Virtual Meeting Again this Week!!!!

Emmaus Rotary Club now has a MASK REQUIREMENT in place for our weekly meetings!  If you are attending the meeting in person at the Brookside Country Club, the ERC Board of Directors voted to impose a mask requirement for all future meetings.  You must wear your face masks in the building unless you are at your table eating breakfast.  We apologize for the inconvenience but we want to be as safe as possible for all of our members.  Thanks for understanding.
Please Note that if you are attending virtually please use the following ZOOM link! 
As always, Be Well and Stay Safe Friends, 
Sal Verrastro
Trumpet Editor 
Virtual Meeting Again this Week!!!! Sal Verrastro 2021-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Queen of Fun Message 

Hi Friends!

Our Czar, aka President Mike Waddell, is enjoying a family vacation and asked if the Queen of Fun would step up to help with this week’s President’s  message.  Naturally I accepted. Stepping up is sort of what Rotary is all about isn’t it? 

I see A LOT of stepping up happening around our Club and it inspires me. All too often we hear how negative the world can be, but I gotta tell you guys, Rotary has become a source of positivity and motivation that helps me to not fall into the doom and gloom trap.

We have all made a choice to be the good in the world, to be the change makers, to be the helpers, to be friends, to be better! It is down right exciting to witness and it has changed my life. Has it changed yours?

Thank you to all you ERC stepper uppers, you’re feeding families, creating incredible opportunities for our youth, supporting veterans, volunteering countless community service hours, lending a hand to the less fortunate, helping to fund our projects, creating a welcome Club for all to serve….and so much more. 

While much of the work we do can be quite, diligent, and behind the scenes, it has a profound ripple effect in our community.  Each ripple or splash we make to help others makes me proud beyond measure to be called an Emmaus Rotarian. Here’s to stepping up, jumping in, and making big waves together!

So Czar Waddell….I hope that you and your grandkids do a giant cannonball in the pool this week in the name Rotary!

Yours In Service

Meghan Reed - President-Elect


Queen of Fun Message Meghan Reed 2021-08-10 04:00:00Z 0

You Say It"s Your Birthday

Let's celebrate our fellow Rotarians who have birthdays in September:

September 3 - Roger Whitcomb
September 12 - Jeffrey McElhaney
September 14 - Valerie Deneen
September 26 - Tammy Kita
September 28 - Patrick McNealis
You Say It"s Your Birthday Sal Verrastro 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Iron Pigs Night Out 7.23.21


Baseball is back in full swing!
It’s time for our annual Iron Pigs Night Out on Friday, July 23, 2021.
The Fellowship Committee has another home-run event for you!
We have 23 tickets available on the Berk’s Food Picnic Patio.
Only $20 per person. 
Game Time: 7:05 PM
Opponent: Worcester WooSox
Gates Open: Club Gates @ 5:30 PM
Giveaway/Promotion: Fireworks
Our admission also includes:
  • 2 1/2 hour All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with unlimited soft drinks through the middle of the 8th inning
  • “Pig in a Poke” raffle entry
  • ERC recognition on the Iron Pigs Video Board 
  • One ERC Member will throw the First  Pitch 
  • Children 2 and under are free
Reserve your ticket with Meghan Reed by July 19th. Payment due prior to game day.  First come first served! ONLY 23 seats available! 
Fellowship Iron Pigs Night Out 7.23.21 Meghan Reed 2021-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

"Fun Way" Speech Picnic Winners


Thanks to everyone who attended and to all those who helped organize the first Fun Way Speech Picnic last Friday.
Congratulations to our winners:
Lexa Shallcross:  "True Blue Rotary"
Mike Waddell:  "No Overtime Penalty"
Meghan Reed:  "We'd Listen Again"
Sal Verrastro - "Crown Pleaser " (See what happens when you bring chocolate to an event!)
See you all next year so start planning your speech now!
"Fun Way" Speech Picnic Winners Salvatore Verrastro 2021-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

She Nailed It! 

A great big THANK YOU to all of my Rotary friends who donated to the Habitat Lehigh Valley, She Nailed It Hammer Relay Competition! My team “What’s a Hammer 🤷🏼‍♀️“  surpassed our goal of $1500 and raised $2000!  The event is projected to raise well over $45,000. 
Our team even made it to the second round! Hahah....guess we do know what a hammer is after all, with our best time clocking in at 28 seconds. 

What an inspiring afternoon! We were surrounded by supportive women rooting for each others teams, and we learned about the incredible work that Habitat for Humanity does here in the Lehigh Valley. We met a single Mom who now has a home to call her own and a stable environment for her daughter to feel safe in. She has worked side by side with Habitat volunteers to build her home from the foundation up. That is what community is all about! 
You can count me in to be there again next year! Who’s with me? 

Learn more about Habitat and Women Build at these links. 

With Gratitude, Meghan, Katie, Samantha, and Rita 🔨🤷🏼‍♀️🔨

She Nailed It! Meghan Reed 2021-05-11 04:00:00Z 0


Meghan Reed is looking for some cheerleaders! 
I will be competing in the Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley, She Nailed It! hammer relay competition in May. (Yes, my hammer will sparkle 💎) 

She Nailed It! is an all women, nail-hammering, relay competition and one of Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley's signature fundraising events! Habitat Lehigh Valley invites women to devote a day to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. 

She Nailed It! raises crucial funding and awareness for the housing inequity women face locally and beyond.

In order to compete my team needs to raise $1,500.  If you’d like to to support Team “What’s a Hammer 🤷🏼‍♀️“  I would truly appreciate your generosity!
Here are a few ways to donate:
Meghan Reed
DON'T FORGET - SHE NAILED IT!! Meghan Reed 2021-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

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.
Don't Forget - It's Earth Day!!! Sal Verrastro 2021-04-13 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Fellow Rotarians,
     Have you heard the expression that the right-hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing? Of course, you have. Sometimes it is a description of inept, uncoordinated actions by an individual or group. At other times, it is used to describe a firewall that preserves the purity of motivations which may become self-serving when money is involved.
     I want us all to know what the right hand AND the left hand are doing. First, because it is all good stuff which flows from our motto of "Service Above Self".
And, secondly, all of you all continue to amaze me with your dedication to Rotary and our values and priorities.
     Let's start with the open right hand which is reaching out into our community. We have requested and received approval for two district grants. One is a special Covid19 relief grant which we wrote to get relief to both the Emmaus and the Macungie Ambulances for additional PPE and supplies needed during these difficult times.  The second one is to help the new Emmaus Creative Arts and Innovative Center get up and running. In order to open the facility to the public, there needs to be the installation of a public, wheel-chair accessible bathroom. We requested $5,000 in district grant money and have budgeted a $5,000 match. The district money for both of these grants will be released late August or early September. 
     It was fun to listen in on zoom to Monday night's Board Meeting for the Borough of Emmaus. The team from the Emmaus Creative Arts and Innovative Center petitioned the Board to partner with them in requesting a CARES grant for almost 2 million dollars. They were questioned about local support and pointed to our grant and backing as the Emmaus Rotary Club. Their request carried. I like to think that we had a finger on that scale. 
     Now, the left-hand. The hand that slips the dollars into a pocket. Let me repeat: basically, money for our projects for this fiscal year is secure. It was raised last year, most notably by the 12th Annual Emmaus Golf Outing which has been our major fundraising event for several years now. We may have to scramble a bit if this pandemic and the economy's downturn continue to create food insecurity in the homes of East Penn School District students. Time will tell. And we will pivot to meet those needs.
     This year it will be a challenge to raise money in familiar, tried and true ways as public health requirements call for masks, social distancing, and limited group sizes. Nevertheless, we have an oversight committee looking for creative ways forward. This effort is led by Mike Wadell, the "Czar" for Fundraising and his "Czsarettes".  They will be making a report at the Board meeting on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
     The Emmaus Rotary 13th Annual Golf Tournament
    is scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020.  
     Putting in the time, effort and their own funds, Mario, Rick, John C., John Z., Gordon, Eric, Steve, Don have found at least four - 4- count 'em significant sponsors. Once again, AI  Orthodontics and Eric Loch Diamond Jewelers have stepped up as major sponsors. 
     Here's what you can do.
     You can gather a foursome and sign up to play a round at Brookside Country on September 14th. AND
     You can buy one and sell some other raffle tickets:
     They are an easy sell.... at only $50 each and with great prizes!
     The first prize is a $4,000 diamond bracelet donated by Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers! 
     The other prizes are a $1,000 gift card to PA Wine and Spirit's Store and a $1,000  card to Shangy's Beer Authority.
      Go to and purchase raffle tickets today.
      We need to sell 300 to meet the team's fun fundraising goal.
     AND You can be a winner holding one of these prizes in your right hand. 
  Good luck,
  Lexa Shallcross
  President Emmaus Rotary 2020-2021
President's Message  Lexa Shallcross 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Dear Emmaus Rotarians,

     One of the instructors last February in the PETS-Training*   at Valley Forge was talking about ‘being a vibrant club’. He said, “Only 44% of Rotarians would recommend their club.”  And I thought that is a crazy low number but the proverbial bell rang before I could get my hand up and everyone rushed the door for lunch! 

     So what do you think?

     Once again, is Emmaus Rotary above average?

      I just know that most of us would brag on and recommend our club when talking to a prospective member. Right? We would mention our service projects both locally and around the globe. And the fellowship! We might even go overboard noting how much we liked each other and how much fun we had together. Some of us would remark on personal growth in leadership and as a  contributor to the life of our community. 

     Emmaus Rotary is an embodiment of Rotary International’s current mission statement. I think we could have written it! 


Together, we see a world where people

       unite and take action to make a lasting

       change across the globe, in our communities 

and in our selves.


       Please re-read that statement.

        I plan to find it in a grand graphic format for us to use from time to time as we close our regular Thursday morning meetings. 


Together, we....

Lexa Shallcross

President Emmaus Rotary 2020-2021



*Presidents-elect Training, held annually

President's Message  Lexa Shallcross 2020-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You Ai Orthodontics 

Thank you to Ai Orthodontics for their absolutely incredible generosity!  Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and his team have donated $3,000 to the Emmaus Rotary Club, East Penn Food Program, Go Fund Me campaign. 
This kindness has brought us to 25% of our current fundraising goal for the program. Many thanks to Karen Hobson for sharing the Go Fund Me campaign with Dr. Issa.  Ai Orthodontics has been a huge supporter of Emmaus Rotary. We are very grateful for community business partners like Ai Orthodontics who lead through service above self. 

Does this inspire you to give? Start YOUR team!  Since we started in July we have raised $4,255 of our $10,000 Go Fund Me Campaign goal to support The Emmaus Rotary Club, East Penn Food Program.  As I have written before, it is important that our Club Members get involved in sharing this campaign so that we can reach our goal of $10,000.  Donating and sharing is VERY easy and with just a few seconds a week, together we will make our goal! (If you need instructions on how to donate follow the steps in the read more section on how you can donate and share) 
 Join the team! 
SHARING IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THIS CAMPAIGN TO GAIN MOMENTUM. Creating your own fundraising page as part of the campaign is a great way to invite your family, friends, co-workers, clients, and others to join you in our mission to help feed hungry children!  
How to do it:
1) Click the blue JOIN button. 
2) Sign in - follow the prompts to create an account or log in with Facebook if you have one. 
3) Click the blue JOIN THE TEAM button.  This will automatically make you a member of the team.  Regardless of donation amount.  You can donate whatever amount you'd like even $10 puts us closer to our goal.  EVERY single dollar matters!  You can create a team without donating (I tested this on my husband's cell phone to join the team it took 5 second to do) The goal here is create a page to engage your network and share the information to attract donors. 
4) Now share your link! You can share multiple ways. Facebook, Twitter or copy your link and past it into an email to go out to your clients, workplace, family, friends, and other organizations your a member of.  Remember to share often on your social media pages!  Please consider creating a team for your business.
It's that simple. An easy way for "People of Action" like us to....well...take action

If you need help with how to share you may reach out to me and I will do my very best to walk you through it or think of some creative ways you can help spread the word. 
I have included an email that I sent out to another board that I sit on. Feel free to use it! Just click "read more" below.
If you have questions on how to use Go Fund Me please contact Meghan Reed 610-797-5942 /  THANK YOU!!
Thank You Ai Orthodontics Meghan Reed 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

2 Bottles Left Sign up NOW! Fellowship Virtual Wine Tasting.

It is time to reserve your bottle for the Fellowship Virtual Wine Tasting Night. 
Friday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. 

The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee will be hosting another Virtual Wine Tasting featuring our favorite wine experts, Joe Pugliese, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Mike Orbin and Dina Zayaitz.
They will coach us on how to taste the wine, we will score it, and compare our evaluation of the wine as a group using the American Wine Society scoring sheet.  Please use the score sheet pdf link here. 
This will be simple tasting focusing on a specific wine from Scout & Cellar.  
The wine of choice for the tasting is: 2019 Gallivant Bubbly White Wine, North Coast California. 
(A refreshing choice for this time of year.)
Reserve your bottle today to participate!
We have pre-ordered 24 bottles for sign ups to this tasting. 
The cost is only $24.00 a bottle (cash or check written to Emmaus Rotary Club)
To sign up to reserve your bottle and participate in this Fellowship Event you must email Meghan Reed at
Those who have reserved bottles can pick them up at Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers August 24th-28th between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please have your payment ready at time of pick up.
A Zoom Meeting Link will be sent out to those who have signed up prior to the event. If you've already signed up no need to email again. We have you confirmed.  
Many Thanks to Dina as the commission she makes from our purchase of this wine and commission from future wine sales through this event will be donated back to The Emmaus Rotary East Penn Food Packing Program.   
Our last virtual tasting was a ton of fun! It was a great way to catch up with friends and have a lot of laughs together. 
We hope to see you there.
Cheers Emmaus Rotary Club! 
2 Bottles Left Sign up NOW! Fellowship Virtual Wine Tasting. Meghan Reed 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Cheers to a Unique Way to Fundraise! 


For all the wine lovers out there, here is a way to give back.   Do you need to stock up on wine?  Do you have gifts to buy and not sure what to get?  Here is a great way to raise funds for the Food Insecure Children of East Penn School District.  

All wine profits made during the month of July, will be given to the Emmaus Rotary Club's Food Packing Program.  That’s right, all profits made on all sales will go back to the Rotary! 

What is Scout & Cellar – it’s a Clean-Crafted Wine, free from chemicals and added sugars.  It’s grown naturally, bottled consciously and packed sustainable making it better tasting and better for our planet.  Best part, it can be delivered straight to your door.  To learn more and order your wine go to  

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Zayaitz M: +1 973.896.7254 or E:

Cheers to a Unique Way to Fundraise! Rick Zayaitz 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Change-Over Ceremony Held on June 25, 2020

   Emmaus Rotary held its annual changeover ceremony on-line this year on Thursday morning, on June 25, 2020.  Past-president Rick Zayaitz was the director of ceremonies. He introduced District Governor elect Janet Kolepp.  Then offered Steve Gould, the out-going President, the opportunity to give some final words of thanks and encouragement. Four newly elected Board directors took their oath of office: John Chisca, Courtney Kennedy, Eric Loch, and Sal Verrastro. 
The  "Gavel was Passed" along a cyber path as the names and pictures of past presidents scrolled on the main screen.
Cindy Hornaman, Past-District Governor and Past President, administered the oath of office to Lexa Shallcross, Emmaus Rotary's new President for 2020 -2021.  Shallcross said she was officially overwhelmed.... grateful, excited, and anxious and thanked Emmaus Rotary for the opportunity to serve as President. She asserted that she was confident going forward as Emmaus Rotarians who are business and civic leaders had all the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to meet future challenges and opportunities.
In the gardens around her home, Cindy Hornaman "pinned" Lexa Shallcross after the on-line meeting.
There were smiles under both of the women's masks!                     
Photo by C. Hornaman
You can watch last week's virtual passing of the gavel by clicking here.   You can also check out the PowerPoint presentation by using this link.
Change-Over Ceremony Held on June 25, 2020 Lexa Shallcross 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

2019 - 2020 ERC Presidents Final Message

To The Incredible Emmaus Rotary Club,
Admittedly, as I sit here and write my final President’s Message, I am reflecting with many thoughts and emotions.  This past year has been such an incredible ride.  Ups, Downs, All Arounds!  And even though it wasn’t the typical Rotary year, no words can express the pride I feel to have served such an amazing Rotary Club.  It was a year where we all came together, defined our roles as community leaders and extended our Service Above Self to the world.  I have truly enjoyed the positions I have served to get to this point.  I have grown in so many ways and I have you to thank for that. 
Thank you to the Executive Committee, Lexa Shallcross, Mike Waddell and Meghan Reed for your consistent and tireless support.  You guys truly made me learn the meaning of team.  Thank you to the Board of Directors, Ceil Birdsell, Valerie Deneen, Eric Loch and Sal Verrastro for helping us guide the year through so many changes and important decisions to make our club stronger. 
Thank you to Chris Wills and Jim Palmquist.  Our club would not be what it is without you two.  I learned first-hand this year how much time behind the scenes you two spend to your commitment to Emmaus Rotary. 
Thank you to Don Blose.  Your wit and persistence to keep everyone smiling by digging into their pockets is priceless and so important.  I never thought Dale’s shoes could be filled and right now he is trying to figure out why his shoes are so loose! 
Thank you to Rick Zayaitz who I could write an entire book of thanks!  Following your foot-steps as the Immediate Past President was a true honor.  Your friendship is like no other and I love you like family.  
Thank you to our Committee Chairs Bill Erdman, Cindy Hornaman, Nicole Steirer, Karen Hobson, J.P. Raynock, Rick Zayaitz, Rose Galeano-Phillips, John Chisca, Eileen Prokop, David Dunn, Meghan Reed, Ashley Lorah, John Zayaitz, Mario Cozzubbo, Mark Erle, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, Valerie Deneen, Tony Moyer and Eric Loch.  You all executed your committees with style and passion. 
Thank you to Ralph Lewis for collecting food for the needy.  Thank you for those who were able to meet my challenge to bring 1 guest this year.  Thank you to the new members that joined this year.  The list goes on and on because all of you have supported our club one way or another.  A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!  It is such a rewarding experience when you dedicate yourself to this club.  It comes back to you in so many ways!
I wish Lexa the best as she enters her Presidential year.  Knock it out of the park Lexa!  You have one heck of a club to Lead!!!
This week is our pass the gavel ceremony.  You don’t want to miss it.  And our last Board Meeting for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Remember, all members are welcome to attend Board Meetings.
Thanks again for allowing me to lead and put my own spice on our club.  I move forward with fond memories and I'm excited to continue my Rotary Journey with all of you.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
2019 - 2020 ERC Presidents Final Message Stephen Gould 2020-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
What a year!!!  What a month!!!  What a week!!!  What a day!!!  What the heck?????
As I sit here in by myself in Naples Florida(long story) trying to put together my thoughts, I continue to be proud to lead us through these unprecedented times.  We are all enduring so much.  Each and everyone one of us has a story to tell.  Our bond will last forever and our desire to make the world a better place will keep us connected through the thickest of challenges.  Thank you for staying your course in your personal journey with Emmaus Rotary.  I can not express enough my appreciation for The Emmaus Rotary Club.  This club has guided me, created personal structure and has presented a level of support I will never be able to express in any way shape or form.  I am confident we will come out of this stronger and more willing to continue our efforts to make our community and world around us a better place.
I hope to see everyone at 7:30AM this Thursday at our Virtual Meeting.  We also have a Board of Directors meeting immediately following our meeting at 8:30AM.  All members are welcome.
Below is our BOD Agenda.
All the best to everyone.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Stephen Gould 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary Club,
I hope this message finds everyone safe, healthy, happy and at home!  It is starting to look like we have made the turn on this thing.  I am very much looking forward to getting back to as close to normal as possible.
Emmaus Rotary keeps forging ahead as we have adapted to Virtual meetings held at our normal time on Thursday mornings at 7:30am.  It has been great to see everyone who was able to log on and I look forward to this Thursday as well.  We have deemed this month "Emmaus Rotary Virtual Classification Talk Month".  Great job to Mike Zambelli who led us off.  I appreciate everyone adapting and doing the best job they can as we navigate these unprecedented times.  With that said, please feel free to invite any guests you feel needs a taste of Rotary to our weekly link.  We are still tracking who brings guests and we have not stepped back from our goal for everyone to bring at least one guest to a meeting this Rotary Year(Ends June 30, 2020).  Virtual meetings count so lets keep the momentum going.
BOARD MEETING this Thursday immediately following our regular meeting.  Below is the Agenda.  This Board Meeting will officially get us back on our regular schedule.  Everyone is welcome to stay on if you are interested on seeing what happens in our Board Meetings.   Our agenda is very light and we expect to be wrapped up by 9:00am.
See you Thursday.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary Club
I am calling a virtual ERC Board of Directors Meeting this Thursday April 2, 2020 at 11:00AM.  All BOD members, Committee Chairs and the General Membership are welcome to attend.
Since we missed our regular March BOD Meeting, this will replace that meeting so we can dig into our new way as we adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Just click on the link below anytime from 10:45AM on Thursday morning and it will take you right to us.  If you have any questions or any Board Member has any difficulty trying to login to this meeting, I will be standing by along with John Chisca to help you get connected.  That is why we are allowing logins starting at 10:45AM.
To enter the virtual meeting, just click this link or copy and paste it into your URL Browser:
Again, if any Board Member has problems accessing the meeting, please call my cell phone at 610-657-2175 or John Chisca’s at 610-730-7998.  Hopefully all others trying to join the meeting will be successful, however since this is our first attempt virtually and it is Board Meeting, we will be standing by for this specific meeting to help the Board Members having a difficult time accessing the virtual meeting.  All others, and take no offense, you are on your own for this meeting however we feel we are using a very simple platform suited for all.
Attached please find the agenda for this meeting. It has been adjusted a bit from our normal layout.  Chris and Jim, please email us your Treasurer’s and Secretary’s Reports prior to Thursday’s meeting if possible.
Please email me if you have any questions or additions you would like to see added to the agenda.
Thanks everyone!  See you Thursday
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
Last week's meeting was awesome, inspiring, educational and impressive.  I'm so very proud of Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and her Committee for taking part in such a great endeavor of what we do at Rotary.  Congratulations to Jill Long and Corinne Goodwin on being the honorees and award recipients at our International Women's Day Celebration.  Both Jill and Corinne had great things to say to us.  Thank you again for such a great presentation.  And thanks to everyone who participated and came to last week's meeting.
March is Rotary's Water and Sanitation Month.  What does that mean?  Well, I asked the same question.  Being a 15 year Emmaus Rotarian this May 2020, I am amazed on how I keep picking up on more and more as my own personal Rotary journey continues.  And as President, Google is my best friend because when I don't know something, Google is there. 
Here is Rotary District 3000's Water and Sanitation Focus according to Google:
  • Create awareness on water Conservation by Street play / Banners / Literature Distributions / Seminars at club level and for local community, Rain water harvesting awareness
  • Clean Drinking Water at Railway Stations, Bus Stations, Schools or Public Places, Re-user of waste water
  • Create Public Toilets Facilities, Create Awareness on Sanitation at Schools - Colleges - Economically Backward Areas
  • Create Sewage / Concealed Drainage system, Bore Wells, Building Check dams​​​​​​​
  • Providing Carriers (Transportation Systems) to carry water pots
Another wonderful focus Rotary takes part in!  Rotary never gets boring.  We pour our heart and souls into so many different areas of Service Above Self! Who do you know that fits that definition?  Everyone knows someone!  Give them a call and bring them to our Rotary meeting this Thursday(HINT, HINT!! I'm back on my Membership Growth kick!).  You may be surprised how thankful they are you asked them to a free breakfast at Brookside Country Club!!!
See you all Thursday.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-03-10 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Thank you to everyone who attended the Board of Directors' Meeting last Thursday.  We moved quickly and covered some good ground.
Thursday March 5, 2020 is our International Women's Day Celebration and Recognition Program.  Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and her Committee have been working very hard behind the scenes for this program and you do not want to miss this week's meeting.  Need a little inspiration and lift up?   Here is your opportunity.  Thank you to Alicia and her Committee for a job well done.
In honor of International Women’s Day and our club’s associated awards presentation, I strongly encourage each Rotarian to wear something purple in color to this meeting.  Get creative and let's show our support!  And as added incentive, you may be spared a "Fine Dollar" if you so choose to join the fun in purple.  The item should be visible of course, however, that is up to you how you will prove your purple effort!  :)
Hope to see you all on Thursday!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary!!!!
Board of Directors Meeting this Thursday February 27, 2020 immediately following the regular meeting.
All Committee Chairs are recommended to attend.  All Members welcome.  Board of Directors meetings are counted as make ups.  Hope to see everyone there!!!!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

GUESTS!!!!!  GUESTS!!!!! GUESTS!!!!!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Happy February Emmaus Rotary!!!!
February is Rotary's Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.....
As I sit here and write this message on a balmy 60 Degree early February day, I wonder what the world would be like if EVERYTHING was at PEACE!!
Take a moment and think about that!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Goul 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

If it's Thursday it must be the Wildlands Conservancy

ERC’ers – a reminder that we are taking a  roadtrip to the Wildlands Conservancy this Thursday, February 6.  Rumor has it that Jim Hess has a special treat for us so be there!  Also, wear you walking shoes if you’d like to take a short walk around the site (weather permitting) after a nice breakfast from David's Italian Market…probably 30-45 minutes.  Also, there’s a geocache about 200 yards from the meeting site so get the app and you’re ready to go.  Also, for those who need directions, click on the link below and watch the video to the end!  Also, doors open at 7 am and close at 7:30 so leave the house early!  Also, here is the GPS address to use--
3701 Orchid Place
Emmaus, PA 18049
Yes, too many alsos, but there’s so much to say!
If it's Thursday it must be the Wildlands Conservancy Mike Waddell 2020-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
This Thursday Morning 7:30 AM at The Gather on Chestnut Street in Shimerville is our last meeting for January.  January is Rotary Awareness Month!  I really like the above quote from Paul Harris, our Founder.  Read it because it means so much.  Bring a guest this Thursday!  Bring a guest that understands Goodwill and Service Above Self!!!
We had a very productive Board Meeting last Thursday.  I'm proud of what we are accomplishing on so many levels.  I love the word Transparency and I'm happy and proud to report the leaders of your club are doing just that!  We are continually diving in and working progressively to create a more organized and efficient culture.  The goal is this will allow us to advance forward and not lose any ground year after year as the Leadership of our club is liquid.  Please keep giving your feedback and suggestions as this is helping us uncover what needs attention.
I have a surprise for Thursday's meeting.  I will be announcing another new Committee!!!  I have definitely abused my Presidential Power to form new committees so far and I don't see an end to that anytime soon!
Thanks for everything every Member is being a part of.  Our Club is super busy and it is all because of you!!
See you Thursday!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Gather at Gather this Week

Rotarians- we are meeting at the Gather Meeting and Event Center at 5402 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA on Thursday morning with our regular breakfast meeting schedule.  You take Rte. 29 out of Emmaus and turn right into the driveway where you see the white Gather sign (see above) which is next to Hendrixsons Furniture.
Following is the breakfast menu….
Your choice of two entrees:
~Mild Green Chile Egg, Bacon & Jack Breakfast Enchiladas (hot sauce on the side)
~Bacon, Caramelized Onion, White Cheddar Egg Bake 
~Meat Lovers Egg and Mozzarella Bake
~Egg Bacon and Cheddar on Mini Kaisers
~Country Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
~Farmer's Breakfast Red & Yukon Pan Seared Home Fries
~Smoked Country Ham with Maple Glaze
Coffee, tea and juice.
Our speakers will be Cindie Feldman, owner of Gather and Anil Srivatsa from the Rotary Club of Bangalore, India who will talk about his life changing experience with an organ donation.  Anil has traveled to over 43 countries talking about organ donations--he will address the following points by telling his story as he states it----
- How I dealt with all the fears associated with organ donation
- My journey through the  legal and procedural  issues that plagues Organ Donation around the world
- Speaking about concerns that only first-hand interactions with a living donor can help address.
- what it takes to truly become an organ donor by throwing light on what happens after you sign up.
- I deal with religious and superstitious myths that surround Organ Donation and busting them would help save lives.
Gather at Gather this Week Mike Waddell 2020-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Good Day Emmaus Rotary!!
Immediately following the regular meeting this Thursday, January 23, 2020 we will have a Board of Directors Meeting.  We have a lot to review this week with one major issue needing finalization regarding the breakfast cost increase at Brookside Country Club. 
ALL Committee Chairs are recommended to attend to give an overview to the Board.   This is important to keep the synergy of our Club running as smooth as possible.
ALL Emmaus Rotarians are welcome to attend our Board of Director Meetings as well.  Remember, this is counted as a make up.
Hope to see you all tomorrow for another great meeting.  Below is our planned BOD Agenda.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

4 Way Speech Contest Volunteers Needed

Image may contain: text
Volunteers are needed to assist with the ERC 4-Way Speech Contest at Emmaus High School on February 13th - 6 PM - 7:30 PM.  Volunteers are also needed to assist with the District 7430 North Region Speech Contest at Willow Lane Elementary School on March 28th - 10 AM - 12 PM.
Please contact Anthony Moyer (  610-295-7691) if you are able to help at either or both events. 
4 Way Speech Contest Volunteers Needed Meghan Reed 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner Tips


Ever need to find contact information for an Emmaus club member and not know where to look? I find this information in 10 seconds using three clicks on my smartphone.  The ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to view full contact information from our club member directory, our club executives, our district leaders, your attendance record this Rotary year and other information, right from your smartphone or tablet!
Get the free ClubRunner Mobile app by keying “ClubRunner” into the app store you use. Open the ClubRunner option and download the app. If the information you expect to be there is not, refresh the app by clicking on the two arrows in a circle on the upper right corner of the screen. This calls down a current set of data from the server. Sometimes the app shows you what was there the last time you used the app rather than the current information.  If you find an error in the listing in the club Runner app, let me know so I can correct it. This benefits us all.

Jim Palmquist, Club Secretary
ClubRunner Tips Jim Palmquist 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Presents Awards

Our District Governor Herb Klotz presented two awards at the Emmaus Rotary's regular breakfast meeting on January 16, 2020.
The first award recognized Emmaus Rotary's participation in the Purple Pinkie 2019 event to raise money for polio eradication.
Steve Gould, Emmaus Rotary President, accepted the award for the club.
Herb Klotz also presented Emmaus Rotarian Cindy Hornaman, our Past District Governor, for her outstanding efforts to plan and hold the annual district conference. Hornaman graciously said that her award was shared by all Emmaus Rotarians who supported her and the district,
District Governor Presents Awards Lexa Shallcross 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks! Murakoze cyane!

