Grapevine – August 11, 2020
Note about meeting venue: The Club will continue meeting in-person at the Holiday Inn along with an option to join virtually, through the end of August. Continuing to offer the virtual option will be re-evaluated at that time. The Holiday Inn is committed to providing appropriate social distancing at tables and a plated meal that will be served to members as opposed to a buffet. President Pam emailed you with the link in order to connect online.
Last week: Steve O’Brien from Proctor & Gamble talked about the growth of their operation in Martinsburg. They continue to add new brands to their manufacturing operation while they expand their footprint. Through the use of state of the art automation they are producing more P&G products than any other plant and do it with fewer employees, though they are still hiring.
Club Assembly on July 30: Committee chairs outlined their main goals and provided an opportunity for questions. President Pam noted that our membership was over 160 when she was President previously. Now it is slightly over 120. This has certainly impacted our financial picture, which Pete Dufourny explained. Denise Phelps reported on her membership committee recommendation, and action by the Board, to establish a sliding scale for corporate memberships with more than one active member. Everyone was challenged to help re-grow our roster of outstanding community prospects. Pete Mulford noted that our programs are filled through September, but could change due to the pandemic. He requested continuing suggestions or solicitation of interesting program speakers. Berniece noted that all schools are covered with club representatives for Interact and Rotaract except two (they have since been filled).
- This week – Kristin Alexander, Potomac Valley Audubon Society
- Next week – Berkeley County High School Football Coaches
- August 27 – Martinsburg Chief of Police George Smartwood
- President Pam presented Chaz Printz with a Paul Harris+2 pin and Chris Johnson with a Paul Harris+5 pin.
- Vickie Elliott led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and provided an invocation.
- Robin Zanotti – August 5
- Sandy Hamilton – August 8
- Isabella Androwas – August 10
- Jim Klein – August 10
- Elaine Bartoldson – August 11
- Rich McCune – August 11
- Greg Hoffman – August 12
- Jonathan Bodwell – August 14
- Tom and Jean Bibby – 48 years on August 5
- Chaz and Donna Printz – 43 years on August 6
- Doug Frye – 11 years
- Dustin Branner – 2 years
- Stephanie Young – 1 year
- Tammy Demick will be joining us as she transferred to our Club from the Sunrise Club.
- You can now pay your Club dues on our Rotary Club of Martinsburg website – https://www.martinsburgrotary.com/pay-dues/.
- The board approved the development of a Meals on Wheels “Rotary Route”. Meals on Wheels provides hot food to over 380 homebound individuals whose median age is 83. This is a community service project that will enable Rotary to be more present in the community amid the Covid-19 restrictions. The plan is to deliver a couple of times each month, on specific days. We would like to have two “Route Captains” that would each lead a team of 2-4 Rotarians. They would commit to making sure the specific route is covered on the assigned day. Only two people are needed at any given time so some would be alternates. Check out the impact that Meals on Wheels provides in our community at https://www.berkeleycountymealsonwheels.com/. Please contact Steve Roach or Allen Kees, Community Service Coordinator, if you can help in any way.
- The recommendation by the co-chairs of the Golf Tournament has been accepted and the event has been cancelled for this summer and a spring tournament is planned. No date has been selected yet.
- The Youth Drug Court is not meeting so no meals are needed at this time. They do still need gift cards in the amount of $5-20 for awards and incentives to the participants.
- We will have an evening picnic at Poor House Farm on October 8 so there will be no meeting at noon that day. The Club will purchase the meal so no need to bring anything.
- There will be no Labor Day Breakfast this year. It is an important source of revenue for Parks & Recreation so they are seeking donations to make up their shortfall.
- The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital is planning to hold their Women of Distinction event on October 14. Sponsorships are available. They are also selling Pearls for Girls raffle tickets as part of the Women of Distinction celebration. You can see Gail Moxley or Berniece Collis for raffle tickets.
- There was $206 in the pot and 32 cards in the deck. Trent Sherman had the winning ticket but did not win the pot.