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UPCOMING EVENTS REMINDERS!!!
 
2017 CELTIC CLASSIC 5K/10K SEP 23
 
Race Committee REQUESTS YOUR HELP
 
Bring to the RACE:
 
Plastic Bins to hold ice and bottled water
Cutting boards & knives for cutting bagels
3-4 long heavy duty extension cords to perk coffee
Large bowls & baskets for bagels & fruits
One case of bottled water per member
(Past source no longer participating)
 
FINAL SIGN-UP SHEET THURSDAY 9/21 AT MEETING
 
ALL HANDS ON DECK! YOU ARE NEEDED!!!
 
2017 PURPLE PINKIE
 
Last chance to sign-up this week and get a collector’s item
FAMOUS PURPLE PINKIE PARTICIPANT T-SHIRT
 
To register online go to www.purplepinkie.net.
 
Speaker this Thursday September 21
 
Tom Kolepp
 
Digital Transformation
 
 
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 21 Morning Star Bulletin 2017-09-20 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 by Cheryl Baker on Sep 11, 2017
 
 
September 11; the day conjures up so many images for me. At the time, I was working in advertising and marketing, and spent much of my time making weekly trips into NYC; a number of my clients, including the Journal of Commerce and PIERS had their offices in the Twin Towers. 
 
But, about six months before, The Journal of Commerce and all their divisions had decided not to renew their lease, and had moved everyone across the Hudson to Jersey City; my client at PIERS had gone on to work for The Economist, and so my trips to downtown were traded for trips to mid-town. As my trips there were winding down, I took one of the occasions in on the Thursday before Easter to take along my children, who used their "baseball card" Little League photos to show to the guards at the main floor so I could take them upstairs to experience what I saw up close and personal each week; I even took them up to the top floor, and the roof. We looked out over the skyline, and I am forever grateful that they, and I, had the opportunity to be there and do that. It remains a memory for us.
 
I was just returning from maternity leave after Labor Day; my first call was to my client at The Economist. She asked if I could visit the following Tuesday, the 11th. Then, later that day, she asked if I could switch my visit and instead come that Thursday, the 6th, as she had an employee who needed to be at a trade show at the WTC on the 11th and she wanted to be sure she was available, and ready for whatever she might need that day.
 
My journey in that Thursday was uneventful; the usual; a regular day in NYC. Little did I know that the following week, everything about life as I knew it would completely, and irrevocably, change. My client called me that morning as my mother and I watched in horror from my living room; I was working from home. Mariah, 12 weeks, was laying on a blanket on the couch as we tried to grapple with what we were witnessing, and hearing. At that time, Lynne and I were both thinking it was an accident, and she was excitedly telling me about how her sister, who worked in the north tower, had called out sick that day - what luck! She had been in touch with her employee, who was in the lobby of the south tower, and okay. But then, the second tower was hit, and we knew nothing would be okay. 
 
I started thinking about my dear friend Jess, who worked in Jersey City, but would take the express into NYC and then ferry across because it was faster. I called her husband, Dick; he said he hadn't heard from her. I didn't know what to say. It was hours until we finally did hear from her, and weeks until she told us her story. There were others I knew who didn't fare as well, and they, and those memories live within me. 
 
Weeks later, when I finally felt safe enough to return to the area, I visited first my clients at The Journal of Commerce. They told me how they watched the scene across the Hudson unfold and thanked their lucky stars that they were no longer lessees of WTC. That wasn't how they felt when they left. The Twin Towers was THE business address to have. Now, it was destined to be a memorial - to the innocent people from around the world, not just the United States, who lost their lives, and the brave men and women first responders from the greatest police and fire departments in America. 
 
Their sacrifice and willingness to help is one of the greatest illustrations of service above self we can ever have. Many gave their lives in the service of others - can we not at least give of our time, our talents, and our treasure to do the same? How, when this is our example, can we not all be Rotarians? Today should be a rallying cry for us to find others like us to join in service to serve our community, our nation, and our world. 
 
Last week we gathered at The Artisan for First Thursday and were joined by many new friends - some spouses of members, but others invited through friendship. We received word of three more willing to join us in membership - what a celebration!
 
This week we will be working! No speaker for us, as we have more important work - that of getting ready for our 5K/10K race. We will be stuffing bags! Come early, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to help. If you haven't signed up for a duty with the race yet, this will be your opportunity. 
 
We will, however, hear from member Jess Elliot about our project with Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. She'll fill us in on next steps and talk with us about how we can make a difference for them on November 4th. 
 
Until then, stay well, know you are blessed, and share that blessing with others.
 
Service Above Self. Making A Difference.
 
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
cheryl@equi-librium.org
 
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President's Message 9-11-17 Cheryl Baker 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
11th Annual Sipple Lecture Ron Searfoss 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl Baker on Aug 22, 2017
Our first Rotary Road Trip was an absolute success! We had just as many people as we have at a regular meeting, and I know everyone enjoyed the opportunity to "get to know" the National Museum of Industrial History - for about 2/3 of our group, it was their first time, but will certainly not be their last. 
 
We challenged ourselves to return to the museum and bring along at least one other person as our guest.
 
I also announced that our District Grant requests were approved by Rotary International, and we will be moving forward with the work involved. Stay tuned as Jess Elliot begins to share with us how we will be "adopting" Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. There will be an opportunity a little later this fall to provide new coats (Operation Warm) for the children at the school, and we'll be there to distribute dictionaries, of course. Marianne Aronson is working to produce video footage of that effort, and I'm excited to hear more as that moves forward.
 
This week, it's back to our home at Moravian Village and we'll be celebrating August birthdays! Our speaker will be fellow Rotarian (Downtown Club) Kamran Afshar, who will be sharing with us his observations and research into the Bethlehem Business Climate. We are lucky to have someone so knowledgeable about the topic in our midst, and I always learn a lot when I hear him speak - just as I did when he was my professor at Moravian College!
 
Thursday I'll announce who will be the first to receive an Ethics in Business award in our work related to Vocational Service and Rotary Means Business
 
To reiterate:
 
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! 
 
President Cheryl, Making A Difference
cheryl@equi-librium.org
 
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President's Message 8-22-17 Cheryl Baker 2017-08-22 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
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
 
Where it all began.... ask C&T
 
Charlotte & Tore the Love Story continues...
 
There are many pictures from the event as well as the PPT presentation and the Program booklet which will be posted on our website to enjoy. In the program booklet you will find Tore’s Rotary Story and Charlotte’s Thoughts on 27 Years as a Rotarian in their own words!
Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant Ron Searfoss 2017-04-26 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 Val Walk on Apr 24, 2017
BETHLEHEM MORNING STAR ROTARY
 
 
 
 
Our Spaghetti Dinner is this Friday- April 28th, at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. My mouth is already watering just thinking about Butch's spaghetti sauce!!
Some items of importance:
  • We are still short on Desserts. Please volunteer to bring a dessert- store bought is fine!!
  • Please sell tickets!! If you are unable to attend but will buy the tickets and Donate them back to the club- please let me know (via email or at Thursday's meeting). These tickets will be given to New Bethany Ministry.
  • We could use another 1 or 2 Wine Decanters. Please let me know if you have one we can borrow.
Attachments for your use are in Downloads on the Home Page of our Website:
  •  Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet
  •  Map of parking areas at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity - Lot C for Volunteers
Thanks to everyone who will be working to make this event FUN as well as successful!!!
 
Val
 
Friday April 28, 2017
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
Sayre Hall 321 Wyandotte Street
 
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm                 
      
BETHLEHEM MSR SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER Val Walk 2017-04-24 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
Salvation Army Kettle Drive
 
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 & Iz Burnett  Tom & Janet Kolepp  John & Carrie Oesmann  Josh Mrozinski  Ron, Jean & Koa Searfoss  Janet Sipple  Bill Weber and Val Walk & Ryan
 
Although our coverage was somewhat limited, results were over $1,153 raised to help the Salvation Army!
 
Thank you all.
 
Unfortunately Janet Sipple took a tumble after her shift, injuring her head and wrist in addition to other bruises. Janet, we thank you profusely and hope you recover quickly.
Salvation Army Kettle Drive Update 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 for achieving 100% Rotary Foundation participation for the second year in a row!
 
 
As has become a welcome tradition of our Changeover Meeting, next was the “passing of the gavel” in honor of all of Morning Star Rotary's Past Presidents, with the following able to participate:
  • Charlie Incalcaterra, our first and “forever young”
  • Barb Seifert-Sigmon
  • Mike Long
  • Butch Macri
  • Diane Donaher, who is also Past President of the Downtown Bethlehem Club
  • Tom Hartzell
  • Gary Hartney
  • Dee Elliott
  • Dave Cincera
  • Eileen Dunn
  • Susan Burnett
  • Jean Searfoss
  • Tom Kolepp
  • Ron Searfoss
We were missing past Presidents due to conflicts: Geoff Wright; Past District Governor Tore Hartmann-Hansen Our Favorite Viking! Claire Rij; Stan Vasiliadis; Past District Governor Bill Jahn (President RC Skidaway Isle, GA); Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen; Gary LangensiepenDick Roberts; Gordon Sommers; Tom Mohr; Ron Helmuth; Don Scanlon (sadly, passed in 2014); and Jim Santanasto. Thanks to Past President Jean for starting this tradition!
 
I was humbled and very proud to join this group of Past Presidents!
 
I had the privilege to install PE Sharon Fontana as our next President for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.
 
Congratulations Sharon!  The club will have a great year under your stewardship.
 
President Sharon then installed the Vice President and Board of Directors. *The remaining Officers will be installed at the next meeting.
 
Thank you to all Morning Star Rotarians for all your support. I will send a report to the membership on our goals and achievements during this past Rotary Year.

On June 27th, Morning Star was well represented at the District 7430 Changeover Dinner held in our own Hotel Bethlehem. In attendance were President Sharon Fontana, Assistant Governor Janet Kolepp and Past Presidents Jean Searfoss, Tom Kolepp and Ron Searfoss. (They are right – PP has a nice ring to it!) The event was very well attended. Based upon reports, the District is strengthening. More and more community service events are being conducted by the clubs. Significant growth in Rotaract and Interact Clubs was noted. Rotary Foundation support was outstanding. The Million Dollar Journey initiated two years ago achieved over $2,500,000!
 

On the Camp Neidig front, I am really happy to report Kathy Lee, from Freedom High School was selected as the Outstanding Camper at this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Camp.  Please plan to be at the meeting July 14th to hear Kathy, Jovanni, Dorothy and Erin talk about their Camp Neidig experiences. It should be noted there were also a significant number of Exchange Students participating this year – both In Bound and Out Bound!

This Week’s Meeting
 
We look forward to seeing you at our June 30 meeting when Bob Hale will present to us on the “World of Wine.”
 

One last big Thank You to everyone for making this a wonderful experience.
   
Please continue to "Be a gift to the world!"
PAST President Ron
(Yes, it definitely has a nice ring to it …)
 
  

 
PAST President's Message June 28 Ron Searfoss 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 19, 2016
Carrie Oesmann, Interior Designer of Bailiwick Interior Design (and member John Oesmann's wife) provided an excellent presentation last Thursday on the differences of Aging in Place versus Living in Place.
     
 
We want to stay in the home we have.
ALL Homes are Accessible, Comfortable and Safe - however ...
  • 1 in 5 people will have some form of disability in their lifetime.
  • Less that 15% were born with this disability
  • 1 out 100 people will be in a wheelchair in their lifetime
  • 11.6 million people need assistance walking
 
Visit Ability is another consideration - it refers to a new home that meets the minimum requirements for someone   with a disability to come to your home for a visit:
         - No-step entry door
         - Maneuverable doors and hallways
         - Accessible bathroom on the first floor
 
Carrie had first hand experience when helping her father deal with the challenges of moving into a 55+ community. As a result she pursued additional education and also certification as a ...
Another added value of Bailiwick Design and their ability to think outside the box!
 
Carrie spoke to the Challenges
Accessibility  - Doorways and Pathways
Mobility and Stability - Walking and Stairs
Reach and Grasp - Cabinets and Handles
Sensory Limitations  - Lighting and Design
 
Numerous examples of practical solutions were shown for your existing home, many DIY, dramatically improving access and function. As to New Construction she highlighted the need to address livability issues upfront and do not expect the builder to be the leader.
 
One area that really hit home with me was Vision and Aging.
Lenses thicken so colors seem dim and contrast is low
The aging eye is more sensitive to glare
     We need 3x more light when we are 60 than when we were 20!
     (This last one was a real “eye-opener” – I keep turning lights off and Jean keeps turning them on! Imagine that – she is right once again!)
 
Thank you Carrie for a very ‘enlightening’ presentation and a great deal of food for thought to help make our lives more livable at home!
 