     Bill Whipple, from, spoke to the Emmaus Rotary on Thursday, January 16, 2020, about the needs of the children of Rwanda and TeachRwanda's efforts to help by offering professional development for teachers in early childhood education. To do this, TeachRwanda operates the Bright School as a model preschool and the students there are also offered nutritious meals of porridge. The mentoring for teachers includes both offering an alternative to asking all students to sit quietly and memorize lessons and upholding the country's recent ban against the use of corporal punishment of children. TeachRwanda partners in a second school which is housed in a public library and is active at the area's teachers' college.
     Whipple said TeachRwanda seeks to feed the hearts, minds, and bellies of the children. Research shows that 40% of children in Rwanda are stunted in growth and suffer extreme poverty with hunger. The enriched school porridge is high in protein, high in vitamins and high in calories and it may be the only food eaten that day. It costs $2 per child to offer school porridge for a month. Asked after the meeting, Whipple said he eats the porridge daily when he is in Rwanda, but his wife doesn't care for the thick texture.
     Rotarians were moved by Whipple's presentation and the Board will be considering how Emmaus Rotary might support TeachRwanda.
Thanks! Murakoze cyane! Lexa Shallcross 2020-01-21 05:00:00Z 0

New Trumpet Editor - Meghan Reed!

A friendly reminder: Meghan Reed has assumed responsibility as editor of the Trumpet Newsletter. Please send articles and pictures for the newsletter as well as photos for the website to by Noon on Tuesdays so that the Trumpet can be delivered on Tuesday evenings.
I am happy to be a part of this weekly tradition of bringing meaningful information to our membership. I appreciate your continued contributions to the Trumpet over the next year and welcome new ideas on how we can engage readership.  Thank you Mike Waddell for showing me the ropes. I hope to make you proud! 
Meghan Reed
New Trumpet Editor - Meghan Reed! Meghan Reed 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
Thank you to all those who were able to attend the Club Assembly last week.  It was fun to see and hear the reactions of our members as we presented some information never shared before at a general meeting.  I appreciate the comments and look forward in helping to continue to make your experience at Emmaus Rotary Club as rewarding as possible.
The heart of Rotary is about helping others.  This weeks program is just that.  Preparing Rwandan Educators to deliver meaningful learning experiences.  If you want to see how far Rotary reaches, this is a great week to come to our meeting.
Hope to see you all Thursday along with a Guest!!!  :)
Yours in Rotary,
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President 
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rwanda in the Rotarian this week

Sometimes you just get lucky and this week is my week, I guess.  Bill Whipple is our program presenter this week and he is with the Teach Rwanda organization.  Coincidentally, there are two articles in the Rotarian this month about the horrible genocide that happened in Rwanda in 1994 and how Rotary has helped the country and its people recover...give the articles a read beginning on p. 26.
-Mike Waddell 
Rwanda in the Rotarian this week Mike Waddell 2020-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Food for the Needy This Week

Campbells chicken noodle soup can lotCanned Food, Cans, Supermarket, Food
Be sure to bring a canned good to this week's meeting for Rotarian Ralph Lewis' Food for the Needy drive!
We recently heard that 1 in 7 people in the USA is hungry every day. Here in the Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest has figured that it is 1 in 8 people. Better, but many people need our help!
Food for the Needy This Week 2020-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Here's to ringing in the new year and decade with a real Rotary Bang!!!  I look forward to leading our club for the second half of my Presidential Term in the beginning of 2020.  January is Rotary Awareness Month!  There so much to be aware of on what is involved with Rotary.  What is your elevator speech?
This Thursday is our Club Assembly.  This is a great meeting to air it all out as we will be having an open forum.  Bring your thoughts and ideas and together we will move mountains in Rotary!
See you all Thursday!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0

ERC and Interact Help a Family

Thank you to all the Emmaus Rotarians who came out to help our Community Service Committee meet up with the Emmaus Interact Club students on Thursday afternoon. We met at the Trexler House close to Emmaus Community Park to take down and put away hundreds of outside Christmas decorations from the yard. The decorations had been carefully put up by the Interact students, who had a lot of fun decorating the yard before Christmas. If you have never been - come and see in December 2020!!   The Interact Club and Trexler Family were certainly happy for the help with packing away all the decorations and cleaning up the yard. The Trexler family have been decorating their yard for a decade now and have been supporting two local charities.  A donation box sits outside their house for Angel 34  (a non-profit organization with 100% volunteers) with all funds going to help children and their families battle cancer - $2,000 was raised this year!!  The Trexler family's girls help make hot chocolate and any money raised from their hot chocolate venture goes to support The Sanctuary at Haafsville, a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs (in 2018, The Sanctuary helped place over 1,400 animals). 
It's amazing -  all the decorations are stacked away in the house attic very carefully - gingerbread men, snowmen, santas, penguins, wise men, manger animals being passed along the chain and up a ladder into the Trexler's attic !!  
We certainly had a fun time working together and the Trexler family who were very grateful for all the help.  Afterwards, we all enjoyed some excellent pizza thanks to Mike Lahanas at Embassy Bank -  it was very much appreciated !!  
ERC and Interact Help a Family Karen Hobson 2020-01-05 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Greetings Emmaus Rotary Club,
I hope everyone had a VERY MERRY HOLIDAY so far and are ready to ring in 2020 with a punch!
Can you believe we are half way through this Rotary Year?  Where the heck does time go?  The older I get the more I understand sayings like, "Time Flies!" Life is Short!" "Where did the time go?" etc, etc.  I am so appreciative for everyone's support to our club during the first half of my Presidential year.  Proud, thankful and honored are on the top of that list as well.  
Our club continues to grow THANKS TO YOU!  Our club continues to make a positive and influential impact in and on our community and beyond THANKS TO YOU!  Our club is continually being used as an example for other Rotary Clubs THANKS TO YOU!
Moving into the first half of 2020, and the second half of this Rotary Year, all I ask is for you to continue doing what you are doing.  Our committees are meeting more regularly and getting more participation.  Our Board of Directors is focusing on delivering transparency and other items such as organizational improvements, education and review of our club's By-Laws and Constitution, overall club's financial health and so much more.
So keep staying involved and keep inviting more guests.  A lot of our member's have taken my challenge to bring one guest this Rotary year.  Thank You to those who have brought a guest already, and Thank You to those members working to get their first guest by June 30, 2020.   Everyone can use a little Rotary in their life.  Practice the Four Way Test and share it with others.
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone on January 9, 2020 when we resume our regular meeting schedule.
All the best,
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Bad Boys Win!

The people have spoken! The students of Willow Lane Elementary School enjoyed our creative Rotary gingerbread houses.
Over 300 ballots were cast and the winning team with over 100 votes is......The Bad Boys!
Yup our resident “bad boys” Rory, Woody, Wilmer, Dale and Mario stole the show with their precision and expert craftsmanship!But we would expect nothing less from these fellas.  each of The Bad Boys will enjoy a gift card to South Mountain Cycle & Cafe.

A big thank you to all of our club members for allowing the Fellowship Committee to shake things up a bit and get us into the holiday spirit together. We hope you all enjoyed making some new memories together and spreading good cheer to one another with your seasons greetings cards.

Cheers to a wonderful year of Rotary. Happy Holidays from the Fellowship Committee!
More pictures at the page under the Photos tab.
Bad Boys Win! Meghan Reed 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
By now I am sure everyone is done with their Holiday shopping and are fully ready for some egg nog and happy spirits.  It is a crazy time of year, however make sure you reflect on what is important.  With all the running around, parties, shopping, work, etc etc etc, it is easy to forget to take some time for yourself and appreciate your family and friends.
On January 2, 2020 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM Emmaus Rotary Members have the opportunity to help our Interact Students give back to the community.  We will be helping our Interact Students un-decorate The Trexler Family House at 1309 W Minor Street in Emmaus.  
The host parents, Greg and Laura Trexler decorate their house every year and collect donations they give in turn to Angel 34 Foundation, an effort to fight Pediatric Cancer.  They are both East Penn School Teachers.  Greg is an emotional support therapist.  The Interact Students have identified this as service they would like to assist in and are asking our help.
Pizza will be provided towards the end of the breakdown for anyone who participates.  Look out for sign up sheets at this Thursday's Meeting.  We are hoping for a great turnout from our Club Members.
Thursday's meeting will spark up your Holiday Spirit as we have a very special program scheduled with the Emmaus High School Chorale.  If there is a meeting you do not want to miss, it is Thursdays.  They will knock your socks off!
Here are some special notes to be aware of:
1) There will be a Board Meeting immediately following Thursday's Meeting
2) There is no regular meeting Thursday December 26th and January 2nd.
3) Our next regular meeting is Thursday January 9th at Brookside.
4) Brookside will be closed January 30 and February 6.  Keep your eyes on the Trumpet on the venue and times for those meetings.
Here is this month's Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day Celebration Awards

Posted by Alicia Ruiz-Orbin
As a follow up to the announcement I made at our club meeting last week regarding our Emmaus Club International Women's Day Celebration Awards, I would like to clarify that our club gives two Awards:  1) The Rotarian Award to a woman Rotarian from a Rotary Club in Areas 1 and 2 (the Lehigh Valley), and 2) the Community Award to a woman from the Lehigh Valley.
1. Rotarian Award - Only the Club President can nominate a Rotarian from their club; however, Rotarians from that club can make recommendations to the President.  A letter was mailed to all the Areas 1 and 2 club Presidents to submit nominations.
2. Community Award - Only us, Rotarians from the Emmaus Club, can nominate a woman from the community for this Award.  You should have received the nomination information either at the November 21 or December 5 meetings if you were present and picked it up as they were circulated around the tables, or by US Mail if you were not there or did not pick it up. 
Recognizing that it may take time to gather the criteria information, fellow Rotarian Valerie Deneen has created a Website where you can enter the requested information as you gather it, save it, and generate a one-page summary. We still ask you to review the  summary before submitting your nomination. Deadline for nominations is January 20.
If you have any questions about this Award, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or call me at my cell phone 610-392-5134.
Our Committee looks forward to receiving your nominations for the Community Award. Thank you for your support.
Yours in Rotary Service.
Alicia Ruiz-Orbin
IWDC Committee Chair
International Women's Day Celebration Awards Alicia Ruiz-Orbin 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Questionnaire Thank You!

Posted by Mike Waddell
Speaker, Podium, Presentation, Seminar
Many thanks to the almost 50 members who completed my questionnaire about programs for 2020.  The most noted categories for programs were healthy living tips, local history, local government officials and classification talks....all very doable, fun and/or interesting....thanks!
Questionnaire Thank You! Mike Waddell 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

12 of these bad boys were filled in and stuck to lapels last Thursday!!!
Hello Emmaus Rotary,
I would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to those members who brought a guest last week for our first ever, Bring a Guest Day at Emmaus Rotary.   I also want to thank any member who made the effort to invite someone however their guest was not able to attend.  Those who were able to have guests attend received a FREE BREAKFAST!!!!   
We will have other Bring a Guest Days in the future, however. every meeting is a great meeting to invite someone to learn about Rotary.  I am excited to see how many of the 12 guests at last Thursday's meeting show interest in becoming an Emmaus Rotarian.  Please follow up with them and see if they would like Rick or JP to contact them for more information and how easy the process is to become a Rotarian!
We have very exciting programs ahead so keep those invites going. 
See you Thursday!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

Letters to Santa via Emmaus Rotary

Posted by Karen Hobson
A few photos of some of the Emmaus Rotarians this weekend. Emmaus Rotary had a Letters to Santa table which was very busy. Thanks to all who came out to support a very successful evening. 
Letters to Santa via Emmaus Rotary Karen Hobson 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day Nomination Forms

The nomination forms are up on the ERC website. From at the main menu at the top, click "Events" and then click "Women's Day". Links for the nomination forms are listed there as well as some information on the event.
Each Rotarian can only submit one nomination, however, you can edit and update the form as much as you would like before the application deadline. 
Any questions, please let me know!
International Women's Day Nomination Forms 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Valerie! 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary!!!
I hope everyone had a fantastic and well rested Thanksgiving holiday!! I know I did!  Honestly, I had a really hard time firing up all the cylinders on Monday.  Brain function was at minimal capacity.  But that is what holidays are about.  Digging in to what really matters; The Three F's: Family, Fun and FOOD!!!!!
So back to reality.  This Thursday is bring a guest day!  Every ERC Member that shows up with a guest will receive a FREE breakfast for both themselves and their guest!  Who have you reconnected with over the last week that would benefit and be could benefit from joining our club?  Give them a ring now and invite them to Thursday's meeting.  You know they will be impressed and want to be part of something great.  It is the same thing you experienced when someone invited you to a meeting.
Lots going on.  There are a ton of opportunities to be part of ERC service this month.  Keep your eyes peeled for emails.
Looking forward to seeing everyone and their guests this Thursday!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
We will have our Board Meeting early this month because of Thanksgiving!   Please make note our November Board meeting is this Thursday, November 21, 2019 immediately following our regular meeting.  All Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend.  Also, all Emmaus Rotary Members may attend because Board Meetings are considered make ups!!  See you Thursday.  Here is our agenda:
Steve Gould
2019-2020 Emmaus Rotary President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Weekly Programs Prep 2

Posted by Mike Waddell
Feedback, Survey, Receive, Care
Thanks to everyone who completed my program inventory questionnaire at the last meeting.  On December 5 I'll ask that everyone else complete it so that I have information about programs going into 2020 from everyone…hint---I think that there are quite a few members with interesting hobbies/interests who could do very interesting and informative programs!  We also have a number of new Rotarians who need to do their classification talks.....thanks to those who already completed the questionnaire, some very good topics and suggestions.
2020 Weekly Programs Prep 2 Mike Waddell 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
Rotary International is changing.  Or maybe the word is adapting.  Rotary like other service organizations around the world are fighting attrition.  Rotary is adapting to the changes we are challenged with to grow our clubs, and Rotary as a whole, by attracting new members.  Along with this adaptation, takes By-Law and Constitution Amendments to the governing documents of local Rotary Clubs and Rotary International.  And there is a process that must be strictly adhered to.
With that said, Sharon Rittenhouse has sent out a Membership video on Rotary to explain how Rotary International has been adapting to change in the effort to expand and grow our clubs.  Please click on the link below and watch a very short video.
Mark your calendars on Thursday, December 5, 2019 as the Board of Directors has approved every Emmaus Rotarian who brings a guest on this date, will receive a free breakfast along with their guest.  Here is a chance to meet our goal of every Emmaus Rotarian bringing one guest this Rotary year.  No excuses now since the reward is a free breakfast on this morning.  Please make your 2019-2020 President proud and show me how much Emmaus Rotary means to you!
Steve Gould, 2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Program Meeting this Week

Posted by Bill Erdman
There will be a Foundation program this week so all Paul Harris members are expected to wear their Paul Harris medallions.
Foundation Program Meeting this Week Bill Erdman 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Dues Invoices Coming Soon

Posted by Jim Palmquist
In mid November, Emmaus Rotary Club dues invoices will be sent out by email.
Some people pay their whole year dues in June and don’t owe dues now in November. 
So don’t send in a check if you don’t get an invoice.
Thanks for paying your dues by December 15th.
Dues Invoices Coming Soon Jim Palmquist 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary and welcome to November!!!
Time is flying this Rotary year.  A lot has happened to date, and there is much more to come. 
November is Rotary's Foundation Month and District 7430 is a strong supporter of District Grants.  This past Saturday, November 2nd our District offered Rotary Foundation Seminar and Grant Training at Montgomery County Community College.  I know Cindy Hornaman attended and I hope others did as well. 
I encourage anyone intrigued by the Rotary Foundation to talk to Cindy as she has been involved in our clubs grants since I have been a member.  The basis behind how it works is the funds we donate eventually come back to the District and our Club for local and international projects.  The leverage is amazing and our club has created very impressive projects that have improved many lives all over the world.  Ask long time members around our club about Gul Asnani's India will blow your mind how impactful these grants can be.
Keep your eyes on and learn more about Rotary Foundation Month.
See you Thursday
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Thank You and More Coming!

Our next Fellowship event will be Saturday, November 30 for Small Business Saturday. We have reserved 10 tote bags with Emmaus Main Street Partners. These tote bags are filled with coupons, freebies, promotional items, etc. from our surrounding local businesses. We as a group will plan to pickup the bags Saturday morning, walk around to the local shops, and grab lunch together at an eatery downtown. Reach out to Meghan or Ashley if you're interested in participating. We will have up to 10 bags reserved, past those 10 bags, you'll have to register through the link (to come at a later time).
Fellowship Thank You and More Coming! Ashley Lorah 2019-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

The Right Stuff!

Posted by Mike Waddell
Two of our favorite programs throughout the year are inducting new members and recognizing perfect attendance, both of which were capably facilitated by Rotarian JP Raynock last week.  The meeting began with a rousing group sing-along of R-O-T-A-R-Y leading into the presentation of new members and their sponsors – Steve Stauffer (Steve Gould), Patrick McNealis (Rick Zayaitz), Shannon Boyle-Schuster (JP Raynock) and Wade George (Ashley Lorah). Unfortunately, only Wade could be present for the induction, but, please introduce yourself to the new members in the coming meetings.
It's interesting that in a new era when there isn't an attendance requirement we still have members with perfect attendance!  At this meeting JP recognized Cindy Hornaman and Don Blose for three years, Dale Dries for 47 and Wilmer Schultz for a league leading 67 years!  Congratulations to all four for this exceptional achievement.
The Right Stuff! Mike Waddell 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

MADD about Miracle League

Posted by Mike Waddell
Many, many thanks to the Interact students and Rotarians who help out at the ball games for are the best!
MADD about Miracle League Mike Waddell 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hey Emmaus Rotary!!!!
Guess what Thursday is???  Halloween!!!!(Hint, Hint, Hint)
Lets get festive!!! According to my sources (Google) Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year.  People would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
So...... Do you dare to ward off the ghosts at Emmaus Rotary at this Thursday's meeting?  It could be worth some bling dollars to the Sergeant at Arms!!!
Have you had a chance to see the updates Valerie Daneen posted on our website  Check it out.  She did a great job making it current.  Thanks Valerie for all your hard work this Rotary Year.
Also, thank you to the Board of Directors and others who joined in at the ERC Board Meeting last week.  I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, even though we ran a bit over the 1 hour allotted time.  With that said, we are gaining ground on getting things accomplished and gaining the transparency our club deserves.  Thanks for a great meeting.  I look forward to November's Board meeting.  Remember, it counts as a makeup!!
Lets have some fun this Thursday!!! See you all then.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

MADD 10.19.19 in pictures

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is MADD in pictures.  Many thanks to everyone who banded together to make a difference in our community last weekend...more pictures are at the ERC website page.
MADD 10.19.19 in pictures 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
October 24, 2019 BOD Agenda Steve Gould 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Oregonians Visit for Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted by Mike Waddell
It's always a special treat when we have visitors from outside our area visit us, stay with our Rotary families and tell us a bit about themselves and their clubs.  Such was the case last week when members of some Oregon clubs visited and shared with us.  Many thanks to the Rotarians who opened their homes and their lives to these exceptional people.
Oregonians Visit for Rotary Friendship Exchange Mike Waddell 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Greetings Emmaus Rotary,
This Thursday October 24, 3019 is not only The Emmaus Rotary Club's Celebration Day to honor those members with 100% attendance, it is also World Polio Day 2019.  Thousands of Rotary Clubs across the globe are holding fundraisers and creating awareness in the effort to eradicate this disease once and for all.  According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative(GPEI), there were 16 WPV1 cases reported in 2019, down from 21 reported in 2018.  So we're getting close!!!!  To learn more, visit
I missed last weeks meeting because i was out of town for a work related conference.  I'm sorry I missed the Oregon Friendship Exchange Team however I am hearing it was a great meeting.  Thank you to Lexa for taking the helm while I was gone.
Also, a huge THANKS to Karen Hobson and Nicole Steirer, Co-Chairpersons for Community Service and all those who volunteered for facilitating another successful Make A Difference Day.  It was fun to see the trickle in of exhausted Emmaus Rotarians at the parade after-party.  I had a bunch of fun and I know those who stopped in shared some laughs and good times as well.
There is a Board Meeting immediately following Thursday's meeting.  Please remember all members are welcome to attend(this is counted as a makeup).  We do ask all Committee Chairs to report to the meeting for a quick update if needed.
Thanks everyone.
See you soon.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Halloween at the Emmaus Library!

It’s time for some Hocus Pocus and Fellowship!

Please join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6pm - 9pm at the Emmaus Public Library for pumpkin painting, treats, and the family favorite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus! This Fellowship event is FREE!

In the spirit of service over self, anyone who would like to contribute their decorated pumpkin back to the committee, we will take them to The Legend of Allentown Assisted Living Facility to brighten their day. 

Bring yourself, bring your family, maybe invite your best friend or a prospective new member for a festive evening of fellowship for all ages. What a fun way to build goodwill and better friendships. 

RSVP to Meghan Reed via email at or call/text 610-737-5942 

Many thanks to our local Aldi grocery store who generously donated 30 pumpkins and our committee members for contributing snacks. 

Your Friends in Rotary,

Fellowship Co-Chairs Meghan Reed and Ashley Lorah and your Fellowship Committee 

Halloween at the Emmaus Library! Meghan Reed 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary!
We have a lot going on so please stay tuned in to the Weekly Trumpet Newsletter where you will find all the information needed to get involved.   This month is packed full of great activities and community support.
World Polio Day is Thursday October 24, 2019.  Our Rotary District 7430's way of raising funds to Fight for the End of Polio hosts a Purple Pinkie Race.   This year the 9th Annual Race to ZERO Purple Pinkie 5K Run & 1 + Mile Fun Walk/Run will be held this Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA!  Join in the fun and do not miss out on this incredible endeavor to End Polio Worldwide!
Saturday October 19, 2019 is Emmaus Rotary Make a Difference Day(MADD).  Contact Nicole Steirer and Karen Hobson, Community Service Chairman to learn how you can get involved.  There are activities planned for the entire day. 
On that note, all Rotarians are welcome to stop into my office at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Valley Partners 232 Main Street Emmaus for our Annual Emmaus Halloween Parade Party that starts at 7:00 PM.  Last year we had a swarm of yellow vested volunteers stop in for some food and drink after walking along side the Parade. 
Also this Saturday October 12, 2019 is The Miracle League Games.  This event is part of MAD Day and Bob Halsey needs volunteers to help out for 3 different games.  If you have never been to The Miracle League, it is eye opening, humbling and a great way help those Miracle League Baseball Players hit home runs.  I promise it will change your prospective on how you can change lives.  Thanks to Bob for dedicating so much of his time to the incredible organization.
Have fun everyone!  Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday!!!!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 Emmaus Rotary President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

A Note from Chris Wills,  ERC Treasurer

Posted by Chris Wills
     As was discussed at the last board meeting, I was instructed to provide a general summary regarding the current ERC bank account balance which at a quick glance may seem unusually high. A quick summary is as follows:
  • As of August 31, 2019, the Emmaus Rotary Club’s bank account balance in Key Bank was $47,270. Please note however, that for the Rotary year ended June 30, 2019, the total funds spent for international and local projects was approximately $24,000 less than the combined amount budgeted for these expenditures. It is anticipated that in addition to current year projects, the $24,000 will be also be spent during the Rotary year ending June 30, 2020. As such, as of August 31, 2019, the ERC Board has decided to report the bank account balance in the monthly treasurer’s report as follows:
Operations – Checking (balance net of reserve)  $23,270
Cash reserve                                                            24,000
Total balance in checking                                       $47,270
Note that as the funds related to the “carryover projects” are spent, the amount of the cash reserve will be reduced accordingly.
Please free feel to speak to any officer, board member or myself if you have questions.
A Note from Chris Wills, ERC Treasurer Chris Wills 2019-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Herb Klotz Visits ERC

     District Governor Herb Klotz addressed the Emmaus Rotary Club at its' regular breakfast meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019, with vision and passion and humor. His challenge is to Grow Rotary by adding new clubs, new members and increasing participation in District Grants and the District Conference at Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, this Spring, April 24-26, 2020. He noted that there is a discount for Rotarians signing up now for the District Conference and he said "Join us at the
Summit" and has pledged to complete his own trek along the Apphlanican Trail before then by hiking his last 125 miles to the end in Maine. He described how using direct deposit with a contribution of $85 a month can make a Rotarian a Paul Harris Society member who has committed to sustained giving. (If you have questions, Bill Erdman will be glad to help you.) DG Klotz encouraged everyone to support this year's Purple Pinkie Run/Walk on Saturday, October 12, 2019, to raise money to eradicate Polio: 43 of the 45 clubs in our District are Club Sponsors. 
     DG Klotz ended with a heartfelt thank you to the Emmaus Rotary Club by relating the success of the Engineers Without Borders project in Sierra Leone, West Africa which ERC supported by contributing $6000. The project to bring electricity and plumbing into a village school was almost derailed by an outbreak of the Ebola virus which necessitated a massive quarantine and the closing of all schools. On his last visit to determine if the project was sustainable, the parents of the school children stood up to stake their claim for quality education for their children. 
     After the regular meeting, DG Klotz met with the Board to fill in details about how to work on district goals. Again, he thanked ERC for leadership in giving and serving. 
District Governor Herb Klotz Visits ERC  Lexa Shallcross 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Good Day ERC!!
Anyone want to hop on a plane and visit Kenya?   Well guess what?  You can because you have family there!!! Peter Ng'ang'a will visit our club one more time this Thursday before he departs for his homeland of Kenya.  Every time Peter comes home to the U.S.A., he graces us with his fine presence of wisdom, humor and most importantly, his Rotary Spirit.  As an Educationist, Psychologist, Trainer and Rotarian, Peter has blessed everyone he comes in contact with.  So please make sure to make this Thursday's meeting so we can give him a warm Emmaus Rotary Farewell (For Now) as he makes his way back across the globe.  
And in Peter's words, "Time and Opportunity Come to Everyone!"
Thank you Peter for visiting us and we all look forward to seeing you again soon in the future.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Can Tabs for the Miracle League

Posted by Bob Halsey
Can, Drink, Beverage, Ring, Pull, TabCan, Drink, Beverage, Ring, Pull, Tab
     Just a reminder to bring all your can tabs from soda, beer, tuna fish, sardine, dog and cat food cans to Rotary especially for the next 4-weeks. The baseball season will end on 10/19/19 and I would like to take the 2+ gallon jars (maybe we can still fill a couple more jars) I have so far to the Miracle League on the last Saturday, October 19TH. I will continue accepting tabs after that date for next year’s collection.
Can Tabs for the Miracle League Bob Halsey 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday US Constitution!

Posted by Mike Waddell
Rotarian Doug Reichley gave an interesting presentation about the 230th birthday of the United States Constitution.  It was a fast-paced overview of the beginning of this amazing document evolving from the Articles of Confederation in 1775 to what we have today.  The Articles of Confederation had a weak central government with stronger states’ rights but had no common currency, ability to raise taxes, no regulation of commerce and other important necessities for a country that was growing.  Judge Reichley went on to review how Jefferson and Madison stepped in to propose a new framework for government which was supported by some by not by the Anti-Federalists leading to friction among the states until a constitutional convention is held in 1787 and eventually the new constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788 and in September, 1789 12 amendments were proposed and ten ratified to form the Bill of Rights.
Much more was presented including the famous Marbury v. Madison and the Jefferson v. Marshall controversies.  I encourage all club members to watch the video to get the full flavor of all that happened leading to the current U.S. Constitution.
Happy Birthday US Constitution! Mike Waddell 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Miracle League Activities - An Update



#1 – We Still need 6 or 7 more Volunteers for the Baseball Games on Saturday, October 12TH. The Games start at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM. We will have sign-up sheets on the Tables this week at Rotary for you to Sign-Up. Please try to check your schedules to see if you are available for the last Baseball Games at the Miracle League until next year. This will be part of our Club's Make a Difference Day. Please come about 15 minutes early and wear your green Emmaus Rotary Works tee shirt.

#2 – Please Remember to bring any Tabs you have from Soda, Beer, Tuna Fish, Sardines, Soup & Cat & Dog Food Cans to Rotary THIS WEEK, OCTOBER 10TH. I will be taking them to the Miracle League on Saturday, October 12TH.

#3 – Please bring Halloween Packaged Candy (Or Put a Cash Donation in the Jar on the Registration Desk at Rotary This Week) to be used in Our Trick or Treat Booth at the Miracle Leagues Halloween Night on Wednesday Night October 23, 2019. Our Booth will be operated by the Emmaus HS Interact Club, assisted by Tony Moyer.

