Area Picnic

Date: Wednesday May 11
Time: 5:30pm Eat at 6pm
Location: Jim Dietrich Park (Pavillion #2)
Cost: $18
Menu: Texas Beef BBQ, Turkey BBQ, mac & cheese, tossed salad, Coleslaw, Pickle Tray, Ice Tea & Lemonade
Clubs are to bring desserts & are encouraged to bring picnic games. 
Deadline for final count Monday May 2. Clubs will bring a check for their amount on the day of the event.
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We Have to say Goodbye To Blind Hartmans

A note to all visitors to our site:  Blind Hartman’s, our meeting place for many years has become yet another victim of the COVID-19 crisis.  The owners felt they couldn’t make a go of their business under the government restrictions and have closed their doors for good.  Our club has been meeting on ZOOM on Tuesday at 6:00.  If you wish to meet with us this way, please send your email address to and you will be invited. 
We would like to send a big thank you to Blind Hartman's and the staff for all the years we had our meeting there.
We Have to say Goodbye To Blind Hartmans Lin Seyler 2020-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 25th

Items from our last meeting June 25, 2019
We discussed the exciting time all of us had that were part of the World War II weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.    Forty thousand attendees is a lot of people!  Everyone had a great time and most I have spoken to are eager to participate in some form again.  We must be grateful to Fleetwood Rotary for affording us this opportunity. We must also respect that they should have first priority for MAAM WWII opportunities.  The club will be contacting MAAM to see if something can happen for all the people who wish to volunteer.
The end of the year is approaching… so all members should be remitting dues to the Secretary.  Our dues are $190 for the entire year or $95 if you need to pay for only the first half.  Whichever amount you choose, please get it to the Secretary as soon as able; the International and District dues bills will be here shortly!
Next week (July 2nd) is Change-Over to 2019-2020 President Sean!  Let’s all come out and celebrate Sean’s new year.  Especially on this night, partners and other family members are most welcome.
The following week, July 9th ,we need to have an election by our club members of those who will be serving for the coming year as the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Muhlenberg Charitable Foundation.  Although this arm of our club has only been used to fund repairs to the Rotary Clock on Kutztown Road in recent years, we stand ready to be a conduit for any charitable endeavors we undertake.
On August 17th we will be holding the Wine and Dine event, joining with our good friends, the Muhlenberg Lions.  Tim Bitting distributed tickets to members in attendance.  If you were not at the meeting, please contact Tim to get some tickets to sell.
Although we have the core officer positions filled for this year, we still need to do two things:  The club is going to need a President in 2022-2023.  I know that sounds soooo far away, but we are in a good position leadership wise.  Let’s not lose that advantage. 
We also and always are looking for people to serve as Directors, both for the club and the charitable foundation. 
Meeting June 25th Lin Seyler 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Muhlenberg Library Fundraiser and more

We had a change of venue last Tuesday in our continuing effort to Support the Muhlenberg Library.  It is worthy of note that Margherita’s is most generous to the community by holding this fund raiser during the winter months.  Show your support for them by patronizing them through-out the year.

We received a double dose of information from Karen Schrieber, former Muhlenberg Rotarian, current Muhlenberg Library Board member and Muhlenberg Township Parks Superintendent. 

First we got the Township information.  There is a new Township Manager.  After the rather abrupt departure of Jamal Abadalo, a search for a new Township Manager was undertaken.  This has resulted in the hire of Brian Harris, formerly the manager of Bushkill Township , in Northampton County.  Brian has some Berks County roots, however, as his wife’s family is from the western Berks area.

The spring Flea Market will still be taking place, but the Fall version is probably being cancelled.  We’ve been pretty successful with this fund raiser, but perhaps its time has come and gone.

  The River Fest is intending to be a Friday, Saturday, Sunday affair this August.  We need to discuss our club’s level of involvement in this township activity.

Putting on her Library hat, Karen told us the Library is financially solvent as of the end of 2018.  She also spoke about Muhlenberg Township’s new matching funds program for Township business donation to the library up to $10,000. 

Also, library furnishings from the Macungie Library, in Lehigh County have been acquired.  This is an upgrade from some of Muhlenberg’s older furniture.

There are still a few tickets left for Muhlenberg Rotary’s sojourn to the DoubleTree Hotel for dinner and Santander Arena for Reading Royals hockey on Wednesday.  Call Lin Seyler if you haven’t reserved a ticket.

