August 16,  2018, Our own Rick Morrissey and Geoff Wright combine to bring us a program about their common shared interest -- Raptors.

Raptors, or birds of prey, are an important indicator of the health of the environment. The Lehigh Valley’s northern terminus, the Kittatiny Ridge, is an important flyway, world renowned.
Rick is a passionate birder, a hobby he combines with photography. Geoff, a veterinarian, is a go-to resource for treating wounded raptors.
 
Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating and inspiring program!
COME SEE RAPTORS AUG. 16 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
MSR RACE COMMITTEE MEETING AUGUST 16th  7 AM ALL INVITED!!!
Morning Star Rotarians,
 
We are rapidly approaching the 28th Year of our Morning Star Celtic Classic 5K Run/Walk on September 29.  Your support is critical in three ways:
1. Help increase the total funds raised and donated
2. Help cover expenses such as race day set-up materials, promotional materials, runners' awards, food and so on.
3. Help provide raffle prizes for the runners/walkers, which increases the fun had by all and encourages more runners to attend.
 
Sponsorship Opportunities and Raffle Prize Donations Drive forms are available in the Download section of our website.
You can also use the link www.MorningStar5k.com to reach the information.
 
SPECIAL APPEAL FROM OUR RACE & RAFFLE CO-ORDINATOR!!!
 
The Celtic Classic Race is rapidly approaching and we are in desperate need of both Sponsors and raffle prizes for the race. 
 
You might not be aware, but this race is the primary fund raiser for our our share of the District Grants. In addition it funds some of our other Community programs. In the past we have raised over $10,000 in Sponsors but because many of our members have retired from the large corporations and banks in the Lehigh Valley and we no longer have direct contacts to these organizations, our Race Sponsorship has shrunk to around 3,000. 
 
As the Race and Raffle Co-Ordinator, it is my responsibility to organize this effort, NOT to be the sole Sponsor and Raffle Prize generator. I need YOUR SUPPORT
 
Sponsorship is a great marketing benefit to small businesses. They can put promotional materials in the runner's race day bag, get their logo on the t-shirt and on our website. It may take one person 30 minutes to fill out a grant application at one bank/business but it will take one person (me) hours and hours to fill them out at every business. 
 
Raffle Prizes: Raffle prizes are easy to get. Bring the raffle form to your favorite golf course, nail salon, brunch place, flower shop etc.... Business that donate raffles prizes can also put flyers in the runner's race day bag if they choose. Managers are not always around. Make it super easy for them, bring a self-addressed envelope with you when your drop the form off. Include a personal note at the bottom of the form. For example, my kids are at the Bethlehem Trampoline Park, at least once a month. It took all of 5 minutes for me to get a donation from them. When I mailed my request into Civic Theatre in Allentown I wrote at the bottom for the Manager to please remind the Director about my awesome audition for "Noises Off". No doubt, feeling sorry me, as I have not received  a call back, I got 6 sets of tickets and 4 popcorn vouchers. Its that easy!
 
But I cannot do it alone!!!
 
AND - don't forget, we are 501(c)3 so every donation is tax deductible!!!
 
Many thanks for your time and consideration,
 
Yours in Rotary!
Susan
 
Any Questions: 484-226-5254, burnetts@rcn.com
 
Thank you for your help and support in making this the best year ever!
 
 
MSR RACE COMMITTEE MEETING 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action" ......... 
 
To achieve this vision, (Rotary International President) Barry Rassin said Rotarians must take care of the organization:
 
“We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”
  
Janet Sipple really hit the nail on the head this week with her talk about protecting ourselves from the sun and self screening.  For all of us to care for each other; and then for those we want to serve, we must take care of ourselves first.  Thank you Janet for inspiring us!!
 
 
Janet K is wearing Janet S's hat from Australia - wide brim for sun protection, plus "dangles" to chase away the big flies!
 
 
 
YIRS,
Plan-it Janet
 
 
 
 
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Thank you to all that have signed up to participate in one of the important committees or working groups. Specifically we are still looking for leadership in the following areas:

  • Holiday Party Coordinator
  • Kick-Out Party Coordinator
There is still time to sign up: (Click here!)  There will also be a signup sheet at the August 9th weekly meeting.
 
Just a reminder to signup for our weekly duties.  The club meetings run well when we all help make it happen!!
 
COMMITTEE/GROUP SIGN-UP 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Received from Tracey Hirner, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  Pictures of the lettering recently hung at TJE.  This is a big part of creating their Leader In Me Culture throughout the building. The mural (seen previously in our Bulletins) will be hung by the end of the summer as well.
 
 
THOMAS JEFFERSON UPDATE 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
MEET OUR NEWEST MSR MEMBERS
 
Please welcome Zachary Ainsley and Gregory Scarlato as our newest Morning Star members. Zach is from forest resource management where he is an ISA Certified Arborist. Greg comes to us from the banking industry where he is a Business Development Officer.
 
We look forward to hearing from them in the near future as they tell their stories to the club.
Please introduce yourself to them. Easy to identify - they are so young and enthusiastic!
WELCOME MSR MEMBERS 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Our July 26th meeting was a presentation on 9 years of student and Rotary service projects in Antigua & Barbuda by MSR Dr. Bill Hunter, Director, Fellowship Advising & United Nations Programs at Lehigh University. Bill has been directly engaged in these projects and has been instrumental in guiding the efforts of many Lehigh students in trips to the islands to participate in accomplishing many projects. These have been done with the Ministry of Education and support of the partner Sun Down Rotary Club.
Bill does Q&A
 
Sadly, last year Antigua and Barbuda, the sister island in its nation, were devastated by hurricanes. Fortunately Antigua with a population of nearly 70,000 was spared the brunt of the storms. Barbuda, with a population of around 2,000 was totally devastated.
 
While Bill went through the previous successes of Lehigh's projects, his focus was on the current state of the islands with a look to the future.
 
Possibilities
  • Principal / Teacher Exchange this fall
  • Lehigh-led Disaster Preparedness Center
  • Graduate cohort in Education Administration
  • Rotary Grant to support Autism detection and treatment
  • Annual service trips expand to include NGOs, Youth groups and environmental sustainability projects
As Morning Star moves forward with its plans, we ask serious consideration be undertaken to find means to help these people recover and move forward. Global grant evaluations, partnerships with other clubs, etc. are among the opportunities.
 
For more click here for the video Bill shared
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA DR. HUNTER 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
 
FIRST THURSDAY - ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS
 
INVITE COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
 
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MIXER - BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!
 
ARTISAN WINE & CHEESE CELLAR 5:30 PM
"MINI-MEETING" AT 6:00 PM
 
$10 Per Person except potential members. Great hors d'oeuvres! Cash bar.
 
All are welcome for fellowship and to learn more about Morning Star Rotary!
 
Mark your calendars for AUGUST 2nd!
 
REPLACES MORNING MEETING
 
 
 
 
AUG 2 FIRST THURSDAY 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation ......just so you know!

Every three years, Rotarians meet in person at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. They consider enactments, which change Rotary’s governing documents, and position statements by the RI Board.  Much of the work is now done in advance via webinars and online sessions.  The next Council on Legislation will take place in April 2019.
 
PDG Doug Cook will represent our district at this session. The cost to hold these meetings is provided through an assessment to clubs each year.  In the recent past the assessment was $1.50 per member, however this year the cost has been reduced to only $1.00.   If you have any questions about the Council on Legislation, please don't hesitate to ask me.
 
YIRS,
Plan-it Janet
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Joan Paul, Morning Star Rotarian who has moved, was at TASTE OF EVANSTON (IL), Sunday, July 8, 2018. She figured she should be representing Morning Star!
Thought she would share the fun with all of us.
 
Evanston is the home of Rotary International headquarters. Would imagine there are some excellent turnouts to support the community!
 
Thanks, Joan!
JOAN PAUL SHARES FUN IN EVANSTON 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

Please take this opportunity to show your support of our Rotary work and sign up to participate in one of the important committees or working groups.  We can't do it without you!  (Click here!) 

There will also be a signup sheet at the weekly meeting.

COMMITTEE/GROUP SIGN-UP 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Our program this Thursday will feature Dr. Bill Hunter, MSR, Director, Office of Fellowship Advising and UN Programs at Lehigh University. He will be discussing 9 years of
  • Student and Rotary service projects in Antigua & Barbuda,
  • Lehigh’s collaboration with the Ministry of Education,
  • The devastation caused by successive hurricanes and
  • Future potential initiatives.
Promises to have lots of photos, video and heartwarming stories.
Please join us for what may lead us to our next Global Grant project.
ROTARY, LEHIGH, and ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Our July 19th meeting was the annual Camp Neidig update with input from our MSR support team, the incomparable Rick Morrissey and Charlie Incalcaterra.
 
Rick has been our ace recruiter for a number of years seeking out appropriate high school juniors to be scholar campers sponsored by Morning Star. He spoke to how students begin the process of getting to know one another even in the time it takes to drive down to the camp. Bonding starts.

 
 
An official Camp Neidig Highlight video was shown. YouTube Video for camp neidig▶ 4:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0hPz8GqwFk.  Enjoy!
 
Next Charlie, (seasoned District Camp Co-Director) reprised the speech he gave at the end of Camp, encouraging the students to seek out and talk to their political representatives to voice their views and have an impact in Harrisburg and Washington. After all, they will be able to vote next year!

 
 
The highlight of the event was camper Mariah Nagle, Cheryl Baker’s daughter, who told us about learning how to lead by listening (rather than talking loudly over others) and the close connections forged in just a few days together. Watch and listen closely to see how this self-avowed introvert evolved from “why did I come to this god awful place” to someone with a whole lot of new friends who learned the best way to lead is to listen, communicate and talk to people. As Rick summed it up “Mariah GETS IT!!!”  See Mariah'sTransformation here.
 
 
Congratulations Mariah. All your friends at Morning Star are so very happy for you.
 
 
CAMP NEIDIG UPDATE 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
 
On July 1 each year, around the world, the succession of leadership takes place in every Rotary Club. I am the 29th president that has been chosen to lead our club.  MSR has a wonderful tradition of leadership symbolized by "passing the gavel" and the "kick-out" party. What a great gathering we had last Thursday to honor outgoing President Cheryl.  Thank you to all that contributed food and a special thanks for our hosts, John & Carrie Oesmann.
 
Succession planning is absolutely vital to every club that wants to continue to have impact in their communities.   Next year Ron Helmuth will have an encore presidency.  But the future is uncertain.  Who will lead MSR the following year? Could it be you?  
 
YIRS,
Plan-it Janet
 
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, alumni, and leaders from around the world connected in Toronto during the Rotary International Convention. At the general sessions and workshops, on social media, and in the House of Friendship, they shared ideas, learned from world class leaders, and made new friends. Check out the highlights and get inspired for another amazing Rotary year:
Capture the moment in Hamburg – register now for the 2019 Rotary International Convention.
ROTARY'S BIG EVENT 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Our last meeting was a celebration “Kick-Out President Cheryl” wonderfully hosted by Carrie and John Oesmann at their home on Broad Street. The festivities were well attended and a great time was had by all.
 
See our FaceBook for additional pictures.
 
Thank you to Cheryl and the members for a great year!
 
KICK-OUT PARTY HOT SUCCESS!!! 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
"Never underestimate the importance of having fun" - Randy Pausch
 
Though Morning Star Rotary has a strong legacy of having fun, often clubs become so entrenched in their habits that they forget to have fun. If Rotary isn’t fun, how can we inspire the hearts of our members? How can we increase our membership? How can we survive? So weekly we continually ask ourselves that important question: Is it fun?   And.....in that spirit, see you on Thursday as we "kick-out" past president Cheryl and have some fun!!
 
"Plan-it Janet"
HAVING FUN..... 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
The strategic plan was reviewed at the July 5th meeting.  This plan is a work in progress and will continue to guide and direct the work of Rotary for our club. 
Working groups have been formed with the objective to strengthen the strategic areas of focus as follows:
  • Engaged Members: reorganize the member engagement process that recruits, engages and retains members.
  • Impactful Projects: this group will collaborate, support and develop new ideas for projects in transition and project management. 
  • Community Awareness:- organize a process to develop the “message”; use already existing Rotary branding resource and Social Media
  • The Foundation & Grants committees will start to look at our Charitable Account to better leverage resources that will continue the good work of this club in meeting the needs of our local and global communities. 
As part of the strategic planning process, we are asking all Morning Star Rotarians to volunteer for the project and fundraiser committees that you want to serve on during the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  This may be accomplished by visiting the website here  or using the signup sheets that will be at the July meetings.   
 
If you have any questions regarding the strategic plan, please feel free to contact any board member. 
President Kolepp Presents Our Strategic Plan 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Let's have some fun and
"Kick-Out" Pres Cheryl in style!!
Thursday
July 12, 2018
6:00pm
John & Carrie Oesmann's 
114 East Broad St ♦ Bethlehem, PA
 
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Dessert, Beer & Wine will be provided.
Please bring an appetizer, side dish or salad to share.
 
 
Thank you!
 
 
Limited parking may be available behind 122 E. Broad St (Pine Street)
 
 
 
JULY 12 EVENING MEETING - NO MORNING MEETING FOR JULY 12
EVENING JUL 12 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
MORNING STAR ROTARY CHANGEOVER 6-28-18
 
Last Thursday we had our annual Changeover Meeting. The program was emceed by AG Ron. We had a great time thanking everyone, conducting our traditional “Past Presidents Passing of the Gavel” and installing our new President Janet after raising President Cheryl to that exalted position of “Past President”.
 
Cheryl and Janet have worked diligently to focus on our strategic plan going forward, and to provide the added benefits of continuity in focus and management. Thank you Cheryl for all your efforts this past year and helping establish an ever stronger base upon which we will continue.
 
MSR CHANGEOVER 6-28-18 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
BETHLEHEM AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES HARTMANN-HANSEN COMMUNITY GRANT FROM ROTARY CLUB OF BETHLEHEM MORNING STAR
BAPL Press Release 6-21-18
(Bethlehem, PA) -- The Bethlehem Area Public Library (BAPL) is pleased to announce it is the 2018 recipient of the Charlotte & Tore Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant, presented by the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star. The grant award of $2,500 will support the renovation of the Bob Cohen Room at BAPL, and was presented to Library Executive Director Josh Berk, Development & Marketing Specialist Kate Racculia, and Amy Miller Cohen, widow of Bob Cohen, by Club President Cheryl Baker and Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen on Thursday, June 21.
 
The Cohen Room--the former children’s room on the first floor of BAPL--currently shows the wear of over 50 years of use. It is in the process of being refurbished and updated into a multi-use community room, to host concerts, lectures, meetings, plays, art galleries, workshops and other community-driven events. The room honors the memory of late Library Board member, donor, and dear friend--and dedicated Rotarian--Bob Cohen.
 
“We are so grateful for this generous gift,” said Berk. “With construction about to begin, it’s an exciting reminder that the Cohen Room truly is a place for the community to come together. We thank Morning Star Rotary and the Hartmann-Hansen family for helping bring the room closer to becoming a new space for the public to enjoy.”
 
The grant, named in recognition of Charlotte and Tore Hartmann-Hansen’s commitment, dedication, and love of Rotary, is awarded annually by the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star to continue their legacy of service and impact locally and globally.
 
Photo, L to R: Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen, Cheryl Baker, Josh Berk, Kate Racculia, Amy Miller Cohen
 
About the Bethlehem Area Public Library
On December 1, 1900 nine prominent women from Bethlehem’s north, south and west sides met to “consider the need of a Public Library in the Bethlehems and to devise methods by which it might be established.” On February 1, 1901 the doors to the free reading room and library officially opened to the public, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library has faithfully served the community since. Committed to the public good, the Library educates, informs, and inspires by providing community, engagement, and free and open access to materials and information. www.bapl.org
 
About the Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club
Members of the Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club are community and business leaders dedicated to making the world a better place, and are part of a world-wide fellowship of 1.2 million. SERVICE ABOVE SELF is Rotary's motto, and fun, fellowship and community involvement empowers them to meet this worthy goal.
HARTMANN-HANSEN BAPL GRANT 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
I want to introduce you to my "alter" ego Plan-It Janet.
Each week you will find her here at the bottom of the page, sharing a short quip from the world of Rotary. The main focus of our weekly bulletin will be to keep you informed about current projects, programs and events of the club. 
 
I'm looking forward to serving with you this year as we continue strengthening the work of Rotary around our community!   
 
YIRS, Janet
 
PLEASE JOIN US THURSDAY JULY 5 AT 7:30 AM WHEN PRESIDENT JANET WILL PRESENT THE PROGRAM FOR MSR TO BE THE INSPIRATION!
NOTE - MORNING MEETING - NO FIRST THURSDAY EVENING MEETING FOR JULY !!!
 
 
 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
The District 7430 Changeover was conducted at Brookside Country Club in Macungie. Worthy of note was how new President Janet Kolepp was kept quite busy from the performance recognition of the Morning Star Rotary Club! MSR was acknowledged for having a net +6 increase in Membership for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. In addition we had a 96% retention rate.
Of the 47 clubs in the District, 11 were recognized for successfully completing the District Governor's Certification. Congratulations to all MSR as you achieved this worthy goal as a result of your club efforts!
DISTRICT 7430 CHANGEOVER 6-28-18 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
VOLUNTEER FOR THE PROJECT AND FUNDRAISER COMMITTEES
 
As part of the strategic planning process, we are asking all Morning Star Rotarians to volunteer for the project and fundraiser committees that you want to serve on during the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  This may be accomplished by visiting the website here  or using the signup sheets that will be at the July meetings. 
Please provide your input in a timely manner to facilitate our moving forward, Thank you.
Strategic Planning Process - Next Steps 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UPCOMING MORNING STAR ROTARY MEETINGS!
 
PLEASE FOCUS ON THE TIMES AND LOCATIONS AS WELL AS THE CRITICAL CONTENTS!
 
 
JUNE 28 MORNING STAR CLUB CHANGEOVER MEETING
Moravian Village 7:10 am to 8:30 am
 
Plan to join us for the "Passing of the Gavel"
 
This is the official Club Leadership Changeover!
 
We will honor past presidents and induct our new officers and President Janet Kolepp.
 
Guarantee some surprises you will not want to miss!
 
JULY 5 MORNING STAR CLUB BREAKFAST MEETING!!
Moravian Village 7:10 am to 8:30 am
 
Prepare to be inspired! The Board and members have been busy this spring working on the 2018-19 Strategic Plan. President Janet will share the club's important plans for strengthening all that we do!
 
NOTE - THIS IS A MORNING MEETING. THERE WILL BE NO FIRST THURSDAY EVENING MEETING AT THE ARTISAN FOR JULY!!!
 
JULY 12 MORNING STAR CLUB "KICK-OUT" PRESIDENT CHERYL
 
BBQ @ Oesmanns 6:00 pm  114 East Broad Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
 
Help us "kick-out" President Cheryl. We will gather at John & Carrie Oesmann's home. Hamburgers, hot dogs, dessert, beer & wine will be provided. Bring a salad or side dish to share.
 
JULY 19 MORNING STAR ROTARY CLUB ANTICIPATES A RETURN TO "NORMALIZED" MEETINGS AT MORAVIAN VILLAGE!
 
We look forward to seeing you everywhere!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jun 27, 2018 Morning Star Bulletin 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on Thursday was Amy Miller Cohen, our newest member. Amy, though new to Morning Star Rotary, qualifies as a “seasoned Rotarian” having been in the Downtown Rotary Club for many years. She was the wife of Bob Cohen, a long time Bethlehem Rotarian whom we sadly lost in the recent past. Fortunately for us, Ellen Roberts sensed that Amy was ready to bring her wonderful enthusiasm back into Rotary and asked her to join Morning Star.
 
Amy, or Dr. Cohen, earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has a psychology practice in Bethlehem for many years. In addition, currently she has been busy with editing the first book of Bob’s poems.
 
Amy is also a SOULCOLLAGE Facilitator. This is a process through which you contact your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards which deep personal meaning and which will help you with life’s questions. She has an excellent PowerPoint presentation available and with all her enthusiasm will be happy to share this new and fascinating approach to helping individuals.
 
A warm Morning Star welcome to our new and quite unique family member!
 
Top to Bottom
Says it all!                                           
Amy & Bob 1972                                
Tai Chi with Buzz Lightyear      
Our Newest Member!
AMY MILLER COHEN 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ROAD TRIP JUNE 21, 2018
Frances L. Barnard Children's Center at
Bethlehem Area Public Library
7:00 am – 9:00 am
 
Breakfast -  will be provided (via Panera Bread) and we'll collect our $10 meeting fee.
 
PARKING - Unfortunately parking isn't available in the underground garage during the day; certain spaces are only open for the public after 4 pm on weeknights and weekends. 
Early in the day, (as out meeting is), there should be plenty of free 2-hour parking spaces on New Street around Payrow Plaza. You can also find non-timed back-in spots on the City Hall side of New Street; on E. Church Street across from the cemetery (see map!); and on E. Church Street after Center Street and before School Street (for part of the block, there isn't permit parking). The walk is largely flat and takes about 5 minutes.
There are a few handicapped spaces, a blue curb, right in front of the library and in front of City Hall on Church Street.
 
SEE YOU THERE!
 
MSR ROAD TRIP 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
This Thursday we will have a 'fireside chat' with one of our newest and very enthusiastic members Amy Miller Cohen. Amy already qualifies as a "seasoned Rotarian" having previously been in the Downtown Rotary Club for many years.
She was the wife of Bob Cohen, a long term Bethlehem Rotarian and famous musical entertainer whom sadly we lost in the recent past. Please plan to join us as I know this will be a memorable classification talk! 
 
OUR NEWEST MEMBER AMY MILLER COHEN 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
FIRST THURSDAY - ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS
Our meeting kicking off June activities last week, found us engaged in a conference call with fellow Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown club. The topic of discussion was initial consideration of the feasibility of a global grant focused on addressing autism needs in Antigua. Following discussions, there was a good deal of enthusiasm with recognition of the need to address the many questions identified before being able to proceed. The ball appears to be gaining initial traction.
 
Speaking of the ball rolling, yours truly found himself upon a chair which actually was a "transformer" and evolved into a reverse chaise lounge; whereupon I lost any semblance of musical chairs and disappeared under the hors d'oeuvres table! These First Thursday meetings can really be exciting!
 
A discussion followed with a visiting Rotarian, guest of Tom Kolepp. It afforded all some wonderful insights into the perceptions of millenials. With luck this person may come to Morning Star and bring his wonderful enthusiasm along!
 
These First Thursday meetings at the Artisan continue to grow in popularity and have resulted in becoming a strong membership recruiting tool. Please plan on coming to the next meeting and catch the excitement.
 
 
 
FIRST THURSDAY JUN 7, 2018 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
EREY – Every Rotarian Every Year
 
Every dollar you contribute will help us to continue to do good in our communities and in the world.
 
If you have already donated to The Rotary Foundation since July 1, 2017, we thank you. If not, we would appreciate your consideration of donating to The Rotary Foundation so Morning Star Rotary can achieve 100% participation for the fourth year in a row. Your support is vital to growing our Annual Fund and more that we can do in the world.
 
Ways to donate: STILL TIME TO GET YOUR DONATION TO TOM HARTZELL BY JUNE 15, 2018!!!
 
Mail a check payable to The Rotary Foundation to Tom Hartzell 1341 Biafore Avenue Bethlehem PA 18017
Contribute at the $2/week at the Sign-In Table
Donate on-line at the Rotary Foundation.
Thank you.
 
