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Rotary Club of Martinsburg - Martinsburg WV / Grapevine  / Aug 21 issue | THE GRAPEVINE

Aug 21 issue | THE GRAPEVINE

Good day, Rotarians!

Weekly chuckle from BILL STOVER’S LEXOPHILIUM: I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
See you at Rotary this Thursday for more weekly wisdom!

Timely club business –

  • OUR NEW EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM PARAGUAY HAS ARRIVED. Welcome Gloria Figueredo! Once you get settled a bit in your host home and school, we look forward to greeting you at Rotary.
  • APPLE HARVEST ROTARY FLOAT: Calling for volunteers from all 3 groups – Sunrise, Noon and Satellite. Contact Mike Hite  304 267-7400/w.
  • Please wear your name tag at each meeting. It’s friendly and helpful.
  • More noon greeters needed. Please! See or email Sandy Hamilton.
  • BE SURE YOUR EMAIL SETTING will accept email from [email protected] and from [email protected]. If you are receiving BLANK emails from Rotary > CLICK HERE
  • ROTARY ON FACEBOOK: Our Martinsburg Rotary Facebook page is geared to ALL members,  plus we have a special and separate Satellite Rotary Facebook page that also welcomes everyone.  At both, you will find in-depth info on some of our events, and the ability to RSVP, register, buy tickets, etc.  Please give them both a LIKE – and feel free to browse, post, comment and participate!

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on August 17th  

Greeter: Margaret Cogswell
50/50:  Margaret Cogswell (filling in for Manuel Washington) also sold tickets.  Chris Johnson won the ticket drawing, put did not draw the jackpot card.  Chris will sell tickets at upcoming meeting.
Happy Birthday, Jonathan Bodwell, Tracy Burcker.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  none
Wedding anniversaries – Elaine and Craig Bartoldson.
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Dana DeJarnette (Leslie Crabell), Stephen Crowell (Bill Wertman).

Excellent program about the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Library System, by Gretchen Fry, Library Director. Just look at some of the programs below. There is always a library in the system that is open – every day of the week. If you are interested in forming a Friends of the Library group for the main branch in Martinsburg, please email Gretchen Fry or call 304 267-8088.

Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on August 17th

Group leader – Tamilyn Clark; Club liason – Maria Lorensen

Program -New Member Orientation for Noon and Satellite Members

Congrats and welcome to our newest Rotarians!

And congrats to our newest Paul Harris Fellow – Tracy Burcker!
We also discussed a Human Trafficking project with President Mike Hite.  Watch this space.
For more info/updates, go to > Satellite Facebook page
Also see Meeting Notices + Club and Community announcements below –


 If you have suggestions for our main program, please see or email Program Chairman Jim Klein.
August 24 – Holiday Inn – Hugely popular Berkeley County Football Coaches lunchIf you bring a prospective member to this meeting, the guest  meal charge will be waived. Be sure to get voucher from secretary.

August 31 – Holiday Inn – Club Assembly. If you bring a prospective member to this meeting, the guest  meal charge will be waived. Be sure to get voucher from secretary.


Usual time:  Thursday, 5:45 pm. Usual location: The Hub. See below
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark; Club liason – Maria Lorensen
For more info/updates, go to > Satellite Facebook page
Thursday August 24  … Cosby Davis – Good Samaritan Clinic
Thursday August 31 … Pending. See info below on mixer at Purple Iris, August 30th.

Also see Community Announcements below.

  • Golf Tournament, financial results –  A record about of over $9,000 was raised for local scholarships!
  • MEGA FOOD DRIVE! Bring your non-perishable food to any meeting – now thru  September 7th!
  • August 30th (Wednesday), 5 to 630 pm – Rotary Mixer at the Purple Iris! For your convenience, this mixer is set up as a Facebook Event. Just click Rotary Mixer Event on Facebook for more details, to see some of those who are coming – and to RSVP. If NOT on Facebook, you may RSVP by email to > Gail Moxley or phone her at 304-260-4333

  • September 12th (Tuesday), 8 am – 12 noon – Day of Caring! Need 10 -15 volunteers. Contact Kathy Mason.

