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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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Venue Map


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller  (PART 2)
Many things are happening around our Morning Star Rotary world.  We had the opportunity to review and update much of this at the club assembly meeting last week.  An update to the strategic plan has been posted on our club website.
An amendment to the by-laws was passed that creates the governing body of our club consisting of a President, Past President President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and 6 Directors.  You will find the slate for nomination in this bulletin.  The official vote will take place on Thursday, January 3 breakfast meeting. 
Beginning this week, Saucon/Center Valley Rotary Club will be joining us regularly at our Rotary Means Business evening meeting the First Thursday of each month.  Please come meet new friends and why not invite a friend along!
Remember we need each one of you to do the work of Rotary!!
Thank you.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Plan-it Janet
"Rotary Connects the World!"
Morning Star Rotary was very successful with the Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing event December 8 at Christkindlmarkt raising nearly $1,300 from 10 to 4 pm!
We will be at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 to 6 pm on the 15th. Pray for good weather and lots of happy holiday shoppers.
Steve Bajan sent a link to show the level of enthusiasm we can bring to our efforts. (Click on and be patient.)     Image result for salvation army bell ringing
All slots are registered for December 15 at the Moravian Book Shop.
Thank you. Your support of this club event is greatly appreciated.
Rotary Thanksgiving Celebration enjoyed by many Rotarians.
Thanks to the Bethlehem Rotary Club for hosting this holiday event at Moravian Village.
Morning Star Rotary was very well represented with 11 Rotarians enjoying the food and fellowship.
As Area 2 AG, I was especially pleased to see Rotarians participating from all 5 of our clubs!


         Special thanks to the Concert committee (Gary Hartney, Gayle Justice, Rodney Conn and John St. Clair) on conducting a wonderful event worthy of a sincere Salute To The Troops!  The Concert was very well attended and enjoyed by all. Also a special shout out to Shawn Deiter for the great Rotary video shown at intermission. And to Victory House and Pat Diluzio for the excellent partnering.


To benefit Victory House of the Lehigh Valley and other Morning Star Rotary charities. Many of those served by Victory House are Veterans.





We are grateful to Tracey Hirner, Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary for speaking to our club last Thursday. Bethlehem Area School District elementary students participate in the "Leader in Me" program, based on Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Surprisingly, TJ experiences a 38% transient rate in most years, meaning 38% of the student population moves in or leaves sometime during the year. One more reason to show support for our community school!

Our Club has for several years collaborated with TJ Elementary School. Ms. Hirner, also spoke to us about this collaboration, as well as the joys and challenges of elementary school education leadership in the 21st century. Our future leaders/Rotarians are on the right track!


Morning Star Rotarians!
In honor of November being Foundation month, the Grant Committee is running a special on Foundation points for anyone working towards their first Paul Harris award. This includes both new members and members who are not considered new.
You are a new member if you have joined the club since July 1st, 2018.
During the month of November, the club will match your Foundation donations 1:1 up to $100.
Janet Kolepp, AKA, Melinda Gates, AKA, our Club President AKA District Governor Nominee, will also match your donation 1:1 up to $100. 
This means that if you donate $100 to the Foundation during the month of November, you will have earned 300 points toward your Paul Harris award. 
IF you are a new member (joined since July 1st 2018) it gets EVEN BETTER since, the club automatically matches your first $100. So you would in fact be at 400 points, AND if you were to donate another $100 this Rotary year (ending June 30th, the club would match that and you would be at 500 points, half way there. But DON'T worry about the math, that is our job.
How can you donate?
Couple of ways:
1. At the $2/week, as you walk into the meeting every week, you can donate any amount 
2. Or you can mail your donation to Tom Hartzell at 1341 Biafore Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017. He will not be at many meetings in November but he will be there on the 29th.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
The Grant Committee
Susan Burnett

One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio.
We need your help on World Polio Day
Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. With your help, we can end polio for good. Please consider making a donation today on World Polio Day.

“This is a cause that hits close to home for me, not only as a mother of a small child, but as a proud Nigerian, whose country has been battling this disease for many years.” - Tiwa Savage
Join us for our 6th annual World Polio Day livestream event taking place at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Tune in to watch global health experts and celebrities share our progress towards polio eradication. 
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President - DGN
President Elect
Past President
Director 7/1/18-6/30/19
Director 7/1/18-6/30/19
Director 7/1/18-6/30/19
Director 7/1/18-6/30/20
Director 7/1/18-6/30/20
Director 7/1/18-6/30/20
Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Meeting Responsibilities
Dec 20, 2018
Meetings Set-up & Breakdown
Searfoss, Jean
Kolepp, Tom
Conn, Sarabel
Conn, Rodney
Helmuth, Ron
Oesmann, John
Macri, Butch
Dec 20, 2018
LHS A Capella Choir & Accordianist Rick Santee
Dec 20, 2018 7:30 AM
Annual Christmas Program
No meeting
Dec 27, 2018
Holiday Vacation
Shelter Box District Project Chair
Jan 03, 2019 7:30 AM
Shelter Box
Mary Jo Hebling
Jan 24, 2019
International Institute for Restorative Justice
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