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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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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.”
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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.
At our January 18th club meeting, we were joined via Zoom from Istanbul by Yasar Atacik, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, who spoke to our members about Rotary's Role in Global Climate Change Discussions and Negotiations.  Yasar is a member and past president of Acarkent Rotary Club of Istanbul,Turkey.
Yaşar has been a Rotarian since 2014. One of the reasons Yasar joined Rotary was to bring awareness about environmental and sustainability issues to the attention of an influential group of people, Rotarians. Since then, he helped establish a Carbon Footprint Committee, which later was called Environmental Sustainability Committee at the District level and has supported clubs cultivating projects on sustainability.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Turkish Carbon Footprint and Sustainability Association, working mostly with school districts to develop and implement energy efficiency projects at schools.
At the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick announced her theme for the 2024-25 Rotary year: THE MAGIC OF ROTARY.
Our holiday meeting is one of the most wonderful times of the year because the Liberty High School a cappella choir visits. This year they were accompanied by the Grenadier Band - Bethlehem Area School District and, to make the morning even more special, the musical magnificence of our very own Rick Santee on the accordion.
From Victory House:
“Today was a very special day! Morning Star Rotary of Bethlehem invited us out to present us with a $10,000 check to help support our Mission. We also got to enjoy a Christmas concert put on by the choir of Liberty High School Bethlehem PA.  We at Victory House are very thankful for all the continuous support by the Morning Star Rotary of Bethlehem.”
Progress on our Kivutini School District Project....floors, walls. blackboards, verandas, etc.  The walls are painted and the tile floors are in!
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Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club Grants $10,000 to CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation


BETHLEHEM, PA – December 14, 2023 – Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club proudly announces a significant contribution of $10,000 to CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT). This generous grant aims to support CAT's mission of promoting sustainable and accessible transportation solutions within the community.

The Morning Star Rotary Club has a longstanding commitment to making a positive impact on the local community. Recognizing the essential work carried out by CAT, the club is thrilled to contribute to the organization's efforts in creating a more sustainable and efficient transportation system.

CAT, a prominent non-profit organization, focuses on advocating for and implementing environmentally friendly transportation solutions. The organization plays a vital role in addressing the challenges associated with transportation in our community, striving to make it more inclusive, affordable, and environmentally conscious.

The $10,000 grant from the Morning Star Rotary Club will provide CAT with additional resources to enhance its programs and initiatives. These funds will support the development and implementation of projects aimed at improving public transportation, bicycling education, and pedestrian accessibility.


Club President Betty Isaacs Presents Grant Check to CAT Leadership


The President of the Morning Star Rotary Club, Betty Isaacs, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "We are delighted to partner with CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation in their pursuit of creating a more sustainable and inclusive transportation landscape. The Morning Star Rotary Club is committed to supporting organizations that contribute to the betterment of our community, and we believe that CAT's work aligns perfectly with our values."

CAT Executive Director, Scott Slingerland, expressed gratitude for the generous grant, saying, "We are truly grateful for the Morning Star Rotary Club's support. This contribution will significantly impact our ability to advance our mission of promoting transportation solutions that are not only efficient but also mindful of the environment and community needs. Together, we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve."

This collaboration between the Morning Star Rotary Club and CAT underscores the power of community partnerships in addressing pressing issues and fostering positive change.


 MSR Club Member & CAT Vice President Jennifer Cunningham
CAT Executive Director Scott Slingerland, VP Cunningham, Board President Bill Meiklejohn


The Morning Star Rotary Kivutini School District Grant project in Kenya is underway and will be complete in the coming weeks. Many parents of the school children are participating in the project which provides some much needed income to those families. The old roof has been removed and the walls are being repaired. Due to inflation, the cost of some goods has gone up but the Machakos Rotary Club (Kenya) members have made up the difference. The MSR Kenya Travel Team cannot wait to get there and paint!
UPDATE:  The roof is going on and it is
Morning Star Rotary is Growing!  On Thursday, November 16th, DG Diane Donaher joined us as we welcomed four new members to our Morning Star Rotary family.  DG Diane inducted Susan Badu, Enid Jackson, Justin Strasser, and Taylor Breinich (virtually).   The new members were joined by their Morning Star sponsors and their club mentors.  Congratulations and welcome to Rotary!
At our November 16th club meeting, Connor M. Moriarty from Reset Outdoors was our guest speaker.  He shared with our membership his organization's "Nature Centered Well-Being" model if you are experiencing stress at your job or at home, never-ending uncertainty, healing from trauma, or simply in search of positive change.  Members were provided an overview of the organization's offerings and were able to experience a taste of how change in their well-being can be effected through Reset Outdoor's programs.
"For individuals and families, we provide counseling services that reconnect you with nature to help you live a healthy and balanced life.