Steve Bajan was accompanied by his wife and parents, Janis, Eddie and Shirley Bajan. And he won 50/50 again!
 

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “RAFFLE / LOTTERY” WINNERS!!!
At our club meeting on June 16, five names were picked from those who contributed at least $100 to The Rotary Foundation this Rotary year. Each one will receive 300 points each towards their Paul Harris status (whether first or multiple).
The Winners:
Bernie Gardiner
Ellen Roberts
Rick Santee
Barb Seifert-Sigmon
Rick Santee
Remember, it's NOT about the money - it IS about the wonderful work done with the help of The Rotary Foundation!

Happy Father's Day 
Best wishes for all the Dads, Granddads, Stepdads and anyone who is “a dad to someone” in their lives. You are loved and appreciated and missed dearly if no longer with us. We thank you all for being part of our lives.                          
  

This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, June 23rd when we will conduct our Morning Star Rotary Changeover meeting. We will install our new President, Officers and Directors for the 2016-17 Rotary year.  We look forward to the “Passing of the Gavel” through many of our Past Presidents. Please come and show your support for our incoming leadership team as they begin their roles going into the new Rotary year.    
 

If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President's Message June 20 Ron Searfoss 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 13, 2016
We had the pleasure of having Laura McHugh, Executive Producer of PBS39 as our speaker last Thursday.
  
Laura is an Emmy-award winning journalist, who  hosts and executive produces FOCUS on PBS39.  Laura has 13 years of reporting and producing experience in both commercial and public television news, including covering forest fires in Montana and tornadoes in Kansas. She happily returned to her home state of Pennsylvania to join the production team at PBS39 in 2008 as a producer. She’s also produced several PBS39 documentaries, including Wyomissing: An American Dream and The Salvation Army Legacy, which premiered in May 2016.
 
FOCUS is a locally produced program directed toward all the wonderful things taking place in the Valley.  Think of it as a ‘local, better version of 60 Minutes.’
 
PBS39 was founded in 1965 and continues to be the only major network in the Lehigh Valley. The mission is teaching people. Funding comes only partially from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the majority coming from community support, you and your families and affiliations. There are 10 hours of programming daily directed to children to get them fully engaged in learning.
 
Her favorite PBS shows include Downtown Abbey, Sherlock, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George, and she is proud to work for an organization that produces programming you can be proud of!
 
In an email from Laura later in the day “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share our great work at your Rotary Meeting this morning. You have such a lively, caring group. Would you mind sharing this short survey with your members who attended?” https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYMN9X7
Feel free to provide your input to Laura’s survey so that they will make future presentations even better!

Welcome Billy Weber!
Please welcome Billy Weber as our newest Morning Star Rotary Member, joined here by his sponsor, Tom Bailey.
He is a Financial Advisor with Lincoln Investment. Billy was inducted last Thursday, and has already been helping with meeting setup!
                              

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT
 
Our annual Rotary Golf Tournament, co-sponsored with the Downtown Bethlehem Rotary Club, was a rousing success On June 6 at Silver Creek Country Club! Golfers enjoyed the best weather conditions for some years. Eighty golfers enjoyed participation and helped raise funds for the BAVTS Bridges Foundation and assorted Rotary projects in both clubs. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Butch Macri and Rob Littner for once again conducting a wonderful event. (Butch wrapped up two decades of handling this event!)  Thanks go out also to all the golfers, supporters and sponsors for their support - you all helped being a gift to the community.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Annual Fund
 
“RAFFLE / LOTTERY”!!! The names of  members who gave at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation this Rotary year by May 19 are going into a hat this Thursday. (Each name only once.) At our club meeting, five names will be picked and offered 300 points each towards their Paul Harris status (whether first or multiple). If a winner does not want the points, he or she can decide what to do with them. (Give to another member, or have the club retain for use in the future.)
Remember, it's NOT about the money - it IS about the wonderful work done with the help of The Rotary Foundation!
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
  
 
Please join us this Thursday, June 16th when Carrie Oesmann  of Bailiwick Design will speak to us on Aging in Place – Universal Design for Accessibility.  
 

  
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President's Message June 14 Ron Searfoss 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 12, 2016
Only two weeks until the event, please register if you plan on attending!
 
 

D7430 DG  Changeover & Club Awards Night

Monday, June 27, 2016

Historic Bethlehem Hotel
 437 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
 
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
 

Join us as we Celebrate and Thank 15/16 DG Doug & Mary Cook, his Leadership Team, and our Rotary Clubs for the many accomplishments achieved this year by "Being a Gift to the World."

We will also welcome new 16/17 DG Linda Young who will lead  her "Shining Star Rotarians" in the year of "Rotary Serving Humanity."

Tickets are $42.50 per person and can be purchased online by clicking on the link below.
 
Program
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Cocktails 
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Welcome & Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm  Awards and Changeover Ceremony 
 
Hope to see you there!
D7430 DG Changeover & Club Awards Night Ron Searfoss 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jun 05, 2016
We were fortunate to have Jane and Brianna Consiglio present to talk to us about VAST – the Valley Against Sex Trafficking.
 
 
A mother-daughter team, they had a background in nursing and prelaw when both decided to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. Fortunately, the curriculum involved internships and both interned at VAST as case managers. They were so taken with the mission and work being performed both are pursuing full-time counseling roles there.
 
What is VAST?
 
Mission
A grassroots coalition of professionals and community members dedicated to eliminating human sex trafficking in the Lehigh Valley through prevention efforts in awareness, action, and aftercare.
 
Vision
A community where all people are valued and respected as human beings and a society where sex as commerce is a foreign idea.
 
Why do they exist?
 
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and is the 2nd largest criminal activity with drug trafficking being number one.
 
WHY?
You can sell a bag of drugs once, but you can sell a person multiple times.”
- Rebecca Posey, Regional Director of Not for Sale.
 
The people they help in their counseling do not consider themselves victims – they are survivors!  A major focus is building trust to help these survivors leave the life.
 
Trafficking is a growing $32+billion ‘industry’ impacting over 21 million victims including women, men and children across the United States. More than 50% are children and nearly 80% are kidnapped women.
 
Visit their website www.thevast.org for more information on this devastating and pervasive plague on our society.
 
Thank you to Jane and Brianna for the education to us and for their dedication to helping the survivors.

 
Rotary Foundation Annual Fund
Please help us meet our goal, and remember – no gift is too small.  Our goal is to qualify Morning Star to repeat as a “100% Participation” Club and average over $100 per member. If you have not already participated, please give your Foundation contribution in any amount to Tom Hartzell or the “$2 a Week” Table by June 9. Thank you.
 
 
 

Bethlehem Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Year
 
Congratulations to our parent club in celebrating their 100th Anniversary last Friday evening at a gala event at the Hotel Bethlehem! Over 100 Rotarians, guests and public officials joined in. Best wishes for an even greater next hundred years!
 

 
New Club Brewing in the Lehigh Valley
Assistant Governor Janet Kolepp communicated a new Rotary Club is brewing in the Lehigh Valley.  Herb Klotz, incoming District Membership Chair, is looking for Rotarians interested in participating with a planning committee exploring creating this club in the Whitehall area (which may include Whitehall, Coplay, Catasauqua and Northampton.)  An opportunity to provide input from day one for a new club!
 
If you are interested or aware of any Rotarian that might be interested in helping please email Herb at herbk@ptd.net or reply to AG Janet. Questions are welcomed! (Participation in the committee will not necessarily lead to membership in the new club.)

 
 
More than 43,000 attendees left the Rotary Convention in Korea inspired to end polio for good, to celebrate The Rotary Foundation's centennial, and to champion changes that will help Rotary appeal to a broader audience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the last day, RI President K.R. Ravindran shared a personal story of his mother’s triumph over polio.
 
 
 

 
Joint Golf Tournament today!
We'll provide an update next week. Thanks to all who are supporting this event!
 

This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, June 9th with Laura McHugh, Executive Producer at PBS39.
 
Laura will share with us all of the fun projects happening now at PBS39.
 
See you there.    

  
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President's Message June 6 Ron Searfoss 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Thank You from Kelsey! 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 30, 2016
The final Rotary Foundation Annual Fund push is on to qualify Morning Star to repeat as a “100% Participation” Club and average over $100 per member.
If you have not already given, please give your Foundation contribution in any amount to Tom Hartzell or the “$2 a Week” Table by June 9 to ensure proper credit to both you and the club for our achievement. We are over 85% participation at this point. Please help us meet our goal, and remember – no gift is too small. Thank you.
 

 
Joint Golf Tournament on June 6
With our joint Rotary Golf Outing to benefit Bridges Foundation less than a week away, we are still in need of prizes for the Raffle Boards. 
 
A big thanks to all who have solicited or contributed prizes so far.  If you haven't done so yet, please consider reaching out to your favorite restaurant or shop this week and ask for a gift certificate or item to donate to the cause.  If possible, bring it to the meeting this Thursday and give to Butch Macri or Kristian Schafer.
 
The deadline for golfers is fast approaching, and non-golfers can help by buying squares on the raffle board. Every effort to make this annual Golf Outing a success for our beneficiaries is much appreciated.
 
Thanks!
Morning Star Rotary Golf Committee

 
Bowl-n-Bites a Fun Time for All!
 
Our second annual Bowl-n-Bites was a fun success for all the participants. Rumor has it that future Rotarian, Andrew Kicska, was quite a bowler – allegedly besting some of his more experienced competitors such as Sue Reeps! Special thanks to Kristian Schafer, who handled all the arrangements.
 

 
New Rotary Club Brewing in the Lehigh Valley
 
Assistant Governor Janet Kolepp communicated a new Rotary Club is brewing in the Lehigh Valley.  Herb Klotz, incoming District Membership Chair,  is looking for Rotarians interested in participating with a planning committee exploring creating this club in the Whitehall area (which may include Whitehall, Coplay, Catasauqua and Northampton.)  
 
If you are interested or aware of any Rotarian that might be interested in helping please email Herb at herbk@ptd.net or reply to AG Janet. Questions are welcomed! (Participation in the committee will not necessarily lead to membership in the new club.)

 
As we celebrate Memorial Day, here is another perspective -
"It is foolish/wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived" - General George Patton

 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, June 2nd when Jane Consiglio from VAST will speak to us on behalf of Valley Against Sex Trafficking.
See you there!  

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President's Message May 31 Ron Searfoss 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 22, 2016
Ron Bauer visited Morning Star last Thursday. As a member of the Downtown Rotary Club since 1984, he was involved in many projects over the years, including tireless efforts on behalf of the Salvation Army – Bell Ringing come to mind? One of these projects involved a Rotarian from Easton, Dr. Updegrove, who had the objective of collecting discarded medical equipment to support people in Belize to address their medical needs. Long story short – the project was a success and Ron and Dr. Updegrove became close friends. Dr. U was an avid fisherman, as is Ron Bauer. Dr. U invited Ron to join him on one of his annual fishing trips to Canada.  This was a smashing success for a number of years until Dr. U retired. Ron looked around for another partner and found our own Frank Lulewitz was a fishing fanatic as well. Hence the topic of Ron’s talk was not about Rotary (but you see the connections!) but on their amazing experiences fishing at Mosquito Lake in the Arctic regions of Canada.
 
  
 
Itinerary – get to Winnipeg; take a charter flight about 900 miles north then fly the balance of the way on a small pontoon airplane. Welcome to Tukto Lodge, Northwest Territories. The fish spend 9 months under the frozen ice and are totally ravenous when they finally get to surface! Accommodations – you sleep in tents of course! The season only lasts a little over two months. But the lake trout are unbelievable. Being the ‘frozen tundra’, there are no trees. The amazing variety of wildlife are completely oblivious to these strangers with funny poles and rubber boats visiting their environment.
 
    
 
 
Ron presented a wonderful talk of their adventures and had fantastic pictures of their trips. Crystal clear pure water (cold as h--- though) wonderful variety of wildlife – fox, caribou by the thousands, moose, elk, bears and wolverines and a few dedicated fisherman visiting. The government owns the land and all fishing is catch and release. What a wonderful experience. Thanks Ron!
 

 
Tom & Janet Kolepp with
R.I. President
Ravi & Vanathy Ravindran
                                                 
District 7430’s
Million Dollar Journey raised
$ 2,529,000  for
The Rotary Foundation!!!    
 
This contribution will generate annual earnings from $60,000 to $80,000 for The Rotary Foundation AND will generate annual earnings from $60,000 to $80,000 which will come back to our District for projects for our clubs. This will continue as long as there is Rotary!
 
A very special Thank You to District Governor Doug Cook! Doug, you leave an incredible legacy from your year as DG!
 
Four Morning Star Rotarians were among the 270+ Rotarians at the Celebration.
 

