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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Brookside Country Club
901 Willow Lane
Macungie, PA  18062
United States
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Matthew Goerke

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American Memory Master

Creator of The Memory Switch Program

Emmaus Rotary was "wowed" in 15 words this past Thursday.  An impressive presentation indeed.


2)Light switch








10)Bowling ball






Matthew Goerke is regarded as one of America’s leading experts in the field of Memory Development. He has shared with thousands of business professionals from all walks of life the techniques for developing an instant recall memory with results that can only be described as amazing. Matthew has worked with such well know speakers as Zig Zigler, Ed Forman,Vic Conant and Tony Robbins. He has trained executives from corporations including AT&T, Prudential, Exxon,Wells Fargo, Merck Pharmaceutical and Coldwell Banker, and government agencies such as the United States Postal Service and the Defense Department. Matthew has also had a tremendous impact in educational settings, having personally trained thousands of students and teachers at all academic levels.

Matthew is the developer of the “Memory Switch Program” the most utilized program of its kind ever developed and for that reason is a sought after guest and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows.

His live workshop entitled “The Memory Switch” will instruct people in the new advances in memory technology as well as help them gain insight into how these methods are in direct alignment with helping people achieve both business and personal goals.
“There is no such thing as a bad memory just an untrained one.”


Many thanks to those of you who braved the snow and cold to attend the Club Assembly last Thursday.  This was our first meeting in the second half of Rotary's fiscal year (which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).  In my presentation, I reviewed the changing roles among club officers and highlighted upcoming club, district and international events. I also presented a mid-year progress report on key goals in the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan.  I used red check marks to denote goals on which progress has been good and red upward-pointing arrows to indicate goals on which more work needs to be done. Click here for a copy of the Club Assembly PowerPoint presentation and our mid-term grades.

I ended the Assembly with some terrific news.  I announced that our club has completed the necessary requirements to earn both the Rotary International Presidential Citation and the District Governor Citation for this Rotary year.  This is a testament to the hard work and focus exhibited by all of you during the first half of 2017-2018.  It is a remarkable achievement to earn both awards in only six months. Thanks very much to each and every member for your awesome level of engagement and commitment!

Yours in Rotary,


                Roger's picture from his early days at Kutztown University.
Roger took the time out of his busy schedule to bring us up to date on his thoughts on Russia and Putin today.  He gave some interesting ideas about Putin and what the world thinks of him today.  However Roger believes that we as the western world need to take some responsibility for the way that Putin is acting on the world stage today.  Roger explains that while Putin was rising to power the Russian people a proud people were subject to decolonization, De- Add to dictionary,  De collectivism, few societies have ever undergone such a transformation in such a short period of time.  Result of all this change along with economic destabilization it produced an angry society.  Yeltsin turned to the West for help received a lot of theory but no monies to back the theories.  Putin was the person that could change the landscape.  In 1998 there was a severe economic downtown in Russia, giving Putin the ability to rise in the Russian world.  Yeltsin handpicked Putin.  In 1999 Yeltsin came on to TV gave an emotional speech describing his tenure in his Presidency. 
         The event that gave Putin his power was the war in Chechnya.  Putin proved he could stop the De Colonization of Mother Russia.  Dr. Roger Whitcomb did an incredible job of explaining why Putin and Russia are where they at today. 
Please see Roger's who Speech on You Tube to be available in two weeks on Emmaus Rotary You Tube. 
      If you have some interest in what Roger had to say please take a moment and read his book  "The Cold War in Retrospect: The Formative Years". 
Dr Whitcomb spent 34 years as a Political Science Professor at Kutztown University. He has also spent considerable time traveling back and forth to Russia where he lectured at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.  He spent considerable amounts of time doing research in the archives of the Former Soviet Union.  Today Roger is Retired and spends a lot of his time traveling with his wonderful wife. 
Burt took time out of our busy Holiday meeting to present a token of our Gratitude to our gracious Thursday morning servers at
Brookside.  Robert and Taylor take extremely good care of our club and we are very appreciative of their hard work and dedication
to the Emmaus Rotary Club.  Along with Burt and the executive team and all of our members thank you to a great Front of the House team along
with their counter parts that produce the delicious breakfast each and every Thursday morning at Brookside.  Thank you!!!

