WHAT ROTARIANS DO
Rotarians’ Motto is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” AW Rotarians believe in helping others both in our Lehigh Valley community and globally.
We give dictionaries to 3rd-graders who’ve never owned a book, build clean water wells for poverty-ridden communities, donate time and talent to our local food pantry, and lead missions to fix children’s cleft palates, and to eradicate polio world-wide.
Rotarians make a difference every day, and WE HAVE FUN.
April 13, 2016 was another volunteer event at Northwestern Lehigh High School. It was another fun and productive day as we continue to make a great team preparing weekend food packs that help students to have weekend meals.
Allentown-West Rotary, the Lowhill Food Pantry, and Community friends make this worthwhile project possible. The food packages now are distributed weekly.
AW Rotarians Drive for
MEALS on WHEELS - AGAIN
Once again AW Rotarians provided relief for the regular M.O.W. packers and drivers. This time it was on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. The prior relief day was Presidents Day 2015, This is an example of the many projects Rotarians do to help others.
ALLENTOWN WEST'S 9th ANNUAL DICTIONARY PROJECT
As we do each Fall, dictionaries were delivered to the third grade students at the Weisenberg Elementary School. Rotarians explained their uses as part of the distribution. Weisenberg is one of 21 Lehigh County elementary schools served in this way each year.
Northwestern Lehigh High School Service Club
Supports International Disaster Relief
The student members of the Rotary sponsored Interact Club at Northwestern Lehigh H.S. did various fundraisers earlier this year and raised $1,000 in support of the ShelterBox USA disaster relief program. At the August 13th meeting of the Allentown-West Rotary Club Sarah Overstrom, Vice President and Jaedon Muhl, Secretary of the NWL H.S. Interact Club presented a check for #1,000 to Allan Syphers, the ShelterBox USA Ambassador for the Rotary five-county district 7430.
Then on Saturday, August 16, the Allentown West Rotary Club and its Northwestern Lehigh Interact Club students conducted another fundraiser as they sold candy and gave away balloons at "Night in the Country," a community event near New Tripoli. This event allowed them to exhibit a ShelterBox tent to the 15,000 attendees. Proceeds go to buy another ShelterBox.
Also the Rotary Club promoted its ongoing “Snack Pack” program that feeds needy children over weekends in the local school districts each year.
A single ShelterBox costs $1,000 and the main item in each box is a tent designed to house up to 10 people. In addition there is a range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall. Where malaria is prevalent, mosquito nets are supplied, as well as life-saving means of water purification.
ShelterBox was founded in England in 2000 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters around the world. The largest deployment was to Haiti with over 30,000 Boxes. People have been served in over 90 countries and ShelterBox Response Teams (SRT) have arrived within hours following 225 disasters.
ABOUT LOCAL ROTARY: There are 8 Rotary clubs in the Lehigh Valley with over 400 members; and 44 clubs in the five-county District 7430 with about 1800 members. Each is dedicated to helping others. Rotarians believe in “Service Above Self,” and initiate and implement many projects all year long that address hunger, medical, and educational needs.