Time Flies...

Gwenn Carr
member photo
...when you’re having fun!
We are one week away from our club’s changeover and I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone in our club who makes this role fun, rewarding and easy. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our club in this capacity.  
Leading our club through all of the transitions following Covid had its challenges, but you all helped to bring us to this point.  

Our club has changed a lot in two years and I believe the changes have been good. I hope you feel the same and I hope we see an explosion in our membership this coming year. I can hardly wait to see what lies ahead. I strongly encourage anyone who loves our club to consider a leadership position. 
See you at the changeover!


Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person
at Cedar Crest College
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
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
       June 23  --  District 7430 Annual Changeover at 6:00 P.M. at The Centennial Conference Center at Homewood Suites , Center Valley, PA.
       July 6 thru 9  –  STEM YEA program for 2023 at Kutztown University.
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
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
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:
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
   The upcoming dateS for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway is Saturday 
          June 17
          July 8
          August 12
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.
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 and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership: Tori Morgan –
Public Image: Marlene Heller –
Fundraising:  Len Salines –
Dining Out: Various 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser –
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou –
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla –
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla –
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube –
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen –
RLI: website        
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
Sep 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Bethlehem Morning Star RC-Women of Action
Sep 27, 2023 7:30 AM
Phantoms Programs
Oct 11, 2023 7:30 AM
Allentown West Rotary Club Assembly
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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!
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send your ideas to Ralph Witcher. 
     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
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JUNE 14, 2023
The history of Father's Day goes back to 1908, when a church in West Virginia held a sermon to honor 362 men who had been killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion. This was the country's first-ever event to strictly honor fathers, but it was just a one-and-done thing, at least in that community.
Father's Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fathers, fathering, and fatherhood. Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.
“How do you measure your growth? By how much you help. Growth starts with the decision to help.”
Meir Ezra
Despite the dry (and smoky) weather, Lisa’s flowers are blooming!  Lisa says “Once again, I am delighted to offer them as a fundraiser for AWRC. This particular fundraiser will go towards Parkland Snack Packing. “
This week’s arrangement is a small vase of flowers in a pink/blue/white palette for $15.
Please email Lisa at or text 484-431-7298 with your name and number of bouquets.  Payment can be made at the meeting, or via PayPal directly to the club.  If you won’t be at the meeting but would still like flowers, we can work out something.  Quantities are limited, and orders will be filled in the order they are received. 
         STEM YEA  JUNE 13  UPDATE
We are currently at 41 students for STEM YEA. Three of the students are from Northwestern Lehigh’s middle school.
We  still are looking for volunteers to walk the students to classes and to meals.  It’s an inspiring and fun weekend. If you can volunteer for a day or one shift,  you will have fun!
Shuree Gootiiz, from the Tech Edu Fund, was a guest at the Mongolia event on Saturday evening. You may remember Shuree from her ZOOM presentation to us last December. Her Tech Edu Fund was started to help women advance through STEM education. This education would provide them with opportunities for better-paying jobs.
Two Mongolian students are currently studying Computer Science at Gannon University in Eire, Pennsylvania. After a discussion with Shuree, we went back to the STEM YEA 2023 team to determine if these students could be volunteers at STEM YEA 2023.
I am happy to report that Anunjin and Ananjin Batdelger will be serving as volunteers at STEM YEA 2023. The Batdelgers are twins and the nieces of Shuree. STEM YEA team members and interns are excited to have them join us for the July 6-9th event at Kutztown University.
                  Gwenn Carr, M.Ed., PMP
     June 20th – Emmaus Golf Classic – Click here to learn more
Gwenn Carr reports  --  Mongolia 21|21 Event - Creating Hope in the World
Thank you Ernie and Chuck for providing donations even though you were not able to attend last evening’s event.