 
SAVE THE DATE JUNE 28 MORNING STAR CLUB CHANGEOVER
Plan to join us for the "Passing of the Gavel"
This will be the official Club Leadership Changeover!
We will honor past presidents and induct our new officers and President Janet Kolepp.
 
 
Rotary District 7430
Changeover and Club Awards Night
 
 
Thursday, June 28, 2018
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
 
Brookside Country Club
901 Willow Lane
Macungie, PA 18062
 
Come attend the annual Rotary District 7430 Changeover Dinner and Club Awards Night to celebrate the outgoing District 7430's 45 club accomplishments under District Governor, Rick Gromis.  We will also welcome incoming District Governor, Cindy Hornaman and the 45 incoming Presidents for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.
Cocktails will begin at 6:15 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm
(Governors meeting to be held beginning at 5:30 pm)
Menu includes: Appetizers, Salad, Choice of Chicken Marsala or Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Green Beans, Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Carrot Cake with Caramel Praline Sauce
Tickets are $40 and must be purchased online using this link D7430 Changeover Tickets
Hope to see you there!
Morning Star Rotary Update 6-12-18 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
At our meeting May 31, 2018 we had an update by our exchange student, Francesca Braja! Francesca comes to us from Piemonte in northwest Italy near Torino. It is a very beautiful area with a mix of modern and very old picturesque buildings. She is more commonly known by her nickname “Pitti”. She highlighted some of the key differences in the educational process in Italy versus the US.. She had choices for high schools based on Classical, Scientific and Language studies. Her choice also determined the school she would attend as in the system, the schools are dedicated to one of the curriculum of studies in each school.
Italian High School Key Areas of Difference versus US
  • 5 years to graduation
  • Your class is composed of the same 25 students all five years
  • You can pick the type of high school but not the subjects that you study
  • Your high school may not be close to your home
  • Extra-curricular activities are not included in your high school program
Pitti has been very active at Freedom High School! Cheerleading, lacrosse, Mini-Thon (helped raise $130,781 to help kids!), and many new friends in “Young Life!”. The  FHS prom was a unique experience as there are no proms in Italian schools. Celebrated her 18th birthday at Beni Hana’s, not exactly traditional Italian cuisine! Trips to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York complete with a visit from her family from Italy.
Pitti really enjoyed her experiences with the other exchange students in the district. She gave very special thanks to her host families for making this such an incredible experience! She will have 3 more families for life! She gave a very warm, heartfelt thank you to Morning Star Rotary for supporting this incredible opportunity of a lifetime. We hope Francesca comes back to visit in the future!
                                                                                           Photo thanks to Shawn Deiter
MY YEAR IN BETHLEHEM - FRANCESCA "PITTI" BRAJA 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
THOMAS JEFFERSON MURAL UNVEILED! 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 28, 2018
As we celebrte Memorial Day please I ask that we take a moment to stop and think about what it really means. Look around and take the opportunity to explain to our younger generations the real meaning of Memorial Day. We have the holiday, the celebrations, the Indy 500, etc. because of all the brave people who have served, continue to serve and will bless our freedom with their service in the future.
 
The following was excerpted from the Bethlehem Rotary club’s bulletin from last year. It is real, very close to home and warrants revisiting.
 
The program topic was one that Rotarian, Bob Weed, does not like to talk about.  If that’s how he feels, you might wonder why he does talk about it.  It’s because the Korean War is often classified as the ‘forgotten war’ and Bob never wants others to forget about it.  During the 3-year war, 1,789,000 young people served in the Korean War.  Of those million plus Americans, 36,574 were killed in action and another 103,284 were wounded in action.  The New York Times aptly referred to the Korean War as World War 2.5. 
 
July 17, 1953 will be forever etched in Bob’s mind.  It was what he described as the ‘night from hell’ when a Chinese mortar round landed too close to him.  Although he was somewhat protected by his flak jacket, his arms and legs were severely injured by shrapnel.  He was first taken to a MASH unit to be stabilized and quickly flown out to the USS Repose for further care.  He was eventually transferred to a naval hospital in Japan where he was operated on 7 times in 7 months.   Bob will be forever grateful to the Naval Chaplain and the Navy Medical Service Corp for all they did to help get him back on his feet. 
 
Bob left us with two important messages:
  1. How very blessed we are in the US for our military – past, present and future.  They deserve the highest regard from all of us.
  2. Those who served or are serving in the US military are the backbone of America.  May God bless our military and the United States of America – the greatest country in the world.
Thank you, Bob, for reminding us of what a great country we live in and for your personal sacrifice to our country.
 
God Bless America! 
Memorable Day for All Ron Searfoss 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7430 Training Assembly was conducted this past Saturday at DeSales University In addition to a session for AGs/PEs, there were sessions on Strategic Planning, Secretary/Treasurer Review, mix it up with membership, Branding, Marketing and Social Media. New Membership Initiatives were introduced along with the RI Theme – Be The Inspiration, District 7430 Goals for next year and requirements of the Governor Citation. Logan Ruyak, winner of the 4 Way Test Competition, gave an encore performance of her outstanding talk. Following lunch, Jeffry Cadorette, RI International Director Elect, Zones 24 & 32 gave an enthusiastic talk on “why Rotary”. The afternoon had an optional grant training session for clubs looking to expand their engagement with both District and Global grants.
 
There were nearly 80 Rotarians at the Assembly from all around the District. . Morning Star Rotary was very well represented with 8 of our MSR Rotarians participating in all areas. In attendance were Marianne Aronson, Tom Hartzell, Shawn Deiter, Janet, Tom & Carl Kolepp and Jean & Ron Searfoss.
 
We always look to encourage our members to get engaged in areas outside the regular club activities to experience how great and involved an organization you are a part of. Please feel free to ask any of the attendees for their perspectives on the District Assembly or the District Conference or Foundation Gala and other events outside ‘your Rotary box’!
 
 
District Training Assembly 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
MORNING STAR ROTARY ROAD TRIP
 
Special thanks to Traditions of Hanover with Executive Director, Cathy Heimsoth and Marketing Director, Jennifer Murphy for hosting Morning Star for this Road Trip. Jennifer provided an excellent perspective on the capabilities and the significant differences of their services at Traditions. They are the only Month-to-Month such facility serving the Lehigh Valley, thus giving potential clients a very realistic alternative to other such providers of senior care.
 
Janet Kolepp led a review of the results of our Strategic Plan update and the MSR Member Survey, which had a response rate of 42%! Members indicated diversity is a real issue to be addressed. Discussions focused on raising awareness of MSR in the community, and pursuing the quest for good, solid rotary candidates. We highlighted the leadership opportunities to help in all areas both in the club and to help in the community.
 
Janet and President Cheryl are planning a more comprehensive review later in June.
MSR TRADITIONS ROAD TRIP 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2018
A brief preliminary update on the Audrey Rafferty Memorial Scholarship ARM (Audrey Rafferty Memorial) Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser –
 
Overall meals were up more than 40+ over last year. This also reflects a growing number of ‘takeout’s’. Proves the aroma of the sauce is spreading throughout the community.
 
There was significant support exhibited from some of our other community groups including Bethlehem Special Olympics, Victory House, and Nurse Family Partnerships. Our Scholarship Recipient, Isa Sanchez, was very engaged in distributing salads accompanied by her niece.  Thanks also to all the ‘diners’ who enjoyed the food and fellowship.
 
Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the event such a wonderful success. I personally want to thank the committee for the very effective redesign of the workflow assignments which made everything move more efficiently.
 
A complete report will be forthcoming from Event Chair Extraordinaire, Val Walk.
Thank you to all and especially the great work in the kitchen with Butch and all the folks.
 
 
 
 


      
MSR SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Last Thursday, April 19, we celebrated Maternal & Child Health Month. Isa Sanchez was named the recipient of the First Audrey Rafferty Memorial Scholarship.
 
Isa and Audrey had a very special relationship which developed through the Nurse-Family Partnership.
NFP is free for women who are pregnant with their first baby. When you enroll you will be connected to a registered nurse who will provide the support, advice and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and be a great mom.
 
Audrey and Isa connected and really lit a fire in each other. Isa gave birth to a baby boy who is now a 15 year-old young man and wonderful source of pride to his mother and family. Isa has completed her GED, achieved an Associate’s Degree, and is pursuing her degree in Nursing. She currently is an Administrative Coordinator in the NFP as she continues to grow.
 
Isa has also earned her own home through the Habitat for Humanity. In describing herself as a “go getter!” this appears to be quite the understatement.
Isa is an example of how the NFP has been an effective program for over 15 years. It serves over 250 families per year and has documented proof that it works. Although state supported, the support level has remained flat for 15 years. The success of the program reflects the continual professional, dedicated efforts of its management who constantly pursue grant funding to support the continued success of NFP.
 
We may want to keep this program in our “TOMA” – Top Of Mind Awareness – as we go forward with our community support efforts. There have been many instances where the seemingly small things have had a tremendous impact, e.g. providing the $50 fee to take a GED test successfully and the very powerful positive impact on the woman's future earnings ability for her and her family.
l to r: Isa Sanchez, Administrative Coordinator, NFP
Dr. Janet Sipple, MSR & St. Luke's
Tina Wida, Program Manager, NFP
Cheryl Baker, President MSR
Tiffany Grabinski, Program Manager, NFP
Ellie Fenner, retired NFP Nurse Home Visitor
Kelly berk, Director of Maternal-Child Health Initiatives SLUHN
Janet Kolepp, MSR PE & DGN
 
 
AUDREY RAFFERTY SCHOLARSHIP 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2018
UPDATE
Rob Vaughn, Channel 69 News Anchor, was our speaker at the April 12 meeting. Rob thoroughly entertained the group with many anecdotes from his 30 years at WFMZ or as he referred to it as “since the earth has cooled.”
A key to objectivity is to know very little about a lot.
He openly wonders why people find it so annoying that they broadcast standing up.
Of overall importance in reporting is to make sure you are fair. In this day and age this is not an easy task.
 
In response to a question on why the media does not pursue term limits, he responded by saying the responsibility of the media is to report the news, not to make it.
If the people want term limits, this should be a grassroots effort.
 
Thank you Rob for an informative and humorous presentation.
 
Thursday April 19, our meeting will focus on Maternal & Child Health Month. Isa Sanchez  will provide her insights as the First Audrey Rafferty Memorial Scholarship Recipient.
This kicks off the initial ARM Scholarship program which is in its evolutionary state of development.
 
Please join us and provide your support to Isa and the Scholarship program.
 
SPECIAL REMINDER FOR APRIL 26TH MEETING - MORNING STAR ROAD TRIP - TRADITIONS OF HANOVER!
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 2018 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2018
2018-19 Strategic Plan Update
 
In February of 2017 a group of Morning Star Rotarians met and created a strategic plan for our club.  This plan is available on our website for you to review.
  
On April 14th,  we met  again to review and update this plan. This plan is not a president's plan, or a board's plan.  This plan is designed to represent the vision and mission of the entire club. 
 
Take-aways from the meeting included: 1) establishing two groups - member and community awareness  to establish objectives and plans; 2) share meeting outcome with the club - targeted for the Changeover Meeting on 6/28/18; and 3) organizing a projects group and meeting before the end of June.
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the process. The inputs, ideas and perspectives put forth will continue to make us a strong sustainable club.
 
As the last question of the Member Satisfaction Survey result showed us - we are all proud of our Morning Star Rotary Club.
  
Yours in Rotary Service,
Janet Kolepp
President Elect
2018-19 STRATEGIC PLAN GATHERING 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Our speaker last Thursday was Tony Ortiz, the Host of Nuestro Valle. Tony was born in Mexico and has been a resident of the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years. Tony has more than 24 years of experience in television. 
He presents a fresh vision of the new generation of Hispanic immigrants: highly educated, entrepreneurs and professionals from the academic and scientific world.
 
Nuestro Valle (Our Valley) is a program with topics of general interest produced by RCN with Tony Ortiz as producer and host. His job is to get the information out there that people are interested in. Great focus on transparency.
 
Each week important topics are presented that affect the growing Hispanic community in the Lehigh Valley, including Health, Legal and Political Issues, and Community Leaders.
 
Tony’s observations around the Lehigh Valley were quite telling. “There is way too much parochialism in many areas.” We have many, many topics and areas of challenges for discussions and actions in our communities. He emphatically implored Rotary to “get out there! Show the community what we can do.”
"There are 10 Rotary Clubs in the Lehigh Valley. They are focused on doing good in our communities and making a difference in our world. Bring this energy to the communities!"
 
Our own Rick Santee proudly announced that youngest son, Tom, will be graduating from Penn State with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, through his Naval ROTC efforts he has received his certification to attend Naval Flight School to train as a fighter pilot.  God Speed Tom!
 
Honorary Morning Star Rotarian, Don Smith, has been dealing with some medical challenges. Don is the father of BethAnn Wright and father-in-law to Geoff Wright. Please keep Don and the family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
On a related note, our exchange student, Francesca, has returned to her prior host family, the Pompa’s. Please keep this in mind and reach out to Francesca whenever possible to include her in your activities.
 
President Cheryl presents our newest member, Gayle Justice, with her official "Red Badge".
Monday April 2, 2018 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Tony Ortiz is the Host of Nuestro Valle
 
Nuestro Valle (Our Valley) is a program with topics of general interest produced by RCN with Tony Ortiz, producer and host.
Each week important topics are presented that affect the growing Hispanic community in the Lehigh Valley, including Health, Legal and Political Issues, and Community Leaders.
 
Tony Ortiz was born in Mexico and has been a resident of the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years, Tony has experience of more than 24 years in television. 
He presents a fresh vision of the new generation of Hispanic immigrants: highly educated, entrepreneurs and professionals from the academic and scientific world.
Please join us Thursday for what promises to be a very engaging program.
MARCH 29 PROGRAM TONY ORTIZ 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
MOTHER NATURE MARCH NOR’EASTERS 4
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Start of Spring -
Go to Rita’s for Annual Spring freebies?
Clean up from winter…
15" of "Onion Snow!" Date with the snow thrower!
 
Our exchange student Francesca with host sister Bella Pompa found a great solution!
 
WELCOME SPRING 2018 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Area 2 Rotary Clubs (Bethlehem, Bethlehem Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon Valley) came together March 10th at Moravian College's Haupert Union Building along with friends, family members, BAVTS students and Victory House residents. Working with Michele and Bobby Polito from The Outreach Program, the Rotary Community Team of over 200, ages 6 to 93, packaged 40,000 meals for families in need in our Club areas.
 
Food Insecurity is a serious concern in all communities, no matter the demographics of the areas. With the help of a $5,000 District Grant, the 40,000 meals were double what was accomplished last year. The end products are shared to food pantries throughout the Area 2 Rotary Clubs.  A fantastic effort with lots of fellowship and sharing. True to the Rotary Theme - ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE!  Be sure to put this on your calendar for next year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AREA 2 OUTREACH FOOD PROJECT 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Our March 15th meeting featured quite a variety of activities. First of all, Race Chair, Wayne Achey, presented the ceremonial oversized check for $5,000 to Louise Tusak and Amanda Reiss of Bethlehem Special Olympics. This represented funds raised through our Celtic Classic Annual 5K/10K Run Walk.  As Louise pointed out, "this is the 27th straight year for Morning Star and BSO; for which they are more than a little grateful.
 
 
Amanda Reiss took the podium and gave a heartfelt talk on just what the Bethlehem Special Olympics has meant to her and how it has helped to improve her life.
 
 
Amy Miller Cohen became our newest member when inducted on March 1st at our First Thursday event. At the March15th meeting she received her official Morning Star Rotary badge. As you can see Amy reflects her two Rotary badges – from Downtown and Morning Star – with enthusiasm!
 
 
Rodney Conn gave a presentation talk flowing from his roots in Cleveland to a career as an industry research chemist lasting 37 years. Obviously his crowning achievement was becoming the spouse of fellow Rotarian, Sarabel, (currently in Scotland on a “knitting odyssey”). Rodney has a diverse background being engaged with the Freemasons and is a Deacon in the Diocese of Bethlehem focused on community challenges. He and Sarabel have been key players in the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter programs. Rodney has some very interesting perspectives on the world. Science and religion are not mutually exclusive. He wants to continue to give back to the community. Rodney admits to being engaged in his Salisbury community as a ‘local level politician’.
Make yourself known to Rodney and enjoy your conversations. Welcome, Rodney, to our Morning Star family.
 
 
Carl Kolepp giving a presentation talk was a very special occasion. Carl has been engaged with Morning Star Rotary since his father, Tom, became a member in 1999. Carl has truly grown up in MSR!
Carl had the incredible experience of being a Rotary Exchange Student to South Africa in 2008/09. An avid rugby player, he admitted to being blown away by going to cricket matches at stadiums with over 80,000 people in attendance.
Carl likes to travel and not too long ago did a solo experience going to India for a few months. Ask him about the Beatles!  One of his goals is to visit all the continents and he already has an excellent start.
Carl started at Hotel Bethlehem 7 years ago as a dishwasher. He is now the Manager in Charge at the front desk. 4 times per month he functions as the overall manager for the hotel. He has had some exciting and interesting experiences at the hotel, from calling into action the EMTs with fast response to save a customer’s life to giving a set of collar stays from his own shirt to Jeb Bush. A true Rotarian! Small world.
While doing all this, Carl has also earned two associates degrees from NCAC focusing on hotel management.
 
We officially welcome Carl as a Rotarian, but he is a long time and cherished member of our Rotary family. Welcome, Carl!
 
 
Weather Permitting,
Please plan to join us Thursday, March 22, 2018 for a presentation by Linda Mayger and George Morrison from our Saucon Valley Rotary Club on their experiences with a District Grant to Myanmar.
 
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
 
 
 
 
BUSY MEETING AT MORNING STAR! 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Annual Rotary Foundation Gala was held March 17, 2018 at the PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale. About 125 Rotarians, spouses and friends enjoyed an evening of celebration of The Rotary Foundation. In addition we raised over $5,900 from the basket silent auction (thank you Morning Star for your lovely basket donation) and another $730 from the raffle.
 
The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Our Major Donors. Please give special thanks and appreciation to Morning Star Rotarians Tore and Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen who have attained Major Donor Level III. Tore and Charlotte continue to set the bar for Morning Star Rotarians. Thank you.
 
Charlotte briefly addressed the attendees and then regaled all present with her wonderful acapella rendition of “Follow Your Rotary Dream” harkening back to the theme song for the year our favorite Viking, Tore, was District Governor.
 
Special thanks to Tom & Janet Kolepp for providing transportation for Charlotte so we could all enjoy this happy occasion.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ST. PATRICK'S DAY ROTARY FOUNDATION GALA 2018-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Classification Talks 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Please join us Thursday, March 8 to hear Kate Raculia talk to Morning Star on the Bob Cohen Community Room at the Bethlehem Public Library.
Bob was a long time and very engaged member of the Bethlehem Rotary Club for many years.
The Community Room will be a wonderful memorial to his many years of community service.
 
We are pleased to welcome Amy Miller-Cohen, Bob's wife, who has become the most recent member of Morning Star Rotary.
 
See you Thursday!
Bob Cohen Community Room at BAPL 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
At our last regular program on February 22, 2018, we had the pleasure of being educated on the PA Gaming Control Board by Richard McGarvey, Deputy Communications Director.
As Rich pointed out, “this has nothing to do with the deer population, nor raccoons under your deck or a bear in a tree!”
 
The PA Gaming Control Board (PAGCB) is tasked with monitoring the 4 types of gambling in Pennsylvania: Horse Racing, Small Games of Chance, Lottery Games and Casinos. It operates at no expense to taxpayers.
 
The primary objective is to ensure that casinos are safe and gaming is fair. The Role of the Board is being expanded.
 
Gaming industry integrity is assured through a comprehensive regulatory framework and when necessary, fines for various problems. Fines levied are approaching $7.0M. The Board has identified certain individuals who have proven to be detrimental to the industry’s integrity. 785 persons have been permanently banned from PA casinos.
 
Millions of dollars per year from casino revenues go to outreach and treatment services through the PA Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Programs.
 
Rich emphasized that casinos are very safe and secure. The Eyes are on the floor and in the sky!
Smoking is partially permitted under the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008. Up to 50% of the casino floor can be designated to permit smoking.
 
PA is #2 on Casino Gross Revenues nationally.
 
PA is #1 in Casino Tax Generation.
 
The Total Yearly economic impact of the gaming industry in PA is nearly $6.2B Tax on play of slots and tables generates $3.7M of tax revenue per day…resulting in $1.4B annually!
 
Where does the tax revenue go
Property Tax Reduction                                                        $780M
Sustainability of the Horse Racing Industry                       $255M
New Dollars to Casino Host Local Governments               $155M
Statewide Economic Development Projects                       $120M
General Fund – Lowers Overall Tax Burden to Citizens    $  90M
County Fairs & Fire Company Grants                                  $  32M
 
Thanks to Rich for a very interesting presentation.
 
PA GAMING CONTROL BOARD 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
FIRST THURSDAY - ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS
 
INVITE COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
 
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MIXER - BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!
 
ARTISAN WINE & CHEESE CELLAR 5:30 PM
"MINI-MEETING" AT 6:00 PM
 
$10 Per Person except potential members. Great hors d'oeuvres! Cash bar.
 
All are welcome for fellowship and to learn more about Morning Star Rotary!
 
Mark your calendars for MARCH 1st!
 
REPLACES MORNING MEETING
 
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OUTREACH FOOD PROJECT
 
 
MAR 1 FIRST THURSDAY 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday, February 22 we will have the pleasure of a presentation by Deputy Director of Communications for the PA Gaming Control Board, Richard McGarvey.
Just a note - think Sands, not Xbox!
 
See you Thursday!
RICHARD McGARVEY PA GAMING CONTROL 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
February is Peace & Conflict Resolution Month Janet Kolepp 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Feb 15, 2018
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VALENTINES AND ROTARY GLOBAL REWARDS 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Last meeting was our February First Thursday event at the Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar. We changed locations within the venue, occupying a larger lounge area with much more inviting seating arrangements. This has been perceived as a definite enhancement to our fellowship. There were 16 Rotarians in attendance including a special guest Rotarian from the Nazareth Rotary Club, Mollie Santee.
 
A highlight of the evening was the induction of Karen Achey as our newest Morning Star Rotarian. First thing Karen did was to knock husband Wayne off the top of the Morning Star Club Roster. Sorry Wayne, your first place is no more, but the Club has another great new Rotarian. Karen has been involved in many of our community projects in the past. Welcome Karen – we know you will Make A Difference!
 
The theme for this coming Thursday’s program is Getting to Know Our Newest Members!  We will have the pleasure of having classification talks from Ron Spier and Sarabel Conn. As Ron always claims to not be a morning person, please plan to be there to provide our support to both of these new members.
 
Remember to watch the weather forecast – that time of the year!
 
See you Thursday.
Morning Star First Thursday 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 31, 2018
MSR Committee Foundation Chair, PP Sue Burnett, along with committee members, conducted a Rotary Foundation Educational Seminar last Saturday.
The focus was on bringing new members up to speed and any other members wishing to avail themselves of this learning opportunity or refresher as the case may be.
 
New members in attendance included Sarabel and Rodney Conn, Carl Kolepp and John Oesmann.
 
