Save the Date! Club Recognition Dinner 6/28/23

Friends! Save the Date! You are invited to the Emmaus Rotary Annual Club Recognition Dinner!
Wednesday June 28, 2023, from 6-8pm
Rising River Brewing Co. 
$30 Catered Buffet Style Dinner. (cash bar)
Please register and pay in advance using ClubRunner.  Emmaus Rotary Annual Club Recognition Dinner | Rotary Club of Emmaus
R.S.V.P by 6/23/23 so that we can give a head count to the caterer. 
Reflect on the 2022-23 Rotary Year. 
Club Service Recognition Awards.
Paul Harris Recognition. 
2023-2024 New Board Member Induction.
Pass the Gavel Ceremony to ring in the New Rotary Year! 
We have a special reserved space on the grassy peninsula area with a large tent. Dine Creekside with a delicious catered, buffet style meal by Fairview Catering Co.  Tell stories by the fire pit, throw a round of cornhole and enjoy some fellowship after our program. 
Save the Date! Club Recognition Dinner 6/28/23 Meghan Reed 2023-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Next "Night Shift" Meeting 6/21/23

An Evening Meeting Opportunity For Emmaus Rotary Club - "The Night Shift" 
When: The Third Wednesday of the Month from 5:30pm -7:30pm, at Rising River Brewing in Lower Macungie 1955 Willow Lane Macungie, PA 18062  
Doors open 5:30pm. Meeting begins 6:00pm. Meeting to end by 7:30pm.

The Meeting Concept: Re-engage current members, attract new members and connect with/involve local Community Leaders in project-based planning/activities and enjoy fellowship. We are going to create a productive meeting environment: not just a happy hour. This meeting option will be offered as a Once-a-Month ADDITIONAL meeting opportunity for ERC on the third Wednesday of the month.  Mornings are not for everyone due to work/school/life schedules. (AND DON'T FRET! Weekly Thursday Morning meetings aren't stopping! We like bacon and eggs too much!)
Meeting Agenda 6/21/23 those in attendance will be get a better understanding of what Rotary's 7 areas of focus mean when coming up with ideas for impactful projects. We had a few ideas from last meeting and want to build on those.  We will breakout into groups to brainstorm more project ideas to consider implementing.   Want to learn what projects are currently on deck? Visit The Emmaus Rotary Club Calendar. 

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

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

So that we can get and idea of how many people will attend our first meeting please RSVP using this event page. 
Many Thanks to our friends at Rising River or opening their space to us! 
Next "Night Shift" Meeting 6/21/23 Meghan Reed 2023-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Flag Day! 6/14/23



 EMMAUS, PA 18042.Emmaus Flag Day Celebration 2023.June 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM. 

Emmaus residents, friends, local veterans, scout troops, and area dignitaries are invited to gather on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM for the annual Flag Day Program.  The Emmaus Rotary sponsors the event held at Community Park in the Arts Pavilion.  East Penn area students in 5th and 8th grade will read their winning poetry and essays about WHAT THE AMERICAN FLAG MEANS TO ME. 

Our guest speaker for the program is Ariel Scholz, an Army veteran with 4 years of active duty service as a member of the 76th Army Band, stationed in Mannheim, Germany. 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM.  Refreshments will be served courtesy of Vienna Lodge 847 International Order of Odd Fellows and Ai  Orthodontics.

Now is time to renew for 2023.  The price is the same as last year, only $49.00 for the year.  This will include having our great Flag put on your property 6 times this year starting with Memorial Day.
I will be set up to take payments this week at Rotary.  I can take credit cards or your check.
The renewal process is easy, all you need to do is click on this link 
Thank you so much for renewing and it would be great if your neighbor on each side of you joined the program also.
The Flag Committee 🇺🇸
For additional details please reach out to Eric Loch,
Celebrate Flag Day! 6/14/23 Meghan Reed 2023-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

EHS Interact 

The Emmaus High School Interact Club held its last meeting of the year on Monday, May15th from 2:30-3:30 in the EHS Cafeteria.  They invited ERC to 
work on Mid-Term survival bags, enjoy the Kona Ice Truck, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Club, especially our Seniors. 
Sal Verrastro and Tony Moyer thanked and recognized the Interact Officers and Advisor, Amy Kaunitz on a fantastic year.
I am so proud of the relationship we have built with EHS interact Club over the last year. Tony and I had a goal to connect and collaborate more with Interact. Together with Mr. Kaunitz and Interact Leadership we focused on strong communication and saw a big increase in engagement between the Clubs.
Here is list of the amazing things the EHS Interact Club accomplished this year!  

Service Hours

Over 700 volunteer hours this year! This includes helping at many ERC activities.

Service Projects 

Soda Tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House  

Toothpaste collection for EHS Angel Network

EHS Campus Cleanup

Operation Giggles - toys and crafts for children at Lehigh Valley Hospital 

Troops Collection

Veterans Day Letter Writing - Over 3000 letters were sent to troops overseas 

Halloween Bags 

Miracle League Baseball and Trick or Treat

Santa Letters

Egg filling for Kalmbach Park

Stress relief bags for finals



Branch Bday $116 to The ESPD Therapy Dog Program 

Branch Towel Collection and donation to The Sanctuary at Haafsville 

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Angel Network Fundraiser 

Phantoms Game Fundraiser - $1242.50 for the EHS Angel Network
EHS Interact Meghan Reed 2023-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work! 

One of my goals as President this year was to work with The Wildlands Conservancy to implement a project focused on environmental service. After many meetings and assessments, we found a really great project to participate in with the new Black River Sanctuary land preservation. I couldn’t be prouder of the work that Emmaus Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Allentown teamed up to accomplish together with this joint District 7430 Grant.  ERC, ARC and Wildlands made a great team. 
Many thanks to all who came out to help plant and install deer protection. You've help create a special place.
When you set your mind to something...big things happen! Be the good in the world!
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022-23
Rotary at Work! Meghan Reed 2023-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Spring into Action! 

Hello Emmaus Rotary Friends!
The weather is warming up and we have a ton of ways to get outside and spring into action with service projects! Various organizations have reached out to ERC seeking a helping hand and we hope that you will answer the call! Grab your family and invite a friend to roll up your sleeves and enjoy some sunshine while you make a difference.  You can find just about everything happening in ERC on our website calendar where you can sign up to serve. Using our online sign-up option will help our Community Service Committee communicate with you about volunteer details and developments more efficiently.  (But no worries if you would prefer to rsvp directly to Karen Hobson you may always do so at a meeting, email or phone call. We just want you there!) 
Below is an at a glance look at glance look at what we have scheduled for the balance of May 2023.  (links should be live on the grid to take you to the sign-up pages)
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Karen Hobson at 484-560-1711. 
Being a part a part of even one small project makes a world of difference to someone. I hope you will find an activity that sparks something in you! 
Shine Bright Friends,
Meghan Reed 
President Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
05 19 2023
5 PM-7 PM
Spring into Action! Meghan Reed 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Pottsville Train Excursion Postponed

Hello ERC Members,
Last week the Centennial Committee and Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the upcoming Pottsville Train Excursion scheduled for 5/20/23.
A small group of Rotarians, including myself had a very positive meeting with The Reading & Northern Railroad Company. They very graciously understood our position and agreed to allow us to postpone AND will refund our $1,000 deposit.  A very good outcome! By making the trip and having a transparent conversation we strengthened our relationship with the company and found ourselves collaborating on ways to improve the concept of the excursion.  
We now have a very broad timeline to postpone and when the date is schedule, we will start fresh with a new letter of intent and contract to move forward.  We assured the group that we are still very enthusiastic about holding a ride and that ERC Leadership is very much on board to make this a successful event for our Centennial Celebration line up.  
Moving forward Roger Whitcomb and his Centennial Celebration Committee, including Wade, Cindy and I will work out the details to bring forth a new plan to the Board. When a new plan is decided on, we will be sure that Wade (as excursion Chair) will have the support of a committee to make our next opportunity a BIG success.  
I'd like to sincerely thank Wade for all of his work thus far on building this event through is expertise and helpful contacts. And I very much appreciate Cindy, Roger and Wade for taking the time to make this very important meeting happen.  It made a world of difference, and we were a great team.  Many thanks to the Board for your thoughtful discussion at our last meeting
Onward and Upward!
Meghan Reed 
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Pottsville Train Excursion Postponed Meghan Reed 2023-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction This Week! 

Great news! We are inducting 9 new members at this week's meeting! Please try to attend so that you can meet our newest members and give an ERC welcome! 
Thank you to our Membership Committee for your efforts this year in reaching new members and re-engaging current membership. I am very much looking forward to the Induction Committee's Program this week! 
Do you know someone who would make a great Rotarian and has shown interest in joining our Club? 
Use this helpful referral link to get the ball rolling! 
Refer a Member | Rotary Club of Emmaus (
New Member Induction This Week! Meghan Reed 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

A Full Weekend!

Wow! What a weekend for Rotary!!
We had a great day on Sunday at the 3rd Annual Bags & Beer Cornhole Tournament! 
Many thanks to our Commitee, Courtney Kennedy (Chair), Sal Verrastro, Steve Gould, Don Blose, Sam Kennedy and Andy Kipila who put together a very well-organized tournament to help raise money for our food packing program.
Returning Champs from last year, Team Green Speckles defended their title and won again!  We saw a lot of new faces at the event too! Cheers to a job well done! THANK YOU! 
Some Rotarians attended the District 7430 Conference in Atlantic City this weekend! Thanks to Cindy and Chris Hornaman, Nelly and Peter Kabiru, Roger and Roberta Whitcomb, Dee Eng and Gary Rohrbach for representing ERC! You all looked marvelous! And Nelly was a star panelist on stage during a discussion on membership. Way to go Nelly!

A Full Weekend! Meghan Reed 2023-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

People of Action!

Hello Friends!
There has been a flurry of activity in our Club over the past month or so. Many Thanks to all who have joined in the multitude of service projects on the calendar. While I may not know exactly who was where and when; I do know that by you showing up, you've made a difference. I want you to know that you are appreciated and valued by ERC and the organizations you've rolled up your sleeves to help. THANK YOU. 
I hope that you find the service projects we get involved in fun and engaging. It has been great to see some Friends that we do not always get to see on a weekly basis at meetings coming out for these activities. If you haven't been able to make a meeting in a while, I really encourage you to have some fun volunteering again. These experiences are at the heart of the friendships we make and are some of the best memories have together. 
I had such a great time at the Lower Macungie Community Day this week. It has become a tradition for me volunteer at this event.  Every year it gets better and better! It also gives me the opportunity to hang out with my Rotary Friends. Irv Keister and I even went on an adventure to check out some goats! You guys know I LOVE goats but the best part of the was catching up with my buddy Irv. 
This year we participated by hosting two games for the kiddos to enjoy.  Karen Hobson has done a tremendous job with creating games that kids of all ages can participate in.  The ducky fishing game and frog flinger were huge hits. I'm still smiling from ear to ear thinking of all the celebratory giggles from hooking a rubber duck and all the ingenious ways some of the kids caught them. It was just wholesome and nice. Some days you need a dose of that.
Thank you, Karen Hobson, John Chisca, Eric Loch, Diane Grahm, Irv Keister, and Eileen Prokop for all of you help and for making some nice memories with me. 
People of Action! Meghan Reed 2023-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Would you like to help and EHS Interact Project?

Hello Friends! 
I received an email from a very passionate Interact Student who has put together a really nice service project to bring some smiles to children going through a scary time!
Interact Students will be collecting toys at Emmaus High School during all lunch periods this week.  Interact President, Emma and Project Chair Lorelei reached out to see if ERC would like to participate.  It brings a smile to my face to see this enthusiasm and thoughtfulness to include us! If you'd like to donate a toy to Operations Giggles, please bring it to our meeting on Thursday, April 27th.  Please see the image below with a list of toys they are seeking.  Thank you for spreading happiness to these little patients! 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Would you like to help and EHS Interact Project? Meghan Reed 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

The Spirit of Rotary

Happy Birthday Paul Harris! 