 
Joint Golf Tournament on June 6
 
The Golf Tournament Committee requests your help
  • Golfers by June 1
  • Raffle donations, including gift certificates - take a brochure to give them
  • Volunteers - contact Butch
  • The raffle board has available squares to purchase for $5 per square - a great way for non-golfers to support this event!

 
 
The final Rotary Foundation Annual Fund push is on to qualify Morning Star to repeat as a “100% Participation” Club and average over $100 per member. If you have not already given, please give your Foundation contribution in any amount into Tom Hartzell or the “$2 a Week” Table by May 27 so that he can assure proper credit to both you and the club for our achievement. Thanks!
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, May 26th when the ‘Reading and Riding’ grant recipient folks from Moravian College and William Penn Elementary School will describe the program and results to date.
See you there.  
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President's Message May 23 Ron Searfoss 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Morning Star Rotary had fun at Revolutions on May 21.
Andrew Kicska tries bowling for the first time - see the look on his face!

Fun at Bowl-n-Bites! 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Hunter on May 22, 2016
Greetings from our painting project with the Rotary Club of Antigua Sundown!
 

Greetings from Antigua Bill Hunter 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen on May 16, 2016
 
Thanks to Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen for these photos of our Spaghetti Dinner!
And thanks to all who helped to make it a wonderful event!
 
       
 
 
 
Spaghetti Dinner Pix! Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristian Schafer on May 08, 2016
Let the fun begin!
 
 
When:  Saturday, May 21
            Arrive 5:45 PM to get shoes, etc.
            4 Lanes available from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
            Food & drinks start at 6:15 PM
 
Where: Revolutions
            3717 Route 378, Bethlehem, PA 18015
 
RSVP:  By Wed. May 18
            With number of attendees by cost group (see below)
            Kristian Schafer kristian.schafer@nationalpenn.com
 
Cost:    $ 22 “Adult” Bowlers - age 13 and up
            $ 17 “Adult” Non-Bowlers
            $ 17  Under age 13 “Children” (whether bowling or not)
            Includes shoe rental for bowlers who need them.
 
            Please pay to Kristian Schafer by Thursday May 19.
            If by check, payable to Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary.
 
Food:    Wings / Sliders / Quesadillas / Chips & Salsa
            Soft Drinks
            Cash Bar available. 
 
Hope to see you there!!!
Morning Star &ldquo;Bowl-n-Bites&rdquo;!!! Kristian Schafer 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on May 02, 2016
On April 28th, John Oesmann had the distinct pleasure of introducing his ‘favorite younger daughter', Kelsey, to Morning Star Rotary. Kelsey is an Architectural Designer working in Arlington Virginia. She has recently passed all seven of her final licensing exams, and is a Summa Cum Laude Honors Scholar graduate of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design. She is also a Triathlete and completed her first Marathon last fall.
 
Kelsey was here to tell us all about how she is combining her leadership qualities, her passion for affordable housing and her desire to continually rise up and stretch her physical limits by undertaking the Bike & Build challenge over the next ten weeks.
 
 
 
Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. Participants must raise at least $4,500 for cross-country routes. The proceeds are used to fund affordable housing projects across the country executed by young adults. The programs gain media attention around the affordable housing problem, empowering riders to make larger contributions in addressing the needs of their communities.
 
“I believe stable, affordable housing is the key to so many social issues, from education and employment to healthcare and hunger. I believe that we need to raise the standards of living – both in where we live and how we live. I believe that good design can change lives, communities, and our world, and it starts with decent, affordable homes where people can thrive.”
 
You can get involved. Follow Kelsey on her adventure …
   Follow: @koesmann and #CUS16
   Track Central US 2016 on www.bikeandbuild.org
   Locally: advocate & volunteer
We hope Kelsey will visit us after her adventure to give us an update on the experience. Bike On!
 
In addition, Bernie Gardiner and John Oesmann were graduated from Red Badge to Blue Badge - congratulations and thank you!
 
 
 

 
A Special Thank YOU to all the Mothers for all the blessings you have been in our lives. We love you and hold you forever in our hearts.

 
Our Taste of Tuscany Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is THIS Friday!
We anticipate an outstanding show of community support once again. There are openings and needs for Rotary support personnel. 
 
Please, if you have not already signed-up, do so and help out for an hour or so.
You will even have time to enjoy a wonderful dinner and the special ‘Macri sauce!’
Contact Val Walk (610-759-6745/610-861-0041) or val@beth1sr.org.

 

 
Special thanks to all the Morning Star Rotarians who assembled at the ranch in Nazareth Saturday and executed a complete refresh on the outdoor riding ring. The group did a tidy job of stripping down the metal rails and applying a nice coat of brick red paint.  Additional thanks to Megan and Caroline Hunter, daughters of MSR Bill Hunter, for contributing their time and efforts to help others. Thank you to everyone. Given the size and scope of the operation, there will be opportunities for more service projects at Equi~librium in the future. 
 
 
 
 
Pictures shown here were taken by Megan Hunter and Janet Kolepp. For all their images (and at full size), go to Megan’s dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iwr6e56p4tvdcol/AABPJYgTeY_7UUbDfPa-0a1sa?dl=0
And for Janet’s pix see https://goo.gl/photos/bCbzAc1bkYxHGQsn8

 
On behalf of incoming District Governor Linda Young and as your Morning Star President, I strongly encourage you to attend the 2016 Rotary 7430 District Training Assembly on Saturday, May 14, at the DeSales University Center, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034 from 7:45-1:45 PM.  From 2:00-4:00 PM an optional session will be held for those clubs/individuals who want to become Rotary district "grant certified."  
 
All club officers, committee chairs, and other interested Rotarians will benefit from attend this Training event. 
There will be special sessions on The Rotary Foundation/Centennial Celebration and Membership, plus Special Interest Breakout sessions.  In addition, our Youth Exchange will provide us with a Parade of Flags, our Four Way Test Champion will give the winning speech, and Past Rotary International Director, Mike Colasurdo will be talking to us about The True Meaning of Rotary Service.  
 
It will be an AMAZING day of Rotary Learning and Friendship!
 
Registration closes Sunday, May 8, so please register as soon as possible.
 
Note:  Morning Star Rotary will reimburse you for the registration fee. President Ron
Hope to see you there! 

 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, May 5th when MSR’s Ellen Roberts will introduce Jamie Rzeszowski & Betty Gayley from Meals on Wheels.
 
They will discuss how Meals on Wheels is impacting the lives of the many homebound seniors or adults with disabilities that it delivers nutritious meals to in the Lehigh Valley.
See you there.  
      

If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President&#39;s Message May 3 Ron Searfoss 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 15, 2016
On Thursday, April 14, Morning Star Rotarians had the pleasure of learning about the “Journey in Education” as experienced by Bernie Gardiner as she gave her Classification talk.
 
A hoped for career path to become a medical doctor was altered by marriage and the birth of four wonderful children in six years. Subsequently expanded with the addition of five grandchildren! Life happens! Bernie pursued a varied career path while still having an education-dominated core. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from Muhlenberg College and a Masters Degree in 1997 from Lehigh University.
 
In this timeframe Bernie became part of the Jason Project. Founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, JASON has provided curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students … over 20 years before STEM was the standard! Just think about the programs in the early 90’s, before the internet! This was a time for hands-on interactive learning experiences for children. Equipment was constructed in Grace Hall at Lehigh, with computers and screens and satellite communications. The objective was bring the kids in and show them actual scientists and educators working underseas, in the Galapagos, Iceland, Yellowstone, etc. Go to Jason.org to learn more about JASON, Bernie’s passion. She was noted in the press as “one of the people keeping this thing alive”. She is almost ‘Bernice Jason’.
 
An outgrowth of the JASON Project in 1992 was the establishment of the Science Model Area Resource Team – SMART Center. This focused on the hands-on interactive learning experiences. In 1994 it moved from campus to the East Annex of the Bethlehem Steel and became the SMART DISCOVERY CENTER. Bernie continued her passion for education with “wormtown” and “Mr. Bones” - the bicycle riding skeleton - among many, many other interactive exhibits.
 
Bernie is now a very active volunteer in many facets of the community. We are very pleased she is part of Morning Star Rotary, and look forward to her coming “Rotary Passion.”  Thank you Bernie, and welcome!

As you may recall, Sue Reeps, Treasurer, had notified us of her resignation effective June 30, 2016.  She will remain an active member of Morning Star Rotary, thankfully. Jean Searfoss has stepped forward to assume this position on July 1, 2016, which was approved by the Board in accordance with the Club Bylaws. They will begin work immediately on the transition, and to assist President-Elect Sharon Fontana in developing the 2016-2017 Budget.

Fellow Rotarian Tom Bailey, avid motorcyclist and our favorite Vietnam Vet, is recovering nicely from his St. Luke's adventure for triple bypass heart surgery topped off with an aortic artery repair. Presently 'a little stiff and sore, but bored as hell!' Imagine that! Please keep Tom in our thoughts and prayers. Please reach out via a visit, call or text 610-216-5512 or email Tbailey540@gmail.com. I'm sure he will welcome your greetings and good wishes.
 

 
Due to business, a little vacation and timing challenges, there will be no additional bulletin before our April 28th meeting.  Speakers are noted below, and Meeting Responsibilities for both weeks are shown below as well.  Please remember to sign-up and support your club.
 
This Week’s Meeting – April 21st
 
Please join us this Thursday, April 21st when our speaker will be Paula Fabon, the Exchange Student from Madrid Spain, sponsored by Bethlehem Rotary.
 
Cheryl Baker and her family are currently hosting Paula. Please plan to attend and hear a young student’s perspectives on her experiences in our country.
 
Next Week’s Meeting – April 28th
Please join MSR on Thursday, April 28th for our speaker Kelsey Oesmann from Bike & Build telling us all about Pedaling for Affordable Housing. (Yes Kelsey is the daughter of proud parents, Carrie and John Oesmann!) See you there.  
 
          
 

If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
  

 
President&#39;s Message Apr. 16 Ron Searfoss 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Hunter on Apr 14, 2016
Morning Star Rotary is volunteering at Equi-Librium!
 
Saturday, 4/30
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you'd like a tour, please come a half hour early.
 
Address: 524 Fehr Rd, Nazareth, PA 18064
 
We will be doing work around the facility to get them ready for their Kentucky Derby party the following week, so expect to be doing landscape work – weeding, fixing pavings on trails and drives, plantings, etc., and possible replacement of fenceposts/boxfencing on some of the pastures.
 
Please everyone bring your own workgloves, bug spray, and sunscreen, plus your "Shoes for Shoes"! 
Donating your gently worn shoes will help the needy, plus help fund horseshoes for their therapy horses!
See http://equi-librium.org/shoes-for-shoes- for specifics on what they can and cannot accept.
 
Rain or shine. 
 
$10 per person for lunch (Subway sandwiches)
 
RSVP to  Bill Hunter  at   wdh3@lehigh.edu
 
Thanks!
Service Project at Equi-Librium on Sat. April 30 Bill Hunter 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Apr 14, 2016
The bulletin is taking a one-week vacation, so this info covers TWO weeks.
 
April 21
Set-Up / Breakdown - Marianne Aronson
Greeter - Ron Helmuth
Sgt. at Arms - Robin Metzler
$2 per Week - John Oesmann
50/50 - Need a Volunteer, please!
           (Robin had signed up for 2 spots)
Invocation - Janet Sipple
Introductions - Marianne Aronson
 
April 28
Set-Up / Breakdown - Bernie Gardiner
Greeter - Ed Ortelli
Sgt. at Arms - Sue Reeps
$2 per Week - Janet Westlund
50/50 - Kristian Schafer
Invocation - Tom Kolepp
Introductions - Tom Hartzell
 
Please note that the names listed in the sidebar of our home page will be incorrect after the April 21 meeting - we will not be available to update that prior to the April 28 meeting.
Weekly Duties for April 21 and 28 Jean Searfoss 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 11, 2016
I encourage each of you to take advantage of this very unique opportunity,
to see and hear current RI President  K. R. (Ravi) Ravindran in person!
 
ALL District 7430 Rotarians and guests are invited.
to the Million Dollar Journey Celebration - you do NOT need to have agreed to bequest money to the Rotary Foundation.
 
- Morning Star Rotary Pres. Ron
 
You are invited to dinner with RI President Ravi!!! Ron Searfoss 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 11, 2016
Past District Governor BJ Metz came to talk to us about a very special baseball league. It was not about how a Yankee loving young boy got stuck on a little league team named the Red Sox.
 
 
  
   
Many of us grew up in an age when ‘special needs’ children were not really tolerated. Most can recall a child who seemed to always be inside and not allowed to participate in all the cool things the rest of us did. Fortunately that has changed. Special needs yes, but they are still just kids. Different sizes, abilities, even ages but kids. Kids like baseball and anyone can play!
 
