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:
          Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM Welcome to Rotary  Zoom Web Meeting    
          Feb 16, 2021 7:00 PM Training Tuesday: International Service Part 2 Zoom Web Meeting     
           Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
          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 third Tuesday 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
Marlene Heller
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        
Mar 24, 2021 7:30 AM
Woman & Rotary: We have Come Along Way Down the Path of Inclusion
Mar 31, 2021 7:30 AM
Quarterly Business Meeting
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Overview of Family Promise
Apr 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Peace Fellowship Program
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 26, 2021 7:30 AM
History of Woman & Journalism
View entire list
Each of us should seek out candidates for our Rotary Club. Invite them to join us for a Zoom meeting. Send their names to Tom Friday and Ralph Witcher for introductions and a Zoom invitation.
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 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 Amir Famili.
     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
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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JANUARY  27, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “Little things done with love are much better than big things without love.”
               ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Why Rotary branding matters?
It might seem like a small thing, but a logo that isn’t used properly can create confusion and mistrust. When clubs use Rotary’s logos consistently and properly, we maintain a global Rotary brand that members, donors, and the public can trust.
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 your 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", 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 --   January 27, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 27 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan; Sharon Goldner, our newest member; and Karen Rodgers, guest of Gail Micca.
Jane Mann, our speaker today, was on line early and she and Bill Palmer discussed dogs for a minute.
Ernie Boll told us that yesterday in Green Valley Arizona  --  40 minutes from Mexico  --  they had about 1-1/2 inches of SNOW WITH LOW VISIBILITY. It’s all gone now.
Nick Millward’s Sister lives in Phoenix, AZ, and she got floods of rain yesterday he said.
Ron Coleman commented that Gail Micca is “Looking Hot” today. She did admit to having lost a few pounds.
Gail Micca says her dog is cuddly.
Ron Coleman noted that he had his black Priest outfit on today, and that he could hear confessions.
Katrina Sundstrom said that her Brother has covid19, and also an Aunt and Uncle in California have it.
Gary Englehardt was happy to announce that his elderly Mother got vaccinated yesterday.
Gail Micca is happy that their son has some work at Lutron.
Tom Friday is happy to announce that their daughter is pregnant with a girl.
Geoff Legg’s grandson, RJ, is back in college. RJ says he had a great time helping distribute food with the Kingdom Life volunteers.
Wendy Weaver down in Florida had a new hip successfully installed on Monday, Jan 25th.  She went home that afternoon!!  Best wishes go to Wendy.
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 January  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played the musical rendition video of the 4 Way Test.  He then read to us the 4 items. He  asked for  volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.
Ron Coleman said that recently he had someone lie to him. So without having the truth he severed the relationship.
Chair Tom Friday welcomed Karen Rodgers who was on with us today. Tom urges us to continue inviting more guests to work with us on projects, and  to learn about Rotary by joining our Zoom meetings.
Karen is a friend of Gail’s and has  a daughter that has been in Interact, and has helped with snack packs.
Tom also noted that an AWRC New Member Orientation session is coming.
Nick Millward said that today is the last day to view the prescreen of the movie using the promo code.
Nick showed us photos of the new Homeless Shelter, and of drawings by some of the kids there.
Pres. Ralph thanked Amir Famili for his continued work in collecting and delivering fresh produce to LFP. Last week it was 420 lbs. We extend our thanks to the Burkholders for donating so much support.
Feb 2 is a virtual meeting by the D7430 team for new members.
Please see the separate article.
Gail Micca, Head Gardener, reports that they need grow type light bulbs. They have already planted peppers and onions. The fencing and gate are coming.
Gail has applied for some grants to help. Having these gardens lets us provide the freshest possible produce to our Food Pantry clients.
P-E Gail Micca e-mailed the following project update:
Green Thumbs Garden Project: If you have a green thumb and like to grow plants from seeds, would you consider making some room under your grow lights for some plants for the garden?
   If you or someone you know has the equipment to grow plants from seeds, but you aren't using it, would you consider donating it or loaning it out?  This saves the garden budget a good deal.  We are also looking into a small greenhouse set up if you know someone who has one.
If you like administrative work, please let Gail know as we can find a good fit for you.
Please 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 February 3, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be  Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Mbr of Parliament Mongolia to discuss The Green-Eyed Llama.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Jane Mann, President, Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs whose topic is Therapy Dogs: a cold nose and soft warm fur are the perfect prescription for a smile.
Jane is from the Allentown area. And she worked at Mack Trucks for a while. Jane met Katrina Sundstrom while donating food to Parkland C.A.R.E.S. and Katrina arranged for Jane to be here today. They also plan to work together going forward.
Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs is a registered 501C 3 non-profit organization whose primary objective is to provide comfort and emotional support by sharing their personal dogs with people in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, libraries, schools, colleges, airports, other institutions and the general public.
Each of their volunteers has trained their dog, had their dog evaluated and then registered and insured with Alliance of Therapy Dogs in Cheyenne, Wyoming. These dogs help increase emotional well-being, promote healing, and improve the quality of life. Visits from the therapy certified  dogs stimulate conversations and memories for the people they visit.
They  also participate in public relation activities in order to promote their purpose, improve awareness, and increase participation in this rewarding work. 
Here is a photo of typical therapy dogs.
Providing therapy is not OK for every dog. Jane has been doing this for over 20 years. The LV group has about 100 volunteers to call upon, but they really can use a lot more.
To be a therapy dog the candidate must be at least a year old, and  --  if a rescue dog  --  must have been with its owner for at least 6 months. Dogs must be trained to follow instructions, must be accepting of other dogs and strangers and the urge to pet them, and be properly groomed including trimmed nails. The breed of the dogs does not matter.
Once certified they get an I.D. card and are insured. Then they go help people.
Jane told how 22 of their volunteers went to New York City after “9/11” to help rescue workers cope. Jane made 5 visits herself. They also went to Louisiana after hurricane Katrina to help victims cope. Jane said it is always fun to enter a facility and watch how nurses and staff talk to and pet the dogs that come to visit. The last time she visited her Mother it took her 30 minutes to go through the halls and reach the room.
Jane said that “The language of dogs is universal.”
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 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 December 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