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
Our meetings vary between in person meetings when a venue is available and via ZOOM otherwise. All in-person meetings include the ability to join via zoom . Club members can click "Join Us Online" and log-in to obtain the Zoom link.
Our annual MusikFest Rotary meeting is Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at noon in the tent in back of the ArtsQuest Visitors Center at 711 E 1st St. Bethlehem. Parking will be available directly across 1st St. from the Visitor Center..
We are offering a buffet lunch at $16 per person.  Please sign up before August 5th by emailing Jack Worsley at or by calling 484-515-0071 and leaving Jack a voicemail message.
PLEASE NOTE:  Because this meeting is outdoors, there will be no Zoom available. 


Every fourth Thursday a 5:30 PM

At the Twisted Olive, 51 West Broad Street

Rotary in Motion
On Friday, June 3rd, Lisa Jordan, plus Al & Deb Philpotts, presented dictionaries to each of Donegan's three third grade classes.  It was a great day to be sure.  Lisa told them about Rotary and pointed out some of the interesting additional content - such as a page with American Sign Language symbols.  It was a great day, made even greater when they all sang The Rainbow Connection to us.
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Lisa Jordan & Deb Philpotts talking about Rotary and the dictionaries. (Photo Al Philpotts)
In the 60 years since its creation, more than 240,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps. Chances are there might be a returned Peace Corps volunteer in your club or district. The relationship between Rotary International and the Peace Corps, made official with a 2014 partnership agreement, has its foundation in the organizations’ shared values. Learn more about how Rotary members and returned Peace Corps volunteers are working together and take part in events 20-26 September to highlight the partnership. 
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
August 2022
Upcoming Events
Meeting Duties
Meeting Responsibilities
Knerr, Lori
Malec, Ray
Visitors & Guests Introducer
Knerr, Lori
Luncheon Treasurer
Worsley, Jr., Jack
50-50 Draw
Ms. Selena Lavonier, ArtsQuest Fdn. Exec. Dir.
Aug 10, 2022
MusikFest history, current happenings, and ArtsQuest's future
Rose Cash
Aug 17, 2022
Classification Talk
Aug 24, 2022
Ben Franklin Technolgies
District Governor, Len Geiseler
Aug 31, 2022 12:00 PM
Rotary 2022-2023, Imagine Together
Robin Burk & Kailly Muthard - LV Kennel Club
Sep 07, 2022 12:00 PM
It's Not Just A Beauty Contest
Deb Walter & BES Representatives
Sep 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Tenth Annual Tastes & Tunes!
Bill Eckert
Sep 21, 2022
Classification Talk
Panel Discussion
Sep 28, 2022 12:00 PM
Homelessness (Book Discussion)