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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

 

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.

 
 

 
President's Message
 
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
     We're just a click away from October and Halloween fun. Three activities are already on our calendar!
 
     On October 9th from 7:30 to 8 pm, The Saucon Rotary Club of Center Valley is hosting an on-line "ShelterBox Stock the Box 2020" to highlight this vital work and to celebrate our districts' Shelter Box giving which was $71,532 last year and made our district the number 1 district in contributions. Our pledge of giving for 2020-2021 is $2,000. You could hold a watch party and join the fun.
 
     This year the Purple Pinkie "Race to Zero" to End Polio will also be virtual on October 24th. Our Past District Governor Cindy Hornaman is forming a team to take a socially distanced 5 K walk which will be documented by photos and sent to the event coordinators. socially. Your President is on that team....and...maybe you might consider sponsoring her! 
 
     And now, something totally different, this year the Borough of Emmaus is organizing a Reverse Halloween Parade for Saturday, October 31st.  The floats and displays are parked at Community Park and cars of spectators drive around the lot for a view. Please speak to Nicole Steirer or Karen Hobson, co-chairs of Community Service, if you can volunteer to be a marshall staffing the park entrance and exits.  
 
     This week is a Club Assembly with a full agenda of news and updates. I hope to see you at Brookside or online in Vox Tandem Land.  As always, let me know what you know so everyone can be in the know!!
 
Yours in Rotary,
Lexa Shallcross
President
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.  
 
 
Paul Harris Recognition 
On Thursday, September 24, 2020 Emmaus Rotary Club recognized Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and Chris Wills for their “service above self”contributions to Rotary. Both Alicia and Chris were awarded with Paul Harris Medallions for their countless hours of volunteer work for our Club and District.
Thank you Chris and Alicia for all you do we appreciate your hard work and commitment to Rotary. 

Rotary Fellowships and You
Many thanks to Alicia Ruiz-Orbin for giving us a fantastic presentation about Rotary Fellowships and how they open opportunities for members to travel, learn and grow with Rotary. 
Alicia had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia through a Rotary Fellowship. She shared with us the history of the country, highlights of her trip and some initiatives that Rotary has implemented. Alicia and her Husband Michael were able to work with Sustainable Cambodia in Rotary service during their stay. 
Sustainable Cambodia works with the families of rural Cambodian villages to help them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through wells, irrigation systems, schools, training and empowerment. Learn more about this groups work at https://www.sustainablecambodia.org/
 
Does worldwide travel and international service intrigue you? What is your favorite hobby or sport? Whatever you’re in to there is a fellowship for you! Make friends around the world, get inspired and see where Rotary can take you! You can even create a new fellowship category. 
Do yourself a favor and check out https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships#page-content the opportunities are endless! 

See Fellowship offerings by clicking read more.
 
 
 
 
 
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EHS Interact and Emmaus Rotary
 
     The Emmaus Rotary Youth Committee and Emmaus High School Interact held a planning zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, with a look to meeting the challenges presented by the COVID 19 virus.  Virtual learning gives us an opportunity to revamp our program of having Interactors and Rotarians meet to look at professional paths and career opportunities in a variety of fields. Please speak to Lexa Shallcross , ASAP, if you would like to participate in one of these cyber meet-ups. 
MFUWE ROTARY CLUB IN ZAMBIA DOES FIRST BIG SERVICE PROJECT
The Mfuwe Rotary Club in Zambia regrouped this past year after our Club and district went to Zambia and did our first international volunteer service project by helping to paint three different schools in the village.
The village of Mfuwe is supported primarily by tourism and as the result of the COVID-19, there have been no tourists with no income to support families. Although there have been no reported covid cases in the village,  many families are now hunger challenged that were not before.
Action was taken and the club got together and distributed 500 bags of what is called “mealie meal”—or corn meal to needy families in the area.  The club is now starting to plan some fund raising to be able to assist the village needy even more.
          
 
 
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
Last Call for Plant a Row Donations!

 

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! 

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

 

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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!

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
 
 
 
 

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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