The Allentown Rotary Club
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Allentown Rotary Smile, Jan 30, 2018
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Good Shepherd Monte Carlo Night ** Donations **

Rolf Schalke, the Monte Carlo night coordinator, tells us that he could use a few more volunteers and that we are really in need of more donations.  Only a few days left until Monday night, Feb 12th.  Please look at the list below and let's overflow our room at Bell Hall with donations this Friday!  

The "winners"  (we will make sure all the Good Shepherd residents win) take their Monopoly casino money and "buy" items donated by Allentown Rotary club members:
  • Personal care products: shampoo, shower gel, tooth paste, deodorant
  • Gift cards: major retailers (Walmart, Target), on-line (Amazon), however, no food gift cards
  • Large print puzzle, DVDs, game magazines and books
  • And, Please, no candy, broccoli, Brussel sprouts or kale or other "sweet treats" 
Please bring these items to Friday's Rotary meeting AND sign up to volunteer for Monte Carlo night with either Barb Bigelow ( or Rolf Schlake (  The games are only an hour, from 7-8 pm, but the warm feeling you get from helping will last for days!

    if you are not familiar with Monte Carlo night,
50 Years In Journalism

Paul Willistein, Lehigh Valley Press features editor, will talk about his 50-year career in journalism with humor and insight at this Friday's, Feb 2nd Rotary lunch meeting.

Willistein is an award-winning journalist and features editor for the Focus Section, Lehigh Valley Press Newspapers. He has dedicated his 50-year career to his passion of writing for several Lehigh Valley publications, including the Lehigh Valley Press, the Morning Call and the Bethlehem Globe-Times.  He is also host and producer of "Hot Splices" which is a YouTube channel about movies.  And, he has co-written two songs which have been released on a 2016 Steve Brosky CD.  Click below for Paul's complete biography highlighting the variety and accomplishments of Paul's long and distinguished career.

Baseball and the Game Plan of Rotary 
Rolf Schlake gave this invocation for our meeting on Friday which featured the speaker from the Iron Pigs.   Rolf says it was inspired by something he heard a few years ago and it inspired this thought-provoking invocation combining baseball analogies and the Rotary 4 Steps:  


In this game of life we have all worn different uniforms:


Blue Jays in our squawking and complaining, 

Pirates in some of our dealings, 

Dodgers of responsibility.

However, we can readily get out of this foul territory, by being a Mariner and getting ourselves on course, by being 

Braves in our convictions, 

Giants in our impact, 

Tigers in our actions, and

Royals in our ethics

Whether we put on Red sox or White sox, we know that:

By playing by the rules

with knowledge and skill, 

by practicing hard and 

using dogged self-determination, 

we will handle the curve balls and will minimize our errors, get out of our slump, and maybe not hit a home run every time, but with singles, move the runner of good deeds along the base path.

So as we come up to the batter’s box of everyday, we’ve been given the sign from the dugout to swing for the fences and implement the game plan of Rotary, knowing that:







  Play Ball !!

Rotary Play Ball! 

by Frank Whelan

It happens every spring.  No not that, silly! I am talking about BASEBALL.

And if its Allentown at Coca Cola Park its Iron Pigs baseball.

At the January 26th meeting of the Allentown Rotary Club even the “bleachers” at Bell Hall meeting room were full as Kurt Landes, the Pig’s President and General Manager gave an interesting and informative presentation about the team but also about what draws people to the park.  Be sure to click "read more" below to see photos (Thank to Ibi Balong!) of Kurt and our baseball fans.

And draw them it does. The Iron Pigs have the best attendance in Minor League baseball. Since the park opened in 2008 it has drawn 5,593,412 fans to the park according to 2016 figures. Landes notes Coca Cola park draws 600,000 guests a year. Its game average exceeds the 8,809, fixed seating capacity of the park. Landes rounds it off to 9.000 per game. 

Landes noted that the baseball is only part of the story. What many people go to Coca-Cola park is a family experience. “We like to see it as a great entertainment value,” he said. “We have gone beyond our baseball vision.” 

Over 9,000 people attend on average per game Landes noted and he listed what he feels are the reasons. 

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Upcoming Events
A primer on marijuana….. medical, hemp, edibles?
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
ARC Board Meeting
Senior Center
Mar 13, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Allentown Rotary Networking & Happy Hour
Perfect Fit's Upscale Resale Boutique
Mar 15, 2018
5:30 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
The May Primaries - Chris Borick
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
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