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February 6, 2017 Grapevine

This week’s Grapevine includes numerous timely items we thought you should know about.
Hope to see you this Thursday!
RECAP OF LAST NOON MEETING (Feb 2nd)
see pictures PLUS Rotary and Community announcements below
Greeter: Elaine Bartoldson
50/50: Pam Curtis sold tickets. Doug Frye won the ticket drawing but not the winning card. Doug Frye will sell tickets next week.
Birthdays celebrated: Max Oats
Guests (hosts): Janice Davis (Berniece Collis), Kathy Morgan (Berniece Collis), Shirley Mahoney (Berniece Collis).
Golden Moments: Share yours at any upcoming meeting!
Moment of silence, honoring the passing of Dr. Bill Rodgers – friend, past President, father of Kathy Rodgers and Jim Rodgers.
A fond farewell to Dennis McCormick, who recently moved to Beckley (WV) to enjoy more time with family in that area. Dennis was an outstanding Rotarian and leader in our community. Best wishes, Dennis!
MAIN PROGRAM – Q3 CLUB ASSEMBLY
Overview with 3 months to go –

  • Community Service – Dictionary Project another huge success.
  • Engagement: Weekly attendance is 48 to 60. Next mixer is March 29th.
  • International – Exchange student program going very well with an inbound student for this year (Wiki) an inbound student scheduled for next year, an outbound student for this summer plus an outbound student for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Membership: 171 (including 7 honorary) – net gain of 9 from last year. Largest club in district.
  • Rotary Foundation Drive – We have achieved about 2/3s of our $15,000 goal.
  • Satellite Group – On track to take over Pancakes for Polio Breakfast.
  • Service projects – 12 of 19 major projects completed. Yet to be completed are Pancakes for Polio, Interact and Rotoract Project, Community Wellness Screening, Foundation Dinner, Club Picnic.
  • Volunteerism (year to date) –  340 volunteers, 736 volunteer hours, $21,351 in cash contributions. These stats do not include Taste of the Paanhandle or the Rotary Foundation.

BEST AND BRIGHTEST FROM SPRING MILLS HS 

L/R:  Mallory Rudy, Natalie Comer

Pete Mulford, Wiki (our exchange student, Wiktoria Warzycha), Craig Bartoldson
RECAP OF LAST EVENING MEETING (Jan 26th)

Evening Satellite Rotarians with Mike Hite at last Thursday’s meeting.

  • Membership drive underway
  • Short term and long range plans being sent to noon President for feedback.
  • One or two short programs each month to be provided by members of the noon club. Noon members should see Bill Yearout if interested in being a presenter.
  • Tiffany Arnett serving as liaison to Grapevine

 Notice for upcoming NOON meetings – 
Best and Brightest Students each week:  February – Spring Mills HS;   March – Hedgesville HS;  April – Musselman HS;  May – Martinsburg HS
 If you have suggestions for our main program, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman > [email protected]

  • This Thursday, February 9th (noon at HI). Main program –  Leadership Berkeley (Tina Combs)
 Notice for upcoming EVENING (satellite) meetings – 
Primary contact for evening (Satellite) group is Drew Bartoldson – [email protected]
  • This Thursday, February 9th, 6 pm to 7 pm in the back room of Fiesta TapatiaWe will be meeting with Brian Joliff about the Pancakes for Polio Breakfast.

ROTARY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS  
Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • Bill Stover’s weekly wisdom:  You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
  • More greeters needed! Please see Sandy Hamilton.
  • Our outbound exchange student for 2017/2018 is Ben Merzouk from Hedgesville HS. Congrats, Ben!
  • Our inbound exchange student for 2017/2018 will be announced soon, which means we are in the hunt for host host famillies to take portions  theof next school year. If you have an interest, please don’t put off getting the facts and making a decision. To see if being a host family is for you, please contact Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson.
  • Our Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) outbound exchange student for this summer is Jemma Piasecki from Martinsburg HS. Congrats, Jemma!
  • INTERACT & ROTARACT – our sponsored clubs are on a roll. Interact at Musselman, Hedgesville and Spring Mills are thriving and new chapters are at James Rumsey and Faith Christian have advanced nicely and will soon be chartered. Rotaract at Blue Ridge CTC has new leaders and continues to grow. These programs continue to grow, thanks to the leadership of Berniece Collis and the other Rotarians who serve in a liaison capacity (see contacts at bottom of the Grapevine).
  • Applications for Rotary Interact Scholarships (funded by our Golf Tourney) have been mailed to area high schools.
  • February – time for 4 Way Test competitions. Volunteers needed now! See Pam Wagoner.
  • February 18 – Sunrise Rotary Club’s Black/White Knight Dance all Rotarians are invited! At the Wherehouse, 411 Auburn St, from 7  to 11 pm. – featuring the high energy Countdown Band. Fundraiser for local charities including Boys and Girls Club. Co-sponsored by WVU Medicine. Tickets are $50 – available at  Sunrise Rotary, Orsini’s, First United Bank, or from Tina Roach (304 671-4587).
  • Two dates are now available for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training. March 25 (Coal Center, PA) and April 8 (Lewisburg, PA), See Brian Jolliff asap if interested.
  • February 26th – The Hagerstown Rotary Bull & Oyster Roast. Great food, beer, wine and fun. Tickets, $50. We’d like to sit together, so contact Brian Jolliff NOW for tickets and seating reservations.
  • March 10thShepherdstown Rotary Wine Tasting Dinner at Bavarian Inn >  CLICK FOR DETAILS
  • 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
      

  • HS MOCK INTERVIEWS on March 8th, 9th, 17th and 24th: Help wanted!
 
