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President's Message
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
     This week, I was reminded several times of how powerfully Rotary has pivoted to meet the time we find ourselves in as we face the Covid19 pandemic. Let me give you several examples. The first two happened just last Friday:
 
     On October 9th, Rotarians, their family, friends and co-workers gathered to move 16 pallets of food from Bethel Bible Fellowship to Faith Presbyterian. The move went quickly. We were done by noon and enjoyed pizza together.
 
     We thank Bethel Church and Beth Lorah, head of the Groceries PLUS food bank which is supported by the community for months of hospitality. As they open back up, they needed their space freed for an afterschool program. We look forward to continuing to partner with them. In September, we handed out 432 bags of food to East Penn School District students.  
 
 
     Faith Presbyterian, also a member of the East Penn Food Coalition, has dedicated space for our need to store and pack food for distribution. Special thanks to Eric Loch, Mike Irwin, Gary Rohrbach, Rich Jensen (from the LV Passport Club), Alan Fornwalt, Chris Blechschmidt (form Allentown West), Joe Pugliese and his Son, Rick Zayaitz and 4 co-workers, Sue Wenner and her Son, Chad Stuckey, Courtney Kennedy, Gordon Reese, Craig Reber, Karen Hobson, Cindy and Chris Hornaman, and myself (photographer). I counted 7 trucks!
 
     Later Friday evening, I got a text message from our Vice-president Meghan Reed who had been on the virtual fund-raising event for Shelter Box. "They raised over 40k over the past month and tonight!"  she said. This includes $2,000 toward Shelter Box from Emmaus Rotary. As we texted a little longer, I thought of the virtual Purple Pinkie's Race to Zero and felt confident our District will also make that fundraiser a success. I am walking on Past District Governor Cindy's team this Saturday, October 17th.  Maybe you can join us or make a pledge. 
 
     As I closed my eyes later that night, I recalled another zoom type meeting of all the Presidents in our area held on Saturday morning, October 3, 2020.  We shared our challenges and successes and best practices. TWO -2- clubs during this time have each added FIVE -5- new members. Wow! And I thought, "Just tell Rotarians that something is difficult or hard and they will come together to make a difference."  
 
Proud to be a Rotarian,
Lexa Shallcross
President Emmaus Rotary 2020-2021
 
    
     
Food for the Needy October 8th

Friendly reminder! Now that we are meeting in person again we will resume monthly non-perishable food collections.

We will be collecting food for the needy at our Rotary meeting this week, October 8th. Share what you can! 

 Ralph Lewis Thanks You!

President's Message
 

Dear Emmaus Rotarians,

 

     Let me extend my appreciation to last week’s presenters at our Club Assembly. There is a bubble of new things rising and I am sure it is not the last time you will hear from them:

  Mike Waddell, “Czar” for the Fundraising Oversight Committee

  Eric Loch and Sue Wenner for the Flag Subscription initiative

  Sal Verrastro and friends for the Cornhole Tournament

  Wade George for the UPutt Minature Golf Tournament

       and

   Roger Whitcomb and Gary Rohrbach

   for the Centennial Celebration Planning Committee

     I welcomed the question about whether or not the money we raised was being spent on outreach and projects that match our priorities or just accumulating in our bank account. This week, Jeff McElhaney, past President, will be our presenter to help us understand the long-term plan to build up an endowment fund for the scholarships we award graduating Interact students at Emmaus High School. Going forward, I hope to have a similar look at the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation. Mario Cozzubbo is the Treasurer.

     The families of both Bob Halsey and Paul Sarver have directed that gifts may be given in their name using the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation for scholarships and feeding hungry East Penn Students, respectively. Both of these Rotarians did some pre-planning to further our outreach. 

     This week, I wrote a letter on behalf of Emmaus Rotary supporting the Emmaus Creative Arts and Innovation Center’s (now popularly known as JuxtaHub) request for a million-dollar federal grant. Our $10,000 grant money (which includes a match from District funds and Rotary International) is at hand and the current timeline is to install an accessible bathroom in their building within the next few months. 

     Both the Emmaus and Macungie Ambulance Corps have sent Emmaus Rotary thank you letters for the grant money we were able to forward to them for use obtaining PPE for their crews during this pandemic. 

