Welcome to Morning Star Rotary!
Bethlehem Morning Star
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
Flatiron Building
5th Floor
301 Broadway
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States of America
1st Thursday of the Month Happy Hour Networking at 5:30 PM at locations throughout our Bethlehem community.
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Please join the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star this Thursday, July 25, 2024, for our Live/Hybrid Meeting. Our meet & greet starts at 7:15am with the regular meeting starting at 7:30am.
Our speaker will be Jennifer Nicolosi, Greater LV United Way doing a presentation on AmeriCorps VISTA Programs.
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.
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Time: July 25, 2024 07:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)       
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On July 18, 2024, we were joined via Zoom at our live meeting by Gilbert Mato and members of the Isiolo Rotary Club of Kenya.  Gilbert gave us an comprehensive update on the progress of our global grant project refurbishing a maternal health clinic and other club and district grant projects we are undertaking in conjunction with Isiolo Rotary.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Donald Smith, a charter member of the Morning Star Rotary Club, on June 20, 2024.  We send our deepest condolences to his family including his son-in-law, MSR Rotarian Geoff Wright.  Click "Read More" to read obituary from Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes.
In the upcoming year, our weekly programs will be structured to foster community engagement and awareness through a variety of events. This diverse program lineup aims to strengthen member relationships, enhance community involvement, and increase understanding of Rotary's values and initiatives.
1st Week - First Thirstday

Join us for a networking-focused event that rotates among different locations. This fall, we’re excited to feature three brewpubs in South Bethlehem. Attendees will enjoy a variety of drinks, with some opting to order food while others simply mingle over their beverages. It’s a great way to connect in a relaxed atmosphere! 
2nd & 4th Week - Community Connections
These meetings will showcase the diverse stories and projects within the greater Lehigh Valley community. We invite people from various sectors to share insights about their programs, projects, and special interests. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the impactful work being done in our area and to find ways to get involved or support these initiatives.
3rd Week - What is Rotary?

Discover the heart of Rotary through a deep dive into our people, projects, and programs. Focus of these meetings include presentations by district leaders, new member talks, educational modules from the Rotary Learning Center, insights from Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) or Fellowship Groups, and updates on new Rotary International initiatives. It’s an excellent chance to learn more about the vast opportunities and resources available within Rotary.
We take a break on the 5th week of the month, four times a year. The upcoming dates for these breaks are August 29, October 31, January 30, and May 29. These are perfect opportunities to recharge or engage in other activities outside of our regular meetings.
On Saturday, June 22, 2024 MSR held its annual Changeover/Kickout Party honoring our outgoing President, Betty Isaac and installing incoming President, Rodney Conn and the Board of Directors for 2024-2025.  A fantastic time was had by everyone.  A big MSR thank you to PP Shawn & Bob Bariana for hosting the party at their beautiful home and DG Diane Donaher for taking part in the festivities.  Congratulations President Betty on your service to the club this past year and best wishes to incoming President Rodney.
CLICK HERE to view slideshow of party pictures.
At our June 20, 2024 meeting, founder Vindya Raghavachari introduced us to Saara Arts, a Bethlehem nonprofit that brings awareness to global art from villages around the world and promotes local multicultural artists.
CLICK HERE to view her presentation.
Upcoming events:
July 20 - Crochet workshop, Bethlehem
September 15 - India Heritage Day, Allentown Arts Park
Early December - Art Workshop (TBA)
If you have an interest in learning more, visit www.SaaraArts.org or email artconnects@saaraarts.org.
When Rotarians in the Antigua Sundown Club became aware that kindergarteners learning to read needed a boost in their phonics development, they called their long-time partners at Lehigh University to see what could be done to help. Lehigh staff member and Bethlehem Morning Star Rotarian Bill Hunter, who has taken his students on a dozen service trips to Antigua & Barbuda, was referred through Rotary connections to Dr. Debbie Matz, an experienced reading specialist.
Through a financial collaboration between both Rotary clubs, Dr. Matz traveled to Antigua with the Lehigh group in 2022 to begin a pilot program by making classroom observations, engaging in inquiring conversations with teachers and principals, and facilitating a professional development session at one of the targeted primary schools. A need for additional instruction in phonemic awareness was determined and an appropriate and affordable supplemental curriculum was selected for kindergarten reading instruction. Following a successful first run, both Rotary clubs again sponsored Dr. Matz’s travel to Antigua in May to expand the reach of the pilot program by training Kindergarten teachers and principals in foundational early literacy skills and the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program at two of the targeted primary schools.
At our June 20, 2024 meeting, MSR Foundation Chair Tom Hartzell presented Mike Long with his PH+7 pin recognizing his ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation.
At our June 13, 2024 meeting, Morning Star Rotary welcomed Eric Obeysekare as a new member. Eric is a Teaching Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. Welcome Eric to our Morning Star family!
Our speaker on June 13, 2024 was Anna Smith, Director of Community Action Bethlehem. Community Action Development Bethlehem was incorporated into Community Action Lehigh Valley on October 6, 1997, and opened offices to the public on March 19, 1998.  Based on a belief of economic and social justice, CADCB improves the quality of life in south Bethlehem by fostering economic opportunity, promoting community development, and empowering residents to actively participate in the decision-making process regarding the future of our diverse community. 
CLICK HERE to view presentation.
At our June 13, 2024 meeting, MSR Foundation Chair Tom Hartzell presented PE Rodney Conn with his PH+7 pin recognizing his ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation.
We had the honor of welcoming Clan Mother Shelley from the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania to our meeting on May 30, 2024. Her visit provided us with an introductory glimpse into the rich cultural heritage and worldview of the Lenape people.
At our May 23rd club meeting, recent member, Justin Strasser, presented his Classification Talk.  A native of Bethlehem, Justin was introduced to Rotary as a Youth Exchange student sponsored by our club during high school.  He spoke about his exchange experience, education, and his journey into his career in woodworking and the many diverse projects of his company, Campbell & Strasser.  We are excited to have Justin as a member and his leadership in our various activities.
At our May 16th club meeting, PDG Janet Kolepp & PP Shawn Bariana walked us through ways to uncover a compelling "why" story. Switch up your response to “what is Rotary?” to “let me tell you a story!”
 Reflect on Your Journey 
Was there a specific moment or value that
resonated with you in Rotary? 
Highlight Rotary's Impact on You
How did that moment make you feel? 
 Identify Rotary's Impact on Others
How did that moment affect others or make them feel?
Thank You to everyone who helped make our Audrey Rafferty Memorial Spaghetti Dinner a success once again this year.
It was great to see the Dining Room filled to capacity-with many diners lingering- enjoying not only Butch's (and company's) famous sauce but also warm fellowship!
A big Morning Star Rotary "Thank You" to everyone who attended the dinner and especially our table and dessert sponsors!
            Week of 7/25/2024
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    Rodney Conn
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    Aug 08, 2024
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    Sep 19, 2024
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    Nov 21, 2024
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