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 are no Thursday evening meetings planned for  December.
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:
        Dec 10  Hanukkah 2020 will begin on Thursday evening
      Dec 25  Christmas Day
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        
Jan 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Therapy Dogs: a cold nose and soft warm fur are the perfect prescription for a smile
Feb 03, 2021 7:30 AM
The Green-Eyed Llama
Feb 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Reflections on 45 Years of Public Safety
View entire list
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening 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 and 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
DECEMBER 2, 2020
           QUOTE of the WEEK --
      “Helping someone feel they belong is a magic all its own.”
                ― Seth Adam Smith,
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce
Julianne Dee is Allentown West Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for December, 2020. She was honored during our December 2 Zoom meeting.  She is a Senior at Parkland High School,
Julianne participates in the Emerging Health Professionals program at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI).  The Anatomy and Physiology portion of this program is offered through Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC).  This all supports her plans of entering a Physician’s Assistant Accelerated Program in college. 
At Parkland Julianne is a member of National Honor Society.  She serves as Treasurer of the Interact club, which is sponsored by our Rotary club.  She is a starter for doubles competition on the tennis team, and teaches tennis to all ages at Brookside Country Club.  She also referees youth soccer.
Note: All of us taxpayers should be thankful how public high school, career and technical high school and community college work together to provide high quality opportunities that seamlessly stream into college education and careers for students such as Julianne.
Allentown West Rotary Club
 Zoom Meeting Notes December 2, 2020
Today was a Zoom meeting with 34 people on line. After some conversations President Ralph Witcher opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  
Ellen O’Connell, Mother of the student of the month; Jude Sandt,-- AW member -   Assistant Principal at Parkland’s Springhouse Middle School and Capt. Nick Millward, Rotary Peace Fellowship winner calling in from Japan.
Pres. Ralph gave a very nice invocation. Then he led us in the Pledge of allegiance  to the Flag of the U.S.
Rev. Jeffrey Kistler introduced our Student of the month for December, JULIANNE DEE. Jeff gave her qualifications and the award certificate and Amazon gift card will be delivered. See separate article.
Julianne was joined at our Zoom meeting by her mother, Ellen O’Connell, and by Jude Sandt, now Assistant Principal at Parkland’s Springhouse Middle School. 
Julianne thanked AW Rotarians for the award and for Lori Peters and the Parkland Interact club.. Then Jude Sandt thanked Julianne for her
work as an Interactor, and wished her well as she pursues a career in the medical field. BTW Julianne’s sister received this award from AW Rotarians four years ago.
Pres. Ralph confessed that 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.
Pres. Ralph told us how his Aunt living alone in Atlanta had to wait two weeks for her car. Ralph drove her car to Atlanta and then flew back home. This is a great example of Rotarians doing good in the world.
Ralph offers to help any of our members if he can.
Membership Chair, Tom Friday said on December 7th at Noon  there will be a virtual meeting for all newer members in our district. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND.
Pres. Ralph displayed the list of December members and their celebration dates.
Message from Gail Micca  --  “We have some nice opportunities to give during this season.  Let me know how you would like to help:
1 - Barb Kistler will be collecting gift cards to be distributed through food pantries.  You can simply purchase some giftcards and mail them to her.  If you would like to put the card into a holiday greeting card with good wishes/sentiment and include that this is from the Allentown-West Rotary Club, that would be nice too. 
You can email Barb or call her for more information:            484-799-4818
Mail giftcards to;  Barb Kistler, 6086 Ridge Road, New Tripoli, PA 18066.”
2 - Gail Micca will be organizing a Holiday Family Fun Giftbag to be distributed at the Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry Drive Through Delivery Saturday, December 12th.
We will be providing 20 complete Holiday bags which will include:
Blanket, Sugar cookie box mix, frosting and popcorn.  All the essentials for a  family fun night!  Approximate value of each bag is $20-25 
Ways to get involved with this fun project:
1 - sign up to create some bags with your family and purchase the items on your own
2 - make a donation towards the purchase of these items
3 - Help Gail stuff the bags and make holiday cards to include
4 - come to the pantry delivery on December 12 and hand them out.
Let Gail know how you would like to help. 
Both of these projects require a speedy confirmation and
I look forward to your response.                 610-739-2812
 Thanks so much in advance of your generous support.
Pres. Ralph advised that there will be no in-person Holiday Party, unfortunately. Perhaps members might send the usual party cost to Barbara or Gail for gifts to others.
