Meetings: Holiday Inn - Thursdays at 12:00pm-1:15pm


April 3, 2017 Grapevine

This week’s Grapevine includes numerous timely items, including this great video  > Intro to Rotary Shelter Box Project

Bill Stover’s Weekly Wisdom: The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
For more great wisdom, come to Rotary this Thursday!

Greeter: Maria Lorensen
50/50:  Bill Wortley sold tickets. Jim Klein won the ticket drawing/did not draw the winning card. Jim Klein will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Birthdays – Ken Collinson, Tiffany Arnett, Karen Martin (Craig’s wife).
Club anniversaries – Deborah Barthlow (2)
Wedding anniversaries – Pam and Ross Curtis celebrated their 52nd. An English teacher and engineer, no less!
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Wiktoria (Wiki) Warzycka (our current inbound exchange student at Martinsburg HS from Denmark); Ben Merzouk (our 2017/2018 outbound exchange student to Argentina from Hedgesville HS).

Wiki Warzycka and Ben Merzouk

Ryan Banak and Chloe Manning
We were truly inspired by the ‘Honor Drive’ at Spring Mills High School. Thanks to Assistant Principal Carol Hamilton and some very compassionate students, this program raises money each year to treat a large number of veterans to a nice daytrip by bus to Washington, DC. The upcoming trip this year aims to accommodate 90 veterans from our area. Although money was not soliticed, donations are essential and President Brian Jolliff promptly contributed $250 from the President’s discretionary fund and several members also made generous contributions on the spot. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Carol Hamilton this week at [email protected]

SMHS veterans Honor Drive Students: Megan Hardy, Juneau Daggs, Amy Filip, Lee Curran

Spring Mills HS Assistant Principal Carol Hamilton

Grapevine liaison – Tiffany Arnett. Primary contact for group is Drew Bartoldson
Satellite Facebook Page

  • No meeting due to Club-wide mixer on March 29th.

 Notice for upcoming NOON meetings – 
Best and Brightest Students each week:  April – Musselman HS;  May – Martinsburg HS
 If you have suggestions for our main program, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman.

  • Thursday, April 6th, noon at PURPLE IRIS!!  Main program features WW2 and  Lt. Art Staymates, 1st Division 26th Infantry Division D-Day survivor.
  • Thursday, April 13th (noon at Holiday Inn).  Main program features Pat Andrews from the Board of Childcare.
  • Thursday, April 20th (noon at Holiday Inn).  Main program features Bill Stubblefield and the Roadside Cleanup Endowment.
Notice for upcoming EVENING (satellite) meetings – 
Club liaison – Maria Lorensen. Grapevine liaison – Tiffany Arnett. Primary contact – Drew Bartoldson
Satellite Facebook Page 
  • Thursday, April 6th, 6 pm at The Hub. No program info provided.

Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • More greeters needed! Please contact Sandy Hamilton.
  • Wishing Rotarian Jim Smith a speedy recovery at home from a recent fall. Emails (use link), visitors, cards and calls welcome!
  • Rotary Mixer last Wednesday.   Great success, with much gratitude to CNB Bank, Martin’s Distributing, Reid’s Distributing, Chris Johnson and others. Want to help plan our future miixers? Contact Chris Johnson.
  • Big Rotary turnout last Tuesday, honoring our own Pam Wagoner as 22nd Distinguished Citizen! Proceeds from event benefit Boy Scouts.
  • Rotaract/Interact Mixer + 4-Way Test competitions last Tuesday at Blueridge CTC was a huge success!
    Special thanks to Pam Wagoner, Berniece Collis, Chad Spencer (Interact advisor/Musselman), Matthew Betts (Interact President/Musselman HS), Eileen Kusnirak (Rotaract President/Blueridge CTC), all the students and adult leaders from Jefferson HS, Spring Mills HS, Musselman HS, Hedgesville HS, Faith Christian Academy, Blue Ridge CTC, James Rumsey Tech, and many others. THE WINNERS ARE – 
     1st/Matthew Betts (Musselman HS), 2nd/Leon Griveaux (exchange student from France/Jefferson HS), 3rd/Lee Curren Spring Mills HS),
  • FIVE SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED from 17 applicants. The winners are Megan Hardy (Spring Mills HS), Courtney White (Musselman HS), Noelle Otto (Hedgesville HS), Elizabeth Granese (James Rumsey) and Eileen Kusnirak (Blueridge CTC).  These scholarships are funded by our golf tournament, so your participation in this upcoming event really helps our students!
  • MAY 7, WATER & SANITATION AWARENESS EVENT IN BERKELEY SPRINGS: Our club is joining with 4 other clubs to demonstate filtration of raw water for the famous Rotary Shelter Boxes being used around the world.. Volunteers needed for water brigade, testing and tasting. Event will also feature free well water testing and Interact and Rotataract clubs plan to conduct a bake sale. Brian Jolliff  and Pam Wagoner are helping to organize and serve as your point of contact. See video  > Intro to Rotary Shelter Box Project
  • MAY 12 – 14 – DISTRICT CONFERENCE AT SPLIT ROCK RESORT: Fun in the Poconos (Lake Harmony, PA).  Register NOW for best room rates and selection. No special rates offered after April 10.  >  Registration Form


  • April 8th (Saturday) – Pass the word! Annual Community Health Screening. Rotary also gets a share of the revenue..  REGISTER NOW!

  • May 29, Monday, Memorial Day –  Rotary’s free ‘Pancakes for Polio Breakfast’ – 8 am to 11 am.
    Bring the whole family to War Memorial Park and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy and more… served up by Martinsburg Rotary’s Satellite Club members. What a great way to honor those who have served our great country. Proceeds will benefit Rotary International’s mission to eradicate polio worldwide.
  • ROTARY FELLOWSHIP PICNIC (date pending): Buzz Poland, Pete Mulford and Manny Washington have this underway – so watch this space!
  • REALLY BIG DEAL! June 2, Friday Rotary Foundation Dinner at HI.  Elegant event, excellent speakers, silent auction (items needed), special recognition for Paul Harris Felllows, major donors, and Governor-Elect Mike Hornby. .Tickets count toward your foundation/Paul Harris contribution and are available now from Brian Jolliff, Mike Hite and Mike Hornsby ($50 pp).
  • SPECIAL WRNR-Rotary Foundation Drive is also in full swing. This innovative project raises money by allowing people and businesses to sponsor PSAs on WRNR for charities and non-profits. More people/businesses are needed to sponsor PSAs plus some Rotarians who would like to record some of the PSAs. 100% of proceeds go to our LOCAL Rotary Foundation. See/email Brian Jolliff or Mike Hornby for required form shown below.
    See/email Allen Kees (or call him at 304-262-4960) for more information.

MORE GOLF TOURNAMENTS FOR GREAT CAUSES – See community announcements below.

ABOUT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Although the Rotary announcements (above) are the Grapevine’s top priority, I have established this special section to showcase community announcements that seem most actionable and relevant to Rotary.

