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Thursday, January 18, 2018
PHOTOS COURTESY OF EMMAUS ROTARY CLUBEmmaus Rotary members plant sycamore trees at Camp Olympic Park in partnership with Lower Macungie Township. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EMMAUS ROTARY CLUBEmmaus Rotary members plant sycamore trees at Camp Olympic Park in partnership with Lower Macungie Township.
Emmaus Rotary member Gary Guthrie and Lower Macungie Township Manager Bruce Fosselman work together to plant trees. Emmaus Rotary member Gary Guthrie and Lower Macungie Township Manager Bruce Fosselman work together to plant trees.
Steve Auvil and members of the Emmaus High School Interact Club pack pasta meals for a local food bank. Steve Auvil and members of the Emmaus High School Interact Club pack pasta meals for a local food bank.
Over 5,000 shelf-stable pasta meals are packed during the rotary event to make a difference in the community. Over 5,000 shelf-stable pasta meals are packed during the rotary event to make a difference in the community.
Don Blose gives a “high five” to an athlete during a game with the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. Don Blose gives a “high five” to an athlete during a game with the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley.
Gordon Reese helps an athlete hit a winning ball during a game with the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley. Gordon Reese helps an athlete hit a winning ball during a game with the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley.
Jim Palmquist and others clean up on Chestnut and Harrison streets in Emmaus. Jim Palmquist and others clean up on Chestnut and Harrison streets in Emmaus.
Stephen LaPierre, Mike Waddell, Eileen Prokop, John Chisca and Jim Palmquist are the Emmaus Rotary Cleanup Crew exemplifying the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self.” Stephen LaPierre, Mike Waddell, Eileen Prokop, John Chisca and Jim Palmquist are the Emmaus Rotary Cleanup Crew exemplifying the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self.”
Valerie Deneen, Melissa Schwartz, Rose Galeano-Phillips, Karen Hobson, Bill Erdman, Roger Whitcomb and Ann Peaslee prepare and serve lunch to 80 men at the Allentown Rescue Mission. Valerie Deneen, Melissa Schwartz, Rose Galeano-Phillips, Karen Hobson, Bill Erdman, Roger Whitcomb and Ann Peaslee prepare and serve lunch to 80 men at the Allentown Rescue Mission.

EMMAUS ROTARY CLUB

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Members seek to make a difference in the community

This fall, members of the Emmaus Rotary Club, one of the oldest service clubs in the Lehigh Valley, were out in force to make a positive difference in the community.

Over 30 Emmaus Rotarians and 20 Emmaus High School Interact students actively participated in a number of community projects which exemplify the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.”

Volunteers:

•Packed 5,000 shelf-stable pasta meals and delivered them to a local food bank

•Trimmed trees and shrubs and washed windows at The Hillside School – a local school serving over 60 students with learning disabilities

•Planted 12 sycamore trees at Camp Olympic Park in partnership with Lower Macungie Township

•Prepared and served lunch to 80 men at Allentown Rescue Mission

•Served as “buddies” alongside dozens of kids with special needs during three games at Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley

•Cleaned up rubbish on Chestnut and Harrison Streets in the borough of Emmaus

“I am so proud of those who took part in our MAD Day activities: our members, their spouses, kids and friends, youth from the Emmaus High School Interact Club and many who provided financial support,” Emmaus Rotary President Burt Duren said. “I am particularly grateful to Gary Guthrie and all of the project captains for their hard work in planning and organizing each project. It was a terrific day to unite in serving the hungry, the disadvantaged, those with special needs and the environment and to ‘Make A Difference’ in so many lives.”

If you are curious about Emmaus Rotary and want to learn more about how they work to create lasting change locally and globally, consider joining them at one of the weekly breakfast meetings. The group meets at Brookside Country Club 7:30 a.m. Thursday mornings.