BJ told us all about a project to build a ‘field of dreams.’ With the help of many committed people and the support of the Easton Rotary Club, construction of Easton Rotary Field took a few years. The Miracle League of Northampton County was born with opening day in September 2012. Location is in the Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township, right off Route 22 with all the other athletic fields for the community!
That first year there were 65 “special” players. Now there are over 300!
 
To help with these players, a buddy system was established. Initially family and friends, this has evolved so that many youth teams come to each game to help and support the “special kids!” The “buddies teams” have already more than filled available games for the coming season. A wonderful synergistic benefit of this successful program is how all these young people are experiencing the positive benefits of volunteering and helping others. Some may be future Rotarians, but their communities and future families will benefit greatly from this process!
 
 
Please copy this link to your browser for a brief video of Opening Day Celebrations in 2012. http://miracleleagueofnc.org/stories/videos  Enjoy!
 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, April 14th when our speaker will be our own Bernie GardinerBernie will give what I am certain will prove to be a very interesting Classification Talk. See you there.
 
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
President&#39;s Message 4/12 Ron Searfoss 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG Doug & Ron Searfoss on Apr 11, 2016
DG Cook's District Conference Wrap-up
“Well the District 7430 Conference ended Sunday. We learned how Rotary has impacted a number of former exchange students’ lives, how a club is planning a multi-year project and attracting members through the process, traveled to India for an NID (National Immunization Day), enjoyed fellowship in the photo booth, experienced how others are fighting hunger, learned more about ending Polio, raised money with cow pie bingo, heard from PDG Gilbert (Brown, RI President’s Representative from Dallas, TX) about how he involves his family in international projects, danced to The Mango Men, honored those who left use this year, learned unacceptable differences in stop and arrest rates among non-white citizens, saw five Rotex testimonials, heard five very personal Rotary moments. and said goodbye to old and new friends.
 
The Conference exceeded every expectation we had. Mary and I are tired but very happy.
 
 
With 8 members in attendance, the Morning Star Rotary Club was well represented. With a whole bunch of Rotarians we helped in the Outreach food project to fight hunger – we assembled 15,334 meals in 2 hours! The really great part, 2,376 meals came back to the Lehigh Valley for distribution to New Bethany Ministries and the Hispanic Center.  The balance of the meals went to food banks in the 7430 District.
 
There was a very impressive group of Exchange students both incoming and outbound for next year. The five finalists for the Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest were amazing! All these young people are truly gifts to the world. The future looks bright.
 
MSR was a pretty solid hit with the “Service Above Self” bartender crew at the Hospitality in the Fireside!
 
 
 
Think ahead to next year – Conference May 5-7, 2017 in Lancaster PA.  “Step outside the box” of our MSR and learn more of the incredible Rotary world of which we are all a part. 
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary – and the World!
 
 
 
 
District Conference Wrap-up DG Doug & Ron Searfoss 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Sipple on Apr 10, 2016
All of us have men in our lives that we care about.  Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men (after skin cancer).  Deaths due to cancer among men in the US is the second highest cause of deaths ,while heart disease remains number one. 
 
The question of when and if men should be screened for prostrate cancer is variable among medical experts, so what's a guy to do?!? 
 
 
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) US Preventative Services Taskforce recommends (May 2012) the prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening blood test once symptoms of prostate cancer are present.  Symptoms include but are not limited to difficulty starting urination, weak or interrupted flow of urination, frequent urination, especially at night, difficulty emptying the bladder, pain or burning during urination, blood in the urine or semen, pain in the back-hips-pelvis that doesn't go away, and painful ejaculations. A health provider examination finding of potential prostate cancer is an enlarged prostate gland based on digital rectal examination (DRE) by the examiner.
 
The American Urological Association (AUA) recommends (no date available) decision for PSA screening be made with the health care provider based on one's personal health history and current health status along with a clear discussion of risk and benefits of the PSA screening.
 
The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that early screening with a PSA blood test combined with a DRE can lead to early prostate cancer detection.  Therefore the ACS recommends (3/11/16) that the client discussion of this with their health care provider based on available health information combined with one's own thoughts about the risks and benefits of early PSA screening be essential in screen testing decision making
 
The American College of Physicians (ACP) states (2014) that there are no current prostate screening test measurements endorsed by the ACP.  The ACP recommends such a measurement be developed in the future. 
 
The Sipple Recommendation (2016)
Considering family history, present symptoms if any, current health status history plus any client personal concerns or worries, get a PSA blood test along with a DRE to determine the next steps in heath screening. 
 
You won't find anything, or exclude the presence of something, if you don't look for it!
 
 
Nurse Sipple
The Healthy Rotarian 35 - Men&#39;s Health: Prostate Cancer Screening Janet Sipple 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Sipple on Apr 03, 2016
I recently spent a week with a friend whom I have had a forty year friendship with which reminded me of the health benefits of friendship.  Rotary friendships also add another dimension to our lives.
 
 
1.  Friends get you moving.  Friends and family nudging and cajoling you can help to get you moving whether it's to be more physically active, drink more water, or eat more healthily.
 
2.  Friends keep you relaxed. Friends provide us with a source for relaxation together.  The adult version of childhood friendship play is having fun together as adults which creates opportunity for laughing and relaxing.
 
3.  Friends help you live longer Friendships reduce isolation and enhance a sense of belonging and self-worth which supports living longer and healthier. 
 
4.  Friends boost cancer survival rates.  Cancer without friends is really tough to survive.  Friends help us cope with traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, and death of loved ones.
 
5.  Friends lower heart disease risk.  Friendships help reduce stress, enhance happiness, and thus lower blood pressure which is a key factor in heart disease.
 
Celebrate your friendships, add new friendships, renew old friendships, and be the friend you want to have in your life.  Live well and speak a good word with your life.
 
 
Nurse Sipple
The Healthy Rotarian #34: &quot;Health Benefits of Friendship&quot; Janet Sipple 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Apr 03, 2016
At our last meeting, we were fortunate to have Andrea Tessier, the District Director Penn State Cooperative Extension Lehigh & Northampton Counties (PSE).
  
 
As soon as Andrea began to talk, I realized my perceptions of what the Extension was all about and reality were worlds apart. PSE is part of the national Cooperative Extension network administered by land-grant universities across the country. In Pennsylvania, it is unique to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The mission is to discover, integrate, translate, and disseminate knowledge to enhance the food and agricultural system, natural resources and environmental stewardship, economic and social well-being, thereby improving the lives of people in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.
 
A much easier way to say it in Rotary terms –
 
The Focus of PSE in the Lehigh Valley is to
Strengthen the economic viability of agricultural based businesses in the Lehigh Valley; and
Foster a strong and healthy community.
 
This is supported with unbiased, research based information.
 
There are supporting offices and staffs in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. They provide programs of support in Education and Information, Business and Job Development, Community and Family Development and Services and Research. These range from nationally recognized Equine programs and environmentally focused farms to local 4H Clubs, lawn and gardens of residents, land preservation, and the Lehigh Valley Food Council, etc.!
 
PSE represents an amazingly broad umbrella of help and support to our state citizens. For more information and education see extension.psu.edu.
Thank you Andrea!
 

This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, April 7th when our speaker will be Past District Governor BJ Metz.  His topic will be of interest to many – the Miracle League of Northampton County.
 
  
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
 

 
President&#39;s Message Apr. 4 Ron Searfoss 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Mar 25, 2016
At Thursday’s meeting we enjoyed the Classification Talk of John Oesmann.
 
John started the trip down his memory lane with a baby/toddler shot involving a “speedo” in a backyard pool in Leonia, NJ. From this early swimming career he proved to be quite the athlete competing in a variety of sports. His high school career was capped by his Palisades Park HS baseball team becoming state champions!
 
John moved onto Rutgers University for a roller-coaster ride of experiences culminating in an engineering degree. Most significantly he met Carrie in ski club who became his wife. Following a varied and successful career in telecommunications he found himself in a position where he could work from home.  Carrie, a highly successful interior designer with clients in the Lehigh Valley, also had the flexibility to evaluate where they wished to live and work in line with their desired lifestyle.
 
Fortunately for all of us they have located in Center City on East Broad Street with Bailiwick Interior Design being in their home as well. John and Carrie have invited everyone to an open house to experience Design in Action on April 30th.
 
John’s favorite meal is breakfast, so Morning Star Rotary has been a perfect fit. I want to personally thank John for jumping in to Rotary immersion. He went to RLI in October before being technically inducted and followed that up with his first stint on the Board of Directors startung July 1.
Congratulations and welcome John from all your fellow Morning Star Rotarians!

March 24 - Part 2 of Morning Star Rotary at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering!
 
Morning Star Rotary Club provided dinner for 35 guests of the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter last Thursday at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.  Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the fine effort by Morning Star Rotarians in contributing, preparing and serving the dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering.
 
In our best Morning Star tradition, our service was to the individual men as guests at the Shelter. Their appreciation was evident in the many “Thank you!”s received during the event. One friend of a guest was absolutely amazed with the dinner provided – “meat lasagna for dinner at a shelter!!! Unreal!”
 
Special thanks to Janet Kolepp for coordinating the event. 
 
As your president I really want to thank you all for the participation and support.  It was a great time for Rotary fellowship as well.
 
This community support is provided from December through March. I intend to propose to the Board that MSR makes this a monthly service project going forward and provide appropriate support in the 2016-17 budget. 
 
Thanks again.

This Week’s Meeting
Please join us on March 31st when our speaker will be Andrea Tessier, District Director from Penn State Cooperative Extension-Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
 
  
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
 

 
President&#39;s Message Mar. 26 Ron Searfoss 2016-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Cook on Mar 21, 2016
 
GET READY COWPIES Our District Conference is less than 3 weeks away!
 
Our focus event on Childhood Hunger could use your help.   
Thank you all who have contributed to the sale of Cow Pie Bingo Deeds- about 150 are sold.  And our goal is to raise $5000 by selling 300 Deeds*.
This event raises money for three important charities who help keep children fed and not go hungry.  These are not kids far away from here, this is happening locally and within our District.
Please help us contribute by contributing yourself.  Fill in the information below – we’ll get you registered.
====================================================                     
                                    Deed Request
Ordered By:
 
                Name : 
            Address : 
    City State Zip : 
Phone Number  : 
               Email  : 
 
Deeds are $20 each: Qty Requested: 
send your request to smithsb@comcast.net
=========================================================
 
The top three winners in our Cow Pie Bingo event win $500, $300 or $200 respectively.
 
It will be a fun event to watch on Saturday April 9th, but you don’t have to be present to win.
 
*(Note: covers Cow Pie Bingo prizes, too! - Ed.)
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!
 
Best regards,
Doug Cook             Steven Smith
District Governor     Event Coordinator
 
From District Governor Doug Cook Doug Cook 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Mar 21, 2016
If you take a flutist who graduates from Houston’s Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, throw in extensive private education in music and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine and surgery; combined with global music experience, if very fortunate, you might find Dr. Nora Suggs. Dr. Suggs is now the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music ensemble SATORI. SATORI is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2015-2016.
 
Nora is well known to many of our members and we were honored to have her provide an update on the “Artists-In-Residence” project for which SATORI is the recipient of a Morning Star Rotary Community Development Grant. This project is at the Governor Wolf Elementary school.  About 75 students are in the music programs and all students are reached through in-school grade-specific (K-5) programs. The musicians love the direct interaction with the students and are really able to get ‘up close and personal’ with each other.
 
 
 
The Artists-In-Residence project is one element of the BRAVO! Music Educational outreach –
  • Gift of Music instrument donation project where over 534 total musical instruments have been donated to 51 schools, valued at over $115,000.
  • In-school chamber music programs scheduled throughout the academic year which has reached over 8,000 children to date.
  • Annual Student Performance Competition – over 11 student chamber music competitions.
The question was asked if there was any impact in childrens’ academic performance attributable to music. Dr. Suggs sited studies which clearly indicated a very positive impact on students who participate in music which carries directly into their academic achievements.
For more information on SATORI and schedules of their performances please visit their website: www.satori-chambermusic.org.
 
NOTE: SATORI will once again play for our Taste of Tuscany Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on May 6!

 
Congratulations to Abby Burnett who finished in second place at the Regional Four Way Test Speech Contest last Saturday. The contestants all did a fantastic job. As Ben Tenaglia reported, “Glad I was not a judge.”

 
March 24 for PART 2 at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering!
Morning Star Rotary will provide dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering at the Church of the Nativity again on March 24. Response has been strong, but there is always room for more volunteers. Contact Janet Kolepp agjanetk@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us on March 24th when John Oesmann will present his classification talk. We all look forward to hearing from John and appreciate his great Morning Star Rotary enthusiasm!
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
   
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron
 
 

 
President&#39;s Message Mar. 22 Ron Searfoss 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Burnett on Mar 14, 2016
The Morning Star Rotary Board approved the club Foundation Committee's recommendation to use some club "points" to help members achieve 1,000 dollars/points for their first (or next!) Paul Harris Fellow.
 
