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


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August 1, 2013 – Meeting Roundup

District 7360 Governor Sharon Benner This week we are back at the Holiday Inn and have the pleasure of a visit from our District Governor, Sharon Benner. She has been a member of the West Snyder-Beaver Springs Rotary Club since June 1993, with 18 years perfect attendance. Sharon has served her club as Student Exchange Counselor, Secretary, and Treasurer and was a three-term Club President. Her husband, Howard L. Benner, Jr. served the District as Governor in 2001-2002.


Sharon helped charter the Mid-West Interact Club and served as advisor for seven years. She and her husband hosted three visiting GSE Team members and eleven Rotary Exchange Students, traveling abroad to visit five of those students.

At the District level, Sharon served as an Assistant Governor, Outbound Chair for the Youth Exchange Program, chaired the Conference Memorial Service, served as District Membership Chair and has served on the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee. She has gone on two Project Ecuador trips, has attended 32 District Conferences, three International Conventions and four Zones Institutes. She is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Sharon is a Paul Harris Fellow with four sapphires, a Rotary Benefactor, and a member of the Bequest Society.

Sharon serves as secretary for the Union Cemetery Committee and on the Middle Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She co-organized the Mother & Child Development Program at her church, a program that is now 38 years old. Sharon is an active member of Beaver Lutheran Church, where she has served on various committees, as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and on the Church Council.

Sharon has worked for more than 40 years as the transportation director in charge of 22 school buses and 8 van runs for Narehood Transportation. In 1976, Sharon founded Morning Star Unlimited, selling sterling silver and Indian jewelry. She and her husband Howard have owned and operated Benner’s Trophy Outlet for the past 16 years.

Sharon and Howard have been married for 45 years; have three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and watching movies with her cocker spaniel Sophie.

It is a great honor to have Sharon visit us as several clubs have a joint meeting with another club, and some clubs may not be visited at all due to the large number of clubs in our district since the merger into District 7360. 

Hail to the Redskins

Washington Redskins Alumni Executive Director Jerry Olsen, who lives in Berkeley County, talked to us about his job and gave us a lot of insider information on the Redskins. He began by telling us that even though he has an office in Redskins Park, he is not an employee of Dan Snyder and the Redskins. In fact, he doesn’t even get a salary. What his organization does is try to help raise money for charity events for children. Every cent they raise goes to the kids. Among the insights he gave us was his opinion that free agency has ruined the NFL because now the agents pursue the highest bidder rather than the players best interests. He also feels that RGIII will be used more as a classic passing quarterback.


Answer to last week’s question:

When we moved from the Peking Restaurant in the Shenandoah Hotel to the Sheraton (now the Holiday Inn), it was with the understanding that we would not be able to meet there if they had a convention or some other affair booked for noon on Thursday. We have gone to the Purple Iris because it can accommodate us and is centrally located. In times past the alternate meeting places have included Bodines in Hedgesville, the Youth Fair, VA Center, Air Guard, USDA farm, the Fish Hatchery, and the Dillon Farm Museum.​

This week’s question:


What are the basic qualifications for the office of district governor? 


Dr. Billy Ray Dunn, a former superintendent of Randolph County schools, and a retired professor at Marshall University, Marietta College, and Shepherd University, was a guest of his daughter, Lisa Poland. Kimberly Lanager brought her son, Harmon. Lauren Olan, a third year law student, was back as a guest of Heather Myers. Jim Smith brought his wife, Patsy. Page Burdette brought his wife, Lois. And Mike Hornby brought his wife, Kresha.

There is a Mega Food Drive the entire month of August for United Way. President Mike has put us in a friendly competition with the other area Rotary clubs to see who can get the most food. He says he has no intention of coming in less than first place. Most non-perishables are okay except canned corn or peas. Canned goods are preferred over glass jars.

The golf tournament is set for August 26th at the Woods. There is a shotgun start at noon with a picnic at 5pm, which is open to all members. A Tee Sponsorship is $100, Prize Sponsor is $250, and Special Event Sponsor is $500. There will be a $10,000 Hole-in-One, a new car Hole-in-One, a $2,500 Putting Contest, and a $50,000 Shoot Out.

Past President and honorary member Bill Sites has moved to assisted living. His address is:

Waters' Edge at Lake Wales

10 W. Grove Avenue, Box D-10

Lake Wales, Fl 33853

He would really like to hear from us.

Rae Ellen Harless, last year’s summer exchange to student to Prague, and Madelaine Fehrens, her host, spoke to us about their experiences.

Be sure to stand when the district governor is introduced this week! This is to show some respect for what she is doing for Rotary.