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Rotary Club of Martinsburg - Martinsburg WV / Grapevine  / Grapevine – April 29, 2020
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Grapevine – April 29, 2020


Last week: We had an online meeting. We received an update from Pete Mulford on our Foundation and Polio Plus goals. We also watched a short video titled “Drop to Zero”, produced by Rotary.

If you didn’t see it, you can check it out at

Pete shared that over the years our club has donated more than $400,000 to The Rotary Foundation including for Polio Plus. We are currently behind in our campaign this year with only 40 members giving, mostly due to the lack of in-person lunch meetings. Please don’t let that hold you back – contact Pete Mulford at 304.268.5627.

Twenty-five members of the club are within $500 of achieving a Paul Harris Fellow. Our club will match up to $250 for the first 10 of these members who commit to $250 themselves to achieve this distinction.

This week: The C&O Canal Trust. Robin Zanotti will bring us up-to-date on activities related to the C & O Canal. Please join us for a short, informal meeting. Grab your lunch and prop up your feet!

Upcoming programs:

  • May 7: New(ish) members will share their biographies


  • Pete Mulford led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Vickie Elliott provided an invocation.


  • Jim Rodgers – April 26
  • John Lucas – April 29

Wedding Anniversaries:

  • Berniece and Craig Collis – 41 years on April 28
  • Tom and Sue Tatterson – 59 years on April 29

Member Anniversaries:

  • Lacy Rice, Jr. – 50 years
  • George Karos – 39 years
  • Craig Martin – 39 years
  • Joe Brookreson – 33 years
  • Steve Cox – 33 years
  • Fred Hollida – 33 years
  • Manuel Washington – 29 years

Scholarship Recipients – we will be highlighting the winners of our club scholarships over the next couple weeks:

Brandon Dew is our first place Rotary Service Scholarship recipient from Spring Mills High School. He will receive $1,000 to pursue his career in Health and Wellness and/or Education at Shepherd University.

Brandon states, “For me, Rotary Interact has changed me and made me into the person I am, right now, today. I’ve become more social, more involved, and most importantly, more kind and much much more selfless.”

Sydny Schoppert, from Spring Mills High School, will receive a $600 Rotary Service Scholarship to pursue her studies in Public Recreation and Park Administration at Shepherd University.

Sydny states, “Rotary Interact may be single-handedly the most useful club at any school that prepares high school students to successfully become a good member of their community and give them resources to help those in need.”

Tyler DeOms is the Martinsburg Rotary Club Service Scholarship recipient from Faith Christian Academy. He will receive $1,000 and plans to attend Blue Ridge CTC and then Virginia Tech studying in the field of Biology.

Club Announcements:

  • The Installation Dinner is tentatively planned for the last week in June.
  • Fer is still trying to get home to Bolivia, where the borders are closed. She is hoping to hear she will be able to get a flight this week. If you’d like to reach out to Fer and wish her well, you can text her at 304.579.7929.
  • Steve Truax is looking for more new members to present biographies, and is having a hard time reaching people due to the fact that DacDB often only has work contact information and many people are working from home. If you are willing to present your biography very informally at a future Rotary meeting, please let Steve know at (304) 279-0653 (voice or text).
  • Thursday lunch meetings at the Holiday Inn have been canceled until further notice. Watch for emails about online meetings.
  • The Club Mixer scheduled for April 30 has been postponed.
  • Derby Days Soiree has been postponed.
  • Pancakes for Polio has been canceled.
  • The Golf Tournament has been moved to Wednesday, October 14, still at The Woods (see attached flyer).
  • Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Interact students from the clubs we sponsor. An additional three $600 scholarships will also be awarded.
  • A gift of $1,200 will be given to the Blaine Groves Scholarship Fund at the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation.
  • From Judge Bridget Cohee: The Juvenile Drug Court is running low on $5 and $10 gift cards for incentives to the participants when they have a good week. A good week means clean screens, completing school assignments, individual and family therapy, court and probation check-in. Fast food gift cards of $5 and $10 are so beneficial to the kids. We are still doing our weekly hearings during the school outage. We are doing them by conference call. You can drop off the gift cards in an envelope to Leslie Crabill at BCT in Martinsburg. Thank you so much!

Community Announcement:

  • Steve Truax announced that CCAP has plenty of food to give away. It is well stocked for those who need it. They are using social distancing procedures.