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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 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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Please plan to join us for Rotary Fellowship Thursday at 7:30 am. 
To provide additional cyber security to our weekly Zoom meetings, we will not send the ZOOM info in the bulletin. Please check your email for information from Club Secretary, Val Walk for access to this meeting.
Visitors are welcome and encouraged. Feel free to invite new people you know who have may have an interest in Rotary, those on your friends list, etc. Think START - Simply Talk About Rotary Today! For access information, please forward Val's email for the ZOOM meeting. 
Hope to see you Thursday!

We extend sincere thanks to all who have generously donated in support of our Grocery Gift Card project!
With widespread support, we raised $7,000!!!
So far President Mike has purchased Gift Cards ($50 denominations) from 3 local Grocery Stores for distribution to families in need: Giant $3,500, CTown Supermarkets $1,500 and Valley Farm Market $1,500. Valley Farm Markets kicked in an extra 5%! Another $500 in Gift Cards will be purchased.
The COVID-19 pandemic has financially hurt so many people in our community. Bethlehem Area School District school principals and the Boys & Girls Club are helping identify those most in need.
This project is wrapping up, and Morning Star Rotary is looking into additional ways to help those impacted by the pandemic.
Thank you once again to everyone who attended the Training Tuesday webinar last week, GROW ROTARY: Membership Engagement- Now and the Future! Here is the link to the recording if you missed it The chat log is also attached below.
Join us for our next webinar in the Training Tuesdays series on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7 PM.  The topic will be GROW ROTARY: Telling the Rotary Story! 
What story will you tell about Rotary - or more importantly how will you tell it!  Please join DGE Janet and the Public Image Team members, David Akers, Lou Botitta, Amy Sheller, Valerie Deneen & Sharon Rittenhouse, as they share the variety of resources and tools available to connect with our communities through social media, video and ClubRunner.  
Who can attend??? All D7430 Rotarians including current president, presidents-elect, club PR/Social Media chairs, club Facebook admins, bulletin creators, website designers and anyone who wants to learn more about telling Rotary's story!
May 26, 2020 7 PM: GROW ROTARY: Telling the Rotary Story!
Register here: 
Then, mark your calendar for our next Training Tuesdays opportunity.  Each session will begin at 7 PM and last for one hour.  Registration links are below and will be sent to you weekly. 
June 2, 2020 7 PM: GROW ROTARY: The Power of The Rotary Foundation
Register here:
Thank you for your service and support to Grow Rotary.
Janet Kolepp
District 7430 Governor Elect 2020-2021
Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star
484-241-1252 (cell)
May and June are traditionally the months that our club encourages all members to make a contribution to Rotary Foundation.  As with most activities in our life, this year is different.  Many members made recent contributions to the food drive, and we may be called upon to help financially with other needs in the community resulting from the current pandemic.
If you have not made a contribution during the current Rotary year (July 2019-current), we still encourage you to make a contribution to Rotary Foundation prior to June 30. 
You can make a contribution on-line, through a regular deduction from a bank account, or by sending a check payable to “Rotary Foundation” to Tom Hartzell
Monies contributed through the $2/week program through March are being sent on to Rotary Foundation. 
Contributions made during this Rotary year will be used to distribute grants to our District in three years.  A large grant received from the District this year enabled our club to help fund a backup generator at Victory House.
Checks payable to Rotary Foundation can be sent to Tom Hartzell, 1341 Biafore Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017. 
Any questions, please refer to Tom Hartzell ( 
Thank you for your support and all you do for Rotary.
MSR is tentatively planning a combo kickout party/changeover meeting outdoors to recognize Mike Long’s leadership and club accomplishments for the Rotary year, welcome incoming President John Oesmann and new board members, and celebrate seeing our wonderful Rotary friends in person!
Maybe we’ll “toss the gavel” along Past Presidents, with a disinfecting wipe between each?
We will socially distance, and the event is still subject to such a gathering being allowed in Northampton county at that time.
Thursday June 25, 2020 from 5:30 PM to ???
(Replaces the morning meeting that day.)
BASD Education Center parking lot – keeping at least 6 feet distant!
1516 Sycamore Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017
BYO food & beverage (and designated driver, if applicable …)
Music is planned, radio/boom box or similar source.
Fingers crossed that we’ll see you then!

We were fortunate to have Dr. Kent Kester, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH; Vice President and Head, Translational Sciences and Biomarkers, Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, PA as our speaker last Thursday..

Dr.Kester is an Infectious Disease clinician-scientist with a long history of activities in infectious diseases and public health research, development, and response. During his 25-year career in the U.S. Army, he held a variety of research assignments at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  Some of the major highlights:
Vaccinations save over 3 million lives each year globally including people of all ages.
Most important areas of focus are vaccinations development and clean water.
Influenza causes 250 to 500 thousand deaths each year with over 60 thousand in the United States.
New vaccines are guided by safety and effectiveness. They require thousands of trials for approval which can take 15 - 20 years. Costs of this process are normally in the $500 million to $1 billion range.
Currently there are 76 projects worldwide focused on COVID. Ultimate success will require global cooperation. 
Special thanks to  Dr. Kester his presentation,discussion and insights. 

Think about your fellow MSR members. Any you have not seen in a while...
Please take a little time to "reach out" and touch base with someone. See how they are doing and let them know they are missed at meetings and our events.
Perfect time is now - especially in view of the situation we are all in! 
Goes just as well for family and friends all around!
Take care and be safe.
At our April 16 meeting we had the pleasure of a video presentation by RI director Dean Rohrs.  She is from Zimbabwe originally, but is now a Canadian.  She was a nurse on the first heart transplant team with Dr Barnard.  Here is a link to the video:  Dean Rohrs, RI International Director reminding us of the Core Values of Rotary. The video was more of a fireside chat and Dean provided some very relevant thoughts. If anyone would like to view the video, please contact Janet Kolepp who kindly brought it to the meeting.
Core Values
Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership.
We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.
We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future.
We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.
We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.
All of these core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test, which we use in our daily lives. They inspire us to foster and support the ideal of service for developing and maintaining integrity in human relations.
"Service is the rent you pay for your room here on earth!"
Muhammed Ali
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.
fundraising and giving efforts by Rotarians in our District during this time.  
7430 Rotarians COVID Fund Raising - May Click Here 
Community Service - April Click Here
International Service & Fellowship -  March  click Here
District Conference -  February  click Here
Membership - January   click Here
Social Media - December  click here
The Rotary Foundation - November click here
World Polio - October click here
Youth Programs - September click here
Membership - August click here
Grow Rotary - July click here
The videos will also be available on the homepage of  the district website
DG Herb
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Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 7/1/19-6/30/21
Director 12/1/19-6/30/21
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Rotary Foundation Chair
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