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



Mar 4  --  Dale Heffner
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Justin Schell
Apr  1  --   Jeanne Shipe
Apr  8  --  Destination meeting
Apr 15  --  Bill Weber
Apr 22  --  Donna Beach
Apr 29  --  Brad Maier
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 in the Lounge to the rear  on February 27.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. The program is Scott Hock discussing the 2020 Census.
      Feb  28  --   Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 4  --  Highway cleanup project Rt 222.
      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.
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
The  policy is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed.
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?
                            By Marlene Heller
Apr 22, 2020
Converting the Distillery to the production of hand sanitizer
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC/ LCCC scholarship award presentation
May 06, 2020
Managing anxiety during the pandemic
May 13, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to PHS students
May 20, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to NWL students
Jun 17, 2020
Subcommittee Reports
Jul 08, 2020
Quarterly Club Assembly + Treasurer's Report
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
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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ROTARY BEGAN February 23, 1905.
         QUOTE of the WEEK --


      “If everyone had the madness for doing good, there wouldn't be any misery in the world.”
              ― Abhijit Naskar, When Humans Unite: Making A World Without Borders    
There was lots of work this month with a huge shipment received. Our valiant AW  volunteers made quick work of filling the shelves at a Kingdom Life Food Bank on Friday evening, February 21.
Our Thanks go to all of them. Great job! 
         Jean Masiko.

The tickets for our fundraiser that is taking place on March 28th went .


Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – February 26,2020
Our Greeter today was Ron Coleman and he did a marvelous job. And he was wearing his Texas cowboy hat.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then P-E Ralph Witcher gave a very nice invocation.
Pres. Amir shared with us Herb Klotz’s “Good News” e-mail message about Ronnee.
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 then reviewed upcoming events.
Richard Sundstrom, husband of Katrina; Patricia Witcher, wife of Ralph; and Dave Dries, Spring Township RC:
Barbara Kistler explained that we have 3 specific assignments for volunteers at the conference.
First is the Hospitality suite with Dottie Bloom in charge. We need donations of Beer and Wine, and volunteers to staff the room for a few hours on Friday and Saturday evening.
Second is the Saturday afternoon AWRC Display of our many projects at the “Summit.” Gail Micca is in charge and needs ideas and volunteers to explain things to visitors.
Third is where Barbara tells folks where to go. Our RC has the responsibility to have volunteers around the halls at the conference to direct traffic, etc. Right now we have 15 members registered  --  we need 20 or more.
ALSO we really need at least one more $1,000 corporate sponsor.
Pres. Amir said that shortly after moving to the U.S. in 1977 while in the office he saw his boss arrive and he had something on his forehead. Amir, a Muslim, had no knowledge of Ash Wednesday traditions, and he got a damp cloth and tried to clean it off.
See separate article by Jean Masiko.
We had a very successful session with many volunteers last Wednesday and packed 240 bags.
Pres. Amir said that HFH is beginning new town houses soon, and volunteers are welcome and needed when the weather warms up.
Project Chair, Gail Micca, says It's looking like the date with be Saturday morning, April 4th.  Please check your calendars and let her know if you can make it. 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers many levels of Rotary education. AWRC will reimburse the registration fee to members that attend the Saturday, March 28 session at DeSales University.
These courses are most worthwhile, especially to our newer members.
Please support the March 28th  fundraiser.
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, February 27th --  The meeting  will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the Lounge room. Scott Hock will discuss the 2020 Lehigh County Census.
March 4th  at Luther Crest with  Dale Heffner as our Greeter. The program will be the Nominations and election of Officers for RY 2020-21.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
Mitch began by asking each of us who did NOT consume a Fastnacht yesterday to contribute a dollar. Some did.
The door prize bottle of wine donated by John Scott was won by Katrina Sundstrom  ---  after Mitch wrestled it away from Ralph Witcher.
The $77 pot of the 50:50 was not won by  guest Richard Sundstrom’s      ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  Six  marbles will be back next time.
John Scott is happy that he now has a level BM driver’s license that allows him to drive a bus and a motorcycle.
Gail Micca is happy to announce that we will be ordering new personal ID badges. If you want to correct anything and get a new badge, please use the signup sheet.
Katrina Sundstrom is happy that they took a good hike last Sunday.
Bill Palmer is happy to learn that Ronnee Klotz is doing well.
Ralph Witcher has multiple happy things:
He and Pat are going to a play.
Son Seth is performing for Capital One tomorrow.
Their youngest daughter in the Air Force just was promoted to Sergeant.
Pat Witcher is happy that their other son has safely returned from Nigeria, Africa, after traveling alone. He is studying to be a life coach.
Al Lewis is happy for the great news for Ronnee and Herb.
Then he asked “What’s a Fastnacht?”
Ernie Boll is just happy.
President Amir introduced Brad Maier to give his Classification Talk.
Brad used a photo of his family to introduce them. It shows wife, Natalie, Sloan who is 8 years old, daughter in sixth grade, and Jack who is in eighth grade. Brad says they are a very active family.
Brad grew up in the Lehigh Valley and he could walk to Dorney Park. He worked at Dorney sometimes. He attended the Parkland schools and was graduated from Westchester University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He met his wife there; she is from Miami, FL.
Brad then was graduated from the Police Academy, but the career opportunities were very limited. So he went to work in Sales and then management in the Pharmaceutical industry for 19 years. Wife Natalie is working in Pharma for 16 years so far.
Then in November of 2019 Brad opened a State Farm insurance office as his own business. It’s located in the K-Mart shopping Center just a bit from Luther Crest. There are three other employees, including our guest, Richard Sundstrom.
Brad’s approach is all about helping his clients. He said that Insurance is not a fun thing to spend your money on.
Brad is a board member of the Western Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. And he joined Rotary to be part of our community and to give back.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


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


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Dave Dries,                 Feb 03
Gary Englehardt,        Feb 04
Sukaina Jaffer            Feb 07
Cindy Rosevelt           Feb 14
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
George Ikeda              Feb 24
Carrie Ballek              Feb 27






Ihor Fedoriw      36 years             Feb 01 1984
Scott Hock         32 years             Feb 01 1988
Ralph Witcher   4 years               Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn        2 years               Feb 14 2018
Donna Beach     4 years               Feb 17 2016
Jean Machamer    4 years               Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher  2 years      Feb 21 2018
George Ikeda     41 years             Feb 24 1979