Miracle League Activities - An Update Bob Halsey 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner for Everyone

Posted by Mike Waddell
Last week we were treated to a presentation about using ClubRunner by John Chisca and Eileen Prokop.  We all have access to ClubRunner which has loads of information for us as Rotarians.  Perhaps most importantly we were reminded about how to log's our firstname.lastname.6560 and Service 1 is the password.  Once in you can go to your profile and change the password if you want to.  One of several areas that can be extremely helpful is the View Club Directory.  This is a list of all club members and has contact information that we all seem to need at some need to print out the club roster spreadsheets anymore!  This area should be very helpful to committee chairs who, hopefully, will be able to build committee rosters there.  Sending emails is also an option to all of us just by following the step by step instructions.  There is also a very large area for club documents if you're looking for past newsletters, by-laws, etc.  A very important place to visit periodically is checking your club attendance at My Attendance.  We should all be striving for perfect attendance so click on the My Attendance link on the left side and you'll have an immediate look at how you're doing thanks to Jim Palmquist.
The presentation had quite a bit of detail about the functionality of ClubRunner and this member's suggestion is to review the meeting via this link to the video  Also, don't be afraid to just go in and wander around to see what's may be surprised.
Also, sorry, no pictures.  I was so engrossed in the presentation that I forgot to take pictures!
ClubRunner for Everyone Mike Waddell 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Fun at the Iron Pigs Game...Oink Yeah! Mike Waddell 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament Sponsors and Foursomes Needed

Posted by John Zayaitz
We are getting closer and NEED YOUR SUPPORT:
ERC Golf Tournament Sept. 9th @ Brookside C.C.
The list of golfers is getting longer please consider sponsoring, golfing or BOTH
Tickets for the 2020 British Open (or $7,000 trip to the Caribbean or Disney vacation!)
They are here:
The tickets to the British Open (8 Days, including 3 in London!)
Please bring your $100 to be the first to purchase a ticket.
Only 300 tickets to be sold
Sellers can sign out their tickets at Thursday's meeting
Purchase tickets, register to golf or sponsor at:
Golf Tournament Sponsors and Foursomes Needed John Zayaitz 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

ERC BOD Meeting Agenda August 22, 2019

Emmaus Rotary Club Board of Directors Meeting – Agenda             
Thursday, Aug 22, 2019
Call to Meeting to Order
Motion to Approve BOD Agenda
Motion to Approve July 25, 2019 BOD Minutes
Secretary’s Report    Jim Palmquist
Treasurer’s Report    Chris Wills
Committee Reports
Communications Public Relations – John Chisca & Eileen Prokop
Community Service – Karen Hobson & Nicole Steirer
 Fellowship – Meghan Reed & Ashley Lorah
Foundation International – Bill Erdman & Cindy Hornaman
Fundraising - Beef N Beer – Bryce Ruggieri
Fundraising - Golf Tournament – John Zayaitz & Mario Cozzubo
Fundraising - Motorcycle Poker Run – Mark Erle
 Membership – Rick Zayaitz & JP Raynock
Social Media – Valerie Deneen
Women’s International Day – Alicia Ruiz-Orbin     
Youth – Anthony Moyer
Youth Exchange – Rose Galeano-Phillips
Old Business
  1. Sue Straeter – Update on Flag Day Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
  2. BCC Lobby Welcome LCD Screen – Having ERC welcome notice every Thursday morning
  3. Badges – Eric Loch discussion on new badges, old badges, new badges cost $10.00 each
  4. Committee Review – Updating Committee Membership and ongoing procedure review, budget and check release
  5. Audit Committee – David Dunn, who else, Rose Galeano-Phillips discussion on cash deposits procedure, status
New Business
  1. BOD Vote on Approval of new incoming Executive Committee Member
  2. Purple Pinky $250 Donation – Team organization
  3. ERC By-Law Discussion on whether to match RI Bylaws
  4. Budget request to move $10,000 to Scholarship Endowment
  5. Incoming Exchange Student $120 month discretionary allowance procedure at sign in table
Motion to Adjourn
ERC BOD Meeting Agenda August 22, 2019 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Steve Gould
Greetings Emmaus Rotarians,
Another week has passed!  It is amazing how quickly everything is moving anymore.  With that said, we are just about to the end of our second month of this 2019-2020 Rotary Year.  That only means one thing, everyone has 10 more months to contemplate who their 1 best guest is to invite to one of our meetings.  Remember, it's an easy pitch!!!   """Can I treat you to breakfast at Brookside Country Club this Thursday to meet some people making a difference in the world!"""  Who would not take you up on that.  
Committees continue to grow.  I am so appreciative for those who have signed on to a committee and are getting engaged outside of our weekly meetings.  Committees are truly the essence of the Rotary experience and the organize and make our efforts reality.  We will be having the sign up sheets there for another few weeks so those of you who have not chosen a committee, please take some time to sign up so you can be part of the communications between the committee members.
Reminder to all, there is a Board Meeting, this Thursday August 22, 2019 directly following the general meeting.  All are welcome and it is another way you can make up a meeting you may have missed.
All the best.  Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Committee Yard Sale Socializer

Posted by Ashley Lorah
Rotary Fellowship Committee at Emmaus Community Yard Sale
September 7, 2019 from 8am – 4pm
Better Homes & Gardens Valley Partners Office
232 Main St. Emmaus, PA 18049
Come for the whole thing or just part! We will have tables that you may set your items on. You are responsible for taking home your items if they have not sold.  We will provide price stickers to those participating. 100% sales will be donated to ERC Scholarship Fund.
Fellowship Committee Yard Sale Socializer Ashley Lorah 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hey Emmaus Rotary!!! Guess what month it is??  August is Rotary's Membership Month!!!
Believe it or not, I found the above image which is perfect for one of this year's membership initiatives.  "Each One, Bring One" is actually an existing Rotary tag line.  I promise I didn't make this up!!!!  There are others out there that understand that everyone's Rotary Journey begins by being invited to a meeting. 
Who do you know in your life that needs some networking, wants to give back to the community and is a go-getter?  We all know them!  So let's do it.  I encourage each Emmaus Rotarian to take some time and write down some names of individuals you feel would be great Rotarians and reach out to them.  The ask is easy.  Who would not want to take advantage of having a free breakfast and meeting the great members at Emmaus Rotary?
Remember, our goal is for every Emmaus Rotary member to bring at least one guest to a breakfast meeting in the 2019-2020 Emmaus Rotary year.
This Thursday's meeting we will induct some super new members to our club.  This meeting represents the essence of why and how Rotary grows.  Please come out to welcome our newest members.
See you Thursday.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary,
Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Board of Directors meeting.  When you think you know what you’re doing and are fully prepared, reality hits!!! Last week was the first time I ran a Board Meeting....check that off the list!  What a challenge from sitting on the sidelines...motion this, second that, discussion, call for the question....When?  Man what a ride!  I took good notes so the next Board meeting may seem like your President has done this before.  Either way, I am really enjoying the opportunity to lead our club through a successful year.  And I’ll make a Motion and Second that!!!  :)
I again encourage all Emmaus Rotarians to sign up and get involved with the committees.  So far sign ups have been healthy and many of you have joined several committees.  Thank you.  You will certainly heighten your experience in the ERC by getting involved in service work.
See you all Thursday.  Not sure what I have tucked up my sleeve for this week, however, I’m sure it will be something to create some raised eyebrows!
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello ERC!!!
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the Subterranean like weather last week.  Looks like we have nice weather in the week ahead.  
Last week’s Club Assembly meeting was packed with great information from our Committee Chairs.  Hopefully everyone benefited from the descriptive information how the heart of our club really operates.  Getting involved with committees is truly the essence of being an impactful member of Emmaus Rotary and Rotary International.  Without engaging in these committees, you are truly only paying for ERC dues and breakfast once a week.  Serving committees will strengthen your fellowship, provide you with fulfillment through Rotary's mission and change yours and many lives around you. 
For those of you who were not in attendance last week, we will have committee sign-up sheets the next several meetings.   Do not miss out on the real Rotary Experience.  They will be located right inside the door on the right.
Board of Directors meeting this Thursday July 25, 2019 immediately following the general meeting.  ALL MEMBERS are welcome to attend.  This is a great way for make ups and to see what happens on the Board level.  You will notice in this Trumpet that the Board Meeting Agenda has been posted.  We are hoping to become more transparent in how the ERC operates.  This should have a positive influence on the future of our club and the leaders to come!!!
See you Thursday.
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hello Emmaus Rotary
I hope everyone is having a great week.  Thank you to Ashley Lorah who gave an inspiring classification talk last Thursday.  I was sorry I was unable to see in person, however the efforts of John Chisca and others have not gone unseen.  Thank you John for creating a way to make and preserve Emmaus Rotary history by videoing our weekly meetings. YouTube is a great way to see what you missed and now another way to get in make ups.   Check out Ashley's presentation at
Club Assembly this Thursday.  Get involved and see what's cooking at Emmaus Rotary Club.  For those new members, Club Assembly is all about reviewing the year ahead and learning how you can make an impact through your membership at Emmaus Rotary.  You don't want to miss it!!!!!
See you all Thursday
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

D7430 Phillies Phans and Strike-Out Hunger

Image result for phillies images free
Dear Rotarians,
Come join D7430 Phillies Phans and Strike-Out Hunger at the 35th Annual Game on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:05 pm, as our Phillies play the Chicago Cubs.
The success the Phillies have had selling tickets this year has made seating in some sections limited. Because of their commitment to Rotary, there will be plenty of good seats available. I urge you to get your ticket orders in early. Thanks to your participation, the RI Foundation has benefitted by over $1 million to help eradicate Polio, and thousands of pounds of food have been contributed to Local Food Banks.
D7430 Phillies Phans and Strike-Out Hunger 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Hola desde Sunny, caliente y húmeda Riveria Maya México!!!
I am enjoying my vacation in Riveria Maya Mexico with my family and extended family.  We are having a blast and I would say on day 5 I am about completely decompressed.  Rotary International is everywhere!  I was at breakfast yesterday morning and walked by a table and heard the words, "Have you ever heard of Rotary International?  I was an exchange student through this club."  I just smiled and walked past.  Was that a sign?  Either way this incredible organization is all around us and continues to make the world a better place.
Best wishes to Ashley Lorah at this week's ERC meeting as she presents her classification talk.  It is always my favorite presentation to attend as I really enjoy getting to know the members and their story.  Sorry I am going to miss it Ashley.  I will be sure to watch the video on YouTube upon my return.
I am very proud and honored to be your 2019-2020 ERC President.  The changeover was one of the neatest days I have experienced in a very long time, if not the best of the best.  Congratulations to Rick Zayaitz our Immediate Past President.  Rick was and continues to be an incredible leader in Emmaus Rotary.  I feel blessed to follow his tenure and know we will proceed with his endeavors to make our community and world a better place.  Thank you Rick!
Have a great week everyone.  See you all on July 18th for The Club Assembly.  Lots to review and many to honor.  Please do your best to attend this meeting.
All the best
Steve Gould
2019-2020 ERC President
President's Message Steve Gould 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Wear Your Paul Harris Medallion this Week 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting for Plant-A-Row Donations!

red tomato beside pile of orange carrots close-up photobundle of assorted vegetable lotbunch of red tomatoes on top of black surface
Gardeners - please bring washed and packaged food from your gardens this week.  Tony Moyer will take our surplus to the Food Bank after the meeting.  THIS IS THE LAST WEEK FOR PLANT A ROW DONATIONS....Thanks to all who participated!
Last Meeting for Plant-A-Row Donations! Mike Waddell 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Winners

 Each year the ERC Youth Committee votes on the scholarship candidates who are all members of the EHS Interact Club.  Here is the list of this year's scholarship recipients...each one received $1,000:
Maxwell Hafner – Political Science and Physics Major – Interact Club Member for 4 years - 4–Way Speech Contest Participant for 3 years – 4.3 GPA
Camryn Griffon – Neuroscience Major – Interact Club Member for 3 years – 4.4 GPA
Darci Ott – Biology Major – Interact Club Member for 4 years – Camp Neidig Participant – 4.2 GPA
Mira Inaoka – Biology Major – Interact Club Member for 3 years – Held office of Secretary and President – 4.0 GPA
Scholarship Winners 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Garden Brick after this Meeting

Posted by Mike Waddell
We will install a brick for Rotarian Esther Rowland at the Remembrance Garden immediately following the meeting on July 11.  Please attend if you can even if you didn't know Esther.  Thanks to Bob Halsey for making the arrangements.
Remembrance Garden Brick after this Meeting Mike Waddell 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

My Last Meeting as Rotary President

US flags under clear sky
Remember the 4th of July and why we celebrate!!!
        The bittersweet last meeting of my Presidency.  We are a family, sometimes we are a little dysfunctional, however, the love, commitment and the focus on a common good trumps all of these familiar qualities.  I had the most amazing year being the President of our club.  I learned a lot of things, I had a lot of help from everyone and grew as a Rotarian.  From the executive committee which helped formulate ideas to the Board who tried to keep me on the straight and narrow we had fun.  We did an amazing amount of work this year for our community from helping out with Das Auch Fest, the car show, Emmaus Halloween Parade both in it and cleaning up after it, the Miracle (thank you Uncle Bob Halsey) League, helping the 3 families at Christmas from our school district, working together as Area 1 partners with Second Harvest Food Bank, planning how to feed the East Penn Students this summer and on and on.  We are a group of like minded individuals that come together once a week to be educated either on another Rotarian (classification talk) or on a charitable group trying to make their common goal known and asking for our help.  
      We do have some differences, but I am glad to say for the most part we can work through them and remain a family.  The Rotary family is unlike any other family.  You will find (if you look hard enough) a Rotarian almost everywhere you go either in this country or another.  We are everywhere, 1.25 Million strong.  
       I am very proud of our family, we work hard together, we play hard and we get things accomplished.  Thank you to each and everyone of you for participating in our club for this Rotary year.  Thank you to the best board ever, the best group of hard working volunteers I have ever had the pleasure of serving with and continue to serve with.  2018-19 was very good and we get to give Steve a gift of 95 people that want to help him continue on this journey of Service Above Self.
       Next week is the fourth of July, enjoy the moment, remember what the day is all about and then embrace your individual families and thank them for being a part of your life.  We are all truly blessed in one way or another and for that I give thanks.  Enjoy, and I will see you in the next Rotary year when on July 18th our new President will give his first quarterly club assembly.  
Thank you for the ride.
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
My Last Meeting as Rotary President 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Flag Day Program June 14

Emmaus Rotarians:
You are invited to attend the Emmaus Flag Day Program Friday, June 14 at Emmaus Community Park.  The Program begins at 6:00 PM and will be held in the Arts Pavilion at Community Park which is near the swimming pool.
Next year our club will be in charge of this tradition.
Red, white and blue Sue
Emmaus Flag Day Program June 14 Sue Straeter-Doviak 2019-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Unofficial Start of Summer

Posted by Richard Zayaitz
Scenic View of Ocean During Sunset
           I hope everyone enjoyed the unofficial start of summer this weekend.  Beautiful sunsets to be had by all.  We are ending our journey together with a lot of new ideas, hopes, and dreams to pass onto the next administration.  I am looking at our annual goals and I would like everyone to look at their Foundation giving for the year.  If you have not given, please consider giving at least $5, as it is the foundation that gives us the monies to eventually do a lot of the wonderful giving to our own community and for our global grants.   I appreciate everyone that has helped bring a new person to our cub this year.  We are close to achieving our goals of member retention and member additions.  Thank you to all of our new members for making Rotary your home for your service time. 
          We have enjoyed a year of interesting, passionate, knowledgeable and controversial speakers.   We have always tried to keep our speakers as non-partisan as possible.  I look forward to a new year to see what new and passionate speakers we will see next year.  Our rules will not change for speakers, non-partisan,  non-religious, (unless specifically asked) and affiliated to a 501C3 or non-profit.  As we look forward to next year I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has made this year entertaining, thoughtful, motivating, and especially rewarding for me and our executive committee.   All organizations have issues and it is my belief that it is how they handle the issues that makes or breaks a club.  
          Next week we will vote on adding a new member group to our community.  The East Penn Employees and Staff member group.  I realize that this is a new concept.  We are adding the East Penn School District for new opportunities for our club and for value.  It will give us the opportunity to have a new membership classification, along with new ideas.  I do realize we are starting them off at a significantly lower membership level.   First they will not be attending 75% of our meetings because they are developing youthful minds on a Thursday morning.  We look forward to them coming to our morning when time allows in the summer months, to see what we do and how we do it.  Rotary International is looking for ways to expand our clubs and reach our potential.  This type of membership is happening all over the district and all over the world.  Our group will again be the first of its kind that actually invites their school district employees and staff to be part of Rotary.   We are always within our Rotary International boundaries when we look to do something new in our club.
Unofficial Start of Summer Richard Zayaitz 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Valerie Deneen and our Rotary Toolbox

Posted by Mike Waddell
Rotarian Valerie Deneen talked to us last week about thinking about Rotary Solutions to attracting new members.  We were reminded that 90% of new members are recruited by word of mouth and that we should think about the word triggers to use when talking to prospective members.  The triggers should be repeatable, relevant, reasonable and remarkable.  Examples were usefulness, generosity, empathy, speed and attitude.  We finished by working at our tables to come up with ideas for us to use going forward and together we were able to brainstorm over 20 creative ways to help spread the word about Rotary.
Valerie Deneen and our Rotary Toolbox Mike Waddell 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice 

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
American Flags, Memorial Day, Memorial, Flag, Usa, Red
Hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful weekend!!!
        While we enjoyed ourselves with the beautiful weather this weekend I hope you had the opportunity to reflect on the men and women that gave us the freedom to enjoy weekends like this.  Emmaus had a wonderful Memorial Day parade from the High School to the triangle at 4th and North st.  They took the time to remember all that gave from our community.  The list was long, and sad but made me proud to be from a community that remembers those who lost their lives to give us the freedoms we enjoy every day. 
        This Thursday if you have a minute when you come into our meeting take a moment and say thank you to anyone in our club that has served.  I had several WWII veterans that worked with me when I had my business.  One of the finest was Frank, who is now in the Mosser Nursing facility with his wife Betty and probably will be for some time to come.  I can remember walking into my church and listening to Frank and the other WWII vets talking about the good exploits of the war.  They always stayed away from the memories that created the depression soldiers feel after they return home.  We owe so much to these men and women that have given so much.  To say we appreciate what they gave is a understatement but a firm thank you certainly goes a long way to easing some of those memories they keep hidden within themselves.          
Remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice Rick Zayaitz 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris to Chris Wills

Posted by Mike Waddell
Many thanks to our Rotarian friend Chris Wills for his many years of faithful service as the Treasurer of the ERC.  His monthly reports and ability to talk knowledgeably about the financial status of our club is truly appreciated by all of us and the Paul Harris is well deserved for his service above self.
Paul Harris to Chris Wills Mike Waddell 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Elementary Children's Books Needed

Posted by Cindy Hornaman
Please bring any used children’s books k-3 and 3-5 to our Rotary meetings for the next 4 weeks. These books will be used and donated as a part of our Feeding East Penn School District summer reading and food program at Lincoln Elementary School. Sal Verrastro will collect them for us and our club will be distributing them to needy children in the East Penn School District.
Elementary Children's Books Needed Cindy Hornaman 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Articles for the Newsletter

Posted by Mike Waddell
As your editor I'm very pleased that we have lots of information to share each week.  All is going well, but, this is a reminder that all requests for articles to be included in the newsletters should come to me at  This gives me an opportunity to ask questions about your submissions and make sure that you've included everything pertinent to your topic...thanks.
Articles for the Newsletter Mike Waddell 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians and Opioids in New England

This is a story about how Rotarians turned to solutions because of addiction.  If we all can remember back several months ago we had a female speaker talk about the effects of opioids, not only on the person using, or the family, or the deaths of loved ones but the effects it can have on whole communities.  We have all probably seen someone or know of someone dealing with these issues.  It is not from a poor family upbringing, it is not peer pressure, it is everything life can throw at you and more.  Take a moment and read about what some New England Rotarians have done to help change the stigma and then get results.  This is an excerpt from the article found in MY Rotary.  If you are inclined to want to read more, please copy and paste the address above into your browser window.  I think you will be amazed how we can help.   

Fathers turn pain into healing solutions

Rotary members destigmatize opioid recovery

By Photos by 


A father’s concern and fear propelled sleepless Ben Lowry, an attorney in Portland, Maine, out into the streets one evening searching for his eldest son. 

Just a year earlier, his son had been in college studying engineering when he began using drugs, including opioids. Lowry’s family spent more than $100,000 on treatment and recovery programs before Lowry gave his son an ultimatum: stop using or move out. His son moved out.

Now, hearing the wail of sirens on this cold fall night, Lowry feared the worst.

“Someone said there was an overdose nearby, and I hurried over, thinking it was my son,” Lowry said, his voice cracking with emotion. “There was a young woman dead in the street, probably in her 20s. It’s a very difficult thing to see, especially when your son is living out there.”

Rotarians and Opioids in New England Rick Zayaitz 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Sinha Speaks on "Mindfulness"

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
     Prabha Sinha, founder of the Pratyush Sinha Foundation, spoke to the Emmaus Rotary on Thursday, May 16, 2019 about her work to bring the practice of Mindfulness to at risk students and their teachers in the Allentown and Bethlehem School Districts.In the 2018-2019 school year the Foundation was able to impact over 10,000 children, adolescents and adults. Sinha said that while working with "at risk" children, she has come to see that everyone is "at risk" because of the amount of daily stress with which we live.
     The Foundation is named in honor of her deceased son who shortly before his death told her "to do what you love." He is her inspiration. Her work grows and she is hoping to begin working in the East Penn School District.
Rotarian Dee Eng and guest speaker Prabha Sinha met when their sons became close friends in school. 
Gary Rohrbach tries out his new phone's camera by taking a shot of his spouse and the speaker. See above.
     "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally," taught Jon Kabat-Zinn who would later add to do all this as if your life depended on it because stress kills.  The events and rapid change we face every day can leave us stuck in our animal brain were the tiny hippocampus rules. Wired for survival our brains can leave us in a flight, fight, freeze mode when we sense danger.
Sinha Speaks on "Mindfulness"  Lexa Shallcross 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Community Service at Its Finest -- 22 Rotarians and Family Strong


     Emmaus Rotarians and their family members put in 2 hours of labor at Hillside School on Saturday morning, May 18th.  Mulching and edging beds, planting in new native plants and grasses, washing windows and building community. This year, Rotary was able to do a little more as Hillside School got a grant for campus beautification. Dee Eng designed the new beds and her spouse Gary brought a truck load of mulch. While veterans knew what to expect, this was their first community service project for several of our newest members. Gary Guthrie continues his stellar oversight of our Community Service Committee. Hillside School provided coffee and donuts. And what do you think? Will our sargent at arms fine John Chisca for a photo bomb?
     LIKE US ON FACEBOOK and see more photos from Saturday's project.
Community Service at Its Finest -- 22 Rotarians and Family Strong  Lexa Shallcross 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

VOTE for best  "Rotarian Gothic"

     Recall the iconic painting by Grant Wood titled American Gothic. Got it? (Help: The farm couple side by side in front of their barn and he is holding a pitch fork.)
     We had a similar sighting Saturday while Emmaus Rotary was landscaping at Hillside School. Look closely and vote for one:
           CRAIG REBER
                                                                                                    JOHN CHISCA
VOTE for best "Rotarian Gothic" Lexa Shallcross 2019-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Family

        Two weeks ago, I talked about family, friends and seeing heaven on earth.  We just returned from Folly Beach SC where the weather is warm the people are wonderful and the food and entertainment are second to none.  Reminds me of our Rotary family where we look forward to meeting our friends each and every week where we converse about what we are doing and how we can change the world.  As we come to the end of another Rotary year, I am thinking about the goals we set as a club for this year.  Rotary ends its year on June 30, 2019.  We will have a new President with new goals for the 19-20 Rotary year.  Each year the President talks about our foundation and our giving as a Club to our Foundation.  We can participate in EREY(Every Rotarian Every Year) where for a $100 donation we will place a sticker on your name badge so everyone knows you are giving to the foundation.   Our goal was modest this year.  I am asking if each of our members could at least give a small donation to the foundation before June 1, 2019.  I am not concerned about our goal of $18,000, I am concerned that we have enough money to apply for our grants in the years to come to make our projects a reality.  You see for the seed you plant this year(giving) we will see the reward(grant monies) in three years to help with projects for that Rotary year.  As a family we all want to see our assets used wisely and help where we can for the good of human kind.  
      Last week we had special guests visiting from Britain and I was so pleased that we gave them our warmest welcome. 
This week when you are going around the room take a moment and thank Cindy for a wonderful conference, thank Sue and Eric for all the behind the scenes work they did to make Friday, Saturday and Sunday a reality.   Then tell Steve he did an exemplary job of MCing the event.  Last but not least thank Lexa for the work she did on Sunday Morning.  I am proud of our club and proud of our members who take the time from their busy schedules to give back .
Your in Service, 
Our Rotary Family Rick Zayaitz 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Friendship Exchange - A British Invasion!

     Thursday, May 9, 2019, Emmaus Rotary hosted Rotarians from North East England for breakfast at Brookside Country Club. This was part of a reciprical  Rotary Friendship Exchange between Districts 1030 and 7430. With good humor, the English told us about themselves, their families, their several Rotary clubs and the service projects they are involved in currently.
It was both heart wrenching and inspiring to learn about the work their district is doing for the "Chernobyl Children" who live in a radioactive wasteland in Belarus. Alan and Vera Wade, from Stockton, knew they had to act after reading a 3 inch article in their local newspaper. Children visit in England for one month where they receive medical care, TLC, clothing, etc. This short visit adds years to their lives. Rotary also is partnering with other groups and individuals to send caravans with medical supplies, food and clothing into Belarus. Recently, the effort has led them all into providing hospice care and supplies. 
Friendship Exchange - A British Invasion! Lexa Shallcross 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Rotary Club Dues Due NOW

Posted by Jim Palmquist
Emmaus Rotary Club dues are $220 per year or $110 per half year.  The Club Secretary sends a statement of dues due in mid-May.  They are due to be paid by June 15.  Please pay them in a timely fashion by mailing the check to Jim or giving him your check at a meeting.  For May 16 and May 23, give your checks to Craig Reber as Jim Palmquist will miss those meetings.
A few Rotarians have already paid the $110 upcoming dues.  I will send them an email saying they do not owe dues this six months and I will not send them a statement.
If you prefer a paper dues statement, you can pick them up in mid-May at the sign in table along with a self-addressed envelope to mail the check to Jim. 
Jim Palmquist, Secretary
610-398-3074 – prefer email
Emmaus Rotary Club Dues Due NOW Jim Palmquist 2019-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Food for the needy this week

It's the first Thursday of the month so please remember to bring some non-perishable food for the Emmaus Food Bank.
Food for the needy this week 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Mr. Green Beans Describes Plant a Row

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
Joseph Marlin, founder of Plant a Row, spoke to Emmaus Rotary on Thursday, May 18th with good humor and solid information about the hunger issues in the Lehigh Valley and one way  326 area home gardeners are helping. 
     Marlin cited stats that 11% of PA households are food insecure, that 60,000 people in the greater Lehigh Valley area receive food assistance and that the stress increases  for families with school age children in the summer.
     He founded "Plant a Row" in 2016 and last year 56,000 meals were donated to 15 different agencies. Rotarian Tony Moyer is a volunteer driver for the organization which is based on a national model. Local drop off points are the Emmaus Library, Emmaus Community Gardens and Bogie Community Gardens. Currently there is a need for a Wednesday driver to pick up in Emmaus. 
     There was lively discussion about collecting garden harvests at our morning meetings after Rotarian Ralph Lewis pointed out that Plant A Row and our Rotary both bring food to the pantry at Bethel Church, Groceries PLUS, which is supported ecumenically and by numerous service organizations like scouting. Look here for future details.
     Marlin, who admitted to the nickname of Mr Green Beans, was introduced by Rotarian Valerie Deneen whose husband Mark, also at our breakfast meeting,  had worked with Marlin. Joseph Marlin lives in Hellertown where he is a volunteer firefighter. He is a data engineer at PP & L. 
Mr. Green Beans Describes Plant a Row Lexa Shallcross 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Rick Zayaitz

Image result for happy rotary family pictures
Leaving on a jet plane to go see my nephew get married on a beach somewhere in South Carolina near water and sand.  But it reminds me how important our family is to each one of us.  To me Rotary is my extended family.  Sometimes we all work together, sometimes we all go in different directions but we are all doing it for a common cause.  The Rotary family is a dedicated one.   We help in our own communities, our regions and around the world.   This weekend we need everyone's help to promote the Craig Thatcher band at Miller's Symphony Hall.  It is dedicated to help the hungry in all of District 7430's club regions.  Let us show how a family can come together to get the word out.  With two days left to go and it would be great if it was a sold out show.  Work your networks, talk to family and friends and do not forget to bring a food item to share with someone less fortunate than your family.  We love our family and our extended families so please help where you can and take the time to thank Cindy, Eric, Sue, Valerie, Mark, John, Mike  and all our helpful volunteers that have helped make District Governor's Cindy Hornaman's  District conference the huge success it will be.  Enjoy this experience it will be like no other you will have in Rotary unless you attend an international conference.  Have fun and learn a lot about your self and the Rotary organization.
Yours in Service 
Ric Zayaitz
Family Rick Zayaitz 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Bethlehem's Rotary Action Group Seeks to Expose and End Sex Trafficking

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
     Dee Dee Foran and Patrick Morgan, two members of Bethlehem Rotary's Action Group Against Sex Trafficking, spoke to fellow Emmaus Rotarians about the hard facts of this criminal enterprise, which is the fastest growing and 2nd largest in the world, and possible avenues of future work to end this slavery. Over 80 % of the people impressed into prostitution are controlled by a pimp who uses both psychological ploys and drugs to control victims. The average entry age is between 12 and 15, and the life expectancy is only 8 more years. Reports are that 100,000 US children are sexually exploited each year.
     Future work for Bethlehem's RAGAST includes building awareness of this serious problem by holding public education events and speaking to other Rotary Groups;  and creating a support network for victims who are rescued or come out of sex slavery., Foran, who founded the action group after learning about the seriousness of the problem at the International Rotary Conference held in Atlanta, GA, noted that a hot spot in the Lehigh Valley is in the motels near the airport. 

