January 23, 2014 – Meeting Roundup
West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth is a statewide program that mobilizes partners across the state to strengthen the capacity of local communities to develop and support young people. Each year West Virginia’s Promise continues to advance its mission of mobilizing state and local partners so every young person in West Virginia receives the Five Promises:
• Caring Adults such as parents, teacher, mentors, neighbors and coaches
• Safe Places that offer constructive activities when young people are not in school
• A Healthy Start with healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthful habits
• An Effective Education that prepares young people for successful work and lifelong learning
• Opportunities to Help Others through service
The goal of the West Virginia’s Promise is to continue to mobilize communities, raise awareness, and support policies that increase the support young people have in communities where they live, work, and play. Children who receive at least four of the Five Promises are more likely to succeed academically, socially and civically. They are more likely to avoid violence, contribute to their communities and achieve high grades in school. A Promise Place is a school, community center, place of worship, business, or organization that provides four of the Five Promises— caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others–to youth. Partners have made a Commitment to devote their time and talents to connect more children and youth to critical resources. Each Site of Promise will fulfill four of the Five Promises in new or expanded initiatives. Individuals and organizations combine their talents and resources to fulfill the Five Promises to children and youth.
There are numerous ways to be part of WV’s Promise:
Your organization, church, club, business, etc. can become a “Promise Place” Site of Promise by expanding or developing ways to provide all of the Five Promises to children and youth in your community.
EWV Community Foundation
Doug told us that the first major contribution began when Vic Roberts called him and told him he had someone who wanted to donate $100,000 in the form of a CD. That gentleman was George Hancock whose wife had ties to Martinsburg. George wanted the interest from the CD to fund scholarships and six $1,000 scholarships were given to area students. Now, of course, the biggest contributor is Randy Smith who started his foundation with $5.5 million. All of the money donated is invested conservatively and distributed according to the donator’s wishes.
Answer to last week’s question:
Ruth Longer was our first female District Governor in 1999-2000. I had the privilege of serving as an assistant governor during her term.
This week’s question:
How many women have served as district governor including both the old District 7350 and the new District 7360?
Elaine Bartoldson, the new marketing director of Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority, was a guest of President for Life Mike Hornby. Former club member Nic Diehl was back as a guest of his wife, Layne. Brian Jolliff brought Jeff Keesecker, owner of The Junk Monster. John Fisher, retired from General Motors and a singer with the Blue and Gray Chorus, was a guest of Joe Brookreson. Taylor Perry had two guests—Carolyn Walker and Rachel DeFour. Greg Smith, an Allstate agent, was back as a guest of Manuel Washington.
Congratulations to Herman Dixon on becoming a Paul Harris Society member. This means the Herman has pledged to donate $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation. Assistant Governor presented him with a banner he can hang from his pin denoting this.
We need volunteers to organize and man our Memorial Day event at War Memorial Park. In years past we have done a pancake breakfast, but President Mike wants something different this year. Perhaps a barbeque or pig roast. If you have ideas about an event, contact Mike to volunteer.
A special thanks goes to all the members who helped make our biggest fundraiser a success—Pam Wagoner (co-chair), Gail Moxley (co-chair, Kathy Mason (co-chair), Christina Johnson, Tina Nipe, Doug Frye, Marilyn Schoon, Bill Wortley, Ross Curtis, Pam Curtis, Charlie Connolly, Jodi Frankenberry, Pat Woodson, Penny Porter, Karen Spence, and Mary Hayward. We also thank the non-Rotarians who served on the committee—Matt Morris, Ann Smith, Leotta Shillinburg, and Bonnie Refriend. Thanks, also, to those who donated items for the silent auction, to those who sponsored the event, and to the vendors who prepared the food and provided drinks. By all accounts, the evening was a huge success.
Pete Mulford won 50/50 but did not find the Ten of Diamonds. He will sell tickets this week.