Rotary club of Allentown West-

Western Lehigh County

Club No. 5415          District No. 7430

 
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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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 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

 

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      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.

 
SNACK PACKING at PARKLAND

A-W Rotarians and Parkland H.S. student members of the Interact Club we sponsor, met at the H.S. on Monday January 22nd and prepared the food packs for children for the next month.

 
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2017
 
AW Rotarians and family enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of happy and upbeat  friendship and fun at Bravo Cucina Italiana at the Lehigh Valley Mall on Sunday afternoon, December 3rd. There were 33 of us that laughed, talked, and enjoyed each other, and even imbibed some adult beverages.And the food was excellent.
 
 
PARKLAND STUDENTS HELP IN AFRICA
SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS
ATTEND SCHOOL, THANKS TO
PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
 
These are the Centennial School students that received their school fees paid for this academic year from the Parkland HS donations.  There were 101 scholarships awarded.
In the Spring of 2017, the Principal of the Centennial School visited Parkland High School to learn about USA education methods and to talk with the students.   As a result, the Parkland High School seniors were inspired to help the Centennial school and set up a “Go Fund Me” account to raise money. Over $16,000 was raised, of which part was used to pay school fees for students in need and for scholarships. 
 
KINGDOM LIFE SHELVING PROJECT
Our team completed the Allentown West Rotary Grant project at Kingdom Life Food Pantry in Orefield on Friday Nov. 10th. We had ten Rotarians and 8 friends volunteering.
We emptied the shelves, tore out the old wooden shelving, assembled and erected the new metal shelves, and restocked all the shelves in 2 1/2 hours.
 
 
  It was a well-planned and an excellent team effort. 
 
HAPPY HOUR at the WINERY
A wonderful evening of wine tasting at Weathered Vineyards near Werley's Corner was enjoyed at our November 9th Happy Hour meeting.  Dana Woolley, the owner along with husband Richard, were our hosts.  Wine could be bought and there were plenty of cheese and crackers. 
 
Third Graders Receive Dictionaries
As we do each year, Rotarians passed out about 65 dictionaries to the three 3rd grade classes on Thursday November 9, 2017.  The final count is 21 elementary schools in the Northwestern Lehigh, Parkland, and Salisbury School Districts, and about 1,000 dictionaries.
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
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. 
 
Feeding the Food-insecure Children
A  GREAT  SNACK  PACKING  CREW
 
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.”
 
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.
 
 
 

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.

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          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.

 
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Secretary
Foundation Chair
Membership
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Sergeant-at-Arms
Public Relations Chair
AW Foundation Chair
Fundraising Chair
Youth Services Chair
Evening Meeting Chair
 

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THURSDAY EVE PROGRAMS
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           March 8th at the Holiday Inn at 5:30 P.M. Program is our new Foster Care project update.
 
Speakers
Dr Peter Pettit, Religious Studies, Muhlenberg Col
Feb 28, 2018
Which Came First -- the Holiday or the Egg?
TBD
Mar 07, 2018
Gwen Pongrancz
Mar 21, 2018
Live 4 Way Test Speech Contest
TBD
Mar 21, 2018
Destination Meeting at Parkland HS Library
Mar 28, 2018
with Student of the Month & Interact Students
Destination Meeting at NW Lehigh Middle School Caf
Apr 11, 2018
with Student of the Month & Interact Students
Rotary Guests from Sweden
May 02, 2018
Friendship Exchange
Destination Meeting at LCCC
May 16, 2018
Scholarships Awarded to Students
Daniel Wilson, Professor of History Muhlenberg Col
Jun 13, 2018
History of Polio & Post Polio Syndrome
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Jul 04, 2018
Happy Independence Day!
 
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