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Welcome to our Club!
Bethlehem Morning Star

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
1st Thursdays: 5:30 to 7 pm Zoom
2nd-5th Thursday 7:30 am Zoom
Bethlehem, PA
United States of America
1st Thursday - 5:30 PM / 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Thursdays - 7:10 AM Meet and Greet / 7:30 AM Meeting Starts


Every waving flag, hand covered heart, and deeply felt prayer, asking God to Bless America, is a declaration of thanks to all those who have served.
Veterans have shown, by example, what it truly means to belong to the land of the free and the home of the brave!
                                                                                                                                  President John Oesmann
Please join us for this week's MSR ZOOM meeting, November 19th, 7:30 am.
Our speaker will be Sharon Brown who will be presenting her Classification Talk.

Zoom starts at 7:15 am for Social time (meet & greet), with the regular meeting starting at 7:30 am.
The new Zoom link below is good for Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Weekly MORNING meetings beginning Oct. 8, 2020 and running through June 2021.
Click to join Zoom Meeting (password is embedded)
Meeting ID: 837 8623 1515
Passcode: Cement2020
Topic: Sharon Brown Classification Talk
Time: Nov 19, 2020 07:15 AM Eastern Time 
November was Rotary Foundation Month. Diane Donaher, District 7430 Area 2 Foundation Coordinator, presented an overview of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Diane Donaher gave a great overview of The Rotary Foundation(TRF)-November's Rotary area of focus. She outlined the history of TRF starting out with a $26.50 endowment by Arch Klumph in 1917 which set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. TRF is not for profit supported by our voluntary contributions which turns those gifts into service projects throughout the world. TRF makes judicious use of the gifts with 100% financial performance metrics and has continuously received the highest-four star rating-from Charity Navigator.
The Rotary Foundation has had 6 areas of focus:
1. Building Peace & Conflict Resolution
2. Disease Prevention & Treatment
3. Maternal & Child Health
4. Community & Economic Development
5. Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
6. Basic Education & Literacy
And a new area of focus:
7. Supporting the Environment!
There are three funds: 1. Annual Fund (primary) 2. Endowment Fund 3. Polio Plus. The efforts of TRF can be found from Bethlehem to Mumbai, India and beyond. Individual Rotarian Recognition can start as a sustaining member at $100 each year. A Paul Harris Fellow is achieved at $1000, and multiple Paul Harris Fellows up to level 9. Please consider making your yearly contribution now or starting on the path as a sustaining member.
Please contact Tom Hartzell or President John with questions or requests for more information. You can make your contribution directly to RI online or you can mail your contribution to Tom before December 15, 2020 for a 2020 tax deduction.
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Special thanks to Pete Mickolay for input.

During the month of November, the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star will bring "happiness in a shoebox" to many less fortunate children here in the Lehigh Valley.
Holiday Hope Chest is a program run through the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. In 2019, they collected over 9,000 wrapped shoeboxes donated by area businesses, clubs and churches. Each wrapped box is filled with gifts that go to children served by one of over 40 local non-profits and schools.
We are looking for volunteers for the following positions:
  • Shoebox donors
  • Gift wrap donors
  • Shoebox wrappers
  • Gift donors
  • All of the above
  • Driver to pick up shoeboxes from Rotarians
MSR has pledged to give 45 filled and wrapped boxes. If we meet this goal quickly, we can ALWAYS donate more!
  2. Collect and wrap empty shoeboxes (no boot boxes). HOW TO WRAP A SHOEBOX WITH ATTACHED LID
  3. Purchase age-appropriate items for your boxes (please no food or candy). Value of gifts approximately $25 per box. GIFT SUGGESTIONS BY AGE
  4. Place items into your wrapped shoeboxes.
  5. HOLIDAY HOPE CHEST GIFT TAG - Print, cut, fill out the gift tag, and affix one to the short side of the Holiday Hope Chest. Please make sure the tags you print out match what you have indicated on your form.
  6. A Rotary volunteer will pick up your wrapped and filled Holiday Hope Chest on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 BETWEEN 10AM-2PM.
FAQ Document  (provided by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley)
Please contact Shawn Deiter at or 610-442-8022 with any questions or to coordinate pick up of boxes/gift wrap.
Due to changes in the Bethlehem Health Dept, the Flu Vaccine clinic will not be offered this year.  Please make arrangements to receive this vaccine at your health care provider office, area pharmacies, or other approved locations.
  • The High Dose Fluzone/quadrivalent is recommended for 65+
  • The High dose Flumist/Quadrivalent is recommended for 2-49 yrs
  • The Fluzone/Quadrivalent is recommended form 6+ months 
The Flu vaccine should be obtained before Nov 1.  PROTECT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES!
Keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic will be continuing creating a double whammy flu/virus season.  BEWARE…wear a mask (correctly), hand washing, practice social distancing, and avoid crowds. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Personal and public health is your responsibility!
and remember to drink your water!!!
Janet A. Sipple, RN, EdD
ISO Meeting Presenters
Do you know someone with a fascinating story or a local organization that would be willing to give a presentation for Morning Star Rotary at our 7:30 AM meetings? Please contact Shawn Deiter at or 610-442-8022.
Thank you very much,
Shawn Deiter
President Elect
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End Polio Now
August 2020
African region declared free of wild poliovirus
The World Health Organization’s African region was officially certified free of wild poliovirus on 25 August. This milestone comes four years after Nigeria — the last polio-endemic country in Africa — recorded its final case of wild polio. It’s a significant step forward in the fight to eradicate polio and protect the world’s children from this paralyzing disease.