     Emmaus Rotarians Byrce Ruggiero, Steve Gould and Bob Rust are on the CP Kids (Community Partners for Kids) which is working to educate children of the danger of strangers.
      Future dates include:   Saturday, November 9, 2019 "From Liberty to Captivity"  which specifically looks at Pennsylvania as a state where human trafficking is flourishing.  It will be held during the Lehigh Valley oAnti-Trafficking Awareness Week November 2-9, 2019 at the Arts Quet Banko Theatre at 12:30.
Thursday, March 5, 2020 Sex Drugs, & Trafficking Symposium at Moravian College, 8:00 to 11:30 with Breakfast, keynote speaker and breakout sessions.
Bethlehem's Rotary Action Group Seeks to Expose and End Sex Trafficking Lexa Shallcross 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Catch the Wave~~~~District Conference

Posted by Rick Zayaitz on Apr 23, 2019
Renaissance Hotel conference area 
Last week to register for the District Conference
    Over 245 people are joining in the district adventure we call the conference.  This is the last week to sign up and support our District Governor Cindy Hornaman, & District Governor elect Herb Klotz.  This will be historic, go on-line and do not be left out.  You can register from this website.  Just click the link at the top of the page of this Trumpet.  Let's support our own, Emmaus Rotarian, Cindy Hornaman (Congratulations for a great year Cindy).  
Catch the Wave~~~~District Conference Rick Zayaitz 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Raynock is Guest Pianist 

Catherine Raynock, daughter of Rotarian JP Raynock, played the piano as we gathered for our regular meeting and for our opening song.  Her visit was full of surprises as she won one of the raffles and used Happy Dollars to let us know that she would be participating in the "Rock a Thon" to raise money for Pediatric Cancer which is being held at St. Ann's School, Emmaus.  What do you all think? Doesn't she look like a future Rotarian?
Raynock is Guest Pianist Lexa Shallcross 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
     The Rotary Foundation begins at the club level.  EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) is the local clubs addition to the International Rotary Foundation.  We ask every member to give what they can.  To receive the stamp on your name badge we ask for $100 and for the second stamp another $26.50 for the Arch Clump original $26.50 that started the foundation almost a century ago.  To be awarded a Paul Harris a Rotarian needs to give $1,000 dollars to the Foundation.  This is not a one time gift, every time you give to EREY we keep a running total and when you reach $1,000 a Paul Harris is the reward for your giving.  
    Last year Rotary International awarded $86 million dollars to charities all over the world.  We have given the monies through the local clubs, the districts, and regional Rotary organizations.  When we give to the Foundation it takes three years for our club to realize the ability to get that money back in the form of grant money.  This is a very simplified version of how we get the money back into our local clubs for us to decide on our own projects to support.     
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) Rick Zayaitz 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly - Rick's Final 2018-19

The beauty of our organization is that Rotary is not a one man band, I could not do this without the help of the executive team, the committee chairs and everyone that is on a committee.  Which means everyone is important in our organization.  Steve, Lexa and Mike thank you for your leadership, council, and experience during this past nine months on the executive committee.  They are the glue that holds our organization together.  Our board members, Ceil, Gary, Jim, Chris, Don, Val, Sal have been an inspiration.  Along with the help of J. P., Bill, Gary R, and Dale we can define our organization.  A group of like minded people that wants to make Rotary the best community service club in our area. 
         Thank you to each and everyone of you that support, help and leadership in our organization.  Gary Guthrie along with Rose, Karen and Nicole continue to lead our community service committee (join them this Saturday at the Knauss homestead to help clean up the grounds).  Valerie, Meghan, Ashley, Karen are our social media/Public relations team that continues to look for answers for what is the best platform to use to get our brand out to the community so everyone knows what being a Rotarian represents.  Eileen keeps us connected to the community with the Angel network, we've collected everything from tuna fish to tooth paste to help others in need.  JP keeps the new members coming with an always fun, informative and interesting new member initiations, with the help of Bob Rust , Bob Groeller, Bob Halsey and Valerie Deneen.   Bill Erdman and Cindy Hornaman work on international relations and the foundation.  Steve Gould, John Zayaitz, and Mario Cozzubbo are our fund raising team making it possible for future President's to have the financial wherewithal to complete their favorite projects.  Mark Ehrle, Doug Brinker, Lisa Spradlin, John Chisca, Joe Pugliese are making the motorcycle run a viable community service project benefiting veterans.  Tony Moyer, Gordon Reese are helping with our youth and the Interact club along with Larry Del Hagen and his tireless work with Camp Niedeg.   Alicia along with Karen, Rose, and Sue we really appreciate the work you and your International Women's Award has meant for our community.  Bryce, Steve, Don, I think the beef N Beer will be a great event.  Something to build on every year to help some worthwhile project we all believe in.  To some of our new members Meghan, Ashley, Mike, Joe, Galliano  thank you for your help and support.  
       This year our motto for the Rotary year was "Be the inspiration"  and no one amplifies that more than our own District Governor Cindy Hornaman she works tirelessly for our organization and the more than 40 other clubs in our District.  Thank you Cindy for your mentorship, leadership and friendship.   Thank you to everyone in our club for making ours the best club in District 7430.  May everyone have a great and warm week ahead.
Rick Zayaitz
Club Assembly - Rick's Final 2018-19 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0


Image result for emmaus rotary pictures
Who are we?  Emmaus Rotarians!!! at work, with our community.
What have I noticed from the view up in the front.  The tables are not filled, the room is emptier than it was 6 months ago,  where has everyone gone?  Rotary International for a lot of reasons lifted the restrictive membership commitments to attend 50% or more of the meetings at the club level a couple of years ago.  
Steve and then Lexa work relentlessly and diligently to find the best speakers for our club so that coming every week is an experience, an experience to learn....many times about something we never knew about. They find speakers that interest everyone in the club(not an easy task), and to have someone there week after week.  One of the greatest and most wonderful ideas I liked and enjoyed about ROTARY at the club level is that we get together as a group of like minded individuals learning from each other and the speakers every week.  When I look into the audience and only see 45 of our 94 members I cannot help to wonder where everyone has gone.  I am not talking about the snow birds, or the accountants working 70-80 hours per week until tax season is over, but I can't help but wonder what we are missing that this exceptional experience we call Rotary is not enough.
As a member if you don't see someone for a few weeks email them and see if there is something we can do to get them back to enjoying our meetings.  Our club is for all of our members, we are a service organization, one with the best breakfast, the best leaders, and we have the most fun of all the clubs in our district.  Please make an effort to renew your commitment to make as many meetings as you can.  Commitment to community, to service above self and most importantly commitment to each other. 
Yours in Service
Rick Zayaitz
Committment Rick Zayaitz 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Lexa Shallcross
 **President Rick is asking that all members make a voluntary donation at this week's meeting that will go toward the purchase of a second Shelter Box from the ERC in an effort to help the many who need our help around the world.
After checking in with his officers and board members, President Rick Zayaitz is asking all Emmaus Rotarians to contribute toward Shelter Box, each $1000 we send equips and sends one Shelter Box. Our annual budget earmarked $1000 toward Shelter Box and this money is now released and forwarded. Can we do more?
---------- Forwarded message ---------
 Club Presidents: District Governor Cindy Hornaman asked me to share the following email from ShelterBox with all of you.
Image of Beira City, Mozambique shared by Rotary 9210 DG Hutchson Mthinda
Dear <Cindy>,
Cyclone Idai ripped through Southern Africa and millions have been affected in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after what the UN says could be the worst natural disaster ever to hit the southern hemisphere. Floods have affected almost 1 million Malawians and forced at least 125,000 from their homes and sadly these numbers continue to rise. 
ShelterBox is determined to reach as many families as possible. 
SHELTER BOXES SAVE LIVES Lexa Shallcross 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Listening for Understanding....

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
     Marcie Lightwood, from the Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College, spoke about the characteristics of good dialogue. Rotarians present found it a helpful refresher on this valuable tool to build goodwill and community. Copies of her hand-outs are available by asking Lexa Shallcross. Lightwood lives in Bethlehem and is one of the voices on WDIY-FM.
Listening for Understanding.... Lexa Shallcross 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

D- Day at Turning Point

Delivery Day at Turning Point. A grand total of 36 items: comforters, blankets, bedding gratefully received from Emmaus Rotary and put up on shelves. In photo: Karen Hobson with Nicole Steirer and Andrea from Turning Point. 
A BIG THANKS to all Rotarians who donated items.
D- Day at Turning Point sha 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Foundation Gala This Saturday

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
  Remember to support the District Foundation and support our very own District Governor Cindy Hornaman's this Saturday at the 
District 7430 Foundation Gala
“Costumes for a Cause!”
Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Brookside County Club
Pottstown, PA
Your $50 ticket for celebrating with DG Cindy the FUN in fundraising at the Foundation Gala "Costumes for a Cause” includes dinner (choice of chicken, beef or vegetarian) and dancing. There will be opportunity to bid on silent auction baskets and participate in the 50/50 raffle.  Cash bar too!
Our District 7430 is very active in support of our Foundation and also involved in many  TRF International and Local grant projects, We were one of the first in our zone to do a multi year Child and Maternal Health International Vocational Training Team project
and many other international projects and in the last 2 years our clubs have done over 35 District Grant humanitarian projects to benefit those less fortunate in their local communities 
Come and have fun and help support the Foundation at the same time.
Foundation Gala This Saturday Rick Zayaitz 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

The President's Message

Related image
International Women's Day 
Emmaus Rotary celebrated their second year of awarding a district rotary woman of distinction and a community woman of distinction.
Check the Trumpet's photo gallery for highlights of the morning. 
       Emmaus Rotary celebrated International women's day with Alicia Ruiz Ortiz as the leader of the committee.  Thank you to Rose and Eileen for helping with the presentation for Emmaus Rotary, and Burt Durin our immediate past President for making this celebration a possibility.
       Rotary International completed a week- long presentation for Women around the world.  Take a moment and go to Rotary International women's day and see the changes that Rotary is helping to sustain throughout the world.  We should be proud of an organization that has come so far in a little over 32 years.  Is our journey together ever completed......NO but we are at the head of the class when it is necessary.  
      I sent out an email this week to send a card to Marg Geosits.  Marg was the first women ever inducted into Emmaus Rotary.   Please make her feel the Rotary welcome and that her friends at Rotary are always thinking about her.  Take a moment and reach out, she was a visionary for her times.  I am not sure she liked the best sports teams (Yankee fan) but always made our meeting interesting jousting with other members who are Red Sox fans.  This week remember the people who forged the way for each one of us in Rotary and say thank you.  Have a great Rotary week.
Yours in service,
Rick Zayaitz
The President's Message Rick Zayaitz 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

What to Rotarians do?

Image may contain: 2 people, indoor
   Sunday morning 11:15 am Rory King our leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl -a -Thon gets us ready to play our game in this crowd of enthusiastic bowlers. 
     Mike Lahanas is two lanes over more competitive than I have ever seen him trying to get his score as high as his team could possibly go.  By the way, Mike is also a board member of Big Brother Big Sisters.  Everyone is having a good time: Hot dogs, Popcorn, water, soft drinks with the main event to help this charity garner over $130,000 in donations for their cause.  Rory is also the captain of another team of people from the Oddfellow organization.  Since the Rotary team only had Noah Steirer we had to poach some other OddFellow members to participate.  
    This is what Emmaus Rotarians do on their weekends, evenings and days off.  They participate to help others have a better life. This month I will try and concentrate on the "why we as Rotarians do what we do" and the reason behind it.  Most of all we all are looking to make others lives better now and in the future.  I believe you will learn more about some other women in the community this week that have accomplished just that.  Look forward to next week's President's message to learn about them and the award we presented.  
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
What to Rotarians do? 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

President Elect Training 

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
Steve Gould
Every year the transition of new presidents start with PETS Rotary training.  The President Elect Training Seminar is a two day intensive session that takes place in King of Prussia PA under the guidance of the incoming District Governor Elect Herb Klotz.  Our incoming President for the 2019-20 Rotary year Steve Gould spent two wonderful days with 230 other President's elect in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Steve had time to learn what other organizations the size of ours and larger do to maintain the integrity of being Rotarians.  
President Elect Training Rick Zayaitz 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Newsletter Survey Completed...Thanks!

Posted by Mike Waddell
Many thanks to the 47 ERC members who completed the newsletter survey and gave me their thoughts about what is working well and some possible changes.  I'll share the overall results of the survey in another article, but, for now I am making two changes.  First, the Upcoming Events in the left column will be moved up for easier access.  As part of this move the Calendar of Events/Here's What's Happening at the bottom of the newsletter will be phased out as the events new items will be placed in that spot.  Also, using the Events widget allows the event chairs to access some functionality to send emails, etc. that should be helpful to them. Second,
Newsletter Survey Completed...Thanks! Mike Waddell 2019-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary's call to help 

Posted by Richard Zayaitz
I believe that many of us do not remember what Rotary stands for and what causes we are looking to aid for the benefit of all mankind.  See above the six areas of cause we pursue to make the world a better place for all.  When we join Rotary we usually join because some person, friend, or significant other thought we would be a benefit to an organization that puts these six causes at the fore-front of their community service here and abroad.   That someone in my life was Eric Loch who knew I was looking for something for me that could give back to the community that supported my small business at the time.       
Rotary's call to help Richard Zayaitz 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Growing our Rotary Family

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
Haddonfield, NJ - July 4, 2018: At a fourth of July parade, the local Rotary club carry flags of the world and a banner reading 'Doing good. Having fun doing it.'
Rotary clubs from all over doing what we do all the time---HAVING FUN IN A PARADE IN NEW JERSEY
     Each one of us comes into Rotary with a different idea, passion or a gift they know they can share.   What was the motivation behind your reason to join the largest service organization in the world?  Somewhere in your heart you wanted to help someone in need, help during a crisis, help another person be they best they can be, whatever the motivation we all have the commonality that we want to help others.  
     Tuesday, February 19th the social committee along with the membership committee are having a Happy Hour get together at the 1760 house.  5:30 to 8:00 pm bring a a like minded friend, neighbor, or colleague who may or may not think about joining our organization, but you know them and they want to give back.  Lots of people want to give back but do not know the medium that can help them find the way.  We are looking for a large attendance, hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks are on our club.  The bar is a cash bar.  We are trying to keep the Rotary momentum going in a positive direction.  Please RSVP to Bryce so he has a head count.   Let's have fun together and enjoy each others' company. 
See you Tuesday evening at the 1760 House route 100 and Hamilton streets.  
Thank You to everyone for all of your help in making this rotary year as successful as it has been.
Yours in service, 
Rick Zayaitz
Growing our Rotary Family Rick Zayaitz 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Newsletter Survey Coming...please give us your feedback

Posted by Mike Waddell
Last week Mike Waddell mentioned that he and Mark Erle are collaborating on a survey for the membership that will give feedback about the Trumpet newsletter.  That survey is now complete and will be emailed to the ERC membership by this weekend.  We encourage everyone to complete the survey (only 5 questions) within a few days of receiving the email so that Mike and Mark can collate the responses and hopefully  gain a better idea of readership tendencies and how we can make the newsletter better.
Newsletter Survey Coming...please give us your feedback Mike Waddell 2019-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

"Soo-ee, soo-eee..."

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
       Pennsylvania German farmers across our area would gather pigs by calling "Soo-ee, sooo-ee...".
Emmaus Rotarians are also asked to bring their little pigs home.... Fill those blue piggy banks and bring them in to be counted and credited to your giving.
          Our  Foundation Committee is using these little blue plastic piggy banks as a fun way to encourage our giving to the Rotary Foundation.  It is another reminder that each Rotarian is asked to give $100 a year toward supporting the ways we try to serve the world. That is called EREY or Every Rotarian Every Year. 
     The average amount collected in one full piggy bank is $25 to $30. Fill it four times and you are credited with full EREY completion for that Rotary year. Rotarian Bill Erdman, our Foundation Co-chair, will gladly get you a piggy bank and accept it when you have filled it. He oversees its counting and makes sure your giving account is credited.
     The Rotary Foundation is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator. The grants and scholarships awarded by the Rotary Foundation support first, our commitment to END POLIO NOW and, also, our six areas of concern and focus as we seek to service. These six areas include:
"Soo-ee, soo-eee..." Lexa Shallcross 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
Image result for PIC of a homeless teen sleeping in a car
     This is a photo of a young person living out of his car......
Yes-- we have homelessness in East Penn...
     We met with Superintendent Kristen Campbell, the Assistant Superintendent Doug Povilaitis, and the Director of Student Services Thomas Mirabella, on Friday morning, January 25, 2019, at the EPSD offices in Emmaus. The Lions, Lioness, Kiwanis, and Rotary are trying to creatively come up with ideas on how to help with the hunger situation in East Penn.  Some statistics:
1.) There are 42 homeless families in our district. They sleep in their cars, couch surf, or live on the streets.
2.) Lincoln, Jefferson, and Alburtis, have 365 students on subsidized or free lunches (over 36%)
3.) There are 1010 students in those schools
4.) Almost 28% of all students in the East Penn School District are on some form of free or subsidized lunch program
     The good news is that we made some progress, however, as in all good deeds it takes time so we do it right.  We will start small and keep everyone in the loop.  We are open to all when we figure this out.  Help comes in all forms for these students.  This is what we do; we discover a problem, we leverage our resources (volunteers, experience, and money) to help give these students a shot at a better life.  I will continue to shed light on this difficult subject in the weeks ahead. 
 Please remember --
there will not be a morning meeting this week at Brookside CC. 
It will be Thursday evening at the High School Cafeteria on Pine St.
Yours in service,
Rick Zayaitz
President's Message Rick Zayaitz 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Helping our neighbors

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
                                                                Cafeteria serving healthy alternatives 

          Imagine you are sending your first grader off to school this morning and you do not have enough money to buy her a snack. All of the other students have snack time with a snack during their school day.  This happens each and every day in the East Penn School District.  Everyone wants to be the same as their peers, have similar clothes. similar shoes, etc but the difference between feeling better about things and making your day better comes when your tummy is full. 
Helping our neighbors Rick Zayaitz 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Where will you be the first weekend in May?



Miller Symphony Hall

Allentown PA 
      You are a Rotarian, and by now you have heard how much fun (and educational) a Rotary convention can be, and you want to experience the fun.  Atlanta (2 years ago) was not possible, Toronto, Canada (last year) was not possible and your hopes for a family vacation to Hamburg this year are not looking so good.....we have the answer for you.  May 3,4 and 5 we will be holding the greatest Rotary district convention to ever hit Allentown.  The Renaissance Hotel Allentown, along with Miller Symphony Hall will be our home for Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.   We will have it all--- Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast, rooms to stay over and lots of fun! Great international speakers,  Craig Thatcher with his band will be the entertainment Saturday evening including a partnership with 2nd Harvest Food Bank.  We have it all and to top it all off Steve Gould will be our MC along with the one and only Current District Governor Emmaus Rotary Club's own Cindy Hornaman.   
     The Committee is working hard to make this the most wonderful event ever held in our district.  Eric, Sue, Jim, Don, Karen, Laura, Bill, Megan, Steve, Lexa, Mike  and all other committee members are working overtime.  This is where I need your help as members.  Please sign up before February 22nd.  I will be asking the board to help out and sweeten the pot for reservations before February 22nd.  You can do a whole weekend event or ala carte menu of events but get this on your calendar.  We will have fun!!! 
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
Where will you be the first weekend in May? 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
Rotarians Give All Over the World
Rotarians everywhere give of their time, talents and riches to help all over the world

20 years of ‘service beyond borders’

Former RI president helps send hundreds of volunteers around the world to perform 67,000 surgeries, examine 250,000 patients

When Rajendra Saboo finished his term as president of Rotary International in 1992, he started thinking about how he could continue to help people. And by 1998, after serving as Rotary Foundation trustee chair, he knew he wanted to do something hands-on. 

“When I was Rotary president, my theme was Look Beyond Yourself,” says Saboo, a member of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, India. “I was thinking about service beyond borders. So I thought, ‘Is there anything that India can give?’ I realized that medical science in India is fairly advanced, and there are doctors — Rotarian doctors — who could give something to Africa, where the medical needs are tremendous.”

To read the rest of this story go to: (copy and paste into your browser)

I found this story truly inspirational and I think you will, too-- Rick

President's Message  Rick Zayaitz 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly Held on January 3, 2019

Posted by Lexa Shallcross
     After asking for a moment of silence in memory of deceased Rotarian Carl Franz, President Rick Zayaitz reviewed Emmaus Rotary's progress toward fulfilling this year's mission and goals.
     The Fellowship Committee has two events coming up. On Tuesday, March 5th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Emmaus Rotary will gather at the Superior Restaurant for a Pancake Supper. Family and friends are welcome. Cost per person is only $5.  Fill up and enjoy the fun.
     On Thursday, April 25th, Emmaus Rotary will hold a major fundraising event:
Beef N Beer at the House and Barn, Emmaus. The goal is to raise a significant amount of money to be deposited in the Emmaus Rotary Foundation with the intent to build that principle so that we can continue to award significant scholarships to graduating Interact Students at Emmaus High School.
     The Golf Tournament Committee reported out that with $1,000 in outstanding money to still be received this year's current net is $24,675. Steve Gould took a moment to thank the Rotarians on the committee who found new sponsors, sparked the sale of the Masters Ticket Raffle and got 111 golfers signed up.  Rescheduled because of heavy rain, the weather held for the new date.
     Tony Moyer reported that plans are being laid for the joint Emmaus Rotary and EHS Interact Club joint meeting on Thursday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m. He noted that there is lively interest among students to participate in the 4-Way Test Speech Contest.
     Earlier Rotarian Erdman had presented Eric Loch with his Paul Harris plus 7.
Erdman reported that we are about 66% toward our year's goal for  EREY - Every Rotarian Every Year - giving $100 toward the Rotary Foundation. He noted that the fiscal year for Rotary is July 1 to the end of June. Then he revealed that he thinks Emmaus Rotary will present 19 Paul Harris awards this year.... quick math = Emmaus Rotary will give over $20,000 to the Rotary Foundation this year! END POLIO NOW.
      Have you noticed the bustle each meeting as speakers are mic'ed and a video camera is set up? John Chisca and his PR committee are working to get our meetings recorded for U Tube where other Rotarians can view them for make-ups. The current obstacle is the pay pal or credit card system to be used.  Valerie Deneen reported that the strategy for increased Facebook visibility is working and will be evaluated after 3 months. Remember "Like Us on Facebook"......
     President Zayaitz commended the Community Service Committee for all its work especially on the "Be the Inspiration Day(s)" this October. Chair Gary Guthrie stood to say he wanted to thank all the Rotarians who volunteered to staff the numerous service activities. From the floor, a Rotarian asked to be heard so that both Eileen Prokop who coordinates with the Angel Network and Ralph Lewis who spearheads our Food 4 the Hungry Collection each month could be recognized and thanked on our behalf. Before the meeting, Bob Halsey who is our contact with Miracle League had overseen the presentation of a "big check" to the director of Miracle League.
     District Governor Cindy Hornaman detailed plans and progress preparing for the 7430 District Conference this May in Allentown. Sue Straeter and Eric Loch are working closely with her as Emmaus Rotary is the host club. Early registration is around 100 and Hornaman hopes to have over 300 in attendance. Friday night is International Night. Saturday a youth event will be held at Symphony Hall in the morning and in the evening there will be a Craig Thatcher concert with a food collection for Second Harvest. There are exciting speakers including the youngest district governor in Rotary USA. REGISTER NOW!
     Zayaitz looked over his powerpoint notes and in closing stressed that "Emmaus Rotary needs to get out there".... he asked fellow Rotarians to recruit new members and to make our brand shine.
     In conclusion, Secretary Jim Palmquist noted that some dues payments were outstanding. Rotarian Pease asked that the directory be updated. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Club Assembly Held on January 3, 2019 Lexa Shallcross 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Miracle League Accepts "Big Check"

Posted by Bob Halsey

Follow Up: Miracle League Annual Halloween Bash in October 2018 

So that the regular volunteers and parents could be with their children, we operated the Refreshment Stand for the night of "Trick or Treat" at the Miracle League. We raised $638.02 for the Miracle League. Kristy McKeever, Miracle League Director, is shown accepting the check from President Rick Zayaitz and myself at our Thursday, December 20, 2018 meeting.


Once again Thank You to all the Rotarians and Interact Students that worked at the Miracle Leagues Annual Halloween Bash in October. This was the 7TH Year that we had a “Trick or Treat Booth, run by the Interact Club, & assisted by Tony Moyer and his Friend.


Miracle League Accepts "Big Check" Bob Halsey 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Happy New Year - 2019!
Happy New Year 2019
       I hope this message finds all of our members making and sticking to another year of resolutions.  As Emmaus Rotary we have had a really good year.  We have volunteered, helped collect, sort, received grants to help others and made plans to help feed the hungry in the East Penn School District.  We have new friends that have joined us and others who have had to make the decision taking them away from our area.  We wish everyone the best for a great 2019.  May all of your dreams come true.  
      We have also lost a few really true, great Rotarians the past few years please always keep our departed brothers and sisters in your prayers.   Take an hour on Thursday to say good bye to our friend, mentor, and fellow Rotarian at 2 pm at St. John's Church 139 N 4th street Emmaus PA 18049.  Carl Frantz will be laid to rest that afternoon.  
       We still have a lot of goals to reach before the end of our Rotary year.  Thursday morning we will again visit our annual goals and make plans to reach them before June 30th of 2019.  Bring all of your ideas Thursday morning and let's plan to bring 2019 to a glorious finale.  
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
President's Message 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Helping people help people

Image result for pictures of High School families in need
   Christmas in all of our hearts.  I am not sure how to tell everyone in Emmaus Rotary how proud you make your President feel.  This year we ended up supporting 4 families for the Christmas holiday.  The Angel Network with Eileen heading up the charge had us participate in bringing in enough deodorant to make my dog smell nice.  Thank you, Eileen, for getting together with the Interact club youth and everyone else involved in getting the baskets ready for the less fortunate in our community.  So proud of the work we do.
     We helped support an elementary family a senior high family and a PCFLV family with $500 to each family.  The stories of these families is heart wrenching however we all helped make their holidays a little happier.  I hope in the near future we can help the one young women and her family a little happier in the coming months.  She is applying for college in a program that requires special materials to prepare a project for college admission.  I know we can help her and supply the materials she needs to give her the best chance to apply to the college of her choice.  When Cecilia was here from the Pediatric Cancer foundation of the Lehigh Valley, we offered to help one family get things they needed to make life a little easier for them at this most wonderful time of the year.  I enjoy the feeling of helping all of our families and our community.  
     This week we will enjoy the fruits of our high school with the Emmaus High Scool Chorus singing some holiday songs for us to enjoy.  Let them start off the 5 days before Christmas with a little music.  Next week is Christmas.  Enjoy, as your Executive committee will enjoy.  We will not have a Trumpet next week but you will see one New's Year's Day.  Enjoy!!! be careful and have a great time with family and friends.
Yours in Service,
Helping people help people 2018-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

The President's Message

Rotary inspires students along with educational partnerships
For the past two weeks, we have heard from Shannon Boyle, the Head of Swain, a private school, and Kristin Campbell, our new East Penn School District superintendent.  What have we learned?  Both structures help our students learn, in one system smaller classroom sizes, as we compare that to the public system with larger classroom sizes.  While other differences may exist, all of our students at both locations are learning how to exist in a new world where technology seems to be the King.  Both schools accomplish this task in different ways, Swain allows a less structured academic learning situation with a hands-on approach without having to teach to State or Federal mandates.  East Penn also focuses on the STEM subjects using programs like Makerspace, Inquiry, FOSS-Investigations, and Robotics. The point is all of these students are very lucky on all levels to enjoy an education which makes for a better foundation for success in life.  
                                     Swain School 
EHS SADD/ Kid to Kid Invited to âShare the Keysâ Event at Wells Fargo Center
                                      East Penn School District
Sometimes at this time of the year, we forget how blessed we are. 
Remember no matter which education system, the students and their families have little blips in life where everyone needs a little help from others. 
Reach out to others this charitable time of the year.  Give if you can, use your talents if you cannot but remember "it is better to give than to receive". 
Last week Emmaus Rotary gave three families a little Christmas help.  We changed the lives of these families. 
Please remember that these students are our future and as such we can help direct them through life's little blips with a little help. 
Change lives..... if you cannot give of your time, your talents or treasures find ways to help create the future leaders we have in our schools right now.  
Yours in Service, 
Rick Zayaitz
The President's Message  2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Rick Zayaitz

You have taken the pictures, now enter to have your photo in The Rotarian.

Every year, every Rotarian has the opportunity to send their pictures of one of our events to The Rotarian and see if they can get published.  We all take a lot of pride in what we do in our community.   Take that Picture you took and send it in. You can send three of your special photos to the Rotarian and maybe you will be the next Ansel Adams???


Enter the 2019 Rotarian photo contest

Do you have a great shot from a club project or fundraiser? Did you capture a memorable moment at the convention or during an international trip? Enter your images in The Rotarian's 2019 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine. You may enter up to three photos taken since January 1, 2018. 

The contest closes 15 December 2018, so submit your great photos now. Winners will appear in the June 2019 issue of The Rotarian.


Go to to enter your photo...

President's Message  Rick Zayaitz 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Partnering with others to fight hunger

Last Year Burt Duren, past president, took us on a journey to help the local food banks 
feed the hungry in our communities.  
     This year I have been talking about partnering with other local service organizations to help the East Penn School District and its children get the nourishment they need to get through a day, a weekend or a whole summer -- not worrying about where their next meal is coming from. 
   Two weeks ago we all met Andrea and John from the Lioness club and the Lions club both of Emmaus PA.  I am still trying to find the leader of Kiwanis and get them on board but still working to a common goal of stemming hunger for our children living at or below the poverty level. 
    Next week we will meet the new superintendent of the East Penn School district.  I will be asking Kristen about her needs and wants along with negotiating a meeting in the New Year. 
    In this season of giving thanks and enjoying family and friends, which usually happens over a meal, let's keep in mind the less fortunate and see what we can do to help them during the stressful holiday season.
Yours in Service
Rick Zayaitz
Partnering with others to fight hunger 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

The President's Message

American Flags
Giving Thanks
          Monday we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Veteran's Day.  A day in which we thank all Veterans for their service to our country.  I would like to thank each and every one of the Emmaus Rotarians that have served in any of our armed forces, we are ever grateful for the sacrifice you have made and ever thankful for all you have contributed to your families, friends and co-workers.  
          Next week we will celebrate "Thanksgiving".  Please remember to be thankful for our armed service people that go beyond normal limits to keep us safe and free. Be thankful for family, friends, and members of our families that have led the way for us to be the people we have become today.  We can all be thankful for the love bestowed upon us by our families and friends. 
         Keep all in your prayers this festive season and continue to live the "Four-Way test" in our daily lives.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday for breakfast.  Please remember we will not be meeting on Thanksgiving Thursday nor will there be a Trumpet next week.  We all are looking forward to the next issue of the Trumpet on the 28th of November.  If you are traveling be safe and enjoy!!!
Yours in service 
Rick Zayaitz
The President's Message  Rick Zayaitz 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

The President's Message

A Simple "Thank you" 
     In our busy lives we often forget the smallest of things that mean the most to someone else.  That item we often forget to do is say a simple "Thank You".   This week we will focus on saying thank you to all of the people that were so generous to our Rotary community the past year.   


The Amazing Effect of Saying 'Thank You"

Mom was right. (Again.)


And now there is evidence to prove that expressing gratitude leads to increased feelings of interpersonal warmth that in turn helps old and new relationships grow stronger and closer.

"Our study shows just how important it is to say thank you to someone," explained study leader and social psychologist Monica Bartlett at Gonzaga University. "A simple thank you leads people to view you as a warmer human being and, consequently, to be more interested in socially engaging with you and continuing to get to know you to build a relationship with you."

The study: Seventy university students were asked to provide mentoring advice to a high school student by reading and commenting on that student's university admissions essay. Later, half the mentors received a handwritten note supposedly from their mentee that included the following expression of gratitude: "Thank you SO much for all the time and effort you put into doing that for me!"

The results: The undergraduates who were thanked were far more likely to want to continue their relationship with their mentee than those who were not thanked. In addition, the grateful mentees were rated as having significantly warmer personalities.

The takeaway: Saying thank you--that is, expressing your gratitude--not only helps us develop new relationships, but also helps build up existing relationships.

The study findings were published in the journal Emotion.

So please remember that as recipient's of others generosity it is important to also thank them for their belief in what you do as a community(Rotary) and as you as a person.

See you Thursday morning

Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz

The President's Message 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Awards

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
The Rotary Foundation -  Paul Harris Awards
       Every Rotarian has heard of Paul Harris, the Chicago Lawyer, who founded Rotary with three friends in 1905.  His vision is what we support today.  This week is our Emmaus Rotary Paul Harris Award Ceremony.  ALL ROTARIANS PLEASE WEAR THEIR PAUL HARRIS MEDALLIONS.  Recognition of Paul Harris Fellow Rotarians is something we do at least two times a year.  Remember when you give your $5 to EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year -- giving $100 toward the Rotary Foundation) every week? When that amount accumulates to $1,000 any Rotarian can be rewarded with a Paul Harris Medallion.  Below is a short history of the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Reward.  Please continue your support of the Emmaus Rotary EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) when you sign in in the morning. 

