President's Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

     A Rotary Foundation flyer came in the mail today. Maybe you got one also. Although Bill Erdman and his newly deputized sick-kick Fred Herman remain ready, willing, and able to handle all your questions and contributions to the Rotary Foundation, the form with its return envelope is a handy way to send along your donations. If you use the mailer's form, please fill in the codes for our District  (7430)  and for Emmaus Rotary ( 5427)  so that our club is credited. 

     Maybe this will be a message full of reminders! Have you gotten your ticket for this Sunday’s Cornhole Tournament and Beef n Beer yet? We have almost filled our brackets for the competing teams. It promises to be a sunny day so wearing sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats seem like a good idea.  I am looking forward to kibbitzing from the sidelines! If you have any issues getting tickets online, please speak to Sal Verrastro. All the profits from this fundraiser are earmarked for our Feeding Program for students and their families at East Penn School District. We have gotten wonderful support from community sponsors.

     Meghan Reed is taking RSVPs for our Friday night cook-out and 4 Way Fun Test speech contest which will be held at the Rotary Pavilion at Emmaus Community Park on June  25th beginning around 6 p.m. Good food, convivial fellowship, and some light-hearted competition… hmmm. That sounds like a full plate of fun! This week at our regular Thursday morning meeting, we will be hearing the winning speech from this spring’s contest at Emmaus High School. So we might get some pointers! Remember, our speeches can be more light-hearted-- though penalties will be assigned for remarks which may well be timely, but are nevertheless over the time limit.  Prizes will be awarded.  Bring your spouse, family, and friends. 

     It is not too late to register for the 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention June 12- 16th. Visit  for details and to register. Zoom with Rotarians around the globe!

     This last bit of news does not count as a reminder for you -- unless it prompts you to cheer! Cindy Hornaman sent an email on Monday to happily let me know that the East Penn School District is contributing $2,900 toward our Feeding Program for East Penn School District students and their families. It is truly heartwarming to have such a solid partnership with them.


Yours in Service,

Lexa Shallcross

Emmaus Rotary President 2020-2021



A giant thank you to the Committee:  Rick Zayaitz, Don Blose, Steve Gould (Our Event Sponsor), Courtney Kennedy, Doug Brinker, Meghan Reed, Lexa Shallcross and Mike Waddell.  Also thanks to Mark Erle for setting up the registration web site.
We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors:
Better Homes and Garden Real Estate- Event Sponsor
Play Sponsor - Keystone Precision Solutions
Board Sponsors:
Ai Orthodontics
Edward Jones Financial Advisors
Embassy Bank
Spillman Farmer Architects
Eric Loch Diamond Jewelers
Turf Pro
Vinyl Press
A fun time was had by all!
The Cornhole Winning Team with Tony & Gioavanna
The Bartender Rick Zayiatz
Jim Palmquist with Janet Kolepp, our District Governor, and our Governor-Elect for 2021-2022 Bob Hobaugh
Fun Way Speech Picnic 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Fellowship! 

Yes, it’s true, we are having a Fun Way Speech Picnic on Friday, June 25th from 6-9pm. 
It’s an opportunity to include everyone at a safe outdoor event at Emmaus Community Park, Rotary Pavilion. 
Won’t it be fun to see friends in person again and to get to know each other better?
When Rotarians get together we are sure to spark new ideas to benefit everyone!
See what I did there? How do you use the Four Way Test in your everyday life? Think about how often you actually do! It’s second nature isn’t it? 
The Fun Way Speech Picnic will be a casual event for Rotary members to give their own spin to the Four Way Speech. There will even be some festive prizes from Lexa! 
So come with a speech or just come for the fun of it all. Everyone’s welcome; grown up or small.
The Fellowship Committee will provide hot dogs and picnic type bites to enjoy. BYOB (no glass!) 
Please RSVP to Meghan Reed or 610-737-5942
Let Meghan know if you plan to attend and if you will be giving a Fun Four Way Speech

