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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


The Monocacy Creek Creek Cleanup that was scheduled for tomorrow morning. October 1, 2022, has been canceled due to predicted bad weather conditions.
Our speaker last Thursday was Joyce Tannian focusing on water projects in the Amboseli Region in Kenya. Joyce had one of the most astounding openings we have ever experienced. Formerly, a professional opera singer for many years in NYC until 911  changed the world, she sang the full first verse of  "How Great Thou Art"  in the Kenyan dialect of the Amboseli Region. Thank you for an amazing experience. 
Working Together for Change that Lasts
Founded in 2007 by Joyce Tannian of Newark, Delaware & Joseph Larasha of Kenya, Water is Life Kenya (WILK) is a IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated empowering the Maasai people of Southern Kenya through providing access to clean water, improved resource management, & supporting the most vulnerable.
WILK’s success has come from the power of relationships.  Supported by our streamlined US team, our strong team in Kenya  has worked in partnership with local residents from the beginning, resulting in 25 clean water projects, 600 LAB graduates, & dozens of communities empowered throughout Kajiado County.
3 BIG THINGS WE DO - All driven by the need for water.
2.Livestock as a Business (LAB)
3.Beaded Handicrafts
For more information see the WILK website. 
MSR Rotarians:
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Our 30th Morning Star Rotary Celtic Classic 5K Race/Walk was a fantastic success Sunday.  We had 250+ registered paid participants and the various on-site operations (Set-Up/Breakdown. Pre-Registration, Race Day Registration, Tee Shirts, Bag Check, Food & Water, Race Timing, Course Marshals, Awards) went flawlessly.  A huge Morning Star Rotary THANK YOU to our race chairpersons, Tom Kolepp and Jeff Kicska, for a job well done.  Thank you to Linda Mayger for bringing our ShelterBox and promoting this important initiative at the race and to all of the 30 MSR Rotarians who assisted on Sunday to ensure that our first fundraiser of the Rotary year was successful.  “Many hands make light work!”   Again, thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s race an event we can be proud of as Morning Star Rotarians.
Yours in Rotary,
President, 2022-2023
Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club
Please join us as the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star proudly presents our 18th Salute The Troops concert.
  • Recognition of our Veterans and Armed Forces worldwide.
  • Features the Allentown Band with the Northeast Middle School Band and Chorus.
  • Proceeds benefit Victory House of Lehigh Valley.
How can you help?
  • Attend the Concert November 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm Northeast Middle School 1170 Fernwood Street Bethlehem PA 18018
  • Post and distribute Salute The Troops Flyer – attached
  • Place an Ad; submit listings as Patrons and IHO Advertising / Patron / “In Honor Of” contract – attached   Deadline October 19, 2022
  • Buy/sell/gift tickets – still only $10 each, or $5 for students.
Contact Rodney Conn or 484-225-3493 for tickets.
With your support we will have a profound impact in helping our Veterans!
Don't wait - reach out to your business, friends, neighbors even your landscaper, plumbers, painters, electricians, etc.  Take out an ad and support the troops plus achieve effective and economical exposure to the community. In Honor Of and Patron listings are a great way to show your support as well.  Act NOW! 
Thank you.
Ron Searfoss
Morning Star Rotary
Dianne Denison, welcome to Rotary! Our elevator speech must have been pretty effective because we met our newest member while riding up the elevator to our morning meeting. She joined our meeting to find out more, and well, the rest is history! Dianne, we look forward to serving our community with you. 
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Our appreciation goes out to Lehigh University Professor Wes Hiatt for discussing housing solutions through Zoom at our morning meeting. Prof. Hiatt is a designer and educator whose architecture studio and design courses align with his pedagogical interest in early-career learning and first principles of design. His research is concerned with how architects may participate in the politics of history, change, and identity through engagement with policies governing development and historic preservation. He has previously taught design studios at The Cooper Union, Yale University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Southern California.
Prof. Hiatt is a cofounder of Borough Works, a design and architecture studio in Brooklyn that works on a variety of project types in various scales and locations—from an Airstream trailer in California to a back-to-work space plan for City Parks Foundation in association with the non-profit group Design Advocates.
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Have you been wondering what's being built across from the Promenade Shops? Capital Campaign Manager Rebecca McAtee from Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network gave us the scoop on this new state-of-the-art, 76-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital and how it will revolutionize treatment and recovery options for people with complex medical conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other serious injuries or illnesses. #HopeStartsHere and opens in 2023.
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Morning Star is delighted to introduce the newest member, Patti Baltz Reiser.

