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
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gail Micca
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



Pres. Amir Famili is the Greeter while we are using ZOOM.

-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 meetings will be via ZOOM on May 28th at  5:30 P.M.
      July 29  --  NEW DATE --  District Changeover at the Steel Club in Hellertown
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
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.
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
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 08, 2020
Journey from Northwestern Lehigh Interact Club to United States Marine Corps.
Jul 15, 2020
"Researching telepsychotherapy during the pandemic and what can we learn about keeping our relations
Jul 22, 2020
Impact of COVID 19 on Pennsylvania economy
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
MAY 25, 2020
         QUOTE of the WEEK --
Maybe we feel good when we help others because some small part within us remembers and connects to the knowing that we are all one.”
               ― Akiroq Brost

Restaurants and providers who have supported our Tempting Tastes events are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is:

Cindie Feldman of 29 Cooks.
Cindie Feldman and her team are providing delicious starters, sandwiches, salads, hot meals, sides and cobblers.  A multiyear TT Food Partner under Gather or 29 Cooks, Cindie has two sites where you can order delicious, freshly prepared food.
29 Cooks provides a mouthwatering variety of Supper Club Meal Bundles which you can order and pick up. (
The first virtual kitchen in the Lehigh Valley opens this Wednesday under Cindie’s watchful eyes.  You can order a variety of amazing Southern cooking wonders and the food will be delivered by a third party.  The website for the new entity is
You won’t be disappointed. And please tell them that you are with AW Rotary.
DG Herb and Ronnee Klotz hosted our first Thursday Eve meeting since early March. It used Zoom and it was a virtual “Happy Hour” to get us back together again. Some highlights included:
Most of the adult attendees were holding glasses with Rotary markings and presumably with alcoholic beverages therein.
When urged by Bill Palmer, Jeanne Shipe brought her dog, Daisy, to the camera for all to see.
Gwenn Carr and Gary Englehardt were seated on their Jersey Shore deck that had Barnegat Bay in the background. Their white railing and the view made us think they were on the stern of a cruise ship.
If we count children and grandchildren we had about 15 people on line. Dale Heffner started with daughter, Jacki, then brought in wife, Becky, and grandson Aaron made a brief appearance.
Jean Machamer was having a good time catching up with all. And John Scott took a few minutes and discussed the October 24, 2020 Purple Pinkie 5K race plans.
It seems that there is another event at LCCC that date which precludes our holding our race that day.. BUT Oct 24 IS WORLD POLIO DAY in the Rotary world, and we want to stay with that date.
So John and his committee are looking at some alternate race routes, but they will begin and end at the adjacent  LCTI site, not the usual LCCC site. And John said that they are considering adding a “KIDS RACE” for that day.
Our next Thursday Evening meeting will be via Zoom on May 28th starting at 5:30 P.M.
The Northwestern Lehigh High School Scholarship Winners are Dillon Scott—Northwestern Interact Scholarship Award, and Allison Costa—Northwestern Scholarship Award.
Dillon is the Northwestern Interact Scholar having been President of Interact from his sophomore year forward.  He learned much about being a leader from his AW Advisor, Jean Machamer.  At first he carried and performed most of the tasks himself and started to burn out.  He learned that he also had to hold others in the club responsible and delegate responsibilities.  He participated and planned in most the club’s activities in the past three years which included working at Tempting Tastes, planning a floor hockey tournament fundraiser as well as selling Gertrude Hawk candy and Krispy Kremes to purchase Shelter Boxes.  He also participated in Miracle League Trick or Treat events. 
Dillon is a member of the Emerging Health Professionals program at LCTI and has volunteered with that group assisting with events at Country Meadows with Mardi Gras celebration and Bingo.  At Northwestern he was also a member of the Scholastic Scrimmage Team, Science Team, Club and Varsity swimming, and Cross Country. 
He plans to attend Northeastern University majoring in computer science and biology.  His career dreams include epidemiology or disease control along with public health.  He wants to help and serve others through his career.
