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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

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

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Please join us Thursday January 18th for a Club Assembly. President Baker and President-Elect Kolepp will direct the proceedings.
The main topics will be the recently approved changes to reduce number of Directors on the Board and presentation of the
Slate of Officers and Directors for the Rotary Year 2018-2019
President – Janet Kolepp
President Elect – Ron Helmuth
Vice President – Open
Past President – Cheryl Baker
Secretary – Val Walk
Treasurer – Jean Searfoss
Directors 2017-2019
Stephen Kazar
Lynn Millet
Josh Mrozinski
Directors 2018-2020
Shawn Deiter
John Oesmann
     Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Volunteer Night
(excerpt from September Board Minutes). The format has changed from last year in that it will be held at a single site location. Instead of just cooking the meal and cleaning up as has been done in the past: volunteers are also asked to open, greet and register guests; visit/provide hospitality for shelter guests; provide a minimum of 2 volunteers to serve as overnight chaperones; and prepare and serve a simple breakfast. A discussion was held as to whether MSR wanted to and could provide these additional services. Deacon Rodney Conn, who spearheaded the Emergency Sheltering at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, and his wife have stated their intentions to join the Club and can help support this project. MSR was asked to take the 4th Thursday of all 4 months (December 2017 – March 2018). There was a concern about having enough MSR volunteers for the added responsibilities. A recommendation was made that the Club would try it for one night in January before committing to the other dates.
Ginny Wolkoff has stepped up to head the Morning Star effort. The first event is January 29, 2018. We need those members who indicated a willingness to support this project to contact Ginny as soon as possible to become fully engaged in helping make this a success. Thank you.
Volunteers to serve dinner are still needed. Please contact Ginny and Make A Difference!
Please save the date for our Second Outreach Food Project. 
In March of 2017, all 5 Area 2 Rotary Clubs came together in a collective effort at Moravian College to package 20,000 meals for the food insecure people of our communities.
For this year we have raised the bar - we have successfully achieved a matching District Grant for $5,000 allowing us a total of $10,000. We will be able to provide 40,000 meals to help in our communities.
Each Rotary Club receives a proportionate share of meals which they then determine how the meals are distributed throughout their club communities.
Save the date because we will need many hands - both Rotary and family, friends, colleagues, all ages welcome, to accomplish this project.
This is a truly HANDS-ON PROJECT we always hear Rotarians asking for. The 5 Area 2 Clubs include Bethlehem Downtown, Bethlehem Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon/Center Valley.
More information will be forthcoming including how you can be a part of this Make A Difference Project to help our communities.
Thank you.
Student referrals for Camp Neidig WANTED!!!
As many of our members already know, each year our club sponsors four high school juniors to participate in the four day leadership development program which is our district's Camp Neidig event.  Rotary District 7430 welcomes you to Camp Neidig, celebrating its 69th year of inspiring tomorrow's leaders in 2018! Preparations are under way for Camp Neidig 2018. Before starting this year's recruitment process in our Bethlehem area high schools, we would like to extend this sponsorship opportunity to interested sons and daughters of our club members.
Camp Neidig is a well-established youth development program dating back to 1950, and annually serves approximately 150 students from 80 high schools in our southeastern Pennsylvania region of district 7430.  The program begins on Friday, June 15, and concludes on Monday, June 18.  
For more information, please visit or feel free to contact Rick Morrissey at for a direct contact for students or parents with questions in reference to applying for Camp Neidig. Tour our site to see what makes this camp one of the best leadership experiences for high school students in Eastern Pennsylvania!
JANET KOLEPP NOMINATED for D7430 Governor 2020-21
As announced in the District 7430 Rick's M.A.D. Report - per DG Rick
Please join me in congratulating our 2020-2021 District Governor, Janet Kolepp.
The Nominating Committee met on December 16th and endorsed Janet for this position.
One of the strengths in our District has been the selection of good leaders who have a passion for Rotary. Janet certainly demonstrates both qualities. Our future looks bright indeed!
Congratulations, Janet. DG Rick
Janet is a very active member of our Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club. She was involved in Rotary long before joining a club; first as a spouse of a Rotarian (Tom) and host Mom to Youth Exchange Students (as well as parent to son Carl, Exchange Student to South Africa). But in 2008 she could no longer be on the sidelines and she joined the Lehigh Valley East Rotary Club.
Janet has served in many Rotary roles including
Treasurer and President of Lehigh Valley East,
Assistant Governor - Area 2,
District 7430 RLI Site Chair,
District Youth Exchange committee member,
Club YEO, Director and
President Elect of Bethlehem Morning Star.
Janet truly believes "Rotary Connects the World" and looks forward to serving as part of the District Leadership Team.
Morning Star Rotary is very proud of Janet and looks forward to fully supporting her as our District Governor in 2020-21!
From: Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation [] On Behalf Of Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:05 AM
Subject: Thank you!
An Extraordinary New Year
Dear Jean,
Simply amazing. Thanks to our extraordinary community of supporters, our end-of-year campaign raised a stunning $147,960. With the extraordinary generosity of our matching donor, each one of those dollars is doubled for a grand total of $295,920
I cannot adequately express my gratitude. Your investment in our shared future is a beautiful, moving gift. I cannot wait to share the amazing things planned for our students and our schools this year!
Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and prosperous 2018.
Razia Jan
Founder and President
                              Razia's Ray of Hope
Thank you for making a difference! The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation are tax deductible in the USA. Visit for more information.
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President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Director 7/1/16-6/30/18
Director 7/1/16-6/30/18
Director 7/1/16-6/30/18
Director 7/1/17-6/30/18
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Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Responsibilities
Jan 18, 2018
Meetings Set-up & Breakdown
Searfoss, Jean
Bajan, Stephen
Elliott, Dee
Elliott, Jessica
Conn, Sarabel
Macri, Butch
Kolepp, Tom
Recognition and Grants
Jan 18, 2018
Awarding of grants to Special Olympics & Victory House
Da Vinci Science Center
Jan 25, 2018
Exec Director Lin Erickson
Feb 01, 2018
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Getting to Know Our Newest Members!
Feb 08, 2018
Classification Talks
Rotary Road Trip
Feb 15, 2018
Douglas Harbach - Director of Communications
Feb 22, 2018
PA Gaming Control Board
Rotary Means Business
Mar 01, 2018
Artisan Wine & Cheese Bar
Getting to Know Our Newest Members!
Mar 15, 2018
Classification Talks
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