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ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHEN HELP IS NEEDED , OUR EMMAUS ROTARIANS  ARE AVAILABLE AND WORK HARD!
 
 
IN RECORD TIME ROTARIANS MOVED ALL OF OUR FOOD PROGRAM FROM BETHEL PANTRY TO FAITH PRESBYTERIAN WHICH WILL BE OUR NEW HOME FOR FOOD PACKING. 
 
                    SPECIAL THANKS TO:
                       ERIC LOCH, MIKE IRWIN, GARY RORHBACH,
                         RICH JENSEN - FROM LEHIGH VALLEY PASSPORT CLUB,
                         ALAN FORNWALT, CHRIS BLECHSCHMIDT FROM ALLENTOWN WEST,
                         JOE PUGLIESE AND HIS SON, SUE WENNER AND HER SON, CHAD STUCKEY, 
                          RICK ZAYAITZ AND FOUR HELPERS FROM HIS OFFIC, COURTNEY KENNEDY
                          GORDON REESE, CRAIG REBE, KAREN HOBSON, PRESIDENT LEXA
                            CHRIS HORNAMAN AND BILL WEBER TRUCK FROM ALLENTOWN WEST,
                          AND ROGER WHITCOMB


 
 
Miracle League Trick or Treat Candy Collection 
 
The Community Service Committee is volunteering at the Miracle League Trick or Treat on October 28th. 
To support this event we will need enough candy and small toys as alternatives to candies to give out to about 200 kids. 

Please bring a bag of candy, small toys or a monetary donation to the next two meetings (10/15 and 10/22) You may also Venmo contributions to Don Blose with a note that it’s for candy @DonBlose. 
 
OR drop your donations off at Ai Orthodontics or  Eric J Loch Diamond Jewelers during business hours 
Club to Club Outing
 

Tuesday, October, 13th was our first Club to Club outing in District 7430 with Emmaus, Allentown, Kutztown, and Blue Bell Rotarians.  Rotarians braved the misty morning for a walk in Hawk Mtn and all made it safely back down to enjoy a lunch at an outdoor diner.  It was fun to meet new people with the common goal to make the world a better place. 
 

THANK YOU Dee Eng for organizing this District Fellowship activity! 
 

if you are interested in building better friendships in Rotary contact Dee to be included in the next outing! 

The Great Pumpkin
President's Message
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
     This week, I was reminded several times of how powerfully Rotary has pivoted to meet the time we find ourselves in as we face the Covid19 pandemic. Let me give you several examples. The first two happened just last Friday:
 
     On October 9th, Rotarians, their family, friends and co-workers gathered to move 16 pallets of food from Bethel Bible Fellowship to Faith Presbyterian. The move went quickly. We were done by noon and enjoyed pizza together.
 
     We thank Bethel Church and Beth Lorah, head of the Groceries PLUS food bank which is supported by the community for months of hospitality. As they open back up, they needed their space freed for an afterschool program. We look forward to continuing to partner with them. In September, we handed out 432 bags of food to East Penn School District students.  
 
 
     Faith Presbyterian, also a member of the East Penn Food Coalition, has dedicated space for our need to store and pack food for distribution. Special thanks to Eric Loch, Mike Irwin, Gary Rohrbach, Rich Jensen (from the LV Passport Club), Alan Fornwalt, Chris Blechschmidt (form Allentown West), Joe Pugliese and his Son, Rick Zayaitz and 4 co-workers, Sue Wenner and her Son, Chad Stuckey, Courtney Kennedy, Gordon Reese, Craig Reber, Karen Hobson, Cindy and Chris Hornaman, and myself (photographer). I counted 7 trucks!
 
     Later Friday evening, I got a text message from our Vice-president Meghan Reed who had been on the virtual fund-raising event for Shelter Box. "They raised over 40k over the past month and tonight!"  she said. This includes $2,000 toward Shelter Box from Emmaus Rotary. As we texted a little longer, I thought of the virtual Purple Pinkie's Race to Zero and felt confident our District will also make that fundraiser a success. I am walking on Past District Governor Cindy's team this Saturday, October 17th.  Maybe you can join us or make a pledge. 
 
     As I closed my eyes later that night, I recalled another zoom type meeting of all the Presidents in our area held on Saturday morning, October 3, 2020.  We shared our challenges and successes and best practices. TWO -2- clubs during this time have each added FIVE -5- new members. Wow! And I thought, "Just tell Rotarians that something is difficult or hard and they will come together to make a difference."  
 
Proud to be a Rotarian,
Lexa Shallcross
President Emmaus Rotary 2020-2021
 
    
     
Vox Tandem Link and Member Responsibilities  
Our in person meetings Continue at Brookside Country Club this Thursday, October 8th. We hope you will join us. 
 
Club member duties:
Greeter - Cindy Hornaman 
Sign-in Table - Rick Zayaitz 
Erey - Bill Erdman 
Invocation - Lexa Shallcross 
 
We are planning to being indoors with proper social distancing measures in place. there so no need to RSVP…just show up before 7:30 a.m., enter through the main entrance with your mask on, get signed in, find a seat, chat with friends, and enjoy the meeting. 
 
While we meet in person this week at Brookside Country Club you also have the option to participate by joining us through the Vox Tandem platform.  We will see you in person or online this Thursday, at 7:30am.
 
Please use the link below to join us this Thursday at 7:30am.  To join us on the Vox Tandem Virtual Meeting platform. 
 
