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 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 06, 2021New Member Orientation meeting
          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 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
Dates: Third Saturday morning of each month
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:  Amir Famili –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Overview of Family Promise
Apr 14, 2021 7:30 AM
The history of Rotary's work promoting Peace around the World
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 12, 2021 7:30 AM
How to Affect a Difference with Impact as a Prosecutor
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 Archivist 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
ClubRunner Mobile
FEBRUARY 10, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
         “Generosity is the heart of humanity.”
               ― Lailah Gifty Akita
Mehta: serving others changes lives
Incoming RI President Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, at this week’s virtual Rotary International Assembly. He urged all Rotarians to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
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 their 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." On 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 – February 10, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  23  people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
District Governor, Janet Kolepp, Bethlehem Morningstar RC: Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan; PDG Dan Dourety, Zone 28 coordinator, Alberta, Canada; and PDG Ray  Freaney from D7475 in N.J.
Herb Klotz called in from the Florida panhandle for a few days where it is 65 degrees, and then to North Carolina to see the grandchildren.
Gail Micca flew to North Dakota for a few weeks to care for her Mom who fell and broke her hip on Monday. Please keep them in your prayers.
Ron Coleman explained that he eats his breakfast during our Zoom meetings, just as he did when we were at Luther Crest.
Dan Doherty said it is MINUS 39 degrees at home where he is in Canada.
Amir Famili’s daughter is heading to Hawaii eloping into marriage.
Tom Friday is happy that their oldest grandchild celebrated a 6th birthday last week.
Amir Famili is happy to report that our B.O.D. has approved a scholarship award plan for this year.
Marlene Heller is most happy that she and Gary watched on PBS last evening a Family Tree Tracing show about a family from Lebanon to Milwaukee.
Kathy Ott is happy every day. Today she is happy to announce she started a new BLOG yesterday,
Ron Coleman is happy that a year ago he made an investment that looks good right now; no details were shared.
Ralph Witcher is happy that all AW members are doing so much good work.
DG Janet Kolepp congratulated us for bringing in new members.
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 February  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played the new  musical rendition video of the 4 Way Test created by the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam, in Oyster Bay, South Africa .
Ralph then played a 1-1/2 minute video story promoting RCs to post the Rotary 4-Way test on school bulletin boards.
Marlene Heller then read to us the 4 items and  asked for  volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.  Hearing none, she told us that during this last week she, Gail Micca and Bill Palmer have been working on updates to our website home page documents and links, which are beneficial to all concerned.
RI P-E Jennifer Jones will be a guest speaker during a Zoom RC meeting in Carson City, Nevada on Saturday, Feb 23rd at 9:00 A.M.
Chair Tom Friday welcomed our guests who were on with us today including DG Janet Kolepp, and PDG Dr. Kevin Crosby from Zone 28 in Buffalo, NY, today’s speaker. Herb Klotz welcomed PDG Dan Dourety, Zone 28 coordinator,  Canada and PDG Ray  Freaney from D7475 in N.J.
Tom urges us to continue inviting more guests to work with us on projects, and  to learn about Rotary by joining our Zoom meetings.
Pres. Ralph announced that on March 6th there will be a new member orientation session.
D7430 Membership Chair, Gary Volpe, announced S.T.A.R.T. This is an acronym for Simply Talk About Rotary Today.  There is no better way to grow membership than to talk about the good we do.  Over the next three months we will be receiving bi-weekly emails with tips and best practices to help us attract new members. 
District 7430 will provide a $100 to  our RC as an incentive to attract each new member joining between February 1st to April 30th 2021.
Please see the separate article.
Thanks to Amir Famili and the generosity of the Burkholders, over 360 lbs. of fresh produce has been delivered to the LFP.
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 17, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be  Jack Cunningham, New Castle Police Chief (Retired) with Reflections on 45 Years of Public Safety.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher had PDG Herb Klotz introduce Dr. Kevin Crosby, PDG,  Asst Rotary Coordinator, to discuss a Pilot Program for Membership Growth: "Levers of Change."
Kevin Crosby  joined Rotary in 2005. He is a member, and Past President, of the Rotary Club of Buffalo - Sunrise. Kevin served as District Training Chair from 2009 to 2013, District Governor in 2015-16, and District Membership Chair from 2016 to 2020. Currently he serves as an Assistant Zone Coordinator for Rotary Zone 28, encompassing 21 districts. He has served as a faculty member of RLI.
Kevin explained Rotary’s new Pilot Program for Membership Growth: "Levers of Change" This is a new tool  and a new process for selecting "Club Success Indicators" to grow the membership base.  The plan is for a RC to:
    Establish club specific success indicators
    Implement scorecard tracking
    Make score card progress visible to the entire club
The AWRC B.O.D. has approved our participating in a 3 month Pilot program. There are 2,000 RCs in Zones 28 and 32 that can benefit from this effort.
Kevin said that this tool is quite easy to implement, once we have done the up-front work. This is for us to look into the mirror and assess areas of our RC that we want to improve.  Then we take no more than five goals and set up a scoresheet with measurements and timing.
Progress will be measured monthly and reported to all members to encourage 100% engagement of our members. Remember, if you cannot measure it, it is not worth writing it down.
The first goal has a 25% weight and is the same for all RCs  --  grow membership. One-time events should not be included. Examples of other goals to measure are:
         Growing attendance from ___to ____.
         Lower the average age of members from ----- to ----.
         Member participation in running the RC
         Member participation in club projects
         Member participation in community projects, events, etc.
         Number of candidates for membership in the pipeline
The plan should cover the 12 months of RY 2021-22 and start with P-E Gail Micca and the board putting it together over the next few months.
Kevin will supply us with charts for scorekeeping. He showed examples of one he has done. And he answered some questions.        
 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