The Spirit of Rotary Lives in Each of Us! 
As we remember Paul Harris, (founder of Rotary) on his Birthday, imagine what he would think of Rotary today. I imagine he would look at what he started over 100 years ago and be proud of what Rotary has become and all the accomplishments Rotarians have achieved together through the simple concept of Service Above Self. 
I recently watched a video about the history of Rotary and one segment stuck with me.  I can't remember the quote exactly, but the idea is this:  I joined Rotary on (fill in the blank)....But I became a Rotarian when (the lightbulb moment when you realize what Rotary means to you). 
I ask you to take a moment to think on this. It is going to be different for everyone. Have you had your aha moment yet? If so, what was it? When did it click? What made you feel a part of something bigger? What made you feel like YOU made the difference? What inspired you TO make the difference? What friendship sparked a change in you?  If you feel compelled to share, I'd love to hear your story.  Tell us at our next meeting during Happy Dollars or email or call me. I'm all ears! I know this has been a common theme throughout my term, but I feel strongly about the enthusiasm behind our purpose in Rotary. So, I will keep encouraging us to look inward to put our best foot forward. 
With that being said! I need us ALL to take a bit of action RIGHT NOW.  We have two major fundraising events upon us, and we need to spread the word and get more people involved. 
  • Sunday, May 7th is our Third Annual Bags and Beer Cornhole Tournament. We are seeking more teams to participate and more guests to simply enjoy the party. This event will help sustain our food packing program. It is a BIG deal! 
  • Saturday, May 20th is the Emmaus Rotary Pottsville Train Excursion. This is a BIG day for ERC as we go full steam ahead into preparations for our upcoming Centennial Celebrations. It is VERY important that we have at least 100 riders on this excursion. Let me rephrase that! We ONLY need 100 people to come out for a super fun day! 
Both events are going to be a ton of fun! I certainly don't expect everyone to attend everything! BUT I'd like to ask that you join in if you can, invite some friends to come with you, SHARE the events with your network, hang up a few posters in the break room or around town. (Think grocery store, bank, library). Its crunch time. This is when we really shine!  If we all pitch in, we can make these two events huge successes.  Let's make Paul Harris proud! 
Shine Bright Friends! 
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/2023
The Spirit of Rotary Meghan Reed 2023-04-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Ralph E. Lewis Food Collection

Rotarians in action@ First Presbyterian Church unloading the pallets of food ready for tomorrow packing to distribute to the schools in our community,Eric,Don,Cindi and John hands on and am sure they dont mind more hands.If you can help pack food bags pls call Cindi @6103604875.


The Ralph Lewis Food Collection

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

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

The Ralph E. Lewis Food Collection Nelly Kabiru 2023-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Night Shift Was a Hit

Hello ERC Friends!
I wanted to share with the Club that our first "Night Shift" meeting concept was well received and a whole lot of fun! We had nearly 40 people in attendance!
  • We saw a few faces we haven't seen in a while at our morning meetings. It was so nice to reconnect with those members and even a past Rotarian who is strongly considering joining ERC again.
  • We saw new ERC members come out.
  • We had guests! Shout out to John Chisca and Mark Erle for bringing a few guests!
  • We had some Rotary champs who came out to both the evening meeting and breakfast meeting the next day! This tells me that it is smart to keep our morning meetings scheduled as usual.  
  • We had special guests from The Borough of Emmaus, Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert and Council Woman Teri-Sorg-McManamon. (Other Municiple leaders are interested in attending future meetings to help us understand community needs for projects) 
  • We had great press coverage from PBS and lots of buzz on social media leading to people interested in ERC! 
  • WE HAD FUN! 
I'd like to thank everyone in ERC who believed in this concept and supported it taking shape. A huge thank you to Peter McCullough for stepping up to lead these monthly meetings as a sort of project manager. I know Peter is going to do a phenomenal job! Thank you to the Membership Committee for all your behind-the-scenes work! Thank you to Ron Beitler (our newest Rotarian) for hosting us at Rising River. The space really works well for us! 
The future looks bright for these meetings! We are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm at Rising River.
And just to make sure we are all on the same page...these meetings are simply and additional meeting option to give everyone more opportunity to be involved in Rotary. This is not a separate group of people - this is ALL ERC! Night Shift is just another way to participate in an alternative meeting format.  These meetings will typically not have a speaker/program....instead we will use the meeting time to create, plan, and implement projects.  I can also tell you that we will absolutely keep traditions like happy dollars, Club news/announcements, EREY, ringing the rotary bell, the Four Way Test and maybe even a song here and there! 
I invite you to check out the next Night Shift on Wednesday April 19th at 5:30pm at Rising River. Please use the link RSVP so we can have an idea for seating. 
Shine Bright Friends,
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary 2022/23
Night Shift Was a Hit Meghan Reed 2023-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

What's Going on With ShelterBox

Hello Emmaus Rotarians! 
As you travel your path in Rotary service some initiatives just resonate with you. ShelterBox has been a part of Rotary that I think is incredible; and as my roles change in ERC I can envision myself getting more involved in this sort of work.  BUT ONE STEP AT A TIME! (don't get any ideas Cindy!)  First things first get to the finish line of the honor of serving ERC as President. Then regroup, recharge, and find a meaningful way to take action!  For now I'd like to share with you the good work that Shelterbox is doing around the world. Maybe you will find yourself inspired to get involved too.  Below is the regular newsletter I get from Shelterbox.  Simply Click the Read More tab in the bottom corner of this article to read all about it! 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
What's Going on With ShelterBox Meghan Reed 2023-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

2023-2024 Board Of Director FINAL Ballot 

To all Emmaus Rotarians
ERC Board of Directors for 2023 2024
Attached you will find the Ballot for the 2023 2024 vote for the Emmaus Rotary Board of Directors effective July 1, 2023
Ballots must be received by the Secretary before midnight April 8, 2023.


These are the methods to cast your ballot – choose only one:
  •  Cast your Ballot at the Rotary Meeting on 29th, 2023- leave with Meghan Reed or Jean Onyambu. 
  •  You can forward the ballot email to Jean Onyambu, at typing in the four names you vote for or attach the form. 
  • You can call 484-201 3335 and leave a voice mail giving the four names you vote for.
  • You can text me at 484-201 3335 typing in the four names you vote for. 
  • You can postal mail your vote to me at the below address, but it must arrive by the deadlines to be counted. You can dispense with your name here.  We trust Rotarians to vote ethically.
  • Jean  Onyambu
    Secretary, Emmaus Rotary Club
    1055 Centronia Road
    Breinigsville, PA 18031
The four Board of Directors selected will go out by email to the Club soon after the votes are tallied.
Thank you,
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
2023-2024 Board Of Director FINAL Ballot Meghan Reed 2023-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Third Annual Emmaus Rotary Cornhole Tournament

Can you believe that our Third Annual Emmaus Rotary Cornhole Tournament is THIS SUNDAY May 7, 2023, from 1-5pm hosted at Gio Italian Grill. 
There is still time for you to sign up as a team to play in the Tournament or just come for the food, drinks and fellowship! Either way it will be a good time for a good cause. This fundraiser helps us support Community Projects like the Feed East Penn Student's Food Packing Program. 
Use is the link to sign up! MyEventRunner - Event Public Fill (
MANY thanks to our official Beer Sponsor McCall Collective Brewing Company for supporting Emmaus Rotary again this year! It is connections with our local businesses that help make this event possible.  
Third Annual Emmaus Rotary Cornhole Tournament meghan reed 2023-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Sunny with a 100% Chance of Planting! 

This Saturday looks like it will be sunny with a 100% chance of planting! 

Emmaus Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Allentown Joint Service Project!

Wildlands Black River Sanctuary Planting Project
Rain Date! Saturday, May 13, 2023
8:00am -? The more hands-on deck the less time this will take!
Rain Date TBD if needed.

Join Allentown and Emmaus Rotary Clubs & Interact Clubs to plant native species in the public access parking area as the first leg of the Wildlands Black River Sanctuary Preservation Project!

The 180-acre Black River Sanctuary, located just northeast of Emmaus, PA, is unique in many ways. It contains the headwaters for three different watersheds, has the exposed “spine” of the south mountain, numerous wetlands, meadows, and forests; is home to hundreds of different species from butterflies to bears and all located within minutes of the cities of the Lehigh Valley. Parking areas will incorporate aspects that are designed to have the smallest impact as possible and enhance the conservation values of the property. The parking areas will incorporate the use of native plants as buffers and visual cues that will delineate the limits of the lot as well as demonstrate the values of native plantings in the landscape.

Only volunteers who register to attend using this event page will receive important volunteer information. Rotary & Wildlands Black River Sanctuary Planting | Rotary Club of Emmaus (
Please email with questions.

There is no address for the site yet, but the parking area is at the corner of Church Rd and Stonesthrow Rd in Bethlehem. It's just a field/dirt lot at the moment, underneath the powerlines.  GPS coordinates are 40°34'19.4"N 75°24'37.6"W - Google Maps  Look for the Emmaus Rotary Sandwich Board sign. 

What to wear: (plan to get in the dirt!) 
Gloves are encouraged.
Long Sleeves and Long Pants (to protect from ticks you may want to wear a insect repellent) 
Sneakers or boots
What to bring (if you can): 
Shovels or Planting Trowels
Digging Bar
Post Hole Digger
Pruning Shears
Tinsnips/Pliers with Wire Cutters
Sunny with a 100% Chance of Planting! Meghan Reed 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Ever Since Women Joined Rotary

March is Women's History Month.
When we look at Rotary today it is hard to believe that in the United States, women were not permitted to join a Rotary Club until 1987.  It wasn't until 1989 when the RI Council of Legislation voted to change the RI Constitution and make women eligible for membership around the world. The men of Rotary had spoken...times had changed since was time to change too!  By June 1990, the number of female Rotarians reached over 20,000. We wanted IN! As of July 2020, the number of female Rotarians surpassed 277,000 accounting for 23% of worldwide membership. Looking at Emmaus Rotary Club today 31% of our Club Membership is female as we approach our 100th Anniversary in just a few years. I understand that it is an honor and a privilege to serve as a President of Emmaus Rotary regardless of being a woman, but it is also not lost on me that allllll this Rotary History happened within my lifetime. So, I feel even more happy to be here!

Ever since women joined Rotary 34 years ago, the organization really became limitless in what it could accomplish! Ever since women joined Rotary, TOGETHER Men and Women from all over the world have grown Rotary and charted a new course for ALL changemakers under our 7 Areas of Focus.  
If you want to learn about the history of Women in Rotary, I encourage you to please visit this link on    Women in Rotary | Rotary International while you scroll, please watch the video on the webpage. You will feel all the feels! I would love to know what you think! 
I want to take a moment and Thank Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, (one of my Rotary Heroines) for organizing the 2023 Emmaus Rotary International Women's Day Celebration. This has become an excellent tradition for our Club and our District. Many thanks to Committee Members David Dunn, Dee Eng, Mark Erle, and Courtney Kennedy. Hats off to Val Deneen and Rory King for nominating two very deserving Women in our Community.  Kassie Hilgert Director of Arts Quest and Kristin Pedemonti Founder of Steer Your Story. Both are incredible ladies making their own history! What an inspiring morning for everyone in attendance. A proud day for ERC! 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23

From left to right: District 7430 Governor Len Giesler, Awardee Kristin Pedimonti, Awardee, 
Kassie Hilgert, IWD Committee Chair Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, ERC President Meghan Reed, 
District Governor Elect Diane Donaher. 
Ever Since Women Joined Rotary 2023-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Wear Your Purple on 3/9/23!

This week Emmaus Rotary celebrates International Women's Day! 

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

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

ERC IWD Celebration 2022
Wear Your Purple on 3/9/23! Meghan Reed 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0



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

STEM YEA! Meghan Reed 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

Calling all ERC Events and Committee Chairs! 