Allison Costa is also a member of the Emerging Health Professionals Program at LCTI.  She loves to do service.  While not a member of Interact, she is a member of the other two service organizations, Leo and Key Clubs.  Through these two clubs and the Emerging Health Professionals she has participated in many volunteer projects.  She has volunteered at the Northern Valley Food Bank and Friedens Church Gift Programs.  This Spring  she clocked more than 50 volunteer hours in the Sterile Processing Unit at the Lehigh Valley Hospital.  For two weeks she learned about the importance of the unit and medicine (part of her passion).  Being a part of the fast-paced job was rewarding for her because she was directly contributing to saving lives.  She has also been a part of the Emerging Health Professionals service projects including her planning a student-run activity at Country Meadows.  Her other community involvements include Special Olympics, Cops n’ Kids Lehigh Valley, Lowhill Food Pantry and the Weisenberg Historical Society.
Allison is captain of both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Northwestern.  She led her team through stretches before and after practices and mentors team members.  In the past cross country season the team won the district championship. She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where she often creates the lesson plan for the evening meetings. 
Allison hopes to attend DeSales University in the fall to participate in Accelerated 3 + 2 Physicians Assistant Program to complete a Masters in the Medical Studies Major.  She will also be running cross country and track and field for DeSales. 
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  May 20, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  again there were about 40 of us on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M  Chuck Ehninger gave a very nice invocation.
Dillon Scott and Allison Costa, Northwestern Lehigh Scholars;  NWL Interact students Will Gruen, Emily Werley, and Erin Schock: Jennifer L. Holman,. Superintendent of Schools; Aileen Yadush, Principal NWL;  Nicole _____and Erica Gross, NWL Counselers;
 P-E Ralph Witcher  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.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” and other Essential Workers for what they do and asks all to pray for them. And he reminds us that we are people of action.
Pres. Amir delivered fresh produce to them last week. Their client numbers are up 15 times over prior times.
Pres. Amir thanks Brad Maier for the State Farm donation of food gift cards.
Jean Masiko reports “Saturday May 16 at Kingdom Life Family Center Food Giveaway was very busy.  Thanks to the Rotarians who helped, Lori Peters, Ralph Witcher, myself and faithful EWB member, Tom Powers.  The four of us were spread out throughout the "giveaway line" so -- Sorry, no time to take any photos.  With the help of many other volunteers we served 552 families in a little over three hours.  The Food Bank gets special permission from the state to distribute these supplies and won't be doing the next Drive Through Food Giveaway until June.  We hope more Rotarians will be available to help at that time.”
Thanks again from The Healing Place at Living Stone Fellowship for the use of Rotary's sound equipment.  People are blessed that we are able to have  services during this unusual time and many patrons want the Rotary to know how grateful we are.  Hopefully, the Governor will soon move our region from the red to the yellow zone.  The issue with having group gatherings in the yellow zone is that there are many rules and regulations to follow.  The leadership at the church has decided to continue Drive In Services through the month of June.  If the Rotary decides that they can no longer provide the sound system for our use in June, we certainly understand.  We can't really express how much we appreciate the Allentown West Rotary and their support as a wonderful community partner.    (Photo is from Sunday, May 17 service).
Jean Masiko
Gail Micca sent out an e-mail a week ago announcing ---  “Our amazing club is taking on a new project - growing food for local food pantries.  In this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain - we can still help and spending time in a garden may even help you too.  It's a peaceful place and while you can socially distance, you can make a difference.”
If you think you might enjoy some time helping with the new Green Thumbs Garden Project, please email me so I can form a volunteer list to keep in touch.
Gail Micca reports that  “We have packed 96 snackpacks to be delivered May 19 to the Parkland School District. With this pack, we have delivered 1,013 snackpacks within our district since the lockdown began - this includes the added 150 for LCCC.”
Thank goodness for Second Harvest and a big shout out to Herb for getting that connection going and to Jeanne who kept the program alive and encouraged me to get involved
Our leaders have agreed to publically ask members and friends to support the Restaurants and food suppliers that have supported us in the past. Using Facebook, our weekly A-W Bulletin, and by buying gift cards and food from them.
Restaurants and providers are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is Cindie Feldman of  29 Cooks fame. See separate article.
Pres. Amir showed a picture of a Rotary pen set with AWRC on it for sale at $100.  Each purchase will put $90 into an account to provide food for the hungry Thanks go to Gail Micca for making this happen.