  • Up to $100 match for new donors this Rotary year. (Initial donors will be only new members, since everyone gave something last year.)
  • For any of last year’s initial donors who received under $100 match, the club will give an additional match this year, with the total match for the 2 years not to exceed $100.
  • A brand new points “RAFFLE / LOTTERY”!!! The names of ALL members giving at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation this Rotary year by May 19 will go in a hat. (Each name only once.) At our club meeting on June 2, five names will be picked and offered 300 points each towards their Paul Harris status (whether first or multiple). If a winner does not want the points, he or she can decide what to do with them. (Give to another member, or have the club retain for use in the future.)
Remember, it's NOT about the money - it IS about the wonderful work done with the help of The Rotary Foundation!
Rotary Foundation News! Susan Burnett 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Mar 14, 2016
Why Should I Care About Medicare? A key question addressed by our speaker team of Dan Banks, President and Founder of Silver Crest Insurance and Ramona Harris, an independent agent at Silver Crest.
 
  
 
Following 16 years of diversified experience in the insurance and financial services industries, Dan founded Silver Crest. He decided to specialize in Medicare insurance when a client asked him to review his Medicare options. After researching the topic, it became quite clear how difficult it is for people to navigate the complexities of the Medicare system and the supplemental coverage options involved.
 
To answer the question, healthcare is the second largest expense you will have in retirement so having the right health coverage is extremely important.
 
Following a brief history of Medicare, Dan provided an overview and a discussion on what is and what is not covered.  The confusion and complexity becomes apparent when you investigate these items as well as enrollment options, the importance of enrollment dates and become knowledgeable of the many loopholes which exist.  Most loopholes are not designed to favor the individual but the government.  Sound familiar? Conclusion – do your homework and reach out to the resources available to you.
 

We received a Thank You from the folks at ShelterBox for the donation we sent. They provided a SB#: 25039 so we can track its deployment. The Box is currently being packed and strategically positioned. Will monitor progress and keep you up to date. The rate at which boxes are deployed is directly related to the frequency and scale of disasters occurring around the world.  Here’s hoping it stays in inventory for a while!
 

 
March 24 for PART 2 at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering!
Morning Star Rotary will provide dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering at the Church of the Nativity again on March 24. Watch for the sign-up list at Thursday’s meeting or contact Janet Kolepp agjanetk@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!
 

 
This Week’s Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, March 17th when Nora Suggs will talk to us about Satori and how the grant from Morning Star Rotary will support Satori’s "Artists -in-Residence" project at Governor Wolf Elementary. See you then!
 
    
 
Note: Satori will once again play for the Taste of Tuscany Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on May 6!
   

If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a gift to your world!
 
President Ron
 

 
President&#39;s Message Mar. 15 Ron Searfoss 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 29, 2016
Our Thursday February 25 meeting was hosted by our own Morning Star Rotarian, Dr. Bill Hunter, Director of International Outreach at Lehigh University. He was joined by Kristin Gutekunst, Project Manager, United Nations Sustainable Development Action Campaign. Per Bill’s earlier proclamation, “We will be the first Rotary Club in the world to view these films.”
 
Kristin addressed the Goals of United Nations Virtual Reality
  • Promote empathy and understanding for the world’s most vulnerable
  • Inspire leaders to take bold actions
  • Reach new audiences
  • Support the UN’s advocacy by building multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Showcase the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the lens of different global crises
Virtual Reality promotes empathy & understanding by allowing you to experience someone else’s truth. This we saw first-hand as we were transported to another reality in two very moving films.
 
 
Clouds over Sidra transports viewers to the Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is home to 80,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. The film tells the story of Sidra, a young girl who has been in Zaatari since the summer of 2013 as she tries to find normalcy in her new surroundings and hold on to the remnants of childhood. She takes us on a tour of the camp, providing her thoughts on school, her family’s makeshift tent, boys and football, and closing with her hopes for the future.
 
 
Virtual Reality changes perceptions & allows for individual and collective experiences.
 
Waves of Grace captures a young woman’s tale of love, loss, and rebirth amid the Ebola epidemic. In the film we accompany Decontee Davis, a native of West Point, Liberia, as she guides us through the streets of her township, into schools, hospitals, abandoned buildings and burial grounds. She finds solace by using her immunity to help patients, care for those orphaned, fight stigma, and in the faith of forgiveness.
Virtual Reality has proven extremely effective to support fundraising efforts.
 
You can experience these VR films anytime, anywhere. All you need is your smart phone. Download the Vrse App for iOS or Android http://vrse.com/.
You will find yourself right there with Sidra and Decontee experiencing their realities.
 
 

 
THIS WEEK’S MEETING
Please join us on March 3rd when Jen Wanisko will speak to us on the YWCA Bethlehem TechGYRLS program. They are a Morning Star Community Grant Recipient. See you then!
 

 
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a gift to your world!
 
President Ron
 

 
President&#39;s Message Mar. 1 Ron Searfoss 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Sipple on Feb 22, 2016
Designers are creating innovative affordable products as solutions to problems all over the world.  New offerings include the solar roof, electric motorcycles, and more.  Now sparked by programs such as the Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability course at Stanford University's Institute of Design, some are taking a look at the concerns of people in developing countries as well.  Keeping local culture in mind, designers are creating products to meet communities' particular needs.  It turns out that even the most pressing problems, from health care to potable water, can have affordability and beautifully designed solutions.  (Zackowitz, 2010, 24) 
 
I wanted to share two such ideas that caught my eye.  
 
INFANT WARMER
Approximately 19 million low-birth weight babies are born every year in developing countries.  Unable to regulate their body temperature, many die.  The EMBRACE helps to warm vulnerable infants.  A special pouch slips into the back of the bag to provide hours of safe heat while allowing for nursing and cuddling.  Launch country:  India. Website: www.embraceglobal.org
 
PURIFYING STRAW
Some 900 million people lack access to safe drinking water.  Sipping through the LIFESTRAW filters surface water on-site, reducing the transmission of bacteria and viruses.  Thousands of 10" LIFESTRAWS were donated to Haiti after the most recent earthquake.  Each filters about 160 gallons; a new, shorter model, nearly 265 gallons.  Launch country: Kenya.  Website:   www.lifestraw.com
 
 
Nurse Sipple
The Healthy Rotarian #33: &quot;Big Ideas&quot; Improving Human Lives Through Innovation Janet Sipple 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 07, 2016
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of hearing from one of our Community Grant recipients. Debra Lamb, Vice President for Development at Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) enthusiastically introduced the exciting program enrichment activities provided for local preschoolers and elementary school-aged children at their 25 centers. This year the MSR grant funding will bring Da Vinci Science Center outreach educators to LVCC’s Bethlehem and Easton locations. These preschool children will experience science in a fun and interactive way.
 
 
The many enrichment activities are provided to the children at no additional costs to their parents. They are fully funded from support by other organizations. This adds greater meaning to the importance of grants such as ours.
 
Debra seized the opportunity to tell us about the diverse LVCC programs for all the children served. I was stunned when she said of the 1,020 + children they serve over 70% of Black children and over 60% of Latino children could not swim.  We are all familiar with the parables of teaching a person to fish or read so they will have skills for life.  Seems to me there is a real challenge here to teach kids to swim and perhaps save their lives.  Just food for thought.
 
In addition to her LVCC career, Debra is very active in the community. She has been in the Allentown Rotary Club since 2005. She will complete her second four-year term as an elected member of the Allentown School Board at the end of 2017. Her connections to MSR Rotarians include her colleague at LVCC, our own Shawn Deiter, and Sue Reeps who worked with Debra’s father in earlier careers with the US government.
 
 Thank you Debra.  Perhaps we will see you again this Thursday as you expressed interest in our next meeting . . .
 

 
THIS WEEK’S MEETING - please come early!
On Thursday February 25, our own Morning Star Rotarian, Bill Hunter, Director of International Outreach at Lehigh University, will host a unique program. Bill, together with Kristin Gutekunst, Project Manager, United Nations Sustainable Development Action Campaign, will have 10 virtual reality glasses with two films of 8 minutes duration
 
Clouds over Sidra transports viewers to the Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is home to 80,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war.
The film tells the story of Sidra, a young girl who has been in Zaatari since the summer of 2013 as she tries to find normalcy in her new surroundings and hold on to the remnants of childhood. She takes us on a tour of the camp, providing her thoughts on school, her family’s makeshift tent, boys and football, and closing with her hopes for the future.
 
 
Waves of Grace captures a young woman’s tale of love, loss, and rebirth amid the Ebola epidemic.
In the film we accompany Decontee Davis, a native of West Point, Liberia, as she guides us through the streets of her township, into schools, hospitals, abandoned buildings and burial grounds. She finds solace by using her immunity to help patients, care for those orphaned, fight stigma, and in the faith of forgiveness.
 
Per Bill, “We will be the first Rotary Club in the world to view these films.” Please join us for a very contemporary reality experience.
 

Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Community Service Event
Morning Star Rotary Club provided dinner for 40 guests of the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter last Thursday at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.  Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the fine effort by Morning Star Rotarians in contributing, preparing and serving the dinner at Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering.
 
In our best Morning Star tradition our service was to the individual men as guests at the Shelter. Their appreciation was evident in the many “Thank you!”s received during the event. Special cheers for Janet Kolepp ---- great job of bringing this all together.  Heard a lot of Rotarians saying “we should do this more often.”
 
As your president, I really want to thank you all for the participation and support.  It was a great time for Rotary fellowship as well.
Thanks again.
 
Note for your calendar – on March 24th we will have another service dinner opportunity. Hope to see you then!
 

 
Save the Date - May 17th!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran
of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17th, to recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook extends an invitation to all Rotarians.  We have not hosted a sitting RI President in over fifty years.  This is truly a rare event. It is a very rare opportunity to meet the incumbent RI President in celebration that evening.  
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a gift to your world!
President Ron

 
President&#39;s Message Feb. 23 Ron Searfoss 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 07, 2016
This question was the subject at our last meeting,
“What you should know about Cyber Security?”
 
To address this topic, we were fortunate to have Scott Gingold come to Morning Star Rotary. Scott is the President of Lehigh Valley Technology Company/Computer Troubleshooters, the area’s most award winning Information Technology and Managed Services Provider. He and his wife Denise lead a team of dedicated professionals that serves businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout our region.
 
Cyber Security consists of protecting the information, the hardware, and the software of an organization’s Information Technology Infrastructure. But as Scott highlighted, “It is also as much about a mental commitment to security.”
 
Scott’s recommendations for what you can do to protect your business:
 
 • Constantly update passwords and login details
By changing your login details, at least once or twice a month, you can cut down your chances of being a target of cybercrime.
 
 • A secure computer will deter cyber criminals
Always be sure to activate your firewall settings. Furthermore, installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software will protect your computer from various forms of malware, viruses, Trojan horses and other malicious software used to obtain your personal details.
 
 • Be social media savvy
Make sure your social networking profiles (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MSN, etc.) are set to private. Check your security settings. Be careful what information you post online. Once it is on the Internet, it is extremely difficult to remove. Don’t announce when you’re away, or you’re telling thieves your house is empty!
 
 • Secure mobile devices
More often than not, we leave our mobile devices unattended. By activating the built-in security features you can avoid any access to personal details. Never store passwords, pin numbers and even your own address on any mobile device.
 
 • Protect your Data 
Use encryption for your most sensitive files such as tax returns or financial records, make regular back-ups of all your important data, and store it in a different location.
 
 • Be aware of what you do while using public Wi-Fi Hotspots
While these access points are convenient, they are far from secure. Avoid conducting financial or corporate transactions on these networks.
 
 • Protect your e-identity
Be cautious when giving out personal information such as your name, address, phone number or financial information on the Internet. Make sure that websites are secure (e.g. when making online purchases) or that you’ve enabled privacy settings (e.g. when accessing/using social networking sites).
 
 • Avoid being scammed
Always think before you click on a link or file of unknown origin. Don’t feel pressured by any emails. Check the source of the message. When in doubt, verify the source. Never reply to emails that ask you to verify your information or confirm your user ID or password.
 
The presentation was interactive from the get-go, as the topic resonated with our members. Numerous examples were shared of personal experiences of being hacked and data being stolen. There were many questions raised.
 
No one is immune from cyber attacks, be it a business or an individual. As Scott stated, “Being ever vigilant in your efforts will help provide your best protection.”
 
Thank you to Scott and Denise for sharing their expertise and a timely presentation which benefits all of us.
 
