Posted by Cheryl Baker on Aug 15, 2017
Thursday's meeting was awesome; we hosted a wonderful speaker - Jack Weiner. Jack, a student at Moravian Academy, was one of our "Campers of the Year" at Camp Neidig and is an Eagle Scout; he shared with us the story of his award journey - a memorial project to honor Veterans at Country Meadows. It's wonderful to see our next generation of leaders paying tribute to and learning from the Greatest Generation. You can watch some of the interviews he helped to create here. Veterans Honors Presentation ( Veterans Interviews (
This Thursday, August 17, we will NOT gather at Moravian Village. It is the first in a series of "Rotary Road Trips". Once each quarter this year, at the leadership of President Elect Janet Kolepp, we will gather at Bethlehem businesses and organizations to get a better sense of "what's out there", and to share the story of Rotary in a new and different way.
This Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at the National Museum of Industrial History; if you haven't already registered, please see separate story below from PE Janet Kolepp.
Friday, a group of 10 from Victory House attended the Rotary Strikes Out Hunger game at Citizens Bank Park as guests of our club. How nice for us to step up to provide this experience of tickets and refreshments for these men who are taking steps to improve their lives for the better! 
DG Rick Gromis with the Victory House Team!
A few other things to share: tomorrow (the 16th) is the deadline for nominations for the first Ethics in Business award in our work related to Vocational Service and Rotary Means Business. We want to be sure we are recognizing, and in that way, extending a hand of friendship and invitation to Bethlehem businesses that embody, through their every day practices and policies, the spirit of the 4Way Test. Please get your entries to me either through the mail or send them to my electronic inbox at
In September, we will be changing up how we do our 50/50. You'll still purchase tickets in the same way, but when your ticket is drawn, you'll draw a card from a deck. If you pick an Ace, you win half the pot; if you don't, the money rolls over into the next week, creating an even bigger "kitty" for both the eventual winner, and for the club! With POWERBALL payouts in the hundreds of millions, and all the excitement and energy that comes with that type of anticipation, we look forward to building a little of our own.
Also in September is a "backyard location" for RLI - the Rotary Leadership Institute. A day long session in Rotary practices and leadership training, at $85 it's a bargain, and when you realize it's reimbursed once you've attended, it's a total no-brainer! September 16th is the date; DeSales University is the place, and we hope to see a STRONG and LARGE contingency from our club! To register: (http:/ /
October will bring at least one thing into focus: Polio. World Polio Day is celebrated, and we will, too. We'd like to observe World Polio Day (Tuesday, 10/24) in a way that is both visible and inviting for the broad Bethlehem Community. We'll have a table and display at City Hall Center (outside weather permitting) where we can invite residents to gather to learn more about the efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, and celebrate how close we are to the goal. We are hoping to be able to have a photo opportunity, as well, in linking hands to surround a globe signifying the worldwide effort, of which we as Rotarians and supporters of Rotary in Bethlehem, play an integral part.
Before the 24th, however, we will be involved as sponsors of Rotary's Purple Pinkie 5K/10K. Scheduled for October 14, a run/walk on the grounds of LCCC, I am challenging our club to not only be involved by making our annual gift of $1500 toward the Polio Plus effort through them to multiply its benefit, but also that we field a team to participate in the event. How about it? It's a full two weeks after our 5K/10K; plenty of time to recuperate and be up and ready to go! For more information, the website is
See you Thursday at the Museum!
Have you paid your dues yet? If not is that Fair to all Concerned? Please see Jean Searfoss to make arrangements if you need to do so.
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
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