The history of Paul Harris Fellow recognition

The Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Awards  Rick Zayaitz 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

The President's Message

Image result for free pic of marijuana leaf
This week's informative narrative will be centered on Medical Marijuana.  This is a hot topic and we were lucky enough to have Steve Gould an "Expert" on the topic have one of his many influential friends join us to explain Pennsylvania's laws regarding the usage and purchase of this medical """Miracle""".  Keep an open mind and lets learn about the positive benefits to regular people and society as a whole.
         On a much lighter note two weeks ago we spent a lot of time explaining how the club is doing.  Each committee had their chair explain where we are in the year long process.  However, one of the areas we did not go over is our budget.  So for a few seconds I would like to explain our checking account balances and where the monies are earmarked.
       We have two checking accounts: one a regular club checking and one set aside to provide a scholarship endowment which is expected to be at $200,000 by our centennial (in 2026)to provide scholarship's for East Penn students into the future.  Presently there is Approx. $46,000 in the scholarship account.  The regular checking account is around $42,000.  The beef and Beer fund raiser will used to help grow that fund this Rotary year.
       From this regular checking account we will have $20,050 ear marked to be spent for local and international projects.  Leaving just over $22,000 in the checking account and from that amount we will be spending over $5,000 for Polio Plus, Shelter Box and Food service projects.  Please understand that because we show a large amount in our balance at board meeting time but in essence we only have access to approximately of $17,000 which is not accounted for.   For prudent financial management it was suggested by our Financial committee that we should always carry a balance of at least $20,000 in our checking account at any given time.  I feel we are good stewards of our monies and the board is always open to looking at and or considering differing projects for the incoming President.  As always if you have any questions concerning the budget or our balances on file, please feel free to ask anyone on the executive committee or the treasurer. 
Yours in Service
Rick Zayaitz
The President's Message 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

2018 11th Annual Golf Tournament is now History

Congratulations to the winners of this years golf tournament.  Mike Bower, Matt Conway, Pat Boyle & Joe Fenstermacher took the first place prize on a match of cards from a three way tie.
Brian Johnson was the lucky winner of The 2019 Masters Weekend.  Thank you Brian for your support.  We learned he purchased 9/$100 raffle tickets to improve his chances.  Looks like his theory paid off.  Kurt Cannon took 2nd prize with a nice piece of jewelry from Eric J. Loch Fine Diamonds and David Will took 3rd prize of a $500 Visa Gift Card.
Special Thanks
Many thanks to Michael Kuebler, General Manager, Robert and the Staff of Brookside Country Club for putting on a great event.  Also special thanks to Dave Fields, PGA and his staff, especially Ross, for keeping the event running so well.
Many Thanks to all of our sponsors and golfers for this years tournament, especially our Event Sponsor Ai Orthodontics.  Without the support of great people like Ai, we would not be able to have such a successful fundraiser.
See you next year!!!
2018 11th Annual Golf Tournament is now History 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Largest Fund raising event of the year

This Monday we finally had the opportunity to have our long awaited golf tournament.  Approximately 110 well equipped and well-fed golfers took to the Brookside Course expecting rain, mud and plugged shots.  Instead, they had a wonderful afternoon of well-executed golf shots, a lot of Rotary fun, and a little sunshine peeking out of the clouds.  
      Thank you to the Golf Committee and the co-chairman Mario Cozzubbo, John Zayaitz (his foursome below) and Vice President Steve Gould.  Without their dedication, this event would not be such a success.  
   Special thank you goes out to Chris Hornaman who braved the weather and took some excellent pictures of our foursome's and their friends.  Please utilize the link below to see all of the pictures Chris took during the afternoon.  Thank you Chris.  
    Without the help of the many volunteers and volunteer hours, this event would not take place.  Thank you to the volunteers that staffed the registration table and the putting contest area, and thank you to the companies that supported our Rotary cause, including the wonderful Brookside staff that took extraordinary care of all of our golfers and volunteers.  
      Best of all the monies raised this year gives us the opportunity to continue the great work we do as Rotarians both locally, and globally.  We help the local community in so many ways I do not have the room to extol them all.  Please see our website to understand what Rotary is and how we continue to spread our goodwill.
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
Largest Fund raising event of the year  2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
         I have been in Rotary for over 8 years.  Something I learned at RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) was that Rotary has 6 main areas of focus.  The areas of focus are: Promoting peace, Providing clean water, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, Growing Local Economies, and Fighting Disease.  This week I will dedicate a few lines to Promoting peace.  The picture below is depicting one of the fastest growing areas of pain in the US……..Domestic Abuse.   We support Turning Point which is a Lehigh Valley organization with the goal of helping anyone in need who is or has been unfortunate enough to be abused by a spouse or family member. 
         Many Rotary organizations dedicate their fund-raising concerns to help people who suffer from domestic abuse.  If you would like more information about what Rotarians do around the world please go to  And if you are not signed up please sign up and learn about our global organization. 
        We have our major fundraiser coming up on Monday, October 15, 2018.   Please help wherever or however 
you can, so we can continue our support of the 6 areas of focus, both locally and globally.  See you Thursday morning and then again on Monday, at Brookside Country Club for our annual golf Fundraiser.   
Together we can help stop Domestic Abuse 
President's Message Rick Zayaitz 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Mark Erle - Lehigh University's Study Abroad Program

     On Thursday morning, September 13, 2018, Mark Erle, a past President, shared with Emmaus Rotary an overview of Lehigh University's study abroad program and highlights of his five-week trip to Prague, Czech Republic, with three other professors and 64 students. Lehigh offers opportunities during the winter and summer breaks for students to visit/study in over 30 different countries from one to five weeks. Semester-long options are also available. A surprising number of Lehigh's students participate in at least one study abroad program: over 40%.
     In the program in which Mark participated this spring, students earned three credits working as interns four days/week for companies in Prague. (Students had off Friday through Sunday to enjoy Prague or travel.) Additionally, students earned three credits for taking one course taught either by Mark or another professor one night each week. Mark's family joined him for the last two weeks of his stay and, as together they explored Prague and visited Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna.
Mark Erle - Lehigh University's Study Abroad Program 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rachel Farrow - Outreach Educator Turning Point of The Lehigh Valley

     Rachel Farrow, Educator at Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, spoke to the Emmaus Rotary at our regular Thursday morning breakfast meeting on September 27, 2018. She was knowledgeable and spoke with passion. Farrow outlined the progressive stages used by perpetrators of domestic violence: 1) "Love Bombing", 2) "Egg Shells", 3) "Explosion", and 4) "It will never happen again". This cycle can repeat 7 to 12 times before the survivor, re-programmed by a narcissistic abuser who isolates while destroying the survivor's self-esteem, begins planning to leave. Farrow noted that this is the most dangerous time for the victim. Last year, 117 people were killed in PA by abusers (12 in Lehigh County alone) who declared "if I can't have you, no one will."  Because survivors are most at risk when trying to leave, Turning Point staffs a 24-hour hotline and has partnered with local law enforcement and the medical system to build a safety net. Turning Point's motto is "You are not alone." 
  Farrow called DV an epidemic as it effects 25% of the population: women, children, and men. She said, "silence allows this to continue."  And urged Rotarians to listen when terrified individuals speak up because 97% of them are telling the truth.  Farrow took several questions and responded to a parent's concern for educating children by saying, "they are always watching so demonstrate healthy love-- kiss your spouse in front of them."
     Last year's Newcomers' Project was both to collect needed items for Turning Points like sets of sheets and to do some painting and repair work at the shelter. Let's be proud of this partnership. Turning Point is the only domestic violence organization in the state with a shelter.
Rachel Farrow - Outreach Educator Turning Point of The Lehigh Valley 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Interact is well and good at Emmaus High School

Posted by Rick Zayaitz
           Above is a picture of the Emmaus Interact High school students enjoying a day at the Miracle League. 
You may be asking why the picture of the Interact students?  We have a new Emmaus High School Interact Club advisor.  Amy Kaunitz is the new advisor for our Interact club.  Samantha will be going out on maternity leave in the next few weeks.  We thank Samantha for all of her hard work and dedication to the club the past three years.
       A little about Amy until she has a chance to tell us herself.  Amy spent 12 years teaching middle school and now she is now helping young freshman minds understand and appreciate Social Studies.  It is her first year as a teacher at the high school level.  When you meet Amy you will see how her enthusiasm, passion, and love of teaching comes out.  We have found a new leader for the Interact club.  If you happen to run into her on the street or at the supermarket, please say hello.  I will have a picture of Amy in a future issue of the Trumpet. 
      Until then Uncle Bob will be helping her and her students prepare for a very special Halloween at the Miracle League on October 24th.  Thank you, Bob, for all of your work with the Miracle League.
Yours in service
Rick Zayaitz
Interact is well and good at Emmaus High School Rick Zayaitz 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Image result for picture of a flooded golf course
    Our golf tournament was moved to  Monday, October 15th 2018.  Thank you Rotarians for your understanding. 
People face all kinds of adversities in life, our golf tournament is a small reminder of what mother nature is capable of.  We have a possible hurricane Florence about to strike the southeastern coast of our shores this week.  As Rotarians we are people of action.  Please keep everyone in these coastal States in your prayers and be prepared to help where we can if necessary.  Remember we are smart, compassionate, persevering and inspiring people...Rotarians.   As Rotarians we need to be prepared for what may happen in other people's lives so we can help out whether as an individual, a club, a district or Rotary International.  
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
President Emmaus Rotary 
President's Message  2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

President's Messsage


Why a Golf Tournament? 
             Members always ask why do we fund raise?  
            This coming weeks Golf Tournament is our only Major fund raiser for the general fund for our Club.  The golf tournament proceeds will be put into the general fund for next years President Steve Gould to do our local and International projects.  This year we are spending our monies received from last year on
hunger related issues in our area, and working on International projects as I write this.  Gary Guthrie heads up our Local community projects and Cindy Hornaman is our chair for International Projects and grants.  We are a service club and utilize 100% of the revenue generated from this fund raiser to help our local and International communities.   
            Take a moment and reflect what this means to you as a member of Emmaus Rotary.  What committee would you like to serve on, or better yet what is your passion?  Let's help this years co-chairs of the Golf Committee Mario and John Z make this our best year ever.  
            Hope you are enjoyed the unofficial last week of summer and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 10 at Brookside Country Club to enjoy a day of fellowship and fun.
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
President's Messsage  2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

      Last week, during the business meeting,  I touched on how to get your information updated in Clubrunner.  Clubrunner is the software platform we use to put out the Trumpet, learn about Rotary, and keep in touch with our district and Rotary International.
      First, go to our homepage... Emmaus Rotary. Now you can log in.  Look along the menu bar and press Club Directory. Now you can personalize "My Club Runner".
      Your username which cannot be changed is your first name followed by a period and then your last name followed by a period and then the number 6560.  For example mine looks like this   richard.zayaitz.6560   Note: you all call me Rick, club runner uses Richard. Then you will be asked for a password. Enter the word (service).  Feel free to change your password for increased security.  Now you are logged in. Check things out. Look at the Club Directory. Go to "My Club Runner" Now update your information. Add a photo!
     This helps us keep our records correct for work categories, age demographics, information for our district to use to give us the opportunity to blossom as a club. 
     The other reason I am asking for your help is the executive team is always working on the Presidential citation and this is one area of the citation where we can excel.
     Please feel free to let me know if you are experiencing problems. There are several of us who can help you. 
Yours in service 

President's Message 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Christina Price Classification Talk

     New Emmaus Rotarian and a self-described "risk taker", Christina Price gave her Classification at the regular Thursday morning meeting on August 16, 2018. Price divided her life story into two 20 year segments. As she spoke about her early years, we learned of her resiliency, self-motivation and the importance of both having responsibility like caring for horses and having caring grandparents.  In these last 20 years, she has enjoyed marriage and motherhood as she advanced her career.  
     Price is the director of marketing at Legends of Allentown, the newly opened senior residence and memory care center on Lower Macungie Road.  Emmaus Rotary will be Legends guest at a fellowship event which includes a reception, refreshments and a facility tour on Thursday, September 27.
     In order to advance in her career, Price studied at DeSales and earned her bachelors degree in marketing and sales. She was working full-time and raising a family so she answered "nine years' when asked by her daughter how long it took her to get her degree. Her daughter responded with another question, "shouldn't you be a doctor, or something?"!!

Christina Price Classification Talk 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportuntiy. Kahlil Gibran
       At Rotary one of our greatest achievements is the ability it gives us to make friends everywhere.  We have a group of Rotarians taking off for Europe this week and next to develop new friendships in the United Kingdom.  We can join them in a smaller way by taking the time to sit at different tables during our breakfast meetings and finding out about others in our club.  One never knows-- we may meet our next best friend.  Supported by the quote above by Gibran, Friendships are a responsibility.  Let's take a moment make it our sweet responsibility and see if we can develop new friendships at the club level. 
Yours in service, 
Rick Zayaitz
President's Message 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Carl Gingrich-- Remembrance Garden Ceremony

     Three generations of his Family and fellow Rotarians gathered on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden to honor Carl Gingrich by laying a brick inscribed with his name. His brick was placed near his cohorts or "posse" of club members he knew well and worked on projects with them.
     Several Rotarians spoke movingly but the final tribute was offered by Carl's four year old Grandson Zeke who had told his Mother earlier in the morning that his Grandfather was the "best grown-up ever" who taught them to be good people. 

Carl Gingrich-- Remembrance Garden Ceremony 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Morgan Scott Classification Talk

Morgan Scott, one of Emmaus Rotary Club's newest members presented his personal and professional life to us in a way that captured everyone's attention. You never really know someone's story until they are asked to share it. The next time you hear about the "Friends of Owen Thomas Tournament" remember Morgan and his family are honoring his brother who died prematurely of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). They are raising money for research and education. Check out his full classification talk on youtube!!!  

Morgan Scott Classification Talk 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

August is membership month

The President's Message 
     August is membership month.  We are people of action.  We recruit, explain, build, inspire, and help people understand the message of Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian.  We will be talking about membership this month but please take a moment and think about someone you know who may enjoy the benefits of helping other people here and around the world.  Bryce has set up a fellowship happy hour with Christina Price for September.  Please invite a friend to enjoy the fellowship, the food and to see her new facility and see what Rotary is about.  Let's get the word out that "we are the inspiration"

August is membership month 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

       I am driving on I - 78 and what do I see?
       A bus wrapped with the Rotary Logo and the 4 way test!
       What a way to get the word out about Rotary.  Branding and telling our story is something we all need to work to improve.  As Rotarians we kept our secret to ourselves for so long many people do not know who we are or what we do.  
        Younger people utilize social media to see what is happening in their communities (we are working on improving our efforts with respect to social media), middle age people still read the paper, watch the news and see the signs like the one pictured here.  Mature people rely on the TV news, weather channel and word of mouth.  
       We all meet new people every day, take a moment and remind your friends, family and colleagues about your service in Rotary.  Whether you use social media, the newspaper, or a friendly chat around a cup of coffee WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT!!! 
       We are a friendly group of individuals working to make the lives of others better in many ways.  Do not be afraid to be proud to be a Rotarian.
Yours in Service 
Rick Zayaitz
President's Message 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Cathy Gumlock Teaches Rotary About Lyme Disease

A big thank you to Cathy Gumlock for presenting us very interesting information on Ticks and Lyme Disease. 
Unfortunately we ran out of time, however she captivated us and kept our attention as we are all subject to these little nasty buggers!
Cathy Gumlock Teaches Rotary About Lyme Disease 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Rotary Goals 18-19

Image result for free pictures of the number 100
          Rotary is a group of like-minded individuals all working together for a common humanitarian cause.  This year we have several goals all of which give us the opportunity to serve humanity.  The first goal is membership.  Our goal of 100 is in play again.  We only need a net of 6 new members.  We all know someone that is committed to service above self.  Please ask them if they would enjoy a Breakfast with your friends at Emmaus Rotary.  If you are not sure or do not feel comfortable inviting them please give either Steve, Lexa or myself their e-mail or phone number and one of us will reach out to them.  
          The second goal is Foundation giving and our goal of $24,000 is attainable.  There are several ways to give to the Foundation; EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), each week if you have a $20 bill $15 for breakfast and $5 to the Foundation is one way, another are monthly options, or a blue piggy bank to save your spare pocket change, and annual (monthly debited) contributions that can be automatically taken out of a checking account or from a credit card.  All of these options for giving, give our club the opportunity to help others in our community, other communities and globally to people who are in need.  
          Have a great week and think of ways you can help us reach our goals.
Yours in Service 

Emmaus Rotary Goals 18-19 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

First Club Assembly 2018

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of giving my first and best club assembly so far.  You can find the powerpoint presentation In the Rotary Club of Emmaus website under Organization, then look for communications, July 2018, ClubAssembly2018.  Also, the strategic plan can be referenced the same way Organization/Misc./ Strategic plan 2018 and 2018-2021.  
    What a first two weeks: Gary Guthrie and his committee already have accomplished two club goals:  cleaning up the Weis Markets garden and the Emmaus Remembrance Garden.  Thank you to all of the great helpers and facilitators for continuing these wonderful projects.  
    We started the year with two service projects, each in their own way epitomizes Emmaus Rotary's inspiration to the community.  Remember this year's Rotary International's "Be the Inspiration" Challenge, be a part of our vision to see each one of us "Inspire" someone in our community, our family or among our friends.  Embrace the challenge Barry Rissen sees for all of Rotary.  Join a committee and help shape the future of Emmaus Rotary. 
Yours in Service 
First Club Assembly 2018 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's message 7-12-18

           As I was thinking about the subject matter I was going to talk about this week it became apparent that the changing of the guard each and every year at Rotary is a good and bad thing.  We have new people, new ideas, changes which are the good.   We also have the ideas from the past that may not have been completed, or forgotten, or brushed away.  Change is good, new is wonderful how do we incorporate the good going forward and leave the bad behind?
          Then I read Rotary International’s new vision statement adopted a few years ago.  “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change- across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves”.
          Barry Rissen, Rotary International President’s message of “be the inspiration” helps interpret the answer to my question.  We as leaders look to change and inspire moving forward.  We incorporate the good ideas from the past and move ahead, and we look to the future of our Club, Our District and our Rotary International.  As leaders of our clubs we want to be the inspiration for our members to create lasting change, to take action on items, or ideas that are important to each one of us and to unite our clubs and our communities to create lasting sustainable change.
          This year I will be spending a significant amount of time uniting our service communities to join with our vision and work together for the whole of our community.  My goal is to take on the issue of hunger in our schools with the help of the school district, The Lions Club, Lioness Club, Kiwanis and possibly the Chamber of Commerce to help our youth who are less fortunate have a viable meal every day of the week not only the days they are in school.  I want to inspire our children to be the best they can be and if they are hungry it is almost impossible to be the best.  The focus of the 2018-2019 District conference will be focusing on the issue of hunger.  Let Emmaus Rotary be the inspiration and spearhead the opportunity to help our community with this daunting task. 
           Let’s leave the bad behind, take the good, change it a little, and transform the future for our community, and ourselves.  We can be the Inspiration, make small changes, have a lot of fun and "inspire" starting with ourselves. 
Yours in Service
Rick Zayaitz
President's message 7-12-18 Rick Zayaitz 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

President's message July 4th 



                                                                                                Happy 4th of July Emmaus Rotarians

      What a fabulous time of the year.  Every Rotary club, every Rotary District and even our executive leadership at Rotary International have transferred leadership to new leadership to begin a new Rotary year.

       Burt Duren our immediate Past President has passed the gravel to myself Rick Zayaitz, Steve Gould and Lexa Shall cross.

        Rick Grommis our Past District Govenor has passed the District’s gavel to Cindy Horneman, and Herb Klotz.  Last Thursday we enjoyed two extremely important events: the passing of the gavel at our breakfast meeting and the passing of the gavel at our District change over meeting both held at Brookside Country Club in Macungie.  If you missed either one make it a “have to do next year” as both of these events epitomize what Rotary is about.

         With the inspiration from the new Rotary International President Barry Rassin our new motto for 2018 – 2019 is “Be the inspiration”.  We as Rotarians can always be the inspiration for our families, friends, mentors, communities, etc.  In our club we will are striving to “Be the Inspiration” for especially for our community. 

          In this coming year I look forward to working with all of our members making a difference in our local as well as our international community. 

President's message July 4th 2018-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - June 26, 2018

Greetings from the Rotary International Convention in Toronto!  Our time has been chock-a-block full of amazing events, terrific speakers, and loads of fellowship activities in this terrific city.  Looking forward to sharing more of our experiences with you when we return.
Well, we have come to the end of another Rotary year.  This week, Rotary will transform itself with new leaders in every club, district and zone, as well as at the international level as Barry Rassin takes over as Rotary International President and a new board of directors is installed.  This is a strangely unique aspect of Rotary, but one which breathes new life into every aspect of our work and service. 
This Thursday morning, I will pass the gavel as Club President over to Rick Zayaitz to lead the club in 2018-2019.  I know Rick and the incoming board of directors and officers can count on the same level of support and encouragement that I received from you all during the last year.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your Club President in 2017-2018.  At the Club Recognition Dinner last week, I recounted your many acts of service, financial support and fellowship over the last year.  When I listed off the many local and international beneficiaries of our club during the past year, it was truly profound to remember the impact our 94 members had on our local community and around the world in 2017-2018 through your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure.  This is what Rotary is all about and I greatly admire your dedication to “Service Above Self.”
Best wishes to you all and thank you for your friendship. 
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - June 26, 2018 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Dinner at Bear Creek

A great time was had by all at Bear Creek Resort on Wednesday Jun 20th to celebrate Burt Durens Presidential Rotary Year.  If you are a Emmaus Rotarian and have not been able to attend this annual event, please make sure you do your best to make it next year as this meeting embodies what we do week in and week out.
President's Dinner at Bear Creek 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - June 19, 2018

We’re down to the final two weeks of the Rotary year!  During the last few days, I’ve looked back at the work our club has done during 2017-2018.  And, the impact all of you have had on our local community and around the world through your service activities and financial generosity is profound.  At the Club Recognition Dinner on Wednesday evening, I will take a few minutes to recap our events and activities, and recognize many of you for your “Service Above Self” during this past Rotary year.  I look forward to seeing you at the dinner!  Just a reminder: There is no breakfast meeting on Thursday June 21.  The Club Recognition Dinner will substitute as this week’s regular meeting.

On another note, Donna and I leave for Toronto on Saturday morning to attend the Rotary International Convention.  Over 24,000 Rotarians from around the world are registered for the event!  There will be daily plenary sessions featuring speakers such as former First Lady Laura Bush; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Caryl Stern, President & CEO of UNICEF; and Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, in addition to many of the senior leaders of Rotary International.  There will be many, many breakout sessions covering a wide array of Rotary topics.  And, finally - my favorite feature – the Rotary House of Friendship with an amazing collection of Rotary exhibitors, Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Fellowship Groups, project partners and vendors.  This is where many find inspiration and learn about the power and reach of Rotary's work.  It's also where Rotarians make connections with new friends from every corner of the globe.  I’ll share more about our experience at this year's Convention when we return.

Donna and I fly home from Toronto next Wednesday afternoon to be on hand for the club and district changeover events on Thursday June 28.  You won't want to miss the induction of Rick Zayaitz as the next ERC President at our regular breakfast meeting.  A highlight of that event will be the “passing of the gavel” from all past presidents to Rick.  And, our own Cindy Hornaman will be inducted as 2018-2019 Governor for District 7430 at a dinner that evening at Brookside Country Club.  If you haven’t done so already, please register for the dinner by clicking here.  As Cindy's home club, I am counting on a strong representation from Emmaus Rotary at the dinner.

Yours in Rotary,

President's Message - June 19, 2018 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Randall Forte, Lehigh Valley Arts Council Draws Q&A

Thank you Randall Forte, Executive Director Lehigh Valley Arts Council.  His presentation informed us on the council's fiscal history and potential forecast.  Emmaus Rotary followed up with 12 minutes of Q&A.  An informative presentation indeed.

Randall Forte is the Executive Director for the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, having served in this position since 1999. Prior to moving into arts administration, he worked as a professional theatre artist in regional theatres in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Originally from the Midwest, he trained at the University of Michigan and Oakland University Academy of Dramatic Arts.  

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s mission is to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community, and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley. Through community partnerships, it continues to support our local arts community with arts advocacy and research, grant programs, and cooperative marketing initiatives.


Randall Forte, Lehigh Valley Arts Council Draws Q&amp;A 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - June 12, 2018

It's hard to believe it’s June already!  And equally hard to believe there are only three weeks remaining in the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  And, what an eventful three weeks they will be!

At this week’s meeting, Dee Eng will present her Classification Talk.  Dee has been involved with a variety of Rotary activities for quite a long time, but officially joined as a member just last August.  You won’t want to miss her talk on Thursday.

The Club Recognition Dinner will take place on Wednesday June 20 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort.  At this dinner, we will gather to celebrate the contributions of our members to “Make A Difference” in our local community and internationally.  The festivities will start with a social hour at 5.30pm followed by a buffet dinner and short program.  Cost is $25 per person ($10 for children aged 3 to 16).  I understand Jeff McElhaney can still accept last minute RSVPs before delivering a final “head count” to Bear Creek on Wednesday June 13.  So, if you haven’t done so already, please contact him at or (215) 718-5163 to make your reservation.  By the way, the Club Recognition Dinner will replace our normal weekly breakfast meeting on June 21.

Several of us will be attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto from Saturday June 23 to Wednesday June 27.  It will be hard to top last year’s convention in Atlanta.  But, I am really looking forward to all of the presentations, events and opportunities for fellowship in Toronto.

The month winds up with two changeover meetings on Thursday June 28.  In the morning, many of ERC’s Past Presidents will participate in the passing of the gavel ceremony as Rick Zayaitz is installed as Club President for 2018-2019.  That evening, Cindy Hornaman will be installed as District 7430 Governor for 2018-2019 at a dinner to be held at our own Brookside Country Club location.  Please make an effort to attend this dinner to show our club’s support for Cindy.  You can register by following this link.

Lastly, I want to encourage all members to consider contributing to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.  We are closing in on our $20,000 goal, but need a little more participation to meet the target.  In order to receive credit for gifts in this Rotary year, all donations need to be sent to The Rotary Foundation no later than June 20.  If you would like to make a gift, please drop your check off at the EREY table when checking in at this week’s meeting.  Alternatively, you can give your check to Bill Erdman (our club’s Foundation chairman) or me, and we will be sure to submit your donation on time.

Many thanks for your awesome support of Emmaus Rotary Club, District 7430 and The Rotary Foundation!

Yours in Rotary,

President's Message - June 12, 2018 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - June 5, 2018

I am using this week’s President’s Message to pass along information concerning the club’s finances.  Fortunately, it’s all good news!

At last week’s meeting, I mentioned the quiet, but important work that the Financial Analysis Committee recently completed.  As you may recall, this committee was established through an amendment to our club by-laws for the purpose of conducting an annual analysis of the club’s financial statements each year.  The inaugural committee – comprised of Nicole Steirer, David Dunn and Melissa Schwartz – worked with Club Treasurer Chris Wills to review the statements for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, as well as cash handling procedures and tax compliance matters.  The committee completed its work earlier this spring and reported its findings and recommendations to the club’s board of directors at the April and May meetings.

I am happy to report that the committee reported no issues or concerns with the reported results of operations or cash balances for the 2016-2017 year.  To sum up the committee’s findings, the club’s finances are healthy and cash balances are sufficient to fund our projects and operations.  Click here to read the 2016-2017 financial statements.

As noted above, since this was the first year of the committee’s work, they also reviewed our cash handling procedures – particularly at the sign-in table for Thursday morning meetings – as well as requests from members for expense reimbursements.  Club Treasurer Chris Wills is preparing forms that we will begin employing for each process.  These will be shared with members - along with explanatory instructions - in a future edition of the Trumpet.

Since this process was new, the committee developed their own approach for the review and completed their work by the early spring.  In future years, I anticipate the committee will complete its work by the end of September so that the previous year’s financials can be provided to members on a more timely basis. 
For the sake of consistency, the board established procedures whereby one of the committee members will rotate off each year and be replaced by a member to be nominated by the then current Club President for a new three-year term.  President-Elect Rick Zayaitz will be responsible for nominating a replacement for Melissa Schwartz who will rotate off after serving a one-year term. Nicole will remain on the committee for two more years and David will serve for one more year.  Please join me in thanking Nicole, David and Melissa for a job well done!

Yours in Rotary,

President's Message - June 5, 2018 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - May 29, 2018

I trust you all enjoyed the holiday weekend.  Donna and I just returned this afternoon from our mountain house in Virginia.  It was a short, but enjoyable trip during which we enjoyed meals with friends, an overnight visit with our son and daughter-in-law, and the satisfaction of completing chores around the house.  When you are can only be present in a place occasionally, it’s amazing how much the tree pruning, gardening and general yard clean-up can get a little out of hand! Add in higher-than-average rainfall and Mother Nature can begin to overtake “civilization” in a few spots.

While my battle with the forest in Virginia is not a perfect analogy, members who are unable to attend meetings or participate in service projects on a regular basis can sometimes find their activities outside of Rotary overtaking their commitment to service and fellowship.

We have been blessed with good attendance and participation in recent months.  But, our comradery and service impact will be even greater if our attendance and participation rates improve.  Can I ask each of you to think about a member you haven’t seen in a while and reach out to him or her with a call or message?  Let them know they are missed and invite them to join us at an upcoming meeting.  Even if they are unable to attend for a while, I’m sure they will appreciate your communication and good wishes.

Yours in Rotary,

President's Message - May 29, 2018 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Miller, Executive Director of Miracle League Lehigh Valley

Great thanks to Kate Miller for presenting an informative look at Miracle League Lehigh Valley.  Kate filled us in on how Miracle League as formed and has grown to what it is today.  A huge thanks to Bob Halsey for setting this program up.  As most of you know Bob volunteers many hours to the Miracle League.  If you are ever looking for a gratifying experience, sign up as a volunteer to help the Miracle League kids play ball!!!! You will not be sorry.

Kate Miller, Executive Director of Miracle League Lehigh Valley 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - May 22, 2018

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us!  Often referred to as the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday is a time when many Americans enjoy a family picnic, patriotic parades and a day off of work.   But, of course, Memorial Day is much more than a holiday.  It is the day Americans honor all of the men and women who died serving in the United States military.
The holiday originated after the Civil War which claimed more lives than any conflict in United States history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.  By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities began holding springtime tributes to the fallen by decorating their graves and reciting prayers.
On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.  The date of Decoration Day, as Logan called it, was chosen because it did not conflict with the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, Congressman James Garfield (a former Major General in the Union Army who would later become the 20th President of the United States) made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.  [Take the time to click here to read Garfield’s speech.  It is as applicable today as it was 150 years ago.]
Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and continued the tradition in subsequent years.  By 1890, Decoration Day was an official state holiday in most Northern states.  Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.  Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, subsequently evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.
As you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, I encourage each of you to remember the fallen with grateful hearts and a determination to serve others.  As President John F. Kennedy said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - May 22, 2018 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - May 15, 2018

Our weekly meetings are often chock-a-block full with announcements, birthdays, special recognitions, fines & happy dollars and, of course, great speakers.  With our commitment to end meetings as close to 8.30am as possible, sometimes we have to shorten a segment here or there to complete the meeting on time.
As Club President, I receive many thank you notes and letters from those we serve in our local community and around the world.  And, I try to read as many of these at our meetings as possible.  But, sometimes our jam-packed program does not allow me to read every letter aloud.
This week, I received several thank you letters that had accumulated over time with Diana Frain - the very able assistant in the office of Chris Wills who actually generates the checks sent to our project beneficiaries.  As you will see, some of these letters were received some time ago.  But, the passage of time does not diminish the sense of gratitude that comes through each and every one.  Follow the links below to see the impact of your contributions in our own backyard and around the globe.
Thanks to each and every one of you for the generosity of your time and treasure to Make A Difference in so many lives.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - May 15, 2018 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

PETS Training at DeSales University

Cindy Hornaman, Gary Rohrbach, Burt Duren, Rick Zayaitz, Steve Gould, Lexa Shallcross and Jim Palmquist visited DeSales University this past Saturday morning for Rotary District 7430 Assembly Training.  There were meetings, speakers and breakout sessions on several Rotary topics.  A tasty lunch was served and many thoughts and ideas were surfaced.  A main theme of the day was Rotary is embarking on a new era and faces change and challenge as our International Membership is aging out.  Rotary as a whole needs to become creative and open to new ideas for new members as Cindy Hornaman, District Governor Elect 18-19 announced a never before seen or accomplished goal to establish 5 new Rotary Clubs in our District.  Hold on to your boot straps Rotary as change is in our future.  That change is in our hands as the results are up to us!

