Message from President Gail Micca
   The theme for July is Leadership and, with that, we also focus on the annual theme, “Serve to Change Lives.” It’s a good way to start our Rotary year, putting our club goals in perspective as we work together to find a good balance between our busy lives and time spent doing what we love – community service and changing lives. Creating and maintaining a vibrant club experience takes something: it requires a willingness from each member to stay inspired in our mission.  How do we do that?  
When I first joined Rotary 3.5 years ago, I jumped right in, but I had times where I thought I should not get overly involved for fear of burning out. Quite the opposite has happened. The joy that comes from participating in this club only makes me want to do more and serve more. I hope each member in our club will find your happy place here and try different roles.  Join a team and never look back.
I truly look forward to this year and watching our club get ignited as we push forward to make a difference in the lives of others, locally and worldwide.
Rotary Club of
Pres. Ralph Witcher
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Barb Bottitta
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
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:
          Oct 2  –  D7430 Purple Pinkie 5K race
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
Opportunities for Service
Your help is needed to:
Garden care. Contact: Gail Micca
Purchase, pack and distribute produce on the SECOND SATURDAY 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
Date: Saturday mornings July 17 and August 14
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Jean Masiko
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 –
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        
Sep 01, 2021 7:30 AM
2020-2021 Lehigh Valley 911 Heroes Run
Sep 08, 2021 7:30 AM
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Presentation & Overview
Sep 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Historic Bethlehem World Heritage Initiative
Sep 22, 2021 7:30 AM
Serve to Change Lives
Sep 29, 2021 7:30 AM
Psychological Stress and Cancer
Oct 13, 2021 7:30 AM
How To Get Free Fuel From Waste Using Local Materials
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
See Home Page link
Bulletin Editor
Bill Palmer
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
JUNE 30, 2021
           QUOTE of the WEEK
   “It is beautiful, beautiful to give; one of the very most beautiful things in life.”
              ― Elizabeth von Arnim
Ever wonder why 1 July is the beginning of the Rotary year? ... Attendees at Rotary's first convention in Chicago in 1910. Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the convention ended. The next August, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances.
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 to discuss and to sign up:  610-395-0549
 Zoom Meeting  Notes – June 30, 2021
Today was a Zoom meeting with  27  people on line.
Marlene Heller put on a red bow tie hat with white polka dots as Ron Colman came on.
Nick Millward reported that the Australian Government rules will delay his school start at least 6 months. He will be coming to PA early in August.
After those comments , Pres. Gail Micca  opened the meeting at 7:28 A.M. 
At 7:30 our zoom control went whacky and we all signed off and reentered as a fix.
Capt. Nick Millward calling in from Japan.
Pres. Gail gave a very nice invocation with special mention for Al Lewis and George Ikeda.
Ralph Witcher led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.
Pres. Gail led us in the recitation of the Four Way Test to which we added “Is it fun?”
Pres. Gail asks for a volunteer to work with Mitch Huston at registration for our in-person meetings.
Gail said we need a Vice President and a Membership Chair, and that it could be the same person.
And we need an Asst. Fundraising Chair to work with Len Salines and take over next year.
Sue Weber is happy that she participated in our great changeover meeting last week, and then in the great D7430 changeover last evening.
Bill Palmer is most pleased to report that yesterday afternoon his new rescue dog he named Sunshine came to him. She is a 4 year old Chocolate Lab. Retr.
Ralph Witcher is happy for Sunshine and Bill.
Len Salines is happy for Gail at her first meeting as our President.
Brad Maier is happy to be going on vacation tomorrow, the first time in two years.
Michelle Steiner is happy to be giving her talk today.
Tom Friday was at their daughter’s house yesterday along with three grandkids, 3, 4 and 6 years old  --  and they all went for ice cream.
Gail Micca said last week’s meeting was great and showed some Changeover pictures.
Chair, Len Salines noted that the raffle now is over. The winners will be announced in two weeks. He estimates we will net about $1,500.
