Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Hybrid meetings are planned starting in July 2021.



Pres. Ralph Witcher is  the Greeter while we are using Zoom. Our June 9 hybrid meeting needs volunteers.
There may be Thursday evening meetings
starting in July 2021 either zoom or hybrid
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:
              June 9 --   Hybrid meeting at Madeline's 1250 Turnstone Dr in Fogelsville at 7:30 a.m.
              June 29 --  Tuesday  is the D7430 annual Changeover IN PERSON at Brookside CC, Macungie
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. 
Our new Tribute Cards are here and ready to send out! 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. Payment is by PayPal. 
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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:
Mulching Project Saturday May 22nd at Rodale Park at 7:30 a.m. Sign up with Dennis Houser.
Painting project at Lehigh Valley Zoo, TBD
Garden care. 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:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Jul 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Fundamentals of Cryptography
Jul 21, 2021 7:30 AM
Club Assembly
Jul 28, 2021 7:30 AM
Downsizing & Decluttering Talk
Aug 04, 2021 7:30 AM
What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One
Aug 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Membership Talk
Sep 08, 2021 7:30 AM
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Presentation & Overview
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
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
MAY 12, 2021
MAY 15, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “If we people become more helpful to others, there will be much less tragedy in the world!”
                ― Mehmet Murat ildan
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it's a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces.
On Tuesday May 11th, 2021, Dr. Kathy Ott and Tori Morgan delivered enough food items to fill 250 snack packs for the Parkland elementary students. These snack packs were organized by the students in the Rotary Interact Club at Parkland High School.  This was the last monthly snack pack program for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
Many people tend to think that the Snack Pack Program only includes the delivery of the food items. But actually, for all of our Rotary Snack Pack programs there is so much more time, effort, and work that goes into collecting the food items, organizing the food items, and then finally, making the delivery.
Food items for this program came from placing orders at Second Harvest Food Bank, picking up those orders, storing them at a designated location, and then picking them up on the day of the delivery.
Also, food for this program comes from shopping and making purchases at Costco's (or wherever one can get the best prices!) …..and then packing those items up and delivering them on the day of the program.
And finally, some of the items are donated. For example, Herr’s donates 300 chip bags every month for this event.  Those items need to be picked up, reorganized, delivered, and reusable cartons need to be returned to Herr’s after the event.
Once all of the food items have been collected from the various places, then they are assembled in one place, loaded into SUVs, and delivered to Parkland High School.  This month, there were 13 items placed in each snack pack bag for the students. None of this could occur without the wonderful work, organization, and commitment from Lori Peters, the advisor of the Rotary Interact Club at Parkland High School, and of course, the students!
One final note, all of last year during the COVID shut down, the Snack Pack Programs (3 of them – Parkland, LCCC, and Lowhill) continued thanks to the unbelievable time, effort, and energy invested by Gail Micca, our incoming president.   Kudos to her, many times over!!!!
In the end, these projects are worth their weight in gold, because Allentown West Rotary Club has truly made a difference in literally hundreds of children’s lives! 
by Kathy Ott
June 12 through 16, 2021
This year’s virtual convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary!
Zoom Meeting  Notes – May 12, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  37  people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M. 
DGE Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC; NWL and LCTI  scholarship winners;  multiple leaders from NWL and LCTI ; and Tori Morgan, our newest member.
Toni Morgan still loves her new dog and she let us see him/her.
Our speaker for today, Pat Mulqueen, was the first on the line this morning.
DGE Bob Hobaugh entertained us by changing his zoom background scene a few times. One was a 1911 baseball card.
Marlene Heller donned a bright red hat when Ron Coleman came on. This caused Ron to discuss his hat sources.
Rhys George, a scholarship winner, was on line from Daytona, Florida.
Ralph Witcher said that AWRC is going places.
Amir Famili is happy that the 30 days of fasting are ending.
Marlene Heller is happy that their 12 year old nephew will be vaccinated tomorrow and can join  Grandma’s birthday party in person.
Tori Morgan is happy that she worked with Kathy Ott and Interact students to pack snacks.
Ron Coleman is happy that by donating some of his commissions to the Rotary Foundation over the last 18 months he has moved to the next Paul Harris Fellow recognition level. Thank you, Ron.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of May  members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he  led us in the Pledge of Allegiance  to the U.S.  Ralph really likes saying the pledge.
