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Honoring Our Heroes

Gail Micca
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  Happy Memorial Day
 
We all have special people in our lives that we remember on Memorial Day. Every day that we live as citizens of our free nation, we do so because of the great sacrifices of our service men and women.
 
Last week, I had the pleasure of having lunch with our new transfer member, Earnie Bliss, retired Navy. Next Monday, Earnie will be jumping out of an airplane to land near a “Field of Honor” in Winchester, Virginia. Approximately 1,000 flags will be displayed to honor heroes, past and present. Check out this wonderful event here: https://www.rotaryclubofwinchester.org/index.php/healing-field-of-honor/
 
Please make sure to say “hello” to our new member at the next meeting. And let’s consider creating something in the future to honor our heroes – and who knows, maybe Earnie will jump out of a plane for us too! 
 
If you can make it to Ontelaunee Park on Memorial Day, please let Barb Kistler know – hope to see you there.
 
Happy Memorial Day!  Welcome Earnie!
 
          Gail
Rotary Club of
ALLENTOWN WEST
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
 
MEETING OPTIONS:
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person
at Cedar Crest College
 M
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
 
 
OTHERS
First  Wednesdays are for Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
The third Wednesday is a Zoom meeting, but may change.
 
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is also available during in-person meetings
 
WEBSITE
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CALENDAR of EVENTS     
       
 
    April 22  --  D7430 annual Training Assembly at Bucks Cty Comm. College.
 
    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 6 thru 9  –  STEM YEA program for 2023 at Kutztown University.
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AWRC
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
 
Directors:
Membership Chair – Tori Morgan
Service Chair – Bill Keba
Public Relations Chair – Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair – Len Salines
Youth Services Chairs – Sue and Bill Weber
AWRC Foundation Chair – Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair – Herb Klotz
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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: familiamir@gmail.com
 
 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
The upcoming dates for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway are:
All Saturdays –  April 15 – May 13.  
Each time we start at 7:30 AM  and usually are finished by 9:30 AM.
         
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.
 
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TRIBUTE CARDS
   
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. 
 
Purchase a pack of Tribute Cards to say congratulations, I'm sorry, best wishes, happy birthday, send condolences, or just because! 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 www.allentownwestrotary.org and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. 
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CONTACT INFORMATION
AWRC  ACTIVITIES
 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko – masiko@aol.com
 
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca – gailmicca@gmail.com
 
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili – familiamir@gmail.com
 
Membership: Tori Morgan – torimorgan1@verizon.net
 
Public Image: Marlene Heller – marleneheller@mac.com
 
Fundraising:  Len Salines – lenmary3657@ptd.net
 
Dining Out: Various 
 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser – houserdah@gmail.com
 
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler – Barbara.kistler@rcn.com
 
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou – elenavasso@gmail.com
 
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla – mcgallan@parklandsd.org
 
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla – mcgallan@parklandsd.org
 
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube – Laurie.grube@midpennbank.com
 
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher – rwitcher@msn.com
 
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen – peter@wohlsendesign.com
 
RLI: website www.rlinea.org        
 
Speakers
May 31, 2023 7:30 AM
Parkland Interact Breakfast and Student of the Month
Jun 28, 2023
Changeover meeting
Jul 12, 2023 7:30 AM
Allentown West Rotary Club Assembly
Jul 26, 2023 7:30 AM
Allentown West Rotary Club Health Check
Aug 09, 2023 7:30 AM
The Greatest Secret of Rotary
Aug 23, 2023 7:30 AM
Membership
View entire list
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THE WORLD NEEDS MORE ROTARIANS
 
 
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!
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SPEAKERS  WANTED
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send your ideas to Ralph Witcher. 
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TELL  JEAN
 
     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 jeanmachamer@ptd.net
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Check out the AWRC
See Home Page link
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Sponsors

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STEM YEA

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APRIL 19, 2023
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PATRIOTS' DAY  APRIL 19
 
 
 
Patriots' Day is an annual event, formalized as a legal holiday or a special observance day in six states, commemorating the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Menotomy, some of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 22
 
 
 
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DID YOU KNOW?
 
 
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our Planet.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
“True leaders are servant leaders.”
Abhijit Naskar
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STUDENT OF THE MONTH
 
        JESSICA DUTAN
 
Jessica Dutan is a William Allen High School junior in the Marketing & Entrepreneurship program at LCTI.
 
She is an active member of LCTI's DECA chapter and is involved with the organization's service initiatives. Specifically, Jessica was central in promoting Red Ribbon Week's drug-free message at LCTI and helping our DECA chapter collect 18 pounds of soda can tabs for Ronald McDonald House. Her efforts led to a 1st Place finish in the category of Promotional Campaign at DECA states last month in Hershey and a berth at DECA nationals next month in Orlando.
 
