President's Message

Dear Emmaus Rotarians,

  Right now the warm sun is out, the sky is blue and there is a brisk, cooling breeze. It is almost a perfect summer evening except, as I write, I know some of you dealing with the aftermath of deadly Tropical Storm Isaias. 

What a crazy storm! There were tornado and flash flood warnings across three states. Rivers, creeks, roadways, streets and basements were flooded as locally we got a deluge of over 5 ½ inches within a few hours. Sorry, I can’t be more exact as my backyard rain gauge topped out and overfilled. There will be a lengthy clean-up necessary. 

During the storm, I almost didn’t know where to look. Which tv channel? Which Facebook group? Which window of my home? I wanted to keep up.

Emmaus Rotary is also on the move and it is sometimes hard to know where to look. Even though our Thursday early morning meetings are online where the technology sometimes challenges us, Rotarians are making connections, plans, and progress on our goal to serve others above self. Here’s a recap:

     Mike Wadell, our President-elect, is meeting online with five or six other club members to massage the raw data from the 3 brainstorming sessions we held to look at our fundraising efforts as several events have had to be canceled.  They will be reporting out at the next Board meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Wadell has embraced the moniker of Fundraising Czar and those around his effort are the Czarettes. 

     Our Golf Outing date is September 14, 2020. Rotarians are forming foursomes to play that day, looking for sponsors and advertisers and gearing up for a big raffle! 

     Rick Zayaitz and Cindy Hornaman continue to lead the charge to combat hunger insecurity throughout our community. Emmaus Rotarians and members of the newly formed Passport Club are packing and distributing food packages to students and families in the East Penn School District. When the cost of food went up, an ad-hoc group met to raise funds. They created our first-ever Go-Fund-Me campaign. Hornaman is forming a local hunger coalition of the EPSD Administration, all the churches, and other non-profits that are working to get food into homes.

      Last Thursday, it was my privilege to present Beth Lorah, director of Groceries PLUS, with a check for $1,000 from Emmaus Rotary. Also for our membership, Bill Erdman gave her an honorary Paul Harris award and she was truly touched.

    Does Rotary International’s new initiative to protect the environment excite you? Do you have an idea of how Emmaus Rotary can move forward on this initiative? Please speak to Second Vice-president Meghan Reed who is looking for like-minded people to scheme and dream.

    Next Thursday, August 13, 2020, the membership will vote to accept the new by-laws as recommended by the Board during our regular meeting. Our by-laws were rewritten to bring us into step with Rotary International and our own best practices. 

     Let me say thank you to Rick Zayaitz and Sue Straeter-Doviak for their "toast/roast" birthday greetings for Wilmer Schultz! It was a wonderful tribute to a steadfast Rotarian. 

    Another behind the scene group was formed by Gary Rohrbach to digitize all of the banners we have been given by other Rotary Clubs. Valerie Deneen and her daughter, John Chisca, Dale Dries, and others are with him. This piece of history will be a touchstone for us in the future and a reminder that Emmaus Rotary is not alone-- we have allies and partners around the globe.

      Our calendar is filling up. Friday, August 28, 2020 there is a virtual wine tasting Fellowship event - sign-up now!  The dinner to recognize Past President Steve Gould for his leadership is now scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 12, 2020 at Brookside. 

     And you have things to do also! Are your semi-annual dues for 2020-2021 paid? Our Secretary Jim Palmquist reports there are about 20 outstanding bills. Have you considered mailing a check to Bill Erdman for EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year contributes $100 toward the Rotary Foundation.)?  And… there’s our Sargeant at Arms Don Blose. Can you respond to his request for club members to contribute toward the weekly door prize? You could feature your own business, or support a local small business, or even re-gift something fabulous that has no place in your day to day.

     Let me end with a little more good news. The Board has accepted the nomination of Sal Verrastro as second Vice-President and Rose Galeano-Phillips will fill his at-large seat on the Board. Congratulations to both!

     Thank you all for letting me be the ringmaster for this three-ring circus we call Emmaus Rotary.  It’s amazing and wonderful and fun. Even if I keep looking over my shoulder to check that all the lines and all the knots for the safety nets are snug and secure!

