President's Message 1-17-17
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
On Thursday January 12, ten Morning Star Rotarians, along with 7 Lehigh University Fulbright Scholars served dinner to 35 guests of the shelter at Nativity Cathedral.  This was the second night this winter season and the 4th time since our Club took on this project last year. 
The Vision & Values of Emergency Sheltering Program, as outlined on their website, are:
  1. We believe all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances.
  2. We believe serving those in need is a tangible expression of the faiths practiced by our volunteers.
  3. We believe individuals and groups that seek to work in partnership with others create a more talented and resourceful community.
This third value really underscores our work with this program. Over the course of our service we have come to know some of the guests.  Maybe not my name, but through conversations and the many “Thank you’s!” shared during our time with them.  We have also come to know many of the church volunteers: Deacon Rodney, Joe, Katrina & James to name a few.  These people are there week in, week out; dedicated to providing a warm place to sleep and a good meal. 
We were also able to extend the reach of this project internationally, including the students from Lehigh University that Bill Hunter introduced to us.   They went away from the evening with a new sense of service in the United States and more knowledge about Rotary.  What impact this understanding will have on the seven Fulbright Scholars? We can only trust that it will somehow, somewhere, someday!!
A truly international experience: Lehigh Univiersity Fulbright Scholars - Seraj from Libya, Nazgul from the Kyrgyz Republic, Diem from Vietnam, Qasim from Pakistan, Mai from Egypt, Tshego from South Africa and Satrih from Indonesia. Special thanks to Bill Hunter
It is an honor for our club to be able to participate. Special thanks go out to each of you that have contributed your time, food or funds to support the meal!  If you haven’t taken the opportunity to volunteer your time at the shelter there are still two more chances: February 23 and March 16.  Please do, you won’t regret it!!
Any questions, please email Janet Kolepp ( or call/text (484-241-1252)



The Foundation Committee is looking for project ideas for a District Grant. 
The criteria for a Grant does require that it addresses one of the following Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development      

The total cost of the project should be a maximum of $5,000 if MSR will work on the project alone & $10,000 if we partner with another club.  There is also a sweat equity requirement.

Please send your ideas to Sue Burnett by Friday 1/20:  Kindly include any information you have at this point to outline the project and estimate cost.


President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity



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Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Bethlehem Morning Star
Service Above Self

7:10 am Meet and Greet

7:30 Meeting Starts

Moravian Village
526 Wood Street
(Across from the Post Office)
Bethlehem, PA  18018
United States
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Meeting Responsibilities
January 19, 2017
Meeting Set-up & Breakdown
Aronson, Marianne
Ortelli, Edward
Roberts, Ellen
Oesmann, John
Kolepp, Tom
Helmuth, Ron
Upcoming Events
First Thursday: Membership and Marketing!
Artisan Wine Bar
Feb 02, 2017 5:30 PM
Board Meeting at Moravian Village
Feb 08, 2017 6:00 PM
MSR Dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering
Church of the Nativity
Feb 23, 2017
PETS (President Elect Training Seminar)
Feb 24, 2017 – Feb 25, 2017
Board Meeting at Moravian Village
Mar 08, 2017 6:00 PM
Outreach Food Project - Area 2 Clubs
Mar 11, 2017
Dist. 7430 Rotary Foundation Century Gala Celebr.
Pine Crest Country Club
Mar 11, 2017
MSR Dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering
Church of the Nativity
Mar 16, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
New Member Classification Talks
Jan 26, 2017
Race Recognition & Salute The Troops
Feb 02, 2017
Location to be announced
Feb 09, 2017
Bike and Boat with the Wildlands Conservancy
Feb 16, 2017
The NCC East 40 Community Garden: Growing More Than Food
Feb 23, 2017
We're being hosted by our speaker at Traditions of Hanover!
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