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Is It FUN!

Gail Micca
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We always finish reciting the Four-Way Test with "Is it FUN?" And when I leave a Rotary gathering, my smile goes from ear to ear. It's been so refreshing to get back to our dining-out evenings. I was a bit embarrassed to admit that I had never been to Youell's in our nearly nineteen years of living in the valley. It did not disappoint.

Having a happy hour option was a treat and a nice opportunity to invite friends to join us. It was also refreshing to see some Rotarians I have been missing. Let's keep the fun going and continue this relaxed social time together. Bring friends and family and your ideas to the next dining table. There is a plan in the works for a Mexican restaurant next month. Hope you can make it! 

Gail
 
P.S. With warmer weather on the way, fun can also be a walk in the park, a bike ride or coffee outside. And don't forget the garden! We have a great club – enjoy the fellowship! 
Rotary Club of
ALLENTOWN WEST
Pres. Gail Micca
Area 1 Asst. Gov. Rick Zayaitz
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
 
MEETING OPTIONS:
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
are in-person
at Cedar Crest College
 M
eeting begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.
 
 
OTHERS
First  Wednesdays are for Special events, such as Dining Out, Business Tours, etc.
The third Wednesday is a Zoom only meeting.
 
Follow us on Facebook and watch your email for updates.
Zoom is also available during in-person meetings
 
WEBSITE
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CALENDAR of EVENTS     
       
  
      March 8 --  Four Way Test Speech Contest at our regular meeting
 
     March 18  --  D7430 Foundation Spring Fling at the Wm. Penn Inn.
 
     March 25  --   In-person RLI at DeSales University
 
    April 15  --  The STEM YEA  Big Ticket Reverse Raffle at Brookside Country Club in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
 
     May 5 to 7, 2023  –  Annual District 7430 Conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City
 
     May 27 thru 31  --  RI Annual Convention in Melbourne, Australia
 
     July 13 thru 16  --  STEM YEA program for 2023.
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AWRC
Board and Committee
 Members for 2022-23
 
 
Current Executive Board:
President – Gail Micca
President Elect – Gwenn Carr's Committee
Immediate Past President – Ralph Witcher
Vice President – TBD
 
Treasurer – Gary Englehardt
Secretary – Michelle Steiner
Sergeant at Arms – Mitch Huston
 
Directors:
Membership Chair – Tori Morgan
Service Chair – Debbie Jack
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
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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: familiamir@gmail.com
 
 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry 
The dates for the next three KLFC Food Bank Giveaways are:
         February 18
         March 11
Each time we  start at 7:30AM  and usually are finished by 9:30AM.
         
Meals on Wheels – we can still use a few more substitute volunteers, low level of commitment, fun to do with family or friends. Contact Helen Papathanasiou.
 
Club Service:
Help plan a Dining Out or Event for a First Wednesday.
 
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TRIBUTE CARDS
   
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 www.allentownwestrotary.org and scroll down to the Tribute Cards. 
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CONTACT INFORMATION
AWRC  ACTIVITIES
 
Kingdom Life Food Pantry: Jean Masiko – masiko@aol.com
 
Parkland Snack Packing: Gail Micca – gailmicca@gmail.com
 
Lowhill Food Pantry and Northwestern Snack Packing – Amir Famili – familiamir@gmail.com
 
Membership: Tori Morgan – torimorgan1@verizon.net
 
Public Image: Marlene Heller – marleneheller@mac.com
 
Fundraising:  Len Salines – lenmary3657@ptd.net
 
Dining Out: Various 
 
Park Cleanup: Dennis Houser – houserdah@gmail.com
 
Highway Cleanup: Sharon Goldner 
 
Miracle League: Barb Kistler – Barbara.kistler@rcn.com
 
Meals on Wheels: Helen Papathanasiou – elenavasso@gmail.com
 
Camp Neidig – Nicole McGalla – mcgallan@parklandsd.org
 
Student of the Month: Nicole McGalla – mcgallan@parklandsd.org
 
Scholarship Committee: Laurie Grube – Laurie.grube@midpennbank.com
 
Speaker suggestions: Ralph Witcher – rwitcher@msn.com
 
Website Editor: Peter Wohlsen – peter@wohlsendesign.com
 
RLI: website www.rlinea.org        
 
Speakers
Apr 12, 2023 7:30 AM
The Mysteries of Being a NJ State Trooper
Apr 26, 2023 7:30 AM
AWRC Path Forward Planning Session - Part 2
May 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Experiencing Life Smart
May 24, 2023 7:30 AM
How Big Brothers Big Sisters is Expanding their Investment in the Community
View entire list
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THE WORLD NEEDS MORE ROTARIANS
 
 
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 1.4 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!
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SPEAKERS  WANTED
      Please suggest or request speakers and topics for future meetings and send your ideas to Ralph Witcher. 
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TELL  JEAN
 
     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 jeanmachamer@ptd.net
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Check out the AWRC
See Home Page link
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STEM YEA

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United Healthcare

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FEBRUARY 22, 2023
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LENT STARTS TODAY WITH
ASH WEDNESDAY
 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROTARY!
 
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.
 