AWRC’s Dr. Barbara Kistler, Dean of Academic Services  (Ret). announced two more awards.
The AWRC Scholarship Program is an award of financial support given to the top 12th grade student(s) who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.  The intent of this scholarship is to financially assist the award winner towards furthering their education at a college or university of their choice. 
AWRC Scholarships are awarded to students attending either:
•        Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI)
•        Parkland High School
•        Northwestern Lehigh High School
•        Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC)
The Rotary Scholarship Selection committee evaluated and ranked the applicants from each school with the twin criteria of leadership and service.  The selection committee  consisted of Gary Englehardt, Gwenn Carr, Amir Famili,  Laurie Grube and Barbara Kistler as chair.  Many thanks go to their careful reading of the applications.
Each scholarship winner receives a “goodie bag” to help get adjusted to college life. in Breinigsville has given each of our winners a Kindle Fire 8 tablet.  We want to thank the generosity of General Manager, Ed Bruddenhagen and his staff for making that possible.  Allentown-West Rotary Club donated a pen set for each winner.  Brad Maier, our own State Farm Rotarian, knows a cup of coffee might be needed so he has donated a gift card to Dunkin Donuts, a magnet and message board.  Gail Micca has made each a large Rotary cookie all packed in a bag from Riverview Bank thanks to Laurie Grube.
May is Youth Services month in Rotary.  This is the final installment of our scholarship winners selected on the twin criteria of service and leadership. They both represent Northwestern Lehigh High School and both are part of the emerging health program at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.  Both institutions can be very proud of their accomplishments.
Elizabeth Leiser, a winner today is  accompanied by her parents, Todd and Karen Leiser.  Last summer Elizabeth volunteered at St. Luke’s hospital for 60 hours answering the phone, making deliveries and assisting visitors.  She learned the value of making a positive difference in people’s lives on their challenging days.
She organized and participated in a recreational field clean-up day through Science National Honor Society where she served as President.  She designed T-shirts for Hoops for Hope and through Key Club she assisted with blood drives. 
Her leadership credentials include Class of 2021 Secretary, President of Debate, Secretary of Science Olympiad Team and Treasurer of Drama Club. 
With her interest in healthcare she would like to pursue a career in public health.  Elizabeth will be attending George Washington University in their Honors program.
The final scholarship is given in memory of Rotarian, Michael Henry.  Those of us who knew Mike remember him for his humor and his eagerness to jump in and do what needed to be done.  The Michael Henry Rotary Scholarship winner for 2021 is Rhys George.  Rhys is joining us from a hotel room near Tampa, Florida where he is competing in a National Gymnastics competition through the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center.  He is joined this morning by his parents Lori and Dr.
Sean George. 
Rhys exhibits leadership and service in an all-consuming sport.  He does it right where he finds himself. As Captain of the Parkettes Men’s Gymnastics team he uses his own experiences to encourage and help younger gymnasts in developing work ethic, dealing with setbacks, and exhibiting positive sportsmanship.  For eight years he has volunteered at the Parkettes Special Olympics gymnastics meet.  He volunteers at the Gillian Massey Cancer Foundation Day of Fun at the Parkettes as well as collect toys and other items for the Parkettes’ holiday drive.  Prior to the Covid era, he was a cat care volunteer at the Sanctuary at Haafsville.  He competes with Northwestern Lehigh’s track team earning a varsity letter in pole vaulting and is part of the Scholastic Scrimmage team. 
Rhys will be majoring in biochemistry at the Arizona State  University in the Barrett Honors College. Rhys is also committed to competing in gymnastics at Arizona State. He plans on attaining an advanced degree in pharmaceutical research
Pres. Ralph extended a welcome to our guests on line with us today.
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph showed the musical  video of the 4 Way Test, and then read the 4 items to us, and added the fifth one “Have fun.”
See separate article by Kathy Ott.
 Gail Micca reports that we have decided to support the Veterans Memorial at Ontelaunee Park.  Please take a lovely drive on Sunday May 16th and support this fundraiser and enjoy some special cake made by our own Kathy Ott.  It will be great to see everyone!