Committee Chairs!
Planning session scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th, 2023.
5:30pm – 7:00pm
191 Main Street, Emmaus - Conference Room

Hello ERC Events and Committee Chairs! Thank you for you continued leadership in Emmaus Rotary. We are having a really productive year and I hope that you are finding joy in your service to the Club and the community. You are the heartbeat of ERC and I appreciate each of you very much! 
Sal and I are holding a meeting to plan out the ERC Calendar of Events including Community Service on 2023/2024 Rotary Year as Sal prepares for his upcoming term as President. 
Please email Meghan with your expected attendance.
There will be snacks and drinks!!  smiley
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary 2022/23
Calling all ERC Events and Committee Chairs! Meghan Reed 2023-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Direct Foundation Giving

Dear Rotarians,

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

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

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

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

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

The Rotary Foundation

Rotary Direct Foundation Giving Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

New opportunities for Rotary to support communities in need

Dear Meghan,

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

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


Ian H.S. Riseley 
2022-23 Trustee Chair
The Rotary Foundation
New opportunities for Rotary to support communities in need Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

An Evening Meeting Opportunity!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Evening Meeting Opportunity! Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
A New Way to Grow! Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Shelter Box is Responding to Turkey Earthquake Disaster

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

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

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

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

ShelterBox USA

Bill Tobin
Rotary Relations Manager

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

If you have further questions or would like more information, please reach out to me.  
Yours in Rotary Service
Len Gieseler
District Governor 2022-2023
District 7430
Pottstown Rotary Club
1445 Shaner Dr.
Pottstown, PA 19465
W: 610-323-2201
Shelter Box is Responding to Turkey Earthquake Disaster Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2023! Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Build Your Skills. Boost Your Potential!

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

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

In this program, members will learn to:
  • Lead and motivate others
  • Create a positive team environment
  • Delegate responsibilities
  • Build consensus and inclusive environments
  • Recognize the strengths in others
  • Understand, manage, and resolve conflict
  • Create and deliver effective speeches and presentations
This program also features questions that participants can discuss in a community forum and assignments that let them apply what they've learned. Participants identify their leadership strengths, then learn how to use them to be more effective. 
We encourage you to share the sign-up link for this free leadership program with members in your club. 
Key Dates
Registration closes: 6 February 2023
Program begins: 20 February 2023
Program ends: 12 June 2023
Click HERE to Register
Build Your Skills. Boost Your Potential! Meghan Reed 2023-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Speech Contest!

Hello Emmaus Rotary Friends! 

You're invited to The Emmaus Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest to be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 5:30-7:00pm at Willow Lane Elementary School.
Emmaus Rotarians, Interact Club Students and their Friends and Family are encouraged to attend to watch and support the speech contestants. (There is no charge to attend this event) 

Emmaus Rotary Club is currently seeking Students living in the East Penn School District to participate as speech contestants! 

Emmaus Rotary is also seeking 4-5 volunteers to help with judging and running the speech contest. If interested, please contact Dr. Tony Moyer at

The 4-Way Test Of the things we think, say, or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned

This Speech Contest allows young minds to take a topic they are passionate about and apply it to the Rotary Four Way Test in a compelling speech format. The winning contestant from the Local level moves forward to Regionals and then to Districts. The winner of District Level will win $1000! 
Click this link to learn all about the Four Way Test Speech Contest 2022-2023-FWTSC.Brochure.pdf (  
This contest is perfect for 9-12 grade students involved in Interact Club, other Civic Clubs, Debate, Speech, Theatre, anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills, or young people who want to share their cause with the community.  If you are a student who wishes to participate in the contest, please email Dr. Tony Moyer at 

There will be pizza and refreshments provided! (Many thanks to Rotarian Mike Lahanas/Embassy Bank)

So that we can have an idea of how many people plan to attend. Please take a moment to RSVP here.  Just click on the online registration buttons on the left of window. You can also use your ClubRunner app on your phone.

FOR ERC MEMBERS: This will replace the weekly morning meeting on March 2nd and be a great time for Rotarians to meet the students.  There will not be a morning mtg. on March 2nd.

Four Way Test Speech Contest! Meghan Reed 2023-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Speaker this WEEK Meghan Reed 2023-02-16 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper  Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023

The Emmaus Rotary Club Fellowship Committee invites you to join us for the annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper. Family and Friends Welcome!
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
Between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hosted at Superior Restaurant 
102 State Rd. And Main St. Emmaus, PA 18049
All you can Eat! Only $8.00/Adult (kids under 10 free!) CASH ONLY at the door. 
***please RSVP to Ceil Birdsell by emailing birdscec@gmail so we can provide a rough head count to the restaurant***
Buffet style menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit bowl, tea and coffee.
Fellowship Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 Meghan Reed 2023-02-16 05:00:00Z 0


Important things to know this week!

  • Board Meeting This Week! Thursday February 23, 2023. 8:40am- 10am in the downstairs banquet room at Superior Restaurant.
  • Ralph E. Lewis Food For The Needy Collection EVERY THURSDAY THIS MONTH.
  • Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley are very low on their care packages they give out, and particularly - FULL SIZE -  SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER for their Safe House families.  Karen Hobson will be collecting each week for them - she will leave a box for you to place any items you may give.  Thank you.
WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK! Nelly Kabiru 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Trivia Facts

                                                                                           TRIVIA  FACTS .


1)      Worldwide polio cases have decreased an astounding 99% since 1988 due to Rotary’s PolioPlus participation in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Rotarians have vowed not to stop until polio is wiped from the earth to prevent this deadly disease from ever making a comeback.

2)      $1.5 billion could be saved annually around the world if polio were eradicated.  This money could be applied to other public health priorities, and the savings in human suffering is immeasurable.

3)      More than $650 million have been contributed by Rotary members to PolioPlus.

4)      The Gates & Buffett Foundation offered to donate $355 million to PolioPlus for polio immunization campaigns in developing countries if Rotarians contributed an additional $200 million by June 2012.  Success is imminent as $160 million had already been raised by December 2010.

5)      9,000 secondary-school students annually experience life in another country through the Rotary Youth Exchange.

6)      How big is Rotary International?  32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world initiate service projects to address today’s challenges, including literacy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.  The clubs get to work immediately whenever a crisis strikes; at this very moment Rotarians are busy in the earthquake regions of New Zealand and Japan.

7)      1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders make up the Rotary global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world numbers.

8)      The organization that holds the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to nongovernmental organizations is Rotary International.

9)      The first Rotary club meeting was held in Chicago on February 23, 1905.  Five years later in 1910 Canada welcomed its first Rotary club to Winnipeg.

10)  The furthest a Rotary Club banner has ever traveled:  In 1968 astronaut Frank Borman, member of the Houston Space Center Rotary club, carried a banner on the Apollo 8 flight to the moon!

For more information about Rotary International please visit the website

I welcome your questions send them to me I will search 







Trivia Facts Nelly Kabiru 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

A Note From Wade George, Co-Chair of Membership Committee:
About a year and a half ago, during a random meeting, I passed out index cards and asked our members to answer some basic questions. The goal was to ascertain amongst several things why you became a Rotarian and why you stayed. The answers were quite interesting. Highlights included:
  1. Why You Joined: “Service Opportunities”, “Doing Good in the Community”, “Making the World a Better Place”, “To Give Back”.
  1. Why You Stayed: “Friendships made”, “The Connections”, “Comradery”, “The Positive Impact on Our Community.”
In the coming months, the Retention & Exit Subcommittee is going to be intensely focused on reconnecting with members who were once active and have since dropped off. The root causes of this are many but the fact is, we need our Rotary family to be back in action and full strength now more than ever.
The Membership Committee needs your help. Please reach out to your fellow Rotarians that you haven’t seen in a while. Say hello, let them know they are missed and are WELCOME to come back to our meetings and service projects anytime. Remind them to think about the positive benefits of Rotary, and ask them to give it another go. Do this for your friends, for our club, and for our community. Thank you all!
Membership Minute Nelly Kabiru 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Rotary Club Super Bowl LVII Pool!

Dear fellow Rotarians,

We are offering a chance to be a Super Bowl Winner and support Emmaus Rotary Club's food program.  We have been distributing food to East Penn School District students for over three years.     
You and your friends can purchase one square for $50 and if your square matches one of the end of quarter scores or end of game score you will win!  Win Money!  More importantly all proceeds will be used to keep our food program going.  
The Super Bowl board will be laid out in a 10 x 10 grid.  We will collect money for the squares up to the day before the big game on February 12th, 2023   
I will be accepting electronic payment through Venmo  or QR-code bellow.  You can share the QR-code with your friends, family and co-workers.  You can also give me cash or check at any Rotary Meeting.  Please make checks payable to ERC Foundation.  Checks can be mailed to Embassy Bank, c/o Gary Guthrie, 180 W. Main St, Macungie, PA  18062.  I recommend that you email me  when you send payment with your name, email address, and number of squares purchased, so that we know to add you to the board.  
When all 100 squares are sold, we will randomly enter everyone's names on to the board.    Next, we will select the team representing the NFC or AFC team and place them on the two axes of the board.  Lastly, we will randomly select and place 0 through 9 for both axes.  Once this has been completed the board will be emailed to all participants.
End of quarters (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) matching score will win $250 (Bonus: REVERSE SCORE will win $50.)
End of Game matching score will win $500(Bonus: REVERSE SCORE will win $100.)
EXAMPLE: Sample board attached
Your square is Tampa 7 – Kansas 0
If the score at the end of the 1st quarter is Tampa 17 – Kansas 10  ( it is the last digit of the score that is used), then you are the winner of the 1st quarter prize.  If you square is Tampa -0 & Kansas -7   you win the reverse score prize.  
We need to sell 100 squares to make this happen so please telling your friends, family and co-workers. 
Emmaus Rotary Club Super Bowl LVII Pool! Meghan Reed 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Dues 

Membership Dues

To: Emmaus Rotary Club Members,

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

This is to notify you that semiannual Emmaus Rotary Club dues are payable by January 15th, 2023. Please remit
$110.00, check made payable to the EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB, Attn: Jean Onyambu at the address below. You may also
give the check to Jean at a club meeting.
Alternatively, you may also choose to pay the full annual dues by sending $220.00 which covers your dues commitment
from 01/01/2023 thru 12/31/2023. You will not be billed in June 2023.
VENMO: To pay by Venmo, if your Venmo account is based on a bank account or debit card, you can send $110 or $220
to Don Blose. If your Venmo is based on a credit card, send $113.30 or $226.60 by Venmo to Don.
Background: To give members an alternate way to pay, Don Blose has offered to use his Venmo account to accept dues
payments. Members can Venmo dues to Don, he will write a check and the Secretary will deposit it. The only glitch is
that to use credit card based Venmo transactions to pay dues, there is a service charge of 3%. It would raise the dues to
$113.30 or $226.60 for Venmo payments based on credit card. Venmo accounts tied to bank accounts and debit cards
have no fee.
You can also make a contribution at this time to the ‘Rotary Foundation’ and/or ‘Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation’ by
writing separate checks for each. Please note that contributions to both foundations can be made at any time during the
Rotary year.
Please attach the form below with your check or checks to help ensure proper credit is given.
Please remember January 15th, 2023 is the dues payment deadline.
Emmaus Rotary Club Dues
NAME: ________________________________________________________
Dues: Made payable to “EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB”. $ ______
Rotary International Foundation Contribution: This check must be made out to $ ______
“ROTARY FOUNDATION” and separate from checks for dues or the Emmaus Rotary Club Foundation.
Emmaus Rotary Scholarship Endowment Fund: This check must be made out to $ ______
Thank you in advance for your timely response.
Jean Onyambu
Club Secretary
Cell: 4842013335
Address: 1055 Cetronia Rd, D3, Breinigsville, PA 18031
Membership Dues Nelly Kabiru 2023-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Team Spirit

For those of you who would like to show your team spirit this week! You are invited to wear your Eagles....or whatever attire to represent the sports team you love.  This is a fun way to get to know each other too. Let's HAVE FUN together! 
Terrell Owens, 42, is open to helping Philadelphia Eagles receiving corps
Team Spirit Meghan Reed 2023-02-07 05:00:00Z 0