PETS Training at DeSales University 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Christopher Greb - The Macungie Ambulance Corp

A huge thank you to Christopher Greb, 20 year Operations Manager of Macungie Ambulance Corp for visiting The Emmaus Rotary Club last week.  Chris delivered a fantastic overview and history on the The Macungie Ambulance Corp and how this organization has advanced since the late 50's.  Chris also gave a crash course on current day CPR and dispelled the previous historic mentality of how someone can help someone in cardiac distress.  Hope to see you again Chris.
Christopher Greb - The Macungie Ambulance Corp 2018-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You to Swedish RFE Hosts

"Thank you!" to the all of the Emmaus Rotary families who hosted our guests from Sweden on the Rotary Friendship Exchange: Burt & Donna Duren, Cindy & Chris Hornaman, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin & Mike Orbin, Dawn & Jim Palmquist, Dee Eng & Gary Rohrbach, and Dina & Rick Zayaitz. 
Special recognition goes to Dee & Gary for chairing the RFE program for District 7430.  Coordinating all of the hosts, activities, meals, transportation with three area clubs is no easy task.  But, Dee and Gary did a terrific job! 
Thanks to everyone for representing our club and District in such stellar fashion and, most importantly, making our guests feel so welcome.  Well done to all!
Here's a close up of the banners which we received at last Thursday's club meeting.
Thank You to Swedish RFE Hosts 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - May 8, 2018

The winners of District Governor Rick Gromis’ Make A Difference Day (“MAD”) photo contest were recently announced at the District Conference.  And, DG Rick’s latest newsletter also included the winning entries.  There were four categories: (1) Having Fun at a MAD Day, (2) MAD Day Service Project, (3) MAD Day Rotarians Making A Difference, and (4) Best in Show.
I’m very happy to report that photos submitted by Emmaus Rotary Club won three of the four awards! 
Here’s the winner in the Service Project category which was captioned: “How many Rotarians does it take to plant a tree?”
And, here’s the winner in both the “Having Fun at a MAD Day” and “Best in Show” categories which was captioned: “'The Rotarians Main Street' - Playing on The Beatles Abbey Rd cover photo”
For the winning entries in the Service Project and Having Fun Categories, District 7430 will donate $50 each to The Rotary Foundation in the name of Emmaus Rotary Club.  And, for winning the Best in Show, District 7430 will donate $100 to The Rotary Foundation on our club’s behalf – a total of $200 to support doing good in the world!
Emmaus Rotary owes a debt of thanks to Jessica Freeh, a professional photographer and friend of John Chisca, who captured these images (and many others) on our Make A Difference Day projects last September.  I would also like to thank John for captioning and submitting the photos to the District – all in compliance with DG Rick’s strict requirements.
The service projects undertaken by all of you on MAD Day truly made a difference in the lives of many in our community.  It is wonderful that the spirit of fun and fellowship we shared that day was captured in these winning photos.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - May 8, 2018 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

Swedish Exchange Program a Hit!

Quite a turnout for last Thursday's Swedish Exchange Program.  Introductions and life stories were made, club flags exchanged and awesome fellowship was abundant.
Sue's View!!! ...from the piano bench....
Swedish Exchange Program a Hit! 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - May 1, 2018

Well, it seems spring has finally arrived.  The forsythia has been in bloom for a few weeks.  But, now, most of the flowering trees and many flower bulbs are in full bloom, too.  With spring comes new energy.  So, it’s a good thing we have so many events in the life of our club over the next few weeks to which that renewed energy can be directed.  Here are a few highlights:
  • The Rotary Friendship Exchange team from Sweden will be our guests at our May 3 breakfast meeting.  Come early to introduce yourself to the six couples visiting from District 2380 in Southern Sweden and hear their presentation.
  • We will gather at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden after our May 3 breakfast meeting to install a brick in memory of our friend and Past President Larry Wingard.  Let’s have a strong showing of support for Ginny as we honor Larry’s memory.
  • The Community Service committee is leading a clean-up project on Saturday May 5 from 10.00am to noon at the Knauss Homestead.  Please refer to the details in the separate article below.
  • Our club will be hosting a Kentucky Derby themed fellowship event at the Lower Macungie Township Building on Saturday May 5 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.  Expect plenty of fun, food and drink (I hear there will be mint juleps) as we enjoy trivia contests, crazy Derby Day hats and watching the race.  The Swedish RFE team will be our guests of honor.
  • The District 7430 Training Assembly will be held on Saturday May 12 from 8.00am to 1.00pm at DeSales University.  Optional Rotary grant training will follow from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.  This is a great opportunity to learn from other leaders, find inspiration, get new ideas, meet old friends and gain new friends.  Officers, board members and committee chairs are urged to attend.  The club will cover the cost of your attendance.
  • If you are unable to attend the Training Assembly, you won’t want to miss the inaugural Emmaus Rotary Motorcycle Poker Run at Alburtis Community Park.  This event kicks off with registration at 8.30am and the motorcycle ride will occur from 9.00am to noon.  At 12.30pm, bikers and non-bikers will gather at the park for a party featuring food catered by Mission BBQ and entertainment by Sarah Ayers and James Supra band.  All proceeds from this event benefit Keystone Warriors, a local organization serving area veterans.  See the separate article below for more details.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - May 1, 2018 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - April 24, 2018

Do you recognize the gentleman in the above photo?
Does it help if I tell you he was Rotary International President in 1954-1955 – Rotary’s golden anniversary year?
How about if I told you he was once the President of Club Aluminum Products in Chicago?
Still stumped?
Meet Herbert J. Taylor.  I would wager very few Rotarians recognize Mr. Taylor’s name.  But, nearly every Rotarian is familiar with his work.
Got it now?  Of course, Herbert J. Taylor is the author of Rotary’s Four-Way Test.
For Rotarians, the Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. In what we speak, think and do, Rotarians have a responsibility to continually ask…
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Test‘s four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders. 
This Thursday morning, we will hear from the two Emmaus High School students who participated in District 7430’s Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  The topic of each speech is left up to the student, but it must include a practical application of all of the four points of the Four-Way Test.  It’s always interesting to hear the unique ways that students apply the Four-Way Test in their speech.  And, this year will be no exception.  I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning.
Yours in Rotary,
PS – If you would like to read more about the history of the Four-Way Test in Herbert J. Taylor’s own words, click here.
President's Message - April 24, 2018 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Jim Martin, Lehigh County District Attorney Visits Emmaus Rotary

Jim Martin who has been Lehigh County District Attorney since 1998, first appointed by County Commissioners then elected five times since, has been Lehigh County's longest serving DA in Lehigh County history.  Jim has an impressive conviction record obtaining 247 of 253 criminal homicide cases brought to trial.  He has prosecuted over 100,000 adult criminal cases since 1998.  Jim explained the RICK program his department and the County have developed and endorsed which is a database of criminal activity helping local law enforcement cross reference crimes and save valuable time.  See the entire presentation on YouTube.  Thanks Jim for visiting.
Jim Martin, Lehigh County District Attorney Visits Emmaus Rotary 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Bob Krause Receives Paul Harris Award 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

A visit from PA Gaming Control Board

The Emmaus Rotary Club had a fantastic program last week.  Dante Santoni, Board of Commissioners and Doug Harbach, Director of Communications from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg presented very interesting information on the history and progress on gaming in Pennsylvania.  The program inspired many questions from our club.  Gaming in Pennsylvania has generated Billions of Dollars to our state.  Dante and Doug briefed us on how some of those funds have been appropriated.  Check out the full presentation on YouTube!
A visit from PA Gaming Control Board 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - April 17, 2018

I'm repeating my President's Message from a few weeks ago to encourage as many Emmaus Rotarians as possible to attend this year's District Conference.  Registration is still open.  I hope you will make plans to attend!
Have you ever attended a Rotary District Conference?  When considering past conferences, many have said the cost was too high, the location was too far away, and attendance required a significant time commitment - and for some conferences that may well have been true.  District 7430 Governor Rick Gromis decided to do something about these objections with the 2018 District Conference which he is hosting on Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29.
Location: The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing which is just 30 miles southwest of our Brookside Country Club meeting location – practically in our own backyard.  This is the first time the conference has been held inside the District in many years. 
Cost & Time Commitment:  DG Rick is providing an a la carte approach to pricing and attendance.  If you wish to attend the entire conference, the fee is $199.  But, if you prefer to attend on Saturday only, the cost is just $99.  For those who can’t do either, you can attend the “Best of the Wurst” session on Friday night for just $60 which will feature a local craft beer tasting, lots of brats & a German-themed dinner, entertainment and the opportunity to experience the fellowship and networking with District Rotarians from 45 clubs covering five counties.  Of course, if you choose to stay over in Wyomissing, your financial commitment will be higher due to lodging costs.  But, attending on Friday or Saturday not only eliminates that cost, but also reduces the time away from home.
I haven’t even mentioned the fine program that DG Rick’s committee has planned.  The theme of the conference is Leadership, Youth Programs & Fun.  There will be two headline speakers: Mitty Chang is the founder of Candeavor, a marketing and web design agency in the Silicon Valley.  More importantly, Mitty began his Rotary life as an Interactor in 2005, started two Rotaract clubs during his university years and eventually served as a Rotaract District Governor.  Mitty will be speaking about attracting Millennials into organizations like Rotary.  Go to to learn more.   The second headliner is Michael Angelo Caruso, past president of the Troy, Michigan Rotary Club and the Immediate Past District Governor in District 6380.  Michael is an internationally acclaimed speaker who focuses on teaching others to communicate more effectively.  Learn more at
As if this is not enough, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet Rotarians from throughout the District and several plenary sessions with inspiring local speakers.
I know many Emmaus Rotarians are planning to attend some or all of this year’s conference.  Won’t you join us?  To learn more, go to
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - April 17, 2018 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Burt Duren Presides Over His Final Club Assembly as Emmaus Rotary Club President 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - April 10, 2018

Last week, I saw a picture of the button at the top of this message and was struck by its simple message.  It is easy to think the impact of our individual contributions is limited.  But, every life-changing idea is the product of one person imagining how they can help someone else and taking action to make it happen.

Of course, when individuals seeking to impact their community join with like-minded friends and neighbors, “so much” more can be accomplished.  At its core, that is the essence of Rotary.

I am so proud of each of you and the efforts you have put forth to serve our community and club so far this Rotary year.  At last week’s club assembly, we looked back on the work done from July 2017 through March 2018 and highlighted the events scheduled for the last quarter of the 2017-2018 year.  You can access a copy of my PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

Thanks very much to all of you for contributing your time, talent and treasure to the work and fellowship of our club.  Collectively, our individual efforts truly are Making A Difference.

Yours in Rotary,


PS – The District 7430 Executive Committee is asking clubs to approve clarifications its Procedures and Guidelines on the handling of District Conference cash flow requirements.  We will take a vote to approve these clarifications at this week’s meeting.  Click here and here to read the proposed clarifications.
President's Message - April 10, 2018 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates International Women's Day

The Emmaus Rotary Club had quite a program last Thursday celebrating International Women's Day and honoring two very exceptional women. A huge "thank you" to Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, who hosted the successful celebration, and her committee. (She is pictured immediately below this text.) 
Debra Geiger, a Bethlehem Rotary club member, and Jennifer Kunes, one of the founding family members of Lily's Hope, were honored at ERC's First International Women's Day with an award from the Emmaus Rotary and a proclamation from the House of Representatives and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for their outstanding accomplishments. (Geiger is pictured below in the gold jacket, receiving awards from club president Burt Duran and Kunes is in the group photo with family members and her daughter Lily for whom the 501c foundation is named.)
Club member John Chisca also presented Lily's Hope with $601.50 raised recently under the umbrella of the  March of Dimes fundraiser and awareness program that John and his wife Deb Chisca have worked for since starting the Ethan and Owen Mightly Miracles Team several years ago. 
Rotary Celebrates International Women's Day 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - April 3, 2018

Happy April, everyone!

This week, we begin the final quarter of this Rotary year.  As is our tradition on the first Thursday of each quarter, our meeting this week will be a Club Assembly – and my final time to lead an Assembly as your club president.

Once again, we will review progress toward the goals established at the beginning of this Rotary year.  I’ll also highlight plans and events for the remainder of the year.  Importantly, we will reserve time for comments and suggestions from all of you.  While time is short to implement new ideas this year, I’m sure President-Elect Rick, First Vice President Steve & Second Vice President Lexa will appreciate your input as they contemplate their upcoming leadership roles.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday morning!
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - April 3, 2018 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - March 27, 2018

Our club will be celebrating International Women’s Day at this week's meeting.  Our celebration will occur three weeks after the official International Women’s Day on March 8, but Mother Nature decided to dump several inches of snow on our area resulting in cancellation of our meeting that day.

As part of this year’s event, Deb Geiger of Bethlehem Rotary Club and Jennifer Kunes Driscoll of Lily’s Hope Foundation will receive our club’s inaugural International Women’s Day Celebration Awards.  These two outstanding women will be honored for their impactful service and have the opportunity to speak about their work in our community.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since 1911.  It continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies and drives action for gender parity while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. 

As most of you know, Rotary did not admit female members until the late 1980's.  But, the organization has come a long way in the last thirty years.  Of today’s 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide, about 250,000 are women.  These women are from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.  They demonstrate teamwork, persistence, determination, creativity, enthusiasm, generosity, self-confidence and compassion.  And, they are tireless advocates for education and new opportunities for children, youth and young adults.

Current Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley has called upon Rotary clubs to seek even more diversity in their membership, including improving the gender balance. In his address at last year’s Rotary International Assembly, Riseley noted that 103 of the incoming 539 district governors for the 2017-2018 Rotary year were women “who will help Rotary connect with, and represent, and better serve, all the members of all our communities.”

I want to thank Alicia Ruiz-Orbin for suggesting an International Women’s Day Celebration for our club over a year ago.  Alicia and her committee - comprised of Dee Eng, David Dunn and Rose Galeano-Phillips – have done an outstanding job in organizing this event which will be celebrated annually going forward.

I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s celebration on Thursday morning.

Yours in Rotary-

President's Message - March 27, 2018 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Past President Jeff McElhaney Presented The Presidential Citation Award

Past Rotary District Governor Linda Young presents Emmaus Rotary Immediate Past President Jeff McElhaney, Jr. with the Presidential Citation Award.  As President of the 2016-2017 Rotary year, Jeff and his club completed a set of criteria proposed by The President of Rotary International.  Jeff's theme as President was "Serving Humanity" and he certainly accomplished his goal as honored by this Presidential Citation. 
Congratulations Jeff and Emmaus Rotary Club!
Past President Jeff McElhaney Presented The Presidential Citation Award  2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

Philadelphia Police Chief DF Pace 

Chief Pace met Emmaus Rotary last week and presented his experience as being chosen out of thousands of applicants to serve as a Rotary Peace Scholar.  D is an attorney, a Member of The Philadelphia Rotary Club and currently heads the Philadelphia Police Department’s Court Evidence Unit.  His involvement in the Rotary Peace Fellow Certificate Program since 2011 has led him to travel to parts of the world where he learned about issues the Philadelphia Police Department was not equipped to handle. 
Watch his entire presentation on Youtube :
Philadelphia Police Chief DF Pace 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - March 20, 2018

Have you ever attended a Rotary District Conference?  When considering past conferences, many have said the cost was too high, the location was too far away, and attendance required a significant time commitment - and for some conferences that may well have been true.  District 7430 Governor Rick Gromis decided to do something about these objections with the 2018 District Conference which he is hosting on Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29.
Location: The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing which is just 30 miles southwest of our Brookside Country Club meeting location – practically in our own backyard.  This is the first time the conference has been held inside the District in many years. 
Cost & Time Commitment:  DG Rick is providing an a la carte approach to pricing and attendance.  If you wish to attend the entire conference, the fee is $199.  But, if you prefer to attend on Saturday only, the cost is just $99.  For those who can’t do either, you can attend the “Best of the Wurst” session on Friday night for just $60 which will feature a local craft beer tasting, lots of brats & a German-themed dinner, entertainment and the opportunity to experience the fellowship and networking with District Rotarians from 45 clubs covering five counties.  Of course, if you choose to stay over in Wyomissing, your financial commitment will be higher due to lodging costs.  But, attending on Friday or Saturday not only eliminates that cost, but also reduces the time away from home.
I haven’t even mentioned the fine program that DG Rick’s committee has planned.  The theme of the conference is Leadership, Youth Programs & Fun.  There will be two headline speakers: Mitty Chang is the founder of Candeavor, a marketing and web design agency in the Silicon Valley.  More importantly, Mitty began his Rotary life as an Interactor in 2005, started two Rotaract clubs during his university years and eventually served as a Rotaract District Governor.  Mitty will be speaking about attracting Millennials into organizations like Rotary.  Go to to learn more.   The second headliner is Michael Angelo Caruso, past president of the Troy, Michigan Rotary Club and the Immediate Past District Governor in District 6380.  Michael is an internationally acclaimed speaker who focuses on teaching others to communicate more effectively.  Learn more at
As if this is not enough, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet Rotarians from throughout the District and several plenary sessions with inspiring local speakers.
I know many Emmaus Rotarians are planning to attend some or all of this year’s conference.  Won’t you join us?  To learn more, go to
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - March 20, 2018 2018-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - March 13, 2018

Most of us find public speaking a bit intimidating.  And, writing words that will be read by many others can be just as daunting.  For that reason, I really admire people who have the gift of speaking or writing in a meaningful, eloquent manner and with words that I remember long afterward. 
Maybe that’s why I am a collector of quotes.  Some are famous, some less well known.  But, all are memorable. 

I thought I would share some of my favorites with all of you this week.  Hopefully, at least one of these will be new to you and cause you to think about yourself or those around you in a different way.  Enjoy!

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

“Service is the very purpose of life.  It is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” – Marian Wright Edelman

“The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Unknown
“Individually, we are one drop.  Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect.  You just have to care.” – Mandy Hale

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Unknown

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Yours in Rotary,

President's Message - March 13, 2018 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Doug Reichley Classification Talk

All Judges must be time worthy!  As you see here Doug prepares himself to keep the time!
Our Honorable Judge Douglas G. Reichley joined Rotary to fill time and give back.  Now that he is a Lehigh County Judge of The Court of Common Pleas, Doug has more time to do the things he enjoys.  Most important, he is interested in being part of something in the community, not running the community.  From Attorney to State Representative to Judge, Doug gave us a history of his school days, early career transitions, family, parents, garlic agriculture and more.  Doug is interested in learning more about Dementia and Alzheimers disease as these ailments have hit close to home.  We are proud to have Doug as part of our Emmaus Rotary Family as he compliments our great club.  Great job Doug!
Doug Reichley Classification Talk 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - March 6, 2018


We’ve all heard the old adage about the month of March: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”  With the high winds of last week’s nor’easter, the lion was certainly roaring!  I know many of us were without power for at least part of the weekend (if not longer).  Not sure about you, but I’ve had more than enough of March’s lion, thank you very much!

But, as the man says on TV: “Wait! There’s more!”  As I write this, forecasters are predicting a significant snow event on Wednesday.  The Executive Committee will make a call on whether or not our Thursday morning will go on as planned as soon as possible and announce our decision via email.  Much will depend on when the storm ends and whether our members and the honorees for our International Women’s Day Celebration can travel safely to Macungie.  Stay tuned!

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - March 6, 2018 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - February 27, 2018


March will be a busy month in Emmaus Rotary Club and District 7430.  Here are some of the activities and events that you won’t want to miss:

  • Judge Doug Reichley will be our speaker on March 1 as he presents his classification talk.
  • The Emmaus Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest will take place on March 1 at 2.45 pm at Emmaus High School. Please support the contestants if you can attend. 
  • Our club will recognize two outstanding area women as we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.  Thanks to Alicia Ruiz-Orbin and her committee for coordinating this event. 
  • Enjoy an evening of exciting Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey as they take on Binghamton on Sunday March 11. The puck drops at 5.05pm. Tickets are $31(which includes a $5 food voucher). Please contact Bruce Ruggieri for more information. 
  • We are collecting packages of instant potatoes for the Angel Network’s Easter food basket project. Please contribute to our effort to collect 150 packages to benefit needy families in the East Penn area. Collections continue through our March 15 meeting. 
  • Past District Governor Linda Young will be on hand at our March 15 meeting to present the 2016-2017 Rotary International Presidential Citation to Immediate Past President Jeff McElhaney. Emmaus Rotary is one of just five clubs in the District to earn the award for 2016-2017.
  • Make your plans to attend Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday March 17 in King of Prussia. Learn more about Rotary.  Engage in interactive discussions with and enjoy the fellowship of Rotarians who make a difference in their communities. Your participation is guaranteed to make Emmaus Rotary stronger (and the Club pays your fees to attend!).
  • Put on your dancing shoes for the District 7430 Foundation Gala on the evening of Saint Patrick’s Day at Pinecrest Country Club in Lansdale. The evening will feature a fabulous dinner, reception for major donors, silent auctions and raffles, fellowship and loads of fun.  Did I mention you will be entertained by Irish step dancers, too? Come join this unique celebration for The Rotary Foundation!
  • I know many club committees are also planning meetings in the month of March as they continue to work on completing initiatives in our 2017-2018 strategic plan. Please join in with your committees to ensure we complete this Rotary year on a high note!

Yours in Rotary,



President’s Message - February 27, 2018 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rose Galeano Phillips - Classification Talk

Rose used her classification to talk about being the parent of two children with a rare disease. As she shared her incredible personal journey, we learned about the rare disease called Dyskeratois congenita. She helped start the non-profit foundation D C Outreach, Inc to support families by providing information, camp experiences, referral services and more.  If you missed last Thursday, or you would like to view Rose's classification talk again please take the time to view the youtube video @  We have quite an impressive and strong Rotarian in our club, however we never had an idea of how impressive and strong.  Thanks Rose for sharing and we wish you the very best in continuing this journey!
Rose Galeano Phillips - Classification Talk 2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Don Blose Inaugural Sergeant At Arms

Don Blose had his first day on the job this past Thursday!  Job well done Don!!!  Start collecting those fines.....
And our Sergeant At Arms Emeritus enjoys his breakfast as he should for all the years he served!!!!  Thanks Dale!!!
Don Blose Inaugural Sergeant At Arms  2018-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Tax Talk by Club Treasurer Chris Wills

The IRS is keeping Tax Professionals on their game.  Chris Wills gave us a taste of some of the changes occurring in the tax code.  A complicated and not all the time exciting subject, Chris did a great job explaining some tax changes that will keep all our attention on whats new.  A job well done Chris and thanks again for taking the time on short notice to present this information. 
Tax Talk by Club Treasurer Chris Wills 2018-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - February 20, 2018


Over the next two meetings, we will be treated to classification talks by Rose Galeano-Phillips and Doug Reichley.  It’s a little unusual to have classification talks in back-to-back weeks.  But, our last talk was last summer, so we have some catching up to do! 

Classification talks are a mainstay of Rotary and help members build better relationships with each other.  “Classification” describes the principal activity of the company or business with which a Rotarian is connected.  Each Rotary club strives for variety in the classifications of its members to ensure a well-balanced club comprised of members of many vocations.

It’s always interesting to hear from our newest members as they share about their vocation and personal histories, as well as why they joined Rotary, what they hope to gain from it, and what they hope to contribute.

Several clubs have started a new tradition called “reclassification talks” where long-time members do their classification talk a second time. After all, how many of us were members when Wilmer Schultz or Roger Whitcomb did their classification talk the first time, right?  Something for our program chair to consider? Sounds like a great idea to me.

In the meantime, we eagerly anticipate the classification talks over the next two weeks. Break a leg, Rose and Doug!

Yours in Rotary,



President’s Message - February 20, 2018 2018-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - February 13, 2017

As many of you know, Dale Dries stepped down recently as Sergeant-at-Arms of Emmaus Rotary Club.  Dale is facing some health challenges which will limit his meeting attendance going forward.  So, he feels this is the time to pass the baton to another member of the club.
After discussions with several members, the Executive Committee recommended and the Board of Directors approved the appointment of Don Blose as the next Sergeant-at-Arms of Emmaus Rotary Club.   The Board also approved the Executive Committee’s recommendation of Valerie Deneen as Don’s primary assistant.  Don will begin his new responsibilities at this week’s breakfast meeting.  Congratulations, Don and Valerie!
A few more words about Dale’s service over the years as Sergeant-at-Arms…  It goes without saying that Dale is an outstanding sergeant.  Like many Emmaus Rotarians, I always looked forward to the Fines & Happy Dollars portion of our meeting.  With his sharp wit and ingenuity for inventing fines, Dale always delivered a lot of laughs and, importantly, raised a significant amount of money for the club.  I’ve visited many other Rotary clubs throughout the USA and other countries and have never witnessed another sergeant like Dale.  He is truly a one-of-a-kind.
With that in mind, the Board of Directors has appointed Dale as Sergeant-of-Arms Emeritus of Emmaus Rotary Club.  This not only provides Dale with the recognition he deserves for being an outstanding sergeant for so long.  But, will allow him to continue to assess fines from time to time!  Congratulations, Dale!
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - February 13, 2017 2018-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - February 6, 2018

The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar because it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated as the World Understanding and Peace Day.  Rotary has also designated the entire month of February as World Understanding Month and asked all Rotary clubs to plan a special program to promote "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace."
In that spirit, I am looking forward to Jim Palmquist’s presentation this week entitled: “Could War End in This Century?”   A timely topic indeed!  For those of you who don’t know, Jim is an active member of the Rotary Action Group for Peace and is working with others in the District to promote projects in this important Area of Focus.  Jim has also facilitated our club’s involvement in a Global Grant partnering with Mediators Without Borders to train women as peacebuilders throughout South America. 
At an international level, Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley is using his presidential conferences in 2018 to explore the connection between peace and Rotary’s five other areas of focus plus environmental sustainability. By focusing on the areas where Rotary does its most significant work, the series seeks to:
  • Elevate Rotary’s status as a global leader in each area of focus
  • Demonstrate The Rotary Foundation’s impact on our causes
  • Educate and inspire participants to increase their Rotary service
  • Provide an opportunity for members and nonmembers to explore project partnerships
The first of these conferences on Environmental Sustainability and Peace will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this weekend.  Over 1,000 Rotarians and guests are expected to attend.  Through connections I made at the RI Convention in Atlanta last June, I facilitated an invitation for Maria Rodale to speak at this conference.  With her family’s heritage as pioneering the organic movement in this country and its linkage of healthy foods with healthy soil through the work of the Rodale Institute, Maria’s participation seemed a natural fit.
The other RI presidential conferences  are as follows:
  • 17 February – Water and Sanitation and Peace, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 24 February – Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace, Coventry, England, United Kingdom
  • 17 March – Economic and Community Development and Peace, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 28 April – Maternal and Child Health and Peace, Taranto, Italy
  • 2 June – Basic Education and Literacy and Peace, Chicago, Illinois, USA
We can all be proud of our contributions to Rotary’s work around the world in promoting understanding and goodwill as essential elements for world peace.  It is humbling to recognize that we are all peacemakers when we touch the lives of others.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - February 6, 2018 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Joint Rotary & Interact Meeting at Emmaus High School

Thursday, February 1st, the Emmaus Rotary Club and the Interact Club at Emmaus High School held a joint meeting.
After a dinner of pizza and opening ceremonies, President Burt Duran introduced the Interact Club faculty advisor who brought up the Interact club president who spoke briefly about several service projects the 100 member club has undertaken this school year. She noted that playing bingo with Senior residents at Mosser is a favorite activity. Jason Bowen, last year's first place winner of the 4 Way Test speech contest, encouraged others to join him in the competition this year. 
President Burt Duran invited graduating seniors who have been active in the Interact Club for 2 years or more to apply for Emmaus Rotary Club scholarships. Forms will be available from Interact advisors and the guidance office the week of February 26th. Completed applications are due back by March 28th at 2:30 p.m.  In addition to Interact club membership, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate a passion for community service.
       From Rotary's Timeline: 1962 - the first Rotary Interact Club was formed in Melbourne, Florida, USA
He also encouraged rising seniors, the current club juniors, to consider attending Camp Neidig this June. Emmaus Club member Gary Rohrbach will attend a future Interact meeting to give details about this four day weekend, leadership development camp. 
Burt then introduced Tony Moyer who is our club liaision to the Interact Club to present the evening's activity....painting little libraries which will be placed at each of East Penn School District's 7 elementary schools. Interact students raised $500 toward the purchase of the prefab, unfinished little libraries.  The total cost for seven boxes was $1,827 with a 10% discount. Emmaus Rotary paid the balance due.
The little libraries were painted Rotary "blue" and will feature logos from both Interact and Rotary. Children and families will be able to take a book home and/or leave a book for others. Look for them this Spring. 


Joint Rotary &amp; Interact Meeting at Emmaus High School 2018-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - January 30, 2018


I hope all of you are planning to attend our annual joint dinner meeting with the Emmaus High School Interact Club.  The meeting replaces our normal weekly breakfast meeting and will begin on Thursday February 1st at 5.30pm in the EHS Cafeteria.

In the first part of the meeting, we will hear from the EHS Interact officers about their activities.  We will also the terrific opportunities offered through our youth programs including Camp Neidig, the Four Way Test Speech Contest and our club-sponsored Scholarship Program.  All of this will be taking place as we enjoy a pizza supper courtesy of Mike Lahanas. 

During the second part of the meeting, the students will be painting and decorating seven Little Libraries which will be installed later this year at each of the elementary schools in the East Penn School district. The above photo is an example of a Little Library project between a Rotary Club and an Interact Club in Vincennes, Indiana.  Our Little Libraries project is a joint service project of our two clubs inspired by Youth Committee Chair Dr. Anthony Moyer and Interact Faculty Advisor Samantha McFarland. If you are interested in participating with the students as they paint and decorate, please bring a smock to protect your clothes.

See you on Thursday!

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - January 30, 2018 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Smooth On Wows Emmaus Rotary Club

Emmaus Rotary experienced a real treat last Thursday at Smooth-On in Lower Macungie Township.  After a brief meeting and breakfast at the companies training and seminar wing, owner Trey Bianco gave our club quite a tour.  To learn more about Smooth-On, visit their website at

Mind Blowing Materials for
A World of Applications®

Established in 1895, Smooth-On, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of silicone rubbers, polyurethane rubbers and plastics, rigid and flexible urethane foams, epoxies, polysulfide rubbers, adhesives, coatings, release agents and other material technologies. Our production facility is located in Macungie, Pennsylvania marking the third time the company has moved its operations in its 120th year history.
Formerly occupying 80,000 square feet on 8 acres in Easton, PA, Smooth-On’s new building is more than 370,000 square feet (34,400 square meters) on a 30-acre campus and includes new and fully equipped production, warehouse, lab, training and office areas.
Smooth On Wows Emmaus Rotary Club 2018-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows Honored

Last week Bill Erdman and Jim Palmquist presented 13 Paul Harris Awards to Emmaus Rotarians.  Gary Guthrie and Don Blose were presented with their first Paul Harris and 11 others where honored with +1 or more.  

