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Welcome to Morning Star!
Bethlehem Morning Star

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
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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(Live/Hybrid)
 
Please join the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star this Thursday, June 30th for our Live/Hybrid Meeting. Our meet & greet starts at 7:15am with the regular meeting starting at 7:30am. Breakfast will be provided by Voracious Deli.
 
This will be our Club Changeover Meeting as we celebrate Shawn Bariana's outstanding year as Club President and pass the gavel to our incoming President Rodney Seifert.
 
You will have the option of joining us IN PERSON or via ZOOM. Please see Option details below:
 
IN PERSON LOCATION DETAILS:
 
The Flat Iron Building (5th floor)
301 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015
 
Metered street parking is available on Broadway and on 4th Street.  Meters begin at 8AM.  Additional parking is available in the tenant parking lot along 4th & Wyandotte Streets and the Cathedral Church parking lot.
 
 
ZOOM Detail:
 
Topic: Bethlehem Morning Star Hybrid Meeting
Time: June 30, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thu, until Jun 30, 2022, 11 occurrence(s)
        
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85744230490?pwd=Rll0UUd2YmpEbkJmcE5udGZ6Y3ljZz09
 
Dear Friends,
 
I was pleased to present our 2021-22 Year in Review at the June 23rd meeting. We ended the year with a 27 percent increase in Club membership, totaling 71 members. Among the many other goals we reached, I am most proud that we were able to continue our fundraising efforts and service projects to help our community. If you missed the last meeting, you can view the attached presentation. 
 
To view the 2023 District Conference video, "Bond at the Beach," click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO1gatnlUYU&t=9s
 
To view video of our June 16th special performance of Bhartnatyam Classic & Semi-Classical dances by the Nrutyagarima Academy of Dance, click this link:
 
And finally Susan Burnett, Donna Holton and the Manyatta Zebra, Kenya Global Grant team is looking for one more traveler to even out their trip to meet the Isiolo Rotary Club, see the early progress of the grant, meet the people we are assisting, and gather photos and interviews for "Phase 2."  The timing of this trip is end of Oct thru the middle of November (12-14 days). There will be some time for exploration and fun. If you are interested in going, please contact Sue Burnett within the next two weeks. The rough estimate of this trip is $3,000ish (economy flight).
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Shawn
 
 
 
 
  Audrey Rafferty Memorial Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 
 
The Spaghetti Dinner was Friday, June 10th. We were happy to see so many Rotarians, family, friends and community members!
 
I would like to send out a Thank You  for everyone's participation in the Spaghetti Dinner.
 
Whether you volunteered to help, sold tickets, bought tickets, promoted the event or came to enjoy a delicious meal with friends, family and co-workers, your support of the Morning Star Rotary Spaghetti Dinner was greatly appreciated.
 
The day was filled with fellowship, camaraderie, laughs, labor and sweat in an aromatic atmosphere. 
The evening was filled with the enjoyment of the "fruits of the labor" not only with family and friends but also with fellow Rotarians both old and new. It was great to reconnect once again in this Social and Fundraising event.
 
Here's a recap of the event!  NET PROCEEDS EXCEEDED $2,000!
 
VOLUNTEERS 25 Rotarians  7 Nurse Family Partners  6 Victory House and 5 Non-Rotarians
Volunteer Hours Rotarians 165 Non-Rotarians 45
SPONSORS  Ginny Wolkoff  John Petruzzelli  Charlie Incalcaterra   Rick Santee  Russ Pacala and  Buckno Lisicky
 
Thank You!!
Val
 
Please join us in welcoming our newest MSR members!
 
 
Jennifer Cunningham from Lehigh University and Larry Eighmy from The StoneHouse Group were inducted by Membership Chair Mike Long and President Shawn Bariana. Welcome Jen and Larry. We are very happy to welcome you to our Morning Star family!
 