 
 
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DID YOU KNOW?   
 
 
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 
 
“What's the point of all that power if it doesn't help the people - what's the point of all that life if it doesn't help the people!”
Abhijit Naskar
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SHELTERBOX FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
 
 
Club and district support is desperately needed so we can reach survivors in the aftermath of this disaster.
 
The AWRC has a ShelterBox in this year’s budget. Please consider donating to many more. The world inventory will need to be replaced A.S.A.P.
Another terrible disaster has struck, this time in Turkey and Syria. They estimate 35,000 deaths. The damage is affecting thousands of people and many Rotarians. We are in touch with local Rotarian leaders and the districts involved are applying for disaster response funds from RI.  
 
Bill Tobin of Shelter Box reports: “This is a great way individuals and clubs can help with disaster relief. ShelterBox is responding after a series of powerful earthquakes devastated southern Turkey and northern Syria. We’re sending an emergency response team to carry out crucial assessments and establish how we can best help.”
 
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RLI (ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE)   FEB 28th:
THIS IS HOW YOU LEARN ABOUT ROTARY.
 
You still can register to attend our Virtual Rotary Leadership Institute from the comfort of your home (or office) on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1 between 6 pm and 9 pm both nights.
 
The cost for this session is only $25.
 
For more information, contact Linda Doliber, Site Chldoliber@hotmail.com
 
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Allentown West Rotary Club
MEETING NOTES
FEBRUARY 22, 2023
 
Today was an In-Person meeting at Cedar Crest College. There were 20  of us there, plus  6 more on line.
 
Our Greeter was Laurie Grube and  S-a-A Mitch Huston handled Registration, Prizes and Happy Dollars.
 
GUESTS:
Nick Millward, Peace Scholar; and Bianca Rivera, member candidate.
 
SHELTERBOX NEEDS FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS:
AWRC has raised $3,000 so far; trying for $5,000. Contact Gary Englehardt.
See separate article.
 
OPENING:
Pres. Gail Micca started the meeting at 7:30 A.M.
Marlene Heller gave a very nice invocation.
Ron Coleman led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag.
Laurie Grube led us in reciting the Four Way Test, adding “Is it fun?”
 
RLI (ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE)  :
In- Person meeting at DeSales University on March 25th.
See separate article.
 
CELEBRATIONS:
The list of February member celebration events is shown below. 
We sang Happy Birthday to Mitch Huston.
 
PRIZES:
The door prize donated by Laurie Grube was won by Lisa Walton.
The $13 of the 50:50 was won by a very happy Laurie Grube.
 
HAPPY DOLLARS:
Nicole McGalla is happy to report that her parent’s cancer is in remission.
 
Ron Coleman is happy to be visiting his grandkids in S.C. this weekend.
 
Herb Klotz is happy that he attended a Mixer at the Upper Perkiomen RC.
 
Ralph Witcher is happy that we will be dining out next week.
 
Laurie Grube is happy to be a member of such a great Rotary family.
 
NEW MONGOLIAN SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT:
On June 10th we will hold a Mongolian Night Dinner. RI’s theme for RY 2023-24 is “Hope.” This ties in nicely with the scholarship project.
 
FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST  UPDATE:
The three contestants will speak at our In-Person meeting on March 8th.
Bill Keba is urging us all to attend.
 
NEXT QUICK FUNDRAISER:
We agreed today to have another fundraiser for March Madness basketball coming up. Gail needs help on how  to do this.
 
DINING OUT  –  MARCH:
Ralph Witcher is making a plan to go on March 2nd to Sumo Sushi and Japanese Fusion, 3174 Tilghman St. in Village West. He will e-mail details.
Quentin Sowers will give his classification talk then.
 
SNACKPACKING:
The Snack Packing event at Parkland is on March 8th is next.
If anyone wants to help, they should email Diana Dunn at dunndianas@gmail.com
 
KINGDOM LIFE FOOD DISTRIBUTION:
There were   about 300 clients served at the Saturday Feb 18th session.
The date for the next KLFC Food Bank Giveaways is March 11 .
Each time we start at 7:00 A.M. and usually are finished by 9:30 A.M.
 
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:
Will be celebrated at the Emmaus RC meeting.
 
PARKLAND C.A.R.E.S. PRODUCE DELIVERY:
The Pantry will hold its food distributions on the first Saturday of each month for the entirety of 2023.   March 4th is next.
Three volunteers are needed each time.
 
Food collections for Parkland C.A.R.E.S. will be held the third Wednesday of each month at the Pantry on Kernsville Road. 
 
MEALS ON WHEELS:
Still doing this two days each week. Helen needs substitute volunteers.
 
INTERACT BREAKFASTS ARE BACK:
We will hold these meetings on March 29th at NWL Middle School, and May 31st at the Parkland H.S. Library. These days are the 5th Wednesday of the month.
The NWL start time will be at 8:30  A.M.
 
STEM YEA FUNDRAISER:
Please remember that the 2nd Annual Big Ticket Reverse Raffle (BTRR) will be held on April 15 at Brookside Country Club, in Pottstown from 5:30-10:00 P.M.
 
