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August 7th Grapevine + meeting notices

Good day, Rotarians!

Weekly chuckle from BILL STOVER’S LEXOPHILIUM: “I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.”  See you at Rotary this Thursday for more weekly wisdom!

HIGHLIGHTS from noon meeting on August 3rd – 
Greeter: Elaine Bartoldson
50/50:  Bill Wortley sold tickets.  Page Burdette won the ticket drawing but did not draw the winning card. Page will sell tickets next week.
Happy Birthday, Charles Mason, Gregory Veach, Robin Zanotti.  Click to hear your song!
Club anniversaries –  Steve Redding (2).
Wedding anniversaries – none.
Golden Moments: Priceless smiles are now on sale for $1 each. Share yours at our next meeting!
Guests (hosts):  Patsy Smith (Jim Smith), Mindi McDowell (Sandy Hamilton), Denise Phelps (Page Burdette), Dr. Dwight Kemp (visiting Rotarian, may transfer), Lisa Stedman (Jason Stedman), Rev. Michael Staubs (spouse of speaker).
Club business –

  • Please wear your name tag at each meeting. It’s friendly and helpful.
  • More greeters needed. Please! See or email Sandy Hamilton.
 Meeting highlights –

Boy Scouts of America (Shenandoah Council) has  recognized the Rotary Club of Martinsburg as  Community Partner of the Year. Jason Stedman (representing BSA) is shown presenting award to President Mike Hite.

Pam Wagner (Assistant District Governor) and Chris Johnson (Membership Chair) outline the goals and activities underway for our big, new and high energy membership committee

Elizabeth Staubs (Mountain View Church of the Brethran) discussed their past mission work with the TLC Barefoot School in Haiti and plans for their upcoming trip in November.

HIGHLIGHTS from Evening/Satellite meeting on August 3rd
Group leader – Tamilyn Clark; Club liason – Maria Lorensen
Satellite Facebook Page   

SARAH STOCKER FUNDRAISER – REPORT FROM TAMILYN: It is such a pleasure and a privilege to do such great and amazing things with our group.  We work so well together and everyone steps in.  Ruby and Tracy thank you for taking the lead on this event.  It was a great turn out.  As of this moment we have raised over $3,000.00 dollars and we are still accepting donations until the 15th of August.  It’s not too late to continue your Power of 10. I am truly blessed with you all as not only part of the group but as a friend.   God Bless you all.

If you have suggestions for our main program, please see or email Program Chairman Jim Klein.
August 10 –  Holiday Inn – Amy Orndoff – Berkeley Senior Services. If you bring a prospective member to this meeting, the guest meal charge will be waived. Be sure to get voucher from secretary.
August 17 – Holiday Inn – Martinsburg-Berkeley County Library – Gretchen Fry, Library Director. If you bring a prospective member to this meeting, the guest  meal charge will be waived. Be sure to get voucher from secretary.
August 24 – Holiday Inn – Berkeley County Football Coaches. If 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
Satellite Facebook Page   

August 10 – The Hub – Member Bio.  Kirstie Svehla. Additionally, our group has been approached by Mike Hite to work on a special project.  I will go into detail on Thursday night.  Please try to attend this meeting.  It will be a group effort and I will need everyone’s input.
August 17 – The Hub – New member orientation for noon club and Satellite group.
Back to school backpack program:  Please bring items that are on the list below to the next meeting.  If you mention the items that you will bring maybe we can get enough items for a couple of back packs. I have I believe 12 spiral note books and 3 composition books. Items needed – Backpack, Loose leaf paper, Spiral notebooks, Glue sticks, Folders, Pencils, Colored pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Comp. books.
Ongoing – Help defray medical expenses of Sarah Stocker (project continues after July 27th event/see flyer)

Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • This Monday at 4 pm, August 7th – Membership Committee Meeting at Shepherd Center. For time and details, contact Chris Johnson.
  • Thursday, August 17th at 6 pm: New member orientation at The Hub.
  • Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 230 pm: This membership seminar extremely important for all members of the membership committee, but open to anyone wanting to optimize their Rotary experience. For more info and to register, contact Chris Johnson.
  • September is 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.

(see guidelines at bottom of page)
  • Friday, August 18, Flamingo Fandango (see flyer)
  • Toni Saylor Concert Series at War Memorial Park, Saturdays at 7 pm until August 17. MBC Parks & Rec >Details.
  • Farmers Market on Martinsburg Square, Fridays from 430 pm to 730 pm until Sept 1st. Mainstreet Martinsburg >  Detail.
  • Free concerts on Martinsburg Square, Fridays from 5 pm to 7 pm until Aug 18th. ​​​​​​​Mainstreet Martinsburg > Details.
  • 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 

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.

Please provide as much of the following as possible: (1) sponsoring organization(s), (2) event or project name, (3) dates/times, (4) location, (5) cause, (6)  beneficiaries,(7) costs/needs, (8) actions needed/requested, (9) graphic or flyer, (10) contact name/phone/email, and (11) link to website, if applicable.
Please provide all essential info in writing (a printed flyer is perfect) to Bill Yearout at our Thursday meeting, or email to [email protected] promptly after meeting – or before noon Friday at  latest.
Please do not submit stories or narratives, as time does not permit rewriting to fit our format. Also, please understand that circumstances at meetings are such that reliance on verbal announcements is problematic, and time constraints rarely permit running down incomplete, unheard or unclear info, especially with info presented in the community announcement segment of our meeting.
Photos and attachments: Please avoid low quality, low resolution photos. Due to a variety of issues, we normally do not publish attachments to The Grapevine.
The absolute deadline for submitting material to The Grapevine is noon Friday for the weekly issue that goes out Monday. This deadline is necessary so The Grapevine may be compiled and uploaded on Friday afternoon for automatic distribution very early each Monday – to our members and to the print shop, where it is printed/mailed for timely receipt by members who don’t have email.
Community announcements: Although Rotary announcements are the top priority, a special section is maintained to showcase community announcements for charitable purposes of charitable organizations that seem most actionable and relevant to Rotarians. If your community announcement meets these standards but was not included, it may be because clear/written info was not received at our Thursday meeting, or via email by our deadline. Any community announcement to be published for a non-charitable organization or purpose should always be pre-cleared with the President.
Limiting use of special emails:The Grapevine is our general means of communicating with members between meetings. Therefore, to help us avoid excessive emails to our members, please observe The Grapevine’s Friday noon deadline so that your info may be included in the next week’s edition. Any material for a special notice, bulletin or email should be especially pertinent to club activity and too time-sensitive to wait until the next Grapevine.  If in doubt, please check with President to insure inclusion.
Know of a member who is not receiving The Grapevine? Please ask them to email [email protected] promptly so that the problem may be addressed.
Got it wrong or left something out? Please email [email protected] right away with all essential info  so that it may be published in the next edition of The Grapevine.
With The Grapevine, each Rotarian is a reporter.  As editor, I mainly compile, edit and publish.  Thanks for your support and cooperation.
Bill Yearout, [email protected]   304 263-1707