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Allentown Rotary Smile, April 11, 2018
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"Smile" Index, 4/25/18
President's Message, April 11th
Finally, it seems Spring has arrived - let's hope it stays.
The Board of Director's reviewed the revised/updated bylaws at this week's meeting and made changes that will be incorporated.  These will be presented to Club members at our May 4th meeting.
LAST CALL to register for the District Conference in Reading on 4/28/18.  So far, I know that Marci Schick will be attending on Saturday  with me and my husband, Lou.  Anyone who wishes to attend  ($99 for the day, including dinner) will be reimbursed by the Club for the entire registration fee.  If anyone wants to ride with us, please let me know.
For those volunteering for the tree planting project (which is also on Saturday, 4/28), please park in the Parks Dept lot on Chew St.
I hope we have a strong turnout for this Friday's speaker.  Jay Geiger has arranged for Dr. Brian Mello, Assoc. Prof at Muhlenberg for 4/13 to speak about Turkey and the Mid-East.   Jay says he’s sat in on Mello’s classes and found him interesting.   Here is some background info on Dr. Mello:
Political Science

Dr. Mello’s areas of study include comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and the politics of social movements. Dr. Mello’s research focuses generally on politics in Europe and in the Middle East, and in particular on Turkish politics. Dr. Mello is currently working on a research project that applies insights from feminist IR theory to explore changing public support for US military intervention against the Islamic State. 

His past research examined such subjects as the impact of labor movement activism in Turkey, Great Britain, the United States and Japan; international norms of women’s rights as human rights; the affect of civil-military relations on Islamic politics in Turkey; the causes and consequences of the Arab Spring; and ways to understand the symbolic meaning of Islamic State violence.

For Dr Mello's Muhlenberg College website bio, click here.
Preview of 2018 Mid-Term Election Madness

Well here we are in April and the 2018 mid-term primary elections are just around the corner.

 As usual that means its time for Dr. Chris Borick, Muhlenberg College Political Science professor and director of the college’s Institute of Public Opinion to look into his crystal ball and help us make sense of it all.  At Friday’s ARC meeting he gave us his take on the subject.

First Borick pointed out that in any given year it is normal for the party with a first term president in the White House to lose seats in Congress. 

“The winds are at the backs of the Democrats,” he noted. “You have a president whose popularity is not high,” Borick said.  When that happens, he feels Democrat or Republican, it makes it tough to win seats.  For Pennsylvania this year it is possible that anywhere from 5 to 6 Congressional seats could change hands.

The fact that President Trump is such a polarizing figure will almost certainly play a role at all levels of the election, Borick feels. Particularly he points to the Senate race where incumbent Democrat Bob Casey is running.

Borick points out that Trump has been pushing for Lou Barletta, one of his strongest supporters in Congress to run for the Republican Senate nomination to take on Casey.  The coal region vote could be all important, Borick seems to feel.

In what amounted to a political earthquake for the Lehigh Valley long time Republican Congressmen Charlie Dent decided not to run. (Dent is pictured at left at a recent Rotary meeting.)   A popular figure across the political spectrum Dent’s absence makes it possible for Democrats to gain the seat.  But disagreements within party may prevent it.  Borick also discussed the Governor’s race.

A spirited question and answer period followed. 

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 and final notice for Stephen McGorry.
  • Stephen McGrorry, Insurance Executive at The Seltzer Group, proposed by Murtaza Jaffer
Comments or questions may be addressed to, Membership Chair.   Thank you
Rotary e-mail Spams?
One of our members has reported receiving several "ACH" spam emails that appeared to come from various other members of our clubs.  Have any Allentown Rotary members received e-mails from fellow ARC members that referenced a "wire" or "ACH" payment?  We are investigating the problem and trying to collect as much information and as many examples as possible.  If you have received an email like this, do not open it or click on any links.  Please report it to Lou Bottitta since he is working with RI and ClubRunner to seek a resolution.  
Vault Preview Night
         Don't miss out!         Allentown Rotary Club members and guests will be among the first to see this lovely, exclusive new event space in Center City.

vault 634 allentown

 Sneak Peek of Vault 634
 May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM  - 7:30 PM
 $15.00 for Members & Guests; Guests who are Prospective Members are Free
 Vault 634
 634 Hamilton Street
Use entrance on 7th Street by the Rotary Fountain
Allentown, PA United States   18101
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Imagine an event venue that combines all the amenities of modern convenience with the exclusive look and luxurious opulence of a historical property. Add custom stained-glass ceilings, grandiose crystal chandeliers, and a unique experience inside the vault bar and basement speakeasy, Vault 634 promises all of the splendor a remarkable celebration can offer.
Vault 634 is a timeless space that suggests a refined experience with exceptional modern amenities. Celebrate with Vault 634.
“It's very appropriate that we celebrate the past and future of this iconic building and it's transformation from a bank with a vault where people stored their money and valuables, to a world class event venue where people will celebrate the milestones of their lives." 
Ellen Millard-Kern
Chief of Staff, Senator Pat Browne
Barbara Bigelow, or
let us know your plans to attend at the registration link below and make 
payments on-line at

Sign up today. Help us make this a Grand Finale of our 2018 Spring Membership Campaign.

West End Wine and Ice Cream

You're invited to Happy Hour & Networking in the West End!

Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:30 pm – 7 pm

We'll begin our evening at 
Sleepy Cat Urban Winery
1840 W. Allen Street, Allentown, PA 18104

Enjoy a tasty treat at
The Udder Bar
1852 W. Allen, Street, Allentown, PA  18104

Meet your neighbors! Try new things!
    Hear from inspiring West End entrepreneurs
    See which wine pairs best with ice cream
    Meet Rotarians and learn about the Allentown Rotary

Your hosts:

-  Mark and Carrie Gerencher, owners of Sleepy Cat Urban Winery
-  Hayley & Mike DeLong, owners of The Udder Bar
-  The Rotary Club of Allentown

This event is free of charge to members and guests

Rotary is where you can:

  • make friends of all ages and backgrounds
  • hear speakers address local and regional issues
  • get involved in community service projects
  • share your own passion, partner with others and make a difference!

Questions? Contact

CLICK HERE to Register Online

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
West End Alliance, Damien Brown
Bell Hall
Apr 27, 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
Program Committee
Ringer's Roost
May 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ARC Board Meeting
Senior Center
May 08, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sneak Peek of Vault 634
634 Hamilton Street
May 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Scholarship Awards - Judy Belaires
Bell Hall
May 18, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Memorial Day Weekend - NO MEETING
May 25, 2018 – May 26, 2018
Membership Committee Meeting
Billy's Downtown Diner
Jun 12, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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