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

Congratulations to Gary Guthrie, Don Blose, Steve Gould, Ann Peaslee, Don Seagreaves, Eileen Prokop, Ceil Birdsell, Ron Stocker, Mark Erle, Lexa Shallcross, Burt Duren, Eric Loch and Dale Dries.  Dale was unable to attend and was missed by all.

The Rotary Foundation is the major way Rotary Clubs around the world support our humanitarian work. Every Rotarian is encouraged to contribute to the Foundation by giving $100 a year. This is called EREY or Every Rotarian Every Year. If you have been sending the change from your twenty dollar bill down to the EREY table when you sign -in, you are on your way to being awarded a Paul Harris recognition for contributing $1,000 to the Foundation.




Paul Harris Fellows Honored 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - January 23, 2018

The February 2018 edition of The Rotarian magazine arrived at my house about a week ago.  This monthly publication is always full of inspiring and informative stories. But, this month was exceptionally good with its emphasis on the theme of peace.  If you haven’t taken the time to browse through the stories, here are a few that I recommend to each of you:
  • Jimmy Carter’s Vision for Peace – An interview with the 39th U.S. President discusses his humanitarian work in the 37 years since he left office
  • Migration Challenges Inspire Peace Fellow – Q&A with Rotary Peace Fellow Linda Low and her study of the connection between the environment and peace
  • Axes of Kindness – Short article regarding an incredibly unique fund raiser by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia Happy Hour (great name, right?) to benefit the New Day Center – a Salvation Army-sponsored drop-in center that helps women and girls being trafficked for sex
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - January 23, 2018 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Help Staff 4 Way Test Speech Contest lex 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Club Dues Are Due 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Matthew Goerke - Memory Switch

Matthew Goerke

matt goerke

American Memory Master

Creator of The Memory Switch Program

Emmaus Rotary was "wowed" in 15 words this past Thursday.  An impressive presentation indeed.


2)Light switch








10)Bowling ball






Matthew Goerke is regarded as one of America’s leading experts in the field of Memory Development. He has shared with thousands of business professionals from all walks of life the techniques for developing an instant recall memory with results that can only be described as amazing. Matthew has worked with such well know speakers as Zig Zigler, Ed Forman,Vic Conant and Tony Robbins. He has trained executives from corporations including AT&T, Prudential, Exxon,Wells Fargo, Merck Pharmaceutical and Coldwell Banker, and government agencies such as the United States Postal Service and the Defense Department. Matthew has also had a tremendous impact in educational settings, having personally trained thousands of students and teachers at all academic levels.

Matthew is the developer of the “Memory Switch Program” the most utilized program of its kind ever developed and for that reason is a sought after guest and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows.

His live workshop entitled “The Memory Switch” will instruct people in the new advances in memory technology as well as help them gain insight into how these methods are in direct alignment with helping people achieve both business and personal goals.
“There is no such thing as a bad memory just an untrained one.”

Matthew Goerke - Memory Switch 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - January 16, 2018

This week, the leaders of Rotary International are gathered in San Diego for this year's International Assembly. In addition to the RI Board of Directors and senior officers, all of the 2018-2019 District Governors are on hand for this meeting - including our own Cindy Hornaman. 
I received a text from Cindy on Monday morning with the message "You saw it here first!".  She attached a photo of incoming Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme for 2018-2019: "BE THE INSPIRATION".
Later on Monday, Rassin spoke to the assembled DGEs about the new theme.  “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 
Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming DGs must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”
The need in our local community and all over the world is so great.  But the power and reach of Rotary makes such a huge difference in the lives of many every day.  Let's commit ourselves to Mr. Rassin's vision to "Be The Inspiration" for unity, for taking the actions necessary to create lasting change and to make the world a better place.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - January 16, 2018 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Lily's Hope...Successful Drive lex 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - January 9, 2018


Many thanks to those of you who braved the snow and cold to attend the Club Assembly last Thursday.  This was our first meeting in the second half of Rotary's fiscal year (which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).  In my presentation, I reviewed the changing roles among club officers and highlighted upcoming club, district and international events. I also presented a mid-year progress report on key goals in the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan.  I used red check marks to denote goals on which progress has been good and red upward-pointing arrows to indicate goals on which more work needs to be done. Click here for a copy of the Club Assembly PowerPoint presentation and our mid-term grades.

I ended the Assembly with some terrific news.  I announced that our club has completed the necessary requirements to earn both the Rotary International Presidential Citation and the District Governor Citation for this Rotary year.  This is a testament to the hard work and focus exhibited by all of you during the first half of 2017-2018.  It is a remarkable achievement to earn both awards in only six months. Thanks very much to each and every member for your awesome level of engagement and commitment!

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - January 9, 2018 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - January 2, 2018


Happy New Year 2018!  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season with friends and family.  It feels great to start fresh with a brand new year and everything it promises for all of us.  

In Rotary, January 1st is actually the half-way point of our operating year. So, while are counting the blessings of the past calendar year, we are also seeking to finish our Rotary year on a high note by achieving as many of our goals as possible.  

This week’s club assembly is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the club’s success during the last six months and to focus our attention on the what lies ahead of us in the coming six months.  See you on Thursday morning!

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - January 2, 2018 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas from Naughty and Nice 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Roger Whitcomb on American policy in Russia

                Roger's picture from his early days at Kutztown University.
Roger took the time out of his busy schedule to bring us up to date on his thoughts on Russia and Putin today.  He gave some interesting ideas about Putin and what the world thinks of him today.  However Roger believes that we as the western world need to take some responsibility for the way that Putin is acting on the world stage today.  Roger explains that while Putin was rising to power the Russian people a proud people were subject to decolonization, De- Add to dictionary,  De collectivism, few societies have ever undergone such a transformation in such a short period of time.  Result of all this change along with economic destabilization it produced an angry society.  Yeltsin turned to the West for help received a lot of theory but no monies to back the theories.  Putin was the person that could change the landscape.  In 1998 there was a severe economic downtown in Russia, giving Putin the ability to rise in the Russian world.  Yeltsin handpicked Putin.  In 1999 Yeltsin came on to TV gave an emotional speech describing his tenure in his Presidency. 
         The event that gave Putin his power was the war in Chechnya.  Putin proved he could stop the De Colonization of Mother Russia.  Dr. Roger Whitcomb did an incredible job of explaining why Putin and Russia are where they at today. 
Please see Roger's who Speech on You Tube to be available in two weeks on Emmaus Rotary You Tube. 
      If you have some interest in what Roger had to say please take a moment and read his book  "The Cold War in Retrospect: The Formative Years". 
Dr Whitcomb spent 34 years as a Political Science Professor at Kutztown University. He has also spent considerable time traveling back and forth to Russia where he lectured at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.  He spent considerable amounts of time doing research in the archives of the Former Soviet Union.  Today Roger is Retired and spends a lot of his time traveling with his wonderful wife. 
Roger Whitcomb on American policy in Russia 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Our favorite servers at Brookside

Burt took time out of our busy Holiday meeting to present a token of our Gratitude to our gracious Thursday morning servers at
Brookside.  Robert and Taylor take extremely good care of our club and we are very appreciative of their hard work and dedication
to the Emmaus Rotary Club.  Along with Burt and the executive team and all of our members thank you to a great Front of the House team along
with their counter parts that produce the delicious breakfast each and every Thursday morning at Brookside.  Thank you!!!
Our favorite servers at Brookside 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Rotarians A Capella

Thursday was an interesting morning.  With snow around us I was welcomed with an e-mail from the school that there was a 2 hour delay.  This means that the A Capella group from Emmaus High School would not be joining us.  The School has rules about students driving themselves to events.  The A Capella group was cancelled.  However Burt being the creative thinker that he is suggested we do our own A Capella singing group with the Rotarians that made the meeting.  In front of the Christmas tree at Brookside and under the tutelage of the famous piano player, Sue Straeter along with the wonderful voices of Carl Frantz, and JP we did our best.  Burt led the group and I hope Santa was listening because there are a few of us that are hoping Santa could do his magic and give us a singing voice for Christmas.  Most importantly we had fun.  I do hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season.  I will leave you with a picture of our President leading our group of magical Rotarians through our meeting Thursday morning.  You can see the intensity in his eyes. See you Thursday morning.
Emmaus Rotarians A Capella 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - December 19, 2017

For those of you who missed last week’s meeting, you were in good company. A number of members decided to avoid slippery roads caused by the overnight snowfall. And, as a result of a two-hour weather delay in East Penn School District, the Emmaus High School Select Chorale was unable to perform. 

For those of you who braved the elements, we enjoyed a relaxed time of sharing and singing holiday songs. This was actually a rare luxury as we often need to rush through the normal volume of club business, announcements, happy dollars/fines, etc. to leave ample time for the speaker. 

One element of last week’s meeting deserves special mention. We recognized the long-time service of Ray Schumaker as club secretary. For many years, Ray has done a yeoman’s job maintaining membership and dues records, recording the minutes of board meetings, coordinating club elections and so much more. As Sue Straeter said last week, Ray holds much of the “institutional memory” of our club which has been invaluable to me and other club leaders. In appreciation for his service, the club presented Ray with a gift and the next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition (PH+2). 

Ray will be succeeded by Jim Palmquist effective January 1, 2018.  Thank you Jim for stepping up to this role. You have big shoes to fill, but we are confident you will do a terrific job and look forward to working with you in the future. 

Yours in Rotary,




President’s Message - December 19, 2017 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Embrace your dreams

he First Tee Lehigh Valley attended the Sugra Memorial Tournament
Embrace Your Dreams HomeEmbrace Your Dreams HomeEmbrace Your Dreams Home
he First Tee Lehigh Valley attended the Sugra Memorial Tournament
Embrace Your Dreams HomeFred Keller executive Director and Ray Dandrea Program Director for "Embrace your Dreams" took time out of their busy schedules to come and speak at our club meeting last week.  "Embrace your Dreams" consists of two parts; one being the First Tee Program and the other the New Jersey Tennis League (NJTL) tennis program. 
         The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum is divided into three levels, starting with Par (for beginners) and progressing through Birdie and Eagle.  The Par level focuses on the fundamental communication and self-management skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal-setting. The Eagle level gives participants advanced instruction and practice on mastering Par and Birdie level skills, as well as additional topics, such as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning.
         The NJTL Life Skills Curriculum is also divided into three levels—Game, Set and Match.

         The program supplies the kids with everything they need to be successful in the program.   Coaching is the most important step in providing effective education in the sport and in life.  Both the First Tee and the NJTL look to give every young person the opportunity to learn important life skills.  Skills we may take for granted, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Courtesy, Honesty, and play using a set of rules.  The young people have these opportunities afforded to them because of Fred and Ray's willingness to get coaches, staff and many many volunteers to come out and help the children become responsible citizens.  The program is working but in the Northeast because of the weather most of the programs are directed in the summer months.  This means that throughout the year these kids may lose some of the things they learned and need to readjust the next summer.  Fred and Ray are working on a way to get the kids to have activities after school in a new facility they acquired with help from the City of Bethlehem. 

          In this old warehouse they can keep teaching year round.  The youth are provided with all of the equipment they need to learn the sport they choose to be in.  Gold clubs, balls, gloves, bags, tees etc are all provided along with tennis rackets, and balls for the NJTL program. 

          If you would like to see the entire program please go to Emmaus Rotary on You Tube and you can listen and watch the entire program from last week courtesy of John Chisca.  If you would like to volunteer or become a coach or just see what "embrace your Dreams" has to offer please go to their website

Embrace your dreams 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - December 12, 2017


The holiday season is upon us.  Homes are decorated with beautiful Christmas trees and colorful lights.  We had our first snowfall last weekend. The local all-holiday music station is playing favorites from Nat King Cole to The Beach Boys and Mariah Carey.  And, I’ve even heard a few silly Christmas jokes...  

Do you know the Four Stages of Life?

  1. You believe in Santa Claus
  2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus
  3. You are Santa Claus
  4. You look like Santa Claus (#4 hits a little too close to home for me!)

This week’s program at Emmaus Rotary Club is another great holiday tradition.  For the fourth year in a row, we’ll be entertained by the Emmaus High School Select Choir as they perform several musical selections of the season in their unique a cappella style.  Under the direction of Rita Cortez, this talented choir performs all over our area during every holiday season.  And we are very fortunate to have them with us once again. Please invite friends and family to attend with you this week.  I guarantee these talented young people will uplift your spirit and leave you with several tunes that you will have the joy of playing over and over in your mind over the next few weeks.  See you on Thursday!

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - December 12, 2017 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - December 5, 2017


Rotary International has assigned a theme to each month in the Rotary year. We just completed Rotary Foundation Month in November.  In December, Rotary focuses on Disease Prevention and Treatment.  

Disease results in misery, pain and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is such an important part of Rotary’s mission. Rotarians combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and, of course, polio. And while prevention is important, Rotarians carry out many projects emphasizing health education and delivering routine hearing, vision and dental care.

With the support of The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians have achieved amazing results in disease treatment and prevention such as:

  • Providing clean water: Rotary has worked with partners to provide more than 80 percent of Ghana’s people with clean water to fight Guinea worm disease.
  • Reducing HIV infection: Rotary members are helping women in Liberia get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies. Through prenatal care, new HIV infections in children were reduced by 95 percent over two years.
  • Ending polio: In Rotary’s signature project, members around the globe have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Those efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola.

Obviously, disease does not prevent itself. Your gifts to The Rotary Foundation support hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time. In this special time of year when we celebrate the giving and receiving of gifts, I hope you will join me in making a special contribution to The Rotary Foundation to support educating and equipping communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases.

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - December 5, 2017 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Lisa Wolf Opiods and their effect on our population

Our Approach
       Lisa Wolf is the Director of Prevention for the Center for Humanistic Change.  What an interesting concept Lisa explained during her presentation on Thursday morning.  Opioids such as Oxycodone, Tramadol etc are being prescribed by physicians for people who have just come out of surgery to relieve the effects of pain.  But what happens after the pain is gone but the enjoyment of the pain killer is not.  This was part of her presentation.  Opioids are expensive but Herion is not expensive but can have similar effects on the human body. 
      She told the story of three young people of which two were Athletes.  The athletes had minor surgeries and the teenagers were prescribed pain medication to help with the pain.  Eventually the pain went away but the addiction for the pain killer did not.  Both of the athletes and the other teenager died from an overdose.  Some of the overdose was from what the heroin was laced with (Fentanyl).  Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug equal to 50 times one dose of morphine.  It is used in surgeries in very small amounts.  Black market drugs, such as Heroin are laced with this drug and make them more powerful on the human body.  Probably what happened to these three individuals from what we were told. 
        Lisa's talk helped us understand one of the ways to counter act this new wave of Heroin in our society is through education.  Educate our most vulnerable populace our children.  However, heroin addiction is not limited to any social or economic group.  The best way the Center for humanistic change has found to combat heroin and other addictions is through education of not only the children but the parents, police, and the judicial system. 
Lisa Wolff
Lisa is a graduate of Lehigh University and DeSales University where she received her Masters in Education.  Center for Humanistic change is CHC is dedicated to the philosophy that people learn best by doing. They are grounded in the humanistic approach to education, which means they believe that learning is most effective when it engages the whole person--head, heart, and hands. 

Their programs focus on helping people of all ages learn to make healthy decisions and increase their resiliency for managing change and life's challenges. Their educational philosophy has its roots in four major disciplines:

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Group Dynamics
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education

CHC's holistic, humanistic approach to education engages the whole person. They strive to help people develop their mental, emotional, and behavioral abilities to the fullest. CHC programs are dynamic--Their participants learn through discussions, role-plays, art and writing projects, and other activities.

Humanistic education emphasizes the link between what is learned and how it applies to daily life. "Humanistic change" is the process of developing our personal assets and strengths, and using them to make conscious, responsible choices in our lives.

If you would like more information please visit the website for the Center for Humanistic Change:

Lisa Wolf Opiods and their effect on our population 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message - November 28, 2017


I trust everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Donna and I went to our house in the Virginia mountains for an extra long weekend visiting with our son and daughter-in-law and their friends. I also spent the better part of two days on the business end of a leaf blower clearing our yard and quarter-mile long driveway of this year’s leaf fall. Moving leaves is very different from my “day job” - it’s more labor intensive, but also provides loads of time for quiet thinking surrounded by natural beauty. I look forward to next year!

Two quick reminders about this week’s meeting: 

#1: Our speaker will be Lisa Wolff from the Center for Humanistic Change. Lisa leads the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) program for the Center. I suspect most of us have friends, family members or acquaintances who been affected by the opioid crisis in some way. I look forward to learning more from Lisa. 

#2: The board of directors will meet immediately following Lisa’s presentation. Committee leaders: please be prepared to make a short report on the work of your teams (or forward a short summary to me before Thursday if you prefer).  Of course, members are welcome to attend board meetings as guests anytime. 

See you on Thursday.

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - November 28, 2017 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Africa VTT

Thursday morning was an event.  The Vocational Training team that traveled to Africa had a few moments to tell us about their experience.  This was one of the first VTT for secondary school ever undertaken by Rotary.   The focus was science and social science curriculum.  Melissa and Michael the teachers from East Penn that had the enviable position of having two weeks in Zambia in the town of Emufa (Em FU eA).  The group traveled with over 1000 pounds of equipment, and their own clothes.  They showed us their wonderful and eventful morning drive to school every day that went through one of the most animal rich parks in the world.  Lions, Giraffe's, Elephants, Birds, Cheetah's etc.  I think you get the picture.  Along with beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  You can  see the you tube presentation at Emmaus Rotary you tube.  (Half of it anyway.  My half is getting there)  Below are some pictures taken during the trip.  
In the pictures above you can see the school, Cindy giving a talk at the school and the expansiveness of the daily items Melissa and Michael used to help educate the students with science.  Also a picture of the animals present in the park on the drive back and forth to school.  Please watch the You Tube presentation to her what Michael and Melissa have to say about their adventure into Zambia. 
Africa VTT 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - November 14, 2017


In this season of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to count our blessings and to raise up those in need.  One way to  help others is to contribute to our club’s fund raising efforts for ShelterBox.  Many lost their homes due to recent hurricanes and floods and ShelterBox has provided much needed help as the victims begin the process of rebuilding. Click here to learn more about current relief efforts by ShelterBox around the world. Each ShelterBox costs $1000.  With your gifts so far, we have almost raised enough funds to fund two ShelterBoxes. We will be passing the basket at Thursday morning’s meeting for the last time in this funds drive, so please be prepared to give generously.  Please make your checks payable to the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation.

Yours in Rotary,


PS - Don’t miss this week’s fellowship event at House & Barn (1449 Chestnut St, Emmaus) on Wednesday November 15 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The event will feature a cash bar and the club will provide light snacks. We held a similar event at House & Barn last year which members really enjoyed. Thanks very much to Fellowship Committee co-chairs Bryce Ruggieri & Valerie Deneen and your entire team for organizing this event. Hope to see many of you on Wednesday evening! 

President’s Message - November 14, 2017 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Emily Knudson and her new normal

      September was Cancer awareness month for Childhood Cancer.  Our programs were booked and we had to wait until November to hear and learn more about childhood cancer and its effects on a local family.  Emily Knudson was a former employee of mine when I owned he Emmaus Bakery.  Her Father Andy Werner Partner of Chris DePaolo was my accountant.  Andy and Maggie his wife were so proud of their first grandchild Jack.  Jack was his life.  All he could talk about, Emily's and Howie's first child.  Emily and Howie met at Northeast University where both of them received their Master's in Children's physical therapy.  Just a little about Emily's and Howie.  Jack, William and their adopted daughter Mimi were a family.  Jack was 4 years old.  He was having trouble with his clothes.  Both parents are in Health care.  They knew they needed to see the Dr right away.  An airlift from LVHN to CHOPS in Philadelphia.  As she describes the helicopter ride I was in a helicopter with three healthy children.  Jack was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.  After an operation on an inoperable tumor, some of the tumor was removed. 
      Jack survived the operation, they had to try to do something because Jack was stroking.  The Dr. was not even certain Jack was going to survive the original operation.  After three days in Intensive care Jack was on a long road to getting better.  He is now 14 and the cancer is still there.  He goes to school every day.  But Emily and Howie and William and Mimi never know what tomorrow will bring.  Their new normal.  Jack has some difficulty with his sight, his sight is half gone, his right side is compromised, but Jack is a trooper.  Jack as Andy says is a very special child.  He makes everyone happy.  Jack will be entering high school next year in the Southern Lehigh school district, and trying out for the track team shot putting, yes he is that special.  The coach was a little apprehensive but after talking with his teachers who said to the coach "you would love to have 100 kids with the heart, passion and focus" that Jack has. 
       One of the most difficult things they had to endure as parents was the time they had to spend with Jack.  Both of the other children, William and Mimi were not getting the attention that Emily knew that they deserved.  A really tough problem for Emily and Howie.  If you ever have the chance to meet Emily you will understand.  She is a barrel of energy and full of love for her family. 
      Emily is still figuring out her new normal with the help and understanding of her family.  Howie, William, and Mimi are all on board with their brother.  If you missed the program, it will be up on you Tube in approximately two weeks.  It is a story worth watching and listening to.  Pictures will be available there. 
Emily Knudson and her new normal 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

President’s Message - November 7, 2017


November is Rotary Foundation Month.  It has been said that the Rotary Foundation is the engine that enables Rotarians to do good in the world.  And, in last week’s note, I urged all members to contribute at least $100 to the Foundation during the 2017-2018 Rotary year.

I am really looking forward to Thursday morning’s program because we will hear about an amazing project led by our club which was made possible by a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation.  Of course, I’m speaking about the Vocational Training Team to Mfuwe, Zambia which was comprised of Emmaus High School teachers Melissa Montero and Mike Mihalik, as well as our own Cindy and Chris Hornaman.  The goal of the VTT was to enhance curriculum and teaching techniques for physical science and social studies at the secondary school in  Mfuwe.  

On Thursday, the team will share their experiences of traveling to Zambia and their work with the administration, faculty and students.  And you will better understand how your gifts to the Foundation are creating lasting change in the lives of students, teachers and families in one small corner of Africa. You don’t want to miss their presentation!

Yours in Rotary,


President’s Message - November 7, 2017 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0


Can you believe we’re down to the last two months of 2017?  Tomorrow we flip the calendar to November – known throughout the Rotary universe as THE ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH.

The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary - a non-profit that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world.  Its sole mission is to support the efforts of Rotarians in the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national and international humanitarian and educational programs in our own back yard and around the globe.

The Rotary Foundation was created a century ago by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution in 1917 of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City to over $4 billion in total contributions. The Rotary Foundation made its first grant of $500.00 to the International Society for Crippled Children in 1930, and to this day, it continues to “do good in the world” in the name of Rotary.

Past President Paulo Costa said: “Rotary International’s masterpiece is The Rotary Foundation. It transforms our dreams into splendid realities . . . it is the most generous expression of Rotarian generosity - a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind. The Rotary Foundation achieves the best that mankind can possibly achieve.”

Every year, we ask our members to donate to The Rotary Foundation.  If you are able, we ask that you give at least $100.  Of course, larger gifts are welcomed, too.  So far this year, 47 of our 90 members have donated to the Foundation, and 32 of the 47 have donated at least $100.  Total donations by our members to the Foundation’s Annual Fund thus far in the 2017-2018 are $8,093 which leads all clubs in District 7430.  Because of your generosity, we are well on our way to exceeding our Annual Fund goal of $20,000 for this Rotary year.

WHAT CAN YOUR $100.00 DONATION TO THE ROTARY FOUNDATION DO? Your $100 donation to The Rotary Foundation can help provide textbooks for one elementary school in Zambia, provide a hearing aid for a deaf child in Pakistan, buy de-worming tablets for 112 children in the Philippines, pay for cataract operations for three blind people in India, or provide 230 blankets for the elderly in the winter months of Korea.  WILL YOU COMMIT TODAY TO A GIFT OF AT LEAST $100 AND START MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES?

Yours in Rotary,

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - OCTOBER 31, 2017 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Lehigh Valley Real Estate Steve Gould & Pete Adams

This morning we had the pleasure of having Steve Gould and Peter Adams sit in at the last moment to give a detailed report of where the Lehigh Valley's Real Estate market is and where these two experts believe it is headed.  Steve is one of the founding partners of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Valley Partners in Emmaus along with his wife Renee, Carl Billera and his father in Law Gordon Schantz.  Steve has been in the real Estate business for over 15 years.  His understanding of what is happening in our area is second only to his father in laws.  Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Valley Partners was just voted the 18th fastest growing business in the Lehigh Valley up from 25th in 2016.  Steve gave some statistics on the inventory in the Lehigh Valley in the fall of 2017.  He based this presentation on his perspective from his presentation from 2012.  2012 was a tough year for the real estate market.  He stated that a lot of the small and medium sized builders went out of business.  The real estate market was a buyers market, in 2012, prices were down, Mortgage rates were down, perfect time to buy.  Moving onto 2017 a great year to buy and a great year to sell.  Mortgage rates are low, inventories are the lowest in his real estate career.  The Millennials are the ones buying property in our area.  They do not want to mow grass and they are not interest in renovations, they are wanting a move in ready product.  Steve explained that new construction has different zoning and engineering requirements then they did just 5 years ago which makes building a lot more expensive than 5 years ago. 
          Prices are holding right now, FHA loans are the most popular loans right now....3.5% down with PMI.  Sellers assist is an important part of the home buying process today.  Home pricing are holding their own creeping up at around 2% per year as an average.  Average price for a home selling in 2017 in east Penn was around the $248,000 mark with a median of $220,000.
          Pete had a few seconds to discuss the Commercial market in the Lehigh Valley.  He described the trials and tribulations of the emerging market in Allentown.  Office space is renting at about $15 per square foot depending on Gross or triple net leases.  Pete's personal opinion is that the commercial real estate market is healthy at this time.  Downtown Allentown...we should have a feel in about 5 years if everything is working for Real Estate in the Allentown area.  We can all see the warehousing market that is moving along the I 78 corridor and extends from Easton to below Cabela's. 
          The You tube video will be up in about two weeks and you can listen to what Steve and Pete had to say.  Again thank you to Pete and Steve for stepping in when we needed them to.  Please see Steve or Pete if you have any real estate questions with respect to his presentation.
Lehigh Valley Real Estate Steve Gould &amp; Pete Adams 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - October 24, 2017

Are you a fan of the movies?  My wife and I are definitely cinephiles.  In many years, we have seen all of the films nominated in the six major Academy Award categories (Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress & Director) before Oscars night.  Whether it’s a film at the local theatre or streaming on Netflix or Apple TV, we love seeing great stories brought to life on film.
I am writing this on October 24, otherwise known as World Polio Day.  To bring attention to its global eradication efforts, Rotary is promoting the film Breathe.  This is a film I’m really looking forward to seeing.  Starring Andrew Garfield (Academy Award nominee for his role as Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge) and Claire Foy (Golden Globe winner for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown), Breathe is the true story of Robin Cavendish.  Robin contracted polio in Kenya in 1958.  Almost immediately, he was paralyzed from the neck down and confined to a hospital ward.  He needed the assistance of a breathing machine to stay alive and was told he would not survive more than a few months.  With the help of his wife Diana and a groundbreaking invention by one of his friends, Robin not only escaped the hospital, but lived a full and passionate life - raising his son, traveling the world and devoting his life to helping other polio patients.
At the heart of this movie about polio is a celebration of positivity, bravery, and human possibility - a theme which struck a chord with Andrew Garfield. At the film’s opening at the London Film Festival earlier this year, Garfield said “Robin Cavendish fought for value of life. He fought to make life meaningful and not just survive it, but to live a rich and connected life. Out of such loss and suffering, [Robin & Diana] created such joy, and that’s just an inspiration for all of us.  What I saw in their story was a template of how to live. How to live a life of meaning with the inevitable loss incorporated into one’s life.”
As Rotarians, we are all engaged in the same fight for the “value of life” championed by Robin Cavendish.  Our service on community projects right here in the East Penn area, as well as participation in the End Polio Now initiative and other projects funded by The Rotary Foundation, enables us to “live a life of meaning” and to help others “live a rich and connected life.”
Maybe I’ll see you at the theatre when Breathe comes to our area.  In the meantime, take a moment to watch the trailer by clicking here.
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - October 24, 2017 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Installment of New Members and perfect attendance members

Thursday morning we had the pleasure of JP and his committee inducting 4 new members into our club.  Each new member has a sponsor and their sponsors had a few minutes to introduce each new member and tell a little story about them.  Bruce Fosselman introduced the first new member Richard Ward.  Bruce works with Rich's wife in the office of Lower Macungie Township offices.  Rich works as a Senior Vice President of Alliance Advisors in New Jersey.  In June Rich was appointed to the Lower Macungie board of Commissioners.  He served on several Lower Macungie Township Committees before taking on the responsibility of commissioner.  The second member to be inducted was Elijah Ngugi.  Elijah could not make the presentation but Nelly, Elijah's sister and sponsor had a few words to say in his absence.  Elijah was born in East Africa, he is studying to be a minister following in their father's footsteps.  He has a Masters in Clinical Counseling and he is presently practicing counseling today.  He wrote a book "The Eagle that refused to dance with the chicken".   Our next inductee is not new to the club but she has been traveling with her husband Gary Rohrbach on many Rotary trips through out Gary's career in Rotary.  Dee Rohrbach worked for Gary's Tree service until her retirement last year.  Gary, her husband and Cindy Hornamann were co sponsors for Dee for membership.  Ceil Birdsell had the pleasure of introducing her new member Kelliann Herman.  Kelliann is currently employed by LVHN, and has been for the past 35 years.  She is a senior specialist (student Affairs) in the department of education.  She is responsible for Student affairs with regards to LVHN's partnership with the University of South Florida.  She coordinates transitioning students from the select medical student program of USF. 
         Bob Rust presented new member pins.  Don Blose gave out tee shirts to the new members and Valerie Deneen explained the 4 way test.
        JP had the pleasure of presenting perfect attendance pins to a number of Emmaus Rotary members.  Our first members are new perfect attendance receivers.  This included Jeff McElhaney, Cindy Hornaman and Don Blose.  Burt Duren has 4 years perfect attendance, Fred Herman has 5 years, JP has 11 years, Dale Dries has 45 years, and Wilmer Schultz who has 67 years of perfect attendance.  Please take a moment and introduce yourself to the new members and thank the perfect attendees for their service to the Emmaus Rotary Club. 
Installment of New Members and perfect attendance members 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Check Presentation Macungie Ambulance Corps

Gary Guthrie had the pleasure of presenting a $3500 check to Chris Greg Operations manager for Macungie Ambulance Corps.  He actually brought in a Stair Chair for everyone to see what our contribution was used for.  The Stair chair is used to move people up and down stairs.  This particular chair will be in service as of this Thursday.  The Chair is actually powered to make the climb or descent on any set of stairs more convenient for the patient and the corps person. 
Check Presentation Macungie Ambulance Corps 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Remembrance Gardens

