President's Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

     Have you done this?

     Last week, I washed one of my Rotary pins that I had forgotten to remove from my jacket. I was thankful that I did not need a service call for either my washer or dryer. And, once more, I thought how much I appreciate the upgrade to magnetic pins and badges. No more holes in blouses, dresses, or jackets.

     All of that led me to think about the symbolism, meaning, and traditions around our Rotary wheel. Most of the earliest Rotary clubs had a wheel as an image on their publications and letterheads.  It illustrated “Civilization, Movement and Service work in action.”  In 1919, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia added cogs to create a working wheel, symbolizing members working together, literally interlocked with one another to achieve the organization’s objectives. The six spokes represented an inward movement to show the path of Vocational Service and an outward one to the community and world.      

      In 1922, it was decided that all clubs would adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. 

     A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a “keyway” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So rather than have any idle clubs or club members, the change was made in 1923. The blue and gold colors were added at the 1929 Rotary International Convention. It is the official Rotary International emblem. The Rotary wheel is also referred to as “The Mark of Excellence”. 

     Our two newest Emmaus Rotary members- Keith Heffner and Eileen Teyim - will receive their pins when they are ceremonially inducted into Emmaus Rotary this June. Soon Mike Waddell, our President-elect, will receive his official President pin. One of his first fun actions will be to hand out the Rotary year 2021-2022 theme pins. So we all have a variety and choice of pins to wear to our regular meetings. Remember that Don Blose, our Sargent at Arms, may fine members found not to be wearing their pins to meetings.

     More importantly, please consider wearing your Rotary pin during the week as you move around the community. Let it spark a conversation so others know Rotary is active in East Penn. Let it be a mark of excellence.  Let it mark you as an active, trusted leader who is interconnected  with other Rotarians, And that --


          Together, we see a world where people unite and take action

           to make a lasting change across the globe,

           in our communities, and in ourselves. 

                          Rotary International’s Mission Statement

Yours in Service
Lexa Shallcross
Emmaus Rotary President, 2020-2021
A giant thank you to the Committee:  Rick Zayaitz, Don Blose, Steve Gould (Our Event Sponsor), Courtney Kennedy, Doug Brinker, Meghan Reed, Lexa Shallcross and Mike Waddell.  Also thanks to Mark Erle for setting up the registration web site.
We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors:
Better Homes and Garden Real Estate- Event Sponsor
Play Sponsor - Keystone Precision Solutions
Board Sponsors:
Ai Orthodontics
Edward Jones Financial Advisors
Embassy Bank
Spillman Farmer Architects
Eric Loch Diamond Jewelers
Turf Pro
Vinyl Press
A fun time was had by all!
The Cornhole Winning Team with Tony & Gioavanna
The Bartender Rick Zayiatz
Jim Palmquist with Janet Kolepp, our District Governor, and our Governor-Elect for 2021-2022 Bob Hobaugh
Fun Way Speech Picnic 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Fellowship! 

Yes, it’s true, we are having a Fun Way Speech Picnic on Friday, June 25th from 6-9pm. 
It’s an opportunity to include everyone at a safe outdoor event at Emmaus Community Park, Rotary Pavilion. 
Won’t it be fun to see friends in person again and to get to know each other better?
When Rotarians get together we are sure to spark new ideas to benefit everyone!
See what I did there? How do you use the Four Way Test in your everyday life? Think about how often you actually do! It’s second nature isn’t it? 
The Fun Way Speech Picnic will be a casual event for Rotary members to give their own spin to the Four Way Speech. There will even be some festive prizes from Lexa! 
So come with a speech or just come for the fun of it all. Everyone’s welcome; grown up or small.
The Fellowship Committee will provide hot dogs and picnic type bites to enjoy. BYOB (no glass!) 
Please RSVP to Meghan Reed or 610-737-5942
Let Meghan know if you plan to attend and if you will be giving a Fun Four Way Speech

She Nailed It! 
A great big THANK YOU to all of my Rotary friends who donated to the Habitat Lehigh Valley, She Nailed It Hammer Relay Competition! My team “What’s a Hammer 🤷🏼‍♀️“  surpassed our goal of $1500 and raised $2000!  The event is projected to raise well over $45,000. 
Our team even made it to the second round! Hahah....guess we do know what a hammer is after all, with our best time clocking in at 28 seconds. 

What an inspiring afternoon! We were surrounded by supportive women rooting for each others teams, and we learned about the incredible work that Habitat for Humanity does here in the Lehigh Valley. We met a single Mom who now has a home to call her own and a stable environment for her daughter to feel safe in. She has worked side by side with Habitat volunteers to build her home from the foundation up. That is what community is all about! 
You can count me in to be there again next year! Who’s with me? 

Learn more about Habitat and Women Build at these links. 