Muhlenberg Library Fundraiser and more Lin Seyler 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

What's Happening

Tim and John shared a meal with Garland this past Thursday.  They report he is in good spirits and is receiving lots of help getting around.  Give Garland a call or visit him.  He's sure to enjoy your visit and attention.
Upcoming Events
 Next week, January 22, we will be taking part in the Muhlenberg Library Fund Raiser at Margherita’s Restaurant.  Bring your spouses, as each meal purchased supports the library.
The following Wednesday, January 30, we will be making what has become our annual trip to the Double Tree Hotel/Santander Arena to watch the Reading Royals battle the Maine Mariners.   Please plan to arrive at the Double Tree Parking Garage from Penn Street at 5:45.  There will be attendants taking money for Event Parking.  Please tell them you are going into the Double Tree, and get a ticket for parking.  This ticket can be validated by our wait staff.  After a meal at the Double Tree, we will cross Penn Street and spend the evening as the guests of the hotel in their suite right above center ice.  Hopefully the home team can be victorious over the Maine Mariners.  By the way, their General Manager is former Philadelphia Flyer stalwart, Danny Briere.  He has occasionally traveled to Reading with the team, and might be seen in the hallway on the suite level.
Come out for Berks Heim Bingo! Tuesday February 26 @ 6:30 PM.  Rotarian Partners are Welcome, Appreciated and NEEDED 
Tom hopes to collect Prize Bag contributions at our meetings.  If you can’t connect at a meeting, give him a call at (610)375-6255 and arrange another connection.  Sharon and Tom will be assembling the prize bags the prior weekend. See the downloadable pages Bingo Prize Donations Guidelines.
See you on Tuesday, February 26 at the Heim.
The Fishing Rodeo date has been set for April 27th.  See John Alshefski to find out how you can be of help.
The date(s) have been set for Wine and Dine.  The event will be held with the Muhlenberg Lions at Jim Deitrich Park on August 17th, with a rain date of August 18th.  See Mike, Sean or Tim for details. Get your tickets now, before they’re all gone!
What's Happening Lin Seyler 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Fruit Sale, 2018 Coming


A meeting about the Fruit Sale and lots of other business! 

First the upcoming events:

The famous Rotary Fruit Sale, 2018 version, will commence on Saturday, December 8th, starting at 6:00 AM.  Be there to offload fruit, meet the community and have an all-around good time with fellow Rotarians.  Coffee and donuts will be there in the morning.

Allen’s done his absolute best to transition us to a new vendor and an online system, all in the same year.  We seem to have done fairly well, but the final tally will be done later.

The area Christmas party will be at the Doubletree on Tuesday, December 11th, starting at 5:30 PM.  Entertainment by the Reading High School Vocal Ensemble should be a holiday treat.   Contact Terri Pfennig if you haven’t made arrangements to attend.  Our thanks go to her for coordinating this for our club.

We will be ringing the Salvation Army Bell at Sam’s Club on Saturday, December 15th.  If you haven’t done so, contact Tim who’s done the coordination of this effort.  We can always rely on Tim to get things done.

Now the news of the day:

Garland Bear has been in and out of the hospital over the last couple of months, most of his problems resulting from a spill he took going out to the Crossroads to eat.  Talking to his son Brad, he is in good spirits and expects to be home soon.  Therapy seems to be a big part of his immediate future, though.  We don’t know his current contact information, but try to call or write to encourage our senior Rotarian.  By the way, Garland reached the wonderful milestone of his 90th Birthday on 11/29.  We’ll have to sing a belated “Happy Birthday” when he returns to our fold.

Our own area 3 Assistant District Governor, Bob Hobaugh, has been chosen to be District 7430 Governor for 2021-2022.  Our sincerest congratulations go out to one of Rotary’s finest members.  Bob’s always been there for us.

We also have a new Area 3 Asst. District Governor in Amy Sheller, the current President of the Kutztown Rotary.  Amy has a tough act to follow in Bob, but I feel she is more than up to it.  She’ll be bringing a young, fresh outlook to our clubs, and has always been helpful.  Congratulate her when you see her.

Last but not least, as is our habit, we presented a Christmastime gift to our usual server, Fallon Anewalt.  We had to do this early in December because we won’t be back at Blind Hartman’s until January 8th. 

