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
2nd and 4th Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
at various locations
Here are the AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2019-20
President - Amir Famili
President- Elect - Ralph Witcher
Vice President  -  Gary Englehardt
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



Jan 22  --  Jeffrey Kistler
Jan 29  --  Geoff Legg
Feb 5  --  Brad Maier
Feb 12  --  Brian Peterka
Feb 19  --  Len Salines
Feb 26  --  John Scott
Mar 4  --  Halyna Stegura
Mar 11  --  Jennifer Stinson
Mar 18  --  Katrina Sundstrom
Mar 25  --  Keith Hoffman

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

Th next Thursday e evening meeting will be at the Starlite Diner in the private room to the rear left on Jan. 23.  There will be no meeting charge, but we are expected to order a menu item or drink. 
February meetings will be same place, same time on Feb 13 and 27.
       Jan 17. 24 and 31 Tempting Taste 6 Planning Meeting.  Holiday Inn 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville
      Mar 22  --  Tempting Tastes 6 at the Holiday Inn
      Mar 28  --  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University
      Apr 24 to 26  --  District Conference in King of Prussia. It includes the District Training Assembly and the Foundation Gala.
      June 6 to 11  --  RI annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Each of us should seek out good candidates for our Rotary Club. Ask them to breakfast or to our Thursday evening meeting.
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
Mar 18, 2020
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pa, make an impact in Pennsylvania
Mar 25, 2020
Toastmasters International
Apr 01, 2020
Forensic Science
Apr 08, 2020
Destination Meeting Parkland school
Apr 15, 2020
Update to the recent trip to Sierra Leonne
Apr 22, 2020
Our recent trip to Israel
Apr 29, 2020
New Initatives at LCCC
May 06, 2020
Classification Talk
May 13, 2020
Scholarship award presentation
View entire list
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send  your ideas to our President, Amir Famili.
Please remember that the Collection jar is at the registration desk for cash and check contributions.
     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
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
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
January 20, 2020
         QUOTE of the WEEK --


