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Welcome to Morning Star!
Bethlehem Morning Star

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Flatiron Building
5th Floor
301 Broadway
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States of America
1st Thursday of the Month Meetings Held at 5:30 PM Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar 55 W Lehigh St. Bethlehem, PA 18018



Southside Arts District (Live/Hybrid)
Please join us this Thursday, May 26th for our Live/Hybrid Meeting. Our meet & greet starts at 7:15am with the regular meeting starting at 7:30am. 
Our speaker will be Erin Zebertavage, Downtown Manager, Southside Arts District.
You will have the option of joining us IN PERSON or via ZOOM. Please see Option details below:
The Flat Iron Building (5th floor)
301 Broadway, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Metered street parking is available on Broadway and on 4th Street.  Meters begin at 8AM.  Additional parking is available in the tenant parking lot along 4th & Wyandotte Streets and the Cathedral Church parking lot.
ZOOM Detail:
Topic: Erin Zebertavage, Downtown Manager
Time: May 26, 2022 07:00 AM EDT
Join Zoom Meeting
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for Sunday's Salute the Troops Concert at Bethlehem Rose Garden. The Allentown Band played their wonderful patriotic tunes, while the audience eventually grew to over 100 attendees. Many thanks to the MSR volunteers that came out in support of the concert. Thank you to Gayle Justice for steering us through the rough patch these past few years. And a special thank you goes out to Ron Searfoss for taking the helm to make sure this concert happen. Through our efforts, we collected $450, which will be donated to Victory House of Lehigh Valley. Donations for VH are still being accepted. You can bring to meeting, mail a check or Click to DONATE.  In the Notes area, please specify where your donation is to be directed.
Congratulations to Sue Burnett, Donna Holton, Wendy Ellsworth and the rest of the Manyatta Zebra Global Grant team! The District announced their approval of District Designated Funds in the amount of $45,111 toward our Club's Kenya Global Grant proposal for Maternal and Child Health. (With funds from clubs total project fully funded at $85,000.) In the next few months, we'll have a presentation by the team giving us updates on the project. 
A special shout out to the folks from the Saucon CV club who have been the driving force in the success of this fine effort. If anyone would like to become involved please contact the team.
Yours in Rotary,
Please save the date for our Audrey Rafferty Memorial Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, June 10, 2022 at Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Rd., Bethlehem.
There are 2 levels of sponsorship opportunities available:
TABLE SPONSOR  for $50:  Your name/ad will appear tabletop the night of the Spaghetti Dinner.
TABLE & FACEBOOK for $75: Includes a table sponsor; 2 Facebook mentions (1 before the event and 1 after the event); acknowledgement on the Morning Star Rotary Spaghetti Dinner webpage; and a Thank You in our digital newsletter that goes out to over 175 people.
Your help in supporting this Morning Star Rotary fundraiser, while promoting your business, will enable your Rotary Club to get back to fulfilling its vision of creating humanitarian change locally and globally.
Please respond back to me with your preference of sponsorship level and business card/ad. If possible, please send artwork in JPG or PNG format.
Please reach out to me with any questions.
Thank You!
On May 19, 2022 Mayor Reynolds presented key elements of his State of the City Address. Upon seeing our 4 Way Test Banner, he immediately commented on the parallels of Rotary to the focus of the City.
Following is a list of the topics discussed:
Dedicated employees & high level services throughout the community
Business & Nonprofit assistance for Pandemic Recovery
Demand to Live, Work & Play in Bethlehem – more jobs, growing population
Investment in New Construction
Financial picture is very strong. Bethlehem highest bond rating of any city in PA
Pandemic recovery effectively managed
Affordable Housing – major challenge all over. 15,000 units short in LV
Homelessness support – a growing challenge
Goal is to help all people in the community
World heritage site designation is very significant deal
The Mayor highlighted how the Affordable Housing situation is impacted by the ever increasing desirability of people who live here are happy and continue to stay in the LV.
Overall, recognizing significant challenges being addressed not just in Bethlehem but with our sister communities, the future of the city is strong and focused on sustainable growth.  We thanked Mayor Reynolds for taking the opportunity to engage with MSR!
Thursday, May 19th, we met at Traditions of Hanover. Cathy Heimsoth, Executive Director and Megan Sedlock, Marketing Director, welcomed us and provided interesting incites into the  Traditions family philosophy and dealing with the pandemic impact. People need people. Cathy highlighted the critical need to take care of our selves. Neglecting this contributes to anxiety and depression. Traditions seeks the balance to level things out. The Traditions community makes it much easier with others around.  New challenges being experienced are the inclusion of inter-generational residents reflective of the aging baby boomers with changing perspectives. A continual measure of their community focus is the longevity of both the patients in residence and the long term staff. With a 124 person capacity and a robust waiting list, it is recommended people plan ahead realistically.
We want to thank Traditions for their continued support and look forward to engaging in other events.
Reminder - Save the Date Saturday Nov 5th for the return of Salute The Troops concert to the Northeast Middle School.
Bethlehem Police Department (Zoom)
Michele Kott
Chief of Police
Chief Kott is the first female police chief in Bethlehem. Her career path followed from DeSales University through Patrol, Investigator and Detective Lieutenant to Chief.  A strong believer in leading from the front, shoe moved her family to Bethlehem to become even more engaged in the community. Utilizing a blended strategy, the Chief has brought a holistic approach to law enforcement to enhance the overall culture.
Continual focus has been directed to Community Initiatives including see (BPD Community Initiatives)
K9 BEAN - a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer specializing in explosives detection, tracking lost individuals & community engagement - see Bean's picture - not your expected police K9!
CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY - designed to give community members an opportunity to learn more about their PD; engage officers and community members in meaningful dialogue 
JR POLICE ACADEMY - program designed to show BASD middle school students what its like to be a police officer - class instruction, demonstrations & hands on experiences
HANDLE WITH CARE PROGRAM -  a way for Law Enforcement Officers to send a brief notice to a child's school when that child has been identified at the scene of a traumatic event - handle with care!
OPIOID PANDEMIC - program to help individuals dealing with addictions by connecting them to a treatment provider - PAIR & HOST programs.
Chief Kott seeks to evolve the strategy where the police are actually viewed a "COMMUNITY HELPERS!"
Thank you to the Chief and all members of this community resource!