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. 
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 johnc@voxtandem.com 610-400-0203
 
The following safety guidelines will continue to be followed at Brookside Country Club: 
  • Tables will be set 6 ft apart to observe social distancing and each table will seat only 5 people.
  • BCC is requiring guests to wear masks throughout the Clubhouse, though once in the ballroom or outside, masks are not required. Even though we are in green masks must be worn while entering and moving around the Clubhouse. Once guests are seated masks can be removed. 
  • There will be multiple hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Clubhouse.  We encourage guests to use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout their time at Brookside.
  • Buffets will now be served by staff of Brookside behind plexiglass (gloves will be worn by those serving food.) 
  • Coffee will also need to be served (no station) and we will have to utilize single use packets such as salt, pepper, creamer, ketchup, and syrup.
 
It is imperative that if they feel sick or have contracted COVID - 19, you must stay home. 
 
Please contact Lexa, Mike, or Meghan if you have any questions.  Please also review the Rotary District Covid-19 Guidelines in this newsletter.  
 
 
TIME TO REGISTER AND WALK FOR POLIO
OUR EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB IS GOING TO HAVE OUR OWN IN PERSON WALK TO SUPPORT POLIO:
MEET AT 10 AM AT THE LEHIGH PARKWAY COVERED BRIDGE( BOGARTS BRIDGE)
WEAR A MASK-- AND WE WILL STAY  SOCIALLY DISTANCED  AS WE WALK FOR POLIO.
 
PLEASE REGISTER BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB TEAM.-- CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON WHEN YOU SEE THE EMMAUS TEAM INFO- FILL IN THE INFO-- AND YOU ARE IN
 
 
 
IF YOU CAN NOT WALK AND WOULD STILL LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE AND SPONSOR OUR TEAM -- PLEASE ALSO REGISTER BELOW. SCROLL TO THE EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB TEAM. CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON- FILL IN THE INFO- YOU ARE IN
 
ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT CINDY HORNAMAN: HORNAMCA@PTD.NET OR (610) 360-4875
Fellowship Pumpkin Painting October, 25th
 
The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee will be hosting a family friendly Pumpkin Painting Day on Sunday, October 25th.  
Location: Emmaus Community Park, Emmaus Rotary Pavilion 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The activity will be held outside with safe physical distance and lots of hand sanitizer. 
Pumpkins, paints and brushes will be supplied. 
Many thanks to Aldi Grocery Store, Trexlertown for donating the pumpkins! 
There will be 25 pumpkins to paint! 
To reserve your pumpkin(s) please RSVP by October 22nd to Meghan Reed.
MeghanReed517@gmail.com
Looking Ahead to the ERC's Centennial

Colleagues, 

   On December 16, 1925, fourteen Emmaus residents got together at the Broad Street Hotel and decided to organize a Rotary club—this at the suggestion of one Errol Peters, an Allentown Rotary club member, who would forever be known as the club’s Godfather.  March 18, 1926 marked the first official meeting of the club when its charter was presented by District Governor Gilbert Palen.  Thus began what would prove to be a meaningful experience for many hundreds of Rotarians over the years.

    I have been asked to help lead the club’s efforts over the next few years in getting ready for what we hope will be a bang-up celebration.  You may ask:  why start now?  Having recently served on the Borough of Emmaus’ 250thanniversary celebration committee, I can testify to the need to begin early.  Such celebrations typically take place over many months before the actual big day itself arrives.  That said, we will need to think about just what we might want to do going forward.

    Several things immediately come to mind:  First, a club assembly should be held soon, devoted to brainstorming among our members as to your ideas about what sorts of activities could well be included in the celebration.  

    Second, this would then lead to identifying volunteers to serve on an initial organizing committee.  Using the Emmaus celebration planning as an example, there would undoubtedly be a myriad of subcommittees coming out of the woodwork later on as the club works out its approach.

    Third, we must begin now identifying and documenting the club’s records and artifacts going all the way back to 1926.  Indeed, Gary Rohrbach and I have begun doing just that.  We spent several hours this past week in the basement of the Edward Jones offices on the Emmaus Triangle, going through lots of material, including old Trumpets, board minutes, committee reports, club fundraising activities, etc.  It has been fascinating with several historical jewels popping up.  But we are sure there must be other club records/artifacts out there in one or another location.  If any of you either have something or know someone who does, let us know, so that we can collect it and store everything in one place.

     Looking forward to 2026!

 

Roger Whitcomb

October Is....

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.

Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

Watch the video linked below to learn more and get inspired!
 
 
 

learn more 

https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/growing-local-economies#page-content

 

 
Save the Date - District 7430 Events
 
 
 
 

Yvette M. Palmer Race to ZERO

The Yvette M. Palmer Race to ZERO is going Virtual This year!

The 10th Annual Race to ZERO will be a Virtual race this year.

We will have a Virtual Celebration Call on Saturday, 10/24/2020!

Let’s End Polio!

Cost: $25 per person, $50 per family team

District 7430 will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world on 2020, World Polio Day. We invite you to join with Rotarians from throughout our district to raise awareness at this year’s Virtual Race to Zero event, featuring Michael McGovern, Chair of Rotary International PolioPlus Committee. We will also hear from Rotarians who have been engaged as PolioPlus People of Action around our district. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with Rotarian friends near and far. The event promises prizes, surprises and lots of fun!

Check out https://www.raceentry.com/purple-pinkie-race-to-zero-virtual-district-7430-polio-challenge/race-information

to sign up online, donate, create or join a team and fundraise.

 
 
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.
 
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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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Oct 29, 2020
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