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More or Less Personal: A Little Bird Told Us That…
The Rotarian, January 1915: page 84 / view it online here

As far as an up-to-the-minute Rotarian is concerned, Dr. O.J. Scheetz of the Allentown Rotary Club has us all skinned a mile. He wears a hat with the word “Smile” in gold and a bow on the inside band in “Blue and Gold,” the [Rotary] International colors. The doctor wears the hat work days and Sundays and keeps his eye on it when he takes it off.

Allentown Celebrates First Anniversary
The Rotarian, June 1915: pages 102-103 / view it online here

April 23rd, the day when the Allentown Rotary Club was one year old, was celebrated with the first annual banquet. An attractive menu had an introduction to a short history of the club, and following the list of good things to eat and the program came Russell F. Greiner’s 169-word definition of “What Is a Rotarian?” The menu was printed in Pennsylvania German, but the things tasted just the same as if they had been written out in another language.

What the Clubs are Doing: Allentown Rotarians Visit Clubs in Three Cities
The Rotarian, December 1915: page 586 / view it online here

Eleven members of the Allentown Rotary Club have just returned from visits to clubs in Camden, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia, participating in two luncheons meetings and a night monthly meeting. Secretary Tifft writes: “Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia ventures the opinion that a new record has been established for intercity relations by us on that trip. We traveled 275 miles by automobile in two days and were very cordially received. I know that this trip has done more for Rotary in Allentown than anything heretofore attempted. We certainly had our eyes opened as to the manner in which things are done in other clubs and we have returned with new enthusiasm.”

Allentown: Safety First Meeting Interesting
The Rotarian, June 1916: page 482 / view it online here

The safety first meeting in April of the Allentown Rotary Club was very interesting and instructive affair. the attendance was large and local interests cooperated by sending representatives. The safety first movement was considered in all its many phases and each speaker was an authority on his particular subject. Among the speakers were Major H.A. Reninger, safety engineer of the Lehigh Portland Cement company; George F. Fonda, safety engineer of the Bethlehem Steel company; and Rotarian G. Willis Hersh, safety engineer of Hersh & Bros., who presided at the meeting.

What the Clubs are Doing: Reports from Correspondents
The Rotarian, December 1917: page 570 / view it online here

Allentown, Pa. Professor Hyman T. Frueauff of Allentown Rotary has been giving members of the Ambulance Units in the fair grounds at Allentown instruction in German and French, knowledge of both languages being especially valuable in the Ambulance Corps.

Undefeated Rotary Baseball Team Challenges All Would-Be Champions
The Rotarian, April 1925: page 34 / view it online here

[Photo Caption] If you can slide swiftly over the home plate, throw a sizzling curve or grab the elusive grounder, or drive a ball clear over the fence, then here’s your chance. Just collect a few more Rotarians like yourself and take up the challenge of this Rotary baseball team of Allentown, Pennsylvania. This team has not been defeated by any other Rotary team during the past three years, and believing that baseball games foster sociability and service between their own club and those clubs they have played, the Allentown team hereby issues a challenge to any Rotary baseball team anywhere to depose it from the championship. Address all communications to: Rotarian J. Hall Truman, Jr., 802 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. The picture shows (left to right, standing) Ralph J. Clauss; Claude M.T. Laudenslager; Edward H. Fromm; Clavin J. Radman; Raymond G. Fetzer; Adolph P. Schneider; (seated) Bill Schneider, the mascot; W. Bruce MacIntosh; Charles W. Grammes; Jay Hall Truman, Jr.; C. Donald Bachman; and Harry R. Dubbs.

Few Words … Much Music
The Rotarian, August 1936: page 52 / view it online here

Allentown, Pa – It wasn’t just another program of music when the music committee of the Allentown Rotary Club was in charge of the meeting recently. Representatives of each of Allentown’s singing organizations, the high school choir, the band, the municipal opera company, spoke briefly of his group and after each had finished, a soloist from that number offered a selection.

Those Rotarians!
The Rotarian, December 1964: pages 48-49 / view it online here

Backward Looks. Anniversaries stimulated two more Rotary Clubs – both in Pennsylvania – to set down their histories. […] Panorama: Rotary and Allentown 1914-1964 is the title of a golden anniversary Rotary Club history book written by Charles H. Preston, Rotary Club bulletin editor of Allentown, Pa. As the Sunday Call-Chronicle explains in a review: “First and foremost, it is a book about, for, and by members of Allentown Rotary. And yet it is an invaluable contribution to the history of the Queen City. The reason is that it seems so many of the men who have helped to mold and make this city over the past half century have been members of this Club.”

Allentown Rotary Club’s 100 Years of Service
WLVT PBS-39 News, “Focus on What Matters” Airdate: May 2, 2014

President Barack Obama visits Allentown, Pennsylvania and Lunches with two members of the Allentown Rotary Club (December 4, 2009)

allentown rotarians lunch with obama

President Barack Obama visited Allentown, PA and had lunch with two members of the Allentown Rotary Club: Rolf Schlake (photo: center), President of Applied Separations and Mayor Ed Pawlowski (photo: right) of the City of Allentown.