 


Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Community Service Event THIS THURSDAY Feb. 18th
 
Morning Star Rotary Club will be providing dinner for the guests of the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter on February 18 at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.  We need your help in three ways:
 • Food donations (soup, salad, bread & dessert) and/or a cash donation.
 • Serve on the Setup & Cooking Crew 5 – 7pm.
 • Serve on the Serving & Cleanup Crew 6:15 – 8pm.

Feel free to invite any potential members for a hands-on Rotary experience.

Please see the sign-up sheet at the meeting and plan to support this event.
Contact Janet Kolepp if any questions, or if you can help but won't be at the meeting to sign up on the sheet. 484-241-1252 agjanetk@gmail.com

Thank you!
 

 
Save the Date - May 17th!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran
of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17th, to recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook extends an invitation to all Rotarians.  We have not hosted a sitting RI President in over fifty years.  This is truly a rare event. It is a very rare opportunity to meet the incumbent RI President in celebration that evening.  
 


This Week's Meeting
 
Please join us on February 18th when Debra Lamb of Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers visits.
As a Grant Recipient, Deb will highlight  Preschool Science Enrichment at LVCCs for 30 preschoolers age 3-5 in Bethlehem and Easton, and how this is done in conjunction with the DaVinci Discovery Center. See you there.
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember spring is just around the corner….so says Punxsutawney Phil!
President Ron

 
President&#39;s Message Feb. 15 Ron Searfoss 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 07, 2016

Morning Star Rotary has established a very successful long-term relationship with the Allentown Band.
 
Thanks to an initiative fathered by Past President Gary Hartney, this past November we successfully conducted our 13th annual fund raising “Salute the Troops” concert featuring the Allentown Band.  The primary beneficiary of these efforts has been Victory House of the Lehigh Valley, which has received over $65,000 to help in their work with our Veterans.

The Allentown Band also qualified for a Community Development Grant from Morning Star Rotary to support their programs of Transforming Student Lives Through the Power of Music. We were honored to have Ron Demkee, ‘Conductor Extraordinaire’ present to educate us on these programs, and happy to meet Ron’s wife, Joan. Susan Hartney was also a guest. She is Gary’s wife and a former Morning Star Member; she also plays in the Allentown Band and was instrumental in establishing the long relationship between the band and our club!

 
YOUTH CONCERTS are designed especially for Elementary through Middle School Students, which are offered to schools throughout the Lehigh Valley at no cost. National Standards for Arts Education are addressed:
 • Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
 • Evaluating music and music performances
 • Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside of the arts
 • Understanding music in relation to history and culture 
 • By understanding works in context, students see ties between music and literature, history, visual art, and a variety of cultural influences.

 These concerts are inclusive of low-key, interactive teaching moments with the students. The concerts continue to grow and be fabulously successful.

SIDE-BY-SIDE CONCERTS have advanced high school students from the region participating in a public concert playing alongside members of the Allentown Band in a program of professional level music presented at Allentown's premier concert venue - Miller Symphony Hall.

This program commenced in 2005. A key feature in addition to the students having the opportunity to play is the inclusion of visiting top notch musicians from across the musical spectrum.  These visitors help instill an incredible level of musical synergy to the whole experience.

THE ALLENTOWN BAND MISSION
The Allentown Band preserves and advances the heritage of concert band music by providing quality, inspiring performances and education in partnership with the community and beyond.
www.allentownband.com

Thank you to Ron Demkee and the Allentown Band.  We look forward to your continued success and especially to our next Salute the Troops Concert in November 2016.
 


Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering Community Service Event on Feb. 18th
Morning Star Rotary Club will be providing dinner for the guests of the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter on February 18 at Cathedral Church of the Nativity.  We need your help in three ways:
 • Food donations (soup, salad, bread & dessert) and/or a cash donation.
 • Serve on the Setup & Cooking Crew 5 – 7pm.
 • Serve on the Serving & Cleanup Crew 6:15 – 8pm.

Feel free to invite any potential members for a hands-on Rotary experience.

Please see the sign-up sheet at the meeting and plan to support this event.
Contact Janet Kolepp if any questions, or if you can help but won't be at the meeting to sign up on the sheet. 484-241-1252 agjanetk@gmail.com

Thank you!
 


If you haven't already done so,
PLEASE REGISTER NOW!
 
 
District 7430 Conference             
2015 – 2016     
The Inn at Pocono Manor

April 8 – 10, 2016
Educational and a ‘real’ Celebration
Here's the link:   http://www.whythecow.com
 

 
Save the Date - May 17th!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17th, to recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook extends an invitation to all Rotarians. It is a very rare opportunity to meet the currently serving Rotary International President in celebration that evening. 
 


This Week's Meeting
 
Please join us on Thursday February 11th when Scott Gingold from Lehigh Valley Technology Company/Computer Troubleshooters. Scott will talk to us on Cyber Security.
 
 
Given their 10 years plus serving business customers in the area as well as law enforcement agencies including the Secret Service, FBI and State Police, this will be a very interesting and informative program. See you there!
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember to be a gift to your Lehigh Valley!
 
President Ron

 
President&#39;s Message Feb. 8 Ron Searfoss 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Feb 01, 2016
We closed out the month of January on the 28th with a special celebration. We said ‘Thank You’ as we acknowledged the dozens of sponsors who supported our 25th Anniversary 5K/10K Race.
 
The celebration was capped off by Race Director Wayne Achey presenting a check for our $8,000 donation to the Bethlehem Special OlympicsLouise Tusak graciously accepted the donation on behalf of Bethlehem Special Olympics.
 
Bethlehem Special Olympics has been the prime beneficiary of the Morning Star 5K/10K Run since the early years of the club.  We are proud to have raised over $120,000 for Special Olympics.
 
Our friends at Essroc Italcementi Group once again had a large contingent – this time of about 200 participants. Essroc considers the Event an integral part of their corporate wellness program! They have thrown down the challenge to any other organizations to do likewise and try to match their participation.
 
A thank you is in order for our Race Director, Wayne Achey and Assistant Race Director, Jeff Kicska.  Feedback from runners and participants was exceptionally positive reflecting how well the Race was run. A very special thank you to all the Race Committee members and all the Morning Star Rotarians and Family and Friends for all their work and support over the months and the day of the event to ensure another successful Race.
 
 

 
If you haven't already done so,
PLEASE REGISTER NOW!
 
District 7430 Conference             
2015 – 2016     
The Inn at Pocono Manor
April 8 – 10, 2016
Educational and a ‘real’ Celebration
Here's the link:  http://www.whythecow.com/

 
Save the Date!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17thto recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook extends an invitation to all Rotarians. It is a very rare opportunity to meet the currently serving Rotary International President in celebration that evening.. 
 
 

 
This Week's Meeting
Please join us this Thursday, February 4th when Ron Demkee, ‘Conductor Extraordinaire’ of the Allentown Band will talk to us on Transforming Students Lives Through the Power of Music.
 
 
The Allentown Band, the oldest continuously performing civilian concert band in the United States, provides two important youth educational outreach initiatives that reach more than 2,250 students from 14 greater Lehigh Valley school districts Young People’s Concerts, held in November are programmed for students in grades 3-9. The participatory Side By Side Concert, held in May, is designed for student musicians in grades 10-12. These initiatives are offered to schools at no charge through grant and donor support.
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember to be a gift to the Lehigh Valley!
President Ron
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Feb. 2 Ron Searfoss 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ben Tenaglia on Feb 01, 2016
 
Do you know any high school age students? Morning Star Rotary and District 7430 offer the opportunity to experience public speaking and potentially earn significant prize money! The Four-Way Test Speech Contest is NOT limited to those involved in Debate Club or performing in school productions. In fact, we find that many such students have no time in their schedules to prepare and participate in our contest.
 
The Bethlehem and Morning Star Rotary Clubs will conduct our "local" contest on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6 PM in the Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda (between City Hall and the Library). Two contestants will be selected to advance to the regional level contest, and the winner there goes to the finals, to be conducted at the District Conference.
 
 
We will appreciate your spreading the word to high school age students, teachers, counselors, and any appropriate youth organizations you may know. Thanks!
 
 
Seeking Contestants for Four-Way Test Speech Contest Ben Tenaglia 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 25, 2016
Morning Star Rotarians had the pleasure of a special presentation from Habitat of Humanity, specifically The Habitat for Humanity ReStore for the Lehigh Valley. 
 
Alli Ingram, ReStore Procurement Manager was joined by Camille Urbano, Lehigh Valley Habitat Volunteer Manager. The ladies were a very effective tag-team in showing what Habitat is all about and how it is so successful in the Lehigh Valley.
The Lehigh Valley affiliate of Habitat was founded in 1989.  2014 marked the 25th anniversary in the Lehigh Valley and dedication of their 100th home! Habitat builds homes in the ABE area. Allentown focus has been the Neighborhood Revitalization program emphasizing rehab of existing structures. These properties were previously vacant and blighted, so often they can be purchased from the Redevelopment Authority for $1. In Bethlehem and Easton the focus is on new home construction.
 
The philosophy is to provide a means of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing a “hand up”, not a “hand out”. It is estimated that there are over 95 million Americans living in substandard housing (that is 1/3rd of our population). Habitat helps break the cycle of poverty by making homeownership possible to those who may not qualify for a traditional mortgage. All Partner Families contribute 250 “Sweat Equity” hours per adult on the construction. They then earn their home and repay a 30-year 0% interest mortgage to Habitat which owns the homes until payment is completed.
 
The ReStore provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills. Donations of new or gently used building materials and household goods are accepted and resold back to the public.
All funds raised by Habitat Lehigh Valley ReStore provide direct support for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley's vision:
A World Where Everyone has a Decent Place to Live!
The ReStore is always looking for help – Donate! Shop! Volunteer!
 

 
Board of Directors – you will recall last week we had the sad news of Alex Shnaydruk and his family being relocated to Europe the end of December. Alex is a Board member with his term being 7/1/15 – 6/30/17. I am pleased to announce that Robin Metzler has volunteered to serve the balance of Alex’s term as Director. His confirmation will be addressed at the next Board meeting. Thank you Robin!
 

 
If you haven't already done so,
REGISTER NOW!
 
District 7430 Conference             
2015 – 2016     
The Inn at Pocono Manor
April 8 – 10, 2016
Educational and a ‘real’ Celebration
Here's the link:  http://www.whythecow.com/

 
Save the Date!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17thto recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook is asking that as many Rotarians as possible attend the celebration that evening. 
 
 

 
This Week's Meeting
Please join us January 28th when we celebrate our Race Recognition of the sponsors, supporters and Bethlehem Special Olympics as the major recipient of this very successful 25th Anniversary event. Helpers are needed for 50/50 and Introduction of Visitors/Guests – would you please lend a hand?
 

 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember to be a gift to the Lehigh Valley!
President Ron
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Jan. 26 Ron Searfoss 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jessica Elliott on Jan 25, 2016
Our "Invite A Guest" Membership Event previously scheduled for the evening of January 28 at Goosey Gander has been postponed until the spring to facilitate greater participation. Please keep your eyes open for publication of the new date.
POSTPONED! Membership Event will be held in the Spring Jessica Elliott 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jessica Elliott on Jan 18, 2016
What is Rotary and Morning Star all about?
Invite a Guest
Morning Star Rotary Membership Event
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 pm
The Gander Room
Goosey Gander
102 W. Fourth Street
Bethlehem PA 18015
 
Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar
MSR Member Cost $15.00
Potential Members Free (Non-spouse)
 
RSVP
Jess Elliott 610-360-0051 jessica@habitatlv.org
 
Please join us, and bring a potential member if you can!
 
 
Membership Event at Goosey Gander on Jan. 28 Jessica Elliott 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 18, 2016
On January 14th we had the pleasure of hosting people from the Promise Neighborhoods (PN) of the Lehigh Valley presenting the progress of this program in our area. 
 
 
Christian Torres, Coordinator, Bethlehem PN and Ewuradjoa Dawson-Amoah, Data Coordinator, PN of Lehigh Valley addressed the research conducted in our Bethlehem neighborhoods. Areas of focus included surveys of what is currently going on in Bethlehem:
  • General Demographics
  • Education
  • Safety and Stability
  • Economy
  • Health
Backstory
Program Description - Promise Neighborhoods, established under the federal legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes.
The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by—
  1. Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood;
  2. Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center;
  3. Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
  4. Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and
  5. Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program.
Christian and Ewuradjoa spoke to the survey results recently completed in the last half of 2015. The Neighborhood areas were focused on Census Tracts in key areas of the city. The City of Bethlehem provided data support which was essential to successful completion of this initial phase. This will allow Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley to make informed and effective decisions with their expansion into Bethlehem.
Their PowerPoint presentation was very informative and lead to a fruitful Q&A session with the membership.  Christian and Ewuradjoa were accompanied by Ammar Sharif, Manager, Easton Promise Neighborhood in providing responses to a broad range of questions.
I am sure we will hear more from this Promise Neighborhoods as it moves forward.  Thank you to Christian, Ewuradjoa and Ammar for a thought provoking presentation.
 