To those who were able to join in person – THANK YOU.  I hope that you enjoying learning more about Friends of Mongolia ( Mongolia 21|21 ( and the Tech Education fund (
Special thanks to Ron Coleman for parking cars, Barb and Jeff for bringing a table and chairs, Barb for being our Greeter and Tabulator, Herb for serving as Auctioneer, Peter and Marlene for developing and editing the program booklet, Ariel for bringing FOM swag, Cindy for donating a mosaic mirror, Chris for donating a framed Artic Tern photograph.
Last evening when I said my prayers I realized I had skipped past our Invocation. Pastor Jean had prepared a special invocation for us. When I apologized to her she was so gracious. Her response was “God had a different plan”.  I look forward to the time when the invocation is in the plan.
It was wonderful to have Bonnie and Harry, Carol and Jim. We hope to see them at many AWRC events.
Having Shuree and Ariel give up their precious weekend time to teach us about the efforts of FOM and the Tech Education Fund was an amazing opportunity for me. I hope that you enjoyed meeting them.
Gary was patient and kind all week…he scrubbed the deck, washed many pots and pans, moved furniture, set up technology, and was patient with me during the shopping, cooking, set up and clean up. Thank you to the best partner ever!
What can we say about Nick?  Ron Coleman expresses it best-“Nick’s DA MAN”!
We met our goal and I have some promises for additional donations. At this moment, we have $1750 for the scholarship and $510 for books and other expenses. Our student will be chosen from the Khovd Province. Nick has some contacts there and Peace Corps volunteers will be deployed there this year.
We are creating “Hope in the World”.
As we all know, it is easy to talk the talk, but to walk the walk is another story entirely... and to know that so many "walkers" were in the same room, connecting and brainstorming... even from afar, there is no better feeling than to know we have an incredible support structure in place. I could write a book expressing my gratitude to each and every one of you for last night and the infinite other times we've put our shoulders to the wheel.
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting Notes – June 14, 2023
Today was an In-Person meeting at Cedar Crest College  starting at 7:30 A.M. There were 26 of us present plus 4 more on line.
Our Greeter was Bill Keba.  Mitch Huston handled registration, prizes and Happy Dollars.
Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Scholar calling in from Mongolia today; and  a visiting Rotarian from California, Sangita Seshadri, and her son, Dhruv.  Dhruv is relocating here to accept a faculty position at Lehigh University. Sangita is a past president of her club and eager to meet us.
PDG Herb Klotz opened the meeting at 7:35 A.M.
Marlene Heller gave a nice invocation.
Ron Coleman led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag.
Bianca Rivera led us in reciting the Four Way Test, and added “Is it Fun?”
The member celebrations for JUNE  are listed below.
The door prize donated by Gail Micca was won by Diana Dunn.
The 50:50 prize of $5  was won Ron Coleman.
Bianca Rivera is glad to give her classification talk .
Herb Klotz and Diana had a wonderful trip with only 1 tiny cloud in ten days in Ireland visiting Dianna’s nephew.
Sue Weber is happy to be here and happy to have gone to the Mongolia 21- 21 event last Saturday.
Marlene Heller is happy  that her Mom celebrated her 102nd birthday with family .
Laurie Grube is happy to be going on vacation with their 15 month-old granddaughter .
Bill Keba is happy that he parked next to our guests.
Ralph Witcher is happy for a million reasons .
Helen Papathanasiou is happy to be early today .
Mitch Huston will be the Emcee tonight in Allentown for a Flag Day concert .
Gary Englehardt and Gwenn Carr  are happy about the amazing results from fundraising that netted  $750 for tuition, $490 for books and an anonymous donor who pledges $5,000/year for 4 years for tuition.
Bill Palmer is happy that his granddaughter, Shaina and J.R. Cavalo have announced their engagement.
See separate article.
Jun 23, 2023 at 6:00 PM at          The Centennial Conference Center at Homewood Suites , Center Valley, PA.
See separate article.
July still is open for somebody to step up and plan something.
August will be our annual Picnic and it will be held at Gwenn & Gary’s home on August 12 or 13, depending on the Weather.
Pres. Gail reports  --  Life is busy at the gardens.  And they need watering regularly. Please volunteer.
