Message from President Gail Micca
 It’s already August and our club is taking off! New teams and committees are being formed. Plans are being made for a wonderful year of events, socializing, service, fundraising connecting, service and fun. Oops, did I say service twice?  That wasn’t a typo. It’s what we do the most and it’s what brings us all closer together and connected to our community.

I’m so excited to see what each month brings. If you haven’t already taken the plunge to join a team, now is the perfect time to do so.  

With our focus on membership and new club development, we are poised to add new members monthly. That means we all have an opportunity to reach out and make each one feel welcome. These members bring fresh ideas and energy. Please take a few moments this week to connect with some of our newest members. A simple phone call or an invitation to join a team makes a big difference.

Have a great week!

Rotary Club of
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
We meet currently at Brookside Country Club and via Zoom: the second and fourth Wednesdays at Brookside Country Club and first, third, and fifth Wednesdays on Zoom until further notice. When we meet at Brookside,
Zoom is also available.



Greeters will be working at all in-person meetings.
Evenings will resume as social evenings in the
near future. Watch for details!
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 Purple Pinkie 5K Race to Zero
        Nov 6  --  D7430 Annual Foundation Seminar
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Here is a list of  service opportunities for August:
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning, contact Amir, 484-431-7741
Meals on Wheels starting soon - Contact Kathleen Ott, 610-395-0549
       Hunger Projects:
August 4th (Wed. afternoon) Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
August 6th  (Friday) Harvest at garden for Lowhill
August 9th (Monday)  Harvest at garden for Parkland C.A.R.E.S.
August 10th (Tuesday) 9am - noon: Parkland C.A.R.E.S Produce shop/pack
August 10th (Tuesday)  4:00-6:00pm Parkland C.A.R.E.S Produce Delivery
August 14th (Sat.) 7:15am -10:30 am Kingdom Life Food Pantry Drive Thru
August 15th (Sunday) Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
Please contact Gail Micca, or Amanda Lawler,  regarding garden opportunities.  We will meet you and introduce you to the garden project too.  Bring friends or family to help too!
*Garden any time: Weeding and watering are always needed.
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. 
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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:  Tom Friday –
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:  Dorothy Bloom –
Kids of Character: Gwen Pongracz –
Speaker suggestions:  Ralph Witcher –
Website Editor: Marlene Heller –
RLI:   website        
Oct 06, 2021 7:30 AM
Education for Better Life for Mongolian Children
Oct 13, 2021 7:30 AM
How To Get Free Fuel From Waste Using Local Materials
Oct 20, 2021 7:30 AM
What to Pack on a 750-mile Walk Across India
Oct 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Speaking Up: Changing the Dialogue to End the Stigma Epidemic
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Foundation Talk
View entire list
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
Check out the AWRC
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Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
AUGUST 4, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
     “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
               ― Charles Dickens
The first Rotary club meeting was in Chicago, Illinois, on February 23, 1905.
The first regular luncheon meetings were in Oakland, California, chartered in 1909.
The first Rotary convention was in Chicago in 1910.
The first Rotary club outside of the U.S. was chartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1910.
With over two decades of AW Rotarians helping to pack and deliver Meals on two annual holidays, we now are able to launch an all-new and more extensive project.
AWRC is looking to form two teams (two people on each team). The teams will go out for one morning every OTHER week. One team member will drive, and the other will be the “runner” that delivers food to the door.
ALSO we will need to have several committed substitutes ready to fill in as needed. All regulars and substitutes will be well trained for this work.
We need at least SIX volunteers, but a lot more is better and will spread the workload so each works fewer days. When enough volunteers are signed up, Service Chair Kathy Ott will conduct a meeting to review the requirements and scheduling.