Fruit Sale, 2018 Coming Lin Seyler 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0

What's Happening

Upcoming events:

Tim has emailed that Garland Bear has been in and out of the hospital several times this week.  We will let you know more as we learn more.

Next meeting we will have Asst Dist Gov Bob Hobaugh filling us in on the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  Next year will be an exciting time in this area of Rotary activity.  The surge of contributions made to RF to celebrate its 100th anniversary will have matured to the return to local district point.  Thus there will be a high level of funds for District Grants.  Come on Tuesday to learn more.

December 15 will be Rotary’s day to ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Sam’s Club.  Details will be forthcoming from Tim Bitting over the next few days.  Thanks to Tim for making all the contacts regarding this.

December 11th will be the date for our Area 3 Christmas Party!  Reservations need to be made through Pam Rothenberger contact information is on the attached Flyer


We have contacted Fleetwood Rotary about their one time only opportunity to operate as the “gatekeepers” for the Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II weekend on June 6,7&8th.  This is a good opportunity for us to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and to help out another local club with a scheduling bind.

In talking to a couple who recently became Owner/operators of Grocery Outlet Bargain Market on 5th Street, Bernie and Nancy Joerger  are interested in how they can help the community.  I’m asking all Rotarians to put on their collective thinking caps to give them ideas.  It’s refreshing to have a couple like this looking for ways to serve.

I recently heard Andrea McHenry of FREE ( ) speaking about human trafficking IN BERKS COUNTY.  I’ll be inviting her to come and speak to us about this issue.  Perhaps we can partner or come up with an effort in this area, in keeping with RI areas of focus.








What's Happening Lin Seyler 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10.30.18

Halloween Evening Meeting

We have a report on Garland Bear.  Last week Garland was going out to eat a meal at the Crossroads Restaurant and fell while negotiating a step.  He was attended to by the EMTs and went home.  However, later that evening he didn’t feel well, dialed 911 and spent the next few days in the Hospital.  He’s home now and been prescribed therapy, particularly for balance.  Our best wishes for his total re3covery; we hope to see him at Rotary soon.

There was some discussion on our upcoming fruit sale.  Members have been selling fruit and posting flyers around the township.  There are new, simpler Fruit Sale Flyers available from Allen Moyer.  Bottom line is SELL, SELL, SELL!!!

We had a report from the Wine and Dine committee.  The efforts of the Lions and our club has resulted in a distribution to our club of $2000!  The W&D committee recommended $1000 go to our general fund and a dedication of the second $1000 to membership measures.  The other members of the club heartily agreed, as membership is certainly a weak point for our club.  Board action following our meeting approved this allocation of the W&D funds.

Tom Kisling and Lin Seyler will be attending the Rotary Foundation training on November 11the at the Montgomery County Community College, with board Approval for their registration fees.

It was Tom Kisling’s pleasure to acknowledge Terri Pfennig’s 2018-2019 EREY contribution.  We are making good progress in getting every Rotarian involved in this effort.  Let’s keep it up.

The last item on our itinerary was a lively discussion responsive to a letter from District Governor Elect Herb Klotz.  He’s asking for our input regarding what the District can do for the clubs.  I’ll try to assemble all the suggestions made and bring it to the attention of the District at the Area PE meeting on Nov. 5th.  The District wants to help us, but we need to be specific in how they can.

Meeting 10.30.18 Lin Seyler 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Annual Fruit Sale!!! 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Trustee Speaks Lin Seyler 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Rocky HotSauce feedback Lin Seyler 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Fall Flea Market - 2018 Lin Seyler 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
River Fest - Hot Dogs & Cold Sno-Cones Lin Seyler 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit

DG Visit
This Tuesday evening we had our official visit by the new District Governor, Cindy Hornaman.  Cindy has been a Rotarian with the Emmaus Club for the past 14 years, and has been active in her club and at the District level, primarily in the Foundation and Group Study Exchange type areas.  As a business person, including owning her own business, Cindy brings lots of organization to her position.  And the cherry on top is that she is a Nittany Lion!
I believe the tone was set early when our board was ready at the Club business pre-meeting.  We had answers ready for most areas of inquiry and from a business/administration perspective, we are doing OK.  The areas of membership and leadership succession are our areas of greatest need and will deserve and must receive our greatest attention this year.
Working around the room engaging with the members, she delivered a dynamic DG speech.          The major theme of her presentation was that we have to change to get youth involved.  Our general template of long meeting surrounding dinner just doesn’t appeal to young people.  We must endeavor   to channel them to service projects, which they are eager to join in on.  But time and expense are issues to be addressed.  Overall, change is what is needed to “Be the inspiration!”    
We also gave out our first 2018-2019 insert for Garland Bear’s EREY Rotary wheel.  We hope to bestow this measure on all our members this year.  So feed the pig, win the drawing, donate through your workplace or just give your donation outright.  But earn that insert!!!
On Tuesday the 21st we will finalize plans for RiverFest.  While it is important to be part of the planning, it is most important to be part of the operation.  We will need as much of an effort as members can make to be a vendor for the entire two days.  If we all chip in we will make it.
District Governor Visit Lin Seyler 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

National Night Out

National Night Out was proceeding as a real success for Rotary and all the other attendees until…. The rains came!

Tim, Allen, Terri, John and Lin had set up shop along with other service groups and vendors.  We were well on our way to pulling in a bunch of names and email addresses for our December fruit sale.  There was no shortage of people unfamiliar with what Rotary does to listen to our story. 

But Mother Nature had other plans.  Only 20 minutes into the event, the police came around to all the participants and warned every one of the impending thunderstorm.  By the time we packed up and carried everything to our vehicles, big drops were beginning to fall.  Then things opened up and a serious downpour was upon us.  With all that rain and lightning, too, the police made the right call. There was no need to have public risk, even though this was a grand opportunity for Rotary.

The lesson learned here, though, is that there are rewards from attending this type of public gathering.  We should seriously plan to attend any kind of public event in our area, to educate the public on what we do.  If you have ideas for other venues, please bring them to Lin Seyler or Terri Pfennig. 

Our next event is the joint effort, with the Muhlenberg Lions, at Wine and Dine on Saturday.  Help is needed for the set-up on Saturday morning at 7:30 and, of course, at 4:00 to closing (8:00?) for controlling admission and tearing down.

Another most important event is our visit at Blind Hartman’s by the new District Governor, Cindy Hornaman from the Emmaus Club.  There will be a business meeting with Cindy, ADG Bob Hobaugh, Officers, directors and Chairs at 5:00 on Tuesday, August 14 prior to our regular meeting.  Please plan on attending.  You will find Cindy has a lot in mind for Rotary, and having fun while we do it.

National Night Out Lin Seyler 2018-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup 7.28

The Rotary faithful gathered at Crossroads for breakfast Saturday.  Six AM isn’t too early for some of us (Sean, Terri, Tom and Lin)  We were joined at 7 by Steve, Tim and Mike.  It was looking foggy at first, but we persevered.  The weather man gave us enough of an opportunity to go out to our interchange and do a cleanup.  Someone pointed out that there is a sign amidst our area, giving credit to Fehl’s  Pools and Patios.  Fear not; this is only the starting point for their two miles of the straight and narrow.


As can be seen from our sign, posted on one of the clover-leaf turns, we are given full credit for our efforts.


It’s hard to believe we’ve been at it for over 25 years.  It started up under the leadership of Bill Borda, our recently passed old Rotarian.  Ten years under him and another ten under Lin Seyler.  Sean is ably following, leading us on to pick-up precision and tenacious trash collection.  We’ll have one more opportunity to clean up this year.

Sean will be conducting the meeting on Tuesday, as I will be in Ocean City MD at my son’s wedding.  Final planning for the Wine and Dine event will be the important business to be conducted.  I’m sure we’ll all cooperate and support Tim, Sean and Mike, who do the lion’s share of arrangement for this event.  We’ll see you at Jim Deitrich Park for the setup and the event this Saturday.  No meeting the following Tuesday, but we all should try to attend the District Governor’s official visit on August 14th.

Highway Cleanup 7.28 Lin Seyler 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0

The Business of Rotary is Business

Last evening we had a club assembly, conducting some business to set our club up for the coming year.  We held a short meeting of the Rotary Club of Muhlenberg Charitable Foundation, electing the President (Lin Seyler) Treasurer (Steve Adams) and Secretary (Terri Pfennig) for the upcoming year.  Often we have little business to conduct for the foundation, but on occasion we’ve had to take action on our free standing clock on Kutztown Road.  Always best to be prepared. 