For those of you who missed last week’s meeting, you were in good company. A number of members decided to avoid slippery roads caused by the overnight snowfall. And, as a result of a two-hour weather delay in East Penn School District, the Emmaus High School Select Chorale was unable to perform. 

For those of you who braved the elements, we enjoyed a relaxed time of sharing and singing holiday songs. This was actually a rare luxury as we often need to rush through the normal volume of club business, announcements, happy dollars/fines, etc. to leave ample time for the speaker. 

One element of last week’s meeting deserves special mention. We recognized the long-time service of Ray Schumaker as club secretary. For many years, Ray has done a yeoman’s job maintaining membership and dues records, recording the minutes of board meetings, coordinating club elections and so much more. As Sue Straeter said last week, Ray holds much of the “institutional memory” of our club which has been invaluable to me and other club leaders. In appreciation for his service, the club presented Ray with a gift and the next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition (PH+2). 

Ray will be succeeded by Jim Palmquist effective January 1, 2018.  Thank you Jim for stepping up to this role. You have big shoes to fill, but we are confident you will do a terrific job and look forward to working with you in the future. 

Yours in Rotary,




Thursday was an interesting morning.  With snow around us I was welcomed with an e-mail from the school that there was a 2 hour delay.  This means that the A Capella group from Emmaus High School would not be joining us.  The School has rules about students driving themselves to events.  The A Capella group was cancelled.  However Burt being the creative thinker that he is suggested we do our own A Capella singing group with the Rotarians that made the meeting.  In front of the Christmas tree at Brookside and under the tutelage of the famous piano player, Sue Straeter along with the wonderful voices of Carl Frantz, and JP we did our best.  Burt led the group and I hope Santa was listening because there are a few of us that are hoping Santa could do his magic and give us a singing voice for Christmas.  Most importantly we had fun.  I do hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season.  I will leave you with a picture of our President leading our group of magical Rotarians through our meeting Thursday morning.  You can see the intensity in his eyes. See you Thursday morning.
he First Tee Lehigh Valley attended the Sugra Memorial Tournament
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he First Tee Lehigh Valley attended the Sugra Memorial Tournament
Embrace Your Dreams HomeFred Keller executive Director and Ray Dandrea Program Director for "Embrace your Dreams" took time out of their busy schedules to come and speak at our club meeting last week.  "Embrace your Dreams" consists of two parts; one being the First Tee Program and the other the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) tennis program. 
         The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum is divided into three levels, starting with Par (for beginners) and progressing through Birdie and Eagle.  The Par level focuses on the fundamental communication and self-management skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal-setting. The Eagle level gives participants advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie level skills, as well as additional topics, such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning.
         The NJTL Life Skills Curriculum is also divided into three levels—Game, Set and Match.

         The program supplies the kids with everything they need to be successful in the program.   Coaching is the most important step in providing effective education in the sport and in life.  Both the First Tee and the NJTL look to give every young person the opportunity to learn important life skills.  Skills we may take for granted, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Courtesy, Honesty, and play using a set of rules.  The young people have these opportunities afforded to them because of Fred and Ray's willingness to get coaches, staff and many many volunteers to come out and help the children become responsible citizens.  The program is working but in the Northeast because of the weather most of the programs are directed in the summer months.  This means that throughout the year these kids may lose some of the things they learned and need to readjust the next summer.  Fred and Ray are working on a way to get the kids to have activities after school in a new facility they acquired with help from the City of Bethlehem. 

          In this old warehouse they can keep teaching year round.  The youth are provided with all of the equipment they need to learn the sport they choose to be in.  Gold clubs, balls, gloves, bags, tees etc are all provided along with tennis rackets, and balls for the NJTL program. 

          If you would like to see the entire program please go to Emmaus Rotary on You Tube and you can listen and watch the entire program from last week courtesy of John Chisca.  If you would like to volunteer or become a coach or just see what "embrace your Dreams" has to offer please go to their website


The holiday season is upon us.  Homes are decorated with beautiful Christmas trees and colorful lights.  We had our first snowfall last weekend. The local all-holiday music station is playing favorites from Nat King Cole to The Beach Boys and Mariah Carey.  And, I’ve even heard a few silly Christmas jokes...  

Do you know the Four Stages of Life?

