The Allentown West Rotary Club recently sponsored a pig roast at Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township.
The club is involved with a new project, Engineers Without Borders.
"We are rebuilding the infrastructure," said Herb Klotz, a member of both the Rotary and the Engineers, said at the June 29 event. They travel to Mattru in Sierra Leone, an African country ravaged during the civil war in the 1990s.
Much of the work has been done at the Centennial School.
This is the third year the group has traveled to Africa twice a year for two-week trips.
Theodore Steinbrecher, director of the Northern Lehigh Community Band, said the first song in the prelude was played "in honor of those who were and those who are serving the country."
The name of the song at the recent Heritage Day celebration at Slatington Baptist Church was "Gallant Heroes."
This song was followed by the "Liberty Bell March" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Many of the hymnal racks sprouted flags as members of Allen O. Delke, American Legion Post 16, Slatington, presented flags to guests as they entered the church.
"Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hills, from the sky; all is well, safely rest, God is nigh."
The music that goes with these familiar words from "Taps" ended the memorial ceremony at each cemetery on the tour honoring deceased veterans by the American Legion Allen O. Delke Post 16, Slatington.
Accompanying the Legion members were the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders.
They visited nine cemeteries on May 26, joined by church members where the cemeteries are located.
President Lise Twilford welcomed guests and Rotarians to the June 5 meeting of the Allentown West Rotary Club. On its agenda were three donations to community organizations.
"It is a special day, an opportunity to use our resources to give back to the community," she said. "We believe in service above self. The money comes from the hard work by this group to put back in the community so you can do what you do as a nonprofit."
Suddenly the long-awaited moment arrived and the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" was played by the Parkland High School Band under the direction of Jason Lerew.
Members of the Class of 2013 began walking into Stabler Arena June 12 for graduation.
In the audience was former school district Superintendent Carmen Riola who was there to see his twin grandsons graduate.
Assistant Principal Theresa Stack gave the welcome and said the ceremony was being streamed around the world.
The recipients of the scholarships presented to students of four local schools by the Allentown West Rotary May 22 had one thing in common they said college was expensive and they were grateful for the financial help.
Rotary President Lise Twilford said it was nice to see so many brilliant children and their parents.
She welcomed everyone to the Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, which hosted the event.
This was the third year excited students came to Ontelaunee Park, Lynn Township, to learn about Indian culture on the day before the annual powwow.
Teachers, Lisa Van Ormer, Lori Merrill, Matt Weimann and Joe Bigley, from Willow Lane School, Macungie, accompanied the kids.
Cultural displays were set up in the old pavilion and every 10 minutes students changed stations.
"Who likes candy?" asked Becky "Little Horse" Harrison.
She was talking about the making of maple sugar into a sweetener used by the Indians. A shell on the table held some sugar.
The Rotary Club of Allentown West recently honored a couple, Joe Mitlyng and his wife Terry Ryan-Mitlyng, instead of honoring the club's annual business person.
The couple were influential in getting the Christ's Church at Lowhill Food Pantry up and running, and due to its success, when an addition was needed to the building, they took the lead in that effort.
The honor was presented for an extraordinary "work of service."
The Mitlyngs were moving to Michigan, where they have family, and the Rotary wanted to honor them before they left.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, announced April 16 PPL Corporation gave the center a $2,000 donation.
The money will be used to support a volunteer recognition event and a project to help develop a new trailhead to the west end of the Nature Center in East Penn Township, Carbon County.
"PPL has been a strong supporter of the Nature Center and this continues that tradition of support," LGNC Director Dan Kunkle said.
Nancy Treskot, first vice president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, opened Spirit Night at the Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services social hall in Ormrod.
On April 20, Jason Breidinger became the 19th recipient to receive the Spirit Award.
"I am honored and privileged to honor Mr. Jason Breidinger as an individual but also family, friends and volunteers," Treskot said.
She suggested they read the poem, "Why Volunteer?" found on the back of the program.