Okay I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Football, but I love seeing my friends and family so happy about their team going the distance.  And who doesn't love the fact that Emmaus High School Alumnus Kyzir White is literally representing our hometown and home team! 
To tie in our Rotary Club, I'd like to say how proud I am of Team ERC!  Last week at the Club Assembly I shared where we stand on our Rotary International Goals as well some special goals, I set out to accomplish during my year as President. I'm amazed by the constant and enthusiastic work of our membership! Together we are packing a lot into 12 months....and beyond. 
For members who were not able to make last week's meeting. I'd like to highlight just three of the many accomplishments we have happening. 
1) Launching and Enviromental Impact Service Project! 
ERC Joint District Grant with Rotary Club of Allentown. Kicks off Saturday, April 29th! Wildlands Black River Sanctuary Project
ERC and ARC & Interact Students to plant native species in public access parking area as first leg of the Wildlands preservation project.
2) Working closer with our Emmaus High School Interact Club.  
After a very successful ERC and Interact Day. We learned that the Students of Interact want to connect more with us and learn more about Rotary values! Club leadership between ERC and EHS Interact are working on future joint meetings and projects! This year we have seen a real increase in Interact Students participating in ERC Community Service Projects. I would love for ERC to participate in Interact initiatives too!
ONE REALLY EASY WAY WE CAN START! Is to attend the upcoming Phantoms Game on Saturday March 4th! This is their big fundraiser of the year! They are hoping to sell at least 200 seats which will give them the opportunity to sell Chuck a Puck and 50/50 tickets at the game.  Interact would love Rotary's support buy attending and spreading the word about ticket sales.  If they meet the goal of 200 tickets sold, Rotarians could join with Interact to sell the Chuck a puck and 50/50 that night.  $5.00 from every ticket purchased will go back to the Emmaus Music Department and the Angel Network! Get your tickets now to join in Rotary Fellowship that gives back! Phantoms vs. Toronto Marlies - Emmaus High School Night! (   
3) An Evening Meeting Opportunity!
Launching Wednesday, March 29th. 6-8pm, at Rising River Brewing in Lower Macungie
The plan: Start as a Once-a-Month ADDITIONAL meeting opportunity for ERC.  
The idea: Re-engage current members and attract new members. Mornings are not for everyone due to work/school/life schedules. We are going to create a productive meeting environment: not just a happy hour.  Members and guests will be engaged in project-based planning/activities and enjoy fellowship. Stay tuned for more exciting details. AND DON'T FRET! Morning meetings aren't stopping! We like bacon and eggs too much! 
Many thanks to Peter McCullough, Gina Vary, Wade George and soon to be member Ron Beitler for their help in planning this concept. 
We have headed into the second half of the year! While I don't have a fancy Half Time Show for you or an emotional locker room speech. I can leave you with this: 
That spells Rotary
Is known on land and sea
From north to south
From east to west
One profits most who serves the best
That spells Rotary!
Shine Bright Friends! 
Meghan Reed
GO TEAM Meghan Reed 2023-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

See the World Through Rotary Service

See the world through Rotary Service!
Last month Rotarians from District 7430 including Emmaus Rotary Club Members, Cindy Hornaman, Chris Hornaman, Dee Eng, Gary Rohrbach, and Sue Straeter and Husband Ray Doviak, traveled to St. Kitts to give back and kick back a little. 
During the trip they:
  • Bagged and delivered food supplies
  • Boxed dictionaries for primary schools and delivered to individual schools
  • Of course attended a Rotary Club Meeting
Interested in seeing the world through Service Above Self?  What are you waiting for? Talk to Cindy, Dee or Alicia for opportunities.
See the World Through Rotary Service Meghan Reed 2023-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Eyes on Rotary

Hello Emmaus Rotary Friends! 
I wanted to take a moment to share an article I wrote about Emmaus Rotary that will run in the Borough of Emmaus Spring 2023 Newsletter.  One of our Public Image goals this year is to spread awareness about Rotary through community publications. If you are aware of a FREE local newsletter that you think our Club should submit information to, please let me know by sharing contact information for the publication. If you like to write and would like to serve on the Public Image Commitee to help submit articles like this, please reach out to me! I hope many community members read this article and it sparks interest in joining us in Service Above Self. 

Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23


Emmaus Rotary Club Service Above Self

We often hear the question : “So what exactly is Rotary?”.  The truth is that Rotary is a lot of things and can mean different things for each life it touches.  

Rotary is a global organization of over 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves - all while building lifelong friendships in the process. Rotarians are “People of Action” 

Our mission: We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

What we do: Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Through our 7 areas of focus 46,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace

  • Fight disease

  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

  • Save mothers and children

  • Support education

  • Grow local economies

  • Protect the environment

So, how do you want to get involved in Rotary?
Emmaus Rotary is an active and vibrant Club. We invite you to join us to learn more! We meet at Superior Restaurant Thursday mornings at 7:30am (Offering an evening meeting opportunity starting in the Spring.)  You can learn more at & Follow us on Facebook at Emmaus Rotary: Non-Profit Organization. 

Ways to get involved Spring/Summer Contact 

  • Helping with Flags Subscription Program: A patriotic way to Fundraise with Emmaus Rotary.

  • Day of Environmental Service - Wildlands Conservancy Black River Sanctuary Project. - Planting native plant/tree species. - April 29th. 

  • Emmaus Rotary Scholarship Fund “Wilmer Schultz Service Above Self” Scholarship Award - June Date TBA

  • Camp Neidig Youth Leadership Camp. June 16th - 19th.

  • Annual Flag Day Program Sponsored by Emmaus Rotary. June 14th, 6:00 PM at Community Park in the Arts Pavilion 

  • Emmaus Rotary Bags & Beef Cornhole Tournament - Fundraiser to support the Feed East Penn Students Program. - June Date TBA

  • Many other community service/volunteer opportunities TBA 

  • The East Penn Food Coalition: Feed East Penn Students Program: Through collaborative efforts with other local service clubs, over 12,000 bags of food have been provided to East Penn Families in need since 2019. We have distributed Over 1,000 bags so far this school year and currently serve roughly 80 families a week.  Food packing takes place weekly at Faith Presbyterian by Food Coalition Volunteers. Distribution continues Wednesdays at Emmaus High School and Lower Macungie Middle School along with additional delivery help coordinated by the Angel Network. We expect this program to continue as long as the community needs the support. We are thankful for individual donations and are seeking community leaders to aid in the long-term sustainability of this program through sponsorships or helpful food supply connections. 

Many thanks for your support:
Checks may be made out to Emmaus Rotary Foundation
Please send to: 

Emmaus Rotary Foundation

    c/o 2225 Riverbend Rd.

    Allentown, PA 18103

Cindy Hornaman:,
(610) 360-4875 




Eyes on Rotary Meghan Reed 2023-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Good Grief Charlie Brown

Good Grief! A lament of frustration and a little despair most notably coined by the lovable loser Charlie Brown of the Peanuts. 
I'll be honest with you Friends....I've felt that Good Grief feeling a number of times over the last 3 months. Yes, while I present myself to the world as a never-ending enthusiastic and energetic person there are times when balancing Rotary, family, relationships (of all sorts), career, general life responsibilities, and my health can seem like a gauntlet.  The list can seem overwhelming. I know each of you understands this feeling.  And knowing that we are not alone in those feelings and having a supportive community around you is important.  I have learned over the last 48 hours just how important these things are. 
Each of us has or has had a lot on their proverbial plate at one point or another. Many of us keep those heaping portions served up on that plate to ourselves. Sometimes you just are not aware of what someone is going through behind the scenes.  That is why the Fellowship and strong Leadership of Emmaus Rotary Club is so critical for a healthy and vibrant club atmosphere.  Over the months and years of being a Rotarian we have formed meaningful bonds with each other in lots of ways. Those relationships are the glue that keep us inspired together.  Keeping up with relationships can be hard work, but it is work worth doing because losing ourselves in daily rat race is not the meaning of life. The difference we make together and the experiences of we share together are what we will look back on at the end of this road called life. 
For those in this ERC family that are new. You are part of something big. Welcome! 
For those in ERC for a long while. You have set the stage for tremendous work. Thank You!
For those in ERC we haven't seen in a while for a multitude of reasons.... you matter, and we care about you. We miss you! If you need a Friend. We are here.
For those in ERC we have lost. You are not forgotten. You have built a legacy.
For every ERC member looking at life's plate and feeling like GOOD GRIEF, I hope you know you have a family here. 
In closing sometimes grief is a good sign. We feel frustrated when the things we care most about aren't working out as we envisioned.
It certainly won't feel like it in the moment, but in its boiled down, bittersweet form, grief is an extension and act of love. Without love you wouldn't ever feel its punch to the gut. It presents itself when we lose. Lose a companion, lose control, or lose something meaningful. We don't like losing. It's uncomfortable. But what comes after loss can be inspiration and growth. We grieve the things we've love the most.  I'd rather feel some good grief than never love or care enough to feel it. 
Shine Bright Friends, 
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Good Grief Charlie Brown Meghan Reed 2023-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Sponsor a Ukrainian family through Welcome.US

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

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

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

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

To sponsor a Ukrainian refugee family and offer them a stable environment:
Download the Rotary-Welcome.US flyer
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ERC History! The Caboose Chronicles 

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

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

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


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

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

Yours In Service,

Wade George

ERC History! The Caboose Chronicles Meghan Reed 2023-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Emmaus Interact Club Meeting Success

Hello Friends!
I'm happy to report that our EHS Interact & ERC Meeting was a success! The concept was to provide four stations that the students could pick from in a series of three rotations.  The stations helped students to learn more about Rotary and ERC.  The topics were: Youth Exchange, Camp Neidig, The Fourway Speech Contest/ERC Scholarship Awards, and a Meet & Greet/Round Table.  This concept was a brilliant idea brought forth by Interact Advisor, Amy Kaunitz and Interact Club President Emma.  (Emma is a terrific young leader and participated in the Four Way Speech Contest last year, making it to Districts)

What we took away from this experience was that the Students of Interact want to work more with ERC! They want to learn more about Rotary and wish we would have done this together sooner!! SO next year we will hold this sort of meeting in October and kick of the school year with helping Interact become more knowledgeable about Rotary and why Interact is really the first rung on the ladder of Rotary participation.
I so enjoyed sitting and talking with this fine group of young people who have a desire to serve the community.  We had nice conversations and shared potential service project ideas.  NEXT we will schedule a follow up joint meeting to learn more about Rotary's 7 Areas of Focus and brainstorm project ideas that Interact would like to create and that ERC and Interact can work on together.  I think this is the next chapter in strengthening the bonds with ERC and Interact and change more lives through the joy of service.  The future is bright so let's shine!
Many Thanks to Interact Advisor Amy Kaunitz, Interact Club President Emma,  Youth Committee Chair Tony Moyer (4 Way Speech/Scholarship Station), Don Blose, John Chisca and Eric Loch (Camp Neidig Station), Courtney Kennedy, Bob Kruas and Exchange Student Flora (Youth Exchange Station),  Sal Verrastro,  Nelly Kabiru and Karen Hobson (Meet & Greet/Round Table Station). And special Guests Bill Thompson from the Fleetwood Rotary Club and District Governor Len Gieseler (who is also a Camp Neidig Alum and was able to share his experience)!
Shine Bright Friends,
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Emmaus Interact Club Meeting Success Meghan Reed 2023-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You

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This week I will keep it short and sweet. Thank you for all of your support over the last week and for your kind words.
My last message seemed to really resonate with many of you and it helps to know we are not alone in life's struggles. Emmaus Rotary is an amazing group of Friends that has changed my life. Each of you has had an impact on me.  I appreciate my relationships with each of you.
I hope you have a terrific week ahead. I will see many of you on Thursday!
Keep Shining Bright!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
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Last Call for Nominations! International Women's Day Celebration

Dear Rotarian,
International Women's Day (March 8, 2023) is "right around the corner", and your IWD committee needs your help in identifying a woman from our community AND a female Rotarian to be recognized for their outstanding service.
Our club has had the pleasure of honoring tremendously committed and compassionate people in each of the last five years. And as in years past, we need you, our members, to nominate women for Emmaus Rotary's 2023 International Women's Day celebration!
Please make some time to review the award flyers for each award category (below). The flyers contain the calls for nominees, information on the awards, and major eligibility criteria. Detailed criteria can be found at the end of the additional criteria links. 
Thank you for considering the women in your life who epitomize our Rotary ideals through volunteer service. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Alicia Ruiz-Orbin at
Warmly,Emmaus Rotary International Women's Day Committee
Women in Rotary | Rotary District 5710
Last Call for Nominations! International Women's Day Celebration Meghan Reed 2023-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Good Tidings!