Yours in Rotary,

Lexa Shallcross

President 2020-2021

President's Message
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
     A few weeks into the Rotary year 2020-2021 and I have come to appreciate that there are many moving parts to Rotary at all levels-- our local club, the district, and Rotary International. This should not have come as a surprise as our Rotary logo is a wheel with 6 spokes, 24 teeth, and has a keyway that guarantees it transmits power. 
     Personally, I feel like I'm on a bicycle and am standing up to gain momentum, some speed. And I don't want to lose my footing on the pedals-- slipping off them would be quite a jolt!  So I am asking you to help me while together we gain speed, balance and can get down the road gracefully.
     While we are meeting online, please picture your fellow Rotarians... with whom did you regularly sit in Brookside's dining room? who was by your side at fellowship events and service projects? whose "Happy Dollars" always made you smile? 
     Bring them to mind and then, please, reach out. I have come to see what a luxury it has been to quietly say to someone next to you at the coffee bar, "How have you been? How is your family?"
     If you haven't been in contact with someone for a while: Phone them. Text them. Send them a card. 
Our website has members' names, addresses, and phone numbers. The tech-savvy among us have downloaded the Club Runner app to their smartphones for easy access to this information.  If technology fails you, phone or email me and I will look it up for you.  
    Let's not let a global pandemic get in the way of real Rotary Fellowship.
Yours in Rotary,
Lexa Shallcross
Meeting Virtually This Week!
We continue our weekly meeting virtually!  There will not be an in person meeting this week but we sure would love to see your smiling face when you join us online!  
Please use the link below to join us this Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:30am.  
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. Ask them to please 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! 
Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Meghan Reed
Trumpet Editor 
2nd VP ERC
Diamond Girl :) 
East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Last week we were joined by Mark Kuhns of East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors. What is EPNHN and how are they making our community stronger?  This grass roots, Emmaus based 501(c)3 non-profit organization works with dozens of families in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Mark shared the history of how EPNHN came to be, how the program works to give families a hand during a very challenging time in their lives and the success they have shared with these families.   By visiting their website  I gathered some key points to share with you. 
Their mission:  
"To serve these families through multi-faceted short-term assistance in order to help restore and sustain healthy, independent living."
How they do it:
" After an initial assessment to identify the needs of a family, a family is welcomed into the temporary transitional housing and registered EPNHN Volunteers with the skills to help meet the family’s needs will be contacted and asked to work as part of a support team assigned to the family.  Regular meetings with the family will be coordinated by a case manager who will be assigned to be the single point of contact for the case.  It is difficult to anticipate the length of time each family will require the temporary housing and the help of each member of the support team, but a plan with timelines will be written when the case opens.  This model is proving successful, having helped transition three families thus far into places of greater independence!"
How you can help: 
"Volunteers are also needed to provide professional services pro-bono or at a reduced rate, including (but not limited to) career counseling, budgeting, financial planning, debt reduction, addressing outstanding tax issues, securing affordable housing, relationship and family systems counseling, parenting and/or marriage skill development, medical and dental care, addressing mental health and addiction issues, nutrition and fitness help, and automotive sales and repair.  If you are interested in volunteering to help by providing a professional service, please contact us!"
Use the link to sign up to help or contribute by making a donation click this link
Take a few minutes to check out their website and learn about the assistance they provide. May we never take for granted the beds tuck our children into at night, the meals on our plates, and the place we call home.  Thank you East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors for the tireless work you do to give families and their children solid ground to build a limitless future upon.
2020 ERC Golf Tournament
Save the Date!
Golf Outing at Brookside Country Club Macungie, PA
September 14, 2020 
Pass along to friends, family, business owners and golfers.
Remember that for this year only we’re offering special COVID pricing. Any support will be greatly appreciated.
Raffle tickets will be available later this week.
Fellowship Virtual Wine Tasting Save the Date!
Please RSVP! 
Back by popular demand!
Fellowship Virtual Wine Tasting Night. Friday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. 

The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee will be hosting another Virtual Wine Tasting featuring our favorite wine experts, Joe Pugliese, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Mike Orbin and Dina Zayaitz.
They will coach us on how to taste the wine, we will score it, and compare our evaluation of the wine as a group using the American Wine Society scoring sheet.  Please use the score sheet pdf link here. 
This will be simple tasting focusing on a specific wine from Scout & Cellar.  
The wine of choice for the tasting is: 2019 Gallivant Bubbly White Wine, North Coast California. 
(A refreshing choice for this time of year.)
We have pre-ordered 24 bottles for sign ups to this tasting.  The cost is only $24.00 a bottle. 
To sign up to purchase your bottle and participate in this Fellowship Event you must email Meghan Reed at 
Date and location for pick up TBD. 
A Zoom Meeting Link will be sent out to those who have signed up prior to the event. 
Many Thanks to Dina as the commission she makes from our purchase of this wine and commission from future wine sales through this event will be donated back to The Emmaus Rotary East Penn Food Packing Program.   
Our last virtual tasting was a ton of fun! It was a great way to catch up with friends and have a lot of laughs together.  We hope to see you there.
Cheers Emmaus Rotary Club! 
Cheers to a Unique Way to Fundraise! 


For all the wine lovers out there, here is a way to give back.   Do you need to stock up on wine?  Do you have gifts to buy and not sure what to get?  Here is a great way to raise funds for the Food Insecure Children of East Penn School District.  

All wine profits made during the month of July, will be given to the Emmaus Rotary Club's Food Packing Program.  That’s right, all profits made on all sales will go back to the Rotary! 

