Welcome to Allentown West Rotary! 
Western Lehigh County    Club No. 5415    
Zone 32    District No. 7430
Feb. 14, 2024


  “This is a changing world, we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” 
~ Paul P. Harris
Allentown West Rotary Club
Meeting Notes February 14, 2024
Treasurer Gary Englehardt rang the bell to call the meeting to order.
Marlene Heller gave the week's reflection.
Chris Hornaman attended today's meeting.
Rotarian of the Month was Marlene Heller, for the work she does on the Palmer Post and The Beacon newsletters. 
Herb Klotz and Diana Dunn recently returned from Sierra Leone, where our club is working with Engineers Without Borders on a vo/tech project. Herb said it was great to work with a new Rotary club, the Freetown Sunset club. They exchanged club flags, and are planning to do more projects together. To date, we have worked on three schools and a hospital.
Gary Heller, Historic Rescue Photography
Due to inclement weather, this meeting was held over Zoom.
Gary Heller started Historic Rescue Photography as a retirement project, combining his two greatest interests: photography and history. Formerly a professional photographer, he decided to use those skills to help preserve historic sites, offering his photography to historic societies at no charge, with the caveat that they use the photos to market and preserve their buildings. He has photographed historic buildings in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, being given extraordinary access "beyond the velvet rope." He showed photographs of many of the buildings he has photographed, including a few that are said to have paranormal activity, but assured us he has never seen any ghosts. 
Gary's work can be seen at
Black History Month: 
The following article was contributed by Gayle Rogers of the Easton Rotary Club.
A Groundbreaking Pioneer of the Arts:
In keeping with the 2024 Black History Month Theme of Arts and Literature, lets shine a light on a  change-maker, who made a profound contribution to our culture and whose career covered several categories within Arts & Literature and has left a lasting legacy.

Gordon Parks 1912-2006
Photographer, Filmmaker, Author
Considered a modern-day renaissance man, Gordon Parks was truly a man of many talents, largely self taught. He got his start as the first African American to work as a staff photographer for Life Magazine, documenting the brutal realities of being Black in America, and the fight for equal rights throughout the 1960s. This included capturing some of the most high-profile leaders of the time, like Malcolm X. “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs,” he said in 1999.

In 1969, he became the first Black American to direct a major Hollywood film, The Learning Tree, based on his autobiography about growing up in Kansas. But he’s probably best known for directing the 1971 action film, Shaft, starring Richard Roundtree.  Grossing $12 million, the movie became a major box office hit and had a huge cultural impact for challenging racial stereotypes in its portrayal of a Black detective who brings white criminals to justice.
In 1970, he helped found Essence Magazine and was its editorial director from 1970 to 1973.
Mr. Clark fashioned a career that resisted  categorization. No matter what medium he chose for his self-expression, he always sought to challenge stereotypes while communicating to a large audience. He was convinced that he could accomplish whatever he set his mind to, and he did.
If you have not yet seen DG Diane's monthly message, please go to and click on the District Governor's message. AWRC and, in particular, our member Nick Millward, each came in for some special comments this month. 