Please contact Barb Kistler if you have any questions
As we have done many times in the past, our club has been asked to spread mulch on Saturday, May 22 from 8am until the latest 11am at:
Bob Rodale Cycling & Fitness Park, 1148 Mosser Rd, Breinigsville, PA
- We meet in the parking lot at 8, Donuts and/or Bagels will be there, bottled water will be there
- Bring a rake!
- There will be piles of mulch placed at the beds by the Park Superintendent IN Advance
- After eating treats and conversing, we will spread the already deposited mulch into the beds.
- It typically takes less than 2 hours.
Please respond to Dennis Houser ASAP if you can commit to attending. Please call Dennis if you have any questions.
Jean Masiko needs volunteers for the next distribution which is Saturday May 15.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Amir.
Wednesday June 9th at 7:30 a.m. AWRC members and guests will meet in person  --  at last  --  at Madeline’s in Fogelsville. It will also have a zoom connection for all who want to call in. The cost is $15 pp and it includes breakfast in a private room on the second floor.
Service Chair, Gail Micca, asks that you take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin. New ones:
Starting on June 9 there will be hybrid meetings  probably twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday May 19, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will  be  Bass Samaan, Owner - Trees of Joy Online Nursery re Growing Uncommon Fruit Trees in the Lehigh Valley
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Ralph Witcher  introduced Patricia F. Mulqueen, Chief Deputy Northampton DA to discuss How to Affect a Difference with Impact as a Prosecutor.  He noted that Pat is one of 10 children and that she was born in Puerto Rico.
Patricia is an attorney and member of the Bar Associations of Lehigh County and Northampton County.  She has served as Assistant District Attorney, first in Lehigh County, and now in Northampton County for over 16 years.
Currently, Patricia is the Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of Prosecutions as well as the Chief of the Violent Crime Unit. Prior to that, Patricia was Chief of the Drug Unit for three years. In this position, Patricia handled a wide variety of cases including thefts, burglaries, aggravated assaults, endangering the welfare of children and drug offenses.
Patricia's true passion has been in handling the difficult homicide and attempted homicide cases. Patricia is at her best when she is advocating for justice in these seemingly unsolvable cases.
Prior to moving to the Lehigh Valley, Patricia served as an Assistant Public Defender in Cochise County, Arizona. She also previously served as the President of the Cochise County Bar Association.
Patricia became a resident of the Lehigh County in 2004 when her family moved back to her husband's hometown of South Whitehall Township after being away from Pennsylvania for almost 20 years as a result of her husband's active duty service in the United States Army.
Patricia and her husband Matthew have been married for over 35 years.  They have (3) lovely children and (2) wonderful granddaughters.  All of their children, as well as her son-in-law, have served in the United States Military.
Patricia has taught criminal law courses at the following universities:
Maastricht University in the Netherlands, University of Maryland, University College in Belgium and DeSales University.
In the past, Patricia has also taught on the criminal justice system at her children’s elementary and high schools.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Political Science from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C..
Pat began with a story about an 86 year old woman having been robbed at gunpoint, and asked a multitude of questions about how we would feel, how the victim feels and how the defendant came to do it. She emphasized how important it is to defend both the victim and the defendant’s rights.
Pat explained that everyone comes with a story and a background. Pat loves our Justice System and the U.S. Constitution. She said that we must be open to listening for circumstances like drug or alcohol issues, or mental health problems.
Circumstances can influence bail settings, plea bargains, and criminal sentences. She told a firsthand story about two young men who robbed two other young men. One robber was caught in his car with a gun inside. The arresting officer influenced a confession from one robber. Patricia had to dig into the whole mess and came up with a fair decision for both robbers.
Patricia said that  in her business her word is critical to maintaining trust.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 Here is a link to our District Governor's
latest Bulletin


The recent edition of the D7430 Vibrant Club News was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Gail Micca                           May 11
John Scott                          May 11
Katrina Sundstrom             May 11
Sally Frank                         May 30
Allison Blechschmidt          May 31



Dawn & Bob Costello                   May 12 2010      11 years
Allison & Chris Blechschmidt       May 20 2000      21 years



Ann Bieber                   1 year      May 19 2020
David Haight                3 years    May 23 2018
Shirley Randall            16 years   May 25 2005
Halyna Stegura           24 years    May 28 1997