Wear Your Purple on 3/9/23!
This week Emmaus Rotary celebrates International Women's Day! 

Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and her Committee have put together another fantastic program to recognize Women in Rotary and celebrate the achievements of Women making a difference in the Community.  You will leave feeling inspired and learn a bit of the history behind IWD and Women who have influenced Rotary International. This is the perfect program to invite a guest to! Last year I had the opportunity to share this special day with 3 of my dear girlfriends and share with them what the heck this Rotary thing is that I talk about all the time! So, call up your bestie and ask them to join you on Thursday! 

To make the day even more fun and bring us all together in celebration I encourage you to wear PURPLE on Thursday! Why....Because Purple is the color of International Women's Day! 
Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women's Day. The colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.
  • Purple represents justice, dignity, and loyalty to the cause. 
  • Green stands for hope.
  • White symbolizes purity.
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23

ERC IWD Celebration 2022
An Evening Meeting Opportunity!
An Evening Meeting Opportunity For Emmaus Rotary Club - "The Night Shift"
Launching Wednesday, March 29th. 6-8pm, at Rising River Brewing in Lower Macungie
1955 Willow Lane Macungie, PA 18062

Doors open 6pm. Meeting begins 6:30pm. Meeting to end by 8pm.

The plan: On March 29th we invite people interested in learning about what Rotary is and what Emmaus Rotary does to make a difference in the East Penn and Lehigh Valley area. Learn more now at

The idea: Re-engage current members, attract new members and connect with/involve local Community Leaders in project-based planning/activities and enjoy fellowship. We are going to create a productive meeting environment: not just a happy hour. This meeting options will be offered as a Once-a-Month ADDITIONAL meeting opportunity for ERC.  Future Dates TBA.  Mornings are not for everyone due to work/school/life schedules. (AND DON'T FRET! Weekly Thursday Morning meetings aren't stopping! We like bacon and eggs too much!)

The Cost: We ask that Rotarians make a $10 Cash Contribution to their Every Rotarian Every Year Rotary International Fund. First time guests are free. 

Food and Drink: Food and Drinks are available for purchase.

So that we can get an idea of how many people will attend our first meeting please RSVP using this event page. Emmaus Rotary "Night Shift" Monthly Meetings! | Rotary Club of Emmaus   Please also share this with your friends! 

A New Way to Grow!
THIS WEEK The Ralph E. Lewis Food for the Needy Collection

@ Bethel Bible Fellowship Church on first Thursday of Every Month
currently need :

Current Due Dates
Ketchup     Mayonnaise  Relish             Pancake mix       Cake mix                       Pop Tarts                                                         Coffee ground Regular                               
Pickels        Salad Dressings                 Syrup                   Cookies Any                  Instant Oatmeal (boxed)                                 Mustard 160z
Fruit (Pears, Peaches,                           Fruit Cocktail,        Pineapple) 15 oz          Ravioli / Pasta / Spaghetti Os                         Chef Boyardee w/sauce canned
SPAM or Luncheon Loaf Meat
VO5 Shampoo and Conditioner               Mouth Wash ( Dollar Tree)                         Napkins (small pack) Dollar Tree



March 30th
Sign In Table       Patrick Mcnelis 
Greeter                Ann      Peaslee
Invocation           Barry   Newhart
April 6th
Sign In Table       Irvin        Keister
Greeter                Courtney Kennedy
Invocation           James      Kenny
April 13th
Sign In Table      King      Rory
Greeter.               Kraus    Bob
Invocation           Lahanas Mike 
Happy Dollars at Work
Spread Happiness!
Share with us whats happing when its happening,Where and when are you travelling to??
What are you celebrating??
When you Share your Happiness, you are supporting a good cause.
3rd Quarter Funds raised will go to Stove Team International: learn more about StoveTeam International 
4th Quarter Funds raised will go to the Emmaus Rotary Scholarship Fund. 

Did you know?

What are rotary's monthly themes?

