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 13, 2021  RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) virtual training sessions.
       Apr 06, 2021  Welcome to Rotary Zoom web meeting at 12 Noon
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        
May 05, 2021 7:30 AM
Scholarship Presentations for NW HS, LCTI & LCCC Students + Classification Presentation
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
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
MARCH 10, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
        “First help those who deserve; if any energy left at all, this time help those who do not deserve!”
                ― Mehmet Murat ildan

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement."
 Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Association."
 A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
May 1st is a workday at the garden with Interact members and Camp Neidig participants.  Please contact Gail to sign up to help make this day great. All are welcome. 
Zoom Meeting  Notes – March 10, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 38 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;  Andy Phillips, guest of the club;  Mike Orbin, Allentown RC: Tori Morgan, Ethel Dayton-Craig, Lisa Walton, and Bill MacNair from E.W.B.
Gail Micca, our President-Elect has just completed her PETS meetings.
Gwenn Carr and Gary Englehardt were calling in from their NJ residence where it was 66 degrees yesterday.
Nick Millward said that the Japanese there are about to start vaccinations. Nick’s Command are being vaccinated and will be overseeing the community vaccination efforts.
Nick also said that no foreigners will be allowed to attend the Olympic games. The games will be held, but some events will not.
Ron Coleman said that in the Real Estate business it still is a “Sellers’ Market.”
Bill Weber said that there are only 26 properties currently up for sale on the whole Hilton Head island.
Gwenn Carr is happy that we have Mike Orbin with us today to speak about STEM YEA.
Sue Weber welcomed our guests, and is happy to hear Mike’s story.
Bill Weber extends greetings from their H.H. sunset Rotary Club.
Herb Klotz is happy to report that AWRC members so far have committed to $1,500 for his Trail Hike fundraiser for TRF’s Annual Fund-SHARE.
Amir Famili extends thanks to our volunteers who have been painting houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Gail Micca, still in North Dakota, is happy to report that her Mom now is doing the stairs.
Tom Friday thanks Marlene Heller for helping them schedule their covid19 vaccinations for tomorrow.
Tori Morgan’s daughter is a Nursing student at Villanova and soon will come home and be at LVHN.
Marlene Heller congratulated Gail Micca. Marlene was on a Public Image Zoom meeting last evening and for 10 minutes the only thing discussed was P-E Gail whom they had just met at PETS. Gail thanks AWRC for the support.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of March  members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Tori Morgan,  South Whitehall Township Commissioner in Lehigh County,  has been selected as a Woman of Influence, said Pres. Ralph. Congratulations.
Mike Orbin of the Allentown RC made a presentation about a new youth program in our District. The STEM Youth Explorer Academy is a program to provide a four day-three night residential camp for middle school students throughout District 7430.  It does not replace Camp Neidig; it is in addition. The first camp is planned for July 2022.  The Exploratory Committee has done a great job lining up sponsors such as the Scientific Research Institute at Albright and the SETI Institute in California ( The intent is for this camp to occur every summer. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Pres. Ralph welcomed our guests who were on with us today.
Amir Famili and others once again are painting houses for Habitat for Humanity. Many volunteer opportunities still are open.
Amir delivered over 320 lbs. of produce to the Lowhill Food Pantry.
Gwen and John Pongracz collected their Valentine’s Day prizes with a Lasagna dinner for four by Kathy Ott, plus a great cake by Cathy.
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.
PDG Herb Klotz’s AWRC plan to sponsor Herb’s final 110 mile trek as a fundraiser for TRF Annual Fund has been expanded to be a district-wide event. See separate article.
We hope you can join us this coming Saturday, March 13 to help with distribution of food and supplies at KLFC Food Bank.  (The address is 4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069.)  We are asking volunteers to arrive at 7:30 a.m.  to help us set up and get organized before distribution begins. The clients will be coming by 8:30 a.m.  As usual, it will be a drive through and we are required to wear masks and gloves.
Since they had to cancel February's giveaway date because of inclement weather, they will be distributing the food one week earlier in March.  Thank you for being flexible.
As a volunteer, please sign in when you arrive and indicate if you would like to receive a thank-you box of food when food giveaway is over.  The sign-in sheet will be right inside the door to the right.
If you are planning to join us, please email me by Thursday, March 11 so I can let the director know and look for you on Saturday morning.  
