468 Years 

468 years, 25 people, 35 pins, 84 committee commitments, 28 visits, 7 pinkies, 27 readers, 12 active finders. 

What the heck does this all mean? The results are in from the Fellowship questionnaire game we played at the end of our Club Assembly. From the members in attendance alone, this is impressive stuff!

  • 468 collective years of Emmaus Rotary Service….That’s a TON of experience and hours making a difference.  I wonder what our total number would be if we added up ALL of our current members?!


  • 25 people signed up for a Make a difference Day project. (Since last week that number has almost doubled) Have you signed up yet? Read on in the Trumpet for the link to sign up.  Service is a BIG reason we’re here isn’t it? 


  • 35 pins. Thanks to a watchful Sargent at Arms, we tend to remember to wear our pins to meetings. My next question to each person reading this is; are you proudly wearing it outside of meetings? We should be! 
  • 84 commitments. It sure seems like a lot of us are spreading the love and serving on multiple committees. Think about this topic for just a moment. Where are you putting your skills and talents to their best potential? How are you learning from fellow committee members?  What lasting friendships have you made through committee service? (If you are a newer member and have questions about committees please see me. I’m happy to help you navigate.)


  • 28 Club visits. Our members are social butterflies! Visiting Clubs in District 7430, around The U.S. and internationally is a fantastic way to meet new people and get inspired by other meaningful service projects. ERC members have visited far and wide. For example: Rome, Melbourne and Istanbul.  


  • 7 members in attendance supported the Purple Pinky Race to Zero.  Thanks to our Purple Pinky Princess, Lexa Shallcross for pushing us to walk/run/bike and donate!  Erasing Polio is critical and possible! 


  • 27 avid Trumpet readers! I wonder if we can beat that number this week? Hint hint guys….


  • 12 members are ready to help find new members. Having your “Four Way Test/Emmaus Rotary Club business cards” on hand makes it easy to invite someone to breakfast or a volunteer opportunity.  You never know who you’ll meet so be prepared! 

While these numbers are fun to share with you. The real mission behind these simple questions was to spark conversation outside of our normal breakfast chats and get us all thinking about how these small things really add up. 

Thank you for your service and friendship!

Meghan Reed, President Elect

Virtual Meeting Option For This Week
As a reminder we will continue the masks optional for all future in person meetings until further notice.  However, we want to emphasize that everyone’s safety is very important so please use the Zoom option if you for whatever reason don’t feel comfortable attending an in-person meeting. 
Please Note that if you are attending virtually please use the following NEW ZOOM link! 
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
In Case you Missed It!
We had many surprises and laughs at the club assembly meeting last week.  President Mike keeps the "fun" in the forefront of all of our activities.
Karen and Nicole explain all of the opportunities available for the Make A Difference Day (MADD) on October 16th.
Roger and Gary are co-chairs of our club's centennial celebration.  Many hands will be needed to make this event a success.  Please see Roger or Gary for the details.
And when the President calls, ......
Cindy steps up to the plate!!!
The Queen of "FUN" brings us up to speed on the future Fellowship events.  Mark your calendars for the up coming events.
The winning table who had 850 years of Rotary Membership combined!  Is my math correct? Call me out at the meeting on Thursday if I am wrong.
Fellowship Pumpkin Painting Party 10/24/21

The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee invites you to the annual Pumpkin Painting Party!

Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Emmaus Community Park Rotary Pavilion 

Bring yourself, your family or a friend! 

Please r.s.v.p to Meghan Reed: 610-737-5942


Pumpkins, paints/brushes, snacks, refreshments, Cornhole Games, provided by your Fellowship Committee 🎃