Foundation and Committee support consisted of Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen, Steve Bajan, Tom Hartzel, and Ron & Jean Searfoss.
Many topics were covered and there was a good deal of interactive discussions.
Special thanks goes to Steve Bajan for providing the venue, Saucon Mutual Insurance, his company.
Great job everyone!
FOUNDATION COMMITTEE SEMINAR 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Our program last Thursday featured Lin Erickson, Executive Director of the Da Vinci Science Center in Easton. Lin gave us excellent insight into the fantastic new Science Center being constructed in downtown Easton.  The Fact Sheet provides a great summary. This will be a wonderful educational experience for all ages!
DA VINCI SCIENCE CITY 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2018
Morning Star Rotarians did it again!  We volunteered to work at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter on January 29-30.  This was a significant undertaking -- we registered, fed (dinner and breakfast) 76 guests at the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering at the Christ UCC Church. 
Many thanks to the following who worked so hard to make this a success:  Lynn Milet planned delicious meals, did all the shopping and delivered the food.  Rod and Sarabel Conn were on hand -- special thanks to Rod who serves on the Board of the BES and guided us with proper procedures.  Rick Santee and Janet Sipple (and her visiting friend from South Carolina) deftly handled registering all the guests.  Ron & Jean SearfossJanet & Tom Kolepp, Rick Morrissey, Mike Long, Dee Elliott & Dave, Jess Elliott, served dinner and did all the clean-up.  John & Carrie Oesmann did yeomans service staying over night.  Carl Kolepp and Ron Helmuth arrived at 5:00 AM to serve breakfast and clean up. 
Many thanks to everyone. This was a successful first effort and now we need to decide if we will be doing it again! 
Ginny
  
Volunteers to serve dinner and Make A Difference!
 
Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Jan 23, 2018
I read Easton Mayor Sal Panto's post on facebook this morning with a lot of interest - he was sharing his remarks he made on Saturday at a presentation about the new  DaVinci Science Center in Easton. We are so lucky to be able to have the opportunity to have a front row seat for the latest news directly from the Center's Executive Director, Lin Erickson herself this Thursday! 
 
Last week's meeting wasn't quite so much a club assembly meeting as it was a chance for us all to catch up a little bit; we were able to present, and vote on, our slate of officers for next year. We had VERY special guests - fresh from their recent return to the United States, we were graced by the entire Shnaydruk family! Alex gave us an update, and it was wonderful to see Iryna and Victoria
 
We talked a bit about new members, and some upcoming opportunities for them - one coming up this Saturday, courtesy of Susan Burnett and the Foundation committee to offer a better understanding of how the Rotary Foundation works. We would also like to have our new members put together their own service project, specifically so that they can get to know each other better. 
 
If anyone has an idea for what could be done, offer it up! I'm sure there are plenty of projects from which our community could benefit.
 
We're closing in on our goal for coats for the kids at Thomas Jefferson - we're at $425; we need to raise $175 more to get to our goal. If you'd like to help get us there, here is the link:
 
Next Monday is our Emergency Sheltering project - don't forget to reach out to Ginny Wolkoff if you can help! We still could use a few people to help with cleanup once the meal is done 
 
See you all Thursday! 
 
Service Above Self. Making A Difference.
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
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President's Message 1-22-18 Cheryl Baker 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
2018-19: BE THE INSPIRATION 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
At our Thursday January 18th Club Assembly the following were approved:
 
Slate of Officers and Directors for the Rotary Year 2018-2019
President – Janet Kolepp
President Elect – Ron Helmuth
Vice President – Open
Past President – Cheryl Baker
Secretary – Val Walk
Treasurer – Jean Searfoss
 
Directors 2017-2019
Stephen Kazar
Lynn Millet
Josh Mrozinski
 
Directors 2018-2020
Shawn Deiter
John Oesmann
Open
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morning Star Election Results 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Morrissey on Jan 17, 2018
Student referrals for Camp Neidig WANTED!!!
 
As many of our members already know, each year our club sponsors four high school juniors to participate in the four day leadership development program which is our district's Camp Neidig event.  Rotary District 7430 welcomes you to Camp Neidig, celebrating its 69th year of inspiring tomorrow's leaders in 2018! Preparations are under way for Camp Neidig 2018. Before starting this year's recruitment process in our Bethlehem area high schools, we would like to extend this sponsorship opportunity to interested sons and daughters of our club members.
 
Camp Neidig is a well-established youth development program dating back to 1950, and annually serves approximately 150 students from 80 high schools in our southeastern Pennsylvania region of district 7430.  The program begins on Friday, June 15, and concludes on Monday, June 18.  
 
For more information, please visit www.campneidig.com or feel free to contact Rick Morrissey at rpmorrissey16@yahoo.com for a direct contact for students or parents with questions in reference to applying for Camp Neidig. Tour our site to see what makes this camp one of the best leadership experiences for high school students in Eastern Pennsylvania!
CAMP NEIDIG STUDENT REFERRALS Rick Morrissey 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Please join us Thursday January 18th for a Club Assembly. President Baker and President-Elect Kolepp will direct the proceedings.
 
The main topics will be the recently approved changes to reduce number of Directors on the Board and presentation of the
 
Slate of Officers and Directors for the Rotary Year 2018-2019
 
President – Janet Kolepp
President Elect – Ron Helmuth
Vice President – Open
Past President – Cheryl Baker
Secretary – Val Walk
Treasurer – Jean Searfoss
 
Directors 2017-2019
Stephen Kazar
Lynn Millet
Josh Mrozinski
 
Directors 2018-2020
Shawn Deiter
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CLUB ASSEMBLY 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Mother Nature cancelled our last meeting Thursday January 4. Suspect there were a number of members who welcomed the alternative to braving the Arctic Chill.
 
We fully recovered in time for our Holiday Celebration hosted by Mike and Terri Long on Saturday evening. A fine turnout was accompanied by great foods and beverages and our wonderful Morning Star Rotary fellowship. Many thanks to all who participated and a very special thank you to Mike and Terri. The ‘Fish Tie Guy’ was present – but it seems he is missing his retirement and not being in the sunny state of Florida. Safe travels Tom & Landa!
 
We can all smile as the weather moderates and hopefully normalcy returns.
 
his Thursday we will have the pleasure of hearing from Jack Jerrett of OraSure Technologies. OraSure Technologies is teaming up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to offer its HIV price in 50 developing countries in Africa and Asia.
Please join us in hearing how this $20 Million Gates Foundation Grant will be implemented.
Information Update 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
 
From: Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation [mailto:patti.quigley@raziasrayofhope.ccsend.com] On Behalf Of Razia Jan/Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2018 5:05 AM
To: jsearfoss@cementemployers.com
Subject: Thank you!
An Extraordinary New Year
 
 
Dear Jean,
 
Simply amazing. Thanks to our extraordinary community of supporters, our end-of-year campaign raised a stunning $147,960. With the extraordinary generosity of our matching donor, each one of those dollars is doubled for a grand total of $295,920
 
I cannot adequately express my gratitude. Your investment in our shared future is a beautiful, moving gift. I cannot wait to share the amazing things planned for our students and our schools this year!
 
Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and prosperous 2018.
 
Razia Jan
Founder and President
                              Razia's Ray of Hope
 
 
 
 
Thank you for making a difference! The Internal Revenue Service recognizes Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation are tax deductible in the USA. Visit www.raziasrayofhope.org for more information.
 
STAY CONNECTED:
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Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation, PO Box 81052, Wellesley, MA 02481
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING TODAY! BASD SCHOOLS CLOSED 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
JANET KOLEPP NOMINATED for D7430 Governor 2020-21
 
As announced in the District 7430 Rick's M.A.D. Report - per DG Rick
 
Please join me in congratulating our 2020-2021 District Governor, Janet Kolepp.
The Nominating Committee met on December 16th and endorsed Janet for this position.
One of the strengths in our District has been the selection of good leaders who have a passion for Rotary. Janet certainly demonstrates both qualities. Our future looks bright indeed!
 
Congratulations, Janet. DG Rick
 
Janet is a very active member of our Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club. She was involved in Rotary long before joining a club; first as a spouse of a Rotarian (Tom) and host Mom to Youth Exchange Students (as well as parent to son Carl, Exchange Student to South Africa). But in 2008 she could no longer be on the sidelines and she joined the Lehigh Valley East Rotary Club.
 
Janet has served in many Rotary roles including
Treasurer and President of Lehigh Valley East,
Assistant Governor - Area 2,
District 7430 RLI Site Chair,
District Youth Exchange committee member,
Club YEO, Director and
President Elect of Bethlehem Morning Star.
 
Janet truly believes "Rotary Connects the World" and looks forward to serving as part of the District Leadership Team.
 
Morning Star Rotary is very proud of Janet and looks forward to fully supporting her as our District Governor in 2020-21!
 
JANET KOLEPP NOMINATED FOR DG 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
CLUB NEWS
NO MEETING TODAY!  BASD SCHOOLS CLOSED
Thursday, January 4th, we will NOT begin the second half of our Rotary Year.
BASD Schools are cancelled, and so are we..
WE WILL ALSO NOT BE MEETING IN the First Thursday format with an evening meeting,
but a kick-off of 2018 with Next week’s meeting at regular time for our morning meeting - 7:30 am.
THURSDAY JANUARY 11
BRIGHT AND EARLY!
Jan 4 MORNING MEETING!!! 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
 
Ho Ho Ho and Happy New Year!!
 
HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY JAN 6, 2018 from 5:30 to 9 PM
 
Please RSVP your sign-up to rsearfos@ptd.net by January 4
 
Our warm friendly HOLIDAY PARTY tradition continues, again graciously hosted by Mike & Terri Long!
 
4201 Anthony Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18020  
(Near Northampton Community College and Moravian Academy's north campus)
 
 
Morning Star is providing a ham or lasagna or baked ziti, plus beer, wine and soft drinks.
 
Attendees are requested to bring some food to share - an appetizer, main dish, side dish, special dessert or special beverage to share.
 
Please send an email to indicate names & number of attendees plus what you will be bringing.
 
Please RSVP your sign-up to rsearfos@ptd.net by January 4
 
If you'd like a different beverage, please BYO.
 
Our hosts remind us that this is an Age 21 plus party, please.
 
Join us for a casual, relaxed evening in Rotary fellowship with friends!
 
There is plenty of room to park your sleigh! Please remember to pick-up any ‘reindeer treasures’ left behind.
 
See you there!
   Santa
 
MSR Holiday Party Sign-up Sheet attached.
 
 
HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY JAN 6 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
OPERATION WARM - THOMAS J 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2017
Just a reminder - if you have received a notice from Treasurer, Val Walk, please submit all Morning Star Second Half Dues by December 31, 2017.
 
Send your remittance to
Jean Searfoss, Treasurer
1409 Bogie Avenue
Wescosville, PA 18106
 
If you have already done so, thank you. If not, your prompt attention will be appreciated.
Morning Star 2nd Half Dues - 12-31-17 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Dec 20, 2017
On the first day of Christmas...
 
I'm already getting ready for Thursday morning's breakfast - hope you are, too! I love this meeting, and not just because the Liberty a capella choir is singing, and Rick Santee's going to be accompanying our singing with his accordion, but because this meeting, like the one before Thanksgiving, brings both Bethlehem clubs together for fun and fellowship. We really need to remember and give thanks that we have two vibrant clubs in Bethlehem! NOTE - this meeting tends to run past 8:30am!!!
 
We had such a nice discussion this past Thursday with District Membership Chair & District Governor Nominee Herb Klotz. He talked about a study he had done of growing clubs, and the five characteristics of these clubs which he attributes to their successes. The first, and the one that was the most common and evident in all, was that the president of the club and the club itself put recruitment and membership forward as a high priority in their efforts. We also learned that we are tied for the most new members to a club so far this year - and we're at seven! The good news: I know of at least four more people right now who have expressed interest in also joining, so that would put us well ahead of the pack. Let's just keep pushing! We have been blessed with wonderful new members; we'll be installing the next new member, Karen Achey, on January 11th. We had hoped to install her this past Thursday, but conflicts got in the way.
 
Speaking of conflicts, we were unable to meet the Audrey Rafferty Scholarship recipient Isa Sanchez; due to the school delay she had responsibilities with her son. We will be inviting her back to the club to speak to us in April, during Child and Maternal Health Month.  We did welcome Tiffany, Tina, and Kelly; they expressed their thanks for our continued support of the Nurse/Family Partnership and our commitment to honoring Audrey's memory.
 
We have had a number of people use the link to donate to purchase new winter coats for the kids at Thomas Jefferson - but we need to do a bit more! If you were thinking of making a donation of $20, $50, or $100, be sure to do it soon. We won't be distributing them until school is back in session in January but we should take the time now, over the holidays, to be sure we have all we need to order as many as the school will need. (See Operation Warm story below.)
 
Dates for your calendars:
December 28 - no meeting, but anyone who would like to meet, informally, for breakfast, we'll be meeting at 8am at Billy's Downtown Diner on Broad Street. 
January 4 - we will NOT be meeting at the Artisan; instead, we will meet for a BREAKFAST meeting at Moravian Village
January 6 - Holiday Party hosted by the Longs
January 18 - Thank You breakfast for Sponsors of 5K/10K and Salute The Troops events
January 29 - we will be hosting the Emergency Shelter overnight - see Ginny Wolkoff if you can help
March 10 - Area 1 & 2 Community Outreach Food Packaging Project
 
In closing, I want to share with all of you a letter we received from the student we sponsor through Razia's Ray of Hope
 
This is from Musal KhairMoh, our student (Age 10 Grade 4):
 
Hello. I am glad to have a chance to tell you how well I am doing. I just got my midterm results and done quite well. Also, I am trying to read different stories from my library. I am interested to know more about the world's different countries. We are so lucky to have a new library in our school. This year we have grown some vegetables in our courtyard. We have fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lettuce. We also have grape orchards that will be ready to harvest in a few weeks. All my family members try to help as this is the only source of income. I always wonder about you once a day. I hope to meet you in person and thank you for changing my life.
Best Regards
 
Service Above Self. Making A Difference.
 
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
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President's Message 12-20-17 Cheryl Baker 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 13, 2017

IF the Bethlehem Area School District (BASDCLOSES schools,

then the Morning Star Rotary meeting is CANCELLED.

If BASD just DELAYS school opening, our meeting will be HELD AS USUAL.

MORNING STAR WEATHER POLICY Ron Searfoss 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
FIRST THURSDAY - ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS
We had a nice turnout of Rotarians and a guest. 
 
Joan Paul was on hand and had some happy but sad news. She will be leaving Morning Star and Bethlehem as she relocates to Evanston, Illinois to be closer to family. She will be missed! Thank you Joan ,for all the great years of Morning Star Rotary service.  Yes, she will transfer membership and continue!
 
On another positive note, Gamini Vedage, an engineer from Air Products and Bethlehem resident was in attendance.
Gamini is looking forward to join Morning Star and become an active member of the TEAM! Welcome!
 
FIRST THURSDAY AT THE ARTISAN WINE & CHEESE CELLAR 5:30 PM
 
 
DEC 7th FIRST THURSDAY Ron Searfoss 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 12, 2017
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
 
Special thanks to the Morning Star Rotarians, family and friends who came out to make this Annual Event successful once again.                                                                               
 
Wayne & Karen Achey,  Sue Burnett & Family, Sarabel & Rodney Conn, Shawn Deiter, Bill Hunter, Charlie Incalcaterra, Carl Kolepp, Butch Macri, Josh Mrozinski, John Oesmann,  Ron, Jean & Koa Searfoss, Kathy, Eric & Kris Sullivan, and Val Walk & Ryan
 
Results were over $1,802 this year!  Up from $1,153 last year. To help the Salvation Army help our communities!
 
Thank you all.
 
Salvation Army Kettle Drive Update Ron Searfoss 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Our speaker last Thursday, was Fred Rooney.  Fred's life and work is a special interest story.
His innovative work has significantly contributed towards providing access to justice for the impoverished and minorities on the local, national, and international level. Fred Rooney continues to provide a living example of what it means to work towards "providing liberty and justice for all" in the Americas.
 
Fred Rooney became an attorney with a dream to provide access to the legal system for everyone. His efforts were successful and in 2007 -
From that beginning, the concept has been embraced with incubator programs in 33 states of the USA!
In the past few years the legal incubator concept has gone international with the first group in the Domincan Republic.
The concept resonates with people all over the world. Incubators are now in India, Turkey, Central and South America and the foundations are being put in place in Cuba.
 
Fred is an exceptional individual and we can all give thanks for his vision and tenacity in pursuing his goals. Truly a man Making A Difference!
 
 
 
 
 
November 30 Speaker FRED ROONEY 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
President Cheryl inducts our Newest Morning Star Rotarians  Sarabel & Rodney Conn and Ron Spier
 
 
As part of his official DG Visit, District Governor, Rick Gromis, inducted Kathleen Sullivan and Carl Kolepp at out First Thursday Celebration November 2 .
 
That makes 5 new members in November!
 
Congratulations Morning Star!
 
Come and welcome our newest members at First Thursday, December 7!
                
Morning Star New Member Inductions 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Morning Star Rotary again takes part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
 
 
             Val Walk's Grandson Logan.
Logan raided his piggy bank so that he could make his own donation prior to ringing the bell on Saturday!
 
       Logan on Duty 
This young man gets it! 
A future Rotarian!
Thank you, Logan!!
 
We will be at the at Christkindlmarkt from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday December 9th.
Questions, contact Ron Searfoss or Mike Long.
 
Thank you!
 
 
MSR Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12-2 & 9 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Salute The Troops Concert was once again a resounding success.
 
Now we need everyone to submit their STT funds for Ads - Patron Listings - In Honor Of - and TICKETS ASAP!
 
Please make checks payable to Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Charitable Org. (or BMSRCO)
 
Give to Treasurer Jean Searfoss at the November  30 meeting,
or mail to 1409 Bogie Ave, Wescosville, PA 18106
 
The Board wants to finalize financial information to determine grant amounts.
 
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support.
Submit Salute the Troops Revenues 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Our November 15th “Rotary Road Trip” meeting was the annual Thanksgiving Celebration. We had 15 Morning Star Rotarians joining with the Downtown Bethlehem Club and their BAVTs Artisan of the month in attendance.
 
The speaker was Eric Ruth of the Kellyn Foundation. Eric co-founded the Kellyn Foundation along with Dr. Meagan Grega, and began a program to address childhood obesity in 2008. He provided alarming statistics on the rapid increase of obesity in the general population, and discussed the urgent need to address the issue at the local level.
 
The Foundation provides programs at local schools which are designed to teach children to focus on “real foods” as opposed to processed foods. They have a “Garden as a Classroom” program which teaches children to grow and eat healthy, natural food from the school garden, rather than relying on processed foods for their nutritional requirements. The “Kellyn Kitchen” also teaches children and adults how to prepare tasty and nutritious fresh food in a group atmosphere at other community locations.
 
A more recent development is the “Mobile Market” set up by the Foundation, which purchases locally grown produce from farmers and then delivers that produce at reasonable prices to local neighborhood stores. This enables families in poor neighborhoods to purchase fresh foods which are not normally available to them. In addition to better nutrition, the Foundation encourages families to take action toward adopting healthier lifestyles which includes exercise, better sleep habits, and medical attention when necessary. The Foundation’s view is that healthier lifestyles will result in a better quality of life and lower healthcare expenses by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Our November 15th “Rotary Road Trip” meeting was the annual Thanksgiving Celebration. We had 15 MSR with the Downtown Bethlehem Club and their BAVTs Artisan of the month in attendance.
 
The speaker was Eric Ruth of the Kellyn Foundation. Eric co-founded the Kellyn Foundation along with Dr. Meagan Grega, and began a program to address childhood obesity in 2008. He provided alarming statistics on the rapid increase of obesity in the general population, and discussed the urgent need to address the issue at the local level.
 
The Foundation provides programs at local schools which are designed to teach children to focus on “real foods” as opposed to processed foods. They have a “Garden as a Classroom” program which teaches children to grow and eat healthy, natural food from the school garden, rather than relying on processed foods for their nutritional requirements. The “Kellyn Kitchen” also teaches children and adults how to prepare tasty and nutritious fresh food in a group atmosphere at other community locations.
 
A more recent development is the “Mobile Market” set up by the Foundation, which purchases locally grown produce from farmers and then delivers that produce at reasonable prices to local neighborhood stores. This enables families in poor neighborhoods to purchase fresh foods which are not normally available to them. In addition to better nutrition, the Foundation encourages families to take action toward adopting healthier lifestyles which includes exercise, better sleep habits, and medical attention when necessary. The Foundation’s view is that healthier lifestyles will result in a better quality of life and lower healthcare expenses by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Thanks to President Gerry Foran of the Bethlehem Club for sharing.
 
Lehigh Valley Rotary Joint Thanksgiving Celebration 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Nov 14, 2017

“Salute the Troops” Concert 

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The Concert was a wonderful success. The auditorium was filled with fans of all ages coming to enjoy another great presentation.

 

Above is our President-Elect Janet Kolepp extolling the virtues of Rotary during the break.

 

If you look closer down in front of Janet, you will see Ron Spier, a member of the Lehigh Valley Men's Chorale and soon to be one of our newest Morning Star Rotarians.

 

Great event! Thanks to all for your participation and support.

 

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Thank you!

 

 

SALUTE THE TROOPS CONCERT Jean Searfoss 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 14, 2017
 
TOMORROW, we will have a combined Thanksgiving Celebration with other Rotary clubs at Moravian Village.
Sign-in begins at 11:30 am and the cost is $20 per person. There is an excellent menu with Soups and Salads, multiple Entrees,
numerous Sides and "Sweet Endings" - a fabulous array of Cakes & Pies and a Make Your Own Sundae Bar!
 
Speakers will be Eric Ruth and Meagan Grega, co-founders of the Kellyn Foundation.
The topic will be healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for youth.
 
THIS CELEBRATION MEETING IS OUR “NOVEMBER ROADSHOW” and replaces the regular Thursday meeting this week.
 
REMINDER – NO MORNING STAR ROTARY MEETING NOVEMBER 16!
THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION NOVEMBER 15 MORAVIAN VILLAGE Ron Searfoss 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 14, 2017
 
Our speaker last week was Jack Pfunder, President & CEO of MRC – Manufacturers Resource Center. The topic "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" This is a student video contest for middle school students with the purpose to help build a strong pipeline of talent by giving students a new perspective on exciting STEM career opportunities that exist at area manufacturing companies.
 
These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers' Choice Award.
 
The program is dedicated to changing perceptions and attitudes about advanced manufacturing careers in the Keystone State. This past year 123 middle school teams participated statewide, more than 3,300 attended award ceremonies, and more than 500,000 online votes were cast.
 
The video contests are run by Manufacturing Resource Center, where Jack is President and CEO.
 
Link to view actual presentations: https://youtu.be/PxOrylLYQ5E  These are done by middle school students throughout the Commonwealth. The future is looking bright!
To a Brighter Future Ron Searfoss 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Nov 08, 2017
I’m so sorry I was unable to be with all of you Thursday evening, but thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I continue to recover more daily, and will be much better Wednesday once I’ve had a chance for my post-op visit; the doctor will remove a drain I’ve been tethered to and I won’t have need for painkillers after that.
 
Given that progress, I’m looking forward to seeing the board on Wednesday night for our board meeting! I will try and make the meeting the next morning, also. No guarantees, but that’s my hope. 
 
I’m also going to try and make the Salute The Troops concert next Sunday.
 
Looks like everyone had a great time Saturday at TJ-wish I could have been there, but you were in Jess’ capable hands! Thank you all for your commitment.
 
