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:
Jan 12, 2021 7:00 PM  Training Tuesday: International Service Part 1 Zoom Web Meeting     
Jan 14, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM   Welcome to Rotary     Zoom Web Meeting    
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 PM  Training Tuesday: International Service Part 2 Zoom Web Meeting     
Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
Mar 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
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 picture of everyone running in the Purple Pinkie race.
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 250 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 third Tuesday 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: September 12 and October 17 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Marlene Heller
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 –
Evening Meeting:  On hold
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        
Feb 24, 2021 7:30 AM
Challenges & Triumphs of Providing Essential Mental Health and Home Health Services during Covid-19
Mar 03, 2021 7:30 AM
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Mar 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Lehigh County Garden Plot Program
Mar 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Northwestern Lehigh Veteran Memorial (Ontelaunee Park)
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Overview of Family Promise
View entire list
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to join us for a Zoom meeting.
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.
Here are the AWRC
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
Evening Meeting Chair  -  N/A
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 Amir Famili.
     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
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
DECEMBER 30, 2020
Thursday Evening Meetings:
Dining Out:
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
     “You've got to know what your magic is. How else will you fully share your gifts with others and enrich the world for these precious years that you live?”
               ― Rasheed Ogunlaru
     Yes, your ancient Bulletin Editor indeed went bowling with some family on Christmas Eve morning. After multiple calls we finally found an open Bowling center in Quakertown.
     Bill Palmer, son David, Granddaughter Shaina, and Grandson Nathaniel wearing masks and social distancing went bowling. Bill bowled just the first game, had two strikes (apart) and many gutter balls. His final score is a secret.
Fighting polio must continue amid challenges
Even during a pandemic, the important work of fighting polio must continue — and support from all Rotary members is needed to safeguard children and prevent a resurgence of the disease. With COVID-19 precautions in place, vaccination programs are still being carried out. Rotary’s PolioPlus grants recently provided 90 million doses of vaccine, as well as transportation for polio workers in Afghanistan and additional community health workers in Pakistan — the two countries where wild poliovirus still circulates.
AWRC 2021-2022 Board Members 2021-22
On December 16, 2020 the following Rotarians were voted
in as AWRC board members for 2021-2022
President                             Gail Micca
President-Elect                    John Scott
Vice President                     Tom Friday
Past President                     Ralph Witcher
Secretary                             John Scott        
Treasurer                             Chris Blechschmidt  
Membership Chair              Tom Friday
Service Committee             Diana Dunn,
                           Ron Coleman, Kathy Ott
RI Foundation Chair            Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair               Len Salines
Marketing & P.I. Chair        Marlene Heller
Program Chair                     Ralph Witcher
Youth Programs Chairs      Sue & Bill Weber
AW Foundation Chair         Amir Famili       
Allentown West Rotary Club
Notes --   December 30, 2020
There was no Zoom meeting this morning. Yet there is information to be shared.
As we start a new year President Ralph Witcher extends his sincere best wishes to us all for a happy and prosperous new year. We should feel good about the many ways AW Rotarians served so many people and causes during the 2020 year, in spite of a multitude of obstacles.
The mutual support from members of our Rotary family is outstanding. Nine years ago my wife Yvette passed away. Shortly thereafter Dave Dries created and ran a transportation committee of AW Rotarians with each taking one week a month to transport me to and from our Rotary meetings. Dave took the first and the  5th Wednesday – when that came up.
The result was that in all the years since, and with committee members changing, I attended every Wednesday morning meeting except the two when I was ill. Rotarians also transported me to the monthly AW Board meetings, and the monthly District leadership meetings. I also got to many of the Thursday evening meetings.
With my lousy vision you do not want me driving at all. This support is a great service that Rotarians have performed unnoticed and quietly for nine years. Wow! Thank you all.
During the 2020 year our service efforts actually increased because of the covid19 problems. There were more people to feed and more produce to grow and to distribute. Here is a partial list:
         Hundreds of snack packs were prepared and distributed to Parkland C.A.R.E.S. and LCCC.
         Hundreds of Lbs. of fresh produce were both purchased and grown in our new garden, and delivered to the Lowhill Food Pantry.
         Rotary volunteers helped handout food items to The Kingdom Life Food Center clients.
         Gift cards and holiday gift bags were donated, and prepared, for the Lowhill Food Pantry clients.
         Winter coats and donated luggage was delivered to the Valley Youth Center.
         Funds were donated to cover the shipping costs of supplies to the Mongolian flood victims.
         Annual Scholarships were awarded.
         AW Rotarians performed Rt. 222 Highway Clean-ups.
         Multiple High School students were cited as Student of the Month and given gift cards.
         AW funds were donated to support many other local projects.
         AW funds also went to support the EWB Hospital project in Sierra Leone.
         A $1,000 grant was obtained for equipment for Meals on Wheels.
Well Done, AW Rotarians!!
Ralph Witcher is happy that their son, Seth, did such a fine job entertaining us at the end of our December 23 Zoom meeting.
Ernie Boll always is happy.
Bill Palmer is happy that his grandson, Christopher, now is engaged to Madison as of Christmas Eve.
Katrina Sundstrom is happy about all of the continuous financial and volunteer  support from Rotarians for the Parkland CARES Food Pantry.
P-E Gail Micca is happy to learn that it takes three AW Rotarians to fill her position as Service Chair for the next Rotary year.
Many AW Rotarians are happy that they received some of Gail Micca’s special Rotary Cookies.
Sue and Bill Weber are happy to be heading to Hilton Head soon.
Pres. Ralph said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Please take a look at this new 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 January 6, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Andrea Tinianow, Esq, Founder - Connector Street discussing Connector Street - How it all Started + How does it Help People?
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Remember our motto:  “One profits most who serves best.”


 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 December edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Dottie Bloom              Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe             Jan 12
Ernie Boll                    Jan 20
Geoff Legg                  Jan 22
Recedes Scott            Jan 25



Sally & Jerry Frank    Jan 05 1985       36 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom  Jan 20 1979       42 years



Dawn Costello                  ?? years    Jan 01
Carrie Ballek              2 years      Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller                 2 years     Jan 02 2019
Marlene    Heller        2 years     Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak         9 years      Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger          45 Years    Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber                  24 years    Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca                    3 years      Jan 31 2018