The Allentown Rotary Club
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Allentown Rotary Smile, March 14, 2018
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Inside this Issue, March
Barb's Message
We had a very productive day of committee meetings Tuesday capped off by our March Board meeting - lots of progress and good news to share.  See the calendar to the right for the latest schedule of speakers that our Program Committee has put together for us!  Below is an announcement for two more prospective members, plus we are expecting a strong turn-out for Thursday night's Happy Hour - plan to spend the evening with us in downtown Allentown.  We'll start at the Perfect Fit Boutique, which helps economically disadvantaged women enter the workforce with style and confidence, then head over to the Liberty Museum to hear our own Frank Whelan speak about Immigration and its conflict with American ideals.
Speaking of Frank, don't miss his humorous and serious write-up below on Rolf Schlake's entertaining talk last week about marijuana and American foibles.  And this Friday we will gather at the Lehigh County Government Center, NOT Bell Hall, where County Executive Phil Armstrong will share with us his "State of the County" talk - I'm looking forward to it.
Trick Question for you - what do Mother Theresa, President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, astronaut James Lovell, entertainer Pearl Bailey and Jonas Salk all have in common?   Well, they are among the notable figures who have been named Rotary International Paul Harris Fellows.  To learn more about this honor, click here,  and look for more about Paul Harris Fellows as I delve into the Rotary International archives for future issues of Smile.
Prospective Member
The following individual has been approved for membership by the membership committee and board. Per our by-laws, members have 10 days to weigh-in before the prospective member is notified of the positive decision.  This is the second notice for Varee Var.
  • Varee Var, Travel Consultant for Dream Vacations, proposed by Barb Bottitta
Comments or questions may be addressed to, Membership Chair.   Thank you
Alma Stoler Perlis Bequest
It is with heartfelt gratitude and pride that I announce that the ARC Foundation received a bequest from our very own Alma Stoler Perlis who was a member of our club for many years. Alma passed away in January 2015 at the age of 89.
Up until Alzheimer’s struck, Alma was a huge force in the community. Her exuberance,  flamboyance, good nature, class (and long blond hair) would turn heads wherever she went. And went she did! Everywhere! She was a member of the Allentown Symphony, Allentown Art Museum, Baum School of the Art. Alma was an adult graduate of Muhlenberg College. She was a world traveler, art collector and consultant. Alma defined the expression “mover and shaker”. 
I befriended Alma after her son, Lance, passed away. We became special friends. I am pleased to say “Thank you, Alma for your continued support of the Allentown Rotary Club” Alma’s contribution and memory will live on in perpetuity. 
3 in 1 Mixer, Thurs, March 15th

Come for Networking and Happy Hour - Enjoy Rotary fellowship "Below Seventh"

We'll gather at 5:30 pm at the YWCA Allentown's Perfect Fit Resale Boutique.

  • Sip, shop and schmooze!
  • Purchases support the programs and mission of the YWCA Allentown.
  • Bring your gently used professional wear to donate to the ​YW's "closet."
  • You can be a part of helping more than 600 economically disadvantaged women each year enter the workforce with style and confidence!
Check out the "perfect Fit" photos on the boutique's Facebook page for a look inside.

At 6:30, migrate with us to Zion's Liberty Bell Museum for the opening of "The Waves of Immigration in the Lehigh Valley."  

View political cartoons that challenged the American melting pot and hear Rotarian Frank Whelan speak on “Last One In: American Ideals in Conflict with American Attitudes.”  ​

RSVP to or use the ARC calendar link for the 15th in the column to the right.

"ARC Goes to Pot"

ARC GOES TO POT:  Member Rolfe Schlake takes Rotary members on a trip into the truth and falsehoods of marijuana. 

By Frank Whelan

Everything you learned in your junior high health class about marijuana was wrong, except maybe the part about hair growing in palm of your hand.  Opps, that’s a different subject Ok well maybe that was wrong also

According to Schlake the federal government continues to believe the “Reefer Madness” view that has been advocated since the 1930s because it wants to believe it like a religious chant.  Instead of looking at what marijuana is they repeat the same old bromides.

Despite the fact that thousands of studies show that it is not a “gateway level entry drug” they resist them. Using that logic Coors Light is the gate way to dry martinis.”  In looking at marijuana says Schlake the rule should be “data determines,” he says and “dogma is dogshit.”

But Schlake’s presentation was lot more than a screed.  Instead it was thoughtful look at the plant, what parts of it are useful including of course that hemp is used for rope. 

Schlake also touched on the many medical pain relief property uses of marijuana. Doctors and scientists around the world continue to explore it.  And despite the cries of some in government there is even an understanding in some states to legalize pot and not just for medical uses

Following the talk was a lively question and answer session on marijuana proving that there is plenty of interest around this topic.

Smile Reminder
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Upcoming Events
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
Turkey & the Mideeast, Muhlenberg Prof
Apr 13, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 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
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