         Jean Masiko            
I extend an invitation to all members who might have interest in fundraising to get involved in the planning and the organizing of fundraising events for AWRC.  Please contact me if you might be interested in getting involved or if you might have any suggestions or questions  as we proceed with fundraising idea development. 
Over our many years, our club has helped so many of those in need both locally and globally.  In order to accomplish those needs, fundraising is a very important component. 
The fundraising committee is going to begin developing several ideas to help further our goals, which include SnackPack, local food pantries, the Garden Project, scholarships for local students to name a few of the club's recipients. 
It also is time to plan for our club’s 60th anniversary  celebration next year in May. 
         Len Salines, Chair
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.
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 17, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be Willard Dellicker, Secretary-NW Lehigh Veterans re Update: Northwestern Lehigh Veteran Memorial (Ontelaunee Park)
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher had Gail Micca introduce Cathleen Bannon, Lehigh County Community Garden Manager to provide an update on the  Lehigh County Garden Plot Program. Gail thanked Cathy for locating a plot for the AWRC garden last year, and for adding 4 plots this year.
Cathleen Bannon has been the Lehigh County Community Garden Manager since January, 2017. She graduated from DeSales University in 1985 with a BS in Computer Science and worked in Information Technology as a Programmer and a Project Manager for a Pharmaceutical Company for over 26 years. She retired from Corporate America in 2012. 
She is currently working part-time for Lehigh County Farmland Preservation as the Lehigh County Community Garden Manager. She has been a member of the Bethlehem Garden Club since 2012, and does volunteering at the Miller’s House Garden which is located behind the Hotel Bethlehem at the Luckenbach Mill.  Cathleen has been a Master Gardener since 2015.
Cathy has been a member of the Lower Milford Planning Commission since 2016 and Co-chair of the Commission since 2020.
Cathy presented the history of two of the Lehigh County Community Gardens: Jordan Creek and Cedarbrook Community Gardens along with what transpired in 2020 and expectations for 2021.
About the Lehigh County Community Gardens Program:
The mission of the Lehigh County Community Gardens Program is to provide citizen access to garden space, to support the production of healthy food for the community, and to promote sustainable gardening practices.
•        The Jordan Creek Parkway Community Garden
•        The Cedarbrook Community Garden
Lehigh County owns and operates two community garden sites for county residents who need a space to grow their own vegetables.
    The Jordan Creek Parkway Community Garden is located along Lehnert Road in Whitehall Township. From the west: Take US Route 22 to the 15th Street exit. Turn left onto Mauch Chunk Road. Drive 1.1 miles to the stoplight at Scherersville Road. Turn right and drive 0.7 miles to the park. Scherersville Road will become Lehnert Road. The garden is on the left side of Lehnert Road.
    This site contains 93 garden plots, each measuring 20'x40'. Water is available from a well located along the pathway, midway between the 93 garden plots. Water may also be taken from the Jordan Creek. See Map above for layout.
    The Cedarbrook Community Garden is located near the intersection of Cedarbrook Road and Dorney Park Road in South Whitehall Township. From the west: Take Route 309 to the Hamilton Boulevard exit. Turn left on Lincoln Drive, turn right on Dorney Park Road. Go straight into the Cedarbook Institution District. The garden is behind the Maintenance Building, just past Brookview.
    This site contains 110 garden plots, each measuring 20'x30'. Water is available from a stock tank, which is in a central location, easily accessed by all the gardeners. Water can also be taken from the nearby Cedar Creek. See Map above for layout.
The annual rental fee for a garden plot at either location is $40.00. Registration forms are sent to current garden plot holders mid-November. ALL Payments must be made at the Fiscal Office on the first floor of the Lehigh County Government Center.
Each site has rules that must be followed in order to keep the garden plots productive and neatly maintained. You will receive a copy when you have paid for your plot. Any questions concerning the site rules should be directed to Cathleen Bannon.
Because all of the garden plots are currently assigned, interested gardeners will have to place their names on a waiting list.
For more information contact:   Cathleen Bannon, Community Garden Plot Administrator at 610-336-5680, listen to message for extension, or email her at: 
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves bes
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 
Visit the Facebook page DisCon2021! Exploring New Opportunities, Together! Register and get details at


 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