Hello Friends! I have good tidings for you (did you know that good tidings means to bring good new? Well now you do if you didn't)
The past 6 months have just flown by! I can't believe I will be half way through my service as your Club President.  2022 has been a year of real growth for me and I thank each of you for playing a role in my life. I'm excited to kick off 2023 with our Club Assembly so we can check in on how ERC is achieving goals and review the impact of our service work. I invite you to take some time this Holiday Season to personally reflect on how you've grown, changed, learned, served, faced challenges and enjoyed your life;Then set your intentions for 2023.
I hope you enjoy this meaningful time of year with your loved ones.  Remember to pause be thankful for all the gifts we have in our lives. The greatest gift of all is the present of BEING PRESENT.  Soak in the magic and goodness around you and hold those moments close to your heart.
Wishing you all things Merry and Bright!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
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Oh Tennenbaum 

The Holiday Season is in full swing now. In the hustle and bustle of shopping for gifts, decorating and preparing for gatherings we can sometimes lose sight of WHY! That answer will be different for everyone...but at the heart of it all, we do all this to express love and gratitude for the people in our lives through tokens of appreciation and even more precious to enjoy TIME together through traditions.  One of my favorite traditions is adorning a beautiful tree with twinkling lights and meaningful ornaments.  I also love a good community Tree Lighting! This past weekend Emmaus Rotary teamed up with The Emmaus High School Interact Club, and helped the kids of Emmaus send letters to Santa. 
Many Thanks to Karen Hobson, Nicole Steirer, Diane Grahm, Jean Onyambu, Mario Cuzzubbo, Jeff McElhaney, and Rick Zayaitz, for braving the rainy weather during the event to make this tradition happen.  Thanks to you a lot of little ones have the comfort of knowing the Big Man in Red will get their wishes and about 130 of those kiddos will even get a letter back to keep the belief in magic alive! 
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
How faithfully you blossom!
Through summer’s heat and winter’s chill
Your leaves are green and blooming still.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
How faithfully you blossom!

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With what delight I see you!
When winter days are dark and drear
You bring us hope for all the year.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
With what delight I see you!

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You bear a joyful message:
That faith and hope shall ever bloom
To bring us light in winter’s gloom.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
You bear a joyful message
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Oh Tennenbaum Meghan Reed 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks and Giving

When sitting down to write my message this week, I took time to reflect on some lovely poems that I found about what giving means. I hope you enjoy the poem below by Alberto Rios.  I THANK each and every one of you for all you GIVE.  You give your time, your talents and your treasures in the motto of Service Above Self. I see you give selflessly to your families, and your friendships. You also give opportunities. You give different perspectives. You give in creative ways. You give quietly without expecting accolades. You give because it makes a difference.  Each act of giving matters.  You matter. Thank you for being an Emmaus Rotarian.  

Follow this link to listen to the Poet read this poem aloud. It is even better when you listen to it. When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos - Poems |

When Giving Is All We Have

 - 1952-
One river gives
Its journey to the next.

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.


NO MEETING THIS WEEK in observance of Thanksgiving! It's Turkey Time! 
Feeling cozy at our meetings? I hear you! Want more elbow room? Me too! How do we make this happen? We need more members to attend our meetings! Pre-Covid we had much higher numbers of meeting attendance. Since getting back to full in persons meetings our attendance has declined. We talk a lot about being "finders" for new members. We are also "keepers" of our existing members.  We have all created friendships through the years. Who have you not seen in awhile? Please call that person today and ask them to come back to our weekly meetings.
HEY maybe you're reading this and thinking....boy ya know it's been a while since I've been at a meeting.... I miss my friends.... I miss the way I feel after an inspirational program...I'd like to check out our new meeting location.  WELL, WE MISS YOU TOO and WE WANT TO SEE YOU! 
Let's show Superior Restaurant that we can fill the entire room so that we can justify asking that it be reserved just for us! 
ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! We are very close to collecting 100 boxes of rice. Please remember to bring boxed rice to our next meeting on 12/1/22. We can make a difference to struggling families one small donation at a time! Can't make the meeting next week....Drop your rice off at Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers by Wednesday and I will make sure it gets to Eileen on 12/1/22  
UP Next! 
Saturday, December 3, 2022.  Letters to Santa at Emmaus Old Fashioned Christmas. Help the True Believers in Santa get their wishes to Man in Red at Emmaus Tree Lighting. If you ever wanted to live in your own Hallmark Movie...this is your chance.   
The time for the event is 4-7.  We will do 2 time slots, 3:30-5 and 5-7.  We are looking for 2 volunteers for each shift. You would be helping the kids get their letters written and then "mailed" to Santa.  Please sign up with the link below to let us know that you're interested in helping us out.
Meeting December 8th! Book Collection for Cops & Kids and the ERC Shopper Shop.  We are bringing back two favorite programs from last year.  Bring your Mega Millions to cash in on some sweet Rotary Merch and other fun gifts donated by fellow members.  Want to earn more Mega Millions? Bring a book to donate to Cops and Kids that day! We are looking for Childrens books for ages K - 5th grade. We will be writing encouraging messages in these books and including a bookmark.   WE WILL HAVE THE FULL DINING HALL FOR THIS MEETING. 

Meeting December 15th AT THE  MACUNGIE INSTITUE located at 510 East Main Street, Macungie. We will NOT be at or usual meeting location on 12/15 because we will be treated to a Festive Holiday performance by the Emmaus High School Chorale. Same time, 7:30am, same breakfast price of $15.  Parking on site. Don't miss this uplifting performance that has become a beloved ERC tradition.  The voices of these students are sure to give you goosebumps. 
Shine Bright Friends! 
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Thanks and Giving Meghan Reed 2022-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Interact in Action

Clearly Emmaus Rotary Club has been hard at work serving our community in a multitude of ways over the last 3 months. I wanted to take a moment to share with you that our Emmaus High School Interact Club has also been busy making a difference. Over the last few weeks Interact participated alongside ERC at the Mircale League Trick or Treat and The Knauss Homestead/Emmaus Remembrance Garden Clean up.  This very active Interact Club has also been creating and implementing their own meaningful service projects. I am so impressed by this group of Students and enjoy working with Interact Advisor Amy Kaunitz. Our Youth Service Committee Chair Tony Moyer and Community Service Chair, Karen Hobson have also been hard at work making sure that the lines of communication between ERC and EHS Interact are open and supportive.  Stay tuned for more Interaction with our Interact Club! 
Interact read, sorted, and counted over 1500 letters to mail to our American servicemen and women. 

Branch, our EHS Therapy Dog, and the Interact Club teamed up to help the Sanctuary by collecting towels for the dogs and cats at the shelter. Pictured are Branch and Amanda Gross, Interact Treasurer.
Emmaus Interact Students showed up in a big way to help at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden Clean up on 11/12/22! We also had some talented Chef's on deck to help prepare meals for the Allentown Rescue Mission. 

Board Meeting this week! 8:35am Lower-Level Meeting Space at Superior Restaurant after our normal meeting. 
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK in observance of Thanksgiving! It's Turkey Time! 
RICE RICE BABY! ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! We are about 3/4 our goal of collecting 100 boxes of rice. Please remember to bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. We can make a difference to struggling families one small donation at a time! Can't make the meeting this week....Drop your rice off at Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers by Wednesday and I will make sure it gets to Eileen on the 17th.  
UP Next! Community Service!
Saturday, December 3, 2022.  Letters to Santa at Emmaus Old Fashioned Christmas. Help the True Believers in Santa get their wishes to Man in Red at Emmaus Tree Lighting. If you ever wanted to live in your own Hallmark Movie...this is your chance.  Stay tuned for sign up information or reach out to Karen Hobson and Nicole Steirer. 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Interact in Action Meghan Reed 2022-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Flip the Script

Like many Phillies fans, licking our wounds, it can be easy to get bummed out when things don't go how you envisioned them. Sometimes you need a reminder of what IS going right and to appreciate the work you've put in to get to where you are.  You won't hit a homerun every game, but you show up and take the chance.  Sometimes you win big and sometimes you face the dreaded four-letter word we do not love hearing.... fail. But if you don't take the shot, you have no chance of winning.  
What am I getting at here? I understand that the Club has faced some big changes over the last month with moving our meetings. We moved our homebase! BUT we met a challenge, we put in the work to find a solution, and now we are fine tuning the mechanics of how our new meetings flow, grow and thrive.  It is going to take some time and practice to hit our stride. So, I thank you for cheering us on. I thank you for your thoughts and constructive input.  I welcome help, ideas and solutions that you want to bring to the table as a member of the team. 
We are trying new things so that we can see what works and what doesn't.  Over the next few weeks, you will some new strategies in our meeting plans that we hope will get us into a new and improved groove.  Let's have fun and remember that home is where you heart is...and for ERC the sense of feeling at home shines through when we are at service to our community.  Let us remember that the real work is put in before and after the weekly meetings. It is the constant planning. It is the behind-the-scenes committee meetings. It is the community service projects that we literally knock out of the park!! Time to rally! 
RICE RICE BABY! ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! We are only HALF WAY to our goal of collecting 100 boxes of rice. Please remember to bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. We can make a difference to struggling families one small donation at a time! 

Meal Prep for Rescue Mission and Turning Point - Saturday, November 12, 2022. 8am - 11:30am
It's time for our annual meal prep for the Rescue Mission and Turning Point!  We are going to be using Zion Lutheran Church again at 5901 Kings Hwy S. Old Zionsville, Pa 18068.  We're going to be making a meal for about 80 people at the Rescue Mission plus a group at Turning Point and we'd love to have your help!  Karen will also need a few people to help her deliver the food as well.  If you're interested, please respond sign up using ClubRunner by clicking here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole at 484-695-1802
The Knauss Homestead and Emmaus Remembrance Garden Cleanup will also take place on November 12th from 9am - 11am! 150 East Main Street, Emmaus - enter through Cintas Car Park.  Click here to sign up now. 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
Flip the Script Meghan Reed 2022-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Go Team

Ok I'll give it to you straight Friends. The Trumpet is going out so late because I was sidetracked by my excitement for the Phillies. Yes, I will admit my head has been in the clouds dreaming of my favorite team winning the World Series this year. It brings back memories of their big win in 2008 (picture me leaping around my living room hugging my Dad) What I'm getting at here is that I love this feeling of excitement, and the thrill of imagining something big for my team. 
Oh wait...did I say Imagine? Yes..I'm going there. While the Phillies are my sports team, YOU, Emmaus Rotary, are my REAL LIFE team. You are the ones that take the phrase "Imagine Rotary" and make it reality. Each and every one of us in ERC makes up the dream team of Difference Makers in our small corner of the world and beyond. We have some heavy hitters on our team. You are out there feeding people, helping children read, building computer labs in Zambia, preserving the environment, giving students opportunities to see the world, empowering young minds to explore the sciences, supporting Veterans, funding ShelterBox, and SO much more.  I've also gotta mention that this team hits a grand slam when it comes to Membership and Fellowship. I see you checking in on each other, lending a hand whenever a fellow Member may need it, creating and nurturing lifelong friendships and supporting one another professionally. And in the bullpen we have talented Public Image Committee throwing the Rotary Name out into the Community.  While I'm at it; I'd like to extend a BIG Congratulations to Immediate Past President, Mike Waddell for receiving the Rotary Internation Citation for his outstanding goal achievements in the 2021/2022 Rotary Year! 
The ERC Rotary Wheel is a well-oiled machine, but real Champions never settle! NOW is the time to put your Imaginations to work. District Governor Len got me thinking a lot about this at his visit last week. What does Rotary mean to you? Why did you join? What makes you stay? How does being a Rotarian make you feel? What is your Rotary Story? Now I'd like you to take your answers and think about what you will do with them. How will you share your unique Rotary Story to help grow our Club Membership or reach new Sponsors? What is the next big project you envision for ERC to impact the community?  Who do you know that would enjoy Rotary as much as you do? When will you invite that someone to join us at a service project or breakfast? How do you Imagine ERC in a year...5 years...10 years. 
When I set out to Imagine my Rotary Year as President I took a good look at this team, and I created our Club Goals knowing that we have a great group of people who step up to the plate and get the job done.  So, as I round the bases of my term I will reach out and ask you to serve, I am available to our Club Leaders and new Members to offer support, and we will have a lot of fun together in Service Above Self. 
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23

