President's Message 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
     The words we chose to use make a difference. For example, have you heard people say, "we are in lockdown" when describing our current public health precautions during the Covid19 pandemic? 
     How different it felt when I read this post on Instagram from our local independent bookstore Let's Play Books when responding to questions about their hours, operations, and the decrease in their media presence since the holidays.
    "We are WINTERING. We are reading, thinking, discussing, questioning, and listening. Contemplating what matters. This year has taught us so many things-- most lessons we are just starting to explore. Join us for discussion......."
     A wave of that Scandinavian comfort, hygge, washed over me. Their post felt like someone just put another log on the fire, topped my glass, and was inviting me to something deep and intimate and wonderful. And I realized that that is exactly what Emmaus Rotary Club is doing, too.
We are wintering. We are together online, virtually on Vox Tandem, and we are trying to be all R- O- T- A- R- Y.  To try new things. To do new things. 
     Yes, this contagious virus epidemic has caused us to pivot. Think of a fulcrum, a lever-- the hinge of a barn door.  One end barely moves. The other wildly swings. One creates the force, the power, the energy for the other.  So, if you only experience Emmaus Rotary on Thursday mornings we may seem quiet, toned down a little. Yet, if you really look-- we are out in the community, serving others. And this Thursday, at our Club Assembly meeting, I am going to blow your minds. Promise. What until you hear the numbers. Really. Don't miss it. 
     Let's Play Books received the Emmaus Rotary Business Recognition Award in 2016.
     One last item: a reminder! Dues are due now. Please check your email for a message from Jim Palmquist, our Secretary. You may pay by forwarding Venmo dollars to Don Blose, our Sergeant at Arms. 
Yours in Service,
Lexa Shallcross
Emmaus Rotary President 2020-2021
Beth Lorah Receives her Paul Harris Medallion
     Monday morning, January 4, 2021, Emmaus Rotary Club President Lexa Shallcross met Beth Lorah in the parking lot at Bethel Church where Rotarians were unloading food from Second Harvest that would be used in our ongoing mission to ease food insecurity for the students and families of the East Penn School District.  Beth Lorah had previously been named as an honorary recipient of Rotary's Paul Harris award. Now it was time to catch-up and present her with all the regalia of that award-- the certificate, the medallion, and the pin. What you can't easily discern from the photo above is that both women have big grins under their covid19 masks. Lorah mentioned that she had been reading up on Paul Harris, founder of Rotary, and found his biography fascinating.  She was honored for her ongoing partnership with ERC as the Director of the Groceries PLUS Food Pantry which is a ministry of Bethel Bible Fellowship Church and supported locally by both ecumenical and service groups.
Photo by Gary Guthrie
Meeting Virtual This Week!  
We will start off the new year by again meeting virtually!  There will not be an in person meeting this week and will continue that way until further notice.  But it is always wonderful to see your smiling faces when you do join us online!  Stay tuned for any updates as to the future in person meetings at Brookside Country Club.  All Rotarians and Guests are welcome to join in virtually as follows:  
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. Ask them to please 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. 
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
Door Prizes!
Weekly Door Prize Donations Needed! Be our next meeting's prize sponsor! 
It seems like we all like the idea of winning a festive prize at our meetings (in person or online).  We have had some very generous and fun donations since incorporating this new aspect to our meetings. Many thanks to all who have donated a prize!  It is a nice way to give back to each other. 
Do you have a hobby or talent you can share with the club? Maybe you love to bake, sew, or garden (IE Garlic). Let’s get creative with our door prizes and share a little bit about ourselves in the process! 
How about we show some love to the local businesses in our community? They have shown us support with raffle donations and sponsorships throughout the years. Consider purchasing a $20.00 gift card from one of the many small businesses in the East Penn Area.  As we know every little bit helps. It's also a great way to start a conversation about Rotary and invite business owners and managers to a club meeting.
So if you’d like to sponsor a door prize contact Don Blose, Meghan Reed, Sal Verrastro or Lexa Shallcross.  
Happy Dollars 2021
Dear Rotarians:
Once again we have an anonymous donor who will match all Happy Dollars collect in January 2021.  What a way to start the New Year.  Let's bring our generosity to all of our January Virtual Meetings and help our Sargent At Arms!  Thanks to our Donor for ringing in the New Year this way.
Committees Committees Committees!
Are you on an Emmaus Rotary Club Committee?  No!  Well you are missing out on an opportunity.  Remember it is always Volunteer Month!  For your convenience here is the list of all of our Emmaus Rotary Club Committees and their Chairs:
Membership: Steve Gould, Rick Zayatiz
Foundation - Bill Erdman
International - Cindy Hornaman
Community Service - Nicole Steirer & Karen Hobson
Public Image: John Chisca 7 Eileen Prokop
Youth Services
Interact Club: Tony Moyer
Youth Exchange - Rose Galeano-Phillips
Camp Neidig - Vacant (Your Name Here!)
Fund-Rasing Oversight - Mike Waddell
Flag Subscription Project - Eric & Sue Wenner
U-Putt Event - Sir Wade George
Cornhole Tournament / Beef & Beer - Sal Verrastro / Steve Gould
Endowment / Scholarship - Jeffrey McElhaney
Fellowship - Meghan Reed & Ashley Lorah
Flag Day - Sue Straeter
Golf Tournament - John Zayatiz & Mario Cozzubo
Motorcycle Poker Run - Mark Erle
Social Media - Valerie Deneen
Women’s International Day - Alicia Ruiz-Orbin
District Diversity - Alicia Ruiz-Orbin & Jim Palmquist
Rotary Banner Project - Gary Rohrbach
Audio Visual - Eric Loch
Centennial Celebration Planning - Roger Whitcomb
Camp Neidig Committee Update
Happy Holidays Fellow Rotarians!!  The Camp Neidig Committee met recently to make a decision on whether to move forward with our four day leadership camp in 2021.  Unfortunately, we decided to postpone our traditional camp until 2022.  This decision was not made lightly and was largely the result of three factors:
  1. A large majority of our camp staff were unwilling to commit to working the camp since vaccinations may continue into the summer months.
  2. Our Insurance does not cover Pandemic Liability.
  3. We felt that since Camp Neidig is a leadership camp, we should set a good example and not risk being a potential super spreader.
We are still thinking of having a one-day hybrid event with a virtual program in the morning followed by participation in a hands-on community project in the afternoon. We are working on the details and hope to have more information available by the end of January. We would still charge a nominal fee to cover the costs. We wanted to inform the clubs of our decision as soon as possible and welcome any feedback. 
Have a wonderful and safe New Year!
The Camp Neidig Committee
Wendy Body     
Charlie Incalcaterra
In the Spirit of Giving 
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 $20,000 by February to continue to feed hungry kids in our community. Please consider donating to the go-fund-me campaign to provide students with "backpacks" of food to take home over the weekend. Please click on the link for information and to donate now.  
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.
Donations are easy to make on our Go Fund Me page but if you prefer you can always send a check.
Contact Cindy Hornaman or Rick Zayaitz. 
With Gratitude,
Meghan Reed 
Emmaus Rotary Club Vice President 

