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Club # 5417
The Rotary Club of Bethlehem
Bethlehem

Celebrating More Than 100 Years of Service

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Moravian Village (suspended until further notice)
526 Wood Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
United States of America
Because of the pandemic, our Wednesday noon meetings are on Zoom until further notice.
MEETINGS SUSPENDED
THE ROTARY CLUB OF BETHLEHEM IS MEETING VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
 
Club leaders will continue to monitor the situation and inform our members of any updates.
HAPPY HOUR ON 4TH THURSDAYS

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Rotary Day of Service at Centennial Park
On Saturday, May 1st, Rotary Club members plus HS students completing the Camp Neidig leadership training program teamed up to clean up the Centennial Children's Park on Sand Island in Bethlehem.  It was a perfect day and perfect fun.
 
 
Hail, hail, the gang's all here - and the park's clean as a result.
 
The results of our work.  Click HERE for more pictures
Rotary's Involvement with COVID 19 Vaccination
Rotary’s involvement with COVID-19 vaccination
 
A message from Rotary International President Holger Knaack and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair K. R. Ravindran
 

COVID Info for Club Members

The Bethlehem Health Bureau releases days and times for the next week's vaccine appointments every Friday at 8:00 AM at this link  
 
 
 
 
  • Vitamin D does a lot more than get calcium to your bones.  It helps your immune system and it dampens overactive immune responses.  
  • Our vitamin D levels are lowest in the winter months.
  • THE TAKEAWAY?  Ensure you take 1000 - 2000 iU of Vitamin D every day
 
Rotary in Motion
Monarch Sister Schools Program
 
Mary Anne Rishebarger spoke to our club about the Monarch Sister Schools Program that was created by the educational nonprofit Natural Partners to involve students in a real environmental problem: the ongoing destruction of Monarch butterflies’ habitat in the U.S. and Canada (driven by herbicide use on farms) and of their over-wintering habitat in Mexico (due to illegal logging), resulting in a precipitous decline of the Monarchs population. Through hands-on projects, students learn about the habitat, life cycle and the amazing migration of the Monarchs, while collaborating across borders on projects to restore habitat for future Monarch generations.  
 
Mary Anne is a Rotarian from the Baltimore area and very active in promoting the importance of Common Milkweed in private and public spaces as a vital foodsource providing nectar-rich flowers to attract and feed Monarch Butterflies and leaves on which the adult butterflies lay eggs and that provide the single most important food source for emergent catterpillars.  Milkweed is both home and host.
 
Here are links to her slide presentation, plus documents she has sent:
 
 
 
 
 
Expanding access to sanitation in the Philippines
More than 10 million households in the Philippines lack sanitation facilities, exposing communities to diseases like diarrhea and cholera. The Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila had been partnering with an Australian club for two decades to provide water and sanitation to barangay around Manila when they learned about two mountain villages in need of facilities. Overcoming many obstacles, the clubs delivered 28 toilets to the families of indigenous Aeta who live on ancestral lands, accomplishing something no other organization had. Learn more
 
Thanks to the gifts of generous Rotarians, its members were able to complete more life-changing projects last year than ever before! You can make a difference by helping people in need — from supplying equipment that protects health workers against COVID-19 to training peace builders who’ll work toward a future with less conflict. It all starts with giving the gift of Rotary.

The Rotary Foundation funds the work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs. This work is necessary now more than ever, and Rotary needs people who will take action and help make these projects possible.

With your gift today, together Rotary can fund projects that make a big impact by strengthening communities to create real, lasting solutions. Please consider giving a gift to the Foundation so Rotarians can keep doing good in the world.
 
Click the image above to donate.
 
 
Erin Maloney had never given much thought to joining a Rotary club. She had little interest in the traditional Rotary model of weekly meetings. But after attending the 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention led by her brother, 2019-20 RI President Mark D. Maloney, she discovered several reasons to join, including an increased flexibility and people who share her interest in ending modern slavery. Learn more of her story on our blog, Rotary Voices

Rotary is a volunteer organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.  It initiates humanitarian projects that address challenges affecting the world today, such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy.  Rotary club members unite a broad cross-section of business and professional leaders around the world around a common mission:  Service Above Self. These 1.2 million men and women donate their expertise, time, and funds to support local and international project, helping people in need and promoting understanding among cultures.  

Rotary’s flagship program is its effort to protect children against polio. It aims to eradicate the disease from the world.

The members of the ROTARY CLUB OF BETHLEHEM continue to meet virtually each week and to work on projects in service to our community and beyond.  And we continue to grow.  We'd love to welcome you into our club. Want more info? Click the Tell me about Rotary! menu item at the top of this web page or reach out to Gerry Foran (forangf@gmail.com).  

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Upcoming Events
Meeting Duties
Meeting Responsibilities
Greeter
 
Invocation
Long, Gerry
 
Introduction of Visitors & Guests
 
Luncheon Treasurer
 
50/50 Draw
 
Sergeant-at-Arms (shared by service team)
 
Speakers
Dr. Nidhi Mehta
May 19, 2021
Prevention at Any Age: Modifying Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Carol Ritter
May 26, 2021
Bethlehem Food Co-Op Status Update