On April 25, 2016, Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City of Bethlehem’s credit rating from BBB  positive outlook to A-positive outlook, a rare two notch upgrade.
“The rating action reflects our view of Bethlehem’s improved structural position as demonstrated by its ability to realize balanced-to-positive operating results in its general fund as a result of concerted management efforts following a period of fiscal distress."  
Mayor Robert Donchez enlightened our club of this and many other accomplishments and challenges facing the City of Bethlehem.  At the start of the Mayors term he was focused on Public Safety, Fiscal Responsibility, Community Development, Roads and Quality of Life. 
In October 2016, MONEY Magazine named Bethlehem the best place to retire in the Northeast!  
The City of Bethlehem was named the safest 3rd class city in PA in 2016. Small businesses continue to grow in the LVIP Vll with 19 new companies, $314,000,000 in investment and 3,400 jobs. 
The presentation was enlightening and I am proud that our club is part of a city with so many positive things happening.
To see Mayor Donchez's full PowerPoint presentation click on the file in the Downloads section of our home webpage.
Reminders:  Please submit your ideas for a District Grant to Susan Burnett by 1/20. (See related story below.)
If you are interested in participating in the MSR Strategic Plan retreat, please respond to Cheryl Baker.  Based on the responses, the targeted date is Sat. 2/4.
This week Audrey Rafferty and Josh Mrozinski will do their classification talks. 
Please be sure to join us to get to know our newest members.
Motivational Quote:  “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision,
with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
President Woodrow Wilson
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity