Message from President Gail Micca
What excites you about Rotary? 
I really want to know! There are so many things I love about Rotary; my friends and family are quite aware of how passionate I am about being a Rotarian. Do your friends and family know what you love about Rotary? Tell someone today why you joined. Tell someone tomorrow why you stay. Tell me how we can make our club better. I’m your sounding board. 
It’s my goal to make our club known in our community as the best club for service. Let’s keep inventing, growing and making a difference. And let’s have fun doing it all.  
I look forward to hearing from you this week. Please send me a text or email and tell me something you love about Rotary. And if there is something that needs adjusting, please tell me that as well. 
I hope to see everyone at the Cornhole event Sept. 30th with a friend or two or three; spouses are welcome too. And then again at the Purple Pinkie Race to Zero and Oktoberfest events on October 2nd. 
Have a great week!
Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
In Person Sept 22nd
7:15 a.m. registration and breakfast room open
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
Brookside Country Club
Via Zoom
7:15 a.m. chat room opens
7:30 a.m. meeting begins promptly
Sept. 15 and all of October
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 Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Race to Zero
        Nov 6  --  D7430 Annual Foundation Seminar
        June 4-8, 2022  RI Annual Convention, Houston, Texas
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
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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
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
     Strong people don't put others down... They lift them up.”
               ― Michael P. Watson
Off the coast of Sydney, Australia there is a 102 year old ship that has turned into a floating forest.
Zoom Meeting  Notes – September 15, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  21 people on line.
Pres. Gail Micca  opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  And she welcomed us all.
Just us members today.
 Ernie Boll  gave a very nice invocation. Then Pres. Gail led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Gail then led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
PDG Bill Weber delivered today’s story about  our Scholarship program.
Pres. Gail displayed the list of September member events.
There is an updated list of service opportunities in the coming weeks: on the left side of this bulletin.
We are in need of volunteers to do the final harvesting in our garden, and a clean-up.
We need volunteers for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. for delivery.
Our next Highway cleanup and Kingdom Life Food delivery are on the same Saturday. Nick Millward is chairing the clean-up effort.
Amir Famili emphasized that this work is for a really good cause. They need volunteers each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
PDG Herb Klotz  said that ShelterBoxes are helping in Haiti after the recent earthquake. Gail said that there will be a real ShelterBox on display at the Cornhole Tournament. This year we have funded 3 ShelterBoxes so far.
SB photo
This is our first social event with 3 other RCs. And members from the Chamber of Commerce. 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.
Gail said that the committee has created a new drink which they call a “Paul Harris.”
Race Director, John Scott, has said that the race and walk will take place on the Schnecksville Fair Grounds near LCCC in the morning.  The route includes going across a 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.
Herb Klotz said that the race event raises about 2/3 of the total D7430 dollars for Polio Eradication every year.
Herb Klotz and John Scott will not continue to lead this ANNUAL d7430 Purple Pinkie 5K Race. These two positions are open for members to fill.
Chair, Len Salines, has  said that we need many, many prizes for the events coming up. Please donate.
Casino Night at the Wheels Museum in January planning is going well.
Kathy Ott  said that on  Oct 12 and 19 our new program starts.
On Oct 5th at 11:00 a.m. there will be an Orientation meeting by the M.O.W. people
Kathy Ott reports that snack packing at Parkland will be on Wednesday, Oct 13th. Workers must wear masks.
Nick Millward still seeks donations of used baseball equipment.
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.”
Pres. Gail said that Dale Heffner who is on their b.o.d., is asking for help in finding a 3 bedroom apartment for $1,400 a month.
The early discussion with Gail Micca was about finding an alternate meeting place for AWRC going forward. Gail is considering Willow Tree Grove on Township Line Rd. in Orefield. As other members came on line each seemed to know of the place.
The meeting space is good, but we would have to bring our own food.
Bill Weber said that waaaay back we used to have a lobster fest there.
Amir Famili said he will check on The Glasbern Inn for our meetings.
Herb Klotz was wearing a Hawaiian shirt today with palm trees in the background.
Herb Klotz gave some background for the naming of the Purple Pinkie 5K in honor of PDG Yvette M. Palmer who helped get it started.
Herb also was happy that 40 people attended the first Zone 28 and 32 Membership meeting. It focused on starting new RCs.
Geoff Legg is happy to report that now as a past-covid person he had an anti-body test and measured waaay over the usual max.
Amir Famili is happy to report that a woman he knew trapped in Afghanistan has just gotten out safely/
There  will be a hybrid meeting on Sept 22nd at Brookside CC in Macungie.
ALL four October meetings will be via Zoom.
Brookside CC cannot accommodate us beyond September. Our b.o.d. members are looking for a new location for our face-to-face meetings. We may add some Dining Out meetings to provide in-person conversations.
Wednesday September 22, 2021  as a hybrid meeting at Brookside CC in Macungie  starting at 7:30 a.m.   Our program  will  be  a visit by District Governor, Bob Hobaugh.
Program Chair, Ralph Witcher introduced  Keith Sten to share recent developments regarding the treasure of Historic Moravian Bethlehem, which is poised to be nominated to the World Heritage List in the coming years.
Keith is the Museum Sites & Education Manager for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.  He studied history at SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, NY and received a Master’s in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, NY.  He has a passion for museums and the unique ways that they can offer programming and education opportunities for visitors of all ages.  At Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Keith manages school programs and group tour visits to the 20 historic sites that HBMS cares for.  He is also the Site Manager of the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, located within the 1741 Gemeinhaus.
Keith showed many slides to tell the story of Historic Bethlehem with photos of buildings from the 1740s.
He said that the Bethlehem Water Works was the first Municipal water company in the 23 colonies.
What is Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites?
         1748 – 1948 Burnside Plantation
         Colonial Industrial Quarter
         Kemmerer Museum of Decorative Art
         1741 – Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
         1810 – Goundie House and Visitor Center
What is the World Heritage List
Established in 1972 to “Encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world. Considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”
United States was the first of 192 sates parties (countries) to ratify the treaty to establish the WHL.
Currently 1,154 sites are on the WHL.
24 U,S, sites are on the WHL.
We learned a new abbreviation: N.A.V. means Native American Village.  And Keith gave us the Moravian history story. He emphasized their specific inclusion of educating young girls hundreds of years ago.
 Pres. Gail closed the meeting.
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                  26 years    Sep 01 1995
Geoff Legg                  47 years    Sep 15 1974