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Rotary Opens Opportunities
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
     When Rotary opens "opportunities" it is not a "tiger" or the "woman" choice! It is all good. Even (maybe especially) during this time of global pandemic with social distancing and masks, Rotary is finding ways to step up and make a difference.
     Please talk to Cindy Hornaman or Rick Zayaitz if you want to help us meet the needs of families in the East Penn School District who are facing food insecurity.
     I just heard from Alan Sylvestre, who is on the Emmaus Recreation and Entertainment Commission. Emmaus is now planning to do a "reverse" Halloween Parade. What? Yes, you read correctly. The floats stay in place as families drive past in their cars!!! And wait for it... there is an opportunity open for us to serve. So I will be reaching out to Nicole Steirer and Karen Hobson, co-chairs of our Community Service Committee.
     Our 12th Annual Golf Outing was a big success....and fun, too! You will be hearing how our Golf Outing Committee is thinking big, taking it to the next level.... going over the top, Talk about an open door! (Intrigued? -- stay connected. You will hear more soon.)
   
 Some opportunities come with great sadness. 
 
 
Even as we mourn the loss of our friend and fellow Rotarian Bob Halsey, we honor him by continuing his work. His Family has requested that donations in his memory be given to the Emmaus Rotary Foundation and marked for our scholarship fund. In addition, even before his banner hit the ground, Meghan Reed has stepped up to pick up his special collection of aluminum tabs to benefit the Ronald MacDonald House at the Dupont Children's' Hospital in Delaware. This collection goes through the Miracle League. I am sure you will be hearing more from Meghan!!
 
     I look forward to being with you all at the Club/ President's Recognition Dinner tomorrow night at Brookside Country Club. Are you looking forward more to toasting or roasting Steve Gould? Get those "Happy Dollars" ready! 
 
     I heard we are going to have some special guests join us as we meet, eat  AND broadcast from Brookside. So. ..if you can't join us in personal, try hard to log in using the Vox Tandem link. There is a Board meeting immediately following, please let me know if you have agenda items.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Lexa Shallcross
President
2020-2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A BIG, BIG "THANK YOU"
 
Dear Emmaus Rotarians,
 
     There is no post-golf outing let down here! I am still jazzed about how well the committee for our 12th Annual Golf Outing and Raffle organized and hosted Monday's event. So, let's start there... with a big, big "thank you" to Mario Cozzubbo and John Zayaitz -- co-chairs, Don Blose, Mike Lahanas, Joe Pugliese, Rick Zayait, Eric Loch, John Chisca, Frank Mastroianni, Cindy Hornamen, Sue Wenner, and Gordon Reese.
     And even as I type that, I can hear Mario prompting me to recognize our sponsors. No problem. Happy to do it!
A big, big "thank you" to our two event sponsors: Ai Orthodontics (for the second year) and Edward Jones (Past Presdent Jeff McElhaney's office).  Our thanks are also extended to our Eagle Sponsors: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Vox Tandem, and Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits. Our Birdie Sponsors were Embassy Bank, Raymond James (Jim Baker's office), Vinart, and Werner & Company. Tweet-- "thank you".  Roger Whitcomb and Steve & Jane Auvil sponsored the yummy lunch and beverages. THANK YOU!  The Cart Sponsors were New Tripoli Bank and Valley Settlement Group. THANKS!
 
 
     Now, the news you all want to hear.... the burning question is "who won the raffle?"
     First, a big shout out to Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers for the donation of a yellow gold bangle bracelet with inlaid diamonds with a retail value of $4,700! Thank you, Eric. AND-- thanks to every Rotarian who bought or sold raffle tickets.  The dust is still settling, but it looks like we may have sold out all of the 300 tickets that were printed.  Sue Wenner is among the Rotarians selling dozens of tickets! Wenner brought home winners--- the first prize bracelet was won by her friend J. Rosario and she sold the second prize ticket to Betsy Socci. The third prize went to Rotarian Gary Rohrbach. 
 
     The 12th Annual Golf Outing held in the middle of a global pandemic will go down in Emmaus Rotary history as a remarkable one as Emmaus Rotary faced new obstacles... but neither sandpits, nor water hazards, nor the covid19 virus will stop these Rotarians from raising money for local projects like the Miracle League, Jenn's House, to help the East Penn School District families facing food insecurity,  to award scholarships to our graduating Interact seniors, to eradicate Polio, to support Shelter Box, and to reach out globally with matching Rotary Foundation money to make a difference.  The bookkeeping is not finished. At first glance, the golf outing may have netted over $18,000.  
     It was a beautiful, clear blue sky day. And, yes, there was golf.  Eighty golfers played around the Brookside Country Club greens. Frank Mastroianni's foursome took first place overall.  And, Sue Wenner held unto her winner's aura by having the longest drive among the women. 
     So, in summary ---  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
 
Yours in Rotary,
Lexa Shallcross
President 2020-2021
Say Hello This Thursday!
Our in person meetings Continue at Brookside Country Club this Thursday, September 23rd.  
 
 Be sure to welcome Dee Eng's special guest who will be joining us virtually from Singapore! Log on or stop by our virtual set up at Brookside to say hello to Varun Gulati from the Rotary Club of Singapore. He is the International Service Chair for his club in district 3310.  Their club is the largest in the district. He may have some other members online with him as well.  This is a wonderful way to build goodwill and better friendships through virtual fellowship. Thank you Dee! 
 
