Welcome to Morning Star Rotary!
Bethlehem Morning Star
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
Flatiron Building
5th Floor
301 Broadway
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States of America
1st Thursday of the Month Meetings Held at 5:30 PM Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar 55 W Lehigh St. Bethlehem, PA 18018
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At our May 16th club meeting, PDG Janet Kolepp & PP Shawn Bariana walked us through ways to uncover a compelling "why" story. Switch up your response to “what is Rotary?” to “let me tell you a story!”
 Reflect on Your Journey 
Was there a specific moment or value that
resonated with you in Rotary? 
Highlight Rotary's Impact on You
How did that moment make you feel? 
 Identify Rotary's Impact on Others
How did that moment affect others or make them feel?
Thank You to everyone who helped make our Audrey Rafferty Memorial Spaghetti Dinner a success once again this year.
It was great to see the Dining Room filled to capacity-with many diners lingering- enjoying not only Butch's (and company's) famous sauce but also warm fellowship!
A big Morning Star Rotary "Thank You" to everyone who attended the dinner and especially our table and dessert sponsors!
"KUDOS to DG Diane Donaher and the Conference Committee, including many MSR Rotariansfor all their hard work making this conference a success!"
At this past week's 2024 District Conference, Morning Star Rotary was honored as the
#1 CLUB IN THE DISTRICT for contributions to the Rotary Foundation for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  We were also recognized for our efforts in eradicating polio through our contributions to PolioPlus.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our members for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation this past year.  Because of your generosity, we are able to continue our humanitarian endeavors in our community and throughout the world.
On Thursday, April 25, 2004, we were honored to host Sharon Runge, Executive Director, and Faith Doucett, Director of Partnerships and Mentorships, from Kenya Connect. Their presentation shed light on the impactful work of this organization, dedicated to improving education and enriching the lives of children in rural Kenya.

Kenya Connect's innovative programs and strategic partnerships aim to bridge the gap between communities and educational resources, empowering young minds to realize their full potential. Initiatives such as school libraries, computer labs, and literacy programs create nurturing learning environments where children can thrive and develop essential skills for the future. We are optimistic about the prospect of continuing our relationship with Kenya Connect, fostering collaboration to bring much-needed resources to our Kivutina School project.  

CLICK HERE to view their presentation.
Our very own Morning Star Rotarian, Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen was recently inducted into Rotary's Arch Klumph Society in recognition of her generous support of the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Charlotte on this well deserved honor!
Morning Star Rotarians attended the District 7430 STEM-YEA Reverse Ticket Raffle on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the Indian Valley Country Club in Telford.  Proceeds from this event benefit this year's Youth Explorer Academy at Kutztown University.
Morning Star Rotarians braved the elements on Saturday morning, April 13, 2024, to participate in the MCWA (Monocacy Creek Watershed Association) Stream Cleanup along the historic Monocacy Creek.
On Thursday, April 11, 2024, Morning Star Rotary held its weekly club meeting at Traditions of Hanover in Hanover Township.  Our host speakers were Cathy Heimsoth, Executive Director and Megan Sedlock, Marketing Director of Traditions.  Thank you to TOH for hosting this annual meeting and providing breakfast for our members.
At our April 4, 2024 "Happy Hour Social" MSR Rotarian, Elleni Pippis, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  She was presented with her Paul Harris certificate and pin by Tom Hartzell, Foundation Chair.  Congratulations Elleni!
Morning Star Rotarians who attended the Rotary Leadership Institute, as students and facilitators, returned to share their experiences and insights with our members at our March 29th meeting.
"RLI seeks to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in enhancing and strengthening their Rotary experience.  These educational opportunities teach skills that will benefit the members both in their lives and in their volunteer service and the exchange of ideas among future leaders."
Together, we learn! This past Saturday, March 23, 2024, members from our club participated in the Rotary Leadership Institute, which aims to provide quality learning in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills. These skills are invaluable, benefiting members in both their volunteer endeavors within the Rotary community and their professional lives. Additionally, some of our members had the opportunity to serve as facilitators during the sessions.
At our March 22, 2024 meeting, a team of students from the Creative Inquiry program at Lehigh University shared how they are developing their "PlasTech" System to reduce plastic waste in the Philippines (the 3rd largest plastic polluter in the world).  Thanks to the Green Team for introducing us to this fascinating group of smart and ambitious problem solvers!  Click Here to view their presentation.
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Director of Volunteers Maria Shior gave us some insight at our March 14th meeting into the lives of our street neighbors that come to the warming shelter each winter and the growing need for a year-round emergency shelter.
Our Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty, which is why we support the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter both financially and as volunteers. #PeopleOfAction
Morning Star Rotary's own Susan Burnett was honored with the "2024 Rotary International Women’s Day Rotarian Award" for her exemplary humanitarian service work, both locally and globally, by the Emmaus Rotary Club at their club meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2024.  Numerous MSR Rotarians were present to honor Susan as she accepted this award. In addition to receiving a Paul Harris +3 Pin and a crystal plaque, Susan was recognized with a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Congratulations Susan on receiving these well deserved accolades. 
Click "Read More" to view the testimonial from Gilbert Mato of the Rotary Club of Isiolo, Kenya.
At our February 29, 2024 "Leap Day" club meeting, Morning Star Rotary's President-Elect Rodney Conn shared with the membership his experiences at the recent Mid-Atlantic President-Elect Training Seminar (MAPETS).  Click Here to view his presentation.
Our speakers at our February 22, 2024 club meeting were MSR Rotarians and Lehigh Valley realtors, Eileen Dunn and Ginny Wolkoff.  Eileen and Ginny gave us an informative presentation of historical facts and the direction and trends affecting the current housing market in the Lehigh Valley.  Click Here to view their presentation.
Our speaker at our February 15, 20024 meeting was Erin Zebertavage, Downtown Manager of the Southside Arts District. Erin gave us an overview of the organization and highlighted their art installations, revitalization projects, and events.
“Located in the heart of Downtown Bethlehem, the Southside Arts District (SSAD) is a revitalization initiative of the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the economic conditions for businesses and institutions located in the core business district of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Formally organized in 2015 in partnership with Lehigh University and the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation, the SouthSide Arts District follows the nationally recognized Main Street Four-Point Approach from the National Main Street Program, with volunteer based committees focused on the Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality of South Bethlehem.”
CLICK HERE to view presentation!
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these Rotarians from serving their community! MSR members serving dinner and providing showers on February 13, 2024 for the guests at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering.  Morning Star Rotary provides dinner at BES on three evenings during the winter months.
What a fantastic live/hybrid club meeting on Thursday morning, February 8, 2024, as we heard via Zoom from Kenya from our “People of Action” team at the Kivutini School in Machakos. We were treated to songs and dances by the school students and able to view all of the work done on refurbishing the school through our District 7470 Grant and the additional projects by our team in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Machakos.
Club members enjoyed some fellowship at our First Thursday “Happy Hour” Social on February 1st at the Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars!
Our Morning Star Rotary “People of Action” team is currently on location in Kenya inspecting our Kivutini School grant project in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Machakos. The team reports that "The smiles and energy of the students is priceless!"

Foundation Chair Tom Hartzell presents PHF pin
 to MSR member, Rick Santee
At our January 25th club meeting, Tom Hartzell, MSR Foundation Chair, presented an overview of our club and district Foundation giving and Foundation funded projects for the past and current Rotary year.  Click Here to view his TRF presentation.  Tom also presented MSR members with Paul Harris Fellow pins to recognize their continued financial support levels of the Foundation.
            Week of 5/16/2024
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