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Welcome to our Club!

Bethlehem Morning Star

Service Above Self

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Thursdays

7:10 am Meet and Greet

7:30 Meeting Starts
Moravian Village

opposite the 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

District Site
Venue Map


Morning Star Rotary again will take part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
We are asking that Rotarians volunteer to ring the bell for one or two hours
The latest Sign up sheets will be included on a separate email - so that you may help with this Community Service project.
There are a few spots available. Please step up and help make this another really successful event.
Note – your little furry dog friends are welcome to lend their support too!
We will be at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday December 2nd
and at Christkindlmarkt from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday December 9th.
Questions, contact Ron Searfoss or Mike Long.
Thank you!
Our speaker last week was Jack Pfunder, President & CEO of MRC – Manufacturers Resource Center. The topic "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" This is a student video contest for middle school students with the purpose to help build a strong pipeline of talent by giving students a new perspective on exciting STEM career opportunities that exist at area manufacturing companies.
These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers' Choice Award.
The program is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes about advanced manufacturing careers in the Keystone State. This past year 123 middle school teams participated statewide, more than 3,300 attended award ceremonies, and more than 500,000 online votes were cast.
The video contests are run by Manufacturing Resource Center, where Jack is President and CEO.
Link to view actual presentations: https://youtu.be/PxOrylLYQ5E  These are done by middle school students throughout the Commonwealth. The future is looking bright!
I’m so sorry I was unable to be with all of you Thursday evening, but thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I continue to recover more daily, and will be much better Wednesday once I’ve had a chance for my post-op visit; the doctor will remove a drain I’ve been tethered to and I won’t have need for painkillers after that.
Given that progress, I’m looking forward to seeing the board on Wednesday night for our board meeting! I will try and make the meeting the next morning, also. No guarantees, but that’s my hope. 
I’m also going to try and make the Salute The Troops concert next Sunday.
Looks like everyone had a great time Saturday at TJ-wish I could have been there, but you were in Jess’ capable hands! Thank you all for your commitment.
We all continue to wish Cheryl a timely and safe recovery and look forward to her return.
Morning Star Rotary is hard at work!
Saturday, we were helping the Bethlehem community, along with students, family and staff of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to clean up the yard and playground.
The value of our efforts can be seen in the many smiles as we kick-off our sponsorship with TJE!
Special thanks to Shawn Deiter for the pics!
TOMORROW, we will have a combined Thanksgiving Celebration with other Rotary clubs at Moravian Village.
Sign-in begins at 11:30 am and the cost is $20 per person. There is an excellent menu with Soups and Salads, multiple Entrees,
numerous Sides and "Sweet Endings" - a fabulous array of Cakes & Pies and a Make Your Own Sundae Bar!
Speakers will be Eric Ruth and Meagan Grega, co-founders of the Kellyn Foundation.
The topic will be healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for youth.
THIS CELEBRATION MEETING IS OUR “NOVEMBER ROADSHOW” and replaces the regular Thursday meeting this week.
The results of the District 7430 sponsored Purple Pinkie Run raised over $30,000!
This will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at a 2:1 rate.
Bottomline, the event will have raised over $90,000 for polio eradication! This is leverage at its finest.
Special thanks to all of our members and friends of Rotary who participated by making
pledges or taking part in the run.
Our speaker this week is well known to many. On November 09, 2017
please join us to hear Jack Pfunder on
"What's So Cool About Manufacturing?"

These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers Choice Award.

See you there!

“Salute the Troops” Concert 


The Concert was a wonderful success. The auditorium was filled with fans of all ages coming to enjoy another great presentation.


Above is our President-Elect Janet Kolepp extolling the virtues of Rotary during the break.


If you look closer down in front of Janet, you will see Ron Spier, a member of the Lehigh Valley Men's Chorale and soon to be one of our newest Morning Star Rotarians.


Great event! Thanks to all for your participation and support.




Thank you!