 
Following the Board meeting Wednesday, I gave a brief update to the membership at the meeting Thursday. This will serve to get everyone on the same page.
 
Treasurer
  • Approved a $10,000 grant from the Salute The Troops concert for Victory House. Additionally approved a $250 grant each for the Northeast Middle School Band and Chorus.
  • Approved an $8,000 grant from the 25th Anniversary Race for the Special Olympics of Bethlehem. (Please plan to be at the Race Recognition Breakfast on January 28th!)
  • Approved release of $1,000 each of budgeted funds for Rotaplast and Shelter Box.
 
Membership
Alex Shnaydruk, Iryna Levytska and daughter Victoria have been forced to relocate to Europe December 31, 2015. Due to issues with the state budget and economic development programs, his position with Lehigh University expired and his work visa status expired. They are currently with Iryna’s parents in Ukraine and moving to the Netherlands when Alex’s Dutch work permit is approved. They plan to return to the United States in a year or two. We will place them on Leave of Absence status until the end of this Rotary year.  We hope they will be able to transfer into a new club.
 
Board of Director Opening
Alex is also a Board member with a Term from 7/1/15 – 6/30/17. Please consider stepping up and serving in this Board capacity to fulfill his term. Contact me if you are interested.
 
Youth Exchange 2016-17
Approved the District 7430 request that Morning Star Rotary host an Incoming Exchange Student for the next Rotary year. Cheryl Baker has volunteered to be the first host family. Other host families will be needed. (Note there will be no Outbound requirement associated with this request.)
 
What is Rotary and Morning Star all about?
Invite a Guest
Membership Event
Thursday, January 28th at Gander Room
Watch your email for sign-up & RSVP to Jess Elliott!!!
 
Save the Date!
RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran of Sri Lanka will be coming to King of Prussia on Tuesday, May 17thto recognize District 7430 for raising over $2 million for the Rotary International Foundation.  District Governor Doug Cook is asking that as many Rotarians as possible attend the celebration that evening. 
 
Please join us on January 21st when Alli Ingram, ReStore Procurement Manager will talk to us about Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore.
 
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember to be a gift to the world!
President Ron
 
President&#39;s Message Jan. 18 Ron Searfoss 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
The campaign to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride, held as part of El Tour de Tucson, on 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $4.4 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to more than $13.5 million.
MILES TO END POLIO RIDE 2016-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 11, 2016

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 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 11, 2016

We extend a very special Thank You to Mike and Terry Long for hosting the Morning Star Rotary Post Holiday Party last Saturday evening! A great time was had by all, as we enjoyed a wide variety of dishes and a veritable cornucopia of desserts.  All that was exceeded by the warm Rotary fellowship and the opportunity to just be with friends and relax.

 

The photo below depicts some of our favorite Rotarians heavily engaged in a discussion of the Four Way Test.  As you might imagine, the focus was on number 5 – Is It Fun!

 

 
Last Thursday we were fortunate to have a program by Susan Koomar from the Gift of Life Organ Donor Program.
 
 
There are nearly 6,000 people on waiting lists in our area alone. Susan presented a comprehensive visual display of how organ and tissue donations save lives.
 
Mike Parsley came from Nazareth to share his experiences as a survivor of a double lung transplant recipient and also a kidney transplant. (Mike never smoked a day in his life.)
 
(Thanks to Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen for the speaker photos.)
 
The FACTS:
  • If you are sick or injured, the number one priority of medical staff is to save your life
  • Donors may have an open casket viewing
  • There is NO cost to the donor or their family for organ/tissue donation
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation
  • Anyone can be a potential organ donor regardless of age or medical history
    Time is of the essence when a donor event takes place. It takes about a minute to become a registered organ donor online! By the simple act of registering the proper steps will be taken in a timely manner. www.donors1.org/register.
     
Just having a provision in your will would be too late.  Please let your family know your wishes, so you can have the comfort of making that final act of compassion to allow others to live.
 
Have you invited your guests to join us at our club Membership Event at Goosey Gander on January 28th? This will be a great opportunity to introduce Rotary to new friends and potential new members. We want to share the wealth of what Service Above Self is all about.
 
Please join us on January 14 when Christian Torres and Ewuradjoa Dawson-Amoah will tell us all about Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Remember to be a gift to the world!
President Ron
 
 
President&#39;s Message Jan. 12 Ron Searfoss 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
I&#39;d Like to Withdraw a Treat, Please! 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Searfoss on Jan 11, 2016
Morning Star Rotary’s 2015-16 Community Development Grants have been approved the Board. Thanks to the committee for their work. The process used:
  • A simplified “Request for Proposal” was publicized, and applications were accepted for a month.
  • A summary sheet and about 3 pages from each of the 20 applications received (a record!) were sent out to the six Community Development Grants Committee members.
  • Each of the six committee members assigned points (from low of 0 to high of 5) to each applicant.
  • A point summary was distributed.
  • The committee met and agreed to recommend full funding of the top 3 rated
  • The bottom half (10 of 20 applications) were eliminated.
  • We then discussed the remaining 7, and some people modified their points. (Considerations included location, number of children helped, long term impact, and cost effectiveness.)
  • Agreed on one additional full funding and one partial funding to total the $8,000 budget.
  • At it’s Dec. 9 meeting, the board discussed and then approved the committees’ recommendations.
  • Each of our five recipients will present at a Morning Star Rotary meeting over the next few months. They are:
 
Organization
Approved
Description
1
Allentown Band
 $ 2,000
Transforming Student Lives Through the Power of Music
2
Lehigh Valley Children's Centers
 $ 1,500
Preschool Science Enrichment at LVCCs for 30 preschoolers age 3-5 in Bethlehem and Easton. Done with Da Vinci Discovery Center.
3
Moravian College and William Penn Elementary
 $ 2,500
"Reading and Riding" - provide stationary bikes which allow riding while reading or doing homework.
4
Satori
 $ 1,000
In support of "Artists -in-Residence" project at Governor Wolf Elementary. And Satori will perform again at our Spaghetti Dinner!
5
YWCA
 $ 1,000
TechGYRLS Afterschool Programs to address persistent gender gap in science and technology professions. Science-Tech-Engineering-Math enrichment to girls ages 9-13 over 16 weeks.
 
 
Community Development Grants Approved Jean Searfoss 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Jan 03, 2016
Happy New Year, Morning Star Rotarians!
 
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  It is hard to believe the College Football Bowl Season is down to one game! Although it is a beautiful sunny day today, Mother Nature has definitely taken back control of the thermometer. May bode well for the skiers!
 
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Reminder – (Post) HOLIDAY PARTY
this Saturday!!! 
January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long. (We'll email the address to members later this week.) The club will provide ham, plus beer, wine and soft drinks. If you’d like to attend but were not able to sign up at the meetings, please email jsearfoss@cementemployers.com with the number of people and the type of food you plan to bring. (Appetizer, salad, side dish, main dish, etc. Not too many desserts, please.)
 
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We look forward to seeing you all this Thursday January 7th when our speaker will be Susan Koomar who will talk to us about the Gift of Life – Organ Donation!
 
 
Have you invited your guests to join us at our club Membership Event at Goosey Gander on January 28th?  Details coming soon!
 
 
Just in case you missed this –
We conducted our 2016-2017 elections at the December 17th meeting.
Previously elected are:
  ♦  President Sharon Fontana
  ♦  President Elect Kristian Schafer
  ♦  Secretary Val Walk
  ♦  Sergeant-at-Arms Russ Pacala
  ♦  (Treasurer to be elected at a later date.)
  ♦  Directors through 6/30/17:
        Dave Cincera
        Jeff Kicska
        Alex Shnaydruk
        Geoff Wright
 
► Special congratulations to Cheryl Baker who will serve as Vice-President 2016-17, then as President Elect in 2017-18 and President in 2018-19.
 
The following Rotarians have been elected to two year terms on the Board of Directors starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018:
  ♦  Marianne Aronson
  ♦  Janet Kolepp
  ♦  Rick Morissey
  ♦  John Oesmann
 
Please join me in congratulating these Rotarians and thanking them for stepping into these leadership roles for our club.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
President Ron
 
 
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Jan. 4 Ron Searfoss 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 20, 2015
 
            
 
On December 17th ­­we enjoyed our Annual Musical Holiday Celebration!  Our thanks to Maestro Rick Santee, (new accordion this year – a RED one!) for creating a marvelous program.
 
 
The Liberty High School Acapella Choir, under the direction of Gayle Justis, was absolutely wonderful.
 
 
They presented an excellent variety of holiday music from traditional to very contemporary (a Straight No Chaser takeoff, the Christmas Can-Can!) and a totally new number selected by Gayle which was quite moving.  Proof positive the arts are alive and well at Liberty High School!
 
We finished off the program with our traditional 12 Days of Rotary with significant updates reflecting our ever evolving Morning Star Rotary Club. Indeed, a very fitting conclusion to our 2015 Rotary year. We had many special guests, including former members, spouses and kids, and THREE Past District Governors - Tore Hartmann-Hansen, Gerry Long and BJ Metz!
 
 
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We also conducted our 2016-2017 CLUB ELECTIONS at this meeting.
Previously elected are:
  ♦  President Sharon Fontana
  ♦  President Elect Kristian Schafer
  ♦  Secretary Val Walk
  ♦  Sergeant-at-Arms Russ Pacala
  ♦  (Treasurer to be elected at a later date.)
  ♦  Directors through 6/30/17:
        Dave Cincera
        Jeff Kicska
        Alex Shnaydruk
        Geoff Wright
 
► Special congratulations to Cheryl Baker who will serve as Vice-President 2016-17, then as President Elect in 2017-18 and President in 2018-19.
 
The following Rotarians have been elected to two year terms on the Board of Directors starting July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018:
  ♦  Marianne Aronson
  ♦  Janet Kolepp
  ♦  Rick Morissey
  ♦  John Oesmann
 
Please join me in congratulating these Rotarians and thanking them for stepping into these leadership roles for our club.
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December 24 and 31 – NO Meetings! Enjoy family and friends! Note: the Downtown Club does not meet December 23 or 30.
 
 
 
Reminder – HOLIDAY PARTY January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
The club will provide ham, plus beer, wine and soft drinks. If you’d like to attend but were not able to sign up at the meetings, please email jsearfoss@cementemployers.com with the number of people and the type of food you plan to bring. (Appetizer, salad, side dish, main dish, etc. Not too many desserts, please.)
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Wishing You and Yours Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe journey into Next Year!
President Ron
 
 
 
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Dec. 21 Ron Searfoss 2015-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 13, 2015
In preparation for the Holiday Season, last Thursday our own Dr. Janet Sipple volunteered to provide “sound advice for Happy Healthy Holidays!”
If you are planning on going to a party but you know you will be grumpy, just stay home! Such gatherings are highly social and people go to enjoy themselves.
Adopt a spirit of optimism. Hold off on topics which may be controversial. Make a positive effort to avoid hot buttons.
Simplify your life style.  Lower your stress levels and enjoy the season. Manage stress in events, life and families. What family traditions can you let go of to reduce the stress of the season?
Don’t be afraid to acknowledge people. Be open and receptive, and understand that the holidays may bring painful memories for some.
Remember what you learned in kindergarten – stress relief – roll your shoulders; make a real big yawn.
Always remember to hydrate! Drink Your Water! Put a little lemon or lime juice in the water for variety. (This also helps prevent hangovers!)
Alcohol has no redeeming qualities! Set limits: 2 drinks of 3 ounces over 3 hours.
Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face and eyes.
Stay away from coughers! Especially avoid those of the snotty noses!
Take naps. (Try to keep these under control as they tend to grow in length!)
Eat before you go to a party. Especially consume protein.
Stay away from dips – they are known in the nursing community as “snot bowls” for obvious reasons.
Nuts! Roasted, dry and unsalted.  They are both good and bad for you.  Enjoy but like with many things, moderation is needed.
The day after, flood your system with water! And eat oatmeal……floaters not sinkers!
Happy Holidays!  Have a great time.
 
Thanks to Tom Mohr for announcing Birthdays in his unique style ...

 
A special thanks to all who participated in the Morning Star Rotary Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. We raised nearly $2,300 as a result of our efforts. Very well done!
 
Please join us this Thursday morning, December 17 ­­for Morning Star Rotary's annual Musical Holiday Celebration meeting! Join Maestro Rick Santee on accordion and Gayle Justis and the Liberty High School Acapella Choir as we celebrate the Holiday Season! Invite family, friends & guests, and please come and join in the festivities.
 
 
 
 
We will also conduct our 2016-2017 election at this meeting.
 
