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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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Who are we in the Lehigh Valley as to race and economics? How is that changing, and how does this inform civic-minded clubs and individuals?

Sharon Brown has spent a career advocating for minority student populations, at Lehigh, Moravian, and most recently at East Stroudsburg University, and is highly qualified to speak to their unique challenges.
The topic is particularly of interest to Rotary Clubs, who struggle to attract a membership that reflects the make-up of their communities. 
 
Sharon provided an overview of Demographics from 2018 for Lehigh and Northampton counties. Significant changes noted were:
Increased ethnic diversity
Increase in religious communities
More ethnic and diverse restaurants
Increase in language diversity
Increased presence of LGBTQ community
Greater inclusion in community events
Increase in small minority owned businesses
 
There are very real Barriers to continued development:
Lack of awareness
Inability to examine with a critical lens
Inability to challenge structural barriers
Unwillingness to examine one's own biases and beliefs (both conscious and unconscious)
Conscious silence - take action as an individual
Fear
 
Prime example: there many, many non profit boards in our communities which do not reflect the reality of the organizations they guide. 
Conscious silence must be overcome. 
A willingness to explore the field of different flowers.
 
Close, well-seasoned friends,
Sharon Brown and MSR's Janet Sipple
 
Thank you Sharon for a most enlightening program!
We look forward to working with you in the future.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Connects the World! ~2019/2020 Theme
 
Through the course of the Kolepp family experience in Rotary we have truly come to believe that Rotary Connects the World.  From the very beginning 20 years ago, when we welcomed Saya Murakami from Japan into our home as our daughter.  To sending Carl off to South Africa knowing he would be safe and loved.  To walking through the doors to the House of Friendship at the 2018 International Convention in Toronto, we have felt connected to something greater than ourselves. 
 
It is with great joy in my heart that I share the 2019-2020 Rotary theme "Rotary Connects the World!"  For some these words will not be new, for others they will hear it for the first time.  However, incoming RI President Mark Maloney hopes you will hear it with your heart.  To know more (click here!)  
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Plan-it Janet
 
"Rotary Connects the World!"
  
Happy Trails to You…..
 
Last Thursday we were saddened to lose one of our favorite Rotarians.
Stephen Kazar has made a few changes in his life….. turned 65 and all the joys and challenges that brings, retired from his career at Lehigh University…no more globe trotting! And is now on his way to join his lovely bride in their new home near Portland Oregon.  Yes, all there family is out in that part of the country, especially the growing gang of grand children.
 
So Steve, we wish you the best….still open for make-ups!
Keep in touch! Go PACK!
 
Please join us Jan 10, 2019 7:30 am for a presentation of a very unique experience with Ron and Elena Helmuth.
 
More than a hike: Walking the Medieval Pilgrimage Way of St. James/Camino de Santialgo
 
Ron and Elena Helmuth spent 10 days walking 123 miles on the Camino, in northern Spain, in October of 2018. It was a hike, but it was also a pilgrimage, whatever that means. Ron and Elena will share stories from the Camino,  what pilgrimage meant for them, what they learned about themselves.
 
See you Thursday!
President 2003-04
Rotarians,
 
It is with much sadness that I share longtime Morning Star Rotarian, Dick Roberts passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Dick was a charter member of our club and served the club as President. Dick was especially proud of serving as President while we raised $50,000 over two years in support of the St. Luke's Union Station Dental Clinic. 
 
We will be honoring Dick with a memorial donation.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Janet
 
 
 
 
 
Morning Star Rotary was very successful with the Annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing: event
December 8 at Christkindlmarkt raised nearly $1,298 from 10 to 4 pm!
On December 15 at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 to 6 pm raised $782. (Although a little disappointing with the weather and a lot less people, Major Rader indicated their regular people rarely exceed $300 for this location. So we did good!)
 
MSR fundraising for Salvation Army for 2018 was a total of $2,080! 
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Thank you all for the tremendous effort! Hope this gives you a warm fuzzy for the whole year!
 
Save the DATES for 2019 December 7 Moravian Book Shop and December 14 Christkindlmarkt!
 
Ho Ho Ho and Happy New Year!!
 
Our warm friendly HOLIDAY PARTY tradition continued, again graciously hosted by Mike & Terri Long!
 
Over 30+ Morning Star Rotarians and Significant Others joined the celebration sharing various foods, libations and excellent desserts.
 
We wish to thank our hosts, Mike & Terri, for opening their home for all the fellowship.
Some were quite accepting of the arrangement of having the Colts taking down the Texans. 
 
Happy New Year to Everyone!
 
Pictures courtesy of Millard Cook
 
 
 
We had the pleasure at our January 3, meeting to have Bill Tuszynski, District Shelter Box Chair, provide an in depth update on the status of Shelter Box. There continues to be evolutions in design and adaptations to address changing needs. 
 
Last year placements exceeded 200,000 units with the five year plan to provide over 1,000,000 units deployed throughout the world annually. 
 
Support for the program derives primarily from individual Rotarians globally and a modest corporate support level. It is not supported financially by RI. So every dollar you give to Shelter Box makes a significant difference.
The official vote took place at the club meeting on January 3, 2019. The slate of Officers and Directors for the Rotary year 2019-20 was unanimously approved as submitted:
  • President - Ron Helmuth
  • President Elect - John Oesmann
  • Past President - Janet Kolepp
  • Secretary - Val Walk
  • Treasurer - Jean Searfoss
  • Directors (Year 2)
    • Shawn Deiter 
    • Rick Morrissey
    • Jim Santanasto (filling John Oesmann's term)
  • Directors (Year 1)
    • Lynn Milet
    • Gayle Justice
    • Stan Vasiliadis
Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for their fine efforts.
 
Thank you.
 

"Rotary Connects the World!"

 

IF the Bethlehem Area School District (BASDCLOSES schools,

then the Morning Star Rotary meeting is CANCELLED.

If BASD just DELAYS school opening, our meeting will be HELD AS USUAL.

 
Upcoming Events
 
Club Executives & Directors
President - DGN
President Elect
Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant-at-Arms
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
Jan 24, 2019
Meetings Set-up & Breakdown
Searfoss, Jean
 
Greeter
Conn, Rodney
 
$2/week
Conn, Sarabel
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Invocation
Long, Mike
 
Introductions
 
50/50
Lulewitz, Frank
 
Jan 24, 2019
 
 
Speakers
Mary Jo Hebling
Jan 24, 2019
International Institute for Restorative Justice
Off-site visit
Jan 31, 2019 7:26 AM
To Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Rotary Means Business
Feb 07, 2019 5:30 PM
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
 
 
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