President Amir Famili has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. ZOOM meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
May 28th at 5:30 P.M. we will hold a ZOOM meeting. Just show up and smile with a drink in your hand optional.
Wednesday May 27h starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College discussing The Economic impact of AICUP school and Moravian College.
Barbara Kistler said that today’s awards are the last ones for this Rotary year. Barbara thanks her committee for their good work. The scholarship selection committee was comprised of Barbara, Amir Famili, Gwenn Carr, Gary Englehardt, and Laurie Grube. 
The Northwestern Lehigh High School Scholarship Winners are Dillon Scott—Northwestern Interact Scholarship Award, and Allison Costa—Northwestern Scholarship Award.
Barbara conducted the on line award ceremony. See separate article.
Dillon was first and afterwards said his future plans  His parents, Claire and Mark Scott were with him. Counselor Erica Gross said that Dillon’s commitment to service makes us proud.
Allison spoke of her plans to attend DeSales. Allison’s Counselor, Nicole, congratulated her for this award, as did Supt. Holman.
NWL Interact advisor, AWRC’s Jean Machamer, announced that despite the shortened face-to-face school year, the students have raised a little over $1,000 and are donating it to the AWR Foundation to purchase a ShelterBox. Thanks go to them all.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Ron Coleman is happy that our PA Governor now allows him to again sell real estate.
Gail Micca is happy that the new garden now has its fence installed. They will start planting today.
Jean Machamer is happy that we have NWL Interact students with us today.
Ernie Boll is very happy.
Amir Famili is happy that we all are in good health.
Dale Heffner is happy to report that the house used for needy families still is available for the East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors Foundation. They are interviewing now to select the next family to help. Their next financial needs may be the purchase of new mattresses.
Tom Friday is happy to announce that his only granddaughter will be 2 years old this Friday.
Bill Palmer is pleased to report that last Saturday May 16, his grandson, Nathaniel, was virtually graduated from the University of Virginia Law School with a degree of Juris Doctor.
Chuck Ehninger is happy to report that his grandson, Finley, has started to walk.
Halyna Stegura said they had a Zoom party for their grandchild.
Gary Englehardt is happy that his Mother will be 100 years old this Friday.
Jeanne Shipe attended a happy Zoom wedding last week.
Ralph Witcher had a great photo of their granddaughter as his background today.
Gwenn Carr noted that this week we urge members to support 29Cooks at their two sites.
Barbara Kistler re-introduced Jennifer Holman and Aileen Yadush to have them respond to a series of questions about the NWL school operations since the shutdown.  
On Friday March 13 when the school closing was announced there was a whole lot of new conversations and plans to be made to accommodate on-line teaching. Education and schooling had to continue. Top priority was having the “Grab and Go” food service up and running in the first week.
Another immediate need was to arrange for every student to have access to the internet and a computer. They were able to get enough donations right away.
When all of this began none of them really had heard of Zoom. It quickly became the virtual training platform. As it turns out, the Staff and the students are very, very resilient.
Both unemployment and under-employment create financial issues and social ones too. Also just the uncertainty of when this will be over makes it difficult to plan anything, And these educators are big-time planners.
They have adjusted the teaching times to match the needs of families that are working from home. And they also support the Lowhill Food Pantry. And they had to arrange for on-line support of those students with special needs.
And counseling students on-line is very challenging. Sometimes they do e-mail exchanges and telephone conversations.
Things are not all bad. It seems that some students are more willing to participate when there is no audience to criticize them. The new system is working and all staff and students are coping well.
0res. Amir congratulated  these great students, and their educators.
Pres. Amir led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
         Photos by Marlene Heller


 Here is a link to our District Governor Herb's latest Newsletter:


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.
John Scott                  May 11
Katrina Sundstrom    May 11
Gail Micca                    May 12
Brian Peterka             May 30
Sally Frank                 May 30
Allison Blechschmidt May 31



Dawn and Bob Costello      May 12 2010      10 years
Allison and Chris Blechschmidt, May 20 2000     20 Years



David Haight      2 Years      May 23 2018
Shirley Randall 15 Years    May 25 2005
Halyna Stegura 23 Years    May 28 1997