President's Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians,


     It looks like I get to put another item on my list of improbable, implausible “I can’t make this up” things. Well, it happened twice. So, 2 checkmarks?


     In the last two novels that I read individuals - men-- were described as being Rotarians. In all fairness, the writers were using that as a stereotype to say that they were generous, community-spirited leaders. 


     The first occurrence irritated me as it was anachronistic. The novel was set in a time period before Paul Harris first invited others to join him in moving from one office to another’s office for meetings to plan ways to advance the ideals of fellowship, peace, and service. In the interest of building goodwill and better friendships, I decided to give the author’s editorial staff a pass, a bye. After all, we are in March Madness and all the brackets are broken!


     The second time it happened in a murder mystery set in a cold upstate New York winter. The young man was described as shaking hands like he was at a Rotary meeting.  Again, I reached for the higher ground. One of the things I like is that there are no secret handshakes, passwords, or offices in Rotary.  In pre-pandemic times, the handshake of a Rotarian meant “I am open, dependable and trustworthy. You can count on me.” We continue to greet the world with openness and sincerity.  And while we wait for those longed-for post-pandemic times, our smiling eyes and service projects will send the same message.


     And that is exactly what Emmaus Rotarians are striving for-- to make a  lasting change in our world, our communities, and ourselves. Even while some of our local and international service projects are on hold because of Covid19, we continue each week to give out bags of food to students and families facing hunger in the East Penn School District. In mid-April, we will be packing kits with clothing and supplies for the men at the Allentown Rescue Mission during a regular breakfast meeting. You can look at the Trumpet for details of items you can obtain for packing and ways to join in that day even if you attend the meeting using Vox Tandem.


     Please remember that all of our service projects are funded in part from grants awarded through the Rotary Foundation, funds we raise, and goods we obtain. If service is the work of the body called Rotary, then the Rotary Foundation is the heart that pumps dollars into those projects. While the  **EREY table is staffed at Brookside meetings for members’ convenience, you can also write a check to the Rotary Foundation and Bill Erdman will be glad to post it for you. Some people are now using direct deposit! And, Bill can help you set that up, too. 


     Now. Some breaking news. Some good news. I have heard from Rick Zayatiz and Cindy Hornaman that we have been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Sylvia Perkins Trust toward our anticipated bill of $20,000 for food to feed local families.  How sweet it is. Thank you. Thank you.


     There is a regularly scheduled monthly board meeting this Thursday, March 25th immediately following our morning meeting. Everyone is invited to join whether in person or on Vox Tandem. I will be emailing out the agenda Wednesday afternoon. Committee leaders who can not be present may send me an email update. 


     As always-- keep reading your Trumpet as there are many moving parts in Emmaus Rotary and keep wearing your masks, mainta those social distances and, use your hand sanitizers-- stay healthy.  And let me ask, what are you reading?


Yours in Service,

Lexa Shallcross

Emmaus Rotary President, 2020-2021


**EREY is short for Every Rotarian, Every Year as each of us is asked to contribute a minimum of $100 toward the Rotary Foundation annually. And the trick here is that the Rotary year goes from July 1st to June 30th. So it is time to check what your level of giving is. Historically, the giving of Emmaus Rotary has been outstanding and most members meet that EREY goal.  

