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Sunday, June 6, 2021
Last Tuesday June 1st marked the start of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem's 105th year. That alone is an amazing accomplishment for a service organization, but it reflects the importance of what we do. As we move forward returning to "normal" operations shortly (in-person meetings), take time to think about all we DID accomplish the last year. While our 104th year was one like no other, Bethlehem Rotarians are dedicated to making our world a better place, we have done that, and I truly appreciate each one of you stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run in 2020-21.
Speaking of baseball, former Major League Baseball pitching star Danny Jackson zoomed in from Kansas City and gave us a personal look at his life. Playing fifteen seasons in MLB and in three World Series is quite an accomplishment few can match. Giving us an overview of his time in MLB, it was interesting to learn that Danny discovered in 2016 at a KC Royals game on the big screen a fun fact -- that he had pitched the only immaculate inning (9 pitches) in World Series play. And his observation that chemistry in anything is the key to success resonates not only in baseball, but at your business and Rotary. Great chemistry yields Great results! 
Post-career, he operated an Incred-A-Bowl family entertainment center for 18 years, then ran a youth baseball academy which required both the student and the parent(s) to sign a contract for joint participation in the program. Teri Haddad from Community Services for Children spoke to us last month about parent participation in a child's education process being crucial to success. Danny also agrees that when trying to cultivate a child's baseball skills, parent participation is essential so they can continue the work outside the classroom. After three years he became frustrated by the lack of parent participation and closed the baseball clinic. Today he is currently involved in starting a BEST, Inc. chapter in the Kansas City area that will help support local kids to stay in college. Thank you to Gerry Long for bringing Danny to our club.
Last Wednesday evening I had the pleasure attending the BAVTS Senior Recognition Ceremony at BASD stadium. One of my BAVTS student employees invited me and it was great to see some Bethlehem Rotarians in person and participating. Paul Ricciardi was on location filming, Nikki Gingrich put her Toastmaster skills to work running a very exciting and rewarding event. Plus Dale Kochard was, of course, there to present the Dale Kochard Leadership Award. It felt great to be amongst the many parents and friends to cheer the students for recognition of the hard work they have done to develop skills urgently needed in the workforce. And job well done to the BAVTS staff for giving to the next generation the guidance and skills needed to succeed in life.
Dates to keep in mind:
  • Monday June 7- At 5:30PM is the District 7430 Welcome to Rotary event to learn about area initiatives and projects and network with fellow Rotarians. Go to the D7430website to register.
  • Monday June 7- At 7PM is our RAGAS committee monthly meeting. Contact Patrick Morgan or Lori Knerr for the Zoom invite and bring a friend who would like to help us bring awareness to the human-trafficking problem and can help us educate more of our fellow citizens what is happening.
  • Tuesday June 29 -  From 6:00-9:00PM is the District 7430 Officer Changeover Dinner at Brookside Country Club. I hope some Bethlehem Rotarians can be there to welcome the new officers including our own Diane Donaher.
  • Saturday July 17 - From 1:00-3:00PM will be our first quarterly "Pack a Lunch" for Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering for distribution to homeless and needy citizens. We will assemble the bags in the Salvation Army facility at 521 Pembroke Rd., Bethlehem. Please email Bill Rowe or me if you can help.
This week's action packed meeting will feature Taste & Tunes 2021 Chair Dee Dee Foran unveiling the delicious version planned for October 3rd. Then we have an eye opening program and video entitled: 400 Cigarettes per hour. The Killer you Probably don't know Exists. You may have noticed previous Rotary Magazine articles about StoveTeam International - a group started by a Rotarian from Eugene, Oregon. This amazing group builds safe, affordable, fuel efficient cookstoves in Latin America, which in turn provides local employment, improving health, and reducing air pollution. To date, more than 78,000 stoves have been built, preventing 1 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. 
Yours in Rotary service,
President Pete Mickolay