We are planning to being indoors with proper social distancing measures in place and approximately 100 can be served there so no need to RSVP…just show up before 7:30, enter through the main entrance with your mask on, get signed in, find a seat, chat with friends, and enjoy the meeting. 
 
While we meet in person this week at Brookside Country Club you also have the option to participate by joining us through the Voxx Tandem platform.  We will see you in person or online this Thursday, at 7:30am.
 
Please use the link below to join us this Thursday at 7:30am.  To join us on the Vox Tandem Virtual Meeting platform. 
 
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 johnc@voxtandem.com 610-400-0203
 
The following safety guidelines will continue to be followed at Brookside Country Club: 
  • Tables will be set 6 ft apart to observe social distancing and each table will seat only 5 people.
  • BCC is requiring guests to wear masks throughout the Clubhouse, though once in the ballroom or outside, masks are not required. Even though we are in green masks must be worn while entering and moving around the Clubhouse. Once guests are seated masks can be removed. 
  • There will be multiple hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Clubhouse.  We encourage guests to use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout their time at Brookside.
  • Buffets will now be served by staff of Brookside behind plexiglass (gloves will be worn by those serving food.) 
  • Coffee will also need to be served (no station) and we will have to utilize single use packets such as salt, pepper, creamer, ketchup, and syrup.
 
It is imperative that if they feel sick or have contracted COVID - 19, you must stay home. 
 
Please contact Lexa, Mike, or Meghan if you have any questions.  Please also review the Rotary District Covid-19 Guidelines in this newsletter.  
 
 
President’s Dinner NEXT Week! RSVP!!
The dinner to recognize Past President Steve Gould for his leadership is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at Brookside Country Club.  Steve did an outstanding job leading our club through the craziest of times.  Sometimes with crazy hair! Let's give our Past President some props for always bringing his "A game" and a smile no matter what.  
The cost per guest is $50.00. Please r.s.v.p with Rick Zayaitz 
 
Bill Erdman will also be holding Paul Harris Recognition at this celebration. If you are attending and have a Paul Harris medallion please be sure to wear yours to the dinner!
 
 
 
  
The final harvests for Plant a Row

 

69,000 of our neighbors in the Lehigh Valley are predicted to go hungry this year. Help them with your garden, one pound at a time!

It is almost the end of the growing season in our gardens. Tony Moyer continues to collect your Plant A Row produce donations on Thursdays.  You can drop off your donations at Willow Lane Elementary School by 4:00 pm. (6135 Sauerkraut Lane, Macungie, PA 18062) Please simply leave your bagged and freshly washed veggies at the front door of the school.   All of food collected goes to the 6th St. Shelter. 
If you'd like to bring your donations to our in person meetings, Sue Wenner has volunteered to serve with Tony on the Plan A Row Collection Committee and would be happy to drop off our weekly collections to the school after our meeting. If you have any questions please contact Tony at  anmoyer1229@yahoo.com 
 
Thank you Tony and Sue for volunteering! 

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September is...
BASIC EDUCATION AND 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.

 

OUR IMPACT ON EDUCATION

The Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations, and service projects around the world. 

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages. 

  • Rotary Scholarships
  • Coaching Teachers
  • Teacher Training
  • Adult Literacy 
  • Mentoring Students
  • Schools4Freedom
  • Educating Refugees

Learn more about how Rotary is helping. Read the article about how In Nigeria, a university president and Rotary Club fight Boko Haram by educating and feeding victims

Club to Club Friendship Exchange 
 
 
Club to Club Exchange
 
Open a door and connect with other district Rotarians.  This is an opportunity to share your clubs locale as well as Rotary ideas.  Covid has made our world virtual; however, following PA state as well as district covid guidelines we can meet up outdoors in limited numbers social distancing with masks and sanitizer in hand.
 
A participating club would arrange to meet at a mutual location and time and then the other club would reciprocate.  I will be coordinating clubs as well as individual participants.  Let’s join together in friendship and grow to know one another.
 
If you or your club would like to participate or desire more information please email me at deeleng@gmail.com or call my cell 610 428 3355.
 
Dee Eng
RFE Chair
Save the Date - District 7430 Events

Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Welcome to Rotary Zoom Web Meeting.

A virtual event for new Rotarians to learn about the world of Rotary.  This is a great opportunity to find your passion in Rotary service and meet other Rotarians in our District.  This is also a nice refresher for our more seasoned Members and a good way for long standing members to get to know newer Rotarians.  Plus you can participate from the comfort of your own home. 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Yvette M. Palmer Race to ZERO

The Yvette M. Palmer Race to ZERO is going Virtual This year!

The 10th Annual Race to ZERO will be a Virtual race this year.

We will have a Virtual Celebration Call on Saturday, 10/24/2020!

Let’s End Polio!

Cost: $25 per person, $50 per family team

District 7430 will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world on 2020, World Polio Day. We invite you to join with Rotarians from throughout our district to raise awareness at this year’s Virtual Race to Zero event, featuring Michael McGovern, Chair of Rotary International PolioPlus Committee. We will also hear from Rotarians who have been engaged as PolioPlus People of Action around our district. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with Rotarian friends near and far. The event promises prizes, surprises and lots of fun!

Check out https://www.raceentry.com/purple-pinkie-race-to-zero-virtual-district-7430-polio-challenge/race-information

to sign up online, donate, create or join a team and fundraise.

 
 
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.
 
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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
 
2020-2021 President 
Lexa Shallcross                       
 
District 7430 Governor
Janet Kolepp
 
Assistant Governor Area 1
Barb Bottitta
 
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