  1. You believe in Santa Claus
  2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus
  3. You are Santa Claus
  4. You look like Santa Claus (#4 hits a little too close to home for me!)

This week’s program at Emmaus Rotary Club is another great holiday tradition.  For the fourth year in a row, we’ll be entertained by the Emmaus High School Select Choir as they perform several musical selections of the season in their unique a cappella style.  Under the direction of Rita Cortez, this talented choir performs all over our area during every holiday season.  And we are very fortunate to have them with us once again. Please invite friends and family to attend with you this week.  I guarantee these talented young people will uplift your spirit and leave you with several tunes that you will have the joy of playing over and over in your mind over the next few weeks.  See you on Thursday!

Yours in Rotary,


Our Approach
       Lisa Wolf is the Director of Prevention for the Center for Humanistic Change.  What an interesting concept Lisa explained during her presentation on Thursday morning.  Opioids such as Oxycodone, Tramadol etc are being prescribed by physicians for people who have just come out of surgery to relieve the effects of pain.  But what happens after the pain is gone but the enjoyment of the pain killer is not.  This was part of her presentation.  Opioids are expensive but Herion is not expensive but can have similar effects on the human body. 
      She told the story of three young people of which two were Athletes.  The athletes had minor surgeries and the teenagers were prescribed pain medication to help with the pain.  Eventually the pain went away but the addiction for the pain killer did not.  Both of the athletes and the other teenager died from an overdose.  Some of the overdose was from what the heroin was laced with (Fentanyl).  Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug equal to 50 times one dose of morphine.  It is used in surgeries in very small amounts.  Black market drugs, such as Heroin are laced with this drug and make them more powerful on the human body.  Probably what happened to these three individuals from what we were told. 
        Lisa's talk helped us understand one of the ways to counter act this new wave of Heroin in our society is through education.  Educate our most vulnerable populace our children.  However, heroin addiction is not limited to any social or economic group.  The best way the Center for humanistic change has found to combat heroin and other addictions is through education of not only the children but the parents, police, and the judicial system. 
Lisa Wolff
Lisa is a graduate of Lehigh University and DeSales University where she received her Masters in Education.  Center for Humanistic change is CHC is dedicated to the philosophy that people learn best by doing. They are grounded in the humanistic approach to education, which means they believe that learning is most effective when it engages the whole person--head, heart, and hands. 

Their programs focus on helping people of all ages learn to make healthy decisions and increase their resiliency for managing change and life's challenges. Their educational philosophy has its roots in four major disciplines:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Group Dynamics
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education

CHC's holistic, humanistic approach to education engages the whole person. They strive to help people develop their mental, emotional, and behavioral abilities to the fullest. CHC programs are dynamic--Their participants learn through discussions, role-plays, art and writing projects, and other activities.

Humanistic education emphasizes the link between what is learned and how it applies to daily life. "Humanistic change" is the process of developing our personal assets and strengths, and using them to make conscious, responsible choices in our lives.

If you would like more information please visit the website for the Center for Humanistic Change:

