that explain Rotary that we can give to potential members.
Next was Gail Micca our Project Committee Chair, reporting on the many AWRC projects. She discussed:
         The new Highway cleanup project  --  next time is in April
         Oct 24th Miracle League Trick or Treat event
         Meals on Wheels delivery on Nov 11. More opportunities are coming
         The dictionary project for 3rd graders
         Kingdom Life Food Pantry shelf stocking  --  moving to the third Friday
         Snack Packing at Northwestern and Parkland. We need more volunteers for Parkland.
         Lowhill Food Pantry Saturday produce help. Justin Schell is doing this.
          The Center for Vision Loss door painting project was finished last evening. But other projects are coming.
Gail asks us to send her ideas for new projects we might consider.
Our RC Treasurer, Chris Blechschmidt, gave an update on the club’s finances. He reviewed the revenue accounts and the expenses to date and expected. The overall picture is that we have funds available to complete our 2019-20 planned actions.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
                  Photos by Marlene Heller


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


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Dottie Bloom                    Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                      .Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe                   Jan 12
Ernie Boll                         Jan 20
Geoff Legg                       Jan 22
Mercedes Scott                Jan 25
Dale Heffner                     Jan 29



Sally & Jerry Frank          Jan 05 1985  35 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom        Jan 20 1979  41 years



Dawn Costello              Jan 01 sometime
Carrie Ballek          1 year           Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller             1 year           Jan 02 2019
Marlene Heller       1 year           Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak    8 years         Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger    44 years       Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber             23 years       Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca              2 years         Jan 31 2018