Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.



Pres. Ralph Witcher is  the Greeter while we are using Zoom
There will be no Thursday evening meetings
until after the pandemic.
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:
             Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
         Mar 06, 2021 New Member Orientation meeting
          Mar 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting      
          Mar 13, 2021  RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) virtual training sessions.
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
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Garden care. Contact: Gail Micca
Pack 50 Snack Packs at your house
Pick up/drop off at Gail’s house
Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase, pack and distribute produce on the SECOND SATURDAY of the month
Location: Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry
Contact: Gail Micca
Distribute produce at Lowhill Food Pantry
Location: 4695 Lowhill Church Rd, New Tripoli, PA 18066
Contact: Amir Famili
Distribute food at Kingdom Life Food Pantry
Location: 4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Dates: Third Saturday morning of each month
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca –
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:  Amir Famili –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Apr 28, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Parkland High School Students
May 05, 2021 7:30 AM
AWRC Scholarship Program Presentations for Northwestern HS, LCTI & LCCC Students
May 12, 2021 7:30 AM
How to Affect a Difference with Impact as a Prosecutor
May 19, 2021 7:30 AM
Growing Uncommon Fruit Trees in the Lehigh Valley
May 26, 2021 7:30 AM
History of Woman & Journalism
Jun 16, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
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!
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 Archivist at
Board and Committee
 Members for 2020-21
President - Ralph Witcher
President-Elect - Gail Micca
Vice President - John Scott
Immediate Past President - Amir Famili
Secretary - John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms - Mitch Huston
Service Committee Chair - Gail Micca
RI Foundation & International Grants Chair - PDG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Thomas Friday
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill and Sue Weber
      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
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
MARCH 3, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
        “But remember this. When God wants to punish us, he gives us just ourselves to care for.”
               ― Jonathan Odell
 The first motto of Rotary International, “He Profits Most Who Serves Best," was approved at the second Rotary Convention, held in Portland, Oregon, in August 1911. The phrase was first stated by a Chicago Rotarian, Art Sheldon, who made a speech in 1910 that included the remark, "He profits most who serves his fellows best."
At about the same time, Ben Collins, president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Minnesota, commented that the proper way to organize a Rotary club was through the principle his club had adopted: "Service, Not Self."
These two slogans, slightly modified, were formally approved to be the official mottoes of Rotary at the 1950 Convention in Detroit: "He Profits Most Who Serves Best" and "Service Above Self." The 1989 Council on Legislation established "Service Above Self" as the principal motto of Rotary, since it best explains the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.
AWRC congratulates member Stefanie Fenstermacher who, with her sister, has moved her baking enterprise from her home to a retail business in New Tripoli. As profiled in the Morning Call on Sunday, Feb. 28, the pair have moved from the basement of Stefanie’s home to the building that once housed the New Tripoli Diner. The sisters expect to be able to open to the public within the next few months, but meanwhile, orders are still being taken by phone at 610-298-1105 or emailing You can read the article in the Morning Call here.
RLI: Rotary Leadership Institute
                           DO IT ALL IN ONE RLI DAY!
NOW is the time to make your decision to become better educated about world-wide Rotary.  If you have any wish to maximize your Rotary club membership, especially if you are new to your club, RLI makes it easy.  Attend the virtual RLI training session on March 13, 2021.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER: FRIDAY, March 5th.
Any Rotarian, newcomer and “old timer” alike, who attends a day of
RLI programs becomes a more valuable, and more dedicated,
member of their Rotary club.
Please register NOW for Part I, II, III, and if you have graduated you may register for the Post-Graduate Course.
For additional information and to register visit
Click the link, on the left hand side under "Upcoming Classes." Find the information for the 7430 – Pottstown RLI and click on "more info." On the next screen, click "RLI Registration" on bottom right.  Enter the security code as shown in the box, and click "Register Now."  At this point you will be able to enter your information.
For other information or registration help, please feel free to call or e-mail Len Gieseler, District Chair, at 610-323-2201 or
Zoom Meeting  Notes – March 3, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  26  people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan;  Carolyne Jordan and Terry Reed, West Reading Wyomissing RC.
Amanda Shurr, our speaker for today, was one of the first 3 on line today.
Gail Micca still is in North Dakota looking after her folks.  Her Mom is getting better after having a broken hip.
Bill Weber confirmed that today is Sue’s morning to sleep in.
We discussed covid19 vaccinations. Many of us have had one or two, or are about to get them.
Ron Coleman gave an example of the crazy housing market. A house listed on Thursday had 10 offers on Friday and then 70 more showings the next week.
Bill Weber said that the same is true in South Carolina.
Herb Klotz said that the D7430 TRF people have asked that his Appalachian Trail hike fundraiser planned for AWRC be expanded to be district-wide to get funds for the RI Foundation’s Annual Fund. Details will follow. BTW AW already has raised $1,300.
Ralph Witcher is happy that their son, Seth, is being interviewed today by CH39. And Seth has just released a new single.
Patricia Witcher gave a very nice invocation. Then Ralph  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of March  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played a new video about the 4 Wat Test. produced by Rotarians in Nigeria as part of their anti-corruption campaign.
Chair, Tom Friday welcomed our guests who were on with us today. Carolyne is the P-E for WRW RC.
