Love is in the air!

Gail Micca
member photo
I hope you found a way to show your special peeps how much they are loved this week. Do we need reminders to make time for those we love? Celebrating holidays like Valentine’s Day might seem a bit commercialized these days, but I know that Sharon and Helen spread a little extra love on their Meals on Wheels deliveries today with some hand made Valentines to let those people know they are loved and cared about. Little acts of kindness go a long way and, one week after another, we find ways to spread love in our community and our world. It might not seem like much, but those small acts of kindness and love do matter, and they do contribute to peace. 
I am also proud of our club and community as we pumped a little cash into our fund for produce that we supply monthly to the Parkland C.A.R.E.S. and Lowhill pantries. Our little Super Bowl Square fundraiser raised over $2,000 and made the game a little more exciting. So despite the loss, our club and community had a small win. Congrats to all the winners!
Have a great week!
Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person.
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
First and Third Wednesdays
Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is also available during in-person meetings
      March 18  --  D7430 Foundation Spring Fling at the Wm. Penn Inn.
      April 15  --  The STEM YEA  Big Ticket Reverse Raffle at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
     May 5 to 7, 2023  –  Annual District 7430 Conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City
      May 27 thru 31  --  RI Annual Convention in Melbourne, Australia
      July 13 thru 16  --  STEM YEA program for 2023.
Board and Committee
 Members for 2022-23
Current Executive Board:
President – Gail Micca
President Elect – Gwenn Carr's Committee
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Gary Englehardt
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – Tori Morgan
Service Chair – Debbie Jack
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
Opportunities for Service
Here is an update for service opportunities in the coming weeks:
Community Service:
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning.
Contact Amir:
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
The dates for the next three KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
         February 18
         March 11
Each time we  start at 7:30AM  and usually are finished by 9:30AM.
Meals on Wheels – we can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
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:
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. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership: Tori Morgan –
Public Image: Marlene Heller –
Fundraising:  Len Salines –
Dining Out: Various 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser –
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou –
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla –
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla –
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube –
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen –
RLI: website        
Feb 22, 2023 7:30 AM
Navigating Motherhood
Mar 02, 2023 6:00 PM
Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion
Mar 08, 2023 7:30 AM
Annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest
Mar 15, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Quarterly Club Assembly
Mar 22, 2023 7:30 AM
2023 Da Vinci Science Center Update
Mar 29, 2023 7:30 AM
Interact Student Breakfast & Presentation
Apr 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Apr 26, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Path Forward Planning Session - Part 2
May 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Experiencing Life Smart
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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 1.4 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!
      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
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JANUARY 18, 2023
We have added 25 minutes of evening daylight in
the last four weeks.
Sunrise today is the same time as on the Winter Solstice December 21st.
THEME FOR 2023-24
       The Fear of 13
Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.
“Feel for others, think for others, act for others – only then can you call yourself human.”
Abhijit Naskar
STEM YEA 2023 will be held at Albright College in Reading on July 13-16th
We are beginning to recruit students, volunteers and Local Club Reps. We are hoping to recruit 60 students this year.
Peter has been very helpful in updating the STEM YEA website and developing sponsor/donor brochures. We have been developing messages for a variety of audiences.
We have been in touch with DeSales University. They have offered us places in their popular Chem Demos program for middle students. The event will be held in October 2023.  We will be able to include STEM YEA 2022 and 2023 students.
DeSales University’s Career Center is also interested in partnering with STEM YEA.  Their students would be able to include participation in STEM YEA on their resumes.  We look forward to continuing to discuss this option with DeSales. 
If you are interested in volunteering for STEM YEA please contact
You can learn more about STEM YEA at
Our meeting venue now is at the Conference Center at Cedar Crest College. The Conference Center is located at the Tompkins College Center on South Cedar Crest Blvd.
Our first meeting of 2023 was held there on January 11, 2023.  The specifics are:
•        A $400 minimum (20 people x $20 person) has been approved by the committee.
•        Private conference-style room set up with round tables of eight people each.
•        A table at the entrance for the Sergeant-at-Arms.
•        The installed AV equipment is professional grade and sports two projection screens.
•        Food and beverages will be set up at the back of the room, furnished from the Dining Hall across from the conference Center.
•        Lavatories are nearby.
•        Entire campus is ADA compliant, meaning that no stairs are required to enter or move about any of the buildings. Elevators are available from the ground floor.
•        Walkway from the parking lot to the building is flat and macadam. Walk takes about four minutes.
•        There are four parking spaces in front of the building for mobility-challenged people.