Thursday morning was an event.  The Vocational Training team that traveled to Africa had a few moments to tell us about their experience.  This was one of the first VTT for secondary school ever undertaken by Rotary.   The focus was science and social science curriculum.  Melissa and Michael the teachers from East Penn that had the enviable position of having two weeks in Zambia in the town of Emufa (Em FU eA).  The group traveled with over 1000 pounds of equipment, and their own clothes.  They showed us their wonderful and eventful morning drive to school every day that went through one of the most animal rich parks in the world.  Lions, Giraffe's, Elephants, Birds, Cheetah's etc.  I think you get the picture.  Along with beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  You can  see the you tube presentation at Emmaus Rotary you tube.  (Half of it anyway.  My half is getting there)  Below are some pictures taken during the trip.  
In the pictures above you can see the school, Cindy giving a talk at the school and the expansiveness of the daily items Melissa and Michael used to help educate the students with science.  Also a picture of the animals present in the park on the drive back and forth to school.  Please watch the You Tube presentation to her what Michael and Melissa have to say about their adventure into Zambia. 
      September was Cancer awareness month for Childhood Cancer.  Our programs were booked and we had to wait until November to hear and learn more about childhood cancer and its effects on a local family.  Emily Knudson was a former employee of mine when I owned he Emmaus Bakery.  Her Father Andy Werner Partner of Chris DePaolo was my accountant.  Andy and Maggie his wife were so proud of their first grandchild Jack.  Jack was his life.  All he could talk about, Emily's and Howie's first child.  Emily and Howie met at Northeast University where both of them received their Master's in Children's physical therapy.  Just a little about Emily's and Howie.  Jack, William and their adopted daughter Mimi were a family.  Jack was 4 years old.  He was having trouble with his clothes.  Both parents are in Health care.  They knew they needed to see the Dr right away.  An airlift from LVHN to CHOPS in Philadelphia.  As she describes the helicopter ride I was in a helicopter with three healthy children.  Jack was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.  After an operation on an inoperable tumor, some of the tumor was removed. 
      Jack survived the operation, they had to try to do something because Jack was stroking.  The Dr. was not even certain Jack was going to survive the original operation.  After three days in Intensive care Jack was on a long road to getting better.  He is now 14 and the cancer is still there.  He goes to school every day.  But Emily and Howie and William and Mimi never know what tomorrow will bring.  Their new normal.  Jack has some difficulty with his sight, his sight is half gone, his right side is compromised, but Jack is a trooper.  Jack as Andy says is a very special child.  He makes everyone happy.  Jack will be entering high school next year in the Southern Lehigh school district, and trying out for the track team shot putting, yes he is that special.  The coach was a little apprehensive but after talking with his teachers who said to the coach "you would love to have 100 kids with the heart, passion and focus" that Jack has. 
       One of the most difficult things they had to endure as parents was the time they had to spend with Jack.  Both of the other children, William and Mimi were not getting the attention that Emily knew that they deserved.  A really tough problem for Emily and Howie.  If you ever have the chance to meet Emily you will understand.  She is a barrel of energy and full of love for her family. 
      Emily is still figuring out her new normal with the help and understanding of her family.  Howie, William, and Mimi are all on board with their brother.  If you missed the program, it will be up on you Tube in approximately two weeks.  It is a story worth watching and listening to.  Pictures will be available there. 
This morning we had the pleasure of having Steve Gould and Peter Adams sit in at the last moment to give a detailed report of where the Lehigh Valley's Real Estate market is and where these two experts believe it is headed.  Steve is one of the founding partners of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Valley Partners in Emmaus along with his wife Renee, Carl Billera and his father in Law Gordon Schantz.  Steve has been in the real Estate business for over 15 years.  His understanding of what is happening in our area is second only to his father in laws.  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Valley Partners was just voted the 18th fastest growing business in the Lehigh Valley up from 25th in 2016.  Steve gave some statistics on the inventory in the Lehigh Valley in the fall of 2017.  He based this presentation on his perspective from his presentation from 2012.  2012 was a tough year for the real estate market.  He stated that a lot of the small and medium sized builders went out of business.  The real estate market was a buyers market, in 2012, prices were down, Mortgage rates were down, perfect time to buy.  Moving onto 2017 a great year to buy and a great year to sell.  Mortgage rates are low, inventories are the lowest in his real estate career.  The Millennials are the ones buying property in our area.  They do not want to mow grass and they are not interest in renovations, they are wanting a move in ready product.  Steve explained that new construction has different zoning and engineering requirements then they did just 5 years ago which makes building a lot more expensive than 5 years ago. 
          Prices are holding right now, FHA loans are the most popular loans right now....3.5% down with PMI.  Sellers assist is an important part of the home buying process today.  Home pricing are holding their own creeping up at around 2% per year as an average.  Average price for a home selling in 2017 in east Penn was around the $248,000 mark with a median of $220,000.
