The Allentown Rotary Club
Chartered 1914
Allentown Rotary Smile, Jan 17, 2018
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Barb's Message
This was a big weekend for Rotary International. Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.  In addition to the RI Board of Directors and senior officers, all of the 2018-2019 District Governors are on hand for this meeting - including Cindy Hornaman from the Emmaus Rotary.
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

During his talk, President-elect Barry Rassin paid tribute to Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died unexpectedly last year due to complications from surgery.


Thursday Night Mixer at Butz Offices - Membership!

I hope you are planning to be with us on Thursday evening for our next networking night. Wendy Body has arranged a lovely spread for our event in the Butz Building at 9th and Hamilton.  All members are welcome! Please click here to respond to Marci with your plans to attend. If you will be bringing along a prospective new member, please also let Marci know the name(s).  Please invite friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members to make our first member event of 2018 a big success.  
Did you know that Doylestown Rotary has added over 30 members in the past 3 years.  How did they do it?  Word of mouth!  Here is an approximate breakdown on where they came from:
  • 70% - Friends/Relatives/Co-workers of club members               
  • 15% - Inquires at fundraisers
  • 10% - Website
  • 5% - Transfers                                                                                                                                                              
If our club is to survive and grow, everyone in the club needs to be an active recruiter and cheerleader for our service activities and our events.
Meals on Wheels CEO
I've been asked to share a job posting with you for a CEO for Meals on Wheels.  Please share with your contacts and anyone you think might be interested.  Meals on Wheels is trying to spread the word through the Lehigh Valley and is looking to fill the position in the very near future. 
Chief Executive Officer 
Meals on Wheels of Northampton County - Bethlehem, PA
Full-time, Contract

The Board of Meals on Wheels of Northampton County seeks an experienced, ambitious and mission-conscious Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who can build upon MOW-NC’s history of a nurturing and vibrant organization.

The CEO is responsible for providing the vision and leadership that enables the organization to achieve its goals and sustain its mission. A future focused, innovative leadership mindset will be critical to the growth and success of Meals on Wheels-NC. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated level of comfort managing through change at all levels of an organization with diverse stakeholders.  Click here for details

Asian Pears - A Sign of Friendship

Not only will Holly Harter be presenting on Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears this Friday, she will also bring pears for us to sample… so we will have dessert!  

The Subarashii Kudamono farm grows 10 to 20 varieties of Asian pears that are shipped across the country to specialty food stores, restaurants and individual customers.  Customers can order customized Asian pear gift boxes with a mix of varieties from the company's website,, but the supply is limited.

Wonderful Fruit :: Subarashii Kudamono :: Logo

Subarashii Kudamono is a working farm, not typically open to the public.  It is owned by Lutron Electronics Inc., an electronics and lighting company that has its U.S. headquarters in Upper Saucon Township outside Coopersburg.  

The unusual pairing of an electronics company and a pear orchard isn't lost on Subarashii's marketing director, Holly Harter.   She said that in 1973, as Lutron was growing and extending its reach to the Pacific Rim, Lutron owner Joel Spira fell in love with the Asian pear.  It was tradition at the conclusion of meetings to have an Asian pear, as a sign of friendship, Sacks says.  When Spira returned home to Pennsylvania, he couldn’t find the pears in U.S. stores, so he decided to grow his own at his home in the Coopersburg area.


asian pears

With the help of his wife, botanist Ruth Rodale Spira, a small orchard was started there and the company began experimenting with different varieties.  

Kamran Ashfar - Jan 12th Presentation
Kamran Ashfar's presentation was enthusiastically received by a large Rotary turnout last Friday.  
Kamran Afshar Associates
His clear visuals and humorous, easy presentation style made for an interesting and informative perspective on many aspects of the Lehigh Valley and national economies: 
  • the trajectories of jobs in Lehigh Valley and economic impacts of having employed people we are at tight labor market
  • by all markers traditionally used to measure inflation we continue to be in an era of low inflation
ARC New Member Options; BadgeBoard News
The Board has approved two new membership policies:
New members under the age of 40 will continue to be afforded free dues for the current Rotary year.  Until the age of 40, the member's dues for subsequent years will be approximately $120 (to increase in relation to the amount that covers Rotary International and District assessments).
Spouses of current members may join the Club for annual dues of approximately $120 (that amount that covers RI and District assessments.)
Pick up your new Rotary business "invitation" cards. Use them to invite prospective members to free Friday lunch at Bell Hall.
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    Upcoming Events
    Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears, Holly Harter
    Jan 19, 2018
    12:00 PM – 12:43 PM
    The LV Iron Pigs, Kurt Landes, GM
    Bell Hall
    Jan 26, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    50 Yearts of Journalism, Paul Willistein
    Bell Hall
    Feb 02, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Trifecta Technologies, Douglas W Pelletier
    Bell Hall
    Feb 09, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Membership Committee Meeting
    Billy's Downtown Diner
    Feb 13, 2018
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Program Committee
    Ringer's Roost
    Feb 13, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    ARC Board Meeting
    Senior Center
    Feb 13, 2018
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Club Runner & Rotary; Lou Bottitta
    Bell Hall
    Mar 09, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Membership Committee Meeting
    Billy's Downtown Diner
    Mar 13, 2018
    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Program Committee
    Ringer's Roost
    Mar 13, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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