On this basis, we are contracting for one month (two meetings) to try out the venue. The venue is available under contract for periods of as long as one year at a time.
This would be a great place for events such as the awarding of Scholarships. 
The room can hold up to 75 people.
Our breakfast menu with Cedar Crest College includes:
      Assorted pastries
      Scrambled eggs
      Home Fries
      Coffee and water service
Giovanni is Patricia and Ralph Witcher's new grandson.
                      Peyton Knowles
She's a Parkland High School senior in the Plumbing & Heating program at LCTI. She followed in the footsteps of her two older sisters, Paige and Mikayla, who were also in LCTI's Plumbing & Heating program. Peyton is the current SkillsUSA president (PM session) at LCTI and will compete at SkillsUSA District 11 Championships for the second year in a row later this month. In addition, she's on co-op with Mastery Plumbing of Coopersburg.
Allentown West Rotary Club
JANUARY 18, 2023
This was a zoom meeting only today. There were 22 of us on line.
Nick Millward, Peace Scholar, calling in from Mongolia.
Nick Millward still in Mongolia has met with a Rotary club there. He also said it was very cold there at minus 50 degrees.
Bill Weber was on from their Hilton Head home.
Ernie Boll was on from Green Valley, Arizona where they have a 35 degree temperature swing from morning to evening.
It was noted that we had three members named “Bill” on today.
Marlene Heller was stopped at a RR crossing for a train in Vera Cruz; not really a common event.
Gail Micca said that the Youth Exchange Skiing trip a few weeks ago had to be cancelled due to a lack of snow.
Nick Millward said that he used to go on a school bus with Bill Keba’s two children.
President Gail Micca opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.
Laurie Grube  gave a very nice invocation.
Ron Coleman led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
  Marlene Heller  led us in reciting the Rotary Four Way Test, adding “Is it fun?” as a fifth.
Nicole McGalla called in from a room at LCTI where our student, her parents, and some guidance staff were together. She introduced  Peyton Knowles as our January Student of the Month. Peyton is a  Parkland High School senior in the Plumbing & Heating program at LCTI. See separate article.
Peyton said that she plans to go to college for a BS degree.
The results of the Jan 11, 2023 annual voting for our B.O.D. members for Rotary Year 2023-24  are:
         President  --  Gwenn Carr Committee
         President-elect  --  TBD
         Vice President   --  TBD
         Treasurer  --  Gary Englehardt
         Secretary  --  Michelle Steiner
         Sergeant-at-Arms  --  Mitch Huston
         Membership Chair  --  Tori Morgan
         Project Chair  --  Debbie Jack
         Public Relations  --  Marlene Heller
         Fundraising  --  Len Salines
         Youth Services co-chairs  --  Sue & Bill Weber
         AW Foundation Chair  --  Amir Famili
         RI Foundation Chair  --  Herb Klotz
The list of January member celebration events is shown below. 
Marlene Heller has announced Dining Out for February will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Capo & Co. 1375 Chestnut St. in Emmaus.
RSVP to Marlene Heller ( The restaurant opened this past summer with a 1920’s vibe, and has an eclectic menu, which will be available for perusal at next week’s meeting.
Ralph Witcher is making a plan to go to Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion, 3174 Tilghman St · In Village West.
Quentin Sowers will give his classification talk then.
There was snack packing at Parkland on Jan 11th . There was a record number of Volunteers at 14, with 8 from Rotary. And there were Interact students working too.
NorthWestern is TODAY  Jan 18.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at
There was a distribution on January 14th with Ron Coleman and Bill Keba there with Jean Masiko. And it was very cold out.
There were over 300 clients that came through. It was almost noon before they were done.
The dates for the next two KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
                   February 18      March 11
Each time we  start at 7:00 A.M.  and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M..
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for the entirety of 2023. 
Three volunteers are needed each time.
Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. will be held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
The schedule for the next 3 months is set. Helen always needs substitutes.
On January 26 at Brü Daddy's Brewing Company at 732 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101. Meet our District Governor; bring your family; bring member candidates for sure.
Bill Keba has 8 entries from Northwestern HSD, but none yet from Parkland. We will hear their speeches at our March 8 In-Person meeting at Cedar Crest College.
Peter Wohlsen created a great brochure for this.
Gwenn Carr reminds us that The 2nd Annual Big Ticket Reverse Raffle (BTRR) will be held on April 15, 2023 at Brookside Country Club, in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 P.M.
Gwenn Carr said we need support to continue meeting at Cedar Crest College. Decision will be made at the Jan 25th meeting there.