We received a n email from District advising us not to participate in the Philadelphia Phillies Strike Out for Hunger due to unresolved accounting concerns.  This is troubling.

We also received a very nice card from our Reading-Muhlenberg Vo-Tech scholarship recipient, Stephanie Hemmings.  Always gratifying to hear back from those we try to help.

We had our first EREY Piggleman drawing of the year, won by John Alshefski.  I checked and John was our first winner last year as well.  I guess we’ll have to call him Mr. Lucky from now on.

We celebrated Tim Bitting’s anniversary of joining Rotary on June 30th.  Also, it will be Tom Kisling’s birthday on July 27th.  I heard him say something about providing an ice cream cake for dessert at the July 31st meeting.

Speaking of upcoming meetings, we will not be at Blind Hartman’s next week.  Instead we will gather on the 28th for 6:00 breakfast at Crossroads Restaurant followed by highway cleanup at 7:00.  As this is an outdoor event, watch your email if there is any chance of bad weather.  The following Tuesday, July 31st we’ll have the preparatory meeting for Wine and Dine, with details finished off by Sean Fitzgerald, Tim Bitting and Mike Lepera.  All hands will be needed for our effort scheduled for August 11th at Jim Deitrich Park.

The Business of Rotary is Business Lin Seyler 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mini Golf/ Fundraiser for the Library

What a wonderful evening for an outing at Schell’s fast food and Mini-golf!  My wife Kathy and I were sitting around the entrance to the mini-golf to take attendance and perhaps enjoy some golfing stories.  Before he even showed up, there were two women, noticing my Rotary shirt and hat who began inquiring, “Where’s that Garland Bear?”  Garland was the first Rotarian showing up to enjoy the evening.  One of these ladies did reappear later, to consult Garland on “Library business”.  Indeed, he was conducting ticket sales, for those Rotarians he somehow missed selling them at Change-over meeting last week. 

His first customer was John, freshly returned from the shore, where he was buying ice cream for his grandkids every night.  Ask him about it.  John was followed closely by Terri and her entourage, including daughter Jess and budding Rotarian, granddaughter Aria.  Next to show up was Jack, who is busy dog-sitting for his kids this week.

Mike, Linda and granddaughter Emily arrived, although they were waiting until tomorrow to go golfing.  Good to see Mike returned from the Delaware shore, after a well deserved rest.  Then Tom and Sharon rolled up in Tom’s new pride and joy, his new bright red pickup truck.

Last to show was Sean, who visited the lunch counter before sitting down.  Both John and Garland started begging French fries from him immediately.  I liked his line comparing them unfavorably to the seagulls at the shore.

The evening was rounded out when Garland went over to dairy bar and treated all to ice cream, chocolate, of course.

All in all it was a wonderful evening helping to celebrate a great fund-raiser for the Muhlenberg Community Library.  Schell’s deserves a serious kudos for donating their facility for this event each year.

See you all at our regular meeting on July 17th at Blind Hartman’s.  We will have a drawing for the EREY Piggleman; Rotarian must be present to win. After that, the next event is Highway clean-up on July 28th (no meeting on July 24th)

Mini Golf/ Fundraiser for the Library Lin Seyler 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Change Over!


The first order of business was to acknowledge Terri Pfennig for a great year as President.  Terri has gone above and beyond to keep up with schedules, coordinate Area events and keep us on track in our Rotary efforts.  Throughout her year she could always be counted upon to coordinate our efforts as well as taking care of myriad administrative details.  Congratulations on a great year, Terri!

We followed up with several announcements, including the upcoming Muhlenberg Library-Schell’s golf event coming next Wednesday, July 11th.  We petitioned our own Garland Bear to be the distributer of the twenty tickets the club had purchased to support the event.  Being the salesman extraordinaire, Garland immediately proceeded to work the room to sell tickets to members.  At the end of several minutes all tickets were sold!  President Terri missed out on getting the five tickets that she wanted for her family.  I’m sure she can get more from the library.

Further action with Garland, the elder statesman of Muhlenberg Rotary, followed.  Garland has recently donated the Every Rotarian/Every Year donation to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.  As a current year donor, he was summoned to the lectern to receive his EREY DONOR wheel, complete with “17-18” insert segment.  I wonder who will be the first Rotarian to earn the ’18-19” segment?  In line with that, the EREY Piggleman was emptied and there was $60.00 therein.  Thus, at our next regular meeting on July 17th we will hold our first EREY $50 matching drawing.  Rotarians must be present to win!