With Gratitude, Meghan, Katie, Samantha, and Rita 🔨🤷🏼‍♀️🔨

Rotary Change Order Party
             JULY 21, 2021 5:00 PM
             STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!!!
UPDATE ! Brookside CC New Guidelines! 
GREAT NEWS FREINDS!!!  Here is an update from the Brookside Country Club.  Vaccinated guests do not need to wear masks inside or outside of the club. Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated people should continue to wear them inside and outside while moving around the Clubhouse but can remove them when seated.  As of June 28th, the mask mandate expires and all guests, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, can retire their masks until our next pandemic.
But as we move slowly towards getting back together in person our meetings will continue to be Hybrid and  continue to provide you the meeting virtually. 
If you are joining us online, 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. (This is the updated and correct link)
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! 
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ERIC LOCH AND JOHN CHISCA FOR MAKING THE HYBRID MEETINGS POSSIBLE EACH WEEK! And a special thanks to Wade George for helping with the camera and microphone this week.
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
2nd VP ERC
Interact Club T-Shirt Collection
The Interact Club is holding a T-Shirt drive to help collect and retrofit T-shirts with a zippers so that life becomes a little easier for those pediatric cancer patients who have vascular access device (mediports). They need our help!
Emmaus Rotary Flag Program - Sign Up NOW!
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!
Hillside Clean-Up Time
The Community Service Committee is looking for help to mulch the new outside beds and around the trees at Hillside School on Saturday, May 22nd, starting at 8 am.  Gary Rohrbach will use his truck and get free mulch - we just need to have some helpers - (even teenagers can help!) with raking the mulch out of the truck to the beds. Please see Karen at the Rotary meetings for further information and to sign up, or contact her via email. 
Remembrance Garden Brick Installation  - Highlights
The ceremony at the Remembrance Garden brick installation on June 3rd was for three of our past Rotary Members.  Our Vice president Michael Waddell facilitated the brick installation of Bob Halsey, Bob Pfander and Paul Sarver.  Below are the highlights.
The Paul Sarver Family, 
Edie Halsey and son Andrew
Mike Waddell sweeps the sand into the joints to complete the installation.
HELP! Membership Responsibilities at Meetings!
HELP!!  We are all responsibility for making each week's meeting a success.  But since the pandemic, we have stopped issuing meeting assignments due to the lack of in-person meetings.  So many thanks to all of you who have stepped up each week and staffed the front reception table and all of the other assignment since we have returned to Brookside.  And thanks to the following people who volunteered to take on the respective assignment this week JUNE 3rd:
-Table:  Nelly Kabiru
Greeter:  Rick Zayaitz
Invocation:  Mike Waddell
June Is....
June is Rotary Fellowship Month
Rotary Fellowships Month - Make New Friends Around the World

Rotary Fellowships Month - June is designated as “Rotary Fellowships Month” by the RI Board to recognize the importance of international fellowship and good will among Rotarians with similar recreational interests, vocations, and health and medical issue-oriented interests, to promote increased participation in fellowships and increase understanding of this program. The RI Board encourages fellowships groups to highlight activities through projects, activities, and events in celebration of “Rotary Fellowships Month” in June.

“Fellowship is wonderful; it illuminates life’s pathway, spreads good cheer, and is worth high price.”

  -Rotary Founder Paul Harris



COVID-19 Vaccines - UPDATE!

LVHN Offering Additional Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations

Lehigh Valley Health Network also announcing mass vaccination drive-through event on May 12 at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
On Wednesday, May 5, LVHN will begin accepting walk-ins without an appointment for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for everyone 16 and older at all COVID-19 vaccine locations. (Note: Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to get vaccinated.) Those who already received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine will receive the second Moderna dose at these sites. COVID-19 vaccinations provided by LVHN are free. Pfizer vaccine has emergency use authorization (EUA) for people ages 16 and older, while Moderna has EUA for people ages 18 and older.
Many thanks to our own Bob Goehler for this information.
East Penn Food Coalition Update!
Here is a link to the cool video by Eric Loch of the weekly food packing
As you all know the Emmaus Rotary leads the establishment of the East Penn Food Coalition along with other community service groups to meet hunger needs in the East Penn School District Community.
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 money to continue to feed hungry kids in our community. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP!   We are seeking business, grants, and individual donations to support over $20,000 in need.
You can provide help for our neighbors in need in the following ways:
Check donation:  Send to the following:
                Emmaus Rotary Foundation
                c/o 2225 Riverbend Road
                Allentown, PA 18103
Contact:   Cindy Hornaman:, (610) 360-4875 or Rick Zayaitz:   (484) 357 5780
If you are interested in being part of this group, please let us know.  Thanks to all of those who have contributed thus far.
We can all work together to help the families in our own East Penn Community.
Lastly, 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.
With Gratitude,
The Entire Emmaus Rotary Club


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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Jun 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Allentown Rescue Mission
Jun 24, 2021
Pass the Gavel
Jul 01, 2021
Club Assembly
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Emmaus Rotary:
Sunday, May 23rd - "Bags & Beef" at Gio Italian Grill
June 3 - Remembrance Garden Brick Installation
Friday, June 25, 2021 - a "fun" 4-Way Test Competition for anyone (Watch for Details)
Iron Pigs Game with the ERC - July 23, 2021
September, 2021 - The Annual Poker Run!
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