Ralph Witcher loves that the Cedar Crest College breakfast sausages taste like bacon.
Ralph also is happy to be going to Hawaii next week.
Gail Micca is happy that their daughter will be 25 years old tomorrow.
Ralph Witcher said their son, Solomon, will be 22 years old on Jan.21.
Bill Keba’s daughter turned 30 last week.
Marlene Heller is pleased that things have settled down with their daughter’s in-laws. The Father-in-law was quite ill last November and they have him in a retirement home hospital now in Buffalo and he is getting better.
Nick Millward said that he is having a fantastic trip.
The first Wednesday of each month will be a Dining out meeting, or equal. It may not be on a Wednesday.
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
January 25 IN-PERSON at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M. Come early and mingle. There will be a Zoom option.
The program will be Gwenn Carr,  Gary Englehardt & Herb Klotz discussing Engagement Planning - What's Your Role in Rotary?
Program Chair, Ralph Witcher,  introduced Bill Keba to give his Classification talk.
Bill had a 37-year career in the anthracite mining and supply chain industries of NE Penna, beginning in operations and ending in executive management. Most of his time was spent developing an anthracite refining/ preparation company which was very “hands on.”
Formerly  he was a board member of other coal companies and the Pennsylvania Anthracite Council and a member of the Penn-Anthracite section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).
Bill was a member of church council and a member of the mutual ministry committee, a volunteer correspondent for a non-profit in the green energy sector, Advanced Biofuels USA, had a short stint as a volunteer for Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in the N.O.D.A.  program (No One Dies Alone.)
Bill has been a member of Toastmasters International since 2017, is a member and held several leadership positions in the Lehigh Valley Toastmasters club and was a Toastmasters District 38 Club Coach. Recently, Bill earned his Master of Arts in Philosophy & Applied Ethics from West Chester University.
He resides in Lowhill Township with Debby, his wife of 37 years. They have 4 adult children. 
Bill presented slides to tell his story.
Classification Talk
Perspective, Persistence, Transition, and Aspiration
Bill Keba, Public Philosopher

A Misspent Youth?
My neighborhood and the people in it.
Youth vocations and what I learned.
 Driver / Parts Delivery
Married for  thirty-some years, but it seems like only yesterday.
Four children – parenting paid dividends.
I knew three of my grandparents and many of their “stories”.
Vocational History – Job Titles
When in College
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver / Equipment Operator
  • Supervisor – Flood Recovery
  • Car Sales
  • After College
  • Supervisor
  • Superintendent
  • General Manager
  • President & Board Member
  • Under and Unemployed, Retired, Career Transition, who knows what to call this?
  • Graduate Student
What is next?
Help me help myself.
Help me help you help others.
Help me help you help others.
Bill answered some questions from the members.
Pres. Gail led us in reciting our motto “One  profits most who serves best,” and adjourned the meeting.
  • EPCC & WLCC Movie Tavern Mixer- January 18 5 pm-8 pm
  • Chamber Night at Board and Brush Allentown – February 1, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
East Penn & Western Lehigh Movie Tavern Mixer 
Jan. 18, 5-7 pm
•         Movie Tavern Trexlertown
•         Enjoy food and drinks while networking and listening to live music.
•         Tickets are $25 for Members and $50 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the East Penn & Western Lehigh Movie Tavern Mixer Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Wine & Design at Board and Brush with East Penn & Western Lehigh Chambers
Feb. 1 5:30-8:30 pm
•        Board & Brush Allentown
•        Create pieces of art!
•        BYOB
•        There are only 35 seats available. Tickets are $35 for Members and $50 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the Wine & Design at Board and Brush with East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn & Western Lehigh Chambers
 Feb. 15 11:30 am-1 pm
•        Learn about all the manufacturing and distribution that takes place at Ocean Spray which is home to our favorite juice!
•        Tickets are $20 for Members and $40 for Future Members. Register at:
•        For more information, please go to the Ocean Spray Luncheon Tour with East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers Facebook Page
•        For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to or
Gwenn Carr                         Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe                      Jan 12
Ernie Boll                             Jan 20
Geoff Legg                           Jan 22
Mercedes Scott                   Jan 25
Sally & Jerry Frank             Jan 05 1985       38 years
Marlene Heller                             4 years     Jan 02 2019
Michelle Steiner                           2 years     Jan 02 2021
Chuck Ehninger                          47 years    Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber                                   26 years    Jan 15 1997
Sharon Goldner                           2 years     Jan 19 2021
Gail Micca                                    5 years     Jan 31 2018