RICE RICE BABY! ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! Please remember to bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. We can make a difference to struggling families one small donation at a time! 
Meal Prep for Rescue Mission and Turning Point - Saturday, November 12, 2022. 8am - 11:30am
It's time for our annual meal prep for the Rescue Mission and Turning Point!  We are going to be using Zion Lutheran Church again at 5901 Kings Hwy S. Old Zionsville, Pa 18068.  We're going to be making a meal for about 80 people at the Rescue Mission plus a group at Turning Point and we'd love to have your help!  Karen will also need a few people to help her deliver the food as well.  If you're interested, please respond sign up using ClubRunner by clicking here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole at 484-695-1802
The Knauss Homestead and Emmaus Remembrance Garden Cleanup will also take place on November 12th from 9am - 11am! 150 East Main Street, Emmaus - enter through Cintas Car Park.  See Karen and Nicole to sign up. 
Go Team Meghan Reed 2022-11-02 04:00:00Z 0

ERC Highlights 

This is a very busy Club!  Here are some highlights of what has happened over the last week and what is yet to come! 
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to our new meeting location at Superior last week! We had over 40 members in attendance. There are some learning curves and kinks we will be working out over the next few weeks. I appreciate your cooperative and helpful responses to our meeting and look forward to us feeling right at home soon.  I hope to see a good turnout to the meeting this week. We have a special guest this week! District 7430, District Governor Len Gieseler will be our speaker. Let's give him a warm welcome and thank him for his service to Rotary. 
On Sunday the Fellowship Committee put together a lovely Pumpkin Painting Party! We had a great turn out by Rotarians and Friends. Lots of happy smiles from the kiddos and grownups! There were a lot of creative ideas and artistic expression going on making it a great day for memories. Thank you to Jean, Don, Ceil, Diane, Nelly and the entire committee for organizing are special day and keeping this young tradition alive for ERC. I look forward to this event every year. 
I'm excited to see what ERC puts together for the Miracle League Trick or Treat on Wednesday. Karen and her Committee are working with EHS Interact Club to create a fun experience for the Miracle League. It is so great to see that ERC and Interact are collaborating on meaningful service projects like this.  Thank you to everyone who donated to make sure we have enough candy to supply the kids enjoying the event! You are all very sweet! 
RICE RICE BABY! ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! Please remember to bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. We can make a difference to struggling families one small donation at a time! 
Board meeting this week! For anyone interested in attending our monthly Board Meeting, we will meet promptly after our normal program wraps up at 8:30am. Our DG Len will be in attendance. 
Meal Prep for Rescue Mission and Turning Point - Saturday, November 12, 2022. 8am - 11:30am
It's time for our annual meal prep for the Rescue Mission and Turning Point!  We are going to be using Zion Lutheran Church again at 5901 Kings Hwy S. Old Zionsville, Pa 18068.  We're going to be making a meal for about 80 people at the Rescue Mission plus a group at Turning Point and we'd love to have your help!  Karen will also need a few people to help her deliver the food as well.  If you're interested, please respond sign up using ClubRunner by clicking here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nicole at 484-695-1802
The Knauss Homestead and Emmaus Remembrance Garden Cleanup will also take place on November 12th from 9am - 11am! 150 East Main Street, Emmaus - enter through Cintas Car Park.  See Karen and Nicole to sign up. 

BIG REMINDER! This week we move our weekly breakfast meetings to Superior Restaurant in Emmaus. Same time; 7:30am start time. Doors open as early as 7:00am. The cost is STILL $15.00.  BE SURE TO LOOK AT THE CLUB MEETING DUTIES TO SEE IF YOU ARE SCHEDULED! We will need all hands on deck to make this a smooth transition!
Check out the new menu below. Your breakfast will be made to order.  I don't know about you but I'm already looking forward to some eggs over easy!!!  We've got a great program in store for you as is time to start thinking about the ERC Centennial! 
ERC Breakfast Menu
  • Two eggs any style with choice of meat
  • Western Omelet- 3 egg omelet w/ ham, pepper, onions and American cheese
  • Bowl of Oatmeal topped blueberries & Honey accompanied with muffin
  • Bacon, Egg Cheese Croissant
  • Fruit Parfait – Greek yogurt topped with strawberries, blueberries & granola
  • French Toast with choice of meat
  • Pancakes with choice of meat
  • Cheese omelet served with home fries and choice of meat
  • Meat Selection: Bacon, Scapple, sausage patty, sausage links
  • Coffee and Juice included
  • Tax and Gratuity included
Shine Bright and GOOOOO Phillies!!!!!!!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
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Emmaus Rotary Club FREE Pumpkin Painting Party

A family friendly Fellowship event open to all Rotarians and the Community. 
Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Emmaus Community Park, Rotary Pavillion. (Rain or Shine)
Pumpkins, paints/brushes, snacks, refreshments, and cornhole games provided by ERC Fellowship Commitee. 
Please sign up in advance so that we can plan to have enough supplies!  RSVP HERE NOW 
Emmaus Rotary Club FREE Pumpkin Painting Party | Rotary Club of Emmaus

Questions: Contact Fellowship Chair: Jean Onyambu at 484-201-3335 or  


Emmaus Rotary Club FREE Pumpkin Painting Party Meghan Reed 2022-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Foundation Seminar November 12 and Grant Training

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SEMINAR 8:00- 1:00
NEWTOWN, PA  18940
Rotary International Trustee: Marty Hellman
Chairperson of the Rotary Action Group on Literacy: Carolyn Johnson
Turkish Rotarian Sedef Bircan, Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors
Outstanding Breakout Sessions
Grant Training following the Seminar
And our Journey to the Next Million……
Who Should attend: EVERYONE!
Club Presidents, President Elects, Club foundation chairs, grant chairs, other committee members and all Rotarians—come and support our Foundation!
This Year our Foundation Seminar will be held jointly with our neighboring district 7450
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We have a whole lot of positive things going on this week! Thank you for all the enthusiasm and support over the past few weeks! I really appreciate it!
BIG REMINDER! This week we move our weekly breakfast meetings to Superior Restaurant in Emmaus. Same time; 7:30am start time. Doors open as early as 7:00am. The cost is STILL $15.00.  BE SURE TO LOOK AT THE CLUB MEETING DUTIES TO SEE IF YOU ARE SCHEDULED! We will need all hands on deck to make this a smooth transition!
Check out the new menu below. Your breakfast will be made to order.  I don't know about you but I'm already looking forward to some eggs over easy!!!  We've got a great program in store for you as is time to start thinking about the ERC Centennial! 
ERC Breakfast Menu
  • Two eggs any style with choice of meat
  • Western Omelet- 3 egg omelet w/ ham, pepper, onions and American cheese
  • Bowl of Oatmeal topped blueberries & Honey accompanied with muffin
  • Bacon, Egg Cheese Croissant
  • Fruit Parfait – Greek yogurt topped with strawberries, blueberries & granola
  • French Toast with choice of meat
  • Pancakes with choice of meat
  • Cheese omelet served with home fries and choice of meat
  • Meat Selection: Bacon, Scapple, sausage patty, sausage links
  • Coffee and Juice included
  • Tax and Gratuity included

NOW let's talk Make a Difference Month! 
I want to start with a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped Represented Emmaus Rotary this weekend! We had Mike and Linda Waddell on The Trail to End Polio for District 7430! And ERC showed our town spirit at Emmaus Halloween Parade on Saturday with volunteers: Ann Matlack, Diane Graham, Eric Loch, Bob Kraus, Joe Pugliese, Jean Onyambu, Don Blose, Mike Waddell and of course our amazing Community Service Chairs Karen Hobson and Nicole Steirer.  Your time is greatly appreciated, and I hope you had a lot of fun with this weekend.   
Let's keep Make A Difference Month momentum going to strong! 
MIRACLE LEAGUE HALLOWEEN CANDY COLLECTION! Bring a bag of candy to the next two meetings OR drop off with Meghan at Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers and Meghan will get the candy to Karen and Nicole.  (I promise not to eat any of it before trick or treat) 
Wednesday, October 26th - MIRACLE LEAGUE HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT- NEED 8-10 PEOPLE MAX -  4:30pm - 8:00 pm at Miracle League Park 5858 Sell Rd. Schnecksville.  We will be working alongside the EHS Interact Kids in this service project! Help hand out candy and run the interactive children's games and wear a group theme costume!! Contact Karen and Nicole at 
ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! Bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. 
Another Club Function you won't want to miss! 
Sunday, October 23rd - FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY PUPMKIN PAINTING - Emmaus Community Park at the Rotary Pavillion from 2-5pm. FREE Family Friendly event for all Rotarians and the Community. One of my favorite events of the year. I love bringing my best friend's kids along and inviting my friends to spend time together! I encourage you to make some memories with me! RSVP here now: Emmaus Rotary Club FREE Pumpkin Painting Party | Rotary Club of Emmaus

Shine Bright and GOOOOO Phillies!!!!!!!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW THIS WEEK Meghan Reed 2022-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

We are in Full Swing! 

Hello Friends! 

ERC is certainly in full swing here in the midst of "Make a Difference Month".  I know we are throwing a lot at you, but we are knocking it out of the park with Community Service.  After all this is WHY we are Rotarians isn't it? We signed up to make a difference in the community, right?  We don't like to sit on bench and watch!  I see the work our super active members are putting in! It does not go unnoticed, and I THANK YOU for showing up and making ERC shine! 

Earlier this month we assisted the Wildlands Conservancy in planted 60 trees at Emmaus Community Park to help the riparian buffer area. Shout out to Mike Waddell, Gary Gutherie, Karen Hobson (and my husband Len) for rolling up their sleeves to dig in.  


