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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 by 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 of America
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Morning Star Rotary had a solid turnout on Saturday December 7 at the Moravian Book Shop!
We still need volunteers !!!
December 14 at Christkindlmarkt.
Need 1 - 12-1 PM
Need 2 - 4-5 PM
Need 2 - 5-6PM
Need 2 - 6-7PM
To register for the event please click on the SA Bell Ringing for each date under Upcoming Events on the left column of the club website. This will take you to the Event Registration. Click on the SA Bell Ringing icon which will take you to the sign in lists.
OR Click on CHRISTKINDLMARKT  to register.  This will take you directly to sign-ups.
You can sign on as yourself, a Rotary member, or sign on a guest, e.g. family member, etc.  We need two people for each one hour Time Slot.
Please be sure to include your cellphone number with your name.
Thank you. Join us for a great Morning Star  Club Event supporting our community!
Rotarians, Friends, Neighbors, & Colleagues,
I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! As a rather new member to Morning Star,  and second year tri-chair to the Salute The Troops concert,  I am humbled to be a part of this most worthy event. 

MSR took on the challenge of guaranteeing $15,000 toward a very important need of a generator for Victory House, which was required for a matching District Grant.  Thanks to the vision of Ron Helmuth, and grant acumen of Susan Burnett, this venture provided $30,000 to further the effort of Victory House and the care of homeless veterans.  Because of a sizable donation from Wind Creek, local business ads, patron support, and concert ticket sales, WE...YOU...MADE IT HAPPEN!!  
Thank you for selling tickets.  Thank you for placing ads.  Thank you for attending.  Thank you for caring.  Thank you to Gary Hartney and Rodney Conn.  A special thank you to Jean Searfoss for the excellent Program Book. And especially Pat DiLuizio for his passion and leadership of Victory House.
If you were not able to witness, in person, the effect this concert has (on a packed house)...please place it on your bucket list.  There were so many inspirational moments....vets proudly standing for their country,  middle school students getting a glimpse of duty, country, honor.  A program of excellent concert material performed by one of the most impressive, (and oldest) American bands,  willing to partner with middle school aged students. AND an entire inter-generational audience proudly singing, "God Bless America'! 
Thank you Brian Rupnick, Denise Parker, Ron Demkee, and fellow Rotarians, for doing your part to fulfill the promise of Service Over Self!
Gayle Justice
Note: we please request that you get your remittances in for ads, concert tickets and patron support. Thank you!
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of a 'classification talk' by Zach Ainslie. Turns out Zach has been an avid outdoorsman since a very early age. Started rock climbing with his father at age 3!  Hiking, camping, etc, led to eventually a career as an Arborist with Bartlett which allows him to apply his expertise while spending most time outdoors. Zach is also a pipe lover, being a member of two actual pipe clubs in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. He admits to having over 50 pipes and actually smokes all on a rotating basis. 
Dad, younger brother & Zach       
 Dad & Zach on the way up!
Thanks Zach. We are happy to have you as part of our Morning Star Rotary family.
Hi Wayne, Jeff, and all Morning Star supporters,
MANY thanks to both of you, the whole race committee, and all who helped and supported the 2019 Morning Star Rotary Celtic Classic 5K!
To my knowledge, all the income and expenses have been recorded as of 10/31/19.
While we have heard that the number of participants at other races in the Lehigh Valley have dwindled in recent years, the registration income for our 5K holds steady ($7,132 this year vs $7,387 last year).
When we add in the $1,062 early registration income processed in the 2018-19 Rotary year, Total Income for the 2019 Race is $11,244 (vs Budget $11,000).
Expenses are $4,591, or $909 less than the $5,500 Budgeted.
Including the $1,062 early registrations, the Net Income is $6,653, or $1,153 better than the Budgeted $5,500!
With sincere appreciation,
Jean Searfoss, Treasurer
Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star
Congratulations to Sheila Seifert who won $283 last week. Special thanks to Sheila who donated a significant portion of the winnings to the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition! 
New cycle begins November 21, 2019.
Reminder - you can not win if you do not play!
On October 31 we had an appearance by Robbie Donno, a Rotarian from the Manhasset Club and Past Governor of District 7255. It was 1975 when Robbie read an article in the Rotarian magazine about a nurse in Uganda who needed facial surgery after being mauled by a hyena. Communications technology being what it was at that time, the nurse received treatment in Australia before Robbie could respond BUT, along the way, he met a 5 year-old girl who needed heart surgery. He arranged to have her transported to New York for the life-saving operation. That was the first of what has become over 35,000 heart surgeries provided by the Gift Of Life International organization founded by Robbie. Their unique stories revolve around the single idea that somewhere in this world, there were people who extended help, hope and love when there was no other relief in sight and those people were Rotarians! GOL is stronger than ever and hopes to provide over 3,500 operations this year. 93+% of children born with a congenital heart defect are born in a country where there is no hope for treatment. GOL now operates in 80 countries across five continents. Their initiatives are supported by 286 Rotary Clubs and 63 Rotary Districts.
Robbie with nephew, MSR's Jeff Kicska. Jeff credits his uncle as his inspiration to do good things!
In background are the latest recipient and on the right the first recipient of the GOL!
One person can really make a difference. Given his vocational background, Robbie refers to himself as "a garbageman who does heart surgery on the side."
To increase your engagement with your Rotary, we want to really emphasize the opportunity for you to read the monthly CONNECTIONS Newsletter from the District.
There is a wealth of information of what is going on in Rotary and especially within your District 7430! You receive this every month!
DG Herb monthly video message on key topics featuring Rotarians from around the District.
Grow Rotary - July click here
Membership - August click here
Youth Programs - September click here
World Polio - October click here
The Rotary Foundation - November click here
Social Media - December  click here
The videos will also be available on the homepage of  the district website
Our DG laid out the plans for the coming Rotary Year. From RI all the way down to the club level, the theme is consistent - GROW ROTARY!
Grow our Membership: Goals - start 3 new clubs with 100+ NET District gain our Giving and our Youth Programs
Grow our Service thru
Impact of "The Rotary Foundation" - 35 Clubs participate in District Grants;
Grow our Giving thru
+10% Annual Fund-SHARE Giving by 10%;
+10% "Purple Pinkie Race to Zero Polio Plus
Grow our Youth Programs thru
Levels of Achievement for 9 Programs of Service Award Matrix
DG Herb's full presentation can be accessed in the DOWNLOAD section on the MSR Website HOMEPAGE.
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Director 7/1/19-6/30/20
Director 7/1/19-6/30/20
Director 7/1/19-6/30/20
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Youth Services
Meeting Responsibilities
DEC 12, 2019
Set-up & Breakdown
Aronson, Marianne
Milet, Lynn
Burnett, Susan
Sgt. @ Arms
Conn, Rodney
Conn, Sarabel
Macri, Butch
Hunter, Bill
DEC 12, 2019
LHS A Capella Choir & Accordianist Rick Santee
Dec 19, 2019 7:30 AM
NO MEETING - Holiday Break
Dec 26, 2019
Jan 02, 2020
Bryon Grigsby, President Moravian College
Jan 09, 2020 7:30 AM
Economic Impact of AICUP Schools and Moravian College
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