          Pete had a few seconds to discuss the Commercial market in the Lehigh Valley.  He described the trials and tribulations of the emerging market in Allentown.  Office space is renting at about $15 per square foot depending on Gross or triple net leases.  Pete's personal opinion is that the commercial real estate market is healthy at this time.  Downtown Allentown...we should have a feel in about 5 years if everything is working for Real Estate in the Allentown area.  We can all see the warehousing market that is moving along the I 78 corridor and extends from Easton to below Cabela's. 
          The You tube video will be up in about two weeks and you can listen to what Steve and Pete had to say.  Again thank you to Pete and Steve for stepping in when we needed them to.  Please see Steve or Pete if you have any real estate questions with respect to his presentation.
Gary Guthrie had the pleasure of presenting a $3500 check to Chris Greg Operations manager for Macungie Ambulance Corps.  He actually brought in a Stair Chair for everyone to see what our contribution was used for.  The Stair chair is used to move people up and down stairs.  This particular chair will be in service as of this Thursday.  The Chair is actually powered to make the climb or descent on any set of stairs more convenient for the patient and the corps person. 
Thursday morning we had the pleasure of JP and his committee inducting 4 new members into our club.  Each new member has a sponsor and their sponsors had a few minutes to introduce each new member and tell a little story about them.  Bruce Fosselman introduced the first new member Richard Ward.  Bruce works with Rich's wife in the office of Lower Macungie Township offices.  Rich works as a Senior Vice President of Alliance Advisors in New Jersey.  In June Rich was appointed to the Lower Macungie board of Commissioners.  He served on several Lower Macungie Township Committees before taking on the responsibility of commissioner.  The second member to be inducted was Elijah Ngugi.  Elijah could not make the presentation but Nelly, Elijah's sister and sponsor had a few words to say in his absence.  Elijah was born in East Africa, he is studying to be a minister following in their father's footsteps.  He has a Masters in Clinical Counseling and he is presently practicing counseling today.  He wrote a book "The Eagle that refused to dance with the chicken".   Our next inductee is not new to the club but she has been traveling with her husband Gary Rohrbach on many Rotary trips through out Gary's career in Rotary.  Dee Rohrbach worked for Gary's Tree service until her retirement last year.  Gary, her husband and Cindy Hornamann were co sponsors for Dee for membership.  Ceil Birdsell had the pleasure of introducing her new member Kelliann Herman.  Kelliann is currently employed by LVHN, and has been for the past 35 years.  She is a senior specialist (student Affairs) in the department of education.  She is responsible for Student affairs with regards to LVHN's partnership with the University of South Florida.  She coordinates transitioning students from the select medical student program of USF. 
         Bob Rust presented new member pins.  Don Blose gave out tee shirts to the new members and Valerie Deneen explained the 4 way test.
        JP had the pleasure of presenting perfect attendance pins to a number of Emmaus Rotary members.  Our first members are new perfect attendance receivers.  This included Jeff McElhaney, Cindy Hornaman and Don Blose.  Burt Duren has 4 years perfect attendance, Fred Herman has 5 years, JP has 11 years, Dale Dries has 45 years, and Wilmer Schultz who has 67 years of perfect attendance.  Please take a moment and introduce yourself to the new members and thank the perfect attendees for their service to the Emmaus Rotary Club. 
Imagine a visionary group (Emmaus Vision 2000) of individuals in 2000 on borough council.  Roger Whitcomb (On Borough Council), Mike Waddell (would be elected to Borough Council), and Tom Gettings.  As Roger says a labor of love getting groups of individuals together that developed ideas and strategies to improve lives in Emmaus.  Early on Mike took an unexpected trip to see his Dad in Hawthorne Nevada. In Hawthorne Mike saw a rose garden dedicated to the people in this small community.  There were 900 roses planted in memory of its town and the people that lived there.  Mike kept his pictures (as we all did back then) in a box where old pictures stay until someone has a chance to look through them or accidently threw them away.  While thinking of and developing ideas as a team of volunteers Mike remembered his trip to Nevada and dug out the pictures.
Mike, Tom and Roger looked at several spots in Emmaus to see where the placement of the garden would be.  The Emmaus Borough and the team of three decided on and asked the Borough to use a plot of land at the Knauss Homestead.  The Borough Council agreed and gave them a lease on the property for 25 years and as Roger states for the Princely sum of $1.00 per year.  The first meeting took place in 2003.  Roger, Mike and Tom spent time going to businesses and leaders such as Brent Peters (Pres of East Penn Bank), the Rodale family, and many others, along with Air Products where they met with Tim Holt who promised the committee $15,000 over three years and as Mike said he received the check in a lump sum and Air Products was happy for the committee to keep it and use it immediately. 
Borough council was instrumental in helping both financially and with support of some borough services.  Mike, Roger and Tom with a support team of volunteers, along with business plan, their architectural plans all agreed they would not break ground until they had $50,000 in hand.  The dream was realized and ground was broken.  The Garden had several different walkways, one for Veterans, one for Families, etc.  Anyone can support the garden by purchasing a brick and having it placed in the Emmaus Remembrance Garden.  To date they have placed over 600 bricks dedicated to volunteers, families and Veterans because someone wants to memorialized with a living memory.  Please some photos below or go to the remembrance garden website for more information.