  • Please understand that reliance on verbal community announcements at meetings is problematic, and time constraints rarely permit me to run down missing or unclear info during the community announcement segment of our meeting, or after the meeting.
  • Essentials for all announcements to be published: If you want your community announcement in the Grapevine, please provide me with the following (in writing much preferred) at our Thursday meeting, or email it to me before noon the next day > Sponsoring organization(s), event or project name, dates/times, location, cause, beneficiaries, costs/needs, actions needed/requested, graphic or flyercontact name/phone/email, and link to website, if applicable.
  • If your announcement was not included, it is likely that I did not receive all essential info at our Thursday meeting, or via email by our deadline (noon Friday). All community announcements to be published for a business or non-charitable purpose or organization should be cleared with the President.
    Thanks for your cooperation!
    Bill Yearout >
  • April 7th, 6 – 9 pm at Holiday Inn – CAV Elimination Dinner (Community Alternative to Violence). Tickets ($45 pp) may be purchased at Dana’sTuxedo, 124 S. Queen St. More info, email Dana Knowles or call her at 304 676-2052.  
    Community Alternatives to Violence (CAV) is a 501C3 nonprofit organization which has been intervening with domestic abusers for 20 years.  CAV’s vision is a community free of violence. This is done by conducting classes on healthy and respectful relationships for men, women, and youth AND by holding abusive behavior accountable. Please join us for an evening of fun and prizes – tons of Silent and Live Auction items along with 50/50 chances. Your ticket provides a chance to win $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or a grand prize of $1,000.00. One person at every table will be leaving with a beautiful center piece donated by Joe Merceruio and Fairness WV.
  • April 8th (Saturday), Dessert Comedy Theatre
  • April 27th (Thursday), Panhandle Home Health MINIATURE Golf Tournament. Shotgun start at 1 pm at JayDee’s Family Fun Center. Registration/cancelation deadline  is April 7. For more info and registration, see/email Chris Johnson or > CLICK HERE

  • April 28th (Friday, 630 to 930 pm), Little Black Dress Event. A fun way to support local youth literacy!
    Sponsored by United Way and part of the Fifth Annual Chocolate Fest and Book Faire hosted by Main Street Martinsburg. Event includes appetizers, desserts, a silent auction, boutique shopping, the Chocolate Lounge, signature cocktails and special musical performances.
    Tickets ($35 pp) may be purchased now at United Way (United Bank Building, just off Edwin Miller Blvd at 24 District Way) or  ONLINE


  • May 1st (Monday) – a great cause and fine golf tournament at The Woods!
    See registration and sponsorship form on this web page > Berkeley County Backpack Program

     – OR see/email Pete Mulford asap.

    Saturday, May 20th. Register now >  More event info/registration.

        More about CASA.

     See/email Marilyn Schoon.

  • Link to upcoming United Way activities
  • Link to Chamber’s Calendar of Events

As you may know, Rotary International Conventions are fun, life-changing events and most are overseas – which creates a major barrier for many club members. But in 2017 and 2018, local Rotarians will benefit from some historically fortunate scheduling. Both of these conventions will be held in exciting locations that are driveable from Martinsburg – or you can fly or take Amtrak.

BOOKING UP! 2017 Rotary International Convention, June 10 – 14 in Atlanta.
Online info and registration |
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2018 Rotary International Convention, June 24 – 27 in Toronto. Official online info

Rotary Club Of Martinsburg

President: Brian Jolliff                 304 676-9940/w | 304 229-2151/h              
President-Elect: Mike Hite         304 267-7400/w
Vice Pres: Amanda Giangola    304 229-6525/w
Secretary: Doug Arndt                304 263-6906/w | 304 263-6207/h   
Treasurer: Pete Dufourny           304 263-2170/h   
Sgt at Arms: Ross Curtis              304 754-5560/w    
Ass’t Governor: Pam Wagoner  304 263-1488/w | 304 260-9406/h
Governor Elect: Mike Hornby      304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h

Satellite Facebook Page

Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen

Primary contact – Drew Bartoldson
Satellite Grapevine contact – Tiffany Arnett   
ROTARACT CLUBS Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Blue Ridge: Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen. President – Eileen Kusnirak.
James Rumsey: Club Liason – Vicki Jenkins. President – Shirley Mahoney.
HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Hedgesville: Club Liaison – Vickie Elliott. Advisor – Tim Belotte.
Musselman: Club Liaison – Bill Bowen. Advisor – Chad Spencer.  President – Matthew Betts.
Spring Mills: Club Liaison  – Tina Combs.
Faith Christian: Club Liaison – pending
Martinsburg: Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club

Wiktoria (Wiki) Warzycka at Martinsburg HS. From Poland/Denmark

Gloria Figueredo Flores from Paraguay.
 Interested in being one of the host families? 
Please contact Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson – soon!

Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS) –  to Argentina

Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS) – destination pending.

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Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I hope this edition of The Grapevine helped get your week off to a fine start.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout , Grapevine Editor

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