  • The monthly themes are meant to highlight the wide range of Rotary’s good work and give clubs some suggestions, timing, and guidance for their programs and activities.
  • Here’s the list:
  • Vocational Service. February – Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention. March – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. April – Maternal and Child Health. May – Youth Service. June – Rotary Fellowships. July – (no specific monthly theme since the annual theme starts with the new Rotary Year) August – Membership and New Club Development.
Needs Your Support
Good morning everyone!
We are in need of your help.
Joshua Scoble is a 16 years old boy living in Emmaus and has Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOB) since 3 months old.  Last year Joshua's Future of Promises (FOB) Bingo for a Cure raised $90,000 for FOB Research and over the past 16 years his family have raised $1.3 M for FOB research!!
On 3/19/23 is the next bingo for this great organization and they could still use some help.
How can we help?
1. We could help make baked goods for them to sell at the bake sale the day of the bingo event. (eg. a few cookies in a small baggie). 
2. We could donate any type of $20 gift card for them to use in their raffle baskets the day of the bingo event.
Both of these can be dropped off at Karen Hobson's home 2 Stoklea Drive, Emmaus. The gift cards can be dropped off any time but the baked goods can be dropped off on Saturday, March 18.  Karen's cell number is 484-560-1711.
3. Help is needed with Set-up : tables, chairs, programs, (last year 1,400 were at the event), at the Agr-Plex on Saturday morning, 3/18/23 from 10 am - until noon, pizza then follows.
4. Help is needed at Tear Down : 5 pm - this is physical work and should take approximately 1 hour on Sunday, 19th March at the Agr-Plex.
Here is a link on sign up genius to sign up:
Bingo is at the Agr-Plex Hall in Allentown Fairgrounds on Sunday, 19th March,  Doors open 10.30 am, Bingo Begins at 1 pm. Tickets are $35 (and a $4 processing fee added) and at the Door $40.  Tickets can also be purchased online and at Buss Paints, see flyer for more information.
For more information go to 
Thank you in advance for all of your help to support this great event and great cause!!
Rotary Direct Foundation Giving

Dear Rotarians,

Thank you for your dedication, leadership, and support on behalf of The Rotary Foundation. As a leader in Rotary, you play an essential role in ensuring that Rotary Foundation programs can continue to create positive and lasting change in your community and around the globe. One way you can help Rotary continue to do good in the world is by encouraging members to enroll in Rotary Direct, our Foundation’s recurring giving program.

Last year, our Foundation raised over $434 million and funded more than 1,190 global grants, 470 district grants, and 225 disaster response grants to help communities thrive. Rotary Direct is one of the easiest and most secure ways for our donors to support the Foundation: because contributions are automated, donors don’t need to worry about sending checks or remembering to make an annual contribution on time.  

Rotary Direct saves time and reduces administrative costs. Monthly, quarterly, and annual gift options are available. Members can enroll at the Rotary Direct page, return a completed Rotary Direct enrollment form, or enroll by phone by calling the international office that serves their area or +1-866-976-8279 if in the U.S. 

For more information, you can refer to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, we are here to help! Reply to this email or write to our Annual Fund staff.

Thank you for your dedication to Doing Good in the World.

The Rotary Foundation

Shelter Box is Responding to Turkey Earthquake Disaster
Need a speaker? Call on ShelterBox | District 5950
Dear Rotarians
Another terrible disaster has struck this time in Turkey affecting thousands of people and many Rotarians.

ShelterBox is launching an emergency fundraising appeal. Your support will contribute to our Turkey and Syria Earthquakes response as part of our general fund. We believe that the best way for us to be impactful is by staying flexible, and it is essential that we have funds available to support those affected by disasters around the world.

ShelterBox provides different combinations of emergency shelter and essential household items depending on what is needed. This could be tents and shelter kits, stoves, thermal blankets, and clothing to keep people warm through the freezing winter nights. It could be cash to help people buy what they need to survive. Or it could solar lights that help people when there is no electricity.

Club and district support is desperately needed so we can reach survivors in the aftermath of this disaster. 

ShelterBox USA

Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager

d: 1 (805) 203-8668
m: (916) 616-6973

If you have further questions or would like more information, please reach out to me.  
Yours in Rotary Service
Len Gieseler
District Governor 2022-2023
District 7430
Pottstown Rotary Club
1445 Shaner Dr.
Pottstown, PA 19465
W: 610-323-2201
New opportunities for Rotary to support communities in need
Dear Meghan,

As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary continually takes action to help communities in need. Because you are a dedicated leader in Rotary, we want you to be among the first to know that The Rotary Foundation has established two temporary funds to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan and Ukraine. In Pakistan, a severe monsoon season has caused devastating floods and affected millions of people. In Ukraine, the ongoing war has led to a continued humanitarian crisis. We’ll begin fundraising efforts soon to finance disaster response grants from these funds. 
The Pakistan Flood Response Fund will help communities recover from the disaster that displaced people and destroyed crops. It will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds, until 31 December 2023 and distribute grants until 30 June 2024 or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the general Disaster Response Fund. 