We all continue to wish Cheryl a timely and safe recovery and look forward to her return.
President Baker Update Cheryl Baker 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 08, 2017
Our speaker this week is well known to many. On November 09, 2017
please join us to hear Jack Pfunder on
"What's So Cool About Manufacturing?"

These annual video contests excite students across Pennsylvania to explore cool manufacturing careers and produce profiles of companies. Each contest features an online vote for its Viewers Choice Award.

See you there!

"What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Ron Searfoss 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawn Deiter on Nov 08, 2017
Morning Star Rotary is hard at work!
Saturday, we were helping the Bethlehem community, along with students, family and staff of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to clean up the yard and playground.
The value of our efforts can be seen in the many smiles as we kick-off our sponsorship with TJE!
 
Special thanks to Shawn Deiter for the pics!
MSR SPONSOR SCHOOL THOMAS JEFFERSON Shawn Deiter 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Herb Klotz on Nov 08, 2017
The results of the District 7430 sponsored Purple Pinkie Run raised over $30,000!
 
This will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at a 2:1 rate.
 
Bottomline, the event will have raised over $90,000 for polio eradication! This is leverage at its finest.
 
Special thanks to all of our members and friends of Rotary who participated by making
pledges or taking part in the run.
PURPLE PINKIE GRAND SLAM! Herb Klotz 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jessica Elliott on Nov 01, 2017
Thomas Jefferson elementary school has become a Morning Star "adopted " grantee.
 
 
More Volunteers are still needed. Come on out, enjoy fellowship as we start a great community project!
 
Good Afternoon Everyone,
 
Thank you all for volunteering your time this Saturday to assist in the Thomas Jefferson clean-up day. This is just a reminder that we will begin at 9:00 a.m. I will be arriving at 8:30 to make sure a table is set up for all breakfast items. 
 
The school wrote up a request for Home Depot and were given:
2 brooms, 1 rake, a pack of lawn bags and a pack of multi purpose gloves
 
I know some of you agreed to bring leaf blowers and rakes, which would be great! Please bring any items you have that may assist in the work.  I will be picking up the paint, brushes and additional bags. 
 
When I went to the school last week, we decided to hold off on re-painting the map of the U.S. (for time purposes) and thought we may plan a second cleanup/paint day in the spring. We will still be painting hop-scotch, four squares and new kickball bases.
 
Below is the list of breakfast items for which each person has signed up to bring.  If something has changed, please let me know so I can fill in where needed.
 
Lynn & Jean- muffins
Wayne & Karen- bagels & cream cheese
Dee- coffee
Shawn- juice
Ellen- half & half
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.  If not, I will see everyone on Saturday! :-)
 
Thank you,
 
Jess Elliott
MSR SPONSOR SCHOOL THOMAS JEFFERSON Jessica Elliott 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 01, 2017
The lecture was well received and well attended.
 
Following the lecture and reception, a group of MSR joined for fellowship at the Brick.
 
We were most fortunate that Dr. Sipple was able to join us as well!
 
Below is a picture of the flowers provided by MSR. Thanks to all!
 
 
11th Annual Sipple Lecture Success Ron Searfoss 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 01, 2017
At our October 26 meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College. Dr. Grigsby provided a very enlightening presentation of “What’s Happening at Moravian College!”
 
Of course, you need to take a look back at the first 275 years of the College’s history to gain perspective on how it has and continues to evolve.
Did you know Moravian started out as a girls school in the 1740’s?
 
Now Moravian College has evolved into a liberal arts education in conjunction with various professional healthcare programs.
 
Two recent additions include a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network and The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences. These are leading edge state of the art facilities focused on bringing liberal arts and science together to serve the future needs of educators, scientists and entrepreneurs.
 
As Dr. Grigsby stated, “as we enter our next 275 years, we will continue to help our students to prepare for their chosen careers but also prepare them for the 3 or 4 other careers they will pursue in their lifetimes.”
Thank you Charlotte!
What 's Happening at Moravian College? Ron Searfoss 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Spotlight

World Polio Day 2017 PoA Spotlight
Get ready for World Polio Day 2017.
Watch the livestream of our fifth annual event on 24 October at 14:30 Seattle time (UTC-7) or the recording later. Join us online >
WORLD POLIO DAY 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 24, 2017
Our program this Thursday will be Dr. Bryon L. Grigsby, President of Moravian College.
 
Dr. Grigsby will address all the wonderful "happenings" taking place at Moravian College.
 
Hope to see you there!
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MORAVIAN COLLEGE Ron Searfoss 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 24, 2017
All Rotarians,

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE BY OCTOBER 30
 
 
When: 11/4/17 registration/continental breakfast 7:45 to 8:15
 
Where: Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell PA
 
Who Should Attend: Anyone looking to fund a project with a grant, club Presidents, Presidents-elect, Foundation Chairs, Those who support the Foundation, District Leaders, Those who want to support the Foundation and anyone wondering if they should support the Foundation.
 
What to Expect:
Education about The Rotary Foundation, Annual Fund, Polio, District or Global Grants, Peace Centers and Scholars, Rotarian Action Groups, Major Donors and Endowment Fund, plus Grant Management Training. 
 
Key Notes Speakers - Julia Phelps Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, John Nanni - Rotarian from Middeltown DE and Polio Survivor, David Forward - Rotarian from Medford NJ author of 100 Years of Service, 100 Years of Doing Good In The World and A String of Pearls (Inspiring Stories of Peace Scholars).
 
This year's Seminar is being held jointly with District 7450 so we are expecting 150 Rotarians and plenty of chances to share information about The Rotary Foundation and Rotary.
 
Cost and What You Get: $35 plus a modest processing fee.  This includes the continental breakfast, boxed lunch, key note speakers, three sets of breakout sessions and grant management training.
 
We will start promptly at 8:15 am and end following lunch at 1:15 pm.  Grant Management Training begins at 1:15 and ends at 3:15.
 
The District Foundation Committee is dedicated to providing our District with knowledge needed to maximize the use of The Rotary Foundation and support for The Rotary Foundation. This event and your attendance are critical to achieving that goal.
 
I can't wait to see you all in November.
 
Thanks for all you do for Rotary
Doug
District Foundation Chair 2016 - 19
District Governor  2015 - 16
ROTARY FOUNDATION SEMINAR NOV. 4 Ron Searfoss 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 24, 2017
Just a note of special thanks to Dr. Janet "Fluzy" Sipple and the Bethlehem Health Bureau for conducting a vaccination clinic during our meeting last Thursday!
 
Hopefully those inoculated will have another measure of protection during the "forecasted cold, snowy winter!"
 
As usual, Janet was in full regalia for the occasion!
 
Much appreciated.
 
Thank you.
 
 
FLU VACCINATIONS AT MSR Ron Searfoss 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Oct 24, 2017

“Salute the Troops” Concert 

 

REMINDER Sponsors, Advertisers, etc. DUE by Oct. 26!!!

 

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Who?           The Allentown Band will entertain Rotarians, friends, family, veterans, students and the general public

 

What?           An excellent concert by the oldest municipal band in the country, featuring patriotic and related songs.

 

When?          Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 pm

 

Where?         Northeast Middle School’s new Auditorium

                      1170 Fernwood St., Bethlehem

                      (Parking very close, and easy access)

 

Why?          To benefit Victory House of the Lehigh Valley and other Morning Star Rotary charities. Many of those served by Victory House are Veterans.

 

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How can you help?   

  • Be or find a Sponsor - ad in the concert program book.
  • Become a Patron (listing in the concert program book) or recognize an active or veteran member of the Armed Services with an “In Honor Of” listing. (Get the form at meetings, or from Downloads on the club home page.) 
  • Buy (or sell) the 6 tickets (or more!) which will be given to each member by chair Gary Hartney. Adult ticket price remains $10, and a special Student rate of $5 is offered to encourage attendance.
  • Post concert flyers in grocery stores and anywhere else potential concert-goers might see them!
  • Help the day of the concert with taking tickets, ushering, etc. 
  • Enjoy the concert with family and friends!

The flyer plus the form for Sponsors/Patrons/"In Honor Of" listings are available in downloads on our homepage, and they were emailed to all members for easy access. Hard copies are also available at club meetings.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Hartney glhartney@aol.com

Thank you!

 

 

SALUTE THE TROOPS - SPONSORS, ETC. DUE BY OCT 26 Jean Searfoss 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 24, 2017
Wednesday is the DAY!
Please join us to hear
 
Gail Kaempf, Certified Family Nurse Practioner, discuss
 
"Healthcare Crisis - The Opioid Epidemic - A Nursing Perspective".
 
Moravian College
Foy Concert Hall
99 West Church Street, Bethlehem
Priscilla Payne Hurd South Campus
 
Lecture 5 PM. Reception following in the Gallery.
 
Come join us at The Brick for fellowship and libations following the lecture!
11th Annual Sipple Lecture Ron Searfoss 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Oct 24, 2017
This past week, President Cheryl asked me to lead the meeting in her absence. To further the work of our strategic plan and committees; we broke into "Areas of Focus." These areas had emerged as goals during the planning process back in February.  Each Area of Focus group was given a question relating to that specific area and asked to brainstorm ideas.
 
Here is an outline of the results by area:
 
+Engaged Members (Brainstorm ideas about how to move a new member into an engaged members?)
 
+Community Involvement (Included in this area is Community Grants, Foundation and Youth Involvement).
What are we NOT seeing/finding as a way to connect with our community?
 
+Impactful Projects (Brainstorm ideas of a new fundraiser)
 
+Community Awareness (What "avenue" of public awareness has not been explored by Morning Star Rotary?)
 
The results from these conversations are being compiled and will be further communicated to the board and club in the coming weeks. These "focus groups" are emerging as a way to work together on our strategic plan.
 
Thanks to all that participated sharing their ideas and insights.  
 
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
 
Regards,
 
Janet Kolepp
President Elect
 
Morning Star Club Assembly Janet Kolepp 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 17, 2017
 
Rotarians, the Bethlehem Health Bureau (BHB) will be here to administer the flu vaccine to anyone who wishes to have it. 
 
Vaccination will begin on October 19 at 7:00 AM at our meeting site and will continue until 8:30 AM
 
Your health insurance or Medicare will cover the expense; therefore, be sure to bring your card.
 
The BHB will submit the paperwork to your health care provider.  Invite your spouses, partners, children, parents, friends and neighbours to join you at Rotary on this date so they can receive the vaccine too.  Should you not have health care insurance the cost of vaccination will be $30.  You may pay in cash or by check made payable to the City of Bethlehem. 
Submitted by Dr. Janet A. Sipple, RN
 
 
Make A Difference! Help not to get sick!!!
 
FLU VACCINATIONS AT MSR OCT 19TH Ron Searfoss 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Helmuth on Oct 17, 2017
I came upon the garden today while the 5th graders from Asa Packer were having their field day, and snapped these pics.
Ron Helmuth
10/12/17
Thanks Ron. This project seems to have really "blossomed."
CANAL PARK GARDEN UPDATE Ron Helmuth 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Please join us this Thursday for a Club Assembly.  We will assess where we are with implementing our Strategic Plan and discuss Board and Committee items with the membership. Bring your thoughts and ideas and share.
 
The program will be facillitated by VP Janet Kolepp.
 
President Cheryl is recovering from her recent surgery.
 
See you there.
MSR CLUB ASSEMBLY 10-19-17 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 14, 2017
The 7th Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K/10K was a solid success.
 
Through the efforts of 33 of our District RCs plus enthusiastic runners including Interact teams, over $28,000 was raised. With the tripling by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this translates to over $84,000 for the fight against polio.  That is over 112,500 doses of polio vaccinations!
 
Congratulations to "DGwannabee" and Race Chair Extraordinaire Herb Klotz for a fantastic result.
 
Special thanks to MSR participants John Oesmann & Bailey,Tom "Running Man" Kolepp, VP Janet Kolepp, Secy Val Walk, Treas. Jean Searfoss and handler Ron, who Koa pulled around as needed!
Koa in prone bear position to show his new shirt!
 
PURPLE PINKIE GREAT SUCCESS! Ron Searfoss 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 12, 2017
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of a visit from Christine Gomez of the Wildlands Conservancy.
 
While there is a broad range of areas covered by the Conservancy (www.wildlandspa.org) Chris concentrated upon the the Bike & Boat program.
 
The Bike & Boat Adventures offers a variety of events over the summer months focused on combining biking with canoeing in various areas on the Lehigh River and along the Delaware Canal Path.  Further options offer white water rafting and kayaking. The adventures are quite economical, way outside the normal box of activities even to exploring two islands accessible only by boat while paddling the flat and calm waters of the Lehigh River.
 
Chris has been involved with these programs for many years. As you can see by the photo - lacks enthusiasm - NOT!
WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY BIKE & BOAT Ron Searfoss 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 11, 2017
FIRST THURSDAY - ROTARY MEANS BUSINESS
INVITE COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
 
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS MIXER - BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!
 
ARTISAN WINE & CHEESE CELLAR 5:30 PM
"MINI-MEETING" AT 6:00 PM
55 West Lehigh Street in Bethlehem
 
$10 Per Person except potential members. Great hors d'oeuvres! Cash bar.
 
All are welcome for fellowship and to learn more about Morning Star Rotary!
 
See you there Nov 2!
 
REPLACES MORNING MEETING
 
Just wanted to give everyone an update on how this event is becoming quite successful. 
 
We currently have 5 applications in process and another highly probable!
 
Please put it on your Calendar and join us for a great time of Morning Star Rotary Fellowship!!!
 
Bring a friend or colleague you think would enjoy the "Service Above Self" of Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
First Thursday Dividends Ron Searfoss 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 11, 2017
BACKSTORY
 
On April 20, 2017, Morning Star Rotary held a special celebration! We honored Rotarians Charlotte and Tore Hartmann-Hansen with the inauguration of the Charlotte & Tore Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant.
 
Of course the Program commenced with what else – our Charlotte leading us in the singing of “Follow Your Rotary Dream.”
 
Our emcee, AG Janet Kolepp, presented a PowerPoint Presentation very aptly entitled A Rotary “Love Story.” It focused on their journey through Rotary from Morning Star Charter Members, to Club Presidencies, District Governor up to today as ‘seasoned Rotarians’ continuing to impart their wisdom and passion for Rotary.
 
The celebration was enjoyed by our Morning Star Rotarians and visitors from other Rotary clubs. As always in District 7430, there was strong representation from the ranks of Past District Governors, the Current District Governor, the District Governor Nominee and the District Governor Nominee - Designate.
 
 
 
front to back left to right:  Bennie Hartmann-Hansen #1 Therapy Dog
Gordon Sommers, Bethlehem RC, Charlotte & PDG Tore
PDG BJ Metz, PDG Doug Cook, DGND Herb Klotz,
DGN Cindy Hornaman, DG Linda Young, Area 2 AG Janet Kolepp
and PDG Frank Romano
 
UPDATE
 
 
My name is "TORE"!
 
I was born on July 22, 2017.
 
I will be raised for my first year at the State Correctional Institute in Huntingdon.
 
Thank you to Charlotte & "TORE" and Morning Star Rotary!
 
 
 
 
 
Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant "Recipient" Ron Searfoss 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 11, 2017
Rotary's Purple Pinkie 5K/10K
In addition to MSR supporting the Rotary's Purple Pinkie 5K/10K as sponsors, President Cheryl has challenged 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.
 
If you can not make it to the event, please donate any amount to the cause. This will support KOA who will walk for MSR in your honor!
KOA with his "people" Ron at the 2015 Purple Pinkie!
 
 
Dear District 7430 Rotarians,
 
If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up on race-day, October 14!  Registration starts at 8AM.  Come and join us for 7th Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA.   This is a District-Wide event.  Every Dollar Raised will be TRIPLED by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
You don’t need to run to participate.  Most people walk!  It will be a fun morning.  Bring your family and friends.  We will have awards for the race winners and also many drawings for door prizes, so both runners and walkers will be winners.  We will also have great food!  We are planning to have polio survivors at the race to talk to participants about her experiences with polio.   
 
The race-day cost to participate is $35 ($25 if under 18).  Come on out and have a great time for a great cause!
 
For more information, visit the website at www.purplepinkie.net.  
 
Questions: E-mail the Race Director John Scott at JohnScottL@msn.com .
  
John Scott
Purple Pinkie Race Director
 
 
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Rotary's Purple Pinkie 5K/10K Ron Searfoss 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 11, 2017
Our program this week features Kristina Gomez from the Wildlands Conservancy.
 
Kristina will present on the Wildlands Conservancy Bike & Boat Program.
 
Please plan to join us to learn of an excellent program of interest to people of all ages.
 
See you Thursday!
 
Wildlands Conservancy Bike & Boat Ron Searfoss 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 03, 2017
Dear Rotarians,
 
Many of you have asked how you can help the hurricane relief efforts through Rotary.  While there are many ways to help, the District 7430 Leadership has decided to provide matching funds to support ShelterBox USA. https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
 
For every $5,000 increment of funds donated to ShelterBox USA by district Rotarians (individual Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs, or Rotaract Clubs) another ShelterBox ($1,000 donation) will be donated from District funds. This incentive offer is open to December 1, 2017 and is limited to FIVE ShelterBoxes by the district.
 
Please report your contributions to your Club President who will report to their Assistant Governor. This match is for all contributions made between August 25, 2017 and December 1, 2017.
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
PDG Linda
 
Linda R. Young
Rotary Club of Saucon, Center Valley
District Governor 2016-2017
District Secretary 2017-2018
 
 
 
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"Service Above Self" -  Ask me about Rotary
District 7430 Shelter Box Match Ron Searfoss 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 03, 2017
McGehee Isaacs
 
Charles McGehee Isaacs, who went by "McGehee", passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017, will be interred after a burial service in the Memorial Garden of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday, October 6th at 2 p.m. followed by a reception celebrating his life.
 
 A link to McGehee’s Obituary follows:
 
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund (http://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-you-can-do/other-giving-opportunities/honor-and-memorial-gifts or Episcopal Relief & Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058). Online condolences can be made at www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.
McGehee Isaacs Life Celebration Ron Searfoss 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
Special thanks to Tom Kolepp for a very informative presentation on Digital Transformation last Thursday. It is very evident the evolving changes impact everyone in all areas of our lives. Watch for an in depth story to be published in a later Bulletin.
 
2017 PURPLE PINKIE
 
Sign-up this week and avoid the September 30 price increase!
 
To register online go to www.purplepinkie.net.
 
 
Speaker for Thursday September 28
 
Fr Tim Hasenecz & Wenda Boyer
 
No One Dies Alone
 
No one is born alone, and it’s our hope that no one dies alone. If your loved one is at one of our sites and nearing the end of life, he or she will not be alone. If you cannot be there because you live out of the area or are unable to physically get to the hospital for some reason, you can be comforted knowing our No One Dies Alone volunteers will be there.
We realize there may be times when you are unable to be at the hospital with your loved one, or you and your family members might need respite and time for yourselves. We will do our best to honor requests to sit with your loved one until you can return to the hospital.
Under the direction of Father Timothy Hasenecz, volunteers are specially educated in the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of dying. 
 
District 7430 Shelter Box Program
 
Be on the lookout for an email from District 7430 announcing a Shelter Box matching grant program to help our people suffering from Harvey, Irma and the rest of the seemingly never ending tribe of hurricanes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sep 28 Morning Star Bulletin 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
Our Annual "Salute The Troops" Concert featuring THE ALLENTOWN BAND with the Northeast Middle School Band & Chorus and Lehigh Valley Men's Chorale is fast approaching. 
 
This year's event will be
"Salute The Troops" Concert
3:00 pm Sunday,
November 12, 2017
Northeast Middle School
1170 Fernwood Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
 
ADVERTISEMENTS/PATRONS/"IN HONOR OF" SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26!!!
 
The Flyer and the Advertising Contract are available in the Downloads section of our Home Page.
"SALUTE THE TROOPS" 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
MSR 27th 5K/10K Race Outstanding Success!!!
 
Thanks to all the MSR who helped make this edition another great success.
The Race Committee arranged perfect weather and we had many new participants.
 
Watch for a full recap of results including pictures in a future bulletin.
Celtic Classic 5K/10K SUCCESS!!! 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Helmuth on Sep 13, 2017
What follows is a photo of a vehicle "driven" sailed? piloted? by one of our members.
 
Who might this enterprising member be?
 
MS ROTARIAN OFF THE BEATEN PATH!!! Ron Helmuth 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 13, 2017
 
Special thanks from the folks at Victory House.
They really enjoyed Strike Out for Hunger!
VICTORY HOUSE LIKES BASEBALL!!! Ron Searfoss 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 13, 2017
'Bag Stuffing' for Our 27th Anniversary 5K/10K race is on September 14th at our regular meeting.
 
Race Committee Needs Your Support
 
Dear Rotarians – The race is coming up on September 23rd and we are looking for the following:
 
A Water donation – 30 cases
 
Someone to be in charge of the water stop by the ice rink – water and a table will be there – you and others just have to keep cups filled with water
 
Sponsor  someone you know to be a runner or a walker for $25.00 – they get a shirt and tickets if they wear a kilt. 
 
Pop-up tents for day of race
 
Thanks
Wayne  610-509-1505
 
 
 
 
Race Committee Chair, Wayne Achey, asks all MSR Rotarians to help in obtaining sponsors and prizes for the race. We still need gift certificates, raffle prizes, etc. A Volunteer Sign-Up sheet will circulate during the meeting for the race itself.
 
RACE DATE Saturday, September 23rd
 
“All Hands on Deck” - this is open to family, friends, students (community service anyone?) etc. Many people will be needed to ensure the success of this major event. (Even if not signed up in advance, please come to help!)
 
Registration opens at 6:30 am, with the race starting promptly at 8:00 and Awards Ceremony & Raffle Prize Giveaway at 9:30.
 
Sponsorship info/form is available in the Downloads section at www.morningstarrotary.org with no sign-in needed.
 
Please reach out to businesses, organizations, friends, family and colleagues.
2017 CELTIC CLASSIC 5K/10K SEP 23 Ron Searfoss 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2017
Our regular meeting this week is being held at the National Museum of Industrial History. We will begin to gather at 7:15am for a light breakfast.  The museum staff will then give a brief overview of the museum and exhibits, after which we will be able to take a self-guided tour. The $10 meeting fee will be collected, which includes breakfast and the tour.  
 
If you have already registered to attend - THANK YOU! For those that have not and still plan on attending please register by Tuesday, August 15 at 8 pm, through our club website here or respond to me via this email.
 

National Museum of Industrial History is located at: 602 East Second Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Parking is available in the SteelStacks lot on Second Street between Founder’s Way and Fillmore Street or in the NCC Fowler Center lot at 511 East Third Street

 
Thanks again, look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,
Janet Kolepp
President-Elect
National Museum of Industrial History 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
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 (https://vimeo.com/161230029 Veterans Interviews (https://vimeo.com/144756774)
 
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 cbakes82@gmail.com. https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000006556/en-ca/files/homepage/ethics-in-business-nomination-form/Ethics-in-Business-Nomination-Form.pdf
 
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:/ /rlinea.org/event/center-valley--pa-(7430)/)
 
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 www.purplepinkie.net.
 
