Build Your Skills. Boost Your Potential!
Hello ERC Friends!  
I wanted to share this valuable resource available to Rotarians.  Being a member of Rotary offers many benefits that we often don't think about such as; building our professional skills and growing as community leaders.  I encourage you to take a look at this program offering through the Rotary Learning Center.  I've already signed up!  I hope many ERC members find it helpful in your pursuit of learning about your leadership styles and personal goals. If you do decide to take advantage of this program, please let me know. I'd love to connect with you as we take the course.  
Shine Bright!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23

Online program allows leaders to build their skills!
The new Leadership Fundamentals program can help Rotary and Rotaract members build the skills they'll need to take on leadership roles. This online program presents key leadership skills and is available through Rotary's Learning Center only for members. 

In this program, members will learn to:
  • Lead and motivate others
  • Create a positive team environment
  • Delegate responsibilities
  • Build consensus and inclusive environments
  • Recognize the strengths in others
  • Understand, manage, and resolve conflict
  • Create and deliver effective speeches and presentations
This program also features questions that participants can discuss in a community forum and assignments that let them apply what they've learned. Participants identify their leadership strengths, then learn how to use them to be more effective. 
We encourage you to share the sign-up link for this free leadership program with members in your club. 
Key Dates
Registration closes: 6 February 2023
Program begins: 20 February 2023
Program ends: 12 June 2023
Click HERE to Register

                             WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

  • Ralph E. Lewis Food For The Needy Collection EVERY THURSDAY THIS MONTH.
  • Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley are very low on their care packages they give out, and particularly - FULL SIZE -  SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER for their Safe House families.  Karen Hobson will be collecting each week for them - she will leave a box for you to place any items you may give.  Thank you.
  • Final Countdown! The Superbowl is a few weeks away and the EAGLES HAVE MADE IT!  Time to purchase your squares for the Super Bowl Pool. Read on in the Trumpet for details. 
10 Top Philadelphia Eagles Logo Wallpaper FULL HD 1080p For PC Desktop 2021
  • WE are "finders" for new members. We are also "keepers" of our existing members. Please call that person you have not seen for a       
  • while today and ask them to come back to our weekly meetings let them know: WE MISS THEM and WE WANT TO SEE THEM!
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones and much more......
Emmaus Rotary Club Super Bowl LVII Pool!
Dear fellow Rotarians,
We are offering a chance to be a Super Bowl Winner and support Emmaus Rotary Club's food program.  We have been distributing food to East Penn School District students for over three years.     
You and your friends can purchase one square for $50 and if your square matches one of the end of quarter scores or end of game score you will win!  Win Money!  More importantly all proceeds will be used to keep our food program going.  
The Super Bowl board will be laid out in a 10 x 10 grid.  We will collect money for the squares up to the day before the big game on February 12th, 2023   
I will be accepting electronic payment through Venmo  or QR-code bellow.  You can share the QR-code with your friends, family and co-workers.  You can also give me cash or check at any Rotary Meeting.  Please make checks payable to ERC Foundation.  Checks can be mailed to Embassy Bank, c/o Gary Guthrie, 180 W. Main St, Macungie, PA  18062.  I recommend that you email me  when you send payment with your name, email address, and number of squares purchased, so that we know to add you to the board.  
When all 100 squares are sold, we will randomly enter everyone's names on to the board.    Next, we will select the team representing the NFC or AFC team and place them on the two axes of the board.  Lastly, we will randomly select and place 0 through 9 for both axes.  Once this has been completed the board will be emailed to all participants.
End of quarters (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) matching score will win $250 (Bonus: REVERSE SCORE will win $50.)
End of Game matching score will win $500(Bonus: REVERSE SCORE will win $100.)
EXAMPLE: Sample board attached
Your square is Tampa 7 – Kansas 0
If the score at the end of the 1st quarter is Tampa 17 – Kansas 10  ( it is the last digit of the score that is used), then you are the winner of the 1st quarter prize.  If you square is Tampa -0 & Kansas -7   you win the reverse score prize.  
We need to sell 100 squares to make this happen so please telling your friends, family and co-workers. 