AWRC GREEN THUMB GARDEN:
Gail is gathering seeds. Planting time is here. Gail welcomes help for next Sunday.
 
YOUTH EXCAHNGE 2023-24:
Our district has 4 outbound students, and 10 inbound.
Sam has a bucket list. Contact Chris Blechschmidt if you will help Sam, our Y.E. student.
 
MEETING SCHEDULE:
The first Wednesday of each month will be a Dining Out meeting, or equal. It may not be on a Wednesday.
The third Wednesday of each month will be a ZOOM ONLY meeting with a program.
 
FUTURE TOURS, ETC.:
All members are asked to make suggestions to Gail Micca about other tours, Dining Out events, etc. for future meetings.
 
NEXT MORNING MEETING IN-PERSON:
March 8 IN-PERSON at Cedar Crest College starting at 7:30 A.M. Come early and mingle. There will be a Zoom option.
The program will be the Annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest.
We welcome our high school contestants as they apply the 4-Way Test to a topic of their choice.  Please join us at Cedar Crest College for this inspiring meeting as we hear from our young speakers and select our student to advance to the regional contest.
 
PROGRAM:
Pres. Gail introduced DGE Diane Donaher, Exec. Dir. at Cay Galgon Life House, to discuss “Navigating Motherhood.”
 
 
 
Diane said she always enjoys coming to our meetings.
She said that she only has been in this job for 3 months. They reach out to about 600 families each year.
 
Pres. Gail asked AW members to donate diapers, etc. Here is a photo of what was collected and given to Diane.
 
 
 
 
 
This organization walks with women who are navigating the challenges of motherhood by letting them know they are seen, known, and loved.
 
 
 
 
         Our Mission----
We prepare pregnant women and mothers of infants for a life of self-reliance.
 
 
 
In 2012, our center opened at the former St. Simon and Jude Convent, named after Cay Galgon, a wonderful woman, community leader, and champion for pregnant women and their babies. The former convent was renovated into a beautiful group home with seven rooms for homeless pregnant women. From the beginning, this home has been central to our work, where our focus has been on healthy pregnancies, educational/vocation support, and housing.
 
Over the years, our services have expanded to include services for pregnant women, mothers, and their families throughout our community, where we meet the needs of more than 500 women each year. Our services and case management provide urgent needs and relational support for women from pregnancy through their child’s first birthday,
 
Client Services, Housing, and Economic Empowerment are at the heart of our work and are woven into all aspects of our programs. We have established partnerships with other organizations that provide supportive services, and we collaborate with other local Lehigh Valley agencies to provide resources and the best outcomes for our clients.
 
Cay Galgon’s legacy was her tenacious, active fight for the most vulnerable in our communities, and this fight continues daily through our work as we prepare pregnant women and mothers of infants for a life of self-reliance
 
         Core Values----
Community
We believe investing in the most vulnerable strengthens our community.
Compassion
Leading from a place of love and empathy allows us to provide the highest level of support.
Collaboration
We work with local agencies in strategic and creative ways to maximize the outcomes for those we serve.
Ethics
Every interaction is done with integrity and the highest moral standards.
Service
We provide our clients with every available resource to ensure a life of self-reliance.
 
         Our Services-----
Our programs and services are designed to work seamlessly together to prepare pregnant women and mothers of infants for a life of self-reliance.
 
Residential Program
We provide safe transitional housing for women who are pregnant and experiencing homelessness as we help them navigate the challenges of motherhood. In this home environment, we provide intense case management, life skills classes, education support, and agency referrals — with the goal of empowering women to transition to long-term, safe, affordable housing.
 
Community Outreach
We meet the needs of families in the community who are pregnant and parenting children under 12 months of age by working with the whole family during the vulnerable time period from pregnancy to postpartum. We offer free pregnancy testing, case management, basic baby necessities, adult hygiene products, consumable goods, and agency referrals.
 
Diane answered some questions. She thanked us for this invitation.
 
CLOSING:
Pres. Gail led us in reciting our motto, “One profits most who serves best,” and closed the meeting.
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS:
 
          March 20th – Concentra Ribbon Cutting
          March 24th – Wild and Free Bakery Ribbon Cutting
          April 13th – Lehigh Valley Real Estate Outlook
          May 7th – Paws at the Park 
 
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BIRTHDAYS
 
Dave Dries                  Feb 03
Gary Englehardt         Feb 04
Suky Jaffer                 Feb 07
Chuck Ehninger          Feb 09
Sue Weber                  Feb 14
Lori Peters                  Feb 15
Sandi Boll                   Feb 20
Tom Friday                 Feb 21
Mitch Huston              Feb 22
 
ANNIVERSARIES
 
Katrina & Rich Sundstrom Feb 12 2000       23 years   
 
 
JOIN DATES
 
Jill Kearney                1 year       Feb 02 2022
Helen Papathanasiou 1 year       Feb 02 2022
Ralph Witcher            7 years     Feb 03 2016
Diana Dunn                 5 years     Feb 14 2018
Karen Rodgers           2 years     Feb 16 2021
Jean Machamer          7 years     Feb 17 2016
Stephanie Fenstermacher   5 years  Feb 21 2018
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