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Monday, Dec 7, 2020
December is here and as usual a busy time for our club and various programs and projects in progress that we need your help and/or participation with. For some members the year has been challenging and have found it difficult to attend our weekly Zoom meetings. I am hoping you can find the time to stop by a future Zoom meeting and say hello at our social session before the meeting officially begins. If not, please consider helping out with a project below.
  1. Bethlehem Rotary has a tradition of 'ringing" the bell for The Salvation Army in December. Ron Bauer and Major Scott Peabody have arranged for us to help them Saturday December 12 from 11AM to 8PM at Walmart, 3926 Linden St., Bethlehem. We have 1 person signed up for almost each hour, BUT we still a second person each hour from 1PM to 7PM to help spread Christmas Cheer. Email me for the 1 hour shift you can work. Besides helping the Salvation Army, it will be a way to catch up with fellow Rotarian(s) in-person while socially distancing.
  2. Help our Liberty High School Interact Club Toys for Tots campaign by dropping off toys for them at Aykroyd Hardware by Friday December 11. I will be helping the students present the toys Friday afternoon and there is plenty of room in my truck to take more! Let's help the Interact Clubs first project be a huge success.
The December Rotary Theme is Disease Prevention & Treatment. Following that focus Maureen Wendling, Executive Director of the Shanthi Project, presented a fascinating and relaxing program teaching us the benefits of social-emotional resiliency through the practice of mindfulness last week.
Mindfulness essentially is the opposite of being on autopilot, it means to deliberately bring our attention to the present moment with kindness. Rather than ruminating about the past or future, mindfulness encourages us to be in the present in our lives. It is not a quick fix, it is not an emptying of the mind, you will not be happy all of the time, and it's not controlling your thoughts and emotions. But through the practice of mindfulness there are benefits such as stress reduction and increased focus and concentration.
After having our members do some relaxing exercises, Maureen told us how The Shanthi Project started helping patients in local hospitals and and now has moved into Lehigh Valley schools including Bethlehem Area School District. They help the students learn coping skills and how the brain works under stress. Certainly the need is there more than ever with the Covid-19 pandemic and the new stresses put on the students as their school career is not like it used to be. For more information about what they do, please visit and learn how they can help you or your organization.
Be sure to join us this week meeting as it is another dual classification talk program featuring Marty Fins who has an impressive Rotary resume among his many accomplishments and Bill Rowe-who recently was able to rejoin the club and like Marty is jumping right into club leadership positions and will be moving us forward helping others. Do not miss this meeting!
Yours in Rotary service,
President Pete Mickolay