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January 23, 2017 Grapevine


also see Rotary and Community announcements below
Greeter: Hmm, did someone forget?
50/50: Maria Lorensen sold tickets. Craig Bartoldson won the ticket drawing but not the winning card. Craig Bartoldson will sell tickets next week.
Birthdays celebrated: Joe Brookreson, Debbie Payne + Charles Preston – his 80th! 
Guests (hosts): Cheryl Forney (wife of presenter), Jennifer Margroum (Altoona Rotary)
BEST AND BRIGHTEST – from Martinsburg HS 

L/R: Dominique Cincinnati, Wiktoria Warzycka (our exchange student), Carlos Castillo
MAIN PROGRAM:  Fascinating story on Geezer Ridge Farm & Bee Keeping

Ed Forney, co-owner of Geezer Ridge Farm > Facebook Page


Chatting about future interact and rotaract mixer.

  • Evening group to take over Memorial Day Breakfast
  • 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 The Grapevine

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 $36K was raised for charity. Watch for more TOP announcements at upcoming meetings. Link to photos (by Josh Riggs, 3mi Photography) > CLICK HERE 

Notice for upcoming noon meetings – 

Best and Brightest Students each week: January – Martinsburg HS;  February – Spring Mills HS;   March – Hedgesville HS;  April – Musselman HS;  May – Martinsburg HS
 If you have suggestions for our main program, please see Amanda Giangola, Program Chairman > [email protected]

  • This Thursday, January 26th (noon at HI). Main Program – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Sarah Perks).  
  • Thursday, February 2nd (noon at HI). Program – Club Assembly  (state of the club) meeting

Notice for upcoming evening (satellite) meetings – 
Primary contact for evening (Satellite) group is Drew Bartoldson – [email protected]
  • This Thursday, January 26th6 pm to 7 pm at The Hub (opens at 545 pm).
    Quick business meeting followed by Main Street Martinsburg mixer – also at the Hub,


Why you are urged to log in and explore the Rotary Resource Center (aka DACdb) at earliest convenience –
1.  This is where to view, expand and update your own profile that is shared with other Rotarians.
2.  This is where to find contact info (including email), personal, business, and RI info for other members.
3.  This is where to find a wide range of info and data about your club, your District, National and International.
How to log in:

  1. Use  this link to go to your login page
  2. Bookmark or save your Rotary login page in your favorites.
  3. Enter your user name and password: By default, your user name is the email address where your receive The Grapevine. By default, your your password is your personal Membership ID. Your number is printed at the top of your weekly Grapevine.
  4. Once logged in, you may change your password by going to MY DATA (top row), then EDIT MY DATA (2nd row), then LOG IN (from list).  While in the MY DATA section, feel free to upgrade and update your profile.
  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:   In the front yard of a Funeral Home –  “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”
  • 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.
  • Annual Heath Screening – For more info from Jim Klein, watch this spot!
  • 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.
  • DISTRICT CONFERENCE AT SPILT ROCK RESORT, MAY 12 – 14: Fun in the Poconos (Lake Harmony, PA). Register NOW for best room selection. No special rates available after April 10.  > Registration Form 
  • 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.

  • Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Competitive Grants. Now open to apply (until3/15/17) >
    click for info
  • 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 (just $35) or other occasion, please contact one of the guys (Ross Curtis, Ed Arnett, Joe Brookreson or Bat Murtha).
  • Another High Impact Grant Opportunity! Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) is now accepting applications from non-profits that meet following criteria (1) Responses to urgent and critical needs (2) Bold new ventures; and/or (3) New approaches to ongoing challenges. Applicant organizations must have a current 501 (c) (3) determination from IRS and be based in and primarily serving the following counties: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire counties in WV; Frederick, Loudoun, and Clarke counties in VA;  and Frederick and Washington counties in MD. This grant pool is estimated to be $51,250. WISH will award up to two equal grants of $25,625. Applicants must show need for use of this high impact amount in a time span of no greater than three (3) years. Contact – Meg Peterson, Letter of Inquiry Submissions Accepted Until March 1, 2017>  CLICK HERE 
  • Shepherd University President’s Lecture Series, January 30th– You are invited!
  • Mainstreet Martinsburg Membership Drive: From 5 -7 pm at The Hub on Thursday (January 26). Small bites from member restaurants.
  • 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
  • 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 

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



  • Club Liaison – Maria Lorensen


  • Hedgesville: Club Liaison – Vickie Elliott
  • Musselman: Club Liaison  – Bill Bowen
  • Spring Mills: Club Liaison  – Tina Combs
  • James Rumsey: Club Liaison  – Vicki Jenkins


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