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.
Apr 22  --  Donna Beach
Apr 29  --  Brad Maier
May  6  --  Dottie Bloom
May 13  --  Ernie Boll
May 20   --  Chris Blechschmidt
May 27  --  Ralph Witcher

-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 at the Starlite Diner on A DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
     June 19 to 22  --  Camp Neidig (RYLA) at Camp Manatawny
      June 29  --  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
Jun 03, 2020
Guatemala Literacy Project
Jun 10, 2020
Ebbs & Flows: Retrospective on regional water & sewer service challenges
Jun 17, 2020
Servant Leadrship
Jun 24, 2020
Economic impact of pandemic crisis on PA economy and path forward
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 08, 2020
Jounery from Northwester Lehigh Interact Club to United States Marine Corps.
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 --


“When you help someone, you also help yourself. Instead of worrying about how much you get in return, you are better off helping as many people as you can.”
              ― Tapan Ghosh
Dennis Houser reports that Herb Klotz, Len Salines and he indeed spread mulch  in the garden beds in the park on Saturday, April 11.
Thank you, AW Rotarians.
Jeanne     Bill P.     and John
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  April 15, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  there were 31 of us on line. Dale Heffner said that he now is doing Zoom meetings with his clients all of the time.  After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M.
 =Pastor Jean Masiko gave a very nice invocation.
Amaris Ramos, LCTI student: Dr. Mark Covelle, LCTI; and Four members of Engineers Without Borders.
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.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” for what they do and asks all to pray for them. And he reminds us that we are people of action.
Pres. Amir reports that we have volunteer Rotarians willing to help you with grocery shopping or with any other needs you may have. If you need any assistance please feel free to reach out to Amir at 484-431-7741.
Gail Micca and Marlene Heller have created many protective masks and donated them locally.
Dennis Houser says “We had an outdoor work party event scheduled at Ontelaunee Park at 8:30 A.M. on SATURDAY, April 11. See separate article.
Thanks go to the generosity of our AW Rotarians. We now are able to deliver sixty five, $25 each, Weis market gift cards to the Lowhill food pantry for distribution to their clients.
Pres/ Amir says: “You have truly demonstrated that Rotarians are people of ACTION.” The Lowhill folks thank AW Rotarians.
Laurie Grube and her Bank are available to help small businesses work through the new government support options. They are very busy now.
Dr. Barbara Kistler said that this sub-committee met yesterday and agreed to make individual scholarship awards during our Zoom meetings starting on April 29. On 4-29 Dr. Ann Bieher, President of LCCC will be our speaker, and an LCCC student will receive a scholarship.
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.
No meetings for Thursday evening are scheduled yet.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 22nd. We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be Chad Butters discussing Converting the Distillery to the production of hand sanitizers.
We used our ZOOM meeting to recognize Amaris Ramos, a Senior at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, as Student-of-the-Month of March 2020. Rev. Jeffrey Kistler introduced Amaris  and her Mother and conducted the ceremony. Dr. Mark Covelle praised Amaris as a great member of their student body. Amaris thanked AW Rotarians for the recognition.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Bill Palmer is happy that he is receiving many family phone calls checking up on him these days.
Herb Klotz reminds us of his e-mail regarding the TEN Lehigh Valley RCs promoting a much needed BLOOD DRIVE to be held on April 29th. Please donate if you are able.
Herb will be sending an e-mail to all D7430 Rotarians today explaining the new Rotary International effort to get one million volunteers to sign up to become trained Tele-Health or Community Health workers.
Gail Micca said that yesterday they sent 100 Snack Packs to Parkland C.A.R.E.S. FOR DISTRIBUTION.
Sue Weber sadly reports that our Youth Exchange student from Denmark will not be coming because of the virus. The whole Y.E. program might be on hold this year.
Jean Masiko said that volunteers at Kingdom Life Food Pantry served 360 clients via drive-up distribution with safe distancing.
Jean says she needs more volunteers for 9 A.M. this Saturday.
John Scott reports that his foundation working with the SBA have received 195 loan applications totaling about $10 million over the last two weeks.
Diana Dunn introduced our speakers Tom Power and Carl Zvanut from Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to provide an update to the recent trips to Sierra Leone to rehabilitate the Hospital there.
Tom and Carl were on two trips to Sierra Leone in February executing a Rotary Global Grant. Each trip included four EWB members. Tom expressed their thanks to AW Rotarians for the great support. This hospital construction project was the largest construction project that this EWB group has ever done. But with all the prep work and many local volunteer workers, these parts are completed.
The official construction project name is:
Matru Hospital Staff Continuing Medical Education and Staff Housing
Sierra Leone is one of the least developed poor countries in the world
● Population – 7,800,000
● Extremely limited postal service
● No public power grid, water, or sewer
● Difficult travel
● No landlines but most have cell phones
● Major Ebola hotspot in 2015
● Mean income - $500/year
● MH Nurse makes about $55-70/month
Health Care In Sierra Leone   ---
• Hospitals can’t charge for maternal care.
• Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world
• Severe Shortage of Doctors (less than 150 in a country of 7.8 Million)
• Approximately 80 Hospitals
• PHUs (Peripheral Healthcare Units) Provide Most Care
• Community Health Officers (CHOs), midwives and nurses provide medical care.
• Skill level of medical professionals is lower post war.
• Very large number of NGOs supporting medical facilities.
• Nearly all hospitals receive outside financial support (UBC still majority of
funding for MH)
Tom showed as plot plan of the hospital site and pointed out the buildings involved. Then he showed a series of photos of the building they fixed before and after, outside and inside. Tom said that the roof trusses were welded steel that involved some local welding students. Our own Chris Blechschmidt and his company designed them.
Grant Components   ---
• Housing for Key Health Care Providers
• Continuing Education for Medical Providers
• Training for Administrative staff.
Grant Components  ---
• Housing for Key Health Care Providers
• Rehabilitation of International House
• Six individual living quarters
• Three full bathrooms
•On call room for midwives
• Computer/Study station
Grant Components  ---
• Continuing Education for Medical Providers
• Training conference room equipped to allow remote
• Establishment of a collaborating educational team for
continuing education.
• Partnership with Lehigh Valley Hospital Residency
• Partnership with Cedar Crest Nursing Program
• Medical Journals/Apps
Grant Components  ---
• Training for Administrative staff.
• Training in finance and management
• Bo Rotary club members to coordinate.
• Support from Allentown West RC members
Local Support  ---
• Cedar Crest College School of Nursing donated nursing
textbooks and agreed to teleconferencing for nursing.
• LVHN donated three Remstar CPAP machines and accessories,
stethoscopes, misc. drains and suction tubing. Respiratory and
medical texts. Also agreed to teleconferencing.
• Medical Journals: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, Hunter's
Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Numerous
Apps installed.
Carl said that the next project will be a storeroom at the hospital and some training on how to use it. This should happen about a year from now.
Pres. Amir led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
          Photos by Gary Heller


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



    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.


Mike Gschwendtner  Apr 02
Gil Keller,                   Apr 09



Dana and Mike Gschwendtner    Apr 20 1999       21 years



John Scott         4 years      Apr 06 2016
AJ Henry            38 years    Apr 15 1992
Gwen Pongracz 11 years    Apr 15 2009
Dale Heffner      6 years      Apr 23 2014
Andy Drotar,      2 years      Apr 26 2018
Cindy Rosevelt  4 years      Apr 28 2016
Guy Rosevelt     4 years      Apr 28 2016