Good stuff happening!
“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”
– Bob Bitchin
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 last week 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!
Motorcycle Poker Run
Many, many thanks to Mark Erle and his team for a fun Motorcycle Poker Run event on Saturday.  There weren’t a huge number of participants but those who were had good fellowship and some fun.  Some of us also got to ride in Karen’s 1972 Cadillac El Dorado with the top down…Love Shack, I got me a car as big as a whale came to mind...super event...thanks!
Virtual Meeting Option For This Week
At last week’s Board of Directors meeting, the mask requirement issue was discussed again and the Board voted in favor of making masks an option and not a requirement.  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.  The mask requirement will go back into effect again if there is a mandate from the state to do so.
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!
Last Week's Meeting was presented by our District Governor who gave us a District Update.
Many thanks to our District Governor Bob Hobaugh who gave a lively interactive presentation and handing out many rotary pins to our club.  Bob reminded us that as Rotarians , together, we are People of Action and part of a global network of 1.2 million like-minded individuals.  Unite we take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in within ourselves.   He stressed that we are focused on promoting peace, supporting the environment, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.
And he taught us to take the time to capture that moment when we are doing great service so that we can show others the good things that Rotary does and promote our club.  Thanks Bob!  
Bob and Diane Graham "empty the trash" together for a photo Op!
President Waddell presents Bob with a gift.
And while Bob was here, we took that opportunity to take a group photo of our ERC members.
October 2, 2021 - Purple Pinkie Event 
     In 1988, some of you were starting a family, a new career, SCHOOL-- yes, it was off to college and to kindergarten for some Emmaus Rotarians.  
     That was the year Rotary International teamed with the World Health Organization to launch a global polio eradication initiative. There were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries.  There were 150 cases in 2020 and fewer this year!!
     What was I doing? Thank you for asking, I finished seminary that spring and was made a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. My Daughter and I were living in Forest City, PA
where I served at two churches.  We were an easy car ride to Corning, NY, where my Mother's family lives. My Aunt and I were in the kitchen, she was preparing dinner. My Uncle arrived home and was excited to tell us that that day it was announced at his Rotary meeting that Rotary International had committed to eradicating Polio. As he filled in the details, his eyes filled with tears. They were tears of joy at the thought that in the future no child would die or be left crippled by this contagious disease. That's what can make a grown man cry. Are his tears of joy contagious? Are you excited to think that we are so so so very close to Ending Polio?
   Rotary is so close to our original vision of a polio-free world. While an individual shot of polio vaccine costs only 15 cents to make, there are major expenses to reach remote areas and the public officials. So, we continue. 
     AND....  There are lots of ways for you and your family to participate in this year's Purple Pinkie Race to Zero to End Polio. You can run, walk, or bike. Kids have their own race. You can say no to a tee shirt. And YES! to the beer at the early afternoon Octoberfest.  Some may choose to participate virtually (no tee-shirt unless you buy it in the merch corner of the website).  Others may just log on and make a donation.  Easy.  Log in with the link given below.
We already have 7 team members. And are looking for at least 3 more. 
Speak to Lexa Shallcross or Cindy Hornaman if you have questions or difficulty registering online.  At our breakfast meeting this Thursday, there will be a sign-up sheet.
Look for the Emmaus Rotary Team and join us!   Remember to mark any donations at this time to the Race to Zero Purple Pinkie as from Emmaus Rotary. (Our club is number 5427) And SAVE the DATE - Saturday morning, October 2, 2021.

Sign up Today for the 11th Annual Race to ZERO! New this year, we will have the Race to Zero and Oktoberfest on the same day and place. The Race and Oktoberfest will be on October 2nd, 2021 at the Schnecksville Fair Grounds.

The location is right next to the prior year's location of LCCC.   This year’s route includes Packhouse Road down and a covered bridge, then back to the start. There are also options for 1 mile, kids race, and biking. In the afternoon we will be celebrating our District’s commitment to Ending Polio by celebrating Oktoberfest with food, beverages and entertainment!. 

Join us on October 2nd and Let's End Polio!! Sign up to Run, Walk, Bike and Join us afterwards for Oktoberfest! All Proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus!

           Walk, Run, Bike: 

Registration opens at 8:00 am

Childrens'  Race at 9:00 am

10K Bike Ride (not timed) at 9:15 am

5k Runners & walker leading at 9:30 am

1 Mile and all others immediately after

         Oktoberfest Celebration: 11:30 - 2 pm

Join us after the run for a catered Oktoberfest celebration event at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Oktoberfest Themed Food: Sausage, Grilled Fish, Pretzels, Potato Dumplings and/or Pancakes, Sauerkraut, Salad, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Mixers, Selfie Booth, Entertainment. Silly Hats

Please join with Rotarians from throughout our district to raise awareness at this year's Race to Zero event

Both Events are Located at the Schnecksville Fair Grounds, Pavilion

4550 Old Packhouse Rd

Schnecksville, PA 18078

Race Contact: John Scott - email



Facebook Page
Event Page - Registration and Fundraising (direct link)

Tickets only (direct link)


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.
September 30th
-Table:  Anthony Moyer & Ann Peaslee
Greeter:  Gary Rohrbach
Invocation / Moment of Reflection: Jean Onyambu
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
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!
September Is....
September is Basic Education & Literacy Month

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Rotary International's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

 "When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime. It ripples through the community, one by one."

Mark Wilson
Rotary Club member



Emmaus Rotary Flag Program - You can Still Sign Up!
HOLIDAY FLAG PROGRAM - It is not too late to sign up for this new program which 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 please use this link:
For more details, please contact Eric Loch!
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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Emmaus Rotary:
Thursday, October 7th - Food for The Needy Collection
Saturday, October 16th - Annual Make A Difference Day (MADD)
Executives & Directors
President Elect
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
Fund Raising Poker Run
Sargeant at Arms-Emeritus
International Women's Day
C0-chair Community Service
Membership co-chair
Youth Services
Bulletin Editor
Salvatore Verrastro
Rotary Links
Rotary International
RI President Home
Rotary Global Rewards
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
For New Members
Service above Self.
The Emmaus Rotary Club embraces, practices and promotes the Rotary International Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.