Tom Gettings is a Marine (never former if you are a Marine), Roger a Veteran was the first Veteran speaker at the Garden.   If you have a chance please help with our Garden clean up or support the Garden with the donation of a brick for a loved one or a family member or someone you know that may have served or are serving now.   Please give Mike and Roger your thanks for all they do in our community.
What you see here is a well being dug in Bangladesh.  Ankita Shastri  a graduate of Parkland High School, graduate of Boston University, and a Post Graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in Chemistry.  She started volunteering for Chemists without borders in 2015.  Her first position was to develop and write a grant for arsenic contamination in the drinking water of Bangladesh.  Wells in Bangladesh which were dug in and around the 70's were called tube wells.  However after the building of the tube wells they found that Arsenic was present in at least 68% in the water wells.  the number of public wells built were around 10 million and private wells numbered around 1 million.  Arsenic poisoning takes about 10 years to actually show itself in physical disabilities in humans and up to 20 years to actually have the possibility of killing someone.  The tested wells contain at least 10 times the amount of Arsenic the WHO (World Health Organization)says is allowable with some wells having over 25 times the allowable amount. 
         Chemists without borders volunteer to educate local communities and the young high school students, to first learn how to test the wells for Arsenic.  What CWB is trying to do is start with high Schools and address the high levels of Arsenic by building new wells near the high schools.  The reason being easy education for the youth, but also a place where the public can come and get their drinking and cooking water for their homes.  This project is in its infancy and slowly being implemented in a small area of Bangladesh.  Their are over 163 million people that need cleaner drinking water.  CWB are looking to get this project off the ground and then get it to all of the people of Bangladesh.  A formidable project but like our Polio project every project has to have a beginning.  Having Clean drinking and cooking water is the goal of Chemists without borders.
        Initially Local Rotary clubs in Bangladesh are helping to support the testing and digging of new wells.  Ankita is looking to garnish support for CWB from Rotary clubs around the area and the world.  FYI Arsenic is naturally occurring in the ground especially present in and around Bangladesh.  The you tube video will be up by the end of the week.  if you missed this presentation and would like to see it.... an e-mail will be sent with he link to the you for the Emmaus Rotary You tube video site.
Bill Erdman and Jim Palmquist were very pleased to welcome 3 Paul Harris Award recipients this past Thursday.  Gary Rohrbach, Jeff McIlhaney and Fred Herman all added an additional level to their Paul Harris Fellows.  When you receive your first Paul Harris Award each Rotarian in our club receives a lapel pin and a medallion.  When you add an additional Paul Harris Fellow a number is added to your Lapel pin.  Paul Harris plus 1 plus 2 etc.  Please remember any contribution to EREY is accumulated so anyone can become a Paul Harris fellow.  To Gary, Jeff and Fred thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Thursday morning we had our annual meeting with our District Governor Rick Gromis.  Gary Rohrbach had the pleasure of introducing him and explaining that Rick is form the Reading area.  Rick is a 1975 college graduate and he joined Rotary immediately after graduation.  Rick's girlfriend's father at the time was a District Governor and Rick thought it would be a great idea to join Rotary.  Rick has two children - both Rotarians - and his wife is a former President of her Rotary club.  Rick began his presentation by fining Dale $5 because he could with the power of District Governor.  Rick took the time to congratulate us on our Golf Tournament.  Rotary is making a difference.  The theme is exactly what we do as Rotarians.  Membership is declining in the US.  Rick wants all clubs to do their best to increase membership and membership retention in all clubs.  We can do this by making all members connected.  People join Rotary for three reasons: Networking, Service and Fellowship.  Next he explained about the District conference "Take a Ride on the Reading" on April 27, 28 and 29.  It is an a la carte Rotary weekend where you can attend as much or as little of the conference as you like.  The cost for the entire day on Saturday will be just $99.  The Saturday night entertainment is Bill Haley Jr and the Comets.  Rick went over his thoughts for his Rotary year for Membership, Strategic Planning, and By Laws and they are current.  All in all, it was a fine meeting.  If you want to hear the whole meeting, it will be up on our You Tube page by early next week. 
        What a week!!!  Did we make a difference in our community? I believe all of us would agree we did, and in the course of a few days we accomplished a few things: We informed the community of what Rotary is, we prepared 5000 meals, planted a number of trees, fed some important individuals at the Allentown Rescue Mission and leveraged our abilities to make a difference for some special people at the Miracle League. 
        A special thank you to some of the people that helped with this event.  Gary Guthrie and his committee did a famous job of getting this together.  From Tony Moyer and Karen Hobson on Thursday evening packaging 5000 meals for the Emmaus Food bank, to meal preparation Friday evening and serving the Allentown Rescue Mission.  Valerie, Karen and Emmaus Rotarians thank you.  John Chisca, Gary Guthrie and Emmaus Rotarians planted 11 trees at Camp Olympic.  Gary Guthrie and team cleaned up at The Hillside School making the grounds look amazing.  Last but certainly not least Bab Halsey put together a great team of Rotarians and Emmaus Interact students at The Miracle League to partner with a special group of individuals making their day a little more enjoyable.  Thank you to a great team of dedicated individuals helping out the Emmaus Community and beyond. 