The Ukraine Response Fund will also accept contributions, including District Designated Funds, to support grants for districts affected by the war. It will operate on the same schedule as the Pakistan fund, accepting donations until 31 December 2023 and awarding grants until 30 June 2024 or until the money is spent. Any unused funds will also be transferred to the Disaster Response Fund.
Districts affected by the flooding in Pakistan or the war in Ukraine can apply for grants from the relevant fund to provide items such as water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. To learn more and help these communities, you and your members can: 
  1. Donate to the Pakistan Flood Response Fund or the Ukraine Response Fund 
  2. Contribute your District Designated Funds 
  3. Learn more about both funds and how to apply for disaster response grants 
  4. Fundraise among your colleagues, friends, and family using Raise for Rotary 
We appreciate your assistance in supporting Rotary member-led projects to help these communities recover.


Ian H.S. Riseley 
2022-23 Trustee Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Rotary and BEYOND
Emmaus Rotarians truly do live a lifestyle of Service Above Self!
Many of us help with other organizations to raise funds for great causes.  If you wish to mention your outside fund-raising event at
Rotary, just put up four Happy Dollars and let us know about what is going on.  If I have a website link to your cause I will post it here.!!
For this year's PCFLV fundraiser Ai Orthodontics have partnered with our local dentists and businesses to help us “Reach for the Stars” in providing a donation to help all families who are affected by pediatric cancer.

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. is a wonderful organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer and providing support for the needs of their families.

If you would like to support PCFLV we are selling shirts through the end of March 2023 to raise money for this fantastic foundation! Any donation of $25 or more receives a shirt. Follow the link in our bio to place your order. ✨

Click the link below to make a donation commitment and order your shirt �� 

There's still time to purchase tickets and empower the next generation of problem solvers & change makers.

District Conference 2023! 
Our District 7430 Conference for 2023 is on the horizon and we're planning a
great event for everyone.

The location is the big feature for this event - The Atlantic City Tropicana!
The dates are May 5 - 7, 2023.
We're sure you have questions about our conference so check out key items
of interest below.  We hope to see you there!

Welcome to the Emmaus Rotary Club!
We meet at 7:30 AM on Thursday mornings
at Superior Restaurant 105 Main Street, Emmaus Pa 18049
District 7430  Club 5427
2021-2022 President 
Meghan Reed                      
District 7430 Governor
Len Gieseler
Assistant Governor Area 1
Rick Zayaitz
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Apr 06, 2023
Apr 13, 2023
What a Retired Financial Planner does.
Apr 20, 2023
Flora will chat about her home country and experience so far.
Apr 27, 2023
Help save lives and offset your carbon footprint at the same time.
May 04, 2023
All we want to know about Camp Neidig.
May 11, 2023
We have at least four members being inducted and 2 mini Classification talks.
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Emmaus Rotary:
January 31st - District 7430 Grant Training Virtual Seminar
February 24-25 - Mid-Atlantic Presidents-Elect Training Seminar - Valley Forge
March 3, 2023 - Phantoms Night with the EHS Rotary Interact Club
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Nelly Kabiru
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Michael Irwin
March 1
Karen Hobson
March 3
John Zettlemoyer
March 4
Marge Geosits
March 9
John Zayaitz
March 21
Mike Mihalik
March 22
Peter McCullough
March 22
Spouse Birthdays
March 6
Join Date
Alicia Ruiz-Orbin
March 1, 1990
33 years
Joanne Smida
March 1, 1999
24 years
John Chisca
March 1, 2008
15 years
Lexa Shallcross
March 1, 2008
15 years
Woody Rohrbach
March 1, 1999
24 years
Valerie Deneen
March 3, 2016
7 years
Emma Ombima
March 10, 2022
1 year
Jean Onyambu
March 12, 2020
3 years
Gina Vary
March 28, 2022
1 year
Service above Self.
The Emmaus Rotary Club embraces, practices and promotes the Rotary International Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.