Grapevine – March 17, 2020
As a result of global warnings and the declared National Emergency related to COVID-19, the Rotary Club of Martinsburg is suspending meetings for two weeks. On Sunday you should have received an email from District Governor Swan Stull recommending we consider canceling our meetings. “I am recommending that clubs not meet in person for two to four weeks, and then re-evaluate. All events should be postponed if possible. All district-related travel, unless necessary should be curbed.” Per Club President Steve Roach, we will “cancel the next two meetings due to the virus. We will resume our regular meeting on April 2, pending further information.” The President, President Elect, Program Chair and Holiday Inn staff are in regular communication with each other, and ask for your forbearance as they address this situation.
Last week – Tony Martirano, Tony M. Music and Arts Foundation, supports achievement, creativity, and growth through the arts by engaging students, families, and members of the community through programs, performances, and hosted events. Immersing children in the arts at home, through lessons at school and in the community, provides undeniable benefits that will help them throughout their lives. Tony and Jolene, his guitar, entertained us. There were attempts by club members to play the tambourine as well.
- April 2 Kaitlyn Smith, Good Times Show Choir
- April 9 Tony Zelenka, CEO, Berkeley Medical Center
- April 16 Robin Zanotti, C&O Canal Trust (meeting at the Purple Iris)
- April 23 John Taylor, Rotary Cluster Group Clean Water Project
- April 30 Club Assembly
Greeter – Mike Hornby was the greeter and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Maria Lorensen gave the invocation.
- Fernanda “Fer”Heredia Pereia, our exchange student from Bolivia
- Nina Arnett, wife of deceased Club member Ed Arnett, guest of Maria Lorensen
- Scott Roberts – March 8
- Page Burdette – March 9
- Maria Lorensen – March 9
- Steve Truax – March 9
- Vicki Jenkins – March 13
- Tracy Regalia was presented with her Rotary badge.
- After last week’s lunch there was a special meeting of the Board with Katie Spriggs of the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center to discuss their capital campaign and Rotary’s potential support.
- There will be a Club Mixer hosted by Michelle Sadat at Advocate Insurance on April 30.
- The Wellness Screening scheduled for April 18, 2020 will be cancelled at this time. WVU Medicine will assess re-scheduling at a later date.
- The Board passed a sliding scale of dues for corporate members starting at $600 per year.
- Derby Days will be held on May 2.
- Rotary Golf tournament will be held Monday, July 27 at The Woods.
Kevin Starliper sold tickets. There were 40 cards in the deck. Page Burdette had the winning ticket but did not draw the four of diamonds.
Student Guests: We welcomed student guests from Spring Mills High School in March. Rotarian Tina Combs introduced Tonya Fleming, who introduced two outstanding students:
- Chase Haines is a senior with dual enrollment at Shepherd University. He plans to attend WVU and study agricultural science. He hopes to become a high school teacher.
- Luke McCarren is a senior and a sports announcer for the school. He plans to attend college in Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University in their sports-casting program.