Pres. Ralph reports that he and 3 other AW members on Saturday, Nov. 21st helped distribute food to over 400 families. Many thanks go to Pastor Jean Masiko for her hard work.
Jean Masiko e-mailed the Kingdom Life Food Bank December Giveaway date.  Because we're all going to be busy over the next few weeks, Jean thought we should start letting everyone know.
From Kingdom Life Director:  The holidays are here and we’re all preparing and planning already. Our final food bank for 2020 will be Saturday, December 12.  Please come early by 7:30AM to help set up.
We know how busy things can get at this time.  Please reserve the morning of the 12th to help those that need food for the holidays. 
Gary Englehardt said go to to have fun with the auction now thru Sunday.
Please take a look at this new section on the left side of this bulletin.
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 December 9th  starting at 7:30 a.m.  We will use Zoom to meet.  Our program will be…………………TBD
No Thursday evening meetings are planned for December.
Always happy, Ernie Boll was online from Arizona starting at 5:15 a.m. local time.
Jeff and Barbara Kistler reported that it currently is snowing in New Tripoli. As others came online this was confirmed. And we compared PA weather to AZ weather. Hmmmmmmmm.
Gail Micca so far has removed over 50 unwanted trees from their property.
When our S.O.M. came on we found out that Julianne also is known as “J.J.”
Gwenn Carr is mailing four gift cards to Barbara Kistler for the Holiday gift program.
Amir Famili is fully recovered from his rehab. He awaits a 2021 model for his knee replacement.
Jude Sandt is getting a new yard fence tomorrow. His wife, the dog and Jude are very happy.
Amir recognized our S.O.M.’s Mother, Ellen, as a former co-worker at Air Products. Then Herb Klotz and Diana Dunn also agreed.
Michael Dennis was online, a.k.a. Mike Gschwendtner.
Tom Friday is happy to learn that the U.K. has approved the Pfizer vaccine for immediate use.
Nick Millward reported that the author of the recent book club selection “The Green Eyed Llama” will be interview by him tomorrow. Also there is a movie coming and the Director may be donating a percent of the ticket sales to Mongolian Relief.
Katrina Sundstrom is happy that the family actually got out and played golf last Saturday.
Bill Palmer is happy that his 25 year old Grandson Christopher who has tested positive for covid19 is doing very well.
Pres. Ralph Witcher introduced Chelsea Karp, VOL COORD at Jewish Family Service discussing “Coats & Cocoa in the year of COVID” She has been in this position since 2017.
Chelsea has a degree in theater from the University of Southern California and her previous work experience includes event planner, catering manager and education administration. She is the mother of two teenagers.
In response to many calls from clients within the community concerning the growing need for coats for children, the Jewish Family Service Organization decided to pool their resources together to help the children in the Allentown community by collecting new winter coats with tags for children (sizes 2T-18).
The feedback from the children in the community has been absolutely wonderful.  Chelsea Karp visit's our club to share the Coats & Cocoa project vision and community impact.
Chelsea thanked us for the invitation. She said that two ongoing efforts are a Food Pantry and Day Programs. They serve postal area 18104.
Chelsea now is their Grant Manager and serves as the Fundraiser of high quality coats for children in families of need. The Coats and Cocoa program solicits new coat donations in children’s sizes,   including teenagers.
Qualified families make appointment to come to the Food Pantry where they have a cart and choose the food items they would use. The Pantry serves about 120 households each month. They also are given a choice of two coats to choose one from for each child approved. They keep detailed records to identify needs.
So far they have received 75 new coats and have given 50 of them away. A week before yesterday’s “Giving Tuesday” they sent an e-mail asking for donations.  They received $400 in cash plus 17 new coats. These are “The Gift of Warmth.”
Gail Micca will work with Chelsea to determine how AW Rotarians can be of help.
 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 October edition was just sent out and can be viewed at:
   And AWRC is mentioned again this issue.
Bob Nagle                   Dec 03
Dawn Costello            Dec 07
Grace Keller               Dec 14
Dan Crane                  Dec 21



Grace and Gil Keller           Dec 21 1968       52 years
Beverly and Dave Dries      Dec 22 1967       53 years



Gil Keller                    49 years             Dec 01 1971
Brad Maier                  1 year                Dec 01 2019
Bill Weber                   42 years             Dec 01 1978
Ernie Boll                    51 years             Dec 03 1969
Keith Hoffman            1 year                Dec 04 2019
Justin Schell              1 year                Dec 16 2019
Dennis Houser           7 years              Dec 18 2013
Tim Rushton               5 years              Dec 23 2015