Message from President Gail Micca
 As we move from the month of July into August, we shift our focus from “Leadership” to “Membership" and "New Club Development.” These two themes are closely related as it takes great leadership to develop and grow our club.

I’m inspired to see our newest members stepping up and taking on leadership in several areas, such as club service, and advancing our efforts in fundraising and membership growth. This is exactly what we need to do as we prepare for a stellar year of growth and expansion of our club’s mission.  

I’m also seeing nearly every member taking on some level of club service. So many great ideas are being floated. I look forward to seeing how these ideas transform into actions.  

Please consider inviting a friend to join at least one meeting. It’s as easy as forwarding our email invitation or sharing our post about the upcoming speaker.  

We are also working on planning our first Rotary Means Business social, which will be a great opportunity to invite your friends to learn more about Rotary. Your help in planning this event is appreciated, but most important, we want you to bring your friends and business associates.  

Together, we will grow, serve and change lives!
Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
We meet currently at Brookside Country Club and via Zoom: the second and fourth Wednesdays at Brookside Country Club and first, third, and fifth Wednesdays on Zoom until further notice. When we meet at Brookside,
Zoom is also available.



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
Evenings will resume as social evenings in the
near future. Watch for details!
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:
        Oct 2  –  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Here is a list of remaining service opportunities for July:
July 1- 31 – Garden any time – bring friends and family
Ongoing - Tuesdays and Thursdays at Habitat for Humanity are great for volunteering - Contact Amir for more information,
Please sign up here to help with the garden: 
You can also contact Amanda ( or Gail (, to help with harvesting.
Please let Jean Masiko know if you'd like to help at Kingdom Life Food Pantry, 
Packing produce on Tuesday July 13th is fun and help is appreciated.  Packing can be done at Gail's home or yours!  Let her know.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Parkland and Northwestern Snack Packing: Kathy Ott -
Lowhill Food Pantry – Amir Famili –
Meals on Wheels:  Kathy Ott -
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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. 
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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:  Tom Friday –
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:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character: Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Sep 29, 2021 7:30 AM
Psychological Stress and Cancer
Oct 06, 2021 7:30 AM
Education for Better Life for Mongolian Children
Oct 13, 2021 7:30 AM
How To Get Free Fuel From Waste Using Local Materials
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Speaking Up: Changing the Dialogue to End the Stigma Epidemic
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation Talk
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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 1.2 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
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
JULY 28, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
     “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
               ― Anne Frank
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
With over two decades of AW Rotarians helping to pack and deliver Meals on two annual holidays, we now are able to launch an all-new and more extensive project.
AWRC is looking to form two teams (two people on each team). The teams will go out for one morning every OTHER week. One team member will drive, and the other will be the “runner” that delivers food to the door.
ALSO we will need to have several committed substitutes ready to fill in as needed. All regulars and substitutes will be well trained for this work.
We need at least SIX volunteers, but a lot more is better and will spread the workload so each works fewer days. When enough volunteers are signed up, Service Chair Kathy Ott will conduct a meeting to review the requirements and scheduling.
Please call Kathy Ott for more information and to sign up:  610-395-0549
Meeting  Notes – July 28, 2021
Today was a face-to-face meeting and it was great.  AW Rotarians had a breakfast together, and the food was good. We also had a Zoom meeting. There were  20  people at Brookside CC in Macungie shaking hands and hugging  --  and it was good. We had 9  people on line that participated in the meeting remotely.
              Marlene Heller was our Greeter and she 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. PP Ralph Witcher made sure that the P.A. system and the Zoom signals worked for us.
Ethel Drayton-Craig, on-line; and Helen Papathanasdu, guest of the club.
 Sue Weber gave a very nice invocation . Then we  recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Past President Ernie Boll told the history of the four AW Rotarians who served as District Governors.
Pres. Gail led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Pres. Gail displayed the list of July member events.
The Sunday 7-25 Picnic actually was held on Saturday 7-24 to avoid the forecasted rain the next day. The 30 attendees included our D7430 Governor Bob Hobaugh and wife, Florita, and PDG Cindy and Chris Hornaman.
Sue Weber welcomed us and Chuck Ehninger gave a very nice prayer.
The Webers did a great job hosting as usual. We had snacks and beverages followed by a great choice of foods for our suppers. The weather was great, as were the many conversations.
The committee  had a planning meeting yesterday and are working on a multi-club networking plan.