Gene Clock Former Rotarian and present President of the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society took a few moments to talk about the Knauss Homestead and where it is today.  Presently there is a board of like minded people trying to rehab the existing building and the barn.  What Gene explained in his presentation was any updating to the building had to be accomplished in a certain way because the building is listed on the Historical Registry.  Such as Painting the exterior has to be hand sanded and then can be hand painted.  No mechanical means can be used to clean the outside of the building.  Shutters need to be replaced which means wood shutters have to be manufactured to replicate the original shutters that were found on the building.  Gene went on to recognize the formidable task the society has in front of itself to complete some of the renovations to the home and the barn.  All in all the society needs about $150,000 to finalize the rehabilitation to the homestead.  I have placed the original deed to the property below to see what the tract would have looked like in the 1700's.  Today we get to enjoy the beautiful landscape which is dotted with the Emmaus Remembrance Garden which our club continues to enjoy taking care of once or twice a year.   Below is a chronological historical perspective of how the property was first settled until the late 20th century.  I do hope everyone enjoyed the presentation by Gene.  If you have a chance please stop by the Homestead and or the Emmaus Remembrance garden and enjoy the beauty Emmaus has to offer its residents and its guests. 


Heinrich Knauss built the log house behind the Superior Diner for his father, Sebastian Knauss in 1777. It remained in the Knauss family for 158 years, where seven generations of the family lived and worked.

