Message from President Gail Micca
   As we look back over this past year, there are so many challenges we faced within our families, our community, our club and our world. Somehow we managed through it all and grew as a result. We can celebrate our victories and look forward to brighter days ahead. We can also count our blessings and recognize the many opportunities that have come with the hardships. Being optimistic is a characteristic I hold dear and I hope you will share in my optimism as we move into our new Rotary Year.

   I love our Presidential theme for 2021-22: "Serve to Change Lives." Together we can make a difference in the lives of those around us and beyond. Every single Rotarian in our club is part of this mission and I look forward to working with each of you in serving our community and our world. I also look forward to celebrating 60 years of service in this great club and I am humbled and honored to be your president.
Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Hybrid meetings are planned starting in July 2021.



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
There may be Thursday evening meetings
starting in July 2021 either Zoom or hybrid
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:
             June 29 -- Tuesday is the D7430 annual Changeover IN PERSON at Brookside CC, Macungie
              Oct 2  --  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race
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Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation
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Marlene Heller
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Garden care. 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
Date: Saturday mornings July 17 and August 14
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:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Aug 25, 2021 7:30 AM
Teacher Mentoring in Rwanda
Sep 01, 2021 7:30 AM
2020-2021 Lehigh Valley 911 Heroes Run
Sep 08, 2021 7:30 AM
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Presentation & Overview
Sep 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Historic Bethlehem World Heritage Initiative
Sep 22, 2021 7:30 AM
Serve to Change Lives
Sep 29, 2021 7:30 AM
Psychological Stress and Cancer
Oct 13, 2021 7:30 AM
How To Get Free Fuel From Waste Using Local Materials
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Speaking Up: Changing the Dialogue to End the Stigma Epidemic
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation 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!
Board and Committee
 Members for 2021-22
Current Executive board:
President Gail Micca
President Elect - John Scott
Immediate Past President - Ralph Witcher
Vice President - TBD
Treasurer- Chris Blechschmidt 
Secretary - Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms - Mitch Huston
Membership Chair - TBD
Service Chair - Dr. Kathleen Ott
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
      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
Check out the AWRC
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
JUNE 23, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
   “Although an act of help done timely might be small in nature, it is truly larger than the world itself.”

