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Saturday, May 25, 2019
During our meeting this week, we inducted our eighth new member to RI!  Welcome to Zach Smith, who now joins the worldwide association of Rotary International.  Zach has been super-engaged since joining our club, and we are thrilled that he has selected us.  Thank you to Paul Ricciardi who served as Zach’s sponsor.
President Mark inducts Zach Smith as sponsor Paul Ricciardi looks on.  Welcome Aboard Zach!
Our program for the week featured a presentation from George Mowrer highlighting his recent visit to Israel with his wife Betsy.  George shared with us his “Top 10” points of interest while on his journey, and Betsy was on hand to address any of the hard questions!!  George’s presentation was extremely informative, and it generated lots of great questions afterward.  Most interestingly (to me anyway), was that for a region of the world that is always in the news for its violence and unrest, tourism is such a significant component of their economy, and George shared with us that safety was never really a concern.  Thank you George and Betsy for yet another great program! 
Past-President George Mowrer shares memories of his trip to Israel
On Monday, The Bethlehem Golf Club hosted the 23rd Annual Bethlehem Rotary Charity Golf Tournament.  This event was a success on every level (except my level of play on the course!).  More than 70 golfers participated in the event, the weather simply could not have been better, and the post-golf programming (food, prizes and a few words from BAVTS Executive Director, Adam Lazarchak) reminded us all of why we were there.  The Bridges Foundation, which awards scholarships to students of BAVTS in order to further their education, is the primary beneficiary of this great event.  For anyone who has ever been involved in organizing an event like this, you know the amount of work that is involved.  Special thanks to Rob Littner, George Mowrer and the entire golf committee for their efforts to pull this off!  I will provide an additional update when the final numbers are tallied!
So, the word is traveling about the fun we are having at the DropKick meeting, our monthly happy hour social!  This Thursday, 10 of us (Cathy Abreu, Maria Nathans, Rich Sharpe, Jack Worsely, Deb Walter, Roger Whiteley, Thea Phalon, Paul Ricciardi, Zach Smith and me) shared stories, appetizers and drinks at Taps Tavern.  We meet in a cozy private room, and it creates a nice venue for us to socialize… so please mark your calendar for our next one on Wednesday, June 27th.  Thank you Paul for continuing to organize this event for us.
Please keep fellow Rotarian, Hal Funt, in your thoughts and prayers as he was recently hospitalized.  This past week, Hal was in intensive care at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, and was not able to receive visitors.  I will share any new information that I receive.
This week, please join us as our own Chris Nelson and Hopeton Clennon will be speaking to us about their recent trip to Jamaica! 
The DYK (Did You Know) this week:
  • On September 14th, 1929, our program speaker for the week was Amelia Earhart!
Who knew??????  Now you do!!
Some reminders:
  • Time is running out to make your contribution to the RI Annual Fund.  Please see Diane Donaher find out any one of the many convenient ways to make your contribution!
  • New Member Orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at the offices of Hampson Mowrer Kreitz (53 S. Commerce Way, Suite 150).  Even if you are not a “new” member, if you have not attended an orientation meeting, I would strongly encourage you to do so… all are welcome!
Yours in Rotary service,
President Mark Reed