Ralph showed us a photo of Sharon Goldner and Amir Famili painting a new house built by Habitat for Humanity. Amir said that more volunteer painters still are needed.
The Buttered Crumb will reopen in New Tripoli. See separate article.
Pres. Ralph showed us a new video that explains how Rotary got its name and many facts about RI.
Camp Neidig will be held in May. Our AWRC Mike Gschwendtner has been transferred and now we need a leader from our club to step up and work on this district-wide annual event for High School Juniors.
Membership Chair, Tom Friday, explained that we have added seven new members recently, but there was no formal induction ceremony. So today 3 of the 7 were formally  inducted.
As their Sponsors Gail Micca introduced Michelle Steiner, and Ralph introduced Kathy Ott and Patricia Witcher. Ralph sitting next to Pat was able to present Pat with her Rotary pin.
On March 11th the Emmaus RC will hold a celebration to which we all are urged to attend. Our own Barbara Kistler will be recognized as a former winner.
On March 6th there will be a new member orientation session.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
The AWRC B.O.D. has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. Zoom meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
Wednesday March 10, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Cathleen Bannon, Lehigh County Community Garden Manager with an Update: Lehigh County Garden Plot Program
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Amanda Shurr, President & CEO, Lehigh Valley Zoo. Ralph said that it must be great to hang out with animals all day long.
Amanda thanked Ralph and said that it was an honor to be invited.
Amanda began by showing us a picture of two young Giraffes recently added to the over 300 various creatures they care for.
She explained the mission of the Lehigh Valley Zoo is to create a safe, engaging, and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages as it demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific, and conservation communities.
Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Trexler Nature Preserve has played a significant role in saving the North American bison from extinction by providing a place where both bison and elk could roam freely undisturbed. In 1935, the County of Lehigh took ownership of the Preserve and, in 1974, construction began on the Preserve’s 29-acre Zoo. In 2004, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society assumed management of the Zoo, as well as the daily management of the bison and elk heard and the palominos in the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.
As a non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoo is a relatively young organization, but as a treasured community landmark, our history spans over a century. Lehigh Valley Zoo, located in the heart of the Trexler Nature Preserve, is home to more than 325 animal ambassadors representing over 125 species.
The Zoo’s animal collection includes over 22 species collectively managed through the Species Survival Plan Program™(SSP), administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As a means to share important conservation messaging with Zoo guests and contribute to field conservation, the Zoo contributes to, participates in, and initiates wildlife conservation programs at home and in the field.
The Zoo’s full-circle conservation projects spotlight: Spotted Turtle (local), Mexican Gray Wolf (national) and African Penguin (international). You can learn about the Zoo’s conservation efforts by visiting the Zoo’s Reptile & Amphibian Discover Center, watching a daily African Penguin feeding, and observing a Real Life wolf feed throughout the year. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), and an institutional member of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), the Zoo hosts year-round family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is proud to be listed as an educational improvement organization under the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Over 35,000 students participated in our formal education programs. General attendance at Lehigh Valley Zoo grew from 63,000 visitors (2005) to over 200,000 visitors (2017).
Open year-round, the Zoo was voted Best Family-Friendly Outing in Lehigh Valley Style’s Best of the Lehigh Valley since 2009.
Additionally Winter Light Spectacular, an annual fundraising event that debuted in 2016, has brought another 341,000 guests to the Zoo, including 58,000 in 2018 and 57,000 in 2020. The event has been featured nationally by USA Today in “Holiday light displays worth traveling for across America” in 2019 and by Los Angeles Times in “‘Christmas City’ is a real place. And yes, it’s kind of like living in a Hallmark movie” in 2020.
The Zoo now is its own Foundation as a 501-C-3. They operate individually. Amanda said they were shut down for 2 months early last year. They got great videos of the animals so that they could conduct virtual tours.
Amanda showed a picture of George the Kangaroo. He has fathered 3 separate Joeys so far. Amanda said that they do not bring in animals from the wild. They do participate in a Species Survival program.
We viewed a map of the Zoo and Amanda pointed out the sections as you move from one  geographic section to another.  And one special feature is fording the Jordan Creek as you exit. You will see Elk and Bison on the other side.
They always can use volunteers to both maintain things like fencing, and to help staff some stations.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Please plan to participate in the Virtual Tri-District Conference on April 30, May 1 & 2, 2021.  Registration is $25 and will open online (here) March 1, 2021.   This three day event will include:
  • Guest Speakers
  • Interesting & Timely Breakouts
  • Afternoon of Service Projects
  • Four Way Test Speech Contest
  • The Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 
  • Fun, Fun & Fun 
Complete details coming to your email box soon to register for Exploring New Opportunities, Together!


 Here is a link to our District Governor 's
latest Bulletin

This Rotary year we are trying something new to better facilitate our communication with you. We are transforming our traditional newsletter to a club-centric publication, Vibrant Club News, which will be published every other month. Vibrant Club News includes RC service projects, special events, and fundraisers.
The February edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Gwen Pongracz          Mar 17





Dave Dries                  28 years    Mar 01 1993
Katrina Sundstrom    2 years      Mar 13 2019
Dan Crane                  29 years    Mar 15 1992
Al Lewis,                     46 years    Mar 15 1975
Jean Masiko               28 years    Mar 15 1993
Dottie Bloom              6 years      Mar 18 2015
Jeanne Shipe             7 years      Mar 20 2014