Grapevine – March 30, 2021
Last week: Bekah Hayes and Meredith Barrett, S.M.I.L.E. Initiative. It’s an acronym for “Spread Motivation, Inspiration, Love Everywhere. They see a need for a holistic wellness program in the Eastern Panhandle and provide tools necessary for maintaining healthy lifestyles and mindsets.
This week: Sam Gulland, Torch Clean Energy
April 8: Shane Farthing, Director, Martinsburg Economic and Community Development
April 15: Jennie Shriner, Telemon
April 22: Bill Powell, former U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of West Virginia
April 29: Club Assembly
Greeter – Berniece Collis was the greeter and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation and 4-Way Test.
- Derek Parsons, West Virginia Radio Corporation, guest of Chris Johnson
- Tiffany Arnett – March 29
- Terry Chambers – April 2
- Ernie and Carolyn Weidman – 59 years on March 31
- Dr. Kamath – 2 years as an Honorary Member
- Maria Lorensen – 24 years
- In addition to other positions that need to be filled, we are establishing a Program Committee to share the workload of providing interesting weekly meetings. If you are interested, please see Steve Truax. We are also still in search of a Program Chair.
- We held a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Gilbert “Gib” Miller. We offer our condolences and prayers to the Miller family.
- The golf tournament is scheduled for May 19 at The Woods. We have about 90 golfers but would like to have 100, or 25 foursomes. We will also need volunteers. Individuals are welcome to sponsor as well as businesses. This will help to fund our scholarships to Interact and Rotaract students.
- Three $1,000 scholarships, funded by our Golf Tournament, will be awarded to one Interact student from each of the following schools – Faith Christian Academy, Spring Mills High School and Musselman High School.
- Please sign up with Sandy Hamilton to be a greeter. We will still accomplish this using public health guidelines but thought it would be nice to have a greeter each week.
- Bill Wertman needed to step down as a member of the Club’s board. Tracy Regalia has agreed to be appointed to his seat.
- The District will give $35,000 to a program providing water filtration to a small village in El Salvador. John Taylor, recent speaker at our Club and District International Chair, is in El Salvador running this program. The District is also making a $18,000 grant to a literacy program in Kenya.
- June 24 we will hold the Installation Dinner at the Holiday Inn. It will also serve as our 100th Anniversary Celebration.
- Chris Johnson is asking members who have accumulated Foundation points, which are awarded to you by the Rotary Foundation when you make a gift, to consider donating them to the Club. The Club will then create a match for those wishing to achieve the Paul Harris Fellow level of $1,000. We have 6,000 matching points that we can give for the same amount in donations. In other words, a $500 gift and 500 match in points gets to Paul Harris. Please reach out to President Pam or Chris if you are interested in either a match or donating points.
- Chris Johnson has provided envelopes on the lunch tables for people to easily make their Rotary Foundation contributions.
- You can pay Club dues at our website – https://www.martinsburgrotary.com/pay-dues/.
Student Guests – Rotarian and Principal of Martinsburg High School Trent Sherman introduced:
- Zora Muhammad, senior, will attend WVU and would ultimately like to become a music teacher
- Doryn Smith, senior, has a GPA of 3.8. He will attend Salisbury School, a college-prep school in Connecticut, and will play football and basketball there. When he attends college he will major in psychology so he can practice sports therapy.
- Steve Roach sold tickets. Maria Lorensen had the winning ticket but did not draw the winning card.