District Governor, Rick Gromis, made his official visit to Morning Star last Thursday.
Acknowledging the ever changing needs of Rotary, DG Gromis took the initiative to come to the Artisan and engage with nearly two dozen rotarians and friends.
DG Gromis had previously sent a video email to all MSR members presenting his thoughts, goals and objectives for this Rotary year. In addition he explained how the District is there to help support our Rotary efforts. If you missed this or want to see it again, https://youtu.be/3AdeuLha0VY.
DG Rick inducted our two newest members, Kathleen Sullivan and Carl Kolepp. We also had three new applications submitted at this meeting.
Thanks to all who attended as this was a special opportunity to interact with our DG in an environment of fellowship.
Newest members Kathy Sullivan and Carl Kolep
Applicants Sarabel & Rodney Conn and Ron Spier
The lecture was well received and well attended.
Following the lecture and reception, a group of MSR joined for fellowship at the Brick.
We were most fortunate that Dr. Sipple was able to join us as well!
Below is a picture of the flowers provided by MSR. Thanks to all!
At our October 26 meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College. Dr. Grigsby provided a very enlightening presentation of “What’s Happening at Moravian College!”
Of course, you need to take a look back at the first 275 years of the College’s history to gain perspective on how it has and continues to evolve.
Did you know Moravian started out as a girls school in the 1740’s?
Now Moravian College has evolved into a liberal arts education in conjunction with various professional healthcare programs.
Two recent additions include a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network and The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences. These are leading edge state of the art facilities focused on bringing liberal arts and science together to serve the future needs of educators, scientists and entrepreneurs.
As Dr. Grigsby stated, “as we enter our next 275 years, we will continue to help our students to prepare for their chosen careers but also prepare them for the 3 or 4 other careers they will pursue in their lifetimes.”
Thank you Charlotte!

Rotary Spotlight

World Polio Day 2017 PoA Spotlight
Get ready for World Polio Day 2017.
Watch the livestream of our fifth annual event on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) or the recording later. Join us online >
This past week, President Cheryl asked me to lead the meeting in her absence. To further the work of our strategic plan and committees; we broke into "Areas of Focus." These areas had emerged as goals during the planning process back in February.  Each Area of Focus group was given a question relating to that specific area and asked to brainstorm ideas.
Here is an outline of the results by area:
+Engaged Members (Brainstorm ideas about how to move a new member into an engaged members?)
+Community Involvement (Included in this area is Community Grants, Foundation and Youth Involvement).
What are we NOT seeing/finding as a way to connect with our community?
+Impactful Projects (Brainstorm ideas of a new fundraiser)
+Community Awareness (What "avenue" of public awareness has not been explored by Morning Star Rotary?)
The results from these conversations are being compiled and will be further communicated to the board and club in the coming weeks. These "focus groups" are emerging as a way to work together on our strategic plan.
Thanks to all that participated sharing their ideas and insights.  
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
Janet Kolepp
President Elect

“Salute the Troops” Concert 


REMINDER Sponsors, Advertisers, etc. DUE by Oct. 26!!!




Who?           The Allentown Band will entertain Rotarians, friends, family, veterans, students and the general public


What?           An excellent concert by the oldest municipal band in the country, featuring patriotic and related songs.


When?          Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 pm


Where?         Northeast Middle School’s new Auditorium

                      1170 Fernwood St., Bethlehem

                      (Parking very close, and easy access)


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




How can you help?   

  • Be or find a Sponsor - ad in the concert program book.
  • Become a Patron (listing in the concert program book) or recognize an active or veteran member of the Armed Services with an “In Honor Of” listing. (Get the form at meetings, or from Downloads on the club home page.) 
  • Buy (or sell) the 6 tickets (or more!) which will be given to each member by chair Gary Hartney. Adult ticket price remains $10, and a special Student rate of $5 is offered to encourage attendance.
  • Post concert flyers in grocery stores and anywhere else potential concert-goers might see them!
  • Help the day of the concert with taking tickets, ushering, etc. 
  • Enjoy the concert with family and friends!

The flyer plus the form for Sponsors/Patrons/"In Honor Of" listings are available in downloads on our homepage, and they were emailed to all members for easy access. Hard copies are also available at club meetings.


Questions? Contact Gary Hartney glhartney@aol.com

Thank you!



Just a note of special thanks to Dr. Janet "Fluzy" Sipple and the Bethlehem Health Bureau for conducting a vaccination clinic during our meeting last Thursday!
Hopefully those inoculated will have another measure of protection during the "forecasted cold, snowy winter!"
As usual, Janet was in full regalia for the occasion!
Much appreciated.
Thank you.
All Rotarians,

