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Allentown Rotary Smile, March 21, 2018
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This Issue: March 27
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Barb's Message
On a snowy day like today, I like to settle in with a good book.  Today, I have a bonus - the April issue of "The Rotarian" just arrived!  I was pleased to see that the cover story is dedicated to "The Year of the Tree."  "The Tree Whisperer" article was fascinating to me.  Who knew that Rotary founder, Paul Harris, had so many "arboreal ruminations" in his youth and that he included them in detail in his autobiography.  I'm excited that our Club will be meeting the RI challenge to plant a tree for every active member of our club. 
 
I am always impressed by the wealth of information and support material available through Rotary International.  Here's a one minute video I found on the site that helps to explain why our weekly newsletter is called the "Smile" - enjoy!  I bet it brings a SMILE to your face too!
 
RI will be looking at what our next worldwide initiative should be over the next couple of years since we have almost eradicated Polio around the world.  (Only 22 new cases were diagnosed during 2017, down from 350,000 in 1988.)
 
One of the initiatives being discussed is Finding Peace throughout the World.  Our speaker this week, Jim Palmquist, from Emmaus Rotary will be discussing with us the role Rotary may have in ending war in this century.  It will be a very interesting topic!  See you there!
 
Kudos to Marci Schick and her membership committee for the very well attended Mixer held last week at the "Perfect Fit" - great synergy between Rotary and the YWCA on this event!  And some of our members and guests even got a few great buys!
 
One last thing to share with you - if you missed Frank Whelan's very interesting presentation at the Liberty Bell Museum last week, here's a link to the audio of his talk.  Frank's topic, “A Nation of Immigrants” marked the opening of the Museum's exhibit, “The Last One In: American Ideals in Conflict with American Values.”
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 first notice for Stephen McGorry.
  • Stephen McGrorry, Insurance Executive at The Seltzer Group, proposed by Murtaza Ja
Comments or questions may be addressed to marcellaschick@gmail.com, Membership Chair.   Thank you
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An Apple for the Teacher
New Lehigh County Executive and former teacher Phillip Armstrong gave a lesson to ARC members and others titled "The State of the County" - By Frank Whelan
 
The blustery winds of March were blowing last Friday when the members of the Allentown Rotary Club and others gathered at the Lehigh County Government Center to here Philip Armstrong, former teacher and new Lehigh County Executive give his first State of the County address.
 
Introduced by Chris Bauder, ARC member and one of his former students, Armstrong, in office just 2 months, in a confident and firm voice, was anything but blustery as he outlined what he hoped to see the county accomplish.
 
He began by noting that Lehigh County that on March 6, the county was 206 years old. He went on to note that currently it is growing in jobs and in manufacturing was 3rd in the state.  Armstrong noted what one of the things he is proudest of was the adding of the category of sexual identity to the county’s anti-discrimination document. “It was the right thing to do,” he said.
 
Another topic Armstrong touched on was Cedarbrook, the county nursing home. He noted it had a 5 star rating. Armstrong pointed out that that many counties are shutting down their nursing homes or taking them private. “The question we had to ask ourselves was do we want to be the safety net for Lehigh County,” said Armstrong, “The answer was we do have a responsibility to aid our citizens who through no fault of their own need our help as a safety net.”
 
He noted that there are many things the county does that people do not know about. “We have splendid employees that offer services that people do not know about,” he added.
 
Armstrong touched on many other issues and followed up by taking questions and showed a grasp for the details.  An upcoming event that he highlighted is the "celebration" scheduled for the Thursday before Memorial Day when the city will be unveiling its new LED lighting for the 7th St. Civil War memorial.   Armstrong was quick to point out that downtown developers are paying for the lighting and the "party" but that the high-tech lighting options would make the memorial seasonally attractive and a real tourist attraction.  
 
Zephers in the house!  Student Murtaza Jaffer, student teacher Christine Bauder and teacher (now County Executive) Phillips Armstrong were all at Friday's meeting. All at the meeting seemed to agree that our County Executive earned an A for this assignment and that Lehigh County is in good hands!     
 
Making Tracks to the Future, Weekend of April 27th
Editor's Note:  Many thanks to Emmaus Rotary President, Burt Duren for this informative article about the upcoming District Conference!
President's Note:  At the last ARC Board meeting we voted to defray part of the registration fee for attendees.  I am already registered, along with Marci and Lou, for Saturday, the 28th.   Please consider joining us - it will be an educational and fun day.
 
Have you ever attended a Rotary District Conference?  When considering past conferences, many have said the cost was too high, the location was too far away, and attendance required a significant time commitment - and for some conferences that may well have been true.  District 7430 Governor Rick Gromis decided to do something about these objections with the 2018 District Conference which he is hosting on Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29.
 
Location: The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing which is just 30 miles southwest of our Brookside Country Club meeting location – practically in our own backyard.  This is the first time the conference has been held inside the District in many years. image
 
Cost & Time Commitment:  DG Rick is providing an a la carte approach to pricing and attendance.  If you wish to attend the entire conference, the fee is $199.  But, if you prefer to attend on Saturday only, the cost is just $99.  For those who can’t do either, you can attend the “Best of the Wurst” session on Friday night for just $60 which will feature a local craft beer tasting, lots of brats & a German-themed dinner, entertainment and the opportunity to experience the fellowship and networking with District Rotarians from 45 clubs covering five counties.  Of course, if you choose to stay over in Wyomissing, your financial commitment will be higher due to lodging costs.  But, attending on Friday or Saturday not only eliminates that cost, but also reduces the time away from home.

I haven’t even mentioned the fine program that DG Rick’s committee has planned. 
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Upcoming Events
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 Middleast, Muhlenberg Prof
Apr 13, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
It's Spring & Time for Something New!
1840 W Allen Street
Apr 19, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 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
 
Program Committee
Ringer's Roost
May 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
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