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Matt Tuerk is a marathon runner, linguist, mayoral candidate and an expert on Lehigh Valley International airport and the Valley's economy - he is also a captivating speaker.  His video, slides and commentary captured the attention of Allentown Rotarians who "Zoomed" with him last Friday.  Highlights of the talk included the airport's extensive TSA checkpoint redesign, possible new non-stop destinations, challenges caused by the COVID epidemic and the airport's future as a cargo/tourist based regional airport.
 
For those who missed it, click here for a recording of his presentation, which starts with a short LVIA video.  Sorry, Rolf, we cut your "politically incorrect" [But Very Funny] introduction for Matt.  Passcode for the recording: Ua2!H?mc 
 

 
Click "Read more" for additional slides and details.
Although no one can predict all the impacts of the COVID Pandemic, LVEDC CEO Don Cunningham did provide dozens of reasons for economic optimism when he spoke to Allentown Rotarians last Friday. To see a partial video of Don's talk, use this link and this password: Fg@zwx5Y  
 
Early in his slides, Don highlighted several of the major successes the Valley has had in recent years, in particular the 2,000+ jobs brought to the Lehigh Valley by FedEx and Keurig Dr Pepper.  Those are just two of the reasons for our ranking ahead of Boston in a recent list of "Best Regions in the Northeast for Economic Development."
 
 
The next graphic not only shows the 12K+ jobs created since 2017, but it also hits on the diversity of the Valley's GDP, which is being fed manufacturing, logistics, professional, healthcare and educational jobs.
 
 
Click "Read More" to see additional slides from Don's presentation.
On August 7th, the Membership Planning Team (Tom Brogan, Matt Kloiber, Kati LaBuda, John Hannis, George Naef, Mike Orbin) presented to the Club a general membership strategy directed around three high level goals:
  1. DIVERSIFIED EXPANSION
  2. PUBLIC AWARENESS
  3. MEMBERSHIP RETENTION
We hope all Club Members will support and participate in the activities oriented to build strong membership within our Club.
 
Here are highlights from the presentation.
 
 
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The primary focus of this talk was the COVID-19 applications developed by Upstatement, a Boston-based digital design studio. However, Tito (Matt) Bottitta, son of Rotarians Barb & Lou, surprised last Friday's Zoom audience of Rotarians and guests with the breadth of development work Upstatement has done.  During its first 10+ years old, Upstatement has produced an impressive client list including MIT, Brigham Women's Hospital, PBS News Hour, SalesForce, the DC Holocaust Museum, and even Tito's Vodka, among dozens of others.
 
Tito started his talk by highlighting 3 COVID-19 technologies developed side by side with physicians, epidemiologists, nurses and dozens of other healthcare experts:
  • 1 -  COVID Protocols - mobile app that puts puts fast-changing best practice treatments in the hands of front-lines doctors treating COVID patients.
  • 2 -  Safe Paths - Apple Store COVID Tracing App that puts privacy first.
  • 3 -  Zero - a Yelp-like application for rating the "COVID safety & compliance" of local businesses.  The mobile phone app is now being rolled out for beta testing in Milwaukee, just in time for the Democratic convention.
To hear Tito talk about how the COVID Protocols App was developed and shared around the world by thousands of physicians. click here.

To learn how Tito and his partners at Upstatement turned an initial email inquiry from Tito's Vodka into a new digital identity
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
 
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
 
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
 
4. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.

5. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary,
At the Club's June 26th Zoom meeting, Don Wieand passed the "virtual gavel" to Kati LaBuda to signify the beginning of Kati's year as President of Allentown Rotary.  Here is Kati's acceptance talk:

2020-2021 Rotary Year

Thank you Don for all of your hard work this past year.  As some of you have seen the theme for this coming Rotary year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”  Rotary’s vision statement is: Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  

I would like our club to be able to help create lasting change in our community and in ourselves.  Some of the goals that I would like to accomplish in this upcoming Rotary year is that we become more engaging and inclusive.  What’s important to me in Rotary?  It’s a question that we can all ask ourselves and answer.  For me, it is friendship, fellowship, and service.  