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A native of Bethlehem, Patti recently retired from a health career in histology. Welcome to Morning Star Rotary!
President Rod, among the goals for this year, included reinstituting meeting participation for members. Accordingly please find on the top right column of your bulletin Meeting Responsibilities. They are shown as follows:
SET-UP/BREAKDOWN - retrieve from hall closet and set-up banners, the bell, badges box, tickets for 50/50. End of meeting disassemble as needed and return to storage area in hall closet.
GREETER - greet members, visitors, guests as they arrive. Welcome to Morning Star Rotary. An excellent opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow Rotarians!
SGT@ ARMS - administers sign-in sheets, collects weekly meeting fees, tallies data and gives to Treasurer at end of meeting
50/50 - collect funds, distribute the tickets, hold the drawing and forward funds to Sgt@Arms
INVOCATION, PLEDGE & "5" WAY TEST - provide an appropriate invocation in accordance with the spirit of Rotary; lead the Pledge and our "5" Way Test
INTRODUCTIONS - obtain the sign-in sheet  for visitors and guests from Sgt@Arms and perform the introductions. Hint: may be helpful to check names of folks before attempting to pronounce them!
A Sign-Up Sheet will be available at the registration table. You can also notify Robin Metzler or Ron Searfoss of your selection and the date.
Your name will appear in the bulletin prior to the applicable meeting under the Meeting Responsibilities. Your responsibility assignment will also appear at the end of that Bulletin as a reminder. 
If any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to Robin or myself. Thank you.
PA Playhouse and D7430 Rotary Rotaplast Committee
Present a very special Octoberfest performance of
A thrilling, edge of your seat, murder mystery!
Saturday, Oct 15th, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Immediately following the show, we invite you for complementary beer, wine, and Octoberfest themed foods,
Along with talk back with the actors and director!
There will be raffle baskets, one-of-a-kind, hand-made Rotaplast quilt, and a 50/50 drawing
All tickets are $49 (plus $2 processing fee) and can be purchased through the PA Playhouse box office HERE
(click on “click her for tickets for our 2022 season”, then “Buy Tickets” next to “Deathtrap”
and then select the Oct 15th, 1 pm show) or by calling the PA Payhouse box office at 610-865-6665
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary International’s District 7430 Rotaplast hands-on efforts to support medical missions in developing countries.
These missions provide pediatric cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. For more information, check out their website here: Rotaplast
PLEASE BE A SUPPORTER: Would you like to donate a raffle basket? Sponsor food and drink?
Place an ad in the program? Please contact Susan Burnett:, 484-226-5254, or your nearest Rotaplast Committee Member. 

Last Thursday Jennifer told us a "little" of who she is. Actually she was a Rotary Exchange student in Mexico which was quite the experience as she spoke no Spanish! Of interest was the significant Rotaract involvement in the community where she stayed. Her career path covered a variety of experiences with an ever increasing focus on higher education and building community service. Fortunately her successes, including her founding of a growing PR firm on the west coast, she returned to the Lehigh Valley. Being a very high energy person she and an avid cyclist she is the AVP of Alumni Relations at Lehigh University guiding the efforts for the 85,000+ alumni and numerous community activities.
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Welcome Jennifer!
SPECIAL NOTE: President Rod was quite pleased to report that the meeting was attended by over 30+ Rotarians and 1 guest and 4 on zoom!
Presented below for easy reference and TOMA - Top Of Mind Awareness are the MSR Goals for 2022-23 as presented by President Rod. It's going to be a good year!
•Continue our generous individual contributions to The Rotary Foundation and realize 100% participation from our members (EREY & Sustaining Members)
•Meet our DDF reimbursement for our global grant
•Increase net membership by 5
•Increase member participation in our committees and projects
•Increase attendance (live or hybrid) at our weekly meetings
•Encourage members to move into leadership positions (BOD, Committee & Project Chairs)
•Expand Fundraising Opportunities
•Expand our reach throughout the City of Bethlehem
•Strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in order to celebrate each person’s contributions, advance equity, and create an inclusive culture where every member and participant knows they are valued.
•Reinstitute meeting participation for members (Greeters, Pledge,4-way Test, Invocation, Set-up, etc.)
•My Rotary Accounts (currently 54% of members have accounts)
•Complete our transition to updated Rotary branding
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.
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Webmaster/Meeting Technology
Hybrid Meeting Coordinator
Meeting Speaker Coordinator
Grants - Local/Global
Rotary Foundation
Public Image
Environmental Sustainability
Camp Neidig
Meeting Responsibilities
OCT 13, 2022
Metzler, Robin C.
Aronson, Marianne
Kolepp, Janet
OCT 13, 2022
First Thursday Happy Hour
Oct 06, 2022 5:30 PM
Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars
District Governor Len Gieseler
Oct 13, 2022
Official Club Visit of District Governor (Live/Hybrid)
Jared Weaver
Oct 20, 2022 7:15 AM
Summer Bridge (Live/Hybrid)
Carol Ferguson
Oct 27, 2022 7:15 AM
Update on Polio (Live/Hybrid)
Women in Action
Nov 10, 2022 7:15 AM
Kenya Trip
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