Director of Equity and Inclusion, City of Bethlehem (Zoom)
Janine Carambot Santoro, Director of Equity and Inclusion, City of Bethlehem joined us last Thursday.  As Director, her focus is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as Community Liaison throughout the many areas of the City of Bethlehem. This includes collaboration with the many Community Partners and Diversifying Authorities, Boards and Commissions of the City and community. Three Major Endeavors highlighted were the Climate Action Plan, City Equity Plan and City Broadband Plan. Considering our evolving Rotary emphasis on DEI and the newest Area of Focus - Supporting the Environment, we have some exciting opportunities to "collaborate" with various areas in the City to dramatically engage new projects to help continue to improve our community. Please see the presentation file Santoro Presentation.  Note:  there are links at the bottom of the slides to also take you to additional critical data and information. Recommended you review this presentation prior to our February 23 evening meeting on our Environmental Support. Thank you Janine for opening the doors to new opportunities for Morning Star Rotary to expand our community engagement!
Rick Morrissey MSR and of the RI Environmental Sustainability Team, presented the Rotary New Area of Focus-Supporting the Environment. 
In June 2020, the Rotary Foundation Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Rotary's 7th Area of Focus - 
Support the Environment.
Mission - Develop greater awareness of environmental issues, and educate and inspire Rotarians, Interactors, and others to effect positive changes.
District 7430 is fully committed to Rotary's 7th Area of Focus. DG Bob Hobaugh encouraged the formation of an Environmental Sustainability Team in 2021.
The Team is well represented by Rotarians from throughout the District and by a number of non-Rotary subject matter experts.
To view the presentation click Sustainability Team Presentation or access the Download on the website.
Rotary New Area of Focus - Supporting the Environment (Zoom)
At our regular Club meeting of January 27, 2022, Rick Santee made a motion to approve the 2022-2023 Slate of Officers as proposed  by the Board of Directors.
(See Slate below). Tom Kolepp seconded the motion. A vote by acclamation was taken of those present at this meeting.
If you were not present and would like to vote, please respond with an "aye" or "nay" email to Val Walk. 
Voting will be closed at midnight on February 3, 2022.
Vote on 2022-23 Slate of Officers:
Rodney Seifert
President Elect
Betty Isaacs
Past President
Shawn Bariana
Val Walk
Jean Searfoss
Robin Metzler
  • Zach Ainslee
  • Robin Metzler (replacing Betty Isaacs)
  • Linda Mayger (replacing Gayle Justice)
  • Sarabel Conn
  • Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen
  • Jim Santanasto
Thank you,
Shawn Bariana
Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star
Club President 2021-22
JUST a reminder - see the following link CLUBRUNNER MOBILE APP for a short video on the free phone app and all the information readily available to you right on your phone! Makes that little cell phone a very valuable tool for a gazillion of your Rotary needs! Enjoy! Give a yell if any questions.
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
First Thursday Happy Hour
Jun 02, 2022 5:30 PM
Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars (Live)
John Heitzenrater, Headmaster - Chrysostom Academy
Jun 09, 2022 7:30 AM
“Classical Education – An Alternative Model For Our Youth” (Live/Hybrid)
Manali Patel, Nrutyagarima Academy
Jun 16, 2022 7:30 AM
Bharatnatyam Classical and Semi-Classical Dances (Live/Hybrid)
President Shawn Bariana
Jun 23, 2022 7:30 AM
Club Assembly - Rotary Year 2021-2022 Recap (Live/Hybrid)
Club Officer Changeover Meeting
Jun 30, 2022
Club Kick-Out Party
Jul 07, 2022 5:30 PM
Home of Betty Issacs (4751 Dealtrey Dr., Easton, PA 18045)
President Rod Seifert
Jul 14, 2022 7:30 AM
Imagine Rotary: Intro to 2022-2023 (Live/Hybrid)
District Governor Len Gieseler
Oct 13, 2022
Official Club Visit of District Governor
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