July 17, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – Berkeley County Youth Fair Association
This week at the Purple Iris Dawn Pingley, President of the Berkeley County Youth Fair Association, will talk to us about the Youth Fair, which will be held August 1st through August 9th. The Youth Fair differs from a regular county fair in that all the exhibitors are young people. Berkeley County’s Youth Fair is one of the oldest and few remaining youth fairs in the country.
Some of you who are long-time residents of Berkeley County might remember when the Youth Fair was located on Raleigh Street behind the football stadium. They eventually outgrew this facility and had the opportunity to move to its present location on Golf Course Road. Our Rotary club helped with the purchase of the land that is now used for parking. Just as a side note, when I was program chair we actually had a meeting at the Youth Fair grounds that was to feature Rae McKee, the National Teacher of the year from Slanesville. Half the educators in Berkeley County, as well as our club, were on hand to hear her when she got sick at the last minute. Desperate to have a program, I saw Rodney Woods, who had been WV Principal of the Year, in the audience. Rodney agreed to present a program and it turned out to be fantastic.
Dawn Pingley grew up on a dairy farm outside of Shepherdstown, WV and has been involved in some way with the Berkeley County 4-H Program and the Berkeley County Youth Fair from a very young age. At age 9, she became a member of the Mt. Airy Winners 4-H club and was able to start participating as an exhibitor. For the next 11 years, she was an active exhibitor showing dairy animals, participating in the sewing style show as well as exhibiting cooking projects and other indoor exhibits.
Once her days as an exhibitor came to an end, she continued to volunteer at the fair by coordinating the eating contests. She then started helping with entering fair results into the computer which led to her being elected as Recording Secretary. She held this position for about 12 years where she revamped the fair registration process and updated the computer software that was being used to enter fair results. Four years ago she was elected as First Vice-President where she was in charge of the entertainment. She is now currently serving as President of the Berkeley County Youth Fair Association.
Luau Money Giveaway
The Hawaiian Luau was a huge success raising almost $26,000 and netting $10,000 after expenses and prize money were deducted. Last week we distributed that money to the various charities that were designated by the participants. Included were Panhandle Health, Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary’s Foundation, Junior Mentoring Program (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters), Children’s Home Society, CASA, CCAP, Be-Hive, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.
Mike Hornby conducted a huge event as his swan song and it was highly successful. Congratulations to Mike and his entire committee.
In other news, Secretary Doug Arndt announced that former President-for-life Hornby was not allowed to sit anywhere but the back of the room.
Answer to last week’s question:
The public relations objectives of a Rotary club are to make the aims and accomplishments of Rotary better known to the end that a favorable atmosphere may be created in the community in which the club and individual Rotarians may effectively fulfill the Object of Rotary.
This week’s question:
What is Membership & Extension Month?
Also on hand to receive checks from the Luau were: Tracy Kelley (Gary’s wife) representing Junior Martinsburg Programs; Deb Barthlow, representing Children’s Home Society; Robin and Mike Schaeffer representing Be-Hive; and Kathy Differ representing the Girl Scouts.
Tiffany Lawrence, Director of Resource Development and Marketing for the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and state delegate, was a guest of Pete Mulford and Art Thomm. Pat Woodson brought Cheryl Snyder Reid, a world geography teacher at Spring Mills Middle School and board member of the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle. Tim Harrison, recently retired CFO and now a health insurance broker, was a guest of Pete Mulford.
Roger Lewis and Jim Smith have both been in the hospital. Cards would be most appreciated.
Mike Hornby nominated Georgina Andranas and Isabella Andranas for membership. If there are no written objections, they will become members this week.
Berniece Collis is looking for volunteers for the Youth Fair on August 9th. Contact her if you can help. One can never have too many volunteers.
Max Oates, Larry Pitzer, and Billy Lopp all became Paul Harris Fellows last week. Jim Seibert and Buzz Poland became +1s and Dr. Kamath became a +3. Congratulations!
Maura is on her way back to Argentina to root for her soccer team and Clara will soon be on her way from Belgium as our newest exchange student.
Kevin Knowles found the Eight of Diamonds and donated his winnings to Be-Hive. There will be a new deck and a new card to search for this week.