Message from President Gail Micca

As Rotarians, we always look for ways to help others in need. We rise to the occasion and we are poised to make a difference. 

With the recent earthquake in Haiti, the rush to provide needed Shelterboxes is urgent. We have an obvious project to support. If you need information on how to donate (and associate your donation with our club), please contact a board member. 

If you have never seen a Shelterbox, please come to the Cornhole event on September 30th and help set up the tent or take it down, check out the contents so you can see what you are helping to provide for families in need. 

We are all so blessed to be able to serve others.

Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
In Person
7:15 a.m. registration and breakfast room open
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
Brookside Country Club
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Via Zoom
7:15 a.m. chat room opens
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
1st, 3rd, & 5th  Wednesdays
Zoom also available during in-person meetings



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
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:
       Sep 20  District 7430 Golf Tournament at Brookside CC in Pottstown, 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
        Oct 2  –  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K Race to Zero
        Nov 6  --  D7430 Annual Foundation Seminar
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,
**Garden any time: Weeding and watering is always needed – bring friends and family
Garden opportunities, contact Gail, or Amanda,
Collect baseball equipment, send emails to friends and neighbors to help collect, contact Nick Millward,
Meals on Wheels - we still need a few more volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends, contact Kathleen Ott,
Highway clean up - please consider leading the effort in October.  Training provided,contact Gail at
Club Service:
Thursday, Sept 30th: Help to make the first social at Eight Oaks a huge success - form a team for the Cornhole tournament - ask your friends, coworkers, family & potential Rotarians to join us for a fun night, contact Tori Morgan,
Purple Pinkie, Contact John Scott,
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. 
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
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing: Kathy Ott –
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili –
Membership:  Herb Klotz, Temporary
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: Kathy Ott –
Kids of Character: Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
New Membership Classification Talk
Nov 03, 2021 7:30 AM
The Kindness Project: Shining a Bright Light for the Foster Care Community
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation Talk
Nov 24, 2021 7:30 AM
STEM YEA what's it All About & What does it mean to Allentown West
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!
Board and Committee
 Members for 2021-22
Current Executive Board:
President Gail Micca
President Elect – John Scott
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
Treasurer – Chris Blechschmidt 
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
Membership Chair – TBD
Service Chair – Dr. Kathleen Ott
Public Relations Chair – Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair – Len Salines
Youth Services Chair – Sue and Bill Weber
AWRC Foundation Chair – Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair – Herb Klotz
      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
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
           QUOTE of the WEEK
    “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”
               ― Mandy Hale
After Ohio, Pennsylvania has the highest Amish population in the world.
The nation's first hospital was the Philadelphia Hospital.
Hershey, PA is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state.
We are about to launch a new project starting in October with AW volunteers delivering meals on two Tuesdays each month.
ALSO we need to have several committed substitutes ready to fill in as needed.
Please call Kathy Ott for more information and to sign up:  610-395-0549
Zoom Meeting  Notes – September 1, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  28   people on line.
P-E John Scott opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  and welcomed us all.
Nick Millward, friend of the club
Tori Morgan introduced Regan Kenney & Madi Seed, Students at Parkland H.S.  to discuss the Lehigh Valley 911 Heroes Run, and the Travis Manion Foundation.  Regan is a Senior and Madi is a Sophomore.  Madi will take over for Regan next year.
The Travis Manion Foundation is a  Non-profit organization in Doylestown, PA. This Foundation is focused on Community service.
Travis Manion was a Marine, and he was killed in his second tour in Afghanistan. He often said “If not me, then who?”
The 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military.  Join us to raise awareness and honor the fallen. There are 60 of these races each year across the U.S. The run at Parkland H.S. started in 2016. The run starts in Doylestown.
How Do We Get Involved?
Run to Honor
Register for an in-person race in your neighborhood or participate virtually. Find a race near you on the map below or sign up to run, walk or ruck on your own as a virtual participant.
Supporting our 9/11 Heroes Run events does not need to come with running shoes. You can honor our nation’s heroes today simply by giving. Your contribution will go toward supporting future events and other efforts to empower our nation’s veterans and families of fallen heroes.
Start a 9/11 Heroes Run Fundraiser
Our most engaged Spartans take honoring first responders to heart by starting peer-to-peer fundraisers. To get started, simply register as a peer-to-peer fundraiser and you’ll receive your own page to share with your social media network or others in your circle.
Tori Morgan suggests that there be a Rotary group supporting the race and the food drive.