This incredible achievement is the result of a decades-long commitment by Rotary members, working with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), African region leaders, and millions of dedicated health care workers and supporters. Read more.
Take action for World Polio Day
Get ready for World Polio Day on 24 October by promoting awareness, raising funds, and planning club events. This year, calling attention to our efforts to eradicate polio is as important as ever.

We’ve shown that we can defeat this devastating disease, as five out of six regions are now free of wild poliovirus — but the fight is not over. Wild polio still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

This World Polio Day, let’s take action to help end polio for good. Download the toolkit for resources to help you host a virtual event for your community, share information over social media, contact your local media, and more. Don’t forget to register your event on New this year: Clubs and members that register their events will receive early access to the downloadable World Polio Day program.
Successful events in a virtual world
Rotary clubs in Canada are sharing their model for holding a successful online event for World Polio Day. Using local education and technology resources, community involvement, and compelling guest speakers, 10 clubs in District 7070, Ontario, Canada, began collaborating in 2018 to host a creative and meaningful livestream event each year. Get inspiration from their experience to plan and promote your club’s virtual outreach for World Polio Day. 
Rotary in the news
Rotary members who are survivors of polio are talking about their experiences and the parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary member Shirley Griffin reflects on having polio as a child in an interview with, and discusses her efforts with Rotary to raise funds and administer vaccines in the fight to end polio.

A media trip to India with Rotary for a National Immunization Day program inspired this article in Forbes that covers India’s efforts to mobilize country-wide vaccinations. The piece then explores the similarities and differences between polio and COVID-19, with interviews from polio survivor Ann Lee Hussey, Rotary member and past district governor, and Peter Salk, president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and infectious disease professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His father Dr. Jonas Salk developed one of the two polio vaccines.

Despite immense challenges, India was declared wild polio-free in 2014. In a column that appears on the India-based news platform The Quint, Rotary’s India National PolioPlus Committee Chair Deepak Kapur explains what it took to achieve that success in eradicating wild poliovirus, including mass vaccination campaigns organized by thousands of Rotary clubs across India. Kapur also emphasizes the need to remain dedicated to global polio eradication so that children stay protected from polio and other diseases.
Your donation goes further to eradicate polio
Rotary is committed to raising $50 million per year to end polio, with every dollar matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thanks to our generous members and donors, we reached our 2019-20 PolioPlus fundraising goal.

We need your continued help to keep raising $50 million annually. With every contribution multiplied, your donation goes even further to help us reach children in every part of the world with a polio vaccine as well as other life-saving vaccines and health care.
JUST a reminder - see the following link CLUBRUNNER MOBILE APP for a short video on the free phone app and all the information readily available to you right on your phone! Makes that little cell phone a very valuable tool for a gazillion of your Rotary needs! Enjoy! Give a yell if any questions.
Think about your fellow MSR members. Any you have not seen in a while...
Please take a little time to "reach out" and touch base with someone. See how they are doing and let them know they are missed at meetings and our events.
Perfect time is now - especially in view of the situation we are all in! 
Goes just as well for family and friends all around!
Take care and be safe.
Need ZOOM help just give a yell!
Morning Star Rotary has Rotary Face Masks in two designs available for sale to club members for $7 each.
(The club is covering tax and shipping.) Contact Jean Searfoss 
In addition to keeping people safe, they are a great way to make Rotary more visible in the community. 
Special thanks to  Jan Chicka, one of our favorite Rotarians - now of the Whitehall Rotary Club who presented her personnel story of her "heart."
After caring for her mother through her passing, Jan realized she was having odd heartbeats. The diagnosis was AFib.  Jan candidly shared her amazing story of her choice to live and the challenges of regaining her "heart health" and getting her life back.  Now after years of  persistence, many surgeries, procedures, medications she has achieved outstanding success. Clearly she "chose wisely!"
Jan was honored by the American Heart Association in recognition of her successful journey of the heart! She is 1 of 12 Women of Heart! Click link for the stories. | @goredforwomen
#watchmechangehistory #watchmegored

Click the links to learn more!
Note: Thank you Jan; we also enjoyed the education on your "dachshund tribe!"

We were very fortunate to hear from Carol Ferguson from the Pennsylvania Polio Survivors Network last Thursday. This is an amazing Grass Roots organization having a very positive impact in our state. They began with “the inspiration to provide a service that provides information that can “Network” Polio Survivors and their families.  Their efforts evolved to focus on Vaccine Advocacy, becoming part of the solution working together for our children.  The science clearly and conclusively shows that VACCINES WORK!!! This is extremely important when you recognize the World Health Organization lists “vaccination hesitancy” as one of the Top 10 Threats to Global Health.
The group has partnered with the CHOP – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Vaccine Education Center to bring information to our communities. Working with RI the program has expanded throughout Pennsylvania via Rotary Clubs and Districts.
Contact information for questions, please direct to
Vaccine Information Card questions van go to
Most significantly, for survivors, caregivers and rotarians there is an unbelievable amount of information available on their website
Given the current situation with Covid 19, the need for vaccinations is abundantly clear.
We all know Bill Nye, the Science Guy. On the website in the Vaccine area you will see a video from the recent Rotary International conference with Bill extolling the efficacy of vaccines and the need to expand their applications.
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/20-6/30/22
Director 7/1/20-6/30/22
Director 7/1/20-6/30/22
Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Nick Millward, Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific St
Feb 25, 2021 7:30 AM
Mongolia Connect Project
Mar 04, 2021 5:30 PM
Fire Captain Kevin B. Landis
Mar 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Bethlehem Fire Department
Scott Reynolds
Mar 25, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Peace Centers and the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
TBA - Rotary Peace Fellow
Apr 08, 2021 7:30 AM
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