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
2nd and 4th Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
at various locations
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gary Englehardt
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



Mar 11  --  TBD
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Justin Schell
Apr  1  --   Jeanne Shipe
Apr  8  --  Destination meeting
Apr 15  --  Bill Weber
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 March 12th starting at 5:30 PM.
      Feb  28  --   Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 4  --  Highway cleanup project Rt 222.
       Apr 5  --  Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser at DeSales University
      Apr 24 to 26  --  District Conference in King of Prussia. It includes the District Training Assembly and the Foundation Gala.
      June 6 to 11  --  RI annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
The  policy is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed.
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
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC/ LCCC scholarship award presentation
May 06, 2020
Managing anxiety during the pandemic
May 13, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to PHS students
May 20, 2020
Year end accomplishment and scholarship award presentation to NWL students
Jun 17, 2020
Subcommittee Reports
Jul 08, 2020
Quarterly Club Assembly + Treasurer's Report
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 --


     " God strengthens those hands that serve others.”
                ― Apoorve Dubey, The Flight Of Ambition
Six people attended the Thursday night meeting at the Starlite Diner on Feb 27. We had some wonderful meals and good fellowship.
Scott Hock educated us about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. People will be able to respond to the 9 census questions online, by mail, by telephone or when a census taker visits their home. Census responses determine the distribution of more than $675 billion and census responses are completely confidential.
Scott has been involved in the Census previously and this year he is a manager within the Census team.  Scott encouraged us to get more information as needed at 2020CENSUS.GOV
                  by Dennis Houser

The tickets for our fundraiser that is taking place on March 28th went .


Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – March 4, 2020
Our Greeter today was Dale Heffner and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili rang the bell at 7:30 A.M. opening the meeting and welcomed all. Then Ralph Witcher gave a very nice invocation expressing an “Attitude of Gratitude.”
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. John then reviewed upcoming events.
Maria Tan, Junior at DeSales University, guest of the club; Pat Witcher, wife of Ralph.
John Scott noted that we now have 17 members registered for the conference. More still are needed.
DG Herb Klotz asks us all to attend next Wednesday’s meeting here. The program will be a review of Conference volunteer locations and times.
Project Chair, Gail Micca, says It's looking like the date with be Saturday morning, April 4th.  Please check your calendars and let her know if you can make it. 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers many levels of Rotary education. AWRC will reimburse the registration fee to members that attend the Saturday, March 28 session at DeSales University.
These courses are most worthwhile, especially to our newer members.
Please support the March 28th  fundraiser.
April 5th is the EWB annual fundraiser at DeSales University. Many AW Rotarians support EWB and attend this event.
This great group still depends on cash donations from AW Rotarians. And volunteering for the produce pick-up and distribution on Saturday mornings is a very satisfying thing.
March 12 --  The meeting  will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M.
March 11th  at Luther Crest with  a volunteer as our Greeter. DG Herb Klotz will be reviewing the activities schedule for the Volunteers for OUR District Conference in King of Prussia April 24 thru 26. Please attend and join up.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Mitch Huston who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars.
The door prize  bottle of a Liquor donated by Dale Heffner was won by Dan Crane.
The $88 pot of the 50:50 was not won by Dan Crane’s second  ticket being drawn  followed by a white marble.  FIVE  marbles will be back next time.
Herb Klotz and Ronnee are very happy about Ronnee’s improving health.
Marlene Heller is happy to report that she and Gary had a great, wonderful, fabulous trip for 12 days in Israel. Gary took over 1,200 pictures.
Dottie Bloom is happy for Geoff Legg for doing her a favor.
Dennis Houser is happy that he is going to Alabama on a mission trip for his church.
Dale Heffner was happy to note that today we had our orders: “March 4th.”
Ernie Boll still is happy.
Ralph Witcher is happy to report that last weekend he attended Presidents-Elect Training and it was very worthwhile.
Jeanne Shipe is happy for the many AWRC volunteers we have. She put a list on each table, along with today’s ballot.
Mitch Huston is happy to be going to Portsmouth, N.H. to get a lobster fix.
President Amir introduced Maria Tan, a Junior at DeSales University. Maria is seeking funding for her upcoming trip to South Africa. The second of the two weeks in So. Africa will be spent working with Habitat for Humanity building things. She has submitted a form requesting financial assistance. Amir noted that AWRC has supported these students in the past.
The program today was the Nominations and election of Officers for RY 2020-21. Past President Jeanne Shipe conducted a good discussion about the ballot that had some blank spaces for President-elect and for Vice President.
Jeanne noted that the total chores of our RC President have expanded in recent years and take more time. Dan Crane compared his first time as our President as a new member to the recent year second time. He said that Donna Beach did a lot of the work supporting him.
Geoff Legg said that when he was _President his secretary in his office did a lot of the support work.
Bill Palmer suggested we ask Keith Hoffman, a CPA, to take on the Treasurer’s job so that Chris Blechschmidt could be our VP.
Herb Klotz said that whomever we have going forward will have his support to carry some of the load.
In the end, Gail Micca agreed to be our new President-Elect to follow Ralph. And John Scott agreed to be our new VP. A show of hands approved the new slate of officers.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
                  Photos by Marlene Heller


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


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Gwen Pongracz          Mar 17






Dave Dries                  27 years    Mar 01 1993
Katrina Sundstrom    1 year        Mar 13 2019
Dan Crane                  28  years   Mar 15 1992
Al Lewis                      45 years    Mar 15 1975
Jean Masiko               27 years    Mar 15 1993
Dottie Bloom              5 years      Mar 18 2015
Jeanne Shipe             6 years      Mar 20 2014