For teams, companies, and organizations, we provide both professional development and leadership programming that creates a healthy, empowered and engaged workforce.

We believe that we, as human beings, are inherently strong, resilient, and capable. This can be easy to lose sight of, especially when your daily life feels complicated and overwhelming. Our job is simply to help you understand where you are now, plot a course, and walk with you on your journey to a healthy, balanced, life."

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The “Salute the Troops” Concert on Sunday, November 12th, honoring our veterans and current members of the US Armed Forces, was a successful and very enjoyable event.  The Allentown Band including soloist Chet Brown, the Lehigh Valley Men’s Chorale, and the music students from Northeast Middle School performances were fantastic.  
A big MSR “Thank You” to the MSR Rotarians who stepped up to ensure a successful event. Thank you to all MSR Rotarians who sold tickets, solicited sponsors, attended the concert, and those who volunteered to assist on concert day. 
Special thanks to all our concert sponsors, especially the major sponsors, Embassy Bank and Wind Creek Bethlehem. Because of all of our sponsors generosity, we are able to continue supporting Victory House of Lehigh Valley and will accomplish many of this year’s other charitable projects.
At our November 9th meeting, MSR Past President Shawn Bariana spoke to our members about the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.  PP Shawn is the Community Relations Manager of the Volunteer Center and presented an overview regarding the services provided by her organization along with information about the Holiday Hope Chest project in which our club continues to participate.
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At our October 26th club meeting, new MSR member, Taylor Breinich, gave her Classification Talk.  She spoke about her upbringing, her educational background, and shared her journey to working for Bartlett Tree Experts.  Taylor answered many questions about her work/company and shared her expertise regarding maintaining and caring for trees.
This past Saturday evening, October 21st, the District 7430 Rotaplast fundraiser was held at Pennsylvania Playhouse.  Attendees were treated to a fabulous performance of Sondheim's  "Sweeney Todd" and enjoyed delicious food, drink, and fellowship.  A basket raffle, 50/50, and a quilt auction all benefited the fantastic work of our district Rotaplast team.  Morning Star Rotary was proud to be a club sponsor for this event.  A big shoutout and kudos to MSR Rotarian Susan Burnett for all her work on this benefit on behalf of Rotaplast..."What an incredibly amazing evening D7430 Rotaplast had last night at the Pennsylvania Playhouse with “Sweeney Todd”! The thesaurus is not up to the task of describing the evening. The show was phenomenal! Right down to that last second! Darah Donaher (director) and her entire cast and crew should tour! Thank you to all who came out and supported the event. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs and local merchants who sponsored and donated items. All raffle prizes were loved and appreciated. The Clubhouse Grille once again provided amazing food! The talk back with the actors, as with last year, was an enormous hit! Wish we could see it again!!"
What an honor to have our friend Rep. Steve Samuelson of the 135th district be our guest speaker at our October 19, 2023 club meeting! His recent legislation signed by Gov. Shapiro will help vulnerable residents, such as seniors, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program by increasing income limits and providing larger rebates for those who qualify.
Twice a year, Morning Star Rotary offers Audrey Rafferty Memorial (ARM) Education Grants to clients in the St. Luke’s Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Program. NFP empowers first-time mothers to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Specially educated nurses regularly visit first-time moms, becoming a trusted resource in providing care, support and advice.
The most recent recipient of the ARM Education Grant was awarded a $1,000 grant to assist in the purchase of a computer to aid in her studies at LCCC where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. With the assistance of MSR Rotarian Lynn Milet, she was able to buy the proper computer. In her words “I want to thank you and the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star for allowing me to have this grant. I am so thankful because now I can accomplish my dream career.”
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Janet A, Sipple Lectureship is being held this year on this coming Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 5:00 pm in Foy Concert Hall at Moravian University. This year the lectureship is entitled The Power of Nursing and Public Health in Tobacco Control.

Morning Star Rotary will once again support this event. Tickets will be provided to anyone who wishes to attend. Dr. Sipple has been an active and revered member of our club for many years. Please feel free to show your support. 

MSR Weather Policy


If the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) CLOSES schools, then the Morning Star Rotary meeting will be held ZOOM only, not In-person.

If BASD just DELAYS school opening, our meeting will be HELD AS USUAL (Zoom & In-person), unless notification e-mailed for a Zoom format for all.



Based on BASD assessments, a decision to delay the start of school or to close school is made by 5 AM!

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