December 24 and 31 – NO Meetings! Enjoy family and friends!
 
Save the Date – HOLIDAY PARTY January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
The club will provide ham, plus beer, wine and soft drinks. If you’d like to attend but aren’t able to sign up at the meeting last week or this Thursday, please email jsearfoss@cementemployers.com with the number of people and the type of food you plan to bring. (Appetizer, salad, side dish, main dish, etc. Not too many desserts, please.)
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a Gift to the World!
President Ron
 
 
 
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Dec. 14 Ron Searfoss 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Dec 06, 2015
Kathleen Matson, Tasting Room Manager from Galen Glen Winery was our special guest speaker December 3rd.
 
  
 
Our Thursday meetings being at 7am, unfortunately there were no opportunities for sampling. Kathy started with an excellent video of the Winery and its operations produced using “drone technology.” Galen Troxell and his wife, Sarah, started the winery in 1995 on heirloom property which has been in the Troxell family for over 225 years! Galen is the 6th generation to farm the land.
 
Galen Glen has been very successful having garnered numerous accolades –
  ♦ Pioneered planting the Gruner Veltliner Grape in the US in 2003; recognized as a leading grower of Zweigelt;
  Internationally known producer of Ice Wine (they Farm Wine 365 days a year!);
  Named Best Winery, Pennsylvania by the New York International Wine Competition in Manhattan;
  Named Best Woman Winemaker, International Women of Wine Competition, Sonoma, CA
  Only winery named on Zagat’s “10 Reasons to Drive to the Lehigh Valley”
 
Galen Glen Winery is very community oriented and embraces the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self by conducting Annual Events helping others –
  ► The American Cancer Society
  Family Promise of Carbon County
  Toys for Tots
  The West Penn Fire Company
 
Kathy went on to explain the significance of the “Crooked Stick” in their logo and throughout the areas of the Winery and their literature. The cherry sapling symbolizes their perseverance. Chopped down by Galen, the first vineyard was planted using the stick for row spacing, creating meandering grapevines.
Crooked Vines. Exquisite Wines.
Although Kathy did not have samples, she does recommend a Concord with Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch for breakfast.
 
Please join us for these upcoming programs –
 
December 10 – our own Janet Sipple will talk to us about Happy Healthy Holidays!
(Janet "The Bookworm" is shown here with some of the MANY thank you notes received from third graders for Dictionaries received from Morning Star Rotary.)
 
December 17 ­­– MSR Annual Musical Holiday Celebration!
 
 
Join Rick Santee and the Liberty High School Acapella Choir as we celebrate the Holiday Season! Invite family, friends & guests, and please come and join in the festivities.
 
 
December 24 and 31 – NO Meetings! Enjoy family and friends!
 
Save the Date – HOLIDAY PARTY January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a Gift to the World!
President Ron
 
 
 
 
 
President&#39;s Message Dec. 7 Ron Searfoss 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 29, 2015
Welcome back - I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! (You may recall my prediction the week before to look forward and enjoy the Lehigh victory over Lafayette. Most enjoyable!)
 
Our program on Nov. 19th was a presentation by and about Engineers Without Borders (EWB). 
 
 
Three members of the Professional Chapter of the EWB were present:  Al Ottinger, Herb Klotz and Bill MacNair.  Al is a Rotarian in the Fleetwood Club and Herb is current President of the Allentown West Rotary Club. 
 
 
Bill provided an update on their current water and sanitation project in the Dominican Republic.  The second assessment trip was a recent success and the government has agreed to provide support for pumping stations. Herb gave a brief update on the Central School project in Sierra Leone, Nigeria.  This project is nearing completion after over 6 years of dedicated efforts.
 
The real focus of the program was presented by two young engineers from Lehigh University.  Miranda Blanchard, a senior, is President of the Lehigh University Chapter of EWB. Deanna Kocher, a junior, is the Project Class Manager. 
 
 
In the context of Lehigh University, they are a “club activity.” This ever changing group of young engineers has identified the need for drinking water in Cebadilla, Nicaragua.  Two successful assessment trips have been completed in the past few years and another is being planned for early 2016.  They have found much more progress is made when they get on site and work directly with the local people. The Mayor had dug a well which was found to be ineffective since it proved not to be deep enough. The club’s evaluations and efforts have paved the way to a successful partnership with the local government. They are drilling to greater depths to access the much needed water and designing appropriate pumps to extract in volumes sufficient to meet the needs of the people.   The LU EWB has made a 5 year commitment to the community project.  The local government is funding a small percentage of the costs from its budget.
 
The Professional Chapter of EWB has been providing guidance when possible. Bear in mind these are students who are in college to study engineering and all are in various stages of their education.  To add to the challenges, the roster of volunteers changes yearly as students graduate and leave and others must move up to fill their shoes!  They work very hard to build solid teams of students to carry on the work. Again, in the context of Lehigh University, they are a “club activity.”
 
We thank them for their excellent presentation but more so applaud their efforts to succeed in making a difference in the lives of others. Perhaps other opportunities for collaboration may blossom from these efforts.
 
We had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, John Oesmann.
 
John’s sponsors, Tom and Janet Kolepp, were proud to do the honors. John has already accomplished many of the new member requirements for weekly activities. However, he has gone way beyond that. He attended the Rotary Leadership Institute Class I on November 7th. John worked the Salute The Troops Concert on November 8th. Finally, John is on the Ballot for the December elections to become a Board Director beginning July 1, 2016. 
Also thank you John and spouse Carrie for supporting our Salvation Army Bell Ringing at the Moravian Book Shop on Saturday. (See story below.)
You are a welcome addition to our Morning Star Rotary family.
 
Rotary Foundation Chair, Sue Burnett, had the honor of presenting Janet Kolepp with her pin in recognition of achieving her second Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Congratulations, Janet! (And thanks to Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen for the pictures.)
 
Please join us for these upcoming programs –
December 03 – our speaker will be Kathy Matson, Tasting Room Manager from the Galen Glen Winery. (No I do not know if samples will be in the offing!)
December 10 – our own Janet Sipple will talk about Happy Healthy Holidays!
 
December 17 ­­– Morning Star's Musical Holiday Celebration! Join Rick Santee and the Liberty High School Acapella Choir as we celebrate the Holiday Season! Invite family, friends & guests, and please come and join in the festivities.
 
December 24 and 31 – NO Meetings! Enjoy family and friends!
 
Save the Date – HOLIDAY PARTY January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Be a Gift to the World!
President Ron  
President&#39;s Message Nov. 30 Ron Searfoss 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 29, 2015
 
  Rotary Bellringers Needed Dec 5 . 
 
Our Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club has a long standing history of helping the Salvation Army raise funds at the holidays through club Bell-Ringing. Thanks to those who helped last Saturday at the Moravian Bookshop, including John & Carrie Oesmann and Tom Kolepp, shown here. (Photo courtesy of Janet Kolepp.)
 
We still have a few openings December 5th at Christkindlmarkt.
 
  3 - 4 pm   - need 1 person
  6 - 7 pm   - need 2 people
  7 - 8 pm   - need 2 people
 
Would you please sign-up for an hour or two to help the Salvation Army continue their efforts at helping others? This is what Rotary is all about – Service Above Self!
 
Please respond to me via email so that we can fill the available slots as soon as possible and make this a success. Please include your cell phone number!
 
Thank you for helping make the Holiday Seasons a happy time for people in need.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Ron "Santa" Searfoss
 
 
610-504-1460
 
 
 
Rotary Bellringers Needed on Dec 5! Ron Searfoss 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 22, 2015
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. I am 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 3rd since we do not meet on Thanksgiving Day.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
President Ron  
President's Letter Nov. 23 Ron Searfoss 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 16, 2015
In keeping with the RI theme of November being Rotary Foundation Month, last Thursday Foundation Chair Sue Burnett and the Foundation Committee members, challenged all attendees to a ROTARY FOUNDATION TRIVIA THROW DOWN! Think of a take-off on Jeopardy. Please see separate story below for more details.
 
Last Wednesday night, I presented the Ballot of Officers and Directors for our December 17th Club Election.  With Board approval, this was presented to the membership at the Thursday meeting. (The Voting Ballot is in downloads on our home page.) However, Sue Reeps, our stalwart Treasurer extraordinaire these past few years, has now announced she will continue through the end of this Rotary Year, 6/30/15. After that, she will remain a Morning Star Rotarian, and is assuming the Treasurer duties at her church.
 
Sue, with the help of many Morning Star Rotarians, has made tremendous improvements. Enhancements to the club’s financial reporting have been so significant that new members and long-time veterans alike have expressed their thanks and said, “finally I understand what it is all about …”   
 
My point here is to encourage members to consider stepping into this position to help your Club and Rotary. Ideally, we would hope for this person to come on board by the first of January to allow a learning process for the balance of Sue’s term in office. And after that, she will still be available to answer questions. Please contact me or any Board member if you are willing to serve as Treasurer.
 
The Community Development Grants Committee has received at least 20 Grant Applications. This is about double past year submissions. The changes made by the Committee to ease the application process, coupled with increasing the dollar range of grants, can only be deemed a rousing success!  Congratulations!
 
 
The distribution of the Dictionaries was very successful.
In addition there was great interest in the Spanish-to-English dictionaries --- from the teachers and administrators in 10 of the elementary schools. A Committee proposal was approved by the Board to source another 100 Spanish-to-English dictionaries for distribution. We are also working on making this a real positive PR event for BASD, Morning Star and Rotary.
 
The Board approved a new Community Service project for Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering proposed by Janet Kolepp.  Morning Star Rotarians will donate, cook and prepare meals on February 18th and March 24th. Janet will act as coordinator. A menu will be established and items for the meals will be requested for donation. 6-8+ MS Rotarians will be needed on the night of hospitality at the shelter to help setup, cook and clean up.
 
The Annual Joint Thanksgiving Luncheon hosted by the Bethlehem Downtown Rotary will be held tomorrow (or today, depending when you read this), Wednesday, November 18th at noon right here at Moravian Village. Sharon Zondag from the Laros Foundation will speak, and we will be joined by Rotarians from neighboring clubs.  Please see the separate story below for more details. 
 
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 19th. We will be at
Moravian Book Shop from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday November 28th, and at
Christkindlmarkt from 11 am to 8 pm Saturday December 5th.
 
There will be no Thursday morning meetings on December 24th and 31st. We hope you enjoy your time together with family and friends.
 
Save the Date – Morning Star’s HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Saturday, January 9th at the home of our gracious hosts, Mike and Terry Long.
 
Please join us this Thursday November 19th when Al Ottinger will talk to Morning Star about Engineers Without Borders.
 
If you would like to learn more about either Bethlehem Morning Star or Rotary International, please contact Ron Searfoss at rsearfos@ptd.net or 610-504-1460.
 
Given current events, now more than ever, Rotarians must strive to be a gift to their communities and the world.
 
President Ron  
President&#39;s Letter Nov. 17 Ron Searfoss 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Searfoss on Nov 16, 2015
 
Last Thursday, Sue Burnett and the Foundation Committee members, challenged all attendees (divided into 4 teams) to a game of “ROTARY FOUNDATION TRIVIA THROW DOWN” in recognition of November being Rotary Foundation Month!
 
Your body was your Rotarian buzzer to signal you had an answer. The rounds ranged from Easy to NER (Not Even Remotely Easy) with a Bonus Round – “Totally Impossible” – where some real strategic wagering of points came into play. Some questions placed a premium on the collective Morning Star experience of our veteran members.
 
Did you know (just a sampling) -
 
♦ Who is the current District 7430 Foundation Chair Person?
     ⇒ PDG Frank Romano
        
 
♦ How many members of Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary are Paul Harris Fellows?
     ⇒ 38 Members (a significant number of whom are multiples!)
 
♦ This Grant includes up to 50% District Designated Funds, with the remaining funds coming from the Clubs.
     ⇒ A District Grant
 
♦ Name 2 Morning Star Past Presidents who led Rotary Group Study Exchanges, to India and South Africa.
     ⇒ Gordon Sommers and PDG Bill Jahn
 
♦ These letters spell out what popular Rotary Foundation program - DOWPNENLIOON?
     ⇒ END POLIO NOW
         
 
 
♦ How much money have Bethlehem Morning Star Rotarians given to the Rotary Foundation in total?
     ⇒ $182,640
 
♦ Name 2 of the 6 countries where a Rotary Peace Center is located?
     ⇒ Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, Thailand and USA
 
♦ Morning Star participated in a Global Grant to support Water Filters for Peru.What are 3 ways Morning Star has helped other countries through Rotary Foundation?
     ⇒Homes in Brazil, Cows in India and Village Bank in Peru (and even more were mentioned at the meeting)
 
♦ Name 3 Bethlehem Morning Star projects that have been supported by RI District Grants?
     ⇒Mom-n-PA Dental Initiative
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