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Sunday, January 14, 2018
 
At our January 10th meeting, I reminded our members that our meeting of January 24th will be at Ben Franklin Technology Center’s new West Wing Tech Ventures Building. The Program Committee will be taking orders for a boxed lunch before and after our January 17th meeting. I hope all of our members will attend this program. Bethlehem Rotary was invited to visit the facility by our Past President Chad Paul, who is the President and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and also Bethlehem Rotarian Ron Bauer, who has been a BFTP Board member for the past 18 years. Since its founding in 1983, BFTP has been responsible for creating and maintaining over 40,000 jobs in Eastern Pennsylvania.
 
Our program was a history and operations report on our Bethlehem Rotary Foundation, which was delivered by Deb Geiger, and Pat Connell. Pat is the outgoing President of BRF, and Deb is a current Board Member. New Officers elected at the January 10th Foundation Committee Meeting are:
  1. Mike McGovern – President
  2. Lisa Jordan – Secretary
  3. Gary Maurer – Treasurer
  4. Stacey Scholl – Vice President
 
In 2017, the Foundation distributed 14 grants to various local charities totaling $6,250. The availability of grants is not advertised publicly. The Foundation makes grant applications available only on our club’s website, and relies on word-of-mouth by Bethlehem Rotary Club members. The Foundation currently has funds of $148,000 which are managed by BB&T trust, and has a policy of distributing 5% of our endowment fund each year in addition to the $1,000 annual Schrempel Scholarship. $82,000 was originally contributed by the club from operations between 2005 and 2015, and the Schrempel Scholarship funds of $22,000 were moved into the Foundation in 2013, with some additional funds coming from special events over the years. Some funds have also come from donations and bequests from individual members.
 
Many thanks to Pat and Deb for their effort to keep our members informed on the Bethlehem Rotary Foundation.
 
Our program for our January 17th meeting will be a classification talk by Dee Dee Foran.
 
 
Announcements:
 
  1. Our Bethlehem Rotary meeting of January 24th will be held at Ben Franklin Technology Partners West Wing. This is the brand new 20,000 square foot addition which will support the creation of new technology-based jobs in the Lehigh Valley.
  2. SAVE THE DATE …..PDG Doug Cook, the District Foundation Chair, has announced that the 2nd Annual Foundation gala will be held on March 17, 2018. All proceeds of the event will go to the Annual Fund to be used for projects locally, and around the world.
  3. Our Club has received a request from PDG Doug Cook to donate a basket from Bethlehem Rotary Club to the Gala Committee’s auction. Our club has traditionally donated one or two baskets of Bethlehem-related items for the auction. Please consider donating an item for the Bethlehem Rotary Basket. Dee Dee will be collecting items for the basket at our meeting.
  4. Darlene Heller advised me that there are plans to open a “Bob Cohen Room” at the Bethlehem Public Library. The Cohen room will be a concert venue and multi-use space to host lectures, meetings, plays, art exhibits and all sorts of uses not yet imagined!  For more information go to: https://www.bapl.org/support-the-library/cohen-room/.
  5. District 7430 has announced that the District will sponsor a Rotary Friendship Exchange which will take place between April 26, 2018 and May 7, 2018. There will be 6 Rotarian couples from Sweden who will be visiting us during this time. Our District 7430 will be providing an itinerary and a van for transportation during their visit, but we are looking for Rotarians who are willing to provide the couples with a place to stay during their visit. The visiting Rotarians will be paying for all of their own activities and tours while they are here. The District expects that they will plan on the Rotarians spending between one and three days at each home, depending on the eventual itinerary. This is a great way to enjoy the international nature of your Rotary experience, that is, by getting to know Rotarians from around the world right in your own home. If you would like more information, please contact me.
 
Yours in Rotary service,
 
President Gerry Foran
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
The Rotary Club of Bethlehem welcomed PATRICK MORGAN and GEORGE PHILLIPPI as a new members at its December 20th meeting.
 
Patrick Morgan
 
Patrick relocated to the Lehigh Valley from Alaska where he worked as an investor in addition to his career as a Physical Therapist for Advanced Physical Therapy. Patrick has elected to take time off of his career to care for his parents. Currently he also works with youth volleyball programs applying his background as a former college volleyball coach. Patrick has interests in giving back to his community, especially with working to feed our neighbors who are under fed and hopes to help out with housing initiatives as well.

George Phillippi
 
George relocated to the greater Lehigh Valley in August as Project Manager at Control Point Associates in Warren, NJ, a surveying and geospatial company that provides services such as: 
  • Aerial photography / UAV Services
  • Subsurface Utility Location (SUL)
  • 3D Laser Scanning3D Modeling and 2D Drafting
  • GIS & Asset Management
  • Traditional and Construction Survey
George's responsibilities include managing multiple crews stationed at the Port Authority of NY and NJ and developing new business opportunities for the company.  His wife also works at the company.
 
George was born in St. Petersburg, FL and grew up in the Pittsburgh PA area.  His prior work experience includes positions in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland and New York City.