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
cheryl@equi-librium.org
 
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President's Message 8-15-17 Cheryl Baker 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Dear Rotarians,
 
One of the goals outlined in the 7430 District Strategic Plan is to increase membership retention. The District leadership feels that Rotary education will result in higher rates of retention in our clubs. Consequently, the District would like to encourage attendance at RLI by offering a reimbursement of $50.00 to the club for anyone attending the institute to be held on September 16, 2017 at Desales University
Yes, that is correct!! The reimbursement will be not only for the first year participants, but the second and third as well. It covers EVERY attendee. So if a club sends 3 people to level one, 2 people to level two, and 1 person to level three. The club would be entitled to a reimbursement of $300.00.
 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to strengthen our club.  Register now at: http://rlinea.org/event/center-valley--pa-(7430)/.  Payment may be made by credit card or check. Reimbursement checks will be sent after confirmation of attendees at the institute in September.  
If you have any questions, please contact Janet Kolepp, jkolepp@gmail.com or 484-241-1252.
 
Look forward to seeing you in September!

Janet Kolepp
 RLI Chair
 
Bottom line - this is in your back yard and MSR will reimburse your tuition! Commit yourself to get outside the box! ed.
 
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
REMINDER BOARD MEETING TONIGHT 6:00 PM
MORAVIAN VILLAGE
BOARD MEETINGS ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO ALL
MSR MEMBERS. YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.
 
Tomorrow for our program will be Jack Weiner, a Camp Neidig participant and an Eagle Scout. Jack will present his Eagle Scout project which is a very moving tribute to our Veterans of the Greatest Generation!
 
Next week our program will be a field trip to the National Museum of Industrial History.
 
Please plan to join us at the National Museum of Industrial History for our regular Rotary meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  We will begin to gather at 7:15am for a light breakfast.  The museum staff will then give a brief overview of the museum and exhibits, after which we will be able to take a self-guided tour. The $10 meeting fee will be collected, which includes breakfast and the tour.  
 
Please register to attend through our club website here. If you have any questions, please contact me via email (jkolepp@gmail.com) or on my cell (484-241-1252).
 
Look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,
Janet Kolepp
President-Elect
 
MSR UPDATES FYI 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jul 24, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORNING STAR ROTARIANS!
 
Of course Charlotte lead the singing......
 
A new birthday tradition was established. The birthday celebrities received a folder with the Certificate Object of Rotary. This is quite suitable for proudly displaying in your office or other highly visible place to show your interest and support of Rotary.
 
MSR JULY BIRTHDAYS Ron Searfoss 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Jul 24, 2017
Fellow Rotarian and Extension Educator, Denise Continenza, will share information on how Penn State Extension helps to build strong youth, communities and families. 
 
Denise will provide strategies and ideas for us to use in our everyday interactions with young people that will help them grow into responsible citizens and avoid many of the problem behaviors facing youth people today.
 
To find more information, follow this link (http://extension.psu.edu/directory/dhc128).
 
 
FOOD, FAMILIES & HEALTH Janet Kolepp 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Jul 17, 2017
I’m looking forward to a great week! I heard from MSR Bill Hunter; he’s away on vacation, but got the form to order T-Shirts, and I got a very enthusiastic response from him. “Cheryl, the Antigua Rotary Club wears these and they are great. Count me in.”
 
Last Thursday we heard from Tyler Schellenberger, a student at Moravian Academy, who experienced all the leadership training and camaraderie that happens at Camp Neidig each summer. As all the students do, she enthusiastically reaffirmed how important, and valuable, this experience is for building tomorrow’s leaders. We can be so proud that we are a part of this activity.
 
 
"Enthusiastic Camper!!!"  Tyler with the MSR Neidig team and President Cheryl
 
This Thursday, we’ll take time during the meeting to do some of the business of Rotary. We’ll break up into committees, talk about membership, and have some training on the website. We’re all busy, and so the more we know about how to utilize the electronic tools we have at our disposal through ClubRunner, and Rotary International, the more efficient, and effective, we can be!
 
I’m hoping you’ll all take some time to review the “Ethics in Business Award” form I’ve attached in the Downloads section; it is the nomination form for our new “Ethics in Business Award”Program. Beginning in September, we will be honoring local Bethlehem businesses who demonstrate through their everyday example that they embrace the ideals of the Rotary Four Way Test. They don’t have to be Rotarians, but perhaps if they’re not, we should be inviting them to become Rotarians – especially if they are living out their business life with integrity.
Please think about who you would nominate. You’ll have a month to consider who you’d like to honor; we’ll be making the announcement in late August.
 
Another note about Rotary’s Strike Out Hunger game at the Phillies on August 11; the men of Victory House would LOVE to attend this game! They have transportation, and room for 10. Perhaps you can’t go yourself, but would like to help one of their residents have the opportunity to see a major league baseball game. Perhaps you’re planning to go, and could purchase 1 more ticket for someone else. It’s the least we can do for all they have done in our years of partnership on Salute to The Troops and the Spaghetti Dinner. And remember, for each ticket you purchase, $10 comes back to the club as Foundation credits.
For more information, or to order tickets, call or email Gerry or Jill Long at 610-625-5105 or longgolf@ptd.net.
 
PLEASE BRING A DONATION FOR OUR FOOD DRIVE. In honor of Past President Sharon’s contributions we will be collecting all summer to make a gift, and a difference, for New Bethany Ministries.
 
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
Have you been MAD today?
 
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President's Message 7-17-17 Cheryl Baker 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Jul 17, 2017
Register Now!
 
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Register to attend
The Rotary Leadership Institute
Saturday, September 16, 2017
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Desales University
Center Valley, PA
 
Learn more about Rotary, engage in interactive discussions
with fellow Rotarians, and enjoy the fellowship of
Rotarians who make a difference in their communities.  
Your participation is guaranteed to make your club stronger.
 
Register here:
For more information contact:
Janet Kolepp
484-241-1252
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE Janet Kolepp 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Jul 13, 2017
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Rotarians ARE People of Action!
Be sure to show it to the world. Download the flyer (you'll find it in the download files section) and order your shirt today!
Are We People of Action? Cheryl Baker 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Jul 11, 2017
Dues Were Due June 30
 
Morning Star Rotary’s annual dues are $200 per year (or $100 per half year). Treasurer Val Walk emailed the 2017-18 Dues Notices in early June. The Rotary year starts on July 1, and club Dues are due on June 30 so we may pay Rotary International and District 7430 their portions on a timely basis.
 
Thank you to all our members who have already submitted payment! Checks received in June were deposited the first week of July.
 
If you have not yet paid, please give your check to Treasurer Jean Searfoss, or mail it to her at 1409 Bogie Ave., Wescosville, PA 18106.
Alternative: you can pay with a credit card via a link on our website - under Site Pages on the left side of our home page, click Pay Dues Online Here. Note: A small fee is added to cover the processing costs we are charged.
 
If you need another copy of the notice, please contact jsearfoss@cementemployers.com.
 
Your prompt cooperation will reduce the follow-up time needed, and be much appreciated. Please be "fair to all concerned" - we need to pay Rotary International in July. Thank you!
 
Jean Searfoss, Treasurer
MSR DUES 6-30-17 Jean Searfoss 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by RI PRESIDENT IAN RISELEY on Jul 11, 2017
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Dear fellow Rotarians,
For many years, one idea has stood at the heart of all our service: sustainability. Sustainable service means our work continues to have a positive impact long after Rotary’s direct involvement has ended. We don’t dig wells and walk away; we make sure communities can maintain and repair those wells. If we build a clinic, we make sure that clinic has a way to keep running without ongoing support from us.  
One way I’d like for you to contribute in our quest for sustainability is through my tree planting initiative. I ask that you have one tree planted for each member of your club sometime between now and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group is a great resource that can help you get started. Share your progress online by using #pledgetoplant.
I hope that the result of this effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring, which is itself most worthwhile. I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility, not only to the people on our planet—but to the planet itself on which we all live and on which we all depend. 
During my six presidential conferences this year, environmental sustainability is one of many topics up for discussion. Each conference will focus on how peace relates to one of Rotary’s five other areas of focus. My hope is that attendees are inspired take action after attending a conference and will develop new initiatives. Learn more about each of the conferences and how to register.
As I mentioned to you all earlier this year, Rotary Peace Fellow Marie-Paule Attema has already begun her studies and has shared her first blog post, which you can read here. I’m pleased to report that my home country of Australia has welcomed her with open arms and we all look forward to reading her next post as her journey progresses.
Beginning this Rotary year, the Rotary Friendship Exchange program has been expanded to include both Rotarians and non-Rotarians, with an emphasis on including young professionals on exchanges. These exchanges are a unique chance for cultural immersion and interchange, as well as an opportunity to build global understanding and boost vocational and leadership skills.
If you’re interested in participating, contact a district Rotary Friendship Exchange chair. Find exchange partners through the Rotary Friendship Exchange Matching Board. Contact the Rotary Service team for more information.
As district governor, you will receive special recognition if 60 percent or more of the clubs in your district qualify for the 2017-18 Rotary Citation.
To earn this year’s citation, the following activities are required of clubs:
  • Pay your July 2017 and January 2018 club invoices on time
  • Report volunteer hours and service project contributions in Rotary Club Central
     
Please ask each club to accurately track the hours and the money they spend on their service, so we can get those important year-end numbers.
In addition, at least four club goals must be achieved in the following categories: support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness. Download your copy of the 2017-18 presidential citation for more information. If you have questions, contact the Rotary Awards team.
Now that you have stepped into your new role as district governor, I hope you to take the time to reflect on why you chose to take on this position, and the impact you can have on the clubs in your district. There’s a great deal of work ahead of us, but it’s only when we come together that we are able to embody Rotary: Making a Difference.
Sincerely,
Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18
 
ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE RI PRESIDENT IAN RISELEY 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 26, 2017
On behalf of the Board of Directors we want to thank everyone for their support this past year – President Fontana, all our members, volunteers, and the Board and Officers.  Special thanks to those Directors completing their two year commitment on the Board – Jeff Kiscka, Robin Metzler, Geoff Wright and Stephen Kazar (who completed the year for Dave Cincera who resigned. Stephen now starts his own two year term – thank you.)
 
At our Board meeting, Wednesday evening, June 21, we evaluated the openings and needs of MSR for Officers and Directors. There were three open slots for Directors and a need for a Vice President. Janet Kolepp had stepped up to the current VP slot in January creating one Director opening for the next year. I will fulfill the second year of her director term as she becomes President Elect.
 
There had been one opening for a Director for the 2017-19 term. With the tragic loss of Audrey Rafferty, a second Director was needed. We are very happy to report that Lynn Milet and Dino Cantelmi have graciously come forward to serve in these roles.
 
That leaves us in need of a Vice President to become fully engaged in the service to Morning Star.  Please give serious consideration to this need. There is much to be done by all of us as the club continues to expand in our community efforts. Please contact me or any Officer or Board member. The Four Way Test begins with Service Above Self.
 
Thank you.
 
Ron Searfoss
Past President
Special Thanks & Appreciation for Service Above Self Ron Searfoss 2017-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jun 04, 2017
A great time was had by all at First Thursdays @ 5:30 - Rotary Means Business at the Artisan on Thursday evening.  It was another wonderful evening of fellowship and sharing Rotary. 
 
Dino Cantelmi will be presenting his classification talk this Thursday.  Please be sure to attend to learn more about our newest member. 
 
It is with great sadness that I share the tragic news that Rotarian Audrey Rafferty was the victim of a deadly car crash on Friday in Easton.  Audrey passed away at Easton Hospital from blunt force trauma. 
 
Audrey totally embraced Rotary and although new to the club, was already attending Board meetings in preparation to serve on the Board.  She was always there with a smile and ready to volunteer.  Although our time to get to know Audrey was tragically too short, we were blessed to have known her as a fellow Rotarian and a friend.
 
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 6-4-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 30, 2017
Francisco, our exchange student from Chile,  had a unique experience for his Memorial Day Celebration. He accompanied host “DAD” USMC Tom Bailey to Washington, DC to participate in the NAM KNIGHTS 2017 Rolling Thunder celebration to honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the military and police organizations.
 
“All in all he had a great time and experienced some things he will never forget, like seeing men big as trees and very rough looking just break down and cry openly at the Viet Nam Wall and the Police Memorial…” TB
The Founder of NAM KNIGHTS
 
Unique transportation
Vets, police, active and retired....rolling thunder!!!
 
Police Memorial
Francisco & Tom at General Lee's House
 
He really did not want to get out!!!
FRANCISCO'S UNIQUE MEMORIAL DAY Ron Searfoss 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on May 26, 2017
We had the opportunity to learn more about Morning Star Rotarian Stephen Kazar at our Thursday meeting.  Stephen was born in Bermuda at Kindley Army Airforce Base.  His family later moved to Wisconsin, where he earned his Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Education with minors in Philosophy and Photography.  Stephen has worked for 30 years in higher education and has traveled around the world extensively in pursuing his vocation.  He is currently the Director of Global Online Graduate Degrees and Training at Lehigh University.  His wife Ellen is a Math & English teacher in the Allentown School District. They have 2 adult children living on the west coast and with two lovely granddaughters and soon to be 3 grandchildren. 
 
Stephen has been active in Morning Star Rotary since joining and serves on the Board.
 
 
 
Motivational Quote: 
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is power to do it.
Marianne Williamson
 
Thursday is First Thursdays @ 5:30 at the Artisan. Rotary Means Business! It is a great opportunity to introduce a friend, neighbor or business associate to Rotary.
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 5-26-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Hartzell on May 23, 2017
Rotary Foundation Announcement
 
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation was formed in 1917 arising from Rotarian Arch Klumph’s idea to form an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world”.
 
Bethlehem Morning Star has always been a supporter of The Rotary Foundation.  Over the past two years, our club has been one of the few clubs within the District to achieve 100% participation, as all club members have made a contribution to the Foundation each year.
 
The Foundation Committee asks that each Rotarian consider a minimum gift of $100 to The Rotary Foundation this year.  If you are unable to commit to $100, you may want to consider a contribution of $26.50 which was the original Foundation contribution. Any amount will be appreciated, and count towards 100% participation.
 
As the Rotary year ends on June 30, the Foundation Committee is asking that all contributions be made by June 1.  You can make your contribution by check or at the $2/week table when you sign in.  Checks should be made payable to “Rotary Foundation”, and given to Tom Hartzell at a weekly meeting.  Checks can also be mailed to Tom Hartzell, 1341 Biafore Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
 
If you are not sure if you have made a contribution during this Rotary year, you can check with Tom or Sue Burnett.
 
Why should you make a contribution to Rotary Foundation?  Because you are a Rotarian! 
 
Thanks to everyone in Bethlehem Morning Star for their continued support of Rotary Foundation.
ROTARY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCEMENT Tom Hartzell 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 23, 2017
As we approach Memorial Day please I ask that we take a moment to stop and think about what it really means. Look around and take the opportunity to explain to our younger generations the real meaning of Memorial Day. We have the holiday, the celebrations, the Indy 500, etc. because of all the brave people who have served, continue to serve and will bless our freedom with their service in the future.
 
The following was excerpted from the Bethlehem Rotary club’s bulletin from last week. It is real and very close to home.
 
Today’s program topic was one that Rotarian, Bob Weed, does not like to talk about.  If that’s how he feels, you might wonder why he does talk about it.  It’s because the Korean War is often classified as the ‘forgotten war’ and Bob never wants others to forget about it.  During the 3-year war, 1,789,000 young people served in the Korean War.  Of those million plus Americans, 36,574 were killed in action and another 103,284 were wounded in action.  The New York Times aptly referred to the Korean War as World War 2.5. 
 
July 17, 1953 will be forever etched in Bob’s mind.  It was what he described as the ‘night from hell’ when a Chinese mortar round landed too close to him.  Although he was somewhat protected by his flak jacket, his arms and legs were severely injured by shrapnel.  He was first taken to a MASH unit to be stabilized and quickly flown out to the USS Repose for further care.  He was eventually transferred to a naval hospital in Japan where he was operated on 7 times in 7 months.   Bob will be forever grateful to the Naval Chaplain and the Navy Medical Service Corp for all they did to help get him back on his feet. 
 
Bob left us with two important messages:
  1. How very blessed we are in the US for our military – past, present and future.  They deserve the highest regard from all of us.
  2. Those who served or are serving in the US military are the backbone of America.  May God bless our military and the United States of America – the greatest country in the world.
Thank you, Bob, for reminding us of what a great country we live in and for your personal sacrifice to our country.
 
God Bless America! 
Memorable Day for All Ron Searfoss 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on May 23, 2017
David Fragstrom of the Greater Valley YMCA informed Morning Star Rotarians that there are 7 YMCA’s that are part of the Greater Valley YMCA.  They do not turn anyone away for inability to pay.  The Y is a leading provider of childcare for children from 6 weeks to High School.  The Y helps people from all backgrounds build and maintain healthy habits & takes on the most urgent needs in our community.
 
This Thursday our speaker will be Stephen Kazar who will present his Classification Talk.
 
 
Motivational Quote: 
Wellness is not a medical fix but a way of living - a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body,m mind and spirit, an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well being now and forever.
Greg Anderson
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 5-23-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 10, 2017
Just a hello and quick reminder for this week’s meeting.
 
District Conference was an excellent Rotary experience.
Story, photos, etc. coming in next week’s Bulletin.
 
Reminder – Board meeting this evening 6 PM at Moravian Village.
 
Please plan to attend the May 11 meeting where our speaker will be Serajuddin Elalam from Benghazi, Libya. She will speak on increasing mutual understanding across the globe as seen through the eyes of a Fulbright Scholar.
 
Sunday, May 14 is the cutoff for District Assembly Registration.
See story below. All Rotarians are encouraged to participate - go outside your box and learn more of your Rotary and what it means.
 
Ron
 
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President's Message 5-10-17 Ron Searfoss 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 10, 2017
 
Saturday, May 20th at 8 am
Montgomery County Community College, Parkhouse Hall
340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
(Registration closes Sunday, May 14th so don't delay!)
 
Dear Rotarians,
The District 7430 Training Assembly is fast approaching. It is a chance for club officers, committee chairs and assistant governors to further develop leadership skills and refine strategies to achieve their goals for the upcoming Rotary year.  It is also GREAT for ALL Rotarians - especially newer Rotarians. Learn more about Rotary programs, increase your leadership skills and learn best practices from “seasoned” Rotarians.
District Training Assembly is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians from throughout the District.  
Training assemblies like this are the best way to help your club be even more successful in 2017-18. Attendees will discover tips to take your Clubs to the next level. Breakout sessions are planned for:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Effective Social Media to Attract Members
  • Fundraising
  • Club Treasurer and Secretary Sessions
  • International Grants
  • Hands On Club Central Training
An information packed afternoon is planned for all Rotarians, we are confident that everyone will go home with something they can use to make your club better.
Register NOW https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotary-d7430-district-training-assembly-tickets-33154170015 for this important event! Registration fee of $35 includes continental breakfast and lunch. 
I look forward to seeing you all at our District Training Assembly on the afternoon of Saturday May 20th 2017, so we can prepare to do “Good in our Communities” with the knowledge and skills that are provided at the District Training Assembly.
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Rick
 
Richard C. Gromis
District Governor Elect
District 7430

 
District Training Assembly MAY 20 Ron Searfoss 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Val Walk on May 03, 2017
I would like to extend a heartfelt note of gratitude to everyone who worked so diligently on Friday to make the Spaghetti Dinner a success.
 
A very special thanks goes out to those who worked for hours in the kitchen preparing the home-made sauce and salads.
 
Thank you also to Rotarians and their families who planned the event, sold tickets, cooked, baked, filled supplies, waited tables, washed dishes, and cleaned up.
 
Proceeds from this event help support our Community grants.
 
Thanks again!
Val
 
Click on link below for pictures courtesy of our Rotarian "Snapper" Charlotte!
 
Spaghetti Dinner Outstanding Success Val Walk 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 26, 2017
Please join us on Thursday April 27 for Heidi Hoffer, Coordinator of Studies & Training
 
Learn about Pinebrook Family Answers and the work they do in the community. Find out more about the foster parent program, and becoming a foster parent. Touch a life...become a foster parent!
Heidi Hoffer Ron Searfoss 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Apr 14, 2017
 
Audrey Rafferty introduced Kelly Berk and Tina Wida spoke to us about the work that Nurse Family Partnership is doing in our community. The goals of Nurse Family Partnership are to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development and improve the economic self sufficiency of the family.  The program is open to any woman pregnant with her first child, meets income requirements and lives in the service area.  A registered nurse will visit the mom in their home throughout the pregnancy and continue to visit until the baby is 2 years old.  The nurse will help to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, become a better parent, provide support and set goals for the family’s future.  Trials show that families who participate fare better: less incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, better employment for the moms, and better performance in school by the kids.
 
 
 
This week we will be honoring Rotarians Charlotte and Tore Hartmann-Hansen with the presentation of the Hartmann-Hansen Grant. All Rotarians and friends are invited to celebrate this wonderful occasion.
 
Motivational Quote: 
God put us here to prepare for the next generation.  That’s our job. Raising children and helping the community, that’s preparing for the next generation. 
Dikembe Mutombo
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 4-14-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 03, 2017
A wonderful celebration was held March 28th as our District 7430 held Charter Night with the induction of our newest Rotary Club, Whitehall Area Rotary Club. This is the first new Rotary Club in our District since 2008. There were over 100 people in attendance with 18 different Rotary clubs represented and a whole host of District Governors Past, Present and into the next decade. Morning Star Rotary was well represented in welcoming all the new Rotarians.
 
Special congratulations to District Membership Chair, Herb Klotz, for guiding the evolution of this new club and doubling-down as MC!
 
Among the new clubs members, but unable to be present, is Jan Chicka. Jan is transferring to the Whitehall Rotary Club. Jan will be missed at Morning Star, but we are really happy she will continue to be a Rotarian. 
Jan, thank you for all you have done at Morning Star.
 
Whitehall Area Rotary Club Chartered Ron Searfoss 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Mar 28, 2017
Amy Hollander, Executive Director of the National Museum of Industrial History gave a fascinating overview of a treasure in our own backyard, the National Museum of Industrial History. She was introduced by Marianne AronsonNMIH is located in a 100 year old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the Southside near the Discovery Center.  The vision is to tell the story of America’s industrial achievements and the accomplishments of our workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.  The NMIH forges a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today, to inspire the next generations.  The museum explores the roles of industry in America’s growth, through the stories of people, machines and ideas.
 
The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  I am looking forward to visiting the Museum and suggest everyone adds this Bethlehem gem to their things to do list.
 
First Thursday, April 6th, we will be meeting at the Artisan Wine and Cheese Cellar. See you there!
 
John Oesmann's hip replacement went very well. Be sure to ask him about his stripes!
 
Motivational Quote:  
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. 
Marcus Garvey
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 3-28-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Mar 28, 2017
Our Chilean exchange student, Francisco continues to be a busy guy. Here is "Pancho" at Godfrey Daniels with Manual Garcia, singer and songwriter.
 
 
 
 
EXCHANGE STUDENT CONTINUES ENGAGEMENT Ron Searfoss 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Mar 07, 2017
Coming Events of Interest to all Rotarians and Friends!
 
March 8 International Women’s Day
Cedar Crest College 3 to 5 pm
Networking and entertainment 5 to 7 pm
 
March 9 Josh Mrozinski – Classification Talk
Regular meeting Moravian Village
 
March 11 Outreach Food Project
All 5 Area 2 Rotary Clubs at Moravian College
 
March 11 District 7430 Rotary Foundation
Century Gala Celebration
Pine Crest Country Club
 
March 15 MSR Board Meeting
Rescheduled to 6 pm Moravian Village
 
March 16 MSR Dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering
Church of the Nativity 5 to 8 pm
 
April 1 Rotary Leadership Institute
Delaware County College
 
Enjoy your Rotary entrance to spring!
 