                ― Thiruvalluvar
In 1955, RI President A.Z. Baker announced a theme, “Develop Our Resources,” to serve as Rotary's program of emphasis. Since that time, each president has issued a theme for the Rotary year.
With over two decades of AW Rotarians helping to pack and deliver Meals on two annual holidays, we now are able to launch an all-new and more extensive project.
AWRC is looking to form two teams (two people on each team). The teams will go out for one morning every OTHER week One team member will drive, and the other will be the “runner” that delivers food to the door.
ALSO we will need to have several committed substitutes ready to fill in as needed.  All regulars and substitutes will be well trained for this work.
We need at least SIX  volunteers,   but a lot more is better  and will spread the workload so each works fewer days.  When enough volunteers  are signed up, Service Chair, Kathy Ott, will conduct a meeting to review the requirements and scheduling.
Please call Kathy Ott to discuss and to sign up:  610-395-0549
 Meeting  Notes – June 23, 2021
Today was the second face-to-face meeting since March of 2020! And it was great. This was our annual Changeover celebration.
Also we had a Zoom meeting. There were  30  people at Brookside CC in Macungie shaking hands and hugging  --  and it was good. We had 8 people on line that participated in the meeting remotely.
Len Salines was our Greeter and he did an excellent job. And P-E Gail Micca was everywhere else looking after us. Mitch Huston handled registration and 50:50 tickets just like in the old days. Secretary John Scott made sure that the P.A. system and the Zoom signals worked for us.
For the second time in over a year AW Rotarians had a breakfast together, and the food was good. And P-E Gail Micca placed one of her famous Rotary wheel cookies by each plate. And Kathy Ott, the great baker, made a special Rotary cake for the event today.
DGE Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC; PDG Cindy Hornaman, Emmaus RC; Jim Burns, guest of Gail Micca; Kim Klotz, Herb’s daughter; Ed Micca, Gail’s husband; and Beverly Dries, wife of Dave Dries.
Halyna and Mike Stegura’s son, Michael, is running some huge distance in CA. this weekend.
DGE Bob Hobaugh is happy for our great year with Pres. Ralph, and for Gail, and for being at our meeting again.
Sue Weber is happy to see all of us here today.
Dave Dries was happy to be with us all and offered congratulations to Ralph and a dollar for Gail’s new job.
Cindy Hornaman said that it was great to be here.
Herb Klotz was happy to be here with daughter, Kim. The two of them are leaving this morning for North Carolina and the family waiting there.
Rob Coleman said he is happy that Ralph did a great job.
Ralph Witcher put in 10 happy dollars saying AW Rotarians are a 10 level group.
Gail Micca is happy that husband Ed is here today.
Tori Morgan was on line and happy that she met Ralph and Rotary, and that she was proud of Gail.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of June members and their celebration dates. 
July 25th Sunday is the date planned for our annual picnic at the Webers’ farm in Vera Cruz.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation and noted that Al Lewis is doing better. Then he led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Ralph  welcomed us all and Gail Micca introduced Jim Burns who has been with us before and as a former member of Toastmasters is helping her with public speaking.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
DGE Bob Hobaugh and PDG Cindy Hornaman  first recognized Lori Peters who was on line for her first PHF which was reached partly from cash donations and partly from community work hours.
PDG Herb Klotz noted that AW Rotarians have exceeded their $10,000 goal to the Rotary Annual Fund this year. Plus we gave over $4,000 to Polio Plus.
         Tom Friday                 first PHF
         Ralph Witcher            PHF +1
         John Scott                  PHF +1
         Gail Micca                   PHF +2 AND +3
         Amir Famili                 PHF +5
         Jeff Kistler                  PHF +7
         Outgoing AW President Ralph thanks us all , and thanks the 7430 district folks for their support. And he thanked Bob Hobaugh and presented him with a coveted AWRC Pen set.
         Ralph thanked the 2020-21 Board Members for all of their good work this year. He presented each with a Certificate of Thanks.
         Pres. Ralph presented Dr. Kathy Ott with his special “Rising Star” award for all she has done and will do as our Service Chair.
         Pres. Ralph then presented P-E Gail Micca with the Rotarian of the Year award for her super work this year.
         Pres. Ralph acknowledged our Public Image Chair, Marlene Heller, for her Four Way Test skills.
         Pres. Ralph presented PDG Bill Palmer with his Quiet Rotarian award for his behind the scenes support all year.
DGE Bob Hobaugh led President Gail Micca and the 2021-22 board members in their oath of office for the next RY.
Gail emerged from the hall wearing a red, white and blue robe and special boxing  gloves. After much applause she presented them to Past President Ralph who put them on.
Pres. Gail gave gifts to the board members. And she gave Ralph his own gavel.
Gail loves the theme for next year, “Serve to Change Lives.”
Gail said that we need members to consider becoming our Membership Chair and our Vice President.  And we need a chair for our annual Camp Neidig program.
Gail said that we added 10 new members this year. She is planning that our club grow by as many as 20 new members nest year.
Gail noted that last year we prepared and delivered more snack packs than ever before. And our Green Thumb Garden provided students with many volunteer hours.
Gail plans to continue using zoom for some meetings. Then she had a drawing for the 50:50 and the door prize. After that she auctioned off today’s table center pieces and sold 5 at $15 each as a fundraiser.
Pres. Gail Micca  asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
There will be hybrid meetings  twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month. The in-person meetings will be at Brookside CC in Macungie through August.
Wednesday June 30, 2021  starting at 7:30 A.M. as a  ZOOM meeting only.  Our program  will  be  Michelle Steiner giving her Classification Talk.
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
 Pres Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.” Then she rang the bell.
Rick Bloom                 Jun 04
Jeff Steiner                 Jun 06
Lisa Walton                Jun 10
Chris Blechschmidt   Jun 13
Marta Fedoriw            Jun 21
Donna Beach              Jun 22
Jean Machamer           Jun 26
Barbara Kistler           Jun 30



Laurie & Terry  Grube        Jun 03 2018       3 years
Karen & Geoff Legg            Jun 17 1966       55 years
Pat & Ralph Witcher           Jun 18 1988       33 years
Karen & Billy Rodgers        Jun 19 1993       28 years
Mercedes & John Scott      Jun 25 2005       16 years
Gwen and John Pongracz  Jun 30 2001       20 years



Barbara Kistler         17 years    Jun 01 2004
Jude Sandt                 1 year       Jun 04 2020
Jerry Frank                 26 years    Jun 15 1995
Jennifer Stinson         4 years     Jun 22 2017
Bob Gordon                14 years    Jun 27 2007
Ron Coleman              5 years     Jun 29 2016
Wendy Weaver            6 years     Jun 30 2015