Imagine a visionary group (Emmaus Vision 2000) of individuals in 2000 on borough council.  Roger Whitcomb (On Borough Council), Mike Waddell (would be elected to Borough Council), and Tom Gettings.  As Roger says a labor of love getting groups of individuals together that developed ideas and strategies to improve lives in Emmaus.  Early on Mike took an unexpected trip to see his Dad in Hawthorne Nevada. In Hawthorne Mike saw a rose garden dedicated to the people in this small community.  There were 900 roses planted in memory of its town and the people that lived there.  Mike kept his pictures (as we all did back then) in a box where old pictures stay until someone has a chance to look through them or accidently threw them away.  While thinking of and developing ideas as a team of volunteers Mike remembered his trip to Nevada and dug out the pictures.
Mike, Tom and Roger looked at several spots in Emmaus to see where the placement of the garden would be.  The Emmaus Borough and the team of three decided on and asked the Borough to use a plot of land at the Knauss Homestead.  The Borough Council agreed and gave them a lease on the property for 25 years and as Roger states for the Princely sum of $1.00 per year.  The first meeting took place in 2003.  Roger, Mike and Tom spent time going to businesses and leaders such as Brent Peters (Pres of East Penn Bank), the Rodale family, and many others, along with Air Products where they met with Tim Holt who promised the committee $15,000 over three years and as Mike said he received the check in a lump sum and Air Products was happy for the committee to keep it and use it immediately. 
Borough council was instrumental in helping both financially and with support of some borough services.  Mike, Roger and Tom with a support team of volunteers, along with business plan, their architectural plans all agreed they would not break ground until they had $50,000 in hand.  The dream was realized and ground was broken.  The Garden had several different walkways, one for Veterans, one for Families, etc.  Anyone can support the garden by purchasing a brick and having it placed in the Emmaus Remembrance Garden.  To date they have placed over 600 bricks dedicated to volunteers, families and Veterans because someone wants to memorialized with a living memory.  Please some photos below or go to the remembrance garden website for more information.
Tom Gettings is a Marine (never former if you are a Marine), Roger a Veteran was the first Veteran speaker at the Garden.   If you have a chance please help with our Garden clean up or support the Garden with the donation of a brick for a loved one or a family member or someone you know that may have served or are serving now.   Please give Mike and Roger your thanks for all they do in our community.
Emmaus Remembrance Gardens 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - October 17, 2017

Many of you have probably seen the announcements from Rotary International about World Polio Day on October 24.  RI will host a webcast from the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at 5.30pm Eastern Time (you can watch the event live by clicking on this link).
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the Gates Foundation’s chief executive, will discuss this year’s progress with attendees including Rotary members, Gates Foundation staff and supporters, as well as the audience watching worldwide via livestream. Only 11 new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported so far in 2017 - all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Other speakers will include Jay Wenger, director of the Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts; Dean Rohrs, vice president of Rotary International; wrestler John Cena and singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage, Rotary polio ambassadors; Ade Adepitan, a Paralympian and polio survivor; and Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor at Time magazine overseeing science and health reporting.  Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield, stars of the upcoming movie “Breathe,” and director Andy Serkis will also speak. “Breathe” is based on the true story of a polio survivor who became an advocate for others.
Locally, District 7430 held its own polio-themed event this past Saturday.  The 7th Annual Yvette Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Walk took place at Lehigh Carbon Community College with over 120 Rotarians and friends participating or volunteering at the event - including seven from Emmaus Rotary Club.  Race participants and walkers heard inspiring remarks from Carol Ferguson from Doylestown Rotary just before the race.  Carol was one of three polio survivors on hand for the event.
Emmaus Rotary participated as a club sponsor at the $1,500 level.  Special thanks to those of you who collectively contributed $400 to sponsor me in this event!  A total of $28,000 was raised through the generosity of several corporate sponsors, race fees from participants, contributions from thirty-five D7430 Rotary Clubs, and support of participants' sponsors!  This is a substantial increase over the $17,500 raised at last year’s event.  With the 2 for 1 match from the Gates Foundation, this year’s $28,000 amount will be tripled to $84,000 which will fund vaccinations for over 110,000 children! 
We are so close to eliminating this dread disease once and for all.  Thanks again for your generous support!
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - October 17, 2017 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - October 10, 2017

As we head into the fourth quarter, there are many ways members can Make A Difference through the work of our club.  In the month of October alone, members can:
  • Bring food donations for the Emmaus Food Bank to this week’s meeting (one week later than normal due to Ralph Lewis’ travel schedule).  Cash gifts are welcome, too.
  • Donate dishwashing liquid for the Angel Network Food Baskets to be distributed to East Penn families for Thanksgiving.  Collections will continue through Thursday November 9.
  • Participate in the club’s fundraising efforts for ShelterBox.  With many boxes already deployed for the victims of the recent hurricanes and flooding disasters, ShelterBox is looking to replenish its stock.  We collected $135 at last week’s meeting and will continue to pass the basket at every meeting through November 16.  The need is great, so please respond generously.
  • Plant trees in partnership with The Wildlands Conservancy on Saturday October 28.  Gary Guthrie is coordinating this event in which 25 to 30 trees will be planted in the Berger Street area of Emmaus.  RI President Ian Riseley has challenged all Rotary clubs to plant one tree for every member before Sunday April 22, better known as Earth Day.  When combined with the eleven trees planted in Camp Olympic Park on Make A Difference Day, this event could bring our total to 41.  With 90 members, we will have more work to do to reach RIP Ian’s goal.  But this will be a major step forward!
  • Donate candy for the Miracle League Trick or Treat night on Wednesday October 25.  Bob Halsey will be collecting candy at the next two breakfast meetings.  Cash gifts also welcome.
  • Participate in the Yvette Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K/Fun Walk on Saturday October 14 where all proceeds go to Rotary’s End Polio Now project.  If you can’t run or walk, please consider sponsoring me!  Through your generosity, I’ve already collected over $200 for this great cause.  Remember, the Gates Foundation is providing matching gifts of two dollars for every dollar raised for polio eradication.  So, this is a terrific way to get major bang for your buck (plus you earn Paul Harris credit for your gifts).
  • Assist with “security” at the Emmaus Halloween Parade on Saturday October 21.  Erich Loch is coordinating this event which requires 8 to 10 people to walk the parade route between the different divisions.  Volunteers will wear the club’s new reflective yellow vests.
I hope all of you will participate in at least one of these opportunities to Make A Difference this month.  Thank you for your service and generosity!
Yours in Rotary,
PS – Here’s the link to last week’s Club Assembly presentation (apologies for the poor quality of some of the images in this PDF version of the presentation).  Thanks to all of you who commented at the meeting and via email.  More to come on the banner discussion at a later date. 
President's Message - October 10, 2017 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Chemists Without Borders Ankit Shastri

What you see here is a well being dug in Bangladesh.  Ankita Shastri  a graduate of Parkland High School, graduate of Boston University, and a Post Graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in Chemistry.  She started volunteering for Chemists without borders in 2015.  Her first position was to develop and write a grant for arsenic contamination in the drinking water of Bangladesh.  Wells in Bangladesh which were dug in and around the 70's were called tube wells.  However after the building of the tube wells they found that Arsenic was present in at least 68% in the water wells.  the number of public wells built were around 10 million and private wells numbered around 1 million.  Arsenic poisoning takes about 10 years to actually show itself in physical disabilities in humans and up to 20 years to actually have the possibility of killing someone.  The tested wells contain at least 10 times the amount of Arsenic the WHO (World Health Organization)says is allowable with some wells having over 25 times the allowable amount. 
         Chemists without borders volunteer to educate local communities and the young high school students, to first learn how to test the wells for Arsenic.  What CWB is trying to do is start with high Schools and address the high levels of Arsenic by building new wells near the high schools.  The reason being easy education for the youth, but also a place where the public can come and get their drinking and cooking water for their homes.  This project is in its infancy and slowly being implemented in a small area of Bangladesh.  Their are over 163 million people that need cleaner drinking water.  CWB are looking to get this project off the ground and then get it to all of the people of Bangladesh.  A formidable project but like our Polio project every project has to have a beginning.  Having Clean drinking and cooking water is the goal of Chemists without borders.
        Initially Local Rotary clubs in Bangladesh are helping to support the testing and digging of new wells.  Ankita is looking to garnish support for CWB from Rotary clubs around the area and the world.  FYI Arsenic is naturally occurring in the ground especially present in and around Bangladesh.  The you tube video will be up by the end of the week.  if you missed this presentation and would like to see it.... an e-mail will be sent with he link to the you for the Emmaus Rotary You tube video site.
Chemists Without Borders Ankit Shastri 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris recipients

Bill Erdman and Jim Palmquist were very pleased to welcome 3 Paul Harris Award recipients this past Thursday.  Gary Rohrbach, Jeff McIlhaney and Fred Herman all added an additional level to their Paul Harris Fellows.  When you receive your first Paul Harris Award each Rotarian in our club receives a lapel pin and a medallion.  When you add an additional Paul Harris Fellow a number is added to your Lapel pin.  Paul Harris plus 1 plus 2 etc.  Please remember any contribution to EREY is accumulated so anyone can become a Paul Harris fellow.  To Gary, Jeff and Fred thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris recipients 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - October 3, 2017

Over the last month, we have all seen news reports of the devastation suffered in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean (particularly Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) from hurricanes, as well as a major earthquake in Mexico.  No doubt, many of you have friends and family who were affected by these tragic events.  Receiving less news coverage, but equally horrific is the flooding in Bangladesh where one-third of the country was underwater in mid-September.
Many of you have asked how our club can best help those affected by these natural disasters.  At last week’s board of directors meeting, it was decided that Emmaus Rotary would focus its assistance efforts through support of ShelterBox.
ShelterBox operates in partnership with Rotary International to assist people who have lost their homes due to conflict and natural disaster.  They supply aid in the form of ShelterBoxes which are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.  Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.  The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.  The cost of each ShelterBox is $1,000.
At this week’s Club Assembly, I will ask each of you to consider how you can Make A Difference by contributing to ShelterBox.  Each year, Emmaus Rotary budgets $1,000 to support ShelterBox.  In years when revenue has exceeded expectations, we have doubled this amount.  Rotary District 7430 recently announced that it will donate funds for one ShelterBox for every $5,000 contributed by individual Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs, or Rotaract Clubs within the District between August 25, 2017 and December 1, 2017 (up to a maximum of five).   I am hopeful we will be able to leverage our collective generosity to generate at least one District match.
To learn more about ShelterBox, go to
Yours in Rotary,
President's Message - October 3, 2017 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

MAD and Emmaus Rotarians Embracing it

        What a week!!!  Did we make a difference in our community? I believe all of us would agree we did, and in the course of a few days we accomplished a few things: We informed the community of what Rotary is, we prepared 5000 meals, planted a number of trees, fed some important individuals at the Allentown Rescue Mission and leveraged our abilities to make a difference for some special people at the Miracle League. 
        A special thank you to some of the people that helped with this event.  Gary Guthrie and his committee did a famous job of getting this together.  From Tony Moyer and Karen Hobson on Thursday evening packaging 5000 meals for the Emmaus Food bank, to meal preparation Friday evening and serving the Allentown Rescue Mission.  Valerie, Karen and Emmaus Rotarians thank you.  John Chisca, Gary Guthrie and Emmaus Rotarians planted 11 trees at Camp Olympic.  Gary Guthrie and team cleaned up at The Hillside School making the grounds look amazing.  Last but certainly not least Bab Halsey put together a great team of Rotarians and Emmaus Interact students at The Miracle League to partner with a special group of individuals making their day a little more enjoyable.  Thank you to a great team of dedicated individuals helping out the Emmaus Community and beyond. 
MAD and Emmaus Rotarians Embracing it 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - September 26, 2017

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who took part in last week’s “Make A Difference Day” activities. From Thursday evening’s meal packing event through the five projects carried out on Saturday, my unofficial tally comes to over 210 hours of service delivered to our community!  It was awesome to see so many of you demonstrating “Service Above Self” with a never-ending supply of smiles.  

I am so proud of everyone who took part: our members, their spouses, kids and friends, youth from the Emmaus High School Interact club, and many who provided financial support.  I am particularly grateful to Gary Guthrie and all of the project captains for their hard work in planning and organizing each project. 

It was a terrific day to unite in serving the hungry, the disadvantaged, those with special needs and the environment and to “Make A Difference” in so many lives.  Thank you all very, very much!

Yours in Rotary,



President's Message - September 26, 2017 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Special Guest DG Rick Gromis

Thursday morning we had our annual meeting with our District Governor Rick Gromis.  Gary Rohrbach had the pleasure of introducing him and explaining that Rick is form the Reading area.  Rick is a 1975 college graduate and he joined Rotary immediately after graduation.  Rick's girlfriend's father at the time was a District Governor and Rick thought it would be a great idea to join Rotary.  Rick has two children - both Rotarians - and his wife is a former President of her Rotary club.  Rick began his presentation by fining Dale $5 because he could with the power of District Governor.  Rick took the time to congratulate us on our Golf Tournament.  Rotary is making a difference.  The theme is exactly what we do as Rotarians.  Membership is declining in the US.  Rick wants all clubs to do their best to increase membership and membership retention in all clubs.  We can do this by making all members connected.  People join Rotary for three reasons: Networking, Service and Fellowship.  Next he explained about the District conference "Take a Ride on the Reading" on April 27, 28 and 29.  It is an a la carte Rotary weekend where you can attend as much or as little of the conference as you like.  The cost for the entire day on Saturday will be just $99.  The Saturday night entertainment is Bill Haley Jr and the Comets.  Rick went over his thoughts for his Rotary year for Membership, Strategic Planning, and By Laws and they are current.  All in all, it was a fine meeting.  If you want to hear the whole meeting, it will be up on our You Tube page by early next week. 
Special Guest DG Rick Gromis 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - September 19, 2017

Can you believe the first day of fall is just around the corner?  The autumn equinox is Friday afternoon at 4:02PM… just in time for Emmaus Rotary Club’s “Make A Difference Day” on Saturday September 23.

I hope each and every Emmaus Rotarian is planning to participate in at least one of the six service projects being undertaken as part of MAD Day.  

To recap, the six projects (and captains) are:

  • Packing meals for local food bank - Dr. Anthony Moyer & Karen Hobson
  • Preparing and serving lunch at Allentown Rescue Mission - Melissa Schwartz
  • Light weeding and trimming at Hillside School - Gary Guthrie
  • Planting trees at Camp Olympic - Bruce Fosselman & Sal Verrastro
  • Serving as “angels” at Miracle League - Bob Halsey & Nicole Steirer 
  • Cleaning up roadside rubbish in Emmaus - John Chisca, Steve LaPierre & Jim Palmquist

We’ll provide more detailed information about each project at this week’s breakfast meeting. If you haven’t signed up for a project yet, please reach out to the captain(s) directly. We will have sign up sheets available at Thursday’s meeting, too. I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to serve our community!

If you’re physically unable to participate, consider attending one of the Miracle League games to cheer on the kids (and/or heckle the announcer!).  If you’re going to be out of town or have an unavoidable conflict, consider making a financial gift to help offset the costs of the projects. Any gift - large or small - will "Make A Difference.”

I want to thank Gary Guthrie and all of the project captains for their hard work in organizing and planning what I hope will become an annual event in the life of our club.

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - September 19, 2017 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - September 12, 2017


What a great day we had at our 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday September 11!  The weather was perfect and all participants enjoyed a wonderful day of fellowship and competition. Kudos to co-chairs Steve Gould and John Zayaitz for organizing and producing such an awesome event.  Thanks as well to committee members Mario Cozzubbo, Don Blose, Eric Loch, Bryce Ruggeri, Bob Rust, Nelly Kabiru, Lisa Spradlin, Dave Roehrig, Joe Pugilese, Jeff McElhaney, and Rory King for all of your efforts.  The funds raised through the golf tournament - including the silent auction, 50/50 and raffle for the trip to the 2018 Masters -  provide nearly all of the support needed for our local and international projects.  Congratulations to all for another successful event!

Reminder: This Thursday’s breakfast meeting will be the “official visit” by District Governor Rick Gromis to our club. The Governor’s visit is a very special occasion and an opportunity for members of the family of Rotary and potential members to learn more about Rotary. You are encouraged to invite spouses, friends and potential members.  Plan to arrive early for the meeting to greet DG Rick. He will meet with the Club Board and Committee Chairs immediately following the breakfast meeting. Interested members are also invited to attend.

Yours in Rotary,



President's Message - September 12, 2017 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Knauss Homestead

Gene Clock Former Rotarian and present President of the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society took a few moments to talk about the Knauss Homestead and where it is today.  Presently there is a board of like minded people trying to rehab the existing building and the barn.  What Gene explained in his presentation was any updating to the building had to be accomplished in a certain way because the building is listed on the Historical Registry.  Such as Painting the exterior has to be hand sanded and then can be hand painted.  No mechanical means can be used to clean the outside of the building.  Shutters need to be replaced which means wood shutters have to be manufactured to replicate the original shutters that were found on the building.  Gene went on to recognize the formidable task the society has in front of itself to complete some of the renovations to the home and the barn.  All in all the society needs about $150,000 to finalize the rehabilitation to the homestead.  I have placed the original deed to the property below to see what the tract would have looked like in the 1700's.  Today we get to enjoy the beautiful landscape which is dotted with the Emmaus Remembrance Garden which our club continues to enjoy taking care of once or twice a year.   Below is a chronological historical perspective of how the property was first settled until the late 20th century.  I do hope everyone enjoyed the presentation by Gene.  If you have a chance please stop by the Homestead and or the Emmaus Remembrance garden and enjoy the beauty Emmaus has to offer its residents and its guests. 


Heinrich Knauss built the log house behind the Superior Diner for his father, Sebastian Knauss in 1777. It remained in the Knauss family for 158 years, where seven generations of the family lived and worked.

Sebastian was one of the two men—the other being Jacob Ehrenhardt—who had given the Moravians a large tract of land to create their "congregational village," which they named Emmaus. For nearly 100 years, in order to live in Emmaus, residents had to be Moravians.

Today the homestead, which is open for tours by appointment only, is owned by the Borough of Emmaus, and operated by the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society.

The Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead is a beautiful parcel of land set aside to offer sanctuary and tranquility to those who visit. Individuals are able to purchase personalized commemorative bricks to permanently record the memories of special people, things, or events in their families’ lives within the community.

Emmaus Knauss Homestead 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Doug Brinker Classification Talk

        Another amazing story from one of our own.  Doug Brinker is a local born in Macungie and related to everyone (not really).  He started his picture presentation describing his experience at Camp La Jeune.  Doug graduated a year after his High School Class from Emmaus High School by taking a college English course and passing on another course.  After graduation he was driving his Mustang down Hamilton Street when his tire actually fell off.  He got out of his car saw the Marine recruiting station and asked the recruiter if he could get him out of town in ten days or less.  The recruiter asked him if he was in trouble and of course he was not but needed to get away.  Needless to say the Marines wanted to have him.  This did not make his Mom very happy but Doug finally found his way.  He wanted to be an MP and just like the service he ended up in the infantry.  During boot camp Doug broke his leg and did not tell anyone for three weeks because he did not want to redo Boot Camp.  He had his leg fixed and ended in a Recon Platoon.  Spent some time in Somalia and other countries protecting out country and our interests. 
         Doug eventually became an MP and did some interesting things.  He and his buddy decided that the Queen of England(because of a Meteor shower he was watching) needed their help so he under the influence of some Alcohol decided to drive to England.  However the Atlantic Ocean got in his way.  He put the Jeep in the Ocean making his superiors "extremely happy".  It sounded as if he really enjoyed the years he spent in the Marines. 
         Doug loves to Hunt and he loves his Motorcycles.  He lives a double life as a Financial planner by day for New Tripoli bank and Motorcycle enthusiast at night and on weekends.  He has three daughters and was recently re-married. 
         Doug's career had spanned 17 years in the Financial services industry.  He started at Edward Jones, left and opened his own business....sold it (still in operation today) and approximately three years ago started his career with New Tripoli bank and his office will be located on Buckeye road when New Tripoli Bank opens their location probably in Spring.  When you have a minute thank Doug for his service to our country and introduce your self. 
      We are trying to attach videos of our speakers and it will be coming soon.  Thank you for your patience.
Doug Brinker Classification Talk 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - September 4, 2017

Hello again from Sweden!

The District 7430 Rotary Friendship Exchange Team is on the last full day of our trip in the town of Vetlanda. Since last week’s letter, we visited the Tibro-Karlsborg area and the town of Eskjö where our activities included visiting a fortress, several manufacturing facilities (for furniture, plastic mobile device mounts, and aluminum products), the birthplace of Astrid Lindgren (famous author the Pippi Longstocking children’s book series) and participating in traditional Swedish folk dancing. 

All of our Rotarian hosts have been very warm and welcoming. We continue to make new friends and learn more about Swedish culture every day. For those of you considering participation in future exchanges, I highly recommend it!

After a few days in Stockholm following the RFE, Donna and I are heading home on Sunday September 10 - just in time for me to be back for the club’s Annual Golf Tournament at Brookside on Monday September 11. I know the Golf Committee has been working overtime selling sponsorships and Masters raffle tickets. But, it will require everyone’s best effort for the tournament to be a financial success.  Please help the committee by recommending potential sponsors, donating or obtaining merchandise for the silent auction and purchasing Masters raffle tickets.  

See you on September 11!

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - September 4, 2017 2017-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Robert McClarin Five Star Heart Training

Bobby McClarin a young Engineer who is a native of Bethlehem, PA saw an opportunity to help kids gain confidence, respect and self esteem through his team building exercises.  He grew up in the city's "West Side" neighborhood in a blue-collar family. Football was always his passion and playing at the Division I level was his dream. Having grown up watching the likes of Michael Stonebreaker and Ned Bolcar play for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he always envisioned himself running out onto the hallowed grounds of South Bend.  Admittedly, he was never the fastest athlete on the football field or the quickest on the basketball court but he possessed the intangibles, an unfathomable "will" and unmatched work ethic that would lead to his successes on and off the playing field. As a result of his academic and athletic success at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA, he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to attend the United States Naval Academy, earn a degree in engineering, serve his country, and play football at the Division I level. Prior to attending the Naval Academy, he spent two years at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI where he was initiated to the "Brotherhood" which serves as the cornerstone of Navy Football. Following his stint at NAPS, he went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a key contributor to Navy's football resurgence under Paul Johnson. While starting at middle linebacker for the Midshipmen, he was the recipient of many accolades to include the 2002 Admiral Mack Award, 2004 Roger Staubach Award, 2004 College Football News All-Bowl Team among others. However, the most rewarding accomplishment in his years while at Navy was making a decision with all his brothers to commit themselves to the "never outworked, 5-Star Heart" mentality as they took a football program from 0-11 in his freshman year to Emerald Bowl Champs in his senior year posting a 10-2 record.

Upon graduation from the Academy in May of 2005, he married the love of his life Kate in June. After tying the knot with Kate, they headed to Newport, RI. Bobby was selected by Navy's coaching staff as one of four players from their graduating class to coach at NAPS for the first six months of his military obligation. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life, for he knew coaching, inspiring, and mentoring was his "True North." Following NAPS, Bobby held a wide array of leadership roles as an officer in the United States Navy and Civil Engineer Corps to include surface warfare officer, ordnance officer, visit, board, search, and seizure officer, and lead construction project manager.  After serving his five year obligation, Bobby and Kate elected to move back to the Lehigh Valley and raise a family. Today, they are proud parents of three beautiful children, Lilah, Elizabeth ("Biddy"), and Tommy.  Bobby continues to volunteer his time as a coach for Upwards Basketball, the Hurricane Club, and the Greater Bethlehem Soccer League.  In 2014, Bobby  earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management from Moravian College.  Bobby is  currently employed by Air Product's spin off Versum Materials where he serves as an Operations Manager.  Bobby's love for football and passion for physical fitness as a NASE Certified Speed and Explosion Specialist inspired him to form Five Star Heart Training, LLC in 2014.  Establishing The Five Star Heart  Project in October of 2015 is his latest endeavor, an endeavor in which he hopes to affect the lives of many in a positive way throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. 

          His first summer project he had 15 football young men join him in learning how to be a Five Star Heart player and person.  In three years Bobby has grown the program to 200 plus young men in the area to become the best they can be in whatever they pursue in life be it football, engineering or carpentry.  Bobby donates his time and talents to help others become better young people creating better adults for our future.  He is looking into including a project for female athletes later this year of next but always keeping his eye on the "ball" to help motivate, educate and inspire our youth in their lives. 


Robert McClarin Five Star Heart Training 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - August 29, 2017

Greetings from Sweden!

The District 7430 Rotary Friendship Exchange Team arrived Saturday in Mariestad - the first of four towns we will visit during this Exchange. In this area, we visited the oldest church in Sweden, lunched in the former residence of the governor of Götaland, cycled 12 miles alongside the Göta Canal and were treated to an authentic end-of-summer Swedish smorgasbord. All of that (and more) on just the first three days of the Exchange!

Our hosts have been amazing and we have already made many new friends. It is a privilege to visit interesting sites and learn about the Swedish culture through the graciousness of like minded Rotarians.  I look forward to returning the favor when the Swedish team visits our District next Spring.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - August 29, 2017 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary exchange student Maya Kita

Maya spent one year in Besanton France.  She attended L'Ecole National D'Horlogerie de Mercanique d'Electricite high school.  She spent a lot of time in the town of Besanton.   There were 19 other exchange students in her region but approximately 500 other exchange students in France at the same time.  One of the most interesting things I took away from her talk was that each student always carried their national flag with them at all times.  The students exchanged pins, and took the time to write on each one's flags before heading home.  
          Maya found it interesting that when traveling from France to Switzerland there were not any customs, or borders patrols.  Her French improved tremendously through out her year with her two host families.  
          Maya brought both of her parents to Rotary breakfast to enjoy her presentation along with providing some interesting side bars.  
           France has a college based school program which starts at 8:30 am with a 2 hour lunch and evening dinner usually starting at 8:30 pm.  Every two months French h students have a two week break.  Lunch as was stated could last two hours where a typical French dinner with guests could last up to 6 hours.
           Maya discussed Christmas and explained that each  person put out their shoes Christmas eve and the presents were placed by their shoes waiting to be opened Christmas day.  
         She learned to enjoy French cheese with every dinner.  Maya explained that all Meals were very long.  She showed a lot of pictures of her town but more descriptions of food, tables with food, and tables set ready for food.  
         Her host family's father was a surgeon and her mother was a Psychiatrist.  Her first two week vacation was spent in Paris.  Her other vacation was with her other exchange students traveling to 7 other countries.  She did spend some time skiing in the Alps.  She enjoyed her time in France and thanked all off us for providing the opportunity to spend time in France.
A follow up email with video will be sent of her presentation.
Rotary exchange student Maya Kita 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - August 22, 2017


I have mentioned the upcoming September 16 session of Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) at DeSales University for the last several weeks during the announcements portion of our breakfast meeting.  Steve Gould has also featured RLI every week in the Trumpet.

Many of you may be wondering what RLI is all about and how you could benefit by attending.  RLI is a training program for members interested in:

  • increasing their Rotary knowledge, 
  • honing the leadership skills needed in a voluntary organization (which are often different from business leadership skills), 
  • learning from participants from other clubs and districts, and 
  • developing into more enthusiastic, creative and dedicated Rotarians.  

That describes all of us, right?!

Faculty are carefully selected from Rotarians with outstanding leadership abilities and prepared to conduct innovative course sessions which are typically limited to no more than 15 persons. Everyone is given an opportunity to participate during RLI sessions.  

RLI is divided into three parts. Part 1 includes modules on:

  • Leadership Insights, 
  • Purpose & Structure of Rotary, 
  • Ethics in Vocational Service, 
  • The Rotary Foundation, 
  • Member Engagement, and 
  • Creating Service Projects. 

Parts 2 & 3 feature sessions on such topics as strategic planning, communications and international service.  All course materials are outstanding and I guarantee you will make new friends at your session.  

RLI is designed for all Rotarians.  Longstanding members can gain just as much from attending as the newest Rotarian.  The club will pay the course fee for any member who wishes to attend. So, all that is required from you is an investment of your time.  

I’m sure all of the club members who have benefited from participating and serving as faculty for RLI join me in encouraging you to attend.  I’ll be at the September 16 at DeSales along with PE Rick and VP Steve. I hope many of you will participate as well.

Yours in Rotary,


President's Message - August 22, 2017 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Making a difference day And Foundation

Thursday morning Burt announced September 23rd as our make a difference day. There will be plenty for all of us to chose from.  Burt and Gary Guthrie are putting together at least four is serving a meal at the Allentown Rescue Mission (lunch), Sprucing up Hillside School, Miracle League (one game for certain possibly two games to help with Interact students for the second game), Meal packaging 5000 meals for the community.  Gary is still looking for a painting project with Lower Macungie (not Bruce Fosselman's home).   If for some reason you are not around this weekend in September please understand any financial contribution will be very helpful.  Please help Make A Difference Day be a hugh success.
         Bill Erdman took a few minutes to talk about the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary foundation helps serve not so lucky families that do not have food on the weekend.  We help support weekend backpacking where backpacks are filled with enough food to support that little person for the weekend because they do not have any food. We as Rotarians have been extremely blessed and believe that serving and helping humanity is something we love to do. Roger Whitcomb Quoted Winston Churchill " We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give".
       The most important part I took from this is that when you give to EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) that amount of money you give each week, each month and each year accumulates year after year accumulating for some enough to receive their Paul Harris Fellow.  Please keep giving to EREY and the foundation. 
Watch your email for a video.
Making a difference day And Foundation 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - August 15, 2017

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through August already.  I’m sure those of you with school-age children or grandchildren are beginning to think about the start of a new academic year - now only a couple of weeks away.  

As students prepare to return to classes, it’s a good time to reflect on Rotary International’s programs focused on students and our club’s efforts with these programs:

  • Interact - Clubs that bring young people together at the high school and college levels to develop leadership skills and have fun through service. The Interact Club at Emmaus High School is a large and active group of students with a passion for service. Youth committee chair Tony Moyer is working with faculty advisor Samantha McFarland on opportunities to bring the Interactors and our members closer together through joint service activities and programs. Stay tuned for more on this… 
  • Rotary Leadership Youth Awards (RYLA) - An intensive leadership program for rising high school seniors focused on developing communication and problem-solving skills, learning from community leaders, having fun and forming lasting friendships. In our district, RYLA conducts its activities at Camp Neidig over Father’s Day weekend. We’re looking forward to sending several outstanding Emmaus High School students to next year’s event.
  • Scholarships - Emmaus Rotary Club recently continued its tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving students from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute and Emmaus High School. This year’s awards went to Autumn Weber and LaSair Nichochlain. Our club has established a goal to add $10,000 per year to our scholarship fund between now and the club’s centennial in 2026. Between dedicated fundraisers and generosity of our members (and growth in the fund’s investments), I’m confident we will reach our goal.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) - An international exchange student program for high school students. RYE aims to build peace one young person at a time as students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Emmaus Rotary has a long record of sponsoring both inbound and outbound RYE students. It’s always a highlight at club and district events to meet these outstanding young people and hear the joy in their voices as they relate their experiences.

This week’s program will be a presentation by Maya Kita - ERC’s most recent outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student (to France). Maya will be accompanied by her mom, Tammy, who has also acted as a host for inbound students. I’m looking forward to hearing the Kita’s stories. You won’t want to miss it. See you on Thursday morning!

Yours in Rotary,