 
 
Jessica behind the counter in School Store. Working in the store is part of the Marketing & Entrepreneurship curriculum.
 
 
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THE FAMOUS WALTON FRESH FLOWERS:
 
 
Lisa says “Spring has sprung and so have the tulips in my garden! I am delighted to offer them as a fundraiser for AWRC. This particular fundraiser will go towards helping to our new LCTI CTSO support initiative.
 
“All options will feature 9 tulips (singles, doubles and fringed) grown by me. You have 2 color choices: pink, or peach with purple.
 
 
 
Three arrangements sizes
     - bunch of tulips $9
     - tulips in a vase $12
     - tulip arrangement in a vase $20 (tulips plus hellebores and foliage)
 
“Please email me at lmwalton@aol.com or text 484-431-7298 with your name, color and the cost of what you want. Payment can be made at the meeting, or via PayPal directly to the club.  Quantities are limited, and orders will be filled in the order they are received. 
 
“For our new members: my superpowers are growing and arranging flowers. I believe strongly that flowers bring joy and happiness, and I love to share them with others.  Offering fresh flowers to my fellow Rotarians at an amazing price and then donating all the proceeds to the club is a win-win.
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Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting Notes – April 19, 2023
 
 
Today was an offsite In-Person meeting at LCTI  --  Lehigh Career & Technical Institute  --   starting at 7:30 A.M. There were 51 of us present. The students prepared the continental breakfast.
 
Our Greeter was Ron Coleman.  Mitch Huston handled registration, prizes and Happy Dollars.
 
 
 
GUESTS:
Dr. Lisa Greenawalt of LCTI and member candidate; Lisa Luciano, Allentown RC; and Kathy Frazier, Allentown RC.
 
OPENING:
Pres. Gail Micca opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.
 
Chuck Ehninger gave a nice invocation.
Ron Coleman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag.
Nicole McGalla led us in reciting the Four Way Test, and added “Is it Fun?”
 
 
CELEBRATIONS:
The member celebrations for April are listed below. Pres. Gail emphasized the 40th anniversary of Pearline & Tom Friday on Apr 16.
 
AWRC GREEN THUMB GARDEN:
Rotary Day of Service  on April 29th will be at the Green Thumb Garden with Interact students.  All are welcome to come and work.
We will do major planting in May and volunteers are needed.
 
PRIZES:
The $10 door prize was won by Kathy Frazier.
The $18 50:50 prize was won by Ralph Witcher who donated it to the LCTI program.
 
HAPPY DOLLARS:
Herb Klotz was happy to report that they had a great time at the STEM YEA Raffle last Saturday in Pottstown, and Herb was a big winner.
 
Mike, a guest  and running for the Parkland School Board, was happy to be back visiting a RC. He was a Rotarian in Texas.
 
Lisa Walton was happy that her fresh flowers sold out today.
 
 
 
 
Nicole McGalla is happy that their son was accepted into the college he wanted.
 
Gail Micca is happy for Nicole.
 
STUDENT OF THE MONTH:
Chair, Nicole McGalla, conducted the ceremony honoring Jessica Dutan as the S.O.M. for April. See separate article.
Jessica’s Mother was with us today.
Jessica thanked us and her teachers for all of their support. She may be heading for the Real Estate business.
 
Pres. Gail gave Jessica a pepper plant and a tomato plant from our garden.
 
HIGHWAY CLEANUP APRIL 16TH:
Sharon Goldner on April 16 told Facebook “Thanks to my mighty crew Mother Nature is Smiling”.
Gail Micca reports that approximately 20 bags of litter and debris were collected. Sharon and our garden friend, Doug, Ed, Gail and Diana helped.
 
 
 
POTATO PROJECT ON APRIL 22:
Meet at St. Peter’s Church in Fleetwood.
 
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING:
Gail Micca reports that this was a Non Profit Business Partners Breakfast at Artquest;
Thank you to Brad Maier who sponsored the LV Chamber Non-Profit Business Partners Breakfast through his State Farm Insurance Agency and donated his table for our club’s exposure and hosted Bill Keba and Gail Micca to attend.  It was a wonderful opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
DINING OUT – MAY:
Bill Keba said our May Flex Meeting / Dining Out is tentatively scheduled for May 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Casa Catrina, 1905 Brookside Rd, Macungie.
 
We can arrive at 5:00 for drinks, although, and unfortunately, they don't have an official Happy Hour. A few of us have dined here and found it worthy of sharing. I hope you will attend. There is an access ramp near the main entrance.
 
Please let Bill Keba know your interest by replying to this email by April 17.  bill-keba.outlook.com@clubrunner.email
 
SNACK PACKING:
The next Snack Packing event at Parkland is on May 17th.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at dunndianas@gmail.com
 
The NWL Snack Packing dates is Wednesday, May 17th at 2:05.  
 
