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:
Jan 12, 2021 7:00 PM  Training Tuesday: International Service Part 1 Zoom Web Meeting     
Jan 14, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM   Welcome to Rotary     Zoom Web Meeting    
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 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
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 picture of everyone running in the Purple Pinkie race.
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 250 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 third Tuesday 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: September 12 and October 17 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Marlene Heller
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 –
Evening Meeting:  On hold
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        
Mar 03, 2021 7:30 AM
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Mar 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Lehigh County Garden Plot Program
Mar 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Northwestern Lehigh Veteran Memorial (Ontelaunee Park)
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Overview of Family Promise
Apr 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Peace Fellowship Program
View entire list
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to join us for a Zoom meeting.
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.
Here are the AWRC
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
Evening Meeting Chair  -  N/A
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 that would benefit from our support with cards, flowers or visits, please notify Jean Machamer at
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
JANUARY 6, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
    “People who help others on a regular basis are ten times more likely to be healthy than people who do not.”
               ― Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
Ancient New Year's Celebrations
     The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year's arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox—the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness—heralded the start of a new year.
Zoom Meeting  Notes --   January 6, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 25 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Michelle Steiner, our newest member;  and Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan.
Andrea, our speaker today, was the first on line this morning. She called in from the Berkshires.
Ralph Witcher called in from Florida where he was on vacation.
Nick Millward said that covid19 has been spreading there in Japan and on his military base.
Ron Coleman and Ralph Witcher are making plans to “hug” in the future.
Bill Palmer is happy that the PA restaurants are again open for 50% indoor dining.
Chuck Ehninger and Judy did not get to be with their grandson over the holidays. They are planning to see them when they go to Florida soon.
Ihor Fedoriw had two happy dollars. The first was for Gail Micca’s special Rotary cookies. His second was noting that his 6 office staff will be getting covid19 vaccinations today.
Amir Famili is happy to report that their younger son has been working 12 hours a week vaccinating retirement home residents.
Nick Millward is happy that he met another Peace Fellowship winner in Japan who will be attending the same college as he.
Herb Klotz extends his thanks to us for our continued support. He now is back in the Rotary world.
Gail Micca is happy that Michelle Steiner now is an AW member, and Gail has a job for her when she is ready.
Michelle Steiner is happy to be with us, but said that she is recovering from covid19.
Marlene Heller is happy that their grandson was reading a story to them about echoes, and included soft echoes in the proper places. His 2 years older sister said she taught him how to read.
Gail Micca is happy that the $350 of AW money and $1,000 donated allowed them to pick up the 2013 Honda for the family we have been helping. Their son will be having heart surgery son.
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 January  members and their celebration dates.  We sang Happy Birthday --- poorly.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played the musical rendition video of the 4 Way Test.  Unfortunately the sound was muted.
Marlene Heller asked for volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.
Pres. Ralph reminds of the Gift Cards that we funded and had distributed to the Lowhill Food Pantry clients. This act surely met all 4 parts of the 4 Way Test. Ralph also showed a very nice Thank You note from one recipient.
Marlene Heller told of a great video on FaceBook all about Rotary. BUT it failed the 4Way Test because it lacked diversity noticeably.
Tom Friday noted our guests today, and urges us to continue inviting more of them to learn about Rotary.
Pres. Ralph referred to the December award that we made to Police Chief Granitz, and showed some pictures of the event. Congratulations go to Marlene Heller for getting a great article about the award in the Parkland Press.
Thanks to Amir Famili, over 350 lbs. of fresh produce were collected and then delivered to the Pantry last week.
Please take a look at this new 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 January 13, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be  Jacob Roma, Central Catholic Grad & Penn State Jr RE --  THON—FOR THE KIDS.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Andrea Tinianow, Esq, Founder - Connector Street to discuss Connector Street - How it all Started + How does it Help People? Ralph said that Andrea is most excellent and very capable.
Andrea said it was a pleasure to be with us today, and she liked hearing about all that Rotarians do to help others.  She is Connector in Chief at Connector Street, and she  pioneered a free mobile app for making introductions (in just a few clicks.}
"Connector Street" is a free app that helps you make instant introductions. The people you introduce don’t need to have the app. Once they open your intro, they can start connecting with each other right away. The app maintains all the connections that you make and receive. So, you can keep track and follow up with your contacts without missing a beat.
As an attorney and business development professional, Andrea advises organizations on blockchain and other emerging technologies. Andrea used her expertise in innovation to create an app to modernize the art of making introductions.
Some of us use LinkedIn and other networking systems, besides Rotary. And most of us want to broaden our own network. And Andrea noted that most of us do not regularly introduce people that we know to one another. But this is how we can help others.
Andrea urges us to get permission first before making a connection. Five other tips from her are:
1. Do a connection in the moment. Don’t put it off.
2. Use a picture with the app.
3. Make sure that the 2 people want to be introduced.
4. Follow up to be sure.
5. If you get introduced yourself, thank the person who did it.
Andrea has a  Newsletter which we can get by sending our e-mail address to Andrea. Also she is about to release an “Enterprise” version of her app. This will track the numbers and its usefulness.
 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:
Dottie Bloom              Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe             Jan 12
Ernie Boll                    Jan 20
Geoff Legg                  Jan 22
Recedes Scott            Jan 25



Sally & Jerry Frank    Jan 05 1985       36 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom  Jan 20 1979       42 years



Dawn Costello                  ?? years    Jan 01
Carrie Ballek              2 years      Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller                 2 years     Jan 02 2019
Marlene    Heller        2 years     Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak         9 years      Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger          45 Years    Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber                  24 years    Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca                    3 years      Jan 31 2018