Message from President Gail Micca
Plans are coming together nicely to host our first membership event of the year on September 30th. This event promises to be fun and delicious, but it will be better if you are there and sharing Rotary with others.  Cornhole is for everyone and we welcome the opportunity to mingle with Rotarians from other clubs, friends and guests from the Chamber as we show them what we are all about.
Service is fun and planning projects and fundraisers is even more fun. Please join us in making the upcoming events the best times together. Working together, we create a better world. 
If you haven't signed up for the Race to Zero and Oktoberfest on October 2nd, please do so this week. You can also choose to support Herb's 5k in loving memory of Ronnie.  Any support is appreciated. Have a great week!
Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
In Person Sept 22nd
7:15 a.m. registration and breakfast room open
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
Brookside Country Club
Via Zoom
7:15 a.m. chat room opens
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
Sept. 15 and all of October
Zoom also available during in-person meetings



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
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:
       Sep 20  District 7430 Golf Tournament at Brookside CC in Pottstown, 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
        Oct 2  –  D7430 Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Race to Zero
        Nov 6  --  D7430 Annual Foundation Seminar
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,
**Garden any time: Weeding and watering is always needed – bring friends and family
Garden opportunities, contact Gail, or Amanda,
Collect baseball equipment, send emails to friends and neighbors to help collect, contact Nick Millward,
Meals on Wheels - we still need a few more volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends, contact Kathleen Ott,
Highway clean up - please consider leading the effort in October.  Training provided,contact Gail at
Club Service:
Thursday, Sept 30th: Help to make the first social at Eight Oaks a huge success - form a team for the Cornhole tournament - ask your friends, coworkers, family & potential Rotarians to join us for a fun night, contact Tori Morgan,
Purple Pinkie, Contact John Scott,
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. 
Our new Tribute Cards are here and ready to send out! 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. Payment is by PayPal. 
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 cover photo.
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 260 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
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Kathy Ott –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership:  Herb Klotz, Temporary
Public Image: Marlene Heller  –
TT6:  Len Salines –
Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb Kistler
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC: John Scott –
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Kathy Ott –
Kids of Character: Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
New Membership Classification Talk
Nov 03, 2021 7:30 AM
The Kindness Project: Shining a Bright Light for the Foster Care Community
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation Talk
Nov 24, 2021 7:30 AM
STEM YEA what's it All About & What does it mean to Allentown West
View entire list
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 1.2 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!
Board and Committee
 Members for 2021-22
Current Executive Board:
President Gail Micca
President Elect – John Scott
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Chris Blechschmidt 
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – TBD
Service Chair – Dr. Kathleen Ott
Public Relations Chair – Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair – Len Salines
Youth Services Chair – Sue and Bill Weber
AWRC Foundation Chair – Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair – Herb Klotz
      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
Check out the AWRC
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
           QUOTE of the WEEK
      “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
                ― Shannon L. Alder
Rotary International now has SEVEN Areas of Focus:
    Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution. ...
    Disease Prevention and Treatment. ...
    Water and Sanitation. ...
    Maternal and Child Health. ...
    Basic Education and Literacy. ...
    Economic and Community Development.
Our Causes
    Promoting peace. Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. ...
    Fighting disease. ...
    Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. ...
    Saving mothers and children. ...
    Supporting education. ...
    Growing local economies. ...
    Protecting the environment.
Meeting  Notes – September 8, 2021
Today was a face-to-face meeting where  AW Rotarians had a breakfast together, and the food was good. We also had a Zoom meeting. There were  21  people at Brookside CC in Macungie and we had 9  people on line that participated in the meeting remotely.
Amir Famili  was our Greeter and he did an excellent job. And President  Gail Micca was everywhere else looking after us. Mitch Huston handled registration and 50:50 tickets, and Happy Dollars. P-E John Scott   made sure that the P.A. system and the Zoom signals worked for us.
Nick Millward, friend of the club; AND Honorary member, Wendy Weaver was with us today visiting from Florida.
Pres. Gail Micca rang the bell and welcomed  us all.
Pastor Jean Masiko  gave a very nice invocation . After some time to eat we  recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Gail led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Past President Gil Keller told the story of his Father and his serving as AWRC President and the history of the Youth Exchange program in our club.
Pres. Gail displayed the list of September member events.
In addition to this great meeting Kathy  Ott offered up her amazing cake balls.  $10 per plate with funds directed to scholarships
Rosh Hashanah 2021 began in the evening of Monday , September 6 and ends in the evening of Wednesday , September 8.
There is an updated list of service opportunities in the coming weeks: on the left side of this bulletin.
This week our garden produce will go to Parkland C.A.R.E.S. with delivery on Saturday.
Next week’s harvest will go to the Lowhill Food Pantry.
Amir Famili emphasized that this work is for a really good cause. They need volunteers each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
PDG Herb Klotz  said that ShelterBoxes are helping in Haiti after the recent earthquake. Gail said that there will be a real ShelterBox on display at the Cornhole Tournament.