Submit your nomination for 4th Emmaus Rotary Club International Women’s Day Celebration

Dear Emmaus Club Rotarians,

Surely there are women in our Emmaus and Lehigh Valley communities with an outstanding record of volunteer humanitarian service who have given their time and efforts to advance RI’s Mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance understanding, goodwill, and peace, and who are leaders in their chosen field.

Now is your opportunity to nominate a woman from our community who personifies these qualities to receive the Emmaus Rotary Club International Women’s Day Celebration (IWDC) Rotary Award on March 11, 2021. For the fourth year, on behalf of the Emmaus Rotary Club, I am writing to encourage you to submit a nomination by January 24, 2021.

You will find detailed information about the nomination criteria and how to submit a nomination when you click read more below. If you have any questions before this date, please feel free to e-mail me at or to call me at my cell #610-392-5134.

On behalf of our Club’s IWDC Committee and on my behalf, I thank you for your support and look forward to receiving your nomination.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Committee Chair International Women’s Day Celebration

Save the Date - District 7430 Events



Training Tuesday: International Service Part 1: The Basics

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 At 7 pm

Learning the basics of Rotary International Service, our projects and how start your own club project.

CLICK HERE to Register

Contact:Cindy Hornaman

January Is....

January is Vocational Service Month

THE CONCEPT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICE The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster: • High ethical standards in business and professions • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions: • Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations. • Use your skills and expertise to serve a community. • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions. • Help young people achieve their career goals. • Guide and encourage others in their professional development. By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
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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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Jan 21, 2021 7:30 AM
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Jan 28, 2021
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