Ernie Boll explained that each meeting one of us will tell a quick story about our Club’s history. We are reminding members that in May 2022 we will be celebrating 60 years of service.
Pres. Gail displayed the list of July members and their celebration dates.  We applauded.
Sunday, July 25 at the Webers’ Tranquility Farm in Santa Cruz. We start at 4 PM and the entrees, beer and wine will be supplied. Attendees are asked to bring a chair or two, and a side dish, e.g. potato salad. Family and friends are welcome.
Please e-mail Sue Weber with your party headcount and the food item you plan to bring.
Fishing in their pond is available  --  catch and release.
Pres. Gail likes these words to describe AW Rotarians.
Service Chair, Kathy Ott, said that we have 4 volunteers so far. We hope to commit to a once-a-week plan with 8 volunteers so each will only serve once a month.
We also need substitute volunteers and Gail Micca signed up at the meeting.
Nick Millward has a Japanese friend who is planning to set up youth baseball competition in Mongolia later this year. Equipment is needed, since right now they have only 4 baseballs and use cans for gloves. Details on how we can help will follow.
As a fundraiser Gail is seeking sponsors for her 60 miles a week  biking during this RY as part of our 60 year celebration next May.
Gail is proposing a Casino Night for our May 2022 Celebration of 60 years of service. Many of us said that  this is a good idea.
Gail also asks each of us to e-mail to her our suggestions for some fundraisers to use throughout this RY. We have a lot of projects to pay for.
Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteer painters on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Amir.
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 July 14, 2021  starting at 7:30 a.m.  IN PERSON at Brookside CC in Macungie. And we will  ZOOM as well . Our program  will  be  Edward Pullin, Product Mktg Mgr at Intel Networks to discuss the Fundamentals of Cryptography.
Thursday evening meetings may be scheduled starting in July as one of the four monthly meetings.
Pres. Gail Micca  introduced  Michelle Steiner to give her Classification Talk. Gail said that Michelle is a Payroll Manager and a Life Coach. Gail credits her for Gail’s significant recent weight loss. She also is pleased that Michelle is our AWRC Secretary now.
Michelle said she lives in Orefield and is most pleased that Gail has lost 50 lbs. She showed a photo of herself and her husband whom she met on-line in 2002 and married in 2003. She was in Lititz, PA and he was in Allentown. And she turned 60 years old in April  -- which she considers the new “30 age”.
Michelle has worked for 30 years in Payroll Service. But her passion is being a Life Style Coach.  She also loves quilting, crafting, travel and most important is family. Then add in motor sports and racing. She has two motorcycles.
Michelle found Rotary while on a zoom meeting and chatting with Bernadette from a NJ RC. She contacted AWRC and Gail answered. Sold.
These Steiners have no children, but have dogs and we saw pictures of Billy, the new Bichon.
Michelle also showed before and after photos of her husband whom she coached  into losing 110 lbs. since last January. Michelle also has shed 80 lbs and kept it off for five years.
 Pres Gail led us in the saying “One profits most who serves best.”
Al Lewis                      Jul 01
Doreen Rushton         Jul 03
Murtaza Jaffer            Jul 05
Terry Grube                Jul 11
Laurie Grube              Jul 16
Wendy Weaver           Jul 21
John Pongracz           Jul 26
Bob Machamer           Jul 28
Karen Rodgers           Jul 28
Bob Costello               Jul 29
Halyna Stegura          Jul 30
Andy Phillips              Jul 31



Sandi & Ernie Boll               Jul 06 1956        65 years
Suky & Mustafa Jaffer        Jul 06 2001        20 years
Marlene & Gary Heller        Jul 27 1975        46 years



Bob Nagle                   29 years    Jul 01 1992
Jeff Kistler                  17 years    Jul 07 2004
Lort Peters                  2 years     Jul 12 2019
Amir Famili                 5 years     Jul 20 2016