The next Snack Packing event at Parkland is in September.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at
The NWL Snack Packing date is in September.
 The upcoming dates for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway are:
         June 17              July 8                 August 12
Each time we start at 7:30 A.M. and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M. Volunteers are needed. The June delay is due to lack of volunteers.
Come and help next time.
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for all of 2023.  
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. 
Meal delivery by AW Rotarians takes place twice each week.  Helen Papathanasiou always needs substitute volunteers.
Fri. June 16 - Mon. June 19, 2023
AWRC will be sending three area High School students to Camp Neidig this Spring. They are Lucas Dee and Elene Tzidelade from Parkland High School,  and  Jordan Allen from NW Lehigh High School.
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 reserved for AWRC committee meetings to which everyone is welcome.
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
Wednesday, June 28th at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M.
The program will be AWRC Leadership Changeover meeting, with some awards presented.
Membership Chair, Tori Morgan,  introduced Patricia Mulqueen  to give her Classification Talk.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
J.D., 1998
•        Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty, 1996-97
•        Student Bar Association Delegate, Academics Standards Committee, Faculty Appointments Committee, 1995-96
Trinity College Summer Program, Cambridge, England (Sponsored by Tulane Law School), 1996
Chaminade University of Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1993
•        Dean’s List
•        Student Speaker at Spring Commencement, 1993
•        Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Honor Society), Treasurer, 1992-93
•        Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), 1993
Pennsylvania Bar, 2004 - Present
Arizona Bar, 1998 - Present (inactive member since 2001)
Northampton County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
Lehigh County Bar Association, 2004-2007, 2016 - Present
Cochise County Bar Association, 1999-2000
•        President, 2000, Treasurer, 1999
Law Clerk, Office of the Public Defender, Montgomery County, Rockville, MD               1/1998 – 5/1998
Judicial Intern, The Honorable J. James McKenna, Circuit Court, Rockville, MD                 Summer 1996
Legal Assistant Volunteer, Family Law Center, Schofield Barracks, HI                          Summer 1993
DeSales University, Center Valley, PA                                                                                                  
Adjunct Faculty, 2007
Taught an undergraduate course on Criminology.
University of Maryland University College, Campuses in Belgium and the Netherlands
Lecturer, September 2002 and November 2002
Taught death penalty seminars to American students.
Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
Guest Lecturer, May 2002 and April 2003
Taught American Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law to European students.
Office of the District Attorney, Northampton County, Easton, PA                                        12/2018 - 4/2023;
Chief Deputy District Attorney and Chief of Violent Crime Unit                                          07/2008 – 10/2013
Prosecuted violent crimes from the investigative through the trial stage. As CDDA, supervised prosecutions of junior attorneys. Conducted grand jury investigations on homicide cases. Experienced in jury trials, including cases of homicide, attempted homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault and home invasion robberies.  Have composed appellate briefs and argued orally before the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. 
•        Wiretap designated; reviewed wiretap affidavits and orders for legal and evidentiary compliance
Office of the District Attorney, Northampton County, Easton, PA                                         10/2013-12/2018
Assistant District Attorney, Chief of Drug Unit
Managed all aspects of drug and prostitution prosecutions from the investigative stage through trial and sentencing. Supervisor of the Drug Task Force (included officers from all police departments in Northampton County). Provided training for officers.  Assisted with investigations, participated in interviews with confidential informants, reviewed search warrants and advised on Drug Task Force operations.  Managed a staff of 2 detectives and 3 drug unit attorneys.   
•        Graduate of Top Gun
Office of the District Attorney, Northampton County, Easton, PA                                            3/2007 - 7/2008
Assistant District Attorney, Juvenile Unit and White Collar Crime Unit
Managed the prosecution of juvenile adjudications as well as white-collar cases including forgeries, retail theft, false reports and non-violent burglaries from the investigative through the appellate stage. 