     An Update:

     Our outreach crew mobilized to eliminate food insecurity in the East Penn School District has found a new location. As we leave our digs at Bethel Bible Fellowship Church with gratitude for their hospitality, we look forward to a similar, strong working relationship with the staff and congregation at Faith Presbyterian Church which is tucked into a far corner of Emmaus. Here in the Trumpet, you can find more information about how you can help with the 3-day move! and with on-going packing and distribution. We are now handing out over 150 bags each week. Speak to Rick Zayaitz or Cindy Hornaman. 

     And one last little request:

    Join the fun. Register for this year’s virtual Purple Pinkie, Race to Zero: Lets End Polio event on Saturday, October 24th. Sign up to be on Past District Governor Cindy Hornaman’s team for the walk (masked and socially distanced) to raise money.  And, please,  consider sponsoring your President who will be joining our club’s team on our walk along the Little Lehigh. 

 

Yours in Rotary,

Lexa Shallcross

President of Emmaus Rotary

2020-2021

 

Vox Tandem Link and Member Responsibilities  
Our in person meetings Continue at Brookside Country Club this Thursday, October 8th. We hope you will join us. 
 
Club member duties:
Greeter - Cindy Hornaman 
Sign-in Table - Rick Zayaitz 
Erey - Bill Erdman 
Invocation - Lexa Shallcross 
 
We are planning to being indoors with proper social distancing measures in place. there so no need to RSVP…just show up before 7:30 a.m., 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 Vox 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.  
 
 
NEED HELP- CALLING ALL STRONG HELPERS AND TRUCK /VAN OWNERS TO HELP MOVE FOOD
HI EVERYONE,
WE HAVE GOOD NEWS-- WE HAVE FOUND A NEW PLACE FOR STORING AND PACKING THE FOOD FOR OUR EAST PENN FOOD PROGRAM! FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN EMMAUS HAS OFFERED US THE SPACE AND WISHES TO HAVE A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH US.
 
WE NEED TO START MOVING OUR SUPPLIES OUT OF BETHEL CHURCH.
PLEASE PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN-- WE NEED SOME MEMBERS WITH TRUCKS, VANS AND SPACE TO HAUL THE PALLETS( WE HAVE 16 PALLETS OF FOOD PLUS MORE)
                    WE ARE DOING IT OVER THREE DATES:
                     THIS FRIDAY MORNING OCTOBER 9  STARTING AT 10:30 AM- MEET AT BETHEL
                     MONDAY OCTOBER 12-- STARTING AT 1:00 PM-- MEET AT BETHEL
                    THURSDAY OCTOBER 15TH- STARTING AT 9 AM RIGHT AFTER ROTARY MEETING-- MEET AT BETHEL
 
WE ALSO NEED STRONG HAND TRUCKS TO MOVE THE FOOD.-- IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TRUCK OR VAN-- WE CAN USE SOME HELP TO LOAD AND UNLOAD.
 
PLEASE E-MAIL CINDY AT HORNAMCA@PTD.NET-- OR CALL AT (610) 360-4875.
TIME TO REGISTER AND WALK FOR POLIO
OUR EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB IS GOING TO HAVE OUR OWN IN PERSON WALK TO SUPPORT POLIO:
MEET AT 10 AM AT THE LEHIGH PARKWAY COVERED BRIDGE( BOGARTS BRIDGE)
WEAR A MASK-- AND WE WILL STAY  SOCIALLY DISTANCED  AS WE WALK FOR POLIO.
 
PLEASE REGISTER BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB TEAM.-- CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON WHEN YOU SEE THE EMMAUS TEAM INFO- FILL IN THE INFO-- AND YOU ARE IN
 
 
 
IF YOU CAN NOT WALK AND WOULD STILL LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE AND SPONSOR OUR TEAM -- PLEASE ALSO REGISTER BELOW. SCROLL TO THE EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB TEAM. CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON- FILL IN THE INFO- YOU ARE IN
 
ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT CINDY HORNAMAN: HORNAMCA@PTD.NET OR (610) 360-4875
Fellowship Pumpkin Painting October, 25th
 
The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee will be hosting a family friendly Pumpkin Painting Day on Sunday, October 25th.  
Location: Emmaus Community Park, Emmaus Rotary Pavilion 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The activity will be held outside with safe physical distance and lots of hand sanitizer. 
Pumpkins, paints and brushes will be supplied. 
Many thanks to Aldi Grocery Store, Trexlertown for donating the pumpkins! 
There will be 25 pumpkins to paint! 
To reserve your pumpkin(s) please RSVP by October 22nd to Meghan Reed.
MeghanReed517@gmail.com
IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND PAUL SARVER
Paul Sarver is missed by many of our Club members.  Below is Paul’s obituary where you can see how much Emmaus Rotary and the friendships he made had meant to him.  If you have a fond memory and condolences to share please use the link below to send them to his family. They will surely appreciate the support. 
 