SOUTHSIDE ARTS DISTRICT

Southside Arts District (Live/Hybrid)
 
Erin Zebertavage, Downtown Manager, Southside Arts District joined us for a talk on the Southside ARTS DISTRICT. 
Erin is a lifelong resident of Bethlehem. A large portion of her career has been traveling the globe for technology companies in roles of project management, human resources, and talent acquisition; however, her continued passion and love for Bethlehem has kept her here. A lover of the arts and music, she also serves as Vice Chair for the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. You will often find her enjoying all the live music and festivals Bethlehem has to offer. Erin is thrilled to contribute to the revitalization of SouthSide Bethlehem by supporting the community’s local arts, music, and small businesses.
 
Committees
Design – Focus on making our streets look good and our SSAD public art
Promotions – Creation of events and materials to drive visitors to get downtown
Economic Vitality – Ensure our merchants have the support and resources they need to thrive
Organization – Focus on increasing our volunteer base
Advisory Committee – Provides strategic leadership for committees and long term financial sustainability
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees please contact Erin at Manager@southsideartsdistrict.com
 
Key Goals for the initiative based on prior studies and community feedback when established include:
Improve the pedestrian experience.
Enhance connections between SouthSide anchors, particularly along northsouth streets.
Improve the visual appeal and place-making qualities of key community gateways.
Make better use of public spaces.
Better communicate the availability of economic development and historic preservation tools.
Thank you to our sponsors!! Lehigh University, Bethlehem Parking Authority, Wind Creek, Wegmans, and St. Luke’s!
 
  
Erin Zebertavage
Downtown Manager, SouthSide Arts District
Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation
324 South New Street, Bethlehem PA 18015
610-360-5778
 
On May 19, 2022 Mayor Reynolds presented key elements of his State of the City Address. Upon seeing our 4 Way Test Banner, he immediately commented on the parallels of Rotary to the focus of the City.
 
Following is a list of the topics discussed:
 
Dedicated employees & high level services throughout the community
 
Business & Nonprofit assistance for Pandemic Recovery
 
Demand to Live, Work & Play in Bethlehem – more jobs, growing population
 
Investment in New Construction
 
Financial picture is very strong. Bethlehem highest bond rating of any city in PA
 
Pandemic recovery effectively managed
 
Affordable Housing – major challenge all over. 15,000 units short in LV
 
Homelessness support – a growing challenge
 
Goal is to help all people in the community
 
World heritage site designation is very significant deal
 
The Mayor highlighted how the Affordable Housing situation is impacted by the ever increasing desirability of people who live here are happy and continue to stay in the LV.
 
Overall, recognizing significant challenges being addressed not just in Bethlehem but with our sister communities, the future of the city is strong and focused on sustainable growth.  We thanked Mayor Reynolds for taking the opportunity to engage with MSR!
 
 
 
 
Thursday, May 19th, we met at Traditions of Hanover. Cathy Heimsoth, Executive Director and Megan Sedlock, Marketing Director, welcomed us and provided interesting incites into the  Traditions family philosophy and dealing with the pandemic impact. People need people. Cathy highlighted the critical need to take care of our selves. Neglecting this contributes to anxiety and depression. Traditions seeks the balance to level things out. The Traditions community makes it much easier with others around.  New challenges being experienced are the inclusion of inter-generational residents reflective of the aging baby boomers with changing perspectives. A continual measure of their community focus is the longevity of both the patients in residence and the long term staff. With a 124 person capacity and a robust waiting list, it is recommended people plan ahead realistically.
 
We want to thank Traditions for their continued support and look forward to engaging in other events.
 
Reminder - Save the Date Saturday Nov 5th for the return of Salute The Troops concert to the Northeast Middle School.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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Club Kick-Out Party
Jul 07, 2022 5:30 PM
Home of Betty Issacs (4751 Dealtrey Dr., Easton, PA 18045)
President Rod Seifert
Jul 14, 2022 7:30 AM
Imagine Rotary: Intro to 2022-2023 (Live/Hybrid)
Jessie Shappell
Jul 21, 2022 7:15 AM
Equine Therapy
District Governor Len Gieseler
Oct 13, 2022
Official Club Visit of District Governor
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