Rotary club of Allentown West-

Western Lehigh County

Club No. 5415

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Relations Chair
AW Foundation Chair
Fundraising Chair
Youth Services Chair
Evening Meeting Chair

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Allentown West

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Luther Crest Community
800 Hausman Road
Allentown, PA  18104-9393
United States
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Additional Meeting Opportunities
 Second Thursday at different sites
Fourth Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Holiday Inn, off Rt 100 Near I-78
7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville, PA 18031
(610) 391-1000
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Allentown West Rotary Club

5514 Juniper Lane

Orefield, PA  18069





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.

5K Eradicate Polio Race a success
Over 20 AW Members and family planned and then executed the 7th annual 5K Race to raise funds to help eradicate Polio disease. The event held on Saturday October 14th raised over $28,000 from across our 5 County district.
Parkland HS Rotary Interact Club
The students of the Parkland H.S. Interact Club created this Float and paraded with it in the October 6th Homecoming.
Snack Packing at Northwestern S.D.
Allentown West Rotarian volunteers helped on Wednesday, September 13th at Northwestern.  We filled (63) snack packs X 2 weeks = 126 snack packs.
Some volunteers were out delivering the snack packs in the rain, This is a  community project for the students of the Northwestern School district area through the school year.
Lowhill Twsp Food Pantry
           AW Rotarians purchase and deliver fresh produce to the Lowhill Township Food Pantry most every week. This is one of their many ongoing projects helping people.
Annual Rotary Picnic
On Sunday August 13th 45 Allentown-West Rotarians and family gathered at the Webers farm and enjoyed great conversations, fabulous food and terrific weather.
Lowhill Food Pantry Volunteers
          Volunteers Grace Keller and Nancy Handwerk distributed fresh produce at the Lowhill Food Pantry on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  Rotarian, Don Davis transported the produce from the Burkholder’s Market, Topton to the food pantry.  Rotarians and wives practicing “Service Above Self”.
Rodale Park is Mulched
On Saturday May 20th Brian Peterka led his band of Allentown West Rotarians and friends in the record-setting time of 90 minutes to haul and spread the mulch. They say that the many donuts that came with the coffee were a true incentive.
Scholarships Awarded
     AW Rotarians distributed a $1,000 scholarship check to each of Nine High School seniors on May 17, 2017. The students are from Northwestern Lehigh, Parkland, Lehigh Carbon Technical Institute, and Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Miracle League Project
     On the evening of March 23rd Eighteen AW Rotarians and friends gathered at the Holiday Inn in Breinigsville to assemble and stuff 500 plastic Easter eggs with candy for distribution to the children at the Miracle League Easter event.
March Dining Out
     The AW Dining Out adventure for March on the 24th was at the Carmel Kitchen in Allentown. Great food, great company, and a great event.
A Great Rotary Mixer
About 30 Allentown West Rotarians and guests gathered at Eight Oaks Distillery on the evening of March 9th to meet, eat, talk and drink in a fantastic upbeat atmosphere. The main purpose was to introduce our guest visitors to our Rotary attitudes and activities in order to help determine if they might wish to join us.
February Dining Out
Great fellowship and wonderful food was enjoyed by 16 Allentown West Rotarians and friends. We were at The Stoned Crab restaurant in Macungie.
Meals On Wheels Delivery
     Allentown West Rotarians drove and delivered Meals on Presidents' Day. We provide a holiday for the regular volunteers at least twice each year.
Executing a Rotary Grant
Allentown West Rotarians financed and planned a Rotary Grant that brought two Physical Therapists from The Ukraine  to the area for two weeks of specialized training at Good Shepherd. They will start the very first PT program in the Ukraine  during September.
Feeding the Hungry
AW Rotarians continue to volunteer and to financially support the Lowhill  Food Pantry.
Our members go to local markets each week and purchase fresh produce and take it to the Pantry.
Another Great Holiday Party
On Sunday December 4th about 50 Allentown West Rotarians, family and guests converged at the 29 Cooks dining room in Emmaus for our annual Holiday Party. The buffet was superb with everyone smiling and going back for more. T
he fellowship, of course, was excellent.
Another Rodale Park Job Done
On Saturday Nov. 5th Nine hearty AW Rotarians met at Rodale Park to perform our semi-annual chores.that included digging out many plant bulbs and general Fall clean-up.
About 80 Rotarians, family members and friends on October 22, 2016 helped to raise over $15,000 for Rotary International’s world-wide efforts to eradicate Polio from the earth. Twelve Rotary sponsored students from Parkland High School volunteered along the rainy, cool 5K course. And some elderly Polio victims traversed the course in their electric carts.
The site was Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA and the event was the five county Rotary District 7430 7th Annual Yvette M. Palmer “Purple Pinkie” 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Walk.   Twenty nine of the district Rotary Clubs sponsored participants and made donations. Rotarians from the Allentown West club planned and ran the race.
Miracle League Halloween Party
      About 280 special needs children and their families attended the Halloween Party in Schnecksville on Wednesday evening October 19th. Allentown West Rotarians led by Becky  Heffner, Ginny Sandoval and Hope Pearson and four Interact students decorated  an AW booth and distributed all kinds of items including some real but small pumpkins.
Ginny Sandoval, our Membership Chair, reports that we had 31 non-Rotarians and 15 Rotarians attend the Meet and Greet at Eight Oaks Craft Distillers on October 5th. It was a fun fall night with great drinks and food, networking, talk about Rotary, interesting distillery tour, and enjoyable time outdoors with a beautiful view of the countryside.
Special thanks go to Chad Butters and his team at Eight Oaks and to everyone who brought guests and who helped with set up, clean up, and check-in. We look forward to more events like this in the future.
Over 75 Allentown West Rotarians and friends gathered at the Weber’s Farm on Friday  afternoon on August 14th. Our District Governor, Linda Young (Saucon RC), DGN Cindy Hornaman (Emmaus RC), and Area 1 AG, Gary Rohrbach (Emmaus RC) joined us.
The food was great, the fellowship was super, and the fish were biting…………..and the rain held off   ----   mostly.
Feeding Hungry Children

