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



Feb 5  --  Gwenn Carr
Feb 12  --  Brian Peterka
Feb 19  --  Len Salines
Feb 26  --  John Scott
Mar 4  --  Halyna Stegura
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Justin Schell

-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 meeting will be at the Starlite Diner in the private room to the rear left on February 13.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. 
       Feb 7  --   Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      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.
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 01, 2020
Our recent trip to Israel
Apr 08, 2020
Toastmasters International
Apr 15, 2020
Update to the recent trip to Sierra Leonne
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC
May 06, 2020
Classification Talk
May 13, 2020
Scholarship award presentation
Jun 17, 2020
Subcommittee Reports
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
ClubRunner Mobile
         QUOTE of the WEEK --


        “The biggest tragedy is to think that the trouble of others is no loss of ours.”
                ― Abhijit Naskar
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – February 5,2020
Our Greeter today was Gwenn Carr and she did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then  Ralph Witcher gave a very nice invocation.
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 introduces our guests.
Ron Wasson, Allentown RC: Bud Schaffer, Allentown RC; Pat Witcher, wife of Ralph; Jim Berger, guest of John Scott; Amos Burkholder and family, guests of the Club; and Tina Cerafesi from East Penn Neighbors helping Neighbors, guest of Murtaza Jaffer;
The Burkhoders were our guests today. They have the farm that grows the produce that they furnish at very favorable prices that we donate and deliver to the clients of the Lowhill Food Pantry. Gwenn  introduced them and presented them with flowers as a thank you from us.
Pres. Amir said that so far we have 13 AW members registered. He needs even more so we can staff our table at the “Summit” and explain the projects that we do. Please contact Amir if you can help.
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.
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.
Dottie Bloom is charged with setting up and stocking a Hospitality Room for both Friday and Saturday evenings at OUR April 24 and 25 District Conference. Donations of Beer, Wine and snacks for at least 40 guests are needed. Please contact Dottie at             
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.
Tina Cerafesi explained what the East Penn Neighbors helping Neighbors is all about in 5 minutes. This is a 501-C-3 group in the Emmaus area that works with families to improve their circumstances with a focus on their children. They have been operational since 2015. They are trying to get the word out, and are seeking volunteers to work in an advisory group that meets regularly to help these families with many different concerns.
February 13th will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the private back room.
February 12th at Luther Crest with Brian Peterka as our Greeter. The program will be Phil Armstrong, Executive Director, Lehigh County, discussing the Priority of Lehigh County.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
The door prize breakfast donated by Gwenn Carr was won by Pat Witcher.
The $46 pot of the 50:50 was not won by  Len Salines’ ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  Lots of  marbles will be back next time.
Bill Palmer is happy that Punxatawny Phil predicted an early Spring  last Sunday, Ground Hog Day.
Al Lewis is happy for Andy Reed and the KC Chiefs.
Laurie Grube is happy that their bank branch has been running for 3 months. And this Friday is a “Casual  for a Cause” day in support of heart health. Please stop in.
Jeanne Shipe said that Ralph Witcher and she are working on the ballot for next year’s officers. Stand by for arm twisting. We will vote on March 4th.
Gwenn Carr introduced our speaker for  today, our own Tom Friday giving his classification talk.
Tom was raised in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1978 he earned . a BS in Chemical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C. That’s when he joined Allied Chemical
Tom’s work Experience includes:
         Linde Engineering North America
                  Sr. Project Manager
         Air Liquide USA, Inc.
                  Risk Manager
         Manager Standard Investments
                  Sr. Project Manager
         Air Products and Chemicals
                  Sr. Project Manager
         AlliedSignal – now Honeywell
                  Manager Project Engineering
                  Project Manger
                  Process Design Engineer
Tom’s Project Experience includes:
         Air separation
         Hydrogen SMR
         Vinyl Acetate Emulsion
         Phenol and Acetone from Cumene
         Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
These companies and assignments took Tom all over the world. He spent 3 years in China, for example. He showed pictures of some installations.
Tom showed pictures of his Fogelsville home and his Wescosville home. He has a son and a daughter and grandchildren. Right now he is taking time to be with them.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
                  Photos by Marlene Heller AND dALE hEFFNER


 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