As members we are all responsible for making each week's meeting a success.  Beginning this week we shall resume listing the weekly assignment in the newsletter so please see below to verify who has what in-person meeting assignments. PLEASE NOTE:  If you prefer NOT to be on this list or if you prefer NOT to be given a specific assignment, please let me (Sal) know via text, phone call or email.  I will respect any requests. 
The assignments below are selected from our membership list and are in alphabetical order (or close to it).  Should you be unavailable to make it to the meeting to fulfil your assignment, please do one of the following:
- Switch with someone else from another week.
- Contact another member to fill your slot.
- If either one of the above attempts is unsuccessful, please notify the Trumpet Editor ASAP.
October 14th
-Table:  Melissa Swartz & James Ritter
Greeter:  Gordon Reese
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Doug Reichley
October 21st
-Table:  Woody Rohrbach & Meghan Reed
Greeter:  Joanne Smida
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Lexa Shallcross
October 28th
-Table:  Nicole Steirer & Eileen Teyim
Greeter:  Sue Straeter
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Roger Whitcomb
November 4th
-Table:  Sal Verrastro & Mike Zambelli
Greeter:  Chris Wills
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: John Zayaitz
Emmaus Rotary Flag Program - It is not too Late!
HOLIDAY FLAG PROGRAM - It is not too late to sign up for this program OR renew your current subscription for 2022!  The program 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 or renew your current subscription, please use this link:
For more details, please contact Eric Loch!
This program also makes a great gift for a love one or friend!  The holidays are just around the corner.
October Is....
OCTOBER is Economic and Community Development Month

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by :
  • Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities;
  • Developing opportunities for productive work;
  • Reducing poverty in under-served communities;
  • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
 "Development is about transforming lives of people, not just transforming economics"
Joseph Stiglitz


District 7430 Covid-19 Update!
Greetings Rotary District 7430 Clubs: This communication comes to you as we embark on a new Rotary year and assure that club leadership is aware of the Guidelines issued by District 7430 regarding COVID-19. The 2019 suggestion to meet virtually continues, but with Club discretion. The District will meet in-person, virtually or in a hybrid fashion depending on the event and the venue. Masks are recommended. Please report to your President any positive COVID-19 tests of a Rotarian who has participated in the last 14 days in an in-person Rotary event. A Club announcement, tracing and testing should follow any positive test of a Club member in attendance. Presidents, please report such positive tests to District Governor Bob Hobaugh.
Important highlights from the RI May, June, and July Board of Directors meetings found at include: “To better guide Rotarians in their Rotary-related travel as pandemic threats continue to change and more communities adjust their pandemic restrictions, and to ensure the safety of all participants in Rotary programs, meetings, and events, the Board made several amendments to its travel policy, including: (a) agreeing that virtual or hybrid meetings should continue to be implemented; and (b) encouraging districts to appoint a COVID-19 adviser with a public health background for assistance in monitoring local guidance with respect to meetings, events, social distancing, vaccination progress, and masking protocols.” Dr. Michael Seidner has agreed to serve as our District 7430 COVID-19 advisor. The RI Board also “reaffirmed its policy that no in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As of August 21, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (Health Department) reported increasing case counts throughout Pennsylvania in multiple counties of PA with “substantial” community spread of COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals are at the highest risk for hospitalization and death. Among vaccinated individuals, COVID-19 cases also continue to rise but tend not to require hospitalization. COVID-19 in these individuals still can be transmitted so individuals testing positive should isolate for two weeks and participate in contact tracing. Check the Pennsylvania Department of Health website for more updates at
On July 27, 2021, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  released updated guidance on the need for urgently increasing COVID-19 vaccination coverage and a recommendation for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated. See
Please stay current with your individual county’s transmission rate by checking the Pennsylvania Department of Health Early Warning Dashboard located at:
Counties with greater than 5% positivity rates are considered to have “substantial” community spread. Thank you for your attention and commitment to keeping yourselves, your clubs, and the public safe during the ongoing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with Polio, please advocate for vaccinations to not only keep individuals safe but our worldwide community!
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
2021-2022 President 
Michael Waddell                       
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
Assistant Governor Area 1
Rick Zayaitz
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Oct 14, 2021 7:30 AM
Classification Talk
Oct 21, 2021 7:30 AM
PACT for Animals - Virtual Presentation
Oct 28, 2021 7:30 AM
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley
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Emmaus Rotary:
Saturday, October 16th - Annual Make A Difference Day (MADD)
Sunday, October 24th - Pumpkin Painting Party - Community Park
Thursday, October 28th - Monthly Board of Director's Meeting- 8:30 AM
Thursday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Day (No Meeting)
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Fund Raising Poker Run
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International Women's Day
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Salvatore Verrastro
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