The Allentown Rotary Club
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Allentown Rotary Smile, March 1, 2018
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Inside this Issue, March 14
Friends of ARC
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Barb's Message
Hello Everyone!
I hope you all are having a great week!  We had 2 more days of springlike weather and the official "start" of Spring is only a few weeks away, March 20th.
We will be inducting Tom Brogan and Lou Bottitta at Friday's meeting.  Please make them feel welcome.
Rotary Leadership Institute is being held on Saturday, March 17th in King of Prussia.  I encourage you to attend.  Engage in interactive discussions and enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians who make a difference in their communities.  See registration details below (the club pays your fees to attend).  Clubrunner tip: you can use your ClubRunner login and password to auto-fill the registration form - learn more tips at Friday's lunch!
Hope to see you Friday!
Club Runner Fun this Friday

This Friday Lou Bottitta will be showing us how the ClubRunner system is being used to improve communication, provide increased efficiencies and promote Allentown Rotary and  members.  We've been sending the Smile newsletter since Sept and the ClubRunner website is now live at  Take a peek preview and bring your questions for the interactive demo of MyRotary and the website.  Feeling adventurous?  Download the Rotary Mobile App for your phone!

An Official Rotary International Licensee, ClubRunner serves thousands of Rotary clubs and districts just like ours. ClubRunner offers a robust membership management and communication system for clubs and districts in multiple languages with features such as directory builder, email and newsletter broadcast services, social media integration, attendance reporting, and event management.
Arts in the Park
Christine Oaklander, coordinator for the West Park Civic Association program Arts in the Park, presented her views and hopes for this exciting community event at our Friday, Feb 23rd meeting.  Christine brings her enthusiasm for art as a volunteer to this event. 
Christine is an educated art historian and her career has led her to many outstanding art museum facilities, including the Allentown Art Museum and the Baum School.  She has networked with all the local college art departments, as well as the local high school art directors.  Learn more about her by visiting her website.
Through these contacts, she has been able to enhance and expand the exhibitors at West Park, as well has added additional scholarships for young artists. This has encouraged young people from 9th grade on to compete. She has broadened the scope of exhibitions, now including sculpture.  Changes, she noted, always bring about resistance to change, but she is accomplishing much innovation despite problems of that sort!  She now sees a higher quality of exhibitor.  
This years Arts in the Park will be at West Park on June 16.  Rain or shine, she also asked if anyone, Rotarian or not, would be willing to serve as co-chair!
The invocation was given by Wally Eldridge, announcements presented by President Bottitta.  Chair of the day was Ibi Balog.  So this spring, come and enjoy another special community event.
Scholarship Student Success Story, Derek Reynoso
Christine Oaklander, our Rotary presenter on Feb 23rd, shared a story with us about Derek Reynoso, a 2016 Mullin Scholar.  They met because Derek was one of the artists in Art in the Park last year.   Christine was impressed enough by the ceramic work Derek did that she not only bought one of his large pieces, she encouraged him to raise his prices!   She has also taken on the role of mentor in his life and predicts that he will become a very successful artist.  He already has quite a display of ceramic vases, 2-D and 3-D work, sculptures, raw stoneware and charcoal drawings on his on his website.
Christine congratulated the Roger and Louise Mullin Scholarship Committee and the Club for selecting him as the Mullin Scholar in 2016. Christine emphasized how important the Scholarship has been for Derek.  Because his parents could not afford his college expenses, our Rotary Scholarship is a big boost toward his future success.  Besides being busy with his classwork and art, he has 2 part time jobs and works in the Ceramic Arts area at WVU. 
Derek is completing his 2nd year at West Virginia University and keeps in touch with the Committee through Nan Yarrish.  He is pursuing a degree in Ceramic Art and Business.  He won't be back in Allentown until he finishes classes in May, but hopes to come to a Rotary meeting when he is available.​ 
Above is a graphite & charcoal drawing of Marc.  To see more of his work visit his website,
     Vases, vases, vases ...
        Derek & his parents, May  2015.
Rotary Leadership Institute, Sat March 17th
Register to attend
The Rotary Leadership Institute
Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, PA
Learn more about Rotary, engage in interactive discussions
with fellow Rotarians, and enjoy the fellowship of
Rotarians who make a difference in their communities. 
Your participation is guaranteed to make our club stronger.
Register here:
For more information contact:
Janet Kolepp
Family Workshop on Social Media Safety,  Apr 3rd
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Willow Lane Elementary School  |  6135 Sauerkraut Lane  |  Macungie, PA 18062
Questions? Contact Valerie --
This workshop is designed for parents and grandparents to stay current in the world of social media. We will explore tools and resources to help teens and kids respond in appropriate ways to cyber incidents such as cyberbullying. 
IMPORTANT -- Bring your smartphone to this event for a hands-on portion! Workshop is limited to 40 participants.  Registrations will be accepted until March 23rd on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sign up now to reserve your place!
Note: This timely workshop has been designed by members of the Emmaus Rotary Club, which is sponsoring this free community event. Please spread the word.
Smile Reminder
Smile articles, contents, event announcements and photos are dependent on input from board members, committee chairs, and members.  When you have an upcoming event/meeting or have info to share about club activities and members, click here to send content via e-mail.   ARC Smile is usually sent to members and friends of ARC on Wednesday of each week, so please get your info to us by Tuesday whenever possible.
Upcoming Events
Does Rotary have Role in Ending War? Jim Palmquist
Mar 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Good Friday - No Meeting
Mar 30, 2018
Family Workshop on Social Media Safety
Willow Lane Elementary School
Apr 03, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
May Primaries, Gerrymandering, Pawlowski- CBorick
Bell Hall
Apr 06, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Billy's Downtown Diner
Apr 10, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Program Committee
Ringer's Roost
Apr 10, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ARC Board Meeting
Senior Center
Apr 10, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2018 Rotary District 7430 Conference
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Apr 27, 2018 4:00 PM –
Apr 29, 2018 11:00 AM
Club Annual Meeting, Elections, ByLaws - BBottitta
Bell Hall
May 04, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Billy's Downtown Diner
May 08, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
More info available at the
Allentown Rotary Website
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