Normally the highlight of a changeover night is the changeover itself.  Not so for this changeover.  We were privileged to have Joseph Moyer, a Four Way Test contestant from the Fleetwood Rotary as our guest Speaker.  To have a young person expound on the fear of public speaking in the context of our own Four Way Test should awaken all of us to the potential of our youth.  If Joseph is emblematic of what can be brought out in our young people, we must strive to be a part of that effort.

Last order of business was the installation of officers by Assistant District Governor Robert Hobaugh, Jr.  We followed with the presentation of the PAST President’s pin to Terri.


Terri present the Muhlenberg President’s Medal, mounted in a glass case.  This was obtained by our own Fred Hatt at the Atlanta Rotary International Conference last year.  The always thoughtful Fred (have you ever received one of his postcards?) also presented a four way test commemorative coin to the new president.

Guests in attendance were Bob Hobaugh, Jr., Joseph Moyer and his mom, Jennifer, who became a Fleetwood Rotarian as a result of the Four Way test contest, Kristen York, Terri’s daughter (she is largely responsible for Terri joining our efforts), and Kathy Seyler. Rotarians in attendance were Steve, Garland, Tim, Sean, Fred, Jack, Tom, Allen, Terri and Lin.  John and Mike were on vacation.  Amy and Sam were unable to attend.

See everyone at Schell’s on Wednesday, July 11th (rain date is July 12th).

Change Over! Lin Seyler 2018-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

One person’s trash is another person’s rewarding community service?

One person’s trash is another person’s rewarding community service?

Sound’s silly to say it like that, but Muhlenberg Rotary does find a certain sense of fulfillment and service by meeting several Saturdays each year to patrol and clean up our own little stretch of highway.

Meeting earlier (6:00 AM) to have breakfast at the nearby Crossroads Restaurant doesn’t hurt.  Good food and better conversation lend themselves to a great start to the day.  Saturday it was project leader Sean, President Terri, Allen and Lin to start.  After breakfast, with the usual impromptu discussions of other Rotary efforts, we met more Rotarians outside at 7:00.  Steve, Tim and Jack were ready to join the cleanup.  Also joining us was Terri’s son-in-law’s mom, Sue Skelly.  She’s joined us at a number of events; can we get her to take the step of officially joining us?

Eight is enough, as the old TV title says.  And it’s true for our efforts.  With four quadrants to our cloverleaf for picking up, small groups are busy doing pick-up, while employing the “Buddy System” to stay safe.  This is always a good idea when playing in high speed traffic! 

Shortly after we began, some guy in a new red Colorado calls out to us, “Hey where are the bags?”  This is Tom Kisling showing up to help.  We directed him to where leader Sean is providing bags and safety vests, so Tom can join the pick-up party.

All in all, it was a most pleasant morning to be out.  Nice temperature and low humidity made the morning walk and stoop a good experience.  We’re tentatively scheduling the next effort for July 28th, when we’ll find more trash has appeared.  Hope to see you then!

Monday is Camp Neidig commencement.  It’s always a treat to see a gathering of future leaders. We have no meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, as we have both the highway cleanup and Neidig event instead.  The meeting on June 26th at Blind Hartman’s will center on a discussion by Sean, Tim and Mike on the up-coming Wine & Dine event.


One person’s trash is another person’s rewarding community service? Lin Seyler 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

June 12th Meeting/ planning the Fruit Sale



Coming up this week – Highway Cleanup on Saturday, the 16th.  We will meet for breakfast @ 6:00 at Crossroads. If you can’t (or don’t want to) get up that Early, please join us at 7:00 for the actual clean-up.  On Monday, the 18th we will be attending the closing ceremonies for Camp Neidig down on the banks of the Manatawny.  If you haven’t ordered your chicken dinner , you can still go down to enjoy these young people with all their enthusiasm.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our members who received recognition for EREY donations last week. John Alshefski, Tim Bitting, Sean Fitzgerald, Tom Kisling, Jack Krishock, Allen Moyer and Lin Seyler are all looking for a place to hang their new hardware.  Send us a picture of the place of prominence you find for your award.  Surely,  we will need more carved Rotary wheels to honor our other members as well in the future. 

