Welcome to Allentown West Rotary! 
Western Lehigh County    Club No. 5415    
Zone 32    District No. 7430
Rotary Club of
Presidential Com. Gwenn Carr
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Diane Donaher
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person
at Cedar Crest College
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
First  Wednesdays are for Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
The third week is for Committee meetings, which may not be on Wednesdays.
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is available during in-person meetings
Board and Committee
 Members for 2023-24
Current Executive Board:
Presidential Committee – Gwenn Carr, Gary Englehardt & Herb Klotz
President- Elect – TBD
Immediate Past President – Gail Micca
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Gary Englehardt
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – TBD
Community Service Chair – Bill Keba
Public Relations Chair – Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair – TBD
Youth Services Chair –  Gail Micca
AWRC Foundation Chair – Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair – Herb Klotz
Program Chair  --  Ralph Witcher
“You have the power to turn this tearful world into a cheerful one. The question is, will you?”
Abhijit Naskar
Opportunities for Service
Here is an update for service opportunities in the coming weeks:
Community Service:
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning.
Contact Amir:
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
   The upcoming dateS for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway are:
Each time we start at 7:30 AM  and usually are finished by 9:30 AM.
Meals on Wheels – we can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
Send Cards to Support the
Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation
Send a Thank You, Condolence, Congratulations, Thinking of You, In Honor of, In Memory of, or Just Because card and make a donation to the Allentown West Rotary Club Foundation at the same time. When you do, you will also be donating to the AWRC Foundation.
Purchase a pack of Tribute Cards to say congratulations, I'm sorry, best wishes, happy birthday, send condolences, or just because! You fill in the reason for the card on the top lines and your name on the bottom lines, and mail it out. On the front is a beautiful photograph of a familiar farmhouse in the Lehigh Valley. Inside, recipients will see that the purchase of the card goes to fund the Foundation of our Rotary Club, and they are invited to learn more at our website. On the back is some information about Rotary and our areas of focus.
Cards are sold in packs of 5 for $25, plus shipping. To order, go to the Allentown West website at and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Diana Dunn–
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership: TBD
Public Image: Marlene Heller –
Fundraising:  Len Salines –
Dining Out: Various 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser –
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler –
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou –
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla –
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla –
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube –
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen –
RLI: website        
Sep 27, 2023 7:30 AM
How to Protect yourself from increasing bank fraud
Oct 11, 2023 7:30 AM
Allentown West Rotary Club Assembly
Oct 25, 2023 8:30 AM
Northwestern Lehigh Interact Club breakfast
Nov 08, 2023 7:30 AM
Challenges facing the City of Allentown
Nov 22, 2023 7:30 AM
2023-2024 District Governor's goals
Dec 13, 2023 7:30 AM
District 7430 Rotaplast Mission to Columbia
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 1.4 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!
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family who would benefit from our support with cards, flowers, or visits, please notify Marlene Heller at
Check out the AWRC
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Marlene Heller
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SEPT. 27, 2023


1962 – Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published, starting the environmental movement and creating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Protecting the environment is one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus.
 “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.” 
Erma Bombeck
In 2010, Past District Governor Bill Palmer initiated the use of ClubRunner software for clubs and District 7430. This allowed us to have a new website, and be in contact with RI.
When the late Halyna Stegura was AWRC president (2013-14), she asked Bill Palmer to create and issue the weekly Allentown West bulletin (The A-W). He has continued to do so to this day. With the exception of his current step back while recovering from surgery, Bill has continued to create and publish The A-W weekly since its inception. 
Bill Palmer's son, Dave, has notified us that Bill is home from the hospital. His recovery is progressing.  Dave is staying with him for now.
Please keep Bill in your thoughts and prayers. Dave says that it is fine to call Bill as well. You can also send him a card letting him know that you are thinking of him.
The shipping container packed with wheelchairs, etc., left Perth and is heading out on September 28th. It should take approximately two months to arrive in Mongolia where the Mongolian Rotarians will receive the equipment. We also connected with the National Rehabilitation Center in Ulaanbaatar which opened six clinics in the provinces. Some of the equipment (non-wheelchairs) will be taken to the clinics to support those provincial centers.
We are sending:
  • 153 children's wheelchairs
  • 4 Walkers
  • 6 Zimmer frames
  • 1 pair shoulder crutches
  • 1 pair elbow crutches
  • 1 adult wheelchair
The photo shows our Wheelchairs for Kids team and the amazing Gil. She stayed at the Row-A-Thon for the full 24 hours. Gil traveled to Perth to witness/assist with the packing and said it was a wonderful experience, involving local school teachers in the loading of the container. We truly appreciate Gil’s leadership and passion for orchestrating the many moving parts. _____________________________
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting Notes September 27, 2023
Gwenn Carr opened the meeting at 7:30 a.m.
Marlene Heller provided a reflection on Finding Your Purpose within Rotary.