  • Dictionary Project time! Need sponsors and volunteers. Listen up at upcoming meetings for info on how you can participate in this great project that our own Dr.Kamath helped start some years ago.

  • September Golf Tournament, sponsored by Interact at Faith Christian Academy. For date, times and more info, contact Berniece Collis .

  • September 14 Crabfest! Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary.

 The Rotary Foundation on a roll in Martinsburg! Chairman Pete Mulford wants you to know that, over the years, our members and the 79 Paul Harris Fellow in our club have contributed over $200K to the Foundation. Our ranks of Paul Harris Fellows is growing, and the goal for this year is $20K. We are looking for several more committee members to help us achieve this goal. Contact > Pete Mulford


(see guidelines at bottom of page)

  • Farmers Market on Martinsburg Square, Fridays from 430 pm to 730 pm until Sept 1st. Mainstreet Martinsburg >  Detail.
  • Monday, Sept 4 – Labor Day Breakfast. Get tickets early & often!!​​​​​​​

  • Throughout September, public school teachers in Berkeley County may apply to the Eastern WV Community Foundation for Mini-Grants > MORE INFO
  • Farm to Fork Dinner, Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Almost sold out. For more info/buy tickets online > click here. Sponsorships – see below:

Women Of Distinction/Girl Scouts Award/Dinner – Our own Rotarian Vicki Jenkins will be honored this year. For date, tickets, more information, contact > Berniece Collis or Gail Moxley

AFP Fund Raising Award Dinner – This is a big deal. The contact for this event should email particulars to  [email protected].

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 2018, local Rotarians will benefit from some historically fortunate scheduling. The Toronto convention is an exciting location that is driveable from Martinsburg – or you can fly or take Amtrak.

2018 Rotary International Convention, June 24 – 27 in Toronto. Official online info

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President:                Mike Hite  304 267-7400/w
President-Elect:     Amanda Giangola304 229-6525/w
Vice Pres:               Jim Klein, 304-263-3304
Secretary:               Doug Arndt, 304 263-6906/w | 304 263-6207/h
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny, 304 263-2170/h   
Sgt at Arms:            Vickie Elliott304-263-0809/w
Ass’t Governor:       Pam Wagoner, 304 263-1488/w | 304 260-9406/h
District Governor:   Mike Hornby, 304 851-7451/w | 304 579-8510/h
Maria Lorensen (2018)
Sandy Hamilton (2018)
Elaine Bartoldson (2019)
Berniece Collis (2019)
Chris Johnson (2020)
Pam Wagoner (2020)
Pete Mulford (2020)
Elaine Bartoldson, Publicity
Craig Bartoldson, Intl Service
Berniece Collis, New Generations
Sandy Hamilton, Community Service
Chris Johnson, Membership
Pete Mulford, Rotary Foundation
Ryan Perks, Grant Projects
Pam Wagoner, Club Service
Bill Yearout, The Grapevine
Robin Zanotti, Vocational Service            


Group Leader – Tamilyn Clark
Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
OUR ROTARACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Blue Ridge Club Liaison, Maria Lorensen. Contact, Ron Richter, Todd Johnson
James Rumsey Club Liason, Vicki Jenkins. Contact, Shirley Mahoney
OUR HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS – Berniece Collis, Coordinator
Hedgesville Club Liaison, Vickie Elliott. Contact, Tim Belotte.
Musselman Club Liaison, Bill Bowen. Contact, Chad Spencer.
Spring Mills Club Liaison, Tina Combs.  Contact pending
Faith Christian Club Liason, Pam CurtisMarilyn Schoon. Contact, Jen Stanley
Martinsburg HS is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club
OUR 2017-18 INBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT – Gloria Figueredo Flores, from Paraguay
OUR 2017-18 OUTBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT – Ben Merzouk (Hedgesville HS), to Argentina


OUR 2017 OUTBOUND SUMMER EXCHANGE STUDENT – Jemma Piasecki (Martinsburg HS), to Germany
Of the things we think, say or do –
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 each Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout, Grapevine Editor
Grapevine email > [email protected]
Phone: 304-263-1707.

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Bill Yearout, [email protected]   304 263-1707