Ron Searfoss
Morning Star Coming Events Ron Searfoss 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 28, 2017
We are seeking a 3rd host family for our exchange student Francisco, from Chile. This hosting will be from March - June, 2017. 
 
His current host family, Tom & Landa Mohr will begin traveling during the month of March and we must move Francisco as soon as possible. 
 
If you are interested or know of family or friends that might consider this wonderful opportunity, contact Janet Kolepp, 484-241-1252 or jkolepp@gmail.com
 
 
As with many things in Rotary, you receive more in return than you ever expected.
 
Santa will remember you in December!!!
 
 
EXCHANGE STUDENT HOST FAMILY NEEDED Ron Searfoss 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 28, 2017
Rotary District 7430's Gala Committee for The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary has been busy planning an evening of dinner and dancing on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 6 -10 p.m. at the PineCrest Country Club, 101 Country Club Drive, Lansdale, PA  
 
Don't forget to register for this celebration of 100 years of our Rotary Foundation. Registration for the event is now open through Eventbrite by clicking this LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rotary-foundation-centennial-district-7430-gala-tickets-31004943621
 
GALA RSVP MARCH 1!!!                  
 
Our club has donated a Musikfest themed basket of goodies to help the Annual Fund. Thank you to the club for its generosity.
 
I’m hoping you will join Jean and me for a fun-filled evening of fellowship in celebration of 100 Years of our Rotary Foundation. In addition to fine dining and dancing, we will have a wonderful celebration of Rotary fellowship.
 
Thank you. Ron
 
 
ROTARY DISTRICT 7430 GALA CELEBRATION Ron Searfoss 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Feb 28, 2017
Thank you to our wonderful hosts at Traditions of Hanover.  Jennifer Murphy, Marketing Director welcomed MSR and shared with us the lifestyle offered at Traditions. 
No worrying about maintaining a home, cooking or cleaning.  Jennifer and the staff at Traditions are available to arrange a personal tour for anyone interested in Independent Living.
 
Cheryl Baker, President-Elect, introduced our Strategic Plan for 2017-2018.
 
We are friends, neighbors and people of action engaged in creating lasting humanitarian change locally and globally. 
 
Our 4 Goal Areas are:
 
Community Awareness,
 
Community Involvement,
 
Impactful Projects and
 
Engaged Members
 
Please click on the Strategic Plan Presentation in Downloads on our homepage and share with the Board your thoughts and comments. 
 
First Thursday, March 2nd, we will be meeting at the Artisan Wine Bar. See you there!
Motivational Quote: 
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. 
Benjamin Franklin
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 2-28-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 28, 2017
An International Women’s Day will be conducted at Cedar Crest College on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in an effort to recruit more women to Rotary.
 
The event will start with round table discussions from 3:00-5:00 pm, followed by a celebration of women with networking, drinks, snacks, and entertainment from 5:00-7:00 pm.
 
Our District Governor, Linda Young, will speak in support of the effort. The invitation is to all area Rotary Clubs. Despite it being geared toward women Rotarians, men are invited as well!
 
Please join women from throughout the Lehigh Valley to celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at Cedar Crest College.  Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at door.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY MARCH 8 Ron Searfoss 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Feb 20, 2017
Last Thursday,  Kelly Allen, Associate Professor at Northampton Community College spoke to MSR about the NCC East 40 Community Garden
 
In support of NCC’s commitment to sustainability, the community garden serves as an outdoor classroom, growing space, and resource center that:
- Provides students with experiential learning, service learning, interdisciplinary curriculum projects, and research opportunities
- Empowers the community to grow their own food (through opportunities such as individual garden plots and  community garden plots
- Creates opportunities for partnerships with area schools, food banks and nonprofit organizations
- Promotes environmental and personal well-being and maintains the integrity and health of the land
 
Thank you Kelly for sharing with us your enthusiasm in this enlightening presentation on the great work that is happening at NCC.
 
Other Rotary announcements included an update on the Area 2 - 5 club Outreach food packaging event on March 11th.  Rotarians can sign up online. (Upcoming Events - click on Outreach Food Project) or sign up at our next meeting.  This event will provide much needed food to our local food banks.  It is a great opportunity to share Rotary with your family, neighbors and people of action. As an MSR you can signup these folks to come and experience a little of what Rotary does to help others in the community. We need 24 volunteers to support two 1-1/2 hour shifts.
 
We were pleased to approve Janet Kolepp taking the leadership role of Vice President immediately and following President Elect Cheryl Baker in the coming year. Bravo!
 
This Thursday, February 23rd, we will be meeting at Traditions of Hanover. (5300 Northgate Drive, Bethlehem 18017 behind Wegman's off Route 512) We will be presenting the Strategic Plan.  Thanks to everyone for the great input that was key in developing the plan.
 
Reminder - Thursday evening MSR will be once again preparing the dinner for the folks at the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter. Questions can be referred to Lynn Milet.
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 2-20-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shawn Deiter on Feb 20, 2017
Guest Speaker - Dr. Joseph Roy
 
Dr. Joseph J. Roy, Superintendent of Schools at the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD), was the guest speaker for the Downtown Bethlehem Rotary meeting on February 15th. He received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College, his master’s degree from Bucknell University and his doctoral degree from Lehigh University. A lifelong educator, Dr. Roy held positions as a social studies teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in several Pennsylvania school districts until the start of his tenure as BASD Superintendent in 2010. The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators honored Dr. Roy as the 2017 "Superintendent of the Year."
 
Quick facts about BASD:
  • 6th largest school district in Pennsylvania
  • 5th largest employer in Northampton County
  • 22 schools with almost 14,000 students
  • Largest district to first implement full-day kindergarten in 2015-16
  • Non-homestead properties generated $82.1 Million (51%) of BASD tax base.
  • Top 20+ Bethlehem properties paid $18+million in property taxes
  • The highest Bethlehem property paid $24,600 in taxes; the median paid $3,200.
  • Dr. Roy has 10,200 Twitter followers and actively uses Twitter as a direct form of communication with students and their families.
 
BASD continues to implement a number of key initiatives to benefit students and our community.
  • Roadmap to Educational Excellence is a framework for establishing goals for school improvement based on core learning, stretch learning, student engagement, and personal skill development.
 
  • Building early literacy skills lays the foundation for future educational success, yet many students enter kindergarten already behind. The Reading by Grade 3/Literacy Initiative along with universal full day kindergarten has produced student growth in literacy. The goal is to have all students become proficient readers by grade 3. Dr. Roy used a statistic from Lincoln Elementary School where they reduced the achievement gap. At the start of the year, only 38% of beginning students reached appropriate proficiency levels. By the end of the year, 90% reached appropriate proficiency levels. Children deemed proficient by third grade have more successful future outcomes, such as fewer special education needs and higher graduation rates.
 
  • Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me program focuses on character development and builds leadership skills to decrease discipline problems and increase engagement among teachers and parents. 
 
  • United Way Community Schools help level the playing field for schools with a high poverty rate. BASD has 6 schools designated as community schools.
 
BASD has a number of common budget themes.
  • Controlled growth of local expenditures
  • Lack of adequate state funding
  • Charter school funding reform
  • BASD sends over $25 million per year to charter schools.
  • Charter school expenses continue to increase, while state funding has not.
  • Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) reform – pensions are high
Special thanks to MSR Shawn Deiter who was able to attend the meeting and provide a concise report for all.
Special thanks to Downtown Bethlehem President Gail Evans for extending an invitation to all MSR to attend.
Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent BASD Shawn Deiter 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Feb 06, 2017
Last Thursday was an evening of fellowship and sharing Rotary at our First Thursdays @ 5:30 at The Artisan. 
We welcomed a number of guests who came out to learn about Morning Star Rotary and enjoy the fellowship of our Morning Star Rotarians. 
 
It was a busy Rotary week as committees and the Board were at work planning for future projects and the Strategic Plan. 
 
The Foundation committee met to review the ideas that were presented for the District Grant.  The Strategic Planning Committee met on Saturday to work on the next steps of the MSR Strategic Plan.  The information generated at our meeting was the foundation of the plan. 
MSR Planners in action!  Special THANKS to Cheryl Baker for an excellent job as facilitator and to Lynn Milet for graciously hosting this crew!
 
The 5 Clubs of Area 2 are conducting the Outreach project next month on Saturday, March 11 at the HUB at Moravian College.   A short presentation on the project will be shown at our meeting this week and there will be a sign up sheet. 
 
This will be an excellent opportunity to invite friends, neighbors & people of action to experience Rotary at work.  Updates will follow on the District Grants, MSR Strategic Plan and Outreach at future meetings.
 
Our speaker this week is one of our newest members, Josh Mrozinski. We look forward to his classification talk and learning more about Josh.  He has already become fully engaged in activities as a newly elected Board member by attending Board meetings and being an integral part of the Strategic Plan process.
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 2-5-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 01, 2017
Please join in special congratulations to Kristian and Stephanie and the whole Schafer family on the birth of their daughter, Amelia Fern!
 
CONGRATULATIONS SCHAFER FAMILY Ron Searfoss 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 31, 2017
At the January 26th meeting we expressed our thanks and appreciaion to all our sponsors and friends who helped make these events so successful!
 
 
Susan Stachowski, Sands; Bruce Palmer, Buckno Lisicky; Tom Hartzell, HMK Insurance;
Janet Kolepp, Berk One, Inc.; Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen, HHFS; Wayne Achey, Race Chair
 
Part of the nearly three dozen wonderful supporting organizations. We Thank You All!
 
 
 
Jean Searfoss, MSR; Fred Fenselau, Working Dog Press; Gary Hartney, STT Concert Chair; Susan Stachowski, Sands; Denise Parker, NEMS Select Chorus; Brian Rupnik, NEMS Band Conductor; Ron Demkee, Conductor The Allentown Band; John St. Clair, Embassy Bank and Pat DiLuzio, Executive Director Victory House
 
Morning Star wishes to express all our thanks and appreciation for your continuing support!
 
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!! Ron Searfoss 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Jan 31, 2017
Strategic Plan Seminar Saturday Feb 4: 8:30 to 2:00
 
Meeting to
     Develop 3-Year strategic plan
     Set goals & objectives
     Prioritize execution
     Structure Committees
 
Graciously hosted by Lynn Milet
3705 Helen Street
Bethlehem PA
610-349-6008
 
Strategic Plan Seminar Cheryl Baker 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jan 30, 2017
Our Recognition meeting on Jan. 26 thanked all the sponsors and supporters of our Celtic Classic Race and Salute the Troops Concert
 
Without the many local businesses that support these events, Morning Star Rotary could not do what we do in our community and around the world
 
Special Olympics of Bethlehem is the major recipient of the proceeds from the Celtic Classic Race.  This year, they were presented with a check in the amount of $5,000
 
Victory House of the Lehigh Valley is the major recipient of the proceeds from the Salute the Troops Concert.  They were presented with a check in the amount of $9,500
 
A special thank you to our Committee Chairs Wayne Achey and Gary Hartzell, to the committee members and all of the Morning Star Rotarians who worked so hard to make these events a success!
 
This week, there is no morning meeting.  Our First Thursdays @ 5:30 is at The Artisan Wine and Cheese Cellar at 55 W Lehigh Street
So far, we have 4 prospective members attending. 
 
This is a great opportunity to invite someone to enjoy a great evening of fellowship and sharing Rotary.
 
Motivational Quote: You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
 John Bunyan
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 1-30-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jan 22, 2017
We had the opportunity to get to know more about one of our newest members, Audrey Rafferty.  Audrey grew up in northwest New Jersey with her parents and 3 siblings. 
When Audrey approached her Dad about her plans to be a PE Teacher her Dad told her to become a nurse.  That launched Audrey’s exciting career. 
Throughout the years Audrey worked in different areas of nursing in various positions from her first job as a Maternity Nurse to her last position as a
Community Health Nurse & Supervisor for the PA Department of Health. 
 
Of all her shining achievements, it was clear that she is most proud of her 3 children.  After her 3 children completed Moravian College, Audrey went back to complete her Bachelor Degree.  She is currently attending Moravian Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters in Spiritual Direction.
  
I am pleased to welcome Audrey to Morning Star Rotary. 
 
 
Reminders: Please email Cheryl Baker if you are interested in attending the retreat to work on the Strategic Plan.   The date is 2/4 and the location is being finalized.
 
This week our program is Sponsorship Recognition
 
Please be there to thank our sponsors for supporting MSR's 2016 5k/10k Race and Salute The Troops Concert.
 
 
Motivational Quote:  Everybody can be great..because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 1-20-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 22, 2017
 
 
“Now is the time to enable our Foundation to serve humanity for centuries to come, by making sure it is financially strong and remains recognized internationally for its good work.”
– 2016-17 Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee
 

Celebrate the Foundation’s centennial by making a special contribution to help us reach our goal

To mark this historic year, we have set a goal of $300 million, including contributions to the Annual, Endowment, and PolioPlus funds.
By making a special centennial gift beyond what you normally contribute, you are helping to launch our Foundation into its second century of service.
And you’re empowering Rotary members to continue fighting disease, reducing poverty, providing clean water, promoting peace, and advancing economic development in communities all over the world.
 
Only contributions received between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 will count toward the goal.
 
 
Goal $300 million.  Status mid January $177.7 million!
 
Give Now
 

Make your gift to The Rotary Foundation

Rotary Foundation Goal Status Ron Searfoss 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jan 16, 2017
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
 
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President's Message 1-17-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Jan 16, 2017
 
 
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 (jkolepp@gmail.com) or call/text (484-241-1252)


 
 
MSR & BES GO INTERNATIONAL TO HELP Janet Kolepp 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jan 09, 2017
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: burnetts@rcn.com.  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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DISTRICT GRANT PROJECT IDEAS WANTED! RSVP 1/20/17 Sharon Fontana 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jan 09, 2017
Ann Raines, facilitator for the Center for Business and Industry at Northampton Community College, led the club in taking the first step in working on a strategic plan for Morning Star Rotary
The club worked in groups on the SWOT analysis.  Each group prepared a list of Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats
One of my observations was that the list of Strengths was the longest list compiled by the group that I worked with.
 
The lists have been compiled by President-Elect Cheryl Baker and communicated to the membership for review. Included is a request for a date to schedule a retreat to continue work on the MSR Strategic Plan. 
All MSR members are highly encouraged to participate in this process. Among our objectives are the development of a comprehensive plan evolved from a consensus of the membership to lay the groundwork for our growth and direction over the next three to five years. It is anticipated the Strategic Plan will be revisited annually and appropriate adjustments incorporated to guide our journey.
Anyone interested in participating in the planning process, please RSVP to  Cheryl's email http://doodle.com/poll/mkrzm4sd63peaxmz.  The date of the retreat will be determined shortly from your input.
 
On Saturday, a wonderful time was had by all attending our annual Holiday party.  Over 35 Morning Star Rotarians with guests and significant others enjoyed an evening of fellowship. There was great food and interesting conversations. 
 
Thank you to the Mike and Terri Long for hosting the party in their beautiful home & to Billy Weber for helping with the planning.
 
(Ed. note: if anyone would like to "find a place for the pooltable" and turn it into a great man cave, consult with Mike, truly a job well-done!)
 
Photos courtesy of Ellen Roberts.  Thank you.
 
 
This week, we will be honored by a visit from Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez who will enlighten us with the "State of the City of Bethlehem".
 
 
 
 
 
Please join us in extending a warm Morning Star welcome to Mayor Donchez!
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 1-10-17 Sharon Fontana 2017-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 27, 2016
Ho Ho Ho and Happy New Year!!
 
HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY JAN 7, 2016 from 5:30 to 9 PM
 
Please RSVP your sign-up to rsearfos@ptd.net by December 31
 
Our warm friendly HOLIDAY PARTY tradition continues, again graciously hosted by Mike & Terri Long!
 
4201 Anthony Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18020  
(Near Northampton Community College and Moravian Academy's north campus)
 
 
Morning Star is providing a ham or lasagna, plus beer, wine and soft drinks.
 
Attendees are requested to bring some food to share - an appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert or special beverage to share.
 
Please send an email to indicate names & number of attendees plus what you will be bringing.
 
Please RSVP your sign-up to rsearfos@ptd.net by December 31
 
If you'd like a different beverage, please BYO.
 
Our hosts remind us that this is an Age 21 plus party, please.
 
Join us for a casual, relaxed evening in Rotary fellowship with friends!
 
There is plenty of room to park your sleigh! Please remember to pick-up any ‘reindeer treasures’ left behind.
 
See you there!
   Santa
 
HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY JAN 7 Ron Searfoss 2016-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Dec 27, 2016
An amazing performance by the Liberty High School A Cappella group was enjoyed at Morning Star Rotary’s annual Holiday Breakfast. 
Over 100 Rotarians and guests joined us for fellowship, breakfast and fun. 
Of course, what would a Holiday celebration be without Rick Santee playing the accordion and leading us in singing Christmas Carols including our own Rotary version of the Rotary 12 Days of Christmas.
 
 
 
 
We will not be meeting on the 29th.  
 
Since our Holiday party is at the Long’s on January 7th, we will hold our regular morning meeting on January 5th instead of our First Thursdays @ 5:30.
 
Wishing everyone Happy Hannakah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 12-28-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 18, 2016

Morning Star elections were held December 15 for 2017-18 Rotary year, which starts July 1, 2017.

The following Morning Star Rotarians were elected as follows:

President 2017-2018 Cheryl Baker
 
Secretary Val Walk
 
Treasurer Jean Searfoss
 

Director 2017-2019

Stephen Kazur

Josh Mrozinski

Audrey Rafferty

 

Thank you!

PP Ron

 

 

Morning Star Elections 12-15-16 Ron Searfoss 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 18, 2016
Morning Star Celebrates Multiple Paul Harris Recipients
 
We recently had the special occasion to celebrate with four of our fellow Morning Star Rotarians. Please join us in congratulating these Morning Star Rotarians on receipt of their multiple Paul Harris Fellow awards.
 
Dee Elliott and Russ Pacala each received their second Paul Harris Fellow awards.
 
Marianne Aronson and Jean Searfoss each received their third Paul Harris Fellow awards.
 
We thank them and wish them continued positive growth in Rotary!
 
Celebrate Paul Harris Fellow Recipients Ron Searfoss 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 18, 2016
Results of the 2016 Yvette Palmer Memorial Purple Pinkie Run were once again a great success!
 
Overall the District event raised over $17,250 for Polio Plus
 
For every $250 donation to the Purple Pinkie event, clubs received $345 in Polio Plus credits.
 
For Morning Star Rotary this means that our $1,500 donation to the event, generated $2,070 in Polio Plus Credits!
 
In addition an individual contributed $250 which will be credited in his name.
 
Thus the Total Polio Plus credits to Morning Star were $2,320.
 
Thanks to everyone for your support in the Purple Pinkie event for 2016.
 
We hope to be able to support this event again next year.
Purple Pinkie Polio Plus Success! Ron Searfoss 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 12, 2016
DECEMBER 22 - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL PROGRAM!
 
Please plan to join us for this most festive of our Rotary programs.
 
Singing enthusiastically is mandatory!
 
Hope you have been getting your pipes in order.
 
Come celebrate the Holiday Cheer with the Liberty High School Acapella Choir led by the fabulous Gayle Justice.
 
Our own Musical Maestro Extraordinaire, Rick Santee, he of the Lawrence Welk era of accordian-ship, will once again accompany to the delight of all!
 
Everyone looks forward to the Morning Star Rotary 12 Days of Christmas!
 
 Just a reminder, this meeting generally runs late because no one wants it to end!
DEC 22 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MUSICAL PROGRAM Ron Searfoss 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Dec 12, 2016
Crime is low in Bethlehem compared to other third class cities stated Mark DiLuzio, Chief of Police for the City of Bethlehem at MSR’s meeting last week. 
 
The police force works closely with the High Schools and this has resulted in no major issues at the schools. 
 
One of the major challenges facing the force today is the anti police sentiment that has swept the nation in the last 2 years.  Groups like, Black Lives Matter, promote hate and violence towards law enforcement and government.  The problem is worsened by false information that is spread by the media. 
 
In the future, body cameras will enable the Police Officers to be able to prove what transpired.  It was interesting to learn how national issues impact the City of Bethlehem.
 
Reminder - 2nd half Morning Star dues are needed before the end of the year.
 
This week is our Annual Holiday Musical Breakfast ..please join us for this fun and festive tradition.
 
Motivational Quote of the Week:
 
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What is Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 12-19-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Kolepp on Dec 12, 2016
 
Morning Star Rotary will be serving dinner at the Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Program again this winter.  Our first night is this Thursday December 15.
Each night there will be a team captain that will coordinate menu, volunteers, cooking, cleanup etc.  These are the following dates & captains:
  • December 15 - Janet Kolepp
  • A sign-up sheet has been circulated for menu items and duties.
  • If any questions please see Team Captain Janet Kolepp
 
        Future dates
  • January 12 - Jan Chicka
  • February 23 - Sue Reeps
  • March 16 - John Oesmann
A big thank you to all who have volunteered.  Please add these dates to your calendar!!!
 
Thank you.
 
Janet
Bethlehem Emergency Shelter 12-15-16 Janet Kolepp 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Dec 06, 2016
Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holidays.
 
Looking ahead at all the Morning Star activities in the coming months,
I would like to highlight many of these events so that you can plan accordingly to be fully engaged with your fellow Rotarians.
 
December    Dues Notices Distributed - please remit to the Treasurer by the end of the month.
 
1    First Thursday - gathering of the faithful at the Artisan Wine Bar for fellowship
 
3    Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Christkindlmarkt - special thanks to all who participated for their support of MSR
 
8    MSR Regular meeting - Kevin Long - PA Observance of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
 
14  Board Meeting at Moravian Village 6pm
 
15  MSR Regular meeting -  Chief Mark DiLuzio - Law Enforcement: National Dialogue/Local Discussion
 
15  Club Elections - see story below.
 
15  Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering MSR serving Dinner
 
15  Rotary International Convention Early Registration ends
 
22  Holiday Special Joint celebration with Downtown Rotary Club
 
25  Christmas Celebration and Hanukkah starts
 
29  HOLIDAYS - NO MEETING
 
31  7430 District Conference Early Bird Registration ends
 
January
5    Regular Meeting Moravian Village 7:10 am - NO FIRST THURSDAY MIXER. Josh Mrozinski New Member Classification Talk
 
7    Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY Saturday, January 7th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terri Long.
 
11  Board Meeting at Moravian Village 6pm
 
12  MSR Regular meeting -Mayor Robert Donchez - State of the City
 
12  Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering MSR serving Dinner
 
19  MSR Regular meeting -  Audrey Rafferty New Member Classification Talk
 
26  Race and Salute The Troops Recognition - President Fontana, Wayne Achey and Gary Hartney
 
We look forward to fellowship and happiness with Morning Star Rotarians.
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 12-7-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Nov 22, 2016
 
Thursday is Thanksgiving Day!
 
As we gather with family and friends we give thanks for all the many blessings in our lives.
We can be thankful to be a part of Rotary International and all the good it does in the world.
 
Your Officers and Board of Directors are especially thankful for the wonderful support and fellowship of our Morning Star members.
 
Thank you.
 
Enjoy the holiday and safe travels.
 
