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Bethlehem Morning Star

Service Above Self

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Thursdays

7:10 am Meet and Greet

7:30 Meeting Starts
Moravian Village

opposite the Post Office

526 Wood Street
1st Thursdays: 5:30 to 7 pm

Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar

55 W. Lehigh Street
Bethlehem, PA  18018
United States

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Mother Nature cancelled our last meeting Thursday January 4. Suspect there were a number of members who welcomed the alternative to braving the Arctic Chill.
We fully recovered in time for our Holiday Celebration hosted by Mike and Terri Long on Saturday evening. A fine turnout was accompanied by great foods and beverages and our wonderful Morning Star Rotary fellowship. Many thanks to all who participated and a very special thank you to Mike and Terri. The ‘Fish Tie Guy’ was present – but it seems he is missing his retirement and not being in the sunny state of Florida. Safe travels Tom & Landa!
We can all smile as the weather moderates and hopefully normalcy returns.
his Thursday we will have the pleasure of hearing from Jack Jerrett of OraSure Technologies. OraSure Technologies is teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to offer its HIV price in 50 developing countries in Africa and Asia.
Please join us in hearing how this $20 Million Gates Foundation Grant will be implemented.
     Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Volunteer Night
(excerpt from September Board Minutes). The format has changed from last year in that it will be held at a single site location. Instead of just cooking the meal and cleaning up as has been done in the past: volunteers are also asked to open, greet and register guests; visit/provide hospitality for shelter guests; provide a minimum of 2 volunteers to serve as overnight chaperones; and prepare and serve a simple breakfast. A discussion was held as to whether MSR wanted to and could provide these additional services. Deacon Rodney Conn, who spearheaded the Emergency Sheltering at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, and his wife have stated their intentions to join the Club and can help support this project. MSR was asked to take the 4th Thursday of all 4 months (December 2017 – March 2018). There was a concern about having enough MSR volunteers for the added responsibilities. A recommendation was made that the Club would try it for one night in January before committing to the other dates.
Ginny Wolkoff has stepped up to head the Morning Star effort. The first event is January 29, 2018. We need those members who indicated a willingness to support this project to contact Ginny as soon as possible to become fully engaged in helping make this a success. Thank you.
From: Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation [] On Behalf Of Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:05 AM
Subject: Thank you!
An Extraordinary New Year
Dear Jean,
Simply amazing. Thanks to our extraordinary community of supporters, our end-of-year campaign raised a stunning $147,960. With the extraordinary generosity of our matching donor, each one of those dollars is doubled for a grand total of $295,920
I cannot adequately express my gratitude. Your investment in our shared future is a beautiful, moving gift. I cannot wait to share the amazing things planned for our students and our schools this year!
Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and prosperous 2018.
Razia Jan
Founder and President
                              Razia's Ray of Hope
Thank you for making a difference! The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation are tax deductible in the USA. Visit for more information.
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Thursday, January 4th, we will NOT begin the second half of our Rotary Year.
BASD Schools are cancelled, and so are we..
WE WILL ALSO NOT BE MEETING IN the First Thursday format with an evening meeting,
but a kick-off of 2018 with Next week’s meeting at regular time for our morning meeting - 7:30 am.
JANET KOLEPP NOMINATED for D7430 Governor 2020-21
As announced in the District 7430 Rick's M.A.D. Report - per DG Rick
Please join me in congratulating our 2020-2021 District Governor, Janet Kolepp.
The Nominating Committee met on December 16th and endorsed Janet for this position.
One of the strengths in our District has been the selection of good leaders who have a passion for Rotary. Janet certainly demonstrates both qualities. Our future looks bright indeed!
Congratulations, Janet. DG Rick
Janet is a very active member of our Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club. She was involved in Rotary long before joining a club; first as a spouse of a Rotarian (Tom) and host Mom to Youth Exchange Students (as well as parent to son Carl, Exchange Student to South Africa). But in 2008 she could no longer be on the sidelines and she joined the Lehigh Valley East Rotary Club.
Janet has served in many Rotary roles including
Treasurer and President of Lehigh Valley East,
Assistant Governor - Area 2,
District 7430 RLI Site Chair,
District Youth Exchange committee member,
Club YEO, Director and
President Elect of Bethlehem Morning Star.
Janet truly believes "Rotary Connects the World" and looks forward to serving as part of the District Leadership Team.
Morning Star Rotary is very proud of Janet and looks forward to fully supporting her as our District Governor in 2020-21!
On the first day of Christmas...
I'm already getting ready for Thursday morning's breakfast - hope you are, too! I love this meeting, and not just because the Liberty a capella choir is singing, and Rick Santee's going to be accompanying our singing with his accordion, but because this meeting, like the one before Thanksgiving, brings both Bethlehem clubs together for fun and fellowship. We really need to remember and give thanks that we have two vibrant clubs in Bethlehem! NOTE - this meeting tends to run past 8:30am!!!
We had such a nice discussion this past Thursday with District Membership Chair & District Governor Nominee Herb Klotz. He talked about a study he had done of growing clubs, and the five characteristics of these clubs which he attributes to their successes. The first, and the one that was the most common and evident in all, was that the president of the club and the club itself put recruitment and membership forward as a high priority in their efforts. We also learned that we are tied for the most new members to a club so far this year - and we're at seven! The good news: I know of at least four more people right now who have expressed interest in also joining, so that would put us well ahead of the pack. Let's just keep pushing! We have been blessed with wonderful new members; we'll be installing the next new member, Karen Achey, on January 11th. We had hoped to install her this past Thursday, but conflicts got in the way.