STEM YEA RAFFLE:
Herb Klotz reports that on April 15 ten members and friends from the AWRC attended the 2nd annual STEM YEA fundraiser at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown.  The AWRC Rotarian included Bill and Sue Weber, Gail Micca, Ron Coleman, Diana Dunn and Herb Klotz. 
 
There was a reverse raffle and silent auction to raise money for STEM YEA.  The guest speaker was doctor and author Peter Kowey who told us about his mystery novels and we all received one book to read! 
 
The whole evening was a lot of fun including music, dancing and meeting other Rotarians and friends from our district.    To top it off, Herb and one of our guests were both big winners from the reverse raffle!
 
Here are two special photos from the event:
         Gail & Ed Micca
                 
 
         Sue & Bill Weber
 
 
 
ROTARY DAY OF SERVICE:
April 29th is this  district-wide event. Pres. Gail has scheduled work at the Green Thumb Garden. Please come help.
 
KINGDOM LIFE FOOD DISTRIBUTION:
Ron Coleman, Ernie and Sandi Boll, Gail and Ed Micca helped to fill the trunks of nearly 375 families at the Kingdom Life Food Pantry on Saturday, April 15. In addition to all of the food shared on site, another 30 boxes were sent along with volunteers to bless families we know who are in need.  Come and help next time.
 
 
 
 
The upcoming date for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway is
May 13. 
Each time we start at 7:30 A.M. and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M. Volunteers are needed.
 
PARKLAND C.A.R.E.S. PRODUCE DELIVERY:
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for all of 2023.  The next date is May 6.
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. 
 
MEALS ON WHEELS:
Meal delivery by AW Rotarians takes place twice each week.  Helen Papathanasiou needs substitute volunteers.
 
INTERACT  BREAKFAST:
We will hold an Interact breakfast on May 31 at the Parkland H.S. Library.  Start time is 7:30 A.M.
SPONSORS ARE NEEDED TO PAY FOR THE STUDENTS’ MEALS.
 
D7430 TRAING ASSEMBLY:
This is open to us all. It is on April 22 at the Bucks County Community College. Registration fee will be reimbursed by the club if you attend.
 
YOUTH EXCHANGE ISSUES:
Please work with Chris Blechschmidt to take our Y.E. student, Sam, to complete his “bucket list.”
 
ALSO, while we have one host family, we need a second family to take in next year’s Y.E. student. The Blechschmidts are not available for 2023-24.
 
MEETING SCHEDULE:
The second and fourth Wednesday of each month are In-Person meetings at Cedar Crest College.
 
The first Wednesday of each month will be a Dining Out meeting, or equal. It might not be on a Wednesday.
 
The third Wednesday of each month will be a ZOOM ONLY meeting with a program, unless we have a better idea.
 
FUTURE TOURS, ETC.:
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
 
NEXT MORNING MEETING IN-PERSON:
April 26 IN-PERSON at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M.
The program will  be  Gwenn Carr, Gary Englehardt & Herb Klotz for the AWRC Path Forward Planning Session - Part 2.
 
PROGRAM:
Pres. Gail turned the meeting over to Dr. Lisa Greenawalt, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at LCTI. She gave us an update, and later a tour, of LCTI. Lisa is a future Rotarian.
 
 
 
CTSO's: An Opportunity for Student Leadership and Professional Development  CTSO stands for Career and Technical Student Organizations.
 
Lisa  was new at LCTI last Fall. She plans to expand school activities. She noted that they share a driveway with LCCC.
 
LCTI is 51 years old, having been started by Bob Nagle of AWRC. At this time they have 45 programs and 2,400 students.
 
Lisa explained  how before LCTI each school had its own school trade courses --  if they could afford them. LCTI provides the trade training for all of the Lehigh County so all schools can send students there.
 
LCTI connects with local businesses and their efforts always are evolving. They have half day and full day student programs. And they have adult programs too.
 
Using slides, Lisa described a number of current programs.  The one Jessica is in is DECA program for Marketing & Entrepreneurship.
This program includes learning public speaking skills.
 
The school has just completed a $4.2 million project of a state-of-the-art welding laboratory. It took four years to do.
The recently added an Animal school that was needed. It works with many veterinarians in the area to train future Vets.
 
Lisa answered some questions.
 
CLOSING:
Pres. Gail thanked the speakers and closed the meeting.
 
The meeting was followed by a tour.
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS:
 
         
          May 7 – Paws at the Park 
 
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BIRTHDAYS
 
Gil Keller                        Apr 09
Quentin Sowers             Apr 12
Michelle Steiner             Apr 18
 
ANNIVERSARIES
 
Pearline & Tom Friday        Apr 16 1983       40 years
 
JOIN DATES
 
John Scott                    7 years     Apr 06 2016
AJ Henry                     31 years    Apr 15 1992
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