  • Nick has returned to Kyrgystan and his studies. He has also been very active in pursuing opportunities to strengthen Mongolian/American relations.
  • Christy Brown of the Blacksburg, Virginia RC and Harriet Downer of the Denver RC are interested in supporting students for the 2024-2025 Mongolia 21|21 year. Harriet is also working with the Commerce City RC to help them understand the program.
  • Nick presented to the Glendale Arizona RC on Thursday, February 8. The club’s incoming President (2025-2026), Adria Poindexter, is interested in Mongolia 21|21. Adria is also serving as an Assistant Governor for Rotary year 2024-2025.
  • The Rotaract Club of Tsetsee Gung (in Ulaanbaatar) has asked Nick to serve as a mentor and provide insights about scholarships. This is a two-month-long program to provide professional insight to Rotaractors. 
  • The Mongolian Rotarians have asked Nick to return to Mongolia to speak at and attend the Mongolia Rotary Day in UB. He will be in UB for a week and will hold planning meetings regarding WASH, Interact Penpals, and wheelchair distribution. Nick will meet with the Mongolia 21|21 students for a casual dinner. The students have submitted their short updates to the FOM team and these will be provided to Peter Wohlsen to include in a pamphlet. Onzul (supported by the Oakdale, California club) from Selenge Province officially joined Rotaract. 
  • A meeting of Rotarians who are interested and those already participating in Mongolia 21|21 will be held in the last week of March.
Happy dollars were not collected today.
There are just a couple of days left to give blood for our blood drive. 
Tickets are still available for our Irish Bingo fundraiser in March. Sponsors and donations can still be brought in for both the Irish Bingo and the Chili Cook Off in May. 
March 17: Irish Bingo Fundraiser
May 19: Chili Cook Off Fundraiser
April 20: Rotary Day of Service
On February 28, we meet at LCTI. New member Lisa Greenawalt will give her classification talk. 
First and last pages of tribute cards, to be used to send a donation in someone's honor, memory, to celebrate, or just because. The photo is of the Weber's farm, site of many fun AWRC picnics. On the back is an explanation of what Rotary is all about. 
Inside the card, the text explains that a donation has been made to AWRC and there is room for you to write the reason for the card, and who it is from. A pack of 5 cards is $25. You can purchase the cards at in-person meetings or order on the website (an extra cost will be added for postage).  All proceeds will go to the AWRC Foundation. Questions? Contact:
Gary Englehardt         February 4
Sukaina Jaffer            February 7
Chuck Ehninger          February 8
Sue Weber                   February 14
Lori Peters                  February 15
   Sandi Boll                    February  20
Tom Friday                February 21
 Mitch Huston            February 22
Katrina & Rich Sundstrom   Feb.  12  yrs
Dhruv Seshadri      Feb 1        3 yrs
Helen Papathanasiou Feb 2   2 yrs
Ralph Witcher         Feb 3      8 yrs
Diana Dunn         Feb. 14        6 yrs
Karen Rodgers     Feb 16        3 yrs
Jean Machamer   Feb 17       8 yrs
Stephanie Fenstermacher Feb 21  6 yrs
Rotary Club of
Presidential Com. Gwenn Carr
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Diane Donaher
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person
at Cedar Crest College
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
First Wednesdays are for Special Events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
The third week is for Committee meetings.
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is available during most in-person meetings. Watch your email for the link.
Board and Committee Members 2023-24
Current Executive Board:
Presidential Committee
Gwenn Carr, Gary Englehardt & Herb Klotz
Chris Blechschmidt
Immediate Past President
Gail Micca
Gary Englehardt
Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms
Mitch Huston
Membership Chair
Herb Klotz 
Community Service Chair
Bill Keba
Public Relations Chair
Marlene Heller
Fundraising Chair
Dhruv Seshedri
Youth Services Chair
Gail Micca
AWRC Foundation Chair
Amir Famili
RI Foundation Chair
Herb Klotz
Program Chair 
Gwenn Carr
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:
The upcoming dates for Kingdom Life Food Pantry Giveaway are
           March  9       April 13
It is always the second Saturday of each month. Each time we start at 7:30 AM  and usually are finished by 9:30 AM.
We need someone to help Amir with the produce purchase and delivery to Lowell this month. Amir will give complete instructions on how and where to carry out this one-time task. Contact him at
MEALS ON WHEELS  takes place on the second and third Tuesday of each month. We can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
The NWL snack packing takes place each month on the 3rd Wednesday from 2-2:35.
If you would like to help, email Diana Dunn at
The Pantry holds its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month.  Three volunteers are needed each time. Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
Blood Drive:
Sign up to give blood in February. Contact Gwenn Carr. You can save three lives by giving blood one time.
Irish Bingo and Chili Cookoff
Prize baskets are needed, as are raffle gifts and event workers. 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: 
Jean Masiko
Parkland Snack Packing:
Diana Dunn
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing Amir Famili
Herb Klotz
Public Image: 
Marlene Heller
Dhruv  Seshadri
Dining Out:
Park Cleanup: 
Dennis Houser
Highway Cleanup:
Sharon Goldner 
Miracle League: 
Barb Kistler
Meals on Wheels:
Helen Papathanasiou
Camp Neidig:  
Nicole McGalla
Student of the Month: 
Nicole McGalla
Scholarship Committee: 
Laurie Grube
Speaker suggestions: 
Gwenn Carr 
Website Editor:
Peter Wohlsen
Feb 14, 2024 7:30 AM
Historical Lehigh Valley in Photos
Feb 28, 2024 8:00 AM
Classification Talk
Mar 13, 2024 7:30 AM
Four Way Test Speech Contest
Mar 27, 2024 7:30 AM
Increasing our impact - Rotary Action Planning
Apr 10, 2024 7:30 AM
Apr 24, 2024 7:30 AM
Parkland Interact Club
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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!
     As you become aware of any member of our Rotary family who would benefit from our support with cards, flowers, or visits, please notify Marlene Heller at
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