Office of the District Attorney, Lehigh County, Allentown, PA                                     11/2004 - 3/2007
Assistant District Attorney
Represented the Commonwealth at preliminary hearings, trials, sentencings, revocation hearings, guilty pleas and juvenile adjudication hearings.  Cases included attempted homicide, robberies, aggravated assault, domestic violence and forgery.  Drafted and orally argued appellee briefs.
Office of the Public Defender, Cochise County, Bisbee, AZ                                              10/1998 - 1/2001
Deputy Public Defender
Managed a large felony caseload from pre-indictment to appellate stage. Represented juveniles in bench trials. Particular emphasis on motions to suppress and juvenile appeals. 
•        Rotary Club Member, Allentown West Rotary, 2022 - Present
•        Board of Directors, Haven House, 2021 - Present
•        Women’s Guild, St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2021 - Present
•        Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Northampton County, 2019 - 2023
•        Spouse of an active duty Army officer (retired after 26 years of service)
•        Mission trips to Haiti to assist Missionaries of the Poor, 2015 and 2016
•        Advisory Board for Catholic Charities, 2007-2013, Chairperson, 2011-2013
•        Religious Education Instructor Volunteer (at various parishes over the years)
•        Lived in the Netherlands from February 2001 to July 2004 while spouse worked as an Army officer assigned to NATO
•        Our Lady of the Mountains School Board Member, Sierra Vista, AZ 1998-2000
•        Parent Involvement Committee, Kensington-Parkwood Elementary, Kensington, MD 1994-1995
•        School/Community-Based Management Council Member, Hale Kula Elementary School, HI, 1993-1994
•        New York State Realtor, 1988-1990
•        Lived in Daegu, S. Korea from June 1986 to May 1987 as an Army family member
•        English Tutor for S. Korean Army and Jae Il Corporation, D
Membership Chair, Tori Morgan, introduced Bianca Rivera to give her classification talk.
                  Who am I?
I am a Universal Branch Manager for Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union
I was born in Newark, NJ and have been living in the Lehigh Valley for 20 years.
My birthday is on January 17th.
I am of Puerto Rican descent. Oldest of 3.
I have three beautiful kids -- Julius 15, Aryanna 7 and Armanni 6.
We have a family dog by the name of Bentley.
My husband and I have been together for 8 years and married for 3 years.
I have been living in the Lehigh Valley for 20 years.
                  Fun Facts
My favorite show is the “The Office”
I have 13 tattoos.
On my spare time I like to spend time with my family.
Brunches and lunch dates with my bestie’s.
                  Who we are
Member’s 1st has been around since the 1950s.
We are a not-for-profit organization.
We are member owned .
We exist to strengthen our communities, because our communities are stronger when we come together as one.
Our associates volunteer thousands of hours each year to local charities and causes.
We offer the same products and services a traditional bank does but at a better rate.
                  Financial Education
We’re here to help you learn the ins and outs of finances.
Through financial education programs and presentations, we hope to provide our members, students, business partners and general public with the helpful information they need to make smart financial decisions.
We offer financial literacy for students K-12 and Adult Seminars.
Summer Celebration  --  July 15th 10am-12pm
PDG Herb led us in reciting our motto “One profits most who serves best. And adjourned the meeting.
Jeff Steiner                 Jun 06
Lisa Walton                Jun 10
Terry Grube                Jun 11
Chris Blechschmidt   Jun 13
Jean Machamer           Jun 26
Barbara Kistler           Jun 30
Laurie & Terry Grube          Jun 03 2018       5 years
Karen & Geoff Legg               Jun 17 1966   57years
Pat & Ralph Witcher           Jun 18 1988       35 years
Karen & Billy Rodgers        Jun 19 1993       30 years
Mercedes & John Scott,     Jun 25 2005       18 years
Barbara Kistler           19 years    Jun 01 2004
Jerry Frank                 28 years    Jun 15 1995
Jennifer Stinson         6 years     Jun 22 2017
Bob Gordon                16 years    Jun 27 2007
Ron Coleman             7 years     Jun 29 2016
Wendy Weaver           8 years     Jun 30 2015