Speaking of conflicts, we were unable to meet the Audrey Rafferty Scholarship recipient Isa Sanchez; due to the school delay she had responsibilities with her son. We will be inviting her back to the club to speak to us in April, during Child and Maternal Health Month.  We did welcome Tiffany, Tina, and Kelly; they expressed their thanks for our continued support of the Nurse/Family Partnership and our commitment to honoring Audrey's memory.
We have had a number of people use the link to donate to purchase new winter coats for the kids at Thomas Jefferson - but we need to do a bit more! If you were thinking of making a donation of $20, $50, or $100, be sure to do it soon. We won't be distributing them until school is back in session in January but we should take the time now, over the holidays, to be sure we have all we need to order as many as the school will need. (See Operation Warm story below.)
Dates for your calendars:
December 28 - no meeting, but anyone who would like to meet, informally, for breakfast, we'll be meeting at 8am at Billy's Downtown Diner on Broad Street. 
January 4 - we will NOT be meeting at the Artisan; instead, we will meet for a BREAKFAST meeting at Moravian Village
January 6 - Holiday Party hosted by the Longs
January 18 - Thank You breakfast for Sponsors of 5K/10K and Salute The Troops events
January 29 - we will be hosting the Emergency Shelter overnight - see Ginny Wolkoff if you can help
March 10 - Area 1 & 2 Community Outreach Food Packaging Project
In closing, I want to share with all of you a letter we received from the student we sponsor through Razia's Ray of Hope
This is from Musal KhairMoh, our student (Age 10 Grade 4):
Hello. I am glad to have a chance to tell you how well I am doing. I just got my midterm results and done quite well. Also, I am trying to read different stories from my library. I am interested to know more about the world's different countries. We are so lucky to have a new library in our school. This year we have grown some vegetables in our courtyard. We have fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lettuce. We also have grape orchards that will be ready to harvest in a few weeks. All my family members try to help as this is the only source of income. I always wonder about you once a day. I hope to meet you in person and thank you for changing my life.
Best Regards
Service Above Self. Making A Difference.
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
Member picture
Just a reminder - if you have received a notice from Treasurer, Val Walk, please submit all Morning Star Second Half Dues by December 31, 2017.
Send your remittance to
Jean Searfoss, Treasurer
1409 Bogie Avenue
Wescosville, PA 18106
If you have already done so, thank you. If not, your prompt attention will be appreciated.
Morning Star Rotary again takes part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
             Val Walk's Grandson Logan.
Logan raided his piggy bank so that he could make his own donation prior to ringing the bell on Saturday!
       Logan on Duty 
This young man gets it! 
A future Rotarian!
Thank you, Logan!!
We will be at the at Christkindlmarkt from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday December 9th.
Questions, contact Ron Searfoss or Mike Long.
Thank you!
Our speaker last Thursday, was Fred Rooney.  Fred's life and work is a special interest story.
His innovative work has significantly contributed towards providing access to justice for the impoverished and minorities on the local, national, and international level. Fred Rooney continues to provide a living example of what it means to work towards "providing liberty and justice for all" in the Americas.
Fred Rooney became an attorney with a dream to provide access to the legal system for everyone. His efforts were successful and in 2007 -
From that beginning, the concept has been embraced with incubator programs in 33 states of the USA!
In the past few years the legal incubator concept has gone international with the first group in the Domincan Republic.
The concept resonates with people all over the world. Incubators are now in India, Turkey, Central and South America and the foundations are being put in place in Cuba.
Fred is an exceptional individual and we can all give thanks for his vision and tenacity in pursuing his goals. Truly a man Making A Difference!
Our speaker last week was Jack Pfunder, President & CEO of MRC – Manufacturers Resource Center. The topic "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" This is a student video contest for middle school students with the purpose to help build a strong pipeline of talent by giving students a new perspective on exciting STEM career opportunities that exist at area manufacturing companies.
These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers' Choice Award.
The program is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes about advanced manufacturing careers in the Keystone State. This past year 123 middle school teams participated statewide, more than 3,300 attended award ceremonies, and more than 500,000 online votes were cast.
The video contests are run by Manufacturing Resource Center, where Jack is President and CEO.
Link to view actual presentations:  These are done by middle school students throughout the Commonwealth. The future is looking bright!
Morning Star Rotary is hard at work!
Saturday, we were helping the Bethlehem community, along with students, family and staff of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to clean up the yard and playground.
The value of our efforts can be seen in the many smiles as we kick-off our sponsorship with TJE!
Special thanks to Shawn Deiter for the pics!
The results of the District 7430 sponsored Purple Pinkie Run raised over $30,000!
This will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at a 2:1 rate.
Bottomline, the event will have raised over $90,000 for polio eradication! This is leverage at its finest.
Special thanks to all of our members and friends of Rotary who participated by making
pledges or taking part in the run.