Please call Kathy Ott for more information and to sign up:  610-395-0549
Zoom Meeting  Notes – August 4, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  22   people on line.
Pres. Gail Micca  opened the meeting at 7:30 A.M.  by ringing a real bell. And she welcomed us all.
Citizen Nick Millward, guest of the club.
Kathy Ott  gave a very nice invocation. Then Pres. Gail led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
PDG Bill Weber, delivered today’s story about  more club members who have served in District positions.
Pres. Gail then led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Pres. Gail displayed the list of August member events.
Tori Morgan said she is sore from all the action at the Whitehall National Night Out. She noted that while Gail Micca professed to be a beginner at cornhole competition, Gail and husband, Ed, teamed up and won it all.
Nick Millward says AWRC is one of his highlights, and he is very excited to be back. Nick now is a civilian and is letting his hair grow.
Ralph Witcher claims that he now officially is a fly fisherman, thanks to his uncle’s teachings.
Jeanne Shipe was calling in from Dayton, Ohio where she will be for a week or more.
Ron Coleman came on without a hat on and we thought he was a guest.
Ron said that when he got the Kathy Ott cake home to save for that Saturday, Nancy said they needed to sample it. There was none left for Saturday.
Pat Witcher said that Kathy made a great cake for Ralph’s birthday.
Gail Micca said that Nick, Tori, Diana and others were at the Dragon Boat race.
Ralph Witcher is happy that son, Seth, will open the MusikFest.
Sue Weber is happy that Nick is back home. And Sue is happy about Gail’s biking success and weight loss.
Halyna Stegura is happy that daughter Mary mad a surprise visit home for a week or so. Their oldest daughter, Christina, is beginning her two year assignment as a U.S.  State Dept. Foreign Service Diplomat in southern Asia.
Bill Weber thanked the Steguras for letting us use their large tent for our picnic.
John Scott is pleased that they now have the route approved for our D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race in October in Schnecksville.
Bill Palmer is happy that his rescue dog, Sunshine, has lost 8 lbs in 4 weeks. Bill has lost 5 lbs just working with the dog.
Ernie Boll just is happy.
Gail Micca just is happy.
Last weekend Amir Famili went to Cornell University  in Ithica, NY, and visited Watkins Glen and they loved it.
Len Salines said that the Whitehall Police did some great demonstrations at the Night Out event. Tori Morgan said that she is very proud of the Whitehall Police Dept.
Gail Micca said that we are heading toward a Casino Night fundraiser event for our May 1, 2022 Charter Celebration.
Tori Morgan reported that the committee  met with the Allentown RC members and are trying to work out a two-club social event with emphasis on networking  too. Their Sunday A.M. committee meetings may change to be more convenient for others to attend. The social event may be held on the 5th Wednesday of a month that has a 5th one.
Habitat for Humanity – Any Tuesday or Thursday morning, contact Amir, 484-431-7741
Meals on Wheels starting soon - Contact Kathleen Ott, 610-395-0549
Hunger Projects:
August 1st (Sunday evening) or Monday August 2nd, early morning -  Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
August 4th (Wed. afternoon)  - Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
August 6th  (Friday) Harvest at garden for Lowhill
August 9th (Monday)  Harvest at garden for Parkland C.A.R.E.S.
August 10th (Tuesday) 9am - noon: Parkland C.A.R.E.S Produce shop/pack
August 10th (Tuesday)  4:00 - 6:00pm Parkland C.A.R.E.S Produce Delivery
August 14th (Sat.) 7:15am – 10:30 am Kingdom Life Food Pantry Drive Thru
August 15th (Sunday) Harvest at garden for Jordan Lutheran Church Pantry
Please contact Gail Micca, or Amanda Lawler,  regarding garden opportunities.  We will meet you and introduce you to the garden project too.  Bring friends or family to help too!
*Garden any time: Weeding and watering is always needed.
Some Interact students, along with Amanda Lawler and family, worked at our garden.
Kathy Ott says details of the project will be explained at next week’s meeting. AND more volunteers are needed.
Nick Millward said that we are collecting baseball equipment – used  --  to send to Mongolia to start a youth baseball program. Katrina Sundstrom’s daughter is collecting as well.
Nick will collect over the next few months, and then deliver them to Mongolia in January.
