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Rotary Club of
Allentown West
Pres. Amir Famili
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Herb Klotz
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
at Luther Crest
19-20 AW B.O.D. etc
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gail Micca
Immediate Past President - Jeanne Shipe
Secretary -John Scott
Treasurer - Chris Blechschmidt
Sergeant at Arms Committee -
     Mitch Huston, Ron Coleman & Len Salines
Service Committee and Domestic Grants Chair - Gail Micca
RI Foundation and International Grants Chair - DG Herb Klotz
Fundraising Chair - Len Salines
Evening Meeting Chair  - Barbara Kistler
Public Image Chair - Marlene Heller
Membership Chair - Mustafa Jaffer
Youth Services Co-Chairs - Bill Weber and Sue Weber



Pres. Amir Famili is the Greeter while we are using ZOOM.
Apr 29  --  Brad Maier
May  6  --  Dottie Bloom
May 13  --  Ernie Boll
May 20   --  Chris Blechschmidt
May 27  --  Ralph Witcher

-NOTE that the Greeter Schedule also appears as a "site page" accessible on the left of our website Home Page without logging-in.

The next Thursday e evening meetings will be at the Starlite Diner on A DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
     June 19 to 22  --  Camp Neidig (RYLA) at Camp Manatawny has been cancelled.
      June 29  --  District Changeover at the Steel Club in Hellertown
      Sep 13  --   Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Oct 24  --  Yvette Palmer 5K race to end Polio at LCCC in Schnecksville
Photo Request
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.
Membership is every members business
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
ClubRunner Uses
Excuse me, do you have her email?
Yes! And so do you!      If you are a member of Allentown West Rotary, you have a ClubRunner (CR) account, and your phone number and e-mail address are in CR.
Need to contact a member for any reason? Download the ClubRunner app – it’s free, of course – and sign in! If you don’t know your password and login information, call Bill Palmer, and he will walk you through the process.  Why Bill? Because everyone knows how to get in touch with him! (Hint: just reply to this newsletter!)
Why would I want to use ClubRunner?
ClubRunner helps to organize us as a club. It is the platform for all our communications, and offers members an opportunity to stay in touch on various levels.
Here are just some reasons people use CR:
  • To call a member on club business, such as to get a ride to a meeting, find out the logistics of an event, or ask for help in getting club business done.
  • To make plans for a social gathering.
  • To check on their birthday so you could send a card. Or their address, same reason.
  • To check on their address before you head over to their house for an event, meeting, or to drop something off.
  • To find their email or phone number. Or work address.
  • Because you’ve forgotten the name of their spouse and you were up all night trying to remember it.
  • Find out the proper spelling of a member’s name.
What’s your best use of Club Runner?
                            By Marlene Heller
Jun 10, 2020
Ebbs & Flows: Retrospective on regional water & sewer service challenges
Jun 17, 2020
Servant Leadrship
Jun 24, 2020
Economic impact of pandemic crisis on PA economy and path forward
Jul 01, 2020
Jul 08, 2020
Jounery from Northwester Lehigh Interact Club to United States Marine Corps.
View entire list
Speakers Wanted
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send  your ideas to our President, Amir Famili.
Lowhill Food Pantry
Please remember that the Collection jar is at the registration desk for cash and check contributions.
Tell Jean
     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
Activities Contact
Kingdom Life Food Pantry:-  Jean Masiko –
Parkland Snack Packing:--  Gail Micca
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing: Amir Famili 
Membership:     Mustafa Jaffer
Public Image  --  Marlene Heller  --
TT6:  Len Salines –
 Dining Out:  Jean Machamer –
Evening Meeting :  Barbara Kistler
Purple Pinkie Services: Barb
Purple Pinkie 5K at LCCC --  John Scott --
Park Cleanup:  Dennis Houser –
Miracle League:  Dale Heffner –
                             Barb Kistler –
  Meals on Wheels:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character:  Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:   Amir Famili
Website Editor: Marlene Heller
RLI:   website        
Threads of Change - Foster care support --  Dale Heffner
Check out the AWRC
Facebook Page
See Home Page link
Chamber Ad
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
Blood Drive
Rotary Blood Drive,  April 29th

Because of the COVID-10 virus, there is a dire need for blood locally and across the nation. Click on the headline above to enlarge the Blood Donation flyer below.  Call 610-691-5850 or visit to make an appointment for Wednesday April 29th or on any day that is convenient for you.  Online use the Adopt-A-Day link and by phone mention the Group ID 8557.  

*****  What Can You Do to Protect Yourself and Others While Donating?  *****

Red Cross blood donation sites locally and across the nation are taking extra safety precautions to safeguard donors. That means, in addition to wearing gloves and changing them between donors, staff have been instructed to frequently disinfect all surfaces, such as the tables donor lie or sit on, as well as equipment and all high-touch areas.  

