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Club News
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.” 
 
Lou and Barb Bottitta and Mike Orbin are showing us how Rotary Connects the World! They are off on a month-long Rotary trip to Africa! They arrived in Zambia, along with others from our district, on August 27 and completed a 5-day service project refurbishing and painting classrooms in Mfuwe village, in the South Luanga National Park.
 
In addition to the school painting, they brought youth soccer shoes and school supplies for the Mfuwe school students, who often play soccer barefooted. See photos of their service project below. It looks like they were well-fed along the way!
 
 
As you read this, our travelers will be on safari in what is one of the most pristine wilderness areas of Africa. Lou sent a few advance photos over the weekend,  
Last week I prepared this newsletter while gazing at the mountains and pine trees of Oregon.  This week I'm starting it in an airport waiting for our return flights to Philly after our jam packed 12 days in central, southern and coastal Oregon.  
 
On Thursday, Aug 31st, after leaving our hosts in Eugene Oregon, we were driven to Medford, just north of the California border.  Along the ride we saw evidence of the destructive forest fires destroying thousands of acres of beautiful Oregon forests.  We saw firefighters along the road ready to climb up the steep grades to get to lingering hot spots and helicopters flying over the blazes dropping water/fire retardants.  We still got to see acres and acres of beautiful scenic forests but we hope that the state will be spared more of these devastating fires.
While in Medford. our new hosts introduced us to the natural beauty of their area, including a drive to the Crater Lake National Park and a beautiful raft trip down the Rogue River.  Some of us paddled and rowed (Lou & Barb Bottitta, Mike Orbin and Gary Rohrbach) our way through class 2 and 3 rapids for over 7 miles and 3 hours.  All the others "floated" down the same part of the river in 2 other rafts, enjoying the scenery, the hawks and eagles flying overhead and the physical exertion of those Rotarians in the other raft.  We did miscalculate one of the last rapids and on impact with a large rock ejected Emmaus Rotarian Gary Rohrbach and an Oregonian into the river.  Fortunately, neither was hurt and the swimming buddies enjoyed a beer together when back on dry land.
 
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On Saturday our Habitat volunteers worked on a restoration project in downtown Allentown! We worked alongside the home’s future owner and two other future home buyers. The heat index was high, but spirits were higher - and fortunately the air conditioning was installed and made operational 2 days before we started painting. We put a 2nd coat of paint on every room inside the house and on the molding, exceeding the expectations of the project site manager.
 
The new owner and her family are scheduled to be in their new home in November, in time for the holidays.  The city subsidized one third of the total rehab cost for this project with the goal of reclaiming an abandoned building and putting another house on the tax rolls.  The painting crew volunteers are pictured below in front of the rehab house (L to R: Rotary President Don Wieand, Lou Bottitta, Tom Christman, Michael Luciano, Lisa Luciano, Connor Corpora, unnamed Habitat owner/volunteer, Mike Orbin, unnamed Habitat owner/volunteer).  
   Here is the thank you email we received from Habitat and click "Read More" for additional photos.
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Hi volunteers! 
 
I wanted to extend another big THANK YOU on behalf of the HFHLV team for an amazing day of hard work on the job site last Saturday! I am disappointed I missed your group on the job site but Ray and Joe tell me they absolutely loved having your group out and really appreciate all of the work you accomplished on N. 8th Street. 
 
I hope you enjoyed this opportunity for your fellow club members to take a day out of a typical weekend and
 
Editor's Note: A Huge Thanks to Rachel Stevens, faculty advisor for the Dieruff HS Interact Club, for organizing this volunteer opportunity and providing this write-up and photos.
 
On Thursday, May 9th, the Interact Club participated in the Special Olympics event held at Whitehall High School. Club members were able to aid their “buddies” in events such as a 50m run and a softball toss. Many smiles could be found near the dance area, photo booth, and also during a shared lunch break. It was a meaningful experience enjoyed by many that served as a great reminder that “teaching isn’t just about serving our students. It’s about serving the society these  students will impact”. We are hopeful that this event will remain on our calendar for years to come.
 
 
   
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Rain did not dampen the spirits of Allentown Rotary Club members who came out for its annual meeting on May 10.th
 
Over lunch member Connor Corpora regaled several members at his table with his recent trip to the Kentucky Derby to attend a wedding held there. And there was of course a horse race. Despite the deluge, (he was in the infield) and the weird end to the race, to judge from his photographs Connor had a good time.
 
The big moment came when ARC’s 2019 scholarship recipient was announced by member Judy Belaires. It was Dieruff High School student Caroline Dwornicka.
 
Caroline will be attending Lehigh University this fall where she plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Caroline decided to pursue this subject after a brief stay at a local hospital for a minor swimming injury attracted her attention to the devices she saw being used there.
Pictured left to right above are school counselor Janet Schnalze, scholarship winner Caroline Dwornicka, Judy Belaires, assistant Dieruff principal Mike Makhoul and Marci Schick.  Makhoul thanked ARC for recognizing Dieruff and its other efforts in aiding the community.    
 
 
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Oregon RFE Guests
Oct 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Oregon Rotary Club Projects
Steve McGorry
Nov 01, 2019 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Hannah Clark
Nov 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Allentown 2030 Report
Jeffrey Scott Carroll, Reg Coord Lgh Cty Consv Dst
Nov 15, 2019 12:00 PM
History of the Spotted Lanternfly in US, current methods to stop spread of this invasive pest
Interact Officers From Dieruff HS
Nov 22, 2019 12:00 PM
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