  • Annual Rotary Foundation Drive moves into high gear!  Checks accepted at every meeting through June.
  • 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 Brian Jolliff or Mike Hornby for required form shown below.
  • GOLF TOURNAMENTS – See community announcements below.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS  

  • Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Competitive Grants. Now open to apply (until 3/1/17) >   click for info
  • BE MY VALENTINE! The 4 Plaids Quartet (a 501c3) accepts donations to perform so that it may provide funding for music education in Berkeley County. To book for a little Valentine serenade (just $30) or other occasion, please contact Ross Curtis (304-754-5560) or Ed Grove (304-263-5295).
  •  VALENTINE CHOCOLATES –  TO SUPPORT THE SHENANDOAH WOMEN’S CENTER! 
  • Annual Heath Screening – For more info from Jim Klein, watch this spot!
  • Another High Impact Grant Opportunity! Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) is now accepting applications from non-profits that meet following criteria (1) Responses to urgent and critical needs (2) Bold new ventures; and/or (3) New approaches to ongoing challenges. Applicant organizations must have a current 501 (c) (3) determination from IRS and be based in and primarily serving the following counties: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire counties in WV; Frederick, Loudoun, and Clarke counties in VA;  and Frederick and Washington counties in MD. This grant pool is estimated to be $51,250. WISH will award up to two equal grants of $25,625. Applicants must show need for use of this high impact amount in a time span of no greater than three (3) years. Contact – Meg Peterson, mpeterso@shepherd.edu. Letter of Inquiry (submissions) accepted until March 1, 2017 >  CLICK HERE
  • Shepherd University, January 30th- You are invited!
  • March 4th, Holiday Inn, Martinsburg – Saturday Night at the Races Gala – sponsored by the Professional Business Women’s Association to fund local scholarships for continuing educations. MORE INFO
  • Our own Pam Wagoner will honored on March 14th by Boy Scouts of American at its annual Distinguished Citizen Dinner (Martinsburg Holiday Inn).  For tickets, contact Doug Band at 304 940-1201 or email [email protected].  Final deadline is 3/1/17.
  • Volunteers still needed at VA to play piano. Great fun. See Kathy Mason.
  • Full Ride Scholarships at Blue Ridge CTC with benefits are offered by the Power Systems Institute to those wishing to become a lineman. If you know of possible candidates, contact Rotarian Charlene Gilliam (First Energy) asap.
  • Fulton L. Walker, Jr. Charity Golf Classic, May 5 at Locust Hill Golf Course (Charles Town).  For more info or to sign up, contact Robert Sowell (571 220-0951) or email >  [email protected]
  • OTHER GOLF TOURNAMENTS: April 1, April 27, May 1, July 12th.  Chair persons or organizers for these and other golf tournaments should email the Grapevine with particulars (and a flyer, if available) so that each may be properly promoted in the Grapevine.
  • Link to upcoming United Way activities > click here
  • Chamber’s Calendar of Events > click here

TWO HISTORIC EVENTS THAT YOU JUST CANNOT MISS!
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


LINKS TO ROTARY RESOURCES
Rotary Club Of Martinsburg

President:              Brian Jolliff
President-Elect:    Mike Hite
Vice President:      Amanda Giangola
Secretary:               Doug Arndt
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny
Sergeant at Arms:  Ryan Perks
MEMBER RESOURCE CENTER (DACdb) > Login

EVENING (SATELLITE) GROUP
Primary contact is Drew Bartoldson – [email protected] 
ROTARACT CLUB AT BLUE RIDGE CTC

Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen
HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUBS
Hedgesville: Club Liaison – Vickie Elliott
Musselman: Club Liaison  – Bill Bowen
Spring Mills: Club Liaison  – Tina Combs
James Rumsey: Club Liaison  – Vicki Jenkins
OUR 2016-2017 INBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT

Wiktoria Warzycka (Wiki), from Poland, Denmark
OUR 2017-2018 OUTBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT
Ben Merzouk, from Hedgesville High School
OUR 2017-2018 INBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENT
TBA – To be a host family, see Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson
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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 this week off to a fine start.
We look forward to seeing you this Thursday at Rotary.
Bill Yearout , Grapevine Editor

Grapevine email > grapevinemartinsburg@gmail.com