This is our first social event with 3 other RCs. And members from the Chamber of Commerce. Please bring your friends. A cornhole contest will be attempted. And the food will be very special and fantastic. We are working with the Whitehall Area RC, the LV Passport RC and the Emmaus RC as a start.
Race Director, John Scott, said that the race and walk will take place on the Schnecksville Fair Grounds near LCCC in the morning.  The route includes going across a covered bridge. OktoberFest will follow.
Please register for the race. AND note that there is a virtual option this year for a lesser fee and no Tee-Shirt.
And we need volunteers to help, and donations for prizes, and sponsors for the Tee-Shirts.
Herb Klotz and John Scott will not continue to lead this event. Two positions are open for members to fill.
Herb is planning to run the race this year himself.
Chair, Len Salines, said that we need many, many prizes for the events coming up. Please donate.
Kathy Ott  said that on Sept. 13th at 9:00 a.m. there will be a Zoom meeting.
On Oct 5th at 11:00 a.m. there will be an Orientation meeting by the M.O.W. people
Kathy Ott reports that snack packing at Parkland will be on Wednesday, Oct 13th. Workers must wear masks.
Kathy also noted that Family Promise need donations of Gas Cards for the homeless families to use while there is no bus service for them.
Nick Millward reports that some items have been received and Tori Morgan is contacting the Iron Pigs. Transportation of the equipment  to Mongolia is being arrange. Katrina Sundstrom said that we now have a place to store the stuff until it ships.
Gail said the work for the coming year fundraising is just getting started.  She has committed to a 350 mile bike trail ride from Niagara Falls to Albany NY from Oct 3-9. That's 60 miles a day.
If you haven't sponsored Gail yet or you'd like to throw some more $$ in support of this effort, please let Gail know.  The next fundraiser will be targeted for Youth programs in our community.  As you know, this is a big part of what we do at Allentown West Rotary and we need to get the ball rolling for next year!
$10 per mile would equal $3,500!  no limit to how many miles you can pledge.  And if anyone would like to step up to match these funds, let Gail know.”
Pres. Gail said that Dale Heffner ho is on their b.o.d., is asking for help in finding a 3 bedroom apartment for $1,400 a month.
Mitch Huston had a ticket drawn for the $30  50:50  Prize which was won by Bill Palmer who gave it to the club. The $10 door prize was won by Diana Dunn.
Bill Palmer is happy that Wendy Weaver was with us today.
Mitch Huston donated $5 in honor of his surviving a plane flight from Hell with a multitude of delays and changes
Sue Weber is happy to see Wendy Weaver here. And she sends us greetings from the Sunset RC in Hilton Head.
Wendy Weaver is $10 happy that Penn State beat Wisconsin last Saturday. And she is happy to be back with so many friends.
Ernie Boll is just happy.
There  will be a hybrid meeting on Sept 22nd at Brookside CC in Macungie.
ALL four October meetings will be via Zoom.
Brookside CC cannot accommodate us beyond September. Our b.o.d. members are looking for a new location for our face-to-face meetings. We may add some Dining Out meetings to provide in-person conversations.
Wednesday September 15, 2021  as a Zoom meeting only that will start at 7:15 a.m. as folks sign in. Our program  will  be  Molly Brietbach, Director,  Historic Bethlehem Museums to discuss the Historic Bethlehem World Heritage Initiative.
Ralph Witcher introduced Michelle Zenie, Executive Director at the Pediatric Cancer Foundation  (PCFLV) to provide a  Pediatric Cancer Foundation Overview. He said that Michelle is amazing and relevant. In the past Michelle taught school in Parkland and also worked for Rodale.
The PCFLV website says:
“With personal experience in the world of pediatric cancer to back her professional expertise, Michelle has been the Executive Director of The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley since January of 2014. Michelle's passion for this cause, along with her business acumen, has helped her grow PCFLV into an award-winning organization and one of the Lehigh Valley's most well-respected non-profits. PCFLV helps over 300 families in the Greater Lehigh Valley area.
“Her vision for PCFLV is to bring a compassionate network of resources and services to families during the most challenging time in their lives, while collaborating with Lehigh Valley businesses, organizations, and community partners. PCFLV works closely with Lehigh Valley Health Network to provide their pediatric oncology patients with programming and services and access to help with bills through the Family Assistance Fund.
“In her personal life, Michelle is blessed to be mom to three kids: Cole (a pediatric cancer survivor), Aidan, and Makenna. She is a Reiki Master, enjoys yoga, and is experimenting with art in her spare time.”
Michelle showed a photo of Cole when he was a skinny 3 year old just diagnosed with cancer, alongside his current 23 year old self who survived. She mentioned that leukemia is a better cancer to get IF you could choose.
In children leukemia and other cancers spread very quickly. She said that the records show there is a lot more pediatric cancer in the Northwestern Lehigh School District. One reason might be all of the farmland around.
Her son Cole received chemo for 2-1/2 years. Every protocol is different for each patient. Most pediatric cancer treatments are terribly hard on the children. Two thirds end up with long-term side effects.
Michelle noted that donating blood is most necessary. Most patients will need some at some time. Michelle said that there are about 30 new cases each year in the L.V.
The PCFLV does not fund research. They just help patients and their families. They hold many fundraisers each year, and they hold many events for the families entertainment. Check their website.
 Pres. Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”  And she rang the bell to  close the meeting.
Jennifer Stinson                  Sep 02
Bob Gordon                         Sep 08
Mike Stegura                       Sep 09
Keith Hoffman                      Sep 10
MaryFrances Salines            Sep 18
Dennis Houser                    Sep 20
Natalie Maier                       Sep 20
Kathy Ott                             Sep 26
Brad Maier                           Sep 27
Tori Morgan                          Sep 28
Jean Masiko                          Sep 30



Judy & Chuck Ehninger        Sep 06 1968       53 yrs
Natalie & Brad Maier            Sept 07      
Lisa & Jim Walton                 Sep 14 1991       30 yrs
MaryFrances & Len Salines   Sep 24 1988       33 yrs
Gwenn Carr Gary Englehardt     Sep 29 2001  20 yrs



Bill Palmer                  26 years    Sep 01 1995
Geoff Legg                  47 years    Sep 15 1974