Hot Topics Luncheons


Our Hot Topics Luncheons provide discussions with a wide range of noteworthy local people about issues affecting our community. The cost of lunch is $15, although you may attend without purchasing lunch. Please pre-register for our luncheons by sending an email to Please not that our Hot Topics Luncheons have a NEW location:

Meet us at the Hops at the Paddock Restaurant at 11:30am

1945 W Columbia Street, Allentown, PA 18014



  • December 13, Catherine Kessack (Executive Director VAST) will present “An Introduction to the Work of the Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST) Organization.”


  • January 10, Professor Chris Borick (Muhlenberg College) will present “Election Trends and Midterm Challenges.”
  • February 14, Eric Gratz (Director of the Allentown EMS) and Bill Stauffer (Director of the PA Recovery Organization Alliance Pro-A) will present “Addressing the Drug Issue in the Lehigh Valley” and “What are We Doing Locally and Statewide to Help People Suffering from these Disorders.”
  • March 14, Leah Purdy (Regulatory Specialist for Resource Environmental Solutions) will present “Habitat Creation for Native Beneficial Insects.”
  • April 11, Bob Elbich (Lehigh County Commissioner-At-Large) will present “Massive Shale Gas Transport Through Lehigh County – Public Safety Risks.”



  • September 13, Amanda Owen (Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation) will present “The History of the Justice Bell.” Click here for a preview of the Justice Bell documentary.
  • October 11, Dawn Godshall (Executive Director of CACLV) will present “The Extensive Projects of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.”
  • November 8, Phil Armstrong (Lehigh County Executive) will present “State of the County 2021-2022.”

Recordings of the Hot Topics Events listed below are available for viewing on YouTube.


January, “State of the County & Impact of COVID-19,” Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County Executive

February, “The Street Medicine Program of LVHN,” Nani M. Cuadrado, Program Director
Our organization sent a gift card to Valley Health Partners.  We received a thank you letter.

March, “Climate Change: Opinion and Policy,” Chris Borick, Ph.D. Muhlenberg College

April, “TerraCycle – Eliminating the Idea of Waste®,” Maame Mensah, US Account Director, Brand Partnerships, TerraCycle US, LLC


September, “You’ll Miss Us When We’re Gone,” Bill White, The Morning Call columnist/blogger 

October, “Can We End Gerrymandering – What is Next for Pennsylvania?” Mary Erdman, LWVLC, Vice-President, Programs and Action

November, “The Allentown Health Department – from Environmental Health Services to Covid-19”,
Vicky Kistler, Director of the City of Allentown Health Department

December, “Election Trends,” Chris Borick, Ph.D., Muhlenberg College