Reminder, our next meeting is December 1st since we do not meet on Thanksgiving Day.
 
December 1st is our next "First Thursday!"
It will be held at 5:30 at Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars on W. Lehigh Street. 
We hope to see more members and guests at our next First Thursdays on December 1.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
 
 
Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Saturday, January 7th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 11-23-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 14, 2016

 

 

The 14th annual rendition of our Concert was a fantastic success! Family, friends, old and young enjoyed our best concert to date.

Performing together with the famous Allentown Band were the Northeast Middle School Band & Chorus and the Lehigh Valley Men's Chorale.

The music was so well received people were actually dancing in the isles.

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Special Thanks to Gary Hartney for once again performing the yeoman's share of the Concert!
Thanks to all the MS Rotarians who participated in supporting the event as well as thanks to all
who attended and their family and friends.
 
Please submit any outstanding payments for tickets and sponsors to Treasurer Jean Searfoss at 1409 Bogie Avenue Wescosville, PA 18106

 

Thank you!

Ron

"Salute the Troops" Concert Ron Searfoss 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 14, 2016
What US$100 can do

It is as simple as having a notebook, pencil and glue. In Pavas, a poor district in San Jose, Costa Rica a packet of educational materials means the difference between an education and working on the street. Most public schools in Costa Rica are under funded and lack many basic supplies, so the Rohrmoser Rotary Club, Costa Rica developed a packet of teaching materials for students and partnered with the Vancouver Rotary Club, Canada to distribute 777 packets to children in five very poor elementary schools. US$100 buys 15 packets.
Without this project many students would not be able to continue their education and would be forced to drop out of school.

When Every Rotarian, Every Year participates, our foundation is able to continue to build a brighter future for the children of the world.
Nov 15 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Nov 14, 2016
 
 
David Venditta is a retired news reporter and editor with The Morning Call.  He joined us to share with his book, Tragedy at Chu Lai
It is a story of the many lives affected when a soldier dies.
 
Nicky Venditti, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot with a love of fast cars and practical jokes, went to Vietnam in 1969 and was dead in 11 days, killed by an American Division grenade training explosion at Chu Lai.
The full story of the incident did not come out until the author, David Venditta (a different spelling), Venditti's cousin, made a chance discovery
that began a decades-long effort to find out exactly what happened, what the Army did about it and who was held responsible.
This book documents the Army's mishandling of the incident and the effects on the families and friends of Venditti and of the two other young soldiers who died with him.
 
Our fourth "First Thursdays at 5:30" will be held at Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars on W. Lehigh Street. 
We hope to see more members and guests at our next First Thursdays on December 1.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
 
This week, our speaker is Sue Burnett presenting on her experience in Nicaragua.  Sue traveled to Nicaragua with Engineers Without Borders
and the Lehigh University Chapter of EWB to work on the project funded by our District Grant.
 
Mike Long has arranged for Morning Star Rotary to again take part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
We are asking that Rotarians volunteer to ring the bell for one or two hours.  Sign up sheets will be available at our meetings.
We will be at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday November 26th and at
Christkindlmarkt from 11 am to 8 pm Saturday December 3rd.
 
Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Saturday, January 7th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
Motivational Quote of the week:
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 11-15-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 06, 2016

 

 

We look forward to seeing you with family and friends at the Concert.

 

Concert chair Gary Hartney asks for your help to make this year's event a great success once again!

 

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Who?          

The Allentown Band will entertain Rotarians, friends, family, veterans, students and the general public

 

What?          

An excellent concert by the oldest municipal band in the country, featuring patriotic and related songs.

 

When?         

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 3:00 pm

 

Where?        

Northeast Middle School Auditorium

1170 Fernwood St., Bethlehem

(Parking very close, and easy access)

 

Why?         

To benefit Victory House of the Lehigh Valley and other Morning Star Rotary charities. Many of those served by Victory House are Veterans.

 

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How can you help?   

  • BUY (or sell) the TICKETS (or more!) which given to each member by chair Gary Hartney. Adult ticket price remains $10. (If you can't use yours, consider donating them for Victory House residents to attend.)
  • POST CONCERT FLYERS in grocery stores and anywhere else potential concert-goers might see them!
  • Help the day of the concert with taking tickets, ushering, etc. 
  • Enjoy the concert with family and friends!

The flyer is available in downloads on our homepage. Hard copies are also available at club meetings.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Hartney glhartney@aol.com

 

We hope to see you there.

 

Thank you!

Ron

"Salute the Troops" Concert Ron Searfoss 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 06, 2016
Some of us have wondered why we see only part of e-Bulletins we try to view in our smart phones or tablets.  
In most cases this is because your phone or tablet's email client only downloads part of the code in the message --
giving you enough to see if you want to continue downloading the whole message (if it's something you want to read) -- or discarding it (if you don't).
 
Here's how to ensure you can see the entire e-Bulletin:

1. Scroll down to the very bottom of the email where you should find a link from your email client asking if you want to download the whole message. Click that link and the entire e-Bulletin should download to your phone.

2. If your email client doesn't cooperate -- and sometimes it doesn't, there is a link at the top of every e-Bulletin, that says "Having troubles viewing this email?" If you click there, it will open the internet browser in your phone or tablet and take you to the bulletin.
 
Great guidance provided courtesy of Al Philpotts (Club Webmaster Downtown Rotary Club). 
 
Thank you Al!
Viewing Weekly e-Bulletins SmartPhones & Tablets Ron Searfoss 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 06, 2016
The Endowment Fund

When reflecting on our personal estates and the legacy we want to leave, have we thought about how much we can afford to give away?
 
The late Rotary Foundation Trustee Louis Piconi shared these inspiring remarks: “Rotarians of today are leaving a legacy to the children of the world when we, Rotary,
join our world partners in the celebration of the certification of the eradication of polio from the world. More importantly, and I do mean more importantly, is the fact that
the Rotarians of today and tomorrow have the opportunity to leave their own legacy of ‘doing good in the world’ for future educational and humanitarian service programs.
 
Do we dare dream that Rotarians of today not only make it a habit of making an annual contribution each and every year, but leave a percentage of their estate or a one-time significant gift to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund?

This should be the dream, goal and reality of all Rotarians. We need just look and see and feel and touch the wonderful programs and projects we are continually completing that help the world know a more humane society and a more peaceful world.”
Nov 7 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Nov 06, 2016
Our third "First Thursdays at 5:30" was held at Corked on Main Street, Bethlehem. Members again enjoyed fellowship. We hope to see more members and guests at our next First Thursdays on December 1.
Venue to be Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellars on W. Lehigh Street.
Please mark your calendars.
 
Mike Long has arranged for Morning Star Rotary to again take part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive during the Holiday Season.
We are asking that Rotarians volunteer to ring the bell for one or two hours.  Sign up sheets will be available at our meetings beginning on November 10th. 
We will be at the Moravian Book Shop from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday November 26th and at
Christkindlmarkt from 11 am to 8 pm Saturday December 3rd.
 
Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Saturday, January 7th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
Our speaker this week will be David Venditta. He is the author of Tragedy at Chu Lai. David thought his cousin Nicky had been killed in combat in Viet Nam.  He later discovered that his cousin was killed in a training accident.  David's talk will focus on how so many people are affected each time an American soldier dies.
 
Motivational Quote of the week:
 
 
 
Note -  please review your directory information, update! and notify Ron Searfoss of your completion. Thank you.
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 11-07-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 31, 2016
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 2, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Have YOU signed up yet for the Rotary Leadership Institute
Bucks County Community College Newtown PA 18940
Don't miss YOUR opportunity to expand your knowledge of Rotary this Fall at this Rotary Leadership Institute site near us!
 
 
Dear Rotarian
 
On November 12 we will have an RLI opportunity in ‘our own backyard!’
 
If you haven't done so already, NOW is the time to register for one of the wonderful RLI sessions scheduled next month.    
 
You will come back to your club more enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Rotary -- and ready to put what you have learned to the test. 
 
So, if you have taken Part I or Part II, why not register for the Rotary Leadership Institute for Part III
 
If you are new to Rotary, you can meet Rotarians from all over the Northeast and learn about how you can make a difference in your club, in your community and in the world through service projects and the Rotary Foundation. 
 
Even Faculty, RLI Officers and Site Chairs and RLI Graduates can expand their horizons by taking this year's Graduate Course on "Effective Public Speaking." Please check with the website to make sure the Graduate Course is being given at the location nearest you. This year's Graduate Class is on Effective Public Speaking.
 
If you would like more details or have questions please contact our own AG Janet Kolepp who is the District RLI chair.
 
Please check the website, as there may be other sites near your District  that you will find on the website at  www.rlinea.org..(If you don't see a site or date listed, please check our website)
 
Please note that the deadline to register is ten days before the RLI takes place.
Deadline to Register November 2, 2016
There must be at least eight people registered by that time for each class (six for Graduate Classes) in order to offer the course. 
 
Morning Star Rotary Club will reimburse the cost of registration for you to attend.
 
 
201-446-1814
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 11-12-16 Ron Searfoss 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Oct 31, 2016
Special thanks to President-Elect Cheryl Baker for filling-in for me while on a much needed vacation. Thank You!
 
Our last meeting provided the opportunity to hear from a special group of Nursing professionals from Queensland, Australia. Our Morning Star Rotarian, Dr. Janet Sipple, has made many visits to her colleagues in Australia to help build effective programs to serve the needs of their people.
 
Dr. Janet Sipple, Celie Volp, PE Cheryl Baker, Kym Volp, Donna Cooper & Janet Rankin  
 
Kym Volp gave an excellent presentation on Australia, living in the ‘bush’ and the Nursing profession there.
The following summary portrays a picture quite different from that in the USA.
 
These are Queensland nurses…first principle in the idea of the Professional Nurse..is that nursing IS POLITICAL … it is about a group of people holding particular views and beliefs about something… with a mission… and having to work in conditions where resources are LIMITED … THAT IS, compete for resources … this picture is political.   Where we have beliefs and values…where we have a social mission and we’re not prepared to stand up for what we believe in (…then we FALL... And fall for ‘anything’)...THAT is political.  Whatever domain of practice… direct patient care, research, management, executive leadership, teaching even… these are political acts of agency as professional nurses and we must be aware of that.. And aware that not everyone shares the same values…and that we often need to defend what we stand for.. And compete in the bigger world of differential power and influence distribution… we have to be a voice amongst other voices… THIS is political. If we don’t get that from the outset, we limit ourselves, our practice, and our profession.  All of these nurses are political agents in their own sphere of practice influence. The Professional Nurse (in Australia)
.social agent
.political agent
.values based
.resource intensive
.influential
In fidelity with “being A little revolutionary” . . . .
 Power - large “P” …. Small ‘p’ politics …
 
REMINDER:  This week our First Thursdays @ 5:30 meeting will be at Corked located at 515 Main Street, Bethlehem.  It is a great opportunity to introduce friends, co-workers & neighbors to Rotary.  There will not be a morning meeting this Thursday.  Hope to see everyone there.
 
Motivational Quote of the week:
 
"It is important to value the individual to have good health, a loving family, and good relationships, to have community ties; leisure pursuits. These are all part of our lives. It is important to keep all of our parts in working order."  (from the website Australian Inspiration)
Helen Lynch, female company director credited w/helping to shatter Australia's glass ceiling.
 
 
If you have not done so already, please review your directory information, update! and notify Ron Searfoss of your completion. Thank you. 2nd Request!
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 11-01-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 31, 2016
 
 
Thanksgiving Luncheon
Hosted by Rotary Club of Bethlehem
 
When:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - WEDNESDAY!
            11:30 am  Sign In, Network and Fellowship
            12:00 pm  Thanksgiving Fare Buffet
            12:30 pm  Program – see below
 
Where:  Moravian Village
 
Cost:     $20 (includes $5 for Polio Plus)
             Cash, or check payable to Rotary Club of Bethlehem
 
Speaker:  Jan Musser-Geier
                Outreach & Marketing Coordinator for the Salvation Army Foster Care & Adoption Services
 
 
 
Note: Morning Star Rotary will still conduct its regular meeting on Nov. 17
JOINT THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON Ron Searfoss 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 31, 2016
The programs of The Rotary Foundation

When the Foundation’s founder Arch C Klumph said:

“The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone. If we work upon marble, it will perish;
if we work on brass, time will efface it….but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary,
we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity. "

The educational, humanitarian and PolioPlus Programs are the monuments of the Rotary Foundation and Rotarians should be proud to yell it from the roof tops.
We will eradicate polio, hunger and poverty. We will help the world find peace.
By supporting the Rotary Foundation with an annual gift you help build these immortal monuments of Rotary.
Nov 1 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 31, 2016
 
D7430 FOUNDATION SEMINAR October 29th
 
The Foundation Seminar was held at the Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell as planned.
Inclusive of a full and comprehensive agenda, Chair PDG Doug Cook and his staff imparted a wealth
of knowledge regarding The Rotary Foundation. It has become abundantly clear, especially to me,
The Rotary Foundation is truly THE FOUNDATION FOR ROTARY - at the club level, the area, the district
all over the world.
We have much more to learn as Rotarians as we grasp the full impact of TRF in helping us serve others!
 
Morning Star Rotary was very well represented by attendees: AG Janet Kolepp, PE Cheryl Baker, Foundation
Chair PP Susan Burnett, Foundation Committeeman Steve Bajan, and PPs Jean & Ron Searfoss.
 
Remember, when you get a chance, step outside your Rotary Club box...
you are part of a wonderful global organization!
 
See Rotary Leadership Institute opportunity below!
 
 
 
 
 
 
D7430 FOUNDATION SEMINAR SUCCESS! Ron Searfoss 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 23, 2016
 
We are this close! Join the Rotary global community as we stream our World Polio Day 2016 celebration from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
TODAY 24 October, tune in at endpolio.org 6PM EDT to follow and join the global conversation on social media.
 
The event brings together the biggest names in the global fight to eradicate polio.
 
WATCH LIVE on Endpolio.org at 6 pm!
 
 
WORLD POLIO DAY OCT 24, 2016 Ron Searfoss 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 23, 2016
Why we support our Foundation

Every minute of every day someone’s life is being improved by our Rotary Foundation. Rotary clubs on every continent are working to improve the living conditions and health of their fellow citizens. Rotarians like you and me can make a difference by continually supporting our Foundation and the Annual Fund. As Rotarians we determine where funds are allocated through District Designated Funds, which we can use for local or international projects. When we contribute to our Foundation we are promoting worldwide Peace and Understanding.
 
Only if Every Rotarian Every Year makes a gift to the Annual Fund we will be able to continue to do the great work of The Rotary Foundation.
Oct 24 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Oct 17, 2016
Last week we had the pleasure of Rotarian Marianne Aronson enlightening us on her personal passion..Tea.  Marianne’s love of tea began at the World Fair in New York.  In the 90’s she started to try teas from around the world.  Tea is the 2nd most consumed drink in the world following water.  There are 4 types of tea: White, Black, Oolong and Green.  Black Tea has less than 50% of the caffeine of coffee.  Tea is grown on 6 continents and in 55 countries.  Top producers of tea are China, India, Sri-Lanka, Indonesia, Turkey, Vietnam and Kenya.  Thank you Marianne for sharing your knowledge with us.
 
Stephen Kazar was inducted as our newest member.  On behalf of the club, I would like to welcome Stephen to Morning Star Rotary.
 
 
This year due to a change of ownership ( ESSROC) did not participate in the Celtic Classic Race.  Although the race was a great success, we will net less than previous years.  To be able to continue the work that we do, I ask that every member make a special effort to obtain advertising sponsorships for Salute the Troops.  All advertisements must be received by Thursday, Oct. 27th. 
 
This week our speaker will be Kim Harper from the Bethlehem area School District. She will address the Dictionary Project and why these dictionaries mean so much to 3rd Graders, especially in these times of the internet and digital communications.
 
The Nominating Committee is identifying candidates for the Board of Directors and Officers. Anyone wishing to step up to a leadership role in helping the Club progress, please contact any committee member. You will enrich the club and your own experiences as a Rotarian. Besides, we have FUN!
 
Note - Chuck Uhl, one of our favorite Rotarians, has changed his email address to chuckuhl@rcn.com.
 
Keep alert for an email update reminder requesting all of us to review our directory information and update!
 
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 10-18-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 17, 2016
Being a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

What can you get for US$100 dollars these days? A pair of shoes, a nice dinner for
two or a stove for a needy family in rural Guatemala, A contribution of US$100 to
the Annual Fund will make you a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation but
it also provides life-changing opportunities for those in need.

When you choose to support our Rotary Foundation you are making a difference in
two ways: you are changing lives and you are literally saving lives.
 
What an amazing thing to be able to say!
Oct 18 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 02, 2016
This is a 7430 District Event. So far there are 26 Rotary Clubs sponsoring the event. Please join us to raise funds to !!!!!
 
Join with the Pennsylvania Polio Survivor’s Network as we participate in the Purple Pinkie Run/Walk.  Polio Survivors all over the globe are truly grateful to the efforts of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate this terrible disease.  80% + of Polio survivors are affected not once but twice from the effects of this disease.  Post-Polio Syndrome disables us once again as our muscles lose additional strength as a result of the damage done by the original illness.  We are hoping to meet Rotarians from all over the district on October 22nd, and say “Thank You”.  To learn more about the Pennsylvania Polio Survivors Network, click on the following link:http://www.papolionetwork.org/end-polio-now-rotary-international.html
 
Every Dollar Raised will be TRIPLED by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
 
You don’t need to run to participate.  Most people walk!  It will be a fun event.  Bring your family and friends.  We will have awards for the race winners and also many drawings for door prizes, so both runners and walkers will be winners.  We will also have great food! 
 
The cost is $30 ($25 if under 18) (tech T-shirt only while supplies last).  Come on out and have a great time for a great cause!
 
Special prize basket for largest group running or walking together: Interact Clubs, Rotary Clubs, families, other organizations, Engineers without Borders, sports teams.  If you have the largest number of folks walking or running in the Purple Pinkie on Oct. 22 you will receive a special prize basket for all to share!  Those who walk or run together will eliminate Polio together! 
 
Make a donation to Polio Plus: If you can’t attend that day, you can make a donation to Polio Plus by mailing it in with the attached registration form.  Just fill in the additional donation amount, note that you are not attending, and mail the check and form as described on the form.   All donations from Rotarians to the race will be credited directly to their Rotary Foundation account for Paul Harris Fellow credit.
 
We are planning to have a polio survivor who has Post-Polio Syndrome, talk about living with the results of having had Polio.  She will focus on the importance of the world-wide commitment by Rotary International to eradicate this terrible disease.
 
To sign up for the race, or learn more, visit the website at www.purplepinkie.net.   You can either register online or mail in the attached registration form. 
 
Questions: E-mail the Race Director Herb Klotz, at herbk@ptd.net .
 
Without question, the one thing we ALL share is the prayer that with world-wide vaccination, death and disability from the Polio Virus will soon be gone . . . Forever.
 
 
Purple Pinkie Polio Race Ron Searfoss 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Oct 02, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Kym Volp, MBA, B.Ed, RN, will be the honored lecturer at the 10th Annual Janet A. Sipple Lectureship to be held on Wednesday October 19, 2016, at Moravian College’s Foy Hall, starting at 5:00PM. 
 
Kym works in acute public hospital service management  (Toowoomba, Queensland) and in clinical governance consultancy (Australia-wide) with the country’s premier health service accreditation agency. 
 
Kym will discuss “Nursing on the Frontline in Australia.”  Kym’s roles sustain her currency in professional practice, health system safety applications, health policies and leadership development.
 
We hope that you will be able to attend and support this event!
 
Please advise Ron Searfoss of your plans to attend. As is our custom, we would invite you to fellowship with Rotarians following the event – tentative location The Brick.
10th Annual Sipple Lecture Ron Searfoss 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 25, 2016
From PDG Doug Cook
D7430 FOUNDATION SEMINAR October 29th
 
MORNING STAR WILL REIMBURSE YOUR TUITION UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE SEMINAR!
 
Dear Rotarian,
 
If you have already registered for the Foundation Seminar thank you.  
 
For everyone else, what's the hold up?  The time is now! Get outside the box! ed.
 
We will have a polio update, why growing the annual fund is critical for our district, Breakout sessions include:
Applying for a District Grant,
Applying for a Global Grant,
Engaging support from new members of the annual fund
How to leave support for the Foundation in your will or estate
How to make sure a grant is sustainable
Many other educational sessions.  
 
Terry Reed will talk to us about how participating in a grant can supercharge your Rotary experience.  
 
Did I mention continental breakfast and lunch are included?  They are.
 
We will end the day with Grant Management Training.  This is a requirement to apply for grants.  
 
Register today so you do not miss out. Click this link and sign up.
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/-district-7430-rotary-foundation-seminar-tickets-27656220500
Thanks for all you do for Rotary
Doug
DG 2015 - 2016
District Foundation Chair 2016-19
 
OCTOBER 29th

Location: Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell.

Starting at 8:30 am with registration beginning at 7:30 am. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

The sessions are designed to be informational, practical and inspirational. A wonderful Rotary educational opportunity 'outside your club box'

Grant Management Training will follow lunch and go until 3pm.

It is important that Each Club be represented. Foundation Chairs, Club Presidents, Presidents-elect, officers and new members should plan to attend and learn how critical The Rotary Foundation is to the work we do and how it can help your club and members achieve their dreams.
 
NOTE: MORNING STAR WILL REIMBURSE YOUR TUITION UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE SEMINAR!
 
 
D7430 FOUNDATION SEMINAR Ron Searfoss 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 25, 2016
The Rotary Foundation
 
Would you like to know what The Rotary Foundation is all about? Perhaps it can be captured in this Paul Harris statement, “When an individual, a sect, a clique or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, he or they simply do not know the objects of their hatred. Ignorance is at the bottom of it.”

All of our programs such as Vocational Training Teams, scholarships, global grants and district grants are directed at that ignorance. The Rotary Foundation was started “to do good in the world” and the result is to reduce the hatred that Paul Harris spoke about.

When you give to The Rotary Foundation you work towards a more peaceful world.
Sep 26 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 19, 2016
A Rotary World Peace Fellow at work on the frontlines

Izabela Pereira, a 2007 graduate of the Rotary Center for International Studies at Universidad del Salvador in Argentina, helped monitor Nicaragua’s recent election as part of an Organization of American States (OAS) mission to the country.
Izabela says her experience as a Rotary World Peace Fellow and an OAS observer gave her a firsthand understanding of how democracy is being promoted and strengthened in Nicaragua.
 
She has also conducted fieldwork in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire for the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Izabela is one of hundreds of Rotary World Peace Fellows who have received the training and field experience necessary to work for lasting peace and stability throughout the world.
Sep 20 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 12, 2016
District Grants
 
 
District Grants allow Rotary clubs to identify, plan, and fund worthy projects in their
own communities or internationally.
 
Grants can fund improvements such as kitchen equipment for a food pantry, assistance for after-school programs,
dictionaries or encyclopedias for primary school children, or renovations to a playground.
 
The more we contribute to our Foundation’s Annual Fund, the more opportunities and
funding we will have for such projects.

The Rotary Foundation allows us to “do good in the world” here in our own
community, as well as internationally.
Sep 13 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Sep 12, 2016
Jayne Recker, Executive Director of the Celtic Cultural Alliance joined us and updated our club on the upcoming Celtic Classic festival on September 23-25.  Since 1998 Celtic Cultural Alliance has been hosting the Celtic classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem each September.  This internationally known celebration of all things Celtic has been the foundation upon which CCA has been built.  Jayne offered ideas of how our Celtic Classic race can be promoted and stressed how CCA seeks to be a community partner supporting local agencies.  We look forward to a successful Race and Festival this year.
 
 
This week’s meeting is our annual Race Bag Stuffing.  The Race is fast approaching on September 24th.   Everyone’s support is needed to make this major fundraising event successful.  PLEASE COME EARLY!
 
'Bag Stuffing' for Our 26th Anniversary 5K/10K race on September 15th at our regular meeting. The more hands, the faster we will be done!
 
I had the distinct pleasure of inducting  a new Morning Star Rotary member at our meeting. Please be sure to welcome and introduce yourself to our newest member, Josh Mrozinski .Josh is a technical writer by profession and will prove to be a very engaged Rotarian.  Welcome Josh!
 
 
 
 
Race Committee Chair, Wayne Achey, asks all MSR Rotarians to help in getting sponsors and prizes for the race. We still need gift certificates, raffle prizes, etc. A Volunteer Sign-Up sheet will circulate during the meeting for the race itself on Saturday, September 24th. Registration opens at 6:30 am, with the race starting promptly at 8:00 and Awards Ceremony & Raffle Prize Giveaway at 9:30. “All Hands on Deck” - this is open to family, friends, students (community service anyone?) etc. Many people will be needed to ensure the success of this major event. (Even if not signed up in advance, please come to help!) Sponsorship info/form is available in the Downloads section at www.morningstarrotary.org with no sign-in needed. Please reach out to businesses, organizations, friends, family and colleagues.
 
Motivational Quote of the week: 
 
 
Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse and power to bless. 
 
Paul Harris
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 9-13-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Sep 06, 2016
We kicked off our first “First Thursdays @ 5:30” at SteelGaarden at Bethlehem Brew Works on September 1st.  It was a great evening of fellowship. 
We introduced guests to Rotary and had the opportunity to catch up with our fellow Rotarians in a relaxed setting.
Next month First Thursdays @ 5:30 is tentatively scheduled at Blue on the patio on October 6th.  Details to follow.
 
This week’s meeting
The 26th Morning Star Celtic Classic Race is fast approaching on Saturday, September 24thJayne Ann M. Recker, Executive Director of the Celtic Cultural Alliance is our speaker this week.
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'Bag Stuffing' for Our 26th Anniversary 5K/10K race is on September 15th at our regular meeting.
 
 
Race Committee Chair, Wayne Achey, asks all MSR Rotarians to help in getting sponsors and prizes for the race. We still need gift certificates, raffle prizes, etc. A Volunteer Sign-Up sheet will circulate during the meeting for the race itself on Saturday, September 24th. Registration opens at 6:30 am, with the race starting promptly at 8:00 and Awards Ceremony & Raffle Prize Giveaway at 9:30. “All Hands on Deck” - this is open to family, friends, students (community service anyone?) etc. Many people will be needed to ensure the success of this major event. (Even if not signed up in advance, please come to help!) Sponsorship info/form is available in the Downloads section at www.morningstarrotary.org with no sign-in needed. Please reach out to businesses, organizations, friends, family and colleagues.
 
Motivational Quote of the week: 
 
 There are no strangers here; Only friends that you haven’t met yet. 
 
William Butler Yeats 
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 9-7-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Sep 06, 2016
Every Rotarian, Every Year

Every minute of every day someone’s life is being improved by our Rotary
Foundation.
 
Wells are being dug in India, blind children are using Braille
typewriters in Brazil, toilets are part of improved sanitation in Sri Lanka, and dental
treatment is available to the needy in Nicaragua.
 
In a world where the divide between the haves and have-nots is growing,
we as Rotarians must do our part and “do good in the world.”

Contributions from every Rotarian to the Annual Fund every year are critical to
making a difference in our world.
Sep 7 Weekly Foundation Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Aug 28, 2016
PolioPlus

When Rotary launched the PolioPlus program in 1985, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries. Since 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased 99 percent. As of 2013, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort totaled $1.2 billion. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for Rotary’s leadership and vision.

What a wonderful legacy we are leaving to the children of the world. Goodbye Polio. Thank you, Rotary.
Aug. 29 Weekly Thoughts Ron Searfoss 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Aug 28, 2016
We had the opportunity to get to know new Rotarian, Billy Weber, better this week as he did his classification talk. 
 
 
Billy was born in Italy and raved about the food and friendliness there.  He is currently a Financial Advisor in the Lehigh Valley.  Billy is a member of the band Another Lousy Cover Band.  He is also a Freemason and was introduced to Rotary by Tom Bailey.  He joined Rotary because he enjoys getting to know people while serving the community.  Billy has been extremely helpful in organizing our First Thursdays @ 5:30 meetings. 
 
This week’s meeting
This week is our first “First Thursdays @ 5:30” at SteelGaarden at Bethlehem Brew Works located at 569 Main Street, Bethlehem. 
 
 
Please invite a friend, co-worker or client to come out and learn more about Rotary.  There will be $10 fee to cover appetizers and a Cash Bar.  Prospective members will be a guest of the club. 
 
There will be no morning meeting on Thursday, September 1. 
 
Motivational Quote of the week: 
Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Mead
 
 
President Sharon, Rotary Serving Humanity
 
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President's Message 8-29-16 Sharon Fontana 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Aug 15, 2016
The Founder of The Rotary Foundation, Arch C. Klumph.

A member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Arch C. Klumph served as the
RI president in the 1913-14 Rotary year. In 1917, Klumph declared that “we should
accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable,
educational, and other avenues of community service.” His vision and a contribution
of US$26.50 left over from the RI Convention helped to establish the charitable and
humanitarian arm of our organization, The Rotary Foundation.
Due to the hard work and generosity of Rotarians worldwide, The Rotary
Foundation has improved lives for nearly 100 years. With ongoing financial support,
our Foundation will continue to carry on Klumph’s dream well into our second
century of service.
WEEKLY THOUGHTS - THE ROTARY FOUNDATION Ron Searfoss 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Aug 15, 2016
What is The Rotary Foundation?

The Rotary Foundation is the economic engine for Rotary International. It is a non-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary who share its vision of a better world. Its sole mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. We accomplish that through our local and international humanitarian and educational programs.
Weekly Thoughts - The Rotary Foundation Ron Searfoss 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jul 31, 2016
Addiction Advocate Bob Bedford informed the club that the Opioid Crisis is the #1 Healthcare issue facing our nation.  After recovering from alcohol addiction, he returned to school to further his education so he could help others. As a State of Pennsylvania Certified Recovery Specialist, Bob has more than 16 years of experience in the treatment of addiction and relapse prevention education. 
 
 
  
 
In 2015 he founded Stepping Stone Recovery Foundation with a mission to dispel the myths about addiction and recovery residences and to fight discrimination against people suffering from addiction.  He is further working to neutralize the stigma that prevents families and people with addictions from seeking treatment.  Our society’s treatment of addicts and their families often is a deterrent to seeking help.  6-9 month programs in a Recovery House have an 80% recover rate.  The number one obstacle is the Not in My Backyard mindset of many communities.
 
Thank you to Ron Helmuth and Bob Bedford for enlightening the club on this crisis in our community and country.
 
The Motivational Quote of the week is:
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.  – Abraham Lincoln
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
 
This Thursday,
John D. Hoffman of Willow Brook Farms
The Real West in the East
 
 
Thanks to Past Pres. Ron, who will lead the meeting this week as I will be away.
 

Hope you have a great week,
Pres. Sharon
  
 

 
President's Message Aug. 1 Sharon Fontana 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jul 24, 2016
Rotary International President John F Germ has chosen the 2016-17 themeRotary Serving Humanity”Before looking to the year ahead, let’s take a look at the 2015-16 Year as reviewed at the club meeting on July 21.  MSR raised over $47,000 at the 5K/10K, Salute the Troops Concert, Spaghetti Dinner and joint club Golf Tournament.  Direct recipients & grant recipients received over $36,000, including Special Olympics, Victory House, Northeast Middle School Band/Chorus, and the Bridges Foundation.  Service projects included Bethlehem Emergency Shelter dinners, Bike Works, Equilibrium, Dictionary Project, Camp Neidig, Four Way Test Speech and a District Grant for a water project in Nicaragua.  $4,000 was given to Rotary International and we achieved 100% Foundation Giving Club for a second year in a row.  We volunteered for Salvation Army bell ringing & at Celtic Classic.  There is a lot to be proud of as we reflect on the many lives that we have touched in 2016-17. (Please see Past Pres. Ron's recap of the year below.)
 
In the 2016-17 year our objectives are to Strengthen Our Club, Enhance Public Image and Awareness and Focus & Increase Humanitarian Service.  In the first Board Meeting of the Rotary year, it was decided to start our First Thursday meetings after work (tentatively 5:30 pm) in September, budget for dues assistance & membership development.  Increase our presence on Social Media and participate at Chamber events.  4 Bethlehem Emergency Shelter dinners are being planned, a joint club project- Outreach, the new Tore & Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen Grant & a new Community Service Committee. 
 
It will be an exciting year of maintaining Morning Star Rotary’s great traditions while we embark on creating new traditions that will enable us to grow and continue the amazing work that we do both locally and globally.
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
 
This Thursday,
Robert Bedford will speak to us about The Opioid Crisis in the US.
 

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Pres. Sharon
  
 

 
President's Message July 25 Sharon Fontana 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jul 24, 2016

The following is the promised report on our goals and achievements during the past Rotary year. Basically it follows the flow from RI goals through District to the club level. Detail information is available to all members by accessing RI Club Central.
 
Active Membership
We lost Rafael de la Hoz, Todd Heft and Mary Diggs in the first half, and Tom Mohr became an Honorary Member in January. As a direct result of the failure of our state government to meet its budgetary responsibilities in a timely fashion, we lost Iryna Levytska and Alex Shnaydruk as funding for Alex’s position was not renewed on time and they were forced to return to Ukraine.
 
On a positive note, we welcomed three wonderful Rotarians: Bernie Gardiner, John Oesmann, and Billy Weber into the club. John was a record setter in going all in even before officially a member. Bernie and Billy are both becoming fully engaged.
 
The ratio of Male vs Female remains at 59% Male and 41% Female. A plus is that Billy really helps the age demographic!
 
Rotarian Engagement of Members (participating in club service and social activities) encompassed nearly 100% of the membership. We had solid representation at District Conference, District Assembly and PETS. We have a growing number of members in district roles.
 
Club Communication
We exceeded goals in social activities outside of club meetings, number of communications distributed per month and expanded our online presence. We have initiated a Strategic Plan process and achieved buy in of the plan by the Board.  We have a Strategic Planning Committee with primary personnel being the immediate 3 past presidents and the incoming president and the future two presidents. First phase of defining the MSR Mission was created by the Board and presented to the club at Club Assembly as a draft with request for ideas and input!  The process is totally transparent in seeking membership participation and buy in by the full membership. As initiator of this project and immediate past president, I was asked to chair the process.  We view the Strategic Plan to be a living, breathing resource we are guided by, and will review and update annually and more often if needed.
 
Public Relations
We are consistently updating our website and social media accounts. To strengthen our mission to tell our story and grow the membership we joined the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce in a non-profit classification. Major objectives are new member recruitment (very active young professionals group); getting the word out there about Rotary who, what, where when and the why we are so great. Many, many opportunities for exposure – there are nearly 6,000 members across the LV! As Chair of the Communications group we will continue to increase our engagement with chamber members and the myriad of events which will allow us exposure, partnership opportunities and growth. This is seen as being of benefit to all Rotary clubs in the Lehigh Valley as we spread the word! A really great thing is access to the Chamber resources and communications and most often they can be done for free.
 
Now the fun stuff!
 
Operating Account
Income from Dues, 50/50, Happy Dollars, etc. totaled $15,847 or $1,188 below budget. RI Dues, RI Magazine and District Dues at $6,574 were within $100 of budget. Club and Committee Expenses totaled $6,730, or $5,195 favorable. $2,700 of the variance resulted from not having an Inbound Exchange student. Other significant favorable variances (>$500 each) resulted from New Member Dinners $500, no Rotary Road Signs $600, and lower Seminars and Training $541. Bottom line, Net Income was $2,406 compared to a budgeted Net Operating Loss of ($1,693) or $3,970 favorable.
 
Charitable Account
Our Fundraising events were quite successful this year.
Event: Primary Recipient, Available for Other Grants     
5K/10K: $8,000 Special Olympics, $6,032 for Other
Salute the Troops: $10,500 Victory House & Band, $6,841 for Other
Spaghetti Dinner: $1,378 for Other
Golf Tournament 2016*: $ 10,000 Bridges Foundation
   *Partner with Downtown RC (data to be finalized),
   net $2,500 to each club*
 
Other Grants, Net Expense
District Grant - Bethlehem Bike Works: $ 1,500                      
Community Dev. 5 @ $1,000 to $2,500 each:    $ 8,000
Dictionary Project: $ 2,520
International:
   Polio Plus    $ 1,500
   Rotaplast    $ 1,500
   Shelter Box  $ 1,000          
                       
A very successful year! Net Income of $1,237 for the year was achieved – $9,337 favorable compared with budgeted Net Expense of ($8,100). The Charitable Account carryover into 2016-17 is of $13,061.
 
Service Projects
  • Club Hunger Project – in February and March MSR began providing dinner one Thursday night per month for the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter in Bethlehem. We brought food per a menu, setup, prepared, served and cleaned up. Served 40 “guests” each time. Our Board has approved funding to complete this project on an on-going basis next December through March when the shelter is open.  Very needed and great hands-on with members. Wonderful fellowship!
  • Bike Works – collected 15 bikes and delivered to Bike Works (District Grant Equity portion).
  • Equi~Librium – Vocational project - preparation and painting of a horse corral
  • Dictionary Project – made presentations and distributed dictionaries to over 800 Third Grade Students
  • Camp Neidig – sponsored 4 students from local high schools at Rotary Youth Leadership camp
  • 4 Way Test Speech Contest – partnered with Downtown RC to conduct competition and send a candidate to the regional competition.
  • District Grant for Water Project in Nicaragua with Lehigh University Engineers Without Borders. Will be completed in August 2016, and our own Susan Burnett will be the Rotary representative.
 
The Rotary Foundation
For the second year in a row, we were able to achieve 100% Participation of Active Members contributing to the Rotary Foundation! As a club, we attained $8,756, and exceeded our 2015-16 Rotary Foundation Annual Fund contribution goal by $2,756. (The upcoming year will be challenging, with extra goals as The Rotary Foundation celebrates its 100th Anniversary.) We also exceeded our goal of $1,500 to Polio Plus from the club, aided by added leverage generated by participation in the Purple Pinkie Annual Run at LCC.
 
Two more club members achieved their Paul Harris Fellow awards. Six club members became Endowment Fund Benefactors as part of District 7430's Million Dollar Journey. ($2.5+ Million success!)
 
And More …
We had a wide diversity of Programs throughout the year, thanks to PE Fontana and the Program Committee. Further details on the 2015-16 programs are available on our website under downloads. Review of this information may stimulate ideas for new programs going forward.
 
Actions and planning were put in place to welcome our new incoming Exchange Student next month. The Bakers will graciously be the first host family.
 
There were many opportunities for celebrating fellowship and working ‘hands on’ with fellow Rotarians.
 
I am sure I missed something, but I just want to say ‘thank you’ for all your efforts in making my year of stewardship for our club a success. We have made significant progress and I know we will all look forward to giving President Sharon our fully engaged energy and support.
 
Thank you!
Past President Ron
 
 
  

 
The Year in Review 2015-16 Ron Searfoss 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jul 17, 2016
On June 17th- 20th, 151 high school students attended Camp Neidig.  “To see change, you need to BE the CHANGE”, Charlie Incalcaterra (District Co-Chair of Camp Neidig) stated in his closing remarks to the Campers.  He asked the young leaders to look around and see a problem and invent the solution – BE the CHANGE Rick Morrissey discussed how he works with the local high schools to identify young leaders that would benefit from the opportunity to attend Camp Neidig.  Jovi Rodriguez was one of the four students sponsored by Morning Star Rotary this year.  He shared how the program gave him an entirely different perspective on leadership.  Upon arrival, Jovi thought that being a leader meant taking charge.  He left Camp Neidig understanding that a leader knows when to listen, and when to let others step up.  The experience allowed him to meet and develop friendships with different types of people who he may not have crossed paths with otherwise. 
 
Camp Neidig is celebrating 67 years of inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.   I am proud that MSR supports this amazing program!
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
 
This Thursday, I will review our club's budget and plans for the year ahead.  It will be a year of maintaining MSR’s great traditions with new ideas on Strengthening Our Club, Enhancing Public Image and Awareness, and  Increasing Humanitarian Service. 
 

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Pres. Sharon
  
 

 
President's Message July 18 Sharon Fontana 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jul 10, 2016
President Elect Kristian Schafer facilitated a discussion on topics for programs in the Rotary year ahead
  
 
As Program Chair, Kristian wants to ensure that the programs are on topics that are of interest to the members and potential members of the Club. 
Ideas presented included:
Chamber events and committees
Short Reclassification Talks
Ben Franklin Companies
Fun Programs (invite kids, go out and do something outside)
Focus on High School and College Students
Global Programs
Speakers should share their passion for serving or working for an agency
Bethlehem Library
Cops N Kids presentation
Local Businesses
Kristian is going to review the surveys and identify the topics that seem to be of most interest to the group.   We all can look forward to an interesting year of programs.
 

 
Kick Out Party was great!
A great time was had by all at the Kick Out party this past Saturday.  
 
Even the weather cooperated as we thanked Past President Ron (aka Santa) for his year of service.  Thank you to Kristian & Stephanie Schafer for opening up their beautiful home to us, and for providing terrific, live classic rock by The Acoustic Project!
 
(Also a special thanks to President Sharon for coordinating a fine event. Thank you, Past Pres. Ron)
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
 
Please join us this Thursday for an annual treat - we will hear from one of the students we sponsored to Camp Neidig last month!
In addition Charlie Incalcaterra and Rick Morrissey will provide some info about this camp - our district's Rotary Youth Leadership event.
 

Hope to see you on Thursday,
Pres. Sharon
  
 

 
President's Message July 11 Sharon Fontana 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Jul 04, 2016
Just a few people still need to pay dues. If you have not yet done so, please give your check to Treasurer Jean Searfoss, or mail it to her at 1409 Bogie Ave., Wescosville, PA 18106. Alternative: you can pay with a credit card via a link on our website - under Site Pages on the left side of our home page, click Pay Dues Online Here. Note: A small fee is added to cover the processing costs we are charged.
 
If you need another copy of the notice, please contact jsearfoss@cementemployers.com. Your prompt cooperation will reduce the follow-up time needed, and be much appreciated. Please be "fair to all concerned" - we need to pay Rotary International very soon. Thanks!

Dues are (Past) Due Jean Searfoss 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jul 04, 2016

Presidential Theme

2016-17: Rotary Serving Humanity

Presidential Theme 2016-17
RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY - 2016-17 RI THEME Ron Searfoss 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristian Schafer on Jul 04, 2016

 

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Please join us starting at 2:00 PM

At the home of Kristian Schafer & Family

2334 Coventry Court, Emmaus, PA, 18049 (near Limeport)

If you didn't sign up at last week's meeting, please RSVP to Kristian Schafer <theincredibledad@hotmail.com> or Sharon Fontana msrsfontana@gmail.com

(But if you don't RSVP and find you can attend, please come anyway!)

Directions can be provided if needed.  Start time is 2 pm, ending time is open :-) 

The club will provide burgers & dogs, soft drinks, beer and cake.

Please bring an appetizer or side dish ...  and your swim suits if you'd like!

Kids are welcome, nanas are welcome, the more the merrier!

... and if the weather cooperates, we can do an evening bonfire as well topped off with some homemade s'mores! 

 

KICKOUT PARTY THIS SATURDAY!!! Kristian Schafer 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Fontana on Jul 04, 2016
Since June 30 was both my final program as Program Chair and my first program as President, I will call this program “Presidents Choice”.  Our own resident wine expert, Tom Bailey introduced our speaker Bob Hale, President of the Northampton Chapter of the American Wine Society to speak on “The World of Wine”
 
  
 
Bob opened his presentation with Rule 1: "Only you know what you like."  He offered great tips on how to extend the life of your wine by pumping out the air and sealing the bottle and that red wines should be finished in 2 days from opening the bottle.  He suggested that when visiting the wine regions you should look for the wineries that produce the wines you like and inquire about tours or barrel tastings.  The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has many great wineries to visit.  He recommended Central Wine Merchants and WTSO.com as great places to purchase good wines.  Bob and his wife will be offering Wine and Food courses at Northampton Community College on Nov. 3rd & 10th.
 

This Week’s Meeting
 
This Thursday, our President Elect and Program Chair Kristian Schafer will lead a discussion on suggestions for programs in the year ahead. 
Please think of interesting topics and people and let’s assist Kristian in organizing programs that are educational, interesting and inspiring.
 

Hope you had a Happy 4th!!!
Pres. Sharon
 
  

 
President's Message July 5 Sharon Fontana 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Achey on Jun 27, 2016
 
 
As preparations for our 2016 Rotary Celtic Classic 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run on September 24 get into full swing, the committee will be meeting weekly before the regular club meeting. Members of the Race Committee, plus anyone interested in helping with preparations, are invited to join us at 7 am each Thursday morning at Moravian Village.  Hope to see you there!
 
PLEASE GET ALL RACE SPONSORS' MATERIALS TO AN MSR MEMBER OR BRING TO THE MORAVIAN VILLAGE BY SEPTEMBER 15TH.
 
WE WILL BE PUTTING THE RACE SPONSOR BAGS TOGETHER AT THIS MEETING.
 
Weekly Meetings for Race Wayne Achey 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 27, 2016
MSR Changeover Celebration!
 
Our regular meeting on June 23 was a celebration of Morning Star Rotary with a great deal of Thanks! 
 
A Thank You went out to all the Committee Chairs who worked diligently to accomplish their objectives for the year.
 
A Very Special Thank You to Butch Macri in appreciation of the 20+ years of very successful dedication to making the Golf Tournaments a success!
 
Thank you to the Directors whose term ends 6-30-16:
Wayne Achey, Cheryl Baker, Jan Chicka and Jess Elliott
 
Thank you to the Directors whose term ends 6-30-17:
Dave Cincera, Jeff Kicska, Robin Metzler and Geoff Wright
 
Thank you & Welcome to our new Directors whose term starts 7-1-16 and ends 6-30-18:
Marianne Aronson, Janet Kolepp, Rick Morrissey and Jon Oesmann
 
Thank you to Past President Tom Kolepp for all his help and support.
 
A very special thank you to Retiring Treasurer Sue Reeps, who jumped in as Treasurer after barely becoming a Morning Star Rotarian. Everyone has been thankful for the sanity you brought to the club financials!
 
Secretary Val Walk, thank you for being so professional and dependable.
 
These two Rotarians, Sue and Val, are the backbone in our structure, i.e. they kept me out of trouble!
 
Thank you Incoming Treasurer Jean Searfoss for stepping up for MSR.
 
Cheryl Baker moves from the Board to Vice President in the line of succession.  Thank you – no good deed goes unpunished.
 
Thanks to VP Kristian Schafer for his fine efforts this year. You are rewarded by now becoming the President – Elect.
 
One final Thank You to all the members of Morning Star