 Rotary "Service above self" ways you can serve by helping on Thursday morning meeting
1.Working at the Erey(Every Rotarian Every Year) table
2.Be a greeter --   Give a smile and a handshake.
3.Work at the Sign-In table. Collect the dollars.
If any one has a date that works better for you pls reach out to me so that I may plug it in our calendar.
February 9th
Table  -    Anthony Moyer
Greeter -              Diamond Man
Invocation -         Peter McCullough
February 16th
Sign In Table-   -Chisca John
Greeter---          -Cozzubbo Mario
Invocation--        Deneen Valerie
February 23rd
Sign In Table -   Dunn David
Greeter-              Eng Dee
Invocation-         Erie Mark
March 2rd 
Sign In Table      Ann Maltlack
Greeter               Anthony Moyer
Invocation          Jean Onyambu
March 9th
Sign In Table      Eileen Proko
Greeter---           Emma Ombiema
Invocation         J P Raynock
Sign In Table     Craig Riber
Greeter              Nelly Kabiru
Invocation         Michael Paker
Sign In Table      Stephen Motez
Greeter               Michael Mihalik
Invocation          Jeffrey McElhaney
March 30th
Sign In Table       Patrick Mcnelis 
Greeter                Ann Peaslee
Invocation           Barry Newhart
Happy Dollars at Work
Spread happiness!
This year we started doing something different with our Club happiness (and fines).  We are putting happy dollars to work right away! 
Each quarter the President and Sergeant at Arms select a different place to allocated happiness funds.
Q3 We will be raising funds to donate to StoveTeam International : learn more about StoveTeam International 
Q4 Will go to the Emmaus Rotary Scholarship Fund. 
Membership Dues 
Membership Dues

To: Emmaus Rotary Club Members,

Subject: Semi Annual Dues / January 1 st , 2023 to June 30 th , 2023

This is to notify you that semiannual Emmaus Rotary Club dues are payable by January 15th, 2023. Please remit
$110.00, check made payable to the EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB, Attn: Jean Onyambu at the address below. You may also
give the check to Jean at a club meeting.
Alternatively, you may also choose to pay the full annual dues by sending $220.00 which covers your dues commitment
from 01/01/2023 thru 12/31/2023. You will not be billed in June 2023.
VENMO: To pay by Venmo, if your Venmo account is based on a bank account or debit card, you can send $110 or $220
to Don Blose. If your Venmo is based on a credit card, send $113.30 or $226.60 by Venmo to Don.
Background: To give members an alternate way to pay, Don Blose has offered to use his Venmo account to accept dues
payments. Members can Venmo dues to Don, he will write a check and the Secretary will deposit it. The only glitch is
that to use credit card based Venmo transactions to pay dues, there is a service charge of 3%. It would raise the dues to
$113.30 or $226.60 for Venmo payments based on credit card. Venmo accounts tied to bank accounts and debit cards
have no fee.
You can also make a contribution at this time to the ‘Rotary Foundation’ and/or ‘Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation’ by
writing separate checks for each. Please note that contributions to both foundations can be made at any time during the
Rotary year.
Please attach the form below with your check or checks to help ensure proper credit is given.
Please remember January 15th, 2023 is the dues payment deadline.
Emmaus Rotary Club Dues
NAME: ________________________________________________________
Dues: Made payable to “EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB”. $ ______
Rotary International Foundation Contribution: This check must be made out to $ ______
“ROTARY FOUNDATION” and separate from checks for dues or the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation.
Emmaus Rotary Scholarship Endowment Fund: This check must be made out to $ ______
Thank you in advance for your timely response.
Jean Onyambu
Club Secretary
Cell: 4842013335
Address: 1055 Cetronia Rd, D3, Breinigsville, PA 18031
Fellowship & Phantoms with EHS Interact! 
ERC Fellowship Invites you to attend Emmaus High School’s night at the Phantoms on March 4, 2023!  By Purchasing your tickets through the link below you can enjoy a night with fellow ERC members, EHS Interact Club, Key Club, Chorale and other local family/friends.  This is a great opportunity to bring your family out for a fun night while meeting new people, sharing Rotary values and giving back to the Angel Network!  Get your Tickets TODAY! 
The EHS Interact Club, Key Club, and Chorale will be hosting the EHS Phantoms Night open to all East Penn Families and Friends.  The EHS Choral will be performing O Canada and selling discounted group tickets for just $23.  $5 from each ticket sold will go directly to support EHS Angel Network and the Music Department. Order tickets before Saturday, February 4th to be entered into a raffle for free future tickets, one of 6 spaces on the Fanboni during the game, and Phantoms swag.  Use this link:  and please share with anyone who you think would enjoy a fun night out at the Phantoms while supporting our EHS Community. Thank you so much for the support and looking forward to seeing you for our EHS Phantoms Night!
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