You may send cards to Paul’s wife and family as well:
 
 
Paul H. Sarver Sr. died at home on Sept. 29, 2020, after a long illness. He was the husband of Katherine S. (Schnauffer) Sarver. Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Jack and Floris (Dunkelman) Sarver. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and received a MBA from Harvard University. Paul was an entrepreneur who enjoyed challenging adventures in many venues. His favorite was creating a business which included his two sons. He was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Trexlertown. Paul was an active member of the Emmaus Rotary Club, Harvard Club of New York, and the Sherwood Forest Club, Annapolis, MD. He loved antiquing, was a history buff, avid collector, and loved spending time with his family at his summer home in Sherwood Forest. Paul is survived by his wife, Katherine; sons, Paul H. Sarver Jr. of Zionsville and West Sarver and wife Jennifer of Zionsville; brothers, Peter Sarver and wife Peggy of Syracuse, NY and John Sarver of East Lansing, MI; grandchildren, Paul III, Grace, Kali, Levin, and Lewes Sarver. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation to benefit the East Penn School Coalition, c/o Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., 250 Main St., Emmaus, PA 18049.

 
 

 
Looking Ahead to the ERC's Centennial

Colleagues, 

   On December 16, 1925, fourteen Emmaus residents got together at the Broad Street Hotel and decided to organize a Rotary club—this at the suggestion of one Errol Peters, an Allentown Rotary club member, who would forever be known as the club’s Godfather.  March 18, 1926 marked the first official meeting of the club when its charter was presented by District Governor Gilbert Palen.  Thus began what would prove to be a meaningful experience for many hundreds of Rotarians over the years.

    I have been asked to help lead the club’s efforts over the next few years in getting ready for what we hope will be a bang-up celebration.  You may ask:  why start now?  Having recently served on the Borough of Emmaus’ 250thanniversary celebration committee, I can testify to the need to begin early.  Such celebrations typically take place over many months before the actual big day itself arrives.  That said, we will need to think about just what we might want to do going forward.

    Several things immediately come to mind:  First, a club assembly should be held soon, devoted to brainstorming among our members as to your ideas about what sorts of activities could well be included in the celebration.  

    Second, this would then lead to identifying volunteers to serve on an initial organizing committee.  Using the Emmaus celebration planning as an example, there would undoubtedly be a myriad of subcommittees coming out of the woodwork later on as the club works out its approach.

    Third, we must begin now identifying and documenting the club’s records and artifacts going all the way back to 1926.  Indeed, Gary Rohrbach and I have begun doing just that.  We spent several hours this past week in the basement of the Edward Jones offices on the Emmaus Triangle, going through lots of material, including old Trumpets, board minutes, committee reports, club fundraising activities, etc.  It has been fascinating with several historical jewels popping up.  But we are sure there must be other club records/artifacts out there in one or another location.  If any of you either have something or know someone who does, let us know, so that we can collect it and store everything in one place.

     Looking forward to 2026!

 

Roger Whitcomb

October Is....

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Our members and our foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.

Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.

HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN

Watch the video linked below to learn more and get inspired!
 
 
 

learn more 

https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/growing-local-economies#page-content

 

 
And They Live Down In Our Valley....
 
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our Rotary friends celebrating this month!
 
Moses Ajamu October 1st
Mike Waddell October 4th
Lisa Spradlin October 5th
Craig Collins October 8th
Dave Coult October 8th
Rory King October 9th
Bryce Ruggieri October 9th
Bob Goehler October 11th
Rick Zayaitz October 13th
Gary Rohrbach October 15th
Don Blose October 17th
Jim Palmquist October October 18th
Mike Epperly October 22nd
 
 
 
Save the Date - District 7430 Events
 
 
 
 

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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