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Club News
At our Sept Rotary Club Board meeting, by unanimous vote, Arthur Weinrach was made an Honorary Member of our club for his generosity over the years and ongoing interest in supporting Rotary not only financially, but in spirit.  Art is now a member of an exclusive group who have earned the designation of honorary members of Allentown Rotary: Ellen Baker Ghelardi, Grant Fox, and Dick Snyder. 
When Arthur was notified, he replied "Thanks ... I am humbled and honored to be considered so kindly and thoughtfully.  A wonderful 81st birthday present!"
Arthur, who moved with his wife from Philadelphia to the Lehigh Valley 50 years ago, has a long history of volunterism and philanthropy.  He has volunted at Congregation Sons of Israel, where he served a term as president. He has held board and/or officer positions, at Jewish Federation (where he has been an active campaign and committee worker), Jewish Family Service, Jewish Day School (where his 3 children attended), Allentown Rotary, Program for Women and Families, and the Literacy Center. Arthur was inspired by philanthropic family members like his mother, Mildred Berkowitz, who served as National President of Junior Hadassah.
Did you know all this about the The Lehigh County Humane Society?
  • There’s a free micro-chipping event in Sept
  • And a big expansion project kicking off in Sept too
  • There's a free vet clinic at LCHS
  • Over 97% of animals at this shelter are saved!
That last stat is especially revealing - 1,369 Animals were adopted from the LCHS in 2020, with a 97% save rate. Since 2019 this percentage has increased tremendously as LCHS continually strives for a 100% live release rate. They were able to achieve a 100% live release rate in October 2020!
If you attended our last Zoom meeting you know all this and more!  Visit the Humane Society website for more details on these highlights and more, including volunteer opportunities such as dog walking and cat hugging!  Thanks to CEO Hal Warner for giving us a behind the scenes look at the successes, challenges and plans for the Lehigh Valley Humane Society.
From: Kathy Frazier, Barb & Lou Bottitta
Best wishes for a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and a reminder that there's no meeting this Friday because of the holiday.
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary Clubs around the world - Rotary International supports activities and training to improve education for all children and literacy for children and adults and it has long been a special focus of our club to support the Allentown School District (see post below).  Did you know that according to some statistics, illiteracy is higher than 20% in some areas of the world?

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by:

1. Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all;
2. Increasing adult literacy in communities;
3. Working to reduce gender disparity in education;
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.
The following graphic really sums it up!
Also, a big shout out to those club members who made Shelter Box contributions.  With the Club's matching dollars, we contributed $2K, enough to pay for 2 Shelter Boxes!
  • Rolf Schlake
  • Larry Campbell
  • Kathy Frazier
  • Ibi Balog
  • Barbara Bigelow
  • Kati LaBuda
  • Barb & Lou Bottitta
 Lastly, we are looking forward to District Governor Bob Hobaugh's virtual visit to our club on September 17.  Let's roll out the red carpet and have a strong turnout for this meeting.

Welcome to a new Rotary year!  The three of us (Lou, Barb, and Kathy) are honored and pleased to be your presidents for an exciting and fun year of fellowship and community service.


Our Rotary International theme for the year is Serve to Change Lives and our Rotary District 7430’s theme is Chart Your Course, Set Your Sail.  We certainly see our club doing both.

One of the first orders of business is to continue the search for an appropriate venue to hold in-person meetings.  As you know, Billy’s has temporarily closed and is unsure of a reopening date so we are continuing discussions with several Allentown restaurants that can meet our needs.  We are working diligently to find a location and finalize arrangements as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we will continue meeting via Zoom.

In addition to holding our regular meetings in-person (hopefully very soon), we look forward to having in-person community service projects and fellowship events again.  We are trying to arrange a fellowship get together for later in July, so stay tuned.  

And do mark your calendars for Monday, August 9 (rain date August 10), 4:45PM – 6:15PM to volunteer for Romper Day, which will be held in J. Birney Crum Stadium.  Our club has provided volunteers to this event for many years.  Family and friends are invited to join us as we distribute refreshments to Allentown school children.  To indicate your willingness to help, please email Community Service Coordinator, Lisa Luciano.

Finally, please remember that the Rotary Club of Allentown is YOUR club and if there is any way we can make it a better experience for you, or if you have concerns, please let us know.  We look forward to stepping out again with you this year!

Galan and Treadwell Awarded Rotary Scholarships (Allentown, PA) --
Nevaeh Galan from William Allen High School and Jahnia Treadwell from Louis E. Dieruff High School, have been selected to receive Roger and Louise Mullin Scholarships from the Rotary Club of Allentown. Each young woman will receive $3,000 per year for a maximum amount of $12,000 over their four collegiate years beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.
These scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from Allentown high schools who will attend a four-year college or university. Candidates were evaluated on their community service, leadership skills, academic achievement, financial need and interview skills. Galan has enrolled in King’s College Physician Assistant Studies program. Treadwell will attend Bucknell University and has an interest in pursuing a degree in psychology.
More information about this program, as well as an opportunity to meet these distinguished scholarship awardees, will be presented at the May 21 club meeting.
Rotarians on the scholarship committee are: Ibi Balog; Tom Brogan; Judy Barberich-Brogan; Wally Eldridge; Carmen Flosdorf; Grant Fox; Kathy Frazier; Deb Fries-Jackson; George Naef; and Nan Yarrish.
The late Rotarian Roger W. Mullin Jr., a former chairman of the board of Mack Trucks, presented a scholarship endowment gift to the Allentown Rotary Scholarship Foundation in 1993. According to Mullin, he and his late wife could not have children, so the Rotary scholarship and their donations to educational institutions are helping "kids with talent get what they deserve." After retirement from Mack Trucks in the early 1980s, Mullin was appointed chairman of the board for Coplay Cement Company. Known for his interest in and support of the arts, Mullin was president of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at Allentown College. He also served as a board member of the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown College, Cedar Crest College and Allentown Economic Development Corp.
As we share and celebrate the important things we cherish this Holiday Season, I thought it would be nice for our Club members to hear from five thankful rural Cambodian students who received bicycles through the contribution from our Club to Sustainable Cambodia.  Living in a rural village in the Province of Pursat and without transportation, many students have to walk miles to get to school, which many times hinders them from attending school regularly.  A gift of a bicycle is priceless to helping them with their education.  Please read their letters below, and see how our Club's contribution has brought hope in their lives and smiles to their faces. 
Please press "Read More" to read the students letters.
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.
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,
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We meet In Person & Online
Fridays at 12:00 PM
Virtual for Now
Location TBD in the Future
Allentown, PA 18101
United States of America
Fridays at noon
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Community Service
Program Committee
Membership Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Scholarship Chair
SMILE Co-Editor
Service Projects Chair
Second Co-President
First Co-President
Speakers & Networking Events
Carol Ferguson
Oct 15, 2021 12:00 PM
The Polio Truths (ZOOM MEETING)
David Quier, PPL VP of Transmission & Substations
Oct 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Texas/ERCOT Power Blackout & PPL (ZOOM MEETING)
Mentoring Project & Committee Chairs
Nov 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Membership Committee & Committee Chairs (IN PERSON)
Military Recollections
Nov 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Vets in the Club (ZOOM MEETING)
Nov 26, 2021
Classification Talk
Dec 03, 2021 12:00 PM
Classification Talk (IN PERSON)
October 2021
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