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Press photo courtesy Laura LongThe Allentown West Rotary Club will be working with the Whitehall Area Rotary Club leadership team of: (front) Roxanna Brandle Campbell; Rappold & Yurasits LLP; Laura Long, Fellowship Community; and Sharon Geroulo, BB&T; and (back) Tyler Wood, Guardian Life; Joe Kornfeind, Kornfeind’s Market; John Orsini, People First Credit Union to pack snack packs at Parkland High Press photo courtesy Laura LongThe Allentown West Rotary Club will be working with the Whitehall Area Rotary Club leadership team of: (front) Roxanna Brandle Campbell; Rappold & Yurasits LLP; Laura Long, Fellowship Community; and Sharon Geroulo, BB&T; and (back) Tyler Wood, Guardian Life; Joe Kornfeind, Kornfeind’s Market; John Orsini, People First Credit Union to pack snack packs at Parkland High

Allentown West Rotary working with Whitehall group on Parkland School District snack pack program

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER Special to The Press in School

In 2016, the Whitehall-Coplay community regained a Rotary Club after a 15-year absence.

And this year, the provisionary club is on its way to becoming a fully chartered Rotary Club.

The team of Herb Klotz, Laura Long and Sharon Geroulo picked up the torch that was left by the previous club and began the rebuilding process.

The Whitehall Area Rotary Club is sponsored by Allentown West Rotary Club, which means the clubs will be working together in an effort to help Whitehall become fully chartered.

Gloria Zimmerman of the Allentown Rotary Club emailed The Press.

“Several of us from the snack pack group ... Nancy Holbrook and Beverly Kistler from the Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry, and Jean Masiko and I from Rotary ... met with Laura Long several years ago because they were interested in starting a snack pack program at Whitehall High School because of their need.

“We shared with her the process along with the financial piece. We spoke about our applying for Rotary District grants along with our partnership with the Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry.

“I am very glad the Whitehall area is rebuilding a Rotary Club which will certainly be a help to the community.”

Whitehall will be working with Allentown West on several service projects — the first of which will be assisting with the snack pack program at Parkland High School and the Meals on Wheels program.

“To become a chartered Rotary (Club) takes time, and we want to make sure we are all committed to making the Whitehall Rotary (Club) thrive and succeed for many years to come,” said Rotary Club leadership team member Laura Long.

The team’s original goal was to gain 25 members before becoming a charter, and they are happy to announce they have reached that goal.

For those unaware, the clubs of Rotary Club International are community-based service organizations whose sole purpose is to provide humanitarian services across the globe.

Today, there are more than 34,000 member clubs worldwide with over 1.2 million members.

“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self’,” Long said. “I am personally committed to seeing Whitehall and our surrounding communities thrive.”

If interested in joining the Rotary Club or finding out more information, the club will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Kornfeind’s Market, 2228 Old Post Road, Coplay.

The club has two meetings a month.

On the first Tuesday is a breakfast meeting 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Fellowship Community.

The second meeting is on the fourth Tuesday at Kornfeind’s.

“I am extremely impressed with the men and women who are a part of making the Whitehall Area Rotary (Club) successful,” Long said. “We have all ages and business backgrounds working together, and that is exciting to see. If you are a Rotarian who is not a member of a club, please consider joining us.”

For information about the club, contact Long at llong@fellowshipcommunity.com.