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:
Jan 14, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM   Welcome to Rotary     Zoom Web Meeting    
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 PM  Training Tuesday: International Service Part 2 Zoom Web Meeting     
Mar 06, 2021   Women of Rotary D7430 International Women's Day 
Mar 08, 2021 6:30 PM  D7430 Grant Management Training Seminar  Zoom Web Meeting       
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 picture of everyone running in the Purple Pinkie race.
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 250 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 third Tuesday 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: September 12 and October 17 
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
Marlene Heller
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 –
Evening Meeting:  On hold
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        
Mar 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Lehigh County Garden Plot Program
Mar 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Update: Northwestern Lehigh Veteran Memorial (Ontelaunee Park)
Apr 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Overview of Family Promise
Apr 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Peace Fellowship Program
View entire list
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to join us for a Zoom meeting.
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.
Here are the AWRC
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
Evening Meeting Chair  -  N/A
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 Amir Famili.
     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
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
JANUARY 13, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
   “As you meet the needs of others, you will never lack anything.”
                ― Lailah Gifty Akita
ShelterBox has reached 200,000 people in 2020, bringing the total served since being created twenty years ago to over 1.7 million people sheltered. This was accomplished by the support of clubs and districts like ours. Sustained help enables ShelterBox to be better prepared to respond quickly and efficiently to reach families when disaster or conflict damages or destroys their home.
District 7430 has been recognized as one of the
Top 20 all-time Rotary District supporters of ShelterBox USA!
Zoom Meeting  Notes --   January 13, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with 25 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, and Mary Jo Roma, our speaker’s Mother, who also talked to us a few weeks ago.
Jacob Roma, today’s speaker, was the first on line this morning when your editor came on and welcomed him.
Gail Micca got a discussion going about the AWRC Wednesday meeting start time. Employed members need to start work. Retired members want to sleep in. Gail will conduct an e-mail survey.
Ron Coleman, when pressed by Pres. Ralph, admits to owning at least 25 different hats.
Michelle Steiner is happy to be a member and she has paid her AWRC dues.
Bill Palmer is happy that he now has a Jan 29th  appointment at LV Hospital to get his first covid19 vaccination.
Ron Coleman is happy to report that his recent surgical procedure went very well.
Amir Famili is happy to see Mike Gschwendtner and Dottie Bloom on line with us today.
Gail Micca is happy about the prospect of acquiring an additional garden area in South Whitehall Twsp. Stay tuned.
Ron Coleman has a water collection barrel he is happy to donate.
Ralph Witcher is very happy that Kathy Ott now is officially retired, and can work full time with AW Rotarians.
Ralph Witcher said we all make him happy.
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 January  members and their celebration dates. 
Pres. Ralph again said “The world needs more Rotarians.”
Pres. Ralph played the musical rendition video of the 4 Way Test.  
Marlene Heller asked for volunteers to tell about a recent application of the 4 Way Test in their life.
Gail Micca said that the possible new garden project will be a great 4 Way Test example.
Chair Tom Friday noted that Mary Jo Roma was on with us today. Tom urges us to continue inviting more guests to work with us on projects, and  to learn about Rotary by joining our Zoom meetings.
Nick Millward explained how a Cornell University professor has made an hour and a quarter long movie about this relief effort. We can view it Up through January 27th as a pre-screen view for $6 each. Amir Famili e-mailed specific instructions to us last Friday on how to see it.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Member of Parliament in Mongolia on Feb 03, will be our AW speaker about The Green-Eyed Llama. She also is running for President.
Service Chair Gail Micca soon will be buying seeds to start the next crops. She needs some money donations to cover their cost.
Pres. Ralph expressed our thanks for the financial support of the Rotary Foundation by AW members:
         Gwenn Carr with a PHF +5
         Gail Micca with a PHF +2
P-E Gail Micca e-mailed the following project update:
January 16th: Kingdom Life Food Pantry delivery
Jan 19th: Helping to transport SnackPack foods from Jordan Lutheran storage area to Parkland High School by 1:45 pm (Lori Peters and the Interact club do all the packing). 
