Club # 5417
The Rotary Club of Bethlehem

Celebrating More Than 100 Years of Service

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Moravian Village
526 Wood Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
United States of America
See "Quick News" for updates to meeting times and/or locations. All meetings offer a Zoom connection. Club members who are logged in can click "Join Us Online" below for the Zoom link.
Tastes & Tunes 2023
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Hotel Bethlehem
Hank & Joanne Barnette
Janney Montgomery Scott
Scott Family of Dealerships
JustBorn Quality Confections
Marty & Carole Fins
Gerry & Jill Long
Embassy Bank
Lehigh Valley Health Network
QNB Bank
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Click HERE to purchase your $60 event tickets
Total funds raised will be divided equally between the Bethlehem Rotary Foundation, whose grants help local charitable service organizations and BATTLE BORNE, a LV-based collaborative effort among like-minded individuals and organizations intent on repairing and restoring people who have served our country.
This Summer two BAVTS automotive technology students and their instructor retrofitted a gas-engined car with a brand new electric power system.  
The "Grand Unveiling" ceremony begins on Wednesday, September 20th at 12:30 pm with remarks by very special guests.  Light refreshments will be served.  
Bethlehem Rotarians are invited to join BAVTS faculty and students in celebrating this achievement.  
PLEASE RSVP by not later than 3:00 pm on September 13th TO SUSAN FAHRENKOPF AT


Every fourth Thursday a 5:30 PM

At the Twisted Olive, 51 West Broad Street

Bethlehem Rotarians are invited to join BAVTS faculty and students in celebrating this achievement.  
Rotary in Motion
We were surprised and delighted to have a guest speaker for the last lunch meeting of Rotary Year 2022-2023. Asher Schiavone, Bethlehem's Economic Development Coordinator, shared an amazing
PowerPoint on the expanding work of Partnership for Innovation and the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ).

Reflecting on the highlights of the past year, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude for the hard work of scores of club members. Among those who stepped up and offered
tremendous assistance to the club are:
  • Al Philpotts and Mark Walter in the area of communication and technology
  • Gerry Long and Darlene Heller inviting a steady flow of guest speakers
  • Jill Long ordering and organizing our weekly lunch menu
  • Sylvia Doyle, Gerry & Jill Long for organizing our Holiday Luncheon
  • Dana Huber for organizing a steady supply of inspired and inspiring students from BAVTS
  • Deb Walter, the mastermind behind another successful Taste and Tunes
  • Maria Dietrich for her work with LHS Interact Club, Toys for Tots, and B.E.S.T. mentorship
  • Lisa Jordan, the coordinator for our tree planting effort in Brazil
  • Diane Donaher for initiating the plans for our evening at the Christmas City Follies
  • Bill Rowe, the organizer of our 5 th Wednesday Socials
  • Dee Dee Foran, the creative force behind our potluck picnic
  • Pete Mickolay, the driving force behind the maintenance of Centennial Park
  • Maria Dietrich for leading the panel discussion on the books we read about homelessness
  • Darlene Heller and Deb Walter for a variety of board walks
  • Gerry and Jill Long and Winston Alozi for coordinating the Boys and Girls Club outing to Coca-Cola Park for an Iron Pigs game
  • Al Philpotts for coordinating the Schrempel Scholarship
  • Paul Ricciardi for organizing the Dictionary Project and our club's monthly Happy Hour gatherings at Twisted Olive
  • Ham Malek for leading the Nominating Committee
  • Rose Cash, our weekly greeter
  • Maria Nathans, our regular lunch treasurer
  • Jack Worsley, Jr., our Sergeant-at-Arms and ArtsQuest luncheon coordinator
  • Bill Eckert, managing the 50-50 Draw every week
  • All board members
  • All regular attendees at a variety of club meetings, service and social events
  • All guest speakers, especially club members Gerry Foran, Kamran Afshar, Deb Walter, Bill Eckert, Rose Cash, and George Mowrer
  • All visitors from District 7430 including DG Len Gieseler, PDG Bob Hobaugh, PDG Cindy Hornaman, and our own DGE Diane Donaher
On Saturday May 13th on a beautiful day, a lucky dozen Rotarians gathered to help spruce up Centennial Park on Bethlehem's Sand Island as preparation for the park's gentle offering of tranquility and beauty for parents and children over the warm months of spring, summer, and fall.  Special thanks to Rotarian and past president Pete Mickolay who provided the mulch and gardening tools used with such great impact.  Thanks Rotarians.
Cliek HERE to see photo album.
On Wednesday April 12, 2023, members of the Bethlehem Rotary Club shared their career stories at Liberty High School with the Interact Club's high school seniors.  It was a very rewarding hour.  
Click HERE to see more photos.
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
2023 Rotary Day of Service at Centennial Park
On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Rotary Club members gathered for "Spring Cleaning" at Centennial Children's Park on Sand Island in Bethlehem.  Thanks as always to Rotarian and past-president Pete Mickolay who helped equip our club members with mulch and gardening tools to get the job done!
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 2023
Upcoming Events
Meeting Duties
Meeting Responsibilities
Cash, Rose
Visitors & Guests Introducer
Knerr, Lori
Luncheon Treasurer
Eckert, Bill
Worsley, Jr., Jack
50-50 Draw
Eckert, Bill
Upcoming Speakers
Mike Orbin, Easton Rotary Clubmember
Sep 27, 2023
Sustainable Cambodia
Briana Gardell, CEO Goblies
Oct 11, 2023
Incubating Goblies
Linda Marshall - Children's Book Author
Oct 18, 2023
A Children's Book Author Writes About Polio
Erin Zebertavage, Mgr. South Side Arts District
Oct 25, 2023
Arts Renaissance in South Bethlehem
Rosa Carides-Hof - Donegan Community Sch. Coord.
Nov 08, 2023
Community School Program at Donegan Elementary School
Past Speakers
BAVTS Field Trip at 12:30
Sep 20, 2023
Unveiling of Fiat sports car that BAVTS students converted from gas to full electric this summer