Rotary Change Order Party
             JULY 21, 2021 5:00 PM
             STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!!!
Emmaus Rotary Flag Program - Sign Up NOW!
HOLIDAY FLAG PROGRAM - It is not too late to sign up for this new program which is designed to provide each recipient with an American Flag to be installed in your yard at each of the following US holidays.  For an annual subscription of $49, a 3' x 5' American Flag will be placed in a designated area in your yard and removed immediately after each date:
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Patriots Day
Veterans Day
To sign up please use this link:
For more details, please contact Eric Loch!
Interact Club T-Shirt Collection
The Interact Club is holding a T-Shirt drive to help collect and retrofit T-shirts with a zippers so that life becomes a little easier for those pediatric cancer patients who have vascular access device (mediports). They need our help!
UPDATE ! Brookside CC New Guidelines! 
GREAT NEWS FREINDS!!!  Here is an update from the Brookside Country Club.  Vaccinated guests do not need to wear masks inside or outside of the club. Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated people should continue to wear them inside and outside while moving around the Clubhouse but can remove them when seated.  As of June 28th, the mask mandate expires and all guests, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, can retire their masks until our next pandemic.
But as we move slowly towards getting back together in person our meetings will continue to be Hybrid and  continue to provide you the meeting virtually. 
If you are joining us online, please use the link below to join us this Thursday, at 7:30 AM or sooner if you would like.
We still encourage you to invite a virtual guest to help introduce Rotary to someone who could make a great Rotarian.  Simply share the link provided in the red section below with your guest. Pleas ask all guest to sign in as - their name (guest of...?) - in the name field so we know who they were invited by. 
To enter the virtual meeting, just click this link or copy and paste it into your URL Browser.  Please note that you will need Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser to join the meetings. (This is the updated and correct link)
You can use your computer, laptop or smartphone to join the meeting.
If you had any difficulties or questions on how to log on please reach out to John Chisca 610-400-0203. 
To watch past meetings that you may have missed or just want to see again. Follow the steps below. 
1) Click this link  (the same link we use to join the live meetings).
2) Scroll down on the sign in page and you will see the list of recorded meetings under "Public Room Recordings".
3) Click on the blue presentation button of the meeting you'd like to view. 
4) Click on the triangle shaped play button at the bottom left of the screen to play the recording. 
5) Enjoy! 
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ERIC LOCH AND JOHN CHISCA FOR MAKING THE HYBRID MEETINGS POSSIBLE EACH WEEK! And a special thanks to Wade George for helping with the camera and microphone this week.
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
2nd VP ERC
Hillside Clean-Up Time
The Community Service Committee is looking for help to mulch the new outside beds and around the trees at Hillside School on Saturday, May 22nd, starting at 8 am.  Gary Rohrbach will use his truck and get free mulch - we just need to have some helpers - (even teenagers can help!) with raking the mulch out of the truck to the beds. Please see Karen at the Rotary meetings for further information and to sign up, or contact her via email. 
Shelterbox Fundraiser - Save The Date
Remembrance Garden Brick Installation  - Highlights
The ceremony at the Remembrance Garden brick installation on June 3rd was for three of our past Rotary Members.  Our Vice president Michael Waddell facilitated the brick installation of Bob Halsey, Bob Pfander and Paul Sarver.  Below are the highlights.
The Paul Sarver Family, 
Edie Halsey and son Andrew
Mike Waddell sweeps the sand into the joints to complete the installation.
HELP! Membership Responsibilities at Meetings!
HELP!!  We are all responsibility for making each week's meeting a success.  But since the pandemic, we have stopped issuing meeting assignments due to the lack of in-person meetings.  So many thanks to all of you who have stepped up each week and staffed the front reception table and all of the other assignment since we have returned to Brookside.  And thanks to the following people who volunteered to take on the respective assignment this week JUNE 3rd:
-Table:  Nelly Kabiru
Greeter:  Rick Zayaitz
Invocation:  Mike Waddell
June Is....
June is Rotary Fellowship Month
Rotary Fellowships Month - Make New Friends Around the World

Rotary Fellowships Month - June is designated as “Rotary Fellowships Month” by the RI Board to recognize the importance of international fellowship and good will among Rotarians with similar recreational interests, vocations, and health and medical issue-oriented interests, to promote increased participation in fellowships and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages fellowships groups to highlight activities through projects, activities, and events in celebration of “Rotary Fellowships Month” in June.