This past weekend Karen Hobson, Diane Graham, Joe Pugliese and Don Blose were angels in the outfield at the Mircale League Baseball Game. They helped the players round the bases, hit, pitch and cheer! A day well spent and a day each of those kids will remember!  
Now who else is up to bat? We have a lot more in the lineup and it your chance be team players. Maybe you're reading this and haven't made it to a meeting in a while and want to get back in the swing of things. This is your chance to include your family or a good friend and make some meaningful memories together in service above self! OK that's your pep talk for the day! SO what are you waiting for?! Sign up with Karen and Nicole to help with the following we want to count YOU in! 
Saturday, October 15th - EMMAUS HALLOWEEN PARADE MARSHALS NEEDED.  Meet at 5:45pm to at Keystone Avenue and Ridge Street to help line the floats up for the parade. 7:00pm Parade kicks off. Walk the parade route as Parade Marshals. (Ater the parade be rewarded with some festive liquid refreshments at Better Homes and Gardens Valley Partners building on Main Street.) Contact Nicole Streirer, / 484-695-1802

Sunday October 16th - CLEAN-UP CREW DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN PARADE - CAPTAIN AND CREW NEEDED! Meet at 8:30am at the Weiss Parking Lot, Emmaus.  Safety vests, and trash bags will be provided, bring work gloves.  Contact Nicole Steirer, / 484-695-1802 
MIRACLE LEAGUE HALLOWEEN CANDY COLLECTION! Bring a bag of candy to the next two meetings OR drop off with Meghan at Eric J. Loch Diamond Jewelers and Meghan will get the candy to Karen and Nicole.  (I promise not to eat any of it before trick or treat) 
ANGEL NETWORK RICE COLLECTION! Bring boxed rice to any meeting now through November 17th. 
Wednesday, October 26th - MIRACLE LEAGUE HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT- NEED 8-10 PEOPLE MAX -  4:30pm - 8:00 pm at Miracle League Park 5858 Sell Rd. Schnecksville.  We will be working alongside the EHS Interact Kids in this service project! Help hand out candy and run the interactive children's games and wear a group theme costume!! 
Sunday, October 23 - FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY PUPMKIN PAINTING - Emmaus Community Park. More details to come! SAVE THE DATE. Family Friendly! 
Shine Bright and GOOOOO Phillies!!!!!!!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23

We are in Full Swing! Meghan Reed 2022-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

We Make a Difference

GAME ON! It is officially "Make a Difference Month! The Community Service Committee has some really great service opportunities on deck for you this Month. Stay tuned and mark your calendars for everything from tree planting to meal preparation. There will be something for everyone and ways for the whole family to volunteer. Let’s come together and make a big difference locally. The list of service days will be posted to our Rotary events calendar throughout the month so that you can easily sign up right from our website and your ClubRunner App. 
Emmaus Rotary Club is looking for volunteers to help the Miracle League kids during their three games. We need Catchers, Pitchers and Angels to help the kids get around the bases - in need of approximately 5-8 Volunteers to help each session. 10.00 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm games. great opportunity for you to bring your teenagers to help and experience. Take a look their website
Contact Karen for more details 484-560-1711.
Save the date: More Dates and Details to Come: 
10/15/22 - Help Marshall the Emmaus Halloween Parade
10/16/22 - Day after Emmaus Halloween Parade Clean Up
10/26/22 - Miracle League Trick or Treat
Local running group Trip Tees has generously named ERC as the recipient of all proceeds raised at their upcoming Scavenger Hunt! 
The 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt will start at Yergey Brewing Sunday October 9th. Registration from12:00pm - 12:30pm. The ONE HOUR WALK OR RUN hunt gives clues to local businesses and random items throughout the Borough. Teams can be 1 - 4 members.  Only $5.00 per person to participate. Each participant fee is donated to Emmaus Rotary Club.  I will be helping participants register and thanking everyone for their donations to ERC. I hope to see some ERC members and their families and friends there to enjoy this fun day in downtown Emmaus.  
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Shine Bright Friends! (And THIS is our time to really SHINE) 
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary 2022/23
We Make a Difference Meghan Reed 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Conversations Over Cornhole Rotary Mixer


Emmaus Rotary will be participating in this membership event is for Area 1 and Area 2 Rotary Clubs to share about our wonderful clubs in a brand new and exciting venue - Stone Farm Cellars. Teaming up with the Western Lehigh Chamber, each participating club (Allentown West, Slatington, Whitehall, Emmaus, Bethlehem and Bethlehem Morning Star) will have the opportunity to showcase their clubs and activities, meeting times and members.  Please join us for this fun night of cornhole with food offered by "Feast in the Valley", wine and spirits, by Stone Farm Cellars, as well as desserts from The Buttered Crumb.  Winners and losers will have fun all night playing cornhole for some very corny prizes. Don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with area Rotarians and fellow professionals. Bring your friends and coworkers! 

Advanced registration is encouraged so we can plan for you.  There is no charge for this event, and discounted food and beverages will be available.

Register with the Chamber here:

Conversations Over Cornhole with Rotary (

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Important Things to Know This Week

It is time to Mix it up a bit!

let’s get excited to help our friends at Tails of Valor! Our Club meeting on Wednesday 9.28.22 from 6-8pm will be a mixer at Yergey Brewing on Main Street, Emmaus to benefit Tails of Valor! Only $10 to attend. BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR PINS!!! And you can, bring a box of rice for Eileen's collection for the Angel Network. MegaMillions will be flowing tomorrow!!!
This is going to be a fun evening of Fellowship and we will have the opportunity to meet new guests interested in learning about Rotary, all while raising money to help Veterans find support through service dogs. Last chance to sign up in advance!!
Click here and take two minutes to register   OF COURSE walk ins will be welcome....but you may just get a fine :)  
 NO breakfast meeting on Thursday 29th. 

Get ready for Make a Difference Month! The Community Service Committee has some really great service opportunities on deck for you this October! Stay tuned and mark your calendars for everything from tree planting to meal preparation. There will be something for everyone and ways for the whole family to volunteer. Let’s come together and make a big difference locally. The list of service days will be posted to our Rotary events calendar soon! 
Important Things to Know This Week Meghan Reed 2022-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You Emmaus Rotarians 

It certainly takes a village when it comes to fundraising for Emmaus Rotary. Monday marked the 15th Annual ERC Golf Tournament.  After many months of planning by the Golf Committee and support by many Club Members another successful tournament is in the books!  
Let’s give a big Thank You to Sue Wenner and her team for their hard work! Rick Zayaitz, Mario Cozzubbo, Cindy Hornaman, Don Blose, Dr. Steve Motze, Keith Heffner, and Joanne Smida. Special thanks to Chris Hornaman for photography.  
Thank you to each and every member who made the effort to purchase a raffle ticket and sell tickets! A special thanks to Gordon Reese, our major ticket seller. He is a raffle ticket selling champion! 
I would also like to thank supporting committees like Public Image who were very helpful in getting the word out about the event. 
When the Rotary wheels are in motion and working together we can accomplish so much and grow our impact in the community. Well done Team ERC! 
Shine Bright Friends ✨
Meghan Reed 
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022/23
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Emmaus Rotary Mixer Wednesday 9/28/22!

Rotarians! Please join your Club in supporting our friends at Tails of Valor our Mixer on Wednesday, September 28th from 6-8pm at Yergey Brewing in Emmaus. 

This event is an excellent way to get to know fellow members better and introduce new guests to Rotary all while benefiting the mission of Tails of Valor!  Attendance is only $10 and will go toward TOV.  There will be complimentary FOOD, fun giveaways, AND of course great libations to purchase.
The fine staff at Yergey’s has also graciously offered to give back at this event. Let’s support a local establishment that cares. Many thanks to our event sponsor Bright Financial Group.
REGISTER NOW! CLICK HERE   Be sure to share this event with your network and invite a guest! 
The Mixer will serve as our Club meeting for the week and therefore there will NOT be a regular meeting on Thursday, September 29th. 
For those of you that are not familiar with Tails of Valor:
Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor’s (TOV) mission is to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies by training service canines for Veterans suffering from PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Physical Disabilities. TOV provides struggling Veterans with trained companions who aid and assist in their daily routines, improving the quality of life. The Canine Connections CPS program provides our Veterans with social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families.
Emmaus Rotary Mixer Wednesday 9/28/22! Meghan Reed 2022-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Farewell Summer Festival 

Emmaus Rotary is participating in the Farewell to Summer Festival!

We will have a tent featuring a super cute children’s game for wee festival goers to enjoy.
This is also an opportunity invite people to our upcoming events and service projects.
(Fun Fact! The first time I ever learned about Rotary was at this festival b/c ERC had a booth.)
This shift will help run the game, interact with festival goers and help pack up the booth. 
Contact Meghan Reed 610-737-5942 ASAP! 
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Congratulations Alicia!

Being a Member of Rotary means you are part of something big! Your service can stretch from your zip code to anywhere in the world you find the passion to serve.
In August I received an email from, Araceli Hernandez Mejia, Secretary of the Camelinas Rotary Club in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our very own Alicia Ruiz-Orbin had been honored as the Camelinas Club's Woman of the Year!  Last Thursday Emmaus Rotary had the opportunity to formally congratulate Alicia on her recognition. At our meeting I shared the letter below because it is important to learn how much impact one person can have in the world. 
Alicia is truly an inspiration to me, and I hope that each person reading the Trumpet today will take a few minutes to read about just some of the work that Alicia has done through her 30 years of Rotary Service. I hope that it inspires you to take action in some way to be the good you want to see in the world.  
Thank you for being an outstanding humanitarian, Alicia. Your work has touched MANY lives. It is a privilege to serve in Rotary alongside of you. 
See the Good. Be the Good. Inspire Good in Others 
Shine Bright!
Meghan Reed
President, ERC 2022-2023
Rotarian, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin (center) receives the "Woman of the Year" Award
from Camelinas Rotary Club President, Sonia Elizabeth Huerta Ayala.  
Congratulations Alicia! Meghan Reed 2022-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
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August ERC Board Meeting This Week

It is that time again! 
First and foremost, I'd like to welcome our official 2022-2023 Directors to the Board. Ceil Birdsell, Wade George, Gary Guthrie, and Nelly Kabiru. Thank you all for accepting this important Leadership Role in Rotary. We will hold a brief Induction Ceremony during our weekly program on Thursday. 
I'd like to thank Wade and Nelly for serving for another year on the Board.  I'd also like to give a very big thank you John Chisca and Courtney Kennedy for serving the Board for 2021-2022 and hanging on until we held our elections.  You are all greatly appreciated. 
This is a friendly reminder to all that this Thursday, August 25, 2022, is our monthly Board Meeting. As normal it will be held at BCC at 8:30am following our regular Club Meeting.  
All Members are welcome to attend our Board Meetings. You may attend in person or via zoom using the link below starting at 8:30am.  Attending a Board Meeting is a great way for new members to learn about our Club and get a better understanding of Rotary. 
Thank you,
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary 2022-2023
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Spaghetti Breakfast??? 

Attention Emmaus Rotarians!
IMPORTANT! Our weekly Emmaus Rotary Club Meeting Scheduled for THIS Thursday, August 18, 2022, will NOT be held at our normal meeting location due to a scheduling conflict at Brookside Country Club.  The meeting IS STILL ON! We will meet at Italiano Delite Restaurant & Grill located at 1985 Brookside Road, Macungie, Pa 18062 at 7:30am.  
  • There is plenty of on-site parking. 
  • The normal rate of $15 will still apply for your breakfast. 
  • Those with registration table, greeter, and invocation duties will still need to report for duty. (check your Trumpet)
Meeting Details:
Italiano Delite Restaurant & Grill
1985 Brookside Road, Macungie Pa 18062
Meeting starts at 7:30am. (doors open at 7:00am) 
$15.00 Breakfast Fee. 
Speaker. Fellow Emmaus Rotarian, Judge Doug Reichley 
If you have any questions, contact Meghan Reed or Sal Verrastro. Many Thanks to Sal for working out this excellent alternative meeting location with little notice. That's a Rotarian for you! People of Action!!
I hope to see lots of my Rotary Friends this week to learn from Doug Reichley!
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022-2023
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Spaghetti Breakfast??? Meghan Reed 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Sharing is Caring

Hello Emmaus Rotarians! 
We have been talking A LOT about our upcoming Golf Tournament. Yes, there are even a few articles about it in this very Trumpet. We are blowing the horn loudly because we need everyone’s attention!
The Golf Committee is putting together a great event and we need YOU to help spread the word. 
Our Public Imagine committee has sprung to action! One of those action items being to create a Facebook Event Page for the tournament.  Here is an opportunity for those of you on social media to help!  