Sebastian was one of the two men—the other being Jacob Ehrenhardt—who had given the Moravians a large tract of land to create their "congregational village," which they named Emmaus. For nearly 100 years, in order to live in Emmaus, residents had to be Moravians.

Today the homestead, which is open for tours by appointment only, is owned by the Borough of Emmaus, and operated by the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society.

The Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead is a beautiful parcel of land set aside to offer sanctuary and tranquility to those who visit. Individuals are able to purchase personalized commemorative bricks to permanently record the memories of special people, things, or events in their families’ lives within the community.

        Another amazing story from one of our own.  Doug Brinker is a local born in Macungie and related to everyone (not really).  He started his picture presentation describing his experience at Camp La Jeune.  Doug graduated a year after his High School Class from Emmaus High School by taking a college English course and passing on another course.  After graduation he was driving his Mustang down Hamilton Street when his tire actually fell off.  He got out of his car saw the Marine recruiting station and asked the recruiter if he could get him out of town in ten days or less.  The recruiter asked him if he was in trouble and of course he was not but needed to get away.  Needless to say the Marines wanted to have him.  This did not make his Mom very happy but Doug finally found his way.  He wanted to be an MP and just like the service he ended up in the infantry.  During boot camp Doug broke his leg and did not tell anyone for three weeks because he did not want to redo Boot Camp.  He had his leg fixed and ended in a Recon Platoon.  Spent some time in Somalia and other countries protecting out country and our interests. 
         Doug eventually became an MP and did some interesting things.  He and his buddy decided that the Queen of England(because of a Meteor shower he was watching) needed their help so he under the influence of some Alcohol decided to drive to England.  However the Atlantic Ocean got in his way.  He put the Jeep in the Ocean making his superiors "extremely happy".  It sounded as if he really enjoyed the years he spent in the Marines. 
         Doug loves to Hunt and he loves his Motorcycles.  He lives a double life as a Financial planner by day for New Tripoli bank and Motorcycle enthusiast at night and on weekends.  He has three daughters and was recently re-married. 
         Doug's career had spanned 17 years in the Financial services industry.  He started at Edward Jones, left and opened his own business....sold it (still in operation today) and approximately three years ago started his career with New Tripoli bank and his office will be located on Buckeye road when New Tripoli Bank opens their location probably in Spring.  When you have a minute thank Doug for his service to our country and introduce your self. 
      We are trying to attach videos of our speakers and it will be coming soon.  Thank you for your patience.

Bobby McClarin a young Engineer who is a native of Bethlehem, PA saw an opportunity to help kids gain confidence, respect and self esteem through his team building exercises.  He grew up in the city's "West Side" neighborhood in a blue-collar family. Football was always his passion and playing at the Division I level was his dream. Having grown up watching the likes of Michael Stonebreaker and Ned Bolcar play for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he always envisioned himself running out onto the hallowed grounds of South Bend.  Admittedly, he was never the fastest athlete on the football field or the quickest on the basketball court but he possessed the intangibles, an unfathomable "will" and unmatched work ethic that would lead to his successes on and off the playing field. As a result of his academic and athletic success at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA, he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to attend the United States Naval Academy, earn a degree in engineering, serve his country, and play football at the Division I level. Prior to attending the Naval Academy, he spent two years at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI where he was initiated to the "Brotherhood" which serves as the cornerstone of Navy Football. Following his stint at NAPS, he went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a key contributor to Navy's football resurgence under Paul Johnson. While starting at middle linebacker for the Midshipmen, he was the recipient of many accolades to include the 2002 Admiral Mack Award, 2004 Roger Staubach Award, 2004 College Football News All-Bowl Team among others. However, the most rewarding accomplishment in his years while at Navy was making a decision with all his brothers to commit themselves to the "never outworked, 5-Star Heart" mentality as they took a football program from 0-11 in his freshman year to Emerald Bowl Champs in his senior year posting a 10-2 record.

Upon graduation from the Academy in May of 2005, he married the love of his life Kate in June. After tying the knot with Kate, they headed to Newport, RI. Bobby was selected by Navy's coaching staff as one of four players from their graduating class to coach at NAPS for the first six months of his military obligation. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, for he knew coaching, inspiring, and mentoring was his "True North." Following NAPS, Bobby held a wide array of leadership roles as an officer in the United States Navy and Civil Engineer Corps to include surface warfare officer, ordnance officer, visit, board, search, and seizure officer, and lead construction project manager.  After serving his five year obligation, Bobby and Kate elected to move back to the Lehigh Valley and raise a family. Today, they are proud parents of three beautiful children, Lilah, Elizabeth ("Biddy"), and Tommy.  Bobby continues to volunteer his time as a coach for Upwards Basketball, the Hurricane Club, and the Greater Bethlehem Soccer League.  In 2014, Bobby  earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management from Moravian College.  Bobby is  currently employed by Air Product's spin off Versum Materials where he serves as an Operations Manager.  Bobby's love for football and passion for physical fitness as a NASE Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist inspired him to form Five Star Heart Training, LLC in 2014.  Establishing The Five Star Heart  Project in October of 2015 is his latest endeavor, an endeavor in which he hopes to affect the lives of many in a positive way throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. 

          His first summer project he had 15 football young men join him in learning how to be a Five Star Heart player and person.  In three years Bobby has grown the program to 200 plus young men in the area to become the best they can be in whatever they pursue in life be it football, engineering or carpentry.  Bobby donates his time and talents to help others become better young people creating better adults for our future.  He is looking into including a project for female athletes later this year of next but always keeping his eye on the "ball" to help motivate, educate and inspire our youth in their lives. 


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