What is Scout & Cellar – it’s a Clean-Crafted Wine, free from chemicals and added sugars.  It’s grown naturally, bottled consciously and packed sustainable making it better tasting and better for our planet.  Best part, it can be delivered straight to your door.  To learn more and order your wine go to  

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Zayaitz M: +1 973.896.7254 or E:

We've Raised $1,175!  How can you help?
Oh Hello, you may have noticed that the past few weeks we have been sounding the Trumpet to inform you about our new "Go Fund Me" campaign.  Since we started in July we have raised $1,175.00 of our $10,000 goal. 
The Emmaus Rotary Club, East Penn Food Coalition Go Fund Me Campaign is live and so is our "DONATE" button on our website!  Through this fundraising platform we are raising money to fund the Feed East Penn Students Food Packing Program.  It is important that our Club Members get involved in sharing this campaign so that we can reach our goal of $10,000.  Donating and sharing is VERY easy and with just a few seconds a week, together we will make our goal! 
(If you need instructions on how to donate follow the steps in the read more section on how you can donate and share) 
Over the past few weeks we have raised $800 through contributions from club members and people from the community. 
We have a long way to go. 

*If you are not able to donate at this time simply click the blue "Share" button to post to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages. 
*If you've completed a donation you will be prompted to share the campaign to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages. 
*Please also consider sharing this campaign link via email to your network of friends, family and colleagues. 
SHARING IS CARING! We may not all be in a position to donate but if every club member simply shares this information with more people the more impact it will have.  Please share on your social media once a week! It only takes a few seconds to share and I know lots of our members are active on Facebook and Twitter.  Think about the impact we'd make as a group by sharing this Rotary service project with our hundreds of online friends. 
If you need help with how to share you may reach out to me and I will do my very best to walk you through it or think of some creative ways you can help spread the word. 
I have included an email that I sent out to another board that I sit on. Feel free to use it! Just click "read more" below.
If you have questions on how to use Go Fund Me please contact Meghan Reed 610-797-5942 / 
Thank you for helping our Emmaus Rotary Club reach our $10,000 fundraising goal for our Feed East Penn Students Food Packing Program! 
Collection Underway for Tails of Valor
The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Poker Run is postponed until next year. Our Hope was to raise $7500 to give to Tails of Valor, a 501c3 organization which raises and trains dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD or other service-related illnesses or injuries.

Although the event is not happening this year, several donors and sponsors have elected to make a donation anyway. If you would like to make a donation, please send a check made payable to “Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation”, add a memo of “Tails of  Valor”, and mail it to the following address. We will present a single check to Tails of Valor in late August.

c/o Joe Pugliese
P.O. Box 98
East Texas, PA 18046-0098

Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

The Poker Run Team
Remembrance Brick For Jerry Friedman
On Thursday, July 30 we are installing an engraved brick at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden for Rotarian Jerry Friedman. Those interested in attending will meet at the Remembrance Garden at 9:00 a.m. for a short ceremony where we meet any of Jerry's family who may be in attendance, say a few words of remembrance about Jerry and install his brick in the Rotary walkway area.  This typically takes 15-20 minutes and all Rotarians are invited to attend.  A special thanks to Bob Halsey for coordinating this gathering.
The Emmaus Remembrance Garden is located at 150 E. Main Street, Emmaus, PA 18049
Plant A Row Drop Off Times


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!

Now that our gardens are ripe for the picking, Tony Moyer will be collecting 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. 
When the time comes to meet in person again 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 meetings, BUT until then please be sure to take your donations to the school for Tony to collect. If you have any questions please contact Tony at 
Thank you Tony and Sue for volunteering! 

To learn more about Plant A Row continue reading...

Hats Off to the Interact Grads Class of 2020
Pinned on ERC's Bulletin Board
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 over the past few months 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 while doing some low-key networking for your business. 
In the wake of the Corona Virus now more than ever it's important to show the local businesses in our community we care and support them.  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. Please contact Meghan Reed for more information about our weekly door prizes and how you can be help! 
Upcoming Committee Meetings: Consider holding a virtual meeting to stay in touch and on task with your committee! 
(Does your committee have an upcoming meeting? Let Meghan know and we will list it here)
Rotary and Beyond:
If you are participating in a fundraiser outside of Rotary and would like help spreading the word to our club members please contact Meghan Reed. It may be eligible to run in our new section in the Trumpet called "Rotary and Beyond".  It will cost $2.00 (Happy Dollars) each time you'd like to run the information in the Trumpet.  To have the information posted in the Trumpet you must be an active committee member or board member of the non-profit organization facilitating the activity outside of Rotary participation. The $2.00 entry may be given to Meghan at a club meeting.  Contact Meghan with any questions. 
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.
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Herb Klotz & DGE Janet Kolepp
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Lexa Shallcross                       
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