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January 30, 2017 Grapevine

This week’s Grapevine includes a number of timely things we thought you should know about.
Hope to see you this Thursday!

see pictures PLUS Rotary and Community announcements below
Greeter: Elaine Bartoldson
50/50: Craig Bartoldson sold tickets. Pam Curtis won the ticket drawing but not the winning card. Pam Curtis will sell tickets next week.
Birthdays celebrated: Drew Bartoldson
Guests (hosts): Karen Burkhart (Leslie Crabill), Robert Sowell, Jr (Charles Mason), Anita and Larry Cooper (Walt Ridenour), Henry Kayes (Joanne Wadsworth).
Golden Moments: Share yours at any upcoming meeting!
BEST AND BRIGHTEST – from Martinsburg HS 

L/R: Caroline Kayes, Wiktoria Warzycka (our exchange student), Cameron Allen
MAIN PROGRAM:  Sarah Perks – an interesting inside look at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester

Sarah Perks, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley > more info


Evening Satellite Rotarians kicking back at Thursday’s mixer.
  • Quick meeting at Hub before adjourning for Main Street Martinsburg mixer at same location
  • Take over of Memorial Day Breakfast underway
  • Membership drive underway
  • Short term and long range plans being sent 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
TASTE OF THE PANHANDLE (January 14th):   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 from $33K to $36K was raised for Martinsburg Dictionary Project, Healthy Berkeley (Healthy trails), and Southern WV Flood Relief. 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:  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, 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, February 2nd6 pm to 7 pm at The Hub (opens at 545 pm).

 Using DACdb –  It’s good for you.  It’s good for Rotary, too. 
1.  DACdb is THE place to view and update your personal profile that is shared with other Rotarians. Post your picture, update your professional or contact info, provide spouse name, list special interests, and more.
2.  DACdb is THE place to find contact info (including email), personal, business, and other info for other Martinsburg members.
3. DACdb is also THE place to find a wide range of other Rotary info, such as –

  • Meeting times and places for all clubs in our District, making it easy to visit other clubs.
  • International, National, and District Rotary news, calendars, updates,including updates on PolioPlus.
  • District newsletter (and archives)
  • Upcoming Conferences (stateside and beyond)
  • Wide range of contacts for clubs, committees, and leaders at all levels.

Log in is easy –

  1. Use  this link to access DACdb 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 password is your personal Membership ID. This  ID number is also 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.

  • Bill Stover’s weekly wisdom:    On Plumber’s truck:  “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call us.”
  • 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. Being a host family to our inbound student for part of next school year is extremely rewarding for all concerned!  Yet, early planning and committments are needed. So, if you have an interest, please don’t put off getting the facts and making a decision. To see if being a host family is for you, please contact Doug Frye or Craig Bartoldson .
  • INTERACT & ROTARACT – our sponsored clubs are on a roll. Interact at Musselman, Hedgesville and Spring Mills are thriving and new chapters are at James Rumsey and Faith Christian have advanced nicely and will soon be chartered. Rotaract at Blue Ridge CTC has new leaders and continues to grow. These programs continue to grow, thanks to the leadership of Berniece Collis and the other Rotarians who serve in a liaison capacity (see contacts at bottom of the Grapevine).
  • Applications for Rotary Interact Scholarships (funded by our Golf Tourney) have been mailed to area high schools.
  • February – time for 4 Way Test competitions. Volunteers needed now! See Pam Wagoner.
  • February 18 – Sunrise Rotary Club’s Black/White Knight Dance all Rotarians are invited! At the Wherehouse, 411 Auburn St, from 7  to 11 pm. – featuring the high energy Countdown Band. Fundraiser for local charities including Boys and Girls Club. Co-sponsored by WVU Medicine. Tickets are $50 – available at  Sunrise Rotary, Orsini’s, First United Bank, or from Tina Roach (304 671-4587).
  • Two dates are now available for Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training. March 25 (Coal Center, PA) and April 8 (Lewisburg, PA), See Brian Jolliff asap if interested.
  • 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 NOW for tickets and seating reservations.
  • March 10thShepherdstown Rotary Wine Tasting Dinner at Bavarian Inn >  CLICK FOR DETAILS 
  • DISTRICT CONFERENCE AT SPLIT ROCK RESORT, MAY 12 – 14: Fun in the Poconos (Lake Harmony, PA). Register NOW for best room rates and selection. No special rates offered after April 10.  > Registration Form

HS MOCK INTERVIEWS on March 8th, 9th, 17th and 24th: Help wanted!

  • 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.

NOTE: The Grapevine is compiled and uploaded to the RI server each Friday, so that it may be  automatically emailed very early each Monday to our members  – and to the print shop, so it may be printed/mailed in time to be received by members without email on Wednesday.  If you want something published in The Grapevine, please see Bill Yearout before leaving the meeting – to insure that he has all essential info, as he often must attend other chores when community announcements are being made. If you miss Bill at the meeting, you may email  him your info NO LATER THAN NOON FRIDAY, for inclusion in the following week’s Grapevine >>  Thanks for your cooperation!

  • Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation Competitive Grants. Now open to apply (until 3/15/17) >   click for info
  • BE MY VALENTINE! 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).
  • Annual Heath Screening – For more info from Jim Klein, watch this spot!
  • 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, January 30th- You are invited!
  • March 4th, Holiday Inn, Martinsburg – Saturday Night at the Races Gala – sponsored by the Professional Business Women’s Association to fund local scholarships for continuing educations. MORE INFO
  • Our own Pam Wagoner will honored on March 14th by Boy Scouts of American 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.
  • May 5Fulton L. Walker, Jr. Charity Golf Classic, at Locust Hill Golf Course (Charles Town).  For more info or to sign up, call  Robert Sowell at 571 220-0951 or email >  [email protected]
  • Link to upcoming United Way activities > click here
  • Chamber’s 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

Primary contact is Drew Bartoldson – [email protected]
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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Who is this bright, young exchange student?

Meet our ‘always exuberant’ exchange student, Wiktoria Warzycka (Wiki).  Take time to chatt with Wiki whenever she is able to attend our meetings. If you’d like to discuss hosting NEXT year’s exchange student for part of the year, please see Doug Frye or Craig Bartondson soon
Hope you found this week’s edition of The Grapevine useful.
Bill Yearout , Grapevine Editor

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