President's Message 

Dear Fellow Rotarians,


     You could see me. I did not know it.

     I could hear you. You did not know it.

Was it a cluster, ahmmm...snafu? 

     or a mime’s delight?

     So let me take a few paragraphs to review some parts of last Thursday’s Club Assembly.  When my technology skills failed, Mike Waddell, our President-Elect, stepped right up and carried on reviewing some PowerPoint slides and moderating the flow of the meeting as Cindy Hornaman, Jim Palmquist, Bill Erdman, and Alicia Ruiz-Orbin all contributed. Thank you to everyone!

     Don’t miss this one…. Our service hours have blown through all goals! Panicked by the pandemic, I low-balled a goal of 60 service hours last Spring. As of January 4, 2021, we have banked 553 service hours! We have completed five service projects and are continuing to fight hunger insecurity in our community each week when we hand out food to students and families in the East Penn School District.  

     Thank you to everyone who has planted trees, raked leaves, handed out Halloween candy, contributed personal size hand sanitizers, helped children write to Santa, and packed or distributed food. And “thanks” to the Rotarians who have organized, scheduled or raised funds for these community service projects. 

     During the Club Assembly, I wanted to introduce a new group of Emmaus Rotarians who are looking at our common life-- our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group. Here is a description of what they are up to-- 


Globally, Rotary International is focusing on making our organization more diverse. RI is calling the effort ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’.

 DG Janet Kolepp has formed a group in our district to focus on these issues also.  Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and Jim Palmquist are part of that group.

 Emmaus Rotary wants to reflect the community in its membership.  It is not only to attract a broad range of people to help do our service projects but also to enrich the lives of all members by knowing diverse people where we live. If Rotary teaches us anything, it is that diverse people are quite interesting and broaden our outlook on life.  Look at our diverse members and the guests we have had from all over the world at club meetings. 

 Rotary is a diverse organization.  But as society diversifies and we see more diverse people in our daily lives, Rotary wants to be sure our clubs show that local diversity in its membership.  We think the Emmaus Rotary Club is doing pretty well in diversity.  But the Executive Committee formed a Working Group to explore the issues, to communicate their results, and to brief the Club at a future meeting about Rotary’s new statement on diversity.

 The committee includes Mike Waddell and Sal Verrastro from the Executive Committee, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Jim Palmquist, Nelly Kabiru, Rose Galeano-Phillips, David Dunn & Geoff Boyer.  We are meeting regularly and adding to our core group.


     A few paragraphs? Okay, I’ll try to wrap it up.

      The final agenda item for last Thursday was to look at members’ involvement and to encourage each one of us by seeing that each member has a “My Rotary Account”, receives and reads the weekly Trumpet, plans to attend some of the on-line training held both by RI and our District, knows how to download the ClubRunner app, and actively serves on at least one club committee. I hoped to invite some discussion. Please look at future newsletters and for upcoming club programs and announcements to help you engage more completely…. And, as always, ask your leadership for help when you have questions!

      Going forward, my plan is to double up at our Sargeant at Arm’s office on Thursday mornings so that I do not feel like a mime in a glass box ever again. Thank you for your help and patience as I up my tech game.

      Stay well… and remember to pay your dues (ha! Gotcha. Bet you thought I was going to write “remember to wear your masks, maintain your distances and use your hand sanitizers!”). You may Venmo your dues payment to Don Blose -- make a notation that is “dues” or mail a check to Jim Palmquist.  