We are currently meeting via Zoom and will continue to do so as long as necessary.  The safety for our members due to COVID-19 is my top priority.  I want to make sure that everyone is comfortable with how we conduct meetings, have fellowship events, and work in the community with our service projects.  I do realize that some of this is not ideal for everyone.  So I challenge each and every one of you to reach out to a fellow member that we have not seen or heard from recently.  I’m sure they will welcome your phone call, email, or mail.  

I would like to continue the fellowship that we have and welcome as many new ideas as possible.  We are all here to work together.  If you have an idea and you would like to share, please reach out to me or any of our board members.   Let’s continue to make it a year of fellowship, service, integrity, diversity, and leadership.  Let’s embrace our future with Rotary, opening many opportunities for us.    Our upcoming 2020-2021 Allentown Rotary Club board members are: 

In May the Allentown Rotary Club and the Allentown Rotary Club Foundation established a $50,000 fund to distribute to local nonprofit organizations on the front lines dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Allentown Rotary Club Emergency Aid Fund's goal is to provide financial assistance to nonprofits supplying food, shelter, medical/emergency care and educational services  to members of the Allentown community. 

Applications for the second round of funding were reviewed the week of June 21st and $22,500 was awarded to the following organizations to aid them in their efforts to support those in the city of Allentown most severely by the Covid pandemic.

1.      Salvation Army, Allentown - $5,000 to provide meals to the community,
2.      Community Action Committee of the LV - $5,000 for the Sixth Street Shelter efforts
3.      Community Bike Works - $2,500  to provide meals to school age children
4.      Lily’s Hope Foundation - $1,000 to help to parents of premature babies
5.      Allentown Symphony Association - $2,000 for its El Sistema music instruction for students
6.      Cedar Crest College - $1,000 for its Closing the Gap Fund
7.      Da Vinci Science Center - $1,000 for its STEAM educational kits for students
8.      The Fund to Benefit Children and Youth - $2,500 for its mission to assist children
9.      Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. -  $3,000  for its mission of providing shelter to victims of abuse
10.    YWCA - $2,000  for its Perfect Fit for Working Women program
More details on how each non-profit is using its funding may be provided in future issues of the SMILE.  Congratulations to 
all of these fine organizations for their continuing efforts to serve the most needy in the Allentown community,
 
In the first round of funding, the Rotary Club’s Emergency Aid Fund awarded grants of $5,000 each to the Allentown Rescue Mission, Casa Guadalupe, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and the Ripple Community, Inc.  The sum of $2,500 was also awarded to Phoebe Home in memory of the Reverend Dr. Grant Harrity and in honor of Richard M. Snyder, both of whom were long-time active members of the Allentown Rotary Club. 
The Miracle League event on Saturday September 27th was a beautiful day and it was awesome to see the happiness of the players and their families! 
 
Don, John and I stayed for all 3 games, while Wally and Kathy each did one game.  We also had additional volunteers from some of our families, as well as from the Allentown West and Slatington Clubs.  DG Herb Klotz stopped by for a photo op!  It is a wonderful facility where all the kids feel like they belong and are able to be included.  There were kids as young as 4 up to their 30’s, all playing.  There was a ball that beeped so that the boy who is blind could hear it and know when to swing.  All the kids get a chance to hit and to spend as much time in the field as they were able. 
 
There were 3 games and each Rotarian was paired with a child.  We would assist them with hitting, when needed, run the bases with them and play catch with them when their team was in the field.  Every child had a chance to hit each inning and the last hitter always hits a homerun!  John Hannis may still be recovering from the little ball of energy he was paired with in the final game!  😊  It was a fun day and everyone left with a smile on their face!  Thank you all for your support!  As Wally so perfectly stated “we were surrounded by gentle innocence.” 
 
 
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Doug Hemmig, Community Relations Rep - C-SPAN
Oct 30, 2020 12:00 PM
C-SPAN TV Network
Carmen Flosdorf, Truist Bank
Nov 06, 2020 12:00 PM
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Rosaria Stoops
Nov 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Homelessness in the Lehigh Valley
Dr. Geoffrey Woglom, Prof of Economics, Emeritus
Nov 20, 2020 12:00 PM
COVID Economics: Where is the US Economy Headed?
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