Needs Your Support
  • Subject: STEM YEA -Big Ticket Reverse Raffle Fundraising efforts NEEDS your Support
    Dear Rotarian friends,

    First and foremost, thank you for all you do to support your Rotary club’s success and for investing in youth leadership development in D7430.  

    July 2022, District 7430 hosted the first STEM YEA Academy, and we look forward to an even larger class this year. (Students picture on attached flyer) We can only Imagine and hope that we inspired the 41 intellectually curious of the students we served to pursue a STEM career.  

    The fundraising efforts of the 1st Annual STEM YEA Big Ticket Reverse Raffle 2022 raised $18,000 to fully fund two important academy line items. 

    a.       Student Celebration Dinner/Awards for all 161 guests

    b.       Students consumable swag bag valued at $100 each

     Last year we sold 100 tickets to the BTRR fundraising event, this year our goal is to sell 150 tickets to the 2nd Annual Big Ticket Reverse Raffle (BTRR).   In return we will be able to give away more money and prizes and keep the tuition costs down for our clubs.

    Here are a few ways you and your club can help.

    1.       Purchase your tickets/ encourage members to purchase tickets  

    2.       Purchase tickets to be raffled off to club members or gifts recognize members as a service award

    3.       Donate a raffle basket valued at least a $100

    4.       Help secure sponsorships (see attached)

    These are just some ways to help us raise funds that 100% support STEM YEA Academy 2023.  Together we will inspire and educate our youth in D7430 so they may be better prepared for a bright future. Get your tickets soon; they are on sale, 10% off until January 31, 2022.

    Thank you in advance for your support, attached you will find the event flyer and sponsorship form for your convenience . Any questions or to donate a basket or unique experience prize please email Al Engel at or Darlene Scott at

    Many hands make light work! Cheers to another successful STEM YEA fundraising event. 

    Sincerely in Rotary Service,

    Darlene Scott

    Al Engel

    STEM YEA BTRR Co-Chairs


Last week's meeting snipits
Alicia Ruiz-Orbin Receiving The Rotary Foundation Major Donor Award. Congratulations Alica and Thank You for generosity!                            
Photos Below. Cindy Hornaman and Mike Mihalik share their experiences in Mfuwe, Zambi while completing a HUGE Global Grant Project.
The project built a new science wing, provided computers and lab equipment, and provided vocational training to the teacher at the local school. 
Congratulations Cindy and Mike on the coordination and completion of this incredibly life changing project for the students of Mfuwe. 
ERC History! The Caboose Chronicles 

In a conversation last fall, Roger Whitcomb brought to my attention an interesting find in our chapter archives. It was a letter exchange in 1969 between a local resident, Mr. Forrest Trittenbach of Chestnut Street in Emmaus and the Secretary of Emmaus Rotary at that time Mr. Fred Shaffer. 

Mr. Trittenbach was a local rail historian and a conductor on the Reading Railroad. He met with the President of the Reading Company and secured for Emmaus Borough the donation of a caboose to be displayed at the park. The letter writing alludes to a cooperative relationship between Emmaus Rotary, the railroad, the borough, and Mr. Trittenbach in making the display of the caboose possible. 

On November 5th, 1969 the railroad brought a chosen caboose from Reading to Sixth Street in Emmaus. For a nominal fee of $1,000.00, Emmaus Rotary legend Wilmer Shultz facilitated a mobile crane, two flat bed trucks, and necessary personnel to move the caboose to the display site. Apparently, the hauling fee was forwarded to the Interclub Council of Emmaus Service Clubs. However, the Emmaus Rotary Board of Directors approved painting of the exterior of the caboose for the following spring.