Yours in Rotary,

Lexa Shallcross

Emmaus Rotary President 2020-2021

Meeting Virtual This Week!  
We will continue to meet virtually!  There will not be an in person meeting this week and will continue that way until further notice.  But it is always wonderful to see your smiling faces when you do join us online!
Brookside CC has notified us that they made the decision to close Brookside Country Club down until March!  So we know for sure that we will continue to meet virtually through February.   We will be sure to keep you all updated.  But until then all Rotarians and Guests are welcome to join in virtually as follows:  
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. 
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! 
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
2nd VP ERC
Happy Dollars 2021
Dear Rotarians:
Please Don't Forget that we have an anonymous donor who will match all Happy Dollars collect in January 2021.  What a way to start the New Year.  Let's bring our generosity to all of our January Virtual Meetings and help our Sargeant At Arms!  Thanks to our Donor for ringing in the New Year this way.
Door Prizes!
Weekly Door Prize Donations Needed! Be our next meeting's prize sponsor! 
It seems like we all like the idea of winning a festive prize at our meetings (in person or online).  We have had some very generous and fun donations since incorporating this new aspect to our meetings. Many thanks to all who have donated a prize!  It is a nice way to give back to each other. 
Do you have a hobby or talent you can share with the club? Maybe you love to bake, sew, or garden (IE Garlic). Let’s get creative with our door prizes and share a little bit about ourselves in the process! 
How about we show some love to the local businesses in our community? They have shown us support with raffle donations and sponsorships throughout the years. Consider purchasing a $20.00 gift card from one of the many small businesses in the East Penn Area.  As we know every little bit helps. It's also a great way to start a conversation about Rotary and invite business owners and managers to a club meeting.
So if you’d like to sponsor a door prize contact Don Blose, Meghan Reed, Sal Verrastro or Lexa Shallcross.  
Virtual Speech Contest
HELP!!!  Our own Tony Moyer could use some assistance with our Virtual Four Way Speech Contests!  He needs some volunteers for the following dates:
Emmaus Rotary Club Speech Contest - February 16th at 4 PM
The Regional Speech Contest - April 10th at 10 AM
Volunteers should reach out to Tony Moyer at 610-295-7691 or
Thank you!
You Say It's Your Birthday????
Let's celebrate our fellow Rotarians who have birthdays in January:
January 6 - Lyenna Fenstermacher
January 13 - Joanne Smida
January 21 - Don Heller
January 30 - Doug Brinker
In the Spirit of Giving 
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 $20,000 by February to continue to feed hungry kids in our community. Please consider donating to the go-fund-me campaign to provide students with "backpacks" of food to take home over the weekend. Please click on the link for information and to donate now.  
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.
Donations are easy to make on our Go Fund Me page but if you prefer you can always send a check.
Contact Cindy Hornaman or Rick Zayaitz. 
With Gratitude,
Meghan Reed 
Emmaus Rotary Club Vice President 

Shelter Box Award
ShelterBox Recognition 2020
Congratulations to our District 7430 for receiving the the recognition of 20 years of Outstanding Support of this important Rotary endeavor.
Many of you may remember the days in our club when we use to have a special collect for this project.  Our club believes so much in this project it has now become a yearly line item in our budget.  This year the Emmaus Rotary Club has committed to contributing another $2000 !!! 
Submit your nomination for 4th Emmaus Rotary Club International Women’s Day Celebration

Dear Emmaus Club Rotarians,

Surely there are women in our Emmaus and Lehigh Valley communities with an outstanding record of volunteer humanitarian service who have given their time and efforts to advance RI’s Mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance understanding, goodwill, and peace, and who are leaders in their chosen field.

Now is your opportunity to nominate a woman from our community who personifies these qualities to receive the Emmaus Rotary Club International Women’s Day Celebration (IWDC) Rotary Award on March 11, 2021. For the fourth year, on behalf of the Emmaus Rotary Club, I am writing to encourage you to submit a nomination by January 24, 2021.

You will find detailed information about the nomination criteria and how to submit a nomination when you click read more below. If you have any questions before this date, please feel free to e-mail me at or to call me at my cell #610-392-5134.

On behalf of our Club’s IWDC Committee and on my behalf, I thank you for your support and look forward to receiving your nomination.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Committee Chair International Women’s Day Celebration

Save the Date - District 7430 Events



Training Tuesday: International Service Part 1: The Basics

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 At 7 pm

Learning the basics of Rotary International Service, our projects and how start your own club project.

CLICK HERE to Register

Contact:Cindy Hornaman

January Is....

January is Vocational Service Month

THE CONCEPT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICE The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster: • High ethical standards in business and professions • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions: • Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations. • Use your skills and expertise to serve a community. • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions. • Help young people achieve their career goals. • Guide and encourage others in their professional development. By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
For more information go to: 



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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