Club # 5417
The Rotary Club of Bethlehem

Celebrating More Than 100 Years of Service

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States of America
Effective August 18th we return to ZOOM meetings until COVID subsides. Logged-in Members click "Join Us Online" below for the Zoom link.
Future meetings will be returning to a virtual (zoom) format for a while in light of the COVID Delta Variant's strong case uptick in Northampton County.  


Every fourth Thursday a 5:30 PM

At the Twisted Olive, 51 West Broad Street

Tastes & Tunes: Our Major Fundraiser
Tickets on sale now!  Click the image for the Tastes & Tunes Web Page
Officers & Directors 2021-2022

Congratulations to OFFICERS and DIRECTORS who will serve in Rotary Year 2021-2022

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Deb Walter
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Bill Royer
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Hopeton Clennon
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Lori Knerr
Bill Rowe
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Director (1st Year)
Paul Leese
Director (1st Year)
Carrie Madigan
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Director (1st Year)
Deb Geiger
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Michelle Morton
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Cindy Glick
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Director (2nd Year)
Maria Dietrich
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Director (2nd Year)
Dave Erickson
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Director (2nd Year)
Jack Standbridge
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Director (2nd Year)
Marty Fins
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Director (2nd Year)
Al Philpotts
Current president Pete Mickolay will serve as Immediate Past President on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
Rotary in Motion
Shekhar Mehta envisions Rotary's next chapter
Rotary’s president for 2021-22, Shekhar Mehta, has a vision for Rotary's future and is ready to make it happen. A member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, India, Mehta trained as an accountant and founded a real estate development company, Skyline Group, which he also chairs. But his professional title tells only a small part of the story. He is also a director of the India arm of Operation Eyesight Universal, a Canada-based nonprofit focused on preventing avoidable blindness. He helped establish more than 15 eye hospitals, in several Indian states and he started Saving Little Hearts, a project that has facilitated more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and countries in Africa. Learn more about Mehta and visit the president's page to learn about upcoming presidential conferences and Mehta's presidential initiatives.
At our Wednesday June 9th meeting, our video program featured Stove Team International - an effort begun by a Rotarian from Oregon who, in her sixties, went to Guatemala and took action when she witnessed women tending open fires INSIDE their small living spaces to cook meals for an average family size of eight.  More than four BILLION people cook this way around the world, using biomass (dung, wood, charcoal) to cook and causing irreparable damage to the health of themselves, their families, and the environment.  Stove Team addresses this issue head on, starting local businesses that build stoves that are vastly more efficient and vent all smoke emitted outside the home while at the same time greatly reducing the amount of fuel, usually firewood that is consumed.
Here are links that may be of interest:
In 2019, 79.5 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced. An estimated 40% were under the age of 18. On World Refugee Day, held every year on 20 June, people worldwide salute the strength, courage, and contributions of refugees who abandon their homes in a desperate search for safety. Rotary clubs have demonstrated how we are people of action by assisting refugees in a variety of ways. Learn how Rotary clubs in Switzerland created a program that supports the professional integration of young refugees into society.
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.
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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 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
September 2021
Upcoming Events
Meeting Duties
Meeting Responsibilities
Nelson, Chris
Introduction of Visitors & Guests
Luncheon Treasurer
50/50 Draw
Sergeant-at-Arms (shared by service team)
Upcoming Speakers
John Petruzelli, Principal, Kolbe Academy
Sep 22, 2021
Kolbe Academy, Allentown, HS for kids in substance abuse recovery
Kolbe Academy, Allentown, HS for kids in substance abuse recovery
Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA, President & CEO
Sep 29, 2021
LV Community Foundation and its Community Leadership Activities
Erika Riddle Petrozelli
Sep 29, 2021
Update on Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
Judy Sabino
Oct 06, 2021
Unconscious Bias
Sue Zimskind
Oct 13, 2021
Deputy State Director for Senator Toomey - Constituent Advocacy
Katherine Ramsland
Oct 20, 2021
Work in Hollywood & Serial Killers
Rotary District 7430 Governor Bob Hobaugh
Oct 27, 2021
Rotary District 7430 Update
Dr. Katy Worrilow and Angelo Valetta
Nov 17, 2021
LifeAire Systems, LLC (Ben Franklin Technology Partners)
Past Speakers
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel
Sep 15, 2021
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion