President's Message
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
-Chinese Proverb
Make a Difference Days!
Nothing gets me more excited than service projects by our club!  I love seeing so many good people out helping others in the many projects we do each year and I really, really enjoy the Make A Difference Days projects.  Nicole and Karen are working extra hard to find worthwhile service projects in our service area on October 16 and several other days.
There are service opportunities October 16 – 27…Knauss Homestead cleanup, Remembrance Garden perimeter bush trimming, Parade Marshal, Parade cleanup, Miracle League, Rescue Mission Food Prep…something for everyone.   Sign-up here for as many as you’d like to do!  
I challenged the club a few weeks ago to have a minimum of 40 members engaged in one or more projects and for each project that an individual is involved in s/he gets a Service Ticket for a drawing where I will buy two members breakfast.  To be clear, there must be 40 minimum members for this once in a lifetime offer to kick-in and members can have more than one opportunity to win…just get involved in more than one activity!
Club Assembly this week
Our meeting this week is a club assembly where I will very quickly review my club goals, Nicole and Karen will talk about Make a Difference Days, Roger will give a brief synopsis of kicking off the Centennial Celebration and Meghan will talk about fellowship and there will be an end of meeting activity…lots to do in 30 minutes with PRIZES!
October – Economic and Community Development Month (RI information)
The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs. Rotary members planning new service projects are encouraged to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects within them. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation have adopted seven areas of focus as organizational priorities: .....
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
  • Supporting the environment
There are countless ways that Rotary clubs can address these issues both locally and internationally.
For ideas, consult the publication Rotary’s Areas of Focus Brochure (965en) . It s available in a pdf format on website.
Economic and Community Development is one such area of focus that Rotary has asked all clubs to focus on, especially in October. What can we do?
Here are some ideas:
  • 190 million people are funding their business endeavors through microfinance
    • Partner with a local microlender to improve access to financial services and provide financial infrastructure in the community.
    • Develop mobile banking resources in partnership with a microlender. Cell phones, which can be used to make deposits and transfer funds, can increase access to banking systems in developing communities
    • When supporting service projects in a developing community, purchase goods and supplies locally to stimulate the economy and avoid unnecessary shipping fees
  • 1.4 billion people — nearly half of them employed — live on less than $1.25 a day
    • Expand vocational training opportunities, including job placement programming, at local nonprofit organizations
    • Send a vocational training team to teach business leaders in developing communities how to create a business plan and maintain accurate financial accounting.
    • Partner with a cooperative that provides training, joint economic ventures, and ownership of assets to its members through a democratic structure
    • Provide equipment or supplies to a cooperative to increase production and sales in the local market
    • Support entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing communities. The success of local business leaders can multiply employment opportunities in the community

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 
Purple Pinkie - Race to Zero
Emmaus Rotary was represented at the October 2 Purple Pinkie Race to End Polio
       Over 70 people participated in walking, running, or biking.  Gary Rohrbach, Dee Eng, Diane Graham, Chris Hornaman, Cindy Hornaman participated from our club with many others donating to the cause to END POLIO.
       Early numbers indicated we may have raised about $35,000 to end Polio.
Our Emmaus Club was one of the sponsors of the event with our $1500 donation from the Club to End Polio. This year the Oktoberfest after the race had lots of food, dancing( See Gary Rohrbach up there “wiggling”) and great fellowship. In addition to our sponsorship contribution, Emmaus Rotary raised another $600 plus toward eradicating the wild poliovirus worldwide.
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In Case you Missed It!
Last Week's Meeting was presented by Carol Fergusen who is the Polio Plus Coordinator for our Rotary District. Carol is also a member of the Doylestown Rotary Club and a Polio survivor in 1954 while living in Glenside PA.
Carol founded the PA Polio Survivors network in 201 which is now connected with polio survivors and Rotarians all over the world.
Carol explained how Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years and stated that this goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

DON'T FORGET - This is our food collection week.  Ralph Lewis will be standing by the check-in-table to collect food for the needy.  Please bring any non-perishable food and Ralph will make sure that it gets delivered to the food bank.  In lieu of food, Ralph welcomes and collects donations which will also go to the food bank.  Lastly for those in Virtual Land who would also like to donate food, Ralph will wait for an additional 15 minutes after the meeting if you want to stop by the Brookside CC and drop of some food donations.  The Emmaus Rotary Club thanks everyone for their generosity!
You Say It"s Your Birthday
Let's celebrate our fellow Rotarians who have birthdays in October:

October 1 - Ginny Wingard
October 4  - Michael Waddell
October 5 - Lisa Spradlin
October 8 - Craig  Collins and Dave Coult
October 9 - Rory King
October 11 - Bob Goehler
October 13 - Rick Zayaitz
October 15 - Gary Rohrbach
October 17 - Don Blose
October 18 - Jim Palmquist
October 22 - Mike Epperly
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 7th
-Table:  J P Raynock
Greeter:  Eileen Prokop
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Craig Reber
October 14th
-Table:  Meghan Reed & James Ritter
Greeter:  Gordon Reese
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Doug Reichley
October 21st
-Table:  Woody Rohrbach & Melissa Schwartz
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
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 07, 2021 7:30 AM
Club Assembly
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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Salvatore Verrastro
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Service above Self.
The Emmaus Rotary Club embraces, practices and promotes the Rotary International Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.