You should be just as careful, practicing scrupulous hygiene before, during, and after your visit. Specifically, that means:

Practice social distancing. At the Red Cross site, chairs in the waiting room will be placed 6 feet apart. Try to be mindful of how close you sit to others and keep your chair at least 6 feet from others.

Quote of the week
         QUOTE of the WEEK --

Taking care of your own family is good, taking care of your neighbor's family is better and taking care of all the families in your neighborhood is the best.”
               ― Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana    

Kingdom Life>
Through the help of many many volunteers, we served 425 families with food and provisions at Kingdom Life Family Center Food Bank last Saturday, April 18.  There were five Rotary volunteers, Len Salinas, Rick Bloom (Dotty's husband), Ralph Witcher, my grandson, Adler Billig and me.
We also were blessed that two of the Engineers Without Borders gentlemen, who were on the Rotary Zoom call last Wednesday, contacted me and showed up to participate. John Cecchini brought his wife, Grethen and Tom Power. 
It takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to serve this many families needing food.  Thank you to everyone for giving their time and energy for this worthwhile cause.   
         Jean Masiko
Camp Neidig cancelled
District Governor Herb Klotz ---
On behalf of the Camp Neidig Committee, it is our regret to inform our District clubs and members that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Camp Neidig program.  In light of Gov. Wolf's decision earlier this week to close schools for the remainder of the academic year, it became clear that holding Camp Neidig this year was no longer viable.
This isn't a decision we took lightly, but after much deliberation and consultation with our District Governor, Camp Director, and Camp Manatawny we agree this was the best course forward as the safety of the students, camp staff, and Rotarians was paramount.   As you know, the majority of our campers are selected by working closely with the great school districts in our communities.  With their doors shuttered, that was no longer possible.
In addition, it is expected that ongoing restrictions for social distancing and camp operating requirements mandated by the government could not be met for our camp program by June.  In the next few weeks, we will refund our District clubs that have already registered campers. 
Our committee and camp staff are disappointed that we won't be able to work with another great group of extremely talented students in 2020.  As we teach our campers, we don't grow as leaders when times are easy, leaders are made in how they deal with adversity.  
Parkland CARESdiv>
Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry continues its dedication to the Parkland Community during the time of Covid-19.  In the month of March they switched from a Choice Pantry model to a Drive-Thru Food Distribution model.  Two Tuesdays a month Parkland C.A.R.E.S. runs the distribution at Kernsville Elementary School.  Families are welcome to visit each time and receive bagged food and other essential items for their families. 
During the month of March, Parkland C.A.R.E.S. fed 153 households (91 New HH), 297 Adults, 314 Children and 48 Seniors.  Feeding this many households was made possible by contributions from Second Harvest, Crooked Row Farm, Weis Markets, Rotary Club members, Orchard Hills Church, Josh Early and the community as a whole. 
A family who recently received assistance from Parkland C.A.R.E.S. shared this message.  “What a relief for local residents! The staff is so helpful and friendly with smiling faces and provide a great service to our community.”
         By  Katrina E. Sundstrom, Executive Director  484-707-1133
         5074 Kernsville Road, Unit #4, Orefield, PA 18069
Luther Crest report
AW Rotarian, Dr. Albert Lewis, a resident of Luther Crest describes the current status:
Two people  have been found positive for the virus, one resident and one  employee.
All activities curtailed, and Social distancing of 6 feet is followed. All of us wear masks, employees as well as residents. We can go down to pickup mail with two people allowed in the mail room at a time.
All dining areas are  completely closed. Dinner is brought  to our rooms. Food can be delivered @ Awnings;  Entries for residents.
We can walk outside or within halls and we must use masks. And we must stay within our rooms all other times.
Zoom Brady Bunch
ZOOM Meeting notes April 22
Allentown West Rotary  Club
ZOOM Meeting Notes  April 22, 2020
Today was a ZOOM meeting and  there were about 40 of us on line. After 15 minutes of talking amongst ourselves with our Greeter being  President Amir Famili, he opened the meeting at 7:45 A.M.  P-E Ralph Witcher gave a very nice invocation.
GUESTS ON LINE: District Governor Nominee, Bob Hobaugh, Kutztown RC; Carl Zvanut, EWB; Ginny Sandoval; Dale Hostetter; Jaden and Avery Matzinger, granddaughters of Dale Heffner; Sandi Boll, wife of Ernie; and Chad Butters, our Speaker;. It was nice to have Dawn Costello with us.
Secretary John Scott began the meeting by having the members recite The Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag. Then he led us in reciting the Four Way Test.
Pres. Amir thanks all “first responders” for what they do and asks all to pray for them. And he reminds us that we are people of action.
See the details in the separate article.
Thanks go to the generosity of our AW Rotarians. We now are able to deliver sixty five, $25 each, Weis market gift cards to the Lowhill food pantry for distribution to their clients.