1)Open up Facebook.
2)Find Emmaus Rotary Club. (Be sure to like and follow the page while you’re there)
3)Click on Events. 
4)You will see Upcoming Events. Click 15th Annual Emmaus Rotary Club Golf Tournament. 
5)Click “interested or going” 
6)Click “Share” and post to your “feed” or your “story”. You can even personally invite people on your friends list in the share function. 
7) Then be sure to SHARE, SHARE ,SHARE AND THEN SHARE IT AGAIN! A few times a week until the big day!
By simply sharing information about this event I have sold 5 raffle tickets. Just imagine if we each took two minutes to share the love! ❤️ ⛳️
Shine Bright Friends!
Meghan Reed 
President, ERC 2022-2023
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Oh Hello Emmaus Rotary Friends!
IT IS CRUNCH TIME! Our MAJOR Fundraiser for the year is just around the corner? I'm sure you've heard mention of the 15th Annual Golf Tournament, right? Have you marked your calendar for Monday, September 12th?  Have you invited someone to participate? Have you scored your raffle tickets yet???? 
YES! Now is the time leading up to the tournament where we come together to sell these raffle tickets.  Raffle tickets are ONLY $50. There are ONLY 400 to be sold.  WIN CASH MONEY...$10,000 IN TOAL PRIZE MONEY. 
THIS IS KIND OF A BIG DEAL!  The goal for our event is $30,000. That is $30,000 that we will put to WORK in 2023/2024. many friends can you text, call or email TODAY to help them win big?  I encourage you to give 5 people the opportunity to win big this week! 
HOW do I get my tickets you ask? Where do I send my friends to purchase tickets you ask? EASY!  CLICK HERE   or get a bunch at the next Club meeting. See Sue Wenner. 
P.S. You can sign up for the tournament or the reception on our website too! We NEED golfers!!!  
P.P.S Do you have an idea or a contact for a desirable silent auction package?  Contact Joanne Smida! 
See the good. Be the Good. Inspire the good in others!
Shine Bright Friends! 
Meghan Reed
President, Emmaus Rotary Club 2022-2023
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Board of Directors Ballot...Take 2 

Hello Emmaus Rotary Club!
Last week you read that it's time to cast your ballot for the 2022-2023 Emmaus Rotary Board of Directors at large.  The ballot I had attached in last week's Trumpet and handed out at our meeting was incomplete. DO NOT USE THAT BALLOT.  
This Thursday you will have the opportunity to cast your vote with the correct ballot! My sincere apologies for the mistake.
If you cannot attend the meeting your ballot can still be submitted. Please see the notice below be sure to click on the READ MORE section of this article for correct ballot information.  

I am excited to see who the Club elects as Directors and look forward to working side by side during my year as your President. 
See the good. Be the good. Inspire good in others. 
Shine Bright Friends,
Meghan Reed
Emmaus Rotary President 2022-2023
To all Emmaus Rotarians
ERC Board of Directors for 2022- 2023

Ballots for the 2022 2023 are now available effective Thursday, July 21, 2022.
The first ballot consists of the names of all members with exception of current office holders and 4 past
presidents. It also goes by email to all active on Thursday July 21, 2022. Votes must be received by the Secretary
before midnight July 26, 2022. The top 8 vote getters will be on the second ballot, going to all active and by
email on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Ballots must be received by the Secretary before midnight August 2, 2022.

There are four ways to cast your ballot – choose only one:
• You can forward the ballot email to the Club Secretary at typing in the four names you
vote for.
• You can call the Club Secretary at 484-201 3335 and leave a voice mail giving the four names you vote for.
• You can text the Club Secretary at 484-201 3335 typing in the four names you vote for.
• You can postal mail your vote to the Club Secretary at the below address, but it must arrive by the deadlines to be
counted. You can dispense with your name here. We trust Rotarians to vote ethically.
Jean Onyambu
Secretary, Emmaus Rotary Club
1055 Centronia Road
Breinigsville, PA

The four Board of Directors selected will go out by email to the Club soon after the votes are tallied.
Board of Directors Ballot...Take 2 Meghan Reed 2022-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

July is New Leadership Month

Hello Emmaus Rotary Club!
It is New Leadership Month in Rotary.  This Thursday you will have the opportunity to cast your ballot for the 2022-2023 Emmaus Rotary Club Board of Directors at large. If you cannot attend the meeting your ballot can still be submitted.  Being a Board Member is fun way to be involved on a deeper level in our organization.  Please see the notice below be sure to click on the READ MORE section of this article for ballot information. 
I'd like to thank our current Directors, John Chisca, Wade George, Nelly Kabiru, and Courtney Kennedy, for their outstanding service as Board Members over the past year.  Thank you each for stepping up for this important leadership opportunity.  You are greatly appreciated by Emmaus Rotary. 
As we jump into this new Rotary Year, I am eager to serve with proud Rotarians who truly want to make a difference in the world in whatever small and big ways we can imagine together. 
See the good. Be the good. Inspire good in others. 
Shine Bright Friends,
Meghan Reed
Emmaus Rotary President 2022-2023
To all Emmaus Rotarians
ERC Board of Directors for 2022- 2023
Ballots for the 2022 2023 are now available effective Thursday, July 14, 2022
The first ballot consists of the names of all members with exception of current office holders and 4 past
presidents. It goes by email to all active on Thursday July 14, 2022. Votes must be received by the Secretary
before midnight July 19, 2022. The top 8 vote getters will be on the second ballot, going to all active and by
email on Thursday, July 21, 2022 Ballots must be received by the Secretary before midnight July 26, 2022.
There are four choices on voting – choose only one:
• You can forward the ballot email to the Club Secretary at typing in the four names you
vote for.
• You can call the Club Secretary at 484-201 3335 and leave a voice mail giving the four names you vote for.
• You can text the Club Secretary at 484-201 3335 typing in the four names you vote for.
• You can postal mail your vote to the Club Secretary at the below address, but it must arrive by the deadlines to be
counted. You can dispense with your name here. We trust Rotarians to vote ethically.
The four Board of Directors selected will go out by email to the Club soon after the votes are tallied.
Jean Onyambu
Secretary, Emmaus Rotary Club
1055 Centronia Road
Breinigsville, PA
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Virtual Meeting This Week

Every once in awhile we will do a virtual meeting with our Live meeting.  This week is one of those times.
The virtual meeting should be started by 7:15a.m.  Feel free to chat with your virtual friends and the members in attendance.  Please mute yourself when the President starts the meeting. Use the Chat feature to chat with the Zoom Master and others on the virtual meeting.  We'll do our best to give you the same feel of the meeting as if you were able to attend in person.
Please Note that if you are attending virtually please use the following ZOOM link! 
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Imagine Rotary 2022-2023 Rotary Year

The Rotary International 2022-2023 Theme of “Image Rotary” gives us each the opportunity to think about the potential we see in Rotary and ourselves as Rotarians and beyond. 
This Thursday will be our first Club Assembly of the Rotary Year. I encourage you to attend!
We will review our goals for the year and upcoming events on our calendar so we can hit the ground running.  I also ask that we all take moment to think about the WHY that drives you to put service above self.  
Why did you join Rotary? Why have you stayed? What is your favorite part of Rotary? Do you have a favorite project that inspired you? What’s your passion in service and what project or program can you imagine doing with that spark? 

Lets bring our imaginations to the table, and grow the impact Rotary has….together!
See the good. Be the good. Inspire the good in others. 
Meghan Reed
2022-2023 President, Emmaus Rotary 
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This is going to be BIG!!!
This week we will celebrate 22 Members receiving either their first Paul Harris medal or an additional one.  Our Club is a huge supporter of the Paul Harris awards which are given to Members who donate $1000.00 to the Foundation.  Bill Erdman will give everyone more information on Thursday about this prestigious award.
All current Paul Harris recipients should proudly wear their Paul Harris medallion and pin.
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Groceries Plus Food Pantry Collection THIS THURSDAY! 

To prepare for our food collection THIS week (Thursday, August 4th), please see the list below of items that the Groceries Plus Food Pantry is currently in need of.  Please bring your food donations to the registration table at this week's meeting for Ashley and Joanne to deliver to Groceries Plus Food Pantry. Thank you!!

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Lucky You, It's Your Birthday

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Let's celebrate with all our Rotarians who have Birthdays this month.
Heller, Don  Jan 21
Hornaman, Chris  Jan 31
Smida, Joanne  Jan 13
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Club Community Service Meeting This Week

This is the season for giving, and making a person feel appreciated and loved.  This week we have the opportunity to do just that for 100 children. 

Emmaus Rotary has a collection of children's books that we will pull 100 books from to be donated to the Cops And Kids Reading Program.  At this meeting each Rotarian in attendance will be given a few books and specially printed Rotary bookmarks (courtesy of Michael Irwin, Vinyl Press Signs and Graphics). We will write words of encouragement to the Children of Roosevelt Elementary School in Allentown. On December 17th Cops and Kids will be holding a holiday book giving event at which First Responders and Santa will hand out books to students. For many of these kids this donated book will be their only Christmas gift.  The gift of reading can change lives.

Please be sure to attend and if you have any books you'd like to contribute for readers ages 5-11, please bring them along! Our 100 books will be complied with donations coming from other service organizations and the community.  

Contact Meghan Reed with questions. 
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468 Years 

468 years, 25 people, 35 pins, 84 committee commitments, 28 visits, 7 pinkies, 27 readers, 12 active finders. 

What the heck does this all mean? The results are in from the Fellowship questionnaire game we played at the end of our Club Assembly. From the members in attendance alone, this is impressive stuff!

  • 468 collective years of Emmaus Rotary Service….That’s a TON of experience and hours making a difference.  I wonder what our total number would be if we added up ALL of our current members?!


  • 25 people signed up for a Make a difference Day project. (Since last week that number has almost doubled) Have you signed up yet? Read on in the Trumpet for the link to sign up.  Service is a BIG reason we’re here isn’t it? 


  • 35 pins. Thanks to a watchful Sargent at Arms, we tend to remember to wear our pins to meetings. My next question to each person reading this is; are you proudly wearing it outside of meetings? We should be! 
  • 84 commitments. It sure seems like a lot of us are spreading the love and serving on multiple committees. Think about this topic for just a moment. Where are you putting your skills and talents to their best potential? How are you learning from fellow committee members?  What lasting friendships have you made through committee service? (If you are a newer member and have questions about committees please see me. I’m happy to help you navigate.)


  • 28 Club visits. Our members are social butterflies! Visiting Clubs in District 7430, around The U.S. and internationally is a fantastic way to meet new people and get inspired by other meaningful service projects. ERC members have visited far and wide. For example: Rome, Melbourne and Istanbul.  


  • 7 members in attendance supported the Purple Pinky Race to Zero.  Thanks to our Purple Pinky Princess, Lexa Shallcross for pushing us to walk/run/bike and donate!  Erasing Polio is critical and possible! 


  • 27 avid Trumpet readers! I wonder if we can beat that number this week? Hint hint guys….


  • 12 members are ready to help find new members. Having your “Four Way Test/Emmaus Rotary Club business cards” on hand makes it easy to invite someone to breakfast or a volunteer opportunity.  You never know who you’ll meet so be prepared! 

While these numbers are fun to share with you. The real mission behind these simple questions was to spark conversation outside of our normal breakfast chats and get us all thinking about how these small things really add up. 

Thank you for your service and friendship!

Meghan Reed, President Elect

468 Years Meghan Reed 2021-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Pumpkin Painting Party 10/24/21

The Emmaus Rotary Fellowship Committee invites you to the annual Pumpkin Painting Party!

Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Emmaus Community Park Rotary Pavilion 

Bring yourself, your family or a friend! 

Please r.s.v.p to Meghan Reed: 610-737-5942


Pumpkins, paints/brushes, snacks, refreshments, Cornhole Games, provided by your Fellowship Committee 🎃

Fellowship Pumpkin Painting Party 10/24/21 Meghan Reed 2021-10-09 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

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

Judges needed for our upcoming 4 Way Speech Contests:  No experience required.
Emmaus Rotary Club Speech Contest, March 19, 10 - 11 AM, Willow Lane Elementary School
North Region Rotary Speech Contest, April 2, 10 - 11 AM, Willow Lane Elementary School
Please contact Anthony Moyer if interested:, 610-295-7691
4 Way Speech Contest Volunteers Needed Diamond Man Loch 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
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     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

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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

Last Meeting for Plant-A-Row Donations!

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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

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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
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           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
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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

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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?
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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

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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


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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.
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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

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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?

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   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
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     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

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   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

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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