          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 add another project
As of Friday March 16, 2016 AW members have taken on additional volunteer work, The photo is from the first time that we helped to fill shelves at the Kingdom Life Family Center Food Pantry. 
We will volunteer again at the Orefield Food Pantry on Friday, April 8. 
Report from Sierra Leone, Africa
As of March 12th Allentown West Rotarians and Engineers Without Borders engineers are on Day 7 of the project at the Centennial School in Sierra Leone.  The photo shows four members of the local Bo Rotary who came to visit the work site and to see what had been accomplished to date on this trip.
The work this time covers installing solar panels and adding electrical wiring in the Administration building. Also two educators from the Northwestern Lehigh School District are there on a Rotary Grant meeting with local teachers and staff.
Feeding the Food-insecure Children
What a great crew we had at the March 9th Snack Packing at Northwestern!  Twice each month AW Rotarians and H.S. Interact Club  students prepare weekend food items for area children who need them every week.
 Special thanks to Pastor Candi for delivering the finished boxes to the Weisenberg Elementary School.
Thank You all again for helping to make this worthwhile project “happen” this past Wednesday.
Leaderaship Camp Experience
     The annual Rotary District 7430  Youth Leadership Camp (RYLA) Chair is held annually over the Father’s Day weekend at Camp Manatawny in Douglasville with about 150 High School Juniors attending. It starts Friday afternoon and is closed out with a chicken BBQ and ceremonies on Monday evening that are open to families and friends.
     Allwntown West Rotarians sponsored three students to attend , two of whom descrobed their experiences at a recent meeting.   They were Cerem Ozcan from Parkland HS and  Lauren Fenstermacher from Northwestern Lehigh HS.
     Cerem began by saying that it was a great experience and she made some great new friends. They start out as complete strangers. Everything that they did had a purpose, and they learned by playing games and solving problems as a team. They were divided into “tribes” and separate group cabins. They learned to accept each other as they are. She thanked us for sending her to the camp.
     Laurie told a similar story. She has written down a “life message” derived from each speaker over the weekend, and shared some with us. Laurie expressed her pleasure at being here at our meeting today; she likes that Rotarians have fun and it’s comfortable. She thanked us and ended by saying “There really is life outside of New Tripoli.”

 AW Rotarians Drive for




     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.

Snack Packing for Northwestern Lehigh SD
      On November 4th  at Northwestern Lehigh H.S. there was our project for Snack Pack filling to provide food for children over weekends. Along with some Rotary sponsored Interact students, 20 people participated in the filling for the month of November.  Helpers were Rotarians, Rotarian wives, and Lowhill Food Pantry volunteers.
Ontelaunee Park Project
On Saturday morning September 26th a dozen hearty Rotarians from Allentown West Rotary Club again formed a work crew at Ontelaunee Park to make a difference. This time we cut and cleared brush behind the band shell that we maintain for the community.
The Rotary International April, 2015 “Rotarian” magazine --  on the cover is a picture of Jeff Bridges saying “Jeff Bridges is determined to end hunger in America one breakfast at a time”.    Please read the article as hunger in America is a constant eye-opening experience for all of us.  Know that our Club is trying to help with this problem thru our involvement with the Lowhill Food Pantry and Snack Pack program in Northwestern and Parkland Schools.


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.

October 26th is a Happy Hour and Business meeting at the Holiday Inn starting at 6:30 P.M.
at Wegman's 3900 Tilghman Street;  5:30 to 7:00 P.M.
Amanda Sellers, PsyD
Oct 18, 2017
Child Therapist on ADHD
Chris Hornaman
Oct 25, 2017
Africa--Another World AND Student of the Month Presentation
A-W Member Amir Famili
Nov 01, 2017
What Do You Know About Shiraz?
Jim Palmquist of Emmaus Rotary
Nov 15, 2017
How an Aircraft Carrier Works - Cat Shots, Traps, and the Dirty Shirt Mess
John Tacca, VP
Nov 22, 2017
Profile of Wacker Chemie a Global Chemical Company
Carrie Reed Ballek
Nov 29, 2017
Daughters of the American Revolution in our Community
Rotary Service Award Recipient Pamela S Bechtle
Dec 06, 2017
Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County--Speaker Michele Grasso
A-W Members Ray Stock & Gloria Zimmerman
Dec 13, 2017
Update on the Lowhill Food Pantry, Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh Snack Pack Programs
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