Today Kathy Ott  provided 3 delicious apple sauce cakes and 3 banana cakes for sale, $10 each.  All
Kathy Ott says we now have 6 volunteers signed up. BUT more are needed. We should be starting in September.
We are collecting baseball equipment – used  --  to send to Mongolia to start a youth baseball program. Katrina Sundstrom’s daughter is collecting as well. Today we received our first donation, an old baseball glove.
As a fundraiser Gail is still seeking sponsors for her 60 miles a week  biking as part of our 60 year celebration next May.
Please take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
Pres. Gail said that our guest, Helen, has spent many hours working in our garden.
Sgt-at-Arms, Mitch Huston had a ticket drawn for the door prize donated by Marlene Heller. The winner was our guest, Helen.
The $25 50:50 p
rize was won by Ernie Boll who donated it back to the club.
Tori Morgan indeed got some fresh apricots from Amir Famili’s tree.
Sue Weber is happy about our successful picnic last Saturday. She extends her heartfelt thanks to all who made it possible.
Ernie Boll is happy as usual.
Herb Klotz is doubly happy. They had a great vacation in Charleston. Also the membership committee is holding a zoom meeting. They could use some additional members.
Marlene Heller is happy that her surgery is behind her. And she said that it really did rain over her house on Sunday afternoon.
Laurie Grube said the picnic was great.
Murtaza Jaffer said they had a good RMB meeting and that Gail is doing good things.
Len Salines sent an e-mail: “Our club will be part of an event at Covered Bridge Park run by South Whitehall Police Department On Tuesday August 3, 20201.    It is part of National Night Out and there are multiple events scheduled.  There is a Cornhole Tournament, a Billy Joel cover band concert, police displays and demos, children's activities, food trucks, etc.  Parkland C.A.R.E.S. is collecting food donations as well.  It is a great opportunity for our club to have community outreach, support local police and have some fun.  It would be nice for us to have a  presence at the event and I'd like you to think about attending the event for your club.   Please consider attending next Tuesday,  8/3/2021 at 5:00 PM  -8:00  PM at Covered Bridge Park and use GPS info for 4050 River Road  Allentown PA 18104 or 556 Rupp Road    Allentown PA  18104  for location.   Please contact me if you would like any additional info or have questions and I hope to see you there.”
Chuck Ehninger thanks the Webers for hosting the picnic.
Bill Weber is happy that they went to the Hellers to celebrate Gary’s birthday…. And ate cake.
Mitch Huston explained that only six drum and bugle corps are participating on Saturday August 7 at 8 P.M. And you need to register on-line to attend – not at the stadium.
There  will be hybrid meetings  twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday August 4, 2021  and it is a Zoom meeting starting at 7:30 a.m.   Our program  will  be  Melissa Hakim, MD Healthcare Advocate to explain “What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One?”
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Gail Micca  is pleased that Jill got one of Kathy Ott’s cakes, and then asked Ralph Witcher to introduce Jill D. Kearney, CEO Specialty Moves by Design to discuss Downsizing & Decluttering. Ralph noted that Jill is on the board of Phoebe Homes and lives in the L.V.
Jill said she has been doing this work for 12 years over which time they handled 1,500 clients.
Their website says  --  “We manage your move so you can get back to what's important.” Formerly Senior Moves by Design wxlains that “We are experts in full-service home transitions, including:
    Senior Moves,     Empty Nest Downsizing,     Divorce Division of Assets and Relocations
    Moves & Estate Sales Due to Loss of a Loved One
    Corporate Relocations and Job Transfers
    Luxury Moves and     Moving with Disabilities
“Not only do our services extend to a wide range of offerings and specialties, but we are also here for the client who needs extra support through a difficult home transition process or emotional life event. Our professional and caring team will take over the project so you can get back to living.”
Staying or moving, our services  go far beyond packing boxes:
    Our Signature One Day Move-In
    Furniture and Space Planning Services
    Downsizing and Decluttering
    Full Home Pack and Unpack
    Estate Auctions and Fair Distribution (Estate or Divorce)
    Prepping Homes to Sell
    Organizing and Deep Cleaning
Jill said today she will cover two issues, What can I keep?, and What do I do with the left-overs? She said it really is never too soon to evaluate your belongings so that you are ready for downsizing should it come.
If there is a spouse with you, she suggests two colors of Post-Its. You and your spouse place a Post-It on every item that you truly love and want to have with you when you relocate. Also you should consider making a list of items that family members will want because of the move, or after you pass away.
Jill told many very funny entertaining stories about her own experiences and also about others. Her presentation was meaningful and fun.
 Pres Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.” And she rang a real bell.
Al Lewis                      Jul 01
Doreen Rushton         Jul 03
Mustafa Jaffer            Jul 05
Terry Grube                Jul 11
Laurie Grube              Jul 16
Wendy Weaver           Jul 21
John Pongracz           Jul 26
Bob Machamer           Jul 28
Karen Rodgers           Jul 28
Bob Costello               Jul 29
Halyna Stegura          Jul 30
Andy Phillips              Jul 31



Sandi & Ernie Boll               Jul 06 1956        65 years
Suky & Mustafa Jaffer        Jul 06 2001        20 years
Marlene & Gary Heller        Jul 27 1975        46 years



Bob Nagle                   29 years    Jul 01 1992
Jeff Kistler                  17 years    Jul 07 2004
Lort Peters                  2 years     Jul 12 2019
Amir Famili                 5 years     Jul 20 2016