Pres/ Amir says: “You have truly demonstrated that Rotarians are people of ACTION.” The Lowhill folks thank AW Rotarians.
Laurie Grube and her Bank are available to help small businesses work through the new government support options. They are very busy now.
See separate write-up. Jean Masiko thanks our friends from EWB and said that the plan is to do these distributions every Saturday.
See Katrina Sundstrom’s separate report.
See Al Lewis’ separate report.
Dr. Barbara Kistler has explained that this sub-committee met and agreed to make individual scholarship awards during our Zoom meetings starting on April 29.
Pres. Amir showed a picture of a Rotary pen set with AWRC on it for sale at $100.  Each purchase will put $90 into an account to provide food for the hungry Thanks go to Gail Micca for making this happen.
President Amir Famili has suspended all AWRC face-to-face  meetings until further notice. ZOOM meetings are now scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:30 A.M.
No meetings for Thursday evening are scheduled yet.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 29th. We will use ZOOM to meet together with appropriate distancing. Our program will be Dr. Ann Bieber , President of LCCC discussing a New Initiatives at LCCC. And we will award a scholarship to a student of  LCCC.
Pres. Amir conducted this part and kept score on who owes how much money. BTW it is $2 for ZOOM happiness.
Brad Maier said that his State Farm Insurance people will do a program in his office and cash donations to Rotary will be made. This is available through June 30, 2020.
Bill Weber invites all who want to get out to come to Tranquility Farm and walk around and fish in the pond. Please let them know that you are coming.
Diana Dunn asked Carl Zvanut about the Matru, Sierra Leone, hospital conference room use. Carl said that they did a Zoom meeting with the local staff and the computers worked fine. They thank Rotary.
Gary Englehardt introduced Chad Butters, Founder / CEO  of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, in New Tripoli. Chad  is a retired Army aviator with over 25 years of active duty military service. Chad has broad experience in project management, human resource management, leadership, operations management, problem-solving, regulatory compliance and system safety development.
Chad holds a B.S. Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Drexel University.
Chad’s 25 year active duty career as an Army Aviator took him and his family around the world, leading up to his retirement in 2015. His passion for family, agriculture, science, and history eventually led to the creation of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery,
He works closely with his daughter Carly, the General Manager, and his son-in-law Logan, the Director of Distillery Operations. Chad was in AWRC and participated in the first Tempting Tastes event.
Chad explained that their farm grows wheat, rye and barley that is used to produce a variety of alcoholic beverages. In February 2020 it was apparent that things were changing. Then on March 13th the team decided to convert their distillation systems, skills, and people to the making of bottled hand sanitizer solution.
Eight Oaks always has tried to be a positive influence on its community. When he saw scammers selling these sanitizers on-line for over $300, he took action. By Monday March 16 they had produced their first batch. In their first week they made 4,800  8 Oz. bottles of sanitizer.
They went on Facebook and told their story of wanting to supply their four surrounding counties using their distribution firm. Then CNN picked up the story. . Later they added two more counties.
Local companies like Niagara and Nestle donated thousands of bottles. And individuals made cash donations that grew to about $100,000 to support the work.
So far they have produced 100,000  8 Oz. bottles of sanitizer. Individual companies such as PETCO are buying these items. Prices are in the $.15 to .25 per Oz. range. Their product is at least 80% alcohol by volume.
They now have a 64 Oz. size in production. And they are following the F.D.A. guidelines. They will begin direct sales soon at $15 per 64 Oz. bottle.
Chad answered some questions and received many compliments for all that they are doing to serve.
PROGRAM #2 --  Amir’s surprise:
Dr. Robert M. Gordon of AWRC fame came on line from his Florida home to speak about the corona virus. Bob speaks from firsthand experience. On a business trip to New Orleans he contracted the virus.
Bob was extremely fatigued for about four weeks. He  tested negative last week, and currently is back to feeling fine.
Bob talked about how we can get very anxious and fearful. This is a very contagious virus. But we need to remind ourselves that we are not helpless victims.
Thanks, Bob, for the visit this morning.
Pres. Amir led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
         Photos by Gary Heller
The current DGNL


 Here is a link to our District Governor Herb's latest Newsletter:



    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.


Birthdays, etc
Mike Gschwendtner  Apr 02
Gil Keller,                   Apr 09



Dana and Mike Gschwendtner    Apr 20 1999       21 years



John Scott         4 years      Apr 06 2016
AJ Henry            38 years    Apr 15 1992
Gwen Pongracz 11 years    Apr 15 2009
Dale Heffner      6 years      Apr 23 2014
Andy Drotar,      2 years      Apr 26 2018
Cindy Rosevelt  4 years      Apr 28 2016
Guy Rosevelt     4 years      Apr 28 2016