          “If you can help other lives without neglecting to live your own life, this is a great personal achievement!”
                 ― Mehmet Murat ildan
The Evening Meeting group of 14 Rotarians and one guest met on Thursday, January 9 at the Starlite Diner.  Meals and drinks were ordered and enjoyed as participants arrived. 
The meeting began with the pledge to the flag and announcements by Amir and DG Herb. 
Members were reminded to get involved with our March 22nd Tempting Tastes 6 tasks, register for the District Conference in April and give generously to The Rotary Foundation.
 Discussion was initiated regarding the future structure of the Evening Meeting.  It was decided to continue meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. 
Program suggestions were given. At this time Barbara Kistler will continue being the organizer with Dennis Houser as backup.
The Starlite Diner room seemed to meet our needs without a fee so it was decided to make this the meeting spot for the foreseeable future. 
The next meeting will be Thursday, January 23 starting at 5:30 PM at the Starlite Diner with Diana Dunn presenting a program on our latest Global Grant.   We ended reciting “one profits most who serves best”.  
                               Barbara Kistler
Allentown West Rotary  Club
Meeting, Notes – January 15, 2020
Our Greeter today was Murtaza  Jaffer  --  again  -- , and he did a marvelous job.
President Amir Famili opened  the meeting and welcomed all. Then Pastor Jean Masiko gave a very nice invocation, including special praying for Ronnee Klotz.. 
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. John also reviewed some of the upcoming
P-E Ralph Witcher read aloud the names of member birthdays for January. We sang Happy Birthday.
Then he read aloud the names and dates that members joined Rotary in January. We applauded.
Cheyenne Bennett, Compass Point Consulting, guest of Murtaza Jaffer; Ingrid and Debbie from the Slatington RC.
Also noteworthy was the arrival of Bill and Sue Weber for the meeting to much applause.
Race Director John Scott told us that the 2020 event will have an Oktoberfest theme.
This week Sue Weber and Bill will be interviewing a candidate to join the Outbound group for this Fall.
Dottie Bloom is charged with setting up and stocking a Hospitality Room for both Friday and Saturday evenings at OUR April 24 and 25 District Conference. Donations of Beer, Wine and snacks for at least 40 guests are needed. Please contact Dottie at             
Pres. Amir announced last week that our policy now is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed; i.e. NOT A DELAY.
P-E Ralph Witcher is leading this year’s major fundraising effort and needs a lot of help to get everything done for the MARCH 22nd event. The planning meeting dates and times are listed herein.  We are planning  to net at least $30,000 this year.
Each of us is asked to add our name and state where we can help on the papers on our tables. Each member is asked to buy at least two tickets to TT6 and to try to get others to buy them and to sponsor tables too.
This great group still depends on cash donations from AW Rotarians. And volunteering for the produce pick-up and distribution on Saturday mornings is a very satisfying thing.
Jan 23 will be held at the Starlite Diner starting at 5:30 P.M. in the private back room.
January 22nd   at Luther Crest with  Jeffrey Kistler as our Greeter. The program will be Chris Nelson of the Bethlehem Rotary Club regarding  Human Trafficking.
Justin Schell and Keith Hoffman were inducted into AWRC this morning as Active members. Gwenn Carr conducted the ceremony. Amir Famili and Laurie Grube are their sponsors. Congratulations and welcome, Justin and Keith.
Pres. Amir introduced Sgt.-at-Arms Len Salines who conducted the drawings and collected Happy Dollars. He started with a bad joke about ants.
The door prize donated by Murtaza Jaffer was won by  Ralph Witcher.
The $111 pot of the 50:50 was won by  Bill Palmer’s  ticket being drawn  followed by THE BLACK marble.  Lots of  marbles will be back next time.
Sue Weber is very happy to be back at an AW meeting with Bill and thanks us all for prayers and support.     
Bill Weber also is happy to be here and extends his thanks.
Ernie Boll is just plain happy.
Laurie Grube is happy that Keith Hoffman has been inducted.
Ralph Witcher donated $20 for all the good things today.
Pres. Amir introduced our speaker, Dawn Stillwagen  from Meals on Wheels. Dawn is a  native of Allentown, previously worked at Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and now has 19 years with Meals on Wheels.
Using a series of slides, Dawn told the story of the Meals on Wheels Core Programs. Dawn spoke about  who has no family, so this is the only source for groceries & household supplies. Volunteers not only shop, but help to put away groceries for clients and provides an important check on any change of condition with clients.
Dawn explained that about a year ago the Lehigh County and Northampton County Meals on Wheels groups merged into a single Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley. And in about a year they all will be together at a new facility on Sherman St. in Allentown.
Dawn said that their Volunteers are the heart and soul of their operation. And she noted that local colleges have their nursing students learn all about Meals on Wheels.
One national statistic is that 28,000  Lehigh Valley Seniors cannot prepare their own meals. Many of these seniors have arthritis or other medical conditions that make it difficult for them to stand for periods of time. Meals on Wheels serve roughly 2,000 (7%) of all the seniors that need help preparing food in the Lehigh Valley
Recipients of Meals on Wheels include;
         Most are over the age of 75
         Most have incomes less than $1,300 per month
         Home bound
         High risk
         Most have multiple chronic diseases that impact their diet choices
Meals on Wheels Wrap-around Services
These additional services have been added over time to meet their client’s needs. For example, they realized that many clients were struggling to keep their animals and even giving their home delivered meals to their pets.  They created Ani-Meals, which provides regular pet food to their clients.
Sample meal Menus are approved by a licensed Dietitian. Menus comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Act (DGA). Meals provide each participating older individual a minimum of one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) or RDA requirements if one meal is served, a minimum of two-thirds of the DRIs if two are served
Their program complies with the Older Americans Act (OAA) as amended. They adhere to Pennsylvania Department of Aging Nutrition Services Aging Program Directive (APD) recommendations for senior citizens. They comply with every major health standard and are inspected by the Bureau of Health.
MOWGLV offers individually customized meals based on dietary restrictions, medical requirements and personal preference. All meals are low in salt, cholesterol and fat, the meal are also diabetic and cardiac friendly across the board. 
This food is incorporated into 460,000 meals per year.
How we can help:
         Volunteer – meal deliveries or shopping
         Pet Food Drive – including cat litter.  We ask that all bags are 5 lbs or smaller.
         Pass the word – Like them on Facebook and share their stories with your friends.
Pres. Amir closed our meeting by our reciting the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
                  Photos by Gary Heller
The  policy is to cancel a meeting for bad weather whenever the Parkland Schools are closed.


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


    Give it a try. It is informative and entertaining.

Dottie Bloom                    Jan 04
Gwenn Carr                      .Jan 07
Jeanne Shipe                   Jan 12
Ernie Boll                         Jan 20
Geoff Legg                       Jan 22
Mercedes Scott                Jan 25
Dale Heffner                     Jan 29



Sally & Jerry Frank          Jan 05 1985  35 years
Dottie & Rick Bloom        Jan 20 1979  41 years



Dawn Costello              Jan 01 sometime
Carrie Ballek          1 year           Jan 02 2019
Gary Heller             1 year           Jan 02 2019
Marlene Heller       1 year           Jan 02 2019
Richard Sniscak    8 years         Jan 13 2012
Chuck Ehninger    44 years       Jan 15 1976
Sue Weber             23 years       Jan 15 1997
Gail Micca              2 years         Jan 31 2018