Last evening was a busy one for Muhlenberg Rotarians.  We began by electing Directors for the 2018-2019 year for the Rotary Club of Muhlenberg Charitable Foundation.  By unanimous vote we chose Steve Adams, Sean Fitzgerald, Tom Kisling, Jack Krishock, Mike Lepera, Terri Pfennig and Lin Seyler.

At a short board meeting held immediately after the regular meeting, the Board of Directors approved the budget submitted for the coming three Rotary years.  Spending to the limit of funding in this budget can now be done by the officers without further authorization.  Any expenditures outside of these items, however, will require Board approval.

We had quite a discussion of changes to the fruit sale.  The supplier we used last year has merged with a new outfit, Peejay’s.  Allen Moyer has taken the time to investigate what this means to us, and it has some new, nice features.

The product line is slightly different with the merger, but gives us a chance at new offerings, tangelos (really an old offering), and clementines.  We will also be able to do online ordering and payment, a great improvement.  The new vendor will provide some promotional materials and will subsidize (25%) up to $100 for our promotional materials.  In line with this, Allen has developed a handout for our events, like Riverfest, Wine&Dine and the Flea Market.  No prices yet, but good information to promote sales.

Some discussion about the product line, like dropping juice oranges, was tossed around.  Also, our ability to not order too much fruit “on Spec” was discussed and we hope to minimize any fruit left after the day of sale.  

We need details and definition on some items: How do we sell pecans? How do we include the other clubs?  How will this work for the day of sale, with respect to our loading dock process?  Allen is on top of this, and will get answers as we deal with the new people.    

June 12th Meeting/ planning the Fruit Sale Lin Seyler 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Timing is Everything Lin Seyler 2018-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Birth of the Amish Hot Dog Lin Seyler 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Area 3 Picnic 2018-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
District 7430 Conference Lin Seyler 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Berks Heim Bingo 2018 Lin Seyler 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Muhlenberg Rotary March 27 2018

Posted by Lin Seyler
Next Event/Meeting will start at 6:30 at Crossroads this Saturday, April 7, as we will be having breakfast before doing our first highway cleanup of the year. 
Another opportunity for Rotarians to glean some membership tips is through the Rotary Member Webinar on April 9th.  See this link for details: 
Also coming up is the joint Lions/Rotarians meeting on May 22nd at Blind Hartman’s.   There are 3 entrée choices: Southern Fried Catfish with two sides and cup of soup, Chicken Parm with side salad and Ma’s Meatloaf with two sides and cup of soup. All meals will include non alcoholic drinks. Price will be $20 per person.  Please respond to Tim by May17 at
We had a discussion regarding the need to renew our domain name through Clubrunner.  The options were:
 8 years at $24.95 per year or
5       years at $29.95/year or 
3 years at $34.95/year. 
After discussion, the club opted, by acclaim, for the 5 years option. 
In the continuing saga of the snow, the Collins’ desires to just avert weather disaster, their neighbors Mike Lepera and Jim Miller, we added yet another chapter at our last meeting.  It seems in the untimely and unusually heavy snowstorm recently past (who ever thinks we could get a foot of snow in late March?) Marge and Ed lost their mailbox post to the snow moving efforts of the road crew.  Obviously Mrs. Collins was interested in getting their mail and is adamant about having a new mail post installed by Ed asap.  Dutiful Ed began the project to correct the situation on a Saturday.  He was unable to finish, but assured Marge the project would be completed the following day. The next day he was just finishing cementing in the post when neighbor Mike came over to help.  It seemed Ed wasn’t using the right cement, Mike had much better hydraulic cement.  So they dug it out and replaced the pole foundation, trued up the pole and all is finished.  Mrs. Collins is impressed.  Ed wanted to take full credit for the install, but had to admit to Marge that Mike helped him.  But all in all, everything is good on Elm Avenue until the next weather calamity.  One last word to Ed; think about how things would have turned out had you had the assistance of neighbor Jim Miller.    
Muhlenberg Rotary March 27 2018 Lin Seyler 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