“Salute the Troops” Concert 


The Concert was a wonderful success. The auditorium was filled with fans of all ages coming to enjoy another great presentation.


Above is our President-Elect Janet Kolepp extolling the virtues of Rotary during the break.


If you look closer down in front of Janet, you will see Ron Spier, a member of the Lehigh Valley Men's Chorale and soon to be one of our newest Morning Star Rotarians.


Great event! Thanks to all for your participation and support.




Thank you!



At our October 26 meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College. Dr. Grigsby provided a very enlightening presentation of “What’s Happening at Moravian College!”
Of course, you need to take a look back at the first 275 years of the College’s history to gain perspective on how it has and continues to evolve.
Did you know Moravian started out as a girls school in the 1740’s?
Now Moravian College has evolved into a liberal arts education in conjunction with various professional healthcare programs.
Two recent additions include a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network and The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences. These are leading edge state of the art facilities focused on bringing liberal arts and science together to serve the future needs of educators, scientists and entrepreneurs.
As Dr. Grigsby stated, “as we enter our next 275 years, we will continue to help our students to prepare for their chosen careers but also prepare them for the 3 or 4 other careers they will pursue in their lifetimes.”
Thank you Charlotte!
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Jan 11, 2018
Meetings Set-up & Breakdown
Aronson, Marianne
Deiter, Shawn
Wolkoff, Ginny
Conn, Rodney
Kolepp, Tom
Recognition and Grants
Jan 18, 2018
Awarding of grants to Special Olympics & Victory House
Da Vinci Science Center
Jan 25, 2018
Exec Director Lin Erickson
Feb 01, 2018
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Getting to Know Our Newest Members!
Feb 08, 2018
Classification Talks
Rotary Road Trip
Feb 15, 2018
Douglas Harbach - Director of Communications
Feb 22, 2018
PA Gaming Control Board
Rotary Means Business
Mar 01, 2018
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Getting to Know Our Newest Members!
Mar 15, 2018
Classification Talks
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