He also reported that the new Mongolian garden had lots of rain and has potatoes growing. They also now have a greenhouse in use.
As a fundraiser Gail is still seeking sponsors for her 60 miles a week  biking as part of our 60 year celebration next May. She is approaching her $5,000 goal.
Please take a look at this section on the left side of this bulletin.
There  will be hybrid meetings  twice a month, plus all-zoom meetings for two more Wednesdays each month.
Wednesday August 11, 2021  and it is a Hybrid meeting at Brookside CC in Macungie starting at 7:30 a.m.   Our program  will  be  PDG Herb Klotz, Zone 32 Coordinator 2021-24 discussing membership issues.
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Gail Micca  introduced Melissa Hakim, MD,  Healthcare Advocate to explain “What is A Health Advocate and Why You Need One?” Gail and Melissa have been friends for 16 years. Gail says Melissa is an amazing Mom.
Melissa is a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA), a member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy, Greater National Advocates, and Lehigh Valley Aging in Place. For health & wellness coaching, she is  certified by Wellcoaches.
Melisa’s website states:
“As a medical doctor, I see the problems with our medical system. I know the frustration patients experience while trying to get the proper treatment and heal. I’ve experienced it myself, having guided my father through a lengthy atypical disease.”
“That’s why Hakim Health Partners (HHP) exists. There are challenges with doctor/patient relationships and even the most educated among us need medical support they can trust.  People need someone who knows how the medical system works, and who works only for the patient. “
“Since 1992, I’ve been helping people of all ages navigate our increasingly complex and specialized medical system. I believe that your health is not a “one size fits all” situation. Everyone deserves help finding the most appropriate treatment path. Being able to use my medical education in a way that gives my clients knowledge and a sense of peace is deeply rewarding. “
“Graduated cum laude with a BA in Biology from Brandeis University. Graduated from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine with a MD in 1992. Did internship and residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital.”
Melisa said she was impressed by the many projects AW Rotarians are doing. And she pledged $100 for Gail’s biking. Melissa’s husband is an Internist.
More from her website:
“Experience what it means to have a medical doctor as a patient advocate. It’s a second set of eyes on your medical care. Get the help you need to get the care you need.”
“Patient advocates are not all the same. Yes, we all guide clients through our complex health system and most work only for you.  But what makes Hakim Health Partners different is this: we’re medical doctors. This means when we work with you, you have a powerful advocate who can speak your doctor’s language – and get you the care you need. “
“Our PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) reviews medications and checks for drug interactions. She also works with you to manage your medication needs – from educating you about your meds to filling your pillboxes.”
Melissa emphasized how the medical profession has evolved into multiple “specialties.”  When a patient sees a Cardiologist, their discussion is focused on that and not necessarily the overall picture. Also the medical profession gets compensated on Volume of patients. This has reduced the time a doctor spends with a patient to about 20 minutes.
Melissa also said that many doctors  speak in their own technical terms which tend to go right over the patient’s head. Having an Advocate present can make a huge difference.
Melissa answered some questions.
 Pres Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.” And she rang a real bell.
Scott Hock                  Aug 12
Bill Weber                   Aug 12
AJ Henry                     Aug 17
Ralph Witcher            Aug 17
Ron Coleman              Aug 30
Marlene Heller            Aug 31



Sue & Bill Weber                 Aug 07 1965      56 years
Barbara & Jeffrey Kistler     Aug 16 1969      52 years



Mitch Huston              9 years              Aug 03 2012
Gwenn Carr                17 years             Aug 11 2004
Gary Englehardt         17 years             Aug 11 2004
Mustafa Jaffer            11 years             Aug 18 2010
Pat Witcher                 1 year                Aug 18 2020
Murtaza Jaffer            2 years              Aug 20 2019