Special Bullentin

Posted by Lin Seyler
William F. “Bill” Borda
On Monday, March 26th a good Rotarian from the Muhlenberg Rotary, Bill Borda, at 94 years of age, was taken from us to be with the Lord.  He was with his family, daughter Terry and son Ray at the end.  Bill was a good man, a proud veteran, and a staunch Rotarian.
Bill was born on November 14, 1923.  He lived in Berks County most of his life; as long as I know him on Marion St in Laureldale.  He went to war for his country with the 82nd Airborne in World War II.  He was justifiably proud of his service and used to joke that he made 21 take-offs in an airplane before he had a single landing.  All the other times before he had to jump!
On September 29th, 1951, he married Betty.  They celebrated 66 years together this past fall.  He spent a career working in the knitting business, working for Dolphin Sportswear as their VP of sales.  Bill was always admiring young people’s sports accomplishments, having followed many of them in his work. 
But to many of us, Bill will be most remembered as a mainstay of Muhlenberg Rotary.  We list him as entering Muhlenberg Rotary on Jan 1, 1962.  This is just the earliest date shown by Rotary International’s records for all older Rotarians.  Bill joined the Reading Rotary back in the 1950’s and transferred to Muhlenberg some time later.  His dates of service didn’t seem to matter to Bill, just what could he do now.  Bill served the club in many offices, as President, as a Director, and Chairing committees.  He was always a helping hand at the fruit sale, the fishing rodeo, and other events.  But nowhere did he serve better than as the scribe for the club.  For decades Bill put out our weekly bulletin, the “Rotamuhl”, with great recounts of our efforts, our speakers and our coming events.  And Bill accomplished this without a computer or even a typewriter up until he became an Honorary Rotarian just a few years ago.  The club was given the District Award for best publication several years ago; both the club and Bill were proud of this recognition.
I have often said that Rotary is like an extended family.  We meet so frequently that we become familiar with each other, tease each other, sometimes get on one another’s nerves, but, hopefully always respect each other.  Bill was a big part of our Rotary family, a big brother to some, a fatherly figure to others, a friend to everyone, including the families of Rotarians.    We all miss him already.
Special Bullentin Lin Seyler 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hockey Night 3-14-18

Rotary Hockey Night 3-14-18
Rotary changed its meeting schedule to enjoy a night at the Reading Royals.  After a great meal at the Cheers Restaurant across the street from the Santander Arena, We were the guests of the Doubletree in their suite just above center ice.  What a view! 
Dinner was held in the Boscov’s Board Room, an adjunct just for our use as part of the DoubleTree’s Cheers Restaurant.  Even though they were quite busy, we had good service and great food.  Our waiter for the evening did a good job of accommodating even late arrivals and for good measure, traded puns with Tom Kisling.  He quipped, “I’m often a boxer by the end of the meal.”  Tom, not to be out done, replied, “I used to be a pilot.  I would pile it here, and pile it there.” 
 After our meal, we crossed the street to enjoy a hockey game between our city’s Royals and the Komets from Ft. Wayne.  As an added bonus, the Philadelphia Flyers sent a once prized goalie on rehab to Reading to work the kinks out.  In his first game in almost a year, Anthony Stolarz looked a bit rusty, but made some good saves.  Also on the ice was Steven Swavely, a Muhlenberg High School graduate. Steve had a pretty assist on a Royals tally.
In the suite, we were visited by Slapshot, the Royals mascot posing for group pictures and selfies. He’s always hamming it up, helping all attendees have a great time.    
During the first intermission, Irish dancers entertained the audience; those little girls were great.  But during a third period time-out our box was entertained by President Terri doing the “Y M C A” dance.
All this built to the crescendo of OVERTIME!  Extra hockey is always exciting.  But the Royals fell in the sudden victory stanza.  Still a good time was had by Allen Moyer and daughter Lindsay, Tom Kisling and Sharon, Sean Fitzgerald, Steve Adams, Tim Bitting and friend, Garland Bear, President Terri and Greg Pfennig and Lin Seyler.
Next week, back to Blind Hartman’s for the usual Tuesday get-to-gether.
Rotary Hockey Night 3-14-18 Lin Seyler 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Fishing Rodeo 

            Come join us  for the annual
   Muhlenberg Rotary Fishing Rodeo
       April 21 2018  at Laurel Run Park
Registration is the day of the event. Please register 1/2 hour priory to your age group's scheduled time.
Registration opens at 8AM
Children 4 to 5 years old - fish from 8:30-9:10
Children 6 to 7 years old - fish from 9:15-9:55
Children 8 to 11 years old - fish from 10:00-10:45
Children 12 to 15 years old - fish from 10:45-11:25
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