The Allentown Rotary Club
Chartered 1914
Allentown Rotary Smile, Feb 22, 2018
(if calendar is "clipped" & only shows 2 events, click link above to view this email online)
Friends of ARC
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ARC President's Message
Well, February is almost over, and WOW, we got to enjoy 2 beautiful days of record-breaking 70+ degrees weather.  What a great respite after last weekend's snow.
Lots of positive Rotary news to share with everyone this week.  At the top of my list, Marcie Schick, Don Wieand and I have been working for several months on updating the Bylaws for our Club.  It's been 8 years since they were last reviewed and revised, and lots has changed in those 8 years.  We're using the Rotary International Bylaws as a guideline.  Our goal is to have a draft ready for the Board of Directors in March. 

Below is the second membership notice for two spouses, Lou and Tom, who are joining our Allentown Rotary Club (ARC).  I'd like to encourage other members to consider asking their spouses to join ARC.  From personal experience, I can say how much Lou and I have enjoyed working together on ARC projects and this weekly newsletter, the Smile.  (Click "read more" for my other annoucements!)
Prospective Members
Second Notice
The following individuals have 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.
  • Thomas Brogan, spouse of Judy Barberich-Brogan
  • Lou Bottitta, spouse of Barb Bottitta
Comments or questions may be addressed to, Membership Chair.   Thank you
Happy Hour Happenings, Feb 2018
Manufacturing in Center City? We saw it with our own eyes!
Last Thursday, twenty members and guests enjoyed networking, happy hour and a tour at Applied Separations. Special thanks to Rolf for hosting and giving us a peak into his operation. We were all amazed at the global reach of his supercritical fluids technology, starting right here in downtown.
Mark your calendar for our March 15 networking and happy hour 5:30 pm at the Perfect Fit's upscale resale boutique at 3 City Center, 515 Hamilton St. Check out the photos at our link below and their Facebook page for a look inside! 
That same evening, plan to drop by Zion's Liberty Bell Museum for the opening of "The Waves of Immigration in the Lehigh Valley." Our own Frank Whelan is organizing the exhibit and will be speaking that evening on the earliest immigrants, the Germans.
More information to come!
Taking Care of Business Hispanic Style 
By Frank Whelan
In 1952 members of the Allentown Police Department were confronted with a problem. They had picked up a young man that needed medical attention. But he only spoke Spanish and they just could not find anyone in the community that did. Finally, at Sacred Heart Hospital a woman who worked in the housekeeping department who was Puerto Rican was found.
After that the police got to know Francisco Suarez, a laborer at Bethlehem Steel who acted as an interpreter. His wife later recalled that there were maybe 16 to 20 Puerto Ricans in the Allentown Bethlehem area at that time. Her husband worked at Bethlehem Steel, “because it was one of the few places that would hire Puerto Ricans.”
But in 2018 it is a different Allentown and Lehigh Valley, as members of the Allentown Rotary Club learned at there February 16th meeting from Victor Salicetti, chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley. Not only has the Hispanic population of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley grown dramatically but they are taking part in and forming many new businesses.
Monte Carlo Night Photos
When we sent out last week's Smile, we didn't have Monte Carlo night photos, the Good Shepherd thank you email or the names for our 13 volunteers.  Now we do and here they are!
Hi Rolf,
Yes, Our residents had a blast and we thank you and all of your volunteers for once again making Casino Night such a special night for our residents, they are already looking forward to next year.
Thank you on behalf of the Raker Center Recreation Therapy Team
Michael Losagio,  CTRS, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
For the Monte Carlo Lucky 13 Volunteers with photos click " read more":

Community Bike Works - Blazing New Trails Celebration
Community Bike Works (CBW) is blazing new trails. At their new East Allentown location and through new cycling programs, they are helping more students than ever build life skills through bike skills.  For more information on sponsorship or to register, click here!

Celebrate their work to blaze new trails in their bike mentoring programs on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, 540 Union BoulevardAllentown, PA 18109.

Pictured above is Lou Bottitta  with a CBW mentee - they are at a rest stop during their 30 mile "Donut Donkey" ride.  Ask Lou for details about the health benefits of eating Krispy Creme donuts while trying to do a long distance ride.  The CBW student did eat more donuts than Lou, LOL!

Did you know you can become a "Chain Link" or a "Supporting Spoke" or even a "Rotating Wheel" for the Gala to enable more Allentown students to participate in this proven youth mentoring program?   For more information on sponsorship or to register for the Gala, click here!

At the Gala, you'll hear from students about how they are working with mentors to blaze new trails, and you'll have the opportunity to help "Build a Bike" to bring bike mentoring to even more Lehigh Valley students. 

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
Allentown Rotary Networking & Happy Hour
Allentown YWCA Perfect Fit Resale Boutique
Mar 15, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Waves of Immigration in the Lehigh Valley
Zion's Liberty Bell Museum
Mar 15, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Phil Armstrong, Lehigh County Executive
Government Center
Mar 16, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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
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Allentown Rotary Websites
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Chair Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
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