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President's Message
 “Wailing that the sky is falling does nothing to stop it.”
― Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead
 
 4 BILLION, think about it.  It’s a huge number whether you’re talking about $$$, bugs, people, widgets or in this case open cooking fires around the world everyday.  I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that there are at least 4 BILLION homes everyday where people make their meals over an open flame that generates smoke inside their dwelling that is inhaled 24/7 by everyone living in that home.  And, someone has to continually gather firewood for the fire which quickly deforests that immediate area.  And, these fires by some estimates produce 20-40% of the CO2 that is driving the climate change we hear so much about.
 
So, as I said last week, I donated $100 to buy one cooking stove from this amazing Rotary initiative…StoveTeam International.  I got a very nice email back with more information and stories from the people installing the stoves and people receiving the stoves [see p. 2 of this piece, it may not have copied exactly but you'll get the idea].  Certainly, a small investment from me to offset my carbon footprint for one year but it feels good to do something.
 
 
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Wear Your Paul Harris Medallion this Week
If you are attending the meeting this week in person all members are asked to please wear your Paul Harris medallions.  Bill Erdman will do a brief recognition ceremony for several members.  Thank you for your service to the fantastic club!
 
 
 
Breakfast Table Scramble
IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN!!  It's time for the Third Meeting on the Month and that means that we are having our monthly BREAKFAST SEAT SCRAMBLE.  How does this work?  When you check in at the registration table for breakfast, you will select the top “card” from the deck of playing cards (And no cheating Don).  The card you draw will determine which table you will be assigned to for that morning.  Take that card to your assigned table and leave it on the table.  The cards are in a random order.  For example if you draw a “3 of clubs”, you will sit at table #3 this week.  If you draw a “Joker”, that card is considered a wild card, designating that you are allowed to sit at any table you like!  In addition, the Joker card wins you a Million Rotary $$$dollars!!!  We will conform to this seating format for breakfast every third week of each month, until further notice.  FYI you cannot trade your seat assignment with anyone else without a FINE!
 
We hope you enjoy this new format and make new friends in the process.
 
Yours in Service
Sal Verrastro, Vice President
Editor of the Trumpet
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Dollar Days 
Rotary Dollar Days!
 
Do you have any Rotary Dollars?  If you do, please bring them with you to the Rotary Meeting on December 2 where you can purchase specially selected merchandise using your Rotary Dollars.  More details to follow in the upcoming newsletters.
 
Also if you would like to donate any merchandise to be sold at our Rotary Dollar Day, please feel free to reach out to either Meghan Reed or Sal Verrastro.
 
And keep saving those Rotary Dollars for your opportunity to buy valuable gifts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In Case You Missed It
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
 
Thanks to Cindy Hornaman and Bill Erdman for explaining and updating the various Rotary Foundations that we have available to us as members and all of the great causes that we have world wide. 
The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to Emmaus and around the world.  Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
 
The Emmaus Rotary Club continues to be the largest contributor to the Foundation in our District!
 
 
 
Congratulations to Don Blose, Mario Cozzubbo, Dee Eng, Patrick McNealis, Melissa Schartz, John Chisca, Gary Rohrbach, Jeff McElhaney, Steve Gould, Chris Wills and Alicia Ruiz-Orbin on their recent Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

WEEKLY MEETING ASSIGNMENTS

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.
 
 
December 2nd
Sign-In-Table:  Larry Delhagen & Valerie Deneen
Greeter:  Dee Eng
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: David Dunn
 
December 9th
Sign-In-Table:  Mike  Epperly & Alan Fornwalt
Greeter:  Mark Erle
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Rose Galeano-Phillips
 
December 16th
Sign-In-Table:  Gary Guthrie & Don Heller
Greeter:  Steve Gould
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Bob Goehler
 
December 23rd
Sign-In-Table:  Karen Hobson & Irvin Keister
Greeter:  Cindy Hornaman
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Nelly Kabiru
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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! 
 
 
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ERIC LOCH , WADE GEORGE AND JOHN CHISCA FOR MAKING THE HYBRID MEETINGS POSSIBLE EACH WEEK!
 
 
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
VP ERC
 
 
 

Winter Lights Spectacular at the LV Zoo

The Fellowship Committee is eager to announce Emmaus Rotary Night at the Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo!
 
December 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM.
 
Discounted rate of $12.50 per ticket.
 
