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Thursday, September 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBOver 100 Rotary members from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon Rotary Clubs participated, PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBOver 100 Rotary members from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon Rotary Clubs participated,
Rotarian Catherine Trawinski seals a package of apple cinnamon oatmeal mix during the meal packing event held in the Haupert Union Building at Moravian College. Rotarian Catherine Trawinski seals a package of apple cinnamon oatmeal mix during the meal packing event held in the Haupert Union Building at Moravian College.
Rotary District Governor Linda Young is the picture of concentration as she measures the contents for a package of oatmeal. Rotary District Governor Linda Young is the picture of concentration as she measures the contents for a package of oatmeal.
Rotary members Maggie Mowrer, Maria Nathans, Kelly Gerhart, Mike McGovern and George Mowrer have the oatmeal bagging process down to a science. Rotary members Maggie Mowrer, Maria Nathans, Kelly Gerhart, Mike McGovern and George Mowrer have the oatmeal bagging process down to a science.
Rotary #5: Sealed bags of rice and beans are ready for packing into cartons. Rotary #5: Sealed bags of rice and beans are ready for packing into cartons.
Easton Rotary president R.C. Smith handles packing the dry meals. “I schlep well,” said Smith with a chuckle. Easton Rotary president R.C. Smith handles packing the dry meals. “I schlep well,” said Smith with a chuckle.
Presidents of the five local Rotary Clubs comprising Rotary District 7430 participated in the packing event: George Morrison from Saucon Rotary; Brian Hartlaub from Nazareth Rotary; Sharon Fontana from Morning Star Rotary; R.C. Smith from Easton Rotary; and Gail Evans from Bethlehem Rotary. Presidents of the five local Rotary Clubs comprising Rotary District 7430 participated in the packing event: George Morrison from Saucon Rotary; Brian Hartlaub from Nazareth Rotary; Sharon Fontana from Morning Star Rotary; R.C. Smith from Easton Rotary; and Gail Evans from Bethlehem Rotary.

Rotarians work together to reduce hunger

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Pres in Local News

Five area Rotary Clubs joined forces March 11 to help reduce hunger in the Lehigh Valley as they set up a production line operation in Moravian College’s Haupert Union Building. Over 100 Rotarians from the Bethlehem, Morning Star, Easton, Nazareth and Saucon clubs packed rice and bean and apple cinnamon oatmeal meals for distribution to area food banks.

Packing 20,000 dry meals in several shifts, the effort marked the first time that all five clubs in Rotary District 7430 had partnered on a community service project.

The five clubs raised $5,000 to purchase the materials that were used to pack the meals. The effort was coordinated by Outreach Inc. and End Hunger NE. Participants are able to choose from among four meal options and completed meals can be distributed locally and internationally, according to Outreach representatives Bobby and Michele Polito.

The idea came from a district Rotary conference where Bethlehem Rotarians participated in a similar initiative, according to Bethlehem and Morning Star Rotary Club presidents Gail Evans and Sharon Fontana.

“We thought, wow, we could do this,” Evans said. Both hope to see this become an annual event.

Area food banks who were slated to benefit include Salvation Army of Bethlehem, Trinity UCC Food Pantry, The Hispanic Center of Lehigh Valley, Easton Hunger Coalition, Betty Lou’s Food Pantry, Coopersburg, New Bethany Ministries, Northeast Ministries and the Nazareth Food Bank.