Grapevine – September 16, 2021
Greeter – Pat Darlington was the greeter this week and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance & Four-Way Test and invocation.
Guests – John Unger II, Berkeley County Magistrate (guest of Darrell Schull), Tracy Moody (guest of Jen Stanley), Kay Lewis (guest of Jen Stanley), Randy Lewis (from Sunrise Rotary)
- Shelter box initiative: right now, Rotary clubs are sending Shelter Boxes to Haiti. We set sponsoring one Shelter Box as a goal for this year, Pete is our Shelter Box point person.
- We are working a Wellness Screening at the Wellness Center on Sept 25th. Volunteers should plan to be there by 5:30 AM. We need more volunteers for this!
- We are cooking and serving at the Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast on October 16th and 17th. We are looking for volunteers for that.
- Berniece has been working on the dictionary project. The books are on their way and will be getting labels put on next week, thanks to the Interact Club. Berniece sent an email to everyone asking for volunteers to deliver the dictionaries. She will be following up with instructions on that for those who volunteered.
- Our student guests this week were Carter Lewis and Willson Moody from Faith Christian Academy and were introduced by Jennifer Stanley.
Stephanie Clark is Regional Coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and she was our speaker this week. “She is a passionate advocate for research and support to End Alzheimer’s, as this disease greatly affects her family. This past April, Stephanie lost both of her Grandmothers to the disease and her father in law lives with severe frontal lobe dementia. Stephanie works for a future where her daughter’s memories are safe and with hope the first survivor is already alive!” The mission of the association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. They are the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. They have a 24/7 helpline: 800-272-3900. Stephanie Clark can be reached at [email protected]. The local Walk to End Alzheimer’s is October 9th at War Memorial Park – Norwalk Pavilion. Registration starts at 8AM – Ceremony at 9AM – Walk at 9:30AM.
- Sept 23 – WV Secretary of State Representatives on Jennings Randolph and Voting
- Sept 30 – New & Old Member Bios (You won’t want to miss this!!!)
- Oct 7 – Columbia Cares
- Oct 14 – Mike Laing, Courthouse Marshalls
- Oct 21 – Zach Walburn, Stormwater District
- Craig Martin had the winning ticket last week, so he sold tickets this week. Sandy Hamilton’s ticket was drawn, and she did not choose the winning card. She will sell tickets next week.
- October 9th is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, located at War Memorial Park. Registration from 8 AM – 9 AM, walk starts at 9:30. My Team is Jones Pride. Please walk with me or donate to this great cause.
- October 13th will be the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction luncheon.
- October 23rd join Mainstreet Martinsburg as they have the first State Food Truck Festival – located right downtown!!! Also, FREE Parking ALL Day!
- Presented the annual support check to Ms. Stanley – Interact Club coordinator.
- President Steve presented two of our newest members their official Rotary nametags. Congrats to Jennifer and Pat.
Stephanie and I have actually done presentations together for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The reason I am personally interested in this cause is because that’s how I lost my Grandad. I watched as his memory deteriorated until he no longer knew who I was. In addition to my personal interest, Edward Jones has a strategic alliance with the Alzheimer’s Association. In July 2020, Edward Jones renewed our commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association with an additional $25 million over the next five years. This matches the $25 million we’ve raised since 2016 and makes our total 10-year investment the largest ever pledged by a corporate partner to the Alzheimer’s Association. Supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is one of our core causes — and for good reason. A devastating disease with no known cure, Alzheimer’s is a clear and present threat to our core business: protecting the wealth and well-being of our clients. Alzheimer’s disease impacts more than 300,000 Edward Jones clients, double what we estimated just a couple of years ago. Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive diseases, with a lifetime cost of care of more than $350,000. Between 2000 and 2019, deaths from heart disease decreased 7.3% while deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 145%. Supporting the Alzheimer’s Association aligns with our purpose: to partner for positive impact — to improve the lives of our clients and colleagues and, together, better our communities and society.