ATTENTION!!! New Hybrid Meetings! 
We now have a new link for our virtual meetings!!!
Our Meetings will continue to be Hybrid until further notice.  While we will continue to meet in-person at Brookside Country Club we will also continue to provide you the meeting virtually.  If you prefer not to join us in-person, you are more than welcome to join us virtually this week and every week if you desire.
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! 
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
2nd VP ERC
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Coming Soon!  This week’s program will set the stage for a member survey that assesses how welcoming we believe we are to visitors and ourselves.  This important survey will be coming to everyone in the Club in the next few days.  Sal Verrastro and Mike Waddell will make a presentation at this week's meeting that reviews the work of the DEI Committee to date and provides information about the forthcoming survey and how this topic also relates to the new membership initiative that will be rolled out in April…please be there in person or in Vox land!
In Case You Missed It!
Rotary Team Work for the Allentown Rescue Mission
TEAM WORK!  Last week our club came together as one team for a great Service Project for the Allentown Rescue Mission.  We assemble over 60 bags containing items for the men. 
All of the items assembled were donated by the members of this fantastic club.
Many thanks to Karen Hobson and Nicole and Nicole Steirer who organized this event.
Don't Forget  - It's Earth Day!!!
Don't Forget!!!  To celebrate Earth Day the Emmaus / Upper Milford Environmental Environmental Advisory Councils are looking for volunteers to help with Earth Day clean-up.  We need you Emmaus Rotarians, friends and family - let's put together some eager teams of volunteers to help with our Earth Day Clean-up - This Saturday, April 17th starting at 8.30 am starting in the Emmaus Community Park.  Information, gloves and garbage bags are provided - usually over by 1 pm - SAVE THE DATE !!  More information will follow - there will not be a recycle truck this time.
Camp Neidig 2021 Update
Dear Rotarian,
Camp Neidig will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021Neidig Chairs from each club should go to
For more information about Camp Neidig and we would like to encourage any high school aged Juniors and Seniors within our district (children or grandchildren) to visit the website using the following link:
To register the club, the chairperson can click on the "2021 Club Registration Page".  We are asking for clubs to register by April 15th.
Once the club is registered, they will be sent a link to register their individual students.  We are opening the 2021 Camp to both Junior and Senior high school students.  This year, the Neidig Chairs from each club need to register their students rather than letting the students do it on their own. 
Deadline for camper registration is April 26th.
If the club is not holding a service project on May 1, the Camp Neidig Committee will assign the student to a project near their home address. This and other information can be found in the Club Chairperson Packet.
If you have any question please feel free to contact Camp Neidig Co-Chairs Wendy Body or Charlie Incalcaterra.
The Camp Neidig Committee
Rotary Related Notice - Alex Zarnas
We would like to share an unfortunate story with the our Rotary Family concerning a past friend of the ERC.  Mr. Alex Zarnas of Emmaus was killed last week in a bicycle accident in Lower Macungie Township.  Alex is the brother-in-law of Jillian (Lipinsky) Zarnas,  a former faculty advisor at the Emmaus High School who built the Emmaus Rotary's Interact Club into one of the largest High School service groups in District 7430.  Jillian was awarded a Paul Harris recognition from ERC for her exceptional work on behalf of Rotary.   Jillian reported the following statement to past-president Larry Delhagen who reached out to her after learning of Alex's tragic passing:
 “And because you were so kind to ask-  Mike and I truly don’t need anything but thoughts and prayers. As for his family, he has three small children who are seven, almost five and almost two. His wife is setting up a fund for the children’s future via the funeral home. There’s absolutely no pressure or obligation or expectation, but should anyone ask you from rotary, contributions may be made in the name of “Amanda K. Zarnas“ to the funeral home below. Thanks Larry”
Stephens Funeral Home
274 N. Krocks Rd.
Allentown, PA 18106
Alex Zarnas's obituary in online.
Also below is the link for a new "GoFundMe" account for anyone who wants to make a donation to the Zarnas Family. 
Rotary Virtual 4-Way Speech Contest
Our Emmaus Rotary Club Virtual 4-Way Speech Contest took place on February 17th.  Congratulations to our three talented EHS contestants who were Olivia Pinocci-Wrightsman, Maeve Yanes, and Emily Deneen. Many thanks to our Emmaus Rotary Club's speech contest volunteers included Rick Zaiyatz, Sue Straeter, Lexa Shallcross, Roger Whitcomb, Mike Waddell, and Cindy Hornaman. 
Now the Contest move to the Regional Level where Tony Moyer could use some assistance.  The Regional Contest date has changed and is now slated for April 7th at 4 PM
Volunteers should reach out to Tony Moyer at 610-295-7691 or
Thank you!
"Start Talking About Rotary Today"
Hello Rotarians,
One of the best ways to have a successful club is to grow your club.  As your club membership grows you will be able to provide additional services.  The more services a club does the more successful it becomes.  So let me give you an idea to increase membership during these unusual times. 
It is important to remember that every person you talk to is a potential member.  Ask them to visit your club or come to help with a project.  You will be pleasantly surprised when that person says ‘I have been looking for some way to give back…’  I have done this many times with great success. 
Look, I will be the first to admit it is more difficult when you can’t meet face to face.  So, here is your challenge. Pick up the phone and call just one person that you think would make a good Rotarian. Just One!  You may be amazed by the response.
Don’t forget the Rotary Rebound incentive; every new member you sign up before May 1st will earn your club $100.00.
So, S.T.A.R.T. Now!  Pick up the phone and Simply Talk About Rotary Today
Gary Volpe
Harleysville Rotary Club
Past President 2019-2020
District 7430 Membership Chair 2020-2021
Cedarbrook Senior Care Assistance
Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehab Centers, located in both Fountain Hill and Allentown, is looking to our Rotary Community to help brighten the day of some residents who have been unable to have visitors or social programming for many months. Inspirational and nonreligious cards and or letters along with Valentine greetings too, would be a welcomed addition to everyone’s day. Please sign your correspondence “from an Emmaus Rotarian” or feel free to just sign your name. The dedicated staff at Cedarbrook would also enjoy notes as well !! Mail all items to the attention of Kerry Magliane, Cedarbrook Senior Care & Rehab., 350 S. Cedarbrook Road, Allentown, PA 18104.  Thank you all for your kind attention.
COVID-19 Vaccines - UPDATE!
Rotary Service Notification: If anyone is interested in receiving the Covid-19 Vaccination, you are advised to make yourself eligible at either St Luke’s Health Network or Lehigh Valley Health Network.

LVHN to Open Vaccine Eligibility to Everyone 16 and Older Beginning April 13

As part of LVHN’s commitment to vaccinate the most people possible, LVHN is opening vaccine appointments to everyone age 16 and older beginning April 13. The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced expanded vaccine eligibility earlier today.
Beginning April 13, there are three ways to schedule a vaccination appointment for any LVHN COVID-19 vaccination event, including drive-through clinics:
  1. People with a MyLVHN account, the health network’s patient portal, can log in and click “Schedule your appointment” next to the vaccination announcement on the home screen. Under “Menu,” you also can click “COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling.” You also can click “Visits” and “Schedule an appointment.” MyLVHN is the fastest and easiest way to schedule. 
  2. People without a MyLVHN account can visit and follow the directions.
  3. You can call LVHN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. However, because of large demand and call volume, you may be placed on hold. 
Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. LVHN has prepared for expanded eligibility by opening new, larger vaccine clinics, hosting ongoing mass vaccination drive-throughs and by offering appointments at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, LVH–Hazleton and LVH–Schuylkill. With these expanded efforts, LVHN expects to deliver up to 36,000 doses per week.
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


April Is....
April is Maternal and Child Health Month


Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.

The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.

For more information go to:



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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Lower Macungie Township Update and Farmland Preservation Efforts
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