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.
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gail Micca
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



Pres. Amir Famili is the Greeter while we are using ZOOM.
The next Thursday e evening meeting will be via ZOOM on May 28th at  5:30 P.M.
      July 29  --  NEW DATE --  District Changeover at the Steel Club in Hellertown
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
Jul 15, 2020
"Researching telepsychotherapy during the pandemic and what can we learn about keeping our relations
Jul 22, 2020
Impact of COVID 19 on Pennsylvania economy
View entire list
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
      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
We actually met in person and we had Mitch issuing winning tickets.
         QUOTE of the WEEK --
“Ask not what I can get more from others, but instead what gift I have that can better help serve others more.”
                ― David Vosburg

Restaurants and providers who have supported our Tempting Tastes events are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is:



Pinnacle Ridge Winery
Pinnacle Ridge Winery which is located at 407 Old Rt. 22, Kutztown and the phone # is 610-756-4481. 
Brad, the owner, was one of the first to volunteer to help us at the Tempting Tastes events.  He not only sponsored all five events but also attended and often purchased items from the auction.  One of his guests won the basket of cheer at TT4.  His wife, Leonie, was the proud winner of the lovely rug Amir brought us from his overseas trip.
Brad has a special now…... You buy the wine and he will ship  up to  12 bottles of his award winning wine to you for just $8.  You also can order from the Pinnacle Ridge website and they will provide curbside delivery.
The website is
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  May 27, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  again there were about 40 of us on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M   Ernie Boll  gave a very nice invocation.
DGN Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC: Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College: James Gangaro, NWL H.S. Junior: and Nicholas Millward, Peace Scholar candidate.
 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.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” and other Essential Workers for what they do and asks all to pray for them.
This is one of our many hunger projects that needs our support regularly.
Our leaders have agreed to publically ask members and friends to support the Restaurants and food suppliers that have supported us in the past. Using Facebook, our weekly A-W Bulletin, and by buying gift cards and food from them.
Restaurants and providers are now hungry for our support. Please consider ordering from them when you are looking for a break from your own cooking! You can also support them with the purchase of gift cards, for yourself or others. This week’s Featured Food Provider is Pinnacle Ridge Winery. See separate article.
President Amir Famili has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. ZOOM meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
TOMORROW, May 28th at 5:30 P.M. we will hold a ZOOM meeting. Just show up and smile with a drink in your hand optional. The program will be planning the October Purple Pinkie 5K race.
Wednesday June 3 starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be
Carolyn Johnson. Yarmouth (Maine) Rotary discussing a Guatemala Literacy Project. DG Herb reco9mmends this.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Gary Englehardt thanks the Kistlers for the lovely 100th birthday card they sent to his Mother.
Jean Machamer extends all our thanks to Barbara Kistler for the great Scholarship interviews.
Sue Weber says she and Bill are very happy to be back in Hilton Head.
Amir Famili lost 5 lbs. over the recent fasting. He says it will be back soon.
Jeanne Shipe recently attended a Zoom meeting with a RC in Virginia.
Bill Weber said that the RC there in Hilton Head will resume face-to-face meetings next week.
Gail Micca is happy to have Y.E. student James on our call-in meeting today.
Gwenn Carr noted that this week we urge members to support Pinnacle Ridge Winery. Also the 29Cooks “Goin’ South” site is starting up.
DG Herb Klotz introduced Capt. Nick Millward who was on with us from Japan. Nick was a NWL H.S. Rotary Interact student 10 years ago. Herb and the committee just interviewed Nick and confirmed him as our D7430 candidate for a Rotary Peace Scholarship.
James Gangaro is this year’s outbound Youth Exchange student and was to go to Chile  --  which was cancelled. James, a Junior at NWL H.S. has some money available and is looking for a way to multiply it to then be used to feed the hungry.
Pres. Amir introduced Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College to discuss The Economic impact of AICUP school and Moravian College. AICUP stands for Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania.
Bryon Grigsby, Ph.D. Class of 1990, is President of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. He was inaugurated President July, 2013.
One of President Grigsby’s first initiatives was to issue Mac laptops and iPads to incoming students and Faculty.
After graduating from Moravian College, President Grigsby completed a Ph.D. at Loyola University in Chicago and taught English at Centenary College.
Bryon thanked us for this invitation, and thanks Rotarians for carrying on during these troubled times. So many colleges closed classes and cancelled events. He said that this presentation was put together way before the virus struck.
Their website states: “We Were Founded on a Revolutionary Idea that learning should be eye opening, heart racing, game changing and--most important--fun. When John Amos Comenius, a Moravian bishop, came up with that little theory all the way back in the 1600s, he probably didn't expect to have such a big impact.
“Turns out, we still agree with his philosophy. And we believe our students, like Comenius, can be a little revolutionary. They, too, can turn something seemingly small into something amazing, unimaginable, and bigger than themselves.”
Using a series of slides Bryon explained how the AICUP is structured and how Moravian College fits in. There are 90 members, and there is no State or Federal control. Six of the 90 are in the Lehigh Valley. The sum of the students in those 6 schools equals those on Penn State’s main campus..
Moravian College has a North and a South campus. They were founded in 1742. They were the first to educate women by going Co-Ed  in 1953. They are a Liberal Arts school that offers many special courses. About 67% of their graduates have been trained in an area that will provide a job.
N.Y. State is the only one with more independent colleges. The 90 PA Independent colleges add $24 Billion to the economy each year. This comes from the 300,000 students and their visitors. This is equivalent to a 142:1 r.o.i. Penn State is about  7:1.
43% of low income students attend independent colleges. 57% of students stay in PA to work. Bryon answered some questions too.
Pres. Amir led us in 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.
Brian Peterka             May 30
Sally Frank                 May 30
Allison Blechschmidt May 31
Rick Bloom                 Jun 04
Chris Blechschmidt   Jun 13
Donna Beach              Jun 22
Jean Machamer                  Jun 26
Barbara Kistler           Jun 30



Karen & Geoff Legg            Jun 17 1966       54 years
Gwen & John Pongracz      Jun 30 2001       19 years



Barbara Kistler           , 16 years Jun 01 2004
Jerry Frank                 25 years    Jun 15 1995
Jennifer Stinson         3 years      Jun 22 2017
Bob Gordon                13 years    Jun 27 2007
Ron Coleman             4 years      Jun 29 2016
Brian Peterka             5 years      Jun 30 2015
Wendy Weaver           5 years      Jun 30 2015