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January 16, 2017 Grapevine

RECAP OF LAST NOON MEETING (Jan 12th) + Taste of the Panhandle (Jan 14th)

see pictures PLUS Rotary and Community announcements below
Greeter: Vickie Elliott
50/50: Buzz Poland sold tickets. Maria Lorensen won the ticket drawing but not the winning card. Maria Lorensen will sell at next meeting.
Birthdays celebrated: Karen Spence
Guests (hosts): Anita Cooper (Walt Ridenour), Jenny Ligon ( Gail Moxley)
BEST AND BRIGHTEST – from Martinsburg HS 

L/R: Wiktoria Warzycka (our exchange student), Taylor Schweinebraten, Ryan Richards
MAIN PROGRAM:  Fascinating story on florist business (Pam Wagoner)

Pam Wagoner, Owner of Depot Florist, Asst District Governor – Rotary, and much more!

  • Evening group officially takes over Memorial Day Breakfast and kicks off planning
  • Group kicks off membership drive.
  • Group presents short term and long range plans to noon President for feedback.
  • One or two short programs each month to be provided by members of the noon club. Noon members should see Bill Yearout if interested in being a presenter.
  • Tiffany Arnett to serve as liaison to Grapevine
    Drew Bartoldson presiding and typing

TASTE OF THE PANHANDLE (this past Saturday):

Thanks to the dedication and long hard hours put in by this year’s TOP chair (Leslie Crabill) and her incredible committee, a great time was had by all – and over $26K was raised for charity. Link to photos (by Josh Riggs, 3mi Photography) > CLICK HERE 

 Notice for upcoming noon meeting(s) –

January is Vocation Month for our Rotary Club. Each noon meeting will feature an insider look into some of our most interesting local businesses. Additionally, each meeting this month will spotlight the best and brightest students from Martinsburg High School. If you have program suggestions, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman > [email protected]

  • This Thursday, January 19th (noon at HI) will feature beekeeping and Geezer Ridge
  • Thursday, January 26th (noon at HI) will feature the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Sarah Perks).
  • Thursday, February 2nd (noon at HI) is our Club Assembly  (state of the club) meeting
Notice for upcoming evening (satellite) meeting(s) –

Primary contact for evening (Satellite) group is Drew Bartoldson – [email protected]

  • This Thursday, January 19th, 6 pm to 7 pm at The Hub (check in at 545 pm).


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  5. Should you need special assistance, please email Mary Johnston (tech support volunteer for our district) > [email protected]


Also see “Community Announcements” below.

  • Weekly Bill Stover Humorarium:  If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me attractive. 
  • More greeters needed! Please see Sandy Hamilton.
  • IT’S OFFICIAL! We now have a 2017/2018 outbound exchange student – Ben Merzouk from Hedgesville HS. This means we also have an inbound student, and really need host families. For great insight, talk to any of our members who have hosted in the past.
  • INTERACT & ROTARACT – our sponsored clubs are on a roll. Interact at Musselman, Hedgesville and Spring Mills are thriving and new chapters are underway at James Rumsey and Faith Christian. Rotaract at Blue Ridge CTC has new leaders and continues to grow. Thanks to the leadership of Berniece Collis and the other Rotarians who serve in a liaison capacity to these schools, this programs continue to grow.
  • Applications for Rotary Interact Scholarships (funded by our Golf Tourney) have been mailed to area high schools.
  • February is time for 4 Way Test competitions. Volunteers needed now. See Pam Wagoner.
  • February 18th (7 – 11 pm): Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring the  Black & White Knight  dance, featuring the high energy Count Down Band. This is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club and other local charities. Tickets ($50 pp) are available from Tina Roach (304 671-4587), at Orsini’s, at First United Bank, or at Sunrise Rotary.
  • February 26th – The Hagerstown Rotary Bull & Oyster Roast. Great food, beer, wine and fun. Tickets, $50. We’d like to sit together, so contact Brian Jolliff for tickets and more.
  • Annual Rotary Foundation Drive moves into high gear!  Checks accepted at every meeting through June.
  • SPECIAL WRNR-Rotary Foundation Drive is also in full swing. This innovative project raises money by allowing people and businesses to sponsor PSAs on WRNR for charities and non-profits. More people/businesses are needed to sponsor PSAs plus some Rotarians who would like to record some of the PSAs. 100% of proceeds go to our LOCAL Rotary Foundation. See Brian Jolliff or Mike Hornby for required form shown below.

  • Chamber Mixer, January 18 (5 – 630 pm) at Eastern WV Regional Airport > click here
  • Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Competitive Grants. Now open to apply (until3/15/17) >  click for info
  • Our own Pam Wagoner will honored on March 14th by Boy Scouts of America at its annual Distinguished Citizen Dinner (Martinsburg Holiday Inn).  For tickets, contact Doug Band at 304 940-1201 or email [email protected].  Final deadline is 3/1/17 
  • The 4 Plaids Quartet (a 501c3) accepts donations to perform so that it may provide funding for music education in Berkeley County. To book for a little Valentine serenade or other occasion, please contact one of the guys (Ross Curtis, Ed Arnett, Joe Brookreson or Bat Murtha)
  • Volunteers still needed at VA to play piano. Great fun. See Kathy Mason.
  • Full Ride Scholarships at Blue Ridge CTC with benefits are offered by the Power Systems Institute to those wishing to become a lineman. If you know of possible candidates, contact Rotarian Charlene Gilliam (First Energy) asap.
  • Link to upcoming United Way activities > click here
  • Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events > click here


As you may know, Rotary International Conventions are fun, life-changing events and most are overseas – which creates a major barrier for many club members. But in 2017 and 2018, local Rotarians will benefit from some historically fortunate scheduling. Both of these conventions will be held in exciting locations that are driveable from Martinsburg – or you can fly or take Amtrak.

BOOKING UP! 2017 Rotary International Convention, June 10 – 14 in Atlanta.
Online info and registration | 
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2018 Rotary International Convention, June 24 – 27 in Toronto. Official online info 




  • Latest info is posted in DACdb.



  • Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen


  • Hedgesville: Club Liaison  is Vickie Elliott
  • Musselman: Club Liaison  is  Bill Bowen
  • Spring Mills: Club Liaison  is  Tina Combs
  • James Rumsey: Club Liaison  is Vicki Jenkins
  • Martinsburg: Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary


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President:              Brian Jolliff
President-Elect:    Mike Hite
Vice President:      Amanda Giangola
Secretary:               Doug Arndt
Treasurer:               Pete Dufourny
Sergeant at Arms:  Ryan Perks