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high price.”

  -Rotary Founder Paul Harris



COVID-19 Vaccines - UPDATE!

LVHN Offering Additional Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations

Lehigh Valley Health Network also announcing mass vaccination drive-through event on May 12 at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
On Wednesday, May 5, LVHN will begin accepting walk-ins without an appointment for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for everyone 16 and older at all COVID-19 vaccine locations. (Note: Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to get vaccinated.) Those who already received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will receive the second Moderna dose at these sites. COVID-19 vaccinations provided by LVHN are free. Pfizer vaccine has emergency use authorization (EUA) for people ages 16 and older, while Moderna has EUA for people ages 18 and older.
Many thanks to our own Bob Goehler for this information.
East Penn Food Coalition Update!
Here is a link to the cool video by Eric Loch of the weekly food packing
As you all know the Emmaus Rotary leads the establishment of the East Penn Food Coalition along with other community service groups to meet hunger needs in the East Penn School District Community.
We have reached a critical point to fund the East Penn Food Coalition, Feed East Penn Students Program. We currently serve over 200 children a week and need your help to raise money to continue to feed hungry kids in our community. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP!   We are seeking business, grants, and individual donations to support over $20,000 in need.
You can provide help for our neighbors in need in the following ways:
Check donation:  Send to the following:
                Emmaus Rotary Foundation
                c/o 2225 Riverbend Road
                Allentown, PA 18103
Contact:   Cindy Hornaman:, (610) 360-4875 or Rick Zayaitz:   (484) 357 5780
If you are interested in being part of this group, please let us know.  Thanks to all of those who have contributed thus far.
We can all work together to help the families in our own East Penn Community.
Lastly, we also need your help in sharing our mission with your friends, family and colleagues.  
Here are quick and easy ways to participate in crowd funding. 
  • Share the link on your social media pages. (Share on your own page and in groups you belong to) 
  • Email your contact list. 
  • If you own a business share with your clients via email or social media.
  • Simply talk about the program with people.
With Gratitude,
The Entire Emmaus Rotary Club


Rotary District 7430 COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 is impacting us all in our personal, professional and Rotary lives.  We must base our decisions about Rotary activities on the health and safety of our members and compliance with government and health regulations.  Even though we may not be able to conduct the usual weekly in person meetings, many of our clubs are leading or participating in food and other relief programs in their communities.  These efforts will likely be continuing through the balance of this Rotary year and into the future.

With this in mind, the following are guidelines for all Rotary District 7430 activities:

  • All guidelines set forth by the Governor, counties and other authorized persons in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the CDC should be followed.
  • Should any Rotarian be diagnosed with or have symptoms that they suspect to be consistent with COVID-19, that Rotarian shall:
    • Not participate in any Rotary event that involves a personal appearance at the event.
    • Report their diagnoses or symptoms to the Rotarian supervising any program in which they have participated in-person within fourteen (14) days before the diagnoses or occurrence of symptoms.
We also suggest that you adopt guidelines for your clubs that reflect the current health crisis.
Welcome to the Emmaus Rotary Club!
We meet at 7:30 AM on Thursday mornings
at Brookside Country Club, 901 Willow Lane, Macungie, PA 18062
District 7430  Club 5427
2020-2021 President 
Lexa Shallcross                       
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
Assistant Governor Area 1
Barb Bottitta
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Jun 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Allentown Rescue Mission
Jun 24, 2021
Pass the Gavel
Jul 01, 2021
Club Assembly
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Emmaus Rotary:
Sunday, May 23rd - "Bags & Beef" at Gio Italian Grill
Thursday, June 3 - Remembrance Garden Brick Installation
Monday, June 14, 2021 - Flag Day Celebration
Friday, June 25, 2021 - a "fun" 4-Way Test Competition for anyone (Watch for Details)
Iron Pigs Game with the ERC - Friday, July 23, 2021
September, 2021 - The Annual Poker Run!
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