When: 11/4/17 registration/continental breakfast 7:45 to 8:15
Where: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA
Who Should Attend: Anyone looking to fund a project with a grant, club Presidents, Presidents-elect, Foundation Chairs, Those who support the Foundation, District Leaders, Those who want to support the Foundation and anyone wondering if they should support the Foundation.
What to Expect:
Education about The Rotary Foundation, Annual Fund, Polio, District or Global Grants, Peace Centers and Scholars, Rotarian Action Groups, Major Donors and Endowment Fund, plus Grant Management Training. 
Key Notes Speakers - Julia Phelps Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, John Nanni - Rotarian from Middeltown DE and Polio Survivor, David Forward - Rotarian from Medford NJ author of 100 Years of Service, 100 Years of Doing Good In The World and A String of Pearls (Inspiring Stories of Peace Scholars).
This year's Seminar is being held jointly with District 7450 so we are expecting 150 Rotarians and plenty of chances to share information about The Rotary Foundation and Rotary.
Cost and What You Get: $35 plus a modest processing fee.  This includes the continental breakfast, boxed lunch, key note speakers, three sets of breakout sessions and grant management training.
We will start promptly at 8:15 am and end following lunch at 1:15 pm.  Grant Management Training begins at 1:15 and ends at 3:15.
The District Foundation Committee is dedicated to providing our District with knowledge needed to maximize the use of The Rotary Foundation and support for The Rotary Foundation. This event and your attendance are critical to achieving that goal.
I can't wait to see you all in November.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary
District Foundation Chair 2016 - 19
District Governor  2015 - 16
Dear Rotarians,
Many of you have asked how you can help the hurricane relief efforts through Rotary.  While there are many ways to help, the District 7430 Leadership has decided to provide matching funds to support ShelterBox USA. https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
For every $5,000 increment of funds donated to ShelterBox USA by district Rotarians (individual Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs, or Rotaract Clubs) another ShelterBox ($1,000 donation) will be donated from District funds. This incentive offer is open to December 1, 2017 and is limited to FIVE ShelterBoxes by the district.
Please report your contributions to your Club President who will report to their Assistant Governor. This match is for all contributions made between August 25, 2017 and December 1, 2017.
Yours in Rotary Service,
PDG Linda
Linda R. Young
Rotary Club of Saucon, Center Valley
District Governor 2016-2017
District Secretary 2017-2018
"Service Above Self" -  Ask me about Rotary
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of a visit from Christine Gomez of the Wildlands Conservancy.
While there is a broad range of areas covered by the Conservancy (www.wildlandspa.org) Chris concentrated upon the the Bike & Boat program.
The Bike & Boat Adventures offers a variety of events over the summer months focused on combining biking with canoeing in various areas on the Lehigh River and along the Delaware Canal Path.  Further options offer white water rafting and kayaking. The adventures are quite economical, way outside the normal box of activities even to exploring two islands accessible only by boat while paddling the flat and calm waters of the Lehigh River.
Chris has been involved with these programs for many years. As you can see by the photo - lacks enthusiasm - NOT!
I came upon the garden today while the 5th graders from Asa Packer were having their field day, and snapped these pics.
Ron Helmuth
Thanks Ron. This project seems to have really "blossomed."
On April 20, 2017, Morning Star Rotary held a special celebration! We honored Rotarians Charlotte and Tore Hartmann-Hansen with the inauguration of the Charlotte & Tore Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant.
Of course the Program commenced with what else – our Charlotte leading us in the singing of “Follow Your Rotary Dream.”
Our emcee, AG Janet Kolepp, presented a PowerPoint Presentation very aptly entitled A Rotary “Love Story.” It focused on their journey through Rotary from Morning Star Charter Members, to Club Presidencies, District Governor up to today as ‘seasoned Rotarians’ continuing to impart their wisdom and passion for Rotary.
The celebration was enjoyed by our Morning Star Rotarians and visitors from other Rotary clubs. As always in District 7430, there was strong representation from the ranks of Past District Governors, the Current District Governor, the District Governor Nominee and the District Governor Nominee - Designate.
front to back left to right:  Bennie Hartmann-Hansen #1 Therapy Dog
Gordon Sommers, Bethlehem RC, Charlotte & PDG Tore
PDG BJ Metz, PDG Doug Cook, DGND Herb Klotz,
DGN Cindy Hornaman, DG Linda Young, Area 2 AG Janet Kolepp
and PDG Frank Romano
My name is "TORE"!
I was born on July 22, 2017.
I will be raised for my first year at the State Correctional Institute in Huntingdon.
Thank you to Charlotte & "TORE" and Morning Star Rotary!
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities
Nov 30, 2017
Meetings Set-up & Breakdown
Searfoss, Jean
Kolepp, Janet
Hartzell, Tom
Uhl, Chuck
Oesmann, John
Helmuth, Ron
Roberts, Ellen
No Meeting
Nov 23, 2017
Dec 07, 2017
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Herb Klotz
Dec 14, 2017
Membership - our future!!
Holiday Cheer!!
Dec 21, 2017
Musical Extravaganza with Liberty High School A Cappella Choir & Rick Santee
Dec 28, 2017
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Jan 04, 2018
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Jack Jerrett ~ OraSure Technologies
Jan 11, 2018
$20 Million Gates Foundation Grant
Club Vision & Strategy Day
Jan 18, 2018
Let's talk about our strategic plan!
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