Of course, my first response to Roger was….where’s our caboose? So a little digging around revealed a happy ending and a personal connection for me. First stop was an excellent book that I soon bought from a friend of mine: Reading Company Cabooses by John W. Hall. There, I learned that our Emmaus Caboose was Reading Company Number 92830. Further digging on the internet led me to find out that the caboose later became an attractive nuisance in the park and was eventually moved to the WK&S Railroad in Kempton, PA where it resides in operating condition today. Ironically, in the early 2000s, I was a volunteer at the WK&S and actually spent a cold winter on weekends painting the interior of this very caboose. What a small world!

For your enjoyment, I’ve attached two photos of the caboose from the aforementioned book. Also attached is a copy of the correspondence that Roger found in our archives. Lastly, here is an excellent internet link for more information on our caboose. Jeff's WK&S Railroad Pages (

Yours In Service,

Wade George

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!

Sponsor a Ukrainian family through Welcome.US
Rotary and Welcome.US are working together
to support displaced Ukrainians.
Offer people who have fled the war a stable environment  
Rotary has been collaborating with our partners and other organizations to meet humanitarian needs in and around Ukraine. Clubs have been providing food, water, medical equipment, and other supplies.

What people who have fled their homes need most is safety — and Rotary members have been instrumental in finding them shelter. But people still need help.

That’s where Rotary members in the U.S. can get more involved. Rotary is collaborating with Welcome.US, an organization working to engage more Americans in welcoming newcomers, with a focus on sponsoring refugees.

Through Uniting for Ukraine, Rotary and Rotaract clubs and members in the U.S. can sponsor a person or a family that has fled the war and help them relocate to the United States.

To sponsor a Ukrainian refugee family and offer them a stable environment:
Download the Rotary-Welcome.US flyer
Inspiration /Trivia Info
                                                                                           Inspiration or fun trivia facts for today.
The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” “We aren’t limited if we can’t see. We’re only limited if we don’t look.” – Two Blind To Ride “To help yourself, help others. Whatever good you do travels a circle and returns to you many times over – but remember, life isn’t about what you get, it’s about what you become.”
Eye Opener
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy." - Tagore






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 �� 
Editors Note
                                                                                                          DID YOU KNOW?
What is EREY?
The Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) initiative asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year. In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund on a regular basis, members are encouraged to get involved in a Foundation project or program.  This can be accomplished online via My Rotary or just search for The Rotary Foundation and the "Give Now" box.   A goal which many set for themselves is $100 per year.  It may be more or it may be less.  Let's try for 100% of our club to give something.
2022 - 2023 Rotary Mission
  Imagine Rotary 2022 - 2023
Rotary International Theme for 2022-2023
Have you heard? Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones (who is also
our first female president) has announced the 2022-23 theme Imagine Rotary.
“Imagine, a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that
we can make a difference.”
The theme is a special one: the theme graphic was designed by an Australian
Indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne Convention in 2023.
Some of the symbolism includes:
Circle connections to one another
Dots around it - our people
There are 7 Dots for Rotary's 7 areas of focus
Circle + dots around it - a navigation star, our guiding light
Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work); for us it's People of
Action, represents the tools for getting things done
The colors purple, green & white - celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion
Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection
Purple is also the color of Rotary's Polio campaign
Green represents the Environment
White stands for peace; it also represents Empowerment and Newness and also
the colors were utilized for the women's movement, highlighting the opportunity
to grow our female membership.
Useful Links
Weekly Meeting Zoom link
PW - ERC1234
View this e-bulletin online
Go to club website
Go to Rotary International
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
Follow us on Facebook!
Feb 09, 2023
Investigative Journalism
Feb 16, 2023
Love Ran Red Foundation
Feb 23, 2023
EHS Mentoring Program
Mar 01, 2023
4 - Way Test Speech contest
Mar 09, 2023
International Woman's Day awards.
View entire list
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
Executives & Directors
President Elect
First Vice President
2nd Vice President
Immediate Past President
Bulletin Editor
Nelly Kabiru
Rotary Links
Rotary International
RI President Home
Rotary Global Rewards
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
For New Members
Service above Self.
The Emmaus Rotary Club embraces, practices and promotes the Rotary International Core Values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership.