Fellow MSR Rotarians:
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and I know everyone is very busy this time of year with preparations for the upcoming holidays.  I am writing to inform you about some important upcoming dates, projects, and campaigns for our club.  I hope you can join us as we celebrate the holidays and continue to serve our community and the world in the New Year.
December 15, 2022- We will be meeting this week at Seven Sirens Brewing Company on the ground floor of the Flat Iron Building on the Broadway side, as our normal meeting room is unavailable due to its use for the Holiday Toy Drive.  Our speaker will be Tom Carson, Executive Director of Victory House.  We will also be presenting Tom with our donation to VH from the proceeds of the Salute the Troops Concert.
December 22, 2022 – Come join your fellow MS Rotarians as we ring in the holidays at our Annual Holiday Meeting at the Advent Moravian Church on Jacksonville Road in Hanover Township beginning at 7:30 AM.  The Liberty High School A Cappella Choir will be performing along with our very own accordionist and song leader, Rick Santee.  Family members and friends are welcome.  Please RSVP to Val Walk at valerie.walk@rcn.com regarding the number of people (Member/Guests) who will be attending so we can have an accurate count for our caterer.  We also need Rotarians to sponsor the breakfast of the performing students ($10 per student).  Sign up forms will be available at this week’s meeting or contact Jean Searfoss at jsearfoss@cementemployers.com if you can sponsor a student(s).  Rick has requested 8 MSR volunteers to stay following the meeting to clean up and reset the furniture.  I hope everyone can join us for this festive annual event.
January 7, 2023 – MARK YOUR 2023 CALENDARS!  Plan to join your fellow MSR Rotarians as we ring in the New Year at our annual Holiday Party.  There will be no First Thursday Social Meeting on January 5th.  The party will be on Saturday evening beginning at 5:30 PM at Sheila and my house at 723 Johnston Drive in Bethlehem.  I hope you can join us for good fellowship, food, and drink as we welcome in 2023.
January 12, 2023 – Regular Club Meeting PDG Cindy Hornaman - Global Projects in Zambia
January 18, 2023 – A joint meeting is being planned with the Bethlehem Rotary Club.  This meeting will take place on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 PM in the Cohen Room at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street.  Details about this event will be announced shortly.  I hope many of our members will be able to attend this joint meeting with our fellow city Rotarians.  There will be no regular club meeting on Thursday, January 19th.
January 26, 2023 – Regular Club Meeting
This year, we will again be assisting at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (Christ UCC, 75 E. Market Street).  The three dates for MSR are Friday, January 6, 2023, Friday, February 10, 2023, and Monday, March 20, 2023.  We will be preparing meals and handling other activities those evenings.  If you have not participated in the past, I encourage you to volunteer this year for this very important project.  Please contact our MSR coordinator, Ginny Wolkoff at ginny4wolkoff@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer.
I would like to remind all our members about our Rotary Foundation Campaign that was outlined by our Foundation Chair, Tom Hartzell at a recent club meeting, Historically, Morning Star Rotary members have been very generous in their support of the Rotary Foundation.  If you have not contributed to the Foundation recently, I encourage you to consider making a donation this year.  Morning Star Rotary will match your contribution with Foundation points up to $500…this means that if you give $500, the club will match the contribution with 500 points making you a Paul Harris Fellow.  This is a wonderful opportunity to earn your first PHF or qualify for advanced PHF recognition.  In addition, I have made a Presidential Challenge to pledge an additional $20 to the Foundation, above my normal contribution, for any member who makes a contribution this Rotary year who has not contributed in recent years.  Without the support of the Foundation, we could not accomplish many of our local and global initiatives.  I thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.
Yours in Rotary,
President, 2022-2023
Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club
(201) 723-1882