Green Thumbs Garden Project: If you have a green thumb and like to grow plants from seeds, would you consider making some room under your grow lights for some plants for the garden?   If you or someone you know has the equipment to grow plants from seeds, but you aren't using it, would you consider donating it or loaning it out?  This saves the garden budget a good deal.  We are also looking into a small greenhouse set up if you know someone who has one.
If you like administrative work, please let me know as we can find a good fit for you.
Please take a look at this new section on the left side of this bulletin.
Gail Micca reports “We had an awesome produce delivery at the Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry drive through on Saturday January 9th.  Geoff Legg’s grandson RJ Corba and my neighbor, Gisella Borelli were fantastic volunteers.  Gisella helped me transport produce from Produce Junction after I picked up potatoes, kale and parsley at Second Harvest.  In addition, I purchased $353 of produce from Produce Junction which included bananas, apples, oranges, onions and cucumbers.  Over 150 families were served.”
“‘And let me not forget to mention my wonderful hubby, Ed!  And a little edit - Gisella helped me pack 50 bags and RJ packed 50 for a total of 100!”
Please contact Gail Micca if you would like to help pack and/or deliver produce next month. 
Gail Micca reports “On Saturday, January 16, Kingdom Life Family Center Food Bank will again distribute food to the community in a Drive-Through Grocery Giveaway Process.  We need volunteers and we hope that you will be able to give of your time to help with this worthwhile cause.  If you would like to volunteer, please arrive by 7:30AM for check-in and instructions.   The address is 4333 Lime Kiln Rd, Orefield, PA 18069. “
When you arrive, please tell the parking attendants that you are there to volunteer so they can park you in a specific section of the parking lot.  Volunteers will be helping until approximately 10:30AM.   Recipients arrive from 8-10AM and must remain in their cars.  
To keep everyone safe, we follow rules of social distancing for volunteers.   Please wear gloves and masks.  Please dress warm - we will  be outside and it will be cold. 
If you are planning to join us, please email Gail so we know that you are coming.   Thank you to all of you who have so faithfully helped over the past few months,  Jean Masiko.
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 January 13, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be  a good one, as usual.
No Thursday evening meetings are planned until after the pandemic..
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Jacob Roma, Central Catholic H.S.  Graduate, and current  Penn State Junior in Happy Valley, to discuss --  THON—FOR THE KIDS. Jacob is majoring in Mathematics and is 20 years old now. Ralph said that Jake helps others to love good works.
Jake thanked us for the invitation and said he was excited to be here. He began by explaining what THON is, besides the ending of the word  “marathon.”
THON is a completely student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. THON's mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness, and ensure funding for critical research—all in pursuit of a cure.
All of those involved are volunteers. Their annual fundraising efforts end with a dance marathon. THON has two sections.
The Executive Committee has 16 College students. The other section is all of the organizations that support these causes. Jake is a Hospitality Production Captain. He sets up promotional events that raise funds.
The things that they do to provide emotional support for families include Zoom calls and hospital visits, and they help out with sick kids.
They fundraise all year. And there is no cost to families for what they do. They raised over $11.6 million last year and 91 % goes to help the children. All funds are processed through Penn State Hospital for Children.
Jake says it is so great to see sick kids having fun. He explained how individual AW members can help. February 19 to 21 is the marathon this year.
 Pres Ralph led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”


 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 December edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
Dottie Bloom              Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe             Jan 12
Ernie Boll                    Jan 20
Geoff Legg                  Jan 22
Recedes Scott            Jan 25



Sally & Jerry Frank    Jan 05 1985       36 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom  Jan 20 1979       42 years



Dawn Costello                  ?? years    Jan 01
Carrie Ballek              2 years      Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller                 2 years     Jan 02 2019
Marlene    Heller        2 years     Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak         9 years      Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger          45 Years    Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber                  24 years    Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca                    3 years      Jan 31 2018