 P-E John Scott gave a very nice invocation Then he led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
P-E John then led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Past President Geoff Legg told the history of Camp Neidig (RYLA).
John Scott was calling in from Lancaster, PA. his HQ office. And he was filling in for Pres. Gail Micca who still is in N.D.
We discussed having back-up files, and Marlene Heller gave an example of the problems when a computer fails and there is none.
John Scott is very happy that his kids are back in school.
Katrina Sundstrom strongly agrees with John.
Ami Famili’s son in NYC will be running a Marathon in November for charity.
Tom Friday said their grandson has started school and went vis a bus.
Tom also is happy that the Pfizer vaccine was fully approved by the FDA.
Geoff Leg had covid 19 and had an IV of Regeneron which worked very well.
Marlene Heller’s happy news is that her friend’s kids in New Orleans are safe in Fla. even though their house was destroyed by Hurricane Ida.
Ernie Boll is just happy.
Bill Palmer is happy that his grandson, Nathaniel, has taken the oath of office virtually and officially is an Attorney. He passed the DC Bar exams in October 2020.
P-E John displayed the list of September member events, in a nice new format.
John also encourages us to use the ClubRunner app on our cell phones.
There is an updated list of service opportunities in the coming weeks: on the left side of this bulletin.
Amanda Lawler gathered many Rotarians for a 10 a.m. special garden weeding effort today at 10 a.m..
On Friday John Scott and his kids are going to the Garden to unload produce.
Katrina Sundstrom is thankful that members come to help on distribution days at  Parkland C.A.R.E.S. They now are back to Saturday mornings.
Amir Famili emphasized that this work is for a really good cause. They need volunteers each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
P-E John urges us to continue our support as we do each year.
Jean Masiko reports that because of their upcoming Women's Conference, Kingdom Life Family Center Food Bank will be distributing their monthly Drive-through Food Giveaway a week earlier than originally scheduled.
The NEXT Drive-Through Food Giveaway will be held on
                  Saturday, September 4. 
As always, volunteers are requested to be there by 7:30AM for set up.  Please update your information and thank you for letting people know about this worthwhile project.  We can always use more volunteers.      
This is our first social event with 3 other RCs. Please bring your friends. A cornhole contest will be attempted. And the food will be very special and fantastic. We are working with the Whitehall Area RC, the LV Passport RC and the Emmaus RC as a start.
Race Director, John Scott, said that the race and walk will take place on the Schnecksville Fair Grounds near LCCC in the morning.  The route includes going scrossa covered bridge. OktoberFest will follow.
Please register for the race. AND note that there is a virtual option this year for a lesser fee and no Tee-Shirt.
And we need volunteers to help, and donations for prizes, and sponsors for the Tee-Shirts.
Our CASINO NIGHT will be held at the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown at  5 N Front St. The date is Saturday, January 22nd, with Jan 29th as the snow date. We need sponsors and also more committee members.
There will be a committee meeting next week.
Kathy Ott reports that we now can meet and pack at the Parkland H.S. again. They are setting dates up. We need 5 or more Rotarians to work with the Interact students to prepare the 250+ snacks that go to elementary school students. Packing  starts in October and happens once each month.
Kathy Ott will have the necessary paperwork available next week.
Nick Millward reports that some items have been received and Tori Morgan is contacting the Iron Pigs. Transportation of the equipment  to Mongolia is being arrange. Katrina Sundstrom said that we now have a place to store the stuff until it ships.
Gail said the work for the coming year fundraising is just getting started.  She has committed to a 350 mile bike trail ride from Niagara Falls to Albany NY from Oct 3-9. That's 60 miles a day.
If you haven't sponsored Gail yet or you'd like to throw some more $$ in support of this effort, please let Gail know.  The next fundraiser will be targeted for Youth programs in our community.  As you know, this is a big part of what we do at Allentown West Rotary and we need to get the ball rolling for next year!
$10 per mile would equal $3,500!  no limit to how many miles you can pledge.  And if anyone would like to step up to match these funds, let Gail know.”
There  will be hybrid meetings  twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday September 8, 2021  and it is an in-person meeting at Brookside CC in Macungie  --  THIS IS CONFIRMED. And there will be   a concurrent Zoom connection. The meeting starts at 7:30 A.M.   Our program  will  be  Michelle Zenie, Exe Dir at Pediatric Cancer Foundation to discuss Pediatric Cancer Foundation Overview.
 P-E John led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Jennifer Stinson                  Sep 02
Bob Gordon                         Sep 08
Mike Stegura                       Sep 09
Keith Hoffman                      Sep 10
MaryFrances Salines            Sep 18
Dennis Houser                    Sep 20
Natalie Maier                       Sep 20
Kathy Ott                             Sep 26
Brad Maier                           Sep 27
Tori Morgan                          Sep 28
Jean Masiko                          Sep 30



Judy & Chuck Ehninger        Sep 06 1968       53 yrs
Natalie & Brad Maier            Sept 07      
Lisa & Jim Walton                 Sep 14 1991       30 yrs
MaryFrances & Len Salines   Sep 24 1988       33 yrs
Gwenn Carr Gary Englehardt     Sep 29 2001  20 yrs



Bill Palmer                  27 years    Sep 01 1995
Geoff Legg                  47 years    Sep 15 1974