Amir Famili created a mini-fundraiser. He displayed a framed wool-blend carpet depicting the baby Jesus and Mary, which he purchased in Iran, where it was made. The auction began at $300. Several bids were in hand before the end of the meeting. Anyone still wishing to bid should contact Amir:
Membership Moment 
Today's Membership Moment was provided by Diana Dunn. Diana is working with the Impact Club to modernize Rotary and be more attractive to a certain demographic. Impact Club members are not required to attend meetings; their focus is on service. Eight people are currently involved, and they are going to work with Community Bike Works. According to Diana, "We could do this without being part of Rotary. But our hope is, it will last beyond us. If we're part of Rotary, there is power in numbers." She  likened it to Snack Packing, saying, "We don't necessarily know who started it, but it's still here, still going strong."
Welcome Guests!
Today's guests included Lisa Luciano, and Anne DiSanto, our speakers.
Our Rotarian of the Month is Patty Mulqueen, who we featured on Facebook and in the newsletter previously. Today, she received her gift, a coin with the 4-Way test on one side. If you have a suggestion for Rotarian of the Month, please email Gwenn Carr.
Responses from the last Ballot Box
5 people are signed up for the Vibrant Club Summit
1 person is signing up for the Race to Zero
11 people would support a golf event
9 people would support a reverse raffle
13 people would support doing a community service event with AR Club
The October Allentown West Rotary Club Calendar was distributed.
50/50 Ron Coleman was the winner
Door prize of $10 was won by Ernie Boll who returned the cash to the club.
Sixteen people attended in person, with three more by Zoom. 
Guest Lisa Luciano was happy to be here.
Len Salines is happy for various family celebrations.
Diana Dunn is happy that her kitchen is getting renovated.
Ron Coleman is happy that he helped a friend, who just moved to senior living, to sell his house, and everything went smoothly.
Ernie Boll is happy.
Gary Englehardt is happy their power and Internet were restored after several hours last evening.
Mitch Huston is happy his sister and brother-in-law were approved to buy a house in Maine, and happy for the collegiate drum festival this weekend at noon that will include six food trucks!
A sign-up sheet for the Northwestern Lehigh Interact Club breakfast was circulated. The event is on October 25 at the Middle School and begins at 8:30 A.M. We will meet at the Northwestern Lehigh Middle School to have breakfast with our Interactors. Two special students will be honored at that meeting. Please join us at 6636 Northwest Road, New Tripoli. The breakfast will be served at 8:30 A.M. Please sign up with Gwenn by October 10 so that we can provide an accurate account to the food services group.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, will be a special meeting. DG Diane will be attending, and we will have special recognition of our members who work on food insecurity projects. It's the day before Thanksgiving, so please plan to spend your morning with us before you travel or begin your Thanksgiving preparations. This is our day to give thanks for our District Governor and for all of you who are serving the hungry in the Lehigh Valley.
The member celebrations for September are listed below.
The NWL Snack Packing will take place Wednesday, October 18, starting at 2:00. Each month will be the 3rd Wednesday from 2-2:35.
The next Snack Packing event at Parkland will be October 19. If you wouldlike to help, email Diana Dunn at
Much help is still needed. There are many more people looking for food than before the pandemic, and the setup work takes many hands. Please come out if you can help. 
The upcoming dates for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway are:
          Oct. 14          Nov. 11            Dec. 9
The Pantry holds its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for all of 2023.  Three volunteers are needed each time. Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
Meal delivery by AW Rotarians takes place twice each week. Helen Papathanasiou always needs substitute volunteers.
Lisa Luciano, VP, Commercial Loans, and Anne
Di Santo, VP, Cash Management Officer, both of American Bank, presented a program on "How to Protect Yourself From Increasing Bank Fraud."
Bank fraud has been steadily increasing. In 2022 banks saw an 84% increase in check fraud, costing consumers $815 million.
The most common types of business fraud include:
Wire fraud
Internet Fraud
AI Fraud (AI voice and Email)
Check Washing (Payee, amount are "washed" off the checked and filled in with fraudulent information)
ACH or Direct Deposit (change in ACH or Direct Deposit. Email received to change banking info for ACH payments or direct deposit)
Fraudulent Invoices (PayPal, fake phone numbers)
Some solutions:
Positive Pay: A service from your bank (fee-based) that verifies amounts on checks and ACH payments as items clear your account.
Pay bills online, check accounts regularly, know your vendors. Call back to verify changes or requests. Verify wires, changes in payments, unexpected  invoices. Beware of links sent via text and email that ask for login info.
Maintain internal controls in place: Ensure Checks and Balances are in place. Make sure confidential information is kept in a secure location. Use complex passwords. 
Use Gel Pen: Gel pens are safer than other pens for writing pens, as they don't "wash" like ballpoint ink will. 
Important Resources:
Report scams to FTC at: report
Alert your state attorney general:
Report identity theft: identity
The next in-person meeting is October 11 – Club Assembly. Chairs need to provide their update reports to Gwenn by October 4.
Herb Klotz                Oct 01
Len Salines               Oct 01
Bill Palmer                Oct 25
Bill Keba                   Oct 28
Michelle & Jeff Steiner  Oct 26 2003  20 years
Tom Friday                       4 years Oct 02 2019
Chris Blechschmidt              8 years Oct 7 2015
Herb Klotz                         12 year Oct 19 2011