Tickets are first come, first serve. Hurry there are only 4 tickets left!
 
To reserve your tickets, contact Tony Moyer by text (610-295-7691) or email (anmoyer1229@gmail.com).  Checks should be made payable to Emmaus Rotary Club.
 
 
 
International Women's Day Celebration
Fellow Emmaus Rotarians,
 
As a follow up to the announcement I made at our club meeting last week regarding our Emmaus Club International Women's Day Celebration Awards, I would like to clarify that our club gives two Awards:  1) The Rotarian Award to a woman Rotarian from a Rotary Club in Areas 1 and 2 (the Lehigh Valley), and 2) the Community Award to a woman from the Lehigh Valley.
 
1. Rotarian Award - Only the Club President can nominate a Rotarian from their club; however, Rotarians from that club can make recommendations to the President.  A letter was mailed to all the Areas 1 and 2 club Presidents to submit nominations.
 
2. Community Award - Only us, Rotarians from the Emmaus Club, can nominate a woman from the community for this Award.  You should have received the nomination information either at the November 21 or December 5 meetings if you were present and picked it up as they were circulated around the tables, or by US Mail if you were not there or did not pick it up.
 
The deadline for nominations is January 21.
 
If you have any questions about this Award, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or call me at my cell phone 610-392-5134.
 
Our Committee looks forward to receiving your nominations for the Community Award. Thank you for your support.
 
Yours in Rotary Service.
 
Alicia Ruiz-Orbin
IWDC Committee Chair
Help Needed at the Knauss Homestead
Hello Emmaus Rotarians!
 
Gene from the Knauss Homestead has asked us again if we would help them in clearing out the leaves.  He is looking to do this on Saturday, November 20th around 9 AM.  If you can help, please contact Nicole Steirer.  If you can help and have any of the following items, please bring them along:  Rakes, gloves, tarps, and leaf blowers.  
 
THANKS SO MUCH!
 
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:  Flags.EmmausRotary.org
 
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.
COVID Booster Shots Available!
 
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available

Moderna and J&J join Pfizer as authorized COVID-19 booster shots in the U.S.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will begin administering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, Oct. 25, after authorizations this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
A Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot was authorized in September and is already available at LVHN vaccine clinics.
Scheduling a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster can be done starting Monday, Oct. 25. Scheduling is encouraged and can be completed through MyLVHN, our patient portal, or by calling the COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The hotline is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Walk-ins also are accepted at LVHN vaccine clinics. Those seeking booster shots should bring their vaccine card to the vaccine clinic so the card can be updated.
 
LVHN also offers third shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
 
Visit LVHN.org/booster for more information and FAQs.
 
In Addition Both WALGREENS and RITEAID are now giving the MODERNA  COVID BOOSTERS to anyone at a high risk job or over 65.
 
Thanks to Dr. Bob Goehler for the update!

December Is....

DECEMBER is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
 

At Rotary, we believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

 

 
 
 
 

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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
 
2021-2022 President 
Michael Waddell                       
 
District 7430 Governor
Bob Hobaugh
 
Assistant Governor Area 1
Rick Zayaitz
 
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Speakers
Dec 02, 2021 7:30 AM
Holiday Greetings, Ginger Bread House Building, Rotary Shop
Dec 09, 2021
Dec 16, 2021 7:30 AM
EHS Chorale Holiday Performance
Dec 23, 2021 7:30 AM
Street Medicine in the Lehigh Valley
Dec 30, 2021
No meeting
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CALENDARS
 
Emmaus Rotary:
 
 
Thursday, November 18th - ERC Board Meeting & Foundation Update
 
Thursday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Day (No Meeting)
 
Thursday, November 2nd - Fellowship Program
 
Thursday, November 16th - EHS Chorus Presentation
 
January 6th, 2022 - Club Assembly
 
 
 
Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Treasurer
 
Secretary
 
Co Chair Rotary Foundation/Intl Service
 
Membership co-chair
 
First Vice President
 
2nd Vice President
 
Immediate Past President
 
Community Service
 
co Chair Foundation/International Service
 
Fund Raising- Flag program
 
Departing Secretary
 
Fund Raising Poker Run
 
Director
 
Sargeant at Arms-Emeritus
 
International Women's Day
 
Director
 
C0-chair Community Service
 
Fellowship
 
Director
 
Membership co-chair
 
Director
 
Interact
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Youth Services
 
Bulletin Editor
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.